Girl killed in landslip in Uttarakhand

first_imgA 16-year-old girl was killed and her parents are missing after a landslip triggered by heavy rains buried their house in Uttarakhand’s Madrama village, an official said on Sunday.“The sudden landslip occurred at 9.30 pm yesterday [Saturday], killing Sunita on the spot. Her father Sher Singh and mother Radha Devi are missing after the incident,” Pithoragarh district disaster management officer R.S. Rana said.According to the sources, six cattle heads and 12 goats belonging to the family also perished in the incident.last_img read more

PBA teams not obliged to lend players to PH squad for Champs Cup, says Reyes

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “The agreement we had with the PBA is if their tournament is over, we can get them. Calvin and Terrence showed up in our first practice, but I told them that they shouldn’t be here and I was serious with that,” he said.“This is a club championship, not a national team competition.”The team leaves for Chenzhou on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Folayang to defend ONE title vs Nguyen at MOA Arena Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges View comments Reyes will call the shots for the PH team in the upcoming 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup in Chenzhou, China with the team largely made up of amateur standouts.“This tourney was not part of the discussion with the PBA. To be fair to the PBA, they have no obligations to this team,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingOf the 12-man roster, Carl Bryan Cruz, LA Revilla, Norbert Torres, and Alfrancis Tamsi are the only players who have existing contracts in the PBA, while Almond Vosotros, Jeric Teng, and Gab Banal are currently free agents.Reyes also understands why Alaska and GlobalPort are hesitant to lend players like Calvin Abueva and Terrence Romeo. Chot Reyes. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBefore any criticism against the PBA is thrown, coach Chot Reyes is the first to absolve the league from lending its players to Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas.“When we put this together, this wasn’t even in the plan,” Reyes said Tuesday during the team’s sendoff at Discovery Suites Hotel in Mandaluyong.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Jeremy Lamb hits halfcourt buzzer beater, Hornets down Raptors

first_imgLATEST STORIES “It feels great,” Lamb said. “We fought so hard the whole game. Everybody who came in contributed and played well. They made a big run late. It just feels good to get that win and cap it off like that.”Toronto looked to have won the game after Kawhi Leonard hit the go-ahead basket with 44 seconds left, then blocked Kemba Walker at the other end.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, logisticsCharlotte got one final chance after Leonard missed a jumper with 5.8 seconds to go. Pascal Siakam knocked the inbounds pass away from Lamb, who chased the ball into the back court before launching the game-winning 3-pointer.“He made a tough shot,” Siakam said. “I don’t know how I could have defended it better. Yeah, March Madness.” View comments MOST READ Hornets coach James Borrego called Lamb’s basket “a contested bomb.”According to ESPN, Lamb’s winning shot was from 48 feet, making it the second-longest, game-winning buzzer-beater in the past 20 seasons. Tyreke Evans hit a 49-footer against the Grizzlies on Dec. 29, 2010.“I know he threw up a prayer,” Walker said of Lamb’s long heave. “I guess the basketball gods were on our side tonight. That was an unbelievable shot.”Walker had 15 points and 13 assists and Willy Hernagomez had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Hornets, who overcame an 18-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Boston on Saturday.“It’s a big win,” Walker said. “That’s an unbelievable team over there. They’re going to be a force to be reckoned with in the playoffs. That was impressive.”ADVERTISEMENT Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) protects the ball from Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Jeremy Lamb added a dose of March Madness to Sunday’s NBA action.Lamb banked home a half-court shot at the buzzer and the Hornets beat the Toronto Raptors 115-114, Charlotte’s third straight win.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Zion Williamson, Duke survive UCF’s late misses, reach Sweet 16 Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Dwayne Bacon made five 3-pointers and scored 20 points, and rookie Miles Bridges scored 16 for Charlotte, which began the day 2 1/2 games behind eighth-place Miami and 1 1/2 games behind ninth-place Orlando in the Eastern Conference playoff race.“I feel like this is turning our way,” Borrego said. “If we keep playing this way, we’re going to give ourselves a chance.”Leonard scored 28 points and Siakam had 23 for the Raptors, who lost consecutive home games for the second time this season. Toronto lost to New Orleans on Nov. 12 and Detroit on Nov 14.All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry returned for Toronto after missing the previous two games because of a sore right ankle. With Lowry in the starting lineup, the Raptors were at full strength for the first time since the trade deadline acquisition of center Marc Gasol, and the subsequent signing of free agent guard Jeremy Lin.Still, having a full complement of players didn’t pay off for the Raptors, who surrendered 18 points on 13 turnovers. Toronto had 22 turnovers in Friday’s home loss to Oklahoma City, one shy of their season worst.Charlotte led 109-96 with 7:50 remaining. Then Toronto’s Fred VanVleet hit back-to-back 3-pointers and dunks from Siakam and Leonard cut it to 109-106 with 5:26 to go.Leonard’s jumper made it a one-point game before Bacon ended Toronto’s 12-0 run by making one of two at the foul line.Siakam and Bacon swapped layups before Leonard tied it with a pair at the foul line.The Hornets led 58-57 at halftime.Ten of Charlotte’s 12 field goals in the third quarter were 3-pointers, including five from Bacon. The Hornets set a franchise record by making 10 of 15 from long range in the third. Charlotte took a 95-83 lead into the fourth. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Google Philippines names new country director Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TIP -INSHornets: Charlotte shot 18 for 41 from 3-point range. … G Tony Parker was away from the team for personal reasons. … F Cody Zeller (left knee) missed his seventh straight game and F Nicolas Batum (illness) missed his second straight. F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (concussion protocol) was absent for the third straight game. … Charlotte made nine 3-pointers in a quarter against Sacramento on Jan 25, 2016.Raptors: Toronto recorded an assist on each of its first six baskets and 11 of 12 in the first quarter. … Gasol started and scored 17 points. … The Raptors came in 29-8 at home, tied for the second-most home wins in the NBA.BEEN A WHILELamb was asked whether he remembered the last time he hit a half-court buzzer-beater.“In my driveway growing up, counting down by myself,” he said.STILL SORELowry said his ankle is still sore, but he wanted to get back into game action before the playoffs.“It’s a work in progress,” he said. “This is a good first step for me.”UP NEXT Hornets: Host San Antonio on Tuesday night.Raptors: Host Chicago on Tuesday night.last_img read more

