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Fire torches not the way to drive away elephants: SC

first_imgThe Supreme Court questioned the West Bengal government Monday over the use of fire torches to drive away elephants and directed the State to place before it the names and designations of the Forest officials who would be held responsible for any accident due to this.The apex court observed that the use of fire or fire torches “cannot be the only answer” for driving away elephants in West Bengal and directed that the tender floated by the State government for procuring burnt mobil oil for distribution among villagers not be processed in the meanwhile.Man-animal conflictWhen the counsel appearing for the State said using fire torches was the only way to avoid man-animal conflicts, a Bench of Justices Madan B. Lokur and Deepak Gupta said, “You will kill all the animals and then there will be no man-animal conflict.”“Wildlife is just being decimated. See the newspaper reports, so many elephants have died. Fire cannot be the only answer. You cannot go on burning everything. What is there to prevent somebody from throwing fire torches at the animals,” the Bench asked.It directed the State to file an affidavit within two weeks, giving the names and designations of the officials from each forest division who would be held accountable and responsible in case of an accident due to the use of fire or fire torches.High-beam lightsThe counsel appearing for the petitioner, who had raised the issue of the use of spikes and fireballs in some States to drive away elephants, told the apex court that instead of fire torches, the West Bengal government should provide high-beam lights to villagers.Meanwhile, Additional Solicitor-General A.N.S. Nadkarni, appearing for the Centre, said they had in-principle agreed to the suggestion of setting up a task force, which would formulate and implement measures to effectively deal with conflicts with elephants across the country. When the issue of use of fire in West Bengal was raked up, Mr. Nadkarni said, “Fireballs are not to be used.”Next hearingThe Bench posted the matter for further hearing on December 4.On October 22, the court had observed that human-animal conflicts, especially involving elephants, were a “problem” and the Centre should consider setting up a task force to ensure adherence to the guidelines in this regard.last_img read more

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No Mercy: Lesnar retains Universal title in toughest test yet

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Brock Lesnar retained his WWE Universal Championship after surviving a tough challenge from Braun Strowman at WWE No Mercy. Photo by WWE.comCall him the conqueror among men.Brock Lesnar escaped his toughest test yet, beating Braun Strowman to successfully defend his WWE Universal Championship at WWE No Mercy Monday (Manila time) in Los Angeles.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Finn Balor continued to own the number of Bray Wyatt, defeating him with the Coup de Grace.In the kickoff show, Elias toppled Apollo Crews after nailing him with the Drift Away. In other matches, Alexa Bliss edged four other competitors to keep her Raw Women’s Championship in their fatal-5-way match.The Goddess of WWE sent Bayley to Emma in the apron before nailing her with the DDT to win the match, much to the chagrin of fellow foes Sasha Banks and Nia Jax.Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins also retained their Raw Tag Team Championships, fending off Sheamus and Cesaro in a highly physical match.The Miz successfully defended his WWE Intercontinental Championship, beating Jason Jordan with the Skull Crushing Finale thanks to the help of his Miztourage.Enzo Amore shocked Neville to become the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion after he hit the King of the Cruiserweights with a lowblow to score the pinfall.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next The Beast Incarnate survived the early flurry from the Monster Among Men, squeaking in an F5 to keep the title in his clutches.Strowman manhandled Lesnar early and hit three running powerslams before falling short in the end.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 shutoutAlso, Roman Reigns bested John Cena in a WrestleMania-worthy duel.Trading barbs for the past three weeks, the Big Dog backed up his words as he survived four Attitude Adjustments before stunning Cena with a Superman punch and Spear combo to secure the three-count. Brazilian with German Olympian’s heart runs race of her life Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Costa, Gabibol & Brazil WC hopefuls

