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first_imgIn the wake of the Supreme Court order banning liquor vends, bars and pubs within 500 metres of national and State highways, a few hotels and complexes in Gurugram have changed the entrance to their establishments.At least three hotels – The Oberoi, The Trident and The Leela – have shut the main entrance and opened the staff gate for their guests.The move is being viewed as a way to increase the motorable distance from National Highway 8. The hotels have deployed security guards at the main gate to guide their guests to the new entrance.When asked if this had been done to circumvent the apex court order, Gurugram Deputy Commissioner Hardeep Singh said on Wednesday that it had been brought to his notice.He said he would seek the opinion of the Town and Country Planning Department on the new entrances before deciding on the distance from NH-8.“The new entrance will be considered for measuring the motorable distance only if it is not in violation of the plan,” Mr Singh added.A guard at one of the hotels said it was the only option left for them.The Leela has closed the earlier U-turn leading to its premises and instead opened another U-turn just opposite Lagoon Club. Both The Oberoi and The Leela refused to comment.The U-turn just opposite Leisure Valley park, too, has been closed, increasing the distance to the Sector 29 commercial complex by a few metres from the service road along NH-8.Similarly, the unauthorised cut to the main entrance of CyberHub has been closed and vehicles now have to take a detour from the U-turn underpass, exceeding the 500 metre limit. However, a bar owner maintained that the unauthorised cut was allowed due to the construction of DLF-HUDA road and the new route was as per the master plan.last_img read more

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first_imgGrigor Dimitrov clinched the biggest title of his career and enjoyed a huge confidence boost ahead of the US Open by beating Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 7-5 to win the Cincinnati Open on Sunday.With three of the ‘Big Four’ players nursing injuries and Rafa Nadal knocked out in the quarter-finals by Kyrgios, Bulgarian Dimitrov grasped his chance with both hands, winning his first Masters 1000 series event under a broiling hot sun.A break in each set was enough for the seventh seed to claim his third title of the year and seventh of his career.”I’m just happy. There’s nothing else I can say, honestly,” the 26-year-old told reporters.”I’m just happy and I’m humbled to have that trophy in my hands, and especially to win here, my first Masters 1000.”I always like this tournament. I have played it quite a few times and always thought this can be maybe one of the first ones, and it is the first one.”Dimitrov did not drop a set all tournament, the first player to do so at a Masters 1000 tournament since Novak Djokovic’s 2007 win at Miami.He was almost impregnable on serve, winning 52 of his 53 service games.”Going to the (US) Open, it’s for sure a lot of positivity with it,” said Dimitrov, a semi-finalist at the Australian Open in January.”But the most important thing now is just to stay grounded, keep on doing the same work, believe in myself, and just prepare the best way that I can for the Open.”advertisementBoth players were in their maiden Masters 1000 title match but Dimitrov showed more poise than his 22-year-old opponent, saving a pair of early break points to set the tone.Photo Credit: AP Kyrgios’s 31 unforced errors comfortably outstripped his 21 winners, the combustible Australian unable to find the magic he produced in his quarter-final win over Nadal.But he was thrilled with his run to a first final of the year, having been jeered by the crowd three weeks ago at the Citi Open in Washington DC when he retired from his match with a shoulder injury.”Looking back from where I was… I would have never thought I would have had my first Masters 1000 event final,” he said.”So I’m pretty happy with the result. From where I was to here, it’s just been amazing.”I lost today but I feel great. I feel great where I’m at right now … I’m pretty excited for the US Open.”The US Open starts August 28.last_img read more

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first_imgWest Indies ended the fourth day of the unexpectedly enthralling second Test requiring 317 more runs to win after England turned the contest firmly in their favour. (Scorecard)Having taken a 169 run first innings advantage, the tourists will be disappointed to find themselves facing a final day with the odds against them but credit for that must go to some fine lower order England batting.England had managed only 258 in their first innings but their middle and lower order is their strength and combined to make 490 for eight before captain Joe Root decided to declare.West Indies’ opening pair survived the remaining six overs of the day, always a tricky task after a long day in the field, but it will take a most unexpected twist in the plot if they are to level the three Test series.It has been a Test match with plenty of momentum shifts but the final session of the fourth day was when England finally grabbed a firm grip on proceedings.Not for the first time this summer, Moeen Ali was the key figure, striking 84 off 93 balls, including 14 boundaries, as England turned a decent effort with the bat into what should be a match-winning score.Moeen’s partnership with Chris Woakes, who ended unbeaten on 61, put on 117 runs for the eighth wicket and that could well prove to be the difference between the two teams.After losing Root for 72 in the morning session, a patient 61 off 186 balls from Dawid Malan and a more aggressive 58 from Ben Stokes gave England a decent platform.advertisementMalan and Stokes put on 91 runs for the fifth wicket partnership before Stokes was well caught by Kraigg Brathwaite on the long-off boundary.Spinner Roston Chase bowled Malan before picking up the crucial wicket of Jonny Bairstow (18), who dragged on when reverse-sweeping. There was fight left in the Caribbean team.The young West Indies team that been dismissed as no-hopers in some quarters after their poor first Test display had once again shown determination to get back into the game but then Moeen took the attack to them.The Man-of-the-Series from England’s successful four-Test campaign against South Africa is clearly batting with great confidence and he made good use of the sweep shot against spin as well as the right judgement against seam.Moeen will have plenty of work to do on the final day as England look to his off-spin to keep the pressure on once the new ball has worn off for James Anderson and Stuart Broad.West Indies will resume on Tuesday on five without loss with openers Brathwaite and Kieran Powell knowing they need to make a strong start to avoid defeat.last_img read more

