0Shares0000Roberto Firmino has promised to make Porto suffer when he and Liverpool’s rampant strikeforce take on the Portuguese side in the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday © AFP / FRANCISCO LEONGPORTO, Portugal, Feb 14 – Forward Roberto Firmino has vowed that Liverpool’s deadly strikeforce will make Porto suffer when they meet in the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday.Jurgen Klopp’s side were rampant on the way to winning their group, scoring 23 goals with Firmino scoring six and Mohamed Salah five. Although Philippe Coutinho, who weighed in with five goals in the group stage, has since moved to Barcelona, Salah in particular has stepped up his goalscoring, notching his 29th of the season in all competitions in the win over Southampton at the weekend.And Firmino’s Champions League goal tally has moved him into rarefied territory inhabited by Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Tottenham’s Harry Kane.“We’re going to make Porto’s life difficult and make them suffer,” said Brazilian Firmino.“If I play a good game then the goals will appear. I am trying to give my maximum for the team and trying to be alongside these great players in Europe.”Porto coach Sergio Conceicao is hoping his stingy defence can thwart the Liverpool offensive — they have conceded just once in the last six league and cup games.“The defensive consistency of the team is the key,” Conceicao added.He said he took pleasure in a meeting of two “historical” clubs — Porto have won Europe’s top club competition twice and Liverpool have lifted the trophy five times, most recently in Istanbul in 2005 when Rafa Benitez was in charge.“We will face a very strong team, with a budget of over 200 million euros, but two historical clubs are playing each other and the players give me the confidence to think we can get through this tie.”His opposite number Klopp meanwhile scoffed at suggestions that his side were one of the underdogs of the 16 remaining clubs.“I don’t think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said.“I’ll ask Rafa (Benitez) but that would surprise me because it makes no sense.“If we are in the final then I’ll say we will try to win it but that is too far off.“I don’t like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it.“I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.”Klopp confirmed that Loris Karius will start on Wednesday, confirming his newfound status as first choice, after a season of chopping and changing his goalkeeper, but he refused to be drawn on the future of Simon Mignolet.“No-one knows about the future. It is not for me to think about these things, I have to make a decision for tomorrow night,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
D’Oliveira and Virgo both immigrated to Toronto in the ’70s (D’Oliveira from Guyana and Virgo from Jamaica), and they met in 1991 at the CFC’s inaugural Summer Lab. With support and resources from the CFC, they began working together on the award-winning short film “Save My Lost Nigga Soul” (1993) and then on Rude, which debuted at Cannes and helped put their newly-created production company on the map.The context of those early years of collaboration was a period in history (from the ’80s to the early ’90s) that Virgo describes as “a black film renaissance.” Hollywood was making movie stars out of black comedians like Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy, the Sankofa Film and Video Collective was spearheading a black film movement across the pond in the U.K. and in 1986 Spike Lee opened the doors for black filmmakers with his feature film debut She’s Gotta Have it. It was an exciting time of possibility, and Virgo and D’Oliveira leveraged that moment to make bold artistic statements and craft a space for themselves in the Canadian film and television industry.These days Virgo serves as executive producer of the OWN series Greenleaf in addition to directing episodes of the show, and Conquering Lion is working on an adaptation of Laurence Hill’s latest novel The Illegal with the CBC.I spoke with Virgo and D’Oliveira last week by telephone and our interview quickly evolved into a rich conversation that covered an astounding array of topics. The two men gave hilarious anecdotes about their first meeting, told me about what it feels like to become pioneers and reflected on why they still hesitate with connecting to a Canadian identity.What were your first impressions of each other and why did you begin collaborating?Clement Virgo: I’m trying to recall the first time I saw Damon. I remember the hair.Damon D’Oliveira: (laughs)CV: It was very late ’80s, early ’90s kind of long, almost wannabe new wave, very feathered and long. But soon after that, I saw someone that was very focused and dedicated and ambitious. I recognized the same kind of ambitions I had. We became fast friends.DO: And I think I proved to him there was a brain under that head of hair. My impression of Clement was he was a fashion plate (laughs). Amanda Parris writes a weekly column for CBC Arts and is the host of Exhibitionists on CBC Television and Marvin’s Room on CBC Radio. In her spare time, she writes plays, watches too many movies and defends Beyonce against all haters. In her past lives she wrote arts based curriculum, attended numerous acting auditions, and dreamed of being interviewed by Oprah. Rude, the first ever feature film written and directed by a black Canadian, was released in 1995. A boldly experimental and stylistic movie, it explores the stories of three individuals who search for redemption over an Easter weekend, while a mysterious radio host sets the tone by waxing poetic on her philosophies of life.I watched Rude in