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Ontario Provincial Police investigating barroom brawl at Six Nations hockey game

first_imgBy Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsAn all-out “barroom brawl” broke out in the stands of a youth playoff game between Six Nations and Tweed Saturday that was captured on video and posted online.The video shows a verbal spat between fans that quickly led to fisticuffs at the Ontario Minor Hockey Assoociation Bantam C finals in Tweed, Ont.But the melee started long before that said the president of Six Nations minor hockey.Blaine LaForme said four minutes into the game he complained to the Tweed representative of the OMHA that the game was too rough.LaForme was worried the game was going to get out of hand.“They said ‘well you guys were rougher than that last week; can’t you take it this week?’” he said Monday. “The refs didn’t have control over that game whatsoever. What happened on the ice reflected what was going on in the stands.”Just before the brawl erupted in the stands there was one on the ice said LaForme.The video was posted on You Tube by a person with the username Jane Hockeyfan and had 13,000 views as of 12 p.m. Monday.“On the video you see Six Nations parent calling on Tweed people for a fight, then you see group of Six Nations parents going over to do just that,” said the poster. “Tweed parent steps in to pull Six Nations person off Tweed teenager as he is pounding him and Tweed parent gets grabbed and punched from behind by Six Nations man.”LaForme said he takes offence the video pins blame on Six Nations.“She failed to mention on there all the bull-s*** that went on leading up to this. She lets it go like we went over there like a heard of wild Indians,” he said.LaForme said the Tweed fans were making sexual gestures and swearing at the Six Nations fans causing them to go over and confront them.“This went on for like 45 minutes and by the time game was over all the players on the ice were fighting. And one point, they all had stopped to watch what was going on in the stands,” he said.Ontario Provincial Police were at the game and apparently found nothing wrong with what happened at the time according to LaForme.Police did have one of the Tweed fans leave according to LaForme and the person who posted the video.However, Monday the OPP said they were looking into the incident in the stands but not the brawl that happened on the ice between the players.As for the hockey series, play went back to Six Nations Sunday where Tweed was defeated making the Six Nations team Ontario champs for their division.Local police were present but LaForme said there was no incident.Calls to the Tweed minor hockey association were not returned.kjackson@aptn.caTwitter: @afixedaddresslast_img read more

Delaware attorney general moves to shut down Backpage LLCs

first_imgDOVER, Del. — Delaware’s attorney general has moved to dissolve the limited liability companies behind, a classified ad website whose listings included sexual services.The News Journal reports Matt Denn’s office filed a petition last week asking for the cancellation of the four LLCs’ certificates of formation.The lawsuit is new territory for his office. In June, the Delaware General Assembly passed a bill amending the state’s corporate law to permit seeking court orders requiring the dissolution of select legal entities registered in the nation’s incorporation capital.Backpage had been shielded by its lack of physical presence in Delaware and its technical “good standing” ensured by paying its $300 annual franchise tax.Federal authorities took down the site in April, and its CEO has pleaded guilty to prostitution and money laundering.___Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

Following shootings Security Council meets to discuss situation in Kosovo

Speaking at the outset of the Council’s open meeting, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, Nebojsa Covic, said the hideous attack on innocent children swimming in the river near their homes in Kosovo and Metohia had taken place only because they were Serbs. It was an attempt to send a message to all Serbs that they had to leave and there is no chance for a multi-ethnic society, he added.Mr. Covic said while he appreciated UN action to bring the perpetrators to justice, it was necessary to accept the fact that last week’s crimes were not unique – they belonged to a pattern of activity by a determined minority of the Albanian population to bring the ethnic cleansing of the province to completion.The Deputy Prime Minister said vigorous and decisive measures were needed to fulfil Security Council resolutions that have been agreed upon, including major progress in the return of internally displaced persons and security and freedom of movement of all ethnic communities.During the meeting, all 15 members of the Council also condemned the violence and expressed deep concern that four years after the conflict such brutal incidents continued to occur. read more

Credit card crash lesson for students bound for university college

Credit card crash lesson for students bound for university, college by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 11, 2016 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Aug 11, 2016 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – As thousands of Canadian students head off to college and university this fall, many will find themselves bombarded with credit card offers.Signing up for a credit card has become a sort of rite of passage for young adults, alongside frosh week parties, late-night study sessions and diets comprised primarily of ramen and mac-and-cheese.But experts caution that it’s important to be prudent or risk harming your credit score, which could affect your ability to land a mortgage, purchase a car or secure a loan years down the road.Jackie Rosen from rate comparison website says it’s common for credit card companies to offer incentives, such as free T-shirts and other goodies, to lure students into signing up.When Rosen signed up for her first credit card during college 13 years ago, she received a free wine cooler, she recalls.“It sounds really tempting when you’re a student — like, ‘Oh boy, a free T-shirt, a free cooler,’ — but you need to be really careful and read all the fine print before you sign up for any credit card,” says Rosen.“Number one is always, always read the fine print before you sign up for anything, because you don’t know until you read the fine print if you’re going to get an extra service you don’t need.”Those additional services — like balance protection, for instance — can end up costing more in fees, says Rosen.When choosing a card, Laurie Campbell, the CEO of Credit Canada Debt Solutions, recommends going for one with no annual fee.“Students are going to find they don’t have many options when it comes to credit cards,” says Campbell.“They’re going to find that because they’ve never had credit in the past, they’re not going to get that platinum card with all those bells and whistles. They’re not going to get a card with a lot of different types of points on it.”The interest rate shouldn’t matter too much, Campbell adds, because the key is to pay off the card every month rather than carrying a balance.If people are not sure whether they’ll be able to pay off their debts in full every month, they should reconsider whether they should get that card in the first place, says Campbell.“Don’t get a credit card at all unless you’re working and have a plan for repayment in full, ideally, each month,” she says.Lastly, Rosen suggests starting off with a prepaid card or a secured card.With a prepaid card, customers load money onto it upfront and can only spend the amount that they’ve deposited — similar to a gift card, for example.“You don’t incur interest charges, but that also means you can’t build your credit score,” says Rosen.A secured card is similar in that it requires people to pay a deposit upfront, but it also allows them to build their credit standing and incur interest charges, says Rosen.Unsecured cards are the most common type of credit card and they don’t require any sort of collateral. The financial institution is simply trusting one’s ability to repay debt.“Once you’ve proven yourself with all of these, you can switch over to an unsecured card,” says Rosen. “That’s once you’ve proven to the institution that you’re a responsible card holder.”Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. read more

