Hollywood Hegar & Vulgar Patton. The dynamic duo: pic.twitter.com/JTh00ozKkR— Team Cornyn (@TeamCornyn) April 23, 2019 Meanwhile, Oswalt responded with various jabs about Cornyn’s age (“you pointless fossil”) and called the tweets “unwitting promotion.” Now playing: Watch this: Hollywood Hegar supporter and video guest star, Patton Oswalt, has tweeted some offensive comments over the years, reply A or B to let us know which one is more offensive to you: pic.twitter.com/gXgPvstK6V— Team Cornyn (@TeamCornyn) April 23, 2019 Intern: This really isn’t playing well, sir. Cornyn: keep searching his tweets, whipper-snapper.Intern: But the Internet is laughing at you. Patton is not your opponent. Cornyn: But look at all the likes!Intern: Sir, those are comments… you’re being ratioed.— #SaveODAAT (@Danny__Gokey) April 23, 2019 Meanwhile, Twitter’s been trying to get a handle on issues like harassment on the platform. On Tuesday, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey met with President Donald Trump at the White House to discuss “protecting the health of the public conversation ahead of the 2020 US elections” among other things, a Twitter spokesperson said.Originally published April 24, 7:33 a.m. PTUpdate, 9:05 a.m.: Adds that Oswalt declined to comment. Hegar and Cornyn’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Oswalt declined to comment further. Others on Twitters weighed in on interaction, finding it unusual and wondering how it came about, exactly. Post a comment Over the next several hours, @TeamCornyn and Oswalt went back and forth as the political account tweeted out more censored screenshots of Oswalt’s tweets with comments like “Hollywood Hegar & Vulgar Patton. The dynamic duo.” Comedian Patton Oswalt and the campaign account for Sen. John Cornyn got into a Twitter scuffle. Gary Gershoff/Getty Sen. John Cornyn’s official campaign Twitter account got into a brawl Tuesday with comedian Patton Oswalt.The account for the Republican senator from Texas started posting screenshots of what it called offensive tweets after Oswalt appeared in a video supporting Mary Jennings “MJ” Hegar, a Democrat running against Cornyn. Guys, if you’re offended by my “sailor talk” like the incel running the @TeamCornyn account is, put your outrage nickels in the swear jar below! https://t.co/6JTYt9bNJT https://t.co/szVCysDSZq— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) April 23, 2019 Tags Senators grill Twitter and Facebook over alleged political… Share your voice Gotta say, out of everything in the world that could have happened today, Senator @JohnCornyn randomly going after @pattonoswalt with some old tweets was not even in the top gazillion.— Sleeping Giants (@slpng_giants) April 23, 2019 0 7:49 Culture
Halima appeared on cover of swimsuit edition wearing a burkini and hijabTwitter/Sports Illustrated SwimsuitFor the longest time, the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine’s annual swimsuit edition has been associated with attractive female sportswomen, generally Caucasian, donning revealing clothing. But in a move that is a radical departure for the New York-based publication, this year’s edition features a model who is wearing not just a full-body swimsuit – popularly known as burkini – but also a hijab.The model who has become the first to appear in this type of clothing on the cover of the famous publication is Halima Aden. The 21-year-old comes from a Somalian family based in the US. The fact that she is a Muslim and lived early part of her life in a refugee camp has added to the cultural and social significance of this event.Who is Halima Aden?Halima was born in the Kakuma refugee camp of Kenya and was just seven years old when her family moved to the USA. They were able to settle down in Minnesota and provide proper education to the young girl. It was in her teenage years that Aden started taking note of the fashion and modelling industry. Without compromising some of her religious beliefs and cultural traditions, she began participating in fashion shows. Halima has appeared on the cover of various famous fashion publications beforeTwitter/Vogue RunwayHer many firstsThere are several unique accomplishments to the credit of the Somali-American model. It was when she was a 19-year-old that Halima first made a big impression. While participating in the Miss Minnesota event, the aspiring model broke new ground by becoming the first-ever to wear a hijab in the history of this pageant. This earned her the attention of many leading fashion houses and led to appearances on the cover of magazines like Elle, Allure and Vogue. In fact, she also holds the distinction of being the first lady to wear a hijab in both the Arabian and British editions of the latter publication.The decision of Sports Illustrated is the latest of many moves being made by fashion publications to appear more diverse in their understanding of beauty and aesthetics. Various magazines have made a conscious attempt to feature models from a diverse ethnic and racial background in their photo-shoots. Will this bring about a permanent change in the fashion industry, only time will tell.
