TweetPinShare0 Shares BOSTON — The recently reshuffled Boston Celtics hadn’t practiced lately and it showed early in a Feb. 25 game against the New York Knicks.Midway through the third quarter, the Celtics got in sync and turned a six-point deficit into a 115-94 rout of the reeling Knicks.“We just kept rocking,” said Evan Turner, who had his first career triple-double with 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. “We made a lot of great plays to start that fourth quarter as a team. We got the energy going.”Boston’s top three scorers were all picked up in trades over the past few months. Isaiah Thomas scored 19, hitting all 11 of his foul shots, and Jonas Jerebko had 20 points as both played their first home games as members of the Celtics. Jae Crowder, acquired from Dallas in the Rajon Rondo deal on Dec. 18, finished with 18 points.“We’ve got a lot of talented guys,” Thomas said. “Coach’s offensive system is freedom for everybody and he wants everybody to have confidence and attack.”Boston hit 14 3-pointers, including eight in the fourth quarter to put away the Knicks and extend New York’s losing streak to eight.Coach Brad Stevens said he’s still learning what he has with the recent additions, but was impressed with what Boston accomplished with a smaller lineup.“We’re just throwing darts,” Stevens said. “Like today — we found a lineup that nobody would ever thought would play together right in an NBA game.”The Celtics outscored the Knicks 35-22 in the final period and 77-45 in the second half.Andrea Bargnani led New York with 17 points. Lou Amundson, Jason Smith and Langston Galloway scored 14 points each for the Knicks.Amundson gave the Knicks a 68-62 edge midway through the third quarter, tying their largest lead of the game, then New York’s offense stalled and never recovered as the Celtics starting hitting from outside.“It was really those last couple minutes that got away from us,” coach Derek Fisher said.Boston scored the last nine points of the third quarter and first 11 of the fourth.The Celtics closed the third quarter on a 16-3 run, scoring the last nine points of the period and taking an 80-72 lead into the fourth. Smart opened the fourth with back-to-back 3-pointers and New York called timeout trailing 86-72.The delay did nothing to spark the Knicks or slow down the Celtics, who added another 3-pointer by Crowder and two free throws by Jerebko for a 91-72 lead.“We were going back and forth pretty much the whole third quarter and they had a few big shots down the stretch,” Galloway said. “They separated a little bit going into the fourth and they just kept it going and hitting a lot of big shots.”Amundson ended New York’s drought on a jumper with 9:03 left to play. It was the first points for the Knicks since Bargnani’s jumper with 2:59 left in the third put New York up for the last time at 72-71.(DOUG ALDEN)
Real Murcia 0 Barcelona 3: Arnaiz bags debut goal to put Catalans in charge Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 05:19 10/25/17 Twitter @FCBarcelona Barcelona put one foot in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey with a 3-0 win over Murcia, with Jose Arnaiz enjoying a memorable debut. Jose Arnaiz scored a superb debut goal as Barcelona cruised to a 3-0 first-leg win over Murcia in the last 32 of the Copa del Rey.The 22-year-old, drafted into the side after impressing for Gerard Lopez’s B team, fired home the goal of the game after Paco Alcacer and Gerard Deulofeu had put the holders in control at the Nueva Condomina.Ernesto Valverde named Arnaiz, Carles Alena and Thomas Vermaelen – making his first start of the season – in a much-changed line-up, as Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Luis Suarez, Paulinho and Marc-Andre ter Stegen were all left out. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Murcia performed well for much of the first half, looking a threat on the break, but Alcacer’s well-taken header saw Barca take control just before half-time.Deulofeu added a second shortly after the break before Arnaiz netted the third to put the LaLiga leaders in command of the tie ahead of the return leg at Camp Nou on November 29.The Catalans now turn their attention to a league trip to Valverde’s old club Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, for which Arnaiz could well be in contention following an excellent display.8 – José Arnaiz has been involved in 8 goals (five goals & three assists) in nine games played for @FCBarcelona (Segunda & Copa). Promise pic.twitter.com/airfi1xT5B— OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 24, 2017Arnaiz – playing on the left of the attacking three – enjoyed a bright start as the visitors applied the early pressure, although Alex Ortiz came close to nodding Murcia in front after Barca failed to clear their lines.The home side were doing well to keep the majority of Barca’s possession away from their penalty area, although Alena missed a glorious chance after 22 minutes, somehow turning the ball away from goal from point-blank range.Murcia’s counter-attacking game had Barca unsettled, though, and Fernando Llorente missed a great chance to grab a shock lead before half-time, blazing over the crossbar after Nadjib had bundled his way past Vermaelen.Alcacer had endured a frustrating opening but made amends to put the Catalans ahead with barely a minute left in the half. Having shown excellent movement to elude his marker, the former Valencia man met Deulofeu’s cross and steered a header past the static Alejandro Santome.Barca’s lead was doubled less than seven minutes after the restart thanks to the lively Deulofeu, who won back possession outside the Murcia half, drove into the box and slotted a good finish beneath Santome from a tight angle.1 – For the first time Gerard Deulofeu has scored & assisted both in a single game on the Spanish Top Flight (all competitions). Key pic.twitter.com/viRr5TqovM— OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 24, 2017Barely three minutes later and the tie was effectively killed off thanks to Arnaiz’s moment of brilliance. The former Real Valladolid man cut inside from the left and fired right-footed past the helpless keeper and into the bottom-right corner from the edge of the area.Jasper Cillessen denied Chamorro in the closing stages as Barca began to ease off and there was time enough for them to hand a debut to Marc Cucurella off the bench, with their quest to win the trophy for the fourth season in a row off to an encouraging start. read more
