10 Fan Bases That Are Delusional Heading Into The 2016 College Football Season

first_imgVirginia fan hangs over the side of the stadium.Virginia Fan Viral Meme Twitter/@TheTroyJohnsonTwitter/@TheTroyJohnsonEvery summer, dozens of fan bases get excited for the coming season – all assuming that this is going to be the year that their team runs the table and emerges with a national championship. As we all know, only one team actually wins the title, so most of them are going to be disappointed at some point.We’re here to give 10 fan bases a dose of reality before the season even starts. Being on this list doesn’t mean your team is going to have a bad season – but it does mean that supporters need to temper expectations. Without further ado, here are the 10 fan bases that we believe are the most delusional heading into the 2016 season. Will some prove us wrong? We’ll find out.Get Started: No. 10 ??? >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11last_img read more

‘Wan-Bissaka’s £50m fee will become the norm’

first_imgAaron Wan-Bissaka has been urged to ignore the fee that Manchester United invested in his potential, with Denis Irwin claiming that “£50 million for a full-back is going to become the norm”.The Red Devils have spent big acquiring the services of a highly-rated 21-year-old .Just one full season was spent within the first-team fold at Crystal Palace before Wan-Bissaka was lured to Old Trafford. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? His price tag means that added pressure has been lumped onto his young shoulders, but Irwin believes that the talented right-back will cope and shift attention away from his asking price.A man who once filled a full-back berth at United said in the Evening Standard of Wan-Bissaka and the Red Devils’ focus on landing players of promise: “He is very quick, a modernday full-back in the fact that he was a winger and has played very, very well in the 15 months that I have seen him at Crystal Palace in a defensive role.“There is a lot more pressure on him now, but hopefully he will be able to handle that. We needed a bit of pace and youth in the team. “He and Dan James seem quite humble. I have noticed that in and around training and they seem quiet. “There is nothing wrong with that, they will keep their heads down and work hard because they have a big opportunity now here to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world and they have got to love that. “You have got to ignore the fee. I think £50 million for a full-back is going to become the norm.”Embed only: Aaron Wan-Bissaka Manchester UnitedWan-Bissaka is adamant that he will not allow the price on his head to become an issue , with the youngster determined to let his football do the talking.He has said, with United currently in Australia on pre-season duty: “I expected it [pressure] when I came here. It is a big club. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Crystal Palace, so the attention will always be there. I just need to play my game and block it out.“I wanted to take my development to the next level and this was the team where I thought I could do it.“The style of play, the way they work, the intensity – that is going to develop me as a player. I always want to be pushed to reach my potential.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Dinesh Mongia announces retirement from all forms of cricket

first_imgDinesh Mongia announces retirement from all forms of cricketDinesh Mongia was last seen on a cricket field in 2007, playing for Punjab, before being banned by the BCCI for joining the Indian Cricket League (ICL).advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 18, 2019UPDATED: September 18, 2019 09:44 IST Dinesh Mongia (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDinesh Mongia announced retirement from all forms of cricketMongia last played for Punjab in 2007Mongia played 121 first-class matches and has 21 centuries in themFormer India all-rounder Dinesh Mongia announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Tuesday. Mongia is best known for being chosen over VVS Laxman in the Indian team that finished runner-up in the ICC World Cup 2003 in South Africa.Mongia was last seen on a cricket field in 2007, playing for Punjab, before being banned by the BCCI for joining the Indian Cricket League (ICL).The cricketer made his under-19 debut for Punjab in October 1995 and on the back of his consistent performance in first-class cricket for over 6 years, Mongia was given an ODI call-up into the national team against Australia in 2001.Mongia went on to play 57 ODI for India where he scored 1230 runs at 27.95 that also includes an unbeaten 159 in the series decider against Zimbabwe at Guwahati in March 2002. Mongia also played a solitary T20I for India, however, he never played a Test.The left-hand batsman had a prolific first-class career. Mongia played 121 first-class matches and has 21 centuries to his name.Mongia had also played for Lancashire and Leicestershire.Mongia lost his touch to cricket after being banned by the BCCI. Most players banned by the Board for their association with the ICL were granted amnesty but Mongia remained the lone cricketer who was kept out of the official circuit.The cricketer is said to be taking coaching assignments further on. Last season, Mongia was made a state selector by the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA).For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Dinesh Mongia Nextlast_img read more

