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Former RCMP worker alleging sex assault recounts shocking washroom encounter

first_imgVANCOUVER – A former RCMP employee says she will never forget the sound of the door being locked behind her by a now-retired inspector who is alleged to have sexually assaulted her in a washroom at their Vancouver workplace.“I remember the sound just felt shocking, the sound of the lock when he turned it,” the woman testified Tuesday as she stared into the distance and turned her hand as if to lock a door.Tim Shields, who was the public face of the RCMP in British Columbia as the department’s spokesman, has pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual assault.The woman, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, told provincial court she was confused when Shields said he had something to tell her and led her into a unisex washroom at the Mounties’ former headquarters in Vancouver in the fall of 2009.CAUTION: SEXUALLY GRAPHIC CONTENT FOLLOWS“I remember him saying, ‘I found this place and it has a lock on the door,’ ” she said. “I was really frozen and confused. I didn’t know what was going on.“He went under my blouse. He undid my bra. He touched my breasts. Then he went toward my waist. He unbuttoned my pants and he was trying to unzip my pants when I pushed his hands away and said, ‘No, let’s go.’ “The woman said when she asked Shields to stop, he stepped back, put her hand on his exposed erect penis and asked her to perform oral sex.“I said, ‘No,’ ” she testified, speaking slowly and pausing frequently, with her eyes closed. “I just had this sort of, ‘Oh, my God,’ feeling. I’m not going to be able to get out without something happening.”Shields then did up his pants and washed his hands and face in the sink, the woman said.“I was against the wall. I was standing quite shocked and he said, ‘Don’t forget to do up your bra.’ “The woman said she did not feel she could leave the washroom because Shields was standing between her and the door.“I just remember being quite scared about the whole thing and wanting to get out,” she said.The woman also told the court she rebuffed earlier advances from Shields, saying she felt uncomfortable and embarrassed in July 2009 when he told her in a parking lot outside work that he found her sexually attractive.Later that summer, he told her he would like to perform oral sex on her, she said.After she declined, Shields asked her not to tell anyone because it would be “bad for him,” the woman said.“He asked if he could trust me,” she said. “I believe I said, ‘Yes.’ “Shields left the RCMP in December 2015 and was charged the following May.The woman told court last week she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after leaving her civilian job with the RCMP.— Follow @gwomand on Twitterlast_img read more

Moroccan Alt-Rockers ‘General Rest in Peace’ to Play at Fez ALC…

Rabat – General Rest in Peace (GRIP), a Moroccan alternative and indie rock group, will play a free show on Saturday, September 30 at the American Language Center in Fez.The four-piece band, founded by cousins Talal and Ayoub, mixes alternative rock, metal, pop, and R&B. The group cites influences ranging from Muse to The Clash.GRIP has performed across Morocco and appeared at the Sziget Festival in Budapest. GRIP’s self-titled debut album, released in April 2017, evokes a “dark and romantic atmosphere, with poetic metaphors and reflections on life, death, and love,” writes a press release issued by the language school.The concert has been organized by the Fez ALC’s Music Club.The American Language Center offers courses in English, while the Arabic Language Institute, in the same building, provides instruction in Modern Standard Arabic and Moroccan Arabic. read more

Lebanese Prime Minister Resigns, Fearing ‘Assassination’

Rabat – Amid regional tension, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned from his position on Saturday in a surprise move during a televised speech from Saudi Arabia.Hariri said that he is afraid of the possibility of an assassination plot against him, recalling the murder of his father, former prime minister Rafiq Hariri, who was killed in an explosion in 2005.“We are living in a climate similar to the atmosphere that prevailed before the assassination martyr Rafik Hariri. I have sensed what is being plotted covertly to target my life,” he said in the speech. He also severely criticized Iran and its Lebanese Shia ally Hezbollah, for “their meddling in Arab affairs.”“I want to say to Iran and its followers that they are losing in their interference in the affairs of Arab nations, and our nation will rise as it did before and the hands that are extended to it with evil will be cut off,” Hariri said.He accused Hezbollah’s policies of putting Lebanon “in the eye of the storm.”“Hezbollah was able in past decades to impose a status quo in Lebanon through its weapons directed at the chests of Syrians and Lebanese,” he said.Hariri has made several visits in the past days to Iranian opponent Saudi Arabia, raising speculation that its influence might have played part in his decision.Hariri served as prime minister from 2009 to 2011 and took office again in 2016. During his term, he headed a 30-member national unity cabinet that included the Shia militant Hezbollah.Lebanese President Michel Aoun “will ask Hariri to remain in his position” until a candidate replaces him and forms a government, said The Independent.Hariri’s replacement has to be a Sunni Muslim, in accordance with the Lebanese constitution. read more

Security Council discusses chemical weapons use in Syria following latest global watchdog

