Seeing Red, Showing Pink

first_imgHe may have titled his film Touch of Pink, but writer/director Ian Iqbal Rashid was really seeing red.He admits: “Making this film is an affectionate form of revenge against all I had to put up with in my own family. Choosing to be a filmmaker went so against the immigrant dream my family had adopted of me becoming a doctor or dentist or some sort of professional. When I told them, I felt like I had just announced that I was going to become a baby-killer, or something. These immigrant values are reflected in the South Asian community in this film.” Jimi Mistry as Alim (left), Sulekha Mathew as Nuru (Center) and Kristen Holden-Reis as Giles (right) in Touch of Pink..He points to the pressure on Alim, the film’s main character, to do the right thing by becoming successful in conventional terms. “Alim can only escape this pressure by putting an ocean between him and his family. Yet as the film progresses, he realizes that by running away, he has also rejected a big part of who he is.”Touch of Pink, Rashid’s first feature film , icenters around a muslim South Asian Canadian, Alim, who lives in London estranged from his family until the upcoming wedding of his Canadian cousin forces him to reconnect with widowed mother, Nuru and in doing so, accept his culture and heritage. Nuru dreams of having Alim return to Toronto and settle down with a proper Muslim bride and has no idea that Alim is in fact in two releationships – one with his boyfriend Giles and the other with his imaginary personal mentor, the spirit of Cary Grant, a manifestation of his love for old Hollywood movies and his need for a father figure. Cue in the traditional comedy of errors where Alim tries to come out of the proverbial closet despite the haphazard advice of his version of Cary Grant and add in the poignant drama of his attempt to reclaim his true identity.For Rashid, an Indian Ismaili Muslim, who was born in Dar-e-Salaam, moved to Toronto when he was 6, then on to London in his early 20s, where he lives now, the movie “was very autobiographical” with the exception of the spirit of Cary Grant who he is quite sure is not with him.“It’s based on my life and my relationship with my mother and my love of old Hollywood films. So all the material in the film is sourced from my own life. I guess I just wanted to tell an old fashioned Hollywood style movie, but with someone like me in the center”.Rashid entered the television industry 12 years ago to critical acclaim by writing scripts for British TV series, including the award winning show “This Life.” His introduction to the film media started four years ago when he wrote and directed two award winning short films “Surviving Sabu,” a story about a young South Asian man and his father documenting the life of desi film star Sabu and “Stag,” the story of a South Asian man’s pre-wedding night experiences. Ian Iqbal Rashid with Sulekha Mathew on the set of Touch of Pink.From Rashid’s choice of themes in his film career so far, he seems to have a lot to say about his South Asian heritage.He explains, “For a lot of South Asians living in the west who experience a dominant culture and particularly as it’s kind of filtering through Hollywood and television, I think often, even without being conscious of it, we have a sort of inferiority complex; even a level of self-hating.”“There’s a tight-rope walk between assimilating into Western culture, and yet keeping a sense of who you are. The process of assimilation can erase aspects of identity, both cultural and personal, which are special and unique. Yet, it’s very seductive to become part of a dominant culture, to belong to the home team – and Touch of Pink is about that as well.”In addition to the east meets west theme, Rashid also addressed two lifestyle choices, which are traditionally thought of as unconventional for South Asians – in particular, his career in the entertainment industry and his homosexuality.In the film, Rashid also attempts to show Hollywood’s influence on the South Asian communities in the East. Nuru, Alim’s mother, grew up watching old, often outdated, Hollywood movies and fantasizing about moving to the west with its promises of glamour and freedom. Her disillusionment when she eventually moved and was able to see the western society as it really was may have led to her rejection of films and all things Hollywood.On the issue of homosexuality, Rashid explains that “There is so much hypocrisy on this subject and a lot of suffering, because there are a lot of … gay men and lesbians who are getting married and having children. A lot of lives are being impacted. They are leading double lives and it’s very painful. And rather than sweep it under the rug its time to kind of address it. Years ago when I was in Toronto I set up a gay men’s group when I was in university called Khush and we invited South Asian gay men to come. Our first meeting we had 50 people arrive … It’s there, it’s an issue. So I have had lots of young South Asian gay men come up to me in tears because they are so grateful for this film and they want to bring their parents to it when it comes out and try and set up a kind of dialogue and kind of open the door to talking to their families about what their lives are about.”One Muslim man touched Rashid in particular when he admitted, “I’ve never told anyone this before but I have lived my whole life as a straight man. I’ve married, I have grown up children, my wife just died.”According to Rashid “It’s the first time he’s seen something that spoke to him and gave him hope so I feel already with those responses that I’ve won.”While Rashid is trying to come to terms with his South Asian identity and personal life choices, Jimi Mistry, who plays the lead character, on the other hand, seems to consider himself mainly as British.He clarifies: “That’s kinda where I was born and raised and whatever my cultural background is. My father’s Indian and my mother is Anglo-Irish. I have that as part of my life and its very much part of my background, but my identity is British.” He has admitted in past interviews to Michael Jackson and John Travolta being his inspirations growing up.Unlike Rashid, Mistry came into his career aspirations later in life and his family was instrumental in his choice.He admits, “If it wasn’t for my dad I wouldn’t have been acting. He is the one that steered me into this career. When I was 17, I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do. I wasn’t doing particularly well in school. I wasn’t excelling in academic subjects. I was a bit of a drifter. Kristen Holden-Reis as Giles (left) and Jimi Mistry as Alim (center) in Touch of Pink.“I was a little dreamy … liked music and singing and going down to the pub and playing pool and I was just a bit of a normal, everyday boy… My dad’s a doctor and he sat me down when I was 17 and said Jimmy what are you going to do, because you are not going in any direction here? And I said I don’t know what I want to do. And he said you better go upstairs and write a list of the things you want to do with your life and the things you think you are good at and bad at and come downstairs and we’re going to match. We’re going to do this pragmatically and we’re going to come up with something. I said fine… I had done a school play and it kind of came down to acting and he said he believed that this may be the direction; I went to acting school”.Mistry says, “The first time I realized that I was a part of a minority was when I got into this business. Up until then it never really occurred to me… People like to bracket you in certain areas and I refuse to be bracketed.Over the years I have managed to play interesting, good, really good South Asian characters, but I have also managed to play characters of no specific background, which as an actor is a major barrier to break. It doesn’t get any easier at all, but things do start to happen if you keep believing in what you are doing.” Mistry credits his success to his belief in his own abilities and his stubborn refusal “to play the small minority parts, even though that may be the only option when you are starting out in your career with a South Asian background.Although he claims he “will at some point,” Mistry has not yet learned Hindi. “I’m going to do it; it’s just having the time and the commitment to do it. Learning Hindi would be taking a risk… I think that to be honest the time that I will have to is the time when I would have to for a film or something and then I would get my head around it very quickly.”Do we hear a touch for Bollywood in that?  Related Itemslast_img read more

