Dressing up as the Rocky Horror Picture Show cast for Halloween is never a bad idea, and this year, super fans of the delightfully zany cult musical have more reason to than ever. Fox has now announced that the 40th anniversary revival will air during the month of October. The Kenny Ortega-helmed broadcast is set to be filmed ahead of time, and that means we get a sneaky peek at the madness going on at Frank-N-Furter’s mansion! Take a look as Reeve Carney, Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford, Victoria Justice, Ryan McCartan and Christina Milian come up to the lab to see what’s on the slab. With a star-studded cast that also boasts Orange Is the New Black fave Laverne Cox as the Sweet Transvestite, Tony nominee and original star Tim Curry as the Criminologist Narrator, Adam Lambert as Eddie, Ben Vereen as Dr. Everett Scott and Staz Nair as Rocky, we are definitely shivering with anticipation for a scary good time! View Comments Reeve Carney, Annaleigh Ashford, Victoria Justice, Ryan McCartan & Christina Milian(Photo: Steve Wilkie/FOX)
August 30, 2020
Share GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 Submit Share Marc Etches to step down as CEO of GambleAware in 2021 August 14, 2020 Related Articles YGAM focuses on BAME community engagement with CVR link-up August 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Seeking to bolster the information and data gathering capacities of its ‘National Gambling Treatment Services’, industry charity GambleAware has formed a new strategic partnership with ViewItUk Ltd.A specialist in data gathering, insights and visualisation for health networks, GambleAware has sanctioned ViewItUk to lead collating, handling and analysing of data, on individuals who seek or are referred to treatment via the ‘funded services’ formed by GambleAware’s National Gambling Treatment Services.ViewItUk’s scope will include data gathering provisions for GambleAware treatment services; including the National Gambling Helpline/ NetLine and individual treatment centres across the country.Marc Etches, Chief Executive of GambleAware, said: “The decision by GambleAware to make an investment in data systems underlines our commitment to contribute to the delivery of the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms which was launched by the Gambling Commission in April.“The capacity to review data across the whole treatment network is vital to the commissioning and delivery of the National Gambling Treatment Service. This development will pave the way for additional improvements for people who use the services and for those who work in it.”Confirming the partnership, GambleAware details a number of ‘identify areas’ which will benefit from the deeper data alignment to improve UK health network resources on tackling problem gambling harms.Moving to install ViewItUk systems, GambleAware details that its treatment services will gain checks and procedures akin to those that fulfil that function for the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System on behalf of Public Health England.Issuing a combined statement, ViewItUK Directors Dr Andrew Jones, Dr Yousef Taktak and Prof Michael Donmall said: “We are delighted to be collaborating with GambleAware, a charitable organisation supporting the treatment of gambling addiction, through agencies targeting successful patient outcomes.“ViewItUK data management, analysis and visualisation technology will generate vital information that will help GambleAware to provide comprehensive treatment and support services across the country for people with Gambling-related problems”
August 4, 2020
NEPTUNE – American Antiques Company, 1318 Corlies Ave., will be hosting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, an evening of duck decoy appraisals and a Q&A with Jon Frank of Frank & Frank Sporting Collectibles in Howell.Frank is a leading national authority on duck decoys and is an appraiser for the auction houses of Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Freeman’s. There is no fee to attend the event, but preregistration is requested to [email protected] or by calling 877-992-6847.During the event, Frank will touch upon the history of duck decoy collecting on the Jersey Shore. As many decoy collectors know, New Jersey has long been known for its rich history of water fowling. The early New Jersey decoy carvers were not actual artists that were making decoys as decorative objects, but were hunters with the sole purpose of making them to trap and hunt ducks and train hunting dogs. Condition, paint quality and form are the things most often looked at first by top collectors. Many decoys achieve value because they were made by carvers with highly regarded reputations.New Jersey carvers developed a tradition of hollowing out decoys to reduce the weight of the boat’s gear. These Barnegat decoys are known as “dugouts” and except for the early types, are hollowed from white cedar. The decoys are made in two pieces, with hollowed carved bodies and attached pine heads. Weight is an important factor when loading a boat with a dog, a weapon, ammunition, food, a decoy rig, so hollowing out the decoys reduces some of this weight. The carving technique also adds value for collectors because of the extra work and skill required.A serious collector realizes that while thousands of decoys were made, few survive today in their original condition. Jersey decoys were heavily used, and the salt water attacked their paint from the time they were tossed overboard. The common practice of repainting them after each hunting season makes it challenging to find examples of original paint. Few were used as decoration and when market hunting came to an end, thousands were used as firewood or thrown away.Additional information is available by visiting americanantiquescompany.com or calling 877-992-6847.
