Everton v Chelsea: match preview, team news, facts and figures

first_imgSteven Naismith, now at Norwich, scored a hat-trick against Chelsea in SeptemberKick-off: 5.30pm, Saturday 12 March 2016Referee: Michael Oliver (Ashington, Northumberland)Match in a nutshell: Chasing just the one trophy now, Chelsea travel to Everton in the FA Cup quarter-finals, aiming to extend Guus Hiddink’s unbeaten domestic run. Injuries and suspensionsEVERTONRuled out: Tyias Browning (knee), Tony Hibbert (knee).Unavilable: Kevin Mirallas (suspended).Fitness test: Bryan Oviedo (chest infection), Aaron Lennon (hamstring).CHELSEARuled out: Kurt Zouma (knee), Radamel Falcao (thigh).Fitness test: John Terry (hamstring), Diego Costa (hip). Possible line-upsEverton: Robles; Coleman, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Baines; Besic, Barry; Deulofeu, Barkley, Kone; Lukaku.Subs from: Howard, Stanek, Stones, Oviedo, McCarthy, Cleverley, Osman, Pienaar, Lennon, Niasse.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Kenedy; Mikel, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Traore. Subs from: Begovic, Amelia, Aina, Terry, Miazga, Clarke-Salter, Baba, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Pato, Remy, Costa. Vital statisticsForm guide – last five league matchesEverton total: L W L W W (9 points)Home: L L W L D (4 points)Chelsea total: D W W W D (11 points)Away: W W D W W (13 points)Top scorers – all competitionsEverton: Lukaku 23; Barkley 12; Kone 7; Lennon 6; Deulofeu 4, Funes Mori 4, Mirallas 4, Naismith 4; Cleverley 1, Coleman 1, Osman 1.Chelsea: Costa 15; Willian 10; Oscar 8; Pedro 5; Traore 4; Cahill 3, Fabregas 3, Ramires 3, Remy 3; Azpilicueta 2, Hazard 2, Ivanovic 2, Kenedy 2, Zouma 2; Falcao 1, Loftus-Cheek 1, Matic 1, Mikel 1, Terry 1.Last five meetings16 January 2016: Chelsea 3 Everton 312 September 2015: Everton 3 Chelsea 111 February 2015: Chelsea 1 Everton 030 August 2014: Everton 3 Chelsea 622 February 2014: Chelsea 1 Everton 0Everton 1 win, Chelsea 3 wins, 1 drawFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

iThemba Tower combines art, recycling and community

first_imgOfficially opened in July 2016, the iThemba Tower is a community art project made with over 7 000 recycled plastic drinks bottles decorating a decommissioned 20m high cellular tower.iThemba Tower: A Recycled Tower of Art in Troyeville https://t.co/GTSME8vRf4 pic.twitter.com/4s6Eut5Tt4— Heather Mason (@2summers) July 26, 2016The tower is situated in the garden of the Spaza Art Gallery in Troyeville, Johannesburg. The repurposed tower has become a point of pride for people living and working in the area.The project is the brainchild of renowned local street artist r1, conceived as a way to collaborate with the community in creating distinctive urban art. The artist specialises in taking lifeless urban landscapes and adding colourful, eye-catching African flourishes using various mediums including recycled wood and plastic.Hidden Trophy from r1r1r1 on Vimeo.Speaking to Graffiti South Africa, r1 says Johannesburg is his canvas, and its people his collaborators. “Every city has its beauty but Johannesburg has a special kind. There is a sense of freedom in the inner city that I don’t experience anywhere else. It is quite unique. People are open for engagement and I get fascinating opinions from very diverse backgrounds. It’s so rich culturally but still somehow a hidden treasure.”Take a look at r1’s latest public art intervention, ‘Hidden Trophy’ – https://t.co/xKkmn7WlLy pic.twitter.com/m0PFesNp6j— Between 10 and 5 (@10and5) November 10, 2015The iThemba Tower’s plastic bottles – bought from the city’s informal waste collectors – each contain a light and a written message by members of the community, including learners from local schools. At night the tower lights up with a multitude of colours.Taking the isiZulu word for hope, ‘ithemba’, the messages inside each bottle represent the dreams of each contributor. Speaking to blogger Heather Mason of 2Summers.net, r1 describes the artwork as a “symbolic communication tower around which a diversity of people can share their collective hopes”.More important, the installation is also an opportunity to draw attention to the importance of recycling and the informal collectors who recycle the city’s waste as a means to survive.While the tower itself is the main attraction, it forms part of an online multimedia project incorporating video, crowdsourcing and blog posts, which all highlight the installation’s journey from idea to reality. It also tells the stories of the community contributors to the project, including the waste collectors.Ride with Moses from iThemba Tower on Vimeo.“Even though my work is to be seen out in the street, it is also important to cater for those that spend most of their time in front of a screen,” r1 says, adding that “good documentation helps re-adapting the work to the viewer’s means and expectations. The final work is not only the end product, but also the entire narrative towards its completion.”iThemba Tower in Troyeville by artist r1; 7 000 recycled bottles with messages from the community and lights inside https://t.co/uwJjzVC8Vy pic.twitter.com/jjn8BMD1SC— Charl Blignaut (@sa_poptart) October 19, 2016Through online crowdsourcing and visitor contributions, the project has raised over R40 000 for improving the livelihood of informal waste collectors and strengthening the community of Troyeville.Read more about iThemba Tower, the Spaza Art Gallery and how city residents can contribute to this ongoing project.Source: iThemba Tower Tumblr blog and SouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

