In life, nothing is ever lost. Not even the books you read in your languid childhood. Director Mira Nair pored over William Makepeace Thackeray’s Vanity Fair when she was a schoolgirl and now decades later, she has reinterpreted that classic piece of literature in a lush cinematic saga from Hollywood. “This story has been one of my absolute favorite novels,” she says. “You know many of us have colonial hangovers in India and we are steeped in English literature. I went to an Irish Catholic boarding school in Simla and studied deeply Shakespeare and Keats and Vanity Fair was what I read, kind of slightly under the covers, when I was 16.”The studios offered her the film because of the whopping success she had with Monsoon Wedding and it was an added bonus that she knew and loved the novel.It is an irony that Thackeray would have appreciated, that this saga of Imperial England should be reinterpreted for the silver screen by a sassy and outspoken child of the former colony. And he would have been pleased, because Nair brings a whole new perspective to this tale of the Raj.An independent filmmaker, Nair usually produces her own work, only going the studio route when she is offered something with such a vast canvas that she would not be able to produce it on her own. This $23 million movie stars Hollywood superstar Reese Witherspoon as the beautiful and calculating Becky Sharp who rises from rags to the pinnacle of high society.The film also stars an ensemble cast of strong British talent including Eileen Atkins, Jim Broadbent, Gabriel Byrne, Romola Garai, Bob Hoskins, Rhys Ifans, Geraldine McEwan, James Purefoy and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.;“The big thing for me with Vanity Fair was that I am a helpless fan of Thackeray really and what I love about him is that he is almost an outsider in his own society,” she says. After all, Thackeray was born in Calcutta and raised in British India and when he returned to England, he could see it with a sharper focus, warts and all.. “He always looked at his own society almost with the same eyes as Becky Sharp does,” says Nair. “And he wrote about a time that was acutely about the relationship between the Empire and the Colonies, a time I’m very interested in where England was first feeling the flush of wealth from what I call the rape of the colonies and was getting richer at home as a result.” Nair says that while she was attracted by the relation between the Empire and the colony, Vanity Fair drew her because it was this huge banquet saga with such a vast canvas: “I love the ensemble casting, I love the layers of the story, I love that Thackeray had the point of view to expose the sham and façade of life.I love that he asked what I call the yogic question – ‘Which of us is happy in the world and when we meet our desire, are we content?’ That is the essence of Vanity Fair.”For Nair the first challenge was bringing the printed page – 900 of them – to the movie screen: what do you leave out and what do you keep? So it was an intense collaboration with writer Julian Fellowes, who bagged an Oscar for his work in another period film, Gosford Park. The two hit it off instantly. She jokingly calls Fellowes the champion of cutlery and butlery from Gosford Park and was a little anxious when he was coming over to her home for dinner, preparing Western food too, in case he didn’t eat Indian.“In my house we eat with our hands, so I thought no cutlery to offer this chap! He instantly chose Indian food and he began to eat with his hands; we were friends for life!”Both of them had made their own maps of the book and then compared notes. Nair says, “What I wanted was this democratic swirl – this whole world – and this inter-relatedness of the characters, because Thackeray does this brilliantly. As Julian wrote the screenplay we used to exchange emails.” In fact, these emailed messages are now part of a book on the making of Vanity Fair, showing how the screenplay took shape.Says Nair: “For me, the task was how to amplify the frame, when we had a scene – how to jam in four or five other things from the book which otherwise I wouldn’t get to do entire scenes of, but to keep the details within each scene.”She was not interested in making it an anemic parlor room drama and wanted to evoke the outside world, the class culture of that time: “The shit on the roads, the pigs on the street, the coal mongers, the entire army of working class England who had to support the upper class to make them look and behave the way they did. “And I wanted to do that in such a visceral way that without giving you a lecture, you would understand, as the audience, that if Becky made a false move – snakes and ladders – she would go right back to where she came from.”The film is very much about two different worlds and also encompasses the opulent world of the upper class with its balls and finery. Nair brings her energetic and very visual filmmaking to Vanity Fair, bringing it alive and giving it glamour with the many Indian and Oriental touches.Ask Fellowes about the collaboration with Mira and how they decided how much of India to put into the novel and he points out that there is a lot of Indian influence in the book, which is usually left out in other adaptations: “India has become this sort of other way of doing things, this freer other society where conceivably Becky may be more at home and that seems to me to be legitimate. We didn’t introduce the Indian theme into the stor,y but we did sort of reap it, rather.”So while the costumes designed by Beatrix Aruna Pasztor are of the period, they are dipped in Indian colors with exquisite detailing, and have almost a theatrical touch. Nair explains: “Thackeray wrote a very detailed, almost cinema verite, of his days. He always hreferred to the pashmina shawls, the inlaid marble tables, to the chinoiserie furniture, to so many illusions of the Orient, the colonies across the ocean, and how people coveted this in England. Again the colonies are such an important part of Thackeray’s fabric, no pun intended, that we went with that – the indigos, the crimsons, the teals, and the peacocks.”The wonderful influence of early Indian cinema and the sassiness of Bollywood are always present in Nair’s work and Vanity Fair has three dramatic song numbers and a wonderful sexy harem dance where Becky performs before the King. In the book it was a game of charades in which Becky played a slave girl, but Nair felt that this in-your-face dance number, choreographed by Bollywood’s Farah Khan, would convey the same shock value more powerfully.Laughs Nair, “It’s much more cinematic and we have this lovely Indian expression on the street, Paisa Vasool, which means, ‘I’ve got to give you your money’s worth.’ Give you a treat or sorry, we haven’t delivered. And I always like to give you paisa vasool.”In the ultimate paisa vasool, Nair also gives cinemagoers a rich eyeful, taking Becky to India, to all the color and pageantry of Royal Rajasthan. While this is not in the book, it seems just what the exuberant and adventure-hungry Becky Sharp would want, and enhances the cinematic experience.What’s next for Nair? As usual, she has several projects cooking, one being preparing Monsoon Wedding in a big, flashy musical for Broadway. Sabrina Dhawan is already writing the script and it will probably be ready around Fall 2005. She’s also directing a film version of Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul for HBO, with Sooni Tareporewala writing the screenplay. Another big venture from Nair will be the film version of Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake: “I’ve fallen in love with that so I’m going to do that very quickly, right away, before doing Homebody.” Always encouraging of new filmmakers, she has established an annual filmmaker’s laboratory, Maisha, in East Africa and India. The first lab, with an emphasis on screenwriting, is planned for August 2005 in Kampala, Uganda.She’s also launched International Bhenji Brigade (IBB), a partnership with Bala Entertainment International and Venkateshwara Hatcheries to bring the work of young filmmakers to the screen. She says: “To date we’ve had 56 scripts offered, because there are people just writing and writing and wanting their voices to be heard.”Always outspoken, she says she made Monsoon Wedding on so little money “purposely to prove that you don’t need a whole lot of money and men in suits to tell you how to make a good movie.”She recalls a time when she got a grant to make her very first documentary So Far From Home and the other grantees were overwhelmed with gratitude for being given the funds. She told them, “You know, we have such a voice to say, to speak in this world, you shouldn’t just be grateful. The other people should also be grateful to you for bringing your own voice to the world.”She adds, for the benefit of those embarking on the same journey: “So I must tell you that I don’t sit around looking over my shoulder, hoping that they won’t catch me or something. I think it’s the other way around.I think I have something to say and I have a point of view on the world that I have to offer, and I’d like to open your eyes to that part of the world that I come from. It’s not gratitude, it’s a two way process.”And in this give and take, in this two way process, Mira Nair has brought her own perspective to Vanity Fair, the ultimate tale of high and low society, adding in unique shadings and nuances, redolent of her own Indian background, to enhance the larger picture.After all, India was an invisible but powerful presence running through 19th century England – and Mira Nair has underscored that in her retelling. Related Items
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It’s probably the most awaited car in India after the Tata Nano. And judging by the initial reception to the SUV it seems like a lot of people were patiently waiting for the Toyota Fortuner. The Fortuner is built on the same IMV platform as the Innova, but has improved steering response and more performance-biased suspension and underpinnings.The SUV shares more of its looks with the Hilux, Toyota’s pickup truck on the same platform that is sold overseas, than the van like Innova we are so familiar with. Despite being a four-year-old design, albeit facelifted before the Indian launch, the Fortuner still looks quite contemporary. The 17-inch wheels, bulging wheel arches and high ground clearance give the Toyota a proper butch look.Inside, there is a sense of deja vu. Thanks to its Innova link, the dash layout and switch gear is similar. So is the steering and the central console layout. The latter also features an identical green backlit audio system and climate control as the Innova. But, for a vehicle almost twice the price, the Fortuner is a bit of a letdown. The side rear-view mirror control is awkwardly placed near the headlight levelling switch and the most contemporary bit of the dash is the white-backlit meters in the instrument panel. The seats are a great part of the Fortuner. The front set is highly supportive, albeit completely manual. The middle row too is quite good, and features backrest and fore-aft adjustment. The middle row also gets a roof mounted air-con control, which directs air to the middle and last rows. The last row is quite comfortable, with a natural seating position that won’t be discomforting on longer drives. The Fortuner is powered by Toyota’s common-rail D4-D diesel engine that displaces 2982cc. The engine packs a good load of power and torque, delivering it quite early in the rev range. The torque is easily put down by all four 265/17 in tyres, via the permanent four wheel drive system. It feels great to drive and doesn’t feel out of breath at all. The five-speed manual (no automatic just yet), is no racing ‘box but not bad to use, though it has a long throw.Toyota has stiffened the Fortuner for India (as compared to other Asian markets), and this means that the low speed ride of the SUV suffers; the handling, however, gains. The stiff suspension, wide tyres and four wheel drive lend the SUV good body control, grip and drive around bends, respectively. The steering is light but lacks directness and feel. It’s the same with the brakes; there’s ABS but the brake feel and bite isn’t linear or ferocious.The Fortuner is rugged and with the looks and dimensions befitting a proper SUV. That it’s a Toyota naturally helps. Price: Rs. 19.8 lakh.On the road: Nizamabad to KanyakumariLeaving Nizamabad in our Audi A4 in the wee hours of the morning allowed us a clear run towards Hyderabad, we expected to get across Hyderabad fast, but were caught by the morning office and school traffic. We went around the city to avoid city centre traffic, before hitting the road towards the new Hyderabad airport. Once past the city traffic, we started making good time and stopped for some quick idlis. It was good to see how the new roads can instantly increase your pace and confidence. Entering Bangalore is a bad idea at anytime, especially in the evening. We opted for a bypass which took us all the way around the city and brought us near Hosur, the industrial town neighbouring the city. The road was complete, and featured enough reflectors and cat-eyes to keep the journey safe till Salem, our next stop. From Salem to Kanyakumari the largely completed highways took us through some of the most scenic parts of the peninsula. We left early and had the highway much to ourselves till Madhurai. Once past, one of the most amazing landscapes came forth. We were driving on table flat land that let to a range to high hills cutting into the sky and the dark monsoon clouds. These flanked us much of the way, and look truly amazing in the distance. Before reaching Kanyakumari, we made a slight detour to see the Vattakottai Fort, taking in the views of the blue sea and Cape Comorin from far.-Siddhraj SinghHero Honda ZMRIf one needed to cross states in the country, the Karizma for long, was the perfect answer. Now though, a new version of the Karizma is out. And we will say it straight off; it is even better. The looks have changed for the better. The ZMR conveys its sport touring intentions better than any of its competition. It now sports a full fairing that houses a headlamp unit. The tail meanwhile is nicely sculpted. We also like the tail lamp unit which features LEDs and integrated side indicators. Split grab rails make their debut on the bike, but aren’t the most comfy to hold on to. The all new digital instrumentation is easily the best looking and the freshest design we have seen in the recent past. The setup is also easy to read and programmable to read out customised welcome and sign off notes.The rear dampers are now gas charged and the improvement in ride quality is immediately evident. The ZMR also handles brilliantly. It’s supremely stable in a straight line and around bends it’s sharp, light footed and very forgiving. The most significant change on the ZMR is to the engine. It still uses the same engine as the older Karizma and is as refined through most of its operating range, but it’s now fuel injected. Also, there’s an oil cooler for more efficient cooling. The power and torque ratings haven’t improved by much though, but on the road, the ZMR is a tad quicker than the older motorcycle. It also has better throttle response while the rideability only gets better towards the top of the rev range. Price: Rs. 91,000 ex showroom. -Vikrant SinghColumn courtesy: Auto Bild Indiaadvertisementadvertisement
