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Probe ordered into Odisha ‘custodial death’

first_imgThe Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) on Wednesday directed additional director general of Human Rights Protection Cell of State Police to probe into an alleged custodial torture of a man leading to his death in Sambalpur district.Hearing a petition filed by human rights activists — Biswapriya Kanungo and Bijay Kumar Panda — OHRC acting chairperson Justice B.K. Mishra also asked superintendent of VSS Medical College Hospital, Burla to produce all documents of treatment extended to the man before his death.Abhay Singh, a 35-year-old man hailing from West Bengal, and two other persons were reportedly picked up by Sambalpur Town Police Station suspecting their involvement in cellphone theft cases on May 30. “During the next seven days, the man was tortured in three different police stations. On June 7, they were produced before the court. At the time of production in the court, he had several wounds on his body. On June 10, when his condition deteriorated, he was shifted to VSS Medical College Hospital in Burla,” alleged Mr. Kanungo. According to doctors, wounds bore marks of tortures, he pointed out.Demands solatiumHuman rights activists demanded compensation to the tune of ₹50 lakh for next of kin of the deceased. “Abhay Singh had come to Sambalpur for flower business. The man has four children. His wife is expecting their fifth child. Apart from compensation, both disciplinary and penal actions should be taken against erring police personnel,” they demanded.last_img read more

End of ‘Spiderman dunk’ as PBA deems ‘monkey ride’ unsportsmanlike

first_imgPBA fans may have just seen the last of Arwind Santos’ patented “Spiderman” dunk last season.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Free Spider-Man!— alex cabagnot (@askcabaggie) January 15, 2019 LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA: Justin Melton tries to dunk with blindfold on PLAY LIST 00:20PBA: Justin Melton tries to dunk with blindfold on02:26Non-stop fun at 2014 PBA All-Star Weekend festivities00:17Douthit rides bike to PBA game to avoid traffic02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES The memorandum also cleared that “a player may still hang on to the basket rim, backboard or its support, to prevent injury to himself or another player with no penalty.”The league said a player is still allowed to “momentarily” hang on to the rim after a dunk.ADVERTISEMENT While the San Miguel Beer forward could still do it, he risks getting penalized after the PBA issued a memorandum deeming the “Spiderman” dunk or monkey ride as how the league called it in the memo “unsportsmanlike.”According to the memo, “a player who hangs onto the rim after a dunk and places either or both of his feet onto the backboard, shall be assessed with an unsportsmanlike technical foul.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Andray Blatche, Mark Barroca return to Gilas pool for final World Cup qualifying window SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

French Marathon Runner Calvin Suspended in Doping Case

first_imgPARIS — European marathon silver medalist Clemence Calvin was provisionally suspended by the French anti-doping agency on Wednesday for allegedly obstructing a doping test last month in Morocco.Calvin denies any wrongdoing and claims she was brutalized by testers who pretended to be police officers when she was briefly stopped in the city of Marrakech on March 27.Calvin, who did not get tested after the altercation, has filed a lawsuit in Morocco against the testers for violence and threats.The French anti-doping agency’s secretary general, Mathieu Teoran, denied Calvin’s allegations that the agents were violent and did not identify themselves as sample collectors.Calvin was in Morocco with her husband — the athlete Samir Dahmani — to train for this Sunday’s Paris Marathon. Her lawyers said they will ask the Council of State — France’s highest administrative court — for an urgent ruling to have the ban lifted.“It’s been 12 years that I have been a top-level athlete,” Calvin said during the news conference. “I never had any problem with the AFLD. What I went through on March 27 was everything but a test. It was very violent.”The 28-year-old athlete, who finished second in the marathon at the 2018 European championships in Berlin, said she had just retrieved her son at the kindergarten when the incident happened.“We had a walk in the neighborhood, my husband went to buy a cake for my son’s birthday,” she said. “I was in the street, playing with kids. Some people arrived and took me by the arm, saying: ‘French police, where is Dahmani?’”According to Calvin, she led them to Dahmani and one of the three persons hit her on the arm as she was handing her 2-year-old child over to her husband.“My little one fell on the floor and started to cry,” she said. “My husband started to argue with these people while I stepped back.”Calvin said the family then went to a pharmacy to have their son checked and went back to their place around midnight after dinner. She insisted that the people who stopped her in the street never identified themselves as testers.Lawyer Arnaud Pericard said Calvin — in addition to the obstruction that led to her provisional suspension — was also notified by the AFLD of a “no-show” for missing a doping test at her place after 8 p.m. the same day. Pericard said he has gathered testimonies from Calvin’s neighbors in Marrakech that people presenting themselves as French police officers knocked on their doors in the evening as they tried to locate the couple.Under the whereabouts rules, athletes must make themselves available for out-of-competition testing for one hour every day and face suspensions if they miss three tests over a period of 12 months.By: Samuel Petrequin, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Jason Holder and Shane Dowrich create Test history for West Indies

