Total number of flurelated deaths in San Diego rises to 174

first_imgTotal number of flu-related deaths in San Diego rises to 174 Updated: 8:09 PM January 24, 2018 Posted: January 24, 2018 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) — Influenza-related deaths in the San Diego region continued to increase last week, bringing the total to 174 this flu season, though the overall number of cases declined for the third week in a row, according to county data released Wednesday.An additional 32 deaths and 1,183 lab-confirmed cases were reported last week, down from 2,170 the week before and 2,992 the week before that.The total number of cases to date stands at 13,712, compared to 2,100 at the same time last year, according to county data.Health officials said part of this season’s heightened activity could be due to better testing and reporting systems, coupled with the fact that infections occurred earlier than last season.“San Diego is experiencing the same severe flu conditions that are being seen across the country,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer.Wooten said it’s still not too late to get vaccinated for protection against the flu this season, which can extend into April.Vaccines are available at doctors’ offices and retail pharmacies. Those without insurance can go to a county public health center to get vaccinated. For a list of locations, visit www.sdiz.org or call 211 center_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Flu FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

State to Offer ND Communities 15M to Support Military Bases

first_imgNorth Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R) on Friday signed legislation funding a $1.5 million base retention grant program for the state’s defense communities.The funds would be allocated for the two years beginning July 1 and would support Grand Forks and Minot Air Force bases, and the Air National Guard Base in Fargo. Each community can receive up to $500,000.The legislation, the state Department of Commerce budget bill, also includes $7.5 million for infrastructure development at the Grand Sky unmanned aerial systems (UAS) business and aviation park at Grand Forks AFB. The 217-acre project is being developed under an enhanced use lease with Grand Forks County. Plans call for 1.2 million square feet of hangar, office, shop, laboratory and data center space required for research, testing, training and operations of UAS.The provision allocates $3.1 million for taxiway reconnection and alert pad refurbishment after the project secures its first private sector tenant. The remaining funds will be awarded after a second private sector tenant signs on to the project.A separate component of the legislation provides $2.7 million for operations at the Northern Plains UAS Test Site, one of six test sites selected by the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct research to determine how best to safely integrate UAS into the national airspace.“We are excited to be in Grand Forks to sign the Commerce bill, which includes more than $10 million in funding to expand the state’s UAS industry, and to highlight the nearly $175 million in legislation that was passed this session with direct benefits to the region,” Dalrymple said according to a press release. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Best universal remotes of 2019