No line was crossed in second Test: Kohli

first_imgPerth, Dec 18 (PTI) India captain Virat Kohli Tuesday said there was no swearing or personal attacks during his verbal duel with Australian skipper Tim Paine and no line was crossed in the second Test here. The second Test, which India lost by 146 runs, turned out to be a heated affair with Kohli and Paine engaging in a never-ending war of words, which even prompted umpire Chris Gaffaney to step in on the fourth morning on Monday. “Well, it is definitely nothing compared to 2014 to be honest,” said Kohli referring to the 2014 Test series where he was engaged in heated exchanges with some Australian players. “As long as there is no swearing on the field, and there’s no personal attacks, the line doesn’t get crossed. That’s it!. “But look, in competitive spirit it stays on the field. I am not going to go into details but to be honest it’s not of importance for me to speak on and it’s something that’s done,” he said after India were dismissed for 140 in the second innings. Kohli had scored a 123 in the first innings but his dismissal of a controversial catch in the first innings came under scrutiny but the Indian skipper simply shrugged off any suggestions that he had expressed displeasure at the soft signal. “I don’t think I showed any displeasure at the dismissal at all. Appeal was made on call and that’s it. It was done, Australia played better cricket than us and they deserved to win,” he said. Kohli credited Australia for outplaying India, saying his batsman failed to come up with the goods, especially in the second innings.advertisement “In the second innings, I thought we couldn’t apply ourselves as much as we should have. In the first innings, we were committed and fully determined in our batting effort and there was no shortage of that,” Kohli told reporters. “But I will say that Australia played better cricket than us and they played more consistently. That’s why then won the match. Beyond that, I don’t think I need to over-analyse this game, we are still in a very good space. If we show greater composure, we can repeat what we did in Adelaide. “We are looking forward to Melbourne now. This Test match is done, the series is poised well and both teams have played good cricket. I think everyone should look forward to that … our focus is definitely on MCG Test,” he added. The poor form of openers Murali Vijay and KL Rahul was one of the reasons behind India’s failure in the second Test. Kohli, however, said that they are fully backing the openers to come good and haven’t thought of a new opening combination with Mayank Agarwal inducted into the Test squad Monday in place of injured Prithvi Shaw. “We didn’t announce that we are going to have a new opening combination,” Kohli said when asked about induction of Mayank Agarwal for the Boxing Day Test. “You just have to keep backing them and keep telling them that they belong and they are good enough to perform. It is not even giving someone individual goals. It’s just telling them that this is what we require as a team from the opener,” he said. “I think as a batting group, we have spoken a lot about those things. Executing it or not is again a thing of variables in a sport. I am sure that these guys have figured out what has gone wrong in this game, specially, and they are very keen to correct it themselves. “There’s not much that you can say, to be honest. You just have to be confident as a side and individuals to a certain extent have to take responsibility of that. The guys are obviously looking forward to taking that responsibility,” he added. Kohli said there was never a lack of belief even when they were 112/5 at stumps on day 4 chasing 287 to win. “… cricket is a game of variables, you can’t win every time. But there was definitely no sense of lack of belief,” he said. “Even with Rishabh Pant and Hanuma Vihari overnight, they believed that they can get big partnership and win us the game. So, I think the belief is very important to have.” PTI ATKATKlast_img read more

Mourinho concedes title to Man CIty

first_imgManchester United ‘We have to finish second’ – Mourinho concedes title to Man City Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 21:40 2/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Jose Mourinho Getty Images Manchester United José Mourinho Manchester City Premier League Manchester United sit 15 points behind the Blues and the Portuguese has given up hope of overhauling Pep Guardiola’s side Jose Mourinho has admitted that Manchester United cannot win the Premier League title, insisting that they must now focus on finishing second.Manchester City currently lead the Premier League by 15 points, with 13 games of the season remaining.City have lost just once in 2017-18 – to Liverpool – and have drawn just twice, while United have suffered four defeats and recorded five draws. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player United face Huddersfield Town this weekend, while City take on Burnley, but Mourinho has now given up hope of overhauling Pep Guardiola’s side.”We need points to be the first of the last,” he told reporters.”We have to try to finish second, we are in this position all season, we were first for a few weeks and then we were always second.”The fight is open for second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth but is practically closed for the first.”Indeed, United have only a three-point lead over both Liverpool and Chelsea, in third and fourth, and are just five ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham.However, Mourinho says United have improved since the end of last season, and maintains that they are focused on silverware.”We’re doing better than last season and it’s very important for us to do better than last season,” he added.”We are trying to win something this season, and if not, we will try to be stronger for next season.”last_img read more

18 days agoArsenal defender Calum Chambers: Much more to come from us

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal defender Calum Chambers: Much more to come from usby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender Calum Chambers has no doubts about the potential of their young team.Even though Arsenal sit in the Champions League places, with just one defeat so far this season which came away to early pace-setters Liverpool, Chambers feels there is still room for improvement in the coming weeks.Asked if there was still more to come from the team, the defender replied: “Yes, we have got a really strong squad, a lot of quality players.”We know we have got quality and we can see that, we have just got to keep working hard and believing in ourselves and the results will keep on coming.” last_img read more

