Autumn Internationals: England v Australia preview

first_img Autumn Internationals: England v Australia previewA BT Sport poll this week to predict next year’s World Cup winners saw 38% of respondents vote for New Zealand, 31% vote for Ireland, and 22% declare for England.If England are to tilt the numbers more in their favour, only an emphatic victory over Australia in this weekend’s final 2018 Quilter International will do.Eddie Jones’s men have had a good autumn, despite the scrappiness of last weekend’s 35-15 win over Japan. Beating the born-again Springboks (12-11) and nearly upstaging the world champion All Blacks (15-16) has removed the demons that sprang up after a string of defeats earlier this year.New players have emerged, none more so than loosehead Ben Moon and back-row Mark Wilson, whose 21 tackles against Japan helped keep England on an even keel. The Newcastle man looks a certainty to make the squad for Japan 2019.Industrious: Mark Wilson has been a standout and will wear eight against the Wallabies (Offside/Getty)The Wallabies, two places behind England at sixth in the world rankings, have a reputation bigger than recent form. Since beating Wales in Cardiff a year ago, they’ve won just four of their 14 Tests and their build-up to this match has been hampered by a sickness bug that has affected several players, including Israel Folau and Bernard Foley.More bad news followed on Friday morning with news that David Pocock, probably the best jackler in world rugby, had failed a fitness test on a neck injury sustained in last weekend’s win in Italy. His withdrawal means there is a rare start for Pete Samu.Australia have been defensively sound in the last fortnight, conceding nine and seven points respectively in Wales and Italy, but have spluttered in attack. Head coach Michael Cheika, who got hot under the collar last year, is feeling the heat.Looking sharp: Sekope Kepu, Michael Hooper and Jack Maddocks in the Wallabies’ indigenous jerseyAs England boss, Eddie Jones has won all five previous meetings with the nation he coached for 57 Tests from 2001-05. It was the 26-16 defeat at Twickenham 13 years ago, when the Wallaby pack wilted and the match ended with uncontested scrums, that effectively led to Jones being sacked by his home country.In the book Rugby Maverick, author Mike Colman recalls a tale Jones told about the start of the 2016 Australia-England series in Brisbane.Jones said: “I’m Australian and I love Australia, but any semblance of a conflict was destroyed when I walked up the grandstand and sat in the box, and there was this woman sitting outside. She was immaculately dressed. She had the Yves Saint Laurent shoes on, the nice scarf, everything. And she turns after the national anthems and starts giving me the finger and an assortment of words. I thought, ‘Maybe I’m not in love with Australia any more’.”Sticking the knife in: Mark Cueto’s try in 2005 helped end Eddie Jones’s reign as Wallaby coachIt will be a special day for a player Jones blooded in Super Rugby at the age of 18, Will Genia. The scrum-half becomes the tenth Wallaby to win 100 caps, and makes his 89th Test start.“It will be huge, really special,” Genia said. “Everybody says it but I never thought I’d get one, let alone two, three, four, five and then 50 Tests.”The cross-camp links continue because England attack coach Scott Wisemantel is godfather of the son of Nathan Grey, Australia’s defence coach.The match will bring to a conclusion the outstanding broadcasting career of BBC reporter Ian Robertson. Look out for a review of his book, Talking a Good Game, on Rugby World soon.Centurion: Wallaby scrum-half Will Genia training at the Lensbury in Teddington this week (Getty)What’s the big team news?England revert largely to the team that came within a whisker of beating the All Blacks. The only unenforced change from that XV is that Jamie George now starts at hooker, with co-captain Dylan Hartley on the bench.Courtney Lawes is shifted from six to second-row in the absence of injured George Kruis, while Chris Ashton’s calf injury means a second cap for Joe Cokanasiga, the Bath powerhouse.Leicester centre Manu Tuilagi – last capped in March 2016 – has finally been passed fit to play after a groin injury and is named on a bench also featuring Wasps No 8 Nathan Hughes, available following a six-week suspension.In again: wing Joe Cokanasiga marked his England debut with a try against Japan (Visionhaus/Getty)Australia’s major shock is the dropping of Kurtley Beale for disciplinary reasons, with Cheika opting to retain the Matt To’omua-Foley ten-12 pairing that he deployed against Italy in Padova. Beale and veteran wing Adam Ashley-Cooper, 34, both