Sikh policeman saves Muslim youth from mob in Uttarakhand

first_imgA video purportedly showing a Sikh policeman saving a Muslim youth from a mob after the latter was allegedly found in a compromising position with a Hindu girl at a temple near Ramnagar in Nainital district had gone viral. ADG (law and order) Ashok Kumar said the incident occurred on Tuesday when a Muslim youth went to meet his girlfriend, a Hindu, at Garjia Devi temple about 15 km from Ramnagar. Locals came to know about it and reached the temple to catch them, “, he said. On being informed about a trouble in the area, Sub-Inspector Gagandeep Singh rushed to the spot where he found a mob preparing to attack the couple alleging that they had been found in a compromising position. He immediately rushed to their rescue drawing the Muslim youth close to him to act as a shield to him, and in the process taking several blows from the mob on himself, the ADG said, adding the mob was dispersed and the couple was taken to a police station from where they were sent back to their families. Five people whose faces are visible in the clip have been booked and a search is on to nab them. A reward of Rs 2,500 has been announced for Gagandeep Singh for his act of bravery, he said.last_img read more

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Beyoncé, Couture And Palaces: India’s Growing Taste For Mega-weddings

first_imgWhen it comes to elaborate nuptials, few can rival the mega-weddings of India’s super-rich.Recent months have seen a slew of high-profile ceremonies, from a rare Bollywood-Hollywood union (Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas) to what could be one of history’s most expensive weddings (when Isha Ambani, daughter of Asia’s richest man, wed Anand Piramal, the son of a billionaire industrialist).Read it at CNN Related Itemslast_img

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Cops put an end to Hyderabad rickshaw-puller’s full Monty act

first_imgDrunken Duel Inspector Abdul Subhan of the Kenberi Police Station near Bangalore, Karnataka, is practising keeping up a firm guard these days, and is probably jerking his elbows up and down before his mirror every morning before putting on his cap and striding off to duty. The reason for Subhan’s,Drunken DuelInspector Abdul Subhan of the Kenberi Police Station near Bangalore, Karnataka, is practising keeping up a firm guard these days, and is probably jerking his elbows up and down before his mirror every morning before putting on his cap and striding off to duty. The reason for Subhan’s newly-found enthusiasm for the sport is Krishnamurthy.Krishnamurthy, waltzed into the police station one evening, bleeding from the head and obviously tanked up to the gills. He did a short cha-cha-cha before Subhan and then told him that he wanted to lodge a complaint because a gang had thrown sodawater bottles at him. Subhan looked him over, then went inside to fetch the complaint book.While he was rummaging for it, Krishnamurthy had recovered enough to flip his pack of cigarettes out his pocket and light up, so that when Subhan came out of the inner room, a smoke ring nearly strangled him. Subhan gasped for breath and told Krishnamurthy to stop smoking.Perhaps the haze of blue had distorted the young man’s vision so that Subhan looked like a sodawater bottle to him, because he let fly with his right. Subhan out for the count, K.O. Fifteen minutes later Krishnamurthy, now sober and sans cha-cha-cha, was also K.O. – in his cell.Cops’N’ RobbersNight, dark and ominous. A few ghosts flitting here and there, a few cats having it out with each other in the garbage can and a solitary owl talking about melancholy from a tree. And Mr and Mrs Gauri Shanker in their house in Ashok Vihar, New Delhi, fast asleep, like all good souls and true, at 3 p.m. in the morning.But hark, what is that creeping like a bad conscience across yonder balcony? Thief, thief! Mr Gauri Shanker rises, shakes away the bad dream, discovers it isn’t a bad dream, wakes up Mrs Gauri Shanker who starts up trembling and reaches for the rolling pin. No rolling pin. But, as it happens, rolling pin not needed because thief not thief but policeman.advertisementApparently, what had happened was that a few constables on guard duty had seen someone suspicious in the dead of the night. He had disappeared into a house and the policemen, sticking bravely to their duty had gone after him. The Gauri Shanker policeman had shinned up the sewage pipes of their house and was creeping across the balcony in search of the thief.Even as the Gauri Shankers were having their social get-together with the police, other householders were sharing jokes with other sociable guardians of the law on other balconies not so far away. An officer supervised refreshments. The thief, however, wasn’t caught. Maybe the police are saving that pleasure for other spooky nights in the future.Prickly ProblemIt is a story that the thriller writers of the West, so much into mysticism these days, would love to document in a paperback. A young woman, lately married to a man who has no steady job, has what appears to be an unlimited supply of sewing needles in her right breast. Uma Joshi, 19, of Modassa in Sabarkantha district of Gujarat, has been to an Ahmedabad hospital seven times in the last eight months, and doctors there have removed needles from her flesh – 16 in all.As Joshi tells it, once in a while she sees two men coming to her when she is trying to sleep. They pin her down and push the needles into her breast. She used to cry out for help, and her mother would come in and find nobody. The doctors attending on Joshi – her surgeon Dr Umesh Thakkar and her psychiatrist Dr Rajesh Manjiar – feel that Joshi is introducing the needles when she is asleep.Her relatives, feel that Joshi is a victim of black magic. They took her to Himat Shah Bapu in Ahmedabad famous for his cures of people afflicted with black magic. A three-week ceremony notwithstanding, the needles continue to appear. Damien Karras, where are you?Naked CourageAmeeruddin, a 22-year-old rickshaw-puller of Hyderabad, is a most daring man. And shoppers and shopkeepers in the Bazarghat area of Hyderabad will long remember the day he took a stroll in their midst. It was all done for Rs 30. Ameeruddin made a wager: he offered to walk in the nude to a paan shop, buy a paan and walk back, still in the nude. Stripping to his tanned skin, Ameeruddin set out.The young man walked at a leisurely pace – not streaking, just a slow, steady, measured tread. He brought eyes popping out of their sockets, and a number of screeches as car brakes were applied. He bought the paan from a giggling shopkeeper, and was turning to go back when the law intervened.advertisementA few householders after watching Ameeruddin’s brazen swagger under their windows had obviously felt that the baser instincts were being encouraged and had got on the blower. But Ameeruddin’s daring instincts will live long in Bazarghat’s memory.last_img read more

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Ready to play in India despite security threats, insists PCB

first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has insisted that despite security threats, they are ready to send their cricket team to play a series in India.PCB chairman Shahryar Khan said on Thursday alleged that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is not ready to let the Indian team play against Pakistan even in India.”We are ready to play in India, but the Board of Control for Cricket in India is not ready to let the Indian team play against us even in their own country,” Dawn quoted Khan as saying.He maintained that even the International Cricket Council (ICC) accepts that a series between the two arch rivals is the most important series in the cricketing world as it generates “the most” revenue.”A series between Pakistan and India generates the most revenue, even the ICC accepts that,” Khan said.”We will keep our programmes as they are, but not playing a series against India does hurt our revenue generation,” he added.Last week, the PCB had sent a legal notice to its Indian counterpart for failing to honour the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two cricket boards in 2014.According to the 2014 agreement, India were scheduled to play six series against Pakistan, four of them were going to be Pakistan’s home series, subject to clearance from the Government of India.”Nowhere in the contract that we signed with BCCI does it say that playing against Pakistan is subject to their government’s permission,” Khan said.advertisementWhile the BCCI has repeatedly snubbed Pakistan’s request for resumption of ties, the PCB wants the Indian cricket board to honour its commitment of six series between 2015-2023 under the MoU signed, which is subjected to clearance from the Government of India.Despite not playing a full-fledged bilateral series against Pakistan since the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, the arch-rivals have played each other a number of times in the ICC events, with the most recent coming at the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup.last_img read more

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Ohio State OL Taylor Decker Had Some Fun Retweeting All The Incorrect Predictions People Made About The Buckeyes

first_imgTaylor Decker retweets incorrect Ohio State predictions.Taylor Decker spent part of his Wednesday morning doing some work that should please Ohio State fans greatly. The Buckeyes’ offensive tackle surfed Twitter, found a bunch of incorrect predictions made about his national champion team and retweeted them. The 6-foot-7, 315-pound offensive lineman found eight tweets that proved to be very, very wrong. There are plenty, plenty more out there to be found, too. Funny how things work, often those who said you couldn’t will cheer the loudest when you do #raisethewhiteropes— Taylor Decker (@TDeck68) February 25, 2015 Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 6.08.50 PM@TDeck68  Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 6.09.04 PM@TDeck68Decker recognized one of the few people who did not lose faith in Ohio State, too. @TDeck68 looks like i was the opposite of those people pic.twitter.com/4fac4tLB1f— Thomas Khristenko (@ChefKyrie) February 25, 2015Taylor Decker: really good offensive lineman, even better user of Twitter.last_img read more

