first_imgA Kasuli court on May 4 ordered five-day police remand for Vijay Singh, who had allegedly shot dead a government official overseeing a demolition drive near Kasauli in Himachal Pradesh. Singh, who was nabbed by a joint team of Himachal and Delhi Police on May 3 from Vrindavan town of Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, was produced before the court of additional chief judicial magistrate in Kasauli on May 5. The police wanted the five-day custody to take the accused to the crime scene. “The court has remanded him [Vijay Singh] to five day police custody. We had sought his custody for further investigation of the case. Also, we have recovered the .32 bore revolver used in the crime,” police said. Shiv Kumar, officiating Superintendent of Police, Solan, said that the weapon used for committing the crime was hidden by the accused in the forest area near his guest house.last_img read more

first_imgKasparov would appear to be motivated more by love of the game than anything else. Though the winner’s purse in St. Louis is a not-paltry $150,000, the grandmaster said he would donate any winnings to promote chess in Africa.Kasparov did in fact return to the game, though only in informal capacity, once before, in 2015. He played a friendly match against Nigel Short — 10 years after formally bowing out of professional competition.Kasparov did not appear to have lost a step: He crushed his British opponent, 8 to 1. CBB So there was considerable surprise when he agreed to play in the new Rapid and Blitz tournament in St. Louis, Missouri, which follows closely after the annual Sinquefield Cup competition, a major stop on the world tour, in the same city on the Mississippi River.Kasparov, who became the youngest world champion ever at age 22 in 1985, is now 54, more than a decade past the age when professional chess players typically retire.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIndeed, in a Facebook posting early Sunday, he made clear that the Rapid and Blitz tournament represents “not an end to my retirement from chess, only a five-day hiatus.”He added, “I have no plans to play after this event.” LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief The younger generation, which Ramirez sees emerging almost by the day, “certainly looks up to him,” he said. “His contribution to chess theory and our understanding of the game resonate still today.”But what are Kasparov’s realistic chances after so many years away from the grueling competition of professional chess?“Garry Kasparov has always had a fighting spirit second to none, and he is extremely competitive,” Ramirez said. “But he is still going to be facing very stiff competition,” including “some of the best of the best of the world.”The man himself sought to “manage expectations,” quipping in his Facebook post Sunday that “at the age of 54 I would have as much hope of returning to my chess form of age 40 as to my hairline of age 20!”The high-pressure, speed-chess format of the St. Louis tournament, where players are forced to make their moves far more rapidly than during normal competitions, could be tough on the graying Kasparov, as he takes on much younger players who specialize in that approach.“I expect him to be fighting for the top spots, but I would be surprised if he wins it all,” said Ramirez, 29, who became a grandmaster at age 15.His ‘incredible aura’But in a tournament that will include four of the world’s top 10 players, Kasparov is not expected to be a pushover, said Sylvain Ravot of France, who has a master rating.“His sense of the game, his passion for winning, his experience and his reflexes should all help him do well, perhaps even land in the top three, even if it will be much harder for him,” Ravot said in an interview, while emphasizing Kasparov’s “incredible aura.”Accustomed to being a step ahead of the field, the Russian “chose the venue well — more or less within his reach — for his comeback,” Ravot said, adding that the mere fact of Kasparov’s return might be more important than his actual performance.“It’s a bit like Pete Sampras making a comeback” to tennis, he said. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia PLAY LIST 02:03Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Read Nextcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NLEX zooms to 5th win Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses From Monday to Saturday, the Russian will put aside the business that has kept him busy in retirement — his vocal and determined opposition to President Vladimir Putin — to play against some of chess’s big guns, like fellow Russian Sergey Karjakin.The world’s current No. 1 player, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, will not be there, however.Still, the return to competition of the Azerbaijan-born Kasparov — a man once dubbed the “Beast of Baku,” whose epic clashes with Anatoli Karpov are part of chess legend — has had an explosive impact in the chess world, particularly in St. Louis.‘To see this dude play’“Everyone is talking about it,” American chess grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez told AFP. “People are flying from India and China to see this dude play.”Kasparov’s long and “unparalleled” dominance of the chess world made him “a cultural icon,” said Ramirez, a US Open champion who coaches the chess team at Saint Louis University.ADVERTISEMENT This file photo taken on September 07, 2011, shows Chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov, playing simultaneous chess games in Porto Alegre, during his visit to Brazil. The former World Chess Champion and one of the leaders of Russian political opposition owned the game for 15 years, gaining superstar status among fans before retiring and throwing himself into politics. But he just can’t seem to stay away from the chessboard. The 54-year-old former world champion is coming out of retirement on August 14, 2017 to play in an official tournament in St. Louis, Missouri, against nine top-notch players. AFP FILELOUIS, United States — In a move electrifying the world of chess, former world champion Garry Kasparov is coming out of a 12-year retirement — if only briefly — to take on a new generation of players who have long worshipped him as the closest thing to a “chess god.”Kasparov utterly dominated the sport from 1985 to 2000. Since his withdrawal from a tournament in Linares, Spain in March 2005, the Russian’s absence has left many chess fanatics feeling orphaned.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

