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Review: Pattinson elevates the melancholy western ‘Damsel’

first_imgHomeNewsReview: Pattinson elevates the melancholy western ‘Damsel’ Jun. 21, 2018 at 5:00 amNewsReview: Pattinson elevates the melancholy western ‘Damsel’admin3 years agoapassociated pressmovie review Pitiful men pin their hopes on delusions of romance in David and Nathan Zellner’s clever and melancholy western “Damsel,” an offbeat odyssey about the foolhardiness of believing in the “damsel in distress.”The Zellner brothers’ last film, “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter,” was based on an urban legend about a Japanese woman who, believing the Coen brothers’ “Fargo” to be a true story, travels to wintery North Dakota to find the buried case of cash left by Steve Buscemi’s character.That movie, patiently idiosyncratic, found some poignancy in an absurd, ambling tale about fatally misguided misconceptions, and much is the same in the offbeat “Damsel.” Almost everybody but Mia Wasikowska — the “damsel” in question — is tilting at windmills.The Zellners, who wrote, directed and co-star in the film, have moved to the Old West but the Coens are still close at hand. In lesser, hit-or-miss doses, “Damsel” has imitated some of their verbal theatricality and straight-faced comedy.The “Waiting for Godot”-style opening is one of the movie’s high points. A defeated-looking preacher (a briefly seen but terrific Robert Forster) joins a man headed West at a comically remote stagecoach stop in the middle of a Monument Valley desert. Before stripping out of his clothes and handing his half-empty Bible (pages have been torn out for kindling, rolling papers and, he bashfully adds, “hygiene”) to the traveler, he warns the man that life in the West is no better than anywhere else, just bad in “new and fascinating ways.” He then runs off in his long underwear, calling to the Lord.It’s an omen that no one in “Damsel” heeds: Look neither toward the West, nor a woman, for your self-reinvention, your “fresh start.”Soon arriving is Robert Pattinson’s Samuel Alabaster, a stranger in town, who enlists Parson Henry (David Zellner) — the Monument Valley traveler, having inherited the pastor’s robe and Bible — to marry him and his fiancee, Penelope (Wasikowska). With a gold tooth and a miniature horse named Butterscotch, Pattinson gives the film a kick that it lacks when he departs. His Alabaster is prim, peculiar and possibly psychotic. Believing himself gallant, he has a song prepared for Penelope dubbed “Honey Bun.” Sample lyric: “You’re my horseshoe to my hoof.”It’s well into the journey when Alabaster confesses Penelope has been kidnapped, so their mission is a combination rescue-proposal. His wide-eyed ardor for Penelope begins to grow suspiciously shallow. She’s “good at reading words, even good at kissing and lovemaking,” he says. “What more could you ask for?”The proposal, naturally, doesn’t go quite as “lickety-split” as Alabaster envisions, and Henry — a gentle and half-formed man who naively craves the adventure of meeting “a real Indian” — is carried along by the unfolding events. That he isn’t a real man of God is little surprise to anyone. “But my heart is the right place,” he whimpers.But, then again, none in “Damsel” are really quite up to the role they imagine themselves in, except for Wasikowka’s Penelope — the only sane person in the movie crowded with fools. Handsomely shot by Jeff Nichols’ regular cinematographer, Adam Stone, “Damsel” has the look of a classic Western but a story of dopey, lost men that could just as easily be told in modern-day Brooklyn. While the movie isn’t quite as clever as it thinks it is, the Zellners have a sweet, likable sense of humor tinged with tragedy. And they remain filmmakers to watch.“Damsel,” a Magnolia Pictures release, is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for “some violence, language, sexual material, and brief graphic nudity.” Running time: 113 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four.___MPAA definition of R: Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parTags :apassociated pressmovie reviewshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentEsoteric ‘brencheese’ and buzzy ‘spoiler alert’ added to OEDAmerican AnimalsYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall10 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson20 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter20 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor20 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press20 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press20 hours agolast_img read more

