first_imgIt is now official: Almost 80 percent of Indian-American marriages are now interracial, intercultural and interfaith in the United States, and more so in New England.Indian-American weddings, which were mostly homogeneous about 20 years ago, are also seeing the death of arranged marriages.“Inter-faith marriages are the new norms,” said Upendra Mishra, publisher of INDIA New England News and the producer of the 15th edition of INDIA New England Wedding Expo on April 15 at Burlington Marriott Hotel in Burlington, MA. “Thus, we have themed our upcoming bridal expo as Fusion Wedding this year. This is the time to say good bye to homogeneous Indian weddings and embrace interfaith marriages.”Read it at India New England Related Itemslast_img read more

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New Delhi: A record 14 Indian rifle and pistol shooters have earned the right to compete in the year-end World Cup Finals, scheduled to be held in Putian, China between November 17 and 23.In the prestigious tournament held annually, some of the year’s best shooters compete in each of the eight rifle/pistol Olympic events. Anjum Moudgil and Manu Bhaker are the only two among the 14 to have qualified for two events.Moudgil made the cut in both the women’s 10m air rifle and women’s 50m rifle 3 positions event while Bhaker qualified for the women’s 10m air pistol and women’s 25m pistol events.The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup finals will see the top 14 shooters take on the World Championship medallists and the defending champion in each of the events.According to an ISSF press release, 35 nations’ athletes qualified in the eight events after “entries for each event have been increased from this year to 18 for each event from 12 earlier”.All qualified athletes will also be able to take part in the mixed team events in rifle and pistol and get a shot at winning the President’s Trophy.Teen stars Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary staged a remarkable comeback to claim the mixed 10m air pistol gold, providing a fitting finale to India’s unprecedented dominance of the medal tally in the recently-concluded ISSF World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.The results ensured an unprecedented top finish for India across all four ISSF World Cup stages this year, including the lone junior World Cup. India’s final tally in Rio stood at five gold, two silver and two bronze medals for a total of nine.The Indian rifle and pistol shooters topped the medals tally at all four ISSF World Cup stages this year in a phenomenal performance, picking up a total of 22 medals with as many as 16 gold. Anjum MoudgilindianInternational Shooting Sport FederationISSF First Published: September 4, 2019, 10:54 PM ISTlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisementClaressa Shields looked confused, almost in disbelief. Hanna Gabriels landed a right uppercut to Shields’ chin and knocked the 23-year-old Flint native to the mat.Shields sat on her bottom, looking around the Masonic Temple. She was down early in her middleweight title fight Friday night. But not out.The two-time Olympic gold medalist rebounded in the ensuing rounds, landing several shots to Gabriels’ face. By Round 5, Gabriels started showing fatigue and sluggishness, and by the sixth round, Shields was taunting her opponent to step up and box her more aggressively.Shields (6-0, 2 KOs) downed Gabriels (18-2-1, 11 KOs) by unanimous decision in 10 rounds to claim the vacant World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation 160-pound titles. The win makes Shields a world champion in two weight classes, as she claimed two 168-pound belts in 2017.Clarresa Shields and Christina Hammer are expected to fight each other and sometime in near future for the undisputed Middleweight title.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgWhile Kareena Kapoor Khan’s no stranger to setting trends–be it with her makeup or the sexy gowns she sports–she rules the roost when it comes to ethnic wear.Also read:Five times Kareena Kapoor Khan gave us major ethnic-wear goalsBe it a dressy pink number or a muted printed one, Kareena can look equally gorgeous in completely different attires.This high cheek-boned stunner was spotted wearing a lovely pastel pink hued hand-embroidered sharara from Malasa for a shoot for Malabar Jewellery. The simple blow dry and soft makeup kept the youthful, she-looks-like-a-fresh-rose vibe intact.Pink is her colour! Picture courtesy: Instagram/@dhoomdhaamweddings There’s no point saying anything about the jewellery, as the bling was for the shoot of the jewellery brand.Also read:Kareena Kapoor Khan twirling in her all-white outfit would make Snow White jealousHer second look had Kareena taking a much more casual route, in printed separates from Label : Anushree. While the print-on-print pairing is a hard look to ace, the actress seems to pull it off with surprising ease. A statement neckpiece from Aquamarine, waves and grey juttis rounded off her look.Print on print perfection! Picture courtesy: Instagram/@karishmashaikhh; Though both the looks are diametrically opposite to each other, we still won’t be able to choose a favourite between the two.Maybe you can help us?last_img read more

