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Gurdeep Ahluwalia: Multiculturalism is a blessing

Posted on 28 March 2014 by admin

Gurdeep Ahluwalia has become a familiar face and voice in our homes, businesses and pretty much wherever a news channel was on. After working at CP24 for a few years, he is now the face on TSN’s SportsCentre, the country’s most-watched sports news and information show. His first broadcast at TSN was with Nabil Karim. His first broadcast attracted barrage of racist tweets.

In response to these tweets, Gurdeep stated “The way it sort of changed throughout the day was sort of switching over from negative to positive,” he said. “And in a way Twitter polices itself, and a lot of people took it upon themselves to jump on the folks who said something negative or racist and correct it that way. There were certainly a lot of good messages and support out there.”

Before his gig at CP24, Gurdeep had spent time at a variety of news and sports media organizations across the Greater Toronto Area. Gurdeep began his career in production positions with TSN, The Score and The Hockey News. In 2009, he was named “Favourite TV Personality” at the Masala! Mehndi! Masti’s People’s Choice Awards. He has been called “The Worthy 30″ by the National Post. In an interview with the National Post, he described himself as “Decidedly indecisive, conditional idealist, grammar police, fascinated by super-massive black holes. ”

He is also an official spokesperson for WSPA Canada’s Collars Not Cruelty campaign. This campaign seeks to end the needless killings of dogs (with rabies) by establishing humane dog vaccination programs in several countries around the world.

And uncles and aunties and ladies, he is hot and available!

A graduate of the Mass Media Communications and Sociology program at McMaster University, Gurdeep has worked as sports editor for the campus newspaper and hosted/produced a sports talk radio show on 93.3 CFMU McMaster Campus Radio.

 

Here’s his interview with Generation Next:

Describe yourself in 10 words?

This question is sort of like tweeting on slim fast.

What’s the usual reaction from people when you are going about your chores?

Mostly: “Who is that guy?! Why is he folding my unmentionables and how did he get into my house?!” 

Why sports journalism?

Because it’s way better than a job that involves a cubicle and traditional 9-5 hours.

Your favourite sport?

Hockey

Is it important to be able to play the sport you are broadcasting?

Some experience playing it – whether competitively or even at the recreational level – helps. But it’s not a deal breaker.

How is your experience at TSN so far?

Remember how George Costanza felt when he landed a job with the New York Yankees?

Your opinion on Canadian multiculturalism?

My opinion? Multiculturalism is a blessing. It’s one of the main reasons Canada is among the best countries in the world to live in.

Why support the cause of WSPA?

It’s a worthwhile cause that I feel is somewhat underrepresented. I know some of my friends didn’t really know much about what the WSPA does and the Collars Not Cruelty campaign. I’ve also always had a soft spot for dogs. So, if I can use my modest social media platform to help bring some awareness to this, then I’m more than happy to do it.

Do you think the South Asian community is supportive of organizations like WSPA?

I think the South Asian community – just like the non South Asian community – is compassionate. And I think if you can put the issue in front of them and make them aware of it, then the support level will rise. That’s what this is all about.

Your favourite charity organizations?

Make-A-Wish Foundation. Merry Go Round Children’s Charity. Camp Oochigeas and of course WSPA.

The good, the bad and the worst trait of South Asian community?

  • We always make sure all guests are fed.
  • Sometimes we overfeed our guests.
  • We then offer said guest an open-ended invitation to stay with us.

 Your would-be better half in five words?

Hot. Smart. Funny. Laughs. Loves.

How much time do you spend on social media?

Probably too much. Although I draw the line at two forms of social media, for now. I only Twitter – and occasionally Facebook.

Your favourite politician?

I’m gonna pretend you asked “most entertaining” politician. Rob Ford. He’s a train wreck. I can’t look away. Hands down to the most entertaining politician since Anthony Weiner.

Your favourite sports broadcaster?

James Duthie.

Your favorite South Asian movie?

I don’t really watch “Bollywood” movies per se, though I have seen a few.

‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ was good, but “Water” and “Bend it Like Beckham” are more up my alley, if they qualify.

Your favorite South Asian actor?

 Saif Ali Khan.

Your favorite South Asian actress?

Too many attractive ones to choose from.

Your life’s motto?

Work Hard. Play Hard.

