Mark Barroca ‘miracle shot’ puts Magnolia on brink of ending San Miguel’s PH Cup reign

first_imgHis team would rather let their game speak—especially Mark Barroca—in the Hotshots’ stunning victory over the San Miguel Beermen, 88-86, to take a 3-2 Philippine Cup Finals series lead Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.Barroca tied his sterling performance in Game 4 in most impressive fashion, sinking a mid-range jumpshot to win the game and put his team on the brink of the championship and cap what had been an eventful night in one fell swoop.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsREAD: ‘Spider Man’ storms court during PBA Finals, hits June Mar Fajardo“I love that guy. He’s not afraid to shoot,” coach Victolero said. “Saktong, sakto ‘yung tira.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “It was a miracle shot. I know that when they have some runs, we just needed to weather the storm,” he said. “This is the ballgame we wanted—as close as possible—to just have that chance in the end.”The roller-coaster game hit fever pitch when a spectator in Spider-man costume stormed center court and accidentally hit June Mar Fajardo.READ: After game 4 guarantee, Arwind Santos confident San Miguel can finally pull aheadFrom thereon, the Beermen moved closer to the Hotshots all thanks to Terrence Romeo’s triple that knotted the game at 86.The Hotshots have a chance to dethrone the four-time defending champions this Sunday at the same venue.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridcenter_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ “Yes,” he said about being one game away from a championship. “But we know San Miguel. They won’t go down that easily.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MANILA, Philippines–Magnolia coach Chito Victolero had little to say about his team’s loss to San Miguel two nights ago.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments ‘Spider Man’ storms court during PBA Finals, hits June Mar Fajardolast_img read more

Mason Rudolph: ‘We’re Soldiers, We Never Stop Fighting’

first_imgMason Rudolph and his squad came out flat on Saturday at home against Iowa State, trailing by as much as 17 points when there was just 18 minutes left in the game. But the Cowboys stayed poised despite the deficit, and rode a surge behind their junior quarterback to win, 38-31.“We just kept battling, man,” Rudolph said in an interview with ESPN. “We’re soliders. We just keep battling. That’s the way Coach Gundy has trained us. The defense did a hell of a – a great job – getting a bunch of stops there at the end. They got the crowd involved, and we were able to finish the job.”In 21 career starts, Saturday’s second half comeback was Mason Rudolph’s seventh career second half comeback. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

2011 World Cup Memories

first_imgJune 26 marks two years since Australia claimed the 2011 Federation of International Touch (FIT) World Cup in Scotland, winning five of the seven divisions contested at the event. To commemorate this fantastic achievement, caught up with some of the Australian representatives that competed in the event, to speak about their experience at the World Cup and reflect on their winning performances.There are plenty of great memories when it comes to the 2011 World Cup finals –  the Australian Mixed Open team coming from behind to claim their first World Cup title since 2003, the Men’s 30’s comprehensive win in their final over England, the Men’s 35’s win over South Africa, the Australian Women’s side’s two touchdown win over archrivals New Zealand, as well as the thrilling Men’s Open final, which saw Australia reduced to five players with just minutes remaining in the game.  Join us as we catch up with some of the players who take us back to the final day of the 2011 World Cup in Edinburgh, Scotland.  Jamie StoweJamie Stowe can now look back at that epic last few minutes of defence in the Men’s final and view it as a ‘fairy tale finish’ to his Men’s Open career, however he recalls how important defending that set was to the outcome of the game.“I knew if we could defend this one set we had it won,” Stowe said.“The Kiwis attacked our right side, to bring it back for a set play on the left. That failed, due to us having five and our middle, Nathan Jones making the previous touch they threw the ball from the ground to an awaiting player who raced Nathan to the line.” “To this day I have never witnessed a more important touch in the history of the game. Nathan turned and took four large strides and then his trademark sideways dive to prevent the game going into a drop-off. We manage to squeeze three touches in down the field before the final whistle went.”Having played in two previous World Cups, Stowe said that the standard of Touch Football was improving around the world, with games becoming more competitive than ever. “Teams like Scotland, South Africa and Japan have come leaps and bounds and it’s great to see the game so healthy.”Scott Buckley Representing Australia in the Men’s Open team, Buckley scored a touchdown early in the Grand Final against New Zealand. He had one of the most nerve-wracking finals of the entire contingent, when he was sent for a period of time in the final minutes of the game, with the Australian team left to defend a full New Zealand attacking set close to their line. “I’ve never been so nervous in my life…I remember being filthy at the call sitting there just hoping the boys could hold off,” Buckley said. “Even when the hooter went for the full-time siren I thought it was only half-time and only when I saw everyone rejoicing I realised that was it.”  The game finished at 7-6 to Australia.While the time out of the game wase tough he said it made the victory ‘sweeter’ once it was completed.Buckley also has fond memories of the event outside of the final.“[My] favourite memories of World Cup would have to be running out for the World Cup final in front of a massive crowd, soaking up the whole tournament, meeting new people from all over the world and then of course travelling after it,” he said.Kylie HilderFor Australian Mixed Open representative, Kylie Hilder, the fact that she was even playing in the World Cup was special and winning the title made it all the more memorable.  “I was just getting back into playing Touch after the birth of my second son and had no intentions of playing for Australia again as I had actually retired. I played New South Wales State Cup at Port Macquarie and was actually at an Australian Women’s Rugby League camp at Runaway Bay when the captain of the Mixed squad, Ryan Pollock spotted me,” Hilder said. “We got talking and he then asked if I would be interested in playing Touch again at an elite level as he and the coach had seen me play at State Cup. From there I played National Touch League where the coach Bernie Morrison approached me and asked if I would be interested in joining the Mixed squad. It then just went from there.” “It was so different this World Cup as I had two sons, meaning a very busy life and I appreciated wearing the green and gold so much more. This I put down to priorities in life change and being able to play for my country again was so unexpected and I wasn’t taking anything for granted.”The 2011 World Cup was Hilder’s third World Cup win, having won titles with the Australian Women’s Open team in 2003 and 2007. The commitment she had made as well as the fact that she had come out of retirement made the achievement so much more special.  “It meant so much knowing that this whole experience had really come out of the blue to start with. I appreciated my selection more and soaked up every moment. I was playing Mixed which was a whole new experience for me after playing Women’s at the last two, so that to start with was a daunting thought. Mixed is such a different game and knowing that New Zealand had been so successful in that division for a little while, it was always going to be a big challenge.”“The win was so good and especially after New Zealand had beaten us in the round games. Playing in the two previous World Cups where the Women’s were always the favourites it was a strange feeling playing in the green and gold knowing that we were actually the underdogs and we had to take the Cup from New Zealand.”“Having two young boys at home and a husband that had been so supportive of me during the whole campaign with all the training weekends and then being away for the two weeks playing, bringing home the World Cup really made all that time away worthwhile.”   Louise WinchesterThe Australian Women’s Open team continued its impeccable World Cup record in Scotland, continuing their undefeated streak at a World Cup level. What made the event even more special for Louise Winchester was captaining her country at a World Cup for the first time as well as being named as one of the flag bearers for the event. “It was the first time I was captain at a World Cup and to receive the enormous privilege of being Flag Bearer for our country, amongst so many incredible players and people, both past and present was the greatest honour I have received. I will never forget that whole experience and I will never ever forget the way my team mates made me feel that day. It is a memory that I will cherish and be indebted to them forever. To make it even more special and emotional, when my Mum and Dad found out I was Flag Bearer they decided to surprise me and make the trip to Scotland. To experience this great honour in front of the two most special people in my life meant the absolute world to me,” Winchester said. Having gone through seven World Cups undefeated, the importance of the Australian Women’s Open legacy isn’t lost on the current side. “We had spoken of our great record and our tradition throughout the lead up and as a team we are very aware of the past players of the Women’s Open division and the amazing legacy they have left us. We are all very honoured to carry on the hard work and the success of these great teams and to do our part in continuing this and even though there is definitely some pressure that comes with this great success it is also something that we continually pride ourselves on and something that helps us fight even harder for it. I could not have been any prouder of the girls in winning this World Cup.”Kristy JuddBeing selected to represent Australia at one World Cup is a massive achievement and Australian Women’s Open player, Kristy Judd created history in Edinburgh, competing in her fifth World Cup at an Open’s level. This achievement is something Judd never thought too much about in the lead up but says she is proud of the achievement.  “Looking back now I am proud to say I played in five World Cups at the Women’s Open level. I’ve had great coaches along the way as well and made great friends. It was also a challenge to adapt to the way the game keeps changing which I think is a good thing and something that you see in every sport,” Judd said. Judd says her most recent World Cup win was memorable and a fantastic opportunity overall. “It was obviously great to come away with a win in such a huge tournament and a great way to finish what we had all been preparing for over the previous four years. Meeting players from the others teams was a highlight too, that’s what’s great about World Cups, it’s not just Australia versus New Zealand, there’s so many other teams playing and trying their best and no matter what the result is they get so much out of playing teams they only get the chance to play every four years.”Phil GyemoreFor Australian Men’s 30’s representative, Phil Gyemore, the World Cup final win saw him and his long-time teammates, Gavin Shuker and Garry Sonda, claim their third World Cup title together, and they did it in style, defeating England 18-2 in the final. Gyemore says he has many fond memories of the event, including getting to captain his country for the first time as well as his side setting some impressive records along the way. “Playing in three winning World Cups with Gavin Shuker and Garry Sonda (is a highlight).  They are both inspirational players that have made a major contribution to the way that Touch Football is played today.”“(Another highlight was) being involved in creating a few World Cup records such as the highest score in a World Cup final in any division by beating England 18-2, beating Luxembourg 31-0 in our first round game and seeing Gavin Shuker score 11 touchdowns in the same game which was the most touchdowns scored by one player in any World Cup game.  He had plenty of help from his teammates in reaching that milestone which will be hard to beat.” While the side were comprehensive winners in the final, the World Cup final was still a very memorable experience for the whole side. “The World Cup final was the only game where we had all 14 players start and finish the game so it was unusual having everyone available despite a few of them carrying injuries.  This enabled everyone to have the breaks and recovery time in the interchange box which kept all players pretty fresh.  The feeling in the dressing room was special,” Gyemore said.“We had…players with plenty of World Cup and international experience and some that were ready to realise their dreams of being in a World Cup final for the first time. It was a good mix and we knew that England were happy just to reach the final with no World Cup finals experience. We knew that a good start was critical to the final outcome and once we got a good start we continued to dominate and keep the momentum.”Paul McPherson and John MoujalliFor Australian Men’s 35’s representatives, Paul McPherson and John Moujalli, representing Australia for the first time and winning a World Cup title was a dream come true. “The support for our players that missed the final was great and the anthem sensational. I remember scoring a touchdown and giving an ordinary fist pump that has been recorded on YouTube for posterity. Lots of photos and some champagne in the dressing room and being able to watch all the other teams as we were the second grand final of the day.” “Our team has had reunions since where we do a lot of back slapping and tell each other how good we are to keep the memories alive,” McPherson said. “To represent for the first time was an honour. I was representing not only Australia but all my family, friends and coaches who helped me achieve it,” Moujalli said. “What I remember about the final/win was the confidence we took into the game because we were so well prepared on and off the field. After we got to an early 3-0 lead it relaxed us even more and we really soaked up the occasion.”To relive the Australian World Cup victories, please visit the Touch Football Australia YouTube channel by clicking on the following link: Related LinksWorld Cup Memorieslast_img read more

