first_imgKeanu – Keanu (2016)Stars of the film Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key (of Key and Peele fame) are no strangers to internet success and fame. It would seem that their major motion-picture debut could be viewed as an well-informed ploy to play off a mainstream affection for cute cats dressed up in human clothing.Keanu pulled no stops with its target audience and featured many well-executed sequences featuring the cat dodging bullets in slow motion and generally being adorable.Having a kitten on screen is a little bit like having a tiny Ryan Gosling in your arms. You’re done. The studio said, ‘You’re going to all CGI for this right?’ And I said, ‘No, we have to use real cats. You have to see the cuteness!’ – Keegan Michael-Key via The Hollywood Reporter The Cheshire Cat – Alice in Wonderland (1951)Animation has been particularly interested and kind to cats over time. Syndicated characters like Felix from Felix the Cat, Tom from Tom & Jerry and Sylvester from Looney Tunes have been broadcast into homes and enjoyed decades of popularity.The grinning Cheshire Cat in Walt Disney’s Alice in Wonderland was one of the first major animated felines in a feature film and has achieved an iconic level of appreciation through its portrayals over the installments over the years. Since the earliest days of cinema, filmmakers have found creative ways to incorporate cats of all types into their films. Here are some of the most famous felines throughout film history.Truth be told, I’m not really a cat person. I’m actually quite allergic to them, which has built up a steady amount of resentment to real-life felines regardless of how friendly or adorable they may be.Still, I am quite fond of them when I see them on television or film or in videos online. It might be because of my age and the fact that I identify with an internet culture that seems to universally share an over-the-top fondness for scaring them or putting into boxes where they can’t quite fit. Or, it might be because they’re just downright adorable.Regardless, when looking back to the earliest days of cinema, it wasn’t much of a surprise to learn that cats have been popping up and used quite regularly (and consistently) throughout film history. It’s interesting to see how filmmakers have (at times) struggled with and creatively innovated ways to capture and portray cats in their films.Beginning with some of the first black-and-white silent films of the 19th century and all the way up to present day big-budget blockbusters, here are some of the most notable and famous cats in cinematic history.The Boxing Cats (1894)Often dubbed “the first cat video” for obvious reasons, Thomas Edison made quick work of his new kinetoscope machine to capture such important footage like women dancing and cats being encouraged to box.The film, cleverly titled “The Boxing Cats,” was recorded in 1894 in Edison’s Black Maria Studios in West Orange, New Jersey and features two cats harnessed into a tiny boxing ring being encouraged by “Professor Wellington.” The film now resides in the United States Library of Congress for its “cultural significance.” Garfield – Garfield: The Movie (2004)Already perhaps the most famous cat in comic history, Garfield the cartoon cat made his lazy way to big screens as computer animation in a real life feature, despite overwhelmingly negative critical reviews. The film, which featured Bill Murray as Garfield’s voice, went on to be a commercial success for its family-friendly antics as the well-loved cat cartoonishly bounced around celebrity impressions, musical numbers, and lasagna-fueled mayhem. Keanu – Keanu (2016)Stars of the film Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key (of Key and Peele fame) are no strangers to internet success and fame. It would seem that their major motion-picture debut could be viewed as an well-informed ploy to play off a mainstream affection for cute cats dressed up in human clothing.Keanu pulled no stops with its target audience and featured many well-executed sequences featuring the cat dodging bullets in slow motion and generally being adorable.Having a kitten on screen is a little bit like having a tiny Ryan Gosling in your arms. You’re done. The studio said, ‘You’re going to all CGI for this right?’ And I said, ‘No, we have to use real cats. You have to see the cuteness!’ – Keegan Michael-Key via The Hollywood Reporter The Black Cat – The Black Cat (1934)Cats are a mysterious animal. Their often cold and uninterested demeanor has lent itself well to the horror and suspense genres over the years. Perhaps one of the most famous (and obvious) is the titular The Black Cat — one of Béla Lugosi’s first blockbusters in a string of macabre thrillers. Like their boxing kinetoscope roots, real life cats were used in production as the most practical portrayal. Ulysses – Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)The Coen Brothers, who notoriously have not always been the kindest to animals in their films, opened up a new soft spot in audience’s heart for a very unlikable character in Inside Llewyn Davis.Ulysses, the ever-roaming cat which Llewyn spends most of the movie chasing and traveling around with, is a great example of how an animal can be such a catalyst to a character and story’s thematic style. In fact, the Coen Brothers were so enamored with the cat’s role in the film that they even cut together a trailer which featured it as the driving force. Mr. Jinx – Meet the Parents (2000)While Mr. Jinx may best be remembered for being the first cat in cinema history to use a human toilet, Meet the Parents successfully continued a long line of cat-related gaffs in mainstream comedies that often revolve around their aloof behavior and over-protection in many family relationships.Throughout the film franchise’s subsequent sequels (Meet the Fockers and Little Fockers), Mr. Jinx continued to find ways to get the characters into trouble and make inappropriate use of restrooms. What’s your favorite cat in cinematic history? Have you ever worked with a live animal on set? Let us know in the comments!,Since the earliest days of cinema, filmmakers have found creative ways to incorporate cats of all types into their films. Here are some of the most famous felines throughout film history.Truth be told, I’m not really a cat person. I’m actually quite allergic to them, which has built up a steady amount of resentment to real-life felines regardless of how friendly or adorable they may be.Still, I am quite fond of them when I see them on television or film or in videos online. It might be because of my age and the fact that I identify with an internet culture that seems to universally share an over-the-top fondness for scaring them or putting into boxes where they can’t quite fit. Or, it might be because they’re just downright adorable.Regardless, when looking back to the earliest days of cinema, it wasn’t much of a surprise to learn that cats have been popping up and used quite regularly (and consistently) throughout film history. It’s interesting to see how filmmakers have (at times) struggled with and creatively innovated ways to capture and portray cats in their films.Beginning with some of the first black-and-white silent films of the 19th century and all the way up to present day big-budget blockbusters, here are some of the most notable and famous cats in cinematic history.The Boxing Cats (1894)Often dubbed “the first cat video” for obvious reasons, Thomas Edison made quick work of his new kinetoscope machine to capture such important footage like women dancing and cats being encouraged to box.The film, cleverly titled “The Boxing Cats,” was recorded in 1894 in Edison’s Black Maria Studios in West Orange, New Jersey and features two cats harnessed into a tiny boxing ring being encouraged by “Professor Wellington.” The film now resides in the United States Library of Congress for its “cultural significance.” What’s your favorite cat in cinematic history? Have you ever worked with a live animal on set? Let us know in the comments! The Black Cat – The Black Cat (1934)Cats are a mysterious animal. Their often cold and uninterested demeanor has lent itself well to the horror and suspense genres over the years. Perhaps one of the most famous (and obvious) is the titular The Black Cat — one of Béla Lugosi’s first blockbusters in a string of macabre thrillers. Like their boxing kinetoscope roots, real life cats were used in production as the most practical portrayal. Ulysses – Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)The Coen Brothers, who notoriously have not always been the kindest to animals in their films, opened up a new soft spot in audience’s heart for a very unlikable character in Inside Llewyn Davis.Ulysses, the ever-roaming cat which Llewyn spends most of the movie chasing and traveling around with, is a great example of how an animal can be such a catalyst to a character and story’s thematic style. In fact, the Coen Brothers were so enamored with the cat’s role in the film that they even cut together a trailer which featured it as the driving force. Mr. Jinx – Meet the Parents (2000)While Mr. Jinx may best be remembered for being the first cat in cinema history to use a human toilet, Meet the Parents successfully continued a long line of cat-related gaffs in mainstream comedies that often revolve around their aloof behavior and over-protection in many family relationships.Throughout the film franchise’s subsequent sequels (Meet the Fockers and Little Fockers), Mr. Jinx continued to find ways to get the characters into trouble and make inappropriate use of restrooms. The Cheshire Cat – Alice in Wonderland (1951)Animation has been particularly interested and kind to cats over time. Syndicated characters like Felix from Felix the Cat, Tom from Tom & Jerry and Sylvester from Looney Tunes have been broadcast into homes and enjoyed decades of popularity.The grinning Cheshire Cat in Walt Disney’s Alice in Wonderland was one of the first major animated felines in a feature film and has achieved an iconic level of appreciation through its portrayals over the installments over the years. Garfield – Garfield: The Movie (2004)Already perhaps the most famous cat in comic history, Garfield the cartoon cat made his lazy way to big screens as computer animation in a real life feature, despite overwhelmingly negative critical reviews. The film, which featured Bill Murray as Garfield’s voice, went on to be a commercial success for its family-friendly antics as the well-loved cat cartoonishly bounced around celebrity impressions, musical numbers, and lasagna-fueled mayhem. Fritz – Fritz the Cat (1972)On the other end of the animation spectrum from the kid-friendly cats above, would be Robert Crumb’s Fritz from Fritz the Cat. Quite possibly the most lewd cat (or possibly character) in cinema history, Fritz’s X-rated romp through the lower east side of New York City includes everything from graphic promiscuity to highly detailed drug use.Not surprisingly, while popular with the counterculture, Fritz was banned in many theaters — yet still went on to gross over $90 million.Jonesy – Alien (1979)Jones the cat (or “Jonesy” as he would prefer) would go on to be the breakout star of Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi classic Alien. The film, famous for its sci-fi story and suspenseful sequences, was heightened by the space crew’s affable star who always seemed to find a way to keep them in trouble. Jonesy would go on to cameo in the Alien sequel Aliens in 1986 and has secured a certain level of recognition in sci-fi folklore. Fritz – Fritz the Cat (1972)On the other end of the animation spectrum from the kid-friendly cats above, would be Robert Crumb’s Fritz from Fritz the Cat. Quite possibly the most lewd cat (or possibly character) in cinema history, Fritz’s X-rated romp through the lower east side of New York City includes everything from graphic promiscuity to highly detailed drug use.Not surprisingly, while popular with the counterculture, Fritz was banned in many theaters — yet still went on to gross over $90 million.Jonesy – Alien (1979)Jones the cat (or “Jonesy” as he would prefer) would go on to be the breakout star of Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi classic Alien. The film, famous for its sci-fi story and suspenseful sequences, was heightened by the space crew’s affable star who always seemed to find a way to keep them in trouble. Jonesy would go on to cameo in the Alien sequel Aliens in 1986 and has secured a certain level of recognition in sci-fi folklore.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisementThe 2018-19 edition of Hero Indian Super League commenced today at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata. In the season opener, Kerala Blasters thrashed a clumsy ATK side much to the home fans’ dismay.ATK vs Kerala Blasters: Kerala Blasters overcome ATK on the opening dayKerala Blasters had blazed all their guns from the word go and could have taken the lead in the 4th minute itself when Lalruatthara’s cross found Matej Poplantik, but the Slovenian headed the ball wide. Five minutes later, Lalruatthara again delivered a beautiful cross down the left flank, but Poplatnik’s shot was blocked by Gerson Viera. ATK, too, squandered their chances in the first half when Dheeraj failed to collect a cross from the corner in the 39th minute, and the ball fell mercilessly towards Jayesh Rane. However, the ATK midfielder headed it wide albeit the empty net.The second half had the same story with both the sides blowing away golden opportunities. However, the deadlock was finally broken in the 77th minute. Courage Pekuson, who came on the pitch in the second-half, laid off the ball for Stojanovic but got a foot of Gerson instead. The ball ricocheted towards Poplatnik who headed home the ball comfortably to give Blasters the lead. Kerala Blasters sealed the deal in the 86th minute when Pekuson played a lovely ball towards Stojanovic, who dribbled across Gerson, and curled the ball straight into the top corner.Kerala Blasters were the better side and unquestionably deserved to win the game. However, both the teams can’t splurge the opportunities they had in their hand. ATK, particularly, showed no signs of urgency in the midfield and gave away possession extremely cheaply in the first half.ATK will next take on North East United on the 4th of October whereas Kerala Blasters will take on Mumbai City FC the day later.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgBeijing’s National Anti-Doping laboratory was suspended for a maximum of four months by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Thursday after failing to comply with international standards.”The suspension, which takes effect immediately, prohibits the laboratory from carrying out any WADA-related anti-doping activities including all analyses of urine and blood samples,” WADA said in a statement.The Beijing laboratory has 21 days to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.WADA said the laboratory can apply for reinstatement before the four months is up if it takes five remedial steps outlined by the Disciplinary Committee and tackles “non-conformities”.It did not give any further details.A Moscow anti-doping laboratory, which has also failed to meet the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL), had its accreditation revoked by WADA on Friday.The lab had been non-operational since WADA suspended it in November after an independent commission’s report identified systematic failures within Russia’s anti-doping programme.Russia is currently suspended from international track and field in the wake of the report exposing widespread cheating and corruption and its athletes could miss the Rio Olympics.last_img read more

