Russian submarine, frigates hit ISIS from Mediterranean

first_img View post tag: Krasnodar View post tag: Kalibr Share this article Authorities View post tag: ISIS View post tag: Admiral Essen Russian submarine, frigates hit ISIS from Mediterranean, againcenter_img Two Russian Navy Project 11356 frigates and a Kilo-class submarine have fired six Kalibr cruise missiles at Islamic State positions in Syria, Russian media reported the ministry of defense as saying.The ministry said the strikes hit IS command and control centers in Hama, Syria, adding that it was followed by airstrikes.The Kalibr missiles were fired from two new Russian frigates, Admiral Grigorovich and Admiral Essen, which joined the Russian Navy in March 2016 and June 2016, respectively.Admiral Grigorovich deployed to the Mediterranean in February this year with the Essen following suit in May.The submarine that took part in the strike was the Project 636.6 diesel-electric submarine Krasnodar which, together with Admiral Essen, already participated in a similar strike on May 31. Four Kalibr missiles were launched in that attack.Bellow is a Russian Ministry of Defence video of the June 23 attack. View post tag: Admiral Grigorovich June 23, 2017 Back to overview,Home naval-today Russian submarine, frigates hit ISIS from Mediterranean, again View post tag: Russian Navylast_img read more

Subsets Of Deadheads At Shows Explained In New ‘Long Strange Trip’ Clip

first_imgIt’s safe to say that fans of the Grateful Dead are eagerly awaiting the release of Long Strange Trip, the new Grateful Dead documentary directed by Amir Bar-Lev and executive produced by Martin Scorsese. The documentary will be formally released via Amazon Prime on June 2nd, with a number of live screenings ahead of the streaming release at movie theaters across the United States and iconic venues, such as Red Rocks Amphitheatre and The Capitol Theatre, on May 25th. However, even though the formal debut of the movie is just around the corner, fans are still devouring up the little tastes of the film that have been slowly being released over the past few weeks.Watch The Trailer For The New ‘Long Strange Trip’ Grateful Dead DocumentaryToday, a new clip from Long Strange Trip was released, and it’s one of the best yet. The clip, which was premiered on Consequence of Sound, outlines the various subcultures within the vast category that is Deadheads, and it’s an illuminating look at the diverse fanbase that congregated around the Grateful Dead. At just over a minute long, the clip likens the Dead’s fan base to a “mandala,” then describes how the various groups fit together, referencing Phil Zone and Jerry Side folks, spinners, Wharf Rats, tapers, and more—plus how their relationship with the music changed based on which group they fit into. Most interestingly, the clip talks about the “Deaf Zone,” where the hearing impaired would gather holding balloons to feel the music and watch the sign language interpreters convey the lyrics of the music. You can watch the clip for yourself below, and get excited for when Amir Bar-Lev’s Long Strange Trip comes to a theater or venue near you (or, for those not close to one of the upcoming screening, a couch near you).last_img read more

