DONEGAL SOLDIER FACES JAIL AFTER BITING NOSE OFF MAN IN SAVAGE ATTACK

first_imgA judge at the Crown Court in Derry has told a former Irish army soldier that it is inevitable he will go to jail after biting the nose off an Algerian man in the city centre last year.Barry Fitzgerald, 23, from Doire House in Carrigans pleaded guilty to a charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent on his 35-year-old victim in an unprovoked attack outside a fast food takeaway in Waterloo Street on 14 April, 2013.UTV reports that after biting his victim’s nose off, Fitzgerald then spat it onto the floor of the man’s car. Following his guilty plea to the charge, Fitzgerald resigned from his position in the Irish army last May. He was based at Finner Camp at the time of the offence.Fitzgerald was released on bail last September pending sentencing this September coming. As part of his bail conditions, he was banned from entering Derry.However, his solicitor applied to Judge Philip Babington to have the ban lifted.The barrister said Fitzgerald had been shortlisted for a job interview as a kitchen porter in a local restaurant because he wanted to earn money before he’s sentenced.Granting the unopposed application, Judge Babington said it was inevitable Fitzgerald would be going to jail.He said no doubt Fitzgerald would give “full disclosure to his potential employer with regards to his present position.”DONEGAL SOLDIER FACES JAIL AFTER BITING NOSE OFF MAN IN SAVAGE ATTACK was last modified: July 8th, 2014 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:Barry FitzgeraldCarrigansdonegaljailnosesoldierlast_img read more

Platinum players work on way forward

first_img21 February 2013 A meeting of major role players in South African platinum mining has spoken out against violence and committed to promoting workers’ right to associate and disassociate with any union. The meeting was assembled by Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu following a violent incident at Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Siphumelele mine in Rustenburg, North West province on Monday. Thirteen people were injured in a conflict which is believed to have flared up because of rivalry between workers’ unions. Represented at the meeting in Pretoria were Amplats management, the Chamber of Mines of SA, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the Association for Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), and UASA. The meeting, which began on Tuesday and continued on Wednesday, sought to canvass immediate actions to be taken by organised labour, business and the government in dealing with recurrent violence within South Africa’s platinum sector, as well as to look for long-term solutions. Newspaper Business Day reported that the parties had agreed in principle on a protocol on how the various role players should conduct themselves at the country’s mining operations. Chamber of Mines president Mark Cutifani, who is also Anglo American CEO-designate, told Business Day that “the fact that the minister engaged so quickly when we saw a few problems emerge on the platinum side is encouraging, and demonstrates [that] lessons have been learnt from some of the tough issues we saw last year”. All stakeholders at the meeting condemned the violence and committed to promoting workers’ right to associate and disassociate with any union. The parties once again urged workers to refrain from intimidation and violence. The Mineral Resources Department said it would continue to engage all stakeholders in the interest of ensuring that South Africa’s mining industry remains productive. The parties were to meet again on Thursday to further discuss areas of cooperation between labour and mining companies in working towards a long-term industry solution. SAnews.gov.za, with additional reporting by SAinfolast_img read more