Premier League: 9-man Tottenham slump to Bournemouth lossTottenham Hotspur suffered a 1-0 defeat against Bournemouth after two of their players were sent off on Saturday. The Spurs remain third, two points clear of fourth-placed Chelseaadvertisement Next Reuters LondonMay 4, 2019UPDATED: May 4, 2019 21:02 IST Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur suffered a crucial defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSon Heung-min and Substitute Juan Foyth were sent off Tottenham were beaten 1-0 by BournemouthSpurs stayed third, four points clear of fifth-placed ArsenalTottenham Hotspur had two men sent off and failed to make sure of a Premier League top-four finish after slipping to a 1-0 defeat by Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.With Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United — Tottenham’s rivals for third and fourth — not in action until Sunday, a win for Spurs on the south coast would have sealed a top-four finish and qualification for next season’s Champions League.They dominated early on in the sunshine at the Vitality, but found Premier League debutant goalkeeper Mark Travers in inspired form for the hosts as the 19-year-old made a string of fine saves.Tottenham’s task was made all the more difficult two minutes before the interval when forward Son Heung-min was sent off for pushing Jefferson Lerma and halftime substitute Juan Foyth lasted 125 seconds before seeing red for a lunging tackle.Bournemouth struggled to make their numerical advantage count until Nathan Ake climbed highest to meet a corner and head a dramatic winner in the 90th minute.Spurs, who trail Ajax Amsterdam 1-0 going into their Champions League semi-final second leg on Wednesday, stayed third, two points clear of Chelsea and four ahead of Arsenal with the top-four race set to go to the final day of the season.We need to move on: Pochettino”The first 40 minutes we played well and created chances but didn’t score,” Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said. “Then we know football can be cruel, they scored in the last minute.”We need to move on. I will respect the decision of the referee (on the red cards).”advertisementTravers, the first teenage goalkeeper to start a Premier League game since Joe Hart in 2006, produced a string of fine saves to deny Spurs an early goal.A moment of madness from Son earned him a straight red card for shoving Lerma to the floor right in front of referee Craig Pawson.Pawson was called into action again as he brandished the red card at Foyth for a dangerous lunge on Jack Simpson.Spurs, though, looked comfortable in defence before poor marking at a corner allowed Ake to power home a header and send Tottenham to their 13th league defeat of the season.”It’s important to do well against the top teams,” Ake said. “I think we want to do this more and it’s good we’ve done that today.”Also Read | Manchester United to stick with David de Gea as Sergio Romero suffers knee injuryAlso Read | Europa League: Chelsea set record, Arsenal register big win in semi-final 1st legAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Tottenham HotspurFollow Son Heung-minFollow Juan FoythFollow Premier leagueFollow Bournemouth
Never depend on others: Fans heartbroken as Pakistan’s World Cup semi-final chances all but overEngland defeated New Zealand by 119 runs to send Pakistan on the brink of elimination from the semi-final contention. Pakistan have 9 points from 8 games and also a negative run rate.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk Chester-le-StreetJuly 3, 2019UPDATED: July 4, 2019 00:01 IST Pakistan will face Bangladesh on July 5 in their last World Cup group match on July 5. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEngland defeated New Zealand by 119 runs on WednesdayAfter England win meant Pakistan’s chances are all but over for semi-finalsPakistan will face Bangladesh in their last group game on July 5England’s 119-run win over New Zealand meant they are through to the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1992 and also that Pakistan have to start bag-packing to fly back to their homeland.The equation for Pakistan to qualify for the semi-finals was as easy as this: New Zealand had to beat England on Wednesday and Pakistan had to beat Bangladesh in their upcoming game on Friday.However, the match result between England and New Zealand did not turn out in Pakistan’s favour, which means they are all but out of contention for a place in the last four.Pakistan have 9 points from 8 matches after the three-wicket win over Afghanistan. Pakistan have a game in hand, but even if they win it, their net run rate doesn’t make a favourable circumstance for them to make their way into the semi-finals.Pakistan started their World Cup campaign on an unimpressive note but they have won their last three games to draw an eerie similarity between 2019 and 1992, the year when they won their first and the last World Cup.Pakistan fans, too had hopes that the destiny would favour them to lift the World Cup on July 14 but after Wednesday, it seems, the ghosts of 1992 would finally be leaving Pakistan alone. As the hopes for Pakistan have nearly ended, the fans looked disappointed on social media. Here is a glimpse:It was a journey full of surprises, fun and betrayals. See you after 4 years.Sincerely,Pakistan.#ENGvNZ pic.twitter.com/Uzn7T8MH82advertisementabaid (@KhawajaAbaid) July 3, 2019Me watching #ENGvNZ be like pic.twitter.com/fClCMWF7jrMuhammad Umair Tariq (@cricRebel) July 3, 2019Our only realistic chance at the moment ??#NzvEng #ENGvNZ pic.twitter.com/6jvGbpAKepSaqib Ali Shah (@Saqibca) July 3, 2019England is playing with 12 men one from India Ravi are you blind #ENGvNZ pic.twitter.com/EAoKli18zgAdil Ali (@AdilAli5310) July 3, 2019Our pathetic team scored 100 against windies & almost lost the match against Afghanistan. Despite all this bullshit blame nz and India for qualification is like begging so stop it and accept defeat & failures gracefully.Take the blame and improve, no1 will win it for you#ENGvNZGhazali (@MrGhzali) July 3, 2019Aaj se hamari New zealand se dosti Khatam. Ab bus Pakistanio ko dua karni chahie k Bangladeshi team Andhi ho jaye or 10 runs per all team out ho jaye cuz we dont believe in working hard rather pray for the failure of other teams #ENGvNZShiraz Sharif ????? ???? (@ShirazSharif) July 3, 2019One middle finger cost us the ??????????? #ENGvNZ #NZvENG @cricketworldcup pic.twitter.com/ZrnziC7WokShafqat (@ShafqatAli120) July 3, 2019Depending on others is like…….. #ENGvNZ pic.twitter.com/JMlGb2Hb20BilzZ Abbasi (@bilzz_abbasi) July 3, 2019I think the Pakistan should not blame anyone but itself whether NZ deserve or not to go, one thing is clear we don’t deserve to go as well. Yup, we made good comeback but made it very late. Just give Malik and Hafeez their last game and let them go now please! ?? #CWC19 #ENGvNZKamran Akhtar (@KamranA527224) July 3, 2019Long live Pakistan love u all better luck next time #ENGvNZhassan sial (@hassan14212687) July 3, 2019All I can see indians trolling about Pakistan exit today but its my prediction that the one team you sent easy forward will beat you in Semi’s. Karma is a bitch #ENGvNZMuhammad Adil Ali (@m_adil_ali) July 3, 2019It has been a wild ride!! A good tour for Pakistani team!! But unfortunately it’s the END…!!#EngvNz pic.twitter.com/A8iK1jo1s5Afnan Qureshi (@afnanahmadq) July 3, 2019The match was fix fuck @ICC fuck @BCCI #ENGvNZ zaheen durrani (@ZaheenDurrani) July 3, 2019#NewZealand sy ye umeed nai theee#ENGvNZ HUNAIZA (PROUD WBian) (@hunaizawaseem1) July 3, 2019Pakistan doesn’t deserve semifinal but is Newzeland deserve?, lost every single big match #ENGvNZ syed babar (@imsyedbabar) July 3, 2019For Pakistan to qualify to the semi-finalPakistan to beat Bangladesh by 311 runs after posting 350 orbeat Bangladesh by 316 runs after scoring 400 orbeat Bangladesh by 321 runs after scoring 450If Pakistan bowl first, they will be out of the semi-final race even before the frist ball is bowled at Lord’s on Friday.Pakistan will face Bangladesh in their last World Cup group game on July 5.Also SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow England vs New Zealand