first_imgSarah Tew/CNET If you have a serious home-theater system, or even a semiserious one with three or more components, a universal remote control is a wonderful thing. The best universal remotes can unify all those different device clickers into a single wand in a way that can feel magical. All of the best universal remote options have superior ergonomics, with more intuitive button layouts and a better feel than standard remotes. And many of them work with your smartphone or voice systems like Amazon Alexa and Google Home. My family and I have used many of the remotes on this list to control my main home-theater system for months or years at a time. At various points they’ve controlled multiple devices including my TVs, AV receivers, game consoles, Roku streamers and even a cable box DVR. My family uses the system as much as I do, and my main criteria in a universal remote is making it simple enough for a child to operate.Here are my favorite choices for best universal remote over the years that are currently available, in ascending order of price.Note that CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site. Read the Logitech Companion review My pick for the best universal remote for the money, is the Companion, a real remote tied to a Harmony Hub. Since the Harmony Hub handles the actual command sending you don’t have to aim the remote and risk one of your devices missing a command — which leads to confusion and delay. The remote is slick and easy to hold, and the battery lasts for months. In my years of using it at home, the main things I missed are backlighting behind the keys and a remote finder. Logitech Harmony Companion: $105 Sarah Tew/CNET Read the Logitech Harmony 650 review Caavo Control Center: $60 plus service fee Read the Logitech Harmony Express preview Read the Amazon Fire TV Cube review Read the Caavo Control Center preview See at Amazon Comments Logitech Harmony wrote the book on the universal remote control, and these are its most basic clickers I can recommend. The main appeal over a cheaper, non-Harmony-based remote controller, or the clicker that comes with your cable box, is the activity-based control. Press the “Watch TV” or “Listen to Music” buttons and the remote controller turns on all the relevant devices (such as your smart TV, blue-ray player, cable box and AV receiver), switches to the right inputs and maps the keys to that activity (Volume to the receiver and Channel up/down to the cable box, for example). Unlike more-expensive Harmonys (below), which use a universal remote app for setup and control, you’ll have to use Harmony’s Mac- or PC-based software to program the remote. The 650 and 665 also rely on IR (infrared) codes emitted from the front of the remote — if you want point-anywhere convenience, you’ll have to spend up for a system with a hub.The 665 is the only one currently listed on Harmony’s site but the 650 is identical (aside from color and number of devices each can control) and can often be found for less, especially refurbished. Harmony Elite: $250 Now we’re getting into big spending territory. The Elite’s main draw over the Companion is its screen, and for most users it’s just not worth it. The touch screen makes it more versatile than cheaper models, especially for calling up favorite channels and Roku apps, and the full backlighting is great. Unfortunately, both suck a lot of battery power so you (and your family) will need to remember to park the remote in its dock on the reg. The Hub is the only clicker on this list that doesn’t actually include a clicker. Instead, you control everything using the Harmony smartphone app — or by talking to your Alexa or Google Home speaker. The hub itself nestles deep in your AV cabinet, blasting out Infrared, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi signals to your equipment. This Harmony smart control is a great system if you live on your smartphone, but for most people investing in a real remote is worth the extra few bucks.  Share your voice See at Amazon See at Amazon Amazon Fire TV Cube: $120 Logitech’s newest all-in-one remote control is its most voice-centric yet. Like the Caavo, you can use voice commands to control stuff by talking into the smart control, but unlike Caavo, the Express can talk back in Alexa’s voice. It’s like having a miniature Alexa speaker in your hand. After a couple months as my family’s main remote I find myself wanting an actual power button — you have to say “Turn on the TV” or “Watch Netflix” or even “Turn off the TV” to get stuff to happen — but my main quibble is its high price. As Harmony’s only remote with a finder function, however, this is still the one I’d get if money wasn’t an object.center_img The wacky Cube is a mashup of universal remote controls, Fire TV 4K streamer and Amazon Echo speaker. It comes with a remote but its keys are sparse and rudimentary: real device control happens via your voice. The Cube has an IR blaster to control your gear and a mic sensitive enough to hear your commands over the blare of music. On the downside, you’ll need to keep your old remotes around for many functions.This controlling device is often sold for as little as $80 or less, so definitely wait for a sale — or Prime Day — before buying it. Sarah Tew/CNET Logitech Harmony 650/665: $50 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Logitech Harmony Hub: $70 TVs Media Streamers Logitech Harmony See at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew Amazon Bluetooth Best Buy Google Logitech Roku Tags Read the Logitech Harmony Elite review See at Amazon 4 See at Best Buy Caavo’s Control Center is one of two non-Harmony remotes on this list and is also the second-cheapest, but there’s a catch. To get Caavo’s advanced features, you’ll need to shell out bank for the service fee. It costs $4 per month, $40 per year or $130 for the lifetime of the remote. Unlike Harmony, Caavo Control Center includes an HDMI switch in addition to the smart remote. You plug your stuff into the switch and it handles the rest, including automatically recognizing your gear during setup. Caavo has its own voice control system and onscreen display to help you find stuff to watch, the clicker itself is simple and elegant and the remote finder is gold. Like the hub-based Harmonys below, Caavo doesn’t require line of sight (the switch acts as the hub) and will also work with voice commands from Alexa and Google Home speakers. Logitech Harmony Express: $250 See at Amazonlast_img read more