August 3, 2020
The L.V. Rogers Bombers finished a tough tournament in Salmon Arm with a 2-2 record posting wins over Pleasant Valley of Armstrong and Langley Christian Lightning.The Salmon Arm Golds High School Boy’s Basketball tournament was the first test of the New Year against high caliber teams from the Okanagan.The Bombers opened the 10-tournament riding the slick shooting of Josh Matosevic to outlast Pleasant Valley 62-40.LVR started the game off slowly, and were tied 11-11 after one period before Matosevic took over, finishing the game with six three pointers for 23 points.LVR led 31-19 at the half and continued to build on the lead through third quarter, extending the margin to 51-31.Matosevic was named player of the game for the Bombers. Robby Dixon contributed 12 points while Vinnie Watson added 10.LVR then entered the lion’s den as the Nelson-based squad faced host Salmon Arm Golds in the feature game of the evening.LVR trailed early as the Bombers struggled to solve the defensive zone trapping of the Golds, but clawed back to within 14 points, 31-18, at the half. LVR ended up dropping the contest 65-47.Dixon led the Bombers with 10 points, while Vinnie Watson and Josh Matosevic contributed eight and six points, respectively.Saturday morning saw the Bombers bounce back against Lightning.Paced by Watson and Kai Shave, each finishing the game with 17 points, LVR posted a 70-41 win.The Bombers once against struggled with some early full court pressure.However, once the press break started working, LVR were able to convert easy buckets against the press.LVR held leads of lead of 23-13 after the first quarter, 44-28 at the half, and 58-38 after three quarters as the Bombers took advantage of their significant height advantage against the undersized Lightening.Matosevic had 13 points and Jake Anderson 12 to round out the LVR scoring. In the final game of the round-robin draw, a short bench finally caught up to LVR as the tired Bombers lost 58-43 to Kelowna Owls “B” team.LVR came flying out of the gates and held leads of 19-12 after the first quarter and 27-26 at half time before fatigue set in.KSS decided to push the pace and increase the defensive intensity. The result saw the eight-man Bomber squad run out of gas.Watson led the Bombers with 17 points in the loss followed by Matosevic with 12 and Dixon’s with six points.
