The writing on the wall in Odisha is for a big change: Dharmendra Pradhan

first_imgMinister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhanspeaks on issues pertaining to Odisha and Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal leader Naveen Patnaik’s ‘opportunistic’ politics.Looking back, was it politic to give such a build-up to the Bijepur Assembly byelection, seeing that the party lost?We will fight as hard as the Opposition is fighting the polls. In this bypoll, we were able to consolidate the party vote, we could measure our strength. Naveen Patnaik’s strength is brute power and misuse of government machinery. This will not be able to hold during the general elections as could be done in bypolls. The writing on the wall in Odisha is for a big change. That is very evident from the campaigns that we are running and the response of the public.Chief minister Naveen Patnaik says he is equidistant from the BJP and the Opposition; he has supported Prime Minister Modi on simultaneous polls but opposed him on Ayushman Bharat. How do you view his blow hot, blow cold vibe?Naveen Patnaik is one of the most opportunistic politicians of the country, in the way that he picks and chooses issues to oppose and support. He is not being equidistant but displaying equi-convenience. Odisha has had, since 2004, Assembly polls together with the general elections, so it costs him nothing to support the move for simultaneous polls. If you are so aligned to Prime Minister Modi’s thinking, then do see that his philosophy is to build Team India.Mr. Patnaik’s has objected to Central review of all major social sector projects, whether it is on the question of aspirational districts, health or even Swachh Bharat. He stood on the shoulders of Vajpayeejiand Advanijito stabilise himself. It has been his strategy to speak of equidistance and confuse everyone, and to manage the Opposition in this way. In 2009, he broke his alliance with us, and managed the Congress for four months and stayed in power. In 2014, he took the Leader of the Opposition to his side. So his so-called equidistance has nothing to do with ideology.You are supporting the demand to designate the song Bande Utkala Janani as the State anthem. Isn’t this a move to encourage sub-regional nationalism?In 1936, Odisha was the first State to be declared a linguistic one, after an agitation for a greater Odisha. We have been singing this song since then. Why did we raise this issue? Naveen Patnaik has a tendency to raise issues that he has nothing to do with or has no jurisdiction over, like registering hockey as the national game. The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) is a regional party. The Odisha Assembly had passed a resolution asking that it be made a State anthem, in 2006, under the BJD regime. Why wasn’t it done?You have attacked the BJP-led Chhattisgarh government over the Mahanadi dispute — does that make for a conflict of interest?Wasn’t there a conflict of interest over the dispute over Narmada water in the past? Won’t Karnataka BJP and Tamil Nadu BJP speak about the interests of their State unit when it comes to the Cauvery river dispute? Every State unit, regardless of the party, has a narrative and commitment to fulfil and reflect the aspirations of that State; for that we took a stand and we will not allow Odisha’s interests to be compromised.The BJD has failed on the irrigation front in Odisha. As Prime Minister Modi pointed out last month, the State hasn’t been able to save even one millimetre of water from running off into the sea. To hide this failure, the BJD government has picked a fight with Chhattisgarh, and the latter on its part did selective interpretations of the rules. They (Chhattisgarh) have made a few dams upriver and which they say are for irrigation purposes of under 2,000 hectares but are also being deployed for industrial use and do not therefore, have to go to the Central Water Commission (CWC). The law of the land is grey on what comes under the CWC and only deals with irrigation. We have protested that.BJD leader Baijayant Panda recently quit the party. Will he be joining the BJP?Any right-thinking person cannot stay with the BJD as it is functioning today. Anybody who believes in the leadership of Prime Minister Modi and the BJP ideology is welcome.What do you make of recent attempts at forging an Opposition unity against the BJP?Even in the 2014 polls the same forces were ranged against us. These parties want to polarise society and come to power but the mood in the country has changed. Polls since 2014 prove Prime Minister Modi’s popularity is undiminished.last_img read more

Will fill space lost by AAP, SAD: Khaira

first_imgSukhpal Singh Khaira, who resigned from the primary membership of the AAP, said on Monday that his new outfit will fill the political space “lost” by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Punjab. He also said that he would announce the name of his new political outfit on Tuesday. Mr. Khaira, who has not resigned as MLA, dared the AAP leadership to get him disqualified under the anti-defection law.The legislator from Bholath had quit the AAP on Sunday, six months after he was ousted from the post of Leader of Opposition. “Both the SAD and the AAP have lost political space in Punjab. The AAP lost space because of wrong policies and the Akali Dal over sacrilege issues. To fill this vacuum and for the cause of Punjab, we are going to announce a new political party tomorrow,” Mr. Khaira told reporters here.‘AAP targeting me’ “I have resigned from the primary membership of the party. They want me to leave the seat and again contest the election to test popularity. They are full of hatred and targeting me,” he said. Mr. Khaira said the Punjab Democratic Alliance would meet later this week to a take a call on whether to contest the Lok Sabha polls or not.last_img read more

