Congress workers sell tomatoes for subsidised rate outside UP Assembly

first_imgPricey tomatoes spurred a fresh round of protests by Congress workers on Friday, who parked a cart full of tomatoes in front of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly and sold the kitchen staple at Rs 10 per kg.The party had earlier come up with a “State Bank of Tomato” that is being operated from the Youth Congress office here.Tomato prices have hovered around Rs 100 per kg in major cities with supplies being disrupted due to heavy rains.Congress workers led by state secretary Shailendra Tiwari stood in front of the Assembly with a cart full of tomatoes with a banner “Tamatar ke aaye acche din” (good days have come for tomatoes) and sold it at Rs 10 per kg per person.“This is our way to protest the soaring tomato price.We are selling it to common man to show our concern for them.It’s ironical that the government has not taken any initiative to open subsidised counters for selling tomatoes or to check its price,” Mr. Tiwari said.The ‘tomato bank’ has some interesting schemes to offer like providing the commodity on easy loan as also a locker facility, 80 per cent loans on tomatoes and attractive interest rates for depositing tomatoes, especially for the poor.The idea behind the bank is to lodge protest and to create awareness among the people about the commodity being sold at such high rates.Prices of tomato have shot up about four times since the beginning of June when tomatoes were being sold at about Rs 25 per kg in the Delhi-National Capital Region market.Industry body Assocham had said recently that “Tomato prices may not immediately ease as flooding in some of the growing states has led to damage to the crop.” Unlike onion and potato, the shelf life of tomato is very short and it needs cold chains and modern warehouses for storage and transportation, it said.Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Odisha are the major tomato growing States.The country produces around 18 million tonnes of tomatoes.last_img read more

Aussie TV reporter claims bringing explosives into CWG venue

first_imgAn Australian TV channel has claimed that its crew got past security personnel and entered the Commonwealth Games village with crude explosives bought in New Delhi a few days ago, raising questions over safety at the event venues.Channel 7 journalist Mike Duffy claimed that he walked into one of the Games venues with a case of explosive which could have triggered explosions if fitted with a detonator.The video footage put up in a website called 3news.co.nz showed Duffy secretly filming the purchase of the case from the boot of a car in New Delhi.The video also showed how Duffy was even given a demonstration by the vendors.”If I need to blow up this car, all I need further is a detonator and explosive,” the vendor told Duffy in the video.Duffy claimed that he was easily able to buy the items, including ammonium nitrate and explosives used for mining, in New Delhi, which is scheduled to host the Commonwealth Games from October 3 to 14.”We found that without too much trouble one can purchase these explosives and equipment on the streets of New Delhi. At the mining areas, they sell it almost alongside groceries,” he said in the news footage in the website.On Sunday, two Taiwanese nationals were injured when two motor-cycle borne attackers fired at a bus carrying foreign tourists outside Jama Masjid, raising fresh concerns about security in the wake of the Delhi Games.last_img read more

Grigor Dimitrov upsets Rafael Nadal to join Andy Murray in China Open semis

first_imgBulgarian’s Grigor Dimitrov claimed a first career win over former world number one Rafael Nadal at the eighth time of asking to reach the semi-finals of the China Open on Friday.Dimitrov, ranked 20th in the world, knocked out the second seed 6-2, 6-4 to set up a clash with Canada’s Milos Raonic.Top seed Andy Murray faced some stern resistance against fellow Briton Kyle Edmund before winning 7-6(9), 6-2.Edmund’s barrage of heavy forehands worried Murray in the opening set and the world number two trailed 2-5 in the tiebreak and had to save a set point before converting his fifth.Despite Edmund breaking early in the second set, Murray raised his level to win six games in a row.”He (Edmund) made it very tough for me. He’s improving at a solid pace now… If he keeps going on the path he’s on just now, he’ll be up at the top of the game very soon,” Murray, a three-times grand slam winner, told reporters.Murray will face fifth seed David Ferrer in the semis after the Spaniard beat in-form 19-year-old Alexander Zverev 6-7(4), 6-1, 7-5 in two hours and 21 minutes.”Every match against him, he certainly makes you earn it. There’s not many short points against him,” Murray said of his next challenge.Dimitrov, bidding to reach his third final of the year after a return to form, capitalised on Nadal’s low first serve percentage to claim the opening set comfortably.Nadal was far tougher in the second set but Dimitrov held his nerve to beat the 30-year-old Spaniard.advertisement”It’s obvious that Grigor played much better than me and he deserved to win,” Nadal said of a match that began with five consecutive service breaks.”I fought until the last ball, but was going against psychologically bad feelings because I was suffering with my serve. When that happens, you have to go to the next tournament because you don’t deserve to win like this.”Nadal will move on to Shanghai.Due to Thursday’s rain in Beijing, the big-serving Raonic was forced to play twice, beating Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri 6-3, 6-4 and Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta 6-4, 6-4 to advance.last_img read more

