Did Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton have a new fallout over hunting?

first_imgDid Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton have a new fallout over hunting?While Meghan and Harry left for Norfolk estate, Kate Middleton took part in the Boxing Day shoot with her husband William and the family.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiDecember 31, 2018UPDATED: December 31, 2018 15:01 IST Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle at Christmas serviceSeems like Meghan Markle has broken another Royal tradition and proved yet again that she will do what she thinks is best for her.Pregnant Meghan, who had joined the Royals at the Sandringham estate with her husband for Christmas service, did not attend the traditional Boxing Day shoot with the rest of the family.The Duchess of Sussex is a staunch believer in cruelty against animals, and therefore refused to attend the blood sport. She even urged husband, Prince Harry to not attend the long-standing tradition.The couple reportedly left for the Norfolk estate after spending some time with family. Kate Middleton during Boxing Day shoot in 2009Whereas, Kate Middleton took part in the sport with her husband William. In fact, she even shot a few birds with her personal 20-bore shotgun.According to a leading daily, “She [Kate] is very much into the hunting, shooting and fishing country lifestyle. The 20-gauge smooth bore gun is ideal for shooting game birds.”While the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed a day out with the family, Meghan and Harry’s absence at the shoot was notable.A source told Daily Mail that Meghan is trying to adjust with Royal traditions, but she has also realised that she cannot change the Royals.”She has accepted this but doesn’t like watching it. She enjoyed the lunch and got on well with Kate, but I’m not sure how she would feel about Kate taking part,” the source said.ALSO SEE | There is a photo of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Queen Elizabeth’s room. Seen it yet?advertisementALSO SEE | Meghan Markle revealed Royal baby’s due date and it was all caught in an adorable videoALSO WATCH | Royal baby alert: Meghan Markle-Prince Harry expecting their first childGet 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 byKrishna Priya Pallavi Tags :Follow Meghan MarkleFollow Kate MiddletonFollow Duchess of CambridgeFollow Duchess of Sussexlast_img read more

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Road to Adventure: Race Day Essentials

first_img A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Adventure racing is a multidisciplinary sport where racers navigate through backcountry terrain – often without the benefit of trails – using map and compass, and all manner of transport from stand up paddle boards to mountain bikes. In September Austin Parker is tackling the Adventure Xstream Series adventure race in Glenwood Springs, CO to get a taste of this grueling sport. As part of his training, we are documenting the best gear for paddling, running, biking, and recovery, as well as keeping track of all the (mis)adventure along the way.The hours and hours of training rides, early morning runs, and cold water paddling are over. You’ve agonized over the little details of your training program, but race day gear can be just as important as your fitness. The right pair of shoes will keep your legs happy, and your bike can pay dividends on long rides into the wilderness. Likewise, your nutrition will definitely make or break your adventure race. With that in mind, we’ve assembled a short list of all the race day essentials: little tweaks we made from our usual mountain biking and trail running gear to keep us moving fast on race day.Related: RtA: Best Adventure Races | RtA: Mountain Biking GearOsprey Manta 28As all day hiking packs go, this is our favorite. Twenty-eight liters is the Goldilocks of pack sizing for a long adventure race. This pack has gotten us through all day training sessions as well as multiple long distance races. We’ve carried full trail running, rappeling, and mountain biking gear loads comfortably in all conditions. The harness has a raised “trampoline” back panel that allows for extra venting. Extra organization keeps every bit of gear in its place so if disaster strikes you’re not rooting around for our first aid kit or spare bike tubes. Did we mention it’s comfortable?Smith Optics ForefrontThe Forefront uses Smith’s Aerocore material rather than the typical foam lining of cycling helmets. What does that mean for you? First, it’s much lighter and more ventilated – the entire body is basically one big vent. Second, it absorbs impacts better than other helmets, so if you do crash out, you’re in better hands. For race day we needed a helmet to haul biking, rappelling, and kayaking, so this lightweight wonder will be pulling triple duty.Hoka One One Challenger ATRThe Challenger ATR is a stand out in Hoka’s already stellar line up. Building on their award winning Clifton, the Challenger features a more aggressive outsole as well as early stage rocker. This makes it perfect for navigating steep, technical terrain and off trail wilds. If you value versatility to charge pavement or trails, this is the shoe for you.La Sportiva KidoThis loose fitting climbing short is our go to piece for any day on the trail. The four-way stretch and rear venting serves to keep you comfortable and dry no matter your sport. Ours goes on over cycling shorts for long days cruising single track, and doubles on our SUP and kayak. For hot weather multisport performance, you won’t find anything better.Fezzari Nebo PeakWe could talk all day about the trail ready features of Fezzari’s Nebo Peak. What you need to do is get out on one and bomb some single track. The X1 drive train keeps it simple with a solid eleven speed gearing system. Top of the line Fox and Rock Shox suspension ensure a plush ride from start to finish, and Maxxis Ardent tires stick to deep mud and slick rock. Don’t be surprised when your friends show up with matching bikes after a few rides this fall.SOL ScoutWe always carry a small first aid kit on the trail. Our packing list for the AXS Seriesw also calls for an emergency blanket and survival gear just in case you spend a cold night on the trail. The SOL Scout kit fits all we need without being overbuilt. There are just enough tools and essentials in this kit to keep you alive if you get lost in the wilderness, without hauling unnecessary gear. It’s probably good idea to keep one of these in every pack you own.CEP Calf SleevesYou probably remember our CEP recovery tights we’ve been using after every workout in training. These calf sleeves work along the same lines, but perform during your trail run or race rather than after. The graduated compression keeps muscles firing and blood flowing long after fatigue starts to set in. We are prone to shin splints, and these are the first product really prevent them on long mileage weeks. We’ve even taken to wearing them to the office before and after work outs to keep reaping the benefits of compression while we’re on the road.Honey Stinger GrapefruitYour nutrition on the trail is as important as that protein shake you have every morning. Keeping your blood sugar up is more complicated than just pounding a few snickers though. Honey Stinger’s Organic Chews are easy on your digestion when you’re being hard on your muscles. Sweetened with honey and tapioca syrup, these little chews pack enough energy to keep you running for hours. We recommend the new grapefruit flavor. 1. Race Day Essentials 2. OSPREY MANTA 28 3. SMITH OPTICS FOREFRONT 4. HOKA ONE ONE CHALLENGER ATR 5. LA SPORTIVA KIDO 6. FEZZARI NEBO PEAK 7. SOL SCOUT 8. CEP CALF SLEEVES 9. HONEY STINGER GRAPEFRUIT A Rev-ealing Conversation About IndyCar Racing with Takuma Sato center_img Editors’ Recommendations The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Cider The World’s 12 Most Grueling and Insane Endurance Races last_img read more

