31-year-old Sarita Devi will become the first ever female professional boxer from India when she takes on seasoned pro Zsofia Bedo of Hungary in a much-anticipated bout in hometown Imphal later this month.The Manipur pugilist, an Arjuna awardee and a former world and national champion, has been training for the January 29 bout under the watchful eyes of 73-year-old American Joe Clough who has coached Evander Holyfield in the past.Sarita’s opponent, World Number 29, is a veteran of 59 professional bouts and has, to her credit, 19 wins with an impressive knockout record. Perhaps that’s the reason why Sarita wants to take no chances and has even opted for a male sparring and practice partner at the training camp.”I am training hard and I am going to fight harder. Turning professional is not just about winning or losing a couple of bouts. The most important decision of my career is also a mission for me. I didn’t want to start against any average opponent. I am entering the professional circuit quite late in my career. I will have to make longer strides to achieve my goals. The stronger the opponent, the better are the chances to improve my pro rankings,” said Sarita.Sarita is excited that her hometown will be the venue for the most important date of her career. “Manipur is the land of warriors. We love combat sports. Boxing lovers are going to turn up for my bout in big numbers. That’s going to be the biggest day of my career for the simple reason that I have never had an opportunity to contest such a big bout in front of my home crowd. There is going to be an extra pressure. But, that also pumps up the adrenalin,” she said.advertisementSarita is eyeing an Asian title belt over the next 6-8 months on way to her ultimate goal of becoming India’s first professional boxing world champion.
Liverpool ‘Liverpool have beaten nobody’ – Man Utd legend Roy Keane in fresh Reds dig after 7-0 win Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 16:41 12/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty Images Liverpool UEFA Champions League Liverpool v Spartak Moskva Spartak Moskva Premier League Jurgen Klopp’s side made the last-16 of the Champions League with a thumping victory over Spartak Moscow, but they have yet to impress one critic Liverpool have “beaten nobody” in the Premier League or Champions League, says a still unimpressed Roy Keane.The Reds have endured defensive difficulties this season, but offensively they are among the most exciting sides in Europe.With the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino performing at the peak of their powers, Jurgen Klopp’s side are a joy to watch at times. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Manchester United legend Keane remains unimpressed, however, despite the Merseyside outfit having swept into the last-16 of the Champions League with a 7-0 mauling of Spartak Moscow.“A comfortable night for them, a good start and their attacking players certainly enjoyed it,” the outspoken Irishman told ITV.“But the big tests are yet to come for Liverpool.“Clearly they’re beating these so-called lesser teams, and the same in the Premier League.“But they’ve beaten nobody domestically and in Europe yet.”Liverpool are now through to the knockout stage in continental competition and perched inside the Premier League’s top four.Keane has, however, already suggested this season that he is not expecting much from the Reds.He said after a 3-0 win over Maribor in early November: “If Liverpool were playing in my back garden, I wouldn’t watch them.“They’re just drifting nowhere. They’re neat and tidy, but we know what they are like defensively.“Come the end of the season when the prizes are being given out, Liverpool will be nowhere near.“At the back, there are question marks over the goalkeeper and there’s not too much about to say them.”Keane later shrugged off those comments as “tongue in cheek”, but his opinion of the Reds clearly has not improved despite their recent goalscoring exploits and nine-match unbeaten run. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
New York: A Turkish banker convicted for plotting to help Iran evade American sanctions on Iranian oil proceeds has been released from US prison, according to his lawyer and prison officials. Mehmet Hakan Atilla, 47, deputy director general of Turkish lender Halkbank, was arrested in March 2017 and convicted the following year on five counts of bank fraud and conspiracy following a five-week trial in New York. He was handed over to immigration police on Friday pending his deportation to Turkey, his lawyer Victor Rocco told AFP. Prison authorities confirmed his release. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang Atilla claimed that he had only played a minor role in the scheme and acted as executor of instructions by the bank’s director general — an argument accepted by the court. Prosecutors had wanted a 20-year sentence for the banker. His conviction hinged on the testimony of Turkish-Iranian gold trader Reza Zarrab, who was arrested by US authorities in 2016 after jetting to Florida with his pop-star wife and child on a family holiday to Disney World. Also Read – Want to bring back US forces engaged in endless wars: Trump Zarrab, 34, initially pleaded not guilty then flipped, becoming a US government witness after admitting being involved in the multi-billion-dollar gold-for-oil scheme to subvert US economic sanctions against Iran. His testimony identified Atilla as a key organiser in the scheme, but also implicated former Turkish ministers and even President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Testifying in court last November, Zarrab said he was told that Erdogan, as prime minister in 2012, and treasury minister Ali Babacan gave “instructions” to two public banks to take part in the scheme. Erdogan has repeatedly rejected the allegations, saying Turkey did not violate the US embargo on Iran and that political rivals were behind the case. Zarrab’s sentence is not known, as many of the documents in his case have remained confidential.
