Californias legal cannabis marketplace By the numbers

first_imgLOS ANGELES — After one year of broad legal sales, California’s marijuana marketplace remains in transition, as companies adapt to new rules and illegal operators continue to flourish. A snapshot of the emerging legal economy:— Estimated 2018 sales at licensed dispensaries and delivery services: $2.5 billion.— Breakdown of sales at dispensaries, by category: buds, 39 per cent; concentrates, 33 per cent; edibles, 16 per cent; pre-rolled, 8 per cent; topicals, 2 per cent; accessories, 2 per cent.— Number of cultivation licenses: 4,795— Number of retail storefronts: 531— Distributors: 996— Testing labs: 52___Sources: BDS Analytics; California Bureau of Cannabis Control; California Department of Food and AgricultureThe Associated Presslast_img read more

4 GNLF supporters held for gatecrashing govt building

first_imgDarjeeling: Four persons arrested in connection with illegally entering a government building were produced at a Darjeeling Court onThursday. One of the arrested has been remanded to police custody. The GNLF, BJP and GJM (Bimal faction) leaders and supporters had entered the old party office of the GJM in Singamari on the Lebong Cart Road and put up party flags in the building on Wednesday afternoon. In 2017, the district administration had taken over the building stating that it was government land that had been illegally occupied and converted into a party office. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe police initiated a suo moto case naming Niraj Zimba, the BJP candidate, Manoj Dewan, BJP president, BP Bajgai, GJM (Bimal) spokesperson and others for forcefully entering a government building, putting up flags and shouting slogans. Four persons namely— Govind Rai and Anand Gurung of Happy Valley Tea Estate along with Kiran Thapa and Sunil Gurung of Pragati were arrested. They have been charged under Sections 448, 186, 353, 379, 325, 189, 307 of the Indian Penal Code and under relevant sections of the Arms Act. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”In the FIR it has been stated that four civic volunteers were roughed up as the accused persons made forceful entry. One has sustained injury and is hospitalised. The police prayed for remand of the four for recovery of the arms. The Chief Judicial Magistrate, Darjeeling has remanded Govind Rai to 3 days of police custody. The other three have been sent to judicial custody” stated Pankaj Prasad, Assistant Public Prosecutor, Darjeeling. With Assembly By-polls in Darjeeling the political environment has turned fluid in the Hills. On Thursday Niraj Zimba the BJP candidate alleged that his vehicle was vandalized and he was attacked by GJM (Binoy faction) in Happy Valley Tea Estate while he was campaigning. He lodged an FIR naming Radin Gurung and Anil Rai. Radin Gurung in turn lodged a counter FIR stating that his bike was vandalized by the GNLF and BJP supporters.last_img read more

Morocco Ranks 62 in FIFA World rankings

Geneva – Morocco’s national football team has moved up two positions to 62nd according to the latest FIFA world rankings of internationals teams released on Thursday.Argentina holds on to top spot ahead of Belgium in the latest update to the FIFA World Rankings.Argentina is ahead of Belgium, with Colombia, Germany and Chile completing the top five. Morocco jumped two places in comparison to last month’s ranking.The July ranking will show major changes, as it will factor in Euro 2016, the Copa America Centenario and African Nations Cup qualifiers. read more

MarmiteGate How the internet reacted to the TescoUnilever price row

first_imgAnd questions were asked  As was the ‘black market’  Experts had their say  Clearly the #Marmite struggle is real for someone riding my train this morning! #Brexit #Marmitegate— Phill JD (@Digital_PhillJD) October 13, 2016 Here’s how the internet reacted I may have to go to a supermarket and photograph the Vegemite/Marmite/Promite section for my poor suffering UK comrades…..— Deth Invictus (@DethInvictus) October 13, 2016 Brexit was mentioned When you look in the back if the food cuoboard and find something you can sell in the black market and be rich #Marmitegate— Byron (@byronb1986) October 13, 2016 @tgoodmanh vegemite— Grace Dent (@gracedent) October 12, 2016 Marmite fans were worried  “Is that Australia? I need some unlabelled Vegemite quick. Will pay any price.” #Marmitegate— Zorro P Freely (@banalyst) October 13, 2016 Britons were urged not to make any rash decisions  I’ll start the bidding at £1,000.00… #MarmiteGate 😂— Michelle Carpenter (@MeeshWUFC) October 13, 2016 Will this impact on twiglets as well? #marmitegate— Geraldine Graham (@GeraldineG3) October 13, 2016 @Simon_Cullen @SoVeryBritish “Let them eat Vegemite” Marie Antoinette.— Mark Colvin (@Colvinius) October 13, 2016 People of Britain, don’t despair about #Marmitegate. We’ll just have to eat Innovative British Jam on our toast instead.— Richard Francis (@LinguaFrancis) October 13, 2016 There was a Vegemite debate Went to see the boss today to ask for a pay rise. He said “Is it #Brexit?” I said “No, Marmite”#Marmitegate @Tesco @Unilever— George Sabapathy (@mutantteenager) October 13, 2016 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img Good people of Britain. No matter how terrible this Marmite war becomes, we must not go to the dark side…..Vegemite #marmite #Marmitegate— Ben Fogle (@Benfogle) October 13, 2016 Stockpiling for Marmageddon #Marmitegate— Ash Bhardwaj (@AshBhardwaj) October 13, 2016 MPs condemned Unilever, saying the company was using Brexit as an excuse to exploit consumers, and warned it may be damaging its brand.Conservative MP Sir Gerald Howarth said: “I think it will be very damaging to the reputation of Unilever if they seek to use the fall in the pound to exploit the consumer.”Clearly products which are not dependent upon imports into the United Kingdom will not be affected by the fall in the value of the pound.”Consumers will switch to other products where companies aren’t seeking to fleece the consumer.”Earlier this year, lovers of Britain’s best-loved biscuits breathed a huge sigh of relief thanks to the end of the great ‘biscuit drought’ of 2016.While an avocado shortage recently fuelled a ‘black market’ crime wave in New Zealand. Products made by UnileverCredit:PA While others just saw the funny side  Other Unilever brands at risk include PG Tips, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Persil and Pot Noodle.Unilever reportedly demanded a 10 per cent price rise due to the falling value of sterling. Love it or hate it? How appropriate that Marmite has become the symbol of #Brexit.— Ryan Nelson (@RyanJohnNelson) October 13, 2016 Only at the Sevenoaks branch of Tescos…#Marmitegate— George Ruskin (@georger52743956) October 13, 2016 Truly saddened by #marmitegate. Damn you Brexit!— Beth H (@beznee) October 13, 2016 “Stockpile Marmite” – Jeremy Cook @World_First #Marmitegate #Brexit— World First UK (@WorldFirstUK) October 13, 2016 Come on people. Just accept that #vegemite is far superior to #marmite— Rachel Cairns (@cairnsrachel) October 13, 2016 I don’t want to live in a world without @marmite… #MarmiteGate #crumpets— Holly Anthony (@HollyWoozle) October 13, 2016 If Theresa May causes a tea bag shortage. This government will fall. #HardBrexit #innovativejam #Marmitegate— Emma Daniel (@huxley06) October 12, 2016 Our love of Marmite leaves us weak. Frankly, I think we’re toast. #Marmitegate— Mark Braggins (@markbraggins) October 13, 2016 Beware @Tesco & @TescoIrl, @LiamNeesonActor is on the case! #Taken #marmitegate— (@stagpartyie) October 13, 2016 After Tesco pulled Marmite from its online store #MarmiteGate soon became one of the biggest trends in the UK.The supermarket giant stopped selling Marmite to online shoppers amid a Brexit price row with its biggest supplier Unilever. Unileverlast_img read more