 

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Changing our history is just outrageous

Posted on 28 March 2014 by admin

Could you envision Toronto City Council changing the name of Yonge Street to 1 Street? Well, this is what the TTC is doing to our subway lines. Subway lines are underground routes for trains carrying people just like streets are routes for cars or bikes or buses carrying people. Our routes were named at the time of their creation, and main route names are rarely if ever changed because of their history and because it would cause major confusion.

Yet this is what the TTC plans on doing with not one but all of its underground routes. Worse, it’s changing names to numbers, going from words with meaning to numbers that are inherently meaningless. Why? To improve navigability. Really? How is going from names that reflect the geography of the streets above, names that have meaning and history, require no memorization to have meaning to the user, and are familiar to every Torontonian no matter how cognitively challenged, to numbers that have zero correlation with the streets above, no history, and no meaning sans memorization, improving navigability?

Isn’t it bad enough that Torontonians every few years have to relearn names of major buildings and lose part of their history without the TTC adding to our historical annihilation?

And when numeracy skills continue to be problematic and people hate numbers, how is going to numbers improving navigability?

Numbers gain meaning and are understood through association with words. Names have meaning in and of themselves. No memorization required when use word names unlike numbers or letters. Calling “southbound” “1″ is as meaningful as calling Yonge-University-Spadina line “1″. 1 only makes sense if a person *can* memorize.

Changing our history is just outrageous.

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New Harper Government pilot program positions Canadian SMEs to move product, services to market faster

Posted on 28 March 2014 by admin

Business Innovation Access Program creates linkages between businesses and universities, colleges, and research institutions for economic benefits

 The Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of State (Science and Technology), joined by John R. McDougall, President of the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), and Kyle Seeback MP for Brampton West announced a new program that will help small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) access the business and technical services they need to get innovative products and services to market faster.

The Business Innovation Access Program (BIAP), a $20-million investment, will leverage the extensive networks and knowledge within NRC’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) to connect SMEs with universities, colleges and other research institutions to address and resolve barriers to the commercialization of ideas, products and services.

The support available through the program can involve external business services such as planning and marketing as well as technical services such as specialized testing, product prototyping and process development.

BIAP follows from a series of recommendations made by the independent Research and Development Review Expert Panel lead by Tom Jenkins in 2010-11 to better focus federal investments while maximizing innovation and economic benefit for Canadians.

To date, the Harper Government has delivered on a number of recommendations from the Panel including creating a Venture Capital Action Plan (VCAP) to increase private sector venture capital funds, transforming the National Research Council to become a business-focused research council with a Concierge service to navigate existing NRC programs and services, leveraging federal government procurement to encourage innovative Canadian products and services, and doubling the investments of the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) while encouraging continued partnerships between Canadian universities, colleges and businesses.

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A Visit to Ontario Science Centre

Posted on 28 March 2014 by admin

By Kiran Khan

Mississauga

While going to Iqbal Foods, I had seen the building of Ontario Science Centre. But it never occurred to me to visit, to actually visit it, so when my sister offered to take us (me and my family) to Ontario Science Centre, I was over the moon, forget about the kids’ excitement.

We went on March break, and it was quite busy although we got there from Mississauga at 10:00 a.m. After passing through membership desk, as soon as we walked in, a woman was giving her son a tutorial on billions of years’ old stones, yes billions with a “b” and reminding him of what he had read in the social studies book just last night.

It was a walk through time and history. There were trees and stones and bones preserved that were as old as the earth itself.

And then there were leaves of trees we see everyday but not know the names of. I had to silently memorize some of them in case my son ever asked me what the name of the tree in his school’s play yard is.

 I recall my sister telling my brother-in-law, look at the leaves carefully and remember their names, memorize which lake is where at a map and touches which cities because there can be a question about lakes etc in his Citizenship test. My brother-in-law is supposed to apply for his Canadian citizenship this year (that is if the new rules do not come into effect this year.)

We watched a presentation about flying snake, yes a flying snake that glided through the air for up to 30 meters. When I asked my son what he remembered from the visit at his sleep time, he said flying snake, Sesame Street’s The Body and a large ship that had farms and cows.

No surprise, right?

Kids loved Sesame Street’s presentation: The Body. From having fun at pretend bathroom to buying groceries at the super market to kicking and paddling, it had everything children love and like to do, and yes, they like to do it repeatedly. Moms and dads were teaching their kids about how to use loonies and toonies at the super market.