Mbala erupts for 32 as La Salle barges into semis with FEU rout

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Fernandez: Potts deserves to be in PBA Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle secured a spot in the semifinals of the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup with an 78-53 dismantling of Far Eastern University in the quarterfinals Wednesday at the tournament’s namesake arena in San Juan.The Green Archers let loose in the first quarter building a 20-11 lead and the defending UAAP champions never relented from there against the Tamaraws.ADVERTISEMENT Aljun Melecio ran the point for La Salle and he finished with 13 points, seven assists, and three steals while Ricci Rivero and Andrei Caracut had 13 and 11 points, respectively.Arvin Tolentino and Richard Escoto led the Tamaraws with 10 points apiece. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Hulking center Ben Mbala was too much for FEU as he put up 32 points and 19 rebounds much to the delight of the Green Archers.Although Mbala seemed to carry much of La Salle’s offense, head coach Aldin Ayo thinks otherwise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s not just Ben who carried the load,” said Ayo. “All of the players are motivated because this is the quarterfinals, and this is a knockout game. They all have this sense of urgency to win.”Apart from Mbala, there were four other Green Archers who scored more than 10 points. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken MOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Phoenix Coffee Roasts the West

first_imgPhoenix not only roasts its citizens with triple digit temperatures, it roasts fantastic java. In recent years the city has become a place of coffee connoisseurs adding to the West Coast explosion of coffee culture.One thing you should know about coffee houses in Phoenix is that they are never just coffee houses. Some are bars, art galleries, stores and even one shares space as an architecture firm and boutique. The Manual investigated the best of Phoenix Coffee Culture with our six top picks. If you like coffee try one out, if not, each one is unique so you may find something there you didn’t expect.Cartel Coffee Lab “Back to Black”Cartel is probably the crème de le crème of coffee. Not just in Phoenix, but on a national scale. They have built a solid local foundation with five locations and garnered national/ international press through the likes of the BBC and Food and Wine. We caught up with Kris Robison the general manager of all their Arizona locations. He explained Cartel is unique because they roast lighter than any coffee shop — corporate or local. “We roast just pass first crack,” Robinson said. He said “We are focusing on drip coffee. Traditionally the whole coffee craze has been espresso.” Their philosophy is to educate on good tasting black coffee — iced or hot — and it’s working as their locations are keeping very loyal customers.Lola Coffee “The Morning Joe”Located in the Heart of the Roosevelt Historic District. This is the morning neighborhood coffee joint where you grab quick cup of joe on your way to the office. Hollowed out of the former Gold Spot Market building. Its exposed brick interior and use of metal and grainy woods give you a warm urban coffee bar vibe.SongBird Coffee and Tea House “ArtHouse and Co-working Space”A recent addition to Downtown Phoenix this little gem was carved out of the MonOrchid Art Gallery on Roosevelt Row. This space hosts a live work art gallery, live music as well as a co-working space. If you’re in line ask for a high fiver and you get to cut the line. But you have to drink the high fiver. One super cool feature of this place is the bookshelf that runs the entire east wall with variety of novels, magazine and books to choose from.Giant “The Architect”Giant looks like something from the future dropped in the heart of the city. It’s white exterior and ultramodern garage door spills the café out onto 1st Street alongside the Cancer Survivors Park — just a half block from the Phoenix Public Library. Giant shares their space with an architecture firm and Bunky Boutique. They also use tasty San Franciscan roaster Four Barrel for all their coffee beans.Lux “Place to be seen” Lux is a Phoenix staple that has grown from a small coffee hangout for people on their Macbooks to a mutant version of its self with a newly minted space next to their birthplace. It boasts an open-air European-style kitchen, a one-of-a-kind bar open daily and new hours that beckon 2 a.m. It’s spacious new digs are filled with trendsetters and young professionals begging to be seen. Lux serves a fantastic atmosphere any day but especially for morning brunch and an evening cocktail.Press Coffee “Shop and Recharge”This is perhaps the biggest surprise on the list. We found Press Coffee hiding outside of the Central Phoenix vicinity in North Scottsdale inside the uppity Scottsdale Quarter shopping area. They featured an excellent array of options between pour-overs, ice coffee and espresso. If you’re in the area it’s worth a stop to recharge while dinning out or picking up that summer gear. 7 Best Travel Coffee Mugs for Morning Joe To Go Editors’ Recommendations The Best CBD Coffee Brands for Energy Without the Jitters The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches For Sale: A Treehouse in the Suburbs Designed by John Lautner How to Use a French Press Coffee Makerlast_img read more