Hot stops for the coolest buys in town

first_imgQuirk and kitsch is certainly making its way into the hearts of shoppers in Punjab. From art-inspired handicrafts and skull shaped phones to vintage shopping, ethnic is exotic on the store shelves, while a funky flavour is splashed across everything. Be it swanky malls or standalone shopping spaces, the city,Quirk and kitsch is certainly making its way into the hearts of shoppers in Punjab. From art-inspired handicrafts and skull shaped phones to vintage shopping, ethnic is exotic on the store shelves, while a funky flavour is splashed across everything. Be it swanky malls or standalone shopping spaces, the city is celebrating all that is quirky and cool. Out of the box and certainly off the beaten track, these cool stores are where you can indulge your wacky side!PhulkariTradition rules the roost here. From ingeniously made bronze and metal statues depicting Punjab’s rural life to gold and silver antique necklaces, earrings, anklets and nose rings as well as exquisite phulkari duppattas-all Punjabi handicrafts find a place here at Phulkari, the state emporium in Chandigarh. Owned by Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation (PSIEC) Ltd, the twin-level store promotes Punjabi handicrafts and small scale industries. Named after phulkari-an exquisite traditional embroidery technique from rural Punjab, the neatly organised shop claims to have something for every home. Rustic looking brick walls house wardrobes that are stacked with clothing material. Needless to say, many of these unstitched suits and dupattas come with phulkari and bagh work on them. You can also find brightly coloured cushions, moorahas (cane stools), mats, bedspreads, jholas (cloth handbags) and quilts adorned with phulkari work. Art aficionados can pick from one of the traditional paintings by various schools of art like Chamba or Tanjore that are on display here as well.Where: S.C.O 27, Sector 17, Chandigarh.Cost: Rs 150 to Rs 1,500 (furnishings); Rs 400 onwards (dupattas).Tel: 01722706246.USP: The Phulkari embroidery used on various clothing, jholas, mats, moorahs, dupattas and bedspreads.-Anandita GuptaadvertisementBittu BanglesIt is a glitzy affair at this iconic store that was set up way back in 1985. Bittu Bangle was just a small booth when it was started but with their wide variety and great collection of bangles, has managed to grow steadily and today, the store stocks thousands of bangles in all shades of the rainbow from across the country. Lac chudi bangles from Maharashtra, Kolkata and Hyderabad, glass and oxidised silver bangles from Delhi and Jodhpur and metal and embellished bangles from China (Rs 20-200), the store offers a great selection for every woman’s bangle needs. A striking assortment of cuffs and bracelets in stone, lac, metal and oxidised silver (Rs 30 to Rs 100 a pair) apart from their famous bridal choodas (not just the common red ones but also turquoise and white) from Amritsar and Rajasthan (Rs 250-Rs 6,000) are also on offer here.Where: S.C.F 21-22, Sector-22C, Near Aroma Hotel, Chandigarh.Cost: Rs 250 to Rs 6,000 (choodas).Tel: 01722725755.USP: The variety of bangles that one can choose from and the variation of its customised services have made this store a runaway hit.-Anandita Gupta1.4.6.9What started as a shop selling only tees is now a space synonymous with ‘Punjabi-ness’. Named after the birth year of Sri Guru Nanak Dev, 1.4.6.9. is the brainchild of Harinder Singh. A whole range of handicrafts- phulkari embroidery, jutis, original paintings of the Golden Temple, antique locks, gramophones, brass lassi glasses and kirpans are available here. But it is their T-shirts with catchy captions-main gabru des punjab da, sadke jaavan, vekhi ja phercheri na, proud by birth-Sikh by choice-which have made them famous. Selling T-shirts was not something new for Singh as he is also behind the label Uni Style Image. With outlets spread across Delhi, Chandigarh and Amritsar, Singh says that the one in Chandigarh attracts the most customers.They also stock pottery from Auroville in Pondicherry, silver jewellery from Jaipur and ethnic embroidered bags from Gujarat. But they try to bring Punjab into even these items in a creative way. For instance, the tea set from Auroville, has “cha” written on it in Gurmukhi.Where: Shop No 81. Sector 17D, Chandigarh.Cost: Rs 300 to Rs 1,000 (T-shirts); Rs 500 (Pankhi).Tel: 01724677333.USP: The store stocks artefacts, apparel and accessories that celebrate the essence of the Punjabi culture.-Rewati RauMaskLocated within the popular Alpha one Mall in Amritsar is Mask, a fashion outlet that is definitely out of the ordinary. The remains of an ancient Ambassador car placed at the centre of the store is an indication of the ‘quirk’ factor to be expected from the merchandise. This multi brand apparel store is known for its furnishings and clothing range for young men and women. Modish accessories like bags, belts, caps, scarves are available here. The store houses collections from brands such as Unisex, Recap, Expose, IT, Virsa, Nostrum, Copper Stone and Butterfly to name a few. Tees with cult graphics, auto graphics and slogans are the definite hot sellers here. Being easy on the pocket makes Mask just that much more appealing to the city’s college-going crowd who are their main patrons.Where: Alphaone Mall, Amritsar.Cost: Rs 350 to Rs 2,500.Tel: 01835052400.USP: Their clothing range is fun, cool and affordable- perfect for the city’s youth.