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first_imgFrom July 2nd until September 2nd, 67 sculptures of Nick Park’s Academy Award®-winning characters Wallace, Gromit and Feathers McGraw will hit the streets of Bristol and the surrounding area to raise money for Bristol Children’s Hospital.Gromit Unleashed 2 is the third sculpture trail from The Grand Appeal in partnership with Aardman. Its two previous trails, Gromit Unleashed and Shaun in the City, raised over £6 million for Bristol Children’s Hospital helping the charity to fund pioneering, life-saving equipment and research, free family accommodation and support, music, arts and play programmes and much more.The world-class surroundings of Ashton Gate Stadium – home to Bristol City and Bristol Bears – is included on the trail and open to members of the public for free.Bristol Sport chairman Jon Lansdown said: “Gromit Unleashed 2 showcases Bristol’s reputation as an internationally renowned hub for creativity. We’re delighted to support The Grand Appeal and the fantastic Bristol Children’s Hospital, which treats more than 100,000 children each year and provides the best possible healthcare to young people across the region and beyond.”Lauren Howard head of brand at The Grand Appeal said: “We are absolutely thrilled that we have such a fantastic array of international creative talent joining our trailblazers and local artists in Bristol this summer in aid of Bristol Children’s Hospital, and we look forward to sharing all our designs with visitors over the summer.“At the end of the trail, the sculptures will be auctioned to raise money for The Grand Appeal to support Bristol Children’s Hospital, which treats more than 100,000 children each year from Bristol, the South West and beyond.”For all the latest Gromit Unleashed updates, follow The Grand Appeal on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or visit www.gromitunleashed.org.uk.last_img read more

first_imgSoccer “If you want to stay at the top all the time then get into the field and kill the bird in the first instance,” says Lae City FC coach Peter Gunemba. “But if you go in and waste your time adjusting then you are giving the opportunity to your rival to rise up to your game and in no time you realise your opponent is more than a match up. And you will struggle to pull away. “So that’s exactly what happened in the first half of round four last weekend between the defending champions Lae City FC and Morobe United FC.” This weekend’s triple header clashes in Lae will see Lae City FC face informed Vitiaz United FC, FC Morobe Wawens meet FC Bougainville and Morobe United lock horns with Kutubu FC. If there is one club that the Lae City FC can’t wait to face, it is Vitiaz United who have a reputable performance since the start of the season. Like Morobe FC last weekend, Lae City are already anticipating Vitiaz United to go one step further putting up a rivalry. Coach Gunemba is not underestimating any team but says Lae City FC has to rise up and his players need game-time so the pace set by Morobe FC last weekend is anticipated to be repeated again against Vitiaz United this weekend. He said this season their ultimate goal is the OFC Champions League next month and it is unfortunate they will not have international friendly matches and are expecting the next three NSL games to be the toughest. Gunemba is urging franchise clubs to give Lae City FC the challenge as in the end its PNG they are representing at the OFC Champions League challenge. He said he is trialling out his boys after recruiting 10 new faces to the club. Gunemba didn’t maintain the usual first 11 last weekend. He indicated that every NSL team has a player and not just another push in boots so chances cannot be easily given away like they did last weekend giving opportunity to their opponent to rise up. “By then I realised I needed to make changes and did so in the second half with the regular faces capitalising on their bond to score and eventually win,” he said. “For Lae City FC whether you are new, old or novice the moment you get into the field you have to lift the status of the game and maintain consistency.” Gunemba said standing out in the recent last two matches was their failure to score any time sooner from the start of the whistle. “It’s not that we didn’t create scoring opportunities. We did but to score goals we just didn’t think smart. Scoring goals comes with thinking smart up in the head. Soccer is a team game and not an individual sport so there is enough support players to rely on in any encounter in the field. To take it on oneself to handle the task only boost the morale of your rival to rise up,” Gunemba said. “I am confident we can stay on top in the three remaining matches before the OFC and maintain the stamina returning from the OFC,” Gunemba said.last_img read more