first_imgShane Dowrich and Jason Holder created history on Friday during the third day of the first Test between West Indies and England in Barbados. Jason Holder and Shane Dowrich became only the second pair in the rich history of Test cricket to be involved in hundred-run partnerships for the sixth, seventh and eighth wickets.The Windies duo joined the South African pair of Mark Boucher and Lance Klusener in achieving the feat.Jason Holder, who hit his third Test century, also became only the second Windies captain after Brian Lara to score more than England’s innings in the same Test. England were bowled out for only 77 in their first innings.Only the tenth time in history of Test cricket that 300+ runs have been scored and no wicket has fallen in a day’s play. The last such instance came in 2008.#WIvENGRajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) January 25, 2019In 2004, Lara had scored 400 not out after England were bowled out for 285 at St John’s.England were absolutely demolished by West Indies pacer Kemar Roach on Thursday and were bowled out in the first innings of the first Test for a mere 77 runs — their lowest-ever Test total against the West Indies. England’s score of 77 was also the lowest total by any side in 54 Tests at Bridgetown. Last year in March, England were bowled out for 58 by New Zealand in Auckland but apart from that, this was England’s lowest total in seven years.Fastest double hundreds for WI in Tests:221 balls, Chris Gayle v SL (Galle 2010)229 balls, Jason Holder v Eng (B’town 2019)232 balls, Gordon Greenidge v Eng (Lord’s 1984) #WIvENGadvertisementRajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) January 25, 2019West Indies, who scored 289 in their first innings, turned a commanding lead into a virtually unbeatable one on Friday.Jason Holder and Shane Dowrich were rarely troubled by the England attack at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown.After 18 wickets fell on day two, the first session on Friday provided a stark contrast on a pitch that posed few problems for the batsmen.Fastest double hundreds vs England in Tests:153 balls, Nathan Astle (Christchurch 2002)229 balls, Jason Holder (B’town 2019)232 balls, Gordon Greenidge (Lord’s 1984) #WIvENGRajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) January 25, 2019Holder, a handy number eight with a Test average of more than 30, was particularly aggressive, scored at a rate of almost a run a ball.Jason Holder (202*):-His highest Test score-His highest first-class score-Highest score by a WI batsman at no. 8-Most sixes by a WI batsman v Eng (8)-Only the second WI captain to score a double hundred v Eng (after Lara). #WIvENGRajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) January 25, 2019West Indies and England are playing a three-Test series in the Caribbean.(With inputs from Reuters)Also Watch:last_img read more

a month ago​Man Utd youngster Greenwood gets brand new chant

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Man Utd youngster Greenwood gets brand new chantby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United youngster Mason Greenwood has earned a new chant!The Red Devils teenager scored his first senior goal for the club against FC Astana to get his team a 1-0 win.And the crowd were sufficiently hyped for the academy product’s performance, as evidenced by the new chant.The chant goes like this: “Ma-son Greenwood’s dynamite,”He scores them with his left foot and he scores them with his right.”United fans will be hoping they can bring out the chant in the near future as Greenwood gets more chances to impress with the first team. last_img read more

Atletico chief: Griezmann will play in Barcelona

first_imgAtletico Madrid director Miguel Angel Gil Marin has seemingly ended the mystery surrounding Antoine Griezmann’s next move by stating that the France striker will be playing in Barcelona. Griezmann announced at the end of the 2018-19 season that he was drawing the curtain on his five-year stay in the Spanish capital. But while Barcelona have long been mentioned as the team closest to clinching his signature, a potential move is still shrouded in doubt. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Griezmann endured a rough reception from Camp Nou during Atletico’s last visit to Catalunya, while there has been precious little movement on talks since the Liga campaign came to a close and the striker dropped his bombshell.That seeming hesitation threatens to allow other teams to make their own approach, with Manchester United one of the teams reportedly interested in the player. But according to Gil Marin, there is only one feasible destination for Griezmann. “I am very certain where Antoine will play, we have known since March,” the director explained to Movistar Plus’ Toros on Wednesday. “It is in Barcelona.”Part of the motivation behind such a delay lies in the details of Griezmann’s Atletico contract, which was renewed amidst great fanfare and with a video produced by none other than Gerard Pique last summer. Under the terms of the deal, the 2018 World Cup winner is subject to a release clause worth a whopping 200 million if he moves away from the Wanda Metropolitana before July 2019. From July 1, however, that figure drops drastically, with Barcelona or any other suitor able to complete the transfer for a comparatively budget-friendly 130m. Recent comments from Griezmann, however, suggest that he is running out of patience with the Blaugrana and could even consider a move elsewhere. “As I said, I know where I want to go,” he explained to reporters following France’s 4-0 defeat of Andorra on Tuesday.”I am also keen to get this over with as quickly as possible. I don’t know if I will stay in La Liga.”last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Abdul Razzaq praises Mohammed Shami, raises his religion

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: Abdul Razzaq praises Mohammed Shami, raises his religionWorld Cup 2019: Abdul Razzaq made the comments on a Pakistani news channel while reviewing India’s performance against England in the World Cup 2019 match on Sunday.advertisement Next Rohan Sen BirminghamJuly 2, 2019UPDATED: July 2, 2019 14:02 IST Mohammed Shami. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMohammed Shami picked his maiden 5-wicket haul in ODIs vs England on June 30Abdul Razzaq said Mohammed Shami tried his best vs EnglandIndia’s defeat to England has complicated Pakistan’s path to 2019 World Cup semi-finalsFormer Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq is making headlines once again after his controversial comments on a local news channel about India’s fast bowlers, especially Mohammed Shami.Razzaq was reviewing India’s performance in the World Cup 2019 match against England during which he praised Shami for being a Muslim and giving his best performance for the country but criticized the other bowlers for not living up to expectations.On Sunday, Mohammed Shami became the 2nd bowler after Shahid Afridi to take 4 wickets for the 3rd successive match in World Cup history. After bagging 4-wicket hauls against Afghanistan and West Indies, Shami picked his maiden 5-wicket haul to stop a rampaging England batting line-up from doing further damage.”Shami to hai bhi Musalman, jo ki achi baat hai. Wo pura jor laga raha tha match mein (Translation- Shami is a Muslim, which is a good thing and he was trying his best in the match),” Abdul Razzaq told a local television channel.Don’t understand why religion has to be mentioned when looking at the performance of the Indian bowling attack #CWC19 Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) July 1, 2019India lost their first match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup to England. Chasing 338, India managed only 306 for 5 off their 50 overs to lose by 31 runs. But what irked Indian fans was the way MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav showed no intent to accelerate at the end when a win was still possible.The India vs England game was also important for Pakistan who is battling hard to stay in contention for a berth in the semi-finals. Abdul Razzaq is not the first Pakistan cricketer to make a shocking claim regarding the match.advertisementBefore India took on hosts England on June 30, former Pakistan cricketer Basit Ali had said India will play poorly in their remaining matches to ensure Pakistan does not make it to the semi-finals.”India will never want Pakistan to make it to the semi-finals. They have matches remaining against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Everyone saw the fashion in which they won against Afghanistan,” Basit Ali had said on a TV show on Pakistan-based channel Ary News. “They’ll play in such a way that nobody will come to know what has happened. What happened in India’s match against Afghanistan? What did Australia do against India? What did David Warner do?”In fact, after India lost to England, legendary Pakistan pacer Waqar Younis had even questioned the sportsmanship of a few India cricketers.”It’s not who you are…What you do in life defines who you are…Me not bothered if Pakistan gets to the semis or not but one thing is for sure…Sportsmanship of few Champions got tested and they failed badly,” Waqar had tweeted.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Michael Vaughan takes a dig at Team India ahead of Bangladesh clashAlso Read | World Cup 2019: India, Bangladesh renew fierce neighbourhood rivalry with semis spot on the lineAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Mohammed ShamiFollow Abdul Razzaqlast_img read more