university, and quickly realized that it was the first time I had ever seen a Canadian film that centred on the lives and experiences of black people. Not only that, those experiences informed its cinematic aesthetic. In class we read some of the numerous essays and articles that had been written in response to Rude, and that’s what first sparked my curiosity about the creative minds behind this landmark film: director/writer/producer Clement Virgo and producer Damon D’Oliveira. Twitter The Rude team at Cannes in 1995. (Courtesy of CFC)CV: Well, no. At the time you have to remember it was the beginning of a black film renaissance which kind of started a few years earlier with Spike Lee, and soon after that there were these films that came out of England by these black British filmmakers. It felt like we were kind of a wave of black diasporic films that were being made. We felt like we were part of a movement and we just happened to be one of the first in Canada. But I never saw it as we were making history. I looked at it as participating in a kind of movement.Damon, I know your background is in acting. Did you know that you would also decide to get into producing? How did that happen?DO: Acting can be a bit boring where you’re sitting around waiting for a phone to ring. For me it was always important to make my own work. And of course at that time, there were shit roles for people that looked like me. Nobody was writing culturally specific work at that time. So that’s always been my agenda with the stuff that I choose — to represent characters, stories, ideas that are true to my experience as a migrant to this country in the ’70s.I was watching an old interview with you, Clement, where you were talking about being at Cannes for the first time and you were going through the program and you saw your name and the name of the film and it said “From Canada.” And you stared at it for a long time and said, “Oh. I guess I’m Canadian.” (everyone laughs) Why was this a realization and did it change things for you?CV: The immigrant experience never leaves you. It’s very formative. It affects who you think you are nationally — even now. Every time I cross the border I think, “Are they gonna let me in?” It’s always in the back of my mind that I’m not gonna be let back into the country. It’s kind of irrational in some ways. But maybe not. It’s that sense of belonging. This idea around national identity is always something that I’ve struggled with.DO: The moment for me was when we took The Book of Negroes to Parliament Hill to show all the representatives in the House our work. For me that was like, “Wow. I guess I am Canadian now.” There was something almost metaphysical about that day. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment About the Author Director Clement Virgo on the set of The Book of Negroes. Why have you both stayed in Canada? I know there’s work that you do in the U.S., but why do you both always return?CV: In terms of film and television, we can’t really think of Canada as a single market or the industry as a single place. We live in an integrated and global world. I live in Canada and I love living in Canada — I love living in Toronto. I feel at home there. But in terms of my career, I see my career as rooted around the world.. Actors Aunjanue Ellis (left) and Cuba Gooding Jr. appear in a scene from The Book of Negroes. (Joe Alblas/Conquering Lion Pictures/Out of Africa Pictures/CBC)For that to still be a question for two individuals who have helped to build this film industry in important and imperative ways is very fascinating.DO: Yeah, it’s weird. When you leave a country around 12, your memories are still there. I still have dreams of Guyana. But I suppose my identity as a Canadian is growing stronger as we make more work. CV: Yeah, I went to fashion school — I wanted to be a designer and I worked in fashion for about four years. Tom Ford has the exact career that I wanted. I’m thinking maybe as an older filmmaker now I should go back and experiment a little bit with fashion design. I feel like I’m going back to the things that I used to love.DO: I think in your filmmaking there’s a similar journey. Our short film “Save My Lost Nigga Soul” and Rude were really stylistic films that were made with a lot of emphasis on the style and the look of it. And then Clement started getting a little more puritan and sort of stripping away.CV: Yeah, my natural inclination is to be a bit theatrical but somewhere along the line I got it into my head that it shouldn’t be so self-conscious. I remember when we did our first film Rude there was a person that saw that film and dismissed it outright as being pure style. And a month later we were invited to Cannes.DO: Well actually what happened is — we invited a lot of Canadian distributors, a room of white faces, and the entire room dismissed the film on first viewing. And it was the same film that went in front of a Cannes jury and got in. So I feel like with our work we’re always pushing doors open.When you were making Rude, did you realize that what you were doing was pioneering? Advertisement Advertisement On Wednesday, both men and their company Conquering Lion Pictures were awarded in L.A. by the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) with the CFC Award for Creative Excellence. The honour celebrates their body of work in film and television, which includes the critically acclaimed mini-series The Book of Negroes(2015), as well as the films Poor Boy’s Game (2007) and Lie with Me (2005).. Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Amanda Parris
