Countdown to Baseball Celebration

first_imgThe Latest: Heavy rain before All-Star game, good derby TVCINCINNATI — Here are the latest developments from the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, the summer showcase where stars from the American League and National League compete for home-field advantage in the World Series (all times local):4 p.m.Here comes the rain. The sunny morning with streets filled with red-clad fans has suddenly turned into a colossal summer storm ahead of the All-Star Game on Tuesday night.Wind is blowing, the tarp is out and visibility at Great American Ball park is so bad, the Ohio River beyond the outfield isn’t visible from the press box.Here’s video of the tarp going on the infield: p.m.A new format and Todd Frazier’s performance in the Home Run Derby that electrified the home crowd helped bring in big overnight ratings for the event.ESPN’s telecast got a 4.9 rating, up 26 percent from last year’s derby in Minnesota that received a 3.9.___3:40 p.m.With all the talk this week about Pete Rose, banned from baseball for gambling on the Reds when he was their manager, it only makes sense to ask Commissioner Rob Manfred about baseball’s relationship to Draft Kings.The daily fantasy baseball site pays cash to winners who wager on nightly lineups (you’ve seen all the ads plastered around ballparks this season, right?).Manfred says he’s made clear to players and front office personnel that playing daily fantasy sports isn’t appropriate for them. But he says baseball sees a clear distinction between people who can affect the outcome of a game and fans who want to engage through daily fantasy sports.The players union is keeping tabs on the new association with the website.Union head Tony Clark said Tuesday at the Baseball Writers’ Association of America meeting that they’re walking a very delicate line that can easily be muddled.___3:30 p.m.How’s this for quick: MLB is running an advertising campaign this season meant to attract a more youth-orientated audience using the hashtag #THIS.In addition to spots focusing on young stars such as Mike Trout, Yasiel Puig and Chris Archer, the league has been running ads based on specific moments on the field. Todd Frazier earned his own ad for his win in the Home Run Derby in front of his home fans Monday night, just a few hours after he knocked out Joc Pederson in the final round.Check the ad out here: p.m.MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred says there is no meeting set yet with Pete Rose, who remains a celebrated presence in Cincinnati.Rose is being allowed on the field for pregame ceremonies before the All-Star Game on Tuesday night.Before meeting with Rose, the first-year commissioner wants to get a grasp of all the evidence presented from when the hits king was banned from baseball in 1989 and additional material gathered since then.Players’ association head Tony Clark later says the commissioner will make the decision about whether Rose should be re-instated but he feels it’s “a travesty” that whenever Rose is brought up in baseball conversation, it’s tied to his banishment. Clark would not give his opinion on whether Rose should be re-instated.___2 p.m.The head of the MLB Players Association turned to the NFL for an example when asked about his concerns on releasing more medical information to teams ahead of the MLB draft.Tony Clark says it’s a “travesty” that medical records belonging to defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul were apparently leaked to the public after the New York Giants star had a fireworks accident on July 4.Clark says giving unmitigated access to such information is a problem when it shows up in blogs and social media. He says “opening a Pandora’s Box and hoping everyone plays nice in it is not something we are interested in doing right now.”So, that’s a no.___1:45 p.m.Before the All-Star Game on Tuesday night, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred spent more than 30 minutes answering questions from reporters. He even got an assist from baseball executive Joe Torre. Here are some highlights:— Manfred said no changes to address fan safety are coming soon. The subject has been a hot topic since a woman in Boston was hospitalized after being struck by a flying bat. MLB is still evaluating ballpark safety features and, if there are any changes, they will be implemented before next season.— Strike three! Asked if umpires are calling a lower strike zone, Manfred deferred to Torre, who is in charge of on-field operations.Conspiracy theorist fans can rest easy, Torre said there’s been no change in strike zone compared to last year. Two years ago umpires began calling lower strikes. Torre insisted there has been no effort to call more strikes overall to speed up pace of play.— Manfred says the commissioner’s office is continuing to work on a new domestic violence policy and will have an announcement shortly.___1:40 p.m.MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred says he’s encouraged by pace of play changes and reports that games are moving along better.He told reporters on Tuesday before the All-Star Game in Cincinnati that it’s hard to ignore that the average game time is down 9 minutes, even though average length of game was not the priority in speeding things up. Manfred says the most important issue involving pace of game is player support.He says he’s talked to 29 of 30 teams about pace.MLB has been experimenting with a 20-second pitch clock in Double-A and Triple-A. Manfred says the results are encouraging but bringing the clock to the big leagues would require negotiated changes with the players union.MLB Players Association head Tony Clark doesn’t sound too interested in using the clock in the bigs.He says the clock’s success in the minors has no bearing on how it would work in the big leagues.The game is fundamentally different at the highest level, he says.___1:30 p.m.Don’t count on any postseason expansion in MLB.Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday before the All-Star Game in Cincinnati that he likes baseball’s playoff format, including the one-game play-in for wild-card teams. He says the selectivity of baseball’s postseason is one thing that sets the game apart from other sports.One instance in which fans may get their best-of-three wild-card series is if MLB goes to a shorter schedule someday — perhaps after 2016 collective bargaining. It would be one way to offset revenue losses from the regular season.On league expansion, Manfred says he thinks MLB is a growth business. He says he’s open to the possibility of expansion at some point.When asked about Montreal, where the Expos once played, Manfred said he believes the Canadian city has a rich history and showed major interest during two exhibitions.But he says it’s a long way from two exhibitions to 81 home games in a facility that meets major league standards.___11:30 a.m.It’s All-Star Game day and the sun is shining on Cincinnati — although thunderstorms are in the forecast for game time (8:15 p.m.) at Great American Ball Park.It’s a sea of red in the streets of downtown Cincinnati as fans start to line up for the All-Star parade.Commissioner Rob Manfred is going to hold a Q&A with members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