Valentine’s Day Lingerie: The Gift You Both Will Love

first_img Thirsty? Here Are Some of the Best Accounts of Wine Instagram Filson’s New Collection Honors Smokey Bear and the U.S. Fire Service 6 Classic Tequila Cocktail Recipes You Need to Know Editors’ Recommendations Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather Not to sound selfish, but wouldn’t it be nice to give a Valentine’s Day gift you can enjoy as well? Forget about chocolate and flowers this year because what your lady wants is something you can appreciate just as much as her. When it comes to lingerie, women can’t get enough, especially now that wearing inner-wear as outerwear is seen as chic and modern. These six lingerie brands are designing some of the sexiest and most beautiful modern intimates collections on the market today. Take a look below and give the gift that continues to give (to both of you) all the year through.The Lake and StarsDesigners Nikki Dekker and Maayan Zilberman create lingerie that not only revives classic style, but redefines what it means to be seductive. Named after a Victorian euphemism for a woman’s skill in the bedroom, The Lake and Stars’ collections are all about a new vision of feminine flair, balancing humor and provocation, intelligence and sensuality. We love the Royal Camisole, inspired by Uma Thurman’s bad girl character Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction.Between the Sheets“My goal is to make loungewear and sleepwear that reflects a comfortable, fresh and effortless sensual beauty, like you just rolled out of bed looking ready to play.” And that’s what we see when looking through designer Layla L’obatti’s American-made intimates line Between the Sheets. Using high-quality fabrics and feminine design details, BTS is literally the ultimate combination of seductiveness and comfort. The delicate mesh Airplay collection makes for the ideal romance.BRULEEEnvisioning a lingerie line that was seductive, luxurious and versatile, designer Kristian Giambi created BRULEE in 2009. Handcrafted in NYC’s Garment District, her indulgent lingerie features hand-cast gold and Swarovski crystal hardware. With the mentality that every woman deserves to indulge, BRULEE is both alluring and comfortable. The line’s silk charmeuse Vamp Robe is a piece every woman needs in her intimates wardrobe.Agent ProvocateurWe can’t think of a more seductive lingerie line than Agent Provocateur, boasting the perfect mix of classic and modern glamour. Backed with nearly 20 years of design, you can trust AP for the finest French laces and silk satins with collections that inspire women to feel their most sensual anytime, anywhere. We’re obsessed the Lavelle line from the Spring/Summer ’13 collection, featuring alluring cutouts and feminine silk bows.Donna KaranWhen we think of Donna Karan, the chic, urban woman comes to mind. Not only does she need to look perpetually on point, she has to do it effortlessly. And what a woman wears underneath her clothing is just as important as the outfit itself, bringing Donna Karan’s intimates line to the forefront of our minds. The Etheral Lace Balconette Bodysuit is beautiful enough to flaunt as outerwear, the perfect feminine piece that doesn’t look overly frilly.Jenna LeighWhen Jenna Leigh launched her namesake line in 2008, she filled a void in the intimates market for high-fashion lingerie at a moderate price point. Perfectly balancing vintage style, timeless elegance and casual sophistication, each collection fuses stunning technical details with the need for modern comfort and practicality. The incredibly sexy Biscayne Demi Bra is the ultimate in everyday luxury.last_img read more

India Maldives Sign MoU for Passenger and Cargo Services

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed between India and the Maldives for the establishment of passenger and cargo services by sea, has received approval from The Union Council of Ministers of India.Under the deal, signed on June 8, 2019, the parties are set to explore a proposed ferry service with a view to harness the potential opportunity that lies in passenger and cargo transportation by sea between the two countries.India said that the service would contribute “in a big way to promote people to people contact and to boost bilateral trade.”India has provided USD 100 million stand-by credit facility (SCF) to Maldives, including long-term loans and revolving credit for trade.Male, the capital and most populous city and Kulhudhuffushi, the third most populous city of Maldives are good prospects for introduction of ferry service from Kochi for both tourists as well as cargo.last_img read more

