Exploring bicycle culture in South Africa

first_imgJohannes van Wyk and his children Chris, Danisha and Sarie not only cycle, but arealso capable bicycle mechanics. Twin sisters Louisa and Johanna Mokoaqoencourage each other’s love of cycling.Marina le Grange prefers to cycle short distances, rather than getting into a car. (Images: Day One Publications) MEDIA CONTACTS • Stan EngelbrechtDay One Publications+27 82 928 6586 RELATED ARTICLES • SA’s first hydrogen bike rolled out • Improving lives with bicycles • Bikes for Africa – from bamboo • School campaign helps change lives• Going green for 2010Wilma den HartighTwo South African friends who share an enthusiasm for bicycles and cycling have started a project that explores South African bicycle culture and commuting on the saddle.The project, called Bicycle Portraits, is the idea of Stan Engelbrecht, a photographer and publisher, and Nic Grobler, a motion graphics designer.The focus of the project is to provide insight into the lives of people who use bicycles for daily commuting, instead of just leisure or exercise. With global warming a concern across the planet, the efforts of these energetic people have the potential to make a big difference.Since early 2010, Engelbrecht and Grobler have travelled across the country, on their own bicycles, to take photographs of saddle commuters and their bikes.“It has been an incredible journey to meet South Africans who rely on two wheels for transport, and also to meet their bicycles,” Grobler says.They have been everywhere, from South Africa’s major cities to the West Coast, from country towns in the Free State to Orania in the Northern Cape.“So many times, when we look at the bicycle and the owner, they just fit together. I don’t know how it works, it is just a weird connection,” Grobler says.South Africa’s diversity of peopleEngelbrecht and Grobler have photographed South Africans of all ages, and from all walks of life. Some of the cyclists they meet along the way use bicycles because they cannot afford cars or public transport. Others just love cycling.Marinda le Grange, from Orania in the Northern Cape, had this to say about her bicycle: “The most enjoyable thing for me on the bicycle is when I become daring enough to ride with no hands, just to pedal and not hold on – then I feel young.”David Mamabolo, from Muckleneuk in Pretoria, said many people want him to sell his bicycle to them. “But I always say no because I really like it. You see, it’s an old one like me.”Chrystl Küstner, from Pretoria in Gauteng, works as a physiotherapist and uses her bicycle to visit patients. “I like cycling with a purpose, not just for the sake of it. I go to the shops and I do my shopping, carrying a backpack and using my carrier. I do all my shopping with the bicycle, or with my feet – I don’t like driving with a car,” she says.Awie Harmse bought a bicycle because he can’t afford a car. Salmon Mojaki says that his bicycle may have an old frame, but it is one of the strongest frames you can get, and his bicycle has been the best transport he’s ever had.Many benefitsEngelbrecht and Grobler are raising funds to publish a full-colour hardcover photographic book early next year of their travels, the people they have met and their stories.The co-founders hope the project and the book will encourage more South Africans to get on to their bicycles and start peddling.Strangely, besides all the benefits one could enjoy from owning a bicycle, commuter cyclists still seem to be a rare breed,” Engelbrecht says. As they spent more time on the road, they realised just how few South Africans use bicycles to commute.They also want to change perceptions about cycling. Given all the benefits, such as independence, health, fitness, cost-effectiveness, and kindness to the environment, more South Africans from all social classes should be encouraged to use bicycles.Many of the cyclists they interviewed told them that cycling was easier on the pocket. Cycling helps them to save money every month by avoiding public transport. However, Engelbrecht says that he’s not exactly sure why so few people don’t own bicycles or cycle.Some of the reasons they have identified include cultural intolerance, stigma of poverty, physical danger and lack of infrastructure. “We’ve noticed that as our major centres develop there still seems to be a trend to make cities more friendly for cars, not people,” he says.If roads were more cycle-friendly and the correct infrastructure was established, owning a bicycle could change the lives of many people. South Africa’s socio-economic climate makes it the ideal location for cycle commuting, Grobler says.For more people to take up cycling, there is a great need for good quality, yet affordable and comfortable bicycles in South Africa.Cheap imported bicycles are another challenge, he says. They have too many gears, smart paint jobs and are poorly made. “Second-hand bicycles can be cheap but simple, robust and easy to maintain. That is what we need,” he says.Inspiring South Africans to cycleThrough the project, Engelbrecht and Grobler also want to empower underprivileged South Africans. Some of their ideas include teaching bicycle maintenance skills and providing cyclists with important cycling gear such as helmets, tyres, tubes and locks.One of their long-term goals is to create a support structure such as a trust funded through a percentage of book sales, or a charity, for people who appear in the book.Grobler says that they have relied on social networking sites such as blogs, Facebook and Twitter to raise awareness of the Bicycle Portraits project.This has been very successful and has created an entire community of local and international followers who are interested in the project. Some fans are cycling fanatics, but others are not familiar with bicycles at all.The Kickstarter initiativeEngelbrecht and Grobler decided to raise funds through the Kickstarter social-network pledge-for-a-reward fundraising page.Anyone with a creative idea can pitch it on the Kickstarter website. The way it works is simple: every project must have a funding goal (an amount in dollars) and a time limit between one and 90 days, determined by the creator of the project.Once the deadline is reached, funding will either be successful if it reached the goal, or terminated. If it meets the goal, all pledge amounts are collected at once and the money is handed over to the project creator. In return, the project must be completed as promised.If the project does not meet the funding goal all pledges are cancelled. To encourage people to pledge, each project has to offer a reward as part of the pledge deal. Engelbrecht and Grobler have undertaken that each person who donates US$50 (about R348) or more will receive a copy of the book.Their goal is to raise $35,000 (R243 862) to complete the production of the book. Fundraising has been divided into three pledge drives. The third and final fundraising leg will start in December.In the first phase, they raised more than $15,000 (R104 512) to cover travelling, shooting, writing and preparation of the content for the second phase of the project.In the second pledge phase, $9,000 (R62 707) was collected for design, layout and pre-printing preparations. They hope that the third fundraising phase will raise $12,500 (R87 093) for printing and binding of 3000 copies of the book.Revealing the spirit of South AfricansIn comparison with the rest of Africa, and a country like the Netherlands, South Africa has quite a bit of catching up to do when it comes to cycle commuting. But besides motivating more South Africans to cycle, Engelbrecht says the project has also revealed the character and friendliness of South Africa’s people. Wherever they went, people were big-hearted, eager to share their stories, and truly inspirational, he says.last_img read more