played in that 26-7 win but have been omitted from the match-day squad for breaching team protocol.According to, the pair invited women back to their hotel after the Test in Cardiff. It’s believed one of the women was Ashley-Cooper’s sister-in-law but the squad has a strict rule that forbids guests to visit players’ hotel rooms.There’s a first start since August for tighthead Sekope Kepu but, as mentioned, Pocock is missing, having played all but one of Australia’s dozen Tests this year.Folau, used on the wing or at 13 in recent months, keeps the 15 shirt that he wore in Italy and wing Jack Maddocks gets a third start in the green and gold, following outings against the Boks and All Blacks in this year’s Rugby Championship.What have the coaches said? England head coach Eddie Jones said: “We’ve picked our best 23. They have a unique style of attack, so our ability to defend that is going to be important. We are continually working on our strengths which is our set-piece and defence, and those areas are progressing nicely.“I’m really happy with the direction we’re going. We are developing a unique style of rugby, which is English and the players are proud to play that way. Scrum like it hot: the packs go head-to-head during last year’s meeting, which England won 30-6 (Getty) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Replacements 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Jermaine Ainsley, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Rob Simmons, 20 Ned Hanigan, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Sefa Naivalu, 23 Marika Koroibete.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. “The leadership of the team through the co-captaincy of Dylan Hartley and Owen Farrell has been outstanding. We’ve seen growth in the togetherness of the team and I think we’ve seen that in the spirit in which they’ve played.Outstanding leader: co-captain Owen Farrell (Getty Images)“Australia are a traditional rival and we enjoy the occasion of playing them at Twickenham. The spirit of the fans has been outstanding.“The atmosphere during these Quilter Internationals has been the best I’ve experienced and we encourage the fans to be at their robust best at the weekend.”Australia defence coach Nathan Grey said: “We’ve had a really good look at what England are bringing to the table from an attacking perspective and we’ll be well prepared for what we believe their threats are and how they’re going to target us. We’re really looking to execute our defensive systems and take it up another notch.”Any interesting statistics? * England have won the past five meetings – an historic 3-0 whitewash in 2016, followed by wins at Twickenham on the Wallabies’ previous two end-of-year tours.* The last encounter, one year ago, saw England record their biggest-ever victory over the Wallabies – by 30-6.* Will Genia becomes the second Wallaby scrum-half to play 100 Tests. The first, George Gregan, scored 18 tries in 139 Tests – a figure Genia has already equalled in his 99 appearances. However, Gregan’s 68% win success rate far exceeds Genia’s 51%.* Dylan Hartley is poised to make a record 56th international appearance at Twickenham this weekend. He is currently level with Jason Leonard on 55 appearances, with Danny Care the only other player to have notched a Test half-century at the stadium.What time does it kick off and is it on TV?The match at Twickenham kicks off at 3pm UK time on Saturday and is live on Sky Sports. There will also be live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and online, and TV highlights on BBC2 at 7.30pm.The referee is 38-year-old South African Jaco Peyper, who was promoted to World Rugby’s elite panel in 2012. His assistant referees are New Zealand’s Glen Jackson and Frenchman Alexandre Ruiz, with South Africa’s Marius Jonker again fulfilling TMO duties.Taking charge: Jaco Peyper in action during this year’s France-England match in Paris (Getty Images)What are the line-ups?ENGLAND Elliot Daly; Joe Cokanasiga, Henry Slade, Ben Te’o, Jonny May; Owen Farrell (co-capt), Ben Youngs; Ben Moon, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler, Maro Itoje, Courtney Lawes, Brad Shields, Sam Underhill, Mark Wilson.Replacements 16 Dylan Hartley (co-capt), 17 Alec Hepburn, 18 Harry Williams, 19 Charlie Ewels, 20 Nathan Hughes, 21 Richard Wigglesworth, 22 George Ford, 23 Manu Tuilagi.AUSTRALIA Israel Folau; Dane Haylett-Petty, Samu Kerevi, Bernard Foley, Jack Maddocks; Matt To’omua, Will Genia; Scott Sio, Tolu Latu, Sekope Kepu, Izack Rodda, Adam Coleman, Jack Dempsey, Michael Hooper (capt), Pete Samu. All you need to know about the Test between England and Australia at Twickenhamlast_img read more

