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first_imgA deputy jailer posted at the central jail in Raipur was suspended on Saturday for a social media post alleging torture of tribal women by security forces in the State’s Maoist insurgency-hit Bastar region.Varsha Dongre claimed in the post last week that she had seen tribal girls being stripped and tortured at police stations in Bastar. The post read: “I have seen the torture. The tribal girls were given electric shocks on their breasts and wrists. I have seen the marks and I was horrified. Why are such small tribal girls being subjected to third-degree torture? Our constitution and law system do not allow such inhuman torture. It’s time for us to introspect and the truth will come out. The people getting killed on both sides [during the conflict between Maoists and security forces in Bastar] are Indians. The capitalistic system is being forced into Bastar, villages are being burnt, tribal women are being raped. Is it really being done to end the Maoism?” Ms. Dongre put up the post following the Maoist attack in Sukma which led to the death of 25 CRPF men.Inquiry orderedThough Ms. Dongre deleted the post after it went viral on social media, the jail department of Chhattisgarh police ordered an inquiry against her. Giridhari Nayak, Director General of Police, Jail Administration, Chhattisgarh police, said, “Varsha Dongre has been suspended and charge-sheeted after it was found in a preliminary inquiry that her conduct was in violation of service rules and other rules.”An officer of the same department revealed on condition of anonymity said Ms. Dongre was suspended because the language used in her post was “extremely offensive”.Justice for tribalsKnown to be an upright officer, Ms. Dongre had also opined that the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution should be applied in tribal areas and “so-called development” should not be imposed on tribals. “The tribals do not want the Maoists. They want the Maoism to end but the way our country’s security forces are targeting the dignity of their women and daughters, burning their houses and slapping false cases against them, where will they go for justice?” Ms. Dongre said in her post.Despite repeated attempts, Ms. Dongre could not be reached for her reaction to the suspension.last_img read more

first_imgAn investment adviser of Indian origin has been charged by U.S. federal authorities for masterminding a fraudulent million dollar investment scheme over several years, PTI reported.Amrit JS Chahal, 30, from Fairfax, Virginia, been charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), even as the U.S Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) also announced charges against him.The CFTC on April 12 charged him for allegedly committing commodity futures fraud, commodity pool fraud, and illegally commingling Kane Capital’s funds with his personal fund and is seeking full restitution to defrauded pool participants, disgorgement of ill-gotten gains, civil monetary penalties, permanent registration and trading bans, and a permanent injunction against future violations of federal commodities laws.The Department of Justice on April 11 charged him in a nine-count criminal indictment, including four counts of commodities fraud.The complaint filed by the SEC alleges that since February 2015, Chahal used his company, Kane Capital Investment Group, to fraudulently solicit approximately $1.4 million from about 50 individuals, including his friends and family members.As per the complaint, Chahal is the president, chief executive officer, and sole employee of Kane Capital. He has no securities licenses and he has not been associated with a registered broker-dealer or investment adviser other than Kane Capital.The complaint says that he lured investors by falsely claiming to be an experienced and successful trader who could generate above-market returns for clients through a low-risk trading strategy.According to the SEC, Chahal has no substantial experience working in the financial or securities industry or trading securities on behalf of clients and that initially invested client funds were put in a variety of investments, but suffered significant trading losses.The complaint further alleges that instead of disclosing the losses, Chahal gave misleading information to his clients about their investment returns and continued raising funds. He then used the money for his personal benefit, such as payment for his luxury car, rent, travel, dining, and other living expenses, and to make Ponzi-like payments to earlier investors. Related ItemsIndian Americanvirginialast_img read more

Mumbai, Apr 6 (PTI) Sports sponsorship grew by 12.3 per cent last year to Rs. 51,854 million in the country and even as cricket continues to be the biggest chunk in the industry, other sports have been the growth drivers, says a report.The sports sponsorship amount is 10.4 per cent of the total Indian advertisement expenses in 2015, said the report prepared by ESP Properties and SportzPower National, according to a media release.Into its third edition now, the report on the Indian sports sponsorship market discusses the success of non-cricket leagues, fan engagement and how brands can maximise value from association with sports.The report covers the size of the sports industry of India in four parts — on- ground sponsorship, team sponsorship and franchise fee, athlete (player) management and on-air sponsorship investments, it said.The report also examines how, while cricket continues to be the biggest chunk in the sports industry pie, non-cricket sports are emerging as growth drivers.One key finding of the report is that overall sports sponsorship grew from Rs 46,165 million in 2014 to Rs 51,854 million last year.There was an increase of 13 per cent in team sponsorship, the major growth driver being non cricket-sports, even as cricket team sponsorship dropped due to less number of matches in 2015.The endorsements industry grew by 27 per cent.Longer live content duration with emerging sports leagues such as PKL, ISL, HIL, PWL, wider reach and consistent performance metrics of non-cricket sports could help in garnering more spends in future, the report noted. PTI SSR NRB PDS PDSadvertisement read more