8 Cocktails to Make You Forget Summer is Almost Over

first_img 6 Classic Tequila Cocktail Recipes You Need to Know 2 oz Milagro Silver6 oz grapefruit sodaGrapefruit juice ice cubes.5 oz lemon juiceSaltMethod: Combine ingredients as follows: pour tequila over grapefruit ice cubes, incorporate lemon juice and top with grapefruit soda. Stir twice. Serve in an extra-large tumbler with a salted rim and grapefruit slice garnish.(Created by Rosewood Mayakoba Master Tequilier, Miguel Angel Balam)Coco Paradiso 1.5 oz 1800 Coconut.5 oz White Creme de Cacao.5 oz Fresh Lime Juice1.5 oz Unsweetened Passion Fruit Juice (Ceres)Method: Combine all in a shaker and shake with one cube to mix. Strain into a Hurricane Glass and fill with ice, gently swizzling to fully chill the glass. To garnish, add a pinch of ground coffee on top and slice of lime. For garnish, use a pinch of finely ground coffee and a slice of limeSmoked Hefeweizen2 oz Laphroaig® 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky8 oz Hefeweizen or wheat beerSplash of fresh orange juiceMethod: Build in order in a pint glass or beer mug. Garnish with an orange wheel on the rim.Indian Summer 2 oz Tequila Don Julio Blanco1 oz Fresh Lime Juice1 oz Simple Syrup1.5 tsp Curry Powder2 Sprigs of CilantroChipotle Powder and Sea Salt Blend 1:1Method: Muddle cilantro sprigs in a cocktail shaker. Add Tequila Don Julio Blanco, curry powder and fresh lime juice into the shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a rocks glass rimmed with chipotle powder and sea salt blend over ice.(Created by NYC Mixologist Angela Laino)Bonnie Rose Cooler1.5 oz Bonnie Rose Orange Peel4.5 oz Ginger Ale1 Orange SliceMethod: Build over ice. Stir and garnish with orange slice.Southern Sun1.5 oz Cocchi Americano.5 oz Jack Rudy Tonic syrup3 oz Good People Pale AleMethod: Build in order over ice.(Created by Eric Bennett, Bar Manager and Principal Bartender at Carrigan’s Public House)The Front Porch Punch2 oz Chai Tea Infused Famous Grouse*.5 oz Lemon Juice.5 oz Pineapple Juice.75 oz Simple Syrup1 oz Soda Water*To Make Chai-Tea Infused Famous Grouse:Add 4 tablespoons loose-leaf chai tea to a 750 mL bottle of The Famous Grouse. Let sit for at least half an hour and strain desired amount.Method: Using the chai tea infused Famous Grouse as the base, combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain onto fresh ice in a rocks glass and garnish with lemon wheels(Created by Eryn Reece of Death & Company, NYC)We Shall Fight on Beaches1.5 oz BACARDI® Gran Reserva Maestro de RonTeaspoon of Vanilla ExtractDash of Habanero Bitters1 oz Pineapple juice.75 oz Lime juice.5 oz Orange Cordial.5 oz Orange CuracaoMethod: Build in a Boston tin and pour into cored pineapple with crushed ice. Garnish with mint bouquet, edible pansy or orchid and shaved lime zest.(Pictured cocktail: Indian Summer) Editors’ Recommendations 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master center_img 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home Whether you want to think about it or not, summer is almost over already. It may have been all the beer on the 4th of July, or celebrating a little too hard on National Tequila Day recently, but whatever the reason, summer has flown by.For some, that means heading back to school. It means keggers and tailgating. For others, it means there are fewer chances to waste entire weekends outside, doing everything you can to avoid thinking about going back to the office.With only a only a month and change of quality weekends left, it’s time to kick your cocktail game up a notch. Check out these cocktails for ways to make you forget that you’ll have to get your winter coat out sooner rather than later.Related: What to Wear: TailgatingPaloma Pisco Cocktails are the Refreshing Balm You Need for the Dog Days of Summer last_img read more


