America on 70mm

first_imgThe American Center, the US Commercial Service and the Consular Section of the US Embassy in association with Cinedarbaar are celebrating the World Tourism Day with a two day seminar and film festival. The seminar will be followed by a film fest which will include tourist fair, quizzes, workshops, discussions interactive maps of the USA. The opening film of the festival is Seeking a Friend for the End of the World by Lorene Scafaria. The United Nations World Tourism Organization celebrated the first World Tourism Day on 27 September, 1980 to raise awareness on the role of tourism within the international community.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The two-day long festival will feature road films that give the flavor of some of America’s greatest cities. The film fest will feature 6 films from celebrating road movies of America. The mating of the road and the movies is as enduring as any of Hollywood’s famous couples, and seemingly just as inevitable. The road has always been a persistent theme of American culture and the film festival will explore the American landscape through films like Easy Rider, Broken Flowers, The straight story, Two lane Blacktop and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. All films will follow interactive sessions to explore the themes and styles of different auteurs.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe participants will also have an opportunity to have fun with DIY activities such as Interactive Map that will bring together cartography, cinema and genres in which visitors can participate and add layers to the map that will grow every day. It also includes information on the films, trivia, selected clips and insights on how films influenced the image of America’s cities. They can also make their travelogue through a collage with materials provided at the venue. WHERE: The American Center, KG MargWHEN: 27 – 29 Septemberlast_img read more

Go Big or Go Home Apple Officially Unveils iPhone 6 With Larger

first_imgSeptember 9, 2014 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » Ask and ye shall receive, Apple fanboys and girls.Though Apple has sold roughly 500 million iPhones since the device’s introduction in 2007, people have long clamored for a larger screen display — particularly given the comparative expanses of competing Android and Windows devices.Today, those calls have been answered. Apple announced its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which feature screens measuring 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, respectively. For reference, the iPhone 5s measures 4 inches, while the iPad mini clocks in at 7.9 inches.Related: Denny’s Just Capitalized on Apple’s Tech Glitch in a Genius Marketing MoveThe iPhone 6 is priced at $199 for 16 GB, $299 for 64 GB and $399 for 128GB. Meanwhile, the iPhone 6 Plus is $100 more at every tier. The phones will ship on September 19, and arrive equipped with iOS 8, which will be available for everyone on September 17. The same three colors will be available as with the fifth generation iPhones: gold, silver and space grey.While Apple has historically avoided larger screen sizes in order to make its devices more wieldy in-hand, the sixth-generation iPhones will feature new “one-handed” and “landscape” modes for easier use.Related: With the Apple Watch, It’s Time for Smartwatches to Get SeriousSo, big screen and easy-to-use interfaces, all in one new package. They are also the slimmest iPhones yet: the iPhone 6 measures .27 inches wide while the iPhone 6 Plus measures .28 inches.Perhaps most notably, the devices will ship with a mobile payments feature called Apple Pay, which enables users to complete retail transactions with a simple touch of a smartphone. Incorporating NFC (near field communication) technology, users simply hold their finger onto the Touch ID home button and hold the device near a contactless reader, whereupon a secure payment is instantly transacted, Apple said.Other features include a new “Retina HD” display with curved edges, increased battery life, faster processing speeds and a revamped camera for capturing slo-mo and time-lapse videos.Related: Should You Buy an iPhone 5S Now or Wait For the iPhone 6?center_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 2 min readlast_img read more

Militants assault worshippers in Egypts deadliest attack on civilians

first_imgTags: Egypt, Travel Alert EL-ARISH, Egypt — Militants attacked a crowded mosque during Friday prayers in the Sinai Peninsula, setting off explosives, spraying worshippers with gunfire and killing at least 200 people in the deadliest ever attack on Egyptian civilians by Islamic extremists.The attack targeted a mosque frequented by Sufis, members of Islam’s mystical movement, in the north Sinai town of Bir al-Abd. Islamic militants, including the local affiliate of the Islamic State group, consider Sufis heretics because of their less literal interpretations of the faith.The IS affiliate has been waging a stepped-up campaign of violence in northern Sinai for years and has claimed deadly bombings on churches in the capital, Cairo, and other cities, killing dozens of Christians. It also is believed to have been behind the 2016 downing of a Russian passenger jet that killed 226.But this was the first major militant attack on a Muslim mosque and the startling bloodshed eclipsed any past attacks of its kind, even dating back to a previous Islamic militant insurgency in the 1990s.The militants opened fire from four off-road vehicles on worshippers inside the mosque during the sermon, blocking off escape routes from the area by blowing up cars and leaving the burning wrecks blocking the roads, three police officers on the scene said.Victims including some 130 wounded were rushed to local hospitals, they added, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to brief reporters.No one claimed responsibility immediately following the attack, but IS has targeted Sufis several times in the area in the past, notably beheading a leading Sufi religious figure, the blind sheikh Suleiman Abu Heraz, last year and posting photos of the killing online.More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?Images circulating on social media showed dozens of bloodied bodies wrapped up in sheets laid across the mosque floor, while others revealed dozens of relatives queuing up outside the hospital as ambulances raced back and forth.Resident Ashraf el-Hefny said many of the victims were workers at a nearby salt firm who had come for Friday services at the mosque, which had contained some 300 worshipers.“Local people brought the wounded to hospital on their own cars and trucks,” he said by telephone.Egypt’s state news agency reported the casualty toll, citing “official sources,” revising it upward several times following the officials’ initial reports.MENA reported that Egypt’s presidency declared a three-day mourning period, as President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi convened a high-level meeting of security officials.Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi has condemned the extremist attack on a mosque in the troubled Sinai Peninsula, calling it “criminal” and “cowardly” and expressing condolences to the victims and their families.In a statement after the meeting, el-Sissi said the attack “will not go unpunished” and that Egypt will persevere with its war on terrorism. The suffering of the victims was not in vain, he added, and will only “add to our insistence” to combat extremists. Addressing the nation later on television, he repeated his view that Egypt was fighting a battle for the rest of the world.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckCairo’s international airport boosted security following the attack, with more troopers and forces seen patrolling passenger halls, conducting searches and manning checkpoints at airport approaches.State condolences poured in for Egypt, including messages from Israel, the United Arab Emirates, the U.S., Russia, France and Britain condemning the violence.President Donald Trump denounced what he called a “horrible and cowardly terrorist attack on innocent and defenceless worshippers in Egypt.”“The world cannot tolerate terrorism” he said on Twitter, “we must defeat them militarily and discredit the extremist ideology that forms the basis of their existence!”Security forces have been battling militants in northern Sinai for years, but attacks to date have focused on military and police assets, although assassinations of individuals IS considers government spies or religious heretics are not uncommon.Hundreds of soldiers and militants have been killed in the conflict, although exact numbers are unclear as journalists and independent investigators are banned from the area.Egypt is also facing a growing number of attacks by militants in its Western Desert, including an attack last month that killed 16 police, according to an official tally issued by the Interior Ministry. Security officials have told journalists that dozens more, including high-ranking counterterrorism officers, perished in the Oct. 20 attack some 135 kilometres (84 miles) southwest of the capital, Cairo. By: Ashraf Sweilam and Brian RohanSource: The Associated Press Friday, November 24, 2017 Share Militants assault worshippers in Egypt’s deadliest attack on civilians << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more