Oppn flays UP govt after Centre says altering SC list beyond states

first_imgLucknow: With the Centre on Tuesday declaring the Uttar Pradesh government’s move to include 17 OBC communities into the scheduled castes list beyond the state’s power, the state opposition parties accused the Adityanath government of trying to mislead people.The state government had on June 24 directed district adminstration to issue SC certificates to 17 OBCs – Kashyap, Rajbhar, Dhivar, Bind, Kumhar, Kahar, Kewat, Nishad, Bhar, Mallah, Prajapati, Dhimar, Batham, Turha, Godia, Manjhi and Machua. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Responding to a Zero Hour mention by BSP member Satish Chandra Misra in Rajya Sabha, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot Tuesday said shifting one caste to another category by the Uttar Pradesh government was “not proper” and only the Parliament has the power to do so. Maintaining that the UP government move was not in accordance with the Constitution, Gehlot said if the state government wants to go ahead with its proposal, it should follow the procedure and send a proposal to the Centre. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedIn Uttar Pradesh, the BSP, which has been in the forefront of opposing the state government move, said the Adityanath government’s order was against the spirit of the Constitution and the Centre has cleared the misunderstanding over the issue. “It was an unconstitutional order and a fraud with these castes as this would have left members of these castes deprived of benefits even under the OBC category,” a senior BSP leader said on condition on anonymity. “Even the President (of India) does not have the power to tinker, alter or make changes (in the list),” BSP MP, Satish Chandra Misra told the Rajya Sabha earlier in the day.last_img read more

Trudeau warns of dangers of nationalist leaders at historic armistice gathering

first_imgPARIS — A series of international leaders used a global commemoration of the end of the First World War to warn about the risk politicians who call themselves nationalists pose to a fragile peace, in a message aimed at the American president.What started with the French president saying that nationalist leaders threaten to erase a nation’s moral values by putting their own interests first regardless of the effects on others, ended with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau saying voters will turn for easy answers and scapegoats.U.S. President Donald Trump in recent weeks described himself as a nationalist and has frequently sparred with the media, whom he has labelled as “fake news” and the enemy of the people — both of which were on display last week in a free-wheeling press conference after the U.S. midterm elections.Speaking at a peace forum organized by French President Emmanuel Macron, Trudeau said attacks on the press are a lever some use to fuel anxiety about automation of jobs, international trade and ultimately “undermine our trust in institutions and increase our cynicism.”A bulwark against that was a “robust, respected media” that is under stress, Trudeau said to a crowd of about 150 people.“Attacks on the media are not just about getting your preferred political candidate elected, for example, they are about increasing the level of cynicism that citizens have towards all authorities, towards all of the institutions that are there to protect us as citizens,” he said.“When people feel their institutions can’t protect them, they look for easy answers in populism, in nationalism, in closing borders, in shutting down trade, in xenophobia.”Macron, Trudeau and other leaders came to Paris hoping to use the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War to renew calls to quash festering tensions across the globe.Macron warned how fragile peace can be in an age where the tensions that gave rise to four years of bloody battle, costing millions of lives, appear to be festering again. He told the assembled masses that the “traces of this war never went away.”He urged the leaders present to promise their peoples that the resurgent “old demons” would not be able to return, sowing “chaos and death.”Though Trump sat mostly stone-faced as he listened to Macron’s words, he had left by the time Trudeau began to speak at a memorial at an American military cemetery outside Paris. At the event, Trump said it was “our duty to preserve the civilization” downed soldiers fought to defend, “and to protect the peace they so nobly gave their lives to secure one century ago.”Yet at almost the same time, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in her opening speech at the peace forum, spoke about how lack of communication and an unwillingness to compromise can have dire consequences for countries — again in a veiled message towards Trump.“There is a general sense and desire among many countries, including Canada, to do whatever is possible to sustain the institutions of the international order and practical, multilateral co-operation. And so you see that in Canada, you see that in Germany,” said Roland Paris, Trudeau’s former foreign adviser.“Macron (is) essentially making that point: that we can sustain co-operation, we must sustain co-operation.”Trudeau, who is on a 10-day trip across Europe and Asia, will come face-to-face with three of the nations sowing tension: Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping.Trudeau sat beside Putin at the peace conference and the pair briefly chatted at the opening session of Macron’s peace summit on Sunday. Trudeau’s office said he acknowledged the Russian people’s sacrifices through the two world wars and reiterated the importance of Russian representation in Paris to talk about peace.Earlier in the weekend, Trudeau spoke with Trump at a dinner Macron organized on Friday night — although government officials wouldn’t say the exact topic of conversation.Trudeau has had to navigate the mercurial American president, and talked pointedly about him on Sunday afternoon, but never mentioned Trump by name, as he is prone to do.Trump did not shake Trudeau’s hand when he arrived with wife Melania at the iconic Arc de Triomphe for the Nov. 11 ceremony. Neither Trump nor Putin walked a bit of the Champs-Elysee with other leaders after church bells rang out as the hour turned to 11 a.m. local time, marking the moment the guns fell silent across Europe a century ago.France’s ambassador to Canada described the peace forum as a way to amplify the voices of non-governmental organizations and prod political leaders present to commit to Macron’s call for peace.“If you’re not backed up by the highest political authority, nothing will happen,” Kareen Rispal said in an interview Friday.“You have to get the real commitment from the political leaders.”Rispal also said Trudeau’s appearance at the Arc de Triomphe ceremony would be a reminder of Canada’s contributions during the war, which aren’t always recognized in Europe.Some 650,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders served in the First World War, and more than 66,000 of them lost their lives. About 172,000 more were injured.Others served behind the front lines, working with locals to aid the war effort.“We as French, we as Europeans — I think we don’t value enough the effort made by the Canadians,” Rispal said in an interview Friday.— With files from the Associated Press.Jordan Press, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

