Virginity test: Three youth thrashed by caste panchayat in Pune for protests

first_imgPune: Three youths from the Kanjarbhat community were beaten by members of their community’s ‘caste panchayat’ in the Pimpri-Chinchwad area of the city on Sunday night for speaking out against the practice of conducting a bridal ‘virginity test’.An FIR under Sections 143, 147, 149 (pertaining to rioting and unlawful assembly), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation), 427 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was lodged against 40 persons at the Pimpri police station on Monday. Two persons have been arrested so far.The police acted on the complaint of Prashant Indrekar, who along with his cousin Saurabh Machhle and Prashant Tamchikar, was roughed up for opposing the panchayat’s practices.Assembly of eldersAccording to the police, the incident occurred around 11.30 p.m. on Sunday night. “A caste tribunal of the Kanjarbhat community assembled after a community marriage on Sunday night, where the ‘elders’ decreed that the bride had to take a virginity test. A number of panchayat members also vented their ire against Indrekar and his friends, who were present, for their campaign on social media speaking out against such practices,” said a senior official at the Pimpri police station.As the argument heated up some 40 people swooped down on the three youths and hit them using fists and other blunt objects.“They panchayat members demanded to know why we were bent upon ‘violating’ the tradition of the community by speaking on television and social media, against long-standing customs” said Mr. Indrekar.In December last year, several progressive youngsters of the community, including Mr. Indrekar, created a WhatsApp group ‘Stop the V-Ritual’ which elicited enthusiastic response.Mr. Tamchikar, student of TISS in Mumbai, is a co-creator of the group. The move has been strongly backed by Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS).The regressive practice of a bridal ‘virginity test’ is rife within the Kanjarbhat community and is forcibly imposed through the diktats of illegal caste tribunals.In it, a newly-married couple is generally taken to a hotel room and the groom is given a white bed-sheet and asked to use it during consummation.If the groom displays a bedsheet with blood stains on it, the bride is believed to have ‘passed’ the test. If the bedsheet has no blood stains, the bride is accused by the tribunal of physical relationships in the past.“In many instances, caste panchayat members actually sit outside the room during the act of sexual intercourse on the wedding night. It is to put an end to this degrading and demeaning practice and to preserve our dignity that we began the WhatsAppgroup,” said Mr. Indrekar.Last year, on November 25, Siddhant Indrekar (21), a resident of Kanjarbhat Nagar in Yerwada, had lodged a complaint against the caste panchayat at the Vishrantwadi police station.“Police are tardy in taking action in such cases despite ample proof against the caste panchayats, including demanding money for various rituals. But they often do not register such cases under the Social Boycott Act. How long must progressive members within such communities pay with their life and security before cases are lodged under the new law,” asked Nandini Jadhav of the MANS.In 2015, former Pimpri-Chinchwad mayor and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Kavichand Bhat was arrested by the Aurangabad police for extorting money from a woman in lieu for withdrawing a social boycott call against her.Mr. Bhat was an ‘elder’ of an illicit caste panchayat of the Kanjarbhat community and was notorious for his complicity in several social boycott cases.last_img read more

London Olympics: Men’s archery team knocked out

first_imgThe Indian men’s archery team was knocked out of the Olympic Games after losing to Japan in a tense pre-quarterfinal shoot-off at the Lord’s Cricket Ground on Saturday.The trio of Jayanta Talukdar, Rahul Banerjee and Tarundeep Rai, who had qualified bottom of the heap at 12th in the rankings round on Friday, were tied with their Japanese rivals at 214 after the regulation four rounds.But the threesome of Yu Ishizu, Hideki Kikuchi and Takaharu Furukawa edged the Indians 29-27 in the shoot-off in which each the archers shoot alternatively.The Indians would be much disappointed as they were leading by two points in regulation play before the Japanese equalised to force a tie-breaker.The three will now be seen in action in the individual eliminations rounds that will commence on Monday.All eyes will next be on the women’s team which will compete in the Eliminator on Sunday against Denmark. The women’s team was ranked ninth after preliminary round on Friday.last_img read more

PBA: Hotshots torch Gin Kings, force decider

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ian Sangalang scored 21 points while Mark Barroca and Jio Jalalon made up for their lackluster showing in Game 1 to tally 17 and 13, respectively.“The most important thing here was our mind-set: That we needed to go all out,” Magnolia coach Chito Victolero told reporters. “This is what exactly we had hoped for. A chance to compete.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThird-ranked Barangay Ginebra drew much of its production from Sol Mercado, who scored 13 points. But he was the lone cager to churn out 10 or more for a team that played catchup from the get-go.Magnolia will try to ride on the momentum and dispose of their Manila Clasico rival this Wednesday at the same venue. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Caloy Garcia, Rain or Shine ready for any team in semis “I like [our chances],” Victolero said. “With the same level of effort and desire, I think we’ll have a chance.”The scores:Magnolia 106 – Sangalang 21, Herndon 18, Jalalon 17, Barroca 13, Lee 13, Dela Rosa 11, Ramos 6, Abundo 3, Reavis 2, Brondial 2, Gamalinda 0, Melton 0, Pascual 0.Ginebra 77 – Mercado 13, Thompson 8, Ferrer 8, Dela Cruz 7, Caperal 6, Teodoro 6, Tenorio 5, Aguilar J. 5, Slaughter 5, Chan 4, Devance 4, Mariano 2.Quarters: 25-18, 51-38, 81-54, 106-77.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Magnolia came out with a lot of zest and quelled everything Barangay Ginebra threw their way in a 106-77 victory to level the playing field of their best-of-three PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinal series Monday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.The Hotshots made use of a blistering 11-0 start to keep the crowd darlings at the backseat early on. They kept on adding to the lead, widening the gap to as many as 31 points late in the game.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READlast_img read more

