India Among World Leaders Expected to Push For China-backed Trade Deal Excluding US

first_imgWorld leaders will push for the rapid completion of a massive, China-backed trade deal that excludes the US at a summit this week, in a rebuke to rising protectionism and Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda.China, Japan, India and other Asia-Pacific countries could announce a broad agreement on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), which covers half the world’s population, on the sidelines of the annual gathering.Read it at Hindustan Times Related Itemslast_img

Reclaiming My Roots

first_imgHere’s my dirty secret. I stayed away from Slumdog Millionaire for a full two months after the film came out. My initial decision had nothing to do with rebelling against media hype. No, my reason is rather embarrassing. It’s because Slumdog was about India and I’d revoked my identification with my parents’ homeland long ago.It wasn’t always that way. I had a personal romance with India in childhood. Like a girl willing to brave icy patches on I-80 to visit the love of her life, I eagerly sat through nauseatingly long plane trips for the joy of seeing the happy faces of relatives at the airport and feeling the gush of steamy Calcutta air on my skin. In India, I ceased to be an only child. I had cousins who became my brothers and sisters. Everything about Calcutta stirred my senses: the jasmine incense wafting from elaborately grilled windows, the garlanded Ganeshas staring from street-side temples. Even the calls of early-morning peddlers became a welcome alarm clock. I was thrilled that this exotic place was in my blood.My attachment to India would remain even after I’d flown back to New York. While other grade-schoolers raved about Madonna and Michael Jackson, I played songs from Khoobsurat until the tape broke. I spoke loudly in Bengali with my parents in public places, indifferent to the strange stares that elicited from other children, but so what? I was born an individualist.As I grew older, however, I realized that individualism did not mesh well with my Indian background. The revelation first came to me in middle school. The key conversational themes for both children and adults at Indian social gatherings were stellar grades and competition. Who’d made it into Honors Algebra 2 by age 12? Who had an IQ that made Einstein look like an idiot? Not me. I was — to my deep shame — ordinary.I wondered, why should mathematical accomplishments decide an Indian child’s value? What about talents in art, literature, self-knowledge? But I was too young and my mind still too undeveloped to clearly articulate these thoughts. Instead, I just stopped attending Indian parties and pujas. Thus came my first break from the Indian crowd.The trips to India changed too. I’d always been physically affectionate, but now throwing my arms around my male cousins prompted strange glances. Relatives and friends told me my skirts were too short. In a strange twist, everyone became more protective as I grew older. And if I wanted to go anywhere by myself? Forget it. For the first time vacationing in India, I’d daydream about being back in America, with the freedom to take long drives at night with only Jim Morrison’s voice for company.I stopped visiting India. I felt too confined there now. Thus came my second break with my culture.By the time I left for college, I was Indian only in name. But I attended a large state university, and I started noticing packs of desi students everywhere. I became jealous watching them enjoy each other’s company. There seemed to be a special bond among them, and I felt I was missing out. Perhaps I’d been too hasty in denying myself the company of Indian friends. I attended parties sponsored by the South Asian Students Association, but soon discovered that the main conversation among female students were methods and the right makeup to snag a hot Indian male.Now, I like discussing men and makeup as much as the next woman, but I also love pondering current events, art, and music. My forays into these topics elicited blank stares or rolling eyes. When I admitted I preferred Bob Dylan to Bollywood soundtracks, people looked at me as if I’d sprouted a second head. I dropped the Indian crowd and befriended students who shared my interests.By the time I reached my early twenties, I’d decided that being Indian was a limitation; it meant living in a box. So, I should have just calmly accepted that I was born into the wrong race, right? Well, kind of. I did go on quietly with my life, but I was angry. It sounds narcissistic, but I was convinced that my own people and culture had failed me.Then Slumdog Millionaire came out. Acquaintances assumed I’d seen it. “Are you insane?” was their response when I replied in the negative. After I heard this one too often, I decided to suck it up and buy my matinee ticket. I went inside, fully prepared to criticize. But when the lurid scenes of Bombay appeared, all the anti-Indian sentiment I’d garnered over the years was turned on its head. Pride. It’s a much maligned word, but that is what it took for me to reclaim my roots. Pride stirred in me as I watched Prem and Jamal grow up onscreen. I was proud to have origins in a land that claimed the gleaming majesty of the Taj Mahal. It also brought back sweet memories of walking by that same “swimming pool,” as Jamal hilariously referred to the pond. I understood the characters’ satisfaction as they sipped cold Cokes on a blistering day. It reminded me of the good times spent in my cousins’ cozy company, feeling that same heat, drinking those same Cokes made unique by India’s water. The nostalgia was almost painful and for the first time in years, I was dying to take the next Air India flight out of JFK airport.Ironically, my biggest source of pride came not from the arresting image of the Taj Mahal, but from little scenes throughout the film: Latika pouring chili powder over tyrannical Prem to the orphans’ amusement, Jamal’s glee, in spite of being covered with feces, in getting Amitabh Bhachchan’s autograph, and the exuberance with which Jamal and Prem chased trains throughout India. It’s likely that many audience members forgot these scenes as soon as they left the movie theater, but their impact stayed with me long after.Why is that? It’s because I’d seen my own Prems and Jamals in Calcutta — children growing up suffocated by the filth and poverty that average Americans see only on television (assuming they’re watching CNN instead of Dancing with the Stars). I saw those children, in spite of their desperate conditions, chase each other through congested streets in childish games. I saw their faces alight with happiness on receiving a simple paise or orange rind. It was astounding to me then — and still is — that a human spirit constantly beaten down can remain unbroken.The same can be said about India in general. It is a land that has been torn by invasions, violence, and corruption. But it still manages to remain, more or less, united, strong and vibrant. I was humbled by and indebted to my roots. Now I’m wearing my Indianness again like a rediscovered favorite piece of clothing.It’s been seven years since I last visited my parents’ birthland. In many cultures, seven is a magic number. It is time for me to revisit home.  Related Itemslast_img read more