Photo: ESPN’s Chris Fowler Got A Selfie With Jim Harbaugh And Urban Meyer At Dick Vitale’s V Foundation Gala

first_imgJim Harbaugh addresses a group of reporters.Not many people in the sports world can bring Jim Harbaugh and Urban Meyer toghether, but Dick Vitale is one of them. The legendary college basketball analyst hosted his annual V Foundation gala last night, and many top figures in the college sports world turned out, including the rival Michigan and Ohio State coaches. Harbaugh and Meyer actually teamed up on stage to announce the winner of a raffle for a 2016 Mercedes Benz, and later took a selfie with ESPN’s Chris Fowler.Yes @OhioStateFB Urban Meyer & @umichfootball Jim Harbaugh are on stage together @DickieV gala @TheVFoundation— Josh Krulewitz (@jksports) May 14, 2016OK, this Harbaugh/Meyer selfie is focused better. So I’ll also share it for posterity, never to be recreated!— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) May 14, 2016 That is quite the photo. At the end of the night, Vitale announced that the gala, which honored the late Chad Carr, had raised an estimated $2.8 million for pediatric cancer research. A wonderful job by Dickie V, and everyone else involved with the gala this year.last_img read more

7 of Your Favorite Breweries Are Also Distilleries

first_img Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts You can head to a brewery to get a big selection of beer and cocktails? You might be surprised, but it’s an increasingly common occurrence as more brewery and distillery combinations are opening up across the countryThe list below is something of an anachronism. Many existing breweries that don’t yet have distilleries are looking at getting into the growing spirits world, like 3 Floyds Brewing in Muenster, Indiana, which will open its distillery later this year. Some, like The Depot Craft Brewery Distillery in Reno, we’ve talked about in the past (here and here). Others, we were pleasantly surprised to find, have gone and added distillation operations.One of the reasons for the recent crop of this model is changing state laws about distilling.  For the most part, they are still finicky across the nation (read: downright Draconian in places), but they are slowly changing, allowing for plenty of growth in the brewery/distillery club in the coming years.Here are some of the most celebrated brewing and stilling businesses in the U.S. right now.New Holland BrewingNew Holland Spirits/FacebookNew Holland Brewing opened in 1997 and was creating spirits less than 10 years later, becoming one of the first distilleries in Michigan in 2005. New Holland is perhaps best known for its Beer Barrel Bourbon, which is finished in barrels used to age the brewery’s equally well-known Dragon’s Milk Imperial Stout. This year, New Holland released a couple of canned cocktails to ensure its spirits will be joining the ranks of those hitting the beaches of Michigan.Dogfish Head Craft BreweryDogfish Head Distilling Co./FacebookA beer pioneer (having opened in 1995), Dogfish Head has been running a small distilling operation since 2002, but launched full-scale production in 2015. The distillery makes a range of products, including gins, vodkas, and rums. Dogfish Head also recently launched Sonic Archeology, a Prohibition-inspired prepackaged cocktail made with whiskey, rum, apple brandy, honey, lemon, and pomegranate juice.Rogue Ales & SpiritsRogue Ales & Spirits/FacebookPerhaps the most notable brewery/distillery combo, Rogue was an early craft brewer, opening in 1988, but has greatly expanded its operations in every way, shape, and form since then. The distillery makes a line of whiskeys, including one using its Dead Guy Ale, as well as gins that utilize spruce as a key ingredient. (How Pacific Northwest of them. We love it). Rogue has a program to reuse their barrels for beer, so there’s no shortage of beer and spirit crossovers.Mother Earth BrewingMother Earth Spirits/FacebookNorth Carolina’s Mother Earth Brewing started distilling spirits in 2013 and has grown significantly since. Today, the distillery, which is powered by solar energy, makes whiskey, gin, and rum. Mother Earth shares the same sustainable values as the brewery, which opened in 2008, and helps give the small North Carolina town of Kinston a pretty sweet place to hang out.Five & 20 Spirits & BrewingFive & 20 Spirits & Brewing/FacebookFirst a New York winery, Mazza Chautauqua Cellars opened Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing, becoming the state’s first winery/distillery/brewery in 2015. Some of the ingredients for Five & 20’s products come from the 80 acres of farmland that surrounds the production facility, which makes a variety of spirits ranging from whiskey to applejack to a line of fermented fruit wines. Five & 20 is part of a pretty cool sustainable program, lending the waste from the alcohol-making process to TimberFish Technologies, a fish farm, for aquaponics.Southern TierSouthern Tier Distilling Company/FacebookThe New York brewery’s management apparently decided over beers in 2015 it’d be smart to make liquor too. (We have to say that we agree with this method of decision-making). The distillery, right next to the brewery in Lakewood, sources 90 percent of its ingredients locally from New York. Souther Tier makes whiskey, rums (technically a maple aged spirit), vodkas, and gins.Anchor Distilling and Ballast Point Brewing CompanyThese are two legacy brands that have changed their names following sales of their brewing operations. Neither are technically brewery/distillery combinations any more, but the roots are there.Anchor became one of the first craft distilleries in the United States after then-owner Fritz Maytag wanted to get into the spirits game in 1993. Japanese beer company Sapporo purchased Anchor Brewing in 2017 and Anchor Distilling has since changed its name to Hotaling & Co.Constellation Brands purchased San Diego’s Ballast Point Brewing in 2015 (for $1 billion!), but its owner continued on with its spirits line, now rebranded as Cutwater Spirits. Rum 101: An Introduction to the Different Types of Rum and How They’re Made Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Very tumultuous relations

