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Live Nation Offers $20 Tickets For ‘National Concert Week’ Promo

first_imgLive Nation has announced that its “National Concert Week’ promo will take place from April 30th to May 8th. This year’s deal will include $20 tickets to over 2,000 shows from Live Nation’s rosters of summer tours, which includes jam band favorites like Dead & Company and Gov’t Mule.Plenty of other artists will take part in the National Concert Week promo, such as Arcade Fire, Beck, Zac Brown Band, Ozzy Osbourne, Steely Dan & The Doobie Brothers, Weezer & Pixies, The Smashing Pumpkins, Prophets of Rage and many more. The deals will also extend to the non-musical realm, as $20 tickets to Joe Biden’s speaking tour are also on the table.Fans will be able to purchase their $20 tickets between 8am local time on Monday, April 30th and 11:59pm local time on Tuesday, May 8th. More information can be found via Khaled explains National Concert Week.Nationally Touring Artists With Live Nation’s $20 All-In “National Concert Week” Ticket Offer:311 / The Offspring3 Doors Down / Collective Soul5 Seconds of SummerAlan JacksonArcade FireAvenged Sevenfold / Prophets of RageBackstreet BoysBeckBon JoviBrad PaisleyBreaking Benjamin / Five Finger Death PunchBush / Stone Temple Pilots / The CultCharlie PuthChicago / REO SpeedwagonChris BrownCoheed and Cambria / Taking Back SundayCounting Crows / LIVEDavid BlaineDead & CompanyDef Leppard / JourneyDierks BentleyDwight Yoakam / Lucinda Williams / Steve EarleEnanitos Verdes / Hombres GErasureForeigner / Whitesnake / Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin EveningGame of ThronesG-EazyGodsmack / ShinedownGov’t Mule / The Avett BrothersHall & Oates / TrainHalseyImagine DragonsJanet JacksonJason AldeanJeff Beck / Paul RodgersJoe BidenJuanes / Mon LaferteKeith UrbanKesha / MacklemoreKevin HartKid RockKIDZ BOP LIVE 2018KygoLady Antebellum / Darius RuckerLindsey Stirling / EvanescenceLogicLuis MiguelLuke BryanLynyrd SkynyrdMaroon 5Miranda Lambert / Little Big TownMs. Lauryn HillNEEDTOBREATHE / JOHNNYSWIMNiall HoranODESZAOzzy OsbourneParamorePentatonixPoison / Cheap TrickPost MaloneRascal FlattsRay LaMontagneRise Against / AFIRob Zombie / Marilyn MansonRod Stewart / Cyndi LauperShakiraShania TwainSteely Dan / The Doobie BrothersStyx / Joan Jett and the HeartbreakersThe Smashing PumpkinsThirty Seconds To MarsVans Warped TourWeezer / PixiesZac Brown BandView All Participating Artistslast_img read more

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Lotus’ Concert Films From 2016 & 2017 Red Rocks Performances Now Available On Demand

first_imgLotus announced on Wednesday that the pro-shot concert films of their 2016 and 2017 performances at Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre are now available to rent or purchase on demand. The instrumental-based rock band had performed at the famous outdoor venue on September 17th, 2016, and again on September 16th, 2017, with both shows helping to support the July 2016 release of their Eat the Light studio album.Both films come with over two hours of live footage, in addition to some pretty cool behind-the-scenes backstage b-roll. Both films can also be rented for a one-week streaming period for $3.95, or purchased to stream/download at any time for a manageable cost of just $9.95.The September 2016 concert featured live performances of then-new songs from the album into the night’s setlist, including “Suntan”, “Anti-Gravity”, “Sleep When We Are Dead”, and “Eats the Light”. The show that evening featured one long set of 13 songs, with an additional performance of “What Did I Do Wrong” during the encore. The 2017 concert was a completely different show production, as that evening’s performance consisted of 13 songs over two sets, with no encore. Fans can click here to revisit what went down in the Colorado mountains that evening in 2017.Fans can watch the trailers for the two concert films in the videos below.Lotus – Red Rocks 2016 – Official Trailer[Video: Lotus Vimeo]Lotus – Red Rocks 2017 – Official Trailer[Video: Lotus Vimeo]Lotus released a new album with its own documentary late last year when Frames Per Second arrived on December 5th. The 1-hour and 42-minute documentary is also available to rent or purchase on Vimeo. Lotus will begin a two-night run at the Town Ballroom in Buffalo, NY this weekend on February 8th and 9th. Fans can head to their website to purchase tickets to all of their upcoming winter 2019 performances.last_img read more

