Terrorist is a terrorist regardless of outfit: DGP

first_img(Eds: Repeating after correcting second para)Srinagar, Jul 28 (PTI) Jammu and Kashmirs top cop today played down reports of former Hizbul Mujahideen commander Zakir Musa being named as the head of al-Qaeda cell in the state, saying “a terrorist was a terrorist” regardless of the terror outfit.Musa had recently broken off ranks with Hizbul Mujahideen after threatening to kill separatist leadership for terming Kashmir a political issue instead of Islamic struggle meant to enforce Shariah (Islamic rule) in the state.”A terrorist is a terrorist, whichever outfit he belongs to. Somebody who has picked up a gun is a terrorist for us,” DGP S P Vaid told reporters here.He was responding to a question over naming of Musa as the chief of Jammu and Kashmir unit of al-Qaeda.Yesterday, United Jehad Council (UJC) chief Syed Salahuddin, in a video, had said the freedom movement of Jammu and Kashmir had no international agenda.”No international outfit, be it Daesh (ISIS) or al-Qaeda or anyone else, has any opportunity or is needed here,” Salahuddin had said.Asked about Salahuddins statement and the split in the militant ranks, the DGP said let them decide between themselves.The situation in Kashmir Valley was limping back to normalcy, he added.Responding to a query that militants were targeting families of policemen in south Kashmir, the DGP said it reflected their frustration.Vaid said all law enforcement agencies were supporting the National Investigation Agencys (NIA) probe into the role of separatists in funding subversive activities in the Valley.advertisement”All law enforcement agencies were in unison. We have no differences. We did support them. When the raids were conducted, the Jammu and Kashmir Police was with them,” he said.The state police chief said only time will tell whether the top three separatist leaders–chairmen of both factions of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF chief Yasin Malik–would be questioned by the NIA.The press conference was called to announce Jammu and Kashmir State Marathon 2017, organised by police under civic action programme.Vaid said through the marathon, to be held on Sunday, the police wants to convey a message of peace in the Valley.”We are working with the people. Jammu and Kashmir police belongs to them,” he said.The DGP said such events would help in reducing stone- pelting in the Valley.”Yes, it will (reduce stone-pelting incidents). Marathons and sports activities will make children healthy and healthy brain exists in a healthy body, so they will think positive, he said.The marathon has been divided into five categories men full marathon, men half marathon, women half marathon, eight- km run for boys under 14 and six-km run for girls under 14.Total prize money of Rs three lakh would be given to the winners. PTI SSB MIJ AAR BDS AARlast_img read more

Emma Roberts returning to American Horror Story

first_imgLos Angeles, Aug 2 (PTI) Actress Emma Roberts has joined the cast of the new season of “American Horror Story” titled “Cult.”Roberts is the latest “AHS” alum and member of the Ryan Murphy repertory to be cast in “Cult,” which marks the seventh season of the FX franchise.”American Horror Story” creator Murphy announced the news of Roberts return on Instagram, writing, “Look who showed up on the set of Cult looking glamorous and ready for action.”Roberts posted the same photo on her Instagram with the caption: “Ive joined #ahscult will you?”In the photo, Roberts is sporting darker-coloured hair and is wearing a beige trench coat over a white outfit with a very large knife in hand.The cast of “American Horror Story: Cult” is shaping up, but little is known about the plot, other than the season somehow being inspired by the 2016 presidential election.Along with Roberts, returning “AHS” actors include Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson. Newcomers include Billie Lourd, Billy Eichner and Lena Dunham. PTI SHD SHDlast_img read more

RIBFEST RAISES RECORD FUNDS FOR CAMP HIGH HOPES

first_imgLast weekend’s Ribfest at the Hard Rock hotel and Casino raised a record amount of money for Camp High Hopes.Rib Fest 2017 brought in $60,500 for the special needs camp.More than 1,600 people came to enjoy the food and fun with over 100 volunteers working at the event.Twenty-two teams competed for cash prizes and bragging rights in the KCBS sanctioned event with the Reserve Champion in the competition won by Digger’s BBQ of Sioux City, and Ferg-A-Que of Sioux City went home as the Grand Champion of Rib Fest .The proceeds raised from Saturday’s event will go directly to the programs and services Camp High Hopes provides to kids, teens, and adults with disabilities, special needs, and chronic illnesses.last_img read more

