DERRY SECTARIAN GRAFFITI TO FEATURE IN GROUND-BREAKING NEW FILM was last modified: June 16th, 2014 by stephenstephen Tags: Derryfilmgraffitiinpiecestogether Written and directed by emerging film makers Eileen Walsh and David Dryden, exeutive producer is seasoned film maker John Peto of the Nerve Centre in Derry where it will be launched at 7.00pm tomorrow night.A number of high profile guests are expected at both launches with “fairly lively” Q&A sessions after both screenings.Described as a “dynamic, vibrant and edgy film,” it features in-depth and hard-hitting interviews with Bill Rolston, Professor Emeritus of the University of Ulster and world expert on Belfast’s sectarian murals, Michael Doherty of the Peace and Reconciliation Group, Linda Watson of Caw Community Group, international graffiti artists like the Los Angeles-based Man One, young people and community workers, members of the Sai Pak and Kerala Association, young locally-based street artists and many more.An eclectic collection of interviewees documents the real struggle taking place on the streets of our segregated communities in tackling sectarianism proactively and documents the work of people with a vision who make big changes for the better in the lives and surroundings of people, both young and old, in Derry. A ground-breaking new film featuring Derry’s sectarian graffiti will be launched in the city tomorrow.Together in Pieces documents the changing landscape in Northern Ireland and the work going on behind the scenes by the visionaries who want to make this a better place to live in.Commissioned by the Community Relations Council, it is quite appropriately being launched during Community Relations Week. ShareTweet The film documents how local youth are tapping into their creative energies by using street art as a positive focus of expression to create a safer, more welcoming and positive environment for all.Rather than mulling on the past, this film focuses on the positive steps being made by community residents on all sides, both young and old, in their efforts to create “a place where you’d want to live and raise a family.”The film is full of information and views not typically voiced but which are long overdue in order for us to better understand the environment we live in and give us a better chance to deal with the issues raised.The film climaxes with Bill Clinton’s visit to Derry and his encouraging words “Finish the job.”.All screenings are free of charge and everyone is welcome. Early attendance is advised.
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DOHERTY DELIGHT AT STRABANE’S INCLUSION IN FLEADH BID was last modified: February 6th, 2015 by John2John2 Tags: Pat Doherty.West Tyrone Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty says that plans to include Strabane in the bid for Fleadh Cheoil na h’Éireann to return to the north west in 2017 following the most successful Fleadh ever in Derry in 2013 provides the local area with major opportunities.He said: “I wish to commend Gearóid O h’Eara and his organising team for not resting on their laurels upon delivering the most successful Fleadh Cheoil ever to Derry in 2013.“Subsequently, they have been hard at work not only preparing the bid to bring back the Fleadh to Derry in 2017 but to ensure that the bid is this time is widened to include Strabane. “During the 2013 Fleadh, it is estimated that in the region of 430,000 visitors converged on Derry with the local economy benefiting to the tune of tens of millions and from all the positive publicity that was generated thousands of others visited the city having never done so before.“If the bid to host the Fleadh in 2017 is successful then Strabane can also reap the major short-term and longer term benefits that will come with major music and cultural events being show cased locally and with thousands of visitors coming to the area. A successful bid will open up major opportunities and we must work collectively to ensure they are maximised.“The extended bid requires the support of the new Derry City and Strabane District Council but I am confident that this will happen after the new Council’s inaugural meeting in April.” ShareTweet 20172017 sbidDerryfleadhstrabane
COURTNEY COXDerryfriendsJohhny McDaidSNOW PATROL Friends star Courteney Cox flew into Dublin to support her fiancé Johnny McDaid.Derry’s Snow Patrol star (41) was being honoured with an Outstanding Achievement award from the Irish Music Rights Organisation on last night, and he and the tv legend proudly posed for the pictures at The Gibson Hotel.Cox (53) and McDaid flew out of Los Angeles last week and have spent the last number of days in London, partying at the Brit Awards on Wednesday, before making their way to Dublin on Thursday in time for the prestigious ceremony. ShareTweet The record producer, from Derry, has never been shy about professing his love for his other half, whom he reunited within 2016 after a brief four-month split.“I don’t know if you can put a label on what makes us work, but I know that I’ve never loved like I love this woman, so if that’s enough, then that’s enough,” he told People.The Friends actress won’t be moving to Ireland or London anytime soon, but the couple reportedly split their time between continents to make things work.Friends star Courtney Cox jets in to support Derry rocker Johnny was last modified: February 23rd, 2018 by RachelRachel Tags:
Local NewsNewsWatchPolitical NewsTop Stories Manchin Mobile Monday will be stopping in McDowell County By Daniella HankeyJul 09, 2018, 09:22 am 373 0 MCDOWELL COUNTY, WV (WOAY)- Representatives from Senator Joe Manchin’s office will be taking part in Manchin Mobile Monday today, July 9th at the McDowell County Library. Google+ Linkedin Tumblr Twitter Pinterest Home NewsWatch Local News Manchin Mobile Monday will be stopping in McDowell County The event will take place today, July 9th from 1:30-3:00 p.m. at the McDowell County Library. Next PostUnderage Drinking Party leads To Fight And One Person In The Hospital Previous PostUPDATE: One Person Dead After Early Morning Shooting In Beckley Facebook The representative will be on hand to help assist residents with any questions and concerns they may have, but remember Senator Manchin will not be present. Mail Daniella Hankey
Previous PostNASA Team Tests Robots at Exhibition Coal Mine Linkedin RALEIGH COUNTY, W.Va. (WOAY) – The Raleigh County Humane Society is waiving adoption fees for some of their animals.The initial cost of adding a pet to the family can be overwhelming, but the shelter is at capacity and needs pets out the door and into forever homes. To continue working as a no-kill shelter, they’re letting people with an approved application take home a furry friend with no fee–just pay taxes.Before you head over to pick out your new best friend, consider bringing any other pets along to meet the potential new family member. A meet and greet can prevent the occasion in which a recently adopted pet is returned to the shelter.“We highly encourage meet and greets,” said cat caretaker Jesica Wilbur. “It shows body language between their dog and our dog and it makes sure that they all mesh well.”The event will last through July 27 and applies to all spayed or neutered dogs and cats. Facebook ConsumerLocal NewsNewsWatchTop Stories Local Animal Shelter Waives Adoption Fees By Kassie SimmonsJul 18, 2019, 18:52 pm 490 0 Kassie Simmons Kassie Simmons joined the team in January 2019 as a weekend journalist. She graduated from Virginia Tech in just two and a half years with a BA in multimedia journalism.During her short time at Virginia Tech, she served as the editor for the university’s chapter of The Tab. Kassie was named the top reporter for The Tab at Virginia Tech on multiple occasions and made the list for the top 30 reporters for The Tab in the U.S. She also studied theater performance and minored in creative writing.Before coming to WOAY, Kassie interned at WSLS in Roanoke and the Tidewater Review in her hometown of West Point, Va. She has loved following breaking news since her childhood and has a passion for delivering the stories people care most about.Kassie is excited to be working in Southern West Virginia and looks forward to all the adventures ahead of her. You can follow her on Twitter at @KassieLSimmons and like her page on Facebook. If you have a story you think she should check out, send her an email at email@example.com. Pinterest Tumblr Twitter Google+ Mail Next PostLocal Doctors Become Dementia Friendly Home NewsWatch Consumer Local Animal Shelter Waives Adoption Fees
Google+ CrimeWatch NewsFeaturedNewsWatch Raleigh County Grand Jury Returns Indictments, Including Murder By Tyler BarkerJan 23, 2019, 15:56 pm 2703 0 Tumblr Linkedin Previous PostShutdown prompts postponement of retreat in W.Va. Home NewsWatch CrimeWatch News Raleigh County Grand Jury Returns Indictments, Including Murder RALEIGH COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – A grand jury in Raleigh County has returned indictments for January.The full list is below:Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more info Mail Pinterest Next PostUPDATE: Missing Raleigh County Man Found Safe Facebook Twitter Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Anna Saunders Anna Saunders is a weekend reporter for WOAY. With a diploma from Princeton Senior High School and a mother from Fayette County, she is no stranger to the area. She received a degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and wanted to return home to start her career as a reporter. Home NewsWatch Local News Summit Bechtel Reserve Program Hands Out First Hunter Education Cards Tumblr Local NewsNewsNewsWatchState NewsTop Stories Summit Bechtel Reserve Program Hands Out First Hunter Education Cards By Anna SaundersJun 26, 2019, 17:26 pm 158 0 Facebook Previous PostWhite House Appointees Visit Bluefield