CanniMed tells shareholders to wait while it reviews Aurora offer

first_imgCanniMed Therapeutics Inc. said Wednesday it needs time to review a surprise takeover offer from a rival marijuana producer that sent its share surging on another volatile trading day for pot stocks amid speculation a wave of consolidation is coming.“We advise shareholders to take no action until such time as the board has had the opportunity to fully consider and make a recommendation regarding the unsolicited offer,” CanniMed (TSX:CMED) said in response to the bid made public by Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB) after the close of markets on Tuesday.Vancouver-based Aurora announced an all-share offer valuing CanniMed’s stock at up to $24 per share that it said already has support from shareholders representing 38 per cent of CanniMed’s outstanding shares.Aurora said it submitted a proposal to CanniMed’s board of directors Monday and has given the company until Friday to respond. If the board doesn’t respond, it said it plans to launch a formal takeover bid.But CanniMed said that it has not received a formal written offer from Aurora, adding it would review the terms set out in the press release and respond by the Friday deadline.CanniMed cautioned that it considered Aurora’s estimates of how much the share-exchange deal was actually worth to CanniMed shareholders to be inflated, since Aurora’s valuation per share is based on its stock price as of Nov. 14 after a 125 per cent increase over the preceding 12 trading days.Following news of the proposed deal, CanniMed’s share price shot up $4.50 or 29.4 per cent to close at $19.80, while Aurora closed down $0.19 or three per cent at $6.22.CanniMed also said it is already in talks to acquire marijuana company Newstrike Resources Ltd. (TSXV:HIP), a producer endorsed by members of rock band the Tragically Hip.Marijuana analyst Vahan Ajamian said this latest deal could spark merger and acquisition activity among the around 50 licensed producers in the burgeoning industry ahead of recreational legalization, slated for July 1.“This could spark a wave of consolidation with the larger players ‘gobbling up’ the smaller ones,” said Ajamian in a note.PI Financial Corp. analyst Jason Zandberg said he wasn’t sure if the deal would spark consolidation, but that it make sense to build scale ahead of next July.“If you can build scale, then not only can you guarantee supply numbers, but you also have a bit better negotiating power,” said Zandberg.But he said any deals would likely be shared-based ones within the industry, like Aurora’s proposal, since cannabis stocks have climbed so much in recent months.“The absolute value of the market cap of these companies would scare off a lot of outsiders from buying.”He said the deal looks to make a lot of sense from both sides, but given CanniMed’s response it could go hostile.Current valuations mean that for some companies it would make more sense to simply build their own facilities, said Chris Damas, editor of the BCMI Report.“You can build square footage at a lower price than you can buy it on the stock market, the difference is quite astonishing.”He said CanniMed offered some particular attractions to Aurora, including licensed soft oil gel capsules, a foothold in Saskatchewan and expanded facilities that haven’t yet been reflected in its financials.If Aurora’s acquisition is successful, it would boost its market capitalization to more than $3 billion and would see it serve about 40,000 active registered patients. That compares to 63,000 at Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED), Canada’s largest marijuana company.CanniMed, previously Prairie Plant Systems, was one of the first medical marijuana companies to be granted a Health Canada licence to produce in 2013.last_img read more

Israeli firm says it can turn garbage into biobased plastic

first_imgKIBBUTZ ZEELIM, Israel – Hawks, vultures and storks circle overhead as Christopher Sveen points at the heap of refuse rotting in the desert heat. “This is the mine of the future,” he beams.Sveen is chief sustainability officer at UBQ, an Israeli company that has patented a process to convert household trash, diverting waste from landfills into reusable bio-based plastic.After five years of development, the company is bringing its operations online, with hopes of revolutionizing waste management and being a driver to make landfills obsolete. It remains to be seen, however, if the technology really works and is commercially viable.UBQ operates a pilot plant and research facility on the edge of southern Israel’s Negev Desert, where it has developed its production line.“We take something that is not only not useful, but that creates a lot of damage to our planet, and we’re able to turn it into the things we use every day,” said Albert Douer, UBQ’s executive chairman. He said UBQ’s material can be used as a substitute for conventional petrochemical plastics and wood, reducing oil consumption and deforestation.UBQ has raised $30 million from private investors, including Douer, who is also chief executive of Ajover Darnel Group, an international plastics conglomerate.Leading experts and scientists serve on its advisory board, including Nobel Prize chemist Roger Kornberg, Hebrew University biochemist Oded Shoseyov, author and entrepreneur John Elkington and Connie Hedegaard, a former European Commissioner for Climate Action.The small plant can process one ton of municipal waste per hour, a relatively small amount that would not meet the needs of even a midsize city. But UBQ says that given the modularity, it can be quickly expanded.On a recent day, UBQ Chief Executive Tato Bigio stood alongside bales of sorted trash hauled in from a local landfill.He said recyclable items like glass, metals and minerals are extracted and sent for further recycling, while the remaining garbage — “banana peels, the chicken bones and the hamburger, the dirty plastics, the dirty cartons, the dirty papers” — is dried and milled into a powder.The steely grey powder then enters a reaction chamber, where it is broken down and reconstituted as a bio-based plastic-like composite material. UBQ says its closely-guarded patented process produces no greenhouse gas emissions or residual waste byproducts, and uses little energy and no water.According to the United Nations Environment Program, 5 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions are produced by decomposing organic material in landfills. Roughly half is methane, which over two decades is 86 times as potent for global warming as carbon dioxide, according to the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.For every ton of material produced, UBQ says it prevents between three and 30 tons of CO2 from being created by keeping waste out of landfills and decomposing.UBQ says its material can be used as an additive to conventional plastics. It says 10-15 per cent is enough to make a plastic carbon-neutral by offsetting the generation of methane and carbon dioxide in landfills. It can be moulded into bricks, beams, planters, cans, and construction materials. Unlike most plastics, UBQ says its material doesn’t degrade when it’s recycled.The company says converting waste into marketable products is profitable, and likely to succeed in the long run without government subsidies.“What we do is we try to position ourselves at the end of the value chain, or at the end of the waste management hierarchy,” Sveen said. “So rather than that waste going to a landfill or being incinerated, that’s kind of our waste feedstock.”The wonder plastic isn’t without its skeptics, however. Duane Priddy, chief executive of the Plastic Expert Group, said UBQ’s claims were “too good to be true” and likened it to alchemy.“Chemists have been trying to convert lead to gold for centuries, without success,” Priddy, a former principal scientist at Dow Chemical, said in an email to The Associated Press. “Likewise, chemists have been trying to convert garbage to plastic for several decades.”UBQ said it is confident its technology will prove the skeptics wrong. “We understand that’s people’s perceptions. We hope to convince them in a professional and scientific manner,” Sveen said.Even if its technology is ultimately successful, UBQ faces questions about its long-term viability. Building additional plants could be expensive and time-consuming. It also needs to prove there is a market for its plastic products. The company said it is negotiating deals with major customers, but declined to identify them or say when the contracts would go into effect.The U.N. Environment Program has made solid waste disposal a central issue to combatting pollution worldwide. Landfills contaminate air, water and soil, and take up limited land and resources. A December 2017 report by the international body devoted five of its 50 anti-pollution measures to reducing and processing solid waste.“Every year, an estimated 11.2 billion tons of solid waste are collected worldwide,” the organization says. “The solution, in the first place, is the minimization of waste. Where waste cannot be avoided, recovery of materials and energy from waste as well as remanufacturing and recycling waste into usable products should be the second option.”Israel lags behind other developed countries in waste disposal. The country of roughly 8 million people generated 5.3 million metric tons of garbage in 2016, according to the Environment Ministry. Over 80 per cent of that trash ended up in increasingly crowded landfills. A third of Israel’s landfill garbage is food scraps, which decompose and produce greenhouse gases like methane and carbon dioxide.To UBQ, that means a nearly limitless supply of raw material.“The fact is that the majority of waste goes to a landfill or is leaked into our natural environments because there simply aren’t holistic and economically viable technologies out there,” said Sveen.last_img read more

