Around 2 lakh Realme 2 units sold in 5 min during first flash sale, next sale on Sept 11

first_imgRealme 2 was up for grabs in India for the first time in India on September 3 on Flipkart. The company says that around 2lakh units of the Realme 2 in just 5 minutes. “#Realme2 has achieved a new record by selling 2 Lakh units in 5 minutes! Thank you for being #ANotchAbove with us,” the Oppo sub-brand took to Twitter to announce the success.The company has also announced that the Realme 2 will go on sale in India for the second time on September 11 exclusively on Flipkart. And this time as well, it will be a flash sale, which means the stock might be limited and go out-of-stock in minutes. Interested customers can head of Flipkart before the same starts and sign up, enter details to get the phone before it runs out-of-stock. The sale will kick off at 12PM on September 11.Realme 2 is available in two variants in India. The base model comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage for Rs 8,990, while the second variant which packs 4GB RAM and 64GB storage sells for Rs 10,990.The Realme 2 comes with a 6.2-inch HD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, the smartphone comes with an octa-core Snapdragon 450 chipset with Adreno 506 GPU paired with 3GB RAM/32GB storage and 4GB RAM/64GB storage. Both the storage is expandable via microSD card up to 256GB storage.ALSO READ: Realme 2 review: Good price but not necessarily good valueOn the camera front, the Realme 2 sports a dual camera setup on the back consists of a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor. On the front, the Realme 2 carries an 8-megapixel sensor just as the Realme 1. The phone lasts all day and is packed with a massive 4,230mAh battery. On the software front, it runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based ColorOS 5.1.advertisementlast_img read more

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9 months agoIsco pal slams Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari

first_imgIsco pal slams Real Madrid coach Santiago Solariby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveA friend of Real Madrid star Isco has hit out at coach Santiago Solari on social media.Despite Madrid’s injury crisis, Isco was not even brought on for the win at Real Betis, with a number of reserve team players and youngsters picked ahead of him. Friend of the player, Aitor Costa, exploded in a rage on social media and lashed out at Solari for his reluctance to select the Spain international.”Solari has the same idea of football as I do of engineering,” he wrote on Instagram, then describing the Madrid boss as a “murderer of football”.Costa’s profile shows a number of pictures of him alongside Isco. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Youth Urged to Prepare to Take Rightful Place in Society

first_img More than 200 high school students from Kingston and St. Andrew and St. Thomas participated in the forum. Global Brand Manager at GraceKennedy Limited, Anthony Lawrence addressed the annual Youth Forum. He said young people must take responsibility for their actions now. Students from across the island have been urged to prepare to take their rightful place as future leaders of the society.The call came from Global Brand Manager at GraceKennedy Limited, Anthony Lawrence on Friday, November 1, as he addressed the annual Youth Forum held at the St. Andrew Parish Church Hall, 16 Ellesmere Road.He said that in preparing to assume their various roles, young people must take responsibility for their actions now. “Don’t delay it for tomorrow, you can make a change now,” Mr. Lawrence said.He further encouraged the students to do well in school by studying their lessons, paying attention to their teachers and counsellors and conducting themselves in an orderly manner.“Be the best you can be, always plan ahead and take responsibility for your own actions. Even as young people, you have the power to start making a difference,” he added.More than 200 high school students from Kingston and St. Andrew and St. Thomas participated in the forum organised by the National Child Month Committee.Child Rights Associate at the Caribbean Child Development Centre, Heather Gallimore, during her presentation, highlighted the various child rights and responsibilities.Some of these include the right to an education, privacy, legal assistance, guidance and counselling, vocational training, and the right to express an opinion.This year’s forum was held under the theme: ‘Children’s Care and Protection: A Fi Wi Mission’, and included presentations from four high schools.Students from Ardenne High School did a presentation on ‘Care and Protection provided by Parents’; Morant Bay High focused on ‘Care and Protection provided by Schools’; Bridgeport High focused on ‘Care and Protection provided by the Community’ ; while Papine High presented on the ‘Care and Protection provided by the State’.Initially a Child Month activity in May, the Youth Forum was moved to November as the NCMC is committed to organising year-long activities geared towards the nation’s children as well as for the observance of National Youth Month.The NCMC, instituted in 1953, brings together a number of agencies working with and on behalf of children in an effort to focus on their needs, and heighten public awareness on the relevant issues affecting the nation’s children. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Federal government plans examination of coerced sterilization