first_imgHyderabad, Jul 14 (PTI) Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan feels any movie made on tennis star Sania Mirza will be inspiring and he may like to produce it.”Whenever there is a movie made on Sania, I think it will be very inspiring and it will be fantastic,” Khan told reporters here last evening after formally launching Sanias autobiography, titled Ace Against Odds.”And I dont know… ask her if she will let me play her love interest. But, I will produce it for sure,” he said in a lighter vein.Shah Rukh also expressed hope that Indian sports films will soon be able to make a mark on international platform.”Someway down the line when sportswomen and sportsmen films are made we feel extremely patriotic also from whichever part of the world they are made. When its an Indian sportsperson you will feel for the country,” he noted.”We have a country somehow perhaps apart from a few sports, we have never made a mark internationally. Inshah Allah…that will happen very soon…as things are progressing,” Khan said.He said Sanias book will be quite inspirational.”I think the book like this will obviously inspire a lot of us. Nothing can come in the way and there can be no obstacles when you have determination. I genuinely believe this. I have always followed her (Sanias) career and she has brought so much freshness and so much beauty to all the sports lovers like me,” the 50-year-old actor said.Appreciating Sanias grit, determination and love for the sport to rise to the top ranking in doubles game despite her injury, he said, “She (Sania) had an injury and she could not continue with the singles career but she twisted it around and she became the No.1 in doubles.advertisement”All this stuff means she is not giving up the love for sports…and that connects me to great sportsperson like Sania and every time Sania loses somewhere…she represents our country…I think all of us lose a little bit,” Khan said.”We all will take away something fantastic from this book…we all will have some learning lesson. Her experiences are very vital and to understand how you fight against things which are going against you,” he said, adding that shes just truly absolutely inspiring and there should also be a part-two of this book. (MORE) PTI VVK GK JCH JMFlast_img read more

first_imgTottenham Hotspur F.C. completed their first major signing of the current transfer window, signing Colombian defender Davinson Sanchez from Dutch club Ajax Amsterdam on Wednesday.The 21-year-old had previously agreed a six-year deal and completed his medical on Wednesday and was given the number six shirt for the London club. (Also read: Kyle Walker-Peters signs new deal at Tottenham Hotspur)British media had reported that Tottenham were expected to pay a club-record fee of some 42 million pounds (53.76 million U.S. Dollars) for the defender, who scored six goals in 45 games for Ajax last season and was their player of the year.”This is a massive opportunity for me because of what Tottenham represent, not just here in England but around the world,” Sanchez told the club’s official website ( who’s arrived… ??? #WelcomeSanchez Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 23, 2017We are delighted to announce that @daosanchez26 has completed his move to the Club subject to receipt of his work permit later this week. Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 23, 2017A message from the new boy, @daosanchez26. ??? #WelcomeSanchez Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 23, 2017??? @daosanchez26: “It’s a huge step forward in my career & will allow me to continue developing and achieving big things.” #WelcomeSanchez Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 23, 2017″This is a massive opportunity for me.”??? @daosanchez26’s first interview as a Spurs player – #WelcomeSanchez Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 23, 2017″It is a huge step forward in my career and will allow me to continue developing and achieving big things. This is a great chance,” he added.The defender joined Ajax in June 2016 from Colombian club Atletico Nacional, where he made his debut aged 17, and was part of their Copa Libertadores-winning side last year.Sanchez made his senior Colombia debut last November and has made two appearances for the national side.Tottenham won their opening game at Newcastle United but lost their first home game, at temporary home Wembley Stadium, to Chelsea F.C. on Sunday.last_img read more

first_imgBy Lalit K JhaWashington, Nov 3 (PTI) US President Donald Trump will use golf diplomacy to further strengthen his personal rapport with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his upcoming visit to Japan.Japan is the first stop of Trump on his maiden five- nation Asia trip as the US president.Trump, 71, will embark on a 12-day trip to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, the Philippines and Hawaii from today till November 14.On Sunday afternoon, the US president and 63-year-old Abe will play golf with Japanese professional golfer Hideki Matsuyama, Takehiro Shimada, Minister of Communications and Cultural Affairs at the Embassy of Japan said here ahead of Trumps visit to Japan.Notably about 60 years ago, 1957, in June, Abes father, Prime Ministers Nobusuke Kishi, played golf with then US President Dwight D Eisenhower at the Burning Tree golf course.”And they had very nice time and I heard that at that time, the president hit the – almost like 72 or 74, and prime minister Kishi only 99,” Shimada said.Asked by the president, Eisenhower then said golf is a kind of sports that you cannot play with whom you dont like.”That is his comment. So I hope that even the Prime Minister Abe would have good time and whatever the score he may hit to deepen – to make use of this opportunity to deepen his personal tie with the president,” the Japanese diplomat said.Trump would spend two nights and three days in Japan during which he will hold a wide range of talks with top Japanese leaders, including his sixth meeting with Abe in less than a year.advertisementAbe and Trump has had six meetings since the latters election and the two have spoken over phone as many as 16 times.While North Korea is expected to dominate the talks, Trump is likely to reiterate his iron-clad commitment to Japan, officials here said.”The most important part of the two leaders to discuss is how to strengthen the ironclad US-Japan alliance and this alliance covers almost everything, from the security issues to the economic issues…I am sure that he will discuss almost every aspect of the Asian region challenges,” he said.Trumps visit to Japan, he hoped, will enhance peace and stability in Asia-Pacific region.”Japan-US alliance is the cornerstone of that peace and stability, and alliance is stronger than ever,” he said, adding that Abes success in reinforcing Japans strong ties with United States was one of the factors that led to his overwhelming electoral victory last month.Trumps visit to Japan comes at an opportune moment for them to discuss issues facing international community and demonstrate the world the strong bond between the two countries amidst the increasingly severe security environment surrounding the Asia-Pacific region, he said.Noting that Japan remains deeply concerned about the threat posed by North Korea, he said Japan fully supports the US position, that all options are on the table when it comes to North Korea.”Now is the time to exert utmost pressure. We especially appreciate the new sanctions the United States imposed against North Korea last week. We will explore how we can strengthen and reinforce the UN-backed sanctions regime during President Trumps visit,” he said. PTI LKJ UZMlast_img read more