-Puja R.MahaldaradvertisementPleasentinoAn unusual concept in Amritsar, Pleasantino was started last year by Jaswinder Singh and his son Danish. The father-son duo began by selling games carved on wood (chess, backgammon, and cribbage) in USA. Demand for an off-beat carving for a game gave them the idea of utilising their skills in a different way. “We imported machines from USA to create a special carving for that client and that’s when we thought of making god and goddess figurines,” says Singh. A carving of the Golden Temple was their first effort. It soon resulted in a store in Amritsar’s Alpha One mall. Carvings are done on a variety of wood such as maple, rosewood, bloodwood, and mahogany. Deities of every faith find space on the shelves along with chessboards, keychains, wooden boxes, wall hangings, and side tables.Where: Alphaone Mall, S.C.O 43, DSC, BBlock, Ranjit Avenue, Amritsar.Cost: Rs 75 (keychain); Rs 15,000 (Guru Nanak carving).Tel: 09915588416. USP: Exotic wood carvings in unusual forms that serve as home dcor items.-Rewati RauHoney HutHoney Hut, a 500 sq ft eatery, tucked away in Sector 22’s noisy corridor stocks all kinds of products that pack in the goodness of honey. The health cafe offers raw honey and honey-based products that act as natural sweeteners apart from offering a whole range of health benefits as well. Brainchild of Paramjit Singh, 54, the first Honey Hut store was established in 2008 at Shimla, to encourage guilt-free sweet indulgence. Consequently, Singh has opened seven outlets, across India and tied up with Ludhiana-based Kashmir Aperies (that exports honey to 70 countries) for sourcing the best quality honey. The store serves multiple delicacies and varieties of honey, at reasonable prices. Try their honey-based coffee, tea, milk, shakes, lemon water and lassi. Their honey idlis and honey chocolates, as well as kulfis and ice creams infused with honey are simply delectable. They also have a range of cosmetics that are all made from honey.Where: Honey Hut, Khadi Bhawan, S.C.O 7-8, Sector 22B, Chandigarh.Cost: Rs 25 to Rs 80.Tel: 01724003286.USP: The store stocks a wide range of products from food items to cosmetics-all made from honey.-Anandita GuptaFeathersThis little shop in Sector 22 is a gold mine for fashion accessories. The three storey store, established by city-based entrepreneur, Ajay Sarna in 1973 stocks accessories of all kinds ranging from bangles, earrings, danglers, hair clips, cosmetics, beauty products, purses, clutches, pouches, hand bags, wallets, vanity kits, jewellery boxes and even night wear and lingerie. A great place to stop at before the next big Punjabi marriage party, pick up elegantly decorated cash envelopes, wedding garlands and everything else that makes trousseau packing convenient and stylish. advertisementReplicas of global brands like Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Dior and travel gear are hot sellers here and the store is known for its great discounts as well.Where: SCF 2, Sector 22D, Chandigarh.Cost: Rs 210 to Rs 6,000.Tel: 01722707281.USP: Feathers scores high both, on quality and the variety of products they stock.-Anandita GuptaKarma RepublicPreet Arjun Singh, 26, decided that rather than wearing his politics on his sleeve, why not wear a cause instead? It was with this in mind that this Chandigarh boy set up Karma Republic, an online concept store that has been spreading awareness about social and cultural issues through exciting and lucid graphics on tees. “Karma Republic tees are a wearable canvas for my inner activist,” says founder Preet Arjun Singh with a smile. Preet quit his lucrative job with IT major Infosys and launched Karma Republic four years ago. Though things started out slowly, they soon picked up, with Punjab’s hip crowd all sporting KR tees.Now thousands of t-shirts are sold every month on his website. Preet designs each piece himself, the messages the tees contain range from raising a voice against corruption and communalism to expressing patriotism for the country. If you’d like to buy offline, there is an outlet at Sector 35 as well. Anyone who buys a tee from KR also gets a ‘passport’-a booklet to keep a record of their good karmas!Where: Karma Republic headquarters, S.C.O 367, Second floor, Sector 35B, Chandigarh.Cost: Rs 450 to Rs 700.Tel: 09988224475/karmarepublic.comUSP: The unique t-shirts with lucid graphics and quotes relating to social and cultural issues.-Anandita GuptaAmritsari BazaarThe Amritsari Bazaar that houses more than 50 outlets is a one-stop-shop for all your Punjabi handicrafts needs. The bazaar’s decor grabs your attention as soon as you enter with its huge artistic ambience and with the traditionally decorated halls that are laid out with jali, mirror and wood works that set the tone for a great day out for handicraft shopping.Spread out over 15,000 square feet, the bazaar located at the top floor of the Alpha One mall is a stark contrast from the rest of the mall that retails more urbane, trendy fashion wear and apparel. Head here to pick up home decor items or interesting made out in various traditional styles such as phulkari, lacquered woodwork and traditional jewellery styles. Punjabi jutis, hand-woven carpets and popular delicacies like papads and wadiyan are must buys here.Where: Alpha One Mall, Amritsar.Cost: Rs 200 to Rs 50,000.Tel: 01835031500; alphaoneamritsar.comUSP: The store has everything that is quintessentially Punjabi and is a onestop-shop for traditional handicrafts.-Puja Raina MahaldarAnaha JewelleryThe store imbues class with its wooden cabinets, antique showcases and wide variety of jewellery. Boasting of a great selection of jewellery from India as well as countries like France, North and South America, Italy, Africa and the Middle East, personal attention is given to every customer who steps in here. The store is divided into two sections-Indian and World Jewellery. In the Indian section kundan designs from Punjab, polki designs from Jaipur, gold designs from south India and gemstones from Hyderabad are all on display. In the international section, one can find diamond jewellery from France under the brand ‘Viona’, gemstones from North America under ‘Zayna’, gold and silver jewellery from Italy under ‘Evana’, pearls from Japan under ‘Osaka’, South American bronze designs under ‘Inca’ and exquisite bead designs from Africa and the Arab World under the name, ‘Jambo’. It has an exquisite antique jewellery collection which is trendy and can be worn to work. Besides gold, silver and diamonds, you can also find bronze, stone, acrylic and wooden jewellery here.Where: S.C.O 215-217, Sector 34, Chandigarh.Cost: Rs 100 onwards (artificial jewellery); Rs 300 (silver); Rs 5000 onwards (gold-kundan/diamonds).Tel: 09855501827.USP: A wide variety of jewellery from all over the world. They also customise jewellery for their customers.