first_imgOTTAWA — Coerced and forced sterilizations of Indigenous women are to be tackled by a working group the federal government wants to form with provincial and territorial officials, Indigenous groups and medical organizations.Valerie Gideon, a senior assistant deputy minister in the Indigenous Services Department, told a Commons committee today that minister Jane Philpott and Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor are sending a letter to outline Canada’s intention to bring together officials to discuss cultural safety in medicine.Gideon detailed the federal government’s response to recent reports on the sterilizations, which dozens of women say have been inflicted on them against their will.She says coerced sterilization amounts to a violation of human rights and medical ethics, as well as a form of gender-based violence.She also says it reflects a broader need to eliminate racism and discriminatory practices in health.Last week, the United Nations Committee Against Torture issued conclusions that Canada must stop the “extensive forced or coerced sterilization” of Indigenous women and girls in Canada, saying all such allegations must be impartially investigated.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Alan Alda and Joe Mantegna to Host Telethon for Veterans

first_imgOn Sunday, November 10th, 2013, Alan Alda and Joe Mantegna will host HOMEWARD BOUND, a live four-hour national telethon to support American veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).M*A*S*H star Alan Alda raised awareness of the stresses of war when he played Hawkeye Pierce, a military doctor stationed at the “4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital” in South Korea.Presented by Haven from the Storm and broadcast by the Military Channel (Discovery Communications), the telethon will be broadcast from the historic American Legion Hall #43 in Hollywood from 7:00-11:00 PM (ET), with phone banks manned by veterans, celebrities, and dignitaries. Multiple Emmy-winner Gary Smith is executive producer, Lee Miller is producer and Gail Purse is co-producer/talent executive.The broadcast will feature celebrities, music and comedy entertainment, telethon results, profiles of various charities, and a great number of veterans telling personal stories behind their dramatic armed forces experiences abroad which led them to come home with PTSD and TBI.Haven From the Storm founder Leonard Wilf commented, “It’s important to recognize the valiant contributions made by brave American soldiers, veterans who protect our country, and return home with PTSD and TBI. This cause is in my heart and I suspect that’s true for many Americans who care.”Video: Find Your Way Back HomePEOPLE is teaming up with HOMEWARD BOUND because of the magazine’s commitment to providing assistance to men and women who served in the military. A portion of the night’s proceeds will go to one of PEOPLE’s charities, Operation Finally Home, which has built more than 30 custom-designed mortgage free homes for wounded and disabled veterans and the widows of the fall in an effort to get their lives back on track to become productive members of their communities.Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is an anxiety condition that follows the occurrence of a traumatic event, such as a natural disaster, combat, sexual assault, domestic violence, or any type of life-threatening event.Credit/Copyright: HomewardBoundTelethon.orgFor more information, please go to HomewardBoundTelethon.org.last_img read more

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Royal Air Maroc to Launch Direct Flights to China Next June

Fez- An initiative by Royal Air Maroc (RAM) will open flights from Casablanca to China as a way to strengthen ties between the two peoples and promote tourism in Morocco.Flights that link between Morocco and China are currently available via Gulf airlines, but the passengers have to change planes in the Gulf.The RAM flights from Casablanca to China will begin operating next June. The Moroccan company, which has ordered four Boeing 787 Dreamliners to be ready for the new flights, will opeate three flights per week to China.Morocco’s Ministry of Tourism aims to attract 100,000 Chinese tourists by 2020, according to Minister Lahcen Haddad.Morocco is targeting the Chinese market to benefit from its rapidly growing Gross domestic product and the Chinese consumer’s high purchasing capacity, which motivates them to frequently travel internationally, according to the Ministry.The direct flight is expected to make trip easier by decreasing the length of flights and allowing travellers to avoid the trouble of changing planes.Edited by Timothy Filla© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

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Industrials sector helps boost Toronto stock market US stocks mixed

