December 12 marked the 3rd Digital Bangladesh Day, and ICT division organized a gala concert on Thursday at the capital, celebrating the occasion with the day’s theme “Shotto Mittha Jachai Agey, Internet a Share Pore”. Thousands of youths took oaths on the occasion, promising to secure the country’s reputation as fake news and rumour-free nation.
State Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Zunaid Ahmed Palak initiated the concert as the host, where country’s renowned musical acts Warfaze, Nemesis, Pritom Hasan, Oishee, Spondon and folk icon Momtaz performed.
Organized in United International University (UIU) permanent campus in United City at Madani Avenue, Badda in the capital- the concert was joined by Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal as the chief guest who administrated the oath.
University Grant Commission Chairman Professor Kazi Shahidullah, Senior Secretary of Home Ministry Mostafa Kamal Uddin and Bangladesh Police’s Inspector General Mohammad Javed Patwary, President of the Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Standing Committee AKM Rahmatullah and United International University Vice Chancellor Chowdhury Mofizur Rahman were also present at the event.
Implementing the necessity of safe internet, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said “We should always check the facts before sharing on social platforms, as we have seen how rumours and fake-news can cause harmful incidents in recent times. We are thriving as Digital Bangladesh and we need safe and secure internet so that we can utilize the full potential of the internet.”
Later, the minister administrated the oath, taken by everyone at the venue.
Concert host and state minister for ICT division Zunaid Ahmed Palak said “Under the prolific guidance of our Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Advisor to the Government of Bangladesh on Information and Communication Technology Sajeeb Wazed Joy, we are successfully celebrating this day as Digital Bangladesh Day for the third time. We must ensure that no one can harm others by spreading fake news, rumours and negativity through the internet.”
“Its our internet, and we need to keep it clean”- he emphasized at the event.
The speakers also showcased the government’s success in the ICT sector in recent years, with services like national helpline 999 and establishment of several ICT industrials.
Not only the ministers, but the performing artists also pleaded to the audiences especially the youth not to pollute the internet sphere and spread negativity on the online.
The concert went on full swing with fireworks and tremendous performances by all the performing artists, who mesmerized the audiences with their popular tracks.
Started on December 12, 2017 - the National Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Day - this concert was part of the day-long celebration of the ‘Digital Bangladesh Day’, renamed in 2018 by the cabinet division.
Reese Witherspoon remembered when she met with several film production studios in 2011 to ask them how many movies were being developed for women.
The studios' responses nearly floored her.
"Of all the major seven studios, the answer was one," Witherspoon said after she received the prestigious Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at The Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment breakfast gala Wednesday in Los Angeles. The Oscar and Emmy-winning actress was handed the award by her friend actress Kerry Washington for excelling in film and her philanthropic efforts.
Witherspoon said she was grateful to receive the award named after Lansing, the former Paramount Pictures CEO who was the first woman to head a Hollywood studio. While she called Lansing a "trailblazer," the actress hearkened back to her meeting with studios that felt "grim."
"One movie was being made with a female lead out of 140 movies," she continued. "As I was told by a studio head at the time, 'Well, we already have one female star this year. We can't make two.' Can you guess which year this was? 2011. Not 1911. ... 2011."
Witherspoon said the moment helped empower her to start her own production company, Hello Sunshine, which has produced Oscar-nominated films "Gone Girl," "Wild," and the HBO drama series "Big Little Lies" with an all-female leading cast.
The actress, who starred in films including "Legally Blonde" and "Sweet Home Alabama," told the packed room of about 600 people, mostly women, that "this is our time."
The star-studded event included Charlize Theron, John Legend and Mindy Kaling. It also had about 40 young women who are taking part in THR's Women in Entertainment mentorship program, established a decade ago.
"A lot of people can recognize a problem, look at it and complain about it," said Witherspoon, who is also a member of the Time's Up movement, an initiative for anti-harassment and gender equality. "But not everybody is going to do something about it. Leaders are really doers. Even though you don't think of yourself as a leader, or you're hesitant or you're hypnotized by words saying 'You can't.' Too bad. Do it anyway."
Around $1.5 million in university scholarships were presented to high school seniors from under-served communities in south and east Los Angeles. All of the seniors have taken part in the program.
Often shedding tears onstage, Theron said the gala "fed my soul."
Actress Olivia Wilde, a guest editor of THR's Women in Entertainment issue that was released Wednesday, said women should explore their feminine strength.
Ronan Farrow received the Equity in Entertainment award for his journalistic work against gender-based discrimination.
Political activist Stacey Abrams spoke during her keynote speech about storytelling holding an extraordinary power. She said she's witnessed moments when women and others who "look like me are often footnotes not chapters in stories."
Abrams, who is African American and once served in the Georgia House of Representatives, encouraged those in the room to make a difference. She also acknowledged that when she ran for Georgia governor in 2018, she went against the advice of those who told her she needed to "change my look and use smaller words."
Abrams encouraged attendees not to allow anyone to stifle them.
"This is power you all possess as leaders in Hollywood: With a word, with a scene, with a script, you become advocates for the voiceless," Abrams said. "You become the cyphers who tell the whole truth of who we are in society. As women, you can leverage to highlight our complexities, our strength and our capacity for redemption."
Reality TV star and businesswoman Kim Kardashian West is suing an Alabama doctor over claims he wrongly used her image to promote a medical procedure called a "Vampire Facial."
