LeBron has Durant, reunites with Kyrie in NBA All-Star draft

first_imgLATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais MOST READ View comments The league was widely criticized for not televising the draft, a decision that was made to protect players from any embarrassment over being chosen last.“The fans should have been a part of this for sure and everybody who loves the game,” James said, “but it’s the first year and I think it’s going to be pretty cool going into the future.”Team LeBron has all five players in the game who have won All-Star Game MVP awards: James (2006, 2008), Westbrook (2015, 2016), Davis (2017), Durant (2012) and Irving (2014).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics shake hands after a Cavaliers 102-99 victory at Quicken Loans Arena on October 17, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — LeBron James got Kevin Durant and reunited with Kyrie Irving in the NBA’s first All-Star draft.Stephen Curry picked James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo, the NBA’s top two scorers, and grabbed his other two Golden State teammates in the selections Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT The draft was not televised, and neither James nor Curry would reveal who they chose first when they were interviewed on TNT when the rosters were unveiled.James was among those who said fans should have watched the proceedings and his decision to draft Irving could have made for a must-see moment. The point guard asked out of Cleveland last summer and the Cavaliers traded him to conference rival Boston.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting James and Curry will be the captains Feb. 18 in Los Angeles for the first NBA All-Star Game that doesn’t use the Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference format.James had the No. 1 pick as a result of earning the most votes in fan balloting, while Curry had the first pick in the reserve round after the starters were selected. He passed on Russell Westbrook, the NBA MVP who instead ended up on Team LeBron.The league is hoping that trying something new will bring back some old-school intensity that has been absent from the last two games, when the West nearly scored 200 points.James also took the New Orleans duo of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. His other reserves are Cleveland teammate Kevin Love, Washington guards John Wall and Bradley Beal, LaMarcus Aldridge of San Antonio, Indiana’s Victor Oladipo and Kristaps Porzingis of New York.After taking starters Joel Embiid of Philadelphia and DeMar DeRozan of Toronto, Curry rounded out his roster with Warriors teammates Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, Minnesota’s Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns, Toronto’s Kyle Lowry, Portland’s Damian Lillard, and Boston’s Al Horford.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Noah sidelined by Knicks for ‘personal reasons’ — coach Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “Kyrie was available on the draft board, he’s one of the best point guards we have in our league,” James said. “It was an easy choice for me.”last_img read more

Shami becomes fastest Indian to reach 100 ODI wickets

first_img COMMENT Mohammed Shami’s wicket number 100 was New Zealand opener Martin Guptill. Photo credit: @BCCI cricket Seamer Mohammed Shami on Wednesday became the fastest Indian to claim 100 wickets in One-day Internationals, reaching the mark in the opening match against New Zealand here. This was his 56th game in the 50-over format.Shami’s wicket number 100 was New Zealand opener Martin Guptill, who played onto his stumps a delivery that moved in after pitching on a good length. With his brilliant opening burst at McLean Park, the 28-year-old Shami continued his good showing in the limited overs format, having impressed in Australia prior to this five-match ODI series.Before Shami, Irfan Pathan reached the 100-wicket mark in 59 ODIs, while Zaheer Khan (65 matches), Ajit Agarkar (67) and Javagal Srinath (68) are the other Indian bowlers to complete a century of wickets in the quickest time. COMMENTS RELATED Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE January 23, 2019 0 × Mohammed Shami’s wicket number 100 was New Zealand opener Martin Guptill. Photo credit: @BCCI India crush NZ by 8 wickets in first ODI after sun-induced stoppage accomplishmentlast_img read more

EPA Must Move Now

first_imgWhile EPA’s clean air and water regulations resulted in aggregate annual costs ranging from $26 to $29 billion, benefits ranged from $82 to $533 billion. This post originally appeared on the National Journal Energy and Environment blog.Record heat-waves, the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Air Act, and the run-up to the mid-term elections has the country buzzing about global warming and what to do about it. One of the main issues is the role of the EPA in controlling carbon dioxide emissions – which is the leading causes of global warming.Read the Report on EPA ActionsFor years, members of Congress claimed that they should write the rules for regulating emissions. Yet even after a deadly oil spill and what’s shaping up to be the hottest year on record, the Senate has failed to act. Now, EPA, backed by a ruling by the Supreme Court, is trying to do its part to hold polluters accountable.Using the Clean Air Act to regulate emissions is common sense. The World Resources Institute has found that by using existing authorities such as the Clean Air Act, the country can begin to put the country on the path to meeting President Obama’s commitment to the international community to reduce emissions to 17% below 2005 levels by 2020.Industry has concerns about adapting to the new standards, and their concerns will be heard in the rulemaking process. In fact, looking back on other regulations industry has feared (i.e., requiring seatbelts in cars) the American public would not want to lose these health and safety protections, and American businesses were able to develop innovative solutions to regulation. The United States has untapped renewable energy employment potential that could be stimulated under these regulations. While much of the discussion around environmental regulations centers around cost, these benefits are often overlooked. Recently, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released its thirteenth annual report to Congress, detailing the estimated benefits and costs of federal regulations during the period of 1999-2009. The report estimated that while clean air and water regulations promulgated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency resulted in aggregate annual costs ranging from $26 to $29 billion, benefits ranged from $82 to $533 billion.EPA must move now, not just for the environment, but for the economy.last_img read more