The Canadian Press Index and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index was higher in late-morning trading, helped by the industrials sector, while trading on U.S. stock markets was mixed.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 22.49 points at 15,230.82.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 65.24 points at 24,510.38. The S&P 500 index was down 2.63 points at 2,636.07, while the Nasdaq composite was up 7.77 points at 7,033.54.The Canadian dollar traded for 74.96 cents US compared with an average of 74.92 cents US on Wednesday.The March crude contract was up 23 cents at US$52.85 per barrel and the March natural gas contract was up 6.7 cents at US$2.99 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was down US$2.50 at US$1,281.50 an ounce and the March copper contract was down 0.55 of a cent at US$2.65 a pound. read more

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EasyJet to Launch MarrakechBelfast Direct Air Route in October

Rabat – British low-cost carrier EasyJet has announced its plan to launch a direct flight serving the Marrakech-Belfast air route. The company has put 16,000 seats on sale. Belfast Telegraph reported that the first flight is scheduled for October 31.The company will serve the destination with two flights a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The flights will continue throughout the winter until the end of March 2020, added the British news outlet. Neil Slaven, the company’s UK chief expressed satisfaction with the new air project.“We are very  pleased to strengthen our network at Belfast International Airport with this new winter service to Marrakech,” Slaven told Belfast Telegraph.He described the  company’s plan as a “new and refreshing addition” to his company’s portfolio.Read Also: French Survey: 25% Would not Visit Marrakech Because of ‘Over-Tourism’“We’re confident it will prove popular with our customers in Northern Ireland searching for some winter sun.”He added that EasyJet currently serves Marrakech from a “number of existing airports.”“It does really well.”Salven also said that the company’s customers love Marrakech.“It’s very popular and our customers tell us it’s somewhere they enjoy going to.”Business development director at Belfast International Airport, Uel Hoey predicts that the new flight will be a success.“Morocco has long been popular for local holidaymakers, particularly with its strong appeal during the winter months.”Marrakech, one of Morocco’s most popular destinations, recorded over 2.4 million tourist arrivals from January to November in 2018 and had 2.6 million scheduled hotel stays through the end of the year.Recent statistics from the Moroccan Tourist Observatory show that Marrakech and Agadir took the lead in terms of overnight stays, registering 58% of the overall overnight stays in the first four months of 2019. read more

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Security Council urges perpetrators of Kabul attack be brought to justice

Mr. Karzai – who has survived three assassination attempts in recent years – escaped uninjured in the attack, which claimed the lives of two Parliament members and injured nine others, including two Afghan National Police officers. While expressing their condolences to the families of the victims as well as to the people and Government of Afghanistan, members of the Council “underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers, and sponsors of this reprehensible act of terrorism to justice,” and urged all States to cooperate with the Afghan authorities in this regard.In a statement read out to the press by Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo of South Africa, which holds the rotating presidency of the 15-member body for April, the Council noted that the Taliban had claimed responsibility for the attack.It went on to stress that “no terrorist act can reverse the path to peace, democracy and reconstruction in Afghanistan which is supported by the people and the Government of Afghanistan and the international community.” The incident also sparked outrage from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who, in a statement issued yesterday by his spokesperson, stressed that “the attack against the legitimate institutions of the Afghan state and the Afghan people is unacceptable.” Mr. Ban also lauded the country’s security forces for their quick response to the attack which averted more deaths and for protecting Afghan officials and foreign diplomats at the event. 28 April 2008The Security Council has strongly condemned yesterday’s terrorist attack on an official ceremony in the Afghan capital, Kabul, which was attended by President Hamid Karzai and other dignitaries, and urged that those responsible for this “reprehensible” act be brought to justice. read more

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Several fall sick in Lindula

According to the police the contaminated water is being distributed to residents in the area and this has been communicated to the people by the relevant authorities. Several people have been falling sick in Thalawakale and Lindula over the past few weeks after drinking water in the area, the police media unit said today.The police said that a 46 year old man had also died yesterday after drinking what is believed to be water contaminated with some sort of virus. The post mortem on the victim is being carried out at the Nuwera Eliya hospital. The police also said that samples of the contaminated water have been taken for tests. read more

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Heated housing allowance debate at Queens Park