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Ohio State Insider Has Update On Urban Meyer’s Health

first_imgurban meyer on the sideline of the maryland gameCOLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on during the first half against the Maryland Terrapins at Capital One Field on November 17, 2018 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)Questions were swirling about the health of Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer during the Buckeyes’ win over Maryland on Saturday afternoon.Meyer looked distraught for much of the contest, often putting his hands on his head and his knees, looking anguished.Of course, this could just be due to the fact that Ohio State was struggling against Maryland, looking primed for an upset bid.Still, a lot of people were talking about Meyer’s status during the game.Urban Meyer deserves a Tony Award today for best 1-man play. pic.twitter.com/5Dx9ze7gCw— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) November 17, 2018However, everything appears to be OK for Meyer. One Ohio State football insider said Meyer seemed to be just fine in the locker room.From Yahoo! Sports:A source at Ohio State said after the game that Meyer appeared fine in the locker room and that the feeling on the staff is that he’d endured worse pain during games this season.Meyer has admitted to dealing with headaches during the season, as he’s previously had surgery for a brain cyst.Ohio State is now entering its most-important week of the season, as the Buckeyes are set to host Michigan at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. Kickoff is set for noon E.T. The game will be on FOX.last_img read more

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How the boy from Manchester Rose to the Top of the Media World. Meet Aaron Edwards

first_imgI’m a Mancunian (person hailing from Manchester, UK) transplant and I’ve been living in New York for around six years. Prior to New York, I was a financial analyst for five years at an investment bank, before leaving the big smoke (London) to team up with my partner in crime and sister Samantha.The Charles (named after our great grandfather) is a creative agency specializing in immersive digital story telling for clients such as Cartier, WSJ, Bloomberg Media and Netflix. With humble beginnings, The Charles has grown from strength to strength with this year marking the arrival of new offices in Chicago and London and a new content division called Jane (named after our great grandmother).Bourne from an insatiable appetite for creative our goal is to reinvent the way our clients do business and align their strategic goals to our conceptual thinking and agile design process. With the arrival of our new content division, we now have the ability to extend our reach by bringing our interactive digital experiences to the physical world. I truly believe the convergence of technology, design and virtual reality is the future of brand marketing and advertising.As for my personal style:I’m really into mens fashion and have an obsession with these two Parisian twin brothers, Les Freres Jochaim. Their silhouettes are the epitome of cool for me and I love how they mix high fashion with street wear to create a look that’s applicable for any type of meeting. For me luxury is about being comfortable and wearing fine materials in a relaxed wayJeans: Frame Denim and Fear Of God for more casual events.Shirts: Comme Des Garcon Shirt, Lemaire Pants: Juun J cropped black pleated pantsSuits: Boglioli and Barena are my go to for sport coats meetings and Raf Simons for dinners and parties.Shoes: I have these bad ass super high top boots made by Anne DeMeulemeester that I like to pair with tapered sweats pants or trousers and I have an unhealthy obsession with Rick Owens Ramones low and high tops and Common Projects.Accessories: My Rolex Daytona is my go to everyday watch. It might sound like overkill but I believe expensive items are to be worn not locked away… plus there’s nothing better than wearing a vintage worn tee and some battered jeans and a nice classic watch.Outerwear: Acne Charlie CoatFavorite cologne: Tom Ford Tuscan Leather Favorite app: Instagram Favorite piece of technology: STASH a friend of mine Co-founded this investment app. I’m 3 months in and I’m making money from it so really happy about that!Next style/gear purchase: Another Acne Charlie Coat Tuxedo Tips: Your Guide to Nailing Black-Tie Attire Editors’ Recommendations The Best Black Jeans to Have You Stepping Out in Style Dirtbag Style Guide: 5 Lessons That Apply to Everyone Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America last_img read more

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What to Do in Mexico City: 33 Best Restaurants, Bars, Shops, and Destinations

