Mumbai: A sessions court in Maharashtra’s Dhule district on Saturday sentenced former state ministers Suresh Jain and Gulabrao Deokar along with 46 others to varying jail terms between seven and three years after convicting them in the multi-crore ‘Gharkul’ housing scam. Special Judge Srushti Neelkanth sentenced Jain to seven years in jail and imposed a fine of Rs 100 crore on him. Deokar was given a five-year sentence, while the remaining 46 convicts got jail terms between three and seven years. Apart from Jain and Deokar, the accused include some former municipal councillors and officials. Soon after the court pronounced its verdict, all 48 convicts, who were present in the court, were taken into custody. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Shiv Sena leader Jain was arrested in March 2012 for a Rs 29-crore housing project scam when he was state minister of home in the 1990s. He spent over a year in jail before securing bail from the SC. NCP leader Deokar was arrested in May 2012. He spent three years in jail before securing bail. He was a councillor in the Jalgaon Municipal Council between 1995 and 2000. They were accused of favouring a builder and indulging in irregularities to the tune of Rs 29 crore.
It’s tempting to talk of writing—the art of it, the craft of it, the lifestyle of it—as a kind of romance. Writers of serious literature (according to, at least, many writers of serious literature) do not simply type stark words onto blank pages; instead, they stare into an abyss and reach into their souls and find, if they are fortunate, the swirling fires of Prometheus. “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect,” Anaïs Nin said, which is beautiful and true and also objectively incorrect: Writing is delicious work, but it is for the most part simply work. It’s often lonely. It’s rarely romantic. (I am not a writer of serious literature, but I am a writer, and I am writing this while sipping stale coffee from a mug that’s in bad need of a wash.) Writing is a craft in the way that carpentry is a craft: There’s art to it, sure, and a certain inspiration required of it, definitely, but for the most part you’re just sawing and sanding and getting dust in your eyes.Because of all that, it’s refreshing—and it is also a profound public service— when writers of literature use their public platforms not just to celebrate literature, but also to put the creation of literature in its place. And it’s especially refreshing when writers at the highest levels of the field do that. One of them has been Kazuo Ishiguro, the British novelist and the latest winner of the Nobel Prize.On Thursday, the Nobel Committee announced that Ishiguro is its 2017 laureate for literature—a decision, the Committee noted in its citation, that came in part because the author, “in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.” Almost immediately after the announcement was made, a story from The Guardian, written by Ishiguro himself and published in December of 2014, began circulating on social media. The piece is headlined, “Kazuo Ishiguro: How I Wrote The Remains of the Day in Four Weeks.” And it outlines, in great detail, how, indeed, the author overcame writer’s block—made worse by the banal demands of life itself—to summon the words that would become the novel that remains Ishiguro’s most famous contribution to the literary world. Twitter Kazuo Ishiguro – Photo by David Levenson / Getty Images LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment READ MORE Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement
The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) decided to meet again next month after reaching an understanding on several issues at talks held today.SLFP General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekera said that the fourth round of talks will be held on May 9th. He said that at the meeting held today both sides reached an understanding on several issues.Jayasekera said that the matters will now be discussed with the leaders of both parties and further discussed at the next meeting in May. (Colombo Gazette)
Thinkstock by News Staff Posted May 21, 2015 4:29 pm MDT Last Updated May 21, 2015 at 4:36 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canada’s agriculture minister reiterated his position on U.S. meat label requirements Thursday, after the World Trade Organization ruled they violate trade obligations.Gerry Ritz made the comments in Calgary, saying it’s up to the U.S. to repeal the requirements, known as COOL, otherwise Canada will impose retaliatory tariffs against its southern neighbour.“We’re now driving the bus, we’re not under it anymore,” Ritz said, adding he’s spoken to U.S. officials and there are efforts to get them repealed.Under COOL, Canadian and Mexican livestock and meat shipments are segregated from American production, which Ritz said damages North America’s supply chain, including American farmers as well as Canadians.Ritz said he would rather have the U.S. deal with the issue than move to tariffs.“That’s our plan B, if they don’t come through with the fix to COOL like repealing it, then that’s our plan B,” he said, adding damages to Canada would depend on what the WTO would allow.