Foreign home purchases in Metro Vancouver are back to provincial average

VICTORIA – About three per cent of residential real estate transactions last month in Metro Vancouver involved foreign buyers, a decline of more than 10 percentage points since the B.C. government intervened with a new tax.The provincial government brought in the 15-per-cent tax in August as a tool to cool the overheated residential housing market in Metro Vancouver.B.C. Finance Minister Mike de Jong said Tuesday that the government is downgrading its financial expectations from the tax.The government had forecast the tax would bring in $165 million for the fiscal year, but the that’s been revised to $50 million, he said.“I’m not particularly surprised by the trajectory of what’s happened,” de Jong said. “In the immediate aftermath we see investment drop off pretty dramatically. It’s starting to come back … so there are still transactions taking place involving foreign purchasers and they’re paying the additional tax.”Provincial government figures show the rate of those purchases was up in October from September, when foreign investment stood at 1.8 per cent in the Vancouver area.“There is a period of distortion in the market any time a tax is introduced and changed. Many transactions that would have occurred in the months following the introduction of the tax were moved to July to avoid the tax,” the government said in a news release.“As time goes on and the market readjusts, trends say the rate and volume of foreign demand will normalize to levels we can expect to continue.”The statistics show 140 properties worth $115 million involving foreign buyers were transferred in Metro Vancouver in October.There are still pockets in Metro Vancouver where foreign purchases are higher, including Richmond where 6.7 per cent of all residential transactions were sold to foreigners.The tax doesn’t apply in the Victoria area and it saw more foreign buyers in October at 6.3 per cent of all purchases.All property transfer transactions are now subject to an audit for up to six years from the date of transfer.The Finance Ministry has already opened 215 audit files to investigate if the correct amount of tax has been paid and it issued 30 assessments totalling $3 million.The announcement comes weeks after B.C. Real Estate Association figures show a cooling market.There was a 16.7-per-cent drop in home sales provincewide in October, compared with the same period last year.The average price of a home in the province was about $607,000, down 9.1 per cent. Foreign home purchases in Metro Vancouver are back to provincial average by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 29, 2016 1:52 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 29, 2016 at 4:44 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Singer spreads his love at Centre for the Arts

Jim Brickman plays the Centre for the Arts Friday, Jan, 31 at 7:30 p.m.Commercials or hit songs, Jim Brickman is comfortable penning both.In fact, ask the most charted male adult contemporary musician, and he’ll tell you coming up with fodder for jingles for a burger chain or air freshener is no different than writing an album.“I’m really, at the core of it, a songwriter more than anything,” said Brickman, who spent several years coming up with the next earworms for household name products before getting rotation on radio stations with his love songs.However, he’s quick to note that it was a career he loved and never treated as a stepping stone to making it big with records.“You’re writing songs (for commercials). They just happen to be 30 seconds instead of about love or breaking up. While the content is different, the craft is the same,” he said.“All original music is about that emotional connection. Whether that connection is intended to be bright, comforting, romantic or harsh, at the core, it’s about connecting emotionally.”If anything, writing the musical interludes that convinced us to buy a certain bug spray gave him the chance to try his hand at many musical genres and get to know the idiosyncrasies of studio life – something that often eludes aspiring musical acts toiling in their garage or basement.“One day, I’d get to write a country song and the next, it’s rock and roll,” Brickman explained. “You get to dabble in all kinds of things.”Brickman will be doing that at the Centre for the Arts on Jan. 31 when the Cleveland-born crooner returns to Canada for the first time in about 10 years.He’s coming on his Love Tour, promoting his Love album, which is sold exclusively in Target stores.Like the much loved album, his enchanting shows also include a mix of covers and original music performed on the ivories.This Grammy-nominated piano sensation has collaborated with the likes of Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride and Olivia Newton-John.And The Love Tour brings along Canadian singer-songwriter Luke McMaster, one half of the hit duo McMaster and James, with whom Brickman shares the hit song “Good Morning Beautiful.”McMaster experienced the rock star life of studios, videos and touring from a young age. From Chantal Kreviazuk to Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera, McMaster cut his teeth with some of the biggest acts of the day.After McMaster and James ran its course, his natural gift for songwriting led him to Toronto, New York and L.A. to work with a wide variety of international talent including Rihanna and Nick Lachey.McMaster gained critical experience behind the studio walls as he figured out what his next move would be … which has brought him back to his true passion, performing. The best of both of worlds inevitably collided.A long time fan of Brickman, the two were introduced through their mutual friend, acclaimed singer-songwriter Marc Jordan.“Jim Brickman and I met at such a fortuitous time. He was starting a new record, and, being an instrumentalist, he’s always looking for up and coming singers to collaborate with. I was such a fan of how he helped develop artists like Lady Antebellum and was so excited to work with Jim… I knew we could do something incredible,” said McMaster.The two got together between one of Brickman’s sound checks and performances, and “Good Morning Beautiful” was born.“We knew we had something special right away,” said Brickman when asked about the song. “It was such an obvious single and worked so perfectly for both of our albums. It was effortless for us to write it, which usually means it was meant to be”.The show will feature both musicians sharing the stage and music, performing together and solo on the piano.Brickman is known for his hits, including “Valentine,” “If You Believe” and “Love of My Life,” but also for his engaging performances. “To me, it’s the overall experience. There should be lots of storytelling and laughter. It will be funny, charming, beautiful, comforting…,” Brickman said.“It’s always very lighthearted,” Brickman said. “It’s not a piano recital by any means. I think sometimes people hear solo piano and think it’s a soft and quiet recital…and it’s not.”For tickets and more information please visit the Centre for the Arts online or call the box office at 905-688-5550 x3257.Hot Ticket members are invited to bring friends for free. Join today.Brickman Fast Facts•7 million records sold•14 Top 10 Billboard radio hits•Two Grammy nominations•Two SESAC Songwriter of the Year•Dove Award winner•Canadian Country Music Award winner read more