first_imgThe folk-indie outfit Johnnyswim, made up of husband-and-wife duo, Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano draw on a vast range of music influences described by Ramirez as, “…acoustic-y, Americana-y but it’s not, pop-y but it’s not. It’s us. What I do know is that it’s honest.” They take an unpretentious, down to earth approach to writing and performing their music. “We were lucky enough to sign to a label that didn’t need or ask to hear anything before we turned the record in. If it’s one thing, for better or worse, it’s us.” Amanda adds while discussing how they developed their style and its evolution over the years. The duo’s infectiously genuine chemistry, both on and off stage, is one of their many songwriting influences as well as their son, their parents, and their close friends. Johnnyswim’s second, full-length album is due to be released in spring 2016.You guys just did a live album, and have obviously recorded studio albums. Talk to me about you experience and the differences between recording live versus in the studio.Amanda Sudano: There’s just a lot more stress in the live album.Abner Ramirez: It’s a whole different thing.AS: It is, it’s a whole different thing. We have played that show that we did for the live record so many times. We all know it so well. It’s great. Because we all know it so well, we know what’s happening, and we can all have a lot of fun. But when there’s recording happening and people with cameras.AR: And we did live filming, so it’s going to premier on Palladia in January.AS: So the whole first night, we recorded two nights, we could hear the people with the cameras. “Uhhh angle 7, can you get a shot of the drummers hat.” And we’re just singing the song.AR: You’ll see in our show, there’s a lot of really small moments. A lot of really intimate, quiet moments. And as it gets really quiet. “Camera 7 zoom in, camera 7 zoom in…” *they laugh*AS: That made it interesting. I thought “We’ve done it so many times, we’re just going to have so much fun.” It’s a venue we love. We gave away tickets first to people who wrote in early. So these are people who want to be here. We’re going to have such a great time. And then we got in there and it was like, “This is going to be kind of work. There’s so much going on, there’s so many people.”AR: And we wanted it to be a live record, no fixes, no overdubbing vocals.AS: And we didn’t.AR: Which we are really proud of. It was really like, “You spent a bunch of money to get all these people here, all these cameras here, the recording equipment, the guys…the nights all this stuff.” It was a lot of stress. I’m very thankful and proud to say that it came out awesome, I think. I love it. I think it’s a great example of who we are now. I think that’s an album name, right? For someone. It’s very much us in that moment, I’m very proud of that.Where in the studio, it is a different type of creation. It’s like the clay is in your hands and it’s dirty and you can fix it later. You’re searching. You’re alone a lot of the time. It’s a different patient, slower thing. Whereas making a live record, it’s red, go now.AS: And there’s not time to overthink it. In the studio, you can have a lot of fun, and record something, and go home and…AR: And be mad and go outside and throw a frisbee or drink a beer…AS: No, that’s not what I was saying.AR: Oh, okay. *both laugh* The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date AS: You can love something, go home, and be listening to it and be so excited about it. Then wake up the next morning, still excited about it listen to it and be like, “Did you think I sang that weird? Do you think we should…is the tempo is wrong, let’s just start over.” You overthink everything. That process is a different process. But I like it because it involves a lot more food. So I can say, “I’m going to sing this, then I’m going to have a snack.” And then you’re going to sing something and I’m still going to be eating my snack until it’s my turn to go. And then I’m going to go to the grocery store and make more snacks, like it all revolves around food. And so we’ve been lucky enough to record in places where we can do that because there is a kitchen close by or somebody who’s great at making cocktails. So that makes recording in a studio fun too.What can listeners expect from your second full length album? AS: We are going to be playing some of the songs tonight. Unfortunately, we are singing a lot of the sad songs.AR: They can expect to hear what it sounds like when our hearts break. There are a couple of really personal, sad songs. One for sure that we will play tonight that you’ll hear, it will only be the second time we have played it live. Last night was the first time we performed it for anyone other than ourselves. Unless you count someone who can hear it when I sing it in the airplane bathroom. Accidental listeners.They can expect growth, I think, the songs are great. They show progression of where we are growing and where we’re going. It’s going to be fun. They can expect Johnnyswim. They can expect to feel like, if they felt like they got to know us in the first album, they are going to get to know us even more in the second. Our number one priority is, “is this us? Is this really who we are?” Good, bad, and the ugly, there is no part of us that is trying to fix a song for more people to like it. We are not trying to find a secret ingredient. We like what we do, and we love that we get to make a living writing and performing songs. So this album is full of some excavation of our own hearts and some fun times.AS: And they’re songs that we already love singing and we sing around the house, that feel right. So that makes it really exciting for us too. So far, I mean, it’s not done yet. We haven’t written all the songs yet.It was around this time that Abner quickly left the cozy, backstage room and returned with the couple’s 8-month-old son, Joaquin. As Amanda, with a beaming smile, holds him up in her lap, she begins to talk about him and his already apparent proclivity towards music. For both Abner and Amanda, music has been apart of their lives from the beginning. Abner studied music at the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, and Amanda began singing backup in her teens for mother and famous disco singer-songwriter, Donna Summer.So who watches him while you’re on stage? You have a whole crew.AS: *in reference to the group of people in the next room* So those are a bunch of good friends of ours. My friend Lydia is watching him while we are on the road this week. Our friend that normally travels with us just had a niece…so she’s with that baby. She’ll be back with us next week. We have my good friend, it’s great, she used to be a pediatric intensive care nurse and Joaquin’s be sick this week which makes me so nervous. Can he breathe? Do you think he’s breathing? Should I give him more medicine? Did I give him too much medicine? She’s very calm and takes care of him. Perfect timing. I’m like, “This is the best trip for you to be on, it kind of sucks for you, because you has to deal with me being a spaz.” But it’s really good for me.AR: He’s flown, today was his 44th flight. He’s never until yesterday cried because of ear pain, never. Yesterday, because he was so congested he just started screaming and just tears. It was so hard.AS: And there’s nothing you can do to help it. But today we flew here and he did great. He’s so happy now. Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Editors’ Recommendations Long Hair for Men: Tips for Growing and Maintaining Your Style 7 of the Best Drink References in Music AR: So happy.AS: Just happy yelling.AR: It is so vulnerable being a parent. Loving is vulnerable. Loving is like putting your heart out, and there’s nothing safe. It’s not safe, but it’s good. And if romantic love is like that, then maternal/paternal love is even more exposed, even more vulnerable. Because his life literally depends on you. Have you found a way to write a song about him?AR: I think, as we’ve been writing, there’s a song that we are going to sing tonight that is really about her Mom’s passing, but it’s as much about Joaquin as it is about her Mom’s passing. So you’ll have to tell me if it’s sappy or not. I think he inspires everything. An advantage we have as a writer or artist, the great gift that we have is the ability to communicate feeling. Whether it is with a brush, or a word, an image or a frame we communicate feeling. Having Joaquin in my life, in our life, has only multiplied our ability to feel in every direction. Taking that into account, he’s affected every song we’ve written since we knew he was coming.AS: And you just cry all the time.AR: All the time. It’s a really vulnerable feeling.AS: He’s probably seen me cry more in the past eight months that Joaquin’s been alive than probably in the entire ten years that he’s known me.AR: Maybe, yeah maybe.Final question, what is one great technical difficulty story or touring story?AR: Oh, man.AS: I think the technical difficulty that tops all technical difficulties, was on Letterman when he broke a string.AR: We have a song called Home. We played Home on Letterman. It was Letterman’s last month or two.AS: And it was just us and the drummer.AR: Just us and the drummer. And we decided that last second, “Nah, let’s not bring everyone, let’s just have the drummer. He’s just going to play kick drum.” Near the end of the song, I break a string, we get through it. It’s fine. Dave, Mr. Letterman, comes over to shake our hand, and I take my guitar off real quick, excited to shake hands with David Letterman. And the string had broken at the base, so when I pulled the guitar off real fast, it just swings, full speed and smacks him right in the face.AS: There was blood. Like Abner was like, “Oh! Did I get you?” And he was like, “Uhhh…yeah, little bit.”AR: I cut Letterman.AS: And the best part is, the day before Abner was like, “I really think I should probably change my strings. I have a feeling I should change my strings.” Then was like, “Nah, let’s live on the edge!” So then he’s string broke and we just looked at each other like, “Ehh, oh well. What are we gonna do? We’re on national television and we can’t make this guitar work, it’s cool.” Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Pornlast_img read more

