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England seal Rugby World Cup semi-final place after overpowering USAEngland seal Rugby World Cup semi-final place after overpowering USA

first_imgEngland had their second score after 16 minutes, their first from a driving maul, with the referee, Joy Neville, not shy of blowing her whistle throughout, awarding the penalty try and sending the hooker, Kathryn Augustyn, to the sin-bin. The USA were rattled – their sevens stars stunned by England’s line speed – and Marlie Packer added two more similar scores before the half-hour mark.Ask any England player about their forwards coach, Matt Ferguson, and nothing but praise will follow and there is no doubting he has created a powerful weapon indeed. The scrum, too, was dominant and in Mclean England possess the tournament’s most accomplished fly-half. She spun out of a tackle to add try No5 just before the interval, soon after the USA’s hard-hitting openside, Kate Zackary, had put her side on the scoreboard from close range.They were staring down the barrel however when Amy Wilson-Hardy finished off an overlap early in the second half, Scarratt converting to make it 40-7. Amy Cokayne then added another try from a driving maul before a rally from the USA in the last 20 minutes.First Emba went over, then the right winger Naya Tapper. In injury time Thomas scored a superb try, bursting clear down the left, then cutting inside before arcing back towards the corner for the bonus point.For all that sevens speedsters have brought pace to the tournament, England’s forward muscle will take some stopping in the knockout stages. Since you’re here… Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 As responses go, this was an emphatic answer to New Zealand’s earlier statement of intent. England scored seven tries in their most authoritative performance to date, squeezing the life out of the USA in Dublin to clinch a third straight victory at the Women’s World Cup and ease into the semi-finals.Four of their tries came from their much-vaunted driving maul – coach Simon Middleton has been reluctant to show his full hand but at the very least this was England flexing their muscles. It was supposed to be their sternest challenge yet but they cruised through it, for the first hour at any rate.The USA finished strongly but England’s dominant pack and the shrewd game management of Katy Mclean were too much for their opponents, who have dangerous runners out wide but who could not live with England’s ferocity up front. Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger England women’s rugby union team Women’s rugby union Support The Guardian England 47-26 USA: Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 – as it happened For the first time in the tournament they fell just short of 50 points but their ability to shut down the USA’s back three until the match was already won will please Middleton greatly, as will Emily Scarratt’s improved kicking at goal. All things considering it was a fine retort to New Zealand’s 48-5 win over Canada on the same pitch shortly beforehand, which ruled the 2014 finalists out of the last four. The last 20 minutes will cause some concern for the only professional side in the tournament but the USA were hell-bent on a four-try bonus point, England on conserving energy as the competition now heads to Belfast.“We would have preferred to finish the game better than we did but we were absolutely outstanding in the first half, we were clear in thought and our execution was fantastic,” said Middleton. “We had the job done at half-time. We have achieved our objective, which was to get out of the pool and into a semi-final and we are now looking forward to that challenge.”The first try came from Scarratt, who got on the end of Mclean’s grubber to overtake the fly-half as England’s record scorer. From then until half time, Mclean and the forwards took over. The USA’s left winger, Kris Thomas, is dangerous going forward but time and again Mclean kicked into her corner, causing her and the fullback, Cheta Emba, all manner of problems going backwards. 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first_imgHot on the heels of the Australian Mens 30’s Touch team being nominated at the Australian Sports Awards, one of TFA’s leading officials was nominated for an award at the Australian Sports Commission 2006 Ausport Awards.The Ausport Awards recognise coaches, officials, management and other programs that have played pivotal roles in developing sport Australia-wide. TFA took the opportunity to nominate a member of our National Referees Panel (NRP) who has served the sport and its officials tirelessly for many years.Ian Matthew, who is also the Director of Referees in NSW, was nominated for the ‘Officials Development Award’ and we were delighted when he was short-listed to the final three nominees. Unfortunately Ian was unable to attend the Awards breakfast in Melbourne, due to his commitments in Coffs Harbour for the NTL, but Miles Davine, Touch Football Victoria Manager, kindly stepped in and attended on Ian’s behalf.The eventual winner of the award was Sharon Arnold from Basketball Australia, while Ian Matthew and Neil Poulton from Baseball were both highly commended at the breakfast.Ian can be credited for many of the strategies and techniques in place in Touch Football today to develop referees from grass roots level to the elite level. He has influenced an enormous number of referees through his work at local, state, national and international level. Thank you Ian for all of your hard work!last_img read more

