Mumbai, Aug 18 (PTI) Vineet Kumar Singh, whose latest film “Gold” released recently, says he is open to the idea of taking up roles in both small independent features and mainstream commercial cinema.The 38-year-old actor, who earned critical praise for “Mukkabaaz” earlier this year, believes that as long as a person is doing good work, it does not matter whether he is acting in independent films or big-budget commercial projects.”When you do a big film it reaches more people it helps you as an actor. After ‘Gold’ released people are watching ‘Mukkabaaz’. When more people see you, you become more popular.”The benefit as an actor is that, then you do a commercial film and you can also continue to be part of that and do small films as well,” Vineet, who has also acted in critically acclaimed films like “Gangs of Wasseypur” and “Ugly”, told PTI.Vineet says his aim has always been to do good films and play strong roles.”I am not here for survival and settlement. I would have become doctor and opened a clinic. I am just hungry for good work. I want to do challenging work, be it small film as a protagonist or doing big film that has an important role.”The actor has once again earned critical praise, this time for his portrayal of the character Imtiaz Shah in Akshay Kumar-starrer “Gold”.The film is based on true events about independent India’s first Olympic gold medal in hockey.”I want to be honest between action and cut, convey what the character wants to say. I acted depending on the brief of the director Reema Kagti, she has worked very hard on the film and getting the background correct. It motivates me that people like my work.”advertisementIt was Anurag Kashyap’s sports drama film “Mukkabaaz” that got him into the limelight and Vineet says he has got over 100 scripts ever since the film released.”I truly believe your good work is remembered. I am getting offers across all genres from a comedy to satire to thriller to dark and sports films. I have noticed that there is a rise in offers especially of different kind.”He will be next seen in “Aadhaar”, which will begin shoot from January next year. PTI KKP JUR RBRB
HALIFAX – Their names were Glacier, Starboard and Peanut.The colourfully named mammals were among 15 North Atlantic right whales who died off the coast of Canada and the U.S. in recent months.To the community of researchers, rescuers and others gathered in Halifax for the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium’s annual meeting, each of the 15 whales who died off the coast of Canada and the U.S. in recent months was mourned both as an individual loss as well as a dire blow to the endangered species’ survival.Tonya Wimmer of the Marine Animal Response Society became overwhelmed with emotion as she recalled recovering several bloated whale carcasses in Canada’s eastern waters this summer.“I’m going to take you through those animals, not only on the human side, but on the animal side, because they aren’t just numbers,” Tonya Wimmer told the hundreds of people gathered at St. Mary’s University. “I think it’s really important to see the context of who and what we were dealing with.”The spate of right whale deaths cast a shadow over Sunday’s gathering, which is normally closed to the media, but was opened up due to public interest.Presenters spoke with a renewed sense of urgency to protect the 450 right whales still alive as of 2016, according to the latest population estimate, which does not account for this year’s losses.Scott Kraus of the New England Aquarium in Boston said in an interview that the death toll since spring could be higher than the official count, and combined with dwindling birth rates, the species is at risk of extinction.“We’ve got to do something, because the trajectory of the decline is such that this population could be gone in two to three decades,” Kraus said.Many of the whale deaths have been attributed to vessel strikes and getting tangled in fishing gear.The Canadian government has taken steps to reduce the risk to right whales by bringing in measures including reducing the speed limit in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and shutting down a snow crab fishery.Federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc is set to meet with scientists, members of industry, Indigenous groups and other interested parties in Moncton, N.B., to discuss the right whale deaths.“These kinds of conservation crises only get solved when you have all the stakeholders involved, and that they’re all committed to finding solutions,” said Kraus. “It can’t be … feel-good solutions. It has to be real effective conservation efforts.”Kraus is particularly concerned about the escalating threat of entanglements, which he said have shot through the roof in recent years, overtaking ship strikes as the leading cause of death for right whales, in addition to causing other health issues.Many of the proposed solutions to this problem will require help from the fishing industry, Kraus said, such as switching to types of fishing gear that reduce the risk of entanglement or make it easier for a trapped whale to break free.Kraus said mysterious shifts in right whale migration patterns, such as an increased presence in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, have left scientists scratching their heads, but luckily, right whale researchers pool their resources by sharing information — such as name, age, gender and physical features — in a database so they can track changes in population.Mark Baumgartner, who works at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute on Cape Cod, said the number of deaths this year is a wake-up call that the survival of the whales can’t be achieved by a small group of experts, but must involve the broader public.“Every researcher that I’ve talked to has described this past summer as an utter disaster. It is really quite depressing to see,” he said. “One of the things that we want to have come out of this meeting is for people to have a sense of urgency … This is a problem we think can be solved if the public wants this to be solved.”The consortium has announced plans to form an international working group to address the right whale “mortality crisis.”
