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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

Heres What Happened Today Monday

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Rónán Duffy Here’s What Happened Today: Monday Michael Shine jailed, ‘The Crusader’ stolen in Dublin and Labour looks towards second referendum. Feb 25th 2019, 9:07 PM 9,281 Views No Comments Get our daily news round up: Share2 Tweet Email NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Danny and Abbey Murphy at Cork City Council’s newest playground in Bishopstown. Source: Michael O’SullivanRetired surgeon Michael Shine, who groped seven boys in his care over three decades, has been jailed for four years.A 16-year-old boy who was killed in a single-vehicle collision in Co Carlow has been named as Eamon Kavanagh.Thieves who vandalised a crypt in Dublin have stolen the head of an 800-year-old mummy known as The Crusader.Gardaí investigating the murder of DJ Bobby Ryan found evidence of blood stains in the sitting room and bedroom of his girlfriend Mary Lowry’s home.Documents showed that Met Éireann staff have been advised not to talk ‘despair’ over climate change and to use positive language.The family of Clodagh Hawe have said they are still seeking answers as to why her husband, Alan, murdered his wife and three sons in 2016.Families of children with a rare genetic condition have criticised the HSE’s decision not to reimburse a drug that could improve their quality of life.A motorcyclist has died in a crash on the M50 in Dublin this morning. A Spar store on Dublin’s O’Connell Street has been revealed as the seller of Saturday’s €10.2 million winning Lotto ticket.  INTERNATIONAL Monday 25 Feb 2019, 9:07 PM The winners of the four acting categories in last night’s Academy Awards. Source: Jordan Strauss/PA Images#THE OSCARS: Green Book won The Academy Award for Best Film as Olivia Colman won Best Actress in last night’s Hollywood bash. #BREXIT: The UK’s Labour party has said it will back a second referendum as part of efforts to stop a no-deal Brexit.#EMILIANO SALA: The plane carrying footballer Emiliano Sala that crashed in the English Channel was found in three parts, British investigators have said.PARTING SHOT Source: Guardian News/YouTubeIf you thought you’d seen it all on Brexit, here’s Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte showing Theresa May how to play pool. It doesn’t look like the UK PM has had many frames down her local. Short URLlast_img read more

Man appears in court charged over assault which left 73yearold man in

first_img Saturday 23 Mar 2019, 5:05 PM File Photo Image: Shutterstock/ABD Mar 23rd 2019, 11:46 AM Short URL File Photo No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img By Olivia Kelleher 19,279 Views Image: Shutterstock/ABD Man appears in court charged over assault which left 73-year-old man in critical condition The incident took place at a car park in Sleaveen East, Macroom on Thursday. Share1 Tweet Email Updated Mar 23rd 2019, 5:05 PM A MAN HAS been charged with an assault which resulted in a pensioner being left in a critical condition at Cork University Hospital.Jonathan O’Driscoll (30) of Coolcower House, Macroom was charged with assault causing harm to Christy O’Callaghan (73) at Sleaveen East, Macroom on 21 March.O’Driscoll, who is originally from Dan Corkery Place in the town, appeared before a special sitting of Bantry District Court today where he was charged with the offence.Detective Garda Alan O ’Sullivan gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution in the case.He told the court that the accused replied “I’m sorry” when the charge was put to him after caution.Solicitor Flor Murphy said that his client was seeking bail on the charge.However, Garda Inspector Eamon Brady said that gardaí were objecting to bail arising out of the seriousness of the charge against the accused.Judge Con O’Leary refused bail in the case.He remanded O’Driscoll in custody to appear again at Bantry District Court on Thursday.O’Callaghan was sleeping in his van near Fitzgerald’s Funeral Home in the town when he was assaulted.The pensioner is well-known in the world of greyhound racing as he trained a number of winners of the Irish Laurels in the 1970’s and 1980’s.Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing. last_img read more

