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Extremely heavy rainfall warning for Mumbai holiday for schools colleges

first_imgMumbai/Thane: Incessant rains lashed Mumbai and its surrounding areas on Saturday and the India Meteorological Department said more heavy rainfall is expected in the metropolis during the next 24 hours, prompting authorities to declare a holiday in schools and colleges. The IMD cautioned people, saying heavy rainfall warning on a “very-high-tide day” (Saturday) is “not a good combination”. In neighbouring Thane and Palghar districts, heavy rains disrupted normal life. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details One person was electrocuted in Thane city while another suffered serious injuries after the roof of a bakery collapsed in Mumbra in the district, officials said. The unceasing downpour in Palghar district prompted authorities to declare a holiday for educational institutions on Saturday. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation issued an advisory asking Mumbai residents to not venture into the sea or in water-logged areas in view of the IMD warning. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “The IMD gave a warning of extremely heavy rainfall for the next 24 hours from 1 pm on August 3. Citizens should avoid venturing around sea also at water-logged areas,” the civic body said in a statement. BMC said in a tweet that a holiday has been declared for schools and colleges in the city. Deputy Director General of Meteorology (IMD Mumbai) K S Hosalikar tweeted intense rainfall is expected in Mumbai, Thane and Navy Mumbai in 24-36 hours. “The highest high tide of the four monsoon months is also today of 4.90 metres at afternoon, exactly during the period when IMD has forecast intense rains for the city. Heavy rainfall warnings on very high tide day in Mumbai is not a good combination. Please avoid outing, beaches,” he said in another tweet. Overnight rains in Mumbai and its suburbs led to water-logging in several areas. Water-logging on tracks disrupted the suburban train services, as locals of the Central and Harbour routes were running behind schedule by 15 minutes. In the afternoon, the services between Kurla and Sion were suspended due to rise in water level and high tide. However, flight operations at the Mumbai airport were not impacted, an airport official said. “Overnight heavy rains in Mumbai and its adjoining areas has led to water-logging at some paces, which has affected the flow of traffic, especially in parts of Malad, Andheri and Dahisar,” a senior official of the BMC said. Chief spokesperson of the Central Railway, Sunil Udasi, said suburban trains were running with “cautious speed”. “Due to high tide and water level increase, suburban services between Kurla-Sion and between Kurla-Chunabhatti on the Harbour line have been suspended,” he said. Mumbai police advised people to take precautions. “As per the weather forecast, intense spells of rain likely to continue in the next 4 hrs and heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next 24 hrs. We request Mumbaikars to take adequate precautions & ensure safety. Dial 100 in case of any emergency. Take care Mumbai,” it tweeted. Due to overnight rainfall in Thane district, roads and nullahs in some area were flooded. The rainwater entered a few housing societies and swept away vehicles, officials said. Low-lying areas in Thane city were affected the most and parking areas were flooded. Schools in Thane declared a holiday due to heavy rains. Buses and autos were not plying due to flooding, the officials said. In Palghar district, several villages were marooned as the roads connecting them were flooded. A video showed some cattle getting swept away in the water. Palghar District Collector Kailas Shinde said the weather department has forecast heavy rains on Saturday and Sunday. He said a holiday was declared for all the educational institutions in the district.last_img read more

Variety Critics Name the 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2018

first_img Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Variety polled its international team of critics, asking which movies they were most looking forward to in the coming year. The results are diverse, ranging from likely blockbusters to potential Palme d’Or winners, although you won’t find a single comic-book movie on this list.“Annihilation” (Feb. 23)Alex Garland follows his hit debut “Ex Machina” with a brainy horror movie about an all-female team of explorers who venture into a deadly environmental disaster zone. Based on Jeff VanderMeer’s award-winning trilogy, the nature thriller stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson and an iridescent mist that gives the air the sinister shimmer of an oil slick. — Amy Nicholson“Black Klansman”For many, the pinnacle of Spike Lee’s career to date remains 1992’s epic biopic “Malcolm X.” A quarter-century later, he returns to fact-based drama with the incredible story of Ron Stallworth (played by Denzel’s son John David Washington), an African-American police detective who managed to infiltrate a Colorado Ku Klux Klan chapter — even getting appointed its leader. With Jordan Peele on board as a producer, this should be Lee’s most scorchingly relevant joint in some time. — Dennis Harvey Twitterlast_img read more

