Yeng Guiao says late foul cost NLEX the game vs NorthPort

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao was left with mixed emotions after his team’s sorry loss to NorthPort in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Saturday.Guiao said he was pleased with the Road Warriors’ showing despite the 83-79 setback having played minus an import, but at the same time, furious over a foul called against his guard Kyles Lao with 52 seconds left.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Sobrang nipis. And previous to that action, if they want to call a foul, we just watched the tape, Sean Anthony was climbing all over the back of Kenneth Ighalo. They did not call that but they called an itsy bitsy physical contact. To me, that’s not justifiable.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Serbian star Nikola Jokic to play in 2019 Fiba World Cup MOST READ The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s bookscenter_img LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting View comments Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption “I’m actually happy with our effort. We played without an import but we had a chance to win the game in the last one or two possessions,” Guiao told reporters.“We got a really ugly break. I don’t think the foul on Kyles Lao was something that you should call in a situation like that. That’s a really bad call and it cost us the game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe foul resulted to NorthPort guard Nico Elorde making one of two free throws that gave the Batang Pier a 79-77 edge.“I’m not surprised that people are complaining about the officiating. My problem with that call is (technical director) Eric Castro justified it,” said Guiao, who also got a technical foul for arguing the call. “I think that’s stupidity. That is a stupid way to justify that call. They justified it by saying there was contact. The problem is not all contacts are foul. To me, that is a stupid way to justify that.”last_img read more

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Crime at crisis levels

first_imgA study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) estimates the direct annual cost of crime and violence in Latin America and the Caribbean at US1 billion or 3.55 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – roughly what the Region invests in infrastructure and double the average cost for developed countries.IDB’s study, “The Costs of Crime and Violence: New Evidence, New Revelations in Latin America and the Caribbean”, compared the cost of crime for 17 countries in the Region, benchmarking them against six developed countries and found that “crime and violence are at near crisis levels in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Region accounts for nine per cent of the world’s population but contributes nearly one-third of its homicide victims, making it the most violent region outside of war zones. Six out of ten robberies in the Region involve violence and 90 per cent of murders go unresolved. Its prisons are the most overcrowded in the world.”The IDB noted that while there have been positive developments for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in terms of economic growth comparative to developed countries, crime in the Region has increased.According to the IDB, “in the face of high crime rates, the costs of crime can be sizable: individuals change their behaviour to avoid (or engage in) criminal activity, households and businesses spend to protect themselves from crime, firms reduce their levels of investment and incur productivity losses, and governments shift the allocation of resources to tackle the associated problems.”The executive summary of the IDB study revealed that “crime costs LAC countries, on average, between 2.41 per cent and 3.55 per cent of their GDPs. This is equal to an amount for LAC between US5 billion and US0 billion (at 2014 exchange rates) or between US5 billion and US1 billion (adjusted for purchasing power parity). The size of crime-related costs in LAC is similar to what those countries spend on infrastructure and is roughly equal to the share of the Region’s income that goes to the poorest 30 per cent of the population. These cost estimations provide a clear picture of the impact of crime and violence in LAC and should foster improvements in public policies that can ultimately reduce them”.The Finance Minister, Winston Jordan made reference to Guyana’s crime situation during the presentation of the 2017 Budget estimates, where he announced a myriad of new measures which will allow the authorities to both prevent and respond efficiently to crimes. He announced that in 2017, the Government will expend .1 billion to restore public confidence in our security sector.Besides the obvious unrest being experienced by the local business community and residents in neighbourhoods across Guyana, the effects of crime would also be felt in the pockets of taxpayers.The measures to be implemented, which were announced, are all aimed at restoring public confidence in the security sector. These include but are not limited to: increasing recruitment of Police Officers by approximately 20 per cent; improving the Police Force’s mobility; expanding patrols in key areas to deter criminal activity, for which over 0 million has been budgeted, complemented by expansion of the mounted branch in key hinterland locations; strengthening the integrated crime information system; re-establishing and operationalising the 911 service; expanding surveillance; the launching of a multi-agency collaboration to tackle narcotics, smuggling, and human-trafficking, and the upgrading of 12 police stations across the country.Added to this, to offset the overcrowding of the Georgetown Prison, the Finance Minister announced that the complex at the Mazaruni Prisons would be expanded at a cost of .2 billion, of which 9 million is budgeted for in 2017, and will see the expansion of offices, inmate living facilities, staff and family living facilities, training facilities, as well as the construction of a school, day-care centre and places of worship.However, the IDB study also notes that countries that spend more on prisons do not necessarily reap the benefits of less violence. “The Bahamas and El Salvador, for instance, spend large sums (in terms of GDP) on their penitentiary systems, but suffer from high crime rates. Argentina and Uruguay, on the other hand, have much lower incarceration costs and lower crime rates.”The IDB also found that high levels of incarceration rates were exacting an economic toll on the Region, more so Latin America. For the 2010-2014 period, the Region spent US.5 billion per year to maintain and build prisons. On top of this, imprisoned individuals forgo an additional US.3 billion annually in income. The two numbers together amount to 0.39 per cent of GDP, more than the conditional cash transfers for the Region’s poor.last_img read more