What they said, what they meant: FSU Edition

first_imgI always do this for the beginning of the Big 12 season when all the coaches convene in Dallas but really Thursday’s OSU presser was such a gem I think we need to dust it off for what transpired.Let’s get to the tape:Mike GundyWhat he said: “[Jameis is] a really good player that’s dangerous, in that he can make a play at any time. He’s got a strong arm, he’s hard to bring down, he’s mobile and he’s got a great supporting cast.”What he meant: Take your pick between “Helen of Troy was cute”, “Alexander the Great was powerful”, “Abraham Lincoln was important to race relations within the contiguous United States”, and “General Eisenhower was a pretty decent leader.”What he said: “I do want to clear one thing up, OK? We’ve embraced this game. I’ve offered an opinion. Coach Holder and I, we’ve had this discussion. This has gone on forever. He and I see eye-to-eye on things. Ultimately, they make the last decision and that doesn’t mean there’s an issue.”What he meant: I hate working for Mike Holder.What he said: ““What if they said you could tee off from the ladies tees, but score the same? Come on now…They put us on the (back tee boxes), just so you know.”What he meant: [Thinking “I could do all right on the LPGA, couldn’t I?” as he was saying this]What he said: ““I counted the other night [how many freshmen would play], right before I went to sleep, and it kept me up for two hours. I told them, ‘Just think. This is awesome. Last year, you were playing high schoool ball. Now, you’re playing against Florida State.’ It’s pretty cool.’”What he meant: Really though, it was the counting that kept me up.When it comes to these Gundy is just the gift that keeps on giving.Mike YurcichWhat he said: “It’s a lot of fun having Tyreek out there. He’s a very explosive athlete, and he’s also a very skilled young man with a great attitude. It’s a lot of fun having him. He’s an easy-going guy, but he takes his job very seriously at the same time. I can’t say that I know him as well as Coach Singleton, but he seems like he is very business-like and has a great demeanor about him.”What he meant: Does he have brothers?Glenn SpencerWhat he said: “It’s a ballgame, though, so nobody here knows what’s going to happen. Nobody can even think about what’s going to happen, so we’ll deal with that moment when it comes. We can come out and play great at first, but there will still be a lot of ballgame left. If they come out and bust a couple of big plays on us, will we shell up for the rest of the game? No. That 60th play and that 70th play have got to be played just like the first and the second.”What he meant: Somebody triple-check to see if Daytawion has any eligibility left. Now! If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets.last_img read more

Jinson betters own 1500m national record qualifies for World Cships

first_imgBerlin: Asian Games gold medallist Jinson Johnson bettered his own 1500m national record while clinching a silver in the ISTAF Berlin event here on Sunday. Johnson clocked 3 minute 35.24 seconds to finish second behind Joshua Thompson of United States at the Olympic Stadium here. The earlier national record in the name of the 28-year-old Kerala runner was 3:37.62 which he had clocked at Nijmegen in the Netherlands in June. He also holds the 800m national record (1:45.65). Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhWith his own national record shattering effort, Jinson also qualified for the World Championships to be held in Doha from September 28 to October 6. The World Championships qualifying time is 3:36.00. “I was expecting to set new national record but did not expect to win the silver. I will now go to Colorado in USA for further training and then to Doha for World Championships,” Jinson said after the event. “I am very happy. But my ultimate aim is to do well in Tokyo 2020.” Jinson had won the 2018 Asian Games gold in 1500m with a time of 3:44.72. ISTAF Berlin is a part of the IAAF World Challenge meetings, the second tier of global one day athletics events.last_img read more

Canadian Space Agency and its partners developing plans for lunar space station

first_imgMONTREAL – The Canadian Space Agency is working to develop robotic arms as its contribution to a small lunar outpost to be built by international partners in the next decade.Earlier this week, the American and Russian space agencies signed a statement long-term space projects, which focus on the so-called deep space gateway.The small space station would be placed in orbit between the Earth and the moon.“For Canada, the challenge right now is to identify what our contribution could be to humanity’s next step in human exploration,” said Gilles Leclerc, the Canadian agency’s head of space exploration.“We are defining what Canada will do in the next 30 years in space.”Canada and the world’s space agencies are committed to the International Space Station until 2024.The next destination would be the lunar station — a platform to serve as a staging point to travel to the moon’s surface and eventually, further away.“The ultimate destination for all partners … is Mars,” Leclerc said.A natural fit for Canada’s contribution would revolve around robotics.Leclerc said there are three possibilities: robotic arms, moon rovers and space mining — technologies Canada already develops and could be useful.Concept studies have started on two robotic arms that will help build and maintain the mini-station.MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. of B.C. has been awarded a $2.75 million contract to work on the new Canadarms.Paul Fulford, MDA’s product development manager, said the current concept involves an eight-metre manipulator arm and a smaller one-metre arm.“The CSA are asking that we explore the notion of a small multi-purpose arm — one that could work inside the space station and possibly on the surface of the moon as well,” he said.Fulford said the new robotic arms could be operating on the lunar outpost in the 2020s, which would help get a Canadian astronaut to the moon.Leclerc said the future of the station will depend on the means of transportation to get back to the moon. NASA is developing the Space Launch System (SLS), a giant rocket developed with deep space travel in mind.The SLS would be topped with an Orion capsule with a crew of four.A tentative plan would see an SLS rocket travel around the moon unmanned in 2019 and another after that to come within three years — this time with astronauts.“There’s going to be at least three missions to construct the deep space gateway from 2020 to 2026,” Leclerc said, after which the station would be manned.Canada’s newest astronauts, Jennifer Sidey and Joshua Kutryk, started basic training last month and space flight is at least five years away.Fellow astronaut David Saint-Jacques is scheduled for a six-month visit to the ISS in November 2018 and colleague Jeremy Hansen could see his own mission between 2020 and 2024.Leclerc said Canada is also looking at commercially-built capsules by companies like SpaceX to transport its corps.It comes as the federal government works on a new space strategy, following consultations earlier this year by Canada’s Space Advisory Board.It released a report suggesting Canada’s space industry has “lost ground” with rapidly changing environment and substantial space investments by other countries.The board made several recommendations, including one that space be designated as a national strategic asset.last_img read more