first_img The Best Steakhouse Whiskey Collections in the United States 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities We’re head-over-heels for this home goods store, which sells everything from bright tin tumblers to beautiful wool blankets for excellent prices. Handsome desk supplies, enamelware, and even quality chefs knives were some of our favorite in-store finds at Utilitario Mexico, and you’re sure to find something you can’t live without the moment you step inside. Check out their online store to plan your attack before visiting in person.QuerenciaWe stumbled upon this flower and plant store while shopping near Plaza Washington in the lovely Juárez neighborhood and we found quite a few souvenirs to spruce up our happy homes stateside. Aside from a variety of lush plant life, Querencia sells ceramic pots, jewelry, funky patches, and other knick knacks to remind you of your time in Mexico City. Not only are the goods unique, but they are quite affordable too.Loose BluesLoose Blues/FacebookFans of Japanese brands must visit the multi-level Loose Blues in Juárez. Inside you’ll find men’s and women’s clothing, jewelry, leather accessories, and a curated vinyl selection. Wander upstairs to the Japanese cafe for a snack or a drink at the inviting bar. While you’re up there, browse the small room of home goods and debate on whether you should splurge on shipping that vintage typewriter or mid-century side table back home.FonartYou’ll notice Fonart locations sprinkled all over the city — it’s the place to go for quality artisan work from every region in Mexico. The prices are higher than in some of the markets and other local shops, but Fonart guarantees that artists are paid a fair wage for their superior works. As many of the pieces you’ll find in Fonart are large or fragile, we suggest going there early in your trip so you have time to figure out a packing strategy for anything you buy.Fifty Mils. Max Schwartz/The ManualRestaurants and BarsAzul HistoricoAzul has a few restaurants scattered across the city, but the Historico location is one of the prettiest settings we’ve ever seen. Located in the middle of a small shopping center, tables are scattered among live trees underneath the open sky (with a retractable roof in case of rain). The classic dishes are artfully prepared — soups are served on gorgeous blue platforms, and some are placed inside beautiful, sculptural bowls. Classic black and red Oaxacan moles dress chicken and seafood, and tender pork tacos are topped with a homemade Yucatecan salsa. Save room for one of the Azul Historico’s delectable desserts.Taco TourMax Schwartz/The ManualNo trip to Mexico City is complete without eating your weight in tacos, but knowing the best places to go is crucial, as the thousands of options can be quite overwhelming. Salas knows how to navigate the street food scene, so he took us on a taco eating tour so we could try the very best CDMX has to offer. First, stop by Taqueria Los Cocuyos and order a suadero (meat cut from between the belly and leg of a cow or pig) taco topped with nothing but white onions. Then, move on to Cantina La No. 7 (Calle Ayuntamiento 21, Centro, 06050 Cuauhtémoc) for the famous rolled tacos. Don’t miss the lazy Susan of salsa atop each table to give your tacos a kick. Finally, save room for our personal favorite El Turix. There, the move is a panucho, which is essentially a tostada that has beans cooked into the center of the dough. Get it topped with homemade cochinita pibil and pickled onions for one of the best meals you’ll ever eat.Balcón del ZócaloWe were lucky to dine at Balcón del Zócalo on the night of Mexican Independence Day because the restaurant overlooks the city square. But even if you’re not celebrating a national holiday, this restaurant is worth a visit. It offers two tasting menus with modern takes on traditional Mexican cuisine, one with nine courses and the other with five. If you’d rather order a la carte, some of our favorite dishes include the fava bean tostada with buttered escamoles (ant eggs); prime rib eye with corn esquites, chipotle mayonnaise, and habanero sauce; and the cheese flan with caramel amaretto and candied almonds.ZanayaMax Schwartz/The ManualEven if you’re not staying at the Four Seasons (more on that later), you have to stop by Zanaya for brunch. Situated on a stunning tiled terrace in the hotel’s courtyard, stepping into the restaurant is like walking into a secret garden that’s filled with the sounds of live mariachi and succulent smells wafting from the many food stations set up around the space. You can choose your own adventure and spring for traditional Mexican fare like pozole, tacos, and carnitas that are sliced from the spit to your plate. The grill station has perfectly charred octopus, shrimp, steak, and veggies with a variety of homemade salsas to try. There’s made-to-order pasta, sushi, and a raw bar stocked with crudo and ceviches. Charcuterie, cheese, and a dessert section with a crepe station round out the experience. Order the bottomless mimosas to ensure your glass is never empty.Forever VeganoIf you need a little break from all the meaty goodness Mexico City has to offer, pop into Forever Vegano for dishes like homemade hummus, baja cauliflower tacos, veggie-topped peanut noodles, and warming soups. They have two cool locations in Roma and Polcano, and both offer English menus if you’re in the mood for some familiar reading. Don’t leave without downing one of their homemade ginger and lemon shots for good measure.RosettaRosetta/FacebookRosetta might be the most beautiful restaurant in all of Mexico City. Chef Elena Reygadas is a master baker, which is quite obvious the moment you’re welcomed with perfectly thin, crunchy breadsticks and pillowy focaccia. The menu at Rosetta leans Italian and many of the small plates are focused on seasonal vegetables with simple but flavorful preparations. The homemade pasta is not to be missed, and meaty main dishes like veal sweetbreads and suckling pig are given the local treatment with traditional Mexican ingredients and preparations. The service is proper without being stuffy, which makes Rosetta a very special place to dine out in CDMX.LardoWhile Lardo is the more casual restaurant from chef Reygadas, the dishes are just as thoughtful and delicious as they are at Rosetta. The restaurant is situated on a busy corner in Condesa and filled with stylish locals having a leisurely lunch or wine-filled dinner. We sat at the bar so we could watch the open kitchen in action, which includes a wood-fired pizza oven with a spinning turntable to evenly char the restaurant’s perfect pies. We started with lardo and caper toast, which is another example of Reygadas’ perfect bread. The ham croquettes are a must-order, and you should definitely try a couple of pizzas. Our favorite was topped with huitlacoche and stracciatella, which gave it a creamy, funky flavor under the snap of fresh greens. Don’t leave without ordering a few pastries from the takeout counter — the guava, dulce de leche, and lemon varieties are not to be missed.La DocenaLa Docena/FacebookThis lively oyster bar and restaurant features a big dining room, friendly staff, and bustling dinner scene that will get you good and ready for a night on the town. Fresh seafood is presented on ice, and La Docena serves it every which way from sashimi to sardine toast to grilled oysters (try them with butter and herbs). The restaurant boasts a lot of Spanish tapas-style dishes like a big plate of succulent jamón Ibérico de Bellota and a round of gooey cheese that’s been grilled and dressed in oil, herbs, and spices to spread on pan con tomate. La Docena is known for their po boys, so definitely try one of the seafood-filled sandwiches if you came with a big appetite.La Casa de ToñoWe wandered into this local chain after a night out to soak up some of the mezcal we sampled, and the fun, diner-like setting was a perfect way to cap off the evening. La Casa de Toño, some of which are open 24 hours, is a local chain that’s known for its soul-warming pozole, a hominy-based stew piled high with the fixins’ of your choice. But we came for the quecas, or deep fried quesadillas filled with meat, veggies, or just served plain. We tried one with cheese and another that was stuffed with perfectly greasy chicharrones, accompanied by tall bottles of ice-cold sparkling water. The food is cheap and delicious and makes for a perfect late night snack.Nevería RoxyNeveria Roxy/FacebookThis classic shop has been serving its homemade ices and ice cream since 1946, and though Nevería Roxy expanded, you can still visit the original location in Condesa. They make a flavor for everyone, from nutty varieties like pistachio and macadamia (a must try) to familiar preparations like vanilla and dark chocolate to some local favorites like plátano and coconut. The eatery also serves malt milkshakes, banana splits, and other delicious treats.Fifty MilsFifty Mils is our favorite place to drink in Mexico City. Located next to the idyllic courtyard of the Four Seasons Hotel, it has everything we look for in a great bar. The service is impeccable, the setting is plush and beautiful, and the atmosphere is welcoming and relaxed. The cocktails here are incredible, and there’s something for every palate. Take the Billy the Kid, a showstopper that’s made with bourbon, vodka, caramel tea, cinnamon syrup, lemon, and Angostura bitters and served on a smoking wooden platter. The refreshing MA 75 is a bubbly mix of gin, white port, cantaloupe seed syrup, lemon, champagne, and peach bitters. But you can have the bartender make you something off menu too. One of our favorites was a flute full of Milagro Añejo Tequila, lime, pomegranate, and Champagne.Hanky PankyMax Schwartz/The ManualDon’t even bother showing up at the Hanky Panky location you might retrieve on Google Maps. This true speakeasy — which is tucked in the back of a nondescript taco shop — keeps its real location carefully guarded, and only those who email the bar and snag a reservation are invited inside. Jumping through the hoops, however, is totally worth it, as Hanky Panky serves some of the best cocktails in Mexico City. Bartender’s choice is the move here, so simply talk to the knowledgeable staff and let them know the spirit and flavor profile you prefer. One of our favorite drinks was a sweet-tart sour, made with Milagro Tequila and garnished with a crinkle cut orange peel attached to the glass with a tiny clothespin. If you’re feeling peckish after a couple of hours, order some tacos from the front shop, which are incredibly delicious.Maison ArtemisiaWalk up the stairs to the left of Loup Bar, and you’ll find yourself in Maison Artemisia, a speakeasy-type cocktail bar with a lively, international crowd. The focus here is absinthe, which you can’t miss because of the fountains and other green fairy paraphernalia perched on the back bar. A DJ is often spinning some sexy dancing tunes, and the two-story, old house setting is filled with plush vintage furniture and old photographs that give it a relaxing, lived-in feel.XamanMax Schwartz/The ManualXaman might be the coolest bar in Mexico City. It’s inspired by pre-Hispanic culture, the aesthetics of shamanism, and the power of plants to create a setting that is modern, mystical, and just downright awesome. The space is dedicated to smoke, and you’ll often smell the burning of herbs and other botanicals wafting through the air. A DJ is spinning lo-fi house tunes on most nights, which gives the room an energetic but relaxed feel. All of the cocktails here are dangerously good, and the preparations are just as beautiful as the liquid inside the glass. Our favorite is cocktail 12, which is served in a small pot topped with a beaded Huichol jaguar head. It’s mixed with reposado tequila, chicha morada (purple corn milk), cactus fruit shrub, mezcal, damiana guaycura (a Mexican herbal liqueur), and guaje bitters.Licorería LimantourLicorería Limantour has been making the list of The World’s 50 Best Bars for years, and 2018 was no different. We love it because the setting is laidback and friendly, but the drinks are thoughtful and delicious. Both their classic cocktails and signature creations are worth sampling, and bartender’s choice is always an option if you’re craving something extra specific. After a drink or two, order the bar’s delicious appetizer platter, which comes piled high with things like brie lollipops, ceviche tostadas, patatas bravas, and meaty rolled tacos.Cantina Cruise with BondabuMax Schwartz/The ManualMexico City is full of incredible cocktail bars, but it’s also rife with traditional cantinas where you’ll find the locals sipping away. Because it can be difficult to find the best ones on your own, we decided to embark on a Cantina Cruise with Bondabu. Bondabu is a company that wants CDMX visitors to explore the city off the beaten path. The team of bilingual guides has created a number of experiences — from hidden neighborhood walks to a taco tour — to help you see the city from a local perspective. Our Cantina Cruise took us to four local watering holes; we enjoyed a drink at each spot, along with some delicious snacks at the last destination. We checked out one of the oldest pulquerias in the city, sipped tequila at a historic bullfighter bar, and were serenaded by multiple musicians along the way. We had an incredible time with our guide, Ernesto, but have faith that you’d be in good hands with any of the Bondabu gurus.El PalenquitoNot only do the owners of this bar have their own mezcal (Mezcales Milagrito, which is a must-try), but they also have four unique places in CDMX where you can taste some of the best expressions of the spirit found during their travels around Mexico. Our favorite is El Palenquito, a dim, rustic bar in Roma Norte. The ever-changing list of mezcals features liquids made from different agave varieties — plus some interesting blends — that are sourced from Oaxaca, along with traditional snacks from the region. We tried about 15 mezcals during our visit, all of which are poured out of giant glass jugs that are perched on the back bar. We snacked on fried crickets, which look scary but are absolutely delicious when seasoned with salt, spices, and citrus. We sat at the bar and Brian guided us through the list and let us taste some of El Palenquito’s signature cocktails along the way. If you’re looking for a place to experience the true nuances of great mezcal, pay this bar a visit.Four SeasonsHotelsFour Seasons Hotel Mexico CityIf we could move into a hotel, the Four Seasons Mexico City would be the one. The property is elegant without being stuffy, and the staff makes you feel welcome from the moment you step through the doors. Each room is plush and comfy, so it’s the perfect place to retreat after a day exploring the ever-energetic CDMX. Thick terry bathrobes and slippers provide comfort as you take in the gorgeous courtyard view outside your window. Marble bathrooms feature luxury bath products and a deep soaking tub, while the mini bar and in-room Nespresso maker provide your fix without stepping into the hall. We started each morning with a trip to the lobby’s Pan Dulce, a bakery serving Mexican and French pastries, sandwiches, and strong coffee. We suggest taking your breakfast into the lush courtyard where you’ll find tropical birds, a massive fountain (that spouts fire at night), and a network of tiny alcoves where you can dream away the day. The other dining options are fantastic. Pop into Il Becco for an Italian feast, spring for an elaborate brunch at Zanaya, or check out the aforementioned Fifty Mils. Pamper yourself at the spa with one of the Four Season’s indulgent treatments or take a dip in the rooftop pool on warm days. The concierge and friendly staff are always on call to help you with every need—they’ll make you feel like a king, if only for a few days.La Palomilla Bed & BreakfastMax Schwartz/The ManualLa Palomilla Bed & Breakfast is situated in the La Roma Norte/Condesa neighborhood, which is one of the prettiest, safest, and coolest areas of Mexico City. Tucked into a quiet side street, the seven-bedroom property offers modern accommodations with a local feel, perfect if you’re looking for both comfort and indie style during your stay. Upon arrival, a custom luggage dumbwaiter will transport your belongings to your room. Each is colorfully decorated with local art and traditional Mexican textiles and includes a spacious ensuite bathroom with a rainfall showerhead and Loredana organic bath products. The property is designed with a beautiful sun terrace where you can take your coffee on sunny mornings, and the main common area is designed with an open-air tiled patio that sweeps fresh air into the space. The breakfast at La Palomilla is a true treat. The menu changes daily and starts with fresh fruit and toast, followed by rotating dishes like spicy scrambled eggs with manchego, black beans, and avocado. We loved everything about this delightful property, especially the staff. They are friendly and full of great recommendations, from museums to local restaurants. They’ll even help you set up cool experiences like a local cantina tour (see above). One day we were feeling under the weather and we came back to find Alka-Seltzer and a handmade worry doll perched on our pillow with a note wishing us to feel better. La Palomilla offers a truly memorable CDMX experience.Le Méridien Mexico CityIf you prefer sleeping in a suite when you travel, then Le Méridien is the perfect place for your Mexico City stay. Every room in this all-suite hotel is designed with a bedroom, living area, kitchenette with a mini fridge and microwave, and a spacious bathroom. Plush bathrobes and fuzzy slippers will make you feel at home, and business travelers can rest easy knowing there is a well-appointed workspace in each room. Room service is available 24 hours, and on-premise French restaurant C’est la Vie offers a breakfast buffet along with a la carte dining for all three meals. Stop by Latitude Bar, which overlooks the lobby, for a pre-dinner cocktail or nightcap before retreating to your room. The property features a gym and a beautiful heated indoor pool, so you can stay fit on the go. We were most impressed with the concierge, who helped us procure tape and scissors for packing purposes and accepted an important delivery (aka mezcal) when we were out and about one evening. Le Méridien’s central location and comfortable accommodations make it a perfect and familiar place to stay during your adventures in CDMX. If you’re looking for above and beyond service and stunning surroundings, along with a world-class spa, check out the sister Marriott property, The St. Regis, for a truly memorable hotel stay.center_img Mezcal Unión Takes a People-First Approach to Making Spirits There is no place in the world quite like Mexico City. The juxtaposition of ancient lore and cultural traditions with sleek, modern architecture and a dynamic art scene creates a whirlwind energy that makes you see life in a new light. You can eat at world-class restaurants and sip cocktails at some of the best bars on Earth, but not before chowing down on $1 street tacos that are literally the best you’ll ever have in your life. The streets are filled with bright murals and the sounds of mariachi bands playing music from corners and balconies and pretty much anywhere else. Mexico City — aka La Ciudad de México, or CDMX for short — boasts more than 150 museums and its massive markets house crafts from some of the best artisans in the world. If this North American metropolis isn’t on your radar, now is the time to get acquainted.Last month, we were invited to tour Mexico City with Milagro Tequila’s national brand ambassador Jaime Salas. Because Salas lived between San Francisco and Mexico growing up, he knows the city well. During our week in CDMX, we discovered the best places to explore, eat, drink, shop, and sleep. Check out our guide and start planning your trip to this vibrant city.Things to DoChapultepec CastleMax Schwartz/The ManualLocated atop a hill in the lush Chapultepec Forest, Chapultepec Castle is the only castle in North America that once housed actual sovereigns. Most recently, it was the residence of Emperor Maximilian I and his wife, Empress Carlota, who lived there from 1864 to 1867 and redesigned it in the neoclassical style, which was en vogue at the time. As you explore both inside and outside the castle’s walls, you can see how rooms were opulently designed and catch a great view of the city on the stunning black and white tiled terrace. Chapultepec Castle is also home to the National Museum of Cultures, so you can view the various collections on display when you visit.Templo MayorWhen the Aztecs founded Tenochtitlán — or Mexico City as we know it today — in 1325, they constructed the Templo Mayor and dedicated it to Huitzilopochtli, god of war, and Tlaloc, god of rain and agriculture. When the city was invaded by the Spanish, they destroyed the temple in 1521 to make way for a new cathedral. The site was all but unknown until 1978 when a group of electricians found a stone carving of the Aztec goddess, Coyolxauhqui. They decided to demolish the surrounding colonial buildings so they could excavate the Templo Mayor. Because this sight is thought to be the exact location that Mexico City was first established, this beautiful ruin is a must-see.Lucha LibreWe love attending sporting events in foreign countries because seeing the fans get into the game is such a cool way of peeking behind the curtain of a different culture. Just like a baseball game in Japan is a must, catching a Lucha Libre match in Mexico City is one of the coolest things you can do when you visit. We were lucky enough to attend the 85th anniversary of Lucha Libre at Arena México and it was a sight to behold. Before you go inside, snag a colorful mask from one of the many vendors slinging them outside the show. Once seated, vendors will be walking up and down the aisles, taking orders for Micheladas and selling traditional snacks. Make sure you try a bag of chips “dressed.” Choose your favorite kind (we love Doritos) and let the vendor swathe them in a thick, tangy hot sauce. Trust us, it’s life changing.Museo Nacional de AntropologíaMuseo Nacional de Antropología is a must-visit, especially if you have a love for anthropology and ancient artifacts. It’s divided into sections based on time period; you can learn about everything from the first settlement of the Americas to Teotihuacan to the Mayas. Inside, you’ll find reproductions of historic structures, artifacts like deities and jewelry, artworks both large and small, and even the tombs of historic leaders that have been laid to rest with their most prized possessions. Give yourself a few hours to explore if you really want to dive deep into the museum’s collections.Casa Luis BarragánCasa Luis BarragánFor fans of modern architecture, the Luis Barragán house is another absolute must. As the only individual property in Latin America to receive the honor of UNESCO World Heritage status, it’s a true sight to see. The residence was the private home to the architect, and it gives the viewer some insight into the solitary personality of the artist. Intimate tours are offered daily by appointment, and you should definitely book in advance online because they sell out quickly. You’ll see how Barragán artfully meshed the indoor space with his massive outdoor garden, how both friends and acquaintances slept when visiting, and how he used color to breathe life into a space that some consider quite cold.Museo Frida KahloWe admit that we didn’t know all that much about Frida Kahlo before touring her home, so it was an incredibly eye-opening experience and intimate look into her world. Dubbed Casa Azul, the Frida Kahlo Museum is housed in her bright blue childhood home, where she later lived with Diego Rivera in CDMX’s Coyoacán neighborhood. You’ll find her works, her paints and other artist materials, and even the urn where her ashes sit inside her old bedroom. The property is bright and vibrant with a beautiful garden where you can sit and reflect after touring the house. We recommend buying tickets online in advance, paying $3 for a photo pass, and renting an audio guide to get the most out of the experience.La Ciudadela Giulia Fiori Photography/Getty ImagesShoppingLa CiudadelaThis was our favorite place to shop in all of Mexico City. Every stall at La Ciudadela has something beautiful and handcrafted for sale, and the prices are good for the quality of work. We came across stunning tapestries, bright woven baskets, glass swizzle sticks topped with everything imaginable (think watermelons to flamingos to cacti), and copper vases hand painted with colorful birds and flowers. Go here when you have an hour or two to browse and get lost in the vibrant work of Mexican artisans.IkalIkalWe had such fun browsing this men’s, women’s, and home concept store, which is located on an upscale strip of retail and restaurants in the Polcano neighborhood. Ikal offers independent brands from Mexico and around the world, each with a unique story. You’ll find a mix of clothing, shoes, leather goods, jewelry, home decor and fragrance, intimate toys and apparel, and even a shelf with some cool new mezcal brands. The staff is friendly and can help you navigate Ikal’s ever rotating selection.Mercado de CoyoacánLocated a few blocks from the Museo Frida Kahlo, Mercado de Coyoacán is full of vendors selling crafts, foodstuffs, clothing, and anything else you can imagine. Go early before the crowds descend upon the stalls or stop in for lunch after touring the Casa Azul. With so many winding aisles, it’s easy to get lost in this vast market, so give yourself ample time to explore so you don’t become overwhelmed with the selection.Utilitario Mexico Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