Google+ Linkedin Pinterest Mail GLEN JEAN, W.Va (WOAY) – It was a historic day for the Boy Scouts of America, and it happened just down the road at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean. The Summit’s Hunter Education and Skills Development program is the first of its kind for the Boy Scouts. And today, the program handed out three hunter education cards for the first time. The Scouts completed courses and tests online and at the Summit with their hands-on programs about gun safety and wildlife. They then received the cards that will allow them to buy a hunting license back home. “And in all states, you know at some point in time, when youth become of legal age to have purchased a license, they have to have this card to do that,” Chris Perkins, director of the program, said. “So they actually have to take a hunter education course. And that’s what we’re doing here at the Summit because the Boy Scouts that come here for the programs in the summer can now do that.” So far, the program has had over 986 participants for 2019. Six hundred of those participants have been scouts and their leaders from 30 different states. Twitter Next PostFayette County Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charges
Make a watch list: it’s never too early to put together a shopping list for when the next buying opportunity strikes. Avoid calling tops and bottoms; it’s a fool game. Let the trend be your friend. From studying intermarket relationships to dissecting the every word of central bankers, investors go to great lengths to gain an “edge.” But more often than not an investor will never realize his full potential until he’s faced himself in the mirror. As the father of value investing Benjamin Graham once said, “the investor’s chief problem – even his worst enemy – is likely to be himself.” Whether we realize it or not, our emotions, personality traits, political alliances, and even consumer tastes influence how we invest. We are only human after all. To become more successful investors, we must rein in our emotions and confront our biases head-on. I started investing—with real money at least—shortly after graduating from a university economics program deeply rooted in the Austrian school of thought. The knowledge and skills I obtained during my collegiate years have served me well professionally, but I’ll be the first to admit I was bearish to a fault when I opened my first brokerage account. I was convinced quantitative easing would culminate in runaway inflation. The stock market was a house of cards. Gold was the only asset worth owning. Needless to say, I was wrong. My own biases kept me on the sidelines as a bull market sprinted past me. I’ve since come to understand that the real stock market behaves much differently than the textbook version. And while markets rise on greed and sell on fear, I’ve learned to separate emotion from my investment decisions. Step 1: Admit You Are Powerless to Biases—That Your Decision Making Has Become Irrational Biases come in many different forms but generally fall into categories: cognitive and emotional. Cognitive biases are rules of thumbs, or heuristics. Human beings have evolved to rely on mental shortcuts to expedite decision making. These same natural tendencies can also impede judgement and lead to irrational decisions, neither of which is good for investing. Emotional biases, on the other hand, occur when feelings get in the way of logic. While cutting my teeth as an investor, my worst enemy was a psychological barrier known as confirmation bias. I would only seek out information that aligned with my bearish outlook. I either ignored or rationalized away any data that conflicted with my thesis. I’m obviously not the only investor to let their biases get the best of them. Herd mentality is proof that biases operate on a grand scale. Many legendary investors have warned against following the crowd, and yet even self-professed contrarians fall victim to group-think on occasion. Fear of missing out is a powerful force. Loss aversion is another common impediment to successful investing. Investors who were badly burned by the tech bubble of the early-2000s have probably avoided Internet stocks like the plague ever since. One look at Facebook’s two-year chart reveals how costly this type of thinking can be. Our core beliefs make us who we are, but they can also make us hang on to losers longer than we should or become gun-shy when opportunity stares us in the face. To remain objective, investors must confront their biases head on. Here are a few ways to keep your emotions in check: Never fall in love with an investment. Place stop losses: strip emotion from the equation. Investing isn’t a science. More often than not, purchasing a stock or any other asset comes down to your gut. Still, if there’s one thing that all great investors have in common, it’s discipline. Develop rules. Stick to them. You’ll wind up richer for it.
