11:09 am March 12, 2014 | No Comment
Guo, a farmer in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou in central Henan province, spent six months and 5,000 yuan, or $821, making a replica Lamborghini for his grandson. The car, measuring two meters by one, runs on batteries and can travel up to 59 kilometers on a single charge.
2:13 pm March 11, 2014 | 1 Comment
Deliberately-lit forest fires in Riau have once again blanketed the whole region in a thick haze of dangerous smoke. According to satellite imagery, half the fires are burning in palm oil or paper pulpwood concession areas. (JG Photo/Safir Makki)
10:46 am March 10, 2014 | No Comment
Chaupadi is a Nepalese tradition which cuts women off from society as they are menstruating, forcing them to sleep in sheds or outbuildings, often with little protection from the elements. Cases of women dying while practicing the custom — from illness, exposure, animal attacks or from fires lit in poorly ventilated spaces — has lead to its ban in 2005. However, Chaupadi is still common in the country’s midwestern regions.
7:05 pm March 6, 2014 | No Comment
Tucked between two desert ridges in southern Peru, Relave looks like any of the thousands of ramshackle mining towns that blight the landscape in the world’s sixth-largest gold exporter. But the village is also home to Aurelsa, one of the first small-scale mines in the world to produce gold certified and marketed as “ethical” as part of a scheme to reduce the harmful impact of illegal mining in developing countries.
7:28 pm March 5, 2014 | No Comment
The Security and Intelligence Services (SIS) firm employs more than 78,000 people in its operations in India and Australia. The company prepares its security staff at a training academy in the city of Dehradun, located in the Himalayan Indian state of Uttarakhand. The country’s northern Hindi-speaking belt, home to around half a billion people, is taking off after decades of trailing behind industrialized seaboard states in the west and south.
8:49 pm March 4, 2014 | No Comment
Giant floats parade through Carnival, the world’s biggest street party, flanked by samba dancers dressed in sequins and feathers. Swaying to beats of samba music, the revelers display costumes from all of Rio’s samba schools at the city’s Sambadrome.
8:24 pm March 4, 2014 | No Comment
Bele Poklade is an eastern Serbian custom celebrating the arrival of spring. Though the national holiday has its roots in old pagan rituals, it has evolved into a Christian tradition marked annually seven weeks before Easter. Children walk through the village wearing costumes to collect eggs and finally jump over a fire to banish evil demons.
9:44 pm March 3, 2014 | No Comment
Bangkok’s legendary Lumpinee Stadium, one of the capital’s oldest Muay Thai venues, will be demolished after 57 years. The sports arena harks back to the city’s golden days before the invasion of skyscrapers that now soar above it. But it stands on prime real estate and its lease was not renewed, forcing the stadium to move to a new venue.