December 21, 2019
Gardaí in Dublin are appealing for information and witnesses following the theft of ‘Dublin Marathon’ merchandise.It’s understood the merchandise was stolen between 4.30pm on Saturday 19th October 2019 and 6.30pm on Monday from a van parked outside a house at Sutton Park, Sutton, Dublin 13.A large quantity of hats and jackets intended for Dublin Marathon stewards and volunteers was taken during the incident. An Garda Síochána said that this official Dublin Marathon merchandise, is not on general sale to the public and was intended only for stewards/volunteers.Anyone offered the merchandise for sale or can assist Gardaí in locating the property is asked to contact their local Garda station.Separately, anyone who may have noticed anything suspicious between the hours of 4.30pm on Saturday 19th October 2019 and 6.30pm on Monday 21st October are asked to come forward.Anyone with information is asked to contact Raheny Garda Station on 01 6664300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station. Thieves do runner with marathon gear was last modified: October 22nd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:dublingearMarathonrobberytheft
December 18, 2019
South Africa offers investors the stability of a developed country, the opportunities of a vibrant emerging market, and a climate that fosters growth (Photos: Siemens South Africa / MediaClubSouthAfrica.com)South Africa improved its ranking in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) latest Global Competitiveness Index, climbing four places to 50th out of 142 countries surveyed, while claiming top spot for regulation of exchanges and second place for soundness of banks.Published on Wednesday, the annual Global Competitiveness Report was first released in 1979 and has since evolved into the prime authority on relative competitiveness among most of the world’s nations.Respondent numbers have grown over the years, with the 2011-12 report covering 142 countries and some 14 000 respondents.Gains in key areasSouth Africa’s overall ranking, after slipping nine places last year – from 45 to 54 – recovered to 50 in 2011-12, thanks mainly to impressive gains in accountability of private institutions, strength of investor protection and technological readiness.The country was ranked:1st for regulation of securities exchange.1st for strength of auditing and reporting standards.2nd for soundness of banks.2nd for efficacy of corporate boards.3rd for protection of minority shareholders’ interests.3rd for availability of financial services.4th for financing through the local equities market.7th for effectiveness of anti-monopoly policy.8th for legal rights.“Since these factors are categorised by the World Economic Forum as sustainability issues, their superior ratings are indicative of a highly positive long-term outlook for the South African economy,” Miller Matola, CEO of the International Marketing Council of South Africa, said in a statement on Wednesday.“These combined attributes make South Africa the most competitive economy in the region.”2nd in Africa; 2nd among BRICSSouth Africa’s 50th overall ranking is sub-Saharan Africa’s highest, and Africa’s second-highest after Tunisia, which dropped from 34th place in 2010-11 to 40th place in 2011-12 owing to the political upheaval in the country.Among its fellow BRICS nations, South Africa is ranked second only to China (in 26th place), ahead of Brazil (53rd), India (56th) and Russia (66th).Matola said the narrative of the WEF report clearly indicated trust in South Africa, at a time when trust was returning only slowly in many parts of the world.“We could have fared considerably better had we not lost further ground in the categories in which we scored poorly last year – labour policies, health and education.“We need to improve our rankings in these criteria if we are to continuously move up the rankings.”34% market data, 66% perceptionMatola said the results were “an indication that the reality and perception of competitiveness in South Africa is improving at a pace ahead of that of many other countries.“The World Economic Forum derives about 34% of its score values from actual market data and 66% from perception. That South Africa has scored well on both counts is both highly gratifying and encouraging.“Of importance, too, is our third ranking for protection of minority shareholders’ interests,” Matola added. “South Africa’s strong performance in the financial market and corporate governance dimensions is an indication that the country is deemed a safe destination for business and investment.“This is a positioning the country will have to work hard to maintain amidst florid debates about open market policies.”Ewald Müller, a senior executive at the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, said the standings would further enhance the country’s competitiveness in attracting foreign direct investment.“Given a clear account based on international standards, backed by strong regulation and robust corporate governance allows investors open and easy access to assessing the risks and rewards associated with corporate South Africa,” Müller said in a statement.
