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This Heroic DJ Remixed Jurassic 5 And Phish Jams To Create ‘2na Phish’ [Listen]

first_imgDJ Relaxed Insomniac may just be the hero we’ve always needed. The producer brilliantly merged two incredible artists, fusing Jurassic 5 raps with Phish jams for the eloquently named remix, 2na Phish.The 2na, of course, comes from Jurassic 5’s Chali 2na, who is prominently featured on the mixtape. With summer “tour” just two weeks away, we couldn’t ask for a more fun mix than these 2na Phish jams. Described simply as “The music of legendary jam band Phish mixed with the manphibian Chali 2Na,” the mix features tracks like “Quality Fluff Control” and “Papyrus Please.”Feast your ears below.<a href=”http://upwordsmovement.bandcamp.com/album/2na-phish”>2Na Phish by DJ Relaxed Insomniac</a>Don’t miss Live For Live Music’s official Baker’s Dozen late night shows!last_img read more

MF Doom And Danger Mouse Drop Unheard Track For Reissue Of Danger Doom’s ‘The Mouse And The Mask’

first_imgBack in 2005, rapper MF Doom (Daniel Dumile) and producer Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) teamed up for the collaborative album, The Mouse And The Mask, using the moniker Danger Doom. The classic hip-hop album was inspired by Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, and in addition to tracks featuring Ghostface Killah and Cee-Lo contains cameos throughout by characters from Aqua Team Hunger Force, Space Ghost, and other cartoons from the time. The album ended up flirting with mainstream success, eventually reaching #41 on the Billboard 200.Recently, MF Doom and Danger Mouse have announce a special reissue of the cartoon-tinged album via Doom’s label, Metalface Records, in May. The reissue will also contain two never-before-heard tracks from the recording session. One of these previously unreleased tracks just dropped along with the announcement, a song called “Mad Nice” that also features The Roots’ MC Black Thought. Littered with Vincent Price’s foreboding maniacal laugh, the track fits in with the cartoony vibes of The Mouse And The Mask, though is seemingly less extravagant than other songs off the album, instead choosing to emphasize the dialed-in verse dropped by Doom and Black Thought.You can take a listen to the decade-old “Mad Nice” for yourself below, and cop the special reissue of Danger Doom’s The Mouse And The Mask here.[H/T Pitchfork]last_img read more

Full-fat dairy may reduce obesity risk

first_imgContrary to current popular wisdom, full-fat dairy products may actually be better than low-fat varieties for keeping off weight, says Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) nutrition expert Walter Willett. Willett was featured in a February 21, 2014 Q & A in NewScientist. According to Willett, who is Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition and chair of the Department of Nutrition, these findings add to the growing body of evidence that low-fat does not equal weight loss.The idea that all fats are bad emerged in the 1950s and 1960s when saturated fat was linked to high cholesterol and increased heart disease risk, Willett said. When saturated fat is reduced in products or in people’s diets, it is often replaced with sugar or carbohydrates, negating any potential weight loss benefit.Willett theorizes that full-fat dairy may help control weight because it promotes more of a feeling of satiety than low-fat. Another possibility is that the fatty acids in full-fat dairy may help with weight regulation.“The picture of dairy foods and health is complicated and deserves further study,” he said. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Berlin’s Karen and Brian Zecchinelli Named Champions of Small Business

first_imgBERLIN’S KAREN AND BRIAN ZECCHINELLI NAMED CHAMPIONS OF SMALL BUSINESS Karen and Brian Zecchinelli, owners of the Wayside Restaurant and Bakery in Berlin, have been named the 2005 Vermont Champion of Small Business by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). Karen takes pride in the continued operation of her independent family business as well as providing her 75 full and part-time employees excellent wages and benefits, said Shawn Banfield, state director of the NFIB/Vermont chapter. The national honor was conferred on the Zecchinellis by the Leadership Council of the NFIB/Vermont chapter. Each year, NFIB singles out a small-business owner in all 50 states for special recognition and honors them with its prestigious Small Business Champion award. This is the second year the national NFIB has awarded small-business owners who go the extra mile for Main Street businesses and mom-and-pop companies. A 35-year NFIB member, the Zecchinellis are third-generation operators of the Wayside Restaurant. The Galfetti Family opened the business in 1918 and is now known coast-to-coast for quality home cooked food, excellent service and reasonable prices that serve over 1000 customers each day. Karen and Brian always respond to a call to actionwhether it is responding to a ballot, faxing a note to a legislator to make a point on a specific piece of legislation and working hard on local issues that impact Main Street businesses, said Banfield She noted that the Wayside Restaurant is closely connected to the community; Karen is active in the Methodist Church and serves as chairman of the Administrative Board, and she was also was very active with the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce. She currently volunteers at the Berlin Elementary School. In 2004, the Wayside contributed to more than 100 Vermont Organizations.-# # #-last_img read more