“We’d bring our economic model to them as to the hurt that we’ve faced from a livestock perspective, some are $2.5 to $3 billion a year,” he said.However, Ritz said he’s confident a solution is on the way.“Rules are rules, we’re all WTO members,” he said. “If you want to step outside of that, you become a bit of a pariah on the world state, you know you’re out there all by yourself, it’s not a good place to be.”Ritz was asked during his discussion with American officials if there’s been any blowback.“There is from certain groups who supported COOL,” he said. “Having said that, the vast majority of the industry was with us in the U.S. because it’s hurting them as well.”“Their own economic analysis done by the United States Dept. of Agriculture has shown over a $2 billion hurt to their own industry.Mexico is also involved in getting the laws eliminated. Agriculture minister hopes U.S. will repeal meat label requirements, avoid tariffs
The woman scrambles away from the cliff edgeCredit:Graham Hunt/BNPS On the edge of the 80ft drop, the woman raises her mobile phone to take a pictureCredit:Graham Hunt/BNPS Cute evening down the beach chilling, next thing you know part of the Clift had fallen down 😳 #WestBay pic.twitter.com/rxVrJBH5U4— Gem Gilbert ☮ (@Y0urSunshine) August 16, 2016 Chief Inspector Steve White, of Dorset Police, said: “We would like to remind people that the cliffs remain unstable and it is possible further rock falls could occur.”We urge the public to obey warning signs, not to stand near the edge of cliffs or stand directly underneath them. Landslides and rock falls can happen at any time and without warning.” Sam Scriven from the Jurassic Coast Team said: “We would encourage people to behave sensibly on the coast. They should avoid the cliff edge and the base.”Last summer, the Coastguard issued a fresh warning to tourists and residents urging them to stay away from the unstable cliffs at West Bay.A massive rock fall narrowly missed scores of people sat on the busy beach made famous by the ITV crime drama Broadchurch in August, sending huge boulders crashing down. Pictures show the woman sitting on a raised rock right close to the 80ft drop below before using her mobile to take a selfie.The man stands just behind with a young child on his shoulders and a toddler nearby. He holds a selfie stick, which he appears to use to take another picture. The man stands just behind with a young child on his shoulders as he extends a selfie stickCredit:Graham Hunt/BNPS “We want everyone to enjoy our beautiful coastline but we want you to do it safely, please keep your distance from cliff edges both at the top and at the bottom, as cliffs really can crumble without warning.” “As a West Bay coastguard officer I find it unbelievable that even with all the warnings a family will risk their lives, the lives of their children that they are forcing in to the unsafe area and the lives of people below and also all the rescue services just to take a picture.”The worst thing about these photos is that they are sitting on a ledge with very little below them. If there was an accident the first thing that would be said is ‘why are there no warnings?'”Do we really need to warn people after years of warnings not to go to the edge of the crumbling cliffs?” The fall happened on the same stretch of beach where Charlotte Blackman, 22, from Derbyshire, was crushed to death by a similar sized rock fall in 2012.Speaking last summer, Peter Davies, of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, said: “The cliff fall is an example of just how unstable cliff edges can be, the incident could have had a very different outcome, and fortunately no one was seriously hurt or worse. A warning about unstable cliffs at West Bay in DorsetCredit:Graham Hunt/SWNS A family have been pictured posing for selfies at the edge of unstable cliffs where the TV show Broadchurch is filmed, despite warnings landslides can occur without warning.The man, woman and two small children were photographed on sandstone cliffs at West Bay, in Dorset, on Sunday.Numerous signs warn visitors not to stand or sit too close to the edge because the fragile state of the cliffs leads to regular rock falls.But the group appears to be blissfully unaware of the danger they face from the crumbling cliffs. Mark Collins, of the West Bay coastguards, said: “How many more messages can we put out there? It is either people not understanding the message or not understanding the risks for real. Part of the cliff at West Bay collapsed without warning in AugustCredit:Geoffrey Swaine/REX/Shutterstock Photographer Graham Hunt, who was on the beach when he saw the family and took the pictures, said: “I was taking pictures of the harbour when I saw an adult appear at the top of the cliffs, followed by a man and two young children.”I couldn’t believe what I was seeing when the woman sat down right at the edge of the cliff to take a selfie.”The rock face there crumbles all the time, it could easily have happened at that moment.”The man had a young child sat on his shoulders. He was at least stood a bit further back,but he was still very close when he took his selfie.” 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.
