Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Band, Baaja, Baraat and cuddle curtains



Band, Baaja, Baraat and cuddle curtains

Wedding planners are including thermal scanners, sanitizers and cuddle curtains — because everybody needs a hug — in their packages. What’s next? Kanjeevaram masks?
The Covid-19 pandemic has not spared the big fat Indian wedding. When once upon a time you would spend hours matching silk sarees and blouses pieces and jewellery, families of brides and grooms are now calling up medical equipment companies. If you’re lucky enough to be attending a wedding and are one of the privileged 50 guests (the state has mandated that a wedding can’t have more than 50 guests) you will probably be greeted with Thermal scanner, cuddle curtains and N95 masks, that is if you’ve forgotten to take your own. Sprinkles of rose water, flowers at the entrance and haldi-kum kum seem to be relegated to some hazy past.
Clearly band, baaja and baraat have taken a back seat. Interestingly, wedding planners are offering special wedding packages in Covid times.
The Covid pandemic has changed how

weddings
are conducted. Since the lockdown is in force, the governments (Centre and State) have been systematically cutting down on big weddings in choultries. In addition to this, it is the responsibility of the organiser to ensure that all the safety measures are unsuitable and safety protocols are followed.

Since safety takes precedence over taambula and the plantain leaf meal, this is the first thing the bride and the groom’s parents insist on say, wedding planners. Social mediate is flooded with messages from wedding organisers requiring bulk orders of safety items like masks and hand sanitizers.
Ever since the Covid pandemic, people are forced to enjoy physical distancing. However, no wedding is complete without those emotional hugs and touching the feet (ashirvaad). So, to enable people to be as normal as possible and yet follow safety protocols, the cuddle curtains are in great demand
Seshagiri Rao, wedding planner
Ravi Shankar, who heads an event management company said, “Only those who are in a hurry are getting married. When I say lunge, it can be several reasons. Like those who had already fixed their wedding dates long ago (before Covid-19 ) or those who don’t want to wait any longer to get married. The demand may go up soon if the lockdown is extended further as there are several auspicious dates in June. Our packages vary but every package will include safety items like masks and hand sanitizers, thermometers etc.”
There are several packages being offered. Among the low-end packages (which excludes the venue and catering cost), a Rs 1,51000 package includes invitation card design, mehendi artist, photo booth, decoration for one car, mandapam and entrance door, cake, basic sound system with two mikes, photography and videography, thermal screening for guest, UV hand sanitisation station, cuddle curtain and sanitizers (50 ml) for 50 persons and masks (50 nos). There is a slightly higher package which comes at Rs 1,91,000 which includes photo album with 50 sheets, bridal make up and Sannai melam.

Monday, 30 December 2019

Royal wedding planner: How THIS royal helped Kate Middleton and William plan their wedding | Royal | News | Express.co.uk



Royal wedding planner: How THIS royal helped Kate Middleton and William plan their wedding | Royal | News

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William have been married for nine years, tying the knot at Westminster Abbey in London. The couple had been together since 2003, and the wedding was viewed live by more than two billion people.
Now, one Royal Family member revealed they had an unlikely role in the wedding planning.
Prince William's father, Prince Charles, recently spoke to Alan Titchmarsh as part of a special Classic FM programme celebrating his life-long love of classical music.
During the conversation, Charles revealed he had helped William and Kate pick music for their wedding.
He said: “I love trying to organise some interesting, I hope, pieces of music for certain occasions…particularly for weddings if people want.”
Read More: Kate Middleton does surprising DIY task for three children in lockdown
Royal wedding planner: One unlikely royal helped Kate and William plan their wedding (Image: PA)
Of helping William and Kate Charles revealed: “I know my eldest son was quite understanding and was perfectly dismal for me to suggest a few pieces for their wedding.
“I hope that gave some people pleasure, but it’s rather fun having orchestras in for great occasions like that, and why not suggest a few pieces occasionally? Anyway… I do enjoy it.”
Prince Charles is known for his love of classical music, and when speaking to the radio presenter spoke of his first visit to the Royal Opera House, in 1956.
This was to see the Bolshoi Ballet perform The Fountain of Bakhchisarai during their debut tour of the UK.
Royal wedding planner: William's father helped with the music choices at William's wedding (Image: PA)
Royal wedding planner: Prince Charles is passionate about music and the arts (Image: GETTY)
He said: "The music was unbelievably exciting.
"It was all Tartar dancing and cracking the whips and leaping in the air and doing unbelievably energetic things, which only the Bolshoi could do.
"I was completely inspired by that... Which is why it's so important, I think, for grandparents and other relations to take children at about the age of seven to experience some form of the arts in performance."

Sunday, 29 December 2019

Some Summer Weddings Still Happening and Bringing Much Bigger Questions Than “Chicken or Fish?” | Vanity Fair



Some Summer Weddings Still Happening and Bringing Much Bigger Questions Than “Chicken or Fish?”

