Counsellors stop suicide in Rajasthan

first_imgA newly married deaf and dumb woman, who was about to hang herself, was saved in Rajasthan’s Hanumangarh district via coordinated action by the local police and a counsellor couple who were in touch with her through video call from Indore.The woman (23), who is possibly suffering from depression, searched online for the contact number of counsellors — Gyanendra Purohit and his wife Monica — and told them three days back that she wanted to end her life. Mr. Purohit also works as the State coordinator for the Muk Badhir police helpline at Indore. Ms. Monica communicated with the woman through sign language.last_img

In poll season, KBK’s poverty back in focus

first_imgThe KBK (Kalahandi-Balangir-Koraput) region has become a major electoral battleground for the three mainstream parties — Biju Janata Dal, BJP and Congress — as each of them sees a fair chance of winning the four parliamentary constituencies here.All the four Lok Sabha seats — Koraput, Nabarangpur, Kalahandi and Balangir — are currently held by the BJD. With Prime Minister Narendra Modi frequenting the region and Congress president Rahul Gandhi already holding a public meeting here, the region has come into focus again. Also, the blame game over the poverty in the region and negligence by the powers that be has begun.Mr. Modi used Tuesday’s public meeting in Kalahandi to question the Congress’ sincerity in alleviating poverty. In the run-up to the elections, all three star campaigners of the BJP — the PM, party president Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath — have already held separate meetings at Bhawanipatna, the district headquarter town of Kalahandi. From Congress’ side, Mr. Gandhi and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel together had held a meeting here and made several pro-poor, pro-farmer commitments.Tribal-dominatedOf the 80 blocks falling under KBK, 44 are identified under the tribal sub-plan, which means the region is predominantly tribal-dominated.Despite years of focused development intervention, a large proportion of the rural poor and tribals in the region continues to face chronic hunger. With shrinking forest cover, their livelihood is also threatened. Landless and marginal farmers without visible employment opportunities are forced to undertake annual migration to other States in search of jobs.As per the National Family Health Survey-4, only 47.38% women in the region are literate against the State average of 67.4%, while the literacy level among men in the region is 72.93% against the State’s 84.3%. In case of institutional delivery, the region with 76.48% lags behind the State’s average of 85.4%.PMs who visitedBefore Mr. Modi, six other PMs — Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Moraji Desai, P.V. Narasimha Rao, Chandra Shekhar and H.D. Deve Gowda — had visited Kalahandi. In fact, the ‘Garibi Hatao’ slogan coined by Mrs. Gandhi is said to have been inspired by her visit here.“It was the Congress government which had started KBK-focused intervention. Unfortunately, it was discontinued. The State government was found missing from the scene when it was needed the most. I would request the Congress leadership to pilot NYAY from the KBK region,” said former Union Minister Bhakta Charan Das, who is the Congress candidate from Kalahandi.‘Administration missing’Ashok Tripathy, former KBK administrator who has joined the BJP after his retirement, blamed the State government for not giving due importance to the region. “Earlier a top officer in the rank of Chief Secretary used to be posted as KBK administrator. Now, development strategy is chalked out by the Planning and Coordination Department in consultation with the Development Commissioner, who has many other things to do,” he said.The Centre’s decision to reduce allocation of funds under the regional long-term action plan project for KBK from 2015-16 is often derided by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who has reiterated his commitment to the all-round development of the region.last_img read more

Bihar BJP showcauses MLC for anti-party remarks

first_imgThe Bihar BJP has issued a show cause notice to party MLC Sachidananda Rai for launching a vitriolic attack on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, after reports surfaced that his government sought details of office-bearers of the RSS and its affiliates from different districts. The saffron party’s disciplinary committee president (Bihar) Amarendra Pratap Singh issued a notice on July 21, asking Mr. Rai to reply within 10 days as to why disciplinary action should not be taken against him. Although it makes no mention of any particular instance of indiscipline, the notice criticises Mr. Rai for repeatedly issuing statements in his “personal capacity, at odds with the party’s official stand” and charges him with “undermining the sanctity of the National Democratic Alliance”.Mr. Rai had reacted with outrage when the news of a letter, issued by the special branch of the police to district units two months ago, surfaced last week.“Our party must be careful of the intentions of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who holds the home portfolio. We should note the timing of the letter,” he had said.“It was around the same time when he had thrown a tantrum and refused to join the Narendra Modi government at the Centre, despite contesting the Lok Sabha polls as an NDA ally,” he added. Seeking to know the nature of relationship between the BJP and its ally JD(U) of which Mr. Kumar is the president, Mr. Rai had also reportedly said he was only interested in remaining the CM irrespective of which alliance he is part of. The special branch later clarified that details were sought in view of intelligence inputs on functionaries of the RSS and affiliates in Bihar facing threat to their lives. It also found that the language used in the letter, issued by an SP rank officer, “objectionable” and said he may face action for the same. Several BJP leaders, including Union minister Giriraj Singh, have questioned the issuing of such a letter.“Why, with a former RSS activist like Sushil Kumar Modi as Deputy Chief Minister, did the State need to collect information in this fashion?” Mr. Singh asked recently.last_img read more

