On Thursday, May 15, an all-star line-up of musicians will unite for the 1st annual “Acoustic-4-A-Cure” concert benefiting the Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.Acoustic 4 A CureAmong the stars set to perform are Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day), Sammy Hagar, James Hetfield (Metallica), Pat Monahan (Train), Joe Satriani, Nancy Wilson (Heart) and many more.“Acoustic-4-A-Cure” was created by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame musician and Bay Area resident Sammy Hagar, an on-going supporter of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital through his Hagar Family Foundation.“I’ve seen first hand the great work they’re doing and how vital community support is,” Hagar said. “I ran the idea of a benefit concert by James (Hetfield) and we quickly had an amazing lineup of artists on board, then Live Nation stepped up with The Fillmore and now we’ve got an epic event – the first of many hopefully – so we can help keep their research and programs funded and on the path to a cure.”“This is sure to be an unforgettable evening, and we’re so very grateful to the Hagar Family Foundation for their incredible support of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital,” said Jean Nakamura, MD, Associate Professor Radiation Oncologist at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. “UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital is recognized as one of the leading children’s hospitals in the world, largely due to the ongoing support of our community.”The event takes place on May 15 at The Fillmore. More info can be found here. Tickets go on sale on March 21.
New York – Mali applauded on Monday at the United Nations Morocco’s support to the quest of “a religious culture of tolerance and peace.”Mali applauds “Morocco’s singular approach to the reconciliation issue and its support to Mali’s quest for a religious culture of tolerance and peace,” said Malian Minister of Culture N’Diaye Ramatoulaye Diallo, in a speech before the UN member-states, during the UN General Assembly high-level debate on culture and sustainable development in the post 2015 agenda.Morocco is represented in this high-level meeting by culture minister, Mohamed Amine Sbihi. Cote d’Ivoire’s minister of culture and Francophony, Maurice Kouakou Bandaman, stressed that his country started promoting its cinema industry by consolidating its cooperation with Morocco.
Rabat- The African Cup of Nations (CAN) will take place, as scheduled, from January 17 to February 8, according to Amadou Diakite, a member of the Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football.Amadou Diakite declared, in a media statement, that the African Union found a substitute country that will organize the tournament instead of Morocco, without naming the country.The African Union expected Morocco to change its decision, after its request to postpone the date of the tournament to June 2015 or January 2016 due to fears of the spread of the Ebola virus. However, the Moroccan Ministry of Sports has sent a written response to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Saturday, confirming that that Morocco will not change its position regarding the request to postpone the 30th edition of the African Cup of Nations.Edited by Timothy Filla © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
JUNEAU, Alaska — Gov. Mike Dunleavy has fired the chair of a state commission tasked with overseeing oil and gas drilling in Alaska, saying Hollis French was neglectful in his duties.The Republican governor issued an order Tuesday removing French from the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, effective immediately. French, a Democratic former state senator, can appeal.A message seeking comment was left for French Wednesday.Dunleavy said he based his decision on the findings of a hearing officer who found that “chronic absenteeism” by French negatively affected office morale and caused others to handle work for French.Hearing officer Timothy Petumenos also found that no commission work was considerably delayed or affected by French’s absences and that other commissioners and staff did not seriously confront French to allow him to address the issue.Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press
TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index edged lower in late-morning trading, hurt by losses in the key energy and financial sectors.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 4.72 points at 16,439.14.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 55.35 points at 25,918.03. The S&P 500 index was up 4.88 points at 2,881.20, while the Nasdaq composite was up 6.68 points at 7,904.73.The Canadian dollar traded for 74.29 cents US compared with an average of 74.41 cents US on Thursday.The July crude contract was up 57 cents at US$63.63 per barrel and the June natural gas contract was up 1.4 cents at US$2.65 per mmBTU.The June gold contract was down US$9.30 at US$1,276.90 an ounce and the July copper contract was down 0.95 of a cent at US$2.74 a pound. Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) The Canadian Press