GREENville House / Tonic Design

first_imgSave this picture!© Todd Lanning+ 13 Share “COPY” CopyHouses•Greenville, United States Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard GREENville House / Tonic DesignSave this projectSaveGREENville House / Tonic Design ArchDaily Houses Manufacturers: VMZINC Products translation missing: Text description provided by the architects. The “GREENville House”/Walters Residence is composed of two primary design components: bars and panels. Each acts together to generate an environmentally sensitive response. Narrow bars composed of private space branch out into the landscape to create courtyards, capture natural light, allow cross ventilation, and intersect to form a central volume of double height public space. Save this picture!© Todd LanningOpen to the kitchen and dining and a balcony and loft above, this central volume aligns with compelling views of the landscape. A structural system holding photovoltaic panels and perforated screens is responsible for creating the home’s energy and hot water while shading openings to alleviate unnecessary heat gain. The building’s orientation on the site utilizes the maximum potential of the photovoltaic technology, decreasing the overall load on the geothermal HVAC system.Save this picture!© Todd LanningProject gallerySee allShow less’Ban’ Pavilion / OrprojectArticlesNew Building of Depot and Workshops + State Museum Winning Proposal / Scheidt Kaspru…Articles Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs:  Todd Lanning Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Architects: Tonic Design Photographs “COPY” GREENville House / Tonic Design United States CopyAbout this officeTonic DesignOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesGreenvilleHousesUnited StatesPublished on October 18, 2012Cite: “GREENville House / Tonic Design” 18 Oct 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – Metropol ClassicVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish- DI-NOC™ Glass FinishPartitionsSkyfoldWhere to Increase Flexibility in SchoolsMetal PanelsDri-DesignMetal Panels – Painted AluminumStonesCosentinoDekton® Surfaces – Chicago 444Exterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingWoodBruagAcoustic Panels with LEDWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – CPXPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsHexapent Facade PanelDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Folding Door System – Rabel 3710 Super ThermalWall / Ceiling LightsLuminisCeiling Surface Lights – HollowcoreBenches / TablesUrbaStyleConcrete Bench – BoomerangMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Time Running Out for Farm Bill Passage, Lawmakers Talking Extension

first_img SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Time Running Out for Farm Bill Passage, Lawmakers Talking Extension SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Sep 12, 2018 Time Running Out for Farm Bill Passage, Lawmakers Talking Extension Time Running Out for Farm Bill Passage, Lawmakers Talking ExtensionThe current Farm Bill is set to expire at the end of the month, so time is running out for the House and Senate to reach an agreement on a compromise bill. With only a few days left for negotiations, House and Senate leaders are starting to talk about extension.Zippy DuvallAFBF president Zippy Duvall says farmers need and deserve action now on a new Farm Bill, “We’re facing a perfect storm where we don’t have a new farm bill yet, we have labor issues on the farm, commodity prices are low, and then we have that negative influence from the tariffs that are out there. So, farmers need some certainty in their future and the farm bill plays a major role in bringing some certainty to rural America.”Randy KronThe main roadblock is the nutrition program. The work requirements in the House version are not acceptable to Senate leaders. IFB President Randy Kron says, “This is the main sticking point and where the negotiations have focused.” He added there are some differences on the conservation title, but they have to do primarily with where the money is spent not the total amount of dollars.Duval says farm groups are urging lawmakers to just get it done, “Congress has done a great job getting this farm bill to conference. Now is the time to finish this deal. Our farmers and ranchers are depending on them to deliver a good risk management toolbox, so that we can have certainty in the future.”While many members are talking about a possible extension to give the negotiations more time, Republicans in both chambers say they hope they can avoid that. The House version of the bill includes work requirements as part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that are not in the Senate bill. Oklahoma Representative Frank Lucas, a former chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, says the Senate has taken “a very hard-core position,” adding that the House language on work requirements will not be in the final bill, as passed by the House. However, Lucas says the Senate “is going to have to give,” adding “there is a compromise out there somewhere.” However, lawmakers must reach that compromise quickly to get an on-time Farm Bill.On Wednesday, 350 Farmers Union members made the trip to Washington, D.C., to push for passage of a farm bill.  Senators Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Charles Grassley of Iowa, and John Hoeven of North Dakota, and Reps. Jim McGovern of Massachusetts and Chellie Pingree of Maine all spoke to the group on the importance of congressional action on behalf of family farmers. “Family farmers and ranchers are in the midst of the worst decline in the farm economy in decades, and they want to see action from their federal representatives,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “It is critical right now for family farm agriculture to have the support of Congress and the administration.” Previous articleWASDE Predicts Second-largest Corn Crop, Record Soybean CropNext articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for September 13, 2018 Gary Truittlast_img read more