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Will Your Favorite Forest be Sold?

first_imgTo the lengthy list of threats menacing our public lands, we can now add another: land grabs disguised as bills to protect states’ rights. House Republicans recently introduced a bill—the State National Forest Management Act, H.R. 3650—that would allow any state to seize up to two million acres of national forests within its borders and sell them off to the highest bidder. In case there’s any doubt who that might be, Don Young, the Alaska representative who wrote the bill, explicitly stated during a February congressional hearing that the two million acres suddenly gifted to Alaska “would be managed primarily for timber production.”Young says his bill is needed to stop incompetent, tree-hugging feds from somehow ruining states’ economies by preserving nature for those who might wish to pay for the privilege of seeing it. “We have people from Eastern states coming to [Alaska] and saying ‘Look, isn’t it pretty’ as they go back to their homes and drive their cars,” he said during the hearing, apparently under the impression that all of these people somehow visit his state without spending a dime. Moreover, according to Young, the “worst-managed public lands” in the country are owned by the federal government, which doesn’t understand the economic impacts on local communities when it takes away “their” timber via logging restrictions. Young’s spokesman Matt Shuckerow doubled down on that theme. H.R. 3650 “represents a longstanding effort to reform the federal government’s broken system of forestry management, including failures to address wildlife and the spread of insects and disease, in a manner that empowers local communities, builds resilient forests and streamlines burdensome management practices,” he said. He went on to lament the fact that federal forestry managers in the Tongass National Forest have sold “only” about 12 percent of the 267 million board feet annual allowable cut. According to Shuckerow, Young’s bill would allow Alaska and other states to “do better.” Is dismantling national forests and prioritizing logging over everything else really the best way to manage public lands for the country as a whole, or even for individual states? Young’s bill “takes a sledgehammer approach to the issue of forest management,” said Kathy DeCoster, vice president and director of federal affairs for the Trust for Public Land. “America’s national forests support a vibrant outdoor recreation economy and are valued by Americans from coast to coast. These lands should be held for public use by all Americans.”Piles of data show that outdoor recreation—which isn’t exactly encouraged by clear-cut wastelands—produces vast amounts of cash and jobs for local economies. The Outdoor Industry Association reports that on a national level, outdoor recreation generates $646 billion in consumer spending, $39.9 billion in federal tax revenue, 6.1 million direct jobs, and $39.7 billion in state and local tax revenue every year. And these benefits aren’t confined to the West. North Carolina, for example, annually enjoys $19.2 billion in consumer spending, $5.6 billion in wages and salaries, 192,000 direct jobs, and $1.3 billion in state and local tax revenue when people come to play in the great outdoors. “Having outdoor recreational opportunities is a big part of supporting recreation-oriented businesses, and national forests are a big part of that,” said Sarah Francisco of the Southern Environmental Law Center. She sees the proposed State National Forest Management Act as a giant potential giveaway to logging companies. “It’s important for people to understand all of the benefits, including economic benefits, from our national forests.” Beyond recreation, national forests provide additional services with economic as well as environmental value, including clean drinking water and integrated fire and pest management.Jay Leutze, president of the Board of Trustees for the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy in Asheville, North Carolina, said that all benefits of national forests would be threatened by transferring them to cash-strapped states. For example, he pointed out that North Carolina recently eliminated its natural heritage trust fund, which was charged with protecting fragile ecological sites. Its functions were merged with the state’s clean water trust fund and staff was laid off, making it harder to identify lands that need protection. “State agencies are under stress, so it seems strange to add to their administrative burdens when they’re having a tough time meeting their current goals,” he said. “I think when times are hard, states will have every temptation to look to revenue-generating schemes.” That, of course, would include logging. DeCoster agrees that there are considerable risks in Young’s approach. “Removing up to two million acres in each state and withdrawing those lands from public use in favor of timber harvesting could affect the health of rivers and streams that support fish and wildlife, could destroy habitat connectivity, and could impair natural, scenic and recreational resources,” she said.The good news is that the chances of H.R. 3650 becoming law appear to be slim, at least for now. There’s no companion bill in the Senate, perhaps because such a measure would have a much tougher time there. It’s possible that the bill could find its way into a larger public lands spending package, but Francisco said even that is unlikely, especially in the East. “It’s my understanding that this drive to transfer federal public lands out of federal ownership is mostly limited to the West,” she said. “In the East, people and local communities here recognize many of the other important values these national forests have, and the trend toward extraction isn’t as pronounced.” Unfortunately, similar legislative threats are lurking. A new Senate bill (S. 2807, sponsored by Sen. Bill Cassidy), for example, would turn marine management in coastal national parks over to the states, allowing state governors to eliminate no-fishing zones that are critical for ecosystem recovery. So complacency is not an option. It seems that those who would use our public lands and waterways for short-term economic gain will continue their efforts at every opportunity.Related Post:last_img read more