These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Monday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 0.9930Brazil real 0.3954China renminbi 0.1887Euro 1.4929Hong Kong dollar 0.159551India rupee 0.01953Indonesia rupiah 0.0000940Japan yen 0.01143Malaysia ringgit 0.2925Mexico peso 0.07017N.Z. dollar 0.9051Norway krone 0.1608Peruvian new sol 0.3857Russia rouble 0.02134Saudi riyal 0.3328Singapore dollar 0.9218South Africa rand 0.09569South Korean won 0.001116Sweden krona 0.1567Switzerland franc 1.3069Taiwanese dollar 0.04147Thailand baht 0.03760Turkey lira 0.3623U.K. pound 1.6135U.S. dollar 1.2482Vietnam dong 0.000055
With Malawi’s Ministry of Health having confirmed the cases – the first in the last three years – there are serious concerns that a rapid spread of infection could lead to a larger outbreak that already over-burdened health services may not be able to contain.“As humanitarian actors in Malawi, we need to move quickly to stop any further spread of this disease,” said UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative in Malawi, Mahimbo Mdoe. “These displaced populations are extremely vulnerable, particularly those with low-immunity, such as malnourished children. UNICEF is working to support the Government with mobile health services, as well as safe water, sanitation and hygiene services, which are critical factors in preventing the spread of cholera.”Cholera poses a serious public health problem to populations in crowded environments, especially those with inadequate water and sanitation resources. The disease is endemic in Malawi, though the country’s last major outbreak was in 2009, when well over 1,000 people were infected, but concerns have been raised by reports of more than 3,400 cholera deaths, and 37 deaths, in Mozambique – which borders Malawi – in the past two months.Both countries have been heavily affected by flooding in recent months. In Malawi alone, 230,000 people are still displaced as the rains continue. A total of 172 people are still missing.Those infected with cholera can initially show minimal or no symptoms, but can still be contagious. Patients experience diarrhoea, vomiting and, in the advanced stages of the disease, severe dehydration. The disease can kill within hours if not properly treated and is especially dangerous for young children.UNICEF is working with partners, including Malawi’s Government and the World Health Organization (WHO) to monitor the situation daily and the agency’s Chief of Health in Malawi, Kyaw Aung, says every effort has been made to prepare for a major outbreak.“UNICEF has dispatched protective equipment, 30 cholera beds, 15 isolation tents, medicines, IV fluids and 1,450 bottles of chlorine in health facilities,” said Mr Aung. “In addition, UNICEF has partnered with various government and non-governmental bodies, including MSF, GOAL Malawi and Red Cross, to implement health care services, health education on cholera, as well as hygiene promotion within the camps.”
If you are a sports fan, there is no better time of the year than late April and the month of May. The NHL and NBA playoffs are in full swing, and no one is tired of baseball yet. Although the NBA playoffs are exciting in their own way and the Indians’ start is promising, the NHL postseason does not get the credit it deserves. At one point in the first round of the playoffs, there was an overtime hockey game on nine straight nights, including two consecutive game-seven overtimes. That’s not to say the NBA playoffs haven’t had their own drama. The No. 8-seeded Memphis Grizzlies upset the No. 1-seeded San Antonio Spurs, an upset rarely seen in the NBA but much more commonplace in the NHL. And there is always the opportunity to root against the Miami Heat. But I am much more intrigued by the NHL playoffs. I may be biased as a former hockey player and a fan of the Detroit Red Wings, but any sports fan should have an interest in one of the world’s toughest sports. In last year’s NHL playoffs, fans watched as each of the eight teams made it out of the first round with a different seed. Although there were only two upsets in the first round this year, the NHL has produced some of the best hockey ever seen in the playoffs. It is time to give hockey the respect it deserves. It is arguably the most beautiful sport in the world, and the Stanley Cup playoffs should be celebrated for the intensity, effort and sacrifice the players put into every game. Viewers can marvel at Shea Weber’s playoff beard, a young Tampa Bay Lightning team competing with the heavily favored Washington Capitals and the bitter rivalry between the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers. The Lightning have a 3-0 series lead against the Capitals, and the Bruins lead the Flyers, 2-0. It is almost unprecedented in sports that the iconic athletes would diminish their icon status, but that is exactly what we see in hockey. Hockey players put their team first and sacrifice their bodies no matter their status on their team. After LeBron James’ and the Heat’s preseason championship celebration, the values in the sport of hockey are something every sport can — and should — duplicate.
