Cyclone Fani tears down artists’ village in Odisha

first_imgRarely has artist Bijoy Mohapatra, 40, remained idle in recent memory. But with Cyclone Fani tearing down this artists’ village, part of the coastal district of Puri, Mr. Mohapatra and his ilk is struggling to come to terms with the damage. When the cyclone made landfall on the morning of May 3, two front wooden doors of his house could not withstand the ferocity of the wind and his entire body of work was exposed to the lashing rain. “We found ourselves helpless before the intensity of the storm. Instead of shifting the ‘Pattachitra’ to a safer place, our priority was to save our own lives,” said Bijoy.One rain-defaced 5ft x 3ft sized Pattachitra, a traditional cloth-based scroll painting, narrated the Krishna Leela while another told the story of Ganesha. It had taken six months each for Mr. Mohapatra and his father, Banamali Mohapatra, a master craftsman, to complete them. The two damaged Pattachitras could have fetched them more than ₹20,000 each. As he showed more soiled artworks, his father’s face looked emotionless. “To recreate these artworks, we require motivation as well as funds,” the father lamented.About 10 metres away, Brundaban Swain wad waiting to show what he had lost to Fani. “The Pattachitras are known for its intricate designs. Once torn, one can neither mend it nor sell it. What we have lost is energy, patience and earnings,” said Brundaban. Almost everyone in the village with 140 families of artists have different stories to tell.Raghurajpur has been identified as a heritage village because of the traditional works ranging from Pattachitra to paper mask and wooden carvings to dolls. The village, which usually witnesses an overflow of tourists who queue up to buy the artwork, has not see a single tourist since the day Fani struck. “The input cost is likely to jump. For example, the palm trees have been damaged severely and those who supply palm leaves wil now charge double the price. Similarly, it would be difficult to find traditional adhesives,” said Mr. Mohapatra .last_img read more

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Audit report reveals irregularities within scam-hit Vyapam

first_imgFor at least two financial years after the Vyapam scam was uncovered in Madhya Pradesh in July 2013, administrative and financial irregularities running into crores of rupees continued unchecked within the examination board, reveals an audit report.Glaring irregularities such as unjustified recruitment of volunteers, posting of security guards hired by Vyapam at private bungalows, recruitment of officials on fake community certificates, and the use of whitener and overwriting in cash books, have come to the fore in the audit report for 2013-2014 and 2014-2015.The Directorate of Local Fund Audit of the Department of Finance in its report submitted to Vyapam in 2017 stated such irregularities “were an open invitation to fraud and embezzlement”. In almost all the instances of financial irregularities, it said “related persons/officials” had to repay the board for the funds used. The Hindu is in possession of a copy of the report.Scam rekindledThe scam has been rekindled as State Home Minister Bala Bachchan recently said the government did not possess the anonymous letter received by the Indore Police on June 20, 2013, that blew the lid off the scam. The scam involved 13 different examinations conducted by the Vyapam or the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board for recruitment to government jobs and admissions to educational institutions in the State. In August 2013, the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government constituted a Special Task Force to probe the scam. The Central Bureau of Investigation took over in July 2015.In the two years, while the STF was investigating the scam, several officials were recruited to the board on a false premise. “The board, a respectable organisation which recruits personnel in other Departments, itself has recruited personnel on fake SC/ST certificates, which shows the absence of vigilance within it,” says the report. ‘Against rules’Moreover, the team noted that in 2013-2014 and 2014-2015, the board hired volunteers and daily wage workers “against the rules and in an objectionable way” and paid them ₹1,21,94,751 as salary. “It is unclear which work were the volunteers required for, in what numbers and of what category. It is unclear through which process they were recruited and for how long, whether there were vacancies and the work done by them monitored,” says the report. “In the absence of permission from the government to create posts for these volunteers, the payment made to these volunteers stands nullified and should be recovered from individual payers,” says the report. The report says ₹14,25,952 was paid to 23 volunteers in 2013-2014 and 13 in 2014-2015, although they had “not signed against their names” in the attendance records. Notes from officials The volunteers received their salaries based on notes sent by higher officials. “In the records, in some places in front of their names ‘Secretary’ or ‘honourable Minister’ was found to be written,” the report reveals. In 2013-2014, as much as ₹2,14,925 was paid to guards of Krishna Security, a Bhopal-based firm, from the board’s coffers, but they were posted at private houses and bungalows. ‘Neglect of duty’ Moreover, in the cash books of the financial years audited, says the report, several figures under the cash and bank columns had been changed using whitener or by overwriting, without being attested by the competent authority. The team noted that the use of whitener “could make fraud possible and thereby damage the credibility of the board”. “The scam wouldn’t have happened in the first place if there was an internal audit of confidential payments,” said State Law Minister P.C. Sharma. He said he was not aware of the audit report.last_img read more