first_imgBack in January, when most other teams around the world were struggling to find the right combination for the ICC World Twenty20, India had appeared to hit the jackpot.  (Full World T20 Coverage | Points Table )After the drubbing in the five-match ODI series against Australia, India ran rampage in the T20 series, handing the hosts a 3-0 whitewash. Next, India crushed Sri Lanka at home and then lifted the Asia Cup T20 without a fuss.Meanwhile, the other heavyweights, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and West Indies had barely played enough T20 cricket. India on the other hand, had played as many as 11 T20 Internationals before the World T20 had started and won 10 of them.India, at home, were red-hot favourites to win the World T20 for a record second time. How could they be stopped? The pitches would either favour their spinners or their hard-hitting batsmen. They would steamroll everyone who came in their way. (Watson to retire from international cricket after World T20 )But New Zealand came up as a rude wake-up call. On a square turner in Nagpur, three Kiwi spinners shocked and stunned India with nine wickets. The hosts faced Pakistan in a must-win game at the Eden Gardens and after a splendid show by the bowlers, the top-order caved in again.Virat Kohli’s genius and Yuvraj Singh’s resilience helped India get past the finishing line against their arch-rivals. But the problems were glaring. Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina had been done in by searing pace; in Nagpur, they had no answers to spin. The flat pitches were nowhere to be seen.advertisementIndia’s usually fleet-footed batsmen were desperate for some relief in Bangalore with its shorter boundaries. Maybe, just maybe, the surface would be to their liking. And what do they get? A slow pitch that allowed Bangladesh to stifle a star-studded batting line-up.  Everyone struggled and India were restricted to 146.Bangladesh knew it was their game to lose from thereon. Tamim Iqbal, aided by two dropped chances early on, sent the Indian fielders on a leather hunt. They were sensible for most parts of the innings before a sensational penultimate over by Jasprit Bumrah left them with an uncomfortable 11 to get off the last ball.Yet, victory was in sight for Bangladesh after Mushfiqur Rahim hammered two boundaries off rank bad balls from Hardik Pandya and then somehow, they lost two wickets in two balls, off full tosses! Pandya conjured up the skill and nerves to steal a one-run win and the nation erupted.India were still alive in the World T20. They have to now beat Australia to reach the semi-finals, but the hosts are still hanging in there with a fighting chance.However, this is not how the Indian players, fan and the media would have envisaged it. A loss to New Zealand, a must-win game against Pakistan and a miraculous jail-break against Bangladesh, who have never defeated India in T20s. But Ashwin put it aptly. India are not  yet contenders for the trophy.”We have not really batted the way where we would be really pleased with our performance. We are a very, very good batting unit. Once we fire on all cylinders we will be great contenders for the title. As of today, with where we stand, I don’t think we are contenders,” Ashwin said after India’s last-ball victory over Bangladesh on Tuesday.But do India have it in them to win this? They certainly do. Kohli is in majestic form and Rohit is just one good knock away from bouncing back. Dhawan can do plenty of damage when he is on songh and Yuvraj has shown the tenacity that was expected of him. Dhoni can keep his cool under pressure and that in itself is a great asset.The pacers have been brilliant over the last three months. Ashish Nehra, Bumrah and Pandya have bowled their hearts out. The young Bumrah has stood out with his accurate yorkers in the death. Ashwin and Jadeja are now seasoned pros, who deliver everytime the chips are down.Raina’s form is a concern but the skipper’s continued backing could be a massive boost for the feisty southpaw.Moreover, India are gradually moving towards happier venues. They play Australia in Mohali and if they do make it to the semis, they are most likely to play the West Indies in Mumbai (provided West Indies top Group 1 and India finish second in Group 2). The final is at the Eden Gardens and it won’t be easy for any team facing India there.advertisementIt’s all easier said than done. But India, after months of preparation, have to win three matches. That’s what it has all come down to. Three matches. Three must-win matches.Mohali was where India had defeated Pakistan in the 2011 World Cup semi-final and Mumbai was where a Dhoni classic had helped them lift the World Cup, after 28 years.But for that dream to be realised, the batsmen have to start firing. India are over-reliant on Kohli and that has to end at some point. It’s time for the other stars to stand up, deliver and be counted.last_img read more

first_imgOlympiacos announced that Marco Silva has resigned as coach of the club-shocking news to Olympiacos fans everywhere. The Erythrolefki later announced that the new manager will be Victor Sanchez, who was an assistant during Michel’s stay in Piraeus.Shocking news came from the club that coach Marco Silva resigned from his position after Olympiacos’ second day of pre-season training in Austria. The Portuguese coach requested resignation due to personal reasons, something that was honored by the club. Olympiacos announced “Olympiacos FC would like to inform their fans that Marco Silva requested his resignation due to personal reasons. The club accepted his resignation.”Later in the day Olympiacos announced their new manager as Victor Sanchez. Sanchez is not a new name to Olympiacos as he was an assistant to former coach Michel. He knows the team well, how the team works, and the staff. He left Olympiacos in 2014 and in 2015 took over Spanish club Deportivo La Coruna. With La Coruna heading for relegation, Sanchez saved the team from the 2nd Division and his contract was renewed for another year. Throughout the 2015-2016 season, Deportivo sat comfortably in the standings of the Spanish La Liga and the relegation threat was avoided. Sanchez is already in Austria with the team and will begin his first training session with the players today. Earlier in the year, Sanchez was rumored to move to the club in the scenario that Silva would leave. The Spaniard was chosen based on the fact that he knows the club well and has worked there before. Also, the success of his former club, Deportivo La Coruna, and his experience in one of the top leagues in Europe played a role in Olympiacos’ decision.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgHALIFAX – Political outrage is building over Veterans Affairs Canada’s decision to pay for the PTSD treatment of a Halifax man who murdered an off-duty police officer and used a compost bin to dispose of her body.“This is an absolute travesty as far as I’m concerned,” federal Conservative shadow critic Phil McColeman said Wednesday.He called on Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan to “please step in now and address this outrage,” while another Conservative MP, Erin O’Toole, called the department’s help for Christopher Garnier an “outrage of the highest order.”O’Regan said in a statement late Wednesday he would be “looking into how and why this decision was made,” but defended Veterans Affairs and its PTSD treatment for vets and their families.“While I completely understand people’s frustration with this story, these supports for family members are not new — they’ve been in place for many years,” he said.Garnier was convicted in December of second-degree murder and interfering with a dead body in the September 2015 death of 36-year-old Catherine Campbell, an off-duty Truro police officer.At a court hearing this month, Crown lawyer Christine Driscoll confirmed Garnier is being seen by a private psychologist, and that Veterans Affairs is covering the cost because his father is a veteran who has also been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.McColeman said while he can only speculate about what went into the decision, he wonders want kind of scrutiny was applied in this case.“I want him (O’Regan) to intervene,” said McColeman.“In many cases that I’ve dealt with representing veterans from my own riding over the years, there’s discretion that’s often used at the upper management levels of Veterans Affairs,” he said. “Whatever happened I think the minister owes us an explanation.”In a statement Tuesday, Veterans Affairs confirmed relatives of veterans are eligible to apply for PTSD treatment. The department also said counselling and other services can be offered to relatives when it is determined such a move will help veterans achieve their rehabilitation goals.But McColeman said there are programs available within the federal penal system, which he said should be dealing with Garnier’s case.“The majority of them deal with mental health issues and PTSD is one of them.”McColeman’s point was reiterated in Nova Scotia, where the interim leader of the provincial Tories also issued a statement saying she’s “outraged” by the federal department’s decision to help Garnier.Karla MacFarlane called it a “slap in the face” to veterans who have served the country and who often have to fight to access the services they need.“This is PTSD that they are claiming that is derived solely because of murdering an individual, so it’s just a jagged pill to swallow — it’s not right,” she said. “Christopher Garnier may receive help while he is in jail but it should be from the Department of Justice. There shouldn’t be a dime spent by Veterans Affairs.”In his statement Wednesday, O’Regan said 96 per cent of applications to the department for PTSD treatment are approved, and veterans with immediate mental health issues get help in the meantime. He said the department is focused on “increasing awareness among veterans, and their families who serve alongside them, so they know that these services exist.”“Even in the past few days, as people are reacting to this story, we’ve been able to connect more veterans and their families with mental health supports. These services are essential for many veterans and their families,” O’Regan said.The department said Wednesday that treatment for families “does not require an application or a claim. Treatment for families is based on the veteran having been approved for treatment.”Earlier this month, a Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge decided Garnier would be able to apply for parole after serving 13.5 years of a life sentence — less 699 days for time served.Garnier’s lawyer has argued his client’s mental illness was brought on by the murder. In court submissions, Joel Pink said a psychiatrist hired by the defence said in a report that Garnier suffered from acute stress disorder immediately following Campbell’s death.Colin Saunders, an Ottawa-based veterans advocate, said he was disappointed by the federal department’s decision.The retired artillery sergeant, who organized a Parliament Hill protest over veterans’ benefits earlier this year, said the extension of benefits to family members is a good thing that contributes to the overall well being of veterans.“I think that this case with this murder is the exception to the rule,” said Saunders. “It’s very rare that someone convicted of murder would ever reach out to Veterans Affairs especially when they are not vets themselves.”Saunders said as a consequence, he doesn’t believe Garnier has a right to any help from the department.Asked for its reaction Wednesday, the Royal Canadian Legion sent an emailed statement.“Without the full details of this person’s past, and not knowing why PTSD benefits would have been extended, it is difficult to make a judgment or assessment of the decision made by Veterans Affairs Canada. Understanding there is case confidentiality, we do expect VAC to provide some information to help explain this situation.”last_img read more

