Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Aussies banner Powerman bets ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups LATEST STORIES Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans “No idea,” said Nash. “I know coach Tim (Cone) will do something. I’ll ask Olsen about it.”PBA legend Olsen is Cone’s assistant with the Kings. But he doesn’t have to spill any major secrets for TNT to figure out how it can gain control of the best-of-five affair.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Texters have been consistently holding their own against Barangay Ginebra’s imposing frontline and will again have to cut down the Gin Kings to size anew if they want to score a crucial Game 3 victory Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“We always believe that we’re capable of beating Ginebra. But it takes a lot of focus and a lot of effort to do that,” said Nash. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sealing all possible gaps in the lane, the KaTropa leveled the semifinal showdown by humbling the Gin Kings, 103-96, on a road trip in Batangas City last Wednesday.Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar, Ginebra’s twin wrecking balls in the paint, couldn’t split the space down low efficiently, allowing TNT’s defenders to clamp down on them easily.Even Justin Brownlee, who finished with a game-high 25 points, was smothered by TNT’s choking internal defense in the closing minutes when the Kings attempted to cut down a double-digit advantage.“I think in every position, we are outsized by Ginebra. When they play with a big lineup, it’s really hard to play them,” said Racela.Tony Semarad did an exceptional job on limiting Brownlee’s mobility inside while Kelly Williams and Moala Tautuaa had seven-footer Slaughter and the 6-foot-9 Aguilar in check.ADVERTISEMENT While containing these giants plays a critical role in scoring a win, TNT must also let quintessential playmaker Jayson Castro provide the leadership and make sure Glen Rice Jr. stays out of early foul trouble this time.“We have to stick to our rebounding and defensive game plan,” said Castro in Filipino. “We don’t want to get outhustled just like in Game 1. We should again come out with a lot energy.”Slowed down by leg cramps late in the final period, Castro tallied 20 points and 10 assists in his crucial matchup with Ginebra’s LA Tenorio. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PBA IMAGESAlmost lost in the intensity of the semifinal series and the rivalry of the team owners involved is the fact that Nash Racela and brother Olsen are squaring off from opposite benches on the hardcourt.Nash, the TNT KaTropa coach, threw a slight joke about it, when asked on what adjustments he is expecting from Barangay Ginebra in Game 3 of their series, which is now tied at 1-1. ADVERTISEMENT View comments
AdvertisementThe Indian Cricket team has arrived in the United States for the upcoming T20 Internationals which starts on Saturday in Florida.The players are busy practicing and get themselves in the right mindset before the tour starts, they have been seen enjoying themselves and posting pictures on social media.On Friday, the captain of the Indian Cricket Team posted a picture on twitter with a caption “SQUAD”. In the Picture debutant Navdeep Saini, ace all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, Krunal Pandya , Shreyas Iyer, Khaleel Ahmed, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and KL Rahul can be seen alongside Captain Kohli.SQUAD 👊💯 pic.twitter.com/2uBjgiPjIa— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 2, 2019However, India’s leading batsman in the shortest format of the game Rohit Sharma was missing from the picture and this gave ammunition to the people who have assumed that there is rift between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.Ever since India’s exit in the recently concluded cricket world cup semifinals the speculation of a rift between the two have taken shape. But the head coach and the captain have denied any kinds of rift between the two.The Indian limited over-vice captain doesn’t follow the Indian captain Virat Kohli and has recently unfollowed Anushka Sharma which added spice to the speculation of rift between both of them. Advertisement
Aishwarya Paliwal New DelhiAugust 30, 2019UPDATED: August 30, 2019 06:04 IST Participants perform at the launch event of Fit India Movement at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi.Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched the Fit India Movement at Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi. On the occasion of National Sports Day, PM Modi administered a fitness pledge to the people of the country.Addressing the gathering at the Capital stadium, the Prime Minister urged all the citizens to inculcate a culture of fitness. Striking a cord with the younger generation, the Prime Minister said, “Whether it is the boardroom or Bollywood, whoever is fit touches the sky.If the body is fit, the mind is hit.” Mentioning the country’s health statics, the Prime Minister said that diabetes and hypertension is increasing in India every day and is not even sparing the young too. Diabetes and hypertension prevalence is high in middle and old age across all geographical areas and socio-demographic groups in the country.The Prime Minister urged everyone to take up fitness as part of their daily lifestyle to get rid of ailments. According to India’s health index, non-communicable diseases kill around 61% people in the country. The number of overweight people has doubled between 2005 and 2015, add to this, every 12th Indian has diabetes, according to data.Minister of State, Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju is heading a 28-member committee comprising government officials, members of Indian Olympic Association, national sports federations, fitness promoters and private bodies to advise the government on the movement.Centenarian sprinter Man Kaur on Thursday hailed the Fit India Movement, saying a country can progress only if its citizens are healthy. The 103-year old sprinter and her 81-year-old son Gurdev were among the veteran athletes, who attended the Capital event.advertisement Dancers perform on the occasion of National Sports Day, at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi on Thursday. Boxers fight in a ring in front of the Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru on Thursday, to mark the nationwide launch of the Fit India Movement. Participants perform Yoga during the launch event of Fit India Movement at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium. (L-R) Prime Minister Narendra Modi being greeted by actor Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari and BJP MP Gautam Gambhir at the launch event of Fit India Movement on National Sports Day at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium.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 byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow fit india movement Fit India Movement: Key moments from the nationwide event on National Sports DayPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched the Fit India Movement at Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi.advertisement Next
The Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund is increasing by $6 million to meet greater demand and local spending from the sector and will now be $26 million for 2018-19. “This is another sign of strong activity from film and television producers, which is good news for the province’s creative economy,” said Minister of Business Geoff MacLellan. “The fund supports our interest in building a competitive sector and it provides government with the ability to be more transparent and monitor, forecast and adjust the funding available as long as it’s within our fiscal plan.” The Film and Television Production Incentive Fund was introduced in July 2015, designed to provide accountability and more direct economic benefits for Nova Scotians. It provides between 25 and 32 per cent of eligible costs such as labour, goods and services purchased from a Nova Scotia-based supplier. Administered by Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI), the fund provides specific requirements for the use of Nova Scotia talent and public reporting of all approved spending. The fund model allows government to budget annual investments in film based on fiscal ability. So far in the 2018-19 fiscal year, NSBI has announced 43 productions, providing $18.4 million in funding commitments. The full list of approved productions under the fund can be found at http://novascotiabusiness.com/news/film-productions-announced .
