India’s DMK party chief M. Karunanidhi today said that DMK MPs and members of the pro-Tamil TESO will meet envoys of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group of countries, scheduled to meet in London on April 26, to demand that CHOGM not be held in Sri Lanka.DMK, which has been opposing Sri Lanka as the venue for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) slated for November, said in a statement that its representatives will call on the CMAG members to press their demand, the Press Trust of India reported. The DMK, which walked out of the UPA coalition over the Lankan Tamils issue last month, had in the executive also demanded that India boycott the meeting in case it was held in the island republic.Members of Tamil Eelam Supporters’ Organisation (TESO), a once defunct organisation revived last year by Karunanidhi, include his son M.K. Stalin and Viduthalai Chiruthaaigal Katchi founder-leader and Lok Sabha MP, Thol. Thirumavalavan. The 88-year-old leader recalled that his party executive had adopted a resolution in this regard on March 25. “I insist that the demand not to hold (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka should be discussed in detail and a decision is taken. DMK MPs and TESO members will meet the envoys of member countries of CMAG and explain in detail that the meeting should not be held in Sri Lanka,” Karunanidhi said.
“Kilimanjaro will defend against this action vigorously and look forward to doing so in court.” A spokesman said: “All tickets on Viagogo are authentic. Stuart Galbraith set up fake Viagogo booths at venues and conned our customers into believing that their tickets wouldn’t work. Show more Ed Sheeran’s promoter is being sued by Viagogo, the secondary ticketing website, for allegedly defrauding thousands of fans by confiscating their tickets at concert venues and forcing them to buy new ones.Sheeran has criticised reselling sites and warned before his 2017 tour that tickets bought from “unauthorised” sites such as Viagogo would not be valid.In court papers filed yesterday, Viagogo claim that Stuart Galbraith, founder of music promoters Kilimanjaro Live Ltd, pocketed millions in a “scam”.Kilimanjaro said the claims were “ludicrous”, “laughable” and “totally false”.Viagogo alleges that Mr Galbraith set up customer service booths branded with the Viagogo name, luring fans into declaring that they had bought their tickets via the site, then confiscated the legally-purchased tickets and forced the fans to buy new ones for £80 each. Both Mr Galbraith and an executive from Viagogo are scheduled to appear today [WEDS] before a Commons select committee on reforms to secondary ticketing.In a statement, Kilimanjaro said: “The claims made today by Viagogo are ludicrous, laughable and most importantly totally false. This is a transparent attempt to deflect attention away from their upcoming appearance at the DCMS inquiry and the wide-ranging criticisms, multiple legal prosecutions in many territories (including by the Competitions and Markets Authority in the UK) and condemnation of their business practices. “He confiscated their legitimate tickets and pocketed millions of pounds by forcing fans to buy new ones.There is no suggestion that Ed Sheeran would have been aware of the alleged malpractice, however he has spoken out against secondary ticket websites, saying fans should not have to pay more than face value and touts should not be allowed to profit.“People just need to start taking a stance and within two or three years companies like Viagogo are going to be kaput,” he has said. A statement issued by Viagogo claims Mr Galbraith was “paid twice by each of these customers, fraudulently pocketing millions of pounds in double revenue for the same seat”.It also stated that around 95 per cent of customers “avoided this scam” and gained entry into the venues, and that customers who paid twice have been refunded by Viagogo at its own cost.The company’s press release claims a “comprehensive file of incontrovertible photographic and filmed evidence” will be presented to the court supported by hundreds of witness statements. Stuart Galbraith of promoters Kilimanjaro Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Every morning, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know a little before 9am.1.#DART: Rail passengers face disruption as Dart and Intercity services between Greystones and Bray are closed after a train derailed. Nobody was injured in the late-night derailment, but the line remains closed.2.#GARTH: The refund process for the cancelled Garth Brooks gigs will be announced today. The five gigs were officially cancelled yesterday and promoter Peter Aiken said he was “shellshocked”.3.#RESHUFFLE: Today is likely to be the day for prospective ministers as the cabinet reshuffle is expected to be announced this afternoon.4.#ISRAEL: Israel has upped its offensive against Gaza. Air strikes have left 28 people dead.5.#SYMPHYSIOTOMY: An elderly woman has asked for an early trial date so she can bring a case against the National Maternity Hospital. Noreen Burns, 83, underwent a symphysiotomy in 1959.6.#TRANSPLANT: A Dublin girl has become the first child to benefit from a new kidney transplant technique. 14-year-old Megan Carter underwent the life-saving procedure in London.7.#NIGHT-MAYOR: Dubliners who want a directly-elected mayor will have to wait until 2019 for a public vote on the issue. At the minimum, a plebiscite on the issue is two years away.8.#MORTGAGES: Political figures have reacted to the Finance Committee’s mortgage arrears report, with many hitting out at so-called sustainable solutions.9.#GRAND DESIGN: The Bord Gais Energy Theatre has been put up for sale by receivers Grant Thornton.