00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 The calls for plugging living allowance loopholes grew louder at Queen’s Park Friday. They come after reports that Thornhill MPP Peter Shurman was billing taxpayers thousands to live in Toronto while claiming to live in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Lauran Sabourin reports.Thornhill MPP Peter Shurman was nowhere to be found at Queen’s Park. But fellow Conservatives were in full damage control.Monte McNaughton was first to the podium: “He was assured the rules were being followed, they were. But it’s wrong and we want this to be fixed.”McNaughton is referring to the rules that allowed Peter Shurman to claim this house on Orchard Drive in Niagara-on-the Lake as his primary residence even though he represents Thornhill 150 kilometres away.The rules allowed him to bill taxpayers nearly $21,000 for another place closer to Queen’s Park. Shurman says he bought the Orchard Drive house as a retirement home.NDP leader Andrea Horwath went on the offensive: “It seems to me Mr. Shurmans’ pretty much the only person who’s found a way to fund a retirement home on the taxpayers dime.”The house was purchased in 2008 for about 660 thousand dollars. It has a pool, four bedrooms and it’s now worth about three quarters of a million dollars.Neighbours we talked to say they only saw the Shurmans in the summer.Peter Shurman hasn’t commented. It’s Roshashona and he can’t use electronic devices. But he’s been quoted as saying he wanted to get out of the city because his wife is legally blind and can’t drive. But anyone familiar with Niagara on the Lake and the Niagara Region knows the only way to get around here is by car.Critics are accusing the self proclaimed watchdog of taxpayer dollars of being hypocritical. He flies his own airplane to his winter home in Florida but claims he needs taxpayers help to pay for two homes.Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor said: “It doesn’t make sense to me. It’s not appropriate.”Government house leader John Milloy says what Shurman did violates the spirit of the rules.In a statement, P.C.leader Tim Hudak is promising Peter Shurman will stop claiming the allowance and pay for any future living expenses out of his own pocket.“I have asked and Mr. Shurman has agreed to discontinue any receipt of the accommodation allowance and going forward to pay for the expenses in question out of his own pocket.”On a Toronto radio program Friday evening, Peter Shurman admitted about being cavalier with taxpayers money. But he also justified what he did by saying the Niagara on the Lake house is the only house he owns. And if people do not like the rules, the rules should be changed. read more

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UPS adds pickup spots at retailers seeks to fly more drones

NEW YORK — UPS is responding to the growth in online shopping and pressures for speedy delivery by seeking to expand its drone deliveries and adding thousands of new spots where customers can pick up packages.The Atlanta-based package delivery giant says it is adding 12,000 new package pickup locations inside CVS, The Michaels Co. and Advance Auto Parts stores. The new locations will bring to 21,000 the number of pickup points UPS has in the U.S. and to 40,000 globally.It also announced that starting Jan. 1 it will offer pickup and delivery services seven days a week, adding service on Sundays.It says it’s setting up a subsidiary that will focus on expanding its drone-delivery operations, limited now to delivering medical samples at a group of hospitals in Raleigh, North Carolina.Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press read more

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SecretaryGeneral calls for greater protection of children in Sudan

In a report released today, the Secretary-General details the abuse of children during the armed conflict, which has continued despite the signing of the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA) in May. He strongly urges the leaders of the Government of National Unity and the Government of Southern Sudan to end child recruitment.“The current peace processes in Darfur and southern Sudan offer a real opportunity for the leaders of the Sudan to end the practice of recruitment and use of children once and for all.”Mr. Annan also details the recruitment, killing and rape of children by various parties, ranging from the Janjaweed militias and rebel groups in Darfur to Chadian opposition forces and the Lord’s Resistance Army. While individual commanders of armed groups bear responsibility for grave violations by their forces, Mr. Annan says that the Government of National Unity and the Government of Southern Sudan are also directly accountable for violations by individuals under their command.“This responsibility of the Government must be stressed, particularly in the present context of shifting alliances and arrangements in the Sudan,” he says in the report.The Secretary-General adds that he is deeply concerned about the increase in sexual violence against girls and women, particularly in Darfur, as well about reports of the systematic abduction and kidnapping of children there. He also expresses his deep concern over the continued lack of access in many areas of Sudan for child protection activities, particularly in the east. In other news, the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) says it has successfully completed a community-driven voluntary disarmament exercise, the first of its kind. According to UNMIS, residents in the southern state of Jonglei handed in roughly 1,250 weapons between 14 July and 30 July. The Government of Southern Sudan says it plans to carry out the peaceful disarmament program throughout all of Jonglei. read more

