Every Kid at Heart Needs This Hot Wheels Coffee Table Book

first_img AssoulineBiedrzycki has 500 Hot Wheels in his collection and has lived with one foot embedded into the auto and racing world since he was a kid. He says his earliest memories include wandering around a garage and marveling at the spare parts and tools. Biedrzycki went on to cover the motorsports industry with a focus on the cultural climate surrounding what many see as simple engines, brakes, and doors.The goal of Hot Wheels toys — and the reason they’re still so damn fun to play with — has always been to promote creativity, experimentation, and competition. This book, flush with vibrant colors and stunning car sketches, is a reminder of how excited we once got unwrapping a box with the flaming logo emblazed on the front. (We got a similar jolt of excitement when Lego released this Aston Martin BD5 earlier this year.)Honestly, getting the Hot Wheels book is essential for the survival of your childlike spirit. Plus, it will make you feel like your mom packed you with $20 heading to the school book fair. Now that you’re grown and mature, it’s harder to justify whipping out your Hot Wheels for a “ride” around the apartment. Luckily, publisher Assouline has released a hard-cover coffee table book packing 300 pages and more than 200 illustrations of all things Hot Wheels.Vroom, vroom, baby.AssoulineThe book, simply titled Hot Wheels, starts with a personal and nostalgic forward by Mario Andretti, widely considered one of the most iconic racecar drivers, and transitions into a history lesson reaching back to the 1960s when the first Hot Wheels were released and sold for a dollar a piece.Hot Wheels also gives a behind-the-scenes look at core designers that shaped the brand into an astounding success. What many non-fans fail to realize is that Hot Wheels may be replicas but are a style in their own, competing for a long time against Matchbox cars. (Hot Wheels owner Mattel eventually bought Matchbox. There’s a reason Hot Wheels is the No. 1 toy in the world — roughly 10 million of the miniature die-cast cars are produced every week and 16 cars are sold every second.Today, Hot Wheels is a full-on lifestyle brand dabbling in apparel, gaming, and even life-sized cars. For many men, they’re luxury collectible items. Hot Wheels also opens up this passionate world of Hot Wheels fandom and highlights the fervent collectors who count thousands of cars in their caboodle, not excluding the author and car junkie behind the book, Paul Biedrzycki. Editors’ Recommendations The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now 12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Read center_img 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn Seriously Cool Desk Toys for the Kid in All of Uslast_img read more

Dawei Special Economic Zone Project Kicks Off

first_imgzoom The governments of Myanmar and Thailand have signed a concession agreement with a consortium of private developers for the Dawei Special Economic Zone (Dawei SEZ) initial phase development.The consortium of private developers includes Italian-Thai Development Public Company Limited, Rojana Industrial Park Public Company Limited and LNG Plus International Company Limited.The initial phase development involves the construction of a small port, power plants, a two-lane road to Thailand, and an LNG terminal.Japan, Thailand and Myanmar recently signed a Memorandum of Intent (MoI) to build the Dawei Special Economic Zone in Myanmar as part of the “New Tokyo Strategy 2015 for Mekong-Japan Cooperation,” adopted during the Seventh Mekong-Japan Summit on July 4.Thailand and Myanmar signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop the Dawei Special Economic Zone in 2008, followed by another MoU in 2012.As part of the MoU, Myanmar granted Italian-Thai Development PCL a 75-year concession in 2008 to construct the project, and attract investments. The project should have been completed by 2015, but was suspended due to the lack of financing. ITD lost the 75-year concession in 2013, with the governments of Thailand and Myanmar taking a 50% stake in the project each.On January 30, 2015, Japan agreed to participate in the project. It was revealed that they will hold equal partnership to Thailand and Myanmar in the Dawei Special Economic Zone Development Co, and provide technical and financial support for the project.The Dawei Special Economic Zone Development will include a deep-sea port with a capacity to hold 250 million tons of cargo, surrounded by an economic zone covering some 200 square kilometers.last_img read more

111 million in Funding for Nova Scotia Municipal Infrastructure

first_imgNova Scotia communities will benefit from improved municipal and rural infrastructure under a new six-year, federal-provincial agreement announced today, Nov. 24. Federal Fisheries and Oceans Minister Geoff Regan and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Barry Barnet were in Upper Tantallon for the announcement of the agreement which, together with municipal contributions, will invest $111 million in municipal and rural community infrastructure. “Today’s announcement is a testament of what can be achieved through partnerships between all orders of government,” said Mr. Regan on behalf of John Godfrey, Minister of State for Infrastructure and Communities, and Joseph McGuire, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. “It is also a prime example of the work that is currently being done by the government of Canada. Through the New Deal for Cities and Communities, the government of Canada is working with provinces and territories to provide municipalities and communities right across the country, and indeed in Nova Scotia, with the tools they need to ensure their sustainability.” Both the federal and provincial governments are providing up to $37 million to the Canada-Nova Scotia Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund, which will provide funding for projects in 10 categories. The categories range from water and wastewater to transit, local roads, tourism and culture. At least 60 per cent of the funds will be committed to green projects. “Communities big and small across Nova Scotia will become stronger as a result of this program,” Mr. Barnet said. “Investing in community infrastructure is an investment in the future of Nova Scotia. With our federal and municipal partners, the government of Nova Scotia is helping our communities grow and prosper.” Under the agreement, 20 per cent of the project funds will be allocated to Halifax County and 80 per cent to the other 17 counties. Up to one per cent of these allocations will be available to help municipalities improve and increase their capacity to manage their infrastructure assets. For example, this funding could be used to help communities enhance knowledge about their infrastructure assets, better evaluate life-cycle costs associated with infrastructure they own and operate, better assess the capacity of current infrastructure and identify future needs, and train municipal staff in long-term infrastructure management. “Municipalities are pleased that the program is moving forward and will see further investment in our communities’ infrastructure,” said Richie Cotton, president of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities. “The model of federal-provincial-municipal cost-sharing allows the projects to move quickly from the design phase to construction. Today’s announcement will be welcomed by Nova Scotia’s 55 municipalities.” The agreement will be administered by Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, on behalf of the government of Nova Scotia, and by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, on behalf of Infrastructure Canada. Two officials nominated by the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities will also be part of the management committee. This agreement builds on investments under the government of Canada’s New Deal for Cities and Communities program, including the goods and services tax rebate of $7 billion over 10 years; $5 billion over five years in gas tax funding across Canada; and $800 million over two years for public transit. The Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund is providing $4 billion nationally, the Border Infrastructure Fund represents $600 million, and the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund will provide $1 billion. For additional information on this and other infrastructure programs administered by the government of Canada and by the government of Nova Scotia, visit the website at www.infrastructure.gc.ca or www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr .last_img read more