Share on Twitter news Shaquile Coulthirst fires Barnet to shock FA Cup win over Sheffield United Read more Newport County Share on Messenger FA Cup Amond’s late penalty gives Newport County shock FA Cup win over Leicester Darren Currie, the Barnet caretaker manager, praised the fearlessness of his side after they provided the biggest shock of the day in the FA Cup to reach the fourth round by beating Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. Topics Share on Pinterest Read more Oldham Barnet Reuse this content Share via Email The National League side will be the lowest-ranked team in Monday’s draw after a famous 1-0 victory thanks to a first-half penalty by Shaquile Coulthirst and will be joined by Oldham Athletic and Newport County in the hat after both overcame Premier League opposition in the form of Fulham and Leicester respectively, with the Welsh club recording a victory over top-flight opposition for the first time since 1964.But for Currie, the nephew of the former England midfielder, Tony, who is now a director at the Championship club, it was a day to remember after he was handed the manager’s job on a temporary basis only last month.“I’ve been fortunate to have this tie and have it personal to me and now I hope the boys get something they feel is a suitable reward for their efforts,” Currie said. “As soon as I went in the changing room the boys decided to cover me with a bucket of water. I’m so proud; they’ve been brilliant for me the way they performed. I was proud of them in the two previous games but this takes it to a whole new level.”Oldham, who faced opponents who were 59 places ahead of them in the league pyramid, came from behind to defeat Fulham thanks to Callum Lang’s late winner. “It means a lot to me and my family. We’re all Oldham people,” said the caretaker manager, Pete Wild. “We’re from a small town overshadowed by big neighbours and I’m so proud to give something back.”Sheffield United came unstuck after making 10 changes for the third-round tie, while Currie named the same team that drew with Boreham Wood on New Year’s Day. “I don’t really buy into all that resting, if they are tired, they can go to bed early,” Currie added. “I’m absolutely thrilled with the result but I don’t want to get too carried away. We will become the favourite when we host Dorchester next week in the FA Trophy so it’s straight back down to earth.” Callum Lang heads late winner as League Two Oldham humble Fulham A seething Chris Wilder ripped into his players after defeat, accusing them of complacency. “I’ve just said to the boys: ‘Don’t go out through the main entrance, you don’t deserve to go out of the main entrance. Try and find a door to sneak out of.’ Because that’s what the performance was. It was one of arrogance; it was off-plan, doing what they wanted to.“The support that our fans gave to the Barnet players was first-class and fully deserved, but they should have booed our own players louder. I knew Barnet would bring their A game to the table, we told the players they would be up for it and raise their game. I should imagine the Barnet players are getting back on the coach are possibly saying: ‘How the hell are they third in the division?’ And what I will say, well, we are third because none of those players that played today are going to force their way into the first team.”The Newport manager, Michael Flynn, added: “It’s almost Roy of the Rovers stuff, I can’t believe it. It’s the first time I’ve beaten a Premier League club as a manager so it’s one I’ll never forget. I’ll have a few drinks with the wife tonight. It’s about being with the people who support you and are with you when times are bad as well, and my wife does that for me.” Share on Facebook Read more Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn
PISCATAWAY, NJ – OCTOBER 24: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes during a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)Urban Meyer was suspended – not fired – by Ohio State after the school’s board of trustees spent 12 hours deliberating the findings of a two-week investigation into how he handled allegations of domestic violence against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith. But Meyer has been getting trashed since the announcement – partially because of what’s in the report itself and partially because of the way he handled the press conference.Meyer, when asked what “message” he’d have for Courtney Smith, gave what many believe to be a less-than-satisfactory answer. “I have a message for everyone in this, I’m sorry we’re in this situation.”Urban Meyer probably should’ve prepared a little better for a possible question about what message he’d like to send to Courtney Smith. Because “I’m sorry we’re in this situation” is a pretty lousy message for Courtney Smith.— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) August 23, 2018Since Meyer uttered those words, countless articles have been written, suggesting that the Ohio State coach still doesn’t “get it” when it comes to domestic violence. A number also suggest that he should have been fired.But there could be another reason Meyer didn’t apologize to Courtney Smith.Maybe he just flat-out doesn’t believe she was a victim of domestic violence.To be clear, I have no idea what Meyer believes – his actions Wednesday night left us all a little confused. But if Meyer doesn’t actually believe that Zach Smith abused his wife, he wouldn’t feel the need to apologize to her. Right? He also wouldn’t feel the need to include anything about her in his opening statement. After all, if he believes she lied, then he also believes that she’s the reason he’s in this mess.In Ohio State’s report, Shelley Meyer, Urban’s wife, is reported to have contacted the police to “seek more information” about the Zach Smith investigation. She reportedly didn’t tell Urban because she had doubts about the “veracity” of her claims.OSU findings: Shelley Meyer called the Powell police to seek more information about investigation of Zach Smith. Shelley says she didn’t relay Courtney Smith’s allegations to Urban Meyer because “she had doubts about the veracity of Courtney Smith’sallegations.”— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) August 23, 2018During Meyer’s paid administrative leave, a number of his family members stayed active on Twitter – including his daughter Nicki. She retweeted a number of tweets in regards to Jeff Snook’s reports – including the one suggesting that both Zach Smith’s mother and Courtney Smith’s mother don’t believe that Courtney Smith was abused by Zach Smith.Of course, Nicki Meyer and Urban Meyer aren’t the same person – and she may have just been defending her father during what was surely a tough time for their family. But there’s no evidence to suggest that any member of the Meyer family actually believes Courtney Smith – at least not at this point.Because of the legal aspect of the situation, we may never know what Meyer truly believes. But he certainly passed on an opportunity to show some remorse on Wednesday night, and that’s a little curious.
Saturday’s SEC Championship Game is a rematch of last year’s national championship between Alabama and Georgia football. It may also serve as a play-in game for the College Football Playoff.The winner of the game is undoubtedly in. Alabama is undefeated and has looked like the most dominant team in the sport, while Georgia would immediately have the best win in the country, and just one loss on the season, at LSU.Neither team is totally doomed with a loss. Alabama has been so good, that even with a close loss, they’d have a good argument against Ohio State, which was blown out by Purdue, and Oklahoma, which pairs a historically great offense with a brutal defense.Georgia would need a lot of help from Texas and Northwestern, but if it lost a classic with Alabama along with the Sooners and Buckeyes losses, there’s a chance they’d get in over the rest of the field, including an undefeated UCF without start quarterback McKenzie Milton.Kirk Herbstreit discussed that possibility for the Bulldogs after the latest College Football Playoff rankings release. It sounds like he thinks that is what UGA will need to happen, too.On his podcast, Kirk Herbstreit gave his prediction for Saturday’s Alabama vs. Georgia football game in Atlanta.From the latest Herbstreit & Fitzsimmons episode, via Saturday Down South:“I think Georgia’s defense is going to have a very hard time slowing down this Alabama attack. They don’t rush the quarterback well, they don’t penetrate the line of scrimmage and get into the backfield in the run game and because of that, they are going to have to be aggressive blitzing to get pressure. Bringing safeties, bringing linebackers and I think that kinda plays into the hands of what Alabama wants you to do.“I wouldn’t be surprised to see Tua make some big plays early in this game, makes some throws, get the passing game going to set up their running game. Very balanced attack on both sides. I expect, I don’t know if it’s going to be the shootout that went into overtime in the national title game last year but I expect points by both sides. It’s going to be very competitive game. I like ‘Bama to win it but I think they are going to get pushed by Georgia.”The SEC Championship is set for a 4 p.m. ET. Alabama is a 13.5-point favorite in the match-up.[ESPN via Saturday Down South]
Canada’s dietitians and pediatricians are discouraging parents from relying on plant-based drinks — such as rice, coconut and almond milks — as the main beverage for babies and young kids.Dr. Catherine Pound of the Canadian Paediatric Society said Wednesday that some plant-based beverages are not fortified with any minerals or vitamins and often contain sugar as the second ingredient after water.“There’s a bit of a push from the health movement where people think or feel that plant-based nutrition is better than meat-based nutrition, which may be true in adulthood where we are recommending to move away from eating meat very frequently, but the same doesn’t hold true for children who need the protein,” says Pound.“We see parents that are well-intentioned that are moving to a plant-based beverage for their children thinking they are doing a good thing while actually they are withholding important nutrients and proteins.”Kids aged two to eight need 13 to 19 grams of protein per day, which can be met with two cups of cow milk or two cups of fortified soy beverage.Meanwhile, almond, coconut or rice drinks contain little to no protein and would require kids to also eat two child-sized servings of meat or two half-cup servings of lentils. Almond drinks only contain about four almonds per cup.The experts say the best foods for growing children are whole, fresh and unprocessed fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains, dairy and meats.And while fats are avoided by many adults, they are a valuable nutrient for young children, says Pound.“Fat is extremely important for a child or a toddler because it certainly contributes to brain growth,” she says.“We do not want to restrict fat at all for the first couple years of life.”In the case of allergies or other concerns, Pound says parents should consult a dietitian.The joint statement with the Dietitians of Canada also warned that drinking too much of the plant-based beverages can displace hunger and cause children to eat less food.If possible, infants should be exclusively breast fed for the first six months, and continued for up to two years or longer with appropriate complementary feeding. Otherwise, babies can drink formula or pasteurized human milk from screened donors.Cow milk is not recommended before nine to 12 months of age. Full fat homogenized cow milk is then recommended for kids until age two.
Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Scotiabank officially opened the doors today to its Canadian Digital Factory, a dedicated digital production facility designed to drive collaboration and creativity as well as to improve our customers’ experience in areas such as mobile and digital banking transactions, account openings, loan adjudication and mortgage lending.The 70,000 square foot facility, located in Toronto just a few blocks away from Scotiabank’s global corporate headquarters, will employ digital, design, engineering and agile specialists. The space is designed to facilitate collaboration, creativity and real-time direct customer input to develop innovative solutions.Scotiabank is creating a network of Digital Factories including one in each of the Pacific Alliance countries of Mexico, Peru, Chile and Colombia. These Factories will serve as incubators for new products, services and solutions for Scotiabank’s 23 million customers around the world. About Scotiabank Scotiabank is Canada’s international bank and a leading financial services provider in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Central America, and Asia-Pacific. We are dedicated to helping our 23 million customers become better off through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. With a team of more than 88,000 employees and assets of $896 billion (as at October 31, 2016), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (TSX: BNS) and New York Exchanges (NYSE: BNS). For more information, please visit www.scotiabank.com and follow us on Twitter @ScotiabankViews.About the Digital FactoryThe Digital Factory is a hub for creation and incubation of new and partner-led ideas to deliver game-changing solutions for Scotiabank customers. The Digital Factory is a cornerstone of Scotiabank’s digital transformation, and is focused on reinventing how banking serves people by first reinventing the way we work. Visit us at digitalfactory.scotiabank.com. Follow us on Twitter @Scotia_df / Instagram @Scotia_df / Facebook at Scotiabank Digital Factory. #ScotiaDF Facebook Login/Register With: “All Scotiabankers are deeply proud of our five Digital Factories and the work that is taking place in these facilities,” said Brian Porter, President and CEO, Scotiabank. “These creative workspaces are inspiring and encouraging entrepreneurism, accelerating delivery times and allowing our teams to sharpen their focus on meeting the needs of our customers. They are also playing an important role in spurring FinTech innovation, productivity and job growth in their local markets.”Designed by Interior Architects, the new Digital Factory facility in Toronto was designed based on ideas and input from Scotiabank employees to create a space that reflects the diversity of workstyles and the need for a creative, agile and fun work environment.Quick Facts about the Scotiabank Digital Factory Space in Toronto: Customer Usability Lab: Customer feedback informs our test-and-learn development culture every step of the way. The Customer Usability Lab space at the Digital Factory is a place where our teams meet with our customers to test our solutions as we build them. It helps our teams understand what our customers want and need, and enables us to capture real time feedback and iterate on what has already been designed.Scrum-ready workspaces: From large huddle rooms to private meeting booths, the technology-forward design enables teams to collaborate across the Bank’s footprint, and drives quality and efficiency of technical production for employees and scrum teams who use the agile methodology. The neighbourhood themes and meeting rooms are named after people and technologies that disrupted and transformed their industries.Artful design and inspiration: Artwork throughout acknowledges Scotiabank’s history and inspires the future. The Digital Factory logo – a fusion between the traditional factory gear and a pixelated gear – encapsulates the transformation from analog to digital and Scotiabank’s broader digital transformation. Proudly on display is a stylized Scotiabank Coat of Arms from the original version designed in 1921. Informed by interviews with Digital Factory employees, Toronto artists created a mural that represents Scotiabank’s evolving role for banking customers around the world, grounded in the bank’s core values: respect, integrity, passion and accountability.Security haven: A biometric security access solution captures and matches four fingerprints with a single hand movement. It implements contactless technology, allowing residents to remain on the move when passing through a control point. Twitter
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Ahead of Tuesday night’s hotly anticipated Kendrick Lamar concert at the Air Canada Centre, fans showed their loyalty by flocking to the rapper’s pop-up store in Toronto.And “King Kendrick” showed Toronto some love back.At around 3 p.m., the rapper from Compton, Calif., made a surprise appearance at the Livestock store at 116 Spadina Ave., thrilling the hundreds who had waited in line for merchandise. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “It was amazing,” said Arshan Raza, 17, who touched Lamar’s hand. “It didn’t feel real.READ MORE Twitter Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With:
CALGARY — The consultant who helped broker a $545-million investment by two northern Alberta Indigenous communities in a new Suncor Energy Inc. storage tank farm says similar stakes in the Trans Mountain pipeline shouldn’t take place until after its expansion is built.Barrie Robb, a principal with Fivars Consulting Ltd. of Calgary, says he would advise Indigenous groups to ensure all regulatory and construction risk is removed from the project before they take on an investment that could be measured in billions of dollars.When the federal government bought Trans Mountain and its controversial expansion project from Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. last year for $4.5 billion, it signalled that it did not intend to hold it for the long term and that potential buyers included Indigenous groups.That prospect was welcomed by Indigenous and industry speakers at the Indigenous Energy Summit on the Tsuut’ina Nation just south of Calgary on Wednesday.Trans Mountain CEO Ian Anderson said during a speech that he is focused on getting the pipeline built — a process that has been stalled since a court decision set aside its National Energy Board approval last fall — and any sale will be up to his new employer, the federal government.Stephen Buffalo, CEO of the sponsoring Indian Resource Council, says he remains committed to using energy resource development to support prosperity on Canadian reserves despite “Facebook warriors” who have branded him a “sell-out” on social media.The Indian Resource Council, which has about 130 members, is to hold its annual general meeting on Thursday. The Canadian Press
The United Nations today signed a landmark agreement with Cambodia to set up special courts to try the aging former leaders of the Khmer Rouge. At a signing ceremony in Phnom Pehn, UN Legal Counsel Hans Corell and his Cambodian counterpart, Senior Minister Sok An, signed the agreement concerning the prosecution – under Cambodian law – of crimes committed during the period of Democratic Kampuchea. The 32-article agreement, endorsed last month by the 191 members of the UN General Assembly, will create “Extraordinary Chambers,” comprising one trial court and one Supreme Court within the Cambodian legal system to “prosecute those most responsible for crimes and serious violations of Cambodian and international law between 17 April 1975 and 6 January 1979.” On the courts will be a mix of international and Cambodian judges. According to the agreement – which stresses the impartiality and independence of the prospective jurists – decisions in the two chambers would be taken by majority of four judges and five judges, respectively. “With this step, the quest of the Cambodian people for justice, national reconciliation, stability, peace and security is brought closer to realization,” said Mr. Corell said upon signing the agreement, adding that it marks the beginning of a new phase, with much work to be done before trials can begin. When the UN Assembly approved the agreement, it decided that the courts would be funded voluntarily and appealed for international assistance, including financial and personnel support. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has estimated the Chambers to cost more than $19 million over a three-year period. On the UN side, Mr. Annan will have to secure voluntary contributions from States to fund the assistance that the UN is to provide. On Cambodia’s side, the agreement will now be passed on to the National Assembly for ratification. Mr. Corell said today that the Secretary-General is fully conscious of the need to act quickly, otherwise the opportunity to bring to justice those responsible for serious violations of international and Cambodian law during the Khmer Rouge period will soon be lost. Mr. Annan is expected to send a planning mission to Phnom Penh in the near future, to discuss the requirements, in terms of personnel, equipment, supplies and other operating needs, of the Extraordinary Chambers.
According to investigators, the couple used all the cash to live a lavish lifestyle. They face up to 95 years behind bars.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – The owner of a controversial booting company has been arrested after he was accused of defrauding over $700,000 from the City of Miami.The State Attorney’s Office said Andrew Bleacher and his wife Gabriella, the owners of Premier Booting Services turned themselves in to police Thursday morning.“Nothing aggravates the average citizen more than learning that people or companies are stealing from the government,” said Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle.The couple conned the city out of about $700,000. Their company is supposed to stop improperly parked cars with a boot.“Andrew Bleacher and his wife systematically and deliberately underreported the number of cars they booted and the money that they withheld from the City of Miami.”Premier Booting Services and other contracted companies are required the pay the city $25 for each car they boot.However, the Bleachers would boot vehicles and not inform the city or pay the city its fee. They pocketed close of $1 million over four years.Premier Booting Services has been the focus of several 7News investigations after people complained their cars were wrongfully booted and towed from city lots.“For you guys to be here, following this up, there must be many, many complaints,” said one man in 2015.“I think it’s terrible. I think it’s just a money making game for them,” said another man in 2015.Bleacher spoke with 7’s Carmel Cafiero in 2015 and tried to explain why his employees were targeting drivers who paid for parking but did not show a receipt on the dashboard.“It’s been a few weeks. I’m not the parking operator, but they changed the system to play by plate maybe four or five weeks ago,” he said in 2015.They went by the book when it came to the actual booting. “The fairness or unfairness of Premier Booting Services’ actions are not the subject of our criminal investigation,” Fernandez Rundle said.