Steinem to receive Radcliffe Medal

first_imgThe Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study has announced that Gloria Steinem, a pioneering feminist, award-winning journalist, and best-selling author, will be awarded the 2010 Radcliffe Institute Medal at the Radcliffe Day luncheon on Friday (May 28).Radcliffe Institute Dean Barbara J. Grosz will give opening remarks and present the medal, and Steinem will deliver the luncheon address.Each year during Harvard Commencement week, the Radcliffe Institute bestows its medal on an individual whose life and work have substantially and positively influenced society. The 2009 recipient was Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Other honorees have included Madeleine Korbel Albright, Margaret Atwood, Linda Greenhouse, Toni Morrison, and Donna Shalala.This year, the institute celebrates Steinem’s unrelenting pursuit of equality for women and minorities. A feminist icon, Steinem has had a lasting impact on women’s rights, and she has made a lifelong career of writing and organizing around a range of social and political causes.In 1972, Steinem co-founded Ms. magazine, where she served as an editor for 15 years and continues to be a consulting editor. She also helped to found Choice USA, the Ms. Foundation for Women, and the National Women’s Political Caucus, among other organizations.She is the author of “Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions” (Holt Paperbacks, 1995), “Moving Beyond Words” (Touchstone, 1994), and “Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem” (Little, Brown and Co., 1993). She is currently working on “Road to the Heart: America as if Everyone Mattered,” a narrative of her more than three decades as a feminist organizer.In 1993, Steinem co-produced and narrated the Emmy Award–winning “Multiple Personalities: The Search for Deadly Memories,” an HBO documentary about child abuse. In the same year, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, N.Y.Named one of the 25 most influential women in America by Biography magazine, Steinem has earned numerous honors for her writing and work on social justice. These include the Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Ceres Medal and the Society of Writers Award (both from the United Nations), the Liberty Award of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Lifetime Achievement Award from Parenting magazine (for her contributions to promoting girls’ self-esteem), and the University of Missouri School of Journalism Award for Distinguished Service in Journalism.Steinem graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Smith College in 1956.Radcliffe Day 2010 — which brings together alumnae and alumni of Radcliffe College, the Bunting Institute, and the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program — continues the celebration of the institute’s 10th anniversary.In addition to the 12:30 p.m. luncheon, the day will feature a panel discussion titled “Feminism Then and Now,” with Susan Faludi ’81, RI ’09, Susan McHenry ’72, Priyamvada Natarajan, RI ’09, Nell Irvin Painter, Ph.D. ’74, BI ’77, and Diana Scott ’81. There will also be tours of the institute’s renowned Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America.The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is a scholarly community where individuals pursue advanced work across a wide range of academic disciplines, professions, and creative arts. Within this broad purpose, the institute sustains a continuing commitment to the study of women, gender, and society.For more information.last_img read more

Brothers ready to save lives at sea after following dad’s lead at Bundoran RNLI

first_imgTwo brothers are looking forward to being local lifesavers after being inspired by their father to join Bundoran RNLI.Brothers Oisin and Nathan Cassidy, from Kinlough in County Leitrim, joined up as volunteer crew members for the charity as they wanted to follow in the footsteps of their dad James who has been a helm with Bundoran RNLI for 18 years.The duo have had a vital part of their crew training funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation. They recently travelled to the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset, to complete the charity’s Crew Emergency Procedures course.The course sees volunteer crew being trained in a variety of crucial subjects such as how to deal with fires aboard lifeboats, how to ‘abandon ship’ in the event of an emergency (with a 4m jump into water), team survival swimming, coping in a life-raft in simulated darkness, how to right a capsized inshore lifeboat, and the importance of lifejackets. It also includes sessions on the correct use of flares, fire extinguishers and throw bags.Talking about the training, Nathan, who volunteers as a crew member, said: “It was inevitable that myself and Oisin would join the RNLI. Since an early age we’ve been around the lifeboat station with Dad and have seen the great work that he and all the other volunteers do week in, week out. We are both very proud to be part of crew at Bundoran RNLI and look forward to help save lives at sea in the Bundoran and Donegal Bay area.”Oisin and Nathan Cassidy – Bundoran Lifeboat VolunteersNathan and Oisin’s training took place in the Sea Survival Centre at the RNLI College, where they were joined by other RNLI volunteer crew members from around Ireland and the UK. The training was funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a charitable foundation that helps to protect life and property by supporting engineering-related education, public engagement and the application of research. The Foundation has committed to funding the RNLI’s Crew Emergency Procedures course for a second five year period until December 2020. This additional funding of €1,208,400 brings their total support for RNLI crew training to just over €2,804,400* since 2008. More than 3,000 RNLI volunteer crew members have now received the training thanks to Lloyd’s Register Foundation’s funding. James Kilburn, Lifesaving Delivery Training Manager at the RNLI said: ‘We are so grateful to Lloyd’s Register Foundation for funding this vital part of our volunteer crews’ training.‘Their support is very important to us and it’s fantastic how, so far, over 3,000 of our crew members have benefitted from Lloyd’s Register Foundation funding this part of their training.  ‘As only one in ten of our volunteer crew members comes from a professional maritime background, the Crew Emergency Procedures course is crucial in giving our volunteers the training they need and helping keep them as safe as possible while carrying out rescues. It gives volunteers the confidence to save lives even in the most challenging conditions.’This donation is the latest in Lloyd’s Register Foundation’s relationship with the RNLI, which was recognised in 2010 when it received the Group Supporter Award from Prince Michael of Kent in recognition of its valuable support of the charity.Brothers ready to save lives at sea after following dad’s lead at Bundoran RNLI was last modified: August 8th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SA swimmers on World Cup podium