first_imgBrazil Gabigol, Douglas Costa and the Brazil players desperate to make the World Cup Raisa Simplicio 07:47 10/20/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Douglas Costa Juventus Getty Images Brazil Japan v Brazil England v Brazil Japan England Friendlies On Friday coach Selecao coach Tite will announce his penultimate squad ahead of Russia 2018 and there will be some nervous onlookers Since his June 2016 appointment, Brazil coach Tite has called up 60 different players for international duty.His squad, however, has rarely changed, and that number is inflated by the fact that he had to name a squad made up of solely of domestic-based players for a January friendly with Colombia.READ MORE: Brazil’s WCQ campaign in full | All 60 players called by Tite | Casting Call: Tite set to name new squadIn truth, few of those summoned thus far to defend the Selecao have enjoyed or endured a change in status as part of Tite’s Brazil. Almost a year-and-a-half on from his debut on the bench, Philippe Coutinho is the only player to have battled his way into Tite’s preferred starting XI. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A number of players have, however, been handed opportunities to impress, while others have been forgotten. Among the latter is Olympic gold medallist Gabriel Barbosa. Gabriel Barbosa 08102016The former Santos striker made a promising to international football under former coach Dunga, but has struggled since arriving in Europe and now looks unlikely to earn a place at next year’s World Cup.Gabigol, as he is affectionately called by Brazilian fans, had looked set for a big future under Tite. Indeed, he was favourite to lead the line in Tite’s August 2016 debut against Ecuador, but the role was surprisingly – at the time – handed to Gabriel Jesus.A move to Italian giants Inter quickly turned into a nightmare for Gabigol, who barely saw any action before finding an escape route this season with loan move to Benfica in Portugal. Yet to break into the team in Lisbon, however, his hopes of making it to Russia seem all but lost. Such is his talent, however, it appears too soon to write him off.Lucas Lima Santos Ponte Preta Brasileirao Serie A 12102017Gabigol’s former club-mate Lucas Lima has also suffered, though his problems have been largely due to injury. The creative, playmaking midfielder became a bit of a favourite for the previous coach but physical problems at vital times have left him on the outside looking in after five call-ups from Tite.Also called up on five occasions is Douglas Costa, who also suffered a series of unfortunate injuries – in his case, they ruled him out of two Copa America tournaments and the Olympic Games.The flying winger was a bona fide first-team player under Dunga but is now hoping to get his career back on track with a loan move from Bayern Munich to Juventus.Jemerson MonacoTite isn’t blessed with a huge number of options in wide attacking positions, and so Douglas Costa could yet force his way back into the squad should he find his form in Serie A, but he certainly finds his immediate international future looking nowhere near as promising as it did just over a year ago.FBF: Brazil 2-1 Chile – 2013#FlashbackFriday – When we took the show to Toronto and saw off ChilePosted by Brasil Global Tour on Friday, October 13, 2017Meanwhile, defenders Jemerson of Monaco and Sao Paulo’s Rodigo Caio have both made multiple squads but seem to be fighting it out for the spot of fourth-choice central defender.On Friday, coach Tite will announce his penultimate squad prior to Russia 2018, for November’s Brasil Global Tour double-header versus Japan and England.last_img read more

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Penn State Fans Are Furious With What Jim Harbaugh Did In 4th Quarter

first_imgMichigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action during the second quarter of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 10: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action during the second quarter of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats on October 10, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Wildcats 38-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh and his Michigan Wolverines are a couple of minutes away from what is probably the biggest win of his coaching era in Ann Arbor. Harbaugh doesn’t appear to be ready for this contest to end, though.Michigan is leading Penn State, 42-0, with less than three minutes to play at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.Harbaugh wants the shutout.Michigan’s head coach called a timeout to challenge a catch with about three minutes to play with his team leading by 42 points.“Jim Harbaugh challenging a fourth down completion, up 42-0 with 3:13 left in the fourth quarter. Old school Harbaugh hath returned,” tweeted one Michigan beat writer.Jim Harbaugh challenging a fourth down completion, up 42-0 with 3:13 left in the fourth quarter.Old school Harbaugh hath returned.— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) November 3, 2018“Hahahaha Jim Harbaugh is challenging a fourth-down catch while up 42-0 in the final minutes,” tweeted Yahoo! Sports’ college football account.Hahahaha Jim Harbaugh is challenging a fourth-down catch while up 42-0 in the final minutes.— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) November 3, 2018Penn State fans don’t appear to be too happy, though.“Jim Harbaugh is a super prick. Game in hand and challenges an OBVIOUS catch leading 42-0. PRICK!!!!” tweeted one fan.“Jim Harbaugh will challenge that Dotson bobbled the ball because he’s a clown,” tweeted another.This is the Jim Harbaugh the college football world has been waiting to see at Michigan, though. He finally has a Wolverines’ team that is good enough to back up his crazy antics. Regardless of you who root for, at least part of you has to appreciate it.last_img read more

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The Weeknd to headline Jingle Ball concert in Toronto

first_imgHighlights of last month’s iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas air Thursday and Friday on CTV Two. The show features performances by U2, Sia, Sting, Britney Spears, Ariana Grande and OneRepublic.Bell Media also announced Thursday that the streaming service iHeartRadio is now available in Canada, although its official launch is on Monday.By The Canadian Press LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, hits the stage hot off his recent appearance on Saturday Night Live, where he teased new music and revealed a new, more subdued, hairdo.Virgin Mobile says presale tickets for members are available Oct. 8 while general-public ticket sales start Oct. 11. Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Facebook Homegrown stars The Weeknd and Alessia Cara are among the headliners bound for the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball on Nov. 25 at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.The big-ticket lineup also includes the Chainsmokers, Hedley, Serena Ryder, Belly, Kardinal Offishall and Kent Jones.But the buzziest name is sure to be The Weeknd, whose performance will coincide with the worldwide release of his new album, Starboy. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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3-day meet of RSS’ highest policy-making body starts in MP