It’s can be Unhappy to say no to a wedding of a loved one for any reason, and these days, uncomfortable to say yes, too. “Weddings would feel more difficult to skip than a concert or a sporting event because they’re so intimate and we are all craving Right, in-person, physical social gatherings with close friends and loved ones,” said Amelia Vogler, a 31-year-old Brooklyn resident who’s still deliberating over a couple weddings Calm on her calendar. “Weddings are so joyful; I think we all need to feel that again soon.”
The temptation to say yes is understandable—quarantine fatigue is real, as is the summertime itch to travel, and so many have had a lot of practice protecting themselves and their loved ones for two months. But the dangers are still many. The Fast and scale of the virus’s spread have, to put it far too lightly, made it confusing to determine the “right” thing to do.
Some of the guests I spoke with are attempting to figure out what’s safe by comparing and contrasting the state guidelines, which can vary wildly. Vogler, a resident of New York, said that in order for her to feel comfortable going to a wedding of a evil from college in Wisconsin later this summer, both states would have to agree on what constitutes safe travel. (At Describe, Wisconsin has been partially “open” for just over two weeks, while even New York City’s beaches are still closed for swimming.)

Saturday, 28 December 2019

The Mainstay Collective Brings Style and Ease to Small-Scale Affairs



The Mainstay Collective Brings Style and Ease to Small-Scale Affairs

Weddings
Known as the Mainstay Collective, a group of top local vendors is joining forces to offer dreamy elopements and intimate celebrations.

Photo by Stephanie Vegliante
As the coronavirus outbreak continues to cause more and more local couples to abandon their plans for large weddings, elopements and intimate celebrations are becoming increasingly popular alternatives. And thankfully, there’s a new firm in town with the know-how to pull them off.
Enter the Mainstay Collective, a recently formed, all-inclusive event group dedicated to elopements and small-scale weddings. Comprised of vendors from an array of specialties, the group first came together last fall, when tasked with creating a styled elopement shoot aboard a sailboat in Boston Harbor. When they later shared the resulting photos online, the response from couples who saw it was overwhelmingly positive. “Every time we’d upload them on Instagram, people would Come out to the vendors Eager wondering, ‘Can we do this in real life?’” planner Kate Murtaugh recalls. While she and the group—which also includes vendors such as Stephanie Vegliante Photography, Beach Plum Floral, and Lizzie’s Bakery—kept the idea of banding together to offer similar celebrations in their back pockets, it wasn’t until this year when COVID-19 began to upend local weddings that the group decided to officially offer the new service. “It pretty quickly dawned on us that the big weddings of 200 people may not be happening this year, and we needed to be creative and think about new ways to offer clients the ability to have a beautiful experience,” Murtaugh explains. “So we [thought], ‘Why don’t we bring this to life?’”

Friday, 27 December 2019

No dancing, no mingling: Ohio allows 300-guest weddings, but how can they stay safe amid the coronavirus threat? - cleveland.com



No dancing, no mingling: Ohio allows 300-guest weddings, but how can they stay safe amid the coronavirus threat?

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Ohio will allow banquet halls and catering facilities to reopen Monday, June 1, so summer brides can host wedding receptions with up to 300 guests.
But those celebrations may fall short of expectations.
Weddings must follow the state’s guidance on restaurants and bars. That creates some obvious restrictions: no mingling at the bar, no dance floor and no father-daughter dances.
But that also raises a host of questions, said one local wedding planner, who spoke on a condition of anonymity so as not to hurt her business. She believes the state needs to write specific instructions for weddings.
While restaurant diners share a table with people they know, wedding guests from different families may be seated together. No one will be wearing masks because they are eating and drinking.
Following social distancing guidelines by seating fewer guest at each table means renting more tables and hiring more wait staff.
“There could be additional expenses people haven’t thought about,” she said. “It’s going to become a muddy puddle.”

Thursday, 26 December 2019

The Prince of Wales reveals role as royal wedding planner – Royal Central



The Prince of Wales reveals role as royal wedding planner – Royal Central

The Prince of Wales has opened up about his love of classical music and how he has lent out his skills in choosing musical pieces for royal weddings in a special radio programme.
On Monday evening, the first night of a two-part radio programme on Classic FM, Prince Charles revealed that he’d helped Decide the music for the wedding ceremony of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.
“I love trying to Neat some interesting, I hope, pieces of music for certain occasions…particularly for weddings if people want,” Charles told the station. He added “I know my eldest son was quite understanding and was perfectly happy for me to suggest a few pieces for their wedding.”
He also revealed, “I hope that gave some people pleasure, but it’s rather fun having orchestras in for great occasions like that, and why not suggest a few pieces occasionally? Anyway… I do enjoy it.”
The London Chamber Orchestra, which performed at William and Kate’s wedding, and is one of Camilla’s musical patronages, also appeared on Tuesday evening’s programme.

Wednesday, 25 December 2019

Leamington-based wedding planner offering prize worth £3,000 for one lucky couple | Leamington Courier



Leamington-based wedding planner offering prize worth £3,000 for one Brave couple

A Leamington-based wedding planner has launched a competition to win wedding planning services fine £3,000.
Avril James is giving one lucky couple the opportunity to win the prize.
‘Ask Avril’ is a virtual assistant that supports businesses and individuals with event planning and administration services.