Raphaël Varane, Pro-Footballer for Real Madrid, Talks His Grooming Routine & Style

first_img How to Use a French Press Coffee Maker A Beginner’s Guide to Successful Antiquing Is Falconer the Coolest Drinks Industry Profession Out There? As the new face of the Braun Series 3 ProShave, we had the opportunity to sit down with international footballer Raphaël Varane while we were in Madrid and discuss some of what style and grooming really meant to him. As a center-back of the best soccer team in the world, Real Madrid, he has some good company – he’s on the same team as Cristiano Ronaldo, whom you’ve certainly heard of even if you’ve never paid attention to the sport. He’s also a defender on the French National Team, as well, so you know he’s got style in spades. Here’s what Varane had to say about getting cleaned up, getting dressed, and getting out the door in the morning.Why did you choose Braun and why did Braun choose you?Well, first because Braun is a brand that I like a lot and that I use. I use their products already and have always been a fan of the Braun Series 3 ProSkin. I also like the values that they represent, that they defend. It’s a brand that chose me because of what I represent and the values that I defend. So it’s a partnership that’s pretty logical, in terms of image I think, because it’s something that suits me, that I use, and I like. And that’s why I like it and I like working with Braun.It’s commonly known that appearance is important for men. Do you agree?Yes, of course appearance is important. It’s important to feel good, to have confidence in one’s self, and to assert one’s self. Besides that, I think we live in a world where image is developing more and more, so obviously it’s important that, from first thing in the morning, to take care of yourself. For me it’s both logical and important.Needing to present yourself in the best way, but having such a demanding schedule, how does playing football affect your grooming routine?Yes, obviously as footballers we’re media figures, we’re also recognized in our daily lives, on the street, everywhere, so it’s important from first thing in the morning to take care of yourself. I always shave in the morning to get ready. It has an influence on us because if you just want to step onto the street to walk your dog you can’t go badly groomed. So naturally in your daily life you have to be careful, and then shave before a match. It’s important to feel good and to feel comfortable. That’s why I like the Braun S3 ProSkin and styling tools so much. They allow me to accomplish my personal style with ease so I can focus on what matters – playing football.How much time do you actually devote for your grooming routine? Generally in the morning, I’d say about 45 minutes to get ready. This includes carefully choosing my clothes and time to shave and do my hair. I also use hydrating cream to take care of my skin.Footballers all have their own dopp kit. What do you put in yours?Well, the basics. There’s deodorant, cologne, toothbrush, toothpaste, hair gel, and of course my Braun S3 ProSkin.Power Sport Images/Getty ImagesHow often do you get that haircut and have you ever had a haircut that you really wish you had never done? About every 10 to 15 days. I’m friends with my hairdresser, who’s also the hairdresser for other players like Karim Benzema. As far as a haircut that I would have wanted to avoid, there was one when I started as a professional when I had long hair with braids, you can still find the photos. Aside from that, I’m not ashamed of having done it, I wanted to do it and I’m happy, but if I had to choose one it would be that.How would you describe your personal style?Well as I said, I try to be as elegant as possible. Aside from that, it depends on the situation I’m in. If I am at home with my son, my style will be more relaxed. If it’s for an event or match, you try to be more elegant and classy. Beyond that it depends, but I always try to take care in the way I look.Where did you find your style inspiration? Well, at first I think it begins with one’s personality. Growing up, it’s about defining your tastes and your preferences. I think I’m inspired by everything that I see in the world around me, and it influences what I want and what I prefer and what I like as a style. So I’m inspired by everything, there’s no single person or idol. You have an interest in fashion and going to fashion week. Are there any clothing styles which you never do? Yes, I’m not very extravagant. And it’s true during those weeks you see outfits that are fairly particular; there are a lot of things I wouldn’t wear. I prefer more sober, more elegant, more classy. Of course a little touch of color or maybe a slightly different cut is nice, but not too much.How do you see your chances in the World Cup?I think we have a chance to go far. When you begin a competition it’s to win. So we’re going to do everything to win. We’ve got a young generation that is starting to pick up experience – players that play in the big European teams. There are players with very different profiles that complement each other, so there’s a lot of potential on our team. Of course there are some very good teams in the world, so we’ll be going against some great players, but there’s a real possibility of France going really far. I hope so at least but we have a great group so we all hope for the best.As a Braun ambassador, maybe you can give me some advice or some suggestions?Well, some advice would be to follow what you like, and express your personality through your style. It depends if you prefer a more classic look or something more extravagant. If you think you look good with the beard then it’s all good. Elegant. Stay as you are. 3 of the Best Teeth Whitening Products For Pearly Whites Editors’ Recommendations Are Fermented Pizzas a Trend to Watch? We Asked a Pro to Find Out last_img read more