first_imgJosh Hazlewood is looking forward to Nathan Coulter-Nile creating “a few scars” in the English top order when Western Australia play England in a warm-up match ahead of the Ashes.Joe Root’s England will face the Coulter-Nile-led Western Australia in two-day match as a part of England’s tour preparation.”Maybe he can crack open a few guys early and create a few scars in their top order and middle order,” Hazlewood said ahead of the warm-up match.Hazlewood, along with Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins is expected to attack England with the new-ball in the Ashes opener in Brisbane on November 23.Hazlewood is hoping that the English top order loses its first battle in Australia before the Ashes commence later in the month.”That top order, it will be their first real hit-out in Australia and to have a guy like Coults there to warm them up and to maybe create a few scars, would be nice,” Hazlewood said.England, who are already hit by the absence of the suspended Ben Stokes and then the injury of Moeen Ali and Steven Finn during training, will want to get acclimatized to Australian conditions as soon as possible. Hazlewood feels their plan would be to directly take on the bowlers.”Obviously their plan is to jump straight into it on the bounciest and quickest wicket and get used to conditions that way.”Hazlewood conceded that Starc and Cummins will hit out at England in the first Test and hopefully the bounce and movement in the pitch will come to their aid.advertisement”They’re not going to fear me or (off-spinner) Nathan (Lyon) but the other two guys obviously put fear into the batsmen,” Hazlewood said.”That’s part of their game, bowling fast and bowling short on occasions,” Hazlewood concluded.last_img read more

first_img2017 has come to an end and before embarking on the journey of finding new opportunities and a new you in 2018, let us hit the rewind button to pause and analyse the top 5 internship offers as per Internshala that made everyone sit up and take notice.Here are the 5 most popular internship offers in 2017 as per Internshala:1AP Janmabhoomi (A Government of Andhra Pradesh Initiative) sharesInternship profile: Digital Literacy Programme Internship in multiple locations.Stipend: UnpaidWe take pride in inviting applications for this prestigious internship designed to test leadership, communication and interpersonal skills.Selected intern’s responsibilities:1. Conducting school teacher training in government schools of Andhra Pradesh which would require handholding teachers throughout their digital literacy journey2. Hands-on teaching experience of 30 hours at a government school in a district for a period of over one month3. Understanding the ecosystem of a school while engaging with the teachers and school administration, thus enabling the AP Janmabhoomi initiative to achieve its goals of Swachh Bharat Mission and Digital Literacy Rewards: Top performers in the state will receive the certificate of merit from the Minister’s office or Principal Secretary of the stateCertificate from Andhra Pradesh GovernmentLetter of RecommendationSkills required: English proficiency (written and spoken)Interpersonal skillsLeadershipPassion towards social welfare2Hector Beverages Private Limited (Paper Boat) sharesInternship profile: Sales and Marketing Internship in multiple locations Stipend: 8000/- Selected intern’s day-to-day responsibilities: 1. Increase awareness of Paper Boat and its range2. Induce product trials3. Create positive word-of-mouth image about the world of Paper Boatadvertisement4. Engage consumers and create happy experiences5. Complete some reporting and communication tasks by end of day3Sportskeeda sharesInternship profile: Content Writing work from home InternshipStipend: Rs 100 per write-upSelected intern’s day-to-day responsibilities: 1. Write articles on topics related to sports (500 words each)2. Proofread the articles before sending further3. Submit the work to editors for publication within the deadline4. Maintain a Google Sheet for the work done5. Ensure all-around consistency (style, fonts, images, and tone)6. Research for keywords from Google for the topic provided7. Adhere to the guidelines given by the organization for writing the articles4Igniting Minds – House of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam sharesInternship profile: Change Agents Internship in Multiple locations Stipend: 5000/-Selected intern’s day-to-day responsibilities: Meeting the game changers including youth delegation representing different parts of the nation, bureaucrats, development professionals, college students, eminent personalities and young achievers across the nation.5CRY – Child Rights and You sharesInternship profile: Fundraising work from home InternshipStipend: UnpaidSelected intern’s day-to-day responsibilities: 1. Publicize the campaign2. Take up a target amount of money to be raisedRanking methodology:The ranking was compiled on the following methodology by Internshala:The report was taken out from 22K + internships on InternshalaThe list was then further arranged on the basis of the number of applications received (ascending order), of which the top 200 internships were chosenOf those 200, the internship offers were awarded 1,3 and 5 ratings on the following parameters:1. StipendIf less than INR 7,500 = 1Between INR 7,500 and 15,000 = 3More than INR 15,000 = 52. Organization:Major brands= 5Medium brands= 3Small brands= 13. Internship Profile: Out of the top 200 offers, we rated the profiles based on their frequency and uniqueness:profiles more than 40 = 510 to 40 = 3Less than 10 = 14. Job Description (JD): On the basis of the quality of JD, we rated the offers (5 for the most descriptive and accurate JD)last_img read more

