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first_imgBob Guccione, Jr. is on the press circuit promoting his new travel site, Wonderlust (WonderlustTravel.com), which went live early Tuesday morning.The latest venture for the founder of Spin and Gear magazines, Guccione originally revealed plans for Wonderlust about a year ago, billing it as a disruptor in a stagnant travel media space he described, at the time, as too-often “a generic rehash of conventional opinion and experiences.”Bullish prognostications aside, Wonderlust‘s launch comes with a wealth of features, including a contributed article from Mario Batali, destination guides to Paris, Copenhagen, and Cuba, at least one sponsored post by American Express, and a list of the best private islands to rent for anyone with about $20,000 to burn — aspirational indeed. Guccione claims no desire to disrespect what he calls the “Big Travel Publications,” although his tendency to name-check Condé Nast Traveler and Time Inc.’s Travel + Leisure in interviews provides some insight into his targeted competition in the travel space.“Anytime you have a stagnant medium, there’s a real opportunity for someone to come in and disrupt that with a wider spectrum of journalism and reporting, and it’s definitely an undefended market,” Guccione told The Daily Beast on Monday. “There’s no sentry at the gate.”Reps for both Condé Nast and Time Inc. felt it was better not to comment.last_img read more



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first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday criticised the home minister for what he said issuing a threat to their party saying it was not his justified action before the announcement of the verdict on the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case, reports UNB.”We still didn’t get the verdict. So, we can’t legally and morally give reaction to a verdict before its announcement,” he said.The BNP leader further said, “The home minister on Friday talked about it but holding an important post he shouldn’t make such comment as the verdict is not yet pronounced. His comment has only exposed what the government is planning.”Fakhrul came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after visiting the residence of noted writer and novelist Shawkat Ali, who passed away on Thursday, at Tikatuli in the city.Earlier in the day, home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said law enforcement agencies will take stern actions if any one tries to create chaos centring the verdict of the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case.The home minister came up with the remarks replying to a question at a function organised on the occasion of the Metropolitan Family Day in the Dhakeshwari National Temple in Old Dhakaon Friday.The verdict of Zia Orphanage Trust graft case against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and her son Tarique Rahman is scheduled to be delivered on 8 February.Fakhrul alleged that the Zia Orphanage Trust case trial has been completed hurriedly as the government is determined to hold the next polls keeping BNP chief Khaleda Zia out of it.”Our leader’s lawyer has repeatedly been saying that justice hurried is justice buried but the government is not paying heed to it,” he added.The BNP leader alleged that the ruling party men are issuing threats to BNP though it has not yet announced any political programme.Fakhrul said even the prime minister and some ministers are making comments on the ongoing trial of the case.The BNP leader said the remarks of the ruling party men and its alliance leaders have demonstrated that they know about the verdict and they are prepared for everything.last_img read more


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first_imgSheikh Hasina said father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman rehabilitated the mothers and sisters who were raped during the liberation war. Bangladesh observes 25 March as National Genocide Day and is trying to get international recognition for it. He said Adama Dieng described Myanmar’s atrocities on Rohingyas as a genocide and renewed the UN support to Bangladesh on the issue. “The perpetrators of the genocide must be brought to justice,” he said. Prothom Alo English Desk Visiting UN under-secretary general and special adviser on Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng on Sunday said the United Nations will raise the 1971 issue of Pakistani genocide in Bangladesh in the international forum though some countries may oppose it, according to UNB. The UN under-secretary general urged the international community to mount further pressure on Myanmar to bring back its nationals from Bangladesh as it cannot resolve the (Rohingya) problem alone. He made the statement when he met prime minister Sheikh Hasina at her office. Adama Dieng mentioned outstanding leadership of three female leaders in the world. They are Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina, German chancellor Angela Markel and New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern. While talking about terrorism and militancy, the PM said a few incidents took place in the country, but the government tackled those with an iron hand. Visiting UN under-secretary general and special adviser on Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng on Sunday said the United Nations will raise the 1971 issue of Pakistani genocide in Bangladesh in the international forum though some countries may oppose it, according to UNB.”Though some countries may oppose it, we’ll raise the issue of Pakistani genocide in Bangladesh during the 1971 liberation war in the international forum,” he said.He made the statement when he met prime minister Sheikh Hasina at her office.PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.Bangladesh observes 25 March as National Genocide Day and is trying to get international recognition for it.Sheikh Hasina recalled that the Pakistani occupation forces launched the genocide in Bangladesh on 25 March in 1971.”Over three million people were killed, while 200,000 mothers and sisters lost their honour to Pakistani occupation forces and their local collaborators,” she said.Sheikh Hasina said father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman rehabilitated the mothers and sisters