Paul O’Grady, TV presenter & star of the popular TV show ‘For the Love of Dogs’, has condemned a Court of Appeal decision denying Cruelty Free International permission to appeal a High Court ruling which paves the way for the expansion of a beagle breeding facility in East Yorkshire.The appeal was the last opportunity to prevent innumerable dogs from being bred inside the Bantin and Kingman Ltd (B&K) breeding farm in Grimston, East Yorkshire, before being sold to UK and EU laboratories where they will endure crude and cruel experiments.Last June Cruelty Free International applied for permission to appeal against the High Court decision, which disappointingly has now been rejected.Paul O’Grady says: “Cruelty Free International has fought for over six years against the development of the B&K beagle breeding farm. This is an incredibly disappointing outcome and a real tragedy for all those who care about the welfare of dogs. Despite strong opposition from local residents and the animal welfare community, thousands of dogs have effectively now been condemned to a life of misery, destined to suffer and die in experiments.”In 2014 the Home Office decided B&K did not have to provide outdoor space to dogs, despite EU regulations stating that such space should be provided where possible. The government department justified the move on the scientifically unproven basis that the dogs would be at risk of exposure to airborne toxins if they went outside – which they speculated would make them unsuitable for toxicology (poisoning) experiments.Around 90% of the dogs in UK laboratories are used for toxicology tests; the approach therefore means that dogs used in these sorts of tests could virtually never be given outdoor access. The public will be shocked to learn that the Home Office will now be able to grant an exemption in any case it wants, just by citing an alleged risk of infection.Michelle Thew, CEO of Cruelty Free International, says: “We are dismayed by the verdict. Our challenge was all that stood in the way of the expansion going ahead and the suffering of countless dogs. We believe that denying the dogs outside access was simply a convenient get around for the problem of noise to local residents which had been an obstacle to the company getting planning permission. We will now press ahead with our campaign for a full ban on dog experiments.”Cruelty Free International has led the campaign against the development of the B&K beagle breeding farm since 2011 and successfully prevented two previous applications to expand the facility. The nationwide move to save the #YorkshireBeagles has received widespread public support, and is backed by MPs and a host of celebrities including Paul O’Grady, Ricky Gervais and Jilly Cooper.
amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, will kick off New York Fashion Week tonight with its annual New York Gala at Cipriani Wall Street.The event will pay tribute to actress Scarlett Johansson and Artistic Director Donatella Versace for their longstanding support of amfAR and the fight against AIDS. The black-tie gala will be presented by Harry Winston.Hosted by actor, writer, and director Lena Dunham, amfAR’s New York Gala, now in its 19th year, will feature dinner, a live auction, honoree tributes, and a special musical performance by Grammy-nominated British pop sensation Ellie Goulding.Find out more here.
Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsDaniel Frost would flip through family photo albums growing up and see people who didn’t look like him.He knew them as grandpa or grandma, but they weren’t his grandparents.Born Metis, he was adopted as an infant from northern Saskatchewan by British parents who moved him across the Atlantic ocean to the United Kingdom.He’s built a life there.Then last year he decided to make a real effort to find his birth family.Frost figured he’d have a couple siblings.What he found was a family tree that extended far beyond that. Thirteen brothers and sisters (two deceased).He first found his birth sister Edna Smith who sent him photos of his siblings.“Suddenly, I saw people looking back at me that looked like me,” said Frost, 46, from London where he is training to be a nursing assistant. “I’ve even got a brother that looks like me. It’s something that is quite extraordinary.”Daniel FrostFrost was born Darin Maurice to Metis parents from Buffalo Narrows in Saskatchewan in 1968. He was quickly taken by the province’s child welfare system and put in foster care.This was the era of the 60s Scoop. It’s now well-known that thousands of Indigenous children were taken from their families and adopted into non-Indigenous homes.Edna Smith was also adopted by a British family, but they stayed in Saskatchewan.She said a death in the immediate family ripped the home apart, which led to many of the children being put in foster care and later adopted.Edna Smith/facebook“I have a sister in B.C., I have a sister in Washington (State), I have a sister in Red Deer, one in North Battleford, a brother in Saskatoon, two brothers in Calgary, a brother in Regina, a brother in Dillon and Dan,” said Smith. Frost is raising money for travel costs to visit his family through a crowdfunding site.“I think it’s awesome and we can’t wait for him to get over here,” said Smith. “I look at him and I know he’s my brother.”It’s that connection that Frost has always been looking for.Growing up in the United Kingdom, Frost was confused as Spanish or Italian, even Jewish, because of this skin colour. He was known as the “little brown boy.” His parents never hid where they got him and he knew he was Indigenous. “Most people in Europe kind of think that First Nation or Native people are no longer around. They’re found in history books,” said Frost. Then he came to Toronto in the 1990s to visit friends.