first_imgWetherby: 12.40 Aardwolf, 1.15 Pennywell, 1.50 Very First Time, 2.25 Jammin Masters, 2.55 Joseph Mercer, 3.25 Up To No Good. Southwell: 12.55 Magic Pulse, 1.30 Heather Lark, 2.05 Aiya (nb), 2.40 Ghaseedah (nap), 3.10 Declamation, 3.40 Alternate Route. Kempton: 5.45 Inuk, 6.15 Mistry, 6.45 Deer Song, 7.15 Night Of Glory, 7.45 Erinyes, 8.15 Temeraire, 8.45 Happy Escape. The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Horse racing The 49-year-old trainer tells me he’s basically a Flat trainer who only has six jumpers in his Middleham yard, yet one of them is now a Grade One winner, having bagged the Long Walk two days before Christmas. For anyone who’s had enough of jump racing’s major prizes being dominated by Gigginstown, McManus, Wylie and Ricci, here is the antidote. “We can’t believe it,” O’Keeffe told me this week. “We’re still pinching ourselves. It is a little bit like we’re in dreamland. “I’ve been to the Festival any number of times but never had a runner there. Going will be very special and going with one with a chance, potentially even one that’s a favourite, I don’t know if I can quite comprehend it at the moment.”For all that excitement, there’s no doubt that O’Keeffe knows what to do with a good horse and it’s worth remembering that his Flat horses also reached new peaks last year, when two of them won Listed races on back-to-back days. He has already mapped out the rest of this campaign for Sam Spinner. “I’m probably going to give him another couple of weeks easy now, probably won’t even ride him at all. So he will have had a proper midseason break and then we’ll just gently bring him back, aim him for March. I may take him to Newcastle for a gallop on the all-weather, about three to four weeks before Cheltenham, just to make sure he’s properly tuned up. But that’s only a maybe because he really is a very easy horse to keep fit.“There are a couple of big targets after Cheltenham, at Aintree and possibly Punchestown. And I am just toying with the idea of the race that L’Ami Serge won last year, the French Champion Hurdle. So he could keep going for quite some time.” Support The Guardian Hide features Quick guide Tips for Friday 5 January races Show … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Share on Facebook Topics Talking Horsescenter_img Cheltenham Festival Horse racing tips Share via Email O’Keeffe laughed when I said it must be fun to be tilting at such races. “I can’t believe I’m actually saying the words,” he said. In similar vein, I can’t believe I’m seeing just Even money about Ghaseedah, who was napped at Southwell today in the hope of twice those odds. Aiya (2.05) is looking a more appealing bet in the previous race, at the currently available 4-1. From the Andrew Balding yard that does well at this track (29% in recent seasons), Aiya is by a sire whose first two Southwell runners have both won. A half-brother to the moody Irish Derby winner Frozen Fire, he makes his handicap debut off a modest rating. The handicapper didn’t have much to go on, in fairness, since Aiya was entitled to be stuffed in two tries over six furlongs early in his juvenile season. He showed a bit more on his third start, at Lingfield in November, and should be a bit less green this time. Having cost Leicester City’s owner a quarter of a million, it’s about time he started winning.Alternate Route (3.40) looks the right favourite in the last, an amateur riders race in which he has the considerable benefit of Simon Walker aboard. Fibresand may very well suit this ponderous Sir Mark Prescott type. Wetherby’s card has, alas, been lost to waterlogging, so we are bereft of jumps action today. Hopefully, we’ll have some at Sandown and Chepstow tomorrow. Today’s best bets, by Chris CookWhen Sam Spinner lines up for the Stayers’ Hurdle in a couple of months’ time, a race for which he is currently the clear favourite, he will be Jedd O’Keeffe’s very first runner at the Cheltenham Festival. It’s a fact that illustrates just how unlikely the Sam Spinner story is, a top-class racehorse landing in the laps of a low-profile outfit who paid just £12,000 for him less than three years ago. 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first_imgVijay Deverakonda and Malavika Mohanan’s film Hero shelved. This is whyVijay Deverakonda’s upcoming film, Hero, directed by Anand Annamalai is said to be put on hold indefinitely due to a tiff between the two.advertisement India Today Web Desk ChennaiJuly 27, 2019UPDATED: July 27, 2019 11:56 IST Vijay Deverakonda and Malavika MohananVijay Deverakonda is happy with the reception he’s receiving for his recently-released film, Dear Comrade, which released on July 26. We had earlier reported that the star has a film with Kranti Madhav and Anand Annamalai each. The film with Anand is titled, Hero.It is rumoured that Hero, which went on floors a couple of months back, has been shelved due to various reasons. Reports suggest that Vijay Deverakonda and Anand Annamalai had a difference in opinion when it came to the script. In fact, it is speculated that the director was not ready to take suggestions made by Deverakonda.So, the film titled Hero has been shelved indefinitely. According to a report published in Cinema Express, the producers of the film (Mythri Movie Makers) were not impressed with the film’s output. “The production house was not pleased with the output and could not arrive at a conclusion with the director on how to take it forward from here. Hence, they have decided to drop the film, despite spending Rs 15 crore on its making so far,” a source was quoted as saying.Word has it that Hero is touted to be a sports-musical in which Deverakonda will be seen as a biker. It is said that the Arjun Reddy star took training for his role.Produced by Mythri Movie Makers, the film has Malavika Mohanan and Shalini Pandey as the female leads. The production house planned to release the film in Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada as well.ALSO SEE | Dear Comrade box office collection Day 1: Vijay Deverakonda film is off to a flying startadvertisementALSO SEE | Boycott Dear Comrade trends online after furious Kannadigas find more Telugu shows in KarnatakaALSO WATCH | Aditi Rao Hydari opens up on #MeToo in India and her storyGet 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 byK Janani Tags :Follow Vijay DeverakondaFollow Hero Nextlast_img read more

