London, May 18 (AP/UNB) — It's been an eventful first year of marriage for Prince Harry and the former Meghan Markle, now known formally as the Duchess of Sussex.
The besotted couple wed on May 19, 2018 before rapt crowds outside of Windsor Castle, with one of the largest TV audiences ever assembled.
The couple was lucky enough to enjoy beautiful spring weather on their wedding day. They made the best of it by taking a carriage ride through Windsor.
They maintained a frenetic pace of official engagements until Meghan withdrew from most royal duties in March ahead of the birth of their first child, Archie, who was born this month.
Harry and Meghan have also moved from central London to a more secluded location near Windsor Castle in a quest for privacy.
Cannes, May 17 (AP/UNB) — Elton John and his biopic "Rocketman" landed Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival, where the 72-year-old pop star came dressed in a tuxedo with "Rocket Man" emblazoned on the back and regaled attendees with an after-party performance on the beach.
John, an executive producer of the film, hadn't spoken much about the movie before it made its premiere at Cannes. But donning heart-shaped, red-tinted glasses he gave the movie his hearty blessing Thursday. At the post-premiere party, he called it "an emotional night."
"Even if the movie doesn't make one penny at the box office — which will kill (Paramount Pictures chief) Jim Gianopulos — it is the movie I wanted to make," John said from the stage.
At the party John performed "I'm Still Standing" before being joined by Taron Egerton, who plays him in the film for a rendition of "Rocket Man." Egerton was visibly moved to tears after the premiere.
"Rocketman" is directed by Dexter Fletcher who also took over directing duties on last year's hit music biopic, "Bohemian Rhapsody," after Bryan Singer departed mid-production.
"Rocketman" isn't so dissimilar from "Bohemian Rhapsody." It's a glossy music-stuffed biopic with a star-making turn from Egerton. But "Rocketman" is R-rated and less cautious about its star's homosexuality.
Paramount Pictures hopes "Rocketman" can also mimic the box office of "Bohemian Rhapsody." It grossed $903 million worldwide.
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Washington, May 16 (AP/UNB) — A federal judge is siding with public health groups suing the Food and Drug Administration to begin reviewing thousands of e-cigarettes on the U.S. market.
The ruling handed down Wednesday in district court states that the agency shirked its legal duty when it postponed reviewing all U.S. vaping products by several years.
The American Academy of Pediatrics, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and other groups filed the federal lawsuit in Maryland last year. The groups say the lack of FDA oversight has led to an explosion in underage vaping by teenagers, threatening to hook a generation of Americans on nicotine.
"It is now the FDA's responsibility to take immediate action to protect our kids and require manufacturers to apply to the FDA if they want to keep their products on the market," the groups said in a statement.
E-cigarettes are nicotine-emitting devices that have grown into a multibillion-dollar industry in the U.S. despite little research on their long-term health effects, including whether they are useful in helping smokers quit cigarettes.
The FDA gained authority to regulate the products in 2016, but it has allowed thousands of products to remain on the market without formal rules or product standards. The agency says that both FDA staff and manufacturers need more time to prepare for regulation.
The public health groups have warned that the lack of oversight could undo decades of anti-tobacco efforts as young people migrate toward newer vaping products.
U.S. Judge Paul Grimm agreed, calling the FDA's delay "so extreme as to amount to an abdication of its statutory responsibilities."
FDA spokesman Michael Felberbaum said in an emailed statement that the agency is reviewing the court decision and "will continue to tackle the troubling epidemic of e-cigarette use among kids." The agency will have the option of appealing the decision.
Gregory Conley of the American Vaping Association said the government "must appeal this ruling" to "protect adult access to less harmful alternatives to cigarettes."
Under President Donald Trump's FDA commissioner, Scott Gottlieb — who departed last month — the FDA said it would not require e-cigarette manufacturers to submit their products for review until 2022. Shortly before stepping down Gottlieb moved the deadline up to 2021.
But Grimm's ruling suggests the FDA must move much faster. He calls for the health groups and the FDA to submit plans for moving forward with product reviews within 30 days.
Wednesday's ruling follows a similar decision last September, when a federal judge said the FDA must move ahead with adding graphic warning labels to cigarette packs. The FDA was required to take that step under a 2009 law, but the process has been bogged down by legal challenges from tobacco companies.
"The courts are clearly pushing FDA — at behest of medical and consumer groups — to step up their regulatory pressure on industry," said Marc Scheineson, a former FDA official who now advises companies with the law firm Alston & Bird.
Scheineson said he expects the FDA to argue that it doesn't have the resources to process the flood of applications that industry would submit if the ruling is enforced.