My two-year-old nephew wanted to tap and tap and tap the screens without having any inkling of what he was doing.

 It became a challenge to get kids out of there and to the exhibition next door, Sultans of Science.

Sultans of Science was an exhibition of its kind. From medicine to astronomy to geometry to trigonometry to optics to photography to pulling out water from deep under the earth, it had covered which seemed like all the disciplines of Science.

 It was so informative and so inspirational that my husband came to tears with what Muslims had invented, and how it has been developed in the modern times. And after seeing a four metre replica of Al-Jazari’s Musical Boat, he vowed to read more about this scholar.

Did you know that hospitals and medical research was invention of Muslims?

 No?

Well, I didn’t either. The hospital was called “bemaristan” a few centuries ago which quite literally means, “place for sick.”

 The instruments used in surgeries only about 5 or 6 centuries ago have been modernized so much that it amazes the human mind. But to be honest, the instruments from Sultans’ times seemed quite scary, not that they are any better today, but at least we have anesthesia.

There were models representing how different objects can be created by putting the building material at different angles. I couldn’t get it my high school class and didn’t really understand geometry of it twenty years later. But it was fun to build the model of what seemed like mosque’s minar anyways.

Weston Family Innovation Centre was a place to shred papers and to build and fly paper planes, and to watch ourselves in giant bubble image and much more.

There was so much to see and so little time. It seemed like the end of the day had come early unlike Spring this year.

 We definitely needed Ontario Science Centre’s membership. One day is not enough to explore, see and enjoy this remarkable place. It had things for new immigrants like my brother-in-law, young families like mine and young and old.

And, yes, I did get a membership.

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World Renowned Physician Dr. Hans Rosling Honoured by McMaster University with Chanchlani Global Health Research Award

Posted on 28 March 2014 by admin

A physician world-renowned for his ability to make data sing and trends come to life has received the 2014 Chanchlani Global Health Research Award at McMaster University.

Dr. Hans Rosling of Sweden is listed by Time magazine as one of the world’s most influential people for his skill at presenting the issues of global socio-economic development. He is also a professor of international health of the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden and co-founder and chairman of the Gapminder Foundation, a non-profit venture promoting sustainable global development.

The Chanchlani Global Health Research Award was created by philanthropists Vasu and Jaya Chanchlani and McMaster University in 2012 to recognize a leading scholar in international health. “Dr. Rosling conveys his forceful global health research message by converting dots into meaningful narrative bridging the gap of the last mile- reaching comprehensibility of average person” said Vasu Chanchlani.

“Dr. Rosling is uniquely able to reach everyone in explaining what’s happening in global development using evidence-based information. This ability to communicate simply makes a real difference in our understanding of these important issues,” said John Kelton, dean and vice-president of McMaster’s Faculty of Health Sciences.

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“ A Hijabi’s Journey to Live, Laugh and Love”

Posted on 28 March 2014 by admin

A Celebration of Women™ and In Our Words Inc (IOWI) Publisher’s presented Author Farheen Khan’s latest book titled “A Hijabi’s Journey to Live, Laugh and Love” at its official book launch at the La Maquette Restaurant in Toronto.

The event was hosted by Mawuli Chai, a freelance writer and journalist and began with opening remarks by Cheryl Antao-Xavier, Publisher and Owner of In Our Words Inc (IOWI). Cheryl described the book as: “Frank, courageous, proactive: A must read for anyone seeking inspiration to move through and beyond adversity”

The event continued with book endorsers sharing their favourite passage in the book, including remarks from Catherine Anne Clark, Founder of A Celebration of Women™ (www.acelebrationofwomen.org), Rabia Khedr and Jackie O’hara which were followed by remarks and a book reading by author Farheen Khan.

Farheen Khan is a consultant, writer and social activist. Currently working as the Manager, Development at Interim Place Women’s Shelter, she is an advocate for Women’s rights, specifically for survivors of violence. In 2011 Farheen took control of her life and decided to strive to live a healthier life. In her pursuit to be healthy, Farheen worked hard to lose over 157 pounds. She continues to work on her weightloss goals while motivating others. Farheen is a graduate of CITY Leaders and Maytree Foundation’s Leaders for Change and the DiverseCity Fellows 2010. She is currently pursuing her Degree in International Development at York University with a focus on Migration, Gender and Culture.