Cherry Rondina, UST dominate Ateneo in Game 1, near UAAP title

first_img1st or 2nd Best Middle Blocker ‘doesn’t matter’ for Oliver Almadro, title-seeking Ateneo LATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas continued its spirited run and took Game 1 of the finals against Ateneo, 25-17, 25-16, 25-20, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman hold final press conference ahead of bout PLAY LIST 03:16Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman hold final press conference ahead of bout00:50Trending Articles01:46Pacquiao ready to go with week left before Thurman fight02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting There was a brief moment in the third set when Ateneo tried to out up a fight with Kat Tolentino cutting the Lady Eagles’ deficit to one, 21-20, but what followed was an error from rookie teammate Erika Raagas giving UST the 22-20 buffer.That error proved costly for the Lady Eagles as Rondina absolutely pounced on Ateneo’s shell-shocked defense.Rondina scored on two straight points in domineering fashion with the 24-20 match point coming off an improbable off-balanced kill.UST head coach Kung Fu Reyes said one major part of their free flowing offense was a more relaxed Rondina.Unlike in Season 80 when Rondina practically carried UST on her back, Season 81 proved to be a totally different playing field.ADVERTISEMENT The Golden Tigresses need one more win to earn their first championship in nine years after they won the title back in 2010.UST’s win also broke its 15-game losing streak to Ateneo that stretched back to 2012.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsCherry Rondina showed her MVP pedigree with 23 points to lead the Golden Tigresses while Rookie of the Year Eya Laure added 11 points.With Rondina firing on all cylinders, the Lady Eagles failed to counter with their offense as they tallied just 24 attack points to the Golden Tigresses’ 46. “The burden that Sisi’s felt this year wasn’t that heavy as last year when we really pushed her to the limit,” said Reyes in Filipino. “This time we don’t have to get everything from her because there are people who can how help her and let her play her own game.”Rondina willed UST in Season 80 becoming the league’s Best Scorer with 296 total points but received little help from her teammates with that year’s top rookie Milena Alessandrini missing much of the tournament because of injury.“Sisi has a much better aura now compared to before because back then she’s not allowed to make a mistake, but this time she has a room for errors but she answers with even more points,” said Reyes.UST’s offense, however, wasn’t its only strong suit with rookie libero Janel Delerio delivering big time in the defensive end.Ateneo tallied just one service ace, while UST had 10, and it was thanks to Delerio’s near impenetrable ground game as she finished with 12 excellent digs and seven successful receptions.Kat Tolentino led Ateneo with 12 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Anti-doping officials call IOC declaration insufficient

first_imgThe umbrella organisation representing national anti-doping agencies (iNADO) has complained about “troubling omissions” in the IOC’s latest proposal to catch and sanction cheating athletes.INADO said the declaration produced by the IOC after a meeting of world sports leaders on Saturday had failed to directly mention the issue of state-sponsored doping in Russia or condemn cyber attacks by the so-called Fancy Bears group.The IOC promised more power and funding to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), following the meeting held behind closed doors in Lausanne. (Russian doping controversy: Is the Cold War back?)It proposed that testing of athletes should be carried out by a new agency within the WADA framework, while sanctions would be decided by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). WADA itself must now decide whether to approve and implement the measures.INADO, which represents the national anti-doping agencies of 59 countries, said that the IOC’s five-page declaration included some “constructive principles” but these had been overshadowed by the failings.”The IOC’s track record since the release of the McLaren Report has only confounded the global anti-doping system,” said iNADO’s chief executive Joseph de Pencier.”With this latest declaration, the IOC only comes part way to restoring its credibility for the clean athletes of the world.” (Russia stripped of two Beijing Olympic medals for doping)The McLaren report was one of two commissioned by WADA in the last year which revealed widespread state-sponsored doping in Russian sport.”There is nothing explicit about state-sponsored doping in Russia, or about the moral responsibility of the IOC to push Russian sport and sport leaders to necessary cultural change in that country for genuinely protecting clean sport,” said iNADO.advertisementThere was also “nothing acknowledging the findings of the McLaren report as demonstrable facts and not mere allegations,” it added.It also said that there was “nothing deploring the Fancy Bear cyber-attacks (which, of course, started against the IOC’s Rio ADAMS account and not against WADA) and the illegal abuse of the privacy of clean athletes.”The private medical data of more than 100 athletes have been published by the hackers. (Cyber hackers publish medical data for Mo Farah, Rafael Nadal and Justin Rose)INADO also expressed doubts about the proposal for testing to be carried out within the WADA framework. “It would be a clear conflict of interest for WADA to do so and then regulate its own operations,” it said.However, it welcomed proposals to make anti-doping more independent, improve support for whistleblowers and standardise testing.”The IOC has taken some steps in the right direction but other steps are needed urgently,” it said.”If, as expected, the second report from Professor Richard McLaren details considerably more conclusive evidence of the corruption of Russian anti-doping, then it will be even clearer that the IOC has much more to do to protect clean athletes.”last_img read more