French nationals cast their ballot in Quebec a day before presidential showdown

first_imgMONTREAL – Thousands of French nationals who live in Quebec voted Saturday in their country’s presidential runoff between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen.Nadia Camus, an election volunteer who was helping at the Montreal college where people cast their ballot, said the process was smoother than in the first round two weeks ago when long lineups prompted some people to walk away without voting.“The improvement is mainly down to having priority lineups,” Camus said. “The lineup for pregnant women and people with disabilities is much shorter than the last time.”The French consul general in Montreal said more than 57,000 people registered to vote in Quebec, with an overwhelming majority of them in Montreal.While the election in France takes place Sunday, those not in the country who are eligible to cast a ballot voted Saturday.Voting also took place elsewhere in Canada, including the French Embassy in Ottawa.The election pits Macron and his business-friendly, pro-European vision against Le Pen and her protectionist, closed-borders view that resonates with workers left behind by globalization.One Montreal voter, Victor Silvestrin-Racine, said Saturday it was important for people to exercise their democratic right in order to minimize Le Pen’s chances of victory.“The more that people abstain, the better the chances an extremist government gets in, so people must vote,” said Silvestrin-Racine, 26, who voted for Benoit Hamon in the first round.Another voter, who identified herself only as Catherine, said she was encouraged by the turnout.“In Montreal, I don’t think the abstention rate will be too high,” said the 55-year-old financial analyst, who was planning to vote for Macron.She said she twice tried to vote in the first round, but was unable to because of the long lineups.“Voting is very important for me, so I would have liked to have been able to do so the first time round,” she said, adding she would have cast a ballot for Francois Fillon.This time, she said she was supporting Macron — and not just because she wanted to help thwart Le Pen.“I really don’t want the extreme right to get in but at the same time I believe there might be elements in Macron’s program that are positive and could help France move forward,” she said.In the first round on April 23, Macron won 24 per cent support and Le Pen 21 per cent.A day earlier, nearly 23,000 French nationals voted in Montreal.last_img read more

Calgary 2026 leader expects close vote in Winter Games plebiscite

first_imgCALGARY – Scott Hutcheson carries a volunteer medal from the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary with him these days.His parents Bob and Jane relocated from Ontario for a month to donate their time at the Nakiska alpine ski venue during those games.Bob recently sent the medal to his son, who hopes Calgarians feel its value as much as he does when they vote Tuesday in a plebiscite on whether or not they want the city to bid on the 2026 Winter Games.“That’s what it’s about,” Hutcheson said Monday. “Giving your spirit, giving your all to a community. That’s what he did.”The board chair of the bid corporation Calgary 2026 feels the plebiscite will be a close race between those who want to host another Winter Games eight years from now, and those who don’t.“I think it’s a jump ball,” Hutcheson said. “Depends who votes, depends who gets out.”The result may be non-binding on a Calgary city council that has the final say on a bid, but it will heavily influence its decision.“Vote, regardless of where you stand,” Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi said. “Let’s make sure there’s a really high voter turnout so there’s an unambiguous decision on this.“I hope people vote ‘yes’. I think there are many, many great reasons to keep this process going and to not let this opportunity pass us by.”The cauldron atop the Calgary Tower began igniting last week at 8:26 p.m. for 20 minutes 26 seconds. The tower is a symbol of the ’88 Olympics, as the relay torch was a replica of it.The tower is an asset in Hutcheson’s commercial real estate company, but the former national alpine team skier says he’s not using it to ignite ’88 nostalgia in Calgarians to favour another bid.The pro-bid Calgary Hotel Association is sponsoring the lighting of the tower in the run-up to the plebiscite, as well as cauldrons at WinSport and the Olympic Oval, he said.Calgary 2026’s mandate is to “promote a responsible bid”.It became easier to do that, Hutcheson said, after the proposed cost-sharing agreement between the three orders of government became public less than two weeks ago.“The bid is understood. That momentum is exciting, but it’s late,” he acknowledged. “If it were done three months ago, it would have left way more time to talk about what this means from an investment standpoint.”In an estimated $5.1 billion total price tag, the federal government has committed $1.45 billion and the province $700 million.The city’s share would be $390 million. Hutcheson wants Calgarians to see it as a small investment for a big return.“I never expected this small an investment to work from our city at $390 million,” Hutcheson said. “I never expected they’d put that little an amount in and we’d be able to get the federal government and the province both in for a remarkable number that works. This deal to me is way better than what I would have pencilled in months ago.“I respect that not everybody is going to want to vote ‘yes.’ But I would ask those that vote ‘no’ to make sure they have another community project in their mind that will make a difference. ‘No’ doesn’t build a community.”No order of government has put up its hand to be a guarantor against debt. Calgary 2026 has built $1.1 billion in contingency funds into its proposed budget as insurance.“If Calgarians make a decision to move forward, 50 per cent plus one vote, I will be respecting that decision,” Coun. Evan Woolley said.“Each of our individual colleagues on council, because it is a non-binding decision, will have to make those decisions for themselves.“No means no. Yes means we’ve got a bunch of work to do. We will move forward on that basis, but I can tell you that without more certainty from our federal and provincial governments around guarantees and helping us mitigate these risks, the city of Calgary cannot carry some of those risks on our own.”Calgary 2026’s proposed draft plan earmarks $502 million towards upgrading the ’88 legacy venues, now over 30 years old.WinSport, formerly the Calgary Olympic Development Association (CODA), is a non-profit organization that oversees much of the legacy.While the ’88 Games produced endowment funds to help pay for the continued operations and upgrades of venues such as the oval, the Canmore Nordic Centre and Canada Olympic Park, WinSport CEO Barry Heck says those facilities’ require a bigger investment to extend their lives.“There are the legacy facilities from eighty-eight, that have served Calgary so extremely well for 30 years, has put us on the map, as a world-leading winter sport Olympic city, but they’re end of life,” Heck said.“For us to keep delivering what we have for the next two or three generations, we need this renewal. Five hundred million is a lot of money, but it’s a fraction of what it would cost to rebuild these facilities.”last_img read more

