Aluthgamage said that Amaratunga had given wrong information to Parliament to a question he had raised and as a result has lost the confidence of Parliament. The former Minister said that the Secretary to the Tourism Minister had given the correct details to the Minister in response to the question posed but the Minister, instead of reading that response, gave a completely misleading response. The opposition is to present a no-confidence motion on Tourism Minister John Amaratunga to Parliament.Opposition and Sri Lanka Freedom Party member Mahindananda Aluthgamage said that Amaratunga had misled Parliament in a statement made yesterday. Mahindananda Aluthgamage tabled the response given by the Secretary to the Tourism Minister to the question raised yesterday and said that the opposition will now discuss and present a no-confidence motion on Minister John Amaratunga soon. (Colombo Gazette)
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Halo: Reach fan and Lego hobbyist Nick Jensen has created something that can be admired whether you play the popular FPS or not. Pictured above is the life-sized replica of the Sniper Rifle System 99 Anti-Matériel that he created almost entirely out of Lego bricks. Taking four months of trial and error, Jensen ended up with a finished product that shows his dedication to detail and realism. The model features a removable magazine, sliding bolt, and movable safety to add to its realism.With a total length of five feet three inches, and a weight of ten and a half pounds, the Reach sniper rifle is very close to what is portrayed on the screen. Jensen used various screen shots from his own games, as well as the action figures created for the game by McFarlane to understand the nuances and fine points of the gun. Apparently, At first Jensen was daunted by the sheer size of the project, but eventually broke it down to three stages to make the build easier. He focused first on building the barrel, then worked his way back to the main body, finally ending up with the scope assembly.The only items of the piece that are not made of Lego bricks are a dowel rod to support the barrel, and the custom decals applied for customization. That’s pretty amazing given just how accurate this thing looks. In the shot above the barrel looks a bit crooked — probably thanks to its length — but in this image it appears to have been corrected.Jensen did not keep a brick count for the model, but it’s safe to assume that a lot of plastic and money went into this masterpiece. The sniper rifle and its creator will both be at the upcoming Brick World convention for people to see in person.Flickr via The Brick Brothers
Una Mannion, winner of the Emerging Poetry award at the Hennessy Literary Awards.FOR DECADES, THE Hennessy Literary Awards have been alerting us to some of the best new Irish writers around.Last night saw three new writers being awarded prizes for their work, at an event in the Baroque Chapel in IMMA. At the 46th Hennessy Literary Awards, Sean Tanner was named the winner of the First Fiction category, Rachel Donohue won for Emerging Fiction, and Una Mannion for Emerging Poetry.Rachel Donohue was then named the overall Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year. The winners were chosen by authors Elizabeth Day, Mike McCormack and The Irish Times New Irish Writing page editor, Ciaran Carty. Pictured at the Hennessy Literary Awards at IMMA Kilmainham were Vona Groarke, Hall of Fame Inductee; Una Mannion, Emerging Poetry Winner, Rachel Donohue, Emerging Fiction Winner and Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year; Sean Tanner, First FictionUna Mannion said her poem Crouched Burial was inspired by an incident that occurred when she was a teenager.“The summer I was 15, a child’s body was found in our field in Culleenamore, County Sligo,” she explained. ”The child, 2000 years old, was lying in a crouched position, on her side, fetal, arms holding herself. The imprint of her small frame in the earth and details of her burial shaped this poem.”Here is the winning poem:Crouched Burial, by Una MannionThey move the earth with small trowels and brushes andall week the seals sing a desolate chorus as if for you.First a small child’s foot slow sweeps of the brush across your small bones,your shape in the ditch, taking definition, a slow birthin the corner of the field by the water’s edge. Wednesday 29 Mar 2017, 7:30 PM Share35 Tweet Email3 Mar 29th 2017, 7:30 PM In the moon bayat the edge of earth where they found youthe midden’s shelves layer time, like growth rings.Now is our turn on the surface of timeyou and your buried bead, prehistory,before there were written words to remember with.A sequence of milk teeth along the bone of your jaw andthe buds to permanent ones spell your age.You are eighteen months old.Your bones in the midden are a mysteryIron Age people didn’t bury their deadbodies were left to wind, or wolves or water.But not you.Perhaps touching your cold cheek your mothercould not abandon your body to the nightand here, where the land juts out toward the sea and the tide moves,a place she might find again,she brought you.Check back on the site this weekend, when we share the two winning short stories.Read: Ireland’s favourite books for 2016 have been announced> ‘Crouched Burial’: An award-winning poem before bedtime A poem from this year’s Hennessy Awards Winner for Emerging Poetry, Una Mannion. Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3312724 By Aoife Barry 10,333 Views Beside your ribcage, a single blue glass beadfor your ear a bronze ring,your grave gifts.If flowers and herbs cradled your head,they are dust now.Someone brought you hereand laid you down with careyour death a secret, your story buried. 6 Comments You are lying on your sideknees pulled into your chestthe thin bones of your armsholding yourself without your handsyour heavy head bent low toward your small body,a comma in the earth,like an ultra sound picture of the earth’s wombwhere you lay crouched for years. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Photos chocs sur les paquets de cigarettes : l’arrêté publié au Journal Officiel, en imagesFrance – Après sa signature par la ministre de la Santé Roselyne Bachelot la semaine dernière, l’arrêté relatif à l’apposition d’images chocs sur au moins 40% de la surface des paquets de cigarettes a été publié hier au Journal Officiel.Des avertissements sous forme de photos choquantes viendront s’ajouter aux phrases déjà présentes sur les paquets de cigarettes (“Fumer tue”, “Fumer nuit gravement à votre santé et à celle de votre entourage”…), mais également sur les autres produits du tabac. Seule exception : le tabac à usage oral (à chiquer).À lire aussiPourquoi prend-on du poids quand on arrête de fumer ?Quatorze photos ont été sélectionnées au sein de la banque d’images européenne. Une simple seringue évoquant la dépendance au tabac ou la gorge d’un homme atteint d’un cancer en phase terminale viendront illustrer le verso des paquets de cigarettes afin d’inciter les fumeurs à arrêter.Les paquets ne comportant pas de photos devront être écoulés en un an et les autres produits du tabac en deux ans. Après ces délais, tous les produits du tabac à fumer devront être illustrés par ces nouvelles images.Pour les voir (ou les revoir) : https://www.maxisciences.com/tabac/la-campagne-choc-anti-tabac-menee-outre-manche_art6938.html.Le 21 avril 2010 à 10:30 • Emmanuel Perrin
