Pocari Sweat’s Selimovic out for the conference

first_imgHornets beat Pistons for 8th straight time Man who told immigrant to go back to country asked to write essay Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lady Warriors team manager Eric Ty confirmed the news with the team now on the lookout for its next import.Selimovic, 25, averaged 23 attack points in the two games she played for Pocari Sweat.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingTy said that the Bosnian middle blocker has already been playing through the hamstring injury she incurred back in April, but aggravated it when she finally saw action for the Lady Warriors.Pocari Sweat is at second place with a 6-3 record, with the squad needing a victory over Air Force on Thursday to guarantee a seat in the Final Four. Lillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder 250 enrolled at phony school arrested in immigration scam Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo WATCH: Jalen Rose waves ‘walis tambo’ prior to Dubs’ sweep of Spurs Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pocari import Edina Selimovic scores on a tip over BaliPure’s counterparts Jennifer Keddy (8) and Jeng Baulee (7) during their Premier Volleyball League clash.Pocari Sweat’s bid for an outright semis berth is facing a minor bump.Guest player Edina Selimovic tore her right hamstring, ruling her out for the rest of the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

I still eat pani puri whenever possible: India’s U-19 Asia Cup hero Yashasvi Jaiswal

first_imgFrom sleeping in tents to becoming the player of the tournament in the 2018 U-19 Asia Cup, 17-year-old batsman Yashasvi Jaiswal’s story is nothing short of a Bollywood film.Yashasvi, son of a shopkeeper in Bhadohi in Uttar Pradesh, is fond of eating pani puri, the snacks he once sold to earn a living.”Yes, I felt embarrassed when a friend caught me selling pani puri earlier. But that doesn’t stop me from having it today. I eat it whenever possible,” Yashasvi told India Today.Yashasvi, who received a hero’s welcome upon his return to Mumbai after India’s successful campaign in Bangladesh, said he was in no hurry to forget the struggles he had to go through to don the India jersey.Congratulations Team India! Winners of the #YouthAsiaCup 2018 pic.twitter.com/yD9NFDL7xKAsianCricketCouncil (@ACCMedia1) October 7, 2018″Those days I will always remember. I have to remember where I came from. I will try to stay the same and keep working hard,” he said.Yashasvi migrated to Mumbai carrying a dream of making a living through cricket which had once turned into a burden with frequent stumbles.In 2015, Yashasvi etched his name in the record books by hitting a 319 not out and registering bowling figures of 13/99 in the Giles Shield Cricket Tournament in Mumbai to set a record for the highest score and most wickets in a match in a school-level competition.After three tournaments in India colours — a bilateral one day series in Sri Lanka, a quadrangular tournament featuring Nepal, Afghanistan, India A and B, and the Asia Cup — the youngster wants to follow the right process in order to succeed.advertisementREAD – Sachin Tendulkar gifts bat to Arjun’s roommate ahead of India Under-19 tour”I am not thinking about any targets. In Asia Cup too, all I was trying to do was executing my plans and trying to help my team to victory. I want to stick to my process and results will follow,” he said.The quadrangular tournament at home provided the southpaw an opportunity to work closely with legendary batsman Rahul Dravid. From Dravid, Yashasvi absorbed words of wisdom that have stayed.”When we lost the final to India B in the quadrangular, Rahul sir taught me how to react while batting on a turning track. He asked to bring in the sweep shot if one has and having the ability to step out even for a single on a turner. He basically asked me to go home and practice in such a way that it can be useful in executing in match situation. So, henceforth all practice sessions will be hard, there will be no light practice,” he said.A few hours at home with coach and guardian Jwala Singh is all Yashasvi has before he heads to Surat for Mumbai U-19 duties.A few months ago, Yashasvi flew to Sri Lanka carrying a Sachin Tendulkar gifted bat and now also has new-found inspiration in fellow Mumbaikar Prithvi Shaw, who he practiced with in the same net, not too long ago.”I get a lot of inspiration from Prithvi bhai. I watch his batting very closely. He keeps telling me things. He used to guide when we batted together in the nets. It feels good to see him do well. I congratulated him as well. I saw his entire India debut century,” he says.As for his own new found success in India U-19 colours, Yashasvi thinks is just a stepping stone.last_img read more

