Everton eyeing shock £6m deal for former Manchester United winger

first_imgFormer Manchester United winger Nani is eyeing a return to the Premier League, claim reports in Turkey.The Portugal international has enjoyed a productive campaign with Fenerbahce since he arrived from United last summer, scoring 10 goals and providing eight assists in 39 appearances.It is understood that Nani still believes he has unfinished business in the Premier League, after he was shipped out on loan to Sporting Lisbon by Louis van Gaal before eventually being sold to Fenerbahce.According to Fanatik, Everton are among a handful of top-flight teams who are eager to make a summer bid for the 29-year-old.Clubs from Italy and Spain are also keen on landing Nani this summer, who has a release clause of just £6.4m. Luis Nani in action for Sporting Lisbon 1last_img read more

SATURDAY SIX: Six Hidden Mickeys at the Universal Orlando Resort

first_imgShare This!This week’s  SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Six Hidden Mickeys at the Universal Orlando Resort. Most of us who have traveled to “The World” have become well versed in the concept of Hidden Mickeys: three circles placed together to resemble the iconic silhouette of Mickey Mouse. Walt Disney Imagineers have placed them all across the WDW parks and resorts (including some of our favorites at Art of Animation). The term itself has expanded to include hidden references beyond the classic Mickey head, such as the Nautilus from the old 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea attraction hidden in the rock work of Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid, the ride which replaced it. Believe it or not, there are references to Disney all over the Universal Orlando Resort as well. Today we are going to look at six of our favorite “Hidden Mickeys” at Universal, starting off with…# 6 – The Simpsons Ride Pre-ShowLike the TV show it is based on, The Simpsons Ride pulls no punches in mocking the world of theme parks throughout the attraction. Disney, Universal and SeaWorld take a lot of playful jabs from the attraction’s queue all the way to the gift shop. Some of our favorites are seen during the the first pre-show, in which guests watch a video that sets up the storyline of the ride. In between the video, fake ads for attractions at Krustyland (itself a parody of Disneyland) air including ones making fun of The Haunted Mansion, Hall of Presidents, Pirates of the Caribbean, and even Epcot’s defunct Kitchen Kaberet.Reference to The Haunted Mansion. (photo by Amusement Buzz)Reference to The Hall of Presidents. (photo by @AmusementBuzz)Reference to EPCOT’s beloved Kitchen Kaberet.–# 5 – Shrek 4D QueueShrek 4D takes a lot of criticism from longtime Universal fans, but for people who haven’t done it a million times there is a lot to like about it. The pre-show is absolutely wonderful. The attraction/film is fun and picks up directly after the first Shrek film ended. We here at the SATURDAY SIX are big fans of sequels that pick up immediately from their predecessor including Karate Kid II, Quantum of Solace, Furious 7, and the Back to the Future franchise. The gift shop also has a lot of fun details along the walls, but we’re going to look at the Shrek 4D queue, which is filled with fake attraction posters that reference Disneyland rides. Great Moments with Mr. Farquaad (Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln), Enchanted Tick Room (Enchanted Tiki Room) and Donkbo (Dumbo) are just some of the great posters you’ll see while in line.References to Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. and the Enchanted Tiki Room.–# 4 – The Simpsons Ride QueueReference to Pirates of the Caribbean. (photo by @AmusementBuzz)Reference to Jungle Cruise. (photo by @AmusementBuzz)We mentioned The Simpsons Ride pre-show earlier, but before that guests are treated to one of our favorite things inside the Universal parks: gigantic posters for attractions in Krustyland. These include Captain Dinosaur’s Pirate Rip-Off (“A ride so old it should be extinct,”) and The Sea Captain’s Queasy Time Lagoon Adventure. These posters are having playful fun at the expense of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean and Jungle Cruise attractions. During The Simpsons Ride itself there is an extended sequence making fun of Pirates of the Caribbean including going through a “mist screen” and encountering one of the more famous scenes in the Disney attraction. Later guests go through what is clearly a satire on the It’s a Small World attraction.While in The Simpsons Ride queue, be on the lookout for a huge Krustyland park map that has even more hilarious details including one attraction that bears more than a passing resemblance to Big Thunder Mountain. You’ll see that Krustyland has its own “Main Street USA” and even a Skyway! This park map was obviously a labor of love by people who love theme parks, and there’s also a ton of references for fans of the television show as well. A true hidden gem at Universal.