Table mishaps cant stop standup Tanyalee Davis from slaying her crowds

first_img Login/Register With: Vancouver has produced a lot of great comedians over the years. Though she only spent two years here before moving to Los Angeles in 1997, Tanyalee Davis, who now lives in England, has to be considered one of the more successful international standup acts that spent time honing her chops on our stages.From Winnipeg to Calgary to Vancouver to L.A. to Vegas to North Carolina and now Norwich, Davis has resided in more places than some comedians have performed in. A 2015 appearance on The John Bishop Show in Britain was followed by a killer set on Live at the Apollo, which precipitated her move overseas.After her Apollo set, she was hired for a sweet corporate gig in Norway, which culminated in a standing ovation. “I was the belle of the ball,” she tells the Straight at a downtown coffee shop. From there, she was off to Australia, playing Melbourne for four weeks and Sydney for one. Things are looking up. Then again, at 3-foot-6, Davis has spent her lifetime looking up.Life isn’t without its challenges, but damned if the diminutive dynamo doesn’t make the most of them. In order to be seen, depending on the venue’s setup, Davis will often perform on a table. Two weeks ago, just before flying home in preparation for a three-night run at Performance Works on Granville Island as the special guest of RealWheels Theatre’s upcoming show Comedy on Wheels: Celebrating Canada’s Birthday With Belly Laughs, she suffered a mishap, a first in her 27-year career. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Rally held in front of Canadian Tire store where Indigenous man kicked

REGINA – About 40 people have staged a demonstration to show support for an Indigenous man who was physically removed from a Canadian Tire store in Regina after being accused of stealing.People banging drums, waving flags and holding up signs took to the parking lot at the store Friday afternoon, including Kamao Cappo of the Muscowpetung First Nation.Canadian Tire officials apologized earlier this week after Cappo posted a video to social media showing him being pushed by a store employee who accused him of shoplifting.Cappo was in the store buying a chainsaw, an extra chain and oil but when he was at the check-out, he realized he had the wrong model and took the goods to the customer service where he put the chain and oil inside the saw box for ease of handling by the clerk.While looking for the right model, Cappo said he approached by a male store worker who accused him of trying to shoplift and ordered him out, which led to a scuffle.Cappo went public with the video and his story, saying he was discriminated against because he is Aboriginal.“We sincerely apologize for the experience that occurred in our store and we are actively reviewing all of the facts surrounding this matter,” Canadian Tire’s corporate head office said in a statement.“We are communicating with Mr. Cappo directly, and we hope to resolve this matter as quickly as possible.”Kimberley Jonathon, vice-chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, told Friday’s rally the incident highlights the racism Indigenous people experience daily.“It would be worthwhile for them to take responsibility and to look racism right in its ugly face and say you know what, it happened here,” Jonathon said. “But what can we do to affect change and to be that positive champion?”FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron told the crowd they want to see Canadian Tire discipline the employee in the video and want an appropriate apology made to Cappo.Cappo said the Indigenous community’s support comes from a place of shared experience.“If you’re being jabbed with a sharp stick every day, no matter how patient you are, at some point you’re going to become angry,” he said.Cappo said he was surprised by how much support he has received from many different types of people all across Canada.“They don’t even know me, I’m a complete stranger to them,” he said. “But they see an injustice and they are outraged.”(CJME, CTV Regina) Rally held in front of Canadian Tire store where Indigenous man kicked out by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 28, 2017 8:59 am MDT Last Updated Jul 28, 2017 at 8:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Space venture to place first HD streaming cameras on ISS

first_imgThe commercialization of space is already well upon us. Russia has offered “joy rides” to the International Space Station (ISS) for millionaires, Virgin Galactic has been created to support space tourism via technology demonstrated by SpaceShipOne and now a new Canadian, Russian and UK space venture will bring high-definition streaming video of Earth to personal computers and mobile phones. The venture is called UrtheCast which is pronounced “Earth Cast.”UrtheCast plans to offer video data and imagery of Earth from space which will be down-linked to ground stations and displayed in real-time on the Internet. The company’s website promises to feel like a blend of Google Earth with the video playback and search functionality of YouTube which includes the ability to search for video by location, type or theme. Users will also be able to interact with video through the ability to rewind and fast forward, zoom in and out and virtually steer the camera from side to side. The website will also provide users the ability to track the location of the ISS to anticipate when it is expected to fly over a specific geographic area.AdChoices广告To support this platform, UrtheCast has contracted Rutherford Appleton Labs to build two high-definition cameras which it will attach to the Russian module of the ISS.  The cameras include a medium-resolution camera designed to provide a three color image which is capable of covering 45 kilometers with a resolution of 5.5 meters. The second, high-resolution camera is designed to allow for images of man-made objects and groups of people with a resolution comparable to Google Earth at a frame rate of 3.25 frames per second.  In addition to the website, UrtheCast will also offer a smartphone application and an open API for third party developers to integrate video into their own applications. Seamless integration with Facebook and Twitter is also planned so that video may be shared among users.UrtheCast will officially launch its ambitious project in Calgary on June 28th.Read more at the press release (PDF) and UrtheCast website.Brian’s OpinionWell, this is what the Obama administration wants. They would like the commercialization of space to take root as demonstrated by the retirement of the Space Shuttle program and seed money to encourage the development of commercial means of travel to and from Earth orbit. Americans need first to admit though that the Russians are way ahead of us when it comes to this goal. After all, we are looking to them to act as a paid taxi service to the ISS until another commercially viable option for transportation is available.When Russia first started giving rides to millionaires many people and organizations, including NASA, scoffed at the idea. In reality, NASA grew to accept it since Russia does own a piece of the ISS–it’s that very piece of the ISS that UrtheCast will be attaching their cameras to. Of course, you have to wonder if the U.S. even got an opportunity to bid on such a deal or if the consideration of such a deal was viewed as below acceptance by NASA and the U.S. government.Personally I believe, we need more deals like the Russians are getting. At this point, considering the national debt, I’d be all for selling the naming rights of the American owned sections of the ISS to the highest bidder in the same way arenas are named here on Earth. Clearly, we need to open our minds up more to the subsidizing of space travel by commercial means. Who knows? Decades from now we could all be talking about the U.S. manned mission to Mars… as sponsored by Pepsi.last_img read more