first_imgGwalior: The annual meeting of the highest policy-making body of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) began here on Friday. The meeting of the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha is being attended by around 1,400 select representatives from 11 regions and 43 provinces (in Sangh parlance) and will also see the participation of its chief Mohan Bhagwat. The convention will deliberate on the current national, social and religious scenarios in the country and pass some important resolutions, RSS Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh Arun Kumar had earlier told reporters here. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! It will also decide the RSS’s year-long programmes on various activities, including those in the field of education, he had said. Seeking to refute any link with the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls, Kumar had said the meeting is always held in March, and it would have no discussions related to the general election. The concluding session, which will be held on March 10, will see RSS general secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi dwelling on issues like Ram temple construction, Pulwama terror attack and India’s air strike on terror camps in Pakistan, Kumar had informed.last_img read more

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Sri Lanka offers relief package to revive tourism industry hit by Easter attacks

first_imgColombo: The Sri Lankan government has announced a one-year debt moratorium and subsidised working capital for the tourism sector as a slew a measures to help revive the tourism industry hit hard by the Easter Sunday terror attacks. The relief package comes as the official tourism arrival figures released on Tuesday, the first monthly report since the terror attacks, showed that Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals declined 7.5 per cent in April 2019 compared to the same period last year. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportThe Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority said April recorded 166,975 foreign tourists in the country compared to 180,429 in April 2018, a 7.5 per cent dip in arrival of tourists from abroad. State Minister for Finance Eran Wickremeratne said the debt moratorium will be given by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to tourism sector institutions and individuals, on a case-by-case basis. The moratorium period will be until March 31, 2020 for both capital and interest payments granted to the tourism sector as of April 18, 2019, the minister said. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThe interest subsidy is borne by the government on outstanding credit facilities, both capital and interest, he said. The working capital debt and interest will be treated as separate loans to be repaid from July 2020. Working capital loans will be based on revenue of hotels. Up to 75 per cent of the interest will be subsidised, the state minister said. The Value Added Tax on hotels will also be reduced to 5 per cent from 15 per cent, Wickremeratne said. Duty free importation will be allowed for security equipment such as handheld metal detectors, walk-through metal detectors, baggage x ray inspection equipment and vehicle scanners. The bombings, which targeted three Christian churches and three Colombo hotels, killed over 250 people, including 44 foreigners, and injured over 500, including 37 foreigners. Tourism industry officials said there have been 70 per cent cancellations of prior bookings after the attacks. The US, China, the UK, India and Australia were among the countries which issued travel warnings on Sri Lanka following the blasts carried out by local Islamist extremist group National Thawheed Jammath (NTJ).last_img read more

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Field hockey knocks off Michigan

An offensive burst led the No. 19 Ohio State field hockey team to a win over rival Michigan Sunday.Sophomore forward Maria Briones led the Buckeyes with two first-half goals in the 4-3 victory.Freshman forward Berta Queralt also scored in the first half for the Buckeyes. Queralt drilled her shot into the top shelf, pushing the Buckeyes’ lead to 2-0.“It was just a beautiful goal,” coach Anne Wilkinson said. Michigan struck back just two minutes later, but Briones’ second goal pushed the Buckeyes’ lead to 3-1 at the half. Early in the second half, OSU increased the lead to three when junior Aisling McKeon finished a pass from Queralt.Both Briones and Queralt admitted that the Buckeyes relaxed after building the three-goal lead, letting Michigan back into the game. The letdown forced the Buckeyes to fend off a late Michigan rally led by midfielder Meredith Way, who finished the game with two goals and an assist.The Wolverines scored two unanswered goals, making it 4-3. “They kept coming at us, which we knew they would,” Wilkinson said.The Buckeyes are now 3-2 against the Wolverines in their last five meetings. OSU also improved to 8-1 at home this season and has won 10 of its last 11 games overall.The Buckeyes improved to 3-1 in the Big Ten with the victory and are now second place in the conference. OSU will battle Michigan State for the conference’s top spot Wednesday in East Lansing, Mich. MSU is currently first in the Big Ten at 3-0. read more

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Archbishop of Canterbury preparing for Royal wedding by listening to Stormzy