Nevsky Shipyard Clinches Order for Five Ships

first_imgImage Courtesy: Nevsky ShipyardRussia’s shipbuilder Nevsky Shipyard has received a contract to construct a series of five dry-cargo vessels for LLC Paula Rise.Under the agreement reached in late December 2016, Nevsky Shipyard will construct the ships of a RSD59 project, which feature a length of 141 meters and a width of 16.9 meters.The 7,445 dwt vessels are designed for transportation of general and bulk cargo, including grains, packaged lumber, logs, scrap metal in bundles and rolls of large, lengthy and heavy cargo, coal, and certain dangerous goods.The new dry-cargo ships will also feature removable hatch covers while opening and closing of each section will be carried out using a special gantry crane located in the bow bulkhead accommodation superstructure.Nevsky Shipyard specializes in the construction of salvage vessels, tankers, dry-cargo vessels, tug-boats, run-about boats, auxiliary and supply vessels.The shipyard also carries out construction of steel hull and steel structures, as well as modernization and renovation works.last_img read more

Mainland Moose Poachers Investigated

first_imgDepartment of Natural Resources conservation officers are asking for the public’s help to solve the illegal killing of an endangered mainland moose in Colchester County. The mainland moose was killed in the Farm Lake area north of Debert, Colchester Co., this past weekend. In October 2003, moose on mainland Nova Scotia were listed as “endangered” under the Nova Scotia Endangered Species Act. Under terms of the act, individuals convicted of illegally killing the animal can face a $7,500 fine, 20-year hunting suspension and confiscation of all hunting equipment related to the offence. Today, there are about 1,000 moose on mainland Nova Scotia. The Department of Natural Resources is working hard to enhance the population and distribution of mainland moose, but this task becomes increasingly difficult when poachers continue to take the lives of these rare animals. All Nova Scotians can help preserve mainland moose by reporting moose sightings and illegal activities such as poaching. Please call 1-800-565-2224 with any information on this incident or others. Any information leading to a conviction may result in a cash reward.last_img read more

Tea time in North America Montrealbased DavidsTea steeps its bets in brew

David’s Tea co-founder David Segal is pictured at a DavidsTea outlet in Toronto on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. DavidsTea has a new charitable partnership with Me to We to sell a new tea and several accessories. A portion of the sale from each product, available in stores Monday, will go towards funding between one and six months of clean water for a child in Kenya. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young Tea time in North America? Montreal-based DavidsTea steeps its bets in brew boom by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 12, 2016 9:05 am MDT Last Updated Feb 12, 2016 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – It’s generally considered fashionable to be late to a party. The co-founder of DavidsTea is hoping that when it comes to tea, it’s also profitable.David Segal is steeping his bets that the West is catching up to the rest of the world when it comes to drinking Earl Grey or chamomile.“North America’s just been a little bit late to the party,” said Segal. “We’ve had a coffee infatuation for an awfully long time.”People around the world consumed 4.84 million tonnes of tea in 2013, according to a report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Mainland China, India and other parts of the developing world drank more than 83 per cent of that total.“We’re always looking to get more people into tea,” said Segal, who co-founded DavidsTea (Nasdaq:DTEA) along with his cousin Herschel Segal, also the founder of Le Chateau.In its last fiscal year, Montreal-based DavidsTea opened 39 stores and it is planning the same number this year.Since DavidsTea opened its first bricks-and-mortar outlet in 2008 in Toronto, it now boasts 156 stores in Canada and another 37 in the U.S.“It grew faster than I ever could have imagined in those early days,” Segal said.There is a growing demand for tea in both countries, said Amanda Bourlier, a senior analyst at Euromonitor International. The market research firm projects tea sales in the U.S. will outpace overall hot drink sales over the next three to five years.Tea consumption among Canadians is projected to grow nearly 40 per cent by 2020, according to a report on the country’s food trends published by the Agriculture Department. Alcoholic beverage, soft drink and coffee consumption is forecast to grow by between seven and 13 per cent during that time.These tea-drinking newbies are increasingly interested in premium teas and experimenting with flavours, said Bourlier, but no company yet dominates the premium tea market. That positions DavidsTea well to move aggressively, Bourlier said.DavidsTea plans to open another 357 locations, expanding its footprint to 550 stores. That would include 320 locations in the U.S., which would make it a “significant player” in the industry, said Bourlier.She believes these goals are possible, especially in the U.S. where the market is much larger than in Canada.DavidsTea hasn’t offered a timeline for their growth plans.“We adjust as we go,” said Segal.In its third quarter, its most recent earnings report, the company’s revenues grew to $36.3 million from $27.4 million in the third quarter of 2014.There was a lot of buzz surrounding DavidsTea when it went public last June. Within days its shares soared to nearly US$30, but they have since fizzled, trading just above the US$9 mark.Segal said he tries not to watch the company’s stock too much.“My focus is on what we can do to build the brand,” he said, pointing to a new charitable partnership with Me to We to sell a new tea and several accessories. A portion of the sale from each product, available in stores Monday, will go towards funding between one and six months of clean water for a child in Kenya.While the IPO was “a milestone” for the company, DavidsTea needs to focus on its customers to continue growing its brand, Segal said.“That’s really what matters at the end of the day.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version referred to David Segal as CEO. read more

At Security Council Ban urges IsraelPalestine talks to overcome political paralysis

