Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez believes rival Everton is a good team, acknowledging that they played well to a 1-1 draw.Speaking after the match, as quoted by Sky Sports, Benitez said:“We have to give credit to them, they are a good team and they played well. It was not easy to play against our team or break us down. At the end we were looking at getting three points one way or another but one point against a very good team can be fine.”“You cannot forget they have won their last four home games, they did well in the Merseyside derby too.”Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.He continued: “We needed a back three because we have some problems with players being suspended and things like that which we have to manage, and try to be solid.”In March 2016, Newcastle announced Benítez as their manager in an attempt to save the club from relegation.Benítez couldn’t avoid relegation, but had promotion back to the Premier League in 2017, winning the Championship.
Share your voice Tick-tock, tick-tock. The teaser trailer for HBO’s upcoming Watchmen series came out on Wednesday, and you shouldn’t watch it if you’re disturbed by masked faces or ticking clocks. They fill the eerie trailer, which doesn’t reveal any spoilers, but is set in an alternate universe where superheroes are forced to become outlaws.The series adapts Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ graphic novel of the same name, and stars Jeremy Irons, Regina King, Don Johnson, Louis Gossett Jr., Frances Fisher and Tim Blake Nelson. The first season will have eight episodes, and Damon Lindelof of Lost fame is the show creator. A 2009 movie was also based on the series.With all the clock-ticking, the teaser still manages to not reveal a premiere date, only citing “fall.” HBO may be needing a new hot show by then, as blockbuster Game of Thrones only has two episodes left.Here’s everything we know about HBO’s Watchmen so far. Tags HBO Post a comment 0 187 Photos See all the Game of Thrones season 8 photos TV and Movies
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina left Washington on Monday for London on her way back home wrapping up her 16-day visit to the United States.“A United Airlines flight carrying the prime minister and her entourage took off from Dulles International Airport in Washington for London at 10:15 pm on Monday (local time),” PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim told UNB over phone from Washington.Bangladesh ambassador to the USA Mohammad Ziauddin and permanent representative to the United Nations Masud Bin Momen saw the prime minister off at the airport.The flight is scheduled to land at Heathrow International Airport in London at 10 am (local time) today.Bangladesh high commissioner to the UK Nazmul Qaunine will receive Sheikh Hasina at the airport. After a three-day stay in the British capital, the prime minister will return home on 7 October.Sheikh Hasina travelled to the US capital from New York on 22 September after attending the 72nd UNGA session.After staying in Washington for a week, she was scheduled to return home on 2 October via London. But, the date was deferred as the prime minister underwent a gallbladder surgery at a Washington hospital on 25 September.Sheikh Hasina arrived in New York on 17 September to join the UN’s annual event.
Malta on Monday pulled 180 migrants to safety from two boats in distress, while 49 more were stuck in limbo at sea as the weather worsened in the Mediterranean.An army patrol boat picked up 28 migrants from a dinghy some 71 nautical miles southwest of Malta before plucking another 152 people from a wooden boat to the south.The rescues followed the recovery by Malta Sunday of 69 migrants on a wooden boat which had run into trouble.Meanwhile, the UN’s refugee agency said time was “running out” for 49 people rescued by NGO boats but denied a safe port in Europe, some of whom have been stranded at sea for over a week.The NGOs — the German Sea-Eye and Dutch Sea-Watch — called for “an immediate solution for those being held hostage by European States, who are denying them a safe port”.”With the weather conditions forecast to worsen this evening, a solution must be found by the end of 2018 in order to prevent placing people’s heath at further risk,” they said in a joint statement.The German-flagged professor Albrecht Penck ship has 17 migrants from West Africa on board who were rescued on Saturday in international waters off Libya.At the same time, the Dutch-flagged Sea-Watch 3 has 32 migrants rescued on December 22 including three young children, three unaccompanied adolescents and four women from Nigeria, Libya and Ivory Coast.While Italy, Malta, Spain and the Netherlands have refused to accept the Sea-Watch 3 migrants, several German cities have offered to take them in.On Saturday a government spokesman said Germany would only accept some of the migrants if other European countries also agreed to do so.Last week, a newborn baby and his mother were helicoptered from a boat to Malta.”The negotiations over which country takes them in must happen only once those rescued are brought safety to land,” UNHCR special envoy Vincent Cochetel said.More than 1,300 migrants have died trying to reach Italy or Malta via the central Mediterranean since the beginning of the year, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).The Italian interior ministry said Monday that the number of 2018 arrivals in Italy was down over 80 per cent compared with 2017 at just 23,370.The biggest number came from Tunisia, followed by Eritrea, Iraq, Sudan, Pakistan and Nigeria.In mid-2017, departures from Libya dropped after a controversial deal between Italy and the war-torn North African country.A campaign against the NGO rescue organisations peaked in June this year with far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini’s “closed-ports” policy aimed at ending all rescue operations, including military ones.
