Jr. Titans 14U Girls capture silver at USA Hockey Nationals

first_imgA stellar season for the New Jersey Junior Titans Girls 14U ice hockey team concluded with a silver medalwinning performance at the USA Hockey Tier II National Championships in Amherst, N.Y., on April 6. The girls strung together five wins in the tournament before falling in the finals to Massachusetts’ Assabet Valley, 5-1.The Junior Titans, who are coached by Matt Kiernan, opened the nationals with victories in all three of their pool play games. They defeated the Lady Vipers of Florida, 10-0, on April 2; the Kensington Valley Ravens from Michigan, 6-5, on April 3; and New York’s Amherst Knights, 8-0, on April 4.The girls moved into the playoff rounds, with two games on April 5. They went into overtime during a quarterfinals matchup against the Connecticut Polar Bears. The Junior Titans took the lead early in the third period with two goals to overcome a 2-1 deficit, but Connecticut knotted the score at 3-3 with about 90 seconds left in regulation. Jesse DeVito netted her fourth goal of the game 3:45 into the extra session to send New Jersey into the semifinals.There, they faced off against the Pittsburgh Predators and advanced to the championship game with a 3-1 victory behind a strong defensive effort, led by a 21-save effort from goaltender Karoline Winzer. The Junior Titans could not get going in the finals against Assabet Valley, closing out the tournament in second place after falling behind 4-0 through two periods and lighting the lamp just once on a power play goal by Rebecca Foggia early in the third.“I thought it was an unbelievable run. We just ran out of gas on the final day,” said George Haviland, the Junior Titans owner and director of hockey and an assistant coach with the Girls 14U team. “On the championship day, it was our third game in less than 20 hours. No excuses; the girls’ legs were weary. But we played against a four-line team that was fresh. “[Finishing] second out of 197 teams around the country is an amazing accomplishment for our girls club in only our third year,” he continued. As they did during the whole season, the Junior Titans relied on the scoring of a first line of Brianna Haviland, Foggia and De- Vito, as well as solid goaltending from Winzer. Foggia was the top goalscorer (12) and point-getter (19) in the tournament, and she also had seven assists. DeVito was the second leading scorer with 16 points, while Haviland was first in assists (eight) and third in points (15). Winzer went 5-1 at the nationals, and she finished with a 2.30 goals against average, .885 save percentage and two shutouts. The Juniors Titans made it to the nationals by capturing the Atlantic District championship on March 9 in Aston, Pa. They also won the Mid-Atlantic Women’s Hockey Association (MAWHA) 14U Ruggerio Division and the MAWHA 14U regular season championships.“There is a certain standard that the Titans expect, and the girls have reached it,” Haviland said.Haviland said that the Junior Titans hired Olivia Mucha as women’s hockey director in order to continue the growth of the girls program. Mucha is a graduate of Princeton University, where she was a fouryear varsity player for the NCAA Division I school. Mucha was also a prep school player and a member of the USA Hockey under-18 program.“Now our program will have a full-time director to set the bar high,” Haviland said.The members of the 14U Girls team are Ally Freeman, Tea Ferrara, Callie Haytaian, Martha Dzieniszewska, Caitlyn Keenan, Claire Caroli, Isabelle Engel, Molly O’Mara, Nicole Suboya, Foggia, Haviland, DeVito and Winzer.Kiernan was assisted behind the bench by Haviland and Pete Haytaian.Girls interested in playing ice hockey at any age or level can contact Haviland for more information at havs11@aol.com. By NEIL BORENSTEIN Staff Writer last_img read more

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Two Digicel Cup players join Hunters training squad

first_imgThe first is Gulf Isapea captain, Bernard Goma, who started training with the Hunters last Tuesday while confirmation is yet to be received from Lae Snax Tigers, Junior Rop, who is expected to join the Hunters camp on Monday (tomorrow).“Both these players have been very impressive with their respective franchise clubs.“They join the Hunters camp to fit into our training structures and regime,” said Marum.Marum added that both players will play for their franchise clubs unless the opportunity arises where they may get to play for the SP Hunters during the rest of the season.last_img read more

