Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Visit Child Bereavement UK

first_imgThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met families supported by Child Bereavement UK this week, which supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.The Duke has been patron of the charity since 2009.The royal couple was greeted by crowds of well-wishers as they visited the charity’s offices near High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire.Meeting staff, volunteers and supporters at Child Bereavement UK, The Duke said: “It’s fantastic what you are doing. I’m so proud to be a patron of the charity. Please keep up the good work.”The Duke and Duchess met bereaved families and saw first-hand some of Child Bereavement UK’s support groups for bereaved children, young people and parents. They experienced the activities of the charity’s Young People’s Advisory Group, a forum for bereaved young people to share their experiences and help develop resources. Daniel, age 14, said: “They had a chat with everyone and they seemed like very nice people. It was pretty exciting.”The couple also met bereaved young children and their parents, where children took part in creative activities designed to help them express their feelings. They also met a Parents’ Support Group for parents following the death of a child.Juliette, whose two children Aidan, 13, and Elysia, 7, attend children’s groups at the charity said: “Child Bereavement UK has been so helpful because they understand – they’ve dealt with children who have been through similar things to us.”Her son Aidan said of the Young People’s group he attends: “It’s just really helpful, it just cheers me up. The stuff that we do is really fun, and if I’ve had a bad day at school or something like that, I can go to that club and I just feel much better.”
On meeting the Duke and Duchess, Juliette added: “They made the families feel very much at ease. William was very funny actually, and really interactive, both of them, with the children, which was lovely to see.”Chief Executive Ann Chalmers said: “It was wonderful to have both the Duke and Duchess here to visit us and to experience Child Bereavement UK’s work first-hand. They both showed great compassion, warmth and understanding, and I don’t doubt they will have been moved by what they heard from the bereaved families and children they met.”Source:ChildBereavementUK.orglast_img read more

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JOHN CANDYS CHILDREN HELP HONOUR HIS TIMELESS LEGACY AT A TORONTO THEATRE

first_img Twitter Advertisement John Candy’s children say their father’s legacy is “almost timeless,” as the late Canadian comedian became the first inductee at the East York Hall of Fame in Toronto on Friday.The beloved comedy legend called the Ontario city home and his children say their dad never let his fame get to his head.“That’s how he was. This down-to-earth relatable guy that anyone could speak to and want to hear about your day,” Jennifer Candy told CTV National News anchor and W5 correspondent Sandie Rinaldo, saying he was always “happy to talk to anyone and everyone.” Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Candy starred in films such as “Spaceballs,” “Cool Runnings” and “Summer Rental” and even showed up in the Christmas classic “Home Alone.” Login/Register With: Advertisement John Candylast_img read more

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Lead up to the TRC closing events InFocus

first_imgAPTN InFocus with Cheryl McKenzie:In this edition we hear how churches and religious organizations have united under KAIROS.Together they’re working for reconciliation to reverse the attitudes of the past that encouraged the assimilation of Indigenous children through Canada’s residential schools.We also hear how Saskatoon’s Tribal Council is commemorating the closing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.last_img

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South Korea fines BMW 10 million over several engine fires

first_imgSEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — South Korea says it will fine BMW 11.2 billion won ($9.9 million) and file a criminal complaint against the company with state prosecutors over an allegedly botched response to dozens of engine fires reported in the country.South Korea’s Transport Ministry said Monday its investigation panel after a five-month review concluded that the German automaker deliberately tried to cover up technical problems and moved too slowly to recall vehicles after around 40 of its cars caught fire earlier this year.BMW recalled some 172,000 vehicles in July and October over the fires it has blamed on a faulty exhaust gas component. The company said there had been no reports of injuries linked to the fires.BMW’s South Korean unit didn’t immediately comment on the ministry’s announcement.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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No decision on accepting assistance of foreign judges

The Deputy Minister was responding to a question posed in Parliament today by opposition Parliamentarian Udaya Gammanpila. However he said it is in the hands of Parliament and the Government to decide if foreign judges should be involved in the accountability process. Gammanpila had also raised a question on the Global Tamil Forum and if it still wants an Eelam State and the Deputy Minister said that the Global Tamil Forum has agreed to work with the Government.However Gammanpila was not happy with the response and this led to an exchange of words between Gammanpila and the Deputy Minister. The Government says no decision has been taken on accepting the assistance of foreign judges in the accountability process over incidents related to the war.Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva told Parliament today that there have been requests from some groups and individuals to have foreign judges in the domestic accountability process. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya then intervened and told Gammanpila to accept the response given by the Deputy Minister.Gammanpila however objected to the stand taken by the Speaker. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Searchlight of international scrutiny must focus on crimes of sexual violence in

