first_imgShare This!If you have a Halloween tree, or want a creepy look for your Christmas tree, you’re going to want to pull out your wallet for this line of ornaments. Themed to the Nightmare Before Christmas, these ornaments have an interactive snowglobe element; shake them and in “snows” inside the glass. They’re priced at $19.99 each. We found ours at Mouse Gear in Epcot, but they should be available throughout the parks. Photos: Christina Harrisonlast_img

first_img17 May 2004It was twenty-one minutes past noon in Switzerland when the envelope was opened, its contents withdrawn and Fifa President Sepp Blatter’s long-awaited words, barely audible above the noise, were spoken.At 12:21 on 15 May 2004, history had been made: it was the time of Africa and South Africa to stage the world’s greatest sporting festival.“I am delighted that an African association has earned the right to host the Fifa World Cup”, said the head of world football’s governing body as the South African bidding delegation embraced before a press conference at the World Trade Center in Zurich.Meanwhile elated journalists, many sporting workman’s helmets, blew “vuvuzela” plastic horns and sang the traditional African “Shosholoza” anthem in the packed auditorium.The South African team, including former president Nelson Mandela, bid chairman Irvin Khoza and chief executive Danny Jordaan, were invited onto the stage to answer questions.With 14 votes to Morocco’s 10 and Egypt’s none, South Africa had been chosen as hosts of the 2010 Fifa World Cup from the first round of voting.“Each member of the executive committee was called on by the general secretary to cast his vote by secret ballot. Under these conditions, we can only know the choice of each executive committee member by asking them individually”, Blatter said in reply to a journalist’s question before giving the floor to the winning delegation.“This is for Africa”, said a remarkably controlled Irwin Khoza. “For 44 million South Africans, this is for you. We have the jewel in the crown of sporting events.”‘I feel like a young man of 15’Over recent months, Nelson Mandela had campaigned tirelessly to promote his nation’s bid.Sitting next to Blatter, South Africa’s former president, who spent 27 of his 85 years in prison under the apartheid regime, could not hold back his tears, and they fell freely down his cheeks.“I feel like a young man of 15”, Mandela said to laughter. But, typically, his first thought was for others – the people of Morocco, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. “You must not be discouraged”, Mandela said. “It is no reflection of your efforts. Next time when you compete, you may be luckier.”“South Africans should treat this decision with humility and without arrogance because we are, after all, equal”, Mandela said with a booming voice that sent a shiver down the spine, prompting one Egyptian journalist to stand up and say: “We love you Nelson Mandela”.‘It is wonderful to be an African today’Speaking through experience, Danny Jordaan, who had been involved in South Africa’s one-vote final-round defeat four years ago, also took time to sympathise with his African “brothers”.“The World Cup decision is a big victory for one and a massive defeat for others”, he said. “But let us join hands and move forward to deliver an outstanding world cup – so we don’t have to wait 100 more years to stage another one.“The dream of a nation has come true today”, Jordaan said. “Some South Africans may not have food or a job, but they now have hope. Fifa has said Africa is worthy. It is wonderful to be an African today!”Speaking later, Jordaan said he believed the World Cup would not only be a success, but help unify a nation.“We have talked about this moment for four years. The world cup will help unify our people. If there is one thing on this planet that has the power to bind people together, it is football.“My country is ready to welcome the world”, Jordaan said. “With our colourful dress, songs and dances, I can assure you 2010 will be something the world has never seen before at a World Cup.”Source: Fifa.comlast_img read more