10 High-Style Famous Dudes to Inspire Your 2019 Wardrobe

first_img The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About Billy PorterOn the other hand, there’s over the top, and then there’s category-defying, capital letters OVER-THE-TOP. Porter, known for his portrayal as house ball emcee Pray Tell on FX’s Pose, has been known to show up to the red carpet swathed in a floral cape, or pairing a black leather motorcycle jacket with matching swing pants and a portrait hat. We’re not saying his look is for everybody…’cause it ain’t! But be inspired: this glossy gray tweed suit is a perfect solution to “black-tie alternative” events when worn with a classic white shirt and tie. But throw that on with a simple black-and-white patterned shirt for an expensive date night? Category is: handsome. Billy Porter Santiago Felipe/Getty ImagesDaniel NorrisSee there’s style, and then there’s style. Daniel Norris is the millionaire MLB pitcher for the Detroit Tigers that…well…lives in a vintage Volkswagen van. With his T-shirt and shorts style—and kind of awesome beard—we’d be tempted to cast him as a part of last summer’s “scumbag” style trend, but the poignant photographs and touching stories about homeless people on his Instagram feed bely a truly caring soul. He’s also a cancer survivor and an ambassador for sustainable fashion brand Outerknown. Now that’s style that we find inspiring. Editors’ Recommendations How to Shave With a Straight Razor The Best Father and Son Matching Outfits Admittedly, we are constantly bombarded by information in this data-centric era, so it’s easy to understand why putting together outfits can be viewed as yet another distraction. And yet, in an age where everything is Insta-fabulous, and personal branding is a must, creating some buzz with diligent personal style can not only make you stand out in the crowd, it can also actually be a lot of fun.We assembled some of our favorite celebrity looks for inspiration. Of course the well-heeled also have personal stylists constantly on the watch to ensure every outfit is on-trend, fits right, and requires little or no Photoshopping, but with a little practice, even the most sartorially unsavvy among us can have camera-ready presence. Ben BarnesWe like this young Brit as much for his grooming acumen as for his wardrobe. Not bad for a guy who, as Billy Russo, AKA bad guy Jigsaw in The Punisher, is supposed to be completely disfigured. At the recent season premiere of the show, we like the sophisticated pairing of a perfectly tailored, formal navy suit, with a dark floral shirt so sophisticated that a tie is not required…if that’s the rule in your office, too, then this is a perfect look for work. Speaking of grooming, the star of upcoming BBC series Gold Digger and HBO’s Westworld may be more familiar to you as Prince-perfectly-coiffed-Caspian of The Chronicles of Narnia…not that’s a wardrobe. Ben Barnes Gregg DeGuire/Stringer/Getty ImagesStephan JamesAt the Critics Choice awards, James sported an all-time classic look of a short, white blazer with crisp, black trim, a throwback to the jackets worn by British rowing clubs and the American Ivy League. The Canadian actor has established himself as “one to watch” with his recent roles in Homecoming (with Julia Roberts), and the screen adaptation of James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk. Put this jacket on your “must have” list for Spring 2019, and all eyes will be watching you. Stephan James Taylor Hill/Getty ImagesIdris ElbaElba sported this jade green jacquard, shawl-collared tuxedo jacket at the Golden Globes, while further denying the plausibility of his succeeding Daniel Craig as James Bond in the 007 franchise. We like the formal look in an unexpected—but dignified—color and fabric combo, something you may consider for your next black tie affair…after all, you only live twice.Idris Elba Michael Kovac/Getty ImagesHenry GoldingAs the handsome, and yes, crazy rich, leading man in Crazy Rich Asians, Golding had a serious wardrobe for his jet setting ways (How do you get wine out of a white shirt? Simple: have servants.). Left to his own devices, though, Golding sticks to a classic Hollywood formula of nonchalant glamor, a la Cary Grant or Rock Hudson. Here his gray-on-gray plaid suit is emboldened by the black necktie on black shirt combo. Just say “I do.” Henry Golding Steve Granitz/Getty ImagesRami MalekAlthough Malek’s persona in Mr. Robot basically dons the aforementioned Mr. Zuckerberg’s wardrobe, but dyed black; in Bohemian Rhapsody, he soared in Freddie Mercury’s signature excess. Now, let’s not bring tank tops and sequins into your everyday, just yet. Malek’s off-screen style seems always to be polished and sophisticated. Here, at a Japanese press event, he sports a pared-down black-on-black varsity jacket with elegantly cut plaid trousers. Rock this on a night out with the guys and you’ll be the champion, my friend. Rami Malek Jun Sato/Getty ImagesDwight HowardWashington Wizard Howard has demonstrated some Dumbledore-like action in the NBA, and, although he had a lumbar microdiscectomy (trust us…don’t ask) late in 2018, he’s headed back to the court ASAP. In the meantime, his style game hasn’t been challenged one bit. Known to show up in custom-made suits, Atlanta-native Howard is definitely a style-icon, a very tall (6’11”) style icon. Here we like the casual look of this “zip-up track jacket meets rip-and repair” denim shirt, paired with khaki trousers for a look that’s nothing but net. Dwight Howard Paras Griffin/Stringer/Getty ImagesHasan MinhajWe’d like him for his hair alone, but actor and writer Minhaj, known for The Daily Show and Netflix’s Patriot Act, has proved that his personal style is as nuanced and sophisticated as his comedy. That subtle sage motorcycle jacket is as immediately appealing as your favorite denim jacket, but a hell of a lot cooler. Then the subtle pairing with the neutral crewneck sweater and black jeans? Genius. Hasan Minhaj Slaven Vlasic/Getty ImagesMarcus SamuelssonSpeaking of over the top, if you’re going to do it, do it right. Celebrity chef Samuelsson has made as much of a name for himself with his knock-out restaurants as for his recent PBS travel/culinary show No Passport Required, and for his signature sartorial swagger. Maybe it’s the impact of Swedish design (witness Eton, WeSC, Fjällräven), and his Ethiopian heritage, but he always looks great in often mismatched prints and patterns, colorful hats, and vibrant scarves. Here we like the earthy palette of the medallion print shirt with caramel khakis and pop of the logo’d scarf.Marcus Samuelsson Brian Ach/Getty Imagescenter_img Style inspiration has been springing from a more minimalistic source in the last few years. Mark Zuckerberg’s wardrobe of gray T-shirts and…oh yeah…gray sweatshirts (okay, okay, he wore a navy blue suit to his Congressional hearing) became a meme of epic proportions. Barack Obama’s post-presidential uniform of a black suit and white shirt reflects a kind of austerity that would make a lot of men uncomfortable. Like them, many men have decided to create an easy-to-wear, easy-to-maintain look that doesn’t require a lot of thought. More Wardrobe IdeasAll the Best Men’s Basics to Round-Out Your 2019 WardrobeStyle Essentials: Classic Men’s Clothing You Need in Your Wardrobe25 Wardrobe Essentials Every Man Needs Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A. A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Daniel Norris 32/Facebooklast_img read more