Hillside Motorsports Transfers Ownership

first_imgCenterPoint Business Advisors of Littleton, NH is pleased to announce the transfer of Hillside Motorsports. The business has been owned and operated by Alex, Mary Lou, and Jeremy DeFelice for over 12 years. Hillside Motorsports is a powersports dealership in White River Junction, VT that sells and services a complete line of Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Arctic Cat products as well as full lines of parts & accessories.Bruce Lyskawa, a veteran of the powersports industry and owner of Lebanon Motor Toys in Lebanon, New Hampshire has purchased the business. Mr. Lyskawa also owns A-1 Motorsports in Manchester, NH, and Concord Motorsports in Concord, NH. Mr. Lyskawa will be consolidating Hillside Motorsports into the Lebanon location, and will close the facility in White River. Mr. Lyskawa looks forward to the synergy that will be created by joining the two businesses and will continue the same great service that customers received from the DeFelice family. For any questions, please contact Lebanon Motor Toys at (603) 448-9434.CenterPoint Business Advisors represented the DeFelice family and assisted Bruce Lyskawa with the transfer of the business. CenterPoint Business Advisors provides business consulting, valuation and brokerage throughout New England, www.cpointadvisors.com(link is external).last_img read more

Hollywood East: Behind the Scenes of L.I.’s Booming TV and Film Industry

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Angelina Jolie stars as “Evelyn Salt” in Columbia Pictures’ contemporary action thriller SALT.[dropcap]A[/dropcap] barrage of gunfire erupts on the Long Beach Bridge as a group of trigger-happy thugs fire a hail of bullets toward a half-dozen unsuspecting FBI agents assigned to protect the daughter of a United States general, pinning them inside their SUVs just before a massive explosion rocks the drawbridge.A bloodied FBI agent trapped inside a mangled Chevrolet Suburban on the other side of the melee takes out a gunman with her pistol before realizing she’s outmanned and outgunned. She hands over the little girl but promises she’ll find her, no matter what.About 40 miles east at the Fire Island Lighthouse, a deranged serial killer with a twisted interpretation of Edgar Allan Poe’s literature who was sprung out of jail by equally psychopathic groupies is holding his ex-wife hostage, hell-bent on making her suffer in front of the FBI agent who spoiled his killing spree.“This is your ending?” the ex-wife hisses. “A lighthouse?”The FBI agent, Ryan Hardy, chases the English professor-turned-maniacal killer into a nearby cabin, which soon becomes engulfed by towering flames. Horrific screams piercing through the crackling fire eventually fade as the murderer takes his last breath on one of Long Island’s most popular beaches. At least that’s what we’re led to believe.Much like Edgar Allan Poe’s work, this is all fiction. [Do you actually think Long Island is a breeding ground for ballsy AK-47-toting kidnappers and bloodthirsty English literature fanatics who get off on killing? C’mon.]Both scenes—the former, which was featured in the pilot to NBC’s new hit series The Blacklist, and the latter, the season finale of Fox’s The Following—are examples of the major productions undertaken by television and movie studios daily on LI.The pivotal scene in The Blacklist pilot, edited down to about 2 minutes and 30 seconds, took an entire weekend in March to shoot. Nassau County police had to issue an alert to drivers that northbound traffic would be diverted due to “activity” on the bridge.The producers apparently had such a swell time blowing things up on the bridge connecting Long Beach to Island Park that they decided to continue using LI as the backdrop for the thriller.While bursts of gunfire and ear-splitting explosions aren’t a common occurrence, that’s not to say filming isn’t going on. TV shows and movies are constantly being filmed in Nassau and Suffolk counties, albeit right under our nose.Two studios in Bethpage—Grumman Studios and Gold Coast Studios—have become essential to the burgeoning film industry on LI. With a combined 605,000 square feet of space, the studios, which repurposed the forgotten airplane hangers inside the old Grumman aerospace and defense facility, are thriving, especially after their most recent coup, persuading Amazing Spider-Man 2—the largest ever film production in the state—to shoot at both studios for nine months.LI’s idyllic beaches, historic mansions and quaint villages are also popular attractions for location managers, officials say. But it’s the New York State Film Production Tax Credit, which for some productions can be as high as 30 percent, that really motivates crews to film in the region, say local officials and industry experts.Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano held a press conference in September to tout the industry’s success, announcing that TV and film production generated $140 million in economic benefit to the county, citing an independent report. Suffolk, which conducted its own economic impact study, estimated revenue in 2011 from film and TV to be about $316 million.Mostly everyone agrees the industry is poised for further growth.“This is an industry that pays well, generates a tremendous amount of sales tax revenue because the movie industry typically buys everything locally, they stay in our hotels, they eat in our restaurants,” Mangano tells the Press.“We are fast becoming Hollywood East.”Grumman Studios, which boasts seven stages, was the scene for Amazing Spider-Man 2 (This photo cannot be reused without consent of Gold Coast Studios)Leap of Faith On a recent visit there are no explosions, unfortunately. Only the sound of hammer meeting steel as construction crews work inside Stage 3 of Gold Coast Studios to meet a January deadline to remove four columns inside the 40,000-square foot space.Lyndsey Laverty, principal at Gold Coast Studios, is basically running a one-woman operation. She says the sequel to Amazing Spider-Man was the “best publicity she could get.”“In order to get somebody out here we have to make ourselves stand out a little bit,” she says during a tour of the studio. “We are the friendly landlord.”After Gold Coast secured approval from New York State to allow TV and film crews to use the space in 2010, Laverty was able to convince producers of action thriller Man on a Ledge, starring Sam Worthington and Elizabeth Banks, to shoot inside the Bethpage facility.Crews built a replica of The Roosevelt Hotel inside Studio 1 and surrounded the “hotel” with a green screen that in post-production turned the studio’s gray walls into a spectacular New York City skyline.Laverty still marvels at what film companies can do to turn a hollowed-out, old airplane hanger into a visual masterpiece.“To see the process they go through to make this set come to life and then to see what they make is amazing because they’re really artists,” she says. “To have it happen in Bethpage and on Long Island is amazing.”The studio’s six stages lend itself to the type of projects the entertainment industry likes to produce because of its high ceilings, thousands of feet of space and an unhindered work environment. Crews never have to deal with the congestion that comes with shooting in New York City or other densely populated cities across the country.As an added bonus, Laverty acquired the miniature Times Square set created for Amazing Spider-Man 2 and brought it to her studio for future films.She notes that one of her biggest challenges was getting people to leave Manhattan for Bethpage. But she’s been successful in attracting them to the suburbs.