UN makes new appeal for rich countries to end trade practices hurting

“If trade is to serve as an engine of economic growth and poverty alleviation, countries both in the North as well as the South need to broaden their production base on a fair competitive basis,” FAO Assistant Director-General Hartwig de Haen said in remarks prepared for delivery on the second day of the 5th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Cancún, Mexico.“Food and agricultural trade is vital for food security, poverty alleviation and growth,” Mr. de Haen added, noting that food imports contribute to the supply of basic foodstuffs in many of the world’s poorest countries while agricultural exports were an important source of rural income and foreign exchange.Many poorer countries that rely primarily on agriculture for their economic development will become increasingly dependent on aid, slip deeper into debt and face major food shortages unless they improve their competitiveness in agricultural products both domestically and internationally through investment and fairer trade, FAO warned.The agency made 12 recommendations in a prepared statement, including tariff de-escalation, effective measures to counter possible negative effects of trade reforms in the least developed and net food importing countries, simplicity in international trade rules and increased support to help developing countries become more competitive in trade.FAO noted that some 840 million people are chronically undernourished, 800 million of them in developing countries, and more than 70 per cent of the world’s extremely poor and undernourished live in rural areas, with agriculture representing the main source of income for about 2.5 billion people in developing countries alone.“The markets for temperate zone products and basic food commodities continue to be substantially distorted due to government subsidies and protection, particularly in rich countries. Export subsidies on products exported by developed countries continue,” Mr. de Haen said.“Enormous untapped agricultural potential exists in developing countries to meet the twin challenges of hunger and poverty. What we need is a renewed focus on effective North-South cooperation so that available resources are used efficiently,” he added. read more

Bernanke defends bond purchases to support the economy but said Fed can

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bernanke defends bond purchases to support the economy but said Fed can only do so much by News Staff Posted Jul 18, 2012 2:02 pm MDT WASHINGTON – Chairman Ben Bernanke told lawmakers Wednesday that the Federal Reserve’s efforts to bolster growth have helped lift the U.S. economy out of the Great Recession. But he acknowledged that growth remains weak and the Fed can only do so much.“I don’t think it is the case that there has been no progress. The recovery has been slower than we like but clearly we have made progress,” Bernanke told the House Financial Services Committee.Bernanke was on the Hill to deliver his twice-a-year report to Congress on the state of the economy. But he spent part of the hearing defending the Fed’s previous two rounds of large-scale bond purchases against Republican criticism.The economy has weakened since the start of the year, and Bernanke said the Fed is prepared to take further action if unemployment stays high. He didn’t specify what steps the Fed might take or whether any action was imminent.His comments were similar to those he made Tuesday to the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday.Many economists interpreted the remarks to mean the Fed will likely launch a third round of bond purchases, perhaps in the fall. That’s because few expect the unemployment rate, which was 8.2 per cent last month, to fall much further by then.The bond purchases seek to lower long-term interest rates and encourage more borrowing and spending.Bernanke noted that the economy, after growing at a 2.5 per cent annual rate in the second half of 2011, slowed to roughly 2 per cent from January through March. And it likely weakened further in the April-June period.Manufacturing has slowed. Consumers are spending less. And job growth has slumped to an average of 75,000 a month in the April-June quarter from 226,000 a month from January through March.But Republicans on the panel questioned the Fed’s use of large-scale asset purchases to lower long-term interest rates. They say the bond purchases have increased the risk of inflation without providing much help to the slumping economy.“We have anemic growth, probably half of what it should be by historic standards,” said Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas. Hensarling questioned what another round of bond purchases would do.Bernanke said the first effort in the middle of 2009 helped lift the economy out of the recession, which ended in June 2009.The second, launched in Nov. 2010, kept the economy from suffering a bout of deflation, he said. Deflation is a prolonged period of falling prices which the United States hasn’t seen since the Great Depression.“I think the previous efforts did have productive effects,” he said. read more

The 9 at 9 Sunday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know a little before 9am.1. #WET WET WET: Heavy rain hit parts of the country last night, and a weather warning will remain in place for Leinster until 3pm.2. #GSOC: Gardaí have been accused by the Garda Ombudsman of withholding information about the shooting of a suspect in 2009, The Sunday Times reports. A report obtained by the paper details that gardaí “repeatedly refused” to furnish certain details of the fatal incident.3. #SOCIAL MEDIA: The Irish State requested that Twitter withhold tweets from 13 accounts last year, a new report shows. The social network said no in all cases.4. #IRAN: A passenger plane has crashed into a residential area shortly after take-off in Tehran. Local news agencies are reporting that as many as 50 people have died.5. #BUBBLE: Property developer Paddy McKillen has told the Sunday Independent that a “fast-track plan” is needed to build more houses to end the housing crisis. He said inaction by Nama and the Government is to blame for growing property prices.6. #IRAQ: Britain has airdropped humanitarian aid for besieged Iraqis, AFP reports. US forces “successfully (conducted) four airstrikes to defend Yazidi civilians being indiscriminately attacked” near Sinjar, the US military said last night.7. #SPLISH SPLASH: Irish Water’s running costs could be more than twice the average of similar companies in the United Kingdom. The Sunday Business Post reports that the projected costs are 2.6 times the levels in Scotland.8. #BURIALS: More than 3,000 people were buried in unmarked paupers’ graves last year, according to figures obtained by the Irish Mail on Sunday, as they could not afford their own funeral. It has sparked calls for the Church to run its own funeral and undertaker service.9. #UKRAINE: President Petro Poroshenko has said he is ready to led an aid mission into the rebel stronghold of Lugansk, but only if it is an unarmed international team entering the country through Kiev-controlled borders.last_img read more