Education Ministry to Re-Introduce the Truancy Officer Programme in SchoolsEducation Ministry to Re-Introduce the Truancy Officer Programme in Schools

first_imgMinister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid says his Ministry will be working with the police to re-introduce the truancy officer programme in schools.This, he said, is to ensure that all children are accounted for at all times which will lessen the likelihood of them being recruited by gangs or become involved in criminal activities.“No child should be left behind, because if we fail to do that, all we are doing is leaving them to be taken over by the gangsters,” he said.The Minister was addressing the first in a series of anti-gang workshops at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on May 18.Mr. Reid said the programme “is something that we have to put back in place” to ensure that once students are at the age for school, they must be attending school regularly.The Education Minister stressed that students found to be out of school must be able to account for why they are not attending school regularly.In the meantime, Mr. Reid noted that the education system must be the avenue through which troubled youth can lead a more purposeful life and transition out of a life of crime.“We are saying that those who themselves are involved in organized crime, there is now an opportunity for you to come out, be trained, be skilled, be empowered, put down the guns, put down the crime, and let Jamaica be a crime free country,” he stressed.For his part, Acting Commander of the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Branch, Superintendent of Police Anthony McLaughlin, said the police is serious about dismantling gangs and welcomes working with the Education Ministry to achieve this feat.He noted that the partnership with the Education Ministry is important, as the Ministry is seeking to go beyond what the police does in addressing the symptoms of criminal gang activities, to tackle the root causes.“In dismantling the gangs, if we do not try to attack the root cause of the problem, then we will always be trying to dismantle gangs,” he said.Noting that there are over 250 active gangs which account for between 60 to 70 per cent of homicides yearly, SSP McLaughlin said he was pleased that the workshop participants will be given the tools and knowledge to help steer students away from gangs and gang activities.“We are not saying that gangs are in schools, but a large number of the students are impacted by gang activities and the gangs are out there recruiting these youngsters and we have to know what we are dealing with in terms of these children coming into school when we see the anti-social behaviours, we must know the signs we are to look for,” he said.Research has shown that gangs recruit children as young as age eight.The six anti-gang workshops scheduled, are being staged by the Safety and Security Unit of the Education Ministry. They are geared towards providing school personnel with the necessary skills to reduce the vulnerability of stakeholders to a range of potential threats.One key issue the workshops will address is the formation of gangs and the effect on home, school, the community and by extension Jamaica.last_img read more

Canadas last destroyer leaves Halifax harbour headed for scrap heapCanadas last destroyer leaves Halifax harbour headed for scrap heap

first_imgHALIFAX – Canada’s last Cold War-era destroyer was towed out of Halifax harbour Thursday, headed for Cape Breton where it will be scrapped.Athabaskan, flanked by tugboats as it left the harbour that was its home port for almost 45 years, will be recycled by Marine Recycling Corporation in Sydney.The 129-metre warship was one of Canada’s largest fighting ships, built for operations in the North Atlantic as a helicopter-carrying submarine hunter with a crew of more than 250.Commissioned in September 1972, the ship was decommissioned or “paid off” last March after a final tour around the harbour, which featured several thunderous blasts from its main gun.The Iroquois-class ship was deployed during the first Gulf War in 1990, delivered aid after Hurricane Katrina in 2006 and Haiti’s 2010 earthquake.It was also dispatched to handle fisheries and sovereignty patrols, as well as missions to fulfil Canada’s NATO obligations under the ship’s motto “We Fight As One.”A new class of 15 combat ships is to replace Canada’s destroyers — there were four — and its 12 Halifax-class frigates.last_img read more

Gloria Steinem And Eva Longoria To Attend Women In The World TexasGloria Steinem And Eva Longoria To Attend Women In The World Texas

first_imgWomen in the World is taking its signature live event on the road to the Lone Star State.Tina Brown will co-host the October 22 event in San Antonio, TX, with Gloria Steinem, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Ambassador Karen Hughes, Diane von Furstenberg, Former White House Advisor to President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush Sonya Medina Williams, author and journalist Marie Brenner, art patron and activist Aaronetta Pierce, President of 3N Group Guillermo Nicolas, San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley and San Antonio’s brand-new mayor, Ivy Taylor.Tickets for Women in the World Texas go on sale September 5 at 10am.The program also features: • Filmmaker Deeyah Khan, who will share footage from her award-winning documentary about honor killings • The inspirational Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, who is bringing a girl from her Ugandan orphanage, which shelters those fleeing violence and civil war • Lydia Cacho, one of Mexico’s most fearless journalists, who has risked her life to report on international sex trafficking • Women who serve on the front lines and at home • Plus: actress, director, producer, and activist Eva Longoria; Houston Mayor Annise Parker; and Latina activist Rosie Castro and her son Congressman Joaquin CastroWomen in the World Founder and CEO Tina Brown says, “We are thrilled to expand Women in the World to Texas. San Antonio’s diversity and commitment to education make it a cutting-edge American city for collaboration.”City Manager Sheryl Sculley adds, “As a city on the rise, San Antonio is the ideal location for Women in the World Texas – a singular event that will draw national and international spotlight not only on our great city but on critical issues and women change makers.”The forum will be held at San Antonio’s Charline McCombs Empire Theater. A portion of ticket proceeds will go to the Foundation for Education of Young Women.Women in the World Texas is supported by presenting sponsor Toyota and leadership sponsors the City of San Antonio and Credit Suisse.To learn more about Women in the World and see highlights from past events, click here.last_img read more

