The Dumbos of Bollywood

first_imgFilm director Mahesh Bhatt’s daughter Pooja recently voiced undisguised disappointment, even disgust, at Bollywood’s perverse gaze on the handicapped, disabled, physically challenged and gays. Why, she asked, must they invariably be stereotyped as weirdoes, caricatures, objects of derisive laughter and ridicule or creatures to be abjectly pitied? While (tragically) they are indeed children of a lesser god, wouldn’t a little more feeling and sensitivity be in order, she wondered.The recent, over-the-top posturing of an overweight, roly-poly Rishi Kapoor in Karan Johar’s latest (designer) high-school offering Student of the Year, along with a host of other movies seems to reaffirm her concern.What’s the problem? Is Bollywood dumb, lazy or plain indifferent to these physical or psychological differences and uses them as a convenient soft target for laughs or tears? Do Bollywood actors interpreting these roles, view them as life-transforming opportunities (after the dumb-cluck crap they mostly are doomed to do) leap into the fray with all cylinders firing and occasionally strike target? Do audiences (forever fed on fantasies, glamour, sex, violence, toilet humor or the latest moffusil chic) and Juries perceive these films as cathartic reality checks and are both shaken n’ stirred to applaud and award them, all the way?Delhi-based lyric writer (I am Kalaam) Manobendro Bhattacharyay argues that Bollywood is not about pursuing linear truths, philosophy or philanthropy, but pushing commerce. In an insanely competitive market, “special and unique slots” are hard to identify and exploit. “After the Gangs of Wasseypur, disability could well be the new hot button to hit… and now with Barfi zooming past the Rs 100 crore mark, winning huge critical acclaim (most importantly), heading Oscar-wards, an epidemic of this category could well be on the way.”Mumbai-based production assistant Sneha Jha says that given the parameters of a mass-entertainment model like Bollywood, it needs a very special kind of talent to blend realism with human insight that engages while it enriches and offer credibility that is convincing. “Remember, today’s film audiences are impatient, promiscuous and novelty-driven, so a serious cold, clinical recitation of facts and figures will be dumped in a flash as will a too freaky and unrealistic frivolous perspective on an important issue as disability. From Black, Tare Zameen Par, Paa and Guzarish to Barfi, Bollywood has done a super job in terms of establishing a meaningful audience connect. As for the whiners and kill-joys, forget them. They are born to look for problems, not solutions.”London-based marketing consultant Sudhir Pant agrees: “These blokes have got their wires crossed. They forget that Bollywood movies are not made to further the cause of medical science or designed for the MBBS types wedded to the Hippocratic oath. They are created primarily for mass entertainment. Along the way, diverse themes and subjects are explored, disabilities being one of them. Every single film touching on these themes appears to have been appreciated. Black, Guzaarish, Tare Zameen Par, Paa, My Name is Khan, Kaminey and now Barfi… remain fine examples of forays into this delicate terrain projected with both feeling and sensitivity. These guys love to over-react and play judge n’ jury.”Kolkata-based clinical counselor and mental health activist Ratnabali Ray dismisses all these “frivolous and silly” opinions and denounces the much-acclaimed Barfi as “obnoxious and totally off-center!” To committed professionals like Ray who deal with disabled 24*7, “The whole projection was totally inaccurate. Anurag Basu’s interaction was with autistic school kids hence the adult part, (Priyanka) in terms of problems of articulating their feelings, was totally haywire. They just don’t behave that way. It’s a highly complex, fragile and many-layered issue and cannot be presented with one sweeping and dramatic brush. As for Black, that was even worse. Apart from ‘lifting,’ it was hysterically over-the-top and filmy with the body language and expression modes, ludicrous, To an uninformed and uneducated audience, anything that is slightly off-beat, especially in this area, and done in filmy style, rocks.”Ray however admits that films like Taare Zameen Par and Barfi have at least been huge attention-getters placing these issues, high on the public domain. Eminent art house film director Buddhadev Dasgupta is convinced that it’s a sign of our consumerist times that disability can be leveraged as a powerful commercial tool for mass-entertainment through emotional manipulation. “Today’s filmmakers are hugely market-driven and to them, cleverly exploiting a subject that connects with the heart, is a smart and marketable proposition — truth, honesty and integrity be damned! As long as it simulates the idea of the real thing and approximates it in a convincing manner, it’s fine. Their argument is that it’s a commercial movie not a medical case-study and so creative licenses will occur. In an age when truth is un-fashionable and markets play god, we get what we deserve, I guess.”Film scholar Partho Chatterjee is furious: “Bollywood, especially in recent times, is based on the twin pillars of exaggeration and falsehood. The entire lot of films that are disability-driven — maybe Taare Zameen Par, a little less — represent flagrant distortions