Shopping in the Epcot Countries – Get to Know Mexico

first_imgFoodMost of the Mexico pavilion packaged food is Mexican candy or candy related to Mexico-based alcohol brands. You can also find several varieties of hot sauce and Mexican vanilla flavoring. Share This!Epcot’s World Showcase countries are a magical entree into the world at large. Even if you can’t get to China or France or Morocco, you can gain some insight into the culture of those places through the attractions, architecture, and food represented in the Epcot pavilions. But let’s face it, one of the key enticements of the World Showcase pavilions is the shopping. Even if you’ll never get to London, you can get souvenirs from the United Kingdom without ever leaving Florida.We’re going on a tour of the shopping opportunities in Epcot’s World Showcase countries — this time we’re visiting Mexico. Bear in mind that the merchandise mix in the parks is constantly changing. While all the photos in these posts were taken in the first half of 2019, it’s quite possible that some of these specific items will be gone by the time you visit. They will, however, give you the flavor of what you can expect to find as you shop around the World Showcase.Be forewarned that the shop in the Mexico pavilion is poorly lit. I think it’s supposed to help with the atmosphere in the adjacent San Angel Inn Restaurante, but my old eyes can barely handle it. I end up shopping with the assistance of the flashlight on my phone.Welcome to Mexico!ClothingThe clothing sold in the Mexico pavilion is mostly lovely embroidered dresses for women and girls and unisex woven ponchos. And in Mexico, of course, there are hats. I’ve never actually seen anyone buy the giant sombreros, but they make an almost obligatory photo op for anyone visiting the Mexico pavilion for the first time. GlasswareIf you plan on hosting a margarita night, the Mexico pavilion is the perfect place to pick up some glassware for the event. Ask them to wrap it up and ship it to your home, if you’re worried about breakage in transit. CraftsMany of the items sold in the Mexico have the look of handmade crafts, even if they may not actually be handmade. Think decorative trinkets, small ceramics, paper mache pinatas, noisemakers and maracas, and symbols of the Day of the Dead. Among the mass-produced items you can also find some genuine handmade crafts, specifically the Oaxacan wood carvings of animals. If you time it right, you can find artisans creating the animals right there in the pavilion. JewelryLots of options here, ranging from hand-tooled silver to woven bracelets. Disney Character Tie-InsThe Gran Fiesta ride in the Mexico Pavilion features Donald Duck in his Three Caballeros garb, but you’re more likely to find merchandise from the more recent Disney Pixar film Coco. CollectiblesMuch like the Germany pavilion, Mexico has a selection of merchandise from Arribas brothers.Do you have a favorite item you’ve purchased in Mexico? Did you ever buy a big sombrero? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

Mississippi Imposes Annual Taxes on Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

first_imgMississippi will impose new annual taxes on electric and hybrid vehicles. Effective October 1, 2018, the electric car tax is $150, while the hybrid car tax is $75. Mississippi imposes the new taxes in addition to other taxes on these vehicles.Scheduled Increase for Electric Car and Hybrid TaxesBeginning July 1, 2021, and each following July 1, the taxes will increase. The increase will be a percentage equal to the U.S. inflation rate for the prior calendar year.Payment of Annual TaxesTaxpayers pay these taxes to the county tax collector the same way they pay the annual highway privilege tax.Electric Vehicles Subject to TaxAn “electric vehicle” means a vehicle that is powered by an electric motor drawing current from:rechargeable batteries;fuel cells; orother portable sources of electrical current.In addition, the electric vehicle must be:manufactured for use on public streets, roads and highways; andrequired to have a license for operation.Hybrid Vehicles Subject to TaxA “hybrid vehicle” means a vehicle that:uses more than one form of onboard energy to achieve propulsion;is manufactured for use on public streets, roads and highways; andis required to have a license for operation.H.B. 1, Laws 2018, First Extraordinary Session, effective as notedLogin to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