first_imgThe men’s title went to Brazil’s Thiago Pereira, while Sweden’s Therese Alshammar won the women’s title. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh had won the men’s title for the past two years, but this year opted out of the series early on to recover at home from a tiring season. In total, he won the freestyle four times, the breaststroke an equal number of times, and the butterfly five times, for a total of 13 victories. He also achieved the best times recorded in those three events. DominatedIn his absence, Roland Schoeman dominated the 50 metres breaststroke throughout the series. In 2009, he had been good enough to beat Van der Burgh, the world record holder in the event, twice. With Van der Burgh not around, Schoeman went virtually unchallenged. In the last two events of the series, in Moscow on 2-3 November and in Stockholm on 6-7 November, he won the 50m freestyle both times, the 50m breaststroke on both occasions, and was third and first in the butterfly respectively. South African swimmers featured prominently throughout the World Cup and achieved numerous podium places. Those that achieved at least one victory included Roland Schoeman, Cameron van der Burgh, Darian Townsend, Lyndon Ferns, and Jessica Pengelly. Thus, Pereira achieved what proved to be his winning score at the very first meet in Rio in which his 200 metres individual medley time was worth 969 points. Displaying similar consistency throughout the series, Schoeman was undoubtedly the leading performer in the sprints. Townsend had to play second fiddle to Pereira in the individual medley, but his performances were also of a very high standard and earned him second place on the podium and a cheque for US$50 000. The 50 metres breaststroke was not the only sprint race in which Schoeman excelled. He also shone in the butterfly and freestyle sprints. 9 November 2010 Alshammar previously topped the World Cup standings in 2006 and 2007. She placed second in 2008 and 2009. Fina Points tableThe final standings are not calculated on the number of wins, however, but on points according to the Fina Points Table, which assigns a value to the time achieved by a swimmer. South African swimmers Darian Townsend and Roland Schoeman finished second and third respectively in the final standings after the completion of the Fina/Arena Swimming World Cup in Stockholm, Sweden, on Sunday.last_img read more

Google’s New Trivia Game Tests Your Knowledge & Your Search Skills

first_imgRelated Posts So that thousands of people trying to find that answer and tweeting about it don’t skew real-time search results, the game will be run via “Deja Google,” “a wormhole inspired time machine that enables you to solve today’s puzzle spoiler free by searching the Internet as it existed before A Google a Day launched.” In other words, your search will be limited to the days before the question is posted, so you won’t come across a spoiler.You can still “cheat” by opening up another tab to search Google. Or by using another search engine, I suppose. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… audrey watters Tags:#Google#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Google has just launched a new trivia game – A Google a Day – to the delight and perhaps even to the dismay of trivia lovers. Normally, when you quiz someone about their knowledge of historical facts, literary figures, capitals, sports champions, and other minutiae, the rules are “no cheating.” No looking up the answer in books. And certainly no Googling.But the Google a Day puzzle encourages you to do just that, use the search engine to find the answer. According to Google’s “anthropologist of search” Daniel Russell, the company recognizes the importance of play in learning a new skill and with that has created a game “that would engage people in a playful way to learn how to search.” A Google a Day, like many newspaper crossword puzzles, will get progressively more difficult as the week goes one, each one really testing your ability to come up with the right keywords and search query to locate the answer.last_img read more