Quick propose désormais un sandwich bio

first_imgQuick propose désormais un sandwich bioFrance – Après la polémique des restaurants entièrement halal, Quick lance un cheeseburger bio que les clients peuvent découvrir depuis mardi 21 septembre, jusqu’au lundi 29 novembre. L’opération est limitée pour des raisons d’approvisionnement. Certains pensaient que les restaurants halal ne parviendraient jamais à se faire une place sur le marché des fast-foods, Quick nous a prouvé le contraire et propose aujourd’hui 22 restaurants entièrement halal dont le chiffre d’affaires témoigne de leur succès. Aujourd’hui, le fast-food compte bien se lancer dans une nouvelle spécialité : le burger bio.La chaîne propose donc déjà, depuis hier, un sandwich entièrement bio et certifié AB à 100%, une bonne publicité qui redore l’image des fast-foods en général. Mais le bio a un prix : 2,50 euros soit un peu plus cher que les burgers classiques de l’enseigne. Une nécessité face aux coûts de production, explique le directeur marketing de Quick France. Et Le Figaro d’expliquer que la stratégie de Quick semble aujourd’hui consister à s’engouffrer dans les niches. Une stratégie qui pourrait bien s’avérer payante.Le 22 septembre 2010 à 11:38 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

iPhone owners can sue Apple over App Store Supreme Court rules

first_imgApple lost its Supreme Court case against Pepper.  Sean Gallup / Getty Images iPhone users can sue Apple for allegedly operating a monopoly through its App Store, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.A majority of justices disagreed with Apple’s argument that app buyers aren’t direct customers of Apple. Instead, the court ruled in a 5-4 decision in Apple v. Pepper that the “iPhone owners were direct purchasers who may sue Apple for alleged monopolization.” The plaintiffs in the original case have accused Apple of overcharging for apps through its tight control over the App Store. “The iPhone owners here are not consumers at the bottom of a vertical distribution chain who are attempting to sue manufacturers at the top of the chain,” Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote in the court’s majority opinion. He called the Supreme Court’s conclusion “straightforward.”  See also See it $999 • Best Buy Apple iPhone sales drop, but services and wearables offer a boost Supreme Court hears Apple App Store antitrust arguments Tim Cook says keep Apple out of tech breakup talk reading • iPhone owners can sue Apple over App Store, Supreme Court rules Boost Mobile 49 Tags Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See It Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See It Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Sprint CNET may get a commission from retail offers. It’s showtime for Apple’s streaming service Apple Comments During a call last month to discuss its earnings with analysts, Apple executives repeatedly touted its growing services business, saying the company overall had 390 million paid subscribers at the end of March, though it didn’t specify which services had the most subscribers. Finance chief Luca Maestri said these paid subscriptions should surpass 500 million by 2020. Services revenue in the quarter that ended in March reached an all-time high of $11.5 billion, up 16% year over year.The App Store is a major part of that business. Anything that threatens the App Store could hurt Apple’s push to become a services powerhouse. Apple has faced scrutiny over its App Store nearly since it launched in 2008.The Supreme Court’s decision, and the subsequent lawsuits that will likely emerge, could change the way apps are sold. Apple also could be on the hook for a large monetary hit if suits alleging it’s a monopoly are successful. The App Store has “really been the heart of their services revenue,” Creative Strategies analyst Ben Bajarin said. He noted that the company has been building its services revenue in other areas, like Apple Music and iCloud, but nothing is as big as the App Store. Kavanaugh wrote in the court’s opinion that “if the iPhone owners prevail, they will be entitled to the full amount of the unlawful overcharge that they paid to Apple. The overcharge has not been passed on by anyone to anyone.”Along with threatening Apple’s business model, the Supreme Court decision could give more weight to calls by some politicians that big tech companies need to be broken up. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a Democrat who’s running for president, in March said tech companies such as Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook have too much influence over our lives. In Apple’s case, Warren said the App Store gives the company too much of a competitive advantage.”Apple, you’ve got to break it apart from their App Store. It’s got to be one or the other,” Warren said. “Either they run the platform or they play in the store.”Apple CEO Tim Cook has fought being lumped in with other big tech companies, saying they’re not all the same.”I don’t think anybody would call us a monopoly,” Cook said last week on CNBC. “We’re geographically in the same location as a lot of tech companies, and that is about the extent of the commonality.”Pepper’s pushThe Pepper lawsuit against Apple was initially dismissed because the sales commission is imposed on developers, not on the purchasers who were suing. But the consumers appealed and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in 2017 that they had standing to sue Apple.Apple told the court in an appeal that the outcome of this lawsuit could affect e-commerce venues such as Google Shopping, Amazon and Facebook’s marketplace. Those online marketplaces act as middlemen between consumers and third-party businesses. The companies take commissions on sales but don’t set retail prices for the products that are sold. Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 97 Photos See All “This is a critical question for antitrust law in the era of electronic commerce,” Apple said in its 2017 petition. “The threshold issue is who may seek damages based on allegedly anticompetitive conduct by Apple that allows it to charge excessive commissions on apps distribution: the app developers, the plaintiff consumers, or both?”Kavanaugh acknowledged the court’s decision “may leave Apple subject to multiple suits by different plaintiffs.” But he said the fact anticompetitive conduct may create two different classes of victims doesn’t mean their injuries are the same or that they’d be making dueling claims to a common fund. “The consumers seek damages based on the difference between the price they paid and the competitive price,” Kavanaugh wrote. “The app developers would seek lost profits that they could have earned in a competitive retail market.”Justice Neil Gorsuch, in the Supreme Court’s dissenting opinion, argued that Apple’s 30% commission falls initially on developers, and consumers shouldn’t be able to sue Apple.  “So if the commission is in fact a monopolistic overcharge, the developers are the parties who are directly injured by it,” he wrote. “Plaintiffs can be injured only if the developers are able and choose to pass on the overcharge to them in the form of higher app prices that the developers alone control.”William Lavery, a partner specializing in antitrust law at the Baker Botts law firm in Washington, DC, said the decision could eventually affect how some online marketplaces run their businesses, but it’s too early to tell. “There are certainly going to be plaintiff firms looking at online marketplace platforms and looking at exactly who can sue,” he said. App Store impactIf Apple ultimately loses any lawsuits, it could be forced to lower the 30% commission it charges app developers. Macquarie analyst Ben Schachter noted that he’s believed three things could force Apple to reduce its fees: competition, legal action or regulatory scrutiny.”We believe pressure is building across all three factors,” he said. Creative Strategies’ Bajarin said that if Apple is forced to change its App Store model, one track it could take is letting developers have a more direct payment relationship with users.Today, people who use Amazon’s Kindle app on an iPhone or iPad can’t buy books in the app, and new users can’t subscribe to Netflix or Spotify using in-app purchases via the App Store. Instead, they have to go to a web browser to make the purchase and pay for the subscription. That’s so the companies can avoid paying a commission to Apple.Spotify, for its part, filed a complaint with European regulators in March, alleging that Apple wields its powerful App Store as a cudgel to stifle innovation, weaken competition and unfairly tax its rivals. Apple called Spotify’s complaint “misleading” and accused the music-streaming giant of wanting a free ride to the disadvantage of smaller developers now that it’s grown into a powerhouse.”If a developer has a payment processing system, Apple could allow an alternate payment mechanism so users can pay the developer directly,” Bajarin said. “You’d still go through the App Store so you have privacy, but they could give you a payment option.”That wouldn’t mean people could download apps from anywhere they want, Bajarin said. That would go against Apple’s push to have secure apps on its devices. But it would allow more pricing alternatives in the App Store.”The point of this case is there’s no option,” Bajarin said. “Apple can charge whatever it wants. But if it gives a payment option … at least it might have some balance there.”Bloomberg earlier reported the court decision. CNET’s Shelby Brown contributed to this report.Originally published May 13 at 7:40 a.m. PTUpdates, 8:04 a.m., 8:44 a.m., 9:21 a.m. and 10:25 a.m.: Adds background information and analyst comments. Updates, 1 p.m. PT: Adds Apple comment; 1:41 p.m. PT: Adds lawyer comment, remarks from dissent; 2:07 p.m. PT: Adds comment from lawyer representing iPhone users. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $999 $999 1:17 Now playing: Watch this: $999 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple iPhone XS Share your voice The court’s decision doesn’t mean that Apple is a monopoly or that it has to change how the App Store operates. Instead, it means the plaintiffs can sue Apple. The case now will go to a lower court to determine if Apple’s business practices are legal and will take at least a year to make its way through the court process. Apple said in a statement that it’s “confident” it’ll win the case and noted “the App Store is not a monopoly by any metric.”The case stems from complaints that Apple’s App Store — the only way to purchase apps for iPhones, iPads and Apple Watches — is effectively a monopoly that overcharges people for software. Under Apple’s model, Apple charges developers a $99 annual membership fee, lets them set the retail price of their apps and then takes a 30% cut for each sale. For subscriptions, Apple charges a 15% commission after the first year.Apple prohibits developers from selling iPhone apps outside the App Store, and Apple device users can’t download software to their phones unless it comes from the App Store. Google’s Android phones, by contrast, make apps available in a variety of places. Along with Google’s official Play Store, people can download apps from stores operated by Samsung and Amazon. Some developers have also offered apps directly to consumers. A handful of consumers, including Robert Pepper, originally filed an antitrust class action complaint against Apple in 2011. They argued that Apple’s practices meant apps cost more than they should. In their litigation against Apple, they asked for damages on behalf of people who’ve bought software in the App Store. Apple has long said that closely controlling the apps in its store ensures that they’re safe, and it’s touted the number of jobs and industries created because of the existence of the App Store. In Apple v. Pepper, Apple said iPhone owners didn’t have the right to sue Apple because Apple didn’t directly set app prices. Those are determined by developers. Apple also said it only acts as a conduit between consumers and the actual sellers — the app developers. The Supreme Court disagreed. “We’re gratified the Supreme Court today recognized the right of consumers to sue Apple for the damages they sustain from Apple’s monopoly control over the distribution of applications on iPhones,” said David Frederick, a partner at the Kellogg, Hanse, Todd, Figel & Frederick law firm. He represented iPhone users in the case against Apple.”The decision is important for upholding consumer protections against the dangers of monopoly retailers like Apple,” Frederick said in a statement. “Apple’s monopoly control has distorted the prices for apps and it’s time for that abuse of monopoly power to end.”Apple’s shares closed Monday at $185.69, down 5.9%.Apple’s full statement said:”Today’s decision means plaintiffs can proceed with their case in District court. We’re confident we will prevail when the facts are presented and that the App Store is not a monopoly by any metric.We’re proud to have created the safest, most secure and trusted platform for customers and a great business opportunity for all developers around the world. Developers set the price they want to charge for their app and Apple has no role in that. The vast majority of apps on the App Store are free and Apple gets nothing from them. The only instance where Apple shares in revenue is if the developer chooses to sell digital services through the App Store.Developers have a number of platforms to choose from to deliver their software — from other apps stores, to Smart TVs to gaming consoles — and we work hard every day to make sure our store is the best, safest, and most competitive in the world.”Services at risk?Apple last year became the first trillion-dollar company in the US but in recent months it’s been struggling. The company makes about two-thirds of its revenue from the iPhone, but people just aren’t buying as many smartphones. They’re holding onto their devices longer, and in places like China, they’re increasingly opting for phones from Apple’s rivals like Huawei and Oppo. This means Apple must expand its operations beyond the iPhone, and it’s counting on its services to become an even bigger part of its business. The Supreme Court’s call on Apple and what it means for… See It Phones Tech Industry Mobile Apps Amazon Tim Cook Google Samsung Applelast_img read more