Scientists discover fatcraving gene after hosting allyoucan eat chicken korma buffet

first_imgDNA The study proves that the brain can spot a low calorie version of food even if the taste is the same Even if you tightly control the appearance and taste of food, our brains can detect the nutrient content.Professor Sadaf Farooqi, Cambridge University They provided three versions of the curry, which tasted the same but had a different fat content and allowed participants to sample each dish without telling them which was the most calorific. After tasting the dishes they were invited to help themselves.The researchers found that, although there was no difference in the amount of food eaten between the groups, individuals with a mutation in their MC4R gene ate almost double the amount of high fat korma than lean individuals and 65 per cent more than obese individuals.In a second arm of the study, people were given Eton mess, a dessert that includes a mixture of strawberries, whipped cream and broken meringue.Again, there were three options from which participants could freely choose, with sugar content providing 8 per cent (low), 26 per cent (medium) and 54 per cent (high) of calorific content, but no difference in fat levels. However individuals with defective MC4R gene liked the high sugar dessert less than their lean and obese counterparts and in fact, ate significantly less of all three desserts compared to the other two groups.Professor Sadaf Farooqi from the Wellcome Trust–Medical Research Council Institute of Metabolic Science at the University of Cambridge, who led the research team, said: “Our work shows that even if you tightly control the appearance and taste of food, our brains can detect the nutrient content.“Most of the time we eat foods that are both high in fat and high in sugar.“By carefully testing these nutrients separately in this study, and by testing a relatively rare group of people with the defective MC4R gene, we were able to show that specific brain pathways can modulate food preference.”center_img Professor Farooqi and colleagues think that humans and animals may have evolved pathways in the brain that modulate the preference for high fat food in order to cope with times of famine.“When there is not much food around, we need energy that can be stored and accessed when needed: fat delivers twice as many calories per gram as carbohydrates or protein and can be readily stored in our bodies,” she explains. “As such, having a pathway that tells you to eat more fat at the expense of sugar, which we can only store to a limited extent in the body, would be a very useful way of defending against starvation.”The research was published in the journal Nature Communications. For people who struggle to stay away from unhealthy chips and burgers it may be the perfect excuse.Scientists have found a gene mutation which makes fatty foods irresistible, and even causes carriers to reject low-calorie versions of the same meal – even when it looks and tastes identical.To find out if there was a genetic link to food preferences, researchers at the University of Cambridge hosted an all-you-can-eat chicken korma buffet for 54 people, 10 of whom were carrying the defective gene. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Sir Elton John performs Circle of Life for Meghan and Harry at

“Sir Elton performed for the newly married couple in recognition of the close connection he has with Prince Harry and his family.”Sir Elton sang at the funeral service for Harry’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.A Candle in the Wind was originally recorded by Elton John as a tribute to Marilyn Monroe and was released on his 1974 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album. But he re-recorded the song in 1997 following the death of his close friend Princess Diana and Sir Elton’s one and only live performance of the song was at her funeral in September of that year. It was released as a single a week later and went on to sell around 33 million copies worldwide – making it the second bestselling record of all time behind Bing Crosby’s White Christmas. All proceeds from the single sales were donated to the Diana, Princess of Wales memorial fund.  Sir Elton John performed at the lunchtime reception for guests celebrating the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.Prince Harry asked Sir Elton to perform at the reception which was hosted by Her Majesty The Queen at St George’s Hall, Windsor Castle.One guest told The Telegraph the pop icon sang Circle of Life – made famous by the 1994 Disney film The Lion King – and Tiny Dancer.Sir Elton performed for the newly married couple in recognition of the close connection he has with Prince Harry and his family.The music legend’s relationship to the monarchy stretches back decades, and he famously re-recorded Candle in the Wind in tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales.  People were moved to tears at what was described as Sir Elton John “mini-concert”, a guest said.Suhani Jalota, the founder of the India-based Myna Mahila charity, said: “He was incredible. It became like a mini-concert in the reception area. It was great.”Kensington Palace said: “Sir Elton John has performed at the lunchtime reception for guests celebrating the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle.”Prince Harry asked Sir Elton to perform at the reception which was hosted by Her Majesty The Queen at St George’s Hall, Windsor Castle. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

BBC to pay £850000 in costs to Sir Cliff Richard as privacy

The BBC has agreed to pay £850,000 in costs to Sir Cliff Richard as the bill for the privacy case against the corporation tops £1 million.  High Court judges awarded the star £210,000 in damages earlier this month after ruling that the BBC had breached Sir Cliff’s privacy by broadcasting a police search of his home. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. In a bad day for the organisation, a judge refused the broadcaster’s right to appeal, meaning the BBC will now have to go to the Court of Appeal to seek permission for a further hearing. That will cost licence fee payers yet more money. Sir Cliff was not in court on Thursday, but in his absence, the BBC agreed to pay the bulk of the singer’s legal fees, which totalled £1,111,376…. read more