PM Says Government Will Take Appropriate Measures to Protect Children

first_img Activities for Labour Day, to be observed on Thursday, May 23, will focus on the safety of children. Story Highlights Speaking at the launch of Workers’ Week and Labour Day 2019 activities at the Office of the Prime Minister on Tuesday (May 7), he also assured that every case of abuse that is brought to the Government’s attention “will be thoroughly investigated and those who are accountable will be brought to book”. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is assuring that the Government will take appropriate measures to bring the perpetrators of crimes against children to justice. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is assuring that the Government will take appropriate measures to bring the perpetrators of crimes against children to justice.Speaking at the launch of Workers’ Week and Labour Day 2019 activities at the Office of the Prime Minister on Tuesday (May 7), he also assured that every case of abuse that is brought to the Government’s attention “will be thoroughly investigated and those who are accountable will be brought to book”.Activities for Labour Day, to be observed on Thursday, May 23, will focus on the safety of children.Noting that it is of “great concern” to him that the nation’s children “are being abused, brutalised and murdered”, the Prime Minister said he is still horrified about the recent brutal murders of 11-year-old Tricia Morris of Woodland District in Hanover and eight-year-old Shantae Skyers of Sterling Castle Heights in St. Andrew.“Our children deserve better, and they need to know that they are protected and that we ‘have their back’ at all times,” Mr. Holness said, adding that as a nation, “we must actively condemn such heinous acts against our children, and my heart goes out to the parents and families of both girls”.He lamented that in cases like that of Shantae and Tricia, it is not usually strangers who commit the crimes, but, inevitably, the perpetrators are persons who they know from the community – “the very community that is supposed to be raising the child”.The Prime Minister called on all Jamaicans to “act decisively against these criminals”, and while not taking matters into their own hands, “to work with law enforcement to ensure that those who commit such horrible acts against the most vulnerable of citizens are brought to account under the law”.Citing statistics from the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA), the Prime Minister pointed out that on average, 10 out of every 1,000 children are the subject of child abuse or maltreatment. He also noted that 79 per cent of children witness violence in their communities or homes, and 68 out of 100,000 Jamaican children are victims of violent crimes.Mr. Holness contended that this is a reflection on the community and the entire society, “that within our midst, there are those who would prey on our children,” noting that there are “ridiculous” traditional beliefs or norms that people use to excuse these acts.He noted, for example, that some men mistakenly believe that young girls have the cure for various ills and that it is acceptable to touch women and young girls, without their consent, with some believing that children can consent.The Prime Minister also pointed to some parents, who, for financial reasons, do not object to their children engaging in relationships with older men, noting that “they passively agree to it, and the community sometimes knows and does nothing”.“The Government of Jamaica, in no way subscribes to or is ambivalent about the sociocultural issues that still continue to support the basis on which some of our men, in particular, rely on to abuse our children. These things must be wiped away from our culture,” he emphasised.last_img read more

Morocco Competes in Enactus World Cup with Green Innovations

By Madiha El MnasfiRabat – The Hassania School of Public Works’ (EHTP) Enactus team will represent Morocco in the Enactus World Cup, the world’s largest social entrepreneurship competition, which is taking place September 26 to 28 in London.The EHTP’s Enactus team will go to the World Cup after winning the title of national champion for second consecutive year, at the Moroccan national competition on June 20, according to a statement by Enactus Morocco. The Enactus World Cup brings together an international network of student academic and business leaders to showcase entrepreneurial action and shared innovation that intends to transform lives and create a better future.In the student competition, representatives of the participating countries present the benefits and impacts of their projects to more than 300 judges representing leading multinationals in different sectors.This year, Morocco will participate with three green businesses.Mistomar is a circular buried structure of 14 cubic meters, whose architecture andconstruction materials allow it to function as a cold room designed for preservation of agricultural products for periods of up to six months.Com’pom is a project aiming at taking advantage of apple sur plus in the M’semrir region thorough the manufacture of products derived from applesauce.Ecodome is a “revolutionary” project that aims to develop a new construction material, which consists of the stacking polypropylene bags filled with a mixture of natural dirt and cement. Using this method will lead to large savings compared to the traditional methods, with 50 percent of normal construction time and 70 percent of energy balance.In previous editions, Morocco has qualified several times for the finals or semi-finals.Enactus Morocco 2017 is an  another year of accompanying 4,000 students across Morocco, having developed over 250 projects benefiting more than 195,000 beneficiaries throughout the country, according to the statement.Enactus Morocco is supported by the OCP Group and the OCP entrepreneurship network program of the OCP Foundation. read more

Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders begin intensive UNbacked talks

The meeting between Greek Cypriot leader Dimitris Christofias and his Turkish Cypriot counterpart, Dervis Eroglu, “took place in a positive atmosphere,” said Special Representative of the Secretary-General Lisa M. Buttenheim. The first four meetings, at the headquarters of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), were devoted to governance and power-sharing, said Ms. Buttenheim, who heads the mission. Both parties earlier this month accepted an offer from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for an enhanced UN mediation role in the talks aimed at achieving a united Cyprus. Mr. Ban said at the time he expected both sides to reach convergence on core issues by October.“I stated to Mr. Christofias and Mr. Eroglu that while I agreed that the negotiations must be Cypriot-led and Cypriot-owned, I was prepared to offer an enhanced United Nations involvement, without prejudice to this central principle,” Mr. Ban had stated.The UN has been facilitating talks between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leadership with a view to the eventual establishment of a federal government with a single international personality, consisting of a Turkish Cypriot Constituent State and a Greek Cypriot Constituent State, each of equal status. UNFICYP, which has been deployed on the island since 1964, currently has nearly 1,000 uniformed personnel and 150 international and national civilian staff. The Security Council extended the mission’s mandate last month for another six months and urged the leadership of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities to accelerate the pace of their talks. 25 July 2011The leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities today held the first of 19 intensive, all-day, United Nations-supported meetings aimed at reunifying the island. read more

PM appeals for calm following civil unrest

“I appeal to all citizens to remain calm and not be swayed by false information. Security forces are working tirelessly to apprehend terrorists and ensure the security of the country, but each time there is civil unrest, we increase their burden and hamper ongoing investigations,” he said. A Police curfew was imposed in several areas in the Kurunegala District following the violence. (Colombo Gazette) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today appealed for calm after civil unrest broke out, especially in the Kurunegala District targeting Muslims.The Prime Minister urged the public not to be swayed by false information. The appeal was made after several Muslim owned shops and other property were damaged or destroyed by mobs in the Kurunegala District yesterday and today. read more