first_imgNuclear-armed Asian neighbours, India and Pakistan have had particularly difficult relations since the time of their inception as sovereign nations but tensions have lately assumed a hitherto unseen extent leading to a diplomatic deadlock. The violent Partition in 1947, Kashmir, and numerous conflicts big and small – all along primarily communal lines have come to be the locus of relations between India and Pakistan which is defined largely by hostility and suspicion. In the most recent times, diplomatic relations have been severely downgraded with the Pakistani Ambassador to India being recalled and the Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan getting expelled from there. War mongering was the trend and tone right after India suffered the deadliest peace time attack since Independence this year after a Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber rammed an explosive laden car on February 14 and murdering 40 Indian security personnel. This incident resulted in a cycle of offence and counter-offence between the two countries, the air strike by India in Pakistani territory being the most prominent one, especially in the wake of Wing Commander Abhinandan Vardhaman’s capture and later his release. Pakistan’s terror tactics and its state policy to breed terrorism against primarily India has globally earned Pakistan a bad reputation. Diplomacy, too, has come to a difficult point as Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar expressed bluntly in an international forum regarding Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s opinion piece for The New York Times. Pakistan openly practices terrorism, financing and recruiting militant groups and till the time Islamabad does not reign in this tendency, any talk between India and Pakistan will only be superficial and ultimately futile because the very basis of problem between the two countries is terrorism coming from Pakistan. The Narendra Modi-led BJP government has been instrumental in altering the equation between the Asian neighbours. With remarkable efforts made initially ease tensions and bring the two nations closer, Pakistan’s unrelenting policy to deploy terror has brought matters to the point where talks of war came as easy as drawing-room conversations and war against Pakistan became a hot subject of feverish nationalism. Obviously, such public sentiments do little good to the nation and its forces. A war is a only a measure of loss, the extent of which is decided by the warring parties. Going a step beyond conventional warfare, and given the prospects of a nuclear war, the talks of which were very quickly escalated by propaganda and popular media rants, Pakistan says in an assuring tone that it will never be the first one to start a war with India. Going by Pakistan’s policy, it is to “bleed India by a thousand cuts”. Pakistan’s policy against India has never been so straight and has only ever been openly clandestine; and Kashmir for its dominant Muslim polulation has been the scapegoat for the last mant decades. Prime Minister Imran Khan went on record to explain, amid tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours over Kashmir, that “We will never ever start the war. Both Pakistan and India are nuclear powers and if tension escalates the world will face danger,” Saying that war is not a solution to any problem, the Pakistani Prime Minister said this while addressing a gathering of the Sikh community. The Sikh community is now a new angle in the boiling relations between India and Pakistan with the Kartarpur Corridor project supposedly moving towards completion. Kartarpur is in the Narowal district of Punjab province of Pakistan, about 4.7 kilometres from the Pakistan-India border, so near that it can be physically seen from the Indian side. Indian Sikh pilgrims undertake the journey to this Gurudwara via a longer route into Pakistan. In this initiative to make Indian Sikhs undertake this pilgrimage, the governments of India and Pakistan, before the Kargil war broke out, came together to allow visa-free passage to the pilgrims. Two decades, one war, numerous skirmishes, and different governments down the line, neither India nor Pakistan are the same. As matters stand officially, unless Pakistan does anything about its terror nurssaries, India cannot expect any concrete moving forward. There are security concerns galore and any decision the government takes in the direction of mending ties with Pakistan, it is the common people on both sides of the border that will experience the effect of decisions the most. As much as it is a challenge to India’s diplomacy, relations with Pakistan also affect internal matters within India.last_img read more

7 dead 5 critical in Cuban bus crash

first_imgHAVANA — Seven people died and five are in critical condition after a bus crashed carrying tourists and local travellers in far eastern Cuba.State media report that the bus was carrying 18 Cubans and 22 tourists from Holland, Great Britain, France, Mexico and Canada when it crashed Thursday afternoon on a road between the cities of Baracoa and Guantanamo.The names and nationalities of those killed haven’t been released.The driver told Radio Guantanamo that he lost control on the wet and winding road.Cuban highways are poorly lit, narrow and rutted with huge potholes. There were 750 deaths and 7,999 injuries in 11,187 accidents last year in the country of 11 million. Thursday’s wreck was the fourth major bus accident in a month.Associated Presslast_img read more

Haiti UN mission calls for explanation on results of three disputed districts

In a statement released yesterday, the mission (MINUSTAH) said it took note of the final results announced on Tuesday by the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) in the 18 districts where the original results were contested.The Council set up a special office to re-tabulate and verify the results in those cases, in cooperation with observers from Haiti’s National Human Rights Defence Network (RNDDH), the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).In 15 of the 18 cases, the office’s results matched those of the observers, but not in the cases of the districts of Jacmel, Belladère and Vallières/Carice/Mobin-Crochu.“In the interests of transparency and in order to legitimize these results, MINUSTAH calls on the CEP to post as soon as possible the decisions of its special office and to explain to all concerned parties, including the candidates, the reasoning that led to these decisions,” the mission said.MINUSTAH also called on Haitians to refrain from violence during the post-election phase and to work together to reconstruct the country, still reeling from last year’s catastrophic earthquake.President-elect Michel Martelly is scheduled to be inaugurated on Saturday after he won the run-off round of polls earlier this year and he spoke by telephone yesterday with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.A high-level UN delegation, led by Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro, will attend the inauguration. 12 May 2011The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti has called on the country’s electoral authorities to explain as soon as possible why their results from three districts in recent legislative elections do not match the figures of local and international observers. read more