Get ready to pay more for those sunny Cuban vacations Canadians

TORONTO — The dawn of a new era between the United States and Cuba is poised to spell the end of a golden age for Canadian tourists, experts said Wednesday.[np_storybar title=”With thaw between U.S. and Cuba, Canada’s lucrative corner of cigar sales may go up in smoke” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2014/12/17/with-thaw-between-u-s-and-cuba-canadas-lucrative-corner-of-cigar-sales-may-go-up-in-smoke/”%5DIn the 52 years since the trade embargo, law-abiding Americans craving a Cuban Cohiba have had to go abroad. Here in Canada, whenever American businessmen and tourists come seeking that prized Cuban tobacco, our cigar shops have been more than happy to oblige, carving out a lucrative northern corner on U.S. contraband all for themselves.Now it could all be about to come to an end. Keep reading. [/np_storybar]Snowbirds anxious for an escape to a tropical paradise have long been fleeing to Cuba while their American counterparts have been kept off the island’s shores by a diplomatic and travel ban dating back more than five decades.But now that U.S. President Barack Obama has announced plans to re-establish diplomatic ties with the country, experts are anticipating major changes for Cuba and those who visit the island.Jury Krytiuk, head of the Cuban travel department at Toronto-area agency A. Nash Travel Inc., says an affordable vacation in a relatively pristine landscape will be harder to come by in the years to come.Prices will surge as restrictions on American travellers ease, he said, adding Cuba will also have to adjust its tourism infrastructure to accommodate an influx of new visitors.“There’s a limited amount of accommodation, so there’s going to have to be a lot of hotels built, especially in the cities, to accommodate people who want to visit,” Krytiuk said in a telephone interview.Docking facilities will also be prime targets for expansion, he said, since the island is not currently equipped to house the mammoth cruise ships most commonly used in Caribbean travel, he said.The result, he said, is that Canadians visiting the island 15 years from now are likely to have a very different experience than those enjoying a vacation there today.Sherritt stock soars on U.S.-Cuba deal, but still business as usual for Canadian firms in CubaObama says U.S is ending its failed approach to Cuba, reveals secret talks in CanadaThe culture shock stands to impact a significant number of travellers, since Statistics Canada has identified Cuba as the third most popular destination for Canadians going abroad.In 2012, StatsCan said more than a million people travelled to the communist-run island and poured approximately $748 million into the local tourism industry.But politicians and pundits alike predict new conditions won’t be felt on the island for some time. Prime Minister Stephen Harper told the CBC that change likely won’t manifest itself in Cuba until “the current generation passes.”Arch Ritter, a Carleton University economics professor who specializes in studying Cuba, agrees.While Wednesday’s announcement eases restrictions on Cuban Americans wishing to return home for family visits and makes business travel much simpler, general tourism to the island is still banned.The Canadian travel experience to Cuba may not change too drastically until those restrictions are lifted, but Ritter anticipates some negative effects once the tourism floodgates are fully open.“When full normalization occurs, when American tourists can travel to Cuba, there’s going to be a tsunami of curiosity tourism,” Ritter said. “. . . That probably will push up the costs of tourism substantially, and Canadian tourists may be squeezed.”When American tourists can travel to Cuba, there’s going to be a tsunami of curiosity tourismKrytiuk says Cuba is no stranger to waves of international tourists.Major travel companies, such as Spanish hotel provider Melia, have already established a strong presence on the island.Krytiuk says it’s already begun playing host to American tourists determined to explore their formerly forbidden neighbour through roundabout routes, adding he has personally booked several trips for U.S. customers who choose to fly to Cuba via Canadian airports.But Krytiuk hopes the growing wave of interest doesn’t leave too plain a mark on Cuba’s cultural heritage, which he describes as a tourist attraction of its own.Cuba’s athletic, artistic and linguistic traditions have combined to make it a unique destination, he said, adding the island also appeals to those in search of a vacation focused on nature-oriented pursuits such as birdwatching or fishing.The influx of American tourism may change the physical landscape, but Krytiuk is optimistic the cultural one will be largely unscathed.“Cuba has a culture and a flavour that is unique unto itself. They are proud people, and they’re going to want to retain that culture.” read more

