Thailand Open Saina Nehwal Srikanth Prannoy crash out

first_imgBangkok: Ace Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth crashed out of the Thailand Open after suffering unexpected defeats but B Sai Praneeth sailed into the quarterfinals of the men’s singles here on Thursday. Seventh seed Saina, who returned to action after nearly two months, squandered a game advantage to lose 21-16 11-21 14-21 against unseeded Sayaka Takahashi of Japan in a women’s singles second round duel that lasted 48 minutes. In the absence of PV Sindhu, who withdrew in the last minute from the event, Saina’s ouster marks the end of India’s campaign in women’s singles. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhSaina had earlier made last-minute withdrawals from Indonesia Open and last week’s Japan Open because of injuries. Later, fifth seed Srikanth too wasted a game’s lead to bow out against less-fancied Khosit Phetpradab of Thailand 21-11 16-21 12-21 in the second round of the men’s singles. To add to India’s woes, unseeded Indian shuttlers Parupalli Kashyap and H S Prannoy too bowed out without a fight. While Kashyap was no match for third seed Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei, losing 9-21 14-21 in just 33 minutes, Prannoy suffered a 17-21 10-21 defeat against sixth seed Kenta Nishimoto of Japan. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterBut Sai Praneeth, who reached the semifinals of Japan Open last week, continued his good form and stormed into the last-eight round with a comfortable 21-18 21-19 win over compatriot Shubhankar Dey. Sai Praneeth will be up against seventh seed Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan in the next round. However, it was good news for India in the men’s doubles event as the pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty moved into the quarterfinals after registering a straight-game 21-17 21-19 win over Indonesian combination of Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto. The India duo will next play qualifiers Choi Solgyu and Seo Seung Jae of Korea on Friday. In mixed doubles, while the pair of Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponappa defeated Indonesia’s Alfian Eko Prasetya and Marsheilla Gischa Islami 21-18 21-19 to make it to the last-eight round, the other Indian duo of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy lost 16-21 11-21 to eight seeds Tang Chun Man and Tse Ying Suet of Hong Kong to bow out of the tournament. Rankireddy and Ponnappa will next play against third seeded Japanese combination of Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino.last_img read more