International call centre opens in Durban

first_imgThe launch of the R200-million CCI Call Centres building in Umhlanga took place on 30 January 2015. Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies was one of the speakers at the launch.More than 200 people will be housed in the CCI Call Centres building in Umhlanga, Durban. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterThe expansion of skills remains vital to the support offered by the South African government to investors, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.Davies, who was joined by King Goodwill Zwelithini, was speaking at the launch of the R200-million CCI Call Centres building in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, on 30 January.His ministry’s partnership with private sector companies like CCI illustrated the government’s commitment to work closely with all companies to create an enabling environment to attract investors.The R200-million investment in the building, which will house more than 200 employees, demonstrated a commitment by CCI Call Centres to the South African business process services (BPS) sector. The company benefited from the department’s BPS incentive, which aimed to attract investment and create employment in South Africa through offshoring activities.CCI Call Centres set up its operations in the country in 2005 and has grown from 50 seats to over 3 000 seats operating from Umhlanga. The group has also participated in the Monyetla Work Readiness Programme, which prepares people who are under 35 and previously unemployed for the workplace through training and development.Mark Chana, CCI managing director, said support from the South African government through the BPS incentive had made the South African value proposition cost competitive when bidding for international contracts against other offshore destinations such as the Philippines.Davies said the business process outsourcing/business process services (BPO/BPS) incentive had been hugely successful in terms of meeting the department’s objectives. Over 9 000 jobs had been created and the sector was key for attracting investment and creating new jobs, especially in the 18- to 35-year-old age groups, where job creation was most needed.King Zwelithini encouraged CCI Call Centres management to also consider setting up offices in rural areas, other provinces and other Southern African Development Community countries. He called on those who would be employed at the call centre to take their work seriously as it was not a right but an opportunity and privilege.CCI Call Centres is an international call centre group that provides outsourced customer contact services. It specialises in the operation of outbound, inbound and blended multi-channel contact centres. Some of the UK’s leading brands, primarily in the mobile, technology, telecommunications and financial industry sectors, are supported by CCI from the 2 000-seat purpose-built contact centre and head office in La Lucia, Durban.The company has over 4 000 permanent employees and has three fully functional sites in South Africa, with the capacity to grow to 5 000 seats.Source: South African Government News AgencyWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