I remembered his eyes: Petra Kvitova tells court of intruder in knife attack

first_imgTwo-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova told a Czech court on Tuesday how she grabbed the blade of an attacker’s knife and forced it away from her neck, leaving blood everywhere, during an attack at her home in December 2016.Kvitova suffered severe wounds to her playing left hand as she struggled with the knife-wielding intruder. She returned to professional tennis in May 2017, crowning her comeback 18 months later with her first final appearance at 2019 Australian Open.Giving testimony in the trial of a 33-year-old man charged with her assault, Kvitova said she had felt no pain when the 10-inch blade cut into her hand.To avoid direct confrontation with the suspect during the trial, Kvitova sat in a separate room at the Brno regional courthouse, giving a detailed account via microphone and camera of how the man entered her apartment and then attacked her.The man had rung her doorbell at 8:30 a.m. posing as a workman come to inspect the hot water system in the flat, the Czech news website quoted her as saying.”He asked me to turn on the hot water tap and at that moment I had a knife against my neck. I grabbed it with both hands. I held the blade with my left hand. I snatched it away, I fell on the floor and there was blood everywhere,” she said.Kvitova described how she tried to reach her mobile phone on the carpet but he pushed it away. She told him she needed to go to hospital and asked whether he wanted money.advertisement”He asked how much I had. I said ten thousand crowns ($440) and he said ‘OK’. I gave him the money, he left and I called the ambulance and then the police,” she added.Though she had felt no pain when the attacker cut her hand, Kvitova said: “When I saw the blood, I started blubbing.””All the fingers on my left hand had been cut, and the nerves in my thumb and index finger severed. Even today, the mobility is not 100 per cent. There is no sensitivity in the tips [of my thumb and index finger].”Kvitova said she had recognised her attacker in photos provided by the police.”I knew it was him the moment I saw him [in the pictures]. I remembered his eyes mainly.”The suspect faces up to 12 years in jail if convicted. He has already been sentenced to 2 and a half years in a separate case. His trial in the Kvitova case will continue with the testimony of experts.Also Watch:last_img read more


first_imgTwo people have filed a federal lawsuit against Sioux City over its ordinance banning pit bulls.Jennifer Frost and a woman identified as Jane Doe are asking the court to bar the city from enforcing the ordinance and to overturn it as a violation of their constitutional right to due process.The lawsuit says the ordinance, which took effect in 2009, is inconsistent and bans animals that are not harmful.Frost was required to relocate one of her dogs outside of city limits because of the ordinance, and the two plaintiff’s each fear other dogs they own may be subject to impoundment.They claim their dogs have never harmed or acted aggressively towards anyone.City officials had not been served the lawsuit as of 11:30am Wednesday.last_img