Denial of impunity vital to ensure peace in strifetorn countries – UN

“A peace agreement procured through the bargaining away of the fundamental human rights entitlements of affected persons results in an impoverished ‘peace’ that might better be labelled an absence of raging conflict,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour told a joint Swiss-Norwegian expert seminar in Bern, Switzerland, yesterday.“Many continue to argue that undue concentration on human rights jeopardizes the possibility of either concluding a peace agreement in the first place, or of a peace agreement that has been concluded proving durable. To the contrary, I suggest that human rights are central to and indispensable for both peace and justice,” she added. Stressing the imperative to replace impunity for rights abuses with accountability, and the untenability of blanket amnesties, Ms. Arbour hailed last week’s detention of former Liberian President Charles Taylor under warrant of the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone on charges of crimes against humanity as “a powerful and welcome affirmation of this basic principle.”In the former Yugoslavia, “there will remain a sense of failure to achieve true closure to the horrors of the conflicts of the 1990s, as long as the indicted leaders of ethnic cleansing remain at large, and while some have died before being held to account,” she added.Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic died last month while on trial before a UN international tribunal in The Hague, and the two top defendants charged with atrocities in the war in Bosnia, Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadic, are still at large.“In Darfur, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the international community is insisting – through the vehicle of the International Criminal Court – that those most responsible for unspeakable atrocities be brought to justice,” Ms. Arbour said.But she also stressed the need for individual countries themselves to tackle the issue. “The foremost rejection of impunity will occur through credible and supported national procedures and processes,” she said. “As we have seen, in practice, the failure to combat impunity opens the door to new violations by the same perpetrators and encourages others to believe that they too will go unpunished.”Equally important, Ms. Arbour stressed the need for the rule of law free of discrimination, often the source of modern conflicts. Reviewing the work of her office around the world, she emphasized its presence in some of the most intractable disputes that have torn countries apart, including Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bosnia-Herzergovina, Côte d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone and Liberia.“The critical place of human rights at all phases of the peace process, judiciously balanced to achieve greatest practical impact on the ground will always be a difficult and vital challenge but one which goes to the heart of our protection mandate,” she concluded. read more

Back to winning Eagles in control of playoff hopes

PHILADELPHIA — It took the Philadelphia Eagles 13 weeks to win consecutive games and they have to keep doing it to reach the playoffs.At least the defending Super Bowl champions control their fate.If they win out, they’ll secure the NFC East. But Philadelphia has the league’s toughest schedule in the final quarter of the season.A first-place showdown at Dallas (7-5) is up next followed by a trip west to face the Los Angeles Rams (11-1). The Houston Texans (9-3) visit Philadelphia on Dec. 23 and the Eagles finish the season at Washington (6-6).“We have our work cut out for us for sure,” Carson Wentz said following Monday night’s 28-13 win over the Redskins.After an embarrassing 48-7 loss at New Orleans two weeks ago — the most lopsided defeat by a defending Super Bowl champion in NFL history — the Eagles seemed to be in trouble. They had a slew of injuries and easily could’ve used excuses to pack it in for this season.Instead, they rebounded with back-to-back wins for the first time since Nick Foles led them in the playoffs last season.“Obviously, we didn’t start the way we thought we were going to, but I think this one really speaks to the overall resiliency of this football team, the character of the guys in the locker room,” tight end Zach Ertz said.“At 4-6, when we got drilled by the Saints a few weeks back, everyone had the opportunity to kind of put their heads down and sulk. But guys in that locker room really love the game of football. I think guys really love their craft. And I mean we went to work. Obviously, 6-6 now, not where we thought we were going to be, but at the same time we have the whole season in front of us.”The offence has been more productive the past two games and, not coincidentally, it’s been more balanced.Undrafted rookie Josh Adams has 42 carries for 169 yards and one touchdown in two games since taking over as the lead back. Darren Sproles returned Monday night for the first time since Week 1 and provided a big spark, scoring on a 14-yard TD.“You have to run the ball. You have to have that balance,” coach Doug Pederson said Tuesday. “We had it the last two weeks. It’s been positive. It opens up a little bit more in the play-action world and getting the quarterback out on the perimeter, getting Carson on the edge and where he’s been good at seeing the field. It goes back to the offensive line, how well are they controlling the line of scrimmage and starting there, and we started fast last night and that’s a positive in the big scheme of things.”Golden Tate had his best game since the Eagles acquired him from Detroit in October. He caught seven passes for 85 yards and one TD and hauled in a 2-point conversion. Tate’s arrival had set other receivers back as Philadelphia tried to integrate a new player midseason.But Wentz spread the ball around against the Redskins. Nelson Agholor had four catches for 56 yards, Alshon Jeffery had three for 31, Jordan Matthews’ only catch was a 4-yard TD and Ertz caught nine for 83.“I just wanted to be available when my time came and I wanted to help this team win and win a lot,” Tate said. “A lot of guys caught passes and when it’s like that, it’s always good.”Notes: Pederson said LB Jordan Hicks (calf) and CB Avonte Maddox (knee) are day to day. CB Jalen Mills (foot) is further away from returning.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLRob Maaddi, The Associated Press read more