Stay on target It’s a shame that DC has struggled so much to get its cinematic universe off the ground because their superheroes have been (more or less) consistently killing it on the small screen for four years now. Beginning with Barry Allen’s introduction in season two of Arrow, DC and the CW have built a solid stable of superhero shows with intertwining stories more meaningful than anything Marvel is able to make happen.Ever since the season two finale of The Flash, fans have wondered how Barry’s actions would affect not just his own story, but the entire Arrowverse. Well, we don’t have an answer to the bigger question just yet, but we did get to see the world Barry created when he went back in time to stop Reverse Flash from killing his mom.Things are going surprisingly well for Barry. His parents are both alive, together and happy. He’s actually living with them and they, not knowing about the other timeline, are starting to give him a subtle push out the door. Understandable, since he’s in his 20s with a full-time job and still lives at home. He’s even finally worked up the courage to ask Iris out. And since they didn’t grow up together in this timeline, she says yes. There’s even another Flash out there fighting crime, so Barry doesn’t have to.Who is the new Flash? (Photo: Keiynan Lonsdale and Grant Gustin, Screenshot via CW)We all know this can’t last. Whenever Barry starts to think about events from his original timeline, he loses some of his memory. He asks Reverse Flash/Eobard Thawne, who he’s been keeping locked up, what’s going on. Thawne explains that this new timeline, Flashpoint, is overwriting the old one. Soon, Barry won’t remember that he even is The Flash and the change will be permanent.Barry refuses to believe Thawne and finds the other Flash, who is engaged in a battle with another speedster known as The Rival. When other-Flash falls from a window, Barry rushes to his aid and is surprised to learn that he’s Iris’s brother, Wally. I say “he’s surprised” because come on, we all knew.Barry learns that Iris and Wally have been working as a crime-fighting sibling duo and offers to help them defeat The Rival. He tries to get his old team back together only to find that they aren’t quite the same people he knew. Cisco is a selfish billionaire tech entrepreneur; Caitlin is a pediatric ophthalmologist, and Joe is an alcoholic who doesn’t talk to his kids much. Man, how did Barry’s mom do all this?Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker), Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes) and Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) in “Flashpoint” (Photo: Screenshot via CW)Barry convinces them all to work together, explaining the situation via a timeline drawing that looks exactly like the one Doc Brown drew in Back to the Future Part II. He and Wally, dubbed Kid Flash under protest, fight and defeat The Rival, who reveals his identity as Edward Clariss. Unfortunately, Wally is wounded in the fight, and his accelerated healing isn’t working. Barry realizes his happiness comes at the expense of everyone he loves and returns to ask Thawne to kill his mom.Thawne goes back in time once again, kills Barry’s mom and brings him back to where he was before the end of Season 2. Well, almost. As he joins Joe and Wally in a toast to his deceased father, he learns that Iris no longer speaks to her family. We’re left to wonder what else Thawne changed. Oh, and the Edward Clariss of this timeline is awoken by a strange voice to find the word “Alchemy” scratched into his mirror. I guess we know who this season’s big bad will be.Doctor Alchemy has been a recurring villain in The Flash comics. His main ability is transmuting any element into any other element. Can’t wait to see how they do that on the show. In the comics, Edward Clariss has never been Doctor Alchemy, so it’s likely that we haven’t actually met Alchemy yet. That he plans to use Clariss somehow and that was his voice at the end of last night’s episode.Edward Clariss (Todd Lasance) watches the word “Alchemy” scratch into his mirror. (Photo: Screenshot via CW)The Flash has become the best superhero show on TV, outpacing Arrow by embracing its cheesy, silver-age comic book past. This is the series that made us take villains like Weather Wizard, Captain Cold, and Gorilla Grodd seriously. It managed to include all the ridiculously complicated time travel and parallel universe stuff comic book fans are used to and make it work on TV. That’s no small feat.So far, the third season is no different. One episode in and we already have multiple timelines and the promise of more cartoony comic book villains to come. And with all the time travel between this and Legends of Tomorrow, the crossover episodes this season should be even crazier than normal. Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019’The Flash’ Season 5 Finale Recap: 2 Big Bads and 1 Pre-Crisis
The goalkeeper defeated the Bavarians with FC Augsburg and now with Borussia Dortmund and he is very happy about how things have turned outPlaying against Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga is something teams there do every week.But winning against the Bavarians is something not all clubs can say.Swiss goalkeeper Marwin Hitz recorded his third win against Bayern in his career.“The way that everyone in Dortmund gets behind you, is amazing. In terms of football, there isn’t really anything more to experience,” the 31-year-old said to the club’s official website.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“There were a lot of chances, a load of counter-attacks, many missed chances and a fair few goals.”“I don’t think anyone regretted the trip to the stadium. It was a great game for the spectators,” he added.Hitz started playing in the Bundesliga in 2008 when he was signed by VfL Wolfsburg.In 2013 he moved to FC Augsburg, and for the first time in his career, he’s playing defending Borussia Dortmund’s colors.