Elderly monk on the run as Thai police investigate multimillion euro scam

first_img Thai Buddhist monks pray and gather at Wat Dhammakaya temple. Image: Sakchai Lalit Image: Sakchai Lalit Thai Buddhist monks pray and gather at Wat Dhammakaya temple. Elderly monk on the run as Thai police investigate multi-million euro scam Police found a 1.5 kilometre tunnel, split into two routes, dug under the UFO-like temple that dominates the site. 14,867 Views Short URL Friday 17 Feb 2017, 6:59 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img http://jrnl.ie/3244387 12 Comments By AFP Share Tweet Email Feb 17th 2017, 6:59 AM THAI POLICE HAVE uncovered secret tunnels running underneath a space-age temple of the controversial Dhammakaya Buddhist sect, as their manhunt for an elusive elderly monk accused of massive embezzlement entered a second day.Thousands of officers are involved in the search for the 72-year-old monk Phra Dhammachayo, who is believed to be holed up in the vast Wat Dhammakaya temple grounds on the outskirts of Bangkok.The former abbot, who founded the breakaway Buddhist order in 1970 and has marshalled its prodigious rise, is accused of money laundering and accepting embezzled funds worth $33 million from the jailed owner of a cooperative bank.But in an increasingly bizarre cat-and-mouse game, cops were frustrated for a second day running as they were led by orange-robed monks through endless rooms and hallways in the 1,000-acre site.On Thursday, police found a 1.5 kilometre tunnel, split into two routes, dug under the UFO-like temple that dominates the site, which may have been used by the ex-abbot as a place to hide.Cat and mouse“It only has one entrance but it does not go outside of the temple,” Police Colonel Worranan Srilum, deputy spokesman for the DSI (Thailand equivalent of the FBI) told reporters.They also searched a sick bay used by the former abbot, but instead of finding him, they pulled back an orange robe covering several pillows arranged to look like a sleeping person.“The Dhammakaya temple area is sprawling so it will have to take time to search. We can’t find him yet, but our intelligence insists that he is still inside (the) temple,” he added.The sweep of the powerful and ultra-rich Wat Dhammakaya temple comes after Thailand’s junta chief invoked special powers to put its sprawling compound under military control.Temple officials say the ex-abbot is innocent and deny knowledge of his whereabouts.Thailand’s secular authorities are normally reluctant to intervene in the affairs of the clergy in the Buddhist-majority country.But the Dhammakaya sect has long been in the firing line. Critics accuse the temple of promoting a pay-your-way to nirvana philosophy, burnished with “cultish” mass shows of devotion and a sophisticated PR machine.The temple is also mired in the kingdom’s treacherous politics, with rumoured links to ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a 2006 coup and still hated by the Bangkok elite and their military allies.© – AFP 2017Read: Putin apologises after Russian air strike accidentally kills three Turkish soldiersRead: ‘Do you speak Arabic?’: How the US bungled its online fight against ISlast_img read more

Police probe London murder where gang killed man with samurai sword and

first_img Share4 Tweet Email Feb 23rd 2019, 2:50 PM https://jrnl.ie/4509570 Police probe London murder where gang killed man with samurai sword and gun The incident happened last night. Short URL Saturday 23 Feb 2019, 2:50 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 10 Comments center_img Wood Green tube station. Image: Google Maps Image: Google Maps POLICE IN LONDON have appealed for information following the murder of a man in the Wood Green area of north London last night.Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin of the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command said that the men who attacked the 19-year-old victim were armed with an array of weapons including a samurai sword and a gun.DCI Goodwin said: “This murder took place at a busy time of night in a heavy footfall area. I know that there are people who either witnessed the incident or who can assist with filling in the gaps in the information we already have.“My team has established that the attackers were armed with at least one firearm, knives and a samurai sword. Some, or possibly all, were riding bikes.“I know that people may be reluctant or afraid to speak with police, but making a single call could help to remove dangerous, violent individuals from your area and all information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence.“If you don’t want to call police call the independent charity Crimestoppers – they won’t even ask for your name, but please, if you have information, do make the call.”Police were called to Vincent Road, Wood Green, at 8.10pm to reports of a group of people fighting. Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended the scene of the incident.Two men, believed to be aged 19 and 20, were found injured. They were taken to an east London Hospital,The 19-year-old injured male had suffered stab wounds. He died in hospital shortly afterwards. The 20-year old injured male suffered stab wounds and a gunshot wound. His injuries are not life threatening. By Garreth MacNamee 19,004 Views Wood Green tube station.last_img read more

Selfdefense class raises funds for acid attack victim

first_imgBethany Storro’s parents, Nancy and Joe Neuwelt, after cancelling a planned appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, attended a women’s self-defense class at Anytime Fitness at Esther Short Park on Friday evening — a fundraiser the club’s operators organized to help pay costs from Storro’s facial burns.Storro, 28, was found suffering from acid burns to her face about 7:15 p.m. on Aug. 30, on Columbia Street just north of West Eighth Street and the park. She told rescuers and police that a woman she didn’t know walked up to her and threw acid in her face.As Vancouver police officers and Major Crimes Unit detectives began their investigation of the alleged attack, Storro was treated for facial injuries at the Oregon Burn Center at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. She and her family held press conferences at the hospital and Storro later was released.Outside the fitness club Friday evening, the Neuwelts stood before news cameras before the class and thanked a long list of people and businesses that helped raise money for Storro’s medical treatments.“I just want to say ‘thank you’ to the community,” Nancy Neuwelt said. “It’s been incredible.”As for Storro, her mother said, “She’s doing better and she’s amazing. I took her out for a little bit today. We went to get a coffee and get out in the fresh air. She’s doing better, and people were coming up and just encouraging her.”last_img read more

Boy Scouts visit Coral Gables fire station to learn about the job

first_imgCORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – Firefighters in Coral Gables came together to show a group of Boy Scouts how the job is done.The Boy Scouts visited Fire Station Number One to get an idea of what they do to protect the community everyday.The scouts teamed up to man the heavy fire hose as they took at the front handling the direction of the water spray.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

From homemakers to Army officers 600km allwoman car rally raises awareness about

first_imgCovering over 600km from Delhi to Chandigarh via the hills of Dehradun, Paonta Sahib, Nahan, Sirmaur and Morni Hills, the Women Car Rally this year was a huge success. It took place between March 30 and 31. The rally included the cars passing through all types of terrain in 16 districts of two Union Territories and four states. Nearly 150 dynamic and highly spirited women from very different backgrounds including the Army, Air Force, the corporate sector, media agencies and homemakers participated in the car rally. They demonstrated notable sportsmanship, a penchant for adventure and excellent driving skills to such an extent that there were no accidents due to their driving skills. The women also portrayed a strict adherence to road safety instructions and professional motorsports regulations.The theme of the rally, “Wheeling Women to Power” was promoted through the event. The organisers also made sure to incorporate the topic of ‘menstrual hygiene’ into their event. The Indian Air Force team of Wing Commander Deepti Upadhyay and Flight Lieutenant Nishta won the first prize in the All Women Amateur group. The rally was conducted in Time-Speed-Distance format as per the regulations of FSCMI.last_img read more

