Nasser Hussain finally names three Indian ‘donkeys’

first_imgAn unrepentant Nasser Hussain finally named the three Indian “donkeys.”When former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar pressed Hussain to get the names that he referred to as donkeys few days ago for sloppy fielding, he hinted at Munaf Patel, Praveen Kumar and Parthiv Patil.Though he did not use the word donkey this time, his conversation on Skysports with Manjrekar suggested the names of these players.Hussain had made the donkey remark during Wednesday’s one-off Twenty20 match between India and England.Sitting in the commentary box during the fourth over of the England innings, he said: “I would say the difference between the two sides is the fielding. England are all-round a good fielding side. I do believe that India have few…3 or 4 very good fielders and one or two donkeys in the field still.”Hussain is the second ex-England captain to have raked up a controversy in the ongoing India tour of England.Former England skipper Michael Vaughan too had invited criticism for hinting at the use of Vaseline by Indian batsman V.V.S. Laxman to dodge the Hot Spot.last_img read more

Andrew Bogut rejoining Warriors, adds depth at center

first_imgMOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fifa explores Kuwait, Oman as 2022 WCup co-hosts SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The 2005 No. 1 overall draft pick out of Utah, Bogut appeared in 23 games for the Lakers last season and made five starts. He averaged 1.6 points and 3.4 rebounds in 9.4 minutes.Bogut was injured in Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals and missed the rest of the series. Then he got traded to Dallas to create salary cap room for Golden State to sign Kevin Durant, who went on to become back-to-back Finals MVP while bringing the franchise two more titles.The Warriors scouted the 34-year-old in Australia and had to wait on his work visa and clearance from FIBA to sign him.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES “He’s still got something to offer,” coach Steve Kerr said. “Whatever role that means, he’s ready to accept and take on the challenge and we’re excited to have him.”Golden State has struggled defensively, losing in embarrassing fashion at home to Boston 128-95 on Tuesday night, so Bogut’s 7-foot presence in the paint could be timely.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesHe played on the Warriors’ 2015 champion team and the 73-win team the following season that lost in Game 7 of the NBA Finals to LeBron James and the Cavaliers.“I think it will be great for us to have Bogut back,” Draymond Green said after Wednesday’s practice, when the two-time defending champions met and re-established their goals. “We all know what Bogut brings to the table, so I think it will overall help us, especially going down this stretch where it’s going to be a tough run to try to three-peat.” Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crashcenter_img P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end 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 Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem View comments Golden State Warriors’ Andrew Bogut (12), Klay Thompson (11), Shaun Livingston (34), and Draymond Green (23) talk on the bench during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 108-95. APOAKLAND, California—The Golden State Warriors signed Andrew Bogut, who is expected to rejoin the team next week and add depth heading into the playoffs.The Warriors made the announcement Wednesday, after Bogut was cleared by his Australian team, the Sydney Kings. The Warriors are without Damian Jones, who needed surgery after injuring his left pectoral muscle in December.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbedlast_img read more

Mr Majnu first look: Akhil Akkineni at his stylish best

first_imgAkhil Akkineni, the youngest son of actor Nagarjuna, made his acting debut with a sci-fi film titled Akhil. He was then seen in Vikram Kumar’s Hello. Both these films received a lukewarm response and failed to become blockbusters.But that did not dampen Akhil’s spirits. For his third film titled Mr Majnu, he has teamed up with director Venky Atluri. The first look of Mr Majnu was unveiled today (September 19) and has received positive response on social media.In the first look, Akhil Akkineni is at his stylish best. Sporting a new hairdo, it looks like he will be seen as a playboy in this film. The 50-second video ends with the caption, ‘Boys will be Boys,’ indicating that Mr Majnu could be a fun film.The promo also features a track composed by SS Thaman that has references from his grandfather Akkineni Nageswara Rao’s Devdas and father Nagarjuna’s Manmadhudu. Within an hour, the video has clocked in over 100 thousand views on YouTube.Here’s the first look of Mr Majnu:Sharing the first-look, Nagarjuna wrote, “And finally…you r talking my language boy!!!! never miss….don’t miss…(sic)”And finally…you r talking my language boy!!!!never miss….don’t miss…. @AkhilAkkineni8 https://t.co/yYOJC7OKDl #MeetMrMajnu #MrMajnuNagarjuna Akkineni (@iamnagarjuna) September 19, 2018Mr Majnu has Akhil romancing Nidhhi Agerwal. Even before the release, Mr Majnu has sealed a Rs 3-crore deal. It is said that the overseas rights of the film have been snapped by Sarigama Cinemas.ALSO SEE | Ram Gopal Varma might not direct Akhil Akkineni. Here’s whyadvertisementALSO WATCH | I share my success with people: Actor Nagarjunalast_img read more