Over 100,000 Galaxy S7 series phones sold in first two days

first_imgMore than 100,000 units of Samsung Electronics Co.’s Galaxy S7 series smartphones were sold in South Korea within the first two days of its official launch, data showed on Sunday.Sales of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge reached a combined 60,000 on Friday and 40,000 on Saturday after the smartphones hit South Korean market on Friday, Yonhap cited the official data as showing.The Galaxy S7 Edge accounted for some 40 per cent of the two-day sales, the data added.The initial pace of sales is roughly on par with demand generated when the Galaxy S6 series phones reached the market last year.Samsung said sales for Saturday, which is usually a “slow day” when it comes to sales, fared pretty well.The two latest high-end smartphone models, first showcased at a trade fair in Spain last month, came with much larger battery capacities and are water-proof and dust-resistant.The phones also sport a much improved low-light camera with extremely fast auto focusing. The company, moreover, brought back an expandable memory option that was missing in the Galaxy S6 series.Samsung expects the Galaxy S7 series to play a decisive role in revitalizing sales as the company’s mobile business division has remained well below its heyday figures.You may also like to read:Why you should buy the Galaxy S7 instead of S7 EdgePreorders for Galaxy S7 stronger than expected, says Samsunglast_img read more

Arjuna awardee Subrata Paul returns for national duty, motivated for more

first_imgA day after receiving the Arjuna Award Subrata Paul was back to what he does best sweating it out with the Indian national team at the Andheri Sports complex in Mumbai. India will take on Puerto Rico in an international friendly on September 3 as international football returns to Mumbai. (Latest Sports stories)The 29 year old, long time custodian for India may have got the award late but he has no complaints. “I have no complaints about whether I have received it late. There are so many Great Footballers who haven’t received the Award. I need to thank God that I am one of the lucky 24 Footballers who have won it.”Subrata, who had met the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the capital a day prior to the Arjuna Awards, said PM Modi was “very keen to develop sports in India.””He congratulated all of us and told me to send in suggestions as to what needs to be done to develop football,” he added.On the feeling of sharing the stage with the Prime Minister in the presence of sport stars across disciplines, India’s first goal keeper to play abroad explained, “It is not every day that one gets to meet the Prime Minister of the Country. I was very moved by his gesture of meeting all the sportspersons.”National coach Stephen Constantine witness to many a top draw performance from Subrata was all praise. “No one deserves the Arjuna Award more than Subrata. He has done so much for Indian football both on and off the field. I am very happy for him.”advertisementSubrata is the 24th footballer to have won the national award, the last one being Sunil Chhetri in 2011.last_img read more

Liverpool concede three late goals, lose 4-3 to Bournemouth

first_imgLiverpool conceded three goals in the final 20 minutes to lose 4-3 at Bournemouth in an English Premier League thriller on Sunday.Nathan Ake pounced on a fumble by goalkeeper Loris Karius to grab the winner in the third minute of injury time, handing title-chasing Liverpool its first loss since Aug. 20.Liverpool was 3-1 up by the 64th after goals by Sadio Mane, Divock Origi and Emre Can, but conceded in the 76th minute to substitute Ryan Fraser and in the 78th to Steve Cook.The late collapse reignited concerns about Liverpool’s defense, which was missing injured Joel Matip, as Juerge Klopp’s side fell four points behind first-placed Chelsea.last_img