first_imgLast week, Grammy Award-winning artist and Atlanta native, Trisha Yearwood, received a proclamation from the state of Georgia, for her exemplary work with non-profit organization, Habitat For Humanity.Former President, Jimmy Carter, surprised Yearwood on stage at one of her tour stops last week in her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, to present her with the proclamation. Carter and Yearwood are longtime friends who met and have bonded over their work with the organization that builds homes and communities for those who need shelter and aid.“It’s such an honor to receive recognition from my home state of Georgia, and to have President Jimmy Carter, a man who has inspired me, present my proclamation, is truly special,” stated Yearwood. “The work Habitat for Humanity does is so important and I’m humbled to be a part of their organization. I hope to continue working on site builds for a very long time.”Yearwood and President Carter met in 2007 on Trisha’s second build with the non-profit. President Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter have worked with Habitat For Humanity for over thirty years, creating their own division of the organization called, Carter Work Project, a weeklong build they spearhead in a different city, every year.In 2016 Yearwood and President and First Lady Carter were recognized together for their exceptional volunteer efforts and named as inaugural Habitat Humanitarians by Georgia based, Habitat for Humanity International, an honor bestowed on influencers and ambassadors who exemplify extraordinary dedication to humanitarian service.last_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL – The U.S. Department of Commerce has proposed a 219 per cent duty on Bombardier’s CSeries jets following a complaint filed by Boeing.Here’s some of the reaction:“This is clearly aimed at eliminating Bombardier’s C Series aircraft from the U.S. market.” — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.———”The U.S. values its relationships with Canada, but even our closest allies must play by the rules.” — U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.———“The magnitude of the proposed duty is absurd and divorced from the reality about the financing of multibillion-dollar aircraft programs.” — Bombardier statement.———“Boeing has no American-made product to offer because it cancelled production of its only aircraft in this size range — the 717 — more than 10 years ago.” — Delta Air Lines statement.———“Subsidies enabled Bombardier to dump its product into the U.S. market, harming aerospace workers in the United States and throughout Boeing’s global supply chain.” — Boeing statement.last_img read more

Here are some things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference:GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 16 Washington at No. 7 Washington State. The Apple Cup is always the biggest game on the schedule for both teams. The 111th version has huge Pac-12 implications and possibly beyond. The Cougars (10-1) are 7-1 in the conference and the Huskies are 6-2, with no one else really close. That makes Friday’s game essentially the play-in game to represent the Pac-12 North in the conference title game. On top of that, Washington State still has slim hopes of making the College Football Playoff, which would disappear with a loss to Washington. It’s the third straight year both teams are ranked heading into the Apple Cup and the Huskies have won the past five meetings. This should be good.MATCHUP OF THE WEEK: Arizona State at Arizona. The first meeting for the Territorial Cup for Arizona under coach Kevin Sumlin and Arizona State under Herm Edwards. The Sun Devils (6-5) have clinched bowl eligibility, but the Wildcats (5-6) still need a win to get into the post-season, so there’s added incentive on both sides of this rivalry. Arizona leads the all-time series 49-41-1, but the Sun Devils won the 90th Duel in the Desert last season 42-30 in Tempe. Arizona State RB Eno Benjamin needs 121 yards rushing to set the school single-season mark.NUMBERS GAME: Washington has won 14 straight games, tying Clemson for second longest in the FBC behind top-ranked Alabama’s 24 straight wins. … Oregon QB Justin Herbert has thrown a TD pass in 26 straight games, the longest active streak in FBS. … Cal is bowl eligible for the first time since 2015. … Stanford is bowl eligible for the 10th straight season.UPSET WATCH: BYU at Utah. A rivalry game, so the Utes will likely be up for this game, but they’re coming off the high of clinching the Pac-12 South title and have the Pac-12 Championship game coming up. The Cougars are just 6-5 but have wins over Arizona and then-No. 6 Wisconsin with a close loss to California on their resume.IMPACT PERFORMER: UCLA RB Joshua Kelly. The Bruins running back ran for 289 yards and two TDs on 40 carries in the Bruins’ 34-27 victory last week. The yards were most in the history of the rivalry and third most in UCLA history.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press read more

Ohio State freshman guard Luther Muhammad (1) dribbles the ball in the second half of the game against Purdue on Jan. 23. Ohio State lost 79-67. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State and No. 5 Michigan looked as if it had traded places to start their first matchup of the season. The Buckeyes, having won once in all of January, came out with a torrid offense, shooting 50 percent from the field. The Wolverines, winning 33 of their past 35 games dating back to the 2017-18 season, were shooting 39.4 percent from the field.But the game was tied at 19 with 8:10 to go in the first half, with Ohio State allowing Michigan opportunities after turning the ball over five times in that stretch compared to the Wolverines’ one. The Wolverines settled in late in the first half, going to the locker room scoring seven unanswered points, which Ohio State never recovered from. The Buckeyes, allowing Michigan to shoot 44 percent in the second half, fell 65-49 to the fifth-ranked team in the country in their only matchup of the regular season.The loss was the largest of the season for Ohio State, and the fewest points the Buckeyes have scored this season. Michigan and Ohio State returned to its respective roles in the second half as the Buckeyes shot 30 percent from the field, making 2-of-12 from 3. But the Wolverines navigated Ohio State switching between man and zone defense, attempting 26 3-pointers in the game, connecting on 41.7 percent in the second half. However, Ohio State’s deficit was caused by mistakes the team made in the first half. The Buckeyes finished the first half with 11 turnovers, with sophomore guard Musa Jallow, freshman guard Luther Muhammad and redshirt senior guard Keyshawn Woods combining for seven. This hurt Ohio State late in the half, allowing Michigan sophomore guard Jordan Poole to steal the ball, passing it to senior guard Charles Matthews on a fastbreak who, after grabbing an offensive board after missing his first attempt, connected on a layup, giving the Wolverines a 32-26 lead to end the half. Ohio State finished the game with 19 turnovers with five players recording multiple turnovers. Early on, the Buckeyes showed some consistency with its offense. Sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson and senior guard C.J. Jackson combined for 18 of the 26 first-half points, making 7-of-11 from the field. But like the rest of the Ohio State offense, both Jackson and Wesson cooled off drastically in the second half, combining to make 2-of-7 attempts from the field. Jackson finished the game with 11 points and eight rebounds, adding four assists. Wesson added a team-leading 12 points with seven rebounds, but struggled again with foul troubles, fouling out with five, including a technical foul after a scuffle in the second half. But neither Wesson nor Jackson on the perimeter could contain Michigan junior guard Zavier Simpson, finishing the game with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists, recording his first triple-double of his career and the sixth in team history. Ohio State will return home Saturday to take on Rutgers at noon. read more

