Police reopen Cristiano Ronaldo rape case

first_imgJuventus forward Ronaldo, 33, has dismissed the claim, first reported in Germany’s Der Spiegel, as “fake news”.His representatives said he would take legal action against the magazine.Der Spiegel said Ms Mayorga, 34, filed a report with Las Vegas police shortly after the alleged incident.In 2010, she reportedly reached an out-of-court settlement with Ronaldo involving a Sh37mn (£288,000) payment for agreeing never to go public with the allegations.Her lawyers are now seeking to declare the non-disclosure agreement void.Las Vegas police confirmed they had investigated a complaint in June 2009, but added they had no suspect in the case.“At the time the report was taken, the victim did not provide detectives with the location of the incident or suspect description,” a statement said.“As of September 2018, the case has been reopened and our detectives are following up on information being provided,” it added.Ronaldo joined Italy’s Juventus from Real Madrid for Sh12.9bn £99.2m earlier this year.The Portuguese international is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.-By BBC Sport-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000“In 2010, she reportedly reached an out-of-court settlement with Ronaldo involving a Sh37mn (£288,000) payment for agreeing never to go public with the allegations.LONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 2 – Police in Las Vegas have reopened a sexual assault investigation from 2009 at the request of a woman who has alleged she was raped by Cristiano Ronaldo.Kathryn Mayorga says she was attacked by the Portuguese footballer in a hotel room in the US city that year.last_img read more

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Showcasing South Africa’s fantastical florals

first_img25 February 2015Ardmore Ceramic Art, a studio based at the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains in KwaZulu-Natal province, marks its 30th anniversary this year.Best known for its work in clay, Ardmore pieces can now be found in prestigious public and private collections around the world. The pieces are highly prized and have been given as state gifts to visiting leaders and luminaries, including Bill Clinton, Queen Elizabeth II and Empress Michiko of Japan.In 2011, Ardmore produced a limited number of the Qalakabusha (a word meaning “new beginnings”) sofa. A year later, the collective collaborated with Mavromac on a linen fabric range. The Qalakabusha – “new beginnings” – sofa, which marked Ardmore’s foray into fabric design. (Image: Ardmore Ceramics)At the Design Indaba, an annual conference and expo focused on design, Ardmore launched a range of homeware. Named “Halsted” after its founder, Fee Halsted, the range featured the art and writing of Wonderboy Nxumalo, one of Ardmore’s artists.This year, Catherine Berning, Halsted’s daughter, has designed the range which translates South Africa’s vibrant flora and fauna on to fabric, including tablecloths, mats, serviettes and runners.“We needed to bring back shape, colour, pattern and humour that add comfort and sunshine to the home,” says Berning.Many of the creatures are recognisable from the ceramics. The two Halsted ranges being launched at the Expo this year are “Royal Leopard” and “Fynbos Bird”.“In the ‘Royal Leopard’ range we have used the leopard, monkey, zebra and croc; and in the ‘Fynbos Bird’ collection, I have married elements of ‘Protea Field’ fabric design with bird drawings.” Fee Halstead’s collaboration with Bonnie Ntshalintshali was the spark that lit the fire of Ardmore Ceramics. (Image: Ardmore Ceramics)Ardmore began in 1985 when Halsted went into an artistic partnership with Bonnie Ntshalintshali, her housekeeper’s daughter, whose polio had kept her from working in the fields. “I had no idea that it would be the most adventurous and exciting organic experience,” Halsted says of their artistic union.The signature three-dimensional style of the Ardmore ceramics, where creatures and flowers often burst forth, came out of an attempt to cover up imperfections. A bird would sit on top of a crack in the clay, or a leaf hid a chink. Now it is this energetic movement, the intricate details and vibrant colours that define the Ardmore aesthetic.The studio houses around 60 Zulu and Zimbabwean artists – some now span two generations of the same family. Each piece is handmade, individually painted and unique.Jonathan Berning, Halsted’s son, took over the management of the Ardmore business in 2011. The Halsted range has been produced in collaboration with Fleur Heyns, an entrepreneur from London.Heyns bought her first piece of Ardmore ceramics in 1999, and met Halsted in 2010. Heyns originally came on board to advise Jonathan on the business side of things and the two of them came up with the separate entity that is now Halsted.“Every year brings new opportunities and exciting projects lie ahead for us,’ says Catherine. “I feel honoured to be the next generation working alongside 70 super-talented Kwa-Zulu Natal South African artists with a brand that is recognised worldwide.”This piece pays tribute to Ardmore’s first artist Bonnie Ntshalintshali. Here she is depicted as a Zulu maiden riding a black rhino. (Image: Ardmore Ceramics)As part of its 30-year celebrations, Ardmore has chosen its best painters and sculptors to collaborate in the creation of 30 pieces that document Ntshalintshali’s journey as an artist. Ntshalintshali started by creating totems of animals stacked on top of one other, and jointly won the Standard Bank Young Artist Award with Halsted in 1990.Ntshalintshali is depicted as a Zulu maiden, sitting in a protea-painted saddlecloth, riding a black rhino. The vulnerable animals, some of which are almost extinct, is metaphorically linked to the tragic loss of Ntshalintshali to AIDS in 1999.Over the years, Ardmore’s artists have won numerous awards and exhibited widely in South Africa and around the world. Ardmore artworks feature in leading galleries and collections, including the Museum of Art & Design in New York, the Museum of Cultures in Basel, Switzerland, and the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.The Design Indaba festival, which encompasses a conference, expo, film festival and other events, runs in Cape Town from 20 February to 1 March. Visit Design Indaba website for more information.Source: Design Indaba and Ardmore Ceramicslast_img read more