High in the water

first_imgIn his 1697 book, A New Voyage Around the World, the English explorer William Dampier described a primitive watercraft used by the Tamils on the Coromandel coast. He called it the ‘catamaran’ (from the Tamil kettumaram, meaning ‘logs bound together’). But you could say it was the first stand-up paddleboard,In his 1697 book, A New Voyage Around the World, the English explorer William Dampier described a primitive watercraft used by the Tamils on the Coromandel coast. He called it the ‘catamaran’ (from the Tamil kettumaram, meaning ‘logs bound together’). But you could say it was the first stand-up paddleboard in India, if not the world.This week, it’s the modern version making-or riding-waves, at the second annual Indian Open of Surfing in Mulki, Karnataka. Close on the heels of two third-place finishes in US contests, 17-year-old Tanvi Jagdish will be carving the water in the May 26-28 competition.In the US, Tanvi placed third in the open women’s category at the SUP Surf Pro-Am, and also in stand-up paddle racing at the West Marine Carolina Cup in North Carolina. Last year, she was ranked 16th at the Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship, out of 247 participants from around the globe.Those wins are important. Stand-up paddling (SUP) and surfing are still very young sports in India. Moreover, it’s especially difficult for young women like Tanvi, given Indian society’s views on girls hanging out with boys, exposing their legs in board shorts and allowing the sun to darken their skin.”I started surfing when I was ten, with my granny’s permission. But my parents did not know,” she says. “When they found out, my mother forbade me from surfing again because she thought it was too dangerous.” For four years, Tanvi honoured her mother’s wishes. But the ocean was just too much fun to deny. When she returned to the water, she discovered stand-up paddling, a lesser-known offshoot of surfing. Falling in love with the paddle, she vowed to one day rank among the top five competitors in the world. Her family’s concerns notwithstanding, the Mulki resident was born in the right place to do it.advertisementA dozen-odd years ago, when there were hardly any surfers in India, the sport found an unlikely ambassador: a 70-year-old American Krishna devotee from Florida named Jack Hebner. Also known as Swami, Hebner co-founded the Mantra Surf Club in Mulki in 2004, along with fellow Krishna devotee Rick Perry (aka Babaji). Dubbed ‘the Surfing Swamis’, they’re still the most colourful and revered names among India’s wave-riders.It was at their club that Tanvi learned to surf. And some of Hebner and Perry’s disciples, such as Rammohan Paranjape, were instrumental in creating the Surfing Federation of India (SFI)-which organises the Indian Open of Surfing and most other similar competitions in the country. “There were just a handful of surfers in India in 2000-2004,” Paranjape recalls. “Not many people were interested or even curious.” That’s changing-fast. Last year, SFI’s Indian Open of Surfing in Mangalore drew about 15,000 people. This year, it’s expected to draw 20,000 or more-including surfers and SUP enthusiasts from all over the world.Among them-the local favourite-is Tanvi, the Surfing Swamis’ most successful pupil so far. This time, maybe her mother will be watching. “She feels very scared when I surf,” says Tanvi.-Jyothy KaratPORTRAITS OF HURTA series of photographs attempts a stark take on the racism faced by Africans in India.Photo: Mahesh Shantaram, Archival Pigment. Print courtesy: TasveerThe 25 images in this forthcoming exhibition from Tasveer, the Bengaluru gallery showcasing Indian photography, are an earnest portrayal of the impact of racism on the psyche of its victims. Done in the formal portrait style-where subjects ‘sit’ for pictures-this is the work of a promising Bengaluru-based photographer, Mahesh Shantaram, who was traumatised by the mob attack on a Tanzanian woman in January last year. With his grief as a filter for his lens, he took pictures of African youths in several cities across India. This, with the intent to draw attention to their individuality and humanity.Shantaram’s pictures have a distinct ability to ‘extract’ and examine his subjects, even in the most chaotic situations-like a garish middle class wedding or a hectic election campaign (subjects of his earlier work). He captures people in a manner that makes them visuals in a larger social comment. This makes him ideally suited to photograph a subject like racism in daily life.He goes close-establishing intimate bonds with his subjects and photographing them in their homes, neighbourhoods and territories of their personal space. Shot entirely at night using harsh light and saturated colours, he pictures lonely faces staring dispassionately into nothingness, to convey alienation and vulnerability. But he doesn’t go any farther than that.Instead of following his subjects in everyday situations as they navigate the discrimination they face, Shantaram repeats the lonely figure with the blank stare as a constant for all his images. It dilutes the anguish in the images and as a body of work, shows just the discriminated, not the discrimination.advertisement-Bandeep Singh(‘The African Portraits’ by Mahesh Shantaram will be on display at Exhibit320, New Delhi, from June 2-16)Click here to EnlargeHOW TO SEE THE CITY IN A DAY(Clockwise from top left) the Lalbaug spice market; a Bollywood dance class; children at a local NGO.Mumbai may not have the historic charm of Mughal Delhi, but it does offer an interesting mix of art, culture and food-and, of course, it’s home to Bollywood. History comes in the form of British-era buildings, rows of art deco constructions as well as the urban villages where time seems to have stood still.No Footprints, a city-based tour company founded by Harshvardhan Tanwar and Eesha Singh, has devised an eight-hour tour called Five Senses, which offers visitors a sizeable serving of the city’s melting pot of experiences. The tour begins at the Gateway of India, followed by a walk around the Fort area, covering the major landmarks of colonial Mumbai. Aimed at foreign tourists who treat Mumbai as a transit stop en route to Kerala, Goa or Rajasthan, the tour was conceptualised by Singh and is led by Tanwar. “While listening to stories about Mumbai’s history, visitors will also have a chance to watch the dabbawalas making their way through the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. We call this section of the tour ‘Sharada’s Mumbai’, after city historian Sharada Dwivedi, as she unearthed stories of these wonderful buildings and documented them in her book Fort Walks,” says Tanwar.And while visiting landmark sites is worthwhile, a dose of contemporary culture is just as important. So next up is a dose of Mumbai’s sounds, exemplified by a session of Bollywood music and dance. Then, a Konkani thali takes care of taste, while a walk down Lalbaug’s Spice Market is a treat for the sense of smell. “Here, not only can you buy the spices, but also get them dry roasted and ground into the masala mix of your choice. It’s not uncommon to see ladies patiently waiting with bags full of spices and a recipe that has been handed down over generations,” reveals Tanwar. The tour, which begins at 8.30 in the morning, ends at 4.30 in the evening with a visit to a local NGO. “A perfect end to this colourful collage of experiences is to be able to touch people’s lives,” adds Tanwar.-Moeena HalimPASS TIMEThe arrival of June lifts the curtain of snow over the mountain passes between Himachal Pradesh and the Ladakh region of J&K. A trip to Ladakh is now an Indian tourist’s rite of passage. Those who haven’t yet made it to our piece of the Tibetan Plateau will get to envy many a selfie-taken in front of ‘the highest pass’ or ‘the highest motorable road’-decorating social media pages.advertisementWhile the Manali to Leh route isn’t entirely open yet, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) opened the Rohtang pass in the third week of May. Buses have already begun to ply up to Keylong, the tourist town beyond Manali. BRO is working on clearing Baralacha La and Tanglang La as well. These high passes saw snowfall even in the early summer this year, and the snow over Rohtang was up to 30 feet high in some places. Which is why the opening of the Leh-Manali road is a little behind schedule this season.Among other things that Ladakh has plenty of-like mountains and yaks and frozen rivers-is the overwhelming presence of the sky. There is so much sky in tourist photos of Ladakh that the local government could levy a sky tax. Eat your heart out, GST.-Sopan JoshiSLEEPLESS IN THE CITYBill Hayes, the author of Insomniac City.Insomniac City by Bill Hayes is the story of two love affairs running on parallel tracks. The first focuses on the author and the distinguished neurologist, Oliver Sacks, the object of his affections, and the second is the love affair between him and New York City.Hayes is almost fifty when the book begins-with the death of Steve, his partner. Steve died of a heart attack, ironically, on a day when the ‘insomniac’ Hayes was asleep. Unable to bear the heartache, Hayes moves from San Francisco to New York City, where he meets and falls in love with Sacks, a man thirty years his senior, who has ‘no knowledge of popular culture after 1955’ and ‘zero interest in celebrities or fame’ (to the point of asking ‘what is Michael Jackson?’)Sacks is well known to readers as the author of books dealing with psychological disorders, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. But his unique personality comes across through Hayes’ precise, simple descriptions and the lovers’ conversations. ‘Are you conscious of your thoughts before language embodies them?’ Sacks asks. ‘I like having a confusion of agency, your hand on top of mine, unsure where my body ends and yours begins,’ he confesses in a rare erotic moment.The magic of Hayes’ writing lies in its minimalist yet evocative images. As Sacks’ health deteriorates, the modest, self-effacing Hayes focuses so deeply on his partner’s misery that it’s easy to forget it’s a trauma for him, too. There is tenderness without sentimentality, acceptance of what cannot be altered and a strong positive attitude that embraces life in its entirety. This book is not only a fascinating ode to romantic love, but also a profound reflection on life and death. The little ‘vignettes’ are meant to be enjoyed slowly and gradually as sips of fine wine rather than in a single gulp.-Divya DubeyIMPERIAL PINTSCourtesy: Kim JacobsenThe British empire may have forced us to pay for our own oppression but it had its compensations. So as the sun flares over another Indian summer, let’s raise our chilled glasses to the imperialists who begat Indian beer. The pioneer, apparently, was one Henry Bohle who set up businesses in Meerut and Mussourie in 1825. The latter thrived for some years in the hands of the Mackinnon family, seeding a ferment of hill station breweries that stretched from Murree to Shimla, Kasauli and Ranikhet and on to Darjeeling. Edward Dyer, in particular, bought up or established a chain of breweries in the Himalayas and is credited with launching Asia’s first beer brand, ‘Lion’, which was produced in both Murree and Kasauli. Dyer would sire (and later disown) the notorious Reginald Dyer of Jallianwala Bagh-but that’s another story. By the 1880s, another experienced brewer, H.G. Meakin, had set up an extensive empire, buying some of Dyer’s factories as well as establishing new ones as far afield as Dalhousie, Kirkee and Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka. The two firms would ultimately merge as Dyer and Meakin in the 1930s.By 1889, the 25-odd breweries in British India were producing some 5,165,138 gallons a year, (roughly a thousand times less than passes through our national gullets today). And judging by some of the vintage beer labels (yes, it’s a thing) treasured by collectors today, there was a lot more variety back then. The Dyer Meakin breweries, for example, offered a range of light and dark ales, a stout, and several ‘sparkling beers’. Today, the concern known as Mohan Meakin is sustained by the popularity of its house rum, while johnny-come-lately United Breweries (estd. 1857) dominates India’s beer market with bland lagers and knuckleheaded strong beers. Did the British take all the tasty beer with them when they left? Well, the glass may be half empty but look at it this way: they gave us beer, we gave them Vijay Mallya.-JabirBENGALURU BREWERIESPhoto: Nilotpal BaruahCraft beer first hit Gurugram and Pune around 2008. A year later, the first brewpub opened its doors in Bengaluru. Today, the garden city boasts nearly 30 microbreweries with 20 more slated to open over the next two years.What makes craft beer stand out? Without getting into beer geekery, the combination of small hand-crafted batches, high-quality ingredients and innovative brewing techniques result in beers that are superior in taste and quality to their mass-produced cousins. Even with 30 breweries, we’re still new to the art, so only a handful of outlets stand out.ToitOne of the city’s first few brewpubs, Toit now enjoys cult status, and will soon open branches in Mumbai and Pune as well. The brewing philosophy here follows the ‘what you do, do well’ model, with just one special on rotation and five stable house beers-Basmati blonde (light ale), Hefeweizen, (wheat ale), Belgian Wit (wheat ale), Irish Red (amber ale), IPA (India pale ale) and a Stout that’s as close to Dublin as you can get.Windmills CraftworksA microbrewery and jazz theatre rolled into one, this is the ‘Ritz’ of brewpubs. It has four house beers on tap-Helles (light blonde ale), Hefeweizen (German wheat ale), IPA (India pale ale, rich in hops/ bitterness) and Stout (hearty dark ale with roasted coffee and chocolate notes). Specials range from Rauchbiers (smoked) to White IPAs and Saisons.BrewskyPopular for its outdoor deck, this award-winning microbrewery churns out several specials, from cucumber ales and English bitters to smoked stouts and coffee-infused porters. House beers include a Belgian-styled light blonde ale, German Hefeweizen (wheat ale), Belgian Wit (wheat ale with orange peels and coriander), IPA (bitter) , Amber Ale (similar to the IPA but with more caramel notes) and a StoutBiergartenLike a traditional German beer garden with a modern makeover, this bright and airy outfit offers German-styled brews (with a few exceptions) and a different approach to brewing. Every Craft Beer at the Biergarten has been designed to be light and easy drinking (‘sessionable’ to beer geeks). Beers on tap include the German style lager, Dunkel (dark) lager, Hefeweizen (wheat), Pale Ale (similar to an IPA but less bitter) and a special-Mango Wheat Ale.-John EapenThe writer is a Bengaluru-based brewery consultant and beer sommelierHINDUSTANI MOTORSThe quintessential jeep was, and continues to be, a lifestyle thing in Bhopal. Not always connected to the brand, a Bhopali ‘jeep’ could be a Ford GPW, a low bonnet Willys MB, a Willys M606, an M38 A1 or even a later Mahindra equipped with jholas-one attached at the back and a smaller one near the dashboard. Bhopali jeeps are often unpainted, or only have a coat of primer, and continue to find patrons, with owners never having to think about resale values.Arriving in Bhopal as the wheels of choice for Nawab Hamidullah Khan, the early jeeps were mainly used in shikaar. Wealthy farmers also used them to ferry themselves to and from their farms. The jhola at the back carried anything from dead game to beaters to gunny bags, while the smaller jhola mostly held chaalia (the Bhopali word for supari) and paan.”With shikaar gone and farm holdings shrinking, the jeep lost some of its importance, but continues to be a utility thing here,” says Bhopal-based automobile enthusiast and restorer Rajan Deb. “In Bhopal, there are those who use the jeep for work and then there are those who collect original Fords and Willys,” he adds.The jeeps have survived the decades thanks mainly due to ‘doctors’-mechanics who keep them going using jugaad. “The work is not what it used to be but I am happy with what I have done,” says Mohammed Zameer, who uses the takhallus ‘Nirale’ and is one of the better known jeep mechanics in Bhopal. Nirale’s grandfather opened a garage in 1946. Nirale apprenticed with him before starting his own shop in 1967. “You learnt everything on the job; there was no option for training or getting a degree,” he says, adding that the work is still commercially viable. “Bhopali jeeps have great demand. One of my old jeeps is in Canada with a collector,” he says. Prices for original Ford GPWs and Willys MBs range from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 15 lakh.In the Lal Masjid quarter of Bhopal, more than a dozen garages thrive. Pyare Bhai, one of the owners, says that modern SUVs have taken a toll, but the jeep craze remains. “There are people who spend the entire day with us, seeing how jeeps are repaired,” he says. Expert mechanics have come from the ranks of jeep owners as well. One of the sons of a family of Pathans living at Khandera-Pudhiya-was referred to as an ‘honorary engineer’. Many jeeps bore a ‘designed by engineer Pudhiya’ message on the registration plates. And today, jeeps are no longer an all-male preserve. “Driving a jeep is all about slowing down in life, to appreciate everything that you could miss in a fast car,” says Sonia Rashid, who is married into the erstwhile Bhopal royal family and is the proud owner of a Willys jeep.Just as Nirale is about to close his garage for the day, a customer walks in and admires a parked Ford GPW. Inquiring about the price, he is taken aback at the quote. “Why is it so expensive?” he asks. “Nut, nut par Ford likha hai, miyan (Everything is original-even the nuts and bolts have the Ford ‘F’ emblazoned on them),” replies Nirale.-Rahul NoronhaHAWAI ADDAPhoto: Sandeep SahdevAn Airbus A320, once part of the Air India fleet, has been turned into a 65-seat restaurant called Hawai Adda, in Ludhiana. Transported from Delhi, the plane was modified to create the country’s only such restaurant. Owned by entrepreneur Jaswinder Singh and his cousins, the restaurant serves only vegetarian food and no booze-just like a domestic flight.-Sukant DeepakHOT WHEELSKarun Chandhok, racecar driver, on… racingKarun Chandhok. Photo: Shivangni Kulkarni Q: Apart from doing commentary for Channel 4, what commitments do you have these days?A: The biggest race for me is the 24 hours of Le Mans. I’m also racing in selected rounds of the World Championship and British LMP3 Cup.Q: Which were your best rivalries and which drivers do you most remember racing against?A: I raced with a lot of good drivers- guys like Lewis Hamilton, Nelson Piquet Jr, Bruno Senna, Hulkenberg, Grosjean, Buemi, Maldonado…Q: Any regrets that you missed out on the Indian Grand Prix during the three years it existed?A: That was a real shame-I had a contract with Lotus to do the race and they opted to break the contract for various commercial reasons.Q: What are your predictions for this weekend’s Indy 500 and the Monaco GP?A: Indy is so unpredictable, but Fernando winning would be such a great fairytale story! I’m going to say Sebastian to win Monaco.Q: Do you see yourself on the podium at Le Mans? A: For Le Mans, I’m with a rookie team and a rookie team mate who’s 17 years old! A top 5 finish would be amazing for us.-Yogendra Prataplast_img read more

