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Man Drops Dead Rat In Food To Blackmail Restaurant, Arrested

In November last year, the man, surnamed Guo, brought his own rat to a popular food chain in China named Haidilao. Shanghaiist reports that the incident occurred in Beijing.
The man reportedly went to a Haidilao outlet with his wife and, 20 minutes into the meal, claimed that he had fished out a dead rat from his hot pot.The restaurant initially offered him a voucher for a free meal, which he refused.They then upped their offer to 20,000 yuan (approximately Rs 2 lakh), which Mr Guo again turned down. Instead, he demanded 5 million yuan (approximately Rs 5 crore) in compensation.When the two sides failed to reach an agreement, the restaurant went to the police. After an investigation, Mr Guo was found guilty of extortion and arrested.
At his court hearing on Tuesday, Guancha News reports, he admitted to planting the dead rat in his food in order to blackmail the restaurant and extort money. He explained that he found the dead rat while visiting his hometown in Henan province and brought it back to Beijing in a bottle.He added that he had only wanted a free meal, but later got “a bit greedy”.Click for more trending newsGet the latest election news, live updates and election schedule for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 on /elections.

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Culture: Qatar’s US$434m desert rose museum finally blooms

ALMOST a decade in the making, three years late and at an estimated cost of US$434 million (RM1.77 billion), Qatar’s vast national museum, built in the shape of a desert rose, opens this week.A glittering ceremony, expected to include Qatar’s ruler Sheikh Tamim Hamad al-Thani, Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah and French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, takes place tomorrow, with the doors opening to the public the next day.“Architecture to give a voice to heritage whilst celebrating (the) future,” tweeted the museum’s renowned French architect Jean Nouvel, also responsible for the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

The pale, futuristic 52,000-sq m structure located on Doha’s waterfront corniche will be the first notable building visitors to Qatar see as they make their way from the airport to the city centre.Even in a country which is being built, rebuilt and utterly transformed for the 2022 football World Cup, the national museum could be the single most eye-catching design of all Qatar’s new buildings.

The entrance includes 114 fountain sculptures in a 900m-long lagoon and the museum’s multi-curved roof, which resembles a giant jigsaw puzzle, is made up of 76,000 panels in 3,600 different shapes and sizes.Inside, there is more than 1,500m of gallery space.Among the exhibits is a 19th century carpet embroidered with 1.5 million Gulf pearls and the oldest Quran yet discovered in Qatar, also dating back to the 1800s.

“This is a museum that narrates the story of the people of Qatar,” Sheikha Amna Abdulaziz Jassim al-Thani, the museum’s director, has stated.The National Museum of Qatar also stands on the site of the former palace of Sheikh Abdullah Jassim al-Thani — son of the founder of modern Qatar.
The palace has been restored as part of the massive project.The museum, which officials say celebrates Qatar’s Bedouin past and energy-rich present, also reflects the country’s massive wealth and ambition. ‘Post-blockade identity’And as well as an architectural and cultural statement, the new museum is also a political one by the Qataris.It is among a growing list of spectacular buildings in Qatar, including the recently opened national library and Museum of Islamic Art further along the corniche.
The national museum is also the latest in the cultural “arms race” and soft power course among Gulf nations, which includes Nouvel’s Louvre in Abu Dhabi opened to huge fanfare in 2017, designed to show-off the progressive aspects of the various competing emirate states.And for Qatar, the museum’s delayed opening — originally scheduled for 2016 — has given it a chance to reinforce its national identity from other Gulf states, say experts.Since June 2017, Qatar has been diplomatically and economically blockaded by neighbouring former allies, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, accused among other things of supporting terrorism. Qatar rejects all charges and says the blockade is an attack on its sovereignty.The bitter dispute has fractured long-standing Gulf alliances and the new museum will allow Qatar to reinforce its separateness from its rivals, says Sigurd Neubauer, a Middle East analyst based in Washington.

“On the basic level the museum represents Qatari identity which has really accelerated in the post-blockade environment,” he said.At the same time as the reputation of Doha’s rivals appear “inward-looking and regressive”, because of incidents like the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Qatar’s standing is the “opposite”, adds Neubauer.“It’s really not about the building, Qatar is trying to create an environment and national identity that provides a space towards independent thinking.“It is doubling down on its own progressive reforms.”

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Ethiopian Airlines says its relationship with Boeing will last “well into the future”

CEO Tewolde GebreMariam said the company will work with the US manufacturer and other airlines to “make air travel even safer” and SOLIDARITYE thiopian Airlines says its relationship with Boeing will last “well into the future”By Abdi Latif DahirMarch 25, 2019Ethiopian Airlines has said it has confidence in Boeing, a singular vote of confidence that comes as both companies face increasing questions following a deadly crash in early March.

In a statement today (March 25), CEO Tewolde GebreMariam said the company will work with the US manufacturer and other airlines to “make air travel even safer” and to “make the skies safer for the world.”Boeing is facing scrutiny and government probes after two fatal crashes involving its 737 Max 8 model aircraft occurred within months of each other in Indonesia and Ethiopia, leading to their grounding worldwide.Although the causes of the crashes are yet to be determined, questions have swirled around the plane’s automated system designed to direct the nose downwards if it was in danger of stalling.Transport officials in Addis Ababa have said there were “clear similarities” between the Ethiopian and Lion Air crashes in Indonesia.

