September 5, 2019

While Chinmayi thrashes Sandeep Reddy RGV stands by Kabir Singh director

first_img Ram Gopal Varma and Sandeep Reddy VangaCollage of photos taken from Twitter and FacebookHours after singer Chinmayi Sripaada thrashed Sandeep Reddy Vanga for defending his concept of love, ace filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma aka RGV batted for the Kabir Singh director by comparing his film to Baahubali 2.Kabir Singh might have been a huge success at the box office, but it has faced the wrath of activists who are angry with Sandeep Reddy Vanga for glorifying violence against women. The film unit was keeping mum on the issue for the last two weeks until the director defended it in an interview to Anupama Chopra.The clip featuring Sandeep Reddy Vanga, describing what love is, went viral and created ripples on social media on Sunday. Feminists had a field day as many of them shared this video and thrashed the director. Chinmayi Sripaada was one of those activists, who condemned Sandeep for showcasing violence in the name of love. In a series of tweets, she tried to prove his concept of love is wrong.Chinmayi Sripaada: If a man is deeply connected with you – He will NEVER LAY HIS HANDS ON YOU. He will NEVER slap you. He will NEVER TOUCH YOU without your consent. Women (and young boys) have been told for aeons that being beaten up is a sign of *Love* / *Discipline*. IT IS ABUSE!I am in love. My husband loves me to bits. He didn’t have to hit me to prove that he is. Women stay in abusive marriages because men beat them up and then help them heal from the wounds that should have NEVER been there. Kids grow up in homes like this.A man who gets a woman to remove her clothes at knife point is a troubled man. Yes, such men can be in love and their stories can be told. I have known of women who are in abusive relationships/marriages with men. But *glorifying those men as Gods* is the problem.Trust me – when you are deeply connected with an individual and you’re deeply in love – You’d NEVER do anything to hurt them.Precisely the problem. When well meaning men will now normalise slapping the women they ‘love’ because they’ll claim they’re *deeply connected*. I guess the damage is done. God help us.And I say both women and men should be in harmonious relationships for a healthy society. For homes to be healthy. For kids to grow up safe. That’s all.Feminism asks for equal rights. It’s not OK for anyone to be slapped. It is not OK for any person of any gender to be in a toxic relationship. I do know that most women and men who use feminism in a negative context don’t know what it stands for and that’s OK.Barely an hour after Chinmayi Sripaada’s dig at him, Ram Gopal Varma took to his Twitter account to bat for Sandeep Reddy Vanga. RGV tweeted the link to his latest interview and praised him for his honesty and courage. He tweeted, “I think @imvangasandeep is the most perfect mix of innocent honesty and truthful courage.. This interview of his,is as pathbreaking as his #KabirSingh.”Ram Gopal Varma did not stop there. He went on to say that the success of Kabir Singh is four times bigger than SS Rajamouli’s historical blockbuster Baahubali 2. In a series of tweets, the controversial filmmaker also said that his story and characters are the exact opposite of what the film industry believes. They are exactly what the audience will love and relate to.Ram Gopal Varma: Speaking only of Hindi,In ratio of ROI(Return on investment) @imvangasandeep ‘s KABIR SINGH is 4 times bigger hit than BAHUBALI 2 and taking time into consideration it is 16 times bigger hit than BAHUBALI 2 considering KABIR SINGH was made in 6 months and BAHUBALI 2 in 2 yearsAmazing thing about @imvangasandeep is that his story and it’s characters are the exact opposite of what the film industry always believed,what the audience will love and relate to .. #KabirSingh ‘s monstrous success proves that he knows the actual reality of the audienceMe toasting ⁦⁦@imvangasandeep⁩ at Mumbai’s Alfredo’s in celebrating #KabirSingh ‘s Godzillian successlast_img read more

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September 3, 2019 Hasina Abe discuss durable solution to Rohingya crisis

