Twitter and Instagram fans of actress-producer Anushka Sharma and US singer Julia Michaels went crazy looking at their pictures in how similar they look. Finally, it reached a level when the two celebrities interacted with each other on Twitter and it was cute.Julia Michaels reached out to Anushka Sharma and said, “Hi @AnushkaSharma apparently we’re twins lol”. To which, the Bollywood actress replied, “OMG YES!! I’ve been looking for you and the remaining 5 of our doppelgangers all my life”.OMG YES!! I’ve been looking for you and the remaining 5 of our dopplegangers all my life https://t.co/SaYbclXyXt— Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) 5 February 2019Well, not exactly doppelgängers but Bollywood actor-filmmaker Aamir Khan has been compared with Hollywood actor-filmmaker Tom Hanks in terms of looks and choice of roles. Actor Kunal Khemu has been compared with Brazilian footballer Neymar. Even actress Deepika Padukone has been compared to model Irina Shayk, who is actor Bradley Cooper’s partner! But these are not really doppelgängers, like Jacqueline or Anushka’s. Jacqueline Fernandez shared a picture of her doppelgänger Amanda CernyInstagramDays after the Internet went crazy looking at the doppelgänger of Anushka Sharma, Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez has shared a picture of her doppelgänger Amanda Cerny on Instagram! What’s more, the lookalike of Jacqueline Fernandez is visiting India to meet the actress and former Miss Sri Lanka.Fans were in for a surprise when Jacqueline Fernandez posted a photo collage of her doppelgänger Amanda Cerny and her on Instagram. She captioned the post thus: “@amandacerny I think it’s about time you came visited me in Mumbai!!” Amanda simply said, “Funny you mention it.” She is on her way to India and has posted a picture from a plane, saying, “Bet you can’t guess why im so excited right now !!!!”Jacqueline Fernandez was impressed and said, “Oh my god.. that was fast!!” It seems like Amanda is a real fan of Jacqueline. She replied to her, saying, “your wish is my command Jacqueline!!!!” Woah.
South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has vowed to “accelerate” land reform to fix the “grave historical injustices” suffered by the black majority during apartheid and colonialism ahead of elections expected next year.Here are the key facts of the hugely contentious land issue:Historical backgroundBlack South Africans were dispossessed of their land during three centuries of colonialism and apartheid which officially ended in 1994.”The extent to which black people were dispossessed of lands in South Africa was greater than in any other African country,” said Ruth Hall, a land expert at the Plaas Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies.The indigenous land act passed in 1913 awarded the black majority just 13 percent of land — described by Ramaphosa as the “original sin”.When the ruling African National Congress (ANC) came to power in 1994 on the back of the victorious anti-apartheid struggle, the government pledged to redistribute 30 percent of South Africa’s 60,000 commercial farms to black ownership. Twenty-four years later and only eight percent are in black hands.Poor progress since 1994A recent report into the issue led by former president Kgalema Motlanthe painted a picture of the “slow and ineffective pace of land reform”.The failure was framed as being down to the state’s lack of resources — the issue of land reform accounts for only 0.4 percent of national expenditure.Even more serious obstacles to land reform are “corruption by officials… lack of political will, and lack of training and capacity”, according to Motlanthe’s report.Following 1994, two land restitution programmes were launched and received a total of 223,000 requests for redistribution — but only 25 percent of those have been handled.At that rate, it would take 188 years to process all the applications, according to Hall, the academic.- Urban-rural divide -A goal of land reform is to end the disparities in both rural areas and urban locations which are home to 62 percent of South Africans.In 2018, most towns were still organised along apartheid lines — non-white townships characterised by limited infrastructure and high unemployment isolated from the leafy, largely white suburbs where economic opportunities are abundant.”This is the remnant of the apartheid social setting for us as black and coloured that we have to travel” hours to work, said Nkosikhona Swaartbooi of the Ndifuna Ukwazi organisation which fights for equal access to land in South Africa’s cities.Ramaphosa appears fully aware of the battle that lays ahead.”We are working to ensure that the urban poor can own and occupy land close to places of work, social services and education,” he said recently.Expropriation without compensationThe issue of whether to take land without compensating its current owners is by far the most divisive and emotive issue facing modern South Africa.Until now the government has pursued a policy of willing buyer, willing seller to allow land transfers.But in February lawmakers voted to establish a commission charged with re-writing the constitution to allow for forcible land transfers without compensation.Since then AfriForum, a group that advocates for its largely white membership, has reacted with fury.”Property rights are the cornerstones of economic development,” said the group.The war of words between AfriForum and the government even drew the attention of Australia whose interior minister appealed for South Africa’s “persecuted” white minority to move down-under.It is also debated whether the government needs to change the constitution with players like Motlanthe insisting it should simply make greater use of its existing powers.Observers have suggested constitutional reform is an electoral ploy by the ANC to win votes, which has faced political pressure from the radical leftist Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party in recent years.Another Zimbabwe?Some white South African farmers fear the new policies puts the country at risk of emulating Zimbabwe where their counterparts were ejected from their land wholesale from the year 2000 by Robert Mugabe.Those land seizures plunged Zimbabwe into a deep economic crisis from which the country has yet to recover.But in South Africa, the EFF has already begun orchestrating illegal land grabs, stepping up its campaign in recent months and leading to clashes between police and squatters.”We will not make the mistakes (of) others,” Ramaphosa vowed recently. “We will not allow smash-and-grab interventions,” he added, promising the policies would not hurt the economy.
