John Mayer Is As Obsessed With Pokémon Go As We Are

first_imgWhile Dead & Company just spent two nights at the beautiful Alpine Valley Music Center, that didn’t stop guitarist John Mayer from checking out the newest mobile app craze: Pokémon Go. The new game puts users on a real life map to collect Pokémon and find Pokéstops, cleverly integrating classic Pokémon gameplay with modern day technology.As the band is on the road, why wouldn’t Mayer take the opportunity to collect Pokémon across the country? His addiction to the app may be on another level though, considering his recent Instagram post… Yeah, that’s $100 real dollars on Pokémon. He’s in it to win it.Since Mayer recently showed his bandmates Bob Weir and Mickey Hart what Snapchat is, will it only be a matter of time before the whole band gets in on the craze?last_img read more

Lessons of the Week! Hugh Jackman, Newsies & More

first_img View Comments It’s Friday, and you know what that means—time to jump into your Wicked jammies, pour a giant glass of wine and get ready for the Lessons of the Week! We’ve learned so much about Jake Gyllenhaal’s flying friends, Hugh Jackman’s dangerous cooking skills and Ramin Karimloo’s taste in ladies, we couldn’t wait to share. Check out this week’s lessons below!Tavi Gevinson Can Get Taylor Swift TixStep away from StubHub. We repeat, step away from StubHub. We have a way better way to get tickets for Taylor Swift’s 1989 world tour: just become BFFs with This Is Our Youth star Tavi Gevinson! Apparently they know each other and they’re practically like this. (We’re crossing our fingers right now. Can a website cross its fingers? Does a website have fingers? Whatever.)Jake Gyllenhaal Has Bee BuddiesSpeaking of Taylor Swift (and when aren’t we), her ex-boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal has been spending some time with some weird, buzzing friends since their breakup. To prep for his role as a beekeeper in Constellations, the star told us he’s “hanging out with some bees” to research the role. Please tell us you went up to a hive and said, “Let’s bee friends.” Bzzzz.Hugh Jackman Cooks En FlambéTony winner Hugh Jackman can pretty much do it all: Comedy, drama, singing, tap dancing, and even gutting a fish onstage in The River (well, sometimes he cuts himself, but that’s a lesson for another day). But his other secret talent is making Crepes Suzette en flambé. Yes. ON FIRE. Hugh, please be careful. No one likes a Wolverine with no eyebrows.The Secret Password Is: (Fart Noise)Guys, it’s finally here! No, not that “I love Idina Menzel” pillowcase you ordered on Ebay. The trailer for Pitch Perfect 2! The clip shows the Bellas going to a secret Riff-Off where they have to make a fart noise to get in. Coincidentally, that’s the same secret password we use for the holiday party!NeNe Leakes Has a Big MouthThe Real Housewives of Atlanta star is stepping into Broadway’s Cinderella this week—what makes her portrayal different from the evil stepmothers who have come before her? According to NeNe, she has the biggest mouth of them all. Hmm, we’re pretty sure Fran Drescher would be willing to fight you on this one, but we’re keeping our big mouths shut.JCM Can’t Put Down the WigEven after recently denying he would be reprising the role he created and originated 15 years ago, John Cameron Mitchell is indeed pulling the wig down from the shelf to play Hedwig on Broadway! Very sneaky, JCM. Don’t worry, we know you’ll still fit into that old Sergio Valente—and we know another three-name celebrity who can give you some diet and exercise tips.The Newsies Left Nasty Parting GiftsWhen the cast of Honeymoon in Vegas told us the stars of Newsies left a few things behind for them in the Nederlander Theatre dressing rooms, we assumed they meant flowers and chocolates. Nope. Apparently, they left gym shorts, roach spray and “the man stench of splits.” Wow, we thought these guys were classy gents, but we guess newsboys will be newsboys.Daisy and Violet Traded PlacesSide Show naturally had to take some creative license while adapting the true story of Daisy and Violet Hilton, but we never knew composer Henry Krieger and book writer and lyricist Bill Russell actually swapped the positions of the conjoined twins to make the songs sound better. You hear that, aspiring composers? If you get stuck, just change history! Works every time.Just Say No To Sneaky TrollsWe always thought On the Town’s troll mascot Chabsey was cute and harmless, but according video blogger Alysha Umphress, he’s a no-good troublemaker. Apparently he’s been running wild in the theater, stealing hats and taking totally unauthorized Polaroid photos. We’d be furious if he weren’t so darn cute.Ramin Karimloo Likes His Ladies RippedOn this week’s Show People, Les Miz star and Broadway’s Sexiest Man Alive contender Ramin Karimloo revealed what really “turns his crank”: Women with giant muscles. Anyhoo, we’d love to chat but we’ve gotta go sign up for Mark Fisher Fitness, buy a 10-pound drum of protein powder and do push-ups for the rest of the night. See you guys next week!last_img read more