Ohio State men’s basketball has company from fellow Big Ten teams near the top of the 2012-13 USA Today preseason Coaches’ Poll. Like other lofty preseason rankings for the team, Buckeyes players likely won’t feel burdened by the expectations. Coming off a 31-8 season and a trip to the Final Four in New Orleans, OSU will begin the upcoming campaign as the No. 4-ranked team in America, according to the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. The poll, released Wednesday, features four other Big Ten teams. Indiana was voted the top-ranked team in America to start the season. The Hoosiers posted a 27-9 record last year and advanced to the Sweet 16 round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Michigan rounds out the Big Ten’s presence in the top five spots of the poll at No. 5. The Wolverines’ preseason ranking is the highest they have received in 19 years. Michigan State and Wisconsin – ranked No. 14 and No. 21, respectively – are the only other Big Ten teams to crack the top 25 in the coaches’ poll. The Spartans are the reigning Big Ten Tournament champions, but bowed out of the NCAA Tournament in the Sweet 16 round with a loss to eventual national semifinalist Louisville. Wisconsin advanced to the Elite 8 in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The Badgers’ season ended with a loss to Syracuse, which the Buckeyes defeated to advance to the Final Four. OSU has also received No. 3 and No. 8 preseason rankings from The Sporting News and Athlon, respectively. During their Oct. 11 media day, several members of the Buckeye squad said they don’t put much stock in preseason rankings. OSU sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross said the team is only focused on internal matters. “The people that are doing those rankings, they’re just looking from the outside,” Ross said. “They have no idea what teams have been doing to get better.” Buckeyes sophomore forward Sam Thompson agreed, adding that the team’s only expectation is to compete for the Big Ten championship, and then the national championships. “That’s what we were recruited here to do and that’s still our goal,” Thompson said. The Buckeyes are scheduled to begin the 2012-13 season on Nov. 9 against Marquette in the Carrier Classic, which will take place on the deck of the USS Yorktown in Charleston, S.C. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
La cigarette au cinéma inciterait les adolescents à fumerSelon une récente étude britannique, les adolescents qui voient des personnages fumer à l’écran au cinéma seraient plus enclins à fumer eux-même. Une conclusion qui a relancé le débat dans le pays : faut-il interdire aux moins de 18 ans les films où les acteurs fument ? Si la cigarette au cinéma a déjà fait l’objet de nombreuses plaintes notamment de la part d’associations anti-tabac, le débat est désormais relancé au Royaume-Uni. En effet, une récente étude conduite par des chercheurs de l’université de Bristol a démontré que plus les adolescents voient des personnages fumer dans les films, plus ceux-ci sont enclins à essayer eux-mêmes, la cigarette.À lire aussiPourrions-nous redonner vie aux dinosaures comme dans Jurassic Park ?Pour arriver à une telle conclusion, les scientifiques ont interrogé plus de 5.000 jeunes de 15 ans sur une cinquantaine de films parmi 360 films à succès sortis entre 2001 et 2005, dont Spider Man, Bridget Jones ou encore Matrix, explique l’AFP. Ils se sont ainsi aperçus que les ados qui avaient visionné le plus de films montrant des fumeurs avaient 73% de chances en plus d’avoir déjà fumé et 50% de plus d’être fumeurs eux-même. Un résultat qui n’a pas changé lorsque les chercheurs ont pondéré les données en prenant en compte d’autres facteurs de risque reconnus tels qu’un parent ou des amis fumeurs. Selon les chiffres publiés dans la revue Thorax, les adolescents les plus exposés à des films montrant des fumeurs avaient toujours 32% plus de chance d’essayer la cigarette eux-même.Interdire les films “fumeurs” au moins de 18 ans “Plus de la moitié des films qui sortent en salles au Royaume Uni dans lesquels les acteurs fument sont autorisés pour les jeunes de 15 ans ou moins”, note Andrea Waylen qui a dirigé l’étude. Suite à la publication des chercheurs, le centre d’étude britannique sur le contrôle du tabac a donc appelé le bureau de classification des films à revoir ses préconisations pour l’âge des films, rapporte l’AFP. Actuellement, pour être classé “pour tous”, un film ne doit présenter aucune scène montrant “des comportements dangereux susceptibles d’être copiés par les jeunes enfants”. Or, ceci inclut l’usage de drogues et de violence, mais pas la cigarette. Toutefois, le bureau de classification du cinéma (BBFC) a estimé que ses recommandations étaient “proportionnées” et prenaient en compte à la fois le risque posé et la volonté du public, précisant que “le public n’est pas favorable à un classement automatique portant à 18 ans l’âge recommandé pour un film comportant une scène où quelqu’un fume”.Le 21 septembre 2011 à 18:38 • Maxime Lambert