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first_imgTransfers Man Utd hopeful of Fellaini renewal despite contract rejection Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 20:54 11/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Marouane Fellaini Manchester United Getty Transfers Manchester United Manchester United v Newcastle United Premier League The Belgian has said no to a new deal at Old Trafford but the club will not sell in January and hope the pending free agent can be persuaded to stay Manchester United are still hopeful Marouane Fellaini will sign a new contract before the season is out and will not consider a January sale despite the Belgian having recently rejected an improved deal.Fellaini’s current contract at Old Trafford is set to expire in June, and it has been revealed that the midfielder recently turned down a new deal during ongoing talks over his United future.Fellaini 23/10 to score vs. Newcastle Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player If the 29-year-old does not come to an agreement with the Red Devils he could become available to other clubs as early as January 1 on pre-contract terms ahead of a free transfer in the summer. However, United have far from given up hope of persuading Fellaini to commit to an extension with the club he joined in the summer of 2013.The much-maligned former Everton man has become a more frequent member of the United first team under Jose Mourinho, with the Portuguese manager having entrusted Fellaini with increased game time since taking the helm from Louis van Gaal in 2016.Jose Mourinho Marouane Fellaini Manchester UnitedIn total, 56 of Fellaini’s 142 United appearances have come in the 15 months since Mourinho took charge and the manager has been a staunch supporter of the Belgian amid much conjecture from supporters and critics.Now Mourinho is adamant he will not give up hope of Fellaini staying beyond the end of the 2017-18 campaign, with pressure likely to be put on the club’s decision-makers to ensure the midfielder isn’t allowed to walk away without a fight.Whatever happens in the continued negotiations with Fellaini, United are insistent they will not sell the player in January despite the potential of missing out on a transfer fee which such a stance would present.last_img read more

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Liverpool considered Laporte before his Man City moveby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool considered former Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte before his move to Manchester City.Goal says Liverpool were interested in signing Laporte prior to his move to City.The report suggests Jurgen Klopp viewed the Frenchman as the ideal candidate to bolster their defence prior to signing Virgil Van Dijk.However, City’s long-standing interest and Athletic Bilbao demanding payment up front scuppered the deal.Laporte later signed for the Citizens and became a key player under Pep Guardiola. last_img read more