Addressing an event commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today stressed the importance of prevention and early response efforts, as well as the need to shift shame and stigma from victims to perpetrators.In conflicts around the world, women and girls, men and boys, are subjected to horrendous acts of sexual violence. These acts, rape, sexual slavery, forced marriage, and sexual torture, constitute abhorrent violations of human rights and human dignity.A critical aspect of prevention is to hold the perpetrators accountable for their acts, he said. “Accountability is a powerful deterrent, as well as a moral duty to those afflicted. No one should think that that they can come out of this without accountability,” he added.Mr. Eliasson’s observations came at the official commemoration of the International Day. The programme included Zainab Bangura, UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, UN Special Representative on Children and Armed Conflict, and Martín García Moritán, Permanent Representative of Argentina to the UN.In 2015, Argentina, together with the Offices of the Special Representatives on Sexual Violence in Conflict and on Children and Armed Conflict, presented an initiative of a General Assembly resolution establishing 19 June as the International Day.The aim of the Day is to raise awareness amongst the international community in order to prevent, combat and put an end to all forms of conflict-related sexual violence, especially against women, children, the poor, ethnic and religious minorities and other vulnerable groups, as well as assisting its victims and promoting accountability and fighting impunity of the perpetrators of those crimes.Mr. Eliasson said sexual violence is unique in often stigmatizing the victim, rather than the perpetrator of the crime, underscoring the need to shift the shame and stigma from the victims to those who command, those who commit, or those who condone these crimes.Social and economic reintegration support is imperative, and children born of rape need particular attention. Men and boys who have suffered sexual violence and live with life-long traumas need support as well.“And our preventive action must pay attention to the vulnerability of refugees and displaced people, who may be trafficked for sexual exploitation,” he said.Noting that 19 June, 2008, the international community decided to take action to elevate conflict-related sexual violence to the international peace and security agenda. This was done through the adoption of Security Council resolution 1820.“We must meet the new challenges on the horizon and keep the searchlight of international scrutiny on these crimes, which have been ignored for far too long,” he said. read more

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Week In Westminster – Week ending Friday 1 February 2013

DOWNLOAD1. New car growth set to continue in 20132. Significant rise in engineering and manufacturing apprentices3. Treasury Committee states government must restore primacy of Budget4. OFT report points to competition working well in UK road fuel sector5. BIS publish ‘The Impact of FE Learning’ report6. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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Im offering my Cambridgeshire field to travellers to get back at the

first_img 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. Linda Watson, 48Credit:Geoff Robinson She spent £70,000 renovating the land and creating a stud farm and more recently she has run a horse rehabilitation business. Linda wants travellers to stay on her land to get back at local villagers Credit:Geoff Robinson  She recently applied to East Cambridgeshire District Council to have a small home on the site and improve her business, but the plans were rejected.She added: “This was just a run-down piece of land when I bought it but I’ve spent thousands making it look good, with fencing.”I had a meeting with the council about plans to make a permanent home here and they advised me to put forward a business plan, but they’ve since told me it was rubbish.”She said she now plans to move abroad next month.”It’s a very well-to-do village, but they have done nothing for me,” she said. “Not one of them has helped me with my planning application.”Travellers will be living here later this month and I’ll be moving abroad.”East Cambridgeshire District Council has been contacted for a comment. Linda wants travellers to stay on her land to get back at local villagers Linda Watson, 48, She said: “It’s a great plot of land with electric, water and lovely scenery. I have advertised it on Facebook and had lots of interest from people wanting it for horses.”But I want to give it to travellers and I have two lots coming to take a look already this week.”I’ve had no support from anyone in this village. I’m happy to give the land away to travellers if I have to. I hope it will create s*** for the village. Everyone in Kirtling is so far up their own a***.”Linda has owned the piece of land at the Coedendderw Stud in Bradley Road for the last 17 years and moved into a static caravan on the site with her partner four years ago. A woman who owns a plot of land in a Cambridgeshire village is offering it to travellers to live on because her neighbours are “so far up their own a****.”Linda Watson, 48, says she wants travellers to have the two-and-a-half-acre plot in Kirtling, near Newmarket and hopes the sale will create “s*** for the village.”last_img read more

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Apple HTC dément avoir violé ses brevets

first_imgApple : HTC dément avoir violé ses brevets États-Unis – Le fabriquant HTC réfute l’accusation d’Apple concernant des violations de brevets autour de l’iPhone (voir article). Pour sa défense, la firme taïwanaise rappelle qu’elle était la première sur le marché des mobiles à écrans tactiles.HTC avait été pris de court par la récente plainte d’Apple l’accusant de plusieurs violations de brevets concernant des technologies développées autour de l’iPhone. À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Néanmoins, le fabricant taïwanais a choisi de réagir en invoquant un fait qui ne peut être contesté : l’entreprise a été la première à avoir fabriqué des mobiles tactiles. “En 1999, nous avons commencé à concevoir le XDA et le T-Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition, nos premiers smartphones à écran tactile, qui ont tous deux été livrés en 2002 ainsi que plus de cinquante modèles de smartphones HTC depuis lors”, souligne Peter Chou, le PDG de HTC. Grâce à cet argument de poids, ce différend pourrait être réglé très rapidement, contrairement à la guerre ouverte que se livrent la firme à la pomme et Nokia au sujet de ces mêmes brevets.Le 19 mars 2010 à 12:11 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Fantastic Beasts 2 Has its Young Dumbledore Jude Law