00:00 /01:24 Listen Jerod Foster, Nature ConservancyA prairie that is part of 1,800 acres purchased for conservation To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Drive south from Houston down highway 288 and you will pass thousands of new homes.But about half-way to the coast, you’ll also pass some of the most environmentally valuable forests, prairies and wetlands anywhere in Texas.“That’s pristine land,” says Steve Pastor.Pastor is president of BHP Billiton’s oil operations based in Houston. BHP Billiton is an international mining company headquartered in Australia.“Clearly as Houston continues to grow, you’ve got folks moving out to the southwest. We want to make sure we did our part to protect that for future generations,“ Pastor tells News 88.7.To that end, BHP Billiton is giving $8 million to buy 1,800 acres of that pristine land in Brazoria County. It’s a project by the Nature Conservancy, a national land and water conservation group. Laura Huffman is the group’s Texas director.“This is not going to be a preserve that’s closed off. This is going to be a preserve that we want to showcase,“ says Huffman.Jerod Foster, Nature ConservancyThe newly-acquired acreage is part of the Columbia Bottomlands ProjectShe says work is underway to build a pavilion so busloads of kids can see the flora and fauna up close. But it’s just a start. Huffman says they have a goal of securing some 36,000 more acres in the area to ensure the delicate habitat is permanently protected from development. But she says that’ll only happen with more private funding.“This is a large gift (from BHP Billiton) that allowed us to achieve large scale conservation. And that would be the encouragement to other companies, think about this at scale. “The project is officially called the Columbia Bottomlands Project and should be open to the public in about two years. X Share
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Michael Hagerty/Houston Public Media Listen 00:00 /00:00 X Remember Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? That suburban Chicago high-schooler sure packed a lot into one day.That got us wondering – if you took a day off from work, school, or some other necessary but occasionally soul-sucking drudgery, how would you spend it in Greater Houston? One perfect Houston day off. Where would you go? What would you see, hear, eat, or do?In the audio above, we listen to your suggestions along with some ideas from the Houston Chronicle’s Maggie Gordon (our idea for this segment came from an article she wrote in 2018).Here’s just a few suggestions from our listeners:Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaThe replica space shuttle Independence outside Space Center Houston.1. Get lost in space. Spend the day at NASA — Space Center Houston and the Johnson Space Center — have dinner at the original Ninfa’s on Navigation, and then take their free shuttle over to an Astros game. — Jennifer2. Go underground. Get lost in the downtown tunnel system and snack on the food at the various restaurants there. — Rebecca3. Learn and eat. Alternate between museums and amazing Ethiopian restaurants all day. – MarcMichael Hagerty/Houston Public MediaA view of the guns on the deck of the Battleship Texas.4. Experience local history. Visit the San Jacinto Monument and the Battleship Texas (they’re right next to each other). – Buster5. Do grownup things. Wander around the downtown Spec’s. It’s Disneyland for grownups. — AnnapoorniMichael Hagerty/Houston Public MediaHouston’s Beer Can House, a home adorned with more than 50,000 beer cans.6. Appreciate local beer, beer cans, and art. Visit the Orange Show and the Beer Can House. Then hang out in the park outside the Menil Collection if it’s nice. And then tour a local brewery. – Christen7. Explore public art. Tour local statuary – such as the numerous pieces along Buffalo Bayou Park and Mount Rush Hour – and the city’s many murals along the way. – TeresaMichael Hagerty/Houston Public MediaPaintings by artist Mark Rothko are the focal point of the meditative space inside the Rothko Chapel.8. Spend a night (or a day) at the museum. Visit the city’s Museum District and its numerous institutions, like the Rothko Chapel, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, the Station Museum of Contemporary Art, and the James Turrell Skyspace at Rice University – JesseWhat’s your idea of the perfect day off in Houston? Share yours at email@example.com.James HesterThe Twilight Epiphany Skyspace by artist James Turrell at Rice University. Share
