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Bollywood spoof masters go viral

first_imgShah Rukh Khan is well known for his wit and humour. In his newly released hilarious interview on Barely Speaking With Arnub, the Badshaah of Bollywood has confirmed that a dash of humour can create a significant marketing trend.After Alia Bhatt’s clever video that targeted her ‘lack of intelligence’, SRK is the latest celebrity to resort to spoofing his own work to promote his upcoming film Happy New Year. Popular spoof portal The Viral Fever (TVF) features “Arnub with a U”-a character who impersonates the mannerisms of a famous television journalist-interviewing King Khan and, thus, offering a few hilarious moments to the actor’s fans.During the course of the interview, which has almost instantly grabbed the attention of netizens, SRK admits that his best action role so far has been at Wankhede Stadium where he had an infamous spat with security officials during an IPL match. SRK says it was his best role because he could “openly abuse in front of kids with impressionable minds”.Arnub, in his boisterous style, also questions SRK on the number of awards he has purchased. “Out of the 560 awards that I’ve received, the first 280 have been purchased by me and for the rest, they (the organisers) have been paying me to accept it to make their events look good,” SRK says with a straight face. Amid a volley of gags, Khan also confesses he is trying to revive director Farah Khan’s career with Happy New Year.Bollywood has been the target of jokes for long. The newly visible silver lining is that stars are now mustering up courage to openly laugh at themselves too. Alia Bhatt undoubtedly became a trendsetter with AIB’s runaway hit Alia Bhatt: Genius of the Year depicting the young actress’ journey “from Dolce Gabbana to smart like Shabana”.advertisementTVF founder Arunabh Kumar aims to make Barely Speaking with Arnub a platform to feature more celebrities from various walks of life. “The young breed of celebrities enjoys quirky humour. Shah Rukh and Farah have always been sporting. We had floated a couple of ideas and SRK instantly approved a chat show with Arnub,” said Arunabh who has previously managed to tickle the audience’s funny bones with Gaane Wala Song-a spoof on the song Ishq Wala Love from Karan Johar’s Student Of The Year. Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motawane have also featured in a TVF video titled ‘Spaceship of Pretentious’.IIT Kharagpur graduate Arunabh brought TVF into prominence with the Qtiyapa series with Rowdies-a spoof on reality TV show Roadies-that started a new trend. The TVF video with Shah Rukh is like homecoming for Arunabh who has earlier worked with Red Chillies Entertainment and assisted Farah on the sets of Om Shanti Om.Arunabh hopes to have more “political incorrectness” with his “guests sitting in an uncomfortable chair”. AIB co-founder Tanmay Bhatt admits that film stars in India outright refuse a parody on themselves. “The audience at large gives them a demigod status which makes them stifflipped,” said Tanmay, who was surprised at the mammoth response Genius of the Year received. The AIB team had also proposed a parody on Dhoom 3 which was, unfortunately, turned down by Yash Raj Films. With comedy going viral, especially online, there has been a rise in edgy humour and some of the smartest brains are in action to create refreshingly funny takes on various aspects of society, including Bollywood.Websites such as The UnReal Times features satirical stories and its growing popularity stresses that tongue-in-cheek humour is being appreciated. Run by IIM Ahmedabad graduates Chepuri Krishna and Karthik Laxman, these articles are their way of inviting attention.THE VIRAL FEVERWHAT: Creates parodies on ‘everything popular’ in IndiaFUN QUOTIENT: Shah Rukh hit the nail on the head in the latest TVF video interview with “Arnub with a U” (a talk show host with a bad attitude) where the Bollywood superstar “did a Wankhede” when he tore off a script and heckled the host for offering him the role of a father. Shah Rukh made it clear that he will “never ever, ever, ever, play a father”. The actor also revealed on the show that he signed Happy New Year to revive director Farah Khan’s career after Tees Maar Khan. SRK’s allnew attempt to promote his upcoming film online became a huge hit, especially among youngsters, and the episode received more than 5,50,580 views within 24 hours of its launch.In the past, TVF Qtiyapa has successfully created a few fake takes on ‘everything popular’ in India, which includes Salman’s Bhai Ho-A 200 crore film, A Bollywood Party Song (feat Yo Yo Party Sing and A Decade-long Soap. A parody on an Indian art house film, which became immensely popular, even featured filmmakers Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motawane, and actor Ronit Roy.advertisementALL INDIA BAKCHODWHAT: Creates spoof videos on trending topicsFUN QUOTIENT: Alia Bhatt became the most talked-about celebrity in the cyber space after she appeared in the video Genius of the Year. After a faux pas on Koffee with Karan-where she named Prithviraj Chauhan as the President of India-made her a butt of all jokes, the Bollywood newbie decided to join the Dumb Belle Mental Gym to upgrade her mental aptitude, as shown in the video which was widely applauded.Directed by film-maker Shakun Batra, the video featured Alia’s dad and film-maker Mahesh Bhatt, producer Karan Johar and co-actors Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra who sportingly elevated humour levels in the video. The popular video has received more than 61,97,665 views so far and the brilliant stunt has brightened Alia’s image as a popular youth icon.THE UnREAL TIMESWHAT: Publish fake articles on Bollywood and Hollywood stars, national and international topics.FUN QUOTIENT: More than a dozen writers are involved in giving peculiar twists to anything newsworthy at The UnReal Times. The showbiz section of the website has some wildly-imagined features that take potshots at Bollywood and Hollywood biggies.Recent stories that have become popular are about Arvind Kerjriwal being made India’s official entry to the Oscars, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s plan to start Jayalalithaa’s ‘Amma Unavagam’ in California to sell idlis for $1, Anushka warning Virat to score big or she’ll get a lip-job done again, and Uday Chopra hiring Ravi Shastri to revive his acting career.THE VIGIL IDIOTWHAT: Reviews movies through simple cartoon stripsFUN QUOTIENT: Anything regular is boring for the cartoonist at The Vigil Idiot who makes desperate attempts to find logic in Indian mainstream films, only to witness failure every time. “Stripping the movie that just released” is the mantra that goes behind the cartoon strips which feature Bollywood’s lead casts in a no-frills, stick figure doodles. Cartoonist Sahil Rizwan realised the importance of taking out the “nonsensical bit” from Bollywood films to derive humour and the latest to be reviewed (read spoofed) by him is Bang Bang!SHUDDH DESI ENDINGSWHAT: YouTube channel that creates alternate and quirky endings for Bollywood hitsFUN QUOTIENT: The Shuddh Desi Endings team creates film parody videos by featuring its lead cast in their animated versions. Bored of same old style Bollywood movie endings, the team releases one animated video after another with “zara hatkey endings”. A few freshly imagined funny titles include Gandey (Gundey), Lingam Returns (Singham Returns), Dal Chilka Dal (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag), Bhidupanti (Heropanti), Chu-States (2 States) and Ek Milan (Ek Villian).OH YASHRAJ, LIGHTEN UPThe Internet is filled with movie trailer parodies and a simple search on YouTube will prove just that. However, when the AIB team proposed a parody on Dhoom 3 to the Yash Raj Films (YRF) in November last year, the studio turned it down and alerted their antipiracy cell because in India “studios get grumpy and take these parodies down”.advertisementA month later, AIB came up with a hilarious reply: They dedicated a song to the “Grumpy Old Bollywood” and tried to explain that “imitation is flattery” by asked, “O Yashraaaaj, where’s your sense of humour?” The video went viral within hours, so much so that YRF even tweeted, “Cool stuff. Love the way they have taken our pants off.” But they still said no to the parody.last_img read more