Kazzie Mike Zervos to lead fight against discrimination

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A past vice-president of the Kastellorizian Association of Victoria has been appointed as the first CEO of Courage to Care, a charity initiative under the auspices of NGO B’Nai B’rith, which aims to educate younger generations on the dangers of prejudice, racism and bullying.“I’ve been so impressed with the passion and professionalism of what I’ve seen so far, and I’m proud and honoured to be part of this organisations’ future growth and success”, said Mr Zervos reflecting on his new role.Courage to Care has been operating as an educational program and travelling exhibition, exposing kids around Australia to the stories of those who saved Jewish lives during he Holocaust.Through the lens of these experiences, participants are invited to consider and even challenge their own attitudes towards discrimination, as well understand the importance of not being a bystander when witnessing injustice.In Victoria, the program has reached 125,000 students to date, and is also celebrating its recent expansion into adult education, with information sessions currently delivered at the state’s Police Academy.The initiative falls under the portfolio of activities developed by B’nai B’rith, the oldest and largest international Jewish community service organisation.While proud of his Greek heritage, being a second generation Kastellorizian, Mr Zervos says that working with an organisation with strong links to the Jewish community sits well with him as the sense of family, honouring history and fellowship reflects his own Greek-Australian values.For the last 16 years, Mr Zervos has served in leadership roles at Make a Wish Foundation, Allanah and Madeline Foundation and Guide Dogs Victoria, but he is also a qualified CPA with a corporate career.Determined to put into use the best of both “worlds” – corporate and not-for-profit – his focus will be on strategic direction and raising the profile of the organisation.“I am confident that by communicating the importance of our work, we will gain support. This will be a real team effort,” he said.last_img read more

Paris accueille son premier centre de tri des déchets

first_imgParis accueille son premier centre de tri des déchetsLe nouveau centre de tri de déchets de la capitale vient d’être inauguré dans le sud-ouest. Il se situe au 62, rue Henri Farman, dans le XVe arrondissement, à proximité de la Seine et du boulevard périphérique, entre l’héliport et la tour Bouygues.    Le nouveau centre de tri des déchets qui vient d’ouvrir ses portes à Paris fait plus penser, de l’extérieur, à un ensemble de bureaux modernes qu’à autre chose. Mais c’est bien au 62, rue Henri Farman, dans le XVe arrondissement de la capitale que les déchets recyclables (issus des poubelles jaunes) vont être acheminés afin d’y être triés puis redirigés. Tout ce qui ne pourra pas l’être et qui constitue près de 30% des déchets seront incinérés à Issy-les-Moulineaux, la commune proche. Ce centre est censé être le premier d’une série de quatre au sein de la capitale. Les suivants doivent être installés dans le XVIIe arrondissement, aux Batignolles (en 2013), à Bercy (XIIe) et porte de la Chapelle.  L’intérêt de ce centre est de diminuer les transports entre les déchets et les centres de tri et donc les coûts. Egalement plus moderne, il est équipé de panneaux solaires, de cellules photovoltaïques, d’un toit et de murs végétaux. Il est conforme à la démarche de “haute qualité environnementale” (HQE), une première pour un bâtiment de la sorte. Les 34 employés qui y travaillent disposent de cabines insonorisées, d’un système de ventilation et de désodorisation et enfin d’un système de dépoussiérage.   Pour le maire de Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, il s’agit d’une “rupture qui symbolise la solidarité métropolitaine”. D’après Le Monde, il a indiqué que Paris devait “assumer ses déchets et cesser de déplacer les structures de tri à l’extérieur de ses murs”. A lui seul, ce centre pourra traiter 15.000 tonnes de déchets ménagers, soit les déchets des 350.000 habitants des Ve, VIe, VIIe, XIVe et XVe arrondissements, indique Le Parisien.  À lire aussiJournée mondiale de l’environnement : Quelques astuces pour un mode de vie plus écolo au bureauL’investissement initial est de 30 millions d’euros, ce qui ne tient pas compte du terrain lui-même, fourni par la mairie de Paris au syndicat intercommunal des ordures ménagères (Syctom) moyennant 150.000 euros par an. Le président du Syctom, François Dagnaud, estime que “le surcoût est acceptable compte tenu de la qualité architecturale” du bâtiment. En effet, du fait de son implantation urbaine, le site (de 11.000 mètres carrés) doit se fondre dans l’environnement et répondre à un certain nombre de critères. Le 5 mai 2011 à 15:54 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