Stormzy performs on stage at The BRIT Awards 2017 Credit:WireImage The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby In March he officiated as she was baptised and confirmed into the church in a secret ceremony, describing it as “beautiful” and “very special”. The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin WelbyCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley for the Daily Telegraph Stormzy performs on stage at The BRIT Awards 2017  “I’ve made a couple of cack-handed mistakes over the last couple of weddings I’ve been involved in and I’m thinking this is probably not a good moment to make it a hat-trick.”He has previously admitted to fearing he might drop the ring during the service 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. When asked by presenter Lorna Bailey how he’s preparing himself, the Archbishop said a line from grime artist Stormzy’s song, Blinded By Your Grace, was helping him in the run up to the nuptials.Mr Welby explained: “There’s a line in that – ‘I stay prayed up and get the job done’ – I think that sort of sums it up. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle The Archbishop of Canterbury is taking inspiration from a Stormzy song as he nervously prepares for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding.The Most Rev Justin Welby will officiate the highly anticipated ceremony on May 19, but even the Church of England’s most senior cleric is not safe from the nerves of the big day.Speaking on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire he told of how he is preparing for the ceremony.Mr Welby said: “I’m always nervous at weddings because it is such an important day for the couple – whoever they are.” Prince Harry and Meghan MarkleCredit:WireImage The Archbishop, who is the second most senior figure in the church after the Queen, who is supreme governor of the Church of England, has already had an instrumental role in preparing Ms Markle for the wedding. read more

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Man found dead following suspected hitandrun

first_imgA MAN HAS been found dead following what gardaí believe to have been a hit-and-run incident in Co Clare.The man’s body was found in Tobairtaoscain, Ennis, Co Clare, shortly after 10pm last night.Gardaí are now investigating what they believe to be a fatal hit-and-run incident in which the man was killed.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. He is believed to have been in his late 20s.The area has been sealed off for a technical investigation.last_img

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Greenpeace 12 millitants jugés pour avoir bloqué un convoi duranium

first_imgGreenpeace : 12 millitants jugés pour avoir bloqué un convoi d’uranium France – Douze militants de Greenpeace vont être jugés par le tribunal correctionnel de Créteil pour avoir bloqué en mars dernier un convoi d’uranium en provenance d’Areva à destination de la Russie. Des peines allant de 750 à 1.500 euros d’amende ont été requises contre les écologistes.Dans le cadre de sa campagne dénonçant l’envoi d’uranium appauvri en Russie par Areva, Greenpeace a bloqué de nombreux convois ces derniers mois. Dans la nuit du 10 au 11 mars dernier, douze militants se sont ainsi enchaînés aux voies de chemin de fer et aux wagons d’un train pour bloquer l’un des convois en provenance de l’usine Areva de Pierrelatte dans la Drôme. Ils réclamaient un “moratoire sur l’exportation de déchets nucléaires”. Jugés pour entrave à la circulation d’un train, ils connaîtront la décision du tribunal le 3 mai prochain.À lire aussiGreenpeace : une vidéo choc pour sauver la Grande barrière de corail Le procureur a requis des peines d’amende allant de 750 à 1.500 euros, tandis que Greenpeace s’insurge contre ce procès “absurde”. Yannick Rousselet, porte-parole de l’association, regrette qu’il soit “reproché aux militants de Greenpeace d’avoir enfreint la loi française encadrant la circulation des transports de marchandises alors qu’ils s’opposaient à un trafic scandaleux et opaque de déchets nucléaires dangereux qui échappe à toute réglementation”. Et d’ajouter : “La France laisse Areva et EDF faire en Russie ce qu’elle considère comme un crime sur son territoire national”.En tant que partie civile au procès, la SNCF a chiffré son préjudice à près de 83.000 euros, assurant que le blocage du convoi avait affecté la circulation de quatre-vingt-trois de ses trains. Le 22 avril 2010 à 17:34 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Expect Familiar Faces in Better Call Saul Season Three

first_imgSeason three of Better Call Saul is on its way, and AMC just released a new teaser featuring our favorite slimy lawyer being literally added to a lineup.#BetterCallSaul is back in the line-up this spring. pic.twitter.com/tNEKz3v3HK— Better Call Saul (@BetterCallSaul) January 3, 2017The best part of the show has been watching the slow transformation of Jimmy McGill from (mostly) honest advocate for the elderly to the slick, shady criminal lawyer we know from Breaking Bad. Actor Bob Odenkirk has teased in the past that a major event will steal Jimmy’s innocence and compassion, turning him into Saul. Could the teaser be showing us part of that?Fans should also maybe brush up on Breaking Bad. References to Saul’s parent series are expected to flow freely in the upcoming season. Why? Well, on Dec. 15, 2016, the Better Call Saul Twitter account posted a tweet promising “more Breaking Bad to come” in season three. The tweet also contained a video supercut of Breaking Bad references from the show.There’s more @BreakingBad_AMC to come in #BetterCallSaul Season 3. pic.twitter.com/irkE9tJ4hF— Better Call Saul (@BetterCallSaul) December 15, 2016Even more exciting, we can expect more than just a few offhand references from season three. A few major characters will likely make their spinoff debut. Most notably, we know that Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) will return thanks to some savvy fans picking up on the clues in season two’s episode titles.In an interview with Vanity Fair back in April, show creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould said they were impressed with how quickly fans figured out that Fring would return. Though, Gilligan did say they were hoping to keep the note at the end of season two a mystery for at least a few months. So much for that.Gilligan also mentioned that just because Fring is back, we shouldn’t expect to see him right away. He’s going to be the same man we knew and feared in Breaking Bad: Cautious and hard to find.Fring isn’t the only character who might return this season. According to a Huffington Post interview with Betsy Brandt, who played Walter White’s sister-in-law Marie, there’s a possibility that she and Hank (Dean Norris) will appear. “You know, it’s definitely been discussed, and I feel like that’s something that we could see,” she said.Better Call Saul will return to AMC for its third season this spring.Well is this doesn’t confirm it…I’m back!! What you’ve been waiting for, the rise of Gus is coming! Check this out…#PollosHermanos pic.twitter.com/CLQubJVWNK— Giancarlo Esposito (@quiethandfilms) January 11, 2017last_img read more