first_imgJACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – Since 2014, the Campbell County Clerk’s office has received daily requests from people wanting to renew handgun carry permits but were unable to do so.“We contacted the state several times trying to get approval for this service, but we were told no. Eventually, we found out that it would require a legislative act for this service to be provided,” said Maria Partin. Once we found this out, we contacted State Representative Dennis Powers who helped to get legislation passed for the service.Last Monday, the clerk’s office began processing renewals.  Through the first week, 17 renewals had been processed. “This is something we worked hard to get for the people.  We didn’t want people driving to Oak Ridge just to renew their handgun permit,” Partin concluded. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/08/2019-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_imgPresident of the Maryland Senate, Thomas Miller, Jr. greets Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Ralph Thomas as he arrives at the Maryland State capital on Monday, February 1, 2016 in Annapolis, Maryland. Looking on at left is Maryland Secretary of State, John Wobensmith. (Photo credit: Derrick Scott). Urges MD lawmakers to invest opportunities that exist in JamaicaAmbassador Ralph Thomas has made history as the first Jamaican diplomat to address the Maryland General Assembly. As Ambassador to the United States, he made the historic step speaking to the 436th legislative session of the state body in Annapolis, the Free State capital, on February 1 – which marked the start of Black History Month celebration across the United States.Ambassador Thomas was invited after Jamaican-born first-term state senator; Shirley Nathan-Pulliam moved a resolution paving the way for him to address this distinguished body of Maryland lawmakers.The Ambassador said he was deeply honored to have the privilege of addressing this important body.  He pointed out that in the city of Baltimore, Jamaicans represent the largest group of West Indians and that 2014 statistical data reflect that Jamaicans were the second largest foreign-born population in Baltimore, after Mexicans.The Head of Mission went on to note that the Jamaican community in Maryland is made up of a large cadre of highly skilled professionals which include educators, entrepreneurs and students.  Many have proudly served in political capacities, among them Senator Nathan-Pulliam who for many years was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates before joining the state senate.“The largest concentration of Jamaicans has contributed significantly to the melting pot of culture and diversity that form part of the colorful tapestry of your beautiful state,” Ambassador Thomas said.  He told the lawmakers that while in Washington he intends to pursue every opportunity for deepening and strengthening the relationship between Jamaica and Maryland.“Jamaica is open for business,” he told the lawmakers, urging them to examine the various investment opportunities that exist in business process outsourcing, medical tourism, manufacturing, renewable energy, agriculture infrastructure development, logistics hub and the maritime industry.  He said that the government is taking advantage of its geographic location in positioning the island as a major Caribbean hub for energy and port services.The Ambassador also used the opportunity to extend warm greetings to the members of the Senate on behalf of Prime Minister the Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller, the Government and the people of Jamaica.Prior to addressing the General Assembly, Ambassador Thomas was guest of honour at a reception with state lawmakers, business leaders, and Jamaican community members. It was hosted by Senator Nathan-Pulliam and the Jamaica Association of Maryland (JAM).During his one-day Annapolis visit, which was at Nathan-Pulliam’s invitation, Ambassador Thomas also held talks with Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford, Maryland Secretary of Agriculture and Commerce Joe Bartenfelder, and State Secretary John Wobensmith.  He was accompanied by the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Jamaica, Mrs. Marsha Coore-Lobban; and Economic Affairs Officer Mrs. Ariel Bowen.  A large contingent of Jamaicans from Baltimore, including President of the National Association of Jamaican and Supportive Organizations (NAJASO), Rick Nugent, and JAM President Noel Godfrey, were on hand at the state capitol to witness this historic speech.last_img read more