“It was the first time I experienced any kind of recognition of who I was. It was both in a good way and a bad way,” he said.Some would come up to him and ask if he was Cree and he felt welcomed.“I also had other people who were like ‘We know about your people. You’re all alcoholics,’” said Frost, adding despite the racism, “In a way, it was quite life-fulfilling, even the bad stuff, because you’re understanding who I am.”Both of his birth parents have passed away, his father in 2013 and his mother in 2010.But in the 90s he made his first attempt to find his birth family and received a package from the province of Saskatchewan.It included a hand written note from his mother scribbled on a scrap piece of paper.She addressed it “my darling son.”“I was quite overwhelmed by it,” said Frost. “Someone else was calling me her son.”He lost that note in a fire and never pursued his search.“I’m not sure I was mature enough to handle it at the time,” he said.But the “little brown boy” from England is now determined to end his email@example.com@afixedaddress
Kolkata: All polling booths in the seven Lok Sabha constituencies in Bengal which will go to poll in the fifth phase on May 6, will be manned by Central Forces, said sources in the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO). According to sources, there will be a total deployment of 578 companies of Central Forces for the fifth phase, to ensure a free and fair poll. The fourth phase held on April 29 had witnessed a deployment of Central Forces in 98 percent polling stations. On May 6, elections will be held in Bongaon, Barrackpore, Howrah, Uluberia, Sreerampore, Hooghly and Arambagh. The Election Commission has already identified the trouble-prone areas in these constituencies. The election officials are leaving no stones unturned to present an election devoid of any major incidents. All the poll-bound district administrative officials have been issued necessary guidelines to conduct a smooth election. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt may be mentioned here that in the third phase of elections, Central Force jawans were deployed in around 90 percent polling stations. The Opposition parties had alleged many incidents of intimidation in the first two phases of elections, when lesser number of polling stations had been under the coverage of Central Forces. Meanwhile, the Election Commission on Tuesday rejected BJP’s demand of repolling at various polling stations in Nadia and Birbhum. After going through the reports submitted by the district election officials, the Commission said that there will be no repoll in the two districts.
Rabat – Police have arrested more suspects for their alleged involvement in the case of Khadija, the 17-year-old who said she was kidnapped and repeatedly raped.The case, which has sparked outrage among Moroccan citizens in the last week, continues to develop. An authority told AFP that the general prosecutor of the Criminal Division of the Beni Mellal Court of Appeal has decided to prosecute and to put the suspects in pre-trial detention. The primary suspect is aged 20 and is being prosecuted for “trafficking a minor, rape, threat of murder, torture, kidnapping and for having a criminal gang.”Ten other suspects are facing charges of “human trafficking of a minor, threat of murder, torture, kidnapping, rape and non-reporting of crime and for not helping a person in danger,” the source added.A twelfth suspect will be charged for “not helping the victim” and for not reporting on a crime.Police are now searching for three other suspects, AFP’s source said.A member of an NGO based in Marrakech, NSAT, Loubna El Joud, told AFP that the alleged victim “is still shocked even if she tries to be strong, her hands are shaking when she speaks.”El Joud said that “several volunteer doctors have offered to remove her tattoos, but the dermatologist recommended waiting” due to inflammation in her skin.The alleged crimes against Khadija occurred in Oulad Ayad, a small town near Beni Mellal in central Morocco.When Khadija spoke about her tragedy, she said that her captors “raped” and “tortured” her for almost two months .“They are all criminals … I want my rights and dignity back. They are a very dangerous gang,” she said in an interview as she showed green tattoos all over her body.On Sunday, August 26, several suspects’ parents gave another version of the story.The parents claimed that Khadija has a bad reputation in the town, adding that she used to “drink, smoke and even burn herself with cigarettes.”A mother of two of the suspects said that Khadija asked “for the tattoos and they were not forced on her by anyone.”The suspect’s mother added that she would defend the victim herself if she were really a victim as she claims.“She wanted this, she was always knocking on my door asking if my son was home,” the mother told Moroccan television channel Soltana.Another parent questioned Khadija’s allegation, claiming that if what she charged of his son were true, the victim’s father would have file a complaint about his daughter’s absence.Khadija, however, claimed that she tried to escape several times, but the suspects caught her and tortured her.“They didn’t give me food or drink, and I was not even allowed to take a shower.”Social media users have launched a petition on Change.org asking King Mohammed VI and public authorities to restore Khadija’s dignity by giving her good representation in court.The petition has gathered over 28,000 signatures so far.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she and French President Emmanuel Macron will host a meeting in Paris next month seeking to eliminate acts of violent extremism and terrorism from being shown online.Ardern says she and Macron will ask world leaders and chief executives of technology companies to agree to a pledge called the “Christchurch Call,” named after the New Zealand city where an attack took place last month.But Ardern didn’t release any details of the pledge, saying they were still being developed.The man accused of murdering 50 people in two Christchurch mosques livestreamed the attack on Facebook after mounting a camera on his helmet. The chilling 17-minute video was copied and viewed widely on the internet even as tech companies scrambled to remove it.The Associated Press