A Quebec coroner will investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Gilles Duceppe’s mother after the 93-year-old woman was found Sunday in the snow outside a luxury Montreal seniors’ residence where she lived.The coroner’s office said Monday it will try to determine how Helene Rowley Hotte, mother of the former Bloc Quebecois leader, perished after leaving her building when a fire alarm sounded in the early hours of Sunday.Police said she ended up locked out in the middle of a frigid snowstorm, and her body was discovered more than seven hours later.Montreal police said the victim had hearing problems and likely didn’t understand the announcement that her part of the building – one of three wings in the complex – was not part of the 4:15 a.m. evacuation order.The door locked behind her as she went into a backyard. Montreal’s fire department responded to a call at the complex that night, but the all-clear was given around 6:20 a.m.Const. Caroline Chevrefils said police received a call about 11:45 a.m. Sunday about a woman found dead in the snow, likely from hypothermia. They transferred the investigation to the coroner’s office after determining there was no criminal element to the death.Quebec Premier Francois Legault extended condolences to Duceppe and his family Monday.“Isabelle and I are shattered by the death of Mrs. Rowley, Gilles Duceppe’s mother,” Legault wrote on Twitter from France, where he is on an official visit. “I offer all my sympathy to Gilles, his brothers and sisters, and to the whole family in this moment of great sadness.”Isabelle et moi sommes bouleversés pas le décès de Mme Rowley, la mère de Gilles Duceppe. J’offre toutes mes sympathies à Gilles, à ses frères et soeurs, ainsi qu’à toute la famille dans ce moment d’une grande tristesse.— François Legault (@francoislegault) January 21, 2019Meanwhile, Marguerite Blais, the minister responsible for seniors, said she has asked health officials for a full briefing.“My sincerest condolences to the family of Mr. Gilles Duceppe on the death of his mother during this tragic event,” Blais wrote. “We will shed light on this very sad story.”Mes plus sincères condoléances à la famille de monsieur @GillesDuceppe pour le décès de sa mère lors de cet événement tragique. J’ai demandé un état de situation au MSSS et nous ferons la lumière sur cette histoire très triste. #CAQ #PolQc #Assnat— Marguerite Blais – Coalition Avenir Québec (@Marguerite_CAQ) January 21, 2019Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante and Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet also offered condolences to Duceppe.Rowley Hotte, a mother of seven, was married to well-known Quebec actor Jean Duceppe, who died in 1990. Her father – John James Rowley – was British by birth, leading Duceppe to frequently quip that he was a “bloke who turned Bloc.”A longtime friend of Duceppe, who asked not to be identified, said Rowley Hotte was in excellent physical and mental health and had dined with family members the previous evening. Family checked in with her every morning, and they became worried when there was no answer to their calls Sunday. They arrived to find her unit empty, the friend said.Duceppe declined to comment when reached by The Canadian Press.According to the province’s registry of seniors’ homes, the Lux, located near the Olympic Stadium, has 440 units and opened in 2009. Of the 660 residents, some 493 are 75 and older. Six employees, including two nurses, would have been working on a weekend evening, according to the registry.Representatives of the residence declined to comment on Monday.Joannie Lambert-Roy, a spokeswoman for Quebec’s coroner’s office, said coroner Gehane Kamel has been assigned to investigate Rowley Hotte’s death. According to statistics compiled by the coroner’s office, there was 121 accidental deaths in Quebec from exposure to excessive cold between 2000 and 2016 – 31 of which involved victims aged 75 or older.
CALGARY – Canada has agreed to drop a decades-old trade dispute against the European Union’s restriction of beef imports thanks to terms in the recently enacted Canada-EU trade agreement.The dispute goes back to 1989 when the European Union closed the door on imports of hormone-treated beef, leading both Canada and the United States to challenge the decision at the World Trade Organization.In a joint statement posted to the WTO website Tuesday, Canada and the EU said that the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement that went into force last month was “conducive for finding a mutually agreed solution and settling the dispute.”The terms of the CETA deal allows Canada to export 50,000 tonnes of hormone beef duty-free, while in Tuesday’s release Canada agreed to suspend its dispute on the hormone issue while the trade deal remains in place.Canada had been pushing for a large enough quota to make it worthwhile for producers to set up hormone-free herds, which are generally more expensive to manage.The government had also looked for assurances from the EU that European governments would not set up non-tariff barriers to Canadian meat, using the back door to prevent Canadian products from competing with their own.