Kartik Aaryan, Sara Ali KhanPR handoutThere’s no denying the fact that Kartik Aaryan and Sara Ali Khan are the hottest celebs in town. From industry people, fans to followers; everyone wants to see the duo together. So, when the news of Sara and Kartik doing Love Aaj Kal 2 surfaced, everyone was in a state of exuberance. Love Aaj Kal 2 is a sequel to the director’s 2009 hit film Love Aaj Kal.Ever since the news surfaced, Kartik and Sara have often been spotted together. Recently, a video of the two supposedly kissing had gone viral. In the video, a couple having a stark resemblance to Kartik and Sara were seen sharing intimate moments at a party. The video which was shared by a fan account of Kartik Aaryan had claimed that it was the actor kissing Sara Ali Khan while shooting for Love Aaj Kal 2. The 22 seconds clip had sent their fans into a frenzy wondering if Kartik and Sara had locked lips for real.And soon after that another picture of Sara Ali Khan and Kartik Aaryan together appeared on social media, making their fans extremely excited. A photo has been going viral on social media that apparently shows Kartik and Sara enjoying a bike ride together. Although the picture is not very clear, the boy and girl in the frame very much resemble the two stars.Recently, on being asked about the video, Kartik Aaryan said to Bollywoodlife, “Was that really Sara and me?” Earlier, Ranveer Singh too had tried to play cupid between the two at an event.While basking in the success of Luka Chuppi, Kartik Aaryan is gearing up for Love Aaj Kal 2 with Sara Ali Khan and Pati, Patni Aur Who with Ananya Pandey and Bhumi Pednekar.
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes has come in for a lot of criticism already, and the game only launches today. The main point of contention being that Konami wanted to charge gamers $40 for a copy, but in return only provide an experience that’s 2 hours long.Ground Zeroes is a prequel to the “real” game that’s arriving next year (thought to be a May 2015 release) called Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Konami has responded to the criticism of Ground Zeroes positively, by both reducing the price of the next-gen versions, and offering The Phantom Pain DLC for free if you purchase Ground Zeroes at launch.Still, 2 hours is a very short playthrough, and it gets worse. You can actually finish the game in just 10 minutes as the video below proves. Just a word of warning that undoubtedly the video will contain a few spoilers if you intend on playing the game.Granted, this is a speed run of the game that skips everything skippable and is played having already completed and understood what the game requires you to do. Anyone enjoying Ground Zeroes is going to get multiple hours of gameplay from it, but the fact you can complete it in 10 minutes does demonstrate how little core game there is here.Will you be picking up a copy of Ground Zeroes this week? Or waiting for the price to drop before investing? If you’re looking for a much longer gameplay experience then it’s only a couple of months until Watch Dogs finally arrives and offers up between 35 and 100 hours of gameplay.
Kolkata: Eighty electric buses will be introduced in Kolkata and its adjoining areas ahead of Durga Puja.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said: “Eighty electric buses will start operating in the state before Durga Puja. It will be a Durga Puja gift to the city dwellers.” The buses will be plying on different routes in the city and it will bring down the level of pollution.Initially, the state transport department was in search of a solution to recharge the batteries of electric buses. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSome of the electric buses are 9 metres in length and there will be a seating capacity of around 30, while the remaining buses are 12 metres in length, with a seating capacity of 40.Moreover, there will also be sufficient space to stand while travelling if there is no vacant seat in the buses.With introduction of the electric buses, the total number of buses in the city and its surrounding areas will go up and it will be of great help to the common people in Kolkata and its suburbs. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSenior officials of the department held discussions over the issue and decided that the buses will be recharged in the depots of the transport corporations.As a result, decision was taken to install 30 battery chargers at the depots, while 10 “fast battery chargers” will also be kept at different bus terminals. The “fast battery chargers” will take lesser time compared to the normal ones to recharge the batteries of the electric buses.The electric buses can be easily recharged at a short span of time in between one or two trips, using the “fast battery chargers”. HIDCO and Coal India have jointly procured three electric buses recently to ply on different routes in New Town.It may be mentioned that the state Transport department is giving all support for the promotion of electric vehicles, in a bid to ensure an environment-friendly transport system in Bengal.With promotion of the electric vehicles, Kolkata becomes the third city after Mysore and Hyderabad, where the facility of taking e-cars on rent for self-drive purpose has been launched.