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CWG Village: Scribes face tough time

first_imgEven as the visiting athletes and international delegates are enjoying some “excellent” food at Commonwealth Games Village, the army of media persons, who are there at the venue for the coverage, are virtually left starving.Due to security reasons, no one is allowed to enter the Games Village with any food item and to add to their woes there are no food counters for the journalists even inside the Village, which has left them live on just tea and biscuits.A vending machine, serving tea and coffee, at the media centre, are the only things available to the scribes.About 30 mediapersons are always present at the media centre, while several others are stationed at the International Zone, where one can only get some maggie, chocolates and cold drinks but there also, a scribe has access for only 45 minutes.”We had asked the volunteers to make some food available to us. We also told them that we would pay for it but they claimed that the orders will have to come from the higher ranks,” said a journalist.Journalists and cameramen, who are stationed at entry gate, do not even have access to water. They have to depend on the volunteers if they need some.The unavailability of food is not the only problem the journalists are facing, some of them, who failed to collect their accreditation cards earlier, have also complained that they were denied data cards, which were distributed earlier along with the accreditation cards.”It’s annoying,” said one senior scribe.advertisementThings might have been improving in the Games Village but journalists are still having tough times.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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London Olmypics: India loses to South Africa 2-3 in hockey

first_imgIndian Hockey team touched a new low by finishing at the bottom of the competition after being beaten 3-2 by South Africa in the 11-12 place classification match at the Olympic Games on Saturday. This was the sixth straight loss at the Riverbank Arena for the Indian team, who made a return to the Olympics after failing to qualify for the 2008 Games in Beijing.The previous lowest position that the country had occupied was eighth at the 1996 Atlanta Games.For South Africa, Andrew Cronje (8th minute), Timothy Drummond (34th) and Lloyd Norris-Jones (65th) sounded the board, while Sandeep Singh (14th) and Dharamvir Singh (67th) scored for India.India had finished 11th at the 2006 World Cup in Monchengladbach against the same opponents but this time, their South African rivals turned the table.It was in the capital of Great Britain that the Indian hockey team had clinched the 1948 Olympic gold medal in what was independent India’s first major international sporting achievement.Thirty-eight years later, when London was the venue of the 1986 World Cup, the Indian team was pushed to the bottom of the 12-team competition, losing the playoff to Pakistan for the last spot.last_img read more

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SPORT-T20 TARE 2 LAST

first_imgTare, who came into prominence with his inclusion as the Tare, who came into prominence with his inclusion as the reserve keeper for IPL side Mumbai Indians six years ago, described how he has gradually cemented his place in the Ranji side as the first choice keeper. “I enjoy playing four-day cricket. Ranji Trophy means a world to me. When I started, I never thought I would play Ranji Trophy for Mumbai. Discipline, hard work and dedication has brought me (to this level). T20 has upgaded my cricket. “MI gave me contract when I was 22 in 2010. I got to see and play with Sachin Tendulkar, Sanath Jayasuriya, Shaun Pollock and a lot of great international cricketers. I got to know what standard I was at and what standard I need to be to do something substantial in my career. “I had (then) played only one Ranji Trophy game, a rain-affected game when Wasim Jaffer scored 150. I was dropped from the Mumbai team and then I was part of one-day and T20 teams,” he said. “My dream was to play Ranji Trophy. Even in MI, I was always the second wicket keeper. I lacked a lot of quality in my wicket keeping. I was fortunate in meeting (former India stumper and ex-chief selector) Kiran More who plays a major role in my wicketkeeping. T20 has changed me personally. “I learnt a lot of things, used the opportunity in sitting on the bench to become a better wicket keeper. Even in age group cricket, I was a second wicket keeper. After a lot of hard work, I got the chance to play for Mumbai and I am proud that in four seasons that I have played, we have won the Ranji Trophy twice – the highlight of my career (so far),” he added. PTI SSR ARS AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

