‘Stop atrocities on Dongria Kondh tribals’

first_imgAmnesty India has urged the Odisha government to stop police atrocities on indigenous Dongria Kondh community by branding them as CPI(Maoist) cadres.“Allegations of police intimidation and ill-treatment of the Dongria Kondh community in the Niyamgiri hills are deeply disturbing. It is unacceptable that the police ill-treat and abuse people. The authorities should carry out a prompt and impartial investigation into the police conduct,” said Manohar Chauhan, senior campaigner of Amnesty India, in a statement here. “Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti, a community-led organisation that opposes mining in the Niyamgiri hills, had alleged that police arbitrarily pick up, detain and ill-treat members of the community, at a press conference on October 25. Lada Sikaka, president of NSS, claimed that he was picked up by the local police from the old market in Lanjigarh and taken to a police station where he was brutally beaten,” Mr. Chauhan pointed out.Right to protest According to him there were many instances of police highhandedness reported from the Niyamgiri hill range. The Kalahandi administration had forced the NSS to cancel a peaceful demonstration against the police on October 23 last year.“People have a right to peaceful protest under the Constitution of India and international law. The authorities have a duty to listen to the voices of the indigenous Dongria Kondh community and ensure that their rights are upheld,” said Mr. Chauhan.The particularly vulnerable tribal group had unanimously voted against proposed bauxite mining in the Niyamgiri hills in 2013. Since then the security forces have been going against the community, said the Amnesty campaigner.last_img read more

Bopanna-Qureshi end runner-up at US Open

first_imgGuning for their first Grand Slam title, Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq fought their hearts out but had to be content with a runners-up trophy at the US Open as the Indo-Pak Express lost the men’s doubles final 6-7(6) 6-7 (3) to Americans top seeds Mike and Bob Bryan in New York on Sunday.Bopanna and Qureshi, 16th seeds, did not look like a team playing their first ever Grand Slam final as they made the world number one pair work hard for points and played enthralling tennis for more than one-and-a-half hours.It was nevertheless a dream run for the two players as for the first time an Indian and a Pakistani player combined to reach the final of a Grand Slam event.They might have failed to win a title but Bopanna and Qureshi were successful in sending the message loud and clear that sport can help dissolve the boundaries and India and Pakistan can watch, play and earn glory together.They wore the t-shirts with slogan — stop war start tennis — to send the message of peace in the two countries, at loggerheads since the partition days.For Bryan brothers, it was their second Grand Slam title of the season and also a revenge victory, having lost the Washington quarter-finals to the Indo-Pak team. For the Bryan brothers, this title was their ninth men’s doubles crown.last_img read more

Cricket: Australia in World Cup 2007 semi finals

first_imgAussiesIs there a team that can stop Australia doing a hat-trick of World Cup wins? At the time of writing, they still have to play New Zealand in the Super 8 stage, and that should be a humdinger of a match. Though there is much talk of rivalry between Australia,AussiesIs there a team that can stop Australia doing a hat-trick of World Cup wins? At the time of writing, they still have to play New Zealand in the Super 8 stage, and that should be a humdinger of a match. Though there is much talk of rivalry between Australia and England, the Aussie dominance over England in recent years has been so complete that it is a surprise when England occasionally beat them. So is with South Africa.There are great similarities between Australia and South Africa. They have the same love for sport, the facilities for all sports are top class, the people are competitive and both have a fierce instinct in whichever sport they play against each other. But unlike rugby, the Proteas have never truly stretched the Aussies in cricket.But against their Trans-Tasman neighbour, New Zealand, the rivalry is to be seen to be believed. Somehow, even India-Pakistan encounters pale when one sees the intensity of passion when the Kiwis play the Aussies, especially in New Zealand. And that’s true in any sport. That the Kiwis beat the Australians in all three of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy games will be rankling the Aussies to no end, and remember, the Kiwis did that by chasing 300-plus scores, which is a remarkable achievement indeed. The Aussies were without Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist, and Brett Lee got injured. So they were without top players and would want to prove that the defeat was the result of that and possibly because they were jaded after the Ashes series and the triseries that followed. Mind you, the Aussies are not for excuses but for results, and they will want to show who is the boss in no uncertain manner.advertisementDespite similarities, South Africa have never stretched Australia in cricket.It is this total dominance over other teams that does bring up the question of whether the Aussies are beatable in this World Cup. True, teams do have the odd bad day, but the Aussies have hardly been stretched in the matches they have played so far. So much so that the likes of Michael Hussey and Brad Hodge have not had to hit the ball in anger so far. The Aussies had to promote Hussey to open the batting against Ireland to give him some time out in the middle, and that’s a chilling thought for the bowlers as the tournament reaches the final week.South Africa claimed the last place for the semi-finals by romping home to a win over a listless England side. That means, barring an unexpected big margin loss by Australia to New Zealand, the Proteas will face the Aussies in the semi-finals. That may not be what they want, but if they catch the Aussies on the wrong foot, just imagine the confidence with which they will enter the finals. Though the Australians beat them quite easily in their group clash, the Proteas will keep rewinding to that astonishing chase of 434, which not only got them the world record for most runs, but also a one day series victory. Where the Proteas might find themselves short is the spin department, where they have nobody of international class.The other anticipated semi-final between New Zealand and Sri Lanka promises to be a much closer one than their Super 8 clash where the Lankans ran out easy winners. Both captains, Stephen Fleming and Mahela Jayawardene, are shrewd operators who know how to extract the maximum from their players. Fleming is in his third consecutive World Cup as captain, and is also in good form with the bat, which makes a huge difference when one is leading the side. Jayawardene, on the other hand, has been in patchy form, but is capable of the sublime innings that can turn the match around. He came in for plenty of flak for resting Chaminda Vaas and Muttiah Muralitharan in their Super 8 clash with Australia, but it was more to do with resting two senior players than a tactical ploy. Australia won that game easily. Some of the gloss was taken out of the win through the absence of Vaas and Murali.The one-day game does not allow too much scope for tactical moves, but captains have been using their spinners in a clever way. The ‘Powerplay’ also has been used intelligently, though Brian Lara got it horribly wrong against South Africa when he took the final one in the 44th over of their innings.As the tournament enters its final phase, tactics will count, but not as much as temperament and fitness. That is what invariably separates the men from the boys.advertisementFormer India captain Sunil Gavaskar will be writing an exclusive column for all through the World Cup.last_img read more