first_imgThe sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has cast its young version of Albus Dumbledore, Variety reports. The role will be played by Jude Law, who could conceivably grow old to be either Richard Harris or Michael Gambon. I guess. Put a white beard on him, and we’ll see which actor he resembles more. In any case, not much else is known about the movie other than the fact that Eddie Redmayne will reprise his role for the sequel and David Yates will direct again. Also, Johnny Depp will appear opposite Law, playing Gellert Grindelwald.According to Entertainment Weekly, Yates put out a statement regarding the casting of Law, calling him a phenomenally talented actor he’s admired for some time. “I’m looking forward to finally having the opportunity to work with him,” Yates said. “I know he will brilliantly capture all the unexpected facets of Albus Dumbledore as J.K. Rowling reveals this very different time in his life.”Michael Gambon as a younger Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube/Warner Bros.)The movie will take place before Dumbledore’s days as Hogwarts’ headmaster when he was a professor of Transfiguration. He has dealings with Grindelwald, a dark wizard who believes Wizards to be superior to muggles. If the hints at this time period in the Harry Potter books are anything to go by, Dumbledore did some things he isn’t proud of during this time period. J.K. Rowling has also said that Dumbledore had romantic feelings for Grindelwald. Sadly for him, they aren’t reciprocated. Poor Albus. Here’s hoping he meets a nice boy at some point during this series.Law is a fine choice for the role, and I have no doubt he’ll be able to play all sides of Albus Dumbledore. He can naturally appear wise, tender and goofy, which is who the character is when we meet him in the Harry Potter series. After Law’s performance in HBO’s not-great-but-fun-as-hell The Young Pope, I can confidently predict he’ll be able to pull off the intimidating aspects of Dumbledore as well. Law will be the third actor to play Dumbledore, and I can’t wait to see his interpretation of the character.last_img read more

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Mom sheriffs deputies seek missing girl

first_imgClark County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chad Rothenberger is hoping someone will recognize a photo of a missing or runaway girl and see that she returns home.Kylie Alvidrez, 14, was last seen around 2 a.m. Friday. She likes to hang out in the mall area, lives in the Salmon Creek area and is an 8th-grader at Gaiser Middle School, said her mother, Shawneen Bliss.Bliss said Kylie is not taking her medicine.She is about 5 feet one inch tall and weighs 90 pounds. She sometimes dyes the back part of her hair red.Anyone who sees Kylie is asked to call 911 and refer to report S-12-4731.John Branton: 360-735-4513 or john.branton@columbian.com.last_img read more

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Bump stock ban in effect owners can face felony charges

first_imgA ban on bump stocks went into effect on Tuesday, where owners can face felony charges for having one in their possession.The gun attachments are designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to fire continuously with one single pull of the trigger.The Justice Department issued the ruling in December that not only included bump stocks but fully automatic weapons.Owners are advised to destroy their bump stocks or turn them in to federal authorities.The ban comes with backlash from gun rights groups who have attempted to ask the Supreme Court to stop the ban.The bump stock was used by the shooter in the 2017 Las Vegas massacre when 58 people lost their lives and 489 others were wounded.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Nirav Modis payback time Conman sent to UKs worst jail with crowded

first_imgActivists of the youth wing of India’s main opposition Congress party burn a cut-out with an image of billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi.reutersHow the mighty have fallen! Just a few days ago, Nirav Modi was seen calmly strolling on the streets of London sporting a handle-bar moustache and a jacket by Ostrich Hide, said to cost “at least £10,000.” And now, in a turn of events, the fugitive diamantaire is housed in a south-west London jail, which is far from his life of luxury and is, in fact, one of the most crowded prisons in England.Modi was arrested by uniformed officers on March 19, when he had visited a Metro Bank branch in London to open a new account. He was produced before District Judge Marie Mallon on Wednesday, March 20, and during the proceedings, Mallon said that she wasn’t willing to grant Modi bail due to the “high value amount” involved in the case and over the belief that he would “fail to surrender” before the court in case he was set free, reported the Hindu Business Line.Hence, Modi was refused bail and has been remanded to custody at the HMP Wandsworth prison until March 29, and the prison is probably what the diamantaire’s nightmares are made of. While the 48-year-old was said to be living in an upscale three-bedroom £8 million apartment at the Centre Point, a luxury skyscraper, off Tottenham Court Road, he now has Jabir Moti, Dawood Ibrahim’s henchman, as an inmate.Exclusive: Telegraph journalists tracked down Nirav Modi, the billionaire diamond tycoon who is a suspect for the biggest banking fraud in India’s historyhttps://t.co/PpsjGeFEsy pic.twitter.com/v3dN5NotzQ— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) March 8, 2019 The jail is known to house a high number of prisoners — about 1,428 men — due to which even a small cell is shared between at least two inmates. “There were too many prisoners, many with drug-related or mental health issues, and with not enough to do,” noted the inspection report, according to the Press Trust of India.While the UK Justice Department has said that the prison, built in 1851, has been renovated and refurbished since 1989 with better in-cell sanitation, privacy screens for cells and even in-cell electricity, it is evidently not a place Modi is accustomed to. Prisoners here are said to be enduring long hours of confinement and even a lack of basic privacy with poorly screened lavatories.”Cells designed for one prisoner were occupied by two, with poorly screened lavatories and the prisoners confined in them for far too long each day…In common with many other prisons of this type, prisoners at Wandsworth had far too little time out of their cells,” the report added.The fugitive businessman may be in jail now, but he seems to have had quite a few plans to leave London too in case of an emergency. In the last 15 months, he had applied for a citizenship of Vanuatu, an island nation near Australia, sought a permanent residence in Singapore and even discussed the idea of seeking shelter in a third country with top UK law firms, reported the Times of India.Some reports even suggest that Modi was planning to get a plastic surgery to change his appearance and avoid arrest.On the other hand, his uncle Mehul Choksi, also involved in the PNB scam, applied for a citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda in 2017. And when an Interpol notice was issued against him, Choksi filed representations with the international police body alleging that this was all a part of a “politically motivated probe.”last_img read more