first_imgShillong, Jun 24 (PTI) The Meghalaya cabinet today approved a proposal made by the Mining and Geology department to exclusively follow up with different ministries of the Centre to ensure that coal mining resumed in the state at the earliest.The cabinet also stressed on the need to prevail upon the NGT (National Green Tribunal) in its July 7 sitting that it (government) is committed to bring coal mining activity under effective regulations with respect to environment, safety and labour.”The department has been mandated to exclusively deal on coal-related issues,” Chief Minister Mukul Sangma told reporters after a cabinet meeting held here.He said the department is tasked to prevail upon the Centre to exempt the operation part of the Coal Mines (Nationalisation) Act, 1973 and Mines and Mineral (Development and Regulation) Act in the scheduled areas of the state.One of the proposals that the state government had adopted was a resolution passed by the state Assembly last year seeking Presidential notification to ensure the operation of the provisions of the central laws related to coal mining is exempted in the state.Section 3 of the Coal Mines (Nationalisation) Act, 1973 which talks about acquisition of rights of owners in respect of coal mines states that the right, title and interest of the owners in relation to the coal mines … shall stand transferred to, and shall vest absolutely in the Central government free from all encumbrances.However, the Chief Minister said, “By invoking Para 12 A (b) of the Sixth Schedule through a Presidential notification, the state will be exempted from the said acts and its applicability in Meghalaya.”advertisementThe Chief Minister said his government has suffered directly and indirectly from the ban on extraction and transportation of coal and hence the state Legislative Assembly had last year adopted the resolution. (MORE) PTI JOP SUS IKAlast_img read more