5 DIY Lighting Tips For Filmmakers on a Budget

first_img 2. DIY: Make Your Own Basic Lighting Kit at HomeIn this video tutorial, Luke Leonard, the Lighting Course Director of Full Sail University, walks us through the steps of building and using a DIY light kit from items you can find at your local hardware store for less than $100. Filmmaking can get expensive quick! Save yourself some cash and free up some of your budget with this collection of DIY lighting tips.Top image from WistiaThe high cost of filmmaking is tough to deny. Cameras, lenses, travel cases… the list of purchases goes on and on, and various lights can take up a big chunk of the list. Luckily, lighting is one field of filmmaking where you can find a lot of money-saving DIY options. Let’s take a look at some video tips and tutorials on DIY lighting that can help you come in under budget.1. DIY Light Bar!The great Ryan Connolly of Film Riot fame shows us how to build a DIY light bar for less than $60. You’ll probably have most of the materials sitting around your house, and the completed light bar will work with most bulbs. Check it out. 5. How-to: Powerful DIY video light (800 watt equivalent)In this video from Indy Mogul, Griffin Hammond builds a powerful video light for only $86, using hardware store parts, and eight 100-watt-equivalent compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs. He also touches on the basics of three-point lighting.  3. DIY Bank LightsThe Basic Filmmaker is always an enthusiastic source of helpful DIY tips. In this video, he shows us how to make inexpensive DIY bank lights that can come in handy for your next green screen shoot.center_img 4. Quick Tips: DIY Lighting Kit!Here’s one more from Ryan Connolly that covers a basic (some would say must-have) light kit that should cover most of your needs on set and in the studio. While you’re feeling motivated, why don’t you take a minute and check out these other PremiumBeat tips for DIY filmmakers:5 Effective DIY Dolly HacksHow to Create a DIY Ring LightHow to Create DIY Diffusion PanelsGot any DIY tips/tricks/hacks to share with the filmmaking community? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below!last_img read more

How to Be Better At Creating Rapport

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Anonymous says, “I am not good at gaining rapport. I need to be better with people.” I don’t have all of the answers, but I have some ideas our friend anonymous might work with for a while.Smile: Want to know the quickest way to open people up and create rapport? Smile. It’s really that simple. A smile creates a positive response in the person you are meeting with. It says that you are a friend, that you are pleasant, that you are happy. All of these allow them to let their guard down.Be Human: Well, you’re already human. But be really human. Share the things that make you human. You have feelings. You have a husband or a wife or a significant other or kids or a hobby or something. Sharing the experiences that make you human make it safe for the person you are engaging with to share theirs. Boom! Connected.Be Vulnerable: Being vulnerable creates a connection. This is something more than just being human. Vulnerability means you are open enough that you can be hurt. That openness means that you trust someone with your vulnerability, and by giving your trust, you gain trust.Listen: If you want to generate rapport, be a great listener. A good set of questions that allows the other person to talk is better than any statements you might make. A good conversation is give and take, but if you want rapport, leave others more room than you believe is necessary. They won’t talk? Try being vulnerable and then be really, really quiet.Have a Sense of Humor: A sense of humor can really help create rapport. People want to be around people they enjoy spending time with. A sense of humor says that this can be fun—or at least pleasant. It can shrink seemingly big issues to a more manageable size. Humor can break the ice, and it can warm up a cold shoulder.Rapport isn’t “I like you.” Rapport is “I am like you.”What advice do you have for Anonymous?last_img read more

Badals to approach court over Faridkot ‘Pol Khol’ rally

first_imgFormer Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday termed the Punjab government’s decision to deny permission to their proposed ‘Pol Khol’ rally at Faridkot a “broad daylight murder of democracy”.The SAD has decided to approach the Punjab and Haryana High Court to seek a review of government’s denial of the permission to hold the rally, slated for September 16.Mr. Parkash Singh Badal, in a statement, said that it is “a brazen and cowardly abdication of constitutional responsibility by the State government whose primary duty is to ensure that no one is allowed to sabotage and disrupt peaceful expression of democratic aspirations of the people and to ensure and safeguard normal democratic activity in the State”.He said the State government has virtually admitted that the constitutional machinery in Punjab has broken down so much that it cannot even ensure a peaceful democratic rally by a mainstream political party.Mr. Sukhbir Badal said that the Congress has used the fabricated report of the Justice Ranjit Singh (retd) Commission to defame the Akali Dal and its leadership.last_img read more

#KicksStalker: What makes the Agimat click?