of facts shrewdly catering to an audience seeking feel-good, escapist-fare. No filmmaker has the guts or ability to dramatize the truth in a manner that is riveting. Too risky. Hit the path that is well-lit, safe and cleverly camouflages the illusion of truth. Good enough for today’s dumbed-down audience… and now Barfi goes to the Oscars. God save us from ill health!”Veteran Delhi-based actress Joyshree Arora (the mother in Humlog and Shah Rukh Khan’s mom in Chak De) offers a kinder take: “Its easy to be dismissive and condescending about Bollywood’s projection of disability, but have you ever stopped to ponder one small question: Would millions of uneducated, illiterate and uninformed people covering the lower strata of society, for example, ever be able to know and understand the issues of the physically and emotionally challenged if not shown in films like Paa, Taare Zameen Par, Guzarish or Barfi? Aren’t these films, thus, forcing them through exposure to recognize and appreciate the advantages and blessings of a healthy mind in a healthy body and also motivating them to reach out with passion and purpose to the disadvantaged? Bollywood seems to forever be the whipping boy of everything that is wrong in society, which is absurd. While it may not provide the breath of life, surely it is not the kiss of death.”Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan’s gifted son Amaan Ali Khan takes this optimistic note further: “I think it calls for both compassion and sensitivity to make these films, along with courage and conviction. The themes are neither commercially glamorous nor popular and a continent away from the populist feel-good factor. To rise above these make a conscious choice and chart narratives that are heroic and inspirational is an amazing feat and deserve kudos. Full marks to a Sanjay Leela Bhansali, R. Balki and Anurag Basu for resisting the trappings of doing a Dabangg, Rowdy Rathore, Singham or Housefull and attempting something meaningful.”In addition, Amaan believes, Bollywood movies have an audience-connect that is incomparable and the fact that these movies focus on special people — an area of ignorance and darkness in the smaller non-metro cities — is noteworthy and admirable. “At the end of the day, if there is even a little more knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the world of the disabled than before, through these movies, it’s a good enough reason to cheer and celebrate.”Filmmaker Leena Yadav concurs: “While this is a tricky area, there are two aspects involved. Fact is no filmmaker consciously starts out planning an emotionally manipulative film on this subject. Along the way, personal sensibilities and focus influence the direction of the narrative. Secondly, it depends on whether you are seeing this disability from the inside — personal experience — or outside. For me, if the end product imparts a message of inspiration, heroism, fighting against all odds and winning… it’s fine.” Yadav recognizes that the medical frat and specialists have with their criticisns, but if the overall impact is positive, then, she believes, it should be taken in the right spirit.So what gives? The critics and medical frat are caught up between cracking up, shock, disgust and worry about Bollywood’s presentations of these “special” communities. How can item girls perform in a cancer ward (Munna Bhai MBBS), chappatis cure madness (Yaarana,) batteries revive the dead into marching (clerk) babies get delivered through vacuum cleaners (3 Idiots), cancer patients rock n’ dance (Kal Ho Na Ho) and retain their good, flabby health (Dasvidaniya)? Since when did sperm donors (Vicky Donor) strike it rich?Filmmaker Abhigyan Jha recently was reported to have seen a Hollywood crew double-up with laughter after watching the Big B screaming at Rani in Black! Jha also couldn’t figure out the body lingo of Priyanka in Barfi and thought it appeared “more like mental retardation than autism.”Columnist Anvar Alikhan adds fuel to the fire with a deadly salvo that these films are in bad taste: “They are exploitative, self-serving and cynical… a great vehicle for stars to show off their talent in mimicking affliction. These films are one-part emotional manipulation; one part, insidious attempt to make us feel guilty for our own well-being; one part an opportunity to affect an air of sanctimoniousness for supposedly supporting the cause.” He reckons that they click big, because “audiences are vulnerable to disability movies, juries even more so, because of the moral halo they sport,” and wonders how long Bollywood’s phony disability trip will continue. Can any of these films compare with Hollywood’s Elephant Man, Rain Man, My Left Foot, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter or Charlie, he pointedly challenge?The fans recognize that movies are for mass entertainment, so employ creative license and liberties. The “medical miracles” are consumed ecstatically by audiences in a willful suspension of disbelief. Do they really believe in it? Sure, as much as they believe in pigs that fly and dogs that roar. The kill-joys, they insist, should stick to their hospitals, nursing homes and clinics for the disabled and only view doctor and medical science friendly movies that Viagrize their knowledge about their line of work… no matter how terrifyingly boring and clinical they may be.Touche. Related Itemslast_img read more