10 months agoDONE DEAL: Brighton send Oliver Norwood to Sheffield Utd

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Brighton send Oliver Norwood to Sheffield Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton have loaned midfielder Oliver Norwood to Sheffield United until January, when a permanent transfer will be completed.Norwood has won promotion to the Premier League in each of the past two seasons with Brighton and then Fulham, where he played 41 games last term.The 27-year-old Northern Ireland international leaves Brighton after 37 appearances in all competitions.”This is a fantastic capture for us,” said Blades boss Chris Wilder.”Oli has great ability, is a great age and will make us stronger. He complements our squad and our transfer business over the course of the summer window.”Brighton manager Chris Hughton commented: “He is keen to play regular senior football.”He added: “Sheffield United provides him that opportunity. On behalf of everyone at the club I’d like to thank Ollie for his efforts.” last_img read more

Port of Rotterdam Meets European Commission

first_img My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close Port of Rotterdam, October 25, 2013 zoom On Wednesday, October 23th, in Brussels, entrepreneurs from the port of Rotterdam and representatives of the Port of Rotterdam Authority and employers’ organisation Deltalinqs met with Vice-President of the European Commission Kallas and European Commissioner Oettinger. The Dutch Cabinet was represented by Prime Minister Rutte.The key question was How does Rotterdam’s port and industrial complex contribute to Europe’s competitive position and what can Europe do to strengthen Rotterdam? This was fleshed out along two lines, in terms of logistics and industry: Rotterdam as a European centre for imports and exports and as a hub for European energy supplies.In addition to speeches from Mark Rutte, Siim Kallas (Transport) and Günther Oettinger (Energy), Paul Smits, Port of Rotterdam Authority CFO and Steven Lak, president of Deltalinqs , explained their positions during an interview.Important topics of discussion were the new port policy of the European Commission, the trans-European transport network TEN-T and the globally competing Rotterdam industrial sector in relationship with the prices of energy. The meeting was an excellent opportunity for the Rotterdam entrepreneurs to get into contact with the European Union. Therefore, it is the intention to organise an annual ‘Rotterdam meeting’ with EU politicians and those who make and influence policy.last_img read more