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Bigg Boss 12 Day 16 written update: Srishty accuses Shivashish of singing an indecent song, Anup splits with Jasleen

first_imgEquations are changing rapidly in Bigg Boss 12 house with each task. If Samudri Lootere turned Dipika into a villain in the eyes of the housemates, the nomination task brought out the unseen side of Anup Jalota too. The bhajan singer in last night’s episode dropped a bomb when he announced that he’s breaking up with Jasleen as she loves her clothes more than him, shocking everyone. The tiff between Srishty and Shivashish took an ugly turn when the latter sang a lewd song for the former and refused to apologise.Here’s what happened last night.In continuation with the nomination task, Karanvir kidnapped Urvashi and called Deepak in a very filmy style that if he wanted to rescue his partner, he will have to shave off his head, beard, and every part of the body barring eyebrows. Deepak was sporting enough to immediately accept his demand and didn’t even call him to negotiate. He started with shaving off his legs, and used trimmer to shave half of his head himself and took Saurabh’s help to get rid of the rest of hair.Bigg Boss 12: Not Deepak Thakur, Urvashi Vani is in a relationship with this mystery boy?Dipika spoke to Jasleen saying she didn’t intend to hurt her and she only did it for the task. Jasleen asked if she has anything against her, and she denies. The two hug it out and end their feud.Wild card entry Surbhi Rana seems to be trying too hard to add some spice to the show by adding fuel to the fire. She first clashes with Dipika and asked her that everyone could see her inhuman side in Samudri Lootere task. Dipika however did not get provoked.advertisementSrishty is then asked by Bigg Boss to kidnap Saurabh and she calls up Shivashish to bring all the clothes of their jodi and remove all his body hair including head. Shiv called her to re-negotiate and asks if he could keep a couple of brand new clothes and she agrees saying he would have to destroy all his perfumes with a hammer. While Shiv believes Srishty really meant to destroy their personal belongings, Srishty is just pulling his leg and tells Saurabh that she wants to get nominated. Shiv surrenders all his clothes and asks Srishty how she wants them destroyed and she tries to tell him that he doesn’t need to as she wants to put her name for nomination. Shiv is not ready to hear and a scream-fest starts between the two.Housemates try to pacify both of them as the next leg of the task starts.Sreesanth is asked to kidnap Saba and calls Somi. He tells her to cut her hair short in a boy cut, colour her hair, and destroy all her clothes. Somi gets teary-eyed by his demands. Sree later asks Saba if she has ever cut her hair this short and she denies. On renegotation, Sree changes his demand and says Somi just needs to cut 1 inch of hair.Neha asks Sree if he has forgiven her, and he says I don’t keep anything in heart. Neha says I missed joking with you. Sree says you broke my heart. Neha then warns Sree that Deepak wants him to maintain distance from everybody, and is quite possessive about him, and Sree agrees saying he’s behaving like a typical psycho character.Khan sisters in their midnight chat session are disussing Surbhi saying that if she continues with her way, they will have to clash with her. Deepak, Urvashi also tell Romil that his partner is looking for excuses to pick fights.Surbhi talks to Jasleen saying that she could feel her pain as a girl but she wonders why she patched up with Dipika. Jasleen avoids the discussion saying she forgives, but never forgets. Jasleen later tells Somi that when Dipika is behaving so nicely with her, how can she be wrong with her. Surbhi on the other hand is seen instigating Anup about Jasleen. Anup is still not over the task and tells Romil that Jasleen should have at least surrendered her clothes and maybe Dipika wouldn’t have destroyed them. Romil says he should break up on the show. Sree, however, defends Jasleen saying she’s a girl and what would she wear.Srishty on breakfast table sings a song “he’s such a loser” which doesn’t go unnoticed by Shiv. He replies by singing a song with double meaning lyrics.Anup finally makes the big announcement at the breakfast table. He says that he really felt bad that Jasleen gave more importance to her makeup and clothes than him. He says from now onwards, he will play alone and that he’s breaking his jodi and all relations with Jasleen. He says that you get to know a depth of a person in tasks like these and that she had to give away her makeup not her life.advertisementWhile everyone tries to pacify Anupji and asks him to reconsider his decision, he is unmoved. Housemates are however appalled that Surbhi is supporting Anup ji and even instigating him.Srishty is later seen sharing with housemates that Shiv sang a lewd song to her. Sree lends support to her saying it wasn’t right for Shiv to say those words.Srishty, Neha, Karanvir and Jasleen, however feel that Srishty started it first by provoking him. Neha tells Srishty why she instigated him and gave him a chance to score points, while Srishty says she stands by her point that he shouldn’t have used indecent words. Sree asks Shiv to apologise to her, but the latter declines.last_img read more

