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Land claims: finding a third way in Bosparadys

first_img“We did not build this farm alone. We look after our workers. No one goes to bed hungry and no child goes to school in a torn uniform,” says William Khourie. (Image: Sulaiman Philip) • William Khourie  Bosparadys +27 82 827 8966 • South Africa is getting plenty right • Ubuntu is about relationships • South African scholar named a Charlotte Fellow • South African farming skills are sought-after • AgriHUB helps small-scale KwaZulu-Natal farmersSulaiman PhilipMany of South Africa’s white commercial farmers see the land-claim process as an attack. For black claimants fighting to get back land stolen by the apartheid government, it’s about being made whole again. On Bosparadys farm in North West province, the two groups are trying to find a third way.William Khourie’s eyes are rheumy with age and tear up easily as he stares across fields dotted with baled hay, the tears a symptom of late-life diabetes. The idling engine of his bakkie purrs as he rolls to a stop in the middle of a bumpy dirt road. A lamb gallops alongside for a few moments before heading back to the pasture from which it has just escaped. “I need to eat soon,” he says, a propos of nothing. “I can feel my blood sugar dropping.”The sky is cloudless and the day has warmed since he began work at 02h00, when his dairy cows were brought to the milking shed. The farm’s 1 200 cows provide him with 50 000 litres of organic milk a day. It is then either bottled and shipped to market under the farm’s Bosparadys label – the name means “bush paradise” in Afrikaans – or made into yogurt, cheese or amasi.“I built this farm,” he says, the satisfaction clear in his voice. “When I came here there was nothing. Mud huts for the workers – I built real homes. I dug new dams and stocked them with fish. I put up new fences and cleared away rocks from the fields. Today we can compete with the big dairies but its taken years of blood and sweat.”A resilient businessEverything Khourie owns today has been paid for with almost two decades of gruelling work. Bosparadys is a 1 200-hectare dairy farm just over the Gauteng border in North West, just outside the town of Koster. Khourie has owned the land since 1997, when he bought a bankrupt farm on auction and built a thriving dairy, and raised sheep, pigs and chickens.A recent drought has made life tougher for farmers in the region, but Bosparadys has been able to ride it out because of the diversity of the business. It makes a healthy profit in the good years and is stable enough to survive the bad. Between himself and his three sons, Khourie runs a dairy, an egg business and a piggery, and raises flocks of sheep.Two hundred hectares of his land is given over to herds of game. His dams are popular weekend fishing spots teeming with barbel, carp and black bass.“With my sons helping out we are able to build and manage a big business,” Khourie says. “My sons have been brought up on a farm and they drive the business with the same dedication I have. I’ve been blessed with sons that like the smell of the soil when it’s ploughed – and that’s priceless.”The hovering threat of land claims is making his neighbours sell land and cattle as they struggle to adapt to new realities. Those with children are pushing them away from an uncertain life on the land, into careers indoors and at desks. “No one wants their children to pour their heart into something that can just be taken away. It is easier to work at a computer than take care of the land and cattle.” “Mechanisation is cheaper, but fewer jobs means more crime. A hungry person is bound to steal,” William Khourie. (Image: Sulaiman Philip)What Khourie does worry about is the cost of diesel, the quality of his milk, the market price of his crops and, of course, the weather. He worries about the electricity bill, and the quality of education his employees’ children are receiving.Mostly, though, he is uneasy about the future of his farm, which is part of a larger land claim by the Bakubung ba Ratheo. Where the land claims have drained his neighbour’s spirit and made them pessimistic, Khourie labours along, talking up plans he has for his farm. Beyond buying new equipment to expand his dairy and his egg business – which employs the wives of the farm labourers – he wants his employees to be paid a living wage and live in decent accommodation.Clarity on the future“It’s important that we find work for the people around us, so I am holding off buying equipment. For someone whose biggest concern is where his next meal is coming from, theft is not a crime. The more people we can help, the more successful we are as a community.