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How the Lord of the Rings Trilogy would go if Gimli was

first_imgWe all know the Dark Lord Sauron was all powerful and in the Lord of the Rings trilogy it was his master ring that was at the center of the Middle Earth struggle in all three books. And if you read the novels, or witnessed the Peter Jackson movie adaptation, you certainly remember the one ring created by Sauron could only be destroyed in the fires of the pit of Mount Doom.Now imagine an alternate storyline in that Sauron wasn’t as great of a ring-smith as he was an evil overlord. Could it have been possible that a different vertically challenged hero could have risen up to save all of Middle Earth? It certainly would have negated the need for fellowship as well as the need for two additional books.AdChoices广告Read more at YouTube, via GeekOSystem.last_img read more

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Raspberry Pi Model A makes first appearance on camera

first_imgIt’s easy to forget that the Raspberry Pi currently shipping is the more expensive model of the board. It is actually called the Model B as it sports more features than the $25 Model A.The main differences include a lack of an Ethernet port and the associated networking chip, as well as there only being one USB port instead of two. There was originally going to be less memory on the Model A (128MB instead of 256MB), but the Raspberry Pi Foundation managed to make enough cost savings during a redesign to increase the amount to 256MB on the cheaper version.With all the focus being on the Model B, we haven’t actually seen the (near) final Model A board yet. But that changes today as Eben Upton has just given a video interview with technology website V3 and had a Model A to show off.The board looks very similar to the Model B, but is obviously missing a few components. The good news is the board looks to have the same layout otherwise, so the same cases should work. They will just have a few unfilled holes in them.Here’s the Model B for comparison with the Model A images above:The Model A may change again as the one Eben has is a Foundation testing board (the USB definitely isn’t final on that board), but it makes sense to stick with the same layout from a manufacturing point of view. I’m also wondering if there will come a point in the near future where the price difference between adding the Ethernet and second USB is so negligible there isn’t a need for a Model A anymore.There are around 200,000 Model Bs now out on the market and demand remains very high. It’s unclear when the Model A will appear, but the Model B is definitely the better choice in my opinion due to the extra connectivity on offer for not much more money.More at V3last_img read more

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Kellyanne Conway facing probe after promoting Ivanka Trumps fashion line on live