Alas can’t hide dismay after Phoenix blowout loss to his former team

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Escoto returns from ACL injury, admits conditioning not at peak John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments “That was my post-game talk with my players, ‘you allowed them to rape us.’ Before the game, I was saying that this kind of officiating goes for everybody but it fitted Alaska primarily.”READ: Alaska continues streak, decimates Phoenix FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWhat Alas pointed out was the Aces were able to impose their physicality on the Fuel Masters as the referees this season have been more tolerable in allowing some rough contact.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAlaska used that to its full advantage and limited Phoenix to just 33 percent shooting, 30-of-90, and run the Fuel Masters to the ground as the Aces raced to 27 fastbreak points. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting “If you remember the championship games Alaska before, we got there because of our physicality,” said Alas in Filipino as he referred to the Aces’ runner-up finishes from 2014 to 2016.The game started off slowly with Alaska ahead just 5-4 five minutes into the game, but with a 21-4 run across the first two quarters, the Aces managed to blow the game wide open and push the lead to 34-14 lead after Nonoy Baclao’s jumper.READ: Foes first, friends afterAlas was upset with how the Fuel Masters let Alaska take control when Compton fielded his reserves against their starters.“I was wondering why the game was such a low-scoring one, then Alaska decided to change its players and they had a lot of easy baskets,” said Alas. “We can’t just rely on our starters”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Alaska Aces vs Phoenix Fuel Masters. PBA IMAGESPhoenix head coach Louie Alas was in no mood to tone down his choice of words after Alaska ripped his team apart in a 93-75 beating in the PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.“We were raped by my former team,” said Alas, who was the former head assistant coach at Alaska under Alex Compton.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerslast_img read more

Madrid’s Gareth Bale faces possible 12-match ban for celebration

first_imgReal midfielder Gareth Bale shoots the ball as warming up during the first leg, round of sixteen, Champions League soccer match between Ajax and Real Madrid at the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday Feb. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)MADRID— Gareth Bale could face a suspension of up to 12 matches because of a gesture he made toward fans during Real Madrid’s 3-1 derby win at Atletico Madrid on Saturday.The 29-year-old Bale has been reported by La Liga to the Spanish Football Federation over his celebration after scoring Real Madrid’s third goal.ADVERTISEMENT Magic win fifth straight, end 13-game slide vs Hornets SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES View comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes A statement on La Liga’s official website says Bale “moves his right arm up towards his head in a signal of provocation towards the fans, creating a possibly obscene gesture by moving his other arm and striking halfway up his right arm.”That gesture is considered offensive in Spain.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe statement says Bale could be suspended for four to 12 matches if he is deemed to have intentionally provoked the crowd. However, it could also be a shorter suspension — or no ban at all if his celebration is not deemed to be provocative.The goal was Bale’s 100th for Real Madrid. He joined the Spanish club from Tottenham in 2013. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woeslast_img read more

Brad Hogg’s fairytale run continues in IPL

first_imgAt 45, Brad Hogg is almost an anachronism in the youthful world of Twenty20 cricket but the Australian chinaman bowler continues to prove he still has what it takes to be successful. (Full IPL 2016 coverage )Hogg, with his tongue-out action, was the pick of the Kolkata Knight Riders’ bowlers in Sunday night’s nine-wicket Indian Premier League (IPL) victory against Delhi Daredevils, returning 3 for 19 with four tidy overs of unorthodox left-arm spin at Eden Gardens.The ageless Australian teased Pawan Negi and Sanju Samson with flight before dismissing both and went on to deceive Amit Mishra with a googly. Samson was not even born when Hogg made his first class debut in early 1994, while Negi was in diapers.Yet another Australian spinner destined to spend much of his career in the shadow of the great Shane Warne, Hogg retired from international cricket in 2008 after seven Tests and 123 one-dayers. (Kolkata Knight Riders rout Delhi Daredevils by 9 wickets )His child-like enthusiasm, however, never left him. Cricket’s shortest format gave his career a second wind and Hogg made a surprise return to Twenty20 Internationals in 2012 via the Big Bash League at the ripe old age of 40.The dream to play this year’s World Twenty20 did not materialise but the Australian’s exploits in Sunday’s IPL match has, once again, prompted the ‘old-is-gold’ clich.Hogg was in the thick of things on Sunday, claiming three wickets, taking a skier and even mimicking, on commentators’ request, his habit of sticking his tongue out when bowling. (Piyush Chawla reveals what makes his life easier at KKR ) advertisement”I’m coming close to the other end of my life, so I got to enjoy as much,” the spinner told the tournament website.”I’ve really enjoyed it. The game of cricket has given me so much. Hopefully, when my career does finish, I can give a lot back.”Hogg knows he owes his durability equally to his undying passion for the game and his tremendous fitness.”I’m very lucky that physically I can do it. It’s nice to wake up in the morning and find I’m not sore,” he said.”I’m very fortunate to be here. I think the secret is you got to be healthy, that’s the number one thing in life.”While he knows he cannot go on forever, Hogg has banished retirement thoughts and would rather focus on helping his team win a third IPL crown. “I just want to go on as long as I can,” he said.”I retired in 2008, was out of the game for three years, didn’t pick up a bat or ball for a while. Then when I came back, I realised how much I missed it.”last_img read more