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Volkswagen plans job rotation for key roles to improve oversight

first_imgVolkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) plans to limit the time staff can remain in certain roles, its supervisory board chairman told a German weekly, in a step to improve oversight at the German carmaker.VW said in September it had cheated U.S. emissions tests and installed software capable of deceiving regulators, wiping billions of euros off its market value and forcing out its long-standing chief executive.”We are planning a rotation principle for certain functions. The employees concerned will spend only a limited time in certain positions before moving on,” Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch told Welt am Sonntag in an interview.Earlier this month, the carmaker said only a small group of employees was responsible for the incidents and there was no indication board members were involved in what has become the biggest business crisis in VW’s history.It said then that future engine software would be developed “with a four-eye principle”.Chairman Poetsch told Welt am Sonntag that increasing job rotations would pose a challenge due to the high complexity of some of the roles, but said VW could draw on the expertise of employees across the group.”It’s easier said than done. There are few employees that are able to program an engine control unit. But we have these people across the different brands. For example, experts at Audi (NSUG.DE) could switch to Porsche and from Porsche to VW and so on,” Poetsch was quoted as saying.last_img read more

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WATCH Priyanka Gandhi mocks PM Modis cloudradar theory about Balakot airstrikes

first_img Close Priyanka Gandhi Vadra addressed a rally in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore.TwitterCongress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his “cloud-radar” theory on Balakot airstrikes where he suggested that during the operation clouds could prevent Pakistani radar from detecting Indian fighter planes.Addressing a rally in Indore’s Rajwada Chowk in Madhya Pradesh, Priyanka Gandhi said that PM Modi is such a “defence expert that he thought, the weather is cloudy and the planes won’t come on radars”.Watch the video here:#WATCH Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Congress in Indore, Madhya Pradesh: He is such a defence expert that he himself decided who will manufacture planes, he decided those who have never made a plane in their lives will make it…..He thought, weather is cloudy, it won’t come on radar. pic.twitter.com/ZnnoZd5xM8— ANI (@ANI) May 13, 2019Amid cheers from the crowd, the Congress leader stepped up her attack on PM Modi. Priyanka Gandhi said that Modi promised a corruption-free government but went ahead and perpetrated a “Rs 30,000 crore Rafale scam”. “He is such a defence expert that he himself decided who will manufacture planes, he decided those who have never made a plane in their lives will make it,” she said.In an interview aired on May 11, PM Modi had said, “The weather suddenly turned bad, there were clouds… heavy rain. There was a doubt about whether we can go in the clouds. During a review (of the Balakot plan), by and large, the opinion of experts was – what if we change the date. I had two issues in mind. One was secrecy… second, I said I am not someone who knows the science. I said there is so much cloud and rain. There is a benefit. I have raw wisdom, the clouds can benefit us too. We can escape the radar. Everyone was confused. Ultimately I said there are clouds… let’s proceed.”The comments that were made by PM Modi in the interview was shared by the official Twitter handle of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and BJP Gujarat pages. Later, the tweets were deleted. But, the video of PM Modi’s interview went viral on social media with jokes and memes on his cloud theory.Taking on PM Modi for berating the achievements of former Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, she said Modi was like a school student, who knowing that he would lose the race, deliberately falls and starts blaming others for it.She further alleged that the Prime Minister had no time for the poor and the one time she saw a photograph of him holding a child in his arms, it turned out to be that of BJP chief Amit Shah’s grandchild and not of some ordinary citizen.Modi is a “cowardly” politician as he does not have the courage to listen to the voice of the public, she told the gathering. Eight parliamentary seats of Madhya Pradesh will vote for the last phase of polling on May 19. The counting of votes will take place on May 23; results will be declared on the same date. PM Modi lists out abuses hurled at him, Inside Congress’s dictionary of lovelast_img read more