A new study estimates that 83 percent of gay male youth athletes in the United States are keeping their sexual orientation hidden from some or all of their teammates. Lesbian athletes in the same age group (under 22 years old) were more willing to be public about it — 63 percent said they were hiding their orientation.The reason for the secrecy — even in an age when polls show that acceptance has been increasing — is often fear. Nearly half of gay men and 44 percent of lesbians around the world who kept their sexual orientation hidden said they did so in order not to be bullied. In addition, fear of discrimination from coaches or officials was mentioned by 32 percent of gay men and 28 percent of lesbians.The survey found that 80 percent of the respondents, both gay and heterosexual, had witnessed or experienced homophobia in sports.Titled “Out On The Fields,” the report was based on a survey of nearly 9,500 gay, bisexual and heterosexual people and claims to be the largest-ever study on homophobia in sports. (The questions only related to sexual orientation, not gender identity, so the study offers no information about transgender athletes.)After publicizing the anonymous online questionnaire through various media outlets,1 They included Outsports, Gay News Network, Star Observer, Same Same, Fairfax Media, The Guardian, ESPN, EILE Magazine Ireland, Gay NZ, GayStar News, Daily Xtra and Pink News UK. the researchers received answers from several English-speaking countries. The highest numbers of responses came from Australia (3,006), the United States (2,064), the United Kingdom (1,796), Canada (1,123), New Zealand (631) and Ireland (501).The United States received the lowest overall “inclusion score” of all the countries analyzed, with a high number of respondents saying the U.S. was not accepting of gay athletes. (Though because of the small sample sizes for respondents from New Zealand and Ireland, it isn’t necessarily fair to say that the U.S. ranks worst.)In a phone interview, the survey’s lead author, Erik Denison, said attitudes about privacy among athletes are often related to the perception of homophobia in sports.“I made that decision myself when I kept in the closet,” he said. “Implicitly it is about discrimination, though. The straight men can talk openly in conversations about what you did at the weekend, the women they met. If you’re gay though, you either have to make up stories or be excluded. It’s not the same.”The large scale of the survey, though, doesn’t mean that it is the definitive word on homophobia in sports. Even in countries that had a high number of respondents, it can be difficult to tease out more detailed trends because the subgroups are far too small. Responses were split into youth and adult sports (i.e. under age 22 and over age 22) but also broken out by sports played and the sexual orientation of the respondents.What’s more, not everyone even said they played sports — among U.S. respondents, for example, 81 percent of gay women and 75 percent of gay men said they participated in youth sports, while 63 percent of gay women and 42 percent of gay men said they participated in adult sports. As a result, the finding that 83 percent of gay male youth athletes keep their sexuality hidden from teammates is based on just 114 individuals.Denison and his co-author, Alistair Kitchen, both members of Australia’s first gay rugby team, said they were are aware of those limitations. Their international approach was partly informed by the fact that past smaller-scale studies on homophobia in sport have been dismissed for being too limited in scope. The final methodology and findings were reviewed by seven academic experts prior to publication.Overall, these results should be treated as estimates in an under-researched area filled with speculation, rather than definitive numbers about gay athletes.Gay respondents were more likely than heterosexual ones to say that homophobia was more common in team sporting environments than in general society. But LGB athletes also related positive reactions to revealing their orientation to their teammates. In its write-up of the report, the gay sports site Outsports.com acknowledged many of the issues cited by respondents but added that “people in sports behave very differently when an athlete actually comes out,” often welcoming the LGB athlete and apologizing for language used in the past.Denison also described what he called “the snowball effect” — the notion that the more LGB athletes there are who are open about their sexual orientation, the more accepted gay athletes will become in sports. As evidence for that, Denison pointed to the higher share of lesbian athletes in the U.S. who are open about their sexuality with their teammates and the fact that lesbian athletes around the world are more likely to say teams offer them a “supportive and safe environment.”Because of their visibility, LGB professional athletes are likely more influential than amateurs in getting the snowball effect rolling, but few seem comfortable speaking publicly. The survey allowed respondents to submit detailed stories about themselves — around 1,600 did so. Denison said that about three dozen of those who provided narrative accounts were professional athletes, including at least two on their respective countries’ national teams.Last year, after the professional football player Michael Sam told ESPN and The New York Times that he is gay, he said he received messages from many fellow athletes who “had the courage to tell me that they were also gay, but they do not have the same courage as I do to come out.”So far, Sam’s decision has not created a snowball effect in the U.S. — partly because there will need to be other outspoken gay athletes before the sport reaches what Denison describes as “a critical mass.”
