Trump congratulates USWNT

first_imgI’ll never forget watching the #USWNT win the World Cup 20 years ago. Wishing the team the best of luck as they go for their fourth star today!— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) July 7, 2019 Donald Trump tweeted his congratulations to the United States for their Women’s World Cup triumph on Sunday, but whether he hosts the team at the White House remains to be seen.USA defeated Netherlands 2-0 to make it back-to-back titles on the global stage, with Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle scoring the goals in the second half.Shortly after the final whistle, USA president Trump wrote on Twitter: “Congratulations to the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team on winning the World Cup! Great and exciting play. America is proud of you all!” Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Trump has been outspoken during USA’s run in France as he went on a Twitter rant after a video surfaced of Rapinoe making it clear she would not visit the White House should her side end up as champions.He also called out the 34-year-old, who ended the tournament as winner of the Golden Boot as top goalscorer and Golden Ball for best player, for protesting during the national anthem by refusing to sing or put her hand over her chest. He wrote, in part: “Megan should never disrespect our country, the White House, or our flag, especially since so much has been done for her and the team.”There remains questions as to whether the national team will attend the White House if they receive an invite, but head coach Jill Ellis is not convinced any such offer will be made.When asked if she would attend a celebration at the White House, she said: “I haven’t been invited yet.” The reporter responded by saying: “I’m sure you will.” Ellis, however, said with a laugh: “Well, I wouldn’t bet on that.”A visit to the White House is traditional for victorious sports teams in the United States, but Trump’s controversial presidency has seen some teams buck that trend.The Golden State Warriors of the NBA were disinvited from a visit in 2017 after star player Stephen Curry said he was unsure if he would make the trip.In all, 10 of the 20 teams to have won a championship in major US sports since Trump became president have turned down a visit.A former president, however, remembered more harmonious times.Bill Clinton shared a picture to Twitter of him and the 1999 World Cup champion American team.last_img read more

Melbourne Cricket Ground rated average by ICC after Boxing Day Test

first_img Press Trust of India MelbourneJanuary 1, 2019UPDATED: January 1, 2019 12:17 IST Melbourne Cricket Ground saw a huge attendance on the Boxing Day for the 3rd Test between India and Australia. (@BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia won the Boxing Day Test by 137 runs at the MCGInternational Cricket Council rated the MCG pitch as averageThe Perth pitch in the second Test between India and Australia was also rated averageThe ICC has rated the MCG pitch used for the third India vs Australia Test as “average”, very similar rating to the Perth Stadium track for the second Test.According to a report in Sydney Morning Herald,”The Melbourne Cricket Club’s bid to hold on to the Boxing Day Test has been boosted after the MCG was given an average rating by the International Cricket Council following India’s 137-run win.As per reports, the ICC confirmed the rating on Tuesday, a marked improvement from the three demerit points that they earned after last year’s drawn Ashes Test.A rating of average means that the ground does not get demerit points from ICC.Under ICC rules, a venue loses international status if it tallies five demerit points over a rolling five-year period.The MCG track came under scanner after it took India nearly two days to post 443 runs even premier batsman Cheteshwar Pujara attributed their sedate batting to the nature of the track.However when India bowled during the last three days, the track seemed to have come back to life with Indian pacers accounting for 15 of the 20 Australian wickets.According to the newspaper, “Despite this rating, the MCG pitches will undergo a major revamp under curator Matt Page. He had worked diligently to improve the sand base and add moisture after the Ashes debacle but the venue is about to invest in up to four new pitches and greater technology.”The current pitches are about 15 years old but will continue to be used next season. It will take about three years for the new pitches to be grown.advertisementThe MCG rating comes after the new Perth stadium was also given an average rating, which surprised many, including Australian coach Justin Langer, who thought it deserved a higher ranking.Also Read | How Virat Kohli makes newcomers comfortable in the Indian dressing roomAlso Read | Justin Langer slams Smith-Bancroft interviews: That was just another distractionAlso Read | How sports stars around the world welcomed 2019Also Read | Drop Aaron Finch and open with Usman Khawaja: Pointing’s advice for rattled AustraliaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byPTI Tags :Follow Melbourne Cricket GroundFollow India vs AustraliaFollow ICC Melbourne Cricket Ground rated average by ICC after Boxing Day TestMelbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) had got three demerit points from ICC after a drawn Ashes Test between England and Australia last year.advertisementlast_img read more