–# 3 – Dudley Do Right’s Ripsaw Falls QueueDudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls is one of the most underrated water rides in Orlando, with possibly the coolest looking drops of any attraction. And in classic Jay Ward fashion, it has some great gags in the ride and the queue, some of which poke fun at Disney. One of the jokes is in the faux movie posters guests see while in the queue. Three Men and a Grizzly is parody of the movie Three Men and a Baby, and while most people don’t think of Three Men and a Baby as a Disney film, it was actually Disney’s first ever live action blockbuster, as well as the first hit of CEO Michael Eisner’s reign.Reference to the movie Three Men and a Baby, Disney’s first blockbuster in the Michael Eisner era. (photo by @AmusementBuzz)This is referencing some small indie film called Star Wars or something. (photo by @AmusementBuzz)Not Disney, but a Silence of the Lambs parody in Toon Lagoon. How GREAT is that?! (photo by @AmusementBuzz)–# 2 – Duff Brewery’s Seven Duffs TopiariesA take-off on Disney’s Seven Dwarfs, the Seven Duffs made their first appearance in the episode Selma’s Choice on Season 4 of The Simpsons. They are pretty much the exact opposites of Disney’s lovable dwarfs. While the dwarfs are short, the Duffs are tall. While all of Disney’s dwarfs talk except one (Dopey,) only one of the Seven Duffs talk (Surly.) The names of the Seven Duffs are fantastic: Dizzy, Tipsy, Sleazy, Queasy, Surly, Edgy, and Remorseful. Universal recreated the Seven Duffs as topiaries in front of Duff Brewery in Springfield USA and they are one of the best photo ops in the park.Edgy, Remorseful and Dizzy of the 7 Duffs. (photo by Brandon Glover)Tipsy, Surly, Queasy and Sleazy, of the 7 Duffs. (photo by Brandon Glover)–# 1 –  Jurassic Park River AdventureOutside of Mark Twain, Walt Disney may be the most quoted man in the world. Some of our favorites include, “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” “When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.” And of course the SATURDAY SIX motto: “Everyone needs deadlines.”Ol’ Walt even gets credit for things he didn’t say, such as “If you can dream it, you can do it.” and “Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever.”But without a doubt the most famous Walter Elias Disney quote of all is: “I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.” Guests in the Jurassic Park River Adventure queue have an opportunity to see Universal have a little fun with this quote during the cheesy video loop playing. (photo by @AmusementBuzz)–HONORABLE MENTION: Finding Nemo in Toon LagoonWhile in Comic Strip Cafe guests may notice the back of a set of lockers used by guests of Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls. In these lockers are references to a lot of Universal things such as The Cat in the Hat, the Blue Man Group, and Woody Woodpecker, but one reference looks to be of a certain Disney film staring fish. That’s right, one locker looks to have what could pass as Nemo and Peach the starfish from Finding Nemo.Backside of Toon Lagoon lockers as seen from inside Comic Strip Cafe.Nemo?So there you have it: Six Hidden Mickeys at the Universal Orlando Resort. See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! articles, or, for your listening pleasure, check out the Pardon the Pixie Dust podcast. You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan)DumboIf you enjoyed this article, you will surely like the following:How To Survive Star Wars Weekends In Six Easy StepsSix Events That Will NOT Be On Any Theme Park CalendarSix Things We STILL Can’t Believe Actually Happened at Walt Disney World2015 Theme Park Awards (AKA “The Burgys”)Special Thanks to crack staff photographer Brandon Glover, Logomeister @DrewOfOU, The Iron Stomach @AmusementBuzz, and blogger to the stars Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. Be sure to also check out Brandon on The Park Blogger podcast with co-hosts Aengus Mackenzie and Brian Carey.FINAL PLUG! Did you know The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando has a special edition of the SATURDAY SIX in it? Finally, someone came up with an actual reason to read a book. PRE-ORDER this baby now! (For every copy sold, a percentage of the profits* go towards buying a DVD of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train rap video.)*0%last_img read more