The state of Missouri has added its support to the local effort to discuss partnership opportunities and collaborations that can benefit Fort Leonard Wood and the central Missouri region.Joe Driskill, Missouri’s military advocate, last month added his signature to the Fort Leonard Wood Community Partnership charter, an agreement initially signed in January by the garrison commander, neighboring communities and civic organizations to provide a forum for local leaders to pursue ideas and concepts for new partnerships.The Fort Leonard Wood Community Partnership leadership committee, which is co-chaired by the executive director of the Sustainable Ozarks Partnership (SOP) and Fort Leonard Wood’s garrison commander, now will include a state representative. The group’s members advise on organization policies and capabilities, as well as provide insight into how their organization could support a partnership opportunity, according to a news release from SOP.“While the [Fort Leonard Wood Community Partnership leadership committee] is a strong regional group and has always had support from the state of Missouri, Joe’s signature is a clear indicator of the state’s desire to see the group continue to build partnerships that will strengthen Fort Leonard Wood and conserve the installation’s resources,” said SOP Executive Director Kent Thomas.Thomas succeeded Driskill at SOP earlier this year after Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) appointed Driskill as the state’s first military advocate.The partnership committee’s efforts already have resulted in success. Repair work was completed on a state road that runs through the installation and a memorandum of agreement is now in place assigning responsibility for maintaining it in the future. Other initiatives in the works include partnerships to provide animal control, visitor center support, landscaping services and renewable energy. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
WILMINGTON, MA — Wicked Local recently revealed its 2019 Readers Choice Awards for Wilmington. Below are the winners and honorable mentions for restaurants.Do you agree with the winners? Any notable snubs? Let us know in the comments below or on Wilmington Apple’s Facebook page.Restaurant For Breakfast/Brunch#1 Choice: As Good As It GetsHonorable Mention: Country Chef RestaurantHonorable Mention: Sunny Side CafeRestaurant For Lunch#1 Choice: TremezzoHonorable Mention: As Good As It GetsHonorable Mention: Panera BreadHonorable Mention: 99 RestaurantHonorable Mention: Red Heat TavernRestaurant For Dinner#1 Choice: TremezzoHonorable Mention: 99 RestaurantHonorable Mention: Red Heat TavernFine Dining Restaurant#1 Choice: TremezzoHonorable Mention: 99 RestaurantItalian Restaurant#1 Choice: TremezzoHonorable Mention: Rocco Restaurant & BarHonorable Mention: LaRosa’sPizza Restaurant#1 Choice: EJ’s Frozen Fresh PizzaHonorable Mention: AJ’s KitchenHonorable Mention: Wilmington House of PizzaThai Restaurant#1 Choice: Jasmine Cuisine#1 Choice: Mango II, TewksburyMexican Restaurant#1 Choice: On The Border, BurlingtonFamily Friendly Restaurant#1 Choice: 99 RestaurantHonorable Mention: TremezzoHonorable Mention: As Good As It GetsSeafood Restaurant#1 Choice: Michael’s PlaceHonorable Mention: Rocco’s RestaurantHonorable Mention: Seafood ExpressChinese Restaurant#1 Choice: Golden GingerHonorable Mention: Pacific GroveHonorable Mention: Jasmine CuisineSushi Restaurant#1 Choice: Golden GingerBakery#1 Choice: Josie’s BakeryHonorable Mention: Market BasketCoffee Shop#1 Choice: Heav’nly Donuts#1 Choice: StarbucksHonorable Mention: Dunkin’ DonutsIce Cream Shop#1 Choice: Mac’s Dairy Farm, TewksburyButcher Shop#1 Choice: Elia’s Country Store#1 Choice: Lucci’s SupermarketDeli#1 Choice: Elia’s Country StoreHonorable Mention: Lucci’s SupermarketHonorable Mention: Uptown DeliFish Market#1 Choice: Seafood ExpressBar#1 Choice: TremezzoHonorable Mention: Red Heat TavernHonorable Mention: Pacific GroveHonorable Mention: Rocco’s RestaurantCaterer#1 Choice: AJ’s KitchenHonorable Mention: Lucci’s SupermarketHonorable Mention: Tremezzo (Mama Linda’s Catering)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBEST PLACES TO SHOP IN WILMINGTON: Wicked Local 2019 Readers Choice Awards AnnouncedIn “Business”Wicked Local Announces Wilmington’s 2016 Readers Choice Award WinnersIn “Business”BEST SERVICE PROVIDERS IN WILMINGTON: Wicked Local 2019 Readers Choice Awards AnnouncedIn “Business”