“People think Long Island: They think the Hamptons. Some people just don’t know,” she explains. “So once they get out here and they’re like, ‘Oh, it’s not that far,’ then it’s like, ‘Okay, we can do it here.’”Most recently, Gold Coast Studios was the site of Winter’s Tale, which is still in production, and the short-lived ABC series, Pan Am. Amazing Spider-Man 2 spent nine months there, including at Grumman Studios.Grumman Studios, famously the site of Angelina Jolie’s spy thriller, Salt, is equipped with seven stages—the largest being Stage 3 at 37,200 square feet—that were all warehouse space until the studio’s president, Parviz Farahzad, a real estate mogul, invested money into the facility, resurrecting the Grumman complex.The facility also features an enormous green screen, which resembles a X-Games style half-pipe.The complex used to be home to Long Island’s largest employer and the birthplace of the Apollo Lunar Module.“We’re bringing it back,” says Grumman Studios spokeswoman Francine Bachmann.Local officials credit the two Bethpage studios and the facility at Sands Point Preserve in Port Washington for bringing thousands of jobs to Nassau County and spurring economic growth.In 2012, the two studios and Sands Point Preserve—where the famous “Horse’s Head” scene in The Godfather was reportedly shot—combined to have 393 shooting days and 1,945 employees on site, according to the Nassau County film industry economic and fiscal impact analysis conducted by Camoin Associates and released earlier this year. Nassau’s film industry generated $140 million and more than $800,000 in sales and hotel taxes, the report boasts.Amazing Spider-Man 2, destined for a monster performance at the box office, was a moneymaking machine for New York State and Nassau, creating 3,500 jobs and casting 11,000 extras. The production was a boon for local hotels, as it required 2,919 hotel nights on Long Island. Crews also threw tons of money at home improvement stores and local eateries—spending a generous $16,000 alone at Bagel Boss in Hicksville.Despite their best efforts, the two Bethpage studios and others in the industry say they can’t do it alone. They give a lot of the credit to state and local officials for stepping up and extending the New York State Film Production Credit, making it easier for private industry to compete with other areas of the country.“The tax credit does drive the film business,” says Laverty, adding that North Carolina, Georgia and Louisiana also entice production companies with generous tax incentives. “I do think New York is the epitome of filmmaking so I am confident that filmmaking will keep picking up.”Amazing Spider-Man 2 built a replica Times Square at Bethpage’s Gold Coast Studios when it filmed on LI this year. (This photo cannot be reused without the consent of Gold Coast Studios)If You Film It, They Will Come“What that does is it gives production companies a real sense of certainty about what’s happening in the next couple of years so you’ll see a lot more production that is willing to come to New York,” says Michelle Isabelle-Stark, director for the Office of Film and Cultural Affairs in Suffolk County.The film tax-credit program, which first began in 2004, budgets $420 million annually to attract TV and film companies to the state. The tax was recently extended to 2019. Starting in 2015 it increases the post-production credit cap to $25 million. Producers have spent more than $7 billion in New York since the program was implemented nearly a decade ago.The state estimates that the 163 projects that have applied for the program in 2013 will spend about $2.1 billion during production.It’s that multiplier effect—the money production companies spend on materials, hotels, food and other expenses—that makes the tax credit worth it, officials claim.“We had our busiest year ever in film and television production that the state supported through the film tax credit last year, 2012, and it looks like we’re going to have another record year this year,” says Kenneth Adams, president and CEO and commissioner of Empire State Development, which oversees the New York State Film Commission.“What we’re seeing now is an industry response to the supportive climate,” he adds.Long Island is the second-busiest region in the state when it comes to film and TV production, Adams notes, just behind New York City. He credits LI’s close proximity to the city and studios such as Grumman and Gold Coast.“If they’re based in the city, do they want to go up to Westchester and fight the congestion and everything or come out this way?” asks Isabelle-Stark. “It’s easier for them to come out this way. There’s so much diversity. We have everything they could possibly want, from the water features they’re looking for to the houses, to the Gold Coast mansions, the small, quaint villages. There’s just a lot of variety to choose from.”The entryway to Grumman Studios in Bethpage.Reaping The BenefitsLocal officials and industry experts are not taking anything for granted.Both Nassau and Suffolk offer locations tours, teasing site managers by taking them to picturesque areas around Long Island.Suffolk’s Isabelle-Stark, who runs the two-day tour, gets creative.Last year, she took location managers on a “path through history”-themed tour of some of the historic places in Suffolk. She previously led a group of 20 people on an outing to Brookhaven National Laboratory, Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant, Sagtikos Manor, Captree State Park and Camp Hero in Montuak—all of which she thought could be used for horror flicks.“Who else has these things?” she asks. “Nobody.”Nassau’s “film-friendly” tours went to the Garden City Hotel, the Allegria Hotel, the carousel on Museum Row, the Cradle of Aviation, and oddly enough, the Nassau County Correctional Center—which boasts four empty cells, a pharmacy, rooms for solitary confinement, a visitors room, and a chapel.“We show them the beauty of Nassau County,” Mangano says.State and local officials predict an upward trend for the Long Island TV and film industry at the same time that Hollywood continues to lose film production, according to The Guardian, which noted in a recent article that “aggressive tax breaks” from other states is contributing to a decline there.“The tourists still come but what they’re looking at is the past. It’s an illusion,” a makeup artist told the publication.Long Island by comparison continues to celebrate its past—such as critically acclaimed films The Godfather (Sonny was gruesomely killed at Mitchel Field) and Goodfellas (Atlantic Beach)—while setting its sights on the future, without of course revealing what’s on the horizon.Laverty, of Gold Coast Studios, can’t help but step back and think about how the industry impacts the local community.“When we have a movie here our entire neighborhood gets affected by it,” she smiles. “Which is great! It’s a huge impact for everyone.”last_img read more