The awful condition of road drives tourists away from Shalban Bihar and Mainamati in Cumilla. Photo: UNBThe awful condition of around two and a half kilometres of road stretching from Cumilla Kotbari to Cumilla University in sadar upazila is causing immense sufferings to local people as well as discouraging tourists from visiting different archaeological sites, including Shalban Buddhist Bihar and Mainamati Museum.University students, tourists and local people have to face problems as potholes and cracks on this road have made the vehicular movement difficult.Besides, the famous archaeological spots are losing attraction to visitors due to the dilapidated road as it is the only way to the historical sites.Ataur Rahman, regional director of Department of Archaeology (Chattogram and Sylhet divisions), said the number of tourists has been decreasing gradually due to the rundown road.“This year the authorities concerned set a target to earn Tk 15 million as revenue from the Shalban Bihar and Mainamati Museum but the target fell short by Tk five million,” he said.During a recent visit to the road stretching from Cumilla Polytechnic Institute to Cumilla University, the UNB correspondent found that small and large potholes and cracks have developed on the road.Vehicles, including auto-rickshaws and human-haulers, cannot move on the road as those often get stuck on the potholes and overturn.Passengers are often seen pushing up their stuck vehicles to reach their destinations.Locals said there are many tourist spots in the district, including Shalban Bihar, Cumilla University, Mainamati Museum, Itakhola Mura, Rupban Mura, Latikot Mura, Cumilla Cadet College, Lalmai Hill and Dinosaur Park.Mitali and Mariam, two students of Cumilla University, said they have to cross the road every day amid fear of possible accidents.They also demanded immediate steps to renovate the road.Mustafizur Rahman, a tourist who came here with his family members to visit the archaeological sites of the district, said, “I’m going to the Shalban Buddist Bihar and Mainamati Museum but now it seems impossible to reach there as the road condition is very bad.”Tariqul Islam Rony, a resident of No 24 ward of the city corporation area, said the road has been lying unrepaired for long but the local administration did not take any initiative to make it fit for plying of vehicles and the movement of pedestrians.Anupam Barua, chief executive officer of Cumilla City Corporation, said the renovation work on the road will start soon as a tender has been floated for the task.