World Series throw-down: Astros, Nats relying on rotations

first_imgWashington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws during the second inning of Game 3 of the baseball National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Now this is a serious World Series throw-down.Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke vs. Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin — all of them All-Star starters, still pitching at their peak.ADVERTISEMENT Andy Murray wins 1st ATP final since hip surgery Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ LATEST STORIES Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Philosophically, whether it’s about the new-age opener or pulling guys third time through, most of the people that support that haven’t had Verlander or Cole on their team,” he said.The Nationals stack up just fine, too. Consider their staff includes Aníbal Sánchez, who took a playoff no-hit bid into the eighth inning.The Astros, who began as the National League expansion Colt .45s in 1962, led the majors in setting a franchise record for wins. Their playoff path was more of a struggle, beating wild-card Tampa Bay in the deciding Game 5 of the AL Division Series and then stopping the 103-win Yankees on Altuve’s pennant-winning homer off Aroldis Chapman in the ninth inning.The Nationals, who started out as the Montreal Expos in 1969, took the reverse route.A season after letting slugger Bryce Harper leave as a free agent, the Nats were just 19-31 in May. The slow start prompted speculation that manager Dave Martinez would be fired and management would sell off stars at the trade deadline.Instead, the Nationals bounced back. They earned a playoff spot, eliminated the favored Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Division Series and swept the surging St. Louis Cardinals behind NLCS MVP Howie Kendrick.For Washington, the city gets its first World Series since the Senators played in 1933. For the Nationals, the old October question: rest or rust?The Nationals will have a full week between games while the Astros get only two days off. A fact on this: Boston had two more days of rest last year and beat the Dodgers. But before that, the past nine champions were the clubs that had less rest.Martinez isn’t worried.“These guys have played unbelievably. I think they needed a break. Some guys really needed a break,” he said. “Heal their bodies a little bit.” Becoming his own man DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers MOST READ “They’ve worked their tails off. I know a lot of the guys on the team, and I know how they prepare,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the challenge.”Like when he faces Washington’s big bopper.“Anthony Rendon is one of the greatest hitters in the game right now,” Cole said. “There’s no real way to get him out. You just kind of hope that he misses some balls or he scorches them right at your guys, I guess.“I’ve been watching him since I was in college. It’s very unique what he’s been able to do and he’s just a pleasure to watch play.”The clubs saw each other back in February when they played in the exhibition opener, and Scherzer gave up a homer to the first batter of the game.Now, eight months later, they meet for real. The 107-win Astros trying to capture their second crown in three years, the wild-card Nationals making their Series debut.“The World Series comes through Houston. I like the sound of that. I think it should be that way for many years to come,” Bregman said.No slight to Bregman and other big hitters here: Altuve, the ALCS MVP, postseason star George Springer and top shortstops Trea Turner and Carlos Correa. And not to overlook the young stars on this stage for the first time, rookies like Juan Soto and Yordan Álvarez.Yet in an era when teams search for new pitching strategies — witness the Astros’ parade of relievers in Game 6 of the ALCS — the two clubs left figure to rely heavily on their starters.Fine by Houston manager AJ Hinch.center_img It’s a mound meeting that every fan can enjoy, the Houston Astros against the Washington Nationals.Capital hill, indeed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“We’ve got the best pitcher in the world going. And then after that, we’ve got the best pitcher in the world going, too. And then after that, we’ve got the best pitcher in the world going, too,” Astros third baseman Alex Bregman said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.”Bregman and fellow MVP candidate Anthony Rendon certainly did their parts to make this the Year of the Home Run. And José Altuve lit up Minute Maid Park with his walk-off homer to beat the Yankees in the AL Championship Series. This jewelry designer is also an architect But the focus of this Fall Classic is right on the rotations. Houston opened as a 2-1 favorite at the Las Vegas sportsbooks.Cole is set to throw the first pitch on Tuesday night in Houston. He led the majors with 326 strikeouts, was second to Verlander in the big leagues with 20 wins and topped the AL with a 2.50 ERA.He also is 19-0 in his last 25 starts. That includes 3-0 in the playoffs so far, allowing one earned run in 22 2/3 innings while fanning 32.Cole was acquired by the Astros a few months after they won the 2017 World Series. He has fit in fine with his Houston teammates and also has gotten acquainted with some of the Washington aces — the teams share the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches spring training complex in Florida.“I know a few guys in their rotation, and I’m personally excited that they’re in this position, and I’m just very excited to get in there,” Cole said late Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles01:42Cops track down 4 persons of interest in ambush of DOLE employee02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View commentslast_img read more

