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LIVE: France vs Republic of Ireland

first_imgFrance 2 Republic of Ireland 0: Dominant win for Deschamps’ men Jack Davies 04:58 5/29/18 france - CROPPED Getty Images Olivier Giroud and Nabil Fekir found the net as France beat Republic of Ireland 2-0 in a pre-World Cup friendly. France kicked off their run of World Cup warm-up fixtures with a show of dominance in a 2-0 victory over Republic of Ireland in Paris on Monday.Olivier Giroud and Nabil Fekir scored as the hosts eased to a comfortable win in their first match since Didier Deschamps named his 23-man squad for Russia.Giroud’s 40th-minute opener came after France had completely controlled the early stages, before a mistake by goalkeeper Colin Doyle played a part in Nabil Fekir’s second. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Ireland, meanwhile, never came close to threatening to make a game of it on their first visit to the Stade de France since Thierry Henry’s infamous handball memorably led to their defeat in a qualifying play-off for the 2010 World Cup.Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba were among the players left out of the starting XI by Deschamps, but this is a France side with tremendous depth and they controlled the match from kick-off, with Kylian Mbappe curling an effort just around the right-hand post after only three minutes.James McClean will have made Deschamps wince with a heavy challenge on Blaise Matuidi on the edge of the box in the 21st minute, but France’s captain for the night escaped unharmed.Doyle got down well to his left to keep out a Giroud drive after half an hour, before Corentin Tolisso hit the post from distance with the goalkeeper beaten.The ball had barely left the Irish half, so it was no surprise when Giroud netted the opener five minutes from half-time, prodding the ball home after his header was blocked on the line – a strike that pulls him level with Zinedine Zidane on 31 international goals.31ème but d’@_OlivierGiroud_ sous le maillot Bleu ! #FiersdetreBleus pic.twitter.com/lNdAMpWCO2— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) May 28, 2018Zidane – in his capacity as Real Madrid head coach – was the beneficiary of a pair of goalkeeping howlers as his side beat Liverpool in the Champions League final on Saturday, and whatever mental lapse afflicted Loris Karius in Kiev appeared to have migrated west to Paris as Doyle made an error to gift France their second.Diving to his left in a bid to punch clear Fekir’s shot from 18 yards, the Bradford City keeper did not get the desired contact and saw the ball deflect off his hands and over him into the net.Doyle went some way to redeeming himself with a strong hand to keep out Giroud shortly after the interval, before Matuidi directed a stooping header straight at the former Birmingham City stopper.Ireland head coach Martin O’Neill will not have welcomed the site of Griezmann taking to the field in the 64th minute but the Atletico Madrid striker could not add to the French haul, as a torrential downpour arrived over the stadium.The only frustration for Deschamps will be that his side could not put more past their impotent visitors. read morelast_img read more

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Windies pace bowler Wright pulls up stumps — at 85

first_imgLondon: Cecil Wright’s name will not rank alongside West Indies legends Viv Richards, Gary Sobers and Frank Worrell, but for longevity he outranks them all. The fast bowler known affectionately as ‘Cec’ has announced he will retire in two weeks’ time — at the ripe old age of 85 Wright, who in his heyday represented Jamaica against Barbados, lining up against Sobers and Wes Hall, moved to England in 1959 and launched a career as a professional in the Central Lancashire League for Crompton. After three years he decided to stay on in England and settled down after meeting his future wife Enid, then having a son. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhWright, who also played with Richards and Joel Garner, another of the great West Indies pace attack of the late 1970s and early 1980s, has taken over 7,000 wickets during a career spanning more than 60 years. At one point he took 538 wickets in five seasons, averaging one every 27 balls. “Pretty good going,” said cricket Bible Wisden, referring to Wright’s stamina. Bit finally even he has accepted that the time has come to pull up stumps on his career. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”I wish I knew the reason for my longevity, but I couldn’t tell you what it is,” he told The Daily Mirror, who estimated that he had played in over two million games. He once attributed his staying power to his love of traditional no frills Lancashire food such as hot pot. “To be honest I eat anything that’s going but I don’t drink much, just the odd beer,” he was quoted as saying. “And I keep fit, although these days I use my age as an excuse to miss training. “I find keeping active helps to ease aches and pains. I don’t like to sit still and watch TV, I would rather have a walk or potter about in the garage. Wright will bring down the final curtain on his career on Saturday September 7, turning out for Uppermill, near Oldham, against Pennine League side Springhead.last_img read more

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Boy 14 and 18yearold woman face multiple charges in threats against Thunder

first_imgTHUNDER BAY, Ont. — A 14-year-old boy and 18-year-old woman are facing charges related to a series of anonymous threats targeting a high school in Thunder Bay, Ont.Local police say nearly a dozen threats were made against Hammarskjold High School over the past two months, but the arrests centre on those made between April 8 and 17.Police allege the boy and woman both submitted anonymous threats on those days, adding some of them involved planned shootings and potential explosives.They allege the threats sent in by the woman were communicated using the anonymous Crime Stoppers tip line.They say they were able to identify the devices used to send in the threats, which resulted in the school being closed for several days.The woman now faces a total of six mischief-related charges, while the boy faces eight. They appeared in court this morning and have since been released. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Foreign Ministry Woman Killed in Libyan Terror Attack Not Moroccan