#OPP investigated 9 deaths and laid 8800 charges this #CanadaDay #LongWeekend Help prevent tragedies, #DriveSafe https://t.co/mRmfQwOSTZ— Ontario Prov Police (@OPP_News) July 4, 2019 OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt says it was a deadly weekend for some families.Five of the nine deaths were on OPP patrolled roads, the other three were drowning incidents. He says none of the drownings were related to boats.Officers across the province conducted a long weekend safety blitz focused on aggressive drivers. Over 8, 800 charges were laid for offences ranging from street racing to distracted driving.Schmidt is reminding drivers not to hold their mobile devices while driving this summer.He says, to “consider your actions and consider the consequences that come as a result of making poor decisions.”Some collisions are still under investigations.The OPP are urging the public to call them if they see dangerous driving.
“For first time in more than a year, there are no people being treated for Ebola virus disease and no confirmed cases of Ebola in the country,” WHO reported, but noted that President Ernest Bai Koroma reminded the nation that Ebola transmission would not be considered ended in Sierra Leone “until the WHO declares we have gone 42 days with no case.”The 42-day period began on Tuesday.In its latest update on Ebola released today, the UN health agency reported 3 confirmed cases of in the week to 23 August, all of which were reported from Guinea. WHO confirmed that no new confirmed cases were reported from Sierra Leone for the second consecutive week.Dr Anders Nordström, WHO Representative in Sierra Leone “the hard work that got Sierra Leone to this point has to continue.”“Surveillance, searching for cases, notifying any deaths in the community, testing anyone with Ebola symptoms, all must continue intensively,” Dr. Nordström said. “And the community involvement that has led us to this point must continue as well.” No new cases were reported from Liberia as well. All contacts in Liberia have now completed their 21-day follow-up period.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Mentally ill people should have more power to decide whether or not they want to receive treatment, one of Britain’s most senior judges has said. Judge Mark Hinchliffe, who oversees England’s mental health tribunals, said patients should have the “right to self-determination, even if their decisions seem unwise”.He suggested that those who had the capacity should be able to refuse treatment, even if they have been diagnosed with mental health problems which currently mean they can be treated without their agreement. The law has not been reformed in a decade, he added, questioning whether it incorporates “the sort of respect and regard for modern principles of non-discrimination, autonomy, personal choice and self-determination that, in this day and age, should underpin the way we look at someone with a mental health problem”.In a speech made at the University of Hong Kong, he said: “We have, perhaps, given insufficient attention to the right of people who have capacity to weigh up the pros and cons and make important decisions for themselves.”Adults who require mental health intervention can be given treatment without consent if they are detained under some parts of the Mental Health Act, even if they have the capacity to make their own decisions. But Mr Hinchcliffe suggested that forcing treatment on someone who has capacity simply because they have been diagnosed with a certain mental disorder could be seen as “paternalistic”. Under the Mental Capacity Act, someone who is deemed not to have the capacity to make their own decisions can be given treatment without consent if a health professional such as a doctor decides it is in their best interest. He also cited recommendations from mental health charity Mind which he said saw detaining those who had not committed any crime as “unfair, discriminatory and disproportionate”. “Yes, if honestly and truly we can say that the person’s mental disorder has not seriously and significantly affected their capacity to make a decision about whether or not to accept treatment, then – so long as we consider dangerousness to others – it may be possible to stand back and allow the patient to determine for themselves whether to engage,” he said. However, he added that society should be “cautious” about making reforms which allowed all those with capacity to refuse helpful treatment. “Serious mental disorders insidiously twist reality and distort truth. They can destroy insight and create fear, anger, delusion and pain. The disordered mind can see threat and conspiracy where, in reality, the world is offering help, support and relief,” he added. “Fear, suspicion and the innate urge to either fight or flee from perceived danger can all too easily damage someone’s life and undermine a perfectly good treatment plan and care pathway.”