4. Washington (6-5-1) vs. Philadelphia (5-7) — 81 total ‘swing’ points Detroit9091893– CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF WSH WINSIF PHI WINSSWING Atlanta8684874– Tennessee1142825– CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS Detroit9088913– Denver70%82%43%39– Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown Baltimore3937436– Buffalo1061710– Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown Denver7065716– Tampa Bay55%24%70%46– Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS Atlanta8688853– Pittsburgh67497223– New Orleans512112– Indianapolis3941347– Miami15122412– 3. New Orleans (5-7) vs. Tampa Bay (7-5) — 95 total ‘swing’ points Minnesota2833258– The Raiders, Chiefs and Broncos all won last week, and we now think it’s pretty likely that the West will take both AFC wild card slots. Tennessee has had a commendable bounceback season, but they’re in a tough playoff situation. The AFC West’s success means that even if the Titans run the table to end the season at 10-6, that might not be enough to make it as a wild card, and their 0-3 record against the Texans and Colts makes it unlikely that they’d win a division tiebreaker. We give them just an 11 percent chance of making the playoffs, much lower than the chances of Green Bay, Minnesota, Indianapolis and Houston, who all share the same 6-6 record. Tampa Bay is playing meaningful December football! The Buccaneers haven’t had a winning season since 2010, and they’ve come in last in the NFC South for five straight years. But a four-game win streak with upsets against the Chiefs and Seahawks has sent their Elo rating skyrocketing, and they’re now contenders for both the division title (25 percent chance of winning) and an NFC wild card (30 percent chance). 5. Baltimore (7-5) vs. New England (10-2) — 77 total ‘swing’ points Washington3943376– Green Bay2225213– AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF HOU WINSIF IND WINSSWING Pittsburgh6766693– Green Bay2220255– Indianapolis3945955– N.Y. Giants6571638– Houston52554312– CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS Washington39%61%21%40– Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown N.Y. Giants6562697– The NFL has its first playoff team! While the 11-1 Cowboys don’t quite have a lock on the NFC East title, they will at least make it as a wild card. They’ll now be playing for a bye and home-field advantage while the rest of the league fights for the remaining playoff spots.For the last couple weeks, we’ve been using the model behind our 2016 NFL predictions to calculate how much each team’s playoff chances “swing” depending on the outcome of each game. For example, we currently give the Pittsburgh Steelers a 67 percent chance of making the playoffs. If they beat Buffalo this week, we project those chances will increase to 84 percent (independent of other games). If they lose, their chances drop to 53 percent.1Our NFL predictions are based on 100,000 simulations of the rest of the season and are updated after every game ends. In the simulations in which Pittsburgh beats Buffalo, they make the playoffs 84 percent of the time. In simulations where they lose, they make the playoffs 53 percent of the time. But it’s unlikely that Pittsburgh’s playoff probabilities will be exactly 84 percent or exactly 53 percent at the end of Week 14, because the team’s chances depend on the outcome of several games (most notably Baltimore’s), not just their own. That’s a 31 percentage point swing! By doing this same math for every matchup and factoring in how each team’s resulting record will affect others’ playoff odds, we can find out which games are the most impactful.Here are the top five for Week 14: As straightforward as it gets. Whichever team wins takes control of the AFC South and gets a big playoff boost. The Titans have an outside chance at the division but don’t really care who wins here. Arizona8792– AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF NO WINSIF TB WINSSWING Baltimore39%66%32%35– Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown Tampa Bay5551587– Minnesota2825306– AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF DEN WINSIF TEN WINSSWING Houston52%87%32%55– AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF BAL WINSIF NE WINSSWING Miami1517152– Philadelphia has blown a promising season and now has just a 2 percent chance of making the playoffs. Washington is in danger of similar collapse, narrowly falling the last two weeks in winnable games against the Cowboys and Cardinals. They’d be out of the playoffs if the season ended today, and this week Philadelphia has the opportunity to play spoiler and knock another 18 percentage points or so off their rival’s chances. 