US Seizes North Korean Bulker for Violating Sanctions

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay The U.S. Department of Justice has seized the bulk carrier Wise Honest, belonging to North Korea, for allegedly violating United States and United Nations sanctions by illicitly shipping coal from North Korea.The authorities filed a civil forfeiture complaint against the 17,061-ton vessel that was also supposedly used to deliver heavy machinery to North Korea.According to the documents filed in Manhattan federal court, from at least November 2016 through April 2018, the Wise Honest was used by Korea Songi Shipping Company, an affiliate of Songi Trading Company, to export coal from North Korea to foreign purchasers and import machinery to North Korea. On June 1, 2017, OFAC designated Songi Trading Company pursuant to Executive Order 13722 for its involvement in the sale, supply, or transfer of coal from North Korea. OFAC also determined that Songi Trading Company was a subordinate of the Korean People’s Army.Mid-March 2018, the Wise Honest was loaded with coal in Nampo, North Korea. In early April 2018, foreign maritime authorities intercepted and detained the Wise Honest.Despite its March 2018 voyage from North Korea, the Wise Honest had not broadcast an AIS signal since August 4, 2017.Participants in the Korea Songi Scheme attempted to conceal the Wise Honest’s DPRK affiliation by falsely listing different countries for the Wise Honest’s nationality and the origin of the illicit coal in shipping documentation.“Payments for maintenance, equipment, and improvements of the Wise Honest were made in U.S. dollars through unwitting U.S. banks. This conduct violates longstanding U.S. law and United Nations Security Council resolutions,” according to the Department of Justice.“Today’s civil action is the first-ever seizure of a North Korean cargo vessel for violating international sanctions,” U.S. Attorney Berman said.The Wise Honest is currently in the custody of the United States, having previously been seized pursuant to a warrant issued in the Southern District of New York.last_img read more

Acquittal upheld for teacher who secretly videoed female students breasts

first_imgTORONTO – A high school teacher who used a camera pen to secretly video female students’ chest areas did so for sexual purposes, but his acquittal on voyeurism charges will nevertheless stand, Ontario’s top court ruled in a split decision on Thursday.In dismissing a prosecution challenge to a lower court verdict, the Court of Appeal found the students had no reasonable expectation of privacy — a key element of the offence of voyeurism.Police in London, Ont., charged the English teacher, Ryan Jarvis, over secret recordings he made in 2010 and 2011 of the students while he was chatting with them. The images, captured in various places in and around the school and lasting from seconds to a few minutes, involved 27 female students aged 14 to 18.Another teacher spotted what was happening and alerted the principal, who observed the same conduct and called in the police.Key to the voyeurism charge was that several of the videos, admitted as evidence at trial, focused on the teens’ chest areas.In November 2015, Superior Court Justice Andrew Goodman found Jarvis not guilty, despite deciding his behaviour had been “morally repugnant and professionally objectionable.” While Goodman ruled the students had a reasonable expectation of privacy, he found the videos were not sexually motivated.Among other things, Goodman said, Jarvis had no other pornographic material, sometimes filmed faces, and none of the images showed nudity or sexual activity. The judge also noted that the images showed what could be “readily seen” by anyone.“While a conclusion that the accused was photographing the students’ cleavage for a sexual purpose is most likely,” Goodman found, “there may be other inferences to be drawn.”The Crown appealed, arguing it should have been a no-brainer that Jarvis, who did not testify, had been sexually motivated: The subjects were females, and the camera was deliberately pointed downward at their breasts.In coming to opposite conclusions than Goodman did — but still upholding the acquittal — the majority of the Appeal Court panel that heard the case rejected his analysis of the sexual aspect, which leaned on parallels to child pornography. Goodman was wrong, the higher court ruled, to consider the lack of nudity as negating the sexual purposes Jarvis had.The judge also failed to identify what other purposes the teacher might have had, the higher court said.“This was an overwhelming case of videos focused on young women’s breasts and cleavage,” Justice Kathryn Feldman wrote on behalf of herself and Justice David Watt.However, in looking at the second element of the offence, Feldman and Watt disagreed with Goodman that the teens had a reasonable expectation of privacy at school even though they could be recorded, for example, by security cameras.In coming to that conclusion, the majority noted that we live in an open society “where visual interaction is part of everyday life and is valued” and that while school should be a protected and safe environment, students know they can be observed in places where they gather.“If a person is in a public place, fully clothed and not engaged in toileting or sexual activity, they will normally not be in circumstances that give rise to a reasonable expectation of privacy,” the court ruled.In a dissenting opinion, Justice Grant Huscroft agreed the videos were for a sexual purpose but rejected the privacy conclusion.“Privacy expectations need not be understood in an all-or-nothing fashion,” Huscroft said, drawing on an example of a mother breast-feeding in public. “There is a reasonable expectation that she will not be visually recorded surreptitiously for a sexual purpose.”In saying he would have convicted Jarvis, Huscroft said the students did have a reasonable expectation of privacy despite being easily observed in public.“The students’ interest in privacy is entitled to priority over the interests of anyone who would seek to compromise their personal and sexual integrity while they are at school,” Huscroft said.Jarvis’ licence to teach was suspended in 2013 for failing to pay his dues. There is no record of disciplinary findings against him, according to the Ontario College of Teachers.last_img read more