The Essential Japan Travel Guide

first_imgFor hundreds of years, Japan was a society and culture closed to foreigners and outside influence. But today, after the opening of the country, industrialization, and two World Wars, Japan is one of the top travel destinations in the world.And for good reason: It’s almost impossible to log-on to social media without seeing another friend’s Instagram shot of Tokyo’s vibrant neon lights, a snap of Kyoto’s ancient temples, a video of mouthwatering cuisine, or a link to an online shop filled with their modern, effortlessly minimalist design. Over the past year, three Manual writers had the pleasure of exploring Japan for a combined period of a month. Experiencing the very best of Japanese cuisine, cocktails, hospitality, culture, and entertainment, formed the basis for our essential Japan travel guide. We hope the people we met and the places we visited will inspire and aid you on your next adventure to this unique and welcoming country. The Ultimate Tokyo Travel Guide Editors’ Recommendations Vibrant, electrifying, and massive beyond comprehension, Japan’s capital city of Tokyo is one of those places that exceeds your expectations in ways you could never imagine. Our writer, Amanda Gabriele lays out the best places to eat, drink, stay, and play in Japan’s version of the city that never sleeps. See a robot show, have a drink at the Lost in Translation bar, shop to your minimalist heart’s content, and eat more ramen and udon than a human body should be able to process and follow it all up with a relaxing stay at some of the finest hotels in the world. In Tokyo, you can have your noodles and eat them, too.Read more…Find Inner Peace at a Ryokan, a Traditional Japanese InnStaying at one of Japan’s traditional inns, or ryokans, is truly like stepping back in time to a world where floors are covered in tatami mats, your bed is a soft mattress placed on the floor, dinner is served in-room in kaiseki fashion (multiple courses of small, local and seasonal dishes), and all-day robe-wearing is required. Add in the fact that the oldest continually operating hotel in the world is a Japanese ryokan (dating from 705 AD), and you’ll understand why a night in a ryokan is a must for anyone visiting Japan.Read more…The Hilton Odawara is Japanese Hotel Luxury at its FinestIf your first stop in Japan is Tokyo, Odawara should be your second. Located just a half-hour south of Tokyo (by bullet train, of course), Odawara is a seaside town nestled along Sagami Bay that is beloved by both tourists and locals alike for it’s beautiful scenery and abundance of options for relaxation. The Hilton Odawara takes Amanda Gabriele’s top spot for places to stay while visiting this Pacific-adjacent reprieve from the bustle of Japan’s larger cities.Read more…Wander through Japan’s Historic Capital with our Travel Guide to KyotoWhile it’s no Tokyo or Osaka, Japan’s former Imperial capital is no slouch when it comes to culture, entertainment, and food. Follow along with Amanda Gabriele as she offers her insight into the best places to eat, play, and stay in the country’s best-preserved historic city.Read more… Travel Tip: When flying into Tokyo, opt for Haneda Airport rather than Narita. Haneda is a half hour closer to the city by train. This Indoor Market Takes You to Japan Without Ever Leaving New York City Travel Tip: Tipping is considered rude in Japan and is never, ever done.5 Katana-Sharp Japanese Knives Your Kitchen Needs NowJapan’s reputation for creating some of the world’s sharpest swords and knives is not undeserved (let’s all take a moment to praise and respect the simplicity and functionality of the Japanese katana). With thousands of years of metal-smithing behind them, these five Japanese knives are exactly what’s been missing from your kitchen’s cutting board.Read more…A Life-Affirming Form of Ramen Waits for You in a Tokyo Train StationTucked away in a busy Tokyo train station is a small restaurant specializing in tsukemen, a truly unique form of ramen. This isn’t your store-bought Top Ramen or even the much-loved version we know from Japanese restaurants in the States. As writer Elizabeth Dahl notes, “Tsukemen differs from traditional ramen in two big ways: the noodles and soup are served separately, and the broth for tsukemen is thicker to better coat the noodles dipped in it.” Are you hungry yet?Read more…The Weird and Wonderful World of Japanese Convenience StoresIf you think your corner bodega has it all, trust us when we say it ain’t got nothing on Japanese convenience stores. Conbini or konbini, as they’re known in Japan, provide not only life essentials like aspirin and beer, but also absolutely delicious (and absolutely safe!) Japanese food.Read more… Travel Tip: If you’re planning on visiting more than one city while in Japan, buy a rail pass in advance and enjoy headache-free bullet-train travel.Shuttle Notes: A Japanese Brand Worth NotingWith a long-standing background in textile manufacturing, Japanese Menswear brand, Shuttle Notes offers up some of the best shirting that side of the International Date Line. Christopher Blomquist details the brand’s strengths and takes a peek at this seasons’s best.Read more… Japan-based Goldwin Ski Apparel Crafts Olympic-level SportswearSince starting in 1950 as a maker of wool hiking socks, Goldwin burst onto the international scene in the 1960s with its finely knit ski sweaters and then other ski apparel that quickly became a brand of Olympians. Of the 16 Japanese Gold Medalists at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games, 12 we wearing Goldwin. And the tradition continues to this day with streamline, modern, minimalist ski gear and lifestyle collections. Check out Clay Abney’s top three Goldwin product pics below.Read more…Teton Brothers is the Japanese Backcountry Brand You Need to KnowLike most great outerwear and outdoor gear brands, Teton Brothers was founded by an actual outdoorsman, Japanese mountaineer, Nori Suzuki who wanted alpine and winter outdoor gear that was as rugged as the brands he found in the ski-crazy Western US. With the success of his first prototype, the TB Jacket, Teton Brothers brand was recognized for its quality material and simple, functional design. There’s no better Japanese brand for winter wear. Don’t believe us? Check out our three favorite products.Read more… Snow Peak is Japan’s One-Stop-Shop for Outdoor Gear (and You Can Get it in the US)Serving as Japan’s one-stop-shop for all things backpacking and outdoor, Snowpeak offers up some of the cleverest (and lightest) backcountry gear around. Clay Abney outlines are