Victoria Beckham Honored At amfAR Hong Kong Gala

first_imgUma Thurman, Adrien Brody, Karolina Kurkova, Michelle Rodriguez, Pansy Ho, Aloe Blacc, Elle King, Michelle Yeoh, and amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole were among those who gathered at the second annual amfAR Hong Kong Gala at Shaw Studios to honor Victoria Beckham for her commitment to the fight against AIDS.Victoria Beckham at amfAR Hong Kong GalaCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesThe event, presented by Harry Winston and Calvin Klein Collection, raised over $4 million for amfAR’s life-saving AIDS research programs.Other guests in attendance included Liu Wen, Carina Lau, Coco Lee, amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby, Francisco Costa, Italo Zucchelli, Kevin Carrigan, Elvis Han, Zhou Xun, So Ji Sub, Lang Lang, Rosamund Kwan, Valentina Zelyaeva, Anita Yuen, Josie Ho, Laurinda Ho, Sabrina Ho, Cathy Chow, Niki Chow, Amanda S, Ying Claudine Lauren, Yvette Yung, Harris Chan, Oscar Wang, Hwang Chi Yeul, Shui He, Yan Lv, Maisy Ho, Angela Leong, Arnaldo Ho, Orlando Ho, Maria Ho, Bao Bao Wan, Andy Chen, Paolo Diacci, Vinay Dube, René Koneberg, Vincent Roberti, Victoria Tang, Ying Claudine Lauren, Michelle Ong, Winnie Chiu, Yvette Yung, Jean-Marc Lacave, Achille Boroli, Y C Koh, Wendy Yu, Rachel Lehmann, David Maupin, and Bill Zhao, among others.amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole encouraged guests to celebrate how much has been accomplished in the fight against HIV and AIDS while not losing sight of the hard work that remains to be done to end the epidemic, through programs such as amfAR’s Countdown to a Cure for AIDS initiative and the TREAT Asia Program.Newly named UN Goodwill Ambassador Michelle Yeoh thanked the event’s sponsors with amfAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost, who announced the launch of a limited edition Countdown to a Cure Timepiece by Harry Winston. Twenty percent of the retail sales price of the men’s and ladies’ timepiece will be donated to amfAR’s efforts to develop a cure for HIV.Event Chair Pansy Ho graciously thanked the sponsors and guests who made the event possible and invited all of the event Co-Chairs to take the stage for a family photograph.Uma Thurman introduced the amfAR Award of Courage to Victoria Beckham, describing her as “a champion and leader in the global fight against AIDS.” Ms. Beckham thanked the individuals she has met over the past two years as a UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador, a role in which she raises awareness for young women and girls affected by the epidemic, ensuring to use her voice to build a healthier society and see an end to AIDS.Guests enjoyed bidding on exclusive items during the live auction, conducted by Simon de Pury. Highlights included: • Eight unique Andy Warhol photographs from his first and only trip to China in 1982 sold for $190,000. • Model Karolina Kurkova introduced dazzling Harry Winston “Triple Diamond Loop Earrings,” set with rubies designed exclusively for the Hong Kong gala, which sold for $75,000. • I Fell in Love Here, a neon work by renowned English artist, Tracey Emin, sold for $120,000. • Adrien Brody donated an original piece of art, titled Grey Dragon, which sold for $100,000. • A magnificent 7-night stay for 12 people at the largest and most beautiful residence in Maldives, the Amilla Estate at Amilla Fushi, Baa Atoll, sold for $200,000. • Two VIP invitations to the first ever gala dinner hosted by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco in Monte Carlo and a “Sapphire Experience” during the Monaco Yacht Show sold three times for a total of $450,000. • Five pieces from contemporary Chinese artists Cui Xiuwen, Yan Lei, Huang Gang, Wang Yuyang, and Ciu Ruzhuo, generously donated by amfAR Hong Kong gala Auction Partner, Poly Auction, sold separately for a total of $480,000.The evening also featured three spectacular live performances. Legendary Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang played two beautifully powerful pieces, and Elle King gave a sultry acoustic performance of her Grammy-nominated hit song “Ex’s and Oh’s.” Grammy-nominated soul artist Aloe Blacc ended the evening with a set of his biggest hits that brought the crowd to a frenzy, including “Candyman,” “I Need a Dollar,” “The Man,” and “Wake Me Up.”Pansy Ho served as the Event Chair. Uma Thurman served as the event’s Honorary Chair. Achille Boroli, Adrien Brody, Winnie Chiu, Veronica Chou, amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole, Francisco Costa, Vinay Dube, amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby, Nayla Hayek, Y C Koh, René Koneberg, Karolina Kurkova, Jean-Marc Lacave, Carina Lau, Ying Claudine Lauren, Cathy Lee, Michelle Ong, Vincent Roberti, Michelle Rodriguez, David Tang, Michelle Yeoh, Yvette Yung, and Italo Zucchelli served as Co-Chairs. Harris Chan, Laurinda Ho, Sabrina Ho, Jay Jopling, Rachel Lehmann, David Maupin, John Robert Slosar, Oscar Wang, and Wendy Yu served as Vice Chairs.Harry Winston and Calvin Klein Collection were the Presenting Sponsors. American Express, Audi, Delta Air Lines, and Moët Hennessy were the Signature Sponsors. JOLLYONE and SMI Holdings Group Limited were the Gold Sponsors, and The Upper House was the event’s Hospitality Partner. Poly Auction was the Auction Partner. Special Thanks to Boroli Wines and Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong.In 2001, amfAR launched TREAT Asia, a cooperative network of clinics, hospitals, and research institutions working together with civil society to ensure the safe and effective delivery of HIV/AIDS treatments throughout Asia and the Pacific. TREAT Asia now encompasses 21 adult and 18 pediatric clinical sites across the region.Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline Partner. Moët Hennessy is the Official Wine and Spirits Partner. amfAR Hong Kong was produced by Andrew Boose/AAB Productions and Josh Wood/Josh Wood Productions.last_img read more

Court clears way for commercial Indigenous fishery in BC

first_imgKathleen MartensAPTN NewsAnother legal victory has affirmed fishing rights for Indigenous peoples off Canada’s west coast.The decision delivered by the B.C. Supreme Court Thursday found Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) wrongly obstructed the fishing rights of five First Nations collectively known as the Nuu-chah-nulth (NCN).DFO Regional Director-General Rebecca Reid welcomed the 400-page ruling explaining it outlined needed details to negotiate fishing policy in Indigenous territories.“We think it’s extremely important,” she said in a telephone interview Friday. “It’s largely positive…because it provides some clarification.”The other side declared it a clear victory.“This is a win for all First Nations in B.C.,” said Hugh Braker, vice-president of the First Nations Fisheries Council of British Columbia.Braker said the ruling would help the Ahousaht, Ehattesaht/Chinekintaht, Hesquiaht, Tla-o-qui-aht and Mowachaht/Muchalat First Nations establish a commercial fishery.He said DFO spent $19.1 million on the court battle – even after the Supreme Court ruled First Nations had the right to catch and sell fish in their own territories.But Reid described it more as instructions Canada needed to write policy.It “provides some very helpful clarification on areas that we simply couldn’t come to an agreement on,” she said, noting it even specified the fishing area and types of boats.Reid said fishing policy “was complex” but Canada was committed to doing it “in reconciliation” with affected nations.She said the two parties would likely go back to court to hammer out a timeframe for implementing new policy. She said a decision on an appeal had not yet been made.However, NCN president Judith Sayers said the government should let the bands begin fishing immediately.“NCN must have (a) moderate living,” she said on Twitter.The ruling by Justice Mary Humphries applies to a variety of salmon, groundfish, crab, prawn and shellfish.Indigenous groups say they spent about $14 million defending their rights in the case that began in 2006.last_img read more