Pamela Anderson Says No To Using Live Elephants In Parade In India

first_imgIn the wake of the Animal Welfare Board of India’s (AWBI) determination that Kerala officials must leave live elephants out of the much-anticipated Thrissur Pooram parade, PETA India patron and PETA Honorary Director Pamela Anderson has written to the chief minister of Kerala, offering to pay to provide 30 life-sized faux elephants handcrafted from bamboo and papier-mâché instead.The realistic elephants would replace live elephants, whose use is coming under increasing scrutiny. In recent years, hundreds have run amok, killing spectators after being frightened by loud noises and having yellow powder thrown into their eyes.If Anderson’s offer is accepted, this year’s Thrissur Pooram would be the third such progressive parade using faux elephants ever held in the country of India.“My friends at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India know that the well- being of elephants is close to my heart, so they’ve let me know that the Animal Welfare Board of India has advised Kerala officials that real elephants cannot be used for the upcoming Thrissur Pooram on April 29 since they’re not registered with the board,” wrote Anderson. “I support this decision with every fibre of my being, and I’d like to offer my support for what is a wonderful opportunity to make a stunning, humane spectacle that everyone would talk about and that would garner international praise.“To respect both the spirit of the festival and elephants who are held captive for human use — a practice that started long ago, before we knew of their intelligence and complex social nature — I would like to contribute the cost of providing 30 elephants made of bamboo, wood and/or papier- mâché to replace the live elephants who would have been paraded at an estimated cost of 10,000 INR per elephant. As you may know, when the Confederation of Tamilnadu Malayalee Associations wanted to celebrate Thrissur Pooram, it used such delightful faux elephants when it was denied permission to use real ones and aroused everyone’s admiration, joy, amusement, and delight. It would be exciting to celebrate Thrissur Pooram that way again.“Since Kerala is a major tourist destination that I plan to visit one day, I’m sure you know that both Indian and international public opinion is turning solidly against the use of elephants in captivity. Seeing elephants in chains and forced to walk on hot pavement under the threat of an ankush or other weapon makes people sad and can ruin their holiday. I hope you agree that — given that there have been more than 500 human deaths in the last 15 years in Kerala alone from elephants who retaliated against this abuse — it’s time for a change.”Capturing an elephant is prohibited under the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, yet many captive elephants are thought to have been captured illegally from the wild, separated from their mothers as babies, and transported to Kerala — something PETA India is working to stop.Source:PETAlast_img read more

Archbishop Desmond Tutu Launches Petition Against Climate Change

first_imgArchbishop Desmond Tutu has launched a petition calling for British prime minister David Cameron and Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon to respond urgently to climate change by setting a renewable energy target of 100% by 2050.“Climate change is one of the greatest moral challenges of our time,” wrote Tutu. “It threatens the health of our planet and people; especially the poorest and most vulnerable. It threatens our children’s future and everything we hold dear. It is time for all of us to wake up and take action together — in our local communities, nationally and globally, as well as in our daily lives.“As citizens motivated by faith and other moral traditions, we recognize that there is a grave obligation to act on climate change.“We call on you as leaders to respond urgently to the threats of climate change and set a renewable energy target of 100% by 2050. We need bold action like this to keep global temperature rise below the unacceptably dangerous tipping point of two degrees, to phase out carbon pollution to zero, and to invest resources in sustainable development pathways to build a more flourishing, inclusive and balanced world.“We pledge to do our own part by embracing the moral responsibility to care for our world and for each other and by seeking to live better and more sustainable lives in greater joy and harmony.“Let us act now, boldly and together, to build a better life for all!”To sign the petition, click here.last_img read more