BUSY TIME FOR LEADERS OF THE SPORT

first_imgThe last week has marked a busy time for key officials, volunteers, and staff of Touch Football Australia with involvement in several conferences, workshops, and forums held in Brisbane from 21-25 March 2007.Twenty-four representatives from Touch Football Australia attended the biannual Australian Sports Commission’s Our Sporting Future Conference at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre from 21-23 March 2007.The attendees were given the opportunity to attend lectures that examined contemporary issues and explored growth opportunities in sport. Technological and cutting edge scientific advances, the future of sport as a business, and societal trends such as demographic shifts and their potential influence on the cultural, social and economic landscape for sporting organizations were discussed.Speakers included academics, media experts, innovators from the sports industry, and high profile business people. A Sports Industry exhibition was run concurrently and there were several professional development and networking opportunities provided via social engagements including a gala ball at Suncorp Stadium and a Great Sporting Debate luncheon.Touch Football Australia was one of a small number of sports that were given the opportunity to present a forum session.Acting CEO Colm Maguire and TFA Board of Management Chairman Michael Sparks spoke to a capacity audience about Structure and governance, highlighting the processes, obstacles, shortcomings, and positive outcomes of the restructuring Touch Football has undergone in the last two years.Many sports are now revising their structures to ensure their survival in a competitive market place. Touch Football is one of the first sports to re-engineer its framework and the lecture was received with interest by the captive audience.The TFA Future Directions Workshop was conducted in two distinct segments over the weekend, firstly examining the strategic plans of the organisation, then focusing on the operational endeavours of the sport.The National Strategic Forum (Saturday 24 march) and the TFA Human Resources Forum (Sunday 25 March) were held at the Dockside Central Apartment Hotel.Key Volunteers and Staff across key specialty areas of expertise relevant to the sport from around the nation participated in the National Strategic Forum led by Sport Industry Training guru, Michael Mc Laughlin.The enthusiasm, knowledge, passion and insights provided by the leaders of our game across the various disciplines highlighted an overarching desire and commitment to examine the past, learn from experiences, listen to others, make adjustments and changes as necessary, and ensure a settled, positive, and united progression towards a productive future.TFA Staff congregated in Brisbane on Sunday 25 March to participate in a Human Resources Forum aimed at uniting, understanding, and focussing all staff in a philosophical, cultural, and professional sense.Staff participated in various sessions, including organisational development segments led by Master of Organisational Psychology, Sarah Lewis.Staff were given an overview of TFA’s expectations and given the opportunity to meet and network with interstate colleagues. Outcomes and recommendations from the Future Directions Workshop have been tabulated and will be reflected in adjustments that will be made to the strategic and operational plans of the organisation in the near future.Information and any aspects of the Future Directions Workshop can be accessed by contacting the TFA office in Brisbane on 07) 32471733.last_img read more

Join hands with TMC to defeat BJP Mamata to Cong CPIM

first_imgKolkata: Coming down heavily on the BJP for running a ‘parallel government’ for the last five years, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday urged the CPI(M) and the Congress to join hands with Trinamool Congress to fight the BJP.”The situation in Bhatpara has made the people of the state realize what happens if you vote for BJP. The way they are functioning in the country, I apprehend they will change the Constitution one day. I feel all of us (TMC, Congress and CPIM) should come together in the fight against the saffron party. It doesn’t mean we have to join hands politically, but on common issues at the national level, we can come together,” she said while speaking in the state Assembly. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaBanerjee also reiterated that 23 political parties in the country are trying to put up a united fight against the BJP and they have to continue this for the greater interest of the country. She appealed to the Congress and the CPI(M) to be vocal against alleged EVM manipulation on the part of BJP to swing votes in their favour. “It is your prerogative with whom you should forge an alliance. But I feel, we need to be united to fight the fascist BJP. We stand by the Congress in various issues in Parliament and it should be the same in our state too,” she asserted. BJP had managed to win 18 out of 42 seats in the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls against TMC’s 22 seats. Congress won two seats while the Left failed to open its account. It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had said time and again that CPI(M) and the Congress have connived against the TMC right from the Panchayats to the Lok Sabha polls. Continued on P5last_img read more