first_img1. Waldorf Astoria Driving Experiences 2. Waldorf Astoria Driving Experiences 3. Waldorf Astoria Driving Experiences 4. Waldorf Astoria Driving Experiences 5. Waldorf Astoria Driving Experiences 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee North Canon Drive Residence Is Worth Every Penny of Its $45 Million Price Tag How Does a Vasectomy Work: Your No-Frills Guide to Getting Snipped It’s no secret we love fast cars here at The Manual. So when Waldorf Astoria asked us to fly out to their La Quinta resort in Palm Springs, CA to participate in one of six Ultimate Driving Experiences taking place across the United States this fall, we quickly packed our bags. The program offers hotel guests the chance to get behind the wheel of three supercars under the instruction of professional racercar driver Didier Theys. The morning of the drive, we met with Theys to talk about the cars and route before setting out for the excursion. Because there were three cars – Ferrari 458 Italia Spider, McLaren MP4-12C and Porsche 911 Turbo – and three sets of drivers, we planned to stop at different points along the route to rotate vehicles. Theys gave a tutorial on each car when we first got behind the wheel, then the caravan was off. Led by Theys, we sped through the stunning scenery of Palm Springs, including a twisting ride up Big Bear Mountain and through the beautiful San Bernardino National Forest. Driving the cars was an incredible experience. The McLaren feels like it is custom made for you, a dangerous sensation because now we want one. The Ferrari’s sound and incredible power was an experience in itself, especially when you’re flying with the top down on winding mountain roads. Yeah, we’ll take one of those too. The drive was a great success, and then we had the rest of the day to explore the breathtaking La Quinta resort. Palm trees and cacti surround you on every corner of the lush, 45-acre grounds where you can shop, golf or play tennis at your leisure. We ate at Adobe Grill for lunch were we had fresh table-side guacamole and a massive smoked margarita. After we checked out some swimming pools (the resort has 41) including the adult-only plunge pool with bar service, DJ and cabanas. After having a few cocktails in the sun, we retreated back to the intimate pool and hot spa near our room to enjoy the final afternoon hour.Cocktails were followed by dinner at Morgan’s in the Desert, a restaurant helmed by three-time James Beard award-winning chef Jimmy Schmidt. The food was incredible. We feasted on leek soup, Maine diver sea scallops, a Wagyu steak topped with bacon and a buttered popcorn ice cream parfait with bittersweet chocolate fudge and sea salted caramel for dessert.The second half the Driving Experiences run through December 7 at the following Waldorf Astoria resorts:The Roosevelt – New Orleans, Nov. 6-11Boca Raton Resort & Club – Boca Raton, FL, Nov. 14-19Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix, Dec. 2-7The total drive time is three hours and costs $999 per couple excluding accommodations. What could make a better gift as the holidays approach? An experience to truly remember forever, we encourage anyone with a love for fast cars, luxury accommodations and beautiful American wildlife to take this incredible journey. For more information, visit waldorfastoria.com/drivingexperiences.center_img Editors’ Recommendations All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Nowlast_img read more

first_img How to Make a Cuban Sandwich, According to Chefs The Burger Show’s Alvin Cailan Shares His Burger-Making Secrets America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene An Introduction to the Fine Sport of Bouldering As you head up I-35 and out of Austin, the true spirit of Texas Hill Country begins to reveal itself. Massive dunes drift by in your rearview mirror while expansive subdivisions and shopping centers take up the space in-between.When Chevrolet invited me down to Austin to take a drive outside the city and experience this part of the state (along with some incredible BBQ), little twisting of either arm was required.Upon arrival at the airport, a Chevrolet “Special Ops” Silverado greeted me at the terminal. While it would be the butt of several jokes from old friends throughout the weekend, it would also gain plenty of respect from new friends and passersby around the region.This particular Silverado was created in collaboration with the Navy SEAL Museum’s Trident House Charities Program, which benefits families of fallen and injured and active duty military.As we left our home base of the trendy Hotel Van Zandt in downtown Austin, I pulled over to figure out directions to Taylor, Texas for our first stop at Louie Mueller Barbecue. The Silverado’s internal navigation system was having some issues, so I turned to trusty Google Maps to get me out of town (Google and the internal OnStar system would battle on which toll road to take the entire way).Once on the highway, you understand why Silverados are as common as the Texas Two-Step. The truck is built for long voyages on wide open thoroughfares. Acceleration is smooth and should anyone be slowing you down in the fast lane, passing is a breeze with clear sight lines out of every window.Taylor is part Austin suburb, but primarily a quintessentially-Texan small town with State Route 79 serving as the main thoroughfare. Louie Mueller (the man) was a cornerstone of this community, initially selling meat and cooking cheaper cuts behind a gas station across the street from the cookery’s current location. He built his first pit in 1946 and began his BBQ operation in 1949.In 1974, Louie handed over the keys to his son Bobby, who would oversee production and the growth of the operation until his son, Wayne, took over in 2007. The year prior, the business won a James Beard Award being recognizing the eatery as an American Classic.When you walk into their charred counter-service restaurant, you feel and smell the history. Dark brown walls are crusted with layers of brisket and pork smoke from generations of tinder. A corkboard is home to business cards that are easily aged based on richness of their tint.Custom to their hospitality, Wayne Mueller greeted us and gave a quick overview of how to order (yes, in Texas, there’s a method to ordering barbecue, and it’s best to follow it). Every customer gets a sample and it’s a tone-setter. Mueller’s brisket smokes for 7-11 hours, depending on any number of temperature and weather conditions. The sheer level of smoke and flavor is game changing.Once you’ve had your palette blown away, ordering seems like an exercise in futility. We ended up with a little bit of everything.Although their chicken and sausage are stellar, you come here for two things: pork and brisket. Both are best suited to develop a famous smoky crust (known as bark) that’s just about the best piece of meat this writer has ever had.It causes time to stop. It makes you think about everything else you’ve eaten and wonder why it took 20+ years for you to get here. And you eat well beyond what your brain thinks you’re capable of. When meat like this is in front of you, you eat until you call for mercy.At this point, anything else is just gravy (something you definitely don’t need on the dining table). Wayne took us behind the counter for a look into their tight pit quarters. With a physics and engineering background, he dove deeply into the science behind barbecue and a discussion of its Eastern European roots. More than anything, a great deal of finesse and patience is required to perfect this art and it takes a Texas-sized spirit like that of the Mueller men to do so.The drive from Taylor to Lockhart, Texas is a lonely one. Our second and final stop of the day was in the critically-acclaimed “BBQ Capital of Texas,” where no less than four of the state’s top ranked meat joints are within two miles of each other.Cruising along State Route 130 (and in a midst of a minor meat coma), the hills continued to peek over the median, then recede quickly as the best sign of the day read “Speed Limit 85.” (This writer definitely didn’t push the truck towards triple digits and would not suggest cruising at that rate out of sheer relaxing pleasure.)With the thick afternoon humidity descending, a constant blast of a strong A/C system kept things in check on the drive (and aided this writer’s digestive system).After about 45 minutes, Lockhart appears rather suddenly. The state’s oldest BBQ house, Black’s, is the first option pulling into town, but I opted to find the town square for a bit of walking and discovery.It’s clear Lockhart has seen better days. It’s casting as the backdrop for several films, including Waiting for Guffman paints a rosy picture of this sleepy small town, but aging buildings and old advertisements suggest otherwise.I found a country western clothing store as one of the few storefronts with doors open, so I walked in and found a gentleman potentially pulled out of a Brooklyn neighborhood playing an upright bass to the tune of some song I didn’t recognize. His wife quickly emerged from behind a storage door almost as if a carbon copy of her husband, wearing similar thick, black glasses and older patterned attire. I listened mostly as an observer, learning about Lockhart’s heritage and what drew them to set up shop essentially in the middle of nothing (she’s Texan, he’s from Florida).When a new barbecue spot opens in the proclaimed capital of the art, it becomes a major talking point. Jen and Ben, as I’d learn to call them, noted a new barbecue spot had opened a couple miles down the road out of a trailer, but they hadn’t tried it yet. All they knew it was tiny, cheap and whoever opened it had serious guts to do that in this town.Intrigue at a high, I drove down to find “Thumper’s BBQ” emblazoned across the side of a singlewide in a used car lot. If I had been looking for any sort of regular restaurant, I would have driven right by.Pamela Stokem is an officer at a local juvenile detention facility, who convinced her husband David to move out to Lockhart to become a pitmaster. She makes the sides and he handles the meat (no comment on the name “Thumper’s”). According to them, they’re famous for their shredded pork, but had run out quite some time earlier in the day, so I “settled” for the brisket.At this point a ¼ lb. pile was all my digestive system could muster, so I took that and a side of coleslaw to their makeshift patio behind the trailer. As the wind persevered to routinely blow the butcher paper place setting in my face, the meat more than made up for the challenging conditions. Mr. Stokem’s methods resulted in a delicate bark that was just as good as anything the Muellers were doing up north. The meat itself wasn’t anywhere near that standard, but the crust alone is worth a return trip.In the spirit of Texas, I took a ¼ lb. back to my new friends in the town square as a thank you. When you’re driving a special edition truck on massive wheels around the Lone Star State, you get into a certain joie de vivre. You feel inspired to do share the spoils of a wonderful day on the road.It sets a pretty high standard for a return trip, when I’ll be looking forward to cruising past “Speed Limit 85” once again. Editors’ Recommendations Talking Food Trucks and Fusion Cuisine with The Peached Tortilla’s Eric Silversteinlast_img read more