All applicants from big states cleared for going on Haj

first_imgNew Delhi: With Saudi Arabia increasing India’s Haj quota to two lakh, all applicants from big states such as Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Bihar have been cleared for going on the pilgrimage, sources in the Minority Affairs Ministry said.On Friday, the Saudi Arabian government issued a formal order with regard to the increase in India’s Haj quota. At a meeting here in February that was attended by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Saudi Arabia had increased India’s quota by about 25,000, taking the number of pilgrims from India who can perform Haj to two lakh. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Due to the significant increase in India’s Haj quota, all the applicants from Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Goa, Manipur, Lakshadweep, Odisha, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Daman and Diu, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Punjab, Tripura, will go on Haj,” a source said. A record number of two lakh Indian Muslims will perform Haj this year without subsidy. Another highlight this year is that 2,340 Muslim women from India will also go for the pilgrimage without ‘Mehram’ or male companion. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KA total of 34,397 applications were received from Uttar Pradesh this year, 8,470 from West Bengal, 191 from Goa, 499 from Manipur, 698 from Odisha, 2,138 from Andhra Pradesh, 3,588 from Assam, 4,950 from Bihar, 72 from Himachal Pradesh, 2,233 from Jharkhand, 342 from Punjab, and 110 from Tripura. All these applicants have become eligible to go on Haj after the increase in India’s quota, the sources said. India’s Haj quota has gone up sharply in the last five years as it was 1,36,000 in 2014, they said, adding that the minority affairs minister had made efforts to increase India’s quota to two lakh which fructified when the Saudi Prince acceded to the request made by Modi earlier this year.last_img read more

Amid Gulf Crisis, King Mohammed VI Congratulates Qatar’s Emir on 4th…

Rabat – Notwithstanding the blockade imposed on Qatar by Saudi Arabia-led alliances, King Mohammed VI has congratulated the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, on the fourth anniversary of his accession to power, a move highlighting the importance to Morocco of consolidating the bilateral ties between Morocco and the member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).King Mohammed VI expressed his sincere congratulations and his sincere wishes to the Emir of Qatar, his family, and Qatari people, for good health and prosperity, in a statement obtained by Moroccan news agency Maghreb Agence Presse.“I would like to express my pride in the brotherly friendship and mutual appreciation that brings us together and our families, and the fruitful cooperation and solidarity between our two countries,” said King Mohammed VI. The King emphasized the importance of maintaining continuing bilateral cooperation between Rabat and Doha in line with the strategic partnership between Morocco and the member countries of the GCC, to achieve the aspirations of the countries’ people “for greater synergy and mutual benefit.”The diplomatic gulf crisis broke out after the decision by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Yemen and Libya, and the Maldives in the early hours of Monday, June 4 to sever their ties with Qatar over its alleged “support of terrorism.”Morocco announced on Sunday, June 11 its “neutrality” towards the issue in order not to “confine it to passive observation of a disturbing escalation between brotherly countries.”Morocco offered to mediate a solution between the Gulf countries, saying that it “was ready to offer its good offices with a view to promote a frank and comprehensive dialogue on the basis of no-interference in internal affairs and the fight against religious extremism.”The Kingdom added that it was strongly tied to the Gulf countries in all areas despite the geographical distance between them, and was seriously concerned by the crisis, even though Morocco was not directly involved.The Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced in a statement that King Mohammed has established extensive and permanent talks with various parties to the dispute since the deterioration of diplomatic ties between the countries and Qatar.In furtherance of the offer of mediation, and signaling Morocco’s independent brand of foreign policy, the King sent the Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Kuwait.Edited by Elisabeth Myers read more