Bruce Springsteen And Roger Waters Stand Up For Heroes

first_imgThe Bob Woodruff Foundation and the New York Comedy Festival presented Stand Up for Heroes last week in New York City, which featured a special appearance by Bruce SpringsteenThe event, funded in part by the generosity of Veterans on Wall Street (VOWS) and supported by founding sponsor GFI Group, Inc., brought together celebrities, military, business and government leaders, service members and their families for a night of laughter and performances from A-list musicians and comedians, as well as wounded veterans, to raise funds for programs that the Bob Woodruff Foundation supports. The amount raised last night was more than $5 million — a new record for the Stand Up for Heroes Event, now in its seventh year. The funds raised will benefit organizations across the country vetted by the Bob Woodruff Foundation for their effectiveness and success.To date, $21 million has been raised by the Stand Up for Heroes events.Comedians who took the stage for this year’s 7th annual Stand Up for Heroes event included Bill Cosby, Jim Gaffigan, Jerry Seinfeld and Jon Stewart. There was also a surprise video message from First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, expressing their support for the Bob Woodruff Foundation.The event included a sensational musical performance by Bruce Springsteen. Springsteen has performed at all seven Stand Up for Heroes benefit concerts. The night also included a live auction, which raised $750,000.Notable attendees included: CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour, ABC special correspondent Juju Chang, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, General and Mrs. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, actress America Ferrera, President and COO of Universal Studios Ron Meyer, business leader Ron Perelman and NBC anchor Brian Williams.“We are thrilled with the results from Stand Up for Heroes — the generosity and spirit exhibited that evening from all the honored guests, performers and supporters is quite humbling,” said Bob Woodruff, Co-Founder of the Bob Woodruff Foundation.“I continue to be overwhelmed by the incredible response to Stand Up for Heroes year after year,” says Caroline Hirsch, founder and owner of the New York Comedy Festival and Carolines on Broadway. “When we conceived this event seven years ago, we had high hopes for raising awareness and funds for the Bob Woodruff Foundation. The outpouring of support has far exceeded our greatest expectations.”Stand Up for Heroes, presented at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, sold out with more than 5,500 guests in attendance. The event brought together leaders from military, business, entertainment, government and philanthropy to raise funds to help post-9/11 injured service members and their families thrive long after they return to the homefront.A first for Stand Up for Heroes this year was a Hangout on Air, powered by Google. The Hangout on Air featured musical performances by Bruce Springsteen and Roger Waters and an interactive discussion between musicians on location, comedians, celebrity crashers, veterans and fans. The Hangout was available on the Bob Woodruff Foundation Google+ channel and the Bob Woodruff YouTube channel, and will remain available for guests to view post-event. The event was also live-streamed on the Bob Woodruff Foundation website.A highlight of the night was when Roger Waters performed with a band comprised of nearly two dozen musicians and singers, all of whom are wounded active service members or veterans representing all branches of the armed forces and the MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band. MusiCorps – an organization the Bob Woodruff Foundation funds – is a rehabilitation program operating out of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center that helps injured service members recover through the healing powers of music. Roger performed with a band comprised of nearly two dozen musicians and singers, all of whom are wounded active service members or veterans representing all branches of the armed forces and the MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band.Perhaps the most touching moment of the star-studded event was a speech given by injured service member Army Officer Larkin and his wife Rachel O’Hern. Larkin was severely wounded and lost both of his legs and one of his hands. Thanks to his many surgeons and therapists, he stood up for the first time this past May, and was able to stand on the tarmac to welcome each soldier from his platoon home from war. Larkin now walks with a cane and plans to stay on active duty. He also intends to obtain his M.B.A. and return to the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he was commissioned in 2008, to teach.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Six Canadian Films for the Holidays

first_img Facebook Americans write pop songs and make movies for every holiday in the year; Canadians not so much. Example? It might be titled Black Christmas, but it’s actually more of a Halloween film. However, it does offer one surprising gem from the same American-born director of that film, Bob Clark. Adapted from the works of American humourist Jean Shepherd, A Christmas Story is a grouping of vignettes about family life and small-town America in the mid-1940s tied together with a rather flimsy plot device. All nine-year-old Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB gun, but his mother and teachers, even Santa, seem to be conspiring against him. This Norman Rockwell-like portrait of Middle America has become a staple of holiday television viewing – rivalling It’s a Wonderful Life for repeat showings. Generally thought to be an American film, only the exterior of the family house was shot in Cleveland, Ohio. The rest of the film was shot on location in St. Catherines, Ontario, and the old Magder Studio in Toronto. The house in Cleveland has now become a tourist attraction over the holidays, as fans of the film gather to visit. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