OTTAWA — A new Federal Court ruling calls it misleading and deceptive to characterize wines from the West Bank as “products of Israel.”The decision, out today, marks the latest twist in a politically charged three-year-old battle over whether bottles from the Psagot Winery and Shiloh Winery in the West Bank should carry a “Product of Israel” label.The ruling requires the Canada Food Inspection Agency to decide how the wines should be labelled.The agency initially stripped the wines of the label in July 2017 after a formal complaint, but then reversed course shortly afterward following an outcry from some Jewish groups.The ruling says none of the parties and interveners in the case consider the West Bank to be territory of the state of Israel, which means the labels are inaccurate.The court goes on to say that not labelling the wines as products of the West Bank interferes with the ability of Canadians to make informed decisions as consumers, particularly if they wish to “buy conscientiously.”The Canadian Press
4 March 2010The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been endeavouring to ensure that today’s presidential election in Togo – which was rocked by clashes following disputed polls in 2005 – is peaceful and respectful of human rights. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been endeavouring to ensure that today’s presidential election in Togo – which was rocked by clashes following disputed polls in 2005 – is peaceful and respectful of human rights.To build on the legislative elections held in 2007, which were deemed transparent and fair and helped Togo break free of the vicious circle of violence, UNDP has taken part in implementing a multi-million dollar project to support elections.Under the project, UNDP helped update the 2007 electoral census, resulting in an 11 per cent increase in voters and pushing the total up to nearly 3.3 million as of the end of last month. The use of biometric technology sped up the issuance of new voter cards.Over 36,000 technicians, census takers and trainers have been hired, trained and sent out to the more than 3,500 review centres.The agency has also assisted with designing ballots, training electoral personnel and the establishment of local electoral commissions across the West African nation.Some 500 people died and thousands more were injured in violence which erupted after the sudden death of long-time President Gnassingbé Eyadéma and disputed elections in 2005, while tens of thousands of people escaped to neighbouring Ghana and Benin.Earlier this week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the presidential election is a “crucial opportunity” for Togo to continue efforts to consolidate democracy, appealing for the poll to be unscarred by violence.The election also provides an occasion to “foster national cohesion, stability and sustainable development,” according to a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.“The Secretary-General calls on all political leaders and institutions to ensure that the election is credible and peaceful and reflects on the will of the people of Togo,” urging all segments of society to refrain from moves that could exacerbate tensions before, during or after the poll.To avert violence following today’s polls and promote respect for human rights, UNDP, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and their partners organized a public campaign called “Let us give peace a chance.”More than 200 human rights observers are being deployed to the capital, Lomé, and other towns and villages.UNDP and OHCHR have jointly drafted a code of conduct formalizing the commitments made by those involved in the elections to respect the election’s outcome and to use legal channels to lodge any complaints they may have.
“I am outraged at this criminal act,” said Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative in Kosovo, Joachim Rücker, referring to the blast which damaged Fatmir Rexhepi’s private car while it was parked outside his apartment in Gjilan/Gnjilane. “At this critical juncture in Kosovo’s history, whereas the large majority of the people and their political leadership are working on the positive agenda of the status process, there are obviously some persons out there who continue to espouse the path of violence,” he said.“Their message is clearly the opposite of what Kosovo wishes to convey to the world today as it lays the foundations for its peaceful and democratic future. I am confident that Kosovo’s commitment to the rule of law will prevail.”Mr. Rücker, who has requested a law enforcement probe, said he received assurances from officials “that the police will spare no efforts to get to the bottom of this.”
