A miner was on Monday slapped with a break and enter and simple larceny charge when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Videsh Hansraj appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and admitted that on September 6, 2018, while he was employed as a manual worker he broke and entered the dwelling house of Omesh Budhram and stole a quantity of gold jewellery worth $260,000.According to the facts presented to the court, the victim secured his home and went out. Upon his return at about 15:00h, the accused told him he was not feeling well and left.The victim upon inspecting the house found that his jewellery box was not in the same place he left it. Upon a closer inspection, he found that his jewellery was missing and the matter was immediately reported to the Police.The unrepresented man told the court that he was willing to reimburse his employer. However, Magistrate McLennan reprimanded and discharged the matter against the miner and placed him on a bond to keep the peace for 12 months.The matter was prosecuted by Sergeant Jillian Simmons.
The healing circle is open to both victimsand perpetrators.Using the analogy of a tree, which mayendure trauma and yet survive,participants are encouraged to share theirstories and begin the healing process.(Image: Curious Pictures)MEDIA CONTACTS • Refik HodzicICTJ communications director+1 917 637 3853 or +1 917 975 2305• Viva Liles-WilkinPR and communications, Curious Pictures+27 11 726 2828 or +27 76 327 0154RELATED ARTICLES• Giving Zimbabwe’s diaspora a voice• Victoria Falls rising• Zimbabwe’s turning point?• Khama: lift sanctions on Zimbabwe• Zimbabwean fathers fight HIVJanine ErasmusThe healing work of an empowerment NGO in strife-torn Zimbabwe is the subject of a gripping documentary titled The Axe and the Tree, which premiered in Johannesburg at the end of May 2011.Directed by Zimbabwean Rumbi Katedza, produced by Johannesburg-based Curious Pictures, and supported by the International Centre for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), the film focuses on the work of the Tree of Life, a local NGO that conducts community healing workshops in Zimbabwe.The 42-minute film takes place in the suburbs around the country’s capital, Harare, and was shot during the second half of 2010. It features a group of survivors of the violence that swept the country during the elections of 2008, and four individuals in particular.Despite the possibility of reprisals, the participants agreed to tell their stories on film, reliving the events of that time, and expressing their hopes for the future.Onscreen, they spoke of their ordeals – husbands were forced to watch as their wives were raped; and wives endured long periods without their husbands, who had been taken away for interrogation and torture.The Tree of Life is working with these individuals to help them overcome their anger and the desire for revenge, and allow them to move forward. Using trees as a tool, the workshop leader starts off by asking participants to choose a tree, and then, through contemplation, to liken their lives to its leafy experiences.According to a Shona proverb, the axe will forget, but the tree that has been chopped will never forget.Survivors at first find it hard to share their stories freely, but by drawing strength from the group, they identify similarities between themselves and their chosen tree, which may have suffered disease or drought, or even had its limbs removed, but still lives and grows.“I saw that this tree had been hacked and that nails had been driven through it,” said one participant. “I felt that God had led me to this tree for a reason. If a tree can survive damage and still bear fruit to feed birds and people, there is nothing to stop me from also standing firm in times of tribulation.”Many facilitators are survivors who have completed the course and have received training in the Tree of Life methodology. Remorseful perpetrators are also welcomed into the circle, and encouraged to participate in Tree of Life sessions to add momentum to the national healing.Media freedom a matter of life and deathAfter the screening of the premiere, director Katedza, Zimbabwe-born activist Elinor Sisulu and Howard Varney of the ICTJ discussed the film with the audience, of whom a number were Zimbabwean exiles and activists.“Zimbabwe is in a fragile state of transition,” said Varney, “compounded by the legacy of organised violence and torture. The situation presents a huge challenge for Zimbabwe, the Southern African community, and the African Union.”He said that he was inspired by the film. “These people wanted to share their pain with the rest of Zimbabwe and the world.”Varney also said that there was an urgent need for measures against organised violence, as only this would create the proper conditions for free and fair elections, as well as participatory constitution-making.“This film shows ordinary people doing something extraordinary,” said Katedza. “It’s important that they tell their stories, because the media wasn’t allowed to capture the events of 2008. Many Zimbabweans didn’t even know what was happening to their compatriots. Now, their voices can at last be heard.”She added that speaking out was an important part of moving forward, and that, while it described violent events, the documentary’s central theme was one of healing.Sisulu said media freedom was often a matter of life and death, and that prominence in the media offered a sort of protection, as it was more likely that anonymous people would be victimised.