Minimally invasive hip replacement

first_imgDefinitionMinimally invasive hip replacement is a technique used to perform hip replacement surgeries. It uses a smaller surgical cut, and fewer muscles around the hip are cut or detached.Alternative NamesSmall incision total hip replacement; MIS hip surgeryDescriptionTo perform this surgery:A cut will be made in one of three places — on the back of the hip (over the buttock), on the front of the hip (near the groin), or on the side of the hip.In most cases, the cut will be 3 – 6 inches long. In a regular hip replacement surgery, the cut is 10 – 12 inches long.The surgeon will use special instruments to work through the small cut.Surgery involves cutting and removing bone. The surgeon will remove some muscles and other tissues. Less tissue is removed than in regular surgery. Most of the time, muscles are not cut or detached.This procedure uses the same type of hip replacement implants as regular surgery.Why the Procedure Is PerformedAs in regular surgery, this procedure is done to replace or repair a diseased or damaged hip joint. This technique works better for patients who are younger and thinner. Minimally invasive techniques may allow for a quicker recovery and less pain.Talk with your surgeon about the benefits and risks. Ask if your surgeon has experience with this type of surgery.After the ProcedureThere is often lessblood loss and pain with this technique than with open surgery. People who have this surgeryoften have a shorter stay in the hospital and faster recovery. Ask your doctor if this procedure is a good choice for you.advertisementReferencesMeneghini RM, Smits SA, Swinford RR, Bahamonde RE. A randomized, prospective study of 3 minimally invasive surgical approaches in total hip arthroplasty: comprehensive gait analysis. J Arthroplasty. 2008;23:68-73.Harkess JW, Crockarell JR. Arthroplasty of the hip. In: Canale ST, Beatty JH, eds. Campbells Operative Orthopaedics. 12th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2012:chap 3.Review Date:8/12/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more

The secret behind the very Punjabi brand 1469 is hidden in its celebration of the basic.