US Treasury reports 113B surplus in April biggest in 5 years helps

by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted May 10, 2013 2:07 pm MDT WASHINGTON – The government reported a rare surplus of $113 billion for April — the largest in five years and a sign of the nation’s improving finances.Steady economic growth and higher tax rates have boosted the tax revenue in recent months, keeping this year’s annual budget deficit on pace to be the smallest since 2008. A smaller deficit is also likely to give negotiators more time to work out a deal on raising the nation’s borrowing limit.Through the first seven months of the budget year, the deficit was $488 billion, according to the Treasury. That’s lower than last year’s deficit of $720 billion over the same period.Even with the April surplus, the deficit for the full year will still be quite large: the Congressional Budget Office expects it will reach $845 billion when the budget year ends on Sept. 30. That would be down from $1.1 trillion in 2012 and the first annual deficit below $1 trillion since 2008.The federal deficit represents the annual difference between the government’s spending and the tax revenues it takes in. Each deficit contributes to the national debt, which recently topped $16 trillion.A smaller deficit is taking pressure off of negotiations to raise the federal borrowing limit. Lawmakers and the Obama administration agreed in January to suspend the borrowing limit until May 18. But higher revenues and less spending will likely extend the deadline until the fall.Revenue has risen 16 per cent so far this budget year to $1.6 trillion. That’s the biggest tax haul for the October-April period on record, a senior Treasury official said.The government will also benefit next month from a $59.4 billion payment from mortgage giant Fannie Mae and a $7 billion payment from Freddie Mac. The mortgage giants are profitable again and are paying dividends to the government in return for the loans they received during the financial crisis.In an interview with CNBC Friday, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said that in part because of Fannie’s payment, the government’s borrowing limit won’t be reached until “at least after Labor Day” in early September. Many analysts had expected another budget battle this summer. In 2011, a dispute between the Obama Administration and Congress over whether to raise the limit lasted until the final day.Despite the extra time, Lew urged Congress to “deal with this right away” and avoid another last-minute battle.There is usually a surplus in April because that is when the government receives an influx of annual tax payments. But tax receipts this April are 28 per cent higher than in April 2012. And the surplus is nearly twice as high.The increases partly reflect higher tax rates that began this year. Social Security taxes rose 2 percentage points after a two-year cut expired. And income tax rates for the highest-earning 1 per cent of the population also increased.Accelerated dividend and bonus payments also boosted tax receipts earlier in the budget year. Many companies made special payments at the end of last year in anticipation that taxes would increase in 2013. As a result, income tax payments that weren’t withheld jumped 40 per cent in April compared with the same month a year ago.Modest economic growth has also helped. Corporate income tax receipts have increased 16 per cent in the first seven months of the budget year. And Goldman Sachs has estimated that better growth has boosted tax receipts by 7 per cent a year since 2009.Spending has declined 1 per cent in the first seven months of the budget year. Defence spending has fallen $18 billion, or 5 per cent. Spending on unemployment benefits has dropped $14 billion, or 21 per cent. The Treasury Department has also recalculated the cost of its bank bailout program, as more of those funds have been repaid. That’s lowered the cost of that program by $50 billion this year.And across-the-board government spending cuts that began on March 1 will likely lower spending in the coming months.President Barack Obama’s administration has coincided with four straight $1 trillion-plus deficits.The deficit reached a record $1.41 trillion in budget year 2009, which began four months before Obama was inaugurated. That deficit was largely because of the worst recession since the Great Depression. Tax revenue plummeted, while the government spent more on stimulus programs.The budget gaps in 2010 and 2011 were slightly lower than the 2009 deficit as a gradually strengthening economy generated more tax revenue.President George W. Bush also ran annual deficits through most of his two terms in office after he won approval for broad tax cuts and launched wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.The last time the government ran an annual surplus was in 2001. US Treasury reports $113B surplus in April, biggest in 5 years; helps lower US deficit AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN human rights expert deplores sentencing of Tajikistan opposition leaders

The deputy party heads, Saidumar Husaini and Muhammad Hayit, were sentenced to life imprisonment on 2 June. According to reports, 11 other high-ranking officials were sentenced to jail terms ranging from 2 to 28 years. “The harsh sentencing of multiple opposition leaders reflects the steady increase of restrictions on freedom of expression in Tajikistan,” said David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression. “The crackdown on IRPT over the last year silenced one of the few opposition voices in the country, seriously compromising the prospects for public participation in Tajikistan’s political life.” “Authorities in Tajikistan refer to their concerns regarding the threats of extremism and terrorism while justifying their actions,” noted Mr. Kaye. “Yet, imposing such drastic and arbitrary measures against opposition and religious leaders is not only unacceptable but dangerous as it only helps to radicalize those pushed out of public debate.” The Special Rapporteur stressed that “stability can never be achieved through the repression of all forms of dissent.” Mr. Kaye said that during his visit to Tajikistan in March, he shared with the Government his “profound concern” that the ban of IRPT, the arrest and closed trials of its leadership – which were not subject to any form of public or even UN scrutiny – were clearly incompatible with international human rights standards. The Special Rapporteur noted that the prospects for freedom of expression and democracy in the country seem distant after the constitutional referendum in May, which banned any religious parties and allowed the president to run for an unlimited number of terms. He also repeated his call for the release of all persons detained on political grounds and expressed alarm at reports on the continued intimidation of the IRPT leaders’ lawyers and relatives. “I received disturbing reports that relatives of IRPT members were prevented by the police from trying to reach the UN office after the verdict was announced, and were taken to a district court where they were threatened to be arrested and fined for not obeying to the Police,” Mr. Kaye said. “This is totally unacceptable and furthers the climate of fear in the country.” IRPT members were sentenced on accusations of participation in a criminal group, incitement of national, racial or religious hatred, murder, terrorism, appeals to violent change of the constitutional order, illegal possession or transfer of weapons, and armed rebellion. Yet evidence detailing the accusations has been completely hidden from view, the Special Rapporteur said. Mr. Kaye’s appeal has also been endorsed by the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai, and the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Heiner Bielefeldt. read more