first_imgThe death of an American student who was returned home after being detained for 17 months in North Korea has brought renewed calls for political intervention in the case of a Canadian pastor serving a life sentence in that country.Hyeon Soo Lim’s family has issued a statement expressing condolences to the grieving relatives of Otto Warmbier, a 22-year-old student who died in a Cincinnati hospital Monday, roughly a week after being flown back to the U.S. for medical issues.Lim’s relatives say no families should go through such an ordeal, and urge the Canadian government to escalate diplomatic efforts to secure the pastor’s release.Lim, a pastor with the Light Korean Presbyterian Church west of Toronto, was sentenced in late 2015 to life in prison with hard labour by North Korea’s Supreme Court for what it called crimes against the state.The crimes Lim was charged with included harming the dignity of the supreme leadership, trying to use religion to destroy the North Korean system, disseminating negative propaganda about the North to overseas Koreans and helping U.S. and the South Korean authorities lure and abduct North Korean citizens, along with aiding their programs to assist defectors from the North.Lim’s relatives and colleagues have said he travelled to North Korea on Jan. 31, 2014, as part of a regular humanitarian mission to the country where he supports a nursing home, a nursery and an orphanage.They said Lim has made more than 100 trips to North Korea since 1997 and that his trips were about helping people and were not political.“We strongly urge the Canadian government to place more attention on Reverend Lim’s case,” they said in Wednesday’s statement.“We are desperate to see our husband and father home, and we are pleading for an active escalation in diplomatic efforts.”A spokeswoman for the family is planning a news conference at the church Thursday.last_img read more