favorite products that are currently available from this nearly 60-year-old outfitter.Read more… Legent Bourbon Teams Up with Tokyo Butcher Kentaro Nakahara Travel Tip: Always bow politely when you meet someone, thank them, or say good bye.How to Make Sushi at HomeSushi is arguably Japan’s most famous dish, but it also has a reputation for being notoriously difficult to make. Step behind the bar with Kyoto native Yuichiro ‘Junior’ Takebata of Miyabi Sushi Bar in Charleston, South Carolina, as Chef Takebata offers his tips and recipes for simple at home sushi rolls.Read more… The Best Whiskey Quotes of All Time The History and Growth of Japanese WhiskyFrom sake brewing in the 1700s to Scotch-influenced whisky distilling in the early 20th century, Sam Slaughter traces the rise and growth of Japanese whisky distilling from its early beginnings to its modern, worldwide popularity.Read more…Shake Up Your Sake Routine with these Easy Sake CocktailsFor those who aren’t experts on Japanese drinking culture (read: most of us), sake is that rice spirit served warm in sushi bars during happy hour. During his trip to Japan, Sam Slaughter learned there was so much more to sake than meets than eye, including a use for it in easy, delicious cocktails.Read more… Travel Tip: Try to learn a few words in Japanese, such as thank you (“a-ri-ga-tō”).Have Your Japanese Beer and Mix it, too, with Kirin Ichiban BeertailsA beertail, in case you didn’t know, is a cocktail made with beer as one of the main ingredients and the Japanese are crazy for them. From the Shandygaff to the Grilled Cherry Blossom to the Mango Brew-jito, these beertails each feature one of Japan’s favorite and most ubiquitous of beers: Kirin Ichiban and we’ve got the recipes for all of them.Read more…Introducing Yamazaki Mizunara, a New Whisky Aged in Japanese OakFor any whisky, being aged for 18 years lends a certain specific quality of taste to the spirit that can’t be replicated in any other way. Suntory, the famed Japanese whisky brand, wanted to go further than simply creating an age-statement whisky, they wanted to create an age-statement whisky that was completely unique to Japan. Spirits Editor, Sam Slaughter, provides the background for this wonder of Japanese whisky.Read more… Japanese Wine: 6 Sakes for Beginners to SampleWe’ve already given you everything you need to know about sake cocktails, now learn about the best types of sakes with which to make those cocktails. Kanpai! (That’s “cheers” in Japanese.)Read more…INC & SONS Eschews Japanese Tradition and Leads the Way for Modern Osaka DiningOsaka is home to many traditional Japanese restaurants. INC & SONS is not one of them. Amanda Gabriele sat down with food and beverage director Yusuke Fujita to talk the eatery’s blending of eastern and western flavors, cooking for the season, what’s hot in the cocktail world (including aging your own whisky), what albums he’s listening to right now, and the uniquely Japanese tradition of “keep bottles.Read more…Be a Matcha Matcha Man with Whip Up These 4 Matcha CocktailsIn a country that has an entire elaborate ceremony based on making and serving tea, it’s not suprising that the Japanese have gotten the art of the matcha cocktail down to a science. Spirits editor, Sam Slaughter reveals recipes for matcha cocktails to help you get your green drinks going.Read more…More than Just Whisky and Soda: Understanding the Japanese HighballNormally a quick and refreshing drink in the US, the highball in Japan is elevated to an art in the many cocktail bars and watering holes that dot the country. This simple drink of whisky and soda is treated and crafted with the same respect and dedication as a five-ingredient cocktail.Read more…Casa De Sarasa Serves Japan’s Most Authentic Mexican FoodIt took a Japanese DJ living, working, and loving Mexican cuisine to start up Casa De Sarasa, which dishes out authentic, hand-made tacos to the ever-hungry denizens of Tokyo. Amanda Gabriele sat down with DJ Sarasa to get the scoop on why and how she brought such a seemingly incongruent food to the Land of the Rising Sun.Read more… Runners, Say Goodbye to Chafing with Path Projects Running Shorts Travel Tip: Print out the name and address of your hotel in Japanese to hand to your taxi driver to prevent information from being lost in translation.Japanese Train Suite Shiki-Shima is So Luxe it Requires an Application to RideKnown for both their design sense and amazingly-fast bullet-trains, Japan’s new luxury train, The Train Suite Shiki-Shima is so luxurious and exclusive it requires an application to ride. And with a wait list already two years long, this might be the closets you’ll come to one of the 17 sleeping suites spread out over six elegantly appointed train cars.Read more…Japan’s Second City: The Only Osaka Travel Guide You’ll Ever NeedThe Japanese are known around the world for their apparently flawless skin, including the men. The reality is, they have such great skin because they have great products. Here are a few of our favorite Japanese men’s grooming products you should pick up next time you’re in the country.Read more…A Peek Inside the Secretive, Rarified World of Japan’s GeishaOur writer Elizabeth Dahl clears up some common misconceptions about Japanese Geisha–they are not prostitutes–and outlines the lengthy and difficult process Japanese women go through to become one of the country’s most iconic symbols of culture and heritage.Read more… Travel Tip: Print out the name and address of your hotel in Japanese to hand to your taxi driver to prevent information from being lost in translation.Onsen Etiquette: 7 Rules for How to Hot Spring in JapanA visit to Japan is not complete without a dip in one of Japan’s many hot springs, or onsen. But, like most things that involve hot water and nudity, there are rules that you must follow when entering an onsen. Chase McPeak outlines the seven major rules you must follow in an onsen, with a few extra tips thrown in for a worry-free soak.Read more… Ring Jacket Has Perfected Professional Japanese StyleIt’s no secret that the Japanese are sartorial stars. With their pared-down aesthetic and attention to quality materials and details, suiting in Japan outshines its American counterpart. A major player in the Japanese suiting game, Ring Jacket, has been in production since 1954. Fashionisto Christopher Blomquist interviews Ring Jacket’s head of its North American division and shares what makes this Japanese export a favorite of style-conscious professionals both at home and abroad.Read more… 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S.last_img read more