first_imgIn the midst of peak shopping hours, a man approaches Harinder Singh at his 1469 store in New Delhi’s Janpath. Tells him that he has stolen a lot of ideas from the stuff he creates, and says ‘thank you’ with a smile. They both are friends now, and whenever that,In the midst of peak shopping hours, a man approaches Harinder Singh at his 1469 store in New Delhi’s Janpath. Tells him that he has stolen a lot of ideas from the stuff he creates, and says ‘thank you’ with a smile. They both are friends now, and whenever that gentleman is in Delhi, he drops in at his place for some mutton.Film director Imtiaz Ali was the man. After that meeting, he asked 1469 to design the ‘Sada Haq’ T-shirts for his film Rockstar and later Alia Bhatt’s headgear in Highway. For Harinder Singh, 48, who shuttles between Delhi and Chandigarh, any business is all about allowing the gut feel to overtake business school ideas and bring in originality in its rawest form.Harinder Singh at his Chandigarh store Photograph by SAN. “Commercial success doesn’t really come with a surgeon’s cut, but with a hearty laugh and minute attention to social behavior around. One needs to keep his eyes open all the time and observe what catches people’s attention and decipher the ideas that have the potential to get imprinted in their minds,” says Singh, sporting a bag that shouts, Nasha Kar, Jaldi Mar. “Seems perfect for Punjab, no? I am selling this for Rs 250 though the cost is much more.” The motivation of setting up 1469 (in 2004), named after the year of birth of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev, was to show that there is much more to Punjabis than mere Bhangra and Butter Chicken.”I realised that Punjabis were losing pride in their mother tongue, so we decided to make the language fashionable by manufacturing good-quality T-shirts with catchy Punjabi slogans. They were lapped up not just by people from the state but also savvy customers, residing in India as also tourists, looking for alternative clothing. The fact that a state like Punjab, which has such multiple dimensions has never been represented well has always made me sad. There are different facets of Punjabis that need to be explored and shown to the world. We have layers where strength, sensitivity, pride andsewaco-exist. Is it not interesting that a mere experiment with fun took the shape of a conceptual brand. This is something that makes me a very proud man today,” says Singh.advertisementToday, the brand, which has five stores between Chandigarh and Delhi, showcases Punjab in its traditional and cultural finery with handcrafted phulkari, quirky T-shirts, Gurumukhi calligraphy, handmade chai cups, phulkari based accessories and souvenirs. “We never do images of the Golden Temple,” he adds. Talk to him about how business houses can do their bit when it comes to empowering women who make Phulkari in Punjab, and he is quick to assert, “We never shy away from our social responsibility. In fact, we engage women of farmer suicide stricken Sangrur district of Punjab in making the famed Sangrur bell. Besides, we purchase handicrafts from rural women at fair prices.” 1469 has always been aware of the brilliant craftsmanship of traditional embroidery experts, weavers and handicraft makers who live in core Punjab. “Our effort will always be to bring forth their talent and give them a fair price for the pain sticking work they do.”Singh, a 1998-batch commerce graduate from Delhi University, who completed a course in Quality Management from National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi in 1991, stresses that he is not a “chair boss”. “I am completely involved in the whole process-the fabric, design and copy. Of course, there is a creative team, but I make it a point to throw new challenges at them every day and present myself to receive tougher ones. That is how we break clichs-in business and in our products.”And this is precisely why I never feel that I am working. The sheer pleasure of exercising your mind non-stop and interacting with brilliant minds in the team ensures that work is always fun.”Insisting that word-of-mouth publicity is what the company believes in, Singh thinks that adopting the usual marketing techniques will not really benefit the company. “We associate ourselves with street theatre groups and hugely depend on what our existing customers have to say about our products. When you sell unusual stuff, you never go the usual way.” However, if there is something that Singh is really obsessed about, it is quality control. “I brought in six experts from Marks and Spencer’s to train my workers in the Delhi factory. They ensured that the latter forgot the phrase chalta hai. If there is something that I do not tolerate, it is inferior quality. A good business sense is about acknowledging the fact that the customer is intelligent and knows more than you do. It is also about ensuring that he comes back to the store. The contemporary buyer is obsessed with the fit, cloth quality and design precision. They continuously push us harder to deliver our best. By the way, I love challenges,” says Singh.advertisementQuite particular about which film production house he associates with, this motorcycling freak who loves to canvass Delhi roads on his Royal Enfield, insists that 1469 is more than just a commercial venture. “The bandwidth has to match. How can an association be just about money? There are many producers who have approached me and offered me deals where the actors in the films will wear my brand, and I am expected to pay for the same. Frankly, that does not work for me.”Not planning to open any more stores but invest more on the online platform, Singh adds, “While many people may still think that going online is gimmick, imagine the reach that the virtual world gives you. So, I am looking forward to seeing a youngster living in Pondicherry wearing a 1469 T-shirt that shows a Sikh farmer on a tractor in Punjab,” he concludes.last_img read more

Rogers Cup: Garbine Muguruza powers into third round

first_imgWimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza tamed Kirsten Flipkens 7-5, 6-2 to reach the third round of the Rogers Cup on a blockbuster Wednesday at the Canadian hardcourt event with eight of the world’s top 10 in action.Muguruza, the world number four, led the day-long parade of top seeds onto court and needed 85 minutes to dispatch the Belgian qualifier before turning the stadium over to newly-minted Czech world number one Karolina Pliskova who will play her first match as the top-ranked player against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.Despite an unthreatening world ranking of 82, Flipkens represented a tricky first test for Muguruza with the Spaniard holding only a slight 3-2 edge in their head-to-head meetings.Both players were making their third appearance at the Canadian event with Flipkens having found more success after advancing to the third round in 2013. Muguruza had managed just one match win in her two previous visits.”It (first set) was tough, Kirsten is such a talented player…I’m very happy that I finally did it,” said Muguruza in a courtside interview. “I tried to reduce the mistakes I made in the first set and I was a little more lucky there, I just wanted it so much.”Muguruza was tested during an uneven opening and served for the first set at 5-4 before double faulting to hand Flipkens a break.The world number four hit back with a break of her own and then held serve to clinch the opening set, despite 30 unforced errors.Muguruza looked much more like the player who dropped only one set on her way to the Wimbledon title after that and collected the early break in the second set to take control of the contest.advertisementAmerican teenager Catherine Bellis continued her brilliant form on the North American hardcourts by taking down eighth seeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4 7-5 to reach the third round.The 18-year-old arrived in Toronto after reaching the semi-finals last week at Stanford.last_img read more