Kat Tolentino comes alive to lead Lady Eagles rally

first_imgUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Tigresses bare teeth in win over Lady Maroons Senators rally support for Robredo; laud her for accepting anti-drug post PLAY LIST 02:46Senators rally support for Robredo; laud her for accepting anti-drug post00:58Trump blames media, Democrats for impeachment during Kentucky rally00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “People shouldn’t count my outside hitters out,” said Almadro as his team improved to 2-1 and tie University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas for the second spot.“I’m sure we’ll have a bright future, we should believe in what we’re doing and trust each other. We’re working double time so there’s no reason to doubt us,” added Almadro.Ateneo and FEU were locked in a 12-12 stalemate in the fifth set after an extensive back-and-forth until Kyle Negrito committed two straight errors that put the Lady Eagles up, 14-12.Just as fate had it, Tolentino ended the game with a booming kill for the Lady Eagles’ win.“It shows our determination and maybe we just needed to push because we were down two sets already so we needed that to win,” said Tolentino.ADVERTISEMENT Tolentino woke up from her slumber in time to lead the Lady Eagles to a stunning comeback win over the Lady Tamaraws, 14-25, 19-25, 25-21, 25-18, 15-12.“I realized I just can’t stand there and tip the ball out, I have to spike it with power and how I normally do it,” said Tolentino. “I changed my mindset in the next three sets.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAteneo was on the brink of defeat with the Lady Tamaraws silencing the predominantly Lady Eagles crowd of 4,100 after the first two sets.Yet like a phoenix emerging from ashes, the Lady Eagles erupted that led head coach Oliver Almadro give out a spirited speech after the game. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Kat Tolentino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—There were essentially two versions of Kat Tolentino when Ateneo faced Far Eastern University in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday.First was the dormant Tolentino that scored just two points in the first two sets and the other one was the exact opposite who flat out dominated the Lady Tamaraws in the next three sets.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Dipa Karmakar qualifies for vault finals in Olympics,Dipa Karmakar qualifies for vault finals in Olympics

first_imgathletics SHARE SHARE EMAIL August 08, 2016 Making the mark COMMENTS RELATED Video: Dipa Karmakar creates history Published on Dipa Karmakar. (file photo)   –  Reuters Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar scripted history as she became the first Indian to make the cut for the individual vault finals in her debut Olympic Games after finishing 8th in the qualifying round here.The Tripura—girl, who is the country’s first woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics, managed to perform her much—appreciated ‘Produnova’ vault cleanly to secure 14.850 points after two attempts.It was a nervous wait for the Indian after that. She had ended sixth after the third of five sub—divisions.She dropped to 8th eventually when Canadian Shallon Olsen’s terrific effort of 14.950 rejigged the overall standings.But that was just about enough to secure her a place in the finals scheduled for August 14 as the top—8 made the cut for the medal round.Dipa secured 7.000 on difficulty and 8.1 on execution in her first attempt. Her score for difficulty was a tad lower at 6.000 in the second attempt.She landed low on her Produnova vault in the first attempt, while her second vault was a ‘Tsuk double full twist’ with step to the side.Three—time world all—round champion Simone Biles topped the charts with a sensational score of 16.050. The American scored a brilliant 9.700 on execution in both her attempts.North Korea’s Jong Un Hong was a distant second after securing 15.683 followed by Switzerland’s Giulia Steingruber (15.266).In the other routines, Dipa secured 11.666 for her effort on the uneven bars, scoring low on difficulty but decent on execution. Later, Dipa scored 12.866 for her performance on the balance beam.The floor exercise fetched Dipa a score of 12.033, which also included a 0.300 penalty.Dipa, the first Indian woman gymnast to win a Commonwealth Games medal, stood a poor 47th in the all—round standings with a combined score of 51.665.The eight gymnasts with the highest individual scores in each apparatus move on to compete for an individual event title in that apparatus.The 24 men and 24 women with the highest combined individual totals move on to the all—around finals. null Dipa Karmakar. (file photo)   –  Reuters COMMENT SHARE ×last_img read more

New Betting Odds On What CFB Coach Will Be Fired First

first_imgA generic picture of three footballs next to a pylonThe college football season is underway, and Week 1 will be here in a couple of days. It is time to be excited.While every team has at least a little bit of hope right now before their first game, there are some who are destined to struggle. Those programs could decide to make a change and fire their coach.An updated list of betting odds for the first coach to be fired has been released, courtesy of BetDSI. You can check them out below.Maryland’s D.J. Durkin is no longer on the list. Kansas’ David Beaty is not surprisingly first, followed by Lovie Smith, Ed Orgeron, Brian Kelly and Chris Ash to round out the top five.The full list is as follows:David Beaty (Kansas) +400Lovie Smith (Illinois) +500Ed Orgeron (LSU) +600Brian Kelly (ND) +750Chris Ash (Rutgers) +800Kliff Kingsbury (Texas Tech) +1000Mike MacIntyre (Colorado) +1200Barry Odom (Missouri) +1500Mike Leach (Washington State) +2000Dino Babers (Syracuse) +2000Steve Addazio (Boston College) +2500Larry Fedora (North Carolina) +2500Mark Stoops (Kentucky) +3000Herm Edwards (Arizona State) +4000Bobby Petrino (Louisville) +7500Gus Malzahn (Auburn) +10000Field (Any Other Head Coach) +150Which of these names will be the first to go? Or will it be someone not even listed?No coach wants to be on this list, but they play the games for a reason. Just because your name is here doesn’t mean you will be fired.last_img read more