WWE covers TMZ story about Rusev and Lana engagement

first_img WWE RAW Results – 8/12/19 (Night after SummerSlam, Seth Rollins, The Miz vs. Ziggler) WWE Superstars Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch are officially engaged Dolph Ziggler Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp WWE Announces Huge 4-Way Battles For SmackDown Live Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Roman Reigns Is Back After Absence For Leukemia WWE is now featuring an article plugging the TMZ story that broke on Monday announcing the real life engagement of WWE stars Rusev (Miroslav Barnyashev) and Lana (Catherine Joy “C.J.” Perry). Lana has been off WWE television for weeks after undergoing surgery on her wrist back in early September. The company is now integrating this real life scenario into the ongoing storyline on television with Rusev, Summer Rae and Dolph Ziggler.WWE: Lana confirms engagement to RusevRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipDolph Ziggler Comments On His WWE StatusVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration -:-/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0.00%Remaining Time -0:00 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the listcenter_img Videos Articles Dolph Ziggler Comments On His WWE Status Now Playing Up Next Twitter Roman Reigns: Leukemia Is In Remission Google+ Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts Now Playing Up Next Two title matches added to Clash of Champions in three weeks on September 15 last_img read more

Scientists ID dead orca in Southeast Alaska

first_imgScientists have identified the dead killer whale found on a shoreline in Southeast Alaska last week.NOAA fisheries spokesperson Julie Speegle says a team of scientists made it to the Portage Bay on northern Kupreanof Island Monday.“They were able to conduct a full necropsy, which they collected a full suite of necropsy samples which will help determine the cause of death,” Speegle said. “The necropsy team did not find any indication of external injuries but they did discover that the killer whale had an infection in the jaws, so they’re doing some more research on that.”The eight-person team was a collaborative effort of NOAA Fisheries, the University of Washington, the Vancouver Aquarium and the Petersburg Marine Mammal Center. The dead whale was discovered by a moose hunter last week, about 25 miles from Petersburg.Speegle says photos of the carcass were taken by volunteers from Petersburg who made it to Portage Bay on Friday and those photos have been used to identify the whale.“The killer whale research community, including some folks from Canada, were able to identify the animal as 0059, a female offshore killer whale that was first identified in the early 1990s and has been documented from California to the Bering Sea,” Speegle said.Offshore killer whales eat sharks, and are different than the fish-eating resident whales or marine mammal-eating transient orcas typically seen along the Alaskan coast. This orca had teeth that were flattened to the gum line, like other shark-eating offshore whales. The orca may have been at least 40 years old when it died. Female orcas can live about 50 years, but some may live as long as 100 years.The next step for the scientists is testing the samples retrieved from the carcass to search for what killed this animal. The skeleton may be retrieved in the future for further research.The whale was freshly dead, so the team was able to get good samples from the carcass. Anyone spotting a dead or stranded whale or marine mammal is asked to call the NOAA Fisheries hotline at 877-925-7773.last_img read more

Khaleda lawyers demand division for her

first_imgBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s younger brother Shamim Eskander, his wife Kaniz Fatema and Khaleda’s sister Selina Islam meet her at the jail on Friday afternoon. Photo: Prothom AloBNP joint secretary general Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon on Friday said a team of BNP lawyers went to the old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city in the evening for submitting an application to the jail authorities, seeking division for the BNP chief.However, the jail authorities did not meet them to receive it although they waited for nearly two hours at the jail gate.Earlier on Thursday, Khaleda, a 73-year-old former prime minister, was taken to the old central jail after a special court sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.Talking to reporters at the jail gate, Mahbub Uddin Khokon, also general secretary of Supreme Court Lawyers’ Association (SCBA), said Khaleda Zia was the three-time prime minister. “She needs daily medical checkup, so we want division for her.”The BNP leader underwent surgical operations at her knee twice. “So, she needs a hygienic washroom, too, we demanded the jail authorities ensure that,” he said.last_img read more

US names ISISBangladesh in sanction list

first_img.The US treasury department has added two individuals and seven organisations in Africa and Asia connected to Islamic State to its sanctions list for global terrorism, it said on Tuesday.The treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said on its website it had added Abu Musab Al-Barnawi of Nigeria and Mahad Moalim of Somalia, and seven groups from Bangladesh, Egypt, the Philippines, Somalia, Nigeria and Tunisia to its sanctions list.The additions include ISIS-Bangladesh, ISIS-Egypt, ISIS-Philippines, ISIS-Somalia, ISIS-West Africa, Jund al-Khilafah-Tunisia, also known as ISIS-Tunisia, and the Philippines-based Maute Group, also known as Islamic State of Lanao, OFAC said. The US state department said in a separate statement that including the latest additions, it had designated 40 Islamic State leaders and operatives dating back to 2011 under an order aimed at denying them access to the US financial system.”These designations are part of a larger comprehensive plan to defeat ISIS that, in coordination with the 75-member Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, has made significant progress toward that goal,” the statement said, using a common abbreviation for Islamic State.This effort “is destroying ISIS in its safe havens, denying its ability to recruit foreign terrorist fighters, stifling its financial resources, negating the false propaganda it disseminates over the internet and social media, and helping to stabilize liberated areas in Iraq and Syria so the displaced can return to their homes and begin to rebuild their lives,” the statement added.Islamic State fighters were driven last year from all the population centers they occupied in both Syria and Iraq, but Washington still considers them a threat, capable of carrying out an insurgency and plotting attacks elsewhere.last_img read more