Harpers expected early exit wont diminish historic meeting with chiefs Atleo

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsAssembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo on Friday confirmed Prime Minister Stephen Harper won’t be present for the full Crown-First Nations Gathering next Tuesday.The country’s most prominent First Nations leader downplayed the impact saying that it wouldn’t take away from potential of the event between the Conservative government and hundreds of First Nations chiefs.“No I don’t think (the prime minister) is going to be there to the end of the day,” said Atleo, in an interview with APTN National News. “There are around a dozen cabinet ministers (that will be there) and he’s sent a signal to all of government that this is really important and this is led by him.”A total of 11 cabinet ministers and a number of federal officials are expected to attend the meeting. Gov. Gen. David Johnston is also expected to attend the opening ceremonies and make a short speech.Harper said in December he hoped the meeting would be “historic.” The prime minister announced the meeting on Dec. 1 in his Parliament Hill office with Atleo sitting next to him as the political fallout from the Attawapiskat housing crisis was reaching its climax.Some chiefs, however, have expressed displeasure over Harper’s planned departure during the meeting. Chiefs have been told that the prime minister would leave the meeting by lunch time to prepare for a trip to Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum.Chiefs have been told that Harper will only be present for the opening ceremonies and speeches, one of which he will deliver.Saskatchewan’s main First Nations organization called on Harper to change his plans and “and meet directly with First Nations” leaders.“According to the draft agenda, there is no opportunity for chiefs or the regional chiefs to speak directly with the prime minister,” said Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations vice-chief Morley Watson.Watson called on the Conservatives to commit to a yearly Canada-First Nations gathering and a first ministers meeting to deal with “outstanding inherent and treaty rights issues.”Wahta Mohawks band Coun. Stuart Lane said he doesn’t expect much to come out of the meeting.“I don’t know what we can really do at any kind of meeting like that,” said Lane, whose community is in Ontario. “We need more internal things that need to be done between nations to support each other.”Lane said he wasn’t attending the meeting, but the Wahta Mohawks did plan to send a delegation.According to a consultant who has been involved in discussions around the upcoming gathering, the prime minister’s planned departure is “a big issue” among many chiefs.“The expectations are too high, a lot of people are going to be disappointed,” said the consultant, who requested anonymity because they are currently working on files involving Ottawa and First Nations. The consultant said other chiefs could pick up the call issued by the FSIN for a meeting between premiers, the prime minister and First Nations leaders, but he doubted Harper would ever agree to it.Harper, however, was once open to a meeting with premiers and First Nations leaders.He actually planned to hold one within two or three years of taking office, according to a letter he sent to the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples shortly before he was first elected in February 2006.“The Conservative Party of Canada is committed to holding another meeting with first ministers and national Aboriginal leaders within the next two or three years,” wrote Harper, in a Jan. 10, 2006, letter to CAP.Harper wanted the meeting to “measure progress” on the $5 billion Kelowna Accord which former prime minister Paul Martin signed with First Nations leaders before losing office.Once Harper became prime minister, his government scrapped the deal.Atleo, however, believes that Canada is on the cusp of a new relationship with First Nations peoples and Harper wants to succeed where so many other governments have failed.Atleo said Tuesday’s meeting is the first step on that path.“It is an opportunity…to push for a reset of the relationship and become full partners and set out a plan of action,” he said. “Where we work with not just a single minister, but the full machinery of government and the prime minister expressed his commitment to do that.”jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

Iconic Barbie fashion comes alive in vintage collaboration

first_imgNEW YORK — In time for her 60th birthday, Barbie has a new collaborator bringing her wide-ranging style to life for humans.One of the largest sellers of vintage-inspired clothes, Unique Vintage, is working with Barbie parent Mattel on the first women’s line to meticulously duplicate some of the doll’s most iconic early looks. In the process, the company also has taken care of the one thing critics love to hate about Barbie, her very plastic hourglass physique, by offering the outfits in sizes XS to 4X.The collaboration, Barbie x Unique Vintage, celebrates 1950s and ’60s Babs. The company that sells online and in about 500 boutiques around the world plans to go even bigger for Barbie’s big 6-0 next year, offering key fashion moments from across the rest of her decades.Until then, for fall, we caught up with all things Barbie x Unique Vintage in the swanky Jewel Suite designed by jeweler-to-the-stars Martin Katz in the Lotte New York Palace hotel on Madison Avenue. Katz paired a few of the looks with some of his own bling, from $36,000 button earrings in a rainbow of sapphires, garnets and tourmaline to a $48,000 cocktail ring of Bombay spinel cabochons and round diamonds.All of the glam pleases Katie Echeverry. She’s the founder, CEO and creative director of Unique Vintage, an 18-year-old company with 60 employees based in Burbank, California. With her long blonde locks and Barbie-esque dimensions, Echeverry said she was a Babs fan as a girl but was also a “tomboy” who loved to play softball.During a recent round of media interviews explaining how the collab came about, Echeverry donned a Kelly-green shawl dress worn by Barbie in 1962 and done by Unique Vintage in a forgiving stretch fabric. Noteworthy was Echeverry’s most definitely un-Barbie upper-arm tattoo, on proud display in the off-shoulder outfit, as she recalled her luck.“When I emailed Mattel, I didn’t think they’d actually reply back, but they did, and I was thrilled,” Echeverry told The Associated Press. “They ran with it. I couldn’t believe they hadn’t done it before.”Echeverry worked closely with Mattel but “they didn’t dictate what I chose.” Mattel opened its archives to her as she went about duplicating outfits, with adjustments to account for the real human form. She said she chose looks that “spoke to me.”Barbie, the doll, first hit store shelves in 1959. That year, she stepped out in a swirl of gold and white brocade for evening. The dress was among those Echeverry picked and sells for $118 on uniquevintage.com. The matching collar coat with three-quarter sleeves trimmed in faux fur goes for $148.Unique Vintage has brought Barbie fashion full circle, in a sense. It was a designer for actual women, Charlotte Johnson, who was hired to be the doll’s first fashion creator. A Mattel team took over soon after Barbie’s debut.Echeverry’s first Barbie go-around dropped in the spring. Social media fans of vintage and of Barbie took notice and sales have been brisk, she said. For fall, her prices range from $88 for an A-shaped Barbie flare skirt in green with a white hem to $198 for the doll’s red matinee sleeveless sheath dress and short jacket trimmed with calico-colored faux fur.It was important to Echeverry to choose looks that have remained iconic through the years but were wearable by women in the broad range of sizes she is committed to providing.“I was like a kid in a candy store,” she said. After the first season went on sale, Echeverry watched the response online, where nostalgia kicked in among fans who recalled favourite outfits, some gushing how they’d always wondered what it would be like to wear the looks themselves.That goes a long way in explaining why Echeverry was more than a little dedicated to getting the clothes right.“I went online and ordered every single vintage outfit myself. Mattel offered to lend them to me, but I was a little nervous about having some of their archives,” she said. “In our fittings, we literally had the original Barbie dress next to the model. We moved Barbie. When I sourced fabrics overseas, I had Barbie clothes in my pocket and I was making sure we got as close as possible.”She was also dedicated to the price points she knows her buyers are after.“I know our customer and she doesn’t want to spend a lot of money, and I understand that,” Echeverry said.Unique Vintage sells shoes, hats, gloves, sunglasses and jewelry to complement the Barbie outfits. The company offers a red pillbox hat, for instance, to go with Barbie’s 1962 red flare coat done in a soft felt with the same swing and puffy three-quarter sleeves and bow the doll wore, down to the white lining done in a white poly satin.Barbie wore a cloche tweed hat with a rose with her “Career Girl” tweed pencil skirt set in 1963. Unique Vintage offers a black fascinator with a rose instead, for $22.As for her afternoon of glam in the Martin Katz suite, with its shiny black grand piano and sparkling crystal ceiling decor on the 53rd floor of the Towers at Lotte, Echeverry was impressed.“This is so glamorous. It’s so much fun. The view’s incredible,” she said.While noting Barbie’s evolution as a “strong kick-ass woman” over the years, Echeverry said she was ready for a bit of her own reality after her recent promotional go-round.“It’s unusual to find me in a dress,” she said. “As soon as this interview’s over I’ll be putting on my jeans and my T-shirt and be back to the regular Katie.”Leanne Italie, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Woman who accused Chinese billionaire Liu of rape sues