3 See All See it Now playing: Watch this: Mobile World Congress 2019 Oppo’s new R17 sticks a fingerprint sensor under the screen 14 Photos Originally published Feb. 22 at 1:15 p.m. PT.Updated, Feb 23 at 2:39 a.m. PT. You may not have heard of Oppo, but if you’re a phone enthusiast, you’ve heard of OnePlus. Oppo, OnePlus and Vivo are owned by a Chinese conglomerate called BKK Electronics. OnePlus, which started as an online-only supplier of affordable, but high-end phones, broke into the US in a deal with T-Mobile last year. Oppo is hoping OnePlus and other Chinese phone makers will pave its way into the market. Wu stressed that Oppo and OnePlus are run independently, but said their leaders have a close relationship with each other. “They can be very big, or they can be very small and beautiful, but they have to have defining features of their own,” Wu said about the dynamic between Oppo, OnePlus and Vivo. In a nod to global leader Samsung, Wu said he took inspiration from the Korean tech giant when it came to the use of design and color in its products. Unlike Huawei, which has aggressive goals to supplant Samsung, Wu said he’s more focused on the product than the leaderboard. “We have never thought about market size or market share or even profitability,” Wu said, noting that his priority is creating “fascinating products” for consumers. • Comments Phones Mobile World Congress 2019 Share your voice $442 Oppo R17 Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phone 1:25 May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared Preview • Oppo R17 gets underscreen fingerprint sensor, tiny notch Scoop Oppo Huawei OnePlus Tags Mentioned Above Oppo R17 (blue) Jun 29 • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone The Oppo R17 Pro is one of the high-end phones you likely won’t see if you don’t live in China. Juan Garzon/CNET Another Chinese phone maker wants to take a crack at the US market. But this one already has a foot in the door in a roundabout way. Oppo, one of the biggest smartphone players in China, intends to enter the US market, Alen Wu, head of the company’s overseas business, said in an interview through an interpreter. Wu wasn’t specific on timing, but he said he wanted to wait until Oppo gained ground in Europe. “The European market is definitely a tough nut to crack, so you have to be patient,” Wu said Friday in Barcelona ahead of the MWC trade show. He noted it took Huawei roughly a decade to establish a leadership position there. Oppo is the latest Chinese company to make its intentions for the US market known, following OnePlus, as well as fellow Chinese phone makers TCL and ZTE. But his comments come at a tenuous time, because of tensions between China and the US thanks to the specter of tariffs, and the US’ loud proclamations of security concerns over Huawei. ZTE itself is attempting to mount a comeback after resolving a dispute with the US Commerce Department that resulted in devastating sanctions. Oppo R17 shows off good looks and midrange specs CNET may get a commission from retail offers. reading • After Huawei and OnePlus’s success in the US, Oppo wants in
From now onward, HSBC customers will be able to open new bank accounts by taking a selfie to verify their identity. The new rule is intended to simplify the process of opening a new account using a mobile phone.As more and more people are increasingly opening bank accounts online, facial recognition software is used in a mobile app to take a headshot of a customer, which then compares the headshot against photo identification provided by the customer (driver’s license or passport), CNBC reported.”Through simplifying the ID verification process, we’ll be able to save our business customer’s time and open accounts quicker. We also expect the convenience and speed of a selfie to become the verification method of choice for our customers, who no longer need to visit a branch to complete the process,” Richard Davies, HSBC’s head of global propositions for commercial banking, said in a statement.About 50 percent of all new HSBC business accounts are opened online, which was compared to 10 percent of accounts opened in 2013.Using biometrics to improve securityHSBC is the latest bank to jump on the biometrics technology bandwagon. By adopting the biometric system to improve security, the bank will use facial recognition, fingerprint scans and heart-rate in a bid to verify a customer’s identity.The idea of using selfies is similar to MasterCard’s identity checks, which is an online system that maps a user’s face to verify online payments. Biometric security system is increasingly becoming cheaper since it is a convenient option for consumers as technology has become cheaper.”Facial recognition is a good example of biometric authentication that can still prove challenging to implement, as it tends to be prone to a high false positive rate. Something as simple as a pair of sunglasses could falsify or reject a facial scan,” Sian John, chief strategist EMEA at Symantec, was quoted as saying by CNBC in April.
