2:54 pm March 17, 2014 | No Comment
The four-day Cheltenham Festival got underway last week at the Cheltenham racecourse in Gloucestershire, western England. The event, which dates back to 1860, is a highlight of the annual jump racing calendar, and second only to the famed Grand National — at the Aintree racecourse in Liverpool — in terms of the prize money awarded.
5:23 pm March 14, 2014 | No Comment
What happens when a durian is flung into the air and dozens of people scramble to try and catch it? This frantic spectacle can be seen annually in Wonosalam, East Java, during the “Kenduren Wonosalam” festival, which this year took place on March 8. Piles of the thorny fruit are driven around the village before they are thrown into the waiting crowds. Those who catch a durian are entitled to eat it on the spot, or take it home to share with the family.
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.