Share This!One of the delightful shops at Disney Springs is The Ganachery. Here you can find delicious chocolate treats made fresh in Disney Springs. Throughout the year The Ganachery offers seasonal treats, and their latest debuted this week. The Reindeer Pluto Chocolate Piñata is an adorable way to celebrate the season. You’ll be a hit if you bring this to your next holiday gathering. The pricetag of $28.00 is a bit high, but it is well decorated and looks delicious. It is made of white chocolate so if you prefer dark chocolate then look to the Santa Mickey Chocolate Piñata that debuted last year and has returned.Reindeer Pluto PinataReindeer Pluto PinataReindeer Pluto PinataReindeer Pluto PinataReindeer Pluto Pinata
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Santander extends sponsorship of La Ligaby Ian Ferris10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSpanish banking group Santander has taken up the option to extend its title sponsorship of La Liga for a further year, according to Palco23.The Spanish sports business outlet says that Santander has activated an extension clause inserted in the contract originally signed back in 2016 to retain the naming rights to Spanish soccer’s top flight until the end of the 2019/20 season.The terms of the agreement are already written into the existing contract, which sees Santander pay La Liga a reported €20 million per year.The deal also covers Segunda División, the second tier of Spanish soccer. (www.sportspromedia.com/.) TagsSpanish Football NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
SPIRIT RIVER, Alta. – Police in northwestern Alberta say a suspect is in custody after a gunfight broke out between a suspected trespasser and a resident of a rural property.RCMP in Spirit River say the incident began Friday afternoon after the suspect already had fired a handgun at a vehicle that chased him from a different property south of the town.Police say he drove on and eventually followed another vehicle carrying a couple and a four-year-old child into a rural yard, allegedly pointed his gun at the male driver and demanded his vehicle.They say the female passenger took the keys before retreating into the home, but the suspect followed and fired a shot, which missed her.While that was happening, police say the male driver went into the house and retrieved a long gun, confronted the suspect while he was moving what they allege were stolen goods from one vehicle to another, and told him to surrender.Police say the suspect fired multiple rounds and the driver fired back, but no one was hit.They say the suspect fled on foot, but police tracked him down a short time later without incident.Ian Preston Letendre, 30, faces more than two dozen charges including break and enter to a residence, discharging a firearm with intent to endanger life and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Race to Erase MS announced today that its historic 25th Anniversary Gala will take place on Friday, April 20 at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, and will be hosted by HQ Trivia’s Scott Rogowsky.The landmark evening will also boast a Fall 2018 runway show from Hollywood-favorite fashion brand alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet. The legendary, celebrity-filled gala has raised over $47 million to date for Race to Erase MS and its Center Without Walls program. This year marks the 25th Anniversary Gala, where guests will participate in a silent auction before enjoying a gala dinner featuring live musical performances. The organization also announced one of the luxury live auction items that will be available to guests of the event – a Ferrari Portofino, one of the first of its kind to reach Los Angeles.“We are absolutely thrilled to have reached this momentous occasion! At the core of this organization is the overwhelming desire to find a cure for this life-altering disease and ensure that those with the brain power to make a difference have every resource available to them,” said Race to Erase MS founder Nancy Davis. “We have been so fortunate to have the support of our community and people who use their platform to bring awareness to the cause. The strides we’ve made over the past 25 years can be seen in the research done and new drugs developed, and every year brings us closer to eradicating MS altogether. Here is to a spectacular Anniversary Gala, and a future of progress and hope!”The inaugural Race to Erase MS event was held in 1993 in Aspen, Colorado, just one year after chairman Nancy Davis was diagnosed with the illness. It was a two-day ski race event, which raised approximately $1.3 million for MS research efforts and featured performances by Michael Bolton and Kenny G. In 1996, the event moved to Los Angeles for the first time, where it has remained ever since (with the exception of a special year in Vegas). No matter the venue, the event continues to grow year after year, with the performance roster exploding to include some of the biggest names in music history including Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Steven Tyler, Gloria Estefan, Cyndi Lauper, No Doubt, Natalie Cole, CeeLo Green, KISS, Rita Ora, Ne-Yo, Kenny Loggins, Smokey