Tiger Woods getting strong reviews in return to golf

first_imgFILE – In this Dec. 4, 2016, file photo, Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the third hole during the final round at the Hero World Challenge golf tournament in Nassau, Bahamas. Woods returns this week to the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. It’s the 10th time he has returned after a layoff of 10 week or longer. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)NASSAU, Bahamas — All eyes are on Tiger Woods and his return to golf, even the players he has to beat.Especially the players.ADVERTISEMENT “It looked like there was a little hesitation the last time I played with him,” Reed said. “This time, he was fully committed and fully trusted in his body. There was no pain. That’s the biggest thing for me. If he stays healthy, then he’ll be back playing golf, hopefully like he used to. I want to see it and I want to compete against it.”Johnson said Friday’s round with Woods and the president was a big change from when the two played the opening two rounds at Torrey Pines together in January, when both missed the cut.“His speed was back. He played a lot better than he did in San Diego, for sure,” Johnson said. “He’s healthy. To me, he looks strong. He’s swinging with speed instead of in San Diego. When I played with him there, he wasn’t swinging at it. You could tell he was hurt.”The question is whether there is rust from having been gone from competition for so long.Woods has played only three tournaments since August 2015. Three of the four times that he returned to competition dating to that first back surgery before the 2014 Masters, Woods lasted no more than three starts before taking more time off. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Astros players set World Series share record at $438,902 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Woods was on the back end of the practice range Monday at Albany Golf Club, hitting balls with Patrick Reed, when he looked up at a drone buzzing some 50 feet over him in the cloudy sky. He had no idea that Daniel Berger was at the controls.Berger was on the front of the range, blocked by a row of bushes in the sand dunes. As the drone’s camera zoomed in, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Kevin Kisner and their caddies crowded around Berger to look.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThey cared more about his reaction to the drone than his swing.But they are curious about his game. Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES US Defense chief says alliance with Philippines remains strong PLAY LIST 02:57US Defense chief says alliance with Philippines remains strong01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on01:17Hontiveros says it’s time to vote on Sogie bill, believes it has ‘strong chance’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City And those who have played with Woods in recent weeks believe there is reason for the hype.“People are going to be shocked at how good his game looks,” PGA champion Justin Thomas said.Thomas will have the best seat in the house Thursday when Woods, who had fusion surgery on his lower back in April, plays for the first time in 10 months at the Hero World Challenge. Thomas, named the PGA Tour player of the year after winning five times and the FedEx Cup, is paired with him in the first round.Thomas spends a fair bit of time with Woods at their Florida homes, and they played a few weeks ago.The attention on Woods increased in recent days as more players joined him for casual rounds. Brad Faxon caused a stir when he played with Woods, Johnson and President Donald Trump on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “Tiger looked great to me,” Faxon wrote in a story for Golfweek . “I was impressed with how far he hit the ball. Probably on the 10 holes that they were both hitting driver, Tiger hit it past Dustin half the time and Dustin hit it past Tiger half the time. He looked great. I think more than anything, he looked at ease. He was not concerned about swinging hard and going at it with driver. The ball flight, the sound off the club, all of it was right there.”Johnson is among the elite power players in the game. True story?Johnson smiled.“He hit it by me a couple of times,” Johnson said. “Did I bomb one and he hit it past me? No. But he did it past me a few times. He was moving it, though.”All this hype in the chill environment of the Bahamas should sound familiar. It was only last year when Woods returned after 15 months away from the game. He had gone through three back surgeries at that point, the first one right before the 2014 Masters, and Woods looked relatively normal, with freedom in his swing. He made 24 birdies, along with enough mistakes that he finished 14 shots out of the lead, in 15th place among an 18-man field.Woods missed the cut at Torrey Pines two months later, flew to Dubai and managed one round — a 77 in calm conditions — before withdrawing with back spasms.What appears to be different this time, at least from those who have played with him, is the absence of pain.Patrick Reed played nine holes of practice with him Monday morning. He saw Woods do whatever he wanted with his swing and saw an assortment of shots — a stinger off the tee, a low draw, a high cut.“He seemed to have command of not only the golf club, but his body,” Reed said.It was the first time Reed had played with Woods since the opening round of the Hero World Challenge last year. The difference Reed noticed was that Woods looked more free and fluid in going after any shot.last_img read more