Rabat – Violent clashes erupted on Saturday afternoon between opposing protest groups over plans for building a mosque in Bendigo, a city in Victoria, Australia.About 300 anti-mosque protesters, mostly from the United Patriots Front, who gathered in Northern Victoria were faced with a counter rally with equal number of protesters from anti-racist groups including ‘No Room for Racism’ and ‘the Socialist Alternative.’Opponents of the mosque opening in Bendigo were shouting slogans against Islam. The clash started when a large number of far-right United Patriots Front (UPF) supporters broke through police lines and started punching peaceful protesters who took to Bendigo Town Hall to voice their concerns over the increasing wave of hatred and racism in the country.Police intervened and managed to separate the fighting groups after restraining the crowd with pepper spray.Given the green light by the Local Council in mid-2014, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Courts later upheld the opening of the mosque, which will include two prayer rooms, a shop and a community sports hall.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
12 February 2009The United Nations reported today that some 24,000 uprooted people have fled Sri Lanka’s Vanni region so far this year, as clashes continue in the north of the South Asian island nation, where some 250,000 civilians are trapped by fighting between Government forces and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). As a result, transit sites, few of which have been prepared so far, are becoming overcrowded.According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), a new “safe zone” has been set up along the western boundary of the Mullaitivu Lagoon, which includes areas where UN staff and their dependents are staying.Over 350 people, including wounded children and orphans, have been evacuated to Trincomalee on the eastern coast, where the hospital no longer has space for new arrivals.Authorities have located a facility for some 100 of those who are less severely wounded, and the UN and Sri Lanka’s Department of Public Health are assessing preparedness and response adequacy.Earlier this week, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) expressed “outrage” at the senseless killing of hundreds of civilians caught up in fighting between Sri Lankan forces and the LTTE in areas under rebel command.“We are calling upon both the Government and the LTTE to halt indiscriminate fighting in close proximity to large concentrations of innocent people in the so-called safe zone,” agency spokesperson Ron Redmond said.
The United Nations is moving quickly to deploy staff to its newly established political mission in Libya and begin work, the head of the operation said today, stressing that the initial focus will be on helping the country restore public security, plan for elections and ensure transitional justice.Ian Martin, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Libya and the head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York that “the new Libya faces enormous challenges, but it faces them with many positive features.”Mr. Martin noted the international community’s overwhelming support for Libya’s transition process as it has been outlined by the National Transitional Council (NTC), which is serving as the North African country’s interim authorities.He also noted last week’s unanimous authorization by the Security Council of UNSMIL, which has an initial three-month mandate.“That three-month period will give us an opportunity not only to provide immediate assistance and advice to the NTC and to engage with them and with Libyan civil society, but then through that engagement to make sure that the longer-term mission that we recommend to the Security Council genuinely reflects Libyan ownership and Libyan wishes,” he said.Pockets of fighting continue in Libya but pro-democracy groups have defeated forces supporting the ousted regime of Colonel Muammar al-Qadhafi and taken control of nearly all of the country.Mr. Martin, who is returning to the country this week to continue with preparations for UNSMIL, said his team was working already in the areas which the NTC has emphasized: elections, public security and transitional justice.Next week UN electoral experts will deploy to Libya, while top officials from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) are also expected to visit the country for talks with the NTC.During a visit to Libya last week, Mr. Martin was accompanied by senior UN electoral and police officials, and they held talks with Libyan counterparts about the way forward now that the conflict is concluding.He added that a small political team is already present in Tripoli, the capital, as well as in the eastern city of Benghazi. In total almost 200 international and national staff are forecast to work for the mission.Meanwhile, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced today that it will resume cooperation with Libya, in fields ranging from education and culture to science and media development.The agency’s Director-General Irina Bokova said the priorities would be supporting the country’s rebuilding of its education system and encouraging the emergence of a more pluralistic media. 22 September 2011The United Nations is moving quickly to deploy staff to its newly established political mission in Libya and begin work, the head of the operation said today, stressing that the initial focus will be on helping the country restore public security, plan for elections and ensure transitional justice.
The fisherman, who was initially identified as Ramasamy, is survived by his wife and two young children. Three other fishermen, Sudalaimani, Anthonysamy and Muniasamy, are also feared drowned. She would not mind if the office of the Consulate General of India in Jaffna gave a decent burial to the body in Talaimannar itself, she said. Sources in the Fisheries Department said that based on communication from the Consulate General, they would obtain a consent letter from the family for the burial.Meanwhile, U. Arulanandham, president, Alliance for Release of Innocent Fishermen (ARIF), said that the government should provide compensation to the families of the three other fishermen also as their chances of survival were remote. The body of a fisherman, believed to be that of one of the four Indian fishermen who went missing after their boat sank while fishing on the high seas in the early hours of November 29, was found washed ashore off Talaimannar in Sri Lanka, The Hindu newspaper reported.Indian Police inquiries revealed that the highly decomposed body was that of N. Zakir Hussain (32), one of the four fishermen who had set out for fishing and went missing after the boat sank following seepage of seawater through a broken wooden plank. When police showed the photograph of the body and identification marks of a tattoo on his left hand and steel ring and black half-pants he was wearing, Hussain’s wife Jemila Begum (28) confirmed that it was the body of her husband. “It is my husband’s body and he had tattooed his niece’s name Rubina on his left forearm,” Begum told the police. Her husband was also wearing a steel ring, she said and the identification matched with a ring on the body. The young woman with a three-year-old son and two-year-old daughter was left in the lurch after losing the sole breadwinner. After her husband went missing, Begum, who was living in a rented house at Sivagami Nagar, moved to her mother’s place here, she said.“I have nothing left with me and I do not know how I will bring up my children,” she told The Hindu . She appealed to the government to provide her a livelihood and help her to educate her children.
