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Brazil teaches USMNT youngsters a lesson in mismatch

first_imgIf June’s 1-1 draw with eventual World Cup winner France was a confidence booster for the U.S. national team’s young generation, then Friday’s 2-0 to Brazil was the harsh but necessary reminder of just how unforgiving international soccer can be at the highest level.The Brazilians toyed with the USMNT for the better part of 90 minutes at MetLife Stadium, displaying the obligatory level of quality you come to expect from the Selecao. This Brazil team isn’t just good, it’s also experienced, with Tite’s side featuring many of the same players who started at the 2018 World Cup, including Neymar, who raced around the field like a player eager to put on some highlight reel plays on a nervous U.S. defense.The Americans had some fleeting moments, and Weston McKennie will kick himself for not finishing at least one of the handful of chances he put himself in position for, but the lack of a true playmaker left the U.S. attack starving for creativity against a Brazil side that did leave some space to operate. That, coupled with a shaky start by the defense in general — and Antonee Robinson specifically — helped put the Americans in a first-half hole that they never really escaped.   Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “It was pretty evident we had a nervous start,” U.S. interim coach Dave Sarachan said. “The ability to connect passes was a difficult chore for our group early in the game. So when you concede possession against a team like Brazil it makes it hard. You do a lot of chasing.”“We have to learn, especially in this game, keep the ball,” U.S. captain WIl Trapp said. “But keep the ball with a purpose. I think we just had some poor giveaways that, when you’re defending and defending and defending, and you finally win it and you give it away, it just compounds the effort.”No U.S. player had a more difficult first half than left back Antonee Robinson. The 21-year-old was making just his third national team appearance and struggled to deal with Douglas Costa’s blazing speed on the wing. It was Costa who raced past Robinson to deliver the assist on Brazil’s opening goal, scored by Roberto Firmino.”After that first run I knew I had to be a bit more careful against (Costa),” Robinson told Goal. “Unfortunately a goal came from it. Sometimes you get lucky and that doesn’t happen and you switch your game up quickly. I’ve got to be a bit more careful and in the second half I thought I did that.””In the first half everybody had some difficulty, not only Antonee, I think the whole team,” U.S. defender John Brooks said. “We played a good opponent, everybody could see that. Douglas Costa is a World Class player and Anthony is still young.”Antonee Robinson Roberto Firmino USA Brazil 09072018Neymar Kellyn Acosta Tyler Adams 09072018The Americans enjoyed more promising stretches in the second half, though by then Brazil was sitting on a two-goal cushion. That said, the team can take some solace in the improvement it showed over the course of the second 45 minutes.”I thought the first half was a little nervy,” Sarachan said. “I thought the second half we had better moments of using the ball better. I thought our coordination of trying to step out wasn’t very good in the first half. We got pulled apart a little bit. I thought in the second half we improved.”While the U.S. did have better moments in the second half, there was still a clear void in the attack in the creativity department. McKennie and Tyler Adams were deployed in advanced central midfield posiitons in front of Trapp, and that triangle struggled to make up for the absence of U.S. star Christian Pulisic, who is sitting out the September USMNT friendlies with an injury.”We’re always going to miss a guy like Christian in any game for sure,” Sarachan said. “If we had Christian tonight it’s hard to say, I can’t say we’d have the ball 40 more percent of the time, but clearly I think when you add players into the mix that have a certain comfort level and play out of tight spots like Christian it would help. Sure, we miss Christian but I’m not sure it would have changed the way the game went.”Brazil wound up with just one more shot than the United States (12-11), but held a 65-35 edge in possession percentage, and completed almost twice as many passes, doing so at a 90 percent completion percentage. The South Americans were more dangerous throughout the night, and while they may have been gifted a questionable penalty for their second goal, they were clearly the better team and it wasnt close.What’s easy to forget is that the U.S. draw against France wasn’t really close either from a soccer standpoint even though the final score suggested otherwise. The big difference that day was the U.S. defense started out much more organized against the World Cup champions, and found an opening goal to give itself a cushion. By the time France pulled back for the ventual draw, Les Bleus held a 70-30 edge in possession and out-shot the USMNT an incredible 19-2. Despite those numbers, the U.S. team’s youngsters came away from that France draw feeling confident about having been able to earn a result. The Americans may not have pulled off another surprise on Friday against Brazil, but they and their coach agreed the match still provided plenty of value, and a lesson that was necessary, even if it was a painful one.”Overall this was a great game for us to play,” Sarachan said. “These types of games, when you’re playing a team like Brazil, which is arguably as good as any team on the planet. It just challenges you in ways that I think will improve this group as move along.” “It’s good for this group to go through that. It’s a baptism by fire in a lot of ways,” Trapp said. “Playing good opponents early in this cycle and understanding that, yes there’s excitement around this group, but we have to get better.”last_img read more

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Deepti Sharma and Poonam Raut, record-breaking batters, draw high praise from BCCI

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has congratulated the Indian women’s cricket team for their ‘record-breaking spree’ in the ongoing Quadrangular Series in South Africa, which included the outstanding performance of openers Deepti Sharma and Punam Raut against Ireland on Sunday.”The Indian women’s team are on a record-breaking spree in the Women’s Quadrangular Series and I congratulate them for their all-round show. It started with Jhulan Goswami becoming the leading wicket taker in Women’s ODIs and today we have witnessed a plethora of records,” said BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary.”The Indian women’s team have not only been consistent in the ongoing series but they have dominated their opposition right from the start. With the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 just around the corner, I am confident that Team India will carry their winning momentum into the big event,” he added.Deepti and Punam created history by becoming the first pair to share a 300-run stand in Women’s ODIs.In the league match of the Women’s Quadrangular Series held at in Senwes Park, Potchefstroom in South Africa on Sunday, the duo added 320 runs for the first wicket in 45.3 overs. It is the first time that the women’s ODIs have witnessed a 300 or more runs stand.Deepti scored 188 in 160 balls with the help of 27 boundaries and two sixes. Deepti’s inning is now the second highest ODI score in women’s cricket and the highest by an Indian batter.India Women put on a massive 358/3 in 50 overs, their highest total in Women’s ODIs and then bowled Ireland out for only 109 in 40 overs. The 249-run win is also India Women’s biggest victory in ODIs in terms of runs.advertisementFormer chairperson of BCCI women’s selection panel, Shanta Rangaswamy, has lauded the record breaking duo, saying it is a great achievement for Indian cricket and couldn’t have come at a better time.”It’s a great achievement for Indian women’s cricket. It couldn’t have come at a better time,” Rangaswamy told ESPNcricinfo.While praising Deepti, the former BCCI selector said that the 19-year-old has the capability to become one of the best all-rounders in world cricket in the years to come.”Deepti is young and has a fabulous temperament. Her batting stands apart from most others and I think she has the capability to become one of the best all-rounders in world cricket in the years to come,” she said.Rangaswamy also praised Poonam and said she is a big asset to the Indian team for ODIs and Test cricket.”Poonam has always been in my scheme of things. Her knock against Australia steered India to victory last year in an ODI. It was crucial in the context of the game. In England, where the ball will swing and bounce more, Poonam’s presence there will definitely benefit the team’s batting,” she said.Earlier in the series, Jhulan went past Cathryn Fitzpatrick, the former Australian bowler against hosts South Africa, to become leading wicket-taker in Women’s ODIs.Jhulan took three wickets for only 20 runs and played a key role in India’s seven-wicket win over the Proteas. She created the record when she trapped Raisibe Ntozakhe leg-before to register her 181st wicket.With four wins from four matches, India are now the only unbeaten side in the tournament with wins over South Africa, Ireland (twice) and Zimbabwe.The Indian eves are currently on a 16-match winning streak, and are one win away from equalling Australia’s record of 17 consecutive ODI wins.last_img read more