The statement added that the chemist was “committed to looking at the sourcing of less expensive EHC medicines”. The pharmacy chain currently sells three versions of the pill, with the cheapest costing £26.75. Clare Murphy, of BPAS, told the Telegraph that Boots should simply cut the price of the pills it is already selling. “There’s no way if they cut it that it would be a loss-making situation,” she said. “The right, responsible and moral thing to do now would be to look at what they have in store and look at cutting the price of that.” Ms Murphy said that Lloyds Pharmacy, which has more than 1,500 stores, was selling a generic version of the pill for £28.25, more than double the price charged by Superdrug and Tesco.Its website shows two versions of the pill, a version produced by Consilient, which specialises in generic medicine, priced at £28.25 and EllaOne, which is priced at £34.95. Consilient is available to buy from online pharmacies for as little as £7.99. The Lloyds Pharmacy website also includes a link to Brook advisory centre, which provides the pill free of charge to the under-25s. The Telegraph was unable to contact Lloyds Pharmacy for comment. Campaigners will target Lloyds Pharmacy in the next phase of their efforts to make the morning-after pill cheaper. Representatives of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service said Boots should cut the price of the pills it currently sells after it said it would look at providing a cheaper generic version. Boots has apologised for telling BPAS that cutting the price of the pill would leave it open to accusations of “incentivising inappropriate use” but has not said when or how it might provide a cheaper option. The phrase was used in a letter from Marc Donovan, Boots’ chief pharmacist, sent to BPAS after the campaigning charity lobbied it to cut its prices. In a new statement released late on Friday a spokesman said: “We are truly sorry that our poor choice of words in describing our position on Emergency Hormonal Contraception (EHC) has caused offence and misunderstanding and we sincerely apologise”. The right, responsible and moral thing to do now would be to look at what they have in store and look at cutting the price of thatClare Murphy, BPAS 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.
A farmer who built the first new long barrow tomb in the UK in more than 5,000 years has been told that he must pay thousands of pounds in business rates on it.Tim Daw, the owner of the burial ground used by Pagans, has been told by the Valuation Office Agency that he must pay between £4,500 to £5,000 a year in business rates for his burial mound where people pay to inter the ashes of their loved ones.Long barrows were in widespread use in the early Neolithic period and examples still exist today, but the burial method fell out of use.Usually, church graveyards and burial grounds are exempt from the tax as they are seen as places of worship. But Mr Daw has been told that his long barrow is a commercial storage facility that must pay the tax, as it falls above the rateable value on a business property of £12,000.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Mr Daw, from Devizes, Wiltshire, said the decision means mourners visiting his tomb will have to “pay to pray” and that the move discriminates against non-Christian forms of worship. The traditional pagan and druid burial mound is where people pay to inter the ashes of their loved ones like they did in the Neolithic periodCredit:BNPS Mr Daw, makes an average of £1,000 a year from the burial site, but would have to pay £5,000 a year in business rates.He puts any money he takes towards the maintenance of the long barrow and has said that anyone, whatever their religion, is welcome to visit it.He said: “The long barrow is built like an ancient druid temple and we’ve had druids come here to worship.”It has also become used for a loose kind of pagan worship, so I just always assumed it was a place of worship and that was that, like a church.”Mr Daw said he has since had confirmation from a different government agency, the registrar, accepting the long barrow as a place of worship.A spokesman for the Valuation Office Agency said they could not comment on specific cases. 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. Mr Daw, a farmer, said: “I got an email from the business valuation office saying they considered my long barrow as a place for storage, like a warehouse you would store car parts in. He used conventional stone working techniques to create the unusual site at his farm in All Cannings, Wiltshire.The tomb is designed on an alignment that means the sun shines down the central chamber on the Winter Solstice, which also makes it a popular place of worship with druids and pagans.Mr Daw says the building, which took nine months to construct, cost him around £200,000.The long barrow is about 220ft long and 20ft tall and has stone chambers with a series of shelves, called niches, where people pay to have their loved ones’ ashes stored.It has 340 niches that can hold two or three urns and each niche carries a one-off charge of £1,000. All of the niches are now reserved, although only 40 are currently filled with urns. “Them describing it as ‘storage’ is demeaning to the families whose loved ones are buried here.”I couldn’t believe it. It’s not right and it should be treated the same as a Christian church. It feels like discrimination.”We are being told we must pay to pray. There is one rule for the established Christian religions and another for ancient pagans.”Responding to the decline in people wanting traditional Christian burials, Mr Daw decided to create the long barrow.