Musketeer nurse at heart of Morecambe Bay baby death scandal significantly overpaid

first_imgThe midwife at the heart of a scandal where 11 babies avoidably died was “significantly overpaid” in a farewell deal which also prevented investigation of her conduct.Jeanette Parkinson, the former maternity risk manager at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust, received up to 14 months’ salary as part of a 2012 redundancy agreement after the deaths came to light.A review by the trust last year, seen by the Health Service Journal, found Ms Parkinson, one of a group of midwives calling themselves the “Musketeers”, also received more than 470 hours in overtime pay. I am desperately disappointed that we have got a midwife here who was not investigated by the trustJackie Daniel, chief executive of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img The scandal prompted a national examination of maternity services safety after it was revealed the midwives had failed to call doctors at critical moments because they were determined that mothers, 19 of whom died, should have a “natural birth”.They then colluded to cover up the critical blunders, with Ms Parkinson providing “model answers” to her colleagues before an inquest hearing into the death of baby Joshua Titcombe.The new leaked documents indicate Ms Parkinson received such a large pay-out because Morecambe Bay was worried it might be sued for wrongful dismissal because of early blunders in its handling of the case.The manager who signed off the deal, Roger Wilson, now works as director of Human Resources at Warrington and Halton Hospitals Foundation Trust.Last night his new employer said they were being called before the Care Quality Commission to discuss the case.Jackie Daniel, the trust’s current chief executive who joined after the midwife’s departure, said last night: “I am desperately disappointed that we have got a midwife here who was not investigated by the trust and that was a massive missed opportunity.”“Jeannette Parkinson clearly played an important role at the time of Joshua Titcombe’s death and we know from Joshua’s case that answers have come too late or sometimes never.”last_img read more

Pregnant employee too sick to work found holidaying in Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A mum-to-be who told her employer she was too sick to work, has been spotted holidaying in Greece.The woman in question had been on sick leave for five weeks citing Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG), a severe and chronic form of morning sickness, as the reason when she was busted by a female colleague through a mutual friend on Facebook.The colleague took to a parenting forum to raise the matter, and seek advice as to what she should do with her newfound information.“By complete coincidence she is Facebook friends with a friend of mine,” the woman wrote.“My friend has put some pictures on Facebook this morning of her Greek holiday she’s still on, and my work colleague is in most of them – sunbathing, eating, swimming in the sea, playing volleyball. She has obviously blocked me as she is tagged in the pictures but her name is unclickable.“I’m gonna sound like a complete cow but I think she’s faking her sickness,” she said.The woman went on to express her concerns about the financial pressures the leave had placed upon the company, and team.“She’s on full pay from work and we’re having to pay an agency temp to cover her work too. It’s a small company that is struggling and I doubt we’re going to make any profit this month due to this,” she added.A number of women who spotted the post on the forum were all too familiar with the experience of HG during their pregnancies, and confirmed that it was very unlikely that the woman was suffering from it given her activities.“I had hyperemesis with dd [darling daughter],” one woman wrote.“Getting on a flight? Volleyball? I couldn’t get out of bed without being sick. I went down to six-and-a-half stone (41 kg) and had to have iron injections. This woman may have had morning sickness, but clearly a very mild case indeed of hyperemesis.”“If she has hyperemesis there is no way on earth she would have had the energy or ability to get to the airport let alone get on a plane and play volleyball!” said another woman, who revealed that was currently suffering from HG and had been in and out of hospital.Photo: traveller.com.auMeanwhile a host of other users advised the woman to reveal the images to management.“She is a piss-taker, show your boss the photos,” urged one.“Take screenshots and show the boss,” another said.“People doing things like this are a big part of the reason why sick pay is shit and women’s pregnancy symptoms are doubted imo [in my opinion]. It’s her own fault.”According to a report on news.com.au, the woman has since taken on board the advice, and told her boss about her colleague’s holiday in Greece.Taking sick leave for reasons other than genuinely being ill is a common occurrence. A survey conducted by software company TSheets earlier this year revealed only 52 per cent of workers in Australia are being genuine when they take a sick day, with almost half using the leave to take a long weekend, spend time with friends and family, enjoy a day at the beach or go to a job interview.last_img read more