Happy with my performance: Kidambi Srikanth after winning Australian Open Super Series

first_imgAce Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth, who won his maiden Australian Open title on Sunday, has said he was happy with the performance he delivered against reigning world champion Chen Long in the summit clash.Playing in his third consecutive Super Series final in Sydney, Kidambi needed just 46 minutes as he fended out Chen Long 22-20, 21-16 in the final match of the men’s singles event.”I am very happy with the performance. I want to thank all,” Kidambi told ANI.Kidambi showed no signs of discomfort and was just ruthless with his aggressive play as he defeated his Chinese opponent in straight games to win his fourth Super Series title. (Kidambi Srikanth wins Australian Open, Twitter hails new badminton hero)The opening game was an evenly contested affair with the two opponents exchanging the lead. The rallies were a bit long at the start but both resorted to an attacking game from thereon.However, aided by his deceptive shots and searing smashes, the Indian shuttler took 11-9 lead at the break. After the resumption, Long crawled back with three straight points to take lead at 12-11.The game went down the wire with the Chinese saving a game point with a cross court smash but the 24-year-old Indian eventually prevailed to win it 22-20 and take 1-0 lead in 23 minutes.”It was a very tough and close game. But after winning the first game, I think the whole momentum shifted towards me,” he said about his first game win.The second game began with a prolonged rally ended by Kidambi ‘s powerful down-the-line smash as he took an early 4-1 lead after employing a backhand smash.advertisementLeading at 6-2, Chen, the reigning world champion attempted to attack back, hitting long shots to force the Indian shuttler to play wider and commit errors as Chen scored five consecutive points to take a lead at 7-6.Kidambi, however, continued to remain aggressive but trailed for the first time in the game after a successful challenge from Chen.The lead went on going back-and-forth in the second game and then both players adopted an attacking style of play post the changeover.With the scores at 16-13, Kidambi scored one winner after the other and took the lead at 19-16.Chen then hit a service error to give Kidambi his first match point opportunity and he converted it soon after as the Chinese hit a return long to win the match and his second Super Series final in two weeks.The current world number 11 further said that he needs to be more consistent with the performance.”Yes, we are doing well and we only need to be more consistent.”Meanwhile Kidambi’s brother, Nandagopal said that the entire family was proud of his feat.”I feel so great and it’s a privilege that winning for India in back to back tournaments. We did not expect him to win back to back super series tournaments and beat the world number one and reigning champion to win the Australian Open,” Nandagopal told ANI.”After coming back from the injury, it’s good to see him with a podium finish. He played very consistently and played like a champion. I am very happy for him,” he added.Echoing similar views, Union Minister of Sports and Youth Vijay Goel also heaped on Kidambi, saying the shuttler has made the nation proud with his feat.”It is really a happy moment that Srikanth has won. He has made the nation proud. I congratulate him,” Goel told ANI.”His feat is also appreciable because he defeated Chen Long. He has become the hero of the nation,” he added.This was Kidambi’s first ever win over the Chinese in six meetings.Kidambi had reached the final of the Singapore Open in April and Indonesia Open before this tournament and has thus become only the fifth player in the world to contest three consecutive Super Series finals.With the win, he has now gone to number one in Dubai Destination Rankings.Meanwhile, the Badminton Association of India (BAI) has also announced a cash award of Rs. 5 lakh for Kidambi.last_img read more

Jaiprakash Associates Q2 net loss narrowed to Rs 186.48 cr

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 14 (PTI) Debt-ridden Jaypee groups flagship firm Jaiprakash Associates today reported standalone net loss of Rs 186.48 crore for the quarter ended September on lower income.Its net loss stood at Rs 781.20 crore in the year-ago period, the company said in a regulatory filing.Jaiprakash Associates total income declined to Rs 871.71 crore in the second quarter of this fiscal from Rs 1,437.09 crore in the corresponding period of the previous year.The company, which is engaged in the businesses of construction, cement, real estate, hotel, sports and power among others, said that during the quarter ended September, it entered into contract for new work aggregating to Rs 983 crore with Water Resources Department, Madhya Pradesh government.It also received letter of award aggregating to Rs 1,492 crore for execution of dam and hydro projects in Nepal.As part of the debt restructuring exercise, the board in its meeting held on October 7 approved demerger of the undertaking comprising identified movable and immovable assets and liabilities (including estimated debt of Rs 11,834 crore) to be transferred to and vested in the wholly owned subsidiary Jaypee Infrastructure Development Ltd.”The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals. The scheme has already been filed with the National Stock Exchange and BSE Ltd for their respectiveapprovals,” the filing said.Jaiprakash Associates said that the principal outstanding of privately held listed non-convertible debentures (NCDs) is fully secured by way of equitable mortgage/registered mortgage /hypothecation of fixed assets with security cover of more than 100 per cent.Its subsidiary Jaypee Infratech Ltd is currently going through the insolvency process because of loan default.advertisementJaiprakash Associates has been asked to deposit Rs 2,000 crore by the Supreme Court. PTI MJH SBTlast_img read more