Review: The 8BitDo SN30 Pro+ Is an Elite Nintendo Switch Controller8BitDo’s M30 Gamepad Is the Ultimate Sega Genesis-Inspired Controller Stay on target 8Bitdo has made a name for itself by releasing high-quality retro-style controllers and arcade sticks. I honestly didn’t see how the company could top itself, but they’ve arguably done so with their upcoming product. First revealed during this year’s E3, 8Bitdo says the SN30 Pro Bluetooth Gamepad (and its counterpart, the SF30 Pro) is “the ultimate retro gaming controller.” That’s a bold claim, but after spending significant time with it, I’m going to (mostly) agree with this proclamation. The SN30 Pro is a great controller for those who want old-school design paired with modern functionality.Visually, the SN30 Pro and SF30 Pro gamepads take their cues from the classic Super Nintendo and Super Famicom controllers (respectively). However, they have current-day features which distinguish them from the controller they’re based on. Modern touches include two clickable analog sticks, four shoulder buttons, and wireless Bluetooth functionality. These additions make the controllers ideal for playing both classic and modern titles.If you’re familiar with 8Bitdo’s controllers then you may know it previously released a similar controller called the NES30 Pro. Like the SN30 Pro, this controller contains the layout of modern controllers. While the controller is certainly pleasing to the eye, I found its small size and thin analog sticks a turn off. I have big hands so the controller was, quite frankly, cumbersome to use. Everything about the SN30 Pro, from buttons to overall size, is larger, and therefore easier to use. The SN30 Pro outstrips the NES30 Pro in every way.AdChoices广告The original SNES controller was a sturdy peripheral that felt great to use. Its button layout and overall durability set the standard for all controllers that followed. Like that classic controller, the SN30 Pro is also a solidly built device. Its rounded edges make it quite comfortable to play. The analog sticks and face buttons have a satisfying amount of resistance when pressed, but not enough to make them hard on one’s fingers. The face buttons and d-pad are slightly higher than they are on the original SNES controller. This is to make room for the analog sticks. This takes some adjustment, but after a few minutes, the slightly higher placement becomes trivial.The face buttons, d-pad, and analog sticks impressed me, but I can’t say the same for the shoulder buttons. Because there are now four shoulder buttons, L and R are thinner than on the original SNES controller. It’s not exactly a detriment, but you do have to adjust the way you press these buttons because they’re so thin. The trigger buttons (L2 and R2) work fine, but since they were not on the SNES controller, they do feel slightly out of place. The thin size also makes the trigger buttons somewhat awkward to press. This is in no way a deal breaker, but it’s something I immediately noticed.The SN30 Pro is compatible with Windows, Nintendo Switch, Android, MacOS, and Steam. Pairing 8Bitdo controllers to devices has always been a painless process and the same applies with the SN30 Pro. If you follow the instructions (which come with the controller), you’re solid. If you don’t want to bother with pairing, you can always plug the controller into your PC, Mac, or Android device through the provided USB cable. There is no USB functionality for Nintendo Switch at the time of this writing.For my tests, I plugged the SN30 Pro controller into my PC and fired up Steam. I started off with 2016’s Doom to see how the controller handles a modern FPS game. For the most part, Doom worked great with the SN30 Pro. In order to survive, one needs to shoot precisely and move constantly. I never found myself fighting the controller. Every button press resulted in an immediate action. I was especially impressed with the responsiveness of the analog sticks. As great as the controller performed while playing Doom, my hands did feel slightly uncomfortable after about ten minutes because of how close the buttons are. I’m sure those with smaller hands won’t have an issue. However, I likely won’t play many FPS titles with this controller.I then tried Rise of the Tomb Raider. This proved a better experience than Doom since you don’t need to use the shoulder buttons much outside of combat. I was able to complete tricky platforming sections with little to no effort. While the controller isn’t ideal for FPS titles, action-adventure games seem to work well enough.I also tried a few classic games on my PC with the controller. I had absolutely no trouble playing NES and SNES games. In fact, I feel this controller is better suited for older games since they only require the use of the d-pad and face buttons. Playing games like Castlevania, Contra III, and Batman Returns made me realize just how great the d-pad is on the SN30 Pro. It is every bit as responsive as the d-pad for the SNES controller. I can easily spend hours playing old-school titles with this controller. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, I suppose.Finally, I tested the SN30 Pro with my Nintendo Switch. Without hesitation, I went straight into Super Mario Odyssey. Unlike Doom and (to a lesser extent) Rise of the Tomb Raider, playing Super Mario Odyssey with the SN30 was a near-flawless experience. I ran around the world and performed tricky jumps and stunts effortlessly. At no point did I feel hindered by the controller. While I still prefer playing Super Mario Odyssey with the Switch Pro Controller, the SN30 Pro did not disappoint. I was thoroughly impressed with how well the controller works on Switch.It’s clear 8Bitdo didn’t just toss in Nintendo Switch support as an afterthought. The SN30 Pro features a button to take pictures and another to return to Switch’s Home menu. It even has rumble support and motion controls just like the Joy-Cons and Pro Controller. This controller can easily serve as a primary controller for Switch. Current Switch games work great with the SN30 Pro, but I can only imagine what it’ll be like when the Virtual Console eventually arrives. This is the controller I want to use when playing Super Mario World, Super Metroid, and Donkey Kong Country.The only major gripe I have with the SN30 Pro is with its rumble functionality. While it certainly gives you additional feedback, I thought the rumble was underwhelming. For the lack of a better phrase, it felt cheap. Cheap like those old MadCatz rumble packs for Sega Dreamcast. Also, there is an annoying high-pitched sound released by the controller whenever it rumbles. This was most prominent during my Doom test, where every jump caused the controller to emit a slight chirp. I wish there was a way to customize how much (or how little) the controller rumbles. I’m glad rumble is in there, but its implementation was definitely lacking.Rumble issues and small shoulder buttons aside, my experience with the SN30 Pro controller was mostly pleasing. At $49.99, it is somewhat expensive. However, if you want to reconnect with your inner retro gamer while still holding onto the present, this controller is worth trying out. As before, I’m left wondering how 8Bitdo is going to top itself. This really is the pinnacle of retro controllers. But considering the company’s track record, it won’t surprise me when it drops a controller that outdoes this one.The 8Bitdo SN30 and SF30 Pro Bluetooth Gamepad go on sale on December 10.
Kolkata: Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) will observe the first-ever World Bicycle Day on Sunday in New Town. The United Nations has declared June 3 as World Bicycle Day this year and it will be celebrated globally. Bicycles are not only an eco-friendly mode of transport but also keeps the cyclists physically fit and mentally alert. It helps to reduce obesity and improves the cardiovascular system.In New Town, the celebration is more significant as it is the only place in India where the Cycle Sharing Scheme has been introduced and it has become extremely popular. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsHousing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) under the ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs had awarded the scheme introduced by New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) in the Urban Transport category at a function in New Delhi in April.On Sunday, the World Bicycle Day will be celebrated with HIDCO keeping cycles in front of the golf course off Eco Park to be used by the enthusiasts. The ride is free and cycle lovers can take a ride to popularise cycling. Eco Park has a special zone where people come and do cycling and duo cycling as well and it is extremely popular among visitors. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIn the evening, Zoomcar, the company that has introduced the Cycle Sharing Scheme will host a programme at the NKDA football ground where people will be given free rides. They will be given modern cycles fitted with GPS which are used in the Cycle Sharing Scheme. There will be a treasure hunt show for the participants and the winner will be awarded.New Town has graded cycle paths and the Cycle Sharing Scheme is becoming popular. It may be recalled that to popularise cycling, Jagadish Chandra Bose used to come to Presidency College riding a cycle just to show that Indians are equally capable of riding bicycles like the British. At times, he was also accompanied by his wife Abala who was also an expert cyclist.