Roger Federer serves up dominant first round win at Australian Open

first_imgDefending champion Roger Federer served straight through Denis Istomin to win their first-round encounter at the Australian Open on Monday, securing a 6-3 6-4 6-4 victory.Istomin, of Uzbekistan, has twice reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam and proved to be a worthy combatant from the back of the court with his heavy, aggressive, baseline game.But the Swiss third seed’s mountainous serve proved too big an obstacle for his opponent to climb and Federer was not seriously challenged in his own service games.Federer will play British qualifier Dan Evans, ranked 189 in the world, in the second round.”I think I can trust my second serve in particular; when you trust your second serve, you can go after your first serve,” Federer told journalists.”I started to feel that midway through the first set it was going to be difficult for Denis to get into my service games. That relaxes you from the baseline. Then good things really happen.”Both players had their share of momentum in the largely baseline affair. Federer, however, did not face a single break point during the match, such was his serving dominance.Federer broke Istomin’s serve once in each set.After a conservative first set, Federer tickled the giddy crowd with an on-the-run, curling backhand pass in the third game of the second set which seemed to add rocket fuel to his groundstrokes for the remainder of the match.The Swiss broke serve that game and Istomin never recovered.Federer and rival Novak Djokovic are both in search of a record seventh Australian Open title in Melbourne and, with it, a winner’s purse of A$4.1 million ($2.96 million).advertisementAlso Read | Andy Murray goes down fighting in first round of Australian OpenAlso Read | Rafael Nadal catches journalist sleeping in press conference. His reaction is epiclast_img read more

HIGHWAY 20 GROUP HOPES TO PROMOTE TOWN ROUTE

first_imgA movement is underway to bring tourists back to small towns in Iowa and nationwide by promoting a roadway that has been around for nearly a century.Bryan Farr is the president and founder of the Historic U-S Route 20 Association and he’s working to unite communities all along the very lengthy stretch of road.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/20.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………”the country” ;16Coast to coast, the highway runs about 32-hundred miles, but in Iowa, the road covers 328 miles from Sioux City to Dubuque.Other towns along the way include: Moville, Sac City, Webster City and Rockwell City.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/20a.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..America really. :15Farr is meeting with city leaders and chambers of commerce officials along the route, promoting historic road signs and banners with the Route 20 logo, much like what’s seen with the more-famous Route 66 in the southwestern U-S.A national travel guide for Highway 20 is due out in the spring of 2017.last_img read more

INTERSTATE 29 & I-90 NOW OPEN IN SOUTH DAKOTA

first_imgUPDATED 9:54AM 3-6-18Interstate-29 has re-opened in South Dakota from the Iowa border to North Dakota.South Dakota authorities say Interstate 90 from Sioux Falls west to Murdo remains closed because of a blizzard warning for most of the state.Even though I-29 is now open in South Dakota, the Highway Patrol says the interstate remains icy and motorists will have to drive at greatly reduced speeds.They encourage drivers to travel only if absolutely necessary.Motorists are encouraged to check conditions at www.safetravelusa.com/sd or by calling 5-1-1 before traveling.Here in Sioux City, snowplows are out but many streets and roads remain slippery from snow and ice.Authorities advise drivers to stay off the roads this morning if possible as conditions will improve this afternoon.——————————————————-Officials with the South Dakota Department of Transportation and the Department of Public Safety have closed Interstate 29 from the Iowa border to the North Dakota border (north and southbound) as of 6:30 p.m.Truck drivers are to pull off at the Sam’s Club in the Singing Hills area.State authorities have also closed Interstate 90 from Mitchell to Sioux Falls (east and westbound) effective immediately .That closed I-90 from Sioux Falls west to Murdo. No Travel Advisories are posted on many highways as roadways are snow-packed and icy. Heavy snow and strong winds gusting upwards of 50 mph, are making safe travel nearly impossible on the Interstate and most highways in eastern South Dakota. Motorists are encouraged to check conditions at www.safetravelusa.com/sd or by calling 511 before traveling Monday night or Tuesday. Updated 3:19pm 3-6-18Interstate 90 is now completely re-open to traffic from Sioux Falls west to Murdo.Updated 1:43pm 3-6-18Officials with the South Dakota Department of Transportation and the Department of Public Safety have opened Interstate 90, east and westbound, from Mitchell to Sioux Falls.Officials are advising westbound I-90 drivers to refrain from travel if their destination is west of Mitchell.Travel between Sioux Falls and Mitchell is still very difficult and motorists should travel only if absolutely necessary.Blizzard conditions still exist on the section of I-90 between Mitchell and Murdo, which remains closed.There are no time frames for when this segment may be able to be opened.—————————-last_img read more