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Sea2See Turns Tons of Plastic Waste into Trendy Sunglasses

first_img Dirtbag Style Guide: 5 Lessons That Apply to Everyone Look Good and Feel Better By Supporting Brands that Support Ocean Conservation Our oceans are literally drowning in plastic waste. By 2050, it’s believed the seas will contain more plastic than fish. At least for now, it seems the only solutions are coming from the bottom up, from grassroots organizations intent on doing something — anything. Upcycling the Oceans, for example, is a similar worldwide initiative that works with fishermen throughout the Mediterranean and in Thailand. Their mission centers around collecting and repurposing plastic trash into eco-conscious clothing, footwear, and accessories, like backpacks.Sea2See’s sustainable eyewear is available in a variety of trendy men’s and women’s styles directly from the online store. The sunglasses are also sold at brick-and-mortar outlets throughout Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, and, of course, Spain. The company is working to expand their retail network into Australia and the United States.Feature image courtesy of Sea2See/Facebook. Patagonia Goes 100% Sustainable with New Line Called Shell, Yeah! The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About center_img Sea2See/FacebookIt’s hardly news to say that our oceans are in a sad state of environmental affairs. The latest reports note an estimated 8 million tons of trash are added to the earth’s oceans every year. It’s a difficult problem to solve, but not an impossible one. Sea2See has devised a clever solution that involves a few hundred Catalan fishermen and the world’s eternal need for swanky new sunglasses.Barcelona-based Sea2See has secured agreements with more than 20 ports in Catalonia, Spain. In addition to their daily fishing expeditions, Catalan fishermen are also now on the lookout for plastic waste — tons of it. Every three days, in fact, the fleet recovers an entire ton of solid plastic detritus from the waters around the Spanish coast. It all comes in the form of nets, ropes, and general plastic trash, and is deposited into large containers in several Spanish ports.The collected “treasure” is then sent to Sea2See to separate and process. The company determines what they can personally use and what needs to be resold. For every 10 kilograms (more than 22 pounds) of waste Sea2See recovers, the company can produce a single pair of Italian-designed sunglasses. Whatever plastic isn’t recycled into sunglasses is repurposed into other reusable raw materials like nylon threading. In total, more than 90 percent of the content they recover is recycled into new goods. Editors’ Recommendations The Awake G7 Watch Makes Fishing Nets Fashionable and Sustainable last_img read more