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Guardiola accepts Delph sending off

first_imgManchester City ‘It’s a red card’ – Guardiola accepts Delph sending off after Man City’s FA Cup exit Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 08:08 2/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Manchester City FA Cup Wigan Athletic v Manchester City Wigan Athletic Videos The 28-year-old’s red card in a shock 1-0 defeat at Wigan seemed to enrage the manager, but the Catalan was accepting afterward Pep Guardiola had no complaints over Fabian Delph’s red card after Manchester City crashed out of the FA Cup with a 1-0 defeat to Wigan Athletic.Will Grigg’s 79th-minute goal gave Paul Cook’s League One side a remarkable upset triumph, ending City’s hopes of an unprecedented quadruple in the process.Guardiola was involved in a heated exchange with Cook as tempers also boiled over on the field following Delph’s rash lunge on Latics midfielder Max Power during first-half stoppage time. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The City boss, who has urged officials to protect players from dangerous tackles after seeing his men on the receiving end over recent weeks, described the challenge that will rule Delph out of Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Arsenal as “unnecessary”.Asked for his thoughts on the incident at a post-match news conference, Guardiola replied: “Red card. It’s a red card, yeah.”For me it’s an unnecessary action and the referee decides when he decides. It can be a red card. We have to learn about that.”Guardiola was keen to dismiss any notion of lingering animosity from the touchline row, which he claimed stemmed from telling Cook to remain in his technical area.”Nothing, just [saying] ‘stay in his position’. That’s all,” said the Catalan, who quickly tired of questions on the subject.”Guys, if you want to ask me about football, ask me about football. Nothing happened in the tunnel, nothing happened with my colleague. Nothing.”It was just ‘please stay in your position’. That’s all.”Reflect, review and go again…John Stones on the importance of moving on and looking forward! #mancity pic.twitter.com/rgNjaydO0F — Manchester City (@ManCity) February 19, 2018 Claudio Bravo was brought in for his now customary appearance in goal for City’s domestic cup ties, while Nicolas Otamendi and Raheem Sterling were rested.It was otherwise a very strong City side that Wigan overcame, but Guardiola had no complaints over his team’s efforts.”I judge my team for the intentions, not for the results,” he added. “The intentions during the season, even today, were good.”We tried, 10 against 11, we created chances. Their keeper was good, we could not finish. Mentally it is hard fighting in four competitions and we did it.”The intentions were good and, after that, the result speaks for itself. 1-0 — congratulations to Wigan. Normally when I lose, my first words are always for the winner.”It [defeat] happened against Liverpool, it happened today, it will happen again. Congratulations to Wigan, all the best for the future.”last_img read more

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Audit firm wants MKO Grand Chief Harper to step aside poses threat

first_imgjbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarrera By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsForensic auditors investigating a northern Manitoba First Nation organization want its grand chief to step aside because he could “pose a threat” to  their probe, according to a letter obtained by APTN National News.Chiefs on Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak’s (MKO) executive committee requested Winnipeg firm Lazer Grant conduct a forensic audit of all the organization’s books citing concerns over Grand Chief David Harper’s financial management.MKO is facing a nearly million dollar deficit and Harper has been accused of trying to obstruct the audit. Harper is also accused of spending MKO funds on personal expenses, including for car repairs, three guitars and plane tickets for his girlfriend.The organization represents 30 northern Manitoba communities and many are among the poorest in the country.In a letter to Kelvin Lynxleg, MKO’s interim executive director, Lazer Grant requested Harper turn over his laptop, cell phone and any other MKO-owned electronic devices. The firm said Harper should be put on a “non-functioning paid leave-of absence” until the forensic probe ends. The firm recommended Harper be banned from entering MKO’s premises, accessing the organization’s accounting information and communicating with suppliers and vendors.Lazer Grant recommended Harper take a leave of absence because he posed a threat to the forensic audit, which had been hampered in the past by former staff members who turned over tampered electronic devices like their cell phones and laptops.“We recommend that MKO determine any other individuals that are perceived to pose a threat to the ongoing investigation,” said the letter signed by David Glass, a partner with Lazer Grant, and dated Tuesday.Lazer Grant recommended Harper also cease talking to the media.MKO and Harper could not be reached for comment Tuesday. Based on Harper’s recent statements, it remains unclear whether he would be compliant with any such requests.Harper conducted several media interviews last week to state he would ignore a resolution passed by chiefs at an MKO meeting in Norway House requesting he take a voluntary leave until the audit ended.The resolution, which was passed last Wednesday, demanded Harper take the voluntary leave or face a non-confidence vote at the next MKO meeting in September.In an interview with APTN National News, Harper said he did nothing wrong and expressed confidence he would be cleared.Harper, who has been accused of obstructing the forensic audit in the past, denied he ever tried to interfere with investigators.The forensic audit was originally launched last August to initially probe the contracts of a former director of finance who was paid $1.1 million between 2005 and 2011. Since then, chiefs on MKO’s executive council pushed to expand the forensic audit to include all the organization’s books, including those of its subsidiaries.Documents obtained by APTN National News show MKO was warned by an outside auditor the federal Aboriginal Affairs department could put the organization into co-management or third –party management if it didn’t get its spending under control, especially around travel and consultants.MKO’s accumulated deficit for the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2013, hit $976, 025. MKO also accumulated an operating deficit of $609,058 by March 31, 2013, which was a 71 per cent increase over the previous year’s operating deficit of $356,108.MKO, which received a denial of opinion from an auditor because it lacked proper accounting of its spending, was also warned to include a paper trail around its credit card use.Documents show that Harper used the organization’s money to pay for three guitars, car repairs, flights for his girlfriend and for members of a U.S.-based gospel music group to attend a jamboree, according to Visa statements and invoices obtained by APTN National News.Harper said the guitars were a Christmas gift to someone and that the car repairs and flights for his girlfriend came out of his pay.Harper has also faced criticism over his plan to sell clan memberships to sponsors as a way to raise money for the AFN election which MKO is hosting in Winnipeg this December.last_img read more