first_imgFlybe plane emergency landing a Flybe plane from Edinburgh that was evacuated after its landing gear collapsed on arrival at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport A plane of FlyBe airlines is seen of the runway of Schiphol airpoprt A Flybe plane from Edinburgh that was evacuated after its landing gear collapsed on arrival at Amsterdam’s Schiphol AirportCredit:@OfficialDavid7 /PA No passengers were hurt and they were taken to the airport terminal following the incident.Schiphol Airport tweeted: “The landing gear of a Flybe airplane collapsed during touchdown.”No people are injured. Flight operation is up and running again.” Flybe plane emergency landin Flybe plane emergency landingCredit:PA A Flybe plane from Edinburgh has been evacuated after its landing gear collapsed during touchdown.The incident took place following the flight’s arrival at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport on Thursday afternoon.center_img Flybe plane emergency landinCredit:PA A Flybe spokesman said: “Flybe can confirm that there has been an incident involving one of our aircraft, flight no BE1284.”The aircraft departed from Edinburgh at 2.10pm local time bound for Amsterdam.”The incident occurred at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport at approximately 4.59pm local time (3.59pm GMT). A plane of FlyBe airlines is seen of the runway of Schiphol airpoprtCredit:Reuters Pictures on social media showed the plane leaning on one side with the wing touching the ground and emergency services at the scene. “We can confirm that there are no injuries and all passengers have been bussed to the airport terminal.”Our primary concern is for the welfare of the passengers and crew.” 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.last_img read more

In Trump the Musical, England plans to sell Scotland to the US President to be used as a golf course.The “geopolitical satire” by Blowfish Theatre follows on from its earlier production, Boris the Musical, with the writer admitting that satirising Mr Trump is a challenge. Elsewhere, Mr Trump is reimagined as King Lear.Meanwhile, Pussy Riot, famous for their repeated clashes with Vladimir Putin’s regime, will be in residency at the Summerhall arts centre, which will also exhibit work by Yoko Ono.Performers from 55 countries are due to put on shows across 317 venues, from August 3-27.Donald Wilson, culture convenor for Edinburgh City Council, said it was impossible to imagine the capital without “all the razzamatazz, colour, buzz and excitement” of the Fringe. “Whether this is your first or your 50th time visiting the Fringe as a performer or audience member, this is a place where new discoveries wait around every corner.”Ripley, the Edinburgh-born drag queen, will take on the roles of Scotland’s First Minister, Theresa May and Melania Trump in her comedy show Like a Sturgeon. fringe Contortionist Odka at the launch of the FringeCredit:PA If it involves a Nicola Sturgeon drag act, Trump the Musical and the Russian art collective Pussy Riot, it can only be the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.This year’s event features 3,500 shows, covering theatre, dances, circus, comedy, music and, as usual, the absurd and outrageous.The performers include the actress Su Pollard, once of Hi-de-Hi! fame, singer Jason Donovan, broadcaster Esther Rantzen, actress Maureen Lipman and Lee Ridley, better known as Lost Voice Guy, who has just won the 12th season of Britain’s Got Talent.Themes for 2018 include the First World War centenary, healthcare as the NHS marks its 70th anniversary, sex and consent as the #MeToo movement continues, and disability.Shona McCarthy, chief executive of the Fringe Society, said the programme contained an eclectic mix of creative endeavour from across the globe.”This year we are encouraging everyone who comes to the Fringe to take a leap into the unknown,” she added. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

first_imgFollowing Borussia Dortmund friendly that had a wild tackling,  Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is concerned about injuries on his players and called for officials to do their jobs.Mahmoud Dahoud and Dzenis Burnic who were both warned for an attack on Riyad Mahrez and Douglas Luiz left Guardiola wary of potential injuries this month.‘I’m worried but it is what it is. We try to play with it. That is why there is a referee. It is their job,’ Guardiola said as quoted in Daily Mail.Many Manchester City young stars were given an opportunity to impress with their performance as they went down to a Mario Gotze penalty.Also, Spanish prodigy Brahim Diaz, whose contract with City is in the final 12 months appears with an uncertain future and may not be resolved before the season starts.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Guardiola added:‘Brahim was with us last season, he played a few games. He’s with us now and we will see after Liverpool and Bayern. We will decide at the end of pre-season.’‘There are many contenders to win,’‘There is Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy. I’m happy for Spanish golfer Rafael Cabello. He didn’t miss the cut so it will be good. We will be watching the final day to see what happens.’last_img read more