An unusual funding request from Tuscaloosa County District Attorney Hays Webb to the City Of Tuscaloosa.The DA requested $150,000 from the City due to a Budget shortfall.It’s unusual because no City Municipality in the State gives any money to a District Attorney’s Office.But, Hays Webb says it was a measure that had to be taken.Currently, about 68% of the Budget for the District Attorney’s Office is unstable, which means that money is not guaranteed.The Tuscaloosa County District Attorney’s Office receives 3,500 cases every year and about 250 cases every month.Those cases are divided between 8 Attorneys.The District Attorney’s Office has $2.6 Million in Expenses.90% of that goes to Personnel.The DA Office is a State Office and only receive $495,904 a year from the State.The Tuscaloosa County Commission gives $300,000 but, that money isn’t obligated.Still, this year, the DA asked for $600,000 from the County Commission.“Our first issue was not seeking money, our first issue has been making that office the best it can be so we can make our county the best it can be and the safest it can possibly be. When we get to the point we can’t fund, then that’s a problem but, our focus has been working for the people of the county” says Tuscaloosa County District Attorney Hays Webb.Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox says the City will look at ways to help.The District Attorney says at this point, they are not in a crisis but, they can see it coming.Webb says if there’s no funding, the District Attorney’s Office cannot stay open.
One of the University of Alabama’s most popular spots for visitors is the Paul W. Bryant Museum, and now the museum is embracing technology with some new high-tech additions.The museum, which opened in 1988, closed for renovations last month. As of March 1, everything is up and running once again.Museum Director Ken Gaddy said looking at pictures and reading about them isn’t super appealing anymore, so a revamp was necessary to keep the museum a place visitors wanna visit.“The younger generation want and need (technology),” Gaddy said. “My 3-year-old grandson tries to swipe pictures and stuff, so that’s part of what led up to this. But it’s also to put more information out for the public.”Coach Paul W. “Bear” Bryant wanted all his former teams and player recognized at the museum. In the past, visitors were greeted with a hall of fame including just a few pictures and paragraphs about Bryant’s team.Now, six 55-inch screens make up the new “wall of fame”, and visitors can see many sides of Bryant’s career along with those who were part of it at the swipe of a finger.They’ve also added a 98-inch monitor and replaced nearly 8,000 square feet of carpeting that’s been there since the museum’s grand opening more than 30 years ago.All those renovations represent an estimated $600,000, but Gaddy said it was worth every penny.The Paul W. Bryant Museum is located at 300 Paul W. Bryant Drive and is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for seniors and children. Children younger than 6 are admitted for free.
TAMPA— Aroldis Chapman’s first bullpen session with the New York Yankees quickly turned into quite an event.That what happens to a routine throwing session early in spring training when someone routinely throws over 100 mph.The new closer threw 26 pitches to Brian McCann on Saturday, drawing a large crowd of team officials ranging from general manager Brian Cashman to guest instructor and Hall of Fame reliever Goose Gossage.“I was just getting sun, buddy,” Cashman joked. “I think the fans should be excited by the guys at the back of our bullpen.”Chapman, through a translator, said the throwing session “felt great.”“For me, it’s something that’s normal,” he said. “It doesn’t matter to me who’s watching or who’s not watching. My job is to get the job done and focus on my pitches.”Following the acquisition of Chapman from Cincinnati in December, Andrew Miller is moving from closer to a setup role alongside Dellin Betances.“It hit when we were all in the bullpen,” McCann said. “It’s got a chance to be something special.”Miller converted 36 of 38 save opportunities last season, while Betances had an 1.50 ERA over a career-high 74 games.“It’s a nice luxury,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.The bullpen trio all threw together on mounds behind the right-field corner at Steinbrenner Field, where overhead walkways were lined by fans.Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Friday that he expects to have a decision within a few days on two of the first three cases covered by the sport’s new domestic violence policy.Major League Baseball has been investigating Chapman, Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig.Chapman hopes the decision on his case is nearing.