-Monita SharmaVijay Metal WorksTake a slight detour on the Amritsar-Jalandhar highway to Jandiala Guru and pick up brass utensils of every size and shape. The nerve centre of brass utensil manufacturing in the state; people from this nondescript place near Amritsar have been making brass utensils for over five decades. There are large and small brass kadhais (thick woks), bowls, spoons, and pots. You can also spot rows of tablas being made here. “People from across the country come to buy our tablas and other brass utensils,” says Mohan Lal Malhotra of Vijay Metal Works.Where: Brass factory, Vijay Metal Works; Bazaar Kaserian, Jandiala Guru (district Amritsar).Cost: Rs 350 (brass plate) and; Rs 500 (glass).Tel: 01832431229.USP: Their brass utensils are a unique concept which have been manufactured for over five decades.-Rewati RauYakshi Wedding BazaarThis brightly-lit wedding accessories showroom is all about celebrating marriage. Conceptualized and launched by 45 year old Satinder Kumar two years ago, the 1000 sq ft store is a one-stop-shop for addressing all your wedding ceremony needs. From shagun thalis with embellished covers, decorative coconuts, currency garlands and sindoordanis to kirpans (sword carried by the bridegroom), turbans, sehras and kaliras; everything is available at Yakshi and all of it at affordable prices too. Yakshi has about 30 sherwanis and 40 lehengas in their wedding collection. They also have an in-house tailor for alterations.Where: S.C.F 24, Sector 7C, Inner Market, Chandigarh.Cost: Rs 15,000 to Rs 25,000 (sherwanis and lehengas).Tel: 01725051440, 09316108440.USP: Its exquisite wedding attire and accessories at affordable prices makes the store a favorite with to-be brides and grooms.-Anandita GuptaFragrance and FlavorStocking a variety of exclusive global perfume brands, a stopover at Fragrance and Flavors is sure to be a treat for your olfactory senses. City-based entrepreneur Harpreet Singh set up this boutique, the tri-city area’s first exclusive perfume outlet three years ago and has since managed to bedazzle the Punjabi shopper with his great collections. Spread over 400 sq feet, the contemporary looking store is designed to cater to perfume aficionados. Besides, the store has introduced the uninitiated to fine international fragrances such as Channel, Creed, La Prairie, YSL, Dunhill, Bvlgari, Hogo Boss, Tom Ford, Armani and Hermes.Where: SCO 80, Sector 17D, Chandigarh.Cost: Rs 500 to Rs 25,000.Tel: 01724008998.-Anandita GuptaEmergeThe gateway to the best rock ‘n’ roll merchandise in Punjab, Emerge is a one-stop-shop for all things cool. From classic posters to eccentric tees, it’s all available inside this 1200 sq ft store. The store is laid out like an old, run down garage with worn out, deflated tyres, air compressors and junk items placed all around. A professional DJ spinning progressive house and trance tunes adds to the eclectic mood as well. Trendy apparel is the mainstay here, but there is a huge line of accessories, posters, medals and studded belts. Ordinary household items get interesting twists here with skull shaped ashtrays and napkin holders that are designed like toothpaste tubes. This four year old store has set up outlets across Punjab, including the ones in Shimla and Panchkula.Where: S.C.O Sector 10D Chandigarh.Cost: Rs 350 to Rs 3,000.Tel: 01724674890, 09501133551.USP: Their selection of rock ‘n’roll merchandise. Most of their stuff has an edgy, quirky feel to it.-Anandita GuptaSvaasa ShopHow about a cup of tea to cure insomnia? A herb liquid extract for depression? Svaasa Shop, a tiny shop tucked away in Ranjit’s Svaasa, a boutique spa resort in Amritsar, stocks stuff for those who appreciate the finer things in life. An entire section dedicated to wellness has a range of Yogi Tea (imported from Netherland) for detoxifyng, throat comfort, digestion, and sound sleep.There are 150 liquid herbal extracts available that cure various kinds of ailments. Svaasa also manufactures essential oils such as lavender, bergamot, rosemary, ylang ylang, lemongrass and mandarin which are available at the shop. While they do make a style statement, what is most interesting here is their funky jute slippers which have been designed by Badhte Kadam, a group of street children in Delhi. You can also pick up handmade coasters sourced from Orissa.Where: 47A, Mall Road, Amritsar.Cost: Rs 315 onwards.Tel: 09872626618/svaasa.comUSP: Their range of products that aim to target wellness needs of the local populace.-Rewati RauLalit Kala AkademiYour favourite artist can now find a place on your dining table, couch, drawing room or even your clothes. Three years ago Le Corbusier Centre and the Lalit Kala Akademi (LKA) came out with this interesting idea to attract art lovers. A set of mugs and t-shirts with art critic Ashok Vajpeyi’s poems printed on them was LKA’s first creation.Later on, works of other renowned artists’ such as Jatin Das, Paramjit Singh, Krishen Khanna, Shakti Burman, Ranbir Kaleka, Vivan Sundaram, and Anjolie Ela Menon were incorporated on items of daily use. Says Diwan Manna, the chairperson of Lalit Kala Akademi, Chandigarh, “The idea is not new, it’s there all over the West, but in India nobody was doing it. So I thought we should start it here.” When you pay the store a visit, check out the painting on a mug by Krishen Khanna. Monalisa cushion covers, beer mugs printed with Corbusier’s paintings, and a mug with an Amrita Shergill painting-all quite attractive.Where: Le Corbusier Centre, Sec 10C, Chandigarh.Cost: Rs 500 to Rs 750 (Beer Mugs); 750 to Rs 7,000 (Paintings); Rs 1,000 (Cushion Covers).Tel: 01722740261.USP: The artistic decor is with impressions of it on various products available at the store.