Tracy Click: Army Veteran and Blue Ridge Athlete

first_imgThey call her ‘Alabama.’ She’s not the average 20-something-year old professional athlete you’ll find at a lot of extreme sport competitions, like the ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships. Having already completed undergraduate school, three previous world championships in New Zealand and Spain, and three years as a parachute rigger for the United States Army, this southern gal is a hero on and off the water.  In the squirt boat division, she makes for a particularly threatening athlete, that is, until she breaks into a smile and tells you “howdy” in that sweet southern drawl.“I’ve had that nickname since I started video boating on the New and Gauley Rivers,” Tracy Click tells me over lunch at River’s End at the Nantahala Outdoor Center. “That was back when the West Virginia rafting scene was ‘tore up from the floor up.’”We chat about her experience kayaking in the ‘90s when the sport was still developing, about her persistence to learn in the face of almost-certain carnage. She’s worked nearly everywhere, from video boating on the New and Gauley to safety boating on the Upper Yough and rivers in the West. She’s dabbled in raft guiding too, although she much prefers to paddle her own boat. Squirt boating and slalom racing, now her specialties, were not always what she had in mind for herself.“I wanted to be a playboater,” she says, “but I was getting frustrated because I couldn’t complete the tricks, couldn’t get the ends down. A guy I knew was selling his squirt boat. Since I was the only one who could fit in it, I started learning that and found I could do everything I couldn’t do in a regular play boat.”Her success as a squirt boater led her to representing the U.S.A. in the freestyle championships in New Zealand and Spain. Her travels opened her eyes to a world beyond her Alabama upbringing and introduced her to a new love.“Coffee. Good, European coffee,” she says. “Coffee we Americans drink is sissy-fied. I’ve got a coffee company (Mountain Perks) sponsoring me that’s how much I love it. If you look on the bottom of my boat, I have a “powered by espresso” sticker there instead of a “powered by Gatorade” or Red Bull or whatever. Energy drinks are ridiculous anyway; you might as well pound a bag of sugar.”Alabama sporting her love of coffee.She excuses herself from the table to wish her fellow teammate, Haley Mills, good luck before her heat. We walk down to the beach and watch the competitors put in.“That’s one of the things being in the army taught me,” she says. “It taught me how to be a good teammate, how to represent the United States, and what that means.”When I watched her compete in the semi-finals the following day, I began to understand just what she meant. Her down-to-earth personality is fearless yet relatable, authentic, inspiring; fans of hers yell “Go Alabama” from the stands, waving American flags and ringing cowbells. She’s quite a talker, too, and when she’s called to begin her first ride I look over to the eddy to see her beached on some rocks, skirt popped off, chatting casually with an old friend. Although she trains hard and doesn’t take competition lightly, she’s also out there for the fun of it, which, in the end, is more inspiring than any world championship title.Tracy Click-4“Time and time again, I realize that the river has a cycle just like life,” she tells me after her heat. “As long as you’re on that continuum, making decisions, you’re going somewhere and doing something that betters you.”Although her run did not progress her to the finals on Sunday, September 8th, her mystery move was one to remember. Tracy is currently an online student at Montreat College and resides in Mount Holly, N.C. She hopes to get a masters degree in leadership development before pursuing a Ph.D.Tracy Click 2last_img read more

Lakeview Armed Home Invasion Probed

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police are investigating an armed home invasion in which three masked men ransacked a house in Lakeview over the weekend, authorities said.A 24-year-old man was exiting the back door of his home when three men walked up, one of whom pointed a black revolver at his head and forced the victim back inside at 9:25 p.m. Saturday, police said.One of the assailants demanded money and the second suspect held the victim at knifepoint while the other two stole jewelry, 12 pairs of sneakers, clothing, an X-box, an iPhone and cash before the trio fled the scene, police said.The victim was not injured.All three suspects were described as black men wearing black and white bandanas covering their faces. The first subject was described as 5-feet, 9-inches tall, 150 pounds, with a thin build, wearing a baseball style hat, navy blue hooded sweatshirt, maroon jogging pants and white work gloves.The second suspect was described as 6-feet tall, 165 pounds, wearing a white V-neck style Polo t-shirt, blue jogging pants with a white and orange stripe, brown aviator sunglasses and tattoo of wings on the left wrist. The third suspect was described as 6-feet tall, 160 pounds, wearing a black t-shirt and maroon jogging pants.Fourth Squad detectives request anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.  All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