Dalit girl killed eyes gouged out in UP

first_imgJalaun (Uttar Pradesh): A 14-year-old Dalit girl was found killed with her eyes gouged out in Jalaun. Police said her neighbour has been arrested charged with abduction and murder. The autopsy report is awaited to ascertain whether the victim was raped or not. According to reports, the girl, a resident of Ata area in Jalaun district, went out for some work on Saturday evening, but never returned home. Her parents lodged a missing person’s report with police the same night. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Her body was found on Sunday afternoon in a secluded spot. Her clothes were torn and her eyes gouged out, indicating torment and possible rape before murder, sources in police said. DIG (Jhansi range) Subhash Singh Baghel, who visited the crime scene with Jalaun Superintendent of Police Avadesh Singh, said Ranjit Ahirwar had been arrested and booked under Sections 302 and 363 of the IPC on the basis of the complaint given by the girl’s father. “The suspect already has a case under Section 376 (rape) pending against him. He is also accused of molesting a minor relative, which went unreported. We are waiting for the post-mortem report (to confirm or deny rape) before further action can be taken. The arrested man is being interrogated,” the DIG said.last_img read more

Reprehensible Trudeau abortion policy raises ire of US right

first_imgWASHINGTON – In what’s almost certainly a first in the lengthy history of bilateral relations between the countries, Canada’s summer-jobs program has become the object of criticism from America’s right wing.The reason is abortion.A former Trump White House adviser, several news organizations and the president’s favourite Fox News morning show have all dumped on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s explanation for why pro-life groups should be excluded from $220 million in federal jobs grants.The prime minister’s suggestion that pro-life groups were out of line with Canadian society triggered criticism in the country next door — where abortion remains a subject of mainstream political debate and is a central issue in the struggle for control of the U.S. Supreme Court.“This man is reprehensible,” tweeted former White House staffer Sebastian Gorka.It’s not the first time Trudeau has landed on the radar of the American right.While he’s drawn fawning profiles in mainstream magazines and polls have suggested he’s relatively well-liked in the U.S., there are three cases now where he’s drawn conservative ire down south, after his praiseful eulogizing of Fidel Castro and the multimillion-dollar legal settlement with Omar Khadr.There were even a few boos at a Republican rally in Florida recently when President Donald Trump mentioned Trudeau’s name — though the president interjected quickly to silence them: “No, I like him,” Trump said. “Nice guy. Good guy.”The latest controversy involves a new Canadian policy — when applying for federal grants for student jobs, organizations are now required to sign a form attesting that neither their core mission, nor the job being funded, opposes human rights, including reproductive rights.Pro-life activists are suing the federal government over it.The abortion controversy produced a segment Monday on the morning show “Fox and Friends”.Host Brian Kilmeade said: “What message is he trying to send to us, maybe?” Co-host Rachel Campos-Duffy added: “What happens in Canada often comes down to us. This is an effort to silence pro-lifers. … This is a sign of intolerance. If you have a pro-life view you’re not welcome to share it or else you’re kicked out of this program.”They invited the head of largest American annual pro-life march onto the air to discuss it. Jeanne Mancini, whose annual March for Life is later this week, said she hoped to invite the prime minister to attend the rally.“Because he will see who’s really out of touch with mainstream America,” Mancini said. “We’ve lost over 60 million Americans to abortion. To the prime minister, I would just really want to talk to him.”Trudeau discussed the controversy in an interview Monday with The Canadian Press.He said he’s a Catholic who has long had to reconcile his religious beliefs with his responsibilities as a political leader and he said the latter demands that he defend people’s rights.In this case, he said that means a woman’s right to choose trumps the right to a federal grant.“An organization that has as its stated goal to remove rights from Canadians, to remove the right that women have fought for to determine what happens to their own bodies, is not in line with where the charter (of Rights) is or where the government of Canada is,” Trudeau said Monday.“Certainly there is no obligation by the government of Canada to fund organizations that are determined to remove rights that have been so long fought for by women.”last_img read more

Werewolf Interview with Ashley McKenzie and Nelson MacDonald

first_img Twitter Advertisement Facebook Google+: http://www.google.com/+telefilmcanadaFacebook:[EN] http://www.facebook.com/telefilmcanada[FR] http://www.facebook.com/TelefilmCanad…Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/telefilm_canada The micro-budget film Werewolf (formely Train Whistle Does Not Blow) was just selected in the Discovery program at #TIFF16. Here’s what director Ashley McKenzie and producer Nelson MacDonald had to say about their first feature film shot in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.————————————————————————Be sure to thumbs up the video, add it to your playlist or favorites, and leave a comment. / Ne manquez pas de vous abonner à notre chaîne, d’aimer notre vidéo, de l’ajouter à votre sélection ou à vos favoris et d’inscrire un commentaire.Stay tuned and follow the Telefilm Canada community: / Gardez l’œil ouvert et suivez la communauté de Téléfilm Canada : LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

RenaultNissan Group CEO Hails King Mohammed VIs Support to Their Projects

Rabat – CEO of Renault-Nissan Group, Carlos Ghosn, on Friday hailed the constant support of King Mohammed VI to group projects in the Kingdom.“I praise the constant support brought by HM King Mohammed VI to our group. Under His impulse, the government has always stood alongside our group and its partners to facilitate their implementation and to encourage their development”, Ghosn said in a video-testimony screened at the launch ceremony, held Friday under the chairmanship of HM King Mohammed VI, of the new project of the Renault group, “Renault Ecosystem”.On this occasion, Ghosn called upon Renault partners to write, with the constant support of the King and His government, the next chapter in the industrial and commercial adventure of the group in the Kingdom under the sign of leadership, confidence and competitiveness. The current challenge for the Renault group is building an ecosystem based on the effective contribution of all stakeholders, the CEO of Renault-Nissan said, noting that the conditions for the success of the “Renault ecosystem” are based on “continuing progress in quality made in recent years by our supplier partners, as well as improving their competitiveness”.The new project, worth 10 billion dirhams, consists of developing an international supply platform. It has an additional turnover of 20 billion dirhams yearly, thus increasing threefold the amount of manufactured parts purchased by Renault on the Moroccan territory.This ecosystem will treble the number of jobs created by Renault, generating 50,000 new permanent jobs.The training of new executives will be provided by proven mechanisms in the automobile sector.With MAP read more