“We pay tribute to Zimbabweans who are risking their lives to expose this type of crime.”With the ruling party insisting on elections in 2011 in Zimbabwe – although there are reports now that these may take place in 2012 – Sisulu said that the Southern African community had a responsibility to prevent the events of 2008 from happening again.Political violenceIn mid-2008 Zimbabweans prepared to vote in the presidential and parliamentary election, with three candidates in the running – Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), independent Simba Makoni and incumbent Robert Mugabe.The first round of presidential voting produced no outright winner, although Tsvangirai led Mugabe by 48% to 43% – a result that took one recount and over a month to materialise.Because the MDC lead wasn’t enough to avoid a second round of voting, this was then scheduled, but Tsvangirai withdrew because of alleged violence against his party’s supporters. Voting went ahead anyway, giving Mugabe a clear road to victory.The entire election process, especially the uncontested second round, was widely criticised.Violence broke out around the country, with each side blaming the other, but even before the election took place, people became the victims of violence for no reason other than that they were not supporters of the ruling party. According to the ICTJ, over 15 000 human rights violations were carried out, just in this period.Victims were kidnapped, tortured, beaten, raped, and their houses were burned – and for many people in other countries around the world, ongoing political violence and persecution is something that they too have to live with. The Axe and the Tree may be set in Zimbabwe, but the story it tells is a universal one.The ICTJ and other organisations that work in situations of transitional justice help to address these occurrences through instruments such as truth commissions, prosecutions, and other programmes.Refik HodzicICTJ communications directoroffice: +1 917 637 3853mobile: +1 917 975 [email protected]
Two New England design/build firms are increasing their commitment to high-end panelized designs, betting that homebuyers will be increasingly interested in well-executed, energy-efficient homes at less than custom prices.Maine-based GO Logic, known for high-performance houses in a contemporary New England architectural style, has launched a line of panelized houses called GO Home, along with a new website that makes it easier for buyers to pick layouts, finishes, and features.At the same time, Bensonwood and its younger sister company Unity Homes announced that the company will more than double their combined manufacturing space later this year with the opening of a 110,000-square-foot plant in Keene, New Hampshire. The company hopes the new plant will allow it to expand its market area and push down prices.Together, the companies are part of what seems to be a small but growing group of companies that make wall, roof, and floor components that can be assembled into high-performance, even net-zero and Passive House-certified, buildings. Production lines make increased use of computer-driven and robotic equipment. RELATED ARTICLES A whole new endeavor for GO LogicGO Logic’s new Go Home division was set up specifically to tap into the Passive House prefab market with, as the company’s website puts it, a patented shallow foundation system and a panelized building shell that can be used on everything from a 600-square-foot cottage to a 300-unit multifamily building.One of the GO Home options from the company’s website is this 1,600-square-foot model.There are 10 GO Home models, including one seasonal residence, ranging from a one-bedroom, one-bath 600-square-foot home to a 2,500-square-foot home with three bedrooms and two baths over two floors. All of them can be customized. Costs (in Maine) run from $179,000 to $567,000 ($298 to $227 per square foot), prices that include just about everything other than the lot, grading and landscaping, fencing, and lighting.The houses come with triple-glazed windows, heat-recovery ventilation, and electric baseboard heat. Buyers can choose from many options. Siding choices, for example, include shou sugi ban (charred cedar finished in the Japanese style), corrugated Corten steel, and a variety of more conventional choices.The frost-protected shallow concrete foundation is insulated with expanded polystyrene rigid foam. Exterior walls consist of 2×8 structural framing, filled with dense-packed cellulose and an additional 6 inches of rigid mineral wool insulation on the exterior (R-50, according to the company). The truss roof is insulated to R-80 with blown-in cellulose. The triple-glazed German windows are R-11 at the center of the glass, and clad in aluminum on the outside and PVC on the inside.Panels are shipped vertically. Wall sections have windows installed when they leave the shop, but stud walls are open to the inside to allow plumbing and wiring to be completed on site. Insulation follows that.GO Home says its buildings use 10% of the energy consumed by a conventional code-compliant house. An ‘evolutionary’ processThe GO Home series is part of an evolutionary process at GO Logic that grew out of the firm’s more conventional stick-built tradition, Gunther Kragler, a project architect at the firm, said in a call.“Initially, we did conventional stick-built,” he said. “We were site-building everything. In the last few years, we started to panelize projects because as the design side grew we did more work out of state, and we had clients out of state who said, ‘I wish you could do the whole package, I wish we could get you to do the construction, because we’re having trouble getting contractors down here to understand it, or they’re doing it wrong.’ So for us, it was an evolution of how we could take the guesswork out of it and deliver products out of state. But now we can even use it in state.”The company, which sees itself as a regional builder, will still site-build houses if they are within an hour or two of its mid-coast Maine office or close to Portland, where it has established, well-seasoned building crews.But for projects farther away than that, panels make more sense. Panels are made in a shop in Knox, about a 15-minute drive from the firm’s Belfast office. Kragler said the shop was already up and running when GO Home began; whether the production line expands will depend on new demand generated by the GO Home line.Having a standard line of panelized houses and finish options simplifies the ordering process for clients, who may be overwhelmed not only by the expense of a fully custom house but by the complexities of specifying everything that goes into it.“The design process can be daunting for a lot of people,” Kragler said. “It can be long. There are hundreds of decisions to be made. You can get decision fatigue, which we see sometimes from our clients. The pre-design and launch of the GO Home website is sort of that evolution.”Pricing at the company’s website is clear and direct. Each plan lists the square footage, the cost per square foot, and the total, with the accompanying text describing exactly what’s included and what isn’t. Once a buyer has settled on a basic package, it’s off to an options page to choose siding, exterior finishes, windows, doors, flooring, casing and trim. That list is sent to GO Home, which delivers a final price. A couple could pretty much spec a house at the dining table after supper. These Superinsulated Homes Were Delivered By TruckPassive House Building in the Digital AgeFactories Gear Up for Passive House Building With NZE as an Option, a Modular Series Launches in MaineA Prefab Passive House in MichiganWhat’s Different About Unity Homes?Unity Homes: Pushing the Boundaries of Home BuildingUnity Homes Combines Prefab with Energy EfficiencyBensonwood Is Reinventing the HouseFactory-Built Wall PanelsAn Architect’s Take on Sweden’s Factory-Built HousesSustainability, Scandinavian Style Faster dry-in is a big benefitLike other panelizers, Bensonwood and Unity Homes point to very short on-site construction schedules, precisely made components, and well-insulated, airtight building shells as key advantages of their designs.Benson’s Norwegian heritage and interest in European building models helped create what van Winkle called the company’s “essential DNA.” Although the percentage of residential housing built with prefabricated parts in the U.S. is low — between 3% and 4%, according to The Wall Street Journal — it is 40% in Sweden.“We adopted that methodology many years ago and find it to be extremely beneficial today, especially with the need for building way beyond code, in terms of delivering a full building shell within two weeks,” van Winkle said. The whole process, from the time a customer signs the design contract until the house is ready for occupancy, can be as short as five months.Bensonwood and Unity Homes make “closed-panel” components. That is, the panels are fully insulated and finished inside and out when they arrive on the job site, usually with windows already installed. (By contrast, panels from other high-end manufacturers must be insulated and finished inside after the building shell is up.)Wall panels are typically insulated with dense-packed cellulose (see the illustration below), although other insulation options are available. Van Winkle says that insulation packages can be adjusted for different climates, with the shells tight enough to meet the Passive House standard (0.6 air changes per hour at 50 pascals of pressure). Bensonwood and Unity try to minimize the amount of above-grade foam in their houses.Unity Homes says a baseline model can “easily achieve” net-zero or better performance with the addition of a renewable energy system. Van Winkle says the company also can hit Passive House targets, but isn’t going after that market to the exclusion of other buyers.“We are in pursuit of that standard, but there is a cost associated with those standards that are often borne by the owner and we are anxious to see how that goes in the next couple of years,” he said. “We build to those standards, and that’s documented, but the fact is that the marketplace isn’t particularly familiar with what those standards are, what the differences are from a typical stick-built house. These are new concepts to a lot of the buyers and builders out there.” A typical Bensonwood custom house starts at about $950,000 and goes up to $5 million or so, van Winkle says, with per-square-foot prices ranging from $450 to $750 or more, depending on features and finishes.While Bensonwood is a custom builder, Unity Homes is more of an every man’s builder, offering four basic models, what Unity calls “platforms,” that can be modified to suit individual buyers. In addition, the company has a starter cottage and a multifamily design. Houses range in price from $175 to $225 a square foot, van Winkle says, and while less expensive than a custom Bensonwood home, they are built with the same basic technology and components.“The intent is to deliver that at a lower cost point to a broader market, a much broader market, generally a third to a quarter of a typical Bensonwood home,” he said. “What we’re trying to do is drive the price per square foot down; hence the new facility opening up in Keene.”The combined companies currently have a 42,000-square-foot plant in Walpole, New Hampshire, that produces most of the panels they need. The new facility occupies a converted medical device manufacturing plant. It will allow the companies to introduce a greater degree of automation and improve efficiency, precision, and quality, according to a company news release.The firm will add 20 skilled employees to its 110-member staff when the plant opens, as it looks to triple the current output of 50 Unity houses per year. Unity Homes sees an expanding marketUnity Homes is the 6-year-old sister company of Bensonwood, the firm that grew out of founder Tedd Benson’s revival of New England’s dormant timber-framing tradition. Since its start in