Occultist seeks permission for human sacrifice

first_imgAn occultist here has sent the Begusarai authorities into a tizzy with an “application” seeking permission for human sacrifice to propitiate his deity. In a video that was shared widely, the occultist purportedly claimed that human sacrifice is not a crime and he is going to sacrifice his son, an engineer, first. Surendra Prasad Singh, who resides in Mohanpur Pahadpur village under Mofussil Police Station area, wrote the letter to Sub Divisional Officer (Sadar), Begusarai, on January 29. Screenshots of the purported letter have gone viral on social media, but the SDO Sanjiv Chaudhary said he had not received it. “This is a serious matter. Human sacrifice is illegal. We have launched a hunt for the letter as well as the tantrik. Appropriate action will be taken,” he said.last_img

Volleyball star Denden Lazaro declines fan who attempts ‘akbay,’ stands up to ‘suplada’ comments

first_imgPH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort She allows the photo op despite appearing uncomfortable, and simply moves aside when he tries to put his arm around her without asking permission. I’d like to thank everyone who has been sending me love & positivity. I really appreciate the support & understanding 🙏🏼— Dennise Lazaro (@denniselazaro) November 5, 2017 Comments on Facebook have labeled the volleyball star as “suplada” (snobbish) for her behavior. Others have also defended Lazaro, saying that fans should respect public personalities. Lazaro has since addressed the comments on Twitter. “There are certain situations that make a person feel uncomfortable like when random people invade one’s personal space,” she wrote. “To me personal space is something I highly value.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next PVL organizers call Soltones’ PSL ban ‘absurd, uncalled for’ Cocolife teammate Michele Gumabao also came to Lazaro’s defense.Reading tweets about den! One upset fan posts & everybody forgets she smiled for 200 plus people in the meet & greet we just came from! Gosh— Michele I. Gumabao (@gumabaomichele) November 4, 2017She observed, “One upset fan posts and everybody forgets she smiled for 200 plus people in the meet and greet we just came from!” /raRELATED STORIES:SEA Games 7: Things to watch out for with PH women’s volleyball teamBest, brightest make nat’l team MOST READ Volleyball player Denden Lazaro has been tagged as having an “attitude” because she didn’t allow a man to put his arm around her for a picture.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the video taken in Bacolod, a stranger, censored with an emoji, ambushes Lazaro for a picture.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And to me personal space is something I highly value.— Dennise Lazaro (@denniselazaro) November 5, 2017She apologized to those “offended with my action” and added, “But I don’t apologize for being me.”I apologize if I offended anybody with my action. But i don’t apologize for being me.— Dennise Lazaro (@denniselazaro) November 5, 2017last_img read more

ICC World Twenty20: India, West Indies reach Kolkata for warm-up game

first_imgFormer champions India and West Indies cricket teams arrived in Kolkata this morning amid tight security ahead of their World Twenty20 warm-up fixture on March 10.The Darren Sammy-led West Indies team, which was camping in UAE, was the first to check in early this morning followed by Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s triumphant group that flew in from Dhaka hours after clinching the Asia Cup title, their sixth in the continental tournament. (Dhoni should play till 2019 World Cup: Sehwag)West Indies allrounder Dwayne Bravo did not accompany his team to the hotel as he boarded a New Delhi flight moments after landing here.”He has some personal commitments in New Delhi, he will return in time,” the team’s local manager said. It was a rest day for both the teams. (Himachal Pradesh CM tells Pak team: Can’t provide security to your players) Number one ranked India, champions of inaugural edition in 2007, will take on the 2012 winners in a warm-up match at Eden Gardens on March 10.India will then travel to Mumbai where they face South Africa in a second warm-up game on March 12 before launching their campaign against New Zealand in Nagpur March 15.The West Indies will camp in Kolkata and face Australia in their second warm-up on March 13.2009 champions Pakistan, who are scheduled to arrive March 9, will also camp here and play two warm-ups — against Bengal (March 12) and defending champions Sri Lanka (March 14).Besides the four warm-up matches, the Eden will host four games in the main fixtures including the marquee men and women finals on April 3.advertisementlast_img read more

Sethu FC routs Baroda FA in IWL qualifying event

first_imgChennai, Nov 25 (PTI) Tamil Nadus Sethu Football Club began its campaign in the Group “A” of Indian Womens League qualifying tournament, with a 16-0 rout of Baroda FA at Kolhapur today.The Madurai-based team led 8-0 at half-time and pumped in eight more in the second half, a press release said.Striker R Sumithra netted six goals, including a hat-trick, Velanie Fernandes scored three, Puja Karmakar and M Nandhini scored two each while Laura Estibeiro, Manisha and A Karthika also found the net.”This is a great start for our team and we hope to carry the momentum into our next game,” coach Kalpana Dass said.”Its exciting to have scored six (goals),” said Sumithra, who hails from Thiruvarur and has turned out for the state in the national championships.”We have been working methodically at practice. Our aim is to qualify,” she added.Sethu FC next plays J&K State Sports Council�on November 27 in what is now a five-team group following the withdrawal of Capital Complex Sporting Club. PTI SS BNlast_img read more