Louisville Makes Huge Decision About ‘Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium’ Amid John Schnatter Scandal

first_imgLouisville's football players run through the tent onto the field.LOUISVILLE, KY – NOVEMBER 29: The Louisville Cardinals take the field before the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on November 29, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)The Papa John’s scandal has directly impact the University of Louisville, where John Schnatter has been a major booster and until this week, a trustee. Now, the stadium bearing the name of his company will just be Cardinal Stadium.Earlier this week, members of the Cardinals football program, as well as some fans, began to call for Papa John’s to be dropped from the stadium name.That wasn’t as simple as figuring something out with the company, however. The naming deal was done with Schnatter himself. From ABC News:Schnatter remains prominently linked to the school through Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. In a complicated arrangement, the school’s deal is with Schnatter himself, not the Papa John’s brand, and provides that if he leaves the company, Schnatter can rename the building. His current deal with the university runs through 2040.Louisville president Neeli Bendapudi said that the school was looking into the matter. It didn’t take that long.Moments ago, Bendapudi announced that John Schnatter supported the school in taking “Papa John’s” off of Louisville’s football stadium name. It will now just be “Cardinal Stadium.”From 93.9 The Ville’s Mark Ennis, who attended the press conference:UofL President Neeli Bendapudi announces she has renamed the football stadium simply “Cardinal Stadium”. States she also has the support of the board of trustees for the move. pic.twitter.com/zs9nDFo1wx— Mark Ennis (@MarkEnnis) July 13, 2018Bendapudi says she spoke with Schnatter. He apologized. He was contrite and supports the decision to remove the name so as to not be a distraction.— Mark Ennis (@MarkEnnis) July 13, 2018It is unclear whether Louisville can or will look at other sponsorship opportunities for the stadium naming rights.The school is also taking Schnatter’s name from the business school as well.BREAKING: University of Louisville says it has decided to take Papa John’s off its stadium name and take Papa John’s founder John Schnatter’s name off the business school.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 13, 2018Earlier this week, it was revealed that Schnatter had used the n-word in a conference call. After stepping down as company CEO in December, following the outcry from statements he made after national anthem protests by NFL players, he has now stepped down as chairman of the company he founded. He has also resigned from Louisville’s board of trustees.last_img read more

Meet Scotland’s Most Stylish Man, Gordon J. Millar

first_imgSo, inspired by the movie Highlander, I held our first Gathering in a cool bar in the Scottish capital. I knew six people were coming, but when over 100 turned up I knew we were on to something special. Over 250 people came to the second Gathering in Glasgow, then over 400 turned up at our return to Edinburgh in the Summer of 2015. Last year we held back to back, coast-to-coast, Gatherings in L.A and New York City, and the attendees had over 1.5 million followers on social media.The last 20 years can be book ended by both ‘Trainspotting’ movies, which are way more than films to us, they are reference points for a transformational cultural shift. In this new era of confidence, I am delighted to say “It’s great being Scottish!”As for my personal style:Jeans: black slim/skinny (but not too skinny)Shirts: White linen for summer, G69 Clothing or Cragg & Tail with a tartan flash for smart occasions.Pants: Tartan bondage punk trousers from Tiger of London.Suits: Stewart Christie & CoShoes: Worn but shiny Dr Marten boots, modern British classics.Accessories: Birline Watch (Harris Tweed strap) and A Child of the Jago Fedora, Harris Tweed bag by Catherine Aitken , Feltraiger Bandana / neck tieOuterwear: Vintage military jackets, uniquely accessorized with patches and pins.Favorite cologne: Armani CodeFavorite app: InstagramFavorite piece of technology: iPhoneNext style/gear purchase: Anything by Kent & Curwen Cover photo courtesy of Stephen Gunn On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Editors’ Recommendations The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now Editor’s Note: Last November we had the pleasure of spending 10 captivating days in Scotland. Below is but one adventure of many from our stay. We hope the joy we experienced comes through in all our posts and missives from our adventure, which no doubt read better with a wee dram in hand. This week, we speak with Gordon J. Millar, marketing and social media guru and style aficionado. My name is Gordon J. Millar and I am the founder of Scot Street Style.I was a shy kid, an awkward teenager, an under confident young man, and now at 46 years old I’m the happiest I’ve ever been. Born in Kilsyth, Scotland in 1970, the descendant of coal miners, I found my potential self-expression at an early age through creativity. Mesmerized by the escape of the cinema, the limitless imagination of comic books, and my own ability to dream and to draw.That moment ignited my passion for peace, and boosted my confidence, in the knowledge that one person could reach out and inspire millions.Meanwhile, culturally and politically, Scotland was not a positive place in the 70s and 80s. This era of inferiority was summed up eloquently by author Irvine Welsh in his seminal book Trainspotting , which went on to be a genre defining film during the 90’s. That classic line by principle character Mark Renton “It’s shite being Scottish!” resonated with me deeply as I struggled, like many other Scots, under the dark days of Thatcher.I did make it into art school, which I loved but my lack of confidence led to many missed opportunities. My other driving force was an innate sense of compassion, and a desire to do no harm to any living thing. I trained as a registered nurse in Glasgow then moved to London, where a new found confidence slowly began to emerge.The world was changing, communication and travel options were improving and, when Bush & Blair declared an illegal war against Iraq in 2003, I, like millions of other people around the world, felt compelled to do something about it. There was no social media so I wrote a letter which was anti-war not anti-American to TIME Magazine, to remind people about the great American man of peace; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.I’ll never forget receiving a reply from the Editor to confirm that this letter would be featured in the most famous magazine in the world. That moment ignited my passion for peace, and boosted my confidence, in the knowledge that one person could reach out and inspire millions. I also studied Philosophy and stopped eating animals.Fast forward to 2008 and the dawn of Facebook where I found a platform for self-expression, which attracted the attention of other influencers to my peace and environmental groups. In 2012 I was invited to be the social media guy for his Holiness the Dalai Lama when he toured my beloved Scotland. During this trip the coordinator gifted a new World Peace Tartan scarf to the humble Tibetan monk, which was captured in a photographic image in the Usher Hall, Edinburgh. We sent the photo to New York City and were invited the following year to participate in the Tartan Week celebrations.While strolling along 5th Avenue with my partner, wearing the peaceful plaid, we were stopped by a very sweet older gentleman with a very impressive camera. He directed us to walk towards him a couple of times, holding hands, as he took some street style shots. He told me his name was Bill and, when we got back to Scotland, we discovered that he was Bill Cunningham and his image of us was published in The New York Times.Everything came into alignment and Scot Street Style was born. I founded this movement to reinvigorate perceptions of Scotland, and to get people to feel good about themselves again. We are immensely proud of our history and heritage, but we do not live in the past. Our grassroots, organic, Instagram following grew like wild fire… and I had a thought. Why don’t we get like-minded individual’s talking to each other, face to face, once again.center_img The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy last_img read more