Trump hopes swift return of UCLA players detained in China

first_imgAfter 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads FILE – UCLA NCAA college basketball players, Liangelo Ball, left, and Cody Riley are shown in these file photos. The UCLA basketball team is heading back to Los Angeles without three players arrested on shoplifting charges in China, according to a report. Citing sources, ESPN reports freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were to remain in Hangzhou, China. UCLA won its season-opening game 63-60 over Georgia Tech in Shanghai on Saturday. (AP Photo/File)BEIJING — President Donald Trump said Tuesday he’s hopeful that three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting will be allowed to return home soon.Trump said he had a long conversation on the matter with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.ADVERTISEMENT Chinese authorities detained the UCLA freshmen for questioning about allegations of shoplifting before a recent game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai. The UCLA team returned to the U.S. without them on Saturday.READ: Lonzo Ball hasn’t spoken to brother LiAngelo amid situation in ChinaThe Los Angeles Times has identified the players as Cody Riley, Jalen Hill and LiAngelo Ball — the brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball.Citing a source with firsthand knowledge of the investigation, sports channel ESPN last week reported theplayers could be Hangzhou for “a week or two” while the situation is resolved. The source told ESPN there is surveillance footage of the players shoplifting from three stores inside a high-end retail center.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Malditas save PH from shutout Gobert to Waiters: ‘It’s not my feelings, it’s my knee’ LATEST STORIES “They’re working on it right now,” Trump told reporters in the Philippines as he prepared to return to Washington after a nearly two-week visit to Asia that included an earlier stop in Beijing. “He’s been terrific,” Trump said, in an apparent reference to Xi.READ: LiAngelo Ball, UCLA teammates arrested in China for shopliftingFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAsked about the case Tuesday, China’s foreign ministry said it had no additional comment. On Monday, ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that three American men were being investigated in the eastern city of Hangzhou for alleged theft and that China and the U.S. were in contact over the matter.“China will handle this case in accordance with law and protect the lawful rights and interests of the people involved,” Geng said. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentscenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021last_img read more