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SDC Calls for Local Economic Initiatives to Access its Services

first_img “We help with network building and creating partnerships with key stakeholders. We also aid in grant applications for the LEIs to source other funds outside of the SDC to provide capital and acquire the needed resources,” he said.  The Social Development Commission (SDC) is encouraging small entrepreneurs within communities to access its services through the Local Economic Development Support Programme (LEDSP).Speaking with JIS News, Acting Public Relations Manager at the SDC, Mandel McKulsky said Local Economic Initiatives (LEIs) can benefit from capacity building to develop business plans and models.“We help with network building and creating partnerships with key stakeholders. We also aid in grant applications for the LEIs to source other funds outside of the SDC to provide capital and acquire the needed resources,” he said.The Acting Public Relations Manager added that through support and guidance, local economic initiatives were contributing to the national economy.Acting Public Relations Manager at the Social Development Commission (SDC), Mandel McKulsky. Speaking with JIS News, Acting Public Relations Manager at the SDC, Mandel McKulsky said Local Economic Initiatives (LEIs) can benefit from capacity building to develop business plans and models. Story Highlightscenter_img The Social Development Commission (SDC) is encouraging small entrepreneurs within communities to access its services through the Local Economic Development Support Programme (LEDSP). The LEDSP is one of seven programmes of the SDC through which different partners in a local area are brought together to work and harness local resources for sustainable economic growth.Presently, the SDC is inviting proposals for the following grants – the Local Economic Development (LED) Grant totalling $2.7 million, with a maximum allocation of $100,000 per LEI; the Community Priority Project Grant, with a maximum allocation of $150,000 per group; and the Governance Capacity Grant, with a maximum allocation of $80,000 per group.Application forms can be accessed through the SDC’s website https://sdc.gov.jm/social-development-commission-grant-call-for-proposals/ and submitted with accompanying documents to the respective SDC Parish Office no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday, March 8.Meanwhile, SDC Local Economic Development Coordinator for Manchester and St. Elizabeth, Damian Lowe, underscored the importance of developing local economic initiatives.“We want to go further with the LEDSP because there are many persons who don’t know how to take their ideas or businesses to the level where it is sustainable with clients and earnings that can contribute directly to employing persons,” Mr. Lowe said.“More importantly, persons with disabilities are not left out of this programme, so we are making that sort of connection with those who want to delve into business but do not have the resources, time or persons to hold their hands and walk with them through that journey till they can run,” he added.Mr. Lowe is also encouraging microbusiness owners and persons with business ideas to seek the assistance they need.“We (the SDC) are in every parish. There are community development committees that meet every month that you can engage. Just make the call, make the journey to our parish offices, stop our officers when you see us in our branded shirts and talk to us; we will steer you in the right direction. That is what we are here for,” he urged.A list of all SDC Parish Offices can be found on their website at https://sdc.gov.jm/contact-us/.last_img read more

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UK: A&P Falmouth to Repair SS Shieldhall

first_imgap-group, December 18, 2013 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location Print  Close zoom A&P Falmouth, the internationally-renowned ship repair company and part of A&P Group, has won a major contract with the historic steamship SS Shieldhall, based in Southampton.The contract was won against stiff competition from other shipyards and cements A&P’s reputation for excellence and efficiency.It also highlights the company’s long-term partnering relationship with the SS Shieldhall – the largest steamship of her type in Europe – and the importance of repeat business to A&P.The contract will see A&P Falmouth undertaking major hull repair and modification work in dry dock, extending the life of the steamship for another 25 years. Work will take place in April 2014 and is being funded by a £1.4 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant.Graham Mackenzie, Marketing Director of Solent Steam Packet, said: “It was a highly competitive contract because we had to comply with HLF’s procurement guidelines and get a minimum of three quotes.“We chose A&P Falmouth because it not only represented the best value for money, but because it put together a very detailed response and we felt it enabled us to go back to the yard we have worked with for the past 10 years, where we have built up a rapport with the management and the workers on the coal face.“We are delighted to be coming back to A&P Falmouth. If someone had asked where we would really like the work to be done then we would have said with A&P, because of our previous experience, but for this contract, best value was the overriding consideration.“Work on a heritage ship such as ours is quite special and it’s not the sort of job any shipyard can do, it has to be sympathetic to what we are trying to do. A&P really is a trusted name for us.”A heritage cargo-passenger ship, included in the National Historic Fleet, Shieldhall was built and launched on the Clyde in 1955, to a classic pre-WW2 design. She had a long and successful first career with Glasgow Corporation – year round, carrying treated sludge out to sea and, in the summer, taking passengers on pleasure trips. Bought in 1977 by Southern Water she was finally withdrawn from commercial service in 1985 – but saved and purchased for £20,000 in 1988 by the charity that still operates her now.Today the 2,000 tonne Shieldhall is a unique seagoing ‘time capsule’. She provides a working example of steamship machinery both above and below deck, typical of the cargo and passenger ships that plied the oceans of the world between the 1870s and 1960s, after which they became all but extinct. Whilst other heritage ships are held permanently in dry dock, Shieldhall remains active, with a cruise programme that allows passengers to access the engine room with its two impressive 800HP steam engines at work and the bridge, complete with traditional instruments and gleaming brasswork. The hull repairs to be undertaken by A&P will mean Shieldhall will gain a fully certified UK Class III Certificate enabling her to take a ‘conservation in action’ message beyond her Solent base. Shieldhall’s 2014 sailing dates are listed at www.ss-shieldhall.co.ukPeter Child, Managing Director of A&P Falmouth, said: “This is a significant contract for us and we are delighted to working with Shieldhall once again. She has strong ties with Falmouth and we are pleased to celebrate the continuing success of the partnership and Shieldhall’s confidence in A&P Falmouth to carry out the work.“Once again we have proved we provide excellent value for money and a high standard of workmanship. We look forward to continuing this relationship and welcoming Shieldhall and the team to Falmouth.”last_img read more

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Grippe porcine en NouvelleÉcosse

first_imgLe ministère de la Promotion et de la Protection de la santé, conjointement avec l’Agence de la santé publique du Canada, a confirmé quatre cas de grippe porcine à Windsor, dans le comté de Hants. « Il n’y a aucune raison pour la communauté de Windsor ou pour les Néo-Écossais de trop s’inquiéter, » a dit le Dr Robert Strang, médecin-hygiéniste en chef de la province. « Les personnes touchées par cette maladie ont démontré des symptômes légers et se rétablissent. Personne, jusqu’à présent, n’a été hospitalisé en raison de cette maladie. Toutefois, nous demeurons vigilants et nous continuons notre surveillance dans la région de Windsor et à l’échelle de la province. » Comme les autres régions du Canada, la Nouvelle-Écosse a été mise au courant de ce problème de santé potentiel la semaine dernière. Le ministère de la Promotion et de la Protection de la santé a immédiatement communiqué avec le réseau de professionnels de la santé dans les régies de la province afin de s’assurer qu’ils étaient tous au courant et prêts à réagir rapidement. « La Nouvelle-Écosse est en bonne position pour prendre des mesures concernant cette situation, » a dit Pat Dunn, ministre de la Promotion et de la Protection de la santé. « Nous avons un système de santé publique solide dans cette province, doté de professionnels hautement qualifiés et bienveillants. J’ai entièrement confiance en leur capacité de gérer toute question de santé publique qui pourrait être soulevée. » Le ministère poursuivra ses efforts de surveillance à l’échelle de la province à l’aide des pratiques et protocoles établis en matière de santé publique. Tout cas supplémentaire identifié sera aussi examiné en profondeur. « Nous avons pris toutes les mesures nécessaires pour se préparer en vue de toute situation, » a dit le Dr Strang. « Nous avons réagi rapidement, et le fait que nous ayons identifié ces cas indique que nos efforts supplémentaires sont efficaces. » Il est recommandé que toute personne qui prévoit voyager au Mexique reçoive le vaccin anti-grippal. La prévention est toujours la meilleure approche pour prévenir les maladies. On recommande aux Néo-Écossais de bien se laver les mains souvent, de se couvrir la bouche lorsqu’ils toussent et de rester à l’écart des endroits publics lorsqu’ils sont malades.last_img read more