Hasina Abe discuss durable solution to Rohingya crisis

first_imgBangladesh`s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (L) and Japan`s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attend a joint media conference at Abe`s official residence in Tokyo on 29 May 2019. Photo: AFPPrime minister Sheikh Hasina and her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on Wednesday discussed ways to find a durable and early solution to the humanitarian and political crisis that has emanated from the displacement of over a million Rohingya people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, reports UNB.Hasina said Japan understands that the solution to this crisis lies in the early, safe and dignified return of this displaced people to their homeland in Myanmar.She said it is necessary for Myanmar to create conducive atmosphere in Rakhine State for the return of the displaced people.”I thank the Japanese government for its generous support to handle the crisis, and for its efforts to support early repatriation of the displaced people to Myanmar,” Hasina said.Hasina and Abe reiterated their commitment to take Bangladesh-Japan relations to new a height of cooperation and partnership.”I’m confident we’ll achieve that much given the excellent understanding and friendship that exist between our two peoples and our governments,” said Hasina while delivering her statement at a joint press meet.Sheikh Hasina and Abe witnessed the signing of 40th ODA Loan Package of US dollar 2.5 billion to develop infrastructure and promote investment in Bangladesh.Hasina thanked Abe for this loan package.Hasina said they have also decided to strengthen mutual cooperation in international platforms to fight against terrorism and violent extremism, mitigating risk emanating from climate change, ensuring denuclearisation to keep children safe and extending support to each other’s efforts to expand the horizon of peace and knowledge.She said Japan occupies a very special place in the hearts of the people of Bangladesh. “The level of commitment that Japan has been showing since our independence in 1971 is truly remarkable.”Hasina said father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman dreamt of making Bangladesh a prosperous nation and his vision of development was greatly influenced by the development history of Japan.”After more than 48 years since our independence in 1971, we can now confidently say we’re moving in the right direction to fulfil that dream. And it’s reassuring to have Japan by our side always,” she said.Hasina said she and Abe discussed the entire gamut of bilateral relations and agreed on several new ideas to enhance and strengthen the level of cooperation between the two countries.She said Bangladesh has achieved all the criteria to graduate from the least developed country to a developing one and they have set their goal to become a developed country by 2041.”Prime minister Abe has assured me that Japan will stand by Bangladesh and extend necessary support to reach that goal,” she said.The two leaders have agreed to explore all possible areas where two countries can find mutually beneficial outcomes.”Our discussion was greatly focused on enhancing regional connectivity to harness the full potentials of the countries and improving physical infrastructure would be a critical factor to establish effective connectivity,” Hasina said.She said prime minister Abe has assured her that Japan will continue to provide assistance to realise that target.”Considering the importance of developing the Southeast of Bangladesh, we’ve discussed ideas to build quality infrastructures in that region,” Hasina said.”We believe that international trade and flow of investment are key channels to strengthen economic cooperation. We have put special emphasis on regional stability and peace,” she added.Hasina said it is always a pleasure to be here in this beautiful country. “I’m particularly delighted to be here at the advent of the new era, Reiwa, ushering in beautiful harmony.”She extended her warmest felicitations to Emperor Naruhito, Members of the Imperial Family and the Japanese people on the joyous occasion of his enthronement.”I’m deeply moved by the hospitality that the government of Japan has extended to me and my delegation. My sincere thanks to all the officials of Japan who worked very hard to make my visit smooth and comfortable,” she added.last_img
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August 30, 2019