The Business Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce was established

first_imgCroatia currently holds the presidency of the EU Council, and as the organization of the presidency largely revolves around a quality offer of congress and related content, the CNTB in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs uses the opportunity to further brand our country as a safe and quality congress destination. Jasmina Bilać / Photo: HGK Bilać called on the members of the Association to become more active in the realization of their needs, but also in educating experts in order to raise the standard of the profession even more. “I want us to be as recognizable as possible in the world, not only as a destination for sun and sea, but also for a quality congress offer. Therefore, promotion and education are our priorities, and we will place great emphasis on cooperation with other institutions such as the competent ministry and the CNTB. “, Bilać pointed out. Assistant Minister of Tourism Robert Pende He emphasized that the product of business meetings according to the Tourism Development Strategy until 2020 is considered one of the potentially more important tourist products of Croatia. Head of the CNTB Congress Department Karla Brnobić Vojvodić welcomed the establishment of the Business Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and announced a quality future cooperation. “CNTB has been systematically supporting congress tourism since its establishment, and in recent years we have been investing more and more intensively in this segment. “, said Brnobić Vojvodić and announced plans for 2020 which include a wide range of activities – from participation in world congress exchanges, through the organization of workshops and presentations to foreign buyers, to the organization of study and inspection trips and marketing activities. Business tourism is becoming more and more interesting to the domestic profession because it cures our biggest pain – seasonality. Therefore, the Business Chamber of Business Tourism was established in the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the aim of which is to strengthen and develop this segment of the tourist offer. center_img “Despite occasional oscillations, market trends point to globally stable growth of this product, which is reflected in the performance in Croatia. We are perceived as an attractive and desirable destination for business meetings, and they are ideal for extending the season, better use of hotel capacity and increasing tourist spending. We must not neglect the opportunity to generate new holiday demand by converting business guests”, Pende pointed out. Jasmina Bilać from the ProConventa agency was elected president of the Association Jasmina Bilać, owner of the travel agency ProConventa, has been elected president of the newly established Business Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, and her deputy will be Pavle Marković from Ban tours.  Cover photo: Congress Center FORUM Zagreblast_img read more

Indosat’s loss widens despite revenue growth in first half

first_imgThe company saw a 7.6 percent increase in total costs to Rp 12.36 trillion as employee costs went up 43 percent to Rp 1.43 trillion following its organizational rightsizing. Meanwhile, its net currency loss amounted to Rp 54.29 billion from a gain of Rp 18.08 billion booked in the same period last year.“Despite the disruption caused by the pandemic, we remain on track with our turnaround plan and I expect to see sustainable performance growth trends maintained in the quarters ahead,” said Indosat Ooredoo CEO and president director Ahmad Al-Neama in a statement on Wednesday.  Indosat, he added, had accelerated its network rollout plan to ensure network resilience and uptime to cater to its customers’ growing needs.Indosat’s cellular subscriber number stood at 57.2 million at the end of June, a 0.9 percent yoy growth with data traffic growth reaching 61 percent annually.Previously, the company reported that its data traffic rose 27 percent from pre-pandemic numbers during the Idul Fitri holiday in May as people stayed at home to curb the spread of the coronavirus.Stocks of Indosat, traded at the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) with the code ISAT, plunged 1.71 percent on Thursday as the main gauge, the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), gained 0.75 percent. The stocks have lost almost 21 percent of their value so far this year. (eyc/prm) Telecommunications company PT Indosat, which owns the brand Indosat Ooredoo, saw its loss widen in the first half of the year due to a currency loss and higher employee costs despite a growth in its revenue.The publicly listed company recorded a loss of Rp 341.1 billion (US$23.49 million) as of June, 2.8 percent higher than the loss it booked in the same period last year, according to its financial report filed with the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) on Wednesday.Its total revenue jumped 9.4 percent year-on-year (yoy) to Rp 13.45 trillion during the period as cellular revenue rose 11.8 percent annually to Rp 11.1 trillion. Topics :last_img read more