Report: Belgium 3 Egypt 0

first_imgBelgium 3 Egypt 0: Lukaku and Hazard on target for smouldering Red Devils Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 04:49 6/7/18 Hazard - Cropped Twitter @BelRedDevils Belgium’s array of star names turned in a dazzling first-half display in Brussels as Egypt keenly felt Mohamed Salah’s injury absence. Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard were on target as Belgium continued their World Cup preparations with a dominant 3-0 win over Egypt.Manchester United striker Lukaku completed another 45 minutes on the back of Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Portugal after an ankle injury ruined the end of his domestic season, and he opened the scoring in Brussels despite a dreadful earlier miss.Hazard, along with Kevin De Bruyne, was often at the heart of Belgium’s best work and came through some rough treatment from Hector Cuper’s side before capitalising on a defensive collapse seven minutes before half-time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Roberto Martinez rung the changes at the break, with an inevitable impact upon his team’s earlier fluency, but they nevertheless remained in total control against an Egypt side badly missing the cutting edge of injured talisman Mohamed Salah.One of the replacements, United midfielder Marouane Fellaini, added Belgium’s third in stoppage time.Belgium face Costa Rica next Monday in their final warm-up for a World Cup group including Panama, Tunisia and England, while Egypt’s next fixture comes in Group A against Uruguay.Our first half goal scorers ! @hazardeden10 & @RomeluLukaku9 #REDTOGETHER  #BELEGY #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/iu6sTES7vA — Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) June 6, 2018 De Bruyne drilled across goal early on but a sliding Lukaku and Yannick Carrasco were unable to finish.Ahmed Fathy was booked for scything through Carrasco in the seventh minute, following Tarek Hamed’s yellow card for a similarly robust challenge on Hazard.A more constructive Egyptian contribution came when Mohamed Elneny saw a 20-yard piledriver blocked by Laurent Ciman but smart interplay from Hazard and De Bruyne soon had the hosts back on the front foot – veteran goalkeeper Essam El Hadary at full stretch to push Dries Mertens’ shot over the bar.Mertens then turned provider with a delicious cross from the right flank, only for Lukaku to inexplicably half-volley wide from two yards.Striker Marwan Mohsen headed Egypt’s best chance wide from Mohamed Shafy’s left-wing delivery before Lukaku made amends in the 27th minute, converting when El Hadary failed to push Hazard’s shot to safety.Hazard crashed over before gaining the goal a sparkling showing deserved, although the Chelsea star’s dinked 12-yard finish only came after woeful defending from right-back Fathy.The goalscorers made way amid a quartet of half-time changes for Belgium, while El Hadary was replaced by Mohamed El-Shenawy in the Egypt goal.Paris Saint-Germain right-back Thomas Meunier fired just beyond the top-right corner in the 61st minute, with one of the replacements, Nacer Chadli, creating the opening.El-Shenawy bundled unconvincingly to safety after Lukaku’s understudy Michy Batshuayi engineered space in the box, while De Bruyne shot too close to the Egypt goalkeeper from a 25-yard free-kick after a driving run was unceremoniously ended by Sam Morsy.Batshuayi was wasteful once more when fellow sub Adnan Januzaj weaved through some challenges but the striker proved a more adept provider, driving at a flagging defence and cutting back for Fellaini to slam home and complete a night of numerous positives for Martinez. read morelast_img read more