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All that’s left of this California mom’s house are these blocks with handprints

first_imgABC News.(NEW YORK) — As deadly wildfires continue to ravage Northern California, a single mom is now being forced to start over after her entire home was incinerated.Lisa Wahnon described evacuating her Santa Rosa home of eight years with her son, Ben, as “crazy and chaotic.”“The power went out and we heard a bunch of commotion outside. We looked outside and there’s a whole bunch of cars lining up in the street to leave,” she told ABC News. “We just got a couple things and walked out.”She said she had to stay calm to get out. “I had to be a mom,” she said. “I had no choice.”In the Santa Rosa area, 27,000 acres have burned and at least seven people have died. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department says it’s received up to 150 missing person reports. All Sonoma County public schools are closed today and officials say 24 evacuation centers are open to the public. Overall, there have been at least 13 wildfire-related deaths.Wahnon said she came back home after evacuating because she “had to see for myself” what was still there.The house was no longer standing, and nearly all of their possessions had been incinerated, including her son’s baby blankets and clothes, and her father’s photos and Purple Heart and Medal of Honor from Vietnam.The one thing that survived was concrete blocks she and her son made with handprints when they moved in in 2009. Ben was 6 years old at the time.“It was like the christening of our house,” Wahnon said.With only the clothes on their backs, Wahnon said she isn’t sure what they will do going forward.“Have a big cry. Figure out what we’re gonna do,” she said. “Try to rebuild our life.”For now, she is staying with her friend, also a single mom and nurse.“We’re safe, we’re healthy,” she said. “It’s only stuff for the most part, right?”ABC News’ Matt Gutman and Scott Shulman contributed to this report.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

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More Minnie Ear Headbands for the Holidays

first_imgShare This!The holiday merchandise is coming in fast and flurrious at Walt Disney World. We’re totally charmed by the new peppermint candy cane and gingerbread Minnie ears, both priced at $29.99 each. Also new is a basic black sequined Minnie ear headband. Presumably this is the one you’re wear to your fancy black-tie holiday parties where Disney ears are appropriate. This blinged-up classic is $29.99 as well.These options join the cozy Buffalo plaid ears that debuted a few days ago.Photos: Christina Harrisonlast_img read more

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New Adobe AIR App Delivers Live Video From FOX News

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Product Reviews#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… sarah perez Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Are you addicted to the news lately? Here in the U.S., it’s election season which means that easy access to live news coverage is a must-have these days. There was a time when you could only get the news via TV, radio, or paper, but now the web offers a number of different ways to watch the news. Whether it’s your favorite news web site, up-to-the-minute blog coverage, streaming video, citizen journalism, or even desktop apps like Livestation, there are a million ways to feed your news addiction when you go online. Today, you can add one more app to your news-gathering arsenal: an Adobe AIR app delivering 12 live streams from FOX News.Even if FOX News isn’t your cup of tea, the FOX News app is worth a look. Through this desktop video player, you have access to 12 simultaneous live streams from FOX News. However, it should be noted that all the streams are not necessarily live all the time. Sometimes you’ll only see a handful, but what they deliver is compelling. The reason this app is interesting is because it delivers the news live and uncut – it’s the raw footage, not edited and produced the way you see on TV. You’re getting the live feed, and sometimes that means you’re seeing the ground and people’s feet as the cameraman adjusts the camera or moves to a different location. Maybe you’ll catch the reporter fixing her hair. Or maybe you’ll just see the footage being filmed by the helicopter, with no voiceover. Yet all this is what makes the app great – it feels like you’re really there and getting the scoop. In addition to the video feeds, there’s also a live feed from FOX News Talk Radio. Another nice feature is the breaking news alerts. When the app is minimized, a small window will pop up from time to time when there’s breaking news. The pop-up window will show the headline and the video. If you want to tune in, just click on it. If you ignore it, it will disappear in a moment or two. If that feature annoys you or you just need a break from distractions, you can easily turn it off from the Alert Settings in the app. The last notable feature of the AIR app is the sharing feature. If you catch a video that you want to share with your friends, you can simply click the “Share” button to send them the video via email. Your friend receives a link to the video stream. The link delivers them to a page on the FOX News web site where they can watch the stream live. If you want to check out this app yourself, you can download it from here. You will need to have Adobe AIR installed in order to install it. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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PEERING THROUGH THE CRYSTAL BALL X-BLADES NATIONAL 18s 2007

