Items From Joan Rivers Country Estate And Manhattan Apartment To Go Under

first_imgBeloved comedian, philanthropist, designer and global businesswoman Joan Rivers was known for her exquisite taste in fashion and interior decor. As the recent, highly successful Christie’s estate auction of her fine and decorative art collection revealed, Rivers appreciated quality and consistently bought the best of every category.While many pieces in the Manhattan auction sold for prices beyond the reach of the average buyer, another opportunity awaits on July 20-21 to acquire beautiful furniture, decorative art, jewelry, silver and artworks from the Rivers estate, but at more accessible price points. Litchfield County Auctions will host the approximately 600-lot, no-reserve sale at their gallery, with absentee, phone and Internet live bidding available for those who cannot attend in person. All items are from Rivers’ Connecticut country estate or New York apartment.The Wednesday session will be devoted to fine and decorative art, while Thursday’s lineup features Rivers’ wonderful collection of jewelry and accessories. A portion of the auction proceeds will benefit Guide Dogs for the Blind, and God’s Love We Deliver.All of the auction goods were personally owned by Joan Rivers, and some were family heirlooms. “These are the items my mother used and loved and lived with in her country house,” said her daughter, Melissa Rivers. “I am pleased to know that fans will have a chance at owning a piece of her legacy.”Until 2013, Rivers owned a rambling 76-acre estate on New Preston Hill Road in New Milford, near the gallery where the auction will take place. She was active in the community and frequently attended events and social affairs around Litchfield County, whose towns are regarded as the Hamptons of Connecticut.Every item chosen for her breathtaking residences had to have Joan’s stamp of approval before entering the front door, so even though there may be bargains available on July 20 and 21, Rivers’ discerning eye and uncompromising attention to detail will be evident in each auction lot.The artworks in Rivers’ Connecticut residence crossed many genres, from canine depictions to French landscapes. For her country home she favored British mahogany furniture and traditional accessories. But unsurprisingly, Joan also had a bold and witty side to her decorating choices, as seen in the low bench upholstered in cerise and ivory, with lime-green bolsters.One of the more-recognizable auction items from Rivers’ elegant Fifth Avenue apartment in New York is an antique cast-lead garden sculpture of the Angel Gabriel with his horn. The life-size figure on a marble plinth oversaw Central Park from its lofty perch on the apartment’s terrace and appears in many magazine photos of the Rivers residence.Dinner at Joan’s house was always a stylish affair, with porcelain dinnerware, sparkling crystal and fine silver. Many dinner services will be auctioned, as well as luxe accessories, such as a pair of .800 silver table trees by Ludwig Neresheimer.Arguably, no American designer did more to bring sophistication and superior workmanship to costume jewelry than Joan Rivers. Her now-classic creations allowed every woman the opportunity to accessorize effortlessly, knowing each piece was stylish and beautifully made. The July 20-21 auction will open Joan’s personal jewelry box, containing chains, necklaces, beads, brooches, and the sensational enameled and jeweled bangles that were a staple of her collection. The jewelry items will be grouped in lots and offered with attractive estimates.Nick Thorn, president of Litchfield County Auctions said, “We’re honored to have a role in carrying out the wishes of Joan Rivers and her estate. We expect to see many of Joan’s friends and neighbors on auction day and hope all of her fans will join us, as well, whether it is in person, online or over the phone.”Litchfield County Auctions’ Wed./Thurs. July 20-21, 2016 auction will start at 10 a.m. Eastern Time on both days. The gallery is located at 425 Bantam Rd., Litchfield, CT 06759. Preview from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, July 15 through Tuesday, July 19, inclusive. For additional information on any item in the auction, call 860-567-4661 or email Web: forms of bidding will be available, including absentee or live via the Internet through read more