WASHINGTON – U.S. consumer confidence fell this month to the lowest level since September. Consumers are worried about the job market and rattled by events in Greece and China.The Conference Board said Tuesday that its index of consumer confidence fell to 90.9 in July from a revised 99.8 in June. That’s the lowest since September’s reading of 89.Consumers’ assessment of current conditions fell slightly to a still-healthy 107.4 from 110.3 in June; but their outlook for the next six months dropped sharply to 79.9 this month, the lowest since February 2014 and down from 92.8 in June.Lynn Franco, a Conference Board economist, says consumers may have been concerned about the debt standoff in Greece and a stock market plunge in China.The percentage of consumers describing current business conditions as “good” slipped to 24.2 per cent from 26.1 per cent in June.The percentage expecting the job market to improve over the next six months dropped to 13.1 per cent from 17.1 per cent in June; the percentage expecting fewer jobs in six months rose to 20 per cent from 15.2 per cent.Consumers were also slightly less likely to expect their incomes to grow in the next few months and more likely to expect them to fall.Adam Collins, an economist with Capital Economics, said the dip in confidence also reflects higher gasoline prices in recent months; prices hit bottom at $2.03 a gallon in late January and have since rebounded to $2.70 a gallon, according to AAA. Consumer caution may reduce spending to an annual growth rate of 2 per cent in the July-September period from the 2.7 per cent forecast for the April-June period, Collins said in a research note.He predicted their mood will improve. “With the labour market likely to strengthen further, wage growth poised to accelerate and the recent fall in oil prices suggesting gasoline prices may start to decline again,” he wrote, “confidence should rebound soon.” He expects consumption growth should then rise back toward 3 per cent.Still, Mark Vitner, senior economist at Wells Fargo Securities, worries that consumers’ darkening mood reflects bigger problems. A strong dollar has made U.S. products less competitive in foreign markets, hurting American manufacturers. And weakening global economic growth has pushed down commodity prices and hurt mining and energy firms.“The slide likely reflects the pressure that weaker global economic growth and the stronger dollar are exerting on parts of the country tied to energy production, mining and agriculture,” Vitner wrote in a research report.The government will report Thursday on gross domestic product during the April-June quarter. The economy contracted 0.2 per cent during the first three months of the year, pummeled by winter weather and global economic pressures that caused the dollar to rise in value and hurt the affordability of U.S. made goods abroad.Economists say that the economy likely returned to growth in the second-quarter, expanding at a 2.7 per cent annualized pace.A separate survey of consumer sentiment compiled by the University of Michigan that was released this month showed a preliminary decline in sentiment from June to July. by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Jul 28, 2015 11:17 am MDT Last Updated Jul 28, 2015 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this June 6, 2015 photo, a customer at left pays for produce with cash to a worker at a stand at the Atlanta Farmers Market, in Atlanta. The Conference Board releases its July index on U.S. consumer confidence on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. (AP Photo/David Goldman) US consumer confidence drops sharply in July on worries about job market, turmoil overseas
Parents frantically trying to find that must-have Christmas toy for their child have been warned by authorities of scammers peddling potentially dangerous counterfeit goods.As the festive season causes a desperate scramble for the trendiest toys, causing many shops to sell out and parents to face spending far more than the selling price by purchasing the presents on eBay and Amazon, counterfeit traders are cashing in.Tired shoppers trying to find the perfect toy may see what appears to be a bargain or a sale on one of the year’s trendiest gifts — but the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) has warned that these “bargains” may not be all as they seem. The Trading Standards authority reminded parents that genuine Fingerlings will clearly say have the manufacturers details “WowWee” printed on the packaging: WowWee Canada Inc. 3700 Saint Patrick Street, Suite 206, Montreal, QC, H4E 1A2.Copy and fake versions will often have different names like ‘Baby Monkey’, ‘Happy Monkey’ or ‘Finger Monkey’. The authority has warned that unofficial children’s merchandise such as toys and dressing-up clothes could pose numerous hazards with small loose parts, long cords and materials that are toxic or not conforming to fire retardant standards.One must-have toy is the Fingerling, an electronic animal that sits on the wearer’s finger and moves and blinks.These toys have been selling out in toy shops, and the price has hiked online as many buy them in order to sell them on to desperate parents. The CTSI told The Telegraph :”Christmas can be a stressful time of year, full of pressures to buy the latest must have toys. Stock shortages can send desperate parents into the arms of counterfeit traders with cheap, potentially dangerous fakes.”Trading standards services are continuously working to tackle the issue but it is vital consumers remain vigilant too.”Parents should be cautious when buying toys this Christmas and not fall for the first deal they see.”Make sure to buy from reputable shops, beware of products that are drastically cheaper and look at the packaging for the distributor’s details and a CE mark. “Remember the 4 P’s when shopping this Christmas – Price, Place, Product and Packaging.” My nephew wants a fingerling so bad and my heart is breaking because they are sold out everywhere how do parents do this😭😭— Kathleen Lights (@KathleenLights1) December 7, 2017 Counterfeit traders have seized on the opportunity to dupe parents, making fake versions of the toy.50 of these were seized in one country alone — officers from the Trading Standards authority visited a store in Suffolk and identified that all Fingerlings on sale in the store were counterfeit, with samples being sent off for testing as there are suspicions the products could be dangerous.Councillor Matthew Hicks, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for Environment and Public Protection, said: “Toys must meet strict safety standards and undergo rigorous testing to ensure that they are safe. Counterfeit toys will have been manufactured with absolutely no regard for their safety.” These interactive monkeys have been a hit this Christmas – but check the ones you are buying are the real dealCredit:Eddie Mulholland 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. My daughter is obsessed with those fingerling monkeys! Why are they sold out everywhere?! 