Tech Rocketship Award winners posing with British Deputy High Commissioner Dominic McAllister and Gita Krisnankutty – first secretary of head of inward investment India.IBTimes India/Sami KhanThere are now a record 842 Indian companies operating in the UK, up from 800 in the previous year, with combined revenues of almost £48 billion (£46.4 billion in 2018 report), according to a Grant Thornton-CII report. Indian companies paid a combined total of over £684 million in corporation tax, which is almost double the amount recorded in last year’s report (£360 million), and employed 104,783 people (104,932 in the 2018 report). The India Meets Britain Tracker 2019 report was released earlier this year. GT and CII are holding a roadshow in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai and New Delhi to highlight the report’s findings.During the report’s launch at the roadshow in Bengaluru on Tuesday, British Deputy High Commissioner in Bengaluru, Dominic McAllister, said: “We are determined that the UK will be the best place in the world to grow your business. The UK government is committed to facilitating the closest possible relationships between business leaders in both our countries – including supporting pioneers in innovation. The UK and India can do great business and achieve real change. Both governments are committed to taking this further by building on the technology partnership; leveraging finance; sharing skills and expertise.”The report provides a tracker of the fastest-growing companies, as measured by those with a turnover of more than £5 million, year-on-year revenue growth of at least 10 percent and a minimum two-year track-record in the UK. This year’s tracker includes 62 companies that recorded an average growth rate of 37 percent. The total combined revenue of these companies reached over £12 billion last year. Three companies in this year’s tracker reported a growth of more than 100 percent. UNCTAD/twitterThe UK and India have been the top five investors in each other’s economies since 2010. Since 2010, the UK has been the largest G20 investor in India. Building on the UK’s Industrial Strategy, the India-UK Tech Partnership sets out how we are building a Britain fit for the future – how we will help businesses create better, higher-paying jobs with investment in the skills, industries, and infrastructure that we will need, added McAllister.Technology and telecoms companies continue to dominate the Tracker, as they have done since its launch in 2014. This year, they account for 35 percent of the fastest-growing companies. Engineering and manufacturing companies are the next in line, accounting for 16 percent of the 2019 Tracker. This is followed by pharmaceutical and chemical companies, which account for 15 percent, continuing historically strong representation.The geographical spread of the fastest-growing Indian companies across the UK remains unchanged compared to last year. London continues to be the preferred location for more than half (53 percent) of the 62 fastest growing Indian companies. London is the global home of capital. Over £2.2 billion (Rs 20,000 crore) in Masala Bonds have been listed on the London Stock Exchange by Indian companies.
Prime ministers of Bangladesh and India flagged off bus services between Agartala-Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala in June 2015. Reuters File PhotoThe Bangladesh government’s decision to allow India use of its territory for transit of cargo and passengers to the North East may be seen as a major concession in Bangladesh but Indian users are showing little interest to avail themselves of the facility, reports thehindubusinessline.com.In June 2015, the prime ministers of both the countries flagged off bus services between Agartala in Tripura and Kolkata in West Bengal through the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka. The State transport departments of West Bengal and Tripura offered to run two separate services for three days a week.Policy makers expected the service to be a major hit among travellers, as the distance travelled is only 500 km compared with the 1,650-km journey through the chicken’s neck or Siliguri corridor.Unviable pricingTwo years later, both the state governments are finding it tough to sustain the service for want of passengers.While the West Bengal government run service has become in frequent, Tripura has suspended the service for the last one-and-a-half months, following an accident, but no one seems to be missing it.According to sources, the bus barely got four-five passengers per trip against a capacity of 45.The reasons are not difficult to fathom. Passengers need multiple entry visa from Bangladesh to travel. The journey takes 17-20 hours and the fare is Rs2,000.Compared with this, a flight between Kolkata and Agartala takes only an hour and costs Rs3,500 for this weekend. The fare falls to Rs2,200-2,300 for travel next week.“The bus fare is way too steep,” admits an official. The Indian authorities were keen to cap the bus fare at Rs1,500. But Bangladesh wanted to keep the fare higher to ensure higher earnings.The goods transit through Ashugunj river port has met a similar fate.Inaugurated in June 2016, it allowed Indian users to ferry cargo from Kolkata port to Ashugunj in Bangladesh via inland water. From Ashugunj the cargo would travel 50 km to reach Akhaura border gates with Tripura.In Bangladesh, prime minister Sheikh Hasina was accused of sacrificing the country’s interests. The bone of contention was the government’s decision keep transit fee at Tk192.2 (Rs152) per tonne as against a proposal of Tk1,245 (Rs986) made by a committee (Core Committee of Transit).A recent report by the Dhaka-based think-tank Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) shows that from June 2016 to January 2017, only three shipments were routed through Ashugunj. Sources in Tripura government confirm limited use of the facility.The long turnaround time (21-28 days), rudimentary port facility, transit related procedural hassles, and uneconomical transit fee vis-a-vis the road and rail transport through the Siliguri corridor are some of the reasons for its limited use.Transporting goods through Siliguri has become an attractive option after the introduction of broad-gauge rail services to Agartala in January this year.According to Manik Dey, Transport Minister of Tripura, most of the cement, rice, steel, construction material movement in the State has shifted to rail. Petroleum products, which are still supplied by trucks, will shift to rail too once Indian Oil sets up a depot in Agartala.Strategic optionBut New Delhi is still keen to keep the transit option open as it can be used for ferrying essentials in case of emergency.Delhi has also proposed a soft loan to Dhaka for the development of container terminal at Ashugunj. A $338.8-million loan was granted for redevelopment of the road from Ashugunj to Akhaura.