Rabat – An official source at the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed to Moroccan media that the woman who died in yesterday’s shooting and suicide bombing was a Libyan national. On Tuesday morning, armed suicide attackers stormed the headquarters of the Libyan foreign ministry in Tripoli, killing three people and injuring ten others.ISIS reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack, confirming the suspicions of Libyan authorities. The spokesman of the Libyan special forces, Tarak al-Dawass, had accused ISIS following the attack. Read also: Imlil Murders: Interior Minister Says Terrorism Has No HomelandThe attackers used guns and bombs. According to Libyan authorities, a car bomb exploded near the building before two armed suicide bombers opened fire on people. The ministry’s guards killed a third attacker.During a press conference on Tuesday after the attack, the special representative of the UN Secretary-General in Libya said: “Terrorism will not triumph over the Libyans’ decision to move forward towards building their state and renouncing violence. We will not accept any attack on a state institution, especially one committed by a terrorist group,” reported the Libyan Express.ISIS has been responsible for a series of attacks in the country which, since 2011, has been torn by power struggles and become prey to jihadists.The recent ISIS attacks include one on the Libyan National Oil Corporation headquarters in Tripoli in September. read more

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Ready to Retire book by Lyndsay Green looks at retirement issues facing

‘Ready to Retire?’ book by Lyndsay Green looks at retirement issues facing men Sociologist Lydnsey Green, shown in a handout photo, is the author of the new book Ready To Retire.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-HarperCollins by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 22, 2016 4:00 am MDT Last Updated Jan 22, 2016 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Many issues surrounding retirement are universal, but there are some that are unique to men, says sociologist Lyndsay Green.In embarking on her new book “Ready to Retire?”, Green found that many retirement-age men in her life weren’t anxious to leave the workplace — a stark contrast to those Freedom 55 commercials.Money, of course, was a factor. But after digging deeper, she also found other reasons, including fear.“There’s no question that men still identify with being a wage earner, a breadwinner,” says Green. “They will admit their identity is tied up with work.”For her research, Green interviewed 45 men and 17 of their partners, who lived across Canada and ranged in age from 58 to 88.She also spoke with various experts for the book, which she says is also resonating with women.For those considering retirement, Green offers some advice:— Figure out your retirement dreams and discuss them either with your partner or anyone in your “emotional circle.” Then crunch the numbers.“One of the things that I found very interesting was that when you ask couples what their retirement dream is — and these were couples over 60 so they were close to actually retiring — 50 per cent of them have different retirement dreams,” says Green.“They never discussed it and then they realized that they were actually on different pages. And one in five actually had retirement dreams that were not at all compatible and that were actually going to cause conflict.”— Develop multiple selves or “a multitude of lily pads,” as one of Green’s interview subjects put it. It will help if you want to move on to an “encore career.”“It’s that sense of, if your working lily pad goes soft you’ve got other passions, other interests, other pursuits that you want that are really, really gripping — not just as one person said to me, the three Gs: golfing, gardening and grandparenting,” says Green.— Consider taking a sabbatical before retiring to get a feel for retirement. Green cites two such cases in her book.“In one case the man decided that he really, really did not like working and he was going to really have to strategize then to have to get out of work permanently,” she says.“The other man decided that he hated retirement and so he leapt back into to work with both feet and then he really was happy that he knew that he wanted to continue working as long as possible.”— Build a social network. Having friends in retirement can help not just the mind but also the wallet.“One of the really important components of retirement is what I call your RECP — your retirement emotional circle plan, and these are your friends and your family who are going to sustain you, and in many ways they can substitute for cash,” says Green.“For example, I was just reading a very recent study which shows that if you have a network of people who take care of you, you’re much less likely to be hospitalized early, because they can anticipate, they care about you. They can help you modify your home, they can bring you food, they can see if things are going badly, they can intervene. They sustain and support you, so in many ways.”— Maintain the body and mind: If you are feeling depressed about retirement, consider therapy, and work out regularly.“Physical health is really so connected,” says Green, “because if we’re not feeling good about ourselves, we start not going outside, we start becoming more isolated, we start not eating as well as we should, we start not exercising, and so it all becomes a vicious circle and we’re caught in that downward spiral.”‘ read more

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UN antinarcotics panel urges greater stock in prevention treatment of drug abuse