Japan researchers say ozone effective in neutralizing coronavirus

first_imgTopics : Japanese researchers said on Wednesday that low concentrations of ozone can neutralize coronavirus particles, potentially providing a way for hospitals to disinfect examination rooms and waiting areas.Scientists at Fujita Health University told a news conference they had proven that ozone gas in concentrations of 0.05 to 0.1 parts per million (ppm), levels considered harmless to humans, could kill the virus.The experiment used an ozone generator in a sealed chamber with a sample of coronavirus. The potency of the virus declined by more than 90% when subjected to low level ozone for 10 hours. “Transmission of the novel coronavirus may be reduced by continuous, low-concentration ozone treatment, even in environments where people are present, using this kind of system,” said lead researcher Takayuki Murata.”We found it to be particularly effective in high-humidity conditions.”Ozone, a type of oxygen molecule, is known to inactivate many pathogens, and previously experiments have shown that high concentrations, between 1-6 ppm, were effective against the coronavirus but potentially toxic to humans.A recent study at the Georgia Institute of Technology showed that ozone may be effective in disinfecting gowns, goggles and other medical protective equipment.center_img Fujita Medical University Hospital, in Aichi prefecture central Japan, has installed ozone generators to reduce infection in waiting areas and patient rooms.The university has also performed a clinical trial of Fujifilm Holdings Corp’s Avigan drug on COVID-19 patients.last_img read more

