Nomadic Filmland Academy Offers Youth Opportunity to Be Filmmaking Production Assistants

Rabat – The 1001 Nights Filmmaking Program, a unique opportunity for youth to be filmmaking production assistants, is scheduled to take place from May 18th through the 27th in Marrakech and Ouarzazate.The event will be staged by Nomadic Filmland Academy, a new filmmaking program created by the young, colorful Moroccan Chaymaa Rhou last year. It seeks to supply opportunities to promising production assistants, support their passion, and further upgrade their artistic credentials.The nine-day program also offers them the opportunity to network with professional, international mentors. “The aim is to enhance the skills of participants in filmmaking and offer them the access to our film network and media partners during the program. We also hope to prepare them to build a name in the industry,” Chaymaa Rhou told MWN.The program will include practical activities and workshops in English. They will be conducted by two international experts, Marco Zaccaria and Robera Chimera.The two experts will guide the participants in embarking on their brilliant careers by instructing them in the skills to tell stories visually, creating visual experiences through images and sounds, and publishing visual content through the web.They will also share their professional experiences in directing, production, scriptwriting, editing, filming, and storytelling.At the end of workshops, the coaches will assist the participants in producing a short collaborative film together.Additionally, the participants will benefit from the usage of professional, advanced materials for filming and editing during the course of the program.They will also profit from the access to Moroccan Hollywood Ouarzazate Studios, Nomadic Filmland Academy’s media partners and film experts.Nomadic Filmland Academy’s mission is to be a bridge that enables promising filming artists to overcome obstacles and excel in the visual arts field in Morocco.To apply for 1001 Nights Filmmaking Program, visit www.nomadicfilmacademy.com read more

IFAD Officially Opens Office in Morocco

Rabat – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on Thursday officially opened its new office in Rabat during a ceremony attended by government officials and representatives of the UN body.“The opening of an IFAD office in Morocco is part of the Fund’s policy to decentralize and strengthen partnerships at the country level,” IFAD Assistant Vice President, Périn Saint Ange, said in a speech delivered on this occasion.This inauguration marks a milestone in the longstanding cooperation between the Kingdom of Morocco and IFAD, St. Angelo said, recalling that partnership between the two parties “started in 1979 with the signing of a first agreement.” The opening of this office “reflects a long-term commitment of IFAD with the Government of Morocco” within the framework of partnership in the fight against rural poverty, he said.IFAD programs and projects in Morocco will continue to focus on three zones that have a high incidence of poverty but also have a development potential. They are mountainous zones, rangelands with poor productivity, and rainfed agricultural zones in the arid south. The latest country program gives priority to mountainous zones.In the poorest areas, IFAD’s target groups include poor smallholder farmers and landless farmers, small-scale livestock farmers, rural women and unemployed young people.The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is a specialized agency of the United Nations dedicated to eradicating rural poverty in developing countries.IFAD was established as an international financial institution; its goal is to empower poor rural women and men in developing countries to achieve higher incomes and improved food security.With MAP read more

Ban gathers heads of regional organizations to boost cooperation on crises

Over the past few years, the UN and regional and other organizations have developed a web of cooperative relationships in various areas, including mediation, electoral matters, peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance. Today the majority of UN peace and security activities around the world are undertaken in cooperation with regional or sub-regional organizations.The joint UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) which is overseeing peacekeeping and mediation efforts in that war-torn region of Sudan is but one of many such examples. Capacity-building activities have also greatly expanded.Regional and sub-regional organizations bring unique insight to bear and have a special interest in responding to regional political and security crises, while the UN has more than 60 years of experience in peacemaking, peacekeeping, humanitarian assistance and peace-building, UN officials stress.Deepening partnerships for effective action in the field requires strong relationships, drawing on distinct mandates and comparative advantages and the retreat is intended to provide an intimate, informal forum for evaluating what has worked so far, and how future cooperation can be improved. The retreat will be followed by a Security Council debate on Wednesday on UN-regional cooperation, at which Mr. Ban and other top-level participants will speak. The meeting begins this evening with an address by Mr. Ban on “Global Realities and Regional Challenges,” and the agenda also includes time for informal interactions between the participants. Mr. Ban plans to hold bilateral meetings with a number of the participants to allow for focused discussions on regional hotspots as well as cooperation on broader global issues.Retreat participants include the heads of African Union Commission (AU), Caribbean Community, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), League of Arab States, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Organization of American States (OAS), Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIF), South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Southern African Development Community (SADC), and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). 11 January 2010The United Nations and regional organizations will seek to further enhance their burgeoning cooperation in peacemaking and peacekeeping, conflict prevention and crisis management at a high-level two-day retreat beginning today outside New York City, hosted by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. read more