Opium not a substitute for chemical drugs: Punjab sports minister

first_imgChandigarh, Oct 4 (PTI) Punjab Sports Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi said Thursday that opium was not a substitute for chemical drugs and wondered why people were asking for legalizing its cultivation.”Opium does not work in sports… Youngsters may go for a glass of beer but they do not take opium. I do not know why people are asking for growing opium,” Sodhi said.He said, “Opium is not substitute of chemical drugs or ‘chitta’.””Opium does not work in sports,” he said.  Sodhi was asked to respond on a question that Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has reportedly supported suspended AAP lawmaker from Patiala Dharamvira Gandhi’s demand for legalising cultivation of opium and poppy husk in Punjab.”If somebody has given his opinion, it may be his personal thought,” said Sodhi.When Sidhu was asked to respond on a question of opium cultivation Thursday, he declined to comment.Gandhi, a practising doctor, has been pitching for legalization of poppy and opium cultivation.Sidhu had reportedly said Gandhi was talking sense. PTI CHS VSD ABHABHlast_img read more

Sharjeel Khan accepts all spot-fixing charges in bid to make early comeback

first_imgPakistan’s banned Test batsman Sharjeel Khan has accepted all five charges imposed on him by the Anti-Corruption Tribunal of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) as he targets an early comeback to domestic cricket.Khan is serving a five-year ban, half of which is suspended, for his role in spot-fixing scandal during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in February, 2017.Khan’s lawyer Shaighan Ejaz confirmed that his client has filed an application with the PCB chairman to allow him to play domestic cricket before his ban expires at end of August this year.”Sharjeel has in his application accepted the ban imposed on him by the tribunal which means that he has accepted the five charges that were laid out against him under the anti-corruption code,” Ejaz said.”We have asked the PCB chairman to allow Sharjeel to resume playing club and domestic cricket before his ban ends in August. The Chairman has to get approval of the Board of Governors to allow this under a clause of the anti-corruption code,” the lawyer said.Ejaz said that in his application, Khan, 29, admitted to his mistakes. He was accused of breaching five clauses of the anti-corruption code. He has played one Test, 25 ODIs and 15 T20 internationals for Pakistan.One of the more serious charges against Khan is that he had met with a suspected bookmaker and agreed to spot-fixing with him during the first match of the second PSL.The same suspected bookie, Yousuf Anwar has now been charged by the National Crime Agency of the United Kingdom for bribery and corruption and is facing trial in a magistrate’s court.advertisementThe UK Crime Agency has also charged Pakistan’s discarded Test opener, Nasir Jamshed, who resides in the UK.Jamshed was named a key suspect in the PSL spot-fixing scandal last year and is suspected of having introduced Sharjeel, Khalid Latif and other players of the Pakistan team to Yousuf and other bookies.The UK agency is investigating spot-fixing and bribery by the trio in T20 leagues held by the Bangladesh and Pakistan cricket boards.Also Read | Inzamam-ul-Haq could double up as Pakistan’s batting coach ahead of World CupAlso Read | Sarfraz Ahmed personally apologises to Phehlukwayo for racist commentslast_img read more

