SC grants CBI 2 more weeks to complete probe in accident case

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday granted two more weeks’ time to the CBI to complete the ongoing investigation in a road accident case in which the Unnao rape survivor and her lawyer have sustained critical injuries. A bench comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose extended the time for completing the probe after the CBI moved an application seeking four more weeks on the ground that the statements of the rape survivor and her lawyer have not been recorded so far. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The bench also directed the Uttar Pradesh government to pay Rs five lakh to the lawyer, who is in a critical condition. The court had on August 2 directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to complete the investigation within seven days, adding that the agency could avail additional seven days in exceptional circumstances, but in no case the time frame would be extended beyond a fortnight. The top court had earlier ordered transfer of all the five related cases in the matter to Delhi but later modified its order putting in abeyance shifting of the accident case till the probe was completed. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The modification was done stating that due to shifting of the case, the local court was facing technical hurdle in passing orders of remand for the accused who are being arrested in course of the probe. The court had said the order transferring the accident case “shall remain in abeyance for the period during which the said case remains under investigation, which we have stipulated in the order dated August 1, 2019, to be completed in a maximum period of 15 days, preferably within seven days. The order dated August 1, 2019, is modified accordingly”. The woman, allegedly raped by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar in 2017 when she was a minor, is battling for life after a truck rammed into the car she was travelling in with some family members and her lawyer. Two of her aunts died in the accident recently. She was airlifted from a hospital in Lucknow and brought to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for better care as she continued to be critical.last_img read more

Jay Leno To Auction OneOfAKind HarleyDavidson Ford F150 For Charity

first_imgFord Motor Company and Jay Leno, renowned auto enthusiast and star of Jay Leno’s Garage, are teaming up to auction the TV legend’s personal one-of-one 2000 Harley-Davidson F-150 at the 45th Anniversary Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction at WestWorld of Scottsdale.Ford and Jay Leno are teaming up to auction the TV legend’s personal one-of-one 2000 Harley-Davidson F-150All proceeds will benefit National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the country’s leading organization helping people affected by multiple sclerosis through cutting-edge research, advocacy and education. Live TV coverage of the auction of this custom F-150 will air on Velocity on Jan. 29.“Jay Leno and Ford Motor Company share a passion for special vehicles and charity,” said Jim Owens, Ford Performance marketing manager. “We enjoy working with celebrities like Jay Leno who support a worthwhile cause that makes a positive difference in people’s lives. It’s a great story, because organizations can receive the help they need, while automotive enthusiasts get a chance to own a one-of-a-kind vehicle.”Leno will be on the block to help auction his Harley-Davidson F-150, (Lot #3006). Representing the first collaborative effort between Ford and Harley-Davidson, this distinctive pickup captured the imagination of auto enthusiasts across North America when it was introduced in May 2000.The truck is the only one in existence that features the SVT Lightning powertrain. Equipped with a supercharged 5.4-liter Triton V8, this custom monochrome black F-150 features distinctive Harley-Davidson orange pin-striping and badging and 20-inch styled chrome wheels. It cranks out approximately 360 horsepower that exits through a specially tuned single-inlet dual-outlet exhaust for a more robust sound.“This is an opportunity to own a truly unique vehicle from my personal collection,” said Leno. “Not only is this Harley-Davidson F-150 the only one of its kind, it’s providing much needed resources to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The next owner can feel good knowing that they’re getting an outstanding truck and supporting a great cause at the same time.”This custom Harley-Davidson F-150 has been titled to Leno since it was first presented to him by Ford Division President Jim O’Connor at Ford World Headquarters in May 2000.In addition to the latest Ford Performance models, Ford will have its full 2016 vehicle lineup on display at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, including the new Explorer and F-150, as well as all-new Lincoln sedans and SUVs. Auction-goers will have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of their favorite Ford Motor Company models for on-site ride-and-drives.Visit the Jay Leno’s Garage website on Jan. 18, for more information about the Harley-Davidson F-150 and an exclusive video featuring Leno and the truck.For auction information, visit the Barrett-Jackson website or Facebook.last_img read more

Grains mixed livestock higher

first_imgWheat for Dec. was up 1 cent at 4.9975 a bushel; Dec. corn fell 2.75 cents at 3.5900 a bushel; Dec. oats lost 5.25 cent at $2.8625 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans dropped 2.25 cents at $8.8075 a bushel.Beef and pork were higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Dec. live cattle was up .92 cent at $1.1732 a pound; Jan. feeder cattle rose .70 cent at $1.4932 a pound; while Dec. lean hogs gained .78 cent at $.5905 a pound.The Associated Presslast_img