first_imgNEW ORLEANS (AP) — Nikola Mirotic watched his third 3-pointer of the first half swish through the hoop, turned to acknowledge the raucous, roaring crowd and raised his first triumphantly as he trotted back up court.Portland had a hard enough time dealing with Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis and the New Orleans backcourt of Jrue Holiday and Rajon Rondo in Games 1 and 2. Pile on the finest playoff performance of Mirotic’s four NBA seasons, and the rout was on in Game 3.Mirotic scored a career playoff-best 30 points to go with eight rebounds, three steals and a block, and the Pelicans pushed Portland to the brink of elimination with a 119-102 victory on Thursday night.“I never thought I’d score 30 or something like that,” Mirotic said. “I’m just trying to play simple. If I have a shot, take a shot, so I need to give credit to my teammates. … It’s just about the team. It’s about winning.”To illustrate how hard New Orleans has been to defend in the series, Portland coach Terry Stotts made a point of noting that Mirotic was the third different Pelicans player to score 30 in a game. Davis had 35 in Game 1 and Holiday 33 in Game 2.“New Orleans played extremely well,” Stotts said. “We arguably had one of our worst games of the year, so it was a bad combination.”Davis had 28 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and two blocks for New Orleans, which can advance past the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2008 with one more victory. Game 4 is Saturday.Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) goes to the basket against New Orleans Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic (3) during the first half of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in New Orleans, Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Veronica Dominach)The 6-foot-10 Mirotic, acquired in a midseason trade after DeMarcus Cousins’ season-ending Achilles tear, made 12 of 15 shots, scoring on everything from quick-release 3-pointers to cutting dunks and fast-break layups.“I knew I was capable to have games like this, but I never want to force any shots and always want to play simple, play for my teammates the same way they play for me,” Mirotic said. “I just want to show them they were right to bring me here.”Damian Lillard scored 20 for Portland, but missed nine of an unusually low 14 shots. He averaged about 19 shots per game this season, but said the Pelicans were defending him relentlessly.“They’re making me give the ball up,” Lillard said. “This is a different coverage than I’ve seen at any point in my career. … It’s two or three layers of defense. It’s tough to play against, man.”CJ McCollum scored 22 and Al-Farouq Aminu added 21, but Portland trailed by double digits for most of the first half and all of the second.The Blazers had no answer for a Pelicans offense orchestrated once again to prolific effect by Rondo, who had 16 points and 11 assists — giving him 37 assists in the series. Holiday added 16 points for New Orleans, which shot 53 percent (46 of 87).TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Starting F Evan Turner was scratched because of his toe injury sustained during Game 2 on Tuesday night. Maurice Harkless started in his place, scoring five points in 26 minutes. … The Blazers committed 24 turnovers, leading to 29 Pelicans points. … Finished 9 of 31 from 3-point range.Pelicans: Cousins was on the bench, attending his first game in New Orleans since his injury on Jan. 26. When he was shown cheering on his teammates on the main scoreboard, fans erupted into chants of “Boogie! Boogie!” … The Pelicans shot 11 of 27 from 3-point range and 16 of 19 on free throws. … Scored 62 points in the paint and 32 on fast breaks.SETTING THE TONEThe Pelicans wore alternate red uniforms and every fan was given a matching T-shirt, turning the entire packed seating area into a sea of red.The volume was high early with the crowd revved up for the first playoff game in New Orleans since 2015.The Blazers did nothing to silence the place, shooting about 35 percent and committing six turnovers in the opening quarter.New Orleans raced to an 18-point lead in the period, aided by Mirotic hitting five of his first seven shots for 14 early points.Mirotic scored 21 by halftime, which already represented a playoff career high.Davis joined the fray with his typical array of alley-oop dunks, one of which he caught with his back to the basket and threw down with a two-handed reverse jam.Rondo ran New Orleans’ offense with a tempo that gave Portland fits, and even when he was forced to settle for a deep 3 late in the shot clock, it went down, pushing the Pelicans’ lead to 20 in the first half.Portland never got closer than 13 after that and trailed by as many as 33 in the fourth quarter.FRESH LOOKPelicans coach Alvin Gentry said he’s not sure Mirotic’s decision to shave his beard had anything to do with his recent surge in production, but said the Pelicans are choosing to believe it does. He then added, “Tell Niko, no 5 o’clock shadows, OK?”UP NEXTThe series remains in New Orleans for Game 4 on Saturday night, when the Pelicans have an opportunity to complete the first playoff series sweep in franchise history.—By BRETT MARTEL , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Deschamps confirms Man Utd star Pogba will miss Liverpool clashby Freddie Taylor21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrance boss Didier Deschamps has admitted that Paul Pogba will miss the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers for his side.Deschamps was hoping that Pogba would be involved in the upcoming national team games.But it appears the midfielder has suffered a recurrence of an ankle injury that has troubled him all season.Pogba is likely to miss game time for his club Manchester United as well.”It’s a new worry with his ankle,” Les Bleus coach Deschamps told reporters.”He played in the [Carabao] Cup, he played again on Monday against Arsenal. He again has a problem that’s going to keep him out of action for three weeks.”I’d prefer he was there like all the available players but unfortunately he isn’t in a physical state to be present.” last_img read more