1978: Year of turbulence

first_imgThe year began with Begin and ended with Begin. It was the year, the seemingly invincible Shah of Iran faced his moment of truth. It was also the year of the disco and John Travolta, the year of the silicon chip and the test-tube baby. It was the year in,The year began with Begin and ended with Begin. It was the year, the seemingly invincible Shah of Iran faced his moment of truth. It was also the year of the disco and John Travolta, the year of the silicon chip and the test-tube baby. It was the year in which China decided to come in from the cold, and the year of the Three Popes. Following the death of Paul VI, the conclave of cardinals stunned the world by opting for the little-known Albino Luciani, Archbishop of Venice, to don the Papal crown. Thirty-five days later, the new Pope died in bed while reading a book. This time, the conclave of cardinals sprang an even greater surprise by choosing cardinal Karol Wojtyla from Poland – the first non-Italian Pope in 456 years.On the political front, the major development of the year was the revolutionary changes in Chinese policy, that swept many of Chairman Mao’s ideas under the carpet and culminated in the dramatic diplomatic thrust of the year-resumption of diplomatic relations between Washington and Peking, leaving Taiwan on its fragile limb. China had earlier signed a historic treaty of friendship with Japan, an event that ended generations of bitter enmity. Meanwhile, the growing hostility between Vietnam and Cambodia – fanned by Russia’s overt support of Vietnam – was accompanied by the steady flight of Vietnamese “Boat people”. Thousands of refugees crowded into small ships, to be picked up occasionally bypassing vessels, but in most cases left to flounder on the high seas with tragic losses.While the Middle East continued to dominate the world’s economic manipulations, growing opposition to the Shah in Iran finally climaxed in a bloody orgasm of violence, leaving the Western powers embarrassingly harnessed to a crumbling regime. No international problem, however, was more depressing than Rhodesia. At the end of the year, despite frenetic shuttle diplomacy by a host of leading luminaries and the much publicized internal settlement signed by the Ian Smith regime, the war in Rhodesia showed no signs of abating. Everything remained the same, except that another few thousand people died; the guerilla armies grew stronger and controlled larger areas, and the Smith regime adopted a more offensive posture, bombing Zambia while Smith himself was making an unwelcome visit to Washington.advertisementThe face of Asia was less troubled than Africa, although in a year remarkable for the rarity of coups, Afghanistan decided to stage one. President Daoud and 30 members of his family were killed in the coup which ushered in a change in the region’s political balance. The new military government headed by Nur Mohammed Taraki showed itself to be more Soviet-oriented, causing nervous tremors among Afghanistan’s neighbours – most notably Pakistan, where General Zia ul-Huq sits rather uneasily in the saddle with ex-premier Bhutto languishing in jail while facing a death sentence.Internal violence dominated the fortunes of Latin America with Nicaragua hogging most of the headlines, following a revolt against the rule of President Somoza. The revolt fizzled out after bloody confrontations, but it brought universal attention to the brutality of Somoza’s regime. However, the year’s biggest horror story originated in Guyana, South America. It was the scene of the largest mass suicide in history. Over 900 followers of Reverend Jim Jones’ People’s Temple swallowed at the Commune in Guyana’s tropical jungle, a bizarre concoction of cyanide and Kool-Aid under instructions from Jones. It was an event that defied human comprehension. Terrorism continued to extend its tentacles across most of Western Europe. The most shocking event was the kidnapping and murder of former Italian prime minister Aldo Moro by the extreme left wing, Red Brigades.The international industrial scene presented a painful paradox. West Germany and Japan – the two countries that came out on the losing side in World War II-emerged as the strongest countries economically. But neither they, nor the other affluent nations were in any mood to usher in the New International Economic Order that the Third World has been hungering for. This underlined the brutal truth that the rich are still not willing to help the poor.Stiff British upper lips got even stiffer over the homosexual scandal involving the former Liberal Party Leader, Jeremy Thorpe. He is accused of conspiring to murder Norman Scott, alleged to be Thorpe’s boy-friend. And, last month, British breakfast tables looked forlornly bare when the management of the Times and the Sunday Times decided to suspend publication following frequent confrontations by the unions blocking adoption of latest printing technology.The year ended as it began – with Begin. The crusty Israeli leader short-circuited the much publicized Camp David peace talks on the Middle East by eventually rejecting the final formula for the West Bank settlement. By doing so. Begin played a major role in the most ironic event of the year-the Nobel Peace Prize, awarded jointly to Begin and President Anwar Sadat. This left, as expected, an ominous question mark hanging over the Middle East, and to a certain extent, over much of the rest of the world. India Today portrays some of the outstanding personalities of the year-the winners and the losers-and their contribution, however questionable their quality, to the major events and trends of 1978.advertisementPoliticiansPresident Carter with Sadat and Begin – signing the historic peace treaty that failedBy the end of the year the rocky road to peace in the Middle East once again seemed to have reached a point of no return. At the beginning of the year. Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin had just returned from a historic visit to Cairo bringing back the olive branch offered by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. In the series of negotiations that followed, Israel and Egypt, with the help of US President, Jimmy Carter, drew up a programme for peace that included Israel’s withdrawal from much of the occupied areas. For Anwar Sadat, it was a courageous move considering the intense hostility generated by other Arab nations, notably Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Libya, South Yemen, Syria, and of course, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). To add to Sadat’s woes, Begin started raising objections to what had already been tentatively agreed on earlier.Just when there seemed no way around the impasse, President Carter dramatically raised hopes, and his own sagging popularity, by inviting both Begin and Sadat to Camp David. For nearly a fortnight, the three men thrashed out a final agreement that offered the best hopes for peace so far.The Shah – wears an uneasy crownBut now, three months after the Camp David conclave, the peace talks have once again turned sour. Though Sadat has been bending over backwards to accommodate Israeli demands, the crusty, unpredictable Begin has proved the nigger in the woodpile by rejecting, accepting and then again rejecting Washington’s proposals on the fate of Jewish settlements in the West Bank occupied territory. The Camp David deadline for a final agreement expired on December 17, a few days after Begin and Sadat received the Nobel Peace Prize, and the prospect of peace is no closer than it was before Camp David.Gone is the old imperial arrogance. The most uneasy head that wears a crown today belongs to Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, 59. The future of Iran’s proud autocratic ruler has taken a nosedive over the past few months in the wake of growing anti-Shah demonstrations that could well prove to be Iran’s Armageddon.Currently, the Shah faces his worst crisis since he took over the Peacock Throne in 1941, on the abdication of his father Reza Shah Pahlavi, but there are other exacerbating dimensions to Iran’s current crisis. The Shah is very much a creation of the US. He was toppled in a coup in 1953 led by leftist Premier Mohammed Mossadegh but regained the Peacock Throne shortly after a bold but covert excercise of American power-a CIA-engineered countercoup.advertisementBut now, the anti-Shah movement has saddled the Western powers with what is potentially the biggest political crisis in 25 years. Iran is not just a major oil supplier. It is also the keystone to stability in volatile Central Asia, and the major local protector of western interests in a region which produces half the non-communist world’s oil.Uganda’s Idi Amin – ready for a boxing boutThe future of the Shah is entangled with the future of the West and the current trauma in Iran is a potential breeding ground for intervention, however covert, by Russia which borders Iran for hundreds of miles. In Iran itself, the Shah’s support from his people has evaporated alarmingly, except among the military, the affluent class and the peasants. There is no responsible opposition because the Shah had banned political expression for 25 years. The result is a political vacuum that has gradually been filled by fanatical fundamentalists like Ayatullah Khomeini, 80, chief religious leader of the country’s Shiite Muslims-and will probably be eventually filled by leftist extremists. Meanwhile, Iran’s economy is in shambles with crippling and widespread strikes, notably among the country’s oil-workers. A majority of Iranians view the current unrest as the opening round in a jihad (holy war) against the Shah’s regime. But the view in Washington is something that was unthinkable at the beginning of 1978-that there might not always be a Pahlavi in power in Teheran.As the year closed, irrepressible Idi Amin of Uganda shot into the news again. He declined to play the good neighbour and his army invaded Tanzania. The bigger and better equipped Tanzanian forces showed little enthusiasm or imagination and the Amin Army annexed a 710-square-mile territory. This area, before its invasion, was said to be occupied by Milton Obote – ousted from Uganda by Amin in 1971 – and his guerilla forces. Departing from traditional diplomatic channels, the ebullient Amin, 53, then proceeded to invite the Tanzanian President, 56-year-old Julius Nyerere to settle their differences in a boxing ring.Afghanistan Prime Minister, Nur Mohammed Taraki – soft-spoken”The last remnants of imperialistic tyranny and despotism have been put to an end. From now on, the national sovereignty belongs to you, the noble people of Afghanistan.” This message, relayed from a rebel-controlled radio station marked the end of the 45-year reign of the powerful Zahir family in the country.President Mohammad Daoud, 68, in power since July 1973, was killed in a bloody coup in April last, in which an estimated 10,000 people lost their lives. Among them were several members of the Daoud family and a majority of top-ranking officials.Coup leaders installed 61-year-old Nur Mohammed Taraki-Secretary General of the outlawed 15,000-member communist Khalq Party – as president, prime minister and head of the Revolutionary Council. Taraki, a soft-spoken novelist and journalist was periodically imprisoned for his opposition to the Zahir family. In fact, he was in jail when violence erupted. It was to ensure that Daoud did not murder him that the rebels hit the Presidential Palace hard and fast.China’s Teng – behind the New Long MarchThough Taraki has denied a communist takeover and no evidence of a Soviet hand in the coup has been found, the Russians are obviously pleased. The USSR, which has a 1,281-mile common border with Afghanistan, was the first country to recognize the new regime, even before the sound of gunfire died down.JEREMY THORPE, CONTROVERSIAL BRITISH POLITICIANChina’s Vice Premier Teng Hsiaoping, whose sudden disappearances and strong comebacks characterize a fluctuating and largely successful political career, is back again. In 1966, Cultural Revolution radicals publicly humiliated him but in 1975 Chou En-lai brought him back as acting premier. After Chou’s death he found himself in political wilderness but returned quickly in July 1977 as Vice Premier. Teng, 74, is believed to be behind China’s New Long March which strives to simultaneously improve industry, science, technology and defence. In an unprecedented move this year, Hua Kuo-feng, premier and chairman of the Chinese Communist Party visited Romania, Yugoslavia and Iran while Teng went to Japan. In the past, Chinese leaders stayed at home. Leaders now stress the opening up of China’s frontiers and the making up of decades of backwardness. Meanwhile industrialists in Europe, Japan and elsewhere are watching the developments gleefully in the fond hope of entering a huge