Ontario Natural Resources minister speaks to APTN about Grassy Narrows decisionOntario Natural Resources minister speaks to APTN about Grassy Narrows decision

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Ontario government is responding to their recent court victory over the Grassy Narrows First Nation.The long legal battle had to do with logging permits and who had the right to the approve them.The Ontario Court of Appeal ruled the province does overturning a previous court decision.Natural Resources David Orazietti spoke with APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo.last_img

Mourinho to Request Victor Valdés as Backup GoalkeeperMourinho to Request Victor Valdés as Backup Goalkeeper

Rabat – Chelsea’s manager José Mourinho has submitted a list of players he wants to have on standby as backup goalkeepers following Thibaut Courtois knee injury.Manchester United’s Victor Valdés is at the top of his list, according to Spanish sports website’s boss has stressed that the injury suffered by Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will take a long time to recover and he is not going to leave his club without backups in case of a bigger emergency. According to the same source, Mourinho is worried that the Chelsea does not currently have choices for backup goalkeepers, except for Bosnian Asmir Begovic.This has prompted the Portuguese manager to make a list of alternative goalkeepers in which Valdés is Mou’s first choice.The former Barcelona goalkeeper, who joined Manchester United last January an 18-month contract, has made only two appearances under his new team’s colors.The 33-year old goalkeeper, who was omitted from Man United squad during their pre-season tour in the USA, was not included in the team’s Champions League list.Chelsea will have to request the Premier League for an “urgent signing” outside of the customary transfer said that the list of names on Mourinho’s list includes Inter Milan’s Juan Pablo Carrizo, Atlético Madrid’s Miguel Angel Moya, and Porto’s senior goalkeeper Helton. read more

Referee Asked for Ronaldos Jersey before PortugalMorocco Game AmrabatReferee Asked for Ronaldos Jersey before PortugalMorocco Game Amrabat

Rabat – The Atlas Lions, their coach, and Moroccan fans have complained of unfair arbitration on the only goal of the match for Portugal (1-0), which could have been canceled due to a fault made by Cristiano Ronaldo.Nordin Amrabat, attacking winger, who was named Man of the Match by many supporters and media has taken issue with the referee’s behaviour in a game that will send Morocco out of the World Cup after the group stage. On American referee Mark Geiger, Amrabat said: “On field, he was really impressed by Ronaldo.” “When I walked by [Portugal’s] Pepe, I heard him say that the referee has asked for Cristiano Ronaldo’s jersey during the first period. But, frankly, who are we kidding? We’re at the World Cup, it’s not a circus here.”Nordin Amrabat, who suffered a head injury during the Iran-Morocco game, showed the full extent of his talent with his fabulous attacking skills, showing great determination to make history again.On social media, fans called him “the Warrior” as he largely overshadowed Portugal’s Ronaldo in the game.If the accusations of the Moroccan prove to be true, the referee will certainly be sanctioned by FIFA for breaking the game’s rules. read more

Mens basketball Kam Williams refutes report he has withdrawn from NBA draftMens basketball Kam Williams refutes report he has withdrawn from NBA draft

Ohio State redshirt junior guard Kam Williams attempts a shot in the first half against Maryland at the Schottenstein Center on Jan. 31. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorOhio State guard Kam Williams is refuting a report from CBS Sports that said he was returning to Columbus for his redshirt senior season. In a tweet early Monday afternoon, Williams said “I have not withdrawn anything,” a clear response to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein, who reported Monday morning that OSU coach Thad Matta told him Williams planned to withdraw from the 2017 NBA draft. A team spokesman was unable to confirm CBS Sports’ report at this time. Williams’ name had previously been on the list of early entrants for the 2017 NBA draft, which was released early last week. Since Williams has not hired an agent, he is able to return to school after receiving feedback from teams about his draft prospects. Williams, who averaged a career-high 9.4 points per game last year on a career-low 39 percent shooting, is unlikely to be drafted if he turns professional. He has not received an invite to the NBA combine. If Williams’ does return to school, it would provide a boost for Matta and the Buckeyes, who struggled last season. They finished 17-15 and missed both the NCAA Tournament and the NIT. OSU lost redshirt junior forward Trevor Thompson to the NBA draft, as well as senior forward Marc Loving to graduation. A 6-foot-2 guard known for his ability to catch fire offensively, Williams would provide the team with an experienced player and a scoring threat. Consistency on both ends of the court has been one area during his career where he has struggled. Williams, who typically came off the bench during his first two seasons, started 29 games in the 2016-17, mostly in place for the injured Keita Bates-Diop. The public rebuttal from Williams calls to mind a saga which took place earlier in the offseason between Oregon forward Jordan Bell and Yahoo! Sports’ Shams Charania. Charania reported that Bell intended to enter the NBA draft, but Bell — much like Williams — took to Twitter to say  he had yet to make a decision and that Charania’s report was “#fakenews.”One day later, on April 18, Bell officially declared for the draft. Ohio State’s Kam Williams will return to school for his senior season, per Thad Matta. Entered 2017 NBA Draft process without an agent.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 1, 2017’s Note: The original article posted said Williams had withdrawn from the NBA draft. The updated article includes Williams’ refuting comments. read more