Owami Women celebrates women as active citizens

first_imgThe theme ‘Be Bold for Change’ set the tone for the third Owami Women Play Your Part Recognition Awards held to celebrate women making a difference in their societies.Award winners at the 2017 Owami Women Play Your Part Recognition Awards on 21 September 2017. (Image: Play Your Part / Owami Women)The Owami Women Play Your Part Recognition Awards celebrate women who are socially and economically responsible, influential and engaged at a local community level.Women have played an important part over the years in relieving many of South Africa’s social, economic and political challenges, and many socio-economic achievements have been made thanks to the combined energies of women from different walks of life. Acknowledging these efforts is the basis for the partnership between Brand South Africa and Owami Women.The awards evening, now in its third year, took place on 21 September 2017 under the theme ‘Be Bold for Change’.The awards recognise and celebrate women who are developing their communities and are playing their part in the areas of education, entrepreneurship, and skills development. Owami Women and Brand South Africa called for nominations of women contributing towards a positive social change in our nation.Women of all ages converged at Montecasino’s La Toscana in Fourways, Johannesburg, to celebrate the achievements of South African women and to inspire the next generation of young women to take up the challenge and pursue greatness.The Deputy Minister of Communications, Tandi Mahambehlala, welcomed the delegates, remarking that “the National Development Plan recognises that although progress has been made to improve the lives of women, discrimination, patriarchal beliefs and poor access to quality education and career opportunities persists”.Guest speaker, the acting Chief Executive of the SABC, Nomsa Philiso, shared some motivating anecdotes about the role that bold women have played in her life. “What inspires me are women that go for it but do not leave people behind.” She encouraged others to “get people to believe in themselves. It takes nothing away from you”.The awards recognised:Letlotlo Morule from Lebone II College in North WestOfentse Nhlengethwa from Lebone II College in North WestAobakwe Tsheloane from Lebone II College in North WestNangamso Khoza from the Inqubela Foundation in the Eastern CapeRahab Matebane from the Mapitsi Foundation in GautengNabilah Plaatjies from I love ZA in GautengPontsho Manzi from Fabulous Woman in GautengShamila Ramjawan from PrincessD Menstrual Cup in GautengDr Sheena Geness from the Geness Foundation in GautengMargaret Ramatsobane from Sizakele Social and Education Programme in GautengLouise van Rhyn from Symphonia in GautengLydia Hlongwane from I Care Organisation in GautengPhilanthropist and presenter Zuraida JardineFlorah Modiba from the Arebaokeng Hospice in GautengThandekile Nhleko from the Ikhono Foundation in KwaZulu-NatalMotsatsi Mmola, who is a youth change agent in LimpopoLebogang Mashigo from the Nubreed Music Institute in MpumalangaRefilwe Sedumedi from the Sedumedi Foundation in GautengBrand South Africa and Owami Women congratulates all the award recipients and trusts that they will inspire more South Africans to play their part.Click here to see some highlights from the evening.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