#MeToo in sports: BCCI CEO Rahul Johri accused of sexual assault

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS) The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) CEO Rahul Johri has been accused of sexual assault by a female author in the latest case of the #MeToo movement in cricket.Johri, who was the Executive Vice-President and General Manager (South Asia) for Discovery Network Asia Pacific, before joining as BCCI CEO in 2016 was accused of taking advantage of the victim by offering a job opportunity. Johri has been named in a Twitter post by author Harnidh Kaur, who shared screenshots of a detailed account of the victim on her Twitter handl@PedestianPoet. Johri was not immediately available for comment.The victim levelled allegations against Johri saying he had taken her to his place where he said “the final part” of an interview would take place. “Rahul Johri: Currently the CEO of BCCI – Ex Discovery Channel. Rahul was an ex-colleague. Through the times of partying at Raj’s house, then building a successful media business, and then wading through other channels — Rahul kept in touch with me,” read the screenshot on Kaur’s handle.During a discussion on possible job, he suddenly got up and asked Kaur to accompany him to his home. She knew his wife, having socially met and invited the couple to her home earlier for dinner. When they reached his house, he took out the key to unlock the door to which Kaur said why he did not inform her that his wife was not home, only to be told what was there to inform.In the house, after she asked for water, he came to her with his pants down and assaulted her. “Till date I have borne the burden of this sordid incident, blaming myself for this — I have wondered if I had showed I was needy, I don’t think so — but it’s all hazy and confused in my head. “For years, I have told myself — that was so cheap of me — but the truth is, it was so sudden and so manipulated that I had no chance at even knowing what the hell this was,” the victim further wrote.This is the third such instance in cricket after Sri Lankan cricketers Arjuna Ranatunga and Lasith Malinga were named. –IANStri/kk/hsadvertisementlast_img read more

He struggled a lot while sacrificing for us: Rashid Khan remembers late father

first_imgRashid Khan being the thorough professional that he is, played cricket a day after his father passed away. He represented the Adelaide Strikers against Melbourne Renegades.Rashid in a recent interview revealed what was going on in his head.”It was tough. I lost my Dad, the one who is very close to us and to my family,” Rashid told reporters.”He really supported us – he struggled a lot while giving up (a lot) with how he (raised) us.”He was always watching my games, he didn’t understand cricket a lot but he just was always asking my family how I had done.”It happens. It’s life,” Rashid said.”In this situation, my family has really supported me… Especially my mum, my brothers, my nephews. They were encouraging me a lot from back home.”They were calling me again and again. They were like, ‘you have to be there, you have to play for us, you have to play for your Dad. We can see you’re sad, you’re alone there, you’re (a long way) from home’.”That’s how their motivation helped to stay here and play for the Strikers,” Rashid added.Rashid is likely to go back to his native Afghanistan but promised to be back before the next match.Rashid also revealed that having the presence of his compatriot Mohammed Nabi, who is representing the Renegades, really helped him cope.”I spoke with him (Nabi) a lot. He said… ‘it’s life – someone will go, someone will come. We all will go one day. It’s not like we will be here for all of time’,” Rashid continued.advertisement”The way the team, my captain, my coaches, my management – the way they (supported) me has been great.”They were in my room until late (after the New Year’s Eve game), encouraging me. I really love that – that kept me alive there… They were coming to me and hugging me.”Rashid also said that he wants to stay and play Ina Australia and wont be be leaving early as he wants to acclimatise for the 2020 T20 World Cup to be held Down Under.”I was approached as well to go there (to Bangladesh) but I always preferred myself to go to Big Bash,” said Rashid. “I love it. I love being here. It’s absolutely different conditions for you as a bowler.”We are always playing in Asia, if you (play) outside of Asia, it’s something else for you, it’s something new each and every day.”The T20 World Cup is here, it’s good preparation for us, for me as well, to be well prepared for the World Cup.”Also Read | Rashid Khan plays BBL match despite father’s demise, gets hero’s welcome in AdelaideAlso Read | Rashid Khan to play vs Sydney Thunder in honour of late father, confirm Adelaide Strikerslast_img read more

When is the World Cup 2018 draw?

