← Previous Story Scandal in Poland: Wisla lost 0:10 against Piotrkowianin! Next Story → Didier Dinart retires from NT Tatran Presov What is wrong with Slovakian Tatran Presov? Slovakian champion has lost the first match since 2011 (654) days against Sporta Hlohovec 34:33 (20:18) last weekend, but tonight the best team in Slovakia is defeated again – this time Michalovce was outstanding – 38:31! Tatran has to find form quickly before the first match of the EHF CUP Group Stage against Rhein Neckar Lowen next Saturday.photo: tatran presov
DohaEl Jaishissam tej One of the most popular African handball players, Issam Tej, left Europe in direction Doha, Qatar! The 36 year-old line-player signed a year contract with one the most ambitious non-European handball team – El Jaish Sports Club. Tej has played for HC Montpellier in the last nine years, where he came from Selestat, his first team abroad since 2003.He was a part of all major results of the Tunisian national team, WCh 2005 semi-final, African titles, Olympic quarte-final in London 2012. ← Previous Story Rampant Veszprem smash Kiel for Sparkassen trophy! Next Story → Allison Pineau again with injured knee?
GERMAN CUSTOMS OFFICIALS have intercepted a package addressed to the Vatican containing 14 condoms filled with cocaine.The Bild am Sonntag reports that a box packed with 340 grammes of cocaine valued at 40,000 euros ($55,200) were seized at the international airport in the eastern city of Leipzig in January.South AmericaThe narcotics, posted from an unnamed South American country, were in liquid form and had been poured into the condoms and placed in the package addressed to the main postal centre at the Vatican.The newspaper, citing a German customs report, said authorities handed the package with the drugs to a police officer at the Vatican with the aim of laying a trap for a culprit who might try to claim it.But Bild said the parcel had remained there since January.German investigators believe the intended recipient, who remains unknown, was likely tipped off that the package had been intercepted, the newspaper said.InterpolThe Vatican office of Interpol is now working on the investigation with German police, according to the report.German customs authorities could not immediately be reached for comment.- © AFP, 2012Read: “Stop doing evil”: Pope Francis takes on the mafia>
Widespread killing of civilians and gross human rights violations are reported. Given the seriousness of the crisis and the urgent needs of innocent civilians, Ireland will provide a further €1.36 million to our NGO partners in South Sudan to provide healthcare and protection to vulnerable women and children.The funding will go towards emergency response work, health care and aid for those who have fled to Uganda. THE IRISH GOVERNMENT yesterday pledged €2 million to support life-saving work in South Sudan where an estimated five million people are in urgent need of assistance.More than 1.2 million people have fled their homes due to the escalating conflict. Both the government and rebels, who are currently fighting a civil war, have been blocking United Nations peacekeeper patrols.Despite heavy international pressure, a second ceasefire this month for the world’s youngest nation has crumbled, in a six-month war that has already claimed thousands – possibly tens of thousands – of lives.Speaking yesterday, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said the devastating conflict has left thousands of families “destitute, with hunger and under-nutrition now widespread”.“The UN has warned that more than a third of South Sudan’s population, or four million people, will be on the brink of starvation by the end of 2014 if urgent action is not taken,” he said. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesIt comes at a time when the country is dealing with a serious outbreak of Cholera. More than 315 cases have been recorded since the outbreak was officially delcared on 15 May.In other locations across the country, there have been suspected cases that are awaiting confirmation.Commenting on the crisis, Brian P Moller of Médecins Sans Frontier, which has been providing assistance, said:Following five months of intense conflict, dire conditions in many camps for displaced people, and a worsening rainy season, we are concerned about the impact of the disease. Yet cholera can be simply and effectively treated if caught early enough.“MSF’s priority is to ensure a quick and efficient response to contain the outbreak as much as possible, working on both the treatment of patients and the prevention of the disease,” he said.The organisation has begun setting up a site for a treatment centre and has vaccinated around 17,000 people since April – particularly in the camps where people displaced by the conflict are living.- With additional reporting from AFP.Read: After 5 months and thousands of deaths, ceasefire begins in South Sudan>Opinion: After a day submerged in a river, the family escaped the men who wanted them dead>