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Brazilian national fined $7M for mining in protected area

first_imgA Brazilian man has been fined million, payable to the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), following a raid of his operations in April.According to a statement from the Ministry of Natural Resources, the operator was caught mining illegally in the Kaieteur National Park area.The release stated that the GGMC discovered equipment in the form of a dredge, No 9827, and a Doosan excavator, engine No DHKCEFALTB, when they raided the Kaieteur National Park Buffer area.The equipment was subsequently held and charges were prepared against Ceso Alves De Alcantara, a national of Brazil. In discussions on August 4 and 5, 2016, Alcantara said that he regretted the situation, noting that he was almost ruined and has become ill with worry since the situation unfolded.Alcantara’s equipment is to be removed from the buffer area to Grass Falls, with the understanding that there should be no future issue arising from his operation working near prohibited areas or without permission.last_img read more

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Capital FM, Taifa Stars in football clinic ahead of Road to Anfield regionals

first_img0Shares0000Capital FM will take on hosts Azania of Tanzania and Coca Cola from Uganda./CAPITAL FM DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, Mar 3 – World Champions Capital FM will on Friday afternoon have the opportunity to attend a football clinic with the Tanzanian national football team, Taifa Stars as they prepare for the Standard Chartered Road to Anfield Regional final that will be played on Saturday at the Jakaya Kikwete Park Stadium.Capital FM arrived in the Tanzanian capital Friday morning and headed straight to the team’s hotel before attending the football clinic in the afternoon at the Jakaya Kikwete Park, graced by Liverpool FC legend John Barnes.The team skippered by Lassie Atrash was given a warm send off on Thursday evening by Capital Group Limited Managing Director Cyrus Kamau, who challenged the squad to win the tough regional tournament that will grantee them a return to the United Kingdom to defend the world title at Anfield, the home of English Premier League side Liverpool in May.Capital Group Limited Managing Director (C) Cyrus Kamau./Muthoni Njuki“I’m sending you to Tanzania to go and bring the trophy. You can do it, I need to see you guys in London again. Just put God first in everything that you do and I have no doubt that you will succeed. I’m so proud with what you have done, continue with the same spirit,” Kamau challenged the squad.Atrash said the team is in high spirits, exuding confidence that they will succeed.“There is pressure because we are the World Champions so teams already know us but we are confident we will get a positive result. It’s our wish to return to England and defend our title,” Atrash, a Production Assistant at Capital FM stated.Capital FM who will represent Kenya in the regional competition after defending the local title last week in Nairobi, will take on hosts Azania of Tanzania and Coca Cola from Uganda.Jeff Ooko/CAPITAL FMThe winner of the match will earn a fully paid four-day trip to Anfield in May where they will be trained by the Liverpool Academy coaches, then tour the Anfield Stadium as well as watch an English Premier League match live before playing the Standard Chartered Trophy final under floodlights.The Best Mix of Music team comprises Solomon Okeyo, Jeff Ooko, Alex Isaboke, Atrash, Shaffie Soud, Ali Athman, Timothy Olobulu and Kristian Malumbe.The technical bench consist of coach Ahmedin Gulu and Team Manager Duncan Kikata assisted by David Muba.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Consumers more positive about future