Suicide rate for young women highest for 20 years as experts warn

first_imgSuicide among women in their early twenties is at its highest level in two decades, ONS figures show, as experts warn of a mental health crisis among young women who struggle with the pressures of modern life and social media.While the overall figures for Great Britain show rates are at a seven-year low, women aged between 20 and 24 are increasingly likely to die by suicide. Last year 106 deaths by suicide were recorded among this age group, the first time the number is been more than 100 since 1992, when it was 111. At 5.2 the rate per 100,000 women in this age group is the highest it has been since 1998, when it was 5.7.Jenny Edwards CBE, chief executive of the Mental Health Foundation, called the figures “troubling”. “We know that particularly for young women their rate of poor mental health is three times that of their male contemporaries.”Something is going on – social media use is one part but another is relationships between the sexes. They’ve got a lot more insecurity in their lives than their parents did. “There’s a tendency to blame ourselves if things aren’t working out for us. Particularly if the message we’re getting from social media is that everyone else is living fantastic lives, has got good holidays, and good jobs. That’s a fairytale that can affect our overall mental health.” There is a worry that we have a generation of young people who respond with self-harming behaviour to the stresses that they faceProfessor Louis Appleby Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Last year an inquiry into mental health in England found that more than one in four women aged 16 to 24 had anxiety, depression, panic disorder, phobia or obsessive compulsive disorder, and one in five said they had self-harmed at some point in their life. It concluded that young women had “become a key high risk group”.Professor Appleby said that it was “very easy to point to social media”.”There is good and bad in most of these social phenomena,” he said, adding that many young people who struggled with their mental health found the internet a source of support and comfort. In an examination of young suicide victims carried out by his department, one in four of the cases covered had used the internet in some way that was suicide-related, including posting about their plans on social media or researching methods. center_img In recent years suicide prevention campaigns have focused on men, who still have a much higher rate than women in all age groups and are more than three times more likely to die by suicide than women. The most at-risk group is men in their early 40s, among whom the rate is 23.7. Initiatives such as the Campaign Against Living Miserably have focused on encouraging men to open up about their feelings to try and bring down the suicide rate. Charities said the campaigns appeared to be helping as the overall rate of men dying by suicide has dropped by three per cent from 2015 to 2016. But they added that women could be facing many of the same problems.Elizabeth Scowcroft, research manager for Samaritans, said: “A lot of the issues that women face are the same as men. Women might find it difficult to talk about their feelings as well.”We shouldn’t necessarily assume that men and women have completely different risk factors.” Professor Louis Appleby, of the University of Manchester, who leads the National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England, said the overall figures were the “best we’ve seen in years”. In England the overall rate fell from 10.1 to 9.5. “You’d have to go back more than three decades to find a drop as big as that in one year,” he said. However, he said that it was important to “keep an eye” on the figures for young people. “There is a worry that we have a generation of young people who respond with self-harming behaviour to the stresses that they face,” he said. last_img read more

Managing Director Clare Duignan leaves RTÉ Radio

first_imgRTÉ RADIO’S MANAGING Director has decided not to renew her contract and leave the broadcaster.Clare Duignan, who has been in the job for four years, said the move “is one of the hardest things” she has ever done.Jim Jennings, current head of RTÉ Radio One, will take up an interim role as Managing Director for the entire radio group. A public competition for the post will be held in the coming months.Duignan said she wants to pursue other opportunities available to her.“It’s an exciting chance to move into the next chapter of my career and I look forward to contributing to new areas of work with the same energy and commitment which I have always brought to my various roles in RTÉ,” she said in a statement.Director General Noel Curran paid tribute to Duignan, outlining her contribution to the industry.“She has been a passionate advocate for the public service, and has placed the public service ethos at the heart of her services. We will particularly miss her deep understanding of audiences and their needs, and her expertise in strategic communications.”He revealed that the decision to step down had been made “some time ago” but on his request she stayed to see through a number of projects and to “steer RTÉ Radio through some difficult periods”.“She leaves RTÉ Radio not only with a stable audience base, but with a legacy of quality that places it among the best in the world,” concluded Curran.TV3 unveils major expansion of its news website – including rolling newsHead of 2fm steps down to take up new RTÉ Radio rolelast_img read more

Nintendo 3DS Getting Netflix This Summer

first_img3DS users will be able to stream Netflix via Wi-Fi connection this Summer, according Nintendo. The company added that free Wi-Fi hotspots will be available via AT&T starting this May. Gamers will have to sign up for a service called SpotPass, in order to connect automatically to the free hotspots.Nintendo president Saturo Iwata stated this during his keynote speech,Nintendo 3DS will be the most connected Nintendo device ever, with its ability to link people via local wireless connections, while at the same time connecting them to people and content worldwide via hotspot connectivity It appears that Nintendo has big plans lined up for the new device. It makes me wonder if the older models will be phased out slowly? Or get huge price cuts sometime soon? Thus far, Nintendo has not issued any statements on the older models yet.Via Washington Postlast_img read more

Bisphénol A le composé serait également mauvais pour le sperme

first_imgBisphénol A : le composé serait également mauvais pour le spermeFrance – Alors que le bisphénol A était jusqu’ici montré du doigt car censé provoquer des malformations fœtales, le compose chimique est aujourd’hui accusé d’appauvrir le sperme des hommes, affectant donc la reproduction en elle-même. TF1 explique que le bisphénol A est principalement utilisé afin de diluer la résine de polyester. Présent dans de nombreux aliments, le composé chimique est principalement critiqué pour son utilisation dans la composition des biberons. Ainsi, certains parents ont d’ores et déjà banni certains biberons de leurs placards de cuisine, craignant des perturbations dans le développement cérébral de leur enfant. Mais aujourd’hui, c’est davantage en amont que se pose le problème, au moment même de la reproduction. Ainsi, une étude montrerait que des concentrations élevées en bisphénol A dans le corps d’un homme auraient pour conséquence d’affecter son sperme, le rendant de mauvaise qualité. Ainsi, le Dr De-Kun Li explique : “Comparativement aux hommes sans trace détectable de BPA dans l’urine, ceux qui avaient les teneurs les plus élevées multipliaient par plus de trois le risque d’une concentration diminuée de leur sperme et de sa vitalité”.Le 29 octobre 2010 à 09:47 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Crespo Im a hybrid of HiguainIcardi