first_imgREAD: #KicksStalker: Nike, LeBron provide Gilas PH with ‘Agimat’ The words “Para Sa Kadakilaan” appear on the heel tab and the heel cushion. If you have the limited edition box, you’ll find a triangular emblem on top that’s a replica of a medallion (an agimat, what else?) that accompanies the sneaker. There, you’ll also find the phrase “Mula mandirigma sa mandirigma” inscribed on it.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingPhoto from Nike PHThe traditional fabric woven along with the cultural elements adorning the shoe also help make it a collector’s piece among Filipino kicks stalkers.The homage to the Filipino basketball culture interspersed with Filipino mythology is the reason why some of the Gilas Pilipinas players like Troy Rosario were in awe of the shoe, arousing feelings of national pride and patriotism even at just first glance. A closer look at the Nike LeBron 14 “Agimat.” Photo from Nike PHNow that the LeBron 14 “Agimat” has finally hit select shoe store shelves and found its way to the hands of giddy sneakerheads, it’s time to look at the qualities that made the shoe quite a pick among buyers.First off, there’s the Filipino markings all over the shoe and its limited edition-issue box.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 athletes LATEST STORIES ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans “It feels so proud to see the Filipino words written on the shoe,” said the Gilas forward.Photo from Nike PHAlso worth a look is the shoe’s perforated upper, which contributes to the Agimat being one of the lightest and fastest in the LeBron line. Filipino sneaker fans tend to lean to lightweight shoes and with LeBron James wanting to honor the country’s passion for hoops that matches his own, having a light, breathable and flexible shoe became a priority for the Agimat engineers.GALLERY: Gilas Pilipinas rocks Nike LeBron 14 ‘Agimat’Anyone who loves to play basketball, from the consummate pro to the wobbly weekend warriors, values cushioning too, and the Nize Zoom Air midsole provides the Agimat with comfortable absorption that maximizes every step.With all those features and more, it’s no wonder people were queueing for the Agimat when it went on sale last weekend.ADVERTISEMENT Star retains top spot after thumping of Meralco Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendcenter_img SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Sheriffs identify victim and suspect in Vista attempted murder

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 4:38 PM VISTA (KUSI) — Authorities Tuesday released the name of a 19-year-old North County man who was gravely wounded over Presidents Day weekend in a shooting allegedly carried out by his older brother.Juan Sixto of Vista was admitted to a hospital shortly before 9:30 p.m. Sunday, suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound. He was not expected to survive the injury, Lt. Rich Williams said.After serving a search warrant at the Pomelo Drive apartment the victim shares with his sibling, 27-year-old Fredy Sixto, detectives arrested the older man on suspicion of attempted murder.The suspect was being held at San Diego Central Jail without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.Officials disclosed no suspected motive for the shooting.Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Detail at (858) 974-2321/after hours at (858) 565-5200. You can also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 and be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Posted: February 20, 2018 KUSI Newsroom center_img Sheriff’s identify victim and suspect in Vista attempted murder Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter February 20, 2018last_img read more

Beats answer to Apples new AirPods is arriving in April

first_img $119 Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors AirPods 2 vs. AirPods: What’s the difference? See it The big question is price. The person I spoke to didn’t have any details on the cost, but the list price of the PowerBeats3 Wireless is $200. You can actually pick them up for as low as $90 on Amazon and Best Buy has them on sale for $100 off, which is also a pretty good indication that something new is coming.It wouldn’t be surprising if Beats stuck a list price of $250 on the new PowerBeats, although that’s too high and wouldn’t end up being the real street price. In my opinion, they have to cost $200 or less to compete with the AirPods, which are priced from $159 to $199.We’ll update this post as we get more info, but it should be an interesting next few months as more companies, including Apple’s own Beats, put out compelling AirPod alternatives. Apple Apple Mentioned Above Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless (Black) Share your voice Review • Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless headphones: Better, but how much better? See It $199 Comments $49 Tags Now playing: Watch this: Mobile Accessories Headphones CNET may get a commission from retail offers.center_img Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 $119 10 See It Amazon Enlarge ImageBeats will announce a new version of its PowerBeats sports earphones that removes the cords and makes them truly wireless, like the AirPods.  Sarah Tew/CNET Apple may make what it says is the “world’s most popular headphone” — the AirPods — but lest anyone forget, it’s the owner of another headphone company, Beats, which will have its own true wireless competitor hitting the market shortly. A cord-free version of the Beats PowerBeats wireless sports earphones will be announced in April, according to a person close to the retail channel who has previously provided credible information to CNET.We’ve seen this game plan before. After Apple released the AirPods in the fall of 2016, Beats also announced new headphones, including the BeatsX, which incorporated Apple’s latest headphone chip, the W1. Read: Beats Powerbeats Pro full CNET reviewSimilarly, the new true wireless PowerBeats earphones are expected to use Apple’s new H1 chip and have the same always-on Siri voice-assistant as the new AirPods, as well as the other connectivity improvements that the H1 is supposed to deliver. The battery life may also be better than the AirPods. Beats hasn’t had a major headphone release since the Beats Studio3 Wireless, which was updated with the W1 chip and improved sound in June of 2018. The brand is overdue to update its line. The new PowerBeats could serve as an alternative to people who were hoping the new AirPods would include design improvements that would help keep them more securely in more people’s ears, and offer features like better bass and water resistance. Those features will most likely be available in the new PowerBeats. Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Best Buy • See It Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones reading • Beats’ answer to Apple’s new AirPods is arriving in April See All 2:45 Scoop Applelast_img read more