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The Timing of the One Purple Tweet

first_imgThis is the story of one Tweet’s journey.  Friday, April 13th, 2012, was a day people were encouraged to wear purple in support of Military Kids.  Across the nation, communication services in the Cooperative Extension system went to work promoting the event.  News releases were published and a social media effort was pushed out encouraging everyone to wear purple.  We often ask ourselves what is the payback or “reach” of off these new outreach methods.  This is where the story of one Purple Tweet started.On April 5th, one person saw a Tweet about “Purple Up” day from the Military Families Learning Network Twitter channel.  This one person sent one email to the superintendent of one school district in Texas.  The superintendent of Gatesville Independent School District sent one email to each one of his campus’ administrators sharing the hope that staff and students would wear purple on Friday the 13th to support military kids on their campus’.  This may have been the end of this one Tweets adventure, but it wasn’t.On Friday, April 13th, in what was a separate journey, one soldier was finally returning home to his family after finishing his deployment.   Unbeknownst to his children, he was headed home to Gatesville to surprise them.  At 11:30 a.m. he walked into the building and the classroom of one of his children.  He was happily reunited with his child and opened his eyes to find one classroom full of purple on this one special day.  The local newspaper was there to capture the moment.  A few hours later, after everyone had laughed – and cried a little – the superintendent of the one small town, of the one school building, of the one purple classroom, of the one happy family, sent one email back to the person who sent him to message about the Tweet,  “timing is everything!”  Sometimes, all it takes is one!last_img read more

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Pumaren’s double duty for Adamson, GlobalPort up for discussion by PBA Board

first_imgLATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters But the PBA Board of Governors is apparently leaning toward allowing coaches to hold concurrent head coaching positions in the pro and varsity level, though it has not been made official.“It has been previously tackled by the Board before the season started, but they have yet to discuss it again,” said PBA media bureau chief Willie MarcialFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingFor UAAP’s part, it doesn’t have a rule prohibiting Pumaren from splitting time between the two teams, according to UAAP executive director Rebo Saguisag.“It depends on the school. If they’re willing to let the coach divide his time equally, it’s an internal issue. We’re not here to second guess the wisdom of the administration on who they want as the coach,” said Saguisag. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pumaren opened his second season at the helm for Adamson on Saturday, where the Soaring Falcons fell to Ateneo, 85-65 in the opening day of the UAAP Season 80.He is still manning the sidelines for GlobalPort, which sits idle with a 3-5 slate in the ongoing 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.Marcial said the PBA Board will meet again for a final decision on the Pumaren’s case. Until then, there seems to be no immediate problem with Pumaren wearing two hats.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFranz Pumaren’s role as concurrent head coach for Globalport and Adamson has been a source of confusion for some discerning fans.In the past, a head coach in the PBA is not allowed to hold the same post in the collegiate level at the same time.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side TNT KaTropa turn emotional as ‘brother’ Ranidel moves on after 9 years Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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APTN National Aboriginal Leaders Forum on election issues

first_imgAPTN National NewsTonight on APTN National News, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegard, Metis National Council President Clem Chartier, Native Women’s Association of Canada President Dawn Lavell-Harvard, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami President Natan Obed and Congress off Aboriginal Peoples National Chief Dwight Dorey talk about the federal election tonight.Tune in tonight for a one hour special Decision 2015.6 pm eastern and mountain.6 pm cst in the NorthRepeating on Sundaylast_img

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Inquiry fires 3 people in wake of Edmonton complaints

first_imgAPTN NewsThree people have been fired after families complained of mistreatment by the MMIWG Inquiry, APTN News has learned.Two front-line staffers for the Yukon and one in Winnipeg were dumped, multiple sources confirmed Tuesday night.“They are scapegoats,” a source not authorized to comment said. “It’s a knee-jerk reaction.”It’s also a return to the drama that plagued the inquiry over the past year after a reprieve of a few calm weeks. The women fired were Melissa Carlick, Jodie Millward, and Morene Gabriel. Two other staffers resigned in protest, sources said. APTN News originally reported that Carlick had resigned.Carlick could not be reached for comment. The women worked with families and survivors on after-care plans – a delicate job requiring hours on the phone with vulnerable people. But they had to go, sources said after members of the National Family Advisory Circle complained in a conference call and letters to commissioners and senior staff as APTN reported last week. The inquiry had been picking up steam after a successful release of its interim report in Ottawa Nov. 1. It completed hearings in Edmonton last week and is preparing for Saskatoon next week. But sources said Edmonton was shaky and Carlick was let go there. Karen Snowshoe, her Yukon co-worker told APTN News earlier on Tuesday that she resigned. Gabriel said she plans to hold a news conference this week. She declined to be interviewed but told APTN that “I worked honourably.”last_img read more

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