Top Recruit Joseph Johnson Reveals Why He Chose Penn State

first_imgJames Franklin walking onto the field with his Penn State players.GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 30: (L-R) Grant Haley #15, Nick Scott #4, head coach James Franklin, Marcus Allen #2 and Troy Apke #28 of the Penn State Nittany Lions walk out to field arm in arm before the start of the second half of the Playstation Fiesta Bowl against the Washington Huskies at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Nittany Lions defeated the Huskies 35-28. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Penn State has been recruiting pretty well in recent weeks, and that includes the recent addition of cornerback Joseph Johnson.Johnson is the No. 32 cornerback and No. 9 recruit from Virginia in his recruiting class, per 247Sports. Over 20 schools extended an offer to him.The Virginia native originally gave his commitment to NC State, but decided to re-open his recruitment in the spring. Clearly, he fell in love with Penn State’s program.On Tuesday, Johnson announced his commitment to Penn State. The four-star recruit, per 247Sports’ internal rankings (and a high three-star in the composite rankings), actually moved his decision to an earlier date after visiting the campus. He also revealed that assistant coach Terry Smith played a factor in his decision to join the Nittany Lions.From 247Sports:“I really liked them when I went up on my official (visit in two weeks ago) but what really pulled me there was the love they were showing,” Johnson said. “They were showing so much love. I went up on a visit and it just felt like home. It felt like the right place.“I like the fact that they blitz their corners,” Johnson said. “I like the pressure the defensive line brings. I like the coverages they mix up. I like the way coach Smith teaches it. It’s great.”According to 247Sports’ recruiting rankings, the Nittany Lions have the No. 11 recruiting class for 2020.The only programs within the Big Ten that Penn State trails behind in the recruiting rankings are Michigan and Ohio State.[247Sports]last_img read more

SHI Gets ABS Cyber Approval for Smart Ship Solution

first_imgzoom Classification society ABS has granted a Certificate of CyberSafety Compliance for Samsung Heavy Industries’ (SHI) Smart Ship Solution.As explained, the goal of SHI’s Smart Ship Solution is improving vessel efficiencies using real time data from hull and equipment sensors in collaboration with land-based technical and fleet managers.Real-time data transfer between ship and shore facilities — to enable automated operations — presents a growing cybersecurity challenge for the marine and offshore industries, ABS said.According to the classification society, the shipbuilder’s solution adheres to ABS Guide for Cybersecurity Implementation for the Marine and Offshore Industries and ISO 27000 series, IT Security Control Code of Practice.“SHI Smart Ship Solution was successfully tested and evaluated for compliance with the ABS Cybersecurity Guide,” Paul R. Walters, Director of the Global ABS CyberSafety® program, said.“ABS is pleased to be working with SHI to ensure the next generation of vessels is better equipped to address the increased level of cyber risk they will certainly face,” Walters added.“Gaining the ABS Certificate of CyberSafety Compliance is an important first step to apply the Smart Ship Solution in the marine and offshore industries. Through the ABS/SHI Joint Development Project, SHI is proud to acquire the world’s first ship system ABS Certificate of CyberSafety Compliance,” Dong-Yeon Lee, SHI Ship and Offshore Performance Research Center Vice President, commented.ABS said it will work with SHI on next-generation cybersecurity technology for smart ships focused on both the ship’s onboard architecture and its onshore fleet management cybersecurity architecture going forward.last_img read more

Road Improvements for Cumberland

first_img A popular scenic route in Cumberland County will get a $1.4million upgrade this year. A contract has recently been awarded to repave almost sevenkilometres of Route 209, from North Greville Road westerly. “Building better roads keeps communities connected and also helpsthe tourism industry,” said Ron Russell, Minister ofTransportation and Public Works. “Upgrading this popular touristroute will benefit residents and visitors to Cumberland Countyand to other areas of the province.” The tender was awarded to Dexter Construction. Work will begin onMay 17 and will be completed by Aug. 31. The Department of Transportation and Public Works highwaysdivision manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in NovaScotia. It maintains an inventory of 4,100 bridges and operatesseven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from districtoffices located in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney. TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Road Improvements for CumberlandCountylast_img read more

John Oliver Grants OnceInALifetime Experience To Ohio Wish Kid

first_imgNational children’s charity Kids Wish Network (KWN) recently partnered with comedian, political satire expert, and host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight John Oliver to grant a once in a lifetime experience for an Ohio boy diagnosed with a life threatening illness, autoimmune enteropathy.Kids Wish Network, which has been fulfilling wishes for sick children since 1997, flew Wish Kid Josh Danielpour from Ohio to New York where the hit show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is produced. It was there in The Big Apple the teen was able to do some sightseeing as well as meet John Oliver and the writers of the hit HBO show.It was also a special time for John Oliver who enjoys brightening a young person’s day. “It was really great spending time with Josh. He is not only smarter and funnier than I was at his age; he’s smarter and funnier than I am now,” Oliver explained. He continued in a joking manner stating, “I loved hanging out with him and watching him slowly realize that he should have probably wished for something else. He’s welcome back here anytime!”“Can you imagine the excitement Josh felt when he traveled almost halfway across the country to sit on the set of his favorite TV show and then to actually spend time and talk with his favorite entertainer?” said Anna Lanzatella, executive director for Kids Wish Network. “This is the joy we’re able to give our Wish Kids when we partner with people like John Oliver.”Josh’s mother Lisa spoke about her son’s time with the comedy guru, “Josh was proud that he made John Oliver laugh hard, twice; and that John Oliver was interested in Josh’s technology advice that related to ideas he has for next season’s shows.”During his wish, Josh and his family were guests at The Roosevelt Hotel and were chauffeured around New York by US Limousine Service. They were also treated to a tour of the world famous Statue of Liberty and enjoyed memorable meals at Hard Rock Café and The Palm West.Kids Wish Network is a national charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations.last_img read more