first_imgWorld Cup When is the World Cup 2018 draw? Date, TV channel, stream & guide Oli Platt Last updated 1 year ago 18:00 12/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) FIFA World Cup 2014 draw Getty Images World Cup Russia With qualification over, preparations are well underway in Russia for a crucial date in the build-up to next summer’s tournament Qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia is finished, with the draw for the tournament now just hours away.With the field of potential teams heading to next summer’s competition finalised, preparations are well underway in Moscow for the event that will determine who faces who in the group stage.Dabblebet’s World Cup odds here 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 It can be a complicated process with all of the pots, seeds and various other rules and regulations involved, but we have all the details you need to know.WHEN IS THE WORLD CUP DRAW? FIFA World Cup 2014 drawThe draw for the group stage of the 2018 World Cup will take place on Friday, December 1 at the State Kremlin Palace inside the Moscow Kremlin.Events are expected to kick off around 18:00 local time, which is 15:00 GMT in the UK, 10:00 ET in the US and 02:00 AEDT on December 2 in Australia.The State Kremlin Palace was originally built on the orders of Nikita Khrushchev for Communist Party meetings, but since the fall of the Soviet Union it has become a concert hall.The Kremlin as a whole is a fortified complex in Moscow that includes the residence of Vladimir Putin, the President of the Russian Federation.A FIFA spokesperson told the Press Association : “This prestigious entertainment venue with a capacity of 6,000 spectators has hosted many international and locally renowned artists in the past, as well as traditional ballets and operas.”HOW CAN I WATCH THE WORLD CUP DRAW? Germany World Cup 2014The World Cup draw will be available to watch live on television and is also likely to be streamed on FIFA.com.In the UK, the draw will be shown live on Sky Sports and ITV and in the US, Fox have the rights in English and Telemundo in Spanish.Who will present the World Cup draw?Former England international Gary Lineker will conduct the draw along with Russian sports journalist Maria Komandnaya.Gary Lineker and Maria Komandnaya to conduct #WorldCupDraw in Moscow on 1 DecemberMore https://t.co/InlWTQRZxx pic.twitter.com/RcUovTJnWu— #WCQ (@FIFAWorldCup) November 17, 2017After the news was announced, Lineker said: “As a player, I was fortunate enough to take part in the World Cup finals on two occasions. It is quite special to be involved in yet another tournament — now on the stage, unveiling the results of the draw. I have been on the other side, waiting to find out my opponents, and I know how exciting this occasion is.”Lineker and Komandnaya will be joined on the stage by Russian football hero Nikita Simonyan and seven other draw assistants, who FIFA revealed to be Laurent Blanc, Gordon Banks, Cafu, Fabio Cannavaro, Diego Forlan, Diego Maradona and Carles Puyol.HOW DOES THE WORLD CUP DRAW WORK? FIFA World Cup 2014 drawAll 32 finalists have been arranged into four seeding pots based on their FIFA ranking for October 2017.Pot 1 will contain hosts Russia and the seven teams who had the highest ranking. Pot 2 will be populated by the next eight highest ranked teams with the next eight in Pot 3 and the lowest ranked eight in Pot 4. You can check out our World Cup seeding breakdown here.Those 32 teams will be then be drawn into eight groups of four, with each group labelled from A to H.Seeding Pots 1 to 4 will be emptied by allocating each of their eight teams to a different group.With one exception, teams from the same confederation will not be drawn together in a group. So, for example, Brazil cannot be paired with another team from South America and Nigeria cannot be paired with another team from Africa.The only exception applies to UEFA teams, with FIFA ruling that up to two teams from the European confederation can be drawn in the same group.If you’re still not quite sure, FIFA has put together a handy explainer video that you can watch below.WHICH TEAMS HAVE QUALIFIED FOR THE WORLD CUP? Neymar BrazilThe full list of teams that have qualified for the World Cup finals so far is below. For a full continent-by-continent breakdown, check out our comprehensive guide to the qualification spots . Country Region Russia Hosts Iran AFC South Korea AFC Japan AFC Saudi Arabia AFC Australia AFC Tunisia CAF Nigeria CAF Morocco CAF Senegal CAF Egypt CAF Mexico CONCACAF Costa Rica CONCACAF Panama CONCACAF Brazil CONMEBOL Uruguay CONMEBOL Argentina CONMEBOL Colombia CONMEBOL Peru CONMEBOL  France UEFA Portugal UEFA Germany UEFA Serbia UEFA Poland UEFA England UEFA Spain UEFA Belgium UEFA Iceland UEFA Switzerland UEFA Croatia UEFA Sweden UEFA Denmark UEFAlast_img read more

Collaboration and family are what makes Grovemade tick

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Collaboration. This was the very first thing Grovemade co-founder Ken Tomita said after welcoming me into his company’s Portland-area design and production space one recent morning. Though even if Tomita hadn’t put forth Grovemade’s philosophy the moment we met, it wouldn’t have been difficult to pick up on this attribute after spending a mere matter of moments inside. From the get-go, his statement rung abundantly true as I stood gazing around the workshop, each individual Grovemade cog simultaneously working in perfect harmony.Related: BLM Auctions makes it easy to find a vintage watch without breaking the bank“Everything is done under this one roof,” Tomita tells The Manual, “from coming up with designs and implementing them in production, to the testing and machine work, it’s all done here. I feel it brings us closer together.”Just 20 people make up the company’s entire employee roster, further supplementing Tomita’s vision of being a tight knight, family of creators. But rather than this existing as just a frame of mind, each employee expands this idea a step further by taking on anywhere from two to three different jobs within the company. Think of it like one big family splitting the weekly To-Do List evenly among them. That’s how Grovemade functions each day. It’s unorthodox, sure, but it works wonders for the brand’s productivity, and keeps it functioning at a high level.Grovemade’s philosophy isn’t the only place the brand displays a particular knack for being unique. The entire process of designing, manufacturing, and shipping a product is done with an incredibly distinct touch and an amazing attention to detail. Where hosts of company’s simply take to 3D modeling software when brainstorming new ideas, Grovemade does it one better. After drawing up a new product, the team develops actual to-scale models — out of paper products like cardboard — to get a true idea of how it might look and feel in the hands of a consumer. This sort of tinkering with ideas allows the designers to get instant, physical feedback rather than just relying strictly on a set of computer diagrams.“Our motto is “Made The Hard Way,” explains Tomita, “there might be an easier way get some of the stuff done around here, but doing most of the process by hand is a commitment we want to always stand by.”Tomita’s comments on doing most of the process by hand is not merely a gimmick; Grovemade employees literally do around 80 percent of the build process by hand. The crew uses machines strictly to make rough cuts or laser etch the products, otherwise they all passionately enjoy using their hands during production. This is perhaps exemplified best during the construction of Grovemade’s one-of-a-kind, eclipse-style watch. After using a machine to cut 12 holes into the face of the watch, the crew then affixes it to the timepiece — using some of the tiniest screws available — attaches its two leather straps, glues (by hand) the strap holder, and assembles the latch. Again, Grovemade’s attention to detail is remarkable.While touring around the headquarters, it was hard to pinpoint what was more impressive: Grovemade’s production model or its incredible product line. For most, the behind the scenes manufacturing goes unnoticed, but it’s equally as important to the sum of the brand’s parts as what it actually sells. There’s no denying the stylish allure of Grovemade’s watches, beautiful maple laptop stands, or any one of its slick iPhone cases. What’s harder to deny is how important a penchant for hard work and the water-tight bond of family is to what makes Grovemade, Grovemade. Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now Seriously Cool Desk Toys for the Kid in All of Us 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know last_img read more