who were raped during the liberation war.The press secretary said the prime minister and the UN under-secretary general also discussed the Rohingya issue.He said Adama Dieng described Myanmar’s atrocities on Rohingyas as a genocide and renewed the UN support to Bangladesh on the issue. “The perpetrators of the genocide must be brought to justice,” he said.The UN under-secretary general urged the international community to mount further pressure on Myanmar to bring back its nationals from Bangladesh as it cannot resolve the (Rohingya) problem alone.Adama Dieng said the UN wants repatriation of the Rohingyas to their homeland of Rakhaine state and there will be peaceful and inclusive society.The UN under-secretary general also praised prime ninister Sheikh Hasina for giving shelter to over one million Rohingyas in Bangladesh.The PM said the Rohingyas outnumbered the local people of Cox’s Bazar. “As a result, the local people are suffering a lot,” she said.Highlighting various steps for the welfare of the Rohingyas, Sheikh Hasina said the government is developing an island for their temporary shelter.She thanked the international community for extending their helping hand on the Rohingya issue.While talking about terrorism and militancy, the PM said a few incidents took place in the country, but the government tackled those with an iron hand.She said the government is exchanging views with a cross-section of people, including teachers, students, public representatives, religious leaders, to create public awareness against the menace of terrorism and militancy.Adama Dieng mentioned outstanding leadership of three female leaders in the world. They are Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina, German chancellor Angela Markel and New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern.The UN under-secretary general highly praised Sheikh Hasina for ensuring women empowerment in the country. “You’re a symbol of women empowerment,” he said.Adama Dieng hoped that Bangladesh will achieve sustainable development goals like MDGs under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina.About the massacre in two mosques in Christchurch of New Zealand, the prime minister said the members Bangladesh National Cricket Team narrowly escaped the carnage.Both the PM and the UN under-secretary general praised the steps taken by the New Zealand PM after the massacre that left 50 people dead and scores of others injured. The UN under-secretary general highly praised Sheikh Hasina for ensuring women empowerment in the country. “You’re a symbol of women empowerment,” he said. The press secretary said the prime minister and the UN under-secretary general also discussed the Rohingya issue. The UN under-secretary general also praised prime ninister Sheikh Hasina for giving shelter to over one million Rohingyas in Bangladesh. About the massacre in two mosques in Christchurch of New Zealand, the prime minister said the members Bangladesh National Cricket Team narrowly escaped the carnage.center_img Adama Dieng said the UN wants repatriation of the Rohingyas to their homeland of Rakhaine state and there will be peaceful and inclusive society. ‘UN to raise 1971 Pakistani genocide to int’l forum’ PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting. Adama Dieng hoped that Bangladesh will achieve sustainable development goals like MDGs under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina. Sheikh Hasina recalled that the Pakistani occupation forces launched the genocide in Bangladesh on 25 March in 1971. “Over three million people were killed, while 200,000 mothers and sisters lost their honour to Pakistani occupation forces and their local collaborators,” she said. She said the government is exchanging views with a cross-section of people, including teachers, students, public representatives, religious leaders, to create public awareness against the menace of terrorism and militancy. She thanked the international community for extending their helping hand on the Rohingya issue. The PM said the Rohingyas outnumbered the local people of Cox’s Bazar. “As a result, the local people are suffering a lot,” she said.Highlighting various steps for the welfare of the Rohingyas, Sheikh Hasina said the government is developing an island for their temporary shelter. “Though some countries may oppose it, we’ll raise the issue of Pakistani genocide in Bangladesh during the 1971 liberation war in the international forum,” he said. Both the PM and the UN under-secretary general praised the steps taken by the New Zealand PM after the massacre that left 50 people dead and scores of others injured.last_img read more


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first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Amy BishopSheldon Epps came onboard as Theater Under the Stars’ new Artistic Advisor in late April.It’s only been about six weeks since Sheldon Epps came onboard as Artistic Advisor for Theater Under the Stars, but he’s already making some bold changes. They’ve just announced that half of next season’s shows are being switched out.“One of the things that was a bit bothersome for me about the previously announced season was that there were shows on it that had not only been produced here but had been produced often and in recent memory,” Epps says, adding that his intent for the Houston-based musical theater company is to reach an audience that represents the area’s diversity. He’s replacing Grease with In the Heights, cutting Shrek and adding Into the Woods, and replacing Jesus Christ Superstar with Dreamgirls.But how will the subscribers – which number about 4,000 – feel about the changes?“I’m hoping that even though change is sometimes difficult to adjust to, that it’s change for the better and people will be happy about that,” he says.But for any subscribers who are not happy with the changes, TUTS says they’ll refund their money.Epps came into TUTS in the wake of what some have described as drama within the organization, which has undergone swift and unexpected leadership changes over the past few months.But Epps is more concerned with the future.“Frankly, my focus is not on what has occurred in the past, but where TUTS is going,” he says.The California native’s acting career began at the Alley Theater in Houston after college. For the past 20 years, he’s served as artistic director of the Pasadena Playhouse in California.He says another interest is creating a “Second Stage Series,” which would involve bringing in additional shows specifically for the Hobby Center’s smaller stage. The organization has not made an announcement of their plans for TUTS Underground, the company’s series known for its edgier, more contemporary productions. Epps says they’ll have more information for the public in early July. X Share 00:00 /02:00last_img read more