first_imgFormer Inter Milan and AC Milan forward Hernan Crespo believes he had the features of both Mauro Icardi and Gonzalo Higuain during his playing days ahead of the Milan derby.Crespo who played for both Milan clubs shared his thoughts ahead of the big showdown in Milan.“These are two clubs that are almost new and two teams that are still a work in progress,” Crespo told Football Italia.“Inter are at a more advanced stage of their development right now, as after six years they are back in the Champions League and Suning have been working on this project longer than Elliott Management.Stefano Sensi, inter milanReport: Inter go top with win over Udinese George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Inter Milan are top of Serie A after beating Udinese to make it three wins out of three.Antonio Conte’s career at Inter Milan, could…“Milan are coming off a chaotic period. With Leonardo and Paolo Maldini as directors, at least they are starting to recreate some of that identity, but they need a few more years to get back to the golden era.”Both Milanese giants rely heavily on an Argentina international centre-forward.“I think Higuain is ideal for Gennaro Gattuso’s tactics. The same goes for Icardi at Inter, as Luciano Spalletti’s wingers are perfect for setting up a deadly finisher like him,” continued Crespo.“I was a mix between the two. I would move like Icardi in front of goal, but participate more in the build-up play like Higuain.”last_img read more

CEO rewards staff with £17m bonus

first_imgSomething for the weekend…The chief executive officer (CEO) and co-founder of Yemeksepeti, a Turkish food delivery firm, has rewarded 140 of its 370 employees with a shared bonus of more than £17 million.CEO Nevzat Aydin gave staff the bonus after selling Yemeksepeti to German food delivery service Delivery Hero for £378 million in May. They will receive around £152,000 each.The amount each worker will receive has been determined by their length of service, contribution to the organisation’s success and the impact they will have on its future.Nevzat Aydin said: “I believe in team work and that success is much more enjoyable and glorious when shared with the rest of the team.“This bonus was secured for the team prior to the acquisition. They definitely deserve it, and I can’t imagine it any other way.”At Employee Benefits, we’re wondering how we can earn such a bonus…last_img read more

New trial announced for North Miami officer who shot unarmed behavioral therapist

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A new trial has been announced for the North Miami Police officer who shot an unarmed behavioral therapist.After being acquitted on one charge, officer Jonathan Aledda still faces several charges for shooting behavioral therapist Charles Kinsey in 2016.Cellphone video taken just before the shooting showed Kinsey on the ground with his hands up telling officers his client with autism was holding a toy truck.Aledda was originally tried on four counts but was acquitted on a “culpable negligence” charge.The jury did not come to a decision for the other three charges, two for attempted manslaughter and one for culpable negligence.Aledda is expected to be back in court on June 3.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Small Horse Magazine Scores Big Brown Scoop

first_imgUndoubtedly a great scoop. But the magazine also missed a big traffic opportunity: it failed to put the photo online before the print magazine was published. (Editor Dan Liebman says they go to press on Monday night with a Saturday cover date.)“We had calls (or e-mails) that day from Newsday, USA Today, Dallas Morning News, Good Morning America, Inside Edition—all wanting the contact info for the photographer,” Liebman wrote in an e-mail.When you publish a weekly–one that may or may not be on newsstands—and stumble into a scoop like this, no one’s going to be galloping (sorry) to Barnes & Noble to buy it. And no one’s forwarding a link from your site if the photo’s not there.And while the magazine’s Web site saw a spike in traffic after the photos were published late Sunday night—50,000 page views on Monday, 70,000 on Tuesday, according to the magazine—was more than its average (roughly 30,000 page views) it wasn’t the kind of server-crashing crush that international stories tend to generate.Imagine, for a second, if the photos were online when they came in, or, at the very least, on Monday, when the issue was put to bed.It seems like Blood-Horse wasn’t quite prepared for—and therefore ill-positioned to capitalize on—the buzz.“We anticipated interest in the photo,” Liebman wrote. “But the photo became one of those stories that took on a life of its own.” When Big Brown, the prohibitive favorite to win the Belmont Stakes and, in turn, the Triple Crown, finished dead last a couple of weeks ago, it left many people wondering why. Or, how.Well, it appears that a magazine called Blood-Horse—virtually unknown outside of horseracing circles—uncovered a clue that Sports Illustrated and ESPN and dozens of newspapers couldn’t: that is, Big Brown’s loose boot. The magazine published a photograph in its June 21 issue which shows what appears to be a loose shoe (honestly, who here knew horses wore shoes?) on its right hind hoof.“This is clearly the first hard evidence we’ve had of anything,” Michael Iavarone, one of the horse’s owners, told USA Today.The photo, taken by a freelancer, has since been picked up all over the world, with most media outlets giving the 22,000-circulation weekly the credit. (Check the Google News results for “blood horse magazine.”)last_img read more