Colm McCarthy among 9 experts who will help banking inquiry figure out

first_img Source: Karl Whelan/Twitter Separately members of the inquiry committee are said to have expressed unhappiness at today’s meeting about the cost of fitting out Agriculture House on Kildare Street for the inquiry’s public hearings.The Office of Public Works has been told by the committee to halve the estimated cost of the fitting out rooms in the building which had been put at some €470,000.Committee chairman Ciarán Lynch said: “A key issue for members is that expenditure related to the inquiry should be kept to a minimum and that the operation of the inquiry should at all times be cost effective, efficient and reasonable and the Committee will keep estimates of costs under continued review.”Read: The banking inquiry will ask leading economists to help figure out what it should investigate Pat Casey, principal officer at the Department of finance Paul Gorecki, adjunct professor of economics at Trinity Megan Greene, Maverick IntelligenceCathal Guimard, economist and former Irish aviation commissionerConor McCabe, research fellow at UCD School of Social Justice Rafique Mottiar, consultant economist at the Central BankJohn Shaw, assistant secretary at the Department of the Taoiseach The committee had approached a number of other people including two former Comptroller and Auditors General and the UCD economics professor Karl Whelan who said he was unavailable: .@brianmlucey Good question. I was asked but I wasn’t able to do it. Lots of meetings in July. Family commitments meant I couldn’t do it.— Karl Whelan (@WhelanKarl) July 5, 2014 THE BANKING INQUIRY has agreed to the appointment of nine experts from various fields to an advisory group that will help it determine the terms of reference of the inquiry.The committee met this morning in private session to agree on the membership of the expert group which includes leading economist and commentator Colm McCarthy and the current Comptroller and Auditor General Seamus McCarthy.The ad-hoc group of technical experts met for the first time yesterday to hold a preliminary meeting and their membership was confirmed by the committee today.All of the independent experts will work for the committee on a pro-bono basis.The role of the group is to provide expert knowledge and input to the committee as it develops its proposal for its inquiry which will be submitted for consideration by two internal Oireachtas committees by 17 September. The group will meet three times this month before producing an interim report for presentation to the committee on 23 July.This will feed into the inquiry’s final proposal which will out line the specific matters, key events or main questions to be inquired into, along with relevant dates and persons involved. It will also provide direction on the documents and written evidence that will need to be compelled.In addition to the two McCarthys, the other seven members of the group are:last_img read more

Books of condolence opened in Dublin for Malaysia Airlines flight victims

first_imgridgit Vreeken on holiday in Ireland from the Netherlands. Source: Sam Boal/Photocall IrelandTHREE BOOKS OF condolence have been opened in Dublin for the victims of the Malaysia Airlines disaster.The Dutch Embassy opened a book this morning for people to express their sympathy for the 298 people who lost their lives in the tragedy. It will remain open until tomorrow.Dublin City Council said a book would be available to sign at City Hall on Dame Street from noon until 5pm and at the same times tomorrow and Wednesday. Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland“The decision to open the book of condolences is an initiative of the city’s Lord Mayor Christy Burke who was contacted by many members of the public following the tragic loss of 298 lives on flight MH17,” the council said today.It made reference to Edel Mahady, an Irish mother of two who was killed in the tragedy. She was originally from Palmerstown but had been living in Australia for a number of years. She was on her way back from a visit to Ireland when her plane was shot down in Ukranian airspace. Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke writing in the book of condolences for the victims of the MH17 airliner. Source: Sam Boal/PhotocallBurke said today the book would allow the public to “express their feelings for the victims of this tragedy and to commiserate with their families”.The loss of each life is itself an immeasurable loss in the lives of relatives and friends of the victims. I will present the book of condolences to the Dutch ambassador to Ireland on behalf of the City of Dublin.St Michan’s Church on Church Street in Dublin 7 will also have a book for people to sign from Wednesday until Sunday this week from 10am until 4pm daily. The completed book will then be handed over to the appropriate authorities.Read: Family pays tribute to Irish woman killed in MH17 disaster>Read: Australia hits out at “shambolic” MH17 response>Read: Sky News apologises after reporter rifled through luggage of MH17 passengerlast_img read more

Rattlesnake activity heightens in hot weather

first_img Sasha Foo, Rattlesnake activity heightens in hot weather Sasha Foo Posted: August 20, 2018 August 20, 2018center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – While a warm summer day is a good time for a hike, it’s also prime season for rattlesnakes. Higher temperatures bring more rattlesnake activity.Dan DeSousa, the director of San Diego County’s animal services department said if you see a rattlesnake while on a trail, you should stop immediately.Over the first six months of 2018, the county has received 675 calls about rattlesnake sightings. That figure is actually fewer than the 716 reported over the same period last year. The drop in sightings does not mean that rattlesnakes pose less of a threat. Although rattlesnakes are not known for being aggressive, they will bite a person out of fear.A person or animal that sustains a rattlesnake bite should seek medical care immediately. A coiled snake can strike the length of its body. In some cases, that can be five feet or more.  When confronted by a rattlesnake, DeSousa suggests, “just slowly back away and let the rattlesnake move on its way or you walk around the snake. The rattlesnake is more afraid of you than you are of it.”DeSousa adds, dogs should be on a leash of at least six feet. If a dog encounters a snake six feet ahead, the pet owner will still have time to pull the dog back. If you encounter a rattlesnake in a backyard or inside a home, don’t try to remove the snake yourself. DeSousa says people should call animal services or animal control in their city, and ask the experts for help. Updated: 11:12 AM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