Director Mira Nair and actor Abhishek Bachchan speaks at India Today Conclave 2007

first_img“Art has no borders”Mira NairMIRA NAIR, FILMMAKERAs a filmmaker I make images in my work, I don’t pen words and especially not words to be delivered from podiums as august as these. But I saw this as an opportunity to share with you what has been on my mind since,”Art has no borders”Mira NairMIRA NAIR, FILMMAKERAs a filmmaker I make images in my work, I don’t pen words and especially not words to be delivered from podiums as august as these. But I saw this as an opportunity to share with you what has been on my mind since the watershed date, 9/11/01. Our world has never been less peaceful, more destructive, more commercial, less glorifying in risk and experiment. Because of this, I have been reflecting on the torrent of images in our media, in print, on television and of course, in popular cinema, asking myself the question that I began with when I was a young girl in Orissa. What is the role of an artist? Can art change the world? As an artist I am aware now more than ever that a monologue is not the answer. One voice cannot represent all of humanity. Only those who embrace the world fully will know themselves. There should be no borders within art, rather every artist should own all conventions. As artists, and as civilians, our strongest weapon is freedom of speech. As artists, we have the responsibility to protest through our work. In the new global village of incessant images, increasingly, I see a failure of mass media to impart understanding. This overactive pluralism gives one the illusion of knowing a lot about a lot but it is nattering about nothing, only confusing one with an information overload, making us politically apathetic. The schisms of the world are being cemented into huge walls between one belief and another. Now, more than ever, we need cinema to reveal our tiny local worlds in all their particularity.advertisementFrom experience, I have seen that it is when I have made a film that has done full-blown justice to the truth and idiosyncrasies of the local that it has crossed over to become surprisingly universal. With Monsoon Wedding, I wanted to make an intimate family film, a love song to this great city of Delhi, to return to my old habits of guerrilla filmmaking; except this time fired by the recent empowering of the Dogma method, I wanted to make a film in just 30 days, in $1 million. I wanted to capture firstly the Punjabi community’s inherent spirit of masti, and then to capture the India which lives in several centuries simultaneously. After shooting in exactly 30 days, a film was born that then had a journey so different from any expectation or rather, non-expectation, that we might have had during its making. People believed it was their wedding, their family on screen. And if they didn’t have a family, they yearned for a mad-cap Punjabi family like the one they saw.ONE VOICE CANNOT REPRESENT ALL OF HUMANITY BECAUSE NOT EVERYONE IS CAST IN THE SAME IMAGE. I didn’t make the film to educate anybody about my culture. To be simply a cultural ambassador is boring. I leave that to the diplomats. The film was released soon after 9/11. I remember film critics seeing it on September 11. They came out of the screening dancing, and the planes hit and suddenly we became the other. But when the film was released it provoked such a dialogue and commonality of understanding it made me ask what can art do? Art increases communication and violence negates it, but can it also show us our dark side? What is our responsibility in making art?My new film The Namesake is my most personal yet. It opened in the US three weeks ago and for me, it was inspired by grief. I had lost a beloved, my mother-in-law, without warning. In the weeks of mourning that followed, I found myself on a plane reading Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake. It was such a shock of recognition to see that Jhumpa had understood so acutely what it felt like to bury a parent in a foreign land. And the book became such a solace and as I tried to make sense of my loss, I found expression in this film. The Namesake took readers through a crisscrossing world familiar to me. It was many of my worlds.Yes, the world is undeniably smaller and more global, but we must warn against creative puddings. A little of something for everyone is not the way to go. Uniqueness is still our advantage. Hollywood has always embraced outsiders, provided their film makes money of course. From Erich Von Stroheim to Billy Wilder, from Ang Lee to my friends, the Mexican amigos. What we make of this invitation is the question. Do we make a chick flick on Fifth Avenue