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India Inc to spend Rs 20000 crore on advertising this festive season

first_imgIndia Inc. is expected to spend a whopping Rs. 20,000 crore on advertising, marketing and promotion in the four-month festive season that is underway, clocking an increase of 12 percent over the same period last year.The highest likely increase in marketing expenditure of about 10 percent makes consumer durable companies the largest spenders.”We expect a good festive season this year with a growth of 12 percent over the last year. The sectors which advertise for tier-II, tier-III cities such as two-wheelers, consumer durables and others are expected to spend. The estimate spend during the four months from September to December is Rs 20,000 crore,” Ashish Bhasin, CEO South Asia, Dentsu Aegis Network, was quoted saying by the Economic Times.The festival season starting with Ganesh Chaturthi and Onam in September and peaking through Diwali to Christmas contributes to 40 percent of annual sales of various consumer products ranging from phones and clothes to vehicles and jewellery. Media planners chalked up the positive consumer sentiments to good monsoon and higher salaries and pensions with the implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations.However, some media planners said that they are uncertain about consumer spending.”The quarter with festive season will definitely be better than other quarters, but whether it will cover the deficit of the rest of the year is a question,” Anita Nayyar, CEO India and South Asia at Havas Media, said. E-commerce bluesSimilar questions are also being thrown regarding spending by e-commerce companies. Spending by e-commerce retailers, some of the biggest advertisers during the previous two festive seasons, dropped to Rs. 394 crore in the first half of 2016 from Rs. 629 crore in the first half of 2015, according to the 2016 Mid-Year Advertising Report by Madison World, the company that buys media for Snapdeal and ITC, among others.Even though the report said advertisers in India will increase spending by about 13 percent to Rs. 49,812 crore in 2016, Sam Balsara, chairman of Madison World, suggests that sluggishness in spending by e-commerce will be met by handset makers, automobiles and FMCG companies and Reliance Jio Infocomm, the new mobile phone operator.”The worry is not how much the big three e-commerce companies will spend as much as the 50 others who have packed up. Jio is the new kid on the block and will also spend heavily,” Balsara said.Funding for e-commerce companies has reduced and several smaller platforms do not have enough money to spend on advertising. But big online retail platforms — Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal — are expected to run aggressive campaigns. Snapdeal recently announced a budget of Rs. 200 crore for advertising during the festive season.”The larger players are expected to spend heavily during the festive season. But there will be fewer advertisers in the e-commerce category as compared to the last festive season,” Bhasin of Dentsu said.”While television and print both see an uptake in demand during the festive months, it is skewed slightly towards the print media. Sectors such as e-commerce, handset makers and automobiles bank heavily on print, increasing the demand by up to 25-30 percent as against the regular months,” Mallikarjun Das, Group CEO of Starcom India, said.last_img read more

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Physicist creates ice cream that changes colors as its licked

first_imgCredit: Cocinatis Spanish physicist, engineer, professor and ice cream lover Manuel Linares has together with a couple of colleagues created an ice cream that changes colors when it’s licked—in a cone. Not content with the life of a physics professor, Linares signed up for training with Asociación Empresarial Nacional de Elaboradores Artesanos y Comerciantes de Helados y Horchatas—a craftsmen and businessmen association in Spain that offers mentored coursework. Uber brings back on-demand ice cream trucks Explore further © 2014 Phys.orgcenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Physicist creates ice cream that changes colors as it’s licked (2014, July 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-07-physicist-ice-cream.html Linares pursued what he has described as a “Masters Diploma in Creating Artisan Ice Cream.” Intrigued by the ice that changes color under fluorescent lights, created by Charlie Francis, Linares set his sights on figuring out a way to create a type of ice cream that would change color in response to temperature changes and acids found in the human mouth. He enlisted the assistance of a couple of unnamed buddies and they all got to work in a lab that Linares put together with his own funds. Linares has told the press that it took the three of them just one week to come up with the color changing ice cream. The final product, which reportedly has a similar taste to tutti-frutti, has been named Xamaleón. The color changing comes about, some suspect due to the types of fruit that are used—plus a secondary ingredient, a spritz called the “love elixir” that gets sprayed onto the ice cream after its been scooped into a cone, which Linares has hinted, accelerates the color changing process. It starts out as periwinkle blue, then changes to pink and eventually becomes purple, as it’s licked.The ice cream is made of all natural materials, Linares has revealed, but other than listing some of the normal ingredients found in regular ice cream, he’s kept mum. That’s because he has big plans for the ice cream. He’s already opened a shop in Blanes, his hometown, with the goal of creating many more types of exotic ice cream, such as a variety that mimics the ice created by Francis, and another he’s already named Xamán—it will be made with Peruvian and African medicinal plants which will supposedly provide an aphrodisiac effect.last_img read more