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World Cup final to put outdated Cricket Test to bed says UK

first_imgLondon: The thousands of cricket fans who have travelled from India and members of the Indian diaspora across the UK who had already bought the bulk of the tickets for the ICC Cricket World Cup final on Sunday are widely expected to cheer on the England team. Lord Tebbit, a former Conservative Party chairman, had devised his infamous Cricket Test concept in the 1990s as a sign of dubious loyalties displayed by immigrants because they failed to back England in a cricket game. He had recently claimed that the test was “far from outdated”. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherIndian-origin peer Lord Jitesh Gadhia questioned the continuing relevance of the test famously set by Tebbit, which required immigrants to show loyalty to the English team over teams from their countries of origin. The Indian-origin peer who has clashed with Tebbit over his so-called “Cricket Test” of immigrant loyalty towards Britain over their countries of origin said the England versus New Zealand match at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London will put the debate to rest once and for all when the Indian diaspora turns out in swathes in favour of England. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open”The vast majority of Indian fans, together with the diaspora community, will be cheering on England to beat New Zealand. It will also provide just deserts for India’s semi-final loss against the Kiwis at Old Trafford,” said Gadhia, who believes the official Team India supporters’ group of Bharat Army will also take on shades of multiple identities. “The impromptu ‘Bharat Blighty Army’ will put to bed the outdated Tebbit Cricket Test once and for all, showing that it is possible to have multiple identities and still be patriotic to your home country,” Gadhia said. Bharat Army, the official Indian team fan club, itself is marking its 20th anniversary this year and has been organising a series of events to celebrate the World Cup in England. While India’s loss in the semi-finals to New Zealand was described as “heart-breaking”, their enthusiasm for the game remains strong. “With the Bharat Army starting during the 1999 World Cup in England, it has come round a full circle 20 years later now that the World Cup is back in the UK,” a Bharat Army spokesperson said. According to the International Cricket Council (ICC), around 135,000 people have bought tickets for the World Cup. While nearly 50 per cent are supporters of the host nation England, 37 per cent have declared themselves fans of one of the five Asian nations in the tournament India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. “During summer, we see a much bigger number coming in due to the seasonal increase in travel, and this certainly appears to be even higher due to the cricket this year. An average is hard to say, but during peak (eg April-July) it is usually 100-150 per cent higher than off-peak (eg November-January),” a spokesperson for the British High Commission (BHC) in New Delhi said. Georgina Warren, Head of City Events and Experience at London & Partners, the Mayor’s official promotional agency for London, said that the British capital playing host to many of the matches and the World Cup final has been a great boost for the city this year. “The feel-good atmosphere of the tournament can be felt throughout the city, as once again London has shown the world how it stages outstanding sporting events that are exciting, inclusive and world-class,” said Warren. The entire area of St. John’s Wood around Lord’s Cricket Ground in north-west London has been attracting swathes of Indian tourists and cricket fans throughout the tournament.last_img read more

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Warm weather may deprive some areas of vivid red fall colours expert

first_imgUnseasonably warm weather in parts of Canada may deprive some areas of one of their trademark natural attractions — rich fall colours.A forestry expert says the vivid red leaves that draw crowds of tourists to areas of Ontario and parts of Quebec are triggered by bright sunshine combined with cold temperatures.Sean Thomas, a professor of forest ecology at the University of Toronto, says trees start breaking down the chlorophyll in their leaves in the fall in order to draw out nutrients such as nitrogen and store them over the winter.He says chlorophyll is what gives leaves their green colour, so as it is broken down, other pigments such yellow and orange are revealed.Thomas says that process can produce other chemicals that damage plant tissues if exposed to UV radiation.To protect leaves from UV rays, Thomas says red pigments — a trademark of sugar maple trees, among others — emerge as a type of “leaf sunscreen.”“The need for that protection is even more acute under cold temperatures,” he said. “So those things together, high light plus cold temperature, also have evolved to be the trigger for synthesis of anthocynanins (red or purple pigments).”This year, however, the weather conditions have disrupted the typical process.“It’s been unseasonably warm and so the trees haven’t received the signal that they usually would have,” Thomas said. “And it’s been a bit cloudy too.”Some trees were set off by a bout of cold weather in early September before the mercury rose again, but those that weren’t are more likely to just turn yellow as they prepare for winter, he said.If the leaves start to die before the tree can extract nutrients from them, in case of a sudden frost for example, then they simply turn brown, he said.A drop in temperature now probably wouldn’t do much to bring out the dramatic reds, Thomas said.“There’s kind of a time window when that can happen and that’s probably passed now,” he said.The lack of bright fall colours, however, doesn’t indicate poor tree health, Thomas noted.“The fact that the trees aren’t synthesizing the red pigments, that’s not necessarily a bad thing for them,” he said. “It’s a bad thing for tourism in the autumn, but it’s not necessarily a signal that the trees are unhealthy.”Trees aren’t the only ones affected by the heat — bugs are also missing their normal seasonal cues.Insects that would typically have migrated south or prepared for overwintering by now, including mosquitoes and wasps, are sticking around longer, said Jeremy McNeil, a biology professor at the Western University in London, Ont.That could have a significant impact on next year’s populations if some are caught unawares by a blast of cold weather, McNeil said.“Whether that’s good or bad will depend on what species it is and who you are,” he said.We may not mourn the loss of some insects, but a sharp drop in numbers can have a ripple effect on other species that feed on them or rely on them for pollination, he said.last_img read more