Abdullahs of Kashmir

first_imgOne of the spoilt dynasts of Indian politics, Omar Abdullah, has made the demand of taking the state of Jammu & Kashmir to the pre-1953 status and has called for having a separate prime minister and president for the state. This separatist call must be unreservedly condemned. The Abdullah family of Kashmir have treated the state as their personal fief; they have exploited the people and have based their politics on threat, coercion, violence and have made repeated calls for dismembering India. They have pandered to terrorism and separatism; they have peddled the narrative of Pakistan on Kashmir and have presided over one of the most gruesome episodes of ethnic cleansing that has taken place post-Independence. They come across as parasitic political elements who have no allegiance to the Indian Union, have no commitment to India’s freedom and her future. It was the same family which had tricked Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee into entering Kashmir and had then incarcerated him, subjected him to great pressure, physical pain and mental trauma ultimately leading to his sudden death while Nehru looked the other way. This subversive and mischievous demand is, as Arun Jaitley has argued, “intended to create a separatists psyche.” Also Read – A special kind of bondPrime Minister Modi has rightly asked Congress and the “Federal Front” parties to clarify their stand on this demand made by Omar Abdullah, since National Conference is an inseparable ally of the Rahul Gandhi-led Congress and is, at the same time, defying logic, a fundamental constituent of the Federal Front. The theatrical Farooq Abdullah was a star attraction at the January 19 Brigade Rally organised by Trinamool Congress. Let Congress and the other parties make their position clear on Omar’s demand – do they support a separate existence for Kashmir, do they support his call for separating Kashmir from the Constitutional framework of India, do they adhere to this divisive call, is it the agenda they wish to fulfil, if, by chance of fate, they ever come to power at the Centre? Will the separation of Kashmir be their objective, will their foreign policy be directed towards that end? These are questions that these parties, especially Congress and the lead party of the Federal Front, Trinamool Congress, have to answer to the people who are in no mood to tolerate separatism. Also Read – Insider threat managementBut the Abdullah family’s tryst with separatism goes back a long time, as exposed first by Dr Mookerjee while participating in a debate on Kashmir in the first Lok Sabha on 7 August 1952. Dr Mookerjee pointed at how Sheikh Abdullah, Omar Abdullah’s grandfather had increasingly resorted to the language of separatism, “Since when did the trouble start? Let us look at it dispassionately. Since Sheikh Abdullah’s return from Paris some time ago statements started to be made by him which disturbed us. Even then we did not speak out. His first statement he made in an interview which he gave when he was abroad, about his vision of an independent Kashmir. And then when he came back he amplified it, then again retracted from it and gave an explanation, and then speeches which he has made during the last few months were of a disturbing character. If he feels that his safety lies in remaining out of India, well, let him say so; we will be sorry for it, but it may become inevitable…” Sheikh Abdullah’s call for an “independent Kashmir” was first made on foreign soil. We remind Omar of these words and throw these back at him. If he and his family feel that their safety lies in remaining out of India, let them articulate it so, but they cannot pass off their urge to be separate from India as the wishes of the people of Kashmir! He would, Dr Mookerjee said, “give whole-hearted support to the scheme (separate provision) as an interim measure” only if Sheikh Abdullah accepted the sovereignty of the Indian Parliament. “Let Sheikh Abdullah declare that he accepts the Sovereignty of this Parliament. There cannot be two Sovereign Parliaments in India. You talk of Kashmir being part of India, and Sheikh Abdullah talks of a Sovereign Parliament for Kashmir. It is inconsistent, it is contradictory. This Parliament does not mean a few of us who are opposing this. This Parliament includes a majority of people who will not be swayed by any small considerations. And why should he be afraid of accepting the Sovereignty of this Parliament of Free India?” The New India of today has no interest in pampering separatism; it has no patience with sentiments and attitudes that challenge the Sovereignty of India. But the Abdullahs of Kashmir have a history of flashing the card of separatism while living off the Constitution of India and all the largesse that comes with it. Their politics has always promoted internal and communal conflict while fanning the flames of separatism. Their approach is best described in the words of the legendary and sagacious former Governor of Jammu & Kashmir and one of the most respected administrators of our times, Jagmohan. His words are worth recalling, one should keep these in circulation in our collective mind. In his opus, “My Frozen Turbulence in Kashmir”, Jagmohan writes how as he was battling “against heavy odds and dealing with the manifold problems of internal subversion and external conspiracy, Dr Farooq Abdullah and his partymen were playing a highly destructive, even unpatriotic, role…” The National Conference and its leaders, records Jagmohan, “did not enjoy any respect at all. They were not in a position to do anything positive. But they could inflict damage. They could float rumours; they could incite public through unscrupulous means. They could even pose as collaborators of the subversionists. They could whisper into their ears: “Please don’t misunderstand. What you have been doing from outside, we have been doing from inside.” They could even champion the cause of terrorists.” Jagmohan pointed out how Farooq Abdullah’s MLAs and former ministers openly celebrated “Maqbool Bhatt” Day, with one of his trusted MLAs Abdul Rashid Dar, “calling upon his party, the National Conference, to join the freedom struggle. He declared that he was placing his services at the disposal of the J&K Liberation Front (JKLF). What do these statements reveal, asks Jagmohan, “do they not show that the commitment of the National Conference to India is only a ruse, a stance, to secure power and rule? As soon as the power goes, loyalty to the Indian ideal goes.” They never utter a single word “against terrorists and their crimes”, and keep abusing our security forces instead. On February 15, 1990, Farooq Abdullah himself called for international intervention in J&K, keeping alive the legacy of his late father. In a statement released to the press, he said that the “entire Kashmir is writhing in pain due to continuous acts of barbarism and brutality by the army and para-military forces.” He said the Valley and Srinagar had been “converted into Nazi camps”, he said that the “Kashmiris are witnessing their beloved country being converted into a vast graveyard” and appealed “to the national and international upholders of humanity to intervene in Kashmir and have an international inquiry made into the general slaughter of Kashmiris at the hands of the army and para-military forces.” Sheikh Abdullah was the original proponent of “Tukde Tukde” politics; Farooq Abdullah ably succeeded and exceeded him in pushing the contours of that “Tukde Tukde” politics. Today, Omar Abdullah, the third generation of the dynasty, has emerged as one of the most vocal and articulate proponents of the legacy of that “Tukde Tukde” politics. The Abdullah’s cannot think and act otherwise, for them to accept India’s unity and sovereignty is anathema. They are essentially history-sheeters of separatism. The only answer to their cancerous politics is to decisively and democratically reject them while asserting and endorsing Narendra Modi’s vision of a “New India.” (The author is Director, Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation, New Delhi. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Ban hails move by creditor nations to cancel nearly 8 billion in

24 December 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed the decision of the 19-member Paris Club of nations to cancel the remaining 20 per cent of Iraq’s debt from the Saddam Hussein era – amounting to $7.8 billion – and called on other creditors to take similar action to help the country rebuild its economy. “This is a major achievement and acknowledgement of the Iraqi Government’s determination to implement necessary reforms despite overwhelming challenges,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.“The Secretary-General takes this opportunity to call on creditors, other than those of the Paris Club, to advance Iraqi debt relief to facilitate the country’s path to prosperity and reintegration into the regional and international economy,” the statement added.According to the statement, the 22 December decision by the Paris Club, an informal grouping of creditor nations, was taken in the context of the International Compact with Iraq, which is co-chaired by the United Nations and the Iraqi Government.Under the Compact, launched in May 2007, the Government of Iraq will work to meet basic needs, protect the rights of all citizens and ensure the optimal use of the country’s resources for the common good. read more