Citizen journalism and the politics of the fifth estate

Marrakech – This article investigates the ways bottom-up media content circulates through social media sites and how this practice contributes to the establishment of a more participatory culture in Morocco. It also seeks to explore the possibility of this bottom-up form of knowledge circulation to culminate in what Ryan M. Milner refers to as “a counterpublic model of mediated public discourse” (2013: 67).The top-down distribution of media content by state-run television, private radios and print press is somewhat controlled either directly via censorship or ‘voluntarily’ via self-censorship. Any transgression is supposed to be penalized by HACA, The High Authority for Audiovisual communication; however, transgressions are mostly professional or pertain to issues of taste and morality. Political questioning of the political order is rare, and critique is mostly displaced and focuses more on the mismanagement of the political situation by politicians and state officials, especially in print media. By and large, the distribution of media content is controlled and shaped in terms of the political interests of the ruling elites. Media, thus, should maintain the hegemony of the ruling elites and sustain political stability, and any transgression of this type should be dealt with as a challenge to authorityIn this political context, online media hasn’t been very challenging either, apart from Lakom and Goud which have questioned the existing order in different ways and exposed corruption and abuses. Nevertheless, it is believed that Lakom was shut down due to some compromise between the owner of the online newspaper and the state. Attacked and hacked many times, Goud will face the same fate unless the resistance of its staff is strong enough to survive these attacks. Other online newspapers are growing and getting larger readership like Hespress; however, most of them are politically correct and maintain the status quo. This should not imply that maintaining the status quo is totally negative, but my contention is that hegemony should be resisted if it is based on manipulation and authoritarianism. In line with this view, I argue that top-down distribution of media content is shaped and controlled by political and legal norms and is managed accordingly. Bottom-up media content is, conversely, less controlled and differs from the top-down media content in many ways. It is either created by ordinary people and posted on social media sites like You Tube and Facebook, or appropriated from mass media and reframed to serve the user’s purposes, by adding comments or altering its essential ingredients (e.g. photo, headline).The user-generated media content is a new alternative form of information and political commentary that circulates massively on social media. It belongs to an informal media sector that lacks organization and structuration, but offers an alternative source of information and news that escapes censorship and often oversteps political boundaries by exposing the abuses of politicians. It may be argued that this type of journalism- that can justly be labeled “citizen journalism- is a form of everyday resistance whereby citizens, equipped with digital devices and having access to social media, challenge hegemony and question the politics of the ruling elites by exposing their abuses and revealing their mechanisms of manipulation. In most cases, everyday news is reported from a perspective that is different from that of the official or controlled media.Because the media content, be it a photo, a video, a text or a cartoon, is posted on social media where sharing is a common practice, it is bound to circulate endlessly, which endows it with more effect and a longer span of life. When a piece of news goes viral, its effect goes beyond the borders of the virtual world and can have real political consequences. Security agents who were caught red-handed receiving bribes from citizens were dismissed and sued; scandal-hit ministers were forced to resign, and some politicians roasted by social media users were officially interrogated.Nevertheless, this bottom-up, user-generated media content has some shortcomings and has been criticized by many, including social media users themselves. Some critics maintain that this informal citizen journalism is inaccurate and unprofessional as a lot of content can be either mere gossip or completely false; Twitter and other media sites have helped fake death stories go viral, fooling the average person into believing that some celebrity has died. Similarly, a lot of inexact information spreads and circulates in social media sites, and this can be considered as misinformation and abuse. People tend to be cautious about the user-generated news and crosscheck it by visiting or consulting other media.This does not mean, though, that this type of journalism is totally negative and misleading. The criticisms cited above and the like should not belie the pivotal importance of this type of journalism in a context where freedom of speech and press is controlled, or censored. Citizen journalism is an alternative form of media that provides information and news from a point of view that may contradict the mainstream public opinion. It provides a critical perspective and promotes a counter-hegemonic discourse; it enables dissenting voices to be heard and reveals what is untold and concealed by mainstream media. The social media sites sustain citizen journalism and promote it as an alternative space for counterpublics where political dissidents, actually expelled from the public sphere, can challenge the existing power and its version of reality.Besides, citizen journalism can promote media convergence whereby content flows across multiple media platforms, and, being crosschecked by users and made more accurate, represents reality as it is being approached from different perspectives. Horizontal as it is, citizen journalism enhances the emergence of a participatory culture (Jenkins 2006) which contrasts with older notions of passive media spectatorship. Ordinary citizens participate in the generation of truth and values and, thus, in the construction of a multiple reality. It can be argued that this is a cultural shift in the approach of Moroccans to politics, and a real move toward a dialogic construction of reality where publics and counterpublics (Warner 2005) interact endlessly, eroding abusive hegemony and promoting pluralism.It is worth noting that resistance to this type of active journalism will persist for some time; however, the shift toward pluralism and the emergence of counterpublics will certainly have considerable effect on the practice of politics in Morocco as the ongoing changes are irreversible.Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission.The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Morocco World News’ editorial policy. read more

Joining biking trails and bringing money to New England

CONCORD, N.H. — Mountain bikers will get the chance to see much of New England this summer and help rural economies with a new initiative that brings together more than a half-dozen trail systems in three states and parts of Canada.The Borderlands covers 250 miles in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire and stretches into Quebec.The seven bike organizations that drew up the trails say bikers will get to see a diverse picture of New England, passing through forests and berms, over bridges, through idyllic villages and past a few craft breweries. The trails in Quebec take riders through 14,000 acres of conserved land and are a short drive to Montreal.The trials are designed for all experience levels. They debuted in March with an event hosted by Kingdom Trials in East Burke, Vermont.Michael Casey, The Associated Press read more