The 1960s and 1970s television sitcom The Brady Bunch told the story of one of America’s most wholesome families. First aired in 1969, the show centered on the marriage of Carol and Mike Brady and the adventures of their six children. During the 60s the United States underwent a period of significant political and social upheaval, and The Brady Bunch presented an image of the “ideal” all-American family.Cast photo from the television program The Brady Bunch. Back from left: Christopher Knight (Peter), Barry Williams (Greg), Ann B. Davis (Alice). Second row from left: Eve Plumb (Jan), Florence Henderson (Carol), Robert Reed (Mike), Maureen McCormick (Marcia). Front: Susan Olsen (Cindy), Mike Lookinland (Bobby).However, according to the show’s youngest star, Susan Olsen, the clean-cut image of The Brady Bunch fell apart after the cameras stopped rolling.Speaking to news.com.au, Olsen made a number of shocking revelations that may come as a surprise to those for whom The Brady Bunch was a childhood staple. Here’s our list of the most scandalous backstage stories from The Brady Bunch. Cindy Used To Grow PotOlsen as Cindy Brady, the youngest of The Brady Bunch.She might have been the Brady family’s youngest, most innocent member, but Susan Olsen, who played Cindy Brady, went on to be a special kind of farmer.Olsen admitted to growing the magic green plants with her former husband, stating that she always enjoyed the gardening work of raising them.However she said that she rarely smoked, adding that it made her feel paranoid and that she had never felt totally comfortable engaging in that sort of activity, yet there was never a total ban in her life. Nevertheless, it’s still hard to imagine sweet little Cindy Brady growing up to that.Marcia Used To ShopliftMcCormick’s most famous role was as eldest daughter Marcia Brady on the classic 1970s sitcom The Brady Bunch.Olsen also opened up about Maureen McCormick, otherwise known as Marcia Brady. Apparently, McCormick had a taste for stealing, and would regularly visit the shops with a school friend named Susan Cowsill.The two girls regularly stole from local stores, until one day when they were caught in the act. According to Olsen, McCormick fled the scene, leaving Cowsill to take the rap. The Actors Weren’t Well PaidPhoto of Mike Lookinland (Bobby) and Christopher Knight (Peter) from the television program The Brady Bunch. Bobby is trying out a dunk tank Peter has built for the school carnival.Looking back, it seems hard to imagine a time without The Brady Bunch, one of America’s all-time favorite shows. However, when it was first released, it was panned by the critics and did not enjoy a huge success during the show’s initial run.It was only later, after it went into syndication in 1975, that The Brady Bunch became an American classic. As a result, during the filming of the first five seasons, the actors were paid very low wages. There were no luxuries on set and the Brady children certainly didn’t live the life of spoilt movies stars. As Olsen notes, they even had to pay to leave their cars in the parking lot while they were filming.All The Kids Hooked UpDavy Jones with Maureen McCormick in the 1971 The Brady Bunch episode “Getting Davy Jones”.It might be difficult to imagine, but Olsen also admitted that all of the Brady children were hooking up at one point or another. As young teenagers and adolescents, working together on a daily basis, it was inevitable that they would eventually develop crushes on one another.She even let slip that she and Mike Lookinland, who played Bobby Brady, started having make-out sessions in the doghouse at the age of just nine.Greg Had A Crush On His TV MumWilliams’ most famous role was as oldest son Greg Brady on the 1970s sitcom The Brady Bunch.In perhaps the most disturbing revelation (for viewers), Olsen also revealed that Barry Williams, who played eldest Brady son Greg, had a real-life crush on Florence Henderson, who played his on-screen mum, Carol.Ever the consummate professional, Henderson kept a clear distance between herself and the young actor. However, Williams confessed in his 1992 autobiography that he had developed an infatuation with his TV mum, and wanted to spend as much time with her as possible.Jan And Marcia Hated Each Other In Real LifeEve Plumb as Jan Brady on the 1970s sitcom The Brady BunchOne of the core dynamics in The Brady Bunch was the sisterly rivalry that existed between Jan and Marcia. However, it seems that this rivalry continued off screen, after the cameras stopped rolling.Olsen confirmed that Eve Plumb (who played Jan) and Maureen McCormick (who played Marcia) do not speak to one another, as a result of an unexplained rift dating from their time on the show.Olsen said that she thought the argument was “petty”, but confessed that, if pushed, she would support with Plumb, having heard both sides of the story. Mirroring the sibling dynamics of the show, it seems that Olsen has been trying to mediate this conflict for a long, long time.Read another story from us: Brady Bunch house is now for sale for $1.8 MillionOlsen’s confessions are a useful reminder that despite the wholesome, glossy appearance of this all-American family on the screen, the reality behind the cameras often tells a very different story.
Share Posted by TORONTO — A WestJet flight was grounded in Toronto after customs officers determined there were iguanas loose in the aircraft.WestJet spokesperson Lauren Stewart says a passenger on a flight from Cuba to Toronto was discovered to be carrying iguanas in his checked luggage.Stewart says the passenger had hidden four iguanas in his luggage but when they were discovered by customs officers in Toronto, only two of the lizards were in the suitcase.The flight crews were notified and the plane was stopped in order to have the cargo hold fumigated to prevent the escaped lizards from chewing through wires or damaging the aircraft.Stewart says the aircraft couldn’t fly on to Vancouver due to the delay, but passengers were transferred to another plane that left 50 minutes later.Stewart says this type of incident is uncommon but reminds customers to always book their pets with the airline ahead of time and bring them in proper carrying cases to ensure they are safe and comfortable.More news: TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamThe incident comes after a pet Gecko was lost on a flight in July. Tags: LOL The Canadian Press Monday, September 19, 2016 Iguanas on the loose in WestJet aircraft causing delay << Previous PostNext Post >>