first_imgParticle announced the release of its LTE-enabled, cellular E Series IoT module. This all-in-one cellular solution is the first commercially available LTE hardware module for IoT product creators to future proof their devices along retiring 2G and 3G networks. Particle’s LTE module includes built-in cloud and SIM support, and is certified for the newly available LTE networks designed just for IoT.Long Term Evolution (LTE) CAT M1 network technologies are optimized for Internet of Things applications for a number of reasons. LTE hardware is less costly, offers longer battery life, and improved connectivity range. These features make novel IoT applications – such as distributed sensor networks for agriculture or hard-to-reach industrial monitoring environments – possible, whereas they were not economically feasible in the past. These features, combined with LTE’s superior coverage, will facilitate the next wave of successfully deployed IoT products. Additionally, as US carriers move to eliminate 2G networks and end new 2G/3G device certifications, Particle’s LTE E Series provides a much needed transition path for IoT product creators while avoiding costly disruptions.The LTE modules are part of Particle’s existing E Series suite — an enterprise-level collection of cellular IoT solutions (including 2G, 3G, and now LTE models) — that come bundled with the Particle Device Cloud, Device OS, and Particle’s extensive collection of developer tools. Particle’s pre-integrated cellular solution provides a faster, far less complicated path to market by taking care of the vast majority of the challenges that plague commercial IoT development — not least of which includes the extensive, time-consuming, and costly certifications required of connected devices (e.g. FCC; PTCRB; and Carrier-Specific).The LTE lineup includes two LTE CAT-M1 models (LTE B13 and LTE B2/4/5/12) and is fully certified, low profile, surface mountable for industrial environments, and powered by Qualcomm’s MDM9206 IoT Modem and u-blox’s SARA-R410-02B module.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Keysight and China Mobile continue collaboration to accelerate 5G technologiesNext Trinamic: complete EtherCAT slave controllers optimized for real-timelast_img read more

first_imgMumbai, Nov 14 (PTI) Anand Kumar, best known for Sanjay Dutt-Vivek Oberoi starrer “Zila Ghaziabad”, is working on former India football captain Bhaichung Bhutia’s biopic.Bhutia joins the pantheon of sports personalities such as Milkha Singh, Paan Singh Tomar, Mary Kom, MS Dhoni and Sandeep Singh to be immortalised on celluloid through a biopic.Kumar has conceptualised the biopic, which will showcase the life of Bhutia. He is currently in the process of finalising a director and lead actor for the film.Bhutia is excited about the project and he believes the filmmaker is the right person to honour his journey.”I am honoured that people feel that my journey is worth capturing for the big screen. I am certain that Anand will do justice to my story.”I hail from a small town in Sikkim, but playing football for India wasn’t my only dream. I always wanted to own a professional football club and I realised that dream with United Sikkim (his football club),” Bhutia said in a statement here.He will be involved in all the creative aspects of the film, the footballer-turned-politician said.”I want the biopic to be as close to reality as possible. I was concerned about the writing process, but the moment I learnt that Anand has got Prashant Pandey (writer of ‘Sarkar’, ‘Poorna’ and ‘Raid’) on board, I was relieved,” Bhutia said.Kumar said the idea of making a film on football struck him during 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.”During the World Cup, I noticed that there has been a change in the sporting passion in India because a large section of India’s youth is now inclined towards football.advertisement”Young kids like the sport more than cricket. That’s why I wanted to make a film on football,” the director said.He added Bhutia’s story makes for a compelling film.”He has won the Padma Shri and has been a role model for many young Indians, who follow the game of football,” Kumar said.Besides Bhutia, biopics on sports legends such as PT Usha, Mithali Raj, Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Jhulan Goswami, Baloo Palwankar, Abhinav Bindra and Pullela Gopichand are also in the works. PTI KKP RDS RDSRDSlast_img read more

first_imgThe Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that by 2022, the tribal communities of India will have over 400 Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRSs) for them.Now, every block comprising more than 50 per cent of the tribal population in India and at least 20,000 tribal people will have these schools.As of now, 102 such blocks have these schools already, India will soon have 462 new EMRSs in these blocks.Construction cost to increase soonThe new scheme states that now the construction cost of EMRS will increase from current Rs 12 crore to Rs 20 crore to improve the construction quality and ensure better facilities for the students as per the report of PTI.What are EMRSs?The EMRSs are planned under a government scheme for a model residential school for Indian tribal communities (Scheduled Tribes) across India.Apart from school building including hostels and staff quarters, provision for a playground, students’ computer lab, teacher resource room, etc are also included in the Eklavya schools.Who will run these schools?There will be an autonomous society under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs to run the Eklavya schools which will be similar to Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti.According to Jual Oram, the Tribal Affairs Minister, 214 of them were functioning in the country in which a total of 65,231 students were enrolled.Sports facilities for tribal communities The sports facilities in 163 tribal-dominated districts in India will also be set up at a unit cost of Rs 5 crore each by 2022.Loans for self-help groups According to the previous reports, similarly, loans will be provided for tribal self-help groups through National Tribes Finance Development Corporation (NTFDC) at a low-interest rate which will vary from one to eight per cent.advertisementAs announced by Arun Jaitley, the Finance Minister in his union budget speech, more than Rs 39,000 crore have been allocated for Scheduled Tribes (STs) in 2018-19 under the Tribal Sub-plans schemes.Read: Educating the world’s largest tribal population is a challenge for IndiaRead: UPPRPB releases admit card for Clerk exam, check how to downloadlast_img read more