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In August, there was an increase in passenger traffic at airports

first_imgThe total passenger traffic at airports in August 2017 amounted to 1 thousand, which is an increase of 682% compared to August 2016, when passenger traffic amounted to 1 thousand. In August 2017, the growth of passenger traffic compared to August 2016 was recorded by Split Airport (22,3%), Dubrovnik Airport (16,8%), Zagreb Airport (13,4%), Pula Airport (23,1, 21,7%), Zadar Airport (42,8%), Osijek Airport (90,0%), Brač Airport (12,4%) and Mali Lošinj Airport (3,4%), and a decrease was recorded in port of Rijeka (XNUMX%).The most significant increase in passenger traffic was realized with the airports of the Netherlands, 52,8% compared to the same period last year. The total number of aircraft landings and take-offs at airports in August 2017 was 18, which is an increase of 335% compared to 16 landings and take-offs in August 890.Source: CBSlast_img read more

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‘Italy’s youngest COVID-19 patient’ recovers from virus: media

first_imgTopics : Italy has officially attributed 17,669 deaths to COVID-19, more than any other country.The government is now weighing how and when to ease social distancing measures that have helped see daily death tolls slowly come down from a high of 969 last month. A two-month-old baby who was believed to have been Italy’s youngest COVID-19 patient has been released from hospital after overcoming the disease, media reports said Thursday.The baby was no longer running a temperature or fever and was released with her mother, who has recovered from a bout of pneumonia, the reports said.The two were hospitalized in the southern city of Bari on March 18.last_img read more

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Arsenal ready to beat Manchester City and Chelsea to £40m Aaron Wan-Bissaka

first_img Arsenal v Southampton: Press conference with Unai EmeryTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 4:38FullscreenArsenal v Southampton: Press conference with Unai Emery is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Palace are willing to cash in and already have a replacement in mind, having run the rule over Chelsea prospect Reece James – a 19-year-old who is on loan at Wigan.AdvertisementAdvertisementThough the Eagles would be reluctant to sell, they are willing to let him leave if potential suitors cough up in excess of £40million.Arsenal take on Southampton on Sunday as they look to keep the pressure on Manchester United and Chelsea in the race for the Champions League places.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Advertisement Comment Wan-Bissaka is a wanted man (Picture: /MB Media/Getty)Arsenal are leading the race to sign Aaron Wan-Bissaka, reports claim.Unai Emery is determined to add quick players to his squad and has identified Wan-Bissaka as a top summer target.The Crystal Palace right-back has impressed this season and is being chased by several top clubs around Europe.Manchester City and Chelsea are among the sides in the hunt, with Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Everton both interested.ADVERTISEMENTHowever, Arsenal have moved to the front of the queue to sign the 21-year-old, according to The Sun. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 23 Feb 2019 11:41 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link697Shares Arsenal ready to beat Manchester City and Chelsea to £40m Aaron Wan-Bissaka Advertisementlast_img read more

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Dani Ceballos speaks out on his future at Arsenal

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterMonday 20 Jul 2020 12:04 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.6kShares Advertisement Advertisement Arteta hopes FA Cup run persuades Aubameyang to stayTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:07FullscreenArteta hopes FA Cup run persuades Aubameyang to stay is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘I’ve felt very comfortable at this club from the beginning,’ Ceballos told Sky Sports.‘The fans accepted me very well and my team-mates made everything easy for me. I don’t regret my decision to come to Arsenal in any way.‘Of course, when you get an injury and you don’t play, you start to get a few doubts.‘But, I spoke to the manager and we agreed find a way forward together. He told me he knew me very well and that he had followed me a lot in Spain. He supported me a lot.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Right now, I’m only thinking about the next games because if we win them, we have some chance of qualifying for the Europa League.‘After that, I have to be calm. I have to return to Real Madrid and they have to make a decision because I have a contract there for the next three years.‘Once I know their decision, I will sit down with my family and the people close to me and see what’s best for me next year.‘But the truth is I’m very happy at Arsenal. It’s a club in which I already have a year of experience, so it would be very easy to return. I wouldn’t have to adapt to a new league or new club with a different manager and players.‘I think it would be a good step for me. But like I said, my future depends on Real Madrid and right now I don’t know their decision.’MORE: Willian insists Chelsea haven’t been swayed by transfer interest from rivals including Arsenal & Man UnitedMORE: Tony Adams urges Mikel Arteta to strengthen Arsenal squad in two key areas after Man City winFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Dani Ceballos speaks out on his future at Arsenal Ceballos is content at the Emirates (Picture: Getty Images)Dani Ceballos says he is ‘happy’ at Arsenal and remaining at the club next season would be a ‘good step’ for him.The 23-year-old moved to north London on a season-long loan from Real Madrid at the start of the season and after a mixed start, has proved to be a key part of Mikel Arteta’s side.Ceballos impressed in flashes under Unai Emery, but a hamstring injury in November saw him sidelined for two months.When Arteta took over from Emery in December, the midfielder struggled to nail down a place in the team and was rumoured to be considering an early return to the Bernabeu.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, since the restart, he has stepped his game up a few levels and been one of Arsenal’s most consistent performers in midfield.Madrid are yet to make a decision on whether they want to keep Ceballos or not, but, the Spaniard admits it would be ‘easy’ for him to remain with the Gunners next season.last_img read more