New UNICEF chief to highlight Japans support for child rights during visit

The new head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has arrived in Japan for a two-day visit, during which he will highlight the country’s strong support for the protection of child rights.“The Japanese Government and the Japanese people are firm supporters of UNICEF’s mission to help improve the lives of children in need,” said Executive Director Tony Lake.“Protecting children’s rights is a global responsibility that can only be met by strong partnerships like that which exists between UNICEF and Japan,” he added.Japan is among UNICEF’s top ten government donors, and private donations by Japanese people, made through the country’s National Committee, total more than the agency receives from the citizens of any other country. While in Tokyo, Mr. Lake will meet with Crown Prince Naruhito, Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada, as well as senior Government officials, parliamentarians and other dignitaries.He will also meet with some of UNICEF’s partners, supporters and volunteers to thank them for their engagement, and pay a special visit to Japan’s National Committee. Among his other activities, Mr. Lake is scheduled to meet with Sadako Ogata, the former UN High Commissioner for Refugees and a former President of UNICEF’s Executive Board, who is currently the head of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). They are expected to discuss joint efforts to promote children’s issues. 11 May 2010The new head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has arrived in Japan for a two-day visit, during which he will highlight the country’s strong support for the protection of child rights. read more

UNbacked meeting seeks to clamp down on poaching of elephants rhinos

16 August 2011Faced with increased poaching and illegal trade in ivory and horns of elephants and rhinoceroses, 300 government and civil society experts worldwide are seeking to strengthen conservation with new financial mechanisms at a United Nations-backed meeting in Geneva this week. “Innovative financial solutions are required to achieve the huge conservation task before us,” John Scanlon, Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), told the Standing Committee of the 175-member State treaty, whose secretariat is administered by the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP). “With nearly seven billion people consuming biodiversity every day in the form of medicines, food, clothes, furniture, perfumes or luxury goods, a robust CITES is more relevant and needed today than ever. Enhanced cooperation with other organizations and initiatives is crucial to bridge the financial gap between the cost to implement CITES regulations effectively, the resources currently allocated and the services provided to stakeholders,” he added. High on the agenda of the five-day meeting, which began yesterday, are new financial mechanisms, elephant conservation, measures to reduce current levels of poaching of rhinos, tigers and other big cats, illegal trade in mahogany and other timber species, the fate of sturgeon and the caviar trade, and the sourcing of reptile skins used in the leather industry. According to a report prepared by the CITES programme for Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE), last year saw the highest levels of elephant poaching since 2002, with Central Africa being of most concern, with poverty, poor governance and consumption patterns in China, among the prime causes. The committee will consider targeted measures for tightening ivory trade controls all along the illegal trade chain in key African and Asian countries, and for raising awareness in Asian markets and transit countries. With rhinos, numbers have increased consistently since the early 1990s, particularly in Africa, thanks to CITES trade controls, but this trend is being jeopardized by the upsurge in demand and consequent increase in poaching levels, with illegal trade in horns, used in Asia as a medicine and for dagger handles, the driving force behind this poaching. According to a South African Government report, 174 rhinos were illegally killed there in the first six months of this year, with poaching levels rising dramatically in recent years from 13 in 2007 to 330 in 2010. More than 120 suspected poachers have been arrested since January. Rhinos elsewhere, particularly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), India, Mozambique, Nepal, and Zimbabwe, are also suffering. The illegal trade includes fraudulent applications for CITES documents, abuse of legal trophy hunting and the use of couriers smuggling horns from Southern Africa to Asia’s Far East. The committee is also reviewing the legal origin of mahogany from Latin America. New timber information systems will be considered to ensure that the harvest is sustainable and the trade legal and traceable. read more

Two Lankans arrested in Kenya

Kenyan police and Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) officials arrested two Sri Lankan nationals for allegedly mining without a licence in Taita-Taveta County.KRA and Ministry of Mines officials said the foreigners were arrested in Voi town while engaging in the business illegally, the Standard Digital website reported. “The suspects were doing mining business without following the laid down mining regulations. I have referred the matter to KRA regional office in Mombasa for further action,” said a senior KRA official, Hanningtone Olero. “The Sri Lankans are sly and do not follow the right mining procedures. Let them do clear business. Some of them pretend to be tourists and later buy gemstones and smuggle the commodities out of Tanzania through the panya route,” he said. Kenya is losing billions of shillings in a mineral-smuggling racket involving unscrupulous rich foreign gemstone dealers and miners in the region.The influential mining cartels mainly from Sri Lanka and Tanzania come to the area to buy minerals and later smuggle them out of the country through undesignated routes along the porous Kenya-Tanzania border.The cartels are said to be controlling the markets and prices of gemstones and local dealers are denied access. Omito said foreign dealers are colluding with local ones to perpetrate the vice, hence bringing down mining business. He said the foreigners buy gemstones and disappear without following exit points. The incident comes after the Mines department recently closed two gemstone dealers’ shops in Voi town for operating unlawfully. “The gemstone dealers opened offices in the town without a licence. They have also been colluding with Sri Lankans to perpetrate illegal mining business in the region,” said the county’s geologist Edward Omito.He said last year police arrested a Sri Lankan who had been buying gemstones in a hotel room without a permit. read more

UN Assembly wraps up annual general debate its global multilateral role reaffirmed