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Now playing: Watch this: Samsung Galaxy Fold: Delayed, available Septembergalaxy-galaxy-fold-8The Galaxy Fold. Angela Lang/CNET As the biggest tech company to throw its hat into the ring, many were eager to learn about the Galaxy Fold when Samsung introduced it at Unpacked in February. Pre-orders began in April and quickly sold out on the first day. Soon after, Samsung hit a snag when a handful of tech reporters documented screen issues like screen breakages, flickering and, bulging with their pre-production review units. Samsung kept pushing the delay from a couple of weeks to months, until it recently announced the Galaxy Fold would be available in September. (For more information, read CNET’s Galaxy Fold FAQ on the matter.)  The phone itself has a secondary 4.6-inch display that serves as its “cover,” with all the usual features you’d expect on a phone. When you’re ready for something bigger, the Fold opens up like a book to a 7.3-inch tablet. The Fold also has six cameras. On the back, there’s the same triple-camera setup as the Galaxy S10 and on the front a single 10-megapixel camera. In tablet form, there are two additional cameras inside: a selfie camera and an 8-megapixel depth camera.   Nubia Alpha wearable smartphone review Now playing: Watch this: Now playing: Watch this: Watch Samsung’s Galaxy Fold stress test 1:02 Motorola: Confirmedmoto-sidebysideImages from a design patent filed by Motorola in 2017. The filing went public in December. Photo illustration by Ian Knighton/CNET Ever since its patent application file went public in December 2017, rumors began circulating that Motorola, which Lenovo acquired in 2014, would resurrect the popular Motorola Razr phone with a folding-screen. Later, a company exec at Motorola confirmed something was coming down the pipeline, likely in the summer.The Razr reboot will supposedly cost $1,500 on Verizon  and leaked renders have leaked online. Refreshing the phone would be a smart move on Motorola. Since its original launch in 2004, the beloved phone has gained an iconic status for its sleek design, thin profile and various color options at the time.  Now playing: Watch this: Royole FlexPai: Available now019-royole-flexpai-phone-ces-2019The Royole Flexpai. Sarah Tew/CNET Developed by a startup headquartered in Fremont, California, the Royole Flexpai was the first flexible phone to debut, in October 2018. The phone has a plastic, 7.8-inch AMOLED screen and it’s already on sale. You’ll pay $1,318 (£1,209) for the 6GB of RAM and 128GB variant. And it’s $1,469 (£1,349) for the 8GB of RAM and 256GB version. (Australian prices weren’t released, but they convert to about AU$2,180 and AU$2,440, respectively.)The FlexPai runs an OS called Water that’s layered on top of Google Android 9.0. Whichever way you choose to hold or bend the device, the screen adjusts to its many different orientations and viewing options. Though rough around the edges when we first got our hands on it, the FlexPai gave us one of the first solid glimpses of what the future of foldable phones will hold. Apple Huawei Mate X is a foldable phone with 5G Now playing: Watch this: #Motorola – #Razr – New Motorola RAZR (2019) leaks out https://t.co/jxoTZuUC9N pic.twitter.com/h2Y0NyCS3q— /LEAKS (@Slashleaks) April 28, 2019 1:56 Will Apple jump on the foldable phone trend? 6:37 reading • Galaxy Fold relaunches in September, but it’s not the only foldable phone coming 2:43 45 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Because of the phone’s novel design, it costs a pretty penny at $1,980 (about £1,500 or AU$2,800). The Fold has what the company calls an Infinity Flex Display, which is a fancy plastic material that can fold. After the reported screen issues, Samsung also reinforced the phone’s design to include things like protection caps for the hinges and additional metal layers.The Fold may also not be the only foldable phone from Samsung. The company is said to be developing two more foldable phones, according to Bloomberg. Citing people familiar with the company’s plans, Bloomberg reported that one phone will fold vertically, while the other will fold inward instead of outwardly like the Fold. With this Galaxy Fold snafu, however,, plans may change for Samsung.Huawei Mate X: Available Septemberhuawei-mate-x-hands-on-mwc-2019-36The Huawei Mate X. Andrew Hoyle/CNET Jumping on the trends of foldable phones and 5G, Huawei’s’s Mate X has both. It has a 6.6-inch display when folded closed and an 8-inch OLED screen when you flip it open. And it features 5G connectivity that’s said to be four times faster than 4G, a 4,500-mAh battery and three rear cameras.Huawei originally planned for the phone to launch in May, but it pushed the release to September. In addition, UK carriers Vodafone and EE said they were pulling the Mate X from their device lineups for their 5G network launches., so the exact fate of the phone is tenuous. Similar to the Fold, the Mate X is also be very pricey at 2,299 euros, or about $2,600, £2,000 or AU$3,660. However, at its MWC 2019 keynote back when Huawei first announced the phone, the company hinted that cheaper models may be coming down the pipeline.It’s unlikely that the Mate X will be available in the US when it launches mid-2019 though. Calling it a security threat to the Department of Defense, the US government banned the sale of Huawei phones on US military bases. Retail giant Best Buy stopped selling them in March 2018 and Huawei’s CFO was arrested in Canada at the request of the US in an act her father said was politically motivated. Huawei devices are still available in more than 170 countries around the world, however, according to a Huawei spokesperson.center_img Galaxy Fold gives foldable phones a black eye Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Apple: Rumored, with patent applicationapplepatentflexiblephone.jpgAn updated patent by Apple shows various ways it could use a flexible or folding display. Apple/USPTO In February, Apple once again updated its patent application for a clamshell phone with a foldable display and body. The filings have been ongoing since Apple’s first one eight years ago, in 2011. Since then, rumors of a flexible iPhone reignite with every new updated document, which have been filed in 2014, 2016 and 2017.According to the filings, the phone “may have a flexible portion that allows the device to be folded.” But keeping with its usual style, Apple has remained mum on details. So far, nothing has come to fruition with any of these patents in the public eye, and there hasn’t been any info on what this device might be (and if it will even be a phone at all) or a timeline to expect such products. Mobile Tablets Phones Foldable Phones The Galaxy Fold. Angela Lang/CNET Three months after the Galaxy Fold was supposed to launch in April, Samsung confirmed on Wednesday that it fixed the phone’s screen problems and will relaunch the device in September with a slightly new look. But the company isn’t the only the one planning a foldable device. Other phone makers have either announced foldable phones or are rumored to have one in the works. Even despite this rather large blunder from Samsung, the tech industry still has foldable phones on the brain.Foldable phones are poised to transform the tech industry over the next five years, along with 5G. Any foldable phones we will see this year will just hint at what’s to come, as the devices become thinner, do a better job of managing battery life and let mobile apps take advantage of different display sizes. And all of this will develop with the help of Google too, as the company has committed to providing Android support for foldable designs. (Given some of its recent patent filings, it may even release a foldable phone of its own.)True, foldlabe phones are off to a shaky start, and we don’t know yet if Samsung’s relaunch is going to be enough to ease user concerns. But if all 11 companies below follow through with their plans, we are in for an interesting ride. Here are the brands that have announced plans, filed for a patent or are rumored to join the foldable craze. See All 1:54 Google: Prototyping, with patent applicationgoogle-patentGoogle’s patent application included several sketches of a potential foldable device. Google Back in December 2018, the tech giant filed a patent application for a foldable device. The patent is for a “foldable display of a computing device and includes a back stiffening layer, a transparent front-plate layer, a transparent cover window layer, and an OLED display layer disposed between the back stiffening layer and the transparent frontplate layer.” Fast forward later to May when  Google then confirmed that its been prototyping the technology, but didn’t see a clear use case for foldable screens yet. In addition, Google plans to support foldable phones with its Android OS platform to develop the technology from the software side as well.Lenovo’s CPlus concept phone. Jessica Dolcourt/CNET Lenovo: Rumored, with patent applicationAs mentioned before, Lenovo introduced the concept CPlus phone in 2016, which could bend and wrap around your wrist like the Nubia Alpha. While it was just a concept phone back then, Lenovo has been making inroads to release a real foldable phone to the masses. In July 2018 it filed a patent application for a “portable information device” with a “foldable configuration.”LG: Rumoredlg-v50-dual-screen-40The non-bending V50 with its non-bending second-screen attachment. Katie Collins/CNET Back in 2014, LG launched the G Flex, a phone with a curved screen. More recently at CES 2019, it showed off a rollable TV that will be on sale later this year. We know that LG has the technology in the works for a flexible phone and the company is said to be working on one.For now, we have no idea what the phone will look like, how much it will cost or when it will arrive. There were rumors that LG would introduce one at CES, but that turned out to be a false alarm. And later at MWC, LG had an accessory that added a second screen to its LG V50 phone, but unfortunately none of the devices fold.Originally published Jan. 26, 2019, 6:00 a.m. PT.Updates, July 28: Adds September availability of Galaxy Fold. Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Comments • Can Motorola’s Razr top Galaxy Fold by going smaller? 4:01 2:13 Royole FlexPai is a foldable phone you can actually buy Tags TCL: Confirmed, coming in 2020tcl-dragon-hinge-foldable-phone-dsc09339Several of TCL’s upcoming foldable devices. Shara Tibken/CNET Mostly known for its affordable televisions, Chinese tech company TCL is working on a number of foldable devices, which include two tablets, two phones and a cuff-like phone you wear around your wrist. Despite not being a household name in the US, you may know TCL better through other brands it owns, namely BlackBerry, Alcatel and Palm.The upcoming devices all have flexble AMOLED displays that can bend because of what TCL calls a DragonHinge. Patented by the company, the hinge enables the screens to fold both inward and outward. TCL estimates that its first foldable phone will be available in 2020 and that it could cost less than $1,000 — making it significantly cheaper than the Galaxy Fold.Xiaomi Dual Flex or Mix Flex. Xiaomi Xiaomi Dual Flex or Mix Flex: ConfirmedIn January, Chinese phone maker Xiaomi introduced its new foldable phone on the social media platform Weibo. Unlike previous phones we’ve seen, which have only one bend down the middle, Xiaomi’s phone folds down into thirds, with both sides folding down.Xiaomi co-founder and president Bin Lin said this form factor is “practical and beautiful” and that it “perfectly merges the experience of a tablet and a phone.” No specs or pricing information were given, but Xiaomi is currently taking votes on two possible names: Dual Flex or Mix Flex.Nubia Alpha: Available nownubia-alpha-mwc-2019-6The Nubia Alpha. Patrick Holland/CNET Nubia, an associate company of Chinese phone-maker ZTE, took the  concept of a foldable phone one step further with its Nubia Alpha. The $449 Alpha (£360 and AU$643, converted) is unique in that it’s a phone that wraps around a user’s wrist, similar to a smartwatch. It features a flexible 4.01-inch display, gesture controls and a water-resistant design. Its 5-megapixel camera can also record 10-second videos. However, it’s missing a lot of app support and it doesn’t have Instagram, Google Maps or an internet browser.This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a phone that looks like the Alpha. In 2016, Lenovo had a concept device called CPlus, which had a 4.26-inch display that you bent over your wrist. Unlike the CPlus, the Alpha is a real device you can get now. Xiaomi ZTE Google Huawei Lenovo LG Motorola Samsung Applelast_img read more

