"Manou the Swift," a German-produced animated adventure film starring the voices of Kate Winslet and Willem Dafoe, hit the big screen in China Saturday.
Also known as "Birds of a Feather," the film tells of an adopted swift named Manou who grows up believing he is a seagull like his parents.
Manou strives to swim, fish and fly like a seagull and fails. When both seagulls and swifts get into trouble, Manou fights heroically -- combining the traits of an inventive swift and courageous seagull.
"Manou the Swift" is the first animated feature film made by Germany-based LUXX Studios, which is best known for its visual effects in "The Grand Budapest Hotel", "White House Down" and "Independence Day: Resurgence".
Graham Stuart and Ferdousi Kabir Mukta knew it was love when they came across each other in the UK.
Mukta had gone there for studies at Nottingham University in 2017 where the couple met and fell in love. They eventually decided to tie the knot but the issue of religions popped up.
Stuart finally came to Chattogram on December 14 to marry Mukta after converting to Islam and took the Saimon Kabir (Kabir is the title of his in-laws).
The marriage ceremony took place on December 27 at a community centre in the port city. Saimon is now staying at his in-law’s house in Lovelane area of the city.
Saimon said he really liked the Bangladeshi culture. “It’s amazing,” he said during the marriage ceremony. “I really enjoyed it.”
The couple will soon leave for London.
Radio personality Don Imus, whose career was made and then undone by his acid tongue during a decades-long rise to stardom and an abrupt public plunge after a nationally broadcast racial slur, has died. He was 79.
Imus died Friday morning at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center in College Station, Texas, after being hospitalized since Christmas Eve, according to a statement issued by his family. Deirdre, his wife of 25 years, and his son Wyatt, 21, were at his side, with his son Zachary Don Cates returning from military service overseas.
He died of complications from lung disease.
Imus survived drug and alcohol woes, a raunchy appearance before President Clinton and several firings during his long career behind the microphone. But he was vilified and eventually fired after describing a women's college basketball team as "nappy headed hos."
His April 2007 racist and misogynist crack about the mostly black Rutgers squad, an oft-replayed 10-second snippet, crossed a line that Imus had long straddled as his irascible rants catapulted him to prominence. The remark was heard coast to coast on 60 radio stations and on a simulcast aired each morning on MSNBC.
At the time, his "Imus in the Morning" show was home to presidential hopefuls, political pundits and his favorite musicians, a must-listen in the media and political corridors of New York and Washington. Ten years earlier, Time magazine had named him one of the 25 most influential Americans. But the remark made him an immediate pariah and he was dropped by CBS Radio and MSNBC.
Imus apologized repeatedly, calling his remark "completely inappropriate ... thoughtless and stupid," and met with the team to hear how his comment hurt them. Although he returned to radio, and the Fox Business Network simulcast his show for a number of years, he never approached the same influence before retiring in 2018.
The incident "did change my feelings about making fun of some people who didn't deserve to be made fun of and didn't have a mechanism to defend themselves," Imus told CBS News upon his retirement.
Imus' unsparing on-air persona was tempered by his off-air philanthropy, raising more than $40 million for groups including the CJ Foundation for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. He ran a New Mexico ranch for dying children, and often used his radio show to solicit guests for donations.
A pediatric medical center bearing Imus' name was opened at the Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey.
Joe Scarborough, who replaced Imus in MSNBC's morning lineup, tweeted that "Morning Joe" owed its format to Imus.
"No one else could have gotten away with that much talk on cable news," Scarborough wrote. "Thanks for everything, Don, and Godspeed."
Yet even in death, he was a polarizing figure. Several African Americans on Twitter were unforgiving, saying, in effect, "good riddance." The Huffington Post headlined its obituary, "Don Imus, racist radio show host, dead at 79."
Even though Imus was unsparing in mocking politicians of all stripes — he called former Vice President Dick Cheney a "war criminal" — he was praised on Twitter Friday by conservative media personalities Sean Hannity and Mark Levin. Fox News Channel's Laura Ingraham said he was responsible for her radio career.
"Love him or hate him — & he gave his audience cause to do both — he was a giant in radio," tweeted CBS' Anthony Mason, who interviewed Imus at the time of his retirement.
Imus, born on a Riverside, California cattle ranch, was the oldest of two boys — his brother Fred later became an "Imus In the Morning" show regular. The family moved to Flagstaff, Arizona, where Imus joined the Marines before taking jobs as a freight train brakeman and uranium miner.
Only at age 28 did he appear on the airwaves. His caustic persona, though it would later serve him well, was initially a problem: Imus was canned by a small station in Stockton, California, for uttering the word "hell."
The controversy only enhanced his career, a pattern that continued throughout the decades.
Imus, moving to larger California stations, earned Billboard's "Disc Jockey of the Year" award for medium-sized markets after a stunt where he ordered 1,200 hamburgers to go from a local McDonald's.
He moved to Cleveland and by 1971, was doing the morning drive-time show on WNBC-AM in New York, the nation's largest and most competitive radio market. He brought along a destructive taste for vodka.
He was a "shock jock" before the term was coined, and listeners flocked to hear what outrageous things he'd say, like phoning people to wake them up and ask, "Are ya naked?" He played characters like the radio evangelist Rev. Billy Sol Hargis. His demons also made it an open question many mornings whether he'd show up for his 6 a.m. shift.
Imus was fired by WNBC but returned in triumph two years later adding a new vice: cocaine. While his career turned around, his first marriage, which produced daughters Nadine, Ashley, Elizabeth and Toni, fell apart.
