Man killed on New Year’s Eve chasing thieves who stole laptop in Northern California coffee shop

first_imgiStock(OAKLAND, Calif.) — An intense manhunt was underway on Wednesday in Northern California after a victim was killed on New Year’s Eve when he attempted to chase down the getaway car of the brazen thieves who swiped his laptop computer from a coffee shop in broad daylight, police said.The death marked the 75th homicide in Oakland, California, in 2019, up from a 19-year low of 62 homicides reported in the Bay Area city of 425,195 people in 2018, according to officials.Investigators are combing over security video and interviewing witnesses in an attempt to identify the suspects, who could face murder charges when they are captured, police told ABC News on Wednesday.The New Year’s Eve slaying unfolded about 11:37 a.m. when at least one thief approached the victim who was sitting at a table at a Starbucks in the Montclair neighborhood of Oakland and stole his laptop, police said.Witnesses told ABC station KGO-TV in San Francisco that the victim, whose name has yet to be released, was working on his laptop near a window when the thieves snatched the computer.“When the suspect approached and took the laptop the victim chased the suspects right around the corner,” said Officer Johnna Watson, spokeswoman for the Oakland Police Department.The victim, witnesses said, caught up to the getaway car and may have grabbed onto the door handle in an effort to get his laptop back. As the vehicle accelerated away, the victim apparently lost his grip and was flung head-first into a parked car, witnesses said.Oakland firefighters who were nearby and witnessed part of the startling crime in the upscale business district rendered medical attention to the victim, who later died at a local hospital, police said.“He was bleeding only from the head. His face was purple and blue,” Maria Chan, owner of a florist shop in the area, told KGO-TV of seeing the victim lying in the street.The fatal incident was reminiscent of an August 2017 homicide that occurred in Oakland, in which a local musician, Dave Deporis, chased after thieves who stole his laptop from a coffee shop and was dragged about 200 yards before he fell under the wheels of the getaway car. The 40-year-old Deporis was killed in Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood, about 4 miles from where Tuesday’s deadly confrontation occurred.At the time, friends of Deporis told reporters he may have chased after the thieves because he had his music, including an unfinished new album, on his laptop. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Hello Kitty, hello profits

first_imgIt was a tiny plastic coin purse that launched an empire. Four decades ago, a Japanese dry goods company began putting colorful decorations on its humdrum products in an effort to appeal to preteen girls. That company, Sanrio, experimented with several images to see what best grabbed young consumers — a flower, a strawberry — but it was a stylized white kitten with a red bow and no mouth that hit pay dirt.Kitty White, better known to generations of her fans around the world as Hello Kitty, is a global marketing phenomenon that generates a reported $5 billion a year and is among the most recognized corporate logos in the world. The ubiquitous Sanrio mascot, designed to convey a message of happiness and friendship, turns 40 Nov. 1.“The question that everyone asks is: ‘Why is she so popular?’” said Christine Yano, the Edwin O. Reischauer Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies at Harvard and a professor of anthropology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, who has studied Hello Kitty for the past 16 years. “I think it starts with a very clever, aesthetically pleasing design, which a lot can be read into.”The character’s elegant and essentially unchanging appearance over the years, taking on only slight variations to reflect changing fashions, is a deliberate corporate strategy that adds to Kitty’s universal appeal. “This notion of always being the same but always being different allows her, in my mind, to travel not only across oceans, but within somewhere like the United States to different populations,” said Yano.Next Tuesday, Yano will discuss her 2013 book, “Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek Across the Pacific,” with Susan Pharr, the Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics and director of the Weatherhead Center For International Affairs Program on U.S.-Japan Relations. The talk is co-sponsored by the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies.Yano recently curated “Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty,” an exhibit on the pop icon’s history that opened earlier this month at the Japanese American Natural Museum in Los Angeles. While promoting the show last August, Yano started a brief Internet sensation when she told a Los Angeles Times reporter that, to Sanrio, Hello Kitty is not a cat but rather “a girl or friend.”This week, Yano will be a featured panelist at “Kitty Con,” the first convention dedicated to all things Hello Kitty, a sold-out event organized by Sanrio to commemorate the 40th anniversary at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Los Angeles.Yano became immersed in the curious world of Hello Kitty super-fandom in 1998 while teaching a course on Japanese pop culture at the University of Hawaii that briefly referenced the character. After learning of its popularity among the anthropology department’s middle-aged, Japanese, female staffers, and its elaborately crafted backstory, Yano said she had an epiphany of sorts.“What I found was the richness of the narrative was pretty incredible,” she said. “But the other wow moment for me as an anthropologist” was the combination of Sanrio’s unusually “rich, fictive world” with the “very human element of the fandom. I thought, now that’s something worth studying.”She has since interviewed Sanrio employees and executives, as well as hundreds of fans, to better understand Hello Kitty’s popularity. “What I found for a lot of the fans was they like this particular cute because it comes with a kind of quirkiness. It’s the cute that can become cool.”Yano places Hello Kitty in the continuum of kawaii, or Japanese cute culture, that grew out of the rise of girls as a powerful consumer and cultural force in Japan in the 1970s and ’80s, one that later spawned a distinctive street culture. The aesthetic embraced cuteness and spunkiness, but played with notions of female sweetness or demureness, often in an ironic or subversive manner — although at times not ironically.“There’s a Japanese concept of play, asobi, which I think is important for us to keep in mind. There’s a willingness to play with image, to throw things together in what might even be considered almost a postmodern aesthetic,” said Yano.Not everyone thinks Hello Kitty is so likable or benign. Some critics despise the shameless commercial ubiquity of the image, while a common Western and Japanese feminist critique centers on the character’s female identity and her absent mouth as an implicit statement of submissiveness, not a chameleon-like blank slate.“That’s one of the first things that a lot of the critics will say, and logically so, if the idea of having a mouth means having a voice, [which] means having agency. In the West, we put those equivalences together, so having no mouth means having no agency,” said Yano. “It’s interesting to me how you will have the fans and the critics looking at the same thing, but just coming down on different sides of the fence.”Unlike the familiar criticisms of sexually or violently themed toys like Barbie or BB guns, “Cute stuff kind of goes under the radar of the normal Western critique,” said Yano. “I think that was part of my impulse in looking at Hello Kitty. I thought cute was in some ways under-theorized, under-researched, and maybe — even from a critical stance in terms of children and what might or might not be appropriate — really forgotten.”last_img read more