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Everton boss Koeman reveals midfielder has had surgery, out for next three weeks

first_imgEverton manager Ronald Koeman has revealed he will be without James McCarthy for the next three weeks.The midfielder has had an operation to repair a groin injury which kept him out of the win over Stoke City on August 27.However, full-back Seamus Coleman is set return on Monday against Sunderland.The full-back has not featured in the Premier League this season due to an ankle injury.But he played for Ireland earlier this week in their World Cup qualifier in Serbia and is in contention to start at the Stadium of Light.“James McCarthy has had groin surgery and will be out for three weeks,” Koeman said, at a press conference ahead of Monday’s clash with Sunderland.“Seamus Coleman was fit to play [for Ireland] and he has come back without any reaction. He is now fit to start.” James McCarthy in action for Everton 1last_img read more

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Six indicted in election day vote violations

first_imgMEMPHIS, Tenn. – Three poll workers accused of casting ballots in the name of dead voters were among six people indicted on charges of violating election laws in a state Senate race, a prosecutor announced Wednesday. Prosecutor Bill Gibbons said his investigation found no evidence of a widespread conspiracy to throw the election to either candidate. Democrat Ophelia Ford was certified the winner over Republican Terry Roland by 13 votes in September. The state Senate overturned the election this year amid allegations of irregularities. “There was an effort on the part of certain individuals … to cast some illegal votes for Miss Ford. But I stress that there is nothing to indicate that she knew anything about that,” Gibbons said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2None of those indicted worked for either of the campaigns and neither candidate has been accused of wrongdoing, officials said. The poll workers are charged with official misconduct. Three felons who cast ballots also were charged with violating election laws. All the counts are felonies. Ford is challenging her removal from the Senate, and a federal judge has blocked the seating of an interim replacement pending a hearing. David Cocke, Ford’s lawyer, said the indictments might help his client. “It bolsters our argument that this was not a conspiracy that tainted the entire election,” he said. But GOP Senate Majority Leader Ron Ramsey said the indictments show the election was flawed. “This justifies the actions we took,” Ramsey said. “From the beginning, we said this was about the integrity of the ballot box, not necessarily about partisan politics or the candidates.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Developer fees to dip by millions