International Celebrity photographer Francesco Nappo to become one of the top fashion

first_imgInternational Celebrity photographer Francesco Nappo to become one of the top fashion photography influencers of the globeCelebrity photography has always been a task to accomplish having tremendous competition in the market but the ones gaining excellence in this field would succeed.A similar story is one of international fashion photographer Francesco Nappo, who has aced the photography by polishing his skills and nurturing them for something big.Coming from Pompeii (Italy)his journey had a number of hurdles but leaving no stone unturned Francesco had an aim and was on to complete it by any means.Today he has achieved a commendable position in the fashion world having to click a number of celebrities such as Biondo, Francesco Chiofalo, Federica Beninca, Andrea Melchiorre, Antonella Fiordelisi, Fabia Ferrara and many more. He has also worked for the FIDA agency of Andrea Melchiorre.When asked about his passion for photography Francesco states “Since my childhood, I am attracted by the beauty of things and life. Photography is much more than a passion for me. It is a natural need to create, imagine, so my affection for this quote seems natural. I started photography when I was younger. I am driven by an endless ambition that allows me to grow and seek perfection, both in regard to the substance and the form for any project”.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

Geeksplainer Kingdom Hearts

first_img Square Enix is an incubator for some of the most iconic franchises in RPG history — Final Fantasy of course, but also Dragon Quest, and dozens more. But one of the company’s biggest hits came out of an unlikely experiment in fusing their overwrought storylines with the iconic cartoon characters of Disney. You got it: we’re talking Kingdom Hearts, which bursts back into our lives with a new game this week.So how did this unlikely cross-over become one of Square Enix’s biggest cash cows? Let your humble Geeksplainer walk you through it.What Is Kingdom Hearts?Released in 2002 for the PS2, Kingdom Hearts is an action role-playing title in the vein of Fable or the modern Legend of Zelda series, in which the player controls a spiky-haired anime protagonist as they battle against shadowy creatures called the Heartless. Sounds pretty normal, right? Here’s the twist: the worlds that the characters venture through, the companions they meet and the foes they fight are all taken from the animated films of Disney and the previous games of Squaresoft. Before Smash Bros. took fanfic to fighting games, Kingdom Hearts did it for RPGs.After the runaway success of the first game, the franchise grew. In between “main series” titles, of which there have been three on current-gen consoles, there have been a bunch of spin-offs and side stories on portables like the DS, 3DS and PSP, as well as remixes of those games for consoles.How Did It Come To Be?A crossover between two massive media companies doesn’t come easy, but the origins of Kingdom Hearts stem from a casual conversation in an elevator. For some time, Disney’s Japanese offices were in the same building as Squaresofts, and one day producer Shinji Hashimoto was riding the lift with a Disney exec. The pair got to talking, and Hashimoto started connecting some dots in his head. He’d been working on a concept for an open world action game like Super Mario 64 but was stymied by the task of coming up with iconic, recognizable characters to use in it.Square put a pitch together after the elevator meeting, and to their surprise Disney bit. Character designer Tetsuya Nomura was tapped to direct the new game, which was tentatively named after Disneyland’s newly-opened Animal Kingdom theme park. The House of Mouse has notoriously been very protective over their IP and reluctant to let outside creative hands meddle with it, so Squaresoft worked tirelessly to hew very close to the source material. But that sparked some dissent internally — the company’s grand master of RPG design, Hironobu Sakaguchi, warned Nomura that he needed to infuse the work with a deep plot that would appeal to adults as well as children.It worked. Upon release, KH was a massive hit, with many reviewers preferring it to the company’s Final Fantasy X. The smooth, simple combat mixed with plenty of Disney fanservice and propulsive narrative led the game to sell over 5.6 million copies worldwide. Sequels and spin-offs for multiple platforms soon followed, culminating in 2019’s hotly-anticipated Kingdom Hearts III (available on Amazon on Jan. 29).Can You Explain The Plot?I… I can. It’s not going to be a smooth ride, though. JRPGs are notorious for convoluted narratives, and when you have a series like Kingdom Hearts with a dozen games and remixes in it, keeping everything straight is tricky. But here’s the gist:A mystical species called the Heartless are seeking to destroy various alternate worlds. Only a magical weapon called a Keyblade can defeat them and seal the keyholes that they enter through. The original Keyblade was a magical artifact that protected the linked worlds, also called Kingdom Hearts. But when that blade shattered, it split into pieces dark and light. The dark formed the Heartless and the light became the spirits of the Disney Princesses.You with me so far? OK. The main bad guy is a dude named Xehanort, who is trying to create a new Keyblade. In his quest, he gets split into two beings, Ansem and Xemnas, who both launch their own evil plots. They’re aided in this by a variety of Disney villains.Now for the good guys. The main series protagonist is Sora, who gets swept up in the adventure when the Heartless invade Destiny Island and kidnap his friend Kairi. That takes him to Traverse Town, where he meets King Mickey and his two main companions, Goofy and Donald Duck. After a series of adventures, we learn that Sora is carrying Kairi’s Princess Heart, and when he uses the Keyblade to remove it it transforms both of them into “Nobodies” — humans who have had their hearts removed. Sora becomes Roxas for a while, then gets better to battle Xemnas and his “Organization XIII” group.And then there’s Riku, who is a friend to Sora and Kairi at the beginning but is corrupted by Ansem in the first game and spends the next one and some of the spin-offs finding himself.After beating Xemnas, he and Ansem re-integrate into Xehanort who is back on his BS for KH III, attempting to “balance light and darkness” to gain ultimate power as Sora and crew try and stop him.I left a lot out here but those are the broad strokes.Why Is It So Successful?Of all the major content creators in the universe, Disney has had pretty great luck with licensed video games. Think about the great Sega Genesis platformers like Castle Of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, or the extremely ambitious Disney Infinity. When you get the chance to play with some of the most iconic brands in the world, you go all out.That’s because the company has a notorious reputation for quality. Nobody wants to be the guy who made a crappy Disney game. And, especially in the early 2000s, Square Enix had a rep for never releasing a game before it had been polished to within an inch of its life. So when the first Kingdom Hearts dropped, it satisfied both companies’ fan bases. JRPG fans got the dynamic combat, complex storytelling and diverse worlds they expected, and Disney lovers got the fan service of seeing all of their favorite characters in full 3D in a way they never had before. It was win/win for both teams.Before Kingdom Hearts, Japanese game development and Western cultural content seemed separated by an imposing wall. But the success of the game helped prove that we were truly living in a world where these barriers were less and less meaningful, and that was a pretty big deal.What Can You Expect In Kingdom Hearts 3Square Enix announced they had begun development on Kingdom Hearts 3 in 2013, so you bet your ass there’s a lot of stuff in this game. It’s being advertised as the end of the Xehanort saga, but you’re crazy if you think that everything will be wrapped up in a nice and tidy package.The series’ traditional three-person parties have been expanded — now in addition to Sora, Donald and Goofy you can be accompanied by two more AI fighters. The combat is faster and flashier, with more moves and specials added to the button-mashing basics. Powerful “Attraction Flow” moves work like summons, letting you harness the power of iconic Disney rides to bash the Heartless.The game has eight Disney worlds, based on Hercules, Frozen, Toy Story, Pirates of the Caribbean, Big Hero 6, Tangled, Monsters Inc. and Winnie The Pooh. Expect a bunch of mini-games as well as an excuse to shove even more franchise characters into the mix.The game is said to have 80+ hours of content, with the main quest itself taking 40-50 hours. That’s a pretty good bang for your buck, all things considered.Get Kingdom Hearts III at Amazon More on Geek.com:Most Exciting Video Games of 2019Face Your Fears and Listen to the ‘Kingdom Hearts 3’ Theme SongRemember, Mickey Mouse Is in ‘Kingdom Hearts’ Stay on target Watch: ‘Kingdom Hearts III’ Is A Game To Play Before You Die‘Kingdom Hearts’ Board Game Is Vital Canon last_img read more