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UN official pays tribute to legacy of former SecretaryGeneral Dag Hammarskjöld

24 March 2011The values and ideas embodied by the former United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld – from championing human rights to promoting democracy to fighting poverty – remain more relevant than ever, half a century after his death, a senior UN official said today. Kiyo Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, told a forum in Espoo, Finland, dedicated to discussing the legacy of Mr. Hammarskjöld that the values he expressed when UN chief “remain unchallengeable” now, despite the enormous global changes of the past 50 years. “Moreover, the conscience that he inspired in the United Nations – of active service in the common interest – is now manifested in many of its greatest undertakings,” Mr. Akasaka told the Hanaforum, citing “the embrace of human rights, the fight against impunity, the spread of democratic principles, the preservation of our global commons” and the battle to attain the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by their target date of 2015. “This conscience is living and breathing. We see it most dramatically in the revolutionary changes taking place in the Middle East and North Africa.” Mr. Hammarskjöld was the second UN Secretary-General, serving from April 1953 until September 1961, when he was killed in a plane crash while trying to resolve a crisis in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize later that year. USG Kiyo Akasaka addresses Hanaforum in commemoration of Dag HammarskjöldMr. Akasaka said Mr. Hammarskjöld still inspired UN staff today with his view that our “fate is what we make of it,” but he added that for the world body to remain strong and to continue to make a difference, its 192 Member States need to demonstrate their active support. “It will continue to require that governments give priority to the general global good rather than to specific national interests. This is not an abstract statement. Member States and governments are composed of individuals – men and women – whose vision and compassion create the institutions and spirit that animates the United Nations. The United Nations is us. And the values that unite us must continue to be the ones that motivate the United Nations.” read more

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Secretary of MP accused of demanding sexual bribe

A Secretary of a Member of Parliament (MP) in the North has been accused of demanding sexual bribes from women in order to get their work done.Social media was abuzz with the purported Facebook conversation between the secretary of the Tamil National Alliance MP and a woman. The woman then says that she is not prepared to go to that level to obtain the letter.The secretary says he will give the letter only if he meets her in the room and that even her husband will not hear about it. The woman in the conversation asks for a letter from the secretary to give her husband.The secretary says he is prepared to obtain the letter from the MP provided she meets him in a hotel room for a night. The secretary has however denied that such a conversation took place. (Colombo Gazette)

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Three youth arrested over seminude pics further remanded

The photographs show a group of local men with their pants down and bare chested posing for the camera.A complaint had been lodged with the Police over the photographs. Three youth who were arrested over semi-nude photographs taken on the Pidurangala rock have been further remanded till October 10.The Police had launched an investigation into the semi-nude photos appearing on social media, taken on the Pidurangala rock. The three youth were subsequently arrested and remanded till today. (Colombo Gazette)