Relentless heat humidity breaking weather records in Atlantic Canada

first_imgHALIFAX – This summer is on track to become one of the hottest on record in Atlantic Canada, as stifling heat and humidity levels persist from coast-to-coast, experts say.“It has just been relentless,” said David Phillips, a senior climatologist with Environment Canada, who added the heat wave is expected to last until the end of August throughout much of Canada.Rolf Campbell, a weather historian who has gathered over a hundred years’ worth of raw statistics from Environment Canada, said cities in all four Atlantic provinces had both higher average temperatures and maximum temperatures in July than in previous years.Most are holding long-running streaks of consecutive days with lots of humidity and soaring temperatures.“I’ve only been doing this for a few years in the Maritimes, but this is by far the largest bunch of record-breaking days I’ve ever seen,” said Campbell, who runs a number of Twitter accounts reporting on historical weather statistics throughout the country.Halifax has had over two straight weeks of days with a maximum temperature of 25 degrees — shattering the previous record set in 1876 — as well as a 41-day run with a maximum temperature of over 21 degrees, which is the longest streak ever recorded.On Monday, Charlottetown, P.E.I., marked its 17th consecutive day with a humidex temperature of 30 degrees or higher, the longest streak since 1967.Saint John, N.B., reached its hottest August day in almost eight years with a temperature of 30.4 degrees on Monday, while St. John’s, N.L., recently had two consecutive days with a maximum temperature of 28 degrees — quite balmy for a province known for a chilly climate.Heat warnings were issued in nearly every province in Canada on Monday, with some regions expected to hit the low 40s with the humidex.“It’s rare to have such a persistent heat wave that strikes so much of the country,” said Campbell.“It’s not abnormal for one province, or even just the Maritimes, to have an unusually warm spell, but for it to be consistent from Toronto all the way to Newfoundland for several weeks? That’s pretty unusual.”Campbell said more records are bound to be set as the hot, muggy summer continues.In a phone interview Monday, Phillips said the system that brought the heat to Canada is sometimes known as a “Bermuda high,” where hot, humid air moves into the country from a high-pressure system over Bermuda.“It’s like a heat pump, it pumps this American air northward,” he said.Between July 1 and August 5, Phillips said Halifax has had 28 days where the temperature has been hotter than 25 degrees — double the average number of days in that time period over the past 30 years.During four of those days, temperatures reached 30 degrees, which he said is uncommon for Halifax.“Halifax can go whole summers without hitting 30,” he said.Phillips said he was most struck by the persistence of the heat. Typically, when Halifax has a heat wave, things tend to cool down for a couple of days in between hot spells before temperatures reach back up to the high 20s.This year, the city has been experiencing non-stop heat for over two weeks.“It’s not just a one-day wonder,” Phillips said. “It’s almost as if the weather has stagnated, it’s stuck in that high-pressure area.”While it may take some getting used to, this surge of heat could become more common within the next few decades, according to Blair Feltmate, head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo.In an email, he said temperatures across southern Canada are expected to increase by three to four degrees by 2040, with disproportionately higher increases in northern regions. This estimate is relative to the average temperature increase between 1975 and 2000.“My concern with Atlantic Canada is that historically residents have not been subjected to extreme heat,” wrote Feltmate, who recently chaired a federal advisory panel on climate change.“We must convince people to prepare for heat waves that have not occurred historically, but that are for sure coming due to climate change.”He said people should consider building houses with air conditioning, building more cooling centres in communities, and implementing emergency systems to check on vulnerable populations during heat waves.Halifax recently took a bold step by planting nine palm trees in parks on the Dartmouth side of the Halifax harbour. While the palm varieties are known to be cold-hardy, the jury is still out on whether they can survive winter in a North Atlantic city known as the Warden of the North.The heat has also helped an agave plant bloom in Halifax’s Public Gardens, after being transplanted this spring from a greenhouse.last_img read more