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India basketball team to participate in BRICS Games 2017

first_imgBengaluru, Jun 14 (PTI) The Indian mens basketball team is all set to participate in the upcoming BRICS Games 2017 in Guangzhou, China from June 17 to 21. The young cagers, along with the U-20 womens volleyball team, and mens and womens wushu teams will form the Indian contingent participating in the championship. Indias training camp for the tournament was held from June 5th-14th at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Indoor Stadium, Netaji Subhas Southern Centre (NSSC), Bengaluru with 14 players, and the final selections were made on June 10th. India has retained 10 of the 12 players featured in the 5th SABA Championship. Punjabs sharp shooter Arshpreet Singh Bhullar and star player Amjyot Singh Gill are the new additions to the squad that successfully defended its title in Maldives. Centre Amritpal Singh, who was a big part of the victory at the SABA championships, was unavailable for the duration of the training camp as he was invited to Australia by NBL team Sydney Kings for their rookie camp. The BRICS Games 2017 will help the Indian men prepare for the FIBA Asia Cup 2017 in August, as it gives them the opportunity to compete against higher calibre opponents like Russia and hosts China. PTI ATK ATKlast_img read more

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Defensively strong Jamshedpur face leaders Chennaiyin in ISL

first_imgJamshedpur, Dec 27 (PTI) It will be a test of debutant Jamshedpur FCs robust defensive structure when they take on leaders Chennaiyin FC in a Hero Indian Super League (ISL) match, here tomorrow.Steve Coppells robust defensive organisation has made Jamshedpur FC a tough, if not the most exciting, team in their debut ISL season.The Englishmans side is currently sixth on the table with nine points. And such is the congestion at the top of the standings that a positive result against Chennaiyin FC tomorrow will leave them only a point behind the league leaders.Jamshedpur FC havent scored many goals but, at the same time, they have been really miserly at the back.They have only lost once so far, and have eked out three draws to go with the two wins.Considering the fact that Jamshedpur FC are playing their first ISL season, Coppell has been very pragmatic in his approach.Talking about his teams inability to score too many goals and their style of play Coppell said the team has to think of long-term goals and make sure it doesnt end up in a disastrous position at the end of the season.”It is obvious from the number of games we have played and the goals that we have scored. But its not for lack of trying. We are, as always, working very hard on the training field. And we try and score more goals. It is the main objective in football. But we have not conceded many goals,” Coppell said today.advertisement”There is not just one way of being successful at football. Thankfully there are many. Maybe its not the same as everyone else but we are doing fine for now,” he added.Jamshedpur FC will be without first-choice centre-back Anas Edathodika yet again due to injury but star midfielder Mehtab Hossain is fit and ready to feature in tomorrows clash at JRD Tata Sports Complex.”Mehtab Hossain is fit but Anas is not fit yet. He is getting some treatment on his leg. He will be back with us today and well hopefully be able to incorporate him back into the squad,” Coppell said.After having shared points in the Southern Derby against Kerala FC, Chennaiyin FC will be looking to stretch their lead at the top of the table with a win over Jamshedpur.John Gregorys side is currently leading the pack with 13 points from seven games.But the Chennaiyin coach knows its not going to be an easy game against his fellow Englishmans team.”It is not going to be an easy game. They have proved to be a very difficult side to beat. They havent scored many goals but they havent conceded many either. I know Steve (Coppell) well. He has got his side well drilled,” Gregory said. PTI SSC SSClast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli chills out with ‘champ’ Rishabh Pant ahead of Afghanistan match

first_imgIndia are gearing up for their next ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match against Afghanistan on Saturday with some intense training sessions in Southampton. With captain Virat Kohli maintaining there will be no slip in intensity when they take on Afghanistan, expect another complete performance from the pre-tournament favourites at The Rose Bowl.After a hectic first week at the World Cup, Team India players finally got a 5-day break ahead of their Afghanistan match. India had headed into the break on the back of a dominant 89-run win over arch-rivals Pakistan in Manchester.Having clinched one of their biggest wins over Pakistan, Team India players are making sure they are relaxing after the high-intensity encounter.Skipper Virat Kohli took to Instagram on Thursday to post a photograph of himself with Rishabh Pant, who had joined the squad as back-up ahead of the Pakistan match. The two players can be seen taking a trip around Southampton.”Southampton diaries with this champ,” Kohli wrote as caption for the photo.Rishabh Pant is likely to make his World Cup debut in India’s fifth match of World Cup 2019 against Afghanistan. The young wicketkeeper-batsman who was initially ignored from the squad was roped in a replacement player after it emerged Shikhar Dhawan wouldn’t be able to recover in time from the thumb injury he suffered in the match vs Australia.Pant may replace Vijay Shankar who suffered an injury scare after getting hit on the toe by a Jasprit Bumrah yorker in Wednesday’s training session. While Shankar seems to have recovered well, the team management may opt to rest the all-rounder who shone with the ball in his World Cup debut vs Pakistan on Sunday.advertisementPant has played only 5 ODIs for India but the wicketkeeper-batsman has proved his mettle in the shortest format of the game, shining for Delhi Capitals. Pant also scored a Test hundred each in England and Australia during India’s overseas tours last years.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Vijay Shankar trains amidst injury concerns in SouthamptonAlso See:last_img read more

