‘Liverpool looking for Fekir alternative’

first_imgTransfers ‘Liverpool looking for Fekir alternative’ – McManaman expecting Klopp to land Coutinho cover Chris Burton 03:00 6/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jurgen Klopp in Kiev Getty Transfers Liverpool Premier League The Reds may have moved on from their pursuit of the Lyon playmaker, but a former winger is expecting added creativity to be acquired this summer Liverpool are looking for an alternative to Nabil Fekir, claims Steve McManaman, with the Reds still in need of creative cover for the departed Philippe Coutinho.Having parted with the Brazil international during the January transfer window, those at Anfield were forced to make do until the end of the 2017-18 campaign.They fared admirably enough, with Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane leading the charge towards a top-four finish in the Premier League and the Champions League final. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Jurgen Klopp has, however, been exploring creative options this summer – with a move for Lyon playmaker Fekir shelved following medical issues – and a big-money deal is expected at some stage.Former Reds winger McManaman told The Express: “The fact that he’s looking at that position suggests that he wants someone.“So I presume he’ll try and find a replacement. A number 10 type player.“When Coutinho went, I know they haven’t missed him because the front three have played so well, but I think it showed that if one of them gets injured they certainly need back up.“They’ve got [Adam] Lallana, but the fact they’re looking at that position, an eight or a 10, shows where Jurgen wants to bring somebody in.”While expecting Liverpool to bolster their ranks in the midfield department, McManaman also believes a new No. 1 will be brought in.Loris Karius Liverpool Champions League finalLoris Karius’ disastrous showing in the Champions League final, even when taking a concussion into account, has further highlighted the need for a reliable option between the sticks to be found.Ex-England international McManaman added: “I think Jurgen will look at the goalkeeper position, definitely.“The fact there’s been so many rumours about [Jan] Oblak, Alisson, [Thibaut] Courtois, whoever it is, I think it’s an area they have been looking at and will be looking at.”Anywhere you can spend on the team right through – central defenders, he’s bought midfielders, wants a number 10, that spine of the team, I think managers will look at players who are available and if they can improve the team you have to look at it to be honest.”Liverpool have been linked with a number of goalkeeping options, with the Reds eager to make additions as soon as possible after discovering their schedule for the 2018-19 Premier League season. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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A Former College Football Player Was Found Dead Near His Team’s Stadium

first_imgOregon hosts Washington at Autzen Stadium.EUGENE, OR – AUGUST 30: A general view taken during the game between the Washington Huskies and the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium on August 30, 2008 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)A former college football player was found dead near his team’s stadium this weekend. He was only 21.Fotu Leiato, who was dismissed from Oregon’s football program in April following an arrest, was found dead hours after reportedly being killed in a single-car accident.The former defensive back was found near Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. when a passerby spotted the body.From KEZI.com:Investigators say Leiato’s body was discovered by a passerby several hours after the crash scene had been cleared. The driver of the vehicle, Pedro Chavarin Jr., 22, told police he was the lone occupant of the vehicle.Chavarin was taken to the hospital, then cited for DUII.The crash happened around 2:30 a.m. near Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard and Kinsrow Avenue.According to police, a woman was walking in the area at 6:51 a.m. when she saw a hand, leading to the discovery of Leiato’s body.More details regarding the tragic accident will likely be released later.The Eugene Police Department has confirmed that the victim in the deadly rollover crash just outside Autzen Stadium early Friday morning was recently dismissed Oregon linebacker, Fotu Leiato II.Leiato was 21 years old. pic.twitter.com/q3ECOLToVi— NewsWatch 12 Sports (@KDRVSports) June 16, 2018Our thoughts are with Fotu’s family and friends. May he rest in peace.last_img read more

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UN agency will ask Australia to change offshore refugee processing legislation