Government pledges cash loans for former rebels

He said 10,800 rebels who surrendered to troops during the final battle had completed vocational training and re-integrated in society, but some faced difficulties in raising money to start a business. Each ex-combatant is being offered 250,000 rupees ($2,000) to be repaid at a concessionary interest rate, Thalgaswattage said. The government arranged for photographers to visit an area where reporters had been barred for years during and after the end of the fighting in May 2009. The guided tour came as the United States expressed concern over “rushed re-settlement” of thousands of Tamil civilians displaced by Sri Lanka’s separatist war. Sri Lankan authorities have vowed to speed up cash loans for former Tamil rebels amid reports that war-displaced civilians were being hastily resettled, an official said on Monday.Rehabilitation Minister Chandrasiri Gajadeera visited the former war zone of Mullaittivu and met with ex-combatants seeking state help to rebuild their lives in an area where the final battles were fought in May 2009. “We have given concessionary loans to 1,000 rehabilitated youth and the minister himself came to Mullaittivu to speed up the release of (further) credit,” his spokesman Iroshan Thalgaswattage said. Many of people have been moved to land without adequate shelter, water and sanitation, the US embassy said almost a month after Sri Lanka shut its last war-time civilian shelters. Sri Lankan forces crushed the Tamil Tigers after decades of fighting in a campaign that sparked allegations that thousands of civilians had been killed, a charge denied by the military.The Tamil Tigers fought for an independent homeland for the island’s Tamil minority concentrated in the northern and eastern regions. The conflict claimed up to 100,000 lives, according to UN estimates. (AFP) read more

Horse racing future unclear for Fort Erie

00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 (Update)Tuesday marks what many believe is an end of an era in thoroughbred horse racing. The Fort Erie race track held it’s final live racing day of the season and the final race day ever. This after the horse racing transition panel said Fort Erie wasn’t sustainable. As Lauran Sabourin reports, while the government is handing out 80 million a year in subsidies to Ontario racetracks, Fort Erie’s not likely to get a penny.It looked like any other live racing day at the Fort Erie race track. There were a lot of race horses and race horse lovers. But Tuesday, there was also a dark cloud hanging in the air.Sandra Fishman works at the track:   “I work here. My husband’s been on the gate for 27 years. We’re really worried about what our future holds.”At this point it doesn’t look like Fort Erie has any future at all. Allan Woodcock wonders what he’s going to do next: “Because I’m not a young man anymore. So it’s going to be difficult for me to find employment elsewhere.”“I’ve been coming here since I was seven years old. I’m 68 years old. You’ve gotta keep the track open. The government can’t put people out of work.”And then there are the race horse fans:   “It’s kind of heartbreaking because the nearest thoroughbred tracks to me are 90 miles to Woodbine and 90 miles to Erie.”Carol and Lee Refermat have been coming from Buffalo for forty years. They pack a lunch, have their usual table and make a day of it: “It’s a part of our routine. We’re retired. It’s a place to come.”Fort Erie is the oldest thorough track in North America. But Tuesday will probably be the last live racing day in its 117 year history.New Democrat party leader Andrea Horwath watched the final races. She blames the Liberal government for Fort Erie’s demise: “New Democrats would never have deep-sixed the slots at racetracks the way the Liberals did. They took an industry and tore the heart out of it without batting an eye.”The race track transition report suggested Fort Erie host festival races. But no one here knows what that means.Fort Erie Mayor Doug Martin: “It basically means that unless there’s a change of heart from the government. This is the end of Fort Erie. Plain and simple.”If there’s no change, the Fort Erie Race Track will close for good. Two hundred track employees and hundreds of horsemen will lose their jobs. It’s a very dark day for the city of Fort Erie. read more

Killer Comic Kicks Deadpool High Top Sneakers

first_imgStay on target I love Deadpool. I have for years. In fact, I’m going to be that guy: I loved Deadpool before he was cool. In the 90s, Joe Kelly’s run on Deadpool was one of the big runs that got me into Marvel comics, and I was both infuriated by Ryan Reynolds in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and ecstatic when Deadpool came out. And Deadpool 2 is pretty great too, even if it’s a mess. And now I got the Merc with a Mouth on my feet.… that just conjured a very weird sexual image. Let’s talk about shoes instead. This is the Deadpool High Top Sneaker, sent to us from ThinkGeek. It’s one of several Marvel-themed sneakers they offer, including Captain America, Black Panther, and Guardians of the Galaxy’s Groot designs. And for all the branding, they’re pretty stylish and understated.These are faux leather high-top sneakers in the Chuck Taylor All-Stars style. Simple, elegant, and black-and-red with a glaring Deadpool logo on one side. The take leather is a pretty thick, solid material, though it can potentially get scuffed pretty easily. The interior is a solid red canvas, and the stitching seems durable.Instead of an All-Stars logo on the back of the heel (these aren’t actually Chucks, or made by Converse), the Deadpool High Top Sneakers have a molded Marvel logo. Because the Deadpool logo on the side didn’t indicate that these carry a Disney brand.The sole is flat, white rubber, with a basic texture that make these functional as walking or skate shoes. Like Chucks, they aren’t densely padded or designed to offer the sort of support athletic sneakers have. If you want to hit the courts with these, you should pick up some memory foam insoles to cushion your steps.I wear an extra-wide size 12.5 when available, and ThinkGeek sent us a pair of size 13 regulars because they don’t have wide or half-step designs. That’s fine, because they accommodate my feet comfortably, if a bit loosely, and adding some insoles will help fix that. And really, for $59.99 fashion sneakers, you’re not going to get the custom fit and support of really good cross-trainers. If you like Deadpool, check them out! Or the other shoes, if you like those Marvel properties better (and Black Panther was really good, wasn’t it?).Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls last_img read more