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Italy on verge of last 16 as Cristiana Girelli hat-trick crushes Jamaica

first_imgWomen’s World Cup match reports Jamaica women’s football team Share on Messenger Italy women’s football team Read more Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Girelli opened the scoring with a retaken, VAR-awarded penalty before netting again either side of the interval. Galli rounded off the victory with two goals after coming on midway through the second half.Schools from around Reims brought their students to the game, giving the atmosphere an upbeat feel. Three days after the USA thrashed Thailand 13-0 the Stade Auguste Delaune crowd were treated to more champagne football.Italy went ahead after 12 minutes when Girelli converted a penalty on her second attempt, having had to retake her spot kick after Sydney Schneider had stepped off her line. The penalty was awarded following a VAR review after Allyson Swaby brought down Barbara Bonansea.Girelli doubled the tally in the 25th minute by latching on to a corner before securing her hat-trick shortly after the restart, jumping higher than Schneider to head home.Galli added the fourth shortly after coming on for Valentina Bergamaschi with a thunderous strike from outside the area and then she rounded Schneider and tapped the ball into the net to wrap up an impressive win.Italy play Brazil in their final group game while Jamaica face Australia. England 1-0 Argentina: Women’s World Cup 2019 – as it happened Women’s football Share on Facebook Cristiana Girelli scored a hat-trick and the substitute Aurora Galli struck twice as Italy thrashed Jamaica 5-0 which virtually guaranteed qualification for the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup.Back in the tournament after a 20-year absence, the Azzurre top Group C with six points ahead of Brazil and Australia who have three. Jamaica have yet to earn a point. Share on Twitter Topics Share on Pinterest Share via Email Women’s World Cup 2019 Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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South Africa name Lance Klusener as assistant batting coach for T20 against India

first_img Next Press Trust of India JohannesburgAugust 23, 2019UPDATED: August 23, 2019 12:54 IST Former South Africa all-rounder Lance Klusener (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSouth Africa will travel to India for a three-match T20 series starting September 15Justin Ontong will retain his position as the assistant fielding coachCSA announced that former pacer Vincent Barnes will serve as the assistant bowling coachFormer South Africa all-rounder Lance Klusener was on Friday appointed as the assistant batting coach of the national team for the three-match Twenty20 series against India in September.Cricket South Africa (CSA) also announced that former pacer Vincent Barnes will serve as the assistant bowling coach. While Justin Ontong will retain his position as the assistant fielding coach in Enoch Nkwe’s Proteas management.”In terms of the new team structure the Team Director appoints his three assistant coaches who have specific skills focus in the three key disciplines of batting, bowling and fielding,” CSA Acting Director, Corrie van Zyl, said in a statement.”Former Proteas all-rounder Lance Klusener will fill the role of assistant coach (batting) for the T20 Series only as he is currently not available for all formats.”Klusener, considered one of the best all-rounders of his generation, has collected 1906 runs and 80 wickets in Tests, as well as 3576 runs and 192 wickets in ODIs.He took up coaching with domestic side Hollywoodbets Dolphins from 2012-2016 before being appointed as batting coach for the Zimbabwe national team.In July this year, he was appointed as the head coach of the Glasgow Giants for the cancelled inaugural edition of the Euro T20 Slam cricket tournament.”His record as one of the best all-rounders in the world, particularly in white ball cricket, during his playing career speaks for itself and he also has extensive coaching experience both at franchise and international level,” van Zyl said.Barnes has a long history with the Proteas, having served as the bowling and then assistant coach from 2003 until 2011.advertisement”Vincent Barnes will be the assistant coach (bowling). He also has extensive coaching experience at international level and his knowledge of playing conditions in India will make his contribution invaluable. Vincent currently also fills the role of the HP Bowling Lead for CSA.”Ontong, who has represented the national side in all three formats, also served as South Africa’s fielding coach under Ottis Gibson before the restructuring.”Justin Ontong will fill the role of assistant coach (fielding). He has built up a strong relationship with the players over the last two years and is an acknowledged expert in this department,” the statement said.Van Zyle also said: “Team director Enoch is targeting a batting coach who has extensive knowledge of Indian conditions for the Test series and we will be in a position to announce this successful candidate shortly.”Van Zyl added that all the technical staff — performance analyst Prasanna Agoram, strength and conditioning coach Greg King and physiotherapist Craig Govender — will continue in their positions, although Govender will be replaced temporarily for the India tour after he had knee surgery.South Africa will travel to India for a three-match T20 series starting September 15. The two sides will then compete in a three-match Test series.Also Read | IND vs WI: Will try to sneak up wickets in morning session, says Kemar RoachAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow ProteasFollow Lance KlusenerFollow CSAFollow T20Follow RSA vs INDFollow Enoch Nkwe South Africa name Lance Klusener as assistant batting coach for T20 against India”In terms of the new team structure the Team Director appoints his three assistant coaches who have specific skills focus in the three key disciplines of batting, bowling and fielding,” CSA Acting Director, Corrie van Zyl, said in a statement.advertisementlast_img read more

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All Inclusive Resorts – Puerto Vallarta