Hugh Grant finally ties knot at 57 as he marries Swedish girlfriend

“Everybody looked very happy and relaxed, it was obviously an informal occasion with only very close family members present,” they said.“The group congregated on the steps and Grant stepped in right at the last minute, seemingly in a bid to attract attention.”After leaving the town hall, the group, including Ms Eberstein’s parents and two brothers, Grant’s father and brother, and the couple’s two elder children, got into chauffeur driven cars and went to an undisclosed location.Both families had earlier enjoyed lunch with their relatives at Colbert, a French bistro on nearby Sloane Square. Hugh Grant married Swedish retail director Anna Eberstein in London Hugh Grant’s unusual wedding ringCredit:DASA An onlooker said the small group was “full of smiles” when they stepped out into the sunshine. The couple were pictured smiling as they left the registration officeCredit:DASA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The wedding was a dicsreet affairCredit:DASA In 2012, Grant said he was “not a massive believer in marriage.”In August 2016, Grant claimed the secret to a happy marriage was having affairs.”Do I think human beings are meant to be in 40-year-long monogamous, faithful relationships? … No,” Grant told US radio host Howard Stern.”Whoever said they were? Only the Bible or something. No one’s ever said that that’s a good idea.”He argued that marriage brings out “possessiveness, ownership and jealousy” in a spouse, adding: “I think there’s something unromantic about marriage. You’re closing yourself off.” Hugh Grant once said he was “not a massive believer in marriage,” an institution he felt was “unromantic” because humans were not meant to be in long, faithful relationships.But the 57-year-old actor, who was propelled to stardom playing a character who famously left his bride at the altar in Four Weddings and a Funeral, finally bit the bullet on Friday when he wed his Swedish girlfriend, Anna Eberstein, 39.The couple, who have three young children together, married before close family members at Chelsea registry office, just a short distance from their West London home.They were pictured hand in hand and beaming as they made their way down the confetti-strewn steps of the Old Town Hall on the Kings Road following the short ceremony shortly after 4pm. One or two guests took photographs on their mobile phones but the occasion was low-key and discreet.The bride, who was holding their daughter, dressed down for the occasion in a short white skirt she was spotted wearing at the 2017 French Open, a smart, fitted blue shirt and espadrilles. She was also wearing a simple, gold wedding band.Her new husband was dressed in a navy suit, sporting a rather unusual, large silver wedding ring featuring three stones. Hugh Grant's unusual wedding ring Hugh Grant married Swedish retail director Anna Eberstein in London Miss Eberstein had a son, John, in September 2012, a daughter in December 2015 and a third baby earlier this year. Grant, one of the country’s most well-known bachelors, had a string of high profile relationships before meeting Ms Eberstein, a retail director, in a bar.Best known was his 13-year romance with Liz Hurley, who remains one of his closest friends. He has had five children in the last seven years, two of them with Chinese receptionist Tinglan Hong.Four months after the birth of his eldest daughter Tabitha, in September 2011, Grant was expecting another baby with Ms Eberstein. Three months later, it emerged that Miss Hong was pregnant by the actor again, this time with their son, Felix. read more

Réforme de santé un juge autorise les poursuites contre la loi Obama

first_imgRéforme de santé : un juge autorise les poursuites contre la loi ObamaÉtats-Unis – Le gouvernement de Virginie vient de gagner une première bataille dans sa lutte contre la réforme de santé voulue par la Maison Banche.Barack Obama en avait fait son cheval de bataille dès la campagne présidentielle : il veut une couverture maladie pour tous ses concitoyens. Un système impossible à financer sans la solidarité de tous les Américains… Et pour l’obtenir, la réforme prévoit une obligation légale d’être assuré. Certains États assimilent cette obligation à une entorse à la liberté d’acheter. Ils affirment que leurs ressortissant n’ont pas à payer pour une assurance qu’ils n’ont pas choisie, et sont prêts à engager des poursuites devant les tribunaux pour contrer la réforme de santé. Des actions qui sont désormais rendues possibles par la décision d’un juge fédéral, Henry Hudson, qui a estimé que les arguments des deux parties méritent d’être débattus devant une cour. Le 4 août 2010 à 10:34 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

UPDATE Clark Countys labor market strengthens

first_imgBolstered by a better-than-expected fourth quarter in 2011 and nearly across-the-board job gains last month, Clark County’s economy added 1,800 jobs in the 12 months through April, the region’s economist reported Tuesday.Manufacturing, wholesale trade, health care and retail led the way in the county’s sudden surge in job growth as its unemployment rate inched downward to a preliminary 9 percent.“At last some good news,” wrote Scott Bailey, in his “Southwest Washington Labor Market News” report. Clark County’s nonfarm employment during the October-to-December period of 2011 “was revised upward by over 1,000 jobs,” according to Bailey. “Employment in a number of industries came in higher than initially estimated from a sample of employers.“And that’s not all,” Bailey went on. The county added 900 jobs in April, “the best month in the past year.”While the local job market still suffers from weak spots, the numbers released Tuesday show Clark County finally breaking the pattern of weak job growth formed in the aftermath of the financial crisis of the late 2000s. That’s not to say, however, that the county has stepped outside the shadow of its economic problems.In a phone interview Tuesday, Bailey said the nation’s slow recovery has finally made its way to Clark County.“Now we’re starting to feel what a lot of other areas are feeling,” he said. The uptick is particularly evident with manufacturing, which has led the U.S. economic recovery, and which has fattened payrolls by 600 jobs in Clark County over the past year.last_img read more