Forum mondial de leau une usine de dessalement bientôt construite à Gaza

first_imgForum mondial de l’eau : une usine de dessalement bientôt construite à GazaLa construction d’une usine de dessalement est envisagée pour répondre à la crise de l’eau que vivent les habitants de la bande de Gaza où l’eau de la nappe phréatique, trop salée, est impropre à la consommation.Le projet d’une usine de dessalement destinée à alimenter en eau potable les habitants de la bande de Gaza a été présenté. En effet, comme l’a rappelé le ministre palestinien de l’Eau pour l’Autorité palestinienne, Shaddad Attili, au Forum mondial de l’Eau (FME), 1,6 million d’habitants de la bande de Gaza vivent au quotidien “une grave crise de l’eau”. La surexploitation de la nappe phréatique et la pollution ont conduit le degré de salinité de l’eau à augmenter, la rendant non potable. “L’eau à Gaza est très salée, elle a une odeur, un goût…”, a ainsi précisé le ministre.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Selon une étude de la Banque mondiale datant de 2009, 95% de cette eau est impropre à la consommation humaine et pourtant nos populations en boivent quand même car il n’y a pas d’autre alternative”, a encore ajouté M. Attili cité par l’AFP. D’où l’idée émise pour répondre au problème. L’usine de dessalement pourrait être construite dans les cinq ans si les fonds sont rapidement réunis. Un “appel à tous les pays et les institutions financières afin que ce rêve devienne réalité” a ainsi été lancé par les autorités palestiniennes. Le Premier ministre français François Fillon avait peu auparavant indiqué que l’Etat français mettrait 10 millions d’euros dans ce projet, “une fois que les études auront confirmé sa faisabilité” (d’ici deux ans).”Je souhaite que ce Forum soit une étape importante pour compléter le tour de table financier en faveur de ce chantier”, dont le budget total est estimé à 350 millions d’euros, a-t-il ajouté. Selon Matignon, les Etats du Golfe se sont déjà engagés à financer cette usine à hauteur de 50 %. Le soutien de la France permettra désormais de faciliter la levée de fonds au niveau européen.Le 13 mars 2012 à 11:04 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Evergreen Habitat for Humanity to dedicate two new homes Sunday

first_imgEvergreen Habitat for Humanity will dedicate two new homes in its McKibbin Commons subdivision in Vancouver on Sunday. The Robles and Villard families “look forward to the stability and safety of homeownership,” the nonprofit said in a news release Monday.“These homes also couldn’t have been built without the tireless dedication of our volunteers,” the nonprofit said. A total of 569 volunteers contributed 9,052 hours in total to both homes, including Faith Build, a group of 19 faith communities.A celebration of the completed pair of homes is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at 1110 S.E. 77th Court in the Father Blanchet Park neighborhood.They are the seventh and eighth homes built in the 10-home subdivision, which will be completed this summer, said Executive Director Josh Townsley. The homes leveraged money from Vancouver’s Affordable Housing Fund.last_img read more

Flipkart introduces robots in Bengaluru workspace do humans have reason to worry

first_imgThe logo of India’s largest online marketplace Flipkart is seen on a building in Bengaluru, India, April 22, 2015.ReutersFlipkart has introduced a hundred robots onto their factory floor in Bengaluru to help in processing orders. This move was done to increase efficiency in the supply chain network and decrease the burden during the sale days.The robots, also known as automated guided vehicles (AGVs), have been designed to carry small products and place them in their designated area. They will also carry the products and drop them in the chute with an assigned pin code, reports Economic Times.The AGVs can run on battery power for seven to eight hours and have been designed in a close grid to ensure that the robots do not collide with each other. The report goes on to state that the robots can go through over 4500 packages in an hour.”The big problem that we want to solve with automation in e-commerce is supply chain. We want to solve for precision, we want to solve for scale and we want to solve for efficiency. All of these aspects are very important for us if we want to reach the next 200 million customers,” Krishna Raghavan, the SVP of technology at eKart, was quoted as saying by ET.By increasing the throughput without making any changes to the infrastructure or manpower, Flipkart has calculated that the efficiency will increase by 60 per cent. Flipkart added that this will make it easier for them to redirect the manpower to other areas in the supply chain.The report goes on to say that the robot will increase efficiency by a factor of three which could make people nervous for fear of losing their jobs. However, the e-commerce site’s management assured its workers that robots and humans working side by side is necessary for maximum output and it is not the case of one without another. With the introduction of the bots, Flipkart hopes that humans will have more free time to do value-added work which robots cannot do.”In terms of up-skilling, while you have a person just placing a product on the bot as one activity, there’s more that happens behind the scenes when it comes to operating that machinery. The other thing is when we expand this offering to other facilities, these folks will actually become trainers,” Raghavan said.last_img read more