Africa requires massive funding to help stem health crisis experts tell UN

Professor Jeffrey Sachs made his plea during a panel discussion organized by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) on “the economics of health in Africa.” The panel was convened as part of the build-up to ECOSOC’s high-level segment, which will be held from 16 to 18 July. Moderator Sarbuland Khan of DESA explained that by contributing to the debate on an issue of such critical importance, the Council would help produce “fresh ideas and innovative solutions to long-standing problems.” In his remarks, Professor Sachs emphasized that Africa could not handle its health crisis alone. Offering an example of the continent’s limited ability to cope, he noted that Rwanda has one doctor per 65,000 people. “We can’t call that a health system,” he said. “We have to call this a global tragedy of the first order that has not been addressed by the international community and cannot be addressed by Africa itself.”Decrying the present low levels of assistance, Professor Sachs noted that at the end of the 1990s, the bilateral and multilateral combined help for Africa’s efforts to fight AIDS totalled only $70 million per year, or roughly $3 per HIV infected person. Professor Sachs advocated the creation of a global fund for AIDS, one for malaria, one for TB and one for childhood diseases. He said the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) should take leading roles in operationalizing the funds.Also addressing the panel, UNDP Associate Administrator Zephirin Diabre agreed that better health was key to unlocking Africa’s development potential. Noting that Africa has the largest number of people with AIDS — some 23 million out of a global total of 33 million — he said, “the real tragedy is that these facts and figures are so well known to everybody.”Dr. Ebrahim Samba, WHO Regional Director for Africa, agreed with other panellists that outside assistance was critical. “With the needs facing us in Africa today, even if they were to increase the [domestic] budget many-fold, this would not be sufficient for us to turn the tide of the disease burden,” he said. Dr. Samba pointed to next week’s African Summit on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Other Related Infectious Diseases, to be held in Abuja, Nigeria, as an example of a growing political will on the continent.In Abuja, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is expected to outline key priorities in the fight against AIDS when he addresses the Summit on 26 April. Over the past year, the Secretary-General has been meeting with government and private sector leaders to discuss how to boost the profile and urgency of international action on AIDS. After a 5 April meeting with the pharmaceutical industry in Amsterdam, he stated that encouraging the active participation of all partners in the fight against AIDS had become his personal priority. read more

Fight against child labour gaining momentum in Kosovo UN agency says

“Public authorities, communities and families all have their share of responsibility in fighting these abuses and they should act on these responsibilities,” Lindita Boshtrakaj, ILO National Programme Manager for the child labour project in Kosovo, said today. To illustrate the plight of families forced to send their children to work in the fields, ILO focused on the story of Sevdije Morina, a mother of five in the Kosovar village of Vrajak, whose children help her with the hard farm work – harvesting onions and grapes. “I was forced to stop sending them to school so that they could work more in the fields and the vineyard,” she said, according to ILO, adding that the children often handle pesticides and dangerous tools.Her 12-year-old daughter Haxhere said: “There have been cases when we’ve been injured when hoeing. And once I cut my hand with an axe. Since we did not have a car or other transportation, we had to walk the six kilometres from Vrajak to Ratkoc to take the children to hospital.”Coming from poor families, some of them have to start to work as early as the age of 10, ILO said. “Working on a garbage dump or in agriculture, they risk their health and even their lives. For many of them, combining school and work is a major challenge,” ILO said.The UN agency also reported that for dozens of children collecting waste at a local dumpsite in Koshtova, a small village on the outskirts of the northern town of Mitrovica, working conditions may be even more difficult than for the mother of five and her children. “They often hurt themselves when they collect the garbage or run to meet a new truck arriving at the dumpsite,” it said. “They rush because the winner of the race takes all and can fill his or her bag alone. Everybody accepts this tacit agreement to avoid fights between the children.”The ILO reported that it and Kosovo’s Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare are working to find quick and adequate solutions, and so far, the project has led to the formulation of the Kosovo Action Plan for Prevention and Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour. The so-called Administrative Instruction 05/2013 on the Prevention and Prohibition of Hazardous Child Labour in Kosovo was approved in July 2014, which contains the updated Hazardous Child Labour List drafted with the help of the ILO. And since March 2013, members of the Kosovo Chamber of Commerce are obliged to observe the ILO’s four fundamental labour principles, including the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining, and the elimination of child labour, forced labour and discrimination at work. So far, according to ILO, 40 members of the Chamber of Commerce adopted codes of conduct on combating child labour in their supply chains and communities. In addition, occupational safety and health issues will be mainstreamed into the compulsory education (grades 8-9) and upper secondary school curricula. The ILO is devoted to promoting social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights, and helps advance the creation of decent work and the economic and working conditions that give working people and business people a stake in lasting peace, prosperity and progress.Its four strategic objectives are: promote and realize standards and fundamental principles and rights at work; create greater opportunities for women and men to decent employment and income; enhance the coverage and effectiveness of social protection for all; and strengthen tripartism and social dialogue. read more

At African Union Summit Guterres outlines UNAU approach to combatting terrorism

“The African Union (AU) is a vital partner in confronting the global challenge posed by terrorist groups, said Mr. Guterres, adding that he had been calling for a “higher platform of cooperation” with the AU, and he is proud the two organizations are indeed building that platform across the range of challenges and opportunities confronting the continent. He recalled that in April 2017, the two organizations signed the Joint UN-AU Framework for Enhanced Partnership in Peace and Security, which includes cooperation in the field of countering terrorism and preventing violent extremism. “I believe this work can be strengthened even further with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) setting out a road map for future collaboration and capacity-building support on countering terrorism within the context of that Framework, he explained.One of the first reforms Mr. Guterres instituted as Secretary-General was the creation of the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism, which, he told the African leaders, has worked closely with the AU and other partners to develop regional strategies and national action plans for the prevention of terrorism and violent extremism in the Horn of Africa and Africa, as well as central and southern Africa.Looking ahead, the UN chief said he believed a comprehensive approach to combatting the transnational threat of terrorism in Africa can be developed around four key priorities: By addressing the deficit in international counter-terrorism cooperation at the global, regional and national levels. Mr. Guterres will in June convene the first-ever UN Summit of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies to build on Member States’ priorities and his discussion today;Enhanced ratification of existing legal counter-terrorism instruments, conventions and protocols; Tackling the root causes and underlying conditions, including the lack of economic opportunities, extreme poverty, marginalization, exclusion and discrimination; andPlacing a special focus on expanding opportunities for young people – especially since youth under the age of 25 form the largest demographic group in most developing countries and they are often the ones most at risk of being recruited and radicalized by terrorists.Underscoring that terrorism is not only a threat to peace and security but also to sustainable development, Mr. Guterres called on the international community to mobilize resources in support of African countries as they strive to balance security and development.“We face a serious challenge – but I believe it is one that we can meet with solidarity, common action and a shared resolve,” he said. read more