the mid-1970s, Bensonwood has gone on to become a well-known design/build firm with timber-themed projects all over the country. Unity Homes, says company marketing communications director Paul van Winkle, is an attempt to deliver net-zero ready home at a lower price. The timing is good for panelized housingThere’s another advantage to panelized housing, says Bensonwood’s van Winkle: Contractors and designers don’t need big crews of skilled carpenters in the field because houses are built under cover on a production line. That’s a good thing, he says, because finding skilled workers is getting tougher all the time.The Wall Street Journal reported that the number of workers employed in construction last year was nearly 30% below the peak of 2006, and more than 15% below the average in the 2000s.Van Winkle thinks that will make panelized building more attractive to both buyers and builders. “We do believe the market is turning in that direction,” he said, “and particularly in the Northeast it makes a lot of sense because of the skilled labor challenges and the requirements of building in pristine environments.”Kragler underscored the importance of having skilled workers on high-performance and Passive House designs. “The building system is not rocket science, but it does take a specific mentality of how a high-performance shell goes together,” he said. “It’s critical. It can make or break certain projects — if you have to do a blower door test, let’s say. How does the air seal at the foundation tie into the wall? How does the top of the wall tie into the roof structure? How do windows get air sealed? Minor details, it seems like, but cumulatively these things can add up to have a significant effect on the performance.”Jack Armstrong, the executive director of the Structural Insulated Panel Association, said that tougher efficiency requirements in updated building and energy codes plus the exodus of skilled labor from the construction industry during the recession of 2008 could add some push to the panelization market.“This has really revolutionized the market for high-performance home building,” he said. “That’s the perfect storm for panelization.”Still, there are challenges ahead. “There’s a big resistance point in the market place for builders to use something they haven’t done before,” he said. “Builders are loathe to change their processes. That’s the biggest obstacle for panelization or even SIP panels. Custom builders will use them, and high-performance builders will use them, but it’s been hard to make it go mainstream.”One test will be how many makers of high-performance panels will make them available to builders outside their own companies, and how many builders will nibble. One of the more intriguing tidbits in the Bensonwood announcement of its new factory space was this: “Ultimately, the new facility will provide advanced production on single-family, multifamily, commercial, institutional, and development projects, not just for Bensonwood and Unity Homes, but in support of similarly minded, independent architects, engineers, construction managers, builders, and developers.”
Rebuffing the Maharashtra government’s pleas for restraint, veteran anti-graft activist Anna Hazare on Wednesday commenced on an indefinite hunger strike at his village in Ralegan Siddhi in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district over the Centre’s failure to appoint the elusive Lokpal and resolve farmers’ problems.The octogenarian Mr. Hazare, who has a history of ‘hunger agitations’, hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of “deceiving the people” with false promises of appointing the Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas across the States. The activist, who began his fast on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s death anniversary, has refused to budge until the Modi government immediately came out with an ordinance to appoint ombudsmen at the Centre and the States.Mr. Hazare further demanded that Centre implement the Swaminathan Commission report for agrarian reforms and establish social security measures for farmers.“It has been more than five years since the Lokpal Bill became the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013. Yet, the Act has not been implemented… Narendra Modi has been hoodwinking the people of this country despite the Supreme Court rapping him thrice on this account. But such is the PM’s arrogance that he chooses to ignore even the apex court,” Mr. Hazare said.“The Swaminathan Committee recommendations have been hanging fire till date. Farmers have no security today. They are committing suicide in droves and yet this [BJP] government continues with its hollow promises of loan waiver,” he added.However, Mr. Hazare stated that his fast was not directed towards any individual or political party, but was solely for the benefit of the country and society.Maharashtra amends Lokayukta ActEarlier on Tuesday, the Devendra Fadnavis government, in a bid to preempt Mr. Hazare’s agitation, had amended the 1971 Lokayukta Act to bring the office of the Chief Minister in the ambit of State’s ombudsman, the Lokayukta.However, State Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan, who had successfully placated Mr. Hazare in the past, was forced to cancel his visit to Ralegan Siddhi on Wednesday after the activist refused to meet him.“I have asked him [Mr. Mahajan] not to come this time and waste his time…the keys for resolving this [Lokayukta implementation] imbroglio is in Delhi and he [Girish Mahajan] cannot solve this issue,” said Mr. Hazare.However, speaking in Mumbai, Mr. Mahajan said he was hopeful that the matter would be resolved soon and that Mr. Hazare would be pacified.On January 28, Mr. Hazare had warned Mr. Modi of his intention of going on a hunger strike over the non-implementation of the Lokpal Act.
