The deal is Evolve’s third in the last five months. It also picked up pet enthusiast network Dogtime Media and lesbian/bi pop culture site, AfterEllen.com. “The beauty publishing category is extremely scarce in terms of sites that provide both scale and premium content,” says Aaron Broder, CEO and Co-Founder of Evolve Media. “The acquisition also provides us with a wonderful complement to our award-winning fashion site, theFashionSpot.com.” But the Total Beauty acquisition is Evolve’s largest acquisition to date, adding another 3.5 million monthly visitors to its women and family group TotallyHer. Evolve Media has continued its recent acquisition streak, buying the Total Beauty Group and adding beauty trends and service sites TotalBeauty.com and BeautyRiot.com to its portfolio of digital lifestyle brands.
Share your voice 2019 movies to geek out over Oscars 2019: How to write the perfect best picture speech… TV and Movies Now playing: Watch this: And may stop us from staying on the sofa with Netflix, too.Which brings us to Netflix’s Roma. Now available to stream to your TV or laptop or phone, Alfonso Cuaron’s spellbinding drama is a cinematic triumph and richly deserves its best picture consideration. Although… comparing Roma to Black Panther shows the strangeness of artistic awards — how do you weigh up two such different films? Regardless, a win for Netflix’s Roma could also be seen as the start of a new era, as the highest bastion of the movie industry acknowledges a changing industry.Whichever film wins, Tuesday’s nominations signal some timely changes for movies. It remains to be seen who the winners are — not just on Feb. 24 but in the future of features.First published, Jan. 22.Update, Jan. 27 at 10:06 p.m. PT: Adds SAG Award win.Update, Feb. 21 at 10:55 a.m. PT: Adds additional awards the movie has won. How Marvel made ‘Black Panther’ look so amazing Tags Now playing: Watch this: 44 4:15 Comments 9:15 Genre flicks can win these headline awards. The Oscars are often associated with worthy dramas like Spotlight or 12 Years a Slave, but nominees like Avatar and Gravity and last year’s best picture The Shape of Water show sci-fi and fantasy aren’t necessarily an outside bet. Meanwhile box office success didn’t rule out best picture winners like Titanic and Braveheart. What’s more, Black Panther, for all its adrenaline-fuelled action and CG effects, is more than a superpowered beat-’em-up. Like BlacKkKlansman and Green Book, it tackles timely and relevant questions of race and prejudice. Where those other films examine the subject through a historical lens, Black Panther looks at the here and now. The scene in which African artifacts are reclaimed from a British museum gives a succinct take on the bearing of colonial history on the present. And the whole Afrofuturist premise of Wakanda’s highly advanced nation gives a glimpse at a possible future for the people scarred by that history.On top of that, Black Panther is written, directed and largely created by black filmmakers. In a year the movie industry has had to take a long hard look at itself, the story of who’s behind the camera is as important as the story unfolding on screen.So if Academy voters want timely subtext and positive representation as well as a thrilling story and cinematic verve, it’s all there between the punches and one-liners.Enlarge ImageBlack Panther has taken over a billion dollars at the box office. Marvel Films Of course, Black Panther doesn’t have to win an Oscar. Director Ryan Coogler and the folks at Marvel are probably pretty happy with the billion dollars Black Panther raked in at the box office, the rapturous reception from audiences and the near-universal critical acclaim. And those who’ve been thrilled and empowered by the film don’t need a stamp of approval from the Academy. An Oscar, at this point, would be merely the icing on the cake.Besides, awards may actually be the last bastion against Disney and Marvel’s total cultural domination. As much as we love superheroes and blockbuster shared universes, they’re increasingly crowding out anything that isn’t a remake or sequel from the big screen. So you could argue smaller and riskier original feature films need the boost awards buzz gives them. If the BAFTAs and the Golden Globes and the Oscars remind jaded viewers that the big screen is made for more than superheroes, it might motivate us to try a wider variety of movies. 