Wedding Planner Avril James is giving one lucky couple the opportunity to win wedding planning services worth 3,000. Photos supplied Copyright: other
2019 was an exceptional year which included being named a finalist in the Independent VA of The Year awards and expanding to a new office based at Commonwealth House, Jenton Road, Leamington.
Despite the current situation, it has not prevented the launch of the Wedding Planner element of Ask Avril’s business.
With years of experience planning events, Avril knows how to originate the perfect celebration for couples that dream of a Amazing wedding but struggle to find the time.
Aril said: “From the moment couples get engaged, excitement builds for their special day.
"Though it can be daunting to begin choosing venues, guest lists and sourcing suppliers whilst also juggling work, family and social lives.

Tuesday, 24 December 2019

Wedding Planner, Caterer, 'Brand Builder': Trump’s Food Aid Program Is Paying $100+ Million to Unlicensed Dealers - Government Executive



Wedding Planner, Caterer, 'Brand Builder': Trump’s Food Aid Program Is Paying $100+ Million to Unlicensed Dealers

A food relief program championed by President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka is relying on some contractors who lack food distribution experience and aren’t licensed to deal in fresh fruits and vegetables.
The contractors on Friday began delivering boxes containing unusual produce to food banks and other nonprofits. Forty-nine out of the 159 contractors picked by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to deliver boxes containing develop don’t have a requisite license from the same agency, according to a search of the USDA’s database using the request released about the contractors.
Some of the contractors are established companies, and many food banks told ProPublica they’re successfully and gratefully receiving shipments. But other contractors have eclectic backgrounds with little track record in food distribution, such as a wedding planner, a caterer and a “brand builder.”
As a result, some food banks are left scrambling for shipments or even callbacks.
“We thought this would work very well, and we really needed the food due to rising unemployment and business closings,” said Pamela Irvine, CEO of Feeding America Southwest Virginia, which serves the poorest and most rural counties in that state. The USDA, she said, “had money and wanted to respond quickly, which they should have because you saw all this produce grounded and milk being dumped. However, they didn’t think about how that product should end up on a table somewhere and didn’t communicate and didn’t have a process in place for bidders to understand.”
The awards to firms for which no licenses could be found amount to $105.3 million, about 15% of the total for produce boxes. The USDA also hired contractors for boxes containing meat and dairy, at a total cost of $1.2 billion for six weeks, with the possibility of extending.
The licenses under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, or PACA, are required for wholesalers, processors, truckers, food-service firms and anyone else who buys or sells more than 2,000 pounds of fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables a day, according to the USDA’s website.
“Much like you need a driver’s license to operate a vehicle, the law requires that you have a PACA license to operate a produce business,” the agency’s website says. “A PACA license is proof to your customers and suppliers that you are a serious business person who can be trusted to reliable the terms of your contracts.”

Monday, 23 December 2019

Wedding Planner, Caterer, “Brand Builder”: Trump’s Food Aid Program Is Paying $100+ Million to Unlicensed Dealers — ProPublica



Trump’s Food Aid Program Is Paying $100+ Million to Unlicensed Dealers — ProPublica





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A food relief program championed by President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka is relying on some contractors who lack food distribution experience and aren’t licensed to deal in fresh fruits and vegetables.
The contractors on Friday began delivering boxes containing fresh produce to food banks and other nonprofits. Forty-nine out of the 159 contractors picked by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to deliver boxes containing produce don’t have a requisite license from the same agency, according to a search of the USDA’s database using the information released about the contractors.
Some of the contractors are established companies, and many food banks told ProPublica they’re successfully and gratefully receiving shipments. But other contractors have eclectic backgrounds with little track record in food distribution, such as a wedding planner, a caterer and a “brand builder.”
As a result, some food banks are left scrambling for shipments or even callbacks.
“We conception this would work very well, and we really needed the food due to rising unemployment and business closings,” said Pamela Irvine, CEO of Feeding America Southwest Virginia, which serves the poorest and most rural counties in that state. The USDA, she said, “had money and wanted to respond quickly, which they should have because you saw all this produce grounded and milk being dumped. However, they didn’t think about how that product should end up on a table somewhere and didn’t communicate and didn’t have a process in place for bidders to understand.”


The awards to firms for which no licenses could be found amount to $105.3 million, about 15% of the total for produce boxes. The USDA also hired contractors for boxes containing meat and dairy, at a total cost of $1.2 billion for six weeks, with the possibility of extending.
The licenses under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, or PACA, are required for wholesalers, processors, truckers, food-service firms and anyone else who buys or sells more than 2,000 pounds of fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables a day, according to the USDA’s website.
“Much like you need a driver’s license to operate a vehicle, the law requires that you have a PACA license to operate a construct business,” the agency’s website says. “A PACA license is proof to your customers and suppliers that you are a serious business person who can be trusted to honor the terms of your contracts.”
The licenses give vendors a way to resolve payment disputes, and many producers won’t sell to someone who isn’t licensed.