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Mesut Ozil and William Saliba left out of Arsenal’s Europa League squad

first_imgMesut Ozil and William Saliba left out of Arsenal’s Europa League squad Comment Arsenal’s Europa League squad Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno, Runar Runarsson, Matt Macey, James Hillson, Dejan IlievDefenders: Hector Bellerin, Gabriel, Rob Holding, Cedric Soares, Shkodran Mustafi, Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari, David Luiz, Sead Kolasinac, Kieran TierneyMidfielders: Dani Ceballos, Willian, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny, Granit XhakaForwards: Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe Players who could be included on Arsenal’s B list Bukayo Saka, Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock, Emile Smith Rowe, Ryan Alebiosu, Folarin Balogun, Tolaji Bola, Harry Clarke, Ben Cottrell, Karl Heun, Joel Lopez, Jordan McEnuff, Arthur Okonkwo, James Olayinka, Tom Smith, Miguel Azeez Metro Sport ReporterThursday 8 Oct 2020 10:50 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link494Shares Ozil is yet to feature for the Gunners this season (Picture: Getty)Ozil has been clear throughout his exile from the side that he intends to see out his contract at the Emirates and the Europa League could have provided an opportunity for the playmaker to work his way back into the manager’s thoughts. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArteta has also decided to leave Saliba out of his squad, with the 19-year-old defender keen to secure a loan move away from Arsenal.The Frenchman was interested in a temporary return to Saint-Etienne for the new campaign but the Ligue 1 outfit missed out on an agreement for their former player which reportedly left him ‘devastated’. Gabriel Martinelli is another notable omission, with the young forward currently sidelined after suffering a serious knee injury in training back in June.The Brazilian underwent successful surgery and has been recovering well but is not expected to return until the end of the year at the earliest.The likes of Bukayo Saka, Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock will likely be named on Arsenal’s B list of homegrown U21 players and will be available to play in Europe. Advertisement William Saliba and Mesut Ozil have been left out of Arsenal’s Europa League squad (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have announced their squad for this season’s Europa League and there’s no place for either Mesut Ozil or William Saliba in Mikel Arteta’s party.Ozil, 31, has been frozen out of Arsenal’s first-team since football returned in July and has not featured this term, despite being the club’s top earner on eye-watering wages of £350,000-a-week.The Gunners were looking to offload Ozil during the summer transfer window but were unable to find a suitable loan or buyer before Monday’s deadline and the German midfielder will remain in north London. Arsenal new boy Thomas Partey has been named in the squad (Picture: Getty)Thomas Partey’s arrival on deadline day meant Arsenal were left with 19 non-homegrown players in their squad.A club’s ‘A list’ is allowed maximum of 25 members under UEFA’s ruling and teams must include a minimum of eight places for ‘locally-trained players’.Should a squad be put forward with fewer than eight locally-trained players, the maximum number of players on the A list reduces – and Ozil and Sokratis Papastathopoulos are the casualties in this instance.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: ‘I’m sure you’re next on the radar’ – Kevin Campbell sends direct message to Houssem Aouar after failed Arsenal transferMORE: Lucas Torreira’s agent reveals Atletico Madrid have no option to buy in Arsenal loan deal Advertisementlast_img read more