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Hima sprints to 4th gold in 15 days

first_imgNew Delhi: There seems to be no stopping Hima Das as the ace Indian sprinter won her fourth international gold within 15 days after she bagged the top honours in the 200m race at the Tabor Athletics Meet in Czech Republic. On Wednesday, Hima clocked 23.25 seconds to clinch gold. Her compatriot V.K. Vismaya won the silver medal with a season best 23.43. In the men’s event also national record holder Muhammad Anas clinched the gold medal in 45.40 seconds in 400m race. Anas, on July 13, had won gold in the men’s 400m race as he clocked 45.21 seconds to bag the top honours at Kladno. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open This was Hima’s fourth gold since July 2 when she ran her first competitive race in Europe. “Won another gold today in 200m and improved my timings to 23.25s at Tabor GP,” the sprinter from Assam tweeted after her victory. In her first competitive 200m race of the year on July 2, Hima had clocked 23.65s to win gold at the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix, also in Poland. Then on July 8, she won her second 200m gold at the Kutno Athletics Meet in Poland. Braving a sore back, the Assam runner had clocked 23.97 seconds to win the gold while Kerala runner V.K. Vismaya had grabbed silver with a timing of 24.06 seconds. On July 13, she won her third 200m gold at the Kladno Athletics Meet in Czech Republic with a time of 23.43 seconds.last_img read more

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TEST OF NERVES

first_imgFor a long time now, Test cricket has been limited to sparse bilateral series. It has turned boring, without context or purpose, and has been constantly criticised for its dragged five-day format. Questions were raised on why one should wait for five long days when other formats like Twenty-20 throw up results for fans in just three hours. The traditional form of cricket, which is far more involved, rests on unfolding drama and uncertainty – yet, it is unable to pull crowds. Test cricket is all about changing tactics that test the skill-set of a player. Only old fans of cricket can cherish the satisfaction that a player derives in the constant battle between ball and bat, only found in Tests. Yet, the charm among fans is dissipating as most stadiums go empty for even the most testing games. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhICC World Test Championship Like world cups in other formats, ICC has introduced the World Test Championship (WTC) to revitalise the popularity of Test cricket. ICC hopes that WTC will push teams to play for something beyond a series result – even the dead rubber matches will gain relevance now. Recently, in an interview, Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli rightly said, “We are awaiting the ICC World Test Championship with great enthusiasm as it adds context to the longest format of the game. Test cricket is very challenging and coming out on top in the traditional form is always highly satisfying.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterICC first came up with the idea in 2009 and the championship was approved in 2010, with plans of hosting the first edition in 2013. But it was postponed to 2017 and later stood cancelled. Finally, the Ashes Series, which started on August 1 between Test cricket’s oldest rivals Australia and England, marked the beginning of WTC. ICC has made some changes in the format to make Tests exciting with this world championship running across two years. The loopy format The top nine teams of ICC Test ranking are participating in WTC. During the two years, a total of 27 series will be organised, where 71 matches will be played. Each team will play in six series of which three will be organised on foreign soil while three will be at home. The top-two teams will play the final at the Mecca of Cricket, Lords cricket ground, in June 2021. However, when we look at the WTC format, it raises some questions. Unlike the recently-concluded ICC ODI World Cup which was played on the round-robin format allowing every team to play equal matches, the number of matches for each team in the Test Championship is different. For example, England will play 22 matches while Pakistan and Sri Lanka will play only 13 matches each. This creates a huge difference while playing to secure a place in the final. Moreover, every team in the championship will bilaterally decide its opponents – indicating a sharp lack of uniformity. India has four of six series against England, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. India’s away series is against Australia and New Zealand, which will not be easy. On the other hand, New Zealand will not have to play teams like England and South Africa, which is a benefit for them. There are many aspects of the World Test Championship, from matches to home-away series and more, that lack uniformity. Though a total of 120 points are up for grabs for each series, match points will differ with the number of Tests being played under one whole series. A series consisting five matches will have 24 points for the winner of each match, whereas a two-match series will have 60 points for the winner. Similarly, points will be evenly distributed in four- and three-match series. Additionally, according to the information given by ICC, both teams will get half the points in case of a tie and on a draw, one-third of the points will be awarded. The maximum number of matches in a series will be five while two will be the least. Moreover, ICC has put the away and home series in the same bracket. Winning a series on foreign soil is considered a mark of quality cricket but in the WTC format, the away victories will be at par with those at home. Suppose Australia beat England 5–0 at their home in the Ashes they will be awarded 120 points. But in the home series to be held next year, Australia may clean sweep Pakistan 2-0, and will still have to be content with 120 points. It means, the team playing more home matches will have the upper-hand. All these issues raise the question of whether Test cricket will be able to really produce an undisputed champion as in the ODI and T20. ICC General Manager Geoff Allardyce, while talking about point sharing, argues, “The general rule of any competition is that every team has to compete for the same number of points. Each team has to play three series at home and three on overseas grounds and we have decided to give equal points for each series.” He also stated that ICC had given another option to participating countries, under which, only the first two matches of any series should be considered a part of WTC and 120 points should be given for these two matches only. But, all countries rejected the second option. New Rules ICC is doing many new things in this World Test Championship to popularise the longest format of cricket. For one, it has made a change in players’ jerseys. According to ICC, now in Test cricket too, numbers along with the players’ names will be written on jerseys. ICC has also made some changes regarding the slow over-rate in games. Until now, there was a rule to cut the captain’s match fees or to prevent him from playing a few matches as a penalty for slow over-rates in a test match. But now, by the new rule, a match fee deduction will apply to all team members. Moreover, two points will be deducted from the team responsible for slow over-rate in matches of WTC. In case the WTC final ends in a draw or tie, both teams will be declared joint winners. However, ICC has also given the option of Reserve Day which will happen only if there is some loss in the total playing time of five days. The total time set for a Test match is 30 hours (six hours daily) in five days. According to ICC, if there has been less than 30 hours of play then that time can be compensated on the sixth day. This rule has been introduced to prevent a repeat of its ODI mistake. If a team cannot play the final simply because its over-rate was slow, then it would be somewhat unfair. That is exactly what happened with New Zealand in the final of the ODI World Cup, when the Kiwis lost simply because they hit fewer fours than England. ICC has also made major amendments in the rule related to a substitute player. According to the new rule, if a player is injured, then another player can be included – who can bowl, bat and keep wickets. Such players will be called ‘Concussion Substitutes’. The decision on substitutes will be made by the medical representative of the team, with the match referee taking the final call. Additionally, the rule says that a new player must be deemed a “like for like” replacement by match officials. For example, if a batsman is injured then only a batsman can replace him and not a bowler. India’s chances India is the leading contender to emerge as the first WTC champion as it is set to launch its bid for the inaugural WTC on August 22 against West Indies in Antigua. India are the number one Test team at the moment. They won their maiden Test series 2-1 Down Under, last December-January, and have been invincible on home turf, not having lost a series since England beat them 2-1 in 2012. But India will have to face a litmus test when they fly to Australia and New Zealand for a four- and two-match series respectively. Turfs Down Under have always posed a challenge for the Indian cricket team. Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav have though lent strength to the Indian pace attack. These will prove to be valuable on the hard and bouncy pitches of Australia and New Zealand. However, India needs to desperately work on its middle-order whose lack of depth has been exposed repeatedly. Other than Virat Kohli, Cheteswar Pujara and Rohit Sharma, no other batsman has yet gained trust. If India aspires to become the first champion, it needs to find a quick and reliable solution to its middle-order jigsaw.last_img read more