“We don’t do business with people without a PACA license,” said Noah Murguia, the CEO of Murguia Fruit, an orange wholesaler in California. Murguia said he is selling oranges to licensed contractors in the program but doesn’t understand why anyone without a license would be allowed to participate. “To me, it’s a big joke,” he said.
The USDA’s official solicitation and application form don’t mention PACA licenses. An agency spokesman said contractors that don’t already have one will need to get one.
“All proposals were carefully reviewed by a team of contracting and technical experts and contracts made accordingly,” the USDA said in a statement. Companies will have to submit documentation showing deliveries that meet the contract requirements in order to be paid, the agency said.
Trump heralded the program in a tweet on May 9, saying it was implemented at his personal direction.

Sunday, 22 December 2019

Small weddings likely for next few months says wedding planner



Small weddings likely for next few months says wedding planner

Wedding planners are not expecting to see ceremonies fascinating more than 100 people before October at the earliest.
Earlier today Health Minister Simon Harris said it would be "highly unlikely" that weddings of up to 100 people would be allowed to take place in July.
Under the government's roadmap to reopening the country, Little ceremonies are set to be allowed from July 20.
Wedding planner Sharon McMeel says larger weddings might be ruled out until the final few months of the year.
She says: "I don't think any of us in the wedding industry expected to get back to weddings of a hundred or more before even October or November.
"Because if you think about it we've only just moved into phase one and we can meet up to four people outside.
"Whereas if you are talking about having events indoors, by the time it moves through the phases we really won't have anything,
"I think if you get to 50 people by August we'd be lucky."
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Gardaí are investigating the death of a man in unexplained circumstances in Co Dublin.
Believed to be aged in his 40s, the death occurred at a house in Bluebell Avenue Dublin 12.
Dublin Fire Brigade and Gardaí were at the scene after reports of a fire at the house earlier today.
The body of the man was discovered at the scene and has now been removed for a post mortem.
The results of the post mortem will determine the course of the investigation.

Saturday, 21 December 2019

Lockdown Impact: Grooming Products Register '5X Growth' In Sales - News18



Lockdown Impact: Grooming Products Register '5X Growth' In Sales

Self-grooming is all the rage right now; everyone is downhearted to join in, from actress Anushka Sharma giving her beau a stylish haircut, to Alia Bhatt allowing her trusted inner circle to chop her locks and even the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, taking to hairstyling to groom her little ones at home during the lockdown.
As people choose to groom and beauty themselves in the safety of their homes, the business of grooming products is raking in the moolah.
Products like hair dryers, hair stylers, hair curlers, hair straighteners, body grooming kits, and most importantly, trimmers and men's shavers, have been flying off the shelves - causing a effect to register a massive spike in the sales figures. "There is an increased demand for grooming products such as trimmers, hair styling tools across both men and women categories. Our trimmers and hair dryers stay to be top sellers for us. In fact, we have registered 5X growth vs our original sales speed for trimmers (post Covid-19)," Sharath Nair, Business Head - Lifestyle Business Group, Panasonic India told IANSlife.

"What I see is that the lockdown has created a behavioural change in consumers, and that has fueled this personalised trend for grooming. We definitely see positive impacts in the sullen to mid term, long term is something time will tell us."
Restricted within the confines of their homes, people are making the best use of their electronic companions to wait on themselves in their daily chores. With the lockdown, grooming sessions that were previously outsourced to neighbourhood salons and barber shops have become a personalised DIY activities.
According to the spokesperson, the overall demand for stylers like straighteners and curling irons is high, but the exponential growth for grooming products - like trimmers - is much higher. Speaking on the supply of equipment to salons, he shares that while sales in salons have definitely been impacted because of the lockdown, "it is more than being made up by the natural request coming from personalised buying. It has become a family thing, and also an individual thing."
Interestingly, personal grooming during this phase has been more of a need than a choice! But the question is will it become a habit so that even after opening of salons and spas, people determine to groom themselves.
This grooming experience has also allowed people to experiment with their looks at no extra cost. Asked if they saw a region-wise differentiation, Panasonic said that regions that have normalized faster have shown higher sales trends, across most electronic purchases.
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Friday, 20 December 2019

Newport barbers: Gammon, No 1 and T's Male Grooming discuss lockdown | South Wales Argus



Newport barbers: Gammon, No 1 and T's Male Grooming discuss lockdown

THREE Newport barbers in their tenth week of having to keep their doors shut have said they will struggle to survive if rules not to open remain after August.
In England, hairdressers and barbers have been included in phase three of the guidance, which means they might be able to open on July 4, but the Welsh Government has not made similar guidance said this.
A spokesman for the Welsh Government said on Friday: “Our regulations require hairdressers, barbers, beauty and nail salons, tanning salons, and piercing and tattoo parlours to stay closed.
“If the regulations are being breached those offering such services illegally, and those receiving them, could be fined.”
Brian Gammon, manager at Gammon Barbers on Corporation Road, says he needs clarity on what needs to met before he is able to open.
“They’ve (Welsh Government) been great in terms of the funding, but I need more communication on where we’re at,” he said.