How Important Is Siris Personality

first_imgNovember 24, 2015 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals This story originally appeared on Reuters When users ask Siri, Apple’s digital assistant, what she likes to drink, she is quick with an answer.”I have a thirst for knowledge,” she responds.Her counterpart at Microsoft, Cortana, opts for a very, very dry martini.But M, the digital assistant Facebook is testing, deflects the question. “I don’t have an opinion about that. What’s your favorite drink?”As the tech giants race to build ever better artificial intelligence platforms, they are obsessing over the nuances of their digital assistants’ personalities.For users, digital assistants are a gateway to powerful artificial intelligence tools developers expect to influence major decisions about what to buy and how to spend time.The more tech companies can get users to rely on their digital assistants, the more valuable data they will accumulate about the spending habits, interests and preferences of users. The information could be fodder for lucrative digital advertising or a lever for companies to keep users locked into their ecosystems.But companies are split on the best way to forge deep connections with users. Siri and Cortana are waging charm offensives, both quick to crack a joke or tell a story. Their elaborate personas are meant to keep users coming back.Facebook has built M with no gender, personality or voice. The design bears some resemblance to Google’s similarly impersonal assistant.While catchy one-liners generate buzz, a digital assistant with personality risks alienating users or, the companies say, misleading them about the software’s true purpose: carrying out simple tasks, much like a real-life assistant.Facebook’s no-nonsense assistant focuses on handling chores such as ordering flowers or making restaurant reservations.”We wanted M to be really open and able to do anything – a really white piece of paper – and see how people use it,” Alex Lebrun, a Facebook executive who oversees the AI team for M, said in an interview with Reuters.For tech companies, the stakes are high, said Matt McIlwain, managing director of Madrona Venture Group, since digital assistants can guide users to their own products and those of their advertisers and partners – and away from those of competitors. Google’s digital assistant, for example, uses the company’s search engine to fulfill user requests for information rather than Yahoo or Microsoft’s Bing.”That trusted assistant could function as my agent for all kinds of transactions and activities,” McIlwain said.Research from the late Stanford professor Clifford Nass, an expert on human-computer interaction, shows that users can become deeply invested in AI that seems human, though they are also more disappointed when the systems come up short, raising the stakes for companies that make the attempt. And what charms one user can annoy another – a danger that Facebook and Google have largely sidestepped.Nevertheless, the Siri team concluded that personality was indispensable, said Gary Morgenthaler, an investor in Siri, the startup that created the eponymous assistant and was later acquired by Apple.”If you are emulating a human being,” he said, “then you are halfway into a human type of interaction.”Google has decided it doesn’t want to take personality further without having a better handle on human emotion.    “It’s very, very hard to have a computer be portrayed as a human,” said Tamar Yehoshua, vice president of mobile search.The Google app, making use of predictive technology known as Google Now, responds to questions in a female voice but has few other gendered touches and little personality.The Google app does reflect its creator’s spirit of curiosity, however, by sharing fun facts, Yehoshua said.Facebook has a team of human “trainers” behind M, who answer some requests that are beyond the capabilities of its artificial intelligence. The company hopes to gather data on users’ most frequent requests in order to improve M so it can handle them in the future.That data is limited, however, as M is so far available only to 10,000 people in the San Francisco Bay area.    Despite M’s design, users frequently ask to hear jokes, a request the assistant obliges. Humans tend to anthropomorphize technology, academics say, often looking for a personality or connection even when tech companies intentionally have veered away from such things.    “When you give people this open mic, they will ask anything,” said Babak Hodjat, co-founder of AI company Sentient Technologies.    Siri’s personality did not change much after Apple acquired the startup in 2010, though she switched from responding in text to speech at the insistence of the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, said Adam Cheyer, a co-founder of Siri who is now a vice president at another AI company, Viv Labs.    “He was right on that call,” Cheyer said. “The voice is something that people really connect with.”    Microsoft interviewed real-life personal assistants to help shape Cortana’s personality, said Jonathan Foster, Cortana’s editorial manager. The assistant’s tone is professional, but she has her whims.    She loves anything science-fiction or math-related – her favorite TV show is “Star Trek” – and jicama is her favorite food because she likes the way it sounds.    Such attention to detail is critical because humans are very particular when it comes to artificial intelligence, said Henry Lieberman, a visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who studies human-computer interaction.    Companies must be mindful, he said, not to venture into what researchers call  the “uncanny valley,” the point at which an artificial intelligence tool falls just short of seeming human. Users become fixated on the small discrepancies, he said.    “It becomes creepy or bizarre, like a monster in a movie that has vaguely human features,” Lieberman said.    iDAvatars CEO Norrie J. Daroga said he walked a fine line in creating Sophie, a medical avatar that assesses patients’ pain. He gave Sophie a British accent for the U.S. audience, finding users are more critical of assistants that speak like they do.And she has flaws built in because humans distrust perfection, said Daroga, whose avatar uses technology from IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence platform.Some academics say Siri’s personality has been her greatest success: After her release in 2011, users raced to find all her quips. But some of her retorts have caused headaches for Apple.When asked what to do with a dead body, Siri used to offer joking suggestions such as swamps or reservoirs — an exchange that surfaced in a 2014 murder trial in Florida.She is more evasive when asked the question today. “I used to know the answer to this…” she says.Even in that response, Morgenthaler sees traces of the true Siri.”It’s a little bit of a protest against the corporatization,” he said. “I don’t forget, but I’ve been made to forget.”(Editing by Stephen R. 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Hollande calls on Iran to help in Syrian conflict