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first_img Next Press Trust of India SrinagarFebruary 6, 2019UPDATED: February 6, 2019 16:36 IST Real Kashmir have climbed to the top of I-League table (Photo tweeted by @realkashmirfc)HIGHLIGHTSReal Kashmir FC beat Gokulam Kerala FC 1-0 in the I-LeagueIvorian striker Gnohere Krizo scored the all-important goal in the 51st minuteThe victory helps Real Kashmir climb to the top of the I-League tableReal Kashmir FC kept themselves in contention for the I-League title as they jumped to the top of points table by defeating Gokulam Kerala 1-0 in a match played under rain and snow at the TRC Ground in Srinagar on Wednesday.Ivorian striker Gnohere Krizo scored the all-important goal in the 51st minute to hand Real Kashmir full three points from the match.The Jammu and Kashmir team now has 32 points from 16 matches to occupy the top spot, one point more than Chennai City FC (29 points from 14 matches) who, however, have played only 14 matches. Each team will play 20 matches in the league.”We are known as snow leopards and definitely today we had to win when our leopards were on the ground in snow and rain. It’s a fantastic win. We at RKFC always believe in one thing-give your best and forget the rest,” co-owners of the foot ball club Sandeep Chattoo and ShamimReal Kashmir FC (@realkashmirfc) February 6, 2019The match was played under heavy ground conditions due to snow and heavy rainfall with the temperature hovering just above freezing point.Climate is no excuse if you’re passionate! #RKFCGKFC #HeroILeague #ILeagueIConquer pic.twitter.com/jj1PZOag8SHero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) February 6, 2019It started snowing before the match but it gave way to heavy rainfall later on. The whole of the second half was played under rains. The players found it difficult to control the ball which stopped at areas of the synthetic turf where water collected.The snow leopards are brining up the heat! #RKFCGKFC #HeroILeague #ILeagueIConquer pic.twitter.com/KXVGhmh4kTadvertisementHero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) February 6, 2019Ground passing was not possible and the players had to take the aerial route most of the time.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow i-leagueFollow Real KashmirFollow Gokulam Kerala I-League: Real Kashmir beat Gokulam Kerala 1-0 under snow and rainI-League: Ivorian striker Gnohere Krizo scored the all-important goal in the 51st minute to hand Real Kashmir full three points from the match. The victory helped Real Kashmir climb to the top of the table.advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgOver the past few years, Ohio State has flirted with flashier uniforms and even the color black last season. However, nothing trumps this traditional edition of the scarlet and gray. Just add a few Buckeye helmet stickers for the players’ contributions to the team, and you have one of the best uniforms in the nation.8. North Carolina Tar Heels Pittsburgh Panthers’ running back James Conner made his triumphant return from defeating cancer by collecting two touchdowns in this traditional gold and navy uniform against the Villanova Wildcats.10. East Carolina Pirates Editors’ Recommendations From Marcus Allen to Matt Leinart, the cardinal and gold has complimented every Trojan legend that has passed through the program. USC football might be known for being too Hollywood in some circles, but then again – Who wouldn’t feel like a celebrity in these uniforms?3. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Nothing signals the onset of fall quite like the sight of the pigskin. Yes – We can all rejoice that college football is back. From now until January, our Saturdays will be filled with nothing but day drinking, stuffing our faces with delicious tailgate eats, trash-talking rivals, cursing referees (Because they’re hardly ever right!), and of course binging on college football from noon until the final whistle. Ah, this Saturday can’t come soon enough. In the meantime, lets talk about what really sets our favorite teams apart – the uniforms. We boast about our quarterbacks, debate about who has the best defense, and argue about which fan base is more intimidating, but let’s face it. We take a hell of a lot of pride in our school colors and team uniforms. When you reminisce on your college days, you might forget some memories (Thanks, beer), but you’ll never forget the pride you felt when donning your school colors each and every Saturday during football season. Let’s take a look at the top 12 best college football uniforms this season.12. Colorado BuffaloesFootball is on the rise in Boulder, and Colorado’s colors of black and gold with a touch of silver makes this uniform combination one of the best in the Pac 12 this season.11. Pittsburgh Panthers Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A. 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider The Tar Heels might be better known for their prowess on the hardwood, but these baby blue uniforms (otherwise known as Carolina blue) with argyle trim yield nearly the same results on the football field.7. Texas Longhorns The Best Whiskey Quotes of All Time The Fighting Irish play like champions every week in these gold and navy uniforms. There is no helmet in college football that is more prestigious than Notre Dame’s. The reason why? Legend has it, the gold paint on the helmets contains real gold. Forget the end of the rainbow, there’s gold everywhere in South Bend, Indiana.2. Alabama Crimson Tidecenter_img Jumpman, jumpman, jumpman, Harbaugh’s up to something. Coach Jim Harbaugh is a big reason why everyone in college football fears the maize and blue again. These uniforms really have it all. They’re classic, timeless, and fierce. But, the one thing that sets them apart from the rest of the field is the Jordan logo. Michigan happens to be the only school in the nation to be sponsored by the Jordan brand. The players and Coach Harbaugh deserve all of the credit for Michigan’s ascent, but man, there’s just something about that classic M.J. pose… 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts If you have ever been to Tallahassee or watched a ‘Noles game you’ve probably witnessed their signature war-chant. These maroon and gold uniforms are just as fierce. The tribal designs on the sleeves and the classic arrow logo on the helmet makes Florida State a team to be reckoned with on the field.4. Southern California Trojans There is no one in this world more recognized for their uniforms than the Oregon Ducks. They’re loud, bright, and sometimes downright crazy, but it works because it’s Oregon. Ducks’ alum and Nike founder Phil Knight just might be the reason why these Ducks are spoiled with a new uniform combination each week. Take a look at this week’s wildly creative uniform combination here.5. Florida State Seminoles Keep Your Pants On With the Best Belts for Men This season marks a transition from Nike to Adidas for the Pirates. This purple ensemble with a touch of gold rings true with the line from East Carolina’s fight song, “Loyal and bold, we’re the purple and gold.” There isn’t a fan base more proud to cheer for their purple and gold than Pirate Nation.9. Ohio State Buckeyes Former coach Paul “Bear” Bryant would be proud that the Tide haven’t changed a thing when it comes to what they’re wearing on Saturdays. They continue to dominate on the field with championship after championship, but after all these years they’ve stayed true to taking the old-school approach. We couldn’t imagine what Alabama would look like on the football field without the iconic numbers on the side of their helmets.1. Michigan Wolverines When you think of colors that are synonymous with college football, burnt orange likely ranks high on your list. Texas is well-known for keeping it simple in these white uniforms with burnt orange numbers, lettering, and the iconic Longhorn logo that has stood the test of time since its debut in 1961.6. Oregon Duckslast_img read more