😒— mandi. (@Kollkaikaysemom) December 5, 2017
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedParts from recent plane crashes heading overseas as investigations continue- GCAASeptember 15, 2017In “latest news”Pilot dies after plane crashes over MahdiaAugust 28, 2017In “latest news”Investigation launched into fatal plane crash- GCAAJuly 27, 2017In “latest news” -Authority met with Airline Operators to address safety, other issues affecting sectorThe Director General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Lt. Col. (ret’d) Egbert Field, held discussions with all Airline Operators on August 11, 2017 at its Kingston head office. The meeting was called to address the many issues affecting the aviation industry which the Authority highlighted as a major concern. Among the issues discussed were the recent aircraft accidents involving Roraima’s Norman Britton Islander, with registration number 8R-GRA, which crashed on July 25, 2017, on approach to the Eteringbang airstrip runway and resulted in the death of its pilot, former GDF Major Captain Collin Martin, and Wings Aviation CESSNA single engine plane, bearing registration number 8R-GPA, which also crashed on August 8, 2017, after taking off from the same airstrip. The pilot in the latter accident survived with minor injuries.GCAA meeting with Airline OperatorsIn her briefing, head of the Accident and Investigation Group, Ms. Paula McAdam, noted that the investigations into the two aircraft accidents were 60 per cent complete. Meanwhile, the Director General noted that while the accidents are tragic, the country can be considered fortunate to have such a low aircraft accident record, given the volatile environment in which the domestic aircraft operate. However, the aim remains to reduce the current number of aircraft accidents to zero and work towards maintaining same.The meeting also sought to address the frequent flight delays being experienced by passengers of Dynamic, Caribbean and Fly Jamaica Airlines. The Director General noted that the recent encumbrances faced by passengers and the airline operators while unfortunate, were not by design. In one instance, the delay of the flight was necessary as safety concerns were given high priority over efficiency and timeliness of the flight.The operators were also encouraged to improve their safety management systems to ensure that safety standards remain high. “We are moving into an expanding industry, we are moving into more sophisticated aircraft, soon we’ll have the offshore helicopters operating…ensure that your qualities and standards are beyond question…I am therefore calling upon you to assist us in our venture of making this industry a safe and accident free industry,” Field said.
After two years of negotiations, Greece’s privatization agency finalised the sale of Astir Palace, the landmark luxury resort in Vouliagmeni, a seaside Athens suburb, to Turkish-Arab fund Jermyn Street Real Estate. The two sides agreed on the sale of a 90 per cent stake of the iconic hotel complex, for the price of €400 million ($573.8 million), ending a long discussion often disrupted by elections, change of government – and specifically, by the Syriza-led government’s initial opposition to privatizations. Privatizations are part of the bailout programs implemented in Greece, but the government has been reluctantly going through with the process, which is met with resistance by the public sector unions. Among the factors that stalled the sale of the luxury resort to the real estate conglomerate representing investors from Turkey, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Kuwait and other Emirates, was the court ruling of the planned construction as illigal, according to the Greek laws. The two sides agreed on an amended special zoning plan, aligning the plot’s development with the ruling. “The positive conclusion of the Astir sale … is an excellent example of a constructive and productive cooperation between all state institutions and the private sector, opening the way for the country’s growth”, stated Stergios Pitsiorlas, chairman of the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF), the government agency in charge of privatisations. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
(WSVN) – Walt Disney World officially opened in Central Florida on October 1, 1971. Check out photos from the theme park’s first years in operation: Photo: Walt Disney World Aerial view over the Contemporary Resort, 1971 (Photo: State Archives of Florida) View of Cinderella’s Castle, 1971 (Photo: State Archives of Florida) Below the sky ride in Magic Kingdom, 1971 (Photo: State Archives of Florida) Tourists visit the Magic Kingdom, 1971 (Photo: State Archives of Florida) Tourists visit the Magic Kingdom, 1971 (Photo: State Archives of Florida) Main Street USA, 1971 (Photo: State Archives of Florida) Looking down Main Street USA to Cinderella’s Castle (Photo: State Archives of Florida) Outside the Country Bear Jamboree, one of the park’s original attractions, 1971 (Photo: State Archives of Florida) Cinderella’s Castle, 1971 (Photo: State Archives of Florida) Magic Kingdom monorail, 1974 (Photo: State Archives of Florida) 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ride, 1974 (Photo: State