CSIC Inks USD 208 Bn Worth of New Deals

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: CSIC China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) has held a grand signing ceremony for CNY 14.3 billion (USD 2.08 billion) worth of new contracts in Beijing.The shipbuilding major agreed new vessel orders, conversion projects, charter and financing deals on June 27, according to Eworldship.Under the new agreements, signed by the company’s leasing unit CSIC Leasing, a total of 24 newbuildings were ordered, including very large crude carriers (VLCCs), shuttle, product and chemical tankers, as well as Newcastlemax bulkers.Additionally, the company signed conversion contracts for twelve vessels at three compatriot shipyards, namely, Dalian Shipbuilding, Wuchang Shipbuilding and Tianjin Xingang Shipbuilding.CSIC also secured financing deals with the Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited and Nanyang Commercial Bank, related to two VLCCs and four 64,000 dwt woodchip carriers, and a joint investment contract with Wah Kwong Shipping for a VLCC duo.CSIC said that its leasing arm already secured chartering contracts for 13 of the new vessels with Shandong Shipping, RWE Group, Oldendorff, Koch and WEM Lines.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Need to devise long term strategies to overcome deluge Arif Mohammed Khan

first_imgThiruvananthapuram: Kerala Governor designate Arif Mohammed Khan on Sunday stressed the need to devise long term strategies to overcome the deluge, which had devastated the state and claimed several lives. “We need to think and devise long term strategies on how to overcome the deluge”, Khan, who relaces P Sathasivam, former Supreme Court Chief Justice in the Kerala Raj Bhavan, told reporters in New Delhi. He expressed concern at the devastation caused by the floods in the state for the second consecutive year. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ It was a great opportunity to serve god’s own land. “You realise the truthfulness of the statement only when you visit the state”, Khan said. Kerala had witnessed floods and landslides which claimed 125 lives mainly in Wayanad and Malappuram districts during the heavy rains which lashed the state since August 8 in the second spell of the South West Monsoon. Last year, over 400 people had lost their lives in the floods.last_img read more

New Brunswick invests in research on small modular nuclear reactors

first_imgSAINT JOHN, N.B. – The New Brunswick government is committing $10 million to establish the province as a leader in the field of small, modular nuclear reactor technology.Energy Minister Rick Doucet made the announcement in Saint John, saying energy is a way to grow the economy.He says the government is interested in the development of expertise related to non-carbon emitting technology.New Brunswick’s Candu 6 reactor at Point Lepreau is the only nuclear power plant in Atlantic Canada.Doucet says New Brunswick is well-placed to play a role in the growth of the sector.NB Power President Gaetan Thomas says the utility has been a leader in innovation, and is pleased to be able to conduct research into small modular reactors.last_img read more

New human rights instrument closes vital protection gap says top UN official

12 December 2008The United Nations human rights chief has welcomed the General Assembly’s adoption of an important new instrument to strengthen the protection of economic, social and cultural rights, stressing that it gives a voice to victims of violations. “The approval of the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights is of singular importance by closing a historic gap,” stated UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. The Protocol, adopted during the Assembly’s 10 December meeting commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, will enable victims to complain about violations of the rights enshrined in the Covenant at the international level for the first time.Ms. Pillay stressed that the Protocol provides a voice to victims of human rights violations. It also “makes them better equipped to enlist the international community’s help to address their plight.”The High Commissioner noted that the Universal Declaration chose not to rank rights. “On the contrary, it recognized the equal status of political and civil rights with economic, social and cultural rights, and underlined that all rights are inextricably linked,” she said. “Violations of a set of rights reverberate on other rights and enfeeble them all.”The Optional Protocol will now be opened for signature during 2009 and enter into force once it has been ratified by ten States. read more