Shopping in Chennai has long traversed the path from an activity conducted on a needonly level to everybody’s favourite ‘pass’ time. There’s a recent twist: from stores that cater solely to canines to a garden boutique and designer collectives, niche is the buzzword. Best friend’s wedding? Get them something from,Shopping in Chennai has long traversed the path from an activity conducted on a needonly level to everybody’s favourite ‘pass’ time. There’s a recent twist: from stores that cater solely to canines to a garden boutique and designer collectives, niche is the buzzword. Best friend’s wedding? Get them something from Mere Yaar ki Shaadi collection from the Play Clan boutique. Mother’s Day gift dilemma? She can’t say no to a cheery plant from Harith Tharang-The Garden Shop. More often than not, these stores are characterised by their owners who encourage conversations and make shopping an interactive process. Lateef Mohamad of The Old Curiosity Shop says it best. “There are times when I’m here at the store talking till midnight with a customer. There may be no sale even, but we are both richer at the end of it.”Omar Lateef at The Old Curiosity ShopVintage world: The Old Curiosity ShopNot everything here is for sale, nor is everything available to everyone at The Old Curiosity Shop. “We strongly feel that the person should value what he’s going to buy,” says owner Lateef Mohamad. “So we show things to our customers accordingly.” Set up way back in 1950, this is one of the oldest antique stores in India. The Old Curiosity Shop is actually named after a novel by Charles Dickens about an antique store. The shop is stacked with curios from all around the world-vintage books and chamfer chests from Europe, rugs from Persia and jewellery from royal families of England. advertisementMohamad’s son, 25-year-old Omar Lateef, will most likely meet you at the store. A model and actor, he’s also determined to carry on his father’s legacy. From original Elvis and James Dean polaroids to 150-year-old carriage clocks to gramophone records- antiques of all kinds are available here. They also stock Indian memorabilia for foreigners who frequent the store.Where: 146, Mount Raod, Anna SalaiTel: 28460298Cost: Rs 25 for a keychain to lakhs for other antique items.We love: Cloisonne and porcelain thimbles right out of an English fairy tale.Quirk unlimited: Play ClanPlay Clan is the very definition of Indian kitsch. This Delhi-based design store chain aims at making memorable images out of the mundane. The small Playclan boutique store at the newly opened Raintree hotel is packed with Indian pop culture paraphernalia such as funky T-shirts embroidered with public transport, idols and Bollywood dialogues. The ‘one billion’ tote bag to commemorate the burgeoning population of the city, the Kathakali tote and the purani Dilli tote are intricately designed with numerous in-jokes. The Enna Rascala Rajinikanth journal reigns supreme amongst the other journals on display. Fridge magnets, keychains, watches and cheque book cases following the same standards of funk are also available.Where: Raintree, Anna Salai.Tel: 28309999 www.shop.theplayclan.comCost: Rs 85 for a postcard to art frames for Rs 1995.We love: The 3-Idiots T-shirt that says ‘Main apna surname change nahi karoongi’.Pavitra Mohan at the storeSpice route: Masala ChaiWhat started off as a blog by Pavitra Mohan grew into a popular store design store. Masala Chai, at Ashvita Cafe and Gallery, stocks over 50 brands of jewellery, clothes, bags, bric-a-brac and home decor from South Asia. Products by funky Indian brands such as Chumbak and Magnut are also available. These include keychains, bouncy bobble heads, photo frames and car danglers. You could pick up magnets with caricatures of tongue-in-cheek characters such as Flying Fakir, Dancing Mallu, Simbly Simon and Melvis. Dresses by Funk For Hire, Rachna Reddy’s clutches and jewellery by Baby Baniya are the other eyecatchers. Unique item: kitschy cushions with psychedelic graphics and retro prints of 80s films from a brand appropriately called Item Number.Where: 11 Second Street, Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai, Mylapore.Tel: 42109990, 43129920; www.masalachaionline.blogspot.comCost: Rs 100 for a keychain from Chumbak to Rs 8,000 for clutches by Rachna Reddy.We love: Vinita Nair’s trays made in decoupage style with ethnic designs and printed literary verses.Design dreams: EvolvEvolv is a retail concept that offers individualistic Indian fashion created in collaboration