Quebec premier urges crane operators back to work as illegal strike continues

first_imgMONTREAL – Premier Philippe Couillard warned Quebec’s crane operators Tuesday there will be consequences for what he called an illegal strike, as construction sites were paralyzed across the province for a second consecutive day.The premier said workers who refuse to return to their jobs could face penalties from the province’s construction commission.“In a society of laws there are consequences for holding an illegal strike — consequences for individuals, consequences for organizations,” Couillard said in Quebec City. “It’s Quebec’s construction commission that oversees that, they have the power to act and I believe they will act.”Crane workers are protesting changes to training requirements that will permit people without a vocational diploma to obtain an operator’s certificate.The union representing operators says the new program is less thorough and could lead to a rise in workplace accidents.Couillard said he was open to a discussion regarding workers’ safety concerns but he urged operators to get back on the job.Striking workers emerged from a closed-door meeting Tuesday in Montreal and refused to say what they had discussed or whether the strike would continue.Construction sites across the province have been disrupted since Monday after many of Quebec’s 2,000 crane operators walked off the job.Operators working on the city’s replacement bridge connecting Montreal with its south shore have been striking since last week.Quebec’s construction commission has said the strike is illegal because it violates the workers’ collective agreements.last_img read more

UNbacked green fund hailed as milestone in global effort to tackle climate

“Today’s opening of the secretariat – combined with the advances by the Conference of Parties in Warsaw and progress on the Fund’s Business Model Framework – are milestones in moving to full capitalization,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a video message to the opening ceremony of the Fund headquarters in Songdo.“The imperative now is to bring the Fund into operation as soon as possible,” he said, explaining that while it will not be the only conduit for climate finance, it will be an important element of a public-private framework that supports low-carbon investment and fair access to climate financing.“It can strengthen national ownership and enable countries to develop the necessary expertise and institutions for using climate finance effectively,” said the UN chief, expressing hope that the mechanism will soon be able to deliver capital to reduce emissions, light rural clinics and schools, empower local farmers and support Governments and businesses to adopt low-emissions and climate-resilient options. Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), who attended the ceremony, called the opening “historic” and declared: “Governments now have a crucial tool at their disposal to leverage billions in finance for developing counties to green their economies and increase their resilience to the inevitable effects of climate change.”Urging Governments to capitalize the Fund once the final modalities are worked out next year, she said such funding is essential so that developing countries know that the developed world will deliver on its promise to help the poor and vulnerable gain access to the finance and technology they need.“Only by creating the right conditions and providing adequate financial tools can Governments vastly accelerate the shift of capital towards a greener and more resilient global economy and meet the agreed goal of limiting average global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius,” said Ms. Figueres.The Fund, agreed at the 2010 Conference of States Parties to the UNFCCC (held in Cancun), was designated as an operating entity of the financial mechanism of the Convention. It will aim to make a significant and ambitious contribution to the efforts towards attaining agreed international goals on combating climate change, including promoting a paradigm shift towards low-emission and climate-resilient development pathways by providing support to developing countries. read more

CPM Groups 2010 market outlook sees growing auto demand helping drive PGM

first_imgCPM Group has released a 2010 PGM market view, with the long term outlook for platinum, palladium, and rhodium over the next 10 years seeming most likely to be one of historically high prices. This outlook is supported by expectations of increased fabrication demand, constrained supplies, and rising investment demand as a result of these positive supply and demand fundamentals.South Africa is the largest producer of platinum and rhodium and the second largest producer of palladium. Given the high degree of production concentration from South Africa, supply of these metals is very sensitive to issues related to mining in this country. Shortfall of resources such as electricity, skilled labor, and water, is expected to negatively affect supply from South Africa. Importantly, many of these issues are largely unresponsive to the metal price levels. None of these problems are expected to be resolved soon and are expected to add to production costs, which should be supportive of prices during the forecast period. The PGMs are largely produced as by-products in Russia and North America, with the exception of North American Palladium and Stillwater Mining, and therefore supply from these regions is largely influenced by the production of the primary metal, typically nickel and copper.A growing global auto population, tightening emissions standards, and the lack of commercially viable substitutes for PGMs in auto catalysts is expected to bode well for the fabrication demand of these metals going forward. Auto catalysts are the largest source of demand for the PGMs, which has resulted in growing concerns over new technologies such as electric vehicles and nanotechnology. The report gives consideration to these trends and assesses their likely impact of PGM auto demand over the next 10 years. Demand from the electronics sector and other industrial sectors is expected to grow at a healthy pace during the forecast period.China is the largest consumer of platinum jewelry. Populations in newly industrialized countries such as China are becoming more affluent. Chinese demand for jewelry is analyzed in the context of this trend.Investment demand has always played an important role in influencing the prices of PGMs. The compelling fundamentals resulting from constrained supplies and rising fabrication demand are expected to increase investor interest in these metals, adding to the upward trend in prices. In addition to hedge funds and wealthy individuals who typically invested in these metals, the launch of physically backed platinum and palladium exchange traded funds in 2007 has accentuated the role of this particular portion of the PGM market. The report explores the workings of investment demand, the drivers behind investors’ decisions about PGMs, and investment demand trends’ long-term implications for PGM market prices.last_img read more