For witnesses calling out sexual harassment is complicated

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Life was going well for Christopher Partee when the woman approached him in tears.The forklift operator had recently been made a permanent employee at a Memphis warehouse newly opened by a supply-chain logistics company. His new supervisor was friendly to him, giving him special assignments and sometimes grabbing lunch with him. Partee thought perhaps he himself could eventually become a supervisor.But he was about to make a decision that would upend his life. The woman, Tiffany Pete, asked Partee if he would serve as corroborating witness in a sexual harassment complaint against their supervisor. Partee was apprehensive but says he had seen his supervisor make lewd comments to women at the warehouse nearly every day, telling them what to wear and propositioning sex. He agreed to help and to speak directly to the supervisor.Within days, Partee was fired, along with Pete and two other women who had complained about being harassed.“I was thinking about not getting involved because I had a feeling that something like this would happen, and it did,” said Partee, who eventually won a lawsuit against the company filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. “But if a woman is crying, I’m not just going to sit there and do nothing. I’m not going to walk away and not do something about it. I’m just not that type of person.”Caught in the middle of workplace sexual harassment are often people like Partee: witnesses who struggle with how to respond. The scandals sending shockwaves through Hollywood, and the media and political worlds have left in their wake people who have expressed remorse for failing to do more to stop the inappropriate behaviour of powerful men.Among them are Charlie Rose’s executive producer, Louis C.K.’s longtime manager, and Billy Bush, who has apologized for laughing along when President Donald Trump bragged about grabbing women’s genitals on the “Access Hollywood” tape. NBC is conducting an internal investigation into why anchor Matt Lauer’s alleged misconduct wasn’t stopped earlier. The director Quentin Tarantino has said he knew enough about Harvey Weinstein’s behaviour to have done more.Lost in the conversation are the stories of people in more ordinary work places who do speak up — and what happens next.Often, according to lawyers who litigate sexual harassment cases, they end up facing the same repercussions as the victims they were trying to protect. Some are labeled disloyal and denied career advancement. Others are fired. While the law prohibits retaliation against witnesses who oppose sexual harassment, it can be difficult to prove their case in court. Lawsuits typically take years to resolve.The dynamic ensures that many people stay quiet, particularly among working-class people who can least afford to lose their jobs, said Faye Williams, the regional attorney for the EEOC who oversaw the lawsuit on behalf of Partee and the three women against the company, New Breed Logistics.“We find in our work here at EEOC, including our sexual harassment cases, many employees in the workplace often look the other way or choose not to get involved,” Williams said. “One can understand why. They are generally low wage workers, earning minimum wage, single parents, and desperately need to work to survive.”Still, Partee is far from the only witness that EEOC has represented in recent sexual harassment cases.In a case settled in 2015, four men lost their jobs at a dried fruit processing plant in California for helping their female co-workers file a complaint about supervisors who were making lewd comments and rubbing up against them. Two of the men had organized a meeting with management to allow the women to voice their complaints.In Mississippi, a janitor was fired after she corroborated a co-worker’s sexual harassment complaint during an internal company investigation. In Texas, a recruiter for a physician services provider was let go after he accompanied a woman who filed a complaint about their division CEO.It took years for those lawsuits to result in verdicts or settlements mandating compensation for the plaintiffs. In the meantime, some of the workers struggled financially.Two of the dried-fruit plant workers said in court statements that it took them three years to find permanent work. One of them said he frequently argued with his wife about why he stood up for his co-workers instead of staying silent. The other got divorced.Partee’s case took seven years to make its way through the courts. During much of that time, he relied on odd jobs and food stamps. He was forced to move out of his apartment and into his mother’s house. He fell back on his child support payments.As often occurs in sexual harassment cases, the EEOC had to prove that Partee engaged in “protected activity” under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act that deals with sexual harassment. Specifically, the company argued that Partee did not, in fact, oppose sexual harassment because he had not formally agreed to participate in an internal company investigation before he was fired. Partee had also warned his supervisor to stop his behaviour but the company argued that simply asking a harasser to knock it off did not constitute protected activity.New Breed claimed that Partee was suspended for clocking in overtime hours without authorization. It tried to argue that the human resources official who suspended him did not know he had agreed to back up Pete’s complaint. In the end, EEOC provided evidence the official knew Pete had named Partee as a witness.In 2015, the Sixth Circuit Court of appeals in Ohio upheld a $1.5 million verdict against New Breed which has been bought by another company.Partee received $315,000, enough for to buy a modest house and pay back child support and other debt. The father of five children, now grown, has yet to find permanent work as forklift operator, relying on temporary jobs. He does not mention the New Breed case when interviewing for jobs, fearing that it will backfire and he will be labeled a troublemaker.“It would scare them off, like I’m a risk. So I keep my mouth shut,” he said. “A lot of people, they like to call you a snitch. They want to put that around you.”Employment law attorneys say they don’t often come across people like Partee. On the contrary, a major challenge in sexual harassment cases is finding witnesses to back up the plaintiff, said Debra Katz, a partner with the Washington-based firm Katz, Marshall & Banks.“When someone calls me, my first inquiry is, ‘Who are the witnesses who can confirm this individual harassed you?’” said Katz, who has litigated discrimination and whistle-blower protection cases for 30 years. “Retaliation is a real fear. Often what we hear is “Don’t use my name in your letter but when an investigation comes up, I will come forward and say what I know.’”Some advocates are hoping the #MeToo movement will embolden witnesses to speak up. One group of actors, including Anthony Edwards, Tate Donovan and Daniel Dae Kim, have joined the #IWillSpeakUp campaign that calls out men for staying silent about sexual misconduct.“We know that the majority of men are not abusive,” said Tony Porter, CEO of A Call To Men, which launched the campaign along with Mariska Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation. “The problem is that the majority of men are silent about that abuse.”But often, people who learn of sexual harassment are uncertain about what to do. Even Jane Fonda, herself a victim of sexual abuse, has said she regrets not speaking out when another actress told her about a troublesome encounter with Weinstein. She has said that at the time, she felt it was not her place to publicize someone else’s experience.That’s a common dilemma for employees in everyday workplaces, said Lynn Bowes-Sperry, a professor of management at Western New England University who researches on the difficulties faced by observers of sexual harassment. She said it points to the need for more rigorous bystander training for employees “that provides them with the skills to take action rather than just basic knowledge regarding legal liability.”Far removed from the #MeToo movement, Partee said he has no regrets.The women “actually thanked me a lot for being there for them,” he said. “Now when I think about it, it sends chills through me because you know when you did something right.”——————————News Researcher Rhonda Shafner contributed from New York City.last_img read more