Ritz-Carlton Yachts: The Ultra-luxurious Cruise Line for People Who Hate Cruising

first_img World’s First Hybrid-Electric Cruise Ship Sails the Northwest Passage 1 of 6 Here at The Manual, we tend to favor the finer, simpler things in life. But, sometimes you have to splash out and go big. Like for your parents 30th anniversary or when you need a $25,000 bottle of Bowmore. Whatever the reason, Ritz-Carlton is giving us another way to celebrate. The brand has, for decades, been synonymous with sophisticated (one might even say “stuffy”) luxury hotels around the world. Now, they’re taking to the high seas with the aptly named Ritz-Carlton Yachts. Think of them as “cruise ships for anyone who hates cruise ships.”Each ship in the ultra-luxurious fleet will stretch just 623 feet (minuscule by today’s cruise ship standards) and guarantee an intimate experience by accommodating just 298 passengers. All 149 handsomely designed suites will boast a private balcony, and two flagship penthouse suites will offer 450 square feet of living space. Onboard amenities will include a full-service spa, plus a state-of-the-art wine bar and panoramic observation lounge. Several gourmet dining options will be provided, including a restaurant by three-star Michelin Chef Sven Elverfeld (who currently heads up Aqua at Germany’s Ritz-Carlton Wolfsburg). Needless to say, numerous relaxation areas will offer pools, hot tubs, and reading lounges. The company is also working on a host of on-board and land-side “one-of-a-kind curated destination journeys” to include unique experiences with local chefs, artisans, and musicians.As you might expect, the ports of call will not include the typical stops on the well-worn Caribbean cruise circuit (no Jamaica or Cancun here). Ritz-Carlton Yachts’ seven- and ten-day itineraries will focus mostly on the Mediterranean, Europe, and Latin America. The ships will dock in some of the world’s most exclusive destinations, including old town Cartagena, Portofino, and Capri. Witness Antarctica’s 2021 Total Solar Eclipse on an Exclusive Cruise Virgin Voyages Sea-ks Name For New Cruise-Ship-Exclusive Beer World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Editors’ Recommendations Previous These aren’t the first ultra-luxury yachts in the world. Other cruise lines like Crystal Cruises and Silversea have long offered passengers stratospheric cruise experiences that cost north of $1,300 USD per person per day. But, it is the first time that a legit luxury hotel chain has taken their brand to the water in such a big way.The first three yachts will be based in Miami, Florida. Reservations are expected to open in Spring 2018, with the inaugural launch scheduled for late 2019. So, at least you have time to start saving. Next Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play Applast_img read more

Sound Huggle Headphones are the Earmuffs You Need on a Cold Day

first_img The Best Wired and Wireless Headphones for Travel Kicking It With Timber Joey of the Portland Timbers Soccer Team The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: Redux Editors’ Recommendations Understanding Diets and Dieting with Shawn Wells A Rev-ealing Conversation About IndyCar Racing with Takuma Sato Sound Huggle/FacebookHave you ever had to make the difficult choice between headphones and earmuffs? Those who live in colder climes know the struggle all too well — walking to work (or school, or the bus, or the train) is much more enjoyable when you can bump your favorite tunes along the way.Enter Portland, Oregon-based startup Sound Huggle, which aims to combine headphones and earmuffs in one stylish, affordable package. Founders Samantha Tran and Jason Yeh, who moved to Portland from the chilly streets of New York and Chicago, were inspired by the frustration and discomfort that ensues when trying to stay warm with headphones (or earbuds) equipped. Our brother site, Digital Trends, invited Tran and Yeh into the office to learn more about Sound Huggle. You can watch a Facebook video of the chat here.The headphones (headmuffs?), soon to launch on Indiegogo, feature Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free listening, along with basic controls so you never have to take off your gloves. With more than 30 feet of Bluetooth range, you can even drop your phone and engage in a fierce snowball fight.They will be available in several colors, and buyers will be able to choose between knit or fleece exteriors, as well as fleece or furry interiors. You will also be able to take phone calls on the Sound Huggles; the battery should last for seven hours of music playback or 10 hours of talk time.Perhaps the coolest feature: The headphones are collapsible, so you can slip them off your ears and fold them directly into a jacket pocket. Since they are buffered by soft, woven fabric, there is no need to worry about toting around a zippered carry case either.According to the website, the headphones will feature “crisp vocals, warm mids, clean bass, [and] rich quality sound.” Since we don’t know anything about the technology, we can neither affirm nor rebuke this claim.While these could certainly come in handy during your winter walks, they could make a real impression if they can also be used for winter action sports like skiing and snowboarding. Get your own here.Feature image courtesy of Sound Huggle/Facebook.last_img read more

