Record holder Yash Moradiya has been practicing yoga since he was eight. (Image credit: www.guinnessworldrecords.com) An Indian yoga instructor has created a new world record by staying in an advanced position for half an hour. The Guinness World Records announced Yash Moradiya’s feat on June 21, which is celebrated as International Day of Yoga every year. Moradiya, 21, who is based in Dubai, held the scorpion position for 29 minutes, breaking the previously-held record of four minutes and 47 seconds. The pose, a test of strength and stability, involves resting one’s forearms on the ground and positioning the legs over the head in an arch. Moradiya trained for two years to be able to set the record. But the task was still extremely challenging. Close "I was not feeling my toes, and my hip and back numbed before feeling so much pain throughout,” Moradiya was quoted as saying by Guinness. But he insisted that the task was about mental strength. "My … [Read more...] about This 21-year-old set a new world record in holding challenging yoga pose
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Representative Image | Wheat sacks are loaded onto a truck at the grain market in Punjab. Amid rising inflation, the government, on May 13, banned exports of wheat. India has exported 1.8 million tonnes of wheat to a dozen-odd countries, including Bangladesh and Afghanistan, since the country banned exports of the grain on May 13, according to Food Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey. About 33,000 tonnes of wheat as humanitarian assistance has already been supplied to Afghanistan against the commitment of 50,000 tonne, he said. Pandey, addressing a ministerial conference on ’uniting for global food security’ held at Berlin, Germany on June 24, said India has always taken the needs of the world into consideration, even while meeting the onerous obligations of feeding its population of 1.38 billion people, an official statement said. The secretary said, "It is important here to explain that the recent decision by the Government of India (GoI) to bring about regulation on wheat … [Read more...] about India exported 1.8 million tonnes of wheat to several countries since ban: Food Secy
- A + A KUALA LUMPUR (June 26): While the public welcomed the government's decision not to raise electricity tariff surcharge in the coming six months, the move is a negative surprise for Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB), which already saw cash flow squeeze, rising debt levels and record-high receivables in the first quarter as a result of rising fuel costs. TNB, which procures coal and natural gas for Peninsular Malaysia's power generation, may need to borrow more to fund the procurement if it cannot quickly recover the earlier spending on fuel costs, analysts said. Last Friday (June 24), Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the government had maintained the 1H22 (first half of 2022) electricity tariff surcharge of 3.7 sen/kwh for non-domestic users, and a rebate of two sen/kwh for domestic users for the July-December 2022 period. In a nutshell, TNB pays upfront for fuel costs before they are compensated six months down the road through a higher tariff … [Read more...] about Electricity tariff surcharge status quo a negative surprise for TNB
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Journalists do their jobs without much fanfare or recognition. In those rare moments when their work is singled out and heralded, the notoriety can boost their profile, their bottom line and their opportunities to take on bigger challenges. This story is about what happens when some out and proud LGBTQ+ journalists shoot for the stars and find out their work never even got to the launchpad. On Thursday, the NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists announced the winners of its 2022 Excellence in Journalism Awards . It was cause for both celebration and consternation; Not because of any controversy over who was selected, but because the group made no mention of winners in four categories: Excellence in Blogging ; HIV/AIDS ; health/fitness ; and, The Al Neuharth Award for Innovation in Investigative Journalism. Those who paid fees, ranging from $15 to $40 for each entry, made it known in a Google Group of … [Read more...] about LGBTQ+ Journalists Group Withholds Awards, Keeps Entry Money
Representative image All 13 candidates who had filed papers for the polls to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council were declared elected unopposed on Monday. Nine of the elected candidates were from the BJP and four from the Samajwadi Party. They included Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya and former state minister Swami Prasad Maurya, who had quit the BJP and joined the Samajwadi Party ahead of the UP Assembly polls. Returning Officer and Special Secretary to the Legislative Assembly, B B Dubey, gave information in this regard here. The announcement was made soon after the time for the withdrawal of nominations on 13 seats came to an end. The other BJP candidates declared elected unopposed were Chaudhary Bhupendra Singh, Dayashankar Mishra Dayalu, J P S Rathore, Jaswant Saini, Danish Azad Ansari, Banwari Lal Dohre, Mukesh Sharma and Narendra Kashyap. Close Besides Swami Prasad Maurya, Samajwadi Party’s Jasmir Ansari, Mukul Yadav and Shahnawaz Khan made … [Read more...] about UP Legislative Council polls: All 13 candidates declared elected