Investment in prevention and treatment of drug abuse can lead to significant savings in health-care and crime-related costs, and alleviate the suffering of drug-dependent users and their families, the independent United Nations body tasked with monitoring the production and consumption of narcotics worldwide said in a report released today. “Every dollar spent on drug abuse prevention can save the government up to ten dollars in later costs,” the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) wrote in its annual report. According to its findings, only one in six drug users receive the treatment he or she needs at a cost of $35 billion per year, and most commonly, to fight addictions to heroin, cannabis or cocaine. Increasingly, prescription drug abuse – often legally obtained medication by a friend or a family member who no longer needs it or is not using it for medical purposes – is outpacing the rates for illegal drugs in some countries. “There is an erroneous perception that prescription drugs are less susceptible to abuse than ‘illicit’ drugs,” said INCB President Raymond Yans. Prescription drug abuse is a “serious and growing threat to public health” in North America, which the INCB says is the region with the highest drug-related mortality in the world. One way to tackle this abuse is by addressing the root causes of excessive supply, such as so-called “doctor shopping” by visiting numerous doctors to fraudulently get prescription drugs, overprescribing medication, or filling several prescriptions simultaneously. The report also warns of the continuing rise in use of psychoactive substances known as “legal highs” which reproduce the effect of illegal drugs but can be easily obtained over the Internet with names such as “bath salts” or “plant food.” The drugs are based on existing illegal recreation drugs with chemical structures that are modified to varying degrees to evade the drug laws. The mixtures can easily cross from “safe” to toxic, resulting in “delirium and violent behaviour.” The UN World Health Organization (WHO) is expected to review 20 new such psychoactive substances at its next meeting in June. The need for precursor chemicals to create some of these substances is making drugs more difficult to make. On the plus side, this lowers their supply on the market. Unfortunately, as the report confirms, traffickers are increasingly exploiting the supply chain. Drug trafficking through Central America and the Caribbean remains a transit route for cocaine to North America and Europe, and continues to fuel high-levels of drug-related violence, according to the report. It also cites large-scale methamphetamine manufacture as a “cause for serious concern.” There is also a potential for Africa, which recorded an overall increase in opiates trafficking, to make headway into the cocaine market, although cannabis abuse continues to be high in the continent – nearly double the average. In addition, the report authors write that seizures of heroin in East Africa make the region a hub for trafficking to Europe. Illicit cultivation of cannabis is also increasing in Europe. INCB said it is also worried about recent developments in legalizing the drug for recreational use in Colorado and Washington states in the United States, and in Uruguay. “When governments consider their future policies on this, the primary consideration should be the long term health and welfare of the population,” Mr. Yans said. Some drug use decreased in South America. Coca bush cultivation is at its lowest level since 1999, down to 133,700 hectares in 2012 from 153,700 hectares the previous year. In East and South-East Asia, the manufacture of and demand for heroin “continues to be a major concern.” The report in particular cites the increase in demand in China, where a reported 1.3 million registered opioid abusers resided in 2012. Afghanistan, which remains the centre of illicit manufacture of heroin and a growing source of cannabis, had a record illicit opium poppy crop reaching 209,000 hectares in 2013, up 39 per cent compared with the previous year. Oceania is the only region in which seizures of all the main types of drugs have recently increased, mostly in Australia. read more

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Swimming Transition on Ohio State coaching staff met with positive early results

Ohio State women’s coach Bill Dorenkott will now become the coach of both swimming and diving teams. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsA drastic change in the coaching staff of Ohio State has done little to affect the team’s performance thus far.The Ohio State women’s (1-0) and men’s (1-0) swimming teams finished their first meets competing under the same coaching staff for the first time in program history last Friday with dominant wins against Kenyon women’s (0-2) and men’s (0-2) teams. The Buckeyes won gold in every event, and seemed to thrive under their new coaching staff.The transition came following coach Bill Wadley’s retirement after 26 years at the helm of the men’s swim team. Coach Bill Dorenkott, who had previously coached the women’s team for nine years, is now the head coach for both teams.Dorenkott believes the transition will be beneficial in the long run.“I’m certainly biased, but I feel really good about the staff we put together and I feel like the staff is doing a very nice job of meeting our athletes’ needs,” Dorenkott said.The change to having both teams swim as a single unit has also been smoother than initially thought, Dorenkott said. The coach said the men’s team has welcomed the change, and views it as an opportunity to grow as a team.“I think change runs contrary to human nature. Most people gravitate toward things they know already,” Dorenkott said. “The fact the men have fully embraced the change because I had worked with the women for nine years is really pretty remarkable.”Senior Jack Barone believes the combination of teams has the potential to bring about new possibilities.“I think the coaches put a lot of focus on individualizing everything, kind of seeing what each swimmer needs,” Barone said. “Something we were all really excited about was getting a little more specialized training-wise and just in general.”Sophomore Molly Kowal found the transition to training with the men’s team challenging at first, but said it has ultimately helped the women.Kowal added that the union of men’s and women’s teams under Dorenkott has built a bond between the two teams, as the personal connections have provided overwhelming support during competition.“They definitely push the girls more in practice, because obviously the guys are going to be the better swimmers,” Kowal said. “So, they’re just pushing the girls to try harder and to try to keep up with them, which is helpful.”Although Dorenkott has added the men’s team to his list of responsibilities, he has not changed his coaching philosophy that he takes to leading his players during the week in practice since he was just coach of the women’s team. His weekly routine focuses on the preparation needed for competition.While Dorenkott believes the outcomes of each meet cannot be predetermined, he said the week of practices leading up to the competition can provide a glimpse of what’s to come.“When you talk about winning, you can’t control that,” Dorenkott said. “So, we can only prepare, control the effort we put into it. So, game day coaching, there’s not a lot of adjustments to be made in swimming. It’s kind of just managing the actual game day process, whether that’s warming up, warming down, giving a little bit of feedback.”The changes to the team’s operation have been positively received thus far, but Dorenkott said there is still work to be done. He said the team’s attention to detail will need to improve in order to compete later in the season. Dorenkott cited a relay disqualification in last week’s meet against Kenyon, in which a swimmer left the block before the previous swimmer touched the wall, as an example of where the team could clean its technique.The Buckeyes will hope to begin cleaning up the small details of their swims against Denison and Akron at 6 p.m. Friday at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The men will compete against Denison, while the women will swim against Denison and Akron.“Everything’s a lead-up or a build-up to [the postseason in] February and March,” Dorenkott said. “A good book has 10 unique chapters, it’s not the same chapter again and again and again. So, we want to be early-November good against Denison and Akron and we want to be late-November good when the [Ohio State Invitational] comes along. Hopefully, we’re cleaning up the things we need to clean up based on feedback we’re getting from meets.” read more