Why are people saying Down with Arthurs Day

first_imgBY AOIFE BARRY AND PAUL HOSFORDEARLY THIS WEEK, legendary Irish musician Christy Moore announced the release of his new single – an anti-Arthur’s Day song, no less.With lyrics that pull no punches, it’s an unflinching look at the holiday that the folks behind Guinness – Diageo – created back in 2009 to be celebrated worldwide.Arthur’s Day 2013 will be held on 26 September and will see over 1,000 musicians perform at 500 free indoor music events in all 32 counties.Ostensibly the event was begun to celebrate the 25oth anniversary of Guinness, and Moore’s main issues with it are the fact it is advertising for a globally-famous company, and that it is focused on alcohol.(ChristyMooreOfficial/YouTube)The lyrics to his song leave us in no doubt about what he thinks, as he refers to the day as a “happy, clappy advertising scheme”. Moore’s isn’t a lone voice in the wilderness – Mike Scott from the Waterboys has also lent his vocals to the choir singing about their dislike of the day.A Song for Arthur’s Day features on an EP to be released by the Waterboys on Arthur’s Day itself. They will be some of the 88 who die because of their drinking every month. 2,000 hospital beds will be filled in our hospitals on Arthur’s Day by people with alcohol-related illnesses, many of them the young men and women among whom rates of alcohol-related liver disease are rising at an alarming rate.Creative advertisingThe issues with Arthur’s Day have also been brought up in years past. At a Dublin City Council meeting in November 2010, a motion on Arthur’s Day was referred to the Strategic Policy Committee on Arts.However, the council has confirmed to TheJournal.ie that there had been no change to cleaning schedules in the wake of last year’s event.“There was no significant littering issue at last years Arthur’s Day event. Any clean ups were conducted within existing resources,” said a council spokesperson.Cllr Professor Bill Tormey described Arthur’s Day as a “brilliant example of creative advertising which I admire”, but said “societal damage comes first”.In 2010, Dublin City Council said it would no longer be associated with the day through the use of its logo on advertising and marketing material.Columnist Eamon McCann wrote in the Belfast Telegraph about his opinion on Arthur’s Day this year, describing it as a “scam” that “targets” young people because of the music it features.In September 2012, comedian Colm Regan also wrote about Arthur’s Day, calling it a “trick” pulled by Diageo “convincing Ireland to care that Arthur Guinness existed”.Tourist attractionNiall Byrne of Nialler9.com, the prominent Irish music blogger, told TheJournal.ie that he thinks the Irish “don’t need a festival to celebrate Guinness”.“A festival centred around a drink is hardly what we needed,” he said.Arthur’s Day is a marketing campaign first and an obviously hugely successful one at that. The Irish don’t need a festival to celebrate Guinness – we do that every week anyway.Byrne believes “we get the things we deserve and as a nation, we don the Leprechaun hats all too easily for the day without coercion”.The big draw to the day – besides the alcohol – is the music, with national and international bands playing in a range of venues around the country.Byrne points out that there are some quality musical acts, such as Bobby Womack and Janelle Monaé this year, which gets a positive reaction from people involved in the music industry.“But then you remember previous years: the jammed pubs not used to hosting acts of this calibre, the early drinking that leads to early evening displays normally seen late on a weekend night,” he pointed out.“Arthur’s Day has never really been a pleasant experience for me personally so I try to avoid it. But maybe it’s not for me anyway. I’ve gone for the music while trying to avoid the marketing which is pretty impossible really.”He wonders about the reliance of foreign acts to pull in the crowd and whether the Irish acts chosen get paid much. “I do wonder whether the majority of people care about the music on the day,” concluded Byrne.A Facebook site and Twitter site have been set up to promote Anti Arthur’s Day – but despite the negative feelings around the day, people will be celebrating it in their droves.What the vintners sayPadraig Cribben of the Vintners Federation of Ireland said this week that, generally, publicans are on the fence about the day, saying that it doesn’t give the boon at the tills that one might expect.“I think it is becoming more of a celebration of some of the cultural activities, it was perceived as otherwise than that but it looks like Diageo is changing the emphasis on it,” he said.“It’s something that I suppose is welcomed by some publicans and not welcomed by others who would see it as someone else’s party and they’re expected to pay for it.“Overall, in the context of drinking in a given week, I don’t think you’d see a significant spike because of Arthur’s Day, maybe a spike on that particular day but then a corresponding dip on Friday and Saturday,” he concluded.What Diageo saysA statement from Diageo said that Arthur’s Day “has always supported and promoted emerging Irish music and brought them together with the best of Irish and International artists on the day”.It said that Diageo “takes its corporate and social responsibilities very seriously and implements a strong responsible drinking awareness campaign around Arthur’s Day”, providing advice to pubs.It also co-operates with local authorities and other public authorities, including An Garda Siochána, “to ensure everyone has safe and enjoyable day”.We also promote responsible drinking and discourage alcohol misuse year-round through our support of drinkaware.ie and other resources for consumers.Read: Temporary cut-price pints are illegal, Department affirms>Read: Lead singer of The Stunning slams Arthur’s Day ‘smugness’> The song ends with this line: “Down with Arthur’s Day”.Not altruistic or philanthropicBut what are others saying about the day?Suzanne Costello is the CEO of Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues. She says that the day is a “well-resourced marketing campaign”.“Arthur’s Day is neither an altruistic nor philanthropic initiative. It’s a very well-resourced marketing campaign to increase the sales of Diageo products,” says Costello.“The reality is that alcohol, and not music, takes centre stage on Arthur’s Day, which is an alcohol marketing event that serves exactly the same function as the alcohol industry’s sponsorship of sports and arts events, which is to increase awareness of an alcohol brand, sell more of that alcohol and, ultimately, increase shareholder profit.Costello also hit out at the encouragement of revelers to “drink responsibly”.“There has clearly been nothing ‘responsible’ about drinking behaviour on Arthur’s Day in recent years, with a reported 30 per cent increase in ambulance call-outs in Dublin city centre alone following the event last year, and much like any weekend night in Ireland this is now another opportunity to see our excessive drinking habits laid bare.”No matter what the attempted positive spin put on alcohol consumption by those who sell it, the fact remains that people will die of alcohol-related illnesses in Ireland on Arthur’s Day – just as they do on every other day.last_img read more

