Edwin Allen, St Jago power to Central Champs glory

first_imgEdwin Allen and St Jago High ruled supreme at the Digicel-sponsored Central Championships, which came to an end yesterday at G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sports.Both teams had overwhelming victories to top the girls and boys sections and are both $250,000 richer thanks to sponsors Digicel.With five of the major teams among the girls on show, the Michael Dyke-coached team from Frankfield, Clarendon showed no mercy as their depth proved too strong for their opponents. Edwin Allen amassed 480 points, 162 more than their nearest rival, Holmwood Technical (318). St Jago (264), Vere (222) and Hydel (200) closed off the top five.”We were the defending champions and based on the team we put out there over the two days, we came to win back our title and I had no doubt about our winning chances,” said Dyke, who singled out Class 3 double winner Cemore Donald for her impressive wins in the 800m and 1500m.It was quinella for Edwin Allen in the 800m for Class 1 girls as Janiel Moore clocked 2:15.52 for the win ahead of Ashanni Robb 2:16.29 and Holmwood Technical’s Melissa Tyme (2:17.04).Holmwood’s Class 1 athlete, Ashley Williams copped a brilliant double. Earlier in the day, she raced to an impressive personal best of 52.72 seconds to take the 400m ahead of St Jago’s Andrenette Knight (54.18) and Edwin Allen’s Shannon Kallawan (54.33).She returned later to win the 200m in 23.83. Patrice Moodie of Edwin Allen was second in 24 with third going to St Jago’s Shanice Reid in 24.70.There were some outstanding results in the timed finals sprint hurdles with St Jago’s Andrenette Knight leading the way in Class 1 100m hurdles. After her disappointment in the 400m hurdles, Knight returned in fine style to win in 13.66 ahead of Holmwood’s Gabrielle McDonald who won her heat in 13.73.Holmwood’s Shanette Allison scored a major upset in Class 2 100m hurdles after a quick 13.59 to surprise Manchester’s, Sidney Marshall, who was second in 13.64.WELCOME RETURNIt was a welcome return to the championships for St Jago’s boys as the Danny Hawthorne-coached team which missed out last year, returned to steamroll the opposition, scoring a whopping 421 points.Edwin Allen (132), Holmwood (128), Manchester (65) and Garvey Maceo (62) closed out the top five.St Jago’s Keenan Lawrence had an impressive run in the Class 2 800m, stopping the clock at 1:54.96 as his nearest rival, teammate Keneil Samms was way behind in second with a time of 2:00.60 with Dwayne Moore of Spalding taking third in 2:00.70.Tiki Butler captured the Boys Class 2 100m hurdles in 14.39 seconds, ahead of teammate, Jahvel Granville second in 14.67 as Tijon Taylor of Hydel was third in 15.19.Gary Gordon (10.97), won the 100m Class 2 event for the Monk Street team, ahead of teammate, Taiwane Crooks (10.98).St Jago ended the meet in fine style as Sean Bailey, Colin Sewell, Leon Clarke and Timor Barrett posted 3:11.69 in winning the 4×400 metres Open, the fastest time so far this season by a schoolboy team.last_img read more

CAIArb representatives call on Attorney General

first_imgRepresentatives from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators-Caribbean Branch (CAIArb) on Wednesday paid a courtesy call on Attorney General Basil Williams, ahead of the third International Arbitration Conference to be held in Guyana next month.According to CAIArb’s representatives Calvin Hamilton and Maureen Paul, the aim of the visit was to update the Attorney General on the upcoming International Arbitration Conference which will held in Guyana from April 23-28. The theme of the Conference is “On the Road to Success – Arbitration as a Tool for Economic Development in Guyana” and is open to members of the legal fraternity and other persons interested in arbitration.The aim of the Conference is to contribute to the development of domestic andAttorney General Basil Williams with the representatives at the meetinginternational commercial arbitration in Guyana and the region.Hamilton said the Conference would include a special course on commercial mediation and presentations on the fundamental workings of commercial arbitration proceedings.“Some of the areas that will be looked at are the basic legal framework for arbitration, the arbitration agreement and the role of the court. On the 26th of April, there will be an ICSID International Arbitration Workshop and this programme will guide participants through each stage of an [International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes] ICSID arbitration. It will also update participants on the latest developments in ICSID and best practices before ICSID tribunals by reference to the most recent cases,” the Attorney General’s Chambers said in a statement.Williams commended the CAIArb for bringing the Conference to Guyana, especially at a time when the country is seeing an increase in investors. He also noted that arbitration is an important tool to settle disputes and legal practitioners should be educated in this area of the law.Also in attendance at the meeting were Solicitor General, Kim Kyte John; Permanent Secretary Joylyn Burrowes; State Solicitor and Public Trustee, Ayanna McCalman; Principal Parliamentary Counsel, Joann Bond; and Oneka Archer, Principal Legal Advisor.last_img read more