Both planes flew with erratic altitude changes and crashed minutes after takeoff while trying to return to the airport.The Chicago-headquartered planemaker is the key supplier to Ethiopian, with the partnership between the two extending to the early 1960s.The ET 302 flight plane that crashed was less than five months old, and Tewolde said they took delivery of yet another 737 Boeing cargo planes of a different model less than a month ago.Tewolde also extolled Ethiopian’s relationship with the US aviation industry, saying their earlier pilots, crew, and mechanics were employees of the now-defunct New York-based airline, TWA.

Ethiopian Airlines was originally established after a visiting Ethiopian delegation requested American officials in 1945 to help establish a commercial airline for domestic air service.“Let me be clear: Ethiopian Airlines believes in Boeing,” Tewolde said.“Despite the tragedy, Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines will continue to be linked well into the future.”Ethiopian Airlines’ renewed pledge to Boeing comes as the state carrier itself fends off allegations that it sacrificed expansion and profit for safety.The carrier is Africa’s fastest-growing with hubs across the continent and a 113-strong fleet servicing 119 destinations worldwide.A New York Times story last week reported that even though the airline had the 737 Max 8 simulator, the pilot on the ill-fated flight was yet to be trained on it.

A Washington Post report also found 2015 complaints in the US Federal Aviation Administration database from pilots who accused the airline of failing to update manuals and for instituting a “fear-based” management style.Ethiopian refuted both stories and even called on the Post to “remove the article, apologize and correct the facts.”When the Boeing 737 Max 8 was first introduced, Boeing and the FAA agreed pilots who had flown a related earlier 737 model didn’t need additional simulator training, nor training specifically about the automated system known as MCAS. Pilots qualified to fly the 737-800 only received training that amounted to “an iPad lesson for an hour.” Pilot unions have said that since the Lion Air crash, they have received formal instruction on the feature.Tewolde said in his statement their pilots “who fly the new model were trained on all appropriate simulators”—but still didn’t confirm whether the specific pilots on the doomed ET 302 trained on the simulator.Boeing currently continues to face the bulk of criticism especially after revelations that it charged extrawould add as standard feature following the crashes. And despite the expression of confidence, there seems to be a chance of fissure between Ethiopian and Boeing as investigations continue.In the aftermath of the Lion Air crash, “more should have been done from the Boeing side in terms of disclosure, in terms of coming up with strong procedures, stronger than what they gave us,” Tewolde told the Wall Street Journal today.

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Chinese vlogger Trevor James has fallen in love with Pakistani food

Trevor James is a Chinese video blogger who explores street food culture in different countries. After visiting Pakistan with his wife, he couldn’t stop posting about his love for the country.
“Pakistan is the land of hospitality!!! We’ve been here one week now and have fallen in love with the delicious food,” he wrote in a post.The couple’s first stop was at Monal restaurant in Islamabad which James described as “incredible.” They went to Waris Nihari in Lahore next. “Eating the BEST nihari I’ve ever tasted!!! The ultra rich beef stew at Waris nihari in the deep back lanes of Lahore is a life changing flavor you must try in your lifetimein heaven right now,” he posted on Food Ranger (their handle).

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Rapper Turned Commentator Tech 9 Dies, Leaves Entire Culture Mourning

Battle Rapper turned commentator and the culture’s version of Stephen A. Smith, Tech 9 transitioned over the weekend,With his catchphrase Microwave Stopper, no-holds-bar critique of battles and battlers, he was unmatched and beloved personality and influencer.
It does him no justice to limit his rising star to just this platform in Hip-Hop media, he could have honestly been as legendary as veteran cultural critics and music enthusiasts such as Harry Allen, Selwyn Hinds or Allen Black Cat Gordon. As a professional, he felt almost responsible for the content he reported on, maintaining an ability to challenge rappers from a space of familiarity and accountability.He also was very generous teaching others about this art form he so loved.He will be missed.
He leaves to mourn his immediate family and children, friends and an entire culture of fans who send their prayers and sympathies.Check out some of the most legendary moments of his career:While The Source would have wanted to produce a compilation of his most legendary moments, YouTube fans and content creator Damnimwild offers this in memorial.

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Who’s who of the largest fashion associations in the world?

Ralph Toledano, Gary F. Simmons, Andrea Illy, Guillaume de Seynes and Michael Ward are some of the names that are at the front line of the largest ,Simmons, Andrea Illy, Guillaume de Seynes and Michael Ward are some of the names that are at the front line of the largest associations in the fashion industry all over the world.
Now the list has just added a new name: Tom Ford, new president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). Ford takes over Diane von Fustenberg’s position, who left office after thirteen years as head of the organization.All countries that have a solid fashion industry have its own fashion association, which is responsible for the representation and defense of the sector, lobbying and organizing, in most cases, the fashion weeks of each country. The association structure of each market is, in turn, a reflection of the history and the current scenario of fashion in each country: from haute couture in France to retail in the United States.
Founded in 1962 by Eleanor Lambert, the CFDA was born with the aim of intensifying the impact of US fashion in the global economy. The association represents more than five hundred fashion brands of the North American country specialized in womenswear, menswear or accessories.