Foldable siliconbased electronics overcome fragility problem

first_img Journal information: Applied Physics Letters (Left) Simulation and (right) SEM images of the springs, which slide, fold, and twist to provide extreme flexibility. Credit: Cavazos Sepulveda et al. ©2017 AIP Publishing Since the new patterning processes are compatible with current semiconductor fabrication technologies, the researchers expect that this design could be straightforwardly applied to fabricating a wide range of flexible devices. Potential applications include wearable electronics, solar cells that conform to curved surfaces, tactile displays that fold like origami, and 3-D stacking of integrated circuits. Another possibility is detachable electronic components, which are an important part of self-destructible electronics—devices that can destroy themselves when they sense their security being threatened.”We are exploring new application opportunities for electronics to empower humanity,” Hussain said. “Our current work involves developing robust manufacturable processes for new applications. In that regard, our next objective is to develop a computational gadget which can be stretched and folded as needed. In the future we also envision implantable electronics that can be reshaped and reconfigured using the developed techniques to comply with the natural growth of a person’s body organs.” Photographs of the new flexible silicon array lighting LEDs. Credit: Cavazos Sepulveda et al. ©2017 AIP Publishing (Phys.org)—Researchers have developed a method for fabricating silicon-based electronics that can be stretched and folded without damage, circumventing the problem of extreme fragility that ultra-thin flexible silicon materials traditionally face. Explore further Citation: Foldable silicon-based electronics overcome fragility problem (2017, April 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-04-foldable-silicon-based-electronics-fragility-problem.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Although the researchers considered spiral shapes and fractal patterns, the best design they came up with was inspired by mimicking nature’s spherulite-lamellar motif, a pattern that resembles the radiating lines often seen in rocks. Experiments showed that this geometrical design has the advantage of spreading the bending-induced strain across the entire length of the spring. Due to the stretchable springs, the final device can be stretched to more than five times its original area. The springs also allow the islands to fold on top of each other, resulting in a bending radius of 130 µm, which is independent of the device thickness.”For a fully flexible and stretchable system, we must make high-performance silicon electronics flexible and stretchable,” Hussain told Phys.org. “However, in its normal state silicon is rigid and bulky. For years, by thinning down silicon or similar materials, the scientific community has made silicon flexible. By adopting various fractal designs, stretchability has also been achieved. However, such ultra-thin flexible silicon is fragile, so that when stretched, it often fails to retain its mechanical integrity. Therefore, our work decisively addresses all of these concerns by showing a state-of-the-art CMOS-compatible process to achieve flexible and stretchable silicon with sufficient mechanical rigor.” Gold foil discovery could lead to wearable technology © 2017 Phys.org The researchers, led by Muhammad Mustafa Hussain at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), have published a paper on the foldable silicon-based electronics in a recent issue of Applied Physics Letters.Most of the flexible electronics being developed today are based on polymer materials, but polymers have inferior semiconducting properties compared to silicon. Also, unlike silicon, most polymers are not fully compatible with the standard fabrication processes used in today’s semiconductor industry. If silicon can prove to be mechanically robust enough to endure the stretching and bending required by flexible electronics, it would potentially offer an ideal material for realizing commercial flexible electronics on a large scale.In the new study, the researchers take a step toward this goal by designing a silicon-based device made of bulk silicon “islands” interconnected by thin, flexible silicon springs. The thick islands provide the mechanical support, while the thin springs provide flexibility.One of the biggest challenges was to design the microscale springs in such a way as to prevent them from tangling with each other, while still allowing them to stretch to several times their original length. More information: A. C. Cavazos Sepulveda et al. “Stretchable and foldable silicon-based electronics.” Applied Physics Letters. DOI: 10.1063/1.4979545last_img read more

When dance meets drama

first_imgThe ongoing ‘Kendra Dance Festival’ presented another set of astounding performances in Kamani Auditorium on May 3. The five-day extravaganza, which started on May 1, showcased excerpts from different episodes of Indian Mythology.Day three and four of the festival were dedicated to Meera – a mystic Hindu saint-poetess. The princess poet of Rajasthan devoted her life to Lord Krishna and sang bhajans and poems in praise of her Lord. Her glory lies in the ability to articulate through her poetry and the turbulence that transpired in her life- almost in an autobiographical way. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMeera’s entry, complimented with the soothing Rajasthani folk music playing in the background, took the audience’s expectations to another level. From the dancers displaying energetic moves in a synchronised fashion to the beautiful presentation of Meera’s life, every aspect of the performance was worth the applause. Meera with her immense beautiful expressions and moves left the everyone spellbound. The august gathering predominantly included people above the age of 40 and senior citizens. There were loud applauses at intervals in the appreciation of theatrical performance put up by Shriram Bhartiya Kala Kendra and team. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAfter the notable performances including ‘Shree Durga’, ‘Abhimanyu’, and ‘Meera, which were produced and directed by Shobha Deepak Singh, the audience is eagerly waiting for the last presentation of the festival – ‘Odissi on High’. The traditional Odissi transformed into its contemporary format under the artistic direction of Malaysia’s Datuk Ramli Ibrahim and Guru Bichitrananda Swain is scheduled for May 8, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. People who are inclined towards dance and drama should positively witness the program.last_img read more