AUSTRALIA CLAIMS CHAMPION NATION STATUS AT WORLD CUP

first_imgMen’s 35 Years   Australia 3 def South Africa 2 Men’s 40 Years   Australia 12 def Barbarians 1 Touch Football Australia’s World Cup contingent has returned home triumphant after retaining the champion nation crown at the sixth Federation of International Touch (FIT) World Cup played at the Daniel Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch South Africa from 17-21 January 2007.The seven Australian World Cup teams performed creditably winning Gold in five out of seven divisions and Silver in the remaining two divisions.The Australians retained their World Champion status in the face of a tremendous challenge from 15 Nations, including archrivals New Zealand and the vastly improved host nation South Africa who finished third in the overall standings in the champion nation race. Australia is the only nation to field teams in every division offered at every World Cup since the event was first contested on the Gold Coast in 1988.Australia now has an outstanding record in World Cup history having lost only 5 out of 42 divisional finals in twenty-years of World Cup competition.The Australian Women’s Open Team, arguably Australia’s most successful Women’s sporting team in any code at World Cup level, led Australia’s charge with a crushing 9-3 demolition of New Zealand in the final.The Australian Women’s Team now proudly boasts an incredible 54 game winning streak at World Cup level spanning a twenty-year period.The Women’s team has never suffered defeat in World Cup competition and has completed a remarkable run of sustained excellence over six pristine campaigns at this level.Sisters Louise and Claire Winchester, twins Amanda and Kristy Judd, and Kelly Woods and Rachel Holden starred for the Aussies in a stellar team performance in the final that underlined the dominance and skill level of the Women’s game in Australia.The Aussie Women scored three Touchdowns in the opening three minutes of the Final to totally demoralize the Kiwis and there was no way back with a fit, hungry, cohesive, and well prepared Australian side determined to see four time World Cup veterans Captain Sharyn Williams, Vice Captain Melissa Pitfield, and the Judd twins out of World Cup competition on the best possible note.Coach Kerry Norman and Assistant Coach Dean Russell’s hard work and thorough preparation was reflected in outstanding form from all members of the 16-player squad who each played their part in a deserved triumph.The Australian Men’s Open Team, who have won every World Cup final contested, had to pull out all stops against a highly skilled, youthful, and agile New Zealand combination. The ‘Touch Blacks’ drew 5-5 with the Australians in their round clash earlier in the tournament and pushed the World champion Australians all the way in the decider. Australia rode home off the back of some stunning footwork from the mercurial Drumayne Dayberg-Muir who was later crowned Most Valuable Player of the World Cup after engineering Australia’s 8-5 victory, gift-wrapping the clincher for Australian Vice Captain Jason Stanton.The game ebbed and flowed after Australia again got out to an early lead like they did in the round game against the Kiwis, only to be reeled in by a fast finishing Kiwi team who played with tremendous heart, spirit, and fast feet that sonic the hedgehog would die for.The Aussies were not short of heroes themselves with Joel Willoughby, Jamie Stowe, Phil Gyemore, and Captain Gavin Shuker providing the framework for the Australian victory.Special mention must be made of defensive king Ash Farrow, who should be used instead of the Great Wall of China to ‘keep the rabbits out’. Sunshine was not even getting through on his watch.Coaches Tony Trad and Peter Robinson can be well pleased with the resilience shown by the Australian boys who remained composed and found a way to win under enormous pressure.New Zealand narrowly defeated Australia 6-4 in their “pet” division of Mixed Open after an absorbing battle. Australia won the last World Cup in the Mixed Open division in 2003 with a side containing a number of players with exceptional footwork including Drumayne Dayberg Muir and current NRL Super star Benji Marshall, but could not resist the challenge from a young New Zealand team big on combination, experience, and tried and tested skills in the Mixed genre of the game.Dean Williams, who possesses one of the most lethal pair of feet in the game, was simply exceptional for New Zealand and despite his dominant display Australia was not short of effort and big game performers who left it all out on the field for their Country as they had promised to do in an emotional pre-game team meeting.Ben Mc Cullen, Brad Holden, Matt Tope, and Ben and Steve Roberts all stepped up to the plate whilst Co-Captain Mary Steele, Belinda Gretch, and Rebecca Tavo all stood firm in both attack and defence.Co-Captain Tony Eltakchi gave his all and it was disappointing loss to end a marvellous career at World Cup Open level for Australia’s ‘Mr. Mixed’. Eltakchi has been a monument to the game at this level and can stand proudly amongst the very best and most committed players to pull on the green and gold. In the wake of Eltakchi’s loss, and the dominance of New Zealand, Australia will need to keep working on ways to broaden and improve playing skills, knowledge, and experiences unique to the Mixed game for future National players to ensure that the Mixed division thrives in this Country and at International level.Coach Gary Madders can be pleased that the gap between the two nations has narrowed since the 2005 All Nations Championships and that there are better times ahead for this division in the future. The Kiwis claimed their second title of the tournament in the Mixed 30 Years division with a nail biting 8-7 triumph over Australia.The kiwis headlined by “Mr. Touch” Peter Walters were expected to dominate this division.Their 4-1 defeat of Australia in the round game between the two heavyweights of International Touch Football, suggested it would be hard going for an Aussie team full of rookie Mixed players at this level.To coaching staff Wayne Grant and John Collin’s credit, some big deficiencies were turned around in a short space of time and a very determined, gutsy, and skilled Australian Mixed 30s team narrowly went down 8-7 to the Kiwis.The Aussies covered themselves in glory in an outstanding effort and, although not quite achieving their “World Champion” goal, the Aussie camp could not have been any prouder of the fight shown by the 30s Mixed team.Co-Captains Clynton Wastell and Cathy Ring were standouts, whilst Amanda Bourne, Alan Watts, and Manu Wakely impressed with big match performances in the Grand final.Australia collected the Men’s 30 Years division Gold Medal in a dominant 13-2 display over Samoa, having bulldozed through the competition like a front rower 1 metre out from the tryline all week.The 30s Men were cohesive and professional all tournament with Captain Chris Benfield, Adam Fahim, Ben Smith, and Wayne Gleeson producing the goods all week.The Men’s 35s division claimed a close 3-2 verdict over host nation South Africa with Captain Dave Raper and Chris Ferguson leading the way.Coach Michael Mc Donald kept heads steady and the Australians’ withstood a hometown blood and thunder effort from the Springboks to wrap up the division for Australia.Australia capped off their tournament with a 12-1 victory against a Barbarians line-up in the Men’s 40s division.Ash Taylor nabbed 4 touchdowns and Peter Wandl a hat trick in a comprehensive performance by the Aussie team who all scored touchdowns during the tournament.The game against the Barbarians was a fitting way for many of Australia’s pioneers of the game at Representative level to wave good bye to the sport at International level.Coach Dennis Coffey and Assistant Coach John Singh can be well pleased that their team’s thorough preparation resulted in such an outstanding performance.After being presented with the World Cup at the Daniel Craven Stadium, the Australian Teams headed back to their Pretoria Hotel base in Stellenbosch for a Team function.Team Awards were presented in every division, touring, coaching, medical, administration, and support staff were acknowledged, and a few quite ales were consumed by all, not to mention the belting out of a few impromptu songs from the Aussie Open Men’s team.The “We don’t need another Farrow” (to the tune of Tina Turner’s ‘We don’t need another Hero’) was amongst the crowd’s favourites.Australia’s victorious Men’s Open Coach, Tony Trad made the point that the National Anthem was not played once during Australia’s golden finals run at the fields, so appropriately all Aussie Team members rose to their feet to deliver a heartfelt, loud, off-key, but supremely proud rendition of “Advance Australia Fair” to put the finishing touches on Australia’s World Cup defence celebrations.All the Aussies were singing, even Melissa Pitfield who has had a well publicized Milli Vanilli mime act going for 12 years, but even the Aussie Vice Captain relaxed her own rule and was just another off-key but fantastically proud Aussie singing her heart out – Australian Idol be very afraid!All Australian Team members then attended the official World Cup function at nearby Spier and enjoyed traditional South African food, drink, and entertainment whilst mingling and swapping uniforms with touch playing colleagues from around the World.Most Valuable Players were awarded across all divisions, Scotland was officially announced as the 2011 host nation for the seventh FIT World Cup, and Australia’s Captains congregated on stage to accept the World Cup that enjoyed a prominent spot on the Qantas flight home on Monday/Tuesday.Aussie players headed back to the Pretoria Hotel where they enjoyed their own private celebrations in the club downstairs, many to the wee hours of the morning – revelling in their newly acquired World Champion status.Dancefloor stars included Stevie “Devo” Roberts,Rebecca Tavo, Teena Mac Ilveen, the Winchester sisters, dark horse Kelly Mc Genity, Rach Holden, and Benny Roberts.The ‘star’ performer was an Aussie Men’s 30s Men’s player whose mimed “Skipping Rope” routine lasted 20 minutes and had the crowd throwing coinage rand at his feet – not sure if it was for more moves or to pay him off to make him stop!After breakfast Monday morning, the tour party went their separate ways, some keen to get started on Game Park adventures, others keen for the beaches and bright lights of Sun City, and some even off to dive with Great White Sharks.The rest of us set off for home with a head and heart full of memories of a land, a people, and an experience that will not be easily erased by time.Knowing that the World Cup trophy that we had all given up so much for was once again firmly in Aussie clutches meant mission accomplished for Australia’s mighty World Cup contingent of players, coaches, managers, administrators, and supporters both at home and abroad who each played their part in Australia’s triumph.Even a plane delay could not wipe the smiles off our faces, in fact Kelly Woods added to this with her insightful comment,“That flight from South Africa flew on the way back.”We were all pleased Wood duck cleared up the mode of transport issue for us, just in case we were wondering after almost 24 hours of traveling..The Qantas flight home was great with Individualized Premier movies and console games at our disposal and the use of an air phone to call the ground or anyone else on board.Super coach Kerry Norman wanted to test out the seat-to-seat phone communication.I was pretty tired but saw an incoming call on my system and picked up the phone.“Hello”“Karls it’s Kez, how cool is this, it works.” Kerry enthused.Sleepy and stunned I looked one seat away to see Kerry talking to me like some walkie-talkie bandit,“That’s great Kez, I can see that, good to know.”“Ok roger, over and out” Kerry said.I just shook my head and drifted off to sleep smiling at another great memory of a fantastic time abroad shared with so many great people in our sport.As the South Africans say,Totsiens (goodbye) Salakahle, (stay well) and Hambakahle (go well). Results of Federation of International Touch World Cup Finals 2007Open Women’s    Australia 9 def New Zealand 3Open Men’s          Australia 8 def New Zealand 5Open Mixed          New Zealand 6 def Australia 4Mixed 30 Years    New Zealand 8 def Australia 7Men’s 30 Years    Australia 13 def Samoa 2last_img read more