The 1951 Refugee Convention, which Australia has ratified and Nauru has not, stipulates that signatory governments should cooperate with the agency, UNHCR, in its supervision of the Convention’s implementation. This was always taken to mean that a country drafting legislation affecting refugees would consult the agency at an early stage, UNHCR spokeswoman Jennifer Pagonis said at a briefing at the UN complex in Geneva. Nonetheless, the agency accepted an invitation to make a formal submission to the Australian Senate’s Legal and Constitutional References and Legislation Committee by the 22 May deadline, she said. The Committee is scheduled to report back to Parliament by 13 June.Ms. Pagonis noted that the legislation is complicated and contains a number of issues that need to be clarified, including such unfamiliar concepts as “designated unauthorized arrivals” and “transitory persons.” The agency’s concerns include having the same standards for processing in third countries as Australia maintains at home, she said. These standards include allowing them to live in humane conditions and in family units, and not coercing the asylum-seekers into returning home to persecution.Many refugees have arrived in Australia by boat in recent years, originating from Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and Bangladesh. The Australian Government has begun to intercept some of them at sea or on offshore islands and to send them to Nauru, or to Manus Island in Convention signatory Papua New Guinea. UNHCR said today that it had had a bad experience with the arrangements set in place in Nauru in 2001 after more than 400 mainly Afghan asylum-seekers were rescued by a Norwegian freighter, the Tampa, from an Indonesian ferry. Australia sent them to Nauru where they were kept “in detention-like conditions for a long period of time with no timely solutions for the refugees, who suffered considerable mental hardship,” it said. read more

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Former associate of exSubway pitchman Fogle sentenced to 27 years on child

by Rick Callahan, The Associated Press Posted Dec 10, 2015 10:58 am MDT Last Updated Dec 10, 2015 at 3:50 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Former associate of ex-Subway pitchman Fogle sentenced to 27 years on child porn charges INDIANAPOLIS – The former director of a foundation started by ex-Subway pitchman Jared Fogle begged a judge not to send him to “rot in the landfill of lost souls” before she sentenced him Thursday to 27 years in a federal prison for producing child pornography.Russell Taylor, whose production of child pornography of 12 children played a key role in Fogle’s criminal case, choked back tears as he asked U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt for a sentence short enough for him to someday reunite with his family.“Please do not allow me to rot in the landfill of lost souls,” Taylor told Pratt, his voice cracking after he apologized to his victims and said he was deeply remorseful.Prosecutors sought a 35-year sentence, while attorneys for the 44-year-old Indianapolis man requested a sentence ranging from 15 years to nearly 23 years.Pratt told Taylor and his attorneys that she had taken into account Taylor’s decision to plead guilty — a move that spared his victims an extended legal case — and the “substantial assistance” he gave authorities in Fogle’s criminal case.The judge said Taylor won’t be eligible for release from prison until he’s 65. He is married and has two children and three stepchildren, according to his attorneys.Taylor agreed in September to plead guilty to 12 counts of child exploitation and one count of distribution of child pornography. He admitted using cameras hidden in his homes to produce pornography of the children, some as young as 9 years old.Authorities said Taylor, who formally pleaded guilty to the charges Thursday, produced the pornography over a four-year period that ended in April after they raided his home. They said he secretly filmed the children as they were nude, changing clothes or engaged in other activities.Taylor was executive director of the Jared Foundation, a non-profit that Fogle started to raise awareness and money to fight childhood obesity, from 2009 until May, when prosecutors filed child pornography charges against Taylor.Indiana authorities who raided Fogle’s suburban Indianapolis home in July have said their probe began in September 2014 based on a tip to Indiana State Police regarding Taylor’s sexual interest in children.Federal prosecutors said Fogle, a 38-year-old father of two, received photos or videos from Taylor of eight of Taylor’s 12 child victims and encouraged him to produce more child pornography.Fogle was sentenced last month to more than 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to trading in child pornography and having sex with two underage prostitutes.Taylor’s attorney, Brad Banks, told the judge before she sentenced Taylor that his client has a history of mental illness and was sexually abused as a child. He also said Fogle psychologically abused Taylor and exercised financial control over him after hiring him to run his foundation — a job that allowed Taylor to share in Fogle’s lavish celebrity lifestyle, including frequent travel.Pratt, who also sentenced Fogle, said she reviewed the evidence, including the sexual abuse of Taylor as a child. But she appeared unmoved by the suggestions from Taylor’s attorneys that Fogle was indirectly responsible for Taylor’s actions by pressuring him to create more child pornography.“The awful reality is that the defendant and Mr. Fogle shared a mutual perversion,” she said.Fogle became a Subway pitchman after shedding more than 200 pounds as a college student, in part by eating the chain’s sandwiches. Subway ended its relationship with Fogle after authorities raided his home. read more