About half of Canadians expect to be in debt when they retire

TORONTO — Canadians may dream of retiring debt-free, but research done for Manulife suggests nearly 20% of homeowners may be leaning on the value of their homes to finance life after work.[np_storybar title=”‘Tis the season of spending: How to stay within your budget over the holidays” link=””%5DCanadians say they expect to spend an average of $1,056.50 on gifts and other holiday-related purchases this time of year, but 67% don’t have a budget for such expenses, according to a new poll [/np_storybar]An online survey conducted for the financial services company found about half of the 2,373 respondents expected to still be in debt when they retire.Of those polled, 10% planned to borrow against their current homes, while about 8% were looking to downsize and use money from the sale of their home as income. Using home equity as a “fallback plan” suggests some Canadians are struggling to balance retirement with paying down debt, Manulife Bank CEO Rick Lunny said in an interview.“If people think they’re going to take out second mortgages and larger mortgages when they retire, that’s a pretty concerning view and evidence of no financial plan whatsoever,” Lunny said.“These people, if they’re going to retire with mortgage debt on their homes, there’s significant risk that interest rates will go up in the future.”The Manulife survey also found that many still struggle with financial literacy. For example, one-quarter of respondents didn’t consider mortgages or auto loans to be part of their overall debt.Older respondents were less confident in their retirement goals and about half planned to continue working full-time or part-time to extinguish their debt, the survey said.Manulife’s findings come after years of warnings from the Bank of Canada and the federal Finance Department that many people are still amassing too much debt.Throw in concerns that Canada’s housing market may be overpriced, and the likelihood that interest rates will rise in the coming years, and several additional levels of risk could be introduced into the financial equation.“Canadians have been lulled into this sense of security because they’re paying 3% or less on their mortgages, but that could change very quickly,” Lunny said. “People don’t have long memories and if their only reference period is the last five years or so, since the financial crisis, they better be prepared for it.”Debt problems are nothing new for most Canadians and neither are the surveys which conclude that most people aren’t properly saving for the future.TD Insurance released findings last month which said 39% of Canadians would run into financial problems if they were forced to stop working due to a sudden illness. The figure rose to 44% for respondents under the age of 35.Taking advantage of housing wealth in retirement isn’t necessarily a bad decision, suggested Thomas Davidoff, an assistant professor at the Sauder School of Business in Vancouver.“What I think, arguably, would be crazy is to live a meagre retirement and not have tapped an enormous asset,” he said.“It really depends on how important it is for you to leave wealth to your heirs, and how nervous you are about surprise expenditures.”He said that borrowing on a home is better choice than turning to high interest rate credit cards.“I don’t care what rates do, it’s never more expensive to owe on a home equity line or reverse mortgage,” he said.The online survey, conducted by data collection agency Research House, polled Canadian homeowners between the ages of 20 and 59, with a household income of $50,000 or more, from Sept. 8 to Sept. 19.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not a random sample and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population.“ read more

Jim Harbaugh reported to be Michigan head coach

Then-San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh before an NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Dec. 15, 2013.Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe Michigan Wolverine football program is set to welcome back one of its own.Former Wolverines quarterback and San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh has been selected as the next head football coach at Michigan, according to multiple reports.Harbaugh, a Toledo native, played quarterback for the Wolverines from 1983 to 1986, starting in his final three seasons under then-coach Bo Schembechler and amassing 5,449 yards and 31 touchdowns over his college career.Following a 14-year NFL career with the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens and San Diego Chargers, Harbaugh worked as an assistant for his father, Jack, who was the head football coach at Western Kentucky University, before working as an assistant for the Oakland Raiders and ultimately landing his first head coaching job at the University of San Diego.From San Diego, Harbaugh was named head coach at Stanford in 2007, leading the Cardinal to its first 11-win season in 2010.After four years in Palo Alto, Calif., Harbaugh became the head coach of the 49ers in 2011 and led them to Super Bowl XLVII in 2012 — a game which the 49ers lost to the Baltimore Ravens, coached by Harbaugh’s brother, John.After an 8-8 finish to the 2014 season, it was reported that Harbaugh and the 49ers were ready for a mutual departure, which led to Harbaugh’s return to Ann Arbor, Mich.Harbaugh is set to be welcomed back to Michigan as its next football coach on Tuesday during the Wolverines’ basketball game against Illinois, according to reports. read more

Letter Take a stand against authoritarianism or sit subjugated and repressed

Dear Editor,The use of force by the police on the opposition Members of Parliament during a Parliamentary session and the attempt by the police to forcefully remove the elected Member of Parliament for the opposition, Bishop Edghill, because he refused to comply with the Speaker’s order to leave the chamber of Parliament as he was merely seeking more time to question the government’s budget estimates will forever be remembered as a day of disgrace on our democracy and yet another example of authoritarianism by the APNU-AFC government.As a former Member of Parliament, I condemn in the strongest terms the actions of the Speaker of the National Assembly and the police who followed blindly orders to use such force. I am yet to see such excessive force ordered on Members of Parliament for the government whose behaviour on occasions have been far worse.I take this opportunity to remind everyone that this is merely a continuation of what happened shortly after the APNU-AFC took office when two years ago GDF officers attempted to unlawfully detain my wife and her brother and then chased them in a high-speed car chase which resulted in three persons dead and none other than the President Granger is quoted immediately thereafter as saying “it was a legitimate state operation” and “there was no need for a probe”. Almost exactly two years have passed and the government has swept the event under the rug of their diabolical secrets.Finally, permit me also to take this opportunity to explain to all Guyanese the magnitude of these events through the use of the history: In a democracy, the use of the armed forces by an authoritarian government against opposition Parliamentarians is where the police state and civilian repression begin.History has shown that authoritarian governments from all around the world loathe dissent, scrutiny, and voiced opposition. In a democracy, the vehicle of dissent, scrutiny, and voice opposition takes the form of the Members of Parliament in the opposition in Parliament. Once authoritarian governments succeed in silencing those Members of Parliament from the opposition by whatever means (political prosecution, electing and directing a partisan Speaker of Parliament, stacking the courts with compliant Judges, the use of force, the use of tax authorities, assassinations, etc.) the authoritarian government turns its intolerable attention to any form of dissent, scrutiny, or voiced opposition which then comes from civilians.So, today it may be Bishop Edghill or other opposition MP’s but tomorrow or next week it may be ordinary Guyanese and/or their families. Unless we stand against such state action then all civilian freedoms and protections will be eroded away bit by bit and such action almost always is purported to be justified in the name of “the protection of the state”.A clear example of this already occurring is the acknowledgment by Granger of the violation of the Constitution when an unlawful directive was sent to the Police Service Commission by his minister of the Presidency to cease promotions of the police but explained it was necessary to protect the state based on the information they obtained.All Guyanese who want better for Guyana must take a stand now against an authoritarian government or sit subjugated and repressed for a very long time.Sincerely,Charles S. RamsonAttorney-at-LawFormer Member of Parliament Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAPNU embarrassed yet again on AML/CFT amendments – AG says he understands Harmon’s bitternessMay 21, 2014In “Politics”No-confidence motion: Opposition Chief Whip writes Top Cop over security concernsDecember 19, 2018In “latest news”LETTER: Response to “vulgarian” comment by President GrangerNovember 9, 2017In “Letters” read more