Rio Theatre site put up for sale but operator Corinne Lea emphasizes

first_img Facebook Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img The Rio Theatre has been near the corner of East Broadway and Commercial Drive for 90 years. – PHOTO BY STEPHEN THOMSON An East Side cultural landmark near the corner of East Broadway and Commercial Drive has been put on the market.Leonard Schein has listed the Rio Theatre property for sale. However, the operator of the business, Corinne Lea, points out that she has eight years remaining on her lease.“I want to reassure you all that the Rio is not going anywhere as long as we have anything to say about it!” Lea said in a statement on the Rio Theatre’s Facebook page. “Yes its true The Rio property is for sale and is in danger of being developed and turned into a multiplex. But we have plans to buy it, so we can save it from being torn down.” Login/Register With: The multimedia business is more than a single-screen theatre, as it also hosts concerts, comedy peformances, burlesque events, and fashion shows.The CBRE listing describes the 90-year-old Rio Theatre as a “high density residential development site” that’s just steps from the Commercial-Broadway transit hub. It notes that there is “strong assembly potential” with adjacent properties.last_img read more

Darfur Ban Kimoon warns against delays in deployment of hybrid force

9 November 2007The hybrid United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission to the war-torn Darfur region (UNAMID) still lacks critical transport and aviation units and the Sudanese Government has not responded yet to the UN-AU submission on the force’s composition, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says, warning that delays to deployment will only exacerbate the humanitarian situation. In his latest report on UNAMID, Mr. Ban says the combination of the delays and the recent spike in security incidents across the western Sudanese region has left Darfur “at a crossroads.” He urges Member States which can do so to contribute the missing transport and aviation capabilities for the mission, which is expected to have more than 25,000 troops and police officers at full capacity. “Without these critical units, the mission will not be able to implement its mandate,” he writes. The Secretary-General also calls on the Sudanese Government to cooperate concerning the acquisition of land, the approval of flight operations rights for UN aircraft and the composition of UNAMID so that the force can be quickly introduced. “This force composition is predominantly African,” he notes, in line with the Security Council resolution earlier this year establishing UNAMID, “and provides for a force that would meet United Nations standards and would be capable of deploying in a timely manner.” UNAMID is slated to assume authority by 31 December this year from the existing AU mission in the impoverished and largely arid region. Late last month the initial management, command and control capabilities for the hybrid force were launched in El Fasher, North Darfur. More than 200,000 people have been killed and at least 2.2 million others left homeless since rebels began fighting Government forces and allied militia known as the Janjaweed in 2003. The humanitarian crisis that has resulted is so widespread that some 4 million Darfurians now depend on aid to survive. Mr. Ban says the start of peace talks last month in neighbouring Libya between some of the numerous Darfur rebel groups and the Sudanese Government “represents a unique opportunity to achieve a definitive end to the suffering of the people of Darfur,” adding that the talks were the first phase of a multi-part process to obtain a political solution. read more

Scotch whisky guardians roll out the barrel with a twist of tequila

This is after all what gives ‘the water of life’ it’s unique flavour. It is a tradition dating back hundreds of years that Scotch whisky should be aged in barrels only previously used to mature spirits such as cognac, brandy or sherry. But, in what some purists may regard as sacrilege, a change in the industry rules means whisky can now be aged for a period in barrels previously used for other spirits, such as tequila. In a break with tradition the Scotch Whisky Association has relaxed the rules governing production of the drink to allow tequila barrels to be used – as long as the final product does not end up tasting more like the cactus-based Mexican drink than the Scottish one made from distilled…

Découvrez en images le nouveau siège dApple vu par Norman Foster

first_imgDécouvrez en images le nouveau siège d’Apple vu par Norman FosterLes plans du futur campus de la firme à la pomme ont été confiés à un grand architecte anglais, Norman Foster.L’architecte britannique Norman Foster s’est vu confier les plans d’un nouveau siège pour Apple, déjà baptisé Apple City. Ce projet prévoit d’étendre les quartiers actuels du siège d’Apple basé à Cupertino en Californie et d’inclure des tunnels sous-terrains et des habitations pour les salariés de la firme à la pomme. Il est aussi prévu d’y incorporer l’utilisation d’énergies renouvelables.À lire aussiJournée mondiale de l’environnement : Quelques astuces pour un mode de vie plus écolo au bureauLe design de cette Apple City devrait être fortement influencé par celui de Masdar, ville entièrement écologique située à Abou Dabi, faisant des quartiers de la société à la pomme une merveille technologique en avance sur son temps.  Masdar est l’une des seules villes au monde à se débarrasser des voitures et des émissions carboniques.Découvrez l’Apple City pensée par Norman Foster en images : Le 10 décembre 2010 à 14:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