No move to endanger Sri Lankas sovereignty through Constitution

The Government asserted that there is no move to endanger Sri Lanka’s sovereignty through the new Constitution.Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) leader Rauff Hakeem said that the international community expects Sri Lanka to put forward a political solution to the National issue. He said that the new Constitution will meet the expectations of the international and more importantly all communities in Sri Lanka. The SLMC leader also dismissed allegations that the new Constitution will divide the country and will be a threat to Buddhists in the country. He said the new Constitution can only be passed if it gets 2/3 majority in Parliament and that will require the support of Sinhalese Buddhists in Parliament. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UNappointed team will go to Côte dIvoire to conduct human rights inquiry

The five-member team will travel on 18 July and stay in the country for about three months, spokesman José Luis Diaz of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said at a press briefing in Geneva.The team would be accompanied by its secretariat and a number of forensic experts and would examine the human rights situation since 19 September 2002, he said.Violence flared up in the West African nation on that day, with deadly attacks by elements of the armed forces.Refugees from Côte d’Ivoire reported losing their homes after government forces allegedly burned certain of the city’s immigrant districts and razed shantytowns during a security sweep.Following clashes between government troops and rebels, a UN team described Bouaké as a “ghost city.” Tens of thousands of people fled across the border to neighbouring countries. read more

Martha Stewart Living sale reflects travails of brand

FILE – In this March 5, 2013 file photo, Martha Stewart arrives to court in New York. Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. has signed a deal to be acquired by Sequential Brands Group Inc. in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $353 million, according to a statement released Monday, June 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Martha Stewart single-handedly changed the game for home decorating and cooking in the late 1990s, becoming the “it” designer for all things domestic.But the announcement on Monday of an acquisition of her media and merchandising empire in a deal that values the company at far less than in it was worth in its glory days shows how much her brand has eroded over the years.Martha Stewart’s is being sold to Sequential Brands Group, which owns and licenses such brands as Ellen Tracy and Jessica Simpson, in a deal valued at $353 million. That’s a fraction of the $1.8 billion valuation when the company went public in 1999.“The days when people looked to one person to tell them how to entertain, live tastefully are gone,” said Allen Adamson, chairman of Landor Associates, a brand research firm. “Today, there are many voices. She can’t go back to retaking that mantle because that mantle is gone.”It’s a shift from when Stewart built her business, from books to TV shows, based on her penchant for decorating and cooking. Stewart cultivated legions of loyal fans, all eager to know the best way to decorate a cake, set the Thanksgiving table or plan a cocktail party. Business was booming, and Stewart consolidated her businesses into one company in 1997 and then took that company public in 1999.But in recent years, the company has been hit with heavy competition. No longer were people looking to get their information from a single source, but rather they were getting decorating and cooking advice from other domestic divas like Rachel Ray and everyday bloggers who write about home decorating, cake baking and the like. That was compounded by the fact that Stewart’s recipes and decorating rules didn’t quite resonate with younger customers searching for quick solutions on their iPhone.Adding to these challenges were legal woes of both the personality and the company bearing her name. Stewart was convicted in 2004 on federal criminal charges of lying to prosecutors about selling ImClone shares a day before the Food and Drug Administration announced it declined to review the company’s application for a cancer drug. Stewart rejoined the board of Martha Stewart Living in September 2011 after a five-year ban that was part of a settlement with federal regulators related to her convictionThen, Stewart brokered a merchandising deal with J.C. Penney in late 2011 that competed with a prior exclusive deal with Macy’s Inc. As a result, Martha Stewart got into a three-year court battle with J.C. Penney and Macy’s, ending with Penney terminating its deal that covered certain products like cookware and towels with the company.The company has been working to right the ship, though. In recognition of the shift online, Martha Stewart Living last October struck a 10-year licensing deal with Meredith Corp. to take over ad sales, circulation and production of Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Wedding magazines.According to the deal, the company would continue to create the editorial content. That deal enabled the company to focus on merchandise like pots and pans, which analysts say has been stale in the last few years.Stewart also focused on remaking her brand online, signing partnerships and launching Martha Stewart Network on video streaming services like Hulu and Hulu Plus.Despite those efforts, Martha Stewart Living has reported annual losses every year since 2003 with the exception of 2007. For the past seven years, the company’s annual sales have been on a downward slope, reaching $141.9 million last year, down from $327.9 million in 2007. Company shares have been on decline since 2006 when it traded at around $21.Analysts believe Sequential Brands will bring energy back to the brand.“I believe this is a good deal. It can be a powerful brand again,” said Dan Hess, president of Merchant Forecast, an independent research firm that covers the retail industry for the financial community.But Hess cautioned: “It’s still tenuous. It relies on her keeping her nose clean and making her style relevant to a generation that looks for a lot of resources.”In a statement Monday, Stewart called the deal with Sequential a “transformational merger.” Stewart will remain as chief creative officer and will be nominated for the board, where she is now non-executive chair. She’ll also be a “significant” stockholder.“The Sequential team is smart, hardworking, and understands the power and limitless opportunity of the Martha Stewart brand and its formidable design, editorial and marketing teams,” she saidYehuda Shmidman, CEO of Sequential, said the breadth of the brand is still strong. He pointed to research that shows the Martha Stewart name has 96 per cent awareness among women in the U.S.He also said 7 out of 10 women say that Stewart has and does influence the way they think about, organize and manage their homes. Additionally, he said the company reaches about 100 million consumers.But the price Sequential is paying for the company illustrates how much the appeal of the brand has diminished.Sequential Brands will pay $6.15 per share for Martha Stewart, below Friday’s closing price of $6.98 and far beneath the $36 the company had when it when public in 1999. Shares tumbled 11 per cent to $6.18 in trading Monday after surging late last week on reports of an impending acquisition.___AP Business Writer Michelle Chapman in New York contributed to this report.___________Follow Anne D’Innocenzio at http://www.Twitter.com/adinnocenzio Martha Stewart Living sale reflects travails of brand by Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press Posted Jun 22, 2015 7:50 am MDT Last Updated Jun 22, 2015 at 3:41 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Analyzing the Rose Bowls burning questions