The FDA and most health experts agree that e-cigarettes are likely less harmful than traditional cigarettes because they don't produce the cancer-causing byproducts of burning tobacco. But there is little research on their long-term health effects, particularly for young people.
Nicotine is what makes both cigarettes and e-cigarettes addictive, and health experts say the chemical is harmful to developing brains.
Separately on Wednesday, North Carolina's attorney general announced the first state lawsuit against e-cigarette giant Juul, which dominates the U.S. vaping market.
When foodies like me hear the area name Mohammadpur, they think about the famous places like Mostakim, Muslim, Selim, Bihari Camp and few others for Beef and Chicken Chaap, Luchi, Brain Fry, Tehari and Biriyani. Sad to say that over the past 10 – 15 years the quality of the food has deteriorated. Their exceptionality does not exist anymore in terms of quality but their names and the restaurants do. I never heard about any other cuisine restaurant in that area but to my surprise, during my recent visit to Mohammadpur, I came across this Korean restaurant named Cookers & Co.
Surprisingly they offer a wide range of ramen like Cold Beef Ramen, Saitama Ramen, Cheese Ramen and few others, flavoured noodles as well as dumplings. They have a BOGO offer for Cheese Ramen (costs around BDT 399+) till the May 15, 2019 so we thought of ordering that along with Chili Wonton (costs around BDT 299+).
The dishes were served right on time before iftar. When served, the Cheese Ramen had two slices of cheese as well as a poached egg. The noodles of the ramen used was simply none other than the Maggi noodles. We were slightly disappointed with it even though our tummies were full after eating it. On the other hand, the Chili Wonton tasted remarkably delicious. Their specialty was the unique soy sauce which tasted tangy sweet. Hence it complimented well with the Chili Wonton.
Even though the quality of the ramen was not upto the mark compared to those of the other places where I tasted but I will still say that the existence of a Korean restaurant is indeed a wonderful surprise for the residents of Mohammadpur. I hope to see more Korean and Japanese restaurants there besides the famous Bengali cuisine food!
Dhaka, May 13 (UNB) - Now that Ramadan has started, almost all the restaurants and cafes have good value for money offers for both iftaars and seheris. Even though it has not yet been a week since Ramadan started, I already had the chance to break my fast outside. Indecisive among all those attractive offers by the restaurants/cafes in the tristate, we decided to go for the safest option which was The Chef’s Table since it already has good food places under one roof. Since it was the three of us, we decided to have something light. After a 5 – 7 minutes’ tour of that place, we decided to go for MADCHEF X, a modified unique version of the popular Madchef restaurant.
(Photo: Oyster Fried Rice with Spicy Garlic Basil Chicken)
Launched in June 2014, I hope by now almost everyone in Dhaka, whether foodie or not has heard about Madchef Restaurant. Famous for its classical and gourmet burgers as well as their variety of wings, poutines and platters, they also offer mocktails and shakes which will leave you fulfilled every time you visit this place. You can taste the food from the Madchef restaurant in Chittagong and Sylhet also. Currently there is no other Madchef X in any other places of Dhaka except for the Chef’s Table.
They had a platter for one which included Slider, Sesame Sausage Roll, Kala Bhuna Wrap, Achari Fried Rice with Sunny side up Egg and Chicken Satays all for BDT 599 (vat exclusive). Since it was the three of us, we chose the platter for 2 which included 2 Sliders, 4 Sesame Sausage Rolls, 2 Kala Bhuna Wraps, one Oyster Fried Rice with Spicy Garlic Basil Chicken, one Garlic Rice topped with Sunny Side Up Egg, 4 Chicken Satays and 4 Fried Shrimp Katsus along with 4 dates all at the price of BDT 1264 (BDT 1099 without vat) (also since we made the payment via bKash, there was 10% instant cash back). You have the option to choose any flavoured slider from the Classic Burgers. We chose Naga Blast and Tandoori Chicken flavoured sliders. It took almost half an hour to get the meal. We were lucky as we placed order at the right time and got served few minutes before the iftar. I must say that it was the most satisfying and fulfilling meal we could have for iftar. All the food items tasted equally good. No complaints regarding anything. Usually in case of platters, you don’t find all the food equally delicious but this platter was indeed a rare find.
(Photo: Garlic Rice Topped with Sunny Side Up Egg)
You cannot get this same offer but a modified one in the Madchef Restaurant. They have two offers – one for takeaway and the other is a platter which includes Slider, Chicken Ala Kiev, Chicken Cheese Bombs, Sesame Sausage Roll, Cold Potato & Sausage Salad, Achari Fried Rice with sunny side up Egg, Chicken Satay, Strawberry lime coolie and Mad Malai Kulfi at the price of BDT 649 (without vat).
By: Marjan Rahman