first_imgAs IPL season 12 approaches with great rapidity, only three of the original eight IPL franchises remain in their original avatars. The curse of the IPL has decimated and destroyed many reputations and singed many promoters and barons.And, with a new broadcast deal kicking in, the original franchise owners are waiting for a windfall, a payout in spades for staying the course over the last 11 years.Mukesh Ambani-owned Mumbai Indians; Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla and Jay Mehta-owned KKR; and Mohit Burman (48 per cent), Ness Wadia and Preity Zinta (23 per cent each) and Karan Paul (6 per cent)-promoted Kings XI Punjab have remained intact in terms of ownership patterns and played all 11 seasons.Of the original eight, Vijay Mallya (Royal Challengers Bangalore) has self-destructed and flown the coop to England; Deccan Chargers owner T. Venkat Ram Reddy is hanging on for dear life, his company, Deccan Chronicle Holdings, battling for survival in the NCLT as part of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code; Subroto Roy of Sahara (Pune Warriors) found himself on the wrong side of the Supreme Court to land in jail for two years; Raj Kundra part owner of Rajasthan Royals (RR) and N. Srinivasan, owner of Chennai Super Kings, were turfed out of the IPL for two seasons as penal punishment for match fixing. Worse still, the IPL curse the Super King, N. Srinivasan, himself losing his BCCI and ICC crowns and his sphere of influence eroding.Even as Mallya, the discredited liquor baron, signed off on his deal with Diageo and collected the first tranche of his $75 million payout, the curse of the Indian Premier League had struck one more time.advertisementMallya, a passionate IPL franchise owner, had lost Royal Challengers Bangalore forever, the baleful influence of IPl taking its toll, as Freddie Mercury’s cult song, “Another one bites the dust”, played full tilt in the background. From the day IPL was architected by former IPL chief Lalit Modi on behalf of the Indian cricket board, a large swathe of men and women associated with it have lost their mojo.Lalit Modi himself became its first high-profile victim in the kerfuffle with Srinivasan, who shut him out of the league, the game and the country itself. Over its 11-year history, the list of victims is long and illustrious, the tree having been shaken again and again.Team owners, associates, players, principals, cricket board czars and even broadcast CEOs have fallen by the wayside. The imposing facade of this cathedral of commerce and dubious shenanigans belies its decaying and termite-infested interiors.Lalit Modi, who appropriated all power while he was at the helm, was a victim of both self-aggrandisement and envy. Of the original eight franchise owners, Srinivasan’s Chennai Super Kings and Suresh Chellaram/Manoj Badale/Raj Kundra owned Rajasthan Royals were both turfed out because of their involvement in the betting and spot-fixing scams. Srinivasan lost his presidentship of the board and chairmanship of the ICC and his son-in-law and team principal Gurunath Meyiappan was hounded by the police and other agencies.The biggest casualty, of course, remains the the Board of Control for Cricket in India itself; from purportedly being a charitable organisation working towards the development of the game in the country, it transformed into a commercial organisation that made money from the game through the IPL.Actually, the IPL became the cricket board’s worst enemy, a weapon of mass destruction erasing everything in its path. From taxmen to the Supreme Court, everybody began to hound the BCCI, its unfettered independence under challenge. Its autonomy was questioned by the apex court, its very structure was under the microscope and the Justice R.M. Lodha panel’s prognosis – a radical and tectonic change in the way the board functions.Greed begets greed and that in turn brings envy. Lalit Modi, using Bihar Cricket Association frontman Aditya Verma as a stalking horse, managed to destroy the board’s credibility and the fixing and betting allegations have wrecked the very underlying credo of the game itself in India. The fixed’ Rajasthan Royals versus Chennai Super King game throws into stark relief cricket’s precipitous fall in the country. Big names were involved and while the cover-up has protected them, the team owners, principals and players were barred from the league for two years and cricket itself in the land.Continuing with the curse, another original franchise owner, the flamboyant T. Venkat Ram Reddy, owner of Deccan Chronicle Holdings and Deccan Chargers franchise, has been embroiled in innumerable controversies: arrest, multiple court cases, seizure of assets, bank defaults, fraud, forgery and finally sale of the franchise to the Marans of Sun TV.advertisementThe Marans too have suffered ever since they joined the secret society. They have since sold their airline, SpiceJet, back to its original owner Ajay Singh, have CBI and ED probes against them in the BSNL illegal telephone exchange and the Aircel-Maxis deal. Dayanidhi Maran lost his ministership in the UPA Government. The Marans have limped from one controversy to another.Even Shah Rukh Khan has found himself being repeatedly interrogated by the ED for allegations of round-tripping and inflating the price of shares in Kolkata Knight Riders. Even Ness Wadia and Priety Zinta, team principals at Kings XI Punjab, have fought a bitter and messy battle over love lost, resulting in a molestation case being slapped on the former by the latter in 2014. Last year, the Bombay High Court asked the two to finish off the case.Interestingly the financial fortunes of most team owners – GMR (Delhi Daredevils), Deccan Chronicle Holdings, United Breweries and Sahara – have also slipped alarmingly ever since they joined the axis of cricket. The only franchise which remains unscathed is the one owned by the Regent of Nariman Point, Mukesh Ambani. He has gone from strength to strength rolling out his ambitious Jio service and succeeding in his price warrior vision. GMR’s debt burden has mounted and he has sold 50 per cent of his stake to JSW Steel and the team has been rechristened Delhi Capitals with a massive personnel overhaul. Stories abound over RR trying to bring in a strategic investor and Sanjiv Goenka owner of Rising Pune Supergiants’ name keeps cropping up as am potential suitor, but remains unconfirmed.Of the newbies who came in later, the Kochi Tuskers franchise imploded quickly as Satyajit Gaekwad and the diamantaires fought bitterly over who called the shots. Sunanda Pushkar, who had sweat equity in the original Kochi franchise, was mysteriously found dead in a Delhi hotel room. Her husband Shashi Tharoor lost his ministership in the UPA Cabinet.Even a couple of years after Pushkar’s death, one doesn’t conclusively know whether it was suicide or murder.The other new franchise, Pune Warriors owner, Saharashree’ Subrata Roy, unfortunately very much another victim of the fabled IPL curse, was in Tihar Jail for two years after a protracted battle with market regulator SEBI, is unable to satisfy the apex court of his intentions. The price of his liberty is still decided by the apex court.IPL CEO Sundar Raman was handpicked by Lalit Modi. But his survival instincts forced him to take refuge under the Chennai Super King’s mega umbrella protection service. He too was thrown out after the Supreme Court initiated BCCI/IPl clean-up.One of the earliest victims was IPL broadcaster MSM/Sony Entertainment TV CEO Kunal Dasgupta who, one fine morning, found himself ousted in a palace coup. The toxins have begun to be purged, though the resistance is stiff.Avarice has brought the board to its knees. Without its main frame being dismantled, it will never conform to becoming a patently straightforward organisation, one that is far removed from a private opaque cosy club which is answerable to none.advertisementThe cricket board truncated as it is, is steadily trying to push the envelope against its ‘bete noire’, the CoA, which itself has been reduced to two members with Vikram Limaye and Ramchandra Guha having quit. In this firefight for control, everyday sees a new expose as the cricket board zamindars or what is left of them hit back at the Lodha Panel-appointed and now fatigued CoA.The curse of IPL is a reality and let us see what the new season holds for us.Also Read | IPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals to don pink jersey for new seasonAlso Read | Dwayne Bravo has a new song and it’s about Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and AsiaAlso Read | During IPL, women’s T20 event with maximum 3 teamslast_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s largest Pride parade is one step closer to securing municipal funding that has been threatened by a decision to ban uniformed police officers from the annual event.Pride Toronto has sparked controversy ever since a decision early this year to ban police floats from the colourful summer parade.On Monday, a committee at Toronto City Hall recommended upholding a $260,000 annual grant to the event after a petition from Olivia Nuamah, the executive director of Pride Toronto. A final ruling on the fate of the grant will come in a few weeks at the city’s monthly council meeting.Toronto Mayor John Tory has expressed his support for the funding, saying both Pride Toronto and Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders have told him cutting the grant would not help resolve the controversy around the parade.Earlier this year, a Toronto city councillor called for the grant to be revoked over Pride Toronto’s decision to ban police floats, saying the event had become exclusionary.The union representing Toronto police officers quickly echoed that call, saying it would be unacceptable for the city to sponsor an event that shuts out certain municipal employees.In a statement released Sunday evening, Pride Toronto reiterated that police officers were welcome at the parade so long as they appeared as civilians rather than in an official capacity.The organization said officers could participate in the march if they left their uniforms, weapons and cruisers behind.Nuamah said both sides of the issue have the same goal.“We are going to be trying incredibly hard to dampen down the vitriolic nature of this conversation, to be honest with you, to make it more about the cohesion which we all seek,” Nuamah said.Having the mayor’s public support is “huge,” the organizer said.In January, Pride Toronto decided to adopt a list of demands issued by the Toronto chapter of Black Lives Matter, which included a ban on police floats.The issue first made headlines during last year’s parade, when members of the anti-racism group staged a sit-in that halted the march until Pride organizers signed a list of demands.Black Lives Matter has argued that allowing uniformed officers at the parade could discourage marginalized communities from attending.Saunders said earlier this year that in light of the ongoing controversy, the force would steer clear of the event, aside from overseeing security.If the parade’s grant is revoked, the city would still provide policing, transportation and other services for the Pride parade,Police participation in Pride events has stirred controversy across Canada recently, with several forces — such as those in Vancouver and Halifax — facing restrictions or bans for local parades.Last week, however, the Pride committee in St. John’s, N.L., reversed course and invited uniformed police officers to march in the city’s parade.last_img read more