Share Rachel Zein for The Texas TribuneState employees protest unsanitary work conditions early Friday morning outside the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Office’s Brown-Heatly building, in Austin on August 17, 2018.Joanne Day is no stranger to problems in her workspace. In her nearly 20 years working at a state health agency, she’s dealt with mold, leaking rainwater and falling drywall — all issues she blames on poor funding of the state’s facilities commission and mismanagement within her agency.But after reading a recent report by The Texas Tribune that revealed the mold incursion in the Austin State Hospital 636 building, Day still felt a shudder rip through her body.“I was surprised, but not surprised,” said Day. “I was appalled. I was disappointed that someone else is going through this.”On Friday morning, a group of state employees gathered outside of the main campus of the Health and Human Services Commission holding signs with illustrations of rats and roaches. They were protesting what they believe are poor working conditions and failed maintenance responses in state office buildings. Earlier this month, Department of State Health Services employees were relocated from a state hospital building where a mold infestation had invaded some of their desks, chairs, carpeting and keyboard hand rests. The move was announced one day after the Tribune uncovered the conditions.Simon Andrade, whose workplace was directly affected by the mold invasion, said he was “frustrated” that the problem wasn’t addressed sooner — and more frustrated that his coworkers had to go to the media to seek help instead of getting help from senior leadership.“I think [the mold] has been disruptive in our work having to move locations, having to work in conditions that don’t give us everything we need to get our jobs done,” Andrade said. “As state employees, our concerns fell on silent ears.”This isn’t the first unsanitary issue in state buildings. Last year, the health commission said its Austin building was overrun by several hundred rats— and had to pay $60,000 for exterminators.But the recent issues with mold has energized workers with the Texas State Employees Union to call on the Health and Human Services Commission and the Texas Facilities Commission to not ignore requests for building maintenance, and to move employees immediately if there’s a building issue. State employees are already calling on lawmakers to properly fund the Texas Facilities Commission next session in order to avoid problems with building conditions.“If you’re seeing multiple state agencies dealing with issues around facilities, it just begs the question of what’s been the state’s approach to establishing safer work environments for their employees,” Andrade said.But state employee Sarah Swallow said the recent case can’t be the only the state building that has mold — she’s heard that most state buildings have the same issues. Swallow said she’s looking at the Legislature to “do whatever it needs” to sort out the problems so working conditions can improve for her and thousands of other state employees.“The Legislature needs to do something, do whatever it takes,” said Swallow, who declined to give the specific agency where she works. “Because for whatever reason, the Texas Facilities Commission is not willing or not able. It’s just ridiculous the amount of things that go unaddressed.”The Texas Health and Human Services Commission and Texas Facilities Commission didn’t immediately return requests for comment Friday morning.Disclosure: The Department of State Health Services has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here.
D.C. resident Ronald Johnson was happy with the reopening of the Rhode Island Avenue Metrorail station on Sept. 4 following its closure on Sept. 1 for safety concerns. However, he and many of the riders using the station remain reluctant about the overall safety of the system.“It is important to ensure the safety of the riders, but also to address general maintenance before things literally begin to fall apart,” Johnson told the AFRO. “Concrete and metal rods falling from the system, coupled with the massive construction projects surrounding [the] station, made me feel like the entire structure could potentially collapse.Free shuttle services operated between Rhode Island Avenue and Brookland stations throughout the time the station was closed, when transit authority engineers concluded that the ceiling contained several “areas of loose concrete” that probably deteriorated from exposure to the environment. The report concluded, however, that the falling debris did not reveal any “structural concerns” that could endanger riders.The report also documented the metal bracket and concrete that fell had previously filled an approximate 6-inch gap between the beam that supports the platform and the escalator. “Subsequently, station personnel on Thursday (Sept. 1) evening reported small pieces of concrete falling from the station ceiling about 40 feet away from the location of the Wednesday (Aug. 31) repairs. After the second incident, a third-party expert was engaged to conduct a more robust inspection to ensure that the structure is sound and does not present a hazard to the riding public.”As a precaution, inspectors installed debris-catching netting across the entire length of the station and scheduled a large-scale inspection of the station in coming weeks, according to the report. “I don’t trust the system right now, especially since the reports are that the area is safe, but there are nets and other safety measures all over the station,” rider Victoria French told the AFRO. “Fortunately there is a bike rental station here that will allow me to still get around.”French said between the general overcrowding and the extended SafeTrack repair schedule, the system’s failures made it too unreliable for regular use. The Rhode Island Metrorail station was among the original four Red Line stops that opened in 1976.
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TORONTO — Goway has added a new specialist to its Destination Downunder team.Vaneeta Michie is the newest member of the company’s Wholesale South Pacific reservations department, bringing with her over 20 years of travel industry experience.Born in Fiji, Michie moved to Canada with her family when she was a child, and later embarked on a 20+ career in selling the South Pacific.“We are pleased to welcome Vaneeta to the team at Goway. Her enthusiasm, industry experience and expertise will be greatly beneficial to our South Pacific specialist division,” said Shirley Rourke, Goway’s General Manager for Downunder.Michie can be reached at (416) 322-1034 or 1-800-387-8850 ext. 6951, or via email at email@example.com. Posted by Share Travelweek Group Thursday, November 1, 2018 Tags: Australia, Goway << Previous PostNext Post >> Goway has a new Downunder Specialist