UN helping Madagascar increase crop output to reduce costly imports

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is helping Madagascar boost its local food supply, particularly rice, to avoid importing large quantities at high prices to meet the country’s food needs for this year. “Every year, Madagascar imports about 200,000 tonnes of rice for consumption. This year, the gap is estimated at 270,000 tonnes, and that will present a challenge,” said Marco Falcone, FAO’s Emergency Coordinator in Madagascar. “Importing rice at international prices means paying 70 per cent more than current local prices, and that isn’t expected to change,” he added. As part of its efforts to help country increase crop production, FAO launched a $500,000 emergency Technical Cooperation Project in July that provides rice seed, bean seed and fertilizers to some 6,000 farmers and their families. These households are among those hardest hit by cyclones that in recent months wiped out 80 per cent of the last harvest. The off-season planting in July and August could boost production, Mr. Falcone explained, since farmers in Madagascar traditionally only plant in the main rainy season, which starts in November. “Madagascar could be more than self-sufficient in rice,” said Mr. Falcone, adding that the country could also become a major exporter to the Indian Ocean islands of Comoros, Seychelles and Mauritius, as well as to countries in eastern and southern Africa. But increased rice production alone would not be enough to tackle the chronic poverty and malnutrition in Madagascar. “Malnourishment in Madagascar is aggravated by people’s dependence on just one food – rice – which provides calories but not many nutrients or protein,” said Mr. Falcone. In addition, the country’s drought-prone south produces no rice at all. Getting rice to the south, and transporting it among the various isolated areas there, are issues that need to be addressed. FAO noted that at the same time that rice and beans are being planted in the regions hit by cyclones, the first sorghum harvests are being reaped in the south with support from the agency and other partners. Although sorghum disappeared as a main food crop in Madagascar in the mid-1990s, FAO has reintroduced the crop, as well as short-cycle maize – which with the shorter growing period is less vulnerable to dry spells – to boost the local food supply. 28 August 2008The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is helping Madagascar boost its local food supply, particularly rice, to avoid importing large quantities at high prices to meet the country’s food needs for this year. read more

Sri Lanka says USNorth Korea leaders have set an example

Trump and Kim participated in a one-on-one meeting in Singapore, with translators only, followed by an expanded meeting including their top advisers. “Despite all foul talks world shall salute both #trump & #kim for setting an example for talking over warring,” Ganesan tweeted. Sri Lanka today said that the leaders of both the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea have set an example following their meeting in Singapore today.Minister of Integration, Reconciliation and Official Languages, Mano Ganesan said that the meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sets an example for warring sides to engage in negotiations. The two leaders later signed an agreement which included an assurance by North Korea to denuclearisation.Earlier this year Sri Lanka had urged North Korea to fully implement a UN Security Council Resolution on the nuclear weapons issue. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Energy choice Perry steps away from Dakota Access pipeline

by Matthew Daly, The Associated Press Posted Jan 11, 2017 6:43 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 12, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Energy choice Perry steps away from Dakota Access pipeline WASHINGTON – Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he has stepped down from the boards of two energy companies that are developing the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline project.Perry, who is President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for energy secretary, said in a letter to ethics officials that he resigned Dec. 31 from Energy Transfer Partners LP and Sunoco Logistics Partners LP. The two companies are developing the proposed 1,200-mile crude oil pipeline that has stoked mass protests in North Dakota.Perry said he still owns stock in the two companies but will divest the stock within three months of his confirmation as energy secretary. He will not take part in any decisions involving the two companies for at least two years, Perry said.Perry also said he has resigned positions with Celltex Therapeutics and MCNA Insurance, as well as Grey Rock Energy Partners, which his son co-founded. He said he will not take part in decisions involving Grey Rock for at least a year and for as long as his son works there.Perry’s involvement with the pipeline companies has drawn criticism from project opponents, who also have criticized Trump’s stock ownership in companies developing the pipeline.Trump’s transition team said in December that Trump sold all of his stocks last summer as he plunged into the costly general election campaign. Advisers provided no proof of the transactions and would not explain the apparent sell-off.A financial disclosure form filed last year showed Trump held a small amount of stock in Energy Transfer Partners and at least $100,000 in the energy company Phillips 66, which also is involved in the Dakota Access project. Last month, the Army declined to issue a permit for the pipeline to cross a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota. Trump supports construction of the pipeline, and aides say he will review the project after taking office.Perry would not have authority to intervene directly with the pipeline, which is opposed by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and many environmental groups.The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is expected to hold a hearing on Perry’s nomination next week. read more