first_img Kuldeep Yadav (IND) K. Yadav (IND) Mid on Scorecard c Yuzvendra Chahal b Kuldeep Yadav ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 India IND e/r (50.0) 30 5.2 7 view more view less third Man 0 advertisement Mid Wicket Fakhar Zaman F. Zaman c Yuzvendra Chahal b Kuldeep Yadav 39 third Man vs Square Leg India B 57 4.12 1 Rohit Sharma (IND) R. Sharma (IND) 0 not out 77 (65) Top Bowlers Top Bowlers 32 75 Square Leg 9 Top Batsmen Top Batsmen 129/5 ( S. Malik 27 Overs) , 48 2.4 Imad Wasim I. Wasim not out fine Leg – 0 not out 4s 6s S/R 13/1 ( Imam 4.5 Overs) , Mid off Mid off Pakistan third Man 140 (113) 0 Square Leg Mid Wicket w 38.88 No data available! Sarfaraz Ahmed (c)(wk) S. Ahmed (c)(wk) b Vijay Shankar Mid off Imam-ul-Haq Imam lbw b Vijay Shankar Point Mohammad Amir M. Amir Match Ended third Man 3 India Bowling IND Bowling All batsmen are considered right handed nb 53 Mid Wicket lbw b Vijay Shankar Vijay Shankar V. Shankar Mid Wicket third Man India beat Pakistan by 89 runs (D/L method) Kuldeep Yadav K. Yadav Match Ended fine Leg 0 Bhuvneshwar Kumar B. Kumar covers Mid off 1 84.21 All batsmen are considered right handed Mid on graphs Mid on R 0 Mid off Super Over (40.0) 6.5 8 82.66 0 2 India Today Web Desk ManchesterJune 17, 2019UPDATED: June 17, 2019 10:03 IST India players celebrate after the match (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSIndia extended their World Cup record against Pakistan to 7-0 on SundaySachin Tendulkar said numbers suggest the gulf in class between the two teamsIndia beat Pakistan by 89 runs (DLS) in ManchesterBatting great Sachin Tendulkar said India have proved they are way better than Pakistan in recent times with the dominant win over their arch-rivals in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 meeting in Manchester on Sunday.The rivalry between India and Pakistan was talked up in the lead up to the big Old Trafford clash of World Cup 2019. Pakistan had never (have never) beaten India in a World Cup clash but the hype around Sunday’s match hit the roof.Pakistan had won their last meeting in an ICC tournament before Sunday — the ICC Champions Trophy final in 2017. However, India managed to extend their World Cup domination on Sunday, making it 7-0 at the biggest stage of world cricket.The gulf in class between the two teams was visible as Virat Kohli’s men outplayed Sarfaraz Ahmed-led Pakistan in all three departments of the game. India posted 336 for 5 before restricting Pakistan to 212 and clinching an 89-run win in a rain-affected match at the Old Trafford.”India are certainly way better than Pakistan. Almost everyone would say that. That is looking at the numbers also. How convincingly we have been able to beat them. It’s there for everyone to see,” Sachin Tendulkar told India Today from Manchester.Sachin Tendulkar said Pakistan fell behind when they failed to take early wickets on Sunday. Rohit Sharma and his new opening partner in KL Rahul added 136 runs for the opening stand — the most by an Indian duo against Pakistan in a World Cup match.”I have always said this, if you don’t pick up early wickets vs India, we are going to invariably be scoring 325-plus. We have the firepower to hurt opposition if we lay a solid foundation and don’t lose wickets upfront. We will do it 8 out of 10 times. And the kind of depth, we have. Today, after that start, Virat came and that partnership was critical. Hardik came and he played some shots,” Tendulkar added.”All these small, small contributions matter. At the end, if you look at the total, it was a mammoth total.advertisement”Trust me, because of the rain, India lost a little bit of momentum at the end. Otherwise, we would have scored about 15 runs more.”‘India are a top team, must take the foot off the pedal only after July 14’Sachin Tendulkar, meanwhile, opined that India are the best team at World Cup 2019 and that the clash against hosts and pre-tournament favourites England on June 30 is the one to look forward to.However, the batting great insisted that India won’t be complacent even after their commanding win over Pakistan.”India is the best team in the tournament. India and England is going to be a big game. England is a well-balanced team and they bat deep. But the way India is playing right now they are a top team,” Tendulkar said.He added: “The way we have played today [vs Pakistan], it’s a fantastic result. India has played really well and covered all the aspects. If we continue doing this then good things will happen to us.”You could still say one step at a time rather than saying we have one foot in the semi-final. The dressing room also would not be thinking ‘now we are almost in the semis, let’s take it easy’. You don’t want to take the foot off the pedal. You can take your foot off the pedal only on the 14th of July.”Also Read | India vs Pakistan: Rohit Sharma batting at a different level, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | India vs Pakistan: I had told Kuldeep ‘don’t worry, ho jaayega,’ says Sachin TendulkarFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Sachin TendulkarFollow India vs PakistanFollow World Cup 2019 Mid Wicket 1 third Man Point c Vijay Shankar b Hardik Pandya 3/47 (10) Mid off 129/4 ( M. Hafeez 26.5 Overs) , Square Leg 1 commentary Pakistan PAK 12 covers Extras: 8 runs (B: 0, LB: 1, WD: 6, NB: 1, P: 0) 1 Mid Wicket 0 2 Mid oncenter_img Hardik Pandya H. Pandya Mid on covers fine Leg third Man Referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SL) Umpires: Marais Erasmus (SA), Bruce Oxenford (AUS) and Joel Wilson (WI) Mid on 18 14 1 336/5 0 1 (40.0) b Vijay Shankar 3.55 7 6 Square Leg Point Mid off 117/2 ( B. Azam 24 Overs) , 0 8 0 0 Virat Kohli (IND) V. Kohli (IND) covers fine Leg 212/6 b Hardik Pandya 20 Mid Wicket 2 Babar Azam B. Azam b Kuldeep Yadav 8 All batsmen are considered right handed 3 Hassan Ali H. Ali Square Leg Shoaib Malik S. Malik b Hardik Pandya 0 0 7 212/6 All batsmen are considered right handed 62 142.85 o covers 128.57 fine Leg Point 0 Point 22 0 All batsmen are considered right handed r (40.0) ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 15:00 (Local Time) 0 117.94 2/32 (9) 2 Next 0 212/6 0 Square Leg 1 7 1 All batsmen are considered right handed ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019, Match 22 Jasprit Bumrah J. Bumrah All batsmen are considered right handed 52 covers 2 fine Leg 336/5 India IND Wahab Riaz W. Riaz (50.0) Toss: PAK elected to field 126/3 ( F. Zaman 25.2 Overs) , 7.57 0 Series Status: Player Of The Match: Rohit Sharma Fall of Wickets Mohammad Hafeez M. Hafeez c Vijay Shankar b Hardik Pandya Mid on wd Point 0 India best team in World Cup 2019, way better than Pakistan: Sachin TendulkarSpeaking to India Today, legendary Sachin Tendulkar expressed confidence that Virat Kohli’s men will not let complacency creep in even after their dominant win over arch-rivals Pakistan on Sunday. India extended their unbeaten run in World Cup 2019 and now have 7 points from 4 matches 5.5 Shadab Khan S. Khan not out 0 44 Mohammad Amir (PAK) M. Amir (PAK) b Kuldeep Yadav Pakistan PAK 165/6 ( S. Ahmed 34.1 Overs) , view full scorecard 0 m 40 1 0 0 Point 46 covers fine Leg Yuzvendra Chahal Y. Chahal Pakistan batting PAK batting 9last_img read more