Canadas David Foster Vacations With Katharine McPhee

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Photo: Charley Gallay / Getty Imagescenter_img Facebook Canadian music legend David Foster is ending 2017 on a romantic European vacation with singer-actress Katharine McPhee.The lovebirds were snapped earlier this week smooching in Paris and walking hand-in-hand in Gstaad, Switzerland on Thursday.Foster, 68, and McPhee, 33, only recently went public with their relationship. A native of Victoria, Foster has five daughters ranging from 31 to 47 years of age and seven grandchildren. He has been married four times.Foster’s divorce from Yolanda Hadid – mother of models Bella and Gigi – was finalized earlier this year. Advertisementlast_img

Train operators warned to get back to work or lose jobs

The strike affected long distance train services and the night mail service. Train operators have been warned to get back to work or lose their jobs as train services have been made an essential service.President Maithripala Sirisena had declared train services as an essential service after train operators launched a strike this week.

Boy reunited with parents after theft

A Niagara Falls couple is breathing a sigh of relief but is still in shock after their car was stolen with their two-year-old son in the back seat. The theft prompted a call for help from both Niagara police and the OPP.Cindy Csordas has the details. 00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

Public meetings being held for bridge replacement project

The first meeting will be held on Sept. 9 in Wickliffe and the second will be held Sept. 10 in Cairo.Officials say anyone with an interest in the project is urged to attend one of the meetings. Those unable to attend can see displays at a transportation office in Paducah and give feedback for about two weeks.About 5,500 vehicles cross the span daily. PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky transportation officials say two meetings will be held this month about the replacement of the U.S. 51 Ohio River bridge between the western Kentucky town of Wickliffe and Cairo, Illinois.A statement from the Kentucky Transportation Department says meetings will update the public on the project and gather comments to assist with decision-making as progress is made.- Advertisement –

Can you beat our fiendish General Election quiz

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. It has been a strange general election campaign with a lot of stand-out moments.Can you remember all of them?Or is your memory about as good as Diane Abbott’s on a bad day?Take our quiz to find out – can you get ten out of ten? Our manifesto: Real political insight, free for 30 days.Rely on unrivalled insight and sharp analysis from our stellar team of Westminster insiders.Join the most trusted voice in politics. Follow Election 2017 with Telegraph Premium.Start your no obligation, 30 day free trial today.last_img

iPhone 4s listing on ATT must be a fake

first_imgThe iPhone 4S has been one of the recurring rumors surrounding the launch of the iPhone 5. We’ve heard that there is no iPhone 5 this year, but an updated iPhone 4 carrying the 4S name instead. But we’ve also had it suggested the iPhone 4S is a smaller, cheaper iPhone allowing Apple to appeal to a wider audience and new markets.Whatever the case, an image has been leaked to Engadget of the AT&T internal product database showing a listing for the iPhone 4s. Although the image doesn’t look to have been manipulated in any way, I have my misgivings about this being a legitimate entry on the list.Apple’s iPhones have always been listed with the capacity as the AT&T legacy entries show. But in the case of the 4s, there is no capacity given. That could be explained away as Apple not releasing the information yet, but then why would they release any information if the handset wasn’t ready?We also have the issue of the lowercase “s”. Apple doesn’t use lowercase letters after the number, as can be seen in the 3G and 3GS names. Surely the name would be “iPhone 4S” so as not to be confusing?One final thought on this: there are clearly 2 pages of iPhone models available to view, which suggests the black version of the 4s could be on the other page. However, in the case of every other iPhone 4 model the black version is listed first, so why is the white version ahead of the black for the 4s?There are just too many unusual things about that iPhone 4s White entry to make me think it is a real list. So until someone provides evidence to suggest otherwise, I’m deeming this a fake.via Engadgetlast_img read more