De Beers Canada aiming for 100 renewable energy solution at Chidliak

first_imgDe Beers Canada, having successfully “winterised” the conventional power solution at its mines in northern Canada, is now looking at a 100% renewable electricity solution for its recently-acquired Chidliak diamond project, CEO Kim Truter told attendees at the Energy and Mines World Congress in Toronto this week.While the Chidliak project is located on Baffin Island, which runs 100% on diesel power, Truter said due to the extreme remoteness of the proposed operation, “the energy solution for Chidliak has to be different”. The company acquired the mine earlier this year after taking over Peregrine Diamonds.The hidden cost that comes with diesel power generation is the required supply chain infrastructure, ie roads, according to Truter. If Chidliak was a non-road supplied site, it would drive the need for renewable power, he said.Another consideration is the size of Chidliak’s orebodies. As these are small, there is a need for a smaller overall footprint and the movability of plant as the bodies become mined out, he said.So far, 51 kimberlites have been tested for the presence of diamonds at Chidliak, with 41 of these showing positive results. Two kimberlites, CH-6 and CH-7, were prioritised for advanced exploration and were tested for grade and diamond value.The CH-6 kimberlite pipe is estimated to contain about 18 Mct of inferred resources in about 7.5 Mt of kimberlite, an estimated grade of 2.41 ct/t to a depth of 525 m below surface. The CH-7 pipe is estimated to contain about 4.2 Mct of inferred resources in about 5 Mt of kimberlite; an average grade of 0.85 ct/t to a depth of 240 m.At the conference, Truter said renewable supplementation of diesel baseload was growing in the industrial sector, but a micro-grid to regulate and accurately feed power through to a 100% renewable power system “does not appear to exist”.Yet, the Princess Elisabeth Base in Antarctica is occupied 365 days per year and is powered by 100% renewable sources, he said.“The next step is an Arctic mine with continuous (renewable) operations,” he told delegates, adding that the Chidliak development can achieve maximum potential if a 100% renewable energy solution is realised.In order to achieve this, he laid out several solutions.First, the company needed to look to shrink its footprint at Chidliak – size, people, power, thermal and environmental – then partner with best-in-class companies to tap into available natural energy sources; whether that be solar, wind or geothermal sources. Following this, De Beers Canada needed to confront the challenge of multiple-day power fluctuations with energy storage solutions and, finally, find an appropriate business model for the power solution.In addition to retaining the company’s social licence to operate, Truter said the eco-credibility that came with using renewable energy was an additional motivator for De Beers Canada, bringing intangible value to its product.De Beers Group has a global commitment by 2020 to reduce its energy requirements by 8% and cut its carbon emissions by 9%.last_img read more

Judges happy that their concerns are fully understood

first_imgFOLLOWING A “CORDIAL and fruitful” meeting between its president and the Attorney General, the Association of Judges of Ireland said it is satisfied the judiciary’s concerns are “fully understood”.Justice Peter Kelly met with Máire Whelan this afternoon in the midst of a row between Ireland’s senior judges and the coalition.In a brief statement, the group said the meeting was held to “discuss the concerns of its members on issues involving judicial independence”.“The meeting was cordial and fruitful. As a result, the AJI is satisfied that its concerns are fully understood and that progress will be made by mutual co-operation in resolving issues.“The AJI is grateful to the Attorney General for her assistance in this regard.”A separate development also indicated a more conciliatory arrangement between the government and the judiciary. Earlier today, the Chief Justice said her suggestion to establish a forum for discussion about “matters of mutual concern” has been accepted by government.The first meeting of the forum was held last Monday and Susan Denham said she had held many constructive meetings with Alan Shatter.“There are currently issues of serious concern to the judiciary, which have been highlighted in recent days by some members of the judiciary,” Denham told the Law Society in Griffith College this evening, referring to remarks made by Justice Peter Kelly– and supported by the Association of Judges of Ireland (AJI) – which suggested that the government is deliberately attacking judicial independence.The group noted the comments were about pay cuts, but also addressed the passing of legislation without consultation with the judiciary.Earlier, the minister said that it was “unfortunate” if reductions in pay, brought in by a referendum, were seen as an attack on an organ of the State.Chief Justice: ‘There are currently issues of serious concern’last_img read more