5 Tips for Planning Your Next Vacation with Geocaching

first_imgShare with your Friends:More Geocachers love showing off their locations—that’s why geocaching is one of the best ways to discover new places. The next time you’re on a trip, try using one of these 5 tips to explore a destination through geocaching:– GeoTours – These are groups of geocaches that are curated by local organizations and Geocaching HQ. They’ll guide you through some of the best local spots, teach you about the area’s history and—of course—increase your find count! (Pro tip: With some GeoTours, you can even earn free prizes!)– Pocket Queries – Headed somewhere that doesn’t have cell signal? Geocaching Premium members can create downloadable lists of geocaches for offline use.– Multi-Caches – These multi-stage geocaches are often perfect methods for getting a short tour of a city.– Sort by Favorite Points — Geocaching Premium members can find the best geocaches in an area by using the new search and sort tools. Just search for geocaches in an area, then click on the “Favorites” column.– Meet the locals – Who better to show you local flavor than the geocachers who live there? Creating or attending an event in your destination is a perfect way to meet local geocachers. Use the geocache search to find events in your vacation destination.What are your favorite tips for geocaching while on vacation? Leave us a comment below!(Hier kannst Du den Artikel auf Deutsch lesen) SharePrint Related5 tips for planning your next vacation with geocachingJuly 31, 2017In “GeoTours”Five tips for planning your next vacation with geocachingSeptember 24, 2019In “Learn”GeoTours Deliver More Fun With FavoritesJune 29, 2015In “GeoTours”center_img Go Geocaching Around the Worldlast_img read more

Meet the Presenter: Chef Leah Sarris, RD, LDN

first_imgChef Leah Sarris, RD, LDNMeet our Presenter, Chef Leah Sarris, RD, LDN, Director of Operations/Executive Chef Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine, Tulane University.  Learn more about this pioneering program by registering for the free webinar “Culinary Medicine:  Where Health Meets Food”.  Dietitians earn 1.0 CPEU.  RSVP at this link: Sarris is a chef and dietitian that has worked in diverse areas of food service and related industries including restaurants, academia, research & development, foodservice consulting, far ming and community outreach. As the Director of Operations and Executive Chef for the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine, she has developed and implemented the United States’ premier interdisciplinary program between culinary arts, science, nutrition and medicine, based out of New Orleans. She teaches professionals in the healthcare and foodservice sectors, as well as the community at large, how to cook food that is affordable, beautiful, healthful, easy to prepare and most of all, delicious. This program is the first of its kind and has been licensed by over 20% of the medical schools in the nation. Leah’s passion lies in teaching everyone how to make delicious food that just happens to be good for them, arming people with the knowledge and the skills to bring that vision into their kitchens.last_img read more