November 7, 2019
Take the chance to win NRL Grand Final tickets and a night’s accommodation in Sydney for you and a friend by posting a pic of you watching the #NRLTouchPremiership!To enter, post a pic or short video of you or someone else watching the NRL Touch Premiership on any device, live or on-demand, through NRL.com, Kayo Sports, Fox League or Sky Sport by 19/08/19. Use the hashtag #NRLTouchPremiership and tag @touchfootballaustralia.Go here to see the broadcast draw for the NRL Touch Premiership: touchfootball.com.au/2019-nrl-touch-premiership-broadcast-detailsGo here to stream past games of the NRL Touch Premiership for free: bit.ly/watchnrltouch Terms & Conditions: The promoter is Touch Football Australia Ltd, ABN 55 090 088 207, Suite 1/18 Napier Close, Deakin ACT 2600. Competition commences 10:00am on Saturday 20/07/2019, and ends 11:00pm on Monday 19/08/2019. There is only one prize on offer, valid for the prizewinner and a guest of their choosing. The prize consists of two ‘gold category’ tickets to the NRL Grand Final on Sunday 6th October in Sydney (to the total value of $520) and one night of accommodation for two people in a shared room at Quest at Sydney Olympic Park (total value of $214) on Sunday 6th October. The total prize pack value is $734. Any travel or other costs associated with attending the grand final and staying in the accommodation will need to be covered by the prizewinner and their guest. How to enter: Post on either Instagram, Instagram Stories, Facebook or Twitter a photo or video of you or someone else watching any 2019 NRL Touch Premiership broadcast/stream from either NRL.com, Kayo Sports, Fox League or, in New Zealand, Sky Sport, on any device, live or on-demand. The hashtag #NRLTouchPremiership must be used with posts. On Instagram and Facebook, @touchfootballaustralia must be tagged. On Twitter, @touchfootyaus must be tagged. Enter as many times as you like. The winner will be judged by Touch Football Australia (TFA) from Rugby League Central, 44 Driver Ave, Moore Park NSW 2021 at 10:00am on Tuesday 20/08/2019. Winner will be notified via social media by 5:00pm on Wednesday 21/08/2019. Winner will need to respond with phone number in order to claim prize. Failure to respond to TFA’s notification with a phone number by 5:00pm Friday 23/08/2019 will result in a new winner being selected by TFA. Winner will be publicly announced on TFA’s social media channels by 5:00pm Monday 26/08/2019. The purpose of this competition is to promote the NRL Touch Premiership broadcasts. You are not eligible to win this prize if you are an employee of Touch Football Australia.
October 12, 2019
Kolkata: Bengal will have Lok Sabha polls in seven phases at 42 constituencies across the state. The dates for the Lok Sabha polls were announced by the Election Commission of India on Sunday. In 2014, Bengal had elections in five phases.The Chief Electoral Officer, West Bengal, Ariz Aftab informed in a press conference that Cooch Behar and Alipurduar will go to polls in phase 1 on April 11. Three constituencies, namely Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling and Raiganj, will have elections in the second phase on April 18, while the five constituencies of Balurghat, Malda Uttar, Malda Dakshin, Jangipur and Murshidabad will be having polls in phase 3 on April 23. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DayBerhampore, Krishnanagar, Ranaghat, Burdwan-Durgapur, Burdwan Purba, Asansol, Bolpur and Birbhum will go to polls in phase 4 on April 29, while Bongaon, Barrackpur Howrah, Uluberia, Hooghly, Sreerampore and Arambag will go to polls in phase 5 on May 6. In the sixth phase, voting will be held in the eight constituencies of Tamluk, Kanthi, Ghatal, Purulia, Bankura, Jhargram, Medinipur and Bishnupur on May 12, while the last phase will have elections in the nine constituencies of Dumdum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jaynagar, Mathurapur, Diamond Harbour, Jadavpur, Kolkata Dakshin and Kolkata Uttar on May 19. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penaltyAs per sources in the CEO Bengal office, the number of electors in the state is 6,97,60,868. “The total number of polling stations and polling premises in the state will be 78,799 and 53,701 respectively. All polling stations will have adequate EVMs and VVPATs,” a senior EC official said. There will be a toll-free helpline (1950), where any citizen can lodge complaints related to the elections. Sources in the CEO’s office said that they will be using vehicles installed with GPS trackers and mobile-based tracking system for transportation of reserve EVMs and VVPATs. An EVM control room will be set up at the CEO’s office and the district election officers’ offices where the movement of EVMs and VVPATs would be monitored through GPS monitors and other related IT infrastructure and applications. In Bengal, the number of polling stations with voice and internet shadow zones are 159 and 1,019 respectively. Sources in the CEO’s office further informed that they will introduce a new ‘M3’-type electronic voting machine (EVM) that can “tamper-detect” and will stop functioning if anyone tries to tinker with it. “If anyone tries to meddle with any part of the machine or try to open any screw or any box, it will become dysfunctional,” an official added.