MLA Dr M Anand vows to address all issues in villages

first_imgVikarabad: MLA Dr M Anand said local issues should be addressed in the local level itself. He participated in various development works at Jinnaram, Karimpur, Barvad villages in Kotpalli mandal on Thursday, along with MP Ranjit Reddy, ZP chairperson Sunitha Mahender Reddy. Speaking on the occasion, he said so many issues in the villages remained unattended in the last 40 years due to the negligence of rulers. He also said all the issues cannot be solved immediately but can be addressed in phased manner. He also revealed that two under bridges were sanctioned to Vikarabad and work would be commenced soon after tenders were finalised. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us ZP chairperson Sunitha Mahender Reddy appealed to make ‘Haritha Haram’ successful and build toilets for the self-respect of women. She urged people to improve sanitation, cleanliness at village, mandal and district levels. She promised to get more funds from the state government to develop the backward Vikarabad district. MP Ranjit Reddy said he has been trying to make several trains halt at Vikarabad and assured to bring more new trains to the railway station. He said he will get funds from the centre for the development of Vikarabad and Rangareddy district.last_img read more

Apple Is Developing Its Own LED Screens Report

first_imgUltimately, Apple is likely going to partner with other companies with existing manufacturing facilities to produce these kinds of screens. However, by developing the technology in-house, Apple is looking to get a head-start on new kinds of displays before they’re more widely available to competitors like Samsung and Google. Apple has been working on the development of its own display screens, according to a new report from Bloomberg. It’s the first time the company has developed its own screen technology, as opposed to buying screens from suppliers like Samsung or LG.These efforts are being driven out of a secret research and manufacturing facility in Santa Clara, Calif., according to Bloomberg. The company uses the facility to develop and test so-called MicroLED screens, which are said to be brighter and more energy-efficient that existing OLED screens, like those being used on the iPhone or Apple Watch.MicroLEDs are apparently hard to produce, and Bloomberg reported that the company was close to scrapping the product about a year ago. However, more recently, the company was able to successfully test these new displays in a variety of prototypes. However, it could still be a few more years until Apple is ready to use these displays. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Listen How Ellen DeGeneres Translates Her TV Brand to Digital

first_imgWhen Ellen DeGeneres returns to primetime on Jan. 8 with another season of NBC’s “Ellen’s Game of Games,” it won’t be just in a TV-series format; a new companion app equipped with an augmented reality feature will allow users to play even when the show is off the air.Click here to enjoy the podcast: It’s a reflection of the dual mindset of Michael Riley, general manager of Ellen Digital Ventures, a vast array of online properties generating over 1 billion monthly views. Since coming over from the top job at Disney’s ABC Family (now known as Freeform) cable channel over a year ago, he’s mastered the balance between DeGeneres’ TV and digital footprints.“Part of the secret sauce of the Ellen Digital Network is tied to the show itself, that’s a real strength for us,” said Riley in the latest episode of the Variety podcast “Strictly Business.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 A big part of DeGeneres’ digital play has been bringing in other talent to topline content of their own, particularly with sponsorships attached, including Kristen Bell, who returns for a third season of “Momsplaining” along with marketer Johnson & Johnson. Discovering new talent has also been key, such as digital-native Kalen Allen, star of “OMKalen.”The linchpin of EDN is the social reach of DeGeneres-related brands, which totals over 200 million across platforms. It’s the place where the authenticity important to her persona truly shines, according to Riley. “Two-way communication brings the authenticity much closer to the consumer, and clearly social media has been a very successful tool in order to do that,” he said.“Strictly Business” is Variety‘s weekly podcast featuring conversations with industry leaders about the business of entertainment. Listen to the podcast below for the full interview, or check out previous “Strictly Business” episodes featuring Discovery CEO David Zaslav, ICM Partners agent Esther Newberg, and HBO chairman/CEO Richard Plepler. A new episode debuts each Tuesday and can be downloaded on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, and SoundCloud. Popular on Variety last_img read more

Costa Rica to regulate IVF after long row

first_imgCosta Rica’s president will issue a decree to finally regulate in vitro fertilization after a long legal battle, he said Wednesday.President Luis Guillermo Solís said his office will issue regulations by September to comply with a regional court ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.“I am going to take action since I do not want Costa Rica to face sanctions a second time” over failure to comply with the November 2013 ruling, Solis said.See: Inter-American Court of Human Rights demands answers from noncompliant Costa RicaCosta Rica, a mostly Catholic Central American nation that takes pride in its respect for civil liberties, has long been the only country in the Americas that bans the procedure.Costa Rica has a date with the court of Sept. 3 to explain how it is complying with the ruling lifting the ban on the reproductive technology.But its lawmakers, who should normally issue the regulations, will not be able to make the deadline given the still-controversial nature of the procedure, Solís said.In vitro fertilization was banned in Costa Rica in 2000 under pressure from the Catholic Church. Some opposing couples sued the government over the ban. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rican president presents draft decree to legalize in vitro fertilization Costa Rica’s Supreme Court strikes down decree on IVF legalization, orders lawmakers to act Costa Rican plaintiffs disappointed, but not surprised, by president’s IVF proposal Costa Rica’s Supreme Court to hear challenges to anti-IVF lawmakerslast_img read more