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Parade flop could spell end for porn expo

first_imgManawatu Standard 25 Feb 2012Parents didn’t need to cover their children’s eyes because if you blinked, you missed it. The controversial Boobs on Bikes parade, heralding the start of the Erotica Expo at the Barber Hall this weekend, drove through the city yesterday with barely a crowd to be seen, or an eyebrow raised. The five bikes that made up the parade – one was a pink scooter – merged into the traffic and if it wasn’t for the large double-sided billboard on the trailer emblazoned with a bare breast, it might have passed by unnoticed altogether. There were no crowds around The Square, no groups of embarrassed schoolboys sneaking a peek, nor bands of young men taking photos. The parade was supposed to roar in at 4pm, but was running almost half an hour late. read more

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League title allows Liverpool to get ball rolling on ambitious swap deal

first_img Loading… Liverpool will make an approach for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly in the “coming days” as they begin planning for next season after winning the Premier League. The Reds clinched their first league title in 30 years on Thursday courtesy of Manchester City’s defeat to Chelsea. The title win comes after significant first-team investment in key areas, including the signing of Virgil van Dijk. However, many pundits have argued that now is the time to continue strengthening, amid growing excitement about Chelsea and Manchester United. And reports claim Jurgen Klopp is keen to further add to his defence, with AC Milan’s Alessio Romagnoli a target. Elsewhere, Liverpool have reportedly held an interest in Koulibaly for months and Tuttomercatoweb claims they will make a move in the coming days. The report says the Reds could offer Croatia international Dejan Lovren in a potential swap deal for Koulibaly. Lovren is Klopp’s fourth choice in defence and received interest from Roma last summer.center_img And while the deal reportedly depends on “many situations” yet to develop, Liverpool are intent on making a move. Koulibaly, 29, would be brought in to partner Van Dijk in a defence which is on its way to conceding the fewest number of Premier League goals from any team two seasons in succession. Liverpool conceded 22 times in 38 games last term, letting in 21 goals with seven games to go this season. Napoli have admitted that up to 30 per cent of their star players could leave ahead of next season. However, the club’s president, Aurelio de Laurentiis, has insisted that Koulibaly will not leave for less than €100million. read also:Wright: Man Utd must go for Sancho Elsewhere, Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has backed the club to enjoy more success in the seasons to come. The Reds’ first Premier League title follows last season’s European Cup triumph, among other pieces of silverware. And Werner says he is confident of seeing the club prosper further under Klopp. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Jonjo Shelvey shines in Newcastle debut win but could face FA action