“When I received notice of the land claim we already had all these plans in place. Until I know my workers will be the ones to enjoy the new homes I won’t go forward. I talk to chief of the claimants; they know my position. There are improvements I want to make that will build this business but I need some clarity on the future.”Khourie’s rural idyll was bought with the immense suffering of his neighbours, he knows. Most of the remaining farmers cling to their old conservative mindset, but Khourie is not one of those. He does not regard change as a betrayal. He understands it is inevitable.Beyond his boundary fence lies acres of Bakubung land, 7 000 hectares of rich soil as far as the eye can see. He recalls a time when teams of 14 oxen were strapped to ploughs turning the soil, getting the land ready for a new crop. To a lifelong steward like Khourie, land left untended to bake in the sun is a tragedy.It is this fear that lies at the heart of Khourie’s dilemma. He says he believes in redressing the wrongs of apartheid but fears for the future of the productive farm he has built. At the edges of his land, outlined by expensive game fencing, Khourie expertly navigates between deeply dug watering holes and curious herds of game. One hand on the wheel, he turns in his seat to point out a trench dug out along the length of the fence – a cheap barrier to stock thieves. In his 17 years he has lost just a single ewe to theft, but thinks it may become a problem.On the other side of the fence are healthy fields of maize, an extension of his farm planted on land leased from the Bakubung. This could be a solution if he loses his farm to land claims. He could lease the business back and pay the community a fee.“I am an old man. I should take the money and set my sons up on new farms somewhere else, but what happens to the people who have worked for me? I am a farmer, I know nothing else. When I think of what could happen to what I have built here …”A century of stolen landKhourie’s farm, like those of his neighbours, was born out of a shameful law passed over 100 years ago. The Native Land Act of 1913, a cornerstone of apartheid, legislated areas where the black population could live and own land. This amounted to just 13% of the entire land mass of South Africa. The act also decreed that black people could only own land communally, under the guardianship of a traditional leader. This robbed small-scale subsistence farmers of the opportunity to borrow capital against the land they farmed. Whole communities were moved off their land, without compensation, to make way for commercial operations the size of principalities, owned and run by white farmers.Slow and uncertain land claimsIn 1994 South Africa’s first democratically elected government came into power, and almost immediately passed legislation aimed at repairing the damage done by the Natives Land Act. The Restitution of Land Rights Act of 1994 was the first piece of transformative legislation passed by South Africa’s post-apartheid parliament. The question of land ownership became a symbol for a wide range of issues facing the country.But given a century of injustice, land claims are slow to process. The uncertainty raised by claims and the long time it takes them to be settled has affected agricultural growth in South Africa. Food production, rural development and job creation have fallen off as farmers stopped investing in their farms and allowed their land to lie fallow.But around Bosparadys Khourie has earned a reputation as a man always ready to offer a helping hand. He has aided the Bakubung community, despite their land claim against him. The community has also applauded him for continuing to invest in his farm despite the uncertainty.Khourie’s phone chirps, his ring tone an indigenous bird call. It is a local farmer needing advice. He talks as he expertly guides his bakkie around divots and holes. “Trust me, Japanese radish is your solution. It’s cheap and nutritious feed for your sheep. You let them onto your field and they will eat everything down to the root.”This informal support system is unavailable to the Bakubung, who have had most of their land returned to them. The rich fertile soil lies fallow from a lack of equipment, knowledge and capital for investment. At some point they were given seed and a tractor, without any other support. The agricultural projects these were used in were spectacular failures.