ITThemed Clue and Monopoly Are Coming for Creepy Game Nights

first_img Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits Pennywise is coming to terrorize your game night: IT-themed Clue and Monopoly board games will be available later this year.USAopoly, a major board game company, recently announced that the horror movie will be receiving its own versions of Clue and Monopoly soon. Each board game will feature key characteristics (Remember those red balloons?) and locations (Derry’s horrifying sewers) of the famous horror flick. Fans can join The Loser’s Club to stop the flesh-eating clown and save the day with these IT-themed board games, which will retail for $39.95 each on USAopoly’s website.IT Takes Many Forms. Attempt to Contain the Evil with Forthcoming IT Games from The OP. #TheOP25 #ITMovie https://t.co/6yzGsDTtdr pic.twitter.com/oi8brjdXX9— TheOP (@USAopoly) February 28, 2019Step up your sleuth skills with Clue: IT, a mystery board game that will take you on a suspenseful journey to curb Pennywise’s evil agenda. You’ll venture from The House on Neibolt Street to Derry Public Library to identify the clown’s killer props, avoid red balloons, and save your squad.Derry, Maine becomes an eerie real estate paradise in Monopoly: IT. Buy, sell, and trade property in the spooky New England town and use iconic valuables, including an inhaler, a paper boat, and a bicycle, to build homes and apartments at various locations, like Pennywise’s Cistern and the Derry Sewers. Oh, and did we mention there are also Encounters and Phenomena cards to shake up the competition?Thankfully, you won’t have to wait too long for both board games: Clue: IT will be available in March, while Monopoly: IT will hit shelves later this year.More on Geek.com:‘Pennywise: The Story of IT’ Explores Stephen King’s Chilling Clown Tale5 Best Horror-Themed Board Games8 Nostalgic Board Games Based on Old Sci-Fi Flicks Stay on targetlast_img read more

Get ready for World Wetlands Day at IngulaGet ready for World Wetlands

first_imgSince 1997, World Wetlands Day has been celebrated internationally on February 2 of every year. What better occasion, whether we live near them or not, to look at the value of wetlands and the services they provide to us – and more importantly, the threats they are facing.World Wetlands Day is a very important day at Eskom’s Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme. The power station is surrounded by an 8000-hectare nature reserve containing vast stretches of wetland in the Bedford and Wilge wetlands.Join the seventh Ingula Wetlands Walk on Saturday, February 18.For the past seven years, the Ingula Visitors Centre hosted very successful walks through the wetlands to celebrate World Wetlands Day.It provides you with the perfect opportunity to get in touch with nature in a safe and clean environment.So take along the whole family and experience the beautiful wetlands just a stone’s throw outside Ladysmith. To join the walk, book your spot by contacting Fifi Meyer on 083-627-5758 or email fifi.meyer@eskom.co.zaDID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Why not join us there? WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

The fourthyear pro admits hed rather not be the

first_imgThe fourth-year pro admits he’d rather not be the guy who is on the receiving end of the big hit, that he could be is not a surprise.“Initially, when everybody in this room started playing football people were getting crushed,” he said. “So everybody knows what they signed up for.”That’s not to say players don’t appreciate the league’s efforts to try and make their lives a bit better. On Friday, media was privy to a video presented to the league’s players outlying rule changes, many of which involve certain hits now being illegal. Other changes, such as what defenders are allowed to do on field goal and PAT attempts, were explained as being made due to safety, as well.While players may appreciate what the league has tried to do to combat the issues it faces, the unwritten contract between the league’s athletes and the sport itself states that every time you step onto the field, there is a chance for injury or irreparable damage.Everyone signed it.“At the end of the day it’s football, it’s football,” Bethea said. “There’s not really too many things you can really do to keep the integrity of the game. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “Yeah, I think it’s something that needs to be ongoing in all sports, not just football,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “I don’t think they should be specific. When you think of hockey and the collisions — all sports, everybody should be doing all the research they can in that area to make the game safe.”Everyone would be fine with that.Entering his 12th NFL season and with at least one football-related concussion in his past, Cardinals safety Antoine Bethea said CTE is of course something he thinks about.“You think about your future, you think about your family, you think about how it’s going to effect you after football,” he said. “But at the end of the day, you kind of have that knowledge of this could be a possibility.“But other than that you pray; you pray for good health and just hope it doesn’t hit you hard.”And that’s just it. Even if players do think about it — and in a way, how could you not — the truth is there is not really all that much to be done from their perspective.“If I thought about that too much I wouldn’t be playing this game,” receiver Brittan Golden said. “I knew what I signed up for when I started playing it, so as far as that, if it happens it happens, but try to take the natural precautions, I guess.” 2 Comments   Share   “I don’t think about it much,” QB Carson Palmer, who missed a game last season due to a concussion, said. “You hear about it a lot; it’s obviously out there.“But I’ve been very fortunate to not have a ton of those issues.”While saying those final 13 words Palmer knocked on the podium, illustrating the belief that luck plays a role. The QB noted how if he’s worried about taking hits he will be unable to focus on playing his position while Bethea said thinking of it probably means it’s time to leave the game.Their respective mindsets, which are shared by others, further underscore the out of sight, out of mind nature of injury.With CTE impacting players after they have walked away from the game, it likely is very low on the list of ailments that concern them.Bethea noted how CTE impacts people differently — and sometimes not at all — so even though football will take a toll on his body, there is no way to necessarily know what, if anything, will befall him.Besides, as Golden said, most of today’s players grew up watching football when safety was less of a focus, with big hits often being the focus on highlight shows. Arizona Cardinals defensive linemen Ed Stinson (91) and Pasoni Tasini (65) run drills as Rodney Gunter (95) and defensive line coach Brentson Buckner, left, look on during an NFL football training camp Monday, July 24, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) A New York Times story came out Tuesday morning reaffirming the damage playing football can cause to a player’s brain.The study took a look at the brains of 111 deceased football players with the youngest having passed away at 23 and the oldest at 89. Of the 111, a staggering 110 showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy disorder, which comes via repeated blows to the head.CTE causes myriad symptoms, including memory loss, confusion, depression and dementia. The problems can arise years after the blows to the head have stopped.More and more research is being done to try and make the game not only safer, but something that does not necessarily ruin lives once careers are over.center_img Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “We know what’s in harm’s way. As for the NFL, they have done some things as far as safety, try to stay away from that, and I think they’re doing a pretty decent job as far as the research of trying to find out what they can do to help if you’re diagnosed, so until then we’ll just keep getting research done and as players try to be as safe as we possibly can be. And like I said, the biggest thing, just pray.”Follow Adam Green on Twitterlast_img read more