with leading and upcoming Indian designers for urbane Indian youth. Conceptualised by Atul Malhotra this design store offers a range of design products from designer wear, accessories, stationery to books and magazines and music. Some leading Indian designers who have collaborated with Atul include Manish Arora, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Abraham & Thakore, Namrata Joshipura, Sanchita and Malini Ramani. The product mix includes apparel from young designers such as Gaurav Gupta, Amit Agarwal, Shrivan Narresh and AM:PM. The store also stocks accessories such as headphones from Skullcandy, shoes by Language, and Play Clan products. Travel freaks could also get their hands on luxe city guides, love travel guides by Fiona Caulfield and Wallpaper Guides.Where: Luxury wing, Express Avenue.Tel: 28464250; www.evlov.inCost: Rs 295 for a Play Clan journal to Rs 16,800 for a Malini Ramani dress.We love: John Lennon-ish sunglasses by Spitfire.Nilofer Cassam with her hampersCustom made: Hampers by KireiadvertisementThe tag line of this concept store reads ‘A smile, a rose and a bundle of bows’. “We gift smiles,” says 26-year-old Nilofer Cassam who runs Hampers. Conceptualised on the lines of foreign stores such as Harrods, at Hampers Nilofer puts together a range of exclusive gift products. Depending on the budget, she puts together an all-in-one hamper consisting of beauty products, gourmet eateries, books and small knick-knacks. The emphasis is on classy and contemporary packaging. “It’s Western in idea and execution,” says Nilofer. The items are sourced at much lower rates than retail prices so customers get more for their money. She adds, “I customise the hamper keeping in mind the personality of the client.” There is a conscious effort to include keepsakes such as champagne flutes and gourmet books. This way, the hamper remains a fond memory even after the cupcakes and wine are finished.Where: 6 Haddows Road, Nungambakkam. Tel: 4677333.Cost: The hampers start at Rs 3,000 and go up to Rs 15,000.We love: The Father’s Day hamper with Moet & Chandon champagne, spa vouchers and pocket books.Treasure chest: The BoxBrightly coloured plastic pots line the exterior of The Box, The Park hotel’s souvenir shop. However, these pots are not for sale. What you can buy from this store are items handpicked from the city and across the country by Priya Paul, chairperson of The Park. All the stuff here has a slice of Chennai-coffee table books on Bharatnatyam, plates with pictures of Kollywood stars and items from Chennaigaga, a brand that makes unique city souvenirs such as T-shirts, bags, mugs and more. There are other gift items such as cushions with Kathakali motifs, Taj Mahal miniatures and journals of Mumbai.Where: The Park, Anna Salai.Tel: 42676000; www.theparkhotels.comCost: Rs 120 for fridge magnets to Rs 53,000 for a leather bag.We love: Brightly coloured wire baskets by Varnajalam.Green ideas: Harith TarangTucked away below the asphalt jungle is this garden boutique selling a variety of plants and plant accessories. It was set up by Rashmi Sunil, who’s father-in-law Sudhakar Shankar runs M.T. Rajan Pooncholai, an establishment that deals with plant rentals and maintenance. Inspired by garden centres abroad, Rashmi decided to add a retail vertical to the Rajan establishment. About 200 varieties of plants are displayed at the store. However, there are more options that can be sourced from their backend farm. You could pick up interesting hybrids also. For example the phycus (a decorative rubber tree), which took 15 years to grow, is actually four trees woven into one. Unlike a nursery, at this garden boutique the customer relationship extends beyond purchase. “There is a move to go green and organic,” says Rashmi. “We encourage and help people do that.”Where: 40, Bazullah Road, T.Nagar. Tel: 6527 5990; www.hariththarang.comCost: Rs15 for a tulsi plant to Rs 15,000 for the phycus tree.We love: A planter or a pot shaped like a man with a pipe.Pet talk: Kennel MartadvertisementIt’s a pity that you can’t bring your dog to this store but there are a whole lot of things you can take home for your pet. The Kennel Mart is a pet speciality store which not only has a lot of goodies for dogs as the name suggests, but also has gourmet food and scratch posts for cats. It is the only store in the city to stock hamster and guinea pig, and fish food. But dogs are clearly the focus here. There is a mind-boggling range of accessories such as shoes, raincoats, Tshirts and