“Honestly, the sooner the better,” Chapman said.Chapman is under investigation for an incident at his house in Florida in October involving his girlfriend. Chapman is alleged to have fired a gun during the incident.Prosecutors declined to file charges. Chapman has said he would appeal any suspension to baseball’s arbitrator, his right under the policy.“I have full trust in Major League Baseball with whatever they decide to be in the best interest of the sport,” Cashman said.OVERSHADOWED BIG MANCC Sabathia was the fourth member of the bullpen group that included Chapman. It was Sabathia’s first outdoor mound session.“Got a little gassed at the end, which is normal,” Sabathia said. “I feel healthy. I feel good.”The left-hander was 6-10 with a 4.73 ERA last year, when he was slowed by his surgically repaired right knee. After returning from the disabled list and using a tighter brace, he went 2-1 with a 2.17 ERA in his last five starts.Sabathia entered an alcohol rehabilitation program last October.NOTES: Girardi joked that you feel “tiny” with Betances (6-foot-8), Miller (6-7), Sabathia (6-6) and Chapman (6-4) on the mound. “Pretty impressive tall group there,” Cashman added. “I should call my buddy at Siena, Jimmy Patsos head basketball coach, and tell him: You need some size, I’ve got size for you.” … Masahiro Tanaka was among the pitchers who ran on a hill that was added on a back field this year.MARK DIDTLER, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shares
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Former France international Samir Nasri has been banned from football for six months for an anti-doping violation from 2016.UEFA says Nasri has been found guilty of using a “prohibited method” in violation of the World Anti-Doping Code and UEFA’s anti-doping regulations. Disciplinary proceedings were opened in March last year and the decision was taken on Tuesday.A Los Angeles clinic, Drip Doctors, posted a photo of Nasri on its Facebook and Twitter accounts in December 2016, saying it provided him with a drip “to help keep him hydrated and in top health during his busy soccer season.” He was playing at Spanish team Sevilla at the time, on loan from Manchester City.Nasri is currently without a club after recently having his contract terminated at Antalyaspor in Turkey.TweetPinShare0 Shares
CAIRO (AP) — Djamel Belmadi sank to his knees, eyes closed and arms aloft after Riyad Mahrez’s goal with seconds remaining put Algeria in the African Cup of Nations final for the first time in 29 years.About two hours earlier, Senegal’s Aliou Cisse celebrated a place in Africa’s biggest game and a chance at a first title for his country in the same way.It was striking how two coaches who are good friends, who played against each other in their early days, and who were born just a day apart, expressed their joy with almost carbon-copy acts.Friday’s African Cup final in Cairo will be headlined by the teams’ Premier League stars: Senegal forward Sadio Mane of Liverpool and Algeria captain Mahrez of Manchester City. They have lived up to their reputations with high-quality performances at the tournament.For Champions League-winning Mane or Premier League-winning Mahrez, it’ll be a season to savor. They both have three goals in Egypt, setting up the chance of a definitive fourth from one of them.But it’s much more than Mane vs. Mahrez.Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez celebrates with his teammates after scoring his team’s second goal during the African Cup of Nations round of 16 soccer match between Guinea and Algeria in 30 June stadium in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, July 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)The coaches have compelling stories. They are young in the coaching game at age 43. They spent formative years growing up and playing in France, where they came across each other. They are former national team players for their countries who have graduated to the top job, which is uncommon in Africa.It’s also rare that they’ve both reached the pinnacle of a tournament nearly monopolized by foreign coaches. In 31 previous African Cups, there have only been four finals to feature two African coaches. It last happened in 1998 and before that in the 1960s and ’70s.“It’s a great message that we have sent to those responsible for football in all countries in Africa. It’s amazing,” Belmadi said. “I’ve known Cisse for a very long time. We used to play against each other when we were both in France. To play this final against Senegal, against my friend, is amazing.”Belmadi played for Algeria in the early 2000s. He’s been coach for less than a year but has taken the team to the final for the first time since the country won its sole title on home soil in 1990.Senegal has no titles, with defeat in the 2002 final, when Cisse himself missed the decisive penalty in a shootout, the closest it has come.Cisse captained that 2002 team, which went on to make the World Cup quarterfinals four months later and stands out as one of Africa’s best.Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez scores the winning goal during the African Cup of Nations semifinal soccer match between Algeria and Nigeria in Cairo International stadium in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, July 14, 2019. Algeria won 2-1. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)“I have unlimited trust in my players, and I felt they wanted to achieve something,” Cisse said. “They have done all that is needed to win. My players told me they will be better than us (in 2002), and they have been.”Both coaches have deep-rooted connections to their teams.Belmadi was at the center of Algeria’s celebrations after the semifinal against Nigeria. The coach knelt as the players surrounded him. Cisse was also the focal point for Senegal in the extra-time win over Tunisia as jubilant players jumped into his arms.They have their own styles. Cisse wears crisp white shirts and smart trousers on the sidelines and embodies calm. Belmadi favors untucked T-shirts and tracksuit pants and is a whirlwind of activity.They met in the group stage, when Algeria won 1-0.“We know them, they know us,” said Mahrez.Underlining both teams’ efforts in Egypt is a prolonged yearning for success.Algeria’s passage to the final was greeted by mass celebrations on the streets at home. In Dakar, thousands danced outside the official residence of Senegal President Macky Sall. The winners will return as national heroes.Senegal was always one of the title favorites and is the top-ranked team in Africa. Algeria came in under the radar, but the expectation appears to be heavier on the Algerians now, with thousands of their fans in Cairo.That’s provided an extra element for the final.Egypt has experienced revolution and horrific violence on its streets since 2011. The tournament has been played under intensely heavy security.The only flash of trouble came when Algeria fans and local Egyptians — who have a fierce North African rivalry — threw bottles and goaded each other over fences separating them at Cairo International Stadium during the semifinal. Security swooped in to quell the trouble.Large soccer crowds have made Egyptian authorities so nervous in the past few years that fans were banned completely from attending games. The 75,000-seat Cairo International Stadium is expected to be full for the final.___By GERALD IMRAY AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
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NEAD would also like to thank Pizzeria Regina, who donated pizza for all the scholarship winners and their families, as well as for the participants of the dance show put on by the Nazzaro Center children. North End Against Drugs feels that education is a great part of keeping our children headed on the right path and helps to keep them out of harms way. We are extremely excited about being able to offer these awards, with help through our generous sponsors, to these 25 students. North End Against Drugs (NEAD) awarded 25 scholarships this year as part of the Ray and Michelina Costa Scholarship Fund Program.Seven $500 scholarships were given to students attending tuition-based schools and eighteen $100 Staples gift cards were given to students attending public school. Scholarships were given to students in various grades from grammar school to college.NEAD is extremely grateful to those who donated scholarships again this year: Taste of the North End – Donato Frattarolli, Carla Gomez, Anonymous, North End/Waterfront.com, Boston Police Athletic League, Eversource – through NEAD annual grant.*Advertisement*
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FFWPU USA: Unificationists in Las Vegas helped pack 200 lunches on October 25 as part of a service project led by the Family Education and Empowerment Foundation (FEEF), a local non-profit organization whose mission is “to empower and uplift families through education.”The volunteers spent over an hour preparing bags filled with snacks, fruit, sandwiches and water at the Las Vegas Family Church. They then spent the rest of the day handing out all 200 bags to the homeless at the local Salvation Army Center.The participants were full of joy and hope after the experience. “This was a simple activity but it touched many people’s hearts,” said one participant. “We learned a lot about ourselves through this.” Organizers hope to do more projects like this in the future and especially welcome more volunteers.Find out more about FEEF and the work they do in and around Las Vegas on their website, where you can learn about projects and volunteer opportunities, and donate to their efforts.