FHFA Increases Actions to Prevent Home Loss

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / FHFA Increases Actions to Prevent Home Loss FHFA Increases Actions to Prevent Home Loss Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago 2021-02-15 Christina Hughes Babb The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Metros With Increasing Foreclosure Activity Next:  Single-Family Rental Rates Accelerated at 2020’s End   Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Chuck Green has contributed to the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune and others covering various industries, including real estate, business and banking, technology, and sports. About Author: Chuck Green The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Market Studies, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago February 15, 2021 1,286 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Foreclosure prevention actions are mounting, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency.  A total of 107,609 were completed by the Enterprises in November—with the total hitting 5,499,159 since September 2008. It marked the start of the conservatorships. Meantime, permanent loan modifications have accounted for about 44% of these actions. In November, there were 2,624 permanent loan modification since the conservatorships began in September 2008, that brought the total to 2,437,133.  The same month, 14% of modifications were those with principal forbearance, whose modifications with extend-term only accounted for just 68% of all loan modifications. There was a bounce from 83,404 in October to 57,133 in November in the number of borrowers on the receiving end of payment deferrals after wrapping up a COVID-19 related forbearance plan. There was only a modest uptick on initiated forbearance plans in November, from 58,516 in October to 59,203. Conversely, the total number of loans dipped from 922,589 at the end of October to 841,977 at the end of November. That was around 2.90% of the total loans serviced, and 69% of the total delinquent loans. As mortgage rates continued to fall through October, last November, total refinance volume parachuted, sustaining a record-breaking pace.  There was a modest jump, to 1.02%, in the 30-59 days delinquency rate. Meanwhile, the serious delinquency rate spiraled from 2.99% at the end of October to 2.88% as November wound down.  Following a similar course, there was a trail off of 19% to 602 in third-party foreclosure sales. In November, foreclosure starts descended 38% to 1,540 in November. The million-dollar questions that everyone in the industry is asking right now are: “What are foreclosures going to look like once the foreclosure moratoria and forbearance programs come to end?  And will we see all those borrowers in forbearance end up in default?” The short answer is “there probably won’t be a foreclosure tsunami.” But mortgage servicers and other default servicing professionals should prepare themselves nonetheless. Some industry analysts have predicted a huge wave of foreclosures once the forbearance program comes to an end. Popular opinion at the start of the pandemic was if there were 4 million people in forbearance, we’d ultimately have 4 million people in foreclosure. But the way the program has worked so far suggests that’s simply not the case. The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis estimated that 500,000 borrowers avoided foreclosure during the fourth quarter of 2020 due to coordinated relief efforts, which makes the CARES Act forbearance program is one of the best examples we’ve ever seen of the government and the industry working hand-in-hand to accomplish such a positive outcome. The program has done exactly what it was supposed to do: allowed millions of people to get through the pandemic and recession without losing their homes while giving them time to get back on their feet financially once COVID-19 is under control. But there are still millions of borrowers in the forbearance program. What will happen to them as they exit, and how will the industry handle the high volume of borrower requests for repayment plans?  Related Articles  Print This Post Subscribelast_img read more

Magistrates Should Record Statements Of Juveniles Through Video Conferencing, Requirement Of Taking The Child Outside Juvenile Home Should Be Avoided: Delhi HC [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesMagistrates Should Record Statements Of Juveniles Through Video Conferencing, Requirement Of Taking The Child Outside Juvenile Home Should Be Avoided: Delhi HC [Read Order] Karan Tripathi29 July 2020 9:17 AMShare This – xIn light of COVID19 pandemic, the Delhi High Court has directed that the the statements under section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code of ‘children in need of care and protection’ shall be recorded by the Magistrate through video conferencing, or by visiting the Childcare Institute where such children are housed. The Division Bench of Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginIn light of COVID19 pandemic, the Delhi High Court has directed that the the statements under section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code of ‘children in need of care and protection’ shall be recorded by the Magistrate through video conferencing, or by visiting the Childcare Institute where such children are housed. The Division Bench of Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan has further directed that the proceedings before the Child Welfare Committees shall continue to take place through video conferencing and the requirement of taking the child out of the home/ Child Care Institution should be avoided as far as possible. The order has come in a in a plea asking the court to direct that the statements under section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code of ‘children in need of care and protection’ shall be recorded by the Magistrate through video conferencing, and the physical presence of the children for the same shall be dispensed with. In addition to this, the court has asked the State authorities to conduct COVID19 tests for the children in need of care and protection who are staying at different homes/Child Care Institutions. For the purpose of such tests, the samples shall be collected either at the home/Child Care Institution or at the office of the Sub-Divisional Magistrate of the area. Filed by Bachpan Bachao Andolan, the present writ petition had sought a direction to be issued to the Delhi Government and the Commissioner of Delhi Police to ensure that all proceedings by different authorities under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, shall be conducted through video conferencing to keep the children safe from contracting the COVID19 infection. ‘When Karkardooma courts are conducting virtual hearings through video conferencing, why are the police forcing children in need of care of protection to physically go to the court for recording their statements under section 164 of CrPC’, the Petitioner argued. The Petitioner had further submitted that no authority shall pass an order requiring a child in need of care and protection to be physically taken out of the Childcare Institute till his/her repatriation in accordance with law. ‘Instead of taking children to government hospitals, testing for COVID19 of children in need of care and protection should be conducted at the Childcare Institute itself’, the Petitioner argued. In addition to this, the Petitioner had asked for a direction to be issued to the Delhi Government to take measures and create a mechanism ensuring that a rescued child is tested for COVID19 at the earliest, preferably before the child is sent to the childcare home. Petitioner organisation in this case is being represented by Ms Prabhsahay Kaur.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Storylast_img read more