first_imgThe X-Blades National 18 Years and Under Championships shapes as an extremely competitive tournament in 2007.Trying to choose the winning gold lotto numbers for Saturday night is probably an easier task than predicting the finalists in the respective Boys and Girls divisions of the event.Touch Football Australia enlisted the assistance of several highly regarded Fortune Tellers and Psychics, even hitting up the cast of “Early Edition” to see if we could get a scoop on tomorrow’s news today.We rang Haley Joel Osment from “The Sixth Sense” fame to see if we could get an “I see… winners” out of him… but to no avail sports fans!With all care and no responsibility, we present the crystal ball predictions for 2007…Competition for top two in each pool will be intense as teams steel themselves for a battle royal to finish as high up on the standings as possible in a bid to advance to the Finals series of the showcase event. The Men’s Pool A comprises six teams with Top seeds defending champions Sydney Mets looking the goods to go back to back in 2007.This team has no less than 10 current Australian Youth Squad members in their ranks including National 20 Years Boys kingpins Matthew Moylan, Ezekiel Mears, and Michael Singh.With minimal changes to last year’s all conquering combination, and under the direction of National 18 Years Mixed Coaches Mick Mc Donald and Wade Jenkins, fans are clamoring to put their Darren Lockyer autographed jersey on the well-heeled Mets combination.Brisbane Cobras led by gifted Australian Youth players Rhys Jacks, Oscar Sanft, and Dwayne Conlan have the potential to make an impression on the competition.New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges (NSWCCC), with Aussie Youth squad member Cameron Breust calling the shots, and SQBD have undeniable claims in this pool.South Australia make a return to the Boys Division in 2007, and New South Wales Combined Independent Schools (NSWCIS) will be looking to improve on last year’s 15th position in the tournament 2006 National 18 Years Grand Finalists New South Wales Combined High Schools (NSWCHS) will be looking to repeat last year’s efforts and claim top spot in the six team Pool B in 2007.Mercurial wonder twins Maurice and John Kennedy spearheaded last year’s title tilt and their absence this year will test the potency of the Blues.The sonic fast feet of National Youth squad member Travis Shaw, and the guile of fellow National squad teammate Jacob Kara will be pivotal in CHS’s attempts to annex the championships.This pool is as wide open as the traffic lanes on the Harbour Bridge on Christmas Day, with a number of teams capable of winning through given the right mix of combination, performance, and a little luck. The Northern Eagles, led by National Youth squad members Albert Kelly, Djjmang Knox, Malcolm Webster, Shaye Moran, and Liam Ayoub will be the big value bet of the tournament.Under the control of National 18 Years Boys Assistant Coach Rick Leuland, the local boys will be one side to test the mettle of the champions with their fleet footed expansive style sure to keep the fans entertained and the opposition on their toes.Sunshine Coast led by current National 18s squad member Tyson Brough will be looking to build on last year’s fifth place with a strong showing in what shapes as a lucky dip pool, with unknown quantities the order of the day.Central Queensland have developed good combinations in recent times and will have impressive National 20 Years Men’s squad member Justin Otto steering the ship as well as lightning quick National 18 Years Boys squad member Kale Johnson on the snap to torment unsuspecting defenders, and could well improve on their 8th position in 2007. Scorpions will have their marquee Australian player Eddie Johnson leading the way and Rebels will be looking to improve on their 2006 tournament.The seven team Men’s Pool C shapes as another closely contested section, with Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) the top seeds.(QSST) have struggled in recent years to make an impression at the business end of the tournament, but under National 18 Years Boys Coach Kathy O’Brien, have had a more thorough preparation and will be looking to their National 18 Years Boys representatives Peter Norman, Clargie Saltmere, and Cody Green to lead the way. The fleet footed Kristian Congoo and the clever Matt Hopkin are also key players for the Maroons who are aiming for a finals berth in 2007.The Southern Suns, led by experienced National Youth squad member Steve Naughton, will be a well-drilled outfit under National 18 Years Boys Youth Assistant Coach Barry Jackson.ACT have been working hard on their Junior development program and National 18 Years Squad members Ben Hughes and Josh Wilkinson will provide leadership to a team looking to build on their 11th placing in 2006. Hornets will rely on the classy Michael Hodge to bankroll their efforts.Tasmania, with emerging youngster Jason Haines steering the ship, will be doing everything they can to improve their finishing position in 2007, whilst TouchWest make a welcome return to the National 18s tournament this year and