West filed suit Tuesday in Los Angeles against Dr. Charles Runels of coastal Fairhope, Alabama. The suit claims Runels misused West's image in promotional materials after she posted a photo of herself on social media showing the results of a "Vampire Facial."
West, a reality TV star and successful businesswoman who has a number of beauty and lifestyle enterprises and millions of followers on social media, asked a federal judge to bar Runels from using her name or photo and to make him and any other doctors who benefited pay her profits.
Runels, 59, said in a telephone interview Wednesday that West wrongly used his trademarked name for a medical procedure to promote herself. He called the lawsuit "disappointing."
"We're trying to do good medicine. The last thing we want to do is spend millions of dollars arguing with a celebrity," he said.
The cosmetic procedure involves drawing a patient's blood, spinning it in a centrifuge and then injecting small amounts under the skin using multiple, small needles, Runels' website says, and blood also is applied topically on the skin.
Runels, who said he developed the procedure and got a trademark for the "Vampire" name, said about 2,300 physicians in 50 countries are licensed to perform the procedure. West underwent the procedure from an associated doctor in Miami in 2013 before posting a photo of herself online with blood on her face, he said.
The lawsuit, which seeks an unspecified amount of money, contends Runels wrongly used her photo and name to promote his business. Runels said he didn't ask the celebrity for the social media post, which he said she used to draw more attention to herself.
"I've already taken all the stuff off my website, but I'm not going to let her call me a thief. First she works to let everyone in the world know she had a Vampire Facial and now she doesn't want anyone to talk about it," Runels said.
For his film "Richard Jewell," Clint Eastwood takes aim at the media and federal investigators for what he sees as a rush to judgment after the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing. The 89-year-old director calls security guard Richard Jewell's story "a great American tragedy," one he's been trying to tell for five years.
Eastwood's movie recounts the chaotic summer night of the bombing, which killed one woman, and the swirl of confusion that followed. Within a few days, Jewell went from being hailed as a hero, for finding the bomb and reporting it to police, to becoming a prime suspect in the attack. He was cleared of suspicion after three months, and died in 2007 at age 44.
"It's always tragic when people run off with half information and don't really have the truth set up in front of them," Eastwood said. "The press is sometimes in a hurry because there's so much competition to be the first to do something."
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a central character in the film, has disputed the paper's depiction in "Richard Jewell," saying it misrepresents their reporting on the story and their staff's actions.
In an interview alongside his film's star, Paul Walter Hauser, Eastwood spoke with The Associated Press about his struggle to get the film made, finding success in Hollywood despite being an introvert, and criticisms of the film's accuracy.
AP: What were your biggest challenges with this?
Eastwood: Well, the challenge was that four-year period where the frustration of having the project all together right up to the last half an inch and then all of a sudden it fell apart -- and it fell apart partly on my fault, too. You negotiate and you hit a wall. Different studios owned the property. And finally I walked away. Then this last year, I said, "I wonder whatever happened to that? And I wonder if I could reinstate it?"
AP: How do you hope this film changes the public's perception of Richard Jewell?
Hauser: The hope with this film, other than entertaining an audience -- we're still in the business of entertaining and telling a great story -- but the greater picture, of course, is the echo effect it will have on the public of clearing his name to all people. And I think that this is a victory lap for the Jewell family, as much as they can have without Richard here with them.
AP: What are you most proud of in your body of work?
Eastwood: Well, I did a one-act play once when I was in high school or junior high school, and I swore I would never do that again. I hated the idea. I was a terribly complex young kid, and the last thing I wanted to do is do an extrovert-ish thing like acting. But then when you get into acting later as an adult, you realize it's not necessarily an extroverted thing. Introverts make great actors because they have a lot of things they're holding in. It's just a question of learning how to get them out into the open. It's also a funny profession because you don't know where the next thing is happening. You try it even if it has no resemblance to you at all or anything you've ever thought of. It's a fun life, but a lot of it just so happens. Stories come along. And stories are the king. And you go ahead and try to tell them the best you can. But it's not just not an intellectual art form. It's an emotional art form.
AP: The editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has criticized the film. He's questioning the accuracy, saying it's not true that Kathy Scruggs traded sex with an ex-FBI agent in exchange for a tip. And they're also challenging the notion that the paper ran a story with questionable sourcing. Do you have a response to the criticism?
Eastwood: I think the Atlanta Journal (sic) probably would be the one group that would be sort of complexed about that whole situation because they are the ones who printed the first thing of there being a crime caused by Richard Jewell. And so they're probably looking for ways to rationalize their activity. I don't know for sure. I haven't -- never discussed it with anyone from there...
Hauser: But also the biopics -- Hollywood biopics are historically under scrutiny, whether it's the Dupont family in "Foxcatcher," whether it's the Catholic Church in "Spotlight." This is a very obvious thing that's happening with the AJC and we understand their plight. But we're telling our story. And I think we did a really good job.
A new opera based on renowned Russian writer Leo Tolstoy's novel "Resurrection" will be performed at Beijing Theaters on Wednesday and Thursday.
Directed by Duan Xingtao, the opera stars Chinese soprano Song Yuanming and Chinese baritone Zhang Yang as major characters Maslova and Nekhlyudov. The music was jointly composed by Chinese and Russian artists and will feature a mix of Chinese and Russian styles.
The opera follows the plot of the original novel but will offer a different ending to give the story more possibilities. Dancing performances will also be incorporated into the opera.
It will be performed at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.