Longshore union stalls fullscale strike begins overtime ban at Vancouver port

VANCOUVER — Two major container terminals at the Port of Vancouver will not be behind picket lines today although longshore workers are in a legal strike position.A 72-hour strike notice issued by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada has expired at Global Container Terminals operations in Delta and Vancouver.A news release issued on Sunday by union president Robert Ashton says the roughly 2,000 affected members of Locals 500 and 502 will not stage a full-scale strike, but will begin “limited and targeted” job action.Jeff Scott, chairman of the B.C. Maritime Employers Association, which bargains for more than 30 member companies at B.C. ports, says the job action relates to overtime.Ashton’s statement says the union remains optimistic that a fair deal can be achieved, while Scott says more talks are expected, although he isn’t aware of any firm dates following near round-the-clock sessions on the weekend.About 6,000 Vancouver-area longshore workers at several employers have been without a contract since March 2018, and 98.4 per cent of those who voted earlier this month supported a strike. Scott says the employers association is committed to continuing talks and is hopeful, given the union’s decision to take job action.“It’s significantly different than, obviously, a strike or a walkout so that is positive,” he said in a telephone interview.“We’ll have a better idea by about noon today of how things are playing out.”Ashton’s statement says the union’s focus relates to “concerns over automation of the workplace and the potential devastation to our communities.”A recent Port of Vancouver analysis found a labour disruption could lead to losses of as much as $540 million a day. (The Canadian Press, CTV)The Canadian Press read more

Sri Lanka says relations with Pakistan cordial and friendly

Sri Lanka says Pakistan and Sri Lanka have a long history of very cordial and friendly relations and both countries share commonality of views on a wide range of international and regional issues.Speaker Karu Jayasooriya said that both nations coordinate their positions in multilateral fora and have been helpful to each other during difficult times. Editor of the book, Dr. SinhaRaja Tammita Delgoda thanked the Government of Pakistan, Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad and the High Commission of Pakistan in Sri Lanka for recognizing the value of this initiative. Their interest and support has enabled this project to reach fruition and made this publication possible. (Colombo Gazette) Dr. Sarfraz Sipra was addressing the launching ceremony of book “An Enduring Friendship; Sri Lanka and Pakistan” which was organized by the High Commission of Pakistan on the occasion of 70th independence anniversary of Pakistan. Speaker Karu Jayasooriya has graced the occasion as the chief guest. Guests of honour included former Sri Lankan Presidents Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Mahinda Rajapaksa, Minister for International Trade, Malik Samarawickrama, Minister for Commerce and Industry Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister for Primary Industries Daya Gamage, Minister of State for National Integration and Reconciliation A.H.M. Fowzie, Minister of State for Rehabilitation and Resettlement M.L.A.M. Hizbullah, Deputy Minister for Petroleum Resources Development Anoma Gamage, and Former Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris.Heads of diplomatic Missions, renowned scholars, representatives of universities, think tanks, and analysts, senior government officials, former Sri Lankan Ambassadors and a large number of people from difference walks of life attended the ceremony as distinguished guests. The Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan Dr. Sarfraz Ahmed Khan Sipra said that Pakistan and Sri Lanka have been linked since ancient times, a link which is now 2,300 years old. In 1948, shortly after Independence of Sri Lanka, this link was revived and reborn when the founding father of Sri Lanka, Prime Minister D.S. Senanayake travelled to Pakistan to meet the founding father of Pakistan, Quaid i Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. He underscored that whenever Pakistan needed; Sri Lanka has always been there. Similarly whenever Sir Lanka needed Pakistan, Pakistan has always been there. Acting High Commissioner Dr. Sarfraz Sipra emphasized that bilateral relationship between Pakistan and Sri Lanka have been an important part of this region.“It needs to be comprehensively studied and evaluated. The book narrates the story of this beautiful relationship in a beautiful manner. A story most people would love it. Although it is written by a Sri Lankan author, it reflects the value of both countries. This book will serve to identify areas of further cooperation for younger generations between the two nations. The book has futuristic outlook by suggesting innovative approaches that need to be adopted for reinforcing happily existing friendly Pak-Lanka ties,” he added.On the occasion, author of the book Arshad Cassim briefed the audience about the book and said that the book narrates the story of a friendship rapidly evolving in a non-military context, following the end of the conflict in Sri Lanka. It explores the potential for greater economic and cultural cooperation. read more

Desperate Liberian refugees continue demonstrations at UN office in Côte dIvoire

“Many of them have been living in dire conditions in makeshift transit sites in Abidjan since the conflict erupted last September,” a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in Geneva today. “They have faced harassment by the local population, who accuse them of siding with the rebels,” said Kris Janowski.To date, the agency has not succeeded in getting the Ivoirian Government to identify a safer location for the Liberians. “We have also been unsuccessful in trying to persuade neighbouring countries to provide refuge,” Mr. Janowski said, adding that while UNHCR has been unable to resolve the problem of Liberians who cannot go back to their country, repatriation of those willing to return to Liberia was continuing.In the southwest part of Côte d’Ivoire, more refugees have recently come forward asking for repatriation to Liberia. According to Mr. Janowski, several said they were chased away from the plantations where they had been employed and others alleged they were beaten and driven away by their Ivoirian neighbours. Since 17 February, UNHCR has repatriated more than 2,250 refugees from the Tabou area to Liberia. During the same period, over 43,000 refugees have gone back on their own, despite continued instability in Liberia itself. Some 36,000 Ivoirian refugees have also fled to Liberia. While returning Liberians head to their hometowns and villages deeper inside Liberia, Ivoirians tend to stay in border areas, hoping to go back home as soon as the fighting subsides. As a result, many Ivorians are now living in villages among the Liberian population close to the border, lacking adequate food and medical care. “Many refugees are malnourished, making them more susceptible to malaria, meningitis and yellow fever,” said Mr. Janowski. read more