Guardiola Modric to Inter Milan is fantasy talkGuardiola Modric to Inter Milan is fantasy talk

first_imgPep Guardiola doubts that Luka Modric will join Inter Milan at any stage in the near futureThe Fifa and Uefa Player of the Year had been strongly linked with a surprise switch to Inter in the summer transfer window.However, Modric opted to remain at Real Madrid and labelled a move to Inter as “the most stupid thing in history”.But the Croatia captain continues to be linked with the Nerazzurri, which Guardiola dismissed as a pure fantasy.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“There is, what’s it called, fantasy football,” said Guardiola, according to BeSoccer.“When you speak about a player leaving for next year, the market is closed now.”The Catalan coach also downplayed Manchester City’s chances of winning this season’s Champions League.last_img read more

Guyanese Pilot Detained in Puerto Rico for US620K Stashed in Private JetGuyanese Pilot Detained in Puerto Rico for US620K Stashed in Private Jet

first_img Erika deadly; heading to Turks & Caicos and The Bahamas Recommended for you Related Items:cheddi jagan international airport, donald ramotar, guyana aviation, guyanese pilot, Khamraj Lall, money smuggling, puerto rico, ramesh ghir Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGuyana Aviation Press Release, 27 Nov 2014 – A Guyanese pilot/businessman is currently being held in a Puerto Rican jail after he failed to disclose a large sum of cash which was hidden in several parts of the private jet he was onboard.Khamraj Lall was the co-pilot onboard the jetliner bearing tail number N822QL when it stopped in the American annex of Puerto Rico to refuel.United States Customs and Border Protection agents were conducting routine checks onboard the aircraft when they discovered large sums of the US currency totaling over $600,000. The airport agents had asked Lall and two other occupants to declare the money they were carrying. Lall was at the time traveling with his father and the pilot of the craft.The pilot declared US$60 while together, the co-pilot and his father produced US$12,000. The hidden cash was found under a row of seats near to the plane’s exit and a suitcase with garbage bags of money was also found near the engine.After the first sum of money was found under the seats, he told the authorities that it was proceeds from his business and he had forgotten that he had it there.The authorities nonetheless continued their search, and found the remainder of cash near the engine. The pilot was then reported as taking full responsibility for the cash. He stated that his father and the pilot had nothing to do with the hidden money. The flight was said to be heading for Georgetown, Guyana.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ramesh Ghir told Guyana Aviation that the local aviation authorities are “shocked” by the recent developments. Ghir confirmed that Lall is a Guyanese businessman who has a private hangar at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).He said the pilot was given permission some time back to construct the hangar where he is to conduct medical evacuations and other private flights out of Guyana. Lall is said to own two private jets.However, after news of Lall’s detention surfaced, more information surfaced that the pilot was given special privileges at CJIA where he was allowed to forgo necessary customs and immigration among other security checks. Ghir and Minister of Transport, Robeson Benn both dismissed the claims declaring that all persons using the airport facilities have to go through the mandatory security procedures.The facility is however located some distance away from CJIA’s arrival and departure building. The private hangar is very secluded. One has to turn right off the main road, to the southern end on the CJIA tarmac onto ‘Khali Road.’ This then takes you to the only building in that location of the airport.There is a private security hut ahead of the hangar’s main building. No airport security is visible in this location.Airport staffers told Guyana Aviation that because of the location, one can access the facility without authorities or anyone else ever knowing. This they say can be dangerous in terms of security, “while you may never know what kind of business is going on at the back there.”It was stated also that Head of State Donald Ramotar would have traveled a few times on state business with the private jet. The bigger question asked was whether the flight was paid for with state funds or not. Benn opined that the flights could not have been free.When asked, Ghir hinted to Guyana Aviation that it would not have been possible for the jet to smuggle money into or out of the country since it would have gone through the relevant security checks. The hangar is expected however to provide arrival and departure areas, executive lounges and spaces for customs and immigration agents among other facilities. The high-end clients will not have to go through the airport’s main arrival and departure facilities.Currently, the private hangar is incomplete, Benn said. Much of the furnishings and internal work is to be concluded.Lall who is said to have several other business ventures in Guyana, is expected to attend a bail hearing in Puerto Rico next week. Four killed in plane en route to Provo; not natives Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Caribbean Hotel Association gives business advice to regional hotels at Puerto Rico conferencelast_img read more