The international airport in Bali, which was closed on Monday because of an active volcano, has been reopened to provide stranded Canadians and others a window to leave the island.The closure disrupted travel for tens of thousands of people, including at least 403 Canadians who had registered with Global Affairs Canada.An airport spokesman (Arie Ahsannurohim) said volcanic ash has drifted south and southeast, leaving clean space above the airport for planes to land and take off.The local airport authority had closed the facility because volcanic ash poses a deadly threat to aircraft and ash from Mount Agung had been moving south-southwest toward it.However, the volcano was still erupting and Indonesia’s president has urged anyone still within an exclusion zone extending up to 10 kilometres from the mountain to get out “for the sake of their safety.”Although 403 Canadians had registered with Global Affairs Canada, a spokeswoman said earlier in the week that since registration is voluntary, a greater number of Canadians may be in the region.
Edward R. Matthews, CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City (UCP of NYC), and Loreen Arbus, Founder & Chair of Women Who Care, announced today that BLACK GIRLS ROCK!TM founder and CEO Beverly Bond, “Inside Edition” anchor Deborah Norville, Accenture chief leadership & human resources officer Ellyn Shook, Expect a Miracle author Jenny Long, and the healthcare system Northwell Health, will be honored at the 15th Annual Women Who Care Awards Luncheon, to be held Monday, May 9th at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.Beverly Bond is to receive the Women Who Care Award, Deborah Norville the Women Who Care Luella Bennack Philanthropy Award, Ellyn Shook the Women Who Care Women in Business Award, Jenny Long the Women Who Care Karen Hansen Caregiver Award, and Northwell Health the Women Who Care Corporate Commitment to Caring Award.The luncheon benefits United Cerebral Palsy of New York City and celebrates the accomplishments of extraordinary women as professionals, philanthropists, and caregivers, who have broken glass ceilings and inspired others through their professional and charitable endeavors. The event has raised nearly $8 million during its fourteen years.Susan Lucci, star of the hit series “Devious Maids,” Emmy award-winning actress of “All My Children,” and New York Times best-selling author, will return for the fourth consecutive year as host of the luncheon. For the first time, Liza Huber, Founder & CEO of Sage Spoonfuls and past star of the hit TV series “Passions,” will co-host the awards luncheon with her mother Ms. Lucci, for the event taking place May 9th, the day after Mother’s Day.Beverly Bond is one of the world’s premier DJs, and a celebrated TV producer, social innovator and philanthropist. In 2006, Ms. Bond founded BLACK GIRLS ROCK! and the annual BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Awards to showcase empowering images of women of color. In 2010, Ms. Bond partnered with BET to produce the TV presentation of the awards, which has grown to an annual viewership of over 10 million. She has recently launched additional advocacy and empowerment based platforms including BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Africa; GIRLS ROCK TECH, a STEM initiative for women and girls; ROCK LIKE A GIRL, a music, film and arts education initiative for women and girls; and KING ME! a holistic youth development program for black boys. A 2013 and 2014 NAACP Image Award winner, Ms. Bond has been listed amongst EBONY Magazine’s Power 100 list for five consecutive years, in ESSENCE Magazine’s “40 Fierce and Fabulous Women Who are Changing the World,” among Variety’s Spring 2014 “Women of Power” and in Elle UK’s 2015 “Feminist Issue.”Deborah Norville is a two-time Emmy winning journalist and a New York Times best-selling author. She is known to millions as the Anchor of “Inside Edition”, the nation’s top-rated syndicated news-magazine, a position she has held since 1995. Ms. Norville is the author of a number of best-selling books including Thank You Power: Making the SCIENCE of Gratitude Work for YOU, and The Power of Respect. A lifelong crafter and seamstress, her Deborah Norville Yarn Collection, a line of high-quality yarn for knit and crochet enthusiasts, has grown 678% in sales since its