and wide-open market.The year presented Britain with its biggest political scandal since the Profumo expose in 1963. Jeremy Thorpe, 49, the dapper former leader of Britain’s Liberal Party was charged with conspiracy to murder. Thorpe’s alleged target was Norman Scott, 37, a down-and-out male model who had alleged that he had a homosexual relationship with Thorpe.Thorpe had denied Scott’s original homosexual charge, shortly after he resigned as head of the Liberal Party. His current trial in London can only hasten the political and emotional demolition of a man who, barely four years ago, was considered the fastest rising star in the British political arena The kidnapping of Aldo Moro, 62, ex-prime minister of Italy, on March 16, 1978, and his subsequent killing five weeks later sent tremors that may not die for a long time.The shadow of the terrorist organization, the Red Brigades, looms larger than ever over the “system” they have vowed to destroy. The entire operation was as chilling as it was professional. Five of Moro’s bodyguards were mowed down in broad daylight.Italy’s Aldo Moro – victim of terrorismThe terrorists were able to keep Moro hostage for almost two months, eluding one of the most intensive manhunts ever. Finally, they left the body in a stolen Red Renault station wagon a few yards from the headquarters of both the Christian Democrats and the Communists. During the ordeal, as pressure for release of some imprisoned Red Brigades members in exchange for Aldo Moro mounted, most of the major political parties remained firm in their refusal to negotiate.Political repercussions of the incident were felt immediately. Interior Minister Francesco Cossiga, accepted the responsibility of the police forces failure and submitted his resignation. Also, Moro left behind a potential political time-bomb in the form of letters written in his captivity to friends, colleagues and to his family. His letters are expected to be vengeful, and on publication may cause irreparable harm to prominent leaders of his party, the Christian Democrats, and the Communists.Two world leaders, who in their own fashion, played major roles in moulding the destinies of their people, died during the year. Kenya’s President Jomo Kenyatta and Israel’s former prime minister Golda Meir.As his name suggests, Kenyatta was Kenya. An aged warrior (his exact age was never known), Kenyatta towered like a black collosus over the African nationalist movement. In 1963, he presided over Kenya’s bloody transition to independence from the British and for the next 15 years put his personal stamp on every facet of Kenya’s development. Kenyatta was a legend in his time. He was at least a generation older than most African leaders and was battling for uhuru (freedom) before some of them were born. So imposing was his personality that he was able to hold his country’s fractious tribes together.Israel’s Golda Meir – earned respectThroughout, Kenyatta remained something of an enigma. His rise from a herdsboy to a mission school pupil, from a Nairobi water meter reader to a political activist was shaped by the hard facts of Kenyan life: the lust for land of his tribesmen and the settlers’ desire to preserve the country as a white man’s preserve. He spent 15 years in voluntary exile in London and eventually married an English woman, Edna Clarke. He returned to Kenya in 1946 and soon emerged as the strongest of the country’s black political leaders.Kenyatta’s greatest legacy to his people. however, was that he gave Kenya the stability and prosperity that most African states would envy. It enabled Kenya to carry out a peaceful transfer of power when Vice-President Daniel Arap Moi, 54, took over as President.Though her reign left less of an impact, Golda Meir, 80, earned an equal amount of respect from her people, and for Israel, by firmly guiding her tiny nation through possibly its most crucial period since Adolf Hitler’s anti-Jew blitzkrieg. Proud, disciplined and puritanical, Golda Meir became Israel’s fourth prime minister in 1969. Earlier, she had been appointed as the country’s first ambassador to Russia and a year later became labour minister. In 1966, she was appointed to the sensitive post of foreign minister and it was during that period that Israel made many friends. She was, however, unable to cope with the physical strain and resigned shortly after. But she was back in harness again, this time as the country’s prime minister, following the death of Levi Eshkol. She resigned from the premiership in April 1974, with the statement that she had “reached the end of the road and cannot go on any longer.”News MakersPope John Paul I – 35-day-reignThe Vatican made history in more ways than one in 1978. Pope Paul VI died in August last, after a reign of 15 years, and there were no clear front runners for the chair of Peter. The Sacred College of Cardinals’ 113 eligible members chose the little-known Archbishop of Venice, Albino Luciani.For many, his arrival as leader of the world’s Catholics came as a pleasant surprise. Paul VI had been austere and unsmiling while John Paul I revelled in his humour and lack of pomposity. When he died just 35 days after assuming office, he had already made his presence felt among his followers.John Paul II – first Polish PopeThe conclave of Cardinals met again and surprised the world by selecting Polish Cardinal Wojtyla from Cracow as the new Pope. He is the first non-Italian Pope in 456 years.In 1932, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World described in detail the birth of human beings conceived in laboratories. Almost 50 years later Huxley’s prophetic vision turned into reality as the world’s first test-tube baby was born to an obscure British couple in an equally obscure British hospital in Oldham.Louise – hope for sterile womenThe creators of medical history were Patrick Steptoe, 65, a highly respected gynaecologist, and his colleague, a Cambridge University physiologist, Robert Edwards, 52. After a decade of experimenting, Steptoe and Edwards picked on Lesley Brown, 30, and her husband Gilbert John, 38, a van driver for British Rail, as the prospective parents of the test-tube baby. The Browns had no child during their nine years of marriage as Lesley suffered from a fallopian tube disorder. To bypass Lesley’s fallopian tubes, Steptoe and Edwards removed a ripe egg from her ovary, placed it in a laboratory dish and added sperm from her husband. After incubating