Minority group leaders to hold prepolls rally

first_img.Different religious and ethnic minority groups have planned to hold a grand rally in Dhaka city on 28 September to raise their issues ahead of the upcoming national elections.UNB reports that addressing a press conference at Jatiya Press Club on Sunday.Bangladesh Hindu-Bouddha-Christian Oikya Parishad general secretary Rana Das Gupta announced holding of the grand rally on Friday at Suhrawardy Udyan.Alongside the minorities’ federating body, 21 other organisations working with the causes of religious and ethnic minorities in the country are coorganiser of the rally.They said the move comes at a time when minority community people are in fear of a renewed spate of attacks and violence centring the upcoming national elections.The minority leaders said through the 28 September rally they want to share some of their thoughts and concerns with the state, government, political parties and alliances.National professor Anisuzzaman is scheduled to be present as the chief guest at the planned grand rally.Comparing with statistics of violence took place in past two years advocate Rana said the attacks and violence against minority communities showed some declines but still far from over. “It is clear that the practice of disrespecting and torturing the religious and ethnic minorities are still on.”Around 380 incidents of attack on the minority communities were taken place till August this year, Rana added. While the incidents of attacks were 1471 and 1004 respectively in 2016 and 2017 but it has come down this year, he said.Giving examples of some recent incidents of attack and harassment, Rana said “We strongly demand for proper investigation and trial of the incidents and urge to find out those who are destabilising the peaceful situation of the country.”last_img read more

The Insane Clown Posse tabletop game is Magic The Gathering of the

first_img <> Hate all you want, but the Insane Clown Posse has money. Lots of cold hard clown cash. And they deserve it. You may not like their horrorcore hip-hop routine by clearly plenty of others do, enough to make independent record label Psychopathic Records quite the wealthy enterprise for famous jokers Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope. Amidst all the Faygo and borderline gang makeup at the annual Gathering of the Juggalos, the musical celebration of good times and hard rhymes, is the fact that the event has the fat stacks and the sway to nab headliners like Ice Cube and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic.Here’s the last example you’ll ever need that the Insane Clown Posse has too much time, money, and lore to throw around. This year’s Gathering saw the release of Into The Echoside: The Deckbuilding Game. Yes, it’s true, ICP made a tabletop game, and we played it. Guess what, it’s not so bad!But before I take you on this journey of chicken huntin’ and Kottonmouth Kings, you may be wondering why I took it upon myself to obtain and critique something as absurd as an Insane Clown Posse tabletop game. My ironic fascination and genuine admiration for all things Juggalo began the moment I heard there was a real band called “The Insane Clown Posse.” Things only got better from there with the science-loving(?) meme hit “Miracles.” But it was the lavishly produced infomercials for the Gathering of the Juggalos that really cemented my clown love. The 2011 sci-fi themed video in particular is perhaps the densest comedic work I’ve ever seen. Literally every scene has at least four hilarious things happening at once, from the performers to the special effects to the use of of the phrase “Shangri-La on Earth.” The reality of Juggalos’ existence is impossible to parody, even when acts like Saturday Night Live try.Getting my hands on Into the Echoside, a gracious gift from my new friends at Psychopathic Records, represented a huge step in my Juggalo journey. I’ve seeded about a dozen of my PCMag reviews with ICP references, I tried and failed to review the Juggalo app, and I even purchased the latest FL Studio digital audio workstation to teach myself how to make a Juggalo vaporwave track. It didn’t work out. I have no plans of ever personally attending the Gathering of the Juggalos, but for me, Into the Echoside might be the next best thing.From its introductory text alone, detailing an epic quest in the Nethervoid to stop an ancient evil with some Dark Carnival Ninjas, Into the Echoside crystallizes what makes the Insane Clown Posse such a singular niche pop culture phenomenon. The bad, white people, death metal fascination with vaguely Nordic lore combined with bad, white people interpretations of underground hip-hop street toughness, further filtered through decidedly Midwestern filth and wrestling sensibilities, is already one of the strangest musical concoctions imaginable. But within that ridiculousness is legitimately competent performances and shockingly high levels of production value. All of those qualities apply to the films Big Money Hustlas and Big Money Rustlas, and now to this game as well.Into the Echoside ($40) draws inspiration for other deckbuilding games such as Ascension and Dominion. Two-to-four players obtain cards with various abilities to create the most valuable deck by the end of the game. Aside from the Juggalo aesthetic, certain mechanics also feel appropriate for the subject matter. You can stomp cards out of play or earn bonuses by using cards from a certain crew like Dark Carnival, Psychopathic, and Underground. Advanced Play also introduces Fiend cards, perfect for the game’s Hatchetman take on dark fantasy.For a complete explanation, and I do mean complete, check out the lengthy how to play video below.Honestly the best way to describe this game is just to list some incredible true facts about it. You collect “dope flavor” cards. Juggalo cards are more valuable than Ninja cards, which seems backwards in any other context. Anytime “Juggalo Juice” appears on a card it’s slightly rotated, as if to obscure the copyrighted Faygo name. Roll the dice to spin the Wheel of Fate for potential prizes. The individual pieces of art are certainly intricate, but the overall style is a barely coherent hodgepodge of things you might find at a spooky rap circus for edgy teens or ironic adults. In the event of a tie, the first player who says “Gimmie my money, muddafocko!” wins. The game says it’s suitable for ages 13 and up.Just reading out card names as you perform your turn is a delight. It’s what makes the game enjoyable even for the audience, since we naturally had more people in the office who wanted to experience this than the game could allow. No other game lets you say something like, “I’m playing two ninjas, one Juggalo card, and The Loons to earn six karma and purchase Weed Man. I’m then playing Whitney Peyton so I can draw a flavor card. What’s the flavor card? Still Stabbin’, so one more karma point for me.”Check out some of these cards. They’re so great, it’s tough not to spoil them all. I love that The Great Milenko and Ringmaster are epic cards while Vanilla Ice is not. The heart of these cards is so black… and dumb. However, although Into the Echoside may look perfect, it is not. The game could really stand to tighten up its pacing. Early in the game it takes too long to start gathering (sorry) better cards, and overall a single game lasts maybe twice as long as it needs to. The considerable novelty nonetheless begins to get old. Further playthroughs may also reveal unforeseen balancing issues with individual cards’ abilities.Still. Those are typical board game quibbles, and the fact that Into the Echoside reaches that level is a magnet-level miracle. I would absolutely play it again and haze some more new Ziff Davis employees (shout-out to the winner, inventory control coordinator Alice Newcome-Beill!). I might even try to pick up the upcoming expansion Oracle of the Three Rings. It’s easy and probably justifiable to mock the Insane Clown Posse and all the wicked nonsense they stand for. They describe themselves as the “World’s Most Hated Band” after all. But being trashy isn’t the same as being complete garbage. So pitch a fresh-ass comedy tent, crank up your copy of Riddle Box, and enter the Echoside until you’re down with the clowns until you’re dead in the ground.Whoop whoop!last_img read more