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UK leader meets Cabinet as she fights to stay in power

LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May will be meeting with her Cabinet to map out a strategy for delivering Brexit as she fights to stay in power.The session comes after a weekend of speculation that she may be forced to resign to win approval of her twice-rejected Brexit deal.Lawmakers are preparing to debate proposals for a series of votes on alternatives to May’s deal, which could take control of the process away from the government.Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Monday claimed May had “chickened out” on delivering Brexit this week. Writing in the Telegraph, he says that to win support for her deal she must show that the next phase of negotiations — on future relations with the European Union — will be different.The Associated Press read more

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UN officials congratulate Afghan people on largely peaceful polls

20 August 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his top envoy to Afghanistan have congratulated the people of the fledgling democracy on today’s presidential and provincial council elections, and paid tribute to all those who made the largely peaceful polls possible. “By exercising their constitutional right to vote, the Afghan people have demonstrated again their desire for stability and development in their country,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement. The Secretary-General also commended the Independent Election Commission, and all other Afghan institutions and international stakeholders supporting the electoral process for organizing the elections in an “extremely challenging” environment. Mr. Ban’s Special Representative, Kai Eide, called 20 August “a good day for Afghanistan” and said he was pleased with the way the country’s elections took place. “The fact that the elections have taken place today across the country is, of course, an achievement for the Afghan people,” he told reporters in Kabul after the polls closed. There had been several attacks in the days leading up to the elections, including Tuesday’s blast in Kabul which claimed the lives of two UN staffers and at least five others. But Mr. Eide, who also heads the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said that there had not been as much violence today as had been expected. “Overall, the security situation has been better than we feared. That is certainly the most positive aspect of this election.” Some 17 million voters were registered to take part in today’s polls, the first to be organized by the Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC). They were choosing from 41 presidential candidates, including two women, and more than 3,000 candidates who are competing for provincial council seats. An estimated 6,000 polling centres were open across the country – roughly the same number as in the 2005 elections – noted Mr. Eide, who earlier in the day visited a local girls’ high school in Kabul that served as a polling station. While it was too early to determine the voter turnout, he did say that those parts of the country that are particularly affected by insecurity have had a lower turnout than others. As the electoral process now proceeds to the counting of the ballots, the Special Representative expressed his “profound respect for the Afghan people, for those who have organized the elections, and for all those who have turned out, determined to take part in shaping the future of this country.” read more

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Yoga can ease pressure on health service says Prince Charles