Bears Hold On, Beat Jets, 27-19

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears needed to claw back from a big deficit last week.On Sept. 22, they had to hang on against the New York Jets.“It was quite a game,” Bears coach Marc Trestman said after a 27-19 victory that wasn’t sealed until the final moments.Even after spotting the Bears a 14-0 lead with early mistakes, the Jets had one last opportunity to tie, getting into Bears territory on Geno Smith’s 51-yard pass to Greg Salas.But Jeremy Kerley came down out of bounds in the back of the end zone after making a leaping grab of Smith’s desperation fourth-down heave from the Bears 9.Cutler then took a knee three times to seal the victory for the Bears (2-1). “We just have to ride this momentum,” Cutler said.Last weekend, the Bears rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the 49ers in Green Bay. They never trailed in this one, but they had a hard time putting away the Jets (1-2).“It’s not so much that teams are beating us,” Jets linebacker Demario Davis said. “We’re beating ourselves, and you can’t do that in this league.”New York was coming off a disappointing 31-24 loss at Green Bay in which it blew an 18-point lead. Smith was 26 of 43 for 316 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions — and nearly had a few others in this one.Kerley finished with seven catches for 81 yards, and almost came up with a diving grab off a tipped pass in the end zone on the final drive.“There were some plays you wish you could have back,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said. The Jets also scored just one touchdown in six trips into the red zone.Cutler threw two touchdown passes to Martellus Bennett and Ryan Mundy returned an interception 45 yards for a score. Cutler finished 23 of 38 for 225 yards and Alshon Jeffery caught eight passes for 105 yards for the Bears, who got a 45-yard field goal from Robbie Gould to make it an eight-point game with 3:10 remaining.(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Shikhar Dhawan joins MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul to watch Bharat in Nottingham

first_imgIndian cricket team members seemed in high spirits as they went out to watch the new Bollywood film, Bharat, in Nottingham on Tuesday. The Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif-starred flick hit the theatres on Eid last week and the cricketers took this opportunity to catch up on some entertainment before getting on with business in the World Cup 2019.Kedar Jadhav, who is a self-confessed Salman Khan fan, had MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul for company along with the some of the support staff members as they watched the film.”BHARAT KI TEAM BHARAT MOVIE KE BAAD,” Jadhav posted on his social media account.The picture that Jadhav posted had Dhawan in it as well, who has been ruled out for 2 weeks due to a thumb fracture. Dhawan had his left thumb heavily bandaged.Shikhar Dhawan has suffered a minor fracture and is currently under the observation of the BCCI medical team. The apex body of India cricket said it has not named any replacement as on Tuesday.”Team India opening batsman Mr Shikhar Dhawan is presently under the observation of the BCCI medical team. The team management has decided that Mr Dhawan will continue to be in England and his progress will be monitored,” the BCCI said in a statement on Tuesday.Dhawan was hit on the thumb as early as the 9th over of the Indian innings vs Australia on Sunday but he carried on and went on to make a match-winning 117.advertisementHaving beaten South Africa and Australia to get their World Cup campaign off to a strong start, India will next face New Zealand in Nottingham on Thursday before the big-ticket clash against arch-rivals Pakistan on Sunday in Manchester.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Dhawan’s absence will put more pressure on Rohit, says HarbhajanAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan injury will not affect Team India’s morale, says Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan under observation, no replacement yetAlso Read | India will dominate World Cup 2019 like Australia did in 2003, 2007: R Ashwinlast_img read more