Cyclone Idai leaves trail of destruction in Mozambique over 1000 feared dead

first_img Residents are seen protecting themselves by the rain in the aftermath of the passage of the cyclone Idai in Beira, Mozambique, on March 17, 2019ADRIEN BARBIER/AFP/Getty Images)Cyclone Idai caused heavy rainfall and strong winds in the region, which in turn brought down buildings, trees and power lines. Roads and other forms of communication have been cut off and businesses too have reportedly been shut. Environment minister Celso Correia said that the nation was now focused on saving and rebuilding lives. “I think this is the biggest natural disaster Mozambique has ever faced. Everything is destroyed,” the Guardian quoted Correia as saying. “Our priority now is to save human lives.” Residents and shopkeeper are seen amid the destruction provoked by the passage of the cyclone Idai in Beira, Mozambique, on March 17, 2019ADRIEN BARBIER/AFP/Getty ImagesThe International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) described the situation as “terrible” and spokesperson Jamie LeSueur said that entire villages have been wiped out. Men carry coffins along a makeshift path on the river in Ngangu township Chimanimani, Manicaland Province, eastern ZimbabweZINYANGE AUNTONY/AFP/Getty Images”Almost everything is destroyed. Communication lines have been completely cut and roads have been destroyed. Some affected communities are not accessible,” LeSueur said in a statement. “Beira has been severely battered. But we are also hearing that the situation outside the city could be even worse. Yesterday, a large dam burst and cut off the last road to the city.”Making things worse, survivors do not have access to medical facilities. “Medical activities in Beira hospital, in local health centers, and throughout the community have ceased completely,” the agency added.Idai affects Zimbabwe and Malawi Timber company workers stand stranded on a damaged road on March 18, 2019, at Charter Estate, Chimanimani, eastern Zimbabwe, after the area was hit by the cyclone Idai.ZINYANGE AUNTONY/AFP/Getty ImagesAfter battering Mozambique, Cyclone Idai moved through Zimbabwe and parts of Malawi as a tropical storm. While 56 have been reported dead in Malawi, Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Information tweeted on Monday, March 18, that 98 people had been confirmed death.Hundreds of residents in Zimbabwe are also said to be missing and President Emmerson Mnangagwa has declared a state of emergency in several regions. “This is a real humanitarian disaster. More than 100,000 people are in danger,” he said. The president also added that bodies could be seen floating at several places and the situation was so bad that survivors had nowhere to go and were taking shelter in trees while they waited for help. Mozambique is witnessing one of the worst natural disasters in its history with cyclone Idai leaving a trail of destruction in the southeast African nation. Over 1,000 people are feared dead after the cyclone slammed into the country last week, with the city of Beira facing Idai’s full wrath. A destroyed car is seen amid the destruction provoked by the passage of the cyclone Idai in Beira, Mozambique, on March 17, 2019ADRIEN BARBIER/AFP/Getty ImagesThe storm made landfall near the port city of Beira on Thursday, March 14, as a high end Category 2 storm with winds of up to 177 kilometre per hour. However, the aid teams are said to have reached the city only on Sunday, March 17, by which time “90 percent of the region” had been washed away. While the recorded death toll currently stands at about 84, Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi said in a nationwide address that the toll could hit 1,000 soon.”For the moment we have registered 84 deaths officially, but when we flew over the area… this morning to understand what’s going on, everything indicates that we could register more than 1,000 deaths,” the Agency France-Presse quoted Nyusi as saying.last_img read more

What is milkshaking Heres all you need to know about UKs latest

first_imgTwitter/@veganpoIiceMilkshaking is the latest trend to take over Europe, especially the United Kingdom, with people throwing diary-based products on far-right politicians and those who propagate hate speech. Brexit leader Nigel Farage was the most recent victim of milkshaking. Recently, he was campaigning in Newcastle when he was hit with a banana and salted caramel shake by a 32-year-old man, reports Washington Post. Other victims of milkshaking were former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson and UKIP election candidate Carl Benjamin.”Complete failure” haha #Milkshake.pic.twitter.com/op92tmUNKb— Limmy (@DaftLimmy) May 20, 2019Carl Benjamin was heavily criticised for his tweet that “he wouldn’t even rape” Jess Philips, a Labour lawmaker. Benjamin has been milkshaked four times this past month while Robinson was milkshaked twice in two days in May.This incident prompted the hashtag #Milkshake to trend on social media in the UK and the second trending hashtag was the name of the person who threw the milkshake, Paul Crowther. Apparently, he did not regret what he did and was heard saying, “I was quite looking forward to it, but I think it went on a better purpose.”He was in handcuffs when he said this. Crowther added, “It’s a right of protest against people like him. The bile and the racism he spouts out in this country is far more damaging than a bit of milkshake to his front.”One of the reasons why Farage got milkshaked was his tweet which read, “Sadly some remainers have become radicalised, to the extent that normal campaigning is becoming impossible. For a civilised democracy to work you need the losers’ consent, politicians not accepting the referendum result have led us to this.”The report states that milkshakes are used to throw at politicians since people carrying milkshakes are not suspected and can blend in quite easily.last_img read more