Make manifesto commitment to address mental health crisis in Britains classrooms Prime

first_imgPrime Minster Theresa May  Prince Harry attends the official opening of The Global Academy Prime Minster Theresa May Credit:Chris Radburn Prime Minister Theresa May should make a manifesto commitment to address the “mental health crisis” in classrooms, a royal-backed charity has said.YoungMinds, the country’s leading charity on mental health issues for young people, has said that the education system is “fundamentally unbalanced” and must shift its focus towards the well-being of students. “When I founded the school it was important to me because we want the kids to be prepared for life not just prepared for life not just for work,” he said.“The essence of it to make children feel comfortable to open up if they need to. Having a culture of openness definitely helps with academic achievement too.” Prince Harry spoke to The Telegraph's Bryony Gordon  Prince William, Prince Harry and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, arrive to open the Global Academy Prince Harry, along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, visited the school on Thursday for its official opening.It followed five days of intense campaigning by the young royals on the issue, with Prince Harry speaking of his own therapy, and the Duke of Cambridge disclosing he still feels the shock of their mother’s death.Letter to The Daily TelegraphSir,Children and young people face a huge range of pressures – from exams to cyber-bulling, from body image to finding a job when they finish education. An estimated three children in every class have a mental health condition, one in four experience emotional distress, and rates of self-harm are skyrocketing.Alongside 2,000 teachers, 1,000 mental health professionals, 4,000 parents and 1,000 young people, we have written to the Prime Minister urging her to address the mental health crisis in our classrooms. We are now calling on all parties to make manifesto commitments to do the same.While it is not the role of schools to replace the specialist support that mental health services provide, they can and should play a crucial role in developing the skills young people need to cope and flourish in today’s world. But at the moment the education system is fundamentally unbalanced, with an over-emphasis on exams and too little focus on student well-being.  Prince Harry spoke to The Telegraph’s Bryony Gordon Credit: Andrew Crowley The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry tour a TV studio during a visit to open the Global Academy  We want to see greater recognition for good work schools do on well-being, proper funding for well-being initiatives, and mental health as an integral part of teacher training. It is time to ensure that the well-being of students is as important as academic achievement in schools.Signed:Sarah Brennan, Chief Executive of YoungMindsAnna Feuchtwang, Chief Executive of National Children’s BureauRuth Sutherland, Chief Executive of SamaritansDr. Peter Hindley, Chair of the Child and Adolescent Faculty at the Royal College of PsychiatristsHeidi Stewart, Director of Enterprise & Innovation, Rethink Mental IllnessJenny Edwards CBE, Chief Executive of Mental Health FoundationJulie Bentley, Chief Executive of Girlguiding & Girlguiding’s Youth Advocate PanelDenise Hatton, Chief Executive of YMCA EnglandChris Martin, Chief Executive of The MixJo Hobbs, Chief Executive of British Youth CouncilMark Lever, Chief Executive of The National Autistic SocietyDr Hadyn Williams, Chief Executive of British Association for Counselling and PsychotherapyMartin Pratt, Chief Executive of Association of Child & Adolescent Mental HealthJamie Bristow, Director of The Mindfulness InitiativeAdam Shaw, Chairman of The Shaw Mind FoundationEvan Grant, Trustee of Cameron Grant Memorial Trustcenter_img Prince William, Prince Harry and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, arrive to open the Global AcademyCredit: REUTERS The YoungMinds report, which will be officially launched in parliament on Tuesday,  said: “Schools will have different baseline standards of wellbeing, based on demographics and other factors. Comparing schools directly may be misleading, but measurement is essential to drive improvement.“The Government should provide schools with the tools to measure their own progress in this area, and results should be published and available to pupils and parents.”In a letter to the Daily Telegraph, a group of mental health and children’s charities have called for  mental health to be an integral part of teacher training.The charities have also written to the Prime Minister about the issue, in a letter that was also signed by more than 2,500 teachers, 1,000 mental health professionals, 4,500 parents and 1,200 young people, urging her to rebalance the education system. Prince Harry attends the official opening of The Global AcademyCredit:Chris Jackson Sarah Brennan, Chief Executive of YoungMinds, said that the education system is “heavily skewed” so that schools focus on academic achievement rather than well-being. “It is crucial that the new government makes the mental health of our children an absolute priority,” she said.  “At a time when rates of self-harm are skyrocketing, and when teachers are seeing a sharp rise in anxiety and stress among their students, this cannot be right.” Last week, a school was praised by Prince Harry for putting mental health on equal footing with physical education.Rather than traditional PE lessons, students at Global Academy, a university technical college in Hayes, west London, have a weekly one hour a week of physical well-being classes and one hour a week of mental wellbeing class.Prince Harry, who officially opened the school on Thursday along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Thursday, said the school’s approach will encourage young people to speak about their feelings.He told students that “mental health has been viewed as quite a dry depressing subject for a lot of people. And [as] soon as you talk about it, it actually, it turns people away.“So, you can bring that light hearted humour to it and encourage people to just to speak about it… [it will put] a smiles on people’s faces.” The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry tour a TV studio during a visit to open the Global Academy Credit: Dominic Lipinski The school, which was set up by the commercial radio tycoon Ashley Tabor to, teaches vocational media skills for 14 to 19-year-old alongside academic qualifications.Mr Tabor, whose company Global runs more than a dozen radio stations including Classic FM and LBC, said he wanted the school to have a culture of mental well-being underpinning its ethos. It comes after Prince Harry was  praised for his bravery after revealing in an interview with The Daily Telegraph he had sought counselling to help come to terms with the death of his mother.The Prince spoke to The Telegraph’s Bryony Gordon for the first episode of her podcast, Mad World, in which she will interview high-profile guests about their mental health experiences.He disclosed that he had endured two years of “total chaos” while struggling in his late twenties to come to terms with losing his mother Diana, Princess of Wales. 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