Robinson, Donna Summer, Stevie Nicks, Goo Goo Dolls, Fitz and the Tantrums, Michelle Branch, Avril Lavigne, Chicago, The Eagles, and many, many more.Over time, the Race to Erase MS galas have honored those in the community who are battling the disease themselves, and those who have taken extraordinary measures to raise awareness for the cause. Award recipients have included Sharon Osbourne and Jack Osbourne, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Tommy Hilfiger, Dean Singleton, Montel Williams, Teri Garr, Deb & Bill MacMillan, Katie Mattingly Brass, William O. “Bill” Perkins, and Carolyn Rafalian, Founder, CEO, and Chief Creative Director of ALEX AND ANI.Supporters of the Race to Erase MS events have included some of the most recognizable faces from stage and screen – Cher, Mick Jagger, Sylvester Stallone, Muhammad Ali, Jerry Seinfeld, Dustin Hoffman, Sean Penn, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cindy Crawford, Angelina Jolie, Pierce Brosnan, Christopher Reeve, John Travolta & Kelly Preston, Melanie Griffith, Angelica Huston, LL Cool J, Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jared Leto, Ray Romano, Bill Maher, Anne Heche, Paris Hilton, Mayim Bialik, Sophia Bush, Kaley Cuoco, Neil Patrick Harris, Mel B, Victoria Justice, Kellie Pickler, Daisy Fuentes, Ashley Tisdale, Randy Jackson and so many others have all shown up to help raise awareness and fight for a cure!Race to Erase MS was founded in 1993 by Nancy Davis and is dedicated to the treatment and ultimate cure of Multiple Sclerosis. All funds raised by the organization, through its iconic galas and year-round initiatives, support the “Center Without Walls” program, a unique collaboration of the world’s leading MS research scientists currently representing Harvard, Yale, Cedars Sinai, University of Southern California, Oregon Health Science University, UC San Francisco and Johns Hopkins.Davis also created the annual “Orange You Happy to Erase MS” campaign, which takes place for the entire month of May (MS Awareness Month) and adds yet another branch of fundraising for MS research. Throughout the month, a variety of orange products, many of which are specially created for this initiative, are sold to benefit the cause and elevate public awareness about MS. Orange T-shirts with symbolic messaging are created annually and in recent years, modeled by longtime supporters Sharon and Kelly Osbourne. For the 2018 campaign, they will be joined by Jack Osbourne, an MS survivor himself, and his two young daughters! Among the partners is ALEX AND ANI, a company that has been a loyal partner to Race to Erase MS since 2012. They created a unique Cupcake Charm Bangle and donated twenty percent of its proceeds to Race to Erase MS. This effort alone has raised over $1 million for multiple sclerosis research.For Spring 18, Right Bank Shoe Co. and famed designer, Mr. Right Bank, created The Peace and Love Collection, which is inspired by Nancy Davis’s lifelong love of hearts, peace signs, and equality. The core philosophy of the brand is that everybody in the world ultimately wants peace and love in their lives. Not only does this capsule collection capture Nancy’s inspiration, but 10% of the proceeds will be donated to Race to Erase MS.Race to Erase MS will also continue its partnership with Evine, an interactive digital retailer, and once again give guests the opportunity to bid on a first-class trip to their national headquarters where they’ll experience the magic behind the television camera and see how products are brought to life on air. Following the Gala, Race to Erase MS founder Nancy Davis will be featured live on Evine where she’ll sell a variety of jewelry products as part of her Peace & Love collection.The Race to Erase MS Gala has always provided its guests with the opportunity to bid on some of the most luxurious, one-of-a-kind vacations, jewelry, and vehicles during its annual live auction, and this year will be no exception. Attendees will have access to one of the first Ferrari Portofinos in Los Angeles. The Ferrari Portofino is the new Ferrari V8 GT setting a new benchmark for its segment thanks to a perfect combination of outright performance, versatility, an unparalleled level of driving pleasure and on-board comfort. Capable of unleashing a massive 600 cv and sprinting from 0 to 200 km/h in just 10.8 seconds, the Ferrari Portofino is the most powerful convertible to combine the advantages of a new retractable hard top, a roomy boot and generous cockpit space. The new Ferrari Portofino takes its name from one of the most charming towns on the Italian Ligurian Riviera, Portofino, which has become an international icon of elegance and exclusivity. This is the most versatile Ferrari: a car designed to be driven every day that effortlessly converts from an authentic ‘berlinetta’ coupe to a drop-top in just 14 seconds, even when on the move at low speeds thanks to the new and lighter retractable hard top system. Ideal for any occasion, the Ferrari Portofino represents the perfect combination of Ferrari design, performance and technology. Additional partners and special auction items will be revealed in the coming months.Find out more about the event here.
Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: “I just got obsessed with (magic) from that moment. It was that feeling of being fooled and not having any explanation for what I saw that got me obsessed with the craft right away.”Oake, who began performing for birthday parties at the age of 9, said he has toiled at the craft with growing success since then. But his big break came in 2014 as a contestant on Britain’s Got Talent (he placed fifth). Facebook After asking young Darcy to pick a card and return it to the deck, Oake’s father correctly selected the one Darcy had picked.“I was absolutely flabbergasted and, for probably two or three weeks, I was like ‘Do it again, tell me how you did it.’ Eventually I got it out of him. He said, ‘Look, that was a one in 52 chance. That was a complete fluke,’” Oake recalled. Advertisement For Darcy Oake, magic was in the cards from a very young age.The Winnipeg native is one of seven magicians performing in The Illusionists — Live from Broadway, which runs at the Princess of Wales Theatre from Tuesday to Jan. 7.Oake, 29, said his love of the craft got started when he watched his father perform an “accidental” card trick at the age of 6 or 7. Twitter
Beijing: American and Chinese envoys discussed sticking to promises to avoid “competitive devaluation” to boost exports during negotiations aimed at ending a tariff war, China’s central bank governor said Sunday.Yi Gang gave no indication the two sides reached any agreements beyond previous commitments made at meetings of the Group of 20 major economies. He spoke at a news conference during the annual meeting of China’s ceremonial legislature.Yi took part in the latest round of talks in Washington, along with China’s economy czar, Vice Premier Liu He, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”We discussed that both sides should abide by the commitments made at previous G20 summits, such as refraining from competitive devaluation and using exchange rates for competitive purposes,” Yi said.Negotiators also discussed “how to respect the right of each other’s monetary authority in deciding its own monetary policy,” said Yi.He said they discussed the importance of “the principle of market-determined exchange rate regime.” US and Chinese officials say the talks on ending the conflict over Beijing’s technology ambitions are making progress but no formal agreements or details of negotiations have been released. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsThe complaint that Beijing depresses the value of its tightly controlled yuan to boost exports is one of a series of chronic irritants in the world’s biggest trading relationship.Washington has avoided labelling China a currency manipulator, which would trigger legal penalties. But US officials have pressed Beijing to allow the yuan to fluctuate more widely in response to market forces.The Trump administration also is pressing Beijing for changes in industrial policy and the status of state-owned industry and a commitment to end cyberspying to obtain trade secrets.The Chinese central bank has widened the band within which the yuan is allowed to fluctuate against a basket of currencies dominated by the dollar, but the maximum daily change is limited to 2 per cent.