Hommage aux communautés et bénévoles de la NouvelleÉcosse

first_img Le gala de remise des prix était l’événement le plus important de la conférence Célébrons les collectivités 2007. La conférence, qui se déroule à Sydney, a débuté le mercredi 26 septembre et se poursuit jusqu’au vendredi 28 septembre. Organisée par l’Autorité de développement économique du Cap-Breton et commanditée par le ministère du Développement économique et la Société d’expansion du Cap-Breton, la conférence a attiré la participation complète de plus de 250 Néo-Écossais. Les profils complets des lauréats et des finalistes sont disponibles au Les vedettes étaient présentes en grand nombre au Membertou Trade and Convention Centre de Sydney dans le cadre de la présentation de prix d’excellence en matière de collaboration et de développement communautaire. Les prix ont été présentés lors de la conférence Célébrons les collectivités 2007, où des délégués représentant plus de 250 organismes communautaires, groupes de revendication, établissements postsecondaires, organismes gouvernementaux et organismes du secteur privé se sont réunis pour discuter de la nature de l’innovation dans le développement communautaire. Lors du gala de la remise des prix, qui a eu lieu aujourd’hui 27 septembre, 19 finalistes ont été honorés, chacun d’entre eux espérant remporter un prix dans l’une de six catégories. « Félicitations à tous les lauréats des prix, ainsi qu’à tous les finalistes et les candidats pour leur travail inspirant, » a dit Richard Hurlburt, ministre du Développement économique. « Ils offrent un aperçu des efforts déployés en matière d’innovation, de succès et de bénévolat dans les communautés dynamiques de la Nouvelle-Écosse. » Les prix suivants ont été décernés : Excellence en matière de service à la clientèle, le Pictou County Women’s Centre. Le centre a aidé des milliers de femmes depuis qu’il a ouvert ses portes en 1976. Excellence en matière de collaboration, Joggins Fossil Institute. L’institut a uni les résidents, les scientistes et les trois ordres de gouvernement dans un effort visant à faire des célèbrent falaises fossilifères de Joggins un site du patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO. Excellence en matière de développement communautaire, Première nation de Membertou. Il y a dix ans, cette communauté et entreprise mi’kmaq de Sydney, au Cap-Breton, avait un taux de chômage de près de 95 pour cent. Aujourd’hui, presque la totalité des résidents sont employés et la communauté offre des emplois à plus de 700 personnes autochtones et non autochtones. Travail bénévole remarquable, Theresa Brewster pour son rôle de présidente de l’association Glace Bay United Negro Improvement Association. Grâce à sa détermination, la salle communautaire de l’association a été rénovée et transformée en musée culturel inspirant. Excellence en matière de leadership jeunesse, prix présenté à deux jeunes résidents de la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax, Wesley et Kelly MacNeil, qui ont prouvé que les jeunes peuvent vraiment faire une différence dans une communauté avec l’ouverture du parc de planche à roulettes de Beaver Bank. Ils ont créé un comité, organisé des activités de financement et rencontré tous les ordres de gouvernement. Innovation en matière de développement communautaire, le Resource Opportunities Centre, qui dessert 17 communautés rurales de Goodwood à West Dover, dans la région ouest de la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax. Les efforts incluent : des ateliers, des bulletins et un site Web, qui permet à toutes les communautés de faire la promotion des communautés elles-mêmes, des entreprises, des possibilités d’emploi et plus encore.last_img read more

Support for Victims of Sexual Assault

first_imgWomen and victims and survivors of sexual assault will now have access to free, independent legal advice. Victims of sexual assault may now access up to four hours of free legal advice thanks to federal funding of $810,000 announced today, Nov. 10, in Bridgewater, combined with on-the-ground support from Nova Scotia through a federal-provincial pilot project. “We have heard clearly from women and support groups that we need to provide better supports for victims and survivors of sexual violence,” said Justice Minister Mark Furey. “We know most sexual assault cases do not get reported. This pilot program will provide victims with the advice they need to make informed decisions about how they want to move forward.” The funding will also go toward the Public Prosecution Service to create a helpful guide on the court process for victims and survivors of sexual assault and provide training specific to sexual violence for Crown attorneys. “The better we understand and meet the needs of victims of crime, the more just and fair our criminal justice system will become,” said MP Bernadette Jordan, on behalf of federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould. “If victims do not report sexual assaults because they fear they will not be believed, or they lack confidence in the criminal justice system, then the integrity of the system is called into question.” The selected lawyers in the three-year pilot program will be provided with extensive training and will participate in a community of practice to share their experiences, lessons learned and best practices. Victims who are eligible for this program will be provided with a list of eligible lawyers and their profiles so they can choose the lawyer they want. “We are excited that this service is in place as there is a major need for legal advice and support for survivors of sexualized violence going through the court process,” said Jackie Stevens, executive director of the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre in Halifax. “This is an important first step in providing legal and systems based advocacy for survivors and we encourage the Nova Scotia government to continue to prioritize justice reform.” The confidential information and referral service, 211 Nova Scotia, operating independently from government, will provide intake, information and administer the certificates from the program and help clients access these legal services. For more information please visit: read more