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy is ending the year with a hopeful set of reports showing that consumer confidence soared in December and the worst of the downturn for the battered housing market may be over. The Conference Board reported Thursday that consumer confidence shot up to an eight-month high of 109.0 in December. That was only slightly below last April’s 109.8, when confidence had hit the highest point in four years before soaring gasoline prices and a slumping housing market took their toll on Americans’ perception of the future. Meanwhile, the National Association of Realtors reported that sales of existing homes edged up 0.6 percent in November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.28 million units, after a 0.5 percent rise in sales in October. It marked the first back-to-back increases in sales of existing homes since the spring of 2005 and followed news Wednesday that sales of new homes rose 3.4 percent last month. The better-than-expected showing for both new and existing home sales could be signaling that this year’s severe slide in housing is starting to bottom out, analysts said. However, they cautioned not to expect a sharp rebound. Rather, they said they look for prices to continue falling for several more months as sellers are forced to trim their asking prices more in the face of near-record levels of unsold homes. For October, the median price for an existing home fell for a record fourth consecutive month, dropping to $218,000, down 3.1 percent from a year ago. David Lereah, the Realtors’ chief economist, estimated that each 1 percent fall in home prices brings an additional 50,000 buyers into the market. Housing had been the economy’s standout performer as the lowest mortgage rates in four decades gave the country five straight years of record sales of both new and existing homes. This year sales of existing homes should fall by about 9 percent with a smaller 1 percent decline expected in 2007, Lereah said. He said that one-fourth of the country, the formerly hottest markets in such areas as California and Florida, will see prices decline further while the other three-fourths of the country will see sales and prices keep rising. Other economists cautioned that while they believe housing has hit bottom, it could be a prolonged period of weakness that will last for much of next year, given the size of inventories that must be reduced. “A lot of people who had been sitting on the sidelines are beginning to move back into a buying mode, but we don’t look for things to turn up significantly until next summer,” said Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at Global Insight. The backlog of unsold existing homes dropped 1 percent in November to 3.82 million units, which represented a 7.3-month supply at the current sales pace. The rise in the consumer confidence readings was a good sign that the housing slowdown was not more seriously affecting consumers’ willingness to spend money, analysts said. The fear had been that the severe slump in housing would cause people to stop spending and possibly contribute to an outright recession, much as the bursting of the stock market bubble in 2000 helped trigger the 2001 downturn. “The latest data show us that the economic expansion remains firmly intact at year’s end,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Economy.com. “Consumers have jobs, gasoline prices are down and the stock market is up so people feel good.” But some analysts cautioned that it would take more increases in consumer confidence to be sure that the economy is on a sound footing. “Given the seesaw pattern in recent months, it is too soon to tell if this boost in confidence is a genuine signal that better times are ahead,” said Lynn Franco, director of the Conference Board’s consumer research center. There was good news on jobs Thursday as the Labor Department reported that the number of laid off workers filing applications for unemployment benefits rose by only 1,000 last week to 317,000. That’s a level that analysts said indicated the job market was remaining strong in spite of the slowdown in overall economic growth. By region of the country, sales of existing homes were down 1.6 percent in the South and unchanged in the Midwest while sales shot up by a strong 6 percent in the Northeast and were up 0.8 percent in the West.last_img read more

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2,000 Kids to Play and Cheer at Lucas Oil Stadium in Red Zone Games Debut