Archives of Florida) Liberty Square Riverboat at Magic Kingdom, 1975 (Photo: State Archives of Florida) Aerial view of Cinderella’s Castle, 1976 (Photo: State Archives of Florida) View of the skyride in Magic Kingdom, 1977 (Photo: State Archives of Florida) Double decker tour bus in Magic Kingdom, 1977 (Photo: State Archives of Florida) Gully whumper boat ride in Magic Kingdom, 1977 (Photo: State Archives of Florida)Watch video of the park’s grand opening celebration and parade below:Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Shivaraj Kumar in Rustum.PR HandoutYears after working as a stunt choreographer film industries across the nation, Ravi Varma is directing his first movie in the form of Rustum. It also marks the debut of Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi in Kannada.Shraddha Srinath, who is now one of the most sought after actresses in Sandalwood, Rachita Ram and Mayuri Kyatari are playing the female leads in Rustum. J Mahendran, Harish Uthaman, Arjun Gowda and others are in the supporting roles.Anoop Seelin has composed the music, Mahen Simha has handled the cinematography and Deepu S Kumar has edited the flick, produced by Jayanna and Bhogendra.Rustum is an action thriller that revolves around fearless police officer played by Shivaraj Kumar. The challenge for him is to fight against the corrupt system and clean up the criminal elements. The story is packed with romance and other necessary commercial ingridients.Shivanna’s action-packed movies have always excited his fans. After superhit movie Tagaru, the actor has donned the cop’s role again. With a good trailer and a big star cast, the Kannada flick has picqued the interest of the cine-goers.Analysis: The early reports emerging from social media indicates that the movie has a slow start and first half is filled with masala elements. Check out the viewers’ response to the film below:Cineloka: #RUSTUM : Pakka Action Entertainer by @stuntravivarma. Second half is engaging. Emotional scenes are good. Action Sequences & BGM are the best. Shivanna shines as a Tough Cop. @vivekoberoi’s extended cameo is appealing. Rating – 3.5/5 Rustum – Interval Block Shivanna has 2 shades. Movie Picks up very well after a familiar start. @stuntravivarma’s chasing and stunts choreography are brilliant. @AnoopSeelin’s BGM is Top notch. #RUSTUM : Pakka Action Entertainer by @stuntravivarma. Second half is engaging. Emotional scenes are good. Action Sequences & BGM are the best. Shivanna shines as a Tough Cop. @vivekoberoi’s extended cameo is appealing. Rating – 3.5/5PopcornKannada.com: #Rustum intermission : The hunt begins now. last half an hour was engaging after the boring start. Action and background music are impressivepavithra.b gowda: ರುಸ್ತುಂ First half ಫುಲ್ ಮಸಾಲೆ ಭರಿತ ಮನೋರಂಜನೆ #shivanna fully energy Look like ಅಣ್ಣಾವ್ರು ..@stuntravivarma congratulations #shivanna #RustumSathya Narayana R: #Rustum #Shivanna Terrific Action @stuntravivarma proved his direction talent in his first venture. Terrific first half. #Rustum Breathtaking Shot by #MahenSimha #AnopSelin BGM is Trendy Pre-Interval. @stuntravivarma You Nailed It As Director. #Rustum @stuntravivarma Take A Bow, Fastest And Engertic First Half. Transformation Of Common Man To Super Cop Ultimate. Must Watch #Rustumsadanand: #Rustum Proud son of legendary Dr.Raj-Starting from a lover boy to action, sentimental,character&roles of substance, Dr.Shivarajkumar has been fondly& aptly called as the Karunada Chakravarthi-He has excelled in all varieties of roles&given epic movies-Rustum will be another gem!keshav ✨: Bigg Boss runner up acted in Rustum shivanna promised him that he will give chance in his Movie as promised shivanna gave him chance..King For A Reason #RustumGoutham: #Rustum is a literal blunder. The first half just takes the Cake for the worst narration this year for an actor like #Shivanna. No hopes for the second half.
Share Pool/Getty ImagesFor the second time in just over a year, President Trump ordered airstrikes on Syrian targets in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack by Syrian President Bashar Assad.The coordinated attack on Syria by U.S. and allied military forces illustrates the conflicting impulses behind President Trump’s foreign policy. He remains an “America First” isolationist who disdains a role as global policeman. But Trump is also a determined counter-puncher who can be moved to action by grisly pictures he sees on TV.For the second time in just over a year, Trump ordered airstrikes on Syrian targets in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack by Syrian President Bashar Assad.“The evil and despicable attack left mothers and fathers, infants and children, thrashing in pain and gasping for air,” Trump said Friday, describing a chemical attack on the Damascus suburb of Douma a week ago. “These are not the actions of a man; they are crimes of a monster instead.”Just 10 days before launching the retaliatory strike, Trump had stressed his impatience to bring U.S. troops home from Syria, where they’ve been battling ISIS. Both the president and his military advisers took pains to say the attack on Assad’s chemical weapons facilities was not a prelude to a wider war.“America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria,” Trump said. “As other nations step up their contributions, we look forward to the day when we can bring our warriors home.”Earlier this month, Trump hinted that day could come quickly.“I want to get out. I want to bring our troops back home,” Trump said during a White House news conference on April 3. He argued that the money the U.S. has spent since 2001 fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq has been largely wasted.“I want to start rebuilding our nation,” Trump said. “We will have, as of three months ago, $7 trillion in the Middle East over the last 17 years. We get nothing — nothing — out of it. Nothing.”That echoed comments Trump made during the campaign when he argued that the U.S. had overextended itself militarily around the world.