New ‘robust and secure’ funding model for EIOPA due by 2016

first_imgGabriel Bernardino, EIOPA’s chairman, later noted he had long been clear that a new funding model for the ESAs was required, and hoped it would be in place as soon as possible.“The situation right now, it’s really hurting from the perspective of the job that we need to do, and the kind of inflexible approach to budget we have is definitely not in line with the expectations,” he told journalists in a press conference on the sidelines of the EIOPA conference.Bernardino also reiterated his support for the continuation of the occupational pensions stakeholder group (OPSG), which the letter from Juncker in September initially suggested would be merged with its insurance counterpart.“To merge them, I think, would dilute discussions that are very important for the different sectors,” Bernardino said, “so I want to have, and continue, with the approach we have.”Guersent repeatedly praised the work undertaken by EIOPA and said the body’s importance would only grow in future.He said it was important EIOPA and the two other ESAs became “more than a gathering of national supervisors”.“I think this is the key to their success,” he said. Guersent also defended the Commission’s decision to push ahead with the pan-European personal pensions (PEPP) model developed by EIOPA, recently criticised by the Dutch government, and said he was so impressed with the idea of a single, Europe-wide system for the third pillar that a green paper on retail saving due before the end of 2015 would include details of a 29th regime for life insurance products.“Despite the known barriers, we must work to create a genuine single market for insurance and pensions, with more cross-border sales and better portability of products,” he added.Guersent said he looked forward to EIOPA’s final advice on PEPPs by early next year, and that personal pensions could play an important role in a number of member states that had so far not developed an occupational pension system.“I do not share the scepticism of some stakeholders about 29th regimes,” he added, citing the UCITS fund model as an example of a successful European model.“We need to plant a seed, and we need to allow it to grow.” A new “robust and secure” funding model for the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) will be unveiled next year, the European Commission has pledged.Without offering further details of the new funding arrangement, Olivier Guersent, the most senior civil servant within the directorate general Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, told the EIOPA conference in Frankfurt on Thursday that a White Paper outlining the new model would be published in 2016.Reform of the funding model for the European Supervisory Authorities (ESA) has been on the agenda of financial stability commissioner Jonathan Hill since taking office late last year.When president Jean-Claude Juncker confirmed Hill as his candidate for the finance portfolio, he said it would fall to the new commissioner to “eliminate” any funding from the EU and national budgets to the ESAs, moving towards an industry-wide levy.last_img read more

Allen, Hunt remain in close competition

first_imgAt that point, Allen was 6-for-9 with the help of some easy screen passes, but struggled for the rest of the day. He completed three passes on his next two series before going two more without a completion. His final throw of the day was a fade to wide receiver Adrian Flemming in the end zone, one of just two completions by the quarterback that traveled more than 10 yards in the air. In his last handful of drives, though, Hunt was the Orange’s most impressive quarterback. SU had opened the playbook for him after the underwhelming start, but he still struggled to complete anything other than screen passes, until he fired a play-action pass to tight end Josh Parris running a post pattern for a touchdown. He finished the next drive with another touchdown strike, this time to wide receiver Christopher Clark on a slant. West, who was projected as the team’s top receiver, primarily took snaps with the second team on Thursday and has at times throughout the week. That’s how most of the day went — there was some good, some bad and the lingering inconclusiveness in the battle at the most important position on the field. Allen and Hunt split time with the first team in SU’s scrimmage at Sligh Field in Fort Drum.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text “Before we kick off at Penn State,” Shafer said, “we’ll have a decision made as to who’s playing quarterback.” Comments Allen connected with West for the game’s first touchdown — a slant pass to the single covered wide receiver who shed a tackle and darted into the end zone from about 10 yards out. “I was as much interested in their reps with the twos when they don’t have a couple guys in front of them that they feel a little bit sounder with,” Shafer said. “We’ve still got to get the ball off.” And their play has made his decision understandably difficult. Their lines were eerily similar Thursday: Allen was 10-of-18, Hunt 9-of-17. Both struggled a bit when throwing the ball downfield, were at times felled by their wide receivers dropping catchable balls, but were solid, if unspectacular, in managing the offense. “I think a couple deep balls to the left corner … were catchable balls that we have to make,” Shafer said. “We’ve got to make that play. Back-shoulder type of thing.” With just more than two weeks separating Syracuse from its season opener against Penn State at MetLife Stadium in New York, head coach Scott Shafer doesn’t appear to be in any rush to name a starter. FORT DRUM, N.Y. — Thursday was the moment that Syracuse fans had been waiting for. After weeks of blocking sleds and tackling dummies, the Orange took the field for live game action. Maybe the quarterback competition that has dominated training camp would become a bit clearer. Drew Allen took the field to start with the first team. For a moment it seemed, perhaps, that the Oklahoma transfer had leapt past Terrel Hunt on the depth chart. Jeremiah Kobena dropped his first pass attempt, and then the quarterback fired back-to-back completions before a throw to Jerome Smith fell incomplete. In came Hunt. Facebook Twitter Google+ For each strong play one made, the other matched. But for each mistake one made, the other followed suit. Neither has been particularly spectacular, but nor have they been notably underwhelming. It’s a battle, and one of which Shafer has no problem waiting to call a winner. On his second series, and his first with the second team, Allen overthrew Jarrod West on the left sideline. He threw two more long incompletions later in the day on attempts to the left corner of the end zone. As Allen faded, Hunt improved throughout the day. Syracuse was first reluctant to open the playbook for its sophomore signal caller — he uncorked just one deep ball in eight attempts on his first two drives. He was 5-of-8 to start, but all five completions were either screens or swing passes. Published on August 15, 2013 at 9:16 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 “I thought both of them had good command at times,” Shafer said. “Both guys are doing some good things. I look forward to getting back and watching the video.”last_img read more