Water cannon aimed at container ship that has been burning for five

first_imgHALIFAX — A big Belgian tug is using a high-powered water cannon to extinguish a fire aboard a container ship that has been burning off Canada’s east coast for the past five days.A spokesman for the international shipping company Hapag-Lloyd says the 320-metre container ship Yantian Express is about 1,300 kilometres from Halifax, its intended destination.Tim Seifert says the 71-metre offshore supply vessel Smit Nicobar is carrying all 22 members of the container ship’s crew, none of whom were injured after the fire started inside a container on Thursday, then spread to several other containers.Seifert confirmed the fire is still burning among containers on the ship’s forward deck, though he did not provide details about the extent of damage, the cause of the fire or what the ship is carrying.The German company, based in Hamburg, had previously said there were 23 crew members aboard the ship, including eight officers and 15 seafarers.Seifert now says there are 14 seafarers among the 22 crew members, including two from Germany, three from Poland and 17 from the Philippines.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Your Chance To Win A Movie Night With Halsey

first_imgSinger/songwriter Halsey has teamed up with the GRAMMY Foundation to give one of her fans a chance to win a movie night with her in Los Angeles.Anyone can donate, exclusively through Prizeo, at to be entered. Fans who donate more than $10 will receive extra entries and rewards, including a signed “Badlands Tour” poster or a signed “Castle” lyric sheet. Donate now through July 21 for a chance to meet Halsey!“Let’s help the GRAMMY Foundation and bring music education to people all around the world!” said Halsey.last_img read more

LinManuel Miranda Releases New SalsaRemix Of Almost Like Praying To Benefit Hurricane

first_imgAward winning actor, writer, composer and humanitarian Lin-Manuel Miranda has unveiled a new Salsa-music remix of “Almost Like Praying,” his all-star benefit single recorded last Fall to benefit the Hispanic Federation’s “Unidos” Disaster Relief Fund, for hurricane recovery and rebuilding initiatives in Puerto Rico.“The benefit single ‘Almost Like Praying’ has had tremendous success with audiences worldwide,” said Lin-Manuel Miranda. “As we now continue to help establish long-term self-sustainable initiatives to rebuild Puerto Rico, we are thrilled to bring this new version to Salsa-music fans. Although it has been over four months since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, the island still needs much help to get its most basic infrastructure up and running – including electricity, roads and bridges, healthcare and other vital programs.”The original “Almost Like Praying” was released for download and streaming on October 6, 2017. Within its first week, it hit number one in digital sales in 17 countries. 100% of the proceeds have gone to the Hispanic Federation’s “Unidos” Disaster Relief Fund, which has sponsored hundreds of initiatives to assist in the relief, recovery and now rebuilding of Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory since 1898.“Lin-Manuel Miranda fans couldn’t be more excited about the release of ‘Almost Like Praying,’ and we’re incredibly thrilled that LaMusica’s App partnership gives our subscribers early access to this long-awaited Salsa-Remix,” said Raúl Alarcón, Chairman, President, CEO of SBS. “Together, SBS and LaMusica App are connecting people who are passionate about music with the world’s most iconic artists through unique experiences like this – and there are many more to come.”“We have a long history of collaborating with Lin-Manuel Miranda in innovative ways over the years,” said Jesus Salas, EVP of Programming of SBS & Multiplatform Coordinator. “He’s once again proved that he’s a true innovator, and we are honored to partner with him on the historic launch of his new Salsa-Remix. Our nationwide world premiere of ‘Almost Like Praying’ will reach millions of Lin-Manuel’s fans across the country – while creating millions of new ones.”Both the original (dancehall beat) and the new Salsa-remix of “Almost Like Praying” are distributed by Atlantic Records.The lyrics of “Almost Like Praying” are a rhyming arrangement of all 78 municipalities of Puerto Rico….78 hometowns, 78 communities, 78 sets of individuals who together make up the Puerto Rican culture. The track also samples “Maria” from WEST SIDE STORY in order to reclaim the name of the hurricane which destroyed everything Puerto Ricans know and love on their island.To download and streaming “Almost Like Praying,” click here.For more information about the Hispanic Federation’s “Unidos” Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund, click here.last_img read more

Two former Congolese rebel leaders to stand trial at International Criminal Court

The International Criminal Court has ruled that there is sufficient evidence to pursue criminal cases against two former Congolese rebel leaders for crimes allegedly committed by their militias in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 2003.Germain Katanga, a senior commander from the group known as the Force de Résistance Patriotique en Ituri (FRPI), faces three counts of crimes against humanity and six counts of war crimes for a deadly assault on the village of Bogoro, in the province of Ituri. Hundreds of people were killed and many women forced into sexual slavery in that February 2003 attack.Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui is a former commander of the rebel National Integrationalist Front (FNI). He faces three counts of crimes against humanity and six of war crimes, and is alleged to have played a key role in designing and carrying out the Bogoro attack. Among the crimes the two men are accused of is using children under the age of 15 in active hostilities, including as bodyguards and combatants, during the deadly assault on Bogoro. The ICC is an independent, permanent court that tries persons accused of the most serious crimes of international concern – namely genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. 26 September 2008The International Criminal Court (ICC) has ruled that there is sufficient evidence to pursue criminal cases against two former Congolese rebel leaders for crimes allegedly committed by their militias in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 2003. read more