In addition to organizing its annual awards that recognize the talent in the sector, the CFDA is also owner of the Fashion Calendar and organizes the New York Men’s Fashion Week. Sydney Wragge, Norman Norell, Oscar de la Renta, Herbert Kaspwer, Mary McFadden, Perry Ellis, Carolyne Roehm, Stan Herman and Diane von Fustenberg, who just passed the baton to Tom Ford, are all the names that have gone through the presidency of CFDA since its inception.Tom Ford, current president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).The rest of the board of directors of the CFDA consists of Michael Kors, Marcus Wainwright (rag bone), Mimi So (responsible for the namesake brand) and Vera Wang.Among the members of the association committee are designers and entrepreneurs such as Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Ashley Olsen and Georgina Chapman.Another of the major fashion groups in the United States are the American ApparelFootwear Association (AAFA), which helps companies to navigate the complex regulatory environment and reduce costs, and the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA), which operates with the aim of removing the tariff and non-tariff barriers that prevent the fashion industry to freely trade and create employment.

Both have among their members companies such as VF, Under Armour, PVH, Levi Strauss or American Eagle.Besides, in the United States there are other large associations that gather retail companies and have a great amount of fashion groups.That is the case of the National Retail Federation (NRF) and the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA).Ralph Toledano, president of the Fdration de la Haute Couture et de la Mode.France has one of the earliest associations in the sector: the Fdration de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, created in 1973, but whose origins go back to the oldChambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture Parisienne, which was created in 1868.The organization currently includes three unions that manage the different areas of the sector: the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, the Chambre Syndicale de la Mode Masculine and the Chambre Syndicale du Prt–Porter des Couturiers et des Crateurs de Mode.

The organization, which has more than one hundred members, is in charge of fostering the creation and international development of its members.At the head of the federation is Ralph Toledano, a historical manager of the sector who, during his career, has led companies such as Chlo, Guy Laroche and Karl Lagerfeld, as well as the fashion division of Puig.Currently, he is chairman of the board of Victoria Beckham.The rest of the members of the board of the Fdration de la Haute Couture et de la Mode are other heavyweights of the fashion industry: Francesca Bellini, president and CEO of Yves Saint Laurent; Guillaume de Seynes, vice president of Herms; Bruno Pavlovshy, president of the Chanel fashion division; Sidney Toledano, president and CEO of LVMH Fashion Group and Pascal Morand, executive president of the organization.
Stephane Phair, president of the British Fashion Council.The United Kingdom also has an association dedicated to protecting the interests of fashion companies in the country, the British Fashion Council, which defines itself as an organization committed to developing excellence and growth in a sector that is a significant contributor to the British economy.The head of the British Fashion Council is Stephanie Phair, director of strategy at Farfetch, who replaced Natalie Massenet, founder of Net-a-Porter. Communications specialist Caroline Rush, designer Anya Hindmarch, journalist Dylan Jones and businessman David Pemsel are the other members of the management committee of the British institution.
In Italy, the association of the sector is Sistema Moda Italia, which is part of Confindustria.The organization is chaired by Mario Vago, co-owner of the eponymous company specialized in dying and spinning.The cluster was born in 2017 with the objective of boosting Italian fashion brands and bringing together all members of the textile, footwear, accessories, optics, leather, gold, furniture and decoration sectors to reinforce the signature made in Italy.Christiane Arp, president of the Fashion Council Germany.
In Germany, meanwhile, launched in 2015 the Fashion Council Germany, founded with the aim of fostering and establishing German fashion as a cultural and economic asset following the footsteps of similar organizations in the United Kingdom and France. Christiane Arp, editor-in-chief of Vogue Germany, chairs the organization.The guardians’ of luxuryHigh-end fashion, on the other hand, has its own associations, focused on the preservation of the interests of the luxury industry. The largest of these is the Colbert Committee, created in 1954 by Jean-Jacques Guerlain to group the cultural institutions and luxury brands in France.
The association has 81 members from sectors such as fashion, gastronomy or the decorative arts. At the head of the Colbert Committee is Guillaume de Seynes, vice president of Herms.
In Italy, its counterpart is the Altagamma foundation, launched in 1992 and which currently has more than 120 members. Its current president is Andrea Illy, of Illy Caff, and its honorary president is Leonardo Ferragamo.The luxury business also has its own association in the United Kingdom, Walpole, founded in 1992 and which has more than 210 British brands among its members. The association is chaired by Michael Ward, CEO of Harrods.Spain also has its own luxuryassociations, Crculo Fortuny, chaired by Carlos Falc. The association, which is part of the European group of luxury associations together with the previous three, has almost 40 members, of which 6 are fashion companies.

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Real Estate M&A in the USA

The Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980 (FIRPTA), can subject foreign owners of US real estate, or of shares in domestic US real …

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