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Nova Scotia inmate protest rare and effective national advocate says

first_imgHALIFAX – A national prisoners’ advocate is praising a 20-day peaceful protest by inmates at a Halifax jail as a rare and effective tactic that sets an example for similar efforts at the country’s provincial lockups.Inmates at Nova Scotia Central Correctional Facility, often called the Burnside jail, joined a prisoner strike in the United States on Aug. 21.A group in the prison prepared and circulated their 10-point plan for basic improvements in health care, rehabilitation, exercise, visits, clothing, food, air quality and library access.By the time the legislature resumed sitting on Thursday, the prisoners’ petitions had gained widespread media coverage and political responses as a group of advocates, lawyers and community leaders outside the facility circulated their requests.The protest is set to conclude this weekend.Kassandra Churcher, national executive director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, says the inmates’ strategy has been noticed nationally as an innovative way for provincial inmates to gain public and political attention for their grievances.“This is unusual. It’s good to see that sense of community, solidarity and focus being prisoner-led,” she said in a telephone interview.“It speaks to their ability to mobilize around their common concerns … It’s powerful,” she said.Emma Halpern, the regional director of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia, said the campaign has resonated because it has made requests ordinary citizens can relate to, such as better access to family visits.The prisoners argue the visits should be possible given that recently purchased body scanners have drastically reduced the risk of contraband smuggling.“I think most people would feel that mothers and children should have regular contact. It’s the best thing for our society and it’s essential for rehabilitation and reintegration,” said Halpern.Justice Minister Mark Furey responded to some of the items on the list on Thursday, and though he made few firm commitments, he told reporters “it’s important we have these discussions and ensure the rights of those incarcerated in our facility are respected.”Asked about family visits, he said the body scanners have improved the security concerns and may open up an avenue for more visits.“The opportunity to revisit the policy and determine what family visits may look like going forward is a real discussion,” he said.He argued some of the prisoners’ complaints, such as the lack of sufficient air circulation amidst the summer heat wave, are being addressed as the facility is modernized to bring in so-called “direct supervision” — where guards work in closer contact with prisoners.“The renovations with the direct supervision will address the air circulation issues that have been brought to our attention,” he said.He disagreed with the prisoners’ criticisms of their food, saying, “the facility follows the Canada Food Guide. We’re providing nutritional meals in that environment.”In addition, he said that there are no plans to agree to allowing a request for prisoners to have their own clothing due to security concerns around the potential of what he called a “micro economy” in the trade of clothing.He said improvements are being considered for exercise facilities, while noting new outdoor “airing courts” for inmates are under construction, and they will include outdoor exercise equipment.Regarding demands for more rehabilitation programs, the province issued a written release saying six new program officer positions have been created for the facility for this year, and that this fall more programs on addictions, emotion management and trauma will be delivered.“Additionally, we are developing incentive-based programs for inmates as well as having conversations regarding the formation of an inmate committee at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility,” said the release.The prisoners have asked for more timely access to their medication and to medical tests, and for better access to specialists and care for chronic conditions.That has also drawn a response, though no formal commitment to change, from the province’s health authority.Kristen Lipscombe, a spokeswoman for the Nova Scotia Health Authority, said in an email that “healthcare services in correctional facilities should be at the same standard/level as those services that are available in the community.”“We will continue to monitor and respond to feedback we receive from individuals who are incarcerated. We will also continue to monitor our wait times and adjust as necessary with changes to an individual’s health status while they are incarcerated.”She said with nurses delivering medications to offenders up to four times per day, one of the issues is the availability of correctional officers.Sheila Wildman, a law professor at Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law, said in an interview the protest’s results remain uncertain.“This was a success in terms of prisoners having managed, against all odds, to voice their concerns in a way that provoked public debate and awareness about the conditions of their confinement, and eventually provoked a formal government response,” said Wildman, who is a member of the advocacy group East Coast Prison Justice Society.“But let’s wait and see what concrete initiatives come out of this before we pronounce on whether or how it was a success.”Senator Kim Pate, who has participated in a national tour of Canadian prisons, says she believes the conditions in provincial jails are generating rising anger among inmates — and will bring similar prisoner actions elsewhere.“Given the frustration of prisoners across the country, we may well see more such protests,” she wrote in an email.— Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more

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Globalization must be harnessed in fight to curb hunger UN agency chief

“There should be a ‘food first’ policy,” UN World Food Programme (WFP) Executive-Director James Morris said, addressing the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Italian Chamber of Deputies in Rome yesterday. “We must first deal with hunger to lay the foundation for growth and development.”Highlighting the relationship between globalization, hunger and poverty, Mr. Morris pointed out that with the number of hungry people increasing each year, the problem must be resolved before any development can be effective.Mr. Morris also pointed to the newly released UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) State of Food Insecurity in the World 2006 to demonstrate shortfalls in reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a globally agreed set of antipoverty targets.“We are less than ten years away from the UN Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of hungry people, but, up to now, no real progress has been made,” Mr. Morris said. “This goal would require 31 million people to be taken off the list each year, whereas it is actually growing by an average of 4 million annually.”The FAO report indicated that while food security improved in China and Southeast Asia, it drastically worsened in sub-Saharan Africa.Mr. Morris also highlighted Italy’s partnership with WFP, applauding the Italian-funded UN Humanitarian Response Depot in Brindisi as being a successful model for similar rapid response bases opening in Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. read more

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Wozniak calls for open Apple hardware and software

first_imgEver since Steve Jobs convinced his friend Steve Wozniak in 1976 to sell the Apple I board as a product instead of give it away, Apple has been a company with a closed platform. The original Macintosh had anti-tampering screws, Apple refuses to license its desktop OS, and the iOS platform is famously locked down. After backing off on his promotion of openness in recent years, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is again calling on the company to open up.While giving a talk in Sydney, Wozniak said that Apple could continue to develop the innovative end-to-end solutions it has been famous for while giving developers more access. Specifically, Woz argued that providing a programming interface on the iPad would allow the creation of great new technologies that currently only exist at the fringes of the jailbreak community.Steve Jobs was the driving force behind Apple’s integrated approach. He believed that to create an “insanely great” product, you need to control the whole widget. It was only in Steve Jobs’ absence in the early 90s that Apple dabbled in licensing its MacOS software. Perhaps Jobs’ passing in October of last year made it easier for Wozniak to renew his calls for openness.Wozniak pointed to Apple’s tech rivals Google and Facebook, which run open platforms that give developers plenty of access. Apple makes it difficult to even access data without being completely plugged into its hardware and software ecosystem. While Woz is still an experimenter and engineer at heart, he was careful to clarify his feeling that openness should not be allowed to negatively affect the quality of the product.So the question is, could Apple open up its hardware and software while still creating the cohesive products that saved the company a decade ago? Even if it’s possible, Steve Jobs might have infused too much of his DNA in the company’s leadership for anyone to risk it.via IT Newslast_img read more

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The Gifted Season 2 Episode 9 Recap Coming Together and Falling Apart