Lowton expects team to overcome rough patch

first_imgBurnley defender Matt Lowton has revealed he’s confident about the team turning their poor form around.Sean Dyche’s men are currently 19th on the table after having failed to win any of their four Premier League games so far this season, with one draw and three defeats.The Clarets also suffered the disappointment of losing their UEFA Europa League playoff tie over two legs to Greek side Olympiakos.Matching last season’s finish of seventh looks a long way off at the moment but Lowton insists yearly improvement is always the target at Turf Moor, and despite the shaky start points out that fortunes can turn pretty quickly.“That’s what we’re looking to do year on year, we showed last season finishing seventh that we’re fully capable of doing it,” the full-back said, according to Lancashire Telegraph.Burnley FC v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“We need to turn our fortunes round very quickly at the minute but it’s a long season and if we string a couple of wins together we’ll be right back where we want to be.”One of the biggest concerns for Burnley in the early stages of the campaign will be defensively. Having conceded just 39 times in 38 Premier League games last season, they have now shipped nine in their last three games, including three at home to Watford and four away to Fulham.Lowton was a regular part of that defensive unit that so impressed last season and he admits they are ‘very disappointed’ at the gifts being offered up in the early stages of this season.“We’re very disappointed as a team, especially the back four or five. We’ve had meetings to try and put it right, the manager’s teams notoriously don’t concede a a lot of goals,” the 29-year-old said.“We’ve spoken about, we’re giving up a lot of chances, not just goals but teams are creating a lot of chances against us so we need to get back to being hard to beat.”last_img read more

Cement concrete road works launched

first_imgKohir: Godigarpally Sarpanch Anasuya Thukkappa said she would strive for village development. She was launching CC road works on Wednesday. she also called upon villagers for their support in developing the village. Local leaders B Narasimhulu, Bikam singh Yellareddy, Narasimhulu, Sailu, Mallesham, Moulana, George and others were present.last_img

All India Students Federation demands more fellowships for

first_imgTarnaka: All India Students Federation (AISF) staged protest in Tarnaka on Tuesday stating that it’s not fair on the part of University Grants Commission (UGC) to provide only 31 fellowships to students of Osmania University. Police took the activists into custody while they tried to burn the effigy of central government.AISF Hyderabad Vice President M Prem demanded notifications for RGNF( Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship) and OBC fellowships twice every year. He also demanded increase of fellowship slots for Telangana state. Student leaders Vamsi, Satya, Harish, Kishore, Sumanth, Madhu, Shankar, Shekar and others were present.last_img read more

Asteroid warning Space rock speeding at 23100 kilometres per hour approaching Earth

first_imgAsteroid formation through planetary collisionDon Davis via University of FloridaAs NASA is busy developing their planetary defence weapon, a giant asteroid measuring 650 metres in diameter will whizz past Earth on September 14, 2019. This rogue space body named 2000 QW7 is apparently travelling at a speed of 23,100 kilometres per hour, and it will be flying past Earth at a safe distance of 3.3 million miles.NASA’s asteroid tracking department considers all rogue bodies passing at a distance within 92.9 million miles as near-earth objects (NEO). It means that even a small change in trajectory could elevate the vulnerability of a possible hit, and if such an event happens, a catastrophe on a global scale will be triggered.It should be noted that several factors in space are capable of increasing the possibilities of the earth being hit by rogue space bodies like asteroids. One such factor is a gravitational keyhole. A gravitational keyhole is an area in space where rogue space bodies get affected by the gravitational pull of nearby planets, and if 2000 QW7 passes through this keyhole, this asteroid could plummet right into the Earth’s surface resulting in massive devastation.A few days back, SpaceX founder Elon Musk had claimed that humans are not capable enough to defend themselves from possible asteroid hits that may happen in the near future. The South African billionaire made these remarks on Twitter when one of his followers asked whether asteroid Apophis will hit the earth in 2029. Musk assured that earth will be hit by a doomsday asteroid one day or the other, but current human technology is not developed enough to combat these threats.Earlier, Dr Iain McDonald, a top scientist Cardiff University’s school of earth and ocean sciences had also suggested that earth will face catastrophe due to a doomsday asteroid. As per McDonald, catastrophic events like asteroid hits are not confined to the past, and it will happen in the future too.last_img read more

Bangladeshi convicted in India for selling wife

first_imgA Bangladeshi man was convicted for trafficking his wife in India, along with the owner of the hotel where she was used for prostitution, reports Times of India.The man allegedly had sold his wife to the hotel-owner, who himself raped her and later used her for sex trade, the English-language Indian daily adds.The four-year legal battle ended on Tuesday with the convictions of the Abdul Gaffar, a Bangladeshi national convicted of trafficking and illegal immigration of his Bangladeshi wife, and the hotel-owner, Bhagyadhar Dhibar, to whom he had sold his wife.Dhibar raped the victim and later exploited her in his hotel and elsewhere. He was convicted of inducing, trafficking and abetting illegal immigration of a woman. Both were sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment. The victim has been repatriated to Bangladesh.Chief judicial magistrate Kundan Kumar Kumai of the City Sessions Court passed the order, convicting Gaffar under Sections 366B and 370 of the IPC and Section 14C of Foreigners Act of India.The charges include punishment for “importation” of a woman from a foreign country and trafficking her for the purpose of prostitution. Dhibar was convicted under Sections 366, 366B, 370 and 120B of the IPC. The charges against him include luring into illicit sexual act.Police said the case dates back to 1 September 2013 when officials from Immoral trafficking section of the detective department were alerted by a member of NGO Durbar Mahila Samanyay Committee. The NGO had found the woman in the custody of a man in the red-light area of Sonagachi.Acting on the tip-off, police rescued the woman and arrested Gaffar. Dhibar was arrested two days later.Police found that Gaffar had wooed the woman and told her that he had a job in India. On reaching Kolkata, he sold her to Dhibar, who himself raped her and had eight or nine men rape her in his own hotel and in brothels of Sonagachi as well. Gaffar would also surface, and bring in “customers” for his wife.The woman was brought to International Justice Mission (IJM) and provided legal support and counselling. Saji Philip, director of operation, IJM, which is a global human rights organisation working for victims of violence, said, “This case is utterly inhuman because the culprit is her own husband.”Marie Riba, the woman’s advocate, said, “The victims of human trafficking are real, and like us they have every right to seek justice. The public need to know that those who rob them of those rights will be severely punished.” She said the victim has been sent to her Bangladesh home and efforts are on to reintegrate her in society.last_img read more