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¡VAMOS underwater mining project to start at Lee Moor in UK

first_imgThe ¡VAMOS! underwater mining team have visited several former mining sites over the last two years, investigating suitability for field testing. Following a careful selection process, eventually two mine sites were selected, in which the novel mining technique will be tried out. The first one is in the United Kingdom: Whitehill Yeo pit at Lee Moor, Devon. This site is kindly made available by Imerys, the world leader in mineral-based specialties for industry, which delivers high value-added, functional solutions to a great number of sectors, from processing industries to consumer goods and building products.The pit is a flooded kaolin mine, which ceased operation in 2008. The kaolin, also known as china clay, is a decomposed form of granite and is being used in countless industrial applications. The team expects to encounter weathered granite in various grades in this pit.The infrastructure present at the site, in combination with nearby facilities and services, made this site the first choice for ¡VAMOS! Early in 2017 it was decided to go ahead with making preparations for testing at Lee Moor. As the site had been out of service for a significant period of time, a bathymetric survey was carried out to examine the submerged environment.While various ¡VAMOS! equipment was finalised being built and tested, and with the development of software and communications still ongoing, civil works at Lee Moor started in June. A safe working area was required, to bring in the equipment with heavy transport trucks and launch the system components. Also a slurry depot was created on land, which will capture the material being pumped up as a slurry while mining underwater. Meanwhile the site set-up has been completed with offices, fencing, welfare and workshop units. During the trials, the Lee Moor site operates a strict Safety regime in accordance with the UK Construction Design and Management Regulations and Quarry Regulations.At the end of August the first equipment arrived on site, and the pontoons of the Launch & Recovery Vessel (LARV) built by Damen (The Netherlands) have now been deployed and assembled, with outfitting going on until mid-September. The Mining Vehicle (MV) was built at Soil Machine Dynamics’ facilities in Newcastle Upon Tyne (UK) and is in the final stage of its Factory Acceptance Testing. Together with the Shore Control Cabin, the MV will be brought to site and the MV will be launched on the LARV soon. Positioning, Navigation and Awareness systems will be integrated next, after which the full system can be commissioned.The ¡VAMOS! Team is expecting that at Lee Moor the equipment can be tested to its limits and thus contribute to the project goals and the EU’s raw materials strategy.last_img read more

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The Last Pokémon Master a Pokémon GO book for all ages arrives

first_imgAlthough the frenzied fervor for the Pokémon GO app has died down in the last few months, there are still plenty of Pokémon trainers in the making, especially with younger fans.For the Pokémon GO fans out there who want a new adventure, keep your eyes peeled for the new book, The Last Pokémon Master: An Unofficial Pokémon GO Adventure, by Sizzle Press.This book, intended for readers ages 8 to 12, takes kids into the lives of aspiring Pokémon trainers just like them who are Pokémon GO obsessed, leading to a mysterious event where the Pokémon they catch on their phones begin to escape into the real world. Readers can join Lucas and his best friends Cora and Samuel as they go on adventure fit for all aspiring Pokémon trainers.With the advent of the Pokémon GO app, and the slew of other new media coming from The Pokémon Company, like a new anime, games, and web series, this book adds to the gamut of Pokémon fever we’ve been swimming in this year. And yes, we are totally on board with that.The Last Pokémon Master by Carol Christo will be released on November 1, 2016, in paperback, followed by a hardcover on November 15, 2016 and can be purchased on Amazon.last_img read more