first_imgCalgary community television station Shaw TV will close effective Aug. 15, Shaw Communications announced Wednesday, though the cable giant pledged to demonstrate its commitment to local coverage by injecting funds into Global News instead.Local Shaw TV stations will also be closing in Vancouver and Edmonton, affecting 70 positions between the three cities, the company said. It declined to disclose how many of those job losses would take place in Calgary.The move is in response to the evolving news consumption habits of viewers, said Shaw spokesperson Chethan Lakshman. Increasing online competition and other economic factors have made the production of local news and stories more difficult, he said, while the ability of Canadians living in larger cities to access many more media sources has made the community channel less relevant in metropolitan areas. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Twitter Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Families of the 40 CRPF personnel, killed in a recent terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, have been paid over Rs 1 crore ex-gratia funds till now as per service rules, the force said Friday. Officials said the ‘next of kin’ of these slain personnel will also get an additional ex-gratia amount that has been announced by various state governments, where the troops hailed from, in a case-to-case basis. A total amount of over Rs 1.01 crore has been paid to the families of the 40 personnel who were killed in the Pulwama terror attack on February 14, an official from the force said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! He added that this amount includes Rs 35 lakh given by the central government as ex-gratia to the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) personnel killed in the line of action, Rs 21.50 lakh under the risk fund, Rs 15 lakh from the ‘Bharat Ke Veer’ corpus and Rs 30 lakh from the SBI paramilitary service pay insurance cover. The families additionally are also being provided financial benefits from various government and non-government agencies even as some institutions have volunteered to take care of education of the wards of these personnel, he said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed “Liberalised Pension Award (LPA) is being given to all the 40 families and this amount equals to the last basic pay plus dearness allowance drawn by the killed personnel. This amount will be paid lifelong,” the official said. He added that while in some cases, the ‘next of kin’ of the killed personnel have been offered jobs by state governments, they are also eligible for compassionate appointment for jobs in the CRPF. The force is soon going to launch a special mobile application which has been designed specifically for redressal of grievances relating to the families of killed personnel of the force. This will be launched soon, he said. The 40 CRPF personnel were travelling in a force bus when a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into the bus on February 14. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has deployed as many as 61 battalions in the state, with about 65,000 personnel, and is the lead counter-terrorist and internal security force in the Kashmir valley.last_img read more

A statement released late Wednesday at UN Headquarters in New York announced that James Victor Gbeho was being sent to the Gambia “to call on the Government, political leaders and candidates as well as the population as a whole to make every effort to ensure that the coming polls take place in a free, fair, transparent and peaceful manner.” The visit of the Special Envoy follows a multi-disciplinary mission sent to the Gambia last month within the framework of an integrated preventive strategy that envisages the international community working in partnership with the Gambia to help strengthen the country’s capacity to maintain peace and stability, the statement said. Mr. Gbeho is a former Foreign Minister of Ghana and a current Member of Parliament. He previously served as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Somalia. read more

Braxton Miller’s Instagram post showing the Ohio State redshirt-senior quarterback posing with AdvoCare products was deemed a “promotion of a commercial product” by the NCAA, according to a statement from OSU athletics. But the matter has been resolved and Miller has been reinstated “without any conditions,” the statement said.OSU said the post was a minor violation.The university initially said it was “looking into” Miller’s social media picture from March 24, which showed the quarterback posing with the products alongside the owner of Authentik Fitness in Columbus, Brandon Oshodin, who is also an AdvoCare distributor.Click to enlargeAdvoCare is a company that “provides innovative nutritional, weight-management, sports performance and skin care products,” according to its website.The AdvoCare website states that student-athletes can’t be in photos on “an AdvoCare Microsite, Facebook, Twitter, personal website or any other place where AdvoCare is mentioned.”In addition to the Instagram picture, Miller had his name displayed in the upper right hand corner of his AdvoCare site, labeled as a distributor. His name was later removed, along with the Instagram post.The AdvoCare website says student-athletes are allowed to be distributors. read more

first_imgIt said it did not know for how long the memorabilia had been on sale. The apparent concentration camp uniform was being sold in a US dollar listing by a Ukrainian man, Victor Kempf, living in Canada, the Mail reported.It was linked by a serial number stitched on its breast to a Polish Holocaust victim born in 1912, the Mail reported. Kempf said he was a historian and had bought the clothing from a US dealer.“I understand why people may think profiting is wrong but I sell these items to document (them) and to fund my book projects,” he told the newspaper.“If I was a descendant of a victim, I would want to see how my relatives lived. I would want to buy these items to remember them. “I don’t want people to think I’m just doing it for the money.”Other listings on the site included toothbrushes said to be from Auschwitz and a pair of shoes belonging to a death camp victim, advertised at £940, the Mail said.The Nazis’ genocidal “Final Solution” claimed the lives of six million of pre-war Europe’s 11 million Jews. They also killed large numbers of Roma, gay people, and other groups persecuted by Adolf Hitler’s regime.- © AFP 2013Read: Hitler’s last bodyguard dies at 96Read: Most-wanted Nazi war crimes suspect dies EBAY HAS APOLOGISED and removed from its listings about 30 items of Holocaust memorabilia after a British newspaper reported that items including a striped concentration camp uniform were on sale.The uniform, thought to have been worn by a Polish baker who died in the Auschwitz death camp, had an asking price of £11,200 (€13,000), the Mail on Sunday reported.Yellow Star of David armbands, which Jewish people were forced to wear in some Nazi-occupied areas, were also on sale over the past week, it said.EBay apologised today and said the listings were being removed, while it would donate £25,000 (€29,200) to an “appropriate charity”.“We don’t allow listings of this nature, and dedicate thousands of staff to policing our site and use the latest technology to detect items that shouldn’t be for sale,” eBay, which is the world’s biggest online marketplace, said in a statement.“We very much regret that we didn’t live up to our own standards.”last_img read more