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp focuses on defensive discipline

first_imgLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp hopes to instil defensive discipline in his side ahead of the upcoming Premier League season, saying his side must stop conceding sloppy goals with collective work at the back.Klopp’s attacking approach produced 78 goals for Liverpool in the league last season but they conceded 42 times, more than four of their top six rivals.”We have to defend different situations better and not to think about how we could make the other teams crazy with all the qualities we have,” Klopp told the club website.”With the quality and skills of the boys, you immediately have different options offensively — but to be organised is the main thing.”Otherwise you have no chance — you will have how we felt a few times, you can have 80 per cent possession but in the end if they have one situation then 1-0.”Klopp was also disappointed with the team’s set-piece defending and has urged his players to turn things around during their pre-season preparations.”I don’t want to open the case of set-pieces again because it was not set-pieces. It was second balls after set-pieces, after throw-ins and things like this,” the 50-year-old German manager said.”We are all sick of talking about it. We defend well but in these moments we have to come absolutely in the right mood. That’s the main target.”Liverpool begin their league campaign with a trip to Watford on August 12.last_img read more

Football transfer rumours: Brahim Díaz to Dortmund or Real Madrid?

first_imgShare on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Read more Rumour Mill Share on Twitter The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Barcelona are prepared to concede the £100m they shelled out in bringing Ousmane Dembélé to the Camp Nou was not money particularly well spent and will let him leave in January when the transfer window opens. The French winger has failed to settle into his new digs after over a year at the Spanish champions and Liverpool are believed to be interested in offering the 21-year-old a new home.The Merseyside club’s charity will not extend to offering soon-to-be Arsenal outcast Aaron Ramsey accommodation; their interest in the Welsh midfielder has cooled as they feel they are already well enough staffed in that particular area of the field. The excellent form of Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley could also stymy any prospective move to Chelsea for the man they call “Rambo”. Football Kevin De Bruyne’s injury mars Manchester City’s stroll past Fulham featurescenter_img Topics Despite providing the assists for two own goals scored on Chelsea’s behalf by Derby players on Wednesday, Davide Zappacosta has been deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge. The Italian full-back has struggled to nail down a regular starting spot ahead of Victor Moses and Cesar Azpilicueta since arriving in London from Torino over a year ago and his former club has expressed interest in bringing him back to Serie A. Napoli are also rumoured to be interested in taking him on loan in January.Borussia Dortmund hope to continue their policy of plundering Premier League creches to good effect by signing Manchester City’s teenage winger Brahim Díaz, either in January or when his contract expires next summer, but Pep Guardiola says he’ll do everything in his power to hold on to the young Spaniard. Diaz scored twice in a man-of-the-match performance as City beat Fulham in the Carabao Cup on Thursday and his manager spoke highly of him in his post-match briefing. “Playing in the top teams is not easy for young players, but he showed his qualities again,” said Pep. “He played well against Oxford in the previous round. Everyone here is ready to play in the first team, otherwise he wouldn’t be here.” Behind Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez in the City pecking order, Diaz has also been linked with a move to Real Madrid. Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucouré is on Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino’s shopping list. The £35m-rated France U21 international has been integral to his side’s surprisingly good start to the season and is also the subject of interest from Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain.The French champions are also monitoring the situation of Liverpool’s Brazilian midfielder Fabinho, who is ready to leave Anfield less than six months after his arrival because – get this – he’s bored. Reports from France, specifically in Le Parisien, say the 25-year-old has failed to settle on Merseyside and is disillusioned with life after making just three starts across all competitions and having found they don’t particularly need him, Liverpool might just be prepared to let him go. Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Reuse this contentlast_img read more

President Obama Wishes Muslims Happy Ramadan

Rabat – President Obama issued a statement Sunday evening, extending best wishes to Muslims in the U.S. and around the world at the start of Islam’s holy month of Ramadan.In this speech to American Muslims and those around the world, the US president indirectly attacked Donald Trump’s call to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States.“I stand firmly with Muslim American communities in rejection of the voices that seek to divide us or limit our religious freedoms or civil rights,” he said “I stand committed to safeguarding the civil rights of all Americans no matter their religion or appearance. I stand in celebration of our common humanity and dedication to peace and justice for all,” the president added.Obama reaffirmed America’s commitment to diversity, stating that “We will continue to welcome immigrants and refugees into our nation, including those who are Muslim,” despite “the voices that seek to divide us,” expressing his willingness to host Muslims at the White House during Islam’s holy month of Ramadan.Last year, President Obama hosted an Iftar dinner at the White House to celebrate Ramadan, with about 40 Muslim Americans belonging to the diplomatic community, he welcomed members of Congress into the East Wing, serving varied Halal food. read more