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Rabat – House of Councilors member Aziz Benazouz has claimed the Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani is inflicting a “collective punishment” on the Rif population for voting for the Party of Authenticity and Modernity (PAM) instead of El Othmani’s Justice and Development Party (PJD).“For you, either Moroccans vote for you or they will be punished,” said Benazouz during a statement in the upper house of Parliament on Wednesday.Protests in Rif have now reached their seventh month. What started as a reaction to the death of Al Hoceima fish vendor Mouhcine Fikri, who was fatally crushed in October 2016 while trying to swordfish discarded by authorities, turned into a massive protest movement against unemployment and the lack of health and education facilities in the city and the surrounding area. While the government has been criticized over its management of the crisis, especially after arresting dozens of activists under heavy charges, the “collective punishment” scenario over the region’s voting leanings could be an attempt by the PAM to use Rif protests to score points against its main rival.During last general elections in October 2016, PAM won eight parliamentary seats in Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region, edging the PJD with a slight margin. The Islamist party snatched seven seats.However, on the national level the PJD beat its rival, winning a total of 125 seats out 395 in Parliament while the PAM, which was hoping to unseat the PJD from its position as Morocco’s major political force, won only 102.Throughout the seven months of protests, political parties, including the PAM, have been unable to influence the course of events.PAM leader Ilyas El Omari, a native of Al Hoceima, also serves as the president of Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region.In a recent interview with Hespress, El Omari said that officials, including him, “should be held accountable for failing Al Hoceima”. read more

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Spring is just over two weeks away, but if you looked outside this morning you might dispute that fact.The roadways and sidewalks were covered with snow and ice, plus it was bitterly cold. But the wintry conditions didn’t stop many from running in Burlington’s Chilly Half Marathon and Frosty 5K.Perdita Felicien has the details.

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Welcoming the adoption, UN Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette recalled that Secretary-General Kofi Annan had made conflict prevention one of his major priorities. “As the Secretary-General reminded us in his report, we have an obligation to the victims of violence around the world to take seriously the challenge of prevention and to move from rhetoric to reality,” she told the Assembly. She added that the Secretariat was committed to strengthening the UN’s capacity to carry out more effectively its responsibilities for the prevention of armed conflict. The resolution calls on Member States to support poverty eradication measures and enhancing the capacity of developing countries, to comply with treaties on arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament, and to strengthen their international verification instruments and eradicate illicit trade in small arms and light weapons. It further urges them to make the most effective use of existing and new methods for peacefully settling disputes, including arbitration, mediation, other treaty-based arrangements and the International Criminal Court (ICC), thus promoting the role of international law in international relations. Regarding the role of the Security Council, it recommends that the 15-nation body continue to mandate peacekeeping operations that include peace-building elements. The Council should give prompt consideration to early warning or prevention cases brought to its attention by the Secretary-General. The text calls on states that have not done so, to consider becoming parties to arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament treaties. It further urges strengthening cooperation between the UN and regional organizations to prevent armed conflict, particularly in capacity-building and coordinating their respective activities, and it requests the Secretary-General to present concrete proposals for enhancing Secretariat support of such activities. Introducing the text, Assembly President Jan Kavan of the Czech Republic, said its adoption would give a strong political signal to the world and confirm the strong will of all Member States to enhance the UN’s preventive capacity and to move further from a culture of reaction to one of prevention. It provided a sound base for further strengthening the role of the UN in armed conflict prevention, he added. read more

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Alberta carbon tax prompts fierce oil and gas competitiveness debate by Dan Healing, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 8, 2016 10:03 am MDT Last Updated Jun 8, 2016 at 4:45 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – The impact of Alberta’s new carbon levy on the oil and gas industry was hotly debated in Calgary on Wednesday, a day after it was passed by the NDP government.Alberta Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd, who spoke at an industry conference, insisted the province can compete with neighbouring Saskatchewan, which doesn’t have a carbon tax.“We’re still pretty competitive overall in Canada,” said McCuaig-Boyd. “We’re one of the lowest (tax) jurisdictions and, I always have to remind people, we don’t have a provincial sales tax.:But Gary Leach, president of the Explorers and Producers Association of Canada, said the carbon tax could drive investment away to other provinces or the United States.“We’re competing in a North American market,” he said. “The price for our energy exports is set outside of Alberta. We don’t set the prices. So to the extent where our industry is shouldering a competitive burden that our competitors are not, that is a serious concern.”Beverly Gilbert, national commodity tax leader for law firm Borden Ladner Gervais, said there’s no question that Alberta producers will face higher costs and a “huge compliance burden” as a result of the carbon tax.“They will be paying this non-refundable tax that people in Saskatchewan will not be paying, for instance, on things like venting and flaring,” Gilbert said. “That makes us less competitive.”Gilbert acknowledged, however, that the fact that Alberta has no provincial sales tax gives it a substantial advantage that producers in other provinces don’t have.The carbon levy, to take effect Jan. 1, is one element of a climate-change strategy intended to reduce Alberta’s carbon footprint. It is expected to bring in $3 billion in 2017-18.Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) spokesman Brett Harris said his company has supported Alberta’s climate change initiative from the start and would like to see it extended across North America so there’s a “level playing field” for all competitors.“We think over the long term it actually gives Alberta a potential competitive advantage because it establishes us as a world leader, especially in terms of oil-producing jurisdictions,” he said.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter. read more