first_img Buoyed by both their midweek fightback against Manchester United and the arrivals of new signings Shelvey and Henri Saivet, Newcastle started with an intensity and belief which has eluded them for much of the campaign to date, and were richly rewarded. Perez had already seen Adrian claim his early side-footed effort when he fired the Magpies into a sixth-minute lead, curling the ball sweetly beyond the keeper after Wijnaldum had laid the ball off from Shelvey’s pass. It was 2-0 with just 15 minutes played, and the way in which the home side extended their lead will have thrilled head coach Steve McClaren and the bulk of a crowd of 50,031. Shelvey speared a long pass into the run of full-back Daryl Janmaat, who collected it without breaking stride before sliding a cross to Wijnaldum, who steered the ball into the roof of the net. Newcastle simply had too much pace, power and movement for the hapless Hammers, who found themselves pinned back deep inside their own half for much of the opening 45 minutes. Aleksandar Mitrovic saw a stabbed shot blocked by Adrian after exchanging passes with Wijnaldum and later missed his kick in front of goal as he tried to volley home Perez’s inviting cross and in the meantime, full-back Paul Dummett was denied from a tight angle by the keeper and Moussa Sissoko saw a close-range effort blocked. The shell-shocked Hammers finally eased their way into the game as the half-time whistle approached and it took a fine save from the previously under-employed Rob Elliot to keep out Cheikhou Kouyate’s 43rd-minute snapshot. Wijnaldum might have made it 3-0 within three minutes of the restart when he scuffed his shot wide after linking with Sissoko and Mitrovic, but the game was blown wide-open within seconds when defender Chancel Mbemba left his back-pass to Elliot woefully short and half-time substitute Nikica Jelavic rounded the keeper to half the deficit. Debutant Jonjo Shelvey could find himself in trouble with the Football Association after helping new club Newcastle to a 2-1 victory over West Ham. The £12million England midfielder turned in just the kind of performance for which the Magpies bought him, but faces trial by video over an off-the-ball body-check on Hammers striker Enner Valencia which did not appear to be spotted by referee Neil Swarbrick. But whatever the future holds for the former Swansea man, he went home from St James’ Park with a smile on his face after first-half goals from Ayoze Perez and Georginio Wijnaldum – the Dutchman’s ninth of the season – proved enough to secure a first win seven games in all competitions and in the process, condemn the visitors to a first defeat in 10. The visitors were revitalised by their lifeline and took the game to their hosts for much of the second half, although Mitrovic forced two saves from Adrian and Shelvey a third as McClaren’s men hit them repeatedly on the break, but Elliot had to produce an 89th-minute save to deny Kouyate an equaliser in a rousing finish. TWEET OF THE MATCH “As #NUFC lose a favourite son in @PavelSrnicekUK, it looks like they have just signed a new one in Jonjo Shelvey. Great signing and result” – quite a statement from former Newcastle player Gavin Peacock RATINGS NEWCASTLE Rob Elliot: 7 Daryl Janmaat: 7 Chancel Mbemba: 5 Fabricio Coloccini: 6 Paul Dummett: 7 Jonjo Shelvey: 7 Jack Colback: 7 Moussa Sissoko: 7 Ayoze Perez: 7 Georginio Wijnaldum: 8 Aleksandar Mitrovic: 6 Subs: Henri Saivet: 6 Yoan Gouffran: 6 Jamaal Lascelles: 6 WEST HAM Adrian: 6 James Tomkins: 6 Angelo Ogbonna: 6 James Collins: 6 Aaron Cresswell: 6 Mark Noble: 7 Dmitri Payet: 6 Pedro Obiang: 6 Cheikhou Kouyate: 7 Michail Antonio: 7 Enner Valencia: 6 Subs: Nikica Jelavic: 7 Victor Moses: 6 Carl Jenkinson: 7 STAR PLAYER Georginio Wijnaldum – Full of energy and endeavour once again, and was rewarded with his ninth goal of the season. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Newcastle’s second goal was a thing of beauty – from Jonjo Shelvey’s raking pass to Daryl Janmaat’s fine control and cross for Georginio Wijnaldum’s gleeful finish. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren will have been delighted with the pace, power and potency of his team before the break, but less so with the way they surrendered ground in the second. Slaven Bilic was clearly frustrated with his side’s opening 45 minutes and although they were significantly better in the second half still failed to test keeper Rob Elliot often enough. MOAN OF THE MATCH Jonjo Shelvey marred his debut with a needless challenge on Enner Valencia which could yet see his collect a retrospective suspension. NEXT UP Watford v Newcastle (Barclays Premier League, January 23) West Ham v Man City (Barclays Premier League, January 23) Press Associationlast_img read more

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Abused Dog Found in Cardboard Box in Boynton Beach Dies of Injuries

first_imgOfficials with the Boynton Beach Police Department say they have launched an animal cruelty investigation, after finding an abused dog in a cardboard box outside an elementary school earlier this week.The animal later died from its injuries.Police said an officer responded to a call about a dog in the parking lot of Rolling Green Elementary on Northeast 26th Avenue on Wednesday. The French bulldog could barely walk and foamed at the mouth.The officer took the dog to a vet, where the staff discovered that the dog had a large wound in her chest near her front leg and also showed obvious signs of neglect.In addition, the dog suffered from seizures and brain swelling and died during the night, according to police. Investigators believe the spayed French bulldog was approximately two years old.It did not have a collar or microchip.Authorities are asking anyone with information to call Animal Cruelty investigator Liz Roehrich at (561)742-6210, or to make an anonymous call to CrimeStoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.You could receive a reward if your tip leads to an arrest.last_img read more

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Ramla Ali: From the Bullets Ridden Mogadishu to a Boxing Champion