By MARK F. GRAY, AFRO Staff WriterThe most successful point guards in the NBA are driven to deliver. They make the team around them better setting them up for success even when the team is not at its best and they aren’t playing at full strength.Despite an ailing quadricep that made it difficult to stand for long stretches, Washington Wizards guard John Wall brought smiles to a soggy Southeast D.C. community who came to see their hometown superstar, whose foundation is working with a local organization trying to make this holiday season easier for them.John Wall gives away a turkey to a family at Bright Beginnings in Southeast, D.C. on Nov. 15.John Wall and the John Wall Family Foundation (JWFF) partnered with Bright Beginnings and Giant Foods, to distribute turkeys to homeless families who reside in underserved communities in Washington, D.C. The five time NBA All-Star and representatives from the Wizards organization visited the Congress Heights community for an afternoon of festivities while the families who arrived left the event with the main dish for the Thanksgiving meal.“It’s important for me to give something back to the people who support me,” Wall told the AFRO. “I know what it’s like to have it tough when you’re growing up. It makes me feel good to be out here and meet people. You never know how you can impact the lives of people in the community.”Bright Beginnings is a non-profit organization that serves children under the age of six and their families who are experiencing homelessness in Washington, D.C. The mission is to provide children with a safe, nurturing educational environment that prepares them to enter kindergarten ready to learn. They also support parents in stabilizing their home lives and becoming self-sufficient. Bright Beginnings is recognized for its free, developmentally-appropriate early childhood education programming.John Wall gives away turkeys in the snow at Bright Beginnings in Southeast, D.C. on Nov. 15.When evaluating potential community partnerships, the JWFF found their missions were similar. Wall established his foundation to strives to improve the quality of life for disadvantaged families and to impact the lives of at-risk youth through mentorship, education and physical activities. With the two mission statements representing similar philosophies, the collaboration has paid big dividends.“We’ve been in collaboration with [JWFF] in a really robust way about four years. We got a phone call one day and his team wanted to come out to see what we do. They came out, they did a lot of due diligence, they found out who we were, what we do, what we’re about. We got another phone call and John Wall showed up with a check- a huge check of support,” Bright Beginnings Executive Director Dr. Marla Dean told the AFRO.“After my assistant and I did a background check we knew [Bright Beginnings] was the kind of organization that we could partner with,” Wall said. “Their mission falls in line with what I believe in.”The event was another extension of the Wall Foundation’s commitment to local charities that impact the lives of homeless and destitute families around the D.M.V. This was an extension of the charitable organization’s sponsorships that directly impact children and their families, which is something that Wall is all too familiar with.“Whenever you build a bond or form a partnership with a team, organization or charity, it becomes like a family,” Wall said. “I stand for loyalty over royalty when I believe in what an organization does in the community. They do that here.”A steady stream of residents made their pilgrimage through torrential freezing rains and braved wind chill temperatures in the teens to receive 12-pound fresh turkeys that were provided by Giant Foods. Wall greeted the families – though in obvious discomfort from an ailing thigh injury – for almost two hours standing on his feet. He posed for selfies with fans of all ages and some weren’t overly impressed by the NBA All Star I their neighborhood.Wall, who is now being represented by the same firm as LeBron James, takes his motivation from the three time NBA champion regarding community outreach.“That’s where I’m trying to be,” Wall said. “Watching what he does in the community makes me want to do more. I’m hoping that one day I can impact he does”.
<< Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Rock ‘n roll meets romance at Hard Rock Hotels, which just announced brand new Colin Cowie Wedding Collections at its all-inclusive properties in Cancun, Riviera Maya, Vallarta and Punta Cana.Customizable packages range from the ethereal ‘Driftwood Romance’ ceremony, which showcase neutral earth tones and rich foliage, to the elegant ‘Seaside Shimmer’ ceremony, which incorporates crystals and delicate rose accents. For couples seeking a regal approach to their nuptials, the ‘Golden Radiance’ package provides a lavish gilded backdrop with pops of red roses peppered throughout.Indian weddings are also available, complete with Indian music, live entertainment, Mehndi designs and traditional cuisine (available at Hard Rock Hotel Cancun and Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya).All Wedding Collections include complimentary and discounted honeymoon packages that are redeemable for up to one year.All Inclusive Collection renewed its exclusive Colin Cowie Wedding partnership last year for three more years. Wedding packages are handpicked by Cowie and can be mixed and matched, upgraded and customized, with prices starting at US$2,500. Travelweek Group Tags: Hard Rock Hotels, Romance & Weddings Share Tuesday, April 18, 2017 New Colin Cowie weddings debut at Hard Rock properties Posted by