first_img This 1949 Barn Find Coupe Was Resurrected As a 638-Horsepower Hellraiser The Taylor Stitch Restitch Collection Makes Your Old Gear New Again Before we begin, let’s take a minute to determine what exactly is rock ‘n’ roll. Shredding on a guitar in front of thousands of fans? Absolutely. Ostentatious leather? Of course. Rampant drug use? Yeah, unfortunately. Rehab? Well . . . yes.If those are our rock ‘n’ roll criteria, then Nixon — the renowned watch and accessory brand — is very rock ‘n’ roll. They’re taking the leather donated by some of the greatest rock legends of all time, repurposing it to create one-of-a-kind timepieces, and donating the proceeds to MusiCares — a substance addiction recovery charity for troubled musicians.Rock gods Ozzy Osbourne, Keith Richards, Steven Tyler, Pete Townshend, Eddie Van Halen, and Tom Waits have donated leather jackets, boots, and guitar straps to The Rock LTD Collection. Perhaps best of all are the leather swatches from Ringo Starr’s personal collection (side note: having a personal collection of leather swatches is definitely rock ‘n’ roll).If you think about it, this leather’s journey is a stellar allegory for the average rock god’s career. Leather, an opulent symbol of early success, falls into disuse and is eventually turned into a watch — an item associated with maturity and responsibility. The fact that all watch proceeds will go toward addiction recovery further strengthens this narrative, mirroring many rockers’ own paths to sobriety.Related: Rock Out With These Sunglasses Made From Recycled GuitarsThese reformed leather pieces have been paired with Nixon’s Time Teller, 51-30 Chrono, and Sentry Chrono timepieces, and are expected to become available for purchase in the middle of November. Each watch will come with a certificate of authenticity. To purchase these watches, you’ll need to a) have several thousand dollars and b) migrate to your nearest ultra-premium boutique (listed below).MusiCares was established by The Recording Academy — the organization behind the Grammys — in 1989. For over 25 years, MusiCares has been providing a safety net for musicians struggling with mental and physical health issues — particularly substance abuse. If you don’t have the money to purchase one of these watches yourself, you can still do your part by supporting MusiCares in any way you can.The Rock LTD Collection will be sold exclusively at Westime (Rodeo, Beverly Hills), Barneys (Beverly Hills and NYC), colette (Paris, France), Selfridges (London, UK), Ron Herman (Japan), Nixon Chadstone (Australia), Nixon London (Newburgh Street and Covent Garden), Nixon Paris, and Nixon’s first New York City retail location (opening late November, 2015). Editors’ Recommendations Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Catch an Exclusive $1,000 Uber Ride Aboard a Submarine to the Great Barrier Reef World Beard Champion Madison Rowley is Cutting His Beard to Fight Addiction last_img read more