first_imgLANCASTER – Antelope Valley Union High School District officials are forecasting that its collection of developer fees will drop by almost half from $18 million to $10 million this school year because of a slowdown in Antelope Valley home building. The drop, if it materializes, will reduce the money available for finishing Eastside High School, but officials say the district has about $32 million banked in its developer fee fund. “We’re projecting a softening in the real estate market will reduce developer fees signficantly but not completely,” trustee Al Beattie said. “We would like staff to work with conservative numbers. We are OK even if developer fees fall way off this next year.” District officials are basing their lower estimate on anecdotal evidence: talking to local home builders, viewing tract maps, and hearing reports by the media. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possible“Developers come in here and pull permits. As they do it, we talk to them and find out how the housing market is going,” said Mat Havens, director of facilities, acquisition and development. “Tract maps get sent to us; we keep a pulse on it. From what you read, houses are not selling as much. You can see that the building market and housing development is going to slow down. It’s happening already.” The district will spend about $25 million, or more than two-thirds of the $32 million it has collected in a developer fee fund, to complete construction of Eastside High School. The district is being forced to dip deeper into that fund after the failure of its $177.5 million school construction bond measure in June that was supposed to finance finishing up Eastside as well as build two more high schools and do other improvement projects. Had the bond passed, the district probably would have only used between $10 million to $12 million in developer fees on the Eastside project. Eastside’s permanent campus, the district’s eighth comprehensive school located at Avenue J-8 and 35th Street East, is under construction. The school has ninth- and 10th-graders housed in portable classrooms. The board has approved spending $42 million to build the 200,000-square-foot main classroom building. The bid was awarded to San Diego-based Douglas E. Barnhart, which submitted the lowest of five bids. Left to be built are the cafeteria, fine arts building, and food kiosk, which should bring the total construction budget to about $120 million. The district separated construction of Eastside into phases in March after the sole construction bid came in nearly 50 percent more than the estimated cost. Sylmar-based Tutor-Saliba sent in a bid of $141.7 million, which was more than the district’s estimated projected cost of $95 million. School officials hoped that breaking up the work would draw more interest from smaller companies, which might not be able to complete the entire campus but could do portions of the work. After voters rejected the bond, the district postponed indefinitely building Eastside’s administration and theater/fine arts buildings. “Our objective was to build with what the district has available and attract more competition, and we’ve done that,” Havens said. Havens said the projected $8 million drop in developer fee revenue is equivalent to the cost of Eastside’s administrative offices. “Any $8 million decline in revenue is significant for us. If the projections are wrong, then that additional revenue could be earmarked for Eastside,” Havens said. The district also uses developer fee money to pay for ongoing leases on portable buildings, and will use it to pay for more temporary buildings for Eastside as the school adds two more classes of students and to fund design work for the district’s ninth and 10th high schools. The board last November approved a 5 percent hike in the fees it charges home builders to $1.57 per square foot. The state has set $2.63 per square foot as the standard residential developer fee for financing school construction, but in the Antelope Valley that fee must be shared among more than one school district. In the Los Angeles County portion of the Antelope Valley, developer-fee revenue is divided between the high school district and the individual elementary school districts within the high school district boundaries. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Ronan Boyce makes Irish U19 bow in narrow loss to Denmark

first_imgRONAN BOYCE made his Republic of Ireland U19 debut last night in a narrow 1-0 loss to Denmark in Sligo.The Ramelton man replaced Alex Gilbert in the 82nd minute as Ireland fell to a slender loss at The Showgrounds.Boyce recently made his Derry City debut, coming off the bench in the Candystripes’ 4-0 Premier Division win over Cork City at the Brandywell. Boyce is highly rated by Derry manager Declan Devine and last night he was handed his bow in the green.A first-half stoppage time strike by FC Kobenhavn’s Ahmed Daghim was enough to seal victory for the Danes in an even contest where both sides had their chances.Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Conor Noß made his first appearance for Ireland while Manchester United’s Harvey Neville, who was also receiving his first call-up, was named as a substitute. Neville did not feature. A son of former United and England player Phil Neville, he qualifies through the family of his mother, Julie (nee Killilea). His great-aunt, Maureen McFadden, lives in Carrigans. Ireland’s best chance came just after the half-hour mark. Alex Gilbert was allowed to drift from the right into a shooting position where he unleashed a fierce left-footed drive that just missed the top corner.It was late into the game when Ireland tested the Danish goal again. Oko-Flex weaved his way into the box, composed himself before shooting but Defreitas Hansen matched his effort with a smart save. From the resulting corner substitute George Nunn almost made an immediate impact rising to head, but it just cleared the bar for Ireland’s final threat of the match.Former Finn Harps star Tom Mohan manages the Ireland U19s, while Milford’s Mickey McGlynn is a physio with the side.Mohan said: “We played quite well in periods but it was a sucker punch conceding that goal on the stroke of half time, particularly as we were getting into the game.“The attitude of the players was very good, there’s a number of very technically gifted players that showed during various periods of the game their ability and perhaps we need to show that more often.  “If we show that more often we create more chances.”Ronan Boyce makes Irish U19 bow in narrow loss to Denmark was last modified: October 12th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Declan Devinederry cityRameltonRepublic of Ireland Under-19sRonan BoyceTom Mohanlast_img read more