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Sex Toy Maker Dame Sues MTA Over Sexist Ad Policies

first_imgStay on target Dame is suing the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority for refusing to display ads promoting its female-focused sex toys.A lawsuit, filed Tuesday, points to the MTA’s bevy of male-centric advertisements for erectile dysfunction drugs, libido medication, and condoms.Missing from the subway cars, the stations, “or anywhere else around you,” though, are posters for the Eva II, Fin, Pom, or Kip—”toys, for sex.”“You do not see Dame’s advertisements because the MTA—in contravention of the First Amendment, due process, equal protection, and common sense—has banned them from being displayed on MTA property,” the suit said.When New York’s transit agency in July 2018 agreed to work with sex toy company Unbound (after previously rejecting their ads), Dame founders Alex Fine and Janet Lieberman were encouraged to put in their own request.#DerailSexism (via Dame Products)MTA ad agency Outfront Media began working with Dame in September.As reported by Vice, the firms rallied ideas back and forth for months: images of products in odd shapes—not immediately recognizable as vibrators—alongside slogans and customer reviews.“We were going to show the world how to embrace their own pleasure and add value to their sex lives,” the Dame website said.The team submitted its final ads in early November, and three weeks later learned their campaign was rejected—allegedly based on “updated guidelines” preventing “sexually oriented” businesses from advertising.“The MTA has a long-standing policy that prohibits advertising promoting a sexually oriented business,” the bureau told Vice. “This decision [not to work with Dame] was reached after careful review and is consistent with the advertising standards set by the MTA Board.”According to its advertising policy FAQ, the department prohibits ads promoting a “sexually oriented business,” sex toys, or “devices for any gender.”Despite its own rules, MTA still displays ads for supplement companies like Hims (via Dame Products)Yet it currently endorses the Museum of Sex with images of nude buttocks and inflated breasts, as well as erectile dysfunction medication and condom providers Hims and Roman.“Each of these advertisements was submitted to the MTA for display in trains, buses, and subway stations,” the lawsuit said. “Each one was given the MTA’s stamp of approval. Each one was displayed in full view of every New Yorker who uses public transit to commute—adults and children alike.”“We’ve decided to take legal action against the MTA to protest this sexist policy, and to address its implications for vulva-havers everywhere,” Dame announced on its website. “Advertisements are hugely influential on our culture, and have the potential to bring sexual wellness tools out of the shadows and into our lives.”Folks are encouraged to take screenshots of Dame’s ads and share them on social media using the hashtag #DerailSexism; tag @dame products and @MTA (@mtacitytransit on Instagram) to drive home the message.Sex toys are having a moment.In May, pleasure product start-up Lora DiCarlo reclaimed its Robotics Innovation Award from the Consumer Technology Association (producer of the annual CES event), which presented, then revoked, the prize for personal massager Osé.Administrators initially cited a rule that entries deemed “immoral, obscene, indecent, profane, or not keeping with” the organization’s image will be disqualified.As company founder and CEO Lora Haddock pointed out, not only does this imply that women’s sexual wellness products are somehow indecent or salacious, but it begs the question of how Osé made it past the first round of inspections by CTA staff.(Which has, in the past, authorized the launch of a sex doll for men, among other sex toys, and welcomes a recurring VR porn exhibit that lets folks view erotica while consumers wander by.)More on Geek.com:YouPorn ‘Sexy Lingo’ Web App Helps You Flight in Different LanguagesFinally, Press These Buttons When You Want SexWhat’s Next for Smart Sex Toys Post-Teledildonics? CES Reinstates Innovation Award for High-Tech Sex ToySex Toy Stripped Of CES 2019 Award Because Vaginas last_img read more

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Ronda Rousey Becky Lynch and Charlotte Why the WWE WrestleMania main event