Tobacco firm Reynolds American 4Q profit more than doubles on higher prices

Tobacco firm Reynolds American 4Q profit more than doubles on higher prices, lower legal costs AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email RICHMOND, Va. – Reynolds American Inc.’s fourth-quarter profit more than doubled as higher prices and lower legal expenses offset a decline in cigarette sales, and it benefited from an easy comparison with last year.The results from the nation’s second-biggest tobacco company Tuesday missed Wall Street expectations, however, and its shares dipped in morning trading.The maker of Camel and Pall Mall cigarettes said the number of cigarettes sold by its R.J. Reynolds Tobacco subsidiary fell about 9 per cent during the quarter to 15.6 billion.Reynolds American and other tobacco companies are also focusing on cigarette alternatives such as snuff, chewing tobacco and electronic cigarettes as tax hikes, smoking bans, health concerns and social stigma make the cigarette business tougher.When adjusting for trade inventory changes, the Winston-Salem, N.C.-based company said its cigarette volumes fell 7 per cent, compared with its estimated industry decline of 4 per cent.Volumes for Pall Mall fell more than 6 per cent and volumes for Camel fell 3.5 per cent. The brands account for more than 60 per cent of the company’s total cigarette volume. Shipments of its other brands, which include Winston, Kool, Doral and Salem, fell about 15 per cent.Camel’s market share increased 0.4 percentage points to 9 per cent of the U.S. market, while Pall Mall’s market share grew 0.2 percentage points to 9.1 per cent.The company has promoted Pall Mall as a longer-lasting and more affordable cigarette as smokers weather the weak economy and high unemployment.Volume for its smokeless tobacco brands including Grizzly and Kodiak rose about 8 per cent compared with a year ago. The brands had a 33.3 per cent share of the U.S. retail market, though that market is tiny compared with cigarettes.Reynolds American also said it plans to significantly expand its Vuse-brand electronic cigarette outside of Colorado and Utah by the middle of 2014.The number of Natural American Spirit cigarettes it sold grew nearly 10 per cent to about 1 billion cigarettes.Reynolds American earned $292 million, or 54 cents per share, for the quarter ended Dec. 31, up from $139 million, or 25 cents per share, in the year-ago period that included pension and trademark-related charges.Adjusted earnings were 77 cents per share, missing Wall Street expectations by 4 cents.Revenue excluding excise taxes fell about 2 per cent to $2.04 billion. Analysts polled by FactSet expected revenue of $2.07 billion.For the full year, the company said its profit rose 35 per cent to $1.72 billion on revenue of $8.24 billion, excluding excise taxes.Reynolds American said Tuesday it expects full-year 2014 earnings in the range of $3.30 and $3.45 per share. Analysts expect $3.44 per share.Its shares fell $1.20, or 2.5 per cent, to $47.61 in morning trading.___Michael Felberbaum can be reached at . FILE – In this Oct. 21, 2009 file photo, Camel cigarettes, a Reynolds American brand, are shown in Philadelphia. Reynolds American reports quarterly earnings on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) by Michael Felberbaum, The Associated Press Posted Feb 11, 2014 5:54 am MDT read more

Royal protection policies to be looked at as grandmother hit by Duke

The Duke of Cambridge visited a training session of the London Air Ambulance in January The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Royal Ascot yesterday Simon Morgan, who spent six years working for the Royal Protection Department, said that the officers followed the “gold standard”.He said: “Lots of other forces’ both in the UK and internationally come to the Met to look at how they do protection and protection driving in particular.“Convoys don’t tend to move that quickly and in urban areas they would generally travel below the speed limit.” Royal protection policies will be looked at in the wake of crash which saw an 83-year-old grandmother hospitalised by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s convoy.Irene Mayor was on Wednesday undergoing major surgery after being hit by a police outrider said to have been travelling on the wrong side of the road in front of a Range Rover carrying the Royals.The Duke and Duchess are “deeply concerned and saddened” by the accident and are hoping to visit Mrs Mayor in hospital in person.The widow’s family have now called for a review of safety surrounding the travel arrangements for the Royal Family.Her sister, Joyce Shore said that she “could so easily have been killed”.The crash, the fourth involving members of the Royal Family in the past seven months, is being investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.Investigators will look at the Royal protection policies which the Special Escort Group officer was following when the accident took place, it is understood. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Royal Ascot yesterday Mrs Mayor, who is an active member of her local non-conformist church, is a widow and lives with her daughter Fiona. Her family were at her bedside last night.Mrs Shore told the Telegraph: “She is stable, they are keeping her stable and she hasn’t spoken to anyone yet so we don’t know exactly what happened. Mrs Mayor had been shopping and was returning to her home in Richmond, south west London, at lunchtime on Monday when she was hit by the marked police motorcycle which witnesses say was driving on the wrong side of the road. The Duke of Cambridge visited a training session of the London Air Ambulance in January “I am more concerned about my sister than anything else.”She said that there should be a review of the safety surrounding Royal convoys.“We are not the first ones that this has happened to,” she said. “There was the crash with Prince Philip. This time it was the police officer that was involved, but they should be doing something.”The Duke of Edinburgh surrendered his driving licence after overturning his Land Rover in a crash in January and last week the the Duke of Kent was reported to have been involved in  a car crash with a student in Brighton.In March a convoy believed to be carrying the Countess of Wessex hit another car in Birmingham.An IOPC spokesman said: “If during an investigation we come across information that we feel that we should flag to either the college of policing or to the force, for example that they are putting people at risk or their might be a problem, then we will do that.”If a recommendation is made it will be down to the Metropolitan Police or the College of Policing to change the policies.A Scotland Yard spokesman said that it could not comment as an investigation was on-going. One pedestrian who went to her aid said: “The outrider was not going fast but the lady stepped out and was clipped by the bike’s wing mirror. She went spinning to the ground and was left with a severe cut to the back of her head.”Onlookers said that the police officer looked “grey and shocked”. He is currently assisting the IOPC as a witness.The car carrying the Duke and Duchess’ to the Garter Day ceremony at Windsor did not stop at the scene, in line with security policies, and the couple were unaware of the accident until they arrived. They have sent flowers and a hand written note to the family.It is believed that the Duke will also write to medical staff who attended that scene.One of the Air Ambulance doctors had already met Prince William, having been photographed with him in January when the Duke attended a training exercise of the London Air Ambulance charity, of which he is a patron. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Artisan Z40 battery truck set for Kirkland Lake Gold