Christmas tree farmers combat popularity of artificial trees

first_imgTUALATIN, Ore. — Rosa Villarreal’s three young sons jumped and ran around the field of Christmas trees like jackrabbits, their excitement palpable as they raced from evergreen to evergreen. The boys, ages 2, 4 and 6, were picking out a real tree this year — a new tradition their young parents hope will create lasting memories.“I saw this video where the big tree, the mom decorates it, and the little tree, the kids get to decorate it,” she said, as her husband, Jason Jimenez, snapped a photo of their toddler posing with a tiny tree just his size.Christmas tree farmers across the U.S. worry families like Villarreal’s are slowly dwindling. Artificial trees, once crude imitations of an evergreen, are now so realistic that it’s hard to tell they are fakes even though many are conveniently pre-strung with lights and can fold up for storage at the push of a button.Between 75 and 80 per cent of Americans who have a Christmas tree now have an artificial one, and the $1 billion market for fake trees is growing at about 4 per cent a year — even though they can be reused again and again.To combat this trend, Christmas tree farmers have joined forces as the Christmas Tree Promotion Board and are running a social media ad campaign this holiday season to tout the benefits of a real evergreen. The campaign, called “It’s Christmas. Keep It Real!,” is funded by a 15-cent fee that tree farmers pay for each tree they harvest.It’s a modern-day attempt at such famous agricultural ad campaigns as “Got Milk?” and “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.”A series of short movies on Instagram and Facebook follow real families as they hunt for the perfect tree, cut it down and decorate it. The target audience is the “millennial mom” because tree farmers are increasingly worried that young adults starting their own family traditions will opt for an artificial tree, costing farmers a generation of customers, said Marsha Gray, executive director of the Christmas Tree Promotion Board, based in Michigan.“The target we’re talking about right now is millennials: first house, first baby. That’s kind of the decision-making time,” she said, adding that the videos show families cutting their own trees and buying pre-cut trees from lots.“We realize they may have never done this before. And we need to help them discover it and figure out how to include it in their holiday.”It’s impossible to know exactly how many real Christmas trees are sold each year because there is no central clearinghouse or agency collecting that information. But the National Christmas Tree Association estimates about 25 million evergreens are harvested each year — and presumably, most of those are sold.Americans buy about 10 million artificial trees each year, said Thomas “Mac” Harman, CEO of Balsam Hill, the leading retailer of artificial Christmas trees. Harman is also the president of the American Christmas Tree Association, which does not disclose its membership but raised $70,000 in donations in 2016 for its work, which includes touting artificial trees.Most people buying artificial trees cite convenience, allergens and fire safety, he said.“We’re seeing a trend where consumers want to set their tree up over Thanksgiving weekend and leave it up all the way until after New Year’s.” That’s safer with an artificial tree, Harman said.Denise Shackleton got a real tree each season before switching to an artificial one. On a recent day, she was at an artificial tree outlet store in Burlingame, California, shopping for a new tree for herself and one for her daughter.“No one got as excited about a real tree as me, but it was just too much work to put the real tree on my car, get it into the house — all of that,” she said. “It’s totally for convenience.”Harman says Christmas tree farmers are overestimating the threat to their industry from artificial trees.Many families now have both a real tree and an artificial tree, and small mom-and-pop tree farms that allow families to cut their own evergreen remain extremely popular, Harman said.“I think it’s the farms in the middle that are really seeing their business shrink because more people are either getting their tree from Home Depot — which is supporting the big farms — or they’re going out to these small farms,” he said. “I think a lot of the angst about ‘artificial trees are taking over’ is coming from these mid-sized farms.”To fourth-generation tree farmer Casey Grogan, that angst is as real as the towering noble and Nordmann firs he grows at Silver Bells Tree Farm in Silverton, Oregon. Oregon is the nation’s No. 1 producer of Christmas trees, yet Grogan says he has watched about half the fellow tree farmers around him go out of business in the past decade.A seedling takes eight to 10 years to grow to maturity, and it’s difficult to predict demand years out, he said. He harvested about half as many trees this year as he did a decade ago, and with every new seedling he plants this season, he knows he’s taking a gamble that the demand will still be there in 2028.“We’re an industry that would like to remain here and be around — and if everybody buys an artificial tree, we’re not going to be here,” said Grogan, who is also president of the Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association.“It may be a little difficult, but not everything is easy,” he added of buying a real tree. “It’s worth the extra effort.”___Follow Gillian Flaccus on Twitter at Flaccus, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Loxo Oncology Dollar Tree and Schlumberger rise PGE sinks

first_imgNEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Monday:Loxo Oncology Inc., up $92.78 to $232.65Eli Lilly agreed to buy the cancer drug developer for about $8 billion.PG&E Corp., down $5.45 to $18.95Reuters reported that the California utility might file for bankruptcy as it faces big liabilities connected to deadly wildfires.Dollar Tree Inc., up $5.07 to $97.96Activist investment firm Starboard Value disclosed an investment in the discount retailerGeneral Electric Co., up 51 cents to $8.74Bloomberg News reported that private equity firm Apollo Global Management might try to buy GE’s aircraft leasing business.Intercontinental Exchange Inc., down $2.29 to $73.38A group of Wall Street firms is getting ready to launch a new, low-cost stock exchange.Schlumberger NV, up $1.08 to $40.17Energy company stocks gained as oil prices rose for the seventh day in the last eight.NuVasive Inc., down $4.60 to $45.45The spinal device maker said equipment sales were delayed in the fourth quarter and surgical procedures slowed.Lowe’s Cos., up $1.78 to $95.65Shares in retailers climbed Monday as U.S. service companies reported a strong increase in new orders in December.The Associated Presslast_img read more

India offers scholarships in Ayurveda and Yoga to Sri Lankans

Candidates interested in applying for these scholarships can send their Bio-Data in the format prescribed by MoHE along with copies of supporting documents to the Ministry of Higher Education, 18 Ward Place, Colombo 07, on or before 25th July 2018.The application forms can be downloaded from the website of Ministry of Higher Education Interested students may also like to visit    for detailed information brochure and other inputs about the scholarship. The Government of India selects meritorious Sri Lankan nationals for award of these scholarships in consultation with the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) of the Government of Sri Lanka. The scholarships cover full tuition fees and a monthly sustenance allowance for the entire duration of the course. The scholarship also covers accommodation allowance and an annual grant. Besides, all ICCR scholars in India are provided full healthcare facilities. India is offering scholarships in Ayurveda and Yoga to Sri Lankans, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said today.The High Commission announced scholarships to Sri Lankan nationals under the Ayush Scholarship Scheme for UG/PG/PhD courses in Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy for the academic year 2018-19. read more