first_imgAustralia has seen its second aircraft evacuation in less than a week due to a bomb threat.Passengers on a Virgin regional flight from the Sydney to the New South Wales regional town of Albury were told to evacuate the plane after the threat was discovered scrawled on a sick bag in the toilet.Passengers left the ATR turboprop through the rear door and emergency exits but, contrary to some reports, no doors were ripped off and it is understood crew did not instruct passengers to jump out and “run, run, run’’. That advice is believed to have been shouted by a passengerPolice met the flight as it landed about 9:35am and a man was arrested.“The main point to make here is that the plane landed at 9:35 am. We had all of the occupants of aeroplane secured and safe within five minutes of it landing,’’ a police spokesman said.“We’ve completely searched the aeroplane at this stage and our inquiries will continue there.’’A Virgin spokeswoman confirmed there was “a security incident” on  Virgin Australia flight VA1174.“One passenger is assisting police with their enquiries,’’ she said. “The matter is now in the hands of the New South Wales police.”Michelle McNamara, who works for a car hire company in the airport terminal, said police, firefighters and ambulance crews closed off half the terminal during the operation.“It’s normally quiet, it’s Albury Airport,” she told AAP.“It’s a bit concerning. With all that’s happening in the world, it makes you think the worst.”The incident comes less than a week after passengers aboard a Malaysia Airlines flight in Melbourne helped deal with an allegedly mentally ill man who shouted he had a bomb and tried to enter the cockpit.The 25-year-old  economy passenger, a Sri Lankan national on a student visa, jumped up just after take-off and made the bomb threats as the plane was about 4kms out from Melbourne airport last Wednesday.He was brandishing a device now believed to be a Bluetooth speaker.Police were criticised after the incident for the amount of time it took them to evacuate the plane — about 90 minutes — after it landed.The plane’s pilots had radioed to say the passenger responsible for the bomb threat had been subdued but police said they were focused on getting everyone safely off the flight.Victoria Police chief commissioner Graham Ashton said police were worried about the possibility of co-offenders or explosive devices that could be triggered by an evacuation.last_img read more

first_imgAlexander-Arnold recovering quickly reveals Liverpool boss Kloppby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold is recovering quickly from a knock sustained against Napoli, Jurgen Klopp has confirmed. The 20-year-old missed Sunday’s win over Manchester United and will also miss Friday’s clash with Wolves.”It actually looks surprisingly good,” said Klopp. “I think Wolves will still be a bit too early but after that, they told me we can think about him.”But for that, he needs to train. So far he didn’t train but the pain goes down second by second, which is good, and then in the moment when he can deal with it, he is on the pitch, and in the moment he is on the pitch we’ll make a decision.”But it looks good for Trent.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgUrban Meyer talks about the draft.UrbanFormer Ohio State defensive end Noah Spence did not hear his name called during the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday night. This surprised Spence’s former coach, Urban Meyer. Spence, who played at OSU for two seasons before having to transfer because of failed drug tests, is an “elite” defensive end, according to Meyer. The Ohio State coach placed him in a similar category to Joey Bosa, who was taken No. 3 overall. “I was kind of shocked he didn’t go yesterday,” Meyer said on the NFL Network. “I was kind of shocked he didn’t go yesterday,” Urban says of Noah Spence.— Andrew Holleran (@andrewjholleran) April 29, 2016Meyer also talked about how Spence was a 3.0 student at Ohio State and comes from a great family.The NFL Draft is currently airing on ESPN and the NFL Network. Spence is expected to go early in the second round.last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsA new report is out about the impacts of mercury on the Grassy Narrows First Nation.It was written by a Japanese researcher who has been following the issue for decades.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo has this story about this poison that has seeped down through the generations.last_img

Play ‘em Jay Cutler (Chicago): It’s time to consider Cutler a legitimate fantasy starter. Last week, Cutler threw for 247 yards and four touchdowns against Philadelphia. This week, he faces a Detroit defense that is allowing the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. When Cutler faced the Lions in Week 1, he threw for 372 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Felix Jones (Dallas): Despite a hip injury, Jones turned in a relatively successful performance last week (44 rushing yards and 69 receiving yards). Jones should be more involved in the Cowboys’ offense against the Colts’ 29th-ranked run defense this week. The problem with Jones is that he is losing goal-line touches, but consider him a No. 2 running back for Week 13. Mike Tolbert (San Diego): Tolbert continues to produce with starter Ryan Mathews out because of an ankle injury. Last week, Tolbert recorded his second straight 100-yard performance (103 yards with a touchdown). Mathews could return this week, but Tolbert is clearly the better back in San Diego. Look for Tolbert to take advantage of an Oakland defense that is allowing 134 rushing yards per game. Jeremy Maclin (Philadelphia): Maclin is benefiting from the emergence of Michael Vick. Last week, he had 47 receiving yards with a touchdown. Those numbers will inflate because Maclin faces a Texans’ pass defense allowing the third-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Maclin is becoming the main target in Philadelphia and is a must-start Thursday night. Santonio Holmes (New York): Holmes has been on a hot streak in his last three games, with four touchdowns and 246 yards. Holmes has developed a bond with Mark Sanchez, and that has translated to fantasy production. Holmes plays his best in big games, and this week against the Patriots fits the bill of a big game. Expect Holmes to take advantage of the NFL’s worst pass defense. Bench ‘em Carson Palmer (Cincinnati): Palmer is coming off a stretch in which he had thrown seven interceptions in three games. Those struggles will continue against the Saints. Only three quarterbacks have surpassed 230 yards or more against New Orleans, which has given up a total of just seven touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks. Palmer, at best, is a No. 2 fantasy quarterback for this matchup. Jon Kitna (Dallas): Kitna has been filling in nicely for Tony Romo, but this week he faces a Colts defense that has struggled against the run but not the pass (just 205 yards per game). On Sunday night, the Colts held Philip Rivers to just 185 yards. Maurice Morris (Detroit): Morris was a top pickup after his surprising performance on Thanksgiving, when he totaled 75 yards and two touchdowns. With the Lions’ running back situation and playing the Bears this week, don’t trust Morris going forward. The Bears rank second in the league in run defense, giving up just 81 yards per game. Keiland Williams (Washington): The Redskins’ running game has been a circus with Clinton Portis and Ryan Torain getting injured, and now coach Mike Shanahan is considering starting James Davis in the place of Williams. Williams managed a total of 26 yards against Minnesota last week. Running backs are averaging 13 fantasy points in standard leagues, fifth-fewest in the NFL, against Washington’s opponent this week, the Giants. Santana Moss (Washington): Moss has been inconsistent this season and he has been dealing with a knee injury that caused him to get only 40 yards last week. The injury appears to be all right, but the Redskins’ offense is a mess, which will cut into Moss’ production. The last time Moss played the Giants, he gained just 55 yards. read more

