Dhaka, 06th August (UNB) – Country’s leading cultural organization Chhayanaut arranged cultural event to pay tribute to the Noble laureate litterateur and poet Rabindranath Tagore, on his 78th death anniversary at its Dhanmondi auditorium on Tuesday evening.
The event featured performances on Tagore’s popular poems and songs- as well as dance recitals.
Cultural group Kanthashilan’s performers staged a production comprising Tagore’s essays and songs, named ‘Ami Tomay Chharbo Na Maa’. They also performed a verse-play named ‘Karnakuntee Shangbad’.
Artistes of Chhayanaut staged Tagore’s musical drama ‘Shyma’ on the event.
To commemorate Tagore’s wonderful creations, Chhayanaut arranges praiseworthy events every year marking the legendary poet’s death anniversary.
New York, Aug 6 (AP/UNB) — Valentina Sampaio has become the first openly transgender model hired by Victoria’s Secret nearly a year after a top company official was pressured to apologize for implying trans women are off brand.
Sampaio, a Brazilian, has been posting from behind the scenes of a VS Pink campaign to the delight of celebrities who include Laverne Cox.
Cox who is also transgender, posted on one of Sampaio’s photos: “Wow finally!”
Last November, marketing officer Ed Razek of parent L Brands Inc., said in a Vogue interview that the annual Victoria’s Secret angels TV special would never include “transsexuals” because “the show is a fantasy.” He apologized after outrage ensued.
Sampaio was not hired for the show, and the company is rethinking having one at all after ratings sagged last time around.
Beverly Hills, Aug 6 (AP/UNB) — ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke said Monday she is withholding judgment on the fate of "The Rookie" pending an investigation into co-star Afton Williamson's claim that she endured sexual misconduct and racism during the show's production.
The actress posted online Sunday that she's quitting the ABC crime drama because of what she faced, including racist comments and bullying from a crew member that escalated into sexual assault at a wrap party, and an inadequate response from the show's executive producers.
"I'm waiting for the results of the investigation, just as you are, to get more answers," Burke said during a Q&A session with the Television Critics Association.
She said she learned in June that the show's producer, Entertainment One, initiated a third-party investigation of the behavior that Williamson alleged took place during the crime drama's first season that began airing in October 2018.
Burke was asked if ABC is concerned about whether it has inadequate oversight of shows made for the network or if it can trust the investigation.
"I'm hopeful those results will be independent and trustworthy and anticipate they will be," Burke replied. "At that time, those answers and those conclusions will help guide us about how to handle situations like this in the future and if, in fact, there has been any sort of communication breakdown."
There's history, under Burke's predecessor, Channing Dungey, of responding swiftly to a trouble-plagued series. When the network was faced in 2018 with a racist tweet by "Roseanne" star Roseanne Barr, the rebooted sitcom's production was suspended. Barr was subsequently fired and the show was reinvented as "The Conners."
It's premature to decide the future of "The Rookie," Burke said. The series, with Nathan Fillion in the title role of a new police officer, is set to return for its second season Sept. 29.
A representative for Williamson didn't respond to messages seeking further details on the actress's claims, or whether the alleged sexual assault was reported to the police.
In an Instagram post, Williamson, who is African American, was highly critical of how her claims, including alleged sexual harassment by a recurring guest star, were handled by showrunner and executive producer Alexi Hawley, who is white. Williamson said she filed reports on the incidents to Hawley. But, she said, they weren't seriously investigated by the network or shared by Hawley with other producers.
"After my initial report of sexual harassment, I was assured that the actor would be fired," said Williamson of the guest star. "I was also asked to film with him the very next day as a courtesy to the script, even though we had not begun filming the episode yet."
Representatives for Hawley didn't respond to requests for comment.
In a statement Sunday, ABC Studios said "the safety of working environments is a top priority for us, and we take this matter very seriously."
Entertainment One said Sunday that it takes Williamson's claims seriously.
"We have initiated an independent investigation which is ongoing and as such, it would be inappropriate to comment at this time," Entertainment One said in its statement.
New York, Aug 5 (AP/UNB) — Some of the comedy world's biggest stars — including Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher, Kevin Smith, Nicole Byer and Trevor Noah — will headline this year's New York Comedy Festival.
The weeklong festival will also feature Norm McDonald, Randy Rainbow, Nate Bargatze, Comedy Bang! Bang!, Vir Das, Kathleen Madigan, Demetri Martin, Tom Segura, Benito Skinner, Jenny Slate, Jay Mewes, No Such Thing as a Fish and Betches Media's "U Up?" Live.
The festival runs from Nov. 4-10. Over 200 comedians, late-night hosts and podcast stars will perform in more than 100 shows at places like the Beacon Theatre, Carnegie Hall, Town Hall and even the Bloomingdale's flagship home.
"Nothing beats being able to perform stand-up comedy in New York to some of the best audiences in the world, and that's what this festival is. I can't wait," said Noah in a statement. He'll be headlining the festival's largest venue, Madison Square Garden on Nov. 8.
Caroline Hirsch, founder and owner of the New York Comedy Festival and Carolines on Broadway, said audiences should expect pop-up events, live improv and sketch comedy, panel discussions, screenings and broadcasts.
"We've always supported and championed those in the industry, and we're excited to continue to bring the very best comedic talent to entertain comedy fans this November," she said in a statement.
Tickets go on sale Aug. 12 at the festival's website .
Paris, Aug. 4 (Xinhua/UNB) -- French "flying man" Franky Zapata on Sunday successfully crossed the English Channel on a "flyboard" he designed, fulfilling his ambition just 10 days after a failure.
Zapata, maneuvering his jet-powered aircraft, took the 35 km flying challenge at Dover Strait, the narrowest point of the English Channel.
He soared into the air from Sangatte, northern coast of France at 8:15 am (0615 GMT) under the escort of three helicopters. In just about 20 minutes and a stopover on a boat for refueling, he landed at Saint Margaret's Bay in Dover, England, safe and sound.
"I'm feeling good. I'm feeling happy, I'm feeling lucky. This is just an amazing moment for me," Zapata told AFP after landing.
The second takeoff was the tricky step. In his first flying on July 25, Zapata failed it, the French BFM TV reported.
This time, he "landed easily on the boat, he changed his backpack and went away" a few seconds later, said Krystel, who saw her husband off from Sangatte.
Since December 2018, Zapata's company Z-AIR enjoyed 1.3 million euros (1.4 million U.S. dollars) subsidies from the French Ministry of the Armed Forces.
French Defence Minister Florence Parly told Inter radio that the "flyboard" might eventually serve a variety of purposes, "for example as a flying logistical platform or, indeed, as an assault platform."