“The parties will have to make the necessary compromises for peace. At the same time, the region and the wider international community must exercise its influence to encourage both sides,” the Secretary-General said this morning in remarks to the Security Council’s briefing on the situation in the Middle East. ‘Time is running out,’ message at heart of Quartet report on conflictOn 1 July, the so-called Middle East Quartet – comprising the UN, Russia, the United States and the European Union – released the first-of–its-kind report, which analyzes the impediments to a lasting resolution to the conflict and offers recommendations on the way forward, urging Israel to stop its settlement policy and Palestine to end incitement to violence. In the report, the Quartet calls on each side to “independently demonstrate, through policies and actions, a genuine commitment to the two-state solution” and to “refrain from unilateral steps that prejudice the outcome of the final negotiations. The diplomatic partners reiterate that a negotiated two-state outcome is the only way to achieve an enduring peace that meets Israeli security needs and Palestinian aspirations for statehood and sovereignty, ends the occupation that began in 1967, and resolves all permanent status issues. In his remarks today, Mr. Ban recalled that during his visit to Israel and Palestine this past month, he carried a “clear and consistent” message to leaders on both sides that “time is running out,” a fact that he said is also at the heart of the Quartet’s report. Noting that some on both sides have criticized the report’s content and sought to dismiss its conclusions and recommendations, the UN chief emphasized that the report’s overriding message, however, is irrefutable: “As negative trends grow more frequent, the prospects of a two-state solution grow more distant,” he said. As such, the report’s 10 recommendations provide a practical approach to end the political stalemate, resume the transition to greater Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, and chart a course to negotiations to resolve all final status issues, the Secretary-General said. Mr. Ban also noted that French efforts to pursue peace complement the efforts being made by the Quartet envoys, and welcomed their coordination with the Quartet. In that regard, he also welcomed Egyptian efforts, including the recent visit by Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry to Palestine and Israel. UN chief cites leadership failures on both sides, shrinking space for civil societyTurning to the leaders of Israel and Palestine, the Secretary-General stressed that their failures to advance peace has created a vacuum, with extremist voices filling that space. In addition, recent incidents reinforce the mounting risks, and those responsible for recent terror attacks must be held accountable, he said. However, closures – such as those in Hebron – as well as punitive demolitions and blanket revocations of permits, penalize thousands of innocent Palestinians and amount to collective punishment, Mr. Ban said. Noting that he is “deeply troubled” by shrinking space for civil society in the region and around the world, the Secretary-General also expressed concerned over Israel’s passage of the so-called “NGO Transparency Law,” which he said contributes to a climate in which the activities of human rights organizations are increasingly delegitimized. Halamish, an Israeli settlement, stands in the northern West Bank, near the Palestinian village of Nabih Saleh. Photo: UNICEF/Mouhssine Ennaimi “All the while, Israel’s settlement enterprise marches on,” he said, highlighting that days after the Quartet called on Israel to cease settlement construction and expansion, Israel announced plans to advance building approximately 560 housing units in the West Bank and 240 more in occupied East Jerusalem. “This is in flagrant disregard of international law. These actions constitute an undeniable contradiction to Israel’s official support for a negotiated two-state solution,” he added, urging Israel to immediately cease and reverse such plans. Moreover, the Secretary-General said it is necessary to ask: “How can the systematic expansion of settlements […] the taking of land for exclusive Israeli use […] and the denial of Palestinian development be a response to violence?” He stressed that such policies will not bring the two-state solution closer to reality, nor will they make Israelis safer or more secure. “As many former Israeli military and intelligence officers have clearly stated, these policies will do precisely the opposite. Indeed, every brick added to the edifice of occupation is another taken from Israel’s foundation as a majority Jewish and democratic State,” the Secretary-General said. At the same time, Mr. Ban said, those Palestinians who “celebrate and encourage” attacks against innocents must know that they are not serving the interests of their people or peace. Such acts must be universally condemned and more must be done to counter the incitement that fuels and justifies terror, he stressed. Ongoing strife in GazaMr. Ban also noted that his visit to Israel and Palestine included his fourth trip to Gaza, where, despite significant progress, tens of thousands of people are still displaced following the 2014 conflict, families are forced to live without electricity for 12 to 18 hours per day, and unemployment remains staggering. Emphasizing that funds to rebuild Gaza remain elusive, the UN chief urged donors to fulfil their pledges made at the 2014 Cairo conference. A long-term stability and sustainability for Gaza depends on the lifting of the “crippling” closures and a re-establishment of a single, legitimate Palestinian governing authority based on Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) principles. Turning to the Golan, the Secretary-General said that the situation remains volatile and continues to undermine the 1974 Disengagement of Forces Agreement between Israel and Syria, jeopardizing the ceasefire between the two countries. “As we focus on Israeli-Palestinian peace, we must take a hard look at where this conflict stands. How much longer can the parties and the international community accept political paralysis? And at what grave price?” the Secretary-General asked. Stressing that the international community, including through the recommendations outlined in the Quartet report, remains resolute in its commitment to support the goal of a peaceful future for both Palestinians and Israelis, the Secretary-General concluded his remarks by encouraging the Security Council to support the efforts of the Quartet to work with the parties, the region and interested stakeholders in advancing peace. read more

Spotify slapped with patent suit following US entry

first_imgThe patent trolls are at it again, and this time beloved music streaming service Spotify is the victim. Nearly immediately upon its entry into the US market, the company has been sued by PacketVideo, a subsidiary of Japanese wireless carrier NTT DoCoMo, for violation of patent 5,636,276, “Device for the distribution of music information in digital form.”The patent in question dates to 1995 and essentially describes the process of streaming music to a device over a communications network. A device connects to the network, which has a “databank of digitized music information” and retrieves music over an encrypted link. The music is then decrypted on the device, and the decrypted data is turned into the reproduced recorded sound. The patent also accounts for user authentication by including “authorization checking” in the decryption process. In 1995, this was novel, but mostly because few had the bandwidth to listen to streaming music, much less serve it up.AdChoices广告PacketVideo, the patent owner, was a hot investment in the tech bubble at the turn of the century. The San Diego-based company had over $100 million in funding, suggesting a valuation in the billions of dollars. While the company ultimately didn’t make a huge splash, DoCoMo uses PacketVideo’s technology on its Japanese handsets to connect them to devices back at home. DoCoMo acquired PacketVideo in 2010 for a fraction of its peak valuation. PacketVideo filed the patent suit in its home district court, the Southern District of California.It is worthy to mention that PacketVideo bought the patent rather than “invented” streaming music itself.Read more at TechdirtBlake’s OpinionWith an increasing frequency of seemingly frivolous patent suits filed in the realm of technology for purely financial gain, and increased reporting on those suits, it’s quickly becoming evident to everyday readers that the American treatment of patents is in need of reform. Spotify exemplifies this need.The company operated harmlessly for three years in Europe before crossing over the pond to the US. That’s a remarkable achievement in a space where music copyright holders have often fought tooth-and-nail using legal tactics to stop companies that might disrupt an industry formerly dominated by radio and retail sales.Yet, a mere two weeks after entering the United States, the company gets hit with a patent lawsuit by a company that uses a broadly worded patent as a financial asset. What’s more, PacketVideo isn’t even a competitor to Spotify.While Spotify is just one case, it is exemplary of the opportunism surrounding patent law in the United States. License fees paid out following patent infringement cases are innumerable and make all successful technology companies less efficient. If there were reforms to limit the power of patent trolls to extract revenue, the technology companies (including Spofity) who introduce innovation would have more cash on hand to do more research or create more jobs.last_img read more

I smoked for 20 years and never thought I could give up

first_img By Cliodhna Russell ‘I smoked for 20 years and never thought I could give up but I’m proof it can be done’ Smoking is directly related to more than 5,600 deaths in Ireland every year. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 15,933 Views 36 Comments Apr 7th 2017, 6:20 AM Share476 Tweet Email3 center_img Short URL Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland White says that her father passed away when she was 34, which made her ‘look at life differently’ and when she turned 35, she set herself a five year plan.“I didn’t want to be a smoker at 40 because, like losing weight, things get harder when you get older.“It ended up taking me a year and three months and I thought it would take me five years. It’s the best thing I’ve ever ever done.”Advice When asked what advice she would give smokers trying to give up, she said, “I would just say take one day at a time and contact the quit support team. Just keep at it and it will work, your cravings only lasts for three minutes so if you can distract yourself for those three minutes you’ll get through it.”She said she wrote out four steps – the four Ds – delay, distract, deeply breathe and drink water and stuck the notes in places where she would normally smoke.“There were ups and downs at the beginning, losing sleep and stuff but once you understand you’ll have those challenges, if you get up again, you can continue on.I can firmly say that I’m never going to smoke again and if I can give one piece of advice to anybody – just take one day at a time, because that’s all you can do.“I feel fantastic, I have so much more energy and I just feel positive in general. It’s all good.”Read: This is the number of ‘current smokers’ in Ireland today> Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland Friday 7 Apr 2017, 6:20 AM SMOKING IS THE single biggest cause of illness, disability and death in Ireland.Almost one in four Irish people smoke, including 8% of Irish children.Last month, the Annual Report of Tobacco Free Ireland Action Plan found that 19% of people smoke daily and 4% smoke occasionally.Amanda White went from smoking at least 10 a day for 20 years to going cold turkey and is still smoke free 15 months on. She told that she started smoking aged 17 “because I thought it was cool”.I always saw myself as a smoker so it was a massive task because it was something I thought I could never ever do. Obviously I’m proof now that it can be done.White used the HSE QUIT service and explained, “They rang me every single week for the first four weeks, and every morning I woke up to a text, which was brilliant because it was really motivational – they were there for me.”She said that because she’s single and “didn’t have that support at home” the QUIT line gave her the encouragement she needed.The places I would smoke, like when I’m at home, I didn’t have anyone there to push me along.last_img read more