first_imgWritten By: Geoff Millar, Ultimate All Inclusive Vacations  This month we will continue our journey of all-inclusive resort destinations on the West coast of Mexico. We are going to focus on Puerto Vallarta and the surrounding area. The Puerto Vallarta area is bordered on the East by the Sierra Madre Mountains,   “We don’t need no stinking badges”, and by the Pacific Ocean to the West. The Main town of Puerto Vallarta sits on the largest bay in Mexico, Banderas Bay. The Puerto Vallarta area is made up of a number of different locations. To the South you have the Southern Zone including the Mismaloya area. This is a beautiful area made up of resorts and some very up-scale villas and private homes.  The Mismaloya area is also the location where the movie “Night of the Iguana” with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton was filmed. It was actually filmed on the exact location of the current Barcelo Resort. In the mountains and jungle behind Mismaloya, the movie “Predator”, with Arnold Swartznager was filmed. The Southern Zone is beautiful with a jungle backdrop, some of the nicest smaller beaches and one of the top snorkeling locations in the Puerto Vallarta area, Los Arcos, a large rock formation just offshore.  The Southern Zone includes such resorts as the Barcelo and the Hyatt Ziva. The next area toward the town of Puerto Vallarta is the Romantic Zone.  This area sits in the southern part of the town of Puerto Vallarta.  It is bordered by the Cuale River and contains 2 great beaches, Los Muertos Beach and Olas Altas Beach.  The area was developed in the 60’s and 70’s and has few all-inclusive resorts but contains a number smaller boutiques hotels. The Romantic Zone is filled with shopping, art galleries, restaurants, and bars. It is known as old Vallarta with cobblestone streets and wonderful Mexican décor. There is really no great need for all-inclusive resorts in this area as fantastic dining and nightlife are right outside your door. The next area we come to is the Downtown area or the oldest part of Puerto Vallarta.  The center of this area is the town Plaza anchored by the church and fronting the Malecon, the public walkway along the ocean. This is where families and tourists alike stroll along the Malecon enjoying the views and gentle evening breezes, artists and craftsmen display their wares and musicians serenade the onlookers. In the downtown area there are a number of upscale restaurants and art gallaries with private residences in the hills above the town. Cuale River Island borders the downtown area and the Romantic area. The Island is home to fantastic shopping and dining. You can also view the Taylor-Burton Bridge that linked the Apts. of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton when they were filming “Night of the Iguana”.  I will leave the rest up to your imagination. Just north of the Downtown area is the Hotel Zone.  This area was the major resort growth area beginning in the 70s. There is a mixture of all-inclusive resorts and non-all-inclusive resorts, from mid-level to up-scale resorts with very nice beaches. Some of the resorts in this area are the Secrets and NOW resorts, the Sheraton Buganvillas, and the newest Sunscape resort, formerly the Holiday Inn. Restaurants, nightlife, and shopping have grown up in this area with newer Malls and it is also the location of the Sam’s Club. This area is just a short cab or bus ride into the downtown and Romantic areas. The hotel zone is more of a modern area with a different vibe. It has some very nice beaches that front the large number of resorts in the area. A number of the land tours leave from this area and the downtown area. Land tours in Puerto Vallarta tend to lean toward the active adventure tours, ATV tours, ziplineing,  cliff rappelling, tequila tasting, golf, hiking, horseback riding, visits to movie sets as a number of movies were filmed in the Puerto Vallarta area. Using public transportation in Puerto Vallarta is very easy and fairly inexpensive.  Cabs and buses tend to be the most popular. The fourth area and the last area close to the main town is the Marina Zone. This is the area where the cruise port is located and where the majority of the ocean tour activities depart from. Ocean activities in the Puerto Vallarta area include swimming, fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, whale watching in the winter months, dinner cruises, and surfing in the Northern Zone. This area is also the closest to the airport. There are a number of resorts located in the Marina Zone like the Marriott, the Melia, the Velas Vallarta, and Mayan Palace.  There are some very nice beaches in the area.  The only drawback is at the southern end of the marina zone and the Northern end of the Hotel zone is the river that runs into the ocean and during the rainy season can muddy the water of the resorts close to the river entrance. As we move north from the Town of Puerto Vallarta we come to Nuevo Vallarta or as it is called today, Nayarit. This area sits about ½ hour north of Puerto Vallarta. This area was developed as a resort area in the early 90s. A little known fact is that even though the two are fairly close, Nayarit actually is in a different time zone than Puerto Vallarta and the time differs by 1 hour.  Tell your clients not to panic as the resorts actually keep the same time in both places to avoid confusion.  A big problem was that if your resort is in Nayarit and one time zone, the airport is in another time zone and it was hard to track when you needed to leave the resort to check-in at the airport. The Nayarit Zone is the newest resort area and the location of most of the all-inclusive resorts. It sits on, what, I feel, is the best beach in the Puerto Vallarta area.  The beach is 13 miles long and is very swimmable and great for watersports. There are everything from mid-level 3 star resorts to up-scale 5 star resorts like the Grand Velas, Hard Rock, RIU resorts, Dreams, Marival, and Marival Residences. It takes about ½ hour 45 minutes to get to the downtown Puerto Vallarta Zone by bus or cab. There are also watersport tours that leave from the Nayarit area to the same areas as the ones that leave from the Marina area.  3 golf courses are very close to Nayarit. Aside from the resorts, Nayarit is a great beach community with very nice homes and condominiums. This area is great for clients that want great beaches, very nice resorts and a slower pace away from the town environment, Nayarit is a great destination. The last area we are going to look at is the Northern Zone with the best known area being Punta De Mita. The area tends to be more upscale than most of the areas. The area is about 1 hour north of the airport and is home to resorts such as the St. Regis and the Four Seasons, Iberostar, and closer to Nayarit, the Palladium. The area includes beautiful golf courses, its own Marina with fishing charters, and up-scale residences all set in a beautiful setting. This area is known for surfing and surfers from all over the world come here to experience it.  Most stay in the wonderfully quirky town of Syulita. The town of Syulita started as a small village with one street and has developed into one of the most charming towns in the area with great restaurants and shopping.  While in the area stop in and take a surfing lesson. Puerto Vallarta is a fantastically diverse area with something for everyone.  Even though it has grown, it still retains it old world Mexican charm.  The people are warm and friendly, the food is fantastic, and the activities never end. There is a huge expat community in Puerto Vallarta and Puerto Vallarta is one of the most LGBTA friendly areas in Mexico and the Caribbean. In future articles, we will talk about the different resorts in all the areas.last_img read more

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Beaches Island Forests Purchased

first_imgTo many Nova Scotians, nothing sounds better this time of year than a long sandy beach, an island and breathtakingly beautiful greenery. All these things can be better enjoyed here at home with the purchase today, March 22, of another 4,400 acres of private land across Nova Scotia. “We’ve selected lands highly valued by Nova Scotians that protect unique environments, bring more economic opportunities and offer new recreational areas,” said Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources. “The land we now own will be enjoyed today and by future generations.” Government has purchased parcels of land in 13 counties, from Yarmouth to Inverness. Some land will help the province meet its 12 per cent land-protection goal, while others have Mi’kmaq values, as well as mineral and forestry potential. “Protecting our natural areas helps ensure that Nova Scotians have fresh air to breathe and clean water to drink,” said Sterling Belliveau, Minister of Environment. “Some of the land purchased today will move us closer to reaching our goal to protect 12 per cent of our lands by 2015.” “These are important land purchases for a province that has very little public land,” said Chris Miller, the National Conservation Biologist for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. “They contain old-growth forest, important lakeshores, coastal frontage, and a site adjacent to an existing protected area. It’s a smart investment for Nova Scotia’s wilderness.” The total cost of the purchases is $4,772,000, including an investment of $1,237,000 through the Forestry Transition Land Acquisition Program. Purchase values are supported by an appraisal conducted by the Accredited Appraiser Canadian Institute. These land purchases are funded through the 2010-11 budget. All land purchases are consistent with the Canada-U.S. Softwood Lumber Agreement. In instances where land is being purchased from a company that produces softwood lumber, the province followed its longstanding policy of ensuring that the price paid is no higher than the fair market value. Maps of the lands are available at gov.ns.ca/natr .last_img read more

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Sick and elderly worry Brexit will hurt access to meds