Pochettino backs Barcelona to overcome Man United threat in Champions League quarters

first_img Next Reuters LondonMarch 19, 2019UPDATED: March 19, 2019 10:39 IST Lionel Messi has been in fine form for Barcelona in the ongoing season (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIf there is one favourite team to win Champions League it is Barcelona: PochettinoI think Barcelona are one step higher than Manchester United: PochettinoManchester United will host Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-final first leg on April 10Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has said Barcelona will have the edge in their much-anticipated Champions League quarter-final against Manchester United and has backed the Spanish club to lift the title for the sixth time.United have rediscovered their verve under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who took over from Jose Mourinho in December, and has guided the club to 14 wins in 19 games.Pochettino, however, feels United still have a lot of work to do to compete with Barcelona, who are 10 points clear at the top of the La Liga standings.”If there is one favourite team to win Champions League it is Barcelona,” former Espanyol boss Pochettino told reporters.”(Ernesto) Valverde is doing a great job. They have players of extraordinary level, and then they have Lionel Messi.”I think the Manchester United team that has been built during the past few years was built to win big things. But I think Barcelona are one step higher than Manchester United.”Man City are a team designed to win: PochettinoSpurs will face domestic rivals Manchester City in the quarter-finals, with Pochettino indicating Pep Guardiola’s reigning English champions are built to win Europe’s elite trophy.”It is clear that Manchester City are a team designed to win and with an obligation to win,” he added.”We will try to compete. We know that in short tournaments the fitness of the team at the time is very important. We have the incentive that we have a new stadium and we will play with 62,000 spectators. That will create a special energy.”advertisementTottenham will complete the move to their new 62,000-seater stadium before they host City on April 9.Also Read | East Bengal ready to take part in Super Cup, Indian Super LeagueAlso Read | Chelsea allege racial abuse at Dynamo Kiev in Europa League tieAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 Champions LeagueFollow Champions League quartersFollow Manchester UnitedFollow BarcelonaFollow Manchester CityFollow Tottenham HotspurFollow Mauricio Pochettino Pochettino backs Barcelona to overcome Man United threat in Champions League quartersWhile Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur face Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals, Barcelona take on Manchester United in their last-eight outings in April.advertisementlast_img read more