A new travel brand was launched on the Northrop

first_imgA new travel brand was launched on the Northrop & Johnson superyacht Sahana on Thursday 23 March. Guests, including LATTE, sailing on Sydney Harbour were the first to learn of the new Adagold Aviation experience, which unites the Australian-based aircraft charter management company with a number of luxury travel providers and destinations in Australia and the Pacific. Adagold Luxe offers ‘Jet-Centric Experiences’, encouraging travellers to enjoy the comfort, convenience and privacy of a jet, with the journey designed around their own schedule and even catering desires.Set sail on Northrop & Johnson superyacht SahanaTravel trends for 2017, according to Travel Leaders Group and Virtuoso, are reflecting a growth in exclusive experiences and more active journeys. No longer are luxury travellers seeking sedate city-based holidays; they are looking for adventures and experiences that are unique and memorable, and destinations that are harder to access. A Jet-Centric Experience is travel that encompasses the luxury, convenience, prestige and comfort of a private jet as the essence of the experience. We provide luxury-seeking travellers a bespoke air travel service between destinations and luxury experiences. travelling between destinations on regular domestic airlines just doesn’t enhance a luxury traveller’s experinece, even when travelling in business class.Osman Bahemia, GM Sales & Marketing, Adagold AviationThe launch of Adagold Luxe Jet-Centric experiences is part of Adagold Aviation’s strategy to further diversity its business and enhance its services and maintain its position as a respected and trusted aircraft charter management company.Adagold’s Market Development Manager, Katelyn Aslett, is responsible for developing the Jet-Centric Experiences and has teamed up with several renowned travel destinations and service providers such as Northrop & Johnson.We can now offer a unique luxury travel experience across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific for families where they have the opportunity to experience so much more in the privacy of a jet.These partnerships provide an opportunity for luxury travellers to make the most of every moment, whether it’s at a resort, cruising on a superyacht or, of course, travelling in a private jet charter.Katelyn Aslett, Market Development ManagerThe Adagold Luxe Experiences can be tailored to each individual’s tastes and desires. The experiences can be purchased direct through Adagold Luxe or selected travel partners.A range of itineraries and tours are now available to view on the website.Laucala Island, Fiji, arrival experiencelast_img read more

Harmonised inflation rate seen at 15 in January

first_imgThe harmonised consumer price index dropped 1.5 per cent year-on-year in January, as a drop in the prices in most categories of goods and services offset less affordable energy products, the statistical service said.Prices for food, alcoholic beverages, and tobacco fell an annual 3.6 per cent last month, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Tuesday. Those for non-energy products fell 2.5 per cent and services became marginally more affordable. Energy prices rose 0.6 per cent.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Meet with Rep Jason Sheppard during June coffee hours

first_img31May Meet with Rep. Jason Sheppard during June coffee hours State Rep. Jason Sheppard, R-Temperance, has scheduled coffee hours at four local establishments to connect with residents of the 56th District. He encourages people to share their thoughts and concerns about state and local issues.“I enjoy having an opportunity to meet with neighbors and hear their perspectives on the issues we face in this state,” said Rep. Sheppard. “I’m in Lansing to represent their interests, and every bit of feedback helps.”The times and locations are as follows:7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Monday, June 6, at Dena’s Family Restaurant, 15391 S. Dixie Highway in Monroe7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Monday, June 13, at Cool Beanz, 112 Park Place in Dundee7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Friday, June 24, at Gander’s Family Restaurant, 4219 Luna Pier Road in Luna Pier.7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Monday, June 27, at DaCapo Coffee, 7370 Lewis Ave. in Temperance.For those unable to attend, Rep. Sheppard’s legislative office can be reached at any time by phone at (517) 373-2617, by email at JasonSheppard@house.mi.gov and online at RepJasonSheppard.com.### Categories: Sheppard Newslast_img read more