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first_imgFind out about the new innovations hitting the employee benefits market at Employee Benefits Connect 2017.The annual event will be held on Wednesday 1 March 2017 at Park Plaza, London, where attendees will have the opportunity to gain insights from providers working across the sector and to network with industry peers to share best practice.Reward Gateway is the headline sponsor for the one-day event, which will feature an exhibition of leading suppliers, including Epoq Legal and Globality.For more information and to register to attend.last_img read more

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first_img#FLFR boat fire lake Sylvia -3 rescued by boaters& pd #fireboat responded and extinguished @leefeldman @FTLCityNews pic.twitter.com/aJBnHaBFQt— FLFR PIO (@FtLaudFire) June 19, 2016Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Three passengers on board a boat were able to escape unharmed after, officials said, the vessel went up in flames in Fort Lauderdale, Saturday night.Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the fire near Seabreeze Boulevard, at around 7 p.m. Officials believe the blaze started in the engine of the anchored 31-foot boat.Three people and a dog on board were rescued by other boaters.No one was injured, but the boat was destroyed.last_img read more

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first_img2007Feb. 161,060,00087,043*109.95Beyoncé 2006Feb. 171,152,27586,173111.00 “All-Star” Cover 2003Feb. 251,216,495100,626113.00 Petra Nemcova YEARDATESINGLE COPY SALES12-MONTH AVG.AD PAGESCOVER MODEL 2005Feb. 181,083,82785,548106.87 Carolyn Murphycenter_img 2004Feb. 131,563,694100,941112.50 Veronica Varekova It’s that time of year again—for sports fans, the dark and gloomy vortex between the Super Bowl and March Madness. For Sports Illustrated, it’s Christmas: the swimsuit issue, the magazine’s annual predictably overhyped—and just as predictably, controversial—run through the media machinery.In terms of advertising, marketing and newsstand sales, the swimsuit issue is the Super Bowl for Sports Illustrated. This year’s issue, with Marisa Miller on the cover, hit store shelves today, and—eschewing some level of corporate synergy—will get its official debut tonight on the David Letterman show. Why not, say, CNN’s American Morning? “It was logistical,” an SI spokesperson says, noting that SI’s ad party is taking place tonight in New York City, and that the guest list is over 1,000 strong.Here’s a quick look at how SI’s Swimsuit Issue has fared on newsstands over the last five years: * First half average.SOURCE: ABClast_img read more