Meet Up Mondays: Bespoken

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Best Kegerators for Serving Fresh, Cold Draft Beer Right at Home The Best Lodges in the U.S. for Drinking and Relaxing The 5 Best Margarita Mixes to Stock Up On Right Now Updating your wardrobe this spring, you’ll want to find a brand that not only makes you look good and feel good but one that you can trust is well-made. Based in New York City, Bespoken delivers on all fronts—and then some. Its London-born designers Liam and Sam Fayed, for example, grew up working at their father’s tailoring biz, Turnbull and Asser, a house synonymous with Britain’s famous Savile Row, but in 2008 embarked on a different path to create Bespoken, a brand celebrated for its unobvious heritage, superb craftsmanship, smart but relaxed aesthetic, and slight rock ’n’ roll spirit. Able to define that elusive look of unstudied cool, Bespoken was named Best New Menswear Designer in 2013 by GQ Magazine. We caught up with Liam and Sam recently to talk about what it’s like to be Englishmen in New York and how to get standout style.This is a great picture of you guys. What was going through your minds when you took this?When we took this picture there were quite a few sarcastic comments going around the studio because we are normally shooting models or other people wearing our clothes. So I was joking with Liam about his blue steel look. Being brothers creates a lot of jokes at work.Are you each usually this fun or actually more reserved but witty in that classic “British” way?We both work very hard but like to have fun. We tend to be reserved when we have to be, but share that dry British sense of humor.Spring 2014You’re both Englishmen who chose to launch the brand in the US. Why is that?We felt like New York is such a mash-up of great art, fashion and pop culture. NYC is such an international city and sometimes you will find brands replicating British style in a way that has more Brit than parts of England! Kind of like how the Japanese do it in Tokyo with certain sensibilities. We love the energy of this city and people are constantly creating and progressing; it’s an inspiring place that keeps you on your toes and pushes us.Five years later, how’s the brand changed over the years? You launched and had to navigate through a recession and its recovery, after all. What are you now striving towards becoming known for?When we launched, menswear was really attaching itself to harder tailoring and more Americana-based looks. What’s really changed for the brand is this shift of guys blending more athletic and softer tailoring to their wardrobe. We are seeing a big shift from this workwear kick that has been so prevalent in the community for the past few years. It’s exciting because when we started it was all about the suit and the shirt and the tie; now it’s all about deconstructing those elements to go against the status quo and create unique looks that look refined but go against the grain of conservative looks. We strive to show rebellion within our clothes and a sense of irreverence, almost like “I don’t give a f%* if people say you have to wear a black tie with a white shirt, I’m going to do otherwise” but still make it work. We like this black sheep element.What’s the best piece of (business) advice your dad gave to you?“Retail is detail.”You offer a made-to-measure service in conjunction with Turnbull and Asser, which is pretty cool. Will you be expanding that in the future to include suiting and outerwear as so many young companies are starting to offer custom-tailoring?Yes, we have this in the horizon. We have been consciously holding back because we want to make it beautifully curated and feel special. There is this whole explosion of “custom” happening now and we want to make it as easy as possible for a guy to shop suit and shirt without any hassle or nonsense. This is something we have been working on the past few months.Spring 2014What are your thoughts about that? Are guys really getting the same quality with young companies as they would with Savile Row?We feel like we are very lucky because of our ability to work with the Turnbull and Asser factory. They have been making shirts for over 100 years and the quality is amazing. We design our collection around our DNA of shirts and use the same principles for other categories. This is important now, as guys want longevity in their clothes.Alexander McQueen and many others have said you need to know the rules in order to break them. We’re pretty sure you know how to bend them to create great style. Give us three tips to creating kick-ass style.1. Break the rules with layers: i.e. you don’t need to wear a tie with every button-down shirt. Rock a bandana over it or even wear it buttoned up with no tie under a blazer.2. Not every guy needs to buy a pair of brogue shoes to wear with a blazer. Buy yourself a pair of high black boots and watch as they wear in over time. They will start to look more clean as the leather wears in. Worn with a blazer and black denim, you can’t go wrong.3. Pairing a blazer over a knit (i.e. t-shirt or basic henley or knit crewneck) breaks the rules of having to wear ties all the time.Finally, we peeked at the Fall 2014 collection (below) and think it’s best collection to date. Tell us about the inspiration and what are the must-buy pieces?Thank you! This collection was exciting for us because Sam really dug into his rock ’n’ roll roots on the vibe for this season. We were inspired by the grit of New York and named our handle for the season “Tailored Vandal.” Downtown New York meets the London East End. Late nights. Dark alleys. Banging on drums. Cigarette butts. Wheatpasting the subways. Wandering artists. Menswear crafted from the finest materials and to the highest specifications. These were all the key terms we used to describe this season. Key pieces? The charcoal SB2 suit in grey exploded check. This is our black sheep version of a traditional check suit and can be worn super casual for winter and looks really cool. The reinforced topcoat in olive drab, made from super soft loungy melton fabric and has a sharp patch overstitch detail on arms. Looks great over a t-shirt or with a shirt and boots. The Vandal denim jacket, made from super clean resin coated denim and has a soft leather sleeve with a rib knit cuff. Very easy to wear and looks great with a necklace and beanie for casual feel.Fall 2014 8 Best Rums for Piña Coladas 10 Best Gins Under $20: Just Add Toniclast_img read more

Nunavut MLA charged with assaulting spouse

first_imgAPTN National NewsA member of Nunavut’s legislature is facing criminal charges from an incident earlier this week.Pangnirtung MLA Adamee Komoartok has been charged with assaulting his wife in Iqaluit last weekend.This is not the first time Komoartok has been in trouble while sitting in the legislature.In 2009, Komoartok was censured by his fellow MLA’s after he admitted to a drunken incident in Ottawa.Assembly officials have declined to comment on the case.Komoartok has not been seen in the legislature since Monday.last_img

UN agency urges action to address global mangrove loss

31 January 2008With 20 per cent of the world’s mangroves lost since 1980, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has called for urgent action to address the environmental and economic impacts caused by the destruction of these vital coastal forests. With 20 per cent of the world’s mangroves lost since 1980, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has called for urgent action to address the environmental and economic impacts caused by the destruction of these vital coastal forests. According to a recent assessment study, entitled “The world’s mangroves 1980-2005,” the total mangrove area has declined from 18.8 million hectares in 1980 to 15.2 million hectares in 2005. However, the rate of loss has slowed down in recent years, owing to greater awareness of the importance of these ecosystems. FAO is urging better protection and management of mangroves, given their crucial role in providing wood, food, fodder, medicine and honey, as well as habitats for many animals like crocodiles and snakes, tigers, deer, otters, dolphins and birds. Found in over 120 countries, these forests also protect coastal areas against erosion, cyclones and wind. “Mangroves are important forested wetlands and most countries have now banned the conversion of mangroves for aquaculture and they assess the impact on the environment before using mangrove areas for other purposes,” said Wulf Killmann, Director of FAO’s Forest Products and Industry Division, on the occasion of World Wetlands Day, observed on 2 February. “This has lead to better protection and management of mangroves in some countries. But overall, the loss of these coastal forests remains alarming. The rate of mangrove loss is significantly higher than the loss of any other types of forests,” he added. He cautioned that if deforestation of mangroves continues, it can lead to severe losses of biodiversity and livelihoods, and also negatively impact tourism. “Countries need to engage in a more effective conservation and sustainable management of the world’s mangroves and other wetland ecosystems.” The destruction of mangroves is mainly due to high population pressure, large-scale conversion of mangrove areas for shrimp and fish farming, agriculture, infrastructure and tourism, as well as pollution and natural disasters. The study notes that Asia suffered the largest loss of mangroves since 1980, with more than 1.9 million hectares destroyed, mainly due to changes in land use. By country, Indonesia, Mexico, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea and Panama recorded the largest losses of mangroves during the 1980s. At the same time, a number of countries have had an increase in mangrove area over time, including Bangladesh. “Part of the largest mangrove area in the world, the Sundarbans Reserved Forest in Bangladesh is well protected and no major changes in the extent of the area have occurred during the last few decades, although some damage to the mangroves was reported after the recent cyclone in 2007,” said Senior Forestry Officer Mette Wilkie. FAO is currently working on producing a World Atlas of Mangroves to be published later this year. read more