Meshkov Brest and PPD Zagreb qualified for the SEHA F4 semi-finals after the two opening matches of the regional competition final event in Veszprem Arena. In the first match of the day Belarussian champions beat RK Nexe 28:24 (11:11) after better performance in the second half. The first gunner in the winning team was Kamyshyk with eight goals.STATISTICSMeshkov Brest will meet RK Vardar Skopje in the battle for the final – on Friday.PPD Zagreb showed another TOP performance on the wings of fantastic matches in the VELUX EHF Champions League. Veselin Vujovic boys overplayed HC Tatran Presov 33:26 (16:10) in front of more than 2.500 fans in Veszprem Arena. Only the TOP scorer of the SEHA GSS, Radoslav Antl with 11 goals was on the level necessary to play against Croatian champions, who had Luka Stepancic with 6 goals in the best shooting form tonight…STATISTICSZagreb will meet home team MVM MKB Veszprem on Friday’s semi-final. SEHA ← Previous Story EHF Cup quarter-finals: Skjern attack Melsungen for Berlin’s ticket Next Story → Steiner Ege is new “Zebra”
The descent of Curiosity on to the surface of Mars is one of those events that will be remembered (in awe) forever. The 7 minutes of terror the rover went through to land safely on Mars was impressive both in its planning and execution, and everyone at NASA should be very proud of their achievement.We are also lucky that the Curiosity team at NASA thought to record and share the last 2 minutes of the descent via the 2MP Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) camera on board Curiosity. It allowed us to see the descent from the moment the heat shield is released right through to the thrusters gently placing Curiosity on the surface.The original video was tiny. Then NASA released an updated, high resolution version consisting of 666 frames of footage running at around 4fps. It was great, and I thought it was the best version we were going to get. But I was wrong.YouTube user hahahaspam took that footage and interpolated it to 25 frames per second. It took four days in total to put the video you see above together, but I think you’ll agree it was worth it. And it may not be the best version to appear as others are continuing to work with the footage and improve it further.Curiosity is already hard at work on Mars. We’ve seen it interrogate a rock with the ChemCam laser, it has started moving around, and there’s going to be a ton of new footage captured by its cameras over the next couple of years. This video and the handful of images being released by NASA is thankfully just the beginning.via Reddit
Sour and sweet make a heavenly combo for Monster Pie’s lemon pie: You’ll have to travel to Busan, South Korea to try this scrumptious dessert, however, it’s worth the trip.Maple and Bacon Pie Stargazy pie, a staple from County Road Beer Co. in Ontario, Canada, is a strange dish you’ll have to try at some point. *Spoiler alert* the fish make eye contact with you from the savory crust, so this isn’t for the faint of heart.Lemon Pie PewDiePie Pulls $50,000 Pledge to Anti-Hate Group After Fan BacklashPolice Arrest Dutch YouTubers for Trespassing Area 51 Site Stay on target Coca-Cola in pie? Yes, it’s possible. Luna’s Eat & Drink in Orange Beach, Alabama, created a peanut and Coca-Cola pie that will blow other sweets away.More on Geek.com:Feast Your Eyes on the 10 Weirdest Pizza Flavors10 Wackiest Pumpkin Spice Products You Can Buy‘Yuck’ Becomes ‘Yum’ at the Disgusting Food Museum The weird combination of booze and meat makes a wicked good treat at Shepherd’s Artisan Bakehouse in Sefton, Australia.Cereal Killer Cheesecake Pie Salad condiments can be used in baked goods, too: Underbelly Hospitality, a Houston-based restaurant company, makes a mean vinegar pie.Coca-Cola Pie This cereal killer cheesecake pie from The Pie Hole in Los Angeles is way better than the food you eat for breakfast.Mac and Cheese Pie It might not be the holidays anymore, but pie is one of the best desserts you can eat all year long. A flaky crust, fluffy interior, and slightly sweet taste make pie a meal worth splurging on.However, pie wasn’t always a popular dish worldwide: According to the American Pie Council, pie didn’t come to the U.S. until the first English settlers landed there. Over the years, pie has become a major part of U.S. culture, and depending on