Keep the happy in your holidays

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The season for scouring stores and websites for the best deals is upon us. While shoppers are busy trying to get the biggest bargain, fraudsters and scammers are also busy targeting consumers who have their guard down.Holiday spending is expected to grow by more than 4.1 percent in the U.S. according to experts from Visa, and criminals are looking for their share of the billions of dollars that will be spent between now and the end of the holiday shopping season.While fraudsters change their approach and scams each year, there are several simple steps consumers can take to protect themselves from fraud when making purchases during the holidays and throughout the year.last_img read more

Negredo relishing City switch

first_img Sevilla announced Negredo would join City, pending a medical, and held a “farewell” press conference for their star striker on Wednesday evening. Negredo, who scored 25 Primera Division goals last season and whose transfer will cost a reported 23 million euros (£20million), said on the club’s official website: “I think in football there are stages. For four years I have been very happy, but I think my time was here over. Spain striker Alvaro Negredo is looking forward to taking his career to the next stage by joining Manchester City. “I am happy to go to a big team.” The 27-year-old paid an emotional tribute to Sevilla for “four fantastic years” and added: “For me this will be my home for a lifetime.” But he revealed he was relishing the chance to link up again with Jesus Navas, who has already moved to the Etihad from the Andalucian club. He said: “I am happy to be spending another year with him.” Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido earlier revealed Negredo would sign the “contract of his life” at City. He said: “Manchester City are buying a great player, the top-scoring Spaniard in La Liga. This is a big deal for Sevilla, the second most important in our history after we sold (now-Barcelona full-back) Daniel Alves, and the player will sign the contract of his life. “Everyone should be happy; it is a great deal for all three parties.” Should the deal go through, Negredo would become new City boss Manuel Pellegrini’s third signing of the summer following the arrivals of Navas and Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Syracuse outmuscles RIT in 3-0 win

first_img Published on January 24, 2016 at 12:18 am Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langer As Syracuse’s matchup against Rochester Institute of Technology wore on, Jetta Rackleff would turn around and look for the referees, complaining about something that was bothering her.The RIT goalkeeper did it for the first time just 1:39 seconds into the game when a shot taken from just in front of the blue line by Syracuse defender Dakota Derrer hit off her chest and slowly slid into the back of the net. As the Orange bench celebrated it’s early 1-0 lead, Rackleff turned around, banged her stick against the goalposts and shook her head in a more nervous than angry manner.Syracuse (11-12-3, 7-3-2 College Hockey America) played an aggressive and physical brand of hockey on Saturday in its 3-0 defeat of RIT (6-19-1, 2-9-1) on Saturday night at the Tennity Ice Pavilion, which may have pushed Rackleff to keep turning around.After a disappointing 2-1 overtime loss in Friday’s matchup, SU came right out of the gates with tenacity and confidence on both ends of the ice that seemed to unerve their conference rivals.“Regardless of who we were playing tonight, we better have come out with some energy,” head coach Paul Flanagan. “We just weren’t there last night mentally, so we were gonna respond against anybody tonight.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEarly in the first period, junior Heather Schwarz was in the corner right behind a Tiger skater. She swiftly lowered her shoulder and poked her stick in to steal the puck away. In the second period, a Tiger attacker had a breakaway opportunity with just defender Megan Quinn to beat before she’d have a clear shot on goal. But Quinn aggressively went in and managed to clear the puck away.The pressure shown by SU’s defense was a huge reason why goalkeeper Jenn Gilligan picked up her fourth shutout of the year. Gilligan made one fantastic save late in the third period. It was RIT’s only really good shot attempt of the game – they had 14 total – and they only managed to get it on a 5-on-3 advantage after multiple Syracuse penalties.On offense, Syracuse consistently sent players right in front of the goal. Most of saves made by Rackleff were followed up by a skirmish in front of the net. The referees were often positioning themselves to get between the Orange and Tigers when necessary. But when they weren’t doing that they were listening to Rackleff’s numerous complaints.“I think their goalie, every whistle, she was acting like she had to adjust her mask and fix something. It’s just a stall tactic,” Flanagan said. “If there’s something wrong with your mask, get it fixed. She was doing that every whistle.”With just over seven minutes left in the game, captain Nicole Ferrara got called for a penalty right in front of the net. After failing to convert on a scoring opportunity she seemed got bumped from behind and reacted by raising her hand into the RIT player’s facemask which drew the penalty. It was one of the seven penalties called on Syracuse.“I think everyone in our league is like that,” Ferrara said, “we play them four times a year … every game against a CHA team is extra physical.”Flanagan made sure to point that while he was impressed with the physicality his team showed, he did disagree with a lot of the penalties that were called – he was visibly upset with the referee after the one called on Ferrara, begging for an explanation – and attributed his team’s rising penalty counts over the past few games to the inconsistency shown by the CHA referees.Both Schwarz and Derrer said that they knew RIT was one of the more physical teams coming into the game. Schwarz acknowledged that this was probably one of the Orange’s more physical games against the Tigers, and both of them said they knew they were getting under their opponents skin because they frequently felt the RIT players pushing them and calling then names after the whistle. Still, Syracuse knew that they wanted to be the stronger team.“I feel like we didn’t want to be soft anymore,” Derrer said. “We wanted to be the tough team instead of playing against the tough team.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Westinghouse boys big surprise in City League play