Chiquita agrees to sell itself to Safra Group Cutrale Group for approximately

by The Associated Press Posted Oct 27, 2014 7:29 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Chiquita has sealed a deal to be acquired by two Brazilian companies for about $681 million, with the U.S.-based banana producer expected to go private by the end of this year or early next.The deal comes just days after the fresh produce company’s shareholders rejected plans to merge with Fyffes, another major banana producer, based in Ireland.Chiquita Brands International, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, said Monday it will be acquired by the investment firm Safra Group and the juice company Cutrale Group for $14.50 per share, a 2 per cent premium to its Friday closing price of $14.16.The companies put the transaction’s value at about $1.3 billion, including the assumption of Chiquita’s debt.Chiquita, founded in 1870, is among the world’s top banana producers, along with Fresh del Monte, Dole and Fyffes, according to BananaLink, a non-profit in the United Kingdom that raises awareness about working conditions in the industry. The company, which employs about 20,000 people in about 70 countries, also produces pineapples and packaged products like salad blends and sliced apples.It said its board unanimously approved the deal.Once the transaction is complete, Chiquita will become a subsidiary of the Cutrale-Safra Group. The Cutrale Group says it already has more than a third of the $5 billion orange juice market, and also sells oranges, apples and lemons.On Friday Chiquita and Fyffes PLC gave notice to terminate their proposed merger agreement after Chiquita’s stockholders didn’t approve a revised transaction agreement between the two companies during a special shareholders meeting.The proposed agreement with Fyffes was an all-stock deal, with the companies planning to incorporate in Dublin to take advantage of lower tax rates. Chiquita is based in Charlotte, North Carolina.Once Chiquita’s shareholders rejected the proposed deal with Fyffes, Chiquita said that it planned to enter talks with Safra and Cutrale on their competing offer of $681 million. Chiquita had received the bid from the pair last week after previously rejecting offers from the duo. The prior offer from Safra and Cutrale was $14 per share. They had bid $13 per share in August.Shares of Chiquita added 21 cents, or 1.4 per cent, to $14.37 in morning trading. Its shares have risen more than 40 per cent in the last three months. Chiquita agrees to sell itself to Safra Group, Cutrale Group for approximately $681 million AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Film industry couple cleared of assaulting each other in row outside their luxury

first_imgA film industry couple inflicted injuries on each other during a late-night drunken birthday party brawl outside their luxury £2.6 million home, a court heard.The evening turned sour when film financier Gregory Browne, 49, and movie executive Catherine Quantschnigg, 42, began rowing violently in front of thirty guests.One invitee was pushed down the stairs of the six-bedroom Edwardian house by Browne, receiving a cut to his ear, when the host found him wandering around the first floor.Police arrested the couple, who have a four year-old daughter, in the early hours of October 11, last year at Barnes, south-west London, with each accusing the other of assault. The couple's house in Barnes “My friend Ramin was bleeding from the ear, he broke a finger and went to hospital. There was blood everywhere.”Ramin said: ‘Your boyfriend is insane. I don’t know what’s wrong with him.’ He was very aggressive and very drunk and I believe also on drugs, it was very scary.”Mr Browne does not deny his push caused the guest’s fall, but insists he was not bleeding heavily and that Miss Quantschnigg exaggerated the injuries. She told the court Mr Browne violently blocked her from returning inside.”He held my wrists, grabbed me and threw me out. He pushed me and kicked me and I fell down the steps at the front of the house. My arm was black and blue and my knee was bruised.”Mr Browne, who helped finance Robert de Niro and John Travolta’s ‘Killing Season’ told the court Miss Quantschnigg bit a chunk out of his left hand, bit his arm and kicked him in the back with her stiletto heel, causing a fracture to one of his vertebrae.He told the court she had been knocking back strong cocktails and was speaking intimately with ‘Ramin’ and a hedge fund manager for most of the evening.Mr Browne, who had bought £2,000 worth of alcohol for the event, approached the men and told them: “Enjoy my house, enjoy my party and it looks like my girlfriend as well.”This sent her into a “violent rage” said Mr Browne and she followed him outside.He said: “I heard Catherine screaming abuse and she launched into me with punches and kicks.”I pushed her away with my foot and turned and then felt a thud to my back. When I grabbed hold of her she bit a chunk out of my arm.”Mr Browne went upstairs and found ‘Ramin’ emerge from his daughter’s empty bedroom.He told the court: “I said: ‘What the f*** are you doing?’ and he started mouthing off. I said: ‘Get the f*** out’ and pushed him and he slipped and went down the stairs.”He then tried to block Miss Quantschnigg entering the house.”I grabbed her and pushed her. She was standing on the steps in high heels and fell backwards. “She’s not a small girl. She packs a punch and takes a big bite.”Guest Maxine Henshilwood, 48, backed-up Browne’s account of being attacked by Miss Quantschnigg.”Kung Fu Panda comes past, arms flailing. She’s kicking and punching him. Then she went to hit me and attacked him again,” she told the court.Mr Browne called 999 to complain he had been assaulted and when police arrived he flagged down their car, saying: “I’m the victim here. Don’t judge me yet.”Tony Wyatt, defending, told the court: “This is a woman that will do anything and say anything to get herself out of trouble and see Mr Browne convicted.”The magistrates found Mr Browne not guilty and chairman Gordon Lawson announced: “We did not find Miss Quantschnigg to be a credible and reliable witness.” Miss Quantschnigg was earlier cleared of assault when Mr Browne did not appear for her trial and on Thursday he was found not guilty at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court of assaulting her.The incident finally brought an end to their turbulent five-year on-off relationship, which they had tried to save when moving into the £6,000 a month property a month before.”It was my birthday and house-warming party for around thirty guests and my parents flew over from Austria,” said Miss Quantschnigg, who is head of sales for Cornerstone films – makers of recent Amy Winehouse bio ‘Amy’.She is the former vice-president of international sales for Goldcrest Films and the ex-president of Hollywood film distributor IM Global.”I was outside saying goodbye to some guests when I heard a really loud noise from inside. The sound of someone being thrown down the stairs and screaming,” she said.center_img The couple’s house in BarnesCredit:Tony Palmer/Square Mile News Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Tim Farron I regret saying gay sex is not a sin