International Rescue Committee (IRC) today announced it will present the IRC at New York Fashion Week Pop-Up at The Empire Hotel (44 West 63rd Street) on February 13 and 14, 2015.IRC Spokesperson and critically-acclaimed Chef Marco Canora (Brodo and Hearth Restaurant) will serve his celebrated Bone Broth, the latest health craze to sweep the nation. The Pop-Up will also feature a photo exhibition with Sudanese Model and IRC Voice Nykhor Paul of images from her recent trip to Ethiopia.The Pop-Up will be open from 11am to 5pm and is open by invitation only.Chef Canora supports the New Roots program, an essential part of the IRC’s broader efforts to help refugees resettled in the United States. The New Roots program enables refugees to establish community gardens to grow food for themselves and their neighbors, as well as offers nutrition and agribusiness training. Chef Canora has earned critical acclaim for his Italian-inflected cooking. In 2003, he opened Hearth in the East Village, which has since received a prestigious “Outstanding Restaurant” nomination from the James Beard Foundation. He is also the founder of Brodo, a popular to-go window operating out of Hearth serving cups of hot, nourishing bone broths.Nykhor Paul joined the IRC Voices last year after a trip in August 2014 to the Gambella region of Ethiopia where thousands of South Sudanese refugees live. In one of the camps she visited, she reunited with her parents for the first time in 16 years. The IRC provides refugee camps in the Gambella region with water, sanitation and health care and other support services.The IRC @NYFW pop-up is made possible with the generous support of the GE Foundation, Threads 4 Thought and Whole Foods Market.An ongoing and dedicated supporter of the IRC’s work, the GE Foundation is spotlighting Ebola relief efforts. From 5-7pm following the regular pop-up hours on Friday, February 13th, GE Foundation’s partner, Jhpiego, a global health non-profit and affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, will showcase an advanced protective suit for healthcare workers who treat Ebola patients. Influenced by fashion design, the innovative suit is being developed by Jhpiego and the Johns Hopkins’ Center for Bio-Engineering Innovation & Design (CBID). Jill Andrews of Jill Andrews Gowns, advised on the suit design and will also participate in the event.Sustainable fashion apparel company, Threads 4 Thought, will donate $5 for every Instagram and Twitter post with #IRCatNYFW during the pop-up, to help raise awareness and support for the IRC’s global work.Whole Foods Market NYC is supporting the Pop-Up with the highest-quality ingredients for Chef Canora’s Bone Broth. Whole Foods Market is proud to partner with the IRC through the Whole Planet Foundation to help alleviate poverty around the globe.
OUTFRONT Media Inc. announced today a campaign in collaboration with the University of Michigan Counseling and Psychological Services, the Steven Schwartzberg Foundation, LOGIC, Glenn Close, and Michi and Brandon Marshall, that raises awareness about mental health and leads up to a week-long series of events, called “Who Can Relate?” that will further drive conversation about the cause.You Are Not Alone BillboardThe out-of-home (OOH) campaign promotes “Who Can Relate?” a weeklong campus event at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor campus. It is aimed at educating the public and fighting the stigma that often accompanies conversations about mental health, to show those suffering that they are not alone. The event will include a series of mental health events and discussions on campus and conclude with a performance by Logic on March 30, 2018 at Hill Auditorium.The campaign – live in Detroit, Ann Arbor, New York City and Los Angeles through March 30, 2018 – features creative developed by OUTFRONT Studios, OUTFRONT’s in-house full-service creative boutique, that illustrates the thoughts and feelings many people facing mental health challenges experience. A blurred image of LOGIC is surrounded by words depicting the internal thoughts of an individual engaged in a mental health struggle. Most prominently displayed is the phrase “You Are Not Alone.” Teasers of the campaign, featuring everyday individuals, ran from February 27, 2018 to March 4, 2018.“OUTFRONT Media is proud to work with a group that values the importance of active discussions, through numerous platforms, about tough topics like mental health,” said Eddy Herty, National Creative Director at OUTFRONT Media. “We believe that everyone has the responsibility to be a part of this conversation and to reinforce the support systems available to those affected.”The media platform is able to connect to the masses, reaching millions of people daily, but in a way that is localized and feels close to home. It is the ideal medium for promoting “social good” messages. It is uniquely suited to deliver both “lean back” and “lean in” creative that can highlight a message while encouraging action through an omnichannel approach. As a leader in OOH, OUTFRONT feels a strong sense of responsibility to put its properties and creative ingenuity to work. OUTFRONT Media is proud to be a part of the solution by enriching the lives of individuals facing mental health challenges, letting them know they are not alone.“Glenn, Brandon and Michi have been warriors in the fight against the stigma surrounding mental health. We are all thankful that Logic has bravely committed his time, talent and platform to help those who continue to suffer. OUTFRONT Media has been a passionate partner and has shown a commitment to helping to address these important social issues,” said Harris Schwartzberg from the Steven Schwartzberg Foundation.To learn more, visit: • University of Michigan Counseling and Psychological Services • Who Can Relate? • Project375 • Bring Change to Mind
Rabat – Nabil Dirar will miss Morocco’s friendly game against Slovakia.The national coach Hervé Renard reassured Moroccans Sunday about the injury of the right side Nabil Dirar. The international football player will be absent for the friendly match against Slovakia Monday in Geneva, just a few days before the 2018 World Cup in Russia.“Dirar had a small calf alert and there is no point in taking unnecessary risks. We are ten days away from the competition and we must not use his assets,” Renard said during a press briefing at the Geneva stadium. According to the French coach, “it’s just a precaution to be in possession of all our strength on the D-day…. It’s better to leave him a few days off, and not let him play tomorrow to make sure he can get back in shape pretty quickly.”In anticipation of their friendly against the Slovakian team, the Atlas Lions performed a training session of about sixty minutes Sunday afternoon. “The very concentrated group made the final adjustments before the Monday game,” it was reported to the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF).Mehdi Benatia’s teammates started their preparation for the World Cup with a draw against Ukraine (0-0). After the match against Slovakia, the national team will fly to Estonia where it will compete against the Estonian team on 9 June.Placed in Group B, the Atlas Lions will play their first game on June 15 in St. Petersburg against Iran. They will play their second group match against the Portuguese five days later on June 20 at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow. The Lions will close their first-round experience on June 25 with a game against Spain in Kaliningrad.