Frontline Bullish on Tanker Rates despite Q2 Loss

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Market woes stemming from weak freight rates have pushed oil tanker shipping company Frontline into a loss of USD 22.9 million in the second quarter of 2018.Frontline said that the average spot time charter rates for the three months ended June 30, 2018 were USD 17,000 for ECO VLCCs and USD 13,200 for VLCCs younger than 15 years.Nevertheless, Robert Hvide Macleod, Chief Executive Officer of Frontline Management AS, believes better days are ahead for tanker rates.“The factors supporting our expectation include continued scrapping ahead of 2020 offsetting new deliveries and increased demand for seaborne trade as a result of expected growth in both US exports and OPEC production of crude oil.  Additionally, crude oil demand remains strong, and the end of the inventory draw cycle seems increasingly inevitable,” he said.The global crude oil tanker fleet was expected to grow by 8.3 pct in 2018, with 57 VLCCs scheduled for delivery. However, only 24 have been delivered so far, and it is likely that some deliveries will be delayed into 2019, Frontline said in its market outlook comment.On the other hand, 25 VLCCs have been scrapped so far and an additional 14 VLCCs have been sold for near-term scrapping. The company believes that weak freight market and high scrapping prices will continue to entice owners to continue scrapping older vessels.Taking into account that 20 percent of the existing VLCC fleet is over 15 years of age, which are likely candidates for scrapping, the fact that the current VLCC orderbook equals approximately 15.8 pct of the global VLCC fleet, is not worrying, the shipping company estimates.“If the pace of scrapping continues, we estimate that the global VLCC fleet will see negative growth in 2018. (…) As we have stated previously, older vessels are less desirable to charterers and earn a discount compared to newer, more fuel-efficient vessels,” Frontline said.In preparation for the new regulation coming into force in 2020, Frontline announced in June that it had inked a deal to acquire a 20 pct ownership interest in FMSI, a scrubber manufacturer. The move secures Frontline the capacity to source a large volume of scrubbers.“We will continue to look for the right investment opportunities to further position the company for the expected recovery,” Macleod added.last_img read more

Kompany blames football authorities for racism outburst

first_imgLondon: Former Manchester City captain and Belgian defender Vincent Kompany feels that football organisations and authorities are the real problem when it comes to racism which is a constant menace in the sport. Speaking in the wake of fellow Belgian Romelu Lukaku being subjected to monkey chants during his club Inter Milan’s Series A match against Cagliari on Sunday, Kompany told Sky Sports News: “Romelu is a victim of something disgraceful, not just in football, but also in society.” Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”It goes back to who is expected to make a decision on these issues, and it’s in these organisations that the problems lie.”The real racism lies in the fact that none of these institutions have representatives that can actually understand what Romelu is going through. “You are dealing with a crowd of people and decision-makers who are telling him how he should think and feel, when you have no decision-makers who are remotely in touch with what he has experienced in his life. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”That’s the real issue — if you go through the boards at UEFA or FIFA, the Italian League or the English League, there is a real lack of diversity. If you don’t have diversity in places of power like boardrooms, then you can’t have the right decisions in terms of sanctions — it’s as simple as that,” Kompany said. Lukaku, who moved from Manchester United to Inter Milan this season, netted the winner from the spot in a 2-1 victory over Cagliari on Sunday, but the game was marred by monkey chants. A statement from Inter fan group Curva Nord later said “Italian fans are not racist” and that the abuse was “gamesmanship”, as reported by BBC. “We are sorry you thought what happened in Cagliari was racist,” it added.last_img read more