“We are losing billions and billions of dollars,” Trump said during his first debate with Hillary Clinton. “We cannot be the policeman of the world. We cannot protect countries all over the world where they’re not paying us what we need.”Once again, though, Assad’s suspected use of chemical weapons prompted the president to play cop on the beat, however reluctantly.“It’s too bad that the world puts us in a position like that,” the president said Thursday during a meeting with politicians about agriculture and trade deals.Unlike the attack a year ago, in which American forces unilaterally fired cruise missiles at Syria, this latest assault was carried out in cooperation with U.S. allies France and Britain.“Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result,” Trump tweeted Saturday.Although the president said the U.S. and its allies are prepared to sustain their campaign against Assad’s chemical weapons facilities if necessary, he suggested that military action is finished, for now.“Mission Accomplished!” Trump also tweeted.A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 14, 2018The president consulted frequently with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron in the days leading up to the attack. Coordination with those allies is one reason the strike took longer to organize than last year’s.Trump also discussed the Syrian situation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the emir of Qatar, Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.The presence of Turkish and Russian troops in Syria along with local forces and the remnants of ISIS adds to the complexity of the landscape.“We’re trying to stop the murder of innocent people,” Defense Secretary James Mattis told the House Armed Services Committee this week. “On a strategic level, it’s how do we keep this from escalating out of control.”Trump has often spoken of his desire to build a stronger relationship with Russia, but Moscow’s support for Assad poses another impediment to that.“Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path or if it will join with civilized nations as a force for stability and peace,” Trump said Friday night as he announced the airstrike. “Hopefully, someday we’ll get along with Russia, and maybe even Iran. But maybe not.”Trump also stressed that his suspicion of U.S entanglements in the region has not changed since the campaign.“No amount of American blood or treasure can produce lasting peace and security in the Middle East,” the president said. “We will try to make it better, but it is a troubled place. The United States will be a partner and a friend, but the fate of the region lies in the hands of its own people.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Houston Police Department via TwitterHPD Chief Art Acevedo briefs local media after a shooting that occurred in west Houston on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo informed Tuesday afternoon that a shooting involving an HPD officer occurred at the intersection of Beechnut Street and Wilcrest Drive, in west Houston.During a media briefing held on the scene of the shooting around 4:00 p.m., Acevedo explained the officer was rendering assistance to a man at a pharmacy and heard shots across the street, on the parking lot of a gas station that is being built.Acevedo said that when the officer approached the man who had fired the shots he tried to engage him and, at that point, the officer shot one round, although the HPD Chief believes the suspect wasn’t hit.The suspect, who Acevedo described as an Asian or Hispanic male between 20 and 30 years-old, fled in a black Ford F-150 pick-up truck.The HPD Chief detailed the suspect has black hair and was wearing a long sleeve flannel shirt.The officer, who has been with HPD for about 10 years, wasn’t injured and will be placed on administrative duty pending some additional investigation which, as Acevedo noted, is “normal protocol” for the Police department.HPD Chief @artacevedo briefs media on officer-involved shooting in 10900 block of Beechnut https://t.co/ochi1USmsz— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) June 5, 2018 Share
Kolkata: State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) seized huge quantity of explosives from Bankura on Sunday. This is for the third time within a week, the CID has found explosives here.According to CID officials, on Saturday sleuths got a tip-off that a truck loaded with explosive materials will enter Bankura. Working on the information CID sleuths intercepted a truck bearing Jharkhand registration number in the evening at Beliatore. CID and police officials present at the spot asked for documents from the driver. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseLater during search, sleuths discovered that the truck was loaded with explosive material. The driver and the owner of the truck, identified as Nishant Kumar, was arrested immediately. After preliminary interrogation, sleuths suspect that the explosives was destined to Birbhum district. During search operation, sleuths seized 97,500 electric detonator, 6250 kg gelatin sticks (power gel) and 11,450 kgs ammonium nitrate from the truck. Previously on Wednesday CID had seized huge quantity of explosive materials from Saltora. The explosive material was stored inside a warehouse at Kastora village of Saltora in Bankura. Sleuths have seized 52,500 pieces of electric detonators, 106 cartons of gelatin sticks (power gel) and 133 sacks of ammonium nitrate along with one abandoned SUV and a bike from there. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe explosive materials were being procured from Orissa, Telangana and Jharkhand. It is suspected that the explosive materials was procured to be used in illegal stone quarries. CID had found explosive materials from a person’s house at Boga village of Indpur in Bankura on Friday night. The owner of the house has been arrested. During search sleuths had seized approximately 800 electric detonators, 200 packets of gelatin sticks (power gel) and around 100 kg of ammonium nitrate. Seeing the huge recovery within a week panic triggered across the Bankura district. Sleuths have also took a serious note in this regard and stepped up the security across the district to maintain law and order situation.