IIJW 2014: Bollywood divas sparkle in jewels

first_imgDay 1 of the India International Jewellery Week in Mumbai started on a high note on Monday with Bollywood beauties sashaying down the ramp in glitter and gold.In its fifth edition this year, the four-day event from July 14-17, organised by the Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), is a major destination for buyers and designers alike as the latest in traditional and modern wear with diamonds, gold, silver and precious stones are presented for the upcoming bridal and festive season.Dia Mirza, Kalki Koechlin, Sunny Leone and Lisa Ray walked the ramp.Gorgeous actresses added extra glitz to the show. Former Miss India Neha Dhupia cut a graceful figure as the ‘royal bride’ – with heavy polki and ruby earrings, necklace and maang teeka – for Geetanjali Jewels, while actress Chitrangada Singh looked traditional yet sexy in a red lehenga choli combination, accentuated by a kamarband with latkans, heavy diamond necklace and a nath. Her voluminous open hair, kohled eyes and confidence on the ramp gave the collection an electric makeover.Dia Mirza, whose wedding with fiance Sahil Sangha has been confirmed for October, looked stately and elegant in a beautiful orange lehenga sari as she walked the ramp for jewellery designer Shobhana. With her hair in a vintage updo with soft ringlets, the diva was seen in chunky jewellery set in diamonds, gold, pearls, emeralds and rubies.After traditional bridal looks, modern brides got their share of trinkets to feast on as well. Big Boss 7 winner Gauhar Khan walked for IIGJ Mumbai in a strapless, white pleated maxi gown with a diamond-studded crown, bracelet, rings and a statement necklace with big emeralds to do the talking. Likewise, the ladies in red – Dev D actress Kalki Koechlin and model/activist Lisa Ray – kept it simple in ruby hued dresses and jewellery for Jewels by Preeti and Farah Khan Ali, respectively.advertisementZayed with sister Suzanne Khan.Last but not least, Baby Doll Sunny Leone took to the ramp as showstopper for Apala by Sumit in a black one-shoulder dress and strong and tribal-like ornaments in gold and silver. With three layers of studded chains draping her hair, the Jism 2 actress sported an armour-like necklace, armlet, cuff and solid anklets with aplomb.Shantanu and Nikhil break the stereotype with new bridal wearThe grandeur of sartorial pleasures has begun in the Capital with the Fall 2014 haute couture collection presented by designer duo Shantanu and Nikhil in collaboration with Johnnie Walker Black Label at JW Marriott, New Delhi, on Monday.The collection was true to the designers’ aesthetic of fluid drapes, lace applique work and layered frills that enhanced the fitted gowns in a way that they accentuated the body curves. Adding fresh perspective this time around to their bridal wear, the duo made use of unconventional colours – such as grey, black, blue and beige – handcrafted accessories and varying layers of fabric. There were also a variety of options for cocktail wear. Titled ‘Rani Sultanat’, the mood of the collection reflected a palace in Istanbul during the Art Deco Revolution of 1930’s.The exotic ensembles included white flowey anarkali dresses, lehengas with floral lace and sari gowns, while men strutted down in smart velvet achkans with subtle embroidery and sharara pants. Accessories such as handcrafted cuffs and head crowns with feathers, chains and an adjustable bone structure, royal looking brooches and embellished formal loafers added extra punch to the show.Speaking to MAIL TODAY, designer Nikhil Mehra shared, “Couture for us is about refinement. It’s in the details of the craft that makes every ensemble a special creation.” Designer Shantanu Mehra added, “Many brides want a complete look from us for their wedding. As a result, the inclusion of accessories and elaborate head gear has been a natural progression in our design expression. These garments are not for the big day alone, but can be incorporated into a woman’s wardrobe afterwards as well.”last_img read more