first_imgBut to Washington traditionalists, Conway’s direct pitch from the White House for a product line sold by the president’s child seemed a jaw-dropping – and possibly illegal – misuse of presidential prestige.Democrat Elijah Cummings and Republican Jason Chaffetz – both lawmakers on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which Chaffetz chairs – led calls for Conway to face rebuke.“Conway’s statements clearly violate the ethical principles for federal employees and are unacceptable,” the congressmen said in a letter to the federal ethics chief, Walter Shaub, requesting that he recommend “appropriate disciplinary action” against her.“What she did was wrong, wrong, wrong,” said Chaffetz on Twitter. Friday 10 Feb 2017, 9:57 AM http://jrnl.ie/3232494 My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 8, 2017 32,171 Views By AFP Senior Trump aide, Kellyanne Conway. What she did was wrong, wrong, wrong. Here is our bi-partisan letter to the White House and OGE. #Donteverdothis https://t.co/zqeYhcttMB— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) February 9, 2017 Kellyanne Conway facing probe after promoting Ivanka Trump’s fashion line on live TV “I’m going to give a free commercial here. Go buy it today, everybody. You can find it online,” Conway said. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A KEY AIDE to Donald Trump was facing possible investigation yesterday after pitching the clothing line of the president’s daughter Ivanka on television.Top lawmakers from both camps denounced it as a major ethics breach and urged “disciplinary action.”Speaking with the White House seal clearly visible over her shoulder, Kellyanne Conway gave Ivanka Trump’s clothing a rave review during a Fox interview early yesterday, urging shoppers to “go buy Ivanka’s stuff.”“This is just a wonderful line,” she said. “I own some of it. I fully – I’m going to give a free commercial here. Go buy it today, everybody. You can find it online.”Conway was clearly channeling the anger expressed a day earlier by the president himself, when he tweeted that Ivanka had been “treated so unfairly” by Nordstrom, an upscale department store chain that dropped her fashion brand.center_img Source: Jason Chaffetz/Twitter Image: Carolyn Kaster AP/Press Association Images The Office of Government Ethics, which Shaub heads, separately said it had been “receiving an extraordinary volume of contacts from citizens about recent events.”Without mentioning Conway by name, it said it was reaching out to the appropriate government agencies who would decide whether to pursue the matter – the established protocol when the OGE learns of “possible ethics violations.”‘The law is clear’Conway said the Trump team was “aware” of the lawmakers’ letter and was “reviewing that internally.”She also told Fox News she had spoken with the president about the incident and that he “supports me 100 percent.”“All I can say, at some point in your life, you ought to have a boss who treated me the way that the president is treating me today.”White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump’s aide had been “counseled” over the issue, without providing more detail.“Kellyanne Conway’s White House Infomercial,” as it was dubbed in a scathing New York Times editorial, again fanned debate over the unprecedented level to which the new president – despite his protestations to the contrary – has mixed politics, business and family, raising questions about conflicts of interest.For Noah Bookbinder, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a watchdog group which filed a separate complaint, “the law is clear” on such matters.“This is just another example of what looks like a disturbing pattern of this administration acting to benefit the businesses of the president’s family and supporters.”Boycott callsSince his election in November, Trump has targeted a series of American multinationals by name (General Motors, Ford, Boeing, Lockheed and others) for moving production overseas or for allegedly overcharging the government.But his tweet targeting Nordstrom marked the first time he had complained directly about the business interests of one of his adult children. The tweet appeared both on Trump’s personal account and on that of the presidency, @POTUS. Conway with Trump on inauguration day. Source: Evan Vucci AP/Press Association ImagesThe Nordstrom group, with 350 stores in the United States and Canada, has repeatedly denied any political motive to its dropping of Ivanka Trump’s clothing line, saying it was motivated purely by “performance” considerations. Sales had fallen, particularly in last year’s second half.But products carrying a Trump brand, including Ivanka’s, have been boycotted by critics of the new president, leading to his complaint of a political motivation behind Nordstrom’s move.TJX Companies, which operates the clothing store chains TJ Maxx and Marshalls, told AFP it had instructed store employees no longer to display Ivanka Trump products separately.“The communication we sent to TJ Maxx and Marshalls in the US instructed stores to mix this line of merchandise into our racks, not to remove it from the sales floor,” a spokesperson told AFP.© – AFP, 2017Read: Trump attacks ‘terrible’ Nordstrom for dropping Ivanka’s clothing lineRead: City mayor confirms there was no massacre at Bowling Green Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter Senior Trump aide, Kellyanne Conway. Image: Carolyn Kaster AP/Press Association Images Short URL 76 Comments Share305 Tweet Email Feb 10th 2017, 9:57 AM last_img read more

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Woman Discovers Rare, 3.72-Carat Yellow Diamond at Arkansas State Park

first_imgStay on target A woman’s first trip to Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park turned into a lucky experience after she found a rare, 3.72-carat yellow diamond in a small rock pile.Miranda Hollingshead, who was at the park with her siblings, discovered the diamond at the base of a hill on the northeast side of the park’s 37.5-acre diamond search area, said a Arkansas State Parks press release. Hollingshead was sitting in the shade and watching a YouTube video on how to spot diamonds, when she looked down and saw something shiny in the ground.Miranda Hollingshead with her diamond. (Photo Credit: Arkansas State Parks)“I looked over at my kid for a second, and when I looked down, I saw it mixed in with other rocks,” Hollingshead said. “I shook my hand across it to make sure what it was, picked it up, and yelled across the field to my mom, ‘I think I got one!’”After Hollingshead showed the diamond to her mom and siblings, she took her newly-discovered keepsake to the Diamond Discovery Center, where the park’s staff registered it as a 3.72-carat yellow diamond. Hollingshead’s diamond is now the largest registered at the park since March 2017, where an Arkansas teen spotted a 7.44-carat brown gem.“Every diamond found at the park is beautiful in its own way, and this one is certainly no exception. It’s about the size of a pencil eraser, with a light yellow color and a sparkling, metallic luster,” explained park interpreter Waymon Cox. “Ms. Hollingshead said her gem’s unique shape reminded her of a rounded molar, with a small indentation in one end.”The 3.72-carat diamond was smaller than a quarter. (Photo Credit: Arkansas State Parks)Cox noted that Hollingshead most likely spotted the diamond due to rainfall. The ground where Hollingshead saw the diamond is made of unweathered volcanic rock and when it rains, flowing runoff may leave loose gravel, and sometimes diamonds, on the surface.Many visitors choose to name the diamonds they find at the park. Hollingshead and her son named the beautiful gem the Caro Avenger.Hollingshead said if she doesn’t sell the diamond, she may have it mounted in a ring.According to the park, about one in every 10 diamonds are discovered on top of the ground by observant visitors. To date, 319 diamonds have been registered at the state park this year, weighing a total of 63.49 carats.More on Geek.com:Rare, 20-Carat Blue Diamond Discovered in BotswanaEgg-Sized Diamond Is the Largest Ever Found in North AmericaDestroyed Temple, Treasures Found in Sunken Ancient Egyptian City Rare, 20-Carat Blue Diamond Discovered in BotswanaEgg-Sized Diamond Is the Largest Ever Found in North America last_img read more