New Delhi: India on Sunday raised with Pakistan an incident of alleged abduction of two Hindu teenaged girls and their forcible conversion to Islam in Sindh province even as a war of words broke out between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhary over the issue.Offcial sources said India issued a note verbale — a diplomatic communication — to Pakistan, sharing its concerns over the incident and called for suitable remedial action to protect and promote safety, security and welfare of people from the minority communities. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In a tweet, Swaraj said she has sought a report from Indian envoy in Pakistan Ajay Bisaria on the incident. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has already ordered a probe into it. According to Pakistani media reports, Reena and Raveena, hailing from village Hafiz Salman near the town of Daharki in Sindh, were kidnapped and forced to convert from Hinduism to Islam on March 20, before being married to Muslim men. Separately, there were Pakistani media reports of abduction and forced conversion of another minor Hindu girl, Shania from Mirpurkhas in Sindh, sources said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KBoth girls have been taken to Rahim Yar Khan in Punjab to avoid their arrest by Sindh Police, they said quoting latest reports. Responding to Swaraj’s tweet asking the Indian envoy to send a report on the incident, Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said: “Maam its Pakistan’s internal issue and (be) rest assured it’s not Modi’s India where minorities are subjugated, it’s Imran Khan’s Naya Pak where white colour of our flag is equally dearer to us.” “I hope you’ll act with same diligence when it comes to rights of Indian minorities,” he said. Swaraj, in her response to Chaudhry, said she had only asked for a report from the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad about the kidnapping and forced conversion of two minor Hindu girls to Islam. “This was enough to make you jittery. This only shows your guilty conscience,” she said. This prompted Chaudhry to respond again. “Madam Minister I am happy that in the Indian administration we have people who care for minority rights in other countries. I sincerely hope that your conscience will allow you to stand up for minorities at home as well. Gujarat and Jammu must weigh heavily on your soul,” the Pakistani minister tweeted. In a Twitter post in Urdu, Information Minister Chaudhry said the prime minister has asked the Sindh chief minister to look into reports that the girls in question have been taken to Rahim Yar Khan in Punjab. A number of Pakistani human rights activists have claimed that it is another case of forced conversion and abduction, which are becoming increasingly common in the southern region of Sindh. After kidnapping of the two girls, a purported video emerged showing that the underage girls accepted that they were converting to Islam with their own desire. In another video, a Maulvi is seen explaining that the girls were living in an area which was surrounded by Muslims and the girls were inspired by the teachings of Islam and wanted to convert. Sources quoting reports from Pakistan said an FIR of the incident was registered in Daharki Police Station on behalf of the victims’ brother, Shaman Das, son of Hari Das Meghwar. On 20 March, Das claimed that he was at home along with his family members when six persons, armed with pistols, entered their house, the sources said. The complainant said that the six men took the family members hostage on gunpoint and took away the two girls. According to media reports, the Hindu community in the area staged protests, demanding action against perpetrators of the alleged crime.
That’s a big spike, but the Patriots were already expected to be the best team in the AFC East before Brady’s return. The nullification of Brady’s suspension will really matter when the playoffs start — the Patriots are now expected to have the second-best record in the AFC (New England passed the Broncos, though they still rank behind the Colts). So Goodell’s inept handling of Brady’s suspension didn’t just gift the Patriots nearly half a win; it might also have gifted them a higher playoff seed.UPDATE (Sept. 3, 3:42 p.m.): This post has been updated throughout with new data from an updated Football Power Index model. Somebody ought to teach Roger Goodell how to suspend a guy properly. On Thursday, Judge Richard Berman overturned Teflon Tom Brady’s four-game suspension in connection with the Deflategate scandal. You can read all sorts of legal analysis elsewhere, but here’s the basic gist: Goodell, the NFL commissioner, didn’t justly suspend Brady, nor did he properly notify Brady during the process that a four-game suspension was a possible punishment. (Berman did not rule on whether Brady was involved in Deflategate in the first place.)The Patriots rejoiced, which they’ve gotten good at in the past decade and a half. And they should: Now that Brady is eligible to play the first four games of the season, the Patriots are even more likely to make the playoffs than they already were. ESPN Stats and Info projected1The projection is derived from Stats and Info’s Football Power Index, a nifty model that assigns every NFL team a strength rating for its offense, defense and special teams and then simulates the schedule 10,000 times, tracking how often each team wins its division, conference and even the Super Bowl. that without Brady for four games, the Patriots would make the playoffs 68 percent of the time. Now it’s 74 percent.