‘It is our land and we must get it back’Peter Mpho owns the 200 square metre plot on which his RDP house stands. He is lean and fit, pride in his face as he pulls up a stool. The cloudless sky brightens the hills that sweep off in all directions from Molote City. His world is clean and brilliantly green. “We were never allowed to think that we could determine our own futures. That is what apartheid stole from us” Peter Mpho. (Image: Sulaiman Philip)As he speaks the words crash from his lips. “Talking to William [Khourie], I can learn in a day what it has taken him 20 years to learn. I would happily work for him, learn from him. But in the end it is our land and we must get it back.”In 1966 Mpho’s parents and their neighbours were uprooted from this land, which they had tended and used to raise cattle for a century, and moved 100 kilometres away, close to Sun City. There, communal subsistence farming was replaced with hardscrabble labour on poorer soil. Their agricultural tradition soon began to die out as men drifted to the cities to find work on the mines and the women took up jobs in the tourist industry.“When we were moved off the land a cycle was broken,” says Mpho. “The knowledge of our grandfathers died when they went off to the city. For us, this land claim is about becoming whole again.”Helped only halfway up the mountainMpho and his community call Khourie an honest man, one always available to help or offer advice. With his support the community began a hatchery supplying Bosparadys with 200 eggs a day. For six months the business was successful, then in hard times the hens began disappearing into the cooking pots of the town.With a shake of his head, Mpho admits there have been setbacks, short-sighted decisions that have heaped further suffering on a community that feels they have been helped only halfway up the mountain.Sitting in his dusty yard, drinking water out of a tin can, Mpho talks about a way of life he yearns for but knows is out of step with today’s world. In his community Mpho is a vanishing breed, a part of a farming tradition and all it stands for – humility, gratification from working the land and a reverence for what has gone before – that is slowly disappearing. With the vast fertile valley in their hands, there are too few people who care about farming to make it their lives.“My grandfather used to plough this land. He raised cows here, and this is how we lived. Now, how many of us here have the knowledge? We were never allowed to think that we could determine our own futures. That is what apartheid stole from us.”A rutted dusty road divides the Bakubung land in two. On one side a failed meadow of sunflowers is dying in a field. The other side dotted with low-lying shrubs that reflect the sun. They are called “bankruptbush”, a woody inedible shrub that pushes out grass species and multiplies in overgrazed pastures. The lower pastures of the Bakubung land is covered with the invasive plants. They push their way up through the cracks in the foundation of the idle hatchery.“The government needs to come in and give us help, equipment, knowledge or we will make the same mistakes over and over again,” Mpho says with a shrug. He looks down the hill toward Bosparadys, where 250 people are employed – a population that matches his village of Molote City.Support and subsidiesHe is not asking for a hand-out, Mpho says. “When this land was taken, the white government gave white farmers support and subsidies to help them establish the productive farms you see today. All we ask is that we are given the same opportunities.”Mpho has been studying environmental and agricultural sciences. He understands that his success will help alleviate poverty in his village, where under 10 % of the population works. “I don’t want to go to the city so I can feed my family here.”The community’s attempt to get restitution, by having the government buy Bosparadys for them, failed. The valuations produced by either side were separated by a chasm. Mpho holds out hope that the process, which began five years ago, will finally come to an end next year. “Willing-buyer, willing-seller did not work. Now we are looking at restitution and redistribution. We want William to stay on at least for a few years to teach us the business.”Mpho believes in the traditional model of land ownership, where the land belongs to everyone under the stewardship of a traditional leader. But he knows subsistence farming is not a solution to the problems facing his community.Businesses like the hatchery, built on community land, and a productive farm like Bosparadys would give the people of Molote City and nearby Mathopestad a secure economic future. “There are people in our community who want to stick with the old ways. We quarrel, we argue that it is time to try new ways.“I would like to see Khourie stay on for four or five years. We could learn so much from him. He could help us rebuild the future.”last_img read more