FOONEE 9 Color Synthetic Feather Hair Extensions Styling Accessories – love them, work perfectly

first_imgSummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2019-07-20 19:05:01Reviewed Item FOONEE 9 Color Synthetic Feather Hair Extensions Styling Accessories with Beads(40cm,Bag of 18))Rating 4.1 / 5  stars, based on  29  reviews Great My daughters love these. Easy to put in once you know A perfect item as gift or adornment Posted on July 20, 2019Author Nathalie DuboisCategories UncategorizedTags FOONEEcenter_img Are tots sick, love them, work perfectly, easy to put in on your own. Would definitely buy them again☺️. Easy to put in once you know how and have stayed in for a couple of weeks so far. Great product great value for money. Even after a couple of washes :-). Perfect condition, beautiful :d i love them. Features of FOONEE 9 Color Synthetic Feather Hair Extensions Styling Accessories with Beads(40cm,Bag of 18))Condition:brand new; Material:synthetic feather; Size:40cmMade of synthetic feather material,safety,without any chemical dye to damage your hair&healthSuitable to festival parties,fancy dress parties,or costume parties,which will make you more special and uniqueA perfect item as gift or adornmentCondition:brand new; Material:synthetic feather; Size:40cm Quick delivery and item as pictured. Put these in my daughters hair for holiday fab. These are amazing taken be put in and taken out so easily and brilliant for kids. These are just what i needed. These are fun but cannot understand how to attach them. Easy to apply and remove :). Made of synthetic feather material,safety,without any chemical dye to damage your hair&health Kids love them for temporary colour. The hair pieces are long so you can cut them to suit your hair length, they are fun and cheap, great for kids and ravers. And the costumer service people were also really sweet and helpful. Look great – good value for moneytook a while to arrive. Daughter loves them in her hair on school holidays. Easy to put in and take out. Came tangled but overall good. Excellent value for moneyarrived promtlythese are synthetic hair so heat can not be applied at a high level (160c max)lovely bright colourswould definitely recommend 😀😀. My neice absolutely loved these. Really great value my daughters friends all want them putting in their hair. Great For Festival Season😀 Suitable to festival parties,fancy dress parties,or costume parties,which will make you more special and uniquelast_img read more