SpaceXs Starhopper Survives Rigorous StaticFire Test in Texas

first_imgStay on target ESA Satellite Avoids Potential Collision With SpaceX Starlink CraftSpaceX’s Starhopper Aces Final Test Flight in Texas SpaceX’s Starhopper is apparently an unbreakable “bullet”: The prototype survived a wild night of static-fire testing that involved extreme heat and flames on Tuesday, according to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.On July 16, the Starhopper burst into flames after a routine static-fire test of its Raptor engine at SpaceX’s facility in Texas, reported.Last night StarHopper “kicked” off her shiny shoes. @NASASpaceflight— Mary (@BocaChicaGal) July 18, 2019Despite concerns over the Starhopper’s condition, Musk tweeted that the prototype was “not bothered” by the incident.Yeah, big advantage of being made of high strength stainless steel: not bothered by a little heat!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 18, 2019“Big advantage of being made of high strength stainless steel: not bothered by a little heat,” Musk replied on Thursday after someone asked if the Starhopper was okay. “Post-test fuel leak, but no major damage,” Musk added in another follow-up tweet.Post test fuel leak, but no major damage— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 18, 2019Tuesday’s static-fire test was conducted to prepare the Starhopper for its first untethered test flight, which would send the prototype to an altitude of roughly 65 feet in the air. So far, the Starhopper has completed two short hop tests, both of which occurred in April. However, during these tests, the Starhopper was still attached to the ground for safety purposes.Aiming for hover test next week— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 18, 2019The untethered test is coming soon though: Musk disclosed that SpaceX aims to have the Starhopper complete this “hover operation” sometime next week.The Starhopper is a prototype for the Starship, SpaceX’s vehicle that will transport people to Mars in the future. With the Starship, SpaceX could make space travel more accessible in coming years.More on SpaceX’s Starhopper Prototype Goes Up in Flames During Static-Fire Test SpaceX’s Starhopper Spacecraft Is Ready for a Major Hover Test Watch SpaceX’s Starhopper Test-Fire Its Engine for the First Timelast_img read more

Deportation for Illegal entry convicts after HMP time

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp US worried that TCI taking sex & human trafficking lightly Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 24 Aug 2015 – The Governor has signed for some of the individuals jailed for that speed boat illegal entry of the islands that ended with arrests in the Cooper Jack area to be deported as soon as they have served their time. Vernon Pinder and others were sent to Her Majesty’s Prison for three months on illegal entry, but will be deported once that time is up. Pinder, of The Bahamas and the six Haitians captured while hiding in bushes in the Cooper Jack area are believed to have organized a human smuggling operation when they were spotted on a go fast boat and reported by a resident. The prosecution could not get the requisite evidence on the suspicion and and had to drop that heftier charge. Bahamian man busted; Prosecutor unable to make smuggling case stickcenter_img Recommended for you Related Items:convicts, deportation, human trafficking, illegal entry, vernon pinderlast_img read more