One Organizations Vision For Sprucing Up Houston

first_img Share 00:00 /00:55 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Gail DelaughterScenic Houston recently completed improvements on Broadway Street near Hobby Airport.Scenic Houston’s efforts near Hobby Airport included the planting of 400 trees. The group also installed new lighting and crosswalks. The organization’s Harry Masterson says they’re now getting calls from other neighborhoods that also want to beautify. Masterson says Houston has a lot of nice places, like Discovery Green and Hermann Park. But traveling between the city’s attractions, you’ll see spots that aren’t so pretty. “What we’re trying to do is make it easier for people to beautify those strips between these great assets the city has,” says Masterson.   But Masterson says to make those improvements, the challenge is always money. “We’d really like to see corporations take that role again and not feel criticized by shareholders or something for being part of the community,” adds Masterson. “It’s really an investment in the community.”Scenic Houston raised over $6 million for its recent improvements along Broadway Street. last_img read more

Doctors Pleased With Former President George HW Bushs Progress Spokesman Says

first_imgPatrick Smith/Getty ImagesFormer President George H.W. Bush arrives for the coin toss for the 2017 Super Bowl in Houston.Family spokesman Jim McGrath said former President George H.W. Bush will remain hospitalized at least another day, but that doctors “are very pleased with his progress.”President @GeorgeHWBush will remain in @MethodistHosp today as he continues to regain strength. His doctors are very pleased with his progress.— Jim McGrath (@jgm41) May 2, 2018Bush was admitted April 22 to Houston Methodist Hospital, the day after his wife’s funeral. He’s being treated for an infection that spread to his blood.McGrath said Wednesday that the 93-year-old Bush “continues to regain strength.”McGrath has said Bush hopes to travel next month to his family’s home in Maine, where he spends the summers.Bush has a form of Parkinson’s disease and a history of pneumonia and other infections.He was hospitalized after attending the funeral and burial of his 92-year-old wife, Barbara, who died April 17 at their Houston home. Sharelast_img read more

Coq Roq Burger Kings Poultry Punk Band

first_img If you haven’t noticed, we here at Geek.com are fans of weird fast food marketing. If posts on Taco Bell weddings and Burger King sex toys and our lord and master Mac Tonight weren’t big enough clues I don’t know what to tell you.Today’s look into fast food fever dreams actually shares a lot in common with McDonald’s late-night moon man. Ginned up by Burger King, Coq Roq is also a fake musical act designed to push a new meal strategy and is sadly no longer with us. But whereas Mac Tonight crooned sweet nothings into your ear about the joys of McDonald’s for dinner, Coq Roq rocked your face off with thrash metal bangers about chicken fries.To understand Coq Roq, we need to understand the product they were created to sell. Watching established fast food restaurants adjust their menu tactics to chase cultural trends can actually be pretty fascinating. Everyone is into being healthy? Give them some salad! Freedom is the word of the day? Let them order breakfast whenever they want! Chicken fries, thin strips of chicken breast coated with seasoned breading and fried, were part of a larger Burger King initiative in 2004 to introduce higher-quality, better-tasting, more expensive food for older audiences. They’re basically uppity chicken strips. They even came in a little box with a slot of dipping sauce to make them easier to eat while you’re driving to work like an adult.More “adult” food requires more “adult” marketing. Enter Coq Roq, a chicken-themed punk band performing chicken-themed punk songs. Think Slipknot (the band not the Suicide Squad member who can climb anything) but all of the awful, scary masks have beaks and feathers. And if you enjoyed the cutting-edge wordplay of “Coq Roq” just read some other facts about the band.The lineup includes Fowl Mouth (who looks a bit like a poultry-powered Assassin’s Creed hero) on vocals along with Free Range on bass and a fire breather named Firebird. Their LP is named Bob Your Head and features hit singles like “Cross The Road,” “Nice Box,” and “One Armed Bandit.” If it’s not a joke about chickens, it’s a joke about eating chicken fries.Burger King impressively doubled down on this gag to make the debut of chicken fries as huge as possible. Two of Coq Roq’s songs received music videos with sex, drugs, rock and roll and fried chicken. Because the year was 2005, there was a Coq Roq MySpace page. BK even planned to take Coq Roq on tour before real life got in the way. The lead singer was a Canadian felon and therefore couldn’t enter into the United States. And while I can’t judge the quality of the songs themselves, since the metal isn’t really my genre, if nothing else the tracks sound professionally produced?Since first introducing chicken fries, Burger King always seems to constantly take them off the menu and then add them back later to get people excited for their return. It’s like the McRib, which sucks because chickens fries are great and are pretty much the only thing I eat at Burger King. However, even as chicken fries come back, Coq Roq remains a memory. The King himself at least got a stealth video game, but Coq Roq missed out on the music game boom. Maybe future generations will develop an appreciation for the group like our current love of Mac Tonight. Chicken-slinging rock bands are just too good to forget. The time for poultrypunk (cluckcore?) is now! ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsGeek Pick: Ikea Sonos Symfonisk Is A WiFi Bookshelf Speaker Stay on targetlast_img read more