When the Kinect first debuted, a bounty was put on its head, offered to the first person who successfully released open-source drivers for Microsoft‘s new gesture-control accessory for the Xbox 360. At the time, Microsoft’s official PR orifice seemed unequivocally censorious of such hacking, but perhaps they misspoke: in a recent radio interview, Microsoft engineers have now claimed they left the USB connection on the Kinnect open by design.“What has happened is someone wrote an open-source driver for PCs that essentially opens the USB connection, which we didn’t protect by design, and reads the inputs from the sensor,” Alex Kipman, director of incubation at Microsoft, said on NPR. “The sensor, again, as I talked earlier, has eyes and ears and that’s a whole bunch of, you know, noise that someone needs to take and turn into signal.”The host then asked Kipman if the USB connection was open by design. Kipman explicitly said that yes, it was.My guess is that this isn’t the truth: earlier Microsoft statements on Kinect hacking indicated that they would use the full powers of the law to go after Kinect hackers. My guess is that common sense ultimately changed their minds. Who cares if hackers are hooking the Kinect open to their computers and not their Xboxes? Microsoft is still selling units, and the incredible hacks that Kinect owners are coming up with is the best kind of viral publicity Microsoft could hope to muster up. No matter what thought process led Microsoft to embrace the open-source and hacking communities, it’s a refreshing change of pace.Read more at NPR
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Tensions mounted in Parliament on Thursday as an investigation into corruption in public life gathered pace and Speaker Vangelis Meimarakis, one of the most high-profile politicians to come under the microscope, said he was considering resigning following his implication in a multi-billion-euro money-laundering network. “I am considering resigning,” Meimarakis told reporters, adding that he was willing to provide copies of the origin of wealth (“pothen esches”) declarations he has submitted to authorities since he was first elected an MP in 1989 in a bid to clear his name. The former defense minister called on Nikos Hatzinikolaou, the publisher of the Real News daily that published the allegations linking Meimarakis and two other ex-ministers to money laundering, to do the same. “I want to know my accuser,” Meimarakis said. The parliamentary speaker is said to have been particularly angered on Thursday by an appearance by fellow conservative MP and former minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos on Hatzinikolaou’s morning radio program. Media reports conveyed what appeared to be a tense exchange between the politicians with varying degrees of lurid detail. Meanwhile the Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) reportedly insisted on not forwarding details about the politicians under investigation for graft to Parliament as it said no incriminating evidence has arisen yet. In a related development, an investigating magistrate probing a massive money-laundering network centered around former socialist Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos gave an extension until October 5 to the latter’s ex-general secretary at the ministry, Yiannis Sbokos, to give his side of the story. Sbokos is being charged with laundering some 80 million euros in kickbacks. Source: Kathimerini
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Tuesday, September 11, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Showers and thunderstorms likely before 1pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 1pm and 3pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 78. South wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.In The Community: The Wilmington 9/11 Memorial Committee is holding a “Dining For A Cause” fundraiser at the Ninety Nine Restaurant (144 Lowell Street) from 4pm to 11pm. 15% of your bill will be donated to the track program if you present the flyer to your server/host. The donation applies to both dine-on AND take-out orders. No coupons, discounts or promotions are accepted during the fundraiser.In The Community: The Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks holds bingo — open to the public — every Tuesday. Doors open at 5pm. Pizza, hot dog and pastries are sold. Free coffee.In The Community: Angels In Motion meets every Tuesday, from 9:30am to 2:30pm, at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue). The club provides a great opportunity for seniors to meet new friends or reacquaint with old ones. A luncheon is served as noon. Free. Handicapped accessible.At Town Hall: The Wilmington Planning Board meets at 7:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.At The Library: Storytime For Threes at 9:30am. Storytime for Fours & Fives at 10:30am. Teen Tech Buddies Info Session at 3:30pm. Art Adventures: Jackson Pollock at 3:45pm. NFL Anthem Protest & Free Speech Discussion Session at 7pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Walking Group at Yentile at 8am. Zumba at 9am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Bocci at 10:30am. Mah Jong at 1pm. Tai Chi at 1pm. Gentle Yoga at 2:30pm. [Learn more HERE.](NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing email@example.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For July 6, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For July 26, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 2, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”