Cattle battle goes to federal court

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Leisa Boley Hellwarth, a dairy farmer and attorney near CelinaDavid sued Goliath in federal court in Chicago on April 23, 2019, alleging violations of U.S. antitrust laws, the Packers & Stockyards Act and the Commodity Exchange Act. Actually David is R-CALF-USA (Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund United Stockgrowers of America), a national non-profit organization that represents U.S. cattle and sheep producers on domestic and international trade and marketing issues. Plaintiffs also include four cattle feeding ranchers from Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Wyoming.Goliath is the Big 4: Tyson, Cargill, JBS and National Beef. These four defendants collectively purchase and process more than 80% of the fed cattle in the U.S. annually.David’s slingshot is a federal class action. The complaint describes two classes purportedly harmed by actions of the Big 4: cattle producers who sold fed cattle to any of the Big 4 from January 2015 to the present; and traders who transacted live cattle futures or options contracts on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) from January 2015 to the present. It is rather unusual to find cattle producers and traders on the same side of the fight.David’s slingshot is being aimed by Scott+Scott, a national antitrust and securities litigation firm, along with Cafferty Clobes Meriwether & Sprengel LLP, another well-respected law firm. The plaintiffs, through their counsel, allege that from at least January 1, 2015 through the present, the Big 4 packers conspired to depress the price of fed cattle they purchased from American ranchers, thereby inflating their own margins and profits.Establishing proof of these allegations is a monumental task. The complaint, however, includes trade records, economic evidence and witness accounts, including a former employee of the Big 4. R-CALF USA asserts that various means were used by the Big 4 to depress the price of fed cattle by 7.9%.According to R-CALF CEO, Bill Bullard, the lawsuit was filed to protect the integrity of the U.S. cattle industry after attempting other measures to rectify the situation did not work. Previously, R-CALF had approached both Congress and the Trump Administration and requested investigations into the structure of the cattle industry to no avail.The origins of R-CALF go back to 1998 when ranchers from Montana, Colorado and South Dakota founded the organization as a vehicle for stopping Canada and Mexico in the alleged practice of selling cattle below cost in the U.S. R-CALF actually filed with the International Trade Commission. Although ITC ruled against R-CALF’s complaint, ITC conceded that R-CALF had a legitimate point. Cattlemen then assumed the foundation would dissolve. R-CALF’s case before the ITC, however, generated so much support that the group stuck around and convinced the U.S. Department of Commerce to implement anti-dumping tariffs against Canada.NCBA (National Cattlemen’s Beef Association) is the trade association and lobbying group for U.S. producers in the U.S. that is partially funded through the Beef Checkoff. NCBA and R-CALF are like oil and water. NCBA proudly lists representing Purina, the American Hereford Association, Dow Chemical, McDonald’s and Wal-Mart on their website. R-CALF proclaims they are the largest producer-only membership based organization that exclusively represents U.S. cattle and sheep producers on domestic and international trade and marketing issues. NCBA supports free trade and expansion of the beef market worldwide. R-CALF is dedicated to ensuring the profitability and viability of the U.S. cattle industry. And R-CALF is currently supporting proposed legislation that would ensure transparency in the agricultural checkoffs.The battle between R-CALF and the Big 4 is just beginning. This David vs. Goliath match will likely not be a short story. It is worth monitoring because some Ohio producers will likely qualify for membership and possible damage awards, should the class action be certified and plaintiffs prevail. This process, however, is lengthy and an uphill battle.Russell Johnston, the Scottish statesman, once observed that David vs. Goliath is all about perspective. When Goliath came against the Israelites, the soldiers all thought, “He is so big. We can never kill him.” David looked at the same giant and thought, “He is so big. I cannot miss.”last_img read more

Holiday Sanity Survival Guide: Apps Edition

first_imgRelated Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … taylor hatmaker Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Like it or not, the holidays are here. To the earnest, the holiday season is an opportunity to pause and reflect on the veritable fount of privilege, love and goodness that overfloweth in our proverbial cup-eths. To the disgruntled, dysfunctional or otherwise jaded, this time of year can seem like a gauntlet of horrors. If you’re in the latter camp, pull up a chair and a smartphone – you’re in the right place.You might be thrown into the lion’s den with your checkered mob of distant relatives and family hangers-on, but the key to survival is in your pocket. While family and friends might frown on you parking yourself in a teched-out battlestation with your laptop and a monitor big enough to block out the sun (I try this every year), your smartphone’s low profile and silent setting make it your most powerful ally.Barring a no-bars crisis (signal bars, but maybe also bar bars), your device will serve as your umbilical tether to a saner, wider world – choose your apps accordingly. Go Down The Rabbit Hole Reddit (iOS, Android): Reddit remains the best discovery engine for all manner of fascinating weirdness. Learn something new, cruise through viral content or just look at pictures of kittens until you feel better. It’s all there. See you in 10 hours.Tiny Tower (iOS, Android): This game is a black hole for productivity – and for once, that’s a good thing. Start building a tower and you won’t be able to escape its clutches. Just be sure to uninstall it come Monday. Words With Friends (iOS, Android): Zynga’s imitation game of Scrabble has a hideous interface and interruptive ads, but that’s not what matters. What matters is that you can talk almost anyone into a game of Words With Friends. Challenge everyone you’ve ever met to a match and you’ll have your hands full. Find Different (Better?) HumansHighlight (iOS/Android): Desperate times call for desperate measures, and Highlight is certainly that. If your present company is that insufferable, stop suffering and find someone else to hang out with. OkCupid (iOS/Android): OkCupid’s mobile app actually makes finding a like-minded soul who’s game for a date feel less creepy than it maybe should. It doesn’t have to be a “hook-up” app either – you can just make friends! And if those friends turn out to be boring, there’s always Grindr. Can’t Beat ‘Em? Cook And Drink With ‘EmAllrecipes (iOS, Android): Focus on the upside: Food. Zen out and pitch in with the cooking. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll even score a drumstick. Liquor Cabinet (iOS), Bartender (Android): If the cooking thing doesn’t work out, there’s no shame in boozing. It’s a holiday, so learn to make some festive libations. But, you know, in moderation.  Evernote Food (iOS/Android): On the off chance that you end up contributing something delectable to your Thanksgiving scene, you should probably capture your shining moment of culinary glory for posterity. Evernote food helps you remember what you cooked and how, and lets you share that content out to the social masses. Who knows, if you keep this up, you might even want to do it again next year. Feeling better? I certainly hope so. Now tuck these tips away for later. You may have won this battle, but the holidays are just gearing up. Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock.center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#apps#Mobile Games#social networks The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Final Presenters Added to THE 2017 IHEARTRADIO MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS June