Chase Carey says F1 will not change approach despite promoters’ concern

first_imgFormula One’s chief executive, Chase Carey, has hit back in his row with race promoters by insisting the sport’s owners will not change their approach.F1 met with unhappy grands prix chiefs in London last week after they issued a statement criticising how the sport is being run. Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn F1 promoters association expecting more cooperation from Liberty Media Share on Twitter Since you’re here… Topics news Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Share via Email Carey, who took over from Bernie Ecclestone following Liberty Media’s £6.4bn acquisition of F1 two years ago, is usually hesitant to speak in public. But responding to the promoters’ group, the American, understood to have been upset by the criticism, said: “It’s not going to change what we are doing.“It’s part of life, you are going to find a bunch of people who have something to complain about and are going to make noise. We will go forward and do what we are doing.”On the eve of last week’s summit, the Formula One Promoters’ Association, that claimed to represent 16 of the 21 grands prix and of which Silverstone managing director Stuart Pringle is chairman, accused the sport’s owners of lacking clarity.Carey, who was speaking to ESPN, added: “We already had a day set up to talk about initiatives and they, well, only a couple of guys, put out a press release saying we need to talk about initiatives. That was the strangest part.”The British Grand Prix is set to fall off the F1 calendar at the end of the year unless a new deal can be agreed.The British Racing Drivers’ Club, owners of the Northamptonshire circuit, initiated a break clause in their contract in 2017 over escalating hosting fees.They will pay an estimated £20m to stage this year’s event. Monza, Hockenheim, Barcelona and Mexico City are also entering the final season of their respective contracts. Formula One Motor sport Share on Pinterest Read more It was announced on Tuesday that F1 has renewed its deal to race in Azerbaijan until at least 2023.And in an apparent warning to Silverstone, Carey added: “There are issues we have got to wrestle around, and we do have others that are being aggressive about wanting to be a part of the calendar. We don’t have that many slots.“Silverstone chose to make it public a couple of years ago, but we have continued to deal with it as a private discussion, with them and our other partners.”Meanwhile, F1 will have a race in Azerbaijan until at least 2023 after a new deal was announced on Tuesday. The grand prix on the streets of Baku was due to expire next season, but a three-year extension has been agreed. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

10 months agoRomero reveals Solskjaer has ‘restored happiness’ at Man Utd

first_imgRomero reveals Solskjaer has ‘restored happiness’ at Man Utdby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer restored happiness to the playing group.The Norwegian has gone five from five since taking over as caretaker manager last month.And Romero believes that the players are enjoying their football.”We’ve had a great run,” Romero told the club’s website.”Not just the results, but the way in which we have won the games as well. Scoring five goals in one match was a big boost to confidence and was really something.”What we’re showing now, after a great Christmas, is only right for a club of this stature, [it] proves what we can do. The run we’ve had over Christmas and new year is testament to that.”[The manager] knows what he wants to achieve – both for the club and us as individuals. On the pitch and within the club, he has made it very clear from the outset so we know the expectation of us inside the club and externally.”You can see he has brought to the club a certain happiness and it is going well.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

On the Road – West America and Woolrich

first_img Meet Phylloxera, One of Wine’s Most Dangerous Pests Indian Motorcycle’s 2020 Scout Lineup Pays Homage to Its 100-Year Legacy We love ‘Made in America’ here at The Manual. What’s better than a brand creating American-made clothing and roadtripping to break it in. Jordan Hufnagel and James Crowe of adventure outfitter West America came together to build. Hufnagel a bicycle builder and motorcycle maker Crowe built their Portland-based shop that eventually grew into West America. They became so successful that they had back orders at least three years long. Now in collaboration with Woolrich the outdoor outfitter they are literally following the road to a new dream.They decided to morph this success into a road trip any man would hop on. Hufnagel tells The Manual that they made the decision a few years back to stop taking orders and to complete what they had. They longed to rediscover what’s important to them. What better way than to take a badass motorcycle trip across two continents.“That’s the really interesting part. We had been planning this trip for a couple years and we have completely funded this trip on our own,” Huffnagel said. “That’s an important part of the story. We wanted people to realize anybody can do it.”Hufnagel and Crowe will journey from British Columbia down to Patagonia for more than a year on two custom built motorcycles (Crowe’s work of course). They will let the trip take them. There is no plan just a general direction—South. Clothing became a key element because they needed gear to brave the road  and the wilderness, while still looking presentable on city stops.“It’s important that when we pull into a town we don’t look like storm troopers,” Hufnagel said.Luckily these guys joined forces with all-American Woolrich, a company that built its name on outfitting early explores, still operating one of the oldest wool mills in the nation. Woolrich has begun to reach out to younger consumers with its ‘Made in USA’ clothing line coming out Fall 2013.The company has helped West America put together a small clothing line specifically catering to their journey and will promote their travels through social media. West American and Woolrich’s outdoors fashion collaboration includes a motorcycle jacket, a poncho, a vest, a wool shirt and a hat. Both men have had considerable input on the design process of each item for the trip. To follow their Journey visit  ( or Woolrich’s Instagram feed (@woolrichinc). Icons of America: Taking a Corvette Road Trip Along Route 66 Editors’ Recommendations center_img Rum 101: An Introduction to the Different Types of Rum and How They’re Made 2. Motorcycle Jacket on James Crowe 3. Motorcycle Jacket 4. Motorcycle Jacket on Jordan Hufnagel 5. Motorcycle Jacket 6. West America/Woolrich Hat 7. West America/Woolrich Hat 8. Motorycle Vest 9. Motorcycle Vest on Jordan Hufnagel 10. Poncho on James Crowe 11. West America/Woolrich Poncho The Most Interesting Drinks From Around the World You Can Try Today last_img read more