Structure and grazing impact of the mesozooplankton community during late summer 1994 near South Georgia, Antarctica

first_imgMesozooplankton abundance, community structure and grazing impact were determined during late austral summer (February/March) 1994 at eight oceanic stations near South Georgia using samples collected with a Bongo and WP-2 nets in the upper 200-m and 100-m layer, respectively. The zooplankton abundance was generally dominated by copepodite stages C3–C5 of six copepod species: Rhincalanus gigas, Calanus simillimus, Calanoides acutus, Metridia spp., Clausocalanus laticeps and Ctenocalanus vanus. Most copepods had large lipid sacs. All copepods accounted for 41–98% of total zooplankton abundance. Juvenile euphausiids were the second most important component contributing between 1 and 20% of total abundance. Pteropods, mainly Limacina inflata, were important members of the pelagic community at two sites, accounting for 44 and 53% of total abundance. Average mesozooplankton biomass in the upper 200 m was 8.0 g dry weight m−2, ranging from 4.3 to 11.5 g dry weight m−2. With the exception of Calanussimillimus, gut pigment contents and feeding activity of copepod species were low, suggesting that some species, after having stored large lipid reserves, had probably started undergoing developmental arrest. Daily mesozooplankton grazing impact, measured using in situ gut fluorescence techniques and in vitro incubations, varied widely from <1 to 8% (mean 3.5%) of phytoplankton standing stock, and from 5 to 102% (mean 36%) of primary production. The highest grazing impact was found northeast of the island co-incident with the lowest phytoplankton biomass and primary production levels.last_img read more

Jazz To Play On Christmas

first_img Written by Tags: Basketball/Christmas Day/NBA/Utah Jazz FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Salt Lake City, UT)  —  The Utah Jazz will be busy on Christmas this year.Utah is scheduled to face the Blazers on Christmas Day in Salt Lake City.  The Jazz also travel to face the Magic in Mexico City on December 15th. August 9, 2018 /Sports News – Local Jazz To Play On Christmas Robert Lovelllast_img

Real bread bakers attend start-up course

first_imgThe Real Bread Campaign (RBC) and equipment supplier Benier UK recently hosted a one-day course on how to set up a professional bakery operation.Ten members of the RBC, who currently operate fledging businesses from their living rooms and garages, took part in the course held at Heygate Flour Mill’s test bakery in Northampton.It was run by Steve Lamb, retail bakery sale manager of Benier, who is an ex-baker and has previously run eight bakery shops in the UK and Australia.The participants were shown how to use a deck oven, before Ruth Dolby from Specialist New Product Development in Derby led a session on legislation with regards to start-up businesses. The bakers were also given a tour of the mill.The day also covered the costs of setting up a bakery as well as ideas for promoting them.Lamb commented: “The course participants all run very small bakeries from their homes, supplying around 50 loaves a day to local shops and restaurants. They all have a real passion for making bread and now they want to become commercial bakers. The course, which was massively oversubscribed, set out to show them how. “One delegate is already planning to open two bakeries in London in 2012.”last_img read more