Court extends Khaleda bail

first_imgKhaleda Zia. File PhotoA Dhaka court on Thursday extended until April 22 the bail of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case.Judge Md Akhteruzzaman of the Special Judge Court-5 passed the order following a petition filed by the BNP chief’s lawyers.The BNP chairperson was not produced before the court on Thursday as she was ill, said her lawyer Md Sanaullah Miah.However, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) lawyer Mosharraf Hossain Kajal filed a petition seeking to continue the hearing of the case through video conference as the former prime minister was ill.On March 28, the same court extended until April 5 the bail of the BNP chair in the graft case.The court order came after the ACC had appealed to it, saying it was not possible to continue arguments in the case without the presence of Khaleda Zia.On March 13, the court had ordered the jail authorities to produce Khaleda Zia before it on March 28 and 29 for hearing.On August 8, 2011, the ACC filed the Zia Charitable Trust graft case with Tejgaon Police Station accusing four people, including Khaleda Zia, of abusing power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.The same court on February 8 last convicted her in the case and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment.last_img read more

Gigi Hadid on Her Brand and the Complicated Realities of Fame

first_imgGigi Hadid is one of America’s top models. At 23, she’s fronted campaigns for a staggering number of fashion brands, including Marc Jacobs, Prada, Chanel and Maybelline. She’s chronicled her adventures on the runway — and off — with her social media account, where 47 million fans follow her on Instagram. She’s branched out as a designer for Tommy Hilfiger and FAO Schwarz (where she engineered the costumes for the human toy soldiers standing outside the chain’s flagship Manhattan store). And for this week’s Power of Women New York issue, Hadid talked to Variety about volunteering with Unicef to shed light on the plight of children refugees in Bangladesh.As part of her cover story, Hadid spoke about her career and why it’s not always so easy grappling with the fame in the social media age. Why is this making you emotional?It makes me emotional because at times, fame makes you feel out of control of your life. I think it’s tough. Obviously, people judge you. People can create a headline or an opinion about someone based on a small moment or a mistake. I’ve always been someone that feels heavily because I’m a projector. I take people’s energy. I think that I’ve always tried to learn and improve any time I’ve made a mistake or did something that I wasn’t proud of. The more opportunity that I have to meet people and share my genuine self or sit with them or talk to them, that gives me so much empowerment, because I feel like I can control that moment. I don’t know if anything I just said made sense.It did. What do you think is the biggest misconception about you? When I wanted to start modeling in high school, my mom always said, “I want you to focus on the other things that you love — volleyball, horseback riding, cooking and school.” And I love learning, and becoming great at those things gave me so much value in myself that had nothing to do with my looks. I didn’t want to be known as the pretty girl. I wanted to be known as the smart girl, the best hitter on the volleyball team. What’s your favorite thing that you’ve designed so far?Oh, they’re all my children.If you could design anything, what would it be?I’d love to design a public workspace or a theme park.A theme park!I always have strange ideas.Are you a theme park fan? Yes, I love theme parks. When I was on the Tommy Hilfiger tour, we went almost to a theme park in every country. I love rollercoasters. I love Disney. I like when people create worlds.How do you see your brand?I think about that all the time. I think my brand is fully recognized and realized when people sit down with me and when people take the time with me as a human. My brand is me. It’s fashion in a way of loving creativity. It’s being an outdoors person in terms of connecting with the Earth and feeling grounded and spiritual and going back to a place where you have an open mind to be creative and build things. Sometimes I think my creativity is private because it feels nice that way. What are your thoughts on fame? Do you get tired of it? Do you resent it? How do you navigate it? Those are a bunch of questions, but take whichever one you want.I always wanted success for myself. I wanted to support myself. I wanted to get to a place where I could have creative freedom and start to have more power to shape my life. Fame is something that I deal with and learn about every day. [She starts to tear up.] I’ve had my ups and downs with it for sure, because overall, it’s definitely a learning process. I’ve learned a lot about myself because of it. I’ve learned to be honest with myself and celebrate myself, protect myself, be assertive when I need to. I always want to be kind, but that doesn’t mean I need to let people take advantage of me. I’ve learned my connection with the Earth, going to places where I can be myself and not worry about being photographed. Although in moments I’ve resented it, I think that overall, I wouldn’t be as developed within myself without it. [She wipes her cheek.] Sorry. What were