European Court of Human Rights to rule on Frances fullface veil ban

first_imgA GRAND CHAMBER hearing of the European Court of Human Rights will be held today on France’s ban on wearing the full-face veil in public.The case, S.A.A versus France, was brought by a French national following the introduction of a law prohibiting the concealment of one’s face in public places in April 2011.A practising Muslim, she is no longer allowed to wear the niqab. In her submission, she says she wears the burqa and niqab in accordance with her religious faith, culture and personal convictions. She explicitly stated that she is not under pressure from her husband or family to dress in that manner.The burqa is a full-body covering which includes a mesh over the face and the niqab is a full-face veil leaving an opening only for the eyes.The applicant, who complains of a violation of her right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, says she took the case not to annoy others but to “feel at inner peace with herself”.She also says that the statutory prohibition on wearing a garment designed to conceal one’s face in public places gives rise to discrimination based on gender, religion and ethnic origin, to the detriment of women who, like herself, wear the full-face veil.The hearing begins at 1.30pm Irish time.Read: Shatter condemns hate mail sent to Muslim Community, says gardaí will take “appropriate action”More: Death by stoning may return as punishment for adultery in Afghanistanlast_img read more

Explainer Why is Donald Trump asking the FBI to look into an

first_img Jussie Smollett talks to the media before leaving Cook County Court after his charges were dropped on Tuesday Image: Paul Beaty/PA Images Share168 Tweet Email Case Update: Jussie Smollett is now officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation by #ChicagoPolice for filing a false police report (Class 4 felony). Detectives are currently presenting evidence before a Cook County Grand Jury. pic.twitter.com/FhDcbBKsuU— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) February 20, 2019 Short URL By Stephen McDermott Local police subsequently announced an investigation into the incident as a possible hate crime, and arrested two brothers at Chicago O’Hare International Airport on 13 February.New narrativeThe same day, Smollett appeared on ABC News to hit back at doubts that were emerging about his account of events.“At first it was a thing of… if I tell the truth then that’s it, because it’s the truth,” he said.“Then it became a thing of, like, oh, how can you doubt that? Like, how do you not believe that? It’s the truth.”However, a different narrative began to emerge not long afterwards. https://jrnl.ie/4564934 Explainer: Why is Donald Trump asking the FBI to look into an alleged hate crime against a TV actor? Jussie Smollett achieved notoriety after being accused of fabricating a hate crime. Disgusted by the ugly prejudice and bigotry behind this violence. Sending love to @JussieSmollett & to anyone that has been hurt by the hatred of those who fear difference. As a society, we continue to fail LGBTQIA+ communities and PoC. pic.twitter.com/FFRPIbhOip— Emma Watson (@EmmaWatson) January 30, 2019 17,203 Views Image: Paul Beaty/PA Images Mar 28th 2019, 3:31 PM Jussie Smollett talks to the media before leaving Cook County Court after his charges were dropped on Tuesday Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Anthony Guglielmi/Twitter After questioning the two brothers, Abel and Ola Osundairo, investigators announced on 16 February that the pair had been released without charge – and curiously that there had been developments in the case which required “additional investigative work”.Four days later, a police spokesman confirmed that Smollett had become a suspect in the investigation for filing a false police report. Thursday 28 Mar 2019, 3:31 PM Source: Emma Watson/Twitter Chicago TV station WBBM reported that the Osundairo brothers had claimed that Smollett was unhappy that the letter he had previously received had not gotten enough attention. Then, Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson accused Smollett of sending himself the threatening letter and of staging the attack to tap into Americans’ anxieties over racial divisions because he was “dissatisfied with his salary”.“Smollett paid $3,500 (€3,118) to stage this attack and drag Chicago’s reputation through the mud in the process,” he said.“This publicity stunt was a scar that Chicago didn’t earn and certainly didn’t deserve.”Law enforcement officials also said the allegations against Smollett could be backed up with evidence, including a cashed cheque, text messages and phone records. Smollett subsequently turned himself in and was arrested and charged with a count of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report.He was also removed from the final two episodes of the latest season of Empire, with producers saying that they had made the decision “to avoid further disruption on set”.Charges droppedHowever, Smollett’s lawyers maintained his innocence and accused police of wanting to “skip due process and proceed directly to sentencing”.On 8 March, Smollett was indicted by a grand on 16 felony counts over allegations he had lied to police about the attack against him.His lawyer continued to deny the allegations, calling the process “prosecutorial overkill”, and the actor pleaded not guilty to the charges on 14 March.Then on Tuesday, prosecutors announced that they were dropping all charges in the case against Smollett.The move caught both the city’s police chief and mayor by surprise, and Smollett celebrated the outcome as his lawyers and family claimed vindication.“I am a man of faith, and I am a man that has knowledge of my history,” he said.“And I would not bring my family, our lives or the movement through a fire like this. I just wouldn’t.” Jussie Smollett leaves the Leighton Criminal Court building after all charges were dropped in his disorderly conduct case on Tuesday Source: Antonio Perez/PA ImagesHis lawyer Patricia Brown Holmes hit out at Chicago officials following the decision, accusing police of trying to “smear” the actor even after the case was closed.“We are disappointed the local authorities have continued their campaign against Jussie Smollett after the charges against him have been dropped,” she said.“We should all allow Mr. Smollett to move on with his life as a free citizen.”‘Whitewash of justice’In a subsequent news conference, Smollett claimed he had been “truthful and consistent on every single level” since reporting the attack.“This has been an incredibly difficult time,” he said. “Honestly, one of the worst in my entire life.”But the 36 year-old has still come in for criticism.Both Chicago’s police chief and mayor denounced the decision to drop the case and countered Smollett’s insistence of his innocence. “This is a whitewash of justice,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel told a news conference. “Mr Smollett is still saying that he is innocent, still running down the Chicago Police Department. How dare (he)?” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, right, and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson appear at a news conference in Chicago on Tuesday Source: AP/PA ImagesFor its part, the prosecutor’s office initially offered little explanation for suddenly reversing the decision, before announcing that the move was a routine procedure carried out in thousands of cases. “This is not a new or unusual practice,” the Cook County State Attorney’s office said in a statement.“An alternative disposition does not mean that there were any problems or infirmities with the case or the evidence.”The office also stood the Chicago Police Department’s investigation and its decision to approve charges in this case, adding that it “did not exonerate” Smollett.‘Weighing options’However, it appears that the matter isn’t finished yet.On Thursday, Trump announced that the FBI and Justice Department would review the decision to drop charges, calling the move “outrageous”.Prosecutors had previously said they had shelved the charges against Smollett in exchange for an agreement that he carried out community service and forfeit a $10,000 bond payment.But his lawyers claimed there was no such agreement, saying the state simply “dismissed the charges”.They also said they were “weighing [their] options” over the possibility that Smollett could take a lawsuit against Chicago police.Meanwhile, Fox producers said they were “gratified that all charges against him have been dismissed” but would not comment on whether he would return to star on Empire.With additional reporting from – © AFP 2019 and Associated Press. EARLIER THIS WEEK, Chicago prosecutors dropped 16 criminal charges against the actor Jussie Smollett in a move that prompted both surprise and criticism.The 36 year-old actor, who starred on the Fox TV show Empire, achieved notoriety after being accused of fabricating a hate crime that he alleged was committed against him in January.Police and members of the black community in the US came to Smollett’s defence following the alleged attack on him, before the incident was condemned as a hoax after prosecutors claimed that the actor paid two people to assault him.Today, US president Donald Trump announced that the FBI and the Justice Department will review a decision by Illinois prosecutors’ to drop all charges against Smollett, calling the case “outrageous” and “an embarrassment”.For his part, Smollett has maintained his innocence and expressed gratitude to fans who have stood by him, but Trump’s announcement means the investigation isn’t quite finished yet.Here’s how the case has unfolded so far.Hate crimeOn 29 January, Smollett – who is black and gay – told police that he was attacked by two men at around 2am on his way home from a sandwich shop.He said his attackers beat him up, threw a chemical on him, and left him with a rope around his neck, evocative of the practice of lynching.Smollett also claimed that the assailants shouted “This is MAGA country” during the attack, a reference to Donald Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again”.He later said that he had received a threatening letter days before the attack, which contained an unknown powder, a sketch of a stick figure hanging from a tree, and a message threatening Smollett that he would die.Reports of the attack elicited condemnation and shock from within the entertainment community and across the US political divide.Support came from public figures such as Emma Watson, Katy Perry, and Joe Biden, as well as 2020 Democratic presidential candidates Cory Booker and Kamala Harris.Donald Trump also commented that the alleged attack was “horrible”. 34 Comments last_img read more