Migration spurred by climate change could displace millions – UNbacked study

10 June 2009Climate change has already caused displacement and migration, and could uproot millions more in the future, warns a new United Nations-supported report. The publication, launched at the UN climate change conference under way in Bonn, Germany, said displacement will get worse “unless vulnerable populations, especially the poorest, are assisted in building climate-resilient livelihoods.” Researchers interviewed more than 2,000 migrants in various parts of the world and mapped climate change in Central America, the Sahel, glacier zones, the Ganges, Nile and Mekong deltas, Tuvalu and the Maldives, among other areas. “In coming decades, climate change will motivate or force millions of people to leave their homes in search of viable livelihoods and safety,” said the report, supported by the UN University (UNU), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Bank, Columbia University and the non-governmental organization CARE. “Unless aggressive measures are taken to halt global warming, the consequences for human migration and displacement could reach a scope and scale that vastly exceed anything that has occurred before,” it said.Koko Warner of UNU’s Institute for Environment and Human Security told UN Radio that the majority of the migrants polled said that the environment has affected their decision on where and how to live.“People make their decision about migration to a large extent on their livelihood security,” Ms. Warner said. “Again, and again, when we went to the field, people told us, ‘we’re farmers, we’re fishermen or fisherwomen. We’re day workers and we rely on the environment for our jobs, our livelihoods. If things keep getting worse, we don’t see how we can stay where we are.’” The report recommends that all countries avoid climate changing activities, plan for human security, invest in resilient livelihoods, prioritize the world’s most vulnerable populations and include migration and adaptation strategies in future planning. “What we want to do is avert a massive humanitarian crisis,” Ms. Warner said. “We need to avoid dangerous climate change. We need to get that message out.”In Bonn, negotiations on a new agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions, set to replace the Kyoto Protocol, are continuing to progress steadily, UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters in New York today.The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has reported that more than 200 pages of comments and suggestions for the text, to ultimately be adopted in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December, are now on the table, she added.Reducing deforestation, as well as the facilitation and financing of technologies to help developing countries address climate change, are among the issues delegates have been tackling at the two-week Bonn meeting which wraps up on Friday. read more

Thesis defences — Oct 25

PhD in Psychology – Heather RameyHeather Ramey will present her thesis defence on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 2:15 p.m. in WH 147. The title of her thesis is “Youth Involvement in Organizational Decision Making: The Connection to Youth Initiative and Organizational Functioning.” Examining committee members are: Michael Plyley, chair; Shepherd Zeldin, University of Wisconsin, Madison, external examiner; Linda Rose-Krasnor, supervisor; Erin Sharpe, internal examiner; Teena Willoughby and Heather Chalmers, committee members. PhD in Psychology – Michelle GreenMichelle Green will present her thesis defence on Monday, Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. in Plaza 600F.  The title of her thesis is “Dispositional Forgiveness and Health in Romantic Relationships:  An Exploration of Sex Differences, Actor Effects, and Partner Effects.”  Chair: Colleen Hood. External examiner: Ward Struthers, York University. Supervisor: Nancy DeCourville. Internal examiner: Fran Owen. Committee members: Kathy Belicki and Angela Book.Master of Education — Mary Grace LaoMary Grace Lao will present her thesis defence on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. in WH 147. The title of the thesis is “An Exploration of Male Adolescents’ Body Image Perceptions.” External examiner: Michael Kehler, University of Western Ontario. Supervisor: Sandra Bosacki. Committee members: Nancy Taber and Shelley Griffin. Chair of the examining committee: Xiaobin Li.Master of Education — Thadeane WellsThadeane Wells will present her thesis defence on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. in WH 147. The title of the thesis is “Peer-Led Learning as an Instructional Strategy for Secondary School Science.” External examiner: Ann Wright, Canisius College. Supervisor: Kamini Jaipal-Jamani. Committee members: Joe Engemann and Xavier Fazio. Chair of the examining committee: Hilary Brown.All are welcome to attend. read more