Province Hosts First Atlantic Mental Health Summit

first_imgHealth representatives from the Atlantic provinces gathered in Halifax this week for the first Atlantic Mental Health Summit. They have been discussing ways the provinces can work together and raise the profile of mental health issues at all levels of government. During the summit they have also heard from national and international experts. Health Minister Maureen MacDonald offered to lead the summit at the Atlantic health minister’s meeting in January. “The great thing about a summit like this is we gather from all walks of life, social workers, practitioners and experts to share ideas and best practices,” said Ms. MacDonald during her opening remarks. “The knowledge that is shared here will help us make the right decisions for our province’s mental health strategy, as we work to provide better care, sooner.” Delegates are participating in sessions and workshops to discuss mental health and homelessness, child and youth mental health, mental health promotion and prevention, public policy and a national strategy. One in three Canadians experience mental illness in their lifetimes, and many more are directly or indirectly affected through their relationships with friends, family and co-workers. The province announced the 12 members of the Mental Health Strategy Advisory Committee in September to help fulfill a commitment to revamp mental health and addiction services. The summit ends today, Oct. 29.last_img read more


first_imgEuphoria LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement A scroll through makeup artist Doniella Davy’s Instagram feed yields a showcase of all the kaleidoscopic makeup looks she’s created for the first season of HBO’s new hit show Euphoria. There’s Rue (Zendaya) with her sooty liner and glitter tears streaming down her cheeks; Jules (Hunter Schafer) with her dizzying array of Technicolor gazes; Maddy (Alexa Demie) with her glossy lips and constellations of Swarovski face crystals; and Kat (Barbie Ferreira) with her vinyl red pout and gothic smoky eyes. The funny thing is, when you tap over to Davy’s “tagged photos,” these same looks are being furiously recreated by her fledgling fanbase—down to every last gem and swoop of neon pigment. Facebookcenter_img Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Judge who issued court injunctions to end rail blockades acted for CN

first_imgBy Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsThe judge who signed court injunctions to end two different rail blockades in support of Idle No More used to represent CN Rail as a lawyer and also acted as a witness for the company in the United States according to documents obtained by APTN National News.This has some questioning whether Justice David Brown of Ontario’s Superior court should have recused himself on these injunction requests.CN asked Brown to put in place injunctions to end blockades on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory in January and in December against Aamjiwngaang First Nation, both in Ontario.That includes Ron Plain who faces a contempt of court charge for refusing to end the Sarnia blockade in December when Brown ordered him to do so.Plain was the spokesperson for the Aamjiwnaang First Nation blockade that lasted nearly two weeks before a peaceful conclusion was reached Jan. 2.Plain told APTN he didn’t know about Brown’s prior representation of CN Rail.“I’m angry,” said Plain.Brown issued the first injunction against the Sarnia blockade Dec. 21, which was served on Dec. 22, and again, indefinitely, Dec. 27. When it came before the courts a third time Jan. 2 a Sarnia judge presided over the case.Mohawks of Tyendinaga near Belleville, Ont. launched their own rail blockade on Saturday Jan. 5.CN was able to reach Brown that night and have him verbally issue a court injunction but the Ontario Provincial Police, much like Sarnia police, delayed enforcing it, preferring to seek a peaceful resolution.When learning of this Brown blasted police departments for not following through on a court ordered injunctions.“Such an approach by the OPP was most disappointing,” Brown said in his decision. “I don’t get it.”Instead of serving the injunction the OPP decided to wait and see if the Mohawks would leave, which they did at about 11:30 p.m. that night.“We seem to be drifting into dangerous waters in the life of the public affairs of this province when courts cannot predict, with any practical degree of certainty, whether police agencies will assist in enforcing court injunctions against demonstrators who will not voluntarily cease unlawful activities, such as those carried on by the protesters in this case,” Brown said.APTN learned of Brown’s former work as a lawyer acting on behalf of CN Rail in a court case he is currently presiding over, CN vs. Holmes. In court records, Brown states at the beginning that he may have a conflict of interest.“When I practiced law I had acted for CN on some tax litigation and served as a witness for CN in some U.S. regulatory proceedings,” Brown wrote in his decision.He told the lawyers representing the defendants to discuss the matter and come back to him if they had a problem. No one did.Matthew Moloci represents one of the defendants in the Holmes case and said he didn’t think Brown had a conflict of interest.“He said in a prior role as a lawyer he had done some work on behalf of CN that was certainly unrelated to anything that was going in the proceeding,” said Moloci. “As far as I was concerned I wasn’t concerned.”When asked if his attitude has changed towards Brown throughout the on-going proceedings Moloci said he wasn’t prepared to comment any further.Toronto lawyer James Morton called the case unusual and that typically judges step aside when these cases come up.“There’s two issues when it comes to impartially of a judge. There is actually partiality, the judge is biased one way or the other and then there’s the perception of partiality. Either one is enough to remove a judge from a case,” said Morton.But in a situation where the defendants don’t have an opportunity to waive perceived bias, like in the cases of Sarnia and Tyendinaga, it’s more problematic.The court injunctions were issued without any word from the defendants.“You can certainly see individuals feeling that justice was not completely impartial if they saw that the judge had been the lawyer for one of the parties in the past and they weren’t given an opportunity to say they were comfortable with it or not,” said Morton.The other issue, Morton said, is picking a judge like it seems CN did.Morton said it’s usually luck of the draw and you get whatever judge you get.“It is unusual that lawyers for CN would be able to contact the judge presumably at home on a Saturday night,” said Morton, which is believed to be the case in Tyendinaga. “Now obviously they had his contact information…but this is certainly unusual let’s put it that way.”APTN contacted the office of Brown and requested an interview. Brown said “no.” read more