1. How will quarterback Terrelle Pryor be used, and how effective will he be?The better question might be, will he have an opportunity to?Pryor fought through an ankle injury for the majority of the second half of the season, and coach Jim Tressel compensated for his hampered mobility by calling more rushing plays. Pryor attempted 17 passes in each of Ohio State’s last three games, victories over Penn State, Iowa and Michigan. In those contests, the Bucks ran the ball 49, 51 and 53 times, respectively.Now, Pryor revealed that he has been suffering through a torn ligament in his knee, though both he and Tressel have firmly maintained that the injury won’t limit him Friday.“He’s very healthy,” Tressel told the media Thursday. “He can move around very, very well.”Centering on the ground game certainly benefitted the Buckeye offense, however. The team rushed for at least 225 yards in each of its last five contests, all wins. Pryor, who threw just four interceptions during his freshman campaign, tossed nine in the first eight games this season.But ever since the Bucks reverted to a run-heavy attack, Pryor has committed just one turnover in four contests.Pryor has apparently cleaned up his mechanics after a sloppy start to the season, with help from a dependable rushing attack. Whether or not he will be asked to carry more of the offensive burden lies within Tressel’s trust of his progressing quarterback.2. Can the Buckeyes slow down an up-tempo Oregon offense?The Ducks posted 37.7 points per game during the regular season, even after being limited to eight points in a season-opening loss at Boise State.While the Buckeyes tend to methodically inch toward the end zone, the Ducks rarely waste any time putting points on the board.In its 47-20 victory over USC on Oct. 31, Oregon recorded three drives covering 80 or more yards. Each series resulted in a touchdown, and each lasted fewer than three minutes.When the Ducks piled up 42 points in a Nov. 7 loss to Stanford, they continuously struck immediately. Oregon scored a touchdown at the end of a 93-yard drive that lasted just one minute and 16 seconds. The Ducks scored five touchdowns following that lengthy drive, the five drives lasting eight seconds, two minutes and 43 seconds, one minute and 46 seconds, two minutes and 43 seconds and 52 seconds, respectively. That’s six touchdowns in eight minutes and 59 seconds. In the longest of the six drives, which persisted for two minutes and 43 seconds, the Ducks squeezed in 12 plays.Clearly, the Oregon offense moves rapidly and effectively.Still, Tressel believes that if necessary, Oregon could sustain a lengthy drive just as successfully.“All you have to do is go back to their last game [against Oregon State], and they needed to keep the ball for five or six minutes,” Tressel said. “They can possess the ball if they’d like. And in that case, the game ended where I don’t think Oregon State got another chance with the ball.” 3. Will Ohio State suffer from the absences of Ray Small, Duron Carter and Rob Rose?“We are definitely going to miss them,” receiver DeVier Posey said. “But we still have a game. I love those guys to death, I miss them on the trip, but we still have to play.”The trio were suspended for the Rose Bowly. Small and Carter, the team’s No. 3 and No. 4 receivers, respectively, during the regular season, only combined for 28 catches. In their place, Lamaar Thomas and Taurian Washington, both frustrated about their lack of playing time, will see the field.“They got an opportunity now and they’ll show up,” Pryor said about his new set of weapons on offense. “They’ll catch the ball.”Along the defensive line, the Buckeyes have plenty of bodies to rotate in to replace Rose’s production. Defensive tackle Dexter Larimore will return from a knee injury, and defensive coordinator Jim Heacock can substitute a number of players at the end position, where Rose typically lines up.“We got [Defensive lineman] Garrett [Goebel] stepping up and Johnny [John Simon] is playing a little end,” senior defensive end Lawrence Wilson said. “We got guys stepping up and filling in [Rose’s] place. We should be fine at the end spot.” read more