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LNG in heavy hauler trucks could reduce costs and emissions at oil

first_img“To succeed commercially in the future, we believe we have to be able to compete both economically and environmentally. We believe that is what Canadians want,” said Shell’s VP, Oil Sands, John Rhind. “With heavy hauling being such a core part of our operation, success with this could make a real difference in our operations costs and emissions.”“We are excited to collaborate with Shell on this latest initiative to power Cat® mining trucks with Caterpillar’s LNG technology. Many of our customers are asking for natural-gas powered equipment in order to reap the financial and environmental benefits. This agreement further builds upon our efforts in delivering cost effective, reliable and innovative solutions to our customers,” said Chris Curfman, Caterpillar Vice President with responsibility for Mining Sales & Support Division.Field testing of dual fuel powered mining trucks at Shell’s oil sands operations is expected to begin in 2016, with the trial expected to last up to one year.Shell Canada operates Muskeg River and Jackpine mines, and the Scotford Upgrader, on behalf of the Athabasca Oil Sands Project (AOSP), a joint venture between Shell Canada Energy (operator and 60% owner), Chevron Canada (20%) and Marathon Oil Canada Corp (20%).Caterpillar’s natural gas powered product line-up currently includes gas turbines and spark-ignited engines for the electric power and gas compression markets, as well as a dual fuel engine option for the petroleum market. The development and design of a fully integrated, dual fuel mining truck represents a significant step in this space.LNG is natural gas chilled to -162oC. It has been safely produced and used in heating and power generation for decades. Using LNG to power mining trucks could mean lower costs and reduced greenhouse gas emissions compared to mining trucks powered by diesel fuel only. Shell Canada and Caterpillar have signed an agreement to test a new engine and fuel mix using liquefied natural gas (LNG) that could reduce operating costs and lead to reduced emissions from oil sands mining in northern Alberta. Cat will leverage its experience with LNG in other applications, and will continue development work to design and build a fully integrated mining truck where LNG displaces most of the diesel power – also known as dual fuel. Through this agreement, Caterpillar will test the design at Shell’s oil sands operations located near Fort McMurray. In addition to the new truck Caterpillar is developing, Shell will also retrofit existing trucks from its fleet with the new engine for the trial, as well as provide fuelling infrastructure, at its Shell Albian Sands operation near Fort McMurray. This trial follows a trend for Shell in looking at options to use Canada’s abundant natural gas as a fuel in marine and road transportation, and other industrial situations.last_img read more

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Solar Mining Services emphasises importance of permitted explosives

first_imgMining remains a hazardous environment, not just from operational aspects from say the movement of machinery but also as a result of some of the associated properties that go with minerals being mined eg flammable gasses. Each and every action has consequences. Risk mitigation remains deservedly the top priority to preserve and protect life, while going about the business of extracting wealth in the earth responsibly.Solar Mining Services has a cartridge product suitable for applications where ‘permitted explosives products’ need to be used in environments where heat and energy can cause a chain reaction of unwanted results. A permitted explosive like those offered by Solar, would typically have passed the Buxton or equivalent type of tests and have been placed on a list of authorised explosives. By implication it means that within certain parameters, they are relatively safe to manufacture, handle, transport, and use in so called ‘safety-lamp’ mines.Once detonation has occurred, a permitted explosive will firstly ‘give off’ the minimum possible quantity of noxious gases. This is important as these gases have dangerous health implications, the lower the noxious gas levels, the better.Secondly, the flame produced by the explosion is at the lowest possible temperature whilst simultaneously having the shortest possible duration – ‘a quick bang’. The result is to mitigate the chances of causing other combustible gases to ignite. The explosive contains a formulation which acts as a kind of ‘cooling agent’, such as sodium chloride and sodium bicarbonate.“Where this is relevant is in coal mines where combustible gases or coal dust is present. Conditions for a chain reaction of events pose a real concern for safety, health and loss of product due to fires starting.”last_img read more

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Papandreou spring surprise cabinet reshuffle