Quite a journey with Rafa says Roger Federer when talking about rivalryQuite a journey with Rafa says Roger Federer when talking about rivalry

first_img Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal: The greatest tennis rivalry of all time Close Tennis legend Roger Federer has discussed his long-term and healthy rivalry inside the tennis court with Rafael Nadal.The Swiss tennis ace has achieved a lot of success on the grass surface. Rafael Nadal, on the other hand, has been largely successful over the years when playing on the clay. Despite this being their strong suit, both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer has gone to win things on other surfaces.Roger Federer says this makes his rivalry with Rafael Nadal even more cooler. Over the years, both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have been a part of big events, Grand Slams, tours, foundation and political side of tennis. The former world number one says it has been a great journey so far for him, having the Spaniard next to him.”The way we go about it is very different, but yet we both find a way to excel. The way he came up was very clay-court based, and I was apparently very grass-court based, and we both found our ways on other surfaces,” said Roger Federer, as reported by Express.”I think it all adds to the cool rivalry that we’ve had. And then you add all the foundation stuff we have, promotional things we have done for the tour, political things, whatever it has been, it’s been quite a journey with Rafa side by side.” ReutersAfter a period of two years, Roger Federer will face Rafael Nadal in the semi final of the Indian Wells Masters of this year on Saturday [Sunday in India]. Roger Federer is considered the favourite if one has to take the recent head to head record between the two. The 37-year-old is not taking the past record into account when facing Rafael Nadal this weekend.”A lot of time has gone by. A lot has happened in those 18 months [since we last played]. You can’t just copy and paste and play exactly the same thing again. He’s at a higher level than he was at the Australian Open… especially in a place like Indian Wells, where he feels comfortable, he’s clearly very tough to play,” said the 20 time Grand Slam winner.”I’m holding my serve comfortably. I’m in a good place mentally when I go into my service games, so I hope I can keep that up. You obviously need to against Rafa. At this stage of the tournament, you have to bring your best game.”last_img read more

SpiceJet posts 2nd quarterly loss on higher fuel costs weak rupeeSpiceJet posts 2nd quarterly loss on higher fuel costs weak rupee

first_imgLow-cost carrier SpiceJet reported its second straight quarterly loss on Wednesday, hurt by higher fuel costs and a weaker rupee.Standalone net loss, which excludes results of units SpiceJet Merchandise and SpiceJet Technic, was Rs 3.89 billion ($53.90 million) in the quarter ended September 30, compared with a profit of Rs 1.05 billion a year earlier. Aircraft fuel expenses climbed 55.8 per cent to Rs 8.45 billion.A combination of rising oil prices, high fuel taxes, a weak rupee, low fares, and intense competition have slashed profits in the world’s fastest-growing aviation market which is clocking 20 per cent annual passenger growth.Rivals Jet Airways (India) Ltd and InterGlobe Aviation Ltd, which owns the country’s largest domestic carrier by market share – IndiGo, also reported losses for the September quarter.SpiceJet, based in Gurugram, said its results were expected to pick up over the next two-three quarters and that it would take deliveries of 10 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in September-December.Shares of SpiceJet were up 3.50 per cent, while the broader Mumbai market was almost flat.last_img read more

Photos Best Horror Cosplay From Spooky Empire 2018Photos Best Horror Cosplay From Spooky Empire 2018

first_img ‘Tis the season for boils and ghouls. This weekend, Orlando Florida held its largest horror convention, Spooky Empire Ultimate Horror Weekend 2018. Geek was on the floor checking out the horrifically detailed and unique items for sale in the dealers room, to all the monstrous live performances and star-studded Q&As with cast members from The X-Files to Elvira: Mistress of the Dark.But one of the best things that makes Florida’s scariest convention stick out from all the rest is the show’s heart-pounding, horror-themed costumes. Check out all the horrifying friends we made out at the show this year for the Halloween edition of Cosplay Round-Up, decked out in some of the scariest costumes you’ll see. on and Villains Assemble at London Comic Con 2018Good Doggos in Costumes at Halloween Dog Parade in NYCBest Cosplay from New York Comic Con 2018 Stay on target Photos: Best Cosplay at San Diego Comic-Con 2019Photos: Best Cosplay From Anime NYC 2018 last_img read more