Scott Quigg and boxing’s growing problem of failing to make the weight

first_img Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Scott Quigg might one day be a world featherweight champion although, whatever he weighs, he would struggle to beat Óscar Valdez, who got the better of him in Los Angeles on Saturday.The Mexican proved he was a cut above the challenger in class, and on the mark on the scales, when he outboxed Quigg over 12 bloody rounds to keep his WBO title for the fourth time, although the man from Bury gave his best. He broke his own nose and his opponent’s jaw. That’s a proper tear-up.What Quigg didn’t give was a universally accepted reason for failing to make weight. He’d fractured a foot four weeks earlier and was still 3lb over the 9st limit on Thursday. “It just wouldn’t shift,” he said, apologetic and embarrassed at coming in 2lb 8oz too big.Some – including his promoter, Eddie Hearn – had no problem with his excuse. Others were less impressed, including the combative American reporter who pressed Hearn on why Quigg then refused to submit to an on-the-day weight check. When they got in the ring, Quigg outweighed the champion by 7lb, although he could not bring the advantage to bear – so justice was done. Valdez, unsurprisingly, did not complain in victory, and praised Quigg as “a mighty warrior”. There have been many other offenders, most of whom protest they could not understand why they came in heavy. There is one obvious reason: they are not disciplined enough to stay comfortably at their natural weight.Gervonta Davis, an unbeaten young fighter who enjoys the patronage of Floyd Mayweather Jr, was stripped of his IBF featherweight title the day before he fought Francisco Fonseca on the undercard of Floyd’s rich, public workout against Conor McGregor – because he could not make 130lb. His excuse? “I’m young. I’m growing.”And getting paid good money to make the most of his talent, is the obvious reply.In October last year, Katie Taylor’s opponent, Anahi Sanchez, failed to qualify in two visits to the scales for the defence of her world lightweight title. Bye, bye belt.Fighters generally fall into two categories when it comes to watching the scales: the lucky ones whose genetics keep them near the limit with light-to-moderate daily workouts ahead of their more intense preparations, and those who can’t resist the understandable option of relaxing in the long months between fights. Jim McDonnell, one of the sport’s best as a boxer and trainer, was so concerned about his weight he travelled with scales even when he had no fight scheduled.Carl Froch and Mayweather (despite his aberration in missing the target for his welterweight fight against Juan Manuel Márquez in 2009) are exemplars of getting it right, of ignoring temptation. Ricky Hatton and Kell Brook are not – although the latter seems to have learned his lesson, and looked perfect when he moved up to light-middleweight for his comeback two weekends ago.Losing belts and credibility is the least of it. When UFC middleweight Uriah Hall pulled out of a fight against Vitor Belfort in January, he shocked followers when he explained why in an Instagram post from his hospital bed.“For the record I did make weight, I just failed to make it to the scale,” he said. Injuries interrupted his training, apparently, and he suffered horrendously in trying to compensate with extra effort.“I was in and out of it,” he said. “I was conscious, but I was unconscious. I knew what was happening, but I was fighting over it. I was punching. I think I had a mini-seizure and at the same time a slight heart attack. My kidneys were just not good.”This is a growing problem, in more ways than one. Share via Email Reuse this content Read more Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Boxingcenter_img blogposts Nevertheless, Valdez was too quick of hand and foot for Quigg, who started slowly, came to life in the middle rounds and was unable to hunt his man down in a tight finish. Valdez, a double Olympian by 21 and now unbeaten in 24 professional fights, is an impressive champion. Quigg can come again – if he gets his preparation right.Quigg is a dedicated professional and always has made weight, but he got it wrong after switching from Joe Gallagher’s camp to Freddie Roach’s celebrity-packed Wild Card gym in Los Angeles, and that might be no coincidence. Did he get the attention he needed?While it was on schedule for Quigg to be just a few pounds over the week of the fight, he should have calculated the rate of weight loss better than he did. If the foot injury stopped Quigg’s engine from ticking over efficiently in roadwork, fighter and trainer should have adapted his diet, or found alternative exercises to control the reduction.When Amir Khan was with Roach, he operated on a high-octane regime of 7,000-plus calories a day, which required him to work that much harder to stay within range of the fight-night limit. Some fighters like that; others find it draining. Quigg, it seems, was caught out because his usual routine was interrupted. That’s where the trainer and nutritionist come into their own.Whatever the validity of Quigg’s excuse, this is a problem that has plagued boxing in recent years. As it happens, Quigg was also drained of the incentive to win the belt because it was now not on the line. He was boxing for pride, a reduced purse and the chance to impress his American audience.In April last year, Liam ‘Beefy’ Smith couldn’t get down to 154lb for his vacant interim title bout against Liam Williams in Manchester. Smith won – and didn’t win the belt. And the fight was only happening because Canelo Álvarez, who stopped Smith the previous September, gave up the world title to fight Julio César Chávez Jr in a non-title catchweight contest at, weirdly, 164lb. He won, easily, against an opponent known for not fulfilling his weight-making obligations. 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Alabama Star Caught Throwing Multiple Punches In Tonight’s Game

first_imgalabama player caught punching an opponentAn Alabama football star was caught by ESPN’s cameras throwing multiple punches at a Missouri lineman while he was on the ground after a play. Somehow, the Crimson Tide standout wasn’t ejected.Raekwon Davis, a junior All-SEC defensive lineman for Nick Saban’s team, was penalized for some after-the-play misconduct.Raekwon Davis just gave a three-body-punch combination to a Missouri offensive lineman who was sitting on the ground.— Creg Stephenson (@CregStephenson) October 14, 2018ESPN’s replays showed the lineman throwing punches at the Missouri player.Check it out:Raekwon Davis throwing a few blows. #Bama #RollTide#Mizzou #MIZZvsBAMA pic.twitter.com/0ztcSdlfcs— Kyle Walker (@MrKyleWalker) October 14, 2018That…seems like something that should result in an ejection.While this did not earn Davis an ejection tonight, it’s probably something that the SEC will look at during the week. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the league punish Davis for what he was caught doing on video here.Alabama currently leads Missouri, 39-10. The game is on ESPN.last_img read more