Job ad: No co-habiting couples need apply

first_imgBacklash over job ad ruling out de facto couplesStuff co.nz 28 February 2017Family First Comment: Brilliant!“They’ll be living in a house on my property and setting an example for my daughters. I think marriage has been downgraded in our culture in the last few decades and we’re paying for it as a country. There’s a huge social cost to our country.” Although he hadn’t expected a negative reaction, Wilson said he would run the same advertisement again.”Go for it!A job ad which ruled out de facto couples has sparked a furore but the man who placed it says he was just being honest. The advertisement, for a sharemilker in Inglewood, described the position as suitable for a “married couple or exceptional single person with family support.” It also stated that “No co-habiting couples need apply.” The response to the ad was swift and scathing, with some Twitter users calling it discriminatory and illegal.But Hugh Wilson, who placed the ad, said he was just being honest about his selection criteria and hadn’t wanted to waste applicants’ time. “Unmarried couples that turned up for the job, [I could] tell them they didn’t have the job but not tell them why,” he said. “What’s honest about that? It’s wasting their time.” While he was aware of laws around discrimination on the basis of age and other factors, Wilson said he hadn’t known they applied to marital status and had wanted to attract applicants who would set a good example for his family. “I was fairly confident it wasn’t illegal,” he said. “They’ll be living in a house on my property and setting an example for my daughters. “I think marriage has been downgraded in our culture in the last few decades and we’re paying for it as a country. There’s a huge social cost to our country.” Although he hadn’t expected a negative reaction, Wilson said he would run the same advertisement again.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/89857953/backlash-over-job-ad-ruling-out-de-facto-couplesJob ad for sharemilker in Taranaki ruling out ‘co-habiting couples’ causes criticismNZ Herald 28 February 2017READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11809396last_img read more

Old tax law to be reintroduced in Trinidad and Tobago

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Caribbean Newsby Global News StaffPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Hours after opposition leader Keith Rowley broke the news of the government’s move to introduce and approve legislation to approve a new property tax bill, Legal Affairs Minister Prakash Ramadhar said he fully supported the initiative.Ramadhar had been among the leading critics of the Property Taxes Bill introduced by the former People’s National Movement (PNM) government in 2009. Ramadhar said it was not true to say that the government was reintroducing the property tax.The Trinidad Express reported that Ramadhar was questioned by reporters about the bill. He said the People’s Partnership government was reverting to the law as it obtained before the property tax. Told that it was just a change of name as the two bills were very similar, Ramadhar quickly responded, “Not at all, not at all.”The new Bill proposes a seven and a half percent rate of tax for residents as opposed to three percent under the PNM bill. Sharecenter_img Share NewsRegional Old tax law to be reintroduced in Trinidad and Tobago by: – February 25, 2011 65 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Bulldogs Boys & Girls Teams Fall Short Versus Trojans

first_imgThe Bulldogs traveled to East Central to face off against the Trojans on Monday Evening losing 1-0. The conference match was played on turf and also our first time playing there off of their regular grass field.The first half went well for the Bulldogs handling possession well and finding several attempts at goal. The Trojans were quick and skilled as expected, but we held up defensively. It wasn’t until the second half that EC found the game winning goal. 36:31 the ball was sent wide and then crossed into a runner coming from deep with a long driven ball into the net. Ethan Brewer – keeper for the Bulldogs played a great game making some nice saves, keeping Batesville in the competition. As the half went on in the rough heat, Batesville lost momentum and was wore down without having the subs to keep them fresh due to several injuries this season.This was a frustrating loss for the boys, but they’re looking forward to Connersville and then sectional competitions. Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kyle Hunteman.Batesville honored their 5 seniors on Monday night as they hosted the East Central Lady Trojans with EIAC Championship hopes on the line. In a 20 minute span in the first half, East Central capitalized on multiple mistakes by the Lady Bulldogs and took a 4-0 lead into halftime. Coach Laker commented on the half, “We made a lot of mental mistakes and got outworked by East Central in the first half.” Batesville honored Ellie Cassidy, Abbey Prickel, Liz Heidlage, Carlie Werner, and Kari Reer on Senior Night. “This senior group has been a very successful group. Tonight was not a good representation of what they have achieved in their four years at BHS. They have won 53 games and have lost only 15 games in their careers. They have brought a lot of leadership, experience, and a lot of memorable moments throughout their careers. We look for them to carry us through a deep postseason run.”  In the second half, East Central took advantage of another poor clearance from the Lady Bulldogs as they scored for the 5th time in the match. Batesville would get several opportunities throughout the game, but could not find the back of the net. center_img Batesville is back at it again tomorrow night as they host Columbus North for Youth Night.last_img read more

