Former NBA player and NBA Cares Ambassador Felipe Lopez recently traveled with the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign to Dajabon, Dominican Republic to help fight malaria.There, he met with officials from the National Center for Tropical Diseases Control within the country’s Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance to learn about the progress made toward malaria elimination on the island of Hispaniola. He also met with community health workers, civil society organizations, children and families affected by malaria.Lopez, a native of Santiago, also visited the Dominican Republic to see the efforts of his private foundation, the Felipe Lopez Foundation, that provides opportunities for at-risk youth.“I’m happy to see that my home country is on the brink of eliminating this deadly disease,” said Lopez. “I hope my fans will join Nothing But Nets and its partners on the winning team to beat malaria once and for all.”By 2016, the Dominican Republic had only 755 malaria cases, down from almost 3,000 in 2010. This progress was made possible due to the scale-up of community health workers supported by U.S. Government agencies, the Pan American Health Organization, and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. This strategy allowed access to remote areas and mobile populations, making it possible to achieve universal access to malaria diagnosis and treatment, as well as to implement an excellent community-based surveillance system.Nothing But Nets is the world’s largest grassroots campaign working to protect vulnerable families from malaria, a disease that kills a child every two minutes. Malaria is preventable and treatable – and in the Dominican Republic, it is on the path to being eliminated by 2020. Since 2016, Nothing But Nets has partnered with the Malaria Zero Alliance to mobilize additional resources and momentum to ending the disease in Hispaniola.“The Dominican Republic and Haiti represent the only island in the Caribbean where malaria is still endemic. Elimination in Hispaniola is an important milestone toward a malaria-free Americas,” said Margaret Reilly McDonnell, Director of Nothing But Nets. “We are thrilled to have Felipe Lopez join the cause to help us inspire the momentum needed to ensure no child dies from a mosquito bite.”NBA Cares is a founding partner of Nothing But Nets, inspiring countless basketball fans to join the fight against malaria. Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry, along with several other professional and Olympic athletes, have joined the cause to help end malaria for good.Since 2006, Nothing But Nets has raised more than $60 million from hundreds of thousands of grassroots supporters, and in cooperation with the United Nations and partners, delivered more than 10 million bed nets and other malaria prevention and treatment to families in 31 countries around the world. Anyone — from students to superstars to CEOs — can help protect families from malaria. To help Felipe Lopez save lives, click here.
Happy Death Day 2U, in theatres now, at first aims to expand this concept by trapping bumbling science student Ryan (Phi Vu) into a new time loop, one that Tree and her new boyfriend Carter (Israel Broussard from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before) aim to stop with the help of students working in the school’s science lab. Unfortunately, the science behind the time loops of both Happy Death Day films is the least interesting part of the films. While alternate dimensions and the multiverse might add great fun to Star Trek: Discovery, Marvel movies and time-travel films like Back to the Future Part II, in Happy Death Day 2U the ideas come across like a dull, sleepy science class. That said, once the science is over, Happy Death Day 2U veers back to its core: telling a ridiculous story full of amusing death sequences and funny banter among characters, a few of whom are as cartoony as ever. As the trailers reveal, Tree gets stuck in a new time loop but with her world remixed, and the movie franchise’s genre along with it. Nearly all of the first movie’s characters return thanks to this premise. Some are totally different, others appear much the same but have different relationships. And instead of necessarily having to solve her own murder, Tree’s trying to figure out whether to restore her original life or embrace a new timeline that feels like an idealized version of her life.Carter (Israel Broussard) and Tree (Jessica Rothe) hope to end the time loop that the latter has been stuck in for two movies. Universal