Trump defends firing FBI chief

first_imgDonald TrumpUS president Donald Trump on Wednesday defended the shock firing of FBI director James Comey, as critics slammed an apparent bid to kill off an agency investigation of his team’s ties to Russia.Hours after sacking the man heading a probe into Moscow’s alleged meddling in last year’s US election, Trump hosted Russia’s top diplomat at the White House in his highest-level Kremlin encounter since taking office.Seeking to contain the firestorm triggered by Comey’s dismissal, Trump and his aides repeated Wednesday that it was nothing to do with Russia, and motivated solely by concerns over his handling of the high-stakes probe into Hillary Clinton’s emails.“He wasn’t doing a good job, it’s very simple, he was not doing a good job,” Trump told reporters.Under Comey, the FBI concluded that Russia tried to sway the election in Trump’s favor through an influence and cyber-hacking campaign. The bureau has been probing whether Trump’s campaign colluded with such an effort—something the president dismisses as “fake news.”The president’s comments came moments after he hosted Russia’s Sergei Lavrov in the Oval Office, a rare honor for a foreign minister and one that threw salt in the eyes of Trump’s critics.Trump described the meeting with Lavrov, the highest-profile Kremlin official to visit the White House in years, as “very very good.”Lavrov, who last set foot in Washington in August 2013, meanwhile dismissed all claims of election meddling as “fabrications.”‘When things calm down’ -Trump’s decision to terminate Comey’s tenure, effective immediately, drew comparisons to the Watergate scandal that brought down Richard Nixon, and stunned Washington.By midday on Wednesday hundreds of demonstrators had gathered in protest in front of the White House.Meanwhile furious Democrats demanded a special counsel be appointed by the Justice Department to look into Trump’s links to Russia.They fear that current investigations in the Republican-controlled Senate and the House of Representatives, and now the FBI have been irrevocably politicized.The White House says Comey was fired because of his handling of the investigation into the email practices of Trump’s 2016 rival Clinton.Trump took to Twitter early Wednesday to launch a vociferous defense of his decision to fire Comey.“Comey lost the confidence of almost everyone in Washington, Republican and Democrat alike. When things calm down, they will be thanking me!” he insisted.“James Comey will be replaced by someone who will do a far better job, bringing back the spirit and prestige of the FBI.”Before Tuesday only one FBI director had been fired in the bureau’s century-long history.The post is normally considered above politics, with incumbents serving one 10 year term.‘Cover-up’ -“This is nothing less than Nixonian,” charged Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, who called Trump’s official justification for firing Comey “absurd.”“That fig leaf explanation seeks to cover the undeniable truth: the president has removed the sitting FBI director in the midst of one of the most critical national security investigations in the history of our country—one that implicates senior officials in the Trump campaign and administration,” Leahy said.The top Democrat in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, said Trump had made a “big mistake.”Unless the administration appoints a special counsel to probe the Russian meddling, Schumer added, “every American will rightly suspect that the decision to fire director Comey was part of a cover-up.”Several Republicans sought to distance themselves from the president.“I am troubled by the timing and reasoning of director Comey’s termination,” said Senator Richard Burr.But Senate leader Mitch McConnell dismissed calls for a special prosecutor, or an independent commission of inquiry—saying either would “impede the current work being done.”White House officials expressed surprise at the level of backlash, saying they believed Democrats would be happy to see the back of an FBI director they had once pilloried.Comey played an outsized—and controversial—role on the American political stage over the past year, lobbing one bombshell after another that rankled both parties in Washington.He first angered Republicans by closing the email probe against Clinton in July, then infuriated Democrats by reopening it days before the November presidential elections.Clinton blamed Comey for her loss to Trump, arguing that reopening the probe had scared off voters, stopping her momentum.Comey told lawmakers last week he felt “mildly nauseous” at the thought that he had swayed the election—but could not have acted any other way.last_img read more