Imus struggled with addiction until a 1987 stint at a Florida alcohol rehabilitation center, coming out just as WNBC became the fledgling all-sports station WFAN, which retained Imus' non-sports show as its morning anchor.
His career again soared. He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame and MSNBC signed up his simulcast when the network started in 1996. He mixed comedy with A-list guests like Senators John Kerry and John McCain. Media personalities like NBC's Tim Russert and Frank Rich of The New York Times were regulars.
A book plug on Imus' show guaranteed sales, and authors were soon queuing up for a slot on the show.
Imus rarely missed a chance to get in trouble, even in the good times. He engaged in a long-running feud with shock jock Howard Stern, who usurped Imus' position as the No. 1 morning host in New York City.
But as he retired, Imus called Stern one of the top five radio personalities of all time. He gave himself the same rank, adding Arthur Godfrey, Wolfman Jack and Jack Benny.
"He had a big problem with me," Imus said about Stern. "I didn't with him."
In 1996, Imus outraged guests at the annual Radio and Television Correspondents Association Dinner in 1996, cracking wise about President Clinton's extramarital activities as the first lady sat stone-faced nearby. "We all know you're a pot-smoking weasel," Imus said at another point about Clinton.
A White House spokesman called Imus' bit "fairly tasteless."
One year later, he was sued by a Manhattan judge after ripping the jurist on air as a "creep" and "a senile old dirtbag." Critics carped over the show's content, with Imus deflecting most complaints by claiming he was an all-inclusive offender. However, one show regular was fired in 2005 after a particularly vile crack about cancer-stricken singer Kylie Minogue.
A February 2006 profile in Vanity Fair contained the quote that might best serve as Imus' epitaph.
"I talk to millions of people every day," he said while riding home in a limousine after one show. "I just like it when they can't talk back."
Imus remarried in December 1994, to the former Deirdre Coleman. They had one son, Wyatt, and adopted Zachary after he attended one of his camps for cancer-stricken children.
The opening day of the first-ever youth carnival of Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC) saw a huge turnout on Friday when cultural performances and encouraging plenary sessions enthralled the attendees.
Popular singer Arnob, along with his musical troupe ‘Arnob & Friends’, Elita Karim and youth band Chitropot grooved the participants with their performances at the event held at Government College of Physical Education, Mohammadpur in the city on Friday.
“Despite the bone-chilling weather, we are amused to see these amazing performances. Our heartfelt gratitude goes to BYLC and the sponsors for the beautiful arrangement,” Tanha, a participant, told UNB.
Arnob praised the organisers as well, saying: “Institutions like BYLC is thriving our youth in the pathway of progress and that’s highly appreciable.”
The performances started in late afternoon with Chitropot, and then Elita Karim performed with her group which was followed by ‘Arnob & Friends’.
Earlier, exciting plenaries were held in the morning.
Exclusive exhibitions of photographs, cartoons and youth-based activities were showcased all-day-long at the venue by 50 organisations extensively working with youth.
The United News of Bangladesh (UNB), first fully digitilised wire service in South Asia, is the online media partner of this mega event.
Day one’s first plenary session, titled ‘stories of hope and action’ took place with renowned youth icons such as Wedding Diary’s CEO Prito Reza, Youth Opportunities Co-Founder Osama Bin Noor, BD Assistant’s Co-founder and CMO Umma Kulsum Popi, YY Ventures Limited and YY Goshthi Founder and Managing Director Shazeeb M Khairul Islam.
Plenary 2, titled ‘steering youth away from crime and anti-social activities’ was then joined by former chief of Bangladesh Police AKM Shahidul Islam and BYLC’s Manager of Leadership Development and Teaching Almeer Ahsan Asif.
Founder and Chairman of SBK Tech Ventures and SBK Foundation and former Managing Director of Microsoft Bangladesh, Sonia Bashir Kabir shared her journey of success in an interesting session titled ‘Aiming for the stars: Fireside chat with Sonia Bashir Kabir’.
Bangladesh Mathematical Olympiad Committee (BdMOC) arranged two interactive math sessions at the event, ‘Introduction to Math Olympiad’ and an interactive problem-solving session.
In the afternoon, three concurrent panel discussion sessions took place before the cultural session, featuring youth icons including Save the Children Director Abdullah Al Mamun, Ashoka Fellow and Acid Survivors Foundation’s former Executive Director Monira Rahman, Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK)’s Executive Director Sheepa Hafiza, Jaago Foundation’s Founder and Executive Director Korvi Rakhsand and many more.
The second day of the carnival will also feature youth icons as speakers, including State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russel, film actor and founder of Nirapad Sarak Chai Andolon Illias Kanchon, Executive Director of Brac Bangladesh Asif Saleh, Founder and CEO of 10 Minute School Ayman Sadiq, and Country Director and CEO of Kazi IT Center Limited Zara Mahboob - to name a few.
BYLC Youth Carnival 2019, organised in partnership with the Youth and Sports Ministry and NGO Affairs Bureau in collaboration with Manusher Jonno Foundation and UK Aid, will conclude on Saturday.
Tom Hanks may officially consider himself Greek.
Greece's President Prokopis Pavlopoulos has signed an honorary naturalization order allowing the 63-year-old actor to claim Greek citizenship, his office told The Associated Press on Friday.
Hanks frequently spends his summer vacation on the Greek island of Antiparos and his wife, actress and producer Rita Wilson, is of Greek and Bulgarian ancestry.
Under Greek law, honorary naturalization may be granted to people "who have provided exceptional services to the country or whose naturalization serves the public interest."