In Twin Paradox Twist the Accelerated Twin is Older

first_img LSU professor resolves Einstein’s twin paradox This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The scientists then considered a situation where the large body that the twins orbit decreases in mass, while the twins’ orbiting radius stays the same. Under these circumstances, twin B’s orbiting velocity no longer follows Kepler’s laws, and so he experiences an acceleration like twin A. However, the ratio of the twins’ proper times still depends only on their velocities, not on their acceleration. Since the twins’ velocities stay the same, with twin B orbiting at a larger velocity than twin A (who is not moving at all), twin B is still younger.“According to Einstein’s relativity theory, the time measured by moving clocks runs more slowly,” Abramowicz and Bajtlik explained. “If two twins move relative to each other, for each of them the time measured by the other one runs more slowly. There is nothing contradictory or paradoxical about that. Note that, quite similarly, two twins who look at each other from a distance both have the impression that the brother looks smaller. For the twin paradox to occur, they should be brought to the same place. At the reunion the twins will find that they do not differ in size, but they may differ in age. What breaks the symmetry here? The standard answer is the acceleration. However, in many situations in which the absolute motion may be defined, the moving twin is younger, regardless of acceleration.”In the examples so far, the faster twin is younger, regardless of any acceleration. However, if the mass of the large body decreased to zero, the situation becomes the original twin paradox: twin A is not accelerated, and twin B is accelerated. In this special case, twin B is still younger – but not because he is moving faster. As the scientists explain, when the mass of the large body is zero, the explanation for the paradox changes: time dilation here is due to twin B’s acceleration, not his velocity.“The mass causes a non-zero curvature of the spacetime, and curvature gives the spacetime a structure that defines the absolute standard of rest,” the scientists explained. “In Minkowski spacetime there are no such structures, and there is no way to tell who of the twins in moving faster in an absolute way.”This version of the twin paradox is not the first to suggest that the paradox can be explained by a difference in velocity between the twins. As in the current version, previous versions also show that the twin who moves or orbits faster is younger. As the scientists emphasize, this explanation holds true for all situations in which the absolute motion of the twins can be defined in terms of some global properties of spacetime. Possibly, the scientists suggest, the explanation might even be extended to the traditional version of the twin paradox by referring to the sky, although this would require further investigation.More information: Marek A. Abramowicz and Stanislaw Bajtlik. “Adding to the paradox: the accelerated twin is older.” arXiv:0905.2428v1.Copyright 2009 PhysOrg.com.All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: In Twin Paradox Twist, the Accelerated Twin is Older (2009, June 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-06-twin-paradox-older.html Physicist Marek Abramowicz of Goteborg University in Sweden and astronomer Stanislaw Bajtlik of the Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center in Warszawa, Poland, have proposed the surprising new version of the twin paradox, which at first seems to run contrary to the traditional version. However, the scientists show that the traditional version is actually a specific case of a more general concept.“In the best known version of the twin paradox, the twin who is accelerated is younger,” Abramowicz and Bajtlik told PhysOrg.com. “In the version discussed by us the accelerated twin is older. It is quite surprising. It is almost as to say that ‘the older twin is younger.’”In 1905, Einstein described the ideas behind the twin paradox to demonstrate the effects of time dilation according to special relativity. In 1911, physicist Paul Langevin turned the concept into a concrete story involving two hypothetical twins. Ever since then, scientists have offered various explanations for exactly why this aging paradox occurs, and whether it is even a true paradox at all. As Abramowicz and Bajtlik note in their study, it is often claimed that the twin paradox can be explained by the acceleration of the traveling twin that occurs when he turns around to go back to Earth. Abramowicz and Bajtlik show, however, that it is not the acceleration that causes the age difference in most cases. By presenting a scenario in which the accelerated twin is older at the reunion, the scientists show that the final time difference between the twins often depends only on their velocities as measured with respect to an absolute standard of rest, and not on acceleration.In the new scenario, both twins are in circular orbit at different velocities around a large body, with the velocities measured by observers rotating with zero angular momentum with respect to the sky. Abramowicz and Bajtlik considered what happens when twin A stops moving, and so has a velocity of zero, and therefore a non-zero acceleration. Twin B continues to orbit at a set velocity corresponding to Keplerian free orbit and therefore has zero acceleration. Twin A is the accelerated twin, and twin B is not accelerated. As the scientists calculate, contrary to the classical version of the paradox, twin B is younger. center_img Just when you thought you were beginning to understand the twin paradox (maybe), scientists have found something new to ponder. In the original version of the famous thought experiment on time dilation, one twin stays on Earth while the other twin takes a rocket at nearly light speed into space, and returns to find that he is younger than his twin on Earth. But a new version of the story now shows that the twin who experiences an acceleration can be older than the twin who doesn’t accelerate, under slightly different conditions. Explore further Scientists have found that, when twins are orbiting a massive object, time dilation can cause the accelerated twin to be older if that twin is moving slower than the other twin; in this case, velocity is the deciding factor of age, and the twin with the greater velocity is younger. ©2005 Cetin Bal.last_img read more