By Tessa Yannone· 10/30/2018, 12:25 p.m. Fitness New Balance Launches Limited-Edition Boston Red Sox Sneakers Get your hands on these limited-edition Boston Red Sox sneakers from New Balance to commemorate the 2018 World Series champs. Read all about the latest gym openings, healthy events, and fitness trends in our twice weekly Wellness newsletter. Print Sign up for Health & Wellness newsletters. Everything you need to stay healthy and fit.* 2831287 Photo credit @NB_BaseballNeed a pair of Boston Red Sox sneakers to celebrate the World Series champs? Why, of course you do! Here in Sneaker City, we’ve got a pair of sneakers for every occasion. Whether you want to celebrate the Boston Marathon with sneaks detailing the Charles River or run around with Dunkin’ Donuts on your shoes, Boston-based shoe retailers have proven to be awfully creative. Now, New Balance is launching a limited-edition shoe to commemorate the Red Sox World Series victory, called the Fenway Champs Edition 300.The limited edition version of the classic 300 sneaker is made for everyday wear (because there are no days when you wouldn’t want to celebrate the Sox, of course), and features a suede/mesh shoe surface in the iconic blue and red colors of the Sox. They have a lightweight midsole cushioning and rubber outsole with accents, like a “Made in the U.S.A.” tag on the tongue and “2018 Champs” written on each of the heels. The laces even look like the stitching of a baseball.Available in women’s and men’s sizes, the shoes are retailing for $149.99 and are available online at newbalance.com and at the New Balance Global Flagship Store in Brighton, as well as at the New Balance store on Boylston. Because you can never have too much Red Sox swag, right? And while you’re singing along to the “Red Sox Nonstop Remix” and heading out to the parade route on Wednesday to welcome the champs home on the duck boats, your feet will be perfectly outfitted.Photo credit @NB_Baseball
Mass. Gaming Commission Says Encore Casino’s Blackjack Payouts Are Legal The Encore’s blackjack payouts were the subject of a lawsuit filed earlier this week. Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! By Alyssa Vaughn· 7/18/2019, 5:02 p.m. 101 Courtesy photo by Barbara KraftA lawsuit filed earlier this week alleged that the Encore casino’s blackjack payout system violates Massachusetts Gaming Commission law—but at a hearing today, the Commission’s Investigations and Enforcement Bureau announced that the casino is operating perfectly legally, according to their preliminary review.The lawsuit, filed on behalf of New York resident A. Richard Schuster, alleged that the Encore was illegally paying out blackjack wins at 6-5 odds instead of the standard 3-2. If blackjack earnings are paid at that rate, the plaintiff claimed, the rules of the game must be adapted, which they were not at the Encore. The suit also accused the Encore of pocketing gamblers’ change when they pay out their winnings, as the ticket redemption machines only distribute whole dollars and no change.According to a memo summarizing the IEB’s findings, the gambling licensee—in this case, the Encore—in fact does have the option to pay out of a standard game of blackjack at either 6-5 odds or 3-2, as long as the tables clearly display which payout option is being offered at the table. Photos included along with the memo indicate that the tables are indeed clearly labeled with the payout odds.As far as the ticket redemption machines go, the IEB clarified that when someone redeems their ticket at a machine, they receive only the whole dollar amount and another redemption ticket for the value of the change, which they can then take to a cashier to claim their coins. The IEB found that this policy could have been better documented, so the Encore has since added labels outlining the policy to its redemption machines.Additionally, any unclaimed cash at the Encore—that is, slot tickets that go unredeemed for a year—will be deposited into the Commonwealth’s Gaming Revenue Fund, not pumped back into the Encore itself, as the lawsuit alleged.Joshua N. Garick, the attorney whose firm is representing Schuster, is deeply dissatisfied with both the way the IEB’s review was conducted and its findings. The intention behind filing this lawsuit, Garick said in an interview, was to have a hearing in a court of law in which his client could testify. He alleges that neither his firm nor his client were contacted before the meeting, and that they only found out that the IEB would present to the Commission less than 24 hours before the public meeting took place.Garick’s next step will be to take the case before a judge. He believes that the 6-5 rule that the IEB cited does not in fact authorize the Encore’s form of blackjack gameplay. The rule, he says, is actually in reference to a separate part of the game entirely, and has been misinterpreted by the IEB during their “rushed investigation.”“If the Commission’s goal is to ensure gaming in Massachusetts is conducted with integrity, we question why Encore representatives sat with the IEB investigators and participated in the presentation, while we were not contacted or invited to participate in any way,” a statement from the law firm reads. “We look forward to vigorously pursuing this lawsuit in an effort to restore fair and honest blackjack and slot play to the Encore casino.”Representatives from the Commission declined to comment about why Garick and his client were not invited to participate in the investigation, and released the following statement:“We understand that the lawsuit will proceed in the appropriate forum; however, the Commission’s responsibility was to determine regulatory compliance by Encore.” Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* Print