How Black Stars players rated against São Tomé and Príncipe

first_imgGhana’s Black Stars picked up their second win from two games on Monday against São Tomé and Príncipe.Jordan Ayew’s second-half penalty after Emmanuel Boateng had been brought down by the Sao Tome goalkeeper gave the Stars a 1-0 win.The result takes them to six points in Group C, three clear of both Sudan and South Africa.While the scoreline was less comfortable that the game against South Africa, the Black Stars were hardly ever in danger of conceding.Here’s how the Black Stars players rated out of 10 today.Richard Ofori – 7Ofori did not have much to do in goal. However, when he called up to claim a ball in the air, he was up to the task.Andy Yiadom – 6.5Decent defensively, Yiadom was a livewire going forward. Put in a couple of decent crosses and had a powerful shot parried clear by the keeperGideon Mensah – 7.5Having been criticised by some fans against South Africa, Mensah stepped up on his second appearance for the Black Stars. His enterprising play down the left created a lot of chances for the Stars and his crosses were just begging to be prodded home. Joseph Aidoo – 6Had some shaky moments but was strong when it mattered.Kassim Nuhu – 6.5Both centre backs went through the game mostly untested but Nuhu was particularly attentive when called upon.Andre Ayew – 6The captain saw a lot of the ball on Monday but struggled to create any significant opportunities. The one time he was put through, his ball back across goal was weak and was cut out.Thomas Partey – 7Thomas Partey’s passing wasn’t at its usual flowing best due to the nature of the pitch but he was still a formidable presence in midfield, making tackles and interceptions. Going forward, Partey was a danger as well and looked like the likeliest Black Stars player to break the deadlock before the penalty.Baba Iddrisu – 6.5A quiet but still effective game for the young midfielder. Just like Partey, his passing was suspect at times but that was again due more to the quality of the pitch than anything else. He appears to have cemented his spot in that midfield alongside Partey, at least for now.Samuel Owusu – 5.5Owusu came in as Ghana’s wide option following a very narrow Black Stars setup against South Africa. Despite some promising early moments, Owusu never really met the expectations that came with his inclusion in the lineup.Emmanuel Boateng – 6.5Another player who was criticised for an average game against South Africa, Boateng responded to the criticism with a fine performance on Monday. He put himself about in the first half and should have won a penalty. In the second half, his persistence did get him a penalty. He slowed down as the half wore on but the 64 minutes he played were certainly an improvement over last Thursday.Jordan Ayew – 7.5Jordan Ayew scored Ghana’s only goal in the second half but he probably should have scored earlier in the game after being gifted the ball by the Sao Tome keeper. He inexplicably chose to pass to Samuel Owusu and the chance was missed. He was a constant threat, however, winning free-kicks in dangerous positions. He was soon targetted by the defenders whose tackles became less and less controlled. However, Jordan will be pleased with his shift in a largely frustrating game for his side.SubsKudus Mohammed (64′) – 6Christopher Antwi-Adjei (72′) – 6Joseph Attamah (90′) – Didn’t play enough minutes to be rated Tags: Black StarsGhanaSão Tomé and Príncipelast_img read more