The report from the UN-backed Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) made up of 193 Member States, concluded based on its Fact-Finding Mission assessment, that there were “reasonable grounds that the use of a toxic chemical as a weapon has taken place, on 7 April”, adding that reactive chlorine had been detected in samples taken, around two weeks after the incident.The attack in the city of Douma, a suburb of the capital Damascus, came at a crucial stage of the siege by Syrian Government forces, backed by Russia, on rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, which subsequently fell. Dozens were reportedly killed during the likely chemical attack, with videos purporting filmed during the aftermath widely shared across the world, showing children choking and gagging.At the time, Russia denied any chemical weapons had been used, saying that the attack had been “staged”. The Syrian Government denied any involvement. But the United States, together with France and the United Kingdom, launched retaliatory air strikes, aimed at alleged chemical weapons facilities and infrastructure.Last June, the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria, delivered a report to the Human Rights Council, saying that the siege and recapture of Eastern Ghouta by Government and allied forces, had been marked by war crimes and crimes against humanity.The latest FFM’s report on Douma, was due to be shared with States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention, and passed on to the Security Council. The report does not assign blame for the likely use of chlorine gas, and found no grounds or evidence, to support an assertion from the Syrian Government that rebel fighters in Douma had use a local facility, to manufacture chemical weapons.Last June, the OPCW was given new powers to assign blame for future chemical weapons attacks, but this did not include the FFM sent to Douma, to gather evidence. read more

Vehicle production – February 2006

Commercial vehicle production up 1.1 per cent Car production down 8.6 per cent Total UK vehicle production down 7.5 per cent in February Commercial vehicles: ‘Improvements in efficiency, on top of strong export demand, have helped boost CV production’, commented Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘Leyland, in particular, benefited from strong orders last Autumn, and these are reflected in latest figures. Overall, export production has driven growth, up 13.1 per cent in February and 11.8 per cent over the year to date.’ Cars: ‘As we near the anniversary of the closure of production at MG Rover, car production figures for the UK continue to be affected by this loss’, commented Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘Over three-quarters of the 8.6 per cent drop in February can be attributed to Longbridge. However, significant growth at both Land Rover and Toyota, and solid output at other big plants, demonstrates that production in the UK remains healthy.’ Full details, and February’s special manufacturer focus on Leyland Trucks can be downloaded below. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Russell Westbrook Should Be Mad At Kevin Durant — Durant Stuck Him

The uphill battle that Westbrook faces now doesn’t take away from the fact that Durant will have his fair share of pressure in the months to come. While this season has been a breeze so far for him and the Warriors, who own the NBA’s best record, the noise will be deafening if Golden State stumbles even the slightest bit this postseason. And Durant, fair or not, would likely be the clear target of that criticism, since his high-profile signing was supposed to make the Warriors invincible.But for now, and until the playoffs — the Warriors and Thunder currently have about a 21 percent chance of meeting, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NBA forecast — the focus remains on Durant and Westbrook, and whether their strained, icy relationship shows any signs of thawing.Check out our latest NBA predictions. KEVIN DURANTRUSSELL WESTBROOK Who’s Going Where As The NBA Trade Deadline Approaches? Usage rate30.6%27.6%31.6%41.8% 2016-17 stats are through Feb. 8Sources: Basketball-Reference.com, Synergy Sports Technology Related: Hot Takedown 2015-16 SEASON2016-17 SEASON2015-16 SEASON2016-17 SEASON Turnovers/game3.52.34.35.4 Much like the first two times they played each other this season, cameras and storylines will follow Kevin Durant’s and Russell Westbrook’s every move on Saturday, when the ex-teammates square off in Oklahoma City for the first time since Durant signed with the Warriors last summer.For months, the running question for each player has been: When was the last time you two spoke with the other? And as they confirm that they haven’t spoken, the narrative becomes even icier with every matchup.Durant largely dismissed the tension between them as “fake drama” and a media creation. But on a basic level, Westbrook has reason to be upset with his one-time teammate. Though Durant had every right to leave, his departure has made every aspect of Westbrook’s job harder than it’s ever been, while Durant has had to do less than ever before.Westbrook, averaging a triple-double for the season, has been undeniably incredible in Durant’s absence. But a chiropractor is usually necessary when a player puts this much of his team on his back.Westbrook, in trying to make up for Durant, is on pace to log the highest usage rate (the percentage of a team’s possessions that end with a certain player while he’s on the court) in NBA history, by far. By contrast, Durant is posting the lowest usage rate of his career. Westbrook, handling the ball far more often, is turning it over more than ever. Durant has fewer turnovers than ever before. Durant has a career-low isolation rate; Westbrook is going one-on-one more than he has since 2011-12 (just 14.7 percent of his 2-pointers have been assisted this season).1All stats in this article are current through Wednesday. And Durant, part of Golden State’s more free-flowing offense, is cutting and moving without the ball more than ever before, while Oklahoma City still throws fewer passes than any team in the association.We’ve seen Westbrook change his game this way before: He put up similar per-100-possession stats in 2014-15, when Durant missed most of the season because of a fractured foot. Then, as now, Westbrook’s true-shooting and effective field-goal rates declined while he was tasked with so much more ballhandling responsibility. (The Thunder, currently in seventh place in the West, finished the 2014-15 season tied for eighth and missed the playoffs.) Russell Westbrook’s workload increased when Durant left True shooting63.4%65.0%55.4%54.2% Isolation rate14.9%11.4%12.5%19.1% read more