How your high street manicure or hair cut could be funding modern

Is the price of your manicure too good to be true? The public should ask the technician their age if they suspect them to be under 18. And when picking a barber’s or nail salon, she advises customers to look for stores with a regular payment system, where staff look happy and relaxed and have a good relationship with managers.The police hope members of the public will start raising the alarm by reporting it to 101 if they notice something suspicious. “There’s no harm in putting it through, and it all adds to intelligence,” she says. Jenny is a British national who lived in the UK legally and whose children were born and educated here. She initially came to police attention in 2014, when they found a teenage Vietnamese girl and suspected victim working with her at a different premises, but she wasn’t prosecuted until this year.”That’s indicative of the old system,” says Tucker. “The legislation in 2015 focused people’s minds and quite rightly pushed the agenda forward.” Even with the new legislation, it isn’t easy to prosecute human trafficking and forced labour. Tucker is pleased with the three convictions in the Bath case, but says there is more work to be done. The gang runs far wider and deeper than those two salons. Not only does it stretch across Scotland and the north east of England, it is also spans countries. “It’s huge. People are such an easy commodity to move around the country,” says Tucker. “The network goes across to Vietnam. And a lot of victims say they’ve come into the UK from France, so no doubt there are tentacles across Europe.”This is a pernicious, despicable crime designed to make money out of someone’s vulnerability. We need the public’s help.”The Prosecutors: Modern Day Slavery is available on BBC iPlayer She says the public should adopt a Think 25-style policy when making sure their manicure is ethical. If a nail bar worker looks like they are under-18, exploitation could be occurring.”Children should be in school until they are 16 and then there will be a period of training at college,” she says. “Certainly, they shouldn’t be working at a nail bar.” Is the price of your manicure too good to be true?Credit:Carlina Teteris/ Getty Images Contributor “If you’re in a barber’s and, when another customer arrives, a tired or disheveled barber comes downstairs to start working on them, there could be a problem,” says Tucker. “There are barber shops setting up now where people live above the shop and customers pay in cash. Owners are looking to exploit workers and make money.”While there is “no typical victim of slavery”, according to charity Unseen, gangs that run such outfits are known to have links with countries including Vietnam, Albania and Romania. The Vietnamese gangs are often associated with nail bars and cannabis farms. Funds from the drug trade are often laundered through the legitimate-seeming salons. The common theme, Tucker says, is how vulnerable victims are. “This was one of the most difficult cases I’ve worked on. But it was really rewarding to get the right result for people who are so indoctrinated and so vulnerable.”  Tucker wants the public to help police identify victims of modern slaveryCredit:Jay Williams /Telegraph  One of the difficulties in policing modern slavery is that, as with domestic abuse, victims are often emotionally – as well as financially – connected to their abusers. When Tucker removed the victims from Jenny’s care, they were upset and one burst into tears; all they had known in the UK was living and working with her. This form of Stockholm syndrome can be a barrier to prosecution, as victims are wary of sharing their stories, which are vital evidence.  It was evident at first look that something wasn’t right with Bath’s Deluxe Nails. A stone’s throw from the historic Roman Baths, the salon was staffed by two young Vietnamese girls when Detective Inspector Charlotte Tucker entered on a February morning in 2016 with her colleagues from Avon and Somerset police. They were running a “day of action” in search of people who may have been the victim of modern slavery. The girls, who cannot be named for legal reasons, caught Tucker’s attention.They were doing two clients’ nails, under the supervision of an older, male member of staff. All the signs of modern slavery were there: they looked vulnerable, really tired and didn’t speak any English.”It was really obvious there was an issue,” says Tucker. “We had a stroke of luck as the proprietor wasn’t there when we arrived.” This gave them a small window in which to find out, through a translator, that at least one of the girls had arrived in the UK on the back of a lorry.Then salon manager Thu Huong Nguyen, known as Jenny, returned from dropping her 16-year-old daughter at school. She was polite and offered to help; but, thinking the police couldn’t understand, she turned to the girls and, in clipped Vietnamese, said, “Have you told them what I told them to tell you? Make sure you’re telling the police the right story.”  Tucker wants the public to help police identify victims of modern slavery “They don’t see themselves as victims and weren’t necessarily unhappy about how they were living,” says Tucker. “They were allowed to walk to the chemist and, on the way to work in Jenny’s car, they could have jumped out at traffic lights and run away.”But they couldn’t because they had nowhere to go. They relied on the organised crime group.” Jenny’s victims in fact ran away from foster care numerous times and back into the grip of their abusers. “They’re not locked away or in chains, but are hidden in plain sight,” says Tucker. “It’s incumbent on everyone using those services to try and spot the signs of modern slavery.”Tucker hopes her investigation, and others, will raise awareness of the problem. She urges people who use cheap services such as nail bars or car washes to stop and think, do the staff look frightened, tired or vulnerable? Can they speak any English? How old do they appear to be? “Cheap nail bars are everywhere, they’ve popped up on every high street,” she says. “If you think you’re getting a bargain, are only allowed to pay in cash and the staff can’t speak English, it’s probably too good to be true. I personally wouldn’t be getting my nails done there.”  So began a two-year investigation that involved six police forces. including the National Crime Agency; 14 potential victims; visits to more than 280 businesses; and 97 arrests. At the beginning of this year, Jenny, 49, and two others became the first people to be prosecuted in the UK for modern slavery involving children. The case was followed in The Prosecutors, a BBC documentary series.”She had a 15-year-old daughter whom she had taken to school after helping her photocopy something for a project,” says Tucker. “Yet, it turned out, she had these similar-aged teen girls working 60-hour weeks with her for very little or no recompense.”  Passed into law in 2015, the Modern Slavery Act covers forced or compulsory labour, sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, organ harvesting and human trafficking. The exact number of victims of such crimes in the UK is unclear, but the Home Office estimates as many as 13,000 people could be affected. Separate research from Freedom United, which includes new forms of slavery such as child drug-runners, suggests this number could, in fact, be 136,000.Victims may be put to work in nail salons, car washes, clothing factories, cannabis farms or the cleaning industry. An emerging area of concern is also traditional Turkish barber shops, where the growing male grooming industry has led to exploitation.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

The Citizens Assembly will NOT hear from a woman who regrets having

first_imgThe Citizens’ Assembly will NOT hear from a woman who regrets having an abortion The assembly says the decision is reflective of the submissions they received THE CITIZENS’ ASSEMBLY on the issue of the Eight Amendment will not hear a first-hand account from a woman who regrets having an abortion.The assembly will tomorrow hear six first-hand experiences from women affected by the Eighth Amendment, but that particular perspective will not be among them.A spokesperson for the assembly’s secretariat said that the stories the women were selected to tell were chosen to be representative of the submissions they received.The personal stories will include a case of a woman who received a diagnosis of a fatal foetal abnormality as well as the story of a crisis pregnancy.It will also include the case of a woman who chose not to have an abortion.The spokesperson said that it was not designed to be a “box-ticking exercise”: 12,751 Views Share Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3268747 103 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 3rd 2017, 7:00 PM A Dublin march organised by the Pro-Life Campaign. A Dublin march organised by the Pro-Life Campaign. Image: Shawn Pogatchnik/AP Image: Shawn Pogatchnik/AP Friday 3 Mar 2017, 7:00 PM By Rónán Duffy Short URL These are real, lived experiences and therefore putting them in a way which is categorising them, to have some form of box-ticking exercise is very very difficult, very very challenging.  To do something in that manner would not be a women-centred approach to an issue like this.“What we’ve tried to do ensure these stories are representative, are a representation of the broader submissions that have been received by the assembly.”Audio interviewsThe six anonymous personal stories that will be played for assembly members are in the form of edited audio interviews that are between 7-7.5 minutes long.The interviews were conducted by Mary Ryan of Maynooth University and the women agreed that the final version was an accurate account of their personal story.The questions put to the women as part of the interview process will be made publicly available.On Sunday, the assembly will hear from 17 advocacy groups who will each make a 10-minute presentation before a question and answer session.Among those advocacy groups is the Women Hurt project which represents women who regret having an abortion.A spokesperson for the assembly’s secretariat said that chair of the assembly Justice Mary Laffoy is satisfied that viewpoint will be covered by Women Hurt despite it not being included as a personal story.“In the overall scheme of things, it’s important that we hear from all of those perspectives and we are getting that perspective through the advocacy groups. So overall the chair is very satisfied that that overall perspective is provided.”Dr Anthony Levatino will speak on behalf of Women Hurt.This weekend’s sitting of the Citizens’ Assembly is the penultimate on the issue or Ireland’s abortion laws.Further details of this weekend’s schedule are available online and the proceedings will also be streamed on citizensassembly.ie.Follow @ronanduffy_ for updates throughout the weekend.  Read: ‘Dismay’ and online anger as pro-choice TFMR Ireland excluded from Citizens’ Assembly > Read: ‘More than five’ anonymous women will have a vital say on the future of abortion in Ireland >last_img read more

