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Filipino boxer Gesta victorious in return

Filipino boxer Gesta victorious in return

first_imgAs per BoxingScene, Gesta controlled the fight from the fourth until the sixth rounds, and after trading shots in the seventh regained momentum in the final six minutes.The fight was Gesta’s first fight in 18 months.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ UAAP men’s volley: Adamson foils UST; NU rolls past UE Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awardscenter_img Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties FILE – (L-R) Mercito Gesta throws a left at Miguel Angel Vazquez during their IBF world lightweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 8, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Al Bello/Getty Images/AFPFilipino fighter Mercito Gesta had a triumphant return after outpointing Mexican Gilberto Gonzalez Sunday (Manila time) at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.Despite hitting the canvas in the third round, Gesta got the judges’ nod, pulling off a unanimous decision victory, 99-91, 98-92, 96-93.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Former AG recommends full-time legal counsel for Jagdeo

Former AG recommends full-time legal counsel for Jagdeo

first_img…calls new Linden tolls discriminatory, unconstitutionalA successful law suit can be filed against the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) Government every week—the latest legal infraction being the recently introduced tolls to traverse Linden—long considered the gateway to the interior.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoThis is the view of Former Attorney General (AG) and Legal Affairs Minister, Anil Nandlall, who insists that the new tolls are not only discriminatory but a violation of the Guyana Constitution which enshrines that no law shall make provisions to provide for any discrimination.Nandlall is of the opinion that the By-Laws recently approved by Communities Minister, Ronald Bulkan, is one such violation of the Guyana Constitution since it is inherently discriminatory.“These By-Laws, in essence, impose toll charges on vehicles travelling through the municipality of Linden… significantly; the By-Laws provide that these tolls do not apply to vehicles which are registered in the names of a person living in Linden.”It was set out in the recently enacted By-Laws that Lindeners are to pay a toll to be determined by the Council twice a year in January and July and “presumably, the toll that would be fixed for Lindeners would be, appreciatively, lower.”Nandlall has since posited that by “applying these constitutional provisions to those By-Laws, every first yearCommunities Minister Ronald Bulkanlaw student would conclude that those By-Laws are discriminatory and inconsistent with Article 149 and therefore, are null and void by virtue of Article 8 of the Constitution.”He posited that the enacted By-Laws would have enjoyed legal scrutiny, as well as the approval of Cabinet and as such, “I cannot help but express my bewilderment, as I have often done, at how such elementary legal mistakes can survive the scrutiny of a Cabinet comprising of an Attorney General and four other lawyers.”Nandlall said he has since advised the Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo, to hire a full-time lawyer for his office since “a successful law suit can be filed against this government every week.”According to the former AG and Legal Affairs Minister, the imposition of tolls is but the latest in an avalanche of increased tax measures that have been imposed in an environment of no commensurate increase in wages, no new investments and no job-creation opportunities.He said, “to compound the plight of the ordinary Guyanese, these economic disincentives are complemented by and coupled with a plethora of similarly oppressive and anti-business policies imposed by the government.”Former Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, Anil NandlallNandlall suggested that the result has been gross economic decline, commercial stagnation and fiscal inertia:“Indeed, anyone unfamiliar with the realities of Guyana, reading the vast and varying compendium of tax measures to which I have alluded, would never believe that that regime of tax measures were imposed over a period of a mere seven months, that is, March to August, 2016.”He said, “thus far, we have witnessed astronomical increases, in some instances, as high as 1200 per cent in 140 public licences fees.”He pointed too to the imposition of VAT on heavy-duty equipment in agricultural, mining, forestry and construction industries which were hitherto VAT-free; the imposition of taxes on imported raw materials for the manufacturing industry; the imposition of higher import duties and taxes on vehicles by banning the importation of vehicles that are eight years and older; the imposition of higher taxes on steel; the imposition of a tax on containers; the routine subjecting of almost every container imported to almost 100 per cent inspection by Customs which invariably leads to increase in Customs and Excise Duties; increased parking fees at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport by 400 per cent; the impending implementation of parking meters within the City of Georgetown; the increase in application fees for State lands from $5000 to $55,000; the proposal to increase rates and taxes on properties throughout the country; the proposal to increase drainage and irrigation charges by MMA/ADA from $2500 per acre to $6000 per acre annually; the proposal to increase fees at the Demerara Harbour Bridge; inter alia.Nandlall said he is of the view that the coalition Government is pursuing a flawed fiscal policy of supplementing the shortfall of revenue by increasing taxation.According to Nandlall, the grand plan appears to be to augment revenue by taxing the population to the hilt, while waiting on the oil revenues to flourish.He said government appears oblivious to the stark economic truth that no country ever accumulated its wealth by overtaxing taxing its people, adding too that thus far, government is yet to produce a plan or a policy that would lend to job creation, increasing the size of the economy, attract and generate local or foreign investments, sourcing new markets for our produce, addressing the astronomical cost of energy or deliver social justice – all of which are so vital to economic growth and the social elevation of our people.last_img read more

