Born to a poor family in a non-descript village in Nashik district of Maharashtra, pursuing athletics was the only choice left for Kavita Raut.And she does not regret her decision after becoming the first Indian woman to win an individual track medal in Commonwealth Games.Raut bagged a bronze in women’s 10,000m race on Friday by clocking 33:05.28 to give India its first athletics medal in Delhi Commonwealth Games.Before Raut, the women’s 4X400m relay team had won a silver in 2006 Games in Melbourne where long jumper Anju Bobby George and Seema Antil had also bagged a silver and a bronze respectively. Neelam Jaswant Singh had won a silver in discus throw in 2002 Manchester Games.But Anju, Antil and Neelam’s medals have come in field events.
DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DRAKE WATCHRaptors fan and ‘global ambassador’ Drake sat in his regular seat adjacent to the Toronto bench. The rapper wore a black hoodie with ‘KAWHI ME A RIVER’ printed on the back.STREET PARTYOutside the downtown arena, fans flooded streets, bringing traffic to a standstill. One video posted on social media showed a group of fans partying on the roof of a Toronto city bus. Fans surrounded Marc Gasol’s car as he was driven out of the arena , and the center rolled down his window to trade high fives with the crowd.BIRTHDAY BOYToronto’ reserve Norman Powell scored nine points on his 26th birthday. Standing at the back of the room, Powell’s mother wished him a happy birthday at the end of her son’s press conference.FAMILIAR POSITIONThe last team to overcome an 0-2 deficit and win a conference finals was Oklahoma City, which beat San Antonio in six games in 2012 after losing the first two on the road. Ibaka played for that Thunder team, while Leonard was a Spurs rookie.UP NEXTThe NBA Finals comes to Canada for the first time when the Raptors host the Warriors on Thursday night. Toronto swept Golden State in the regular season. View comments ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Toronto was eliminated by LeBron James and the Cavaliers in three straight postseasons before shaking things up last summer with the acquisition of Leonard, the 2014 NBA Finals MVP who was acquired from San Antonio and has carried the Raptors in this postseason.“He’s the best player in the league and we’re happy he’s in Toronto,” Raptors President Masai Ujiri said.Asked about Ujiri’s compliment, Leonard said he’s focused on different goals.“I just want to win,” he said. “I don’t care about being the best player. I want to be the best team.”Antetokounmpo had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Bucks, but the NBA’s top team in the regular season saw its bid for a first finals berth in 45 years come to a disappointing end with a fourth consecutive defeat.“Man, obviously when you’re up 2-0, that doesn’t mean nothing,” Antetokounmpo said. “You’ve got to learn how to come out and close out games, especially after Game 3. We’ve got to get better as a team, and we’ve got to get better individually.”Even Nurse found his team’s turnaround hard to believe.“Beating this team four times in a row is almost mind boggling,” Nurse said.Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said it hurt to see a great season end.“The roster that was put together for this season, as the season started going, you started feeling like it was special and could do special things, including advancing past tonight, but it didn’t happen,” Budenholzer said. It sure did. Now imagine how it will sound when the NBA Finals come to Toronto for the first time next week.Leonard had 27 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Raptors into the finals for the first time with a 100-94 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night. His big dunk with 6:46 to go in the fourth quarter was the final basket in a game-changing 26-3 run that began late in the third.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It was kind of a momentum capper,” Lowry said. “We were on a run, and why not feed the big dog? Let the big dog eat.”The Raptors overcame a 15-point deficit to win the series in six games and will host the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night. Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) holds up the trophy after the team’s 100-94 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 of the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals Saturday, May 25, 2019, in Toronto. The Raptors advanced to the NBA Finals. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Kyle Lowry stole the ball and pushed it ahead, then waited for Kawhi Leonard to arrive before feeding his All-Star teammate for a thunderous one-handed slam over Giannis Antetokounmpo.“The building exploded after that dunk,” Leonard said.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals? 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PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war A win is a win It will be the two-time defending champions against a Raptors team that will finally bring the NBA Finals outside the U.S. after entering the league in 1995.