MINNEAPOLIS — A woman who says JD.com founder Richard Liu raped her in Minneapolis is suing the Chinese billionaire and his company.Jingyao Liu, a student at the University of Minnesota, sued Liu on Tuesday, alleging that he raped her at her apartment.Liu was arrested Aug. 31 in Minneapolis on suspicion of felony rape and released within hours. He had been attending a weeklong residency as part of the University of Minnesota’s doctor of business administration China program.Prosecutors announced in December that Liu would not face criminal charges because they could not prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Liu’s attorneys said at the time that his arrest was based on a false claim.The Associated Press does not generally name alleged victims of sexual assault without their consent. Jingyao Liu’s attorney Wil Florin said she had agreed to allow her name to be used.Amy Forliti, The Associated Press read more

Womens Volleyball Ohio State takes on No 13 Michigan and Michigan State

Ohio State head women’s volleyball coach Geoff Carlston watches theaction during his team’s match with Purdue on Friday, Oct. 27 at St. John Arena inColumbus, Ohio. Purdue won the match 3-0. Credit: Jeff Helfrich | Former Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team (11-7, 2-4 Big Ten) takes on the state of Michigan in a weekend-long battle as the women’s volleyball team welcomes No. 13 Michigan and Michigan State to St. John arena this weekend. The Wolverines bring the most impressive record the Buckeyes have faced this season at 15-2, and 4-2 within the conference. The Spartans stand at 14-5 and 2-4 in the Big Ten.“The Big Ten is all kind of beating each other up right now. Each weekend can flip everything so this is a big weekend for us, we’re excited for it,” head coach Geoff Carlston said. The Michigan teams bring impressive players, with each of their top attackers leading the teams with 225 kills, compared to the leading Buckeye, freshman opposite hitter Vanja Bukilić, with 199. Michigan senior outside hitter and team captain Carly Skjodt poses a threat to the Buckeyes, and according to Carlston, the rest of the Big Ten as well. “She’s tough man, she has all the shots, she grinds, she’s definitely one of their leaders,” Carlston said. “There’s lots of great outside hitters but her back-row attack is maybe one of the best in the conference.”Skjodt received Big Ten Player of the Week on Oct. 8, along with two other award-winning Wolverines. Senior libero Jenna Lerg earned Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Week and junior MacKenzi Welsh earned Big Ten Conference Co-Setter of the Week.“There’s always a big sense of rivalry between us and Michigan and they’ve been playing well so obviously we need to raise the stakes a little bit,” said freshman defensive specialist Camryn Moeller. Carlston agreed the heightened rivalry changes the dynamic of the match. “We feel it like everyone does,” he said. “We’ve beaten them most of the time hear, and they’ve beaten us there. The environment is huge so we’re hoping to have this place rocking for sure on Friday. It’s a big match for both of us.”With a large number of player injuries this season, the Buckeyes have not enjoyed the consistency of any one lineup. The team and staff continue to work on communication and comfort on the court. “As a staff we’re trying to be more creative and do different things to keep it fresh,” said Carlston. “The chemistry on the floor is so important. You have to really be comfortable with the people to your left and right and that’s been tough because we haven’t had that ability to have the same group on the floor this year.”Ohio State will face Michigan on Friday at 7 p.m. and Michigan State on Sunday at 1 p.m. for Ohio State’s Dig Pink match to honor breast cancer survivors. read more

Despite what you may have heard great white sharks are NOT at

first_imgGREAT WHITE SHARKS are likely to be rising in numbers off the coast of California and are not at risk of extinction despite some reports to the contrary, US researchers have confirmed.The findings are good news for the ocean predator, suggesting that around 2,000 of them are swimming about in the Eastern North Pacific, not 219 as research released three years ago had indicated.“If something is wrong with the largest, most powerful group in the sea, then something is wrong with the sea, so it’s a relief to find they’re in good shape,” said George Burgess, director of the Florida Program for Shark Research.“That we found these sharks are doing OK, better than OK, is a real positive in light of the fact that other shark populations are not necessarily doing as well,” said Burgess, a co-founder of the Shark Specialist Group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.The study appears in the journal PLOS ONE.The earlier count was based on research at two sites — the Farallon Islands west of San Francisco, and nearby Tomales Point — where seals congregate and so do the sharks that eat them.By accounting for all life stages of sharks there, researchers found that their numbers were more likely around 2,000, not 200.Since sharks are difficult to count, and populations were so fluid at those two sites, researchers also widened their research scope to include other known gathering spots from Mexico into British Columbia and Alaska.The US National Marine Fisheries Service has declined petitions to add white sharks to the endangered species list, estimating the Eastern North Pacific population at about 3,000 sharks.- © AFP, 2014Read: Incredible photo captures huge shark approaching swimmer off Kerry beach >Read: The googles and swimming cap of a woman taken by a shark have been found >last_img read more