Cole: Van Gaal can bring success

first_img Cole feels the vastly experienced Van Gaal, 62, has the gravitas to steer the club back towards the top after a season of frustration under David Moyes, who was sacked in April. Cole, speaking at bwin’s ‘Play at Old Trafford’ event, told Press Association Sport: “We are hoping this is the one that can bring us success again. “It has only been one season when we haven’t won anything – that is how crazy it is, that it is doldrums – but he has got the experience of managing at big football clubs. “He has not managed in England but experience is massive, especially at a football club of this magnitude. “He has European experience, knows how to deal with big-name players and has a history of bringing through kids as well. “To have managed at those clubs he has managed at, you need something special. “To see us playing the way we played last season was very difficult. It was upsetting and we had to take a bit of flak as well. “But that is football. We have to bounce back from that and say, ‘Next season is a new season, let’s get the show back on the road’.” Van Gaal, the former Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and current Holland coach, is widely expected to be confirmed as United’s new manager in the coming days. If appointed, the Dutchman would inherit a squad that has slipped to a low ebb after finishing seventh in the Barclays Premier League and failing to qualify for the Champions League. Press Association Former Manchester United striker Andy Cole believes Louis van Gaal could be the man to “get the show back on the road” at Old Trafford. The obvious void for United next season will be the lack of European football. Next season will be United’s first outside the Champions League, a competition they won in 1999 and 2008, since 1995-96. Cole fears that could have a negative impact when it comes to signing players this summer. Cole, a member of United’s treble-winning 1999 side, said: “To try to entice players to come to Manchester United without the European Cup, they are going to have to do some salemanship. “That could be tough. The European Cup is a massive competition and all the top players want to play in it. “Fingers crossed we will be able to get the players we need to make us compete next season for the Premier League and to get back into Europe. “This is one of the biggest football clubs in the world. To not have European football next year – I don’t know what I am going to do with my Wednesdays! No Man Utd in the European Cup? It doesn’t sound right.” Cole’s former team-mate Peter Schmeichel does not think the current squad needs a major overhaul, but also believes the hand of an experienced manager is essential. Schmeichel, United’s goalkeeper from 1991 to 1999, said: “It looks like it is going to be Van Gaal and it is going to be announced some time soon. “If it is him it is a very strong, experienced manager. I think it is probably what the club wants now – someone with a direction, someone who can take charge and someone who has experience enough to withstand whatever pressures he would be facing. “It is not major surgery that is needed, just little tweaks that if you combine can have an enormous effect. I don’t think we are a million miles away. “But I still think we need to sign players for a variety of reasons. “First of all we need players, then we also need new inspiration and then we need, as a football club, to make statements. “We need to say, ‘Yes we had a bad season but we have got the powers to attract the top players’. “I think those kind of statements are very important, to supporters, the outside world and to the squad. “That would go a long way to restoring some of the confidence the squad lost in the season just gone.” last_img read more

GOA piles on support for Rugby

first_imgTHE Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) on Saturday was given a financial boost by the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) as both their men’s and women’s squads prepare for this weekend’s Rugby America’s North (RAN) 7s Championship.Set for Trinidad and Tobago, both teams are currently in training for the two-day event with the men’s team departing on Tuesday and the ladies on Thursday for the tournament,set for the St Mary’s College Sports Ground in Port of Spain.During a simple ceremony at the National Park over the weekend, Vice- President of the GOA, Noel Adonis handed over a cheque valued at $1.2M to Secretary of the union, Petal Grant.According to Adonis, the money is to offset expenses incurred by the teams during the tournament.Being a former president, he reminded of the prestige and honour that comes with taking a title of that calibre.President of the union, Peter Green expressed gratitude to the GOA but in the same breath noted that the GRFU is still in the red by approximately half of a million dollars.Apart from the actual tournament, there will be a variety of administrative and educational events to further develop rugby.Meanwhile, the pool-draw which was released recently, has 14 nations in the men’s event where the teams have been divided into two groups of four and two groups of three.Guyana’s Green Machine will be up against Jamaica, Turks and Caicos and Martinique in Group D.In the women’s category with two groups of five, Guyana’s team will be in Group B with hosts,Trinidad and Tobago,along with Mexico, Bahamas and the Dominican Republic.last_img read more