TORONTO DANCE THEATER OFFERS TRIBUTE PERFORMANCE TO FOUNDER PERSEVERANCE AND STRENGTH IN

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Jamar Roberts’ ‘Members Don’t Get Weary’. (PAUL KOLNIK) Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Iconic American choreographer Alvin Ailey founded his now world-travelled dance company in 1958.It was a turbulent period in his nation’s history. African-Americans were waging a long, hard campaign for civil rights. In celebrating the Black experience through dance, Ailey offered an affirmation of his community’s rightful place in American society and a powerful beacon of hope.By the time of Ailey’s death in 1989 the struggle for equality was far from over, but the broad condition of African-American society had notably improved. Some of the company’s early works began to assume the character of historical artifacts rather than relevant responses to contemporary reality.last_img read more

Marrying a Moroccan: When the Fairytale Flops

Rabat – Ever since my first high school prom in 2014, I knew I would not fare well in situations that required me to dress up, get my hair and makeup done, take pictures, dance, and socialize.  I remember crying in my bedroom that brisk spring afternoon while my date for the dance waited downstairs, making awkward small talk with my mom and step-dad. I stared at my 16-year-old self in the mirror, hating what I saw. I looked like I hadn’t put any effort into my appearance, but I was too insecure to make any noticeable changes with my hair or makeup. I dreaded going to the group photoshoot at my friend’s house, knowing that I would hate every single picture of myself. “My wedding is going to be a nightmare,” I declared on May 2, 2014. Disclaimer Despite how I might describe it, my Moroccan wedding ceremony was not the worst experience of my life. Not by any means. It was, however, one of the most uncomfortable experiences of my life thus far. And that’s not because it was colored by a different religion or culture than my own. It was because I had absolutely no idea what was going on.I can blame myself and my linguistic deficiencies. But I can also blame my wonderful husband, Amine, who did not adequately prepare me for this day. Read Also: Mixed Marriages in Morocco: Everything You Need to KnowWhen we first began discussing marriage, Amine and I agreed that we wanted a winter wedding. We both get hot easily, and we both hate sweating. Well, sometimes things just don’t go as planned.The dog days of AugustSo here we were, on the day of our wedding ceremony, which had been planned by his parents just a few days prior. It was August 30, 2019. The hottest day of the summer. Look it up, I’m not kidding.We were supposed to have a “small” ceremony at his parents’ apartment in Temara, a suburb of Rabat. I was expecting to see his parents, his brother, a couple of cousins, and a few aunts—15 people at most. After climbing four flights of stairs, sweating buckets, I approached the door to the apartment. The door was open, but there was barely any noise coming from inside. Imagine my surprise when I walked in, glanced to the right, and saw about 20 women sitting in silence.   I smiled awkwardly, and they stared back. I gave a little wave, and they did their high-pitched ululations. The first of many more to come. “Am I supposed to know these women?” I whispered to my husband, as I didn’t recognize any of them.“No,” he replied simply. He then ushered me into a bedroom, where I found my Aunt Saida and her two sons, my Aunt Bouchra and her two sons, and my brother-in-law. After greeting everyone, all I could do was stand there and smile while Amine interacted with his family. When it was about time to eat, I learned that there were another 20 guests, all men, waiting for my husband in a neighbor’s apartment downstairs. Apparently, a “small” Moroccan gathering includes 50 plus people. Who knew?I was on my own for the next 45 minutes, though it felt like hours. I sat at one of the round tables and smiled at the women who were already there, trying to figure out if I knew any of them. I didn’t. I was dripping sweat and fanning myself profusely—so profusely that the fan actually broke, and I needed to borrow another from one of my aunts.  The food was delicious, although I struggled to eat with my hands and made a mess. Nothing new there. After finishing the meal, I stared at the door, pining for my husband. I was relieved when he finally arrived and we sat together in another room with his best friend, brother, and cousins.My brother-in-law, Aymane, put on some traditional music and started to dance. Some of my aunts and cousins joined him. It was lovely until they insisted Amine and I dance, too. I am a very bad dancer, and so is my husband. I won’t go into detail. Just know we did our best. My husband dancing with guests.Photo Credit: Morgan Hekking/MWN Now what?The woman who was supposed to do everyone’s henna, who I will henceforth refer to as “the henna lady,” was more than an hour late. After my mother-in-law ripped her a new one over the phone, she finally showed up, which meant it was time to put on my kaftan. The henna lady and my two aunts escorted me into a bedroom and told me to undress. They helped me put on the garment, which was a beautiful jade green color with gold details, but I felt sad that I didn’t have a say in choosing it. Even though it was huge, they remarked that it fit me perfectly.The instant I looked at myself in the mirror, I began having flashbacks to my high school prom. I had already sweat nearly all of my makeup off, and my hair had gone flat. My aunts tried to give my hair a half-up, half-down type of look. It didn’t work, and I ended up leaving my hair as it was. Just like my first prom, I looked like I didn’t put any effort into my appearance. Stumbling around in my giant sparkly frock, I felt like a little girl playing dress-up.     The bedroom door opened and I was greeted by a blur of ululations and loud music. I smiled and waved to the 30 people who faced me. Now what? I looked back at my aunts, hoping for some instruction. All they offered was ululations. Perhaps they thought I knew what to do next. I didn’t. Nervous thoughts swirled around in my head. Where am I supposed to go? Should I just stand here? Do they want me to dance? Are we doing something? Why didn’t Amine tell me what to do?I cautiously walked down the aisle of trilling women until I entered another room. I looked back for assistance, and the henna lady pointed to a couch that had been adorned with a blanket and pillows that resembled my kaftan. Fair enough. I shuffled over and sat down, and the guests filled in the couches around me. My husband finally joined me, and I felt relieved again. But the embarrassment didn’t stop here. The henna lady did my henna, which was great, except I could no longer move my hair out of my face, adjust my kaftan, or wipe the sweat off my face. Did I mention how hot it was that day? There was also some confusion regarding where I was supposed to get henna, since I couldn’t communicate with the henna lady and my husband was too distracted to translate for me. I’m sure I offended her when I said I didn’t want it on the palms of my hands or on my feet. In my defense, I didn’t know what was expected of me. I did end up getting henna on my feet, so everyone got a good look at—and pictures of—my weird-looking, un-pedicured toes.   Getting henna’d. Photo Credit: Morgan Hekking/MWNSmile, you’re married!I spent the next two hours sitting on that couch and smiling for pictures. Oh, and sweating. This was probably the worst part of the entire experience. I didn’t feel beautiful, I couldn’t fix my unstyled hair, I was stiff from having my henna’d feet elevated, and I didn’t understand the instructions people were giving me for poses. To be honest, I really don’t care that the ceremony was uncomfortable for me or that none of my family were present. Everyone else had a good time, and I think that’s more important. If anything, it’s a funny story to tell. What I do care about, though, is those damn pictures and how underwhelming I look in them. I’m a bride, for goodness sake! I should look like a princess, not a child performing in a school play.  Your wedding pictures are supposed to help you remember one of the most important and happiest days of your life. As much as it hurts to say, I absolutely hate mine.I didn’t know what was happening here, either. Photo Credit: Morgan Hekking/MWN I don’t want to show my future children my wedding photos. I’m even reluctant to show them to my family and friends. I posted one on Instagram, but I feel embarrassed every time I look at it. I want to reflect on my wedding and smile. Instead, I think about it and cringe. Are there bigger problems in the world? Yes. Do I have more important things to care about? Absolutely. Are my wedding pictures really that bad? Probably not. But am I allowed to be sad that I hate them? Yes, and I will not be told otherwise.What really mattersDespite my frustration and embarrassment, I do not resent anyone for my flop of a wedding. My personal regrets are no one’s responsibility but my own. Sure, I would have appreciated having a say in the dress, the date, or the guest list, but ultimately my fairytale experience was ruined by my own unpreparedness and insecurities.But I have to remind myself that disappointing pictures are not the end of the world. They can be redone.  Wedding photos, no matter how special they are, will never be able to capture the love I feel from my husband and his family. The memories I make with them will always be more valuable than my memories of the ceremony, and I am eternally grateful for this truth. As my father-in-law would say, “Alhamdulillah.”Photo Credit: Morgan Hekking/MWNRead also: A Moroccan Wedding: Fairy Tales Do Come True read more