“They’re one of the greatest teams in history,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said of the Warriors. “It will be a tall task, but we’ll try to figure it out.”Pascal Siakam scored 18 points, Lowry had 17 and Fred VanVleet 14 for the Raptors.Lowry held the game ball and picked up his children after the game, finally getting to the championship round after the Raptors kept falling short against Cleveland.“It’s taken a long time to get here in my career,” Lowry said. “I’ve run into one guy for a while.”ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Down 76-71 to start the fourth, the Raptors tied it with an 8-2 run while Leonard and Antetokounmpo were both on the bench. Serge Ibaka’s dunk with 10:32 to go tied it at 78.Antetokounmpo returned after a timeout, but Leonard kept sitting. That didn’t matter to Toronto, with Siakam’s basket giving the Raptors an 80-78 lead, their first lead since it was 6-3.Toronto made 12 of 27 3-point attempts, including four of eight in the fourth quarter.Siakam, who missed a pair of free throws late in the fourth quarter of Toronto’s double-overtime win in Game 3, hit one to make it 98-94. Leonard grabbed the rebound on the second and was fouled. He made both, putting the Raptors up 100-94 with 3.9 seconds to go.Malcolm Brogdon and Khris Middleton each made a pair from long range as the Bucks shot 6 for 9 from 3-point range in the first and closed the quarter with 10 unanswered points to lead 31-18. Toronto shot 6 for 19 in the opening quarter, missing six straight twice in the first 12 minutes.The Bucks extended their lead to 38-23 on a 3 by Ersan Ilyasova with 7:46 left until half. Toronto cut the gap to 46-43 on a 3 by VanVleet with 1:07 left in the second, but Eric Bledsoe answered with a 3 and Antetokounmpo split a pair at the line, giving the Bucks a 50-43 advantage at the intermission.The lead went back to 15 in the third before Leonard finished the period with a flourish. He had eight points in the final 2:01 and Toronto closed with a 10-0 run, cutting a 15-point deficit to 76-71.TIP-INSBucks: Milwaukee shot 4 for 16 in the second but three of its made baskets were 3-pointers. … The Bucks had six points in the paint in the first half. They finished with 28. … Budenholzer was called for a technical foul on Milwaukee’s first possession of the second half. Leonard missed the free throw. … Antetokounmpo shot 5 for 10 at the free throw line.Raptors: Danny Green, who missed all three of his field goal attempts in 16 minutes in Game 5, had another rough night. 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chennaiyin fcfootballHyderabad FCindian football First Published: November 25, 2019, 10:24 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Chennai: Chennaiyin FC registered their first win of the Indian Super League 2019-20 in dramatic fashion after edging past Hyderabad FC 2-1 at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium here on Monday.After seeing poor finishing hamper them for most of the game, Chennaiyin thought they had the winner when Andre Schembri (90+2′) put them ahead in injury time. A few minutes later, Hyderabad equalised through Matthew Kilgallon (90+5′), but Nerijus Valskis sealed a sensational win seconds later, bringing the roof down in the stadium. The win saw Chennaiyin leapfrog Hyderabad to the ninth spot while the ISL debutants suffered their fourth defeat in five games.The game got off to a scrappy start with neither side able to assert themselves in a frantic opening period. Chances fell for Chennaiyin but poor decision-making meant the scores remained level.Rafael Crivellaro and Lallianzuala Chhangte found a lot of joy in the final third, often bypassing a disorganised Hyderabad midfield with ease. Chhangte was sent clear on three opportunities by Rafael, but each time the final delivery let the diminutive winger down.Chennaiyin coach John Gregory was left fuming after Chhangte sent a close-range header agonisingly wide.It was one-way traffic, but the opening goal continued to elude Chennaiyin. Some good work from Anirudh Thapa saw Chhangte get to the byline. His eventual cutback found Thapa but his shot on the turn was kept out by a combination of Kamaljit and Matthew Kilgallon.Despite the occasional forays forward by Hyderabad, the pattern of the game remained the same till the break with Chennaiyin spurning chances galore.Hyderabad did have a rare chance around the hour mark when Bobo slipped Marcelinho in, but his shot was parried by Vishal Kaith. Immediately at the other end, Kaith’s counterpart Kamaljit had to pull off a brilliant save from a vicious effort from Rafael.The narrative of the game remained the same with Chennaiyin piling the pressure on Hyderabad, only to see opportunities wasted.Just as it seemed Chennaiyin’s goal drought would continue for yet another game, substitute Andre Schembri took matters into his own hands. The forward latched on to a cross from Edwin Vanspaul in injury time, held off his marker and fired a low shot past Kamaljit at the near post, registering Chennaiyin’s first goal of the season.But there was another twist in the tale as Kilgallon headed in an unlikely equaliser from a corner in the fifth minute of injury time. However, Chennaiyin had one late salvo to fire. Schembri and Valskis combined to send the latter through on goal and he tucked in an excellent finish to send the home crowd into raptures on the stroke of the full-time whistle.