Severny Polious 40 : la fonte de la banquise oblige la Russie à évacuer sa station polaireLa station polaire russe Severny Polious 40 est contrainte d’être évacuée en urgence en raison de la fonte de la calotte glaciaire.Severny Polious 40 est la 40e station polaire russe déployée au Pôle Nord depuis le début de la conquête de l’Arctique par l’URSS en 1937. Ouverte en octobre 2012, elle pourrait bien être fermée en mai 2013.Menace sur 16 scientifiques C’est le ministère russe des Ressources naturelles et de l’Écologie qui a indiqué, dans un communiqué, que la station polaire russe Severny Polious 40 allait être évacuée en urgence. En effet, l’exceptionnelle font des glaces menace les 16 scientifiques qui sont sur place. Comme le souligne le communiqué, on assiste à “un développement anormal de processus naturels dans le bassin Arctique qui a abouti à la destruction des champs de glace autour de la station”.Un porte-parole du ministère a également précisé à l’AFP qu’en ce moment “la glace se crevasse. Des fissures sont apparues sur la banquise”. Un plan d’évacuation en routeÀ lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Le ministre Sergueï Donskoï, a donc ordonné “d’élaborer en trois jours un plan d’évacuation de la station polaire scientifique Severny Polious 40”. Les Russes s’inquiètent non seulement pour la vie de son personnel, et pour la poursuite des activités de la station, mais également pour la zone entière dans laquelle la glace dérive.La possibilité d’envoyer un brise-glace pour déplacer la station sur la Terre du Nord, un archipel russe dans l’océan Arctique, n’est pas exclue ajoute le communiqué.Le 24 mai 2013 à 11:06 • Maxime Lambert
Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHere’s an Hour of Incomprehensible ‘Death Stranding’ Gameplay Stay on target I remember when folks complained how Rockstar Games wasn’t releasing enough information about Red Dead Redemption 2. Now on the eve of the game’s launch, the NYC-based company seems to release something new every week. Today, we’re treated to a brand-new story trailer which shows even more of what players can expect to do in the game. It’s clear Red Dead Redemption 2 will have more content than players will know what to do with.I guess the best question to ask is, what can’t you do in the game? The trailer shows protagonist Arthur Morgan engaging in all manner of criminal activities like robbing a bank, stealing from a moving train, holding up a store, burglarizing homes, and loan sharking. Arthur and his gang aren’t the only outlaws out there. Rival gangs are a constant menace. Law enforcement is another threat Arthur must contend with.Outside of combat, Arthur can engage in a number of activities. These include drinking, gambling, dancing, chopping wood, and fishing. He can also help various people in world. Arthur becomes dirty over time and his beard will grow. Players can clean up the outlaw by giving him a bath and shaving him. Arthur also needs to eat. If all of this sounds familiar, it should. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas features similar mechanics. Hopefully, having to take care of Arthur’s health and hygiene won’t become tedious.Red Dead Redemption 2 will not have online at launch, but given the sheer amount of content in the single player campaign, I don’t see this being an issue. I’ve become somewhat hesitant when it comes to playing massive open-world games these days. However, I want to fully invest all of my free time into this title. Everything about it looks absolutely brilliant.Red Dead Redemption 2 releases on October 26 for PS4 and Xbox One.For more on Red Dead Redemption 2 check out this swanky collector’s edition and maybe watch that last gameplay trailer a few more times.