Yoga classes had “tremendous social benefits” and built “discipline, self-reliance and self-care”, which he said contributed to improved general health. The Prince was “delighted” to discover that the conference examining the health benefits of yoga – the first of its kind in the UK – was taking place. The plan, announced by Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, last month, sets out how the service will improve care and the general health of the population over the next decade.Mr Selbie said he wanted yoga to benefit from some of the millions of pounds of extra healthcare funding targeted at reducing deprivation and keeping more people out of hospital.A “significant part” of the promised cash for social prescribing – a scheme where health professionals can prescribe non-medical activities – would go towards making yoga more accessible.He said there was “clear evidence” that yoga provided people with a form of exercise, social contact and mindfulness that were all vital for good mental and physical health. It could improve muscle strength in the elderly, helping to reduce the number of falls, which cost the NHS around £2billion a year. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit a yoga class on Bondi Beach during their tour of Australia The Prince of Wales has said yoga could help save “precious and expensive” NHS resources because of its effectiveness as a tool for “health and healing”.The Prince, who is known to be a firm believer in the power of alternative medicine, said the ancient practice of yoga had “proven beneficial effects on both body and mind”.His statement came as one of England’s top health chiefs promised to ensure more government funding for yoga classes, reiterating the Prince’s message that the activity was proven to help health and well-being.In a written address to the Yoga in Healthcare conference, the Prince said: “For thousands of years, millions of people have experienced yoga’s ability to improve their lives … The development of therapeutic, evidence-based yoga is, I believe, an excellent example of how yoga can contribute to health and healing.”This not only benefits the individual, but also conserves precious and expensive health resources for others where and when they are most needed.” The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit a yoga class on Bondi Beach during their tour of AustraliaCredit:Wireimage “I will watch the development of therapeutic yoga in the UK with great interest and very much look forward to hearing about the outcomes from your conference,” he wrote to delegates.Duncan Selbie, the chief executive of Public Health England, told yoga therapists at the event, held last weekend at the University of Westminster in London, that some of the additional funding pledged under the NHS Long Term Plan would be spent on yoga classes. Mr Selbie told the conference: “The evidence is clear … yoga is an evidenced intervention and a strengthening activity that we know works.” Britons needed to be more responsible for their health, such as by proactively taking part in exercise classes and cutting down on alcohol, he said. He promised yoga therapists and teachers he would work to ensure they had “visibility and legitimacy” in the social prescribing system, telling them: “I think it is your time”.Studies have suggested yoga could help with arthritis and back pain, as well as reducing the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and depression. read more

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Manitou handling solutions for mines today and tomorrow

first_imgManitou is at Bauma 2019 in force and its range of machines dedicated to mining from Manitou contines to expand. The MHT 12330 complements a wide range that addresses the various issues related to mining sites. With a lifting height of 12 m, the very high capacity model ranges from 33 t with forks to 36 t with hook. Equipped with a 245 hp Deutz Stage V engine, this model also benefits from special protective covers on the work road lights. The controls and cabin are identical to the MT telehandler range, making them easier to use. There is also a substantial range of mining attachments, with a fork positioner (width 2,900 mm) with side shift and a capacity of 33 t to 12 m. Designed specifically for the high tonnage MHT 12330 telehandler, this positioner assists in the handling of heavy loads used in mines (including spare parts). The machine at Bauma is only the second to have been manufactured as the design is all new.The Manitou group also presents its mining maintenance attachments. The TH 63/12000 tyre clamp is a good example. It can be used to transport tires of up to 12 t for wheel rims of up to 63 in. This clamp is particularly recommended for the maintenance of dumpers used in open-pit mining operations. Another solution on display is a platform dedicated to underground mining applications. Designed to withstand impacts of up to 3 t, this attachment has reinforced safeguards, allowing up to three people (1,200 kg) to be accommodated and providing greater safety for operators working on high-risk sites. A number of these tyre handlers are now in the mining market, as it has been available for over two years, with South America and Australia being key markets for it.last_img read more

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Congress Opens Live on Facebook Today Noon

first_imgI know, you’ve always wanted to watch the opening day of Congress, but you just didn’t want to pull yourself away from Facebook. What a predicament. Well, now you can do both.Yesterday, John Boehner, the incoming House Speaker, announced that beginning at noon on Wednesday (today), you will be able to view a live-stream of the first day of Congress’ new session on Facebook. This is the first time that Congress will be broadcast on the social media site. Facebook users can view the first day’s floor proceedings and Boehner’s first speech as Speaker of the House, and they can make comments as the events happen.If you want to see Congress make the transition to the GOP-controlled House, go to the “Pledge to America” Facebook page at noon today.last_img read more

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Case of BSE found in Irish cow but no public health risks