Classic Recreations Can Now Customize Boss and Mach 1 Mustang Models

first_img 1 of 3 Mach 1 The Fine Art of Restoring a 1974 Range Rover Classic Escape the City and the Roads with the 2020 Subaru Outback Previous The build process starts with a donor 1969 or 1970 Mustang, supplied either by the customer or purchased new from CR (and licensed by Ford). From there, Classic Recreations adds a Ford Performance crate motor with updated valvetrains and current engine control unit (ECU) systems. The suspension, brakes, tires, transmission, and all other performance bits are upgraded to give these cars modern driving dynamics. Finally, buyers looking for specific options are encouraged to customize however they please. Styling mirrors the original cars, right down to the factory color options.The Boss 302 and Mach 1 Mustangs (which start at $169,000) are both powered by a 5.0-liter Coyote V8 good for 435hp, but CR will upgrade it to 507-hp for an additional charge. Other engines are available, including an EcoBoost four-cylinder or 428 Cobra Jet. The engine is mated to either a Tremec five-speed manual or four-speed automatic. Other enhancements include a coilover suspension, slotted-and-cross-drilled Wilwood 4-piston brakes, 17-inch American Racing wheels, Z-Rated tires, and a roll bar.Next up is the Boss 429 (starting at $209,000), which is powered by a 514 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection. CR connects a Tremec five-speed (or automatic) and 9.0-inch rear end with 3.50 gears. Wilwood six-piston brakes improve stopping power over the Boss 302. Classic Recreations also offers a Pro Touring Track Pack ($25K) that adds a Detroit Speed suspension, subframe connectors, and mini tubs, as well as JRI shocks, a roll cage, 18-inch Forgeline wheels, and BFGoodrich Rival rubber. Passengers are treated to high-back Scat Elite seats, five-point belts, air conditioning, and a JVC CD player. Navigation and other audio upgrades are available.For now, we’ll have to make do with these renderings, but come November, the real deal Mustang mobiles will be on public display. Guess we’re going to SEMA! Boss 429 Next center_img Editors’ Recommendations 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Boss 302 A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing This 1949 Barn Find Coupe Was Resurrected As a 638-Horsepower Hellraiser We’ve had our eye on Classic Recreations for a while now, and boy are we glad we’ve been paying attention. In addition to the unique Shelby Mustang projects (like the Burple GT500 and Shelby GT500CR 900S) Classic Recreations has churned out for years, the specialty automaker is now licensed to customize Boss and Mach 1 builds.The latest projects will include the Boss 429, Boss 302, and Mach 1 Mustangs from 1969 and 1970. The first model, a Boss 429, will be displayed at the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas this November. Classic Recreations is the only company licensed by Ford to build Classic Mustangs, making them distinct in the modified market.last_img read more

Shop the Hottest Men’s Thermal Shirts Before It’s Too Cold

first_img How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall Editors’ Recommendations The Best Men’s Chukka Boots for 2019 The New Alex Mill Collection Is Packed With Your Fall Style Essentials You Definitely Need a Shirt Jacket for Fall You’ll know it’s well and truly winter when you step outside with just a T-shirt and jacket and the cold cuts through you so severely you wish you were wearing a thicker layer — and that’s when our picks for the best men’s thermal shirts come into play. Beloved for their warmth, functionality, and casual style, the thermal shirt is the latest menswear staple to get time in the spotlight. The best men’s thermal shirts feature updated fits, cozy fabrics, and the sort of cool appeal that puts ‘em right at home underneath a navy flannel blazer or a rugged waxed chore coat. What’s more, thermal shirts are the perfect basic to throw on during a weekend at home, lounging, binging television, and prepping for your holiday shopping. Lands’ End Thermal Waffle Henley – $32Turn to a brand that’s as trusted as they come when you get down to buying rugged, casual, and timeless basics. The cozy Thermal Waffle Henley here is a surprisingly stylish upgrade from the Lands’ End thermal your dad might have worn back in the day.Shop NowGAP Long-Sleeve Thermal Henley – $35Turn to a reliable, all-American brand like GAP to come through in the clutch with a reasonably priced, ready-to-layer thermal shirt that adds rugged appeal underneath your favorite plaid or chambray shirt.Shop NowOld Navy Soft-Washed Thermal Knit Crewneck – $20Yes, that’s right, just $20 for a comfortable, casual thermal available in a range of colors. Try wearing the mauve on down colorway underneath a tan herringbone blazer with dark blue denim and tan wingtip boots to a holiday party. It’s laid-back but seriously cool.Shop NowGrayers Campesina Thermal Henley – $48There are plenty of variables that separate a good thermal shirt from a great thermal shirt. In the case of Grayers, those points of differentiation revolve around excellent fabric and a classic, not-too-tight fit. The Campesina Thermal Henley also happens to be … yes, you guessed it … a henley in addition to a thermal shirt. Double points, in our book.Shop NowBuck Mason Vintage Thermal Surplus Tee – $62From beautiful leather jackets to simply excellent everyday denim, Buck Mason continually impresses us by blending the best of the past and the present. That’s the case with this handsome Vintage Thermal Surplus Tee, the kind of thermal to wear underneath a sharp flannel as you enjoy a steaming mug of coffee on your log cabin porch. Too idyllic for you? Hey, it’s up to you to make it happen.Shop NowNow that your thermal shirts have been chosen, it’s time to take a look down south with the best options for thermal underwear this winter. You Need One (Or More) of the Best Men’s Henley Shirts in Your Wardrobelast_img read more

