Dhaka, Oct 31 (UNB) - A five-day-long interactive exhibition focusing marine wildlife ‘Healthy Ocean, Healthy People’ will begin at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) here on Thursday.
The Wildlife Conservation Society Bangladesh (WCS) will organise the first-of-its-kind interactive exhibition aiming to exhibit about marine wildlife in the Bay of Bengal and Bangladesh’s efforts to conserve them.
Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor will attend in the inaugural ceremony as the chief guest while country representative of WCS Bangladesh Dr Zahangir Alam will preside over the session.
Organisers said that visitors can explore the amazing diversity of dolphins, whales, sharks and other Ocean Giants in Bangladesh’s marine waters and to discover why the survival of these threatened Ocean Giants in the Bay of Bengal is critical to the continued growth and well-being of our nation.
They also said their exhibition will combine life-size animal models, games, a documentary movie, captivating photographs and fascinating facts in attractive displays.
A premiere of short documentary film on Marine conservation in Bangladesh by Helal Sujon commissioned by BCAS Bangladesh will be screened in the opening ceremony.
The exhibition is open to all from November 1 to 5 from 11 am to 8 pm.
New Zealand, Oct 31 (AP/UNB) — Prince Harry and wife Meghan examined the navel, nostrils and whiskers on New Zealand's flightless kiwi bird and got to name two tiny chicks on the final day of their 16-day tour of the South Pacific.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited a kiwi hatchery in the town of Rotorua on Wednesday and learned about the breeding program for the threatened birds, which are considered national icons.
They gave the 3-day-old kiwi chicks indigenous Maori names: "Koha" meaning "gift" and "Tihei" meaning "sneeze," from the Maori saying "tihei mauri ora" meaning "the sneeze of life" or the right to speak. The names were gender neutral because their sexes haven't yet been identified.
The couple also visited a Maori meeting grounds or "marae," went for a public walkabout and strolled through a redwood forest as they finally enjoyed sunny weather after their stop in New Zealand had earlier been dampened with rain.
At the Te Papaiouru Marae, the couple attended a formal welcoming ceremony and luncheon and were each given striking Maori cloaks, or "korowai."
Harry and Meghan arrived in New Zealand on Sunday after earlier visiting Australia, Fiji and Tonga. During public walkabouts they have been greeted by hundreds of enthusiastic fans.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said this week there seems to be little appetite for changing New Zealand from a constitutional monarchy that recognizes Britain's Queen Elizabeth II to a republic.
"I do not pick up from the New Zealand public that this is high on their agenda. That this is an issue that they see of such importance that we need to be debating it in the current environment for New Zealand," she said. "And I take my steer from them."
On the trip, Meghan has shown she is prepared to continue speaking out about feminist issues in her new role as a royal. In Wellington, she gave a speech congratulating the country on becoming the first in the world to allow women to vote some 125 years ago.
Tokyo, Oct 31 (AP/UNB) — Godzilla is stomping back into theaters as a fire-breathing animated character, though the movie chosen to close this year's Tokyo International Film Festival is more focused on human drama than the monsters that have made the franchise famous.
The two directors of "Godzilla: The Planet Eater" acknowledge that their film is so different it might turn off hard-core fans. But they say that's an intentional attempt to reach out to new audiences.
"We welcome getting bashed by the traditionalists," Hiroyuki Seshita, one of the directors, told The Associated Press last week. "That proves more than anything we succeeded in creating something different."
A mutation caused by nuclear testing, the first Godzilla emerged from the ocean in a 1954 film directed by Ishiro Honda. Godzilla flattened much of Tokyo as crowds fled in terror, and went on to become an eternal symbol of human fallacy in the atomic age.
The latest film completes a three-part animated saga that began last year. It premiers Nov. 3, Godzilla's official birthday, the date the first film was released.
Seshita and co-director Kobun Shizuno said that rather than simply transferring the well-known tale into a computer animation, they have focused on what they call Shakespearean "human drama." They tackle complex issues, including the meaning of religion, in a futuristic post-apocalyptic universe.
While Godzilla still has its screech and menacingly gigantic shape, it hardly engages in battles with other monsters, a trademark of the mega-series from Toho Co.
"We kept all that is Godzilla-like — its design and how it's portrayed on film. We have kept its essence," said Seshita, who has served as art director of the "Final Fantasy" movies.
Although some viewers may find the story rather complicated, Seshita said the film chose to interpret the Godzilla saga as what he called "a kind of animism," or a godlike force that is bigger than human existence, a perspective he said was integral to Japanese culture and storytelling.
The hero is a doe-eyed, rock-star-like Japanese man who is selflessly determined to reclaim planet Earth, which has been left in shambles from Godzilla's havoc.
Humans have been relegated to wandering around in space, surviving in a gigantic spaceship that's factory-like and sterile, unlike the lush greenness that was once home.
"I'm not a Godzilla expert and so I simply made a film I thought would be enjoyable," said Shizuno, who has also directed the "G.I. Joe: Sigma 6" and "Detective Conan" animation series.
Yet the film is scattered with tributes to Godzilla, according to the directors, who declined to disclose too many specifics. For one, the hero's name is Haruo, the same as the actor Haruo Nakajima, who was inside the rubber Godzilla suit in the original 1954 film. Nakajima died last year.
Toho has made 29 Godzilla films, not counting the animation trilogy. The last work, released in 2016, used an actor skilled in traditional Japanese theater known as Kyogen, whose movements were interpreted into computer graphics that brought a terrifying Godzilla to life.
There are two Hollywood Godzilla films, the most recent in 2014. A third is promised for next year.
Ryota Fujitsu, an expert on Japanese animation, said the animated trilogy was commendable for its visual beauty, as well as for tackling Godzilla as a science fiction movie.
"So much has been tried in the long-running series that taking a new approach was inevitable," he said, noting the work explores the dilemma between civilization and the individual. "This work is facing the Godzilla theme head-on."
The first two films of the animated trilogy are available on Netflix.
Sydney, Oct 30 (AP/UNB) — Australian actor and director John Jarratt has appeared in a Sydney court charged with raping a woman 42 years ago.
The 66-year-old actor is best known for his serial-killer character Mick Taylor in the "Wolf Creek" horror movies and television series. Jarratt appeared in his first two movies, "The Great Macarthy" and "Picnic at Hanging Rock," in 1975.
He told the Downing Center Local Court through his lawyer Bryan Wrench on Tuesday that he will deny the charge.
The accuser, now aged 66, told police in December 2017 that Jarratt raped her in the apartment they shared in the Sydney suburb of Randwick in September 1976.
It was not immediately clear what sentence he would face if convicted.
Dhaka, Oct 30 (UNB) – Bollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra's bridal shower made her 'break all rules,' she said in an Instagram post, sharing highlights from the first of the many functions of the upcoming Chopra Jonas wedding.
On Sunday night, Priyanka's close friends put together a fabulous bridal shower for the Quantico star in New York, which was also attended by Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o.
Priyanka's mom-in-law-to-be Denise Jonas and future sister-in-law Danielle (wife of Kevin Jonas) were also on the guest list.
"Love, laughter and a room full of amazing ladies...and some special gentlemen (what a special surprise)! Thank you so much Mubina Rattonsey and Anjula Acharia (Priyanka's manager) for throwing me such a memorable bridal shower that broke all the rules! My amazing friends and family who made me feel so special and loved, thank you... Perfect!" Priyanka, 36, wrote.
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