Game of Thrones Season 8 is almost here, and to celebrate the show’s last season, Rotten Tomatoes ranked every single episode ahead of the big premiere on April 14.From Season 6, Episode 4, “Book of the Stranger” to Season 3, Episode 9, “The Rains of Castamere,” these are the top Game of Thrones episodes to binge-watch, according to Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer, before Season 8 hits HBO.Every episode of #GameofThrones ranked by #Tomatometer. Where does your favorite land? https://t.co/a0cszOmiPa— Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) April 9, 2019Game of Thrones has had a good run so far on Rotten Tomatoes: For five and a half seasons, the show managed to stay “entirely Fresh,” according to a Rotten Tomatoes’ blog post. There’s only one “Rotten” episode to date, which is Season 5, Episode 6, “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken,” which involved Sansa Stark’s brutal wedding night with Ramsay Bolton.‘Game of Thrones’ Season 3, Episode 9, “The Rains of Castamere” (Photo Credit: HBO)Season 3 had the most episodes in Rotten Tomatoes’ Top 10 Game of Thrones episodes list, which were all rated with a 100 percent score. These episodes included Season 3, Episode 10, “Mhysa,” Season 3, Episode 4, “And Now His Watch is Ended,” Season 3, Episode 5, “Kissed by Fire,” and Season 3, Episode 9, “The Rains of Castamere,” which was ranked third on the list for the dramatic “Red Wedding” scene.‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4, Episode 2, “The Lion and the Rose” (Photo Credit: HBO)Season 4 had the top season-level score, with a 97 percent rating on the Tomatometer. The Season 4 episode that earned a spot on the Top 10 Game of Thrones episode list was Season 4, Episode 2, “The Lion and the Rose,” which featured the poisoning of King Joffrey Baratheon and earned the No. 5 spot.‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5, Episode 8, “Hardhome” (Photo Credit: HBO)Last but not least, the top three Game of Thrones episodes ranked by Rotten Tomatoes were the following: Season 5, Episode 8, “Hardhome,” Jon Snow’s run-in with the White Walkers earned this episode the No. 3 spot on the list, Season 4, Episode 7, “Mockingbird,” which highlighted Tyrion Lannister’s surprising alliance, was ranked No. 2, and Season 6, Episode 4, “Book of the Stranger” was ranked the best Game of Thrones episode so far, and involved a fiery finale that shocked viewers. Each of these episodes received a 100 percent rating on the Tomatometer.To see the other top Game of Thrones episodes, visit Rotten Tomatoes’ website. And, if you need to catch up on some of the show’s most important moments before Season 8 airs, sign up for HBO GO here.More on Geek.com:‘Game of Thrones’ Actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Responds to Wild Fan Theories‘Game of Thrones’ Showrunners: ‘We Want People to Love’ the FinaleShake Shack Has a ‘Secret’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Menu for Valyrian Speakers Stay on target ‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#…
Hazel Dell – Firefighters with the International Association of Firefighters Local 1805, the union for Clark County Fire District 6 firefighters, will be on the Hazel Dell Parade of Bands route Saturday “filling the boot” to raise money for muscular dystrophy research.Cash dropped in the boots helps the Muscular Dystrophy Association, which has worked with the union on fundraising since 1954, support research and medical care.The money raised goes toward research and medical equipment and also pays to send children with neuromuscular diseases from our area to summer camp for a week in Oregon in July.
Nakrekal (Nalgonda): Nakrekal MLA Chirumarthi Lingaiah stated that it was everyone’s duty to plant and protect saplings to create a healthy society for the present and the coming generations.On Wednesday, along with TRS party district in-charge Takkelapally Ravinder Rao and residents of the colony, he participated in the Haritha Haram programme held at Chandrapuri Colony in Chityal town in the district. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, he asked people to treat plants as their children and protect them till they survive. Stressing on increasing temperatures and decreasing rainfall year after year, the MLA stated that increasing forest coverage was the only solution to restore the lost seasonal conditions. He advised people to plant as many as saplings in vacant places, near their residences and also along the roads of their colonies. He assured to beautify Chityal municipality with the help of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and Education Minister G Jagadish Reddy. On the occasion, the MLA invited 50 residents of Chandrapuri Colony into TRS party fold.