first_imgSpain secured victory over hosts South Africa in the Confederations Cup third-place play-off courtesy of a Xabi Alonso extra-time free-kick.South African substitute Katlego Mphela opened the scoring in the second half, lashing in a Siphiwe Tshabalala cross.Two goals in two minutes from Daniel Guiza seemed to have won it for Spain until Mphela crashed home an injury-time free-kick to force extra-time.Alonso curled in a set-piece in the second period of extra-time to win it.For much of normal time this game was a typically drab third-place play-off, with European Champions Spain – whose 35-match unbeaten run came to a shock end against the United States in the semi-final – particularly lethargic.The closest either side came to a goal in the first half was a Matthew Booth snap shot that fizzed past the post for the home side. Spain were brighter in the second half, with Albert Riera forcing a smart save from Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune.However, it was the home side who took the lead when Tshabalala was released wide left and his cross was firstly controlled by Mphela before being crashed into the roof of the net by the striker.It looked like being the only goal of the game until Guiza’s late show.The substitute striker turned in a Santi Cazorla cross with his right foot into the bottom left-hand corner in the 88th minute.Barely a minute later he had put Spain into the lead, when what appeared to have been a cross beat Khune, clipped the far upright and went in. It appeared as though this would be enough to win the match for Spain, but with the final kick of the match, three minutes into injury-time, Mphela lashed in a spectacular 25-yard free-kick to extend matters by a further thirty minutes.In an understandably nervy extra-time, Liverpool midfielder Alonso had the final say, with a smart, curling free-kick that beat attackers and defenders alike to find the far right corner of the net.Source: BBClast_img read more

first_imgOverActive Media, the parent company of the Toronto Defiant, Toronto Ultra, and MAD Lions, has announced an advertising partnership with AcuityAds.The Toronto-headquartered AcuityAds will leverage its technology to help OverActive Media and its sponsors better target the online esports audience. Credit: Call of Duty LeagueRELATED: Teamworks enters esports with OverActive Media partnershipTal Hayek, Co-founder and CEO of AcuityAds, commented in a release: “We are excited to partner with OverActive Media, establishing AcuityAds as the only programmatic company globally with direct access to such a wide-reaching esports audience. Esports is a dynamic and fast-growing industry that continues to develop unique connections to engage its growing fan base, and we are thrilled to be working alongside a leading global industry brand like OverActive Media.”In addition to the Overwatch League’s Toronto Defiant and Call of Duty League’s Toronta Ultra franchises, OverActive Media – which is likewise based in Toronto – also owns the MAD Lions brand, which competes in the League of Legends European Championship (LEC). The organisation is also a founding equity partner in B Site Inc. and the MAD Lions brand competes as a franchise in B Site’s Flashpoint Counter-Strike: Global Offensive league. 10 Sec ESI London – Franchised leagues in esports. CARMAC vs lurppis NextStay ESI London – Franchised leagues in esports. CARMAC vs lurppisNOW PLAYINGThis year in esports- Investments, sponsorships and deals in 2019NOW PLAYINGTEAMS wins The Clutch DigitalNOW PLAYINGHector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez – ESI Hall of Fame Inductee 2019NOW PLAYINGESI Hall of Fame 2019 – #ESIHOFNOW PLAYINGMarcus ‘djWHEAT’ Graham – ESI Hall of Fame Inductee 2019NOW PLAYINGHeather ‘sapphiRe’ Garozzo – ESI Hall of Fame Inductee 2019NOW PLAYINGESI London 2019NOW PLAYINGThe best MMOs in 2020NOW PLAYING Arrow Left #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch. RELATED: Splyce co-founder Marty Strenczewilk departs OverActive MediaChris Overholt, President and CEO of OverActive Media, added: “Our collaboration with AcuityAds gives us access to industry-leading technology adding more value to our current and prospective partners, and their efforts to reach a changing sport and entertainment audience. In the past two years, we have built meaningful audiences of esports fans that continue to grow as the industry matures and broadens its appeal across demographics.”Esports Insider says: OverActive Media has already grown so much between launching those franchises and acquiring (and retiring) the Splyce brand, but this sort of behind-the-scenes tech upgrade could help fuel its ongoing expansion.Follow ESI on Instagramlast_img read more