first_imgMicrosoft’s eagerness to rid itself of the old Xbox One stock by dropping the price to $249.99 makes even more sense today, because they’ve announced that although the $399 2TB Xbox One S arrives on August 2, we won’t be waiting very long for the cheaper 1Tb and 500GB models to arrive. And both ship with free games included.So, right now you can get a 500GB Xbox One for $249.99. Then on August 2 the 2TB Xbox One S will release for $399 creating quite the price differential. But fear not, on August 23 the other two S models hit the market.The 1TB Xbox One S will cost $349 and is being offered as a Madden NFL 17 Bundle, which includes a download of Madden NFL 17 (unless you buy at GameStop as they are including a physical copy) and seven Madden Ultimate Team Pro Packs. There’s also one month of EA Access thrown in and a limited time promotional code that gets you 20% off a purchase at NFLShop.com.If you aren’t a Madden fan, then there’s an alternative 1TB Xbox One S Halo Collection Bundle which includes Halo 5: Guardians and Halo: The Master Chief Collection totaling 5 games for the same $349 price tag. There’s also a 500GB version of this pack for $299.Now here’s the bad news. Microsoft has stated that in the US the 1TB model will only be available in very limited quantities through Microsoft Stores and microsoftstore.com. So it looks like the 2TB and 500GB models will be the only option for most people. It’s unclear if this is a long term decision or just during the launch period and with this bundle. Either way, it seems like a silly decision.last_img read more

first_imgHobbled by a slight limp caused by arthritis of the hip, Luke ambled through the halls of Fort Vancouver Convalescent Center with the purposeful gait of a dog on a mission.The healing process — often long, hard and painful — can be aided by the warmth of a furry body, the nuzzle of a wet nose and the slurp of a tongue. At least that’s the belief of Vicki and Randy Scheel, co-administrators of the center.For the past 11 years, Luke, their pet, has walked the halls of the center, greeting patients with a smile and calm demeanor.But Luke, the Scheels say, is nearing the end of his life. Over the years, Randy said, Luke has greeted more than 13,000 patients in his role as the center’s “director of hospitality.” Soon, the hard-working dog will become a patient. The next few weeks of rounds will likely be his last.“This is what he loves,” Vicki said. “Truly, he does not like being home on the weekend unless we’re doing something constantly.”Along with the ailing hip, Luke is partially deaf. At 14, he’s well into the golden years for a typical black Lab-malamute mix.Around the center, patients know Luke as the gentle guy with a gray beard who’s smiling and looking for treats.In one of the rooms, Jacki Knudson recalled when Luke met her father, Oswald Kaul, who was recovering from a stroke. Upon seeing the dog, her father’s face lit up.“Luke knew why dad was coming here,” Knudson said. “Dogs have an innate sense about sick people.”Kaul, 92, said he felt a connection with the dog.“I just looked at him,” Kaul said, holding out a treat for Luke to snack on.In another room, Duane McIntosh, 76, said having a dog at the center brightened the mood. He grew up with dogs and, while he now owns a cat, he has a soft spot in his heart for canines.last_img read more

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – The driver in a fatal 2015 crash in Pembroke Pines is facing some serious charges.Thirty-six-year-old Dougera Illarion appeared in court, Friday morning. He was charged with vehicular manslaughter and DUI.Officials said Illarion crashed a convertible into a tree, near South Hiatus Road and Southwest 15th Street, back in May of 2015. His passenger, 28-year-old Edner Junior Rouzard, was ejected from the car and died at the scene.Illarion was airlifted to the hospital, where he tested positive for cocaine and alcohol.He was denied bond.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