Held under the theme of ‘Making the United Nations relevant to all people: global leadership and shared responsibilities for peaceful, equitable and sustainable societies,’ leaders from the world’s largest nations and economies to the world’s smallest swore fealty to the UN and its Charter, and the need to reform the Organization in the face of a daunting future.Secretary-General António Guterres and Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés set the tone with their opening speeches on day one of the six-day high-level segment devoted to addresses from the UN’s 193 Member States, many of them led by Heads of State and Government.UN Photo/Loey FelipeSecretary-General Guterres address the General Assembly on the opening day of its annual debate.“As guardians of the common good, we also have a duty to promote and support a reformed, reinvigorated and strengthened multilateral system,” Mr. Guterres said, a theme Ms. Espinosa emphasized.“Multilateralism is the only possible answer to the global problems we face. Weakening or putting it in question only generates instability and bewilderment, distrust and polarization,” she said.In all, 77 Heads of State, five Vice-Presidents, 44 Heads of Government, four Deputy Prime Ministers, 54 Ministers, one Vice-Minister, and eight Chairs of Delegation mounted the podium during the six days.National leaders, while often devoting much attention to their particular interests and specific details, did not fail to mention the world body’s significance.Weakening [multilateralism] only generates instability and bewilderment, distrust and polarization – Assembly President Espinosa  🎥Nearly all countries called for massive action to mitigate the potentially catastrophic impact of climate change and rising oceans, and stressed the need for international cooperation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which seek to eliminate a whole host of social ills, from extreme poverty and hunger to access for all to health care and education, all by 2030.For many countries, especially from Africa, a special priority is reform of the 15-member Security Council, the only UN body whose resolutions have legal enforcement status. They want new permanent members outside of the current five, the Second World War allies of China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States, all of which have veto power, and are known by the shorthand, ‘P-5’.They point out that the world has vastly changed since the UN was set up in 1945 with 51 Member States and an 11-member Council, with six rotating non-permanent members serving two-year terms.The Council was last enlarged in 1965 with the addition of four non-permanent members. UN Member States now number 193 yet the Council remains stuck at 15, which they called a negation of fair representation and true democracy. For the sake of democracy, they also called for more powers to be devolved to the General Assembly which encompasses all 193 Member States. One of the major complaints about the Council membership is the permanent members’ veto powers, long seen as a hurdle to urgent collective action when any of the five prioritizes its own national interests over global needs.Aware of this problem, a representative of one of the P-5, French President Emmanuel Macron, called for Council enlargement in both permanent and non-permanent categories and suspension of the right of veto in the event of mass atrocities “so that its composition reflects contemporary balances and it is strengthened as a place of consultation and not obstruction.”UN Photo/Cia PakPrime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland addresses the seventy-third session of the United Nations General Assembly.None of the others made such an offer. British Prime Minister Theresa May said the Security Council “must find the political will to act in our collective interest.”Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of Russia made no mention of Council reform, but instead lamented that diplomacy has been “increasingly replaced by dictate and unilateral extraterritorial restrictions put in effect without the consent of the UN Security Council.” The Council-authorized international military presence In Kosovo is being transformed into a US military base, he added.Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi also made no mention of reform, but warned that if the nuclear accord limiting Iran’s atomic activities in return for a lifting of sanctions, from which the US has withdrawn, fails to be implemented, the Council’s authority and role will be challenged, and peace and stability in both the region and the wider world jeopardized.US President Donald Trump himself sounded a more unilateral theme, rejecting the “ideology of globalism,” and made no mention of Council reform, but he did reiterate US commitment to making the UN more effective and accountable. “I have said many times that the United Nations has unlimited potential,” he declared.With the need to promote and guarantee a multilateral, rules-based global order on the minds of the bulk of the speakers in the past week, bolstering support for the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was also a key focus, as was the need to ensure gender equality and women’s empowerment.“This United Nations must show leadership in recognizing the talents and contributions of women to human civilization and progress,” Mia Amor Mottley, the first woman Prime Minister of Barbados told the Assembly on Friday before rushing back to her country, which was being drenched by Tropical Strom Erik.There are no minorities here … there are no small nations here. There are only nations in the United Nations — President Arthur Peter Mutharika of MalawiShe said that UN must explain that women have value and give much, “whether they labour over smoking wood fires; whether [they] are trapped in poverty because of a lack of opportunity, equality and respect; whether they lead countries; whether they stay at home to care for families; or whether they come to the UN.”Summing up the six-day session, Assembly President Espinosa on Monday underscored the importance given to multilateralism as the only way to address the problems facing humankind.She said that “if we added together all of the discussions and speeches that took place, we would have a ‘global snapshot’ of the state of the world today – of the successes and the most pressing challenges facing our nations, and of the role that falls to this Organization and to multilateralism.”“The representatives of more than 7.6 million inhabitants of the planet agreed almost unanimously on the irreplaceable role of this Organization,” she said. “To hear so many times the calls to strengthen multilateralism fills us with satisfaction, and at the same time presents an enormous challenge to ensure that each day this Organization becomes ever more relevant to our peoples.” Perhaps the best distillation of the founding spirit of the UN came from Malawi’s President Arthur Peter Mutharika. “Every nation is important and we all have something to offer,” he said. “There are no minorities here. There are no small nations here. There are only nations in the United Nations.” read more