Unboxing and review of 8Bitdos wireless NES and SNES controllersUnboxing and review of 8Bitdos wireless NES and SNES controllers

first_imgIn the last few months, I posted two stories about wireless NES and SNES controllers from 8Bitdo and Analogue. These controllers are exact replicas of the originals and are perfect for those who still play on the two aforementioned classic consoles. I was recently sent two NES30 and SNES30 Game Controllers so that I could try them out for myself. After spending a couple of nights with them, I have to say that anyone who is serious about retro gaming needs to have these controllers in their possession.Lacking an NES or SNES of my own, I borrowed a Retron 5 from a friend so that I could test out the controllers. The Retron 5 has multiple inputs for various consoles, including the NES and SNES, so it was perfect for what I needed. Plugging the Bluetooth Retro Receiver into the appropriate controller slot is as easy as inserting one of the old controllers. In fact, the Bluetooth adapter is shaped like the controller jacks that went into the systems.The first game I tested out was Super Mario Bros. 3. Though it had been ages since I’ve played the game, I still remember it fairly well. I should note that for the first hour or so of my gaming session, I had the NES30 controller plugged into my PC via USB because it needed to be charged. After that, I unplugged it and played completely wirelessly.If there was any latency between controller input and on-screen actions, I didn’t notice it. The Retron 5 actually suggests turning on the television’s game mode, but I didn’t do it because this mode actually degrades the picture quality. Even without game mode turned on, playing SMB3 felt just right. The only thing that I wasn’t expecting — though I should have taken into consideration — is how small the NES controller would be. I was still a kid when I last played on a Nintendo system, and my current giant man-hands weren’t as suited to the controller as those of my younger self. Still, I had a great, issue-free time playing the game with the wireless controller.Though the two controllers look different from one another, they are effectively the same. Both the NES and SNES controllers have four face buttons and two shoulder buttons. While this is the same number of buttons the SNES has, the 8bitdo NES controller features four extra buttons. This is because both controllers are made to be compatible with other systems. I’ll cover that in just a bit.Playing with the SNES controller wasn’t as cumbersome as playing with the NES one. Even when I was a kid, playing on the NES would be somewhat painful because of its rectangular design. The SNES controller’s rounded edges made for a better gaming experience back then and did so now. Like I said in my post about the SNES wireless controller, this controller is basically perfect even after 25 years. Just like with the NES controller, I didn’t notice any latency while playing.Since the controllers are Bluetooth enabled, they are compatible with most devices that support Bluetooth input. They are also compatible with any machine that has USB ports. After playing on the Retron 5, I tested the controllers on my PC. It was a bit surreal playing Sonic the Hedgehog with a Super Nintendo controller, but also more natural than playing the game with an Xbox One controller. I even played the recently released Aladdin with the 8bitdo controllers. It all worked out nicely.If you have emulated games on your PC you can also use these controllers with them, though some may require you fiddle around with the button configuration. If you’re a PC gamer then this shouldn’t be much of a problem. You can also play mobile games that are on your phone with the 8bitdo controllers. Touch-based gaming can be a tricky proposition, so being able to use one of these controllers with a mobile device may allow for a more pleasant experience. As a fan of retro gaming, I absolutely loved these controllers. I’m sure that those who actively play retro games on the original consoles will love them even more than I did. Having wireless versions of these classic controllers is great enough already, but allowing compatibility with so many systems and devices makes them even better. Again, if you are a retro gaming enthusiast, you need to do yourself a favor and buy these controllers. They’re fantastic.Both the NES30 and SNES Game Controllers can be purchased through 8Bitdo’s website.8bitdo provided with the controllers used in this review. <>last_img read more

Beetroot juice may boost muscle powerBeetroot juice may boost muscle power

first_imgDrinking concentrated beetroot juice increases muscle power in patients with heart failure, new research has found.“It is a small study, but we see robust changes in muscle power about two hours after patients drink the beet juice,” said study senior author Linda Peterson, associate professor of medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.The researchers believe that high nitrate content in beet juice could explain the improved muscle power in the study participants.Earlier research had found that dietary nitrate improves muscle performance in many elite athletes. The nitrates in beet juice, spinach and other leafy green vegetables such as arugula and celery are processed by the body into nitric oxide, which is known to relax blood vessels and have other beneficial effects on metabolism.The researchers observed the most substantial benefit when the muscles moved at the highest velocities. The increase in muscle performance was significant in quick, power-based actions, but researchers saw no improvements in performance during longer tests that measure muscle fatigue.The researchers also pointed out that participants experienced no major side effects from the beet juice. The study appeared in the journal Circulation: Heart Failure.last_img read more