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Rohingyas to be shifted UN calls Myanmar brutality unfathomable

first_imgThis file photo taken on 10 October 2017 shows Rohingya refugees fleeing from Myanmar arrive at the Naf river in Whaikyang, Bangladesh border. In a final report released on 18 September, a UN probe says six members of Myanmar`s military including commander-in-chief senior General Min Aung Hlaing and Vice Senior General Soe Win should be investigated for `genocide` against the Rohingya after more than 700,000 from the Muslim minority were driven into Bangladesh since August last year. — Photo: AFPBangladesh will next month start moving 100,000 Rohingya refugees to a remote island, officials said Tuesday, despite warnings the silty strip is prone to violent weather.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled on 3 October to officially open newly-constructed shelters for the displaced Muslims on Bhashan Char, a muddy islet that only emerged from the Bay of Bengal in 2006.The controversial plan is already behind schedule. Officials previously said they wanted to start moving refugees from overcrowded camps near the border with Myanmar to the island in June, before the monsoon began.The navy has fast-tracked construction of shelters and evacuation centres for 100,000 refugees and nearly three-quarters of the project is complete, a senior disaster management official told AFP.”Initially, 50 to 60 Rohingya families will be relocated in the first phase beginning next month,” said the official, Habibul Kabir Chowdhury.Bangladesh, a low-lying riverine country vulnerable to rising sea levels, is prone to tropical cyclones, especially in the Bay of Bengal between April and November.Hundreds of thousands have died from natural disasters in the last 50 years, mostly in coastal areas near Bhashan Char.The island is one hour by boat from the nearest land but violent storms make the journey by sea dangerous or sometimes impossible.The plan to relocate refugees there was revived after 700,000 Rohingya Muslims, fleeing a violent crackdown in Myanmar in August last year, poured into southeast Bangladesh and overwhelmed existing refugee camps.Rights groups have warned the silty strip is uninhabitable and prone to flooding and other natural disasters, and urged Bangladesh to drop the idea.But the government pumped $280 million last November into transforming it into a habitable site.A navy official told AFP a three-metre-high (nine feet) embankment had been erected around the entire island to make it flood-resistant.”We’re ready to receive refugees,” he said, asking for anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to the press.Secretary of the disaster ministry, Shah Kamal, said the refugees would be able to access humanitarian relief on the island and receive training in skills such as fishing.Officials say refugees will not be forced to leave existing camps in Cox’s Bazar district, among the most crowded places on earth and prone to landslides, disease and other dangers.”If we can ensure full humanitarian assistance to them, I don’t see any reason why they won’t come to the island. We’ll convince them,” said Chowdhury, the disaster official.Myanmar military brutality ‘hard to fathom’AFP reports from Geneva: The level of brutality used by Myanmar’s military against the Rohingya minority is “hard to fathom”, a UN investigator said Tuesday, presenting a damning report calling for top generals to be prosecuted for genocide.”It is hard to fathom the level of brutality of Tatmadaw operations, its total disregard for civilian life,” Marzuki Darusman, who heads a fact-finding mission into violations in Myanmar, told the UN Human Rights Council, referring to the nation’s military.He presented the mission’s 444-page report which lays out in horrifying detail a vast array of violations committed by Myanmar’s powerful military, especially against the Rohingya Muslims.A brutal military crackdown last year forced more than 700,000 Rohingyas to flee over the border to Bangladesh. Demands have mounted for those who waged the campaign to face justice.Myanmar’s army has denied nearly all wrongdoing, insisting its campaign was justified to root out Rohingya insurgents who staged deadly raids on border posts in August 2017.But the UN team said the military’s tactics had been “consistently and grossly disproportionate to actual security threats”.The report said an estimated 10,000 people were killed in the crackdown and that was likely a conservative figure.In his presentation Tuesday, Darusman detailed massacres in Rohingya villages, describing how people unable to escape “were rounded up and separated by sex.””The men were systematically killed. Children were shot, thrown into the river or onto a fire.”Women and girls meanwhile were routinely gang-raped, with many of them “physically and mentally tortured while being raped,” he said, pointing out that many had been severely bitten, in what appeared to be “akin to a form of branding.”Darusman said the “scale, cruelty and systematic nature (of the sexual violence) reveal beyond doubt that rape is used as a tactic of war.””We have concluded that… the acts of the Tatmadaw and other security forces fall within four of the five categories of genocidal acts,” he said.”All the circumstances are such as to warrant an inference of genocidal intent.”A shorter version of the mission’s report, published last month, had already called for Myanmar’s army chief to resign and for him and five other top military commanders to be prosecuted in an international court for genocide.The longer version, presented Tuesday, also called for Myanmar’s military, which dominates the Buddhist-majority nation — holding a quarter of all seats in parliament and controlling three ministries — to be completely removed from politics.Darusman lamented that Myanmar’s government had not cooperated with the mission’s probe.”Democracy requires a government that accepts scrutiny,” he said, stressing that “it requires a legal framework that guarantees these rights for all, without discrimination.””In this regard, the democratic transition in Myanmar had barely begun and now it has come to a standstill.”last_img
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How MONDO Collectibles Bring Art to Fandom Merch