Man United slips to 6th in Forbes’ Most Valuable Sports Teams

first_img Source: forbes.com Manchester United have slipped to 6th position in Forbes’ Top 50 richest sports teams in the world. The Red Devils previously occupied second position in the 2018 edition.Real Madrid and Barcelona have both moved above United, who fall out of the top 5.The American NFL side, Dallas Cowboys, tops the list with a value of $5 billion with the majority of revenue generated from TV Broadcasts and sponsorship deals.Real Madrid and Barcelona make the top 5 as they place third and fourth respectively.The top five comprises of Dallas Cowboys, New York Yankees, Real Madrid, Barcelona and New York Knicks.Manchester United are just outside of the top five as they place sixth on the list.Among the top fifty richest teams comprises of eight football teams with four of them being English Premier League clubs.Real Madrid has a value of $4.24 billion, Barcelona also has a value of $4.02 billion, and Manchester United who sits sixth is valued at $3.81 billion.Bayern Munich comes 17th with $3.02 billion, Sheikh Mansour and his club, Manchester United comes at 25th position with $2.69 billion.Chelsea places 32nd with a value of $2.58 billion, Arsenal is 42nd on the top 50 list with $2.27 billion and Liverpool makes the list at 45th with a value of $2.18 billion.Per the list, Manchester United still remains the richest English club but is behind Real Madrid and Barcelona.last_img read more

NBA Draft 2019: 6 things we learned from Zion Williamson’s pre-draft interview

first_imgWhen his name is called Thursday night, and it will be called first in the 2019 NBA Draft, Zion Williamson isn’t sure how he’ll react.It’s the one uncertainty he admitted to before an assembled throng of reporters Wednesday at the league’s pre-draft media availability in midtown Manhattan. “Honestly, I don’t know. I don’t know how I’m going to react,” he said. “I don’t know if I’m going to cry or have this giant smile on my face.”We’ll see tomorrow night. But I know I’m very excited about it.” Related News NBA Draft 2019 rumors: Pelicans discussing trading up to No. 2 to pair Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett NBA Draft 2019: Zion Williamson not looking to fill LeBron James’ shoes 6. He did not order the kid’s meal at Commander’s Palace.Williams ate at the world-renowned (and James Beard Award-winning) New Orleans restaurant with Pelicans brass last week as a part of his pre-draft visit.“I’ve been seeing some people saying I got chicken tenders,” he said. “No, that was my 5-year-old brother that did that. I got fried shrimp with some mashed potatoes.” Outside of that admission, Williamson offered a mix of self-assessment, draft scouting and, yes, humor as he patiently and calmly answered a half-hour’s worth of questions from the media. There were not huge reveals. But there were a few telling comments.Zion Williamson should be used to this by now. #NBA #Pelicans pic.twitter.com/6ZkKNtI19x— Justin Walters (@JustinWaltersTV) June 19, 2019Here’s a half-dozen things we learned from Zion Williamson on Wednesday:1. He’s not just a physical specimen.You’ve no doubt seen the vast array of rim-rattling dunks, altered shots made from awkward angles and, yes, his head rim-high on the defensive end.But the physical side is only part of the story.”One thing I’m good at is just my will to win,” Williamson said. “I feel like when I want to win, I’ll do things, I’ll do whatever I need to do to win.”2. He’s not “the next.”As the projected No. 1 pick (he was careful to couch most of his answers with “if” he’s the top pick), Williamson is hearing a lot of comparisons with NBA superstars who’ve come before him. That’s fine, but he’s out to cut his own incomparable path.”Honestly, with the comparison stuff, it’s nice, it’s cool, but I don’t look into it,” he said. “I just look to be myself. I’m not trying to be nobody.”I’m just trying to be the first Zion.”All smiles! 😃📸@Zionwilliamson x #NBADraft pic.twitter.com/ppQktnPyVZ— NBA (@NBA) June 19, 20193. He’s not feeling any pressure as the projected top pick.Seemingly relaxed and frequently smiling during the 30-minute interview with a densely packed group of reporters, Williamson appeared thoroughly at ease with the world he’s in now and the one he is about to be the center of.”I don’t really see the pressure,” he said. “I’m doing what I love to do, and that’s play basketball. I don’t try to live up to nobody’s expectations. They can set them there, I don’t try to live up to them.”I just try to be me, be the best version of myself that I can be.”4. He thinks former Duke teammate R.J. Barrett will shine in the NBA …But enough about Zion. The pre-draft media availability was in New York, after all. So, just spitballing here, if the Knicks were to draft Barrett, would he live up to fans’ high expectations?  “R.J. is cold-blooded. He’s built for people doubting him or telling him he’s not ready. R.J. is built for that,” Williamson said. “I got to see it first-hand at Duke. I don’t doubt R.J. in the slightest. If he gets drafted out here, he’s going to come out here and handle his business.”I think they’ll get a great player.”Catching up at #NBADraft media circuit…@RjBarrett6 x @Zionwilliamson x @igotgame_12 pic.twitter.com/LQJez7HSCv— NBA (@NBA) June 19, 20195. … and former AAU teammate (and fellow South Carolinian) Ja Morant is a revelation.Williamson recounted Morant’s ability to make a pass that would surprise even its intended target: Williamson.”I’d make backdoor cuts, and I didn’t think he would see me,” Williamson recalled. “But he’d put it in the perfect spot.”Can I sit here and say I knew Ja would be this good? I can’t say that. I knew he’d be good but not to this level. For him to be here and to be like a top-three pick, it means a lot to me, it means a lot to the state of South Carolina.” NBA Draft 2019 rumors: Knicks rejected Hawks’ offer for No. 3 picklast_img read more

