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02/04/2019

Kenya: Biogas units running on cow dung help farmers

Project aim: Reducing deforestation and CO2 emissions in Kenya by promoting biogas units Project implementation: The NGO atmosfair is subsidizing small farmers to install the units. They are also training bricklayers and technicians and offering advice on how to properly deal with the resulting sludge Project scope: Since 2001, some 800 biogas units have been built in Kenya's Kiambu County. That number is expected to reach 2000 by the end of 2022 Project partner: atmosfair, Sustainable Energy Strategies Over 80 percent of Kenyans use firewood or charcoal to cook. But that's a problem in a country with high rates of...


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The supermom trap

Last weekend was literally saintly. Angelic praises, lovey-dovey selfies, emotional verses, cheesy songs, videos and artworks filled the air as people engaged in a virtual competition to show the world how much they love their mother. Just after the Mother’s Day, a few odd persons came up with interesting thoughts questioning the absurdity of the celebrations, pointing towards a few need-of-the-hour questions – Isn’t motherhood overrated? Isn’t the mental, physical and emotional well-being of a woman, in the romanticised guise of a stage of her life, being jeopardised in the process? Among the thoughts stood out a Facebook post by...

A call to break fences

Fences are meant to separate. The entities that they divide into two zones may vary from region to religion. According to Vineeth Vasudevan, a chakyarkooth performer by profession and writer-director by passion, a fence — in terms of the thoughts and beliefs of society — is about the discrimination that we make amongst ourselves on the basis of caste, creed, religion, money and many other aspects that judge a person’s position in the environment he/she lives. That is the reason why this artiste, who has a couple of award-winning short films to his credit, chose to portray this subject in...
14/05/2019

ABC's new schedule for the fall 2019 TV season

ABC's prime-time schedule for the fall 2019 season: Monday 8 p.m. — "Dancing with the Stars" 10 p.m. — "The Good Doctor" Tuesday 8 p.m. — "The Conners" 8:30 p.m. — "Bless This Mess" 9 p.m. — "mixed-ish" 9:30 p.m. — "black-ish" 10 p.m. — "Emergence" Wednesday 8 p.m. — "The Goldbergs" 8:30 — "Schooled" 9 p.m. — "Modern Family" 9:30 p.m. — "Single Parents" 10 p.m. — "Stumptown" Thursday 8 p.m. — "Grey's Anatomy" 9 p.m. — "A Million Little Things" 10 p.m. — "How to Get Away with Murder" Friday 8 p.m. — "American Housewife" 8:30 p.m. —...

14/05/2019

Comedian Tim Conway of 'The Carol Burnett Show' dies at 85

Tim Conway, the impish second banana to Carol Burnett who won four Emmy Awards on her TV variety show, starred aboard "McHale's Navy" and later voiced the role of Barnacle Boy for "Spongebob Squarepants," has died. He was 85. Conway died Tuesday morning in a Los Angeles care facility, according to Howard Bragman, who heads LaBrea Media. Conway's wife, Charlene Fusco, and a daughter, Jackie, were at his side. The cause was a disorder in which there is an excess of fluid on the brain, Bragman said. Burnett said in a statement Tuesday that she was heartbroken. "He was one...
14/05/2019

Coach pleads to college admissions scam, could hurt Loughlin

A former assistant soccer coach at the University of Southern California switched her plea to guilty Tuesday in the college admissions scam, admitting to creating fake athletic profiles for the children of wealthy parents, including actress Lori Loughlin and fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli. Laura Janke, 36, has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors and could be called to testify against others, including "Full House" star Loughlin and Giannulli, who have pleaded not guilty. Janke had initially pleaded not guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit racketeering in March. She pleaded guilty after reaching a plea deal. She has also agreed...
14/05/2019

'Game of Thrones' showrunners behind next 'Star Wars' film

A piece of the "Star Wars" puzzle has just fallen into place. Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger says Tuesday that "Game of Thrones" showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are working on the new "Star Wars" film expected in theaters in December 2022. Iger revealed the information at the MoffettNathanson Media & Communications Summit in New York. He also said he would not be commenting further. The company had previously announced that "The Last Jedi" director Rian Johnson, separately, and Benioff and Weiss were working on new "Star Wars" films but it wasn't clear whose would come first. Both,...