Pop theatre Manto flavour of NSD fest

first_imgThe crossover between literature, performance, classicism and its modern interpretations will be on showcase at the 15th Bharat Rang Mahotsav, the National School of Drama’s (NSD) annual theatre festival.The festival will celebrate the legacy Saadat Hasan Manto, William Shakespeare and popular theatre in the perspective of the modern Indian stage.Announcing the 15-day theatre gala, NSD chairperson Amal Allana said the festival will bring to the Capital and twin venue of Jaipur a total of 87 plays, lectures, interactions, offsite projects and special packages. It will open with Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Atmakatha, a two-hour play directed by Vinay Sharma, featuring former Bollywood actor Kulbhushan Kharbanda. It will mark the actor’s return to the stage, Allana said. ‘The wider variety of plays this year has allowed us to package them into categories. The ‘Manto section’ has six plays adapted from stories by Manto and the section on Shakespeare will explore the ‘inter-cultural influence on the dramatist’ with seven productions,’ Allana said, adding: ‘The focus will be on popular theatre that evolved from the Parsi form of theatre in the second half of 19th century.’ The 450 entries from which 87 were shortlisted were from across regions and genres that were not always ‘dependent on the government for support’. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe Indian panorama with 11 productions and 52 other performances — adaptations, re-visitings, improvisations, devised plays and traditional renditions — will reflect contemporary theatre practises. The Shakespeare panorama will play host to the likes of indigenous improvisations of King Lear, a solo performance from Turkmenistan, an Assamese adaptation of Julius Caeser, a Hindi makeover of Twelfth Night, Piya Behroopia that played at the Globe Theatre in London last season, Footsbarn Theatre’s Indian Tempest as physical theatre. Wendy Jehlen of the US will present excerpts from Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello and Titus Andronicus in a choreographed non-verbal piece as The Knocking Within.A Malayalee adaptation, Yamadoothu: After the Death of Othello in Malayalam from Kerala, based on Shakespeare’s Othello will also be staged. Pointing to the trends in Indian contemporary theatre, Amal Allana said: ‘the trend to go back to traditional forms of theatre has waned’.‘We don’t have to go back to folk theatre and traditional theatre to sustain contemporary theatre. Plays are being staged as performances and devised scripts. There is more exchange and effort between theatre people because of greater a sense of participation and lack of original scripts,’ Allana said.She said: ‘The complexity of new theatre has brought in wake more non-verbal plays and physical theatre’. NSD director Anuradha Kapur said ‘there was a flowering of another kind of script that were meant to be read. We are reading scripts and performing them as well’. Bharat Rang mahotsav will feature plays divided into several categories.last_img read more

MMA Fighters Flying Knee KO Leaves Opponent Unconscious 10Seconds Into Fight

first_imgIt’s indisputable that some of the best knockouts on the internet come from the dozens of knockoff MMA leagues from around the world, and the upstart Professional Fighter’s League has produced yet another classic.Russian Movlid Khaybulaev provided the violent highlight with a stunning flying knee that left his opponent immediately unconscious just 10 seconds into their fight. This is as ruthless as it is quick, and that’s saying something.10 seconds of perfection – the fastest stoppage in PFL history! Movlid Khaybulaev moves to 14-0. Khaybulaev earns 6 points with the 1st Round KO #PFLmma #PFL2 pic.twitter.com/w2bnIsHJH5— #PFLmma (@ProFightLeague) May 24, 2019last_img read more

Elon Musks SpaceX Plans Hyperloop Contest

first_img Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. 3 min read June 15, 2015 Listen Now The SpaceX rocket company announced something completely different on Monday: a Hyperloop pod competition that would follow up on a high-speed transit concept laid out by the company’s billionaire founder, Elon Musk.The contest would reach its climax next June with pod races at a roughly mile-long (1.6-kilometer-long) Hyperloop test track that will be built next to SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California, according to documents obtained by NBC News.Musk conceived of the Hyperloop in 2013 as a network of pneumatic tubes through which aerodynamically designed passenger pods could travel at speeds of up to 760 mph (1,220 kilometers per hour). He suggested that a trip between San Francisco and Los Angeles could take a mere 35 minutes, for a price of $20 one-way.The contest announced Monday marks the most concrete step Musk has taken to turn the multibillion-dollar Hyperloop into a reality.Two years ago, Musk said he couldn’t get involved in building the Hyperloop, due to the crush of his duties as CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors. Since then, several other groups have tried to push the concept forward. One venture, called Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, is working on a deal to build its own 5-mile test track in central California. Another startup, Hyperloop Technologies, is building hardware.Epic day! Building the hardware and tech to help make Hyperloop a reality. pic.twitter.com/NJtxFU0Ugf— HyperloopTech (@HyperloopTech) June 12, 2015″We are excited that a handful of private companies have chosen to pursue this effort,” SpaceX said in a statement. “Neither SpaceX nor Elon Musk is affiliated with any Hyperloop companies. While we are not developing a commercial Hyperloop ourselves, we are interested in helping to accelerate development of a functional Hyperloop prototype.”Hence the fast-track pod competition.SpaceX said the contest would be geared toward university students and independent engineering teams. Their task would be to design and build half-scale passenger pods, in accordance with design specifications that are to be released in August.Teams have to signal their formal intent to compete by Sept. 15. A “design weekend” would be held at Texas A&M University on Jan. 9, 2016. During that event, the teams’ proposed designs would be vetted by a panel of experts from SpaceX, Tesla and universities.The finished pods would be pitted against each other on the test track in June 2016. The track would be less than full scale, with an inner diameter of 4 to 5 feet (1 to 1.5 meters). No humans would be allowed on the pods during the competition, SpaceX said.”The knowledge gained here will continue to be open-sourced,” SpaceX said. “Break a pod!”SpaceX updated its Hyperloop Web site with information about the competition, and kicked its @Hyperloop Twitter account into gear on Monday.Word of the contest follows through on Musk’s musings about the Hyperloop in January, when he told attendees at the Texas Transportation Forum that he was thinking about building a test track. (At that event, however, Musk said the track would “most likely” be built in Texas.) He said a Hyperloop test program could be modeled after the Formula SAE student competition for automobile design.”People could compete, say, who could make the pod go the fastest, and maybe compete on other dimensions,” Musk said in January. “I think that could be pretty fun.” This story originally appeared on CNBC How Success Happenslast_img read more

Greece 3 people arrested for museum robbery

first_img Parents, stop beating yourself up Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Police recovered all 76 artifacts stolen from the museum by two masked robbers on Feb. 17, 2012. They were found buried in a field 3 kilometers (2 miles) from the museum on Friday.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Check your body, save your life ATHENS, Greece (AP) – Police say they have arrested three people in connection with an armed robbery that targeted the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, the birthplace of the ancient Olympics.The three men were arrested Friday in the western Greek city of Patras, close to Ancient Olympia.They were arrested after they tried to sell the most ancient of the antiquities, a golden seal-ring dating from the late Bronze Age, about 3,200 years ago, for an initial asking price of (EURO)1 million ($1.3 million).last_img read more