US company to create 300 jobs at old Dell site in Limerick

first_imgUS PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY Regeneron will create 300 jobs by 2016 at a new facility to be built in Limerick, it was announced today.The company is investing €218 million to build the new biopharmaceutical production facility within a 11.88 hectare site, previously owned by Dell in Raheen Business Park.Subject to planning approval from the local authority, the company expects to employ up to 300 people by the end of 2016, including scientists, engineers, technicians and administrative personnel.The proposed investment programme will involve the major refurbishment of existing buildings on the site, which has been vacant since Dell’s departure in 2009, and the construction of a quality control laboratory.Construction jobsSubject to a successful permit, construction and refurbishment is anticipated to begin next year for a two-year period, generating up to 600 temporary construction jobs as well as the permanent positions that will be on offer when the site is operational.The investment is supported by the Department of Jobs through IDA Ireland, which helped the company secure its site. Commenting on the announcement today, Minister Richard Bruton said:With Regeneron confirming its intention to establish operations in Ireland, IDA Ireland with the support of my Department has now secured nine of the top ten global BioPharma companies to locate major facilities in Ireland. I am determined to build on this and secure further announcements like this over the coming months.Daniel Van Plew, Regeneron’s Senior VP and GM of Industrial Operations and Product Supply said the company sees Limerick as a good place to do business as “the area has excellent educational institutes, a strong community spirit and a solid transport infrastructure”.He also said Regeneron is already in discussions with the universities and colleges in Limerick about future possibilities.Read: Home for Christmas? Stay and check out job prospects says recruiter>Read: First Garda recruitment drive since 2009 begins today>last_img read more

Ali Sowe Not Throwing in Towel in Golden Boot Chase

first_imgBy Sulayman BahDetermined to grab the golden boot of Albania’s Super League, Ali Sowe isn’t throwing in the towel jus soon. The Gambian international is one goal shy of catching the current top scorer who is on 15 goals.The forward is a daylight menace to defenders in Albania with a tremendous scoring run that’s having pundits running out of superlatives.Sowe has never before scored more than five goals per season but that’s largely result of too many niggling abrasions that have dwarfed his growth in previous campaigns. This season though, he’s on a brilliant streak far from his profligacy-gripped days.He is on 14- league goals in the Albanian Super League making him table-toppers Skenderbeu Korce’s top scorer and the second best on the overall domestic championship chart.He was out doing what he’s come to be known for best recently –scoring –this time in a cup competition match as Korce sashayed over Flamutari 2-0.Ali fired in the opener following a goalless first-half in the 59th minute.The Gambian raced through to break free in the box before pouncing on a pass from the right to latch the ball beyond goalkeeper Nurkovic’s reach.Ali is on a season-long loan at Skenderbeu from Serie A outfit Chievo Verona as he hopes to make most of his newfound scoring form to return a finished product in front of goal at end of his spell in Albania.Ali and his team were in action yesterday evening as we went to press.last_img read more

Vancouverbased firm to develop 2300 apartments

first_imgA Vancouver-based development company has teamed up with Japan’s largest homebuilder to develop $600 million worth of apartments in urban centers from Seattle to Los Angeles, all geared for the bike-riding, walking and public-transit-riding “Y” generation.The developments would add a total of 2,330 apartments in Seattle; Hillsboro, Ore.; Denver; and Los Angeles, said Clyde Holland, chief executive officer and chairman of Vancouver-based Holland Partner Group. The five sites share common location attributes such as being within light-rail commute or walking distance of high-paying office, professional and tech-sector jobs, said Holland.The developer joined up with investor North America Sekisui House LLC. The Arlington, Va.-based company is the U.S. arm of Osaka, Japan-based Sekisui House, which also operates in Australia and China.“We are investment partners in these projects and we’ll be working hand in hand in how the projects are designed,” said Holland, who founded Holland Partner Group in 2001 to build multifamily housing in high-demand rental markets.Publicly traded Sekisui House, founded in 1960, appears to have wised up early on to the current business adage that what’s good for the planet is also good for the company. Sekisui House announced its environmental future plan in 1999 and 2001, and the company launched an award-winning landscape concept to promote biodiversity. Sekisui is also a leader in energy-saving designs aimed at producing zero emissions and was awarded in 2006 for its response to global warming by the Japanese Minister of Environment, according to the company’s website.last_img read more

Noel Gallagher To Auction Off Gear Used On Oasis Tour

first_img Noel Gallagher To Auction Off Gear Used On Oasis Tour Email Who Wants Noel Gallagher’s Guitar Gear? noel-gallagher-auction-gear-used-oasis-tour Twitter With a stockpile of gear sitting unused, Oasis guitarist decides to auction some of his collection using Reverb Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Sep 25, 2017 – 12:00 pm Singer/songwriter and guitarist Noel Gallagher has announced he will auction off equipment used on his solo recording and on tour with his GRAMMY-nominated band Oasis.”When you’ve been playing as long as I have, you tend to amass a huge amount of gear, and it’s not doing me or anyone else any good if it’s just sitting around,” Gallagher told Reverb. “These pieces have a lot history, but they’re still very playable — I’d love to get them into the hands of someone who will put them to good use.”So what’s up for auction? Nearly 50 pieces of gear will go up for bid on Reverb, including a 1960s Epiphone Professional guitar, a vintage Laney amp and an Orange OR120 Overdrive amp from his time on the road with Oasis.The Official Noel Gallagher Reverb Shop opens on Oct. 2, and sale can be previewed now on Reverb. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ upcoming album, Who Built The Moon?, will be released on Nov. 24, followed by a North American tour in February and March 2018.Read More: Steve Albini To Auction 3 Microphones Used On Nirvana’s “In Utero” Facebook News last_img read more