Outcry over insensitive cartoon poking fun at Greek tragedy

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As people in Greece are still recovering from the bush fires that took the lives of over 80 people and left another 180 injured in their wake, a cartoonist from South Australian newspaper The Advertiser John Valdman thought it appropriate to have a little fun with the incident.His sketch depicted as a drawing on pottery a husband and wife crying as other ancient Greeks collect their tears in order to put out the flames. Overhead the title reads ‘Another Greek tragedy’.The image has sparked an angry reaction among the Greek community of South Australia as being insensitive, especially at a time when many people still have loved ones overseas whose fate remains unknown.Some people lashed out about the image and its creator via social media while others wrote directly to the newspaper itself.One such individual is translator and travel writer, Paul Hellander. One of the first to comment on the specific image, he expressed his bewilderment to Neos Kosmos.“I wonder if the specific cartoonist has any idea of the size of the destruction and I invite him to take a look at any valid media in case he comes to understand his tragic mistake and to explain to us exactly what he means in his comment that this is yet another Greek tragedy in the hopes that he revokes his bad-tasting, sarcastic sketch,” he said.President of the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia (GOCSA), Bill Gonis also had a strong reaction to the depiction, prompting him to send a letter of complaint to the publisher of the newspaper.“I have decided to write to you to express my resentment and repulsion for the publishing of the sketch titled ‘Another Greek Tragedy’ that shows the Greek nation one century behind trying to deal with the bush fire tragedy with pottery and not with modern day firefighting material,” he wrote.“The sketch gives the impression of toying with an entire nation as they mourn the loss of so many of our fellow people. Any same fire, especially when it comes at the cost of human lives, cannot be allowed to be dealt with such lightness and mockery.”Seeing the massive outcry, Valdman has come out and said that he did not wish to offend anyone with this image.Meanwhile, the management board of the GOSCA, in association with the Bank of Sydney, will hold an emergency meeting on Monday in order to discuss ways in which they can provide assistance to those affected by the fires in Greece.last_img read more

Soggy spring yields to blue skies

first_imgAfter 120 days of mostly disappointing weather, Mother Nature finally got it right on Sunday.Lawn mowers could be heard throughout the city. Bicycle tires were inflated. The world’s palest legs were slipped into a pair of shorts for the first time in months.By 5 p.m., the temperature reached 66 degrees, only the seventh time in the first 121 days of the year it’s been above 60. On April 23, it reached 71 degrees at Pearson Field, the record so far this year.If it seems like it’s been the coldest spring around here in history, you are right, according to Shawn Weagle, a meterologist with the National Weather Service in Portland.“The cold, damp and dreary weather of March and April has led many in the Pacific Northwest to wonder if spring weather will ever arrive this year,” he wrote in a special report addressing the blue weather. “By several measures, 2011 is going into the books as one of the slowest starts to spring in recorded history for Southwest Washington.”Weagle combed through the history books for the observation site at Portland International Airport to conclude that 2011 has set the wettest combined rainfall for March and April, and the fewest 60-degree days by April 30. He didn’t do a report for Vancouver, but because Clark County is directly across the river from PDX, the results should be remarkably similar.last_img read more

Man rescued from car in frigid Yakima River

first_imgWAPATO — Yakima County emergency responders rescued a man from a car that landed in the Yakima River Sunday evening at Wapato.A witness saw one man make it to shore, but another man was apparently trapped in the car as it filled with frigid water.The Yakima Herald-Republic reports ( the sheriff’s swiftwater rescue boat arrived in time to pull him to safety. He was taken to a hospital to be treated for hypothermia and possible injuries from the accident.Sgt. Chad Petershmick says it’s unclear how the vehicle ended up in the water. It’s also unclear why the first man left the scene, although he may have simply been going for help.last_img

Silver Heritage Group accuses former Vietnam partner of defaulting on settlement payment