Chances are you have never made a point-of-sale purchase with your smartphone. Well, that is, assuming you’re in the US. Other regions like Europe and Japan have made Near Field Communication (NFC) payment technology a huge market right now, but the rollout in America has been much slower. According to a report from ABI Research, though, that is going to change in a big way over the next few years.The research group predicts that in the year 2016, more than $100 billion in NFC payments will be processed. The momentum won’t disappear after that, with ABI saying that 2017 could bring in nearly $200 billion. In 2012, it expects there to be a modest $4 billion in NFC transactions.Until now, to use your smartphone to pay for a purchase at the register you’ve needed to have a Sprint phone with an NFC chip, and a Citi credit card. There are signs that this industry is about to widely expand, though, such as the impending launch of Isis, an NFC payment platform supported by every credit card company as well as Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T.Taking a step back, it’s always worthwhile to remember why swiping your smartphone is different than swiping your credit card. There are so many really cool possibilities. For example, instead of handing over your store loyalty card, presenting coupons for the cashier to scan, using a gift card, and then paying for the rest on your credit card, that will all be replaced with a tap of your phone. Or at the grocery store, you could use your phone to scan every product as you add them to your cart, and then just tap your phone at the checkout area to be on your way.Adoption of NFC and smartphones as a form of payment is just a matter of educating consumers about just how revolutionary this technology is, and once that is done the industry should skyrocket.via Business Wire
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram When: Thursday 25 July at 7.00 pm Where: Kelvin Club, Melbourne Place, opposite the Russell St Greater Union cinemas For more information, contact GOCMV, at (03) 9662 2722 The lecture Kapodistrias & Trikoupi – The Origins of Greece’s Modern Crisis will be given by Mr Dean Kalimniou, as part of season two of the Greek History and Culture Seminars 2013. Mr Dean Kalimniou is a Melbourne solicitor and freelance journalist. The seminars are held by the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria.
The prospect of snap elections early in the New Year has shaken the people as well as the country’s financial markets. Most polls point at SYRIZA’s Alexis Tsipras, appears to be ahead in preference, even though citizens doubt his trustworthiness. Greece’s Prime Minister Antonis Samaras failed again today to convince the members of the parliament to vote for former European Commissioner Stavros Dimas as head of state. New Democracy’s candidate, did not manage to gather the 180 votes needed for the third time. As in the second ballot that took place on 23 December, he only got 168 votes (132 present). The legislature will be dissolved whereas a date for state elections shall be set within the next 10 days. The parliamentary elections are more likely to be set on Sunday 4, or Sunday 25 January, either on Sunday 1 February. Samaras PM will chair a meeting of the cabinet later today. He is to issue a statement commenting on the Greek lawmakers’ failed attempt to elect a President and how this “non-action act” is likely to derail Greece’s economy, engendering the international bailout program.SYRIZA, wants to de-construct Greece’s bailout agreement with the EU and International Monetary Fund, demanding that a big part of its debt should be erased. The radical leftist party now promises to keep Greece in the euro, but has committed to fight the austerity measures imposed on the Greek people. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Strides for Agriculture in TCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:courtney missick, farmers, North caicos, Wilhelmina Kissoonsingh New Government contracts mean new clinic for Kew in North Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Dec 2015 – If agriculture is going to be developed properly, then it will take an investment of at least $2 million; this from vocal North Caicos farmer, Courtney Missick. Missick said the new director of Agriculture appears to be very knowledgeable and did meet with the farmers who are impressed with her expertise and ideas. However, Wilhelmina Kissoonsingh did not bargain for a still disgruntled group, who reportedly have seen no help from Government following the flooding caused by Hurricane Joaquin. The owner of Grace Farms and Nursery said, and I quote: “Listening to her and her team, if the Government gives the Department the money they need, agriculture could boom in this country. Government needs to stop using agriculture as a campaign tool and make it a reality.” Kissoonsingh met with the North Caicos farmers three weeks ago. PNP open North & Middle Caicos causeway in tribute