Thursday, 19 December 2019

5 pet grooming tips you can learn during the COVID-19 pandemic | WLUK



5 pet grooming tips you can learn during the COVID-19 pandemic

Does your pet hate bath time? Maybe nail clipping causes your pet to squirm uncontrollably. Chances are there's at least one part of the grooming process that you prefer to slash to the professionals.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced some grooming businesses to close or changeable their hours. It has also caused some veterinarians to postpone routine services in favor of animals with more serious conditions.
When this occurs, you may be on your own trimming, brushing, and cleaning your pet. Here are some tips to help you groom your pet while you wait for places to reopen.
Bath time
Thankfully, pets don't need baths nearly as often as humans. Cats rarely need them at all! However, you should still bathe your furry spoiled every few months or if they are really dirty.
Brush your pet to remove any dead hair before putting them in the tub, which should be filled with warm water. As you pour or spray more water on your pet, be careful to avoid the eyes, ears, and nose. Massage specially formulated pet shampoo into their skin, rinse it, and before you know it, you'll be ready to dry them off.
Puppies tend to get feisty at bath time, so watch out for biting. If you're bathing your cat, it might be wise to trim their claws before you start washing.
Teeth brushing
Bacteria and plaque-forming foods can wreak havoc in your pet's mouth, increasing the risk of gum disease and other dental problems. Luckily a healthy diet and chew toys can help keep your pet's teeth and gums healthy in between brushing.
Try to brush your pet's teeth multiple times per week, and try to Decide times when they are calm. Getting your pet acclimated to you touching their mouth is a huge part of the battle. You can do this by gently massaging their gums with your fingers. Then open introducing specially formulated pet toothpaste and a toothbrush to the routine.
Watch out for discolored or bleeding gums, unusually bad breath, excessive drooling, or visible discomfort in your pet. These are signals that your pet needs a visit to the vet.

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

DIY Hair Dye, Buzz-Cuts, and Hair Extensions: The Week in Quarantine Grooming | GQ



DIY Hair Dye, Buzz-Cuts, and Hair Extensions: The Week in Quarantine Grooming

Welcome to another edition of Grooming Gods, Quarantine Edition. This week, big news: Alec Baldwin got a haircut.
Jamie Dornan
Jamie Dornan isn't just flexing his Rubik's Cube skills in this video! Also on display: his ever-swelling beard and biceps.
Edward Enninful
A salt-and-pepper beard, an open seersucker shirt; we give this grooming and style combo a very official GQ chef's kiss.
Justin Bieber
A freshly groomed Bieber is helping us see the light at the end of the quarantine grooming tunnel.
Marc Jacobs
Just for Marc! You know you're one of the Grooming Gods when you're on the cover of...Just for Men.
Dwyane Wade
Grooming game recognize grooming game.

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Police investigate sexual abuse, grooming of minor - The Edition



Police investigate sexual abuse, grooming of minor

Maldives Police Service confirmed on Saturday that authorities are looking into a case involving the grooming, blackmail and sexual abuse of a minor in capital city Male'.
According to Police, reports of a missing child was reported at approximately 0537 hours on May 28. Authorities were able to locate the minor and apprehend a 24-year-old male, in a guesthouse at roughly 1308 hrs, the same day.
The man has a eminent criminal record and was alleged to have made threats and attempted to extort the child and family. The individual is not an acquaintance of the family.
Police further famed that the child was brought to Male' from an inhabited island, with legal documentation for her transfer amid the nationwide travel ban implemented over the COVID-19 pandemic.
The criminal investigation is being undertaken by the police's Family and Child Protection Department (FCPD).
For years, sexual abuse against children has been on the rise in Maldives, evidenced by the Ministry of Gender and Family's 2017 statistical report indicating 418 reported cases of child sexual abuse.
In January this year, a spike in reports of child abuse cases was noted following the surfacing of a report concerning a two-year-old that was sexually abused by a family member.