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first_imgAfter the publishing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling went through a period of dumping off excess knowledge about her Wizarding World, like what she thought Dumbledore’s sexual orientation was, to Ginny Weasley eventually working as a sports writer for The Daily Prophet. It wasn’t until this year, with Rowling’s first screenplay Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them coming out in November and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child currently running in London as a two-part play, that significant updates to the lore of the world Harry Potter inhabited began to be disseminated.The Harry Potter fans who once hoped that Rowling would publish a Potter Encyclopedia to cap off her interaction with wizards and witches suddenly find themselves amongst a deluge of new facts and tidbits! This is a list keeping track of those many tidbits, things that could possibly be important for the future sequels to Fantastic Beasts and if (when?) Harry Potter and the Cursed Child leaps off the stage and page into another form.Wizarding Schools of the WorldLeading up to the unveiling of new writing on Pottermore.com, the official website of Rowling and thereby the Wizarding World, an event held at the Harry Potter theme park attraction in Orlando, Florida unveiled a new map of the world that showed there were more wizarding schools than Hogwarts, Durmstrang, and Beauxbatons. There were other places around the world where wizarding schools were established.Shortly after, Pottermore was updated with the map and a paragraph for each school, authored by Rowling, explaining little eccentricities like the South American school of Castelobruxo is where the world’s best Herbologist and Magizoologists study, the Asian students of Mahoutokoro have enchanted robes that change colors depending on how much they’ve learned, and the African students of Uagadou learn to do a lot of magic without wands.Details about the North American school, Ilvermorny, were not released with the others.History of Magic in North AmericaRowling kicked off the world building for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (set in 1920s New York City) by quickly skipping through the basics of magical history on this side of the Atlantic ocean. The “Magic History of North America” consisted of four sections, each consisting of a few paragraphs.Fourteenth-Seventeenth Century – Rowling started off on a precarious foot by defining Native American magic in her world and, to some, appropriating Native American culture in a disrespectful way by suggesting wizards and witches were “skinwalkers” and “medicine men.”Seventeenth Century and Beyond – The biggest contribution from the second burst of history was the introduction of the Scourers, a loose connection of immigrant wizards who started out as a militia and ended up being something like bandits and torturers, betraying wizarding kind. A few Scourers caused the Salem Witch Trials and the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) was formed in 1693 to bring the Scourers to trial put them to death. They didn’t succeed entirely and some Scourers went into hiding, raising No-Maj families with a belief in, and fear of, magic and those who practiced it.Rapaport’s Law – In the 1790s, the daughter of the Keeper of Dragots (Dragots is the unit of currency for the American wizard community) named Dorcus Twelvetrees was taken by a No-Maj boy named Bartholomew Barebone who ended up being from one of those Scourer families that hated magic users. Bart Barebone stole Dorcus’s wand and disseminated pictures of it, names of members of the magical community, and the addresses of Ilvermorny and the MACUSA to the No-Maj press. A full crisis was averted when Bart mistakenly shot at other No-Maj mistaking them for witches leading to his discreditation in the press. However, President of the MACUSA, Emily Rappaport, passed a law that the magical community and the No-Maj community could not fraternize. No lovers, no friends, just secrets.1920s Wizarding America – After living with Rapaport’s Law for so long, the magic community of North America hid amongst the No-Maj who still remain ignorant of magic (unlike European or African communities who partially cooperate with the muggle governments). The MACUSA moved from Washington to New York after the Great Sasquatch Rebellion of 1892 and America has four primary wand makers Shikoba Wolfe (known for Thunderbird feather wands), Johannes Jonker (who used Wampus hair cores), Thiago Quintana (the only wizard who could make wands with White River Monster cores), and Violetta Beauvais (whose cores were hair from a rougarou, a dog-headed monster that prowled Louisiana swamps). Wizards had to register their wands with the MACUSA so the body could track their usage and the wizards.A History of IllvermornyThe history of the North American wizarding school that was published on Pottermore is also the history of Isolt Sayre, the founder of Ilvermorny. Located atop Mount Greylock in Massachusetts, the school is split into four houses like Hogwarts and even has a connection to Salazar Slytherin.Isolt was raised in Ireland by her evil aunt Gormlaith Gaunt who murdered Isolt’s parents when the girl was five and raised her to be a dark witch worthy of the pureblood family line. Voldemort himself was a descendant of the Gaunts, so that’s how dark the family line gets. Gormlaith kept Isolt from Hogwarts and didn’t allow her to have a wand, but by seventeen Isolt learned enough magic to steal her captor’s wand (which happened to be the wand of Salazar Slytherin himself!) and escape Ireland. She cut her hair and traveled to the New World on the Mayflower as a boy, Elias Story.She abandoned the settlement early and wandered the woods of America where she saved a creature called a Pukwudgie and nursed it to health, earning a life debt from the goblin-like creature. She named it William since the little guy wouldn’t tell Isolt his real name. William showed her the other magical creatures of the forest, including a Horned Serpent that Isolt could understand (likely because she has the wand).Isolt happened across two injured wizarding boys after a creature called a Hidebehind killed their parents. In exchange for dismissing his life debt, William helped carry the children back to where Isolt was staying, even though Pukwudgies don’t help humans. William took off and Isolt vowed to heal the young wizards, Webster and Chadwick Boot. When Isolt returned to bury the Boot boys’ parents, she found a No-Maj named James Steward who went looking for the Boots had already buried them. James and Isolt teamed up to heal the Boot children and build a stone house on top of Mount Greylock that Isolt named “Ilvermorny” after her childhood home. Isolt and James got married and they essentially adopted the Boot boys.When Chadwick, the oldest, turned 11, Isolt and James made him a wand out of a sliver from the Horned Serpant’s horn. Webster also got a similar wand when he turned 11, but by then word of Isolt’s “school” had spread and there were more magical children coming to the house to learn wandwork. Isolt and James learned to make different types of wands, keeping the Horned Serpent cores for their children. James, Isolt, Chadwick, and Webster each got to name a house of Illvermorny – Pukwudgie, Horned Serpent, Thunderbird, and Wampus.After James and Isolt’s school grew and they had two more children who lived with them in the school, Gormlaith tracked down her niece and attempted to kill them all, only to be fought off by Chadwick and Webster and their twin Horned Serpent wands before being killed by William, who returned in the nick of time with a poison Pukwudgie arrow. Gormlaith did succeed in making Salazar Slytherin’s wand inert through parseltongue. Isolt buried it and it grew into a powerfully magic snakewood tree on the grounds.The school grew so more teachers had to be hired. It became a boarding school like Hogwarts, so the stone house was expanded into a castle. Eventually the school robes were made blue and cranberry. In the center of a large foyer are four giant wood statues of the mascots of each house. The sorting ceremony at Ilvermorny doesn’t have a hat, instead the new student stands on a gold seal in the middle of the statues and the house that wants the student magically reacts (Thunderbird flaps its wings, Pukwudgie raises an arrow in the air, Horned Serpent’s head jewel glows, and the Wampus roars).Students are not allowed to have a wand until they get to Ilvermorny and they must leave their wand at the school during breaks, once again showing that North American wand law is much more strict that European wand law.Harry Potter’s son Albus was sorted into Slytherin and his daughter Lily and Hermione and Ron’s daughter Rose Granger-Weasley were sorted into Gryffindor.Onto the revelations made in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the stage play written by Jack Thorne and John Tiffany with the oversight of J.K. Rowling. It’s officially the eighth (and final) installment in the Harry Potter story and alters some of what came before. To begin with, it’s the only official Harry Potter story that is a play instead of a book and it’s the only Harry Potter story to take place in the era it is released (the novels were set in the 1990s).The play picks up where the final book’s epilogue leaves off and goes on to do some crazy storytelling with time travel in order to show us some characters that we loved from the previous stories. We have a spoiler breakdown of the shenanigans right here, but only a few things about Harry Potter canon overall have been added. The first is the house assignments of the remaining key offspring. We always assumed Draco’s son would be sorted into Slytherin, but it’s a surprise to everyone when Albus is sorted there with him. The other two offspring of heroes we didn’t know about, Lily Potter and Rose Granger-Weasley, both predictably went to Gryffindor like their parents.Harry is Head of Magical Law Enforcement, Hermione is Minister of Magic. Professor McGonagall is the headmistress of Hogwarts.The other additions to Harry Potter lore that the play canonizes are key positions in the magical government of England. Harry, who always wanted to be an Auror, gets to head up Magical Law Enforcement. It seems like the elder Potter has a problem with doing his Ministry of Magic paperwork on time, because he draws the ire of Hermione Granger-Weasley, the current Minister of Magic! Ron apparently worked with Harry briefly before returning to a job at the Weasley joke shop. Ginny, Harry’s wife, is editing the sports section of the Daily Prophet.Aunt Petunia kept Harry’s baby blanket until she died.The Dursley’s are ultimately a footnote in the ever-expanding lore of the Wizarding World with the hero Harry Potter at the center, but one small detail from the play makes itself vitally important in the second half, and the history of that item gives a final grace note to the sister of Lily Potter. Petunia kept the blanket that baby Harry was brought to her in until she died, possibly as the only physical reminder of the promise she made that protected Harry for a large chunk of his life. When Petunia passed away between the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, she gave Harry’s blanket – the only thing that survived Voldemort’s deadly assault on his parents – back to him. As a side note, the Invisibility Cloak seems to be used by all the Potter children depending on need, even though it gets gifted to James. No mention of it being one of three Deathly Hallows is ever mentioned.Voldemort had a daughter.Probably the largest addition to the Harry Potter canon is the love child of Tom Riddle, the Dark Lord Voldemort, and his devoted Death Eater follower, Bellatrix Lestrange. The only details the play gives is that she was born at Malfoy Manor before the Battle of Hogwarts, which could have been guessed, given both her parents’ fate at the final confrontation. The daughter’s name is Delphini, and she was raised under the guardianship of former Death Eater Euphemia Rowle. At one point, she got a tattoo of the magical bird the Augury on her shoulder, leading to her nickname in an alternate universe where she lived to serve her father. There was a male Rowle Death Eater who fought for Voldemort in books six and seven, and in the play Delphini mentions someone was paying Euphemia to care for her, likely the wealthy living Lestrange family.After trying to bring about the rise of her father by following a prophecy with a Time Turner, Delphi tried to go back in time to Godric’s Hollow to meet and save her father before he could attempt to kill Harry Potter. Instead, she was thwarted by Harry, Draco, and their offspring and sent to Azkaban in the present.last_img read more