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first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Brought to you by PCWorld October 7, 2008 Research in Motion has finally announced details about its long-rumored iPhone competitor, an almost-all-touch-interface 3G handset with a twist: The screen itself is a big hardware button.RIM’s BlackBerry Storm; click for full-size image.The ability to mechanically click the entire screen (RIM calls the feature Click-Through technology) is the centerpiece of the BlackBerry Storm’s touch interface. As with the iPhone, you can scroll and select by dragging and tapping with your fingertip. But to initiate action, instead of double-tapping, you confirm a selection by physically depressing or clicking the screen.Four hardware buttons at the bottom offer additional–and traditional–BlackBerry and phone navigation aids: Red and green phone buttons for accessing phone features and ending calls, a button with the BlackBerry icon for accessing menus, and a return button.Due for the HolidaysThe Storm should be available from Verizon Wireless in time for the holidays, RIM and Verizon officials said during a press tour earlier this week. But they did not specify an exact shipping date or price.The device will support Verizon’s EvDO Rev. A network (where available) in the United States, but it will also be able to roam internationally on high-speed GSM networks (in Europe, on Verizon stakeholder Vodafone’s network). The Storm also supports both assisted and standard GPS (assisted GPS works with the cellular network to speed up location fixes) and Bluetooth. (However, unlike the iPhone, it does not support Wi-Fi.)While the Storm dispenses with RIM’s signature QWERTY hardware keyboard in favor of a capacitive touch-screen interface, it’s clearly no iPhone clone. RIM’s device is both shorter (4.4 inches versus the iPhone’s 4.5 inches) and thicker (0.55 inch versus the iPhone’s 0.48 inches) than Apple’s; the touch screen is also somewhat smaller (the iPhone’s is 3.5 inches, while the Storm’s is 3.25 inches). Nevertheless, the display’s 360-by-480 resolution looks pretty sharp at that size.Also making a good first impression is the 3.2-megapixel camera with autoflash, autofocus, 2X digital zoom, and video-capture support.The Storm weighs nearly 5.5 ounces (versus the iPhone’s 4.7 ounces), perhaps because it carries radios for both major cellular networks (Verizon’s CDMA/EvDO and the GSM/EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA technology for Vodafone in Europe and elsewhere). Verizon officials say it supports even more countries than the carrier’s last world BlackBerry, the BlackBerry 8830, because this model has quad-band EDGE (versus the 8830’s two-band). Note, however, that the Storm supports only the fastest GSM networks (UMTS/HSDPA) on the 2100-MHz band.The Storm, in landscape and portrait modes; click for full-size image.The Storm has 1GB of internal storage, but it also has a MicroSD slot and will ship with an 8GB MicroSD card. Also present: a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, and a second external mic (on the back, in addition to the one for voice on the front) that picks up ambient noise data for the built-in noise reduction technology, which in theory should improve voice call quality. The Storm, like the iPhone, has an accelerometer that adjusts the display’s orientation as you rotate the device.But the Storm’s most interesting and potentially controversial innovation is RIM’s implementation of a touch interface, especially for typing. The Storm provides three different software keyboards: When you’re holding it in landscape orientation and you need to enter text, a standard QWERTY software keyboard appears; the keys flash blue when you depress them.In portrait mode, you have a choice: You can have a software keyboard that looks like the one on the Pearl (20 keys, some with one character, others with two) and that supports RIM’s SureType predictive text entry system. Or you can opt for a standard phone keypad (although why you’d want to enter text by multiple letter taps is beyond me).Only time and hands-on testing will tell whether the Click-Through technology will make text entry and navigation easier (for example, by helping to avoid inadvertent finger taps) or more confusing (the device has a number of tap-and-click shortcuts that take some getting used to).Visual Voicemail and MoreThe Storm’s phone-related features include so-called visual voicemail. As on the iPhone, this allows you to peruse a list of incoming calls (identified by caller ID number or, if the number is in your address book, by name) and address them in whatever order you wish.Like all BlackBerry devices, the Storm will have BlackBerry’s first-rate e-mail features, including support for just about all corporate e-mail systems via the BlackBerry Enterprise Server. The Storm will also ship with Verizon’s VZ Navigator software (but service charges apply) and with instant messaging clients for the major IM services.However, there’s no universal IM client for the Storm, so if your buddies patronize different services you’ll have to run all of them in the background.The Storm will support at least limited functionality for most older BlackBerry applications. But at launch, RIM says it will offer a developer’s kit that will make it easier to adapt existing BlackBerry apps for the Storm–for example, optimizing them to take advantage of the touch screen, the accelerometer, or both.You’ll be able to buy, download and install apps from the VZ Apps Zone over the air, RIM says. And the Storm has one feature that many iPhone 3G users have moaned about missing: It lets you cut and paste text. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 5 min read Register Now »last_img read more