Thousands Join in Eternal Con Cosplay

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Thousands of Star Wars, Star Trek, comic book and various other enthusiasts packed the Cradle of Aviation Museum this weekend for Eternal Con, billed as Long Island’s largest multi-media pop culture convention.Fans filled all three levels of the museum for the eclectic convention, where they lined up for chances to meet celebrities ranging from sci-fi series actors, graphic novel artists, WWE wrestlers and rock stars. Just as entertaining were attendees dressed in elaborate costumes, playing the roles of their favorite characters—dedicated fans known as cosplayers, short for costume play.“I started making costumes for my children for New York City Comic Con and I thought, this is fun, I want to do this too, so I made it a family event.” Adaina Velez, an Eternal Con costume contest judge, said. “I also love looking at all the effort people have put into their costumes and making new friends at the conventions.”On hand to greet fans in “artist alley” were notable comic book artists such as John Romita Jr., known for his work on Spiderman, as well as upcoming artists who signed autographs, posed for pictures and, of course, sold copies of their latest issues.Aside from the many vendors were selling countless collectibles, no such convention would be complete without the costume parade, which stepped off Saturday morning and ended in a costume contest that afternoon.Celebrities on hand for meet and greets and photo ops included the original cast of the Power Rangers, Marina Sirtis of Star Trek, Gigi Edgley of Farscape and many others. Also on hand were several WWE wrestling celebrities including Chyna, plus Markey Ramone, longtime drummer for The Ramones.Scheduled to appear was actress Nichelle Nichols, who played Lt. Uhura on the original Star Trek series. But, the 82-year-old actress suffered a minor stroke on June 3 and had to cancel her appearance. The celebrities who made it were generous with their time.“I adore getting to spend moments and have a proper interaction with the people who have made my passion in life a reality,” Australia actress Gigi Edgley, who plays Chiana on the series Farscape, told the Press.Fans dressed up as their favorite characters in what is known as “cosplay.” (Photos by Joe Nuzzo)last_img read more

Zagreb Advent Run gathered more than 3000 participants

first_img “Zagreb Advent Run was created on the idea of ​​Advent gifts and socializing with loved ones during the holidays. Together with our partners from the company Run Croatia, we made something completely different – a cheerful pre-holiday gathering that has a noble note. ” said Mario Petrovic, CEO of Millennium Promotion and race organizer. Organized by Millennium Promotion and Run Croatia, runners ran through the center of Zagreb on two routes – 5 and 10 kilometers, and 5 kilometers were joined by walkers. As in previous years, the Zagreb Advent Run, in line with the holiday spirit of giving, also had a humanitarian note. This year’s goal was to raise awareness of the importance of year-round responsible behavior in the sun, and part of the proceeds from the race registration fees this year will be donated to the association Healthy under the Sun.  The fastest male runner was Sylvia Thomas, and he ran 5 kilometers in 15:14. In the women’s competition, the winner was Tea Faber, who ran the same route in 18:10. The fastest time at 10 kilometers – 32:57 was Blaž Car Pavlić. Among the runners, the fastest was Mirjana Šimek Bilić with a time of 38:24. Vjekoslav Klarić was the fastest Nordic walker who crossed the route in 30:25, while Marija Žinić had the best time – 35:02 in the women’s competition. Zagreb Advent Run is the only sporting event within the Advent event in Zagreb, as well as an extension of the event that creates great added value.  On Sunday morning, the holiday-decorated center of Zagreb became even more colorful for over 3000 red caps, or more precisely 3150 runners from as many as 34 countries, who were attracted by the Zagreb Advent Run for the fourth time. Melanoma, one of the most aggressive tumors, affects more than two people in Croatia every day. Therefore, it is imperative to encourage citizens to act conscientiously and preventively when it comes to skin health because, despite modern advances in treatment, prevention and early detection of the disease is still crucial for positive prognosis of treatment and thus the lives of patients. Thus, the city of Zagreb has positioned itself as a destination with one of the largest Advent races in this part of Europe, and it is interesting that the race is the only sporting event within the Zagreb Advent.  Considering the number of participants and the visibility of the race, the Zagreb Advent Run is well on its way to becoming one of the most massive races in Europe. Thus, ZAR contributes to the visibility and promotion of the entire Zagreb Advent.  “Zagreb Advent Run is a great motive for many tourists to come to Zagreb and create some beautiful, new memories. Over 3150 runners from as many as 34 countries have registered, and we are especially pleased to register from overseas countries. “, said Berislav Sokač, founder of Run Croatia and organizer of the race. ZDR is another proof of how running can be and is certainly one of the motives for coming, as well as a great tool on how to extend the tourist season. The goal of the donation is for the association to cover the costs of organizing free preventive examinations in areas where there is a deficit of dermatologists. Also, all runners could apply for free preventive moles examinations, where prevention was directly affected. Photo: PRlast_img read more