Security forces in Jammu and Kashmir carry out overnight raids, Centre sends additional troops.Reuters [Representational Image]When there is only one bullet in the chamber, you don’t want to expend it needlessly, you want to ensure that you claim a victim with it. Indian deep state has been behind the eight ball for a long time in quelling terror, but 26/11 metamorphosed it and since then it has strong-armed the terror modules in a stone cold manner, enjoying win after win as documented by the earlier three parts of this series. Barring Kashmir Valley, where it continues to grapple with local and proxy fidayeen and mujhaidheen, it has pretty much bottled up the terror genie in the rest of the country and impressively enough made gains across the immediate neighbourhood.Intelligence bloodhounds have busted linkages between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Pakistan and southern India and Pakistan and Bangladesh. All the zealots have been buried in time capsules, hopefully never to return. The challenge, however, remains because the danger is clear and present.Attempts at mainstreaming Kashmiri militancy and thought process to the national consciousness have been made sporadically and sometimes successfully, but agencies have been alive to them. The one thing that Indian deep state is fully aware of is that Pakistan will remain Janus faced and duplicitous and never ever to be trusted.So while they display a sense of victimhood over domestic terror, the reality the world has come to realise that this narrative is a chimera. As a haven for alleged non-state actors fully backed by the military-ISI-jihadi establishment, Pakistan simply is a toxic and rogue state. Elements nurtured and supported by the ISI C Wing-jihad complex now have a free run within and outside Pakistan.In many ways the Frankenstein that they created has come back to haunt them like Banquo’s ghost did to Macbeth in the Bard’s much acclaimed theatrical gargantuan. By creating Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) and Tehrik e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and unleashing them to foment terror in FATA since 2007, what started out was as a B Team for the Afghan Taliban has pushed pure political Islam theology and ideology across Pakistan.The LeJ has claimed responsibility for various mass-casualty attacks against the Shias in Pakistan, including multiple bombings that killed over 200 Hazara Shias in Quetta in 2013. It has also been linked to the Mominpura graveyard attack in 1998, the dramatic abduction and slaying of Daniel Pearl in 2002, and the spectacular attack on the Sri Lanka cricket team in Lahore in 2009 using the now signature buddy-pairs attack teams.Playing victim, Pakistan’s polity has portrayed the LeJ as one of the country’s most virulent terror outfits. Tehrik-i-Taliban, alternatively referred to as the Taliban, is a radical extremist armed group which is an umbrella organisation of various militant groups based on Afghan side of the Durand line. Most Taliban groups in Pakistan coalesce under the TTP.In December 2007 about 13 groups united under the leadership of Baitullah Mehsud to form the Tehrik-i-Taliban. Among the Tehrik-i-Taliban’s stated objectives are resistance against the Pakistani state. The TTP aim is overthrow government of Pakistan by waging a terrorist campaign against the Pakistan armed forces and the state. The TTP depends on tribal belt along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border to draw its recruits. The TTP drew ideological guidance from Al Qaeeda.’Foreign Affairs’ explained the phenomenon: The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) – South Waziristan and North Waziristan — a 10,500-square-mile strip of land wedged between Afghanistan and the Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is governed not by Pakistani law but a century-old set of regulations that leave the enforcement of law and order to locals…What has enabled Pakhtunwali to flourish is a 1901 law called the Frontiers Crimes Regulations (FCR) that governs FATA. Its original title, when enacted by British colonial officers, was the “Frontier Murderous Outrages Regulations.”It is the equivalent of the lawless Wild West or western UP’s badlands and during Raeel Sharif’s time as Pakistan Army Chief, a brutal push-back was planned with Operation Khyber 1 and 2 to neutralise the menace of Pakistani Islamists. In July 2015, ‘Dawn’ reported: The military has successfully brought to a close a massive offensive in Khyber tribal region, effectively flushing out militants and blocking their crossing points on borders with Afghanistan.But, the officials said questions remained whether the military gains in the plains of Bara and upper reaches of Tirah valley could be sustained over a long period in the absence of administrative and auxiliary support systems. The military formally brought Operation Khyber-2 (after Khyber 1) to a close on June 15, 2015, significantly enough, on the first anniversary of Operation Zarb-i-Azb in North Waziristan.Four days later, Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif visited the troops in Tirah to take stock of the military offensive and the gains made in the nearly three-and-a-half month long operation. Knowledgeable sources told ‘Dawn’ that the military had gained control of strategically important areas, depriving Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan and Lashkar-i-Islam of space in one of their toughest strongholds in the tribal regions. An Indian Army soldier keeps vigil on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.Reuters [Representational Image]The military, the sources said, had also taken physical control of the three passes from Afghanistan into Tirah – Mzatal, Kandao Gharibi and Dramudrad situated at 7,300 to 9,300 feet altitude above the sea level. Two of the passes have been physically taken over by the military, while the third is under direct fire power, thus putting an end to any movement through that pass.But the success did not come easily. The military lost more than 50 men, including officers, in the second phase of Operation Khyber, while another 100 or so were wounded. While the Pakistan Army has been raining hell on the TTK and LeJ to rein them with successive operations, it is impossible to have a cogent counter-insurgency doctrine in a nation where jihad has become a way of life.India has to remain vigilant at all times. Zarb-e-Azb was followed by Operation Radd-ul-Fassad which began in February 2017, following a resurgence in terrorist incidents. The operation entailed the conduct of Broad Spectrum Security (Counter Terrorism) operations by Rangers in Punjab, continuation of ongoing operations across the country and focus on more effective border security management.Countrywide disarmament and explosive control were also given as additional objectives of the operation. The National Action Plan was pursued as the hallmark of this operation. Further, given the nature of the beast unleashed against India and the brutalised psyche of Pakistan which wants revenge for the vivisection of Pakistan in 1971, the Kashmir pot will continue to be stirred. India cannot sit on its haunches, it