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Llorente grabs winner as Spurs secure points with comeback against Watford

first_img 4 Craig Cathcart put Watford ahead Heung-min Son equalised for Tottenham That came seven minutes after Son Heung-min had provided the perfect homecoming present by equalising on his first appearance back from international duty with South Korea at the Asian Cup.Before that Spurs were labouring towards what would have been a third successive league defeat at Wembley after Craig Cathcart’s first-half header, courtesy of a shocking error from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, had put Watford on course for a league double over their hosts.But Tottenham’s late show could not have come at a better time as they are now seven points clear of Arsenal in third place after Chelsea’s surprise 4-0 humbling at Bournemouth.That will be the perfect tonic for Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, who reminded everyone that it is the top four that counts for his side after they crashed out of two cup competitions in the space of four days. 4 Fernando Llorente missed a sitter before going on to score with three minutes remaining Fernando Llorente proved the unlikely hero for Tottenham as they produced a late turnaround to beat Watford 2-1 and significantly strengthen their Premier League top-four hopes.The Spaniard had earlier produced a shocking miss that would have made it onto any blooper DVD, but made up for it in the best way possible as he headed home an 87th-minute winner at Wembley. The France goalkeeper came out to meet a corner, got nowhere near it and Cathcart bundled home into an empty net.Spurs should have been level early on in the second half but Llorente produced a mystifying miss.After Foster had parried Llorente’s first effort from a Moussa Sissoko cross, the Spaniard was left with the simplest of tasks of converting from three yards, but with Foster on the floor he somehow managed to knee the rebound over the crossbar.Llorente missed another chance when he headed wide after Foster had saved Eriksen’s low free-kick with his feet. 4 4 The Spaniard was involved as Spurs finally found an equaliser.His shot was blocked but the ball fell to Son, who got it out of his feet and lashed home from close to the penalty spot for his ninth goal of the season.Seven minutes later Llorente stepped up to the plate, planting a fine header back across goal from Danny Rose’s cross to win it for Spurs.It was just his second league goal for the club, but one that could have a big say at the end of the season. Fernando Llorente scored Spurs’ winning goal Son’s return was a big boost for Spurs, with Harry Kane and Dele Alli still injured, as they had missed his pace and enterprise and he came close to marking his comeback with a fine goal inside the opening 10 minutes.The South Korean received the ball with his back to goal, engineered some space for himself and then curled a 20-yard effort just wide of Ben Foster’s post.Foster then had to be alert to get down well to Christian Eriksen’s deflected effort before the former England goalkeeper charged out to clear when Jan Vertonghen was racing through on goal.For all of Spurs’ domination they were undone by a kamikaze piece of goalkeeping by Lloris seven minutes before the break.last_img read more

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Kiernan will not face Celtic as red card appeal fails

first_imgRangers centre-back Rob Kiernan has failed in his appeal against a red card and is ruled out of the Glasgow derby against Celtic.The defender was dismissed for a sliding challenge from behind on Graham Cummins with 12 minutes remaining in the 3-2 Scottish Premiership win over St Johnstone on March 1.The straight red for serious foul play meant Kiernan would automatically miss the following two games but Rangers’ appeal left him free to face Hamilton in the Scottish Cup on Saturday. That appeal was heard at Hampden on Thursday but the independent panel upheld the original decision.  Now, he will sit out the Premiership matches against Celtic on Sunday and Hamilton six days later.The sending off came when the Ibrox side were 2-1 up. Steven Anderson went on to equalise nine minutes later but Emerson Hyndman sealed the points with a stoppage-time winner.Caretaker manager Graeme Murty said at the time: “Rob made the referee make a decision. We will have to put more meat on the bones for the appeal when we go to the board but I think it’s definitely worth an appeal.”last_img read more

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SATURDAY SIX: Six MORE Extreme Eats at Walt Disney World