31 Days of Geocaching Printable Calendar

first_imgShare with your Friends:More Download the PDF of the 31 Days of Geocaching calendar you see below. Collect the calendar-style souvenirs for your Geocaching profile one by one. Each date you log a “Found it” or an “Attended” you earn the souvenir for that date in August.You won’t be alone. The Geocaching HQ staff will be finding geocaches all month long. And here the Top 8 Tips for Maintaining a Geocaching Streak to help keep you in the game.Download the calendar to play along, and share you stories here in comments, or on the Geocaching Facebook page. SharePrint Related2020 Geocaching HQ souvenir momentsDecember 10, 2019In “Learn”Geocaching in Space Event CenterOctober 7, 2013In “Community”Confirmed Geocaching souvenir moments for 2019January 9, 2019In “Community”last_img read more

Celiac Disease Symptoms in Adults and Children

first_imgCC Wikimedia Commons photo by Nephronby Joanna ManeroIf you missed the webinar by Amy Jones MS, RDN, LD on theThe Scoop on Gluten Free: Research and Practice TipsYou can still watch the recording and earn 1.0 CPEU by visiting the event page.Gluten-free eating may be a popular trend among fad dieters; however, to a person with Celiac disease, it may not look so glamorous.  Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease in which the ingestion of gluten leads to an immune attack to the small intestine.  The villi in the small intestine become damaged, which leads to malabsorption of nutrients.According to a large multicenter study carried out by Alessio Fasano and his research team (2003), celiac disease affects 1 in 133 Americans; however, when people have first-degree relatives with the disease, the incidence increases to 1 in 22.  Unfortunately, the average length of time for a symptomatic person to reach a diagnosis is four years. This delay can lead to substantial damage to the intestine that can take years to repair leading to further complications.  This difficulty in diagnosis is likely because celiac disease can present itself so differently from one person to the next.  Some people may even be asymptomatic. However, about 200 symptoms have been associated with the disease.  The most common symptoms are below.In Children:Abdominal bloating and painAttention-deficit/hyperactivity disorderBehavioral issuesChronic diarrheaConstipationDelayed growth and pubertyDental enamel defects of the permanent teethFailure to thriveFatigueShort statureVomitingWeight lossIn Adults:ArthritisBone lossBone or joint painCanker soresDepression or anxietyFatigueInfertility or recurrent miscarriageIron-deficiency anemiaLiver or biliary tract disordersMissed menstrual periodsPeripheral neuropathySeizures or migrainesSkin rashYou can see how many of these symptoms overlap with those of other diseases, making diagnosis challenging.  If you are suffering from one or more of these symptoms do not start a gluten free diet without getting a diagnosis first!  This is very important to accurately identify what is causing your symptoms.  Once you are diagnosed see a Dietitian to help you with the diet.As of now, the only form of treatment for this disease is a strict gluten-free diet.  Once a client is diagnosed with celiac disease, eliminating gluten from their diet may seem like the next daunting task.  So what exactly is left to eat? Foods that are naturally gluten-free may be a place to start. These foods include:Beans, Legumes, and NutsDairyFruitsFish and SeafoodMeat and PoultryVegetablesThere’s also a variety of grains and other starchy foods that are gluten free. These include beans, cassava, chia, corn, flax, potato, quinoa, rice, sorghum, soy, tapioca, and yucca.  And finally, with a higher incidence of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, the number of gluten-free products has also increased.  Most supermarkets now have sections dedicated to gluten-free versions of products that were once thought to be a distant memory for those suffering from the disease.What are your experiences with celiac disease and gluten intolerance?  Do your clients have a hard time getting a diagnosis as the literature suggests? Share your opinions on gluten-free diets without medical reason below!Celiac Disease Foundation: Gluten-Free FoodsCeliac Disease Foundation: Symptoms of Celiac DiseaseCeliac Disease Facts and Figures. The University of Chicago Medicine  Prevalence of Celiac Disease in At-Risk and Not-At-Risk Groups in the United States This was posted by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn.last_img read more