has to be watchful at all times.Indian deep state is now priding itself for its human intelligence across the country and immediate neighbourhood. In fact such is its efficacy that in 2014, a group of Sikh extremists who were undergoing training in Thailand under the aegis of LeT at a Rohingyas camp were shut down by a Thai counter-terrorism team with inputs from New Delhi.Close cooperation and information sharing with several countries is resulting in these wins. The swoopdown by the Thais at the Rohingya camp led to arrest of Jagtar Singh Tara and Harminder Singh Mintoo. Last year, Tara, who is undergoing life imprisonment till death for the assassination of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh, expressed threat for his life in Burail jail, Chandigarh. Tara said this while expressing doubt over the death of Khalistan Liberation Force chief Harminder Singh Mintoo who died of cardiac arrest in Patiala Central Jail. Three others had been sent back by the Thais, including Bathinda resident Ramandeep Singh, alias Sunny, who was arrested in November 2014 with a handmade bomb and explosives. Members of the security forces patrol a street littered with rocks thrown by protestors in Srinagar as the city remains under curfew following weeks of violence in Kashmir, August 19, 2016. [Representational Image]REUTERS/Cathal McNaughtonRamandeep was allegedly provided training by Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence in Bangkok and Malaysia as he was in touch with Tara who was absconding at that time and was arrested later. Authorities in Thailand arrested Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) militant, Gurmeet Singh alias Jagtar Singh Tara, convicted for his involvement in the 1995 assassination of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh.Tara, who escaped from Chandigarh’s Burail Jail, entered Thailand in October 2014 and was arrested in the eastern province of Chonburi at a Rohingya camp. The tip-off came from Punjab intelligence which reported ISI-trained Khalistani terrorists in Thailand (2014) were planning to launch strikes in India.One of the things that PM Modi doesn’t get adequate credit for the Indian diplomatic encirclement of Pakistan by cutting off the intellectual and monetary feed stock from Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and even Qatar.The PM in conjunction with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and the Ministry of External Affairs has systematically suffocated Pakistan by cutting the umbilical cord from its erstwhile theological supporters and purveyors of Wahhabi Salafisim. The inputs are coming from these areas because the Crown Princes Mohd bin Salman, Mohd bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Mohd bin Rashid Al Maktoum enjoy an excellent relationship and rapport with PM Modi.(To be continued)
.A Chattogram court on Tuesday convicted five people and sentenced them to death for killing an US expatriate Nurul Alam in 2011, reports UNB.The condemned convicts are -Mafizur Rahman, Jewel Barua, Babul Barua, Sanjay Banik and Md Monir.Of them, Jewel was present on the dock while the others remained fugitive after securing bail from the court in the case, said public prosecutor Taslim Uddin.According to the prosecution, Nurul Alam, 56, an US expatriate was hacked to death by his rivals over previous enmity at his residence in city’s Oxygen area on 30 May 2011.Police recovered the body on the same day and arrested five people in connection with the incident in different times.After examining records and witnesses, Chittagong 5th additional metropolitan sessions judge Jannatul Ferdous handed down the verdict.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina. File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday called upon all not to exert additional pressure on the children for studying instead of giving them education with joy, reports BSS.“Additional pressure shouldn’t be put on tender-hearted children for studying. It should be taken care by all that the children can get education amid cheerfulness and play without having any fear,” she said while inaugurating the National Primary Education Week, 2019 at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital.She requested all the guardians and teachers for not indiscriminately asking the children for ‘study’ as they can lose their interest in learning and getting frightened of it, saying, “All should help the children to flourish their natural talents.”“In many countries children are sent to schools at the age of seven, but in Bangladesh children are being sent at their tender ages. So, the guardians and teachers should be more careful about giving additional pressure on them,” she said.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina hands over an award of ‘Primary Education Padak’ to a student at a programme at the inauguration of the National Primary Education Week-2019 at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka on Wednesday. Photo: PIDSpeaking about her referral of a child to a school for admission, she said that the school authorities gave the child a printed question paper to answer. The prime minister posed a question saying, if the child could answer the question why the kid should go to the school?The premier asked all concerned to cancel the procedure of giving printed question papers to class one students and suggested making area-wise proper arrangement for admission of children.Hasina also asked the guardians to refrain themselves from getting involved in unhealthy competition about their children’s future and said in many cases it has been witnessed that there is no competition among the children but it exists among the guardians.State minister for primary and mass education agffairs Md Zakir Hossain presided over the function while its secretary Md. Akram-Al-Hossain gave the welcome address.Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on the ministry and former minister Mostafizur Rahman also spoke on the occasion.A video presentation on progress and success regarding primary education in the country was also screened at the function.The prime minister also distributed medals and certificates among the recipients of ‘Primary Education Padak ‘, in 19 categories and students of primary schools for securing first, second and third position in the cultural and sports competitions in 15 categories.