first_imgShare This!This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Six MORE Extreme Eats at Walt Disney World. For some people, the thing they like most about their theme park vacations is the great attractions like Haunted Mansion. Others love the world class shows like Festival of the Lion King. Here at the SATURDAY SIX we say Nay Nay, because what we love are the EXTRME EATS. Candy apples the size of a newborn’s head? An ice cream sundae using, among other things, 8 scoops of ice cream and a whole can of whipped cream? A cupcake topped with peanut butter icing, candied bacon, and chocolate drizzle? YES PLEASE, we’ll take one of each. In fact, make that two. Today we are back for more of the most outrageous, the most insane, and definitely the most Extreme Eats on Disney property. So sit back, have a bottle of Pepto-Bismol handy, and let’s begin our countdown starting with…–# 6 – Pop-Tart Sandwich (Pop Century Resort)No, you are not seeing things. What you are looking at actually exists. Over at the Everything Pop food court at Disney’s Pop Century Resort is what was once thought of as an urban legend. The Pop-Tart Breakfast Sandwich features egg, bacon, and cheese on a strawberry Pop-Tart. The egg is more of a hockey puck in (possibly) edible form. The cheese and bacon melt together in a scene straight out of the classic horror film The Fly. We’d like to tell you how this tastes, but we did not dare eat it as the Pop-Tart sandwich probably should be thrown directly into the fiery pits of Mordor.The Pop-Tart Sandwich at Disney’s Pop Century Resort.NSFW.A cross section of the Pop-Tart Sandwich featuring an actual egg hockey puck.Ask for it by name!–# 5 –  Sparkling Volcano (Rainforest Cafe)These pictures of the Sparkling Volcano at Rainforest Cafe do not do it’s size justice. It’s pretty dang big. The volcano mountain base is formed by a giant chocolate brownie cake served with vanilla ice cream underneath, whipped cream, and topped with caramel and chocolate sauces. The ice cream is encased with the warm brownie and the combination is terrific. To simulate a volcanic eruption, a “sparkler”  is put on top. This is a very fun dessert to share that tastes great. Kid’s especially will love the presentation and it’s recommended to go to the Rainforest Cafe at Disney springs which now has its own working “volcano” that erupts with fire.Sparkling Volcano at Rainforest Cafe. (photo by Brandon Glover)Sparkling Volcano at Rainforest Cafe. (photo by Brandon Glover)–# 4 – Idaho Hot Dog (Gasparilla Grill, Grand Floridian Resort)There are some things that – even seeing with your own eyes – are hard to believe are true. Case in point, the Idaho hot dog. Part of a new line of gourmet hotdogs at the Grand Floridian, the Idaho dog is served inside a baked potato (in lieu of a bun) and is topped with shredded cheddar cheese, bacon bits, chives, and sour cream. Ever wonder why you never heard of someone putting sour cream on their hot dog before? One bite of the Idaho dog and you’ll know.The IDAHO gourmet hot dog from Gasparilla Grill. Also referred to as the WTF dog. (photo by Brian Carey)–The Gasparilla Grill features a different gourmet hot dog each day. The aforementioned Idaho dog is available on Thursdays. On Mondays, the Seattle Dog is topped with jalapenos, Sriracha, cabbage and sour cream (whaaaaaaat?!) Tuesdays have a Kansas City dog with slices of Swiss cheese along with sauerkraut. Wednesdays brings a Memphis dog with bacon, barbecue sauce, scallions, and shredded cheese. Friday and Saturday brings classic dogs themed to New York (mustard, sauerkraut, and onion sauce) and Chicago (pickle spear, sport peppers, chopped onions, green relish and – of course – mustard.)Sunday brought what we thought might be the absolute best of the bunch. The Cleveland Dog. Topped with coleslaw, hot sauce, and french fries (which seems like more of a Pittsburgh thing) the Cleveland dog in theory is incredible. However, for us the fries were cold, there wasn’t much hot sauce, and the coleslaw just wasn’t tasty enough. Disney and the Grand Floridian get an A+ for trying though. This is a next level bonkers selection of hot dogs, and this type of creativity is needed resort wide.Cleveland Dog. (photo by Brandon Glover)Cleveland Dog. (photo by Brandon Glover)–# 3 – Picnic Burger (Pop Century Resort)Ever want to see a HEART ATTACK REPRESENTED IN FOOD FORM? Well here you go. At the Everything Pop food court at Pop Century (quickly becoming our favorite place on property to eat. The sloppy joe is in our top five foods at WDW) is the Picnic Burger. A burger topped with an actual grilled hot dog, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, ketchup, mustard, and sauerkraut. If you are ever around someone who says they are so hungry they could “eat a horse,” take them to get the picnic burger and see if they can walk the walk.  