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And yethis call to end Irans international isolation can serve as a bridge between the supporters of the Supreme Leader and the reformists In the meantimethe full support provided to Rohani by two former presidentsAkbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mohammad Khatamiwill play a crucial part in determining the future distribution of political power in the Islamic Republic In factmuch of Rohanis challenge would be to maintain the balance between different pressure groups and to prevent any one group from becoming strong enough to challenge him In this scenarioa successful outcome from the talks with the Americans and Europeans could play a significant role But Rohani would also need to keep up the spirits of his Iranian supporters by waging an uphill battle against mismanagementcorruption and the violation of human rightswhich have all contributed to the decline of Iranian diplomacy It is true that nobody expects a sudden reversal in Irans domestic policy or its stance towards the West But it goes without saying that the election of Rohani may offer Ayatollah Khameneithe Basij and the Revolutionary Guards an opportunity to ease the country out of eight years of political decline and international embarrassment caused by Mahmoud Ahmadinejads intemperate rule The writer is Noor-York Chair in Islamic Studies York UniversityToronto For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Hyderabad | Updated: February 3 2017 10:31 pm Rajasekhar’s first look from PSV Garuda Vega 12618M Top News After one of his projects were shelved last year veteran actor Rajasekhar is back with an actioner entertainer titled PSV Garuda Vega 12618M The filmmakers also released the first look poster of the film ahead of the star’s birthday on February 4 More from the world of Entertainment: Under Praveen Sattaru’s direction the film will be bankrolled by Jyostar Enterprises and presented by Shivani Shivathmika Movies “Currently certain action episodes are being shot in a crucial schedule in Bangkok and the same will go on up to February 15” said filmmakers in a statement More details about the cast and crew of the film will be announced soon The director having made the critically-acclaimed ‘Chandamama Kathalu’ and the adult comedy ‘Guntur Talkies’ is said to unveil a “stylish and suave avatar” of Rajasekhar in this flick Rajasekhar is a versatile actor who acquired the image of an angry young man through films like ‘Ankusham’ ‘Magadu’ and ‘Aagraham’ The actor also shot to fame for his family drama films like Ma Ayana Bangaram Suryudu Simha Raasi Ma Annaya Manasunna Deergha Sumangali Bhava Maaraju and Gorintaku He was also noted for his performance in romantic film Allari Priyudu The actor who worked predominantly in Tollywood also acted in many Tamil films including his hit films like Idthu Thaanda Police Meesaikaran and Akka He has acted in as many as 75 films in his career Check my new film’s first look #GarudaVega Hope you all like this new avatar Praveen Sattaru is presenting me in brand new style pictwittercom/thbwgAQ1cE — DrRajasekhar (@ActorRajasekhar) February 3 2017 The actor also met with a setback last year after his horror film Patta Pagalu was shelved It was to be directed by popular Tollywood director Ram Gopal Varma The actor is looking at making his mark again in the T-town since his last hit Gorintaku in 2008 For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Updated: July 16 2017 1:31 pm Vijender Singh has seven knockout wins since his pro-boxing debut Zulpikar Maimaitiali has the same unbeaten record but has lesser knockout wins (Source: File) Related News WBO Oriental super middleweight champion Zulpikar Maimaitiali is all geared up to “surprise” Vijender Singh and says he is practicing 10 hours a day to make sure that he wins another knockout match The Chinese No1 boxer Maimaitiali will face WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight champion Vijender for a double title fight at NSCI Mumbai which will take place on August 5 “I take every bout seriously and try to push myself to the limit every time Vijender will be one of the rivals that I beat I know his traits and I am preparing accordingly” Maimaitiali said “I am putting in 10 hours every day into training to make sure Vijender is knocked out in the first 2-3 rounds itself On 5th August Vijender will actually face the toughest opponent in his pro boxing career” he added Maimaitiali said he will focus on his plans which he has made for his fight against Vijender who has not lost a single match since his debut in 2015 “My team has watched all his bouts At this phase maybe only myself and my coach should understand the training schedule that have been implemented Vijender will be surprised when I throw punches at him he thinks I am a kid but he has no idea who I am” the Chinese boxer said Vijender has played seven knockout matches since his debut in 2015 winning every single match Whereas Maimaithali also has the same unbeaten record but has registered lesser number of wins “Both of us have no loss record since pro debut both of us have high ratio of KO As I said the pressure should be on his side as it will be too old for him to suffer and recover from a loss what will be worse is losing from someone as young as me He is considered the king of boxing in India so he has started feeling like a king its time I get him down onto the ground” he said Olympic quarterfinalists Akhil Kumar and Jitender Kumar along with WBC Asia welterweight champion Neeraj Goyat Kuldeep Dhanda Pardeep Kharera and Dharmendra Grewal will also be seen battling it out in Battleground Asia For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsBy: PTI | Published: September 18 2017 8:31 pm Top News The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) has issued a show cause notice to its Haryana affiliate for attending a meeting of the de-recognised Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) bringing to the fore dissensions in the national body The IABF was de-recognised by the Sports Ministry after being terminated by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) back in 2014 In its place the BFI took over as the recognised body to run boxing last year The BFI was voted to office in elections overseen by the AIBA and the Sports Ministry The BFI also got the recognition from the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) earlier this year However there are signs of fresh turbulence with the IABF’s attempts at reviving itself Haryana considered the cradle of Indian boxing given its huge talent pool is an important cog for the national federation and the state association’s representation at the August 27 IABF meeting has set the alarm bells ringing for the BFI Warning of action the BFI’s disputes and disciplinary committee has sought Haryana association Secretary Rakesh Thakran’s explanation for being present at the IABF meet “It is stated that you despite being served with the letter dated 26082017 by Secretary General BFI clearly informing all members/units of BFI not to attend meeting of any organisation including that of earlier federation/governing bodies had attended a meeting organised by the IABF” the notice stated “In view of the above stated circumstances kindly show cause as to why disciplinary action should not be taken against above mentioned addressee and against Haryana State Boxing Association including disaffliation from BFI” it added Thakran has been given time till September 21 to provide an explanation but the former IABF Secretary General said he is under no obligation to respond “Such a show cause can only be issued by the BFI President or the Secretary General I am not under any obligation to respond to a notice from any disciplinary committee” Thakran told PTI The BFI which is headed by Ajay Singh has warned Haryana of disaffiliation but Thakran said the state will continue to be a member of the BFI “Haryana will not give up on its membership of the BFI” he asserted The IABF was terminated by the AIBA for manipulation in its 2012 elections a move that led to four years of administrative turmoil in Indian boxing ending with the formation of the BFI last year For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsNew Delhi: In the latest war of words between the Congress and BJP in the run-up to the Gujarat polls Congress MP Anand Sharma on Wednesday called Prime Minister Narendra Modi an "ignorant prachar shastri" who was "less literate in economics" leading to the country’s economy getting "derailed" "The prime minister is ignorant and disrespectful of history less literate in economics" Sharma said in a series of tweets File image of