Nominations open for Distinguished Staff awards

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Brock University Distinguished Staff AwardsThe President’s Distinguished Staff Service Award for Outstanding Contributions is open to active ongoing staff members with at least 10 years of service, excluding staff reporting to the President or a Vice-President, who have consistently provided outstanding contributions to the working environment at Brock at a level significantly beyond normal expectations.The Human Resources Distinguished Award for Leadership is open to active ongoing staff members with at least 10 years of service who have a proven record of leading and working collaboratively, engaging faculty and staff, furthering the development of a respectful work and learning environment and culture, and building strong relationships and partnerships that enable the University to implement its strategic plan and related initiatives effectively.The call for nominations letter with details on award criteria and administration, as well as the required forms can be found on the Human Resources/Compensation One Brock page.The deadline for nominations is Oct. 31 and the award winners will be announced at the President’s Annual Holiday Celebration on Monday, Dec. 12. If you have any questions please contact Lindsay Redmond at ext. 3279 or lredmond@brocku.ca. read more

Iran cargo plane crash leaves 15 dead

The plane crashed into a wall separating the airport from a residential area and then hit a house (EPA image)BBC– A cargo plane crash near the Iranian capital, Tehran, has killed 15 people.The Boeing 707 came off the runway and hit a wall while trying to land at Fath airport in Karaj, 40km (25 miles) west of Tehran, reportedly in poor weather.The Iranian army said only one person – a flight engineer – of the 16 people onboard was found alive, and taken to hospital.The plane’s “black box” voice recorder has been found at the crash site, local media reported.An army spokesman confirmed to state TV that the plane belonged to Iran, and that all those on board were Iranian citizens.Fath airport belongs to Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards Corps, and is located in the central Iranian province of Alborz.The cargo aircraft was transporting meat from the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek.Its wreckage was found near houses between Fath and another airport, Payam International Airport. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPlane crash kills hundreds in AlgeriaApril 11, 2018In “latest news”Strong earthquake hits Iraq and Iran, killing more than 400November 13, 2017In “World”Daring heist at Piarco airportDecember 7, 2017In “latest news” read more

Android 40 port for x86 tablets and laptops released

first_imgDeveloper Chih-Wei Huang has been porting Android open source releases to x86 platforms for ages, and he’s hot on the heels of Android devs who have already released Ice Cream Sandwich ports for phones other than the Galaxy Nexus. His port for x86 tablets and laptops — and heck, even desktops — is now ready for download.It’s still very much a work in progress, and it’s important to note that this is not an official Google release. It doesn’t have anything to do with Intel, either, despite there being some confusion about the chipmaker’s statements that it would be optimizing certain bits of Android 4.0 code to run on its own processors. This is yet another release from the www.android-x86.org, and it’s a community project.Right now, the x86 Android 4.0 port works best on the AMD Brazos platform — like what you’ll get in the Acer Iconia Tab W500. Hardware support is already fairly robust, with everything from Wi-Fi to cameras and touchscreen input to Ethernet working. OpenGL ES hardware acceleration is supported for the Brazos’ Radeon GPU and Intel GMA as well.The group has posted an ISO file that you can use to burn a LiveCD, and you might be able to convert that to a live USB drive (or SD Card) using a tool like Fedora’s LiveUSB creator on Windows or Linux. Mixed success has been reported trying to mount the file and boot it under VirtualBox, though that’s certainly worth a try if you’re curious and don’t have any blank CDs or a spare flash drive.More at 9 to 5 Googlelast_img read more

Thieves use digger to steal ATM from bank in Cavan

first_img Short URL GARDAÍ IN CAVAN have begun an investigation after the theft of an ATM from the wall of a bank on Main Street, Kingscourt.The alarm was raised at 4am and officers attended the scene.Upon arrival, they discovered a large digger had been used to remove the ATM from the bank.It was placed on a trailer being towed by a light-coloured four-wheel drive vehicle (SUV).This vehicle left the scene in the direction of Carrickmacross.The scene has been sealed off to facilitate a technical examination by garda crime scene examiners.Gardaí have asked anyone with information in relation to the incident to contact them at Bailieboro Garda Station on 042 969 4570.In a separate incident at 4.15am in Dungannon, Tyrone, thieves used a digger to steal an ATM from a garage.The PSNI said the digger caused substantial damage to the building, before it was set alight at the scene. It had been stolen from a business a short distance away.Police in the North also appealed for witnesses to come forward. Sunday 10 Mar 2019, 10:08 AM Mar 10th 2019, 10:08 AM Image: ghotion/shutterstock 31 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4533025 By Sean Murray Share96 Tweet Email1 Image: ghotion/shutterstock Thieves use digger to steal ATM from bank in Cavan In a separate incident, an ATM was also stolen in Tyrone overnight. 19,789 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