UN Human Rights chief Mary Robinson to receive UNESCO peace prize

Making the announcement in Paris, former United States Secretary of State and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Henry Kissinger – who presides over the international jury that chose Ms. Robinson – described the decision as “unanimous and enthusiastic.” Another member of the jury, former President of Portugal Mario Soares, said that Ms. Robinson had been chosen for the “ensemble of her activity.” Mr. Soares underscored that she had shown “much courage for the cause of human rights and peace. She has carried out remarkable work in difficult situations and has travelled the world for the cause of human rights which is essential for peace.”The time and venue of the ceremony at which the prize, peace diploma and medal will be awarded will be determined shortly, after consultation with the laureate. The Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize – created in 1989 and awarded by UNESCO annually – honours people, organizations and institutions which have contributed significantly to the promotion, research, safeguarding or maintaining of peace. The Prize is named after the first president of Côte d’Ivoire. Last year, the Prize’s international jury – composed of jurists, elder statesmen and former heads of state and Nobel Peace Prize laureates – honoured the Community of Sant’Egidio. In 1998, the Prize was shared between Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, and Senator George Mitchell, former Special Adviser to US President Clinton for Irish Affairs.Previous winners included the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Sadako Ogata (1995); King Juan Carlos of Spain and former US President Jimmy Carter (1994); Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres and Yasser Arafat (1993); the International Law Academy in The Hague (1992); Nelson Mandela and Frederik W. De Klerk (1991). read more

Romanias spy agency We have been monitoring protests at planned Canadian mine

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Romania’s spy agency: We have been monitoring protests at planned Canadian mine by Alison Mutler, The Associated Press Posted Sep 30, 2013 2:16 pm MDT BUCHAREST, Romania – Romania’s domestic spy agency has been monitoring developments involving a planned Canadian-owned gold mine for years, its chief acknowledged Monday, saying that some demonstrations against the project have been manipulated by people he called “eco-anarchists.”Spy chief George Maior’s comments before a parliamentary committee came after the head of Romania’s foreign intelligence agency said last week that it had been monitoring foreigners who allegedly paid Romanians to agitate for and against the massive gold mine project in northwest Romania.The mine, run by the Canadian company Gabriel Resources (TSX:GBU), is sitting on an estimated 314 tons of gold and 1,500 tons of silver. It would be the biggest gold mine in Europe. Proponents have been trying to get permits for 14 years but so far no date has been set for it to begin operating.The disclosure by Maior was surprising because it was reminiscent of Romania’s dreaded Securitate secret police, which once used an estimated 760,000 informers from all walks of life.Maior said his agency had sent 500 memos to decision-making authorities from 1999 to 2013 about the planned gold mine, which has sparked large street protests in recent weeks. He insisted the agency’s actions were legal and were taken because the mine in Rosia Montana is “a problem of national security.”On Sunday, however, President Traian Basescu said the protests opposing the mine were genuine while rallies in support of the mine in Transylvania were “fabricated.”The mine has been widely criticized.Environmentalists complain that it would use cyanide in the extraction process and say four mountains must be razed to build it. Financial critics say Romania stands to earn too little from the project, while some locals say the gold, which has been mined there since Roman times, would be depleted within 20 years.Supporters argue the mine would bring vital foreign investment and jobs to a deprived area. Prime Minister Victor Ponta says Romania has a duty to benefit from its natural resources.Last week, Teodor Melescanu, chief of Romania’s foreign intelligence, said his agency had sent dozens of memos to officials about foreigners or foreign publications who were paid to support or oppose the controversial project.He also said a foreign government had a slanted view of the project — an apparent reference to neighbouring Hungary, which opposes the mine due to the planned use of cyanide. He did not reveal any names or details.Basescu, formerly a strong supporter of the mine, recently declared he was adopting a neutral position. He accused Ponta, who now appears to favour the mine after initially opposing it, of accepting money to promote it. Ponta has denied that allegation.The Rosia Montana gold project has reported resources of 17.1 million ounces of gold and 81.1 million ounces of silver.It is held by Rosia Montana Gold Corp., a Romanian company in which Gabriel owns an 81 per cent stake.Gabriel shares have improved since hitting a low of 41 cents on Sept. 9 amid reports that debate on the project would be blocked.Shares in the company were up two cents at 86 cents in trading Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange.— With files from The Canadian Press read more