COBHAM, England — Things are already tough for Victoria Mickleburgh, whose 3-year-old daughter Grace, has Type 1 diabetes and needs insulin every day to stay alive.Mickleburgh, 38, gave up her job as a management consultant to care for her daughter, who must be monitored constantly — even in the middle of the night — to make sure her blood sugar levels are steady. Every time Grace has so much as a cookie, Vicki needs to check her.So for this family in southeastern England, the question of whether insulin and the equipment needed to deliver it will be available if Britain leaves the European Union without a Brexit agreement is more than just a political debate. Unlike produce or machinery, a delay in the supply of drugs from continental Europe could have dire consequences.“It’s a life or death situation,” says Mickleburgh. The constant talk about a no-deal Brexit and the havoc it could cause in trade with the EU is making her nervous. “You don’t want the additional stress or worry of where her next vial of insulin is going to come from.”Victoria’s stress highlights a problem for everyone in this country. Britain’s pending departure from the EU comes at a time when drug supplies are already stretched because of market forces that have little to do with Brexit. Now pharmacists and drugmakers are concerned that shortages of life-saving medicines may occur if Britain can’t negotiate an agreement to facilitate trade after March 29 — the day it is scheduled to leave the bloc.The risk of a no-deal Brexit is increasing as Prime Minister Theresa May tries to push ahead with the draft agreement she negotiated with the EU after it was overwhelmingly defeated by Parliament. While opposition leaders have demanded that the government reject the possibility of a no-deal departure, May says this would weaken her negotiating position.Against this backdrop, the government has stepped up planning for the disruptions that are likely to be caused if 45 years of free trade end abruptly on March 29, triggering border checks that could cause lengthy delays at the English Channel ports that are the gateway to trade with the EU. Pharmaceutical companies are building up stockpiles of drugs in Britain— and insist they are ready for disruption.“Despite the industry doing everything it can (to prepare) for no deal, the complexity of no deal means there will be stresses in the system,” said Mike Thompson, chief executive of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, which represents drugmakers who supply more than 80 per cent of branded medicines to the National Health Service. “This is a challenge for everybody.”But stockpiling isn’t enough to ensure long-term supplies because two-thirds of the medicines consumed in the U.K. come from the Continent and 90 per cent of that is shipped on trucks through three chokepoints: Calais in France and the ports of Dover and Folkestone in Britain.Drug companies are pushing the British government to open other ports for their use. There are plans to lease additional ferries and the government has proposed airlifting drugs if necessary.“The government recognizes the vital importance of medicines and medical products and is working to ensure that there is sufficient roll-on, roll-off freight capacity to enable these vital products to continue to move freely into the U.K.,” Health Secretary Matt Hancock said a statement, adding that medicines would be given priority over other things.Consumers wonder whether the government is doing enough. Much of the focus has been on drugs that require strict temperature controls and are most at risk from long delays on hot summer days. Insulin, for example, must be stored at between 2 degrees and 8 degrees Celsius (35.6 degrees to 46.4 degrees Fahrenheit).Novo Nordisk, a Danish company that is Britain’s biggest insulin provider, has made expanding storage capacity one of its primary goals. The company says it has a 16-week supply of insulin in Britain, more than double the normal seven weeks, and it plans to increase that to 18 weeks within the next few months.“In the event of a no deal Brexit, then the replenishment of the stock is the really key thing here,” said Pinder Sahota, general manager of Novo Nordisk in the U.K. He says the company has booked air freights and looking to transport through additional ports.Britain is already experiencing shortages of some drugs for reasons not to do with Brexit, including manufacturing problems, increasing global demand and price pressures. The Department of Health agreed to pay a premium for 80 generic drugs that were in short supply last month, up from less than 50 in October.Graham Phillips, superintendent pharmacist at Manor Pharmacy Group in Wheathampstead, north of London, said anxiety is increasing because of Brexit. People in his village, where many are elderly, are already calling the pharmacy because of concerns about supplies.“I have no confidence that this can be managed on this scale,” he said. “It’s an enormous undertaking. The idea that you can stockpile the whole of the NHS’drug bill for a 6-month period, which is billions of pounds, and you can manage logistics, I think that’s cloud cuckoo land.”The constant drumbeat of news reports about Brexit is not calming parents like Mickleburgh and others who worry about whether the contingency plans will be enough.People with Type 1 diabetes are unable to make their own insulin, which is essential for processing food. Without regular doses, diabetics could suffer complications including serious damage to their heart and blood vessels, kidneys, eyes, nerves and feet.Mickleburgh looked over at Grace — all blonde hair and energy — and had to stop herself from paying attention to her for even a moment. She handed Grace a Lego block, and steeled herself.“There’s no manual” to dealing with a sick child, she said. “Sometimes things don’t always go to plan.”Danica Kirka And Jo Kearney, The Associated Press read more

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Officials visit Haiti as part of UN efforts to boost economy status

18 April 2007Officials from the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and Division for the Advancement of Women have arrived in Haiti as part of the world body’s efforts to help the country as it works to consolidate democracy. A delegation from the Ad Hoc Advisory Group of ECOSOC is on a four-day mission to assess Haiti’s economic and social development strategies, according to a news release from the UN Mission in the country (MINUSTAH), which was established in October 2004 after an insurgency forced then President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to go into exile.Led by Canadian Ambassador John McNee, the team is working to evaluate the current situation in Haiti and assess the post-conflict reconstruction challenges faced by the country. Among other tasks, the Group will examine the work of the UN country team and international assistance by all players on the ground, including follow up to recommendations made after it conducted a visit to Haiti in 2005.In another development, a high-level delegation from the Division on the Advancement of Women met today in Port-au-Prince with the senior UN envoy to the country, Mr. Edmond Mulet.This delegation, which arrived on Monday, is in Haiti to work in close collaboration with the Government to implement the 1979 Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women. Haiti, which joined the pact in 1981, is scheduled to report to the committee which monitors it next year. read more

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Facchina sisters always looking for each other for Ohio State womens lacrosse

Junior midfielder Mary Kate Facchina (23) advances the ball during a game against Northwestern March 9 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 11-10.Courtesy of OSU AthleticsSenior attackman Cara Facchina looks for an open teammate during a game against Florida March 22 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 10-9.Courtesy of OSU Athletics It’s a Tuesday afternoon, and sisters Cara and Mary Kate Facchina walk off the field after another afternoon practice, something they’ve done hundreds of times.They come into the Woody Hayes Athletic Center where it is impossible to miss the big smiles spread across their faces. They are excited to be interviewed, even if it means at times cutting each other off, but hey — they’re sisters.Growing up in Glenwood, Md., Cara and MK, (as her team calls her), grew up around the hot bed of lacrosse, but it took a while before they were introduced to the sport.“We started in middle school which is kind of unusual for being from Maryland because everyone is born with a stick in their hand,” junior Mary Kate Facchina said. “We always played basketball and tennis and then when we got introduced to lacrosse, we loved it from the start.”“My middle school basketball coach took our whole team and made a rec lacrosse team,” senior Cara Facchina said. “We ended up doing really well. This was in seventh grade and we won the championship for our rec league so it was a big deal. Then most of the girls moved on to play travel and then in high school and college.”Coming from an athletic family, Cara and Mary Kate played tennis, basketball and lacrosse while attending Mount de Sales Academy. With three older siblings who attended Virginia Tech — including Julia Facchina, who played tennis for the Hokies — it seemed as if the sisters could have easily ended up in Blacksburg, Va., as well.However, after traveling to Columbus on a friend’s recommendation, Cara and Mary Kate knew where they would end up.“One of my friends from back home, Alayna Markwordt, who played here two years ago, introduced us to Ohio State and encouraged us to come out and visit,” Cara Facchina said. “It was never really on my radar when I was younger. Mary Kate and I and my mom drove all through the night one day to come out and visit with the coaches and we just fell in love with the school, the campus and the tradition.”Since officially arriving on campus, Cara and Mary Kate have made an impact on and off the field.Becoming OSU scholar athletes as well as an integral part of the team, coach Alexis Venechanos said the sisters’ willingness to do whatever it takes to improve, even if that means switching positions, is what makes them special players.“Cara and MK are probably one of the hardest workers on our team,” Venechanos said. “They are great role models for our players. Cara, we moved her to attack after freshman year, and she definitely transformed herself to the crease attacker … so she actually put in a lot of hard work to do that. It’s awesome coaching a player like the both of them.”During her career as a Buckeye, Cara — a forward — has totaled 102 points (57 goals, 45 assists) in 55 games. In only her junior season, Mary Kate has shown the scoring touch as well, registering 59 points (56 goals, three assists) in 46 games as a midfielder.Venechanos said despite the numbers Cara and Mary Kate put up, both are more concerned about the team, a quality she really admires.“They are always looking for each other but they are also looking for their teammates,” Venechanos said. “They are both really humble, so for me as a coach, I like coaching them and pumping them up sometimes because they don’t give themselves sometimes the credit they really deserve.”Individually, Cara and Mary Kate said growing up and learning the sport of lacrosse together has helped them develop a special kind of chemistry on the field.“We just have the sister connection,” Cara Facchina said. “We always kind of know what each other wants to do.”“It’s kind of funny because sometimes we look at each other and know what we’re thinking on the field, when I’m cutting and when she’s feeding,” Mary Kate Facchina said.All of the hard work the sisters have put in during their time at OSU was evident March 9 when, for the first time in their career, the Buckeyes defeated Northwestern, who won seven national championships in an eight-year span from 2005-2012.Cara said losing close games to the Wildcats in the past was tough, so to finally beat them, and in Ohio Stadium no less, was a moment she would never forget.“That was definitely one of the top moments for my college career,” Cara Facchina said. “That’s always been our goal. Every year we’ve played them very tight, it’s always been a one or two goal game. So it was nice, in my last year, to finally be able to pull it out.”Still, with Cara set to graduate in December with a degree in industrial and systems engineering, this will be the last season the sisters will wear an OSU jersey together.Mary Kate said she still remembers being a freshman and how having Cara on campus helped her ease her way into becoming the player she is today.“I always say if I didn’t have her pushing me in the summers and before I even came here to do the workout packet, I would’ve struggled,” Mary Kate Facchina said. “It’s a lot better having somebody there to push you, especially since she could help me understand what to expect coming here.”However, with four games still remaining in the regular season, the No. 17 Buckeyes (9-4, 2-1) are looking to make a run at the American Lacrosse Conference championship, as well as the NCAA tournament.“We know we have the ability to take the whole ALC tournament, we just have to put our minds to it,” Mary Kate Facchina said.No matter where the sisters end up, whether it be at Northrop Grumman — Cara has an internship there this summer — or in a classroom as Mary Kate is an early childhood education major, both sisters know they will always be there to support each other, and with a smile. read more