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Trending styles in loafers moccasins

first_imgLoafers and moccasins have become increasingly popular in today’s times as they have been identified as the most convenient style of shoes. But there’s a whole variety that you can explore from. Experts have shared tips on the types to choose from: -Brogue loafer with medallion: One of the most promising trends in loafers, these styles create a distinctive look with a decorative medallion on the toe and come with a vintage finish. A must-have shoe style for fashion connoisseurs, these shoes offers a contemporary and sharp touch when teamed with a crisp shirt and chinos. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf-Penny loafer with cord stitch: Considered as one of the trendiest styles in semi-casual shoe range, penny loafers add perfect aesthetics to a man’s wardrobe and bring in a touch of much needed versatility. Penny loafers embody refined sophistication and are an ideal companion for sharp dressing office goers and trendy millennials. -Brogue wing tip Kelty moccasins: Designed with W shaped patch on the toe with broguing throughout, these styles give a brilliant and suave touch when crafted in patent leather. An ideal option for those heading for a party or a cocktail night, this style renders a dynamic styling essence when teamed with dress shirts or blazers. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive-Tassel loafer: Amazingly stylish, tassel design loafers are one of the most wanted styles by men. With the increasing popularity, loafers have become more experimental with designs – one, two tassels and fringes. Also, loafers in special shades (wine, carnet, maroon, blue) can make you stand out from the crowd. Tassel loafers are uniquely versatile to pair for any event like party, work meeting or for wedding. Dark wine tassel loafer can play well with three piece black suit for event or wedding whereas tan loafers can go with well with party look (black jeans with white shirt). -Penny loafer: The penny loafers are minimal stylish shoes in the most traditional styles. It is also versatile to wear with any outfit. The shoe emerged as a classic American staple, featuring predominantly in collegiate outfits across the country. It is a preferred shoe option due to its simplistic style and easy adaptability. Today, the penny loafer is a nod to the past but available in a range of different materials suiting every gentleman’s taste. Penny loafers are highly available in three shades – black, brown, and wine for formal look. -Loafer colours: Now, men are more interested to go with experimental colours in loafer to highlight the appearance. Black may be classic, but unusual tones like burgundy, wine, magenta loafers can be more versatile to get dapper look. Different colours in loafer are high trend these days and can add more stylish essence.last_img read more

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. UP NEXT:UP NEXT: Click for Sound Watch again Click to playTap to playcenter_img StokeonTrentLive – we’re #localandproud We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comHello and welcome to Stoke-on-TrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Wednesday, November 28. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 18:43Lane shut due to broken down vehicle on M6One lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound between J12 A5 (Gailey) and J13 A449 (Stafford South). Traffic is coping well.Lane one (of three) is closed. 18:25A50 Newcastle Road closed due to accidentLocation of the closure (Image: Inrix)18:06105 homes without power in Crackley A total of 105 homes are without power in Crackley 17:37Derby fans warned to expect delays on way homeA Derbyshire Police spokesman said: “A safe trip to over 3000 Rams going to Stoke City vs Derby tonight. A50= 2 LANES CLOSED FROM 2200.PC”s Brown and Wright working. See you there.”17:24Accident in Wolstanton High Street partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident at A527 High Street. 16:30Delays due to obstruction on lineDelays of up to 20 minutes on London Northwestern between Crewe and Stafford due to obstruction on the line. 16:25Two cats die after dehumidifier causes house fireA man escaped from a window after being helped by neighbours. More here. 12:28A53 Elder Road busy but moving at A50 Waterloo Road (Cobridge Traffic Lights). 11:56Weather warning in force tomorrow across regionMore here.The warning covers the entire area (Image: Met Office)11:31A safe trip to over 3000 Rams going to @stokecity v @dcfcofficial tonight. A50= 2 LANES CLOSED FROM 2200.PC”s Brown and Wright working. See you there. @DCFCSC@dcfcfans https://t.co/jdeJraBwil— DCFC Rams Police (@DCFCPolice) November 28, 201811:30 A5272 Chell Street busy but moving at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). 11:30Service suspended on Transport for Wales between Shrewsbury and Crewe due to emergency services dealing with an incident.Some services may be diverted via Chester. 10:24Please come along to meet our @StaffsPLOD team �� https://t.co/Khjg96B3S0— Staffordshire Police (@StaffsPolice) November 28, 201810:15Heavy traffic on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). 10:15A500 D Road Southbound lane closed on exit slip road, very slow traffic due to recovery work and broken down Crane at A5006 (Sideway Roundabout).The vehicle is reported to be in lane one (of four) of the southbound exit slip road from the A500 to the A50. Affecting traffic between Stoke-on-Trent and Blythe Bridge. Police confirm that recovery is now on scene. 08:56Slow traffic on A34 Newcastle Road Northbound at A534 Sandbach Road. 08:56Slow traffic on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). Travel time is seven minutes. 08:56Heavy traffic on Bucknall Road inbound from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre. 08:12Traffic heavier than normal on A50 Through The Roadworks at B5030 Ashbourne Road (Little Chef roundabout). Travel time is ten minutes. 08:06Queuing traffic on Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. Travel time is six minutes. 07:54Slow traffic on A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brinley Ford Southbound at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 07:48All lanes have re-opened on the #M6 in #Warwickshire northbound between J3A and J4 due following a collision involving a car and a HGV. Thanks for your patience. Have a safe onward journey. pic.twitter.com/i3joZuZ384— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) November 28, 201807:46Usual congestion on A53 Elder Road at A50 Waterloo Road (Cobridge Traffic Lights). 07:45Slow traffic on A52 Werrington Road Westbound before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). 07:45Usual congestion on B5051 Moorland Road at A5272 High Lane / A5272 Hanley Road / Bank Hall Road (Smallthorne Roundabout). 07:45Traffic heavier than normal on A50 Through The Roadworks at B5030 Ashbourne Road (Little Chef roundabout). Travel time is eight minutes. 07:26Usual congestion on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). 07:26Slow traffic and lane closed on exit slip road due to broken down lorry on A5006 Southbound at A50 (Sideway Roundabout).Affecting traffic between Stoke-on-Trent and Blythe Bridge. The vehicle is reported to be in lane one (of four) of the southbound exit slip road from the A500 to the A50. 07:09Traffic heavier than normal on A50 Through The Roadworks at B5030 Ashbourne Road (Little Chef roundabout). Travel time is seven minutes. 07:03Good morning!Welcome to our daily live blog! Watch Next Share this videolast_img read more