first_imgArtisan Vehicles, which describes itself as “the biggest game-changer among underground mining equipment OEMs”, is changing the game again with the Z40 haul truck.“Our new 40 t truck, the largest all battery powered truck ever to be put underground, will make its debut in January of 2018. Now mines that struggle with heat and ventilation have a new and more powerful tool to increase their production.”The Z40 Haul Truck is a ground up design that seamlessly integrates the most capable and proven battery electric powertrain available in the mining industry with the latest and most coveted features of any haul truck on the market today. “The Z40 raises the bar of what is possible and enables an all new level of production and cost reduction for underground hard rock mine companies.”“We have discovered a powerful combination,” said Mike Kasaba, Artisan’s CEO, “Using the very best techniques for machine design and our many years of experience with battery powertrains has led us to create a new class of machine. A class that directly impacts and improves underground production. Our truck’s capabilities, performance, and benefits on ventilation and cooling are changing the hauling equation in the most positive way in a generation.”Kirkland Lake Gold, a fast growing and innovative leader in the mining industry, will be the first customer for the Z40. “KLG continues to challenge conventional thinking and perceived limitations on production and cost reduction and their bets are paying off.””We believe in battery technology and in Artisan as our technology partner. Their machines are powerful and reliable and have helped us achieve our production targets at Macassa.” said Tony Makuch, CEO of Kirkland Lake Gold.last_img read more

Cork to get first publiclyowned artificial ski slope

first_imgA NEW PUBLICLY-owned ski slope is planned for Cork, and its owners hope that it will help fight obesity and encourage young people to get active.The Glen Resource Centre in Cork City is to receive €21,000 from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport towards the development of an artificial ski slope.Manager of the centre, Ray Watson, said they were delighted with the news, and had big plans for it.The slope will be the only one in Munster and it is hoped it will be opened in the second half of 2014.It will be 30 metres high and four metres wide, and will cater for children, young people and adults who are complete beginners.The slope will also cater for people with disabilities, and Watson said it is a very adaptable activity depending on people’s needs.Also planned for the slope are activities such as snowboarding and snow tubing.Speaking to, Watson said that the difference between it and the other slopes in Ireland – there are two – is that it will become the first local authority /public authority ski facility.The Glen Resource Centre is owned by Cork City Council and is run by a board. The motivation for it is we’re always trying to come up with new ways of getting people active. We’re trying to target those people who are basically sitting on the couch.He said he hopes the slope could be the catalyst for people to try out skiing and spur them on to try even more physical activities.“We are very conscious of the obesity epidemic in the country,” said Watson, explaining that they aim to get children involved in activities from a young age.“We wanted to dispel the myths that skiing can be seen as an elitist activity,” he said. The Glen Resource Centre is based in a disadvantaged area on Cork’s northside and has a huge range of unusual activities, including a zip wire and zorbing.“We’ve made all of those as accessible and affordable as possible to people in the wider community,” he said.There has been a “huge interest” in the slope so far, said Watson, who anticipates it will be very popular.Read: NAMA dismisses as hoax a proposed dry ski slope for central Dublin>Read: New €430 million ski slope for Louth ‘to open next year’>last_img read more

New Android for Twitter makes it easier to seach tweets

first_imgThere’s a new version of Twitter for Android phones, and even though it doesn’t really make the process of tweeting that much easier, it adds a lot of new ways to search through what everyone else is tweeting about.Among the changes in Twitter 2.0 for Android are the introduction of universal search, as well as opening up search functions without signing into Twitter. Previously, the app required you to have an account to even browse through the Twittering trends.When you are signed in, you’ll see a new notification bar at the top where it’s simpler to see direct messages and new tweets/alerts. And finally, the last major update is that it automatically syncs your address book with Twitter matches. So, if you have Joe Smith,, in your address book, and Twitter recognizes that name and matching contact info, you’ll get to see Joe’s tweets automatically.The update is available now for virtually all Android users.Via Android Guyslast_img read more