Chelsea swat Swansea, Villa sink Liverpool

Chelsea swat Swansea, Villa sink Liverpool

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, September 13- Liverpool crashed to a surprise 1-0 loss at home to Aston Villa on Saturday, after Chelsea beat Swansea City 4-2 to move clear at the Premier League summit.Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor scored the only goal at Anfield in the ninth minute, hooking home from close range after Philippe Senderos’s header was blocked by Javier Manquillo. After debutant Adam Lallana and Mario Balotelli shot wide, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers sent Raheem Sterling on, but the closest the hosts came to equalising was a shot from Philippe Coutinho that hit the post.While Villa — who have not lost at Anfield since December 2010 — remain unbeaten this season, Liverpool have now lost twice, following last month’s 3-1 loss at Manchester City, and trail Chelsea by six points.Villa climbed to second, two points behind Chelsea, who came from behind to beat Swansea at Stamford Bridge thanks to a hat-trick by Diego Costa.John Terry’s own goal from Neil Taylor’s left-wing cross gave previously unbeaten Swansea an 11th-minute lead, but Costa equalised on the stroke of half-time with a header from a right-wing corner.He struck twice in 11 minutes to put Chelsea in control, polishing off a Cesc Fabregas cut-back and a mishit Ramires shot, and Loic Remy made it 4-1 with a debut goal before Jonjo Shelvey replied for Swansea.Brazil-born Spain international Costa now has seven goals to his name and is the first player to score in his first four Premier League games since Coventry City’s Micky Quinn in 1992.“Diego Costa is one of the best strikers we have at this moment in football,” said Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.“The team is an attacking team that creates a lot and creates spaces for a striker. It could have been five or six.”– Leicester claim first win –Elsewhere, Everton claimed their first win of the season with a 2-0 success at West Bromwich Albion.Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring in the second minute against his former club, pouncing on a loose clearance from Jonas Olsson and curling home, with Kevin Mirallas sealing victory in the 67th minute.An own goal by Harry Kane saw Tottenham Hotspur held to a 2-2 draw at Sunderland.After Nacer Chadli and Adam Johnson had exchanged quick-fire goals, Chadli teed up Christian Eriksen to restore Spurs’ lead, only for Vlad Chiriches’s clearance to hit Kane and bounce in for an own goal in the 82nd minute.Graziano Pelle scored twice as Southampton sent Newcastle United to the foot of the table with a 4-0 win at St Mary’s. Jack Cork and Morgan Schneiderlin were also on target.Leicester City secured their first victory since gaining promotion, winning 1-0 at Stoke thanks to a second-half effort from new signing Leonardo Ulloa.But fellow promoted side Burnley failed to follow suit, with Scott Arfield seeing a late penalty saved by Julian Speroni in a 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace.Manchester United host Queens Park Rangers on Sunday, when Radamel Falcao, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind are all in line to make their first appearances for Louis van Gaal’s side.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Lunatic’ Sakho destroys Sh29.12m Lambo