Jamaica’s Earthquake and Tsunami Readiness to be Explored

first_imgJamaica’s vulnerability to earthquakes and tsunamis will take centre stage at a symposium to be held at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel as part of Earthquake Awareness Week 2013 activities. The conference, which will be held on Thursday, January 24, will explore the country’s response and preparedness mechanisms. The event, which will be held as part of activities to mark Earthquake Awareness Week 2013, is being staged by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) for its stakeholders and partners. It will involve discussions about the country’s Tsunami protocol, as well as the sharing of findings about the country’s vulnerability to earthquakes. Earthquake Awareness Week, which is being observed from January 20 to 26 under the theme: ‘7.8 Wi ready…Yuh Ready?’ will commence on Sunday (January 20) with activities focused on churches across the island. A message is to be read at services and congregants are also to be sensitised about the hazard of earthquakes. On Monday (January 21), activities will focus on families, encouraging them to prepare family emergency kits and communication plans. The activities will be held under the theme: ‘Earthquake Ready Families: Earthquake safe Communities”. The following day, Tuesday (January 22), the focus will shift to schools with an island-wide “shake down” encouraging all schools to conduct earthquake drills at a convenient time throughout the day. The business community, on Wednesday (January 23), is being encouraged to hold lunch time sensitisation sessions or drills under the theme: ‘Protect your business and employees’. An earthquake awareness seminar will be staged for the media on Friday (January 25); while a community sensitisation session and awareness desk in Montego Bay, will close the week. Director General of ODPEM, Ronald Jackson, speaking at a recent press conference to launch the week of activities, at the agency’s headquarters in Kingston, informed of other initiatives for the period, including the production of three earthquake public service announcements (PSAs). These are to be voiced by ‘Earthquake Ambassadors’, artiste, Alaine; TV personality and actor, Christopher “Johnny” Daley; and dub poetry group, Nomaddz. “We will also be utilising the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus and our own ODPEM bus for advertising with an earthquake ad that will be on buses beginning January 20 and run for a period of six months,” Mr. Jackson said.last_img read more

Bremerhaven Looking For Offshore Terminal Operator

first_img My location zoom The Federal Land of Bremen, Germany,  has initiated the tender procedure to find an operator for the Offshore Terminal Bremerhaven (OTB).A Europe-wide competitive tender has to be conducted before the contract can be awarded to the operator. The contract will take the form of a service concession and, according to the current plans, will be awarded in Q4 2015.Each bidder and each member of a bidding consortium will be obliged to furnish proof of its economic and financial efficiency. This also includes its technical capabilities. They are obliged to present reference projects from the preceding three financial years which are similar to the operation of OTB (terminal operation, on-shore transhipment and/or logistics services for wind farm components or heavy-lift goods). Candidates also have to submit a rough concept for the operation of OTB and its integration in Bremerhaven’s wind energy cluster.A separate tender has to be conducted for the construction of the OTB infrastructure. Assuming that both tenders and the planning approval procedures all go off smoothly, the new terminal facility can be inaugurated in 2018.The OTB is to be operated all year round. The quay on the right bank of the Weser in the south of Bremerhaven will be approximately 500 metres long and have two to three berths for jack-up vessels. The OTB will have a gross operating area of around 25 hectares and the heavy-lift area on the quay will have a depth of around 35 metres.Once the infrastructure for the loading facility has been completed, it will be handed over to the operator, who is then responsible for the construction or procurement of the required suprastructure. Operation of the OTB will be at the operator’s own expense and risk. The operator will be obliged to pay a fee to the Federal Land of Bremen for use of the Offshore Terminal. The operating contract is expected to have a term of 30 years.The planned facility will have an annual handling capacity of up to 160 wind turbines and foundation elements. Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Press Releaselast_img read more

Equitable Group earnings hit by funding done to address Canadian banks liquidity

TORONTO — Equitable Group Inc. says earnings were up in the third quarter but profit growth was tempered by the need to shore up liquidity through funding facilities from Canada’s major banks.The company says net income came in at $37.9 million or $2.21 per diluted share for the quarter ending Sept. 30, up from $35.2 million or $2.16 per share for the same period last year.Equitable says earnings were, however, reduced by $0.42 per share in the quarter because of actions it took in the second quarter to address liquidity issues.What the new mortgage rules mean for the lending marketShares of alternative mortgage lenders dip as investors digest latest efforts to cool frothy housing marketThe company says those actions included securing a two-year, $2-billion funding facility from Canada’s six largest banks, and insuring and securitizing an $892-million portfolio of existing residential mortgages to protect itself during what it says was a period of funding market volatility.Equitable says deposit principal was $10.5 billion at the end of the quarter, up 14 per cent from a year earlier and up five per cent from the end of June.The company says it is Canada’s ninth largest independent schedule I bank, running branchless operations including its EQ Bank digital banking arm which provides services to more than 43,000 Canadians. read more

Threat of famine looms over millions of Ethiopians UN food agency warns

Warning that the threat of famine looms over millions of people in Ethiopia, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today voiced concern that donors have not provided enough resources to enable the agency to respond to the crisis. Severe food shortages are already expected in January unless pledges quickly materialize, according to WFP, which needs $80 million worth of food for next month alone.With drought affecting many regions of Ethiopia, the number of people needing food aid is expected is expected to rise sharply from the current 6 million to between 10 million and 14 million people in 2003. “Donor contributions have covered the most acute needs over recent months, but by early next year the number of drought-affected Ethiopians will rise dramatically – the food aid pledges received so far are nowhere near enough,” said Georgia Shaver, WFP Representative in Ethiopia.She warned that in the worst-case scenario, up to 14 million people will require of around2 million tons of food aid, costing $700 million. “If donors respond quickly, we can still help avoid immense human suffering in Ethiopia,” she said. read more