“It’s such a roller coaster and I’m having a blast!”With the Winter Olympics starting in Sochi, Russia on 7 February, we chat travel, life, and stuff, with Team GB medal hopeful and rising star of women’s snowboarding, Aimee Fuller.Aimee is one of the most exciting talents in women’s snowboarding. she has already achieved a string of big results in slopestyle contests across the world and earlier this year became one of the first women to land a double backflip. Now she is one of Team GB’s brightest hopes for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. But what does she listen to on a plane? Find out in the first of our new series of celebrity interviews, ‘Welcome to my world’. Take it away Aimee…Where is the best place you have ever gone snowboarding… and why? I love Austria in the pre-season. You come off the mountain and can hop straight in the glacial pools. In the spring, it has to be Mammoth, USA, you get a combo of everything: snow, sun, and when you finish up on the mountain there is tons to explore from hikes to hot springs and mountain biking. When you’re not competing, where do you most often go snowboarding, just for fun? It has to be Mammoth again – the whole set-up is just insane. And the weather: it’s either fresh snow or sunshine, so it has to be my favourite.Do you have a ‘secret’ off-the-beaten track boarding location? If so, where is it? Not really, although I have been on some backcountry adventures. I went to Silverton, Colorado last year, and that’s pretty off-the-beaten-track. You have to hike up off the pass and it’s a great place to explore the natural terrain. Where is the most unusual place you’ve been snowboarding? I went to Lebanon three years ago, that was a pretty unique experience, just so different, but with some great slopes and the weather was pretty nice too.More: World’s weirdest ski resorts Where’s your favourite terrain park? Vans Penken Park, Mayrhofen. Where’s the best powder you’ve ever ridden? Silverton, Colorado What is your dream snowboarding location that you haven’t yet been to? I would love to go on a trip incorporating motorbiking and snowboarding, I think Norway could be a good zone for that, driving up through the Fjords… Do you ever go on holiday where there’s no snow? I love escaping the cold British weather. Last summer I went to Bali surfing, and I would love to go back there and explore some more this summer. It’s a magical place. Where was your best childhood holiday to.. and why? Probably Grand Canaria or Mallorca, I have such good memories from those trips with my family. Warm, gentle waves at the beach, a great place for families! Where is your favourite place in the British Isles? It has to be one of the coastal towns purely for the surf, I live in Belfast so I am going to give it to Portrush, purely for the surfing! but Brighton is rad! What gadget do you not leave home without? My phone for sure. It has everything on it that I need, and captures memories when you don’t have a camera!What one book would you read on the plane? I read Bradley Wiggins’ autobiography recently – that was pretty inspirational. Who would you listen to? Happy – Pharrell Williams What is your most indulgent luxury you take with you when you’re travelling? Hmm, I try to pack light, but I love having a candle in my room! How do you keep yourself occupied on a long plane journey? SLEEP. We travel so much, so it’s a great time to switch off from the world and just relax. I love that feeling when the plane door closes and you switch off from the world. What was your worst travel experience? Delayed flights. I have spent hours upon hours sat in the airport, that’s just boring! Who would be your idea travel companion? My boyfriend Ross. Or my snowboard buddy Jenny Jones. We always have a good time and keep things light-hearted when we get delayed. Do you feel any pressure when people tout you as being ‘Britain’s first Olympic snowboard medal winner’? No. I am just heading there to soak up the experience, it’s my first Games so it’s going to be a unique journey. Do you daydream about that moment when you receive your medal? No, it’s not all about that for me, I am just living in the moment and taking every day as it comes. It’s such a roller coaster and I am having a blast! What advice do you have for anyone wanting to get started in snowboarding? Get out there with your buddies and just enjoy it, don’t take it to seriously and just take things step by step. It’s not worth rushing your progression, that’s when injuries happen, just have fun! What makes you happy?Being out in the mountains with a good gang, riding for myself, and being with my family and friends._We wish Aimee all the best for the Winter Olympics (7–23 February). Get the latest on her exploits in Sochi on Twitter._Like this? You might also like these articles:10 Best Ski Resorts for Late Season Snow & Spring SkiingAirline ski fees: winter sports equipment charges revealedReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedWinter Olympics cities past, present and futureWinter Olympics cities past, present and future7 Olympic holidays to get you going for goldInspiring active holidays to get you going for gold at Rio 2016.Flight Geek of the Week – Sam BaldwinFlight Geek of the Week – Sam Baldwin
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An 18-year-old inmate was found dead in his cell at the Central Prison in Nicosia early on Wednesday with police initially ruling out foul play.The man, Andreas Sofroniou from Limassol, who was in remand in connection with cases of burglary and theft, was found unconscious in the prison cell he shared with his uncle.On-duty wardens and nurses tried but failed to resuscitate him.Reports said no signs of drug use were found and suicide was also ruled out.Early findings by medical examiner Sofoclis Sofocleous ruled out suicide or foul play and suggested the man’s cause of death was vomit inhalation.Police are investigating the possibility of sudden-death syndrome, pending the findings of the post-mortem, to be conducted on Thursday at the Nicosia General hospital.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppTake Online Privacy on a whole New levelFigLeaf Beta AppUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo Search | Search AdsJoint Pain Treatments That Might Surprise You. Research Joint Pain ReliefYahoo Search | Search AdsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
02Jul Governor signs legislation to ease access to physical therapy treatment Categories: News State Rep. Margaret O’Brien (right) with Sen. John Moolenaar applauds the signing of Public Act 260 of 2014 to ensure greater access to physical therapy services.Michigan residents will now have direct access to physical therapy services thanks to recent legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder, announced state Rep. Margaret O’Brien.Senate Bill 690, now Public Act 260, enables physical therapists to initially treat patients without a referral from a physician and provides the ability to assist patients without a prescription for 21 days or 10 treatments, whichever happens first. It also provides unlimited access to prevent injury and promote fitness.“I am beyond thrilled that direct consumer access to physical therapy has finally become a reality in Michigan,” O’Brien said. “After years of fighting for this cause, I want to applaud Senator Moolenaar, Governor Snyder, and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle who supported this commonsense reform to our healthcare system. I believe this will benefit patients and physical therapists in the state for years to come.”