Farheen is also the author of a book titled “From Behind the Veil: A Hijabi’s Journey to Happiness” which is available online and has spoken in the media (including on CBC Radio) about her experience as a Muslim woman experiencing gendered Islamophobia post 9/11 and her journey from Corporate Canada to Social Justice as a result. Her newest publication “A Hijabi’s Journey to Live, Laugh and Love” is set to be released in March 2014. This book speaks to Farheen’s experience of embarking on a journey of finding love and realizing that in order to love another, you first need to love and care for yourself. Farheen’s next publication titled “The Hijabi Diaries” a play speaks to the inter and intra community challenges that Muslim Women in particular face in the North American context is set to be released in 2015.

Farheen spoke about her book and the experience of leaving an abusive marriage followed by her journey of taking control of her life and learning to love herself in order to love another. Farheen shared her obstacles and the inspiration she was able to find in order to lose over 157 pounds and drop from a size 26 to a size 12. “Make every day a productive one. Life is nothing more than a life in progress. Be the best YOU that you can be!”

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NEW FOREIGN POLICY DEBATE IN PAKISTAN

Posted on 28 March 2014 by admin

Dr. Hasan Askari

  A few weeks back we discussed the increased diplomatic activity between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. The visits of several important personalities from Saudi Arabia, including the Crown Prince, to Pakistan in February started a debate in Pakistan on the purpose of such visits.

 Two developments in March have given a new life to this debate. First, the federal government announced that it had received a donation of $ 1.5 billion from a friendly Arab state. No country was named by the federal Finance Minister who refused to divulge the name despite persistent demand by the political leaders. However, the media took a few days to track down the name of Saudi Arabia for this gift. The federal government admitted the fact. The policy of not disclosing the name of Saud Arabia created a suspicion about the motive of such a gift.

  Second, the ruler of the mini-state of Bahrain visited Islamabad on March 18-20. Several agreements for bilateral cooperation and investment were signed. The two sides agreed to increase cooperation in security and defense fields. It is expected that Bahrain would accommodate more Pakistanis in jobs in the future.

 The conservative Arab states have four advantages of financial resources, oil, gas and jobs which they can use to win over Pakistan because Pakistan is short of these four items. It is desperately looking for foreign economic assistance, investment, oil and gas and jobs for Pakistanis in the Middle East and the Gulf region. From the point-of-view of the Nawaz Sharif led Pakistani government, getting external financial support and investment will help to improve the economy. If this happens the present federal government hopes to renew its electoral mandate in the next general elections.

  Traditionally, Pakistan has maintained cordial relations with all Middle Eastern states, especially the conservative Arab kingdoms which contributed significantly towards Pakistan’s economic and diplomatic recovery after the December 1971 India-Pakistan War and the break-up of Pakistan.

 Current Saudi-Bahrain interest in Pakistan has to be understood with reference to their efforts to expand their influence in the region and contain Iran’s radical Islamist and anti-monarchy approach and support their favorites in strife-ridden countries in the Middle East like Bahrain, Syria, Yemen and Egypt.

 Saudi Arabia is now building a role in the Middle East autonomous of the United States. This reflects Saudi Arabia’s disappointment from the U.S. policies towards Syria and Iran. Initially the U.S. was supportive of the demand for the removal of Bashar-al-Asad’s government in Syria. However, as Al-Qaeda attached groups and those with strong anti U.S. Islamic militant groups gained ground, the U.S. became cautious in supporting dissident groups because it did not want these Islamic hardline and anti-U.S groups to replace Bashar-al-Asad. Saudi Arabia was supporting the Salafi groups that had pro-Saudi orientation. But their success vis-à-vis Bashar-al-Asad was not assured in the absence of the U.S support.

 The other development that made Saudi Arabia unhappy was the U.S. policy of seeking a negotiated solution of Iran’s nuclear program. The interim agreement to limit Iran’s nuclear program to peaceful purposes in November 2013 began to change the relations between Iran and the U.S. Now the U.S. and Iran are negotiating a final agreement for restricting Iran’s program for peaceful purpose under international supervision. This means that the U.S. would not pursue tough policy towards Iran, which will enable Iran to devote more attention to economic development and pursue its interests in the Middle East.