Trevon Logan, an associate professor of economics at Ohio State, poses for a photograph inside his office at Arps Hall. Logan is one of the head researchers involved with the recently created Sports and Society Initiative at OSU. Credit: Courtesy of Trevon LoganA newly formed organization of Ohio State professors and other distinct faculty are challenging the traditional views of sports through in-depth research.The Sports and Society Initiative at OSU performs data analytics research to look at the way sports interact with the economy and society. The collective, which is composed of professors from five different majors, began in October. Despite being just five months old, SSI is already making headway through its multiple areas of expertise. Its members work toward developing new findings in the realm of sports research. Janet Box-Steffensmeier, the divisional dean for social and behavioral sciences in the OSU College of Arts and Sciences, is one of the driving forces behind SSI. Her role is to support the ideas and research done by professors, as well as galvanize outside donors, public officials and OSU alumni about this newly thriving organization.“(SSI) wants Ohio State to be the place to go for research on sports,” Box-Steffensmeier said. One of the leading professors on the forefront of SSI’s research is Trevon Logan.Logan, an economics professor who has been at OSU for more than 10 years, is the group’s main member that is deeply examining the correlations between sports and economics.“There are social science and policy aspects to sports,” he said. “They are just never brought up in the public sphere and talked about.”That is where SSI comes in. Its goal is to challenge the conventional wisdom of sports, as well as provide a platform in which research and discussion of sports issues can take place.“We want to make Ohio State sports-related research as prominent as the sports themselves,” Logan said.His recent research dove deep into the issues of compensation for student-athletes. The professor began delving into years of OSU data in order to analyze the effects the school’s recruits have on the number of wins and bowl game appearances.Thereafter, Logan took that information of wins and appearances and reviewed their connections to the university’s football-related revenue. The research revealed, based on revenues and expenditures, that a five-star recruit is worth about $900,000 for a university, Logan said. That number dips to $400,000 for a four-star recruit.“If you think about that number based on a five-star and four-star recruit’s salary in the NFL, those are honestly not too crazy of numbers,” Logan said.Next, Logan examined the data around transferring and the frequency of players departing early for the professional ranks across FBS schools.This research found that 15 percent of college football players will transfer to another university. The most common transfer position, Logan said, was the quarterback position. Additionally, the professor found that 11 percent of players will leave early for the NFL draft.“When these numbers were generated, I was shocked,” he said.SSI members will present this research — and more — in the coming months at a multitude of events regarding policy and economics in the world of sports.One of these events includes a forum centered on the pay-to-play model in high school athletics. The event is titled, “Pay to Play: Who’s In, Who’s Out and How Much?” and it is set to be held at 9 a.m. on Feb. 26 in Pfahl Hall room 202.Discussing the issue, Logan said, will be a panel of professors and politicians, such as Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, State Sen. Cliff Hite, Scott Grant, a professor at the University of Findlay and Ohio University Professor David Ridpath.“The goal of this forum is to discuss ways to increase participation in high school athletics without increasing the costs,” Logan said.A separate gathering is slated to be held on April 15 to dissect compensation for collegiate student-athletes. This function will present sports experts and OSU alumni from across the nation to examine this subject, Logan said. Arguably the crown jewel of the panel will be Vince Doria, an OSU graduate and senior vice president and director of news at ESPN.Research SSI has conducted concerning this issue will be presented at the forum, too, Logan said.“(SSI and the panel) want to discuss the implications of compensation for student-athletes and what it would mean for the future of college athletics,” he said.Box-Steffensmeier possesses similar goals for these cutting-edge gatherings. Her hope is to further dialogue about these important national issues while promoting the faculty involved with SSI and the research it has performed.Additionally, she said she also wants to intrigue students who have a passion for sports and encourage them to contact those involved with SSI. She said she believes that students doing this could spark new ideas and issues to research.She said she holds big aspirations for the future of SSI. “I would love major news outlets to have a hot sports topic and know that we have an outstanding roster of faculty and students to call upon about the issue,” Box-Steffensmeier said.SSI might be in its early stages, but the collective is taking giant leaps, reaching new, unexplored heights in the vast expanse of college athletics. “Ohio State is on the move in regards to sports-related research,” Logan said. And with the passion, intelligence and ability of this small group of faculty members, there is no telling just how influential its work might be.