you not getting?When I moved to New York, I was going to school and I never felt like I was supported as a person as well as a model. I felt like I had to be like, “Can I go to any castings? Can I have a test shoot?” My new agent has pushed me, taught me, explained to me why we make a yes or no decision. The choice has always mine, but he will try to teach me in the process.How has your career changed?In the beginning of my career, I knew I came from privilege [her parents are real estate developer Mohamed Hadid and model Yolanda Hadid]. And I knew that I needed to be here and prove myself. I think after saying “yes” for so many years, it got to a point where I was a bit run down. I could say, “Let’s find a way I can feel whole every time I go to work.” We have created a space and way that I can schedule my work. And how we do that is that I have time to go to my farm and feel balanced.When did you feel the most drained?Probably two years ago. I bought the farm around the same time.Where is the farm?We don’t say.Oh, sorry. I wasn’t trying to trick you. It’s fine! I got to a place where I had to say, “It’s okay to not be okay all the time, and it doesn’t make you less professional. It doesn’t make you a bitch.”When did you first feel successful as a model?I started to feel successful in situations that the rest of the world did not experience with me. The world saw the covers and the followers and whatever. But when I feel successful is when someone that I genuinely respect looks at me and says, “You’re good at your job. You’re fun to work with. You’re nice to be around.”When did you decide to be a designer?I’ve been creative my whole life. Art has been in my life longer than fashion. The designing side of things is something that makes it not feel like work. Those are my favorite days — the days where I can sit at a table and draw and talk to people and be in a creative space is something that has always come naturally to me. I’m only going to be modelling for so long, and I think I’ll end up somewhere in the creative part of the industry. You saw your friend Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” tour 10 different times. Did you have to buy all those tickets?I would totally buy them, but Taylor is very generous. I would go lie on her couch while she starts hair and makeup, and then I’d be in the crowd. I was like, “How are we both just chilling, and now I’m a little tipsy, dancing at your concert, and you’re up there in a glittery suit?” It’s an interesting duality to experience in a friendship, because I love her and cherish her as a friend. But I’m also her biggest fan.center_img What was a big business decision you had to make?A huge thing was finding the right manager. As a young model at 17, I had to go to my agency and say, “This person’s not working for me. I need someone who is a mentor and a guide and has a vision.” Gigi Hadid on Her Complicated Relationship With Social MediaVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpBebe Rexha Talked to Sophie Turner About the ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale00:47OffGigi Hadid on Social Media Privacy and the Power of Women twitter facebook reddit Linkhttps://variety.com/2019/digital/news/gigi-hadid-social-media-fame-feminism-taylor-swift-1203177840/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:0004:2304:23More Videos00:47Bebe Rexha Talked to Sophie Turner About the ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale31:09Milo Ventimiglia on Being “Too Old” to Play Batman, Talks “The Art of Racing in the Rain”02:15Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney Princesses04:09Hollywood Celebrities Who Died in 201900:49Wyclef Jean on the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award Title00:37Brad Pitt on Retirement01:08Naughty by Nature on Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award Title06:18Best Fashion of the 2019 VMAs: Taylor Swift, Lizzo and Lil Nas X Stand Out01:28Rosalia on Who She Wants to See at the VMAs01:13Redman Supports Jay-Z’s Partnership with the NFLClose  There’s been a lot of discussion about pay disparity in Hollywood. But in the modeling industry, women are actually paid more than men. I think women are empowered. I think that women are very much celebrated in fashion. From the outside world, there’s misconceptions about the creative directions that are given to models. Obviously, I’m not pushing aside any negative thing that’s happened. I know that is very real. But so much of the time is about friendship and community and creative partners. Backstage at shows, it’s really such a beautiful feeling. It’s a sisterhood. When one friend is opening a show, we’re all back there, excited for that person. I feel so supported and a beautiful energy.Have you always been a feminist? Yes, because I saw my mom take so much control over her life. And even through my parents got divorced, they never showed me the negative sides. My parents were always supportive of each other, always spoke positively about each other, and that showed me so much strength in my mom. I understood from a young age that I wanted to be a bridge, not only between my family. I wanted to be a bridge between people as someone who helps people accept each other. I think that’s how I want be a feminist, as someone who helps women celebrate one another. CREDIT: CLIFF WATTS for Varietylast_img read more