WARNING: This burger is NOT for amateur eaters.Picnic Burger. (photo by Brandon Glover)Cross section of Picnic Burger. (photo by Brandon Glover)BON APETITE! (photo by Brandon Glover)–# 2 – Sand Pail Sundae (Typhoon Lagoon)The Disney water parks, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon, have some of the most overlooked gems for snacks on property. We’ve covered the incredibly awesome mini donuts in a previous article, but today we are going to examine the true Must Get: the Sand Pail Sundae. Served in an actual sand pail, this monstrous treat includes chocolate and vanilla soft-serve ice cream, waffle pieces, Sprinkles Jimmies, cookie pieces, hot fudge, caramel sauce, whipped cream and topped with a cherry. This ice cream sundae is so packed with quality ingredients, and served in such a great container, that it makes us not even miss Universal’s Mini-Vermonster. So take our advice, if you want some great eats head to the WDW water parks (but keep in mind you won’t fit into your bathing suit after).Sand Pail Sundae. (photo by Laurel Stewart)Sand Pail Sundae. (photo by Laurel Stewart)Sand Pail Sundae. (photo by Laurel Steward)–# 1 – Gibsons S’Mores Baked Alaska (The BOATHOUSE)So far Disney Springs has really brought its A-game to the table. The parking garage, along with the new dedicated ramp straight off I-4 has made parking in the area approximately one billion times easier. Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is a homerun. Morimoto Asia is an incredible experience. Erin McKenna’s Bakery features must-try vegan donuts and cupcakes along with ice cream, so it’s pretty much the greatest place in Florida for anyone with dietary restrictions such as gluten-free, vegan, or Kosher. But perhaps the best addition of all is The BOATHOUSE restaurant.With wonderful theming (designed by Steven Schussler, the same person behind T-Rex Cafe and Rainforest Cafe along with Universal’s Hot Dog Hall of Fame) the BOATHOUSE features a great menu, three waterside bars, a collection of almost 20 rare boats, and even Amphicars that can take guests for a 20 minute drive across Village Lake (for $125 per group). What you have to try however is the greatest dessert on Disney property…Gibsons S’mores Baked Alaska.A chocolate-marshallow ice cream monolith, the Baked Alaska features a graham cracker crust and “floats” upon a pool of chocolate sauce. There are even bits of Hershey’s chocolate bars popping out of the back. This monstrous treat comes to the table with a boning knife stabbed through it, as if Jason from Friday the 13th was the maniacal mastermind behind this delicious monstrosity.The Baked Alaska is hands down the best dessert on Disney property in terms of taste, presentation, and size. The menu says it serves four, but trust us, it serves more than that (and we don’t say that lightly). Run, don’t walk to Disney Springs to try this.No matter how many times you see it, the Baked Alaska is sure to drop your jaw.Baked Alaska, (photo by Brandon Glover)That chocolate sauce!!!!! (photo by Brandon Glover)That’s a Hershey’s candy bar piece in the middle of those perfect marshmallows. HUNGRY?! (photo by Brandon Glover)–So there you have it: the Six MORE Extreme Eats at Walt Disney World. See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! articles, or, for your listening pleasure, check out the Pardon the Pixie Dust podcast. You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan)Don’t go away mad Pop-Tart Sandwich…If you enjoyed this article, you will surely like the following:Six Most Unique Dining Experiences at Walt Disney WorldDisney Dining: ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village ResortSix Reasons Cinderella’s Table is Worth Your Time and EffortDisney Dining: FoodQuest at DisneyQuestSpecial Thanks to crack staff photographer Brandon Glover, fresh off double secret probation Brian Carey, Crazy Cat Lady Laurel Stewart, and blogger to the stars Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. Be sure to also check out Brandon on The Park Blogger podcast with co-hosts Aengus Mackenzie and Brian Carey.FINAL PLUG! Did you know The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando has a special edition of the SATURDAY SIX in it? Finally, someone came up with an actual reason to read a book. ORDER this baby now and support SIX NATION (boy do we need a better name than that.)last_img read more