Brock professor receives highest academic honour

English Language and Literature professor Elizabeth Sauer is among 90 fellows elected to the Royal Society of Canada.English Language and Literature professor Elizabeth Sauer is passionate about promoting scholarship in general – and humanities research in particular – in the wider Canadian society. Sauer is among 90 fellows elected to the Royal Society of Canada.Canada’s top academic body announced its new fellows Sept. 9. One of the country’s foremost scholars of John Milton and 17th-century literature, Sauer earlier this year published Milton, Toleration and Nationhood. Sauer’s definitive book arose from her 2009 Killam Research Fellowship, a prestigious award bestowed by the Canada Council for the Arts.Sauer says her new RSC fellowship will enable her to take her research to the next level.“Election to the Royal Society of Canada is truly an honour and the strongest validation one can receive as a researcher, and it really inspires a greater desire to help others develop their research profiles, which I’m striving to do.“When universities were established centuries ago, the humanities was at the centre of the institution. It should still assume that place of importance,” Sauer says, adding that humanities scholarship and education enable people to become “better citizens – more informed, engaged, critically minded, and open-minded. What is more valuable than that?”In its statement, the Royal Society of Canada noted that “election to the academies of the Royal Society of Canada is the highest honour a scholar can achieve in the Arts, Humanities and Sciences.”The association notes that fellows are elected by their peers “in recognition of outstanding scholarly, scientific and artistic achievement.”“We are proud of the many accomplishments of our outstanding researcher Elizabeth Sauer; this is an honour well deserved,” says Brock President and Vice-Chancellor Jack Lightstone. “Through the bestowing of this prestigious academic recognition, Elizabeth and other Brock University scholars and researchers continue to make deep and meaningful contributions to the development of our region, country and beyond.”Sauer is the sixth RSC fellow from Brock University. Last year, chemist Tomas Hudlicky was elected fellow. The others are Barry Grant (Film Studies, 2010), Sandra Beckett (Literature, 2004), Kenneth Kernaghan (emeritus, Political Science, 1998), and Richard Rand (emeritus, Biological Sciences, 1993).Brock’s Vice President Research Gary Libben became a fellow during his term at the University of Alberta. The RSC will officially welcome Sauer at its annual general meeting in November.The Royal Society of Canada: The Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada was established in 1882 as the senior Canadian collegium of distinguished scholars, artists and scientists. The primary objective of the society is to promote learning and research in the arts, the humanities and the natural and social sciences. read more

Cambridge University to offer poor students year long free course to give

Cambridge University is to offer disadvantaged students a year of free tuition after their A-levels to give them a “leg up”.The “Transitional Year” programme will be for bright but poor pupils who are offered a place to study at Cambridge but fail to achieve good enough grades in their A-levels to meet their offer.Professor Sir Stephen Toope, the university’s vice-Chancellor said that his message for these students is: “Here’s an opportunity for you to come to Cambridge for a period of time for free  – we are not going to ask them to pay, we are working with philanthropists to fund this programme – so that we have access to people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to come here for that extra year.“We are aware of the pressure that that would place on them. And we give them the opportunity to really just get a leg up to work with some of our academics to make sure that if they are finally admitted to Cambridge they are really ready for the programme.”   –– ADVERTISEMENT ––Cambridge and other elite universities are under pressure to widen access and make sure students from poorer backgrounds are not put off from applying. “Cambridge can’t be an excellent university if it is not open to talent wherever that talent is found, all across the UK from every ethnicity and indeed from around the world,” Prof Toope told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.  “One of the issues is the creation of foundation programmes. So we want to ensure that people who really have the talent but might just not have had the same advantages as some others have the opportunity to get a leg up and get admitted into Cambridge.”This week Prof Toope announced a £500 million fundraising drive to pay for the Transition Yea programme, as well as scholarships, bursaries and mental health provisions.One of Oxford’s colleges, Lady Margaret Hall, has created a fully funded foundation year in which students study  and then apply for a place at the university or another leading institution. The Office for Students (OFS) had asked Cambridge to provide a “robust evaluation” of its existing bursaries system. Most students do not know about bursaries until they apply and are accepted.  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. Cambridge admissions tutors already take into account a student’s socio-economic background when making offers Cambridge admissions tutors already take into account a student’s socio-economic background when making offers Professor Stephen Toope says some students need a 'leg up' Cambridge admissions tutors already take into account a student’s socio-economic background when making offers.  Students are assigned a “contextual flag” based on a number of factors, including if they come from a low-income household, if they have spent time in care, or if they have attended a low-performing school.Now this information will also be used as eligibility criteria for the new Transition Year programme, which the vice-Chancellor announced this week.  Sir Michael Barber, chair of the OFS has said that universities that fail to improve diversity will have their tuition fees slashed by a third. He said that he is “interested in results, not just plans”, adding that said if a university does not “keep its promises” to improve diversity he would reduce the tuition fees cap from £9,000 to £6,000. Prof Toope said the programme will not guarantee the students a place at Cambridge, but added: “What we will be able to pretty much guarantee is they will be able to go to a top university.”He said that tutors will assist students on the year-long programme to apply to other universities, so that if they do not “make the grade” for Cambridge, they would still have another place to go. Professor Stephen Toope says some students need a ‘leg up’ read more