Anand Sharma PTI "The economy stands derailed jobs lost and businesses shut" he said blaming Modi for the slowdown "India had to suffer when an arth shastri (economist) Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh) was replaced by a prachar shastri (publicist) Prime Minister (Narendra Modi)" Sharma tweeted "It is sad that India has a prime minister who is boastful arrogant and in perpetual conflict with history facts and ground realities "He has habitually insulted and misrepresented history distorted facts and manufactured numbers" the former Union minister said The Congress and BJP have been sparing no efforts to attack each other mostly on social networking sites ahead of the Gujarat election The latest opinion poll on Tuesday predicted that it is going to be a neck-and-neck contest between the two parties in the state where the BJP has been in power for the last 22 years Jammu:General Bipin Rawat on Saturday presented the President’s Standard to 47th Armoured Regiment and asked the Armed forces to be ready for security challenges on the country’s borders and in the hinterland Rawat on the behalf of President Ram Nath Kovind presented the honour to 47th Armoured Regiment at a mega function at Sunjwan Military Station in Jammu city on Saturday The ‘Standard’ is an award for unit heroism It serves to inspire men and kindle the hopes of the future and above all strengthen the bonds of allegiance towards the regiment read an official press release here The 47th Armoured Regiment also known as ‘Penetrators’ was honoured in recognition of its commendable services Led by Parade Commander Col Anubhav Gairola the Armed units presented a parade of tanks and gave salute to the Army Chief after they received the President’s Standard 47th Armoured Regiment was raised at Babina in Uttar Pradesh on 15 November 1982 and it was the first armoured regiment to be equipped with Russian T-72 tanks Army chief Bipin Rawat at the standard presentation ceremony in Jammu Twitter @adgpi The regiment has served in various armoured formations in the Western Southern Northern and South-Western Commands during its 35 years of glorious service The regiment has participated in all the major operations of Indian Army including Operation Trident (1986) Operation Vijay (1999) and Operation Parakaram (2001) During its tenure in the Northern Command from 2002-06 the regiment participated in operation Rakshak where it executed multifarious operation tasks like demining road opening deploying surveillance detachments and providing quick reaction teams Not only this the regiment also effectively participated in internal security duties at Sonipat in Haryana during anti-Mandal Commission riots Speaking to the troops in Jammu the Army chief urged them to remain ready as they are facing multifarious challenges on the security front from ensuring safeguard of the borders to the internal security "Today there are various challenges before Indian Army The challenges include security of the long borders in India internal security and United Nations Peacekeeping Operations In all these situations Indian Army has to be always ready" he said "I feel fortunate to be presenting President’s Standard to 47th Armoured Regiment whose responsibility has increased after receiving the honour" Rawat said He also paid tributes to Savar Parshotam Reddy of 47th Armoured Regiment who had laid down his life in line of duty during his attachment with 27 Rashtriya Rifles in 2002-03 "He made the supreme sacrifice in the operation and made the Indian Army and his regiment proud of him" he said "The morale of the regiment is high which can be seen from your report card of participation in most important operations in the country" he said The Standard presentation ceremony showcases a mounted parade by the regiment on the T-72 tanks with clock-work precision The occasion was graced by Lt Gen DR Soni General Officer Commanding in Chief (GOC-in-Chief) of Army Training Command (ARTRAC) Artrac and Lt Gen Surinder Singh General Officer Commanding in Chief Western Command Written by Mohamed Thaver | Mumbai | Updated: July 19 2017 3:13 am While ‘Maharaj’ has been added to the name of the station it was decided to keep its official code unchanged at ‘CSTM’ which stands for Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus-Mumbai Top News EARLIER THIS month when Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) was renamed as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus the staff from the signalling and telecommunication department of the Railways faced a peculiar situation The task was to add ‘Maharaj’ to the several automated announcements referring to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus made through the day And they would need a similar sounding voice making the announcement What came to their rescue was the recording referring to Kolhapur’s Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Terminus ‘Maharaj’ was copied from the particular recording and added to that for CST Ever since June 30 when CST was rechristened as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus a paper chit with ‘Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus’ written on it is also kept on the announcement table at the 10X5 feet cubicle on the first floor of the Train Management System (TMS) building from where live announcements are made “Since we have been in the habit of saying CST we have kept these chits reminding us of the name change” said Sushma Hondeokar an announcer Milind Hiwale chief announcer CSTM said they did slip once or twice initially but got used to it later Incidentally Hiwale was an announcer in 1996 too when there had been a more drastic name change of the station — Victoria Terminus became Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus “Things back then were however not this complicated Firstly there were no automated messages like they have now We had only live messages We were just informed about the change of name and from the next day onwards we started calling it CST” he said Hondeokar said there were certain messages asking people to not spit around at the station which did not need any changes For some announcements ‘Mumbai’ was used instead of ‘CST’ “There were two types of announcements that needed changes One was the live announcements informing commuters about trains headed to CST and the other were those pre-recorded messages mentioning train routes such as Nashik-Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus that had to be re-recorded” she said Hondeokar added: “Staff from the signal and telecommunications department first came and searched for announcements that had the word ‘Maharaj’ After finding it in the announcement for the trains coming from Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj to Mumbai they copied ‘Maharaj’ from there and pasted it in the recording for CST and handed it back to us for playing it” While ‘Maharaj’ has been added to the name of the station it was decided to keep its official code unchanged at ‘CSTM’ which stands for Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus-Mumbai “On several occasions train tickets are booked online from people across the world In order to make changes to the code a massive overhaul would have been required Hence the code for the railway station used for ticket booking and conducing train enquiries online has been left unchanged” said a railway official For all the latest Cities News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Satyam Viswanathan | Updated: March 31 2015 12:01 am Actor-filmmaker Shashi Kapoor who has starred in over 100 Hindi films and best known for his powerful portrayals in hits like “Namak Halaal” “Deewar” and “Kabhie Kabhie” was today chosen for the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award the highest official recognition for film personalities in India Related News Shashi Kapoor will be conferred the Dadasaheb Phalke award it was announced last week for his rich contribution to Indian cinema What the award citation might not mention is a prime plot of land that he gave away four decades ago It lies by the Arabian Sea and is home to Prithvi Theatre It is where Mumbai’s soul resides In a city where living space is at an unimaginable premium more valuable in many cases than family ties and life itself Shashi Kapoor and Jennifer Kendall decided in 1978 to use the land they purchased to build a theatre An intimate chamber where audiences sit tightly packed on tiered benches that surround a thrust stage the theatre was designed to both heighten the pleasure of the communal viewing experience and serve the needs of the artists Prithvi offers theatre groups top-notch technical