Dusting of snow may be sign of more to come this weekend

first_imgBuses were delayed and several schools were closed on Wednesday following overnight snowfall across Clark County. And forecasters predict more snow may hit the area this weekend.The National Weather Service in Portland had forecasted a mix of snow and rain across the Portland-Vancouver area for Wednesday morning, but weather officials were somewhat surprised by the amount of snowfall in one portion of the county.The county’s school districts sent out alerts warning of the delays and closures.The Battle Ground, Camas, Green Mountain, Hockinson and La Center school districts’ buses traveled on snow routes, which caused two-hour delays for the start of the school day.Battle Ground and Hockinson schools canceled morning preschool programs.Battle Ground announced around 7:30 a.m. that its north schools had been closed for the day. Washougal School District said about an hour later that it had closed its facilities for the day.Green Mountain cancelled its lunch service and asked students to bring a lunch.Meteorologist Evan Bentley said areas around 500 feet in the Vancouver area got a light dusting of snow, but not a measurable amount. The snow quickly melted in lower areas, he said.last_img read more

Exceptional Women in Publishing Crowdsourcing Upcoming Conference

first_imgExceptional Women in Publishing (EWIP) will hold its 6th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference, a popular media, technology and publishing industry event, in March with a slew of fresh ideas on the theme “How to Move Forward: Women Leaders in Media.”“The goal of this year’s conference program is to illuminate the many ways women are moving forward in the industry,” says Máire Walsh, EWIP president, in a statement.For the first time, the non-profit educational organization will be accepting proposals for session topics at the conference. Founded in 1998, EWIP was created to address the ambitions of women and girls in the magazine publishing industry with a concentration on education, empowerment and community support.“By opening up the program for public submissions, we will be able to tap into the depth of experience and talent in the publishing community,” Walsh says.Applications should be submitted electronically through the Convene A Session form by Nov. 15, 2013. Session selections will be announced on Dec. 12, 2013 and the conference will be held March 5, 2014 in San Francisco with more than 250 attendees expected.last_img read more

Researchers find first instance of fish larvae making sounds

first_img Explore further Researchers find fish ‘yells’ to be heard over human made noise PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen More information: First evidence of fish larvae producing sounds, Biol. Lett. October 2014 vol. 10 no. 10 20140643. Published 1 October 2014 DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2014.0643AbstractThe acoustic ecology of marine fishes has traditionally focused on adults, while overlooking the early life-history stages. Here, we document the first acoustic recordings of pre-settlement stage grey snapper larvae (Lutjanus griseus). Through a combination of in situ and unprovoked laboratory recordings, we found that L. griseus larvae are acoustically active during the night, producing ‘knock’ and ‘growl’ sounds that are spectrally and temporally similar to those of adults. While the exact function and physiological mechanisms of sound production in fish larvae are unknown, we suggest that these sounds may enable snapper larvae to maintain group cohesion at night when visual cues are reduced. Journal information: Biology Letters © 2014 Phys.org Play “Growl” sounds produced by L. griseus larvae in the field. Credit: Biol. Lett. October 2014 vol. 10 no. 10 20140643 PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreencenter_img Scientists know that adult fish make noise, many fishermen have heard them, also, some have been found to actually “yell” louder to be heard when surrounded by other noise, such as from a boat engine. But, as the research trio point out, few studies have been conducted to learn about the possibly of noise made by young fish or even fish larvae. In their study, they looked at gray snappers (Lutjanus griseus) that live off the coast of Florida.Adult female gray snappers drop their eggs in the open ocean into beds of seagrass—larvae that emerge live off food in the seagrass bed until reaching maturity. To find out if the larvae make noise, the researches put a camera, microphone and lights into a waterproof clear box and dropped it into the sea at night—the lights helped find where the snappers congregated. To make sure the noises they were recording were coming from the larvae, the researchers captured several larvae samples and took them back to their lab where they were recorded in a tank of water. Analysis of the recordings showed the larvae made two kinds of sounds: “knocking” and “growling.” Interestingly, the knocking sound was very similar to the knocking sounds made by adults of the same species. They noted also that the pattern of sounds generated by the larva differed depending on if they were in the open ocean or in the lab tank—in the lab, the larvae produced more sounds per interval and had longer times between them, suggesting perhaps that they were waiting to hear a reply.The researchers can’t say for sure why the larva make noise but suggest it might help the snappers as a whole maintain group cohesion at night when it’s more difficult to see. They suggest the growling sound may be similar to the cries that babies of many species make to get the attention of the adults. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Lutjanus griseus. Credit: Randall, J.E/fishbase.org (Phys.org) —A trio of researchers with the University of Miami has recorded sounds made by fish larvae in both the open ocean and in their lab. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, Erica Staaterman, Claire Paris and Andrew Kough describe how they captured the larvae sounds and offer ideas on why they are made. Citation: Researchers find first instance of fish larvae making sounds (2014, October 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-10-instance-fish-larvae.html Play “Knock” sounds produced by L. griseus larvae in the field. Credit: Biol. Lett. October 2014 vol. 10 no. 10 20140643 last_img read more