UN human rights chief appeals to donors to help support victims of

The United Nations human rights chief today called on donors to support the fund that provides financial assistance to groups providing psychological, medical and social assistance to thousands of torture survivors and their families worldwide. The UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture provides assistance to over 300 projects in more than 65 countries in Africa, Asia, Central Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. However, a funding shortfall has forced it to reduce support to many programmes, including legal aid initiatives that are crucial to fighting impunity and bringing perpetrators to justice.“Member States that have not yet contributed to the Fund should reconsider their position and donate generously so that more and more victims could benefit from its work,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said at the opening of an exhibit of artwork created by victims of torture as part of their rehabilitation process, to mark the Fund’s 30th anniversary. Contributions to the Fund rose to $11.6 million in 2008, but donations by UN Member States have been dwindling over the past two years to just over $9 million last year, according to Mercedes Doretti, the head of the Fund’s Board of Trustees.“The funding shortfall has forced the Board to cut by 10 to 20 per cent the grants awarded this year to more than 300 projects in more than 65 countries,” said Ms. Doretti, who joined the High Commissioner at the exhibition opening. Ms. Pillay noted that beneficiaries of the Fund’s support are victims of both physical and psychological torture, ranging from severe beatings, sexual violations and mock executions to continuous threats, sleep deprivation and been forced to face the torture of loved ones.“Every project funded is unique,” said Ms. Pillay, who recently visited one of the schemes supported by the Fund in Africa: the VIVRE CAPREC rehabilitation centre for victims of violence in Thiès, Senegal. The centre has helped more than 1,000 victims from 17 countries across the African continent during the last 10 years.The Fund, created in 1981 to help ease the physical and psychological effects of torture on victims and their families, celebrated its 30th anniversary on 26 June, which is also observed annually as the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.To mark the Fund’s anniversary, the UN headquarters in Geneva is housing, from 27 to 30 June, an exhibition of paintings, pictures, sculptures and other types of artistic expression created by victims of torture as part of their rehabilitation process. 28 June 2011The United Nations human rights chief today called on donors to support the fund that provides financial assistance to groups providing psychological, medical and social assistance to thousands of torture survivors and their families worldwide. read more