NAB 2019 Details and Timelines: What to Know Before You Go

first_imgBooths to Check OutImage via Blackmagic Design.Blackmagic DesignFresh off their recent announcement of Blackmagic RAW and the stellar URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2, Blackmagic is something to keep your eye on. Although there probably won’t be any major announcements, it’ll still be worth attending to see what the future holds for their superior products. Last year, they unveiled their massive DaVinci Resolve update (15). We’ll see what they do this year. Check out our coverage on their recent releases below:Blackmagic Design Announces the New URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2Blackmagic RAW Added to the BMPCC4K with Blackmagic Camera Update 6.2Location: SL5916 — South Hall (Lower)SonyThis is it folks. The moment we’ve all been waiting for — literally — years. Will Sony finally announce the new Sony a7sIII? We will see. Regardless, if they announce the new camera or not, it’s always interesting to see what they have up their sleeve. This is what their website divulges about NAB this year:Stop by our Exhibit C11001, April 8th — 11th, and discover how we’re driving efficiencies, streamlining workflows, and cutting capital expenses — all without sacrificing quality. Our portfolio of integrated Intelligent Media Services is designed to transform traditional media supply chains and unlock more value from your content. And, you’ll learn how our portfolio of products and services will transform the way you acquire, move, share, archive, manage, distribute, and monetize your content as never before, across an unprecedented range of platforms.*insert shrug emojiLocation: C11001 — Central HallAputureImage via Aputure.Just in time for NAB, our favorite lighting company always seems to raise the bar. Last year it was the RGB panel light, a Light Dome upgrade, and an upgrade to their beloved 120D. This year will most likely continue their winning streak, after releasing consumer-friendly, pro-level quality, lighting equipment.Location: C6513 — Central HallCheck Us out and Win a CameraCome see us! We’ll have a booth this year, and we would love for you to stop by. There will be a giveaway for a Sony a7II Mirrorless Camera!Location: C3333 — Central HallCover image via Mauromod.Looking for more filmmaking and video production? Check out these articles.SXSW Panel: How to Get People to Care About Your Film7 Master Cinematography Techniques from Iconic DirectorsThe Secrets Behind Apollo 11’s Success Are a Story All Their OwnInsights into the Cinematography of the Award-Winning Doc-Series “Tales By Light”Industry Interview: The Composers Behind American Gods With NAB right around the corner, here’s everything you need to know, options you didn’t know you had, and where to find it all.Are you going to Vegas this year? If so, it really helps to know your way around. At the very least, you need to know where your destinations are. With all your favorite brands announcing and showcasing their upcoming releases, it’s important to come prepared and know what to look for. So, we’ve rounded up some of the key panels, booths, and events you’ll want to attend. If you’re not going to NAB this year, make sure to stay tuned to our blog as we cover the event throughout the week.Matthew LibatiqueImage via Warner Bros.Join director of photography Matthew Libatique, ASC, in a conversation about his exceptionally varied and inventive body of work, including: A Star is Born, Iron Man, and Black Swan. The two-time Oscar nominee will discuss his approach to lighting, color, and the musical feel to his camera movement, which simultaneously enhances and maintains narrative flow.Date and Time: Monday, April 8 @ 3:30 PM – 4:30 PMLocation: S222/S223After Effects Essentials for Video EditorsTake your editing skills to the next step, using simple After Effects tools. Learn how to export your timeline from different NLEs while keeping your edits intact. Use After Effects’s wide array of tools to finish and upgrade your edit for a polished look. You’ll learn how to work with type, masks and keys, color techniques, tracking, and a handful of effects.Date and Time: Saturday, April 6 @ 12 PM – 3:00 PMLocation: S230 Editing Into The Spider-VerseImage via Sony Pictures.The editing team behind the Academy Award-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will talk with moderator Norman Hollyn about the mysterious art of animation editing, shining a light on editors’ (often invisible) contributions. Join award-winning editor Robert Fisher, Jr. and his first assistant Sarah Cole for a discussion on their roles in creating the Spider-Verse.Date and Time: Monday, April 8 @ 10:45 AM – 11:45 AMLocation: S222/S223In-Depth: Mastering Color in Adobe Premiere ProThis in-depth session will cover basic and advanced color correction techniques in Adobe Premiere Pro. Attendees will learn how to use the Essential Color workspace — how to properly balance an image, correct problem media, color match clips in a sequence, and apply stylistic looks. This session digs deep into the power of the Lumetri color panel, not just showing what each control and slider does but also when, why, and how best to use them.Date and Time: Monday, April 6 @ 3:30 PM – 6:30 PMLocation: S228DP Track: Advanced Camera Techniques: Cameras, Crew, and On-Set WorkflowsExpand your knowledge to successfully handle larger, more professional productions with bigger camera setups in this full-day immersive course. You’ll learn everything from setting up your camera (from studio to handheld rigs) to the roles of crew members on a professional set, troubleshooting in the field, and the technical terms necessary to work on any size project. In addition, the class discusses the best ways to tackle the most common questions about technical specs prior to your shoot.Date and Time: Saturday, April 6 @ 9:30AM – 7:15PMLocation: S227Keynote Address: The Making of Apollo 11 by Todd Douglas MillerImage via NEON.Filmmaker Todd Douglas Miller will deliver this year’s Future of Cinema Conference keynote address, offering his perspective on the making of Apollo 11. This documentary is made up of pristine, unprocessed, never-before-seen 65 mm footage, recently discovered in the National Archives. Not to mention, 11,000 hours of uncatalogued NASA audio recordings. Furthermore, Miller and his team went about digitizing the raw material, creating an 8K transfer that the director has deemed “the highest quality digital collection of Apollo 11 footage in existence.”Date and Time: Saturday, April 6 @ 9:10 AM – 9:55 AMLocation: S222/S223 Location: S222/S223center_img Cinematography at Scale: The Impact of Massively Multiplayer Games on Cinema and Entertainment Gaming and eSports are starting to overtake traditional sports in viewership and revenue. Massive stadia. Millions of people viewing tournaments online. And, it’s growing year after year. How is gaming impacting entertainment? What lies ahead for this rapidly growing medium? What advances from the game world are feeding back into traditional channels? Where does eSports need improvement in order to raise the quality of broadcast? This session will discuss some major aspects of this space and what this means for cinema and entertainment.Date and Time: Saturday, April 6 @ 2:15 PM – 3:05 PM ASC 100th Anniversary: Full Circle — Past, Present, and Future of CinematographyThere’s not much info on this event, but come on! This sounds awesome. Speakers and panelists include Bill Bennett, Sam Nicholson, and David Stump. Anybody interested in cinematography? Are you currently a working cinematographer? Either way, you will most likely enjoy this optimistic look at the past and future of film.Date and Time: Wednesday, April 10 @ 11:30 AM – 12:30 PMLocation: N4last_img read more