first_imgIt’s billed as the “Greatest Day Ever.” And why wouldn’t it be, as thousands of kids step onto the artificial turf at Lucas Oil Stadium to the cheers of 6,000 friends and family?Looking upward into the 67,000 seats, these young football and cheer teams canimagine what it feels like to wear an Indianapolis Colts uniform on game day.If they close their eyes, maybe they will hear the crowd’s thunderous applause.These are the Red Zone Games, where 7- to 12-year- olds play football and performcheer routines on the Colts’ perfectly manicured turf in an experience unique byanyone’s standards.  Red Zone Games is also the name of the Austin, Texas-based company whichorganizes these youth football events at NFL stadiums across the country.They arecoming to Lucas Oil Stadium for its Indianapolis debut Nov. 5, 2017.Red Zone Games began in 2012 at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas – home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys. Since then, a thousand teams – comprised of 9,976 players and cheerleaders – have experienced the NFL sensation.When football is tossed around in Indianapolis, or any NFL town, talk is focused on aplayer’s size and weight and talent. But that’s not the case here. This event is not ultracompetitive, but instead focuses on community enthusiasm, family fun and the kids’overall enjoyment.“This event is not about finding out who’s the best 12-year- old and under team,”saysTim Bishop, Director of Red Zone Games. “If your number-one priority is proving howgood your team is, then this is not for you. These games are about having an amazingexperience while playing fun, safe football. It’s where every player gets to play at LucasOil Stadium.”Bishop frequently fields one particular concern: “We’re from a small town, where none of the kids on my team have played organized football. I don’t really have any greatathletes on my team. Won’t we just lose big time?”Though most of the teams who participate at the event are recreational teamsfrom small towns with little football experience, according to Bishop, the bracketsare adjusted to allow teams from smaller areas to play teams from larger areas and stillgive smaller area teams an equal chance at winning.“Most leagues have an age or weight limit,” says Bishop. “This is because they cancontrol most of the other variables and reside in a district of similar community size.Although this works for league games (even though you still get 42-0 games), this doesnot work for Red Zone Games where so many other factors come into play.”So how are final matchups determined? Without giving away his secrets, Bishop saystheir system has created thousands of fun, safe football games since 2012 where teamsfrom the smallest 1A or 2A towns have won just as many games as teams from largerareas. Matchups are “handpicked.”“Win or lose, playing and cheering in a Red Zone Games event is extraordinary asmost people only dream about playing in an NFL stadium,” says Bishop, who isplanning for up to 96 teams from Indiana and the surrounding states to compete thisNovember in Indy. If the accolades from the coaches in Texas are any indication, coaches here are in for atreat:• “My kids may not remember any other game this season, but they will rememberplaying in an NFL stadium for the rest of their lives,” says Bob Roberts, head coach ofthe West Austin Corsairs in Austin, Texas. • “It wasn’t about wins, losses or touchdowns, but more about what experience the kidstook away,” says Will Engleman, of the Kyle Invaders Youth Football in Kyle, Texas. “Wetold our players to dream big and keep putting in hard work!” • “I think it’s a great experience for young athletes,” says Ray Garret, of Overton YouthFootball in Overton, Texas. “They see that field and team all the time on TV, and then tobe able to play on it really encourages kids to play sports and stay active. Red ZoneGames is a great environment and well-organized.”This event is not solely for the kids. Parents and fans can also experience the euphoriaof the place with the Mom Football Throw competition, Dad Field Goal contests, and fantrivia. “It’s a dream come true to watch my sons play there,” says Val Gonzales, of Memphis,Texas. “Their dreams are to play there when they’re in high school.”Bishop summed up the event with what he hopes the kids will say: “Now that I’ve playedin an NFL stadium, what else can I achieve?”The Red Zone Games fact sheet• What: Beginner level football teams play against other beginner youth teams fromIndiana and surrounding states.– Six divisions ages 7 through 12 years old. – Cheer teams will perform on the 50-yard line about halfway between the Colts’horseshoe and the sidelines. Cheer routines can last up to three minutes and areperformed about every hour or two while the games are in progress.– Fans can enjoy front row seats and watch all of the day's activities. • When: Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 – from 7a.m. to 9 p.m.• Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis• Team registration forms, fan tickets and more information: www.lorzg.com.Deadline for teams, cheerleaders and coaches to register is Oct. 5 2017.• Contact: Call/text Tim Bishop at (512) 771-5561 or via email at:alumnigames@gmail.com• Visit the Lucas Oil Red Zone Games Facebook page at:https://www.facebook.com/LucasOilRedZoneGames/last_img read more