UN official highlights impact of democracy and rule of law on advancing

“Democracy and the rule of law are two powerful forces in the global environment that together can help strengthen the political will needed to move the disarmament agenda forward,” Sergio Duarte, the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, told the General Assembly committee that deals with disarmament and international security issues, also known as the First Committee.As the committee, chaired by Ambassador Jarmo Viinanen of Finland, began its general debate, Mr. Duarte noted that disarmament remains a goal shared by all Member States. “What is most needed now is the political will to translate these goals into action. For this work to be undertaken on a global scale, there is no substitute for the UN disarmament machinery as a venue for multilateral cooperation,” he said. “It remains the world’s great ‘assembly line’ for the construction and maintenance of global disarmament norms. “As the forces of democracy continue to grow, so too will the legitimacy of international rules in this field – and as the rule of law continues to come to disarmament, so too will the world welcome the additional stability, predictability and basic fairness that will arise as a result,” said the High Representative.He pointed to the democratic revolution that is sweeping the world, and said that evidence that democracy is coming to disarmament is “indisputable” in light of the actions by mayors, grass-roots organizations and civil society groups in promoting progress in nuclear disarmament. “It is apparent in the persisting and growing expectations voiced in the General Assembly for new progress in disarmament,” he stated. “And as the world’s largest democratic body, the General Assembly offers a forum for each State, large or small, to participate in the process of developing multilateral disarmament norms.“And as democracy is coming to disarmament, so too is the rule of law,” Mr. Duarte added, saying that this is apparent in many ways, including the efforts to gain universal membership in the key multilateral treaties dealing with weapons of mass destruction, as well as in the growing interest in support of negotiating a nuclear weapons convention.The forces of democracy and the rule of law also have the potential to help in achieving the goal of a reduction in military spending, Mr. Duarte stated. The world is reportedly spending over $1.6 trillion a year for military purposes, he noted, while progress in achieving the global anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has fallen short of expectations given the lack of resources.“In terms of the work of this committee, it is therefore quite clear that we should not close up shop and wait for the dawning of world peace as a precondition for disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control to succeed. “To the contrary, our efforts in each of these fields make their own vital and independent contributions to strengthening international peace and security,” said Mr. Duarte. “And as disarmament advances, the world advances.”During the current 66th session of the Assembly, the deliberations of the committee will cover a wide range of issues, including weapons of mass destruction, the regulation and limitation of conventional arms, the relationship between disarmament and development, disarmament education, and institutions in the UN disarmament machinery.Its general debate will continue through 11 October. 3 October 2011The twin forces of democracy and the rule of law can help advance progress on disarmament and positively impact the work of the United Nations committee that deals with the issue, a top United Nations official said today. read more

EU new commercial vehicle registrations rise for the 17th consecutive month

European demand for new commercial vehicles increased by 16.4% in May, with 187,134 CVs registered in the month. The increase occurred across all segments of the commercial vehicle market and Italy, France and Spain all experienced double-digit growth.Almost one million new commercial vehicles were registered in the region during the first five months of 2016, putting the EU market’s expansion at 13.5 percentage points during 2016.The new heavy commercial vehicle market (over 16 tonnes) and the new heavy and medium heavy commercial vehicle market (over 3.5 tonnes) performed similarly well, with both categories seeing strong growth in four of the five major European economies. Registrations in Germany remained relatively stable. For the 33rd consecutive month, light commercial vehicle registrations also increased in May.Registrations of new medium and heavy buses and coaches were 2.6% higher in May, compared with the same month last year, with the segment’s growth for the year to date reaching 3.3%.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Heres what happened today Monday

first_imgState pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy after investigating the body of the man at the scene around a house in Ormond Quay today. (Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)IRELAND It was revealed that Garda escort bikes had been taken off the road for two months.A man died after a broad daylight stabbing in Dublin’s Smithfield area.Secondary school teachers announced that they would be commencing industrial action on 2 October.Government figures showed that 45 million bottles of wine had been sold since the introduction of a €1 levy last year.Gardaí are asking people attending the National Ploughing Championships to leave the sat-navs at home.The National Council for the Blind said that it was “surprised” to hear that Revenue plans to investigate those in receipt of the blind pension.The man killed in last night’s stabbing in Tallaght was named as James Humphries. His aunt told RTÉ that he “wouldn’t hurt a fly”.The union representing university staff voted to accept the Haddington Road Agreement by a margin of 62 per cent to 38 per cent.Flights at Cork Airport were disrupted as heavy fog settled over the city.An Irish father of nine was killed after falling from a balcony in New York City.INTERNATIONALVeteran entertainer Rolf Harris arrives at Westminster Magistrate’s Court in London today. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)#YEWTREE Entertainer Rolf Harris appeared in a London court today to face nine charges of indecent assault and making indecent images of children.#KENYA Kenyan forces stormed the Westgate Mall in what the Interior Ministry called the ‘final assault’ on terrorists. #TRACKERS The head of the European Central Bank said that interest rates will stay low, in a move that will please holders of tracker mortgages.#SNAKE ON A PLANE In a scene reminiscent of a Samuel L Jackson movie, a snake caused a Qantas plane heading from Sydney to Japan to be delayed.INNOVATIONThis incredibly cool gif shows how a piece of the Apollo 12 rocket floated around space for 31 years, at one stage coming close to re-entering earth’s orbit. []A computer club in Germany has claimed that it has hacked the fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5S. In a remarkably simple video, members of the Chaos Computer Club take one minute to get around the security feature. [BusinessEtc]PARTING SHOTWith a groundswell of opinion rising against Arthur’s Day, Guinness manufacturer Diageo was forced to defend the campaign. Corporate Relations Director Peter O’Brien even pledged to visit an Accident and Emergency Department to survey the change in demand for emergency services this Thursday. (@jonathanhealy/Twitter)Here’s what happened yesterday NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a roundup of today’s news…last_img read more