Admit It. You’re a Marketer.

first_imgSocial Media is fun, and interesting, and engaging. But it is not selling. It’s above the funnel, and it’s marketing, even if you are marketing yourself as a brand.last_img

Pia Wurtzbach, Sharon Cuneta, Alyssa Valdez headline muses for PBA Season 44 opening

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach will headline the muses who will make their way to the hardcourt. The Fil-German beauty will be Barangay Ginebra’s muse. Wurtzbach won’t be the only beauty queen in the field with Miss International 2016 Kylie Versoza joining San Miguel Beer. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rising Kapamilya star Yam Concepion will be Phoenix’s muse while GMA talent Klea Pineda will walk with Alaska.Aya Fernandez, Mutya ng Pilipinas Miss Tourism International, and fellow candidate Anie Uson will be with NorthPort and Rain or Shine, respectively.TNT, Meralco and Columbian have yet to finalize their choices.RELATED VIDEO MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Blackwater will have two muses with volleyball ace Michele Gumabao and Olympian swimmer Jasmine Alkhaldi. LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño There will be no shortage of stars when all 12 teams hit the floor during the opening ceremony on Sunday at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.Aside from the players themselves, big-time celebrities and athletes from other sports will bring glitz and glamour to usher in the 44th Season of the PBA.ADVERTISEMENT Kings enjoy blowout win over Magic to stop 4-game skid Not to be outdone is Magnolia, which will parade no other than Sharon Cuneta.Philippine volleyball superstar Alyssa Valdez, meanwhile, will be with NLEX. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openinglast_img read more