With Education Standoff Legislature Misses Deadline

first_imgAll session, legislative leadership had promised to gavel out early, to be home in time for the Easter holiday. That didn’t happen. In fact, the Legislature did not gavel out at all. With the House and Senate struggling to make a deal on education, lawmakers are forced into extra innings.By 1 a.m., the second floor of the state capitol had erupted into chaos. The Legislature had blown its midnight deadline, with the capital budget still in committee and debate yet to begin on a sprawling education bill.The halls were crowded with lobbyists trading gossip, staffers pumping out amendments from copy machines, and dozens of advocates chanting and beating drums after the Native languages bill they were supporting had been held up in the political crossfire (it later passed).Unless you were part of the Republican leadership team huddled in a closed-door strategy meeting, you were left guessing as to what was going to happen and when you were going to leave the building.And that applies to lawmakers, too, like Democratic Reps. Chris Tuck and Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins.TUCK: Tonight? Well, tonight’s over, you know that? It’s morning. Depends on how many people speak under special orders. *laughter* KREISS-TOMKINS: That’s what you call 1am humor.When political leadership finally did emerge, details were scarce. Gov. Sean Parnell’s omnibus education bill had blown up because of a disagreement over education funding. The House had put extra money – about $75 million per year —  into the base student allocation, which enshrines it in the formula. The Senate’s version increased the number to $100 million. But the boost comes outside the BSA and is only guaranteed for three years, which has disappointed education advocates.Sen. Charlie Huggins speaks to reporters during a Senate Majority press availability, March, 4, 2014. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)When Senate President Charlie Huggins emerged from the meeting, he ran straight to the bathroom before reporters could surround him. And when he emerged, details on the education plan were scarce.BOB TKACZ: What’s the problem? Why are you guys hung up so much?CHARLIE HUGGINS: There is no problem.TKACZ: Well, it’s past midnight. You’re not done. You were going to get done 48 hours ago, Mr. President. HUGGINS: Well, we’re waiting on the House. As soon as we get them lined up, we’ll be ready to go.The House and Senate stayed in session until dawn, tending to the logjam of bills that had built up during the stalemate between the two bodies.The House passed a popular crime reform bill, a bill that would allow a $250 million power plant at the University Alaska Fairbanks, and a bill that would seal criminal records that did not result in a guilty verdict. The Senate passed a measure requiring more public information on state regulations, and legislation to extend the senior benefits program.But the education issue remained unresolved. Finally, at 4am, the Senate decided it was time for everyone to go home. Senate Rules Chair Lesil McGuire said it just made more sense to give people some rest before debating one of the session’s priority bills.“The concern that we had was it’s not good decision making when people are tired,” said McGuire. “We have older members, and you can just kind of see people’s energy levels lowering, and you’re not as sharp as you would be.”Lawmakers will be coming back in the afternoon, on the 91st day of the legislative session, to take up the education bill again.last_img read more

2 killed 4 injured after car rams into stationary DCM van in

first_imgTwo people were injured and four others sustained severe injuries after their car rammed into a stationary DCM van on Thursday on Bengaluru highway near Shamshabad. Anil and Kannu died on the spot while Charan, Sai, Prashanth Reddy, Harish injured. The accident occurred at Satamrai mandal of Shamshabad. Of the four injured, the condition of the two people is said to be critical. The police registered a case and shifted dead bodies to the morgue.last_img