first_imgStay on target You’re probably familiar with MONDO given the waves the company makes every time it drops a new limited-edition poster or screenprint. Those prints, which are made by a curated selection of artists and come in limited quantities, often sell out almost instantly. The company also boasts a deep selection of special-edition vinyl records drawing from the most fascinating corners of film score lore. But the brand’s collectibles division has stepped its game up in a big way over the last few years, making a strong impression with a wide array of products. From sixth-scale action figures to collectible Tiki mugs to enamel pins, they bring an artistry to fandom merchandise and collectibles you don’t see often these days.Geek.com recently had the chance to chat with Brock Otterbacher, the division’s Creative Director, to talk about the company’s upcoming slate of releases, what goes into making a great MONDO Collectible, and how the brand has gone about bringing the love and care we’ve learned to expect from MONDO into the world of toys and collectibles.Geek.com: Let’s start from the top: how did MONDO Collectibles get started?Brock Otterbacher: Yeah! About six years ago one of our former creative directors had asked me to come on board and start a toy line. I had been at Sideshow Collectibles and left around 2011. We had worked with MONDO while I was at Sideshow so a couple years later out of the blue he told me they wanted to start a toy line and wanted to know if I could help. It was pretty unglamorous! Just, “Hey, do you wanna start a toy line?” “Yeah!” And that was that.Geek.com: Between the brand’s presence at SDCC and a bunch of announcements that came up around that time, what do fans have to look forward to in the near future from MONDO Collectibles?BO: We do all kinds of products, everything from small vinyl figures to statues to Tiki mugs. So as we’re going into the next few months there are a few more figures from our Masters of the Universe ⅙-scale line coming up. The first preorders for our Mondo Mecha series, which is gonna be our all-encompassing robot line, will be up soon. We’re taking Captain America and reinterpreting him as a Japanese-influenced mecha. We’re going to be reinterpreting a number of characters but also including characters that are already robots as well. We’re starting with Cap and a new version of our previously-released Iron Giant. Originally it was a 16-inch but this one is going to be 12-inches. It’ll be a little more affordable and hopefully people who missed out on the first one can get in on it. We also just launched our MONDOIDS line, our collection of vinyl figures with interchangeable heads. They’re very much influenced by the gross-out toys of the ‘80s like Madballs that we grew up on. Series 1 ships in October. It’s our excuse to have fun with every license possible. It’s got everything from Gremlins to Marvel to Jurassic Park.Geek.com: Yeah, speaking of which, you guys work with a ton of incredible properties. There’s such a wide array, so I’m curious to know how you and your team go about deciding if a property is a good fit for MONDO.BO: That’s the million-dollar question, isn’t it? It’s a little experience, a little science, a little math, and a little black magic. I always try to look at it in terms of what niches we can fill in this world. What hasn’t been done yet? Years ago when we were first talking about doing something for Masters of the Universe I realized I had never seen a sixth-scale He-Man before. It was an easy call. But in the case of our Batman: The Animated Series line, I’d always wanted to see versions of those characters done in a way that as much as possible matched the animated series itself. Because of the size we’re able to hide articulation a little bit better and we can make them appear as though they’re animated cels.Geek.com: Yeah, it’s interesting how they compare to other figures produced in tandem with the series and it’s wild how much it looks, as you said, like an animated cel drawing.BO: That was always the big push. We do have an advantage of working from a larger scale than others have, and I think what DC Collectibles has done with their B:TAS line is great. But when afforded the much larger size, you can do a lot more with the articulation, paint, etcetera. But that’s kind of what we look for: places we can fill the gaps.And with our Mecha line, part of the joy is reinterpreting characters. That’s just something I’d never seen before. I’d seen it done as customs, you know, painting a Gundam like Wolverine, but what if there was a licensed product built that way from the ground up? What would Captain America look like as a giant anime robot? It’s using imagination and working with a lot of great people to figure out what fits the best. It’s hard to define what does and doesn’t. I can pretty much say yes or no if you shout out a name. It’s a gut feeling.Geek.com: I think that speaks very well to the way the brand has defined itself. You can pretty much name a property and know immediately if it’s a MONDO property.BO: Yeah, and we’ve totally tried to reach outside of our comfort zone before. We did Cass and Jesse from Preacher and, you know, they didn’t do gangbusters but the product turned out really well. That was more of an experiment in figuring out if we could do a fully rendered painting reinterpreted in 3D sculpture as close as possible, with a paint job that forced the lighting and perspective of a painting on it. I think they look great. It wasn’t the smash-hit we’d hoped it would be but it still turned out good. Even if it didn’t blow up, we still have a good product that comes out of it and reached outside of our comfort zones. There’s always room to try something new, to take a risk.Preacher: Cassidy Statue (Photo Credit: Mondo)Geek.com: Is that pretty comparable to what you guys did with the Batman: Red Rain statue?BO: Kind of! That’s one of three instances in which we made a product that started as a poster, the other notable one being the Harley Quinn one. We have the rights to be able to reinterpret our posters as statues and right away I was like, I can imagine how this one would go. Same with the Harley Quinn one. In the case of the other, our Spider-Gwen statue, it was already going to be a poster but we looked at it and kind of helped push it towards something that would be a little more approachable as a statue. Sometimes you work with artists who have already made a poster, sometimes you help push a poster’s design towards something you can work with. And in the case of the Preacher ones we knew it was going to be reinterpreted as a statue from the start. As a toy collectible division we work with a lot of artists who don’t do posters but are amazing in their own right, from sculptors to printers.Geek.com: Walk us through the process of what it’s like to create one of your sixth-scale figures.BO: It’s different for every product we do. Those are developed a bit differently from statues. We always start with an idea that turns into a concept. How will we approach this? Are we reinterpreting it? Are we being accurate to the character? Once the concept is done and approval is given, we work with a sculptor. Within that, there’s a lot of other factors. With sculpting you’re turning a piece of 2D art into something 3D. Some things already transfer well, some things have to be adjusted or revised. We may say hey, let’s add a metal cap to the end of He-Man’s scabbard as a nod to Battle Cat. Or we’ll adjust his face a little more or add a new accessory. All of that happens in sculpting.Generally from there, if it’s hand-sculpted it gets molded. If it’s digitally sculpted we make a 3D print of it. From there we do multiple 3D prints and refine it, and from there we go to painting. That’s the phase that really solidifies the product. You don’t actually know what the thing is REALLY going to look like until you see it painted. At SDCC we had a number of products that I’d seen in every single phase of but hadn’t seen assembled and painted. Once I see them put together though, that’s when I fully see what we’re doing. From there we go to the factories and develop our packaging, the sort of second cherry on top after painting. We try to make them a work of art in and of themselves.Geek.com: The boxes are very well-designed, yeah. They’re worth keeping and really complete the package.BO: We’re a company that was founded on two-dimensional art, you know, prints and posters and record sleeves. That’s why people buy our stuff, the art. Why not have that on our packaging and our 3D products?Geek.com: Is there a single piece or product that the company has made that you’d consider your favorite?BO: Tough one. One of our first was the larger scale Iron Giant figure. A lot of talented people worked on it and our factory really killed it in terms of production. Nobody had really touched Iron Giant in 15, 20 years so I’m pretty proud of that. I think it’s more, to me, looking at our He-Man line or Batman line. I always try to do something familiar but new, something that makes you look at it and go oh, I haven’t seen that before. So for example, Mattel never did a Skeletor figure with an articulated skull. Jaw, yes, but a full skull that you can make look around in his hood? Never been done. So we did that in ours, and it’s such a minimal thing but it’s a cool touch. That’s what I find myself most proud of, the thing you don’t even realize is there until you’re holding the figure and see it.More on Geek.com:The Most Powerful ‘He-Man’ ToysThe Craziest and Coolest Batman ToysWhy ‘Transformers’ Still Resonates, 35 Years Later Mattel Unveils Fashionable ‘Star Wars’ x Barbie DollsToy Tuesday: Yo! It’s The Best ‘G.I. Joe’ Toys last_img read more

