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BJP opposes M.P. government’s idol height advisory

first_imgAsking the Madhya Pradesh government to refrain from dabbling in matters of religion, BJP leaders have objected to an advisory issued by the district administration making it mandatory to declare with it idols more than three feet tall, ahead of the Durga Puja on October 6. The first such advisory in the State comes days after 11 youths drowned in a lake here as their boats capsized during the immersion of an 18-foot-tall Ganesh idol. “The accident was not caused because of the idol’s height. It was a result of the administration’s negligence,” said Vishvas Sarang, Narela (Bhopal) MLA. The government had no right to restrict an idol’s height or impose conditions on it, he said, “it should be left to the Hindu community.”Bhopal MP Pragya Thakur said it was a crime to play with sentiments of Hindus. “If the administration is trying to discourage immersion of tall idols, it should do the same for tazias.”Collector clarifies“We have not restricted the height but asked people to keep us informed in case they are keeping an idol more than three feet tall,” said Bhopal Collector Tarun Kumar Pithode. “Especially if the height goes beyond six feet, we need to be informed so that arrangements could be made accordingly at immersion sites.”BJP State media chief Lokendra Parashar said the administration should instead focus on ensuring safety during immersions. “They should not talk such things.”At least a week before the festival, organisers and puja committees must register idols more than three feet tall with either the Municipal Corporation or the police, says the advisory. Without it, they will not be allowed to take out processions or immerse idols. Mechanised immersionsMoreover, the use of boats for immersions will be prohibited, and only mechanised immersions of idols more than three feet tall, using a crane or other means, will be permitted, that too only during the hours fixed by the administration. And use of loudspeakers and idols made of Plaster of Paris (PoP) will be prohibited. Although the State government has no law regulating idol immersion, an informed source in the district administration said a proposal for it would be sent to the Chief Minister soon. Bengal ruleAt present, only West Bengal has rules regulating idol immersions. It prohibits idols more than 20 feet tall and makes it mandatory for puja committees to submit a declaration before the Municipal Corporation on the compliance with rules such as no use of PoP idols, synthetic colour or toxic materials, and height of the super structure below 40 feet. The State Pollution Control Board could penalise committees in case of violation.last_img read more

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Ichiro Suzuki back with Mariners as special assistant

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew This is not another comeback by Suzuki. He is completely retired from his playing career. But Tuesday was the beginning of his next chapter as he rejoined the Mariners as a special assistant to the chairman.Suzuki will work as an instructor with both the major league club and some of the organization’s players in the minors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Certainly it’s a big life change for (Ichiro). Nobody has been more regimented in their lifestyle and what they go about every day than Ichiro,” Servais said. “So making the change; like he said he’s been cleaning the house and making breakfast. Things that Ichiro has never done. He’s going through a transition. But I think the role and how much impact is evolving. Wait and see about where his niche is and what he gravitates toward.”Suzuki was in the Mariners clubhouse before the series opener against the Chicago Cubs, his first appearance since playing in the final two games of his career last month when Seattle opened the season in Japan with two games against the Oakland Athletics. FILE – In this March 20, 2019, file photo, Seattle Mariners’ Ichiro Suzuki pops out in the third inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball opening series against the Oakland Athletics at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo. Suzuki has rejoined the Mariners as a special assistant to the chairman and will work as an instructor with both the major league club and some of the organization’s players in the minors. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)SEATTLE — Ichiro Suzuki was back in the Seattle Mariners clubhouse on Tuesday, in uniform and even wore batting gloves into his first meeting.“I will say he’s the first coach I’ve had come into a coaches meeting with batting gloves on,” Seattle manager Scott Servais joked.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Even after his retirement, Suzuki was expected to continue having a relationship with the organization.Suzuki is taking on the same title as he had last year after he stepped away from playing following the first month of the season. Servais said Suzuki will be around the team during home games and will likely spend some time with the team’s Triple-A franchise in Tacoma, Washington, working with players at that level.Servais said his goal is to give Suzuki insight into the behind-the-scenes workings of the coaching staff.“I want to give him as much exposure as I possibly can and what goes on kind of behind the scenes in preparation for a series, dealing with players just the conversations that go on,” Servais said.“It’s not always just about how they’re hitting, but it’s the whole package. How do we reach this guy or how do we get more out of him in the weight room or training room or whatever. He will be around. He wants to kind of ease into it. As far as meetings and stuff though I want to give him a lot of exposure.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedcenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View comments Suzuki is officially working for team chairman John Stanton, but will report to general manager Jerry Dipoto in his new role.Unlike last year when Suzuki was staying in playing shape so that he could begin this season on the major league roster, he won’t be taking part in pregame workouts aside from maybe throwing batting practice.“I think you’ll see him in the batting cage a lot because that’s his comfort zone,” Servais said. “I look forward to having him around. He’s an insightful person and certainly knows our team, but it’s different when you’re sitting in here and we’re talking about players and how to get them better.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Barcelona manages Lionel Messi’s time ahead of Champions League Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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SIX SHOWS YOU SHOULD SEE AT THE TORONTO FRINGE FESTIVAL