first_imgStay on target The midseason finale is the perfect time to draw the disparate storylines back to a single focus. That’s something The Gifted needed as it approached its short winter break. It’s going to be taking the next few weeks off, it needed to leave us eager to pick it back up in 2019. It does a pretty good job of it too. A few of the show’s recent episodes have felt a little disjointed. With characters going off in different directions, not every story felt like it had the same momentum behind it. The midseason finale fixed that, leaving the show in an exciting state before taking a short holiday break.Much of the action this episode focuses on Rebecca. We even begin with a peek into her past for the opening flashback. It’s kind of a letdown to return to the flashback-opening-as-present-day-setup formula after last week’s fun time-jumping episode, but this one’s good enough to make up for it. Like any good X-Men story, even the evil mutants aren’t truly bad. They have legitimate reasons for doing what they do. We see Rebecca as a teenager whose parents are so afraid of her, they flinch when she uses her powers to mush up her breakfast. Apparently she almost killed her teacher at school, but the scene makes it sound like an accident. This was before years of torture and imprisonment made her homicidal. Even knowing what she goes on to do, it’s genuinely sad and affecting to watch her parents call Sentinel Services on her. The scene does such a good job communicating her sense of betrayal.Anjelica Bette Fellini and Percy Hynes White (Photo Credit: Annette Brown/FOX)She’s experiencing that betrayal all over again in the present. Reeva re-captured her and now imprisons her in a dark, constantly moving metal box. The people who saved her are torturing her all over again. Even Andy, blinded by angst though he is, sees the hypocrisy here. He’s disgusted by it, and takes the first opportunity to break his girlfriend out. His fantasies of two young lovers running away together are short-lived, though. She’s already been recaptured once, and she’s not going to let it happen again. When Andy mentions the Inner Circle is all in a meeting together, she immediately goes to kill them all. That’s where things cross a line for Andy. He was able to justify her actions at the bank. She was emotional, it was her first mission, that kind of thing. But this is premeditated murder. Andy sees the choice laid out in front of him and he chooses to protect his friends. They’re goals may be questionable, but Andy doesn’t see that yet, and they’ve generally tried to avoid killing innocent people. So they’ve got that going for them.Andy saves the Inner Circle with a blast that sends Rebecca flying across the room… and landing against a corner hard enough to break her neck. Andy screams in horror when he finds out she’s dead, and for some reason, the emotion doesn’t really land in this scene. It feels a little too rushed. The show nailed the hurt and betrayal of the cold open, but Rebecca’s death, while certainly shocking, didn’t quite land the way it should have. What’s more interesting is the sense that Reeva may have planned this whole thing. She needs Andy for her big security firm hit, and Rebecca’s become dangerously close to stealing him away. Before her death, Reeva ominously talks about a part Rebecca still has to play. Did she set this up? Did she know the torture would cause Andy to free her, while making Rebecca mad enough to kill? She may not have planned for Andy to be the one to deliver the blow, but it’s certainly possible she intended to drive them apart one way or the other.Percy Hynes White, guest star Anjelica Bette Fellini and Grace Byers (Photo Credit: Annette Brown/FOX)Either way, it worked. Andy, convinced by Polaris that the world they’re fighting for is worth it, goes through with the attack. He destroys the servers controlling every mutant prison collar currently in use. That was the goal here. To free every imprisoned mutant. And it looks so cool. It’s a powerful image to leave us on for a few weeks. Not only do we get to see Polaris looking exactly like her father (whom the show still won’t name), we get to see a mutant-powered prison break, complete with a spontaneously combusting prison guard. Should I feel guilty for finding that image so satisfying? Probably. But he was a tool of fascism and thems the breaks. Watching a newly freed mutant light a dude on fire is just cool. Not sorry.What makes the midseason finale work so well is how every story builds to its conclusion at the same time. In the case of the Underground, that led to some unecessary filler drama that I just didn’t care about, but that’s basically where this story’s been all season. It’s a lot of fretting about methods, with Blink justifiably worrying that Thunderbird’s recklessness is putting other mutants in danger. It demonstrably is. That leads Thunderbird to accuse Blink of cheating on him with the leader of the Morlocks for… some reason. Yeah, this feels like it was shoehorned in there because the writers wanted the midesason finale to feel like everything was going wrong. In this case, it felt forced. What worked was the Underground finding out exactly what the Inner Circle’s plan was just as they were carrying it out. And just as a militia of Purifiers led by Jace Turner starts bearing down on them. Yeah, Turner is full a full on supremacist now, which makes it incredibly tense when he finally catches up to the Underground in this episode. Thunderbird draws him away long enough for the others to escape, but Turner pins him to a wall with a truck, and captures him. This ending is a downer, but it saved the Underground story for me. I’m so much more interested in where it goes from here than I was at the start of the episode.Coby Bell and Blair Redford (Photo Credit: Annette Brown/FOX)Even the Struckers’ storyline, which is the most divorced from the others, is intriguing and action-packed. Remember all those uneasy feelings we had last week about Dr. Risman’s research? Surprise! They were totally justified. The words “final solution” are even on her literature. Well, it’s not like X-Men has ever been subtle about its allegories. Reed and Caitlin don’t want to believe it at first, but the doctor starts showing a creepy amount of interest in the connection between Lauren and Andy, and how it relates to the Von Strucker twins. When finally confronted with the truth, the Struckers decide to destroy all the research, and I frankly can’t think of a better family bonding activity. Risman isn’t under any illusions about what she’s doing, either. She certainly thinks her goals are noble, but she knows she’s trying to wipe out mutants from the Earth. What she didn’t take into account was how many of her employees, whom she’s “helped,” wouldn’t agree with her solution. Her lab assistant rips off his inhibiting device and his screams bring down the lab while the Struckers escape.Ken Kirby and Natalie Alyn Lind (Photo Credit: Annette Brown/FOX)Not every moment of the episode was great, but each story came together so well, I’m a little sad we have to wait even a month for more episodes. What really made it work was how the episode cut between the climaxes of each story right at the end. Yes, we’ve seen this exact trick used before in countless shows, but it still works when it’s pulled off right. The stories are drawing back towards each other, and they all have momentum behind them now. It’s looking like that’ll carry through into the season’s second half too. With all the imprisoned mutants free, The Inner Circle’s real plan is about to commence. We’re all going to find out what that is in 2019.The Gifted airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on Fox.Previously on The Gifted:The Gifted Season 2 Episode 8 RecapThe Gifted Season 2 Episode 7 RecapThe Gifted Season 2 Episode 6 Recap ‘The Gifted’ S2 Finale Recap: Death, Destruction & Hope for Season 3’The Gifted’ Season 2, Ep 5 Recap: The Reunion We’ve Waited For last_img read more

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Review Astral Chain Is the AntiBayonetta

first_img ACAB. That’s my one word review of Astral Chain, the new cop action game on Nintendo Switch. It’s an acronym that stands for “Astral Chain is the Anti-Bayonetta.” I don’t mean that in terms of quality (although, spoilers, I do think Bayonetta is a better game). Rather both of these Platinum Games titles start at the same source and then diverge in opposing philosophical directions.I praised Bayonetta 2 as a perfect flawless shining diamond of a video game. And it pulled that achievement off by stripping away everything that got in the way of its exquisite raw combat mechanics and ludicrous violent camp aesthetic. But Astral Chain is overflowing with gameplay ideas and chains them all together into a single package. Most of these ideas are good, great even, but the kitchen sink approach results in more awkwardness than I would’ve expected from a developer this famous for polish.In Astral Chain you play as a police officer who fights alongside monsters chained to your arm called Legions. Everything in the game comes down to exploring these conceits to their logical conclusion, obsessing over them with very Nintendo-like passion. Even the anime theme song story, which mostly just made me glad I finally watched Neon Genesis Evangelion and could understand the references, does little more than provide justification and set up an effectively moody urban noir cyberpunk atmosphere. The bump down to 30 FPS lets the game pile even more vibrant visuals effects with its slick cel-shaded art style.Let’s start with the Legions. The combat here is still recognizably Platinum. You do a lot of dodging and quickly switch between different weapons like guns and batons. But your Legion changes your entire approach to fights. They act semi-autonomously, lashing out at nearby foes. But you can also manually guide them. Already the strategic options open up exponentially. Team up against one big foe. Split your attention to control crowds. The chain binding you two together is also a weapon. Clothes-lining or physically wrapping up a monster by spinning the analog stick is the most fun virtual lassoing I’ve done since Red Dead Redemption 2. It also has shades of Platinum’s underrated Wii U game The Wonderful 101.The specifics of each Legion matter, too. Over the course of the campaign you’ll unlock five different varieties to switch between: all-purpose Sword, projectile-based Arrow, strong Arm, wily Beast, and defensive Axe. Along with their own innate strengths and weaknesses you can upgrade legions with accrued currency and teach them new cooldown skills. They’re like action game versions of Xenoblade Chronicles 2’s Blade companions. You can even change their colors and clean them off in your little Resident Evil 2 police HQ. It would be cute if they weren’t so creepy looking.But wait there’s more! Legions come in handy even when you aren’t fighting, and you spend a surprising amount of time in Astral Chain not fighting. The game fully commits to the idea that you’re a cop, drawing influences from the Batman: Arkham games or Ace Attorney or Yakuza. Nier: Automata may also provide some context for this greater shift towards action-adventure RPG from Platinum. However, while the gameplay variety is admirable, it’s in these exploratory phases where the game gets much more inconsistent.A lot of it is fun. Legions have various powers you’ll need to solve various environmental puzzles. Detect and slice through invisible energy currents to sever connections with the Sword legion or have the Beast legion sniff objects to track targets. And again the chain is a useful tool in and of itself. Send your Legion to a faraway platform and pull yourself towards it like a 3D version of Ice Climbers. A lot of the game takes place in an Astral Plane dimension that’s trippy and beautiful but also graphically repetitive. Fortunately, the different ways you’re asked to navigate this realm help it feel fresh.Unfortunately, evenly mixed in throughout the clever ideas are bits that just feel like padding. Investigating the hub levels is weird in a cool way. They’re nifty to look at. You have to obey traffic and can use the toilet. The side quests are also a fine diversion, classic cop tasks like finding lost cats or eavesdropping on perps. But I don’t want to track down and talk to literally every NPC to hear enough clues to solve a logic puzzle that doesn’t actually matter. It kills the pacing.Worse are the sections where the game’s complicated dual-character controls, while fine for combat, just can’t keep up with whatever new thing it wants you to do. After a fantastic boss battle that felt like the end of the game, I suffered through a fiddly precision platforming sequence and a forced stealth section that were among the worst things I’ve played all year. I can’t imagine playing the optional two Joy-Con co-op mode even with highly forgiving adjustable difficulty.It feels like Platinum is trying to address the complaint that their games are too short. But the purity and speed of Bayonetta makes its fun to replay over and over. There are parts though from my 15-hour Astral Chain play session I never want to slog through again.Still, Astral Chain’s failures in a way make it feel like an even more fascinating essential part of the Platinum Games canon. You can’t grow without pain. And I’ll still take anime cops over real cops every time. ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President Stay on targetlast_img read more

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