introduction five years ago. Ms. Norville is a Director of the Viacom Corporation and a member of the Women’s Forum of New York. She serves on the Children’s Council for the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and a Director for the Broadcasters Foundation of America.Ellyn Shook is Accenture’s chief leadership & human resources officer, responsible for the people programs that empower 373,000-plus Accenture professionals to improve the way the world works and lives. Her team is focused on re-imagining leadership and talent practices in the digital age to help attract, develop, inspire and reward the very best people. She is a strong advocate for inclusion and diversity and is especially passionate about gender equality in the workplace. Ms. Shook serves on the board of trustees at Harvey Mudd College and the Women’s Leadership Board of the Women and Public Policy program at Harvard’s Kennedy School. She is a member of the HR50 division of World50 and the American Health Policy Institute Board of Governors. She is also active in Women in America, the Ellevate Women’s Network and the Women’s Forum of New York. A 2015 article in Forbes.com named Ms. Shook one of the top 10 CHROs.Jenny Long is the author of Expect a Miracle, the best-selling inspirational story of how she raised two extraordinary boys against all odds – brothers whose love and determination affirmed her deeply held faith that everyone, no matter their challenges, can find their miracle. Ms. Long is the mother of Conner, 12, and Cayden Long, 10, who have competed in triathlons together as Team Long Brothers since 2011. Connor saw it as a way for him to connect with Cayden, who suffers from Spastic Cerebral Palsy, and they have competed together in more than 14 triathlons, including two IronKids Triathlons. In 2012, the brothers were awarded the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) Hero Among Us Award, as well as the Sports Illustrated Kids SportsKids Award.The healthcare company Northwell Health is to be recognized for its commitment to providing high-quality care to patients facing developmental, physical, and emotional challenges, how it has fought to create better, more inclusive lives for children and adults with disabilities, and its commitment to improving the overall health of the community.The Women’s Who Care/Luella Bennack Award is presented each year at the Women Who Care Luncheon, in memory of Luella Bennack, the late wife of Frank Bennack, long-time Hearst Corporation CEO, long-term supporter of UCP of NYC and Women Who Cares’ lead sponsor. Luella believed that philanthropy is essential to increasing the well-being of humankind. In living out that philosophy, she focused many of her talents on supporting UCP of NYC while motivating others to follow her example. Like Luella, all of the extraordinary women who are honored with her namesake award inspire others through their care, concern, and deep commitment to charitable endeavors. Recent honorees of the Luella Bennack Award include Lynda Carter (2015), Judith Light (2014), Cyndi Lauper (2013), Robin Roberts, Diane Sawyer, Gayle King, Ann Curry, Marlo Thomas and Lauren Bush Lauren.Disability rights activist, philanthropist, producer and author Loreen Arbus, the first woman to head programming for a US television network, is Founder and Chair of Women Who Care. Among her many awards, Ms. Arbus was presented The Heart of Giving Award by President Bill Clinton in 2001 and the Ms. Foundation for Women Woman of Vision and Action Award by Gloria Steinem in 2011, as well as being twice nominated for an Emmy. She is the daughter of Leonard and Isabelle Goldenson, Co-Founders of United Cerebral Palsy (UCP). Mr. Goldenson was Founder and Chairman of ABC. This will mark Ms. Arbus’ final year as Chair of Women Who Care.Frank A. Bennack Jr., Executive Vice Chairman of Hearst, will serve as Honorary Chair of this year’s Women Who Care. Tamsen Fadal, Emmy award-winning Anchor of PIX 11 News; Robin Givens, actress/director/author; Donna Hanover, journalist/radio personality and former First Lady of New York City; Ali Stroker of “Glee Project” and “Glee” fame; and Emmy award winner Paula Zahn, host of “On the Case with Paula Zahn,” will serve as Co-Chairs of the event.To purchase tickets for the Women Who Care Awards Luncheon, please visit www.ucpnyc.org.