Bright colors.Mixing clashing colors.Patterns: geometric, floral, tribal.Mixing patterns.Mid-length skirts.Trousers.Vancouver resident Jeniene Mercer, 50, received a floral scarf as a gift from her husband, Frank, in 1993. This year, she’ll sport it as part of her updated summer look.“It reminds me of the prints in Dolce & Gabbana’s summer line,” said Alexandra Fasilis, Mercer’s personal stylist and owner of Alexandra Sophia Design in Vancouver.The vintage-style print with coral-colored roses offset with purple sprigs and muted green leaves embodies one of summer’s hottest trends and will cost Mercer nothing. And that’s the point, Fasilis said. With a few smart strategies, updating one’s summer look doesn’t have to cost a lot. That can include everything from working with what’s already in one’s closet to swapping old garments for something “new” at a consignment store. You can skip the personal stylist with these five steps to sizzling summer fashion on a small budget:• Sift through the closet for items that match today’s trends.Experts recommend going through the closet and identifying what already works for summer before setting out on any shopping trips or online purchases. Flip through a fashion magazine or do an Internet search under “summer fashion trends” to look at photos of what’s hot this summer.Bright colors, such as coral and aqua, and patterns — including polka dots, animal print, floral, geometric and tribal — provide a vivid palette for this summer. Personal stylist Alexandra Fasilis of Vancouver plucked a neglected 1993 floral scarf out of client Jeniene Mercer’s closet to update Mercer’s look for the summer. Floral prints are hot this year, while lightweight scarves are a good year-round accessory for the Pacific Northwest’s moderate summers.
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Amaravati: The TDP leader and former minister Nara Lokesh, who frequently comment on the government policies through Twitter has once again made the satirical comments on the YSRCP government’s maiden budget.జగన్ గారూ! మీ బడ్జెట్ కేటాయింపులే నామమాత్రమా? మీ హామీలు కూడా నామమాత్రమా? చూస్తుంటే మీరు నామమాత్ర ముఖ్యమంత్రిలా అనిపిస్తున్నారు. రైతుల వడ్డీలేని రుణాలకు రూ.3,500 కోట్లు ఎందుకు కేటాయించలేదు. ఇదేనా మీ చిత్తశుద్ధి?— Lokesh Nara (@naralokesh) July 12, 2019 Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us In a Twitter message, Lokesh tweets that ” Jagan Garu! Are your budget allocations nominal? Are your promises even nominal? It seems you look like a nominal Chief Minister. Why not allocated Rs 3,500 crore for farmers interest-free loans. During the Farmers Day celebration in the name of his father in his own district, CM YS Jagan said he would allocate Rs 3,500 crore for interest-free loans to the farmers. While speaking in the Assembly, one day he says that the last government has not given anything, and at another time he says it just gave this much only. Finally, in the budget, a nominal of Rs 100 crore has been allocated. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us .@ysjagan గారూ, పథకాలకు మీ పేర్లు తగిలించుకుని మురిసిపోతున్నారు సరే. అమ్మఒడిలో లబ్దిపొందే తల్లుల సంఖ్యను సగానికి తగ్గించడం ఏంటి? ఒక తల్లికి ఇచ్చి, ఇంకో తల్లికి ఇవ్వకుండా స్కిప్ చేసుకుంటూ, జంపింగ్ జపాంగ్ ఆటలాడతారా? పథకానికి కూడా ‘జగనన్న జంపింగ్ జపాంగ్’ అని పేరు పెడితే బాగుండేది.— Lokesh Nara (@naralokesh) July 12, 2019Nara Lokesh also made satirical comments on Amma Vodi scheme which was introduced by the AP government. He tweets that YS Jagan Garu, are you happy by putting your name to the scheme sir. What’s this you reduce the number of mothers to half who get benefited with Amma Vodi? Is it not like playing Jumping Japong that by giving to one mother and skipping another mother? It would be nice if the scheme also named as ‘Jagananna Jumping Japang’.