10 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Mobile App Developer

first_img If your company doesn’t have a mobile app yet, you could be missing out on a golden opportunity to tap into new revenue streams. Smartphones and tablets are where today’s consumers live. The majority of the 120 million smartphone owners in the U.S. use a shopping or retail app at least once a month, according to a recent Nielsen report. Yours could be one of them.If you’d like a mobile app that lets customers buy your products — or simply access products reviews, videos or coupons — you’ll need to hire an experienced developer you trust to custom build it.Here are 10 key questions to ask mobile app developers to help you choose the right one for the job:1.Where can I find examples of mobile apps you’ve developed? Qualified candidates should be eager to provide you with a list of apps they are personally responsible for creating — or at least played a major role in developing — complete with links to each in Apple’s iOS App Store, BlackBerry App World or Google Play, Google’s Android app store.”That way you can begin to gauge whether or not they have the skills, experience and vision to produce the type of mobile app you’re looking for,” says Chad Mureta, CEO of App Empire, a San Francisco-based app development firm, and author of App Empire: Make Money, Have a Life, and Let Technology Work for You (Wiley, 2012).Related: The Basics: 3 Important Tips for Creating Killer Mobile Apps2. May I have a list of your current and past clients? Unlike reading movie credits, there’s typically no way to tell who actually developed an app. This is why speaking directly with candidates’ current and former clients can be essential to verifying that the developers actually created the apps they claim to have worked on, Mureta says.Checking references also gives you an opportunity to ask how reliable, responsive and results-oriented candidates are. For example, you might ask whether they delivered on deadline and within budget, and how well they work under pressure.Candidates sometimes only offer references who have a favorable opinion of them, says Farhan Thawar, vice president of engineering at Xtreme Labs, an Ontario, Canada-based mobile strategy and product development firm. He suggests visiting a candidate’s LinkedIn profile to see if you have any professional colleagues or former co-workers in common. If you do, contact your mutual connections and ask them about their impression of the candidate’s experience, capabilities and work ethic.3. What kind of smartphone do you use?This question can provide insight into how passionate and knowledgeable a candidate is about specific mobile platforms, Thawar says. “If you’re telling me that you can build an app for an iPhone, then you should have an iPhone, you should be playing with the apps that you are building and also playing with other people’s apps on a very regular basis.” The same goes for Android and BlackBerry.4. How can my app make money? If your primary goal is to generate revenue with your app, the developer needs to know exactly how to build in features that will allow you to make money. You could opt for a pay-per-download revenue model, charging, say, between 99 cents and $4.99, depending on how many features your app offers.If you opt for a free app, be sure the candidate is well versed in how to integrate mobile display ads, in-app purchases or paid subscription services.5. How will we communicate during the development process? The quality of your app often depends on how clearly and often you communicate your app design and functionality requirements throughout the development process.Does your app developer prefer to chat in person or via phone, Skype, instant message or email — and how often? Or does he or she prefer to interact with you using a popular project and task management system like 37signals’ Basecamp? How often will he or she provide you with status updates?Related: 5 Tools for Building a Shopping App6. What kind of special features can you create? Apps rarely grab consumers’ attention without truly innovative and useful features. Figure out the bells and whistles you’d like and then assess your developer’s capabilities. For example, can your candidate add 3-D gaming, social media sharing, GPS check-ins or product coupon elements to your app?7. Who will own the mobile app? Typically the individual or company paying for a mobile app will own the finished product, Mureta says. To be sure you own all the rights to the app you commissioned, you and the app developer should sign a written “copyright assignment” or “work made for hire” contract. The document should establish confidentiality and state that you own the app’s design, source code and all of its content.8. How will you test my app? Generally, the best way to test an app is simply to run it on the smartphone it will be used on. The candidate should provide a thorough explanation of how he or she conducts an extensive beta test to weed out any glitches. If bugs are found, how will the candidate fix them — and how quickly?9. Will you submit my mobile app to app stores? After you’ve approved the beta-tested version of your app, the last step is for the developer to submit it to an app store for approval to be sold there. App submission is often a long, multi-step process that your developer should already know how to successfully navigate.10. What are your fees and payment terms? Draft a written agreement specifying that you will pay the developer by the hour or with a flat fee. Most developers, like Mureta, ask for a one-time fee upfront. Others require a deposit at the beginning of a project, often for up to half of the estimated total cost, with the balance due when the app is completed.The most basic mobile apps can start between $1,000 and $5,000, but you could end up spending many times more if you pay a developer by the hour. More complicated mobile apps, including ones that are database driven or involve 3-D gaming, can cost thousands more.Related: Caterina Fake’s Findery Aims to Be an ‘Adventure Machine’ 6 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.center_img April 8, 2013 Register Now »last_img read more