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Family living in fear as home attacked for third time over Christmas season

first_imgAn Inishowen family are living in fear after another attack on their home overnight.A large stone was thrown through the window of the house at Millbrae, Carndonagh.Local county councillor Albert Doherty revealed this is the THIRD time the family have been targeted in recent days. Last night’s incident happened just after 9.30pm.Sinn Fein member Cllr Doherty appealed for whoever is behind the attacks to stop.“The family members, some elderly, were and are traumatised and extremely upset. This is the third such incident in a recent short spell.“On Sat last, Christmas Eve, a stone was thrown at the home/window at 7.30pm resulting in similar tension, fear and upset. “I’m pleading to those involved”Please Stop Now!”“To neighbours,friends,old and young,to parents,please share these incidents and the resultant upsets caused.“We live in a good place with great residents,with good community people. All our residents ought to feel and enjoy their day in the safety and security of their homes,” he said.Family living in fear as home attacked for third time over Christmas season was last modified: December 30th, 2016 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)last_img read more

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Movies to See Before Your Disney World Vacation

first_imgShare This!Ready for a Disney Movie Marathon?When counting down a trip to Walt Disney World, there are a number of things that need to be done from deciding how many suitcases to take, to setting a souvenir budget, to breaking in that new pair of walking shoes. But for me, there’s one more thing that I always have to do when counting down those last few anticipation-filled days, and that’s refreshing my memory and getting in the Disney spirit with a few movies! Kicking back with some popcorn to revisit a classic Disney flick, or even checking out a film for the first time, will only add to your overall Disney World experience. So go pop some popcorn and get ready for a movie marathon with my list of movies to see before your Disney World Vacation!But first, let me explain how I came up with this list. Naturally, I included a number of Disney animated classics, even though it was really really hard to narrow down my favorites; but just so you know, I based my selections on what films I felt were represented the most at Walt Disney World or a huge part of Disney World history. Secondly, my list is not just Disney animated films, but also live-action Disney films and non-Disney films which are either represented in the parks or, again, played a big role in Disney history or as Imagineering inspiration! But as always, if you feel that I missed an important movie, or would simply like to add to the list, please do so in the comments. Okay, are you ready for the list? Here we go…Photo – DisneyCinderellaDisney’s first princess film since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella is one of the most beloved and important films Walt Disney ever made. The film’s release in 1950 was so successful that it revitalized the Disney Company after World War II and kick-started the decade in which we would get the first Disney Park: Disneyland. Why you should revisit Cinderella before your Disney World retreat is because the Magic Kingdom’s castle is called Cinderella Castle! Inside the castle, a sparkly mosaic tells Cinderella’s story and there’s even a themed restaurant, Cinderella’s Royal Table, where guests meet Cinderella herself and dine in a medieval, fairy tale setting. Characters from Cinderella are also known to meet guests around Cinderella Castle and throughout Fantasyland; and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa offers a special character meal at 1900 Park Fare where Cinderella, Prince Charming, and her dysfunctional family meet with guests as they dine. All in all, Cinderella is an important film at Walt Disney World and is definitely worth a watch before you pass through the park turnstiles.Photo – imdb.comThe African QueenWhy is this film my first pick? Well, believe it or not this 1951 classic, starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn, inspired the Disney Park staple, The Jungle Cruise. Walt Disney saw this film himself and wanted to recreate the experience in his upcoming Disneyland Park. Although, he planned for guests aboard his boats to see live wildlife on the shores, just as the characters in The African Queen did! Of course, live animals wasn’t exactly doable at the time, nor would they be willing to appear and entertain when a boat passed by every few minutes; and so, the plan for live animals was scrapped in favor of one of Walt’s newest innovations: audio-animatronics. Walt’s vision for an attraction where guests could be entertained by live African wildlife was finally realized in 1998 when Kilimanjaro Safaris opened at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. In this way, The African Queen technically inspired two attractions at Walt Disney World! This is why I encourage anyone going to Walt Disney World to check out The African Queen. While I’ve always loved the Jungle Cruise, seeing the film which inspired it gave me a whole new appreciation for this classic attraction. Tip: Look for The African Queen poster on Sunset Boulevard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.Beauty and the BeastBeauty and the Beast became an instant