77 Photos Oscar nominations: Black Panther up for Best Picture, 6 other awards Predictions: Best picture, best director, best actor, best actress No one cares about your Oscars speech, you just need to go viral How to watch the 2019 Oscar-nominated movies Black Panther Marvel Oscars 2019 Disney And the nominees are… Black Panther is the first superhero movie to be nominated for the Oscar for best picture. It’s already a cultural phenomenon, a critical success, a billion-dollar box office sensation. At the 91st Academy Awards on Sunday, will it also usher in a new era of recognition for effects-driven superhero blockbusters? Marvel’s smash hit, released last February, is up against BlacKkKlansman, The Favourite, Green Book, Vice, Bohemian Rhapsody, Roma and A Star is Born for the best picture of 2018. Check out the full list of nominees here.So what are Black Panther’s chances?Enlarge ImageBlack Panther faces off against Green Book, Roma and more in the Oscars battle. Marvel Black Panther has already bagged a bunch of gongs. Among a swath of award nominations, it’s scooped the best-film award from the African-American Film Critics Association, the Black Reel Awards, BET and MTV. The film’s music, visual effects and actors have also been rewarded with a BAFTA, two Grammys and several other wins. In January, it scooped up the Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding performance by a cast, and the SAG Awards often prove to be a leading Oscar indicator.Effects-driven blockbusters do win Oscars, of course. They just tend to be confined to the technical Oscars, for visual effects and sound design and so on. This year, Black Panther joins Avengers: Infinity War, First Man, Ready Player One and Solo: A Star Wars Story on the shortlist for best visual effects. Panther is also up for production design, costume design, sound editing, sound mixing, music, and best song.Without taking away from the achievements of the movie magicians rewarded for their skill and creativity in individual areas, best picture and best director remain the pinnacle of the awards season. And Black Panther deserves to challenge for the big awards. And the winner is…
Myanmar said Thursday that a request at the International Criminal Court to probe the mass deportation of Rohingya Muslims from the country was “meritless” and should be rejected.Some 700,000 Rohingya were violently expelled from their homes in Myanmar’s Rakhine state in a military crackdown that started almost a year ago after insurgents attacked border guard posts.The stateless minority fled to Bangladesh where they recounted widespread rape, murder and the burning of villages at the hands of security forces in operations the US and UN have called ethnic cleansing.Myanmar has vigorously denied that it orchestrated the campaign and said it was defending itself, but international pressure for accountability has mounted.In April the chief prosecutor at the ICC Fatou Bensouda took the unprecedented step of asking judges to consider whether the court could extend its jurisdiction to Myanmar, which is not a member state.A pre-trial chamber asked Myanmar to submit a formal response to the request by July 27, even though the Southeast Asian country has long maintained that it is not a party to the treaty that governs the court.The deadline passed but Myanmar went into more detail Thursday about why it did not respond formally, reiterating its previous position and claiming that the prosecutor relied on one-sided and biased sources.It also said it was unable to view submissions from Bangladesh and that the ICC had accepted briefs of “mostly charged narratives of harrowing personal tragedies calculated to place emotional pressure on the court”.Myanmar concluded that the request for a ruling on jurisdiction is “meritless and should be dismissed”.The statement said Myanmar had also established its own independent commission of inquiry though critics counter that the move falls into a pattern of creating investigative bodies that have no impact on addressing abuses.Bangladesh is a member of the Rome Statute underpinning the ICC and the prosecutor has argued that deportation is akin to a cross-border shooting.No decision has been made on the request but the legal thorniness surrounding it and the fact that a referral to the ICC at the Security Council could face pushback from China and Russia have raised doubts about whether it will proceed.Rights groups have said senior members of Myanmar’s security forces including commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing should be investigated, but so far the country has faced little real censure on the international stage except for targeted sanctions against a handful of military officials.Myanmar and Bangladesh signed a repatriation agreement but the deal has stalled amid fears from Rohingya refugees that they won’t be guaranteed safety and full rights.The Rohingya were stripped of their citizenship decades ago and cast as outsiders in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, with little freedom of movement or access to healthcare.