Full Show Holiday Traditions And The Good Bad And Ugly Of 2017

first_img 00:00 /50:30 On Friday’s Houston Matters: Sportscaster Dick Enberg passed away on Thursday. He was 82. In a career that spanned 60 years, Enberg said the most historically important event he covered is what’s known as The Game of the Century. It was the 1968 college basketball game where the University of Houston Cougars upset the No. 1 UCLA Bruins at the Astrodome. But, as writer Robert Jacobus told us, that historic contest was about more than just basketball. We revisit our conversation with Jacobus from 2015.Also this hour: As we head into the holidays with our last show of 2017, we invite listeners to tell us about their favorite holiday traditions here in the city — whether there are special events you like to go to, special meals you like to make, or even movies you watch every year. To tell us about some of their favorite traditions, we talk with longtime Houstonians Paul Pendergraft and Lisa Gray.Then: We turn to our rotating panel of non-experts to parse The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of 2017. Wayne Ashley, Natalie Arceneaux, and Joe Holley share their examples of something good, something bad, and something ugly that happened in Houston this year.And we bring you a Houston edition of the classic tale Twas the Night Before Christmas.Also watch Houston Matters Facebook live in 360 daily at noon: Listen We  offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps.center_img Share X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Google certifying Pokémon Masters by giving them Google business cards

first_imgAmong Google’s many, many April Fools’ jokes, it unleashed Pokémon into the tall grass of Google Maps. When you found a pocket monster, you could capture it — just like in the games proper, albeit by clicking on it rather than beating it to within an inch of its life then throwing a prison-ball at it. Google revealed that if you captured all 151 Pokémon available — not from any one generation, but spread throughout the series — you’d get a real-life reward. Now, that reward has been revealed, and it’s a Pokémon Master certification complete with legitimate Google business cards.Reddit user tinygrump revealed what Google sent intrepid Maps explorers that managed to catch all 151 Pokémon. The prize consisted of a letter of certification and, surprisingly, 10 legitimate Google business cards emblazoned with a Poké Ball, complete with the participant’s name.Some might say that Google has gotten out of hand with its April Fools’ Day pranks every year — each division launching multiple jokes of its own, flooding the internet. With a real-life return on participation, though, Google’s Maps division has far outdone itself — and every other division — this year.Ideally, the success of this joke will cause the company to raise the bar next year. Then, we won’t have to wade through the rabble of jokes just to find the one gem among a heap of pranks that feel more like Google divisions trying to seem fun rather than actually having a good idea.For now, enjoy your legitimate-by-way-of-Google Pokémon certifications, Masters. Don’t spend those 10 business cards in one networking event.last_img read more

Lego UCS Death Star is 4000 pieces of Star Wars bliss

first_imgWhich side are you on? <> The 3,800-piece Death Star that Lego launched way back in 2008 was one of the most amazing sets they’ve ever released. Now they want to sell you an even better one.Feast your eyes on set number 75159, Lego geeks! This bad boy smashes through the 4,000 brick barrier and hits your wallet with all the planet-obliterating force of the Death Star’s superlaser. When it’s up for order, the UCS Death Star will go for $499.99. Yes, that’s a lot of money… but it’s pretty typical per-brick pricing for a licensed Lego set.Lego’s giving you plenty of bang for your buck, too. The UCS Death Star comes with a whopping 25 minifigs– that’s one more than the previous set and the new versions are wonderfully detailed.Lego went all out with the detailing on the new minifigsWho’s included? You get Luke and Han in both their default dress and their Stromtrooper disguises, and another Luke dressed for his showdown with Vader. You also get Vader himself, Obi-Wan, Leia, Chewbacca, R2D2, C-3PO, Emperor Palpatine, Grand Moff Tarkin, and a whole assortment of Death Star crewmen.There are mixed feelings from Lego fans about the new set. Some feel that it’s far too similar to the original and that Lego missed an opportunity to do something really exciting with it. Others (like me) enjoy the minor tweaks and are glad that they’ve got a second chance to add a big-ass Lego Death Star to their collection. Outsiders, meanwhile, are screaming “$500 for a Lego set? Are you nuts?!”last_img read more