House approves Lucido bills to protect falsely accused

first_img Categories: Lucido News,News 07Dec House approves Lucido bills to protect falsely accused The House approved legislation late Wednesday to erase all personal identification information gathered upon arrest of an individual who has the charges dismissed before trial or is found to be falsely accused.“What is the necessity of keeping fingerprint or DNA evidence if the alleged victim lied? There is none,” said state Rep. Peter Lucido, the primary sponsor of the three-bill package. “We should demand the removal of all collected information and purging all data uploaded into a law enforcement website when a case is dismissed with all charges dropped by the prosecutor.”Lucido’s bills require that if is the charges are dismissed, all descriptive data and statements from the accused individual are to be expunged. The legislation also requires removal of the information from the Law Enforcement Information Network, used by law enforcement agencies across Michigan.A licensed attorney, Lucido submitted the bill in response to a Macomb County case where the witness recanted their statement and the charges were dropped prior to trial.“This case destroyed a man’s life, limiting his ability to earn a living and encouraging judgment in the court of public opinion,” said Lucido, of Shelby Township. “An individual could not be honest and another person paid the price for that despicable lie every day of his life. That directly contradicts the criminal justice system’s core tenet of everyone is innocent until proven guilty.”House Bills 4536, 4537 and 4538 advance to the Senate for consideration.###last_img read more

Rep Whiteford resolution outlines priorities for addressing PFAS pollution

first_imgState Reps. Mary Whiteford, right, and Sue Allor testify before the House Natural Resources Committee concerning a plan to address PFAS contamination in Michigan.State Rep. Mary Whiteford testified today before the House Natural Resources Committee in support of her resolution that helps build a scientific based framework for addressing the emerging threat posed by a type of chemical contaminant recently discovered in groundwater in various locations throughout Michigan.In December, the Legislature agreed to allocate $23.2 million to provide testing, monitoring and technical assistance at more than a dozen sites across Michigan where per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been found in groundwater, including communities in west Michigan. The funding will help support the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team, formed by Gov. Rick Snyder through executive directive to lead the state’s response to the contaminant.“As chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Environmental Quality, I want to be sure all money allocated toward fixing this issue is used in the most impactful way possible,” said Whiteford, of Casco Township. “The framework proposed in this resolution will help guide the agencies involved and ensure that non-biased, scientific solutions and decisions are offered.”House Concurrent Resolution 18 calls on the PFAS Action Response Team to:Create a PFAS Scientific Advisory Committee made up of scientific experts with various backgrounds.Review the information available on PFAS and conduct a non-biased, scientific risk assessment.Use the risk assessment to recommend a logical action plan to guide agencies’ efforts going forward.The House Natural Resources Committee unanimously approved the resolution today, advancing it to the House floor for consideration.### 31Jan Rep. Whiteford resolution outlines priorities for addressing PFAS pollution Categories: Whiteford Newslast_img read more

Gov Brewer Vetoes Arizona Religious Discrimination Law

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesFebruary 27, 2014; New York TimesGovernor Jan Brewer sided with the critics—as we thought she would and should. She vetoed the law passed by both houses of the Arizona legislature that would have allowed sincere religious belief to be the basis for businesses to discriminate against gays, lesbians, and other persons.Having to deal with this cockamamie bill was probably the last thing Brewer wanted, concerned as she is about making the state more attractive for economic development investment, which this law would have undermined. Even with the bill not having been signed, the National Football League had begun looking for an alternative site for next year’s Super Bowl, and the Hispanic National Bar Association went ahead and canceled its 2015 conference planned for Phoenix.It may have been the last thing Brewer wanted, but it was the first bill the Arizona legislature dumped onto her desk for signature in 2014. She let her colleagues in the legislative branch know how unhappy she was with the substance and the symbolism of the bill.Other Republicans were pleased with Brewer’s veto. Senator John McCain had actively pressed Brewer to veto, and other prominent Republicans such as Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Florida governor Rick Scott had already registered their opposition to state-sanctioned discrimination. This is where the religious right bumps into business conservatism in the Republican Party. To the extent that Republican legislatures push this kind of legislation—and there are Arizona-like bills pending in other states—the less relevant the extreme wing of the Republicans will be.It’s time for the authors of Arizona’s Senate Bill 1062 to join the twenty-first century, though for some of them, just making it to the late twentieth century would be an achievement.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more