1. Denver (8-4) vs. Tennessee (6-6) — 119 total ‘swing’ points CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS Philadelphia2<144– 2. Houston (6-6) vs. Indianapolis (6-6) — 117 total ‘swing’ points One of the NFL’s best rivalries is heating up again! The Ravens and Steelers both won last week to improve to 7-5. With the AFC West bogarting the wild cards, it’s looking like only one of the two will make the playoffs as AFC North champ. So why do we give the Ravens, who would make the playoffs if the season ended today, just a 39 percent chance of advancing? For one, we have them as nine-point underdogs in Foxborough this week. For another the Steelers still have a game to play against the lowly Browns, plus an opportunity to tie up the season series at home against the Ravens in Week 16.Check out our latest NFL predictions.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp RBC Team off to Grand Turk with EZ Pay Related Items:grand turk, palm grove, salt cay, suicide Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Turk, 20 Oct 2014 – Police have confirmed the death of an 80 year Grand Turk man said to be found hanging in the garage of his Palm Grove home. Police have not yet informed how they will classify this death up to news production time; but the former educator was discovered by a relative around 9:30am, today. Magnetic Media is informed of the identity of the elderly man who once served as a teacher in Salt Cay, of the then Turks and Caicos High School and retired as a Permanent Secretary in Government. However we have opted to withhold the identity until there is more thorough notification of next of kin. Cruise figures forecast to drop, says Tourism Director Recommended for you
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, December 28, 2017 – Montego Bay – Residents of Montego Bay, St. James, whose houses and other belongings were destroyed by the flood that swept through sections of the city on November 22, have received assistance from the Government.Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, presented cheques to the first set of 80 recipients on December 22, at the temporary Montego Bay regional offices of the Ministry on Cottage Road.“Over 150 persons were affected. We had to send back some of them to get their Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN) as they were incorrect, or we never got a TRN for them,” Mrs. Robinson explained. “We know that the money can’t buy back everything that you lost, but we are making an effort,” she told the gathering.The flooding resulted from excessively heavy rains, estimated at 3.5 inches, which lashed the city for about four hours. Several roadways were blocked for hours and extensive damage was done to private and public properties. Many residents living on William Street, King Street, Norwood, Dome Street and other areas were impacted.During a tour of the affected sections of the city on November 23, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, promised that in addition to a $20-million emergency allocation from the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, he would convene a meeting with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security to come up with further support in order to ensure that persons, particularly homeowners, were given assistance.In an interview with JIS News following the presentation, Mrs. Robinson said representatives of the Ministry are continuing their fieldwork to collect the relevant TRNs, so that the remaining 70 persons will get assistance.“The Ministry of Labour and Social Security stands ready to do its part in times of emergencies like this,” she said.Release: JIS Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Researchers produce first Iraqi-to-English speech-to-speech translation app “No network required,” reads the promotion. “Results appear immediately on your video screen when you need it, anywhere in the world.”Word Lens uses text recognition to work out what the word or phrase is, and automatic-translation software translates it into the new language. The translation is then pasted over the original location. “An optical character recognition engine works with the in-built real time translator to translate foreign phrases for you. The converted text is then displayed on the screen of the smart phone.” © 2012 Phys.org More information: play.google.com/store/apps/det … c3VhbC53b3JkbGVucyJd (Phys.org) — Tuna with hot sauce. Beach closed. Please use caution. Apple users of iOS devices, drawing envy with their cooler than cool apps, have since 2010 enjoyed Word Lens, an application that instantly provides a foreign language translation of a menu or road sign just by the user hovering the device’s camera over the foreign language content in realtime. Now Word Lens is offering its translation app for Android too. The Android app will do translations between English and Spanish, Italian, and French using just the video camera. The nice feature of the app is that network connectivity is not required. Citation: Word Lens – augmented reality translation app – jumps platforms, is now on Android (2012, July 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-word-lens-augmented-reality.