Pictures Seeing all of the characters return and some of the first film’s sequences revisited in a slightly different setting is a plus for anyone who enjoyed the original film, but anyone hopping into 2U without watching the first film will likely lose out on these references.At first glance for fans of the original movie, each of these scenes seems like a re-creation of what was already told the first time. However, thanks to the premise, the twists and deaths keep changing. And unfortunately for Tree, this also means even more dying and reliving the same day over and over — which at this point she handles with expertise during a montage of her killing herself in a variety of ridiculous ways.The film’s third act takes one more genre-hop into becoming a heist film, and with that turn another actress, Rachel Matthews, gets to shine as Danielle, Tree’s attention-demanding frenemy. Matthews brings absurd character acting to a hilarious bait-and-switch scene that nearly steals the spotlight from the entire film.While Happy Death Day 2U can still be classified as a horror film, it clearly doesn’t want to stay in just that genre. Thanks to its lighthearted tone, it’s found a way to reinvent itself again. Should there be a Happy Death Day 3, fans will likely expect the movie to find another way to die and reinvent itself again.See GameSpot’s take on Happy Death Day 2U. 2:33 Jessica Rothe’s Tree returns to Happy Death Day 2U, and she’s still dying all over this film. Universal Pictures With the new horror-comedy Happy Death Day 2U, it’s time to die again, and again, and again, just like in the 2017 movie Happy Death Day it follows. But this time, things are a bit different.Following the Groundhog Day premise of the first movie, the wackier and funnier sequel initially seems like it’ll move the story of Tree (Jessica Rothe) forward from the literal last second of the first film. She spent that whole movie trapped in a time loop on her birthday, getting killed by her jealous college roommate and waking up having to relive the day until she solved the murder. Stream these 2019 Oscar nominees now 19 Photos Hate Valentine’s Day? Watch these streaming movies and TV shows TV and Movies Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Tags Post a comment 0 Movie reviews
The Indian government’s drive against black money to get back ill-gotten wealth stashed away by its citizens abroad has drawn responses from 638 declarants for total assets worth Rs 3,770 crore ($580 million), an official statement said on Thursday.The amnesty scheme ended on September 30. It called for a tax of 30% and an equal amount in penalty, which is to be paid before December 31. The compliance window had opened on July 1.The official statement said the actual quantum of declaration, under what is called the Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015, was subject to a final reconcilitaion.India has no official estimate about the quantum of black money stashed away by Indians abroad but unofficial estimates put the sum somewhere between $466 billion and $1.4 trillion.Even if the lowest estimate of $466 billion stashed away is taken into consideration, the amount declared as part of the drive is barely 1% of it.- With IANS inputs
-The Anti-Corruption Commission has recommended that the cabinet division take punitive action against 97 teachers of eight educational institutions in Dhaka city allegedly for their involvement in private coaching centres. The graft watchdog sent a letter to the cabinet division in this regard on Sunday, ACC deputy director (public relations) Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told Prothom Alo on Monday.Of the 97 teachers, 36 are from Ideal School and College, 24 from Motijheel Model High School and College, seven from Dhaka Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, five from RAJUK Uttara Model College, 12 from Motijheel Government Boys High School, four from Motijheel Government Girls High School, Khilgaon Government High School, one from Khilgaon Government High School, and eight from Dhanmondi Government Boys’ High School.The ACC, in the letter, said the cabinet division can take punitive action against the teachers of government educational institutions considering their activities as breach of government service rules.Earlier, the ACC recommended transferring 522 teachers of the city’s government schools, who have long been working at the institutions, outside the capital as they are allegedly involved in teaching in private institutions disobeying government instructions.