TORONTO — Barrick Gold Corp. has made a formal merger offer for rival Newmont Mining Corp. in an all-stock deal that would combine two of the world’s largest gold producers.The Toronto-based Barrick says its shareholders would own 55.9 per cent of the combined company and the rest would be owned by shareholders of the Colorado-based Newmont.Barrick says its proposal is far superior to Newmont’s planned merger with Vancouver-based Goldcorp, another of the world’s major gold producers.Under the proposal, Newmont shareholders would receive 2.5694 Barrick shares for each of their shares.Based on Friday’s closing price at the Toronto Stock Exchange, the offer would be worth about C$44 per Newmont share or US$33.50.Companies in this story: (TSX:ABX)The Canadian Press
The top United Nations human rights official for Cambodia has voiced serious concern over the lifting of the immunity of three opposition lawmakers, called for the immediate release of one of them who was arrested, and declared that the moves cast doubts on the ruling parties’ commitment to genuine pluralistic democracy.“These developments raise concerns about an increasingly autocratic form of government, and the future of democracy in Cambodia,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Human Rights in Cambodia, Peter Leuprecht, said, calling on the National Assembly to immediately restore the immunity to all three members.“In view of the well-documented lack of independence of Cambodia’s judiciary,” he said he was “most concerned” over the moves taken last Thursday against the three Sam Rainsy Party members – Sam Rainsy, Chea Poch and Cheam Channy – and the arrest of the latter on the same day.While the lifting of the immunity of Sam Rainsy and Chea Poch related to defamation complaints, the arrest of Cheam Channy was linked to an accusation that the Sam Rainsy Party was organizing a secret military force.“Few outside military intelligence and the military court seem to have given credibility to these allegations, and senior CPP (Cambodian People’s Party) government officials have publicly declared that the authorities have found no evidence of an armed force being created,” Mr. Leuprecht said, calling for Cheam Channy’s “immediate and unconditional release.”Efforts by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Cambodia to obtain access to him continue.
Brock research has uncovered a connection between a common household herb and the reduction of lung cancer cell growth.A recent study into rosemary began with Evangelina Tsiani’s longstanding interest in polyphenols — chemical compounds that are mostly found in plants people eat.The associate professor in the Department of Health Sciences wanted to know more about the polyphenols, sometimes referred to as antioxidants, found in the common herb.Polyphenols provide micronutrients that are believed to help to prevent diabetes, cancer, heart disease and other degenerative conditions. “We have some evidence that rosemary extract stops the growth of cancer cells,” Tsiani said. “The question is: how is this done? What is the mechanisms of action to inhibit cancer cell proliferation?”Tsiani, her graduate student Jessy Moore and colleagues from the Departments of Health Sciences, Kinesiology and the Centre for Bone and Muscle Health, set out to see if, and how, rosemary extract stops the growth of cancer cells.At the core of the research is understanding cell signalling — a complex communications system that regulates basic activities and co-ordinates actions within a cell, resulting in such processes as normal cell development and growth and tissue repair.Through her research, Tsiani looks at ‘signalling pathways,’ a series of chemical reactions that transmit information within the cell, resulting in a specific action.Cancer cells are created when there are errors in the way a cell processes information during a signalling pathway, often through mutations in one or more molecules.Certain signalling pathways are over-activated, leading to their uncontrolled growth and quick multiplication. Cancer cells also override a process called apoptosis, where a cell programs itself to die.The research team grew non-small lung cancer cells in its lab. These cells are found in up to 80 per cent of all lung cancer cases and represent the most aggressive form of the disease.The team exposed these cells to rosemary extract and studied the extract’s impacts on a signalling pathway called Akt and on certain proteins within the pathway.The team found that the rosemary extract:Stopped the survival and spread of cancer cells and enhanced the process of apoptosis, or pre-programmed cell deathBlocked the Akt signalling pathway that would have caused the cancer cells to multiplyStopped certain proteins in the cancer cells from being activatedTheir findings are published in the study “Rosemary extract reduces Akt/mTOR/p70S6K activation and inhibits proliferation and survival of A549 human lung cancer cells,” published in the October 2016 issue of the journal Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy.“These finding are very important,” Tsiani said. “Our data suggest that rosemary extract may have considerable anti-tumor and chemoprevention properties in lung cancer and deserves further systematic investigation.“Finding drugs or chemicals that inhibit these pathways is the focus of many researchers. The pharmaceutical industry invests heavily in this field,” she said.The team also produced a review paper “Anticancer Effects of Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis L.) Extract and Rosemary Extract Polyphenols” published in the November 2016 issue of the journal Nutrients.Tsiani cautioned it is too soon to tell people to eat more rosemary to prevent or stop lung cancer.The next step in the research, she said, is to “find the chemicals or components of rosemary extract that are responsible for these anti-cancer effects.”Rosemary contains two major polyphenols: carnosic acid and rosmarinic acid.“These two polyphenols might be the main chemicals that have the anti-cancer effects,” said Tsiani, “and we have initiated studies exploring this possibility.”