Indian hockey eves to train in Shillaroo ahead of HWL semis

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 1 (PTI) The Indian eves will assemble at the SAI centre in Shillaroo for a 24-day camp starting June 1 to kick start its preparations for the Womens Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Finals to be held in Johannesburg next month. The camp will feature all 33 core probables which includes fresh faces selected based on their performance at the recently-concluded Hockey India seventh Senior Women National Hockey Championship. Hockey Madhya Pradeshs Swati will be the third goalkeeper in the camp besides regulars Savita and Rajani Etimarpu, while Navdeep Kaur, Hlunte Lalhlunmawii of Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy, Ritu of Hockey Haryana and Jyoti Dahiya of Association of Indian Universities will join defenders Deep Grace Ekka, P Sushila Chanu, Sunita Lakra, Gurjit Kaur, Rashmita Minz and Nikki Pradhan. Karishma Yadav of Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy, Nilanjali Rai of Hockey Madhya Pradesh, K Ngaihpari of Hockey Mizoram and Neha of Railway Sports Promotion Board will be the new inclusions among the existing midfielders. India is grouped in Pool B along with USA, South Africa, Chile and Argentina in the Hockey World League Semi-Final to be held from July 8 to 23. Pool A features England, Germany, Japan, Poland and Ireland. “The idea of having the National Camp in Shillaroo was to get used to playing in a high altitude environment. Johannesburg will be at 1750 meters and Shillaroo is at 2500 meters so hosting our camp in Shillaroo will help us prepare better,” said womens team chief coach Sjoerd Marijne. “For now we train with a core group of 33 women and the 18 member team will be selected after the selection trials.” The Indian womens team started the new Olympic season on a high note with a series of wins starting with the Asian Champions Trophy last year. They also beat Belarus 5-0 in a series earlier this year and won the World League Round 2 in Canada. However, the Indian girls also suffered a morale- shattering 0-5 defeat against New Zealand who are ranked fifth in the world. “Learning from the mistakes we made in New Zealand, we will need to work on handling higher speed, be stronger in our man-to-man marking and we also need to improve on ball possession,” Marijne said. “Though we lost matches in New Zealand, it gives us confidence for the way we played some of the matches. New Zealand is one of the best teams in the world at the moment and we needed this match experience to see what level we need to be at in order to win matches against higher-ranked teams,” he added. In Shillaroo, the team will be focusing on improving their defence structure, speed and fitness. “Besides, the emphasis will be on converting penalty corners, working on different goal scoring variations and also practice shoot outs,” the coach said. Core Group: Goal keepers:Savita, Rajani Etimarpu and Swati. Defenders:Deep Grace Ekka, P Sushila Chanu, Sunita Lakra, Gurjit Kaur, Rashmita Minz, Navdeep Kaur, Hlunte Lalhlunmawii, Ritu, Nikki Pradhan and Jyoti Dahiya. Midfielders: Monika, Namita Toppo, Karishma Yadav, Udita, Nilanjali Rai, K Ngaihpari,Neha, Ritu Rani, Lilima Minz and Renuka Yadav. Forwards: Rani, Navjot Kaur, Sonika, Preeti Dubey, Poonam Rani, Vandana Katariya, Anupa Barla, Reena Khokhar, Jyoti Guptaand Navneet Kaur. PTI SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ top list of best performing smartphones: Consumer Reports

first_imgSamsung once again takes the top two spots in Consumer Report’s list of best performing smartphones with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ taking the top two spots. The ranking sees Apple’s latest iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus taking the fourth and fifth place.Interestingly, Samsung’s Galaxy S7, which was launched in 2016, managed to beat the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus as well, claiming the third spot. Meanwhile, the recently launched Galaxy Note 8 phablet managed to claim the sixth spot. Consumer Reports cited weak durability and heavy weight as some of the problem points that places the phablet at number six.The report leaves out the LG V30 smartphone as it was released in the US market this month. Despite the fact that Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus failed to take the top two spots, Consumer Reports has positively reviewed both the models, lauding the cameras and battery life for both.It will be interesting to see where the iPhone X stands once the phone launches in November. The iPhone X features a brand new design language for the Cupertino giant as it sports an edge-to-edge display and packs a faster processor, improved cameras, and a larger battery life.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy A5 (2018), Galaxy A7 (2018) appear in leaked rendersSeperately, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ could get a Portrait Mode similar to the Pixel 2, based on the company’s reply to a customer query. While not stating it explicitly, Samsung’s response in a customer support page provides some hint that it could launch a Portrait Mode for the smartphones, both of which feature single rear cameras. The Portrait Mode enables one to capture bokeh shots. Samsung has already introduced a version of its Portrait Mode, called Live Focus with the Galaxy Note 8.advertisementlast_img read more