WatchSteel aluminum tariffs negatively impacting onethird of Canadian exporters poll

Don MacKinnon/AFP/Getty Images Meanwhile, the U.S. and China’s trade war had been escalating until the two economic superpowers reached a truce earlier this month. But, the arrest of a top Chinese technology executive in Vancouver at the request of U.S. authorities may imperil that reprieve.The federal agency, which supports export-oriented companies, conducted a telephone survey of 1,000 small-, medium- and large-sized Canadian exporters from Oct. 23 to Nov. 13, and found that the signing of the USMCA had a notable impact on their investment plans.With a deal reached, roughly 41 per cent of companies surveyed now say they have increased or are considering increasing investment — more than double the number of firms from six months prior when a continental trade agreement was still in limbo.As well, the percentage of companies saying they were delaying plans due to trade deal negotiations has shrunk to 35 per cent, down from 57 per cent of those surveyed six months earlier.However, 34 per cent of the exporters surveyed said they were negatively impacted by the steel and aluminum tariffs, more than EDC expected, said Hall.EDC said foreign tariffs or trade barriers were cited by respondents as the top challenge facing Canadian exporters, at 14 per cent. That was followed by obtaining financing and finding skilled talent, both at 11 per cent.Of the five components included as part of EDC’s confidence measure, it was exporters’ belief in world economic conditions that slipped the most.One-third of the companies surveyed said increased protectionism was affecting their global strategy.“It’s not just something that’s a fear, it’s actually impacting their strategy… They’re asking themselves, ‘What is my next move?’ And they’re really unclear about that at the moment,” Hall said. OTTAWA — More than one-third of Canadian exporters say they have been negatively impacted by steel and aluminum tariffs that are affecting Canada-U.S. trade, according to a survey by Export Development Canada.The Ottawa-based Crown corporation said Tuesday that among companies claiming to having been hit by these tariffs, 19 per cent have in turn raised prices and 18 per cent have found alternate markets and suppliers.And while the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, has eased uncertainty, the results of the federal agency’s latest poll show that exporters’ confidence has eroded amid broader global trade tensions such as those between the U.S. and China, said Peter Hall, chief economist at EDC.U.S.-China trade war distracting from talks with Canada on steel tariffs: Morneau‘This has been a battle’: Canada signs onto new NAFTA trade deal on sidelines of G20 summitDeal nears for end to U.S. metal tariffs, but Trump’s push to impose strict steel quotas could create fresh tensionsExporters’ expectations have now “come back down to earth,” said Hall.“Now we’re faced with arguably much more serious global protectionist measures… A battle between China and the United States where there are some very tangible tariffs in place that are global trade inhibitors,” he said in an interview.The federal agency’s semi-annual survey showed that overall trade confidence slipped to 73.8 per cent, marking a drop from 76.5 per cent on the previous questionnaire six months earlier when exporters’ spirits were buoyed by strong economic activity despite North American trade concerns.In September, Canada, the U.S. and Mexico finally reached a deal to replace the North American Free Trade agreement, ending months of uncertainty. However, punitive U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs slapped on Canada and Mexico during the strained negotiations remain in place.Steel wire products manufactured by the Tree Island Steel Company are seen in Richmond, British Columbia. read more

Deploring callous fanaticism of Casablanca bombings Annan urges sustained global fight against

“The callous fanaticism and intolerance of these acts is repugnant to all religions and to the great majority of humanity,” a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement which particularly deplored the deliberate targeting of civilians.”The Secretary-General considers that the recent wave of terrorist outrages, coupled with fresh warnings of further attacks being planned, underlines the need for the international community to give its full attention to the need for a broad-based and sustained campaign against international terrorism,” the statement said.Mr. Annan also conveyed his condolences to the Government and people of Morocco and to the families of the victims.