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first_imgRelated posts:Caja Executive President steps down at President Solís’ request Doctors’ Association backs down from mandatory medical fees Study: Costa Rica improves healthy life expectancy Caja to stop printing social security slips starting next year Facebook Comments Costa Rica’s Social Security System (Caja), which manages the country’s socialized health care system, announced Monday a $42 million plan for infrastructure improvements in Guanacaste province.The money will finance facilities in Bagaces, Liberia, and Santa Cruz, some of which will begin construction in the first quarter of next year.Dr. Mario Ruiz Cubillo, medical manager of the Caja, said in a statement that the investment will support the country’s strategy to promote healthy living and will complement efforts to increase the early detection and control of chronic noncommunicable diseases. According to Casa Presidencial, the financing will be used at the following locations in the Chorotega region, which encompasses much of Guanacaste province:Emergency Department at the Enrique Baltodano Briceño HospitalCarrillo Type 1 Health Area HeadquartersType 1 Health Area Headquarters in Liberia Nicoya Type 1 Health Area HeadquartersHeadquarters of EBÁIS Type 1 in La Costa, Carrillos (EBAÍS is a public community health clinic managed by the Social Security System.)Headquarters of EBÁIS Type 1 in Guadalupe, LiberiaPeriodic Visit Post in Sabana Grande, NicoyaEBÁIS remodeling of Cuajiniquil de La CruzHeadquarters of EBÁIS Villa Real, Santa CruzHeadquarters of EBÁIS Barrio Unión, CañasHeadquarters of EBÁIS Sámara, NicoyaDialysis and palliative care unit module in CañasIn Liberia, the Enrique Baltodano Briceño Hospital will be equipped with medical devices to provide renal replacement services in peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis therapies. A new facility in Santa Cruz will provide comprehensive health care, including emergency services, ultrasound and x-rays and a clinical laboratory.In Bagaces, the Caja will construct new EBAÍS, or primary health clinics.Additionally, the Caja said it is offering residents of Cañas, Carrillo and Tilarán tests for early HPV detection, due to Guanacaste province having among Costa Rica’s highest rates of cervical cancer.Dr. Mario Ruiz said that “no woman” should die from a disease “that is 100% preventable.”last_img read more