Indian history being revisited for Hindus Muslims fear second class status

first_imgA Hindu devotee stands in the waters of river Ganges to offer prayers to Sun god at dawn in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh 12 January, 2013. Photo: ReutersDuring the first week of January last year, a group of Indian scholars gathered in a white bungalow on a leafy boulevard in central New Delhi. The focus of their discussion: how to rewrite the history of the nation.The government of Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi had quietly appointed the committee of scholars about six months earlier. Details of its existence are reported here for the first time.Minutes of the meeting, reviewed by Reuters, and interviews with committee members set out its aims: to use evidence such as archaeological finds and DNA to prove that today’s Hindus are directly descended from the land’s first inhabitants many thousands of years ago, and make the case that ancient Hindu scriptures are fact not myth.Interviews with members of the 14-person committee and ministers in Modi’s government suggest the ambitions of Hindu nationalists extend beyond holding political power in this nation of 1.3 billion people – a kaleidoscope of religions. They want ultimately to shape the national identity to match their religious views, that India is a nation of and for Hindus.In doing so, they are challenging a more multicultural narrative that has dominated since the time of British rule, that modern-day India is a tapestry born of migrations, invasions and conversions. That view is rooted in demographic fact. While the majority of Indians are Hindus, Muslims and people of other faiths account for some 240 million, or a fifth, of the populace.The committee’s chairman, K.N. Dikshit, told Reuters, “I have been asked to present a report that will help the government rewrite certain aspects of ancient history.” The committee’s creator, Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma, confirmed in an interview that the group’s work was part of larger plans to revise India’s history.For India’s Muslims, who have pointed to incidents of religious violence and discrimination since Modi took office in 2014, the development is ominous. The head of Muslim party All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen, Asaduddin Owaisi, said his people had “never felt so marginalised in the independent history of India.”“The government,” he said, “wants Muslims to live in India as second-class citizens.”Modi did not respond to a request for comment for this article.INTO THE CLASSROOMHelping to drive the debate over Indian history is an ideological, nationalist Hindu group called the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). It helped sweep Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party to power in 2014 and now counts among its members the ministers in charge of agriculture, highways and internal security.A Muslim boy learns to read the Koran at a madrassa, or religious school, during the holy month of Ramadan, on the outskirts of Agartala, India 29 May, 2017. Photo: ReutersThe RSS asserts that ancestors of all people of Indian origin – including 172 million Muslims – were Hindu and that they must accept their common ancestry as part of Bharat Mata, or Mother India. Modi has been a member of the RSS since childhood. An official biography of Culture Minister Sharma says he too has been a “dedicated follower” of the RSS for many years.Referring to the emblematic colour of the Hindu nationalist movement, RSS spokesman Manmohan Vaidya told Reuters that “the true colour of Indian history is saffron and to bring about cultural changes we have to rewrite history.”Balmukund Pandey, the head of the historical research wing of the RSS, said he meets regularly with Culture Minister Sharma. “The time is now,” Pandey said, to restore India’s past glory by establishing that ancient Hindu texts are fact not myth.Sharma told Reuters he expects the conclusions of the committee to find their way into school textbooks and academic research. The panel is referred to in government documents as the committee for “holistic study of origin and evolution of Indian culture since 12,000 years before present and its interface with other cultures of the world.”Sharma said this “Hindu first” version of Indian history will be added to a school curriculum which has long taught that people from central Asia arrived in India much more recently, some 3,000 to 4,000 years ago, and transformed the population.Hindu nationalists and senior figures in Modi’s party reject the idea that India was forged from a mass migration. They believe that today’s Hindu population is directly descended from the land’s first inhabitants. Historian Romila Thapar said the question of who first stood on the soil was important to nationalists because “if the Hindus are to have primacy as citizens in a Hindu Rashtra (kingdom), their foundational religion cannot be an imported one.” To assert that primacy, nationalists need to claim descent from ancestors and a religion that were indigenous, said Thapar, 86, who taught at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi for decades and has authored books on ancient Indian history.The theory of an influx of people from central Asia 3,000 to 4,000 years ago was embraced during British rule.India’s first post-independence leader, Jawaharlal Nehru, who promoted a secular state and tolerance of India’s Muslims, said it was “entirely misleading to refer to Indian culture as Hindu culture.” That outlook informed the way India was governed by Nehru and then by his Congress party for more than half a century. The rights of minorities – including the prohibition of discrimination based on religion – are enshrined in India’s constitution, of which Nehru was a signatory in 1950.Shashi Tharoor, a prominent member of the Congress party, said right wing Hindus are “leading a political campaign over Indian history that seeks to reinvent the idea of India itself.”“For seven decades after independence, Indianness rested on faith in the country’s pluralism,” Tharoor said, but the rise of Hindu nationalism had brought with it a “sense of cultural superiority.”A HISTORY FOUNDED ON HINDU TEXTSThe history committee met in the offices of the director general of the Archaeological Survey of India, a federal body that oversees archaeological research. Among the committee’s 14 members are bureaucrats and academics. The chairman, Dikshit, is a former senior official with the Archaeological Survey.Motorcycles burn after they were set on fire by a mob during a clash in Vadodara, in the western Indian state of Gujarat, 25 September, 2014. Photo: ReutersCulture Minister Sharma told Reuters he will present the committee’s final report to parliament and lobby the nation’s Ministry of Human Resource Development to write the findings into school textbooks. That ministry, which is responsible for education and literacy programmes, is also headed by an adherent of the RSS, Prakash Javadekar.“We will take every recommendation made by the Culture Ministry seriously,” Javadekar said. “Our government is the first government to have the courage to even question the existing version of history that is being taught in schools and colleges.”According to the minutes of the history committee’s first meeting, Dikshit, the chairman, said it was “essential to establish a correlation” between ancient Hindu scriptures and evidence that Indian civilization stretches back many thousands of years. Doing so would help bolster both conclusions the committee wants to reach: that events described in Hindu texts are real, and today’s Hindus are descendants of those times.The minutes and interviews with committee members lay out a comprehensive campaign to achieve this, including the dating of archaeological sites and DNA testing of human remains.Culture Minister Sharma told Reuters he wants to establish that Hindu scriptures are factual accounts. Speaking of the Ramayana, the epic that follows the journey of a Hindu deity in human form, Sharma said: “I worship Ramayana and I think it is a historical document. People who think it is fiction are absolutely wrong.”  The epic tells how the god Rama rescues his wife from a demon king. It still informs many Indians’ sense of gender roles and duty.A visitor stands next to a portrait of India`s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru inside the Nehru memorial museum and library in New Delhi, India, 24 September, 2015. Photo: ReutersSharma said it was a priority to prove through archaeological research the existence of a mystical river, the Saraswati, that is mentioned in another ancient scripture, the Vedas. Other projects include examining artifacts from locations in scriptures, mapping the dates of astrological events mentioned in these texts and excavating the sites of battles in another epic, the Mahabharata, according to Sharma and minutes of the committee’s meeting.In much the same way that some Christians point to evidence of an ancient flood substantiating the Biblical tale of Noah and his ark, if the settings and features of the ancient scriptures in India can be verified, the thinking goes, then the stories are true. “If the Koran and Bible are considered as part of history, then what is the problem in accepting our Hindu religious texts as the history of India?” said Sharma.Modi did not order the committee’s creation – it was instigated by Sharma, government documents show – but its mission is in keeping with his outlook. During the 2014 inauguration of a hospital in Mumbai, Modi pointed to the scientific achievements documented by ancient religious texts and spoke of Ganesha, a Hindu deity with an elephant’s head: “We worship Lord Ganesha, and maybe there was a plastic surgeon at that time who kept the head of an elephant on the torso of a human. There are many areas where our ancestors made large contributions.” Modi did not respond to a request from Reuters that he expand on this remark.Nine of 12 history committee members interviewed by Reuters said they have been tasked with matching archaeological and other evidence with ancient Indian scriptures, or establishing that Indian civilization is much older than is widely known. The others confirmed their membership but declined to discuss the group’s activities. The committee includes a geologist, archaeologists, scholars of the ancient Sanskrit language and two bureaucrats.One of the Sanskrit scholars, Santosh Kumar Shukla, a professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, told Reuters he believes India’s Hindu culture is millions of years old. Another committee member, Ramesh Chand Sharma, former head of the linguistics department at the University of Delhi, said he would take a strictly scientific approach. “I don’t subscribe to any ideology,” he said.With an annual budget of about $400 million – an important source of federal funding for historical research, archaeology and the arts – the Culture Ministry is an influential place to start a campaign of historical revision.After he was named culture minister in 2014 following Modi’s victory, Sharma, a doctor and chairman of a chain of hospitals, said he received guidance from the RSS. Sharma, a genial man with a wide smile, has a portrait of Bharat Mata, or Mother India, hanging above the doorway of a meeting room in his bungalow in central Delhi. Below it are portraits of past RSS leaders.During the last three years, Sharma said, his ministry has organized hundreds of workshops and seminars across the country “to prove the supremacy of our glorious past.” The aim, he said, is to build a fresh narrative to balance the liberal and secular philosophy espoused by India’s first prime minister, Nehru, and furthered by successive governments for most of the nation’s post-independence history.The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, now controlled by Sharma’s ministry, these days mixes in sessions about right wing Hindu leaders and causes. At one such event in 2016, the president of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, Amit Shah, took the opportunity to lambast Nehru as a man influenced by the western world. “We have always believed that our policies should have the smell of Indian soil,” Shah said. It was time for a history of India that concentrates on “facts about our great past.”last_img

