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‘Soni:’ A placid attempt at highlighting violence against women - Dotemirates
12/09/2018

‘Soni:’ A placid attempt at highlighting violence against women

VENICE: The horrific case of Nirbhaya — a young medical intern who was raped on a moving bus in 2012 — brought into sharp focus the crimes against women in Delhi. Ivan Ayr’s “Soni” plays on its after-effects as two female police officers show us what it takes to keep the streets of the city safe at night. Screened at the Venice film festival, “Soni” is a no-nonsense movie about a young policewoman by the same name (Geetika Vidya Ohlyan) and her boss, Kalpana (Saloni Batra). Together, they scout the streets of Delhi to prevent rape and other acts against...


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Spotted at Paris Couture Week: Influencer Maram Zbaeda gushes about Georges Hobeika

DUBAI: We caught up with Dubai-based fashion influencer Maram Zbaeda, who was spotted dashing around the streets the French capital for Paris Couture Week last week. Q: Can you tell us a bit about a day in your shoes at Paris Couture Week? A day in my shoes in Paris Couture Week? Super busy, in the highest heels, running around Paris going from photoshoots to different styling fittings for the shows and seeing amazing shows. I had so much fun, I loved the designers and the shows. When you sit in the front row also and (see) the pieces so...
06/07/2019

US accuser drops civil suit against Kevin Spacey

NEW YORK: A young man who accused Kevin Spacey of a sexual assault in a Massachusetts bar has dropped his lawsuit against the award-winning actor.A motion for “voluntary dismissal” of the civil complaint against the former “House of Cards” star was filed in Superior Court in Nantucket, Massachusetts, with no reason given.Possible motives for the dismissal this week include a private settlement or the accuser’s desire not to risk damaging his odds in a separate criminal case with the civil suit, which was filed just six days ago.William Little’s lawyer, Mitchell Garabedian, who made a name for himself defending victims...
06/07/2019

Lithuanian couple crowned 'wife carrying' world champions

A Lithuanian man and his wife have won the world 'wife carrying' title, leaping over timber and wading through waist-high water to beat dozens of other couples for a second year running. Vytautas Kirkliauskas and his wife Neringa Kirkliauskiene cleared a grueling 253.5 meter (278-yard) obstacle course in 1 minute 6.72 seconds Saturday. That was just a tenth of a second ahead of former six-time world champion, Finland's Taisto Miettinen and his new partner Katja Kovanen. Couples from over a dozen countries took part in the annual race in Sonkajarvi, 300 miles (480 kilometers) north of Helsinki, the capital. Despite...

Ranking meats in order of their healthiness

While veganism is gaining popularity, the old-fashioned habit of meat-eating is not going away anytime soon. People have been consuming meat for years but most are not bothered about the nutritional value of the different types of meat. There is only a vague awareness that fish is better than red meat, but beyond that, the lines are blurred. New research suggests that in terms of cholesterol, eating white meat of chicken is as bad as eating beef. There is a generally agreed upon hierarchy of the healthy to unhealthy meats. Each kind of meat has a different nutritional value and...
06/07/2019

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC review: Class act

When Mercedes brought its GLK to the mid sized crossover souq back in 2008, it was in a market place crowded with buyers and only a limited number of stall holders. But the GLK’s angular styling divided opinion and though it sold in reasonable numbers, by 2015 Mercedes realised that with global crossover sales still showing growth and ever more SUV competition, it needed a stronger offering. Enter the GLC which, with its slightly more curved panel lines and stronger family resemblance to larger Mercedes SUVs, immediately began to sell in greater volumes. Four years and one and a half...
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Japanese artist Ryu Itadani is ‘fascinated’ by the Gulf’s urban landscape

TOKYO: Ask Japanese artist Ryu Itadani what he enjoys painting and his answer complements his style beautifully: “I only paint things that I like, so I guess that means everything I paint is my favorite thing to paint.” His likes are diverse — he paints everything from landscapes, to boats and trains, to everyday objects such as water bottles and toothpaste tubes. Despite the relative normalcy of his subjects, or maybe because of it, Itadani has made a name for himself in the art world. Born in Osaka in 1974, Itadani has lived in Toronto, London, Tokyo, and Berlin, which...