All you need to know about Nirmohi Akhara and its role in

first_imgHindu militants storm a disputed mosque-temple site December 6, 1992, climbing atop the building’s dome as they demolish it to clear the site for a Hindu temple. [Representational Image]ReutersA group of Hindu ascetics, Nirmohi Akhara, who are one of the original litigants in the Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case on Tuesday, April 9, moved the Supreme Court, pleading against the Centre’s decision to return the non-disputed land around the disputed site of Ayodhya to its rightful owners.The akhara or religious denomination filed the plea stating that the release of the 67.390 acres of land could lead to the construction of smaller temples. It went on to say that the acquisition of the land by the government led to the destruction of many temples which the organisation managed.The Nirmohi Akhara is one of the original plaintiffs in the Ayodhya-Babri Masjid case. Back in 2010, the Allahabad High Court has decided that the disputed 2 acres of land will be divided equally between the Sunni Waqf board, Ram Lalla and the Nirmohi Akhara.What are the Nirmohi Akhara? Nirmohi Akhara Mahant Dharam Dass clicked after the Ram Janmabhoomi case hearing at Supreme Court in New Delhi.Qamar Sibtain/India Today Group/Getty ImagesThe Nirmohi Akhara, roughly translated to “Group without Attachment” is a group of Hindu sadhus who are devotees of Lord Ram. They are set to receive one-third of the Babri Masjid land. According to a blog by Washington Post Journal, they claimed that no Babri Masjid every existed on the disputed land. They added that the Mughal emperor Babur, who is said to have constructed the Babri Masjid, did not conquer India. Another claim by the Akhara is that Babur and his army did not occupy any land during the said conquest.In 2011, shortly after the Allahabad High Court’s order in 2010 regarding the division of the land into three equal parts, the Nirmohi Akhara split ties with its long-standing partner, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad. The two groups were allies for 21 years since 1989.The Nirmohi Akhara said, according to Economic Times, that one of the main reasons for the split was that the VHP was trying to assert its dominance over the Ayodhya dispute.”VHP does not have any claim over Ram Janmabhoomi. It just created communal riots and disturbed the peaceful atmosphere of country. It is responsible for whatever has happened in its so-called Ram temple movement’,” Mahant Jagannath Das, the chief priest of the Akhara was quoted as saying by ET. Close PM Modi’s tenure is ‘undeclared Emergency’: Asaduddin Owaisicenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:40Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:38?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Poll Result Priyanka Chopra loses to Deepika Padukones Barbie Doll look at

first_imgPriyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone flaunt their look at MET Gala 2019.InstagramIndian actresses Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone caused a splash at MET Gala 2019, held on Monday, May 6 at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. While Deepika Padukone wore a Zac Posen all-pink gown with 3D prints of sea creatures on it, Priyanka Chopra wore a silver mesh gown with a cape that had splashes of yellow and pink.Deepika Padukone confessed that her look was inspired by the iconic toy Barbie Doll and did look pretty, but MET Gala pretty. Priyanka Chopra’s Dior Haute Couture outfit was good but her hair and makeup, with a silver bindi, were not appreciated by people but we think it was perfect for the MET Gala.International Business Times, India had carried out a 24-hour poll to see whose look did fans like more. And not surprisingly, most people (57.93%) voted for Deepika Padukone. Priyanka Chopra has got only 14.63% votes, while 16.46% of people have voted that they have liked none of the looks. There are 10.98% of fans who liked the look of both Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone. The voters we gather are largely Indian, and so that explains it all. Indians did not get the theme of MET Gala 2019 – Camp: Notes on Fashion.Take a look at our poll story here and the Poll Result here: Poll Result: Priyanka Chopra vs Deepika Padukone at MET Gala 2019.IBTIMESAlthough we at IBTIMES love Deepika Padukone’s look, we must say she, or rather her designer did not really keep up with the theme of the MET Gala 2019. The xXx: Return of Xander Cage actress got comments like ‘Gorgeous’ and beautiful for her outfit at the MET Gala 2019, which we think is not what the gala was meant for.Priyanka Chopra, on the other hand, has countless memes on her MET Gala 2019 look and how people found her fashion at the event. Like her husband Nick Jonas said at the Gala, it was meant to be “outrageous”. In that sense, Priyanka Chopra wins hands down. Priyanka Chopra or Deepika Padukone: Who rocked the Met Gala 2019 look?TwitterBut our poll results show something else. And that has also to do with the fact that maybe, Priyanka Chopra was not able to carry her look off confidently. It was evident that she was uncomfortable, unlike Deepika Padukone who was confident.Who do you think wore it better for the MET Gala 2019 theme? Our poll is over but you can still comment on the story and tell us!The actresses though had a different look at the after-party where they were seen together. Take a look.last_img read more