Kids with rich vocab shine in school

first_imgKids with larger oral vocabularies are better behaved and are also likely to perform well in school, new research has found.Other research has found that children who do better academically in kindergarten are more likely to go to college, get married, own homes and live in higher-income households.“Our findings provide compelling evidence for oral vocabulary’s theorised importance as a multifaceted contributor to children’s early development,” said lead researcher Paul Morgan, associate professor of education policy studies at Pennsylvania State University in the US. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The researchers examined data from parental surveys reporting on the size of their children’s vocabularies at two years of age. The researchers found that vocabulary gaps between groups of children were already evident by this early time period. Females, those from more economically advantaged families, and those receiving higher quality parenting had larger oral vocabularies. Children born with low birth weight or who were being raised by mothers with health problems had smaller vocabularies.When the researchers looked at how the children were doing three years later in kindergarten, they found that children with larger vocabularies at two years of age were better readers, knew more about mathematics, were more attentive and task persistent, and were less likely to engage in acting out- or anxious-type behaviours. The findings appeared in the journal Child Development.last_img read more

Hotels facing US10000 fines for hidden resort fees

first_img Friday, September 15, 2017 Tags: Hawaii Hotels facing US$10,000 fines for hidden resort fees HONOLULU — Resort fees are now rampant in top tourism destinations like Florida, Hawaii, Las Vegas and parts of the Caribbean, however a consumer protection agency in at least one state is pulling out all the stops to bring hidden fees to light, in a move that could drive a hidden fee crackdown in other destinations.The Hawaii Office of Consumer Protection says it’s investigating resort fees charged by hotel operators as part of a nationwide effort to curb hidden industry fees.Hawaii News Now reports that state and federal regulators are cracking down on hotels that charge resort fees without fully disclosing the charges to visitors.The resort fees cover costs of hotel amenities ranging from use of hotel gyms, telephone services, access to business centres and other amenities.Resort fees at Hawaii hotels typically range between US$10 and $40 a night and aren’t usually included in the standard room rate online.Stephen Levins, the Office of Consumer Protection’s executive director, says a hotel operator can be fined up to $10,000 per violation if the resort fees are found to be unfair or deceptive. << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Posted by Share Travelweek Group last_img read more

Sunwing set to expand winter sun service from Hamilton ON

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Hamilton International Airport, new destinations, Sunwing Monday, July 22, 2019 Share Travelweek Group center_img Sunwing set to expand winter sun service from Hamilton, ON TORONTO — Sunwing is offering vacationers in the Hamilton and the Greater Golden Horseshoe area more winter sun destination options than ever, with a total of six flight services available this coming winter.New destinations include Cayo Coco, Cayo Santa Maria and Cancun, plus Sunwing is bringing back perennial favourites Montego Bay and Punta Cana, along with Varadero, which will benefit from twice-weekly flights on Wednesdays and Saturdays for the first time.Hamilton vacationers looking to head to Cuba can take advantage of Sunday flights to Cayo Coco between Dec. 15, 2019 and April 12, 2020.A weekly flight service to Cayo Santa Maria will operate on Fridays from Dec. 13, 2019 until April 10, 2020.Those looking to visit Mexico can take advantage of weekly flights to Cancun departing on Sundays from Dec. 15, 2019 until April 12, 2020.Returning favourite Punta Cana is available on Fridays from Nov. 8, 2019 until April 10, 2020 and Montego Bay on Saturdays from Dec. 14, 2019 to April 11, 2020.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from Ottawa“We are excited to be expanding our operations from John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport,” says Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations for Sunwing. “Since we commenced operations in the Hamilton region in 2013, our flight services have been well-received and extremely popular with residents of Hamilton and the Greater Golden Horseshoe area. With the addition of these three new destinations, we will now be offering travellers access to more of our popular vacation hotspots than ever before.”Resort options for Cayo Coco-bound travellers include Memories Flamenco Beach Resort, a Sunwing favourite property with activities and amenities for guests of all ages, from the kids club featuring characters Toopy and Binoo, to non-motorized water sports like windsurfing and catamaran rides.Vacationers heading to Cayo Santa Maria could opt for Grand Memories Santa Maria offering a wide range of activities for all ages including a kids club.And with the newly-introduced weekly flight service to Cancun, vacationers can visit top-rated family resort, Riu Dunamar, home to its very own Splash Water World water park and with accommodation options for families of five or more. Sunwing clients can get exclusive RIU-topia inclusions like unlimited reservation-free dining, free WiFi, spa credits and more.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North America“As an airport that is growing its leisure travel options for Hamilton and the surrounding market, Hamilton International Airport is very happy to continue its invaluable partnership with Sunwing over the forthcoming winter season,” says Dina Carlucci, Director, Marketing & Communications for John C Munro Hamilton International Airport. “Sunwing’s 2019/2020 winter program has more than doubled its flights from Hamilton, with flights to destinations in Mexico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Cuba including new Sunwing flights from Hamilton to Cancun, Cayo Coco and Cayo Santa Maria.” Posted bylast_img read more