first_imgMuch and iHeartRadio Canada are partnering with Twitter for the first-ever global live stream of the IHEARTRADIO MMVA PRE-GAME, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. ET on mmvas.twitter.com. Hosted by Much Digital Studios creators Alayna Fender, Dan Rodo, Marlon Palmer, and Michael Rizzi, the pre-show gives fans an exclusive first look at all the MMVA stars as multiple awards are handed out live on the red carpet.Hosted by Alessia Cara and Joe Jonas, alongside co-hosts Liz Trinnear and Tyrone Edwards, the iconic awards show simulcasts live in 4K on Sunday, June 18 at 9 p.m. ET on Much, CTV, VRAK, and the iHeartRadio app. The night kicks off with THE IHEARTRADIO MMVA RED CARPET pre-show at 8 p.m. ET on Much, MTV, and E!, hosted by ETALK reporter and E! host Chloe Wilde and iHeartRadio’s Patrick Langlois.Fans can continue to count down to THE 2017 IHEARTRADIO MMVAs on Much.com, Instagram, and Twitter to get the latest announcements and the chance to win big prizes.Official partners of THE 2017 IHEARTRADIO MMVAs include: LG Electronics Canada, Coca-Cola®, Virgin Mobile Canada™, M&M’S Caramel®, and Fruit by the Foot™.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:@Much@iHeartRadioCAAbout THE IHEARTRADIO MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS:Much gives fans the experience of a lifetime by putting them as close as humanly possible to their favourite artists and celebrities at THE 2017 IHEARTRADIO MMVAs. The show airs live on Sunday, June 18 on Much, CTV, VRAK, and the iHeartRadio app. Past MMVA performers and presenters include: Adam Lambert, Ariana Grande, Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, Carly Rae Jepsen, Drake, Ed Sheeran, Fifth Harmony, Gigi Hadid, Hedley, James Bay, Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, and many more. At THE IHEARTRADIO MMVAs, the audience is the priority; Much gives them the best seats in the house, whether a foot from the stage or a foot from a television, computer, or mobile phone. Fans should hit up Much regularly at Much.com or Twitter @Much for the most up-to-date info about the event of the year. Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: TORONTO, June 12, 2017 – Yasss! THE 2017 IHEARTRADIO MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS has reached the boiling point as Much and iHeartRadio Canada confirm its final roster of stellar presenters for this Sunday‘s live broadcastat 9 p.m. ET on Much, CTV, VRAK, Much.com, and the iHeartRadio app.The lineup includes appearances by Carly Rae Jepsen, David Mazouz, Dove Cameron, Jus Reign, Kat Graham, Lights, Massari, Scott Helman, Serena Ryder, Shawn Hook, Shenae Grimes-Beech, Tatiana Maslany, Torrance Coombs, Tyler Oakley, and Tyler Shaw.It was also confirmed today that Jessie Reyez is set to kick off Sunday’s epic street party with an exclusive red carpet performance, and Kardinal Offishall returns to DJ on THE 2017 IHEARTRADIO MMVA RED CARPET at 8 p.m. ET on Much, MTV, E!, and Much.com.The latest influx of stars join previously announced performers Arkells, Camila Cabello, DNCE, Iggy Azalea, Imagine Dragons, Jazz Cartier, Julia Michaels, Lorde, Niall Horan, and Post Malone, and presenters 4YallEntertainment, Bea Miller, Brandon Flynn, Hedley, Keke Palmer, KJ Apa, Lilly Singh, Martha Hunt, Nikki Bella, and Shay Mitchell. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Forbid CocaCola from using groundwater demand Varanasi villagers