Volcano gushing ash over Bali closes airport for a 2nd day

first_imgKARANGASEM, Indonesia – A volcano gushing towering columns of ash closed the airport on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali for a second day Tuesday, disrupting travel for tens of thousands, as authorities renewed their warnings for villagers to evacuate.Mount Agung has been hurling clouds of white and dark grey ash about 3,000 metres (9,800 feet) above its cone since the weekend and lava is welling in the crater, sometimes reflected as an orange-red glow in the ash plumes. Its explosions can be heard about 12 kilometres (7 1/2 miles) away.The local airport authority said Tuesday that closure for another 24 hours was required for safety reasons. Volcanic ash poses a deadly threat to aircraft, and ash from Agung is moving south-southwest toward the airport. Ash has reached a height of about 30,000 feet as it drifts across the island.Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency raised the volcano’s alert to the highest level Monday and expanded an exclusion zone to 10 kilometres (6 miles) from the crater in places from the previous 7 1/2 kilometres. It said a larger eruption is possible, though a top government volcanologist has also said the volcano could continue for weeks at its current level of activity and not erupt explosively.Agung’s last major eruption in 1963 killed about 1,100 people.Authorities have told 100,000 people to leave homes that are in close proximity to the volcano, though as of Monday tens of thousands stayed because they felt safe or didn’t want to abandon livestock. They have also warned people of the danger of mudflows from the volcano as it’s now rainy season in Bali.Villager Putu Sulasmi said she fled with her husband and other family members to a sports hall that is serving as an evacuation centre.“We came here on motorcycles. We had to evacuate because our house is just 3 miles from the mountain. We were so scared with the thundering sound and red light,” she said.The family had stayed at the same sports centre in September and October when the volcano’s activity was high but it didn’t erupt then. They had returned to their village about a week ago.“If it has to erupt, let it erupt now rather than leaving us in uncertainty. I’ll just accept it if our house is destroyed,” she said.Volcanologist Erik Klemetti at Dennison University in Ohio said Agung’s 1963 eruption was big enough to cool the earth slightly but it’s unclear whether this time it will have a similar major eruption or simmer for a prolonged period.“A lot of what will happen depends on the magma underneath and what it is doing now,” he said.The closure of the airport has stranded tens of thousands of travellers, affecting tourists already on Bali and people who were ready to fly to the island from abroad or within Indonesia. Airport spokesman Ari Ahsanurrohim said more than 440 inward and outward flights were cancelled Tuesday and about 59,500 travellers were affected, similar numbers to Monday.Bali is Indonesia’s top tourist destination, with its Hindu culture, surf beaches and lush green interior attracting about 5 million visitors a year.A Chinese tour service, Shenzhen PT Lebali International, had about 20 groups totalling 500 to 600 travellers from the Chinese cities of Wuhan, Changsha and Guangzhou in Bali, according an executive, Liao Yuling, who was on the island.“They are mostly retirees or relatively high-end, so they don’t say they are especially anxious to rush home,” she said by telephone.If the airport stays closed, Liao said they would head by ferry and bus to Surabaya on Java where the company’s charter flights could pick them up.“We are not really affected, because the volcano is too far away,” said Liao. “We only can say we saw pictures of it on television.”Indonesia’s Directorate General of Land Transportation said 100 buses were deployed to Bali’s international airport and to ferry terminals to help travellers stranded by the eruption.The agency’s chief, Budi, said major ferry crossing points have been advised to prepare for a surge in passengers and vehicles. Stranded tourists could leave Bali by taking a ferry to Java and then travelling by land to the nearest airports.Ash has settled on villages and resorts around the volcano and disrupted daily life outside the immediate danger zone.“Ash that covered the trees and grass is very difficult for us because the cows cannot eat,” said Made Kerta Kartika from Buana Giri village. “I have to move the cows from this village.”Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” and has more than 120 active volcanoes.___Wright reported from Jakarta. Associated Press writers Ali Kotarumalos in Jakarta, Joe McDonald in Beijing and Seth Borenstein in Washington contributed to this report.last_img read more

UN funds 3 million donation facilitates aid flights in Somalia

A $3 million contribution from a United Nations humanitarian fund will help facilitate the delivery of badly needed aid to Somalia, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said today.The contribution from the UN Central Emergency Revolving Fund (CERF) “means that agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) will be able to send more staff and more assistance by air – something that is essential during the current long rains, especially with the recent increased needs arising from the fighting in Mogadishu,” said WFP Somalia Country Director Peter Goossens in Nairobi.WFP manages the UN Common Air Service, which makes regular flights into and out of Somalia from neighbouring Kenya and internal flights within Somalia carrying both humanitarian workers and cargo. The new CERF funding will underwrite part of the costs for passengers and all the costs for cargo that until now have been paid in full by agencies and partner NGOs using the service. In addition, the CERF donation will pay for the emergency rehabilitation of the airstrip at Wajid in southwestern Somalia to avoid its imminent closure. Wajid is the only continuously accessible airstrip in south and central Somalia and is a vital hub for humanitarian assistance, WFP said. The United Nations estimates that nearly 400,000 people fled Mogadishu between 1 February and the end of April. In addition to the people forced to leave their homes in Mogadishu by fierce fighting, WFP aims to feed some 850,000 people in other parts of Somalia during 2007. 5 June 2007A $3 million contribution from a United Nations humanitarian fund will help facilitate the delivery of badly needed aid to Somalia, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said today. read more