Apology sought from Montrealarea mayor who equated secularism bill to ethnic cleansing

first_imgQUEBEC — There are growing calls for a suburban Montreal mayor to apologize for comments last week equating the province’s proposed secularism legislation to “ethnic cleansing.”Premier Francois Legault and several other provincial and municipal politicians called on William Steinberg, the mayor of Hampstead, to apologize.Speaking last Friday about Quebec’s Bill 21 prohibiting religious symbols for teachers and some other public servants, Steinberg accused the government of discriminating against religions whose adherents wear visible symbols.He said the end result would be certain minority groups would be compelled to leave Quebec and he labelled Bill 21 a form of “ethnic cleansing.”Legault was among those seeking an apology today, while appealing for calm as the province debates a bill that would prohibit public servants in positions of authority — including teachers, police officers, Crown prosecutors and prison guards — from wearing religious symbols on the job.Even Liberal David Birnbaum, who opposes the Coalition Avenir Quebec bill and sent a representative to the news conference at which Steinberg made the remarks, called for an apology.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Celebrities Get Charitable Big Names Making a Big Difference

first_imgThe $10 billion donation Microsoft founder Bill Gates gave to his foundation in January 2010 to distribute vaccines to children across the globe was the largest single charitable gift ever, according to the UK Daily Mail. Celebrities continue to use their influence and assets to help those who need the help the most. As the holidays approach, here are three celebrities who remind us all that it’s better to give than receive.Clinton FoundationFormer Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been teasing the public by recently hinting she may run for president again in 2016. In the meantime Hillary, Bill and Chelsea Clinton are using their time to further several causes through their foundation. The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation was founded in 2001 at the conclusion of his final term in the White House. Originally dubbed the William J. Clinton Foundation, it has contributed more than $230 million to several initiatives in 2012, according to financial statements. The largest expenditures went to the Clinton Health Access Initiative, which aims to strengthen the health care system in developing countries and provide access to medicine to treat HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.Wildlife conservation is high on the list of Clinton family priorities as well, and the foundation recently teamed up with several nonprofits and nongovernment organizations to stop the mass slaughter of elephants across the continent of Africa.Doctors Without BordersNatural disasters can strike at anytime, as the world recently witnessed with the typhoon in the Philippines. Justin Bieber has already said he would sign the paint cans he used to spray graffiti on a wall in Los Angeles and donate the proceeds to a yet-to-be named charity benefiting the victims.Actress Sandra Bullock took it a step further when a massive earthquake struck Haiti in 2010. The star of “28 Days” and “The Blind Side” was so touched by the images of devastation that she immediately donated $1 million to Doctors Without Borders. Founded in 1971, the French humanitarian organization provides immediate medical assistance to victims of war, malnutrition and and any other catastrophic events. The organization received a Nobel Peace Prize in 1999 as a result of its dedication. Bullock told OK Magazine that she gave the donation to Doctors Without Borders because she wanted it to make an immediate impact on those effected by the earthquake.Facebook PhilanthropyMark Zuckerberg made headlines in 2010 when he donated $100 million of his own money to the Newark, N.J., school system, despite having no personal connections to the area. The Facebook founder and CEO continued his generosity last year when he donated 18 million shares of Facebook stock to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The stocks were worth about $500 million at the time, according to the Verge. Zuckerberg said he and the foundation’s leadership would determine how the funds would be divided among several worthwhile causes.Written by Mike Brooks. Mike is an entertainment guru and recent mass communications graduate. He’s also an aspiring screenwriter.last_img read more

Africa lagging behind in development of green energy economy – UN

3 March 2010Africa is lagging behind the rest of the world in developing renewable energy projects with initiatives aimed at producing clean and ‘green’ energy remaining largely under-exploited, warned a new report released today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Africa is lagging behind the rest of the world in developing renewable energy projects with initiatives aimed at producing clean and ‘green’ energy remaining largely under-exploited, warned a new report released today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). A UNEP assessment noted that the entire continent has just over 120 carbon market projects up and running or in the pipeline in areas ranging from wind power to forestry schemes, and harvesting methane gas from landfills to fuel electricity generation makes up 20 per cent of all such initiatives. Larger economies in Africa such as Egypt and South Africa are home to the lion’s share of the schemes, with 32 and 13 projects respectively, while Zambia, Madagascar, Cameroon and Mali only have one or two projects each and several countries have none, according to the report. The study also reported patchy growth in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), an arrangement under the Kyoto Protocol allowing developed countries to reduce emissions and meet global warming commitments by investing in carbon reduction projects in developing countries. However, the report – prepared for the opening of the Second African Carbon Forum – highlighted Kenya and Uganda as exceptions with the number of carbon market projects underway in these countries jumping from two in 2007 to 15 and 12 respectively. “The growth of the carbon markets in Africa are both cause for optimism, and cause for concern,” UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner told around 1,000 participants attending the three-day gathering, held at the agency’s offices in Nairobi, Kenya. “To realize only a few percentage points more of the massive potential for wind, solar, biomass and waste into energy schemes, action across a range of challenges needs to be stepped up,” said Mr. Steiner. He said this was in part the responsibility of the UN, regional development banks and international funding and donor bodies, but there is also a great deal private banks and individual Governments can do to make clean energy investments more attractive through innovative loans, forward-looking policies and smart market mechanismsMr. Steiner noted that the introduction a policy designed to encourage the adoption of renewable energy sources in Kenya triggered interest from a consortium to establish Africa’s largest wind farm in the country.“The groundwork has been laid for Africa to boost its participation in the carbon market, which is growing as an important commodity market worldwide,” said John Kilani of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). “You are bound to do business [under the Kyoto Protocol’s CDM] when you bring all of the key market players together: the investors, buyers and sellers,” said Mr. Kilani. “This Forum is therefore bound to boost the number of carbon offset projects in Africa.” The new Africa-wide UNEP assessment estimates that close to 4,900 CDM projects are up and running or in the pipeline worldwide, a large number of which are in the big developing economies such as Brazil, China and India. read more