first_imgJuan Mata’s Manchester United future reportedly still hangs in the balance, as the parties are yet to discuss a contract extensionThe 30-year-old Spaniard sees his contract with the Red Devils running out next summer and wants to know the plans of the club regarding his status.The former Chelsea man has been one of the bright spots for the struggling United team this year. Mata was the one to convert a free kick in the 86th minute to annul Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal before Leo Bonucci scored an own goal to seal Juventus’ faith in the Champions League clash in midweek.Arsenal have already expressed their interest in the left-footed playmaker, as Aaron Ramsey seems to be heading the exit door once his contract runs down at the end of the season.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.According to the Daily Mail, Mata is willing to commit his future to Manchester United, but the management is yet to present an offer.After enduring ‘difficult relationship’ with Jose Mourinho, Mata has become one of the most important United players along with Anthony Martial.Although the things between the sides are yet to be defined, player’s will to remain at Old Trafford could prove decisive eventually.last_img read more

first_imgThe former Spain and Barcelona star appeared on Three Kings Day dressed as one of the kings with his face covered in black.A tweetstorm happened on Three Kings Day after Andres Iniesta published a photo on his Twitter account.Former Spain and Barcelona star published a photo where he was dressed as one of the kings, with his face covered in black paint.“Andres Iniesta’s family received the visit of the Three Magic Kings at his house and decided to photograph themselves to share this image with his fans on the player’s social networks,” an agency representing the player told Sports Illustrated.“With this post, Andres Iniesta wanted to show the world the children’s illusion in this magical and special day.”Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta credits father for his career Andrew Smyth – August 30, 2019 Andres Iniesta revealed the influence his father has been on his incredible career, which has seen him everything in football for Barcelona and Spain.“The presence of the Three Kings belongs to the culture of our country, rooted for many years with which we want to celebrate the most magical day of the year with our children and is a tradition that the Iniesta Ortiz family repeats every year,” the agency added.“At no time, Andres Iniesta wanted to bother anyone with that photograph, which is the image of the illusion in Spain and apologizes to those people who may have been offended.”👑👑👑💫💫💫 pic.twitter.com/RhCXAj1AqB— Andrés Iniesta (@andresiniesta8) January 6, 2019last_img read more

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News July 23, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 2:52 PM Auto-theft suspects arrested after car chase ends in Tierrasanta KUSI Newsroom Posted: July 23, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Monday, officers pursued an auto-theft suspect on northbound Interstate 15 in the Tierrasanta area, according to police.The three people in the stolen Honda Accord being chased by San Diego police were taken into custody in the area of the 11300 block of  Copperleaf Lane, near the eastern terminus of Tierrasanta Boulevard, an SDPD spokesman said.The driver exited northbound Interstate 15 in Tierrasanta and continued east for a short distance before pulling over and fleeing on foot with the two people who had been riding in the car.KUSI will update this page once more details are released. FacebookTwitterlast_img read more