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Top global lawyer gives back to South Africa

first_img“I believe this country belongs to all those who want to make a difference,” says Peter Tshisevhe. (Image Credit:Heather Dugmore)• How to build an inclusive South African economy • Active citizens build South Africa’s brand• Nation branding is about personal experiences• Using the arts to build an inclusive South Africa • Look how far we’ve come: 20 years of human rights Sulaiman PhilipPeter Tshisevhe is more than just a poor boy from a poor family. He is one of the best mergers and acquisitions lawyers in the world, his success allowing him to inspire and sponsor talented youngsters from his rural home of Tshakhuma. The lesson he teaches the kids he mentors is that they are more than the circumstances of their birth.“This is the biggest blessing the new South Africa is able to bestow on its citizens,” he begins. “You can start out a nobody and become somebody. No longer do our todays define our tomorrows.”Tshisevhe is sitting in a glass-walled boardroom in Sandton on the top floor of TGR Attorneys, the law firm he started in 2011 with two partners – Sandanathi Gwina and Matodzi Ratshimbilani. From his perch he looks out at the towers of the commercial heart of Africa, shrouded in misty rain today.“Our Constitution promises us all opportunity, the right to participate economically. If we do not fight for these rights for everybody they remain formal, never practised. We need to be vigilant, we need to exercise those rights, inhabit the spirit of our constitution. They are ideas worth fighting for.” He believes that South Africa is losing sight of the hope and promise that gave birth to this democracy, but it is not too late to stop it from straying so far that its people lose sight of who they are.For 12 years, Tshisevhe has been giving back by lecturing part time at Wits University. The promise of the students with whom he has contact gives him hope for this country’s future and insight into what needs work. White students wonder why they should work hard if their skin colour precludes them from opportunity; black students assume that not being a princeling restricts their path to success.“I give them all the same advice: if you excel who will not employ you? We need excellence, we need our best and brightest to create the environment where we all grow. We are not all equal, but if create a society where the majority are content, we have created a just society.”It is a philosophy that informs the hiring process at TGR. In three-and-a-half years the firm has grown to a complement of 21 professionals, all driven to produce the best work possible. Tshisevhe refers to them as family, one that represents South Africa’s demographics.“There is a common misconception: black firms are associated with mediocrity and white firms with excellence. My legal legacy will be to turn that perception on its head.”Indeed, the 2014 Best Lawyers International list is a peer reviewed listing of excellence published in 65 countries – and it has named Tshisevhe as one of the top four mergers and acquisitions lawyers in the world. He wears his success unassumingly, but you get the sense that he would not step away from a fight.The offices of TGR Attorneys are all chrome, glass and tile. There is hardly a hint of the African law firm that Gwina, Ratshimbilani and Tshisevhe are building. He nods in agreement and mentions in passing that a change in décor is on the horizon. “We are putting up photographs of Mandela, Tambo, Sisulu, people who embody the spirit we want to create. It is also a way to remember the struggle of those who suffered for the freedoms we enjoy today.”Tshisevhe defies easy classification. His drive has made him one of the best commercial lawyers in the world, but he refuses to work on weekends, time reserved for his family. He believes law is a tool in the fight for social justice but he chose to practice commercial law, despite working alongside activist Professor Jordi at the Wits Law Clinic. He wears tailored suits but says his strength lies in his ability to understand the suffering of the man whose poverty forces him to walk in the rain.Following matric in 1986, Tshisevhe moved to Johannesburg, where he found work as a shelf stocker at Pick n Pay. He kept working there while studying law at Wits, his wages helping him pay his own way while also supporting his parents.He tells the story of his first car, a grey Toyota he bought in 1992, and how he was stung by the reaction of people in his home village in rural Venda. “When I got home people called the police because they thought I had stolen the car. In their minds it was the only way someone like me could acquire a car. My life has been about changing the perception that that child or that family are not deserving of success and all that comes with it.”Tshisevhe may sound like a socialist when he talks passionately about social justice, but he is far from it. He enjoys the fruit of his success, the stately home he shares with his lawyer wife, Simone Magardie, and two children, and the home he built for his parents in rural Venda. He celebrates his success because it is built on hard work and determination.Despite his success, he harbours a minor “what if” concern. What if he had studied high school maths and accounting and gone on to study for the BComm degree that he wanted to do? It’s not a thought that keeps him awake – that is more likely to be work – but it does help him to understand that we are all faced with choices, and in the end we need to get comfortable with the path on which we find ourselves.Greying at the temples, he is developing the distinguished look that comes with age and success. He pushes his frameless spectacles back up the bridge of his nose, explaining that he is the only one in his extended family with poor eyesight, the result of studying in the dimly lit shack he shared with his brother when he first moved to Johannesburg.He smiles to himself before letting slip: “I would think myself a failure if my children chose to become lawyers.” It’s not that he looks down on the profession that he excels in, he explains calmly, it’s just that his success has given his children the option to be anything they choose to be.“I want my children to soar, before landing on the highest branch. There is a part of me that thinks choosing to become lawyers would be the easy option. I don’t want their lives to be ones of taking the easy choices.”last_img read more

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