Government promises solutions to local producers hurt by import pricesGovernment promises solutions to local producers hurt by import prices

first_imgHundreds of farmers and pork producers on Tuesday demonstrated in front of Casa Presidencial to demand President Luis Guillermo Solís’ administration better manage the country’s free trade agreements. Currently a disparity in measures applied by countries that export to Costa Rica is hurting sales of local products, they claim.Renato Alvarado, leader of the Costa Rican Pork Producers’ Chamber, said “the stability of 14,000 jobs in the sector is at stake, as most farmers currently are close to bankruptcy.”An unbalanced implementation of the conditions of free trade agreements is forcing the government to import more while Costa Rican farmers are unable to either sell their products here or send them to foreign markets, Alvarado said.President Solís agreed to meet with eight representatives of the demonstrators, including pork, potato, cooking oil, avocado and egg producers. The ministers of agriculture, economy, trade, communications and the presidency also participated in the nearly five-hour meeting.Pork farmers were the most vocal protesters yesterday, using several trucks — some loaded with pigs — to block roads near the Casa Presidencial for several hours. They also delivered Solís a piglet when the president approached the crowd to announce he was listening. Farmers on June 23 block all streets in the surroundings of Casa Presidencial in the southeastern San José district of Zapote. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesThe administration pledged to deliver farmers a proposal to address their requests by Wednesday at 3 p.m.Pork farmers mostly are seeking for more efficient implementation of trade agreement regulations, especially relating to sanitary measures and labeling on imported pork from Chile.Juan Rafael Lizano, president of the National Chamber of Agriculture and Agribusiness, said Costa Rica should implement the same controls Costa Rican exporters face. For example, Lizano said Costa Rican animal health officials should be able to inspect and certify all Chilean meat processing plants currently shipping products to Costa Rica. According to Lizano, Chile currently does not buy pork from Costa Rica, arguing that Tico producers “have yet to approve inspection by Chilean health officials.”Imports of pork from Chile are hurting sales of local meat, and farmers have been forced to lower per-kilo prices by up to ₡300 ($0.60) below operating costs, he said.Following the meeting, Casa Presidencial issued a statement saying “this administration understands the situation of local pork producers and understands the need to promote measures to ensure their businesses’ sustainability while maintaining strict adherence to international trade agreements signed by the country.”Presidency Minister Sergio Alfaro said the situation will be addressed comprehensively, and he believes there are many options that could benefit local producers. Alfaro did not disclose details of the proposal, but said it would respect international trade agreements signed by Costa Rica.Demonstrators on Wednesday said they would not leave Casa Presidencial, in the southeastern San José district of Zapote, without a response from the president: Related posts:Costa Rica exports down 16 percent in first six months of 2015; ‘Intel effect’ continues US updates import requirements for tomatoes, gluten-free products China approves entry of Costa Rican pineapples, tuna Costa Rica exports down 15 percent in 2015, mostly thanks to Intel exit Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Bipartisan Bill Targets Foreign Investors for US HousingBipartisan Bill Targets Foreign Investors for US Housing

first_img Share Bipartisan Bill Targets Foreign Investors for U.S. Housing in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2011-10-24 Abby Gregorycenter_img October 24, 2011 401 Views On Capitol Hill, the “”Senate”” is making moves to help the U.S. housing market capitalize on foreign investors. “”Sen. Charles E. Schumer”” (D-New York) and “”Sen. Mike Lee”” (R-Utah) proposed legislation recently that would facilitate investments from abroad by easing the acquisition of visas for those participating. [IMAGE]The bipartisan plan would give foreigners buying homes on American soil a residential visa for three-years with an investment of $500,000 or more, provided they live in the property for a minimum of 180 days per year. Sen. Schumer spoke out on the bill during a conference call to reporters, noting the measure’s ability to recruit high numbers of investors.The proposal targets assistance to the still struggling housing sector stateside, and Sen. Schumer indicated that the current version of the legislation would still ensure that foreign buyers under consideration meet the strict guidelines that are applied to those generally seeking a U.S. visa. Other stipulations revealed within the Senators’ bill include a mandate that investors pay for their homes in cash versus a mortgage and that the foreigners involved pay taxes. Buyers from outside the U.S. would also be required to apply for a work visa, though an exception would be made for earning income through leasing out the property purchased. Sen. Schumer emphasized the efforts of he and Sen. Lee to avoid creating a circumstance that could threaten American jobs, and additionally, he reiterated that the visas extended to qualifying foreign investors would not give them citizenship or voting rights.””The greatest problem in our housing market is there’s not enough demand,”” Sen. Schumer stated during the call. He continued his commentary, saying he hoped the Obama administration “”will like it.””The Senators’ proposed legislation has its foundations in ideas first presented by Warren Buffet, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has indicated its approval of the potential maneuver. Sen. Schumer said that President Obama and members of his administration received the bill last week but have not responded to it thus far.last_img read more