 These two major factors led Saudi Arabia to cultivate more active relations with other states, especially the states that are located close to the Middle East. Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain began to work together to contain liberal politics that grew out of the Arab Spring. They also worked towards restricting the role of the Al-Qaeda linked groups and promoting those religious hardliner groups in Salafi tradition that were linked with their regional agenda.

 This cooperative move received a setback when Qatar supported Muslim Brotherhood after the Egyptian Army overthrow President Mursi government (2013). This perturbed Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and the military government in Egypt. As a protest Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain withdrew the ambassadors from Qatar. This division among the conservative Arab kingdoms weakens their efforts to contain the influence of Iran and Syria. Now, they will have to spend a part of their effort to neutralize Qatar’s support to Muslim Brotherhood.

 Given the new agenda of the conservative Arab states and division among them, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain are trying to isolate Qatar in order to change its policy towards the military government in Egypt.

  Pakistan gains importance in the calculations of Saudi Arabia. The latter would like Pakistan to distance itself from Qatar and review its plan to import LNG (gas) from Qatar. Saudi Arabia views the Pakistan Military as a professional force and Pakisan’s defense industry is also developed enough to make small and medium size weapons available. In Science and technology, Pakistan has professional skills and qualified personnel. Another advantage of Pakistan for Saudi Arabia is that both the militaries in both countries use American weapons.

 Saudi Arabia wants greater Pakistani support to the agenda of the conservative Arab states in the Middle East. Even if there is no formal deployment of Pakistan’s regular Army troops in Saudi Arabia, it can directly recruit retired military personnel. Some Pakistani military personnel may seek retirement for a security-related job in Saudi Arabia. In this way Pakistan will be able to make the argument that it has not sent any troops to Saudi Arabia. It is possible that Saudi Arabia buys small weapons, arms and ammunition from Pakistan for it use in Saudi Arabia. Some of this equipment may be passed on pro-Saudi rebels in Syria.

 Bahrain already recruits Pakistanis for its police and paramilitary force. It can increase recruitment from Pakistan.

  While pursuing the relations with the conservative Arab states Pakistan should maintain equally friendly relations with Iran. The reality of geography and economic considerations make it imperative to maintain friendly relations with Iran.

  Pakistan’s relations with all Middle Eastern states must be based purely on mutually advantageous economic and diplomatic considerations. Any entanglement in an inter-state dispute or power struggle in the Middle East and the Gulf region will have negative implications for Pakistan’s national interest.

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7 Habits Of Extremely Punctual People

Posted on 28 March 2014 by admin

If you are constantly rushing out the door but still can’t seem to make a rendezvous on time, maybe it’s time for a lifestyle change. Read on to find out the seven habits of extremely punctual people, but don’t put them off until tomorrow!

1. They’re realistic.

People who are chronically late underestimate how long it will take them to take a shower, get dressed, and reach a destination. Punctual people are realistic about their time and will often add a few extra minutes to give themselves some wiggle room. If you want to start planning realistically, write down how long you think it takes you to do your morning routine. Then for a week, track how long it actually takes you to get ready, and use that new estimate when planning out your mornings.

2. They prepare for unexpected delays.

This habit is related to the one mentioned above about giving yourself buffer time. Punctual people prepare for any unforeseen delays due to traffic, getting lost, forgetting something at home, etc. If they’re going somewhere that is 10 minutes away, they leave 20 to 25 minutes ahead to account for any unexpected scenarios. By giving themselves buffer time, they often arrive early — but never late.

3. They’re fine with downtime.

Because punctual people give themselves buffer time, they often arrive early — and they are more than comfortable enjoying a few minutes waiting. Whether they are checking emails, reviewing notes, reading a book, or clearing their heads, punctual people not only enjoy their downtime, but also come prepared with something to do. People who are chronically late, however, do not enjoy their downtime and prefer the thrill of rushing to and from a place. If you want to be more comfortable waiting for someone, then bring a book or an iPad to help pass the time.

4. They plan everything down to the T.

Extremely punctual people not only show up to places on time, but also lead highly structured and organized lifestyles. They plan out their mornings, days, and nights with a set of activities and routines and stick to them every day. They keep calendars up to date with new meetings and appointments and try not to overschedule. Being organized with your belongings can also save you time when you’re getting ready — keep your keys, wallet, and phone in a designated area so that you don’t have to search for them in the mornings. To become more punctual, try adding more structure to your daily routine!