first_imgSCHEDULE:BOYS Friday3:15 p.m., Langley at Brashear 3:15 p.m., Oliver at Allderdice 7:30 p.m., Peabody at Westinghouse 7:30 p.m., Perry at Schenley STANDINGS:Team                 Conf.    OverallPerry                   4-0      7-1Westinghouse     3-0      5-1Oliver                 3-0      5-2Peabody             3-1      3-5Schenley            1-3      3-6Carrick               0-4      3-6Allderdice          1-2      2-4Brashear             1-3      1-8Langley              0-3      0-8 Allderdice girls handdefending champ Westinghouse first conference lossPerry (3-1, 3-7) got its opportunity to move ahead of Westinghouse in the conference standings, as a result of a 50-41 Westinghouse loss to Allderdice Jan. 5, even though they have an overall losing record. “We just weren’t mentally prepared,” said Westinghouse head coach Phyllis Jones about her team. “Their guards were quick and they definitely had an advantage in the height differential. As I said before, the league is wide open this year. It will come down to the team that wants it the most.”With the win, Allderdice moved into the second spot with its 3-2 overall record as well as in the conference with a 2-1 mark.“It was a nice win for us,” said Allderdice’s head coach Dave Walcheskey. “They are a quality team. Some of our girls are really growing up quick. We start four sophomores and one junior and they’ve all come through in big situations.”Allderdice was led by Janay Bottoms with 16 points and Lanise Saunders with 14.“They played a pretty good game,” said Walcheskey. “As a young team, we just need to learn how to eliminate mistakes. The key to us beating Westinghouse was the fact that we stuck close to them at halftime which gave us some momentum going into the second half. We did that and came out with the win.”In the three games that Langley has played, they are still right in the thick of things, they’ve attained a 2-1 record—in which all of their games have been played in the conference. Schenley, Carrick and Brashear all have matching 2-2 conference record, keeping them all close to the pack.No team has been able to pull away from the pack making this week’s games critical. Allderdice is just one year removed from an impressive year in which they completed a late season charge, with eight consecutive wins, and eventually reached the City championship game. However, they’ve gotten off to a slow start this season. Their 2-4 record is their worst since December of 2007 when they lost three straight and fell to a mark of 3-5. They won the next three, but still ended up on the losing side of things, finishing the year 10-15 overall and experiencing an early exit out of the postseason with a 45-43 loss to Perry. “Our defense definitely has to improve,” said Allderdice head coach Andre McDonald. “Even when we had our 10-15 year, we were still among the top teams in allowing the fewest points. We’re scoring in our sleep, that’s not a problem. We just have to get better attitudes out of our guys, namely our seniors, along with a better effort. That is what we need in order to get back on track.”Westinghouse (5-1, 3-0) made those chances more likely when they handed them a 68-55 beating Jan. 5 which moved the Bulldogs up a spot to sit behind defending champion Perry for first place.“Our guys are feeling really good,” said Westinghouse head coach Kenny Roebuck. “We’re happy about what we’ve done so far. All of our guys are from the Homewood community and they’ve been together for four years now. You used to see heads hanging and comments about ‘I can’t do this’ and ‘I can’t do that’ but that’s definitely not the case nowadays. Their skill level has risen and they’re beginning to be real consistent.”The team has been on a roll, only losing to Indiana in its own tournament Dec. 29. With five wins, they are just one victory away from matching the six that they put up last year— finishing 6-19, overall.Perry is enjoying a league-high seven victories, with just one loss. They have an undefeated 4-0 conference record and are looking to return to the big game—minus a real threat in the post. The other team of the North Side, Oliver, is currently in third place, with a 5-2 overall record (3-0 in the City) and is the only other team in the league without a loss in the conference.Peabody (3-5) leads the rest of the pack, which (aside from the top three teams) lacks an overall winning record, going 3-1 in the City.center_img This week: Friday 3:15 p.m., Allderdice at Oliver3:15 p.m., Schenley at Perry 7:30 p.m., Brashear at Langley7:30 p.m., Westinghouse at PeabodySTANDINGS: Team:    Conf    OverallPerry                     3-1      3-7Westinghouse       2-1      4-2Allderdice             2-1      3-2Langley                 2-1      2-1Schenley               2-2      3-5Carrick                 2-2      2-5Brashear               2-2      2-6Oliver                   1-2      1-6Peabody               0-4      0-8(Follow our continuing coverage and add your comments on City League Basketball to our website at www.newpittsburghcourieronline.com).  (D.W. Howze can be reached at: [email protected]).last_img read more