first_imgEnlarge ImageSee more stories from CNET Magazine. Michael Muller Order a drink at an upscale bar lately and you’re likely to see a cold, new trend in your glass — luxury ice. These massive cubes or spheres (and sometimes hand-crafted shapes) aren’t for mere visual impact. Ice crafted with proper care melts slower, chills more efficiently, and helps beverages taste their best for longer.With a few advanced appliances, you too can create premium ice effortlessly right at home. But you’ll have to pay a hefty wad of cash up front. Fortunately, if you’re truly dedicated to ice that’s nice, you can produce opulent results on the cheap by using some everyday tools and a little elbow grease. Also read: LG’s new killer fridge feature: Clear ice for cocktailsice-magazine-shoot-black-and-white-alternates-08.jpgEnlarge ImageClear ice is making a comeback. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Why you want this iceBefore we made our ice in trays or took it from our refrigerator dispensers, it came in the form of natural ice blocks. Harvested from lakes and streams in frozen climates and hand cut into blocks, ice was delivered like the milkman left your milk.While this clear, rock-solid ice was brilliantly pure, it was not without its drawbacks. The blocks were heavy and unwieldy, and in an age before electricity, there was no way to keep them frozen forever. ice-magazine-shoot-black-and-white-alternates-23.jpgEnlarge ImageThis orb of hand-chiseled clear ice has a very stable molecular structure which fridge ice can’t match. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Modern freezers and ice machines fixed those problems, but convenience quickly trumped quality. Our appliances freeze water from the outside in. This traps any air inside the water and locks it as final ice cubes are formed. The result is cloudy, white ice. Unfortunately, white ice is ruining your drinks.Hope Clarke is an experienced bartender and the former head of beverage ice production at The Aviary restaurant in Chicago which garnered a nationwide James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program in 2013. She has since become obsessed with ice perfection and professionally advises posh bars, restaurants and food companies yearning to upgrade their chilled beverage game.ice-magazine-shoot-color-alternates-04.jpgEnlarge ImageBartender and clear ice expert Hope Clark knows nice ice when see sees it. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Clarke bemoans the pervasive use of white ice, calling the 30 years between 1970 and 2000 the dark ages for ice. (Frigidaire debuted the first in-door fridge ice maker in 1965.) And she doesn’t pull any punches when describing why she finds these common cubes so unappetizing. “White ice is very oxygenated, filled with lots of air bubbles,” she says. “As a result, it has an unstable structure which melts quickly and unevenly. If I was spending good money on spirits, I’d want to taste it instead of a drink that melts out into a diluted slosh in just five minutes.”But even when you’re not ponying up for premium bourbon, she feels white ice is no friend of soft drinks either.ice-magazine-shoot-color-alternates-17.jpgEnlarge ImageHere’s a globe of ice that’ll take a long time to melt. Tyler Lizenby/CNET “Since its surfaces are rough and porous, they tend to pull too many CO2 bubbles out of fizzy liquids, making them taste flat,” she says. “Clear ice, on the other hand, not only looks pretty, it’s rock solid, takes a while to melt and is free of flavor-changing impurities.”Slick ice from shiny machinesYou don’t have to frequent swanky bars and restaurants to get fancy ice in your glass. If your home bar budget is generous, you can use a number of premium appliances to create gourmet ice in large party-size quantities right from the comfort of your kitchen. For example, the Scotsman Brilliance Gourmet Cuber (model SCC50) is designed to make crystal-clear ice pellets in batches of up to 65 pounds a day.A similar product, the Clear Ice Machine, built by True Manufacturing, touts a daily production capacity of 70 pounds. It also has a color-changing LED light system to illuminate its interior storage bay which holds a maximum of 28 pounds of clear ice pellets. true-clear-ice-combo.jpgEnlarge ImageThe True Clear Ice machine on display at KBIS 2017. Brian Bennett/CNET The downside to both the Scotsman and True appliances is that they’re a hefty 15 inches wide, so they’re meant to sit under kitchen or bar counters, and both should be installed by a qualified dealer. What’s more, while neither company discloses exact pricing, it’s not unreasonable to expect to shell out upward of $2,000 for one of these gizmos. Great ice by handAs that will be out of range for most of us, there’s a more economical option which involves a bit more work. You don’t have to cut ice from a frozen lake up north; instead, you create this freezing lake effect inside your fridge in a process known as directional freezing. All that’s required, besides water and a freezer, is an insulated container of some kind. (A small plastic cooler, ice bucket or steel beer koozie will do.) Start by filling the container with water, and place it in your freezer without its cover. diy-clear-ice-combo.jpgEnlarge ImageMaking clear ice at home is easier than you think.After about 12 hours or so, water in the top portion of the vessel will freeze first since it’s exposed to cold air. And as those top ice crystals form, they push air bubbles and impurities downwards, producing the dreaded white ice. Here’s where you’ll need some muscle.After the top portion freezes (or the entire contents of the vessel solidify), remove the ice mass, place it on a towel-covered counter and chisel away the unwanted sections. I found a serrated bread knife and rubber-handled screwdriver (serving as a rubber mallet) got the job done.diy-clear-ice-combo-2.jpgEnlarge ImageUse a screwdriver and bread knife to carve your homemade clear ice. Tyler Lizenby/CNET I also used the power of directional freezing to make close to a dozen crystal-clear ice balls. Filling two silicone sphere ice molds ($8) with water then inverting them over a full ice bucket (suspended by a pair of flat kitchen faucet gaskets) did the trick. My test ice spheres still had a few bubbles trapped inside their centers, but they were far from white. clear-ice-sphere-homecombo.jpgEnlarge ImageWith a little patience and household gear you can make clear ice spheres too. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Nicer ice is for everyoneStartup company Wintersmiths sells clear ice kits that function in a similar way (inside your freezer) and promise better results. I admit I am tempted, but with an asking price range of $85 to $120, my low-budget tinkering makes more financial sense. But no matter which method you personally choose to obtain a more luxurious ice experience at home, I promise that your drinks will taste better. Because compared with pristine dense ice, weak fridge cubes can’t hold water.clear-sphere-drink-combo.jpgEnlarge ImageHomemade clear spheres and blocks add plenty of elegance to any beverage. Tyler Lizenby/CNET This story appears in the fall 2016 edition of CNET Magazine. For other magazine stories, click here See All Aug 12 • Sterling K. Brown: ‘Acting is about reconnecting with a sense of play’ • 18 Jun 14 • The secret screen life of Being Frank star Jim Gaffigan Comments Appliances Smart Homecenter_img reading • In pursuit of perfect ice Aug 12 • Sterling K. Brown on voicing a not-always-perfect pig Share your voice CNET Magazine CNET Magazine Tagslast_img read more

first_imgDharamsala: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, respected by millions as a living god, who has been caught in a controversy over his recent joke that his successor a female Dalai Lama would have to be “more attractive”, has clarified that his reincarnation is to be decided by him. The Buddhist monk had apologized for his “attractive” female successor remark, saying he genuinely meant no offence and offered his sincere apologies if people were hurt by what he had said. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us However, aides in his private office in this northern Indian town on Monday clarified that there is no question of search for his successor as the Dalai Lama, 84, announced in 2011 that he would decide at 90 whether or not he should have a successor. The issue of reincarnation is his personal right, an aide in the Dalai Lama’s office told this correspondent. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us At the same time, the globe-trotting monk warned that any candidate chosen for political ends by anyone, including China, should not be recognised or accepted. The aide said still there is no certainty that whether the institution of the Dalai Lama should continue or not after the 14th and current Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso. “My reincarnation is to be decided by myself, nobody has the right to decide about that,” he often said in his remarks. “One day you will hear that the Dalai Lama has passed away, but I will come back, even if the institution of Dalai Lama is no longer recognised. Advertise With Us I will be back,” a post on his website quoting the Dalai Lama said. But who is next after the Dalai Lama? Now, the Dalai Lama’s institution is useful to the Tibetan culture and the Tibetan people. “Thus, if I were to die today, I think the Tibetan people would choose to have another Dalai Lama. In the future, if the Dalai Lama’s institution is no longer relevant or useful and our present situation changes, then the Dalai Lama’s institution will cease to exist,” the monk said in a post. “Personally, I feel the institution of the Dalai Lama has served its purpose. More recently, since 2001 we now have a democratically elected head of our administration, the Kalon Tripa. “The Kalon Tripa runs the daily affairs of our administration and is in charge of our political establishment. Half jokingly and half seriously, I state that I am now in semi-retirement.” In August 2011 when Lobsang Sangay took over the reins of the government-in-exile from monk and scholar Samdhong Rinpoche, who held the post for 10 years but was overshadowed by the Dalai Lama, the Dalai Lama announced: “When I am about 90, I will consult the high lamas and re-evaluate whether the institution of the Dalai Lama should continue or not.” On his birthday on July 6 this year, he said, “I am now 84, but I hope to be able to celebrate the occasion with all of you for many more years to come.” Clarifying this month on his remark during a BBC interview that have caused disquiet, the Dalai Lama recalled the conversation on the physical appearance of a female successor with the then Paris editor of Vogue magazine, who had invited him in 1992 to guest-edit the next edition. She asked if a future Dalai Lama could be a woman. His Holiness replied, “Certainly, if that would be more helpful,” adding, as a joke, that she should be attractive, said a statement by his office. The Dalai Lama was at least partially responding to the unfamiliar ambience of working with a team whose prime focus was the world of high fashion. On the Chinese stating that the next Dalai Lama will be born in Tibet and chosen by them, he said: “If the present situation regarding Tibet remains the same, I will be born outside Tibet away from the control of the Chinese authorities. This is logical. The very purpose of a reincarnation is to continue the unfinished work of the previous incarnation.” In 1989, the Dalai Lama won the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent struggle for Tibet. He was awarded the US Congressional Gold Medal in October 2007, even in the face of protests by China. The Dalai Lama now lives in exile along with some 140,000 Tibetans, over 100,000 of them in different parts of India. Over six million Tibetans live in Tibet.last_img read more