Buyers Working Quickly to Grab Whats Available

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Buyers Working Quickly to Grab What’s Available Share November 30, 2016 830 Views center_img The latest Pending Home Sales Index from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) showed a slight increase from that of the year prior, rising 1.8 percent. Additionally the index indicated that pending sales grew 0.1 percent from September 2016.In combination with the latest Existing Home Sales and Builder Confidence reports, Stephen Melman, Director of Economic Services at the National Association of Home Builders, says, “These reports are good news for new residential construction as the housing recovery continues to address demand among first-time buyers and broadens across a wider range of markets during the balance of 2016 and into 2017.”In the Pending Home Sales report, Lawrence Yun, NAR Chief Economist, states that homebuyers in October appear to have worked quickly in order to outbid other buyers for the short supply of affordable homes on the market.“Those obtaining a mortgage last month were likely the last group of buyers to lock in a rate near historically low levels now that rates have marched to around 4 percent since the election,” Yun said.The shortage of inventory comes as no surprise, though, according to the report. Yun says this lack of available homes for sale is merging with a time when price growth is still close to three times the pace of wage growth.The report also depicts the the imbalance of supply to demand, with 40 percent of sales in October sold at or above list price.“Low supply has kept prices elevated all year and has put pressure on the budgets of buyers,” says Yun. “With mortgage rates expected to rise into next year and put added strain on affordability, sales expansion will be contingent on more inventory coming onto the market and continued job gains.”Broken down regionally, the index shows that pending home sales compared to the year prior grew 3.9 percent in the Northwest, 1.2 percent in the Midwest, 0.8 percent in the South, and 2.5 percent in the West.“Most of the country last month saw at least a small increase in contract signings and more notably, activity in all four major regions is up from a year ago,” says Yun. “Despite limited listings and steadfast price growth that’s now carried into the fall, buyer demand has remained strong because of the consistently reliable job creation in a majority of metro areas.”To view the full Pending Home Sales Index, click here. Pending-Home Sales 2016-11-30 Seth Welbornlast_img read more