or do we turn our uniqueness into our advantage? Never treat what you do as a stepping stone to something else. Do it fully and completely-who knows where it might lead you. Let the heart inform the brain as my guru B.K.S. Iyengar taught me. There are no rules in making cinema. There is only good cinema or soulless cinema.advertisement”The world lionises us”Abhishek BachchanABHISHEK BACHCHAN, ACTORIt is no national secret that I am a child of cinema. I have been privileged to experience in close-up the limitless reach and the incalculable impact of our cinema, not only at home, but wherever I have travelled and received my education. Doors have been opened wider, smiles have been seen on people’s faces and communication has been effortless simply because I belong to the hometown of India’s glorious film making community. Indian cinema, that is what the unprejudiced call it, ‘Bollywood’ is employed merely by those accustomed to using short cuts, a word which finally leads no one nowhere in understanding the infinite value and aesthetic of our cinema. Even the most stubborn nations cannot deny that our cinema has grown and evolved to such an extent that it is the leading export not only of our economy but of a culture that is distinctly ours. To be popular, to be relished by the majority of the movie-going audience here or abroad is not looked down upon any more. Books as well as scholastic studies are now examining how and in what form films have encapsulated the essence of the Indian reality. Needless to add here, it is a reality that has universal resonance. We have been increasingly lionised at international film festivals. In return, we salute the works of international cinema at our film festivals at home. If this is not a dialogue in the language of cinema, what is?WE GET GLOBAL RELEASES. WE’VE MOVED FROM JACKSON HEIGHTS TO NEW YORK, SOUTHALL TO LEICESTER SQUARE. For someone who is still learning the alphabet of the inter-connection between cinema and life, every day is a new lesson. Yet even with my rawness I can see that there are some constants which have made us reach where we have on an equal footing with the rest of the world. Three key constants of our cinema reaffirm that we are the world and that our cinema converses globally and with articulation. Just take the purely humanistic cinema of Satyajit Ray which spoke in a forceful language about our people, their anxiety and aspirations. Mr Ray transmitted our ethos in stark black and white and in colour, and he was as much our jewel as he was that of the international cinema community. Mrinal Sen, Shyam Benegal and Adoor Gopalakrishnan are just a few of our masters who have also spoken a universal language. They have been seen, heard and saluted. As importantly Raj Kapoor, V. Shantaram, Mehboob Khan and Bimal Roy created a cinema that inculcated social awareness while making the Indian style of filmmaking, entertaining and purposeful simultaneously. And there have been the grand cinema musicians like, say Manmohan Desai, whose rollicking Amar Akbar Anthony has been the most delightful and yet profound plea for secularism. And surely, my first constant would be incomplete without acknowledging the works of the internationally feted Shekhar Kapur, Deepa Mehta and Mira Nair.advertisementThe second constant has been our artistes of charisma and strength. Raj Kapoor was and will always be a household name as much in Delhi as he is in Moscow. Dilip Kumar sahab’s art set unattainable standards. And, of course, my dad, who is always embarrassed even when he is paid his just dues. The third constant is a new constant, but a very vital one. And it is one that has come to stay. It is our cinema’s connect with Asians settled in every corner of the world. As their numbers grow and second-generation Asians become key players in the every day life of the world, particularly in the US and the UK, the connection with our cinema becomes tighter, unbreakable. In addition, the curiosity and the appreciation of our cinema by the world audience is intensifying. Our movies are no longer just screened at ethnic theatres but get mainstream releases the world over. We have moved from Southhall to Leicester Square, from Jackson Heights to the heart of Manhattan, and it doesn’t stop there. Our movies are also being appreciated in countries like France, Germany and Poland. We are there at the Oscar and BAFTA ceremonies. We have been imitated in Academy Award movies- I am sure you have all seen Moulin Rouge. Our filmmakers, artistes, writers, musicians, technicians are everywhere engaged in ceaseless conversation, giving rise to a new wave of creativity and, I dare say, a new language of cinema. So