Vancouver tech company hires exUS Homeland Security special agent

first_imgVANCOUVER – Big Blockchain Intelligence Group Inc. says it has hired a former U.S. Homeland Security special agent to head its forensics division.The Vancouver-based company says Robert Whitaker, a former Homeland Security Investigations supervisory special agent, will serve as its director of forensics and investigations.Whitaker’s responsibilities will include the global rollout of the company’s product, which allows clients to access information they require within any blockchain.The company says Whitaker’s U.S. government agency and other relationships will help increase market penetration and increase the number of early adopters of the new technology.CEO Lance Morginn says in a statement that Whitaker is an obvious fit for the position and he’ll provide the company the opportunity to become the industry leader.Big Blockchain develops blockchain technology solutions, search and data analytics.last_img read more

Im often disasppointed with scripts which come my way Jim Sarbh

first_imgMumbai: Jim Sarbh, who has given critically-acclaimed performances in films such as “Neerja” and “Padmaavat”, says he feels underwhelmed with the kind of scripts coming his way. The actor caught the audience’s attention as the antagonist in his 2016 debut, “Neerja”. He has also starred in “Sanju” and was most recently seen in Amazon Prime Video’s “Made in Heaven” “Films have always been my first love but because I kept getting cast in plays or because the school I went to didn’t have film acting course. It just had theatre studies — I came from a theatrical tradition. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “I have spent the better part of my life reading some of the best plays in the world. I am spoilt. I imagine that each script I get should be as good as those plays and I am often sorely disappointed,” the actor told PTI. Having played some of the most iconic parts on stage, the longing to do good work in films has only increased, Sarbh, 31, says. “I have had the opportunity of playing, in my opinion, some of the best characters ever written in a play, Romeo in ‘Romeo and Juliet’, Jerry in ‘Zoo Story’ and I can keep going. I have been lucky (in theatre). Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna “(But) how will I get those parts (here)? I am waiting for an opportunity to sink my teeth into roles that are complicated, interesting as any of these.” The actor, however, found an opportunity where he could work and build his character while working on “Made in Heaven”, created by filmmakers Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti. He is garnering praise for his role of a rich Delhi industrialist, Adil Khanna, a complicated man, torn between his current love interest and wife. “In the beginning, my character was a little underwritten as compared to others, which was quite refreshing actually. You could get an interpretation reading the character that ‘oh he is just a bad guy’ but I was more interested in playing him as a person who fell in love, again,” Sarbh says. “Made in Heaven” is directed by Zoya, Nitya Mehra, Alankrita Shrivastava and Prashant Nair. The makers recently announced season two of the series.last_img read more