where you travel in the nation, you can eat different pies in each region.Photo Credit: Lucy Heath/UnsplashThe U.S. isn’t the only place to grab tasty pie though: Other nations, including Germany and South Korea, serve up some yummy creations by the slice, Travel + Leisure reported. Whether you’re craving goat cheese or lemons, there’s a pie out there that will satisfy your taste buds.In honor of National Pie Day, which is Jan. 23, we’ve rounded up the most bizarre pie flavors you can try. If you’re feeling adventurous, prepare your taste buds for cereal killer cheesecake pie, vinegar pie, Coca-Cola pie, and other weirdly scrumptious types of pies.Beef and Beer Pie Your #brunchgoals will be complete with this maple and bacon pie from Sweet N’ Savory Pie in Seattle.Vinegar Pie Boomerang’s makes your favorite comfort food in pie form: Their mac and cheese pie might ruin your winter diet plans.Stargazy Pie
Rachel Pinsky can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Instagram @couveeats and @rachelapinsky and on Facebook @coueeats. Paper Tiger Coffee Roasters recently took over the coffee kiosk on the corner of Mill Plain Boulevard and Grand Boulevard (formerly Pines Coffee and then Jenna Coffee). Kenny Fletcher, Paper Tiger’s owner, had his eye on that kiosk for five years, since he took over Paper Tiger’s coffee shop just down the street at the corner of Grand and Evergreen boulevards.After the kiosk’s recent vacancy, Fletcher heard rumors that a coffee chain had approached the landlord, so he knew he had to move quickly. “I managed to find out who the landlord was and had a chat with him that day,” Fletcher said. “I signed paperwork the next day. The landlord confirmed that other chains were looking at it and he said he wanted someone local. I told him we’re local — here’s my shop. I pointed right down the street to him.” Getting the dual-sided drive-up ready for business was fairly simple. Inside, Fletcher added a new grinder and espresso machine, and reorganized the shelving. The landlord had just installed an under-the-counter three-door refrigerator. On the outside, Fletcher added a new coat of paint, ordered some Paper Tiger logos and made his own colorful signs — a coffee cup on a bright tiger-orange background.PTCR (as Fletcher likes to call the coffee kiosk because it’s an abbreviated version of his shop) carries a shorter menu because of its limited space. House coffee and espresso drinks (cappuccino, Americano, latte, mocha, macchiato and con panna), chai (spicy and regular), hot cocoa, and soda (Coca-Cola, San Pellegrino, and Italian soda) are available. Four types of tea are offered: green, black, Earl Grey, and berry rooibos.
Sevilla’s management is running out of patience with the Italian manager, who could be fired within the next few days.Sevilla’s club directors can’t be satisfied with the team’s recent run of bad results. The Andalusian outfit has not tasted victory since the famous win at Old Trafford. That’s a total of 9 matches without a win in all competitions. The most recent ones are particularly concerning. First, it was last weekend’s 5-0 annihilation in the Copa del Rey final. Then, yesterday Sevilla lost to lowly Levante.Montella doesn’t seem to be too bothered by the situation. He was asked in his Press conference last evening if it might’ve been his last game on the Sevilla bench. This was his response (Football Italia):“That is not a question for me to answer. I am the coach of Sevilla and I do my work with enthusiasm, professionalism and focus.”“I think we can finish the season better than our current form, but the rest is not up to me.”La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…The Italian manager has already met with the club leadership to discuss his future. Marca quoted him as saying:“They heard my explanation, how I see the situation, how it could continue and with what objectives,”“I gave my analysis in general of the whole season since I have been here and I told them I believe that we can reach the Europa League.”“I know we played a terrible game in the final, but if we reach the Europa League it isn’t a lost season for me.”Sevilla has already parted ways with sporting director Oscar Arias and many were wondering if Montella could be next. Last night’s match against Levante was seen as his last chance. In all likelihood, it was.