Tongass old growth timber sale gets goahead despite habitat concerns

first_imgU.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Sen. Lisa Murkowski look at some old-growth logs in the yard at Viking Lumber in Klawock. The two toured Prince of Wales Island on July 5, 2018. (Photo by Leila Kheiry/KRBD)The U.S. Forest Service is moving ahead with one of the largest old growth timber sales Southeast Alaska has seen in years. The federal agency plans to make its decision official Saturday at a signing ceremony in Craig.The Forest Service announced in 2016 it would largely phase out old growth timber sales in the Tongass over 15 years.But this latest Prince of Wales Island LLA project projects harvesting as much as 225 million board feet of old growth lumber.Alaska Forest Association Executive Director Owen Graham said young growth timber might employ seasonal lumberjacks but it’s the big trees that keep Southeast’s remaining mills open.“The old growth portion will provide mill jobs and the young growth portion will almost exclusively end up getting shipped overseas,” Graham said. “But it’s providing jobs, those are good jobs.”But he objected to some constraints imposed by the Forest Service. It won’t allow more than 100 acres of clear cut at a time.Conservationists are alarmed by any new old growth logging.“It’s going to be controversial any time the Forest Service plans a large old growth timber sale like this,” said Trout Unlimited in Alaska’s policy and legal director Austin Williams.“If the Forest Service really wants to be responsive to people in Southeast Alaska, it’s going to have to figure out a way to stick to its plan to transition away from large scale old growth logging and get into more sustainable forest management.”Trying to defining what “sustainable forest management” looks like goes to the heart of debate over the Tongass.This project uses a new approach for the federal agency in Alaska. It specifies what could be authorized without pinpointing specifics areas.That frustrates critics like Williams.“It’s just really hard to tell exactly what this project might look like on the ground moving forward,” he said.Even the timber industry agrees on that point.“It’s disconcerting to people like me and others that were used to seeing projects that have a much higher level of detail,” Graham said. “But that doesn’t mean it is a bad project.”The Alaska Department of Fish and Game raised concerns over losses to habitat. The state agency asked the Forest Service to minimize old growth clear-cuts to save deer. It also asked for buffers around known wolf dens.Neither approach was included in the final plan.“Removing the old growth forest tends to reduce habitat quality for deer in some cases quite dramatically,” said Tom Schumacher, regional supervisor for Fish and Game’s Division of Habitat in Southeast.The Forest Service proposes to thin young forests to stimulate more undergrowth for deer to eat.But he says when forests are thinned, it leaves a lot of debris on the ground.“All that slash makes it very difficult for deer to access the area,” Schumacher said. “It’s a real obstacle course with all the trunks and limbs. So if you produce food there, we don’t know if it’s available to deer.”Less deer means less food for wolves. That’s another concern for state wildlife biologists.“Wolf conservation on Prince of Wales has been a controversial topic for decades and we’ve had two endangered species petitions to list wolves in that area,” Schumacher noted. “Both have been found unwarranted, but we suspect we’ll see another one at some point. So we want to be very careful with management of wolves in that area.”The Forest Service’s landscape level analysis also describes up to 200 miles of in-stream restoration and as many as three new cabins and a dozen shelters plus hiking trails.That’s welcomed by conservationists.“The future of the Tongass is going to be in recreation, fishing, hunting, tourism, as well as I think we can have a robust forest products industry,” Williams said. “But it’s going to have to be based on young growth forest products.”Which the logging industry argues does little for keeping the hundred or so remaining sawmill jobs in Southeast.And so the Tongass debate continues. An official signing ceremony is slated for Saturday, March 16 in Craig.last_img read more

Customised rakhis are a rage this year

first_imgHyderabad: People are choosing customised rakhis over traditional ones. Starting at Rs 10, rakhis are available in various shapes, sizes and designs in the market. Eco-friendly, reusable, cartooned, customised and crafted rakhis are trending in the city.Handcrafted rakhis always occupy a special place in hearts of customers. Eco-friendly rakhis are made from clay and infused with seeds like Karanj (Millettia Pinnata) and Golden Shower tree (Cassia Fistula). Craftsmen use natural colours like turmeric, rice paste and others to colour the rakhi threads naturally. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us Even the packaging has taken a new look. Waste clothes are up cycled for packaging and coconut husk and ‘chuka’ leaves (sorrel leaves) are used as cushions. These boxes are available online between Rs 200 to Rs 2,000. Earlier cartoon rakhis were designed to grab the attention of kids but now cartoon rakhis are designed to attract even adults. This year a number of rakhies with the PubG theme have hit the market. The game is popular among youth and rakhies are designed based on PubG vehicle, battle ground and battle guns. Also Read – Unidentified assailants killed a person in Saidabad PS limits Advertise With Us Mansi Lalwani, owner, Customised Rakhi at Gosha Mahal says, “PubG rakhis with light and sound are fast-selling items this year. Along with the kids, the youngsters and few adults are showing interest for PubG rakhis. Ranging from Rs 40 to Rs 400 cartoon rakhis are always hot selling.” Many are also choosing rakhis made of wood which can be kept forever. Neha, a student, says, “I like the idea of my brother keeping the rakhi as a memory forever.” Advertise With Us These Wooden rakhis have messages engraved on it and also can be used as a fancy bracelet. Sister can choose her favorite lines to engrave on rakhi as it is fully customized. The online shopping site Amazon is providing 60% discount on wooden rakhis made by Engrave India costing Rs 150 per rakhi. Accessory rakhis are specially made for officials, dignitaries and for the brothers who choose to be classy. This rakhi adorns a striking leather belt look with a dial at the middle highlights the secrete message of sister engraved in it. The design of rakhi gives a feel of an accessory. This rakhi can be worn on casual & Indo western attires even after the festival. The online shopping site Jpg is setting a new trend with this latest official rakhis. Starting from Rs 350 these rakhis are royal in sales. Cz rakhis present the royal feel and are available in pink, green and blue colored semi precious stones with add on kundan work. Options to personalize the rakhi by adding photograph in the middle with amazing stone work around it is attracting more riches. These Cz rakhis are also attracting consumers by presenting paachhi designs with oxidized beads. These royal rakhis are in greater demand than ever before, says Suman, a retail shopkeeper in Ameerpet. Ranging from Rs 150, these rakhis are available online and offline in Hyderabad. McNROE a deodorant company in India, has come up with two special gift packs for Rakshabandhan with specially curated fragrance options –Wild Stone (for males) and Secret Temptation (for females). Wild Stone Gift Pack 1 contains: Wild Stone Forest Spice perfume (50ml) and Wild Stone RED deodorant (150ml) with free Rakhi. Wild Stone Gift Pack 2 comes with: Wild Stone Ultra Sensual perfume (50ml) and Wild Stone Code Steel body perfume (250ml).last_img read more