Radiohead Bon Jovi LL Cool J Among 2018 Rock Hall Nominees

first_imgNews Depeche Mode, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, the Meters, Kate Bush, and Nina Simone also make the list of nominees for the class of 2018Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Oct 5, 2017 – 7:21 am The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its class of 2018 nominees, which includes GRAMMY winners Bon Jovi, Radiohead, Eurythmics, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Dire Straits, LL Cool J, Judas Priest, and Rage Against The Machine. Radiohead, Bon Jovi, LL Cool J Among 2018 Rock Hall Nominees NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Judas Priest Win Best Metal Performance Who’s Nominated For The Rock Hall For 2018? radiohead-bon-jovi-ll-cool-j-among-2018-rock-hall-nominees Email Twitter Facebook Also making the nominee cut are Depeche Mode, Kate Bush, the Cars, J. Geils Band, MC5, the Meters, the Moody Blues, Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Link Wray, and the Zombies. To be eligible, a nominee’s first single or album had to have been released in 1992 or earlier. The artists making their first appearance on the ballot include Radiohead, Bush, Dire Straits, Judas Priest, Nina Simone, Radiohead, and Rage Against The Machine, with the latter two appearing in their first year of eligibility.The class of 2018 will be announced in December. The 2018 induction ceremony is scheduled for April 14, 2018, at Public Hall in Cleveland, Ohio.  For the sixth year in a row, the public can cast votes for the nominees they believe deserve induction via the hall’s website until Dec. 5. The top five acts will comprise the “fan’s ballot,” counting as one of the ballots that determine the class of 2018.Radiohead’s Thom Yorke Announces Solo Tour, Album Reissuelast_img read more

Triumph and Williams are teaming up on future electric motorcycles

first_imgEnlarge ImageIf Triumph has its way, in a few years it will be able to sell you electric versions of your favorite Triumph models. Triumph Electric motorcycles are becoming increasingly “a thing” and you know that’s the case when legacy brands like Harley-Davidson are getting in on it. Now, though, a new player is entering the game, and it’s Triumph.Yeah, that Triumph that makes scramblers and Bonnevilles and Rockets and Tigers. It announced on Wednesday that it was initiating a program that it’s calling “TE-1,” which will focus on the development of compact battery-electric drivetrain options for future motorcycle models.Here’s the part that will turn your brain into a hot little coal: Triumph is teaming up with Williams to get this project going. Yes, that Williams. The famed Formula One engineering firm, the same company that helped Singer get its Dynamics and Lightweighting Study cars off the ground.”This new collaboration represents an exciting opportunity for Triumph and its partners to be leaders in the technology that will enable the electrification of motorcycles,” said Triumph CEO Nick Bloor in a statement. “Project Triumph TE-1 is one part of our electric motorcycle strategy, focused on delivering what riders want and expect from their Triumph, which is the perfect balance of handling, performance and usability.”Based on Bloor’s statement, we’d expect that Triumph’s path toward electrification will differ significantly from, say, Harley-Davidson’s. Where H-D is offering one electric motorcycle — the Livewire — with a stratospheric price tag and then plans to offer two other models that are more akin to scooters or electric bicycles than they are motorcycles, Triumph will offer no-compromise electric versions of its ICE models.”The team at Williams Advanced Engineering is looking forward to applying our expertise in the electrification of transport with our partners,” said Craig Wilson, managing director of Williams Advanced Engineering, in a statement.  “Williams has powered a number of world-renowned electric vehicles already and this will be a significant further step in our work by taking that knowledge onto two wheels.”Now, historically, when a company like Triumph would announce something as grand as Project Triumph TE-1, we’d have viewed it with a great deal of skepticism. Triumph, in particular, has had a checkered financial past, and developing new tech is expensive. Now, though, Triumph is at the top of its game, and its models are among the best in the industry. We’re genuinely excited to see how this turns out. 2020 BMW 330e first drive: A plug-in 3 Series without compromise Motorcycles Electric Cars Tags 2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire first ride: Harley’s electric future is bright Share your voice Harley-Davidson’s LiveWire is the sporty electric streetbike we need Post a comment Triumph 47 Photos More From Roadshow 2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered first drive: Almost Super Trouper 0last_img read more