WWE issues statement about the passing of Chyna Stephanie McMahon comments new

first_img Maveric April 21, 2016 at 11:25 am May 2, 2016 at 8:39 pm wow, nice try at offending me with the mean, hurtful, insensitive, rude comments, but just like every other keyboard warrior, your attempt has fallen flat. first, i don’t listen to marilyn manson (even though i have no problem with him, or his music), nor do i suffer from depression. finally, you should think before you speak (type, actually), because there actually are “good, rational human beings” that are “glad to see someone die”, and i happen to be one of them. my dad suffered from alzheimer’s disease for many years, and it was excrutiating for him, my mom, my brother, myself, and many others, so for us to finally get to the point where we were able to remove him from life support… it was a great relief. sure, it hurt to lose him, but i was glad, VERY glad, that all the physical, mental, and emotional, anguish was finally brought to an end. there are many other examples i could give as to how/why “good, rational human beings” are “glad to see someone die”, but why bother… you seem very firm in your belief(s), and shut out the possibility that others see things differently from you, which can only make me pity you. feel free to have the last word, for i have nothing more to say to you, expect that i hope, for your sake, and for the sake of those close to you, that your narrow-minded, unkind disposition, will one day be open to a more open, accepting perspective. WhatsApp April 22, 2016 at 4:39 pm U nailed it…all chyna wanted was to ask forgiveness of all the transgressions….and they spit on her face everytime she tries to make amends. damn. RIP Chyna Maveric April 25, 2016 at 12:20 pm Stephanie McMahon Pitches New Career Option For Serena Williams April 25, 2016 at 12:25 pm Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions April 21, 2016 at 10:48 am Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Maveric Mat Thompson Facebook May 2, 2016 at 7:47 pm April 21, 2016 at 8:23 am b d 23 COMMENTS Cedric Anthony You just spent 20 minutes turning this into taking a family member off of life support? And yet you tell ME to think about what I’m talking about.Chyna’s death was SUDDEN and ACCIDENTAL. She wasn’t an elderly woman with Alzheimer’s. She was a former body builder who fell from grace, made bad decisions, and died of an accidental overdose after mixing sleeping pills with anti-depressants. There was no life support. There was no one there around her as she passed in a heart-felt family moment that will be burned into the minds of the deceased’s loved ones. Chyna made the decision to get clean by whatever means necessary after a VERY messy fall from the WWE. She lost the man she loved (Triple H), lost her dream job, and ended up making horrible decisions that got her on the drugs in the first place. So she hit rock bottom HARD. So, yeah, excuse me for seeming “very firm” but don’t try to turn this into a mercy death. Your dad had your family. Chyna didn’t have anyone but her fans on the internet. FordOLoads WWE Executives sell large amounts of stock ahead of Thursday’s 2nd quarter report April 21, 2016 at 2:55 pm Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Pinterest May 2, 2016 at 7:10 pm April 21, 2016 at 10:34 am But what can she say? She’s the head of a major company that used to employ the now deceased. She has to be polite, and really, no matter how much of an annoyance and a psycho she was over the past year or more to Steph and HHH, Steph most likely feels bad and sorry that Chyna’s life went the way it did, and the death is still sad. In death, we usually try to remember the good things a person did, and not still hold grudges over past indiscretions. I’m sure Steph is a bigger person and would never stoop so low as to not say, at the very least, a few good words about her in her passing. April 21, 2016 at 11:09 am April 21, 2016 at 2:37 pm TombaKirby April 24, 2016 at 2:28 pm Maveric RIP Chyna. of course, yes, i agree, but to be completely honest, i would bet all i have that there’s a part of steph that is happy to have chyna gone. there really is no getting around that cold, hard, sad truth. Your making it sound like Stephanie was a saint who didnt steal another womans man! Let me rephrase:Of course there are people that would be “happy” to see someone die. Those people are IDIOTS. You would sympathize if it was a country but then blast pure evil when it’s only one person. THOSE people are not the people I care about. I’m talking about people who are actually smart enough NOT to be an a-hole. Because THAT is a much better thing to live with on my conscience. Jason Jimerson WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon honored with 2019 Worldz Titan Award Alexa Bliss suffering from an illness, Stephanie McMahon challenges WWE Superstars This tweet is so plastic. If she and WWE really cared, they would have mended fences with her last year. Matter of fact, WWE should reach out and mend fences with all previously employed talent and work out any grievances before they pass away, instead of sending out tweets of sincerest condolences/homage for mere public relations after the fact. If business really is business, it would have been a great storyline to bring her back to somehow get involved in an angle with HHH/Stephanie McMahon. April 24, 2016 at 2:31 pm Victor Fiori April 21, 2016 at 8:26 am nice try, steph, but everyone knows you absolutely detested chyna. April 22, 2016 at 4:24 pm i hate to shatter your illusion about humanity, but there are countless people who are happy when others die. some are justified, some are cognitively impaired, some are psychotic, sociopathic, and some are just plain deplorable human beings, but to say “NO ONE” is happy when others die… wrong. b d Now Playing Up Next May 2, 2016 at 8:43 pm April 21, 2016 at 5:32 am April 21, 2016 at 8:30 am O_O Well, this is a bad start for today! April 23, 2016 at 3:10 am Twitter It TOTALLY ruined my daytime buzz, that’s for sure. TombaKirby .ing hypocrite that bitch stephanie is…chyna has been reaching out to make amends with them and they shut her down. O’s Fan Martinsburg Heres What To Expect (Spoilers) From WWEs Christmas Eve Episode of Raw Now Playing Up Next WWE issued the following statement early Thursday morning regarding the passing of Joanie “Chyna” Laurer late Wednesday evening.“WWE is saddened to learn of reports that Joanie Laurer, best known for competing in WWE as Chyna, has passed away. A physically striking and wildly talented performer, Chyna was a true sports-entertainment pioneer. Not only did the Superstar dubbed “The Ninth Wonder of the World” help found the groundbreaking faction D-Generation X, but she also holds the distinction of being the first and only female to win the Intercontinental Championship.”WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon also issued the following tweet.I just heard the tragic news that @ChynaJoanLaurer has passed. She was truly a pioneer in our industry, and she will be missed. #RIPChyna— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) April 21, 2016TMZ is reporting that Chyna was found dead in her home in Redondo Beach, California by a friend who went to check on her and found her “unresponsive in the bedroom of her home.” Police were called around 7:30 p.m. local time. Laurer’s death is being investigated as a possible overdose as prescription bottles were found in her home. No signs of foul play were found based on the early investigation details.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipPeople Want Chyna Inducted Into The WWE Hall of FameVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list April 22, 2016 at 4:23 pm People Want Chyna Inducted Into The WWE Hall of Fame TombaKirby jim macdonald Time to get those “You screwed Chyna” chants ready for RAW tomorrow night when HHH or Steph come out! Okay hold on. Let’s REALLY be honest here. No matter how someone lived their lives or talked to someone in-ring or behind the scenes, NO ONE is ever happy about someone dying. Chyna had demons. She had so many demons that she tried to silence them by doing porn. She pulled herself out of that life and tried to make something of herself. In the end, she lost that battle but she really started to fight back.Now take all that into account for anyone that really knew her. Hell, even X-Pac. They had a well-documented, dysfunctional relationship that spilled over to VH1’s Surreal Life. But even when Pac got clean, I bet he still felt like crap about her passing now. Gary Stephenson Da Vein She passed on 4/20 This maybe the nicest thing, “ANYONE” has ever uploaded to a comments section.Well said, Matt Thompson. b d b d May 2, 2016 at 7:49 pm TombaKirby Maveric Maveric And I hate to ruin your Marilyn Manson-inspired woes and depression. But to say that good, rational human beings are glad to see someone die is a worse lie than you make yourself believe.Now go back to your meds. Her death, to me, is the most tragic IMHO. She tried time after to time to build bridges with Hunter, Steph, and the WWE in general but was shunned away every single time like she was a piece of shit because of her adult film career and her substance abuse. All she wanted was her recognition (which she deserved) but she was denied. Neither Hunter nor the WWE ever reached to her to try to get her help and she died alone because of it. Sadly, it took her death for the WWE and co. to finally recognize her accomplishments. The only thing that brings me peace about this is that Latino Heat is finally reunited in Heaven. RIP Chyna. Another childhood Icon of mine gone too soon. Google+ Fans on the internet that followed her a lot more than any of us did. Comments are closed.last_img read more