5. They get things done ahead of time.

Punctual people get everything done ahead of time, because procrastinating means stressing out and scrambling at the last minute. They pick out what to wear and pack their bags the night before. If they’re packing lunch for work, they do that the night before as well. By getting things done early, they have less to worry about in the morning and can focus on being punctual.

6. They go to bed early.

Why do most people stay up late? Probably because they waited until the last minute to finish an assignment or project. Naturally, punctual people don’t stay up as late, because they avoid procrastinating. By getting to bed early, they sleep better and wake up feeling rested.

7. They’re morning people.

On a similar note, punctual people don’t press the snooze button — they get up when they’re supposed to. Because they sleep better after getting to bed earlier, they don’t have trouble waking up. They go to bed and get up at reliable hours to start their days off right.

 

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Provincial Lottery Agencies Want Young People To Buy More Tickets

Posted on 28 March 2014 by admin

Provincial lottery agencies are facing a big problem — millennials aren’t buying lottery tickets nearly as much as their parents do.

The agencies are banding together to try to develop a new national lottery aimed at people under 35. They also want to find ways to make ticket-based gambling more attractive to the video-game generation.

“We know that this young adult demographic has changed and that the kinds of games we’re offering — the big lotto games — are not necessarily as appealing to today’s younger adults,” said Andrea Marantz, spokeswoman for the Western Canada Lottery Corp., which covers the territories and three Prairie provinces.

“Lottery is like any other kind of consumer product. We have to expend some effort in (research and development) to just keep products relevant.”

The Interprovincial Lottery Corp., which represents all provincial and territorial lottery agencies, is looking for consultants who can come up with ideas for a new game similar to Lotto 6-49, in which players select numbers.

A request for proposals says the winning consultant will lead “face-to-face brainstorm … sessions to generate … ideas for a new, national lottery game that will be attractive to the 18-34-year-old player base.”

Another task will be to “analyze and understand provided research that has been completed on the motivations and barriers to play for 18-34 year-old lottery players.”

It may be a challenge. Statistics on the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp.’s website indicate that among Ontarians who buy lotto tickets at least once a week, only 13 per cent are under 35. The mean age of players who take part at least once a week is 52.

Across the country, the decline is sharp.

“The two national lottery products (Lotto 6-49 and Lotto Max) are experiencing historic levels of decline for the young adult demographic … by anywhere from 8-31 per cent,” says the request for proposals.

“If we do not attract younger players … to play lottery games, over time the lottery business is at risk of decline.”

Sally MacDonald, a 32-year-old social service worker in Winnipeg, is one of the many millennials who are not interested in lottery tickets. She says the long odds are a prime reason.

“There’s no results from it. I’ve watched my dad play 6-49 for years and years, and he’s maybe won $500.”

MacDonald says people her age get more enjoyment out of surfing the web and filling out online questionnaires on sites such as Buzzfeed, where one recent page asked readers what actress would portray them in a movie of their life.

“You look at how many people do those Buzzfeed quizzes because there’s something funny or entertaining out of it, right?

“But something like a lottery ticket, unless you’re winning, you’re not getting entertained.”

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In an ensemble cast, loss is borne by all, says Meera Chopra

Posted on 28 March 2014 by admin

Southern actress Meera Chopra, who teamed up with a host of actors in her Bollywood debut “Gang Of Ghosts”, says there is an advantage of working in a multi-starrer – the onus is on everyone if the movie doesn’t work.

Released Friday, the comedy revolves around ghosts. it has been directed by Satish Kaushik who pulled off an impressive cast that includes Sharman Joshi, Parambrata Chatterjee, Mahie Gill, Anupam Kher, Saurabh Shukla, Rajpal Yadav and Jackie Shroff. it has got a lukewarm respone at the box office.

Meera said: “Before this film (‘Gang of Ghosts’), i had signed Vikram Bhatt’s film, which is a supernatural love story. So first, i signed that, but first this film released. So i feel it’s an advantage for me…even if it’s a flop, the entire burden will not be on me as the film has an ensemble cast.”

“if a film has an ensemble cast, the loss is borne by all the actors and i am glad i am debuting with the film. My next film is a solo project,” she added. Meera started her acting career in southern film industry and her first few releases include her hit debut tamil film “Anbe Aaruyire” and telugu movie “Bangaram”. When asked why did she start her career with southern cinema, she said offer knocked on her door.

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