will be eager to make an impression in this pool. Northern Territory with Quinton Pomare-Anderson a standout, are capable of pushing through in the draw.Last Year’s Grand Final combatants QSST and NSWCHS are again favoured to dominate their respective Pools and advance to the semi-final stage of the competition in the Girls Division of the X Blades National 18 years and Under Championships.Both Teams feature star-studded line-ups chockfull of the young guns of Australian Women’s Touch Football.QSST under the direction of Peter Bell, Australia’s most successful Coach in the history of the sport at World Cup level, are the number One seeds in the six team Pool A group.With 11 current National Youth Squad members in the line-up and with six players already having played at the National Touch League in the Women’s Open division in 2007, this team shapes as an experienced and talented combination that will be difficult to repel.Led by long ball queen Ali Brigginshaw, and the indefatigueable Genevieve “SG” La Caze, the Maroons will also look to the classy play making of Kirsty Beer and Jess Shaw, and the industrious Kristy Brennan and Kirsty “Harry” Quince to provide the framework for their title defence. NSWCCC are also expected to perform strongly in this pool under the coaching direction of 2007 Australian Women’s Open World Cup star Louise “Squeeze” Winchester.National 20 Years Youth squad member Steph Halpin, and Aussie 18s Mixed squad guns Lauren Simpson and Haylee Henderson will set a great platform for CCC who will contend strongly for a top two spot in the pool.Sunshine Coast, with National 18 Years Girls squad members Leah Goodrich and Emily Reed running the show, will be aiming at improving on last year’s 7th position, and could be the team to emerge strongly in this pool.Local hopes the Northern Eagles, Central Queensland, and Touch West will all be looking to push their way through the pool to go deeper into the money rounds later in the tournament.TouchWest, making their comeback to the National 18s in 2007, are capable of performing well in this event.Under the astute coaching of 2007 Australian Women’s Open World Cup player Shelley Matcham, and led by National Youth Squad members the lightning Sharon Wong and the elusive Jenaya Quan, WA are not without claims to go deeper into the tournament.In the six team Pool B field powerhouses NSWCHS are the overwhelming favourites to finish top of the pops with a star-studded line-up featuring 7 National Youth Squad members.The imposing line-up includes outstanding playmaker Jessica Absolum, the speed of light Sophie Broadhead, the rock solid Amy Regal, and the gifted Mounsey sisters Bianca and Rebecca who will lead the Blues charge in 2007. Mets can count Australian 20 Years speedster Nicky Albery, National 18 Years Squad members Leah Opie, Erin Mortimer, Patricia Michaelopoulos, and emerging talent Ally Tairi in their ranks and will be a real threat when the whips are cracking at the pointy end of the competition.The Brisbane Cobras will be another side who will have high hopes of progressing in the competition, boasting exceptional National Women’s 20s superstar Samantha Hopkin in their line-up in 2007.Hopkin scored the winning touchdown in Cobras Women’s Open NTL drop-off victory over Mets in March, and will be relied upon to provide leadership to a team that also includes Australian 18 Years squad member Kristen Wuruki.NSWCIS are also not without hope with a host of young guns including Kobi Ruzzene, Cobie Morgan, Leica Le Brocq, and Anna Prowse frame working their tournament.The prodigious Jordan Ah Sam, a member of the Australian Youth squad, will be the guiding light for the Northern Territory, whilst a young Rebels team will battle hard to make an impression in a very competitive Pool.In the six team Pool C, South Queensland & Border Districts are the top seeds in a section of the draw that will again be closely contested.The “Baby Sharkies” have lost several experienced players from last year’s line up and will rely on National 18 Years Youth squad member Natalie Stephen-Daylight to lead the way.Southern Suns who finished 4th in 2006 will be the side to watch with National Youth squad members Jess Mc Call, Alicia Quirk, and Eliza Naseby the backbone of a tough and skilful side who have the credentials to do a lot of damage in this event.Jess Mc Call in particular is in the best form of her short career, starring for the Wollongong Devils in the NSWTA’s Women’s Premier Division Vawdon Cup competition, and her leadership will be invaluable in the Sun’s bid for a finals appearance in this tournament. Tasmania led by 2006 National Youth squad member Emily Hudson, and the emerging Bec Oliver, will be looking to build their way into the tournament and finish as high up the ladder as possible.Hornets, Scorpions, and ACT will be battling hard to improve their 2006 results.That’s it folks, the view, from an at best, murky crystal ball.Good luck to all teams for an injury free and successful week, we hope your tournament goes better than a Snow Patrol concert and remember when in doubt, throw the flick pass….last_img read more