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Man Utd midfielder Andreas Pereira under no illusions about size of Liverpool clashby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira is under no illusions about the size of their clash with Liverpool today.Pereira was born in Belgium and plays for Brazil, but he was reared in the United academy and knows how important beating Liverpool is for everyone connected to the club.”I think you can compare it with Boca Juniors-River Plate, Santos-Corinthians, Flamengo-Fluminense,” he told United Review.”It’s one of the biggest derbies like El Clasico – Real Madrid versus Barcelona – and one of the biggest games, not only in England but in the world.”Everyone will be watching and it’s most important for us, and for the fans.”I always watched these games at home with my dad and my family. You know, I was always very curious and supporting United.”I think it means a lot to us. It’s one of the most important games of the year – it’s the derby and we absolutely want to win this game.”We will do absolutely everything to win it. I know we’re not living the best moment right now, and we’re not getting results, but I think it’s a derby and it is always a different game.”Absolutely, we want to win it – everyone at the club, everyone in the team and the staff.”We all want to do everything to win the game and it can be a nice bounce back and provide a nice lift for us to start getting results.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
The recruitment for one of the top quarterbacks in the 2020 class is coming to a close. A clear leader has been named, too.Jack Miller, the No. 3 pro-style QB in the 2020 class, has significant interest from Auburn, Alabama, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State, among other programs. LSU, South Carolina and Ole Miss have offered him, too.The Arizona native says he’s close to making a decision. The Buckeyes are the leader.Miller recently visited Columbus for an Ohio State recruiting event. He spoke to reporters after the event and admitted that the Buckeyes are his team to beat.The Buckeyes are the school to beat for Jack Miller, by the way. pic.twitter.com/5eWl6uU8Mh— Tony Gerdeman (@TonyGerdeman) June 23, 2018Miller says he plans on making a decision soon. The four-star quarterback has a couple of more visits to make and then a decision should some.At this point, a commitment to any school but Ohio State would be a surprise. The Buckeyes have 92 percent of the predictions on 247Sports’ “Crystal Ball.”
Khakis are replacing denim as the trouser du jour and Bills Khakis is one of our favorite American made brands of the durable and versatile good. Headquartered in Reading, Pennsylvania, the company’s collection of khakis, casual pants, shorts, dress and casual shirts and other menswear essentials is getting a bit of a reboot with the launch of their new website. In other news, today the brand is also launching their Tea Label, a contemporary off-shoot of the main collection featuring slimmer, more modern silhouettes and washed-down styles.Tea Label, named after the British soldiers who took to dying their white uniforms with tea in the 1840s, marks the evolution of Bills Khakis. The collection embodies the essence of the Bills Khakis brand: durable, timeless and Made-in-America but designed with a younger audience in mind (read- us!). Expect Bills’ classic khaki pants in lower-rise and trimmer fits, five-pocket styles in distressed washed denim as well as a more tailored and slim-fit button down collared shirts.This week we are giving one pair of Tea Khakis away a day until Saturday. Simply check out our Facebook page and tell us about your favorite item that is Made in America. We will pick a winner a day for a pair of Tea Label khakis. Hybrid Shorts Can Go Anywhere, from the Woods to a Walk in the Park The Best Flip-Flops for Men that are Both Stylish and Practical 7 Best Gym Bags to Haul All Your Workout Gear Editors’ Recommendations The Best Travel Outfit for Everything from a Weekend Getaway to a Week-Long Business Trip Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier
Boston, January 18th, 2019 – Scenic Group, parent company of Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, Emerald Waterways and Scenic Eclipse, has announced that U.S.-based travel agents will receive a bonus of 25,000 Rewards Points for every new booking they make between January 1 and February 28, 2019 on any of its three brands – Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, Emerald Waterways and Scenic Eclipse. And with no cap, the sky is the limit. The Rewards bonus points will be in addition to the already generous points agents earn based on the value of the booking. Scenic Group’s Rewards Program, started in 2018, grants one point for every two dollars spent. Those points can then be traded in for a huge array of products that includes appliances (big and small), fitness and outdoor equipment, electronics, jewelry and fashion items, multiple gift card options, food and wine items, etc. Citing a couple of examples, Rob Huffman, VP Sales USA for Scenic Group, points out how agents can really walk away with great products while helping their clients enjoy the best deals of the season. “Many of the agents who sell Scenic products will make multiple bookings in the next two months of WAVE Season. Make just five bookings, at an average value of $20,000 net, and the agent will receive 175,000 Rewards points, more than enough for a new GE dishwasher or a Bose Soundtouch speaker and a KitchenAid microwave. Make 10 bookings and the resulting bonus points means they could pick up a new iPhone and still have more than 100,000 Bonus points left to spend.” After their first booking, travel agents receive a welcome email from Scenic and/or Emerald Waterways Rewards with a password reset link and a unique Rewards Member ID. This ID is pre-populated in the agent’s profile on Express Book and must appear on all Scenic and/or Emerald Waterways bookings to earn points. One point is earned for every two dollars spent – excluding air components, taxes and non-commissionable products which form part of the booking, as well as any surcharge or service fees on payments made by credit card, charge card or other forms of non-cash payment. Travel agents access their accounts at www.scenicrewards.com or www.emeraldwaterwaysrewards.com, review their points status and browse the catalogue to redeem their points. Emerald Waterways Rewards points are transferrable to their Scenic Rewards accounts (but not the other way around). Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 31-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive escorted tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations and, since 2008, truly all-inclusive, five-star river cruises in Europe, SE Asia, Russia and Egypt on its 15 Space-Ships. In 2019, Scenic is introducing the world’s first Discovery Yacht, the 228-guest Scenic Eclipse, and a sister ship to launch in 2020. Sister brand Emerald Waterways has seven Star-Ships offering European river sailings with an eighth (Emerald Harmony) launching in 2019 for SE Asia’s Mekong River. Exclusive charters are offered on SE Asia’s Irrawaddy River; the Volga River in Russia; yacht cruises out of Croatia; and Egypt’s Nile River. Additional information on these and other cruises, brochures and reservations can be obtained via travel agents or www.scenicusa.com; phone 844-788-7985; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Brochures can also be downloaded directly from the website.