facilities space for rehearsals and crucially subsidised rentals It enables them to develop professional standards and provides a platform for diverse voices Over time a bookshop an open air café an art gallery and controlled ticket prices all helped create a warm inclusive cultural space By consciously keeping prices down for both artists and audiences the theatre has chosen a more financially fragile path to ensure that everyone feels welcome regardless of background or economic status As young people today might say incredulously “Who does that”At the other end of Mumbai the legendary Café Samovar located in Jehangir Art Gallery will shut down for good this week It has like Prithvi played an invaluable role in providing space for painters writers filmmakers philosophers and assorted contrarians to meet share introspect express agree disagree work and play These institutions are reminders of a time when Mumbai was called Bombay and the city had not yet been perverted by the twisted practitioners of identity politics Prithvi and Samovar are among the last bastions of the warm egalitarian secular spirit that used to be this city’s proudest achievement As the few remaining spaces that gave Mumbai its soul start to fade into history — you can add Irani bakeries mom-and-pop bookstores and vernacular theatres to the list — it’s hard not to fear for what we are losing as our cities get gentrified and asked to emulate Shanghai or Shenzhen Sure we could do with such modern marvels as footpaths parks and waste management in Mumbai But are we so besotted with exotic coffees served in luxurious lounges that we are willing to give up on grungy little cultural hubs that seem a little off-kilter How do you place a value on breathing spaces where you can get away from the frenzy of everyday life and lose yourself Will our children ever know the pleasures of pudina chai and mooli parathas in cafés done up with kites lanterns and flimsy chatais that can’t keep the monsoon rains out The values and sensibilities that places like Prithvi and Samovar stand for — openness inclusivity simplicity an absence of pretension and a quirky earthy accommodating Indian spirit — are increasingly anachronistic in a city that is being redefined by the homogenising influences of global capitalism We’re bringing up a generation of children who think of malls as play areas instead of seeing them as sites of cultural homicide The 18th century writer Samuel Johnson once said “A great city is to be sure the school for studying life” If we want our kids to be more curious more empathetic less susceptible to consumerist status games we need to fight for inclusive public and cultural spaces that will infuse our cities with the humanities the sciences and most crucially the arts (Imagine Indian cities with public space for buskers to play music outdoors for artists to paint) As we plan for the creation of a hundred new cities and the upgrade of existing ones incentives need to be provided to ensure that secular fertile and vibrant spaces can thrive These settings serve as symbols of collective well-being and possibility They are also where expressions of achievement frustration and aspiration find utterance By allowing the inhabitants of a city across class divides to participate in such expressions they provide opportunities to vent empathise collaborate and resolve Our chaotic grotesquely unequal cities don’t make it easy to participate in much of anything at present Unlike the West where a widespread appreciation of the value of public and cultural spaces has had time to take root we need concerted government and private sector support to make such spaces viable in India From empty land we build cities In these cities we forge relationships find purpose expand our horizons and construct meanings Inclusive cultural spaces that allow us to slow down reflect connect learn and create are priceless Without them our cities are nothing but concrete wastelands The writer is a consumer researcher and part of the founding team at Junoon Theatre For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: IANS | New Delhi | Updated: November 17 2016 2:35 pm “TV is not just about 21 inches anymore I think borders between what was considered to be a large screen small screen and ultra small screen have just vanished” said Nikkhil Advani Related News His film Airlift brought alive the story of the Indian government’s 1990 evacuation of Indians forced out of Kuwait by the first Gulf War; his TV show “POW: Bandi Yuddh Ke” narrates the struggle of war heroes and the emotional upheaval their families go through Filmmaker Nikkhil Advani says such stories of national pride need to be told to the youth at a time when “nationalism is being flung like a two rupee coin” “Nationalism is something that right now we are flinging like a Rs 2 coin People are expressing ‘I am patriotic I have national pride’ But nobody knows what patriotism is” Advani said in an interview to IANS here as he dwelt on the need of storytellers to share tales of patriotism More from the world of Entertainment: “Is patriotism about a soldier who stands at a post for 12 hours a day holding a gun sitting upright There’s nobody to see him nobody to check him But he stands Is that patriotism or is it two women who choose not to move on with their lives hoping that their husbands will come back “As a generation today we need to know these stories A filmmaker like Rajkumar Hirani when he was going to make ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’ told me he was doing a film around Gandhi I told him ‘Who will watch it’ He said ‘That’s why I’m making this film’ It was a hit India vs England Live Score “The basis of Airlift was that every dinner party conversation turns out to be about ‘What has our country done for us Our point through the film was — our country flew down so many people and they didn’t advertise It needs to be told These stories should not be forgotten and we need to keep reminding the youth of it” added the filmmaker who began his journey as a feature film director with the romantic hit Kal Ho Naa Ho With Star Plus’ “POW: Bandi Yuddh Ke” — an Indian adaptation of the acclaimed Israeli series “Hatufim” by Gideon Raff — Advani tells a story that revolves around the return of two soldiers to their interrupted family lives after 17 years giving a mix of a family drama and thriller Also read |I’m tantrum maker on the sets says Nikkhil Advani “When I saw ‘Prisoners of War’ I realised that the real prisoners of war that Gideon Raff was talking about were the families and the wives and the people who get left behind They are in the same prison… Not in a physical prison but they are in a prison every day imprisoned by hope and their future is imprisoned by their past “And that I feel is a universal emotion” This he has attempted to convey with a cinematic vision “There are silences there’s great music there are songs drama action thrill suspense and there is an aesthetic scale to the production that you will see in every frame” said Advani who hates to call the TV space a “small screen” “It’s an injustice It’s not a small screen We are in the time of Reliance Jio TV is not just about 21 inches any more I think borders between what was considered to be alarge screen small screen and ultra small screen have just vanished “If anyone has an interesting story to tell they should And the advantage which I didn’t have when I started in the industry around 23 years ago is that I couldn’t have made a film on an iPhone My daughter is 10 years old and she is already making films on her phone” Also read |POW Bandi Yuddh Ke is equal to 22 films says Nikkhil Advani The filmmaker who calls himself a ‘tantrum-maker’ on the set for the perfection he demands says he banned the use of the phrase “TV pe aise hota hai” while making the show “I told the team ‘Don’t tell me this as we won’t be able to move forward’ It’s just that this story deserves a certain scale and format and so we should do it” For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express AppBy: PTI | Chandigarh | Published: May 18 2017 4:15 pm Top News A 27-year-old woman has accused a contractual employee of a five-star hotel in Chandigarhof raping her at his rented accommodation in the city police said on Thursday The 27-year-old IT professional from Jaipur who was staying at the five-star hotel here alleged that the 29-year-old contractual employee working in the food and beverages department had raped her on Tuesday a police official said According to the woman the incident took place when she had gone to the accused’s rented accommodation to celebrate her birthday the official said 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