‘Lunatic’ Sakho destroys Sh29.12m Lambo

first_imgThe owner of the house where the crash took place around 9pm slammed the Senegalese footballer as ‘a rich boy with a toy he can’t control’.Sources close to the player insisted that he was not speeding and was driving on the correct side of the road.No one was hurt in the accident although Sakho’s Lamorghini Huracan appeared to be written off.The homeowner said he was watching television when he heard the West Ham player speeding up and down the road, adding: “He’s come along there, going too fast, he’s hit a woman in a car because he was on the wrong side of the road.“He’s done his car completely, he’s done her car. He’s done my wall, the trees – my car is all scratched to pieces as well.”Sakho hit the wall with such force that bricks went flying through the air and damaged the roof of the man’s BMW, he claimed.“He was driving up and down like a lunatic,’ the witness – who did not want to be named – said today. We could hear it from inside. It’s quite an affluent area so there are lots of sports cars around here.-Unmistakable car-West Ham United striker, Diafra Sakho. PHOTO/File“At around nine o’clock last night we heard it going up the road, it was unmistakeable – it’s a racing car isn’t it?“We heard it accelerate and then just heard a big bang, like an explosion and a thud – that’s when I walked out. Lucky there was no one about. Lucky no one was hurt.”He said that he and his daughter recognised Sakho immediately because they both follow West Ham, adding: “He’s just a footballer who can’t drive a car. He’s got a toy that he can’t control.“They earn a lot of money and I don’t begrudge them the money but if he wants to drive like that he should be on a racing track.” -By Daily Mail0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Damage: The footballer’s £200,000 Lamborghini supercar was seriously damaged in the accident. PHOTO/DailyMail/SWNS.comLONDON, January 19- A Premier League footballer was ‘driving like a lunatic’ on the wrong side of the road when he smashed into another car in his £200,000 (Sh29.12m) Lamborghini on Monday night, a witness has claimed.West Ham United’s Diafra Sakho was apparently ‘going too fast’ when he struck a Mini then crashed through a garden wall in Hornchurch, Essex.last_img read more

Lawyer files complaints against Delgadillo

Lawyer files complaints against Delgadillo

first_imgWHITTIER – Allen P. Wilkinson says he won’t stand for injustice – especially among his own kind. “I consider this a noble profession,” the Whittier attorney said about the practice of law. So it was nothing out of the ordinary for Wilkinson to feel compelled to file three complaints with the State Bar of California against Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo. In recent weeks, Delgadillo’s conduct has been under scrutiny following acknowledgment that he allowed his wife to drive a city-owned vehicle sans license and allegations that he used city staffers for personal matters. Representatives for Delgadillo would not comment on the issues because of pending inquiries, Delgadillo’s spokesman Nick Velasquez said. State bar officials would not confirm any investigation into Delgadillo’s actions, but Wilkinson did receive a postcard dated June 19 from the state bar’s office of chief trial counsel and intake stating that his complaints would be evaluated. If the bar decides there is evidence of violations, it will file a notice of charges, which then becomes public record. The outcome could be anywhere from a reprimand to disbarment, but Wilkinson is hoping Delgadillo loses his license. “He is a public official in charge of enforcing the law and he is committing what may be criminal acts,” said Wilkinson. “This is just a matter of professional ethics. As lawyers, we should be held to the highest standards.” tania.chatila@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Just like thousands of others, Wilkinson learned of the unfolding accusations through newspaper reports. But he took the news a step further. The 52-year-old lawyer wrote the California State Bar with his first complaint June 13, followed by a second and third letter June 16 and 20. Particularly disheartening to Wilkinson was Delgadillo’s affirmation last week that he used city resources to repair about $1,200 in damage his wife made to the city-owned GMC Yukon after an accident. Delgadillo has since reimbursed the city, but the initial intent to “fraud” taxpayers, according to Wilkinson, is unsettling. “The check for $1,222 was written, I believe, only for reasons of damage control rather than any sincere remorse on his part,” Wilkinson wrote in his third letter. “He was, in short, caught with his hand in the proverbial cookie jar.” last_img read more