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, says the Government is aware that advances in socio-economic conditions must be anchored to a foundation of macro-economic stability and economic growth.“That is why we are moving apace with tax reform, public sector reform and pension reform. That is why we are making determined efforts to reduce our debt burden. We are committed to pursuing sound macro-economic policies, not as a condition imposed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), but as the only way out of our economic underdevelopment,” she said in an address to the nation on January 6.“We know that economic growth requires economic discipline and we are prepared to exercise that discipline in the interest of our people,” the Prime Minister added.On foreign affairs, Mrs. Simpson Miller said the Government has been strategic and conscientious in rebuilding Jamaica’s international image.“We have strengthened co-operation with emerging economies, such as Brazil, China, India and South Africa, while maintaining vibrant relationships with our partners in the developed world, including Russia. Our ‘Open Door and Good Neighbour’ foreign policy framework will continue to guide us in 2013 and beyond,” the Prime Minister said.
Greater Noida: Three persons have been arrested by Gautam Buddh Nagar police as they hurled acid on their 22-year-old sister after trying to kill her while travelling to Noida near Kot village in Dadri area of Greater Noida on May 9.Cops said that the accused confessed to have committed the crime under a fit of rage over their sister’s relationship with a man. According to police, those arrested were identified as Irfan (27), Imran(25) and Rizwan(22), all natives of Ramnagar colony in Gulaothi area of Bulandshahr. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarPolice have also declared a reward of Rs 25, 000 each on accused Irfan and Rizwan, in connection with the case. Police officials said that the accused persons worked as labourers at construction sites. Neeraj Malik, Station House Officer of Dadri police station said that the trio of accused were absconding since the incident and were arrested on Sunday night from Dadri railway station. “Victim had identified three of her brothers to have attacked her while they were travelling back to their rented house on a Scooty. The accused were absconding after the incident and on Sunday night, we received a tip-off about their movement and arrested them from Dadri railway crossing” said Malik. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceThe officer added that the accused persons confessed to have committed the crime as they were annoyed over her for being into a relationship with the son of their house owner. “Upon sustained interrogations, it came to light that the accused persons committed crime in a fit of rage as their sister was into a relationship with a married man who is the son of their house owner. Victim’s family had gone to Aligarh to meet their relatives while the trio of brothers took her along with them to their house in Bulandshahr but travelled to NH-91 and stopped their Scooty near village Kot in Dadri. They tried to strangle her and when she fell unconscious, Rizwan and Irfan hurled acid on her and fled away from the spot leaving her lying on the road” added Malik. A senior police officer told Millennium Post that the victim is still admitted in Safdarjung hospital in New Delhi. “Victim’s condition is stable as of now but doctors have said that she need to spend some more days in the hospital” the officer said.
NEW DELHI: Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal on Wednesday directed that land owning agencies to keep strict vigil to stop dumping of waste. The LG reviewed the problem of Faecal material disposal in drains & bad odour near drains and violation of material disposal rules in Delhi. “In Delhi, nearly 50% population is dependent on on-site sanitation systems like septic tanks especially in the periphery of the city. These septic tanks are cleaned using private operators and the faecal sludge is often dumped in the nallahs or drains. It was informed that nearly 4 million liters of septage/faecal sludge are collected per day inDelhi,” noted a statement. It was also informed that waste is not being disposed of properly and can be seen dumped all over the city along the major roads and contributing significantly in the concentration of PM 10.