RTÉ has announced that Caitríona Perry will be the broadcaster’s new Washington correspondent.Perry has worked as a journalist in RTÉ since 2007, reporting across both television and radio news. She was awarded the National Justice Media Award in 2012 for Best TV News for her coverage of the government’s handling of St Patrick’s Institution for juvenile offenders. She has also worked as a newscaster for RTÉ Radio 1, 2FM and Lyric FM.She began her career at Newstalk and then moved to Today FM where she worked as the radio station’s courts correspondent before joining RTÉ.The reporter also recently travelled to Australia to cover the sentence hearing of Adrian Bayley who was convicted of the rape and murder of Irish woman Jill Meagher.Commenting today, Perry said she was “thrilled and utterly delighted” with the new position.“The Washington Correspondent is such an important role, one I’ve wanted and worked towards for a long time,” she said.” “I just can’t wait to get started!”The new Washington correspondent, who is replacing Richard Downes, will take up the post in the coming weeks.Related: Who’s next? RTE looks to hire new Washington correspondent>
Les pandas font leur retour au Royaume-Uni après 17 ansUn accord vient d’être signé à Londres entre la Chine et l’Ecosse pour le transfert d’un couple de grands pandas vers le zoo d’Edimbourg. Un accord hautement diplomatique et écologique, selon les responsables du projet ; une décision très discutable selon certaines ONG.Tian Tian et Yangguang, un couple de grands pandas nés en 2003 dans un centre d’élevage en Chine, pourront bientôt être admirés par les visiteurs du zoo d’Edimbourg (Ecosse, Royaume-Uni) : tels sont les termes de l’accord signé très officiellement, en présence de hauts dignitaires des deux pays, entre la Société royale écossaise de zoologie (RZSS) et l’Association chinoise pour la conservation de la vie sauvage.À lire aussiQuand trois ours lippus se mettent à jouer avec un ballon rose”C’est un grand jour pour la RZSS, le Zoo d’Edimbourg, le Royaume-Uni et la Chine (…). Le projet représente un énorme bénéfice pour le Royaume-Uni et l’Ecosse, tant pour le soutien de la conservation du panda géant que pour l’amélioration de nos programmes éducatifs et pour la science”, affirme David Windmil, directeur du zoo. “Les pandas sont un trésor national chinois. Cet accord historique est un cadeau de la Chine au peuple du Royaume-Uni”, renchérit Liu Xiaoming, ambassadeur de Chine outre-Manche.Cependant, Ross Minett, responsable scientifique à l’ONG OneKind, se pose la question de la pertinence de cette tentative de faire se reproduire des pandas en captivité, si loin de leur habitat naturel. “C’est une affaire commerciale : ces animaux apparaissent comme un cadeau diplomatique, mais en fait le zoo payera de substantiels droits pour pouvoir les exhiber. Les organisations internationales comme le WWF privilégient plutôt une approche qui protège l’habitat du panda et permet à sa population naturelle d’augmenter, et si le Zoo d’Edimbourg est sérieux sur le plan de la conservation, il devrait donner son soutien à des projets locaux en Chine”, a-t-il fait remarquer.Le 11 janvier 2011 à 16:01 • Emmanuel Perrin
August 5, 2016 at 6:55 am August 5, 2016 at 9:50 pm Bret Hart calls Seth Rollins reckless in the ringAlfred Konuwa of Forbes.com passed along an interview with WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart where he again criticizes Seth Rollins for injuring John Cena during a match in WWE.“There’s a lot of wrestlers today a) their execution is lousy and they’re not safe. You watch Seth Rollins who they’ve pushed as this huge mega, mega push. I watched him a few months ago, and you can watch it back on YouTube but he knees John Cena in the face. Just knees him in the face so hard, so recklessly, so dangerously, you can easily kill somebody with a knee like that in the face. It’s a testimony to John Cena that a) he finished the match and b) that he didn’t get a shotgun and shoot John Cena when he came through the curtain.”John Cena promotes SummerSlam on “The Late Show” on CBSWWE star John Cena talked with Stephen Colbert on “The Late Show” on CBS this past Wednesday night promoting his SummerSlam match with AJ Styles. Pinterest WhatsApp Plus they did take the Curb Stomp away from him. Maybe it wasn’t just WWE being overly cautious to an annoying degree. Apparently they really did have a good reason for it. I wonder what Bret must have thought about Owen’s botch on Austin? which promo you are referring to??? Celebrity Shortlist: Top 3 Actors You Didn’t Know Could Rap TheCyberZon August 5, 2016 at 12:56 am Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles “It’s a testimony to John Cena that a) he finished the match and b) that he didn’t get a shotgun and shoot John Cena when he came through the curtain.”Is this a typo or what he actually said? You mean get a shotgun and shoot Rollins when he came through the curtain. Colloquially speaking of course. Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene theFranchiise August 5, 2016 at 9:11 am WWE announces Elias will withdraw from the King of the Ring tournament due to injury John Cena That;s funny, the Attitude Era wasn’t exactly known for having great wrestling matches. 16 COMMENTS Glenn Wolf Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR August 4, 2016 at 8:44 pm sharky316 shocker, Wet Fart making his mouth go again because he hasn’t had any attention lately. SK8119 TheCyberZon August 5, 2016 at 1:49 pm WWE United States Championship match added to Clash of Champions this Sunday in Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Joe August 4, 2016 at 9:27 pm Speaking of Kidd, I wonder where this sort of comment from Bret was when Samoa Joe hurt Kidd’s neck with a muscle buster to the point where we still don’t know if Kidd will ever wrestle again? Could it be that it wasn’t a big deal enough for Bret to be able to make his point on a big enough stage given it was a dark match? Mat Thompson Twitter August 5, 2016 at 1:38 am J™ WWE Superstar John Cena announced as part of cast for Suicide Squad Sequel I wonder if Bret think he never hurt anyone accidentally in the ring ever its almost like he actually believes he is the “excellence of execution” WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Because he never did hurt anyone in the ring any more than the usual bumps wrestlers usually inflict on each other. No one has ever been seriously, or probably even moderately, injured in a Bret Hart match because he is the Excellence of Execution. TheCyberZon August 4, 2016 at 8:37 pm You think it was an accident, but I am not so sure! The event Owen died at was called OVER THE EDGE! But I guess thats just another “coincidence”…. watch the Undertaker’s promo before the show starts… it’s very fortelling! TheCyberZon TheCyberZon Now Playing Up Next U-Dog August 5, 2016 at 1:48 am Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipVin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ sceneVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:05/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -1:02 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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That said, it may have not been his call as the agents/producers may have illustrated the moves and Sting may have approved, but still I find that reckless too. Johnm I don’t remember very many armbar takedowns or 5 minute headlocks or overly drawn-out tests of strength during the Attitude Era. It was as fast & high impact as anything today and then some. Videos Articles Videos Articles August 6, 2016 at 9:04 am I’m sure he gave Owen you-know-what for it. Bet Stu had a few words with him too. Now Playing Up Next Charlize Theron August 5, 2016 at 9:07 am Tre Zen August 5, 2016 at 3:22 pm Sounds like there’s alot of stuffs Bret cannot get over.It was an accident… just as what happened to Owen… accident Why is Bret turning into the old man who sits on his front porch and yells at children for just walking by his house. Wrestling in Bret’s generation (both the classic era and the attitude era) was quite different than today. It’s much higher impact, much faster and to keep people watching they need to do more than an armbar takedown and a five-minute headlock or a test of strength in the middle of the ring. I loved Bret back in his day, but now, him shitting on the stars of today, not a way to keep your legacy going. Is he hoping for a Tyson Kidd push? August 5, 2016 at 1:33 am Google+ Vin Diesel Steven Herrera But it did have many, many memorable ones. Maybe not great in terms of technical wrestling, but great in other ways. August 6, 2016 at 1:27 am Comments are closed. Now Playing Up Next Facebook