-Rewati RauArt Craft and BeyondThis 28 room bungalow in a narrow Amritsar street urges you to pause and take notice. Look in and expect to be drawn by the artefacts, artfully scattered all around. Three commodious rooms here are stacked with a mix of small and big collectibles from India and abroad. An avid traveller with an eye for vintage items, Aradhana Mehra started Art Craft and Beyond last year. Here, you could pick up a mask from Indonesia, tiny plates from Turkey, ceramics from Thailand, mahogany wooden tables from Java, or a painting from Hong Kong. Mehra has also stocked some ethnic glass vases, bathroom sets and lamps from Agra and antique furniture from Rajasthan. She brings in new stocks every 15 days. What’s unique about her store is the convenient option of paying in installments. “When people come to pay their installment, they spot new items and are tempted to buy more stuff, so it works for me,” she says.Where: 9, Rattan Chand Road, Amritsar.Cost: Rs 250 to Rs 50,000.Tel: 01832220980.USP: Home decor artefacts sourced from around the world, and the convenient option of paying in installments.-Rewati RauIndia House GroupEnter Sona Makhni’s house and showroom decorated like a Rajasthani haveli and you’ll forget you are in Amritsar. An antique palki greets you up front while workers are busy weaving or carving as you go past the door. Inside, there is a spread of handcrafted trousseau boxes, a wooden bar with bar stools, coat hangers, cupboards of vintage value, wooden dining tables and side tables.”The most popular items here are the antique doors and the bar that comes with a table and bar stools,” says Makhni. We loved the trousseau boxes, which can also be used as side tables or as regular storage boxes. Her husband Vikram Singh has impressed Westerners with Indian carpets and antique furniture made of mango, sheesham and teak wood for over 25 years-they have shops in Switzerland and France. Makhni decided to utilise her free time at home and started retailing from Amritsar. Her venture of one-and-a-half years has given her an exclusive clientele in the city. Makhni also customises furniture. All the wooden products are made at the family’s manufacturing unit in Jodhpur. The Makhnis started their business with hand-knotted silk carpets. The wool for these carpets is imported from New Zealand and the weaving is done in neighbouring villages. “We’ve employed over 300 housewives from the villages,” she says. Makhni also stocks a range of phulkari and Pashmina shawls at her store.Where: 5, RB, Duni Chand Road, Lawrence Road, Amritsar.Cost: Rs 500 (antique box); Rs 50,000; (wooden cupboard).Tel: 01832223845.USP: A Rajasthani haveli styled store, stocking vintage, antique products with a twist.-Rewati RauVanity BoxIf you think your house cannot do without printed toilet paper from Germany, floral cushion covers from England or acrylic wine glasses from Italy, head straight to the Vanity Box. The store is also a treasure trove of stuff like magnets by a bunch of young designers from Bengaluru, pottery from Puducherry, unique saris by Delhi based designer Neeru Ahuja, table linen by US designer, April Cornell and much more. The store has a vintage look with a quirky ambience. Vanity Box, as a concept, was born out of an annual flea market organised at the Whispering Willows at Zirakpur, a resort owned by Priya Jagat, also the owner of Vanity Box.Where: S.C.S 7, Sector 8 Market, Chandigarh.Cost: Rs 150 onwards.Tel: 017227813329.USP: A vintage store with a wide range of quality antique products.-Rewati RauTantraThe first dedicated outlet in the state that retails the perennially cool Tantra tees, this spacious store became an instant hit among the citys hip crowd when it was set up in 2010. One can browse the well-lit shelves of this 1000 sq ft space for a wide range of classic Tantra cotton tees with fun ideas, ranging from social messages on issues such as empowerment of women and human rights to tees with themes such as going green, spirituality, music and parties here. The hot sellers, however, are the funky tees with peppy images and one-liners such as ‘Bakwaas ke Baadshah’, ‘Add to Cart’, ‘Shiva in a Trance’ and ‘Read Books, not T Shirts!’ Also look out for their range of interesting accessoriesfrom eco-friendly cloth bags made from recycled fabric to framed artworks and quirky mouse pads.Where: S.C.O 481, Sector 35C, Chandigarh.Cost: Rs 300 to Rs 650.Tel: 09915068553.USP: With new t-shirts being launched every month, the store has perhaps the widest variety of cool t-shirts in the state.-Anandita GuptaOxyzone AromasSensing the growing popularity of aromatic essential oils in the hospitality and wellness industry, Chandigarh-based Simar Kaaur set up Oxyzone Aromasa store offering an exquisite collection of aroma oils. “These aroma oils are completely natural, being benzene and alcohol-free. They work wonderfully as natural perfumes and help greatly in relaxing and soothing your body,” says 28 year old Kaaur, who ventured into the aromatic oils business while running her two upscale gyms (Oceanic and Oxyzone) in Chandigarh and Zirakpur. This small yet well-laid out store was set up last year and now supplies aromatic and spa oils to many luxury hotels across the state, including The Taj, Piccadily, KC Royale and Hotel Heritage. Their product range includes aromatic diffuser oils, pure aromatic essential oils and reed oils, aromatic mists, spa oils and Jacuzzi oils.Cost: Rs Rs 200 to Rs 70,000Tel: 09779653119/oxyzonearomas.comUSP: The aroma oils are available in exquisite fragrances and are completely natural and alcohol free.-Anandita Guptalast_img read more