first_imgActor and cancer advocate Patrick Dempsey is lending his image to Fifth Third’s new Stand Up To Cancer #howifight campaign, which honors the many ways people fight cancer.Video: #howifight – Fifth Third Bank Commercial 2015Dempsey, who is a passionate cancer fighter after losing his mother to ovarian cancer in 2014, is participating in the campaign on behalf of SU2C, and is a supporter of #howifight. He will be featured in a Fifth Third Bank and SU2C TV spot highlighting ways people can fight cancer, including partaking in a new promotion from Fifth Third Bank.Fifth Third Bank will support SU2C in a promotion that allows new bank customers to help fight cancer when they open Essential Checking Accounts. The promotion, at howifight.53.com, follows the national trend of companies giving customers ways to give back as they shop or do business. Through this campaign, Fifth Third Bank will give customers $150, and give $150 to SU2C when customers open a new Essential Checking Account with direct deposit, and make three online bill payments. Fifth Third also will donate $1 to SU2C when people share eligible posts using the #howifight hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Vine, up to $100,000 during the campaign (which runs through October 17).last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National News and APTN Investigates have been digging into the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) all week long.APTN Investigates Indian Residential Schools Settlement AgreementIn this one-hour special, reporter Kathleen Martens digs into the history, the apology, abusers and survivors left behind. She examines how lawyers, judges and behind-the-scenes politics affected the largest class action settlement in Canada’s history.Here is the full episode of “Truth? Or Reconciliation?”.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO — Realtor Ash Alles wanted to throw an open house to remember.So, he catered a food truck.“Food is what drives people in,” said Alles, a real estate agent at Sutton Group Summit Realty in Mississauga, Ont. “We’re trying to make it an event, as opposed to a traditional open house.”The open house at the townhouse in Burlington, Ont., west of Toronto, last May drew in more than 200 people over four hours on a sunny Sunday afternoon. There were free tacos, music, and people were encouraged to bring their babies and dogs along.Although the eventual buyer wasn’t at the open house, billed as a “Cinco de Mayo Neighbourhood Fiesta,” Alles still considered the party a success.So much so that since the spring, he has hired a food truck for five other open houses.Alles spends about $5,000 out of pocket each time for the food truck, much higher than the typical $250 a realtor usually spends to run an open house.“I want my listings to stand out. We want buyers to come to our listings. We want to sell our listings,” he said. “Whatever we can do to drive traffic is worth doing. Yes you have to spend a little more money but that is what marketing is and that is what is going to get the house sold at the end of the day.”From food trucks to iPad giveaways to private wine and cheese nights, realtors are upping their game in a bid to lure potential homebuyers to an open house, a feat that may become more difficult with real estate markets across the country continuing to show signs of softening.“There has been an evolution of what an open house can look like,” says Ryan Hartlen, a Halifax broker who’s been in the business for 15 years.“Back in the day, you put a sign out, advertise in the paper and see who shows up.”Nowadays, those who attend open houses can expect anything from cookies and charcuterie boards to colouring books for the children to giveaways of foodie baskets.Although the eventual homebuyer may not be the nosy neighbour down the street or the dogwalker who decided to pop in to the open house, most realtors see it as an opportunity to showcase the property to as many people as possible.But if you ask Brett Starke, a sales rep with PSR Brokerage in downtown Toronto, he has a different strategy to running an open house.“I don’t do water or coffee or anything like that,” said Starke, who specializes in sales of downtown condominiums and homes in west Toronto. “I just do straight information (about the property).”He says it’s more important to him to get the right kind of person into a client’s open house, one that is serious about the property, rather than aim to attract anybody off the street.“There is a difference between drawing people in and drawing in a buyer,” said Starke.To him, a successful open house is getting six to 10 people and being able to give them individual attention and answer all their questions.“We want to spend the right time with the right people,” he said. “You’re not going to buy a condo or house because someone gave you a $20 bottle of wine, or the people who come for the free food, they’re not going to be one ones who buy the house.”Starke says agents who employ these “gimmicky” tactics are doing a disservice to their clients, when the extra money spent on the open house could instead be put towards research and marketing directly to the right demographic of buyers.And what about those nosy neighbours often seen at open houses? His tip is to hold a VIP event before the public open house so they don’t distract actual potential buyers.“Open houses have almost become like a Saturday or Sunday social event where people think, ‘Why not go see beautiful properties in the neighbourhood, get design inspiration and spy on our neighbours?,’ he said.“We don’t want the tire kickers in there, complaining about things, when the real buyer could be there too.”Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter.Linda Nguyen , The Canadian Presslast_img read more

15 January 2010Mongolia’s leader announced a moratorium on the death penalty today, in a move warmly welcomed by the top United Nations human rights official. President Elbegdorj Tsakhia said that the death penalty will be replaced with a 30-year prison sentence, with people currently on death row having their sentences commuted accordingly.Mr. Tsakhia said that his goal is the complete abolition of the death penalty in Mongolia, where executions have traditionally been carried out in secret, but none since the President’s election last June.UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay congratulated the leader “on this historic step which further strengthens human rights and protection in Mongolia.”The President’s justification for the moratorium – that the death penalty both breaches the right to life and human dignity and is irreversible – “is extremely thoughtful and well-founded,” she added.Ms. Pillay encouraged Mongolia to swiftly ratify the second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) to bolster its commitment to end the death penalty.“Mongolia’s move sets a leadership example in Asia,” she said, regretting that some countries in the region are among the “world’s most prolific executioners.”Some 140 countries no longer carry out the death penalty and 72 nations have signed onto the ICCPR’s second Optional Protocol, which abolishes the practice.Last month, Ms. Pillay urged all States still imposing the penalty to place a formal moratorium on its use. read more