first_img THE DEPARTMENT OF Agriculture says that it has confirmed a case of ‘Atypical BSE’ in an 18-year-old cow – but says there is no public health risk.Atypical BSE occasionally occurs sporadically in older animals. It was first recognised in the early 2000s in Europe following the large scale testing of livestock for BSE that was put in place at that time. Since 2003, there have been 101 cases found in the EU, three in Ireland.The animal tested positive on a screening test carried out at a private laboratory over the weekend and was then subject to follow up confirmatory tests at the Department’s Central Veterinary Research Laboratory.The Department says there are no associated public health risks with the find – a comprehensive set of public health controls are in place and the animal was excluded from the food chain. Its carcass will be incinerated.The disease BSE can be spread to humans if they eat food that is contaminated with the brain, spinal cord, or digestive tract of infected cow carcasses.In 1986, a confirmed case of BSE in the United Kingdom led to an epidemic in British cattle.It was first confirmed in cattle in Ireland in 1989, which led to the introduction of a number of risk management measures.Read: Explainer: What is BSE – and should we be concerned about this case? 13,580 Views Wednesday 18 Jan 2017, 5:14 PM Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3192978 21 Comments Image: GILESJ JOHN GILES Jan 18th 2017, 5:14 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: GILESJ JOHN GILES Share2 Tweet Email Case of BSE found in Irish cow – but ‘no public health risks’ The animal’s carcass will be incinerated. By Paul Hosfordlast_img read more

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Steven Gerrard really hates plastic pitches

first_imgThe Rangers manager believes artificial pitches should not be part of the highest level of football in any part of the world.Rangers coach Steven Gerrard has said constantly that he hates plastic pitches.But his criticism of that type of field is back once again, as Rangers prepare a visit to Kilmarnock this Wednesday.“I’ve already given my opinion on plastic pitches at the elite level of football and they should be nowhere to be seen,” Gerrard told the BBC.“I can’t change that in 24 hours. I do know that every single manager at this level doesn’t want plastic pitches.”“But we have to respect the fact that Kilmarnock have got one and we have to go there and perform,” he added.“We’ve been there and done it before. Of course, it cost us Jamie Murphy, which was a huge blow.”Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“Hopefully both sets of players come through the game healthy because there’s nothing worse than seeing any player suffer that type of injury,” Gerrard commented.Rugby Park is the home of Kilmarnock FC, the stadium was opened in August 1st, 1899.The place was renovated in 1946, 1961 and once again in the 1994-1995 season.The stadium used to have a natural grass pitch until the summer of 2014 when an artificial surface was installed.“They are breathing down our neck and have done very, very well.”“Steve Clarke has done an amazing job there so, from my point of view, I am very excited to see the team play,” the manager concluded.last_img read more

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Packin Heat Meet Greet to chat about gun issues

first_imgA Vancouver man focusing on open carry firearm laws is preparing to host a “Packin’ Heat Meet & Greet” next month for like-minded folks to talk about gun laws, politics and, as host Tony Thomas puts it, “whatever else strikes our fancy.”Thomas is the founder of Open Carry Vancouver, which might not even be considered a proper group yet; he is currently the sole contributor to the conversation. But that appears ready to change come February.Thomas wasn’t sure how many people he would be interested in a meet-up to discuss open carry, but so far the idea appears popular. As of Friday afternoon, over 70 people have sent in their RSVP via Facebook.“It’s really amazing,” Thomas said. “It’s just kind of taken off naturally.”The one-man group began last autumn with Thomas creating a few videos under the Open Carry Vancouver name and posting them to YouTube. He tackled issues such as the rights of gun owners and what to do when you are required to provide identification for police officers.But as talks over gun control and Second Amendment rights heated up in the wake of December’s shootings at the Clackamas Town Center mall near Portland and at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., Thomas realized it might be good to add others to the conversation.last_img read more

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South Korea wins first ever WSOP gold bracelet

first_imgSouth Korea has its first World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner after Jiyoung Kim won the Ladies Championship in Las Vegas over the weekend.Kim, a coffee shop owner from Seoul, outlasted a field of 968 players to claim the US$167,308 first prize and a place in history as the only South Korean to taste WSOP gold.In doing so, South Korea became the 51st different country in the WSOP’s 50-year history to win a gold bracelet.Photo courtesy: Antonio Abrego/WSOPHowever, Kim said afterwards that she has no grand plans for her prize money.“I’m giving it to my mom. All of it,” she said. “She is always worried about me going overseas to play poker tournaments. I feel for her, that’s why I will give it to her.”The WSOP is an annual tournament series held at the Rio in Las Vegas, with this year’s 50th anniversary series featuring a record 89 bracelet events across two months.The most prestigious of them all, the US$10,000 Main Event, kicks off on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Michigan teen scams couple sells cellphone box filled with bars of soap

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – A Michigan teenager landed in trouble after scamming a couple out of a cellphone sale.A couple tried to buy a $450 phone but were tricked with bars of soap.They found the deal on an app and scheduled a meet up with the 18 year old.After they met with the seller, they began to open the box.The teen took off and what they found in the box were two bars of soap.Police said they tracked down the seller through her phone number.Officials said she was ticketed for a misdemeanor. last_img read more