NEW BIG NAME IN HANDBALL – Greek Olympiakos

Interesting ambitious story in Greek handball rising up. It’s called IEK Xinis Dikeas (Sponsor IEK Xini is one of the biggest private education college in Greece). The club  finished on the 6th place in their first year in Greek elite league (D1) and lost Play-Off battle against AEK, but some bigger things are in projection of the future. One of the team’s sponsors and part of the Management is ship owner, former handball player Timis Pournaras, the guy who helped in making proper roster for domestic conditions in the season behind, thinks big.He is already in advance discussion with one of two biggest sports clubs in Greece, but also very famous in Europe – Olympiakos. He is willing to takeover sponsorship of the team in the next three-four years if Olympiakos establish the handball section of the club. New joint project should start from the season 2016/2017.That will put on current IEK Xinis Dikeas a lot of media and fans attention as Olympiakos are a big sports family worldwide known in football, basketball, volleyball and waterpolo.PAOK and AEK have their handball teams among the best in Greek handball, but Olympiakos on the handball map of Greece and Europe will bring some new dimension.This is not a unique example in handball. A few years ago BM Atletico Madrid tried to get attention of sponsors and football club, but attempt of Talant Dujshebaev and the people from the former BM Ciudad Real wasn’t successful.On the other side, the example of Paris Saint Germain is much more positive.Olympiakos in handball is more than welcome… ← Previous Story Women’s U19 EURO 2015: Russian storm over Germany – Big win for Denmark Next Story → Argentinian “Gladiators” qualify for Rio 2016! read more

Spike in the importation of illegal anabolic steroids causes health fears

first_img 11,610 Views 18 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Anabolic steroids used for enhancement can be especially dangerous when used without supervision. Mar 13th 2017, 4:10 PM http://jrnl.ie/3285017 Anabolic steroids used for enhancement can be especially dangerous when used without supervision. Image: Shutterstock Share Tweet Email center_img Monday 13 Mar 2017, 4:10 PM Image: Shutterstock THERE WAS A significant decrease in the amount of illegal prescription drugs seized last year, but the importation of illegal anabolic steroids appears to be on the rise.The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) has totted up the amount of illegal medicines that were held by the authorities last year.It found that a total of 673,906 doses of the various drugs were seized last year, down significantly from the 1.1 million that were detained in 2015.The most common illegal products seized last year were sedatives but the overall number of sedatives seized was down significantly.Despite accounting for 40% of all the illegal medicines seized, the dosage units of sedatives taken by authorities last year fell by two-thirds from 726,164 to 271,545.Anabolic steroids were the next most popular illegal drugs seized after their number increased significantly from 38,049 units to 109,006.Illegal erectile dysfunction medication was the next most common drug seized by the HPRA.The authority says the overall decrease in products seized can be partly attributed to their ongoing detection efforts that are carried out in conjunction with An Garda Síochána and the Revenue Commissioners.Despite that, the HPRA’s director of compliance John Lynch says that it is worrying that people are still sourcing prescription drugs from illegal sources.“It is particularly noteworthy that anabolic steroids accounted for 16% of products detained, a significant increase compared to 2015,” Lynch said.The misuse of anabolic steroids has been linked to a range of significant side effects including blood clots, headaches, depression, irritability and stomach pain. People are sourcing these products for purposes of performance enhancement and are either unaware of or ignoring the significant dangers posed by these prescription medicines in the absence of medical supervision.In total there were six cases where people were formally prosecuted for the provision of illegal medicines last year and there were also 13 formal cautions handed out.Read: Steroids, growth hormones and erectile dysfunction pills worth €2 million seized in Donegal >Read: Steroids: ‘I thought that the only way I could beat my addiction was to end my life’ > Spike in the importation of illegal anabolic steroids causes health fears The seizure of such drugs almost tripled last year. Short URL By Rónán Duffylast_img read more

James Merlino to be patron of the 2009 PanHellenic Games

first_imgThe Oceania PanHellenic Sports and Cultural Games-Melbourne 2009, Melbourne’s biggest ever Greek festival of sports and culture was launched yesterday by Victorian Minister of Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs James Merlino.Mr Merlino will serve as Patron for the PanHellenic Games.The launch was held at the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria on Lonsdale Street. The PanHellenic Games are expected to attract over 600 sport women and men of Greek descent from all over Australia and New Zealand to Melbourne to compete against each other for the three-day event taking place on November 27-29.The sports in which athletes will be able to compete in are basketball, judo, soccer, swimming, tae kwon do, tennis, track and field, water polo and wrestling.The two major Greek football teams, South Melbourne FC and West Sydney Berries will also play a friendly match on Sunday November 29. The major draw card for the games is expected to be the grand final of the men’s and women’s soccer tournaments on November 29, as well as plenty of free activities and food reflecting regional Greek cuisine and culture. The Games are an initiative organised by the World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) which aims to unite Hellenes through cultural and sporting events.In his address at the Games launch Victorian Minister of Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs James Merlino praised Greece and the indelible mark that it has left on the cultures of the world. ‘’And perhaps nowhere is the legacy of the Greek culture so visible as in the world of sport, where the Olympic ideal has, for millennia, pushed human beings to test the boundaries of strength and endurance.‘’The PanHellenic Games is a continuation of that proud sporting tradition and we are honoured to hold the games here in Melbourne. “I am very honoured and proud to have been asked to be patron of the Games,’’ Mr Merlino said. SAE Oceania and Far East Coordinator George Angelopoulos said this would be the first time in Melbourne will host the Games which have enjoyed have previously been successfully held in Adelaide and Sydney.“The Games are a celebration of Greek Australian life and culture brought together in Melbourne, one the world’s most Greek cities outside of Greece. What better way to showcase Greek culture than through sport. After all it was the ancient Greeks who said a healthy body means a healthy mind,” Mr Angelopoulos said to Neos Kosmos English Edition (NKEE).Sponsors of the PanHellenic Games include among others: The General Secretariat for Hellenes Abroad, The Hellenic Post Bank. The Victorian Government and the Victorian Multicultural Commission, various financial institutions, private contributors, Greek organizations and Greek Media including Neos Kosmos. The Games will take over the city’s major sporting precincts such Olympic Park, the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, Albert Park Tennis centre, Bob Jane Stadium and the Cretan Tennis centre. Attendance at the sporting events which are part of the games will be free.Participation is open to any individual or team between the ages of 16-30 who is of Greek descent and a permanent resident of Australia or New Zealand. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Townsville comes alive