The “cementazo” and its offshoots have caused Celso Gamboa, the prominent judge of them all in the media, to be suspended while an investigation determines whether he “fixed the game.” This is unprecedented in our history, and that’s not even the only blow we’ve suffered. On top of this, Chief Prosecutor Jorge Chavarría – yes, the head of the organization in charge of prosecuting corruption – has also been suspended.Chavarría has been temporarily replaced by Emilia Navas, a woman who looks like she means business. I swear that my comparison of the Judicial Branch to a soccer goalie has nothing to do with the fact that she shares a last name with Keylor Navas, but since we’re talking about this: yes, we should hope that Costa Rican justice has agility, concentration, a constant drive for self-improvement, and honesty. And if it fails here and there – ok, but don’t give up and leave the goal unprotected.Navas’ arrival to this position has generated lots of optimism. Her first moves have been healthily aggressive. As a result, some have already placed her on a hero’s altar. This is as bad as the attitude as many others who think she’s here to put on a media show and place heads on stakes for a bloodthirsty public. UPDATED: Court orders three months of prison for cement case detainees In this country, as in so many others, sports metaphors can explain just about anything. They even work in the most complex and serious cases we face as a society, like the “cementazo” that has submerged us in a cocktail of sadness, worry, distrust – and hope, felt by those of us who believe the cure begins when you diagnose the problem.That’s why I dare to compare our Judicial Branch to a soccer goalie.The goalkeeper is the player the team can’t do without, and the player who can’t fail. The goalie must be the most respected player on the team, the Most Valued Player, a leader who draws on the trust of others. The goalie is the one dressed differently, and the only one left on defense when every other player – every other yard of the playing field – has been left behind.That’s why the Chinese cement scandal has unlocked such a huge wave of worry among Costa Ricans, because while all three branches of government have been questioned, the Judicial Branch is the most sensitive. It is the branch that we must safeguard above all else, not only so that it can remain among the top 25 in the world, but also so that Costa Rica continues to function.That’s how I would respond to those who think public attention around the “cementazo” has focused too much on the Judicial Branch and not enough on the legislature or the administration of President Luis Guillermo Solís. The Judicial Branch is our goalie! It’s the one player who, because of the nature of the position, cannot walk off the field. How Costa Rica’s cement market became a hotbed of intrigue Every one of the links in this chain deserves legal or constitutional reforms that will take more or less time, but we have to start by those that could allow us to have a better keeper guarding our nets. After that, we can put together the defense, the midfield and the offense – but you’ve got to start with a good goalie.We can name examples of stable governments with horrible leadership (the Italy of Berlusconi, or the United States of Trump), or even non-existent leadership (Belgium from 2010-2011), or with circus-act leadership (Brazil). But a democracy only fails when its Judicial Branch collapses. Case in point: Venezuela.That’s why the “cementazo” is so scary: it has fallen upon the Judicial Branch and allowed us to see a crisis that was already underway. Our goalie is injured. We can only hope our MVP will recover soon. Facebook Comments We saw it this week when authorities searched seven locations related to the investigation and arrested businessman Juan Carlos Bolaños, along with six members of the upper levels of management at the Banco de Costa Rica. Some people want these men – and hundreds of others – thrown in jail without even a trial. Others criticize authorities’ actions as part of an unnecessary circus.It’s worth thinking how people will act if they have information related to the “cementazo” and see that their boss, or the businessman behind the cement-import business, has been arrested. I know that this Friday, when the searches and arrests took place, a person emerged who put valuable information in front of the prosecutors in charge. And no, that person’s name was not published by the media, nor the person’s photo. Those who believe Friday’s operation was overdramatic are simply wrong. None of the searches were livestreamed, and no one was handcuffed in front of the cameras.I wouldn’t give Prosecutor Navas a merit badge just yet, but I would give her the benefit of the doubt. During her first three weeks she has appeared, at the very least, highly energetic, and that’s a win. What we’ve seen thus far are just the warmup exercises, although we’ve been grateful for them after such a long period during which the Public Ministry seemed prostrate before evidence of corruption. I don’t have any proof on which to base that statement, but there’s no proof to the contrary, either. Time has been wasted, and in a judicial investigation, wasting time is the same as losing evidence – but better late than never.We should remember that in this country, the Chief Prosecutor is not chosen by the president, but by the members of the Supreme Court of Justice, who are chosen by our legislators. Our legislators, in turn, are nominated by the political parties we vote into power (or not) in every election cycle. Related posts:Police arrest two key figures in Chinese cement case Prosecutors requests six months of prison for seven cement case detainees Cement case detainees await space at San Sebastián prison President Solís: ‘I’ve always told you the truth’ Police arrest two key figures in Chinese cement case