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou has reshuffled his cabinet but left the key post of finance minister unchanged.The reshuffle was announced late last night, less than a year since the Papandreou government came to power.The Greek government has retained its finance minister but changed other key officials involved in the effort to reform the country’s troubled economy.Under the changes announced at 1:30 a.m Athens time, George Papaconstantinou remains Finance minister, but the ministers of Development, Labour and Health have been replaced.Deputy Prime Minister Theodoros Pangalos has retainrd his post, while outgoing Interior Minister Yannis Ragoussis has been named as Minister of State with responsibility for the better coordination of the government.Harris Pampoukis gets the portfolio of Foreign Investments, former Deputy Foreign Minister has taken over from George Papandreou as Foreign Minister and Louka Katseli has been replaced in the revamped Ministry of Regional Development and Competitiveness by the former Minister for Citizen Protection Minister Michalis Chrysohoidis.Katseli takes over from Andreas Loverdos as the new Labor and Social security minister as Loverdos takes responsibility for Health and Social Solidarity. Outgoing Health Minister Marilisa Xenoyannakopoulou has been appointed as Deputy Foreign Minister responsible for European Affairs.Secretary of PASOK’s parliamentary group Christos Papoutsis is named as new Minister for Citizen Protection and Giannis Diamantidis as head of the new formed Ministry of Sea Transportation, Islands and Fishing.The reshuffle also has a Greek Australian connection as former Victorian ALP Deputy Leader, Dimitri Dollis, has been appointed as one of two Deputy Foreign Ministers.A number of Minister have retained their existing ministries.Pavlos Geroulanos remains as Culture and Tourism minister, Evangelos Venizelos as Defence minister, Dimitris Reppas as Infrastructure minister, Anna Diamantopoulou as Education minister and Tina Birbili as Environment protection and climate change minister and Harris Kastanidis as Justice, Transparency and Human Rights minister.Kostas Skandalidis will be the new head of Agriculture Ministry, replacing Katerina Batzeli who is the most prominent minister to be left out of the new cabinet.“It took just 11 months and one long night … for the Prime Minister to admit his government’s failure,” said main conservative opposition New Democracy party spokesman Panos Panagiotopoulos.Sources: BBC News, Xinhua, Associated Press, Reuterslast_img read more

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Australian Vasilios Konstantinou released

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An Australian man held in custody for two years while fighting extradition to Greece on drug charges has been released after the Federal Government decided not to press the case. Vasilios Konstantinou, 57, is wanted in Greece on allegations he was involved in a major cannabis production operation in 2005. He has been in custody since July 2011, when an Adelaide magistrate ruled he was eligible for extradition. His lawyers asked the Federal Government to intervene, arguing he had already been exonerated by a Greek appeal court. Defence lawyer Michael Jandy said Federal Justice Minister Jason Clare intervened and Mr Konstantinou was released from Port Augusta Prison. “He was extremely happy and didn’t want to talk for too long. He was being taken out of jail and I don’t think he wanted to hang around longer than he needed to,” Mr Jandy said. He added Mr Konstantinou was eager to be reunited with his large family. Source: ABClast_img read more

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Mourinho and the team are united Man Utd vicechairman

first_imgFor Ed Woodward, the English Premier League giants are united and working together to get the best results possible in all competitionsManchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has insisted that there’s no division at the club.There have been many rumors about how Jose Mourinho has had problems with the different Red Devils footballers.But for Woodward, the club is really united.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“On the pitch, we remain well positioned in the Champions League, and although we’ve had a mixed start to our domestic campaign, the squad and manager are fully united in their determination to regain our momentum in the Premier League,” he told Sky Sports.“Over the summer we had a good pre-season tour to the US and while we couldn’t have all of the first-team squad with us, due to many of our players advancing deep into the knockout stage of the World Cup, it provided a good opportunity for many of our emerging prospects to experience being part of the first-team set-up.”“We’re looking forward to a number of them making the successful transition to the first-team, like many before them, including Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira of the current squad,” he added.“Our financial strength enables us to continue to attract and retain top players and to invest in our academy, as we look to drive the success on the pitch that the club and our fans expect,” Woodward said.”last_img read more