Fantasy Premier League tips: The transfers you should make in gameweek 21

Fantasy Premier League tips: The transfers you should make in gameweek 21

first_img In: Matt Phillips (West Brom) – £5.8m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Scottish winger Phillips has got incredible end product at a cheap price, sign him up. 10 10 10 10 10 In: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – £7.7m – Click the right arrow for more advice – The speedy winger is beginning to produce some decent form and may be a wise investment with matches against Everton, West Ham, Swansea, and Bournemouth on the horizon. Out: Eric Bailly (Manchester United) – £5.3m – Click the right arrow for more advice – The Ivorian is back from injury but away at the African Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast. In: Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) – £5.2 m – Click the right arrow for more advice – The left-back is proving his worth going forward with three goals and three assists this season. Fixtures against Hull, Watford, and Crystal Palace are also promising for him points-wise. 10 In: Adam Lallana (Liverpool) – £7.7m – Click the right arrow for more advice – If you haven’t already put him in your team, Lallana is a must-have given his impressive form. Out: Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – £9.2m – Click the right arrow for more advice – The Senegalese star is out at the African Cup of Nations so should be moved on for the time being. 10 Out: Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) – £9.0m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Like Mane and Zaha, Mahrez will be missing the next couple of games while on international duty with Algeria. Out: Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) – £5.7m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Another man away on international duty is Ivory Coast man Zaha, drop him while he’s away. 10 In: Dele Alli (Tottenham) – £8.5m – Click the right arrow for more advice – The England star’s recent form has been sensational. If he can keep it up, you’ll be laughing all the way to the top of the table. Out: Dimitri Payet (West Ham) – £9.1m – Click the right arrow for more advice – After recent news, his future at the club is in doubt. It may well be worth ditching him as he may not start games. 10 10 The FA Cup third round is done – let’s get back to some top-flight football.Fantasy Premier League is back, but you might have some issues if you’ve been picking African stars in your team.The African Cup of Nations begins on Saturday and this means several top stars will be absent, possibly for a month, so you might need to do some tinkering.It’ll be no bother, though, as you can see our top advice for the coming weekend above.Click the right arrow to see our Fantasy Premier League tips…last_img read more