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August 26, 2019 Facebook AI research introduces enhanced LASER library that allows zeroshot transfer across

Facebook AI research introduces enhanced LASER library that allows zeroshot transfer across

first_imgYesterday, the team at Facebook’s AI research announced that they have expanded and enhanced their LASER (Language-Agnostic SEntence Representations) toolkit to work with more than more than 90 languages, written in 28 different alphabets. This has accelerated the transfer of natural language processing (NLP) applications to many more languages. The team is now open-sourcing LASER and making it as the first exploration of multilingual sentence representations. Currently 93 languages have been incorporated into LASER. LASER achieves the results by embedding all languages together in a single shared space. They are also making the multilingual encoder and PyTorch code freely available and providing a multilingual test set for more than 100 languages. The Facebook post reads, “The 93 languages incorporated into LASER include languages with subject-verb-object (SVO) order (e.g., English), SOV order (e.g., Bengali and Turkic), VSO order (e.g., Tagalog and Berber), and even VOS order (e.g., Malagasy).” Features of LASER Enables zero-shot transfer of NLP models from one language, such as English, to scores of others including languages where training data is limited. Handles low-resource languages and dialects. Provides accuracy for 13 out of the 14 languages in the XNLI corpus. It delivers results in cross-lingual document classification (MLDoc corpus). LASER’s sentence embeddings are strong at parallel corpus mining which establishes a new state of the art in the BUCC, 2018 workshop on building and using comparable Corpora, shared task for three of its four language pairs. It provides fast performance with processing up to 2,000 sentences per second on GPU. PyTorch has been used to implement the sentence encoder with minimal external dependencies. LASER supports the use of multiple languages in one sentence. LASER’s performance improves as new languages get added and the system keeps on learning to recognize the characteristics of language families. Sentence embeddings LASER maps a sentence in any language to a point in a high-dimensional space such that the same sentence in any language will end up in the same neighborhood. This representation could also be a universal language in a semantic vector space. The Facebook post reads, “We have observed that the distance in that space correlates very well to the semantic closeness of the sentences.” The sentence embeddings are used for initializing the decoder LSTM through a linear transformation and are also concatenated to its input embeddings at every time step. The encoder/decoder approach The approach behind this project is based on neural machine translation, an encoder/decoder approach which is also known as sequence-to-sequence processing. LASER uses one shared encoder for all input languages and a shared decoder for generating the output language. LASER uses a 1,024-dimension fixed-size vector for representing the input sentence. The decoder is instructed about which language needs to be generated. As the encoder has no explicit signal for indicating the input language, this method encourages it to learn language-independent representations. The team at Facebook AI-research has trained their systems on 223 million sentences of public parallel data, aligned with either English or Spanish. By using a shared BPE vocabulary trained on the concatenation of all languages, it was possible to benefit  low-resource languages from high-resource languages of the same family. Zero-shot, cross-lingual natural language inference LASER achieves excellent results in cross-lingual natural language inference (NLI). The Facebook’s AI research team considers the zero-shot setting as they train the NLI classifier on English and then apply it to all target languages with no fine tuning or target-language resources. The distances between all sentence pairs are calculated and the closest ones are selected. For more precision, the margin between the closest sentence and the other nearest neighbors is considered. This search is performed using Facebook’s FAISS library. The team outperformed the state of the art on the shared BUCC task by a large margin. The team improved the F1 score from 85.5 to 96.2 for German/English, from 81.5 to 93.9 for French/English, from 81.3 to 93.3 for Russian/English, and from 77.5 to 92.3 for Chinese/English. To know more about LASER, check out the official post by Facebook. Read Next Trick or Treat – New Facebook Community Actions for users to create petitions and connect with public officials Russia opens civil cases against Facebook and Twitter over local data laws FTC officials plan to impose a fine of over $22.5 billion on Facebook for privacy violations, Washington Post reportslast_img read more

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