SSGB BBC to reexamine sound after yet more mumbling complaints

first_imgThe BBC’s problems came to a head in 2014, when it received “relentless complaints” – eventually numbering more than 2,000 – about mumbling in Jamaica Inn, a Daphne du Maurier adaptation starring Jessica Brown Findlay with a thick Cornish accent. The programme filmed in the Mall The BBC has pledged to reexamine sound levels on its latest Sunday night drama, after viewers complained of inaudible mumbling which left them switching on the subtitles.The corporation conceded it must “look at” the sound levels of SS-GB before the next episode airs, insisting it takes audibility “seriously” despite a string of programmes which have left viewers in desperation.The show, a fictional “alternative history” of life in London after the Battle of Britain was lost, was beset by audio difficulties, with viewers claiming mumbling English actors were less intelligible than their German-speaking colleagues.Viewers took to social media to lament their difficulties in hearing dialogue, while others embarked on the formal BBC complaints procedure. Sam Riley and Kate Bosworth in SS-GB Happy Valley also drew complaints over mumbling Sam Riley and Kate Bosworth in SS-GB The sound seems a bit dodgy on SS-GB. Everyone mumbling. Have put the subtitles on. @BBCOne #SSGB— Gareth Philips (@GarethPhilips) February 19, 2017 One viewer said: “So far in SS-GB I’ve found it easier to understand the Germans than anyone mumbling in English.”Another added: “SS-GB impossible to hear a word they are saying. Mumble mumble growl growl. No patience for this on a Sunday night.” “10 mins into SS-GB and had to resort to subtitles,” said a third.On Monday, a spokesman for the BBC said of SS-GB: “We take audibility seriously and we will look at the sound levels on the programme in time for the next episode.”The show was also criticised by fans for historical inaccuracy, with some eagle-eyed amateur historians spotting a Spitfire Mk IX, introduced in 1943, being used in an opening sequence set in 1941. In 2009, then-BBC One controller Jay Hunt announced an “audibility project” involving a 20,000 strong panel of viewers and listeners, which resulted in new best practice guidelines.In 2011, former controller of television Danny Cohen suggested “more emphasis” on planning for sound quality could help eradicate some of the problems.And in 2013, director-general Lord Hall admitted: “Actors muttering can be testing.“I don’t want to sound like a grumpy old man but I also think muttering is something we could have a look at.” The BBC's Charlotte Moore has spoken of how difficult sound is to get right What is with the bloody mumbling on the BBC dramas? SS-GB another mumblefest.— Wend’s (@weebod) February 19, 2017 So far in SS-GB I’ve found it easier to understand the Germans than anyone mumbling in English— Allan Smith (@AllanSmith80) February 19, 2017center_img The BBC’s Charlotte Moore has spoken of how difficult sound is to get right It is understood the BBC received dozens of complaints, totalling “less than 100” by Monday afternoon.The show received 6.1million viewers, with that figure likely to grow once iPlayer has been taken into account.The series had been hotly-anticipated, with pictures of a bombed Buckingham Palace draped in swastikas piquing the public’s curiosity ahead of broadcast. A spokesman said programme-makers had been “unable to source” the rarer 1941 spitfire, instead choosing “the most suitable alternative available” with owners who would allow its wings to be temporarily removed for filming purposes.It is the latest “mumbling” row for the BBC, which has also had problems with dramas including Jamaica Inn, the crime series Quirke, and Happy Valley.For years, executives have been pledging to fix the issues, acknowledging viewers’ frustration at not being able to understand their output. Happy Valley also drew complaints over mumbling A CGI version of Buckingham Palace The programme filmed in the Mall Then, the problem was variously blamed on actors failing to enunciate properly, and on modern flat televisions which place more emphasis on picture quality and leave speakers at the back of sets.Afterwards, programme-makers were advised to watch their series on a normal television at home, eschewing high-tech headphones and big screens to check how the show would translate to ordinary people. But issues have continued, with Happy Valley last year blighted again by accusations of “too much whispering and mumbling” and Taboo, starring Tom Hardy, this year leaving viewers frustrated.Charlotte Moore, the BBC’s director of content, said last year: “It is incredibly hard to get to the bottom of where things go wrong.”It is often several different problems coming together. Sound is a very exact science.” A CGI version of Buckingham Palace The show, based on a Len Deighton novel of the same name, stars Sam Riley as detective in Nazi-occupied London, who becomes embroiled in the resistance.The show is directed by Philipp Kadelbach and stars several German actors who spoke their native language on set and on screen. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Have you seen Dublin Buss new mascot