5 awesome freetoplay games like World of Tanks

first_img 1 2 World of Tanks may look at first like a massively complicated warfare simulator — a sweeping recreation of battles past. In fact, it’s a very accessible online action game where you get to drive and customize your very own virtual tank. It plays like a shooter, but your gun is attached to a few tons of rolling steel.This game has been a smash on PCs, where its engaging free-to-play gameplay has hooked plenty of gamers. The beta just rolled out on the Xbox 360, and players seem pleased there as well. World of Tanks doesn’t have the exclusive on this style of gameplay, though. Here are five similar games you might want to play if you like World of Tanks.Mechwarrior OnlineMechwarrior is a storied franchise that suffered from many years of neglect, but it’s back and (some say) better than ever with Mechwarrior Online. This game, again, is free-to-play with microtransactions. Just like World of Tanks, you build up experience and upgrade your vehicle to do more damage in online matches, although your vehicle is quite different.The mechs in this game are giant armored walking robots bristling with guns, but piloted by frail, squishy human beings. This title plays more like a first-person shooter, but there are some clues that remind you you’re in a walking tank. You can see the gun emplacements and metal frame of your mech bobbing along at the bottom of the screen.The graphics are a bit more advanced in Mechwarrior than most free-to-play online games, but that’s not something I’m going to complain about.Mechwarrior is still in public beta, but the final version is expected on September 7th. Over 1 million accounts have been registered, so there should be plenty of people to shoot at.Gear UpWhereas World of Tanks goes for realism with recreations of real vehicles, Gear Up is more off the wall. This title is also free-to-play, but it has a more cartoon-y vibe. Comparing this game to World of Tanks is like comparing Team Fortess 2 to Call of Duty.The tanks in this game bear little resemblance to the real thing, and you can add all sorts of crazy attachments. Want a walking hexapod tank? That’s doable. The way you upgrade tanks in this game is just so open. You can essentially build a completely new vehicle from the ground up.The online multiplayer angle is robust in Gear Up. Games can support up to 32 players, and there are a wide array of game types including battles, races, and team challenges. You level up your tank and unlock new technologies by completing challenges, more of which are being added all the time.Gear Up is still in alpha, but you can still get in on the fun as the game takes shape. It’s on Steam at no upfront cost. There will be microtransaction for additional content, or you can buy the premium version for $9.99.Next page: War Thunder and more games like World of Tanks…last_img read more

Bengal BJP targeting 22 Lok Sabha seats ahead of 2019 polls

first_imgKolkata: The state BJP is targeting 22 Lok Sabha seats where election will be held in 2019. The 22 seats cover 154 Assembly constituencies and every Assembly segment will be placed under a state leader. This was decided at a meeting held between state president Dilip Ghosh and national president Amit Shah.Though BJP has finished the race in three-tier Panchayat election as a distant second, the party’s leaders at both national and local levels have expressed satisfaction over the performance of the party in Purulia and Junglemahal. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt has been decided that special drives will be conducted in these two districts. Various NGOs, without holding any party flag, will go to these districts to distribute books and clothes to the students.It has been learnt that RSS workers are secretly running schools in Jhargram and they have brainwashed not only the students but their parents as well and convinced them that the projects taken up by the state government to develop the district are actually Central government projects.Some local CPI-M cadres have also joined them to disturb peace in Belpahari, Binpur and Lalgarh, where peace has been restored by the efforts of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.last_img read more