UN expert warns African governments against privatizing basic education

“Education is not a privilege of the rich and well-to-do; it is an inalienable right of every child. Provision of basic education free of costs is a core obligation of States,” Kishore Singh said after education authorities considered, among other issues, possibly cutting costs by promoting the expansion of private education. African education authorities discussed the possibility of reducing States’ education spending during the Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Ministerial Conference on Education Post-2015 African in Kigali, Rwanda.Mr. Singh voiced his deep concern that some governments were actively encouraging private basic education, emphasizing, “Now more than ever, governments should be expanding public educational opportunities for the marginalized groups, especially children from poor families.” He recalled his 2014 report to the UN General Assembly, which emphasizes the importance of preserving education as a public good and not a profit-making business and underscores the principles of non-discrimination, equal opportunity, social justice and equity. “Privatization in education negatively affects the right to education both as entitlement and as empowerment. Moreover, it depletes public investment in education as an essential public service and can lead to abusive practices,” the Special Rapporteur stressed.He noted that, in the context of the UN post-2015 development agenda, “education deserves to be a high priority, receiving a high degree of public investment in recognition of the fact that it benefits both the individual and society.” Mr. Singh called on governments “to stand against the idea of privatising basic education and to strengthen their public systems. Free basic education is the cornerstone of the right to education and must not be undermined through privatization.”Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Police apply for more funding for Madeleine McCann search

first_img 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. Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry McCann, of Rothley, Leicestershire, have vowed never to give up hope of finding their daughter.In 2011 the Met Police launched its own investigation into what had happened to the toddler. Detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have applied for more funding for the search.The Home Office confirmed that it is considering an application from the Metropolitan Police for more money to keep the probe, called Operation Grange, going.A spokeswoman said: “The Home Office has provided funding to the Metropolitan Police for Operation Grange and the resources required are reviewed regularly with careful consideration given before any new funding is allocated.”Government funding for the investigation has been agreed every six months, with £154,000 being granted from October last year until the end of March.More than £11 million has been spent so far on the probe to find the missing girl, who vanished from the family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in Portugal in May 2007, aged three.last_img read more

1 man on the run after stealing a truck

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Surveillance video captured a man breaking into a Ford truck and driving off, Friday.According to the owners, they were asleep inside of their home on Northwest 32nd Place and Sixth Street in Miami when the car was stolen.If you have any information on the suspected car burglar, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

From Highways To Trains To Construction — Houston Is A City Of

first_img 00:00 /10:43 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share X You don’t need a decibel meter to tell you that there is a lot of noise all around us in Greater Houston. And a lot of it’s man-made. Some of it’s natural. But yes, noise.Is it too much? What steps are taken to minimize its effects where we work, live, study, and play?In the audio above, Craig Cohen talks it over with Arno Bommer of CSTI Acoustics, who consults with a number of local organizations and businesses on how to limit exposure to excessive noise.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Dutch study suggests WiFi possibly harmful to trees

first_img More information: Wageningen University original (Dutch): … euws/Bomen101120.htm ( — A new study carried out in the Netherlands suggests radiation from Wi-Fi networks may be damaging trees and affecting the growth of other plants near routers. Image: Wikipedia. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Dutch study suggests Wi-Fi possibly harmful to trees (2010, November 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2010 Shade trees fight global warming in Calif. Explore further Scientists from Wageningen University were asked to carry out the study five years ago after local officials in Alphen aan den Rijn noted that ash trees planted near a wireless router were suffering from bleeding bark, cracks, lumps, discolorations, and their leaves were dying. No bacterial or viral infection could be identified in the trees.The researchers, led by Dr. A.A.M. van Lammeren, exposed small ash trees and other plants to six sources of radiation at frequencies varying from 2412 to 2472 MHz and a capacity of 100 mW EIRP, the range common for Wi-Fi. The plants were placed at distances varying from 50 to 300 cm for a period of more than three months. The results revealed that in trees closest to the Wi-Fi source the upper and lower epidermis (skin) of the leaves developed a metallic luster and began to die off. A survey of trees in urban areas in the Netherlands showed 70 percent of all deciduous trees had similar symptoms, compared to only 10 percent five years ago, while in wooded areas away from urban centers trees were unaffected.Reports on the study may inflame concerns in some over locating wireless routers in schools and fears radiation from them may affect humans as well as trees, but the scientists concerned stress the findings are preliminary and no far-reaching conclusions can be made. The researchers say larger scale research is needed over a longer period to confirm the findings. It is unclear whether the experiments ruled out other possible factors such as the presence of more pollution in urban areas than forests. The study also acknowledges that other research carried out elsewhere has shown Wi-Fi radiation has no detrimental effects.The study will be the subject of a conference in the Netherlands in February next year.last_img read more