TOGETHER! Brings Mentoring into Tumwater Schools

first_imgFacebook59Tweet0Pin0Submitted by TOGETHER!Most of us remember middle school as a time of difficult social dynamics and personal embarrassment, but some of us had it harder than others.  Students who experience higher numbers of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) such as poverty, homelessness, food instability, divorce, substance abuse in the home, or any form of child abuse have a much higher likelihood of behavioral, social and academic difficulties in school.There are, however, protective factors that can mitigate the effects of these ACEs, and having a positive adult ally who is consistently present and really cares is right at the top of the list.Having a positive adult mentor can make a big difference during the tumultuous middle school years. Photo credit: Kaylie RothLocal nonprofit TOGETHER! has teamed up with Tumwater School District to do something about the impact of ACEs at this complicated stage of life. As part of their Community Schools program, which works to integrate school & community resources to support all students and their families, they are piloting a school-based mentoring program designed to support students as they transition from elementary into middle school.The program is called Pathmakers and is being piloted this year at Michael T. Simmons Elementary School. Volunteer mentors will work with their mentees during the 5th and 6th grade years in both group and one-on-one activities that promote social-emotional learning skills such as emotional awareness, healthy communication, and collaborative problem-solving. If you’re interested in being a mentor or would like to learn more, click here to visit our website, or call Cynthia Spencer at 360-493-2230 x108.TOGETHER! is a local nonprofit organization that advances the health and well-being of all youth through impactful programs that align with their core values of equity, mobilization, and systems change. They partner with schools, local governments and other community organizations to provide services such as free after-school and drop-in programs, in-school resource coordination, health promotion, and substance abuse prevention. For more information about our programs and how you can be involved, please visit WATOGETHER.org.last_img read more

The Spanish Football Federation also asks to postpone the Games

first_imgA few minutes after the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation requested, as the United States or Great Britain did, through a statement the postponement of the Tokyo Games, after consulting the opinion of their athletes, Now it is the Spanish Football Federation who is joining this same request, which has already been transferred to the COE. The FEF has made it public through the following statement:“The president of the RFEF, Luis Rubiales, transmitted the request for postponement of the next Olympic Games to Juan Antonio Samaranch. He did it at the meeting held together with other Spanish sports federations and to which he was called by the president of the COE, Alejandro Blanco. The president of Spanish football asked that all efforts be focused on supporting our Administration in the fight against COVID-19. At this time, health must prevail over any other issue and we must be on the side of our Government.Sport is our reason for being, but now it must be in the background. We continue to work for football and solutions for this sector, however, now the duty as Spaniards is to stay together and suspend all sports events, as from the first moment it was done by this Federation regarding those competitions over which it has competence.We show our pain for the victims of this pandemic, our condolences to the relatives, our encouragement for the health workers and the State Security Forces and Bodies and all those who are maintaining the services of the citizens, while remaining at the disposal of the authorities and we offer to collaborate in everything that is considered. “last_img read more