Bourda vendors enraged over robberies at market

first_img…4 break-ins recorded in 1 weekBourda MarketAfter four break-ins at the Bourda Market in one week and countless robberies on the streets, merchants are considering whether to continue selling or wait until proper security measures are in place.This publication was informed by one vendor that his stall was broken into last Monday and several items were stolen. Similar incidents followed on Thursday and on Friday where other persons were robbed.Razak (only name given), who has been plying his trade of perishable goods for some years, said it is the worst they have seen in recent times. On Monday, he was greeted by several items missing and a broken lock on one of the entries in the morning hours. However, security cameras were not working to determine who committed the act.According to him, they are operating in an unsafe zone where the promises of adequate streetlights and security cameras were made but never installed.“I come and see the window open and when I look through, almost everything inside gone. I didn’t know what to do cause nobody really does be here in the night…no working security camera and no proper light. They saying how long, since they fix the road that we getting upgrade but the reality is that nothing happening,” the man lamented.The market is crowded during the day with bustling customers, making the area an easy target for bandits to rob persons and escape. Vendors are under the impression that these offences are carried out by petty thieves who scour the area during the day to rob customers and return in the night.However, several persons claimed that they are afraid to make reports to the City Constabulary since officers would victimise them for tax documentation among other things.“People don’t want to file the report because when you go to there, they asking for paper to see if you paying for the stall and then they coming at the stall to check if you selling when you should, instead of looking at the bigger issue. How can we get help if that’s what they’re doing?” the vendor questioned.Due to continued losses, some persons are sceptical about their safety and if they should continue selling at the marketplace.At the last statutory meeting, it was revealed that two persons are in custody for recent offences of the same nature.Since February last year, Bourda Street was rehabilitated and vendors were given new dimensions to have their stalls reconstructed. From then on, some persons opined that streetlights should have been installed.Later that year, City Constable Andrew Foo had confirmed the increase in market crime, which he believed was gang related. At that time, both Stabroek and Bourda Markets were under surveillance.last_img read more

STUDENTS BEING FORCED TO PAY FOR SUSI MISTAKES – DOHERTY

first_imgSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty has criticised the Government for forcing some students who were given Student Grants by SUSI to repay the money previously awarded to them in error.Deputy Pearse DohertyThe Donegal South West TD made his comments after it was revealed recently that 165 applicants who had previously been awarded a student grant by SUSI later had their eligibility withdrawn following case reviews by the authority.“Subsequent to having raised this matter in the Dáil with the Minister, I was informed that some 165 individual applicants had their eligibility for a grant revoked despite having initially been deemed eligible for a student grant by SUSI when they submitted their original application.” “In some instances, students were awarded grants incorrectly after it had been discovered following a review that they were ineligible as they were either repeating the academic year, had withdrawn from their course or did not qualify because they were in receipt of the Back to Education Allowance.”“However, the Minister did not provide a reason for the revocation and withdrawal of grants from 54 applicants, all of whom have previously been given varying payments in respect of their SUSI applications.”He said he was aware of at least one case where a student had submitted an application in good faith for a student grant to cover the costs of a course.However, the student later had all payments suspended and then receive a letter from SUSI stating that the course was not in fact eligible for student grant support and that the applicant was now liable for all overpayments made in respect of the award. “It is simply scandalous to think that a student applies for a grant and does so with sincere intentions to help cover the cost of their education, is subsequently awarded a maintenance grant only to be told a number of months later that the payment shouldn’t have been made and that they now must repay the money.”“This should not be allowed to happen, and mistakes made by SUSI should not put students in a position where they have to repay hundreds if not thousands of euro.”“What this situation is doing is forcing students out of the education system and places a huge financial burden on them at what is already an expensive time in their and their parents’ lives.”“I am now calling on the Minister to clarify this matter and to ensure that SUSI is not permitted to force these students to repay monies to the very same body which mistakes have landed them in this mess in the first place.”STUDENTS BEING FORCED TO PAY FOR SUSI MISTAKES – DOHERTY was last modified: June 14th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalPearse DohertystudentsSUSIlast_img read more

GAA LADIES NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION 1: McLAUGHLIN HAT-TRICK STUNS MAYO

first_imgTERMON star Geraldine McLaughlin was the star performer as Donegal senior ladies team guaranteed another season in the Bord Gais Energy Division One next season with a 3-04 to 1-08 win over Mayo in Ballyshannon.Geraldine was at her star best – and is fast becoming one of the best ladies footballers in the country.And certainly after her three goals against Mayo, manager Eamon O’Boyle does not disagree. “Goals win games and we all know that given half a chance Geraldine will put them away,” said O’Boyle.“We’re now safe in Division One which was our aim at the start of the campaign.”Mayo’s Sullivan had opened the scoring before Donegal hit back with two points from Yvonne McMonagle who then turned provider with a superb pass to put McLaughlin in for her first goal.Mayo came back with a couple of points of their own and just before half-time McLaughlin added a second goal with a cool chip of goalkeeper Yvonne Byrne. Mayo to their credit hit two more scores to leave them two points behind at the break.At the re-start the visitors were awarded a controversial penalty which Staunton put over the bar.Within a minute McLaughlin netted for the third time and Donegal stretched their lead to five points through McMonagle – even though two home players were off the pitch for yellow cards.GAA LADIES NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION 1: McLAUGHLIN HAT-TRICK STUNS MAYO was last modified: March 14th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jet evacuated at Burbank airport

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “We saw cop cars pulling up next to us and looking at the plane,” passenger Jenny Richman said by cell phone. “Then the officers came on (board) with loaded weapons and escorted several people off.” Passengers filed down a mobile staircase brought to the jet’s rear door. Peppin said five men were questioned but only one was detained. He was in his mid-20s and was being questioned for comments made about a bomb, Peppin said, but she could not immediately provide other details. Airport spokeswoman Lucy Burghdorf said the man was turned over to the city Police Department but calls to the department were not immediately returned. A bomb-sniffing dog was sent to inspect the aircraft and passengers and bags were rescreened, authorities said. BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — About 130 passengers were evacuated from a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 onto a taxiway at Bob Hope Airport on Friday afternoon after flight attendants overheard remarks about a bomb, according to federal transportation officials. One passenger was removed in handcuffs and the plane remained on the ground three hours later but a spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration said officials believed there was no threat to the aircraft. “We believe this is most likely a non-credible type situation,” TSA spokeswoman Jennifer Peppin said. “However, the pilot went ahead and chose to cease his departure and went ahead and placed the plane in a remote area.” Southwest flight 2074 was scheduled to depart at 3 p.m. for Las Vegas but it turned back shortly after takeoff, Peppin said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Radon Mitigation in a Leaky House