Free refuse de parler dabandon du déploiement de la fibre optique

first_imgFree refuse de parler d’abandon du déploiement de la fibre optiqueSi des rumeurs font état d’une volonté de l’opérateur de ralentir les installations de fibre optique dans les immeubles, le numéro 2 du groupe assure que ce n’est pas le cas…Free a-t-il besoin de faire un peu souffler ses investissements dans la fibre optique après avoir beaucoup dépensé dans son offre de téléphonie mobile ? A cette question, le site spécialisé Zdnet semble répondre par la positive, pointant des détails comme l’abandon brutal dans certaines villes, comme Montpellier, du déploiement de la fibre en direct ou la plus simplement la baisse du nombre de foyers visités alors que Orange l’augmente durant la même période. Mais pour Maxime Lombardini, directeur général d’Iliad et numéro 2 de Free, invité à répondre sur le sujet par Zdnet, il n’est absolument pas question d’un abandon. À lire aussiDes faisceaux lumineux capables de transporter 2,5 térabits de données par seconde”Il n’y a pas de baisse de nos ambitions, ni ralentissement de nos investissements, au contraire, rétorque-t-il. On compte aujourd’hui, tout opérateurs confondus, environ 2 millions de logements éligibles au FTTH et moins de 200.000 logements raccordés, c’est à dire ayant concrètement souscrit à une offre de fibre optique”. Si les chiffres démontrent une baisse, c’est que le groupe veut avant tout se concentrer sur les immeubles qui ont déjà convenu d’un accord avant de passer à la suite. “Nous pensons qu’il est plus important de transformer les logements éligibles en logements raccordés plutôt que de chercher à signer le plus d’immeubles possible. Vu le taux de transformation encore trop faible, on se focalise d’abord sur les immeubles signés avant de chercher à en couvrir d’autres”, détaille Maxime Lombardini. Quant à la possibilité de profiter des investissements des autres opérateurs dans le secteur, il rejette cette idée d’un revers de la main : “A travers ces accords, nous payons également la fibre déployée par un autre, comme la réglementation le prévoit. Le risque est donc strictement le même et l’engagement financier aussi. Free est un de ceux qui investi le plus en fibre, avec près de 160 millions d’euros l’an passé”. La concurrence aurait quand même tort de ne pas se méfier… Le 6 avril 2012 à 09:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

We Swear Curse Words is Other Worldy

first_imgCurse Words, published by Image Comics, is the new series from superstar writer Charles Soule, who has done a ton of work at Marvel and DC in the past few years, and artist Ryan Browne, best known for his work on the comedic God Hates Astronauts. Browne’s work on GHA was a fan-favorite, getting it picked up from being a webcomic to being published at Image. Now, he reunites with Soule for a new series, a story of magic in New York City, with all of the best qualities of both creators.Curse Words #1(W) Charles Soule (A) Ryan Browne, Jordan Boyd“THE DEVIL’S DEVIL,” Part One The new ongoing series from CHARLES SOULE (Daredevil, Death of Wolverine, Star Wars) and RYAN BROWNE (GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS) is COMING FOR YOU! A wizard has appeared in New York City, and he’s casting wonderful spells, getting famous, getting rich-it’s great! But it’s not. This wizard has everyone fooled. He is actually an EVIL WIZARD, and EVIL THINGS are on the way. CURSE WORDS is a gonzo modern fantasy, full of darkness, light…and MAGIC.While Gods Hates Astronauts had its fanbase, I personally never really got into it. Comedy is hard to do in comics, and it’s very rare that it works. Comedy is relative, and while comics can utilize visual humor easily, it’s a lot harder for a joke to be told, which is where God Hates fell off for me. Curse Words works better to Browne’s strengths, with all of the humor coming off of the setup and characters. Talking koalas, the clashing of the wizard aesthetic with modern day New York, and Browne’s use of brighter colors all add to the tone of the book.The book works really, really well, and I chalk a lot of that up to Soule’s work on the book. A solid premise, script, characters and Soule’s sensibilities bring Browne’s eccentricity down to earth. Soule is no stranger to comics with a lighter tone, with his work on Marvel’s She-Hulk being a personal favorite of mine. He constantly puts out a ton of books at Marvel and DC, and while I cannot always get down with his work, it is nice to see him let loose on a creator-owned project, the last example of which that I can remember is his work on the Letter 44 series for Oni Press.Curse Words #1 is an unyielding debut issue for Soule and Browne, two creators that I am not always hot on. It’s epic with just the right amount of silly, and unlike anything else coming out currently. Written by Charles Soule with art by Ryan Browne, Curse Words #1 is published by Image Comics and releases  in print and online at Comixology.com next Wednesday, January 18th.last_img read more

Tesla EV Catches Fire After Colliding With Tow Truck in Moscow

first_imgReportedly cruising at the speed limit (62 mph), the 41-year-old financial market expert and his two children suffered minor injuries: he broke his leg, while the kids were bruised.All three escaped the vehicle before the blast.Tesla has long stood by safety claims for its electric vehicles, repeatedly reminding owners that Autopilot is “intended for use with a fully attentive driver, who has their hands on the wheel and is prepared to take over at any time.”But that hasn’t stopped people from dying.Last year, Apple engineer Walter Huang died when his Autopilot-engaged Model X crashed into a traffic barrier in California. His family in May filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Tesla, claiming the self-driving feature was “defective.”Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Watch: Tesla Delivers 95,200 cars in Q2, Breaking RecordMore on Geek.com:Tesla Adds Netflix, YouTube Streaming to In-Car ContentTesla Driver Appears Asleep While Car Runs Autopilot on LA FreewayElon Musk Unveils New Tesla Model Y Vehicle Coming in 2020 Stay on target Software Engineer Embedded Tesla Model 3 Key Fob In ArmTesla Adds Netflix, YouTube Streaming to In-Car Content center_img A Tesla electric vehicle on Saturday caught fire after crashing into a tow truck on a Moscow motorway.In a video posted to Instagram by user gagorun (below), you can see two small explosions in quick succession, engulfing the car in flames and smoke.Oddly, no one seems too bothered by the eruption: Neither the videographer nor their chauffeur makes a sound; other passersby continue down the road, as if nothing happened.State-run news agency RIA shared a clip of the Tesla Model 3 traveling in the left lane of Moscow’s Ring Road (MKAD), before colliding with a tow truck parked by a safety fence around 9 p.m. Moscow time.Driver Alexei Tretyakov told REN TV that he was in Autopilot drive assistance mode, still holding the steering wheel, when his Tesla Model 3 collided with the truck.last_img read more