LulzSec is having a busy few days. Earlier today we reported that the hacker group had managed to gain access to the porn website pron.com. In the process, they grabbed over 25,000 user logins, 55 admin accounts, and a bunch of .mil and .gov logins. Now LulzSec is teasing another hack, and this time it’s a high-profile game server.The following LulzSec tweet gives us a big hint as to what the next information dump will be from the group:AdChoices广告Brink is a first-person shooter developed by Splash Damage that combines a single-player game with multiplayer elements. Released on May 10th in the U.S., it relies on multiplayer because, as Alan said in his review, “Brink is best played as a multi-player game against other opponents.” That also means Brink needs servers running for those online match-ups to happen and logins to occur.If LulzSec has managed to hack that server it could mean a new round of user details being stolen and a headache for publisher Bethesda. We may not find out exactly what they managed to grab for a while though, as this further tweet appeared on the official LulzSec account shortly after the first hint tweet:For the moment, we have to assume that in the next 24 hours we could be seeing Brink user data appearing on the web, and possibly even Bethesda internal data too.If you are a Brink player, we’d suggest pre-empting this by updating your account password.via Twitter
In his nearly 40 years in the jewelry business, it hasn’t been uncommon for Joe Lanning to work six days a week. Three of those days, he would drive back to work after dinner to chisel out a few more hours.Long hours, he said, go hand-in-hand with running your own business, as he and his wife do at My Jeweler, 809 Main St. And, despite turning 70 this month, Lanning said he has no plans to retire, though he has cut back his hours.“I am going to work, probably, until I die,” he said with a shrug.There is no macabre tone to how he says it, nor any undercurrents of a workaholic. Lanning, a Portland native, has been working since he was a teenager. Retirement really doesn’t appeal to him, he said.“I would be doing something anyhow, because I couldn’t just sit,” he said.Lanning isn’t alone. As baby boomers age, they seem to be retiring at a slower rate than prior generations. The reasons for this can vary, but financial planners and economists interviewed for this article say many either haven’t saved enough money or, like Lanning, simply feel too healthy to hang it up.“I think there are a lot of people of my generation that have worked since they were teenagers, and to stop — what are they going to do?” Lanning said. “I think there are a lot of them that enjoy working. … They just want to talk and be with people, rather than sit at home with a cat or a dog and have that for their only company.”
MIAMI (WSVN) – Several South Florida students were treated to $300 worth of new clothes for the school year, and it was all thanks to a dedicated Miami Dolphins legend.The Jason Taylor Foundation hosted the “Cool Gear for the New Year” event in Davie.Kids shopped at Old Navy with help from some familiar faces, including 7’s Vivian Gonzalez and former Dolphins player Wes Welker.“I like seeing the kids smile,” said former Dolphins defensive lineman Jason Taylor. “Having the ability, being given the power to put a smile on somebody’s face and change somebody’s life, in just a small way, it doesn’t take a whole lot sometimes.”Dolphins players Mike Pouncey and Cameron Wake were also on hand to help kids pick out clothes.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享John Oliver from HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” has gifted the last remaining Blockbuster in Anchorage an array of Russell Crowe memorabilia that was purchased by the show in an auction. In Soldotna, the store supervisor created a Twitter account in an attempt to contact the show, “Hello, I’m a supervisor at Soldotna Blockbuster Alaska. We do have three stores currently open, if you’d like to contact us about this Merch our number is (907)-260-3460. I made this account because the residents of Soldotna won’t stop talking about it.” Among the items were boxing gear from Cinderella Man, and costume pieces from Les Miserables and Robin Hood. On Oliver’s show on Sunday night, he reported on the closure of multiple Blockbusters in Alaska. Oliver challenged the owner of the Anchorage location to contact the show within 48 hours and he would give the store the memorabilia. Oliver: “Those few remaining Alaskan Blockbusters are under serious threat. If only there were a fun movie themed way to draw them in. To the Manager of the only remaining Blockbuster in Anchorage, all of this is yours, just call us in the next 48 hours and we will send it to you.” Kevin Daymude, the general manager for the three remaining Alaska stores, says he has reached out to the show to claim the memorabilia. The three stores are located in Anchorage, Soldotna, and Fairbanks.