first_imgzoom The Irish Government has approved the draft general scheme of a new bill aimed at invigorating Ireland’s port sector, Irish Department for Transport, Tourism & Sport informed.The Harbours (Amendment) Bill 2014 will pave way for the five designated Ports of Regional Significance in Drogheda, Dún Laoghaire, Galway, New Ross and Wicklow to transfer to local authority ownership at a future date, in line with Government policy to strengthen local government.“This is an important Bill for the ports sector, which plays a major role in the Irish economy. The National Ports Policy encourages each port, whether small or large, to develop its full potential to ensure that they can all contribute to further growth in the ports sector. Transferring the five regional ports to local authority management at a future date will be the best way to protect their future and ensure good governance,” Minister Varadkar said.Sea-borne freight through Ireland’s ports sector accounts for 84% of Ireland’s trade in volume and 62% in value terms. Many of Ireland’s major exporting sectors such as pharmaceuticals, chemicals and food rely heavily on sea transport.The Bill will also bring in higher standards for appointments to the boards at Ireland’s largest port companies at Dublin, Cork, Shannon Foynes and Waterford. It will set out specific skillsets for potential appointees, introduce term limits and make it a legal requirement for Chairmen-designate to appear before the relevant Oireachtas committee prior to their appointment. This is already a non-statutory Government requirement.The draft Bill will now be considered by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport & Communications and following their consideration will then be submitted to the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel for legal drafting.IMDO, June 16, 2014last_img read more

first_imgAutism advocates, parents and government officials have begun work on a strategy to improve government services for people affected by autism spectrum disorder. The Autism Management Advisory Team includes representation from three government departments — Education, Community Services and Health — the Autism Society Nova Scotia, the Autism Society of Cape Breton and the Annapolis Valley Autism Support Team. The team will assess current efforts to help people with autism spectrum disorder and their families. It will then recommend a comprehensive strategy to improve the services. The team expects to report by December. “There are a number of good government programs and initiatives dedicated to helping those affected by autism spectrum disorder,” said Education Minister Judy Streatch. “We need to look at co-ordinating our efforts across government to close any gaps in services. My colleagues, the Minister of Health and the Minister of Community Services, and I look forward to seeing the report’s recommendations.” The six-member team will be led by Kym Hume, the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board’s autism consultant. “A vital part of our work will be gathering the public’s views on the support services out there,” Ms. Hume said. “We will be launching our public-input initiatives soon.” An estimated 7,500 Nova Scotians, about one in 150, have autism spectrum disorder.last_img read more