Monochrome visions

first_imgFrequently we find students claiming themselves to be ‘film buffs’, but do they really know about films? While they beat their own drums to label themselves as movie buffs, some film admirers beg to differ.“Young people should be sensitized about good films, to begin with. Once they are exposed to good international and national cinema, they’ll understand the value of films,” says, Ranjan Ghosh, director of Hrid Majhare, a Bengali film. “The idea that black and white movies are boring has developed because young uninitiated students have been shown works of the masters, for which they were still not ready,” adds Ghosh. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Outstanding films go unwatched by the self proclaimed movie enthusiasts. Rather films with mindless drama and commotion find place in the must watch list of these ‘movie buffs’. Most youngsters tend to stick to their preferred genre rather than exploring the vast expanse of cinema, yet claim to be movie maniacs. Classics have been listed over the years, but among them the black and white films go mostly unnoticed by the present youth as they identify the monochrome films to be ‘boring’. There are several interesting black and white films, both products of Bollywood and Hollywood, which comprise of both full length feature films and shorts films.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixCultures have changed over the years and so have the movies. Yet some ageless masterpieces rule the must watch list for movie addicts. But are the young minds aware of the ageless black and white cinema or are they looking out only for the recent quality films?Pradipta Bhattacharyya, director of Bakita Byaktigoto, winner of the best feature film in Bengali at the 61st National Film Awards, believes that people these days are more aware of films and they do understand movies better than what people used to do a decade ago. He suggests some black and white must watches for film enthusiasts—Battleship Potempkin(1925), films of Charlie Chaplin, films of Akira Kurosawa, Jean Renoir, Federico Fellini, and Citizen Kane (1941) from around the world, and masterpieces of Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Ritwik Ghatak, Shyam Benegal, Guru Dutt and Bimal Roy. “I was especially inspired by Ray’s Pather Panchali and it is undoubtedly one of my favourite films of all time,” says the director. Actor Aryann Bhowmik (Detective Byomkesh Bakshy fame) said, “Bringing out the colour from just Black and White is some serious and exciting art that I have always admired.” Kartikey Tripathi, an actor and screenwriter thinks that if people can understand the basics of film studies then they can understand its value too. “Listing good monochrome movies will be limiting the periphery of the movie world. If black and white films are boring how come we all have watched the likes of Casablanca and Psycho every time we got the chance of watching it?” adds Tripathi.“I feel monochrome is even better than colour. An expression or a feeling can be best explained by it. Monochrome has a crazy expressive tone. Some of my personal favourites are Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane, John Ford’s Stagecoach, Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times and Mani Kaul’s Uski Roti” said Uppanishad Ghosh, a recent pass-out from the Department of Film Studies, Jadavpur University. Meghan Hooper, an ex-student of New York Film Academy says, “I think that it should be compulsory for movie lovers to watch and know at least one movie from every genre.” Her favourite monochrome films have been His Girl Friday and Holiday Inn.A suggestive tiny list of some very interesting monochromatic films would inspire young film enthusiasts:It’s a Wonderful Life(1946), Bicycle Thieves(1948), Rashomon (1950), Roman Holiday (1953), 12 Angry Men (1957), 400 Blows(1959), Psycho(1960), An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1962), Do Bigha Zamin(1953), Pyasa(1957), Mughal-e-Azam(1960), Dosti(1964).last_img read more

Left Front responsible for transport dept losses says Suvendu Adhikari

first_imgKolkata: State Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari on Friday held the erstwhile Left Front government responsible for huge losses incurred by the transport Corporations and reiterated that his department has taken several corrective measures for the losses developing ‘Corporations’ under the aegis of his department.”The wrong policy of the erstwhile Left Front government has contributed to the ‘Corporations’ incurring huge losses. Before 2010-11, the ratio of a bus to its employees was 1:11, higher than the national average which is 1:5.17 . I have standardised this to 1:4.48. Our thrust is to ensure the best of transport facilities for the common people and to make the Corporations free from running it with subsidy. We have ushered in professionalism in the functioning of the Corporations,” Adhikari said in response to a query from Congress MLA Asit Mitra at the state Assembly. Adhikari said that the Left government had left a debt of Rs 132 crore on the Transport department in 2011. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHe maintained that his department has adopted a clear policy in introducing buses only in those routes that are economically viable. “We run buses only in those routes where we get at least 50 percent return of the cost incurred in operating the buses. We do not take any bank loan for functioning of the Corporations,” Adhikari said. The state Transport department now runs 3,592 buses across the state and has 14514 employees involved for running the show. He added that the government has already introduced 20 electric buses and will roll out another 60 by the end of July. Altogether, 55 charging stations have been set up. Asserting the measures taken for leakage of revenue, the minister said that electronic ticketing system has been introduced in state run buses. ” The buses in North Bengal will also be equipped with this system by September,” Adhikari said.last_img read more