the ovum as it started to divide, they implanted the embryo in the uterus where it continued to grow into a foetus in the natural way.Princess Caroline – married a commonerWedding bells rang out for the world’s two most eligible women during the year. Princess Caroline, 21, of Monaco was swept off her royal feet by Phillipe Junot, an international investment banker and boulevardier 17 years her senior, while Christina Onassis, 27, the twice-divorced jet-setting daughter of the late shipping tycoon, Aristotle Onassis, startled the world by taking for her spouse Sergei Kauzov an unassuming Russian sales representative for a Soviet ship chartering agency. Kauzov is 10 years her senior. Predictably, the marriage is on the rocks with Christina having shifted out of their apartment in Moscow and returned to her native Greece-sans Sergie.Christina – marriage on the rocksThe world’s weirdest villain in 1978 was unquestionably Reverend Jim Jones, 47, a Charles Manson-like cult guru from California who founded the controversial People’s Temples. Jones inscribed his name in blood in the history books by orchestrating the deaths of 900 of his followers in a commune in Guyana-the biggest mass suicide in recorded history. The deaths were induced by the cult members swallowing a concoction of Kool-Aid and cyanide.Like the deaths, Jones himself remained an enigma. He opened his first People’s Temple in the ’50s and hordes of “converts” started pouring in as did the contributions. Governors, mayors, police chiefs and prominent lawyers flocked to his meetings and in 1976 he was appointed as the head of San Francisco’s Housing Authority. In August 1977, Jones closed down all his temples, resigned from the Housing Authority and along with 1,000 cult members moved to a commune in Guyana called Jonestown. One year later, it became a sacrificial altar for the mass suicide ritual.SportsJim Jones – prophet of deathThe sting is less lethal now and the famous “Ali shuffle” is more of a shamble, but Muhammad Ali, 36, is unquestionably still “The Greatest”. Last September, Ali confounded critics who had said he was over the hill by pounding out a unanimous decision against Leon Spinks, thus becoming the first man in history to win the world heavy-weight boxing championship three times. In between, the ‘Loiusville Lip’ paid a visit to Moscow and returned raving about Russia, divorced his wife and launched his celluloid career in a movie, inevitably called-The Greatest.Muhammad Ali – all time greatAs the arduous, three-month-long World Chess Championship came to an end in October 1978, chess resembled war more than ever before. World champion Anatoly Karpov, 27, of Russia retained the title but not before a tremendous late comeback by Russian defector Korchnoi, 47.The adversaries came well-armed to Baguio City in the Philippines. Trailing behind Karpov were a talented set of seconds to give advice, grim-faced men to provide security, and Dr Vladimir Zoukhar, neuropsychologist and hypnotist, who trained on Korchnoi what the latter called the “evil eye”. Korchnoi responded by including in his retenue an Austrian woman reportedly with a record in a Siberian prison and a Belgian who countered Zoukhar’s influence.Karpov – title retainedKorchnoi objected forcefully and made the champion change his eating habits and compelled Zoukhar to shift to the last row in the amphitheatre. But his game slipped.He fled to Manila, returning with two Ananda Margis, convicted with a murder charge and out on bail. Miraculously he recovered and drew level at five games all.In the final 32nd game Korchnoi slipped once again and resigned after 40 moves, leaving for Karpov $350,000 (Rs 28 lakh) in prizes. But the game on the board was unexciting. Said England’s International Master Harry Golembeck: “Its a disgrace to chess.”Show-BizFarrah – another Bardot?If international photographers were asked to pick the face of ’78 it would be a cake-walk for TV star and model Farrah Fawcett-Majors, 31, who has just taken the plunge into moviedom. Farrah was undoubtedly the most widely photographed woman of the year, and, not surprisingly, it was not just her sultry face that adorned the covers of most of the major international magazines.Shields – hottest child prodigyAfter a successful TV career Farrah is all set to become another Bardot with the Sex Goddess-type roles she has been offered by almost all the major Hollywood studios. “I’m a late developer,” said Farrah. Very few people, however, would care to agree with that statement.Exactly 13 years ago, a star was born. Her name-Brooke Shields. Shields had just celebrated her 13th birthday when she hit the headlines for her stunning portrayal of a prepubescent prostitute in Louis Malle’s movie Pretty Baby. Since then, the precocious Shields has starred in Wanda Nevada as an aspiring singer and is currently Holly-wood’s hottest child prodigy since Shirley Temple, though with a slightly different image.Travolta – setting trendsStar quality is difficult to define, difficult that is, till a brash young 24-year-old called John Travolta comes along. He has the movement, the presence, the princely mystique and the charisma that has rocketed him overnight into a superstar like no other. The runaway success of Saturday Night Fever and Grease has spelled out in giant neon lights an evocative message: “The legend starts here.”Nicaragua’s history has been written in blood, but even by Nicaraguan standards, 1978 was a year many of them would like to forget. The savage fighting that erupted in September was a national uprising against the ruthless dictatorship of President Anastasio Somoza, and though the uprising was crushed eventually, it focused world attention on the brutality of Somoza’s regime.It also revealed the chilling truth that Somoza virtually owns Nicaragua-it has been in the Somoza family for 42 years-and the trigger-happy National Guard which crushed the Sandinista rebels, is his army and not Nicaragua’s.ANASTASIO SOMOZA, DEBAYLE PRESIDENT OF NICARAGUAThe rebellion, however, is by no means over. The rebels have regrouped in neighbouring Costa Rica and now claim to have 3,000 well-armed combat troops. The Sandinistas have declared that they will renew their military offensive shortly and chances are that the conflict will spread further this time, with Costa Rica, Panama and Venezuela backing the rebels and El Salvador and Guatemala supporting the Somoza regime.last_img read more