Photo: Courtesy of Texas CentralPart of the high-speed rail line connecting Houston and Dallas would be built along Hempstead Road and, Texas Central, the company in charge of the project estimates it could create 1,000 permanent jobs.Paul Marrack owns about three acres in a far corner of northwest Harris County. He and his wife are restoring a historic farmhouse and they plan to retire there. Their property is also along the bullet train’s proposed route.Last year, Marrack said they started hearing from Texas Central, the private company developing the rail line.“We received a letter saying we were going to be referred to attorneys,” said Marrack. “And we were eventually sued to allow them to survey our property.”Marrack said Texas Central has since backed off on its legal action. He added the company also made an offer to buy the property but they have no desire to sell it. His concern now is that Texas Central will now try to use eminent domain authority to seize that land.Texas Central V-P Holly Reed maintains they can use eminent domain because of their status as a railroad. But critics of the project contend the company doesn’t have that authority because they’re currently not running an active rail line.As for their efforts to acquire property, Reed explained they’re now trying a more personal approach with landowners.“It would be a last resort to go through the court process,” said Reed.Texas Central is touting the high-speed train as an alternative to crowded freeways and airports. They said it will get riders between Houston and Dallas in 90 minutes with a stop midway near College Station.The company adds the rail line will be built entirely with private money while providing hundreds of new jobs. But those fighting the project fear it would eventually need taxpayer funding.Paul Marrack said he also questions whether the bullet train would to anything to help ease the region’s traffic woes.“At the present time Texas does not have the population density that will support high-speed rail,” said Marrack. “It also does not address the need for mitigation of traffic congestion in Houston or Harris County.”The Federal Railroad Administration is currently taking public comment as part of a draft environmental impact statement. They’ve been holding meetings along the train’s proposed route and they’re having one Monday night in northwest Harris County. It’s at Woodard Elementary School in Cypress and it starts at 6:00 p.m. Listen Share 00:00 /00:59 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
Explore further Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Citation: Study suggests use of gender-neutral terms to describe people leads to gender equality (2019, August 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-08-gender-neutral-terms-people-gender-equality.html More information: Margit Tavits et al. Language influences mass opinion toward gender and LGBT equality, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2019). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1908156116 Back in 2012, people in Sweden began debating adding a new word to their language to describe people in a gender-neutral fashion. The language already had the words hon and han, for he and she respectively—the word hen was proposed to describe people without referring to their gender. By 2015, use of the new word had become commonplace, and was added to the Swedish Academy Glossary. In this new effort, the researchers wondered if widespread use of the word in Sweden had reduced male bias in general references, thereby leading to greater gender equality. To find out, they carried out three experiments that involved writing assignments by over 3000 volunteers.In the first experiment, volunteers looked at a picture showing an androgynous character walking a dog. Each was then asked to use the familiar hon or han or the new word, hen, to describe the action in the picture. In the second experiment, volunteers completed a short story about a person of unknown gender running for office. The final experiment involved soliciting volunteers’ views on women and non-males in general (LGBT and non-binary people).The researchers report that those people who used the new word, hen, to describe the dog-walking picture were less likely to use a male name for their character. They also found that people took the same amount of time to write the story about the person running for office regardless of the term they used to describe them. And they found that people who used the new word showed more positivity towards LGBT people. They conclude by suggesting that the introduction of the new word into the Swedish lexicon has led to more gender-inclusive language. They further suggest that such inclusiveness could be leading to less gender bias and the promotion of gender equality. 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. A pair of researchers, one with Washington University in St. Louis, the other with the University of California, has found evidence that suggests the use of gender-neutral terms to describe people promotes gender equality. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Margit Tavits and Efrén Pérez describe experiments they conducted with Swedish volunteers and what they found. Google moves to curb gender bias in translation © 2019 Science X Network CC0 public domain