Samaras pleads for solidarity in Brussels

first_imgWith Greece facing the possibility of further austerity measures next year and with its looming financing gap making a third bailout – and subsequent consolidation program – appear highly likely, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras travelled to Brussels yesterday to plead for greater solidarity from its lenders.Speaking at an event held in honor of the late Constantine Karamanlis, Samaras stressed that Greece and its people were making a big effort to live up to its commitments. He expressed his hope the Greece’s creditors would also stand by the country.The prime minister’s visit came a few hours after a meeting of eurozone finance ministers in Luxembourg, where European Central Bank executive board member Joerg Asmussen suggested that Greece would need to make further savings or increase its revenues next year to cover a fiscal gap. Greek Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras insisted that Asmussen did not repeat this claim, made to reporters, during the Eurogroup. But according to the Greek daily Kathimerini EU sources have claimed that Greece might have to find an extra 2 billion euros next year on top of about 4 billion it has already planned to save in the draft budget.The next stumbling block is the financing gap, which Asmussen suggested could be as high as 6 billion euros. The ECB official ruled out the possibility of the bank, or other eurozone central banks, rolling over the Greek bonds they hold to cover the gap.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Benjamin Pavard denies Bayern Munich move

first_imgVfb Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard has denied agreeing a summer move to join Bayern Munich.The Frenchman has been linked with a move to the Bundesliga champions all season-long and recent reports claimed an agreement over a transfer is already in place.However, the 22-year-old insists his future remains uncertain.“I’ve not signed anything with Bayern,” Pavard said, according to FourFourTwo.“The interest of such a club makes me happy, but I’m focused on Stuttgart today. I don’t think about next summer.”Pavard also said he wanted a Frenchman to win the Ballon d’Or award, after Luka Modric pipped Antoine Griezmann and Raphael Varane to the award.RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“I’d have liked a Frenchman to win it,” he said. “Players like Raphael Varane, who’s the only one to have won the World Cup and the Champions League in the same year, or Antoine Griezmann had a great year. They would have deserved it.”Pavard says his own stock among fans in his homeland has increased significantly since his performances in Russia.“In France, and especially Paris, I can’t take the metro. I have to put my hood up. But it’s a fame I live with well,” he added.“When I was little, I wanted to become a professional player. Now I’ve done it, I want to win trophies. I have already won the most beautiful trophy. I hope there will be others. In any case, I won’t complain about being recognised.”last_img read more

Offduty PDX inspector busted for bringing heroin to school

first_imgClackamas County Sheriff’s Deputies attribute the recent arrest of an off-duty U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer and his fiance to just good old fashioned responsible police work.A routine traffic stop conducted by a Clackamas County Sheriff’s Deputy on October 8, 2010 resulted in the arrest of a female driver identified as Jamie Yvonne McFadden, 27, of Damascus.During this traffic stop, the investigating Deputy Sheriff discovered a substantial amount of drug paraphernalia and drug residue in the McFadden vehicle. It was also learned that Jamie McFadden has an established criminal history related to drugs. On this earlier occasion, Jamie McFadden was transported to the Clackamas County Jail and lodged with a charge of Possession of a controlled substance – meth.This arrest of McFadden triggered an alert to the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS); which, requested the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office assist with a follow-up investigation to ensure the health and welfare of any minor children possibly associated with the McFadden residence in Damascus.On Thursday, October 14, 2010 at approximately 2:30 p.m. a DHS Case worker, accompanied by Clackamas County Deputy Sheriff’s, intercepted McFadden at a school as she arrived on campus in a 1990, Dodge, Pick-up truck.last_img read more

Inmate hospitalized after transport van collides with truck in West MiamiDade

first_imgWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – An inmate was taken to the hospital after the van he was traveling in was involved in a crash in West Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue crews responded to the two-vehicle crash, located along Northwest 41st Street and 127th Avenue just after 11:45 a.m., Monday.The man was transported to the hospital by a private ambulance. Officials said he was in stable condition when he arrived7Skyforce HD captured skid marks on the road where the other vehicle, a truck with a vehicle trailer attached, remained stopped.Miami-Dade Police said the inmate transport van collided with the trailer from behind.The driver of the truck was not hurt.The other inmates that were in the van were transferred to another van and transported to the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, where they were originally headed. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Give befitting reply to BNPJamaat propaganda Hasina

first_imgBangladesh Awami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina exchanges views with leaders of the All European Awami League (AEAL) at Hotel Claridges in London on 22 April. Photo: PIDBangladesh Awami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina Sunday directed the All European Awami League (AEAL) leaders to give a befitting reply to what she said BNP-Jamaat propaganda against the country and government abroad, reports BSS.”The BNP-Jamaat nexus, who amassed huge amount of money through illegal ways, is now carrying out false propaganda against the country and the government abroad through various means. So, you’ll have to give a befitting reply to it,” she said when a delegation of the AEAL leaders called on her at her hotel suite here this morning in London, UK.The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is the main opposition political party led by Hasina’s arch enemy Khaleda Zia who landed in jail in last February and Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami is a longstanding ally of BNP.AEAL president Anil Das Gupta and general secretary MA Gani led the delegation.PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.He said the European Awami League leaders apprised the prime minister of different aspects of the organisation.The press secretary said the prime minister also gave directives to the leaders to further strengthen the organisation and maintain unity among them.Sheikh Hasina recalled about how the AL was formed in Europe amid adverse situation after the brutal assassination of Bangabandhu in 1975.In this connection, she asked the present leadership of the European Awami League to properly evaluate those veteran leaders, who played a crucial role in organising Awami League in Europe at that time.”The Awami League will have to move ahead through combined coordination of its young and veteran leaders,” she commented.Hasina claimed that she personally tolerated much pain and sacrificed a lot only for the cause of the country’s development.last_img read more