The importance of African heritage

Niagara Region played a significant role in the abolition of slavery. It’s home to an important terminus on the Underground Railroad. Abolitionist and freedom fighter Harriet Tubman rescued people from the United States slave trade and brought them to a BME church in St. Catharines.Her efforts firmly established St. Catharines as the last stop of the Underground Railroad for freed slaves from as far away as Philadelphia and beyond.The Niagara Region played a very important role in the abolition of slavery and the civil rights movement.“Brock University is in the area where many stories took place and we want people on campus to know about the history and heritage of people of African descent,” said Associate Professor Jean Ntakirutimana, of the Department of Modern Languages and a member of the Brock African Heritage Recognition Committee (BAHRC).“The Niagara Region played a very important role in the abolition of slavery and the civil rights movement.”He said a little-known fact is the role Niagara played in the civil rights movement when leaders held meetings in Fort Erie because it wasn’t safe to meet in Buffalo.Ntakirutimana said the committee is attempting to get Brock included as part of the UNESCO Slave Route Project to showcase the region’s history.In recent years, the committee has hosted keynote speakers and events exploring African heritage and bringing together black history scholars, which is a key objective of the Slave Route Project.The Dr. Wilma Morrison Speakers Series keynote event is planned for March 3 when Professor Joseph Menseh from York University, former deputy director of the Tubman Institute, will be at Brock.Ntakirutimana said it’s important to remember slavery and the Underground Railroad during Black History Month, also called African Heritage Month, because the echoes of the past are still felt today.“What happened during the slavery era still has impacts on people of African descent,” Ntakirutimana said, pointing to racism and the disproportionately high number of incarcerated African Canadians.It’s a liberation story. It’s how people came from nothing to make something of themselves.Merveilles Tshisuaka, a second-year student and member of ROOTS African Caribbean Society, said the portrayal of black people in the media is usually a one-dimensional stereotype.“When you see a black person in the media it’s because they shot someone or died,” she said. “I do feel black people are portrayed as a caricature.”Tshisuaka said racism exists and takes many different forms. In her life, she finds herself being guarded to avoid being seen as a stereotype.“We have to fight to prove we are not bad people,” she said.ROOTS member Francis Akpotu, a third-year international student from Nigeria, said celebrating Black History Month is an opportunity to educate the community about slavery, its impacts and the contributions of people of African descent.“It’s a liberation story,” he said. “It’s how people came from nothing to make something of themselves.”Akpotu said the month is a way to shed light on something that is too often ignored. He said if you go to a museum and see a tusk, it means nothing to you. But, if someone is there to explain the origins of the mammoth tusk and its history, it will then have value.“Black culture is rich and vibrant but since it doesn’t get much attention, people ignore it,” he said. “It’s like that tusk.”Black culture is being celebrated this month and throughout the year, with a number of events planned by various groups. Click the links to find out more about upcoming events: ROOTS, Brock East African Student Association, Young, Black and Educated and Brock University Ghana Association. Brock lecturer Richard Ndayizigamiye, a member of the Brock African Heritage Recognition Committee, said a focus of February is not only about the history of slavery and its legacy but also a celebration of the accomplishments of people of African descent.“Youth of African descent tend to be confused. They are growing up in North American culture that doesn’t value their history and the contributions of their elders,” he said.That can lead to unconscious feelings of inferiority rather than pride in their descendancy. The more everyone is educated about African heritage, the better relationships and understanding can be, he said.The following is a list of some of the events taking place this month:On Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. Brock Associate Professor Tamari Kitossma will speak about the social politics of blackness and black cinema and the Spike Lee Film Do The Right Thingwill be screened at the MIWSFPA as part of the Black History Month Film Festival.On Feb. 27 starting at 1 p.m. the films Desert Flower and The Wiz will play at the MIWSFPA.Feb. 19 the African Association of Niagara gals is being held at Club Roma. Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 7 p.m. Okay Bakassi is the special guest and highlights include African drumming and singing. Tickets are $30 in advance.Feb. 24 from 2-4 p.m. in Pond Inlet there will be a panel on Uncovering Racial and Cultural Bias in Popular Culture.Feb. 22-26 the Black Love Campaign runs.Feb. 24 – Black Power Mixedtape movie screening.Feb. 27 is the Sofifran Festiv’ebene 2016 featuring an evening of entertainment starting at 4 p.m. at the Niagara Folk Arts Robertson Hall on Church St. in St. Catharines.Tshisuaka said the events are for everyone – not just the black community.“Black History Month, it already means a lot to black people,” she said. “It’s not just a black person’s story. It’s everyone’s story.” read more

US immigration agents target convenience stores to nab illegal Cbean nationals

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUS immigration agents crack down on ‘sanctuary state’ CaliforniaFebruary 3, 2018In “World”US immigration sweep: Guyanese among C’bean nationals nabbed, facing deportationApril 6, 2017In “Regional”Letter: NY Guyanese edgy on Trump’s immigration round upFebruary 17, 2017In “Letters” US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents serve an employment audit notice at a 7-Eleven convenience store yesterday in Los Angeles. (Photo: AP)WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — US Federal immigration agents on Wednesday arrested several undocumented workers when they descended on dozens of convenience stores across the country, targeting illegal Caribbean and other immigrants.The agents descended on 7-Eleven convenience stores before daybreak, arresting undocumented workers and demanding paperwork from managers, in what the Trump administration described as its largest enforcement operation against employers so far.The sweeps of 98 stores in 17 states, from California to Florida, resulted in 21 arrests, according to United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which signalled intensified efforts against businesses that hire unauthorised workers.“Today’s actions send a strong message to US businesses that hire and employ an illegal work force: ICE will enforce the law, and if you are found to be breaking the law, you will be held accountable,” said Thomas D Homan, the acting director of the agency, in a statement.Homan, the US’s top immigration-enforcement official, has promised more scrutiny of businesses that knowingly violate federal laws requiring employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of their workers.Under President Trump, ICE has significantly expanded immigration enforcement, arresting undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants in their homes or when they check in with US federal agents as part of immigration court cases.In a statement, 7-Eleven Inc, based in Irving, Texas, distanced itself from the situation, saying that the individual stores are franchises that belong to independent business owners, who “are solely responsible for their employees, including deciding who to hire and verifying their eligibility to work in the United States.”“7-Eleven takes compliance with immigration laws seriously and has terminated the franchise agreements of franchisees convicted of violating these laws,” the company said.If ICE hoped to make a bold statement, it could hardly pick a more iconic target than 7-Eleven, a chain known for ubiquitous stores that are open all the time and sell the much-loved Slurpees and Big Gulps, the New York Times said in a report adding that several 7-Eleven franchises have been steppingstones for new legal immigrants who want to own and run their own small businesses.ICE called its Wednesday sweep a “follow-up” of a 2013 investigation that resulted in the arrests of nine 7-Eleven franchise owners and managers on Long Island, New York and in Virginia on charges of employing undocumented workers.Several have pleaded guilty and forfeited their franchises, and have been ordered to pay millions of dollars in back wages owed to the workers.According to ICE, federal agents served inspection notices to 7-Eleven franchises in California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington State and Washington, D.C.In all, 16 of the 98 stores visited on Wednesday were in the New York City area, according to an ICE spokeswoman, Rachael Yong Yow, who would not specify the locations.In Miami Beach, an employee at one 7-Eleven said that while no agents showed up at her store, her boss asked workers to make sure their employment records were up to date, in case ICE continued its visits, according to the Times.It said agents dropped in on 7-Eleven stores in seven cities in southeast Florida, including Miami Beach, according to Nestor Yglesias, an ICE spokesman; he, too, declined to identify specific stores.Wednesday’s raids were made amidst intense political battle about a US federal programme that shields from deportation young Caribbean and other immigrants who were brought illegally to the US as children.Stating that the decision to kill the programme was improper, Judge William Alsup of Federal District Court in San Francisco wrote on Tuesday that the Trump administration must “maintain the DACA programme on a nationwide basis,” as the legal challenge to the US president’s decision proceed.President Barack Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme (DACA) in 2012 to also give young immigrants the ability to work legally in the United States.President Donald Trump moved to end the programme in September, saying that Obama’s actions were unconstitutional and an overreach of executive power.This has reportedly set off a fierce debate in Washington as Democrats and Republicans spar about how to provide relief for about 800,000 immigrants who could face deportation when the programme ends on March 5. read more