Hasina hopes Rohingya issue to be resolved bilaterally

first_imgNational security advisor of Myanmar U Thaung Tun calls on prime minister Sheikh Hasina at her office on Tuesday. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina today reiterated her call to Myanmar authorities to take back its nationals from Bangladesh and hoped that the two countries would be able resolved the problem through bilateral discussions.”We will solve the problem bilaterally,” she said when the national security advisor of Myanmar U Thaung Tun called on the PM at her office in the city.The prime minister’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the call on.The prime minister said it was natural to have problems between two neighbouring countries. But we are able to resolve the problem through bilateral discussions,” she said pointing out the end to the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) problem.Sheikh Hasina said about 30,000 registered Myanmar Rohingyas are living in Bangladesh. But the actual number is more than 400,000 and their sufferings would be worsen during the monsoon season,” she said.Bangladesh is ready to extend all cooperation for repatriation of the Rohingyas, she said.The press secretary said the prime minister drew attention of the Myanmar national security adviser to the issue on drug smuggling particularly Yaba to Bangladesh from Myanmar.In reply, the Myanmar security adviser assured the prime minister of all sort of cooperation for eradicating drug smuggling.The prime minister reiterated her government’s zero tolerance policy against terrorism saying Bangladesh would never allow any armed groups and insurgents to use its land against any neighbouring country.Describing numerous development activities of the government, Sheikh Hasina said that the main focus of the government was to develop the rural areas.She also briefly narrated various disaster management programmes of Bangladesh including construction of cyclone centers in different areas of the country. U Thaung showed his country’s interest for replication of the cyclone centers in his country.National security adviser of Myanmar U Thaung Tun said that the current focus of his country was to restore internal peace side by side expediting development.He said national verification system is going on to control the insurgency problem. Yangon wanted peace and development both in Myanmar and Bangladesh as his country is keen to maintain good relations with its neighbours, Thaung Tun said.Talking about the military to military contacts, he said that both the countries are sharing information on security issues. He emphasized the enhancing of economic cooperation between the two neighbouring countries.Regarding gas sell from Myanmar to Bangladesh, U Thaung Tun said that both countries could discuss on the issue.Praising the tremendous development of Bangladesh in the recent years, the Myanmar security advisor, who arrived in Bangladesh for the second time, said Bangladesh and the development is very much visible to him.Principal secretary Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury and PMO secretary Suriya Begum were present, among others, during the meeting.last_img read more