first_img CONSTRUCTION DETAILS Retrofit for Radon Vent Andrew knew about the radon problem when he bought the house, but he was assured by a well-recommended radon specialist in the area that controlling it would not be a problem. When the sale went through, that expert came to look at the house — and never came back. Other contractors have looked but never followed through with a plan. Although Andrew has found a contractor who’s willing to work on the problem, he still has his doubts that a traditional approach will work.So what will?That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight. Effects of ventilationMechanical ventilation will help, GBA senior editor Martin Holladay replies, adding, “This is an expensive way to lower radon levels, however, because of the energy penalty associated with mechanical ventilation.”One theoretical drawback to pressurizing a house with outside air is the risk of introducing moisture into wall and ceiling assemblies during the winter, Holladay adds. “At normal ventilation rates (60 cfm to 120 cfm), this risk is very low, because wind and the stack effect usually overwhelm ventilation at these low rates,” he says. “If you anticipate higher rates of ventilation, though, you might need to consider this risk.”Holladay is not aware of any studies that compare the impact of different types of ventilation (supply, exhaust, or balanced) on radon levels, but he guesses all of them would have comparable effects because they all work by dilution.Charlie Sullivan adds, however, that he’s heard anecdotal evidence that adjusting the balance of a heat-recovery ventilator “can have a dramatic effect on radon — in a tight house.”“The effect was presumably that with the exhaust exceeding supply, radon was sucked into the house through cracks in the foundation, despite this being passive-house or near-passive house construction,” Sullivan writes. “With improved balancing, the radon level went down. I would expect based on logic and based on that one data point that the best to worst ventilation strategies for radon would be supply only, balanced and exhaust only. The effect would be smaller with a leaky house.”Sullivan makes reference to a house built to the Passivhaus standard where an out-of-balance ERV was indeed contributing to high radon levels when it expelled more air than it brought in.That’s interesting, Holladay replies, but it doesn’t change his basic premise that in general, dilution usually lowers radon levels. “The only way to determine indoor radon levels is to measure them,” he adds. “Tight houses as well as leaky houses can have radon problems.” Radon mitigation in new construction is now routine when testing finds that concentrations of this odorless, cancer-causing gas exceed government-recommended levels. Writing from southeastern Wisconsin, Andrew S. has a slightly different problem: How to control radon levels when you live in a leaky log home built in the 19th century.“Our radon issue is being worked on via traditional methods with mixed success,” he writes in a Q&A post at GreenBuildingAdvisor. “The radon issue improves dramatically when windows are open — I assume this is dilution and perhaps also pressure equalization?”That may be fine in warmer weather, but leaving windows open during the winter in Climate Zone 6 to keep the concentration of radon under control doesn’t seem like much of a solution.Andrew wonders whether other forms of ventilation might help. He weighs two possible options:Positive-pressure ventilation, possibly by means of a dehumidifier that draws outside air into the house. “Might the positive pressure help reduce radon soil draw and simultaneously dilute the radon issue?” he asks.An energy-recovery ventilator. “Does a balanced system ever make sense in a leaky home?” Andrew wonders. “The house also has some negative pressure devices (bath fans, boiler, wood stove insert). The goal here might be simply to dilute bad air whereas a positive pressure system may dilute but also prevent tendency to draw bad air in.” What’s been tried so farThere are essentially five “basement systems” in the house, Andrew explains, including two basement foundations, two dirt crawl spaces, and a slab-on-grade room. Here’s what they’ve done:Sealed the dirt floors in the crawl spaces (“one quite well, one fairly well”).Sealed a large, open sump pit.Sealed various cracks in the basement floor.Installed an active mitigation system connected to the sump pit, drain tile, and one of the basement foundations, plus the two crawl spaces.Installed a separate active radon system for the room built on a slab.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sets the “action level” for radon at 4.0 picoCuries per liter (pCi/L), and when the door to the room built on a slab was closed radon levels there would approach 20-30 pCi/L, Andrew writes, although the mitigation system seems to be working “quite well.” For the basement foundations, readings fall in the 5-12 pCi/L range, although the onset of cold-weather dynamics makes Andrew wonder how far they might climb.“With regard to ventilation,” he adds, “I just noticed that when I open some windows, the readings seem to dramatically improve. I was trying to determine how much ventilation equates to ‘some windows open’ and how viable that would be to replicate via mechanical ventilation. I don’t love the energy penalty, but I also don’t mind it if it brings the problem down to manageable levels. I am more concerned about introducing a new problem — mold, etc.