classic when it arrived in theaters in 1991 and was actually Disney’s first animated film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture! Beauty and the Beast is worth watching anytime; but you should definitely see it again before your Disney World Vacation, particularly if you haven’t been to Walt Disney World in recent years. Why? Because the Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland has a whole Beauty and the Beast themed area that makes you feel as if you’ve wandered right into the film! This new area offers the Enchanted Tales with Belle attraction, where guests enter Maurice’s cottage and then are magically transferred to the Beast’s library to meet with Belle herself! There’s also the incredibly detailed Gaston’s Tavern which proves Gaston truly does use antlers in all of his decorating. The best part of all is the Be Our Guest Restaurant, located inside the mountain topped with the Beast’s Castle. This restaurant has three themed dining rooms, such as the film’s signature ballroom and the Beast’s West Wing! Also, over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, fans can take in Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage. It’s an incredible show and Disney World’s version of a Broadway production.Photo – imdb.comThe Swiss Family RobinsonInspired by the classic book, The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss, Walt Disney’s film version tells the story of a shipwrecked family who must find a way to survive on a tropical island. The movie was a big success when it first debuted in 1960, and was popular and well-known to audiences in the following decades but has somewhat faded in prominence in recent years. One of the highlights of the movie was the elaborate treehouse the Robinson family constructed out of the ship’s wreckage. As the movie was popular in years prior, Imagineers had a Swiss Family Treehouse attraction that guests could walk through at both the Disneyland Park and Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Disneyland’s version was replaced with a Tarzan overlay in 1999, but the Magic Kingdom’s has thankfully retained its original theme. If you haven’t seen Walt Disney’s The Swiss Family Robinson, I encourage you to do so before heading to Walt Disney World to fully appreciate the classic treehouse attraction and to see a piece of Disney history!©DisneyMeet Me in St. LouisOne of my favorite shows at the Magic Kingdom is the Main Street Trolley Show. I love the old-fashioned costumes, the dancing, the charm, and just how it brings Main Street, U.S.A. to life. The Main Street Trolley Show performers often, and rather appropriately, perform to “The Trolley Song,” which just happens to be from the classic film Meet Me in St. Louis. This 1944 film starring Judy Garland tells the story of a turn-of-the-century family coping with everyday life, the prospect of having to move to New York, and the upcoming 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. But “The Trolley Song” isn’t the only reason why you should see this flick before your Disney World Vacation. Meet Me in St. Louis is a little glimpse of what life was like in the time of Main Street, U.S.A. and when Walt was growing up. Also, if you’re a Disney historian, you know that World’s Fairs played a huge role in the creation of a number of Disney attractions; and since we don’t have World’s Fairs today, it’s fun to see how they impacted the people living at that time.Photo – imdb.comSingin’ in the RainOne of the most famous films of all time, 1952’s Singin’ in the Rain is a great film to watch in preparation or your Walt Disney World Vacation for a number of reasons. The first is for the sake of history. Singin’ in the Rain is set in the 1920s and is about how Hollywood actors and actresses had to make the transition from silent films to sound. Walt Disney was in Hollywood during this transitional period in the entertainment industry and was one of the first to use sound in his cartoons, most famously in Steamboat Willie. Another reason why you see Singin’ in the Rain is because it is represented at two Walt Disney World Parks. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, The Great Movie Ride features a scene from Singin’ in the Rain, and there’s even a little photo-op homage to the film’s most famous moment on the Streets of America! (Note: This detail may disappear as the Imagineers begin construction on Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land.) The next reference to the film is at the Magic Kingdom, but only big fans of the film will notice it because it’s in the form of a song. The song is “Good Morning” and it’s usually performed during the Magic Kingdom Welcome Show. Bonus: The lead actress in Singin’ in the Rain is Debbie Reynolds, who just happens to be Carrie Fisher’s mom. Hey, Princess Leia is technically a Disney Princess these days, so it’s worth noting!Indiana Jones FranchiseThe Indiana Jones films, with the exception of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull because I’m still not over it, are essential to American culture and have a strong presence at Walt Disney World, especially at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This park features the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, a live show which highlights some of the stunt work primarily from Raiders of the Lost Ark. Those who aren’t familiar with Indiana Jones will still enjoy the show, but it’s so much better if you’ve seen at least one of the