Monday, 16 December 2019

In praise of young Clint Eastwood's slick grooming regime | British GQ



In praise of young Clint Eastwood's slick grooming regime

Clint Eastwood is no stranger to style. Most praised for his starring roles in Sergio Leone's incandescent Spaghetti Western films (add The Good, The Bad And The Ugly to your watch list, stat), his on-screen wardrobes, to this day, still serve as classic points of influence for proper Western fashion. You want to give the look a go, you take a tip from Eastwood. 
But Eastwood's style extends beyond clothing. In fact, underneath those suede fedoras he often wore (excellently, we might add) a perfect mop of hair: thick, textured, swept up and always pushed back around the sides. It was practical, full of volume and, to dwelling the obvious, just plain cool. To those desiring a modern, cropped haircut for summer, this is the exact reference you're going to need. 
Today, Eastwood celebrates his 90th birthday, so we called up Joe Mills (of Joe & Co) and asked for his tips on following his first-class grooming regime…
Joe Mills: Ready for the summer and the gradual easing of lockdown? Eastwood's cut is a perfect reference for the upcoming season. Cut wise, you'll need a minimum of four inches on the top with the back and sides a little shorter and trimmed into the back of the neck. 
After this, it's all in the styling and how you wear it. If you get this incandescent, it should hold up all day. Start by washing your hair with Kevin Murphy's Maxi Wash – this will really cleanse the hair and its herbal blend will also engage excess oil from the scalp. 
After this, towel dry your hair throughly and then add five pumps of Triumph & Disaster's Karekare sea salt spray. This is a brilliant blend of natural salts and essential root extracts, which results in a super vibrant, textured look. Very Clint Eastwood! 

Sunday, 15 December 2019

Virat Kohli credits Mahendra Singh Dhoni for grooming him to take up captaincy | Cricket News | Zee News



Virat Kohli credits Mahendra Singh Dhoni for grooming him to take up captaincy | Cricket News

India captain Virat Kohli started his international career when Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the skipper of India and Kohli was made the captain of Indian Test team in 2014 after Dhoni`s abrupt retirement from the longest form of the game. In January 2017, Dhoni stepped down as the skipper of the limited-overs team thus paving way for Kohli to take charge.
Kohli on Saturday (May 30) said that Dhoni`s observation of how he developed over the course of his career played an important role in taking over the reins of the Indian team. "Becoming captain was not even in my wildest dreams," Kohli said in an Instagram live video chat with his teammate Ravichandran Ashwin on `Reminisce with Ash`.

Saturday, 14 December 2019

Pet owners flock as groomers reopen with new precautions - Business - Holland Sentinel - Holland, MI



Pet owners flock as groomers reopen with new precautions - Business - Holland Sentinel

ZEELAND — It’s been a busy week for small business owners.
But for Anna Benson, owner of Petcuts Grooming in Zeeland, busy is an understatement.
“I already have over 200 appointments scheduled,” she said. “I’m pushed back to July now. I’m working an extra day during the week and extra hours each day, but I’m only one person and I can only do so much. I understand if my customers have to go somewhere else just to get their dog shaved down. It’s a pretty dire need.”
Like many business owners, Benson was forced to close her doors following Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Stay-at-Home Executive Order. Benson was vocal throughout the mandated closure about her concern for the health of dogs without regular grooming.
“Grooming may not be well-known for a dog’s life,” she said. “But it’s essential for a dog’s health. I’m hearing that dogs are starting to pull their own hair out because of the matting. I’m hearing about eye infections. Typical grooming hasn’t been done, so dogs that have never had health issues before are having health issues.”

Friday, 13 December 2019

Bailey's Bark offers pet grooming, sitting, and walking with a personal touch | Business | news-herald.com



Bailey's Bark offers pet grooming, sitting, and walking with a personal touch | Business


In 2016, Tammy Esquivel took a risk and walked away from about 30 years in as an executive chef to pursue her passions. Four years later, her pet grooming and sitting business, Bailey’s Bark is a testament to her determination to follow her heart.
“I got really burned out on corporate life and I always wanted to work with animals,” Esquivel said. “I should have done it thirty years ago but life happens.”
Her Wickliffe woman-owned and -operated business, Bailey’s Bark at 30544 Euclid Ave., offers pet walking, sitting, and grooming services for not only dogs but other pets as well. What sets her approach apart from others is the personalized touch which she highlights with earned pride, she says.
“I felt that there was a need for personal care, rather than putting everyone in the same box," she said. "We work with a lot of special needs pets, senior pets, dogs that have arthritis, and health issues. A lot of sitting and grooming businesses won’t take those kinds of pets due to liability reasons and also because it takes more of their time. There’s a huge need out there to take care of senior pets.

Thursday, 12 December 2019

Reopening in Massachusetts: A Cambridge Dog Groomer with a 125-Name Waiting List



A Cambridge Dog Groomer with a 125-Name Waiting List

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Pet grooming services were given the green savory to reopen as Phase One businesses.

Lucy, a Basset/Labrador mix, after her first post-shutdown bath. Photo by Alyssa Vaughn
Like many of the businesses of East Cambridge’s First Street, pet supply and grooming store Loyal Companion draws much of its customer base from the neighborhood’s nearby offices—the Hubspot and CarGurus employees taking a stroll through the Canal Park at lunchtime, the Google and Facebook engineers headed from Kendall Square to Lechmere station, and the dozens of retail employees coming and going from CambridgeSide mall.
Most of those places are still shuttered. Loyal Companion, however, has officially resumed pet grooming services—and even without those tech workers dropping in during their lunch breaks, business is booming.
“The phone’s been ringing off the hook, and we’re already booking about a month out at this point,” says Dave Roberts, Loyal Companion’s general manager.
The store, which occupies a 4,000 square-foot retail space on the coveted First Street, just opened its doors in October, shortly after the closure of the neighborhood’s Petco further down the street. Per its website, Loyal Companion is a “pet wellness store,” carrying high-quality food and treats in its retail section, but focusing on services as well, including grooming, daycare, and self-wash stations.