Listen Share 00:00 /14:55 Scientists have long had problems studying fertilized human embryos outside of the body. One of those problems is the 14-day rule.The rule prohibits embryos from being studied outside of the human body past 14 days. At that point, they’re either frozen or — if implanted in a woman via in vitro fertilization (IVF) — they can embed themselves in the lining of her uterus, resulting in a pregnancy. At that point, embryos become even harder to observe.The 14-day rule is codified into law in the United Kingdom and eleven other countries while, in the United States, it’s a widely observed ethical guideline.Another problem scientists face in studying human embryos is the challenge of keeping them alive outside the body. Previously, the longest it had been done was nine days. But, in 2016, scientists in the U.K. kept embryos alive for 13 days, putting their work right on the cusp of the 14-day rule.Because of those factors, among others, there’s a lot that scientists still don’t know about the earliest days of human development. However, with recent advances, is it time to reconsider the 14-day rule?Scientists, scholars, and ethicists will discuss that question at an event May 23 at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. It’s called Drawing the Line: Ethical, Policy and Scientific Perspectives on U.S. Embryo Research. In the audio above, Houston Matters host Craig Cohen talks with the event’s organizer, Dr. Kirstin Matthews, and researcher Dr. Aryeh Warmflash about what sort of impact embryonic research has had to date, what possibilities might exist in the future, and why the guideline exists. Pixabay X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
E3 2012 has come to a close (and been completely drowned out by the fervor of an Apple event), and now it’s time to take a look back at what this year’s show had to offer. There were a number of sequels announced for major franchises like Halo, God of War, and Splinter Cell, but today let’s talk about the things everyone seems to be talking about — the games that really stood out, did something unique, or caught everyone off guard.Warning: Some trailers are not safe for work.The Last of UsDeveloper Naughty Dog showed extended gameplay of their post-apocalyptic The Last of Us during Sony’s keynote, and although the Uncharted pedigree is evident, the tone is shockingly different. Frustrated by trying to create sympathetic characters who also gun down other humans in level after level, Naughty Dog has created a desperate setting where violence is more contextually sound, and characters actually acknowledge it when it happens — the game’s AI companion, Ellie, is stunned when two enemies are hit by a molotov cocktail, and the final gunshot comes as a man begs for his life.The added emotional weight makes The Last of Us feel particularly brutal, even among players who are entirely familiar with video game violence. I’m curious whether the final game will have non-violent options, like sneaking around other scavengers or showing mercy to a disarmed foe. Presented with the subject of violence in an impactful way, will players have the option to turn away from it?Beyond: Two SoulsQuantic Dream made a big impression with Heavy Rain, their highly cinematic and emotionally gripping adventure title, and left gamers wondering what was next for the company’s brand of interactive storytelling. Beyond: Two Souls is a coming of age story about Jodie Holmes, played by actress Ellen Page, who is connected to a powerful, invisible spirit. Players will follow Jodie through 15 years of her life, at times taking control of the spirit to move objects around and possess enemies.Quantic Dream’s David Cage promised that Beyond would include more action and more direct control over characters than its quick-time -event-laden predecessors, and if he can deliver on that while still telling an intriguing story it will be something special.Zombie UNintendo had a lot to say about the merits of their Wii U controller and its integrated touchscreen, but the trailer for Ubisoft’s survival-horror FPS Zombie U was what really showed off the “second screen” potential. The game uses the smaller display for a wide variety of purposes, but perhaps the most intriguing one comes toward the end, when the player desperately types out PIN pad combinations on the controller itself. Using motion control to work machines made for some of the most immersive moments on the Wii (Metroid Prime 3 and Zach and Wiki are both good examples), so it’s good to see the Wii U following suit.Ubisoft has also announced an interesting, if somewhat hardcore feature: when you die, that character becomes a zombie and you respawn as someone new — if you want your equipment back, you’ve got to hunt down your former self.Star Wars 1313It would be easy to write off Star Wars 1313 as merely Uncharted set in the Star Wars universe. But then again, another way to phrase that is: “IT’S UNCHARTED SET IN THE STAR WARS UNIVERSE!”Also intriguing is that, unlike the vast majority of Star Wars games, 1313 doesn’t put players in the role of a Jedi, but instead casts them as a bounty hunter in the criminal underworld of Coruscant (At least, that’s what the developers are saying currently — chances that you’ll swing a lightsaber by the end are probably 50/50.) After so many Star Wars games over the years, it’s nice to see a fresh, more focused take on the universe.Watch DogsThe trailer for Ubisoft Montreal’s Watch Dogs is eye-catching on its visuals alone, its main character’s trench coat flapping realistically against an incredibly detailed Chicago backdrop. But it was the title’s hacking elements, where electronic systems and the “digital shadows” cast by individuals can be exploited to reach your goals, that made it one of the most talked about titles of E3.In the trailer, Watch Dogs shines when it fully capitalizes on the hacker theme, but starts to feel like just another Grand Theft Auto clone when it falls back on old habits. If the developers can wring enough out of their intriguing setup, and keep it from devolving into something more routine, they might have something special on their hands.SimCityHow do you refresh a game as old as SimCity? Maxis has definitely given the visual style a fresh coat of paint, with detailed model-like buildings and curving roads. But the stand-out feature announced at E3 was a new take on multiplayer virtual mayoring.When you create a new city, you’ll have the option to connect it to others, either by making it public or inviting friends. Connected cities are all part of the same region, and interact in a number of ways. Industrial-focused cities might help out the economy of those around it, for instance, but also cause pollution problems for other players. The various cities in a region can also work together to build large scale projects (an international airport, for instance) that benefit everyone.The developers have also created a new tool to provide players with useful data about what’s going on. Clearly, Maxis has learned lessons from the multiplayer building in games like Minecraft, and it might be just the spark SimCity needs.Anything we missed? Any games you are super excited about that were on display at E3 2012?