Olympia Harbor Days Tugboat Races & Festival – The Biggest and…

first_imgFacebook67Tweet0Pin2Submitted by Olympia Harbor DaysEvery year Labor Day approaches, and so does the annual Olympia Harbor Days Tugboat Races and Festival, an Olympia Kiwanis free community event held at the downtown Olympia waterfront.  The 3-day family friendly festival hosts the World’s Largest Vintage Tugboat Show on Saturday at Percival Landing and Tugboat Races out in Budd Inlet on Sunday, this year sponsored by Lucky Eagle Casino.The Squaxin Island Tribe, the title sponsor, presents an opening blessing on Friday at 5:00 p.m. and closing prayer on Saturday at 6:00 p.m., at the Washington’s Lottery Main Stage at Percival Landing, where you will find all the traditional festival favorites including hundreds of arts & crafts vendors, community businesses and non-profits, and amazing food booth chiefs.  This year be sure to look for new features and activities including Sand Sculpting by Form Finders, live bands on stage from opening to closing daily, the high flying antics of some of Olympia’s best aerialists 25 feet up in the air.And for the kids – thanks to support by Heritage Bank, the award winning Hands on Children’s Museum will be under the large shelter with supplies galore to help kids build boats for a “Cork Boat Regatta”. Nearby kids can learn about marine life through activities and play with the Puget Sound Estuarium experts. More rides are offered next to the fire truck on Columbia Street. Saturday offers kids story time with activities and free book giveaways.Olympia Kiwanis will be at the Harbor House with some historic festival artifacts and can answer questions and will be selling $5 Raffle tickets to help fund high school scholarships. Be sure to enter the Mixx 96 Giveaway Contest on the boardwalk and win a weekend getaway aboard the Virginia V.North at the Port Plaza, find the Squaxin Island Salish Seaport, presenting tribal activities, arts, artists, and cultural history through stories and dance. Little Creek Casino will be cooking up a storm with a tribal salmon bake and beer garden, proceeds of which will go to the Squaxin Island Tribe Museum.2017 marks the long awaited return of the Tall Ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain whom will be sharing the Port Plaza docks with the historic Mosquito Fleet Steam Ship Virginia V. All ships, sponsored by WFSE, and are open for touring (donations appreciated) and offer cruises.  Find information on schedules, pricing and securing your tickets go to the Olympia Harbor Days website.Other major support for the festival comes from the City of Olympia, the Port of Olympia and community sponsors.  Festival proceeds and donations help support the Olympia Kiwanis Club’s mission to help children and their families in the area.For more information, directions schedules, and more go to Olympia Harbor Days website or on Facebook at Olympia Harbor Days.  Or download the mobile app at http://vue.do/Olympia use event code: 5065.Whether you are a cultural or history nut, a boating enthusiast, a landlubber, shopper or simply in search of a tasty bite to eat, Olympia Harbor Days always has something for everyone!Olympia Harbor Days and HoursFriday, September 1, 5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.Saturday, September 2, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.Sunday, September 3, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.last_img read more