UN US want Sri Lanka to punish peacekeepers accused of rape

The United Nations and the United States want Sri Lanka to punish UN peacekeepers accused of rape in Haiti.UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said that troop contributors have a responsibility to certify that none of the soldiers that are being deployed from wherever they come from have ever been implicated in any sexual abuse, and so the UN would expect Sri Lanka and all other troop contributors to do the same. “As you know, there was no deployment of Sri Lankan peacekeepers for a long time.  The issue of impunity of peacekeepers who committed horrendous crimes, who violated the trust given to them and were not persecuted is one of the reasons, and one of the many reasons, this Secretary‑General and his predecessor have pushed for greater accountability and have pushed for greater partnership for Member States.  And Member States have not always given us the information we needed.  So I would urge you to check with, with the Sri Lankans,” he said. She also warned that “countries that refuse to hold their soldiers accountable must recognize that this either stops or their troops will go home and their financial compensation will end.”“What do we say to these kids? Did these peacekeepers keep them safe?” Haley asked, citing the AP’s investigation detailing how at least 134 Sri Lankan peacekeepers sexually abused and exploited nine Haitian children between 2004 and 2007. Meanwhile, the US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley urged all countries that provide troops for U.N. peacekeeping missions to hold soldiers accountable for sexual abuse and exploitation, an appeal that came after she cited an Associated Press investigation into a child sex ring in Haiti involving Sri Lankan peacekeepers. Sri Lanka never jailed any soldiers implicated in the abuse yet the country was allowed to send troops to other U.N. missions.Nine children in the Haiti sex ring — some as young as 12 — told U.N. investigators how Sri Lankan peacekeepers offered them snacks or money for sex. One boy said he had sex with as many as 100 soldiers, averaging about four per day. (Colombo Gazette) read more

10 telling symptoms youre a certified television binger

first_img Source: Goodreads6. You’ve somewhat lost touch with realityWork is just an eight hour gap between you and your next episode. You’d rather watch it alone so you can keep up the pace and will have minimal interruption. Social interaction? What’s that?7. You’ve developed an unquenchable thirst to know everything about a show you’re intoEnter, the internet. If it’s related to the show, you’ll find it. Interviews with the actors, useless Wikipedia trivia, blooper reels on YouTube. Basically, all of your recommended videos are about Breaking Bad and you have yet to find a related Google link that isn’t purple.Did you know that Bryan Cranston is a Pisces? Of course you did.8. You’ll talk theories with anyone who will listenWhat are the polar bears on the Lost island? WHO IS THE MOTHER? You ponder and ponder until it’s 4am and you’re arguing with an Australian via twitter hashtags about how Sherlock faked his death. Source: Imgur9. You can watch it over and over againYou may not actively seek out a show you’ve already watched, but if it happens to be on television as you’re flicking by, you’ll have no qualms in watching it again. You’ll also laugh EVERY, TIME. It’s like greeting an old friend. Source: Tumblr10. Social media is your mortal enemySo you had to go to a damn wedding or some exotic holiday last week and you had no choice but to miss a new episode. Of course everyone in the world has already watched it and are tweeting about it. It’s a minefield out there.9 series on Netflix which might have passed you by>Netflix to take on Hollywood with original movies> WHAT DID WE ever do before box sets and Netflix? Use the RTÉ Guide, newspaper, or even the teletext schedule? Did we actually WAIT for something to come on, then wait another week to watch the next episode? Enough of this nightmarish dystopia, let’s get real.Going on a Friday night binge but have basically watched everything ever made? Let this handy flow chart be your guide to find something new. Just expect to experience of dose of these telling signs:1. You constantly lose track of timeOne more episode won’t hurt. Oh dear, there was a huge cliffhanger at the end of that one so now you’ve to watch the next one. Ah look, it’s 3am and there’s work tomorrow. You DID watch three seasons in one day though, there’s one for the CV.2. You feel a strange sense of emptiness when an episode disappointsSo… that’s it? That had absolutely nothing to do with the current story arc and your favourite character was in it for like two minutes. Seriously? Now we’ve to wait until next week? Come off it. Source: Imgur3. You have no problem staying up late to see a show premiere on US televisionYou have to stream it from the states and don’t mind giving yourself about 12 viruses in the pursuit. The episode doesn’t start until 2am but my God, you’ll be up to witness it along with everyone else. The thought of people seeing it before you just KILLS you. Source: Shutterstock4. Your Netflix recommendations are getting oddly specificAnd you buy into each and every one. Source: Imgur5. You start to miss the charactersYou may be tempted to turn to fan fiction. Christ, you might even read one of those ‘official’ tie-in books.last_img read more