first_imgXstrata Greek Fest, the annual Greek Festival in Townsville, will be held on the weekend of 8 to 9 October at Riverway Park, Kirwan. The free event embraces both Greek and Australian cultures through music, dance, cuisine, fun and games. Multiple performances by Hellenic dancers, a mythological theatre performance, a six-piece band from Sydney, Steki, and popular singer Irene Vacondios, will fill Riverway with the sounds of Greece. For the competitive ones, there will be grape stomping, plate smashing, olive pitting, and many more. There is an activities marquee for the children and fireworks displays – and don’t forget all the Greek food. Festival coordinator Bill Malandris told Neos Kosmos that the festival has something for everyone. “The festival is inclusive, so Greeks, friends of Greeks – it’s open to everyone.”The festival encourages everyone from all over Australia to “engage with the Townsville community”. “We have about 2000 Greek people who live in Townsville and surrounding areas. The majority of them are volunteers of the community and whatever proceeds are raised from the festival goes toward the upkeep of our community and the retention of our priest here.” There will be an agora (marketplace) set up for people to buy Greek market goods from olives to fragrant Mediterranean spices, cheeses – feta, kefalograviera, haloumi, legumes, dolmathes, loukoumia – a foodies paradise all under one roof. For the lovers of food, there will be cooking demonstrations done by Litsa Stylianos – sponsored by Chris’s dips – where you will be taught the art of fantastic Greek cooking and given a sample of your creations. And there is plenty of Greek coffee to go around. Shrek and Fiona will be there for the kids doing two shows on Saturday and Sunday. The popular Xstrata Greek Fest Townsville promises to be a huge hit again this year. The 12th Xstrata Greek Fest is on again at Riverway Park, Kirwan, Townsville on the weekend of 8 to 9 October. Entry is free so bring the whole family. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Inondations en Europe centrale niveau dalerte de la crue en hausse en

first_imgInondations en Europe centrale : niveau d’alerte de la crue en hausse en AllemagneAllemagne – En raison des inondations qui touchent la Pologne depuis près de 10 jours, le niveau d’alerte de crue a été relevé à la frontière entre l’Allemagne et la Pologne, dans la région du Brandebourg. Les eaux de l’Oder et de la Neisse de Klodzko montent rapidement, et le niveau d’alerte de crue a été augmenté, passant de 1 à 2 ou 3 dans certaines villes d’Allemagne. Un dispositif de surveillance des digues a également été mis en place.Actuellement, on estime à quinze le nombre de décès dus aux inondations en Pologne. Des digues ont lâché en raison de la crue de la Vistule, des établissements scolaires ont été fermés, des milliers de personnes évacuées et le coût des dégâts s’élèverait à 2,43 milliards d’euros. Le 26 mai 2010 à 11:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

No This Isnt a Plush Version of Ashs Butt Its a Pokemon

first_img Finally, Ash Ketchum Is A Pokemon MasterMint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107K There’s never been a dearth of Pokemon merchandise in the world, and there’s plenty of weird stuff out there, too. There’s Pokemon curry, toothpaste, personal products and more out there. But could there really be a plushie out there that’s modeled after main character Ash Ketchum’s butt?The short answer is no. Japanese Twitter denizen @20o__omari18 stumbled upon a very peculiar plushie when visiting one of Japan’s Pokemon Centers, where you can find just about any Pokemon merchandise you want. It looks a whole lot like Ash is bending over to give you an eyeful of everything he’s got. It’s pretty lewd, especially considering it’s a kids’ show.一瞬サトシがケツ出してるんかと思って1人で笑ってしまった pic.twitter.com/QgKFvC5ScW— ケツ (@3o__omari18) September 20, 2017But as it turns out, of course, because who would actually put a bare ass on a kid’s toy, that it was actually a plushie that featured a Rowlett in a backpack, and the packaging looked as such like Ash was carrying the adorable owl Pokemon around in his backpack. You’d be forgiven for thinking otherwise, however, as the owl’s color looks similar to flesh tones, and its head is particularly butt-shaped in the images we’ve seen of the product. It’s eerie, and pretty uncanny. If you came upon that in a toy store, you might actually think you were looking at a stuffed butt. Which would be pretty uncool.It’s pretty bad design when you look at it from across a room though, to be honest. Even Pokemon pros could look at that toy and have to do a double take like the eagle-eyed Twitter user did and posted to their social media profile. Either way, it’s still a pretty hilarious situation, no matter how you slice it. What are your favorite Pokemon plushes? Do they also resemble posteriors? We’re willing to bet that they don’t.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Battle Ground soldier home on leave surprises kid sister at school