Restaurant Week sees an increase in participation

first_imgFor the next 10 days, all local foodies will have the opportunity to sample unique cuisine at reduced prices, as the Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG) kicks off its sixth season of Guyana Restaurant Week (GRW).A total of 18 restaurants are participating in the event and patrons can purchase lunches for $2000 and dinners for $4000 or $5000.OMG Restaurant Manager Andrew James said he is excited to once again have his establishment be part of the event.“It is an excellent initiative and it is an event we feel helps to raise the standards of restaurants in Guyana. We have always seen an increase in patrons coming and we have always tried to do our best to give them quality,” James is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.Organising Committee Member of Guyana Restaurant Week, Shaun McGrathSharing the same view, Director of Sales at the Marriott Hotel, Davie Sukdeo, said: “For us, we have had an amazing experience previously and that is why we chose this time to come on board again.”Participating for the first time, Owner of Café Bellvana, Nirvana Mahase, pointed out that the annual event will promote her new business to the public. “I think it is exciting, especially for us new restaurateurs; that we are able to come on board and receive publicity. We are glad we got the opportunity to be part of this event at such a young stage in our business ventures.”Guyana Restaurant Week’s Organising Committee Member, Shaun McGrath explained that participating businesses usually see an increase in traffic during the week.“The reality is when they participate they see the number of covers they are doing growing dramatically. And they actually see increased revenues over the 10 days than they would over a regular ten-day period.”Guyana Restaurant Week began in 2015 with 11 restaurants and numbers have grown annually. This year’s food fiesta will begin from June 22 to July 1.Restaurants participating include Ignite Bar (Pegasus Hotel), Grand Coastal Hotel, Cara Lodge, New Thriving Chinese Restaurant, Herdmanston Lodge, The Vintage, Aagman Restaurant, Antonio’s Grille, Bistro Café and Bar, and Cara Lodge to name a few.last_img read more

Raiders GM Mike Mayock: Time for Antonio Brown to be all in, or all out

first_img“ … NAPA — Raiders coach Jon Gruden said on the first day of training camp the team expected a lot more drama from Antonio Brown after his arrival in a hot air balloon.Turns out that after 24 days of drama, the Raiders have had their fill.After Brown missed the Raiders’ walk-through in the morning and practice in the afternoon, general manager Mike Mayock made the following statement to the assembled media: Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more

Anti-rhino poaching campaign targets suits

first_imgThe new anti-rhino poaching advert is targeted at affluent businessmen in Vietnam, who are said to be the largest consumers of rhino horn in the Southeast Asian countryThe World Wildlife Foundation South Africa (WWF-SA) is targeting a new audience in its latest campaign against rhino poaching: affluent Vietnamese businessmen.The campaign was launched in Vietnam on World Rhino Day, 22 September, with the intention of changing the way urban men in the southeast Asian country perceive rhino horn. Journalists and business leaders were present at the launch in the country’s capital, Hanoi. It will be rolled out through a variety of media, from business magazines to morning radio shows.Known as the Chi or “Power Comes from Our Will” campaign, the message focuses on the emotional side of rhino horn consumption. Pictures of men in suits are accompanied by slogans such as: “A successful businessman relies on his will and strength of mind. Success comes from opportunities you create, not from a piece of horn.”In the past, advertisements centred on the plight of the rhino, which did not resonate with consumers.The Chi campaign is based on research WWF-SA conducted last year. The conservation group interviewed 720 people from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to find out what was driving the demand for rhino horn. It learned that affluent Vietnamese men between the ages of 35 and 50 living in the two cities were the main consumers because they believed it rid the body of toxins, improved business relationships, symbolised good fortune and promoted success, masculinity and luck. From the research results, WWF-SA was able to create a campaign specifically targeting this group of consumers.It is also seeking to identify and mentor thought leaders and influencers in the community, engage with consumers through social marketing and media, call on the private sector to create a culture of zero tolerance of wildlife consumption, and create a link with other countries where similar activities are taking place.Collaborating with WWF-SA on the campaign are Traffic, a wildlife trade monitoring network, and PSI, a social marketing group with expertise in behaviour change.RHINO’S LIVES TIED TO SOCIAL NORMS IN ASIAWWF-SA rhino programme manager Jo Shaw said the future of rhinos would not be determined in Africa but rather in Asia. Measures would have to work along the entire supply chain, from rhino to consumer, to stamp out poaching.It seems as though this chain stretches as far down as the employees in reserves. On Wednesday, 24 September, the Cape Argus daily reported that South African National Parks (SANParks) officials and police had arrested three employees connected to rhino poaching inside the Kruger National Park. This was followed by the discovery of a freshly killed rhino in the Lower Sabie section of the reserve.Greater Mekong Programme manager Naomi Doak said the campaign could be deemed successful when it changed the social norm. The research also revealed that the popularity of rhino horn had spread by word of mouth. To spread the campaign’s message, Doak said that the conservation bodies needed to tap into the same channels.The Great Mekong Programme aims to conserve biodiversity in southeast Asia, including Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and the southern province of Yunnan in China.DRINK OF MILLIONAIRESVietnam’s wealthy pay up to R728 000 a kilogram for rhino horn powder, which they mix in wine and water to drink. The concoctions have become known as the “drink of the millionaires”.Rosaleen Duffy, a professor of development studies at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, told German news group Deutsche Welle that consumers thought they were imbibing the energy and power of the rhino when taking the powder.Traffic also reported in 2012 that rhino horn touts stalked the corridors of hospitals in Vietnam looking for patients with cancer. However, most patients are ignorant of the fact that rhino horn has no medicinal value as it is made of keratin, the same fibrous material found in human fingernails and hair.As a result of these myths, poaching rhino for their horns has increased from 13 animals in 2007 to 1 004 in 2013. On 11 September, the South African Department of Environmental Affairs said that 769 rhinos had already been killed this year. It is estimated that by the end of the year, that number may reach 1 200.The increase in rhino poaching coincides with the rise in purchasing power in Asian economies over the last three decades.last_img read more