first_imgAlarmed by the massive usage of groundwater by the Coca-Cola bottling plant which has led to water scarcity in the area, as many as eighteen village councils in PM Modi’s constituency Varanasi are demanding the soft drink maker be forbid from drawing groundwater.The villages in Mehdiganj area of Varanasi district claimed that they have been seeing water shortages since the plant started its operations in 1999.”Elected village council heads represent the voice of the people, and they are clear that Coca-Cola is not welcome in Mehdiganj. It is time for Coca-Cola to pack up and leave,” said Amit Srivastava of the California-based India Resource Center, which is supporting the village councils in their cause.”Coca-Cola paints a pretty picture of itself internationally as a responsible user of water, but the reality in India is that it exploits groundwater at the expense of the poor, the women, children, farmers and livestock who have to live with less water because Coca-Cola mines groundwater in a water scarce area for profit,” Reuters quoted Srivastava as saying.As Mehdiganj is mainly agrarian, villagers in the area depend on groundwater for most of their requirements.  Coca-Cola, which uses groundwater for production purposes, competes with local people for water, according to environmentalists.Srivastava said the 18 village councils had written to the State Pollution Control Board, which gave a licence to Coca-Cola to open the plant, asking the officials to prevent the company from “extracting any more groundwater in the area.”The Central Ground Water Authority had declared Arajiline block, where the Coca-Cola bottling unit is located, as “over exploited” in 2011, he pointed out.However, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages said that a study undertaken by the Central Ground Water Board in 2012 did not find any evidence to prove that company’s groundwater usage had led to drying up of ponds, wells and hand pumps.”The Central Ground Water Board observed that this depletion was not due to withdrawal of ground water by Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd (HCCBPL) plant,” said a company statement.last_img read more