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Otavio Good and John DeWeese from Quest Visual are the two developers behind Word Lens. According to Good, Word Lens tries to find out what the letters are and then looks in the dictionary. Then it draws the words back on the screen in translation. The Android app is offering for purchase translations between English and Spanish, French, and Italian. The introductory price is $4.99 per language.Those testing out Word Lens for the Android platform think it has a way to go. One site said that their brief tests of Word Lens for Android showed it worked well except for rapid flickering of words going back and forth in the translation process. Others described the Android version as having a quirky interface and being shaky and bumpy. Also, said one critique, the app does not work effortlessly in that you need to keep the hand steady and scroll over sentences patiently. Also, phrases have strangled English language word placements, such as “Tongue Bolivian” or “sauce spicy of anchovies” but as a language support tool for visitors to foreign countries it is largely considered as useful. The developers themselves caution that the app will best work with “clearly printed text“ and they note that it does not recognize handwriting or stylized fonts. Good acknowledges weaknesses and says he would be the first to say that the app is not perfect, “but perfect was not the goal,” he added. What is useful, he said, is that “you can get the general meaning.” (Whether it is a spicy sauce or a sauce spicy, you know what is coming.) The app gets good marks elsewhere for speed and useful accuracy. Good says that future plans include introducing more languages. He is also considering a reader for the blind, which would read out loud the words that the app sees on signs. Explore further
Kolkata: The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) will launch a special drive to create awareness among the consumers to purchase hallmarked jewellery on the occasion of Akshay Tritiya. A meeting was held between senior BIS officials and some jewellers at the Eastern Regional Office on Tuesday afternoon. BIS officials Vishnu Gupta, NK Kansara, KK Paul and Kunal Kumar spoke to jewelers Samar De and Subir Sen and others on the issue. The Government of India started BIS Hallmarking Scheme in the year 2000 to protect the consumers against becoming a victim to inferior quality gold or silver. This scheme is presently voluntary but according to the BIS officials, they have appealed for it to become mandatory. BIS official, Vishnu Gupta, spoke about the precautions that a customer must take into account whilst purchasing hallmark jewellery. The purchased jewellery must have all the 4 symbols of hallmark, which are the BIS Standard Mark, Purity in carat, Assay Centre’s identification mark and jeweller’s identification mark. Customer should also be aware that the concerned jewellery shop must have the sign of hallmarked licence on their board prescribed by the Bureau of Indian Standards. The cash memo provided to them must be checked and a proper invoice should be kept for further verifications, if the hallmarked jewellery is under suspicion. The hallmarking charges per article for gold are Rs 35 and Rs 25 for silver.The officials said 21,641 hallmark jewellery license holders are present in India and BIS hopes that this number will increase due to this awareness drive.
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has been very vocal about his love for music and he has credited his parents for introducing him to it.The 73-year-old Piku star says his father, poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan and mother Teji Bachchan were equally into music and he has got the music-lover genes from his father.“Music remained integral in us all from our days of learning to crawl. But the learning of it, crawled throughout us. Till date. I ask many of those that have the blessings of notes and chords and voice, what it would take to be in their justice, in their sanctified courtyard. “They assure me it to be never too late. I have reservations. Also Read – A fresh blend of fame“My hours and time has passed and wished away of learning. May it remain within, if not in learning, then in its subdued and silent presence,” Bachchan wrote on his blog.The Shamitabh star, who is currently busy shooting for new TV show Aaj Ki Raat Hai Zindagi, says the connection he has with music comes from within.“The music that represents me, that I get the opportunity to explore and compose, comes from within by its own accord.There is no training nor any professional bearing. It just comes.“I cannot but begin to believe that the strains of my Father’s music interest, has followed my genes as an integral part of my construct… Do not have any other reason for its presence.”