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Green Homes Tour showcases San Diegos most ecofriendly homes

first_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Green Homes Tour showcases San Diego’s most eco-friendly homes Posted: October 17, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Green Homes Tour showcases San Diego County’s most innovative, eco-friendly homes.This year’s Tour showcases 12 green homes and gardens, with locations in:Bonita, South Park, Normal Heights, Pacific Beach, Point Loma, La Jolla, Encinitas (2), Vista, Lakeside, Jamul and Campo.The Green Homes Tour is a program of the nonprofit San Diego Green Building Council. Tickets are $15, with discounts for SDGBC members and students. Children under 16 are free.For more information, click here. October 17, 2018last_img read more

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Wildfires scorch San Diego County

first_imgCARLSBAD, Calif. — At least a half-dozen wildfires scorched San Diego County on Wednesday, forcing thousands to flee burning homes and prompting the closure of a college campus and Legoland California. No major injuries were reported.Firefighters contended with temperatures approaching 100 degrees and gusty winds as they tried to contain flames fueled by brush and trees left brittle by drought. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries — one heat-related and one from smoke inhalation.The worst of the fires was in the coastal city of Carlsbad, about 30 miles north of San Diego and home to Legoland. The park was closed because of a power outage caused by the fire.The city’s schools also were closed, and officials expected they wouldn’t reopen until next week. Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall said the blaze consumed an eight-unit condominium complex, as well as damaged eight homes and two businesses. Thousands were asked to evacuate their homes.As the flames surged, a steady stream of residents stopped at a roadblock on a four-lane thoroughfare as they tried to return home to collect valuables.last_img read more

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Path Appears to Open up for Congress to Approve Clean CR

first_imgRepublican leaders in both the House and Senate appear to have settled on strategies to clear a continuing resolution (CR) that does not strike funding for Planned Parenthood, and can clear both chambers and gain President Obama’s signature before the new fiscal year starts Oct. 1.In the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) scheduled a procedural vote for Monday on a stopgap measure lasting through Dec. 11 that does not target the women’s health group. McConnell’s action follows Thursday’s 47-52 vote by the Senate blocking a CR defunding Planned Parenthood from advancing to the floor. Sixty votes were needed to advance the measure.The timeline would leave House Republicans only a short amount of time to act prior to the start of fiscal 2016. The main hurdle for the Senate would be sidestepping a delaying maneuver by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who has pledged to use all procedural tools available to stop a CR that includes funding for Planned Parenthood from advancing.Absent a delaying action by Cruz, however, the Senate could pass a clean CR and send it to the House early next week, according to the story.House leaders, meanwhile, appear to be coalescing around a strategy that shifts the effort to deprive Planned Parenthood of funds from the annual appropriations process to budget reconciliation, a tool to bring spending into alignment with the annual budget resolution. House Republicans plan to draft legislation to eliminate federal funding for the group that would be advanced through the fast-track reconciliation process, reported the Hill. The primary advantage of the process is that a reconciliation bill cannot be filibustered in the Senate, allowing it to get past that chamber and to the president’s desk.House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will discuss the strategy on Friday during a meeting of the GOP conference.Resorting to reconciliation to address conservatives’ insistence on defunding Planned Parenthood may not placate them, though, and House leaders still may need to rely on Democratic support to pass a clean CR.Still, House leaders expressed confidence they could avoid a second shutdown in two years, according to the story.“I think we’re going to be okay,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said when asked if he’s spoken to House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) about gaining Democratic support for the CR. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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