Four detained in terror probe

first_imgFour suspected members of a militant anarchist group believed to be responsible for dozens of bomb blasts over the past four years have been detained in custody until Tuesday, when they are to defend themselves before an investigating magistrate on multiple crime and misdemeanour charges.A prosecutor on Friday identified the four suspected members of Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire as Harilaos Hatzimichelakis, Emmanouil Yiospas, Myrto Panteloglou and Panayiotis Masouras. The charges they face include participating in bomb attacks, membership in a criminal organisation and the illegal possession of explosives and concerning two bomb attacks – one on the Kolonaki home of opposition PASOK deputy Louka Katseli on Wednesday and another in July that targeted the home of former Deputy Interior Minister Panayiotis Hinofotis in Palaio Faliro.The attack on Hinofotis, for which Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire claimed responsibility at the time, was carried out using a bomb planted in a cooking pot, almost identical to a device used in the attack on Katseli’s home and another, intact, device discovered at a house in the Athens district of Halandri, which the group is believed to have used as a hideout. Arrest warrants have also been issued for another six suspected members of Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire. These suspects were identified as Giorgos Nikolopoulos, Michalis Nikolopoulos, Damianos Balanos, Giorgos Karayiannidis, Eleni Contopoulou and Constantinos Karakatsanis. Police said that they had found the fingerprints of all six suspects in the Halandri hideout. Sources said that they believed the group had maintained a second hideout in the district of Galatsi. Four people were detained for questioning by the police counter-terrorism squad on Wednesday night after the discovery earlier in the afternoon of an alleged urban terrorist safehouse in the northern Athens district of Halandri. Explosives, pressure cookers and printed material were found in a residence. The police counter-terrorism squad have been monitoring the suspects and several houses in anticipation of a politically motivated attack ahead of the October 4 elections. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Tackling globally devastating diseases with a global approach

first_imgMedical research into respiratory disease being undertaken by two Australian-born Greek doctors has gained immense traction, with $2.5 million in funding obtained from this year’s NHMRC project grant round. One of our major objectives as medical researchers is to provide inspiration to our next generation scientists, and we certainly hope our story goes towards achieving this.Associate Professor Ross Vlahos from RMIT University and Dr Stavros Selemidis from Monash University are both Australian-born Greek medical researchers who have a strong, ongoing collaboration and high-impact work in the areas of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, viral infections and cancer.Their thoroughness in this field of research has been the subject of the recent NHMRC success and also of the many publications and high- profile international presentations at prestigious conferences such as the Gordon Conference (US) and Innate Immunity Conference in (Crete), in 2016.Selemidis, who, as a first-year BSc student in 1992, met Ross Vlahos, a PhD student in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Melbourne. Ross was in the middle of an exciting experiment at the time and Stavros instantly noted Ross’ enthusiasm for medical research in this first encounter. This very first meeting sparked the beginning of a long-standing friendship, but it wasn’t until 2010 that the two began discussions and experiments in the area of influenza A virus, which induced lung disease. In 2016 their work has moved on to identifying novel drug targets for the treatment of the most devastating diseases caused by viruses worldwide. At the moment they are looking at developing novel therapies to treat respiratory virus-induced lung disease in normal people and in people with underlying chronic lung disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The esteemed researchers took some time from their busy schedules to speak to Neos Kosmos about the pivotal role their research plays in understanding and curing these diseases.You say you have taken a ‘global’ approach in your research. What does this entail? We utilise forefront technologies to identify and characterise fundamental biological processes influenced by toxic free radicals that are triggered by viruses such as the flu and HIV. The approach is a synergistic collaboration between researchers with unique and complementary expertise across disciplines and across seven major universities in Australia and Trinity College Dublin in Ireland to ultimately identify future drugs to treat viral disease. The ever-present threat of epidemics and pandemics, emerging anti-viral resistance, and long lag times for vaccine development highlight an urgent and ongoing need for novel therapeutic approaches that alleviate viral pathology, ideally in a manner that is independent of the infecting strain. We have identified a novel biological mechanism that is viral strain-independent, which provides a target for therapeutic intervention. We focus on the important gene, the NADPH oxidases (NOXs) − which are the ‘master’ generators of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in mammalian cells. ROS are a crucial component of the immune response to invading pathogens, but paradoxically, ROS promote viral disease by unknown mechanisms. We provide proof-of-concept that this mechanism can be exploited via novel drugs to specifically target ROS in a manner that dramatically reduces viral disease.How did you decide to start working towards this direction? What makes this research so important for future treatments? Associate Professor Ross Vlahos has a long-standing interest in chronic lung diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer and respiratory virus infections. His work is inspired by a family connection to lung disease, because his grandmother died of lung cancer when she was in her 60s. Thus he is passionate about identifying and developing novel treatments for people with lung diseases. Stavros and I have been friends for a long time and it became apparent that there were a number of synergies between our respective research programs, so we joined forces to develop novel drugs to combat the major global burden caused by respiratory viruses (eg. influenza) not only in healthy people, but also in people with underlying respiratory conditions such as COPD. There are problems with current strategies to treat influenza virus infections because people are developing resistance to existing anti-viral drugs and development of vaccines against new strains of influenza viruses can take up to six months, thereby putting the health of people at risk. In addition, current therapies are largely ineffective in COPD.Is there an immediate goal towards which you will allocate the funding you have received, and what long-term results do you aspire to achieve in the future? First of all, we were delighted to receive this funding because it opens up wonderful opportunities to develop this exciting work. Our first goal is to test novel drugs that we have developed against respiratory virus-induced lung disease. Our long-term goal is to develop effective treatments for respiratory virus-induced lung disease and COPD. One of our major objectives as medical researchers is to provide inspiration to our next generation of scientists, and we certainly hope our story goes towards achieving this. We need to encourage people to lead healthy lives and avoid the causes of respiratory diseases such as cigarette smoking and viral infections. Stop smoking.Dr Stavros Selemidis is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and a laboratory head at the Infection and Immunity Program, Biomedicine Discovery Institute, Department of Pharmacology, Monash University. He was successful in obtaining two NHMRC Project Grants for the 2016 round of funding. He has 40 publications in high-impact journals and has received a total of $4.5 million in research funding. His current research team composes of four PhD students and two BSc (honours) students.Associate Professor Ross Vlahos is a Principal Research Fellow and head of the Respiratory Research Group in the School of Health and Biomedical Sciences at RMIT University. He has more than 80 publications in peer-reviewed high-impact journals, has received a total of $10 million in research funding and has played a major role in commercially-funded work that has confidentiality/patent agreement. His current research team composes of one Postdoc, four PhD students, one Masters student and three honours students. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Dell Latitude 10 des détails sur la tablette sous Windows 8