FLICKR/FIREBOATKSTexans across the state will elect a commissioner to the Railroad Commission of Texas on Election Day, an office that’s largely misunderstood because of the agency’s outdated name.The race to fill an obscure but powerful statewide office in Texas has been overshadowed by national politics this year. That’s a shame not only because the office is important, but because the race for that office has been packed with strange twists and turns.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016A lot of those twists and turns come down to perceptions (and misperceptions) about the names involved in the race for Texas Railroad Commissioner.The Railroad CommissionWhen most voters hear that title, Railroad Commissioner, they may think about trains, and tune out. But the three-member Railroad Commission actually regulates the Texas oil and gas industry.The industry is vital to the state’s economy. Texas is the largest producer of oil and gas in the country, so the commission is arguably one of the most important regulatory agencies in the country, as well. Simply put, it’s worth paying attention to.The open seat on the commission is the only non-judicial statewide office Texans are voting on this year.Grady YarbroughGrady Yarbrough is the Democratic nominee for Railroad Commissioner. He is a retired schoolteacher who has run unsuccessfully for a handful of other statewide offices.It is safe to say he was not the first choice of the party establishment. Yarbrough is viewed by many as a political hobbyist, even a spoiler. He has refused to raise any money for his campaign, and sometimes shows a tenuous understanding the issues related to the office.His critics say he won the crowded primary because his name sounds similar to that of former Sen. Ralph Yarborough. Yarbrough, who is black, credits his victory to support among African-American primary voters, who he says he worked hard to win over.“The primary run off was really difficult but we made it through, and it seems to be much easier now than it was then,” he said.Yarbrough is running to protect people from the unintended consequences of oil and gas drilling, including manmade earthquakes. You can hear an extended interview with him below.Wayne ChristianWayne Christian is the Republican nominee. Unlike Yarbrough, Christian relies very publicly on his last name to sway voters. He’s fond of telling people to vote for “the only Christian on the ballot.”It’s a religious insinuation that has earned him criticism, especially in an earlier campaign in 2014, when one of his opponents happened to be Jewish. Another controversy that’s followed Christian dates back to his time as a state lawmaker, when he exempted his own beachfront property from state open beach laws. It’s one of the things that’s made him – like Yarbrough- a candidate with baggage.Christian has shunned many interview requests, including multiple requests from KUT. If you’d like to learn more about him, head over to his campaign website.Mark MillerThere is one candidate who has benefited from the baggage of his two major parties opponents, the Libertarian candidate Mark Miller.CREDIT MOSE BUCHELE / KUTMark Miller, the Libertarian candidate for Texas Railroad Commissioner.Miller has been endorsed by almost every major newspaper in the state. Likely a first for a Libertarian candidate in Texas. He acknowledges that he may have been politically “lucky” this year, but thinks some of the support he’s found also has to do with his background, not just his opponents.Miller describes himself as a Libertarian who believes there is a regulatory role for government. He’s a former petroleum engineer and professor who says if elected he would work to change the name of the Railroad Commission to something that makes sense.“How can you have a working democracy, people voting on an office every two years and they don’t know what it does? That’s atrocious,” he said. “We should be ashamed.”You can find an extended interview with Miller below.Martina SalinasMartina Salinas, the Green Party candidate, also did not respond to an interview request from KUT. You can find out more about her positions on her campaign’s Facebook page.Copyright 2016 KUT-FM. To see more, visit KUT-FM. Share
Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD June 3, 2016 — Novocure announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its investigational device exemption (IDE) application to initiate the METIS trial. METIS is a multi-center, phase 3, pivotal, open-label study of radiosurgery with or without Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) for 1-10 brain metastases from non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).Two hundred seventy patients will be randomized 1:1 to receive either TTFields delivered at an output frequency of 150kHz with supportive care or supportive care alone after radiosurgery. The primary endpoint of the METIS trial is time to first cerebral progression. Secondary endpoints include, among others, time to neurocognitive failure, overall survival and radiological response rate following study treatments.TTFields are low-intensity, alternating electric fields delivered to the region of a tumor. They exert forces on key electrically charged molecules essential to the mitotic process by which all cells divide. Interference with the normal functioning of these key molecules leads to cell death through multiple pathways. Treatment with TTFields, delivered via Optune, is currently approved in the United States and European Union for newly diagnosed and recurrent glioblastoma and in Japan for recurrent glioblastoma. METIS will be Novocure’s first phase 3 pivotal trial outside of glioblastoma. Novocure has ongoing or completed phase 2 pilot trials in brain metastases, non-small cell lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, ovarian cancer and mesothelioma.Metastatic cancer is cancer that has spread from the place where it first started to another place in the body. The exact incidence of brain metastases is unknown because no national cancer registry documents brain metastases, but it has been estimated that 98,000 to 170,000 new cases are diagnosed in the United States each year. Brain metastases cause an estimated 20 percent of all cancer deaths in the United States annually.Tumor Treating Fields are not approved for the treatment of brain metastases by the FDA. 