VAR for World Cup not very clever – Blatter

first_imgSepp Blatter has critised the decision to allow the use of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) for the upcoming World Cup as “not very clever”The former FIFA president was very critical of his successor, Gianni Infantino, for permitting the use of the system with Blatter believing that the fans in Russia will not feel comfortable with it.“For a purist in football, as I am, I think it is an innovation which is going too fast,” said Blatter, according to the BBC.IranFan dies after setting herself on fire protesting Iran’s ban on women spectators Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 A young woman from Iran set, only publicly known as The Blue Girl for the color of her favorite club Esteghlal, has died from her injuries after protesting Iran’s ban on female fans.“Most of the referees have never worked this system. To go to the World Cup and introduce this system in the World Cup, I think it is not very clever.“I don’t feel comfortable, definitely not, and spectators don’t feel comfortable.”Previously Blatter was the FIFA president for 17 years, before being removed from the post after a corruption scandal in 2015. The 82 year-old is currently serving a reduced six year ban from sporting competitions.last_img read more

CARICOM welcomes Ban Ki Moon at Barbados conclave

first_img Barbados Prime Minister speaks to country ahead of Tropical Storm Dorian; said country is preparing for 6-12 feet storm surge Multi-millionaire Barbados businessmen arrested in $3m drug bust, yacht suspected in drug trafficking Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 02 Jul 2015 – CARICOM today welcomed the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon when its two day summit opened in Bridgetown, Barbados.Among the major issues on the agenda is the ongoing saga between the Dominican Republic and its recent stance on generations of Haitians living in that country. The move to deport tens of thousands of Haitians said to be without proper status has caused outbreaks of violence and comments of outrage in the international community. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Ban Ki Moon, barbados, CARICOM, United Nations Recommended for you UN SG is Special Guest at Opening Ceremony for CARICOM Heads Meeting Wednesdaylast_img read more

Local Tea Company gets endorsement from Grace Bay Resort

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrace Bay Resorts is the first company to throw grand endorsement behind the newly formed Caicos Tea Company which is a labor of love says owner and tea maker, Donna Gardiner. “A really really awesome day for me, i’m super excited that Caicos Teas will now be available at Grace Bay Club.  The company we have six flavors of teas, Grace Bay Club has today on offer, four flavors.  Our six flavors are Soursop, Fevergrass, our Soursop and Fevergrass blend, we do a Maranga Mint, we do Mint and the ever popular Caicos Sunshine blend, which is a blend of citrus, fevergrass and mint.  It’s everyone’s favorite, it’s kind of a nostalgic for Turks and Caicos.”The Bottle Creek, North Caicos company is actually taking local leaves and making flavorful island teas and already there are six flavors which have been boxed; as many as 10,000 boxes since the company started early this year.David Bowen, who is the Wellness and Culture Director at Grace Bay Club said now the four teas including Moranga and Fever Grass are a part of tea time at GBC.  “Often our guest come to the hotel, and they spend their days swimming and eating and dining.  And a lot of times they go back home tired from their vacation. So part of what I do beyond yoga and meditation I also want to bring the tea in to give them that boost so when they get back home, they feel good about their vacation.  And we also want to educate our guest about our culture and our heritage through our bush teas.” Trina Smith of the Invest Turks and Caicos Agency was on hand to lend support, congratulating Gardiner on her inattentiveness.  You can find the teas at stores in the Grace Bay area; soon to come is a tea tour, which will prove to be a delicious new attraction in North Caicos.  The Director of Agriculture was also at the announcement. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Ridgefield council race gets new life

first_img With less than a week remaining before general election ballots are due, the race for Ridgefield Council Position 1 is becoming unexpectedly lively.Tim Wilson, a Battle Ground police sergeant, announced earlier in the month his write-in candidacy against Mayor Ron Onslow for the incumbent’s council spot. In Ridgefield, the mayor is selected from within city council. That means if Onslow loses his council position, his colleagues will have to replace him as mayor from within their ranks.Both candidates have been actively campaigning since a website announcing Wilson’s candidacy went live at the beginning of the month.Onslow, a six-year city council veteran who was running unopposed before Wilson’s announcement, is taking the competition in stride, even as his supporters work to resurrect a campaign they thought was in the bag.Wilson’s decision to run came as a surprise to Onslow, he said, considering the mayor had never seen the political newcomer at any city events.“When I put out calls for volunteers, I never see him,” Onslow said. “If he’s running for a position on council, you would think he would involve himself on some things in the city.”He questioned how Wilson could know what the city needs if he doesn’t show up for meetings or volunteer events.Part of Wilson’s prior reluctance to get involved in Ridgefield’s political scene was because of his position as a sergeant for the Battle Ground Police Department, he said. Ron OnslowRidgefield mayorlast_img read more