first_imgEnhanced Aasara pension distribution has begun across all over Telangana today. The ministers and public representatives are distributing the pensions to beneficiaries in all the districts. The distributed pension is applicable for the June month. Meanwhile, the pension distribution in Hyderabad has been launched by ministers Mahmood Ali and Talasani Srinivas Yadav at Ravindra Bharati. Speaking on the occasion, Talasani said that the government reduced the age for old-age pension eligibility to 57 years. He also said that the chief minister has ordered to ensure that the pension is delivered to all the beneficiaries.last_img read more

first_imgSagarFour days since the death of Sagar, police have failed to arrest the main culprits of the murder. Accused of theft, teenager Sagar was beaten to death in Gauripur, Mymensingh.The police said that till Thursday they could not nab any of the six accused, including Akkas Ali, the prime suspect in the case.The police, however, arrested two men on Tuesday and Wednesday, Riaz Uddin and Fazlur Rahman respectively. In confessional statements, they told a court that hatchery owner Akkas Ali and his staff Qayyum beat Sagar to death.The four other accused in the case statement are Akkas’ brother Jewel, Hasu Miah, Sattar, and Sohel.Meanwhile, Sagar’s mother alleged that two unknown people came to their home in the slum around 12:00am on Thursday and woke them up from bed. When Sagar’s family asked them who they were, they remained silent and offered them Tk 10,000. But they did not reveal why they were offering the money.Sagar’s family refused to take the money.“They could have pressurised us to withdraw the case after giving the money. I don’t want money in exchange of my son’s life. I want justice,” said Sagar’s mother Hasina Khatun.Sagar’s father Shipon Miah said, “Sagar and I would run the family with our earnings. I’m now worried about how to run the family alone.”Sagar used to collect and sell garbage while his father sells cosmetics.Sagar, 16, was tied to an electric pole and brutally beaten to death at the Gauchhiya Hatchery of Char Sreerampur village in Gauripur, on allegations of stealing a water pump.Police recovered Sagar’s body from a bush near the hatchery on Tuesday.Sagar’s father lodged a case in this incident accusing six named and another six to seven unnamed people.Mymensingh police superintendent Syed Nurul Islam said they have taken the case seriously and vowed to arrest the accused soon.Read more: Teenager tied to electric pole, beaten deadlast_img read more

