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As the sole female Avenger, Scarlett Johansson had a bone to pick with Hollywood: not only were there few female superheroes, but they tended to be dumbed down. So when Marvel Studios brought in another formidable woman for summer action film "Avengers: Age of Ultron," Johansson, who reprises her role as the feisty Black Widow, was happy to see "a step in the right direction."

When filming his directorial debut "Lost River" in Detroit, a city struggling to survive bankruptcy after economic decline, actor Ryan Gosling said he wanted to "eliminate the political minutiae" by using fairytale archetypes.
In most movie theatres the lights go dark and the feature begins, but for an audience attending a Paris film festival under way this month, the whole world is dark and stays that way. The Audiovision Film Festival, which began last week and runs to April 14, is unusual in that it caters to the blind and visually impaired.
Defence in Bridge is never easy when as a defender you face a situation where your play would make the difference between victory and defeat for the declarer. This requires imagination, foresight, concentration and of course a continuous table presence that makes you think and work hard at deducing the distribution and location of the cards of both - the declarer and your partner. Sometimes it becomes easier as the cards tell their own story. But most of the time the defender has to depend per force on his partner's signals.
France will ban excessively thin fashion models and expose modelling agents and the fashion houses that hire them to possible fines and even jail, under a new law passed earlier this month. The move by France, with its fashion and luxury industries worth tens of billions of euros, comes after a similar ban by Israel in 2013, while other countries, like Italy and Spain, rely on voluntary codes of conduct to protect models.
The quarterly report for the period of January to March 2015 of the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources says eight of the 71 brands of mineral and bottled water are completely unsafe for human consumption. This is said to be good news since in the first quarter last year 21 brands were declared unsafe as against only eight this year. How is this good news? What is the status of water in other brands? Are they completely safe, or passably safe for consumption? Or are other brands as safe as boiled tap water?
It's arguably our most vital and precious natural resource, and one that is growing dangerously scarce from China to California, but no matter how much we value water, we're not that keen on paying for it.

 



 
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Banking Review 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyMarch
Trade Balance $-1.586 bln
Exports $1.932 bln
Imports $3.518 bln
WeeklyApril 16, 2015
Reserves $16.818 bln