first_img.. Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Our brains choose the most opportune moments to dwell on our deepest insecurities and overwhelming concerns, don’t they? In Night Feed, Sarah Joy Bennett and her collaborators literally bring these late-night tormentors to life through the bloodshot eyes of a new mother (played by Corinne Murray). In the middle of the night, as she breastfeeds her infant daughter — a puppet created by Reiter, with a hinged mouth designed to latch or scream — objects in her apartment taunt her. Her bike tries to seduce her into a nighttime ride, a clock has an existential crisis, a breast pump coaches her on the cringeworthy transition back to work, dust bunnies copulate behind the couch. Bennett and Mohr are engaging puppeteers who create a dreamlike, sleep-deprived sensation with their physicality and vocals while giving each puppet a unique personality. Murray’s understated performance keeps the show grounded; with a believable mix of exhaustion, anxiety and patience, she cradles her puppet baby with such care that the emotional payoff of the conclusion hits right at home. There has never before been a combination as earnest and pure as the Toronto Fringe, musical theatre and a bunch of passionate teens. Drama 101 is a collaboration between composer Kevin Wong (The Preposterous Predicament of Polly Peel), writer Steven Gallagher (The Last Party) and the youth theatre training company Bravo Academy, which transforms its greatest strength — the enthusiasm of its 14-member cast, all aged between 13 and 19 — into the foundation of the musical’s concept and plot. The students of Drama 101 are throwing a retirement party for their beloved teacher Mrs. Chang and, as preparations continue, each character reveals through song how the class and their love of the performing arts have impacted their lives. Wong and Gallagher weave in musical theatre references including recent teenage obsessions (Dear Evan Hansen, Be More Chill, Hamilton, Wicked) and classics (Guys and Dolls, West Side Story) but have clearly tapped into the true perspectives of their cast: from social anxiety, to romance, to the eternal divide between the actors and the stage crew. Drama 101 is a heartfelt, unapologetic love letter to theatre that belongs to these kids and this festival.—Carly MagaNight FeedWritten by Sarah Joy Bennett. Created in collaboration with Ginette Mohr and Shawna Reiter. Tarragon Theatre Extraspace, 30 Bridgman Ave..In Night Feed, a new mother (Corinne Murray) is taunted by objects in her apartment as she breastfeeds her daughter in the middle of the night. DAHLIA KATZ / COURTESY TORONTO FRINGE Advertisementcenter_img So far, the 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival has revealed an embarrassment of riches in unconventional packages. On top of the breakout solo shows and new musicals that populate the Fringe circuit, the Toronto Star’s theatre critics have ventured into more unexpected territory of audio plays, mime and puppetry, braving oppressive humidity and rainstorms along the way.Here are some of the Star’s favourite Fringe shows, which you can catch before the festival ends Sunday — or before they sell out. All performances are on until July 14.Drama 101: A New MusicalWritten by Kevin Wong and Steven Gallagher. Directed by Gallagher. Robert Gill Theatre, 214 College St. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: The young stars of Drama 101: A New Musical, in which the real-life theatre students of Bravo Academy play theatre students planning a party for a beloved teacher. BLAKE CRAWFORD / COURTESY TORONTO FRINGElast_img read more

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