first_imgVladimir Putin. Photo: AFPInternational pressure mounted on Russia’s Vladimir Putin over the Cold-War style poisoning of a spy on British soil, as an ugly war of words took a stinging new turn with comparisons to Hitler in the 1930s.US president Donald Trump agreed with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron “on the need to take action to hold Russia accountable” following the attempted murder of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.Trump expressed “solidarity with the United Kingdom in the wake of Russia’s use of chemical weapons against private citizens on British soil,” the White House said Wednesday after a phone call between the pair.However the comments came a day after Trump called Putin to congratulate him on his re-election to the Russian presidency, drawing criticism for failing to condemn the poisoning or even mention the scandal.Britain and its allies say Russia was behind the attack on Skripal and his daughter, who remain in a critical condition after being poisoned in the English town of Salisbury with what London says is a Soviet-designed nerve agent.But Moscow has angrily rejected the claims and on Wednesday hosted a televised briefing for foreign diplomats at which a senior official mocked Britain’s “island mentality” and “Russophobia”.Foreign ministry official Vladimir Yermakov said London itself could have been behind the poisoning of Skripal, a former Russian officer who sold secrets to Britain and moved there in a 2010 spy swap.“The British authorities are either unable to ensure protection from such a… terrorist attack on its territory, or they directly or indirectly-I am not accusing anyone of anything here-directed the attack on a Russian national,” he said.Yermakov-the head of the ministry’s non-proliferation and arms control department-alternated between tough talk and quips and said in response to a question from a British official: “I am ashamed for you”.The diplomat rejected claims the chemical weapon “Novichok” was used in the attack, saying it would have killed people on the spot and suggested that Washington might have also had a hand in the incident.Hitler comparisonsThe deepening row has already seen Britain throw out 23 Russian diplomats, prompting a tit-for-tat response from Moscow which also closed the British Council cultural institute in Russia.British foreign secretary Boris Johnson said Wednesday that Russia had wanted to send “a sign” with the nerve agent attack on Skripal to warn defectors that they cannot escape Moscow’s power.In an appearance before a committee of MPs in London, Johnson said Russia chose a target in Britain because of London’s record of “calling out” Moscow’s abuses.“I think the reason that they picked the United Kingdom is very simple, it’s because this is a country that does have that particular set of values, it does believe in freedom, and in democracy and in the rule of law, and has time and again called out Russia over its abuses of those values.”Johnson also agreed with an MP who suggested Putin would exploit the 2018 football World Cup in Russia as Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler did the Berlin Olympics.Hitler wanted the 1936 Games to be a symbol of Aryan supremacy and famously refused to shake hands with American star Jesse Owens, the black track and field athlete who won four gold medals in Berlin.“I think the comparison with 1936 is certainly right,” Johnson said, envisaging Putin “glorying in this sporting event”.The spokeswoman for Russia’s foreign ministry Maria Zakharova said in a Facebook post that “(Johnson) is poisoned by hatred and malice, a lack of professionalism and therefore rudeness”.“It’s terrible to think that this man represents the political leadership of a nuclear power,” she said.‘Drivel, rubbish, nonsense’Putin has dismissed allegations of Moscow’s involvement as “drivel, rubbish, nonsense”, while foreign minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday urged the British government to “respond calmly” to the Skripals’ attempted murder.“If the British government continues taking some anti-Russian measures, we will hit back under the principle of reciprocity,” he said in Japan.“Overall, there is no doubt that the British leadership has knowingly chosen to undermine the British-Russian relationship.”Britain says only Russia had the capability, motive and intent to be behind the attack.last_img read more

first_imgPan Ei Mon (L) and Chit Su Win (R), wives of detained Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, attend a press conference in Yangon on 4 September 2018. A global outcry over the jailing of two Reuters journalists has been met with silence from Myanmar`s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a stony response that an official defended on 4 September as a reluctance to criticise the judiciary. Photo: AFPThe wife of one of two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar made an emotional appeal Tuesday to Aung San Suu Kyi to free her husband for the sake of their young daughter, as the leader comes under increasing criticism for her silence on the case.Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were arrested while reporting on atrocities committed during the military’s bloody expulsion of some 700,000 Rohingya Muslims last year.A Yangon court on Monday found them guilty under the Official Secrets Act and sentenced them to seven years in prison, sparking outrage from the UN, EU and US as well as media and rights groups.Suu Kyi was herself subjected to house arrest for some 15 years, relying on foreign media to highlight a plight that kept her away from her own children as they grew up.Kyaw Soe Oo’s wife Chit Su Win, 23, broke down in tears as she asked the Nobel Peace Prize laureate to release her husband, the father of their three-year-old daughter.”I want my husband to come back,” she said. “I cry when my daughter asks me why her father is not with us. She asks me, ‘Does he not love me?'”A UN report last week accused Suu Kyi of failing to use her moral authority to stem the violence last year and called for the generals to be prosecuted for “genocide”.Her silence on the case and the verdict — the sternest test in recent years to free speech in the country — has shredded her reputation even further.But Aung Hla Tun, a former Reuters journalist who is now deputy Minister of Information, defended Suu Kyi’s reticence.”Criticising the judicial system would be tantamount to contempt of court,” he told AFP. “I don’t think she will do it.”A whistleblowing policeman had corroborated the defence argument that the reporters had been entrapped by police, who handed them documents over dinner shortly before their arrest.But the judge chose to ignore the testimony.- ‘Sad Day for Myanmar’ -Lawyers for the pair will appeal the verdict although the lengthy process will take months, if not years.The country’s president, a close ally of Suu Kyi, could also pardon the reporters but experts say any immediate intervention is unlikely.Erstwhile Suu Kyi advocates overseas have been left dismayed by her attitude to the journalists’ ordeal.Her one public reference to the Reuters journalists during the court case — telling Japanese broadcaster NHK that the pair had broken the Official Secrets Act — was criticised by rights groups for potentially prejudicing the verdict.Wa Lone’s wife Pan Ei Mon described the families’ sadness on seeing the interview, saying that was the moment they “realised that she didn’t know about the case clearly”.US diplomat Bill Richardson, a former confidant and member of her advisory board on the Rohingya crisis, alleged she also denounced the two reporters as traitors during a heated exchange at the beginning of the year.While the case horrified the West, domestically it garnered little public attention despite its implications for press freedom.Response to the jailing was mixed.State-backed media barely mentioned the verdict Tuesday although other papers stood in solidarity with the reporters.A publication called 7Day News branded it a “sad day” for Myanmar and carried a large black rectangle on its front page.The English version of the Myanmar Times ran a full front-page photo of Kyaw Soe Oo, calling the verdict “a blow to press freedom” although its Myanmar-language sister paper was more muted, simply urging the overhaul of obsolete laws.On Facebook — the prime source of news for many in a country that only recently came online — comments were overwhelmingly stacked against the reporters, accusing them of bias and some even calling for a harsher sentence.Pan Ei Mon and Chit Su Win say they just try to ignore the negative opinions about their husbands.”Some people say that I was wrong to marry a journalist but I never feel like that,” Chit Su Win said. “He is not only a good journalist but a good husband. I’m proud of him and I will teach my daughter to be proud of her father.”last_img