Detective arrived at work so drunk she thought she completed shift in

But she was cleared of the charge after claiming she had been sober when she arrived for work – and got drunk when she consumed a 35cl bottle of vodka in the space of an hour whilst in the ladies toilet. A female detective turned up at work so drunk she thought she had finished her entire four-hour shift after an hour, a court heard.Det Con Donna Montgomery, 51, had arrived for duty at 10am for her first day in a new role but within minutes she had asked for annual leave and by 11am was so drunk she mistakenly believed the time was 2pm.Shocked colleagues breathalysed her when she was seen wandering around the car park of Mather Avenue police station in Mossley Hill, Liverpool with the keys to her Audi A1 in her hand – claiming she had finished work for the day.Tests showed she was almost three times the limit with one officer finding a small bottle of vodka and empty cans of gin and tonic in her erratically parked vehicle. She also smelt heavily of perfume and had several bottles of scent in her handbag.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––At Wigan magistrates court Montgomery, from Crosby, a detective with Merseyside Police for 15 years faced trial charged with driving with excess alcohol. “I asked her to get into my car and the first thing I asked her when she got in was if she had been drinking. “She said she hadn’t. My plan was to get her into the station and find out what had gone on.”I could tell she was drunk because she was using a sing-songy voice to answer me and she thought it was 2pm when it was only 11am.” It is thought Merseyside Police are to hold an internal injury into the incident which occurred on January 30 after Montgomery started a new role in the force’s Economic Crime Unit.Det Insp Elaine Coulter told the hearing: “I was coming into the station a 10:56am when I noticed DC Montgomery.”She used to be a member of my team so I know her well. I knew that she had recently returned to work from a period of absence.”I asked her how she was and if she enjoyed the new job. She said she did and that everybody was lovely.”I asked her why she was going home so early and she said that she was finished as she was doing a 10am until 2pm shift – but I knew it was only coming up for 11am.  Montgomery claimed she got drunk when she consumed a 35cl bottle of vodka in the space of an hour whilst in the ladies toilet Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Montgomery told the court she had been off work for three months with work-related stress  Montgomery told the court she had been off work for three months with work-related stress Credit:Ricky Champagne/Cavendish Press Montgomery claimed she got drunk when she consumed a 35cl bottle of vodka in the space of an hour whilst in the ladies toiletCredit:Ricky Champagne/Cavendish Press Tests showed Montgomery had 100 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.Montgomery told the court: “I had been off work for three months with work-related stress from where I was working at the time.”I was upset by what had happened and I started to drink more. I could have a bottle of wine a night. “On my first day in my new job, I was made aware that the person I was working with was on a training course – so I thought it would be an ideal opportunity at this point to take time off work.”After my annual leave was approved, I went to the toilet downstairs and I had some vodka in my bag which I drank – a 35cl bottle. “I drove to work after only drinking two glasses of red wine the night before. “The empty containers in my car was alcohol that I was hiding from my husband, they were meant to go in the bin.District Judge Mark Hatfield found Montgomery not guilty. read more

MDM awarded major new dense media plant contract in DRC

first_imgMDM Engineering has been awarded the EPCM contract for the engineering and construction of a 1.2 Mt/y Dense Media Separation (DMS) plant for Comide, a subsidiary of Camrose Resources, which itself is a joint venture between ENRC and Cerida. This plant is the first of two DMS units to be built on site which, when completed, will have an annual output of 3 Mt/y. Martin Smith, MDM CEO commented: “This new relationship with Comide, is strategic for MDM, considering the long-standing working relationship that MDM has had with Africo Resources, another subsidiary of Camrose Resources.” In August 2010, ENRC acquired 50.5% of Camrose Resources through wholly owned subsidiary ENRC Congo BV. Camrose has a 56% interest in Comide, which holds the exploitation licences for the Kii, Mashitu and Pangalume copper/cobalt assets, which are contiguous to Africo’s Kalukundi property, where MDM was recently awarded the contract to conduct an increased throughput design update and cost revalidation of the Bankable Feasibility Study.last_img read more

6 questions for people who dont have tellies

first_img4. Do you want to come over and watch it in my house?Eh, the Eurovision is on this weekend. Where are you going to watch it? Via EleventhStack2. What do you do in the evenings?Followed up with a knowing smile… TODAY WE FOUND out that five per cent of people in Ireland don’t have a telly, while 18 per cent of readers said they don’t have a set in their house.Twenty-five per cent of you said you could definitely live without the demon box.Here are some questions you would almost certainly hear:1. What do you point your chairs at?As once vocalised by a very smart man: Ye duurty feckers ( 3. Do you feel left out during the Love/Hate and Downton Abbey conversations?center_img 5. Do you not have a TV just so you can tell people you don’t have a TV?This is reserved for the really smug ones. You know the ones we mean. The ones who shrug and say “oh I barely even know what a TV is“.“I don’t have a TV, I’m too busy Instagramming my elderflower whiskey” (Imgur) Flickr/Creative Commons/Leah Jones 6. What do you put the kids in front of? via ImgurWhat happens when Spock and Captain Kirk try to speak Irish?WATCH: More men experience the pain of childbirth>last_img read more