ADC AUTHOR A new report shows that innovative community partnerships can go beyond shared municipal services to have an even greater impact on military readiness, environmental resilience and family support.ADC’s new report, “The Innovators: Five Projects Defining Military-Community Innovation,” features case studies from Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Fort Carson, Colo., and Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn.“[T]hese projects display a heightened level of creativity and ingenuity that will drive our bases and communities into the future,” the report says.
WILMINGTON, MA — Minnie (Buffett) Bahia, age 95, of Sarasota, FL, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, previously of Cambridge & Somerville, MA passed away peacefully on August 2, 2018.Minnie was the beloved wife of the late Walter Bahia, devoted mother of Walter Bahia & his wife Teresa of Sarasota, FL, Michael Bahia & his wife Jasmine of Chelmsford, Richard Bahia & his wife Rita of Cape Coral, FL and Rochelle Arinella & her late husband Bo of Methuen, loving “Nana” of the late Walter Corey, Wendy, Aprile, Walter James, Alanna, Brian, Craig, Laura and Tracey, and great-grandmother to Piper, Bennett, Mikala, Steven, Amanda, Corey, Sarah, and Alex, cherished daughter of the late Snook Buffett and Alma Buffett Pendergast, dear sister of Betty Aprile & her husband Arnie of Wilmington, the late Ruth Stewart and late brother Albert Bungay. Minnie is survived by her sister-in-law, Freida Bungay of Newfoundland, Canada as well as many loving nieces and nephews.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62) Wilmington on Tuesday, August 7th, at 11:00 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, at 12:00 noon. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, August 6th, from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Memorial donations in Minnie’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Maureen F. (McKenna) McHugh, 80In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Elizabeth M. (Nolan) McNabb, 94In “Obituaries”
Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Chris Pratt plays Peter Quill, also known as Star-Lord, in Guardians of the Galaxy. Marvel Studios Epic is continuing its #FortniteXAvengers partnership with Marvel to promote Avengers: Endgame, releasing a new Star-Lord skin and dancing emote. On Monday, the Fortnite publisher tweeted the release of the Star-Lord skin. It goes for 1,500 V-Bucks, or approximately $15. Along with the new skin, Guardians of the Galaxy ship the Milano is available as a glider in the Fortnite Shop for 1,200 V-Bucks, or approximately $12. The tweet also shows Star-Lord’s emote called “Dance Off,” which is taken directly from the ending of Guardians of the Galaxy when Chris Pratt’s character distracts Ronan the Accuser with a dance competition. It will cost players 500 V-Bucks, or $5, for the dance. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) See it Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Comments TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Gaming,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Post a comment $999 Angela Lang/CNET Share your voice Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Sarah Tew/CNET Read Google Home Hub review $60 at Best Buy Read the Rylo camera preview DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X 0 I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Like other downloadable content, the Star-Lord skins and accessories will be available only until the shop refreshes, which will be at 5 p.m. PT on Tuesday.Epic tweeted on Tuesday a new addition to the game: large parties. Players can now create a large party of up to 16 team members. Previously, players were able to join a squad of only four members. Sixteen-player parties will be available on all game modes that support the feature. Avengers: Endgame was released in theaters on April 26 and took in a record-breaking $1.22 billion during its opening weekend. $999 Tags Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Boost Mobile See It The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. See It JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Apple iPhone XS Rylo $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $155 at Google Express Read the AirPods review $999 $6 at Tidal Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Tags Sprint What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Amazon Chris Monroe/CNET Share your voice Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. See at Turo $210 at Best Buy Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Best Buy Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) 7 See It Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview Turo Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $520 at HP Sarah Tew/CNET $299 at Amazon $59 at eBay Time for a dance off, bro.Get the new Dance Off emote along with Marvel’s Star-Lord Outfit. The Guardians of the Galaxy Set is available in the Item Shop now! #FortniteXAvengers pic.twitter.com/veEPdRjnOO— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) April 30, 2019 See at Amazon The Cheapskate Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast.
IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/0:57Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:57?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Indian soldiers and Kashmiri onlookers stand near the remains of an Indian Air Force aircraft after it crashed in Budgam district, on the outskirts of Srinagar on February 27, 2019.TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP/Getty ImagesA court of inquiry has been set up to ascertain whether an Indian missile shot down the Mi17 helicopter in Budgam district in Jammu and Kashmir on February 27 killing six Indian Air Force personnel and a civilian. The Mi17 helicopter was hovering over Kashmir skies when India and Pakistan were locked in an aerial stand-off had crashed minutes after the Pakistan jets crossed over the Line of Control into the Indian territory to target military bases.However, Pakistan refrained from mentioning that any of its jets shot down the Mi17 helicopter that has led to serious questions over lapses on India’s side. The investigations are currently examining the sequence of events, particularly identifying whether the IAF personnel had followed the protocol of switching on the Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) systems. IAF officials told Economic Times that court marshall proceedings may be initiated against the personnel who are found negligent.Whether the in-charge personnel followed the set of protocols that could lead to the identification of friendly fire and how there should be an overall improvement in the system especially when the air defence network is congested. There are also apprehensions of whether Israel-made Indian missile confused the Mi17 helicopter with Pakistan’s drone or UAV that led to the subsequent crash.On February 27, an air defence alert was sounded in Indian states close to the Line of Control which also led to a temporary shutdown of several airports in J&K and Punjab. There were also reports of at least 25 Pakistani jets trying to make their way into the Indian side and target Indian Army camps. Sources revealed to Economic Times that Pakistan may have also deployed armed UAVs which may have been confused with slow flying Mi 17 helicopter.The senior officers said that the enquiry is seeking to ascertain whether the transport aircraft and helicopters that day followed the standard procedure and took the demarcated routes for flying. IAF Mirage 2000 fighter jet crashes near Bengaluru’s HAL Airport After the helicopter crashed in Budgam district of Kashmir, several Pakistani F-16 jets intruded the LoC within 10 minutes crossing over to Nowshehra sector in Jammu, nearly 300 kilometres apart. A Pakistani official handout later accepted the aerial battle with IAF in Nowshehra but didn’t mention the Budgam crash, which has led to the setting up of an enquiry into the incident.The indications of an external force leading to the Mi 17 V5 crash are pretty strong after the locals said that they heard a loud explosion and saw a trail of smoke near the helicopter crash site. Mi 17 helicopters are known to be one of the sturdiest aircraft prone to little to no technical snags. Close
Houston Police Department“Our primary responding officer is lucky to be alive and was unhurt when the suspect opened fire on this patrol vehicle as it arrived on scene at 13200 Memorial.” -Houston Police DepartmentThe family of a “troubled” Army veteran from California says he was the gunman who killed one person and injured several others in a shooting at a Houston auto detail shop.Family members identified 25-year-old Dionisio Garza III of Rancho Cucamonga, California, as the man who opened fire Sunday, killing 56-year-old Eugene Linscomb, a customer at the shop who had arrived moments earlier.Garza was killed about an hour later by a SWAT officer.Police have not released the suspect’s name and say they don’t know a motive for the shooting.But Garza’s family told KPRC TV in Houston that “something snapped” in him following two tours in Afghanistan.Garza’s family said his condition worsened in the weeks before he traveled to Houston to visit an Army friend. Share
Stay on target Mattel Unveils Fashionable ‘Star Wars’ x Barbie Dolls‘Star Wars: Resistance’ Finale Sets Up ‘The Rise of Sk… When fighting a galactic civil war, your spaceship is bound to take a beating.But just how much does it cost to insure a vehicle that’s made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs?More than you might expect. (And more than a smuggler like Han Solo can afford.)Star Wars superfans at UK-based InsuretheGap are getting into the spirit of the upcoming film by calculating insurance quotes for eight of the franchise’s most famous vehicles.Based on factors like weight and size—as well as presumed maximum speed in atmosphere—the team created an algorithm to generate an annual price. (For reference, one Galactic Credit is worth roughly 50 cents.)