Amman – A Moroccan parliamentary delegation paid on Friday a visit to the Zaatari Moroccan field hospital, set up by the Royal Armed Forces in the Syrian refugees camp in Al Mafraq province (northeast of Jordan).The visit is on the sidelines of the participation of a large Moroccan parliamentary delegation to the tenth session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean, which will kick off on Saturday in the region of the Dead Sea (Amman West).Nine Moroccan MPs, who were accompanied by the Ambassador of Morocco to Jordan, visited the various departments of the Moroccan hospital and learned of the medical services provided to the Syrian refugees.
School boards in the Halton region are worried it won’t have enough school bus drivers when classes resume this fall in Oakville in Burlington.Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) says if they can’t add more drivers, delays for some child pickups are likely.The boards want to encourage anyone interested in applying to be a driver to contacting First Student Canada, Burlington and Oakville at 905-335-7010 or Attridge Transportation Inc. at 905-333-4047 .And they’re also advising parents to check out the HSTS website starting September 5 for delay and cancellation notifications.General Manager of Halton Student Transportation Services, Karen Lacroix, says, “We are aware of the impact any potential driver shortage could have on families and we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as the local bus operators work through this challenging time period.”Last month an event was held in an attempt to try and recruit new drivers.
SHANGHAI – This could be the story of an American dream. An immigrant family builds a successful business and buys a four-bedroom house in a quiet neighbourhood with good schools for their young son. But not all is as it seems on the steep, curving streets of San Diego’s Rancho Penasquitos.A 45-year-old Chinese woman, Xu Ting, lives in a brown shingle house with a weedy driveway. She has been sued for counterfeiting by eight luxury brands, including Gucci and Louis Vuitton, and owes Chanel Inc. $6.9 million in damages. None of this has stopped her from becoming a legal permanent resident of the United States and achieving a comfortable suburban life.China is not the only country with a counterfeiting problem. Most fakes are made in China, but they are sold in America. Counterfeiting is not a priority on par with drug smuggling or money laundering, and is rarely prosecuted as a crime. The lack of legal co-operation with China makes it easy for counterfeiters to move their money beyond the reach of Western law enforcement — and hard to root out counterfeiting kingpins. As long as counterfeiters can stay out of jail and hold on to their profits — and consumers continue to buy — the trade in fakes will likely thrive.Despite spending millions on brand protection, companies often end up playing whack-a-mole, shutting down producers and distributors of fakes, only to see them pop up again. Xu Ting simply refused to show up in court over the years. Instead, doing graduate studies in statistics at San Diego State University, helped her family amass at least $890,000 in bank accounts back in China, and bought the $585,000 Rancho Penasquitos house with her husband, who has also been involved in selling counterfeit luxury goods, public records and court cases in China and the U.S. show.“There’s a million ways to game the system,” said Dan Plane, an intellectual property lawyer at Simone IP Services in Hong Kong, who is not involved in litigation against Xu Ting. “Probably the only thing that’s going to stop her is when she passes away — probably on an island resort somewhere — or if she gets arrested.”__FINDING XU TINGIn the web of lies that counterfeiters weave — fake names, fake addresses, fake Internet domain registrations — one thing is always true: their bank account information.The need to get paid is the counterfeiter’s fatal flaw, and Xu Ting’s bank accounts were the first crack in her armour of misdirection.Her legal troubles began in 2008, when a federal judge in California ordered Xu Ting — who declined multiple requests for comment for this story — to pay Chanel Inc. $6.9 million in damages for selling counterfeits online. She still hasn’t paid the damages, according to Chanel spokeswoman Kathrin Schurrer.“The essential point for Chanel is really shutting down the counterfeiting operations, which we did successfully,” Schurrer wrote in an email.But after the lawsuit, Xu Ting’s business continued to grow.In 2009, a Florida judge ruled against Xu Ting and shut down seven websites she was accused of helping run that sold fake Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and Celine. She did not show up in court.That case didn’t stop her either.The next year, Gucci, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta and Yves Saint Laurent — all brands belonging to France’s Kering group — filed a lawsuit in New York federal court against Xu Ting, her future husband, her younger brother, her mother and six others who the companies said sold more than $2 million worth of fake handbags and wallets online to U.S. customers. Gucci alleges that the group shipped merchandise from China to a house in San Diego, where it was