2 February 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today once more urged restraint by all sides in Egypt, as pro- and anti-government protesters clashed during demonstrations in the capital, Cairo, and said that any political transition should take place sooner rather than later. President Hosni Mubarak announced yesterday that he intended to serve out the remainder of his current term, but would not seek another term as president in September.“There needs to be a very peaceful and orderly transition; if any transition is to be taken, it should be done now,” Mr. Ban told reporters in London after meeting with United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron.He stated that the violence in Egypt was unacceptable, and condemned any attacks on peaceful protests. The leaders should listen more attentively to the “genuine and sincere” wish of the people, said the Secretary-General.In a lecture he delivered at Oxford University later in the day, he said the protests “reflect the great frustration of the Egyptian people about the lack of change over the past few decades. This discontent calls for bold reforms, not repression,” he added. Unconfirmed reports suggest that as many as 300 people may have been killed so far, over 3,000 injured and hundreds arrested, according to the UN human rights office. Mr. Ban noted that, for the last decade, the UN has been warning of the need for change in the region, including through its Arab Human Development Reports. “It is important, at this juncture, that an orderly and peaceful transition should take place,” he stated. “I urge all the parties to engage in such a dialogue and such a process without any further delay.”Saying that the danger of instability across the Middle East should not be underestimated, the Secretary-General said the UN stood ready to provide any assistance to such reform efforts by Egypt or any other Arab nation. The Secretary-General and the Prime Minister also discussed the Middle East peace process, Sudan, Côte d’Ivoire and Afghanistan, among others. Mr. Ban also met separately with William Hague, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs; Andrew Mitchell, the Secretary of State for International Development; and Ed Miliband, the Leader of the Labour Party and the Leader of the Opposition. read more

In a briefing to reporters in Geneva, WHO Communications Officer Oliver Rosenbauer said that out of 22 reported cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP), 10 had been confirmed as being the result of Wild Polio Virus Type 1. The remaining 12 cases are still being investigated.The cases were initially reported on 17 October in the Deir Al Zour province in the north-east region of Syria. Due to the protracted conflict, which has displaced millions, Syria had already been considered at high-risk for vaccine-preventable diseases. However, the country has not experienced a case of polio since 1999.Polio, whose virus enters the body through the mouth and multiplies in the intestine attacking the nervous system, is highly infectious and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours. Initial symptoms are fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting, and stiffness in the neck and pain in the limbs. One in 200 infections leads to irreversible paralysis and among those paralyzed, five to 10 per cent die when their breathing muscles become immobilized.Mr. Rosenbauer said the next step was to look at the isolated viruses and identify where they came from, to shed light on the source of the outbreak. The 22 people who have been tested are children, mostly toddlers less than two years old. All of them appeared to be under or unimmunized, with some having received one dose of a vaccine and others not receiving any vaccination at all. Mr. Rosenbauer said the children came down with fever and were then paralysed. WHO spokesperson Glenn Thomas added that health authorities in Syria and neighbouring countries had already begun the planning and implementation of the comprehensive outbreak response.Meanwhile, a UN spokesperson in New York reported today that Anthony Lake, the Executive Director of UNICEF, ended a two-day visit to Damascus, in which he said that the Syrian Government and agency had agreed on the importance of reaching hundreds of thousands of children in some of the worst-affected parts of the war-torn country with life saving vaccines, including those against polio.He said that Mr. Lake said that immunizing children is in its very nature non-political and has no connection to any military considerations. Mr. Lake said that, with cases of polio now emerging in Syria for the first time since 1999, vaccinating children against polio is an urgent and critical priority for Syria and for the whole world. read more

The Ohio State men’s basketball team played its first game in November, but to the players, the real season has just begun. “The Big Ten has started,” said junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. “We’re shooting real bullets now.” The No. 8 Buckeyes (11-2) opened Big Ten play on Jan. 2 with a blowout win against Nebraska, but winning league games will likely become substantially tougher in the coming weeks. OSU is set to face three ranked opponents in its next four games, and three of those four games will be played away from home. Directly ahead is a matchup on Saturday against No. 11 Illinois (13-2) in Champaign, Ill. The Illini were upset by unranked Purdue in their Big Ten opener Wednesday, which might have displayed some of Illinois’ weaknesses, but also a served as a cautionary tale of what can happen when a team doesn’t play its best on the road against a conference opponent. “You see Illinois, who’s playing great, go in against Purdue and taking a loss,” said junior point guard Aaron Craft. “Every game in the Big Ten is going to be a tough game.” If the Buckeyes are to beat the Illini, and win a game against a ranked opponent for the first time this season, it’s likely imperative that they contain senior guard Brandon Paul, who torched OSU for 43 points last season as Illinois secured an upset win at home against the then-No. 5 Buckeyes. This year, Paul is averaging almost 19 points per game and has tallied double figures in all 15 of the Illini’s games this season. “We saw first hand, when he’s rolling, how good he can be,” said OSU coach Thad Matta. “He’s one of the best guards, not only in the Big Ten, but probably in the country.” Smith Jr. said that OSU will play with a heightened awareness on defense to ensure Paul doesn’t produce a repeat performance. “Of course we know what he’s capable of from last year,” Smith Jr. said. “Hopefully we just come out and play a better defensive game and be able to guard him a little better.” If there was a particular facet of the game in which the Buckeyes struggled last year against Paul, it was finding him while in transition defense. Occasionally OSU lost track of Paul on the fast breaks, allowing the guard to spot up for wide-open jumpers. As a result, he buried eight 3-pointers. “They like to get out in transition and run a lot,” Smith Jr. said. “He spots up on the wing and if you get there a second late, the shots going up. Sometimes he’s fortunate enough to make a lot of those shots.” Saturday’s matchup will also be the first meeting between Matta and his long-time assistant John Groce. Groce served under Matta at OSU from 2004-2008, and was also on Matta’s staff while at Xavier and Butler. Matta. though, said he’s not focused on who he’s coaching against, just the task at hand. “That’s all irrelevant,” Matta said. “It’s a Big Ten basketball game and you’ve got to get yourself ready to go.” The Buckeyes are scheduled to tipoff with Illinois at 2:15 p.m. Saturday. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. read more