UN envoy heads to Darfur to verify claim that displaced are returning

Manuel Aranda Da Silva, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for humanitarian affairs and development, will head to El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur state, UN spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters today.More than 1.45 million IDPs live across Darfur, which has been beset by militia attacks against civilians and fighting between Government forces and rebel groups since early last year.UN officials have said previously that the overwhelming majority of IDPs do not want to return to their home villages because they remain afraid of fresh attacks from the Janjaweed militias, which are accused of killing and raping thousands of people.Mr. Eckhard said the UN Advance Mission in Sudan (UNAMIS) is continuing to report security incidents in Darfur, a vast, impoverished region on Sudan’s western flank.Meanwhile, the actress Angelina Jolie, a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), is in West Darfur state on a three-day mission to observe the situation faced by IDPs there. Ms. Jolie is slated to hold a press conference in Khartoum tomorrow after ending her visit.Across the border in eastern Chad, where at least 200,000 refugees from Darfur are living, UNHCR is warning that water supplies for its 11 camps are near exhaustion. In the case of one camp, at Iridimi, the current supply may only last for two more weeks.UNHCR senior water and sanitation officer Dinesh Shrestha said the agency, which runs the camps with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), knew it would be difficult to maintain water supplies because eastern Chad is extremely arid. This year, the annual rainy season was late and short, and rainfall totals were well below average.”It’s especially hard in the northeast, which has scattered and small, localized pockets of underground water that can’t last for such a huge population over there,” he said.Despite near-continuous pumping at Iridimi, the camp’s estimated 15,000 refugees are receiving only six litres of water per day – compared to the UNHCR recommended standard of 15 litres during an emergency.Water experts say there is only a 10 per cent to 15 per cent chance of finding fresh sources of water at Iridimi and that the new sources may only sustain the camp for up to a few months.UNHCR officials have begun trucking water to Iridimi camp and holding talks with officials in the nearby Chadian town of Iriba to discuss drawing water from the town’s supply for a limited period. Some refugees from Iridimi could also be moved to more favourable camps at Kounoungo and other locations. read more

BBE commissions compact surface bulk air cooler and refrigeration plant at South

first_imgVentilation, refrigeration and cooling specialist BBE has successfully commissioned, what it believes to be, the South African mining industry’s most compact surface bulk air cooler and refrigerant plant for Impala Platinum’s new No 20 Shaft mine. The 13.2 MWR installation has a total footprint smaller than 50 x 50 m and is probably the industry’s most cost-effective bulk air cooling plant with a total capital cost of less than R4 million per MWR of cooling duty. The installation, comprises a surface horizontal bulk air cooling spray chamber and three axial force fans (running in parallel), two refrigeration machines, condenser cooling towers, all piping, valves and pumps, all electrical and control equipment, plant room building and electrical buildings.The No 20 Shaft refrigeration plant follows BBE’s successful completion of a similar bulk air cooling system at Implats’ No 16 Shaft. The first phase of the No 16 Shaft system provides 14 MWR of cooling which will increase to a total of 40 MWR when Phase 3 is completed around 2018. BBE conducted these projects on a complete turnkey basis, undertaking process design, civil, mechanical, piping and electrical engineering design, construction, project management and commissioning.The company has completed similar installations for Implats in the past on an EPCM basis, but BBE’s Richard Gundersen says the move to turnkey projects “creates a win-win situation for both parties. The mine saves costs and we are able to conduct and control the project from the planning stage in a focused and personal manner. I’m delighted that our track record of successful mine refrigeration and cooling projects is being recognised in this way.”last_img read more