Vijayawada: A large number of Siddhartha Mahila Kalasala alumnae from the first batch to the recent passed out batch participated in the meet organised by the college here on Tuesday. They walked down the memory line and recalled their memories and experiences. A few of them spoke about their relationship with their teachers and felt proud to be the alumnae of the college. Also Read – AP Cabinet to meet on September 4 Advertise With Us Principal Dr M Nalini said that many students of the college had settled in various walks of life at various places across the world. Director Dr T Vijayalakshmi praised the old students and said that they have brought glory to the institution. She also said that the old student’s cultural team has performed in America and won standing ovation for their performance.
A view of National Stock Exchange (NSE) and Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).IANSIndian stock markets ended Tuesday trading on a bullish note, with the 50-scrip NSE Nifty closing at a record high of 9,786 while the BSE Sensex touched yet another historic high of 31,885 before closing at 31,747, a gain of 31 points.Top Sensex gainers were Bajaj Auto, Tata Motors and NTPC while stocks that lifted the Nifty included Bajaj Auto, BPCL and Hindalco.Meanwhile, Moneycontrol reported that out of 19 companies in which the promoters raised their stake, six companies delivered phenomenal returns to shareholders. These are Moschip Semiconductor, Alankit, Fortune Financial Services, Ram Minerals, Monarch Networth and Tide Water Oil.On Monday, foreign institutional investors (FIIs) were net buyers of Indian equities worth Rs 102 crore, while domestic institutional investors bought stocks worth Rs 894 crore, according to provisional data published by the NSE.Jet Airways, which was rumoured to see stake sale to foreign investors or airlines, ended flat at Rs 605 on the Bombay Stock Exchange.
Shamima BegumOne of Britain’s most senior judges has called into question Sajid Javid’s decision to strip ISIS bride Shamima Begum of her British citizenship, reports The Telegram.Jonathan Sumption, who retired as a justice of the Supreme Court in December, indicated that the home secretary may have breached international law by effectively making Begum stateless.Javid claimed that Begum, 19, whose parents came to the UK from Bangladesh, was a Bangladeshi citizen under that country’s law even though she had never been to Bangladesh.This meant he could remove her British citizenship without making her stateless, adds the Canada-based newspaper.Speaking on the BBC’s Reith Lecture on 9 June, 2019, however, Lord Sumption said: “I am frankly surprised at the suggestion that she can be regarded as the citizen of a country with which she has never had anything to do but that is the government’s position and I have no doubt it will be tested in the courts in due course.”Shamima BegumThe Bangladesh government has rejected the British claim that she is a Bangladesh citizen and said it would refuse to accept her, although its nationality laws do include a right of “citizenship by descent” to anyone who is born to a Bangladeshi parent.This right only lapses when a person reaches the age of 21.Lawyers for Begum, who fled London to join ISIS in Syria and married an IS fighter with whom she had three babies, all of whom died, are however appealing the home secretary’s decision, the Telegram also adds.Asked if the removal of citizenship also meant a person lost their standing under human rights, Lord Sumption said: “What they lose is their citizenship. That doesn’t necessarily deprive them of their standing when it comes to human rights.”I have no problem with the notion of depriving people of their citizenship who have gone abroad to fight in foreign wars save this.”It’s an established principle of international law that you cannot deprive somebody of his or her citizenship if the result would be to render them stateless.”And whatever they may have done in Syria or anywhere else, that rule has always been applied and will no doubt be applied in this case.”
“Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.”The opening lines of the Star Trek: The Next Generation (as well as The Original Series) series are telling. They establish that this show isn’t necessarily about the cast or the crew — it’s about the journey of one ship in the void. So, naturally, you want it to look like the slickest ship around, right?That’s one thing that it looks like the forthcoming Star Trek: Discovery nails. For an upcoming San Diego Comic-Con exhibit, the showrunners have prepped two delightfully retro-future posters for Discovery. One, though, clearly shows the design of the new space-boat, the eponymous Discovery.The most notable features are a delta-shaped, swept-wing body and a saucer with two major pieces, separated by a gap and connected at several points. That’s a marked step back from the original design shown last year. The first didn’t have the gap in the saucer section, and the nacelles have been pulled back a bit in the new iteration. It’s a stark look — filled with lots of sharp lines and angles — but it’s one that also really fits the apparent modern throwback aesthetic the poster and the series, in general, are looking for.Discovery’s going to have some pretty hefty expectations hoisted onto it. While the runners are pulling heavily from the setting of the Original Series, it also eschews a lot of guidelines that have driven the show for years. In particular, creator Gene Roddenberry wanted to the show to be a source of hope. So, unlike many other television shows, he didn’t want any of its main cast to have conflicts they didn’t quickly resolve. He also didn’t want to show characters being straight-up evil. These were figures to look up to. They weren’t supposed to be stuck in the same petty human crap that we’re dealing with here.In this case, though, that might be a good thing. The Discovery looks pretty aggressive and utilitarian — reflecting the series’ earlier spot in the time line. Because it predates Kirk and pals, it also shows people just haven’t figured out their shit yet. And, over time, they do.“The thing we’re taking from Roddenberry is how we solve those conflicts,” showrunner Aaron Harberts told Entertainment Weekly. “So we do have our characters in conflict, we do have them struggling with each other, but it’s about how they find a solution and work through their problems.”Optimism has been Star Trek’s MO since the beginning, and it’ll be interesting to see if Discovery can manage to feel appropriately Star Trek enough or fizzle out as a failed gritty reboot one of the few utopic settings in the genre.With Discovery slated to premiere on CBS’ All Access on September 24, we won’t have to wait long to find out. And if you’re in San Diego between Thursday and Sunday, you can stop by the Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts Gallery for an exhibit featuring props and art. You even have a chance to grab one of the posters sporting the newly designed ship. Badges aren’t required either, so even if you’re in town without a pass, you should be good.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. The Tick Debuts its Second Episode at SDCCMarvel Studios Debuts New Cast Members, a Thor Trailer and Infinity War Stay on target
By Jordi MiroAFPCARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez was recovering after a successful cancer operation at a Cuban hospital, his vice president said on Tuesday.A visibly moved Nicolas Marduro, to whom Chávez delegated power before undergoing his fourth round of cancer surgery in Havana, said Chávez would shortly begin a “post-operative phase” that would last several days.“This operation ended correctly and successfully,” Maduro said in an address to the nation. “In these coming hours, we will be very attentive.”He said the operation took six hours and was “corrective surgery of a lesion” that occurred in the same place as before, without elaborating.Earlier, Tareck El Aissami, a former interior minister and member of Venezuela’s ruling party, took to the airwaves shortly after doctors began operating to tell the Venezuelan people all was “going well.”Chávez’s medical team expressed “optimism” as the cancer-stricken Venezuelan president went into surgery, while hundreds of faithful supporters gathered to pray that the longtime, omnipresent leader would live.In the capital, Miriam Escobar stopped with her daughter at a mass being held in a downtown street to “pray for our commandante,” an act replicated in cities across the South American nation.“We know that with faith you will succeed,” Escobar said tearfully.Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa, who visited Chávez on Monday, expressed concern at the “very delicate operation.”“He is going through one of the most difficult moments of his life, this dear friend, colleague and Latin American leader, Commandante Chávez,” Correa said in the border town of Tulcan, Ecuador.