“We set about working out just how much it would cost to insure some of our favorite ships—just on the off chance we found ourselves suddenly transported to the outer rim with a big stack of credits,” InsuretheGap said.X-34 Landspeeder(via InsuretheGap)Luke’s swift landcruiser is easily the cheapest to insure. Boasting a top speed of 155 mph, the two-seater isn’t much to behold, it’s mundane design ideal for harsh desert climates like Tatooine. After the death of his aunt and uncle, Luke sold his speeder in Mos Eisley to help pay for passage to Alderaan.The Khetanna(via InsuretheGap)Jabba the Hutt’s luxury sail barge offers the most bang for your buck, according to InsuretheGap. Basically a giant floating pub, with room for up to 500 passengers and a live band, the large craft is fit for a 600-year-old intergalactic gangster.Sebulba’s Podracer(via InsuretheGap)Sebulba earned his riches from repeated Podrace wins. So he can afford the annual insurance cost on his heavily modified sports car—which got a bump in price due to the “monumentally dangerous” risks of podracing.Tie Advanced X1(via InsuretheGap)Darth Vader’s experimental TIE fighter was a modified prototype of what would eventually become the TIE Advanced X1. The later model’s addition of a hyperdrive costs extra, because, according to InsuretheGap, “crossing a galaxy in the blink of an eye is astonishingly easy to get wrong.”Slave I(via InsuretheGap)Boba Fett inherited the deadly Slave I upon the death of Jango Fett. But Aurra Sing’s crash landing on Florrum did nothing to help the bounty hunter’s insurance premium.T-65 X-Wing Starfighter(via InsuretheGap)The Toyota of Rebel Alliance ships, Luke’s X-Wing Starfighter features four laser cannons and two proton torpedo launchers, nimble engines, and an astromech droid co-pilot. But its light modifications have little bearing on the insurance costs.“Being a Rebel and a Jedi Knight, however, are pretty risky occupations, and this adds quite a hefty extra onto the overall costs,” InsuretheGap said. “He seems to be a pretty stand-up guy, too, so we reckon he’d declare the swamp damage.”Millennium Falcon(via InsuretheGap)She may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts.Surprisingly expensive to insure, Han’s beloved ship is a huge liability for the Rebel smuggler, who’s made heavy modifications to the iconic freighter over the years. Here’s to hoping Chewie goes Dutch.CR90 Corvette(via InsuretheGap)The Corellian Corvette (or Alderaan cruiser, or blockade runner) is a large, powerful ship with an enormous passenger capacity, a whopping top speed of 590 mph, and a monstrous annual insurance cost.“We don’t find out exactly who pilots this ship, which drives the price up somewhat,” InsuretheGap said. “As does the risk of carrying stolen Death Star plans.” Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
You can tell the Pride events that are going to become problems. When Brighton Pride, in the UK, announced Britney Spears as headliner the tickets sold out in record time. I’m sure many gays are going, it’s Britney after all. I can’t help but be concerned how the message of acceptance is being lost in the name of a fun day out.LGBTI people need to remember we play a part. It has only been two years since we lost 49 of our brothers and sisters at Pulse.Have fun. Express yourself. Party, laugh, drink and be free. But please take a moment. Remember how, in many US states, you can be fired for being LGBTI. Trans people are targeted, daily, in the media. Intersex people are virtually invisible. There are reasons why we march. If we reflect, it encourages others to be respectful.Remember the reasons why we marchDiscrimination against Irish people has become almost non-existent. And with it, St Patrick’s Day has become a shadow of its former self. It began as a religious holiday in which the ban on alcohol was lifted. It then became a time to commemorate and celebrate a culture. Across the world, now, it’s sadly almost a joke.We can’t let Pride become the same. As the fight for LGBTI equality continues its struggle, it is still vital.Pride is a political act. It is a day for people from every part of life to come forward and open up their idea of what ‘gay’, ‘bi’ and ‘trans’ means. While we can also be drag queens and party boys, and that’s great, we can also be just like you. We are parents, postmen and women, and preachers. We’re soldiers, singers and sewage workers. It’s the power of coming out, Pride can expand the world’s conceptions.Straight people, please come to Pride but be mindful of where you are. Be good allies. Remember the young LGBTI teen looking on, a rainbow painted on their cheeks, and wondering where they fit in. Don’t trudge your mud in, sully our world, and don’t forget what the fight and march is actually about.Joe Morgan is the editor-at-large at Gay Star News. Follow him on Twitter.