movies. Also, Hollywood Studios offers Indy merch at two locations, the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost and the Indiana Jones Truck. This particular point is awesome for Indy fans because, unlike Star Wars, Indy merch is hard to come by outside the parks. Indiana Jones is also featured in a scene in The Great Movie Ride at Hollywood Studios; but one of the biggest reasons why you need an Indy marathon before heading to Walt Disney World is the new Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar at Disney Springs. Jock Lindsey was Indy’s pilot in Raiders of the Lost Ark and this new destination is filled with relics and artifacts and a number of references to the Indiana Jones films. For an Indy fan, dining at this new restaurant is sort of an adventure within itself in trying to find all the fun Easter eggs and nods to Indiana Jones’ adventures!Star WarsYou probably knew this was coming, didn’t you? Yes, you absolutely need to see Star Wars before going to Walt Disney World, especially these days as Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is a massive success and Disney’s Hollywood Studios is gaining Star Wars Land. For those that don’t know, Star Wars has had a presence at Walt Disney World since the early days of Hollywood Studios, previously known as MGM Studios, with the opening of the original Star Tours. The park had also hosted the incredibly popular Star Wars Weekends event for a number of years. But Star Wars Mania at Walt Disney World has reached whole new levels since Disney purchased Star Wars and released The Force Awakens. Nowadays, Star Wars merch is everywhere and, as I’ve already said, Hollywood Studios is in the process of gaining Star Wars Land and new Star Wars-themed entertainment! So to fully get the hype and the sense of anticipation at Walt Disney World these days, you just gotta see Star Wars. But which one? After all, there is seven and another is on the way. My personal opinion? If you’re new to Star Wars, begin with Episode IV: A New Hope and watch up through Episode VII: The Force Awakens if it’s still in theaters (or once it hits iTunes March 15). They have the strongest presence in the parks these days and I think they’re the best!Pirates of the CaribbeanPirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black PearlPirates of the Caribbean is one of the most iconic, and popular, attractions Disney ever produced. Even those who have never been to a Disney Park know of Pirates of the Caribbean and its theme song, “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life For Me.)” In 2003, Disney released Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl which was inspired by the Pirates of the Caribbean park attraction. The film also introduced one of the most popular characters ever, Captain Jack Sparrow. More Pirates of the Caribbean films followed; in fact, the franchise’s next installment, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, is slated to sail into theaters next year. However, the attraction which started it all hasn’t remained untouched by the success of the Pirates films. They have re-inspired the attraction with the addition of a few key characters from the film. This is why a Pirates of the Caribbean movie night is a great idea before taking a Disney World Vacation, just so park-goers can pick out and understand the new attraction details and enjoy the pirate mania! But like Star Wars, there are quite a few Pirates of the Caribbean movies. My pick? Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. It’s the first and, in my opinion, the best and not quite as self-indulgent and slapstick as the others. You will also fully get the all hype about the franchise and the character of Captain Jack just from this film. For major Pirates of the Caribbean fans, or for those with junior pirates in their families, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort offers special pirate-themed rooms so the pirate experience can continue even after you’ve left the park.Toy StoryPixar is a huge part of the Disney Parks and Resorts these days. Even though the first Toy Story arrived in theaters in 1995, it’s hard for me to imagine what the world was like before Buzz and Woody and Lightning McQueen and Mater and Mr. and Mrs. Incredible. But of all the wonderful Pixar Movies and Characters, Toy Story has the strongest presence at Walt Disney World and that is exactly why it’s included on this list. For starters, at the Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland, Toy Story fans can check out Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin; and at Hollywood Studios, the awesome and incredibly popular Toy Story Midway Mania and Pixar Place. However, Hollywood Studios is about to get even more Toy Story action with the upcoming addition of Toy Story Land! Finally, the All-Star Movies Resort has a whole section themed after Toy Story which will truly make you too feel the size of a toy. So of all the Pixar Movies to revisit before your Walt Disney World Vacation, my recommendation is most definitely any of the Toy Story films.So that’s my list of movies to watch before your Disney World Vacation. Did I miss any? I hope my list will help get you in the Disney mood, educate you on some Disney history, or at least help you to impress your kids by knowing that name of that certain Disney character. Be sure to tell me what movies you have to watch before packing your bags for Disney World in the comments below!last_img read more