The 5 at 5 Wednesday

first_img EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you the five stories you need to know as you head home for the day.1. #ALLEGATIONS: Labour leader Brendan Howlin has said he has been told that Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan contacted journalists in 2013 and 2014 to make serious allegations about garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe.2. #DEATH: British socialite Tara Palmer Tomkinson has died at the age of 45.3. #CHARGED: A man has been charged in connection with yesterday’s seizure of cannabis plants worth €450,000 in Galway.4. #HP: Management at the HP campus in Kildare have told staff that up to 500 jobs will be lost at the plant.5. #EXCAVATION: A second excavation is underway at the site of a former mother and baby home in Tuam, Co Galway. By Cormac Fitzgerald 6,456 Views Feb 8th 2017, 5:01 PM Short URL The 5 at 5: Wednesday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 1 Comment Wednesday 8 Feb 2017, 5:01 PM Share2 Tweet Email last_img read more

Greek academics take centrestage in US universities

first_imgIf you’re wandering through the grounds of one of the elite universities in the United States, don’t be surprised if you overhear conversations in Greek. A new study published in the Journal of Informetrics has revealed Greece ranks second in the number of academics exported to top American universities.Conducted by Associate Professor of Economics at the Technical University of Istanbul Tolga Yuret, the study looked at where degrees had been obtained by 14,310 professors across 48 of the US’ top universities and found 149 Greek academics: a ratio of 13.6 per million of the Greek population.“I firmly believe that tertiary education in Greece is extremely high calibre,” medical professor and rector at Athens University, Thanos Dimopoulos told Kathimerini, “and aims not just at amply educating students at every level, but is also clearly geared toward the production of science via basic and applied research in a broad spectrum of fields.” Professor of medicine at Stanford University, John Ioannidis noted a shortfall in the study, which showed more than one percent of regular professors are Greeks who got their degrees in Greece, but said that it would have been above two per cent if it included Greeks born in Greece who were educated abroad, as well as second-generation Greeks. “The study also does not include the areas of medicine and biology, where the Greek presence is even stronger,” he said, with Greeks excelling in cutting-edge technologies for sustainable development.The professors included in the study mainly graduated in Greece between 1970 and 2000, but Professor Ioannidis said he is afraid we may not see the same performance among graduates from the past decade or so. “For example, Greece has produced very few studies that have had a wide impact in the past few years,” he said.“Not a single paper from Greece made it into the top 750 cited papers, according to data from the Scopus database for 2015 through September 2017.”Topping the list in first place was Israel with 24.22 professors per million of its population, while Canada was third with 10.75 per million (382 academics).Greece topped the European cohort, which included the UK, Russia, Germany, Italy, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Norway, Austria, Spain, and Portugal amongst others. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Mother 2 children hospitalized after Lauderhill hitandrun

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. LAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida mother and her two young children were taken to the hospital after, police said, they were pushed off the road by a vehicle that fled the scene, Saturday morning.Lauderhill Police and Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the hit-and-run crash near Commercial Boulevard and Pine Island Road, at around 10:45 a.m.According to investigators, the victims’ BMW crashed into a tree after the other car pushed them off the roadway and sped away.Paramedics transported the 35-year-old woman driving the BMW, as well as her 8-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son, to Plantation General Hospital in unknown condition.Authorities said both children were wearing seat belts and were properly restrained at the time of the accident.Police urged any witnesses to come forward with information.If you have any information on this hit-and-run, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward. last_img read more

Retired Air Force major guilty of trying to kill 2 family members

first_img“We think about our grandson who had to view such violence and trauma at the hands of his dad,” Robert said. “From age 4, for the rest of his life, he has to come to terms with that, and we are all here to support him.”Robert lost the use of his hand due to his gunshot wounds, while Katherine has chronic pain. Both have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.They said the guilty verdict will help them cope.“The relief I felt after six years of being harassed and stalked, over and over from this person, and nothing ever happening to him, for him to finally not get away with it, I can’t even describe how wonderful it feels,” Katherine said.Maffei’s sentencing is set for April 7.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A retired Air Force Major is facing 25 years to life in prison after a jury found him guilty, Thursday night, of trying to kill his wife and father-in-law.Thomas Maffei claimed prescription medications sent him into a rage on Nov. 2, 2012, when he opened fire on his then-wife, Katherine Ranta, and her father, Robert, at her Coral Springs apartment. Both victims survived their gunshot wounds.Katherine and Robert tearfully sat in the courtroom as a jury foreman read the guilty verdict. The jury took just six hours to find Maffei guilty on two counts of attempted first-degree murder.RELATED: Lawyers present intoxication defense for retired Air Force major who shot family Once out of the courtroom, the victims could be heard celebrating the verdict.“This was a person who, when I met him, had a mask on,” Katherine said. “Very charming and sweeping me off my feet, but as soon as that mask drops, it’s sociopathic.”Maffei shot Katherine and Robert multiple times as his 4-year-old son begged him to stop. last_img read more