even bathrobes. The shelves are lined with shampoos, body sprays, specialised toothbrushes and toothpastes for dogs.Where: Kennel Mart Spencer Plaza S 111, 2nd Floor, Phase 3, Spencer Plaza.Tel: 42036465; http://www.kennelmartonline. comCost: Rs 45 for a scooper sheet to Rs 14,000 for a pet carrier.We love: Orange and pink shoes that come in a set of four.Game plan: Dollars and PoundsThis store has moved beyond cricket mania. There are soccer jerseys, gold T-shirts, racing jackets but radio silence on cricket. Entrepreneur V S Nawab started this store in 2001 with the idea of selling sports paraphernelia apart from cricket. “I want other sports to have a fair fighting chance so no cricket items here,” he laughs. Apart from the sport items, there are accessories, clothing and biking gear. The soccer section has been designed like a football field while the clothing section is done up like a warzone. There’s barbed wire, water flowing beneath the metal staircase and even a burnt jeep. Have fun.Where: No: 44, Sardar Patel Road (Near IIT), Adyar.Tel: 4351 4080/1/2; www.dollarsandpounds.netCost: Rs 20 for a wrist-band, Rs 1290 for a ‘music T-shirt’ that glows rhythmically when music plays around to Rs 6,000 for a racing jacket.We love: Biking gear available in bright colours.Navila Avis at her storeBody treats: TowliyaThe name says it all-Towliya is all about towels. Terry towels, jacquard towels, bathrobes, hand towels, co-ordinated towels, bath mats, hair ties, they are all available here in every conceivable and customizable colour and size. Owner Navila Avis persuaded her husband, an exporter of terry towels to open this shop for her. And even today, it is the only place in the city people where people can order for customised towels with monograms and colours of their choice.Where: 8, Amble Side, Khader Nawaz Khan Road.Tel: 28331340.Cost: Rs 25 for a hand towel to Rs 1, 650 for a co-ordinated set of four towels.We love: Lace trimmed towels.Hand craft: D’HutQuaint exteriors lead you into what seems like a mysterious cave full of curios. Neethirajan and his wife Reshuma started D’Hut three years ago. The store is spread over two floors and packed from wall to wall. “We stock hand made cultural handicrafts from across the world,” says Reshuma.”It all started when my husband, a marine engineer used to bring back handicrafts from different places and we looked for a space to display them.” The store stocks a range of handicrafts from Africa, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Kenya and Tanzania.The eye catchers here are the variety of masks and chimes which dot the walls of the ground floor and can be seen even while you’re driving past. You could also pick some gift items, home decor and even some furniture. “We recently stocked some unique shelves and stools made of used boats,” says Reshuma. She travels across the world, spends time with villagers who custom make the products for her. Most of them work under thatched roof in small huts and that’s how she came up with the name D’Hut.Where: 137, East Coast Road, Srinivasapuram, Thiruvanmiyur.Tel: 94433 36930Cost: Rs 30 for keychains and life-size tribal art pieces from Papua New Guinea for Rs 50,000.We love: Rainstick from Africa- something which the rural folk believe brings rain.
Daylon Mack HitYou remember that Jadeveon Clowney hit on Michigan running back Vincent Smith during the 2013 Outback Bowl, right? Of course you do.Well, Texas A&M freshman defensive tackle Daylon Mack just did his best Clowney impression on a poor Nevada ball-carrier. Note to Aggie opponents: probably unwise to leave this guy unblocked like Nevada did right here. My goodness. Keep in mind this is the same kid who did this last week.Mack is going to be a good one.
zoom Mumbai-based Great Eastern Shipping (G E Shipping) has signed a contract to buy a 150,000 dwt Suezmax crude carrier.The company said that the 2000-built vessel is expected to join its fleet in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017.Earlier in December, G E Shipping took delivery of a secondhand Supramax dry bulk carrier Jag Radha, built in 2009.The 58,000 dwt vessel, previously known as Star Manx, was purchased from the Isle of Man-based shipping company LT Ugland Shipping in October 2016.Great Eastern Shipping’s fleet currently stands at 38 vessels, comprising 24 tankers and 14 dry bulk carriers, with an average age of 8.89 years.Additionally, the company has one newbuilding Kamsarmax on order and expects the delivery of two secondhand Aframaxes.