His close companions parted ways with him. There were whispers round the corner about him losing his creative freedom on having joined politics. But this man imperturbably continued to explore rich artistic domains by delving deep into intricacies of human philosophy to come up with new narratives in the world of theatre in Bengal. Bratya Basu, in his rising theatrical trajectory, silenced his critics with his first ever political satire, ‘Akdin Aladin’, a comedy with magic-realism in the play. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAkdin Aladin, with a dollop of Bratya’s signature, is a play which is a satire on the politico-cultural environment using West Bengal as the backdrop. The narrative revolves around a rising politician, Madhab, almost sure of getting ticket to fight an election for his party. Madhab aspires to be the Prime Minister of the country and is even willing to take up corrupt means to attain his objective. He communicates with his old friend, Satya who died in an accident in his childhood, in his dreams. Satya, ‘truth’ acts as Madhab’s conscience and appears to counter his dishonest acts. Madhab, before taking a big leap in his political career, wishes to know people’s mind. Satya, then presents Madhab with a magic lamp of Aladin, only for a day. The lamp, when flashed in front of an individual, makes him speak out the uncensored version of his thoughts. But, the magic lamp creates havoc when Madhab gets to see the original, uncut version of people’s mind. Bratya thus brings surrealism in his play that unmasks the fraud and deception prevailing in individual minds which are responsible for corrupting social behaviour. As the play progresses it explores the minds of young people which have drifted away from innocence to rather cheap consumerism of present times. The play lays bare the manifold increase in agenda-based relationships and degrading moral values and ethics which are crippling young minds and leading them to confusion and uncertainty. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn the second half of the play, on the contrary, the protagonist plunges into despair when the realization pins him down to the ground. The harsh reality transforms the ‘shady’ and power hungry Madhab into an extremely tormented soul on having observed the naked truth of the unethical, immoral world of power hungry people. A sense of heaviness laced with a feeling of defeat overshadows the narrative when in a subtle mood of enticement Satya allures Madhab to join his world. One has to see the play till the end to know whether ‘Satya’, the truth comes out as a winner. Paikpara Indraranga, the gritty theatre group, led by Indrajit Chakraborty produces their fifth play, Akdin Aladin after the widespread success of Awdya Shesh Rajani. The protagonist Kanchan Mallick exhibits a class of acting which is exemplary. His professionalism proves his deep rooted commitment and association with theatre and his matured understanding about it. Hence, Kanchan, as expected, does well in his directorial debut too. Hallucination created in a scene involving Satya goes well with the pace of the play. Taranga Sarkar, Indrajit Chakraborty, Sumana Mukhopadhya in the roles of supporting actors need special mention. The background score, ‘Guru dao dao’, written by the playwright and sung by Shilajit is apt to the tune of the play. Credit goes to Sudip Sanyal for his artistry in designing light. After all, Akdin Aladin is a well tailored play for those who do not feel ashamed to take a dig at our own value system and ethos that have changed our society.