first_img Source: Dublin BusDublin Bus are encouraging bus users to create “their own personal Hot Stops” across the network. You’ll then be able to upload a photo or video onto Noel’s Network Map “with an accompanying story outlining why this stop is ‘Hot’”.And there’ll be prizes! You could win a smartphone – at least, that’s what Noel is promising over on Facebook.More: If you live in Dublin you’re one of the least romantic people in Ireland>Here’s what really happens when you ignore an Irish ‘chugger’> Source: InstagramThere is a dedicated page on the Dublin Bus website for the six-week campaign, including an interactive map…… with designated points where Noel will share stories on his favourite bus stops- ‘Noel’s Hot Stops’.In case you were wondering, yes, Noel has a Dublin accent: He’s already got his own Facebook. There’s also an Instagram account where he reveals his full name and background – Noel Anthony Kinsella – and posts ‘Noelfies’.(That’s a Noel selfie, obvs.)center_img Source: FacebookMEET NETWORK NOEL.He’s Dublin Bus’s new mascot. As the official press release says: “First there was Tony the Tiger, then there was Fido Dido and now there’s Network Noel.”Noel is a football on a stick, but he’s not letting that stop him. He’s here to help customers get to know the Dublin Bus route network.Noel wants to interact with customers and will be the face of a campaign to encourage greater interaction between Dublin Bus and its customers.last_img read more

Could your soft drink habit give you diabetes

first_imgDO YOU DRINK a can – or more – of soft drink a day?If so, you could be shocked to hear that your daily soft drink habit could be bad for your health.Imperial College London reports that a new study published in Diabetologia, led by Dr Dora Romaguera at Imperial College London and researchers from the InterAct consortium, shows that your risk of contracting diabetes could rise according to how many soft drinks you consume.The researchers looked at people’s consumption of juices, sugar-sweetened soft drinks and artificially sweetened soft drinks – and found that each 336ml sugar-sweetened soft drink, which is roughly the equivalent to one can, increases the risk of type 2 diabetes.People who drank more soft drinks that were artificially-sweetened were also at risk of type 2 diabetes.However, drinking pure fruit juice, or diluted juices, wasn’t associated with diabetes risk.Read: Gum disease sufferers at risk of diabetes and heart disease>Read: Ireland ‘not immune to global epidemic of obesity and diabetes’>last_img read more

Proposal on table to cut jobs of 120 drivers at Bus Éireann

first_img Short URL Share376 Tweet Email As long as the Department of Transport and the NTA (National Transport Authority) remain aloof the more difficult it will be to get an overarching and sustainable agreement. Transport Minister Shane Ross has to date declined to become involved in either the negotiations or the dispute as a whole.When contacted by Bus Éireann declined to comment on the draft proposal.Yesterday had seen some progress at the talks, though issues of pay and conditions remained sticking points.While the negotiations are ongoing, most of the country is without bus services as the all-out strike enters its 17th day.In Cork, Limerick and Galway, the strike is being described as hugely damaging.Retailers group Retail Excellence has called for a resolution to the dispute, saying that retail workers are losing out.Earlier this week, over 100 workers at the company lodged a petition with RTÉ calling for “fair and balanced coverage” of the dispute.First published 8amRead: ‘Callous vandalism’: Paint thrown at Glasnevin 1916 memorialRead: Talks aimed at ending two-week Bus Éireann strike to continue Apr 9th 2017, 4:50 PM 41,221 Views By Paul Hosford Proposal on table to cut jobs of 120 drivers at Bus Éireann While the talks are ongoing, most of the country is without bus services as the all-out strike enters its 17th day. Source: Barry Cronin/APUpdated 16.50A DRAFT PROPOSAL before the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) would see 120 driving jobs at Bus Éireann cut.Talks aimed at breaking the deadlock in the company’s strike resumed today after a 12-hour session yesterday.It’s understood that the draft plan would see the 120 drivers exit the company within the next 12 months.Talks have gone on for over 40 hours since unions and management came back to the table at the WRC.“The issue of headcount reduction would not be unusual when talking about efficiencies,”Dermot O’Leary, general secretary with the NBRU, told is problematic however, is that while on one hand you’re locked in talks, yet other broader issues are at play. 90 Comments Sunday 9 Apr 2017, 4:50 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Sigourney Weaver confirms return for new Ghostbusters