Enterprise Chatbots Platforms and the Future of Work

first_imgJuly 6, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. 6 min read How Success Happens There has been a lot of hype surrounding consumer-based chatbots over the past 12 months. They’re now being adopted by a multitude of brands for customer care, marketing and sales purposes. However, with most businesses focused on consumer chatbots, many are missing the various other ways bots can be adopted. New conversational business platforms are making it easy for enterprises to adapt and change with enterprise chatbots. Chatbots for internal enterprise and business-to-business (B2B) applications are currently making strides to improve productivity and efficiency for numerous company activities. So that you don’t miss out, I’ve highlighted some of the most prominent ways enterprise chatbots could change the future of work for the better.Related: How to Create a Facebook Messenger Chatbot For Free Without CodingAutomating TasksAutomating tasks is what the future of work is all about. Businesses of all kinds are looking for ways to automate their processes in order to better use their resources, thus increasing their return on investment (ROI).This new wave of automation is expected to take over certain tasks that many thought to be immune to technological advancements, such as administrative or office work. Enterprise chatbots will help streamline various projects by automating routine and repetitive tasks.Related: Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your BusinessInteracting with suppliers.Aside from helping automate certain internal and external tasks, enterprise chatbots have now been used to communicate directly with, and help suppliers and vendors. Organizations can train their new virtual assistants to do things like:Answer basic queriesGive information about invoicesShare payment details, such as dates, amounts, etc.Instead of investing time and money into training a separate customer care team, companies can allocate their human resources to other, more important tasks, leaving their chatbot to provide assistance to vendors, suppliers, as well as third parties.Related: 7 Ways Chatbots Can Benefit Your Marketing StrategyEngaging recruitsEnterprise chatbots are also proving to be a formidable tool for increasing recruitment opportunities. Using a combination of artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing (NLP), you can:Vet job applicants based on qualifications and job criteriaAnswer applicant questionsFree up your human resources to complete projects, close deals, and finalize contractsAutomate your overall recruitment processesWhile complete automation will be challenging, as recruits do need to be examined by authoritative figures within your company, the help with this initial screening process will most likely significantly cut labor costs.Related: Top 7 Chatbot Monetization Strategies You Need to KnowServing internal users with HR needs.Human resources (HR) is an important department within every company, but some of your HR team’s processes could easily be automated with the help of a chatbot. Creating a virtual HR agent will help with answering employee questions regarding various HR programs, pay, and other benefits.Aside from answering questions, an enterprise chatbot could be a more productive way to distribute work schedules. You could also make it so employees are able to schedule time off as well as inform managers about sick leave or other unplanned days off.Related: 10 Metrics Your Chatbot Should Track to Optimize User ExperienceEmpowering financial departments.The amount of data that a chatbot can gather is still something most cannot comprehend. While analyzing said data is proving to still be challenging, enterprise chatbots are able to provide financial departments with algorithms that offer deeper insight into how the company is performing, from sales to expenses, and virtually everything in between.Not only this, the automation process is making financial reporting and accounting statement preparation increasingly easier, freeing up time to focus on more strategic progress in specific areas in accordance with the various algorithms created by the chatbot itself.  Related: How Chatbots Will Evolve In One Simple Flowchart (Infographic)Changing the traditional eight-hour work day.In addition to the above, enterprise chatbots are slowly redefining people’s jobs as a whole. The traditional eight-hour workday is expected to go through some serious changes. With the help of these machines, employees and company executives will no longer be confined to their cubicles and usual working hours.Enterprise chatbots are creating a new hyper-connected network whereby job descriptions are becoming more specific, and as a business leader, you need to be prepared to invest more into your learning programs in order to upskill your employees for maximum efficiency. I believe this new wave of work is likely to enable many to pursue various projects simultaneously, thus opening up new opportunities for entrepreneurship.Related: Pretty Soon, Chatbots Will Be Able to Understand How You’re FeelingServing as digital virtual assistants to employees.As we’ve now established, chatbots can be used for much more than improving communications with our customers. We can now use them to help our employees, which will, in turn, have a positive impact on company morale.Enterprise chatbots can be used as digital virtual assistants to help teams excel. Aside from being able to take on some of their workloads, the chatbot can use the data it gathers to evaluate productivity levels. These chatbots will bring individual contextualization to each team member which is likely to bring forward positive change by:Evaluating how each member’s time is spentMaking recommendations to improve productivity in specific areas of workSuggesting best practices for improving the quality of their workChoose the right enterprise chatbot-building platform.For an enterprise chatbot to be successful, it needs to be available across a multitude of channels and integrate with various business systems, for example, customer relationship management (CRM) and supply chain management (SCM) systems.Luckily, today, you no longer have to have extensive coding or programming knowledge. Instead, you need to have a clear vision of the employee, vendor, supplier, and customer needs you want to address. From there, you can use a chatbot-building platform, to do all the groundwork.Finally…Enterprise chatbots are expected to have a significant impact on the future of work. While many are concerned about their jobs, chatbots are not here to take over the world. On the contrary, they’re here to make tasks easier. Businesses are embracing chatbots, and not just for customer care purposes. With this, I expect companies of all kinds to become more efficient, productive, and successful while enabling employees to thrive in ways we never knew possible…until now.  Listen Nowlast_img read more

Exrebel fighters become officers in Nepals army

first_imgKATMANDU, Nepal (AP) – Seventy former communist rebels graduated from Nepal’s military academy on Monday and became officers in the national army they once fought.The 66 men and four women wore Nepal army uniforms and were given the rank of lieutenant by the head of the country’s interim government, Khilraj Regmi, at a ceremony at the academy just outside Katmandu.Many of the 70 will eventually receive higher ranks after they complete further training. 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Maoist rebels fought against government troops from 1996 until 2006, when a peace agreement was signed. Thousands of former rebels wanted to join the national army but many gave up because of delays in the peace process.Yam Bahadur Adhikari, a former rebel who graduated Monday, said they will have no problems working with the people they once fought.“I hold no grudge against them. I believe there will be no problems for us to work together. We are now part of the same army,” Adhikari said.About 13,000 people are believed to have died in the decade-long conflict.After the peace agreement was signed, thousands of former rebels spent years in U.N.-monitored camps because politicians were unable to agree on their future. They finally were handed over to the national army for training last year.“This successfully ends the process of integrating our combatants into the national army and marks an important part of the peace process. They are no longer combatants but officers of the Nepal army who will serve the nation,” said Krishna Bahadur Mahara, a senior leader of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), the former rebels.An additional 1,352 former rebels will also serve in the national army in lower ranks once they complete basic training. Sponsored Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 0 Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke 0 Comments   Share   “He’s a veteran presence that’s been very successful in this league in a number of different roles. I think it’s a good fit for us,” said Whisenhunt on the Arizona Sports 620’s Doug and Wolf show on Tuesday.Beanie Wells will get most of the carries out of the backfield, but the Cardinals now have another proven runner who can spell Wells from time to time.In addition, the Cardinals’ coach plans to use Taylor in a variety of roles.“He’s a known quantity and to have the opportunity to get a veteran presence that can help us in a variety of roles will help us,” said Whisenhunt.The Cardinals still plan to use Alphonso Smith and LaRod Stephens-Howling in different packages as well, so adding the 32-year old Taylor should only help the team. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaycenter_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ PHOENIX – When the Arizona Cardinals lost rookie running back Ryan Williams for the season it was only a matter of time before the team went out and signed another rusher for depth purposes.Arizona finally made the move when they signed Chester Taylor after he was cut from the Chicago Bears.Some have questioned the move stating it won’t help the team much, but coach Ken Whisenhunt is happy with the new addition to the team.last_img read more