California law foiled Steve Jobs Willy Wonka iMac golden ticket promotion

first_imgMost people, if not everyone, knew Steve Jobs as the charismatic face of Apple. The man had an “it” factor when presenting at those seasonal Apple keynotes, showing off the company’s latest product releases. After his death, bold tales of his deeds in the planning room have been making their way on to the web and book shelves. One such story involves his Willy Wonka fantasy as a way to promote the all-in-one iMac desktop machines.That’s right, Jobs wanted to not only package an iMac product with a golden ticket inside for a lucky individual (and family) to visit the Cupertino office–he wanted to greet them in full-Wonka garb. Ken Segall’s book, Insanely Simple: The Obsession that Drives Apple’s Success, details the playful marketing pitch Jobs entertained to executives. The ticket was designed to celebrate the millionth iMac sold and, of course, give Apple some added press coverage.Jobs had the plan in motion, having already instructed the creative team to design the golden ticket prototype. You can probably guess that this vision never came to fruition, as none of us have heard of the legendary moment Jobs cosplayed as Willy Wonka. It was a California law that ended up throwing a wrench into the entire plot.You see, the Golden State requires that all sweepstake contests allow anyone to enter without requiring purchase of a product. Meaning, the likelihood of the winner actually being an iMac purchaser, or an Apple fan for that matter, would be very slim. So, the project was canned and consumers never had the delight of hearing the story about the time Steve Jobs dressed up as Willy Wonka, guiding a lucky Apple fan through his technology wonderland.via MacRumorslast_img read more

Dwayne The Rock Johnson tops Forbes Magazines Highest Paid Actors of 2019

first_img Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Kevin Hart WhatsApp WWE stars join “Brawlhalla” as Epic Crossovers in SummerSlam game event Videos Articles Google+ Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has once again been named the highest paid actor in Hollywood according to Forbes Magazine.The Rock earned the top spot by earning $89.4 million between June 1, 2018 and June 1, 2019. Johnson will receive up to $23.5 million for his next film, “Jumanji: The Next Level.” He also receives 15% of the money from franchise films, including his first Jumanji movie, which earned $962.1 million.Johnson also receives $700,000 for each episode of “Ballers,” which was announced today as entering it’s final season, and millions of dollars in royalties for his clothing line, shoes, and headphones from Under Armour.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipDwayne Johnson Leaves Honeymoon Early to Appear on ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:17/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -1:14 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Facebook Pinterest Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Dwayne Johnson Leaves Honeymoon Early to Appear on ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’center_img Now Playing Up Next The Rock cuts honeymoon short Kevin Hart Undergoes Surgery After Car Accident Dwayne Johnson The Kelly Clarkson Show Welcomes Dwayne Johnson Dwayne Johnson leaves honeymoon early to appear on ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’ Now Playing Up Next Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announces “Ballers” to end on HBO with Season Five Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter The Rock marries his longtime girlfriend Lauren Hashian on August 18 in Hawaii Dave Johnslast_img read more