Plaxico Burress Wants Carolina Panthers They Dont Want Him

Plaxico Burress is not hearing good news from Carolina.Free agent receiver Plaxico Burress repeated today that he would like to sign with the Carolina Panthers and become a target of quarterback Cam Newton. But, according to a published report, the Panthers will not sign him.An unnamed team official told the Charlotte Observer that the Panthers aren’t interested in signing the former New York Jets, Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers receiver.Burress said in a radio interview with WFNZ in Charlotte on Monday that, “no doubt about it,” he wants to play for the Panthers next season but acknowledged he hasn’t received a call from the team.Burress, in an on-set interview with “ESPN First Take” in Miami on Thursday, again said he hadn’t talked with the Panthers but added that he’s been in contact with Newton. He said Carolina is “just a great fit” for him.“I’ve talked to Cam Newton several times,” Burress said. “I really like him as a quarterback.”Burress, in his earlier interview with WFNZ, cited that his brother and cousin live in Charlotte and other family members live in Columbia, S.C., as some of the main reasons he’d like to play for the Panthers.Burress returned to the NFL last season after missing two seasons because of a prison sentence for accidentally shooting himself in the leg at a nightclub.He signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Jets. The New York Post, citing an unnamed league source, reported that some teams feel Burress was overpaid by the Jets and that he will have to agree to an incentive-laden contract to find a team to play for next season. read more

ANDRITZs AI mineral processing concept named DisruptMining 2019 winner

first_imgANDRITZ, and its artificial intelligence-backed mineral processing facility operation concept, has been named #DisruptMining 2019 winner at the event in Toronto, Canada.The company was one of three finalists selected to pitch to a panel of judges at the live finale, which took place last night.ANDRITZ, which is a leading supplier of machines and automation solutions worldwide, has developed a unique and continuous way of training artificial intelligence to operate a mineral processing facility using ANDRITZ’s digital twin, Goldcorp, which hosts the event on the sidelines of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s annual gathering, said.“The AI is trained to respond to a variety of situations, making it capable of adapting to changing inputs and improving upset recovery time,” Goldcorp said. The trained AI’s ability to quickly process information and recommend data-driven solutions will allow for the improvement of the operation, such as start-up and shutdown, and assist operators to achieve plant-wide optimisation, the company added.Todd White, Goldcorp Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Operations, previously said: “#DisruptMining continues to represent the best of innovation in the mining industry. These finalists demonstrate break-through thinking and help build digital momentum in mining. The industry needs to help accelerate the development of these kinds of technologies.”ANDRITZ beat off stiff competition from Anaconda Mining, which has developed a two-stage drilling method to enable economic mining of narrow-vein deposits, and Voith Turbo, a division of Voith GmbH & Co KGaA, whose Internet of Things application, BeltGenius, creates a digital twin of belt conveyors providing real-time insight into the behaviour of the operation.last_img read more

Happy hump day literally from David Bowie

first_img“HAPPY HUMP DAY PHIL” says David Bowie in the opening seconds of his new video, released online yesterday.The short film to accompany The Stars (Are Out Tonight) stars Tilda Swinton and was directed by Floria Sigismondi – who also directed the videos for Little Wonder and Dead Man Walking, and sees Swinton and Bowie as a couple tormented by celebrities.(The second half is fairly NSFW and kind of terrifying by the way)YouTube/DavidBowieVEVOCan’t see the video? Click here and enjoy some BowieBowie’s new album The Next Day is due for release in March and his first single Where Are We Now? came out in January to celebrate his 66th birthday.Will new Bowie Album “knock Taylor feckin Swift off the top of the charts”?Happy 60th Birthday Michael Bolton… here’s to the best thing you’ve ever done> 9 reasons why we’ll do anything for Meat Loaf, but we won’t do that>last_img read more