With so many players to compete with and precious

first_imgWith so many players to compete with and precious reps with which to impress the coaches, it would make sense if Momah lived and died with each chance — after all, his career very well might.Yet, he does not approach things that way.“You can’t put pressure on it or else you’re going to stress your life away,” he said. “Honestly, it’s just take one day, one step at a time. Play to the best of your abilities and turn that stuff off and play ball. Can’t think about anything else.”His roster spot anything but secure, Momah has stood out since OTAs and minicamp. However, as Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians likes to say, those practices are more like soccer, with no pads and very little contact.Training camp is different, and where jobs are won or lost.“He’s stuck his face in there pretty good, had a couple of nice blocks [Tuesday],” Arians said. “That was the thing we all wanted to see because he was one hell of a player in FIFA.  He was like the all-star FIFA player. Now he’s a pretty good football player.”While things are going well now, Momah knows he has plenty to work on to stick in the NFL. He says speed is his greatest attribute — and that has been on display at times during camp — but added he must get better at blocking, as it’s a key part of his new position. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “I’ve got to get used to the techniques and learning that stuff,” he said. “I’m still learning every day, of course, so I would say that’s the thing I can improve on right now.”If he can get better quickly, Momah’s combination of size and speed could very easily present a mismatch for opposing defenses. Already in camp, there have been instances of Cardinals quarterbacks being able to throw over the top of trailing linebackers to the bigger Momah, which is the mismatch he knows is there for him. Now, it’s about taking advantage of those opportunities.“I had a couple [Wednesday] that I didn’t get to take full advantage of, I was pissed during the practice,” he said. “But we’ll go back, watch the film and learn from it, and make sure it doesn’t happen again. That’s all you can do.”Though Momah may be a relative unknown, there are some out there who see big things in his future. CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco referred to him in a tweetas a “sleeper TE,” and told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Wednesday morning that some with the Cardinals think he could emerge as a “40-catch guy.”Momah said he can’t think of predictions like that. If all goes according to plan, he said he’d haul in more than 40 catches. Tight end Ifeanyi Momah reels in the football during Arizona Cardinals training camp Tuesday, Aug. 4. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) GLENDALE, Ariz. — After Jermaine Gresham, the Arizona Cardinals’ tight end room is filled with youth, potential and intrigue.Perhaps no player embodies more of that than Ifeanyi Momah, who came to the Cardinals on a one-year deal following an impressive showing at the NFL Veterans Combine in March.At 6-foot-7 and 255-pounds, he has incredible size, and as a former wide receiver at Boston College, you know he has good hands. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “If all goes according to plan, then I’ll have the most catches on this team, that’s the plan I set for myself, the goal I set for myself,” he said. “Realistically, I’m just trying to get out there and play every day, every down best that I can, one practice at a time, so I can set myself up for the regular season.”– / 38center_img Comments   Share   Your browser does not support the audio element. LISTEN: Ifeanyi Momah, Cardinals Tight End The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo What he doesn’t have is much of a track record.Momah caught just 39 passes for 629 yards and six touchdowns as a wide receiver in college. His senior season was cut short due to a torn ACL after he had amassed 171 yards on eight catches in a loss to Northwestern. As a pro, Momah bounced around from the Philadelphia Eagles to the Cleveland Browns, and from the Browns to the Detroit Lions.Now, he’s trying to earn a spot with the Cardinals.“Every day is different, a lot of ups and downs, I’d say,” Momah said Wednesday when asked how things are going for him. “I’d say today was more on the downside. I got a lot of reps and busted my butt, but some plays didn’t come up like I wanted to, but that’s practice. Got to come back out here the next day, try to get better and get ready for these games, that’s what really matters.“Get ready for the games. Play well in the games.”The games may be where Momah’s combination of size and speed really shows itself. Until then all the 25-year-old can do is continue to learn his new position while trying to impress a coaching staff that has shown a willingness to play younger players as long as they can produce.And early in camp, Momah — along with a few of the team’s other young tight ends — has gotten a great opportunity, as both Gresham and second-year pro Troy Niklas have been sidelined with injuries. That’s left more reps for the rest of the group, which also includes Darren Fells, Gerald Christian, Ted Bolser and Gannon Sinclair. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more