Golf great Byron Nelson dead at 94

Golf great Byron Nelson dead at 94

first_img“I had to put up another $200,” he told the AP with a huge smile.Nelson was born Feb. 4, 1912, on the family farm and started in golf in 1922 as a caddie at Glen Garden Country Club in Fort Worth. One year, he won the caddies’ championship, defeating Ben Hogan in a playoff.It was the beginning of a rivalry that never really materialized. Though they were born six months apart, Nelson won all five of his major championships before he was 34 and Hogan won all nine of his after he was 34.After graduating from high school, Nelson got a job as a file clerk in the accounting office of the Forth Worth and Denver Railroad and played golf in his spare time.He lost his job during the Great Depression but found work in 1931 with a bankers’ magazine. The same year, he entered his first tournament, the National Amateur in Chicago, where he missed qualifying by one stroke. With jobs hard to find, he turned professional in 1932.Nelson started out competing against Gene Sarazen and lived to see Tiger Woods, an era that went from hickory shafts to titanium heads.He made an appearance each year at the Masters, joining Sam Snead and Gene Sarazen in hitting the ceremonial first balls, and hosted the Byron Nelson Classic each May.“I did not ever dream in my wildest imagination there would be as much money or that people would hit the ball so far,” Nelson said in his 1997 interview with the AP.“I only won $182,000 in my whole life,” he said. “In 1937, I got fifth-place money at the British Open _ $187 _ and it cost me $3,000 to play because I had to take a one-month leave of absence from my club job to go.”As a hemophiliac, Nelson was excused from military service during World War II. But despite the weak fields, his accomplishments in the war years were astounding.In 1944, he won 13 of the 23 tournaments he played. The following year he won a record 18 times in 31 starts, including 11 in a row _ also a record. Nelson finished second seven times in 1945, was never out of the top 10 and at one point played 19 consecutive rounds under 70. His stroke average of 68.33 for the season is still the record.Asked in 1997 how the winning streak affected him financially, Nelson said: “Well, I got some Wheaties, but not until after I had won seven or eight in a row did I get them. And I got 200 bucks.”The attention on Nelson as the streak lengthened grew quicker than the money.“There wasn’t any pressure at first, but it pyramided as the string grew,” Nelson remembered. “It got to be like an auction. The headlines would say, `Nelson wins No. 5, can he make it 6?’ or `Who can stop Nelson?’”He was voted AP Male Athlete of the Year in 1944 and 1945. Nelson’s 52 PGA Tour victories _ a mark tied by Woods this year _ was fifth on the career list behind Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, Hogan and Arnold Palmer. He was elected to the PGA Hall of Fame in 1953 and to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974.In the 1960s he became one of golf’s early TV announcers.Although Nelson continued to play in an occasional tournament after 1946, he retreated to his 673-acre ranch in Roanoke, Texas, and never returned to competitive golf full time.Nelson developed a widely imitated “Texas style” swing that was upright and compact, unlike some of the unwieldy swings of early players.“The mechanics of my swing were such that it required no thought,” Nelson said. “It’s like eating. You don’t think to feed yourself. If you have to think about your swing it takes that much away from your scoring concentration.”Nelson, who tutored eight-time major championship winner Tom Watson, had a swing players envied.“I once watched him hit 20 drivers off a fairway in practice, and the trajectory never varied,” recalled Bob Toski, who toured with Nelson and became a famous teacher.“And he could hit a 1-iron or a 2-iron that carried over 200 yards no more than 15 feet in the air,” Toski said. “I’ve never seen anybody else hit the ball quite the way he did.”Asked in 1997 what made Woods special as a golfer, Nelson sounded as if he were describing his own swing.“He has perfect balance,” Nelson said. “His coordination from the feet up is all synchronized. And you’ve got to feel through your sight. He does that great.”Then, with a graceful demonstration of the part of the golf swing from the waist on the downswing to the waist on the follow through, Nelson said: “From here to here, you can’t see anything because he moves so fast.”Beside the flowing swing, Nelson saw another similarity.“I was taught to do the best I could possibly do,” Nelson said. “When he hits a bad shot, he doesn’t like it. He wants to do the best he can do and when he doesn’t, he doesn’t like it.”When Byron Nelson did the best he could do, he was among the best to ever play the game of golf.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleThat incentive pushed Nelson to become one of the best players of his era. He won the Masters in 1937 and ’42, the U.S. Open in 1939 and the PGA Championship in 1940 and ’45.He also finished second once in the U.S. Open, twice in the Masters and three times in the PGA. Nelson played in British Open only twice, finishing fifth in 1937.Nelson’s long, fluid swing is considered the model of the modern way to strike a golf ball and his kind, caring style with fans and competitors made him one of the most well-liked people in sports.“I don’t know very much,” Nelson said in a 1997 interview with The Associated Press. “I know a little bit about golf. I know how to make a stew. And I know how to be a decent man.”His second British Open was in 1955, when he was no longer a serious competitor, although he did win the French Open on that trip for his last professional victory. His prize money, however, was not enough to pay the hotel bill. IRVING, Texas (AP) – Byron Nelson, golf’s elegant “Lord Byron” whose 11 straight tournament victories in 1945 stand as one of sports’ most enduring records, died Tuesday. He was 94.His death was confirmed by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office. No cause of death was listed on its Web site.Known for his graceful swing and gentle manner, Nelson had the greatest year in the history of professional golf in 1945 when he won 18 tournaments. He captured 31 of 54 tournaments in 1944-45. Then, at age 34, he retired after the 1946 season to spend more time on his Texas ranch.“When I was playing regularly, I had a goal,” Nelson recalled years later. “I could see the prize money going into the ranch, buying a tractor, or a cow. It gave me incentive.”last_img
‘You play Thursday ‘cos you’re f****** s****’ – Spurs chant mocks Arsenal and Chelsea