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Perisic thanks critics after failed Arsenal move

first_imgIvan Perisic has spoken out on the recent criticism he received from some fans after his failed move to Arsenal FCPerisic broke the silence on his birthday by sending a message to a section of Inter Milan fans saying: “Thank you for the praise and the criticism. Both are my fuels.”The Croatia international has somewhat been frozen out of the club following his protracted move to Arsenal that didn’t materialise.According to Football Italia, Perisic could well play this evening against Bologna at San Siro and is expected to receive a frosty welcome from the supporters.Meanwhile, he broke his silence on Instagram and just after his 30th birthday.Ivan Perisic seemingly extending a olive branch to Inter fans on Instagram as he turns 30 after failing to get his move to Arsenal in the January transfer window. #AFC pic.twitter.com/2A3wnJIyDM— Yousef Teclab (@yousef_teclab) February 3, 2019Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“They say hitting your thirties is like entering the golden age… Walking into this stage of my life with 0 ****s given.“On a more serious note, I sincerely thank you for all the positive B-Day wishes.“Thank you for the praise but also thank you for the criticism. Both of them are my fuels.”Inter Milan are struggling for form at the moment following their painful exit from the Coppa Italia against Lazio in a penalty shoot-out.The Milan based side are equally struggling on the League front with only one point registered in Serie A since they returned from the winter break.last_img read more

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BAHAMAS Labour Minister Commends Fowlco Blue Parrot As Teams With Focus On

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 13, 2018 – Nassau – While on Grand Bahama on Wednesday, 7 February, 2018 the Minister of Labour & Training, Senator the Hon. Dion Foulkes met with representatives of Fowlco Ltd. and Blue Parrot.  Both companies are making “an impressive mark in the marine industry.”Minister Foulkes commended Curtis Fowler, Founder & CEO and Glennett Fowler, Managing Director of Fowlco Ltd. for their courageous competence and confidence to invest so heavily in the Grand Bahama economy at this time.“It is encouraging and most exciting to see young and talented Bahamians like Curtis and Glennet venture into such a dynamic industry and they have brought the notable international expertise and experience of Blue Parrot under the Fowlco Ltd. corporate umbrella,” said Minister Foulkes.The Labour Minister added that “more than executing shipping, logistic and ship repair related services, the Government is pleased that Fowlco and Blue Parrot are committed to a major technical training programme to ensure more Bahamians become qualified to take advantage of the tremendous maritime career opportunities.”“Fowlco and Blue Parrot have the full support of my Ministry and by extension, the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,” Minister Foulkes commented.According to Curtis and Glennett Fowler, they have positioned themselves to provide a service of excellence and are thrilled to be able to create employment and enhance career opportunities for Bahamians.  They noted that they are keenly focused on training and that they value the world class expertise of Blue Parrot and are delighted and further motivated by Minister Foulkes’ astute attention to details and the ongoing demonstrated support of his Ministry and the Government.Blue Parrot’s Technical Advisor, Mr.  Alberto Gonzalez, in thanking Minister Foulkes and his team at the Department of Labour, stressed the importance of global relationships in a cutting edge industry.  Mr. Gonzalez praised Fowlco for its vision, strong work ethics, and driven belief in The Bahamas and Bahamians.“We enjoy a great business relationship with Fowlco, we remain committed to going above and beyond to exceed the expectations of clients while positively impacting the Grand Bahama and wider Bahamas economy and we at Blue Parrot cannot say enough about the first class leadership and entire great team at the Grand Bahama Shipyard,” said Gonzalez.Release: BIS Related Items: Photo caption: Pictured in photo at the Department of Labour’s Freeport office during Wednesday’s meeting are from left sitting, Janet Russell, Assistant Director, Department of Labour; Glennett Fowler, Managing Director, Fowlco Ltd.; Minister of Labour, Hon. Dion Foulkes; Curtis Fowler, Founder & CEO, Fowlco Ltd. and standing from left, Tyrone Gibson, Deputy Director, Department of Labour; Alberto Gonzalez, Technical Advisor, Blue Parrot, and Sarah Rahming, Executive Officer, Department of Labour.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Only One Day Left To Vote For Soldotna

first_imgDavis: “This would allow us to bring a broader range of music for Music in the Park in 2019.” Shannon Davis Executive Director for the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce: “We have applied for a Levitt AMP Grant, which is all about creating more opportunities for communities to come together and enjoy live music in their community.”  The grant award is a dollar-for-dollar match from the foundation, with a minimum local contribution from the Soldotna Chamber of $25,000. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享There is just one day left to cast your vote for the City of Soldotna for the 2019 Levitt AMP Grant.center_img Voting is open until November 20, at 5pm, when the top 25 cities will be selected for the second round. At that point the Levitt Foundation reviews the finalists and will select up to 15 grant recipients. Each year, the Levitt Foundation awards $25,000 matching grants to up to 15 U.S.-based nonprofits serving small to mid-sized towns and cities to present the Levitt AMP Music Series, 10 free concerts that inject new life into public spaces and create vibrant community destinations.last_img read more