first_img Load More Australian-listed Silver Heritage Group says it has yet to receive the second of two payments owed by the owner of Vietnam’s Phoenix International Club relating to a US$5.25 million Settlement Agreement signed in March.In a filing with the Australian Securities Exchange, Silver Heritage confirmed it had been paid the first instalment as agreed on 12 March 2019 with the second due on 11 April, however “the owner of Phoenix has failed to make payment of this second instalment and the company intends to use all avenues available to it to ensure these monies are paid.” RelatedPosts New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts The Settlement Agreement relates to the termination of Silver Heritage Group’s previous Entertainment Services Agreement which had seen the company provide gaming management services at the property, located outside of Hanoi. The former partners parted ways following amendments made to Phoenix International Club’s Investment Certificate that no longer allowed for the operation of gaming tables.While Phoenix had accounted for around 45% of its group-wide revenue in 2018, Silver Heritage also revealed in its Tuesday filing that it is open to selling its Nepal integrated resort Tiger Palace Bhairahawa.“The company has undertaken a number of initiatives to release capital out of its asset base, including the appointment of Union Gaming as its exclusive adviser in relation to locating potential strategic partners or purchasers of the company’s Nepal operations,” it said.A potential sale comes as Tiger Palace reported record table drop of almost NPR300 million in March, with GGR of around US$1.4 million through 1Q19. Tiger Palace also launched VIP operations in March.last_img read more

First Mulan trailer for liveaction remake blazes with grace action

first_img $520 at HP See It $999 Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Now playing: Watch this: Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Mulan has come to life, and the live-action version of the famed Disney animated film promises plenty of graceful action. A teaser trailer of just over a minute was released on Sunday during the FIFA Women’s World Cup match between the US and the Netherlands. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Summer movie preview: Aladdin, Spider-Man, Tarantino and more Tags I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Tags Read Google Home Hub review 7 An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Boost Mobile Share your voice DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Sarah Tew/CNET Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Read DJI Osmo Action preview See It $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $155 at Google Express Read the Rylo camera preview $999 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Mulan comes to life in first trailer for live-action… In the teaser, Mulan is told that her role is to stay “quiet, composed, graceful, disciplined,” but she surprises everyone by tackling those same qualities in the role of a soldier, not a dutiful wife. “It is my duty to fight,” she says.Liu Yifei stars as Mulan, the young Chinese woman who masquerades as a man so she can join the army in her father’s place. The film also stars Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Gong Li, and Jet Li. New Zealander Niki Caro is directing. The original animated Mulan came out in 1998 and received positive reviews, earning one Academy Award nomination for the musical score.Mulan is scheduled to open March 27, 2020, in the US and UK, with no Australia release date yet. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) 21 Photos $210 at Best Buy Comments Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See it 1:29 Sarah Tew/CNET Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Best Buy DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. See at Amazon Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Chris Monroe/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET $299 at Amazon HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $6 at Tidal Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Rylo See at Turo Sprint $60 at Best Buy Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Amazon Share your voice See It Read the AirPods review $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Turo Angela Lang/CNET Apple iPhone XS Comment Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $999 1 Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays TV and Movies,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. The Cheapskate Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $59 at eBaylast_img read more

LDP extends support to Oikya Front

first_imgLeaders and activists of the Jatiya Oikya Front join the rally in Sylhet on Wednesday. Photo: Anis MahmudLiberal Democratic Party (LDP), one of the components of the BNP-led 20-party alliance, on Wednesday extended its full support to Jatiya Oikya Front led by Kamal Hossain, reports UNB.LPD general secretary Redwan Ahmed came up with the announcement at the maiden public rally of Jatiya Oikya Front at the city’s Registry Field in Sylhet.Speaking at the rally, he said, “LDP will wage a movement together with other parties for the restoration of democracy and people’s voting rights. We’re giving our full support to Jatiya Oikya Front in this regard.”Redwan criticised the government for what he said its ‘limitless’ repression on opposition leaders and activists.LDP was very critical of BNP’s move to form a new alliance with Kamal Hossain-led Oikya Prokriya and Badruddoza Chowdhury-led Jukta Front.Even, the party leaders threatened to quit the 20-praty if BNP forms such an alliance as its president Oli Ahmed had long been at loggerheads with B Chowdhury.As the Oikya Front was finally formed without B Chowdhury, LDP changed its stance.Jatiya Oikya Front arranged the rally to mobilise public support in favour of the alliance’s seven-point demand, including holding the next election under a non-party administration.It was the first political programme of the new alliance of four parties–BNP, Gano Forum, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rob) and Nagorik Oikya– since its formation on 13 October.last_img read more