first_imgOn May 4, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) led a tour of Brookland Middle School in Ward 5 with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. The mayor used the tour of the school to show the secretary-general how D.C. was becoming a greener place. (Courtesy Photos)The District of Columbia has fully embraced the “Go Green” movement and the public schools offer a window into the District’s commitment.On May 4, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) led a tour of Brookland Middle School in Ward 5 with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon as her guest. Ki-Moon was in the District participating in the Climate Action 2016 conference and Bowser, who spoke earlier at the event, wanted to show him an example of how the city is working to become greener.Brookland is considered a model for District schools because it has a green outdoor classroom, a solar learning station, geothermal heating and cooling system, exterior green wall, underground cisterns, and a solar rooftop array, among other amenities. Newly built schools such as Ballou, Wilson, and Roosevelt have green features as well.However, the District has gone further than just the buildings. Green education is an instructional tool for all students K-12. In 2010, D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) passed a bill, The Healthy Schools Act of 2010, that focused on providing healthy nutritious meals for District public school children and created a “D.C. Environmental Literacy Plan” that, in essence, incorporates green education into the general school curriculum.The purpose of the environmental literacy plan is to incorporate into the schools’ the value of sustainability and attempt to get young people to become good stewards of their natural surroundings. “What we try to accomplish through our program is to convince students, but also teachers, the importance of learning about the environment,” Rebecca Davis, past president of the D.C. Environmental Education Consortium, told the AFRO. “For example, you have students who live near the I-295 corridor in Northeast and Southeast Washington but may not know how the exhaust from the cars and trucks that use that highway affects their air quality.”The consortium, founded in 1993, has a mission to bolster the network of environmental and conservation educators in the school system and to increase their capacity to provide meaningful environmental education for the District’s students and residents.According to Fred Lewis, Office of the State Superintendent, funding for green/environmental education programs come from both federal and District taxpayers and agencies. There are some school-based programs that have no cost and some programs are the products of fundraising efforts by the schools.The consortium works closely with the Office of State Superintendent of Education’s D.C. Environmental Literacy Coordinator Grace Manubay. Manubay’s job is to implement the environmental literacy plan, formalized in 2012, with other city agencies, the public and charter school systems, and the University of the District of Columbia.Manubay told the AFRO there are a number of programs that are in place and being developed to make students in the District’s education sector more green aware. While many of the programs are science-based, Manubay said other disciplines are also included.“In the field of art, students at Tyler Elementary School had an ‘Earth Day’ contest in which they created art that dealt with recycling and we had a school that dealt with climate change in one-minute films,” she said. “In the high schools, we are focusing on public speaking contest on environmental topics and at Cesar Chavez Charter School they had to complete a pollution project.”Black students make up the overwhelming majority of students in the District’s public schools and their needs haven’t been ignored. “We have a program through the Department of Energy and the Environment where students in Wards 7 and 8 are immersed in the study of the Chesapeake Bay. In 2013-2014 school years, the program had 19 participants and we have expanded this year to 64. “Our goal is to see this program go across the city to all of the schools.”There are program for teachers and principals in the form of fellowships and study tours. One program has principals sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation has principals from the District spend a number of days on one of the islands of the Chesapeake Bay. Manubay wants to set up an environmental education certification program for teachers and school administrators along with continuing efforts to make the District school curriculum green friendly.last_img read more

first_imgTribal artisans from all over the country will present craft items, handloom products, dry flowers, cane and bamboo products, tribal jewellery, dhokra craft, tribal weaves and embroidery, tribal paintings and a lot more.The main objective of organising Adishilp is to give tribal artisans an opportunity to showcase and sell their traditional arts and crafts directly to the customers and get feedback which would provide valuable inputs. It provides them a platform for direct interface with art and craft lovers, share their talent with the urban elite and know the customers’ tastes and preferences to change their product designs and creations.WHEN: OngoingWHERE: Dilli Haatlast_img read more

first_imgIn 2009 the first annual Festival Internacional del Paste (International Pasty Festival) was held in Real Del Monte, Hidalgo in Mexico. Three years later, the festival was attracting thousands of visitors and had become such a hit with locals that they decided to open the world’s first Cornish Pasty Museum.The classic Cornish Pasty had come a long way from its original home in Cornwall, United Kingdom, where it developed in the tin mining communities as a hearty lunch in it’s own robust package. Pastry was folded into large D-shaped pockets and stuffed with beef, turnips or swedes (rutabagas), potatoes and onions. The crimped edge was designed to be held by dirty hands during a lunch break down in the mine, and this solid crust was often discarded rather than eaten. The pasty became a Cornish community staple.A Cornish Pasty made by Warrens. Photo by David Johnson CC BY-SA 3.0In the 19th century, the British pastry lovers traveled from their home near the Celtic Sea to North America. There, they founded Cornish mining towns in places like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, Montana, South Dakota, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Colorado, and California.An engraving of Cornish miners, 1866.The Cornish miners brought their culture with them, including their love for their traditional Cornish pasty and the British sport of football (soccer). But what the Cornish miners brought to the city of Real Del Monte was truly remarkable, especially for the Mexican locals.Cornish pasties in the oven. Photo by Visitor7 CC BY-SA 3.0The mines of Real Del Monte had been a bountiful source of silver during the three centuries that Spain ruled Mexico (1521 to 1821). But by 1824, the mines were flooded, and the once prosperous city of was feeling the pinch.That’s when a group of English investors bought the mines, formed the Company of the Gentlemen Adventurers, and invited more than 130 mining engineers from Cornwall to resurrect the great mining project.Acosta Mine (Museum) in Real del Monte, Hidalgo State, Mexico.While many of these miners died of yellow fever shortly after disembarking in Veracruz, the rest finally arrived in Real Del Monte to resurrect the mining industry.They pulled Cornish steam engines through rainforests and marshes, drained the water from the Real Del Monte mines, and used their technology and experience to repair and “upgrade” the silver mines.Monument to the Miner in Real de Monte Photo by Richardth -CC BY-SA 3.0The first wave of Cornish miners and engineers were followed by many others, and by the 1840s over 300 of them were working in the Real Del Monte mines.A town in Mexico has banded together to make the worlds biggest Cornish pastyIn the 1830s and 1840s, up to 350 Cornish immigrants were working in the surrounding mines. Some of them returned to the United Kingdom, but many of the miners stayed in Mexico.The Cornish mining intervention brought more than modern technology and economic prosperity to the region. The Mexican people also fell in love with the Cornish pasty and with the Cornish game of football.Cornish pasty shop in Real del Monte.Since becoming a Mexican favorite, the dish (which they call “Paste”) has been tweaked to include peppers, hot chili sauce, chicken, and pineapples. It is often washed down with pulche — a local hooch made from the leaves of the Agave Cactus.Read another story from us: Dangerous Brew: Coffee Drinkers Lost their Head under this Sultan’s RuleThe 2011 grand opening of the Cornish Pasty Museum was led by five expert Mexican bakers who traveled to Cornwall, United Kingdom, to master the art of crimping and shaping the pasty crust.In 2015, Oxford businessman Malcolm Ball pledged to create “Planet Hollywood with a Cornish twist” by opening a second Cornish Pasty Museum in Britain, where the famous recipe was conceived.last_img read more