first_imgWedding ring woesOn the few occasions she was rumbled, she always told her family she would give up but on the eve of her marriage two years ago her family discovered she was boxing again.Her sisters and mother told her husband-to-be, Richard Moore – a boxing coach, that the marriage would not go ahead unless he stopped her pugilistic passions.A problem with the ring?“I had to say: ‘Ok, I will’ – knowing very well I wasn’t going to,” says Moore, the grandson of former Chelsea coach Dave Sexton.“I wanted them to be happy with the marriage but I also wanted to see Ramla achieve her goals with something she has worked for all her life.”The next day, Ali boxed for – and won – the English title.But by the time this unlikely couple walked down the aisle in October 2016, she had given up.“Then I got a phone conversation saying I would be going to the European games,” says Ali. “I thought: ‘Well, I can’t say no to that – let me get back down to the gym’. It’s the best decision I ever made.”She represented England at the European Women’s Boxing Championships the following month before winning the second of her English titles in December 2016. ‘I’m so proud of you’But last year, Ali decided to represent Somalia which was a considerable challenge given that the country is regularly described as a failed state, and had no boxing federation.But the newly-weds’ indomitable drive resulted in the Somali Boxing Federation being approved in February, with Moore now the country’s national boxing coach.As Ramla and Richard pursued their goal, an interview with Somali TV earlier this year changed the boxer’s life.An uncle was watching.“He said: ‘I’m so proud of you. What you are doing is amazing and it breaks my heart that you have done it in secret for so long. Don’t worry, I am going to tell your mum it’s actually a good thing and it’s not a bad thing’,” she smiles.“I can’t tell you how much I cried that day.”At long last, Ali’s mother came on board – won over by the positives that could be brought for troubled Somalia.“I can’t stop her because she is not going to listen to me, so I’m just going to do what makes her happy,” says Maalim.“I just told her to cover up with a scarf so that people can know she is a good Muslim girl.” When boxer Ramla Ali won the British and English titles in 2016 not one of her family was watching.  This wasn’t because they couldn’t bear to watch – they simply didn’t knowFor the first Muslim woman to win an English boxing title had long kept her boxing a secret from her strict family – believing they would disapprove, as some still do.“I remember I competed in the national finals,” Ali, the daughter of an Imam, told BBC Sport Africa. “My parents live in Bethnal Green (in London) and the finals were taking place in nearby York Hall. Community role model“The reasons my mum would ask me to stop were just because of community backlash – but now that she has found that the community is actually OK with it, she has become OK with it,” says Ali.“In fact, she is really supportive now. You can’t imagine the relief and excitement you get from having a conversation about something you love with someone you love – it’s just an incredible feeling.”Ali is also getting never-ending support from the very community her mother was once so concerned about.“Every day I am getting messages from people saying: ‘You are doing incredible things for our country, you are raising awareness for our country, a country that has been associated with war and famine for so long, so you are bringing a positive light to the country – thank you so much’.”Even though some in the community still disapprove, including some elder siblings, the aim is to go several steps further.Somalia has never sent a boxer to the Olympics nor won a medal before – but Ali is targeting both in 2020.Whether she succeeds or not, she believes she has already triumphed.“I had a Muslim mother message me on social media saying: ‘My daughter saw an interview of you and has now signed up for boxing – she is 10’.“That’s amazing so if you could do that throughout your career, you’d have won.”• Culled from BCC SportShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram “I remember giving my kit bag to my coach and saying: ‘I will meet you there later’. I said: ‘Mum, mum, I’m going out for a run, I’ll see you soon’ – and all the while, I was going to compete nationally. Those are the lengths I had to go to.”Ali started boxing in her early teens and told her mother that she was simply training for fitness, rather than contesting any bouts.With her gentle demeanour masking a steely determination, it wasn’t until her mid-20s that Ali’s double life was blown.‘Why are you showing skin?’“I remember walking in from training and everyone was there in the living room,” explains a fighter who represented England prior to switching allegiance to her homeland, Somalia.“I thought: ‘What’s going on here? We never sit down as a family’ and they were like: ‘Look, you need to stop. Why are you showing skin? A Muslim girl shouldn’t be doing this, it’s a man’s sport – what’s the community going to think?’“It just broke my heart when they said that.”To please her family, the featherweight stopped – just as she has many times throughout her stop-start career, to its undoubted detriment.At one point, graduate Ali worked for a London law firm but with regular late nights ruling out any chance of boxing, after six months she returned to a sport that has profoundly impacted upon her life. Escape from MogadishuAli was a toddler when her family fled the Somali capital Mogadishu in the early 1990s after her elder brother, 12, was killed by a mortar while playing outside during the civil war.That she is alive at all seems a minor miracle given the way her mother describes their terrifying escape from the city.“We left behind our home, our papers, everything,” says Anisa Maye Maalim. “There were bombs and people shooting at us – they killed most of the people in our car.”After enduring a horrific nine-day boat journey to Kenya during which Maalim says many passengers on an overcrowded sailboat died of starvation, they survived on UN hand-outs in Mombasa prior to eventually arriving in England as refugees. ‘I became hooked’They ended up in London where Ali, who only spoke Somali, began her education.“I was fairly overweight – Somali food is delicious by the way – so I was picked on a lot for being the size I was,” she recalls. “So I went to the local gym.”“I eventually stumbled upon a boxercise class. I was sweating, out of breath and I thought: ‘I love this’. I just became hooked – hooked on the results I was seeing in my body, the confidence I was gaining and the friends I was making.”Within a few years, the secret boxer was contesting proper bouts under bright lights even if nearly all her family was still in the dark, apart from a younger brother who helped her sneak out.“She used to come home wearing sunglasses and a cap,” recalls her mother, who has been far more vocal about Ali’s boxing than her father.“One day I saw her eyes were black and said: ‘What happened to your eyes, Ramla?’ She said: ‘Oh – nothing Mum’.”last_img read more