The children of a major Celtic Tiger developer are building dozens of

first_img By Fora Staff Sunday 11 Jun 2017, 9:45 AM Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland http://jrnl.ie/3435725 Jun 11th 2017, 9:45 AM Take me to Fora Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: 31 Comments Share Tweet Email6 center_img 51,833 Views Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland The children of a major Celtic Tiger developer are building dozens of Dublin homes Joe Moran’s Manor Park Homes constructed hundreds of houses across Ireland in the boom. Read: Patrick Collison: ‘There’s too much focus on the founders of big tech companies’Read: Profits doubled at salad chain Chopped last year ahead of its planned UK expansion MORAN PARK HOMEBUILDERS, a company controlled by the children of one of Ireland’s biggest Celtic Tiger developers, has been cleared to construct over 40 housing units in south Dublin.Following an appeal to An Bord Pleanála, the firm received the go-ahead to build 38 apartments and six houses at Glenamuck Road in Carrickmines.Moran Park is owned by Adrienne and John Moran, the children of Joe Moran, once one of Ireland’s highest-flying businessmen.His former company, the similarly named Manor Park Homes, was involved in a string of huge projects across the country during the boom, and famously paid €45 million in 2004 to buy Abbeville mansion, the former home of Charles Haughey.The Kinsealy property was sold to a Japanese buyer in 2013 for about €5.5 million.The 81-year-old Kerryman was the chief executive of nail and screw manufacturing firm Irish Wire Products, as well as the chair of the London- and Dublin-listed financial services firm IFG.He and his family paid a reported €172 million to buy the 49% of Manor Park that they didn’t own from diversified services company DCC in 2007, a move he later admitted was a mistake.When the recession rolled around the company was heavily indebted and a receiver was appointed in 2011. The Abbeville mansion Source: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ieA liquidator was appointed to Manor Park in 2012. A new company, Moran Park, was established in 2013 with Moran’s daughter Adrienne and son John serving as its directors.The family patriarch told the Sunday Independent in 2015 that he was “starting up again” and had invested “a fair bit” in the company, although his children were “running the show”.The Carrickmines project will be one of the largest that Moran Park has been involved in.CarrickminesIn April 2016 the company applied to build 46 housing units, since revised to 44, along with 89 car parking spaces and 40 bicycle spaces in Carrickmines. The 38 apartments will be in two, three-storey blocks.The six houses will have four bedrooms, rear gardens and balconies. The local council, Dún Laoghaire, gave the company planning permission, however several locals appealed this to An Bord Pleanála.One objector, who lives near the proposed building site with his family, said that the that the apartment blocks would “have an unacceptable impact on the residential amenity of the neighbouring properties”.Most of the other objectors had similar complaints around the proposed three-storey blocks being too big and out of character.Another man, who lives nearby with his family, said that the project would cause an “unacceptable loss of privacy” as the apartments would overlook his house. A sketch of the proposed apartments Source: Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown councilHowever, the planning body gave the project the all-clear after recommending a few small changes, such as scaling down the number of housing units from 46 to 44.The development will be a major one for Moran Homebuilders. While Manor Park used to sell hundreds of houses every year during the boom, Moran Park has worked on smaller schemes since exiting receivership.Last April the Morans opened their first showhouse since 2008 as part of a development of seven detached family houses in Foxrock.Sign up to our newsletter to receive a regular digest of Fora’s top articles delivered to your inbox.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Fora.ie Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Murder charge struck out because of a delay in serving book of

first_imgMurder charge struck out because of a delay in serving book of evidence David Boland was stabbed to death in November last year. Short URL Share98 Tweet Email Friday 15 Mar 2019, 9:25 AM 35,083 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Victim David Boland No Comments Mar 15th 2019, 9:25 AM By Louise McCarthy https://jrnl.ie/4543545 Victim David Boland A MURDER CHARGE relating to the death of a man in Athy, Co Kildare last year has been struck out because of a delay in presenting the complete book of evidence. A Kildare District Court judge yesterday ordered the charge facing Calvin Cullen, 20, of Greenhills, Athy, be struck out on the basis that the Director of Public Prosecution was not ready. The young man appeared before the court, charged with the murder of David Boland on Duke St, Athy during the early hours of 1 November 2018.His defence team told the court that the State had a 42-day timeline to prepare the Book of Evidence.The matter has been adjourned before Naas District Court several times since the accused was first charged with murder in November 2018.Last month, Sergeant Brian Jacob said that there were more than 200 statements being examined and asked that the DPP get further time to prepare a book of evidence. At the time, Judge Zaidan said that he did not want four weeks to turn into 20 weeks.Yesterday, Sergeant Jacob asked if the court could give the DPP a further three weeks.However, Judge Desmond Zaidan refused the request and ordered that the murder charge be struck out based on the delays.Boland died from multiple stab wounds received in a stabbing incident on Duke Street i the early hours of 1 November. Comments have been disabled last_img read more