first_imgBATTLE GROUND — For a soldier with an “Old Ironsides” patch on his shoulder, Jared Euan was a pretty soft touch Wednesday morning when his little sister jumped into his arms and gave him a big hug.Right in the middle of band class.They hadn’t seen each other since Thanksgiving, when Euan left for a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army’s 1st Armored Division.So, Jade Horton had a good supply of welcome-home hugs when her big brother walked into her classroom at Daybreak Middle School.And for their mother, Tracy Horton, the fifth-grade girl had this stern judgment: “You tricked me, Mom!”The smile on the Battle Ground woman’s face seemed to be an acknowledgement of guilty as charged.Jade knew that her brother was back in the United States after his deployment, and had returned to Fort Bliss, Texas, where the 1st Armored — nicknamed “Old Ironsides” — is stationed.But her mom was a little evasive about when Euan could come home on leave.The Daybreak fifth-grader was figuring that “he might come back in October,” Jade said.Euan (pronounced “ewen”) had something to do with the surprise, which was a family production. Tracy Horton said her own mother came up with the notion of the unannounced arrival. And Euan proposed the classroom setting when he came home on leave.“I’d seen it on TV and on YouTube, and I wanted it for her,” the soldier said.Daybreak Middle School band teacher George Izzett, a retired U.S. Army captain, was happy to host the homecoming.Euan, a 2010 graduate of Battle Ground High School, is an infantryman who served in the Maiwand district of Kandahar province. In a recent story, The Associated Press referred to Kandahar as “the spiritual birthplace of the Taliban.”last_img read more

People on the Move 091808

first_imgFormer OK! magazine associate publisher Mary Beth Wright was named vice president and publisher of American Media Inc.’s National Enquirer. Prior to OK!, Wright held associate publisher and publisher positions at Disney’s FamilyFun magazine.Shax Riegler was named features editor at Hearst’s House Beautiful. Riegler most recently served as a freelance writer, having contributed to the magazine since 2007.Continuing its recent hiring tear, the National Journal Group appointed Terence Samuel managing editor, in charge of Congressional coverage. A book author, Samuel formerly served as national correspondent and New York bureau chief at the Philadelphia Inquirer and as Washington Correspondent at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.Hearst Magazines Digital Media named Corynne Steindler editorial director of a new online project called TheSurvivorsClub.org. Previously, Steindler served as senior editor at Bonnie Fuller’s HollywoodLife.com.Ken Engelman was named sales director and associate publisher at motorcycle touring and travel title RoadRunner magazine. Previously, Engelman served as national account manager at Soundings Publications’ Woodshop News.Scott Havens, vice president of digital strategy and operations for The Atlantic, will now extend his responsibilities across all three divisions (The Atlantic, National Journal Group and Government Executive) of Atlantic Media Company. Source Interlink Media has promoted Chris Argentieri to president, replacing interim president Jim Gillis, who is returning to his role as COO of Source Interlink Companies Inc. Until now, Argentieri served as Source Interlink Media COO.Catherine Sharick was promoted from executive producer to executive director of Time.com. Sharick started at Time.com in 2003 as a producer.Interiors magazine named Michael Wollaeger editorial director. Previously, Wollaeger served as editor-in-chief of Western Interiors and as executive editor of Architectural Digest.last_img read more

IMF blames Imran Khan led PTI government PLMN for Pakistans

first_imgIslamabad: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has lashed out at ruling Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) for not adopting adequate policies to address the economic crisis in the country. The IMF blamed the current PTI government for delayed and yet unsatisfactory policy action for correction. Hence despite some exchange rate depreciation and significant monetary policy tightening, sizeable foreign exchange interventions continued through April 2019, reported Dawn. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us “Similarly, fiscal slippages in the first half of the fiscal year have been significant despite the adoption of two budget amendments. Finally, increases in power and gas tariffs have not been sufficient to stem the accumulation of quasi-fiscal losses,” the IMF noted. IMF made these remarks in its staff report on USD 6 billion bailouts to Pakistan approved by its executive board earlier this week. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us The agency held the PML-N government responsible for unbalanced policies and unfinished reforms. “Misaligned economic policies, including large fiscal deficits, loose monetary policy, and defence of an overvalued exchange rate, fuelled consumption and short-term growth in recent years, but steadily eroded macroeconomic buffers, increased external and public debt, and depleted international reserves,” it said. Advertise With Us IMF also pointed out that dull progress in structural progress continued to hamper investment and allowed “inefficient state-owned entities (SOEs) to linger and a large informal economy to expand”. The three-year bailout package was approved by the IMF’s Executive Board last week. “IMF Executive Board approved today a three-year US$6 billion loan to support Pakistan’s economic plan, which aims to return sustainable growth to the country’s economy and improve the standards of living,” Gerry Rice, the IMF’s spokesperson had confirmed the news on Twitter on July 3. The Asian Development Bank has also announced plans to lend USD 10 billion to Pakistan for various development projects over the next five years.last_img read more