first_img DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Comments Read DJI Osmo Action preview 3 HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Sarah Tew/CNET Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Read the AirPods review $210 at Best Buy See It Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). See at Amazon Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $60 at Best Buy 7 Sprint Tags Turo Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $59 at eBay Amazon Read Google Home Hub review Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Sarah Tew/CNET $6 at Tidal Share your voice Apple iPhone XS Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See at Turo Share your voice I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. See it Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. There is no Dana, there is only Zuul. Oh, wait. There IS a Dana, and she’s coming back to the Ghostbusters universe.Sigourney Weaver, who starred as Dana Barrett in the original 1984 version of Ghostbusters, told Parade magazine in an interview published Friday that she’s excited to reprise that role.”It’s going to be crazy working with the guys again!” Weaver said.The interview is pretty cagey about revealing much, but it does say Weaver will be back as Dana, and that Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd will also return. Harold Ramis, who played Ghostbuster Egon Spengler, died in 2014.The new film is due out July 2020. Chris Monroe/CNET $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express TV and Movies,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. The Cheapskate Sarah Tew/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Rylo $520 at HP TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $999 $299 at Amazon Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $155 at Google Express Boost Mobile 2019 movies to geek out over Tags The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Best Buy See It $999 $999 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $999 Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Sarah Tew/CNET Angela Lang/CNET DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) See It Read the Rylo camera preview What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) 77 Photos Commentslast_img read more

Providence St Joseph hospital chains announce massive merger

first_imgTwo Catholic hospital chains are merging to create the nation’s third-largest nonprofit health system, with more than 100,000 employees in seven states.Listen nowProvidence Health & Services of Irvine, California, is merging with St. Joseph Health of Renton, Washington, to create Providence St. Joseph Health.The new entity has 50 hospitals in Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Washington state.The merger was approved by California’s attorney general last month. The agreement required Providence St. Joseph to invest $30 million in providing mental health services in California.On Wednesday, the new chain announced it will invest $100 million in a foundation and institute to look into mental health research, prevention and care around the country.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Tuesday Aug 20 2019

first_imgWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Associated Press The University of Alaska Board of Regents unanimously approved a motion to end financial exigency. The vote overturns a declaration that allowed for the expedited elimination of academic programs and firing of faculty, even those with tenure. US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler visited Fairbanks yesterday to gather input on a new plan to reduce local wintertime fine particulate pollution. Tara Sweeney, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the US Department of the Interior visited Nome yesterday for an event called “Reclaiming Our Native Communities”, a roundtable discussion on public safety hosted by Kawerak. ‘Nothing survived. It’s just ash.’ In a trickle of information, fire evacuees learn fate of homes Fire managers said this afternoon it will be four to six days at the earliest before residents who evacuated from the McKinley fire can return to their properties. Wildfires crimp Alaska’s major transportation corridor, halting tourist operations, delaying groceries One of the highest placed Alaskans in the Trump administration has resigned. Wildfires in Southcentral Alaska are causing major traffic problems on some of the region’s busiest roads, affecting locals, buses filled with tourists and trucks trying to re-supply grocery stores. Alaska wildfire officials reassess cause of McKinley fire EPA hears testimony on air plan A wildfire estimated at 5,000 acres continues to burn at the edge of the Bristol Bay village of Levelock. At 9:00 p.m. last night, those fighting the fire reported that it had crossed some of the control lines on the west side of the village, according to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center. Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Stories are posted on the statewide news page. You can subscribe to Alaska Public Media’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @AKPublicNews University of Alaska regents vote to end financial exigency Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney visits Nome to discuss public safety 5,000-acre fire continues to burn outside Levelock Dunleavy repeats calls for closing budget gap, paying full dividends Andrew Kitchenman, Alaska Public Media & KTOO – Juneau Alaska wildfire officials are reviewing their initial assessment of the cause of the McKinley fire, which burned at least 50 structures along the Parks Highway. Elizabeth Harball, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Dunleavy vetoes ferry funding added by the Legislature in the wake of cuts Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau Alaskan Joe Balash resigns as assistant secretary of Interior Governor Mike Dunleavy says next year he’d like to close the billion-plus-dollar state budget gap. The legislature’s attempt to add funding to the Alaska Marine Highway System has been blocked. Gov. Mike Dunleavy used his line item veto power to eliminate $5 million added by lawmakers in the wake of a $40 million cut that could mean long gaps in service. Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks Emily Hofstaedter, KNOM – Nome Isabelle Ross, KDLG – Dillinghamlast_img read more

Snake captured on a Metro train in Hyderabad

first_imgHyderabad: A snake caused chaos in a Metro rail. Passengers were thrown into disarray after seeing the snake. Passengers complained about a snake in the rail on August 14 at Dilsukhnagar. Later, the train was stopped at LB Nagar and since then the authorities have been searching for the snake. Finally, the members of Snake Society captured the snake on Monday evening. The Metro officials announced it on Tuesday. They said all precautions are being taken for the safety of the passengers.last_img read more

Sohel Taj wants nephew picked up by RAB to return unharmed

first_imgSyed Iftekhar Alam SouravFormer state minister for home affairs Sohel Taj has called for the safe return of his nephew, Syed Iftekhar Alam Sourav, who was allegedly picked up on 9 June by plainclothes men over his relationship with a woman.He made the call at a press conference in the capital’s Dhaka Reporters’ Unity on Monday.Sohel Taj, son of Bangladesh’s first prime minister Tajuddin Ahmed, said that abduction is not expected in a country which was liberated for establishing democracy and justice.”Family background is not a big matter. The state will run as per rule of law and it will, hopefully, be applied equally for all. I want my nephew Sourav to come back alive and unharmed soon. That’s what I expect from the state and law enforcement,” he said to the press conference.Sourav went missing on 9 June on his way to Chattogram city’s Mimi Super Market.His mother, Syeda Yasmin Arjuman, in her written statement said, “Members of Rapid Action Battalion contacted my son in the afternoon and told him to go to the shopping centre at 7:00pm. Sourav did not come back from there. Since then, his phone has been found switched off.”When contacted, officials of RAB’s media branchs asked to send them the general diary filed for Sourav’s disappearance.Asked about Sourav’s connection with RAB, Syeda Yasmin Arjuman said that her son was in a relationship with a woman, Sauda, in 2017.”Her father forcefully married her off in 2018 but the marriage did not last long. Sauda’s father blamed Sourav for the break up and threatened my son,” she said. “On 7 February 2019 when Sourav was staying in Banani, was called to Uttara RAB office and asked to cut ties with Sauda. Banani police station officer-in-charge also threatened him with life on the same grounds on 12 February,” she added.last_img read more