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4 bodies found floating in Bay of Bengal

first_imgSome fishermen of Maheshkhali island on Thursday morning found four bodies floating in the Bay of Bengal.Officer-in-charge of Maheshkhali police station Pradip Kumar Das said local fishermen saw the bodies of four people, aged between 25 to 35 years, around 9:30am and informed police.Police are working to recover the bodies, he added.The bodies will be sent to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital after recovery, the OC said.last_img

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Fans Gathered for Astros Postseason Pep Rally

first_img 00:00 /00:00 Listen 00:00 /00:00 Houston AstrosThe Houston Astros held a postseason pep rally at City Hall on Oct. 3, 2018.On Friday (Oct. 5), the Houston Astros will begin their quest for another World Series Title. Last year after Harvey, the Astros added “Houston Strong” patches to their uniforms and the city of Houston on their backs, which culminated in a 2017 World Series Championship, ending with a celebration on the steps of city hall . Houston’s fans, Mayor Sylvester Turner and members of the Astros organization all gathered back on those same steps at city hall.Owner Jim Crane, general manager Jeff Luhnow, and players Tony Kemp and Ryan Pressly met with fans to kick off their 2018 postseason run. The Stros’ will start their run against the Cleveland Indians on Friday. Astros team president of business operations Reid Ryan requested fans wear orange on Friday to support the teams’ bid for another championship. We talked with a few fans who attended the rally that say they look forward to supporting the Astros and expressed how they feel about their team and their city.Sam Campbell, Mario Sims, and son Nolan Sims attended the rallySam Campbell, Mario Sims, and son Nolan Sims attended the rally and shared a few choice words to opposing opponents.  X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Check out what these fans had to say to the Astros:Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/04095403/1157.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Jordan Davis, a Houston transplant from California and now a devoted Astros’ fan tells why he supports the team and the city of Houston. Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listenlast_img read more

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Virtual good guy superpowers spark reallife altruism

first_imgThere are a few less-than-positive philosophies in the world regarding human nature. One such philosophy suggests that no human is naturally inclined to be “good,” and that we are naturally inclined to be selfish, performing whatever task would benefit us most. Another such philosophy suggests that there is no such thing as human altruism, because performing altruistic acts makes us feel good about ourselves, which means we benefit from the act rather than it being completely selfless. Another such philosophical statement suggests that we would never evolve superpowers because we wouldn’t use them responsibly. A group of researchers at Stanford set out to explore the latter two philosophies — to find out how we would react were we to be granted superpowers.Researchers at Stanford’s Virtual Human Interface Laboratory (VHIL) gave test subjects the superpower of flight via a virtual reality interface. Interestingly, the power was chosen because the research team felt that the power of flight would be seen as a power used for good. The research didn’t quite explain exactly why flight was thought to be viewed as power of good, but compared to, say, the power to shoot fire out of your hands, flight does seem more like a heroic power. Associating the power with Superman was cited as a reason, however.As for the experiment, 60 participants — half male, half female — each took their own turn in a virtual reality simulator. The software placed the participants in a VR city, and a voiceover instructed them to fly around the infrastructure and locate a child that required insulin within a time limit. One group was bestowed with the superhuman ability of flight, while the other group traveled around the city in a helicopter.The subjects were instructed to raise their arms to begin flying, and they were off searching the virtual city. Perhaps a bit cleverly, the simulation ended in two minutes whether or not the subject manually located the child, but either way, the simulation always ended with the child receiving the insulin.After the flying fun was over, the virtual heroes had to then sit down with researchers and answer questions; however, none of the questions actually mattered. At some point during the survey, the researcher would knock over a cup containing 15 pens, playing it off as an accident. The researcher would wait five seconds to see if the subject would help pick up the pens, then after those five seconds passed, would pick up the pens at a slow rate of one per second (rather than, for example, all at once). This gave the participant more time to offer help. The researcher found that participants that were granted the power of flight would help pick up the pens in about three seconds, whereas the helicopter participants offered to pick up the pens after six seconds.Every virtual flier offered to pick up pens, and picked up 15% more pens than the helicopter group, who had six subjects that didn’t offer to pick up any pens.The researchers noted that though the superpowered participants all offered to help, they still need to test whether the power of flight has specific altruistic implications, or just superpowers in general. They also note that — much to the chagrin of gamers everywhere — since this research suggests that doing good in a virtual environment can influence someone to do good in real life, that performing virtual violent acts could make people violent in real life. Thank god someone brought this up again, we couldn’t really deal with going too long between hearing the sentiment.last_img read more