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Upstart to Launch Kindle Rival

first_imgPlastic Logic, a Mountain View, California-based company with plans to launch a new electronic reading device in 2010, has partnered with digital magazine vendor Zinio to provide magazine content.Using e-ink technology, the eReader device will be about the size of a pad of paper (8.5 x 11 inches) and weigh less than many printed magazines, Plastic Logic says. Targeting business users, the eReader will support documents in Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint formats as well as Adobe PDFs, along with newspapers, magazines and books. Plastic Logic differentiates the eReader from other electronic viewing devices—including Amazon’s Kindle and Sony’s Reader—because its larger display reduces the need to shrink magazine or newspaper pages to fit the electronic screens. It was not immediately clear how publishers plan  to monetize the service. A Plastic Logic spokesperson said the company expects to determine contract terms sometime later this year. Pricing will not be available until 2010, the company said.Plastic Logic also said it will launch an e-content store, providing publishers with tools allowing them to sell their content online. The e-store will be operated by e-retailer Fictionwise.“Through the relationship between Zinio and Plastic Logic, publishers automatically have a larger audience for selling their content through the content store,” the spokesperson told FOLIO:. “Customers who use eReader devices tend to read a large variety of content and publishers who make their content available will benefit from wider distribution, and in particular for business users, our target market.”Ingram Digital and LibreDigital have signed on as Plastic Logic’s book and newspaper content providers, respectively. The company also has direct partnerships with newspapers Financial Times and USA Today.last_img read more

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Penton Launches New Data Solutions Division

first_imgIn that context, Penton has brought the full data marketing operation in-house. It’s cut ties with its list management company and has built a team of 10, some with previous list marketing company experience, led by Joann Kropp, vice president, customer data solutions. “We’ve built a direct marketing team to support our internal reps and to tap into this large audience to target effective solutions and up our game in metrics and reporting to become a better marketing partner,” says Kropp.While Penton has media brands in 17 markets, SmartReach will primarily serve a core grouping: agriculture, transportation, natural products/food, infrastructure, design and manufacturing.According to the company, its database has 16 million records with 1,000 data points for marketers to hone in on a particular audience segment. But Kropp says the decision to move the entire operation in-house hinged on two factors: her team’s understanding of the audience and the ability to work with a marketing client in a turnkey manner. “When you start to pay attention to what your audience wants and you get better at more effectively targeting them, an in-house data team is going to understand that better than a third party. You can also work with your client from start to finish,” she says.In terms of ROI, Kropp says the revenue her group has helped bring in has increased by double digits in the last year, which has essentially been the proof-of-concept period for the formal SmartReach launch. But by bringing it all in house and having the data team provide the turnkey support, Kropp says the operation will gravitate towards more cohesive best practices. “We want to tighten up on the best practices, send less [emails] and perform better—that’s the ROI.” Penton, a b-to-b media company, has launched a new data division called SmartReach. The group is a formal effort to serve endemic and non-endemic direct marketers by leveraging the company’s database of 16 million b-to-b records and it signals a shift to fully internalize some of what was historically outsourced to list company vendors.SmartReach is fundamentally set up to manage the full range of subscriber and customer data and package it in ways to support integrated marketing campaigns sold by the company’s sales and marketing services teams.Penton is also touting the new group in the context of what might be considered the next wave after “digital-first”—professional information services. In other words, the need for data on the publisher side to determine what information customers need the most and, following that, the data marketers need to target those customers and determine ROI for a campaign are considered increasingly core to future success.last_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly Monday July 27 2015