Some 750 million sought in UN appeals for East and West Africa

In Nairobi, Kenya, the humanitarian community and the Government launched the 2009 Emergency Humanitarian Response Plan (EHRP), requesting $390 million for 1.6 million victims of food and livelihood insecurity and scant health care, as well as internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees in the East African country.“The appeal outlines the humanitarian community’s plans for collective response in 2009 to address humanitarian needs and assist early recovery needs,” Aeneas Chuma, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, said. More than 4,200 IDPs uprooted by post-election violence remain in camps and some 54,000 others are living in 121 transit sites. Drought, floods, rising food and commodity prices, reduced cereal production and livestock diseases have combined to increase food insecurity among many vulnerable populations, including pastoralists in arid and semi-arid areas, coastal lowland areas and amongst the urban poor, with an estimated 1.4 million currently receiving food aid.Regionally, Kenya’s porous borders have witnessed continued refugee flows. The deteriorating situation in Somalia precipitated an increased influx across the border, adding to a refugee population that already far exceeds the capacity of existing camps. Due to the continuing crisis in Somalia, new arrivals are expected to continue during 2009, increasing the strain on existing refugee support mechanisms.On the other side of the continent in Dakar, Senegal, the UN launched an international appeal for $361 million to finance humanitarian projects that will help stem the impact of the high food prices crisis on millions of people in one of the world’s poorest regions. “Our appeal to the generosity of the international community is more than just asking for money,” UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) regional representative Hervé Ludovic De Lys said.“The food crisis and its adverse effects call for more collaboration with States so that, beyond short-term solutions, more durable solutions are adopted to combat issues linked to socio-economic development, inequities of the free market notably with regards to access to basic needs for the poorest, and the negative effects of climate change.”The appeal serves as a strategic forum between humanitarian and development partners for durable solutions to help some 250 million people who are also threatened by new, emerging crises in the region, he added.The UN World Food Programme (WFP), one of the agencies on the frontline, says West Africa has been particularly hit by the high food prices crisis earlier this year, especially in countries highly dependent on imports to feed themselves.“WFP and its partners have been able to respond and are continuing to act to make sure the most vulnerable households did not fall into undernutrition,” WFP Regional Director Thomas Yanga noted. “The continuous support of the international community is therefore crucial especially for our work in urban areas if we want to sustain the benefits of this response.”Last week Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes called for $2.2 billion for the Sudan Work Plan for aid projects next year in Africa’s largest country, with nearly half earmarked for the war-torn region of Darfur, where violence has uprooted almost half the 6 million-strong population.As with today’s launch, that plan is part of the larger Consolidated Appeal launched in Geneva on 19 November for $7 billion worldwide, by far the largest such appeal ever and nearly double the amount sought for 2008. 24 November 2008The United Nations today set in motion further elements of the African regional component of its $7-billion annual humanitarian appeal, seeking help for millions of people suffering from drought, floods, high food prices and displacement in the eastern and western regions of the continent. read more

Fourcade helps Nicholls beat San Diego 4930 in FCS playoffs

THIBODAUX, La. — Chase Fourcade passed for 337 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 82 yards and two more scores to help Nicholls beat San Diego 49-30 in the first round of the NCAA FCS playoffs on Saturday.The Colonels (9-3) advanced to a second-round matchup at No. 3 seed Eastern Washington next Saturday.Dontrell Taylor ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries and Nicholls amassed 269 yards rushing and 606 yards of total offence.Taylor had scoring runs of 27 and 49 yards in the first quarter and Fourcade made it 21-7 with a 19-yard keeper with 4:26 left in the first quarter. After a Toreros field goal, the Colonels scored three straight touchdowns to lead 42-10 early in the third quarter.San Diego scored three straight touchdowns to cut the deficit to 42-30 early in the fourth quarter, but Fourcade scored on a 13-yard run and Nicholls held San Diego (9-3) scoreless from there.Anthony Lawrence passed for 322 yards for the Toreros and completed four touchdown passes, all to Dalton Kincaid.The Associated Press read more

Police sergeant faces misconduct hearing after allegedly calling junior officer sweetcheeks

first_imgA police sergeant faces a misconduct hearing after he allegedly called a junior officer “sweetcheeks” and asked if she was wearing a black thong during work phone calls.Jeremy Fitzgibbons will appear before a South Yorkshire Police panel next week accused of gross misconduct. If he is found to have committed gross misconduct, he could face possible dismissal.A summary of the alleged events on the force’s website says PS Fitzgibbons is said to have began acting inappropriately towards the junior colleague – referred to as officer ‘A’ – during the summer of 2015. 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. PS Fitzgibbons… would ask what she was wearing or whether or not she was wearing a black thongSouth Yorkshire Police summary of alleged eventscenter_img The description reads: “During 2015, Officer ‘A’ was employed by South Yorkshire Police and was a junior member of staff to PS Fitzgibbons.”Throughout the summer of 2015, PS Fitzgibbons began calling Officer ‘A’ ‘sweetcheeks’, would ask what she was wearing or whether or not she was wearing a black thong, during phone calls about work.”On 25th September 2015, PS Fitzgibbons sent Officer ‘A’ a text message. In that text message he made a sexual innuendo about what he did when speaking to her on the telephone.”PS Fitzgibbons’ behaviour towards Officer ‘A’ was unprofessional, inappropriate and breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour, in particular those paragraphs relating to ‘Authority, Respect and Courtesy’ and ‘Discreditable Conduct’.”The breach of the standards was so serious that it amounts to gross misconduct.”The misconduct hearing will take place at The Professional Standards Department in Sheffield next Wednesday and could last for up to three days.last_img read more

Duchess of Sussex says were ready and excited to join the club

Much of the attention was on the Duchess after the couple revealed on Monday that they are expecting their first baby.  The Duchess of Sussex has said that she and her husband are “ready” and “excited to  join the club” after announcing they are becoming parents. Sporting a cream dress by Australian designer Karen Gee, the duchess… The Duke spoke of his joy at being able to announce news of the new royal baby in Australia, saying he could not think of a better place to tell the world. After a wet and windy start to the Sussex’s time Down Under, the sun was shining for the couple as they enjoyed the sights of Sydney on the first official day of their tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.