Actor Jay Ellis remembers watching the 1986 movie “Top Gun” at an Air Force base in Austin, Texas. He was only 8 or 9 years old, and the blockbuster made him dream about becoming a fighter pilot. Ellis wanted to be part of that military community. Now, he plays Navy fighter pilot Payback in the anticipated sequel “Top Gun: Maverick,” which releases nationwide Friday and in select theaters starting Tuesday. He said he sees the film as a way to say thank you to the real men and women who inspired him as a boy. “I grew up around aviation, and I think about the sacrifice that so many men and women take — they give, rather — just for us to be safe,” he said. “I think we all wrap our arms around this community and we protect it so much. And we understand the responsibility to be amazing on-screen for these folks.” Jay Ellis gets real about pulling midair stunts in ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ May 23, 2022 06:09 Both of Ellis' grandfathers, his … [Read more...] about ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ stars hope the film’s Black pilots will inspire a new generation of fans
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India is expected to face a wider coal shortage during the quarter ending September over expectations of higher power demand, an internal Power Ministry presentation seen by Reuters showed, worsening risks of widespread power outages. The energy-hungry nation expects local coal supply to fall 42.5 million tonnes short of demand in the September quarter, 15% higher than previously projected, due to higher growth in power demand and lower output from some mines. The grim forecast shows the extent of the fuel shortage in India, at a time when annual power demand is seen growing at the fastest rate in at least 38 years and global coal prices are trading at near-record levels due to a supply crunch resulting from the Russia-Ukraine crisis . India has stepped up pressure on utilities to increase imports in recent days, warning of cuts to supply of domestically mined coal if power plants do not build up coal inventories through imports. However, one of the slides in the … [Read more...] about India to face wider coal shortages, worsening power outage risks
Minister for Higher Education R. Bindu will inaugurate an education help desk set up by the Aadi Shakthi Summer School, a collective of tribal and Dalit students, here on Monday. The Aadi Shakthi Summer School works for securing the education rights of tribal and Dalit students. Part of the ‘Indigenous Collective,’ a registered society, the collective deals with several concerns of students belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. The collective used to organise orientation camps during the summer vacations for students who had completed higher secondary education and were seeking undergraduate and postgraduate admission. However, the pandemic and the digital divide it underscored prompted the setting up of a State-level online education help desk in the 2020-21 academic year. The Aadi Shakthi Summer School has also been successful in arranging hostel facilities for students who struggle to find accommodation in cities such as Kochi, and support their education. … [Read more...] about Help desk for tribal students to be launched
In a big shot in the arm for Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who has been denied U.S. visa over the 2002 communal riots, a U.S. delegation led by three Republican legislators on Thursday extended an invite to him and also promised to lobby for a visa for him. Aaron Schock, a Republican member of the House of Representatives from Illinois, who led the 24-member delegation that kicked off its India tour from Gujarat, praised Mr. Modi after a meeting. “We are grateful to Chief Minister Narendra Modi. We learnt about development [works in the State]. It is much easier to do business in Gujarat. Modi is a very dynamic person,” Mr. Schock told journalists. “We will work with the U.S. State Department. We will be pleased to have Modi in the U.S. We will continue to work towards making Modi’s visit happen,” said another member of the delegation and U.S. representative of Congress, Cathy M. Rodgers, from Washington State. “I am thankful to the members of the U.S. Congress and … [Read more...] about U.S. legislators praise Modi, to work for his visa
When Americans think about the Confederacy, they often think about Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 classic, Gone With the Wind . Inspired by recent debates over the Confederate flag, I decided to give the book a try. I confess that I did not have high hopes. I expected to be appalled by its politics and racism, and to be bored by the melodrama. (Scarlett O’Hara, Rhett Butler, and Ashley Wilkes? Really?) About twenty pages, I thought, would be enough. I could not have been more wrong. The book is enthralling, and it casts a spell. Does it make a plausible argument for continuing to display the Confederate flag? Not even close. But it does raise a host of questions—about winners’ narratives, about honor and humiliation, about memory, about innocence and guilt, about men and women, about what’s taken for granted, about the particularity of human lives, and about parallel worlds. Teeming with life, it offers surprising insights into the Confederacy and the Old South. To be sure, its … [Read more...] about In Defense of Gone With The Wind