Facebooks FTC settlement delayed by political infighting report says

first_imgLast month, Facebook said it expected to pay at least $3 billion to settle with the Federal Trade Commission over privacy screwups that exposed private data of as many as 87 million people to the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. Turns out, there’s a reason we haven’t heard much more.A Friday story in The Wall Street Journal said the FTC is split over the settlement deal, delaying its decision. While the story doesn’t have many details, or speak of the debates on Capitol Hill about whether Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg should personally be named in the settlement, the story does indicate the FTC’s Republican chairman, Joseph Simons, is struggling to win support among the commission’s Democrats. Facebook’s a giant, but its supporters don’t think it… Share your voice Post a comment Politics Tech Industry 0 Tags Now playing: Watch this: 2:15 Mark Zuckerberg Facebook FTC “A Republican-only decision could expose it to criticism by Democrats and diminish its impact for the enforcement agency, which has sometimes been criticized for being toothless on privacy in the past,” the Journal wrote, citing anonymous sources.An FTC spokeswoman declined to comment. A Facebook spokeswoman said, “We hope to reach an appropriate and fair resolution.”Facebook, the world’s largest social network, with more than 2.3 billion people using it each month, has been under scrutiny over the past couple of years for a string of scandals around user privacy, fake news and corporate malfeasance. One of the most high profile dramas has been around Cambridge Analytica. Facebook found out the political consultancy had inappropriately purchased user data from an app developer in 2015, but the social network failed to inform users of the breach and force Cambridge to delete the data. The scandal led to multiple hearings in legislatures around the world, and a push among lawmakers in DC to begin regulating the tech industry.The FTC’s potential fine is the first meaningful response from DC since the scandal began. If it happens, Facebook’s multibillion dollar fine will be the largest ever paid by a tech firm. The largest FTC fine before that was the $22.5 million the agency imposed on Google in 2012.Originally published May 24, 1:08 p.m. PT.Update, 1:35 p.m.: Adds more details and that the FTC declined to comment.last_img read more

India Art Festival is now bigger and better

first_imgOffering an insight into current art trends from rural parts of India to the metro cities, India Art Festival (IAF) is all set to bring together 39 art galleries and 470 artists from 7 countries and 30 cities across the world under one roof at Thyagaraj Stadium, INA Colony.Opening on November 23, the third edition of IAF is open to all forms of artistic expressions including painting, sculptures, photography, ceramics, textiles, and installations. The four-day festival will be inaugurated in the presence of Manish Sisodia, Dy. Chief Minister, Delhi as the chief guest along with other dignitaries such as Arpana Caur, eminent artist, Suhas Bahulkar, Chairman, NGMA, Mumbai, and Vasudeo Kamnath, President, The Bombay Art Society. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIAF, founded in 2011 by the publishers of Indian Contemporary Art Journal, is the only art fair held annually in Mumbai and Delhi. The dual-module pattern that the art festival has adhered to over the years – the art galleries section and the ‘artists pavilion’ has proven successful in the last eight editions. This year too, apart from 400 established artists represented by various art galleries, the art festival offers an outstanding panorama of the Indian art choices in the ‘Artists Pavilion by 70 independent artists hailing from Chennai to Jammu and Tripura to Ahmedabad. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe festival which started with only 80 booths in the first edition has now reached to 126 booths, displaying 4500 artworks by numerous artists. On its growth, Rajendra, Director, India Art Festival says, “Like Mumbai, India Art Festival developed ‘good visitor base including art buyers, art collectors and art lovers within a short span of time in Delhi. If exhibitor galleries and artists get good response in terms of sale, they are bound to participate every year; almost 90% of art galleries and artists are repeated participants in the art festival. It shows the acceptance of the mixed module of art festival with galleries and independent artists by Delhi’s liberal art community”. Apart from providing opportunity to unrepresented rural and urban artists, the main tenet behind “artists’ pavilion” is to create a dialogue between the viewers and the art maker. This works on multiple levels of engagement as it is necessary for the viewer to know the art practiced so that the artist can develop perspectives beyond their own lens of understanding. What’s more? This year, the festival has been digitalised. With 100% virtual coverage of the India Art festival through its e-commerce portal, all the artworks displayed in this edition are also made available online.last_img read more