Geek Deals Save Big During Prime Day 2017

first_imgPrime Day has finally arrived, and there are deals accumulating at a rapid clip. Amazon is moving through loads of excellent lightning deals all day long, but we’ve come up with a manageable list of current discounts for you to start off with. Once you’ve made a pass through this list, check out the Prime Day Hub Page, and see if anything in particular strikes your fancy. And if you’re not already subscribed to Prime, now is the time to take advantage of the 30-day free trial.Featured Deals • HOT $5 Bonus Amazon Credit with $25 Amazon Gift Card Purchase (Must Clip coupon and buy a gift card of $25+) • Bonus $10 Amazon Credit on a $100 Amazon Gift Card Recharge • NEW Element 50″ 4K HDTV Fire Edition with Sound Bar + Digital Antenna for $499.99 (List price: $660) • NEW Oral-B Black Pro 1000 Electric Toothbrush with Pressure Sensor for $29.99 after $10 Clippable Coupon (List price: $40) • Amazon Echo 360-Degree Streaming Speaker with Alexa for $89.99 (List price: $179.99) • All-New Amazon Fire HD 8 Quad-Core 16GB 8″ Tablet for $49.99 (List price: $79.99) • Back on order Oculus Rift VR with Oculus Touch Bundle for $399 (List price: $598) • Dell XPS Tower Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad-Core Win 10 Pro Desktop (Fits a 225W full-size graphics card) $599.99 (Coupon code: XPS599 @ Dell) • Dell UltraSharp U2412m 1920×1200 IPS LED Monitor for $179.99 (Coupon code: SAVE170 – List price: $299.99) • Instant Pot DUO80 7-in-1 8-Quart Pressure Cooker for $89.99 (List price: $129.99) • 23andMe DNA Genetic Ancestry Test for $49 (List price: $99) • iRobot Roomba 652 Robot Vacuum for $249.99 (List price: $374.99) • Amazon Echo Dot Streaming Speaker with Alexa and 3.5mm Output for $34.99 (List price: $49.99) • Samsung UN65MU7000 65″ 4K LED Smart HDTV + $500 Dell Gift Card for $1499.99 (List price: $1699.99) • Xbox One S 500GB 3-Game Bundle + Play and Charge Kit + Halo Wars 2 for $239.99 (1TB for $289.99) • Sony PlayStation 4 Slim 500GB with Uncharted 4, Last of Us, Comixology Bundle for $229 (List price: $299) • Seagate Expansion 8TB USB External Desktop Drive for $153.99 (List price: $239.99) • SanDisk Ultra II 500GB Solid State Drive for $136.99 (List price: $175) • Seagate Firecuda Gaming 2TB SSHD Hybrid Drive for $62.99 (List price: $99.99) • Moto G Plus 64GB Unlocked Smartphone (5th Gen) for $179.99 (List price: $239.99) • Yubikey Two-Factor Authentification USB Password Key (Use with password managers) for $20 (List price: $40) • Extra $5 off $15 Print Books Coupon Code PRIMEBOOKS17 (List price: $399.99)Amazon Devices • Amazon Echo Dot Streaming Speaker with Alexa and 3.5mm Output for $34.99 (List price: $49.99) • Amazon Echo 360-Degree Streaming Speaker with Alexa for $89.99 (List price: $179.99) • Amazon Echo Tap Portable Wireless Stereo Speaker with Alexa for $79.99 (List price: $129.99) • All-New Amazon Fire HD 8 Quad-Core 16GB 8″ Tablet for $49.99 (List price: $79.99) • All-New Amazon HD Fire 7 Quad-Core 8GB 7″ Tablet for $29.99 (List price: $49.99) • All-New Fire HD 8 Kids Edition 16GB Tablet with 2-Year Worry Free Guarantee Replacement for $89.99 (List price: $129.99) • All-New Fire 7 Kids 7″ 16GB Tablet with 2-Year Worry Free Guarantee Replacement for $69.99 (List price: $99.99) • Kindle Voyage eReader with Adaptive Backlight and PagePress Sensors for $149.99 (List price: $199.99) • Kindle Oasis with Free Wifi + 3G for $329.99 (List price: $359.99)Amazon Services • $10 off your first Prime Now Order + Bonus $10 off a Future Prime Now Order with code: 10PRIMEDAY • Bonus $10 Amazon Credit on a $100 Amazon Gift Card Recharge • 40% off 6-Months of Audible for $8.95/Month (List price: $14.95) • 4-Months of Amazon Music Ad-Free Streaming for $0.99 (Orig $8/month) • NEW 40% off Amazon Home Services: Repairs, Cleaning and moreComputers and Tablet Deals • Dell XPS Tower Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad-Core Win 10 Pro Desktop (Fits a 225W full-size graphics card) $599.99 (Coupon code: XPS599 @ Dell) • Up to 30% off Google Chrome Powered Laptops and Tablets (More Tablets and Laptops added!) • Up to 40% off PC Gaming Laptops and Desktops • ASUS P-Series Intel Core i5 1080p 14″ Laptop with TPM, Fingerprint Reader, 9hr Battery for $499. (List price: $549.99) • Acer Aspire AIO Intel Core i5-6400T Quad-Core All-in-One PC with 1080p 23″ Display for $599.99 (List price: $749.99) • Gigabyte P57Xv7 Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad-Core 2560×1440 120Hz Display with GTX 1070, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $1799 (List price: $1920) • MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro-422 Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad-Core 15.6″ Laptop with GTX 1060, 16GB RAM, Backlit Keyboard, Thunderbolt 3 for $1149.99 after rebate (List price: $1499.99) • Acer Aspire Desktop Intel Core i3-7100 Dual-Core Desktop for $329.99 (List price: $399.99) • Acer Aspire E Intel Core i3-7100u Dual-Core 1080p 15.6″ Laptop for $349.99 • Razer Blade Stealth Core i7-7500u 4K Touch 12.5″ Laptop with 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, ThunderBolt 3 for $1299.99 (List price: $1599.99)Computer Components and Peripherals • Up to 30% off Seagate Portable and Hard Drives • SanDisk Ultra II 500GB Solid State Drive for $136.99 (List price: $175) • Seagate Backup Plus 2TB Portable Drive for $64.99 (List price: $89.99) • Seagate Expansion 8TB USB External Desktop Drive for $153.99 (List price: $239.99) • Seagate Firecuda Gaming 2TB SSHD Hybrid Drive for $62.99 (List price: $99.99) • ViewSonic VP2768 27″ 2560×1440 IPS LED Monitor for $369.99 (List price: $479) • ViewSonic VX2457-MHD 24″ 2ms 1080p LED Monitor with Freesync for $118.99 (List price: $139.99) • LG 29″ 2560×1080 Widescreen LED Monitor for $199 (List price: $279.99) • Samsung CF391 32″ Curved 1080p LED Monitor for $249.99 (List price: $399.99) • Intel Core i7-7700K Unlocked Quad-Core Kaby Lake Processor for $308.89 (List price: $350) • Intel Core i5-7600k Unlocked Quad-Core Kaby Lake Processor for $188.00 (List price: $243.99) • AMD Ryzen 7 1800X 8-Core 16-Thread AM4 Processor for $419.99 (List price: $499.99) • Dell UltraSharp U2412m 1920×1200 IPS LED Monitor for $179.99 (Coupon code: SAVE170 – List price: $299.99) • 34″ LG Curved 2560×1440 IPS LED Monitor with 144Hz refresh + AMD FreeSync and Bonus Ghost