Disney opens part of Ariels world

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J. Jodi Benson performs the touching and memorable Part of Your World Unveiling Ariel’s undersea adventure Without exchanging legs for a mermaid’s tail, travellers can now be a part of Ariel’s world at Disney California Adventure park.The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure was unveiled late last week and is part of the Disneyland’s initiative “to leverage new technologies to tell a timeless Disney story”, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts chairman Tom Staggs said.“Because at our heart, great story telling is what we are all about,” he added.The ‘Omnimover’ style ride invites visitors to travel the waves to an “underwater” cave where they can rub shoulders with their favourite characters from the film while on board a giant clam shell.With eccentric colour and magic the ride features music from the heart warming movie as well as special effects that “transport you inside scenes from the animated classic”.  As part of the opening Disney invited the voice of Ariel, Jodi Benson to perform one of the memorable tracks from the film ‘Part of Your World’ and Sherie Rene Scott, who starred as Ursula in The Little Mermaid on Broadway to perform the wicked track ‘Poor Unfortunate Souls’.The original voice of Ursula, Pat Carroll also joined in celebrations along with the film’s composer Alan Menken.Tickets are now available for purchase. Sherie Rene Scott performs Ursula’s Poor Unfortunate Soulslast_img read more

ShangriLas Fijian Resort Spa unveils new look

first_imgShangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa unveils new lookShangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa unveils new lookAn exclusive adults-only precinct, world-class restaurants and accommodation makeover are signature elements of the USD50 million revitalisation of the largest private island resort in Fiji and the South Pacific, Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa, Yanuca Island, Fiji.Originally built in 1967 to unlock the Fijian Coral Coast’s Yanuca Island to the world, the resort has undergone a two-year upgrade aimed at creating new experiences and offerings and establishing the resort as a top dining destination.Extensive accommodation and facilities makeoverShangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa, Yanuca Island is spread across more than 100 hectares of private island. More than a quarter of the island has been dedicated to the new Reef Wing private adults-only precinct, including an exclusive infinity pool where complimentary sunset drinks and canapes are served daily, Reef Café & Dining and the oceanfront Reef Bures (villas) offering a premium, adults-only resort-within-a-resort experience.The Reef Wing is home to six fully renovated Reef Bures, each a beachfront retreat for couples with a private lawn stepping down onto the reef beach, an outdoor rain shower and a huge living space in their own private and secluded section of the island.Families also have a lot to be excited about at the new-look resort with the upgrade of the two-bedroom Lagoon Bures offering larger and self-contained accommodation options. The resort also offers the largest range of family facilities and activities, including the huge indoor and outdoor kids’ club segmented into age groups, and a separate entertainment zone for tweens and teens.Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa, Yanuca Island is also home to the largest inflatable water park in the South Pacific in one of the only resort lagoons in Fiji that is unaffected by the tide, a private Peter Thomson-designed nine-hole golf course and beach and lagoon activities monitored by dedicated lifeguards from dawn to dusk every day. The resort’s marine conservation team also runs programmes to help guests learn more about the natural environment and get actively involved in habitat and wildlife protection around the resort.All 443 rooms, three pool areas – including the huge family pool and entertainment precinct – and many public areas have been upgraded, as have the resort’s secluded CHI, The Spa and beachside casual dining spots, including Beach Bar & Grill and Bilo Bar. Each of the 443Bures, rooms and suites command unhindered water views, either of the open ocean or the lagoon.World-class dining experiences at Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa, Yanuca IslandThe biggest transformation – not only for the resort, but also for Fiji as a holiday destination – is the quality and range of dining experiences now available. A significant portion of the USD50 million investment was committed to establishing Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa, Yanuca Island as one of the best places to eat and drink in Fiji. It will set a new benchmark for exceptional culinary experiences in the South Pacific.Executive Chef Rudolf Kunkel has established an international and local culinary team that has created more than half-a-dozen dedicated and casual dining and bar concepts across the resort, each with its own unique experiences, flavours and themes. More than 75 per cent of all meat and fresh produce, as well as all seafood, served at the resort is sourced locally.Showpieces of the new dining and entertainment experience at Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa include:· Takali Asian Kitchen – an Asian fusion-concept restaurant perched above the reef incorporating Malaysian, Thai, Cantonese and mainland Chinese influences on dishes conceived by Chef Chee Hoe Wong, paired with more than 40 craft gins from around the world.· Golden Cowrie Coastal Italian – led by Italian Sous Chef Bruno Bettinazzi, who hand-makes the soft cheeses and pasta that are the foundation of this premium dining experience, and delivers a quality of Mediterranean dining not seen before in Fiji.· Lagoon Terrace – the resort’s main dining restaurant, with a huge variety of a la minute and smorgasbord options that change daily and make the most of seasonal local produce while offering spectacular reef and lagoon views.The resort has also reintroduced a Fijian institution, the Black Marlin Tropical Bar, as part of this revitalisation. First established more than 50 years ago and the subject of legendary tales, it has been reimagined as an upmarket tiki bar featuring more than 100 rums sourced from around the world, kept company by Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa, Yanuca Island’s own signature label, Yanuca Rum, which is distilled locally and exclusively for Black Marlin patrons.Guests will now also have the option of adding a meal programme of half or full board to their room booking, which can be availed across all resort dining options for the duration of their stay.“This has been a truly transformative programme that will re-establish Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa as one of Fiji’s best destination resorts, and set new standards for dining and living in and experiencing Fiji as a holiday destination,” said the resort’s general manager, Mr Francis Lee.“The two years we have spent re-imagining one of the original resorts in the South Pacific for today’s visitors to Fiji has been spectacular. It’s been a collaboration involving our staff, many of whom have worked across generations of guests, to deliver an experience that is authentically Fijian at its heart.“I’m excited to show a new generation of travellers why Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa has, for more than half a century, held a place in the hearts of visitors from around the world,” he said.Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa on the private Yanuca Island is connected by a causeway to the mainland, providing a Fijian island experience with ease of access to the Coral Coast. It is the only private-island destination resort accessible by road from the main island of Viti Levu.At the resort, located only a 50-minute drive from Fiji’s main international airport in Nadi, guests can be settled into their rooms and swimming in the lagoon within 90 minutes of disembarking from the plane.To find out more visit, guests may check out @shangrila.fiji on Instagram, @ShangriLaFiji on Facebook and @Fijishangrila on Twitter.About Shangri-La GroupHong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently operates over 100 hotels with a room inventory of over 41,000. Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services. Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in Australia, Bahrain, mainland China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. For more information, visit read more