YouTube Phases Out YouTube Gaming App Brings Video Game Streamers Back Into

first_img Popular on Variety YouTube  has a new strategy for taking on Twitch: It’s letting YouTube gamers mingle with regular YouTubers again. The Google-owned video service launched a new destination for video game content on Tuesday, and also announced that it will phase out its standalone YouTube Gaming app in March of 2019.“We have a strong and vibrant audience on the YouTube Gaming app, but the amount of gamers we are able to reach is far bigger on YouTube,” wrote YouTube director of product management Christina Chen in a blog post Tuesday. “After all, YouTube is where more than 200 million gamers come to engage with your favorite games and creators every day, watching over 50 billion hours of gaming content in the last 12 months alone.”YouTube’s new gaming destination personalizes video game content based on a user’s favorite games, and automatically integrates the content from any of the video game channels they already subscribe to. YouTube is also launching dedicated game pages to aggregate all of the videos and streams for a specific game. “With tens of thousands of different game pages, you’ll be able to find content no matter how big or small the game is,” wrote Chen.YouTube first launched a dedicated YouTube Gaming app in 2015, and has since used the app to pioneer some features that ultimately found their way to YouTube’s entire service, including Super Chat donations and paid memberships for creators as well as YouTube’s dark theme. That work is ongoing, and creators should expect other features specific to the gaming app — including the ability to stream mobile game play — to eventually find their way to YouTube’s main app as well.But while the app was originally meant to counter Amazon’s Twitch video game streaming service, it never really managed to attract the same kind of audience. Case in point: Twitch’s Android app ranked 15th among the most popular entertainment apps on Google’s Play Store last week, according to data from app analytics specialist App Annie. YouTube Gaming on the other hand was ranked #283.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Tattoo convention draws international talent

first_imgA tattoo artist inks up the back of an attendee at the Paradise International Tattoo Festival Saturday. Most people want to change something about their appearance. Whether it is their frizzy hair, big nose or those extra ten pounds they just can’t seem to shake, few people can honestly say they are completely content with their body.Self-transformation was the obvious objective of many attendees at the third-annual Paradise International Tattoo Convention at Club Moon in Heredia this weekend. And while most of the body modifications on display were far more extreme than a haircut, the underlying desire to reinvent one’s image was no different. “I wanted to change myself,” said Frenchman Lukas Zpira, one of the world’s most well known body modifiers. Covered in tattoos with a line of metal studs protruding from his bald head, Zpira definitely stands out in a crowd. He has four silicon bulges in the center of his chest, his first foray into body modification and an experience that he claims brought him into appreciating body modification as an art.“I have a background as a painter, and I completely stopped everything I was doing to work on the body,” he said. “I use the body as a medium like I was doing with the canvas.” Lindsay Fendt No related posts. While body transformation has been seen in civilizations since ancient times, starting in the mid-90s, mainstream body modification is something relatively new. Fans of the trend can be seen sporting forked tongues, surgically installed metal horns or, more commonly, implants under the skin to change the shape of their bodies.“The oldest human mummy that you can find already has a tattoo, so that’s nothing new,” Zpira said. “I was inspired by Star Trek or superheroes. I wanted something new, something from the future.”At the convention, the sound of buzzing tattoo machines mingled with the mix of metal, reggae and salsa pumping through the speakers, a musical amalgam nearly as diverse as its audience. No one seemed out of place in the odd mix of people: Tattooed roller derby girls stood next to mothers holding their babies, burly men with loud motorcycles showed off their bikes outside and artists intently scratched away at their sketchbooks.“There’s a very tight-knit community between art, graphic art, extreme sports, music and tattoo,” said Chris Collins, owner of Steadfast clothing line, one of the convention’s sponsors.  “Things like this help to develop art at a world level.”There were 40 stands at the convention selling everything from T-shirts and framed prints to tattoos and piercings. It also featured a skate performance, a demonstration from Costa Rica’s roller derby team, dance shows, fire breathing and even a suspension show where participants hung themselves from the ceiling with hooks. The convention brought in 13 international studios, giving attendees the opportunity to get tattoos from practitioners they would have otherwise never met.  The artists featured at the event also attend classes and lectures to hone their skills in tattooing, piercing or body modification. The point being, as Collins said, to raise the standard of the practice as a whole and, maybe, help improve its reputation worldwide.“This is a time when artists can come and really focus on what it is they do,” said Johann Lopéz, a Tico body modifier and one of the convention’s organizers. “The goal is to help other people realize that this is an art form. It’s something beautiful.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Business sector asks for electricityrate hikes for everyone but them