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Tenorio flourishing in finals despite playing through injury

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Tenorio drilled the miraculous triple with 1:07 remaining to give Ginebra a commanding 84-76 lead. The shot turned out to be the dagger as the defending champions  took a 2-0 lead in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.What makes Tenorio’s clutch performance in Game 2 more awe-inspiring was the revelation of his head coach Tim Cone that the star playmaker is actually playing with an elbow injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“He’s gonna have a surgery on his shooting elbow at the end of the conference. He’s playing through it and still shooting the ball well,” bared Cone.The 33-year-old Tenorio, though, said that it was the Gin Kings’ defense that won the game and not his stellar play in the endgame. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups LA Tenorio. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLA Tenorio will be the first to admit that his shot clock-beating triple in the clutch was nothing but a stroke of luck.“It was a hail mary shot,” Tenorio proudly said.ADVERTISEMENT No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Legends Jaworski, Arnaiz grace Game 2 of PBA Finals MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim 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 LATEST STORIES “Before we get the championship we have to get win number three first. We’re not gonna look for win number four. We just have to come out really, really, really aggressive and strong on the third game. That’s our focus. We haven’t achieved anything yet by winning this game, so we’re taking it one game at a time.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges “Our defense kept us in the game,” Tenorio said. “We didn’t play that well offensively, but our defense kept us in the game. Like what I’ve said from the start, it’s gonna be defense versus defense. It’s gonna be a grind out win, and then we expected it this game that it’s not gonna be easy compared to Game 1.”“True enough, they came out really aggressive and attacked the basket. They attacked our bigs, they attacked the mismatches, but good thing that down the stretch we came out really focused and aggressive.”Tenorio uncorked 10 of his 14 points in the payoff period, on top of three rebounds as he and teamed up with import Justin Brownlee to lift Ginebra down the stretch.The Gin Kings are halfway into their bid to retain the title and Tenorio wants no letup with Game 3 set on Wednesday.“To be honest, 2-0 is still nothing. We know miracles can still happen in this league, so we really have to come out stronger,” he said. “The series is not yet over. It’s still far, far from over.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Xtep Sports opens sportswear store in Bengaluru

first_imgPublished on sport Xtep Sports, a Hong Kong and Xiamen headquartered sportswear brand, has launched its first flagship store in Bengaluru.Xtep specialises in footwear and sportswear in several categories. Under sports performance, the categories include football, outdoors, basketball, and an urban and fashion category too.Plans are afoot to come up with five stores by the end of the year and start online sales in major platforms too.Founded by the 46-year-old Ding Shui Po, who is also the chairman and chief executive officer of Xtep, the company was first established in 1999, as an original equipment manufacturer for international sports manufacturer. It then started its own sportswear brand in 2002.The Xtep group currently operates 6,035 stores across 31 provinces across the People’s Republic Of China (PRC) as well as Nepal, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Spain and now in Bangalore. COMMENTS November 17, 2018 COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL Bengaluru SHARElast_img read more

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