Former Haines Exchange Student Now Living In War Zone

first_imgFrom his bedroom window, Haytham Mohanna took this photo of Israeli flares about a week ago. (Photo by Haytham Mohanna)Just days after exchange student Haytham Mohanna made the long journey from Southeast Alaska to his home in the Gaza Strip, the conflict between Israel and Hamas escalated into war.Haytham lived and studied in Haines through a U.S. Department of State program that brings students from Muslim countries to America.Download AudioTwo months ago, 17-year-old Haytham Mohanna was kayaking in Sunshine Cove and hiking to the Mendenhall Glacier ice caves in Juneau.Now, Haytham is home in Gaza City spending his summer break in a war zone.“Every minute we are expecting a bomb. When we hear a near bomb, we are saying that our house is going to be the next one,” Haytham says.His family has an emergency bag packed with their identification and other important documents. If they get a call that their house will be bombed, they’re ready to evacuate.Haytham Mohanna attended Haines High School during last school year. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)“My family is lucky ‘til now that nobody died and they didn’t see anyone dying,” Haytham says.At the moment, he is living with 14 people – his parents, grandmother, three siblings and his aunt’s family.“Her house kind of is near the tanks and the bombs, so she’s scared and ran away from there and she came to our house,” Haytham says.His parents and siblings sleep on the floor, while his aunt’s family shares the six beds in the house. It’s crowded, but up to 50 people have stayed in the house during other wars. This is Haytham’s third.Haytham says they haven’t had electricity for more than a week. His family has their own gas-run generator, which they turn on to charge flashlights, laptops and phones. They also use it to pump water to the house.Without a refrigerator, Haytham’s father takes the risk of going to the market a few times a week.“In the U.S. we had fulltime electricity, we have water all the time, we have freedom to go anywhere. But here, I can be scared to go out to get the trash out of the house and I’ll be scared if I’m going to go to our neighbors’ to drink some tea or something. It’s really hard to get out, even from the house,” Haytham says.The last time Haytham went outside was more than 10 days ago during a ceasefire. It lasted six hours.“I went to hang out with my friends. We tried to go and get a haircut but the places were very crowded so we didn’t have a haircut,” he says.Everyone was in the streets.“People were happy, you know, just going out from their houses. Not really happy, just relief, you know,” he says.Haytham says days pass inside the house doing nothing and he loses track of the date. He only sleeps between 5 and 10 a.m. when bombs are less frequent. He says there are more bombs at night.Inside, Haytham says his family still occasionally laughs.“But it’s not the laugh that comes from the heart. We just laugh to let my 6-year-old brother to laugh and feel that he’s safe and we’re not in danger,” he says.Haytham has mixed feelings toward the U.S. due to its relationship with Israel. The U.S. provides Israel with $3 billion in foreign military financing annually, according to the Department of State.Haytham misses living in Haines, but he says, “I can’t really wish to be there right now. My country now needs me. If everyone wishes to be outside, nobody is going to be in Gaza. There should be people staying in Gaza so they can protect it and after the war, they can build it.”Haytham is supposed to start his senior year of high school at the end of the month. But, he says, schools have delayed opening. Even if the war ends soon, it’ll still take time to repair.Related content:Differences between U.S. & Gaza Strip? Weather and freedomOrigami peace peacock finds a home in the state capitolForum@360: Middle East to SoutheastHaytham Mohanna on Photographylast_img read more

Arrest warrant issued against Shashi Tharoor over controversial Hindu Pakistan jibe

first_img[Representational Image] IANSAn arrest warrant was issued against Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday by a Kolkata court over a remark made by him in 2018 on ‘Hindu Pakistan’.A Kolkata Metropolitan Magistrate issued the arrest warrant against Tharoor after Sumeet Chowdhary, a lawyer, filed a case against him under Section 153A/295A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 2 of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971, claiming that his controversial comments had hurt the religious sentiments of people and was an insult to India.The Congress MP from Kerala’s capital Thiruvananthapuram had claimed that India would become like Pakistan for Hindus if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.In July 2018, Tharoor, while addressing an event at Thiruvananthapuram, said that if the BJP won the 2019 LS elections, it will destroy the Indian Constitution and create a new one that will be based on Hindu Rashtra principles, where the rights of minorities will not be respected and it will lead to the creation of a “Hindu Pakistan”.”The new one will be the one which will enshrine principles of Hindu Rashtra, that will remove equality for minorities, that will create a Hindu Pakistan and that isn’t what Mahatama Gandhi, Nehru, Sardar Patel, Maulana Azad and great heroes of freedom struggle fought for,” he had said during the event.”The BJP already has more than 20 states under their belt, so a Rajya Sabha majority looks near… Now if they could muster what they managed during the last Lok Sabha polls, India is done for,” he had added.However, Tharoor did not apologise for his comments even after BJP lashed out against him for the controversial remark. He defended his comment on social media claiming that the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) idea of a ‘Hindu Rashtra’ was the mirror image of Pakistan. “We want to preserve India and not turn our beloved country into a Hindu version of Pakistan,” he wrote on Facebook on 12 July 2018. The Court had issued a summons to him last year but he did not appear for the hearing, following which the court has issued a warrant against him.last_img read more