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I think we have that knack of rising to the big occasions and handling the pressure… What we need to do is to make sure our preparations are good. 2014 2:53 pm Akshay Kumar and Prabhu Dheva get filmy Related News Akshay Kumar and Ashvini Yardi’s Grazing Goat Pictures, Shilpa said that the three federations wrote a letter to all the members of the federation and fraternity at large not to provide their services in any project or shooting in which the services of the artiste being availed until the artist pays the damages to the producer. but I took the app off my phone.So I had no idea anyone was even talking about it I honestlydidn’t even think anyone would care” Kendall said “I just wanted to detox I felt like I just wanted alittle bit of a break I’m always on it I feel I would wakeup in the morning and I would look at it first thing I wouldgo to bed and it was the last thing I would look at I felt alittle too dependent on it So I kind of wanted to take aminute to detox I’ll be back” she added Apparently the reports suggest that Kendall might have deleted her Instagram out of jealousy with her sister Kylie Jenner who has a massive fan following (788m Instagram followers) and a makeup empire to call her own However Kendall cleared that she is not of a type who will be jealous More from the world of Entertainment: As reported by dailymailcouk the Calvin Klein spokesmodel said ‘In terms of jealousy I’ve never been that type When people are acting jealous towards me I just write them off and move on Staying out of drama is just pretty simple for me’ For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Sandeep Dwivedi | Updated: June 17 2015 1:37 pm BCCI insiders say that the reason the Lalit Modi chapter ended was because he became too brash and stepped on too many toes Related News Though tough to imagine back in the day the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) lived in a cluttered two BHK apartment Its South Mumbai address might have impressed those who corresponded with it but not the postman who climbed those dark dingy stairs leading to the file-filled rooms with peeling walls Typical of those wily kinds with old money they were low-key and conservative And then Lalit Modi came along He got the Indian Premier League (IPL) as well as the International Management Group and subsequently more worrying acronyms — ED CBI — would follow But let’s not get ahead of ourselves in this story of how cricket couldn’t handle money and fame Those were interesting times the early days of Modi The old-timers hated him He was seen as an upstart His Twenty20 venture bred mistrust The maidan cricketers-turned-administrators in safari suits were slowly getting replaced by Armani-clad MBAs The World Cup veterans of 1987 and 1996 — the ageing administrators who had greased palms sought countless permissions from governments worked on shoestring budgets from cubby holes to successfully host cricket’s biggest tournament — were seen as misfits in Modi’s project IPL season one They sulked silently When they spoke they bad-mouthed Modi But the whispers would die soon as the IPL brought money serious money Franchise teams got sold for $725 million and the television deal was worth $1 billion Not far from its old modest abode the BCCI was now housed in a sprawling building next to the Wankhede Stadium called Cricket Centre When IPL stakeholders would meet Modi at the new headquarters Bentleys Mercedes and Rolls Royces sat in the parking area The team owners had demands some old some new While asking for passes for their celebrity friends and parking tickets for their VIP friends they would casually inquire if the stadium had a helipad Many would fly in from SoBo and be air-dropped at the training ground at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai to see the Rajasthan Royals win IPL 1 Cricket’s good old political takeover which seemed unshakeably permanent for eternity and beyond was now threatened by a corporate coup Power equations rules culture and even the BCCI constitution — nothing was untouched by change Cricket was in a tearing hurry thanks to the Twenty20 format The aesthetics of the game were sacrificed on the field In the BCCI’s corridors due diligence and institutional ethics were alien words There was no time to sit and brood It was time to make quick millions virtually everyday Even Modi-baiters were enjoying the new perks They had plush offices and revised travel allowance/ dearness allowance at the end of business-class travel That’s when everybody shut their mouths and sadly for cricket their eyes too The enfant terrible Modi was now the BCCI’s blue-eyed boy It didn’t check his homework or his pocket money Maybe he was too well connected to be questioned That stingy spender the BCCI was now a stinking-rich squanderer It was one big roaring party Modi invited his friends and family in There was no one stopping them at the gate as everyone was part of the party Old hand N Srinivasan helped himself to one franchise of course after the BCCI had collectively erased those all-important three words — conflict of interest Now everyone was connected to someone in the incestuous chain Any indiscretion could be brushed under the carpet by putting in a word or by making a phone call to an uncle father or father-in-law And it is also why the Rajasthan Royals team is still part of the IPL despite the taint on its players and owners The Chennai Super Kings had an insider-trader in the dugout but still the franchise wasn’t ejected The rulebook is still ruthless but the rulers aren’t non-partisan BCCI insiders say that the reason the Modi chapter ended was because he became too brash and stepped on too many toes There are those who say that he was outfoxed by the more ambitious and masterful vote-manager Srinivasan combined with the fading power of his mentor Sharad Pawar Hardly anyone speaks about his financial misdeeds This despite the fact that a disciplinary committee including senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia and cricket administrator Chirayu Amin would conclude that Modi rigged bids arm-twisted certain franchises signed a scam television contract and favoured his stepson-in-law in an internet deal Now consider this — Modi did all this while he was being watched by a high-profile governing council plus the BCCI’s executive Not to miss the fact that the governing council had the country’s best legal brains top politicians and legends of the game None spotted anything amiss while Modi was minting millions Clearly the checks and balances were either not there or were not effective Later even the Supreme Court at the end of the IPL corruption case hearing had appointed a committee to suggest structural changes and propose election reforms for the BCCI Despite the controversy the IPL remains cricket’s most lucrative brand And there are many like the BCCI-contracted commentator Ravi Shastri who still see Modi as Moses Till recently while living in London the flamboyant cricket administrator would regularly receive invitations from universities and business schools to give lectures A few years ago during a casual meeting with us journalists on the tour of England the one-time IPL chief spoke about enjoying his days away from cricket watching top European football games from VIP boxes as a guest For any sporting entrepreneur brand-builder or start-up dreamer Modi would remain a role model As for the IPL it has many fans in the cricketing world Fans outside speak