repackaged and passed off as genuine.Four days after the suit was filed, Xu Ting married a Chinese man, Xu Lijun, a civil engineer licensed in California who is six years her junior, according to her marriage license issued in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon.Gucci subpoenaed banking records. JP Morgan Chase handed over account records with a wealth of information about the couple: addresses, dates of birth, driver’s license, Social Security and passport numbers and a student identification card.In November 2010, Xu Lijun reached a settlement with Gucci — the only defendant to do so. He denied wrongdoing but agreed to let Gucci keep $400,000 in counterfeiting proceeds seized from accounts outside China. He also agreed to pay a $7,500 fine, according to a copy of the judge’s order.Eric Siegle, a New York City lawyer who represented Xu Lijun, said he was “a small-time nobody,” and that Gucci’s lawsuit, like many others, failed to tackle the real powers behind the operation.“The people they are arresting or suing here in the United States are low-level people,” Siegle said. “If you can find where the money is going, you can get to the heart of the problem. It’s like the drug wars. Why are we arresting all these kids on street corners?”But Gucci, which is seeking $12 million in damages, couldn’t find where the money was going because Chinese banks, including the state-run Bank of China, refused to disclose transaction details about the counterfeiters’ accounts in China.“BOC cannot comply with such orders without violating Chinese law,” the Bank of China said in an email.Kering declined to comment on pending litigation, but spokeswoman Charlotte Judet said in an email that Gucci would “vigorously enforce any judgment eventually entered against individuals who seek to tarnish its worldwide reputation for excellence no matter where they are located.”Meanwhile, in 2013, Xu Lijun bought the house in Rancho Penasquitos, according to property records. Two weeks after the sale, Xu Ting transferred her stake in the property to her husband. Immigration authorities have the Rancho Penasquitos address on record as her residence, said a person with access to immigration records who spoke on condition of anonymity because the information is not public.A slight man in wire-rimmed glasses who answered the door at the Rancho Penasquitos house identified himself as Xu Lijun. Behind him, in a two-story foyer, there were voices of a woman and young child. Xu Lijun asked an Associated Press reporter why he had come, then said, “I don’t want to talk to you.”At a sprawling company compound in Beijing, no one answered the door at Xu Ting’s family apartment.“After your colleague’s visit, we communicated and she still did not want to do the interview,” the family’s lawyer in Beijing, Chen Peng, said. He declined to comment in detail on the U.S. court cases against Xu Ting and her family, but said they were not the prime culprits.“My client also thinks making counterfeits is illegal, but they did not make them,” Chen said. “She is exercising her rights when choosing not to appear in court, which shouldn’t merit any moral or legal judgment.”___GREEN CARD? NO PROBLEMXu Ting’s legal troubles did not prevent her from getting a green card. In February 2014, she became a legal permanent resident by virtue of being married to someone with an advanced degree or “extraordinary ability,” according to the person familiar with the matter.U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services spokesman Christopher Bentley declined to comment, citing privacy concerns.Dan Kowalski, an immigration attorney and editor of Bender’s Immigration Bulletin, said immigration officials may not have known about Xu Ting’s legal problems but, more likely, didn’t consider them disqualifying. Grounds for denying a green card range from committing a serious crime to having communicable disease but there’s nothing about civil liabilities. “A vaguer requirement for “good moral character” is more commonly applied for citizenship, not legal residence.In the U.S., most counterfeiting prosecutions are civil cases brought by companies seeking to shut down websites selling fakes and get financial compensation. Criminal cases, which lawyers say are a far more effective deterrent, are rare.“A person is more likely to be struck by lightning than imprisoned for counterfeiting,” said Geoffrey Potter, an intellectual property lawyer at New York’s Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler.In an email, Justice Department spokesman Peter Carr said, “Large-scale commercial counterfeiting is one of the top enforcement priorities of the department’s Intellectual Property Task Force, which continues to have a number of significant prosecutions.”The Department of Homeland Security seized $1.2 billion worth of fakes at U.S. borders last year, but the Justice Department filed just 91 criminal cases for selling counterfeit goods and services in fiscal year 2014. By comparison, the Justice Department filed 22,530 cases for immigration violations, 12,184 cases for drug-related offences and 12,509 violent crime cases during the same period.The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, a multiagency group led by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, reports