The Texas gunman was in the classroom full of children for 30-60 minutes during which law enforcement officers did not engage him, according to various reports. Reports offered different answers about whether fire was exchanged between the gunman and the police officer who engaged him on the way into the school. Onlookers yelled for the law enforcement officers standing in the parking lot during the shooting to enter the building to no avail, and one witness considered storming the school because the police wouldn’t, according to the Associated Press. The gunman in the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting was reportedly left in the classroom full of children for over “30 minutes,” raising questions about the timeline of the shooting, according to multiple reports. There are inconsistencies between different accounts of the timelines of the day, including whether shots were fired when an officer attempted to stop the gunman from entering the school, and questions remain about … [Read more...] about Texas Gunman Was In The Classroom For Half An Hour Before Law Enforcement Stormed In. Why?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Marie-France Dompierre of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP discusses how Canada taxes professional athletes who aren't Canadian residents. This transcript has been edited for length and clarity. David D. Stewart : Welcome to the podcast. I'm David Stewart, editor in chief of Tax Notes Today International . This week: athlete taxes, eh? With the Stanley Cup Finals underway, we're taking a look at athlete taxes, specifically those applied in Canada. And to help us learn more about this, we're joined by our resident Canadian-American chief correspondent, Stephanie Soong Johnston. Stephanie, welcome back to the podcast. Stephanie Soong Johnston : Hey, thanks for having me back, eh? David D. Stewart : So you recently spoke to someone about athlete taxes. Could you tell us about your guests and what sort of issues you got into? Stephanie Soong Johnston : So I spoke with Marie-France … [Read more...] about How Canada Taxes Pro Athletes
US President Joe Biden accidentally revealed an 8-point 'cheat sheet' US President Joe Biden accidentally revealed a cheat sheet giving him very specific instructions on how to act during a meeting at the White House. Photographers snapped a picture of the sheet after Biden held it backwards while addressing a meeting of wind industry executives on Thursday, reports The Independent . The eight-point sheet, probably prepared by his staff, reminded the US president to take his seat, give brief comments and depart, among other things. The first point on the document stated: “YOU enter the room and say hello to participants.” It went along in a similar vein, with instructions like “YOU take YOUR seat” and “YOU ask Liz Shuler, President, AFL-CIO, a question.” Close According to the Daily Mail , this is not the first time that Joe Biden, 79, has been seen using a cheat sheet with handy instructions. During a talk on Ukraine earlier this year, he was seen … [Read more...] about Biden accidentally reveals very specific cheat sheet that reminds him how to act
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin The Supreme Court on Friday overturned the nationwide right to abortion in its landmark Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization ruling, causing major uncertainty about the future of abortion access in the United States. Here are answers to some of the biggest questions: What did the Supreme Court’s ruling say? In a decision by Justice Samuel Alito, the court upheld a Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. A majority of justices also voted to strike down Roe v. Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992), effectively ruling abortion is no longer a nationwide right and giving states the power to ban the procedure. Alito called Roe v. Wade “an abuse of judicial authority” that relied on “egregiously wrong” reasoning, and argued the right to abortion is not expressly mentioned in the Constitution and isn’t “deeply rooted in this Nation's history and tradition.” Four other conservative … [Read more...] about Roe V. Wade Overturned: The Ultimate Explainer On What It Means
Henrik Stiesdal was technically on holiday when the bright-yellow floating steel platform he designed set off on its maiden voyage across the North Sea in late July 2021 with a single wind turbine mounted on top. advertisement advertisement The contraption—a hulking 740 feet tall and weighing several thousand tons—represented the culmination of five years of work for Stiesdal and his small team, who had endlessly tested and tinkered with the design so that the turbine and its platform would withstand the harsh conditions at sea. The wider energy industry was watching the launch, too. While other companies had set up similar projects, none had the cachet of Stiesdal’s. A legendary figure in the renewables industry, the 65-year-old Dane was one of a few pioneers who championed the three-bladed turbine in the late 1970s, paving the way for wind power’s expansion as one of the world’s dominant sources of renewable energy. advertisement … [Read more...] about Henrik Stiesdal helped create wind power as we know it. Will he usher in its next chapter?