AYUSH Ministry inks MoU with CSIR to boost research

first_imgKolkata: To boost scientific research and education on the traditional methods of treatment, the Ministry of AYUSH signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Monday.It aims for further cooperation in research on traditional systems of medicine like Ayurveda, Unani, Sidhha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) and their integration with modern science. There is growing interest among people about traditional medicines across the country and hence the government is adopting multi-pronged strategies and innovative approaches to take the old methods of treatment to the people in the grassroot level. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataA combination of traditional healthcare and modern basic science has a huge possibility to do innovative and path-breaking researches, which can be used for the explanation of various basic concepts, a senior official of the AYUSH ministry said. A senior official of the CSIR appreciated the ongoing projects and programmes between the two organisations, stating that enhancing the collaboration on a range of issues starting from fundamental science to validation and thereafter product development, will significantly help in the growth of AYUSH, not only in the country but abroad as well. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe MoU will help both the organisations put a combined effort in the pursuit of data collection and analytics and also artificial intelligence to enable and facilitate concepts such as “Traditional knowledge inspired drug discovery and development” and “Food as Medicine”. It may be mentioned here that the CSIR, with the help of the AYUSH ministry, had earlier developed the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL), a globally recognised proprietary database on Indian systems of medicine for preventing bio-piracy and misappropriation of traditional knowledge. The CSIR also stressed on the necessity of the development of improved varieties and captive cultivation of medicinal plants, including rare and threatened (RET) species. Under the MoU, both organisations will jointly conduct fundamental research, develop AYUSH specific diagnostic tools, link microbiome, gene expression and prakriti and also explore modern scientific methods for integration with traditional Indian Systems of Medicine (ISM). The collaboration also aims to preserve and protect traditional knowledge related to the old forms of treatment and the development of international standardised terminologies (disease-morbidity codes) in Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani (ASU). “It is a great move taken up by the AYUSH Ministry. We welcome it. It will help take our oldest methods of treatment to the international arena,” said Dr Sumit Sur, coordinator, West Bengal and North East States of National Ayurveda Students and Youth Association.last_img read more

New C5 command center in Cancun to counteract crime rates

first_imgThe governor has put emphasis on improving security in the Quintana Roo, and for that, he has taken advantage of strategies and technology that help to make protection more efficient. “Today in Cancun I toured and verified the installation of surveillance cameras and the construction of the C5 Center for Command, Control, Computing, Communications and Citizen Contact, with the highest security technology,” he posted. “Each intelligent monitoring point will have four cameras, a PTZ that rotates 360 degrees and three fixed ones that are oriented to different degrees to have all the vision of important objectives in the main avenues,” explained José Antonio Mendoza Ramírez, head of the project. The new command center is being constructed on land 150 meters x 350 meters and will be responsible for all areas involved in public safety, emergencies and civil protection, as well as logistic support for emergency numbers 911 and 089. He says he toured the facilities, which when complete, will monitor the 2,000 cameras placed around the region. Cancun, Q.R. — State Governor Carlos Joaquín González says he has made a tour of the Cancun facilities that are to be the new C5 center of Quintana Roo. In Cancun alone, 450 monitoring points will be installed, which will strengthen surveillance. The project is being designed to counteract crime rates in the entity.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Signature Travel Network has announced the latest addition to its membership, Quay Travel, based in Auckland, New Zealand. This is Signature’s first member in New Zealand.Signature’s President Alex Sharpe said, “Signature continuously strives to serve our membership and meet the needs of the ever-evolving travel consultant community. Quay Travel is a perfect fit with Signature because of their knowledgeable team of experienced travel consultants, their focus on the luxury travel market and their vision to create a sense of community with customers and supplier partners. We are proud that they are Signature’s first member in New Zealand. We welcome them to the Signature family.”Michelle Malcolm, owner of Quay Travel stated, “We are very excited about our new affiliation with Signature Travel Network. We believe that they are the right fit for our boutique luxury travel agency. Supported by our new relationship, we are confident we are going to be able to offer our customers tangible benefits and added value. The hotel program and special Signature privileges are very impressive. The destination specialists will ensure we keep creating unique itineraries for our clients.”An independently owned company, Quay Travel has offered personalized travel services to corporate and leisure clients since 1994.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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first_img FILE – In this Aug. 8, 2017 file photo, Jussie Smollett participates in the “Empire” panel during the FOX Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. Smollett, an actor on the TV series “Empire,” is also an R&B musician who performed Saturday night, Feb. 2, 2019, at a concert in Los Angeles. Smollett, who is openly gay, says two masked men attacked him early Tuesday in Chicago in what police are investigating as a possible hate crime. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File) Smollett told police attackers knew he was on ‘Empire’ by The Associated Press Posted Feb 5, 2019 8:47 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CHICAGO — “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett told Chicago police that his attackers seemed to know who he was before they beat him and tied a rope around his neck.The detail about the Jan. 29 attack was contained in a police report recently released following a Freedom of Information request by media outlets.The document notes that Smollett reported two men dressed in black and wearing black masks got his attention by mentioning the name of the TV show.The actor says the men then shouted racial and homophobic slurs and poured an unknown substance on him. Smollett is black and openly gay.The report says Smollett initially didn’t want to report attack, but another person convinced him to do so.No arrests have been made. Police say they continue to collect and review surveillance video.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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