Nikon D4 les résultats du test effectué par DxOMark

first_imgNikon D4 : les résultats du test effectué par DxOMarkLe site DxOMark a pu tester l’appareil Reflex numérique Nikon D4, doté d’un nouveau capteur Full Frame CMOS 16 Mégapixels. Le site DxOMark a publié les résultats des premiers tests effectués sur le Nikon D4. Le capteur de cet appareil numérique offre un meilleur rendu que sur le D3s (ancienne génération). Les principales améliorations apportées par le nouveau capteur CMOS 16 mégapixels du D4 sont :- La dynamique : le capteur du D4 progresse d’1 EV par rapport au D3s, pour atteindre 13,1 EV. La courbe de la plage dynamique du capteur du D4 montre que celle-ci est stable entre 200 et 100 ISO. – La profondeur de couleur offre une progresse et passe de 23,5 bits sur le D3s à 24,7 bits sur le D4.Sensible de 100 à 12.800 ISO, le capteur du Nikon D4 offre une sensibilité accrue jusqu’à 200 400 ISO. La sensibilité du D4 est toutefois en baisse par rapport à celle du D3s : le D4 révèle un score sensibilité basse lumire (low-light ISO) de 2.965 ISO contre 3.253 ISO pour le D3s. Un recul de seulement 1/5EV qui ne devrait cependant pas être perceptible.Ce test montre des améliorations de dynamique et de profondeur de couleur, mais une légère perte de sensibilité, sans doute corrigée par les nouveaux algorithmes de traitement du Nikon D4.Le 22 mars 2012 à 15:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Baby born after 12 yrs on remote Brazilian island

first_img.She’s a born rebel: a remote Brazilian island welcomed its first baby in 12 years after a local woman broke the rule against giving birth there.The baby girl born on the Atlantic outpost of Fernando de Noronha on Saturday came as a surprise to everyone — including the parents.”The mother, who does not want to be identified, went into labour at home,” the island’s administration said in a statement carried by O Globo newspaper. “The family says it wasn’t aware of the pregnancy.”Tiny Fernando de Noronha — an archipelago famous for its wildlife preserve and with a population of just over 3,000 — doesn’t authorize births because there’s no maternity ward, O Globo reported.Expectant mothers are told to travel to the mainland, where the nearest big city is Natal, 227 miles (365 km) across the ocean.The unidentified mother in Saturday’s birth has another child who was born on the mainland, but told O Globo that this time she “didn’t feel anything” during her pregnancy.”On Friday night I had pains and when I went to the bathroom I saw something coming down between my legs. That’s when the child’s father came and picked it up. It was a baby, a girl. I was dumbstruck.”last_img read more