Islamic University (IU) authorities have expelled one of its teachers from the university permanently over the allegation of harassing female students sexually, reports news agency UNB.The decision was taken at its 236th syndicate meeting with IU vice-chancellor M Harun-Ur-Rashid Askari in the chair.IU acting registrar SM Abdul Latif said that the VC issued the suspension order against Asaduzzaman, an assistant professor of Finance and Banking Department of the university under the University Act 4 (1).On 16 April last, the authorities suspended Asaduzzaman and formed a nine- member probe body, headed by Public Administration Department professor Nashim Banu, chief of the university’s sexual harassment prevention cell, to investigate into the sexual harassment allegation.The IU authorities also demoted M Ruhul Amin, an assistant professor of the same department from his yearly increment for three years for his alleged involvement with bribery scam and collecting candidates for recruiting them as teachers in different departments in exchange of money amounting to Tk 1.2 million to 1.5 million, he added.Following the incident, on 2 April last, the university authorities formed a three-member probe body, headed by Ruhul KM Saleh, professor of Islamic History and Culture Department, against Ruhul Amin to investigate into the matter and suspended him from all the academic and administrative activities of the university.
Ryan Tannehill is impersonating a franchise quarterback all of a sudden. During the Dolphins’ current 4 game winning streak he has a 102.4 quarterback rating and hasn’t thrown an interception. Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi is averaging 180.3 yards per game on the ground during the streak, which is tops in the league over that span. The Dolphins win this one going away in their extended west coast stay. 31-13 Miami.2. Bills (+3) at Bengals – Colin loves the Bills getting 3 points going into Cincy this week. Buffalo is an under the radar quality team. They rank 1st in the NFL in 1st quarter scoring (6.4 ppg), which is great news when you’re riding a road dog.The Bills lead the NFL in 20+ yard runs (14), and 20+ yard touchdown runs (4). Their 155 rushing yards per game is 2nd in the league, and they should run wild on the Bengals’ 24th ranked rushing defense. Buffalo is the better football team right now, and the Bengals are coming off a short week. Take the Bills and the field goal. 28-26, Buffalo.3. Bears (+7) at Giants – Colin doesn’t trust Smokin’ Jay Cutler at all, but he’s still taking the Bears getting 7 in New York. Colin’s general rule is that a team that gets humiliated the previous week is due for a bounceback game, and the Bears were embarrassed last week against the Bucs.Colin doesn’t trust the Giants, who despite their 6-3 record, have a -2 point differential and a league worst -8 turnover margin. They’re also bad as a favorite, with 8 of their last 9 games decided by 7 points or less. The G-Men win a close one, but the Bears cover the 7. 24-22, New York.4. Packers (+2.5) at Redskins – Washington has been good to Colin all year in the Blazin’ 5, but this week he’s going with Packers as a road dog getting 2.5. Washington has been winning, but they don’t put teams away. The only team they’ve beaten by more than a touchdown all year is the lowly Browns. They also struggle to score touchdowns in the red zone, ranking last in the league in red zone touchdown efficiency, converting only 38.9% of their drives inside the 20 into 6.The Washington defense has allowed 20+ points in 8 of their last 9 games, and the Packer offense is averaging 27.3 points over their last 4. Green Bay was manhandled by the Titans last week, and Colin is calling the bounce back upset. Take the Packers and the 2.5. 27-26, Green Bay.5. Ravens (+7.5) at Cowboys – Cowboys fans already hate Colin for picking against them all year. Why stop now? He likes Baltimore getting 7.5 on the road in Big D. Dallas has the best rushing attack in the NFL, but the Ravens lead the league in rush defense. Strength vs. Strength.The Cowboys are a mind blowing 8-0-1 against the spread this year, but you can’t beat the house forever. Dallas is giving too many points against a good defense, and the Cowboys are coming off an emotional last second win in Pittsburgh last week. The Cowboys win this one, but the Ravens cover the 7.5. 24-20 Dallas.Make sure you download, listen and subscribe to Colin’s Blazin’ 5 Prediction Podcast with RJ Bell every Saturday morning through the end of the football season. He’ll sit down with RJ and see how this week’s Blazin’ 5 stacks up against the Vegas sharps.Download and subscribe to it exclusively at TheHerdNow.com,iHeart Radio, Google Play, or iTunes. Don’t miss it!It’s the toughest Blazin’ 5 of the season for @ColinCowherd pic.twitter.com/maiCiGZZ6S— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) November 18, 2016 It’s time for the Blazin’ 5 for NFL Week 11. Colin got back in the black last week, going 3-2 to bring him to 28-21-1 on the year with his picks. This week Colin’s ready to stack more paper than Dunder Mifflin.Don’t listen to your buddy Willy “The Detached Retina”. Colin’s picks this week will have you seeing more green than an alien conspiracy theorist.Here are his Blazin’ 5 plays for NFL Week 11.1. Dolphins (-1) at Rams – The Dolphins stayed on the left coast after beating San Diego last week, and Colin can’t believe they’re only giving a point against the Rams in rookie Jared Goff’s first career start. Goff faces a Miami defense that forced 4 picks against Philip Rivers last week, and has an NFL best 8 interceptions over the last 4 games. Advertisement