Dalai Lama crosses Derry Peace Bridge with Catholic and Protestant children

first_imgArriving to the city yesterday, the Dalai Lama showed Moore how to take a pinch of tsampa from the proffered traditional Tibetan welcome and toss it into the air.The Mayor of Derry, Kevin Campbell, welcomed him with a gift that symbolised friendship while the Buddhist leader offered him a khata in return.The visit marks Derry’s celebrations as the UK City of Culture.Read: Dalai Lama sends letter offering ‘good fortune’ to Bradford ahead of League Cup final > Best mates: Prince Charles and the Dalai Lama (pics) THE DALAI LAMA will cross Derry’s Peace Bridge today with Catholic and Protestant children during his two-day visit to the city.Some 300 local primary school children will also provide a guard of honour on the pedestrian bridge and sing for the Tibetan spiritual leader as he meets with Bishop Ken Good and Monsignor Eamon Martin to symbolise peace in Derry.Following the walk, the 14th Dalai Lama will give a public talk at Crossfire’s ‘Culture of Compassion’ event which will be followed by a musical performance by Christy Moore.Richard Moore, Director of Children in Crossfire said he was delighted to welcome back the Dalai Lama to Derry:center_img He came to the city six years ago as part of our 10th anniversary celebrations and has been a dedicated patron of the charity since that time.We are delighted that people from across Northern Ireland and beyond will have an opportunity to see and hear him speak during this City of Culture year.last_img read more

ediPEEL organic edible coating stops fruit and vegetables spoiling

first_imgBuy any bag of fruit or vegetables from your local store and chances are a few of them have been damaged or spoiled during harvesting, storage, and transport. Depending on how bad they are you may just eat them anyway, but such spoilage leads to a lot of waste.James Rogers, a materials science student at UC Santa Barbara believes he has solved the problem with the development of a new coating. It’s organic, edible, and can be used to coat fruit and vegetables to maintain their freshness and protect them from damage.It is known as aPEEL Technology with the coating containing the ediPEEL formula. That formula is essentially a water-based organic preservative created from natural plant extracts that otherwise would be classed as a waste product. Each piece of fruit and veg has the resultant coating applied simply by dipping them in it and allowing it to dry.By coating the fresh food it stops water loss and acts as a barrier against oxygen, therefore preventing oxidation. So good is the coating that it can replace the need to refrigerate certain types of fruit and veg, effectively cutting storage costs as well as waste.The ediPEEL coating has already been proven to work, but Rogers has a lot of research still to do in order to tweak the coating for different types of fruit and veg. As the skin of a fruit/vegetable can vary, so must the coating in order to stick to it. There’s also plans to adapt it for leafy greens, meaning bags of salads could last longer after being opened, too.Once Rogers has every iteration figured out it should mean we all get fresher food available to us, probably without even realizing this coating has been applied.Read more at Co.EXIST and aPEEL Technologylast_img read more

Mendy Foxes geared up for Anfield battle

first_imgPapy Mendy says Leicester City make the advantage of their short break count when they lock horns with Liverpool on Wednesday night.The Foxes’ bowed to the last gasp goal against Wolverhampton Wanderers, in their agonising 4-3 reverse at Molineux Stadium.But the French midfielder who has been consistent for the Foxes this season has called for his side to give their all at Anfield.“We have to stay concentrated,” Mendy told the club’s website prior to the trip to Merseyside. “We can work well, and we can think about Liverpool, we can prepare well to fight.“It is good to have a little break because I think we need it for our minds. The last three or four games were not easy.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“It is never easy when we lose but we are professional and that is football. Sometimes we win, sometimes we lose. We do the maximum to get the maximum result.”The 26-year-old believes City must put their defeat to Wolves behind them as they aim to cause an upset against the league leaders on Wednesday evening.“It was frustrating because we came back after 2-0 and we lost in the last minute,” Mendy continued. “It was not easy. We didn’t start well at the beginning and we have to correct this.“That is our problem this season. We have a desire to correct this every time in training and we must correct this problem.“We play together and we have to fight together and yes, the Premier League is very difficult because every weekend we play against a tough team. It is a good challenge to get a good result at Liverpool.”last_img read more