Vishnu Manchu with his pregnant wife Viranica ReddyTwitterTelugu actor Vishnu Manchu has announced that his wife Viranica Reddy is pregnant with their fourth child. The actor, who is so thrilled with the news, has also released a photo of her baby bump.Vishnu Manchu took to his Twitter account today to share the news with his followers. The actor tweeted a picture and wrote, “A special announcement from a special location. From Vini’s home town and favourite place, we are delighted to announce that Ari, Vivi, and Avram are now going to be joined by a fourth little angel!”Viranica Manchu also revealed her excitement over the arrival of a new member in their family, by sharing another picture of her baby bump. Vishnu Manchu’s wife tweeted, “Plus one. Still the most beautiful feeling in the world. We’re so excited to meet you ❤️ @iVishnuManchu.”Vishnu Manchu tied the knot with late AP CM YS Rajasekhara Reddy’s niece Viranica Reddy at a grand wedding ceremony held in Gachchibowli stadium in Hyderabad on March 1, 2009. The couple was blessed with twin baby girls named Ari and Vivi in 2011 and they welcomed a son named Avram.However, Vishnu Manchu’s fans are equally thrilled over the news about Viranica Reddy’s pregnancy. In reply to the actor, they wished and congratulated the couple. Here are their comments.SujaVaruneeShivakumar @sujavarunee Ramakrishna @ramakri77419148 Welcome another bundle of joy..Hope it is princess again.. Pawan @stylishpavan Omg that’s a awesome news Vishnu garu Congratulations to both of ucongrats anna pic.twitter.com/Hm69ZdNgzk— gowtham (@Abhinav21356803) May 2, 2019
Just last week, we saw the Ouya dev kits ship, and learned that the set-top Android gaming console is still on track for a consumer release. On the heels of that, a new challenger has emerged, and it’s a little different from the Ouya. Dubbed the GameStick, the console is true to its name and is actually packed into a 2-inch USB stick, which happens to fit inside the console’s own controller.At $79, the GameStick is cheaper than the $99 Ouya, and even though the Ouya is a fairly tiny and thus portable box, the GameStick is much smaller, and only really requires people to carry around a controller, rather than a box and controller. The tiny console plays the same games as the Ouya, as it is the same concept, and the developers note that out of the over 700,000 games found on Android, they have identified around 200 that are perfect for the GameStick, and are working with over 250 studios to help bolster the GameStick’s library.The console sports an Amlogic 8726-MX processor, with 8GB of flash memory and 1GB of DDR3 RAM. It supports Bluetooth 4.0, and also comes with the standard 802.11 b/g/n WiFi. The console ships with Jelly Bean.The developers, PlayJam, state that they have a working prototype, and though that prototype isn’t as pretty as the final build will be, they’re 90% of the way toward getting the final pre-production sample. If you aren’t into the GameStick’s own controller (whenever we see what the final build looks like), the console works with any Bluetooth controller supporting HID.As with all Kickstarter projects, there are some rewards for pledging funds. A small pledge of $25 gets you a user account name reservation, as well as being listed as a founder, while a $79 pledge will net you a GameStick console and controller. The retail unit is expected to begin shipping in April of this year, so check out the project if you’re interested.
Prior to racing in the Nordic World Ski Championship, 22-year old Venezuelan cross country skier Adrian Solano had never seen snow. Seriously. Based on his performance on the course, that explains a lot.Solano attempted to torch the competition, but had a tough enough time just maintaining his balance and enough speed to keep going. Poor guy gets stuck on the course more than Tommy Boy in his sail boat.Imagine if Michael Jordan showed up to his first NBA game, but had never played on a basketball hoop before. That’s a tough assignment.The video of the run looks more like something out of a sketch comedy bit. C’mon Venezuela, send this guy to some damn snow so he can practice.