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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Seattle Seahawks’ Ahtyba Rubin, left, and Bobby Wagner tackle Arizona Cardinals’ David Johnson on a carry by Johnson in the second half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Top Stories That’s essentially the perspective’s Adam Schein has, although when looking at each divisions’ favorite and top contender, he still sees the Cardinals as a threat.Schein has the Seahawks as the favorite, noting he liked the pickup of running back Eddie Lacy and that their defense is still nasty. As for the Cardinals:Yes, Arizona lost Calais Campbell and Tony Jefferson in free agency. But this team still oozes talent. And getting Tyrann Mathieu back from injury is gigantic. Last year was a major disappointment, but the Cardinals have improved the special teams and the core of the roster. Overall, this team is just too strong. I expect a major bounceback in 2017.Schein has long been fond of the Cardinals, and with the Rams and 49ers both rebuilding, it makes sense that the Cardinals will once again be the Seahawks’ top challenger.But will the Cardinals have enough to contend again?As pointed out, Arizona has lost a lot from its defense, which last season finished second in the NFL in yards allowed. Free agency has not been particularly kind to them across the board, though it’s likely most of the departures were expected and the Cardinals have added talent, such as linebacker Karlos Dansby and safety Antoine Bethea. The Arizona Cardinals were expected to be among the best teams in the NFL in 2016, and with that were supposed to win the NFC West for a second consecutive season.They were not, and they did not.As we all know, the Cardinals finished a disappointing 7-8-1, ceding the division back to the Seattle Seahawks, who went 10-5-1.Based on that alone, you’d have to think the Seahawks are once again the favorites to claim the NFC West in 2017. Adding to that, little has happened over the first couple weeks of the NFL’s free agency period to make one think the Cardinals were ready to usurp the division champs. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   With all that, there is still plenty that can be done in free agency and then there will be the NFL Draft, in which the Cardinals hold the 13th overall selection.So even if the Cardinals are not at the Seahawks’ level now, there is still time for things to change. – / 18 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

As The Great Gatsby hits the cinemas the 1920s arAs The Great Gatsby hits the cinemas the 1920s ar

first_imgAs The Great Gatsby hits the cinemas, the 1920s are roaring into fashion. From Paris to New York, we presents five places to party like you’re Jay, Jordan, Nick, Tom and Daisy. Bottoms up!1. New York, USAF. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel The Great Gatsby – now receiving the Baz Luhrmann treatment – captured the cocktail-soaked mood of the 1920s (actually, The Beautiful and Damned is better, but we digress). Hire a beachhouse in Long Island for the season and throw outlandish parties like mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby or, more realistically, prop up the bar with a Tom Collins at Dutch Kills in Queen’s, New York.2. Paris, FranceIn Woody Allen’s Oscar-winning Midnight in Paris, Owen Wilson goes back in time to the 1920s and parties with the stars of the Lost Generation like Cole Porter, Picasso, Ernest Hemingway and literary power couple F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. What we’d give to party with Owen Wilson, but anyway, if he’s not available, don your best cloche hat, pose at the bar like Coco Chanel, sinking absinthes and smoking Gitanes in a seven inch-long holder (ok, maybe not).3. Pamplona, SpainF. Scott Fitzgerald’s drinking buddy, Ernest Hemingway, wrote another absolute classic of the age. In Fiesta (The Sun Also Rises), expat Yank Jake Barnes parties hard in Paris with his posse before heading to Pamplona to er, party hard. Live it up like Jake, Lady Brett and the gang at the San Fermin fiesta in July, when the baking Basque city kicks off big style. Expect much wine-induced craziness, and the famous Running of the Bulls. Chill out afters in Biarritz or San Sebastian.4. Atlantic City, USASteve Buscemi’s bootlegger Nucky Thompson lords it ever-so-stylishly over prohibition-era Atlantic City in the massive TV series Boardwalk Empire. ‘AC’ has changed a bit since the 1920s, but the seaside boardwalk is still there by the beach, while you can certainly sip a Canadian Club by the craps clad in top hat and carnation in one of AC’s many, many casinos.5. Nice, FranceTake a summer sojourn to the French Riviera like F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age jet set in Tender is the Night. Even if the budget doesn’t stretch to a hydroplane and a nine-bedroomed villa in Cassis, you can still do it like Dick Diver and Nicole. Book a cheap break in Nice, don tux/flapper and blow your entire budget on a kir royale and a round of roulette at the Palais de la Méditerranée. No one has to know you flew easyJet.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Related13 of the best music festivals for 2015Find the soundtrack to your summer at one of these incredible international music festivals.Alternative New Year’s Eve 2016: unusual places to party in the UKDo your New Year’s Eve parties usually end with more of a fizzle than a bang? Leave Jools and your sofa behind and see 2017 in in style. Here are nine alternative New Year’s Eve events happening around the UK this December 31st for you to choose from:Location, location, location: where to see the Oscar nomineesThe nominees for the 2012 Academy Awards were announced and here’s where you can experience 5 of them yourselflast_img read more