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The whole building has gone Witnesses describe screams and tears at Grenfell

first_imgThe blaze spread at a terrifying rate, with the flames starting on one side of the 27-storey Grenfell Tower before moving round the building.In a matter of minutes what were once people’s homes were little more than a charred wreck as the building was gutted by fire.Jody Martin said he got to the scene just as the first fire engine was arriving at Grenfell Tower, in Latimer Road.He told the BBC: “I grabbed an axe from the fire truck, it looked like there was a bit of confusion about what to do.”I ran around the building looking for a fire escape and couldn’t see any noticeable fire escapes around the building. A lot of debris falling down. Flames and smoke billow as firefighters tackle fire in west London “I eventually gained entry onto the second floor, and once I got to the corridor I realised there was so much smoke there.”He added that given the thickness of the smoke, he would be surprised if anyone could have left the building without assistance.”I watched one person falling out, I watched another woman holding her baby out the window… hearing screams, I was yelling everyone to get down and they were saying ‘We can’t leave our apartments, the smoke is too bad on the corridors’,” he said. Fire is getting worse and people are still screaming for help#grenfelltower pic.twitter.com/tafB2Cp6tD— Fabio Bebber (@biobber) June 14, 2017 Flames and smoke billow as firefighters tackle fire in west LondonCredit:Toby Melville/Reuters Tim Downie, an actor and writer who lives close to the block,  added: “The fire has spread to all the building. The whole building has been engulfed. It has gone.” “I’m getting covered in ash, that’s how bad it is. I’m 100 metres away and I’m absolutely covered in ash.   “It’s so heartbreaking, I’ve seen someone flashing their torches at the top level and they obviously can’t get out.Another witness, called Reo, watched the blaze unfold from his kitchen window.”There is a large fire which has spread to the other side. The building has completely gone.   “The fire is getting a lot worse, there is a lot of smoke, it is out of control.” Smoke billows out of Grenfell TowerCredit:Toby Melville/Reuters Nearby a corner shop opened up to allow food and water to be brought to those who had been forced to flee for their lives.Other residents brought clothes and shoes for people who had only the pyjamas they were wearing when they were evacuated.The scene was one of devastation with debris still falling hours after the fire took hold.”People are out there holding their dogs and cats,” Mr Downie added. “They are seeing their entire lives go up in flames.” Smoke billows out of Grenfell Tower Celeste Thomas, who lives nearby the block on the Lancaster West Estate in North Kensington described how she could hear the building cracking and debris falling.On Twitter, Fabio Bebber wrote:  “More screams for help as the fire spreads to another side of the building.”Some people used bedsheets to make their escape from the building. Others flashed torches or used the light from their mobile phones to guide firefighters who had come to rescue them.George Clarke, who presents Amazing Spaces on Channel 4, told Radio 5 live how at first he thought the noise was just a car alarm going off. 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. He added: “The building is pretty much burned out. It is gutted.   “I have never seen anything like it, the smell, the burning, the heat is extraordinary,” he added.   “I have never seen anything like it, the smell, the burning, the heat is extraordinary.”last_img read more

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Photos Mashramani 2018 parade

Lakhram Trevor Bhagirat Photos: Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedScenes from Mashramani 2019February 23, 2019In “Entertainment”Mash 2019 exceeded expectations – Culture Director March 16, 2019In “latest news”Mash not cancelled – Minister Henry clarifiesSeptember 28, 2015In “Business”

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Dublinbound Ryanair flight diverted to Italy after passenger is taken ill

first_imgA RYANAIR PLANE bound for Dublin was forced to make what passengers described as an emergency landing soon after take off from Malta yesterday after a passenger on board was taken ill.The plane was diverted to Palermo on the southern Italian island of Sicily after a medical emergency involving a member of the Dublin-based ‘Emerald Isle’ Irish dance team.Ryanair described the incident as a medical diversion. The passenger was taken from the plane immediately upon landing, and received treatment locally.According to Ryanair spokesman, Robin Kiely: Another passenger paid tribute to the airline cabin crew, saying “they looked after everyone so well”.The plane was turned around within 90 minutes, and the flight continued it’s onward journey to Dublin, landing at around 4am.The passenger who took ill is said to be “doing fine,” according to another member of the dance group.Read: Reilly: €666 million adjustment “toughest challenge I’ve had to face yet” “A Ryanair flight from Malta to Dublin diverted into Palermo after a passenger became ill onboard. “On arrival in Palermo, the passenger disembarked and was assisted by local medical services.”last_img read more