“I feel that with traditional methods and ventilation we would likely be OK,” Andrew continues. “I just can’t determine the best approach regarding ventilation so as to solve this problem without introducing others. I’m also wondering how much benefit we might get from reducing the negative pressure systems in the house — boiler, bath fans, dryer, wood burning stove, etc.”center_img Our expert’s opinionGBA Technical Director Peter Yost adds this:I am going to use the approximately 15 years of radon measurements and strategies from my own home to drive my recommendations on this one.When we moved into our 100-year-old, approximately 1,800-square-foot, home in 2000, I tested the radon in our full basement at about 6 pCi/L and in the conditioned space above at about 3. These measurements were done with alpha-tracker test kits provided by the state of Vermont.Subsequently, I insulated and air-sealed the vented attic (but later learned that my air sealing was pretty poor) first, then insulated and air-sealed the basement. Radon levels in the basement rose to 12 pCi/L; I did not test the conditioned space above at this point.I was doing enough retrofitting and was concerned enough about radon levels in different parts of our home that I purchased a continuous electronic radon tester, Safety Siren Series 3. I have subsequently compared its measurement to alpha-tracker tests with no more than 0.1 – 0.2 pCi/L variation (although I have heard that over time they can really go wonky). And I have done enough short-term (three day running average) and long-term testing (cumulative average for up to six months) to have a good sense that the device is still reasonably accurate (and I now have two of the SSS3s).Since the basement at the time was not living space, my main goal was to make sure that the high readings in the basement did not translate into higher concentrations in the living spaces above. So, as I was insulating and air sealing the front porch, built over an unvented crawl space, into a home office, I pulled a concrete block from the common wall between the office crawl space and full basement and then installed an ECM Fantech exhaust fan in the crawlspace to depressurize the basement and crawl space (see Image #4, below). The result was the basement radon levels went up to 13 pCi/L and the living space above went to 2.1 pCi/L.I had shifted the neutral pressure plane of building such that we were keeping the radon mostly below grade. And because the Fantech exhaust was a variable-speed fan, I could “dial in” just how much negative I wanted to pull the basement, even checking it when the atmospherically vented boiler was running (making sure I was not creating back-drafting or exhaust spillage from the boiler). Problem solved…But some years later, our kids wanted the basement to becoming a rec room — is that a living space? Shoot. I ended up decommissioning the crawl space exhaust and had a Fantech HRV installed to service just the basement as our next radon control system. The HRV has three speeds: 100 cfm (100 watts); 150 cfm (150 watts); and 200 cfm (200 watts). For shoulder seasons I seem to be able to keep the living space at 4 pCi/L or less at low or medium speed but in the winter, I have to run the HRV at full speed to keep at or below the EPA action threshold. It’s that bloody stack effect in the winter that seems to pull more radon in to the house.I have tried more than once to seal basement floor cracks and wall joints to little effect on radon levels throughout the house. And with a four-gable gambrel, and room-by-room renovation, I just can’t seem to get the second-floor ceiling plane tight enough to really stymie the stack effect in the winter.In the summer, our six basement hopper windows are pretty much open except during short stints of really high humidity outdoors, and that pulls the radon levels throughout the house well below 2 pCi/L.So, lessons learned:We really don’t know much about why there is no consistent relationship between radon levels and airtightness. You still need to measure and then know whether to mitigate.You can use pressure regimes to manage radon floor-to-floor. Just be careful if you have atmospherically vented appliances in the basement.Dilution can work, but as Martin points out, not without a pretty significant energy penalty.You can have two homes sitting right next to each other in a high-risk zone (see the map shown in Image #3 below) and which one, if either, ends up with actionable levels of radon inside the home is anyone’s guess.Evaluating radon and patterns over time and in different locations can be done pretty well with a continuous electronic monitor. But it’s good practice to check these periodically against a 3-month, closed-up-for-the-winter alpha tracker test.If you are using a device such as an HRV for radon control, its regular inspection and maintenance is just that much more important for good indoor air quality. All About RadonExhaust-Only Ventilation Systems and RadonRadon and a Passive HouseRadon and AirtightnessEPA Issues Radon Reminder Exhaust-only ventilation may actually helpThe notion that an exhaust-only ventilation system would make radon worse seems reasonable. If the house is depressurized, wouldn’t it make sense that radon would be drawn in via cracks in the foundation?It sounds like a logical premise, Holladay says, but there is evidence that exhaust-only ventilation can lower radon levels. Holladay refers Andrew to an article he wrote on the topic last year (“Exhaust-Only Ventilation Systems and Radon”).“You should go ahead and install an HRV (not an ERV) with dedicated ventilation ducts,” Holladay says. “Running ducts in an old house can be tricky, but even one supply register and one exhaust grille should provide some dilution of your radon levels. If you can manage two supply registers and two exhaust grilles, even better.”And don’t, he adds, put in a whole-house dehumidifier. They are “notorious energy hogs.”Given the difficulty of installing ductwork in Andrew’s house, Sullivan suggests that he look at a Lunos through-the-wall HRV. Andrew has seen the Lunos and finds it a “really neat system,” although boring through log walls up to 18 inches thick to install one would be no piece of cake. RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