PM returns home from Australia

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina returned home from Sydney in the early hours of Monday wrapping up her three-day official visit to Australia to join the Global Summit of Women.In the summit, the prime minister was conferred on the prestigious Global Women’s Leadership Award-2018.A Thai Airways flight carrying the prime minister and her entourage members landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka at 12:50am.On her way home from Sydney, the prime minister made a nearly one hour stopover in the Thai capital of Bangkok.Earlier, the prime minister departed Kingsford Smith International Airport in Sydney for Dhaka at 4:00pm local time (12 noon BST).Bangladesh high commissioner to Australia Md Sufiur Rahman saw the prime minister off at the airport.In Sydney, the prime minister received the Global Women’s Leadership Award-2018 on Friday at a gala dinner at International Convention Centre (ICC).The US-based Global Summit of Women conferred the award on Sheikh Hasina for her leadership in women’s education and entrepreneurship in Bangladesh.The prime minister held a meeting with Australian counterpart Malcom Turnbull at his residence on Saturday, while Vietnamese vice president Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh and Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop called on her in the Intercontinental Sydney Hotel.Sheikh Hasina visited Western Sydney University and joined a community event at Sofitel Hotel in Sydney on Saturday.last_img read more

Finally Bitcoin Is Coming to Merchants Who Use PayPals Braintree

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Ending weeks of fervent speculation, PayPal has made it official: its mobile payment processing unit Braintree will soon start accepting Bitcoin payments.As expected, the subsidiary, which PayPal scooped up for $800 million in cash last September, has joined forces with Coinbase to integrate “One Touch” Bitcoin payments in the coming months. The exact date the first cryptocash payments through Braintree will begin rolling isn’t yet available.Braintree CEO Bill Ready announced the big Bitcoin news yesterday at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco.Related: 5 Reasons Merchants Should Start Accepting Bitcoin Now“This is PayPal making a move to embrace Bitcoin,” Ready said during his talk at the popular tech industry event. Braintree quickly followed Ready’s reveal with a blog post offering more on the news.Coming soon to a checkout near you – a seamless Bitcoin experience w. Braintree + @coinbase! Join merchant beta:— Braintree (@braintree) September 8, 2014“At PayPal, we’re excited by Braintree’s announcement to add bitcoin to the payment methods they support on their innovative mobile payments platform,” a PayPal spokesperson told this morning.Chicago-based Braintree is the latest high-profile company to partner with Coinbase. The San Francisco-based Bitcoin exchange and wallet service processes Bitcoin payments for some 36,000 merchants, including, OkCupid, 1-800-Flowers and DISH Network.Related: PayPal Unit Reportedly in Talks to Accept BitcoinMany of Braintree’s partners are equally recognizable big-name firms. They include several hot tech startups like Airbnb, Basecamp, Dropbox, Hotel Tonight, LivingSocial, OpenTable, TaskRabbit and Uber, all of which could soon see their customers paying in Bitcoin thanks to Braintree.PayPal’s flirtation with Bitcoin integration has been percolating for months, with eBay CEO John Donahoe dropping hints at the company’s annual shareholder meeting last May that it was getting more serious about the world’s first digital currency.Yesterday, ahead of Braintree’s announcements, the eBay-owned company directly heralded its support for Bitcoin in a minute-long teaser video titled “PayPal Voices.” The minute-long clip, posted on PayPal’s official YouTube page, set the greater Bitcoin community ablaze on social media yesterday with speculation that perhaps PayPal is finally making a move to embrace Bitcoin in and of itself, outside of its Braintree subsidiary.Related: PayPal Is Cracking Down on Bitcoin Sellers“Our phone is our wallet,” a rapid-fire stream of actors, aka “the voices of the people economy,” chimed in unison, 10 seconds into the hectic, fast forward-style vignette. “We can spend bitcoin with a tap, without a pocket.”Related: Blockchain Returns to the Apple App Store After Bitcoin BanNo need for rumors. PayPal told that it is indeed toying with ways to integrate Bitcoin. Exactly how remains to be seen. The company’s still weighing its options. Maybe the Braintree-Coinbase alliance is PayPal’s version of a trial run. We’ll see.Our One Touch #tech and #Bitcoin integration enables a more seamless and secure payment experience: #paypalit— PayPal (@PayPal) September 8, 2014“We do believe that bitcoin will play an important role in payments in the future and we’re actively considering ways to work with it within PayPal,” the spokesperson said, “but for now we have nothing to announce.”Related: How Bitcoin Is Fueling a New Payments Battlefield 3 min readcenter_img Register Now » September 9, 2014last_img read more