Falling tree kills firefighter in Central Oregon

first_imgPORTLAND — A falling tree killed a firefighter and injured another Thursday as lightning started wildfires in Central Oregon. The contract firefighters were part of a crew removing hazardous trees during the initial attack on a wildfire started by lightning late Wednesday, said Jean Nelson-Dean, spokeswoman for the Deschutes National Forest. Rappel crews responded and called for an ambulance. One of the firefighters died at the scene. The other, who was able to walk, was taken by ambulance to a hospital. The firefighters’ names have not been released. They worked for R&K Water Services out of Bonney Lake, Wash., Nelson-Dean said.The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was investigating the incident. Twenty-seven wilderness firefighters have died in the line of duty in the U.S. this year, most of them in an Arizona fire that killed 19. The death is the first in Oregon, but the second blamed on snags or tree falls. A firefighter in California died for the same reason in June.The firefighter killed Thursday was among more than 4,000 battling active blazes that are burning on more than 60 square miles in Oregon.The National Interagency Fire Center earlier this week listed the Northwest as its highest priority, giving Oregon and Washington the first shot at crews and equipment as they become available. That’s typical for this time of year because the Northwest has a later fire season — late July and August — than most of the other 10 regions. The fire season tends to start in the Southeast and shift to the Southwest before migrating north to Northern California and the Pacific Northwest.Nationally, the wildfire season has been relatively mild this year, with the total number of fires and the area burned running at about 60 percent of the 10-year average.last_img read more

Maxim Blender Could Go to Creditors

first_imgThrough the first nine months, Maxim’s ad pages were mostly flat compared to the same period last year, according to the Publisher’s Information Bureau. Overall circulation slipped 1.3 percent, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulation’s latest Fas-Fax report.Meanwhile, year-to-date ad pages at Alpha-owned music magazine Blender were down 24.6 percent and estimated ad revenue was fell 13.5 percent to $37.4 million. However, Blender’s paid and verified circulation grew 15.3 percent, mostly through new subscriptions.Quadrangle Partners purchased Alpha from U.K.’s Dennis Publishing (minus the Week) in June 2007 for $240 million. Only about $90 million of that was equity; the rest was debt.Kent Brownridge, who helped engineer the Quadrangle deal, stepped down from his post as Alpha CEO in August. Less than two weeks later, the former Wenner Media executive was named general manager at the U.S. edition of OK! magazine. Maxim publisher Alpha Media is in restructuring talks that could result in the company being turned over to creditors.With revenues declining at its magazine products, Alpha has been forced to violate debt covenants, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Alpha’s EBITDA has fallen to roughly $8 million, down about 70 percent from $28 million when it was acquired by Quadrangle Partners in 2007, the report said. An Alpha Media spokesperson could not be immediately reached for comment.last_img read more