ATM slotstuffer arrested in Playa del Carmen

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — A man has been arrested after he was seen on surveillance cameras stuffing paper into the money output slot of an ATM in Playa del Carmen.The arrest comes after several ATMs were found tampered with in popular central Playa del Carmen shopping areas. The initial discovery was made by a member of the city’s Tourist Police, who noticed a wad of paper had been inserted into the money tray, preventing the cash from being expelled from the machine.After an ATM user left the machine defeated, those stuffing the money slot would then appear, remove the wad of paper and the unclaimed cash.Police use a yellow tool to show where the paper is stuffed into the ATM.Recent surveillance footage recorded a man stuffing paper into an ATM on the corner of 10th Street and Fifth Avenue. Police tracked him down and have since arrested the (approximately) 34-year-old they believe is responsible.Police say that at the time of his arrest, a search of his person revealed personal belongings as well as a roll of paper, adding that an inspection of a nearby ATM revealed the money slot was jammed with paper.The arrest was made with coordinated efforts between members of the Centro de Inteligencia y Monitoreo (Center for Intelligence and Monitoring) and municipality Tourist Police.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Cardinals could use the help, especially given the number of offensive linemen banged up at the moment.“When you’re unemployed, you kind of watch everybody, so I kind of followed what was going on everywhere,” Watford said. “Just glad they called me here.”Last season, Watford played 15 games with a career-high 10 starts, seven at right guard and three at right tackle. His versatility earned him the nickname, ‘Swiss Army knife’.“I’m excited, I’m ready,” he said. “Whatever they ask, I’m willing to do.”It’s good, Watford added, to just have a job once again.“It is very strange, very uncomfortable (watching football from home),” he said. “I did not like it at all. It’s not a fun time. It just sucked not playing football.”Another offensive line boostAsked who is starting left guard would be at Philadelphia, Arians shook his head.“Don’t jinx me, please,” he said. “Hopefully, it’s Alex (Boone). He practiced today, he’s going to practice tomorrow. Hopefully, we don’t have a Thursday like we had last week. We had two guys (D.J. Humphries and Mike Iupati) practicing and at the end of the practice, they both got re-injured.”Boone, who had replaced Iupati at left guard in Weeks 2 and 3, missed last week with a pectoral strain, forcing rookie Will Holden into the starting lineup. “I feel great,” he said, before adding, “Today’s Wednesday, so. I would’ve had a different answer on Monday, but I feel great.”Palmer added, without getting into specifics, he’s developed a pretty good routine when it comes to recovering from Sundays. Still, no amount of recovery will be able to withstand this amount of punishment.To his credit, Palmer has always maintained it’s not the number of hits but the kind of hits.“It’s those awkward ones, for every position whether you’re getting tackled as a running back or a receiver,” he said. “Those odd injuries come from the way you hit the ground oddly and then the way you get landed on top of oddly, that’s where those injuries seem to come from.”Of course, that’s easy for him to say. For everyone else, the number of hits Palmer takes is always a big deal.“The wife always focuses on everyone,” he said, smiling.Welcome back Earl WatfordOut of work for the first time in his career, offensive lineman Earl Watford stayed busy; mostly working out hoping the phone would ring soon. It did.On Tuesday, the Cardinals re-signed Watford, their former fourth-round draft pick who had signed a two-year, free-agent contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars in the offseason but was released just before Week 1. Boone was listed as limited on Wednesday’s injury report. Humphries (knee) did not practice. He’s expected to miss another week, maybe two. Also not on the practice field was defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche. He continues to be bothered by a calf issue.And though wide receivers John Brown (quadriceps) and J.J. Nelson (hamstring) were each limited, Arians sounded encouraged by the work they did get in.“They feel better this week, at this time of the week,” he said. “We’ll still monitor their reps, but they look like they’re progressing each week now, not going down.”Palmer is sneakyTwice now this season, Palmer has taken the snap from center and run up the middle behind A.Q. Shipley to convert a 3rd-and-1. Against San Francisco, he gained two yards in the fourth quarter.“That comes from the sideline,” Palmer said. “We’ve been in some, it seems like third-and-an-inch or third-and-half-a-yard and had some good looks to do it. Against some previous teams we talked about doing it and Coach called it in.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 5 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) is sacked by San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle DeForest Buckner as linebacker Dekoda Watson (97) pursues during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) TEMPE, Ariz. – No quarterback has been sacked more times, 17, than Carson Palmer. That’s not really the statistical category any team wants to see its signal-caller sitting atop of, and the Arizona Cardinals are no exception.Palmer also leads the league in times hit, 43.“You never want to see your quarterback get hit that many times,” head coach Bruce Arians said.In each of the past two games, Palmer has been sacked six times. And he was hit a season-high 16 times by San Francisco. Yet, asked Wednesday how he was holding up, Palmer didn’t hesitate.last_img read more