Hardik campaign a big draw in Gujarat

first_imgA three-day yatra from Viramgam in Ahmedabad district to Somnath in Saurashtra region by 24-year-old Hardik Patel, who is spearheading quota agitation in Gujarat, received massive public support on Saturday.Hardik minced no words when he asked people to vote out the BJP in the coming Assembly polls, as the yatra passed through the Patidar belt, a BJP bastion, in the Saurashtra region.Held under the banner of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), which is leading the quota agitation, the yatra passed through Patidar-dominated towns like Halwad, Morbi, Tankara, Rajkot, Gondal, Jetpur, Vanthali, Keshod and Somnath.“Time has come for us to take a decision to throw out this party (BJP) that has enslaved us for 25 years. We have to liberate our community from the evil clutches of the BJP,” Hardik told a crowd of more than 10,000 in Morbi, a hub of ceramic tile-manufacturing units.In most places, the crowd mostly consisted of youngsters roaring and screaming “Hardik! Hardik!” as he waved to them standing atop his SUV, followed by hundreds of other cars.Even in small villages with a population of 2,000-3,000, hundreds of people came to listen to him.“Don’t fall for the lollipops the BJP may offer to you. The party has given us nothing except lollipops in return for our votes. When we demanded quota, they killed 14 of our brothers. This is the character of BJP,” he said amidst thunderous applause from the crowd in Keshod town.In another village, he asks the people not to vote for the BJP even if the party fielded his father Bharat Patel as a candidate.last_img read more

Tejashwi Yadav breaks silence: ‘I am very much here’

first_imgLeader of the Opposition in Bihar Assembly Tejashwi Yadav on Saturday ended speculation over his “prolonged absence” from the State with a tweet that said he was undergoing long-delayed treatment for a “ligament and ACL injury”.He said he was “very much here” and would continue to fight with “renewed commitment on everyday life issues of the poor”.His absence from State politics after the crushing defeat of the Rashtriya Janata Dal in the recently held Lok Sabha poll had invited jibes from ruling NDA leaders over the past several days.Earlier, BJP MLA Nitin Navin said, “Such a tragedy took place in the State when over 150 children died in Muzaffarpur district and the Leader of the Opposition was absent from the scene. He was not present even when the monsoon session of the State Assembly began on Friday.”Leaders of the BJP’s alliance partner JD(U) also took potshots at Mr. Yadav’s “sudden disappearance”.Rabri retortsOn Friday, when journalists asked his mother and former Chief Minister Rabri Devi about Mr. Yadav’s whereabouts, she said: “Aapke ghar mein hain (He is in your home).” She later explained that her son was not “hiding” from anyone. “He is doing the work that is expected of him,” she said.On Saturday, Mr. Yadav tweeted: “Friends! For last few weeks I was busy undergoing treatment for my long delayed ligament & ACL injury. However, I’m amused to see political opponents as well as a section of media cooking up spicy stories.”“We are accountable to people who look for a socialist-secular and social justice alternative in us and wish to assure that we are very much here and the fight is on… recent developments helped me study, scrutinize, analyze and appraise the things in a different way,” he wrote in another tweet.“Constantly following up the untimely loss of hundreds of poor kids due to AES… asked party workers, leaders to visit affected families without getting into Photo-OP and MPs to raise it in Parliament & that’s why PM responded. My Dear Bihar! I am very much here (sic),” said a third tweet.last_img read more