Almacenes Barguil have always been characterized by providing its clients with different types of products. (Courtesy of Víctor Méndez) Almacenes Barguil have always been characterized by providing its clients with different types of products. (Courtesy of Víctor Méndez)What products do you sell at Almacén Barguil?We divide it by departments. There’s the vinyl department that includes different vinyl types for couches and decorations, or for floors and walls; there are also carpets, cloths and many more products. There’s also the foam and mattress department. We have rings, cements, hammers, shoe polishers and everything else related with shoes; a department with things related to sewing such as nylon, threads, needles, lace and sewing machines; and the sports department, in which you can find fishing equipment, soccer balls, Ping-Pong balls and many other things.From what countries do you import all of your products?From El Salvador, Colombia, China, Japan, Germany and Taiwan. About 90% of the products are imported.How did your great-grandfather distribute the businesses throughout the country?Since the beginning, Barguil was next to a market. In Alajuela, Heredia and Cartago, they are right around the corner from the market. In San José, it’s next to the Mercado Borbón. My great-grandfather’s idea was always that the people would meet at a common place, the market, and then look for more things to buy that they didn’t find at the market, so they would go to Almacén Barguil.Read more “World in Costa Rica” interviews here.Would you like to share your or your family’s coming-to-Costa Rica story? Contact us at email@example.com or share a post or video with the hashtag #SoyMigranteCR. Facebook Comments In 1930, young José Barguil decided to leave his hometown of Maaloula, Syria, in search of a better life – and began a circuitous journey that would eventually lead to his own Costa Rican business and family legacy.Barguil was only 20 when he left his hometown behind to follow one of his uncles to Colombia. He stayed there for about two years until he came down with tuberculosis. At that time, his closest option for quality treatment was Costa Rica’s Sanatorio Durán in Cartago; he arrived there in 1932.During his treatment, he fell in love with Cartago, a passion that would continue throughout his life. After he had been cured, Barguil went on to train as a shoemaker, then opened a store in Cartago where he sold materials for shoemaking. He eventually founded his own department store, Almacenes Barguil, which has endured for more than 80 years in multiple Costa Rican locations.In 1940, also in Cartago, he met the woman he would later marry, Rosario Meza. They had seven children who have continued the family business of Almacenes Barguil in Cartago, San José, Alajuela and Heredia. At the branch of the store located in San José near the Mercado Borbón, Barguil’s daughter Zayda is the manager alongside her grandson, Víctor Méndez Gólcher, meaning that the family business has now spanned four generations.Méndez, 28, studied business management at the Latin American University for Science and Technology (ULACIT) and obtained a Master’s degree from the ENAE Business School in Spain. He is now pursuing a master’s degree on big data for innovative technologies with Spain’s ESADE’s online program OBS.On a sunny morning at our offices in Barrio Amón, The Tico Times sat down and spoke with Méndez about his family’s story and business. Excerpts follow.Could you tell me a bit about your job at Almacén Barguil?While I was studying to obtain my Master’s degree I asked myself what I was going to do when I returned. Within those options was working at Barguil; we’ve got to maintain that. I told my grandmother that I was interested in helping at Barguil, so she told me to get ready.It’s very hard because there are about 8,000 different products in all shapes and sizes with very complicated names. [Laughs.] Everyone knows the names and prices by memory. The first year was very hard because I didn’t know anything, so I started in the wholesale part with a project to expand our business throughout the country.When I got to Barguil, the most impressive part was to see my grandmother at work. She knows everything there so well, and never forgets anything. She notices what has to be changed. She’s super smart and knows everything [that happens in the store]. Zayda Barguil receiving an award for being the employee of the year. (Courtesy of Víctor Méndez) Current manager Zayda Barguil (center, pale blue dress) with her husband Luis Gólcher (grey suit) celebrating Barguil’s title as manager as the time. (Courtesy of Víctor Méndez)Tell me about your great-grandfather, José Barguil.I was a child and do remember a bit about him, but he was very old. Due to the war in Syria, he had to flee. He and one of his brothers decided to go to Colombia because an uncle of theirs lived there. They went to Colombia without speaking a word of Spanish and with about $2. He began working and learning to speak Spanish.In Colombia he got tuberculosis. He was told that the only place near Colombia to get treated was in Cartago, Costa Rica. He came to Cartago and marveled at its green mountains. In Maaloula, Syria, everything was pure rock and with no color. While he was at the Sanatorio Durán, he fell in love with Cartago. He was always very loyal to Cartago and it was his true love. He was part of the Board of Directors at the soccer team there; if he had to give money to the people, he would do so. He said that thanks to Cartago, he was still alive.It was there where he met my great-grandmother, Rosario Meza, at the Parque Central in Cartago. It was a local party with an orchestra, where women danced and met men. They got to know each other and got married, and he founded the Almacén Barguil. José Barguil was the founder of the department stores Almacén Barguil, which have endured for more than 80 years in Costa Rica. (Courtesy of Víctor Méndez) Maaloula was the town in which José Barguil lived in Syria. (Courtesy of Víctor Méndez)Before coming to Costa Rica, did your great-grandfather know anything about the country?No. My great-grandfather was going to a place in which he didn’t know what to expect and what not to expect. Everything that would happen there was a surprise for him.How did the Almacén Barguil get started?It all began as a shoe store. My great-grandfather knew how to build shoes, but did not have the materials to do so. He went to speak to a shoemaker to ask him for the materials and said he would pay him later. Before, it was like that…you’d pay the other person when you had the money.So he started creating shoes. If you see the photos you’ll see that it says zapatería (shoe store) or department festival. We still have some of the shoes he made; I found them when we were looking inside of some old warehouses.The original Barguil store is from Cartago, but now they’re all distributed throughout San José, Heredia and Alajuela. Each family member formed their own Barguil store, but they’re all the same. It’s really nice because they sell the same products, but the stores are different. Within the family everyone supports each other. We were taught that: if it’s the family, we’ve got to support each other no matter what. Some of Almacén Barguil’s clerks. (Courtesy of Víctor Méndez) Almacén Barguil’s shoe department. 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