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World Cup couch potatoes hurting retail sales

first_imgRelated posts:Most Brazilians don’t want to host the World Cup Costa Ricans racked up credit card debt on TVs, travel during World Cup Costa Rica fans drive to Brazil in … The Chunche Transport chaos, World Cup security fears hit Brazil RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – For most Brazilians, winning a World Cup on home soil would be priceless. For companies ranging from retailers to airlines, the event is bad for business.More than two-thirds of malls expect a “significant” drop in traffic during the World Cup next month as soccer fans stay glued to their TVs and shopping centers restrict hours because of public holidays, an Ibope poll released May 13 shows. Retail sales in March fell the most since May 2012 on a monthly basis. Banco Santander says a drop in business travelers will cut sales for airlines like Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes. Hotels and restaurants are also bracing for a slowdown.With less than a month to go before the games kick off, the international soccer championship isn’t giving Brazil’s sluggish economy the lift supporters like former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Finance Minister Guido Mantega had hoped for. Latin America’s largest economy missed a chance to use the World Cup to fuel long-term growth by not following through with all planned projects to modernize infrastructure, while economic activity in the short term isn’t likely to get a boost, said William Nobrega, managing partner at The Conrad Group, an investment advisory firm for private equity.“It would have had a positive impact not only on short- term but also long-term economic growth — that didn’t happen,” Nobrega said by telephone from São Paulo. The World Cup will “at best” have a neutral impact on gross domestic product.The tournament comes at a time Brazil is heading toward its fourth straight year of GDP growth below 2 percent. The prospect of host cities granting more days off may hurt the economy further, Santander said in a report dated May 9.Brazil’s retail sales in March unexpectedly fell 0.5 percent from February, the national statistics agency said Thursday in Rio de Janeiro. That’s below forecasts from 30 economists surveyed by Bloomberg, whose median estimate was for flat sales.“With a substantial number of additional holidays during the 32 days of the tournament, our economics team expects a slowdown in economic activity that could impact all companies,” Santander analysts including Pedro Balcao-Reis said.Retail businesses like clothing, pharmacy and gasoline stations are also expected to see a decline in sales during the period, according to Moody’s Investors Service analyst Barbara Mattos.“Possible holidays during the games damage the companies’ productivity as they won’t have the same number of working hours,” she said in an email.UM Investimentos, a brokerage in Rio, is one of those companies.“Volume is lower on the days of the games,” Chief Executive Officer Marcos Maluf said, adding that the day after a game trades will be back to normal.Brazil’s national air regulator, known as Anac, expects carriers to change routes ahead of the games to adjust for lower-than-expected demand. As of May 1, airlines had sold 21 percent of the seats on flights in June to and from the 12 host cities, Anac said Wednesday in an emailed response to questions.Santander estimates that Gol’s revenue during the month- long event will be cut by about 13 percent, as an increase in tourists won’t be enough to offset a 70 percent drop in business travelers. The negative impact on bigger rival Latam Airlines Group SA will be about half of Gol’s as Brazil represents 50 percent of the company’s carrying capacity, the bank’s analysts wrote.“As corporate clients pay much higher prices, even with the expected increase in leisure prices, the overall impact on prices should also be negative,” the analysts said. “We expect a negative impact on both volume and prices.”Santander declined to make the analysts available to comment further. Gol declined to comment in an emailed statement, while Latam’s Brazilian unit didn’t respond to a phone call seeking comment. With less than a month to go before the World Cup kicks off, the international soccer championship isn’t giving Brazil’s sluggish economy the lift supporters like former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Finance Minister Guido Mantega had hoped for. Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images for Michael Kors/AFPHotels in São Paulo, South America’s business hub, are also hurting.While World Cup hotel occupancy rates in Rio are above 90 percent, only about 30 percent of the rooms are booked in São Paulo, where the opening game takes place on June 12, said Joel Renno Jr., director for strategic development at Hotel Urbano, a Rio-based online travel agency. Agencies blocked a large number of rooms in São Paulo, hoping to boost rates for a surge in demand that never followed, he said.“There was overshooting, everybody is much more bullish than what’s really the situation,” Renno Jr. said on May 6. “What we have heard from the market is that it’s about to start a process of super-aggressive promotions from hotels, with rates dropping drastically.”To be sure, the World Cup is turning out to be a financial boon for some Brazilians. Real estate broker Norbert Hartmer said he is renting luxury apartments to Asian billionaires in Rio’s best neighborhoods for as much as $180,000 for the month.“For them, this is nothing,” he said in an interview.A three-bedroom residence in Leblon, Rio’s most exclusive neighborhood, goes for an average of 3,500 reais ($1,590) a day during the World Cup, according to Rio’s regional real estate brokerage council, called Creci.The Brazilian government expects the event to mobilize 3.7 million local and foreign tourists, generating 6.7 billion reais in spending linked to the tournament, according to a May 13 statement from the country’s communication secretariat.Some host cities including Rio, where the tournament’s final will be played on July 13, have declared public holidays on game days to try to ease traffic jams.“Productivity levels for Brazil during the entire month of the games are just going to go through the basement because you are going to have rolling holidays,” The Conrad Group’s Nobrega said. “Even without official holidays, there are a lot of people who are just not going to go to work.”With assistance from Peter Millard and Tariq Panja in Rio de Janeiro.© 2014, Bloomberg News Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Signs of Growth for Housing Prices