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EHF Womens Champions League 201112 Seeding List

Preparations for the 2011/12 EHF Women’s Champions League season are in full swing.For every European Cup competition the EHF publish a seeding list, which gives an overview over place distribution and pots as well as an overview over the timeline milestones. For the first time, one of these lists is published before all teams are determined.At this point in time, several national leagues are still undecided. Also there is the possibility of qualified teams refusing to register for the EHF Champions League for different reasons. Therefore please note that this list is subject to changes.The seeding order of nations has changed. Norway are on Position 1 after the title being won by Larvik HK. Austria lost their place in Pot1 and are now in Pot 2, letting Romania promote to Pot 1. Four teams switch between Pot 2 and Pot 3. While Germany and Russia are seeded one Pot lower than last year, Spain and Montenegro made it up to Pot 2.One place in Pot 2 of the Qualification Tournaments 2 is held in reserve. If a national federation tables proposal for an additional place in the 2011/12 EHF Women’s Champions League before 10 June 2011, the EHF will evaluate the situation and the EHF Executive Committee will deal with this matter at its June meeting.Download Women’s EHF Champions League 2011/12 Seeding list (pdf)New qualification formatFollowing the decision of the Executive Committee of the European Handball Federation met on 08/09 April 2011, the format of the EHF Women’s Champions League Qualification Tournaments 2 were changed. From season 2011/12 on these events will be played in a final four format, with two semi-finals on one day and two finals on the next. EHF Women’s Champions League Qualification Tournaments 1 remain the same. ← Previous Story VELUX EHF Champions League 2011/12 Seeding List Next Story → Handball-Planet live at the EHF Final4! read more

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Last crew member of atomic bomb plane Enola Gay dies aged 93

first_imgThe landscape of Hiroshima, Japan, shows widespread rubble and debris in an aerial view Sept. 5, 1945, one month after the atomic bomb was dropped. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesTHE LAST SURVIVING member of the crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima once said he thought the bombing was necessary because it shortened the war and eliminated the need for an Allied land invasion that could have cost more lives on both sides.But Theodore “Dutch” VanKirk also said it made him wary of war – and that he would like to see all of the world’s atomic bombs abolished.VanKirk died Monday at the retirement home where he lived in Stone Mountain, Georgia, his son Tom VanKirk said. He was 93.Theodore VanKirk flew as navigator on the Enola Gay, the B-29 Superfortress that dropped the first atomic bomb deployed in wartime over the Japanese city of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945. A man looks over the expanse of ruins left the explosion of the atomic bomb on August 6, 1945 in Hiroshima. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe bombing hastened the end of World War II. The blast and its aftereffects killed 140,000 in Hiroshima. Three days after Hiroshima, a second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. That blast and its aftermath claimed 80,000 lives. Six days after the Nagasaki bombing, Japan surrendered.‘Atomic weapons don’t settle anything’Whether the United States should have used the atomic bomb has been debated endlessly.“I honestly believe the use of the atomic bomb saved lives in the long run,” VanKirk told The Associated Press in a 2005 interview. “There were a lot of lives saved. Most of the lives saved were Japanese.”But VanKirk said the experience of World War II also showed him “that wars don’t settle anything.”“And atomic weapons don’t settle anything,” he said. “I personally think there shouldn’t be any atomic bombs in the world — I’d like to see them all abolished.“But if anyone has one,” he added, “I want to have one more than my enemy.” Enola Gay crew members are shown 17 August, 1945, from left to right, front row: 1st Lt. Jacob Beser, 2nd Lt. Norris R. Jeppson Capt. Theodore J. Van Kirk; Maj. Thomas W. Ferebee, Capt. William S. Parsons, Col. Paul W. Tibbets Jr., Capt. Robert A. Lewis. Back row, left to right: Sgt. Robert R. Shumard, Pfc., Richard H. Nelson, Sgt. Joe A. Stiborn, Sgt. Wyatt E. Duzenbury, Sgt. George R. Caron. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesVanKirk was teamed with pilot Paul Tibbets and bombardier Tom Ferebee in Tibbets’ fledgling 509th Composite Bomb Group for Special Mission No. 13.The mission went perfectly, VanKirk told the AP. He guided the bomber through the night sky, just 15 seconds behind schedule, he said. As the 9,000-pound bomb nicknamed “Little Boy” fell toward the sleeping city, he and his crewmates hoped to escape with their lives.They didn’t know whether the bomb would actually work and, if it did, whether its shockwaves would rip their plane to shreds. They counted — one thousand one, one thousand two — reaching the 43 seconds they’d been told it would take for detonation, and heard nothing.“I think everybody in the plane concluded it was a dud. It seemed a lot longer than 43 seconds,” VanKirk recalled.Then came a bright flash. Then a shockwave. Then another shockwave. A victim of the first atomic bomb ever used in warfare is seen in September 1945, at the Ujina Branch of the First Army Hospital in Hiroshima. The thermic rays emitted by the explosion burned the pattern of this woman’s kimono upon her back. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesVanKirk stayed on with the military for a year after the war ended. Then he went to school, earned degrees in chemical engineering and signed on with DuPont, where he stayed until he retired in 1985. He later moved from California to the Atlanta area to be near his daughter.Like many World War II veterans, VanKirk didn’t talk much about his service until much later in his life when he spoke to school groups, his son said.“I didn’t even find out that he was on that mission until I was 10 years old and read some old news clippings in my grandmother’s attic,” Tom VanKirk told the AP in a phone interview Tuesday.Instead, he and his three siblings treasured a wonderful father, who was a great mentor and remained active and “sharp as a tack” until the end of his life. July 2005: Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk talks about he flight of the Enola Gay. Source: AP/Press Association Images“I know he was recognized as a war hero, but we just knew him as a great father,” Tom VanKirk said.VanKirk’s military career was chronicled in a 2012 book, “My True Course,” by Suzanne Dietz. VanKirk was energetic, very bright and had a terrific sense of humor, Dietz recalled Tuesday.Interviewing VanKirk for the book, she said, “was like sitting with your father at the kitchen table listening to him tell stories.”A funeral service was scheduled for VanKirk on Aug. 5 in his hometown of Northumberland, Pennsylvania. He will be buried in Northumberland next to his wife, who died in 1975. The burial will be private.last_img read more