2011 Australian Masters Games

first_imgTouch Football is just one of the 61 sports that will be contested at the Games. It is open to anyone aged 30 years and older with so many divisions on offer, including Men’s (30+, 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+), Women’s (30+, 35+, 40+) and Mixed (30+, 35+). Australian Masters Games Project Manager, Ian Fitzpatrick, said this is one of the largest sporting festivals in the country and Adelaide is gearing up for a great event. “We expect 14,000 participants will take part in the event, with more than 10,000 athletes competing,” Fitzpatrick said. “The Games are open to such a wide portion of the community to participate. You just need to meet the minimum age requirement for the sport, which is only 30 years old for Touch and most other sports.”“Among all the sporting events there will be so much to do and see throughout the Games. An athlete village will be built in central Adelaide that will be home to all the event activities, including the opening and closing ceremonies, registration and much more,” said Mr Fitzpatrick.The Australian Masters Games provides an occasion to make the wider community aware of the benefits of sport. Also, it encourages and engages the 30 plus age group in ongoing activity that is beneficial to their long term health and wellbeing. Nominations close on Sunday, 7 August. For more information and to register for the 2011 13th Australian Masters Games, please visit the event website: read more

Thad Matta Still too early to pick out Buckeye leaders

Thad Matta (center) instructs his team during a timeout of a game against North Dakota State Dec. 14 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 79-62.Credit: Lantern file photoThad Matta has had rosters led by standout freshmen and teams led by hardened veterans. This season, he’ll have a mix of both.The Ohio State men’s basketball coach is entering his 11th season at the helm in Columbus as the team boasts a roster of four true freshmen, one redshirt-freshman and six seniors.Matta sat down with The Lantern on Wednesday and discussed the task of melding together a team with a strong freshman class and experienced veterans on the same roster.‘Still early to tell’ who leaders will beA year ago, Matta knew exactly who the leaders of his team would be. Then-senior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. had been key contributors and leaders on the team for multiple seasons and were handpicked go-to guys off the court.This season, the Buckeyes’ roster still boasts seniors who have been contributors — guard Shannon Scott and forward Sam Thompson, for example — but Matta said it’s still too early to say exactly who will step into leadership roles this season.“Just in terms of how the season works and once you get into practice and you hit the tough days, you’re going through a stretch where it’s the fourth practice in four days, you’ve been going hard, at what point, what guy steps forward and says ‘Hey, this is what we’ve got to do, this is how we’ve got to do it’?” Matta said.But the former Xavier University coach said he still has an idea of who exactly could step up this season.“With that said, I think that Shannon and Sam have been guys that have played huge roles in this program,” Matta said. “I would expect all of our seniors to be — in terms of leadership — supplying some (leadership), but obviously we have to grow that as the season continues.”Outside of Scott and Thompson, the other four seniors on the OSU roster include two centers, a transfer playing his first and only season for the Buckeyes and a walk on who Matta said “may come back another year.”Forward Anthony Lee transferred to OSU from Temple during the offseason, but will be eligible to play right away because he has already graduated college. Fellow forward Jake Lorbach is a walk on who has never made an impact for the Buckeyes, and would not be expected to step into a leadership role.The two centers — Amir Williams and Trey McDonald — are set to battle it out for playing time, but Matta said both could still find their ways into leadership roles on the team.“Trey’s personality lends him to be a leader,” Matta said. “I think from Amir, I’m hoping he’ll come to the forefront in terms of saying, ‘Hey, I’ve got to do my part, I’ve got to help these guys and get them to understand how we do things here.’”Thompson and Scott have the most experience for the Buckeyes, having played in 111 and 108 games, respectively, while Williams has donned a scarlet and gray uniform 101 times.Freshmen “have the potential”Even with veterans leading the way on the floor, Matta said his freshmen have a chance to step into roles as leaders.He added most freshmen “lead by example,” and singled out guard D’Angelo Russell and forward Jae’Sean Tate as players setting the standard within their class.“(Russell) likes to take command of his group and get guys where they need to be,” he said. “I think that’s just his winning mentality. I think a guy like Jae’Sean Tate is a guy who’s going to play so hard, he has so much energy, that you hope that permeates throughout the team in terms of, ‘Boy, he’s so productive.’”Apart from Russell and Tate, the freshman class consists of center David Bell, forward Keita Bates-Diop and redshirt-freshman guard Kam Williams.Matta singled out Bates-Diop as a player he hopes could step into a leadership role, but has room for improvement.“He understands leadership. We just need him to be a little more vocal at times,” Matta said.While he said he has some ideas of their leadership qualities, Matta said he goes into seasons without too many specific expectations for his freshman classes. He said he wants to take time to watch this year’s class before making judgments about their on-the-court status.“I go into it with a very broad vision of what I think they’re going to be,” he said. “I want to see their play over the course of time.”Matta said one of the keys will be to watch how the young players respond to both success and adversity in practice.“A guy has a great practice, does he back it up with a really good practice?” he said. “Guy has a bad practice, does he have the toughness to bounce back and have a really good outing the next day?”Even though he’s still in the evaluation process, Matta said each new player on the team has done something to make him take notice.“All the new guys have done things that have caught my eye in terms of what they’re going to be able to bring to this basketball team,” he said. “Now getting it consistently is going to be the key for any freshman.”The Buckeyes’ season is set to begin Nov. 14 when they host the University of Massachusetts-Lowell at the Schottenstein Center. 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Football Urban Meyer and Ohio State begin preparation for No 9 Penn