Hassan Moustafa about restriction of NT foreign stars We have to respect

The closing press conference of the 24th Men’s Handball World Championship in Doha took place in LUSAIL Multipurpose Arena. IHF president Dr. Hassan Moustafa showed his satisfaction for everything what handball fans could see in the last 17 days in three Doha’s venues. However, the most interesting question from the journalist’s was linked with possible future restriction of the number of foreigners per national team in order to avoid the „case of Qatar“, who is almost without domestic players:– We are IHF Council who has nothing with that. That is a question for IHF Congress, so you better ask your national Federation to make initiative and proposal for that issue. We have to respect decision of our Congress. I can’t tell you my private opinion. Otherwise, I have to resign if I don’t agree with Congress’ decisions – said Moustafa and adde:– We are very happy to promote our sport in this area. Not only Qatar, but whole Gulf. We need also UAE, Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, we need them. They have a lot of facilities. Why we should not use them? – concluded Moustafa. ← Previous Story IHF “Experts” announce “Rookie team of WCh 2015” with a few mistakes Next Story → France win fifth World Champion’s crown! read more

EC estimates 4 per cent recession

first_imgThe European Commission has revised its estimates about the rate of recession in Greece in 2013, from 4.2 per cent to 4 per cent. The Commission also estimates that the Greek GDP will increase by 0.6 per cent in 2014 and that unemployment will reach 27 per cent in 2013 and is expected to fall to 26 per cent in 2014 and 24 per cent in 2015. Regarding the deficit, the European Commission has predicted a 4 per cent rate for 2013, without taking into consideration the extensive recapitalization of the systemic banks. Including the bank refinancing, the rate is expected to be 13.5 percent of the GDP this year. For 2014 the deficit will drop to 2 per cent and in 2015 it will be 1.1 per cent. In relation to the debt and citing the forecasts the European Commission expects Greece΄s debt to reach 176.2 per cent of GDP this year versus the spring forecast of 175.2 percent. Debt will ease to 175.9 percent of GDP in 2014 but that is higher than the spring forecast of 175 percent. In 2015 Greece΄s debt is expected to decline to 170.9 percent of GDP. The EC expects that Greece would achieve a structural budget surplus of +1.2 percent this year, which will drop to +1.0 percent in 2014 and will return to a deficit of -0.1 per cent in 2015. Unemployment in Greece is projected to reach 27 percent in 2013 and decline slightly to 26% percent in 2014 and to 24 per cent in 2015. The European Commission clarified that these predictions are based on the assumption that all gaps for 2014 and 2015 will be covered by measures agreed upon with the troika during the scheduled reviews. Sources: tovima, capital.gr Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Les peintures rupestres nauraient pas été réalisées nimporte où dans les grottes

first_imgLes peintures rupestres n’auraient pas été réalisées n’importe où dans les grottesPubliant leurs travaux le 12 décembre dans le Journal of Archaeological Science, des chercheurs espagnols ont étudié l’acoustique d’une grotte ornée de la région de Valence et suggèrent que les peintures rupestres y ont été réalisées à des endroits précis, où l’écho permettait de donner une résonance particulière à d’anciens rituels.    Et si les peintures rupestres n’avaient pas été réalisées dans des endroits choisis au hasard ? Dans la lignée de recherches menées antérieurement par le mathématicien Iegor Reznikoff, des préhistoriens des universités de Barcelone et de Saragosse ont testé les propriétés acoustiques des abris sous roche de Valltorta, près de Valence. Des abris ornés d’un art préhistorique dit “levantin”, datant des débuts du Néolithique (il y a 6 à 10.000 ans). À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Tout comme leur prédécesseur l’avait fait sur des sites d’art pariétal situés en France et en Russie, Margarita Diaz-Andreu et Carlos Garcia Benito ont ainsi pu mettre en évidence un lien entre distribution des peintures rupestres et résonance acoustique. Autrement dit, ils ont remarqué que les voix, battements de mains et sifflements sont plus particulièrement répercutés par l’écho (de façon plus sonore, ou répétés un plus grand nombre de fois) lorsqu’ils sont émis face aux endroits où la paroi est ornée. A l’instar de Reznikoff, les chercheurs espagnols suggèrent ainsi qu’à ces points particuliers des cavernes avaient lieu des rituels mettant en scène à la fois les peintures ornant les parois – la dimension visuelle – et les incantations ou les chants lancés par l’assistance et répétés par l’écho – la dimension sonore. Une hypothèse qu’il sera évidemment bien difficile de confirmer.Le 22 décembre 2012 à 13:57 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more