One held over motherson murder

first_img.Police on Tuesday night arrested the prime accused in the killing of a woman and her son in Sylhet on Sunday noon, reports UNB.The arrestee is Nazmul Hasan, 40, son of late Karim member and a resident of Muktir Chalk of Sadar upazila.A team of Kotowali Police arrested Nazmul from a house in Shah Poran Gate area of the city at night, said assistant superintendent of police Sadek Kawser at a press briefing on Wednesday afternoon.The police official said that Nazmul borrowed money from Rokeya Begum for running a business together. Nazmul might have killed Rokeya following difference over the money.Police on Sunday noon recovered the bodies of Rokeya Begum, 40, and her SSC examinee son Rabiul Islam Rokon, 15, from their rented house in Mirabazar area.last_img read more

China Russia oppose UN criticism of Myanmar over Rohingya

first_imga Rohingya woman queues at a relief centre at the Jamtoli refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar. AFP file photoThe UN General Assembly on Sunday urged Myanmar to end a military campaign against Muslim Rohingya and called for the appointment of a UN special envoy, despite opposition from China, Russia and some regional countries.A resolution put forward by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) was adopted by a vote of 122 to 10 with 24 abstentions.China, Russia, Cambodia, Laos, the Philippines and Vietnam joined Myanmar in voting against the measure as did Belarus, Syria and Zimbabwe.The resolution calls on the government to allow access for aid workers, ensure the return of all refugees and grant full citizenship rights to the Rohingya.It requests that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appoint a special envoy to Myanmar.The measure was adopted by the assembly after its budget committee gave the green light to funds for the new position of UN special envoy to Myanmar.More than 650,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled the mainly Buddhist country since the military operation was launched in Rakhine state in late August.Myanmar authorities insist the campaign is aimed at rooting out Rohingya militants who attacked police posts on 25 August but the United Nations has said the violence amounts to ethnic cleansing.Last week, the UN special rapporteur for Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, said she had been banned from the country and that the government had cut off all cooperation with her.last_img read more

IOL invests crores on green mission

first_imgKolkata: Indian Oil Limited is investing around Rs 1,000 crore in the state in the next two years, the majority of the funds will be used for green initiatives.The centre is inclined towards introducing BS VI vehicles in the days to come. In BS IV vehicles there is presence of 50 ppm (parts per million ) sulphur while in BS VI it will be 10 ppm. According to Indian Oil Limited officials if BS IV vehicles are filled with BS VI standard fuel then there will be hardly any reduction in pollution level. In order to solve this problem the Indian Oil Limited is planning to come up with a Diesel Emission Additive Plant at Budge Budge in South 24 Parganas, which will reduce the pollution level of BS IV fuel. The investment for the project will be to the tune of Rs 150 crore. The project is awaiting clearance from the ministry level. “We will be supplying BS VI standard fuel from all outlets of IOL from April 2020. The infrastructure for this is being developed. We are spending Rs 500 crores for this project in Haldia,” said Pritish Bharat, Indian Oil Limited executive director (Bengal state office). The number of Indian Oil Limited petrol pumps in the state is 1,200 of which 700 pumps have been fitted with solar panels. Another 300 pumps will have solar panels by next year, which will entail an investment of Rs 100 crore. The number of LPG consumers in the state is presently 2.09 crore which is 94 percent of the population. The overall percentage in the country is 96 percent. The Indian Oil Limited is also working upon reducing pollution from fuel of ships.last_img read more