Ohio State redshirt senior receivers Parris Campbell (21) and Johnnie Dixon (1) celebrate after Campbell records his second touchdown reception of the day. Ohio State defeated Tulane 49-6. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorFrom the moment Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer took the podium in his Monday press conference, one thing was on his mind. It was not his return to the sideline or Saturday’s 49-6 win against Tulane. It was No. 9 Penn State. Through four games this season, Meyer sees the same quality team even with the Nittany Lions having lost both running back Saquon Barkley and tight end Mike Gesicki to the NFL after last season. “We don’t see much difference at all,” Meyer said. “Scheme’s very similar to what they’ve done in the past and obviously the quarterback’s the guy that makes it go.”Along with preparing for redshirt senior quarterback Trace McSorley, Meyer said Ohio State will have to prepare for the atmosphere when the Buckeyes travel to State College, Pennsylvania, on Saturday. Meyer said the atmosphere at Beaver Stadium is “one of the tops in the country” and the fans are like the ones he sees in Ohio Stadium. “It’s just a difficult place. Certainly one of the top five stadiums to play in, hard to play in,” Meyer said. “Very loud and the fans are into it. And very good environment. Great environment.”Meyer said Ohio State has the leadership with several returning starters to lead the players into what many consider as a hostile road game. “It’s essential,” Meyer said. “You don’t win that game without good leadership.”Nick Bosa injury updateMeyer said Monday that junior defensive end Nick Bosa will not play against Penn State on Saturday. “Nick Bosa is still not ready,” Meyer said. “It’s going to be a few more weeks, but we expect him back.” Meyer said last week that Bosa would miss the Tulane game after undergoing surgery to repair a core muscle injury. The timetable on his return has still not been announced. In Monday’s press conference, the head coach said he has conversations with Bosa’s family about his recovery affecting his future, with many considering him as a top-10 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. “We’ve already had those discussions a little bit. But that’s down the road when he becomes healthy again,” Meyer said. “Those conversations will be had, but absolutely. Not that you treat anybody different than another player. I want to make sure that’s clear. But that’s a real conversation that we’re going to have.” Meyer also said Monday that redshirt junior defensive lineman Robert Landers and redshirt junior running back Mike Weber will play against Penn State on Saturday. read more

Paul Pogba still has a lot to prove yet warns Ian

first_imgArsenal legend Ian Wright feels that Paul Pogba still has a long way to go yet to prove himself in the Premier LeaguePogba’s Manchester United future has been cast into doubt amid reports linking him with a surprise move to Barcelona for next summer.Former club Juventus have also been reportedly linked with a move for Pogba.But Wright feels that Pogba is yet to prove himself in English football suggested that his World Cup win with France could have given him a sense of false security.“Who knows what will happen in the near future,” Wright told Sky Sports.“He’s a great player, and he’s a World Cup winner. He has come back and has proven that he is that guy.“But if Paul Pogba left in January, and we looked back at his Premier League CV, would you say he has been brilliant here? He still has a lot to prove!“I think he’s fantastic, that picture of him dabbing with the World Cup is brilliant, it’s going to be iconic, but at the same time, in the Premier League he hasn’t done it properly, consistently enough yet.“Coming back with a World Cup medal has given him a false sense of security, in thinking that: ‘I’m bigger than this now.’ We need to see more from him and what he’s capable of doing.”Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.I’ll always give my best to the fans and my teammates no matter what’s going on. #pogfeelings— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) August 10, 2018The former England striker added that Pogba’s dispute with United boss Jose Mourinho would be resolved if the Frenchman consistently produced the kind performance that warrants his £89m price tag.“I think what’s happening is two massive egos, and [neither] of them are backing down right now,” said Wright.“I think Paul Pogba is the person who could just really blast this out of the water by playing well.“But if he continues to play like he is playing, where we’ve seen a little bit of it, not enough of it, and we’re not seeing it consistently enough, Mourinho would be well within his rights to say: ‘We’re not getting enough!’“But then you have Ed Woodward saying: He’s our man, he’s our talisman, you have got to play him!”Pogba featured in France’s goalless draw with Germany on Thursday night.last_img read more

New Hospitals Contract Team will cost country near 400000

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Premier attends town hall meetings TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 23 Mar 2015 – During the Budget Communication this morning in the House of Assembly, Finance Minister Washington Misick said government will spend $382 Thousand for what is being called a Hospital Contract Management Unit to oversee the current Hospitals Contract. Minister Misick said: “This will ensure that we extract maximum value for money from our expensive contract with Interhealth Canada.” Already there is some criticism coming from the Opposition Leader, Sharlene Robinson who during her contribution following the Budget Speech said the government is years delayed in establishing this Committee, pointing to the PNP Administration’s lack of seriousness in firming up a better arrangement for the People of the Turks and Caicos Islands with Interhealth Canada long ago. The hospitals get 28% of the country’s national budget. The Minister said there is a budgetary limit being set for the hospitals this fiscal year. Related Items:hospital contract team, sharlene cartwright-robinson, washington misick Attorney calls on UWI to honor TCI leaderslast_img read more