first_imgSigns of Growth for Housing Prices? Share Corelogic’s Case-Shiller National Home Price Index reported the 11th-consecutive month of slowing home-price growth, which is now at its lowest levels since 2012. Home prices in the U.S. grew by just 4.3% in February 2019.The report states that prices for the top 10 metropolitan areas increased 2.6%, which is down from January’s 3.1% increase. The top 20 markets also posted a gain of 3% year-over-year, down 3.5% in January.“Slowing U.S. home price growth has primarily been driven by affordability constraints in a few of our largest, most expensive housing markets,” said Ralph B. McLaughlin, Deputy Chief Economist and Executive of Research and Insights for CoreLogic. “While we’re not in a buyer’s market yet, several Pacific Coast markets are on the cusp of seeing the first annual declines in home prices since 2012.”“In places like San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles,” McLaughlin continued, “the proverbial chickens will be coming home to roost this spring because they haven’t been able to find a decently affordable coop.”The drop in home-price growth correlates to a prior report from the First American Financial Corporation’s February Real Housing Price Index (RHPI), which showed growing affordability in California.That report noted that real house prices increased 2.9% year-over-year while consumer homebuying power increased 2.4% year-over-year, with four California cities—Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, and San Francisco—having seen the largest increases in affordability in February.The Case-Shiller report stated that 19 of the top 20 markets reported lower price increases compared to the previous month, with only Tampa Bay, Florida, reporting an increase of 5.4%.Las Vegas (0.7%) and Phoenix (6.7%) reported the highest year-over-year price increases. Markets with the largest setbacks were Seattle, San Francisco, and San Diego, reporting drops of 9.9 points, 8.7 points, and 6.5 points, respectively.Home prices along the West Coast have taken a hit since 2014, with home-price growth falling from nearly 25% in February of 2014 to less than 5% in 2019. April 30, 2019 1,247 Views center_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination 2019 Housing Market Case-Shiller Home Price Index CoreLogic residential real estate 2019-04-30 Mike Albaneselast_img read more

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The Arizona Cardinals kick off the second half of