first_imgTim Farron has said he regrets saying that gay sex is not a sin during interviews last year. The former leader of the Liberal Democrats, an evangelical Christian, was put under pressure during interviews to clarify his position on homosexuality in the run-up to last year’s General Election. After initially failing to clearly answer questions about his stance he told the BBC’s Eleanor Garnier in April last year that he did not believe gay sex was a sin. But he has now said this answer was “not right” and he only gave it because he wanted to end heavy focus on his Christian beliefs. Speaking to Premier Christian Radio Mr Farron, who quit as leader of the party after the election, said he felt under pressure to say it was not a sin. “Of course I did. And there are things that I said including that that I regret and there was a sense in which I felt I’ve got to get this off my table,” he said. “All they wanted to do was talk about my Christian beliefs and I would say foolishly and wrongly attempted to push it away by giving an answer that frankly was not right.” “In the end the difficulty is if you’re a Christian you’ve got a very clear idea of what sin is, and that is us falling short of the glory of God, and that is something we equally all of us share.”So in one sense to be asked that question is to persecute one group of human beings because sin is something we are all – Jesus excepted – guilty of.”But if you’re not a Christian it’s to be accused of something, it’s to be condemnatory.”In a speech last November he said society considered Christians to be “dangerous” and “offensive”. He resigned leadership of his party in June, saying it was impossible to reconcile his religious beliefs with the role.  He said non-Christians had a different understanding of sin to Christians. center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