first_imgOn Monday’s Raw it became official: For the first time, WrestleMania, the biggest professional wrestling event in the world, will be main-evented by women. Ronda Rousey will defend her Raw Women’s Championship in the last match on the show against Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair.This is good news, but fans of WWE and pro wrestling could be forgiven for reading it with a suspicious eye. WWE is a company obsessed with its public image, and isn’t above making on-screen decisions for off-screen press. The company’s PR Twitter account has been in overdrive for the past day, for instance, making sure everyone knows how progressive WWE is for making this decision.Rousey, Lynch and Flair headlining WrestleMania would be historic in any circumstance. What makes this truly important, though, is that this really isn’t about good PR. The women’s match is the most anticipated on the show, features the company’s most popular performers and has a chance to be the best match of the night.On Tuesday’s episode of SmackDown, WWE showed how serious it is about the main event by having Flair win the SmackDown Women’s Championship. That means the WrestleMania triple threat will feature both Raw Women’s Champion, Rousey, and SmackDown’s Women’s Champion, Flair. Two champions from separate TV shows and one extremely popular Becky Lynch. That’s not winning recipe.  WWE Why does the main event matter?WrestleMania takes place on April 7 in New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, where over 60,000 fans will watch it live. More importantly, it’ll stream live on the WWE Network, a streaming service whose main selling point is its broadcasting of monthly pay-per-views. The past few years have seen an explosion in non-WWE wrestling companies, like New Japan Pro Wrestling, but WrestleMania is still comfortably the biggest and most significant wrestling show of the year.Being the main event of WrestleMania — the last match, the match around which the show is promoted — is considered the highest accolade in the wrestling industry. It means Vince McMahon, chairman and CEO of the company, believes you are the hottest commodity in the company and his best bet for selling tickets, Network subscriptions and merchandise. Championships come and go in a calendar year, but there’s only one WrestleMania main event. Now playing: Watch this: 2 Tags TV and Movies 3:45 Share your voice Why did WWE briefly put him on top of the card? Presumably because he’s Indian and India is a quickly growing, potentially lucrative market. Mahal wasn’t popular before he won the title, and he had little momentum. It was an experiment that, judging by his return to being a background character, the WWE didn’t consider a success.The women’s main event at WrestleMania is not that. It’s not an experiment or an empty gesture.”Rowdy” Ronda Rousey, thanks to her UFC success, is the biggest pop culture star the company has other than maybe John Cena. Becky Lynch is not yet a household name, but she is the most popular wrestler in the company. Watch any show she’s on and you’ll see frenzied crowds chanting her name — even when she’s not in the ring. Charlotte Flair, meanwhile, has been the most consistently promoted and consistently awesome women’s wrestler in the company. 15 Photoscenter_img The world of pro wrestling: explained Every WWE star you need to know about The idea of women headlining WrestleMania was preposterous only years ago. WWE’s historic treatment of women is well documented. WWE in the mid to late ’90s found success promoting the likes of Sunny and Sable as sex symbols, inking lucrative Playboy deals, and never really looked back. The men were referred to as WWE “Superstars,” but the women were “Divas.” Women’s “wrestling” was more about Bra and Panties matches, where you win by stripping your opponent down to their undergarments, than serious title bouts.Example: At WrestleMania 22, in 2006, Candice Michelle faced Torrie Wilson in a Playboy Pillow Flight.WWE’s treatment of women has improved greatly in recent years. NXT, an adored WWE-owned brand watchable on the WWE Network, in 2014 began featuring women in prominent spots on its shows. Women were given 10, 15 and 20 minutes to have show-stealing matches, rather than the sub-five minutes they would usually get on WWE pay-per-views. This proved a hit to fans, who then began a #GiveDivasAChance social media movement.This was in early 2015, around the time Ronda Rousey was selling hundreds of thousands of UFC pay-per-views and becoming a bigger star than anyone in WWE. A year later, in 2016, the term “Diva” was dropped and the company resurrected the Women’s Championship (and now both the Raw and SmackDown brands have their own women’s champion). By the end of the year women, like Charlotte Flair, Bayley and Sasha Banks, were presented as top stars.Read more: How to watch WWE WrestleMania 35A Rowdy WrestleManiaMetLife Stadium is in New Jersey. If you watch Raw or SmackDown, you’ve probably heard commentators say that WrestleMania takes place at MetLife Stadium “in the shadow of New York.” New Jersey isn’t glamorous enough to host WrestleMania, you see, so instead WWE wants you to think it’s taking place in New York. WWE cares a lot about PR.It also cares about taking advantage of new markets and demographics (as any company should). In 2017 a wrestler named Jinder Mahal went from an undercard “enhancement talent” — someone whose job it is to lose every week and make their opponent look strong — to WWE Champion in the space of a month. His reign lasted just under six months, and now he’s right back to losing on TV every week. 😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮@MsCharlotteWWE has DEFEATED @WWEAsuka to become the NEW #SDLive #WomensChampion! #SDLive #WomensTitle pic.twitter.com/9FF3aUiLj7— WWE (@WWE) March 27, 2019 The hero of this tale is Becky Lynch, who overcame injury at the Royal Rumble in January to earn a WrestleMania championship match against Rousey. The story has picked up steam, and controversy, in recent weeks as Rousey turned into an on-screen villain. Jealous that Lynch is cheered by fans over her, Rousey now vows to scrap “fake” pro wrestling and beat up her WrestleMania opponents “for real.” Flair was inserted into the match, after Lynch had earned her shot, thanks to being the “corporate pick.” The TV story goes that as a statuesque blonde and the daughter of the iconic Ric Flair, the WWE wants her to be champion and represent women’s wrestling. The most recent episode of SmackDown saw her — randomly, and to the dissatisfaction of many fans — get an opportunity at Asuka’s SmackDown Women’s Championship. Flair won. WWE is using all of its tricks to make this main event as special as possible.The three competitors share a blistering hatred for one another in their on-screen storyline. But this is an instance where the TV drama can’t match the real-life history making.These women weren’t given the main event. They earned it.Update, at 8:05 p.m.: Adds information following Flair’s title win.  WWE Commentslast_img read more

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Sass takes Yukon Quest lead

first_imgBrent Sass takes Yukon Quest lead. (File Photo by Patrick Yack/Alaska Public Media)Download AudioBrent Sass is leading the Yukon Quest. He is followed by Hugh Neff, Ed Hopkins, Allen More and Matt Hall.The next section of trail takes teams along the Yukon River to the community of Eagle.Quest mushers made the daunting traverse of Eagle Summit on Sunday.last_img