The BriForum Experience: Through the Eyes of “The Intern”

first_imgBriForum by Sophia “the intern” Stalliviere All in all the trip was great…and a great start of my internship! Another session that I attended was the “[VDI Product Smackdown and Discussion|http://www.briforum.com/BriForum-2008-Chicago/session.asp?id=373|http://www.briforum.com/BriForum-2008-Chicago/session.asp?id=373],” which was hosted by Brian Madden. He talked about the different VDI components and his thoughts about each of them. He went into detail about Citrix Xendesktop, Qumranent, Quest, Ericom, and VMware. Other sessions were “[Optimizing and Understanding Citrix over WAN connections|http://www.briforum.com/BriForum-2008-Chicago/session.asp?id=358|http://www.briforum.com/BriForum-2008-Chicago/session.asp?id=358]”, “[Streaming Smackdown|http://www.briforum.com/BriForum-2008-Chicago/session.asp?id=339|http://www.briforum.com/BriForum-2008-Chicago/session.asp?id=339]”, “[Provisioning Servers in the Real World|http://www.briforum.com/BriForum-2008-Chicago/session.asp?id=357|http://www.briforum.com/BriForum-2008-Chicago/session.asp?id=357]”, “[The Future of Client Computing|http://www.briforum.com/BriForum-2008-Chicago/session.asp?id=371|http://www.briforum.com/BriForum-2008-Chicago/session.asp?id=371]”, and “[Customizing Citrix XenApp Web5.0|http://www.briforum.com/BriForum-2008-Chicago/session.asp?id=372|http://www.briforum.com/BriForum-2008-Chicago/session.asp?id=372].” The sessions were really great, and I learned a bunch. I also found the networking with people at the event to be one of my strong points and was able to learn about many end-user experiences and products. Jason and I went to each of the demos and I observed him talking to each of the companies about their roles in this forum. Then, in turn, we talked about our roles with Intel. We put the word out about the Emerging Compute Model Forum. Many of the people are interested in looking around the site. center_img I recently started with Intel as a summer intern, coming from Washington State University (go cougars), and had the privilege of doing something very unique for an Intern – going on a business trip! Last week I went to the BriForum, I didn’t have any idea what I got myself into when I went, however, I found it to be a great experience. I think of myself as technically savvy person, but at a show where they have a multi-part series on the “excruciating details” of the logon process challenged my level of tech savvy! To be immersed in the detailed language of computers at this event was both very scary and very exciting at the same time. At this forum there were many people, representing different parts of the world – connected by one thing: the future of computers. Now when I say future, we aren’t talking about just computers doing the same things faster, smaller, and cheaper; but we are talking about the changes that will come from the virtual execution world. A world where the application you run may be running on the device your using right now to view this blog, or it may be executing in a number of other places, but viewed just like you are doing right now, with manageability, security, and flexibility at the heart of the solution. My Intel manager, Jason Davidson hosted one of the sessions, as well as sponsored the food for the BriForum party (details about the party will be on my personal page J). He decided to have a discussion on . In his session he did something a little bit different than the other sessions. Instead of telling everyone his thoughts about his subject, he had questions up on the projection screen and the panel discussed the questions. The panel consisted of Jason Davidson, Brian Madden, Brian Duckering, and Ron Oglesby. All of them had different views on the topic which made it very energizing and intriguing. The audience got into it by asking questions and also waited till after the sessions to approach the speakers on the topic.last_img read more

India is stretching limit of ODI cricket: ICC chief Malcolm Speed

first_imgMalcolm SpeedICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed spoke to Deputy Editor SHARDA UGRA about run-ins with the BCCI and overloaded player schedules. Excerpts: Q. There have been delays over Champions Trophy venues and the Asian bid for the 2011World Cup … what is the ICC’s relationship with the new BCCI like?,Malcolm SpeedICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed spoke to Deputy Editor SHARDA UGRA about run-ins with the BCCI and overloaded player schedules. Excerpts: Q. There have been delays over Champions Trophy venues and the Asian bid for the 2011World Cup … what is the ICC’s relationship with the new BCCI like? A. I can see that progress is being made in important areas, TV and sponsorship deals have been concluded. The ICC has consistently said that it would like to see a professional administration in the BCCI, a high powered Indian CEO and a full management team. It would take highly professional administrators to see that deals in place are fulfilled. I understand some steps are being taken in this regard. The next three months will give us a better idea.Q. Isn’t the BCCI’s insistence on a fixed home season and more lucrative bilateral series contrary to the ICC Future Tours Programme (FTP)? A. No, this isn’t new nor is it a threat of any kind. Other countries have fixed bilateral series outside the previous Five-Year Programme like the Natwest series in England. The FTP requires every country to play each other home and away in a six-year period in a minimum of two Tests and three ODIs. Outside this, countries are free to negotiate whatever they like; our only concern is if they load up the schedule too heavily.Q. Player burnout is a big issue. How can the ICC ensure that the boards don’t contribute to it by adding extra bilateral series? advertisementA. The players don’t accept that they are playing too much. Those who play only Test cricket, say for India, have seven Tests this year, followed by 15, 18 and eight for the next three years. That is not too much cricket. I don’t believe there is too much Test cricket. Some countries are going close to the limit of one-dayers. India is stretching the limit of ODI cricket and we just need to be careful it doesn’t load its one-day programme too heavily. The BCCI assures us the players have no problem with it. They have said their schedule is okay with the players, that they are happy playing more cricket.Q. Does the ICC approve of the BCCI’s recent plan to play more offshore cricket? Will it not give illegal betting a lift? A. We are happy that top cricket matches are being played in non traditional venues because it gives people in other countries a chance to see cricket at its best. As for illegal betting, our anti-corruption protocols will be very firmly in place in all these non-traditional venues.Q. What is the ICC’s opinion on India’s objections to the Twenty20 World Cup and its refusal to even entertain the format formally? A. We respect India’s view that it does not wish to play Twenty20 on its own turf; we have limited the volume of Twenty20 cricket that can be played at the international level. A country can only play two matches on any home tour plus one more game. The proposed world Twenty20 championship will take place every three years only for nine days.Q. Given India’s value to world cricket, does the ICC benefit from the lack of a formally recognised players’ association in India? A. We are neither happy nor unhappy with the situation. India is one of five countries whose boards prefer to deal with us directly on player issues; if there is a players’ association formed that the Indian Board asks us to deal with, we will do so.last_img read more

