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.
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.
New Zealand,Oct 30 (AP/UNB) — Rain, wind and an earthquake elsewhere in the country didn't seem to dampen the enthusiasm of New Zealanders who turned out to see Prince Harry and wife Meghan on the penultimate day of their South Pacific tour.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex met people in Auckland during a walkabout Tuesday after earlier participating in a gumboot-tossing competition and visiting a charity that supports children who have a parent in prison.
The couple finishes their 16-day tour on Wednesday. They arrived in New Zealand on Sunday after earlier visiting Australia, Fiji and Tonga.
Prince Harry is scheduled to give a speech Tuesday night during a reception at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
New Zealand Post has marked the couple's visit with a special issue of commemorative stamps.
Dhaka, Oct 30 (UNB) – Celebrated sports couple Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik became proud parents to a baby boy on Tuesday as the former Pakistan cricket captain broke the news on his Twitter account.
As per details, the six-time Grand Slam champion has given birth to a baby boy in India’s Hyderabad.
While announcing the auspicious birth of his first child on his Twitter handle, Pakistani cricket star Shoaib Malik said, "Excited to announce: Its a boy, and my girl is doing great and keeping strong as usual #Alhumdulilah. Thank you for the wishes and Duas, we are humbled #BabyMirzaMalik'."
The 32-year-old Indian tennis superstar, in the last few months, has shared numerous photographs on social media where she and her family members were seen attending events related to the baby.
Malik's manager and agent Ameem Haq, meanwhile, tweeted: "Baby and mother are all smiles, the dad is over the moon."
#BabyMirzaMalik boy is here! Baby and mother are all smiles, the dad is over the moon— Ameem Haq (@AmeemHaq) October 30, 2018
New York, Oct 30 (AP/UNB) — The hostility she's felt from the public recently wasn't necessarily the last straw in television news photographer Lori Bentley-Law's decision to quit the business after 24 years, but it was one of them.
Bentley-Law's recent blog post explaining why she was leaving Los Angeles' KNBC-TV hit home for many colleagues. While President Donald Trump's attacks on the media are usually centered on national outlets like CNN and The New York Times, the attitudes unleashed have filtered down to journalists on the street covering news in local communities across the country.
When a president describes the press as enemies of the people, "attitudes shift and the field crews get the brunt of the abuse," she wrote. "And it's not just from one side. We get it all the way around, pretty much on a daily basis."
The Radio Television Digital News Association is spreading safety and self-defense tips to journalists, most notably advising limits on the use of one-person news crews. The RTDNA has begun compiling anti-press incidents, like last week when an intruder was shot after kicking down glass doors at Fox's local station in Washington. The National Press Photographers Association is developing workshops to spread safety advice to its members.
"The environment has changed," said Chris Post, a photographer for WFMZ-TV in Allentown, Pennsylvania. "I've witnessed the transition."
CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta made news last week by saying Trump's attacks on the media "have got to stop" because he feared someone would get hurt. He's been the target of chants and epithets when covering Trump rallies, including one recently where a man looked at him and made a motion like he was slitting a throat. Since then, three suspicious packages have been addressed to separate CNN offices.
While the examples of Acosta and others who follow Trump are most visible, there are countless other, more private examples that happen across the country — like when Post arrived to cover an immigration rally and a man in a car asked him where he was going.
Told it was a pro-immigration rally, the man became agitated and stepped on his accelerator, stopping just short of hitting Post and giving him a self-satisfied look, Post recalled.
"I'm 6-foot-5, 300 pounds," he said. "I've had somebody try to grab my camera. When it gets to that point, where does it stop? It's a tough time to be a journalist."
Caitlin Penna, a freelance photographer from Durham, North Carolina, said she constantly has her guard up on assignments. Even her conservative family is suspicious of her. "I'm pretty sure my grandmother thinks I'm this far-left liberal because of the things I cover," she said.
One night she was unwinding at a local bar and struck up a conversation with a man nearby. When she discussed what she did, the man said, "you report fake news" and walked away.
Bentley-Law was startled when the essay on leaving her job got 11,000 hits in three days. She usually counts readers to her personal blog in the dozens. Her intention was to tell friends and colleagues why she was leaving, and instead was flooded with texts and emails from frustrated journalists across the country.
"I suppose my experience isn't unique and certainly resonated," Bentley-Law, who declined to be interviewed, said via email.
On her blog, she wrote that "I don't want to be immersed in sadness every day. I don't ever want a cute little girl in pigtails to look up at me and say, 'We hate you.' I don't want to hear 'fake news' shouted at me anymore, or to be flipped off while driving my news van."
She said that some of the incidents she wrote about — the hateful little girl and the man who stuck his bare butt out the window and defecated — predate Trump. There are other factors that contributed to her desire to leave, including shoulder woes from carrying heavy equipment for many years and a constant diet of murders and other depressing story assignments.
But the current environment is definitely part of it. People who drive vans emblazoned with a television station's call letters are obvious targets. One recent day, Bentley-Law wrote that a person in a Mercedes prevented her van from getting off a highway until several exits beyond her destination.
Video journalist Joshua Replogle of The Associated Press was filming flooding from Hurricane Florence in North Carolina's rural Bladen County when a nearby man knocked over his camera and began punching him in the face. His friends muttered, "fake news." So far no charges have been filed, he said.
"The ironic part is my video would have helped him," Replogle said. "It would have brought attention to a small town" where there was flooding, he said.
So far this year the RTDNA's "press freedom tracker" counts 39 incidents of journalists being attacked in the United States, including the June 28 shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, where five people were killed. In less lethal examples, a man purposely crashed a pick-up truck into the side of a Dallas television station, a Miami reporter and a photographer were physically attacked while doing a live shot and a North Carolina crew had its power cable cut while covering a demonstration.
Last year, the first time a count was kept, there were 48 such cases for all of 2017.
While one-person crews have become more popular for television stations looking to cut costs, the Radio Television Digital News Association recommends that their use be curtailed in certain times and places, said Dan Shelley, RTDNA executive director.
"Since the election, people are emboldened more," said Nic Coury, a staff photographer at the Monterey County Weekly and a freelancer in the affluent California county.
Coury has been called part of the liberal scum media, an enemy of the state and been told old that he and his colleagues lie all the time. When conservative Arizona politician and law enforcement officer Joe Arpaio made a local appearance, "it was like walking into the dragon's lair," he said. Coury felt the anger when asking people for caption information.
Still, Coury has given no thought to quitting. Despite Bentley-Law's experience, Shelley said colleges are finding that more people want to get into journalism.
"It matters," Coury said, "and I think now more than ever it matters."
Post said on the same day a man shouted "fake news" at him while driving by in a pickup truck, he had an experience while driving through a fast-food line that gave him hope.
He was handed a cup of coffee and told that the woman in line ahead of him had bought it, wanting to pass along the message "thank you for what you do."