October 12, 2019
New Delhi: In an attempt to boost organisational morale and the working environment within the Central Bureau of Investigation, the country’s premier investigative agency has started a unique exercise to take note of and deal with issues that employees across the agency might be facing.The move comes in the wake of major reshuffling exercises that CBI undertook during the turmoil that ensued after the removal of former director Alok Verma earlier this year. More than 20 officers were transferred by interim director Nageswara Rao, who was at the helm of the agency until the appointment of Rishi Kumar Shukla by a Narendra Modi-led selection committee. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Following the scurrying transfers that were made, reverted, and re-enforced during the Asthana-Verma tussle, several officers were reportedly unhappy with the way leadership in the organisation was pushing them around and some have also filed court petitions in this regard. Sources here told Millennium Post that this new exercise has been put in place so that the “organisational needs and employee needs are met”. Communication lines to CBI Director Shukla, who took charge on February 2, have been opened for all employees to reach out to him. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KSources said that now employees will be free to reach out to the Director’s office with issues they might be having, regardless of rank; and that many of them have already done so. They added that Director Shukla meets these employees on Friday every week and that he has already met more than 30 such employees and discussed issues they have been coming to him with. When asked what kind of issues are being discussed during these meetings, sources said that they tend to go over any problem that the employees might be facing within the organisation.
September 28, 2019
Check out FiveThirtyEight’s Women’s World Cup predictions.“We improved a bit and found the net,” Carli Lloyd, a midfielder on the U.S. women’s national team, said after Monday’s Round of 16 game against Colombia. “We’re creating some chances, and I am confident more will come.”Confident or not, chances have not come easily for the U.S. women’s national team (USWNT) at this World Cup. They’ve looked stagnant and uncreative, especially in the attacking third. And to make matters worse, they head into tonight’s quarterfinal match against China without the two players who have created the most chances: Megan Rapinoe and Lauren Holiday.Despite the loss of these players, the team continues to tout its depth and versatility, but there’s no denying that Rapinoe’s spark and Holiday’s vision have been some of the most promising aspects of an altogether lifeless team. So what’s wrong with the USWNT, and can they fix it before they face a team like Germany or France?As Lloyd suggested, much of the USWNT’s problems stem from an inability to create chances — passes that lead to shots — in the midfield, in particular. Lloyd, along with Holiday and Rapinoe, was one of the most prominent playmakers for the USWNT at the 2011 World Cup. Combined, the three players created an average of 5.6 chances per game, compared with 4.8 chances per game at this World Cup. It’s not exactly an apples-to-apples comparison — they’ve faced tougher competition at this World Cup — but Holiday’s absence in the U.S. attack (two shots and zero assists so far, compared with 20 shots and three assists in 2011) is indicative of the larger issue for the USWNT: The central midfielders are being played completely out of position, and without them, the U.S. attack has been listless.Under coach Jill Ellis’s current 4-4-2 system, there is no true defensive central midfielder, despite Ellis’s baffling remarks that Holiday and Lloyd have both played as defensive center mids in some games. In most two-player central midfields, one player is more attack-minded, combining with the forwards and connecting the midfield with the attack, and one player is more defensive, checking back to pick the ball up off her own backline.1Let’s ignore for the moment that this system almost altogether erases one of the most important attacking positions, the central midfielder that plays as a withdrawn forward — the best example we saw at this World Cup was Switzerland’s Ramona Bachmann.Without a designated defensive center mid, Lloyd and Holiday have been positionally amiss, caught in no-man’s land between being high enough to support the forwards and close enough to each other to create any sort of rhythm or connection through the midfield. They’re both trying to cover so much space that it results in huge gaps between the midfield and forwards — the space that is so important for creating chances on goal. Australia32 