first_imgThe David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s TigerTime campaign has launched its 2014 Stars & Stripes celebrity art auction to raise awareness and funds for tiger conservation in India, Thailand and Russia.2014 Stars & Stripes celebrity art auctionSporting stars taking part include World Superbike Champion Tom Sykes, ex-England cricketer David Gower, Jody Craddock and Sir Stirling Moss, while actors Peter Egan, Ayden Callaghan and Sarah Jane Honeywell will exhibit their work alongside legend of rock Frances Rossi and everyone’s favourite comedian, Ronnie Corbett. There’s also work from wildlife artist David Shepherd, designers Elizabeth Emanuel, Emre Erturk and Naomi Cleaver, garden expert Alan Titchmarsh, best-selling novelist Jane Fallon and glamour girl favourite Lucy Pinder.“They may seem like a very diverse group but they share one passion and that’s to see the tiger remain wild and free,” says TigerTime campaign manager, Vicky Flynn. “By giving their precious time to support this event each and every one is helping us fund vital conservation projects to help save the tiger. And, with numbers in the wild dwindling to fewer than 3,200 this push to raise awareness and funds is as vital as ever.”You can view the full auction catalogue online here.Bids can be made at the Mall Galleries in London from 3-7 June or by email from now until midnight on 8 June bids@tigertime.infolast_img read more

first_imgCALGARY – Royal Dutch Shell’s name is being removed from a tiny 65-year-old employee credit union as its visibility in the Alberta oil and gas industry continues to shrink in the wake of the sale of most of its oilsands assets last year.The rebranding of the Shell Employees’ Credit Union as Spark the Energy Credit Union (a name chosen in part because the initials stay the same) was celebrated Thursday at its only branch on the main floor of Shell Canada’s downtown Calgary headquarters.It follows a vote in June in which individual members who own the credit union voted 96 per cent in favour of moving to a brand that would allow growth by being more inclusive of a broader Alberta energy worker market.Credit union president and chairman Adam Battistessa, who is also the government relations manager for Shell in Calgary, says the name change is directly linked to the oilsands sale because that event resulted in thousands of Shell employee members switching to work for the buyer, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.In the $12.7-billion deal with Canadian Natural and Marathon Oil in 2017, Shell sold all but 10 per cent of its interest in the Athabasca Oil Sands Project mine in northern Alberta but retained ownership of its Edmonton-area Scotford refinery and chemicals plants.Earlier this month, it announced with its partners final approval to build the $40-billion LNG Canada liquefied natural gas export terminal at Kitimat, B.C.last_img read more

The C.D. Howe Institute says negatives will outweigh the positives for all three parties to the new Canada-United States-Mexico free trade agreement but it will hit Mexico hardest and the U.S. the lightest.In a new analysis to be released Thursday, it says Canada’s real gross domestic product is expected to shrink by 0.4 per cent and its “economic welfare” — a measure of the value of household consumption — will decline by more than US$10 billion.It says Mexico’s GDP will fall by 0.79 per cent and the U.S. will see a 0.1 per cent drop, leading to economic welfare setbacks of $14.9 billion and $17.4 billion, respectively.The trade deal was signed in November, but has yet to be ratified and implemented.The report says the overall impacts of CUSMA, as it’s known in Canada, are “relatively small” and will likely be seen in “less robust growth” rather than observed as outright declines in trade and economic output.Report co-author Dan Ciuriak says most of the negative affects of the trade deal result from the U.S. quest to protect its manufacturing sector and, as a result, hurts Canada and Mexico more because trade within North America is a bigger part of their economies.“The main aim of the U.S. in renegotiating the (NAFTA) agreement was to repatriate industrial activity within its borders, particularly in the auto sector,” he said.“When you substitute domestic production for imported production, then you are implicitly importing stuff that is produced more efficiently globally and substituting it with domestic production which is less efficient.”In April, the U.S. International Trade Commission estimated ratifying the trade deal would result in a modest 0.35 per cent increase in U.S. GDP and that both U.S. exports to Canada and imports from Canada would increase by the same amount, $19.1 billion. The Canadian Press read more

According to a news release issued by the mission, known as MINUSMA, unidentified armed men launched an attack on a Malian military site in Sevaré early this morning. The attackers, who were pushed back by the Malian Armed Forces, then took refuge in a hotel in the town, with the confrontation between the attackers and the Malian Forces continuing throughout the morning, added the mission, which condemned the attack.At least one UN contractor was killed in the incident, while a number of soldiers from the Malian Armed Forces have also reportedly been killed and wounded.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned today’s attack in a statement issued by his spokesperson.“This attack will not lessen the determination of the United Nations to accompany the Malian people in their efforts to implement the peace agreement. The Secretary-General calls upon the people of Mali and the parties to the agreement to remain united in their pursuit of a just and sustainable peace.” At the request of the Malian authorities, MINUSMA has taken measures to ensure the transport of a Malian rapid intervention team from the capital, Bamako, to Sevaré as reinforcements for the national armed and security forces who are on location. The mission has also reinforced security at the Sevaré-Mopti airport and deployed a medical team that is already stationed at the airport to provide any necessary assistance.Established in 2013, MINUSMA carries out a number of tasks, including ensuring security, stabilization and protection of civilians; supporting national political dialogue and reconciliation; and assisting the reestablishment of State authority in the country. read more