Pope can help but Rohingyas have to go back Dhaka archbishop

first_imgPatrick D`RozarioThe top Catholic official in Bangladesh hopes pope Francis’s visit there and to Myanmar will bolster moves to alleviate the Rohingya refugee crisis that has put the neighbouring nations in the global spotlight.Despite last week’s deal to return to Myanmar some of the hundreds of thousands of people housed in the world’s largest refugee camp, on the Bangladesh side of the border, cardinal Patrick D’Rozario warns that the situation remains both explosive and tough to resolve.”I am hopeful the Rohingya can be returned to Myanmar,” D’Rozario, the archbishop of Dhaka, told AFP in an interview ahead of Francis’s visit. “The international community wants it and the Holy Father’s visit will prepare the minds and hearts of many,” he said.The UN’s refugee agency has said the conditions for a safe return of Rohingya to Myanmar’s Rakhine state are not in place and Bangladesh indicated Saturday that the plan was for them to be housed in temporary shelters initially.Despite the difficult backdrop, D’Rozario is looking forward to the visit of the pontiff who made him a cardinal in 2016, in a first for Bangladesh and its tiny community of 360,000 Catholics.- ‘They have to go back’ -Francis arrives in Myanmar on Monday and will fly Thursday to Bangladesh. His schedule does not include a visit to the vast refugee camp but he is due to meet with a small group of Rohingya in Dhaka, the Bangladeshi capital.”The cries of the Rohingya are the cries of humanity,” D’Rozario said. “These cries ought to be heard and addressed.”The archbishop spent two days in the camp himself, speaking to families forced from their homes in Rakhine state by a campaign of orchestrated violence and intimidation condemned as ethnic cleansing by much of the international community.”The main thing is to tell the people ‘We are on your side’,” he says, adding how he takes inspiration from Francis’s oft-repeated description of the Church’s role as being like that of a field hospital.Caritas, the Church’s humanitarian arm, is helping to feed 40,000 families in the refugee camp, an estimated total of around 300,000 people.”Can you imagine? A small church like ours! Working with the Rohingya and taking care of a third of the refugees… our little church!”Despite his pride in the pivotal role Bangladesh’s small Christian minority has been able to play in the crisis, the cardinal admits the outlook is not good.”I don’t think Bangladesh can take care of the Rohingya in the long term,” he said.”They have to go back but they will not go back unless there is certainty on their security, their citizenship, their right to land, right to shelter and also a mental security.- Social tensions -“The international response for relief has been satisfactory but how long will it last for? Generosity will not continue to flow as it did in the initial phase of the crisis.”Overcrowded, impoverished Bangladesh deserves praise for its efforts to accommodate the refugees, D’Rozario added.But inevitably there will be tensions because of the impact of the latest Rohingya influx on local tribal groups.”There are a lot of tensions, social tensions. Land is not available. It’s a very densely populated country, physically they don’t have any space.”I admire the local people (for their restraint), the population has more than doubled.”There are environmental issues with all the trees cut to make shelters. There will be landslides when there is big rain.”It is not possible for Bangladesh alone to tackle this. The future looks very bleak.”last_img

Man Charged in the Killing of His ExGirlfriend

first_imgBy Michelle Richardson, Special to the AFROA 32-year-old Queen Anne’s County man was recently arrested and charged with killing his ex-girlfriend last week, according to Baltimore Police.Arnold Johnson of the 700 block of Oystercove Drive in Grasonville, was charged with Killing Maryann Wellington 29, of the 4900 block of Goodnow Road in Northeast Baltimore.Arnold Johnson, 32, of Prince George’s County was charged recently in the killing of his ex-girlfriend in Baltimore. (Courtesy Photo)Wellington was found Feb. 15 with gunshot wounds to her head and chest.She was pronounced dead at the scene.Wellington was a mother to a three-year-old son but police did not say if her son was at home at the time.It is not known if Johnson is the father of the child.Friends, coworkers, and family expressed their grief on Wellington’s social media accounts when notified of her murder.“This News is truly heartbreaking. You were one of the sweetest people ever at Pimlico, and a great friend. May you live on forever in our thoughts as your soul casts its magic throughout this universe. May the Lord comfort your family and loved ones. Farewell Maryann. Til we meet again…”A user named Tash Morgan wrote, “Never thought I would ever be saying this. Lord knows it hurts so bad. R.I.P. Baby sis.”, read one post.“This is the second killing I seen of a woman in 24 hours by the hands of a man. This really saddens me because you never truly know what goes on inside soles household. Women need to stop being afraid to speak up when their life is feeling threatened. People need to stop ignoring the signs when you suspect a loved one being abused. We can’t keep losing mothers, sisters, aunties, friends because of fear. If you are experiencing abuse, there is help. I’ve been there so I can point you in the right direction. If you suspect a loved one being abused- Speak Up!! You might just save a life,” wrote Tasha Chance, a Baltimore based Domestic Violence activist.Johnson, was transported to the Baltimore Central Booking & Intake Center and charged with first and second degree murder.Attorney information was not available for Johnson in online court records.A viewing for Wellington is scheduled for March 1, from 4:00 p.m-7:00 p.m. at Marzullo Funeral Chapel at 6900 Harford Road.Wake and service will be held March 2, at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at Bethel United Church At 2301 Mayfield Avenue.last_img read more