Lutherans help Washougal Community Center become a shelter

first_imgWhen a fire ripped through the Gorge last summer, Washougal sprang into action. The community center opened as an evacuation site and residents quickly pulled together emergency supplies. Fast-forward to winter, and the small city is preparing for the worst in a different way.Temperatures dropping below 30 degrees, or freezing rain or snow, would prompt the opening of an emergency severe-weather shelter at the Washougal Community Center.It’s the only severe-weather shelter among Clark County’s small cities, and it’s the only shelter in the county that uses a city-owned building.“Instead of waiting for it to become a problem, let’s be proactive,” said the Rev. Bob Barber, pastor at St. Matthew Lutheran Church.Just like the Archer Mountain Fire was a communitywide concern, Barber said, homelessness concerns the whole community. People experiencing homelessness are not outsiders and should be shown care and compassion, he said.Barber is also chair of Refuel Washougal, which puts on a free meal every Friday evening at the community center that draws about 65 people every week. He said many homeless people are already familiar with the community center because of Refuel and may be more willing to stay at a public building as opposed to a church. Refuel would supply and organize volunteers for the shelter. Many have already gone through volunteer training with the Council for the Homeless. Volunteer handbooks were recently finished.last_img read more

Scientists says data on Alzheimers drug shows continued effect

first_img Patients with mild Alzheimers disease who took Eli Lilly and Cos experimental drug solanezumab early in the course of their disease preserved more of their cognitive and functional ability, according to new Lilly data released on 22 July.Lilly presented new follow-up data from two large trials of the infused medicine on Wednesday at the Alzheimers Association International Conference (AAIC) in Washington.In people with Alzheimers disease one of the things that happens during the disease a normal protein called amyloid begins to accumulate in the brain. And the drugs that were presented this morning were all aimed at removing more amyloid from the brain. Many people in Alzheimers research believe if you lower amount of amyloid in Alzheimers brain you will moderate the course of the disease, said Alzheimers Association Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, William Thies.In 2012, the original 18-month studies of solanezumab, called Expedition and Expedition 2, each included about 1,000 patients with mild to moderate disease. The drug failed to slow cognitive declines or loss of abilities of daily living for the entire patient population.But when Lilly analysed results only for mild patients, the data suggested solanezumab caused a significant 34 percent slowdown in mental decline and an 18 percent slowdown in loss of functional abilities compared to placebo, researchers said.To better assess whether mildly impaired patients benefit from the drug, Lilly extended its two trials by another two years and only enrolled those with mild disease. Researchers continued to provide solanezumab to patients who had taken it during the studies and also allowed patients who had been given placebos to switch over to solanezumab.Lilly had previously reported that after the first six months of the extension study, patients who had taken solanezumab all along continued to show a greater benefit than those who switched to the drug later.Its important because it showed a continued effect of the drug, so the drugs arent transient, Thies said.Should solanezumab prove successful in that 2,100-patient study of patients with mild Alzheimers, within several years it could become the first approved drug to slow the course of the disease , Lilly officials said. Closelast_img read more

Murder suspect killed in gunfight

first_imgMap of DhakaA suspect of murder of police detective Jalaluddin was killed in a reported gunfight with Detective Branch (DB) of police at Pirerbagh in city’s Mirpur area early Friday, reports UNB.A team of DB police conducted a drive near 60-feet Bhanga Bridge area around 2:30am for recovering arms, said deputy commissioner (media) Masudur Rahman.Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, a group of young men gathered in the area and opened fire on police, prompting them to retaliate that triggered a gunfight.An unidentified young man, aged about 25, was caught in the line of fire and sustained bullet injuries while the others managed to flee the scene, he said.Later, police recovered body of the young man and took him to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital where doctors declared him dead around 3:45am.Police suspected that the deceased might be a suspect in DB police Jalaluddin, who was killed in a gunfight with criminals, murder case, said Masudur Rahman.Police also recovered three arms, including two lost guns of two police sergeants, from the spot.Earlier, on 20 March, Md Jalaluddin, an inspector of Detective Branch of police, was killed in a reported gunfight with criminals at Middle Pirerbagh in the capital’s Mirpur area.last_img read more

World body hits UN hard after US pullback

first_imgUnited NationsThe year 2019 started off at the United Nations with Somalia brazenly kicking out the UN envoy, followed soon after by Guatemala ditching an UN-sponsored anti-corruption commission.After a tough year that saw the United States, the UN’s top financial backer, cut funding, pull out of the Human Rights Council and scrap UN-backed agreements, the United Nations is taking more hard hits.Some UN watchers are questioning whether the global organization created at the end of World War II to safeguard world peace is facing a slow demise, increasingly under attack by governments with nationalist agendas.Nearing the half-way mark in his five-year tenure, UN chief Antonio Guterres has warned that multilateralism is under fire at a time when the world needs it most.Leading the anti-UN charge is President Donald Trump whose America-First approach to foreign policy has emboldened other governments to thumb their noses at the United Nations, analysts say.”The UN is having a nerve-wracking start to 2019,” said Richard Gowan, senior policy fellow at UN University.While the United Nations may not be on the brink of total collapse, “the Trump administration’s attitude encourages others to defy the UN,” he said.On Monday, the new envoy for Syria, Geir Petersen of Norway, took up his post as the UN’s fourth peace broker, but the United Nations has been sidelined by Russia and Iran in its efforts to end nearly eight years of war.Peacekeeping — at the heart of the UN’s security approach — is under serious financial strain after the United States announced plans in late December to further cut back its budget contribution.Meanwhile, the Security Council is divided over how to respond to the elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo.Both Somalia and Guatemala have cited UN interference to justify their decisions.UN envoy to Somalia Nicholas Haysom was declared persona non grata last week after he questioned the Mogadishu government’s decision to arrest an Al-Shabaab defector who ran for election.Guatemala announced it was unilaterally ending the mandate of a UN-backed anti-corruption commission that had been looking into President Jimmy Morales’ election campaign finances.- US abandons UN -Jeffrey Feltman, the UN’s former political chief who stepped down last year, worries that the United States and European powers no longer have the UN’s back when disagreements like those with Guatemala or Somalia arise.”What concerns me is that there no longer seems to be effective push-back against such decisions,” said Feltman, now a fellow at the Brookings Institution.Member states who would normally be expected to defend the principles have “abandoned traditional positions,” he said, citing the United States, or been consumed with political turmoil such as Britain with Brexit and EU countries with populism.”The UN secretariat, fearful of losing essential member state support, will not speak out forcefully, in the absence of sufficient member state backing,” he added.A potential bright spot is Yemen, where the United Nations has succeeded in bringing the warring sides to the table for negotiations on ending a horrific war — but UN diplomats caution that peace process is fragile.”The UN is being tested like perhaps never before,” said Louis Charbonneau, UN director for Human Rights Watch, who argues that stronger UN leadership is needed to help the world body survive this difficult moment.”The secretary-general should use his bully pulpit to call out abusers by name, no matter how powerful. We need him to be more of a general than a secretary.”Faced with setbacks, Guterres counters that people continue to see the UN as the best platform to address global problems, such as climate change.A major UN climate summit planned for September is shaping up as a key test of the UN’s relevance.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Friday March 10