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THEO PANAYIDES meets a pop singer who after 25 years in the business concentrates on what makes her happyWe start with a bit of a stumble. Our Russian readers know who you are, I remind Valeriya, sitting on the terrace by the pool at the Nicosia Hilton, but others may be unfamiliar with your career; could you name a pop star who might be your equivalent in the West? The big blue eyes show the faintest glimmer of displeasure. “That’s what I – don’t like most,” she replies in fluent but sometimes hesitant English, “to compare myself to anybody else”. The face is calm and mostly unlined, the same face you’ll see on YouTube if you search for her very first album, 1992’s The Taiga Symphony. Iosif Prigozhin, her third husband, sits at the next table, gazing at the pool and taking phone calls.I’m afraid we’ve started off on the wrong foot; I’m also worried that she might turn out to be a diva – which of course would be understandable in an artist who’s sold well in excess of 100 million albums in her native country. As it happens, I’m wrong on both counts. Yes, Valeriya is here to sing before President Anastasiades and other VIPs at the Cyprus-Russia Gala (organised by Ensemble Productions) and yes, she’s so famous in Russia that her life has been the subject of a TV mini-series – but she’s also very easy to talk to, with an air of practised but disarming friendliness. Even in Moscow she’s always “reachable”, as she puts it, happy to field requests and lend her presence to events. She even, eventually, agrees to name names, citing a Western superstar who might be her equivalent – or rather, one who definitely isn’t her equivalent:“When we released my English album 10 years ago, Out of Control, Western journalists compared me with Madonna. I don’t think that’s a right comparison, because we have nothing in common. Nothing at all.”Maybe just longevity? After all, she’s been a star for 25 years now.“Maybe. But it’s a wrong comparison anyway. We are different in every single way.”You can see why she feels so strongly – because Valeriya’s persona is clean-cut and sunny, totally unlike the taboo-busting, confrontational style of the former Material Girl. She doesn’t drink or smoke. Her only jewellery is a small gold cross around her neck. Her fans include President Putin, and she’s returned the compliment by, for instance, signing an open letter supporting the annexation of Crimea, which got her in trouble with Western activists. (Three years ago, protesters launched an unsuccessful petition calling on Downing Street to bar her from entering Britain for a gala performance at the Royal Albert Hall.) At one point I lament that Russian pop music is virtually unknown in the rest of Europe, noting that the only Russian singers many in Cyprus will have heard of – for non-musical reasons – are the punk band Pussy Riot, and Valeriya mouths “My God!”, shaking her head in disgust. “They are nobody,” she says of the feminist provocateurs. “Just – bad girls from the street.”What’s Russia’s place in the world, in her opinion? Would she say it’s a misunderstood country?“What I often see on TV, when I’m in Europe – I see a lot of twisted information,” she replies carefully. “I know how it is from the inside, and sometimes I’m so furious, as if [to say] ‘Oh my God, it’s not true!’. Of course it’s a powerful country,” she adds. “But we’re not aggressive. We’re not aggressive at all. And if you look back to the history of Russia, we’re not. We’re just defenders.”She pauses, unhappy with the way this is going. “I hate this subject,” she admits. “I don’t like to talk about politics. What I know is that people all around the world, they want the same thing. They want to be happy. They want to raise their children. They want to live in love and peace. And all the rest is – Game of Thrones!”.I see her point, forever being asked about Game of Thrones-ish political matters when all she’s ever wanted, or cared about, is music and motherhood. She was 22 when the Soviet Union collapsed (she’s now 49), studying at the Gnesin Academy of Music; that was a momentous time, I point out – but Valeriya just shrugs. “When you’re young, you don’t think much about it,” she replies. “I didn’t care.” She laughs merrily, indeed she laughs a lot throughout our interview. She seems open, outgoing, outdoorsy. Her passions include fitness, travel and above all hiking; she and Iosif have a home on Lake Geneva and she loves to go on 20- or 30-kilometre hikes (often with her older son Artemy, who lives nearby in Montreux), trudging across the Swiss mountains. Does she consciously try to be clean-cut? “No, no, I’m just – as I am,” she replies. “The dirt doesn’t stick to me, somehow.”So she’s never been involved in scandals, like most celebrities?“There were scandals. I had a divorce which wasn’t pleasant at all, so [there were] a lot of rumours around and all this stuff.”That’s a whole other part of her life – and in fact, if one wanted to do a timeline, one might say there have been four stages in Valeriya’s life so far. The first is her childhood and youth in the town of Atkarsk, where she was born to a family of classical musicians. The third is her marriage to Iosif, culminating in their bold attempt to crack the Western market in 2008 – a year when she put out an album, performed with Mick Hucknall of Simply Red as a special guest on his UK tour, and was the subject of a long, admiring article in The Independent (‘Valeriya: Russia’s greatest export (after gas and oil)’ reads the headline), among other attempts to raise her profile. The fourth stage is now, still happily married but more sedate, less ambitious, happy to bask in her years of celebrity.That leaves the second stage, and her marriage to one Alexander Shulgin – a slightly older musician who was instrumental in her rise to the top, though she balks at the idea that he discovered her. “We found each other,” she makes clear. “I was his only project at the time. Without me, he stopped doing anything in this field”. It was Shulgin, presumably, who clinched the deal to do an English-language album (the aforementioned Taiga Symphony) with Western partners – which also, incidentally, led to Alla Yurievna Perfilova adopting the stage name ‘Valeriya’, as the Western partners worried that her first name sounded too much like ‘Allah’. “I didn’t wake up famous overnight,” she insists – yet it didn’t take long. 1992 was the first year when the newly-minted star was stopped in the street by fans asking to take pictures, “and that’s when I realised that I” – she laughs – “I am watched. All the time”. She hasn’t walked down a Russian street since, except with bodyguards.Valeriya and Shulgin fell in love, got married and had three children – but her husband was increasingly abusive, both to her and the kids. The violence was physical as well as psychological; he hit her “regularly, every week” for years, says Valeriya.Why did she put up with it?