first_img What’s This “Trick” Called? Comment Down Below!! 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels REAL vs FAKE GOLD Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017center_img Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night. By Wally Downes in Las VegasROUND 1”We are Sparta” Fury roared as he left the dressing room flanked by his security guard, brothers and corner team.Dressed like a Poundland king, complete with Burger King crown, he was carried out on a throne pushed along by beautiful women dressed as very glamorous gladiators.The song the avid mental health campaigner emerged to was Crazy by Patsy Cline, the lyrics alone were starting to worry some people.In the starkest possible contrast, Wilder made his ring walk looking like Teenage Mutant Turtles enemy Shredder had been dragged through a diamond mine and was fuming about it.Fury kept to all of his promises, he dashed across the ring and threw close to a dozen big right hands and lead left hooks.Wilder warned him off with two of his won but the Brit dominated the rounds and always made the champ box on the backfoot where he is least comfortable with.It was a dream start.ROUND 2Even Fury’s jab was spiteful, Wilder had his head jolted back by one of the stiffest he has ever thrown as soon as the second started.But the American fired off two rights that calmed the crowd that had begun singing the challenger’s name and abusing Wilder with cries of “You Big Dosser”Both men landed firm one-two straight combinations and Fury ended the stanza well on top, barrelling Wilder into the corner and wrestling him briefly.ROUND 3Fury kept it up as the third started, Wilder had almost never looked so vulnerable.A looping Firy right hook had the one-sided crowd going again, all of Fury’s doubters were eating their words.And he smashed him to the floor in round three, it was amazing.A jab and right hand to the temple dropped Wilder to the deck. His senses were scrambled and he was back on the canvas secondsRef kenny Bayless called it a slip but he was still stunned from the Fury masterclass and rocking all over the MGMROUND 4Fury started the round well with a right uppercut on the inside but Bayless split up the grappling again.A hapless Wilder was back down again in the fourth but it was called another slip, this was Bambi On Ice, a deer to the slaughter. Yes he was unbalanced as he skated aimlessly around the ring but he was also battered and bruised and in too deep. Wilder still in a fog, his skinny legs betraying him.One late right hand in the session reminded Fury of the danger but he was still so groggy from going down that it was an off-balance lunge more than a trademark punch.ROUND 5Fury roared out again in sensational style, landing a big right hand. Wilder was totally defenceless, it was almost unfair, this terrifying champion was being slaughtered.And he was dropped again with a perfect left hook to the body, the drowning champ beat the count easily but he was spent.Fury was now toying with his food, leaning all over him and pummelling him so freely. Wilder was a ghost.The Gypsy King was old-manning the beast three years his senior then Bayless warned Fury over holding and leaning over his prey.ROUND 6Another instant serving of Fury genius, Wilder back on the ropes getting slapped and mauled and manhandled but the three stone stronger.Fury had every right to chill out, to get on his bike and score points from afar, he could have coasted. Instead he was relentless, nasty, sensational.The shot that ended the round was another Fury left hook that had Wilder using the ropes to hold himself up almost tragically.ROUND 7In the break, before the seventh, you could see how horribly Wilder’s ear had swelled from a right clouting.Trainer Jay Deas was surely warning him he was close to being pulled out of his one-sided hammering.One chopping Wilder right grazed Fury’s shaved head but that scorching power had now vanished.Wilder was then pulled out, the white towel of surrender hurled in soaked in Wilder’s blood.The place erupted. It was magnificent.Wilder and all of Fury’s doubters were battered from pillar to post.Wilder’s team were left nursing a man with a string of injuries from the same man he had constantly accused of being pillow fisted.It was everything Fury had promised and so much more. Omg this is awesome 🙂 Source: Boxing – thesun.co.uklast_img read more