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audio Elections Director Resigns Abruptly at Lt. Gov’s RequestLisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauA veteran election official resigned abruptly on Friday at Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott’s request. The Walker-Mallott administration was Gail Fenumiai’s third as head of the state Division of Elections.Berkowitz Transition Report Draws on Community, Corporate Solutions AlikeZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageEthan Berkowitz took over as mayor of Anchorage almost a month ago, and on Monday, his administration released an ambitious report on its aims for the next three years.Erosion Along the Matanuska Continues to Imperil HomesEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageErosion along the Matanuska River is worsening near Sutton. State and Borough workers are responding as another home is at risk.Dead Fish, Wildlife In Aleutians May Be Victims Of Toxic Algae OutbreakJohn Ryan, KUCB – UnalaskaScientists have been receiving reports of dead and dying whales, birds and small fish in the Aleutian Islands.  They think it might be from toxic algae proliferating, due to unusually warm ocean temperatures.Forgiving Without Forgetting: A Tlingit Village Up in SmokeElizabeth Jenkins, KTOO – JuneauIn 1962, the Douglas Indian Village was set ablaze to make way for a new harbor. This month marks 53 years since the city displaced households of Tlingit T’aaku Kwáan families. Little to no restitution has ever been offered.Denali Wolf Hunt Nears Opening, Despite Low Population NumbersDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksWolf hunting season is scheduled to open next month in and around Denali National Park, despite record low wolf numbers. This spring, Park biologists counted fewer than 50 Denali wolves, heightening a long running battle over the popularly viewed animals.Groups Seek Halt to POW Wolf Hunting, LoggingLeila Kheiry, KRBD – KetchikanCiting a state study that shows a sharp decline in the wolf population on Prince of Wales Island and surrounding islands, six conservation groups have asked state and federal officials to take steps to help preserve the remaining animals.last_img read more

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Vigils Planned For Victims Of Santa Fe High School Shooting

first_img Share Multiple candlelight vigils are set to be held following the deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School.List of vigils: Friday, May 18, 2018: 1) Where: The Texas First Bank located at 12402 Hwy 6, Santa Fe, TX 77510. When: Friday at 6:30 p.m.The more we learn about the shooting at Santa Fe HS, the more our hearts hurt. We are praying for our students, teachers, family, and community. Please join us tonight at 6:30pm at TFB Santa Fe, 12402 Hwy 6 to come together and pray. https://t.co/sJTKsDNuYh pic.twitter.com/KIuv5KVENS— Texas First Bank (@texasfirstbank) May 18, 20182) Where: Holy Trinity Episcopal Church located at 4613 TX-3, Dickinson, TX 77539. When: Friday at 6:30 p.m.3) Where: Chocolate Bayou Cowboy Church located at 6808 County Rd 172, Alvin, TX 77511. When: Friday at 6 p.m.4) Where: The Bay Harbour United Methodist Church located at 3459 FM Rd 518 East, League City, TX 77573. When: Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.5) Where: Ecclesia Clear Lake located at 218 Clear Creek Ave, League City, TX 77573. When: Friday at 6:30 p.m.Saturday, May 18, 2018:Montgomery County TX – Students Demand Action – Vigil for Santa Fe High SchoolWhere: Woodwinds Shopping Center located at 481 Sawdust Rd Spring, TX 77380. When: Saturday at 5 p.m.Blood drive for victims of Santa Fe High School shooting: The University of Texas Medical Branch is accepting blood donations on Saturday and Sunday between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Jennie Sealy Hospital Conference Room 2.506B (in the lobby on level 2, adjacent to the gift shop).For those who were not able to make the blood drive today, but are still interested in donating: pic.twitter.com/VIDU5u4EDx— UTMB Health (@utmbhealth) May 18, 2018last_img read more

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Killzone 3 leaked 414GB torrent appears on filesharing networks

first_imgOn Friday we thought Crysis 2 was going to be the biggest game to fall to piracy possibly in 2011. But we were wrong, and only a couple of days later Killzone 3 also appears to have been leaked.While Crysis 2 is a mere 9.22GB download, Killzone 3 almost fills a Blu-ray disc and is a 41.4GB download. It’s the European version of the game and includes 3D output. If you don’t want that, then a second torrent is available which is half the size without it.The only good news for Sony and developer Guerrilla Games is that you need a hacked PS3 to play the game. While that’s becoming more common, it’s only going to be a fraction of a percentage of consoles out there at the moment. Lost sales thrugh this leak will be minimal if any are lost at all. Anyone who has a hacked PS3 wasn’t likely to buy the game anyway unless they were planning on supporting the developer with a purchase.The official version of Killzone 3 gets a release on February 22. A single-player demo will be available tomorrow on PSN.Read more at Eurogamer.netMatthew’s OpinionAgain, there’s no information about who leaked the game, but this is a much larger game to steal and must have taken a long time to download, or at the very least upload from a disc copy.With only two weeks until the game is officially released this could have been terrible for sales, but the fact you need a hacked PS3 to play it limits the damage to a large extent. The worst we will get is videos appearing of gameplay and a few reviews (good and bad depending on the game).As with EA and Crytek, I expect Sony and Guerrilla will track down whoever leaked the game and take action. You only have to look at what Sony is doing to Geohot at the moment to know as a company it doesn’t hold back when it comes to piracy and hacking on the PS3.last_img read more

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