You can now watch Prime Video with your VR headset. Amazon Amazon Prime Video is now available for viewing on virtual reality headsets, the company announced Wednesday. The Oculus Quest, Oculus Go and Samsung Gear VR can all be used to watch the streaming service.The VR headsets can be used to watch “Amazon originals, channel subscriptions, live events and more,” Amazon said, adding that the service also supports voice searching to find content. Now playing: Watch this: The 51 best VR games 1:26 Apple files for AR/VR patent, Equifax’s fine over 2017… Mobile Gaming Accessories Gaming Wearable Tech TV and Movies null Share your voice 53 Photos Samsung Gear VR Preview • Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition: Oculus-powered Galaxy Note 4 accessory now available, starting at $199 VR on CNET 0 Tags Oculus Amazon Prime Amazon Samsung VR 101 Best VR headsets for 2019 Valve Index review: VR you can buy in pieces Amazon said its VR-capable library is expanding, but pointed to The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Good Omens, Guava Island, Catastrophe, The Grand Tour, Fleabag, The Man in the High Castle, Carnival Row, Bosch and Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan as being ready to go.To set up the service, you need to pair your headset with the Oculus mobile app, navigate to the Oculus Store on the headset, find the free Prime Video app, download and install it and then launch the app and sign in with your existing Amazon account.If you’ve got a Gear VR headset, you need to first install Oculus software on your Samsung phone.Netflix, Hulu and YouTube already have VR viewing services. Review • Gear VR: A ticket to virtual reality with a smartphone
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds viaemail, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowThe man with the plan: Keith Meyer and the future of AKLNGRachel Waldholz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageAs the state of Alaska takes the lead in the effort to build a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope, it finds itself taking responsibility for what would be one of the largest, most complex projects in the world.In latest high-profile resignation, head of state’s oil and gas division quitsRashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauThe state’s top oil and gas regulator is stepping down. Corri Feige emailed colleagues yesterday saying her last day is October 3rd.Alaskans endure rising insurance costsAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauAlaskans shopping for individual health insurance on the federal exchange will only be able to choose from one insurer when open enrollment starts on November 1st. Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska is increasing premiums an average of 7.3 percent.High winds knock out power to 33,000 Interior householdsTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksAnchorage didn’t experience high winds as predicted last night but winds up to 70 miles per hour knocked out power to about 33,000 households around the Interior, including more than 500 in the Delta Junction area that went without electricity for about 15 hours.Washington man due in federal court for Alaska scamLori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageA Puyallup, Wash. man is due in the U.S. District Court in Alaska on Thursday to face charges he defrauded several million dollars out of victims in Alaska, money he then gambled away. Floyd Jay Mann allegedly ran his elaborate scam for several years, and many or most of his victims are from Dillingham.Ask a Climatologist: The Blob is backAnnie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe blob is back. The term was coined a few years ago to describe a warm patch of water in the Gulf of Alaska and Northern Pacific Ocean. It can turn the weather warm and dry in the state.Alaska fisheries escape effects of climate change for nowZoe Sobel, Alaska’s Energy Desk – UnalaskaWith coastlines eroding, temperatures rising and sea ice retreating, Alaska is feeling the effects of a warming planet. But a new federal report suggests so far fisheries in the state haven’t experienced many observable impacts of climate change.
Fox Star Studios India, which holds the distribution rights of Sonam Kapoor starrer “Neerja,” seems poised to make a killing at the box office, going by the opening day collections and positive reviews for the movie. The Bollywood film, based on the life of flight purser Neerja Bhanot of Pan Am flight 73, had a decent opening on Feb 19., collecting about Rs 4.70 crore, according to trade analyst Taran Adarsh.Fox Star Studios India is a joint venture between 20th Century Fox and television company Star India. The venture’s other releases in 2015, such as “Bombay Velvet,” “Hamari Adhuri Kahani,” “Guddu Rangeela” and “Brothers,” were either average or flops at the box office.Positive reviews for “Neerja” are set to change the trend for Fox Star Studios at the box office.The then 23-year-old flight pursuer helped about 350 passengers to escape through an emergency exit, but was unfortunately shot dead by the hijackers. The flight, which was on its way from Mumbai to New York, was hijacked on Sep. 5, 1986, by four Palestinian militants. Bhanot was awarded the prestigious “Ashok Chakra,” India’s highest peacetime military award for bravery.”Neerja” has been co-produced by fashion photographer Atul Kasbekar, along with Fox Star Studios India, which is also the distributor of the film.While Sonam Kapoor plays Neerja, other actors include Shabana Azmi, who plays Neerja’s mother, and Shekhar Ravjiani.A few weeks ago, Akshay Kumar’s “Airlift,” based on the evacuation of Indians from war-torn Iraq during the Iraq-Kuwait conflict in 1990 in which about 1.76 lakh Indians were evacuated, focused on what is believed as the largest evacuation exercise in history. The film was released on Jan. 22.”Airlift” collected Rs 12.35 crore on its opening day in India and went on to gross Rs 223 crore in box office collections worldwide in three weeks.Films such as “Neerja” mark a trend in Bollywood these days to produce films based on real-life incidents that make for good thrillers as they are not entirely fictional and, therefore, have a better emotional connect with those who have experienced the incident or have read about it.A Reuters journalist, writing in her personal capacity, says that such movies are an example of what happens “when the film-maker respects his source material and doesn’t introduce unnecessary melodrama.”The film has got good reviews from many critics.”Neerja,” directed by Ram Madhvani, won’t be screened in Pakistan as it is being perceived as portraying the country in bad light. The “objectionable nature” of the film’s content was cited for denying permission to air it in the country, the Express Tribune reported, citing a commerce ministry official. Though the movie was cleared by the country’s Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), as informed by the body’s chairman Mobasher Hasan.