‘You play Thursday ‘cos you’re f****** s****’ – Spurs chant mocks Arsenal and Chelsea

first_img Son netted the winner against City at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 1 LIVE ON talkSPORT One fan tweeted out a video of the delirious fans singing a song mocking their adversaries in the capital for failing to make it into Europe’s premier continental competition. Birmingham vs Sheffield United (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Slavia Prague vs Chelsea (Thursday, 8pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs Wolves (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester United vs West Ham (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTLeeds vs Sheffield Wednesday (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Wigan vs Norwich (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2Crystal Palace vs Manchester City (Sunday, 2:05pm) – talkSPORT He tweeted the lyrics of the chant, sung to the tune of December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night) by The Four Seasons, which goes: “Oh what a night, watching Tottenham on a Tuesday night. You play Thursday ‘cos you’re f****** s****. What a feeling, what a night.”You can can see the Spurs fans singing the chant below… 🎼 Oh what a night, watching Tottenham on a Tuesday night. You play Thursday ‘cos you’re f*cking s*ite. What a feeling, what a night 🎼 … 😂🤣😭[@MitchRobinson95 & [@KatSpur71]#THFC #COYS #TOTMCI #UCLpic.twitter.com/zQ2GQxPhgg— Last Word On Spurs🎙 (@LastWordOnSpurs) April 9, 2019Tottenham have plenty of experience playing on Thursday nights, but they can sit back and relax knowing their London rivals, rather than them, are in the Europa League this season.Chelsea and Arsenal have both reached the quarter-finals of Europe’s lesser competition, with the first leg of their last-eight clashes taking place this week.The Gunners host Napoli while Chelsea travel to the Czech Republic to take on Slavia Prague – a match which talkSPORT is covering with full live commentary, kick-off 8pm. talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… It’s safe to say Spurs fans were in a jubilant mood following Tottenham’s superb victory against Manchester City on Tuesday evening.Mauricio Pochettino’s side ended City’s 14-game winning streak thanks to a late strike from Heung-Min Son to put them in a strong position in their Champions League quarter-final tie.Fans at the north Londoners’ new stadium were understandably elated with the result – and they couldn’t resist the urge to poke some fun at London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea following the match.last_img read more