Global Indoor Farming technology Market Report 2018 and Future Opportunity Assessment Published “Global indoor farming technology  Market 2018 Research Report – Forecast to 2025” – Market Investment Analysis, Business Operation Data, Top Companys, Opportunity, Features, Development & Trends, Region, Industry Chain, Technology, Research Methodology and Forecast up to 2025.Global Indoor Farming Technology Market to reach USD 53.1 billion by 2025.Global indoor farming technology market is valued approximately USD 25.40 billion in 2017 and is anticipated to grow with a healthy growth rate of more than 9.65 % over the forecast period 2018-2025. Rising need for higher yields using limited water and space is key trend that are responsible for the wide adoption of indoor farming technology globally. Moreover, production of biopharmaceutical products offers lucrative growth opportunities for the global indoor farming market over the forecast period of 2018-2025.Get Sample Copy of this Report @ indoor farming technology market is significantly driven by growing demand for fresh foods with higher nutritive value. According to the IIFT, a research conducted by Euromonitor International reveals that in 2016, global demand for fresh food increased by 3% in terms of volume. Also, Asia-Pacific and Middle East experienced the growth owing to the disposable budgets and growing population.On the basis of segmentation, the indoor farming technology market is segmented into growing system, facility type, component and crop type. The growing segment of global indoor farming technology market is classified into aeroponics, hydroponics, aquaponics, soil-based and hybrid of which hydroponics holds the largest market share in terms of revenue owing to application of hydroponics growth mechanism helps to mitigate most of risks such as limited space in urban areas and low availability of water and it provides ample fresh produce.The regional analysis of indoor farming technology market is considered for the key regions such as North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and ROW. Asia-Pacific have occupied major share in the global indoor farming technology market. The major reasons for the dominance of Asia-Pacific are growth in the number of indoor farms in countries such as China and Japan. Whereas, Asia-Pacific is expected to emerge as the fastest growing region in terms of market share. The growth of Asia-Pacific region is witnessed owing to climate variations in this region.The leading market players include-Philips LightingEverlight ElectronicsArgus Controls SystemsNetafimLumigrowLogiqsIllumitexVertical Farm SystemsHydrodynamics InternationalGeneral HydroponicsThe objective of the study is to define market sizes of different segments & countries in recent years and to forecast the values to the coming eight years. The report is designed to incorporate both qualitative and quantitative aspects of the industry within each of the regions and countries involved in the study. Furthermore, the report also caters the detailed information about the crucial aspects such as driving factors & challenges which will define the future growth of the market. Additionally, the report shall also incorporate available opportunities in micro markets for stakeholders to invest along with the detailed analysis of competitive landscape and product offerings of key players. The detailed segments and sub-segment of the market are explained below:By Growing system: AeroponicsHydroponicsAquaponicsSoil-BasedHybridBy Facility Type: Glass or Poly GreenhousesIndoor Vertical FarmsContainer FarmsIndoor Deep-Water Culture (DWC) systemsBy Component:HardwareClimate Control SystemsLighting SystemsCommunication SystemsSensorsSystem ControlsIrrigation SystemsSoftware & ServicesEquipmentBy Crop Type: Fruits & VegetablesLeafy GreensTomatoStrawberryEggplantHerbs & Microgreens BasilHerbsTarragonWheatgrassFlowers & Ornamentals PerennialsAnnualsOrnamentalsOthersGet a discount on this research report @ Region such as North America, U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Russia, Norway, Iceland, Rest of Europe, Asia-Pacific, China, Philippine, Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific,LAMEA, Latin America , Middle East, AfricaAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports of various domains  across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Laverne Coxs new single wont be followed by an album for this

first_imgBut don’t get too excited for a new phase in the actress and activist’s career… Because she doesn’t actually want to be a pop star!The Orange Is the New Black star announced the single’s video release on Instagram yesterday, writing: ‘Thank you everyone who has been kiki’ing and carrying to my debut single #BeatForTheGods. I love you so much!’‘I don’t want to do an album’Speaking to OUT about the song, the star said: ‘I don’t want to do an album, I don’t want to be a pop star. People have been asking me to do music for years, and I don’t want to do music.’[embedded content]She explained that the idea for the passion project came about after a joke with her make up artist. ‘One day my makeup artist, Deja […] did my makeup for an event and I looked in the mirror and said, “Girl, I’m beat for the gods.” I was living for myself. I was having a moment.’ GAYSTARNEWS- Laverne Cox in her new music video | Photo: Beat For the Gods eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Laverne Cox dropped a surprise new single called Beat For the Gods this weekend.center_img ‘And as a joke, I said, ‘Deja, that would be a cute song for the kids, “Beat For The Gods.” […] But I wrote a little something, and ran it by her, and I was hanging with my friend Benjamin (K. Damptey), and he’s a recording artist, and I jokingly told him I had an idea for a song. And he said, ‘Love, we should record this. Let’s just do it.’She furthermore added: ‘I just wanted it to be a cute song for the kids to vogue to. It really is an homage to that community, the kids who vogue, the kids who drag, the nightclub scene.’Fans seemed divided in their feedback. One write on YouTube: ‘I love Laverne Cox and I think she’s really talented, but this song is awful! I am sure that she can do better than this. She should try diffrent [sic] genre next time. Her voice really fits into rock/jazz music, similar she did in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.’However, another added: ‘Oh my god so good this is going on my workout mix you are a queen and you are gorgeous.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Laverne Cox speaks about her boyfriend of 8 months: ‘I’m in love’Madonna sends love to New York Pride with cute cat face videoRobyn says she will release a new album this yearRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

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first_imgTechnology | July 15, 2011 eHGT Releases Version 2.0 of eHealth Connect Diagnostic Image Exchange Related Content Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more July 15, 2011 — eHealth Global Technologies (eHGT) announced the release of version 2.0 of its hybrid-federated architecture for its eHealth Connect Diagnostic Image Exchange service.This release provides three key enhancements to the eHealth Connect service. The first is support for emergency/trauma workflows, enabling immediate review of diagnostic-quality images before they have been reported upon, which is an important capability for rural locations connected to the Health Information Exchange (HIE).The second enhancement is a more flexible distributed architecture which will more readily adapt to the needs of very large image providers, like academic hospitals that are concerned with fast access to their imaging exams; as well as very small environments, like critical access hospitals, that are concerned with low-cost connectivity.The third key advancement is the availability of an “image exchange utility” model that allows an HIE to simply “plug in” to the eHGT image exchange service, enabling the deployment of a secure weblink to diagnostic images within the existing radiology reporting workflow.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read morelast_img read more