“Truly, he is a historic president and let’s hope he comes through this health problem totally re-established,” said Correa, who was meeting with Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos.Chávez, 58, flew to Havana for surgery on Monday after revealing to his stunned countrymen over the weekend that his cancer had returned just two months after his triumphant re-election to a six-year term.The president was first diagnosed with the disease in June 2011. He had assured Venezuelans that he was cancer-free after three bouts of surgery and debilitating rounds of chemo and radiation therapy.Significant aspects of his condition – including the type, location and severity of his cancer – have been kept secret over the past 18 months, fueling rumors and uncertainty in Venezuela.Chávez made clear before his departure to Havana that he was facing a serious setback, publicly naming Maduro as his preferred successor for the first time.Without formally handing over the presidency, Chávez said he was delegating the country’s “high political command” to Maduro while he was gone and said the vice president would succeed him if he became incapacitated.Under Venezuela’s constitution, elections must be held within 30 days if the president dies or is incapacitated either before being sworn into office or in the first four years of his term.Correa, a firebrand leftist economist who could succeed Chávez as leader of the Latin American left, on Monday flew to the Venezuelan’s side in Havana where he found him in “great spirits.”“He gives us all strength,” Correa said on Twitter.Correa said he had also visited Cuban President Raúl Castro and his predecessor, Fidel Castro, during his day-long stay in the Cuban capital.With Cuba’s backing, Chávez has taken the lead in forming a bloc of leftist Latin American governments that vehemently opposes the United States and has friendly relations with U.S. adversaries like Iran.Members of the group include Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Venezuela.Though Cuban authorities did not announce it, Chávez is believed to be receiving treatment at the same Havana hospital he was at earlier, known as CIMEQ.The hospital, where Fidel Castro has been cared for, is seen as the communist country’s best facility for complicated medical conditions. Facebook Comments No related posts.
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(Right) Vietjet Vice President, Dinh Viet Phuong and (centre)Airbus Chief Commercial Officer, Eric Schulz at the signing of 50 new A321neo single aisle aircraftVietjet and Airbus Ink Deal for 50 A321neo AircraftThe recent conclusion of the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow – one of the world’s premier aviation events saw the signing of big order contracts between Vietjet and two world-leading aircraft manufacturers Airbus and Boeing.New-age airline Viejet signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus for the purchase of an additional 50 A321neo single aisle aircraft. The agreement worth USD6.5 billion was signed by Vietjet Vice President, Dinh Viet Phuong and Airbus Chief Commercial Officer, Eric Schulz. The additional aircraft will be used to meet the airline’s development demand as well as optimize its efficiency and operation range.Vietjet has a long-standing relationship with Airbus, collaborating on various projects ranging from safety, techniques and operation management. Currently, the Full Flight Simulator located in Ho Chi Minh City – a joint-collaboration between Vietjet and Airbus – is well under way to its final phases and equipment installation which will be ready for operation this October.The latest agreement will see the carrier’s backlog of orders for the A320 Family rise to 171 aircraft, including 123 A321neo and other A321ceo. The delivery will be from now until 2025.This follows Vietjet’s recent MoU signing with Boeing for 100 B737 MAX aircraft. Worth USD12.7 billion, the new order with Boeing is aimed at serving the carrier’s development of airline alliances across the Asia Pacific region and worldwide, and further enhance the airline’s fleet synchronization, modernization and fuel efficiency up to 2025. The deal is also expected to increase bilateral trade turnover between Vietnam and the United States, the home of Boeing.As part of this contract, Boeing Commercial Airplanes has committed to deploying a series of strategic partnership programs to develop modern aviation service ecology in Vietnam, inclusive of Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO), training for pilots, technicians, engineers, and more, as well as special programs for enhancing the management and automation capabilities for airlines in Vietnam and the Vietnam aviation industry as a whole.“We are honored to deepen our strong partnership with Vietjet as they become our newest 737 MAX 10 customers. Today’s agreement for a repeat order from Vietjet validates the best-in-class capabilities of the 737 MAX family of airplanes,” said Kevin McAllister, President & CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “With this agreement, we take another major step in growing our partnership with Vietjet, one that continues to contribute to the trade relationship between Vietnam and the United States. This agreement also grows Boeing’s presence and partnerships across Asia Pacific, developing win-win partnerships in a region with tremendous development potential.”Source = Vietjet