see what my thoughts have brought me. Language, lingo, bhasha, zubaan, boli, call the language what you will, but there are at least three words that spark the same excitement, the same eruption of gooseflesh the world over. Those three magical words are lights, camera and action. With that, I rest my my case.DiscussionQ. Mira Nair said by making something truly local you make something very universal. So why is it that all our Bollywood films which are very local have not been as popular as internationally as Monsoon Wedding? Karan Johar (chairperson): When we call it an overseas audience, 90 to 95 per cent of is Asian. North America is relatively ignorant about our existence and we can get much more support in the United Kingdom and in Europe. The highest we will ever do in North America is $3.5-4 million which is the highest business any Bollywood film has done internationally. Nair: But also maybe because our cinematic vocabulary is local. Our films need a few hours, songs, dances, they need archetypical villains. They are not yet used to the broad strokes of it, the musicality and the length of it.Q. Do you feel that Indian heritage and Indian culture have become irrelevant for cinema? Bachchan: If you see Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna there is a great relationship between my father and me keeping in mind Karan’s motto. It’s all about loving your parents, just not loving your wife as much. Johar: I actually believe that Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna is my most traditional film. All I was really trying to say is that marriage is a beautiful institution, it is a wonderful place and it just should be ventured into for the right reasons.Q. We all have seen what the corporate world has done to the heart and soul of cricket. And now we see the onslaught of the corporate world in cinema. With the Bombay club now getting into films, what do you see its future? Bachchan: It is unfair to draw parallels between sports and film. In defence of the Indian cricket team, we are all very disappointed but it takes a lot to perform under pressure regardless of the number of endorsements. I empathise with them. I too faced failure. It is tough just to go out there and do your best.Q. From your body language it looks as if you’re quite happy to make just $3-4 million. Why so? Bachchan: You must understand that a big Hollywood film could be released in about 3,000-3,500 screens across America. The biggest Hindi film released I think was Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, across 100 screens. The potential is there. As Karan said, once we overcome distribution, I am sure he will be making many more millions.Q. Do you aspire to be a truly global star? Bachchan: Actor is a better word. Indian actors are global. One of every six people on earth is Indian, which means one out of every six people sees Indian films. I think that is great testimony of being globalised. We are just not written about as much as our Western colleagues.Q. Mira, why did you decide to move out of India? Nair: It wasn’t predetermined. I started from theatre in Calcutta and Delhi and got a scholarship to study at Harvard. But I have always made films that are largely about India, no matter where I’m living. Every time I return here it just fuels me with so much inspiration. Despite dividing my time between India and the West, my roots are still strong. That’s why I can fly.last_img read more

8 days agoJames: Romero has improved Man Utd teammate De Gea

first_imgJames: Romero has improved Man Utd teammate De Geaby Freddie Taylor8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDavid James says Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero’s foot skills have improved David De Gea.The Argentine will replace De Gea for Sunday’s clash with Liverpool after the 28-year-old went down with an injury in Spain’s draw with Sweden.And former England goalkeeper James believes Romero, who joined United in 2016, has helped De Gea increase his proficiency in playing out from the back.”I’ve analysed him and there are a few ‘keepers who are highly-rated who just put the ball out there in a general area. But he’s as good as Ederson and Alisson using his left foot and right foot,” James told Goal.”David de Gea is, of course, the number one, but I looked at Romero when Manchester United bought him and I was amazed at how good the guy is with his feet – then I saw an improvement in De Gea.”What you tend to find is when you’ve got two ‘keepers or two players training with each other day in, day out, you start picking up positive habits from the other player.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more