Their head held high

first_imgI was alone, I was a woman, I was in one set of clothes for seven days and I had no way to inform my family in Delhi that I was alive. I spent an entire week taking refuge in one place after the other till I managed to reach the airport.  It was a harrowing experience which will forever remain etched in my memory.I could not save anything, not even my suitcase packed with clothes nor my bag. It all happened within a flash. I was not prepared for it. In fact no one was. My heart skipped several beats as I pushed through the crowds to find my way to the front. Water was gushing down the road where my home is located as if a dam had burst open. I could see the water forcing its way vehemently inside the lane, pushing through people and breaking through gates. It was stronger than the strongest currents I have witnessed in Pahalgam. I had only heard about floods causing devastation, of uprooting homes, families and lives. It was the first time I was a witness to it with my own eyes. Also Read – Gateway of criminal justiceI stood still, watching the boundary wall break and the waters violently fill up every inch of the lawns, slowly climbing upwards. I was helplessly left standing there watching everything being snatched away before my very eyes, not able to do a thing about it. My mind had stopped functioning. All of a sudden, I had been rendered homeless in Srinagar. Even until half an hour back I could never have imagined this. All around people were scrambling for safety-driving towards undecided destinations, running helter-skelter. Pandemonium had broken out. The entire city seemed on its way to getting submerged. My mind was not registering anything. I just could not get over the sight of my home getting washed away in front of my very eyes. I just wanted to shut off that view which kept playing on my mind over and over. I had only read about such calamities in newspapers or watched them on television. That morning I realised the enormity of destruction a calamity of this nature has on humans. Also Read – Turning a blind eyeIt took me six nights and seven days to find my way to the airport. I survived it all in one set of clothes which were on me and had nothing else apart from my purse and a laptop. But I will remain indebted all my life to everyone who lent me a helping hand on this never ending and arduous journey. I had nothing to offer anyone in return. There was helplessness all around. The streets were full of people in distress-homeless, uprooted, angry, stranded and deserted. I have never seen so many people looking so lost together. There were people looking down from buildings, people looking out of windows, people wailing, people sitting on sidewalks, people squatting on roads, people queuing for food, for shelter, for water. Everywhere I looked around I saw anguish and suffering. It made me feel weary and added to my torment and misery. I saw lifeless faces on listless bodies-as if they had given up on hope or had nothing but hope to cling on to.  And in the midst of that chaos, I saw a ray of hope in the warmth I received at every corner from people known and unknown, the helping hands which stretched out to lend support in times of despair. I would never be able to forget the man who ferried me across to from Bemina to Qamarwari on a dark night, with the help of torchlight and neither will I forget the young boys who helped me alight the kishti when the boat touch landed and carried my bag, refusing to leave me alone till the time they could manage to get me a lift from a relief van. How could I not be grateful to those in the van- visibly tired and weary with relief work all through the day yet who did not leave me in the middle of nowhere, not once losing patience as I took them from lane to lane trying to locate my friend? I owe gratitude to those countless nameless faces which helped me cross barrier after barrier-someone offering me a lift on his car, another guiding me with directions, a third walking alongside me till I could find my way and yet another refusing to charge me for services rendered. Yes, it felt unfair when I switched on the television set and browsed through the national dailies when I reached Delhi after a week and found it all splashed with the heroic deeds of the Armed Forces and their magnanimity as they airlifted flood victims. ‘Where was the army when I was there on the streets at night?’ I thought to myself. I remembered then. I had seen innumerable choppers in the skies engaged in sorties all day long. The sky was full of them.They were in the air, not in the waters. It felt strange that there was no mention of those young local volunteers out in the streets wading through deep waters, rescuing people all day and night. They had no work timings, they were not being paid for it, it was not expected of them neither were they bound to do so. Yet they were out there, risking their own lives to save others. Did anyone care to mention gratitude towards these unsung heroes without whom the casualty would have skyrocketed into mind boggling figures? One has often seen the symbolic image of a boy from downtown, face covered with a keffiyeh holding a stone in his hand. I wonder when we shall see the image of that very boy from downtown splashed across the same dailies- wading through neck deep water as he recues a baby or carries an ailing old man on his back.The state administration lay paralysed and defunct, the police was largely in their homes with families (barring an odd few) and nobody seemed ready to take responsibility at the helm of affairs. There was no one to take charge of the crisis and each man had to fend for himself. In a nutshell, the state was conspicuous by its absence. The communication system was facing the biggest possible breakdown in recent times in the history of the nation- it was a complete blackout. There was no electricity, no internet, no telephone lines working and the water supply as well came to a halt. Nobody could contact anybody. Kashmir was cut off from the world. The Indian Army’s movements were largely restricted Between Gupkar and Raj Bhawan (VIP zones). Perhaps there may have been an odd intervention here and there but I, for one did not see their presence anywhere. How can I write about something I did not see? I did expect them to be playing a much more active role in the rescue operations. Was it wrong to expect so? I wonder why and when the Indian media turned into PR machinery for the Indian Army. It does not come as a surprise to me to see anger simmering on the streets of Kashmir-like a live bomb ticking away. Yes, I do not deny and neither can anyone else that the army and the air force have played a crucial part in the evacuation of stranded people. Then where does the problem lie? Why are Kashmiris angry? The problem lies with the fact that it is only the Army which is being projected as the saviour of the flood victims? Were they not already supposed to be doing that? Is it not a part of their duty and responsibility? Was it not that the numbers in need of immediate rescue far greater than the ones who received help? Maybe if the state and the Indian army had given out a statement of apology for not being able to attend to as many people as they should have and expressed regret at the same owing to lack of resources or manpower or whatever their challenges were, there are chances that the fury against them would be far less in comparison, and perhaps, not any at all. Perhaps they would even have won over some hearts in the process. Unfortunately, when the numbers risking their lives out there in the waters are far greater in magnitude compared to the ones who claim credit for it, then one has to be prepared for sharp criticism. It is not ethical to rescue people and then boast about it and similarly it is not rational to expect sanity from people who are watching their life long earnings getting washed away, their children starving and their aging parents not being able to run for safety.Had it not been for my friends calling me and sending me messages all night, I would not have been awake. Had it not been for my landlord who kept banging on my door and window and made sure I did not fall asleep, I would not have been alive. Had it not been for those strangers who did not leave my side while I kept losing my track, I would have been stranded. Had it not been for those friends who opened up their homes and hearts to me, I would have been homeless. Had it not been for the friend who stopped his car when he saw me walking wearily under a hot, scorching sun, I would never have been able to connect with my family. Had it not been for the large heartedness of the hotel owner who gave me shelter without charging me a single rupee, I would have been penniless. Had it not been for the young boy who saw my desperation to get to the airport and volunteered to ferry me across muddy waters on a stranded boat in the wee hours of the morning, I would never have made it to Delhi. Yes, lastly had it not been for the armed forces, I would not have managed to get airlifted to the airport but then again, had it not been for the person who drove me till there and insisted that I be evacuated immediately on a priority basis, I would have been standing in queue for what seemed like eternity to me. But it took a lot to get till there and while the Indian army and the air force gets its credit, its fame and kudos, the others do not get as much as a mention even on the last pages. Is it fair? Who, apart from God should I be thankful to? It is for you to think. I already know my answers.last_img read more