Vijay Mallya blames everybody except himself for Kingfisher Airlines disaster

first_imgKFA collapsed with oil at $ 140/barrel and State sales tax on top Rupee devaluation No FDI Engine failures. Economic depression Need more ?— Vijay Mallya (@TheVijayMallya) January 27, 2017Biocon chief Kiran Mazumdar Shaw defended Mallya for seeking Singh’s help to save KFA, saying there was nothing abnormal in it.Didn’t the Big Banks seek a bail out by the US Govt in 2008? Nothing wrong in what he did in seeking help from PM & FM https://t.co/0i41403Bnw— Kiran Mazumdar Shaw (@kiranshaw) January 27, 2017Shaw is a director of United Breweries Ltd since October 2009.A few days ago, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested former chairman of IDBI Bank Yogesh Aggarwal along with four other ex-IDBI Bank officials and former CFO of Kingfisher Airlines A. Raghunathan in connection with the Rs 900 crore loan default case. The arrests on Tuesday followed raids at various places in Bengaluru including UB Towers in Bengaluru and residences of Aggarwal and Raghunathan, apart from others. On a day when reports surfaced of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh “helping” Vijay Mallya secure loans from public sector banks, the embattled businessman blamed external factors for the grounding of debt-laden Kingfisher Airlines (KFA).Read: Karnataka HC issues bailable warrant against Vijay Mallya in contempt caseThe now-defunct KFA lost its flying licence after the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) refused to renew its Air Operator Permit on December 31, 2012.”KFA collapsed with oil at $140/barrel and State sales tax on top Rupee devaluation No FDI Engine failures. Economic depression need more?”, he tweeted on Friday. Vijay Mallya, along with KFA, is accused of defaulting on loan repayments to banks, most of whom are public sector lenders, including the State Bank of India and IDBI Bank. Besides, employees and vendors of KFA have also made claims that they have not been their salaries/supply bills, respectively.News18 reported that Manmohan Singh allegedly bailed out KFA during 2011, citing correspondence between Mallya and his employees.”Thank you for sparing time to meet me on September 8th to explain the… difficulties being faced by Kingfisher Airlines. I had also informed your goodself that we had approached our consortium of Banks, led by State Bank of India to grant us additional financial support urgently. You had asked me to follow up with Mr TKA Nair, which I did and I am deeply appreciative of the fact that Mr Nair immediately spoke to the concerned people in the Ministries involved… (sic),” the channel reported, referring to letter written by Mallya to Singh on October 4, 2011.There were mails written to CFO Nedungadi in March 2013 as well, appraising him of the developments in seeking loans for KFA and progress in arranging meetings with SBI, Bengaluru.On Friday, Mallya tweeted that the then UPA government should have offered bail-out package to KFA similar to national carrier Air India.And KFA being the largest domestic Airline was the worst hit. Government bailed out Air India but did not bail out KFA.So much for “favours”— Vijay Mallya (@TheVijayMallya) January 27, 2017last_img read more