first_imgNo related posts. The Costa Rican Association of Large Energy Consumers (ACOGRACE) last week proposed a reduction of 10-38 percent in electricity rates for their associates.The request would mean increases on monthly bills for residential users and those with preferential rates – such as public schools – ranging from 4.40-11 percent, the Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP) reported on its website.In exchange for average consumers paying more, 1,020 members of ACOGRACE would pay less, according to ARESEP.Costa Rican Industries Chamber President Juan Ramón Rivera told daily La Nación that [the proposal] is a “fair measure” to improve the country’s competitiveness.The current monthly rate for 250 kilowatts – set to benefit lower income families – “is so cheap that everyone benefits, poor and wealthy families alike,” Rivera said.Members of the business sector believe that if these measures are not enforced many foreign companies will relocate to other countries with better rates.ACOGRACE’s request comes just days after a 13.6 percent decrease in electricity rates for customers of the state-run Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) entered into force last week.Since then, ICE already has filed a new petition with ARESEP for a 5.56 percent hike that is currently under study. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

ECB President Draghi European stimulus will continue

first_img Comments   Share   4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility WASHINGTON (AP) — European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi said the ECB’s economic stimulus program is working but needs more time to bring European inflation back to healthier levels and restore consumer and business confidence.Speaking Thursday at the International Monetary Fund, Draghi said the program — involving 1.1 trillion euros ($1.3 trillion) in bond purchases — has “proven so far to be potent, more so than many observers anticipated.” Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Earlier this week, in fact, the 19 countries that use the euro currency reported the fastest economic growth in two years. And eurozone consumer prices stopped falling last month. The inflation report reduced fears that the region was in danger of slipping into a growth-killing spiral in which consumers put off spending because they expect future prices will be lower.But Draghi was not ready to declare victory over Europe’s long struggle with economic stagnation.“After almost seven years of a debilitating sequence of crises, firms and households are very hesitant to take on economic risk,” he said.He vowed that the bond-buying program “will stay in place as long as needed for its objective to be fully achieved on a truly sustained basis.”The ECB is buying 60 billion euros a month in government and corporate bonds using newly created money. Increasing the supply of money in the economy can raise inflation. The stimulus is also lowering market borrowing rates, which tends to boost lending and, by extension, economic activity. And it is pushing down the value of the euro, giving European exporters a price edge in world markets.The U.S. Federal Reserve, Bank of England and Bank of Japan have also used bond purchases, or quantitative easing, to stimulate weak economies. Men’s health affects baby’s health too Sponsored Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more