The 8 things you might have missed this weekend

The British armed forces are opening the door to foreign nationals who have never ever lived in Britain, Dominic Raab has privately demanded the right to pull Britain out of the EU’s Irish backstop after just three months, and Donald Trump and Barack Obama made duelling election appearances.Meanwhile, Man City have thrashed Southampton 6-1 and Owen Farrell has been cleared over a controversial tackle.If you’ve been away from a screen or newspaper all weekend or want a summary, here’s a quick recap of the main events.1. Armed Forces recruits no longer need to live in Britain Foreign nationals will be allowed to join the armed forces without having ever lived in Britain, ministers will announce on Monday, in a major move to address a deepening recruitment crisis.The Ministry of Defence will drop a requirement for applicants from Commonwealth countries to have resided in Britain for five years, The Telegraph has learned. The Ministry of Defence will allow Commonwealth applicants who haven’t resided in Britain for five years to join the British Armed Forces, pictured here taking part in a NATO exercise on November 3,Credit:Getty Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally  Military leaders now hope to recruit 1,350 extra personnel from foreign countries every year to the navy, army and air force.It comes amid a struggle to recruit enough servicemen and women which has left the army “disappearing before our eyes”, according to MPs. Read the full story.2. Raab’s hardline stance sets back prospect of deal this weekDominic Raab has privately demanded the right to pull Britain out of the EU’s Irish backstop after just three months, the Telegraph has learned, setting back the prospect of clinching a Brexit divorce deal this week.The hardline pitch by the Brexit Secretary to the Irish government early last week is understood to have “stunned” Irish officials and exposed the continued deep divisions in Cabinet over how to prosecute the Brexit talks. The England manager has been so sure-footed and decisive in his overhaul of the squad and his progressive, meritocratic approach and yet will now stand accused of devaluing the worth of a cap by playing Rooney, who retired from international football in August 2017.Read the full story. 8. Eddie Jones bullish over All Blacks with Farrell free to playEddie Jones says he believes “100 per cent” that England can beat New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday – and his side were handed a major boost on Sunday after World Rugby decided not to take any action over Owen Farrell’s controversial tackle on Andre Esterhuizen in the 12-11 victory over South Africa.The Springboks were privately furious that Farrell’s hit on Esterhuizen, which was reviewed by referee Angus Gardner and the television match official in a dramatic finish to a thrilling Test match, did not even merit a penalty as it would have given them a chance to kick at goal to win the match with the final play. Mr Trump campaigned with Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who is in a tight race with Democrat Stacey Abrams for the governor’s office.Obama condemned Trump, without addressing him by name, and Republicans for what he described as their divisive policies and repeated lies. He hammered Trump and Republicans for repeatedly trying to repeal his signature healthcare law while at the same time claiming to support the law’s protections for those with pre-existing conditions.4. Jeremy Heywood, former head of civil service, dies at 56Four prime ministers led the tributes to Lord Heywood of Whitehall after the former head of the Civil Service died from cancer at the age of 56.Theresa May, David Cameron, Gordon Brown and Tony Blair all hailed the tireless former Cabinet Secretary, who was described by friends as the “most brilliant and influential civil servant of his generation”.Lord Heywood’s wife, Suzanne, said he was a “wonderful father” who “crammed a huge amount into his 56 years”. Lord Heywood, who as Jeremy Heywood served four prime ministers and two chancellors, was appointed Cabinet Secretary in January 2012 and made head of the Civil Service in September 2014 having previously been permanent secretary at Number 10.He revealed earlier this year that he had been diagnosed with cancer in June 2017, but remained in post during a summer of political upheaval triggered by the shock general election result.Read The Telegraph’s obituary. 5. Iranians chant ‘death to America’ as biting sanctions kick inThousands of Iranians chanted “death to America” at a rally in Tehran on Sunday as the country’s leaders remained defiant in the last hours before fresh US sanctions came into force.Students at the government-organised march in the capital burned pictures of Donald Trump, the US President, and the US flag to mark the seizure of the US Embassy during the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Jeremy Heywood was described by friends as the “most brilliant and influential civil servant of his generation” Wayne Rooney will earn his 120th ‘farewell’ cap later this monthCredit:Reuters By the end, City were unable to inflict a defeat heavy enough to trouble the competition’s biggest winning margins but the scoreline, 6-1, was incredibly kind to a punchdrunk Southampton side who must be grateful the prospect of a League Cup quarter-final against Pep Guardiola’s side will be played at home should they first prevail against Leicester.Read the full report.  7. England to recall Rooney for ‘farewell’ appearanceWayne Rooney has been awarded a remarkable recall to the England squad and will play in the forthcoming friendly against the United States at Wembley on Nov 15.The Football Association were forced into a hurried announcement that Rooney will earn a 120th “farewell” cap after news leaked out about the unusual and controversial plan. The 33-year-old will not captain England for the fixture, and is not expected to start the match, but it calls into question both the judgement of the FA and Gareth Southgate. The Ministry of Defence will allow Commonwealth applicants who haven't resided in Britain for five years to join the British Armed Forces, pictured here taking part in a NATO exercise on November 3  Supporters listen as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale at the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport in Belgrade, Montana Owen Farrell tackles South Africa’s Andre Esterhuizen during the Autumn International match at Twickenham Credit:PA Raheem Sterling was too quick, and too good for Southampton Farrell had been in an upright position when he hit Esterhuizen high on his chest with a possible sanction also resting on whether Farrell had used his arms in the collision.Read the full story.  Best video from the weekend Anti-US rhetoric from the Iranian government is familiar from the Iranian government, but relations between the two countries are at a particular low over the Trump administration’s hard line on Tehran’s nuclear and military ambitions.After unilaterally pulling out of the deal intended to curb Iran’s nuclear capabilities earlier this year, the White House said it would reapply sanctions on the country’s energy, financial and shipping sectors.Read the full story.  6. Man City thrash SaintsThe previous time Mark Hughes visited the Etihad Stadium 13 months ago, it did not end well. His Stoke team were battered 7-2 and Hughes left declaring that, in his opinion, Kevin De Bruyne was by far the best player in the Premier League.There was no De Bruyne for Manchester City here and the scary thing, as has been the case pretty much all the season in the Belgian’s absence, is that it did not matter. The game was not even a quarter old when Hughes was left with that familiar sinking feeling in his stomach and Southampton wondering if this might be one of those afternoons when they enter the Premier League record books for all the wrong reasons. Davey cartoon Best cartoon from the weekend Owen Farrell tackles South Africa's Andre Esterhuizen during the Autumn International match at Twickenham  Protesters burn an American flag and a U.S. one-hundred dollar bill during a demonstration on the anniversary of the U.S. embassy seizure, in Tehran Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally Credit:Bloomberg Wayne Rooney will earn his 120th 'farewell' cap later this month Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Davey cartoon Dominic Raab is said to have "stunned" Irish officials with his stance Protesters burn an American flag and a U.S. one-hundred dollar bill during a demonstration on the anniversary of the U.S. embassy seizure, in TehranCredit:Bloomberg Supporters listen as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale at the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport in Belgrade, MontanaCredit:Reuters Jeremy Heywood was described by friends as the “most brilliant and influential civil servant of his generation”Credit:Getty Mr Raab’s proposal was put to the Irish deputy prime minister Simon Coveney in a private meeting in London last Tuesday, but three days later was apparently contradicted by David Lidington, the UK’s de facto deputy prime minister, on a visit to Dublin.The divisions emerged as Theresa May’s top Brexit negotiator, Olly Robbins, prepares to go to Brussels to clinch an in-principle Brexit divorce deal this week, triggering an extraordinary EU leaders summit later this month in order to cement the deal.Read the full story.3. Trump and Obama in last ditch pushRepublican Donald Trump and Democrat Barack Obama made dueling election appearances on Sunday, offering sharply different views on the country’s problems but agreeing on the high stakes for voters in the final 48 hours of a tight campaign.With opinion polls showing dozens of tight U.S. congressional and gubernatorial races in Tuesday’s election, the current and former presidents said the results would determine what kind of country Americans live in for the next two years.”This election will decide whether we build on this extraordinary prosperity we have created,” Mr Trump told a cheering crowd in Macon, Georgia, warning that Democrats would “take a giant wrecking ball to our economy.” Raheem Sterling was too quick, and too good for SouthamptonCredit:AP Click here for more Telegraph videos.Best picture from the weekend Dominic Raab is said to have “stunned” Irish officials with his stanceCredit:AFP read more

Tecmo Koei burns and ships wrong version of a Sangokushi RPG for

first_imgSomeone at Tecmo Koei has made a huge mistake when planning production of and shipping the tactical RPG Sangokushi VIII on PSP.Known as the Romance of the Three Kingdoms series in the West, Sangokushi VIII was re-released as a budget game for PSP today in Japan. Gamers picking up the UMD copy booted up the disc to find an unwelcome surprise. The sticker on the UMD and box may read Sangokushi VIII, but the game that shipped was Sangokushi VII, the previous title in the series.Tecmo Koei have acted quickly and pulled all copies of the game from sale. Needless to say, the discs will have to be scrapped, but any gamer who managed to secure a copy would do well to hold on to it. It’s sure to be a rarity as most people will have returned the game and demanded their money back.An official apology has been posted on the GameCity portal along with an offer to replace the game as soon as they have sorted out the problem. Obviously they need to go through the process of figuring out what went wrong and changing production over to copy the right game to UMDs.At a cost of $22 the game wasn’t expensive to buy, but it’s going to cost Tecmo Koei quite a bit of money to handle the recall and make a whole new batch of the game discs. At least the cases, sleeve, and UMD stickers are all correct and don’t need any changes making.via Andriasang and GameCity (translated). Screenshots courtesy of IGN.last_img read more