Keeping in view the advancement of VIT in the digital era, VIT-AP has launched new courses to ensure successful employment with digital skills. B Tech Artificial Intelligence, BBA Business Analytics, Animation, and Media courses are few of the new courses to come into force from this academic session.In a press conference held at the campus recently, VIT-AP University Chancellor Dr G Viswanathan unveiled the poster of new academic courses, and Sankar Viswanathan, Vice president of VIT-AP announced the university’s collaboration with Toonz – for courses on animation, visual effects, and gaming. Also the Vice-Chancellor Dr D Subhakar further elaborated on the courses like animation filmmaking – advanced, Visual effects – advanced and 3D finishing programme, 3D FP, which will be an addition in VIT from this year. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAddressing the media, Dr G Viswanathan talked about the open book exams held at VIT. He said, ‘The way we conduct exams traditionally only assesses students based on their ability to reproduce knowledge. With that, we aim to reform the way of assessment. We are aiming to match the assessment system with the outcome-based framework, our education and industry has adopted based on performance indicators.’The Business school of the university has also launched a BBA in Business Analytics from the coming academic session in Amaravati campus. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWith the additions in academic area, VIT Business School (VSB) is exploring an international credit transfer program with WP Carey School of Business, Arizona State University (ASU), USA for a 2+2 program where a student can study two years in India and two years in the USA and get an undergraduate degree from ASU.Twelve universities from USA, UK, Australia, and Spain are offering international transfer programs. Dr CLV Sivakumar, Registrar, VIT –AP University informed that to ensure practical training to the B. Tech students, VIT-AP University is offering engineering clinics and six to nine months internship program as soon as they complete their first.VIT-AP, one of the best university in the country – ranks number 13 in engineering institution by MHRD, Government of India – NIRF Ranking consecutively for three years (from 2016 – 2018.) With its foundation of 34 years in the education industry, the university’s innovations in the field of education and research have also set a benchmark for higher education in India.
Kolkata: Two people were arrested here for illegal betting in the cricket World Cup 2019 match between India and West Indies, a Kolkata Police official said on Friday. “Acting on a tip off, a team of officials conducted raids in different parts of the city on Thursday night and arrested Md. Inam alias Guddu from Tantibagan Lane area for allegedly betting on the match,” Joint Commissioner of Kolkata Police (Crime) Praveen Tripathi said. Two mobile phones used for betting were also seized from him. “Further raids were conducted based on the accused’s statement and one more person, Rajkumar Shaw was arrested on the same charges from Topsia area,” Tripathi added. A desktop and mobile phones used by Shaw for betting have been seized.
Facebook has acquired social startup Branch Media and hired its 9-person team to head up its new Facebook Conversations group in New York.In an announcement on Facebook this morning, Branch CEO and co-founder Josh Miller explained the new arm of the company was created “with the goal of helping people connect with others around their interests. Their pitch to us was: ‘Build Branch at Facebook scale!'” According to a report from The Verge, Branch was purchased for about $15 million.Related: Pinterest Buys Startup Specializing in Visual Search TechnologyBranch is behind several messaging and discussion tools, including the eponymous Branch (initially called Roundtable), a platform for invitation-only, in-depth conversations. The company also created Potluck, a “bite-sized” link-sharing service for the iPhone, and most recently, PhoneTag Messenger, described as a “free photo walkie-talkie” that has users send a photo with an accompanying voice recording.Miller wrote in his announcement that while the future Facebook products will be “reminiscent of Branch and Potluck,” the existing Branch tools will continue to be their own entities. He also thanked the company’s investors, including Buzzfeed’s Jonah Peretti and Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone and mentor Jason Goldman, who supported Branch through their incubator, the Obvious Corporation.Related: Is Snapchat’s Co-Founder Completely Crazy for Turning Down $3 Billion From Facebook?Along with co-founders Hursh Agrawal and Cemre Güngör, Miller clearly aims to influence how people engage with each other online, and has been critical and vocal about Facebook’s scope and impact in the past.In a Medium post from May titled “The Next Facebook,” Miller wrote, “My hunch is that for a company to become The Next Facebook, it will need to enable a novel network of people. That’s not to say it won’t start with your friends — Twitter didn’t have Oprah on Day One — but ultimately its network will need to look different than your Address Book. Otherwise, it’ll just be another watering hole.” With that attitude in mind, it will be interesting to see how the Conversations group evolves.Related: Google Snaps Up Company Whose Robots Remind People of ‘Terminator’ Movies This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free January 13, 2014 2 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now