slightly more counterfeit-related crime — 683 arrests, 454 indictments, 461 convictions in the 2014 fiscal year — because its tally includes local prosecutions and counterfeit-related activity, like wire fraud.Decisions about whether to prosecute criminally typically start with a U.S. attorney’s office, whose priorities vary by district, said Bruce Foucart, director of the multiagency group. Some may give weight to the volume of faked goods, others to the suspect’s history. If the U.S. attorney’s office declines a case, investigators try to persuade local prosecutors.China is the largest source country for seized counterfeit goods, and apparel and accessories are the largest category of merchandise. Foucart, who didn’t know about Xu Ting, said luxury goods are typically made in Guangzhou and sent by container or courier like FedEx to the U.S. They may be sold in stores or flea markets but are usually hawked online.“Unfortunately, once you shut one (website) down, they have 10 more ready to open up in a different name,” said Foucart.Brand owners also bear responsibility. Government agencies often rely on them for tips and investigative legwork.U.S. law gives companies broad powers to enforce court judgments. Unpaid judgments accrue interest and last for 20 years, said Potter, the intellectual property lawyer. Even a bankruptcy won’t erase the debt. “The counterfeiter can’t own a business, buy a house, have a bank account or borrow money from a bank,” Potter said. “If the counterfeiter takes a regular job, the judgment holder can garnish her wages.”But doing the kind of work required to root out debtors like Xu Ting — public records searches to see whether they own real estate, subpoenaing credit card bills to track spending habits, hiring investigators to determine whether they have jobs — takes relentless commitment, and money.Schurrer, the Chanel spokeswoman, declined to comment in detail on Xu Ting but said California law prohibits seizure of a primary residence in civil litigation.“The biggest game changer for me would be if foreign companies took a more aggressive attitude toward enforcing their rights,” said Mark Cohen, former intellectual property attache at the U.S. embassy in Beijing. “We need to close the loops. I think there are a lot of companies that care a great deal about counterfeiting but, at the end of the day, there may be an economic calculation about how much money it’s worth to pursue these people.”___Spagat reported from San Diego. Associated Press writer Raphael Satter in London contributed to this report and news researcher Rhonda Shafner contributed from New York. Associated Press news assistants Fu Ting and Liu Zheng contributed from Shanghai and Beijing.___Kinetz can be reached at http://twitter.com/ekinetz by Erika Kinetz And Elliot Spagat, The Associated Press Posted Jul 12, 2015 1:11 am MDT Last Updated Jul 12, 2015 at 2:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The secret life of a suburban counterfeiter: Woman evades US lawsuits and gets green card
Former NFL cornerback Wade Davis played for three teams in his four-year NFL career. He did not make much of an impact on the field, however after coming out as gay, he has been quite productive off the field.Davis’ work with lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender or questioning youth has helped him find an avenue to make a much larger influence than he ever made as a player.“I started to realize that — you know what? — there’s an opportunity here for me to really make and effect change, not only within myself but in the world.” Davis told SBNation’s Amy Nelson.“I think, subconsciously, I understood that being gay . . . the way I was raised. . . was wrong, and there was no way that my family, at least in my mind, would accept me. And also that my football family would [not] accept me, just because of the perception of being gay meant that you’re less masculine.”Davis, who played for the Washington Redskins, Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks, said sharing a locker room with heterosexual players was not a treat. “I never even remotely got aroused in the locker room,” he said. “You just want to be one of the guys, and you don’t want to lose that sense of family. Your biggest fear is that you’ll lose that camaraderie and family.”While Davis is comfortable with his sexuality, he still showed some hesitation when asked if a non-star NFL player could ever come out as gay. Davis said, “I’ll be flat-out honest with you, it probably shouldn’t be if he wants to keep his job. If he’s a free agent who’s fighting for his job, maybe he shouldn’t. I don’t want to tell someone to give up their lifelong dream of playing in the NFL.”Davis suddenly changed his mind. “You know what?” he said. “Yes, it should be. Screw it. I don’t want to be in the business of telling anybody they cant live their life authentically.”He works now as a staff member at the Hetrick-Martin Institute for LGBTQ youth in New York City. “It’s a one-stop shop for not only gay and lesbian youth, but also non-conforming youth, to find really great services and a sense of family, if they don’t have that,” he said. “I tell people often that I’m living my second dream, because I get to do a job every day that really changes lives.”