Working Mother Diversifies Revenue By Recognizing New Demographics

first_imgIntertwining traditional media and new platforms  And due to the broadening of Working Mother’s targeted readership, Barry says that the brand is in talks to expand the quarterly print publication to incorporate more content, such as features that dovetail with other initiatives going on at the brand, or even potentially adding in a fifth issue into circulation as early as 2020.“We want make sure that if we’re expanding the number of issues that we’re doing, it somehow isn’t cannibalizing or taking away the focus from what is the feature in that particular issue,” says Barry.The glossy, which was taken down to four issues per year four years ago, remains appealing to readers according to Bodgas because “working moms want the luxury of sitting down with a magazine and four times a year they can find that time,” while dedicating themselves to the magazine 12 times a year would be more difficult for the busy readership. And both Barry and Bodgas say that because of this, the print product has remained a revenue-driver for the brand and a steady platform for engagement, with a circulation of approximately 200,000, which Bodgas says has been consistent for the past few years.However, standing alone, Barry speculates that the magazine likely wouldn’t be as successful as it is, nor would the conference division succeed without the support of the print editorial support. “If you look at the profitability of each division and each line of business, they don’t live and die on their own,” she says. “I guarantee you that our conferences division would suffer and struggle if we eliminated the print issue. So each one ties into the other and I think that we get to showcase that in the magazine and editorial feature in our conferences in an expanded way.” Working Mother has made sure to tightly weave these two divisions specifically, with each of the issues getting tied to one of the main initiatives for the brand. For example, the Oct./Nov. issue is traditionally tied to the Work Beyond conference for the brand. “We are a very unique type of magazine because the magazine essentially is a key to everything else we do—they are all interconnected and interrelated and no one of them will do well without the support of the other. The reality is, we have figured out how to mitigate risk and how to spread our risk in a way that we are not exposed to it,” explains Barry. “And in my opinion, if more magazines had figured that out then maybe they would still be around.” Working for fathersThe Best Companies for Dads, for instance, was created to highlight the support dads need in the office in order to have the flexibility needed to be there for their families, which Bodgas says provides mothers with more freedom to advance in their careers for many reasons, including not needing to be the only caregiver who stays home with the kids. “We are not pushing working moms away—they are our core—and in fact, the work that we do that isn’t mom-specific is still to benefit moms,” Bodgas tells Folio:. “Moms are women of color, moms do work at law firms, moms do want to be executives at companies. And with dads again, it is all about helping moms. We want to show other workers that we care about them too.” And Working Mother is doing this by creating content for these demos on the site and in print, writing features that tie into the Best Companies initiatives, and working to create a more diverse readership. “The traffic growth proves that it’s working really well,” says Bodgas, who took on the role of EIC at the end of 2016. “It’s resonating with 42.9 percent year over year, and that’s comparing myself to myself. It was up even higher comparing 2016 to 2017.” Beyond the bump in site traffic, which has reached 1.5 million UVs, Working Mother has also seen growth in engagement across many of its social channels with Facebook followers increasing 39 percent year-over-year, Twitter at 19 percent, and Instagram at 86 percent. Meredith Bodgas“Our goal is to expand both the content and the reach. The title might say, “Working Mother,” but the bottom line and the reality of it is, we are not just experimenting, we are expanding upon a model that works, that works well,” says Subha Barry, president of Working Mother Media.And when asked if she is considering rebranding the magazine to better appeal to these diverse audiences, Barry admits that she’d “be lying if I told you I didn’t think about it, but it’s a work-in-progress. We aren’t there yet, but we will always look at it because when you have a title like Working Mother and you’re addressing working dads, or even women who are choosing not to have children, then they ask themselves, ‘Does this really apply to me?’ And through our content, we absolutely speak to them.” Still, under the Working Mother title, Barry points out that the brand has seen revenue-positive responses from the demo shifts that it has been undertaking. With the launch of the Best Companies for Dads initiative alone, she says that it saw sponsor interest almost immediately even though it was one of the first instances where Working Mother stepped outside of its women-focus content and aimed itself at men. “We think that a lot of men in the workplace know their place and know what they need to do, and are ready to do it and their companies are saying, ‘We’re ready to engage them in doing this,’” says Barry. “So not only did we not have any issue with [finding sponsors], but we actually had to have a cut off date to stop it, otherwise we would have kept having these founding sponsors added to the list.”And the founding sponsors—eight in total, including General Motors, Johnson & Johnson, MetLife and Unilever—who signed on had previously been involved with some other initiative through the Working Mother brand, according to Barry. “When they saw this, they wanted their names on it and they wanted to be a part of it.” Subha BarryThe main contributor to the brand’s revenue, however, is its events and conferences, which are often tied to editorial products like Best Companies. Barry explains that they were created in order to provide a forum for sharing best practices. “Conferences are a part of the overall set of ammunition and tools that we have to be able to inform our end user, whether that is a company, or an individual employee within the company,” she says. “We really believe that you’re going to need many different tools in your arsenal to be able to really engage them, inform them, and educate them.” Even with a robust portfolio of events, Barry still sees this division as one the most promising areas of growth in the new year, including launching a conference tied to Best Companies for Dads.“I like to think of those conferences as making those feature stories come to life,” says Bodgas. “I’ll look at what the reaction is to certain speakers or to certain types of panels at the conferences and I’m think about, how can this be stories in the magazine, how can this be a story online. We’re making sure that’s something we’ll delve into in the magazine as well.” Working Mother was formed 40 years ago with the mission to provide an underserved demographic in the workplace with the knowledge they need to succeed in their jobs while also keeping family a priority. Since then, Working Mother Media has begun to expand beyond the working mom readership, using its 33-year-old Best Companies franchise, which celebrates the companies that best help women thrive in the workplace, to shed light on the other underrepresented employees, such as LGBTQ+ workers, multicultural women, and most recently, working dads. “Our research has considered the other myriad types of people who are working, even though we’ve been very women-focused,” says editor-in-chief Meredith Bodgas, pointing to the fact that through surveys of companies for the Best Companies lists, Working Mother has been collecting information beyond policies that are pertinent to working mothers, including paid paternity leave. With the initiatives like Best Companies for Multicultural Women, Executive Women, and Dads, which launched last month, Working Mother is no longer limiting its scope to the 17 million working mothers in the country, but is working to provide services and inspiration for the whole of the workplace, all the while striving to create better work environments for women.last_img read more

GDP share of exports in Q1 slumps to 14year low at 194

first_imgThe share of exports in India’s gross domestic product (GDP) declined to a 14-year low during the first quarter (Q1) of financial year 2018, according to a Business Standard (BS) report on Tuesday.Exports were up only 1.2 per cent at constant prices during the first quarter of 2017-18, against 5.7 per cent year-on-year GDP growth during the period.In value terms, India’s exports have been stagnant at around Rs 24 lakh crore (at 2011-12 prices) in the past three years, against 24 per cent cumulative growth in GDP during the period, the report noted.Experts quoted in the report cited sluggishness in as a prime reason for the growth slowdown in the past three years.Growth in exports of goods and services has remained below overall economic growth since 2014-15, the report said.Export of goods and services accounted for 19.4 per cent of India’s GDP at constant prices during the April-June 2017 period, down from 20 per cent during 2016-17 and 20.2 per cent during the corresponding quarter a year ago, the report said.At its peak, exports accounted for a little over a quarter of India’s GDP during the financial year 2013-14. On the eve of economic reforms in 1991, exports accounted for just seven per cent of the country’s GDP.”Acceleration in export growth was a key component of India’s faster GDP growth during the post-1991 period. Exports have now crashed, pulling down India’s overall GDP growth. Merchandise exports that used to be around $27 billion per month three years ago are now down to around $23 billion a month, creating an equivalent hole in the economy,” G Chokkalingam, founder and managing director, Equinomics Research & Advisory, told Business Standard.The report pointed out that India’s exports have been struggling despite a strong rebound in global trade. The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has raised its forecast for 2017 trade expansion, following global trade growth improving significantly in the first half of the year. Global merchandise trade volumes are currently estimated to grow at 3.6 per cent, against the previous estimate of 2.4 per cent. In comparison, the volume of global merchandise trade was up only 1.3 per cent in 2016.The stronger growth in the current calendar year has been on the back of resurgence of Asian trade flows and recovery in North America’s import demand.Goods exports from Asian countries are expected to grow by 6.4 per cent in the current calendar year, a sharp rebound from 1.8 per cent YoY growth last year. Similarly, global services exports were up 2.6 per cent during the first quarter of 2017 calendar year, against 0.4 per cent growth last year, according to the data from the WTO.last_img read more