Shiite rebel shelling in Yemen near Aden kills at least 45

first_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Shiite rebels and their allies in Yemen randomly shelled a town Sunday outside of Aden after losing control of some the port city’s neighborhoods, killing at least 45 people and wounding 120, officials said.The violence highlighted the bloody chaos of the civil war gripping the Arab world’s poorest country, which also has been the target of Saudi-led, U.S.-backed airstrikes since late March. Sunday night, anti-Houthi forces linked up in Tawahi from the north and south at the state television building, a Yemeni military official said. He claimed anti-Houthi forces fully controlled the area and said they were searching residences for rebels, some of whom had fled to nearby mountains.Witnesses and anti-Houthi forces said bodies littered the streets. Locals said loudspeakers were blaring in the streets urging the Houthis to surrender.In the city of Taiz, Yemen’s third largest, fighting raged on the ground, residents said, with a gas facility burning after it was hit. In the capital, Sanaa, satellite channel Ghazal said Houthi militias had stormed its building.The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren’t authorized to speak to journalists, and the residents declined to be identified for fear of repercussions.The fighting in Yemen pits the Houthis and troops loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh against southern separatists, local and tribal militias, Sunni Islamic militants and loyalists of exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who is now based in Saudi Arabia.The rebels seized Sanaa in September. Fierce fighting in Aden broke in March, sparking the Saudi-led airstrikes. More than 3,000 people have been killed since, including more than 1,400 civilians, according to United Nations agencies. The shelling was intense in the neighborhood of Sharqiya, hundreds of meters from the post office.“It’s been one shell after the other since the morning,” said Arwa Mohammed, a resident of Sharqiya locked up in one room with her seven-member family for safety. “We are feeling the house is going to collapse over our head.”Anis Othman, a neighbor of Mohammed, also described a scene of pandemonium.“Balls of fire are falling over our heads amid the screams of children and women,” he said. “Why all that shelling? There are no weapons or fighters here. They (the rebels) want to terrorize us and drive us out. This is only rancor and hate.”Zeifullah al-Shami, a Houthi leader, denied targeting civilians in the shelling, saying his forces were engaging the rivals on the front lines.“This is part of the media deception,” he said. “We didn’t kill civilians.”However, the rebels had vowed to retaliate after losing ground in Aden. The rebels now are largely based in Aden’s western neighborhood of Tawahi, as well as bases east of Aden and in Lahj province, north of the city. Saudi-backed fighters also are advancing on a military air base in Lahj province. Top Stories Comments   Share   A leader with the Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, denied shelling Dar Saad, a town just north of Aden and long home to fighters resisting their advances. But Yemeni medical officials and a doctor with an international aid organization said the shelling clearly came from the north and east of Dar Saad — areas under rebel control.Aden, the scene of some of the war’s fiercest ground battles, saw Saudi-backed troops and fighters seize from the Houthis some of its neighborhoods and its international airport last week. Sunday’s shelling in Dar Saad appeared to be a way to both punish those resisting the Houthis, as well as halt the advance of their opponents.Yemeni medical and military officials said hundreds of residents fled Dar Saad amid the shelling as ambulance rushed through the streets, sirens wailing. They said the shelling killed at least 45 people and wounded 120, all believed to be civilians.The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren’t authorized to brief journalists.Abdu Mohammed Madrabi, 65, said he was in line outside the post office to collect his pension when the shells hit, causing chaos. Madrabi, who was wounded in the neck, back and leg, said many private cars carried the wounded to hospitals because there weren’t enough ambulances. How do cataracts affect your vision? Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The conflict has left 20 million Yemenis without access to safe drinking water and uprooted more than 1 million people from their homes, the U.N. has said.Hassan Boucenine, the head of Doctors Without Borders in Yemen, called the situation in Dar Saad “very, very difficult.” He said his medical facilities had received 50 wounded people and 25 corpses.“There will be more,” he said.___Associated Press writer Sarah El Deeb in Cairo contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Sponsored Stories Fighters against Shiite rebels known as Houthis gather at a street in the port city of Aden, Yemen, Thursday, July 16, 2015. Saudi-backed Yemeni troops and fighters have driven Shiite rebels out of two major neighborhoods in the southern port city of Aden, Thursday, prompting street celebrations by residents after weeks of fierce fighting. (AP Photo/Abo Muhammed) 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Mesa family survives lightning strike to homelast_img read more

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first_imgI’m low key some trash fam .. it’s all Good https://t.co/v3QaCLWv6w— Tony Jefferson (@_tonyjefferson) December 21, 2016What rubs Jefferson the wrong way is not that Landon Collins of the Giants made the NFC Pro Bowl team as strong safety ahead of him. After all, Collins has an impressive 108 tackles, 13 passes defensed, five interceptions and a fumble recovery to his name.It’s that each team only selects one strong safety at all. Arizona Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson feels snubbed by the Pro Bowl.He wasn’t among the three Cardinals selected for the game, but not only that — Jefferson isn’t even an alternate.David Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and Patrick Peterson are all headed to Orlando to play in the 2017 game if they choose thanks to voting from fans, players and coaches. Meanwhile, defensive tackle Calais Campbell, corner Marcus Cooper, guard Mike Iupati, linebacker Chandler Jones and special teamer Justin Bethel were selected as alternates. Teammate Earl Watford came to Jefferson’s defense on Twitter Tuesday after the rosters were announced for the 2017 game, and Jefferson didn’t hide his feelings. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo How didn’t @_tonyjefferson make the probowl?!!— Earl Watford (@EWatts78) December 21, 2016 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals’ Tony Jefferson (22) defends a pass to Carolina Panthers’ Greg Olsen (88) in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) 😢😢 I really watched the NFL network show…😂😂😂 like something was gonna change— Tony Jefferson (@_tonyjefferson) December 21, 2016 S/O to my teammates tho! Congrats muchoo love— Tony Jefferson (@_tonyjefferson) December 21, 2016In the midst of a sea of linebackers that lead the NFL in total tackles, Jefferson is tied for the 25th-most with 96 through 14 games. That’s fifth among safeties of both the free and strong varieties.Additionally, Jefferson has two sacks on the year, five passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in his best season yet, which also happens to be a contract year. Why is there only 1 Strong Safety on each team? #probowl 🤔 we are people too! HA— Tony Jefferson (@_tonyjefferson) December 21, 2016 Top Stories While the three Cardinals who made the Pro Bowl are warranted selections, Jefferson hasn’t been completely unnoticed, especially not in Arizona. Even NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal listed Jefferson as a sound Pro Bowl choice.While Rosenthal wasn’t listing the best or most obvious Pro Bowl picks, he did point out Jefferson’s strong year for a reason.The Cardinals have a ton of Pro Bowlers for a depressing five-win team. David Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Calais Campbell and Patrick Peterson come to mind first as near-locks. Jefferson also deserves a nod for a noisy season in which he’s always flying around the ball.Jefferson has legitimate complaints, but it seems he’s taking it all in stride. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Cyprus Airways launches six new routes

first_imgCyprus Airways on Friday announced six new destinations for the summer of 2018, from Larnaca Airport to Athens, Munich, Prague, Stuttgart, Zurich and Verona.Flights to the first five destinations are available to book as of November 3, 2017, while ticket sales for Verona will start next week, the company said.A press release issued by the company on Friday said that flights to Athens are scheduled to begin on March 29, 2018.Flights to the rest of the new destinations are scheduled to begin in May 2018.Passengers can book their flights through cyprusairways.com, the Cyprus Airways Call Center (national toll free 8000 8111 or international on +357 24000053) or through their travel agent.Cyprus Airways offers two categories of fares, Basic and Flex.The Flex package offers additional services, such as 23kg baggage allowance and seat selection, giving customers the option to customize their travel experience.One-way ticket fares from Cyprus to Athens start from €44, Verona from €71, Prague from €76, Munich from €106, Stuttgart from €100 and Zurich from €105.These one-way fares include all taxes and surcharges.In July 2016, Charlie Airlines Ltd, a Cyprus-registered company, won a public competition for the right to use the trademark Cyprus Airways for 10 years.The company, which is based at Larnaca International Airport, launched flights in June 2017 to four destinations.All Cyprus Airways flights operate on modern Airbus A319 aircraft with a capacity of 144 Economy Class seats, the company said.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more