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: special two-hour World Famous Happy Hour, LIBERATION MUSIC5 on AFRO First Edition, featuring world renowned jazz musician, Lafayette Gilchrist and Carla Wills, former executive producer of AFRO First Edition, and senior producer of Democracy Now.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img

VIDEO Julian Edelman made the greatest catch in Patriots history

first_img Kids in New England will be re-creating this catch in their back yards for the foreseeable future. As they should. They don’t get any bigger or better than this grab.Julian Edelman makes miracle shoe catch #SuperBowl #Patriots #NFL— Jose Víctor Morán (@josevictormoran) February 6, 2017 Patriots fans will never forget the heartbreak of David Tyree’s impossible, ball-pinned-to-the-helmet catch from Super Bowl 42. The catch helped lead the Giants to the upset of the undefeated pants, and threw cold water on a season of destiny in New England.Last night, Julian Edelman helped erase the Tyree memories by making his own spectacular catch at the most pressure packed moment in football’s biggest game.With just over 2 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, with the Pats trailing by 8, and New England at their own 35, Edelman managed to secure a tipped Tom Brady pass as he was draped by three Atlanta defenders.The play was confirmed on the replay, and the Patriots scored and and converted the game-tying two-point conversion to send the game to overtime. By the time the Patriots won the coin toss in overtime, the cake was already baked for their fifth championship. Advertisementlast_img read more

If You Love Doing Something Chances Are That Other People Do Too

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global August 11, 2019 Jenn Nicken was working as a marketing executive at Apple when she became so inspired by the cooking classes she was taking that she decided to launch a company, The Chef and the Dish, that offers live cooking classes over Skype from renowned international chefs.Alexandra Kenin has a somewhat similar story. She became hooked on urban hiking after moving to San Francisco to work at Google. She ended up starting her own business leading like-minded hikers on urban excursions around the city, called San Francisco Urban Hikers. What these women have in common isn’t just that they both moved from great tech jobs to careers in entrepreneurship. It’s also that they tapped into the same trend – a growing market-demand for experiences.The ‘experience economy’ is boomingAccording to McKinsey, experiential spending is growing four times faster than expenditures on goods, and millennials are leading the way, spending more, on average, than previous generations on things like entertainment, events and gym memberships. This may be a product of changing values, economics and probably also has something to do with the impact of social media. Related: Delivering Remarkable Experiences Is How You Win More CustomersGlenn Fogel, president and CEO of Booking Holdings, parent company of experiential businesses including Kayak, OpenTable and, thinks so. At a recent panel on the topic, he attributed his companies’ success to “people taking photos.”But it shouldn’t just be major travel sites and big tech players riding the wave of experience. If they’re doing it, so should upstart entrepreneurs, who have greater access to online audiences than ever before, thanks to a digitally-leveled playing field. Wix and others offer cost-effective, scalable tools that allow small businesses owners to set up shop and compete online. Business functionality wrapped in professional quality and engaging aesthetics provide the perfect platform for creative ideas to blossom into full-fledged companies. Whether entrepreneurs are selling physical goods, tutorials or activities, many of them are finding that marketing experiences is a driver for success. Related: Use Tradition and Ritual to Thrive In the Experience EconomyThey may even have a chance to outdo larger businesses in this area. A recent Gartner survey drew connections between the so-called “experience economy” and the rising importance of customer experience in general. It found that, while most corporate marketers believe their companies need to compete primarily on the basis of customer experience, only about one in five said the experience they offer exceeds customer expectations. This is an opportunity for entrepreneurs to build businesses around unique experiences and the idea that they can help customers create memories.  The power of emotionsBack in 1998, Joseph Pine and James Gilmore predicted the rise of an experiential economy, owing to the idea that “experiences are inherently personal, existing only in the mind of an individual who has been engaged on an emotional, physical, intellectual, or even spiritual level” in the Harvard Business Review. The spiritual or emotional experience can be the basis of an experiential business. That was the case for Matt Gardner, who traveled to Nepal, worked for a water sanitation NGO and ended up running Hearts and Tears Motorcycle Club along with his partner Jo Pytel. Their club offers guided tours that deliver unforgettable tours and views from the seat of vintage motorcycles. Like Jenn, Alexandra, and so many others, this entrepreneurial journey began with memorable experiences that in the process of sharing with others grew into a business. The key to the company’s success is that it invites people to participate in an experience, an adventure, that becomes a deeply personal customer journey — and yet again is shared with others, who hopefully one day will take the ride on their own.Related: How Escape Rooms Became an Experiential JuggernautIn the new experience economy, this is a great way to think about starting a business. Even if your business is something more traditional than motorcycle rides, it can be a helpful exercise to think about how you can invite people to participate in an experience — and the ability to share it with the world — rather than simply selling them yet another thing.last_img read more

School of Game Design Is Up For A 98 Discount – From

first_imgEver wondered what it would feel like to have a career you loved? Only the lucky ones are able to get into a career they are passionate about. Even if you love gaming, you can make a whole career out of it. The question is how? You can build your own games and with this deal you can do it at a great price. Wccftech is offering lifetime membership to the School of Game Design. The school has developer courses for all skill levels and these courses have been designed by experts and professionals.School of Game Design featuresThis deal will give you access to an enormous library of step-by-step training videos. These videos will include everything, from the very basic to the very advanced techniques. This deal will also ensure that you are always up to date with the newest advancements in the field.With the School of Game Design, you will be able to access: Access over 120 hours of easy to follow, step-by-step video training with access to all additional or updated trainingReceive support from instructors and professionals with over 16 years of game industry experience Enjoy unlimited access to thousands of dollars in royalty-free game art and textures Learn how to make advanced 2D and 3D games that you can publish anywhere Master computer modeling and animation techniques Develop both coding and digital artistry skillsOther DetailsWhen you have a discount of 98%, only an idiot won’t take advantage from it. With the School of Game Design, you will get lifetime access to the content. You will be able to access the content via web or mobile streaming. After purchase you have to redeem the code within 30 days. The best thing is that it comes with updates as well. You can have zero experience in game design and you will still be able to take advantage from the course content. It is compatible with 4GB RAM, Mac OS X 10.9 or later and Windows 10 or 8.1.Original School of Game Design Price: $5990Wccftech Discount Price School of Game Design: $69 Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more