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Special session to begin Thursday after lawmakers fail to compromise

first_imgGov. Bill Walker signs a proclamation for a special session focused on the budget and long-term spending plan, after lawmakers failed to compromise on Wednesday. (Photo by Andrew Kitchenman/KTOO and Alaska Public Media)Gov. Bill Walker called the Alaska Legislature into a special session starting Thursday.The session will focus on the state budget and the long-term gap between how much the state government spends and how much it raises. The Legislature failed to reach agreements on a budget and future plan in the 121-day session.Walker issued a proclamation for the session shortly both chambers adjourned.Walker called for lawmakers to consider eight items.They include the operating, mental health and capital budgets. They’ll also consider bills to overhaul oil and gas taxes and increase the motor fuel tax. Others bills included by Walker are a measure addressing the opioid drug crisis and a bill to draw money from Permanent Fund earnings to pay for state government and limit Permanent Fund dividends.The final item is legislation to increase an existing tax or establish a new broad-based tax.House Speaker Bryce Edgmon said he’s disappointed the Legislature couldn’t finish its work on time for the third straight year. Government layoff notices will go out at the beginning of June, in case there’s no budget on July 1.“I don’t think anybody wants to see pink slips go out, but I think we’re definitely in that territory now,” Edgmon said. “And clearly … this is the third year in a row that we have flirted with a government shutdown in Alaska and it’s very unfortunate. But, then again, the challenges that are before the state are historic in nature and are very difficult.”Both the House and Senate have passed separate bills to spend Permanent Fund earnings to pay for state government and limit Permanent Fund dividends.The House also passed bills to bring back an income tax and raise oil and gas taxes to close the budget deficit. Senate majority members say leaving a deficit will apply pressure to keep spending down. They also express hope that spending cuts and oil production increases will close the gap.The two chambers haven’t made progress in recent weeks in bridging the difference between their Permanent Fund bills. Instead, they’ve focused on other bills.The two bodies did agree on a bill, House Bill 132, paving the way for transportation networks like Uber and Lyft to enter Alaska. Sponsor Mia Costello said shortly before the Senate passed the bill that it’s needed.“60,000 Alaskans have tried to access a ride via a ride-share app simply because, I believe, there’s an expectation out there that we have it here in Alaska. And we don’t,” Costello said. “But today … with the passage of this bill, we will.”The two chambers agreed on two other significant bills on Wednesday. One, Senate Bill 55, fixes technical problems with last year’s criminal justice overhaul legislation and requires the state to develop a plan to address a backlog of untested rape kits. The other bill, House Bill 16, brings Alaska into compliance with the federal REAL ID Act.last_img read more

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TMC takes over Birbhum ZP seat as Oppn fails to make a

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress has bagged the Birbhum Zilla Parishad seat unopposed. Monday was the last day of filing nomination. There are 48,751 seats in Gram Panchayat, followed by 9,240 seats and 825 seats in Panchayat Samity and Zilla Parishad, respectively.A party fielding candidates in all the seats would require 58,816 workers. In the 42 member Zilla Parishad, Trinamool has fielded 41 candidates, while BJP has fielded one candidate. Neither Congress nor Left Front could field any candidate in Zilla Parishad. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIn the three-tier Panchayat system, the organisation of the party matters in fielding Zilla Parishad and Panchayat Samity candidates. From 1978, when the first Panchayat election was held in Bengal till 2003, it had been seen that the Left Front used to bag 85 percent of the Zilla Parishad seats and 75 percent of the Panchayat Samity seats on an average. But in Gram Panchayat, it used to get 50 percent of the seats. In Zilla Parishad and Panchayat Samity, Left Front candidates did better because of the organisational strength of the party. In 2008, Trinamool Congress got the Zilla Parishads of South 24-Parganas and East Midnapore and had created a major dent in the Left Front vote bank. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSubsequently, it got 13 seats in the Lok Sabha election which was held in 2009 and won the Kolkata Municipal Corporation election in 2010. Because of sheer organisational strength, Trinamool had ousted Left Front in the 2011 Assembly election, by winning 211 out of 294 seats.Over the years, Trinamool Congress has improved its organisational strength with efficiency and precision.Anubrata Mondal, Trinamool president of Birbhum district, said BJP does not have any organisation in the district and has tried to create trouble by bringing in “outsiders” from the neighbouring states. “But once the administration sealed the border, BJP could not bring them and could file only one candidate in ZP,” said Mondal.He said the organisational strength of the party in Birbhum is very strong and added: “the party will get the ZP in all the districts, as Mamata Banerjee has carried out massive development in rural areas. This is for the first time when Panchayat election will be held on development, compared to the Left regime, when elections were held on false promises.”last_img read more