Pinnacle of style

first_imgMODERN TALKING One of the world’s most expensive car brands is partnering with the creator of the world’s most expensive phones to create a custom smartphone for the most discerning clientele. Bentley has signed a five-year partnership with Vertu, the British luxury mobile phone brand, and announced plans to launch a “Vertu for Bentley” phone in October, with four further phones to follow.”Bentley’s new partnership with Vertu brings together two world-leading brands, defined by their commitment to performance, luxury and customer experience,” said Wolfgang Durheimer, chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors. He added, “The collaboration expands Bentley’s luxury range into the cutting-edge world of mobile communications and offers customers a new way to experience the world of Bentley.” says CEO Massimiliano Pogliani of Vertu. “This partnership will allow Vertu to fully integrate with the Bentley brand; phones will be jointly designed by the Vertu and Bentley design teams, based on a relationship that goes far deeper than the utilisation of materials and cues on design.”Jewellery FIERY STYLE Ooze ephemeral elegance with Zoya’s fire necklace. Inspired by the layered look of the flame of a candle; the strands emanate luminous shades of white, graduating to yellow, deep orange and finally to sparkling red. Set in 18-carat yellow gold, this pendant exemplifies luxury for the discerning woman. Embellished with diamonds and yellow, orange and red sapphires, this stunning pendant can be your new splurge just for Rs 8 lakh.Bike RACE TO THE FINISH Specialised Bicycle Components in collaboration with McLaren has now lauched the revolutionary limited edition S-Works McLaren Tarmac. With only 250 pieces available, the bicycle is complemented by a pair of S-Works road shoes and an S-Works Prevail helmet. Get ready for the greatest cycling experience for a whopping Rs 12 lakh.Collectible DOLLED UP Fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi is the latest designer to collaborate with the Madame Alexander Doll Company for a new collection of couture dolls replete with miniature accessories. advertisementWoo the child in you with this array of beautifully-crafted collectibles and play dolls. The limited edition 21-inch Cissy with neatly parted dark brown hair and brown eyes comes dressed in a gorgeous pink and red satin dress with a self belt. She flaunts oodles of style with a pair of sunglasses, clutch, bracelet and a watch-all inspired by Mizrahi’s New York collection. With only 75 pieces available, grab this button-cute collectible for Rs 60,000.Ice-cream BITE-SIZED FASHION Kwality Wall’s Magnum celebrated its 25th anniversary with the limited edition Pistachio White Dolce and Gabbana Magnum Bar-a treat for the eyes and for the taste buds. Made of soft vanilla ice cream, sinful dark chocolate bits and crushed pistachios coated with white chocolate, this frozen treat on a stick is a dessert with a difference. Be prepared to get swept away with the chic packaging as well. ‘Irresistible’ doesn’t quite do justice to this gorgeous dessert.Furniture OLD SCHOOL COMFORT Old World is the new rage and Portside Cafe’s Retro Blanket Sofa (single seater) is no exception. The plush blanket sofa, made of dark leather adorned with a stitched square pattern, is held together with slim tan belts and buckles over a sturdy wooden frame. The quirky seater is so chic it looks right at home with any decor. This comfortable couch retails at Rs 1.4 lakh.Surfboard LUXURY ON A BOARD The Roy Stuart Rampant surfboard is the gateway to the ultimate surfing experience. The 10’6” board is the product of 20 years of water-testing development and permits surfing at up to 35 miles an hour. Made from Paulownia wood, which has a high strength to weight ratio, the board features an inlay of 23 carat gold designed in the shape of a lion. This beauty retails at Rs7.7 crore.Guitar SPEED OF SOUND When Alfa Romeo collaborates with Harrison Custom Guitar works, you get a mind-blowing combination of music and pace. The limited edition, handmade Alfa Romeo guitar has a bright red and semi-open body designed to emulate the iconic triangular grille of an Alfa Romeo. Just 11 pieces will be available, representing each decade of Alfa’s history. These stunning made-to-order pieces can be yours for a cool Rs 4.11 lakh.Footwear OF HOOVES AND BRUTE APPEAL The new Ferrari Limitate Luxury sneakers are a perfect amalgamation of the sophisticated exuberance of Italian car manufacturer, Ferrari and German sports brand Puma’s fresh, youthful approach. With only 499 pieces, these limited edition sneakers made in Italy are available in four different styles. Crafted from premium leather, the shoe features Ferrari’s prancing horse logo embossed on the back. Each uniquely numbered pair arrives in a shoe bag specially designed for the new collection.Dress like a Boss advertisementThis World Cup season, all eyes were on the German Football team not just because