Bigil posters Here is what celebs say about Thalapathy Vijays looks

first_imgA collage of Vijay’s Bigil posters.PR HandoutThe three posters from Vijay’s upcoming movie Bigil has garnered unanimous positive response from cine-goers. The posters presented the actor in two avatar of a gangster and a footballer.Going by the posters, the name of Vijay in Bigil is Michael. The actor was seen in aged avatar as well as youngster. Thus giving credence to the rumours of Thalapathy playing dual roles in the Atlee Kumar-directorial.However, on close observation, there are striking similarities between the looks of Vijay. Notably, the moustache and beard are more or less the same between the two avatars. It appears like the posters showcased the actor’s looks from different periods in the Tamil flick.His simple, yet raw avatars has been appreciated by celebrities, cutting across language barriers. Check out the comments made by the actor and also their birthday wishes to Vijay, who turned 45 on Saturday, 22 June.Mohan Raja: The only two people who believed the creator in me before anybody else in the industry – Actor Vijay n kalpathi Aghoram sir both together in one project #bigil Wishing only the bestest of success to them @actorvijay @archanakalpathi @agscinemas CONGRATS to @Atlee_dirSJ Suryah: Happy birthday ⁦@actorvijay⁩ sir …. tetra terra Mazza …..congrats Dir ⁦@Atlee_dir⁩ sir and ⁦@archanakalpathi⁩ and teamSivakarthikeyan: Happy birthday #ThalapathyVijay sir Best wishes to @Atlee_dir #Nayanthara @agscinemas and full #BIGIL team for a huge successRashmika Mandanna: Happy birthday @actorvijay sir . Waiting for #Bigil release.thaman S: Many more happy returns to @actorvijay sir ♥️ Such a smart mass title this is #bigil That #cyclechain in hand Can feel the #masssss already ‍♂️Adam Morley: A very happy birthday Thalapathy Vijay @actorvijay #HBDThalapathyVIJAY a true and humble gentlemanNivin Pauly: Wishing ilayathalapathy Vijay Sir, a very happy birthday! Thank you for inspiring us! Best wishes for #Bigil @actorvijayDEVI SRI PRASAD: HAPPIEST MUSICAL BIRTHDAY to Dearest Ilayathalapathy @actorvijay sir..the Simple Down to earth Human !! Keep Rocking na !! Always a pleasure being associated wit U ! & Love d poster of #BIGIL !! Super @Atlee_dir sir !! #HBDThalapathyVIJAYJayam Ravi: Happy birthday @actorvijay na Have a blessed year. Bigil looks powerful! Best wishes to the entire teamKeerthy Suresh: One word! VERITHANAM! #BIGIL Happy Birthday to the one and only Thalapathy @actorvijay sir! Best wishes nanbas! @atlee_dir @dop_gkvishnu @am_kathir @archanakalpathi #happybirthdayTHALAPATHYKajal Aggarwal: Birthday wishes to one of the most humble and grounded people I’ve worked with… Happy birthday, @actorvijay 🙂 Stay as amazing as you are !! Sending my best wishes for #BIGILTovino Thomas: Happy Birthday @ActorVijay #HBDEminentVijay All the best to #BigilKathir: #BIGIL BIGIL!! BIGIL!!!! #BIGIL who Is born to create history!!! It’s gonna be next leap in my career with all ur love. Happy Birthday @actorvijay na!! Thank you @Atlee_dir @Ags_production @Jagadishbliss @dop_gkvishnu @gopiprasannaa @archanakalpathi @arrahman #HBDEminentVijaySibi Sathyaraj: Thalaivaaaaaaa! Can’t wait to #BIGIL! #Thalapathy63FLDay #HBDEminentVIJAYHema Rukmani: Semma…Cant get over it ! Ppah ! #pakkamass #BIGIL @Atlee_dir @Ags_production @arrahman #HBDEminentVijay @MuraliRamasamy4 @ThenandalFilmsEesha Rebba: Happiest Birthday to #ThalapathyVijay sir @actorvijay Wishing you good health and all the happiness in the world ❤️ #HBDEminentVijayVishal: This is Awesome…. #BigilVignesh Shivan: Happy birthday to the ever young, amazing @actorvijay sir #Thalapathy ageing in reverse Wishin the best for @Atlee_dir @archanakalpathi @arrahman sir #Nayanthara @dop_gkvishnu @gopiprasannaa @AntonyLRuben & the entire team for a #Bigil parakkum Blockbuster #BigilDiwaliAnirudh Ravichander: Happy birthday dear @actorvijay sir #Bigil on @Atlee_dirVISHNU VISHAL – VV: Happy #bigil bday @actorvijay na:)Athulya Ravi: Wishing you many many happy returns of the day to our one and only thalapathy @actorvijay #Happybirthdayeminentvijay #Thalapathy63 #BIGIL #ThalapathyBirthdayCelebration #Bigil2ndLookThiru: Happy Birthday vijay sir. #BIGIL looks Terrific #HBDthalapathyNeerajaa Kona: Happy birthday Vijay sir #BIGILSimran: Damn, the changeover This is magnificent! Happy Birthday @actorvijay in advance… Best wishes #Bigil team!Dr. Dhananjayan BOFTA: #BigilFirstLook is quite impressive with Double #HBDEminentVijay …a sports based film is a sure shot success. Best wishes Dir. @Atlee_dir #Vijay sir @archanakalpathi & Team. Diwali going to be a dhamakalast_img read more