New housing prices rose 01 in March StatsCan says

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says its price index for new houses rose 0.1% in March, after a 0.2% increase in February.The agency says month-over-month gains in the index have ranged from 0.1% to 0.3% for the last 12 months.For the second month in a row, the largest monthly advance occurred in Regina, where prices were up 0.7%.However, Calgary, where prices were up 0.3%, was the top overall contributor to the March advance.Prices also rose in Saskatoon, Windsor, Winnipeg, Hamilton and the combined metropolitan area of Toronto and Oshawa.In March, prices decreased 0.2% in Vancouver and were unchanged in nine of the 21 metropolitan regions surveyed.Canadian Press read more

US appeals court keeps lawsuit alive over Facebook parody

CINCINNATI — A federal appeals court has kept alive a man’s lawsuit against a suburban Cleveland city and police over a fake Facebook page that led to his arrest.A three-judge 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel agreed Monday with U.S. District Judge Dan Polster’s ruling that the lawsuit can proceed.Anthony Novak sued the city of Parma and police officers seeking compensation and legal fees after his acquittal of a felony count of disrupting public services. He had created a Facebook page in 2016 that resembled the Parma police department’s page.Judge Amul (AH’-mool) Thapar (thuh-PAHR’) wrote that the case is about whether Novak’s page was “a protected parody in the great American tradition of ridiculing the government.”The court dismissed some claims, and didn’t rule on municipal liability.The Associated Press read more

MVP rugby player crosses the Convocation stage

Brock Badgers men’s rugby player Jeremy Brownridge excelled in the field and in the classroom all five years at Brock University. On Tuesday, he walked across the stage at the 2017 Brock University Spring Convocation ceremony and received his second degree at Brock, this time in Education.“Brock has been a home away from home with a small town feeling because of being surrounded by great coaches, teammates and school atmosphere,” said Brownridge, who is from Sunderland.On the rugby pitch, the two-time team captain helped lead the Badgers to a .500 regular season record during his playing career, which was highlighted by an OUA bronze medal finish in 2014 when the Badgers knocked off divisional rival McMaster Marauders in front of a capacity crowd at home. Brock men’s rugby player Jeremy Brownridge“From training, to various games to social school events, it has been a pleasure to wear the Badger on my chest knowing that there is a whole community backing me,” said Brownridge. He was recognized as an OUA All-Star in both 2015 and 2016. He was also named the Brock men’s rugby MVP in 2015.In the classroom, Brownridge was a five-time OUA All-Academic graduating with an honours degree in Education.To end his university career, Brownridge was recognized at the 2017 Brock Sports Annual Awards Dinner where he took home three major awards.Brownridge received the R.M. Davis Surgite Award which is awarded to the student-athlete that has excelled in the classroom throughout their university careers. This past year he held a 91 per cent average in his academic studies. He also received the Dallas Beaton Award for her dedication towards academics, athletics and the community and was the recipient of the David S. Howes Spirit of Brock Athletics Award, which is presented to students who best embody the spirit of Sir Isaac Brock: leadership, courage, innovation, inspiration and community service. read more

Football Ohio State ranked No 2 in AP preseason poll

In the second major preseason poll released this year, the Associated Press ranked Ohio State second, behind Alabama. The rest of the top five consists of Florida State, USC and Clemson. The Buckeyes received three first-place votes.On Aug. 3, the Buckeyes were ranked second in the Amway Coaches Poll with Alabama being the only team ranked higher.Ohio State was ranked sixth in last year’s preseason AP poll, receiving just one first-place vote behind Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma, Florida State and LSU. The Buckeyes will face a top-10 opponent in their home opener on Sept. 9 when they host No. 7 Oklahoma. During the season, they will also host No. 6 Penn State on Oct. 28 and travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to play the No. 11 Wolverines on Nov. 25.The only other ranked Big Ten team is Wisconsin. The Badgers enter the year as the No. 9 team in college football. The Buckeyes’ first opportunity to defend their No. 2 ranking is when they travel to Bloomington, Indiana, on Aug. 31 to take on the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium. The AP Poll:Alabama (52)Ohio State (3)Florida State (4)USC (2)ClemsonPenn StateOklahomaWashingtonWisconsinOklahoma StateMichiganAuburnLSUStanfordGeorgiaLouisvilleFloridaMiami (FL)South FloridaKansas StateVirginia TechWest VirginiaTexasWashington StateTennessee read more