Everything You Need to Know About Expedition Everest

Everything You Need to Know About Expedition Everest

first_imgShare This!You’re going on vacation to Walt Disney World! The only problem? You’re not sure which attractions are right for you and your kiddos and you have questions. Which attractions are too intense for little ones? What rides do I really need a FastPass+ reservation for? What’s the disability access like for certain attractions? We’re answering all those questions and more in our Everything You Need to Know attraction series with today’s focus on Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.What Is Expedition Everest?©DisneyExpedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain is Animal Kingdom’s take of a runaway train coaster in a mountain. Think of it as a combo of Disneyland’s Matterhorn and the Magic Kingdom’s Big Thunder Mountain. This highly detailed coaster takes guests in and out of the snowy Forbidden Mountain to escape the legendary Yeti!Where Is Expedition Everest?Expedition Everest is located in the Asia section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom park.What Is the History of Expedition Everest?Expedition Everest was announced April 22, 2003 for Animal Kingdom’s fifth anniversary. Imagineers, including the legendary Joe Rohde, spent six years creating the attraction and taking research trips to the Himalayas. Expedition Everest’s grand opening was held on April 7, 2006, and it became an instant classic and a much-needed thrill ride for Animal Kingdom. The mountain is also the tallest of all the Walt Disney World Resort mountains peaking at 199.5 feet!What Do You Need to Know About the Queue for Expedition Everest?Photo by DisneyThe queue for Expedition Everest is one of the best at Walt Disney World! Guests wind through the tour company office, outdoor shrines to the Yeti, a museum documenting Yeti sightings and evidence, and more before reaching the train platform to board the attraction. Both the indoor and outdoor portions of this richly layered queue immerse guests in both the story and the culture of the region being represented.What Are the Ride Vehicles Like for Expedition Everest?An Expedition Everest train can carry 34 passengers with 2 per row and 4 to 6 per car. Each row has two hard plastic seats with a tall back and an individual lap bar per guest.What Do You Need to Know About the Ride Experience for Expedition Everest?The ride experience begins peacefully enough, but that changes once the expedition train comes across torn up tracks. It was the Yeti! The train suddenly rockets backwards and into the mountain where guests get see the silhouette of the Yeti wreaking havoc. From here, the train goes forward and now in and out of the mountain before narrowly avoiding a close call with the legendary Yeti himself. For an optimal experience, ask to be seated up front—the first few rows offer the best front seat experience of any Disney coaster, indoor or outdoor. I personally suggest riding after dark. It’s one of those attractions which offers a different feel and experience after dark!Expedition Everest eaches top speeds of 50 mph. It can be jerky with sudden stops and even intense, but it’s not nearly as jerky as older Magic Kingdom coasters and surprisingly smooth at times. This 4-minute coaster ride falls somewhere between Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Rock n’ Roller Coaster in regards to thrill level due to its hills, turns, and high-speed plummets but no loops or inversions.Towards the end of the ride, guests will get a glimpse of the Yeti leaning over the track. It happens fast and is very dark, so many guests fail to see him at all. Once upon a time, the audio-animatronic Yeti moved and swiped his arm towards guests zipping by; but for years, the Yeti has been in “B-Mode”. This means he’s stationary with a strobe effect to simulate movement. This is why many over the years have referred to the Yeti as the “Disco Yeti.”What Do You Need to Know Accessibility for Expedition Everest?Guests must transfer to the ride vehicle to experience Expedition Everest. It’s also important to note that service animals are not permitted on this attraction.What Do You Need to Know About the Health and Safety Advisories for Expedition Everest?For safety, you should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure. Expectant mothers should not ride.Those with a fear of heights should know the slow climb to the mountain offers dizzying views of the park below and other parks and their icons in the distance. Some consider it a beautiful view, but others may find it terrifying.What Are the Height Restrictions for Expedition Everest?Guests must be at least 44 inches to experience Expedition Everest. This attraction also offers Rider Swap.What Do You Need to Know About FastPass+ for Expedition Everest?Animal Kingdom has a tiered FastPass+ system, meaning that the park restricts the number of FastPass+ reservations guests can make for its top tier attractions at Pandora – The World of Avatar. Fortunately, Expedition Everest belongs to the second tier.While Expedition Everest should absolutely be a priority, a FastPass+ reservation is best used for Avatar Flight of Passage. Also, Expedition Everest offers a conveniently quick single-rider line.Does Weather Affect Expedition Everest?Since Expedition Everest is mostly an outdoor attraction, it will shut down for heavy rain or if there is severe weather or lightning in the area. It’s important to note some portions of the queue are exposed to the elements. There are mounted fans, but they don’t always help in the infamous Florida heat.What’s the Best Time of Day to Ride Expedition Everest?The shortest waits are almost always as soon as the park opens. Otherwise, try to ride Everest during the last hour the park is open.This chart shows you roughly how long you’ll wait for Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain when you visit on a day with a given Disney’s Animal Kingdom Crowd Level. The blue bars represent the average “peak” wait time (that is, how long the line will be at its busiest). The bottom and top black lines represent the range of peak wait times to expect (for you fellow nerds out there: it’s the 5th percentile and 95th percentile of peak wait times). Please note that these are estimates, and for a better forecast for your travel dates, see Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain Wait Times.Did I answer all of your questions about Expedition Everest? Is this attraction at the top of your family’s vacation to-do list? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Poverty summit gets experts thinking