Researchers report on data analysis from Planck spacecraft

first_img 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. © 2014 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A team of researchers analyzing data from a telescope aboard the European Space Agency’s Planck spacecraft gave a presentation at Planck 2014 recently—a meeting held in a palace in Italy—to outline findings based on data from the spacecraft and also to discuss the implications of what has been found. Artist’s impression of the Planck spacecraft. Credit: ESA/AOES Medialab Citation: Researchers report on data analysis from Planck spacecraft (2014, December 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-12-analysis-planck-spacecraft.html Astronomy & Astrophysics: Planck 2013 results The spacecraft was active through the years 2009 through 2013, collecting data related to cosmic microwave background (CMB)—a type of radiation believed to have been a released during the latter part of the birth of the universe. Cosmologists and physicists in general are eager to learn more about the CMB because it helps tie together parts of the Standard Model.Astrophysicist Nazzareno Mandolesi gave the general presentation including showing a map that depicts the direction and intensity of polarization of CMB as viewed in the full sky. He announced that observations from Planck reaffirm the standard model of cosmological inflation, but at the same time, call into question recent researchers’ claims of having found evidence of dark matter.Mandolesi reported that analysis of data from Planck doesn’t support the idea that positron excess found during prior research might be generated by dark matter, nixing ideas some researchers had put forth. The data did however, offer further evidence that dark matter makes up approximately 26 percent of the mass of known universe. He noted also that the maps created using data from Planck offer more validation of inflation theory and as a bonus is also helping to clear up a mismatch between earlier data from the craft as compared with data from NASA’s WMAP project.Data from Planck also appears to show evidence that agrees with those who have theorized that stars formed roughly 700 to 800 million years after the birth of the Universe, rather than with those who suggest it was as low as 400 million years ago. Other data from the craft has been used to offer more evidence that neutrinos come in three flavors, which when taken with other evidence, Mandolesi noted, makes the idea of a fourth type of neutrino less likely.The European Space Agency also announced at the meeting that they will be making the full Planck dataset available online beginning December 22nd. Explore further More information: www.cieffeerre.it/Eventi/event … ure-and-polarizationlast_img read more

Lesbian singer Ellen Loo Joyce dies in fall from Hong Kong apartment

first_imgTaiwan music awards cheers as singer Ellen Joyce Loo comes outFifth Taiwan International Queer Film Festival gets underwayWoman’s suicide shows hardship of trans people in Hong KongRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/lesbian-singer-ellen-loo-joyce-dies-in-fall-from-hong-kong-apartment-building/ Ellen Joyce Loo supporting LGBTI equality in TaiwanFew pop stars are out in Hong Kong, where same-sex marriage is illegal and LGBTI people are not protected with anti-discrimination laws.Coming out on stage was ‘the brightest moment’ of her life, according to Loo.Loo said that although coming out had been overwhelming, her public battle with bipolar disorder was a lot harder.‘Some people think I’m really brave for coming out; I think the bravest thing I did was to ­overcome being bipolar,’ she told The Post last year.Hong Kong’s LGBTI community in mourningLoo’s death left her fans and Hong Kong’s LGBTI community in shock.Organizers of Hong Kong’s annual Pride festival, Pink Dot HK, expressed their sadness in a statement on Facebook.‘We are extremely saddened by the passing of Ellen Loo. She had been a dedicated advocate and a long-time supporter of Pink Dot HK and our cause. Our hearts go out to her grieving family, friends and fans. May you rest in peace, Ellen,’ they wrote.Born in Canada, Loo moved to Hong Kong as a child where she took guitar lessons. She formed the successful pop/folk band at17 when she was just 15 years old. Loo would then go on to become one of Hong Kong’s most recognized musicians.If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, please visit this link to find support services in your country.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . One of Hong Kong’s most popular singers, Joyce Ellen Loo, has tragically died at the age of 32. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Loo died after falling from her building in the Happy Valley area of Hong Kong early on Saturday morning. Police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death.She posted on Facebook for the final time on the Thursday before her death.‘I am going to do something great today – it is one of the decisions I made for myself since I turned 30,’ she wrote.‘I finally understand why people like to take selfies of themselves as you really want to take a picture of yourself when you have a high morale.’Loo’s sister wrote a heartfelt message on the singer’s Facebook page confirming she took her own life.‘In the last few years, she has been fighting a hard battle, facing emotional illness, bipolar disorder. Today she chose to leave, we hope she is in another world and is safe,’ the post read.‘We also want everyone to remember her bravery. Bipolar is terrible, and lu kai-Tung (Loo’s Chinese name) has been brave enough to fight this disease in many different ways, including coming out, hoping her experience would help many people with the same issues.‘We call on everyone to pay attention to the growing problem of mental health in society, and friends who suffer from emotional illness, have to face it, let people around you know your difficulties and let others help you.’Coming out was her ‘brightest moment’The pop star made waves last year when she revealed she had married a woman, cinematographer Fisher Yu. Loo came out publicly during an acceptance speech at Taiwan’s Golden Melody Awards.‘I have to thank my wife. I have to thank her for making my life more complete. I know the world is imperfect, my music is imperfect, I myself am not perfect, but with you, who needs perfection. Thank you,’ she said in her acceptance speech.center_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Ellen Loo Joyce died at the age of 32. | Photo: Facebook GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more