Why India is falling in love with a movie about toilets

Why India is falling in love with a movie about toilets

At a time of slumping ticket sales and superstar flops, the story of Jaya, a newly married woman who leaves her husband because his home has no toilet, is flushed with success. Jaya, who grew up with a toilet in her house, becomes outraged when she learns there is no toilet in her new marital home. Western audiences might be startled by more than just the basic plot: Shortly after marriage, Jaya is invited to join the village women in their nightly “lota party.” The women go to a field…

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Ex-FEMA official: How to plan for 'radical resilience'

Ex-FEMA official: How to plan for 'radical resilience'

We are living through a historic shift: there are more natural disasters, they are coming more frequently, and are fundamentally altering our economy and the way we live. We can no longer view natural disasters through the singular lens of “disaster — recovery.” Rather, a complete paradigm shift is necessary. We must adjust to this new norm of major natural disasters by paying radical attention to resilience. Certainly, discussing future preparedness in the middle of a crisis seems off the mark. But that, actually, is part of the point: America…

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Thieves target Carlisle water meters

Thieves target Carlisle water meters

DOZENS of Carlisle businesses were left without water after almost an entire street had its water meters stolen on Thursday night. WA Printing owner Troung Lee said yesterday that he expected to lose thousands of dollars a day without water to run his premises at his Kew Street business. Darren Anstee, a building industry theft investigator, believed the theft was part of a much wider problem, with hundreds of water meters and pieces of copper stolen, mostly from building sites, across Perth each year. media_cameraWater Corporation said 20 businesses were…

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Getting off the beaten track in the centre of Perth

Getting off the beaten track in the centre of Perth

By Fleur Bainger and Emma Wynne Posted September 09, 2017 08:00:00 Photo: Native orchids can be spotted in the bushland at Kings Park (ABC Radio Perth: Fleur Bainger) Related Story: Kings Park botanic gardens celebrates 50 floral years Related Story: Seedy business: Kings Park scientists working to save WA’s plants At just over four square kilometres, Perth’s Kings Park is the largest inner-city park in the world. It attracts 6 million visitors a year, but most stick to the manicured gardens around the entrance and never set foot in the…

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Female musicians take centre stage in Launceston

Female musicians take centre stage in Launceston

By Timothy Morgan Posted September 08, 2017 17:52:03 Photo: (L-R) Denni Sulzberger, Sarah Triffit and Tiarni Cane are excited to be presenting at the festival. (ABC News: Timothy Morgan) A little less than two years ago, Launceston’s The Royal Oak hotel reached out to one of the city’s local artists. The hotel wanted to put together an evening of solely female musicians, and Sarah Triffitt was the person it wanted pulling the strings. “I was approached by management at the Oak about trying to get more female musicians into the…

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