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All cases would be heard by ordinary criminal courts, instead of the more controversial special courts that oversee terror and security cases, Feyzioglu said.The military officers and their supporters have long complained of unfair treatment and of fabricated evidence during trials.The government has pointed fingers at the followers of a U.S.-based moderate Islamic cleric, Fethullah Gulen, for the corruption investigation, which has ensnared the sons of three former government ministers and the head of a state-owned bank. Gulen, who is based in Pennsylvania and commands a global empire of business, media and education interests, has denied any involvement in the investigation.Turkey’s secular military has staged three military takeovers since the 1960s, but has seen its powers curbed by the decade-long rule of Erdogan’s Islam-based government. The trial of the military officers helped end its hold on politics.Turkish media reports said the military chief has requested the government’s help for a review of the officers’ cases. Some analysts see that as a sign of an uneasy alliance forming between Erdogan’s government and the military against the Gulen movement. But the legitimacy of their trials was questioned recently after Erdogan’s top political adviser suggested that those officers had been framed by groups within the police and judiciary whom the government is now accusing of orchestrating a massive corruption probe that has targeted the prime minister’s allies.The military this week filed a legal complaint, asking prosecutors to look into the claims as well as accusations by government officials that the corruption probe is a conspiracy by a group that has allegedly infiltrated the judiciary and police.Metin Feyzioglu, the head of the Union of Turkish Bar Associations, told reporters after a meeting with Erdogan that the two discussed a set of legal proposals that could lead to the re-trial of the military officers and other people accused of plotting against the government.Erdogan responded in a “warm and positive” manner to the proposals and instructed Turkey’s justice minister to work with the Union on possible legal changes, said Feyzioglu.He said under his group’s proposal, cases currently being assessed by a high court of appeals would be returned to a lower court for a review, while new trials would be opened for cases which have already been finalized by the higher court. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement In a separate legal development on Saturday, three Kurdish legislators were released from prison after the country’s highest court ruled that the lawmakers’ long detention periods pending trial were against the constitution. A similar ruling on Friday led to the release of two other legislators who were on trial for alleged links to Kurdish rebels.Two legislators from Turkey’s main opposition secular party who had been jailed for allegedly plotting against Erdogan’s government were released late last year and in August in a similar high court ruling.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments Share Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories Top Stories ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government is considering legal arrangements that could lead to the re-trial of hundreds of military officers and other people who were convicted of plotting to topple the government, the head of Turkey’s bar association said Saturday.Hundreds of people have been jailed in Turkey for separate alleged plots to overthrow the government soon after it came to power in 2002. They include the country’s former military chief and other top commanders. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The vital role family plays in society Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help
Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Comments Share Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia has released three journalists and three bloggers charged with incitement and terrorism in a country known for media oppression, a media rights organization and the state broadcaster said.The release of the journalists release on Wednesday was welcomed by the U.S.-based Committee to Protect Journalists. The group said five journalists and bloggers were arrested in late April 2014. Prominent journalist Reeyot Alemu, who was arrested in 2012 and serving a five-year sentence, was also released, according to the state broadcaster. Their release comes ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit later this month to Ethiopia, the first ever by a sitting U.S. president. Obama has been criticized for planning to visit Ethiopia because of its poor record in upholding human and democratic rights.Ethiopia is ranked fourth on list of the 10 most censored countries also the second-worst jailer of journalists in Africa, after Eritrea, according to the press watchdog.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosterone
Starwood Hotels & Resorts announced today that it has sold Sheraton on the Park in Sydney, to Sunshine Insurance Group Corporation (SIG) for AUS$463.0 million.Starwood will continue to operate the hotel as a Sheraton under a long-term management contract, however the selling of the hotel is to follow the company’s asset-light strategy.Starwood president of global development Simon Turner said that Starwood are pleased to advance the asset-light strategy with the sale of the iconic Sheraton on the Park hotel.“The terms of this sale underscores the strength of the Sheraton brand and the success of this hotel, as well as the tremendous value of this property in a high barrier to entry market,” Mr Turner said.Located opposite Hyde Park, Sheraton on the Park has won numerous accolades including New South Wales Tourism’s Hall of Fame awards for Best Luxury Accommodation and Australia’s Leading Hotel awards from World Travel Awards.In a statement from SIG, the company said Sheraton on the Park will help diversify holdings by giving SIG a trophy asset in Sydney.“As Starwood’s largest and most global brand, Sheraton has cultivated a loyal following by offering travelers a stylish, comfortable atmosphere and a social guest experience.”Starwood continues to expand its portfolio in Australia and the Pacific through management and franchise agreements and currently operates 14 hotels in Australia.Upcoming openings include Aloft Perth Rivervale, The Westin Perth and W Brisbane in 2017, marking the brand’s reentry into the Pacific region.Including this sale and the recent sales of The St. Regis Rome, the Sheraton Ambassador Monterrey hotel, and The St. Regis Bal Harbour, Starwood has now completed over US$1.5 billion of hotel asset sales over the last three years.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman
The Arizona Cardinals released cornerback Brian Dixon on Tuesday.Dixon had been with the team since Dec. 27, when he was signed off of the New Orleans Saints practice squad. He was inactive for the Week 17 finale in Los Angeles.Dixon originally joined the Saints in 2014 as an undrafted free agent, and in his career has collected 42 tackles, one forced fumble and one pass defensed. 0 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
NEW YORK — Christian Cowan was finding it hard to stand still backstage after his high-energy show on Tuesday, practically jumping up and down in place.The British designer, at 23 already a favourite of celebs like Lady Gaga and rapper Cardi B, presented a new collection that harked back to his days as a London club kid but also channeled New York-style energy.His runway was full of neon colours like yellow and green and shocking pink, and styles ranged from midriff-baring cropped sweatsuits to huge tulle dresses with trains. Sequins and feathers were everywhere, and especially watches — on shoe straps, on belts, and in one case, covering a model’s face, chest and arms.“I grew up in my teen years in the club scene and all my friends were these crazy and beautiful creatures,” Cowan said backstage, explaining the influence for his show. “I designed for that, and then I moved here and I’ve been growing a brand and I want to dress people outside of that, I was to dress women across the world. But I always want that DNA of true freedom, and expression and creativity brought through, because I think every woman needs that in their life.” Cowan waxed rhapsodic over his adopted city. “I adore it in New York,” he said. “I love London, that’s my home, but I think the climate here just allows everything to get bigger.” He added: “I arrived at such a crazy time politically, such an interesting moment to be moving to the country.”Cowan says he decided to become a designer at age 12. The very first design he actually made, a pink tuxedo, ended up on Lady Gaga, launching his career.As he grows his brand, Cowan says, he wants to design for a broad spectrum of women.“I’m designing for a range of women but all who have a love of joy and fun,” he said. “So there are sweatsuits for you to wear and feel glamorous in, and these ginormous gowns for a woman to wear on the red carpet. I want that event moment — I had never done that kind of gown and it was a challenge, but I adored it.”Jocelyn Noveck, The Associated Press The Christian Cowan collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Jocelyn Noveck, The Associated Press Posted Feb 12, 2019 9:11 pm PDT Christian Cowan brings London club vibe to New York runway
The footballers’ association (Pasp) said on Wednesday the public was being misinformed over players who developed heart problems after they had been given banned substances, as it appeared the case was headed for closure without any prosecutions.The case concerns two players from first division club Alki, Panayiotis Frangeskou, 27, and Panayiotis Loizides, 23, who asked police in November last year to investigate whether recently discovered identical heart problems that forced them to quit the game were a result of intravenous injections containing unknown substances administered to them by the club officials during the previous season.On Wednesday, Alki spokesman Christos Jiambos said there was nothing improper, citing the legal rulings of the Legal Service.“We were certain, it just confirmed what we have been saying,” he told Super Sport FM. “We feel vindicated because we knew that (chairman) Andy Loppas’ organisation is honest beyond doubt.”Jiambos suggested the side was being persecuted because it was small.Pasp responded by providing documentation backing the alleged offences.It said the two players had been administered substances intravenously by unauthorised individuals in unauthorised venues – changing rooms.Pasp said Alki continued to mislead public opinion “taking advantage of predetermined decisions”.“Intravenous administration of substances in the changing rooms is clearly illegal,” Pasp said, citing announcements of the medical and nurse associations.It also published the view of the state lab which said that importing the substance, Actovegin, a performance enhancing drug, is illegal.“Unfortunately, the latter are not conclusions and findings the police have arrived at,” Pasp said.“The case has not closed for Pasp since it was not only the criminal part that concerns us as an association but also the protection of our members,” the statement said. “We think tragic mistakes and omissions took place and the fact that the result of the findings was known to some before it was even completed is especially disconcerting and should concern all law-abiding citizens of this state.”The substances are understood to have been administered since the start of the 2017/18 season. Some of the players under the care of the four football clubs last season have left Cyprus to continue their careers elsewhere.You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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