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Disney Research turns any plant into a multitouch controller

first_imgDisney’s researchers have come up with a way to turn any plant into both a multitouch controller and musical instrument.All you have to do is place the wire in your plant’s soil, then the outline of the plant will appear on the computer screen and it can then measure when you touch it, where or even when you are just close to the plant. It lights up in red where it thinks you’re touching it, these gestures can then be transformed to create sounds/music, and even to become a multitouch controller.The technology is very precise and treats all plants like an electrical circuit, even fake ones. The system works by using Swept Frequency Capacitive Sensing (SFCS) which uses the same technology that’s in your smartphone’s touchscreen but, instead of using a single frequency, it senses electrical signals across multiple frequencies. This means it can detect more complex touch patters, such as a hand in water or a door knob being grasped.The project is called Botanicus Interactus and Disney are currently showing off the tech at the Siggraph Emerging Technology expo. Visitors will be able to touch both real and fake plants and will see the results on the screen in front of them in both an audio and visual form. The more people interacting, the more complex and beautiful the images and sound become. Each plant can recognize different gestures so the visual and audio reactions will vary.Theoretically this clever technology could be expanded to more than just plants, you could turn almost anything into a controller for your computer. For now though, you may just want to stick to your trusty mouse.Disney Research via Wiredlast_img read more

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Nearly half of all Android devices run Gingerbread but Anroid remains fragmented

first_imgAs of January 2011, Android was the most popular mobile operating system. Provided for Android developers to help make better decisions about which application features to prioritize, this page full of information offers some interesting numbers regarding the Android landscape.Though it released around two years ago in February of 2011, Gingerbread versions 2.3.3 to 2.3.7 still dominate the Android market, with a current share of 47.4%. Ice Cream Sandwich, the most recent OS before the current Jelly Bean, retains the rest of the bulk of the Android market, with a share of 29.1%. Interestingly, the newest iteration of the Android OS, Jelly Bean, has a 10.2% market share, while Froyo, which was released back in May of 2010 and was five operating systems ago, retains a 9% share. Honeycomb, Eclair, and Donut retain a 1.5%, 2.4%, and 0.2% market share respectively.The above numbers were culled from the amount of Android devices that accessed Google Play over a 14-day period, ending on January 3, 2013.It’s interesting to note that one of the older operating systems, Gingerbread, retains such a bulk of the market, even though it has been surpassed by Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Jelly Bean over the course of a couple of years. Perhaps Gingerbread has Windows XP-like longevity qualities, or perhaps everyone who bought an Android phone when Gingerbread initially released never upgraded, as it was only two years ago.The above chart simply visualizes the market share of active devices running different versions of Android, with the older versions at the top and the newer ones at the bottom. What do all the numbers mean? Aside from helping developers figure out on which features they should focus, the numbers only really signify that Android is a probably more fragmented than developers would like, which is something we’ve known all along — but hey, now we know just how fragmented.via Android Developerslast_img read more

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Legends of Tomorrow is Getting the Most Out of Victor Garber While