Mortgage Professionals Come Together at Five Star Conference

first_imgMortgage Professionals Come Together at Five Star Conference September 19, 2017 541 Views Five Star Conference HOUSING mortgage 2017-09-19 Nicole Casperson The Five Star Conference Expo Hall opened Tuesday morning, bringing lenders, servicers, and a number of other mortgage professionals under one roof. Include, the 2017 conference theme, was a topic widely discussed at the DS News and MReport booth where attendees explained its importance.“We like the networking opportunities and being able to connect with different companies from a strategic standpoint,” Kiyoshi Hunt, SVP of ZVN Properties said. “We can meet a lot of the needs our clients have, and maybe uncover some things we didn’t know, and learn about different perspectives.”Tim Rath, Director of Supply Chain and Vendor Management from Safeguard Properties also enjoyed the camaraderie and diversity of the Expo Hall.“If you just look around at the industry, there are a number of different people from different walks of life that are here and have a number of different roles,” Rath said. “I think the Five Star does a great job of encouraging everyone from different phases of our industry to come under one roof together.”In the midst of attendees was Operation Homefront President and CEO John I. Pray, Jr., Brig Gen, USAF (Ret). Pray discussed many attendees favorite event of the conference, the Military Heroes Keys for Life Dinner and Concert where five military veterans are presented with a mortgage-free home followed by a concert from rock band Styx.“It means the world to be able to do this,” Pray said. “When you think about it from their perspective it is literally life-changing. It will give them the firm foundation upon which to build a very bright future.”U.S. Army Sergeant Matthew R. Gaff and his family; U.S. Airman First Class Ryan Hampe and his family; U.S. Navy Seaman Shynae Murphy and her family; U.S. Army Specialist Kenyetta Cooper and her family; and U.S. Army Specialist Marchalle Couch were the recipients of the homes, which Ten-X Executive Chairman and Co-Founder Jeff Frieden helped facilitate. “I will not stop until we have no homeless vets,” said Frieden.center_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News Sharelast_img read more