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Celebrity Touch – Check Out The Latest On Social Media

first_imgTuesday, August 13, 2013There has been some great interaction on Social Media about the TFA and NRL Partnership. Check out some of the mentions for some of those involved. Talking tactics ?�@touchfootyaus: SBW and Squeeze… pic.twitter.com/JkG6zvjAUh�— Sonny Bill Williams (@SonnyBWilliams) August 13, [email protected] @nrl @touchfootyaus @sonnybwilliams great fun! how about the loaded gold team, plenty of talent there!— Matt Shirvington (@mattshirvington) August 13, 2013Awesome day for @touchfootyaus and @nrl so great to be a part of the launch. Exciting times ahead! http://t.co/lk2qyhWEiq— Kellie Tope (@Kellie_jane_86) August 13, 2013Great to be at today’s partnership announcement between @NRL & @touchfootyaus. Massive opportunity for us to be the leader in participation!— Todd Greenberg (@Todd_Greenberg) August 13, 2013Great day for Touch Football with @jessicamauboy and @LaurynEagle . #NRL pic.twitter.com/YyDg8osyUE— NRL (@NRL) August 13, [email protected]: Fun day today!!! Go yellow team. @SonnyBWilliams Beau champion, Andrew Ryan, Cliffy Lyon and the Gila!! http://t.co/ISnRRvjjB4— Lauryn Eagle (@LaurynEagle) August 13, 2013Playing some #touchfootyau at the Touch Football Australia Nrl partnership game last week #determined http://t.co/YI6I0sbxRw— Jessica Mauboy (@jessicamauboy) August 19, 2013last_img read more

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Video: Nick Saban Wore The Big Al Mascot Head To Wish Lee Corso A Happy Birthday

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after defeating the Clemson Tigers in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 11: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after defeating the Clemson Tigers in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Crimson Tide defeated the Tigers with a score of 45 to 40. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Believe it or not, Alabama head coach Nick Saban has a humorous side. It doesn’t come out often, but it’s there.Friday, Saban, in wishing ESPN College GameDay host Lee Corso a happy 80th birthday, decided to wear the school mascot head. Big Al never looked so good – or so terrifying.Earlier this year, we saw Big Al pop up at Saban’s daughter’s wedding too. Perhaps the Alabama head coach just has an extra mascot head in the trunk of his car or something.last_img read more

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Rahul regrets his remarks on Rafale verdict in Apex court

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi expressed regret in the Supreme Court on Monday over his remarks in connection with the Rafale judgment which the apex court had said was “incorrectly attributed” to it.The apex court on April 15 had given a categorical clarification that in its Rafale judgment it did not need to make a mention of the contemptuous observation that “chowkidar Narendra Modi chor hain” as has been attributed to it by Gandhi. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe court had directed Gandhi to give his explanation on April 22 on a petition filed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi seeking criminal contempt action against him for his remarks. It is scheduled to hear Lekhi’s petition on Tuesday. Gandhi, who filed an affidavit in response to the apex court’s April 15 order, said he had made the statement in the heat of political campaigning which has been misused by his opponents. He said he had no intention to lower the dignity of the apex court. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayHe, however, also alleged that the prime minister too had used the SC judgment in the Rafale jet deal case to claim the government has been given a “clean chit” in the matter. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi on April 15 had decided to consider the criminal contempt petition filed by Lekhi against Gandhi for attributing to it some observations that were not in the Rafale judgment. It observed that politicians should not attribute any findings or views to the court in their speeches. In her plea, Lekhi, the Lok Sabha MP from New Delhi constituency, has alleged that Gandhi has attributed his personal remarks to the top court and tried to create prejudice. BJP demanded an apology from Rahul Gandhi and said he is “liar of the first order” in public opinion after the Congress president expressed regret in the Supreme Court on Monday. The Rafale fighter is a twin-engine Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft manufactured by French aerospace company Dassault Aviation. A deal to procure the jets was signed between India and France in 2015. The delivery is expected to begin in September this year.last_img read more