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . One time, a straight couple borrowed my apartment for the weekend while I was away. I was fine with this, we were just out of university, and they didn’t have their own place yet. They told me later they had sex on the balcony in full view of my neighbors. When I returned home, I had a warning letter from the landlord and a blanket that was now unusable.I bring this story up because I worry the LGBTI community are all becoming victims of poor house guest etiquette.Is Pride becoming another St Patrick’s Day?Pride is becoming another St Patrick’s Day. Instead of people descending onto a city to drink and wear green, they’re wearing rainbows. Parades are ever more corporate, funded by big companies offering discounted prices and shallow marketing.I am all in favor of straight people attending Pride. However, they have to remember who’s house they are in.For 364 days of the year, we walk in your world. We clean off our shoes, we work for your companies, and many of us don’t feel safe to kiss or hold our partners’ hands in public.This past weekend, I attended New York City Pride. It included many people from the LGBTI spectrum, the camp gays wearing heels to the butch girls on wheels. The angry, the activists, the shirtless, and the ones looking for a home in the community.It’s the ones in the latter camp that I worry about the most. You can be from a small town or not, from an oppressive religion, or struggling with internalized homophobia, biphobia or transphobia. But what would you see if you looked at many Pride events today?Visibility, for sure. But you would also see so many straight men and women exploiting the event as an excuse to go and get drunk.So many straight people are good ‘house guests’ at PrideThis isn’t every straight person.I adore the 92-year-old mother, for example, who has held the same sign for over 30 years at NYC Pride. ‘I adore my lesbian daughters,’ it reads. ‘Keep them safe.’I appreciate the boyfriends and girlfriends supporting their opposite-sex partners, who are perhaps wearing a bisexual Pride necklace or wristband for the first time.And then there are the pro-LGBTI parents and the preachers, who I love for showing their strength, who serve as inspiration. GAYSTARNEWS- People, who is the worst house guest you’ve ever had? My stories are probably mild compared to most. Drunk straight people exploiting Pride are the problem Going to pride at university inspired me to come out as bisexualGay News Europe | Gay news, entertainment, celebrities, family and storiesPride Month: How is LGBTQ tourism doing these days?Read the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/people-who-treat-pride-like-st-patricks-day-could-ruin-it-forever/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)
PARIS (AP) — France’s foreign minister wants European countries to do more to fight the Islamic State group, and is seeking support from Russia in international talks about defeating the group.France, which joined U.S.-led airstrikes against Islamic State extremists in Iraq, is hosting a conference Tuesday on the international efforts against IS.Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on France-Inter radio Thursday that European countries “aren’t doing many things” against the group, even as hundreds of European extremists have joined IS fighters. Comments Share Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober He also said France is including Russia in the anti-IS discussions.Fabius criticized the Iraqi government for “ostracizing” Sunni communities who could help fight IS. Doubts have grown recently about whether the Shiite-dominated Iraqi government can overcome the sectarian divisions.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 4 must play golf courses in Arizona 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Sponsored Stories
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has released its yearly State of the Cruise Industry Report, the report is predicting another year of strong growth for the global cruise industry in 2015.A record 23 million passengers is expected to sail in 2015, and the CLIA report shows that cruise lines are enticing more global travellers to sea with new, exotic locations, and the debut of 22 new ocean, river and specialty ships in 2015.CLIA Australasia General Manager Brett Jardine said the report shows Australia and neighbouring Asia as regions set for more robust growth in 2015.“This year is set to be another big step forward for the entire industry as our members continue to strive to make cruising the best overall holiday experience for Australian travellers,” Mr Jardine said.As part of the report, the global cruise association collated research from around the world to reveal its key industry outlooks.The first outlook is cruise passengers intend to continue cruising, CLIA member ocean passenger volume is projected to increase to 23 million in 2015, a 4 per cent increase over 2014 estimates.Another outlook is that size doesn’t matter, five years ago, the largest cruise ship in the world was introduced with a 6,300-passenger capacity, with 22 new ocean, river and specialty cruise ships scheduled for debut this year, the focus is less on size and more on unique design and amenities.Specialty cruises continue to thrive, sophisticated ships, luxury yachts, elegant ocean liners and the newest river cruises all continue to experience double digit passenger growth with specialty cruises growing by 21 per cent annually from 2009 to 2014 estimates.Travellers are expanding horizons, with regions including the Mediterranean, Asia and Australia are set to grow. In 2015, 52 ships will offer 1065 Asian cruises with capacity for 2 million passengers.Finally travel agents are key, despite the Internet and mobile devices have overtaken how consumers make purchases, travel agents continue to be the most popular and best way to book a cruise.