Further arrests in Paphos poaching case

first_imgTwo people, aged 35 and 46, have been arrested in Paphos in connection with a case of attempted poaching.They were arrested on Thursday after a 43-year-old man arrested for the same incident on Wednesday testified against them.The 43-year-old is accused of injuring a game warden on Tuesday.The gamekeeper was injured when he attempted to stop four people from poaching in the Paphos forest near Lysos.According to police, two members of the game fund, after a tip off, tried to stop four quad bikes driven by people who were wearing helmets on a road leading to the forest at around 10pm.Though they signalled for the vehicles to stop, three of them got away while the fourth hit and damaged the game wardens’ car. The poacher injured one of the game wardens in an ensuing fight.The gamekeeper managed to pull off the helmet of the driver and recognised him as a 43-year-old man from a village in the area.All three are accused of assault, traffic offences, failure to stop at a warden’s request, negligent and reckless actions, dangerous driving and inflicting bodily harm.You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Jafruddin of Khurgain village, Shamli district Uttar Pradesh is the face of the traumatised minority communities who have learnt to normalise the violence in their lives exactly as it was envisioned by MS Golwalkar the RSS guruji in his book ‘We Or Our Nationhood Defined’ (1939) Jafruddin Hassan Khurgan Shamli All photos courtesy Sanjukta Basu In his book Golwalkar called Hindus a race that legitimately belongs to Hindustan ‘Mussalman’ as outsiders or foreigners and carved out a future for them in which they must forever live at the mercy of Hindus To quote Golwalkar: “There are only two courses open to the foreign elements either to merge themselves in the national race and adopt its culture or to live at its mercy so long as the national race may allow them to do so and to quit the country at the sweet will of the national race…the foreign races in Hindusthan must either adopt the Hindu culture and language must learn to respect and hold in reverence Hindu religion must entertain no idea but those of the glorification of the Hindu race and culture…must lose their separate existence to merge in the Hindu race or may stay in the country wholly subordinated to the Hindu Nation claiming nothing deserving no privileges far less any preferential treatment-not even citizen’s rights” This vision seems to be complete from the stories that emerged duringHarsh Mander’s Karwan E Mohabbat a month-long journey that started from Assam and travelled to Jharkhand Karnataka Delhi UP Haryana Rajasthan and Gujarat meeting families of Dalit and Muslim victims of lynching by caste and religious supremacists including the state apparatus The Karwan e Mohabbat bus The Karwan walks through village Dangawas Rajasthan to meet the survivors Meghwal family which lost five members in a decades old land dispute with dominant group Jats Harsh Mander meeting the widow of Kodarbhai in a tribal village in Sabarkantha district Gujarat Making peace with violence — Jafruddin’s story It has been four years since Jaffruddin’s son Salim was killed by a mob of cow vigilantes somewhere on the cattle trade route between Haryana and Uttar Pradesh Till date the police have not even handed the post-mortem report to the victim’s family even though they exhumed his body for the purpose an inauspicious act that has scarred the family In his statement Salim mentioned a mob of nine had attacked him — but only one was arrested and released on the same day After exhumation of the body and post-mortem a second FIR was filed but no arrests were made Four years on Salim’s family has no information about the case and they do not even dare to pursue justice Instead the family lives in fear of further attacks on their other sons “Humne sabar kar liya” is their response to all the violence they met Living at the mercy of self-proclaimed custodians of the majority religion has become the norm Their hopelessness is so manic that Jafruddin blessed Harsh Mander with “Aap ko jannat naseeb ho” on a mere promise of obtaining a copy of the post-mortem report the last remnant of his son Human rights activist and Karwan member John Dayal with Jaffruddin and his younger son This is a pattern the Karwan noticed in its entire journey meeting over 50 families across India The religious and caste minorities are being systematically attacked by cow vigilantes and Hindu supremacists unleashing terror in their daily lives; several victims have lost lives or limbs their only means of occupation taken away their access to justice made difficult by the biased approach of the police and administration and the media is constantly vilifying them with all kinds of fake narratives The result is that their lives are disoriented by their misery they are so broken scared and isolated that their own lived realities have become fiction They are neither aware that their basic human rights have been brutally taken away nor are they sure whether they have any basic rights to begin with — exactly as Golwalkar envisioned The face of the traumatised Dalits in Shabbirpur village Shamli UP where the dominant upper caste burnt down over 50 Dalit homes over an Ambedkar statue which today lies deserted in a dark store room Khurshida’s story Khurshida a middle aged widow abandoned by her in-laws after the death of her husband lives in Bhango Mewat with her four children Her husband Ajmal died mysteriously in a police encounter in 2010 In 2012 she suddenly received a bank draft of Rs 500000 — presumably a compensation from the NHRC but no explanation was given as to what had happened to her husband This story is most baffling: it is obvious that there has been an inquiry into Ajmal’s death and the police must have been held guilty of a human rights violation otherwise this compensation would not be paid But the fact that no details about the investigation have been communicated to the widow is proof the administration wants to hush up matters Khurshida Bhango Mewat It is hard to even attempt to understand Khurshida’s grief Ajmal used to drive dumper trucks and had no police case against him One fine morning he went out for work and the next thing Khurshida knows he was dead and buried She didn’t even get to see his body no rituals were performed “Kuch pata nahi chala koi mitti bhi nahi mili” said Khurshida to Karwan travellers The psychological impact of such traumas of lives lost without reason of grief without closure of violence without accountability are all part of the dehumanisation of the minority community and normalisation of violence in their lives Today Khurshida has bought a land with the money she got and is trying to raise her children by working as a labourer “I am an uneducated villager where will I go to ask questions” is the end of the matter for her Khurshida’s four children Threats from right wing groups — a strategy to cut off the victim from empathy and support system What the minority community disoriented by their sorrow needs the most is an assurance that their lives matter that the violence caused to them should not have happened and that we — the people of this nation — are sorry and extend our condolences That was the idea with which Harsh Mander started his Karwan But those trying to dehumanise the minority community are also against anybody who would extend any empathy and support to them They are not only perpetrating violence but also cutting the victim off from all support system Harsh Mander and Karwan team reading legal papers of a victim’s family in Nuh Mewat Haryana A day before the Karwan was supposed to reach Alwar all six accused named by Pehlu Khan in his dying declaration were given a clean chit by the Rajasthan state police The timing of the decision was rather fateful and soon enough the Karwan received threats from Hindu extremist groups Harish Saini from Hindu Jagran Manch reportedly appealed to the Rajasthan administration to not allow the Karwan to hold any event in Alwar “Any attempt