Can the BMW 1-Series M Performance Edition stand out in the luxury hatchback segment?

first_imgBMW 1-Series M PerformanceTaking competition in the luxury hatchback segment to a new level, BMW India has recently launched a limited performance edition of its 1-series vehicle. Changes made are in terms of external graphics and a few interior elements to help the vehicle gather more eyeballs. The 116i M Performance Edition is priced at Rs. 22.65 lakhs, which could possibly help the company differentiate itself from the other two luxury car giants. External changesExterior modifications comprise of black front grille, stylish rear spoiler with fins, sportier alloy wheels and M Performance lettering. The car is available in two non metallic paintworks, namely Crimson Red and Alpine White. Apart from these, it is also present in the following six metallic paintworks- Glacier Silver, Midnight Blue, Mineral Grey, Black Sapphire, Deep Sea Blue and Valencia Orange. Internal changesSide skirtings and sporty red accents are visible across the insides of the M Performance editions. In addition, leather wrapping with red stitching for steering wheel, red highlights for the speedometer and an electric glass roof will also be offered as part of standard features. EnginesOn the mechanical front, no changes have been made to the standard 1-Series. It still comes with a 1.6 litre petrol engine and a 2.0 litre diesel engine, delivering maximum power of 136 bhp and 143 bhp, respectively.Competition in the sub-25 lakh range is suddenly heating up in the Indian market. Many upwardly mobile Indians have taken a strong liking to vehicles such as the A-Class, 1-Series and the upcoming A3. It remains to be seen how well the new M Performance edition can stand out against the others in this segment. In terms of pricing, 116i M Performance Edition sis priced at Rs. 22.65 lakhs. The 118d M Performance Edition is available for Rs. 25.60 lakhs and 118d Sport M Performance Edition for Rs. 28.55 lakhs. Top variant 118d Sport Plus M Performance Edition can be purchased for Rs. 32.50 lakhs.advertisementlast_img read more