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Lonely demon meets beautiful girl and falls in love. Girl is ambivalent. Demon kills off girl’s fiance. Girl flees to convent. Demon pursues her. Girl dies and goes to heaven. Demon is condemned to eternal solitude.Stripped to its essentials, that’s the plot of Anton Rubinstein’s 1871 opera “Demon,” adapted from a poem of the same name by the Russian romantic writer Mikhail Lermontov. The lushly melodious opera remains popular in Russia, but it’s little known elsewhere — making it a natural choice for Bard College’s 15th annual SummerScape festival of the arts, which specializes in staging what founder (and college president) Leon Botstein considers unjustly neglected works.“We don’t have any constraints here because we’re doing it exactly as we want to,” director Thaddeus Strassberger said in an interview earlier this month during a break from rehearsals on the campus 90 miles north of New York City. “Ninety-nine per cent of people coming to Bard will be seeing it for the first time.”Strassberger acknowledges that, taken literally, the story might be hard for modern audiences to swallow. “You can’t just walk out the door in 2018 and have conversations with angels and demons or people think you’re a little bit crazy,” he said.So Strassberger is focusing on the heroine, Tamara, a Georgian princess who never meets the man she’s engaged to. At the demon’s instigation, the fiance is killed by Tatars as his caravan is crossing the Caucasus Mountains on his way to the wedding.“The engagement is kind of strange, it’s very similar to Lucia (di Lammermoor in the Donizetti opera) or any kind of arranged marriage,” Strassberger said. “The wedding was never really about her being in love with this guy. It’s a trick a patriarchal society can use on a young girl’s impressionable mind.”As for the demon’s intrusion into her life — as well as an angel who ultimately rescues her — Strassberger said, “It isn’t necessarily something that visits her. She’s interested in something other than what her family has given her. In your own mind you could create an option considerably more interesting.”In his staging, “The demon and the angel have actual forms,” he said. “They interact with her, they have a physical presence. But whether they exist when she is not communicating with them is another question. I don’t show them onstage having a rich life when she’s not there.”Because she’s attracted to the demon, Strassberger said, “she starts to feel guilty. … It all starts to become a metaphor for filial duty, for what you’re supposed to do versus free agency.”Strassberger said it’s important to note the opera is titled “Demon” rather than “The Demon.”“Leon is very insistent on this,” he said. “In Russia there are no article adjectives, ‘the’ or ‘a.’ So if it’s ‘The Demon’ then it’s like there’s a baritone who’s standing there and he’s the demon. But if it’s ‘Demon,’ then it seems to us much more conceptual as to the existence as some sort of negative force.”This is Strassberger’s sixth time directing an opera at Bard, assignments he manages as part of a busy international career that has taken him from Los Angeles and Washington to Scandinavia and Russia. He said he became fascinated with opera growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the local company drew top stars like Leontyne Price, Beverly Sills and Luciano Pavarotti.“Demon” was one of 20 operas composed by Rubinstein, best remembered as a virtuoso pianist and a teacher of composition whose pupils included Tchaikovsky.It will be performed five times from July 27-Aug. 5 at Bard’s Fisher Center, with Botstein conducting the American Symphony Orchestra. The all-Russian cast features baritone Efim Zavalny in the title role and soprano Olga Tolkmit as Tamara. Strassberger said several dance numbers that are often cut will be performed by a Georgian dance troupe based in Brooklyn.___Online:http://www.bard.edu/?i??? by Mike Silverman, The Associated Press Posted Jul 18, 2018 4:41 am PDT Last Updated Jul 18, 2018 at 5:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Russian rarity revived at Bard College This photo provided by Bard Fisher Center, from top, Nadezdah Babintseva, Efim Zavalny and Olga Tolkmit perform in “Demon.” A rarely performed Russian opera about a demon that falls in love with a beautiful girl is getting a production this summer at Bard College. “Demon,” composed by Anton Rubinstein in 1871, is being directed by Thaddeus Strassberger, who considers it an unjustly neglected work. (Maria Varanova/Bard Fisher Center via AP)
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