All About Dishwashers

first_imgAn automatic dishwasher uses hot water and electricity, so it makes sense to choose an efficient model. But before discussing the question of which dishwasher you should buy, we need to address two questions: The definitive research on the first question was performed in 2004 in Bonn, Germany, by researcher Rainer Stamminger. Stamminger reported his findings in an article for English-speaking readers (“Is a Machine More Efficient Than the Hand?”), published in the May/June 2004 issue of Home Energy magazine.Stamminger found that a dishwasher uses about half the energy and one-sixth the water used by the average hand-washer. (The appliances used in Stamminger’s study used an average of about 4 gallons of water and about 1 kWh of electricity per load for a standard washing cycle.) Moreover, the automatic dishwasher used less detergent and got the dishes cleaner.“To rule out possible regional differences in dishwashing techniques, we persuaded 113 people from seven countries in Europe to participate in the dishwashing experiment,” Stamminger wrote in the Home Energy article. “The subject was asked to clean and dry the dishes as he or she would do it at home. … For manual dishwashing, results below 3.5 were regarded as ‘really dirty’ or ‘not acceptable to be placed on a dinner table.’ Clearly, about half of our test subjects did not achieve an acceptable level of cleanliness.”If you are washing dishes by hand, it’s extremely hard to do a good job with the same amount of hot water used by an automatic dishwasher. “To clean the 12 place settings of dishes, the 113 test subjects used on average 27 gallons of water and 2.5 kWh of water-heating energy,” Stamminger wrote. “The amounts of water and energy consumed by the test subjects to clean the dishes do not fall into any clear pattern. … For water… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

PH duo enter semis in squash women’s doubles

first_imgThe Filipino duo of Jemyca Aribado and Yvone Alyssa Dalida entered the women’s doubles semifinals in squash after beating the Thai tandem of Suviva Kitvijarn and Tuddaw Thamronglarp, 11-4, in the 29th Southeast Asian Games Tuesday.Aribado and Dalida, who drew a bye in the round of 16, arranged a duel with Malaysia’s Chan Yiwen and Nazihah Haris in the semis.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul SEA Games: PH fencers add 1 gold, 2 silvers, 1 bronze to medal haul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The two easily ousted the Thais despite Dalida’s health issues. Dalida played with a strained right hand.The semis matchup against the hometown bets is on Tuesday, 8 p.m.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe men’s team, however, wasn’t so fortunate as Reymark Begornia and Robert Garcia were ousted by Ong Sai Hung and Mohd Farez Izwan of Malaysia, 11-2, 11-6. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View commentslast_img read more