first_imgThe Wall Street Journal has published eerily stunning drone footage of Chernobyl which allows us a unique view of the decaying abandoned Ukrainian city of Pripyat and the Chernobyl nuclear facility, some three decades after the area saw its doomsday. The Chernobyl disaster took place on April 26, 1986. According to investigations into the incident, the nuclear reactor meltdown can be attributed to both a flaw in the affected reactor’s design and insufficiently trained personnel.Once full of fun and laughterChernobyl power plant in 2006 with the sarcophagus containment structure. Photo by Carl Montgomery – Flickr CC BY 2.0It happened during a test to see how the reactor would function if the power grid went down. To simulate this scenario, safety systems — including the cooling turbine system — were deactivated. Allegedly, the test “was hurried and poorly planned,” and plant operators made a number of errors. With catastrophic results.Fun no moreWhen the water meant to cool the reactor started to boil, they tried to reinsert the graphite rods which would slow the nuclear reaction. But, owing to a design flaw, the rods jammed. Two explosions and subsequent fire sent “many tons of radioactive material into the atmosphere,” according to The Week. It was the worst radioactive accident the world has ever seen.Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant reactor 4 which exploded in 1986.The New York Times reports that between 31 and 56 deaths are estimated to be directly caused by the accident. However, the number who later died or are still suffering today from radiation-induced cancers are thought to number in the tens of thousands. Nonetheless some extremely desperate people have returned to live again in Chernobyl’s radioactive zone. Take a closer look at this situation here:Roger Highfield wrote in a 2011 article for New Scientist that two Chernobyl plant workers were killed immediately by the blast, and a further 29 people died in hospital within a few days due to severe radiation poisoning. Their bodies were buried in concrete coffins.The Pripyat City sign in Chernobyl restricted zone with radioactivity warning sign.These figures are widely agreed on, however the secrecy upheld by the Soviet Union surrounding the accident makes it difficult to determine the number of people killed overall as a result of the Chernobyl disaster. Chernobyl tour operator Chernobylwel.com informs us that “Officially, the Chernobyl disaster affected the lives of about 600,000 people.”More than 110,000 people were evacuated from the surrounding area immediately after the explosion, including all of Pripyat’s 43,000 residents — mostly families of people with jobs at the nuclear facility. Access to the exclusion zone is strictly limited and controlled by the Ukrainian government.Old piano in an abandoned building, Pripyat.Pripyat was founded in February 1970 as an atomograd, the satellite city of an atomic power plant. It was home first the construction workers, then the plant operators and their families.Within its boundaries, the now abandoned city contained all the amenities of a thriving community — dozens of stores, schools, a hospital, parks and recreation areas. A theme park was due to be opened less than one month after the accident, but all plans failed after the eve of April 26th that year.Old red teddy bear sitting on a chair in an abandoned kindergarten in Pripyat – Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Zone of Alienation.The drone video showcases the absence of humans as well as various ventures in Pripyat that have been left to decay. It begins with the footage of a rusted Soviet Union symbol that depicts the hammer and sickle.Aerial panorama view of Chernobyl exclusion zone with ruins of abandoned Pripyat city zone.The sign looks lonely, perched atop one of the city’s tenant-free buildings. The sight of it will later reappear in the footage, but in the opening scene it is accompanied by the voice of a woman, who gives the notice of the accident in Russian or Ukranian:“Dear Comrades, The City’s Counsel of People’s Deputies, Informs that due to an accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the City of Pripyat, an adverse radiation condition has evolved.”There is beauty in decayThe Chernobyl footage moves on to display the eerie horror created out of the abandoned theme park features. A Ferris Wheel, that over the years has turned into an iconic sight of Pripyat, is now badly rusted. Its cabins once freshly painted yellow are powdered with dirt. It is said the area below the wheel contains the most significant radiation levels within this park’s boundaries.The amusement park of Pripyat. It was due to be opened on May 1, 1986, for the May Day celebrations but these plans were scuttled on April 26, when the Chernobyl disaster occurred a few kilometers away.The park was freshly finished at the time of the accident and the opening was scheduled to happen for the May Day festivities that year. On the day after the disaster, reportedly people were let into the park to entertain them as they were waiting to flee the disaster-struck city.Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Zone of Alienation is an exclusion zone around the site of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor established by the USSR soon after the disaster.More scenes from the abandoned theme park show the bumper cars arena, overgrown and desolate. As the footage ascends away from the bumper cars we see more white abandoned buildings and many trees in between them — a sign that nature is quickly reclaiming what belongs to her. The growth of green can be noticed even on top of some of the buildings.More than 110,000 people were evacuated from the surrounding area immediately after the explosion, including all of Pripyat’s 43,000 residents.We see a close-up of the sign — it reads Polissya Hotel. When the hotel was erected during the 1970s, it was one of the tallest structures in Pripyat. Guests and delegations coming to see the Chernobyl Power Plant were accommodated there, but now it is just another site crumbling with the passage of time.In a scene that follows, we get a glimpse of a deserted classroom in one of the schools built in Pripyat. The scene looks like a mess. The blackboard is still fixed on the wall, and you can even notice the writing in chalk on it, but everything else is left in ruins as if battered by a bomb. Not surprising once we realize from the footage that the building is left open to the elements. A section of the building has collapsed to rubble.Inside of unfinished cooling tower of Chernobyl nuclear power plant block 5. Chernobyl, Ukraine -November 26, 2017.Other footage shows Pripyat from an ariel perspective, as well as the wild area around it. Back then, the area was deemed a convenient enough place to set a nuclear plant due to its remoteness and scarcity of human settlements.Three decades after the accident, the exclusion zone, which is also close to the border with Belarus, appears entirely human-free. It’s merely woodlands and the deserted buildings, now home to abundant and thriving wildlife.View from inside the abandoned gym in Prypyat ghost town, Chernobyl.While radiation levels proved fatal for people, animals such as wild boar, lynx, and deer appeared resilient following the 1986 hazard. Their populations surged, and with no trace of any abnormalities. It seemed the nuclear disaster was something more favorable to them than the presence of humans. Abnormalities were still observed among some plant species, however.Incredible Chernobyl drone footage below:And the last footage sets the focus on the Chernobyl facilities.There is the artificial lake, nestled by the river Pripyat (a tributary to one of Europe’s biggest rivers, the Dniper) which was the source of water for cooling the nuclear reactors. The Chernobyl drone flies above one of the plants to get the footage. The picture looks grey and resembles a grim reminder of the bleak future for so many families left to cope with loss in the aftermath of the radiation spill.Read another story from us: Nightmarish Photos of California Littered with Oil RigsSince a few years ago visits to Chernobyl are possible where people can get their own footage, yet anyone who considering such an adventure might still want to apply for a day pass in Kiev. Health reports suggest that decades after the disaster, there is no indication of major public health issues caused by radiation, except for the increased level of thyroid cancers.last_img read more