All you need to know about credit card travel insurance

first_imgCredit Card Travel InsuranceTravelling enriches your soul and renews your spirit. Finding new places and getting to know new people erases the boredom of life shackled in routines and deadlines. However, vacation — especially an international one — entails huge costs. And to add to it the risks of unforeseen circumstances puts off several vacation plans.Travel insurance comes in handy when you want peace of mind while visiting a foreign country or a new city, but it inflates your travel costs by at least 4 percent. What most of the travellers don’t know is their credit card also offers travel insurance that works as a safety net when something goes awry.You can easily apply for a credit card online in India and avail complimentary travel insurance facilities. But before you apply, let us talk about what these insurances cover and how it works out best for you.When do you need travel insurance?You need not take travel insurance for inexpensive weekend trips. But it is important to safeguard yourself against unforeseen risks when you are in a foreign country or for long trips that entail pricey reservations and hotel stays.Insurance is made to cover for expenses that you would not be able to bear on your own when things go wrong.If you take travel insurance on your own, it will add around 4-8 percent extra cost to your vacation budget. It will also vary depending on the length of your trip, travel destination, age, amount of insurance coverage and the medical conditions that you want to be covered.What does your credit card travel insurance cover?While a travel insurance makes for a significant part of your travel expenses, your credit card offers complimentary coverage for certain types of contingencies. The only catch here is that you do not have the freedom to select the types of coverage you want; it is offered as a comprehensive package.Credit card companies also tie up with insurance providers to offer such insurance coverages so the benefits will also differ accordingly.Most of the credit card providers cover the following:1. Luggage and Personal BelongingsYour credit card insures you against theft or loss of baggage and personal belongings when you travel abroad. Some might also cover delay in baggage delivery after check-in when the delay is longer than a specific number of hours.Here you should note that your personal belongings will be insured only up to a certain amount, which will be communicated to you in the beginning. You can also check this in your credit card documents.For example, if you have an HDFC Regalia Credit Card, you should refer to the booklet provided with the card to know the coverage amount. Alternatively, you can also call on HDFC credit card customer care number to ask about the amount.2. Trip Cancellation or DelayIf you have to cancel your trip for any of the reasons mentioned in the offer document, your credit card company will refund the prepaid expenses incurred by you on the trip. The reasons for cancellation may include terrorist threat, bad weather and natural disaster.If your trip could not happen or was interrupted midway, the credit card will cover the non-refundable expenses that you have already incurred. There are a few things you should consider about this coverage”Read the fine print to know what reasons for cancellation are eligible for insurance cover. In case you cancel the trip for any reason apart from what was mentioned, the insurance company will not be liable to pay.The company is liable to pay only up to the amount that was mentioned in the offer document, so you must consider that. 3. Accidental DeathIf the cardholder has an accidental death when on a trip, most credit card travel insurances pay a predetermined sum to the nominees of the deceased. Some banks and credit card providers may also pay a portion of the sum insured in case of dismemberment of a body part.Whether the plan supports death or dismemberment depends on the type of credit card you have and the facilities offered by the insurance company in association with which the coverage is offered. There are a few points to be remembered in this regard:If you already have sufficient life insurance coverage, there is not much need to get this coverage. However, if your credit card offers this benefit, it does not hurt.Secondly, you should know the quantum of insurance.Understand the reasons of death which are not covered under the scheme. For example, death by heart attack or any other medical issue that the person was already suffering from will not make the company liable to pay. 4. Medical Insurance and Emergency Medical AssistanceIf you get sick or are injured on a trip, your credit card covers you for the costs of emergency hospitalisation and medical assistance. Under this coverage, you will be transported to the nearest hospital and the costs of medical procedures and hospital bed charges will be paid for by the insurance company.Important things to consider about this coverage are:Injuries suffered during adventure sports like horse riding, skydiving, skiing, rafting, kayaking, etc. will not be covered under this insurance scheme.The policy will cover you only up to a limited amount.The medical insurance plan will pay out later; initially, you would have to make the payment towards these bills.Ensure whether this emergency medical assistance is applicable outside the country.Besides these benefits, credit card companies also offer round-the-clock assistance to cardholders under their travel insurance plan when they are travelling abroad.The best part of having a credit card with travel insurance is the coverage is absolutely free. You do not have to pay any extra price like in case of normal travel insurance.However, insurance coverage on credit card is restricted to what is written in the offer document. You cannot customise it according to your needs and preferences.So whenever you look forward to getting a travel credit card, you should also ask the card provider about the travel insurance offered on the card.While deciding the coverage terms and conditions, you should keep the worst case scenario in mind. Compare different credit cards and the coverage offered by them. Read the fine print and take a smart decision.[Sponsored content]last_img read more

The LongLost Father of New York City Pizza

first_imgAccording to a well-established legend, Gennaro Lombardi, an Italian immigrant who came to the United States at the turn of the 20th century, was the first person to open a pizzeria New York City. Since then, pizza has become such an ingrained part of American cuisine — a staple of New York’s gastronomical culture that it is almost impossible to imagine a time when it did not exist.According to History magazine, Lombardi came to the United States from Italy in 1897 and began to sell pizza from his newly opened grocery shop. His customers loved the hot tomato pizzas (or “pies”) that he dished up every lunchtime, and so, in 1905, he decided to open the first pizzeria in the city, known from that moment on as Lombardi’s.Street Market, Milano, ItalyLombardi tried to replicate the famous pizzas of Naples but was forced to adapt to the conditions and ingredients he found in New York. According to History, instead of baking his pizzas in a traditional wood-fired oven, he used a brick, coal-powered one, and substituted buffalo mozzarella for fior di latte. The customers came in droves, and the New York “pizza pie” was born.However, new research by Peter Regas suggests that Lombardi’s was not the first pizzeria in the United States, or even New York. In fact, the establishment that would later become Lombardi’s was originally a pizzeria run by another Italian immigrant, Filippo Milone.Lombardi’s Pizza Restaurant, New York City. Photo by mark peterson/Corbis via Getty ImagesMilone appears to have come to the United States in the 1890s, along with many other Italian immigrants seeking a fresh start and a new life across the Atlantic. Regas believes that one of the reasons his story has been erased from the history books was due to the inaccurate records kept in Brooklyn at the turn of the 20th century.According to Regas, the Brooklyn Business Directory often did not record new businesses started by Italians, or would frequently misspell their names. As a result, there may have been several pizzerias, like that of Milone, which simply slipped through the cracks and left behind no records.A coal-fired pizza oven at Lombardi’s in Manhattan. Photo by Joe Hall CC BY 2.0In order to trace this undocumented history, Regas has examined newspapers of the period, scouring the daily publications for advertisements that might point to Italian business activity.He has discovered evidence of several pizzerias in the early 20th century, including one run by Milone at 53 ½ Spring Street, in the same location as the legendary Lombardi’s.It seems that this pizzeria was actually already well established by the time that Lombardi arrived in New York, and he may even have been employed there in his early years in the city, learning his trade first hand.Lombardi’s Pizza, 32 Spring Street, Manhattan, New York. Photo by Leonard J. DeFrancisci CC BY-SA 3.0The history of pizza in New York, therefore, has much more diffuse beginnings than has previously been thought. It seems that many enterprising Italian newcomers were beginning to make and sell pizza, often to other Italian immigrants eager for a taste of home.According to History, pizza is a dish that originated in Campania, particularly in the city of Naples, and many immigrants left this region at the end of the 19th century as a result of the economic instability and social unrest that followed unification.Newly arrived in the United States and longing for home comforts, they began to make pizza, selling them in restaurants and grocery shops, where they began to gain popularity as a takeaway snack or lunch.Lombardi’s Pizza, located at 32 Spring Street on the corner of Mott Street in the Nolita neighjborhood of Manhattan, New York City was originally located at 53 1/2 Spring Street. Photo by Beyond My KenSoon, demand was high enough to warrant whole premises devoted to the making of pizza and the first American pizzerias were thus born. According to Regas, there is evidence for the existence of pizzerias in Manhattan as early as 1895, well before Lombardi arrived in New York.These early pizzerias were catering mainly to a young, male, Italian crowd, and it wasn’t until the 1930s and 1940s that pizza began to take off as a universally popular form of fast food.Lombardi’s Pizza (Manhattan, New York) plaque. Photo by Leonard J. DeFrancisci CC BY SA 3.0By the mid 20th century, however, pizza was etched into the gastronomic map of the United States, with many hungry punters flocking to New York to sample the original, authentic Italian American creation.Read another story from us: Hawaiian Pizza was Invented in Canada by a Greek Restaurant OwnerHowever, it was Lombardi’s name that would go down in history as the initiator of this enduring craze. Milone died childless in 1924 and was buried in an unmarked grave in Queens. He, along with the nameless pizzeria pioneers from Campania in the last decades of the 19th century, is only now receiving the recognition he deserves.last_img read more