first_imgThe Arizona Cardinals kick off the second half of the season much the same way they started it: with an even record.At 4-4, the Cardinals sit at the crossroads of their season. With a win or two in a row, they could find themselves in excellent position to contend for a Wild Card spot. With a loss or two in a row, they could have the eyes squarely set on a top 10 pick in April’s NFL Draft.Entering 2013, Sunday’s opponent, the Houston Texans, thought they’d find themselves more in the former category than in the latter. A two-time defending AFC South champion, the Texans were being talked about as a potential conference representative in the Super Bowl. He has, however, gotten awfully dirty.Houston’s offensive line has yielded six sacks in losses to the Kansas City Chiefs and Colts.Against a pass rush that has seven sacks in its last two contests, the Texans better protect Keenum, or his third career start could become one he’ll hope to soon forget.2. Airing it out to Andre: Andre Johnson is one of the premiere wide receivers in the game.Patrick Peterson is one of the premiere cornerbacks in the game.With that said, Keenum should not be afraid to go up top to No. 80, just as he did in the first half of the Texans’ Week 9 loss.While Peterson is a better cover corner than Vontae Davis, who Johnson picked on to the tune of three touchdowns, he’s not an end-all, be-all line of defense.Calvin Johnson proved just that, managing to catch six passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns against the third-year pro back in Week 2.If the opportunity presents itself Sunday, Houston shouldn’t shy away from Peterson’s side, especially if the six-time Pro Bowler, Johnson, is the one roaming around.3. Hold onto the ball: Seems simple enough, but the last two teams — Buccaneers and Falcons — to fall in Arizona combined for eight turnovers. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Two months, a slew of injuries and a quarterback switch later, the Texans find themselves nowhere near the playoff picture as they head to University of Phoenix Stadium.The non-conference showdown pits two teams who are potentially going in opposite directions.Keys for the Cardinals offense:1. Establish Ellington:It’s been a couple of weeks, but Andre Ellington’s career performance — 15 carries for 154 yards and an 80-yard touchdown — in Arizona’s 27-13 win over the Atlanta Falcons back on Oct. 27 should not be far from anyone’s mind.Despite their record, the Texans feast on opposing quarterbacks — leading the league with the fewest passing yards allowed per game (158.0). Wade Phillips’ defense, however, is not so strong against the run (115.5 yards per game). So, whether it’s Ellington, Stepfan Taylor or a refreshed Rashard Mendenhall, the Cardinals need to use the run to setup the pass, not the other way around.2. Find the one-on-one matchup: In the first half of their 27-24 loss to Indianapolis last week, the Texans attempted to double team the Colts’ top receiving threat, T.Y. Hilton, given the absence of Reggie Wayne. That plan worked for a half, until Andrew Luck started finding targets like Griff Whalen and Coby Fleener on intermediate routes. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Texans then backed off on their double team of Hilton, and the results, well speak for themselves. Taking advantage of one-on-one coverage, Hilton scored three second half touchdowns.Houston might try to take Larry Fitzgerald or Michael Floyd out of the game at the start, but if Carson Palmer can exploit one-on-one matchups — especially in the middle part of the field where Brian Cushing is no longer patrolling the area — with Teddy Williams, Andre Roberts, Rob Housler or Jake Ballard, things will open up over the final 30 minutes of play.3. Start fast: In their last five games, the Cardinals’ offense has scored just seven points in the first quarter.The Texans come to town down decimated and playing with virtually nothing to lose. It would behoove Arizona to recognize the situation early and put some distance between themselves and an inferior foe.Noteworthy stat: In two career appearances against the Texans, Carson Palmer has thrown for 535 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.Keys for the Houston offense:1. Keep Keenum clean:Rookie Case Keenum has been a bit of a revelation for the Texans over the past few weeks. In two games as a starter, the former Houston standout has thrown for 621 yards and four touchdowns. Keys for the Houston defense:1. Pinch the pocket: There are two Carson Palmers. The first excels when he has time in the pocket and doesn’t feel pressure at his feet or rushed to make a throw. The second gets overanxious at the sight of an oncoming pass rusher and often times makes a bad decision because of it.Palmer has been both of these quarterbacks in 2013, which is why he has 10 touchdowns to go along with 14 interceptions.If the Texans fail to turn the two-time Pro Bowler into the second guy, they’ll lose. It’s that simple.Following his first quarter interception against Atlanta, Palmer was rarely threatened in the pocket, and in turn delivered dart upon dart to Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and Teddy Williams.Even at 33, if he’s given time, Palmer can be a very effective, efficient passer.2. Avoid giving up the big play: T.Y. Hilton’s 58-yard touchdown. Dexter McCluster’s 43-yard reception. Vernon Davis’ 64-yard grab. While Houston’s offense has given up its fair share of big plays via the pick six this season, they haven’t been alone.The Texans’ defense has been stout overall, but big plays at crucial times have hurt them. (See above)center_img Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Patrick Peterson will have his hands full with Andre Johnson. However, even if Johnson gets his numbers, it won’t matter much if Hopkins, Garrett Graham, Devier Posey and other complimentary pieces aren’t a factor.Houston doesn’t employ a big-play tight end, so the Cardinals’ linebackers can roam a little bit more in coverage without fearing like the middle of the field is wide open.If Johnson winds up as the Texans’ lone producer in the passing game, it bodes well for Todd Bowles and Co.3. Deny the other Johnson: Andre Johnson isn’t the only Johnson Arizona has to keep its eyes on this week.With Foster (back) out and Tate’s status (ribs) up in the air for Sunday’s game, Dennis Johnson, an undrafted free agent out of Arkansas, may have a more prominent role in the offense.It would seem like a downgrade for the Texans, but Johnson did run for 757 yards and eight touchdowns in the SEC during his senior year. And that came while splitting carries with Knile Davis.At 5-foot-7, Johnson is by no means a bruiser, but he is dynamic. Take him out at the first point of contact, or he could make you play with big runs down field.Noteworthy stat: The Cardinals have held four of the last five AFC opponents who have come to University of Phoenix Stadium under 21 points. Cut down on the amount of chunk plays, and the 60-minute effort likely gets rewarded — something that hasn’t happened since Week 2.3. Make Wade a winner: The Texans will be playing with heavy hearts Sunday, as head coach Gary Kubiak will be away from the team as he continues to recover from the mini stroke he suffered at halftime of the team’s loss to the Colts last Sunday.Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will serve as the interim coach, but he’ll also resume his usual duties as well.Playing for a cause can often bring a team together. Houston has two. Honor Kubiak and make their popular coordinator a winner in his return to the head coaching ranks.Noteworthy Stat: In its last meeting against Larry Fitzgerald, the Texans’ defense allowed the seven-time Pro Bowler to haul in seven passes for 79 yards, including two touchdowns. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Cardinals have playmakers all over the field — be it Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu, Daryl Washington, Calais Campbell, Darnell Dockett or John Abraham — who can change a game in a matter of instant.Unlike the former starting QB in Houston, Keenum has managed to stay clean when it comes to interceptions. It’s a trend that must continue for the Texans to have a chance Sunday.Noteworthy stat: Keenum will be the fifth rookie quarterback to start in Arizona since 2010. Three — Cam Newton, Ryan Tannehill and Russell Wilson — out of the last four have left with losses. The only one to leave the Valley with a win, Sam Bradford back on Dec. 5, 2010.Keys for the Arizona defense:1. Clamp down: In Arizona’s four wins this season, the defense has allowed just seven points in the second half.Even with a balanced attack led by Andre Johnson, DeAndre Hopkins and a stable of capable backs, the Texans’ offense is vulnerable with a rookie behind center.Crowd noise will help, but getting a consistent pass rush on Keenum, especially late in the game, will negate any semblance of balance Houston tries to create.Just ask the Colts.2. Neutralize the rest: last_img read more

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