The Legislature will receive quarterly updates pertaining to veterans’ care at state facilities under legislation submitted today by Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague.“Our military veterans deserve the best care possible in the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans facilities,” said Rep. Hughes, vice chair of the House Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs. “I hope this legislation will allow us in the House and Senate to know several key areas of interest when it comes to the care of those who have sacrificed for our country.”House Bill 5639 requires the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency or Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to report on staffing levels, patient complaints, distribution of pharmaceutical drugs, how patient funds are allocated and number of resident fatalities to House and Senate committees no later than Jan. 1, April 1, July 1 and Oct. 1 of each year.The legislation follows the state Auditor General releasing a report on Feb. 19 that detailed multiple instances of fraudulent reporting and care at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. The House Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs has had several hearings pertaining to the report.“The information shared in the Auditor General’s report was disturbing and completely unacceptable,” said Rep. Hughes. “House Bill 5639 will help make sure the care we all expect is actually taking place in Grand Rapids and Marquette.”HB 5639 was assigned to the House Committee on Oversight and Ethics. Categories: Hughes News,News 11May Rep. Hughes submits bill requiring regular updates on veterans’ care
Share11Tweet1ShareEmail12 Shares“Mitch McConnell” by Gage SkidmoreJuly 19, 2017; NewsmaxMany have spent the last few days wrapping themselves in a kind of happy blanket as the GOP repeal-and-replace bill has been facing the Great Unknown in a way we can only liken to one of those extended death scenes in a bad western. Indeed, even as we write this, President Trump has ordered everyone back to their rooms to finish the work of at least repealing, if not replacing, despite the fact that the prospect appears like it would be lucky to garner even forty votes. As they trudged obediently back, he tweeted:The Republicans never discuss how good their healthcare bill is, & it will get even better at lunchtime.The Dems scream death as OCare dies!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2017Oh, yes, he did!Some have celebrated as if this were a defeat not just of the health care bill, but of the GOP and the Trump presidency. “The stunning collapse of Obamacare on Tuesday forced Republicans to confront a sobering reality: Their party and agenda are in a deep hole, and it’s not going to be easy to get out,” Peter Sullivan of The Hill wrote. But not everyone sees such a disaster. For instance, the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Drew Altman is of a different opinion, soberly writing in Axios that the defeat of Obamacare was rated, in terms of importance to GOP voters, behind the general direction of the country, jobs and the economy, and the personal traits of Hillary Clinton.“Republicans don’t like the ACA, and there is no doubt voting for repeal would be a real plus with the Republican base as well as with big campaign contributors,” Altman wrote. “But the assumption that Republicans will be punished if they fail to repeal the law is a different thing altogether; it has become unexamined conventional wisdom. Republican voters have other things on their minds that matter to them more than healthcare.”The next election is not until 2018, and the agenda could switch to taxes or a foreign conflict or the Trump administration’s continuing problems. In fact, the one thing most likely to keep the ACA on the agenda now would be an effort by the administration to undermine it, and it’s far from clear who benefits and loses politically from that.This is, in fact, is the most frightening immediate prospect—that the administration and some in the GOP would set their sights on forcing the health system into profound failure just to prove a point. While we would like to believe that this is beneath our congresspersons and certainly our president, many seem to be anticipating just that, so this may have been a relatively easy period for advocates. The next one could be expected to contain some collection of administrative and federal and state assaults.Many such scenarios have already been contemplated. Here is one:But how seriously should we take this threat? Very seriously, until we have proof that he doesn’t really mean it, or until Republicans take active steps to defuse it, which they can do if they choose to.Trump can indeed do a great deal of damage. He can “let Obamacare fail” by refusing to renew the so-called cost-sharing reductions…which are paid to insurers to subsidize out-of-pocket costs to millions of lower-income people.If he did this, insurers would probably have to hike premiums by enormous amounts, and many might exit the markets, further destabilizing them, potentially causing many millions to have no access to coverage. We know Trump sees this threat as working in his favor: Back in April, he explicitly threatened not to continue the payments for the express purpose of forcing Dems to negotiate with him. The administration didn’t go through with it, and the payments have continued, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be ended this time.Bipartisan action would forestall the devastation that would result from a non-renewal of the CSRs, and Republicans would probably be wise to go this way even as far as their re-election prospects are concerned, since polls now indicate that the public will hold Trump and Republicans responsible for further Affordable Care Act problems on their watch. But our predictive capacities are on the fritz right now, as so many rules seem not to apply.Let’s learn from Trump’s early feting of success in the Rose Garden after the House bill passed and not fall into the trap of thinking anything that has been won here cannot quickly be lost again.—Ruth McCambridgeShare11Tweet1ShareEmail12 Shares