Football Ohio State releases depth chart for Oregon State game

Sophomore defensive lineman Jonathon Cooper (18) during the Ohio State vs. UNLV game on Sept. 23. Ohio State beat UNLV 54-21. Credit: Ris Twigg | Former Assistant Photo EditorThe first depth chart of the season was released by Ohio State prior to the season opener against Oregon State.Notable starters include sophomore safety Isaiah Pryor, who acting head coach Ryan Day said was battling with redshirt sophomore Jahsen Wint for the starting position, but has the sole starting position in the safety position opposite junior captain Jordan Fuller.Day also labeled sophomore tight end Luke Farrell as starter, but is marked as a co-starter with redshirt junior Rashod Berry on the depth chart.Junior wide receiver Austin Mack is listed as the starter, with redshirt senior and captain Terry McLaurin at the No. 2 position.Redshirt senior and captain Parris Campbell is listed as an H-Back on the depth chart, along with redshirt junior K.J. Hill and senior C.J. Saunders.At running back, sophomore J.K. Dobbins and redshirt junior Mike Weber are listed as co-starters.On the defensive side, junior Jonathon Cooper and sophomore Chase Young will be co-starters at defensive end alongside junior and captain Nick Bosa.Redshirt junior cornerback Damon Arnette earned the starting spot over sophomore Jeffrey Okudah, though defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said they will rotate.Saunders and redshirt sophomore Demario McCall will be splitting punt returns, and McCall will be doing kick returns with redshirt senior Johnnie Dixon.Freshmen on the depth chart include right tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere, tight end Jeremy Ruckert, Brian Snead and Master Teague at running back, wide receiver Chris Olave, Tyreke Smith and Tyler Friday at defensive end, Taron Vincent and Tommy Togiai at defensive tackle and safety Josh Proctor.Ohio State will play Oregon State on Sept. 1 at 12 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

Michael Tarver talks NXT the debut and end of the Nexus

first_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez to make pro wrestling debut at TripleMania Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling passed this along.When you say the name Nexus to a wrestling fan it’s safe to say that the inner arm chair quarterback definitely begins to get the best of you. On today’s Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling we dive deep into the evolution and concept of the Nexus faction with founding member, Michael Tarver. John and Chad are able to recreate the night of the infamous debut of the group through Michael’s keen recollection of the events that transpired and his picture perfect description of how much the chairman of the board himself believed in the angle. We also learn about the man behind “Michael Tarver”, Tyrone Evans and how his real life story translated into one of the most innovative performers that fails to receive the credit he so aptly deserves. Full Episode Download Link:http://tmptow.podomatic.com/entry/2015-11-06T10_30_05-08_00Michael Tarver on the night the Nexus debuted on WWE Raw:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wnl7a8lMOqcTrying to set himself out from the performers in NXT Season 1:“Daniel Bryan was the only one who didn’t have a gimmick but it all out worked really well. One of the things I had to get myself over or to separate myself other than the promos I was doing was t-shirts. When they took my knockout punch and they took my gloves I was wearing a t-shirt that had a 1.9 on it and I don’t know if anyone else has ever done it on WWE TV before but as far as I know I am the first person to wear merch that’s not WWE sanctioned merch. I don’t know if anyone else got on WWE TV, I know that CM Punk wore his Gracie Jiu-Jitsu stuff but like I wore MY own stuff. Then in every NXT season after season everyone had their own t-shirts and even now everyone on the current NXT roster has their own merch and their own t-shirts. If you ask any of them where it came from. I bet none of them would probably know.”The feeling the night of the Nexus’s debut: “When David Otunga punched out the ref and Darren Young and Heath Slater took out the ring announcer and Jerry the King and took out the security everyone said wait a second this is different and it was just us and Cena. That was the design and the feel they wanted the Nexus to have it wasn’t “uh-oh” they are about to kick some butt, it was “something is wrong”. That was the feel. We didn’t just go out and jump Cena, we beat the mess out of him. They told us to destroy everything and if you don’t you’re fired. It had to be completely a secret, they gave us the arm-bands and nobody knew that we were there to rip up the ring. We broke cameras, we broke chairs, ripped up the set. I have never felt such a more deafening silence in my life then I did that night in South Beach. It was so quiet but the silence was deafening. It was like when Taker lost at Mania, it was complete shock.”Nexus losing at Summer Slam 2010 and virtually killing the angle:“We didn’t know what the direction was and honestly I don’t think that they did either. We all had our own experiences and are smart enough to know it really makes the most sense for us to win and it doesn’t hurt them, it actually helps them if we win and continue because then they can keep building. That was the first time in a long time that Cena had real sympathy because people were kind of over him and he’s even though he is always going to be over no matter what because he’s John Cena but that was the first time in a long time that he had real sympathy. He did his thing and John Cena is great, he’s amazing. To me, I think they got greedy. That storyline should have ended at WrestleMania. We should have won, grown stronger added Mason Ryan, added Bray Wyatt (Husky Harris), added Joe Hennig (Curtis Axel) or maybe even add CM Punk and make it a super or even bigger group.”Michael Tarver also blasts the ridiculous re-booking of Nexus members in The Corre, Says heat with John Cena is a thing of the past, being pegged for Abraham Washington’s eventual role, being Dusty Rhodes “Pet Project” in FCW and much more..Please subscribe to The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling on iTunes and via YouTube by searching the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling or visit the OFFICIAL Website of the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling: www.tmptofwrestling.com & twitter.com/twomanpowertripRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipMatt Hardy Says John Olivers WWE Claims Are OutdatedVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Tapani gets 99 million contract to build Vancouver waterfront park