first_imgKevin Mazur/Getty Images for HJ(ST. PAUL) — Love was in the air at a recent performance of Hugh Jackman’s The Man. The Music. The Show.The actor helped a couple get engaged at his June 22 tour stop at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.“I don’t normally do this and you’ll understand why afterward, but I got a letter from a guy named Joe,” Jackman told the crowd as seen in a YouTube video that’s just now making the rounds. “Joe told me he was going to be here in the audience.”Jackman then stepped off the stage and approached Joe Kripal, who was at the show with his girlfriend, Sanaa Ahmed.“Hi Joe, how are you doing? It’s good to meet you. Say hi to everyone,” Jackman said, before handing the mic over to Joe.Joe then turned to his girlfriend and said, “Sanaa, I want to spend every day with you. That’s why I asked a superhero to help me out with this.”As the crowd cheered, he got down one knee and asked Sanaa to marry him. She said yes through happy tears.Jackman then gave the couple a hug before continuing with the rest of his show.And at his show at New York City’s Madison Square Garden this past Saturday night, Jackman showed some love for his own wife of 23 years, Deborra-Lee Furness, who was in the audience. In a clip posted to Page Six, he’s seen serenading her with their wedding song, Frank Sinatra’s “All the Way”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgLONDON |  Sex robots — discuss. That is precisely what scientists and academics are doing at a British conference also covering all-too-modern issues like digital intimacy and Facebook users older than 58.The Human Choice & Computers conference in Manchester starting Wednesday is focusing on the “constantly evolving intimate relationships” between humans and technology.University of Oslo Professor Charles Ess says social robots, such as mechanical dolls, “may well be able to offer good sex on demand.” But adds that human virtues need to be cultivated “to avoid becoming identical with the machines that serve us.”Kathleen Richardson from Britain’s De Monfort University, who heads a campaign against sex robots, told Sky News that using sex robots would “increase human isolation” as people try to meet their “complex needs” with inanimate objects.last_img read more

first_imgLOS ANGELES | “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons” are coming back to TV, live and for one night only.FILE – In this May 15, 2018 file photo, Jimmy Kimmel attends the Disney/ABC/Freeform 2018 Upfront Party at Tavern on the Green in New York. All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons” are coming back to TV, live and for one night only. Norman Lear, who created “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons,” and Kimmel will host the prime-time special airing live May 22, 2019, on ABC. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)Woody Harrelson, Marisa Tomei, Jamie Foxx and Wanda Sykes will star in re-creations of episodes from the influential sitcoms born in the 1970s.Norman Lear, who created “All in the Family” and its spinoff “The Jeffersons,” and Jimmy Kimmel are hosting the ABC prime-time special airing next month, the network said Thursday.Harrelson and Tomei will play Archie and Edith Bunker, with Foxx and Sykes as George and Louise Jefferson. Ellie Kemper, Justina Machado and Will Ferrell also will appear, ABC said, with more stars to be announced.The original shows starred Carroll O’Connor and Jean Stapleton as the blue-collar Bunkers, and Sherman Hemsley and Isabel Sanford as the upwardly mobile Jeffersons.People say “these two shows were meant for the ’70s and would not work today,” Lear said in a statement. “We disagree with them and are here to prove, with two great casts depicting ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons,’ the timelessness of human nature.”Ferrell, Lear and ABC late-night host Kimmel are among the executive producers of “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons.’” Sitcom veteran James Burrows will direct the 90-minute special.“All in the Family” was a TV groundbreaker when it debuted in 1971, using comedy as a vehicle to explore racism, women’s rights and other hot-button issues. “The Jeffersons” (1975-85), about a successful black family in a largely white world, featured the TV rarity of an interracial couple.Lear, 96, was an executive producer on a recently canceled Netflix reboot of another of his hit series, the 1975-84 “One Day at a Time,” which was reimagined with a Latino family.last_img read more