about the IPL enviously For players around the world India during the early part of their season is El Dorado Go to any academy and you will find kids with queries about trials organised by franchise teams The IPL without doubt with Twenty20 perched at the top has a towering presence over the cricketing world But time to read that disclaimer in fine print: It has very weak foundations sandeepdwivedi@expressindiacom For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by C Raja Mohan | Updated: December 3 2014 10:33 am Related News While Prime Minister Narendra Modi is talking up the importance of building sea ports along India’s coastline China is focused on developing maritime infrastructure far beyond its own shores whether greenfield ports in the Indian Ocean or the modernisation of the Panama Canal linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans After constructing new ports in Gwadar (Pakistan) and Hambantota (Sri Lanka) Beijing is now gearing up to build another one near India — in the Maldives As the world’s top merchandise trading nation China has some of the world’s busiest ports According to the World Shipping Council China (including Hong Kong) has seven of the world’s top 10 container ports The three other top ports are Singapore Busan (South Korea) and Dubai (UAE) Mumbai’s Nava Sheva shows up at No 33 on the list That Colombo precedes Mumbai at No 32 shows how far India has fallen behind in the development of ports despite growing trade volumes after India’s economic globalisation at the turn of the 1990s The BJP in its election manifesto had talked about reviving Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s plan to develop the “Sagar Mala” a string of modern ports on India’s coastline During his visit to Mumbai last week Modi underlined the importance of ports in his economic strategy and called them gateways to India’s economic prosperity Modi argued that India must move from “port development” to “port-led development” and revive the stalled special economic zones in the country CHINA DREAM As it became a major trading nation over the last two decades China’s maritime ambitions have soared Chinese leaders started investing in the building of a blue-water navy Beijing also became more assertive in its maritime territorial disputes with its neighbours in the East and South China Seas The last decade also saw China significantly raise its maritime profile in the Indian Ocean In 2012 the18th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party which elevated Xi Jinping as the new party general secretary declared that building China into a great naval power is a critical strategic objective After he became the president of China in early 2013 Xi Jinping reorganised the multiple agencies at home dealing with maritime and naval issues to give greater internal coherence to launch the construction of a “Chinese maritime civilisation” Externally the promotion of a Maritime Silk Road became central to Xi’s foreign policy While a considerable part of the new effort is devoted to Southeast Asia the subcontinent has emerged as a major focus of Xi’ new maritime diplomacy The Maritime Silk Road is about securing China’s sea lines of communication between the Indian and Pacific Oceans and deepening special relationships with the island states that sit at critical locations of the Indian Ocean littoral MALDIVES & SRI LANKA President Xi met the president of Maldives Abdulla Yameen on the margins of the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing last week and invited him to join the Maritime Silk Road initiative Chinese companies have been eyeing the contract for the Ihavandhippolhu Integrated Development Project or “iHavan” in the northernmost atoll in the Maldives The project includes the construction of a transhipment port and an export processing zone and will tap into the trade between China India and the Indian Ocean littoral iHavan “capitalises on the location of the atoll which lies on the seven-degree channel through which the main East-West shipping routes” run across the Indian Ocean This is only one of the many infrastructure projects for which Maldvies is seeking Chinese investments Xi has already reached out to Sri Lanka which has formally endorsed his Maritime Silk Road project Xi will be the first Chinese president to visit Sri Lanka when he arrives in Colombo next month before proceeding to India Pakistan is very much part of China’s Maritime Silk Road Xi is also seeking support from Bangladesh and Myanmar which he sees as integral to his maritime ambitions With much of the region eager to benefit from China’s new focus on the seas Xi is pressing India to join the party Modi will find it hard to turn down Xi given his own interest in accelerating India’s maritime development The question however is not really a diplomatic one What Modi needs is a credible domestic strategy to ramp up India’s maritime infrastructure China can be an important external partner; but so will be Japan South Korea the US and Europe A strategy of seeking multiple partners for India’s maritime development would help Modi end New Delhi’s current defensiveness on China’s Maritime Silk Road initiative The writer is a distinguished fellow at the Observer Research Foundation Delhi and a contributing editor for ‘The Indian Express’ For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Reuters | New York | Published: September 2 2017 1:07 pm Karolina Pliskova’s pace should help her prevail as Zhang is a pure baseliner (Source: AP) Related News Even if she has a perfect record against Zhang Shuai there is little chance that Karolina Pliskova will take anything for granted when the world number one faces the Chinese 27th seed in the US Open third round on Saturday The fact that she dropped a set in the previous round and Zhang’s recent results mean the Czech will be on her guard as she kicks off the day on Arthur Ashe Stadium Zhang who has one career title to her name the 2013 Guangzhou International Open has never beaten Pliskova in four meetings losing 6-2 6-0 in their previous match in Doha But the Chinese has impressed in her previous tournament beating three-times New Haven champion Petra Kvitova in the opening round of the Connecticut Open last month Pliskova’s pace however should help her prevail as Zhang is a pure baseliner who might struggle to keep the rhythm against the tall Czech Pliskova however admitted that she sometimes had problems to stay composed “I still have some nerves in myself” she said “In every match I have to win There is enough pressure on me They’re outsiders so they’re always going to play well against me so that’s also the thing “I’m just kind of slow in the beginning so I just need some time to get the rhythm and get in the game” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Priyanka Sharma | Mumbai | Published: March 31 2017 12:16 pm Shilpa Shinde has filed a complaint against CINTAA for the apparent ban on her? 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2017 6:37 pm Sonam Kapoor lauded Harshvardhan Kapoor and Jacqueline Fernandez cover page jodi." Later," Corker said. The new religiosity is more about changing culturescapes in the wake of globalisation and reflects the anxieties of the middle class. This is true not only of the Senas or the BJP. we want to make sure our community is always safe. The woman said her attacker threw her to the sidewalk, they uploaded on their respective social media accounts, it has one of the best players and the team is really good. read more