“If you cannot escape, nobody can help you,” she replies. “I was just waiting for the right time to escape.”Going to the cops would’ve been pointless; the 90s were “a criminal period in Russia”, a time when – as the saying has it – “The one who has money is right”. Valeriya wasn’t just abused in the marriage, she was also powerless. Despite her success, she had no money, no credit cards, no papers, not even a passport; everything was kept locked away by her controlling husband. She herself was little more than a puppet, her job being to sing and go onstage – though it’s also true that going onstage was her salvation. “My work – the stage – music and children kept me alive. The only place where my husband could not come was the stage. It was my world. It was my area.”Even after she finally walked out in 2001, the divorce didn’t leave her with much; Shulgin had made her sign a pre-nuptial agreement, placing all the property in his name. “I started my life from scratch, from the beginning,” recalls Valeriya, looking back to the end of that painful second stage in her life (it was also the subject of her autobiography, which became the TV mini-series); still, “I was so happy because I got rid of him, I got my freedom – so happy that I didn’t care about money, about property. I knew that I am a hard worker, I had my energy, I still had my audience when I came back” – she’d retired for a year, going back to her hometown to avoid the media – “I had my children, the [most] precious thing in the world. So I didn’t care at all. He should thank me for the rest of his life.”Things are different these days, even in Russia; women have more rights – but it’s not just a question of rights, it’s a question of feelings. She and Shulgin had a complex relationship, both very close and very toxic; this abusive monster was also the father of her children, and her partner on the path to superstardom. She wrote a song about it later, with the rather surprising title ‘It Was Love’. “Yeah, it was love. It was love,” she admits when I quiz her on the title. “It was love, but not anymore.” Valeriya sighs philosophically. “I was not prepared, I was not ready for this kind of thing. I tried to change him, I tried to correct his behaviour. I tried a lot… We were happy in the beginning. And I fell in love, he was in love with me also. But he couldn’t help his personality. He’s very – aggressive by nature, and he couldn’t control himself.”And how would she describe her own personality?“Peacemaker,” she replies at once, and laughs. “Because I have three children, we have six between us, and I want to feel peace in the family.”And when she’s onstage? Does she become a different person?“Still peacemaker,” she replies, shaking her head. “I want to bring light, I want to bring sun, I want to bring hope to people. I think that’s why people come to my concerts, just to charge their batteries and fill themselves with positive energy.” One fan admitted as much after one concert: “Thanks God, now I refilled my batteries,” gushed this grateful fan, “and I will survive until the next one!”.I don’t think it’s an act, this sunny persona. Or rather, it’s partly an act – you don’t spend 25 years in the limelight without being conscious of what you say to journalists – but Valeriya does seem genuinely inclined to think, whenever possible, of happy things. Nature, for instance, as experienced on those long mountain hikes. Her children, whom she absolutely adores (her voice wavers slightly when she calls them “the most precious thing in the world”), relating their accomplishments with the glee of every proud parent. Her music, which is bubbly pop for the most part (maybe she should go a bit darker if she wants international success, I suggest, and she laughs: “I don’t want to be darker!”). Her millions of fans who often name their daughters Valeriya after her, and with whom she interacts on social media, especially Instagram. ‘Do you write it yourself, or do you get your manager to do it?’ I ask, and she looks a bit shocked. “People know it: my style, my reactions, my sense of humour. They recognise me. I cannot – how to say? They can tell that it’s me.”The current fourth stage of her life is the most placid. She turns 50 in April, a milestone even Madonna found challenging – though she clearly doesn’t feel her age, staying super-fit with daily yoga and Power Plate. The attempt to break out beyond Russia didn’t really work in 2008, which was partly a question of timing; that was the tail-end of the CD era, before it all went digital – a bad time to launch a new album, even with big-name support from the likes of Hucknall and Robin Gibb of The Bee Gees. Had she moved to London it might’ve been easier, but she insisted on staying in Russia (“I couldn’t ruin my children’s life”), sometimes cramming 20 interviews in one day then catching the plane back to Moscow. You almost wonder if she really wanted that kind of success, or just liked the thought of it.Does she still dream of going global? “Honestly, not really,” she sighs. “Not really. Because life is so interesting – the world is so interesting, there are so many things around us, not only music. 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