To boost participation of private hospitals in Modi government’s Ayushman Bharat scheme, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya is likely to meet top leaders of private hospital industry on May 12, News18.com has learnt. Ayushman Bharat, touted as world’s largest health insurance scheme, is formally known as Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY). The scheme was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 23, 2018 under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, with an aim to provide quality healthcare to the most vulnerable sections of society. The meeting is being organised by the National Health Authority (NHA) – an implementing agency of the country’s flagship health insurance scheme. “The objective is to understand the concerns and challenges faced by private players in adopting the scheme. The slow participation of private players remains a concern,” a top government official told News18.com. The government data shows that so far … [Read more...] about Eye on Scaling Ayushman Bharat, Union Health Minister to Meet Pvt Hospital Bigwigs on May 12
President Joe Biden has declared war on white supremacy. Shortly after the hideous racist massacre in Buffalo, New York, he urged his fellow citizens to banish this hateful ideology from our public life: “We need to say, as clearly and forcefully as we can, that the ideology of white supremacy has no place in America.” But what exactly do we mean by white supremacy , and what would it mean to bring it to an end? Debates over race and racism—their importance to U.S. history, their salience for present-day politics, and what steps the government should take to address them—are central to our politics. Although there is widespread agreement that the state of race relations in America is a matter of urgent concern, there is deep disagreement over the nature of the problem. Is it the persistence of racial disparities in income, wealth, and elite representation, regardless of whether they’re the product of state-enforced racial discrimination or the uneven distribution of social … [Read more...] about America Needs Anti-Racialism
In the same week meteorologists warned world temperatures could soon temporarily rise beyond the international pledge to limit warming to 1.5C , The Independent reveals that the government has underspent on the money it allocated to combat climate change. The Independent revealed on Saturday that the business department spent a quarter of a billion pounds less in the past finacial year than it set aside to help it reach its net zero target - money that it could no doubt use to help reduce our emissions. The government has pledged in law to bring all planet-heating greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 - an incredible challenge for any nation that will require vast resources and structural transformations to the way we live. Though widely lauded as a significant step in the right direction, the strategy has also been criticised for lacking ambition and failing to detail how the targets will be achieved. The new revelation also raises questions about how … [Read more...] about Climate change: How can the UK get back on track with net zero?
What are they up to? Amazon founder Jeff Bezos made his maiden voyage into space on Tuesday, taking to the atmosphere aboard a Blue Origin rocket as part of a crew of four, an undertaking he hopes will beckon the dawning of the age of interstellar tourism. The wealthiest man on Earth blasted off from Van Horn, Texas, in the company of his brother Mark, 18-year-old financier’s son Oliver Daemen of the Netherlands and 82-year-old aviation pioneer Wally Funk, the latter two the youngest and oldest person to ever leave the planet respectively. Their fully-automated New Shepard craft, which does not require trained personnel to operate, launched on the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, hitting an altitude of roughly 66 miles before making its return to terra firma, all inside of 10 minutes. The launch followed 15 successful test missions by the company since 2015 and realises the dream of a lifetime for Mr Bezos, who hopes to make lucrative … [Read more...] about Why are billionaires like Jeff Bezos launching themselves into a new space race?
Justice G.R. Swaminathan of the Madras High Court on Sunday heard an urgent case through WhatsApp video call from Nagercoil, since the hereditary trustee of the Abheeshta Varadarajaswamy temple at Papparapatti Agraharam in Pennagaram Taluk of Dharmapuri district feared his village “might earn the divine wrath” if the temple car festival was not held, as planned, on Monday. In the prologue to his order in favour of the temple, the judge wrote, “Our village will face divine wrath if the proposed Rath (temple car) festival is not held tomorrow– This fervent prayer of the writ petitioner made the court hold the sitting from Nagercoil (where the judge had been to attend a marriage ceremony) and conduct the case through WhatsApp.” While the judge heard the case from Nagercoil, Advocate General R. Shunmugasundaram and petitioner’s counsel V. Raghavachari argued the matter from their offices in Chennai. In the writ petition, filed through his counsel on record K. Sureshbabu, the hereditary … [Read more...] about HC judge hears an urgent temple case through WhatsApp video call on Sunday