first_imgDell Latitude 10 : des détails sur la tablette sous Windows 8De nombreux détails concernant une tablette Dell, destinée au marché professionnel et embarquant Windows 8, ont malencontreusement échappés au constructeur américain. Une fiche de présentation du terminal a en effet fuité sur la toile et elle nous en apprend beaucoup sur cette fameuse Latitude 10 comme sur la station qui doit l’accueillir.Encore une autre fuite sur la Dell Latitude 10. Après qu’ont été dévoilées le mois dernier un certain nombre de caractéristiques concernant sa future tablette Latitude 10, Dell a vu lui échapper une nouvelle fois une fiche de présentation sur ce terminal fonctionnant sous Windows 8 et destiné au marché professionnel. Un document très complet publié par le site, qui nous en dit plus sur les spécificités de la tablette.Pour commencer, cette fiche indique la date à laquelle le constructeur entend livrer sa Latitude 10 sur le marché. Alors que l’arrivée du nouvel et tant attendu OS de Microsoft est prévue pour l’automne, c’est à la mi-novembre que Dell compte commercialiser son premier terminal sous Windows 8.Le document évoque également une station d’accueil dédiée à la Latitude 10, mais également compatible avec la Latitude ST, déjà sur le marché. Enfin, elle confirme ce qui a été annoncé en mai, à savoir que le tablette affichera un écran 10.1 pouces d’une résolution de 1366 x 768 pixels, et sera équipée du dernier processeur Intel dual-core Atom Clover Trail 1.5GHz. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?La Latitude 10 sera en outre dotée d’un appareil photo numérique dorsal de 8 millions de pixels, d’un capteur frontal à 2 millions de pixels et diposera de quatre ports USB, d’une connectivité Ethernet, d’un support HDMI, du Wi-Fi, du Bluetooth et d’une connectivité cellulaire proposée en option. Elle offrira enfin 2 Go de mémoire vive DDR2 basse consommation, et jusqu’à 128 Go de mémoire flash.Reste seulement aujourd’hui à connaître son prix…Le 17 juin 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Drunk Shoppers Blow 48B Annually—Mostly on Amazon

first_img I do most of my shopping from the comfort of my couch: In the digital age, there’s no reason to leave the house for groceries, clothes, home furnishings, or basically anything else.But with great retail power comes great responsibility.Luckily for Amazon, many Americans are not responsible.A recent survey by The Hustle found that drunk shopping is an estimated $48 billion industry—a majority of the profits funneling straight into Jeff Bezos’s pockets.Among a sample of more than 2,000 alcohol-consuming adults, nearly 80 percent admitted to making at least one drunk purchase.(via Zachary Crockett/The Hustle)And they’re not always bargain-basement buys: Poor sap Ryan Green, sporting a beer buzz when Justin Timberlake took the stage at last year’s Super Bowl halftime show, spent $378.80 on two tickets to see the blond bombshell in concert.“I woke up the next day and found a confirmation email I didn’t remember,” he told The Hustle.Embarrassing as that is, Green is not alone.Men and women alike spend an average $444 annually on intoxicated investments—mostly clothes and shoes, though sometimes high-brow purchases, like admission to a Mickey Mouse Club star-turned-pop icon/actor/philanthropist concert.(As well as life-size cardboard cut-outs of Kim Jong-un, a World War II-era bayonet, various international flights, a trilogy of Satanic religious books, and 30-pound bags of Idaho potatoes.)(via Zachary Crockett/The Hustle)According to The Hustle’s data, Millennials and GenXers with disposable income are inebriated e-commerce’s key demographic.“Certain professionals also seem … more inclined to shop drunk than others,” Hustler Zachary Crockett wrote in a blog post, highlighting sports, transport, oil and energy, recruiting, and marketing jobs as usual suspects.“Given the inseparable bond between sports and beer [the alcohol of choice for tipsy online browsing], the list topper isn’t too surprising,” Crockett generalized. “Nor are the highly social jobs of recruiting and marketing. What’s slightly more concerning is that transportation and oil and energy (sectors known for long, often solitary work hours) boast near-universal drunk shopping habits.”Folks who make a living off of writing, art, education, computer engineering, or retail, meanwhile, are statistically less likely to slurp and spent.“Tortured, oft-inebriated chroniclers of the human experience are actually far less likely to drunk shop,” the pigeonholing continued. “A possible explanation is that these jobs fall into lower-income brackets … But we’d like to think they’re just anti-consumerists.”(via Zachary Crockett/The Hustle)In the end, it’s Amazon that wins out, accounting for 85 percent of drunken online purchases.Despite unwittingly acquiring, say, 200 lbs of fresh bamboo, a full-size inflatable bouncy castle, a $2,200 pair of night vision goggles, or an NRA membership, most people don’t regret their shopping spree.Only 20 percent of survey takers end up returning the unwanted “To be honest, they’re almost always stupid buys, but the humor factor outweighs the stupidity,” one respondent told The Hustle. “I guess it’s a privileged way to look at consumption. … But how many people can say they own a personalized Chia Pet?”More on Man ‘Accidentally’ Buys Live Peacock, Salamander on Singles’ DayInstagram Rolls Out In-App Shopping FeatureAnonymous Online Shopping Don’t Come Easy—Or Cheap Stay on target Amazon Personal Shopper Service Ushers In Curated FashionToys “R” Us Returns This Holiday Season as ‘Interactive’ Experience last_img read more