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Telematics Hyundai Blue Link Takes on OnStar

first_imgLAS VEGAS – Hyundai Blue Link, a telematics service announced today, matches and raises the competition with three telematics packages with an embedded cellular data modems, like GM OnStar. The cheapest level with crash notification and roadside assistance, is expected to be about $100 a year.. If so, that halves the cost of the competition. Higher levels include remote start and stolen vehicle location, and turn by turn navigation even on cars without embedded navigation. “Blue Link should be the most full-featured telematics service on the market,” said longtime industry consultant Egil Juliussen, the principal analyst in automotive research for iSuppli. “Hyundai picked the best features of OnStar, BMW, Mercedes.” Barry Ratzleff, director of service operations for Hyundai, said the first cars to get Blue Link will be the 2012 Hyundai Sonata and the Hyundai Veloster, a sports crossover due to be introduced next week. Eventually all Hyundais will offer Blue Link. It comprises an in-car hardware module with a cellular data modem – like OnStar, BMW Assist, and Mercedes-Benz Mbrace, unlike Ford Sync where the connection is via the user’s cellphone – and call center services to Hyundai provided by ATX. AdChoices广告Blue Link will use enhanced voice recognition for function control such as searching for POIs, helped along by background operator assistance to complete queries not fully parsed by the voice input. The driver won’t know the operator is there (and thus want start a long conversation that drives up the cost of the service). Hyundai didn’t provide initial pricing but it’s believed the basic tier would be about $100 a year. OnStar is about $200 and $300 a year for its services. The middle tier package includes a bunch of Big Brother, actually Big Parent, tools meant to track what your teenager is doing and at what speed. The Blue Link Packages: Good, Better, Best The three Hyundai Blue Link packages are: Blue Link Assurance Automatic crash notification & assistanceSOS emergency assistance Enhanced roadside assistance (beyond Hyundai’s existed roadside assistance)Monthly vehicle reportBlue Link EssentialsBlue Link Assurance plus Remote access: remote door lock, remote door unlock, remote horn & lights, panic notification, remote vehicle startConvenience: alarm notification,quick tips, location sharing, voice to text messagingVehicle self diagnostics: automated diagnostic trouble code notification, maintenance alert, recall advisor, web vehicle diagnosticsTheft protection: stolen vehicle recovery, stolen vehicle slowdown, vehicle immobilization“Safeguard:” valet alert, geo-fence, speed alert, curfew alert. Speed alert is an absolute setting (e.g. more than 60 mph) not relative (5 mph over the posted speed limit as determined by map data, if available). Blue Link GuidanceBlue Link Assurance and Essentials plus: Turn-by-turn navigationPoint-of-interest by voice recognitionPoint-of-interest web searchDaily route guidance with traffic conditionTrafficGas station locations & gas pricesEco-coachRestaurant ratingsWeatherHyundai made the announcements at the Consumer Telematics Show held annually in Las Vegas the day before the Consumer Electronics Show opens. CTS drew a packed house of about 350 attendees. ces is even more car-centric this year with keynotes from the heads of Audi and Ford plus major announcements that just a few years ago that would have been saved for next week’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.last_img read more

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HTC unlocks bootloaders trades freedom for warranties

first_imgEarlier this summer, several Android OEMs announced that they would no longer be locking their bootloaders. The change in heart was met with cheers from developers and enthusiasts in the community, though wireless carriers weren’t quite so excited about the move. Verizon, for example, tweeted that it would not activate any unlocked devices on its network. Nevertheless, manufacturers like HTC stayed true to their word — though it now turns out there’s a catch in this particular case.While HTC has announced that it’s ready to take the bolt cutters to your bootloader padlock, but, as in real life, freedom sometimes come at a price. For HTC, that price is your phone’s remaining warranty.In addition to agreeing to a disclaimer that unlocking your phone “may void all or parts of your warranty,” you’ll also need to download and install the Android SDK, use it to retrieve the identifier token from your device, and then pop that code and your email into HTC’s Web Tool. The Tool then emails you an unlock code for your device, which you then pop into to your Android to initiate the actual unlocking process.Does the HTC warranty verbiage really mean that you’re out of luck if some random misfortune befalls your beloved handset? Probably not, but it’s likely that president Peter Chou was offering an olive branch to the unhappy carriers — who can use the unlocking process as a way to get themselves out of servicing your modified hardware if they’re so inclined.More at HTC on Facebook, via Engadgetlast_img read more