Trump threatens to shoot migrants who throw stones

first_imgPresident Donald Trump speaks at a rally in support of US Senate candidate Josh Hawley on 1 November in Columbia, Missouri. Hawley is in a tight race with incumbent Democrat senator Claire McCaskill. Photo: AFPUS president Donald Trump on Thursday warned that soldiers deployed to the Mexican border could shoot Central American migrants who throw stones at them while attempting to cross illegally.Trump told journalists at the White House that a group of several thousand migrants walking through Mexico towards the US border had thrown rocks “viciously and violently” at Mexican police.“We’re not going to put up with that. They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back,” he said.“I told them (troops) consider it (a rock) a rifle. When they throw rocks like they did at the Mexican military and police, I say consider it a rifle.”Trump spoke during a presentation of his controversial policy on cracking down against what he says is uncontrolled illegal immigration.Contacted for comment, Pentagon spokesman Army Lieutenant Colonel Jamie Davis said the military would not discuss hypothetical situations on the use of force “but our forces are trained professionals who always have the inherent right of self-defence.”“I would also emphasize that our forces are in support of DHS/CBP, who are performing law enforcement activities,” he added, referring to the frontline Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection.Trump has ramped up the rhetoric daily ahead of next Tuesday’s midterm congressional elections, accusing the opposition Democrats of wanting to throw open the borders to floods of “tough people,” “rapists” and other types of threats.The current focus of the president’s repeated claim to be acting against “an invasion” is the dwindling group of a few thousand impoverished migrants trying to get north, but still far from the US border.Trump said that from now on, the United States will stop its policy of allowing people to claim political asylum at the border unless they have first gone through an official border post.Those caught at the border will be held in tent camps or other facilities until they can be deported or have their requests approved, he said.Critics say that such a radical rethink to asylum policies could violate current laws.But Trump rejected this.“This is totally legal. No, we’re stopping people at the border. This is an invasion, and nobody is even questioning that,” he said.“We’ll be doing an executive order sometime next week,” he said, giving little further detail.Despite Trump’s increasingly severe warnings of immigration chaos, the government on Wednesday issued figures saying that only about 400,000 people have been apprehended at the border in 2018, down from around 1.6 million in 2000.Trump said he was not anti-immigrant but wanted immigration to be completely brought under control.“Mass uncontrolled immigration is especially unfair to the many wonderful law-abiding immigrants already living here who followed the rules and waited their turn,” he said.“Some have been waiting for many years. Some have been waiting a long time. They have done everything perfectly, and they are going to come in.”last_img read more