An employee is seen at the front desk of Snapdeal headquarters in Gurugram on the outskirts of New Delhi, April 3, 2017.Reuters fileIn an attempt to put all speculation to rest, Infibeam founder MD Vishal Mehta on Friday denied making a buyout bid for e-commerce rival Snapdeal, even as reports emerged of the Ahmedabad-based online e-tailer being the latest to make a potential bid acquire the Delhi-based electronics portal.Infibeam founder and MD Vishal Mehta denied any offer in a telephone conversation with financial daily Economic Times (ET) on Friday. “No, we haven’t made any offer to Snapdeal,” he said.ET quoted two sources in a report that the all-stock bid was estimated to be about $1 billion (Rs 6,652.75 crore), making it higher than the revised offer for Snapdeal that rival Flipkart is expected to make in the coming week.Infibeam and Snapdeal did not reply to email queries on the development, the ET report said.On Thursday, Infibeam, which is capitalised at Rs 6,152 crore, had announced the acquisition of e-payments firm CC Avenues. Infibeam was founded in 2007 by former Amazon executive Vishal Mehta. The promoter and promoter group continue to hold 44.5 percent stake in the company.ET said that an offer from BSE-listed Infibeam –expected to be an all-stock transaction — has the potential to give liquidity to all Snapdeal stockholders, a list that includes venture capital firms Kalaari Capital and Nexus Venture Partners, and Chinese ecommerce behemoth Alibaba Group, according to sources aware of the negotiations.Snapdeal’s board had rejected a $700-750 million offer for sale to Flipkart last week. However, a revised offer of $900-950 million may be on the anvil, The Times of India had reported earlier.TOI had said that Infibeam, would create a combined $2-billion entity when merged with Snapdeal. The deal would not include Snapdeal’s logistics business Vulcan Express and payments platform Freecharge, TOI claimed.Snapdeal’s biggest controversy in recent times cropped up last week when a decision by its largest investor, Tokyo-based SoftBank, to make preferential payments to two early investors Kalaari Capital and Nexus Venture Partners, ran into objections from a set of smaller investors led by PremjiInvest.
The conflict between the US and China is set to escalate with US President Donald Trump’s blacklisting of Chinese telecom giant Huawei. [Representational image]Creative CommonsThe timing of US President Donald Trump’s executive order that targets Chinese telecom giant Huawei is calculated to escalate the trade war with China after the last round of talks failed to break the stalemate. The Trump order declaring a state of emergency bans US telecom companies from installing foreign-made equipment that could pose a threat to national security.Following Trump’s signing of the executive order for “securing the information and communications technology and services supply chain”, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the US Department of Commerce set rolling the process to add Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and its affiliates to its Entity List.The Department of Commerce alleges that Huawei is engaged in activities that are contrary to US national security or foreign policy interest, according to a report on Business Standard website. The order makes it necessary for US companies to obtain a licence from BIS for sale or transfer of technology to a company or person on the Entity List. BIS may deny a licence if the transaction would harm US national security or foreign policy interests.”This action by the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security, with the support of the President of the United States, places Huawei, a Chinese-owned company that is the largest telecommunications equipment producer in the world, on the Entity List,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told media persons on Wednesday. The timing of the US blacklisting of Huawei will escalate US-China trade wars. FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty ImagesThis would prevent foreign-owned entities from using American technology in ways that potentially undermine US national security or foreign policy interests, Ross said. Industry circles reckon that the ban on Huawei may hamper the upgrade of US telecom infrastructure to 5G standard as the Chinese company is the frontrunner in the manufacture of 5G equipment.Trump crackdown follows his decision to slap increased customs duty of 25 per cent in place of the earlier 10 per cent on Chinese imports worth an additional $300 billion. The US decision came after China retaliated with increased levies on imports to the tune of Rs 200 billion following the initial US decision to impose higher tariffs on imports worth $200 billion.International political observers think that the trade war could prolong because of the prevailing global conditions. Chinese President Xi Jinping cannot be seen as backing down from the stand for domestic political reasons, while Trump would not want to endanger his run for the second term by damaging his image of a leader who takes tough decisions, one that his domestic constituency is sold on.Trump’s failure to get any purchase from his dramatic North Korea moves could weaken his political platform, according to election observers. Trump is expected to open more fronts of confrontation with China in the near future to keep up the tempo of the rhetoric ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
US Department of State. Reuters File PhotoThe United States said Friday it has no intention of signing a nuclear weapons ban treaty backed by this year’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate, while stressing its commitment to “creating the conditions for nuclear disarmament.”“Today’s announcement does not change the US position on the treaty: the United States does not support and will not sign the ‘Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons,’” a State Department spokesman told AFP.“This treaty will not make the world more peaceful, will not result in the elimination of a single nuclear weapon, and will not enhance any state’s security,” the spokesman added, stressing that none of the world’s nuclear-armed powers had backed the text.The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which the Nobel committee rewarded for its efforts to consign the atomic bomb to history, was a key player in the treaty’s adoption by 122 countries at the UN in July.The accord was largely symbolic because none of the nine countries known or suspected of having nuclear weapons-the United States, Russia, Britain, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea-put their names down.The State Department spokesman added that Washington remains committed to its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and to working to “improve the international security environment, prevent and counter proliferation, and reduce nuclear dangers worldwide.”“We urge states to work with us on pragmatic, effective measures to accomplish this,” he added.