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Eden Realty Group launches two housing projects

first_imgEden Realty Group, Eastern India’s leading real estate developer, recently announced the launch of Asia’s largest and world’s second largest affordable and integrated solar housing project, Solaris City Serampore. The group also launched another ambitious project Solaris Joka.Solaris City Serampore is going to be a destination by itself. It is a large residential project with a full-fledged mall, food court and large format retail outfit. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSachchidanand Rai, Chairman, Eden Realty Group, Arya Sumant and Kumar Satyaki, Joint Managing Directors, Eden Realty Group, Malay Ghosh, Architect, ESPACE, Anirban Gupta, Director – A&T Services, CBRE, Piyush Sharma Director – India Operations of ENACT Systems Inc, USA and renowned actor, Gargee Roy Chowdhury were present to launch the projects. Solaris City Serampore, strategically located in Kanai Lal Goswami Sarani in Serampore will have apartments priced between Rs 4.95 lakhs to Rs 20.20 lakhs, thus making it affordable in its truest sense. There will be a variety of options like 1 BHK, 2 BHK, 3 BHK Flats and Studio apartments for the buyers to choose from. The locational advantage of the project is unparalleled. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe usage of solar power will help in green living for the residents, will save carbon footprints, reduce and lower the overall maintenance cost leading to the buyers being able to saving money. “In keeping with the global trend, installation of the solar panels on rooftops are slowly catching up. Our first solar supported housing project, Solaris Bonhooghly, is a huge success. With easy access to railway stations and highways, open spaces, fresh air and greenery in abundance we found Serampore to be the ideal place for coming up with such a project with greater magnitude,” said Sachchidanand Rai, Chairman, Eden Realty Group. “By using roof top solar panel we are able to reduce monthly maintenance cost for all future residents to around 50% of the existing charges across projects and also help in creating a cleaner atmosphere for our future generations. Even Joka has immense potential as far as real estate development is concerned,” he further added. Talking about the targeted audience, he said, “We are looking at first time buyers from all cross-section of the society. Any one can buy a Solaris flat. Both projects conform to the norm prescribed for benefits under Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme of Government of India’s Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. Eligible applicants can get a subsidy up to an amount of Rs 2.67 lakhs. Thus, buying an apartment in any of these projects will become more viable.” Spread across 23 acres, Solaris City Serampore will provide modern amenities and conveniences galore. The land for this massive project has been acquired from National Textile Corporation (NTC). The project, to be completed across Phase one and Phase two, will comprise of 4300 apartments. Spread across 4.1 acres and situated on D H Road. Solaris Joka will have 948 apartments and will be completed in two phases. There will be I BHK, 2 BHK and 3 BHK apartments in this project spread across 5 G+ 12 towers. The apartments are priced between Rs 8.75 lakhs to Rs 23 lakhs. “People from Howrah, Burdwan, Asansol and adjacent areas would like to buy apartments in Solaris City Serampore. It will also be a destination for shopping for the suburban area.The availability of quality educational institutions, healthcare facilities, proximity to the bypass area, etc. have made Joka, over the years, a lucrative option for the home buyers”, said Kumar Satyaki, Joint Managing Director, Eden Realty Group. The allotment for the apartments will be done through Lottery process. The booking application process for both the projects will start within a week. ENACT Systems Inc, USA is the Solar Management Consultant of the projects. Sure Homes, which provides full service in marketing and selling, will be marketing both the projects. Eden Realty Group was established in February, 2003 in Kolkata with an objective to develop quality infrastructure and real estate projects.last_img read more