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The end of year season of MerakiTV is set to air on Monday. Producers and crew have their sights set on building on last year’s success, with the show having won two multicultural media awards.“This season will see us building even more on our previous seasons,” executive producer Ana Sevo told Neos Kosmos. “In amongst the music, gossip, community and current affairs we’ve extended the Kids Corner segment hosted and driven by an adorable group of youngsters who are relishing being on TV.”Connecting with families and children has been one of the key elements of the show in recent years, and this season will see the launch of the Greek School Christmas Competition.It is open to all primary school aged children enrolled in Greek school, and commences with a colouring competition for Year 1 students. Each year level will have a different category and theme to adhere to, with entries open until 24 November.The essence of any community program is usually its ability to connect with the audience, and MerakiTV has had a positive response so far. The program includes Glitz and Goss with Stavroula, the latest tunes and tours with renowned Greek DJ Krazy Kon, and there is no shortage of delicious moments with Helen Demetriou in the kitchen.Aside from their audience’s engagement, Ms Sevo attributes a big part of their success in such a short period to the generosity of their sponsors. “We are fortunate that a number of wonderful sponsors have come on board to help us grow, such as Tims and Eremea Multicultural Home Care Services,” she said. “Their support means we can remain a program dedicated to the Greek community, sharing stories that come from our community,” a sentiment echoes by one of the show’s biggest supporters, George Fokas. “It is about the community; let’s all work together as a Greek community, and help each other,” he said.MerakiTV airs on Aurora Channel 173 Foxtel every Monday at 7.00 pm. For those who cannot access the show on cable, replays can be found on YouTube. For more information on MerakiTV or the School Christmas Competition, visit meraki.tv/
School districts in Ridgefield and Woodland both received clean audits from the Washington State Auditor’s office recently.Ridgefield School District received a clean accountability audit report and financial statements and federal single audit report, both for Sept. 1, 2017, through Aug. 31, 2018. Woodland Public Schools received a clean financial statements and federal single audit report for that same time period.According to the auditor’s reports for both Ridgefield and Woodland, the office reported no deficiencies in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting, identified no deficiencies considered to be material weaknesses and no instances of noncompliance that were material to the financial statements of either district. The office didn’t report any deficiencies in the design or operation of internal control over major federal programs, identified no deficiencies considered to be material weaknesses and issued an unmodified opinion on both Ridgefield’s and Woodland’s compliance with requirements applicable to each of its major federal programs.The 2017-18 school year saw continued growth for the district, which also took over management of its special education program from Educational Service District 112.“We work diligently to ensure the information we disseminate to our public is accurate,” Paula McCoy, Ridgefield’s executive director of business services, said in a release from the district. “We are also grateful for the continued support from our citizens and public in providing the district with the resources it needs to continue to offer unlimited possibilities for our students and families.”
David De Gea made a horrendous mistake ahead of Portugal’s second goal of the game but Fernando Hierro didn’t want to criticize him as the whole team lose and win together.The new coach of the national team added that he was happy that his team never stopped fighting even though the circumstances weren’t good at times but they showed a great character and managed to fight back.Hierro spoke about his side’s performance and De Gea’s error as he said, according to Daily Star:“He’s one of us, we do not leave anyone behind.”Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“We have put ourselves two times ahead and what Cristiano has done is to be expected.”“We have taken an important step, we have overcome adversity, the team has fought.”“We have not stopped believing and that is the important thing with all the circumstances.”“Diego was very good, he trains well and the team has been good in general.”
Now that Landmark Communications is said to be in exclusive talks with a consortium made up of NBC Universal and private equity firms the Blackstone Group and Bain Capital about the acquisition of the Weather Channel, attention in the media world is beginning to shift toward the potential sale of Landmark’s Dominion Enterprises, the company’s publishing division.Formerly known as Trader Publishing, Dominion Enterprises was established in September 2006 following a division of assets between shared owners Landmark and Cox Communications. The company owns and operates more than 500 Web sites and magazines, including boating industry titles Soundings, Soundings Trade Only and PassageMaker.In January, Norfolk, Virginia-based Landmark retained investment banks J.P. Morgan and Lehman Brothers to assist in exploring strategic options for the company, indicating that a sale of all of its individual businesses, including Dominion, was possible. Landmark already has started distributing information to potential buyers interested Dominion Enterprises, according to a Financial Times news report . Last year, Dominion’s revenues were nearly $1 billion. The company could fetch about $1.4 billion on the market. A Landmark spokesperson did not return a request for comment.“If Dominion can sell everything in one transaction, that would be best so they are not left with small individual titles. They cover quite a few market sectors,” Berkery Noyes managing director Chris Shannon wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. “It is hard to tell what price they will command but as we’ve seen in recent transactions (even the Weather Channel potential sale), buyers need to be realistic in their expectations. Super-high multiples in traditional media are not as common as they used to be.”Earlier this year, analysts said a sale of the Weather Channel could top $5 billion. More recent reports put the sale closer to $3.5 billion.
Just how much more? The double-sided, his-and-hers issue led to a 15 percent growth in print revenue for October. With W publisher Lucy Kriz as our guide, flip through to see how the brand used collectable print to draw in the advertisers. Prev1 of 7NextUse your ← → (arrow) keys to browse For October 2016, W magazine made it a double. The oversized Condé Nast fashion glossy, known for its candid and adventurous celebrity photoshoots (Tom Hiddleston in his undies, anyone?) produced its latest print issue with two sides and 11 different covers. The result is a viscerally amusing (and sometimes confusing) double feature with multiple four-paneled editorial pieces, and a poster-sized back cover dedicated to Burberry. It takes a cleared-off kitchen table to experience the full layout of the issue (you won’t take it to the beach), yet there is something rather fun about flipping through it. Prev1 of 7NextUse your ← → (arrow) keys to browse Certainly W’s format experimentation is a draw to consumers who appreciate the brand’s inclination to be ahead of the curve. But with 95 percent of its 458,873 circulation coming from subscriptions, spicing things up can mean a lot more for ad revenues than it might for rate base.