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FCRA violation SC seeks response from advocates Indira Anand their NGO

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought response from activist lawyers Indira Jaising, Anand Grover and their NGO ‘Lawyers Collective’ on a plea seeking investigation and lodging of FIR under various provisions of law for allegedly violating rules relating to receipt and utilisation of foreign funds.The PIL filed by Lawyers’ Voice, a voluntary organisation of advocates, alleged that the funds collected by them were misutilised for “activities against the nation”. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghA Bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta also issued notice to the Ministry Home Affairs and asked its response on the allegations including that the money received by Lawyers Collective was used to “influence political activities”. The petition mentioned orders of the Centre by which the licence of Lawyers Collective was suspended in 2016 and later permanently cancelled for alleged violation of FCRA. It alleged that Jaising remained involved with the activities of Lawyers Collective when she was Additional Solicitor General for India during the previous UPA-II regime. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe PIL alleged that Jaisingh, Grover and the Lawyers Collective violated the provisions of FCRA (Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Act, Indian Penal Code, Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and Prevention of Corruption Act. It has also been alleged that she violated the Advocates Act by receiving funds from foreign entity and travelling abroad on the money received for NGO while being the law officer of the country. The petition, filed through advocate Surender Kumar Gupta, sought direction to the Centre to place on record all the materials including confidential documents which led to passing of the orders. The plea submitted that Jaising and Grover under the garb of working as activists were involved in several activities to pressurize public functionaries and others and therefore it was in public interest that the true facts of such activists should come in public domain. Meanwhile, senior lawyers Indira Jaising and Anand Grover on Wednesday cried foul over a Supreme Court notice to them and their NGO, Lawyers Collective, on a plea alleging FCRA violation by them, and said they are “deeply disturbed by the turn of events”. They said they are being “victimised” as Jaising took up the cause of a sacked woman employee of the apex court who had levelled allegations of sexual harassment against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi which were rejected by an In-House Inquiry Committee on May 6.last_img read more

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Mark Tully launches PRSIs Samvaad Series

first_imgPRSI – Delhi Chapter launched the Samvad-Series for the fraternity of fellow professionals by Sir William Mark Tully on May 10, 2019, at the SCOPE Convention Centre, Delhi. The launch was followed by a lecture on ‘Creative Listening’.Mark Tully, who is known for his convictions and commitments on whatever he undertakes; opened the talk with references from Indian mythology and scriptures. He emphasised that India and Indians are known for skillful communications, and good communication is the foundation of great public relations. He dwelled upon how art of listening is associated with development of self. Tully elaborated that it is listening that connects you with the inner-mind, intellect and soul. Also Read – The Puja carnivalHe referred to radio as one of the medium that inculcates habit of listening among the masses and mentioned that listening gives you an opportunity to draw inferences from the speakers talk. His narrations were highly appreciated by the audience and were supported with clapping. Tully touched upon Samvad in the society in general and political context particularly. He highlighted how over a period of time Samvad has been dominated by acquisitions and cross-acquisitions rather than constructive and convincing arguments and cross arguments. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraHe emphasised how creative and effective listening has been adopted by Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teressa and other great leaders of the world in bringing together the masses and build nations. He once again drew attention of PR professionals for deeply understanding this to meet the professional intent in developing and communicating their message to the masses in a more efficient and effective manner. This was the first lecture in the series of Samavad. While the Samvad Logo was unveiled by Sir William Mark Tully, Executive Committee Members joined him on the stage. Tully complemented the team PRSI-Delhi Chapter for this yeomen service to the society. Earlier, the welcome address was given by Chairman, PRSI-Delhi Chapter, Naresh Kumar. Shari Pallab Bhattacharya, Executive Director (CC), ONGC introduced Sir Willaim Mark Tully to the audience and GS Bawa introduced the Samvad Series and gave the punch line “Productivity through Effective Samvad”. The program was summed up with the felicitation of the dignitaries on the dais and a vote of thanks by the SS Rao, Secretary, PRSI-Delhi Chapter.last_img read more

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