VIDEO Chris Bosh hilariously destroyed The Late Late Show staff in a

first_imgChris Bosh hasn’t suited up in the NBA this year due to medical complications, but he’s still in good enough shape to kick a bunch of nonathletic comedian’s asses in a game of hoops.Bosh appeared on the Late Late Show with James Corden to take on the host and his staffers in a game of 1 on 30 on an 8-foot hoop. It wasn’t a game as much as it was just Bosh swatting tons of slow white guy’s shots into next week. He even tossed shots while talking a call on his cell phone. Good stuff.It appears being good at Carpool Karaoke doesn’t translate to success on the court. Who would have guessed?Watch Bosh vs. The Late Late Show staff in 1 on 30 for a good laugh:last_img

YouTube Social Media Are Teens Top Sources Of News According To Survey

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A jungle castle in Pavones Costa Rica

first_img Facebook Comments High on a hill, overlooking the small houses and surfer hostels of Pavones, sits a four-story stone castle. Though lacking the turrets and cannons of a true medieval palace, the newly renovated four-room Castillo de Pavones hotel features the lavish and distinct accommodations to make anyone feel like royalty.“We offer first-rate accommodations right on the edge of civilization,” said Hotel Manager Shawn Wells. “Out here, the jungle comes right to the front door.”Up a steep dirt road even more remote then the already isolated town, the hotel is encircled by jungle. Towering over the nearby trees, the structure is built with sturdy flagstone walls held together with white concrete and a pointed rooftop that sits over three ground-to-ceiling columns.Upon arrival, our first stop was the third-floor dining and reception area. The room’s vaulted ceilings and wrought iron light fixtures made me feel like I had just stepped into the great hall at Hogwarts, but instead of Dumbledore greeting me at the front desk, there was a nice teenager who presented us with our key, flashlight and a small satin bag with our TV and air-conditioning remotes. Though you can still catch a glimpse of the ocean from any of the main-floor rooms, the restaurant or the bar, one more flight of stairs will take you to a crows-nest bar from where you can see for miles. On days with a big swell you can get a look at surfers riding the famous Pavones wave, says Wells.Also visible from the lookout point is a deep gorge along with the castle’s newest addition, Villa Harmonia which features two two-bedroom suites with kitchens. The villa also serves as an entry point for hotel’s most unique activity, river tubing.Though Costa Rica is rife with clear rivers, the castle is the only place I have ever heard of anybody tubing. Inner tubes are free for guests to use, and even though the river is public, limited access to its shores makes tubing almost exclusively a Castillo de Pavones activity. If visitors manage to pull themselves off the cozy couches in their rooms, or away from the stellar view at the jungle castle, a nice ride down the Rio Claro will lead them right out into the ocean.“It’s private, it’s exclusive and it’s really is just a great way to relax,” said Wells.Going there: Castillo de Pavones is a 7-8 hour drive from San José. Take Highway 27 west from San José until you reach the turn off for Highway 34, the coastal highway. Continue until you reach Palmar Norte and take a right at the main intersection to head South. Follow signs to Golfito until you reach Salon El Rodeo where you will make a left turn straight to Pavones. Castillo de Pavones rooms start at $200 a night for up to two people with a $35 per person charge up to four people. The Mezzanine suite is $275 a night for up to four people. Villa Harmonia can be rented as a whole for $400 a night for eight people with a $35 per person charge up to ten people. A two-bedroom suite for four people is $280 a night with a $35 per person charge up to ten people. A one bedroom villa for up to two people is $150 a night and an extra person can be added for $35.  Lindsay Fendt We stayed on the main floor in “The Jungle,” aptly named considering its jungle-themed bathroom with a black river-stone shower wall and a limestone sink with a waterfall-style faucet. Up on a pedestal to the side perched a raised soaking tub for two.The rest of the room was a style unlike anything I had ever seen in Costa Rica. An oversized leather couch sat across from a boxy suitcase that serves as a table for a sizeable television, and an old-fashioned hall tree clock hung from an iron hook near the bed. It felt a little bit like a old-timey European psychiatrist’s office, but more comfortable and with a view of the jungle.  Also on the main floor is the castle’s 1,200 square foot Mezzanine suite, which sleeps up to four people between its king bed and bunk. Green, camelback chairs surround an elegant coffee table adorned with peacock feathers and floor-to-ceiling windows provide views of a bordering jungle canyon. Varnished tree branch railings close off the room’s second-story loft.Continuing up the spiral stairs to the restaurant, and up another flight is the hotel’s event-ready bar. A DJ booth, fully stocked bar and an inviting white couch with at least a 20-person capacity makes it the perfect spot for hosting a party. The castle-style dining room at Castillo de Pavones boasts a killer ocean view. At Castillo de Pavones, you shower in the jungle.  Lindsay Fendt No related posts.last_img read more