AirAsia X celebrates new route to Jaipur the Pink City

first_imgAirAsia X celebrates new route to Jaipur, the “Pink City”AirAsia X celebrates new route to Jaipur, the “Pink City”AirAsia X is celebrating the launch of four times-weekly flights to Jaipur, India via Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia commencing 5 February 2018.The world’s best low cost airline is running a special promotion with all-in fares to Jaipur from AUD$241* one-way. Fares are available on airasia.com and on the AirAsia mobile app for booking now until 25 November 2017 for travel from 5 February 2018 until 06 May 2018.AirAsia X is the first low-cost long-haul carrier to fly direct from Kuala Lumpur to Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. This follows a successful launch of the Bangkok-Jaipur route in September this year operated by its short-haul affiliate AirAsia Thailand.The award-winning airline also flies to New Delhi, which commenced in February 2016 and has registered a healthy average load factor of 88 per cent. Jaipur is the 12th destination in India on the AirAsia Group network.AirAsia X Group Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Kamarudin Meranun said, “We are very happy and proud to be the first low cost carrier to offer connectivity between Jaipur in India through this unique route. India is a very important market to us, and we will continue to expand our services to key Indian cities including the second and third tier cities especially those that lack good connectivity.”AirAsia X Chief Executive Officer Benyamin Ismail said, “This new route will offer travel convenience and affordable options for our guests. Before this, guests wanting to travel to Jaipur with us would have had to first fly from Kuala Lumpur to Delhi for five hours and 30 minutes, or to Mumbai for five hours before taking a domestic flight, spending quite a bit for another hour from Delhi or two and a half hours from Mumbai to reach Jaipur. For those who opt for ground travel, it will take at least five hours to get to Jaipur from Delhi and about half the journey from Mumbai. We are expecting to carry between 132,000 and 143,000 passengers between February and December next year for this route with a frequency of 4 times a week.”Pink in color and pink in vibrancy, the city of Jaipur is one of most beautiful and magnificent cities of India. As the capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is also the largest city of the state and is the first planned city of India.Jaipur’s rich cultural heritage is displayed in the traditions, customs, lifestyle, art, jewellery, textiles and architecture of the place. Jaipur’s culture is evident through its art, music and architecture. It is one city that, even after modernisation, still holds to its history, culture and values.The majestic forts and havelis, the beautiful temples, the serene landscapes, and the rich cultural heritage, have made Jaipur an ideal destination for tourists. The foundation of the city dates back to the eighteenth century, with credit to the great warrior Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, who ascended the Amber Throne in 1699.The glorious past of Jaipur comes alive in the palaces and forts in the city where once lived by the royal clans. Apart from Amber Palace, among the must-see magnificent iconic landmarks in Jaipur are City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Nahargarh Fort, Birla Temple, Jantar Mantar and Panna Meena ka Kund. The pink colour of the city captivates every heart and the atmosphere of Jaipur bring joy and delight as the tourists set their foot in the city.AirAsia X, together with AirAsia Group, provides Australians with low cost fares and access to over 130 destinations across 24 countries in Asia, Middle East and New Zealand, departing from Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast, Darwin and Perth. For bookings or further information visit www.airasia.com.*Terms and conditions apply. A non-refundable processing fee is applicable for payments via credit, debit or charge card. Fare includes airport taxes (except for selected airports where airport tax is collected at the point of departure). Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights. Valid for new purchases only. All fares are quoted for single journey (one-way) only. All taxes must be paid at the time of purchase unless otherwise stated. Foreign fares are subjected to currency exchange rates. Offer is subject to availability.Source = AirAsia Xlast_img read more

Parties mute ahead of New York meeting Updated

first_imgThe majority of political leaders were non-committal on Friday leaving the National Council ahead of Sunday’s meeting between President Nicos Anastasiades in New York, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.The National Council was called by Anastasiades to brief political leaders on his upcoming meeting with Guterres and Akinci at UN headquarters in New York.The National Council was attended by the leaders of the parliamentary parties, except Elam, House speaker Demetris Syllouris and former presidents Demetris Christofias and George Vasiliou. Present also were Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides, Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides and chief negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis.Political leaders, except those of Diko and Edek, left the meeting without making any comments.Diko leader Nicolas Papadopoulos said that he was not satisfied by what the president told them, and called for a change of strategy as to the settlement negotiations.“I fear that at the moment, not only do we not have a strategy, but our positions are not convincing,” Papadopoulos said on his way out. He added that the president goes back and forth on his positions.Edek’s Marinos Sizopoulos warned that the New York meeting could be a trap.“The president could not of course decline the invitation, but this meeting might entail pitfalls. We have advised the president to be careful to avoid these pitfalls that might land our side in a difficult position,” Sizopoulos said.Akel leader, Andros Kyprianou, said that he would speak only after the UN dinner, and wished good luck to the president.Disy head Averof Neophytou wished the president good luck in a tweet, whereas the leader of the Citizens’ Alliance tweeted that political leaders pledged to refrain from criticism until the end of the meeting. “We will honour it,” Lillikas said.Earlier in the day, Anastasiades had a telephone conversation with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.Deputy Government Spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos said following the meeting, that the president briefed political leaders in detail as to what took place since last week’s National Council meeting, and on the results of the visits earlier in the week of UN Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide in Athens and Ankara.Guterres had invited the two leaders to a dinner on Sunday that is hoped to produce agreement on the resumption of the Geneva conference on Cyprus.The talks stumbled on May 17, when both leaders agreed to the need for a resumption of the Geneva conference but Anastasiades proposed that security, guarantees, and territory be tackled first, in isolation, before the open-ended conference touches on other issues for as long as it takes.This was rejected by Akinci, who countered that the agreement has always been that all issues are discussed interdependently.The deputy spokesman said that the Anastasiades’ proposal on how to proceed with the settlement negotiations, “is the most realistic and feasible one” and the only one that can take the talks a step further.The president, Papadopoulos said, made a call for unity in view of the critical meeting in New York.Last Friday, Eide officially announced ending his efforts to facilitate agreement between the two sides over the issue and said he would consult with Guterres on the way forward.A diplomatic source said the secretary-general’s intention is not to impose the way forward on the two leaders but to listen to their views, with regard to both where things stand and, crucially, the next steps.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more