Opinion We are never alone even on our worst days

first_imgTeen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634 (for ages 13 to 19) THERE HAS BEEN so much written and posted about depression and mental health lately, I have decided that one more can do nothing worse than help.I’m 20 years old and I’m currently studying primary school teaching. I was never really diagnosed with having depression. It was the end of my second year in college when I was convinced by a friend to go talk to a counsellor. After the summer, it took me until Christmas to build up the courage to go meet with the counsellor again.After talking with her, I decided I would try taking medication to help boost my progress and my mood. After three different types and a few months, I finally found one that started to help. The only problem was that, by then, I was home from college again and had no counsellor.Lonely and homesickBeing at home helped. I was back with my family, in a place where I felt at home, rather than spending my weeks in Dublin feeing homesick and counting the hours until I got back. This is where my depression stems from, I get consumed with this overwhelming feeling of loneliness and isolation. I sit there, letting myself spiral down, counting the reasons for why I’m so alone and why I have no friends. Inevitably, this ends with me blaming myself for being so alone, believing there has to be something wrong with me.I would definitely class myself as someone with no close friends, I know a lot of people, but when would I ever get invited to anything? I’m just forgotten about, ignored.In a way, some of that is true. I spent so long staying in at home, making excuses, not meeting up with people, letting my depression win, that eventually people did give up because I was never around. Trying to get myself back out there into a world full of socialising and ‘other people’ is one of the hardest things I’m trying to do right now.I decided to do something about itAfter a particularly bad weekend I decided I was going to do something about all this, so I signed up for Aware’s Online Life Skills Programme. I would now recommend this to everyone. It’s tough, but it’s helped me to realise how much all those negative thoughts I have aren’t true but had started to take over my life. During a recent college assignment I realised that I had been feeling alone and showing all the signs of depression since the beginning of secondary school. It’s the thoughts that have been there since then, for so long, unaddressed and unchallenged, that are the hardest to tackle.I’m far from being fixed or cured or whatever people want to call it, and I doubt such a state exists, but I am learning. I’m beginning to understand myself, to accept that it’s OK to feel sad, to feel angry, to feel scared. Nobody is happy all the time and there is no point in trying to achieve perpetual happiness, it simply doesn’t exist.There are many people out there who have it worse than me. This used to make me feel guilty, that I had no reason to be sad. Now, I know I’m lucky. I have a good friend who pointed me in the right direction and is a continued source of inspiration, a boyfriend who has never given up on me, no matter how difficult I can be, and my family who are always there at the end of a tough day.I’m lucky. Lots of people don’t have these supports, or don’t realise that they’re sitting there right under their noses, waiting to help them if they need it. There is always someone there waiting to listen, it might be hard and it might take a while to build up the confidence to talk – but do it!We are never alone, even on our worst daysEven if only one person who reads this feels like they’ve finally found someone who understands, then I know I’ll have helped. If not, at least I’ve given depression and mental health another moment in the spotlight. Hopefully, eventually, it will have a constant fixture in our lives and our conversations.So I will leave you with this: We are never alone, even on our worst days. Never give up fighting those dark days and do not let them win. They won’t disappear but eventually, the good days will take over and, for me, that’s definitely something worth fighting for.Amy Rea is a 20-year-old student living in Wexford and studying to become a primary school teacher through Hibernia College.May 2014 is Green Ribbon Month, working to reduce stigma around mental health issues.Helplines: Console 1800 201 890 – (suicide prevention, self-harm, bereavement) Aware 1890 303 302 (depression, anxiety) Pieta House 01 601 0000 or email mary@pieta.ie – (suicide, self-harm, bereavement)center_img Samaritans 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org Childline 1800 66 66 66 (for under 18s) Read: HSE admits 54 child mental health vacancies are still not filledlast_img read more

Column The social welfare system is in a state of flux –

first_imgA STRIKING FEATURE at the recent Annual Delegate Conference of the Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed (INOU) was a strong sense amongst delegates that local social welfare services are deteriorating. Concerns were raised at an increasing focus within the system on processing numbers rather than providing a good service to unemployed people. Delegates noted that in their area there is a real sense of fear amongst unemployed people of engaging with the system and that unemployed people are not being listened to when they do engage.One delegated noted that a person has the “Right to have a say in your own life and be heard”; another “That you are an ‘expert’ on ‘you’”; while others urged “the need for encouragement not coercion”.A state of fluxThe system is in a state of flux. Over the past year-and-a-half the Department of Social Protection (DSP) has absorbed FAS Employment and Community Services and the Supplementary Welfare Allowance system previously administered on the Department’s behalf by the Health Service Executive. DSP has started to roll-out a new integrated service called Intreo which brings together employment and entitlement services into a ‘one-stop-shop’. However, this service is not yet nationwide.In the meantime many unemployed people struggle with accessing the correct information on what they are or aren’t entitled to; what education and training courses are or aren’t available to them; what supports are or aren’t available to them to take-up work. These issues are compounded by misinformation and misdirection within the system.Unemployed people and groups working with them are not alone in raising these issues. For example, in the recent evaluation of the JobBridge programme by Indecon one the issues raised by employers was people applying to participate in JobBridge when they were not actually eligible to participate in it. Incorrect or misleading information may be inconvenient for employers, however it can be demoralising for people seeking to address their unemployment when their pathway back to work appears to be blocked.SolutionsA perennial issue is the dissemination of good quality information. New initiatives are announced at the national level but it appears to be a very hit and miss affair – if the staff who need to know about such announcements are indeed aware of them. This issue must be addressed in a systematic way.Basically, the key contact points between unemployed people and the system must be so designed that they are key information points as well eg the local Social Welfare Office and the local Post Office. The development and maintenance of such points is not without its costs, however misinformation is also costly. Investing now in good information systems will provide better value for money in the longer term.Information and communications technology clearly have a role to play. However, unemployed people and local groups working on unemployment and other issues have noted that face-to-face contact is also critical to address any issues arising in a timely fashion. A useful alternative tool can be the provision of dedicated phone line supports: this can be particularly important when processes become automated or centralised. However, such tools must be staffed properly and answered promptly.A ‘lose-lose’ scenarioThe increasing focus on activation could be positive if it is undertaken in a constructive manner and has at its core a strong commitment to providing the very best service to unemployed people and others of working age. However, at present the focus appears to be on cutting people for not engaging even if such engagement is meaningless, ie sending people on courses they are already qualified in; sending people on employment programmes that bear no relationship at all to their work or other experience or will improve their prospects of getting a decent job.It is in no-one’s interest to create a ‘lose-lose’ scenario and Ireland is in danger of so doing: it is imperative that Ireland strives for a ‘win-win’ scenario. To achieve this frontline staff must be trained and supported to provide a first class service. Such training and supports will become even more important as reforms kick-in not only within social protection services but also within training and education provision as SOLAS is established and the new local Education and Training Boards come on stream.The system’s goal must be to support unemployed people to make informed choices that will improve their prospects of securing employment.Bríd O’Brien is Head of Policy and Media with the Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed (INOU).last_img read more