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first_img February 26, 2018 687 Views Home prices hit a new peak at the end of 2017, marking 68 consecutive months of appreciation according to the latest Home Price Index (HPI) report for December 2017 released by Black Knight on Monday.The report, which utilizes repeat sales data from the nation’s leading public records data set as well as Black Knight’s loan-level mortgage performance data, covers around 90 percent of U.S. residential properties at the ZIP-code level. The report indicated that U.S. home prices rose 6.62 percent at the end of 2017 and gained 0.1 percent on a month-on-month basis in December.Among the 40 largest metro areas, San Jose showed the most significant year-end appreciation with HPI value in the tech hub just shy of $1.1 million and a 19.66 percent growth from a year ago. This price rise put home values in the city at 115 percent above where they were at the bottom of the market in 2012.With a 14.01 percent growth from a year ago, Las Vegas, Nevada came in second, while Seattle, Washington, with a home price growth of 13.58 percent came in a close third for the Top 3 cities that showed maximum price appreciation in 2017.On a month-over-month basis, 11 of the 40 metros covered by the report hit new price peaks. Led by San Jose, California, they also included San Francisco, California; New York, New York; Seattle Washington; Denver, Colorado; Nashville, Tennessee; Dallas, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; and Columbus, Ohio.Though New York led all states in home price appreciation in December, Washington, showed the maximum gain annually, with home prices rising 11.5 percent in the state during the year. California with an increase of 9.08 percent and New York with an annual price increase of 8.96 percent took second and third place respectively.According to the report, Ohio was the worst performing state in December with home prices falling 1.13 percent and among the seven worst performing states during the year. San Jose Home Values Touched $1.1M in 2017 in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newscenter_img Share Appreciation Black Knight Home Prices Home Values homes HOUSING HPI metros Price Peaks states 2018-02-26 Radhika Ojhalast_img read more

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first_imgWaverley Council is using Skyfii’s guest Wi-Fi and data analytics services to provide free high-speed Internet to its 2.2 million visitors and residents in the Bondi area.Visitors to the ‘Golden Mile’ will be granted guest Wi-Fi access in areas across Bondi, including all of Bondi Beach and Park, Tamarama Beach and Bronte Beach. This service will be ready just in time for summer, when the area becomes one of Australia’s most prominent tourist hotspots. In total, Bondi draws in around 2.2 million international and domestic visitors every year, not to mention its residents totalling more than 10,000.“We ran a guest Wi-Fi trial in a section of Bondi Beach earlier this year and the response was incredible,” said Wayne Arthur, Chief Executive Officer, Skyfii. “Typically councils can use guest Wi-Fi to support local businesses by promoting bespoke advertisements and offers to users. It can also be used to, for example, identify peak times for beach goers and allocate lifesaving personnel accordingly.”Councils – and other industries such as hospitality and retail – can also benefit with Skyfii from access to its real time data analytics services platform. This captures and analyses consumer behaviour and provides feedback to help understand movement and behaviour patterns, identify peak times, allocate resources more efficiently and provide better experiences.“Guest Wi-Fi services have become an important offering in popular tourist areas across the world,” continued Arthur. “As people’s expectations for easy and fast connectivity continue to mature, we are helping to provision Bondi’s status as one of New South Wales’ – and indeed Australia’s – key visitor locations by providing this service.”This deal is Skyfii’s first in the council and municipality sector, a new key target for the company with more than 560 councils countrywide.“As councils seek to enhance the level of services they provide to constituents and visitors, this kind of technology can provide real time data to assist councils to better design and manage public spaces. We’re hoping to work with more councils across the country to help them experience these benefits.”last_img read more

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