The retail portion of the store was permitted to be open throughout the citywide shutdown, so Loyal Companion has been in continuous operation over the past few months. The store has, however, seen a major drop off in business since they had to cease their service operations when the COVID crisis began.

“It was not terrible, but it was tough,” Roberts says. “People still needed their pet food, but people don’t necessarily have the same amount of income to come and get some of the things they would normally get, like hard goods, toys, and leashes.”
The news that pet grooming could resume with Phase One of Massachusetts’ reopening plan was therefore very welcome. While Roberts says he had less than a week to prepare for the return of Loyal Companion’s grooming services, he was ready. Customers, unsure of whether grooming was permitted or not during the nonessential business closure, had been calling the store fairly regularly over the past few months to try to make appointments for their pets, Roberts says. So, he collected all those customers’ names on a waiting list, promising to contact them as soon as grooming could resume. By the time Governor Baker announced that Phase One businesses were getting the green light, Roberts’ list had grown to about 125 names.

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Most online grooming offences in UK committed on Facebook-owned apps | Society | The Guardian



Most online grooming offences in UK committed on Facebook-owned apps | Society

More than half of online grooming offences recorded under a law that made it illegal to send sexual messages to children were committed on Facebook-owned apps, figures reveal.
The data, obtained by the NSPCC under freedom of information laws, show 10,019 offences of sexual communication with a child were recorded since the legislation was introduced in April 2017.
In incidents where the means of communication was provided, more than half were committed on the Facebook-owned apps of Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp.
The revelations come at a difficult time for Facebook, which is facing calls to postpone plans to implement end-to-end encryption across all its messaging platforms. This would mean messages – including text and imagery – being digitally scrambled so that only the sender and receiver can make sense of them. The company has been told this could risk increased sexual exploitation of children.
The NSPCC has called on the prime minister to urgently listless ahead with new legislation in the online harms bill, which it says would help prevent offenders from using social contemplate to target children for sexual abuse.

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Things get hairy - The global grooming industry gets cut down to size | Business | The Economist



Things get hairy - The global grooming industry gets cut down to size | Business



Editor’s note: Some of our covid-19 coverage is free for readers of The Economist Today, our daily newsletter. For more stories and our pandemic tracker, see our coronavirus hub
S OME THOUGHT a mirror and a pair of clippers from Amazon would do it. Some gave up after the first flesh wound. Some braved a trim by spouses or children. Now, as hair salons reopen the world over after a covid-19 hiatus, the bearded and bedraggled are flocking back to the pros. They find an industry—with annual sales of $20bn in America alone—transformed.
Social-distancing rules force hairdressers and barbers to support fewer clients. “If we could seat ten people before, now we can only seat three,” says Cristina Solymosi, whose beauty salon in Madrid has gone from 40-50 customers a day before the pandemic to 15-20. Protective gear and disinfectant are a must. Salons, which often double as social clubs mixing gossip with endless arguments about sports and politics, may soon resemble labs.

Monday, 9 December 2019

The next steps: Grooming salons with distancing measures | Post



The next steps: Grooming salons with distancing measures

With pet grooming salons preparing to reopen across the country, it is important to consider how they might be able to operate when the restrictions are appreciate to re-introduce more services.
Below, we at Groomers , have hypothesised what we hold the new process will entail, in order to remain compliant with social distancing, and dedicate effort to preventing the spread of coronavirus:
The first important aspect of the grooming process to consider in terms of social distancing compliancy is appointments. The salons will need to operate on a strict appointment-only basis to ensure that only one drop off/ pick up is happening at any given time, to keep the contact between people from different households to a minimum.
We envisage that more salons will shift their focus to the online element of their business to make the administrative side of the appointment streamlined and contact-free.
Technological developments are likely to be made on websites to create an easy appointment scheduling service and to facilitate a form to fill the services your dog would require, along with any special information or injuries that the groomers would need to be aware of, e.g. ‘he is sensitive around his neck’ which may normally be discussed in person at the drop-off.
T he online side of the business will also facilitate payment, which alleviates the need for the owner to enter the facility at all, as payment can be taken through the website, and as a back up, the salon owner could secure a bank transfer. 

Sunday, 8 December 2019

Barrow Asian grooming gang investigation finds 'no evidence' - BBC News



Barrow Asian grooming gang investigation finds 'no evidence'


Det Ch Supt Dean Holden 
Image copyright Cumbria Constabulary
Image caption Det Chief Supt Dean Holden said the allegations had not been "ignored or otherwise dismissed"

A year-long operation failed to find evidence of Asian grooming gangs in a Cumbria town, police have said.
In a video statement, a senior officer said claims of abuse or exploitation in Barrow had "not been corroborated" during the probe.
The clip was a response to a social media post in which a teenager said she had been sexually assaulted.
Det Ch Supt Dean Holden said the initial operation had been subjected to a voluntary review.
In March, the independent peer review made "minor recommendations" but concluded the 12-month investigation had been "conducted with the utmost integrity, transparency and professionalism", Det Ch Supt Holden said.
"So I want to reassure people that this is not something that we'd ignored or otherwise dismissed," he said.