Cuba says next US president should end embargo

first_img Comments Share Rodriguez made the comments Thursday in presenting Cuba’s yearly report on the effect of the sanctions. The government puts out the report ahead of a yearly U.N. vote in which most countries will likely once again condemn the American policy.He did not say whether his government would make any concessions in return. Cuba has said previously the U.S. must lift the sanctions unilaterally.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Top Stories HAVANA (AP) – Cuba’s foreign minister says whoever wins America’s presidential election has an `historic opportunity” to end Washington’s 50-year embargo on the island.Bruno Rodriguez isn’t voicing a preference for either President Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, his Republican challenger in the November vote.But he says the time has come to end the embargo, which he calls “obsolete” and a holdover of the Cold War. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixlast_img

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterA bucket-list destination for centuries, never has there been a better time to travel Egypt. An extended period of stability has seen a real resurgence of interest in a country which is buzzing with renewed optimism, and visitors are starting to return.If clients need any more persuading, then a Nile cruise aboard the recently unveiled Sanctuary Sun Boat IV, back on the river after an extensive refurbishment, is guaranteed to tempt. Following the mighty Nile from Aswan to Luxor through the heart of Egypt, the stunningly transformed Sanctuary Sun Boat IV brings new levels of elegance to the Nile with its contemporary-yet-classic design.With just 40 rooms, including two presidential suites and two royal suites, time on Sanctuary Sun Boat IV is spent in unrivalled luxury. In each cabin, elegance has been elevated with rich, teak flooring, Egyptian marble, hand-painted decorative details and other distinctive touches including neutral-toned textiles complementing soft fabrics draped artfully over sumptuous, oversized beds. Here, and elsewhere throughout the ship, shades of sandstone echo the colour scheme of the surrounding desert and temples, blending traditional references with a modern sense of style to create a serene and tranquil environment a world away from traditional river cruise cabins.Each cruise on Sanctuary Sun Boat IV is as cultured as it is calming. On board, guests can indulge in exquisite meals prepared by gourmet chefs and discover the secrets to regional specialties such as Kushari, a spicy mix of black lentil, rice, chickpeas with tomato and fried onion; and Mahshi, made from delicious stuffed vegetables. Enjoy a Nubian dance night and a chance to dress up in colourful traditional Egyptian galabeyas, or soak up the sun by the ship’s spectacular river-view pool – the perfect place to watch Egypt’s ancient sites pass by.Indeed, gliding down the world’s longest waterway, the country’s past remains vibrant and alive in its many majestic monuments and relics, threaded along the river banks. Cruises take in some of the best-known highlights including the Valley of the Kings and Queens, the Temple of Karnak the Unfinished Obelisk, Philae and Luxor, as well as the more remote, but equally spectacular Denderah, Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples, with expert Egyptologists on hand to bring history to life on all shore excursions.Sanctuary Retreats offers a choice of Sanctuary Sun Boat IV cruises ranging from three to seven nights and 2019 cruises are priced from US$960 per person twin share. Terms and conditions apply.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Birmingham International Airport will become Ryana

first_imgBirmingham International Airport will become Ryanair’s latest European base.The low-cost airline will launch 20 new cheap flights from Birmingham over the next two months.Two Boeing 737-800 will be permanently based at the West Midlands airport, where the carrier recently relocated to Terminal 2.From its base, Ryanair will add new flights to several European cities this summer.Over the course of June, flights to Billund, Bologna, Dinard, Oslo, Poitiers, Porto, Trieste, Reus and Rzeszow will takeoff from Birmingham.In July Ryanair will add cheap flights to Bratislava, Bydgoszcz, Gdansk, Olbia, Perpignan, Stockholm and Trapani.These new services will join existing Ryanair flights from Birmingham to Barcelona, Dublin and Shannon, as well as the recently announced route to Frankfurt.In May the airline introduced three weekly flights to Marseille from Birmingham – marking the start of its expansion plans at the airport.All 20 routes will be fully operational by the end of JulyReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Related12 new routes for UK in Ryanair’s biggest ever expansion12 new routes for UK in Ryanair’s biggest ever expansionRyanair adds Prague flights at BirminghamRyanair has announced new flights to Prague from Birmingham International AirportRyanair to offer flight tracking serviceRyanair has announced a new flight tracking service, which will offer customers text message updates.last_img read more

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first_imgDubrovnik, Croatia20% increase in popularity14% drop in Average Flight PricesAverage Flight Price: £180.41With top-notch restaurants, two new five-star hotel openings, famous filming locations and island tours available just off the coast, it’s not hard to see why Dubrovnik is growing in popularity. This is a must-visit location in 2018 for any James Bond fans as filming is due to take place in January. Ornate arches, baroque splendour and ancient medieval lanes makes walking around the old town like stepping into a historical drama. Beyond the walls of Dubrovnik lie some of the Adriatic’s most beautiful beaches, woodlands and island-scattered seas.Compare flight prices to Dubrovnik Toulouse, France51% increase in popularity40% drop in Average Flight PricesAverage Flight Price: £92.65With average flight prices dropping by a staggering 40%, Toulouse is a great-value location for 2018. 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