At the 2011 World Cup, Shannon Boxx often filled the defensive midfield void the USWNT has now, sitting behind Lloyd while Holiday (née Cheney below) played as a withdrawn forward. The midfield combination of Boxx, Lloyd, Rapinoe and Heather O’Reilly (who has yet to play at this World Cup) created almost twice as many chances per game at the 2011 World Cup as the midfield combination of O’Reilly, Lloyd, Holiday and Rapinoe. New Zealand12 Canada28 TEAMTOTAL CHANCES CREATED Norway40 Nigeria19 South Korea22 France43 Colombia20 Japan43 Mexico16 Cameroon50 Netherlands25 Germany85 China29 Brazil37 Costa Rica14 Switzerland36 By Kante4 / via Wikimedia Commons Fortunately for the U.S., this problem isn’t likely to be exacerbated against a much weaker Chinese opponent tonight. Although it’s one of the most inexperienced teams at this World Cup, China has pace up top in forward Shanshan Wang, who has scored two of China’s four goals. But China has yet to play a team with a WSPI over 90, and they have created even fewer chances than the USWNT. China’s most prolific playmaker, midfielder Shuang Wang, has created only five chances compared with Rapinoe’s 10.The Americans head into the game with an 88 percent chance of winning, according to FiveThirtyEight’s forecast, which does not take into account Rapinoe and Holiday’s absences. Should Ellis stick to the same lackluster formation, Christen Press is likely to replace Rapinoe on the wing, with Morgan Brian for Holiday in the midfield. Press is pacy and creative, but the USWNT’s proven “Abby Dependence” — playing long balls forward even when Abby Wambach isn’t on the field — does not suit Press’s strengths as a player. When Press entered the game late against Colombia on Monday night, she too resorted to hitting long balls forward.Should the U.S. win tonight against China (they should), waiting on the other side of that victory is the winner of Germany vs. France. France struggled early, losing to Colombia 2-0 in one of the biggest upsets in WSPI history. But France routed South Korea 3-0 in its last game, controlling more than 60 percent of the possession and scoring one of the most beautiful combination play goals. Yet France’s chances created haven’t exceeded the Americans’ by much, 43 compared with the U.S.’s 37 overall. Thailand12 Sweden25 FIFATV Spain25 U.S.37 Ivory Coast25 England34 Ecuador7 Then there’s Germany, which has been near perfect this tournament, save for an early group stage tie with Norway. Germany has created more than twice as many chances as the USWNT. Nine players on Germany’s roster have created five chances or more at this World Cup; only Rapinoe and Holiday have more than five for the U.S. The tournament’s leading goal scorer, Anja Mittag, has created 14 chances alone for Germany — more than Alex Morgan, Wambach, Press, Tobin Heath, Lloyd, Brian and Sydney Leroux combined.Germany’s chances of winning the tournament have increased more than any other team, up from 27 percent at the start of the tournament to 33 percent now. If the U.S. faces Germany in the semifinal (assuming both teams have the same WSPI rating they do now), the U.S. would not be favored to win: Germany would have a 56 percent chance of winning, and even that seems too low given the U.S.’s inability to create chances against teams far worse than Germany.After solidifying a spot in the World Cup back in October, Press told Fox Sports, “Jill has emphasized having a really big attacking shape. It took us a while to see the angles and to see how that changed everything, but as we’ve progressed through this tournament it’s become quite clear that we’re starting to get it.” But when she was interviewed before the Colombia match Monday, that sentiment had changed entirely. “We’re kind of in a rigid formation with no natural angles,” she told ESPN. “And I think we’re working so hard to do what our coaches want and get the tactics right that we lost a little bit of that spirit of the game where you can just run where you want and do what you want.”Tonight’s game could go one of two ways: Slip in Press and Brian and play exactly the same way, squeaking past China on pure athleticism while hoping for moments of individual brilliance,2If that’s what we’re calling Alex Morgan’s cross-turned-accidental-goal. or realize that this formation has strangled the USWNT’s ability to create chances and scrap it altogether. That doesn’t necessarily mean reverting to the 2011-era USWNT style, but it does mean reconsidering the players that are available — in tonight’s game against China and going forward at the World Cup — and how to best utilize some of the most talented players in the world. The USWNT must evolve or die, Deadspin wrote this week; let’s hope the former happens before the latter.