first_imgSupporters of Ms MacLachlan outside courtCredit:JULIAN SIMMONDS “Terfs have a history of taking people’s pictures and posting them in pages like GenderIdentityWatch.com, a database that makes us a target for the far-right,” she told the court. The group of radical feminists, including Ms Maclachlan, had gathered at Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park last September to discuss changes to the Gender Identity Act which will make it easier for people to define their gender themselves.Transgender activists were holding a counter demonstration when the two groups clashed and Ms MacLachlan, who describes herself as a “gender critical feminist,” was allegedly punched. A radical feminist has been warned by a judge to refer to the transgender defendant as a “she” during an assault case.Maria Maclachlan, 61, was giving evidence against Tara Wolf, 26, whom she claims tried to attack her at a rally, knocking her to the floor.She told Hendon Magistrates’ Court: “A hooded figure suddenly ran at me, ran past me from left to right, knocking the camera from my hand.”They swatted it. Although it was knocked out of my hand it was caught by the strap so it didn’t hit the ground, which I thought was the intention.”District Judge Kenneth Grant warned Ms MacLachlan to refer to Miss Wolf as “she” while giving evidence.He said: “The defendant wished to be referred to as a woman, so perhaps you could refer to her as ‘she’ for the purpose of the proceedings.” Tara Wolf arrives at the court with supporters.Credit: JULIAN SIMMONDS 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. Tara Wolf arrives at the court with supporters. “(The complainant) was trying to get people’s faces. She was filming the argument that was going on between the two groups.”Ms Maclachlan argued that she was not even aware the group were trans, saying she thought they were all male.”They were not easily perceived as trans. I don’t mind going though them face-by-face if you want to argue the toss,” she said.center_img  Tara Wolf arrives at the court with supporters. “When I started filming I didn’t have any particular intention of what I might do with the footage. I might have shown it to my husband, I might have posted it on my Facebook page, or I might have uploaded it on my blog.”She denied she was trying to make the protesters feel “scared, uncomfortable or unsafe”.Wolf admitted posting on Facebook ahead of the event: “I wanna f*** up some terfs. They’re no better than fash (fascists).”She claimed she made the comment out of bravado and wanted to protest peacefully.The trial is due to last two days. She was filming a group who were chanting “When TERFs attack, we strike back” and claimed she simply thought she might get some “amusing footage”.Ms Maclachlan has admitted that following the event she sent out a tweet featuring a close-up of the defendant’s face with the words: “Hiya, got any hair restorer while I’m in hiding? Love Tara.”Miss Wolf, who faces one charge of assault by beating, admitted being involved in the fracas but insists she was acting in self-defence.She said Ms Maclachlan was shaking her partner “like a rag doll” when she struck her.She described the event as a hate rally and said the fight broke out because she feared Ms MacLachlan planned to out her as transgender online. Supporters of Ms MacLachlan outside court  Tara Wolf arrives at the court with supporters.Credit:JULIAN SIMMONDS Ms MacLachlan replied: “I’m used to thinking of this person who is a male as male.”The row was the latest in an ongoing battle between Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists (TERFs), who believe that transwomen should not be given the same rights as those born female, and transgender activists.The two factions have repeatedly clashed over the issue of men who “self-identify” as female and are allowed in women-only spaces and take on roles reserved for women.last_img read more

Brazilian handball For the first time in their club’s history Esporte Clube Pinheiros qualified for the IHF Super Globe. The Brazilian team won the final of the Pan American Club Championship, carried out in Sao Bernardo do Campo (Brazil), against their country fellows from team Unopar clearly 33:22. By taking this trophy, Esporte Clube Pinheiros will represent Pan-America at the IHF Super Globe in Doha (Qatar) and will meet European Champions League winner THW Kiel (Germany), Asian representative AL-Sad (Lebanon) and a team from Qatar, which is currently not yet known, in the Preliminary Round.Esporte Clube Pinheiros won all their matches in the Pan American Club Championship. After two victories in the Preliminary Round, the Brazilians beat River Plate (Argentina) in the semi-final 42:26. Unopar – last year’s Pan-American representative at the IHF Super Globe – also won both matches of the Preliminary Round before beating Metodistas (Brazil) in the semi-final 30:28. River Plate took the third place by winning the bronze final 30:27 against Metodista. Also the top scorer of the tournament, Juan Francisco Ojea (22 goals), plays for the Argentineans.Final ranking:1. Esporte Clube Pinheiros (Brazil), 2. Unopar (Brazil), 3. River Plate (Argentina), 4. Metodista (Brazil), 5. Sociedad Villa Ballester (Argentina), 6. Universiada Americana (Paraguay) ← Previous Story Egyptian Al Zamalek qualified for IHF Super Globe Next Story → EHF Secretary General, Michael Wiederer: “Rest Day for a better Final” read more

croatiaMarko Kopljar Croatian national team began preparations for the Men’s EHF EURO 2016 in Poland without two right backs from the last World Championship 2015 in Qatar. The future PSG Handball star Luka Stepančić recovering from the serious knee injury and surgery afterwards, but also problems with knee has team’s captain Marko Kopljar.FC Barcelona Lassa member will get replacement – Šime Ivić, newcomer in HBC Nantes for the first training sessions. Further examinations in the first few days of the next week will be decisive for Kopljar’s appearance in Poland.Other options on right back position are Luka Šebetić (PPD Zagreb) and Mario Vuglač (Lekhwiya Qatar) ← Previous Story Germany without Patrick Groetzki at EURO 2016! Next Story → Slovenia and RK Gorenje lose goalie Klemen Ferlin read more