Recon Wildlands Game for $499.99 (List price: $699.99)Electronics and Tech Deals • Segway miniPRO Smart Self Balancing Personal Transporter with App Control for $499 (List price: $799.99) • Apple Watch 1M Magnetic Charging Cable for $22.48 (List price: $28) • Bose Soundlink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II for $129 (List price: $199) • SanDisk Ultra 64GB MicroSDXC Flash Card for $17.99 (List price: $39.99) • Sony Extra Bass XB950B1 Wireless Over Ear Premium Headphones with App Control for $98 (List price: $199) • Samsung Gear 360 4K UHD 360° VR Camera for $109.99 (List price: $249.99) • Yubikey Two-Factor Authentification USB Password Key (Use with password managers) for $20 (List price: $40) • Netgear Orbi Home Mesh WiFi AC2200 Network System for $249.99 (List price: $349.99) • NetGear NightHawk X4 Ultimate AC2350 R7500v2 Open Source Gaming Router for $122.99 (List price: $219.99) • NetGear AC720 WiFi Range Extender for $22.99 (List price: $44.99) • AMD Ryzen 7 1700x 8-Core 16-Thread AM4 Processor for $299.99 (List price: $399.99) • Cowin E-7 Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones with Mic for $37.99 (Coupon code: 42YFK63R – List price: $79.99) • 20% off Amazon Warehouse PCs, Electronics, Kitchen Accessories, Samsung TVs and more • Up to 48% off Rosetta Stone Level 1-5 Digital Download for $129.00TVs • Vizio P50-C1 50″ 4K UltraHD LED LCD Smart HDTV with HDR10 and Dolby Vision HDR + $300 Dell Gift Card for $819.99 (List price: $999.99) • 65″ Sony XBR-650X850e 4K 120Hz LED HDTV with HDR for $1498 (List price: $1999) • Samsung UN65MU7000 65″ 4K LED Smart HDTV + $500 Dell Gift Card for $1499.99 (List price: $1699.99) • NEW Element 50″ 4K HDTV Fire Edition with Sound Bar + Digital Antenna for $499.99 (List price: $660)Smartphones and Smartwatches • Moto G Plus 64GB Unlocked Smartphone with 4GB RAM (5th Gen) for $179.99 (List price: $239.99) • Huawei Mate 9 64GB Unlocked Smartphone with Leica Camera and Alexa for $449.99 (List price: $599.99) • Huawei Watch 2 Android Wear 2.0 Smartwatch for $209.99 (List price: $299.98) • FitBit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch for $138.95 (List price: $198.95) • Up to 40% off Fossil Q Smartwatches starting at $116.25 • Garmin Fenix 3 HR GPS Fitness SmartWatch with VO2 Max Estimator, Altimeter, Barometers and Compass for $384.99 (List price: $549.99) • 25% off select Smartphone CasesGaming • Xbox One S 3-Game Bundle + Play and Charge Kit + Halo Wars 2 for $239.99 (List price: $368.92) • Sony PlayStation 4 Slim 500GB with Uncharted 4, Last of Us, Comixology Bundle for $229 (List price: $299) • PlayStation VR Headset Core Bundle + PS4 Camera + 3-Games for $399.99 (List price: $445.99) • HTC VIVE VR System for $699.99 (List price: $799.99) • Oculus Rift VR with Oculus Touch Bundle for $399 (List price: $598) • New Nintendo 3DS XL Handheld Gaming System (Galaxy Style) for $174.99 (List price: $199.99)Smart Home, Home Improvement and Tools • TP-Link Smart Plug Mini with Alexa for $24.99 (List price: $34.99) • TP-Link Smart Plug (Alexa Compatible) for $19.99 (List price: $29.99) • Schlage Z-Wave Connect Century Touchscreen Deadbolt (Alexa Compatible) for $143.33 (List price: $199.99) • Ecovacs Deebot M80 Pro Robot Vacuum Cleaner with Mop for $169.99 (List price: $349.99) • Skybell HD WiFi 1080p Doorbell Camera for $127.22 (List price: $199.99) • iRobot Roomba 652 Robot Vacuum for $249.99 (List price: $374.99)Deals for the Home and Kitchen • NEW Squatty Potty 7″ Bathroom Toilet Stool for $17.49 after 30% off Clippable Coupon (List price: $25) • NEW T-Fal Ultimate EZ Clean 3.5L Deep Fryer with Oil Filtration for $66.99 (List price: $88.99) • 30% off select Waste King garbage disposals: 1/3HP for only $47.50 • 16-Pack Philips LED 60W Equivalent 2700K Bulbs for $19.55 (20% off Philips LED Bulbs) • NEW Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser for $39.99 (List price: $79.99) • NEW Zinus 12″ Gel-Infused Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress (Queen) for $179.99 (List price: $299.99) • Save 20% on Desk Chairs by Essentials and OFM • SodaStream Fizzi Carbonated Drink Maker for $59.99 (List price: $69.99) • BlendTec Total Blender with 3HP Motor and FourSide Jar for $240 (List price: $400) • Anova Sous Vide Immersion Circulator with Bluetooth for $99 (List price: $149) • Kyocera Advanced Ceramic Revolution Knife Set with 6″ Chef, 5″ Micro-Serrated, 3″ Paring Knife for $39.99 (List price: $99.99) • WBM Himalayan Salt Air Purifying Ionizing Bamboo Basket for $29.99 (List price: $49.99) • Instant Pot DUO80 7-in-1 8-Quart Pressure Cooker for $89.99 (List price: $129.99) • Bissell Multi Reach 22V Cordless Stick Vacuum with Motorized Brush Head for $229.99 (List price: $339.99) • Brother P-Touch Cube Wireless Label Maker with App for $47.99 (List price: $59.99) • 23andMe DNA Genetic Ancestry Test for $49 (List price: $99)Apparel • 40-50% off Prime Exclusive Clothing • 30% off Timbuk2 Backpacks and more • 30% off Adidas Joggers, Hoodies, T-Shirts and Athletic Wear • Up to 60% off Jeans from Levis, Luckys, Hugo Boss, G-Star and more • 30% off select Under Armour Clothing • Up to 60% off Athletic and Outdoor Shoes • Extra 30% off First Luxury Beauty Purchase (Coupon code: NEW2LUXPD17) • $20 off Household Essential Orders $60+Sports and Outdoor • $20 off Nutrition and Fitness Orders $60+ • Up to 30% off Coleman Camping Gear • 20% off Bowflex Home Gyms, Treadmills and more • 25% off CAP Barbells Weight Equipment • Pelican Elite 30-Quart Volume Cooler (Holds ice up to 10 days) for $210.20 (List price: $231.09) • Adidas Performance Flat Training Bench for $63.99 (List price: $79.99) • 20% off Kershaw Knives • Vivere Double Hammock with Space Saving Stand for $79.98 (List price: $119.99) • Total Gym XLS Total Body Workout for $599 (List price: $850)Entertainment, Games and Toys • Extra 30% off or more on select Toys and Games • 20% off select Top Games • Exploding Kittens Original and NSFW Editions for $14Want to know even more about what’s headed our way on Prime Day? Our sister sites PCMag and IGN have excellent guides up, so you can find out exactly what’s happening.Note: Terms and conditions apply. See the Amazon site for more information.For all the Prime Day deals, check out TechBargains.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at commerce@ziffdavis.com.last_img read more