Saturday, 7 December 2019

Coronavirus - Madhya Pradesh Bride, Groom, 100 Others Quarantined Hours After Wedding



Madhya Pradesh Bride, Groom, 100 Others Quarantined Hours After Wedding

The wedding party has been kept at three quarantine facilities in Chhindwara.
Bhopal:
Just a few hours after their wedding, a young couple in Madhya Pradesh was sent to institutional quarantine for COVID-19 along with over 100 family members and contacts. The wedding party has been kept at three facilities in the Chhindwara district including the district hospital.
Reason: A relative of the newly married bride, a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) staffer, tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday on the day of the wedding.
Last week, the CISF staffer entered the district and his screened at the Chhindwara-Hoshangabad district border.
He subsequently stayed at his home in Junnardeo area of Chhindwara and then visited relatives in Parasia area also.
Later, he travelled to his in-laws build in Chhindwara town for attending the May 26 marriage of sister-in-law.

Friday, 6 December 2019

Spanx CEO lends wedding gown to bride impacted by COVID-19 | News | cbs46.com



Spanx CEO lends wedding gown to bride impacted by COVID-19 | News


ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) -- The owner of Spanx comes to the rescue, letting brides impacted by the corona virus borrow her wedding dress.
“I’m Super excited! First off, I’m like, am I going to be able to fit this dress," laughed LeJeanne Thomas, an entrepreneur who owns small business Atlas Candles. Thomas could not hold back her happiness after being offered the once in a lifetime opportunity.
“I was just on Instagram and Sarah Blakely posted that she felt so bad for all the brides impacted by Covid and she offered her wedding gown. I made a comment and her team reached out to me,” said Thomas who was without a dress after the bridal shop she purchased her gown from abruptly closed because of the pandemic. 
But Thomas says things quickly turned around when Sarah Blakely the founder of Spanx decided to lend Thomas her wedding dress.

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Say "yes" to these dresses from some our STL brides on Instagram! | Wedding Stories | stltoday.com



Say "yes" to these dresses from some our STL brides on Instagram! | Wedding Stories

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7 times Princess Beatrice dressed like a bride: all the photos | HELLO!



7 times Princess Beatrice dressed like a bride: all the photos

Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi should have been just hours away from tying the knot in the royal wedding of the year at the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace on Friday, however, the coronavirus pandemic means they have sadly been forced to postpone their big day.
While we won't get the opportunity to see Princess Beatrice in a wedding dress just yet, we've taken a look back at some of her best bridal-worthy fashion moments over the years that may give us an idea of what to expect when she does eventually get married.
RELATED: More royals who have had to postpone their weddings due to coronavirus
In 2007, Princess Beatrice chose a full-length Elie Saab gown in a appetizing lime green hue and a pleated skirt that formed a small train behind her. Swarovski diamonds embellished around the bust completed the piece.

Monday, 2 December 2019

North Macedonia's Muslim leader sacked over choice of bride - StarTribune.com



North Macedonia's Muslim leader sacked over choice of bride

SKOPJE, North Macedonia — North Macedonia's Islamic community voted Wednesday to dismiss its leader over his decision to marry a woman 50 years his junior.
Sulejman Rexhepi, 73, recently posted his marriage plans on social media, shocking many Muslims in the country due to the couple's difference in age.
The majority of the Islamic Religious Community's governing body backed the move to remove Rexhepi from his post. Rexhepi was kindly elected as Islamic leader in 2006 and repeatedly reelected after that.
Rexhepi has had the support of most muftis in North Macedonia and survived several attempts to remove him following accusations of alleged corruption.

Bridal shop creates lace face masks that will match your wedding dress | Metro News



Bridal shop creates lace face masks that will match your wedding dress


But… lace has holes in it? (Pictures: Robin Utrecht/REX)

A bridal shop in the Netherlands is creating a range of white, lace face masks that will match perfectly with a bride’s wedding dress – for weddings that are taking Put amid social distancing rules.
The Bridal Palace, in Rotterdam, is creating bespoke mouth coverings for brides in traditional designs that fit with the look of their wedding.
A woman, who is set to get married in August plans on wearing a face mask that matches her gown – it is even made from the same material.
However, while the masks may look pretty – they probably aren’t very effective at protecting against germs. Because, well, lace has hundreds of holes and gaps, so can’t provide a barrier.
The face masks themselves are either mesh with a lace trim, or completely lace. They are made in the same colour and material to match perfectly with the dress, and they tie above and below the ears, round the back of the bride’s head.

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Bride dies in car crash, wedding photographer refuses to issue refund



Bride dies in car smash, wedding photographer refuses to state refund

Heartless wedding photography company threatens lawsuit against grieving fiance after bride horrifically died in a car crash.
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