Vintage Shelf Video Game Movies Are Bad But Double Dragon Is a

first_img Do you remember Dragon Flyz? I do. Kind of. I remember Dragon Flyz toys, for sure. I definitely had two and definitely got at least one stuck in a tree once. Dragon Flyz were these toys that consisted of two parts: an armored action figure with these rotating “wings” on their necks and a dragon that featured a pull string and a launch pad. You put the figure on the launch pad and pull the string and they start spinning and eventually their wings carry them off of the dragon and they fly around for a bit and then crash. Good stuff.I loved Dragon Flyz growing up even though I didn’t quite know what they were or the context of the toys. I think I always assumed there must have been a TV show (there was) but I never actually saw it. I just knew what Dragon Flyz were through the kind of cultural osmosis you can only get at daycare as a kid.Double Dragon was one of those things. I remember my friend Marshall showing up to play one day with a plastic replica of the medallion from the… game? Movie? I honestly don’t remember which he explained it as. I just knew that Double Dragon was a thing where two brothers in cool costumes did karate and I guess fought for/to find this cool necklace that probably had powers? I was like, 7 years old, I didn’t need anything more than that to know I liked it. I have vague recollections of eventually seeing the movie at a sleepover alongside the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers movie but that’s it.When you experience pop culture as a kid your perception of it is often tied so much more to concept and mood than content itself. Anybody who has revisited X-Men: The Animated Series can tell you that. As such, revisiting something you loved in childhood as an adult is disappointing more often than not. You remember the colors, the theme songs, the flash of it all but forget about shoddy animation, incomprehensible storytelling, or laughable dialogue. Generally if it isn’t Batman: The Animated Series (big ups to the icon Bruce Timm) some memories are better left unvisited.Still, a few months ago I saw that MVD Entertainment was releasing a Blu-ray restoration of the film Double Dragon and found myself… curious. Despite not remembering much of anything about Double Dragon (I only just recently remembered there was also a cartoon), I remembered what that movie felt like when I saw it. And I’m not particularly precious about that memory so I figured hey, why not see if the actuality lives up to the nostalgia?I should probably clarify first that Double Dragon isn’t a good movie in the conventional sense. But let’s also be fair: there are no good video game movies. Remember that time they made a movie out of Rampage and it featured Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson fighting giant monsters and somehow was still kinda dull? If a video game movie features The Rock fighting giant monsters and can’t manage to be interesting the whole enterprise might be cursed. Double Dragon isn’t a The Room-esque “So Bad It’s Good” situation but it also isn’t “So Good, It’s Good.” Ultimately, neither matters. Quality isn’t the point of watching Double Dragon in 2019.What is the point is seeing if this thing you loved for reasons both nebulous and specific as a kid lives up to those memories — or seeing if those memories are based on falsehoods, if you only loved this thing because of what you and your friend’s imaginations turned it into on the playground.In that respect, Double Dragon is a success in every way. Facets of filmmaking that matter to assessing a film’s quality as an adult may fall flat but everything you remember about it as a kid is still there. The bright colors, the crazy costumes, and the dope karate fights? Those hold up, as does the chemistry between our protagonists, the Lee Brothers. The production design draws heavily from the Mad Max movies and The Warriors, painting a vibrant picture of a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles in the far-off, futuristic year of uh… 2007. It’s tough to call that setting a fault but having lived through it, oh man, I wish the real 2007 had been half as cool as the one in Double Dragon.Mark Dacascos, Alyssa Milano, and Scott Wolf in ‘Double Dragon.’ (Photo Credit: Imperial Entertainment)That production design, from the sets to the costuming to the design of the bizarre mutant biker Bo Abobo, lends greatly to what I found myself appreciating most about the film with my slightly more mature perspective. Frequently when video games are adapted to film the writers and directors will take the story of the game, a story crafted with the specific intent of being told through the medium of the game, and warp it into a more film-friendly narrative. It’s not that Double Dragon fully subverts this, but watching it now it’s clear that director James Yukich made a conscious effort to structure the film like a video game. The action set pieces that make up the bulk of the film are structured not only around the Lee Brothers fighting, but fighting in a very video game-specific way. There will be an army of henchmen and a boss of sorts at the end.Each set piece tends to revolve around the brothers attempting to move from point A to point B or achieving some MacGuffin, often a piece of the mystical amulet most of the film’s drama revolves around. The scenes that link these set pieces often function in the same way that cutscenes do in gaming. And hey, this movie came out in 1994 so maybe I’m giving Yukich a lot of credit here (I have no idea when cutscenes became prominent in video games). But it’s still hard to not notice when watching the film today.Video game movies are mostly bad. Nostalgia often clouds your memory of what you loved as a kid and revisiting those books, movies, and TV shows can often lead to disappointment. That Double Dragon defies this is reason enough to recommend it. It’s got karate and a post-apocalyptic, sci-fi dystopia and some incredibly 90-ass haircuts, and a cursed medallion. It’s even got Alyssa Milano as a rebel gang leader. It’s a good time. Sometimes that’s all you need.Vintage Shelf on Geek.com offers recommendations inspired by long-beloved and long-forgotten classics of cinema. Twice a month, we’ll take a look at some of those movies and see how they hold up and what they mean today.More on Geek.com:Vintage Shelf: Rock and Roll Fable ‘Streets of Fire’ Is Everything We Want in a MovieVintage Shelf: ‘Cobra’ Is Morally Repugnant and Entirely Awesome Vintage Shelf: Spike Lee Brings the Heat in ‘Do The Right Thing…Vintage Shelf: ‘Election’ and the Joy of Hating a Character Stay on targetlast_img read more

How drivers can be fined £1000 for letting an ambulance pass

first_imgWest Midlands Ambulance Service. Not only could you be hit with a fine, an offence such as running a red light also comes with three penalty points on your licence. According to the Highway Code: “You should look and listen for ambulances, fire engines, police, doctors or other emergency vehicles using flashing blue, red or green lights and sirens, or flashing headlights, or traffic officer and incident support vehicles using flashing amber lights.” Read MoreHow you can be fined £100 for not wearing your seatbelt properly The code says you should stop before the brow of a hill, never mount the kerb, don’t put anyone else in danger and don’t brake harshly. The Blue Light Aware website states: “Of course, there will be times when there simply is no room for an emergency service vehicle to get past, or perhaps its crew are activated by their control room to respond to an emergency while they are waiting with everyone else at the traffic lights. “On these occasions, they know that other motorists are not allowed to ‘jump’ the red light, and the emergency vehicle would ideally not activate its sirens and lights until it was safe for the vehicle in front to cross the solid white line at the junction. Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailLetting the emergency services through when the sirens and lights are on is something most of us do without thinking. It is an automatic reaction to get out of the way of the people trying to save lives. But did you know in some instances it could land you with a fine? Can you drive into a bus lane, run a red light or stop in a junction box when getting out of the way? According to the Highway Code, you should give way to vehicles with flashing lights – including ambulances, police cars, fire engines and emergency doctors. Read MoreWhy you should keep your car keys in the microwave But if you break the law to let an emergency vehicle through – including moving through a red light or ducking into a bus lane to clear the path – that could mean a fine of up to £1,000, reports Devon Live . Entering a yellow box junction to give a 999 vehicle extra room could also land you in the same trouble. “On the (hopefully) rare occasions that a blue light vehicle, in ’emergency mode’, is sitting behind another vehicle at a red traffic light, it’s important to appreciate that it would be both very dangerous and illegal for the other vehicle to move across the solid white line.”last_img read more

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