Go back to the enewsletterWith more and more new and repeat travellers heading to Switzerland for the ski season each year, Switzerland Tourism is introducing fresh products and creating inspiration to encourage visitors to see and experience different parts and activities offered throughout the country. During the 2017/18 winter season alone (between November-April), the number of Australian visitor numbers increased 10.8%.Research shows many visitors to Switzerland prefer to stay in one or two destinations and ski the various slopes in the same resort. But new itineraries are being developed which encourage travellers to explore almost the length of the country, including visits to popular resorts and lesser-known villages.Agents with ski clients can direct their clients to the Glacier Express Ski Safari route which combines cross-country skiing and a premium panoramic train journey in one. In essence, for both time-poor or time-rich clients, they can now consider combining skiing some of the best and lesser known resorts in Switzerland that are along one of the world’s most scenic train journeys in the one itinerary.The Glacier Express Ski Safari features the world’s slowest express train ride, and is a thoroughly impressive and thrilling 5-day itinerary close to the heart of Bjoern Daehlie, the world’s most successful cross-country skier. With 46 world championship victories and 12 Olympic medals under his belt, Daehlie still skis this Glacier Express Ski Safari to this day, visiting long-time friends along the way.Starting at the glitzy and glamorous resort of St Moritz, the origin of winter tourism, this is a world famous Alpine destination for the rich and royal jet-setters. The ski safari here covers the fairytale-like Stazerwald forest, the stunning ross-country trail to the Morteratsch Glacier and across vast frozen lakes. For an extended stay to include more activities, agents can advise their clients of the prestigious Snow Polo and White Turf horse race that take place in at the of January and February respectively.Davos, where Daehlie won most of his World Championship races, is the next destination on the safari. Home to the Spengler Cup, the World Economic Forum and Thomas Mann’s “Magic Mountain”, Davos is reachable on the daily Glacier Express, where the get-off point is Albula. The train ride between St Moritz and Albula meanders through icy glaciers, along the untouched snow-capped wonderland and across the elegant Landwasser Viaduct, part of the Albula/Bernina UNESCO World Heritage Route. Day three on the Glacier Express Ski Safari takes place in Andermatt, but not before the train traverses the Oberalp Pass, the highest point of the journey at 2,044 asl. With a 30% increase in beds, Andermatt, the Pearl of the Gotthard caters also links up with Sedrun, giving cross-country skiers a more enjoyable experience.Next, the journey continues from Andermatt through the Urserental Valley and Furka Tunnel to Oberwald and finally to Goms, the undisputed cross-country Mecca. Skiers will enjoy the special feature of the Goms trail, which is that it links about 12 picturesque villages all the way from Oberwald to Niederwald, and almost every village has a stop on the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway (MGB).The final stop on the Glacier Express is the car-free resort of Zermatt, home of the world’s most photogenic mountain, the Matterhorn, just two hours from the valley of Goms. With an extensive area of 360km of pistes, skiers and visitors will no doubt be bowled over by this landscape that boasts nearly 40 4000m peaks.First time skiers shouldn’t feel left out on this experience as there are ski classes at every resort, including those featured on the Glacier Express Ski Safari, including St Moritz, Davos, Andermatt and Zermatt.For a comprehensive list of options and experiences, agents can refer to Learn to Ski for ideas. To help agents sell first ski experiences to their clients, this video showcases what first-timers can expect and look forward to in Switzerland.Bookings on the Glacier Express can be organised through SkiMax Holidays – more details HERE.For more information on Switzerland, see www.myswitzerland.com and for the Swiss Travel Pass, www.myswitzerland.com/rail.Go back to the enewsletter