APTN National NewsNew numbers are confirming what Nunavut residents have claimed for years, that they have the worst health problems in the country.According to numbers published by the Canadian institute for health information, if you live in Nunavut, you are twice as likely to die of something that you could have received treatment.Worse than that, you are three times more likely than other Canadians to die from a preventable cause, like smoking or excessive drinking.The study also pointed out Nunavut’s low rate of mental health treatment, because of few mental health resources in the territory.
OSU junior forward Marc Loving (2) celebrates during a game against Air Force on Dec. 8 in Columbus. OSU won, 74-50. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team extended its win streak to six games Sunday, as it defeated Illinois 75-73 in a close-fought conference matchup in Columbus. OSU survived the Fighting Illini’s 3-point barrage in the second half, narrowly escaping as Illinois’ last-second heave bounced off the left side of the backboard. After the game, OSU coach Thad Matta said he was impressed by Illinois’ performance, as the visitors played OSU tough up until the final whistle.“I thought Illinois played very, very well,” Matta said. “They hit some of the (timeliest) shots that I’ve ever seen. Give our guys credit, (because) a few weeks ago we would have probably crumbled, but we kept our composure, we kept fighting.” The Buckeyes were led by the play of junior forward Marc Loving, who had 27 points and seven rebounds. The win pushes the Scarlet and Gray’s record to 10-5, including a 2-0 mark in the Big Ten.Matta said getting high-level play from Loving, the most experienced player on the team, is essential to the team’s success. “Marc was very, very efficient tonight,” Matta said. “I think he kind of had a huge three in the corner, but also was able to put the ball down on the floor, got to the foul line. Marc has had a really, really good focus the last few games and, as your lone upperclassman on a basketball team, you hope that’s something we can continue to ride on.” OSU was able to ice the game at the free throw line, shooting 28-of-39 from the stripe for the game. Both teams were in foul trouble early in the second half, much to the disdain of Illinois coach John Groce.“We’ve got to play a lot harder without fouling,” Groce said. “That’s the highest number of free throws an opponent has shot against us all year and that was the difference in the game.” Groce’s team only made 12 of 32 3-point attempts, and overall OSU held Illinois to 40 percent shooting from the field. Matta said although the defense is not be where he ultimately wants it to be, he is happy with the way the defense is playing.“I think that we’re getting there,” Matta said. “The thing that I would say that I’m not pleased with is we made some mistakes and they made us pay for them tonight. Those are things that are happen. I do think we’re understanding scouting more. We’ve got to continue to build it, but I like the direction we’re headed with our defense.” For OSU, the first half was one to forget, as the team was held to only 32 percent shooting from the field, thanks to the 2-3 zone Illinois employed. The rough first half, however, could perhaps be attributed to the absence of freshman point guard JaQuan Lyle, who picked up two fouls in the opening two minutes of play. The Buckeyes clung to a 30-26 lead going into halftime, looking for improved results in the second frame.OSU found those results with Lyle back on the court. With their starting point guard leading the offense, the Buckeyes returned to form in the second half — seeing a near-instant improvement. With Lyle running the show, OSU shot 52 percent from the floor in the second half.“I couldn’t be happier with the way (JaQuan) played,” Matta said. Lyle said he was disappointed to pick up two quick fouls and put his team in a bind early on, but knew when he came back in the second half, he would have a chance to lead his team to victory. “My mindset was that I was fresh,” Lyle said. “Everyone else had been playing the whole first 20 minutes so I took advantage of that. My legs were fresh and I made a couple of layups. Then I just started making plays.” Lyle poured in 14 points and a team-high 5 assists — all in the second half — for OSU.The Buckeyes, now on a hot streak with six straight wins, will move to face Northwestern on Wednesday in Evanston, Illinois, which Matta said will be a good test for his basketball team.“We’re going to see where we are,” Matta said. “The last road game against (Connecticut), we were awful. It will be interesting to see how we come out to start that game. Northwestern is playing some great basketball right now and it’s always a tough place to play.”Tip-off against the Wildcats is set for 9 p.m.