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Visva Bharati University students call off agitation

first_imgKolkata: Vice-Chancellor of Visva Bharati University along with other professors, who were gheraoed by the students inside the university since Tuesday, were released after the agitating students called off their sit-in demonstration on Wednesday evening.Students decided to withdraw their agitation after the university officials assured that their demands would be looked into after May 25. The students were protesting against the university’s decision to increase the fee structure. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAround 80 students held a sit-in protest and prevented faculty members and officials from leaving the university campus. A meeting was held on Tuesday evening to discuss the matter, but as the authorities failed to find a solution. The agitating students said that the university authorities have doubled the fee amount this year. They said Rabindra Nath Tagore never wanted to burden students with heavy fees and hence the university officials were not showing respect to the bard. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThey alleged that university cannot increase the fee arbitrarily in this manner. It was learnt that some university professors fell ill after they remained gheroaed for a long time. It was alleged that some teachers were heckled by the students when they tried to move out of the university. Earlier, students had submitted a memorandum to the university authorities in this regard but no steps were taken. They later decided to launch a sit-in demonstration. A meeting was held on the university campus, where the officials decided to consider the demands of the students. They told the students that they were looking into possibilities to rollback the fee hike. Another meeting would take place after May 25. However, students have threatened to launch a bigger protest if their demands were not met. A senior official of the Visva Bharati University said student agitation was a common thing at the varsity. Many discussions were held and some meetings will be shortly conducted. The matter will be settled and the students and authorities will soon work out a solution. “Students fail to understand certain things at times because they are young. But we will definitely try to make them understand by discussing the problem with them,” the official said.last_img read more

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Best Cyber Monday Gaming Laptop Deals

first_imgUpdated Nov. 26, 4:00 p.m. EST: This post has been updated with the latest prices for every system as well as new gaming rigs. PC gamers, rejoice! This holiday season we’re seeing an abundance of laptop deals, particularly on gaming rigs. So whether you’re a casual gamer who likes playing the occasional game or a serious gamer who likes to squeeze the most out of their video card, we’ve got the best deals you can buy right now.Best Cyber Monday Gaming Rig Deals HP Pavilion 15.6-inch Gaming Laptop w/ GTX 1050 Ti for $599 ($100 off)MSI GF63 15.6-inch Gaming Laptop w/ GTX 1050 for $649 ($150 off)MSI GV62 15.6-inch Gaming Laptop w/ GTX 1050 Ti for $799 ($100 off)MSI GV63 15.6-inch Gaming Laptop w/ GTX 1060 for $1,399.99 ($200 off)MSI GT63 Titan 15.6-inch Gaming Laptop w/ GTX 1080 for $2,299 ($700 off)Dell G3 15-inch Gaming Laptop w/ 256GB SSD, GTX 1050 for $699.99 ($150 off)HP Pavilion 15.6-inch Gaming Laptop w/ GTX 1060 for $749.99 ($250 off)Asus FX504 TUF Gaming Laptop w/ GTX 1050 Ti for $799 ($200 off)Asus FX705GM TUF Gaming w/ GTX 1060 for $999.99 ($400 off)Lenovo Y7000 15.6-inch Gaming Laptop for $939 ($360 off)Razer Blade Stealth 13.3-inch Gaming Laptop for $1,299.99 ($200 off)Razer Blade (15-inch) w/ GTX 1060 for $1,999.99 ($200 off)Alienware 15 R4 15.6-inch Gaming Laptop w/ GTX 1060 for $1,299.00 ($200 off)Asus TUF FX504GE-US52 15.6-inch Gaming Laptop w/ GTX 1050 Ti $699 ($200 off)MSI GP63 15.6-inch Gaming Laptop w/ GTX 1070 $1,379 ($320 off)Dell Inspiron 5577 I5577-7152BLK-PUS 15.6-inch Gaming Laptop w/ GTX 1050 $799.99 ($300 off)Asus ROG Zephyrus S Ultra Slim 15.6-inch Gaming Laptop w/ GTX 1070 $1,799 ($200 off)Asus TUF (FX504) 15.6-inch Gaming Laptop w/ GTX 1050 $699 ($100 off)Razer Blade Pro 17.3-inch Gaming Laptop w/ GTX 1080 $3,899.99 ($500 off)Acer Predator Triton 700 PT715-51-71W9 Ultra-Thin 15.6-inch Gaming Laptop w/ GTX 1080 $1,999 ($700 off)Dell XPS 9570 15.6-inch Gaming Laptop w/ GTX 1050 Ti $1,399 ($300 off)MSI GL63 15.6-inch Gaming Laptop w/ GTX 1050 $599 ($300 off) by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMacy'sCheck Out These Macy’s Deals for SundayMacy’sUndoForbesAmerica’s Richest Self-Made WomenForbesUndoCNETThe absolute fastest U.S. Air Force planes in the skyCNETUndoAdvertisement Make sure to follow our coverage of the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday Laptop deals for the latest deals. AdvertisementBest Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018: Deals You Can Shop Now Top Five Black Friday TipsGet ready (and be extra smart) with these must-know tipsVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?03:46 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/best-black-friday-cyber-monday-gaming-laptop-deals?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:4900:49Your Recommended Playlist03:46MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?02:01Apple’s Mac & iPad Pro Event: 5 Things You Need To Know01:30How to Use VLOOKUP in Excel01:30Best & Worst Laptop Brands 201901:34How to Reset a Windows 10 PC01:32How to Turn Your Windows 10 PC into a Wireless Display01:25How to Freeze Rows in Excel关闭 last_img read more