14 KALLIO – HELSINKI Kallio is Helsinkis brunch

first_img14. KALLIO – HELSINKIKallio is Helsinki’s brunch central. For example, try out Made in Kallio, a local design shop and also delicious bar, which serves blueberry smoothies on a terrace with chairs on the sidewalk, and the action spills out into the street. Dreaming of your next adventure? Fly away with some of our most popular airlines: 15. GRACIA – BARCELONAGracia lies in the districts of Parc Guell and Casa Vicens. But do not think for a moment that the charm of this neighbourhood ends only with Gaudi! Its narrow streets filled with shops and libraries are there to be explored, and the squares are waiting for you at the sunset. There are many café and bars, but Heliogabal, which hosts evening concerts, is one of the best. 3. KREUZBERG – BERLINWhile hipsters may not be universally welcome in Berlin, it was once Euro hipster central. In Berlin’s most alternative of alternative district, admire graffiti like its high art, go swimming in a swimming pool floating on the River Spree and check out boutique Voo Store, where you’ll find many, many things that perhaps you will never use, but they will certainly make you feel incredibly cool. 6. DALSTON – LONDONAnd you thought Kingsland Road was the coolest address in the country? Shoreditch? So 2010. The Guardian named Dalston as ‘the coolest place in Britain’ and who are we to disagree? Well, you might if you’ve been there. Clubs, record shops, vintage shops, spaces dedicated to art and design, and FARM: (check that colon) = cool, cool, cool. 18. KALAMAJA – TALLINNKalamaja is not far from the city centre, but it seems miles away. There are wooden houses, quiet streets, flea markets, many bars and lovely shops as comfortable as your own living room. Among them, Klaus, that will amaze you with a tailor-made 60s style, a patio from which you can hear the sound of the sea, and a man-shaped lamp who will surprise you. Go and say hello! 8. FITZROY – MELBOURNEIf Melbourne is the hipster heart of Australia, Fitzroy is its epicentre. Here are the most beautiful buildings of the city, the Centre for Contemporary Photography and, once a year, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2014. And then there’s the Third Drawer Down, one of those shops that sell things as useless as beautiful: who has ever wanted a chair shaped like a donut? Or a banana as iPhone case? Maybe you. 12. FLORENTIN – TEL AVIVFlorentin is a fascinating mix of industrial and residential brand new buildings, mostly populated by artists, students and foreigners, full of boutiques, bars, street food and clubs playing all kinds of music such as Har Sinai, a small club close to the largest synagogue in the city. Evocative is an understatement. 10. BEYOGLU – ISTANBULCalling it a neighborhood is an understatement, Beyoglu is almost a pretty town in itself, hovering between a noble past and a modern present. Lose yourself in art galleries, enjoy the music that comes out of the cafés in Istanbul, and look for treasures at vintage paradise Karakoy Junk.11. CANAL ST MARTIN – PARISFriday night: young people swigging cans beside a canal. What could be considered anti-social in Maidstone is the highest realm of hipness in this gentrified piece of Paris. Join the throng for Frisbee and fizz by Point Ephémère, a former warehouse and now important cultural centre, which hosts concerts, exhibitions and artist studios. 7. AMSTERDAM-NOORD – AMSTERDAMOn the ‘other’ side of the IJ, the big bit of water behind Centraal station that no-one notices because they head in the other direction when they arrive, has been growing in coolness for a few years now. Previously a bit of a wasteland, now the disused warehouses host creative start-ups, festivals, restaurants and, once a month, mega flea market IJ Hallen, 1. MIERA IELA – RIGACapital of Culture 2014, Riga is at last receiving recognition of its hipness. Stroll down Miera iela (Peace Street) to see it in all its hip glory: a swarm of art galleries, vintage shops, hairdresser-bookstores, restaurants and florists bartering green plants for herbal teas. Pop into the DAD Café for home baking, several glasses of wine and an acoustic concert. 13. MALASANA – MADRIDMany consider it the birthplace of Spanish nightlife. What is certain is that from the late ’70s, the narrow streets of Malasaña have not seen a moment of peace, and today they are in better shape than ever. You can also find a beach! At Ojalà you can eat and drink cerveza with your feet sunk in the sand, in a worthy atmosphere, as enjoying the sunset in the Balearics. Well, almost.center_img 19. MISSION DISTRICT – SAN FRANCISCOOne of the oldest neighbourhoods in San Fran is today is (ironically) a centre of avant-garde and cultural experimentation. Mission is a creative place, evidenced not only by its graffiti. The Precita Eyes Museum preserves them, and will take you there for a walk. You will feel like a child discovering a colourful, crazy world. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 16. DISTRICT VII – BUDAPESTForgotten for years after World War Two, this place is now famous for its ruined bars located in old and abandoned buildings. Decorated with recycled pieces and a lot of imagination, these bars are the perfect example of the city’s rebirth, as they often also offer concerts, exhibitions and films. The first to have opened (and still one of the biggest) was the Szimpla: spending time in the back garden is like time travel!17. PIGNETO – ROMEEven the touristy Italian capital has a lot to offer to the hipster. Pigneto, historic popular district, now teems with local shops and boutiques, like a hotter version of a Nordic relative. One of the most hip places is the Kino, dedicated to independent film. Not only a cinema, here you can find a bistro and attend many interesting events. KLMAlitaliaThomas Cook Graduate, alternative cinema lover and ‘semi-pro’ photographer? Listen to indie folk, eat organic and drink craft beer. If you have recognized yourself in this description, well, maybe you’re a bit ‘hipster’ too. Ultra skinny jeans, checked shirt – check, moustache for him, polka dot dress for her…Hipsters around the world have their favourite places and Skyscanner has identified 20 of the most hipster. Vintage shops, cafés, bookstores (not necessarily dusty), music stores and contemporary art centres: welcome to hipster heaven. 20. SHIMOKITAZAWA – TOKYOIn one of the most chaotic cities in the world, the twisting streets of this neighbourhood have been able to build a more relaxed atmosphere, where the young spirit reign and all that is considered creative occupies a place of honour. There are theatres and restaurants, lots of concert halls and many record stores, including Mona Records: an excellent starting point to immerse yourself in the realm of indie Shimokitazawa. What do you think of our list? Got any other suggestions? Where are your hipster tipsters? Let us know below. Translated from the original article by Sara Izzi 2. WILLIAMSBURG – NEW YORKA district that does not need any introduction, the most radical now consider Williamsburg too ‘mainstream’, but it’s still a hipster mecca. There are many ‘must-see’ places, but one of the most beautiful (and tasty) is definitely Smorgasburg, the food market invades East River Park with stalls of goodies that every Saturday. 9. NØRREBRO – COPENHAGENThis is the place for people who love bakeries and pubs with 40 different beers (the little things that make life better). Try the Laundromat Cafè, a bar where you go to do the laundry, and while you wait for your laundry to be ready, you can drink a coffee, use the Wi-Fi, eat cake or read a magazine. 4. PEARL DISTRICT – PORTLANDFinding the most hipster neighborhood in the capital of checked shirts is a hard job, but we’ll give it to the art / food / music combo of the Pearl District. The real institution of the neighborhood is Powell’s City of Books, the world’s largest library of second-hand books. It occupies an entire city block, and of course, it has a cool café.5. SÖDERMALM – STOCKHOLMIn Söder everything is vintage, but there are also Scandinavian designers’ boutiques for more contemporary tastes. This is the neighbourhood of Stockholm, inhabited by the characters of Stieg Larsson’s bestsellers. A special mention goes to independent bookstore Konst-ig, dedicated to art, architecture, graphic design and fashion. Related20 cities for Yuccies around the worldMove over hipsters: young urban ‘yuccies’ are taking over, and here’s where you’ll find them (and their ‘taches)The 5 most hipster cities in the USCheck out these five too-cool-for-school counter-culture US cities.8 best hipster vintage shops in the worldTired of mainstream clothing brands? Then delve into these wonderful vintage shops and bag yourself a hipster wardrobe.last_img read more

Public hearing for illegal Peyia supermarket

first_imgA supermarket in Peyia that was built without planning permission will be the subject of a public hearing on Friday in connection with a request for planning application relaxations.According to an official government announcement, the hearing will examine the application of Ipsipili Ltd and Nikola Solomou (Philippos Supermarkets), which concerns the granting of a town planning permit – by way of derogation provisions – for additional modifications to the existing development.It consists of one store and four apartments, and the application will change the use to include a supermarket with a DIY store and banquet hall, which are already built.The application was submitted in accordance with the provisions of the town planning and housing department laws and the town planning and spatial planning regulations (derogations).“We have applied to this special council (derogations) as in the past, the Paphos district office said no to our civil engineer and his plans to make everything OK,” the store manager told the Cyprus Mail on Tuesday.He added that the store owner was ambitious and had to expand the business due to its popularity with customers, both local and those on holiday from abroad.But the structures are ‘illegal’, according to local councillor Linda Leblanc, who said that allowing them is punishing other local businesses that follow the law.“It seems that we are penalising people that follow the law and rewarding people that don’t,” she said.Leblanc said that the structure first constructed more than ten years ago on the site was a “mini supermarket” of 280m². It has continuously expanded since then, into a Hypermarket with DIY and banquet hall. It now covers an area of approximately 7,190m², she said.“Even the first application in 2008 for a mini supermarket was rejected, as it is not permitted by current planning laws. That was ignored and building proceeded,” she saidThis led to a plethora of objections and written complaints from many interested parties, including the Pancyprian Supermarkets Association, local businesses and others. Court cases and a demolition order followed, but the supermarket remained.Over the years, the business owners have made numerous promises to both Peyia council and the planning department while continuing unlicensed expansion, she said.“There are serious concerns about public safety in the event of an emergency, due to lack of adequate exits and stability of the structure.”However, this was vehemently denied by the store manager who said there are lots of fire exits, and this was a priority for them.“Even a five-star hotel has less exits than we do,” he said.The business started the procedure to seek relaxations and planning approval of existing illegalities, he confirmed, and Leblanc noted that this is now nearing the conclusion of the review process, hence the public hearing.“The planning system in Cyprus appears now to be more EU-compliant and responsive to official complaints of illegalities. This new transparency is forcing action to be taken to resolve planning anomalies.”This includes public consultations and transparency before planning permits are approved and /or derogations allowed on large developments, she said.The hearing, a form of public dialogue and consultation, aims to ensure transparency and democratic conditions in the application process.The purpose of such hearings is mainly to provide the board with a full and accurate briefing so they can offer a comprehensive and documented proposal to the council of ministers for a final decision.The hearing is open to the public and will take place on Friday at 11am, at the cultural centre of the municipality of Peyia. This will be preceded by a site visit to the development at 10.30am.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more