ESTEVAN, Sask. — A potentially disruptive change to Brad Jacobs’s foursome has not hurt the skip early at the Canada Cup.Jacobs’ team from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., won its first two games at the tournament on Wednesday, beating Calgary’s Kevin Koe 9-5 in the opener, then downing Brad Gushue 8-4 in a battle of former Olympic champions.Jacobs is curling in Estevan without usual third Ryan Fry, who is taking time off for personal reasons. His decision came after his team was ejected from the Red Deer Curling Classic last month for what organizers called unsportsmanlike behaviour resulting from excessive drinking.Veteran Marc Kennedy is filling in for Fry at the Canada Cup. He hasn’t looked out of place, curling 81 per cent in Jacobs’ win over Koe and 79 per cent against Gushue.Toronto’s John Epping is also off to a 2-0 start after posting a 7-5 win over Edmonton’s Brendan Bottcher and a 6-3 victory over Winnipeg’s Reid Carruthers.Gushue is 1-1 after two draws, while Bottcher, Carruthers, Koe and Winnipeg’s Matthew Dunstone is at 0-1.A third draw was scheduled for Wednesday evening.In women’s action, Rachel Homan’s Ottawa rink is at 1-0 along with Allison Flaxey of Caledon, Ont., Casey Scheidegger of Lethbridge, Alta., Winnipeg’s Jennifer Jones and Winnipeg’s Darcy Robertson.Kerri Einarson of Gimli, Man., is at 0-1 and Edmonton’s Laura Crocker and Calgary’s Chelsea Carey are at 0-2.The Canadian Press read more

first_imgJune’s surface haul trucks article focuses on the latest technology developments. News that could not be included in the published article, due to insufficient space, comes from Allison Transmission, which has introduced a second reverse gear on all its 4700 and 4800 models produced this year. The second ‘deep reverse’ gear, in addition to the standard reverse, provides greater control and engine braking during operation on steep grades. 2nd Reverse also enables increased manoeuvrability when operating in confined spaces, allowing quicker operation cycles and boosting productivity performance.“Customers in mining in particular, will appreciate the provision of a deeper reverse gear,” says Larry Love, Allison Executive Director of International Marketing. “The shorter ratios of 2nd Reverse will make up and downhill reversing much safer and easier in heavy duty applications, giving drivers additional confidence. This is another reason to specify an Allison fully automatic transmission, complementing features such as our adaptive Electronic Control Systems and integral retarder that aim to improve comfort and productivity for drivers and operators.”When a vehicle is in 2nd Reverse, it will have a slow creep capability with high engine speeds. With a mechanical ratio of 17.12, it will have an effective torque converter multiplied ratio up to 32.5:1. The new 2nd Reverse feature provides overall better performance and enhanced applicability for a variety of applications.The company has also added a raft of enhancements to its 6000 Series, including the new 6620 transmission. New hardware and software upgrades for the transmission used in rigid dump and specialist mining trucks up to 70 t are aimed at enhancing durability, lowering operating costs and simplifying maintenance.Available in the second half of 2010 and replacing the 6610, this proactive design upgrade responds to changes in engine characteristics that are increasingly prevalent in the sector. Greater use of digital control for engines delivers sharper torque ‘response’ through the driveline, necessitating upgrades to protect the drivetrain. “We have made detail improvements throughout the product to further extend overhaul intervals and increase durability,” says Brian Reusser, Allison’s Off-highway Product Manager. “These include design, manufacturing and material upgrades.” For the flywheel, the use of FEA identified an opportunity to modify fillet radii and introduce heat treatment and reduce stress. Case hardening and nitriding other interfacing components such as the turbine shaft and hub, together with increasing the shaft’s diameter, is expected to increase their fatigue durability by over six times. Extensive in-field comparative testing has identified a significantly more durable bronze-based material for use in the lock up clutch.The 6620 will feature a new CEC3 electronic control system when available that includes an extended CAN messaging set (J1939 protocol) and other electrical interface upgrades. This translates into advantages for both OEMs and end-users. Manufacturers will benefit from an easier and higher level of integration with the vehicle architecture, for example the choice of a proprietary shift selector as well as the Allison derivative will now be possible. The opportunity to ‘tune’ the transmission to an operator’s specific requirement is now easier, permitting increased performance or economy depending on the duty-cycle or application. “Against the backdrop of a challenging economy, the operator or OEM can perfect a vehicle to a specific drive cycle,” says Reusser. “Together with the OEM, Allison can optimise the vehicle for the best economy-productivity balance.”last_img read more