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Rewatching Samurai Jack Episode 8 Jack vs Mad Jack

first_imgAfter 12 years away, one of the best, most critically acclaimed cartoon series of all time, Samurai Jack, returns to television later this year with original series creator Genndy Tartakovsky at the helm. To help you get ready, Geek.com’s Aubrey Sitterson is rewatching the entire series in order.In the previous three episodes of Samurai Jack, we watched our hero search for a means of time travel, a way to get back to the past and defeat his nemesis Aku. In “Jack vs. Mad Jack,” however, we find the samurai not trying to defeat Aku, but rather, to simply survive. But the eighth episode of Samurai Jack is much more than mere fighting – though there is certainly a bunch of that – as it, like all the series’ best episodes, manages to impart some crucial information about its stoic, taciturn protagonist.The episode kicks off with a not unfamiliar scenario: Jack serenely enters a seedy tavern, and despite his generally peaceful demeanor, is almost immediately sucked into a massive brawl. Unlike previous episodes, which find Jack trying to obtain or reach some item of massive power, here the samurai simply wants to sip on his hot water in peace, but is interrupted by a procession of bullies, monsters, and bounty hunters.As per usual, the character designs are on-point and sometimes hilarious. They include a round Chewbacca stand-in, a screeching robo-babboon, a crusty fish-man, a few giant centipedes, a Russian bear and, my personal favorite, a safari cat riding an elephant. It feels like a procession of characters that had been sitting around without an actual story to surround them, and it makes for some fun action, the type of well-choreographed, intense, kinetic fight scenes at which the series always excels. But things get really interesting with Jack’s next opponent: Himself.Or, rather, a version of himself. Recognizing that Jack’s particular fighting style is unimpeachable, Aku decided to make use of one of my all-time favorite tropes: The evil twin. Spawned from Jack’s hatred – dredged up by the endless stream of bounty hunters he is forced to dispatch – Mad Jack features a scowl, orange whites of his eyes and, of course, a black kimono. The fight between the two is as fast-paced and mesmerizing as you would expect, but what’s really interesting is how the two warriors’ appearances shift.Early on, Mad Jack’s topknot is cut off by Jack, which leads to the evil twin sporting a big, black, unruly mane of hair which is reminiscent of, you guessed it, the wild, spiky, unpredictable shapeshifter, Aku. This is a fun visual nod to the evil that spawned Mad Jack, but the really significant part comes next, when Jack’s own topknot is cut loose and he too begins to sport an Aku-esque head of hair.It’s a visual representation of the simmering rage and anger building up inside of our normally reserved hero, the same hatred that Aku used to create Mad Jack. As the two fight, clashing together again and again, they give off sparks, igniting the forest in which they are doing battle. As Jack gives in more and more to the hate within him, as he begins to resemble Mad Jack more and more, as the two, draped in flame and shadow, begin to become indistinguishable, their struggle literally burns down the world around them.And that leads into what is the most crucial moment of the entire episode: Jack’s realization that he is becoming the worst part of himself, that he is allowing Aku’s relentless attacks, his ruthless torment, to break him, to accomplish exactly that which his nemesis desires. It’s the kind of smart genre storytelling that the show does so well, using a well-worn trope like an evil twin to not just provide a new threat for the protagonist, but to actually teach us something crucial about him.Up until this point, Jack has been, to our eyes, unflappable. Yes, we’ve seen him get angry at Aku, but it’s always been a type of controlled, righteous anger, a justified hate fueled by his desire to right wrongs and defend the defenseless. But in “Jack vs. Mad Jack,” we learn that there is another side to our hero, that he, like everyone, contains a darkness within him, a seething frustration that grows when things don’t go his way, when he is repeatedly denied that which he desires and deserves.That Jack isn’t infallible doesn’t make him any less of a hero though. In fact, the knowledge that he struggles with hatred and anger only makes him more relatable, more of a fleshed out character as opposed to a caricature. This is a crucial episode of the series, as it shows that Jack doesn’t just aim to vanquish the evil of Aku, but that he must also fight against the evil contained within him, being careful not to allow his hatred of Aku to overwhelm and overtake the good that he would see done in the world, as to do so would set the entire world ablaze.Join us next time as we discuss episode nine of Samurai Jack’s first season, “Jack Under the Sea.” Watch along with us on Hulu!Aubrey Sitterson is a Los Angeles-based writer whose most recent work is the Street Fighter x G.I. Joe series from IDW, available at your local comic shop or digitally on Comixology. Follow him on Twitter or check out his website for more information!last_img read more

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