ACP to Close Gatun Locks Lane for Repairs

first_imgImage Courtesy: ACPThe West lane of the Panama Canal’s Gatun Locks will be out of service on March 24 due to scheduled repairs at the site, according to an advisory released by the Canal Authority (ACP).Namely, the lane is expected to be closed for 12 hours, beginning at 8 pm on Friday until 8 am on March 25, 2017 due to repairs on Miter Gate 31 and on Vehicular Bridge No. 3.The ACP further informed that the same lane will be out of service on April 7 as the authority will conduct scheduled repairs on Miter Gate 32 and on Vehicular Bridge No. 4. The lane is expected to be closed for 12 hours, opening at 8 am on April 8.As a result, and in accordance with the rules governing the Transit Reservation System, Condition 1.a for the Panamax Locks will be in effect on March 25 and on April 8, 2017.The Just-In-Time (JIT) transit slots, as well as the booking slot available through the Auction Process, and the slots available for regular vessels less than 300 feet in LOA, will continue to be offered during these periods.last_img read more

The Complete Latin GRAMMY Awards Viewers Guide

first_img Jorge Drexler Wins Song Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Luis Miguel Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY The Complete Latin GRAMMY Awards Viewer’s Guide Karol G Wins Best New Artist At 2018 Latin GRAMMYs Maná Honored By An Array Of Latin American Talent Rosalía Thanks Women During Latin GRAMMY Win Take a look at the many ways to celebrate Latin music throughout this week leading up to the main event, Thursday’s Latin GRAMMY AwardsPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Nov 13, 2018 – 2:45 pm Get ready! The Biggest Night In Latin Music is coming on Nov. 15, but there are so many ways to enjoy the festivities in Las Vegas including and leading up to the 19th Latin GRAMMY Awards from virtually anywhere in the world. Here’s how! Will Smith, Marc Anthony, and Bad BunnyPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Why Rosalía Is A Rising Global Pop Star Prev Next Karol G Wins Best New Artist At 2018 Latin GRAMMYs Performers on the broadcast include Marc Anthony, Will Smith and Bad Bunny performing their collaboration, “Está Rico,” for the first time in public, as well as Ángela Aguilar, El David Aguilar, Pepe Aguilar, Pablo Alborán, Anitta, Steve Aoki, J Balvin, Calibre 50, Jorge Drexler, Karol G, Kany García, Halsey, Nicky Jam, Mon Laferte, Natalia Lafourcade, Victor Manuelle, Carla Morrison, Christian Nodal, Jenna Ortega, Ozuna, Laura Pausini, Monsieur Periné, Banda Los Recoditos, Rosalía, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Carlos Vives and Sebastián Yatra. The 2018 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Maná will perform as well.Performers at the Premiere ceremony include Santiago Barrionuevo, Yamandu Costa, Jerry Demara, Rozalén, and José Alberto El Canario with El Septeto Santiaguero.This week of celebration will honor artists across a wide array of Latin cultures, styles, genres, and countries. Awards will span many fields, including General, Pop, Urban, Rock, Alternative, Tropical, Singer-Songwriter, Regional-Mexican, Instrumental, Traditional, Jazz, Christian, Portuguese Language, Children’s, Classical, Arranging, Recording Package, Production, and Music Video. While some of these have categories that bring works from different traditions together, others allow a more narrow focus within traditions, making for a rich, unique sampling of the power of Latin music.No matter your language or musical background, this multi-screen experience will be filled with excitement. New discoveries await television and online viewers prepared to be enriched by the biggest night in Latin music. RosalíaPhoto: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for LARAS Will Smith, Marc Anthony, and Bad BunnyPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Maná Honored By An Array Of Latin American Talent https://twitter.com/LatinGRAMMYs/status/1061355452448026625 ManáPhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage ManáPhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage ManáPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images for LARAS Twitter Jorge DrexlerPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Who Will Win Best New Artist At The Latin GRAMMYs? Jorge Drexler Wins Song Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Karol GPhoto: Sam Wasson/Getty Images RosalíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images RosalíaPhoto: Photo by Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto/Getty Images 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards Complete Winners List Mon Laferte at the 18th Latin Grammy AwardsPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Relive The 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards Which Artist Performance Are You Pumped For? News Will Smith, Marc Anthony, and Bad BunnyPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Vicente García Photo: Mindy Small/FilmMagic/Getty Images Maná Honored By An Array Of Latin American Talent ManáPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images for LARAS Luis Miguel Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY The fun-filled day of the main event begins at 1:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. ET with exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of the red carpet and the Latin GRAMMY Premiere ceremony via Facebook Live, where the first Latin GRAMMY Awards of the night will be presented before the broadcast. Additional coverage in Spanish will also be available at Univision.com. The 19th Latin GRAMMY Awards show will follow, airing on Univision at 8:00 p.m. PT / 8:00 p.m. ET Relive The 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards 2018 Latin GRAMMYs 19 Things You Didn’t Know About The Latin GRAMMYs Karol GPhoto: Sam Wasson/Getty Images Why Rosalía Is A Rising Global Pop Star Jorge DrexlerPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Jorge Drexler Wins Song Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Who Will Win Best New Artist At The Latin GRAMMYs? 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Why Rosalía Is A Rising Global Pop Star Jorge DrexlerPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Email 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards Complete Winners List Karol G Wins Best New Artist At 2018 Latin GRAMMYs Luis MiguelPhoto: Omar Vega/Getty Images RosalíaPhoto: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for LARAS Who Will Win Best New Artist At The Latin GRAMMYs? https://twitter.com/LatinGRAMMYs/status/1060550609525366785 How To Watch: Latin GRAMMY Awards complete-latin-grammy-awards-viewers-guide ManáPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images for LARAS But even earlier this week, this year’s Special Awards presentation ceremony will be streamed on Tuesday, Nov. 13 via Facebook Live at 5:00 pm. PT / 8:00 p.m. ET. The program will honor Erasmo Carlos, Dyango, Andy Montañez, José María Napoleón, Chucho Valdés, Wilfrido Vargas and Yuri with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Horacio Malvicino and Tomás Muñoz will receive the Latin Academy’s Trustees Award. Karol GPhoto: Sam Wasson/Getty Images RosalíaPhoto: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for LARAS Read more Mon Laferte at the 18th Latin Grammy AwardsPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images RosalíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Mon Laferte at the 18th Latin Grammy AwardsPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Imageslast_img read more