to pay tribute to deceased Pehlu Khan would not be tolerated” said Keshavchand Sharma of Vishwa Hindu Parishad Harsh Mander talking to district administration in Alwar reiterating his decision to visit Behror come what may Even though the Karwan received the Rajasthan administration’s assurance that it would not be stopped anywhere local partners in Behror succumbed to the threats The venue for the peace meeting — ‘Ganesh Plaza’ — was cancelled and no other venue could be arranged Local traders threatened to close down Behror in case the Karwan held any event A defiant Harsh Mander however remained steady in his mission to at least pay tribute to Pehlu Khan by offering flowers at the spot where he was lynched Even this was not to be allowed by the right wing groups The state police also tried to put pressure on Mander “If you place flowers at that spot this would become a trend” said one of the officers “Let it be what is wrong in it” replied Mander Harsh Mander speaking to the media The Karwan had to enter Rajasthan with police protection The travellers were given instructions on what to do if stones were thrown at the bus; “Duck and don’t move” they were told Despite constant threats and pressure the Karwan arrived at Behror on 15 September and was met with a considerably large crowd of Hindu right wing groups Nisha Sidhu of National Federation of Indian Women raising slogans in support of the Karwan e Mohabbat at Bardod few kilometers ahead of Behror Alwar Rajasthan Harsh Mander briefly sat in dharna near the Behror police station with his demand to offer tribute to Pehlu Khan and finally placed flowers at a symbolic location among heavy police security As the bus moved towards Jaipur with a police escort right wing goons from the street chanted “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” and “Joote maaro saalo ko” and threw stones and shoes at it Such extreme hate threats and intimidation towards a group of ordinary citizens with a simple message of love and empathy is a sign of the times we are living in The message is clear — anybody trying to build peace and harmony is doing so at their own risk The Karwan members are not the regular protestors in political rallies facing tear gas and lathi charge or grassroot activists facing the establishment’s ire It is a group of people who usually do not have direct political participation It was this category of people who Harsh Mander wanted to reach out to build a bridge between the victims and those unaffected It is also this category which might be easily intimated and by doing so the right wing groups are trying to deter any such attempts for all times to come Harsh Mander and Karwan team offering flowers and prayers at a symbolic location to pay tribute to Pehlu Khan The practice of cross case on victims — a pressure tactics to withdraw cases against attackers Family after family met by the Karwan revealed another dangerous pattern in the police investigation Almost in all the cases of lynching by cow vigilantes there are criminal cases filed against the victim casually referred to as ‘cross-case’ Cross cases are filed by cow vigilantes or registered suo-motu by police on various grounds — like flouting traffic laws or animal protection laws etc as a means to put pressure on the victim not to pursue cases against vigilantes Often these cross cases keep hanging around the victim’s neck while the perpetrators easily obtain bail and justice seems elusive In such situations the victim or victim’s family is tempted to make a compromise — leading to withdrawal of cases by both sides Although the legality of this is not so linear or simplistic the truth is that Muslims having any kind of dealing with cows be it simple transportation buying or selling for dairy are scared to even file an FIR against cow vigilantes for the fear of getting roped into a cross case Immediately after Pehlu Khan and his son were brutally attacked by cow vigilantes criminal cases were filed against the victims on grounds of cattle slaughter and animal cruelty which were completely baseless a fact now confirmed by Court In Vadavli Gujarat a riot broke out between Dalits and Thakurs and FIRs got registered against both communities although Dalit residents of the village claim that force used by them was in self-defense This space is too small to share all such cases but suffice it to say that with cross cases the cycle of violence is complete — dehumanisation isolation and victim blaming A bike burnt down in Vadavli Gujarat in a riot between Thakurs and Dalits In terms of scale the Vadavli riots were similar to Basirhat riots in West Bengal but the media completely blacked out Vadavli The Karwan will have a formal closing on 2 October 2017 at Porbandar Karwan leader Harsh Mander has given a call to every Indian “Chalo Porbandar hum sab Gandhi” How much this initiative will achieve is a question to be answered in the proverbial ‘long run’ But one thing is very clear: the powers-that-be are rattled by the potential impact of the Karwan and attempts to throttle the movement have already begun On 14 September RSS spokesperson Rakesh Sinha openly threatened Harsh Mander on NDTV that his NGO’s funding would be investigated As soon as Mander reached his office on 22 September his NGO — Center for Equity Studies — received an income tax notice “They can cancel our FCRA shut down the organisation How does it matter This would be an infinitely small fraction of the suffering that we bore witness to during the Karwan” Mander wrote on a WhatsApp group signaling the long fight ahead Visakhapatnam: A Telgu Desam Party MP on Thursday allegedly went on the rampage pushing an airline staffer and throwing a printer on the floor after he was denied boarding by IndiGo for being late prompting a flying ban by the budget carrier as well as state-run Air India File photo of Telugu Desam Party MP JC Diwakar Reddy PTI While IndiGo had finally accommodated J C Diwakar Reddy of the TDP to which Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju also belongs on the same flight this morning later it decided to ban him from taking its flights State-run Air India soon followed suit by barring him from its own flights Earlier this year Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad was temporarily banned by airlines from flying after he assaulted an Air India staffer triggering a major controversy Following this the Centre released its draft rules for a national no-fly list for unruly passengers and proposed a ban on flying from three months up to an indefinite period The government is expected to finalise these rules shortly Reddy was scheduled to fly IndiGo’s flight 6E-608 which departs from Visakhapatnam at 810 am to Hyderabad But he reached just 28 minutes before the scheduled departure according to the airline As per norms laid out by the aviation regulator airlines close check-in counters for all domestic fights 45 minutes prior to departure Reddy who had allegedly vandalised the Air India office at Gannavaram airport in Vijaywada last year after he missed his flight had got into a verbal spat with the ground staff and threw a printer kept at the airline’s counter after he was informed that boarding for his flight had closed Television channels also showed CCTV visuals of him allegedly pushing an IndiGo employee "The staff politely informed him that boarding for flight 6E-608 is closed and offered to accommodate Mr Reddy in the subsequent flight Mr Reddy expressed his annoyance and soon raged against the staff using aggressive and abusive behaviour" IndiGo said in a statement Late on Thursday evening a top airline official told PTI that IndiGo will not allow Reddy on its flights When asked whether the decision to ban the TDP member was of IndiGo alone or other Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) members are also on board about the decision the official said "I speak only for my airline" FIA members are IndiGo SpiceJet GoAir and Jet Airways When contacted Air India spokesperson Dhananjay Kumar told PTI 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