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Rural is urban with a time lag

first_imgKolkata: Rural is urban with a time lag, said Alpana Parida, managing director, DY Works, while addressing the third edition of the Rural Marketing Dialogue organised by CII.Parida said that the drivers of “behaviour and motivation” in rural areas are different from the urban ones. The belief system in rural areas is pegged on revering abundance, socio-economic and socio-political power and uncertain future. This, in turn, influences rural buying patterns, according to Parida. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeShe told the marketing strategists, decision-makers, CEOs and academics present at the seminar that products that cater to “sensorial fulfilment”, have a better scope in rural India as wealth and success are very “visible” and not “line items on paper”. While giving examples of rural beliefs and trends, Parida said as villages have grown up on local drinks which are healthy and substantial, drinks manufacturers can look at innovative health beverages to get a grip on this market. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedParida stressed that rural marketing is more than “small packets, shiny packaging” and the specific product innovations, blending with the environment and belief structures of this unique and integral part of India, would go a long way in successfully establishing various brands. Rajesh Shukla, managing director & CEO of People Research on India’s Consumer Economy (PRICE), said with “39% of rural rich spread across 600,000 villages across India” and with “55% of the national income coming in from the villages”, desegregation of information across geographies and understanding attitudes are keys to the success of rural economy. The Rural Marketing Dialogue focused on the rural FMCG sale that is estimated to be $100 billion, up from the current $12 billion, by 2025.last_img read more

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