PPD Zagreb routine win over Besiktas

8. Besiktas Jimnastik Kulubu9108238:300(-62)2 4. THW Kiel8404236:224(12)8 6. Orlen Wisla Plock9315252:263(-11)7 7. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko8107212:234(-22)2 5. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo …9405234:238(-4)8 BESIKTAS MOGAZRK PPD ZagrebVelux EHF Champions League 1. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…8701263:229(34)14 2. SG Flensburg-Handewitt9702268:237(31)14 RK PPD Zagreb beat Turkish Besiktas MOGAZ 32:26 (14:11) in the second match of VELUX EHF Champions League Group A. Croatian champions almost booked their place with this win even with serious problems with the roster without injured Stepancic, Sandrk, Susnja and some other guys.PPD Zagreb: Stevanović, Ivić (17 saves); Mihić, Sabljić 3, Vujić 9, Kontrec 2, Šebetić 4, Marković 3, Raković 1, Horvat 5, J. Valčić 2, T. Valčić 1, Obranović, Vukić 1, KovačevićBešiktaš : Cebi, Demir, Kočić ( 10 saves); Mercan, Caliskan 1, Arifoglu 4, Pribak 4, Guney, Boyar, Demirezen, Ozbahar 4, Dačević 3, Ninčević 2, Coban, Đukić 7, Done 1SG Flensburg beat Orlen Wisla Plock 27:25…STANDINGS: 3. MVM Veszprém8611229:207(22)13 ← Previous Story Lions take revenge on Kristianstad Next Story → EHF CL: Porto lost TOP 16 train in Russia? read more

Ukrainian Crocodile Eats Cell Phone

first_imgTo all of those who have ever had a cell phone slip out of a pocket into a toilet or a bathtub or a sink, I say, take solace in the fact that it could have been worse–the thing could have been eaten by a prehistoric reptile. Gena, a crocodile in a Ukrainian aquarium, chomped down on a Nokia handset after a woman dropped in into a tank while attempting to take a picture.The woman reported the incident to aquarium workers, but no one actually believed her story–not until the African crocodile started ringing. After the discovery, everyone naturally started comparing the whole thing to the alarm clock-swallowing crocodile in Peter Pan. Gena, however, has lost his appetite, refusing to eat anything in the month since he swallowed the phone, despite his keepers attempts to get him to eat a live quail injected with a laxative.Gena’s really not doing that well. “He moves very little and swims much less than he used to,” a staff member told the press. Staff members are considering surgery as a last resort.last_img read more

Man arrested over shots fired in HutchKinahan feud

first_img GARDAÍ AT Bridewell station have arrested a man in his 3os in relation to a shooting incident on Dublin’s north side last September.On the afternoon of 2 September 2016, a number of shots were fired at a house in Drumalee Park, just off the North Circular Road in Dublin 7.A man was said to have been approached by another man carrying a gun. The first man fled into his back garden and into a house, when a number of shots were fired.He was uninjured, and the man who had fired the gun fled the scene in a car.A burning car was recovered a short time later at Regal Park, just off Blackhorse Avenue, around 1km away.It is believed that the home is owned by an acquaintance of the Hutch family.An unarmed garda was just 100 metres away at the time of the shooting.The man in his 30s is currently being detained at Bridewell Garda Station.Investigations are ongoing.Read: Death of 90-year-old man being treated as suspiciousRead: Man in his 40s dies in Galway road accident Short URL Image: Google Maps 5 Comments 18,286 Views Monday 27 Feb 2017, 1:21 PM http://jrnl.ie/3261394 Drumalee Park Image: Google Mapscenter_img Drumalee Park Share3 Tweet Email Man arrested over shots fired in Hutch-Kinahan feud On 2 September 2016, a number of shots were fired into a home at Drumalee Park, Dublin 7. Feb 27th 2017, 1:21 PM By Sean Murray Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

WWEShopcom sets records on Thanksgiving weekend

first_imgFacebook Twitter Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Jon Moxley Joins AEW Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE and Full Sail University announce expanded partnership for NXT Television WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Pinterest Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img WhatsApp Dean Ambrose Jon Moxley: AEW Was Bigger Than WWE Title Impact Wrestling announces move to AXS TV following Bound for Glory on October 20 WWE sent in the following press release: WWE Announces Record-Setting Thanksgiving Weekend Sales on WWEShop.comOn Black Friday, WWE recorded its single biggest online sales day ever, drawing a 44% increase in sales on WWEShop.com compared to last year’s record-setting day. WWE also broke records on Cyber Monday, with sales +32% year-over-year, making it the No 2. best-selling day on WWEShop.com ever.WWEShop.com’s five-day holiday weekend saw sales +39% year-over-year.WWE Superstar Dean Ambrose “Unstable” Hoodie Sweatshirt was the hottest seller, and the WWE Monopoly Board Game came in at No. 2.Mobile traffic was +80% year-over-year and accounted for 61% of overall traffic to WWEShop.com.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipJon Moxley Joins AEWVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:33/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 100.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:33 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Cesaro Jon Moxley To Go To NJPW WWE announces 2020 Royal Rumble tickets to go on-sale Friday, September 20 WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Now Playing Up Next Videos Articleslast_img read more