Two of this years most enjoyable TV shows are about gay serial

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Versace and his lover, Antonio | Photo: IMDB/FXAnd in the case of ACS, it tells a true story, one that cannot be erased from history.The Alienist makes more mistakes than ACS, even if it is just following the book. Not only is it about the murder of children, some of whom are figuring out their gender expression and others forced into horrible situations out of desperation, but it makes other questionable choices, especially with characters of colors.Yet despite these facts, both shows are immensely enjoyable.But in a time where the Bury Your Gays trope is alive and well, and dangerous, should we be advocating for shows like these? After all, there’s a reason the benign nature and happy ending of Love, Simon is being discussed and lauded so much.Does representation have to be positive for it to matter? Do these shows count as representation if some of the material is negative?Navigating the mazeThere’s typically a simple answer: It’s okay to enjoy problematic things, as long as you understand why they’re problematic.But the guilt can be real. Week after week, my roommate and I planted ourselves on the couch for the new episode of The Alienist. We cooed and gushed over it, despite its subject matter — and knowing this very dark, real world.Separating art from reality can be a difficult thing. Luckily with these two pieces, it is not a matter of the people behind the camera being controversial, making it difficult to support any work they do. While both killers in the two shows are in the wrong, wholly and completely, it is important to understand they exist in the world of their shows. It is not about the creators behind the camera harboring homophobic attitudes — which can, and has happened.Dakota Fanning in The Alienist | Photo: IMDB/TNTIt is a matter, however, of acknowledging their subject matters, and the weariness of queer stories constantly being about struggles and horror and pain, and assessing how the products address them.I’ll be the first to admit it: I’m tired of queer stories constantly being about prejudice or death or ostracization. For once, I want a romantic comedy with all the tropes of the classics, but with two queer leads. I don’t want the ar I constume to constantly remind me of a world that can be cruel. I see that in the news enough.But I couldn’t help liking these shows. Maybe it was simply because they were well-made. Maybe some things, even if they are depressing, are worth it. The answer can be both of these and more. Though they occasionally made my stomach churn, and forced me to examine my own enjoyment of them, ultimately I simply had to accept that it is possible to feel a myriad of things for a piece of pop culture and not wade too deep into the murky waters.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Gay of Thrones Returns to the internet as Game of Thrones returns to TVOn the Latch: 6 diverse men talk sex, race and everything gayIcons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : But I’m getting ahead of myself.The shows in question are American Crime Story (ACS): The Assassination of Gianni Versace on FX and The Alienist on TNT.The first is based on real-life events and follows the first season of Ryan Murphy’s wildly successful series, The People v. O.J. Simpson. It stars the likes of Darren Criss, Penelope Cruz, and Ricky Martin.The second, meanwhile, is a period piece based on the fiction novel of the same name by Caleb Carr. This series stars Luke Evans, Daniel Brühl, and Dakota Fanning.Examining gay serial killersThe shows are very different, but in their common thread, men who kill and disrupt the LGBTQ community, albeit in different times and ways, there is something fascinating at work. And potentially alarming, given the very real, alleged gay serial killer who recently put Toronto through heartbreaking trauma.Set primarily in the 1990s, ACS examines the serial killer Andrew Cunan (Criss) who claimed Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace (Édgar Ramírez) as his fifth and final victim in 1997.As series, Murphy paints ACS with deliberate and analytical strokes. It is a show whose every decision, every beat is carefully thought about and completed. While emotions run deep in each episode, supported by phenomenal performances from its entire cast, there is something eerie and cold about it as well.Daniel Brühl and Luke Evans in The Alienist | Photo: IMDB/TNTThe Alienist is a messier series, but one that is just as emotional. It’s character-driven, as opposed to adhering strictly to its plot.It takes place in mid-1890s New York City and follows a small group hunting down a serial killer plaguing the city. While the killer himself may not be gay, he targets young and teen boys who dress as girls and prostitute themselves to men, largely due to forced circumstances.This series looks less at the commentaries of gender and sexuality, and cares more about what it means to kill. Brühl’s character, Kreizler, is an alienist, an archaic term for a psychiatrist or psychologist. Inter-personal relationships, prejudice, and classism are all explored in the show. It cares more about its narrative and characters, up against the all-at-once grimy and decadent backdrop of New York City.Both series care about their tones and aesthetic. They are committed to them. They do, however, beg questions of representation and whether or not it should be good or bad.Enjoying problematic thingsDeveloping a TV show about a gay serial killer in and of itself is not wrong. After all, neither of these shows want you to root for the serial killers. While ACS gives a more fully-developed look at Cunan than the killer in the Alienist (done deliberately), their crimes are presented honestly and without sympathy. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- Somewhere in the middle of early 2018’s television season, a thought struck me: Two of the shows I’ve most enjoyed are about gay serial killers.Then came the onslaught of questions. What does this say about me? What does this say about these shows? Are they, to use the well-worn but apt word, problematic?last_img read more