Tourists will Now be able to Visit the Titanic Wreck

first_imgBrave Titanic tourists wishing to travel to the world’s most famous wreck may now be in luck. In 1912 a voyage across the Atlantic Ocean on the RMS Titanic was advertised as luxury travel. In the summer of 2019 a number of  high-priced trips are booked that will give people another kind of experience: a chance to see the site of the sunken Titanic, 13,000 feet below the ocean surface. After hitting an iceberg on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City at 11:40 pm on April 14th, the Titanic sank in less than three hours, stunning the world as tales spread of insufficient lifeboats and radio-transmission failure. The wreck was not located until 1985, when a joint American-French expedition found the Titanic, in two large pieces at 13,000 feet below the ocean surface, using an oceanographic survey ship and a robot submarine. The site was about 400 miles off the coast of Newfoundland.Titanic in Cork Harbour 1912OceanGate is one company with trips definitely booked for this summer, with a 10-day-long Titanic exploration costing more than $100,000 per person. (Other companies, such as Bluefish, announced plans to take people to the Titanic site.) The OceanGate journey takes people out to the location of the wreck, and then, in small groups, on a 90-minute submarine descent to the Titanic, for about three hours of up-close examination of the wreck.Rudder of Titanic’s sister ship Olympic. Note the man at the bottom for scale.Dana Hall, marketing manager of OceanGate, told The Vintage News, “We are scheduled to depart from St. John’s, Newfoundland, for the first manned expedition to the site of the RMS Titanic since 2005. Fewer people have seen the legendary vessel since it sank in 1912 than have gone to space. Over the course of six missions running June through August a limited number of citizen explorers, known as mission specialists, will be among the first in nearly 15 years to descend 3,800 meters below the surface of the North Atlantic, in the world’s only 5-person submersible capable of reaching Titanic depths, to directly observe the maritime heritage site.Titanic at Southampton docks, prior to departureMission specialists are invited to play an active role in this authentic scientific and technological expedition where they will work alongside a team of scientists, researchers, and content experts to digitally document and preserve the current condition of the wreck.”Hall said slots for 2019 Titanic tourists filled quickly and the company is currently accepting applications for 2020. “There isn’t a ‘typical’ client,” Hall told The Vintage News. “Our current clients range in age from 25 to 70. Some are self-proclaimed ‘Titaniacs’ who have been dreaming of this opportunity their entire life, and some are seeking rare exploration opportunities.”The bow of the wrecked Titanic, photographed in June 2004Researchers say that the wreck cannot last forever. In a few decades, there may be nothing left of the ship at all, thanks to a species of bacteria which is slowly eating away its iron hull. “Nobody accounted for a rare, rust-eating bacteria called Halomonas titanicae (named for the wreck it is currently feasting on). Insight into this never-before-seen phenomena came in 1991, when a team of Canadian and Spanish researchers collected samples of ‘rusticles’—icicle-like rust formations—from the wreck,” according to Video:In 2014, a team of scientists from the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) conducted an in-depth look at such microbes, studying eight shipwrecks in the northern Gulf of Mexico. “The shipwrecks included wooden-hulled sailing ships dating to the 19th Century, one wooden-hulled sailing ship possibly from as early as the 17th Century, and three World War Two steel-hulled vessels, one of which was sunk by a German U-boat,” said BBC.Related Article: Titanic II to Set Sail in 2022 Retracing the Original RouteThe conclusion was that the material the ship was built from was the crucial factor on what kind of microbe was attracted to the wreck. Wooden ships were filled with bacteria that attack and feed on the cellulose, hemicellulose, or lignin found in wood. Steel ships were occupied by iron-loving bacteria.But now a new age in the everlasting tale is upon us with the onset of the first Titanic tourists.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. Her new book, The Blue, is a spy story set in the 18th-century porcelain world. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.comlast_img read more

JNTO Sydney welcomes new director

first_imgJNTO Sydney welcomes new directorJapan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Sydney Office has welcomed a new Executive Director to its team, with Ms Mariko Tatsumi taking over from former Executive Director Mr Hiroshi Kuwamoto.Ms Tatsumi, who hails from JNTO’s head office in Japan, has moved from Tokyo to Australia to take up what is her second overseas posting.Ms Tatsumi said she is delighted to be promoting her country to the Australian market as Mr Kuwamoto’s successor: “I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to show Australians what a fantastic destination Japan is.”“Over the past years, JNTO Sydney office has received the cooperation and support of the travel industry and media in promoting Japan. 2014 saw a record number of Australians visit Japan (302,656, a 24% increase from 2013). This will undoubtedly increase in the coming years as more and more Australians discover what makes Japan extraordinary. The lead-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is a particularly exciting time,” she said.“The ski and cherry blossom seasons are the most popular times to visit Japan, but I would like Australians to also experience other aspects of Japan such as the autumn leaves, outdoor activities and summer festivals. During my time in Australia, I intend to continue the various advertising and media projects, seminars and other marketing activities that JNTO Sydney has been focusing on,” explained Ms Tatsumi. Japan National Tourism OrganisationSource = JNTO – Sydneylast_img read more