Poverty summit gets experts thinking

first_imgRay Maota Rory Brooks is the founder of the Brooks World Poverty Institute which researches methods to reduce and eradicate poverty. Professor Walden Bello is a member of the Philippine House of Representatives and led the discussion on the framework of the MDGs. (Images: Ray Maota) MEDIA CONTACTS • The Brooks World Poverty Institute +44 0161 306 6436 RELATED ARTICLES • SA hosts World Economic Forum • Research into tropical diseases • China-Africa relations to deepen • SA, US tighten trade relationshipThe inaugural Global Poverty Summit has given experts in global poverty reduction a platform to deliberate on ways in which poverty can be alleviated throughout the world.The summit was held at Turbine Hall in Newtown, Johannesburg, from 17 -19 January 2011 and is the brainchild of businessman Dr Rory Brooks of the Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI), based at the University of Manchester.At the summit, 50 experts on the subject of poverty discussed whether the World Trade Organisation’s Doha Development Agenda talks will be able to reduce poverty in developing countries.Also on the agenda were the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of the UN Development Programme. These are a set of goals endorsed in 2000 by nations around the world in an attempt to reduce global poverty by 2015.Brooks said: “Over the last decade, the plight of the poor has come under the microscope and talking about ways to reduce it, is the first step to its reduction.”He added that when funding research into global poverty eradication strategies, it’s vital that the research is able to go on and influence policy, which ultimately produces improved outcomes.“This is why we felt it was important to support this Global Poverty Summit in Johannesburg,” he said.BWPI research director Rorden Wilkinson said: “Johannesburg is a good example of the stark inequalities within the city. That’s why we chose to host the summit here.”Speakers at the summit included Nobel economics laureate Professor Joseph Stiglitz; Dr Supachai Panitchpakdi, secretary-general of the UN Conference on Trade and Development; and David Hulme, professor of development studies at the University of Manchester.Millennium Development GoalsIn 2000 world leaders signed the Millennium Declaration from which eight MDGs were drawn. Leaders accepted collective responsibility to reduce poverty in their own countries as well as globally.The MDGs are:to eradicate extreme poverty and hungerachieve universal primary educationpromote gender equality and empower womenreduce child mortalityimprove maternal healthcombat HIV/Aids, malaria and other diseasesensure environmental sustainabilitydevelop a global partnership for development.“The MDGs have been a success because they have provided the moral underpinning and have catalysed collective action,” said Hulme. “It is vital that we all continue to strive to meet the targets set out in the MDGs, but the MDGs represent a bare minimum of what needs to be done to reduce poverty and halt the growth in inequality.”At the summit, delegates reached a consensus that for MDGs to succeed, especially in Africa, it was necessary to establish national plans specific to individual countries.Trade talksDiscussing the impact of the Doha round of talks on food security, delegates endorsed a proposal that countries should have the right to implement measures to combat food price volatility.“The Doha Development Agenda negotiations started a decade ago but they have yet to bring any meaningful contribution to reducing poverty,” said Stiglitz. “It is time to bring the talks to a close, but successfully doing so requires courage and sacrifice by the rich countries. They’ve got to accept that they are going to have to pay for the change.”Wilkinson said: “No industrial country got to where it is today without significant state intervention. Global trade negotiations need to recognise this reality.”The delegates also came to the conclusion that trade rules cannot be applied equally to rich and poor countries, but that there should be provision for countries at different stages of development.For example, developed countries could grant duty-free and quota-free access to their markets for least developed countries, and these developed countries could also boost the export capacity of lesser countries through trade assistance.Other topics under discussion included intellectual property rights and agriculture.The Brooks World Poverty InstituteEstablished in 2006, the Brooks World Poverty Institute is based at the University of Manchester, where Rory Brooks graduated in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in management sciences.BWPI founder Brooks also runs MML Capital, an investment firm which has invested over US$1.4-billion (R9.8-billion) in more than 70 emerging companies across Europe and the US.Brooks and his wife Elizabeth support various causes, including the Institute of Cancer Research in London.BWPI aims to create and share knowledge that will help eradicate poverty and inequality in the North and South; and to bring about change in international policies that foster poverty.last_img read more