by The Associated Press Posted Apr 11 2018 5

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Apr 11, 2018 5:53 am PDT Last Updated Apr 11, 2018 at 2:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Latest: 3rd accuser testifies, says Cosby gave her pills Attorney Lisa Bloom speaks to the media during a break in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial, Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) center_img NORRISTOWN, Pa. – The Latest on the Bill Cosby sexual-assault retrial (all times local):5:20 p.m.A third accuser has taken the witness stand at Bill Cosby’s sexual-assault retrial in suburban Philadelphia.Janice Baker-Kinney was a 24-year-old bartender in 1982, when she says Cosby gave her two pills that made her lose consciousness. She testified Wednesday she woke up naked in bed with the comedian, believing they’d had sex.Baker-Kinney says she believes Cosby gave her Quaaludes, a now-banned sedative. She says she still blames herself for getting knocked out, telling jurors, “I don’t want to have that guilt and shame.”Cosby is charged with drugging and assaulting a woman at his home in 2004. He says it was consensual.Prosecutors are calling other accusers to the stand to make the case Cosby is a serial predator.Cosby’s lawyers have said Baker-Kinney “voluntarily” took the drug and apologized to him for passing out.___3:45 p.m.Bill Cosby’s lawyers are scrutinizing the 2014 police statement of a woman who reported he drugged and molested her as a 17-year-old decades ago.The police report filed by Chelan Lasha (shuh-LAWN’ LASH’-uh) lacked many of the details she testified about Wednesday at Cosby’s sexual assault retrial.Lasha is one of five additional accusers expected to testify.Lasha says Los Angeles police told her to make her account “as brief as possible,” adding she got the impression officers didn’t believe her.She told jurors she was immobilized and unable to speak after Cosby gave her a blue pill and two shots of amaretto. She says the comedian then assaulted her.Cosby’s lawyers are expected to ask Lasha about her 2007 guilty plea for making a false report to Arizona law enforcement.___1 p.m.A tearful accuser has confronted Bill Cosby in court over allegations he knocked her out and molested her more than 30 years ago.One of Cosby’s lawyers asked for a mistrial Wednesday after Chelan Lasha said, “You remember, don’t you Mr. Cosby?”The judge denied the request.Lasha is the second of five additional accusers expected to testify at Cosby’s sexual assault retrial in suburban Philadelphia. The 80-year-old comedian is charged with drugging and molesting a woman in 2004. He says the encounter was consensual.Lasha says she was immobilized and unable to speak after Cosby gave her a little blue pill and two shots of amaretto. She says Cosby then assaulted her.Cosby’s lawyers have said her memories are tainted at best.The Associated Press doesn’t typically identify people who say they’re victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Lasha has done.___12:10 p.m.Jurors will be able to hear about the criminal past of one of the accusers in Bill Cosby’s sex-assault retrial.Cosby lawyer Jaya Gupta told a judge Wednesday that Chelan Lasha’s 2007 guilty plea for making a false report to Arizona law enforcement “bears on her veracity.”The judge says that Cosby’s lawyers can bring it up.The former model and aspiring actress is one of five additional accusers who are being allowed to testify in the retrial. Her lawyer, Gloria Allred, says the defence is trying to smear Lasha.Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting a woman at his home in 2004. He says it was consensual.___11:55 a.m.The first accuser testifying at Bill Cosby’s retrial is telling jurors she wants to “see a serial rapist convicted.”Heidi Thomas stunned Cosby’s lawyers and the courtroom with her answer during cross-examination Wednesday, fending off the insinuation that she’d do anything to help the comedian’s chief accuser.Thomas says she came forward with her allegations in early 2015 to support other women who have accused Cosby, not for the attention his lawyers say it brought her.Thomas is rejecting a defence lawyer’s suggestion she was seeking a share of the spotlight and trying to profit off her experiences.She’s the first in a parade of women whom prosecutors are calling as they try to show Cosby was a serial predator.The 80-year-old comedian is charged with drugging and molesting another woman in 2004.___9:30 a.m.Bill Cosby’s lawyers are arguing in court at his sexual assault retrial that jurors should hear about an accuser’s criminal past so they can fully assess her credibility.Cosby lawyer Jaya Gupta told a judge Wednesday that Chelan Lasha’s 2007 guilty plea for making a false report to Arizona law enforcement “bears on her veracity.”State law bars talk of witness convictions more than a decade old, but Gupta argued Lasha’s conviction should be an exception since her allegations against Cosby date to 1986.Assistant District Attorney Stewart Ryan argued the defence will get a chance to test Lasha’s credibility when she’s cross-examined.The judge has yet to rule.Lasha is one of five additional accusers who are being allowed to testify in the retrial.___8:45 a.m.Comedian Bill Cosby has arrived for the third day of his sexual assault retrial.Cosby walked into the suburban Philadelphia courthouse on Wednesday morning.Spokesman Andrew Wyatt cited Cosby’s defence attorney’s opening statement Tuesday blasting his accuser. He says that the truth will be shown in court and Cosby will be vindicated.The first of five additional accusers against Cosby is continuing her testimony in court Wednesday.Heidi Thomas told jurors on Tuesday that Cosby knocked her out with wine and forced her to perform oral sex in Reno, Nevada, in 1984.The Associated Press doesn’t typically identify people who say they’re victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Thomas has done.___12:10 a.m.Prosecutors are rallying from a blistering defence attack on Bill Cosby’s chief accuser with a parade of women who say the comedian drugged and attacked them long before he allegedly assaulted Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.The first of the five women, Heidi Thomas, returns to the witness stand on Wednesday. She told jurors on Tuesday that Cosby knocked her out with wine and forced her to perform oral sex in Reno, Nevada, in 1984.The women could help prosecutors insulate Constand from the defence’s contention that she’s a “con artist.”Defence lawyer Tom Mesereau said in an opening statement that Constand framed him to score a big payday.The Associated Press doesn’t typically identify people who say they’re victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand and Thomas have done.last_img read more

Police officers remanded in trafficking case

first_imgThree police officers and two others were remanded in custody for seven days on Wednesday in Nicosia in connection with people trafficking and corruption.The suspects were arrested and brought before court on Tuesday but after a lengthy hearing, the judge decided to reserve judgement for the next day.The three officers, aged 38, 41, and 31, are accused of receiving bribes to turn a blind eye while serving at passport control at the airport and let through women from third countries who were later employed at a bar in Nicosia.Two other people, the owner of the bar, 36, and a 33-year-old woman, a third country national, were also arrested.All three officers served at the immigration service though one of the was transferred to the attorney-general’s security detail in July.The arrests followed a police raid at the Nicosia bar on August 1 where officers found four women from third countries who were later recognised as victims of trafficking.Police told the court that the women were interviewed between August 2 and September 4 and carried out further investigations and surveillance up until Tuesday when they arrested the suspects.The offences they are accused of were committed between the end of December last year and August.The court heard that police would be interviewing some 50 people in connection with the case, 15 of whom were friends and relatives of the suspects.Defence lawyers objected to the remand request, either arguing that eight days were excessive or that there was little or no evidence against their clients.The court rejected their protestations and granted police a seven-day remand, taking into account that the suspects have already spent one day in detention.  You May LikeWeQuoteUSACalifornia Drivers Had No Idea About This RuleWeQuoteUSAUndoLuxurious YachtsThe 10 Most Expensive Luxury Yachts in The WorldLuxurious YachtsUndoFitness Engage10 Best Vitamins to Take to Stay FitFitness EngageUndo Property owners price themselves out of the marketUndoFrom space heroes to artists: women written out of historyUndoBritish woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more