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Carl Ikeme Makes #DeadLineDay ‘Move’

first_imgThe Super Eagles goalkeeper has received so much support from the football world as he fights acute leukemia, and his teammates in the national team were not left behind, wearing shirts with support messages ahead of their World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon. RelatedNFF Delighted With Carl Ikeme’s Recovery From CancerJune 26, 2018In “England”Carl Ikeme: 4 Weird Facts About Ex-Super Eagles GoalkeeperJune 8, 2020In “Featured””Get Well Soon Carl Ikeme” – Agbonlahor Shows Support For Nigeria’s Goalkeeper After Goal Against HullAugust 5, 2017In “England” Nigerian international goalkeeper Carl Ikeme won’t be left out of the summer transfer window deadline frenzy and has put up a photo on his official Twitter handle announcing his move.Of course, Ikeme isn’t changing clubs – the Wolves goalkeeper has been undergoing chemotherapy after being diagnosed with acute leukemia in July.However, he seemed in high spirit as he announced his transfer to another room!last_img read more

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bwin forms bespoke content partnership with the Press Association

first_imgInternational news publisher, the Press Association (PA) has been selected by European sports betting operator bwin (GVC Holdings subsidiary) as its news and content provider throughout its multiple product verticals.GVC management has approved PA journalist teams to provide exclusive content for its bwin sports betting asset. The content-led partnership aims to provide bwin with a further point of differentiation in a saturated marketplace.Among the content supplied to bwin will be text and video stories comprising match previews, stats-based articles and quizzes. Stories will mainly relate to Premier League football, though data from major European leagues will also be incorporated where relevant.Jay Dossetter, Head of Media Relations at GVC said, “Providing great content to our customers is a key part of our offer. We are delighted to be working with PA, one of the most respected names in the business, to create quality, thought-provoking content.”bwin marketing revealed that the new content partnership came into effect this November. To sample the stories and graphics created by PA, visit Ashley Broadley, Sports Editor at PA, welcomed bwin as new partners, “This new partnership combines PA’s fantastic reputation for high quality, trustworthy content with bwin’s passionate betting community. Betting content is a rapidly growing area for PA, and I’m pleased to see our specialist data, graphics and editorial teams working collaboratively with bwin to create compelling content for the site’s subscribers.” StumbleUpon GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

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Nigel Eccles sues Paddy Power Betfair for ‘purposely undervaluing’ FanDuel

first_img GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 IGT secures major FanDuel retail sportsbook agreement August 3, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Share Submit US Tech news source Recode has reported that FanDuel enterprise co-founder Nigel Eccles (former CEO) is preparing to take Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) to court, regarding its $465 million takeover of FanDuel completed in July 2018.Eccles representatives have filed a Scottish court order against PPB, representing four of FanDuel’s enterprise co-founders; Nigel Eccles, wife Lesley Eccles (former CMO), Tom Griffiths (former CPO) and Rob Jones (corporate advisor).As reported, the founding team seeks approximately $120 million in compensation for the sale of FanDuel to PPB.The plaintiffs claim that the transaction had been purposely undervalued, by not taking into account changes to US market conditions following the repeal of federal PASPA laws, which would liberalise the US sports betting market, increasing FanDuel’s enterprise valuation.At the time of PPB’s transaction, the founding team had departed the company to pursue new ventures. However, the founders maintained a substantial ‘non-preferred’ share arrangement, attached to FanDuel’s future outcome.“The decision of the board (whose interests are aligned with preference shareholders), not to seek and act upon a new market valuation in the face of a material event, which is likely to have significantly increased the market valuation of FanDuel, is a breach of its fiduciary duties,” the petition reads.Reacting to a new US landscape, last May PPB governance moved to acquire FanDuel’s enterprise outright for $465 million.Significantly expanding its US footprint, PPB governance would create a new US-specific subsidiary, merging FanDuel DFS properties with Betfair’s existing US wagering division.Completing the transaction, PPB would retain a majority 61% controlling stake in the new US venture, with FanDuel’s numerous venture investors approving the deal.The transaction’s make-up would mean those holders’ of ‘non-preferred shares’ would not be rewarded for the sale of FanDuel, as certain venture investors would receive preferential pay-outs.In the Scottish court filing, Eccles representatives demand that FanDuel’s enterprise valuation be recalculated.last_img read more

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