Antarctic moss found able to survive due to ancient penguin colony guano

first_img Discovery of rare moss boosts research via BBC Nature The find of course aroused curiosity in the researchers so they looked closer at the nitrogen and found that it was nitrogen-15, an isotope that is commonly found in seabird excrement. This led them to look a little closer at the immediate environment which led to the discovery that the moss was actually growing on what used to be the site of a large penguin colony. The researchers found not just skeletons but the tiny pebbles that penguins use for building nests. As it turns out the area had been the site of a large colony of Adelie penguins that had vacated the premises some three to eight thousand years ago, leaving behind a small mountain of guano.But how could moss today be living on bird dung left thousands of years ago? Turns out that because the environment in which the moss are living gets so cold and so dry, the guano stays nearly frozen all the time and the plants are actually freeze dried each winter, a state that would of course kill most plants. But not the varieties found in Antarctica. Instead the cycle forms the basis of a relationship that allows the plants to thrive thousands of years after the penguins left the site; and because the moss is able to live there, so too are other organisms such as insects and other small creatures. The moss will likely be able to endure for quite awhile as penguins tend to produce a lot of excrement as recent reports have indicated that modern penguin colonies create so much that it can be seen from space.What’s also interesting is how the moss is able to survive being freeze dried every year. Further study will hopefully shed some light on which chemicals it produces to achieve such a feat, which could in turn help researchers in other sciences discover new ways to store food or medicine. © 2012 Phys.Org ( — Researchers studying moss in an elevated site in East Antarctica recently began wondering how it is that the fuzzy green plants are able to not just survive in the barren landscape, but to thrive. In that part of the continent, there isn’t much soil, just sand and rock; yet the moss, like virtually all other plants needs nutrients to survive, specifically nitrogen. To find out, they took a closer look at the material in which the moss grew and to their surprise found plenty of nutrients in it, including nitrogen. More information:center_img Antarctic Moss. Image: ANSTO Citation: Antarctic moss found able to survive due to ancient penguin colony guano (2012, July 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Monthlong theatre extravaganza begins

first_imgIn yet another season of spellbinding productions and engaging interactive sessions with legendary theatre experts, the National School of Drama (NSD), an autonomous institution under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, inaugurated the 20th edition of Bharat Rang Mahotsav (BRM) in the national capital. 21-day-long theatre extravaganza will culminate in New Delhi on February 21.The Minister of State for Culture (I/C), Governmant of India, Dr Mahesh Sharma, inaugurated the nationwide theatre spectacle at Kamani Auditorium in a program presided over by Dr Arjun Deo Charan, Acting Chairman, NSD Society. Renowned danseuse and theatre artiste, Dr Sonal Mansingh, eminent theatre director and former Director of NSD, Professor Ram Gopal Bajaj were the guests of honour at the inauguration function where Secretary, Ministry of Culture Arun Goel, IAS, was the special guest. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpeaking at the function, Dr Mahesh Sharma, said, “This country applauds those who give back to the society. A population of 132 crores is bound together by culture and art. Our art is our lifeline. We should use the power of art for the sake of humanity. Theatre Olympic helped create a new identity and BRM helped consolidate it. I request the Chairman and Director to change 20-25% invite for people who are new and young.” The festival comes with 111 national and international acts in its basket that includes folk and other traditional theatre forms, invitee plays, and productions by the students of National School of Drama. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe foreign plays to be staged include ‘King Oedipus’ (Bengali; Asim Das), ‘Alien’ (Tatar; Farid Bikchantaev), ‘My Sweet Rotten Heritage’ (English; Anasuya Subasinghe), ‘The Open Couple’ (Bengali; Sara Zaker), ‘Macbeth’ (Bengali; Israfil Shaheen), ‘An Iliad’ (English; Guy Roberts and Rebecca Greene Udden), and more. The folk performances include ‘Sunder Majh Ghar (Jhadi Patti)’ (Jhadi boli; Anirudh Bankar), ‘Abhimanaya Sundari Thirukalyanam’ (Tamil; D. Elumalai), ‘Raja Harishchndra (Maach)’ (Hindi; Babu Lal Dewada), and others. The students of NSD graduate program will grace the festival with acts such as ‘Vacant Lot’ (Apporva), ‘Encryption’ (Susheel Kant Mishra) and ‘Privacy’ (Ajay Khatri). The invitee plays in the festival include ‘Aurat! Aurat! Aurat!’ (Hindustani; Naseeruddin Shah), ‘Nirnoy’ (Bengali; Arun Mukherjee), ‘Prithibi, Rasta, Shabdo’ (Bengali; Rudraprasad Sengupta), ‘Parashuram Vijaya’ (Sanskrit; Ajit Das), and ‘Maya Megh’ (Nepali; Tripurari Sharma) and others. The festival this year commemorates the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, and will stage four plays based on his philosophy and life. BRM 2019 will also include allied activities such as, ‘Director’s Meet’, ‘Living Legends’, and ‘Master Class’.last_img read more

The easiest way isnt always the worst way

first_imgColin says:LeBron beat a super team, MJ never did.At least Phil Jackson is making the Knicks interesting again.Hockey locker rooms smell the worst.Colin has resorted to watching CFL.Guests:Frank Isola – New York Daily News NBA columnist talks Phil Jackson’s maneuvering in New York, Kevin Durant’s exodus, and player movement in the new era of NBA free agency.Jon “Bones” Jones – Former UFC Champion joins the show to look ahead to his upcoming mega fight with Daniel Cormier, his road back after his struggles, and whether he’s as good today as the last time he fought.last_img read more