Lenovos Yoga C630 Battery Life Blows Away Surface Pro 6

first_img Author Bio Mark Spoonauer, LAPTOP Editor in Chief on Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom’s Guide, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndo247 SportsThese Redesigned NFL Helmets Are Better Than the Real Thing247 SportsUndoAdvertisementcenter_img The Lenovo Yoga C630 is not your typical 2-in-1. This 12.3-inch detachable features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 processor, which is designed to provide longer endurance than Intel-powered systems while also offering always-on LTE connectivity.We’re in the process of reviewing the Yoga C630, but based on our early test results the battery life is top notch.On the Laptop Mag Battery Test, which simulates continuous web surfing at 150 nits of screen brightness, the Yoga C630 lasted an excellent 12 hours and 14 minutes. That’s nearly 3 hours longer than the Surface Pro 6, which lasted 9:20 on the same test with its Core i5 CPU.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/lenovo-yoga-c630-battery-life?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 MORE: Laptops with the Longest Battery Life The Google Pixel Slate, which runs Chrome OS and also packs a Core i5 CPU, lasted 9:51 on our test. The Yoga C630 also outlasted the latest Samsung Galaxy Book 2, which is powered by the same Snapdragon 850 chip as the Lenovo. Samsung’s convertible endured for 10:41, which is about 1.5 hours than the C630. Lenovo’s 2-in-1 definitely isn’t the longest lasting tablet. That honor goes to the new iPad Pro, which turned in runtime of 13:14. So Apple’s slate lasts an hour longer on a charge.Opting for the C630 involves some trade-offs. Like the Galaxy Book 2, the Snapdragon 850 processor inside this machine offers less performance than Core i5-powered machines like the Surface Pro 6. You definitely won’t want to edit video on it or multitask with lots and lots of tabs open.Is getting 3 hours of extra time away from an outlet worth it? Stay tuned for our full review. Best 2-in-1s – Laptop/Tablet Hybrids  Mark Spoonauer, LAPTOP Editor in Chieflast_img read more

Wolverine preferred sky high companion

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J If given the chance to fly with a celebrity, Aussie travellers said they prefer to share a few tales and an aircraft seat with Wolverine aka Hugh Jackman over the likes of Kyle Sandilands and Julia Gillard.According to a Travelzoo Australia Flight Etiquette survey, the radio personality topped the list of people travellers would least like to sit next to on a long-haul international flight with 55.4 percent of votes followed by Aussie Prime Minister Julia Gillard with 21.8 percent.Tony Abbott was also turned down by travellers with 17.9 percent not wanting to travel with the former politician while Max Markson also made the list with 13.4 percent.Of the 2,500 Australians surveyed, 62.9 percent said they would love to share a journey with Hugh Jackman followed by 22.9 percent voting for Miranda Kerr and nine percent hoping to travel with Liz Hurley.  The survey measuring the dos and don’ts on board flights found that while 67.7 percent of people were happy to have fellow passengers remove their footwear during the flight, 56.7 percent said a singlet was not an appropriate form on air travel  clothing.Travelzoo Australia general manager Brad Gurrie said the survey found that for the most part passengers were relatively “tolerant” towards the behaviours of others.“For example when asked what people would do if they were stuck next to a fellow passenger that wouldn’t stop talking, over 40 per cent of respondents said they would smile and be polite rather than cut them off,” Mr Gurrie explained. However, all patience is off when a screaming baby is around, with 97.7 percent of respondents saying a loud child is the worst part of air travel. Personally I’d love to sit next to Kyle Sandilands on board a flight, which celebrity would you want as a sky high companion?  last_img read more