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first_imgCambodiaCosta RicaG AdventuresindiaUSA G Adventures has released special offers of up to 25% off on eligible departures across select worldwide tours, including the USA, India, Costa Rica and the British Virgin Islands, during its ‘Winter Escape’ campaign. “The Winter Escape campaign is designed to enable travellers to book a last minute – and often much needed – holiday to not only seek the sunshine and warmth, but to relax and break up the working year,” says Adrian Piotto, Managing Director for G Adventures’ Australia and New Zealand.Discounted offerings include:• India River Cruise – Ganges Experience – Experience India from the waters of Ganges River aboard a classic riverboat in Farakka and spend eight days sailing to picturesque local villages to explore stunning temples, historic battlegrounds, tranquil gardens, and the Hazarduari Palace. Sale price is $1150, for select departures (save $1149)• Costa Rica Quest – This action-packed tour of Costa Rica’s highlights is perfect for the adventurer with limited time who wants to explore the region’s diversity. Get the adrenaline pumping, follow a trail to the base of a waterfall, melt away in thermal springs or relax on a beach — G Adventures’ CEOs will help travellers find the secluded spots only the locals know. Sale price $959, for select departures (save $240)• Highlights of the Deep South (USA) – This nine-day trip pulls back the curtain on this unique part of the country by way of Charleston, Atlanta, Savannah, Memphis,< ?strong> and other hotspots, while serving up heaping helpings of colonial estates, Cajun cuisine, country music, whiskey, and fun. Sale price is $1759, for select departures (save $440)• Cambodia Experience – This nine-day trip is ideal for the traveller who is short on time but wants to soak up the colours, culture, and history of this incredible region. Its natural beauty, coupled with tumultuous history, make Cambodia a truly fascinating destination. Sale price is $1034, for select departures (save $115)Terms and conditions apply.last_img read more

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first_imgStepfan TaylorRBKneeDNPLimitedLimitedQuestionable Comments   Share   Daily Practice Designations:DNP-Did Not ParticipateLimited-Limited Participation (Less than 100% of normal repetitions)Full-Full Participation (100% of normal repetitions)Game Status Designations:Out-Will not playDoubtful-Unlikely to playQuestionable-Uncertain if player will play Trey FlowersDLShoulderLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Shaq MasonGHandLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Shea McClellinLBShoulderLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Chris HoganWRShoulderFullFullFullQuestionable Jonathan CooperGFootLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable The Arizona Cardinals host the New England Patriots for a Week 1 matchup at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.Here is the official NFL injury report for Sunday’s game. Alex OkaforLBBicepsFullFullFull— Top Stories Rob GronkowskiTEHamstringLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img PlayerPositionInjuryWednesdayThursdayFridayGame Status Malcolm MitchellWRElbowLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Justin BethelCBFootLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Frostee RuckerDTNeckLimitedLimitedFull— Nate SolderTHamstringLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo PlayerPositionInjuryWednesdayThursdayFridayGame Status Lamar LouisLBKneeDNPLimitedLimitedQuestionable Kareem MartinLBKneeDNPDNPDNPOut Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgIn December 2009, Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces will open Taj Cape Town, its 80th hotel and its first in South Africa. This new landmark will offer the signature Indian hospitality and luxury accommodation synonymous with Asia’s leading hotel group within South Africa’s thriving cultural and tourism capital.The 166-room Taj Cape Town is located on St. George’s Mall, in the historic heart of the city. In keeping with Taj Hotels’ tradition of breathing life into iconic properties, the hotel encompasses two buildings of historic significance: The Temple Chambers, also known as the Board of Executors, which was built in 1890, and the South African Reserve Bank building. These buildings house 20 heritage luxury rooms with mountain views and an additional 10 rooms overlooking the city.A new 17-floor Tower rises dramatically behind these two heritage buildings, and features rooms with floor to ceiling glass facades, walk-out balconies and panoramic views of Table Mountain or the city. The Taj Club floor offers business travelers a private lounge and butler service.Taj’s reputation for culinary excellence can be experienced at the hotel’s three restaurants. The three-level Mint, a grill restaurant, has an open show kitchen, a floor-to-ceiling wine wall, and full-length sliding doors with uninhibited views of St. George’s Mall. The fine-dining restaurant Bombay Brasserie is modeled after its namesake in London and offers authentic Indian flavors transformed into a contemporary gourmet experience. The Twankey, a seafood and Champagne bar, is a relaxed but sophisticated gathering place with live evening entertainment.The restored ground floor of the Reserve Bank building, with the original marble columns, skylight and anatomically correct lion medallions pressed into the ceilings, remains a triumph to the fastidiousness of James Morris, who designed the building in 1929. He famously bullied the Astronomer Royal into measuring the position of the sun every day that year to ensure the banking hall, now the hotel’s lobby, would be bathed in Cape sunlight.For rest and rejuvenation, the Jiva Spa draws from Ayurveda, an ancient Indian healing tradition, and delivers a range of signature treatments, yoga, and meditation. The spa includes two suites dedicated to skin and nail and beauty treatments, four generously sized massage suites, a double massage suite with a Jacuzzi and an Ayurvedic consultation and treatment suite. A fitness center comprises a fully equipped Technogym, heated indoor pool, two saunas, and male and female changing areas.The Board of Executors building also houses a business center, boardrooms, banquet and meeting rooms, whose interiors have been restored to their original opulence and are now complemented by state-of-the-art technology.www.tajhotels.comlast_img read more