Blending in world music with the rhythms from Kerala, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) has organised a one of its kind choreographic production, Rain by Vijaylakshmi on 5 July.Rain is a new choreographic work in Mohiniyattam by Vijayalakshmi, the renowned Mohiniyattam dancer. This production is inspired by poet Sudeep Sen’s critically-acclaimed book of poetry, Rain. One of the verse from his book reads: ‘It is raining again, but today’s is a beautiful kind of rain…. steady, symmetrical confident, and unobtrusive. It has a kind of presence that is omnipresent without acutely announcing that it is there, like ambient music.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Infusing its essence into a dance form, Vijayalakshmi interprets Rain through the idiom of Mohiniyattam, the south Indian classical dance, which through its fluidity and ability to convey emotions and moods is very suited to express the metaphor of rain.As with most of her path breaking productions, the musical arrangement in Rain is very unique.She has worked very closely with Mac Quayle, an eminent American composer, to arrange traditional Kerala rhythms, Dhrupad, Rabindra Sangeet and contemporary elements which are all brought together seamlessly into a unique blend of world music. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIt is perhaps for the first time that Dhrupad has been incorporated into a Mohiniyattam choreographic work, rendered by the eminent torch-bearer of Dhrupad tradition, Wasifuddin Dagar.This vision was furthered by her collaboration with artistic director, Sara Baur-Harding, who also directed the documentary film on Vijayalakshmi and her mother, Beyond Grace and the 3D short film Carmen. Vijayalakshmi has always endeavoured to take Mohiniyattam to higher levels by constantly exploring uncharted territories and expanding traditional boundaries through innovative choreographies inspired from a pan-Indian and global perspective. A recipient of several prestigious national awards, she has carved a distinct niche for herself and has played a significant role in the rejuvenation of this beautiful Indian classical dance form.Head over and experience a confluence of forms.
A part of this thought has been converted into action over the years through the efforts put in by India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) by organising India International Trade Fair (IITF), but it certainly didn’t get a breakthrough until recently, when Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi gave way to the ‘Make In India’ initiative.IITF, an annual celebration of trade and industry, aims to strengthen our bilateral relations with the rest of the world. In the realm of external relations, the government has intensified India’s engagement with it’s neighbours and all friendly countries across the globe for better trade and cultural relations. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Complimenting ITPO, the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, underlined the contribution of the organisation in providing an ideal platform to SMEs. According to him, the fair, which is an archetype of the modern trade show, is a brand name in itself, enjoying recognition worldwide.This edition of the fair has a tremendous significance, especially when a unique transformation is taking place in the country. Several recent initiatives of the Government have already shown results and a positive impact has been created in key sectors. The ‘Make in India’ initiative will help India become a sought after investment and manufacturing destination. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe 35th edition of India’s largest trade fair has commenced on a high note here, drawing huge crowds to the sprawling Pragati Maidan fairgrounds on the very first day. Some of the sellers attributed the overwhelming response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ mantra.LC Goyal, Chairman and Managing Director, ITPO, expressed his gratitude to the President of India for sparing his gracious time and highlighted the salient features of the fair. He informed that IITF 2015 has participation of over 7000 exhibitors from 28 countries as against 6800 exhibitors last year. He also stated that IITF is a 14-day grand festival to celebrate and stimulate Indian trade and commerce, not only within the country but across the globe as well. Aligning with the Government of India policy of Start- Up, ITPO has earmarked Hall No. 26 for start-up enterpreneurs who have been provided a discounted tariff on rentals. ITPO has dedicated itself to ‘Swachh Bharat Mission,’ by introducing a separate award category for the best State Pavilion.Speaking on the occasion, Shaida Mohammad Abdali, Ambassador of Afghanistan, the partner country for the fair, expressed his happiness over the participation of his country as a partner country and stated that India is a strategic partner of Afghanistan.Syed Muazeem Ali, High Commissioner of Bangladesh, the focus country for the fair, appreciated India’s Look East policy which represents its efforts to cultivate extensive economic and cultural relations with the nations of Southeast Asia.Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Department of Commerce, Industry and Employment, Government of Madhya Pradesh, the focus state of the fair, emphasised that Madhya Pradesh, ranked fifth for Ease of Doing Business in India by World Bank, is also laying emphasis on infrastructure development and IT.As a partner country, Afghanistan had its own pavilion at the exposition with around 50 stalls selling handmade jewellery, watches, world renowned Afghani carpets, kaftans, saffron and dry fruits – a hot seller. Aiming at potential women buyers, is the Afghani Lapis Lazuli stoned jewellery. “Considering it’s the start of the fair, we have had a very good sale and have noticed huge numbers of buyers compared to the previous years. India’s push for ‘Make in India’ could be doing the trick,” said Shirin Qahraman, a woman entrepreneur from Kabul. Qahraman’s store has an exclusive collection of Lapis Lazuli neck-pieces, rings and bracelets. The neck-pieces start from Rs 2,000 and go as high as Rs 10,000.For Sado Zai, 32, a retail carpet seller from Kabul, the fair has been extremely helpful in marketing his products across the world. “The trade fair has been enabling us showcase our products to people around the world. I now have a few clients in India who import my carpets regularly. Through Make in India project, we are exploring ways to set up a business here,” said Zai as he exhibited his wares. The Afghani carpets are priced anywhere between Rs 5,000 and Rs 50,000, depending on their size.As enthusiastic were the sellers about the fair, many expressed concern that the rent they have to pay for their stalls has skyrocketed. “For a stall of 10×6 feet, manned by two people, the rent is as high as $4,500 for the (two-week) duration of the fair. If this continues, it would be difficult for us to return in future,” Qahraman said.Also grabbing eyeballs at the fair were Turkish stalls with their bright glass lamps, ceramics and the well-known Turkish tea pots. Along with that, the Chinese pavilion is displaying a large number of technology-related products like water purifiers, energy-saving room heaters and food processors, among others. Indian khadi stalls with products from across the country are also a huge hit.Rashi Kumar, a bank professional, has been visiting the fair for the past 10 years and said the variety of products displayed by foreign participants is much better this year. “I have noticed many new countries participating this year, with a wider variety of products,” Kumar said, although the organisers last year announced participation of delegations from 41 countries.
Looking at posters of superheroes can trigger prosocial behaviours in people, encouraging them to lend a helping hand to others, a study has found. Superhero movies set inspirational moral examples for many people, but whether they encourage people to help a stranger or donate money is not known. “Given that superheroes are an increasingly large and accessible part of our cultures, even if merely symbolically, we were interested in exploring their role in inspiring virtuous and meaningful lives,” said Jeffrey D Green of the Virginia Commonwealth University in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”We decided to study the effect of well-known fictional heroes, such as Superman or Spiderman, as people may tend to be more motivated to emulate behaviours where there is little realism,” said Green. The researchers exposed 245 individuals to common household pictures with either subtle superhero images – such as Spiderman and Superman – or neutral images. Participants primed with superhero images reported greater intentions to engage in prosocial behaviours. The perception of meaning in life was not directly influenced by the superhero prime, but indirectly through helping intentions: the superhero prime increased helping intentions, which, in turn, increased felt meaning in life. Given that the experiment relied on self-reported helping intentions, a second experiment was performed to examine actual helping behaviour. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveA further 123 individuals were subtlety primed with a superhero image versus a neutral image, then invited to help with a tedious experimental task for no extra credit. Those primed with the Superman poster were significantly more likely to help than those primed with a bicycle. “These experiments highlight how even the subtle activation of heroic constructs through visual images of superheroes may influence intentions to help as well as actual helping behaviour,” said Green. Future research could advance this work by examining the effects of real-life heroic figures, who may or may not be known personally, which also adds the element of possibly flawed characters.PTI