they played exceptionally well, but also because they were the best dressed team. Clad in Hugo Boss made-to-measure suits for official appearances, the team was manly style personified. The fashion house’s styling ensured that the team looked classy even during long trips and relaxed media sessions. While travelling, comfort is key, so you’ll find them oozing laidback luxe in jacket-pants, sweaters coupled with duffel bags. After all, trendy is a look that winners sport.Champagne Premium champagne house, Veuve Clicquot’s experimentation with 300 bottles and 50 magnums of its champagne buried 43 metres deep in the Baltic Sea memorialised the discovery of 168 shipwrecked bottles in the same area in 2010. The haul included Veuve Clicquot vintages dating back to 1839. A mix of Clicquot Yellow Label Brut, Rose Vintage 2004 and demi-sec were buried to try and reproduce the discovery by sinking a range of cuvees to the seabed to see how the wine ages in contrast to the wines in Clicquot’s own cellars. We can’t wait to sample the results!A ring for a ring Feel free to step away from your phone without actually parting from it, with the new stylish rings by Ringly. Tech brand Ringly lets your ring do the talking with Bluetooth LE technology and sends notifications via vibrations and lights. The Ringly app, available for iOS and Android, seeks to prioritise your notifications, so you don’t need to interrupt a conversation. We’re thrilled about the style quotient of this wearable technology. The cocktail-sized ring currently available in moonstone, emerald, pink sapphire and black onyx is set in 18-carat gold.Rolling in 2 million Bob Dylan’s Like a Rolling Stone topped every chart and smashed every record, and now almost 50 years after its release, the handwritten manuscript of the song has broken a different kind of record. The manuscript was sold for just over $2 million at Sotheby’s auction house in New York and became the most expensive, popular music lyrics sheet ever. The draft written in pencil on four sheets of hotel letterhead stationery with revisions, additions, notes and doodles, including a hat, a bird, and an animal with antlers is the only known surviving draft.Taste your luck The Reserve Bar in Morgans New York Hotel offers a new twist to the classic Old Fashioned cocktail, which is traditionally made with rye whisky, sugar cubes, bitters and soda. For just $16, customers get to roll three dice to order their drink. The refreshingly engaging hangout concept has patrons clustering around for their unique drinks. Three dice rolled onto a mini-table include a white one, which determines the spirit that will go in the drink, a red one for the sweetener and a blue die for the kind of bitters. The 216 different cocktail options are not just innovative, but also eminently sip-worthy.What a waste! Hermes has broken the stereotype of wanton waste associated with big fashion houses with its new Petit H collection. Featuring trendy, one-of-a-kind pieces crafted from trimmings, lace, leather and every conceivable waste material, the collection borders on the whimsical. Exclusivity is another aspect of the collection that features 2,200 unique creations that range from leather doorstops to a life size panda bear. Our favourite, however, is the geometric calfskin bookcase, a stunning rendition of sheer style and functionalityadvertisementBeer bath Beer-lovers, head to the centuries-old Austrian brewery within Starkenberger’s castle near Munich, where the first ever beer-swimming-pools have been opened. The seven 13 foot pools filled with 84,000 litres of warm beer are built in the 700 year old castle’s cellar, designed by artist Wernfried Poschusta. And you don’t have to let yourself into the water, one toe at a time! As you sit, swim, wallow or simply relax in the warm goodness of beer, order one of the brewery’s 10 specialty beers.High on fashion Louis Vuitton men’s style director, Kim Jones has taken inspiration from Rajasthan and the world of aviation for his spring 2015 collection, which was showcased at Paris men’s fashion week. Making boiler suits and satin bomber jackets chic, the collection “volez, voguez, voyagez” uses combinations of classic colours-brown and beige with contemporary neons. A silk boiler suit in neon pink embellished with hundreds of tiny mirrors, using a classic Indian technique, demonstrated kitschy style. The aviation inspired round-lensed, cross bridge sunglasses and the plush bomber jacket in orange, was another absolute standout.CALENDAR Dates that mean something17 Witness 200 of the most prized collector cars and motorcycles in the world compete at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance..22Treat your taste buds at the gastronomic event of the year, Copenhagen Cooking. The food festival pays homage to the amazing Nordic cuisine.27Get your movie fix at the 71st Venice International Film Festival Held in Palazzo del Cinema, it is the world’s oldest and most prestigious film festival.last_img read more