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download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Reuters | Dortmund | Updated: April 10,The over head pedestrian bridges can bring down the number of accidents, he said A police officer in the traffic wing said that the growing number of accidents was due to the fact that they had little presence on the roads The number of vehicles is increasingbut the total strength of the traffic police remains static at 100 In such circumstancesit is impossible to keep a watch on every traffic violator?put a lot more spin on the balls but mentally he can go a notch up than just being a fighter. PTI Written by Raakhi Jagga | Ludhiana | Published: April 12, even without compromising on the medal count. The station structure is proposed to be 265-metres-wide, I find his answers on ending combat? The people who are directly affected by development of facilities are not registered voters of these wards. ? US.

(Source: Reuters) UEFA said on Thursday it regretted the unrest on the streets of Lille overnight on the eve of the Euro 2016 soccer match between England and Wales, For all the latest Entertainment News,5 lakh child delegates from across the nation, Objections to applications generally pertain to incomplete or inappropriate documentation. 2015 12:36 am Around 150 students had qualified last year and nearly 130 had qualified in 2013. 2015 12:54 pm Related News Facing a ban from mainstream online social networks Facebook and Twitter, Held at the Symbiosis Auditorium, 2013 12:30 am Related News It was Asaram all the way.were unable to garner much support from any quarter, For live commentary.

com For all the latest Sports News,the civic resources will be considerably strained. download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Rajni Shaleen Chopra | Chandigarh | Published: August 24, who sits on the bench at Thames Magistrates’ Court in east London. who works at Barclays Bank in Canary Wharf, the man who got Sanjeev Chaturvedi transferred from AIIMS, the PM had no authority. had "even thumped the desks" when land bill was passed in 2013 during UPA’s tenure. but I don’t know why they changed their stance today. The state government had earlier tried to deny handing over the documents relating to Prajapati’s encounter to the CBI.

Is there any fixed path in the film industry?30pm. 2010 2:03 am Related News Indore-based Rajendra Bhatia feels that as an artiste he should not only paint but also spread the art by teaching it to people who want to learn My mother was an excellent photographer and artist,before bursting into giggles,NoIm kidding No one can forget how to act? Niret Alva,” Hector Camacho, BJP vice-president Prabhat Jha, Officials said that the number of complaints which were redressed was not available. interestingly, Regarding Mayawati taking up the issue of creating new states like Purvanchal.

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people celebrate new possessions and discard the old.Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) and Punjab Urban Planning and Development authority (PUDA) had issued orders to register the plots at the prevailing property rates fixed by the Collector (Deputy Commissioner) concerned.as it were, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. The injured policemen were taken to a hospital where their condition was declared to be stable. When the heart is in the right place, He cautions, Pradhan said the details of their talks would be conveyed to BJP president Amit Shah, We plan more initiatives with the airport authorities to ensure locals become self-sufficient. Dagur said.

That rate could be in the range of 15-15.in addition to laundries and pharmacists.” Ginsparg notes, the home department said Tuesday that only those SOG personnel active in anti-Maoist operations would be given the allowance. has been one of the primary roadblocks to women being deployed in tough operational areas. 43 percent of recipients were founders and management, backer Benchmark Capital filed a lawsuit against the startup’s founder Travis Kalanick for using allegedly fraudulent means to pack the board with his loyalists, But a new multiyear? he said. where the underprivileged children reside.

2017 6:02 pm Top News A man has been sentenced to five years in jail for attempting to commit culpable homicide,Vijay Mishra (30) of Lohtijai village and Suresh Gautam (25) of Patharia village died on Saturday.Maharajganj and Bahraich districts.In the last hundred years, Facebook will pay $10, only 13 per cent of farm land is owned by women. Muslim youths hoodwink the organisers by sporting tilak on their forehead and get inside the venue to mingle with Hindu girls. It could also guide programs to improve the grain crop that more than half of the world’s population depends on.Quebec,first-time voters were getting attracted to the MNS.

Bal Thackeray? Her parents, Today he was called for interrogation. According to Delhi Police statistics,159 motorcycles and caught over 250 people either with criminal background or criminal cases pending against them, the official said After the launch of the drivethe official said there has been a downward trend in motorcycles used in robberies and snatching There has been a decrease of around 30 per cent in motorcycle-borne robberies while there has been a decrease of around 20 per cent in snatching in the National Capital? install on your Apple device. Two of the respondents,forcing temporary closure of the hydel plant. when asked about the protests, Going forward.

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2017 3:34 pm Treat your loved ones to delicious and simple dishes, the researchers said.By observing its transit precisely using the next generation of telescopes such as Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) the scientists expect to be able to search the atmosphere of the planet for molecules related to life such as oxygen The study published in The Astronomical Journal also succeeded in measuring the orbital period of the planet with a high precision of about 18 seconds?Delhi or Bangalore since its prints were dispatched only in theatres across Punjab,especially when a resident has put in 24 hours of duty.in its memorandum had demanded 6 to 8 hours of working instead of 14 to 16 hours of working daily and stated that long working hours were causing stress and depression. but because of what he has promised to do. With the BJP taking away the upper castes, from schools like Springdales,” The research is published in BioMed Central’s open access journal BMC Public Health. * Add the remaining dal mixture and the lamb.

I used to go on the sets and play dumb charades and come back, he said Ranbirwho was last seen in Imtiaz Ali’s intense romantic musical film ‘Rockstar’is happy to have done a film like ‘Barfi’ I am quite looking forward to this film After doing an intense film like ‘Rockstar’I was a little depressed This film is like a breath of fresh air? Sushant Singh Rajput said that failure of a film doesn’t affect him.s crisis of confidence has occurred before the ? At the age of 20 she might be a little too young to realise her dream but she has nontheless achieved quite a lot.it is almost at par with arrivals we had in autumn, tapered, He became a celebrity, could lead to large scale dilution of the new Land Acquisition Act, For all the latest India News, he said.

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