We are hopeful of 125 GST rate on gold Abaran Jewellers CEO

first_imgPeople busy buying jewellery on “Akshaya Tritiya” in Nagpur, on April 28, 2017.IANSOn June 3, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council will finalise the tax rate on gold, among four or five items that were left uncovered in the previous GST Council meeting on May 18-19. The jewellery industry is hopeful of a lower rate on gold even as it braces up for a higher rate. In an interview with International Business Times India edition, Pratap Kamath, CEO of Abaran Jewellers and founder-member of the All India Gems and Jewellery Trade Federation (AIGJF) shares his views on the subject and the likely impact on the Rs 3 lakh crore trade. Edited excerpts:International Business Times (IBT): What would be the GST rate on gold?Pratap Kamath (PK): We have been requesting for 1.25 percent but the feeler that we are getting is that the government is looking at 4 percent.IBT: Did any delegation from AIGJF meet ministers or officials in this regard?PK: Yes, we had many meetings and we have one more scheduled…our (AIGJF) chairman Nitin Khandelwal will be meeting finance minister Arun Jaitley either on May 29 or 30. A meeting with the under-secretary in the finance ministry has also been scheduled.IBT: To make a case for 1.25 percent GST on gold?PK: Yes, that’s right.IBT: How hopeful are you?PK: We are very positive…the fact that the GST Council has kept a decision on gold pending till now is an indication…see at 1.25 percent, compliance will be high, which is what the government wants. If they fix the rate at 4 or 5 percent, compliance will be very low. As it is, the import duty on gold is very high, at 10 percent.IBT: How would gold prices trend post finalisation of GST rate?PK: I don’t think much… it would be in the range of 2 to 4 percent, up or down, depending on the rate.IBT: How do you think demand for physical gold has been impacted due to gold bond schemes?PK: It’s not significant but yes, of late, it is picking up.IBT: How do you foresee the initial days of post GST era for the trade?PK: There will be some disruption for the next few months as traders come to terms with compliance and other issues.IBT: How was the quarter (January-March 2017) gone by and the next two months?PK: Very bad for us…on an average, it was down 30 to 40 percent, YoY and even now, it has not picked up much. Demonetisation severely affected our business. There was a general sense of fear among buyers but we are hopeful that things would improve in the next few months.IBT: What’s your view on the Modi government’s performance in three years?PK: We are in a nascent stage…most decisions that have been taken are drastic…and of course, with all the good intentions. But the results will be felt only in the long term. Abaran Jewellers store in Bengaluru.YouTubelast_img read more

Rape victim gathers courage to file case

first_imgA garment factory worker along with three of her friends visited Patenga sea beach in Chittagong over the weekend and were returning home by bus.At around 8.30pm, her friends got off the bus, 20 kilometres away from Patenga. She continued on her way to Moulvipukur at Chandgao, about two kilometres away.After dropping off some of the passengers at Baddarhaat, the conductor of the bus closed all the windows and the door of the bus.All on a sudden, he took out a knife and raped her. After that, he took over the steering wheel and the bus driver raped her. The incident took place on 27 October, but wasn’t made public.The victim remained silent for seven days after her rape. After discussing the matter with her family, she finally filed a case against the bus driver and conductor on 3 November with the Chandgao police station.The police arrested the driver Rashedul Islam, 20, and the conductor Imtiaz Uddin, 18, on 4 November. Both of them admitted their crime at the court of Chittagong metropolitan magistrate Nazmul Hossain Chowdhury.On 13 September, a housewife from Lohagora was victim of attempted rape on a running bus. On 25 August, a girl was raped and killed by five transport workers and a conductor at Modhupur in Tangail.The garment worker rape victim told Prothom Alo on Sunday that she works at a factory in Kalurghat of Chittagong city. She was terrified after the incident and remained home for a while. She used to live at her sister’s place in the city. She finally gathered courage to file a case against the rapists.The officer in charge of Chandgao police station said that they could identify the rapists by the description given by the victim. On Saturday, the rapists were arrested from Baddarhaat area, where they confessed, and issued their statements in court.*This piece, originally published in the Prothom Alo Bangla, rewritten in Englishlast_img read more