Ghar Wapsi victims join US suit to name RSS a terror body

first_imgThree Indians, alleging forcible conversion to Hinduism by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, have joined a Sikh rights group in filing an amended lawsuit appealing a US court to designate RSS a “terror group”.Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) said the three are victims of the “Ghar Wapsi” campaign of alleged forcible religious conversions launched by the RSS. The amended compliant has been filed by Micheal Masih, Hasim Ali and Kulwinder Singh, belonging to the Christian, Muslim and Sikh faiths along with SFJ and seeks the terror label for the RSS. The complaint alleges that after the BJP came to power in 2014, its “ideological mentor” is “attempting to forcibly convert their families to Hinduism.” The complaint filed before Judge Laura Taylor Swain cites the 2015 report of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) which in December 2014 noted that Hindu nationalist groups announced plans to forcibly “reconvert” at least 4,000 Christian families and 1,000 Muslim families in UP as part of ‘Ghar Wapsi’ programme.last_img read more

PORS RAOs MOST ANIMATED PROJECT

first_imgDiscoveries at Art Basel Hong Kong had quizzical art lovers coming to the Gallery SKE Booth and standing in front of a set of works that move when humans approach it. Pors & Rao created a flutter at the India Art Fair this year when their little glass box with a plain sheet of paper seemed to be blowing with the wind inside the box at the Gallery SKE and Photoink Booth. A gust of wind was shown at Art Basel last year and it was made from plastic, wood, metal, electro-mechanical components, and artificial paper. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPors & Rao have been presenting a constellation of animatronic works that were initiated in 2009, 2012 and 2017 and finalized in 2018, all reflecting on autobiographical patterns of emotional dependencies and power dynamics between the individual and the environment. Ideas and works are seen as self-conscious ‘beings’, often acting out performative and algorithmic behaviours such as fatigue, fear, shyness or longing. The visual language often employs elements derived from animated cartoons and computer games. Four works stand apart at Art Basel Hong Kong. The first is a work on the floor called Pointer and Shadow. This animation and animism reference is also visible in the proposed floor work Pointer and Shadow, where a three-dimensional white-gloved hand in painted fibreglass (referencing a computer pointer icon) is hovering in the air just above the ground, pointing downwards. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe second is Imperial Monochromes – a wall installation of 8 monochrome panels of different sizes. If undisturbed, the panels resemble a suprematist composition, chaotically arranged in different directions and angles, but as soon as the viewer comes near the installation, the panels quickly pivot to appear as a strict symmetrical arrangement reminiscent of family portraits of the Renaissance or religious altarpieces.The third stunning sculptural installation is exploding view – a set of elements that coalesce together and then move along a radial in linear motion. It explores a notion of memory grooves that together form a recollection of a single moment and reveals its emotional content, similar to how a lump of compressed coal is split open. The ‘view’ is built of a simple iconography in approximate similar sizes, resembling the uniformity of a google image search. An explosion gives birth to an orderly image, like the big bang in a pixie format. It’s the elements that are most enchanting. The fourth work and the only acrylic is called Gum Figure. The corner work shows a juxtaposition of the creation, as if the walls have been made for the unusual bodied figure that at once reflects symmetry as well as the unusual nature of patternicity which ensues in creating shapes that are unpredictable as well as rare, shapes that create sensory states of being involving the ideation of both vulnerability as well as captivity and the state of being.The works delve into the autonomous parts of human behaviour, especially as it manifests in the nuances of movement. These subtle expressions of the body are perceived as a primordial language of consciousness that is shared with many other species on the planet.last_img read more