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Heres what Nathan Lane thinks of Billy Eichner following in his footsteps

first_imgWhat happens when one gay actor is replaced with another for the same role? Well, Nathan Lane has some words about that. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Nathan Lane at the Tony Awards. | Photo: IMDB/CBScenter_img However, it didn’t end there.Lane continues: ‘Now that gay rights have come so far, in this version, Tim can finally marry Pumbaa and live openly in the Serengeti. Believe me, once you have warthog, you never go back.’For his part, Eichner was honored.It’s hard to explain how much this means to me. For my 13th b’day, I saw Nathan on Broadway in Guys & Dolls & he’s been on the top of my list of actors I admire ever since. As I said in my email to him, its an honor to walk briefly in his footsteps. https://t.co/ObDf4sPWb7— billy eichner (@billyeichner) February 13, 2018He recalled how he saw Lane on Broadway in Guys & Dolls.‘He’s been on the top of my list of actors I admire ever since. As I said in my email to him, its [sic] an honor to walk briefly in his footsteps.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The legend dropped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and discussed Disney’s upcoming live-action Lion King remake.In the original 1994 animated film, Lane lent his voice to the meerkat Timon.For the remake, comedian Billy Eichner is taking on the role.After Colbert confuses whether Lane played Timon or Pumbaa a few times, they dive into it.[embedded content]‘How dare you!’Colbert asks if Lane was upset about being replaced, Lane gets into a story about finding out.‘So I get an email from Billy Eichner,’ he begins. ‘Very sweet. He writes this lovely email, saying he’s going to be doing it and he wanted to let me know. He was very, very complimentary and lovely, very unlike Billy Eichner. And I was very touched.‘So this is what I wrote back to Billy: “How dare you! What’s next, you and Ryan Gosling in The Birdcage? I’d name another of my successful films but I don’t have one. Billy, when this was first announced, I thought this just goes to show the old show business adage: Everyone is replaceable except James Earl Jones. Hakuna f**king matata.”‘ Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/nathan-lane-billy-eichner/last_img read more

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Only til midnight Win a Palace Resorts trip with Transats Surprise Dates

first_img Thursday, July 13, 2017 Share Travelweek Group MONTREAL — Transat’s Surprise Dates contest is back, this time to commemorate Air Transat’s first ever win at the Skytrax World Airline Awards.On this day five years ago, Air Transat was named one of the best air carriers on the planet at the annual awards ceremony. Since then, the airline continues to rack up the accolades, most recently last month when it was recognized by Skytrax as the second best leisure airline in the world, making it the best leisure airline in North America for the sixth consecutive year.To commemorate this special anniversary date, Transat has announced that every booking of a Transat product made today (July 13) by midnight automatically earns consultants a chance to win one of three trips for two that will be drawn at random in Quebec-Ottawa, in the Ontario-Atlantic region and in Western Canada.The three winners will each enjoy a package for two, including Air Transat flights in Economy class and a one-week, all-inclusive stay at one of the following Palace Resorts: Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun in Mexico; Moon Palace Jamaica Grande; and The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun in Mexico.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”There is no need to register; contest entry is automatic as soon as a consultant sells a Transat flight, package or cruise during the day.In addition, two other travel agents per region who book a Transat product today will be selected at random to earn $30 in Bonbon rewards. The names of the winners will be announced in the coming days.Transat will draw a total of 30 surprise trips this year – three each month – from among travel consultants in Canada. On one day each month, on a milestone date in the company’s history, every booking consultants make will earn them one chance to win. << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Posted by Tags: Palace Resorts, Transat Only ‘til midnight: Win a Palace Resorts trip with Transat’s Surprise Dates contestlast_img read more

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Costa Rica to improve bad weather safety procedures at San José airport

first_imgRainy and excessively cloudy conditions in Costa Rica’s capital could become less of a problem for major airlines operating out of Juan Santamaría International Airport, the country’s principal airport. Avianca Airlines Executive Vice President Estuardo Ortiz announced plans to install a new satellite-guided landing system that will be up and running in early 2013, Ortiz said in a press release.The new guidance system will help pilots navigate difficult weather conditions, and reduce delays and cancellations during bad weather.Ortiz also said the company is “pleased with recent improvements” at the country’s main airport, and short-term expansion of the terminal is unnecessary. But he added that “improvements in operating procedures should be done soon.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría International Airport to add two new boarding gates Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría International Airport to add new stores, supermarket Juan Santamaría International Airport named third-best in Latin America Regulatory authority cancels concession for taxi service at the Juan Santamaria International Airportlast_img read more

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