10 months agoEverton boss Silva makes Jagielka decision

first_imgEverton boss Silva makes Jagielka decisionby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva insists he doesn’t want to lose club captain Phil Jagielka.He has only made two appearances this season and is out of contract at the end of the year.But Silva said: “It is not something in my mind for next month (to let him go). “It is not on my mind to even think about it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 months agoKlopp defends Liverpool players after Wolves FA Cup defeat: Did I expect more?

About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Klopp defends Liverpool players after Wolves FA Cup defeat: Did I expect more?by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp defended his players after they were beaten by Wolves in last night’s FA Cup third round tie.Klopp made nine changes from the team which were beaten at Manchester City on Thursday.The German stated, “All these things that came out are really my responsibility, so it’s about rhythm. Of course, you know they have rhythm. Div (Origi), can he have rhythm? No, not really. Daniel (Sturridge), maybe a bit more. Alberto (Moreno), no, no rhythm. “That of course doesn’t help footballers against a [tough] opponent. We played Wolves here two or three weeks ago and they are really strong. We won, yes, but we knew it was really tough here. Now we played today, they didn’t change a lot – if they changed something – so that’s not easy.”Do I expect? I always expect a lot more from the players. Do I think they could have delivered [more] today? I am not 100 per cent sure. It’s not my job to say now, ‘that was not good enough, that was not good enough’ because I know they can do much better. I changed a lot because I thought we had to, not because I wanted to and to say, ‘come on, let’s have a look at how that works’ because it was clear Wolves would not change a lot. “The problem is, we played a similar line-up and had three tough games in the last couple of weeks, so it was clear we had to change. That’s it, that’s all.” read more

NCDA Urges Youth to Adopt Healthy Lifestyles

first_imgThe National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA), through its observance of National Drug Awareness Month 2012, is urging Jamaica’s youth to adopt healthy lifestyles and to reject influences of under-aged drinking and substance abuse. Themed: ‘Mek Wi Protect Wi Yutes from Substance Abuse’, the purpose of Drug Awareness Month is to encourage the public to participate in a national education programme to increase awareness of the effects of drug abuse on individuals, families, groups and the community at large. Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on Tuesday November 6, Executive Director of the NCDA, Michael Tucker, noted that “our young people have significant challenges with substance misuse as a result of an undying need for experimentation.” He added that youth often seek refuge from the problems they face or from peer pressure by indulging in illegal drinking and by smoking. Continuing, he said that recent surveys have shown that “there is a significant experimentation within our school population with alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and ganja or other drugs.” Meanwhile, Eastern Regional Manager of the NCDA, O’Neil Smith, informed that several activities have been planned to commemorate Drug Awareness Month. As part of effort to raise public awareness, Mr. Smith noted that the Council will be launching the Resistance Education Against Drugs (READ) programme, on Monday November 12, at the Medallion Hall Hotel in Kingston, beginning at 9:30 a.m. READ is intended to give a fillip to the ongoing Prevention Education Programme in schools. The programme will target primary school students (ages 5-7) and will seek to enhance protective factors among the target group as well as to build on resistance strategies and best practices. Among the highlights of the activities are two services of thanksgiving, which will be held at the Brown’s Town Seventh-Day Adventist Church in St. Ann and at the Ridgemount Church in Mandeville on the November 17 and 18, respectively.  Other activities for the month include a training day and health fair at the Marcus Garvey Youth Information Centre, St. Ann’s Bay (November 21 and 23, respectively); a Parenting Training Seminar at St. James High School (November 22); a Drug Awareness Day at the Morant Bay Anglican Church Hall in St. Thomas (November 27); a Research Day at the Medallion Hall Hotel (November 28); and a Healthy Lifestyle Expo and Debate Competition in St. James (November 30). The Executive Director is appealing to all Jamaicans to join the NCDA in its effort to raise public awareness through the implementation of innovative programmes that promote and enable the prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and resocialisation of individuals affected by drug abuse. The Council has, since its inception, been working through partnerships with schools, communities, churches and corporate organisations, in an effort to promote healthy lifestyles among children, adolescents and adults.last_img read more