Scuffles broke out at a protest over Varosha held on Friday evening outside the presidential palace between members of Elam and protesters who said the far-right party has no place at a pro-reunification demonstration.The arrival of Elam caused a commotion with tensions beginning to rise after some of them removed a banner that was previously positioned by protesters, and they replaced it with one replete with Greek flags depicting Cyprus in the centre.The Elam members were asked by protesters to leave as the demonstration was one in favour of the reunification of Cyprus. This incited a violent reaction from Elam members and some scuffles broke out.The Elam members finally moved away from the protesters to stand on an opposite road while protesters continued to jeer at them and chant “Eoka B murderers”.Hundreds of people had responded to the call by Famagusta Mayor Alexis Galanos to protest the recent developments regarding Varosha.Six buses were arranged to transfer groups of people from various parts of the island. Among the attendees were also a number of MPs, state officials, and former state officials.Banners were hoisted with slogans such as ‘Save Famagusta’, ‘Freedom to Cyprus’, ‘Reunification the only solution’, and ‘Return to the negotiations table’, while flags were waved the word ‘Peace’ in both Greek and Turkish.During the protest, President Nicos Anastasiades met with Galanos, who emphasised the need for a federal solution, urged Anastasiades to deal immediately with the “issue of colonialism” by Turkey.Famagusta Mayor Alexis Galanos meeting with President Nicos Anastasiades (PIO)Galanos added that the people gathered outside the presidential palace “are people who have been mourning for 45 years, people who want to go home and who want the president to exhaust every possible effort for a peaceful solution.”But the same people, Galanos said, must be truly convinced that a solution is being sought and that the Greek Cypriots will never accept a two-state solution.“Only one Cyprus exists, Mr President, just one, one and federal,” Galanos told Anastasiades.Galanos added that “the issue of natural gas was a future matter, which hopefully in 10-15 years would be a blessing and not a curse, but the issue of the colonisation of Cyprus by Turkey was an immediate matter that should be addressed.”Anastasiades responded that he would continue to do whatever was humanly possible to secure both a solution and the return of Varosha.He asked Galanos to pass on to the protesters his whole-hearted support and compassion for their feelings, and added that his government had taken a number of initiatives in view of returning Famagusta to its lawful inhabitants, as have previous governments.“The issue is not the Greek Cypriot side, but Turkish intransigence,” Anastasiades said, adding that the behaviour of the Turkish Cypriot side was not going unnoticed either.The decision to stage Friday’s demonstration was taken last week during an extraordinary meeting of the Famagusta municipal council.The council decided to draw up a memorandum to highlight the need for Famagusta to return to the forefront of discussions of the UN Security Council, which it said must implement the relevant resolutions.UNSC resolution 550 (1984) ‘considers attempts to settle any part of Varosha by people other than its inhabitants as inadmissible and calls for the transfer of this area to the administration of the United Nations’.After the demonstration, the memorandum was also to be handed to the embassies of the five special members of the Security Council, and also addressed to UN envoy Jane Holl Lute, the European Union House in Cyprus, as well as to parliamentary parties.Last week, Galanos said that Varosha should become a top priority for the government because “if we lose Varosha, we lose the last step to a solution.”The government on Friday confirmed that Anastasiades had sent a letter concerning the latest developments on Varosha to the UN Secretary-General this week.Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides and Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou confirmed it concerned the announcement by the Turkish Cypriot side on an inventory on the properties in the closed-off town of Varosha and talk that it would open under Turkish Cypriot administration.Prodromou said Anastasiades reiterated his proposal, which he had also submitted in writing to Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci for setting up a bicommunal technical committee for the redevelopment and resettlement of Varosha and seek EU funding for the committee’s operations and technical support by the UN to secure the demilitarisation of the town.Reports on Friday said Anastasiades was to brief political leaders on the latest developments on the Famagusta issue and the EEZ during separate meetings with each of them. 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