Sunwing set to expand winter sun service from Hamilton ON

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Hamilton International Airport, new destinations, Sunwing Monday, July 22, 2019 Share Travelweek Group center_img Sunwing set to expand winter sun service from Hamilton, ON TORONTO — Sunwing is offering vacationers in the Hamilton and the Greater Golden Horseshoe area more winter sun destination options than ever, with a total of six flight services available this coming winter.New destinations include Cayo Coco, Cayo Santa Maria and Cancun, plus Sunwing is bringing back perennial favourites Montego Bay and Punta Cana, along with Varadero, which will benefit from twice-weekly flights on Wednesdays and Saturdays for the first time.Hamilton vacationers looking to head to Cuba can take advantage of Sunday flights to Cayo Coco between Dec. 15, 2019 and April 12, 2020.A weekly flight service to Cayo Santa Maria will operate on Fridays from Dec. 13, 2019 until April 10, 2020.Those looking to visit Mexico can take advantage of weekly flights to Cancun departing on Sundays from Dec. 15, 2019 until April 12, 2020.Returning favourite Punta Cana is available on Fridays from Nov. 8, 2019 until April 10, 2020 and Montego Bay on Saturdays from Dec. 14, 2019 to April 11, 2020.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from Ottawa“We are excited to be expanding our operations from John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport,” says Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations for Sunwing. “Since we commenced operations in the Hamilton region in 2013, our flight services have been well-received and extremely popular with residents of Hamilton and the Greater Golden Horseshoe area. With the addition of these three new destinations, we will now be offering travellers access to more of our popular vacation hotspots than ever before.”Resort options for Cayo Coco-bound travellers include Memories Flamenco Beach Resort, a Sunwing favourite property with activities and amenities for guests of all ages, from the kids club featuring characters Toopy and Binoo, to non-motorized water sports like windsurfing and catamaran rides.Vacationers heading to Cayo Santa Maria could opt for Grand Memories Santa Maria offering a wide range of activities for all ages including a kids club.And with the newly-introduced weekly flight service to Cancun, vacationers can visit top-rated family resort, Riu Dunamar, home to its very own Splash Water World water park and with accommodation options for families of five or more. Sunwing clients can get exclusive RIU-topia inclusions like unlimited reservation-free dining, free WiFi, spa credits and more.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North America“As an airport that is growing its leisure travel options for Hamilton and the surrounding market, Hamilton International Airport is very happy to continue its invaluable partnership with Sunwing over the forthcoming winter season,” says Dina Carlucci, Director, Marketing & Communications for John C Munro Hamilton International Airport. “Sunwing’s 2019/2020 winter program has more than doubled its flights from Hamilton, with flights to destinations in Mexico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Cuba including new Sunwing flights from Hamilton to Cancun, Cayo Coco and Cayo Santa Maria.” Posted bylast_img read more