first_imgWith the Grant Street Pier months into construction, the city of Vancouver has turned focus to the park that will be the pier’s entryway.The waterfront park, a 7.3-acre patch of land that will stretch from Grant Street to the cable-stayed pier over the Columbia River, will be built by Battle Ground-based Tapani Underground Inc. The company received the $9.9 million contract from Vancouver City Council Monday evening.Development of the park will start “as soon as possible,” said Julie Hannon the city Parks and Recreation director.“It’s a huge accomplishment to get the bid done. The bigger accomplishment is to get all the work done,” she said. “We’re expecting to start as soon as we can get the paperwork taken care of.”Construction is expected to last through summer 2018. The park’s features aren’t merely birdbaths and benches. Two architecture firms designed the park with plans for play areas, a beach, viewpoints, overlooks and a connection to the Waterfront Renaissance Trail. A privately-funded water feature and a fishing pier will be built separately.last_img read more

Man City plans to maintain position

first_imgMan City is seeking to maintain their position atop the Premier League table when they get back to action a week today.On the other hand, Chelsea football club will welcome Burnley to the Etihad on October 20 as they have come off undefeated in their opening eight top-flight fixtures.Bernardo Silva would be battling for the match after report emerged in Portugal that he will go on rest after their game against Scotland where h scored the goal that assisted in giving Poland a win on Thursday night.Also, Oleks Zinchenko’s agent has said the player is open to a move to Napoli.Cristiano Ronaldo makes European history for Portugal Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 10, 2019 With all the arsenal on the pitch for Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo reached another all-time record in European football against Lithuania.The Portugal National Team made…“I met with [Napoli director Cristiano] Giuntoli [in the summer] and we laid down the foundations of a deal with Zinchenko, but the two clubs could not agree on a fee,” Alan Prudnikov said via Manchester United News.“We’d be ready to discuss it again, though.”last_img read more

Blazers 10094 loss to Clippers has playoff atmosphere

first_imgPORTLAND — In the fourth quarter, as we’ve come to expect, Damian Lillard turned it on. But there wasn’t enough Lillard Time to make it winning time for the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday. Lillard scored 12 points of his 15 in the final period. But behind 25 points, 10 assists and six rebounds from Chris Paul, the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Blazers 100-94.Portland lost despite 37 points and 12 rebounds from LaMarcus Aldridge. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers went as far as to call the intensity of Wednesday’s nationally televised affair a “playoff-game type of game” with both teams going with short eight-man rotations. “They’re a lot of fun to get into, you don’t get a lot of those,” Rivers said.In the Clippers locker room, they had G-funk music blaring from a wireless Beats By Dre speaker. “Keep the beats on,” one player said as the media was allowed in. Jamal Crawford agreed with his coach. “It definitely did,” Crawford said about the game’s playoff feel. The other side didn’t see it that way. “It’s hard for a January game to feel like the playoffs,” Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said. “Both teams shortened their rotations. Certainly both teams knew that two good teams were going at it.”last_img read more

Vaibhav celebrates 53rd birth anniversary of former chairman

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Vaibhav Jewellers celebrated the 53rd birth anniversary of its former chairman late Manoj Kumar Grandhi on Tuesday (June 25), in a most memorable way. The management presented Rs 3.5 lakh worth cash awards to the meritorious children of its employees. “Vaibhav”, in association with A S Raja Voluntary Blood Bank, Visakhapatnam have organised “Blood Donation camp” in which, nearly 200 employees of V Square have donated blood. They also conducted a Health Camp, in association with Apollo Hospitals, Visakhapatnam, Visakhapatnam providing free health care tips & services. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us In addition, they also conducted an Eye Checkup Camp in association with Maxi Vision Eye Hospital, Visakhapatnam providing free eye care checkup & advice. Dr. K. Kumar Raja, Ph.D, Managing Director, M/s. K. Kumar Raja Projects P Ltd., Visakhapatnam had graced the occasions as chief guest & inaugurated Blood Donation Camp. Ms. Mallika Manoj, CMD Vaibhav Jewellers, Ms.Keerthana Grandhi, Director, Vaibhav Jewellers, Pydah Krishna Prasad, chairman, Pydah Educational Institutions, Kankatala Mallik, CMD, Kankatala Textiles, and the officials of A S Raja Blood Bank, Apollo Hospitals & Maxi Vision Eye Hospital were present. Dr K Kumar Raja while paying homage to late Grandhi Manoj Kumar, stated that Manoj Kumar was not only a businessman but was also an inspiration to all.last_img read more