first_img It’s such a shame that Victor Garber is leaving Legends of Tomorrow this season. He’ll be joining the cast of Hello Dolly on Broadway, which doesn’t leave any room to shoot a TV show. While we still don’t know what the show will do with Jax (maybe they’ll find him a new partner?), it is clearly getting everything it can out of Garber while he’s still here. I just hope they find an excuse to make him sing one more time before he leaves. While we didn’t get to hear his beautiful voice in this episode, we did get the funniest Titanic joke ever. “I refuse to set foot on the Titanic! Whoever built that ship should be shot.” How long do you think they’ve been holding onto that one? Is it blunt and obvious? Yes, but that’s what makes it so funny.The Titanic references didn’t end there. This episode also starred Billy Zane as P.T. Barnum, who appeared right after the Titanic joke. This is a show that knows exactly what it’s doing. For its second episode, Legends of Tomorrow continues to be about just how bad the team can screw things up. Even when they aren’t explicitly going against the Time Bureau, they manage to take a simple mission and make it nine times more complicated. That’s an exact figure. A fun running joke throughout the episode is that every time they check in on the mission, the scale of the anachronism has tripled. First, all they need to do is to P.T. Barnum’s circus and retrieve a saber-toothed tiger. The job is made even easier by the fact that Ray has invented a shrink ray.Nick Zano as Nate Heywood/Steel (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)The anachronism grows a little bit worse when Ray mixes up his controls and accidentally sets a giant saber-toothed tiger loose. From there, the entire mission spirals out of control. The tiger is actually the least of the Legends’ worries. Bringing Amaya back on board to deal with the animal nature of the mission opens up a wound for Nate. He gets drunk in a bar and reveals his powers, along with spilling the beans about Jax and Ray’s abilities. P.T. Barnum, in desperate need of an attraction, captures Jax, Ray, Nate and Amaya. If the entire season is about how bad the Legends can break time before fixing it, that’ll be OK with me. It’s fantastic fun to watch.What’s less fun is Nate’s constant whining and fragility. At first, you feel for the guy. We see the night they broke up. Amaya saw how amazing her granddaughter is as Vixen in Detroit. (Seriously, The CW Seed animated series is really good, and Megalyn Echikunwoke’s Mari McCabe deserves her own live-action series.) Amaya realized that if she stayed with Nate, Mari would never exist. She left without giving him a reason why. It’s understandable that he’d be hurt. At this point, he’s just an annoying guy who can’t get over his ex. This series is all about its corny jokes, but Nate constantly trying to assert his masculinity when he’s too hungover to steel up (get it?) cross the line from funny to annoying. Nate was cool last year. Don’t reduce his personality to a bitter, jilted ex.Billy Zane as PT Barnum (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)Billy Zane is absolutely perfect as the villainous P.T. Barnum in this episode. What really makes him work is that he’s not completely evil. He’s just self-serving. He’s desperately trying to save his circus by putting on a great show for people. Since there are a lot of performers relying on his circus, you can absolutely see where he’s coming from. It’s possible to get behind him, even if his methods put him firmly in the “bad guy” category. That’s what makes a great villain, and it’s something you don’t see that often on this show. Or any of the CW superhero shows, really. Of course, he can’t be too likable. We still need to root for our heroes, such as they are. Zane’s confidence, and snide delivery of every line sells just what a douche this guy is. We may see where he’s coming from, but we still want the Legends to escape. In the end, the show gives everyone a win, in a surprisingly satisfying way. The Legends use their powers to save each other, giving Barnum’s audience one spectacular show, and a guaranteed audience for whatever he can cook up the next week. It’s a fun, energetic superhero action scene. As a bonus, we also got to see Victor Garber dress as a clown. They really are making the most of his presence while they still have it.What’s even more fun is the fight between Sara and Agent Sharpe. She once again comes to clean up the Legends’ mess and prove to Rip that the Bureau is better suited to the task of cleaning up history. This show has great action in general, but the scenes where it’s just Sara fighting someone one-on-one are truly special. That’s when you can see that someone on staff is really good at fight choreography. The two are well-matched against each other, and there’s even a little bit of comedy when they both have to take a water break. Of course, the rest of the team manages to fix everything before Sharpe can prove her point and arrest Sara. She hints at a coming threat that she doubts the Legends won’t be able to handle. For a second, it looks like the Legends take her concern seriously, but they laugh at the idea, and at the audience for thinking this show would take anything seriously. I love this show.Maisie Richardson- Sellers as Amaya Jiwe/Vixen (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)Of course, the ending scene makes it clear that they should be paying at least a little bit of attention. A mysterious figure in a purple robe resurrects Kuasa, the main villain from season one of Vixen. (Seriously, go to CW Seed and watch that show.) Kuasa is Mari McCabe’s sister, and therefore Amaya’s granddaughter. She feels the Anansi Totem should have gone to her. It’s a good thing Amaya decided to stay on for now. The bigger question is the identity of the woman in the purple robe. She mentions being a follower of Mallus, a name that means nothing to us right now. She could be the Time Trapper, a powerful DC villain with a scary amount of control over time. The Time Trapper never shows their face, always draped in a robe. This character could either be a follower of the Arrowverse’s version of the Time Trapper, or she could be the villain herself. Either way, that’d make a great villain for the Legends to fight. Especially since she can bring people back from the dead. It’ll be exciting to see how the Legends manage to defeat such a powerful enemy. After they screw everything up, of course.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Legends of Tomorrow Signs Off with a Proper Farewell to Martin SteinCrisis on Earth X Is How You Do a DC Superhero Crossover Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Baby faced Nassau man charged with murder of 15 year old boy

first_img Nassau man dies instantly by lightning strike, severe weather alert advice ignored Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas Police takes 10 to court for murders and other crimes, including a couple for cruelty to a child Recommended for you Related Items:#Bahamasmurder, #BahamasPolice Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNASSAU, Bahamas – October 27, 2017 – A baby-faced 20 year old was remanded to the Bahamas Department of Corrections where he will await a second appearance at court for the murder of 15 year old Anthony Smith.Malcolm Road resident, Mark Rolle was arraigned before Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt Thursday for the murder on October 17 of young Smith; reports are the teenage boy was shot as many as six times allegedly by Mark Rolle.The 20 year old accused and charged withPhoto from The Bahamas Tribuneone count of murder was not required to give a plea; he returns to court on December 5. Fake News Alert: No Nissan Tiida Armed bandits say Bahamas Policelast_img read more

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Disabled Veterans are eligible for Property Tax Break

first_img November 12, 2018 Disabled Veterans are eligible for Property Tax Break Posted: November 12, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)  In an effort to provide affordable housing for disabled veterans, they can now receive a break on their property taxes.Limited to eligible rated 100% disabled as result of a service-connected disability, or who are compensated at 100% due to unemployment. Unmarried surviving spouse of the veteran may also qualify.To file click here or call 619-531-5773. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Over 30K acres burned in Everglades wildfire near I75

first_imgWEST BROWARD, FLA. (WSVN) – A storm appears to have partially assisted in extinguishing a wildfire after Florida Forest Service said over 30,000 acres of land burned in the Everglades near Interstate 75.The brush fire erupted in the Florida Everglades north of Alligator Alley near Weston, just after 6:30 p.m. Sunday and has continued its fiery streak days later.7News cameras showed part of the fire was seemingly out following a thunderstorm with strong winds and rain around 6 p.m., Tuesday.“This area is about 165,000 acres total. It’s surrounded by canals,” Florida Forest Service spokesperson Scott Peterich said, “and we’re wanting to keep it in this area.” However, the spreading fire did not stop Kevin Owens from finding a new fishing spot.“But I didn’t feel a danger. I was out here meditating, doing what I do,” he said. “Bass and brails and shell crackers and just getting ready to go drop them in the grease.”Owens said the fire is part of life in the Everglades.“You know, that’s the nature,” he said. “That’s how God takes care of those things.”Florida Highway Patrol temporarily closed the westbound lanes of Alligator Alley from U.S. Route 27 in Broward County to State Road 29 in Collier County, just after 5 p.m., due to poor visibility.The roadway was reopened at 5:24 p.m. after FHP said rain in the area helped improve visibility. Troopers will remain in the area overnight to monitor conditions.Forest officials said a Tuesday afternoon rain storm put out the southern portion of the blaze. They said what was left of the fire is moving to the north and crews will focus on keeping the fire away from nearby structures and highways. Thanks to that one afternoon thunderstorm, the #SawgrassFire is almost entirely out. pic.twitter.com/Uc2DefZu2F— Frank Guzman (@fguzmanon7) June 25, 2019As of Wednesday afternoon, the fire had burned an estimated 33,000 acres of land and was about 65% contained, according to the Florida Forest Service. 7Skyforce HD flew over the scene where thick, heavy gray smoke could be seen billowing out into the sky.“We were cruising across the state to have some fun, and we saw the fire on the way,” said a witness at the scene, “had to check it out, never had a chance to see this place.”Officials said the flames started after lightning struck the area.“It looked actually very hot,” a man said. “I mean, it was very red and very dark. It was burning hot. It was incredibly bad.”People with respiratory issues are advised to stay away from the scene of the wildfire.center_img UPDATE – Alligator Alley I75 is back open as of 5:24pm. Rain in the area has improved visibility, troopers will remain in the area to monitor conditions overnight. Plz drive cautiously @FHPPalmBeach— FHP SWFL (@FHPSWFL) June 25, 2019 Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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