first_imgCARDINALS VS VIKINGS The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Passing yards per game against216.0217.7 Should that not happen, Ponder will look often to Percy Harvin. A dynamic player, the former Florida star leads the NFL with 49 catches. He doesn’t do much damage deep (just 11 yards per catch), but the Vikings like to get him the ball in space and let him go to work. He’ll also get carries out of the backfield, so the point is they do everything possible to get the ball in his hands. The task of slowing the electric Harvin will likely be left to Patrick Peterson. Good luck, PP21. If Ponder is not throwing the ball to Harvin it will likely go to tight end Kyle Rudolph. Also a second-year pro, the former Notre Dame star leads the team with five touchdown catches. At 6-foot-6 he makes a great red-zone target, so if the Vikings get close look for the ball to go his way. This will be a player to watch, because with Arizona’s linebackers needing to respect Peterson and the running game there may be some openings for Rudolph to do some damage. Total yards per game against329.3313.7 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact CategoryCardinalsVikings Rushing yards per game against113.396.0 When Cardinals have the ball: Given that much of the focus will be on Fitzgerald, there’s a chance Arizona’s secondary targets (Andre Roberts, Early Doucet, Michael Floyd, Todd Heap, Rob Housler) could find themselves pretty involved in the passing game. Of course, it’s all contingent on the offensive line giving the quarterback time to throw the ball. Jared Allen (4 sacks) is one of the best in the NFL at getting to the passer, and with the way Arizona’s line has played it’s tough to imagine him not having a big game Sunday. When the Vikings have the ball: It used to be that the Minnesota Vikings’ offense was based around running back Adrian Peterson, with a little bit of Adrian Peterson thrown in on the side. That’s still true. Sort of.The stud back has amassed 499 yards on 113 carries (4.4 per) in his first season back from a catastrophic knee injury, and while he has not been as dominant as in the past (just 2 touchdowns), he is still very much a big part of the offense. But he’s not the offense.Second-year pro Christian Ponder has done a very good job at quarterback for the team, completing 68.6 percent of his passes to go along with 8 touchdowns and just 4 interceptions. He can run a little, too, and provides the team with the QB play they lacked the last couple of seasons. He’s been sacked just 13 times this year, but it’s imperative the Cardinals get to him (we’re talking to you, Calais Campbell, Darnell Dockett, Sam Acho and O’Brien Schofield) to throw the youngster off his rhythm. center_img Passing yards per game199.8230.2 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Points per game18.324.3 Points against16.219.5 Rushing yards per game83.2126.7 Total yards per game283.0356.8 Thus far this season, little good has happened when the Cardinals have been on offense. And now they’re without their starting quarterback. Who was the backup. But then was the starter.John Skelton gets another shot at leading the Cardinals, and he’ll make his first start since Week 1 against a team with one of the better defenses in the league. His numbers this season have been less-than-impressive (16-of-38 for 194 yards with 2 INT), but to be fair there’s a small sample size with which to judge. He may be helped by a resurgent running game — or, rather, a running game — as the Cardinals found some success last week giving the ball to William Powell (70 yards on 13 carries). The Vikings do a good job of bottling up the run, but Arizona must establish at least the threat of the ground game to help buy Skelton a little more time to find receivers down the field. Should that happen, one can expect Larry Fitzgerald to have a good game. The Minneapolis native has tallied three 100-yard games in five career meetings against his hometown team, and the young Vkings secondary, which features veteran Antoine Winfield and a bunch of youth, is not really equipped to deal with a player of Fitzgerald’s caliber. Top Stories last_img read more

Bicommunal project aims to bring school kids together

first_imgGreek and Turkish Cypriot schoolchildren will come together in November as part of the 2018-2019 Imagine project to promote a culture of peace, the head of the bi-communal technical committee on education Michalinos Zembylas said on Tuesday.The meetings will take place between primary and secondary students from both communities and are expected to begin at the start of November.Zembylas added that that Imagine will be upgraded this year and children will be able to choose to have more bicommunal contacts and attend more bicommunal activities as well as activities of schoolchildren of their own community.He said that for the first time, this year teachers will be able to attend courses on educational methods and activities promoting anti-racism education and education promoting peace and the implementation of human rights.Participation in the project is voluntary both for schoolchildren (requiring the written consent of their parents/guardians) and for teachers.The project is being held under the auspices of the technical committee on education and is implemented by the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR) and the Home for Cooperation (H4C) at Ledra Palace in the Nicosia buffer zone.Among other things, the project aims to tackle racism, discrimination and xenophobia, while promoting equality and tolerance.A total of 2,000 schoolchildren and 200 teachers participated in the project during schoolyear 2017-2018.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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