Scientists 3Dprint human skin and bone for Mars astronauts

first_img Tags The skin sample was printed using human blood plasma as a “bio ink.” The researchers added plant and algae-based materials to increase the viscosity so it wouldn’t just fly everywhere in low gravity. “Producing the bone sample involved printing human stem cells with a similar bio-ink composition, with the addition of a calcium phosphate bone cement as a structure-supporting material, which is subsequently absorbed during the growth phase,” said Nieves Cubo, a bioprinting specialist at the university. Enlarge ImageThis bioprinted bone sample was made with human stem cells, blood plasma and bone cement. ESA/SJM Photography Imagine walking up to a Star Trek replicator and ordering a bone graft instead of tea, Earl Grey, hot. We’re heading in that direction. The European Space Agency’s 3D Printing of Living Tissue for Space Exploration project aims to print human tissue to help injured astronauts heal when they’re far, far away from Earth.Scientists from the University Hospital of Dresden Technical University in Germany bio-printed skin and bone samples upside down to help determine if the method could be used in a low-gravity environment. It worked. ESA released videos of the printing in action. 14 Photos Share your voice Some of the raw materials, such as blood plasma, would come from the astronauts’ own bodies to protect against transplant rejection. ESA’s project is already looking ahead to adapting the 3D printing of entire organs to space conditions. Just this year we’ve seen advances in printing a tiny heart from human tissue and a breathing lung air sac. These samples are just the first steps for the ESA’s ambitious 3D bio-printing project, which is investigating what it would take to equip astronauts with medical and surgical facilities to help them survive and treat injuries on long spaceflights and on Mars.”Carrying enough medical supplies for all possible eventualities would be impossible in the limited space and mass of a spacecraft,” said Tommaso Ghidini, head of ESA’s Structures, Mechanisms and Materials Division. “Instead, a 3D bioprinting capability will let them respond to medical emergencies as they arise.” Dying space missions remembered in inspiring final imagescenter_img Sci-Tech Post a comment 3D-printing advancements Watch this wild 3D-printed lung air sac breathe Here’s the first 3D-printed heart made from actual human tissue 0 3D printing Spacelast_img read more

Toyota FCV Hydrogen Car Set to Become Reality Will FuelCell Car Gain

first_imgToyota Motor Corp’s Executive Vice President Mitsuhisa Kato speaks in front of the company’s fuel cell vehicle (FCV) concept car at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show in Tokyo November 20, 2013. Toyota and Honda are taking the lead in this largely untested market.Toyota’s FCV Concept is inching closer to reality and the car which has been the talk of the town is all set to dazzle at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on 6 January. The latest FCV which made its first appearance at the recently concluded 2013 Tokyo Motor Show is expected to go into production in 2015.The FCV; a hydrogen fuel-cell passenger vehicle from the renowned auto maker Toyota, will draw power from its fuel-cell stack and two 70 MPa high-pressure hydrogen tanks beneath the specially-crafted body. It will run on the compressed hydrogen power, which is a clear alternative to the usual gasoline-powered and plug-in cars, but the success of the hydrogen fuel-cell concept is still debated. In a world where the fossil fuel is running out, fuel-cell cars seem to be the only way. Toyota Motor Corp’s FCV concept car is seen at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show in Tokyo November 20, 2013. Toyota wants this on the road by 2015.(Reuters)Although Hydrogen vehicles have been in news for a while now and many companies have been considering the idea, the concept has been tantalizing because of the many hurdles. Now companies like Toyota, Hyundai and Honda could clear the stumbling blocks and introduce the all-new hydrogen cars into the auto world.When Toyota FCV becomes a reality, the car will rival the Honda FCEV concept, which is also expected to mark its entry in 2015. But road to success is not straight and problems like supply of hydrogen still need to be addressed more seriously. The vehicle is also likely to boast a high price tag.Toyota Motor Corp’s FCV concept car is seen at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show in Tokyo November 20, 2013. Toyota wants this on the road by 2015 (Reuters)last_img read more

Bangladesh cant bear burden of Rohingyas for long Khaleda

first_imgBNP chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia holds a Rohingya child in her arms while visiting Rohingya camp in Balukhali of Ukhia, Cox’s Bazar. Photo: BNP Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia on Monday urged the government and international community to intensify diplomatic efforts to resolve the Rohingya crisis, reports UNB.She made the call while talking to newsmen after distributing relief materials among displaced Rohingyas at Moynargona Rohingya camp in Ukhiya.The BNP chief also urged Myanmar to take back its nationals ensuring their security and citizenship for the sake of humanity.”We think the Rohingya crisis won’t be resolved only by distributing relief materials. The Rohingyas will have to be repatriated through discussions and strong diplomatic efforts so that they can live their own country with security and without fear,” she said.Mentioning that the government could not yet take any effective step to resolve the Rohingya problem, Khaleda said, “The Bangladesh government must strengthen its diplomatic efforts to send back the Rohingyas. Alongside, the international organisations will have to take responsibility for repatriating them on humanitarian ground.”The BNP chief called upon the international community to come forward to ensure the safe return of Rohingyas to their own country. “I appeal to the international organizations: You please translate your words into actions to overcome the problem.”Khaleda said the international community should understand Bangladesh is a poor, small and densely populated country. “Though we’re poor, we have got the big heart and we love people. That’s way locals are making their best efforts and providing money from their pockets to ease the pains and sufferings of the Rohingyas.She further said, “But it’s not possible for us to bear it for a long time. So, Myanmar should take steps to take their citizens back to their country as early as possible as winter is approaching fast as the rainy season is over.”Khaleda Zia arrived at Ukhia around 1:00pm to visit four Rohingya camps and a medical camp set up by pro-BNP physicians’ body, Doctors’ Association of Bangladesh (DAB). She will return to Chittagong later in the evening.last_img read more