Find faith this Festive Season with ColletteFind faith this Festive Season with ColletteCollette has announced its new Faith brochure which offers inquisitive travellers the chance to visit and explore some of the world’s most iconic spiritual sites and destinations. With eight itineraries departing in 2017 and 2018, the Faith brochure provides ideal escapes for clients wanting to learn about and absorb the rich history, religion and culture of these symbolic places.“Collette is a family-owned business so the festive season is all about coming together with loved ones and embracing traditions. Our Faith tours provide guests access to sites that are revered by millions with local guides providing expert knowledge. Celebrating spirituality and devoutness is such a big part of cultures all over the world, so we are pleased to be able to offer experiences that capture this,” said Alison Mead, Australian Business Manager, Collette.One of the highlights of the Faith brochure is that five of the tours include scheduled Catholic Masses. Shrines of Italy, Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Patrick’s Ireland, Pilgrimage to Poland and Pilgrimage to Fatima and Lourdes. On the Shrines of Italy tour, visitors will attend a Papal Ceremony at the Vatican City and receive a blessing from Pope Francis, while the 8-day Israel – Pilgrimage to the Holy Land features several services including at the Church of Nativity, Bethlehem and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre – the site of Christ’s crucifixion.A second exploration of Israel is possible with Collette’s Israel – A Journey of Faith tour which includes a visit to Tel Migiddo, the sacred site of the Last Supper and picturesque Mount Zion, just outside the walls of the Old City.Pilgrimage to Poland offers 8 days for travellers to discover the moving history of Warsaw, marvel at magnificent monasteries in Czestochowa and Krakow and embark on a poignant journey to Auschwitz with a guided tour through a former concentration camp. Here they will not only learn about the horrors that occurred within these walls but also about the extraordinary resilience of the human spirit.The brochure also features the 10-day tour Greece: In the Footsteps of Paul the Apostle, which will awaken the spirit and the senses. With the breathtaking blue-white of Santorini, this tour also features a 3-day cruise through the idyllic Greek Islands, an excursion to the Turkish port of Kusadasi to see the ruins of Ephesus (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and a visit to Thessaloniki, an early centre for Christianity founded in 315 B.C.For those wanting to visit central Portugal, Collette’s Pilgrimage to Fatima and Lourdes with Barcelona is ideal, with 2017 marking the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima Apparitions. Making their way through beautiful Portugal, France and Spain, pilgrims on this journey will worship the most revered basilicas of Fatima and Lourdes, visit the Shrine of the Most Holy Miracle in Santarem, view the site of the fifth apparition in Valinhos and enjoy a walking tour of Lourdes.On the Trail of Martin Luther takes travellers through Germany where they can discover the history of the Reformation. Starting in Worms and ending in Berlin, highlights of this tour include an excursion to the Gutenberg Museum to see the famed Gutenberg Bible and a visit to Wittenberg’s St Mary’s Church, where Luther preached and was married.For travellers wanting to trace the roots of their faith or ancestry in Ireland, Collette’s 9-day St Patrick’s Ireland tour is divine. Making their way through the lush, green countryside of the ‘emerald isle’, guests will experience Mass at the Marian Shrine of Knock, reflect at the Tobernalt Holy Well and visit the famous Downpatrick Cathedral – the burial place of St Patrick. A privately guided tour of St Patrick’s first church in Ireland at Saul is another highlight of this Pilgrim’s Path.With Christmas and the festive season just around the corner, what better time to start planning a trip to immerse yourself in faith.For more information on Collette’s tours and to view the full faith brochure click HEREFor details of the full tours or to book a trip:Contact your local travel agentCall Collette on 1300 792 195 or visit www.gocollette.com Private Chauffeur ServiceCollette’s private chauffeur service is included on all Collette tours for customers within a 40km drive of an Australian international airport. as are tips for the land portion of each tour. For more information visit gocollette.com/chauffeurAbout ColletteEstablished in 1918, Collette is a third-generation, family-owned worldwide tour operator. With headquarters in Rhode Island, Collette’s recently- opened Sydney office adds to the company’s global presence which includes offices in Vancouver, Toronto and London.On offer is an extensive collection of four-star escorted tours, river and ocean cruises, rail journeys, small group tours, family tours and garden holidays. Renowned for connecting guests with cultural experiences which go far beyond those of an ordinary holiday, Collette prides itself on providing real value to its guests and agent partners. Knowledgeable tour managers, an industry-leading travel protection plan and inclusive touring are just part of the top-quality Collette experience. Just sit back, relax and be guided on your Collette adventure!Source = Collette
Lying third to Bangkok and London as the most visited city in the world, Paris is on the verge on improving its infrastructure, architecture, security and technologies to be positioned as the most visited city and be the best tourist attraction. Source: BBC
GLENDALE, Ariz. — For the Arizona Cardinals, it’s now or never.At the very least, now is as good a time as any.Following a 10-6 season that left the Cardinals out of the postseason but gave them plenty of confidence, the goal is not only to win, but also win big. “I feel like it’s more pressure because you understand how good you can be and only you can set yourself up for a downfall,” defensive lineman Darnell Dockett said following the team’s pre-training camp conditioning test Friday. “It’s one thing to come in here with a new coach and a new scheme you don’t really know, you don’t have this and you don’t have that, but when you look at the roster and you look at everybody else’s roster across the league, you match up just as well. Top Stories And maybe even a hint of desperation. Some of the team’s key players, including Dockett and receiver Larry Fitzgerald, are in their later years and still have yet to accomplish all they’d like. “The window in the NFL is always closing, whether it’s year 11 or year five, especially playing the position that I play,” Dockett said. “The position I play is the most physical position on the field, so any time that you go out there the window is closing because you know for a fact you can’t do it 20, 21 years.”Dockett added that he’s had the same mindset his entire career, saying he doesn’t look at his NFL mortality so much in years as he does opportunities. Every play, he said, could be the one where he goes down. At the same time, this could be the season where something truly special happens. While that may not lead to a sense of urgency, it is certainly something that can drive this team.“Every season should be (approached with urgency) because every one can be your last, as a coach and a player, I can testify to that,” Arians said. “There’s windows for guys, and when you want to put a ring on your finger you build a team and hope that you have a chance to do that, especially with veteran players. “It’s all about chemistry and guys coming together. Coach reminds us every day, this isn’t his team, it’s our team.”Dockett is entering his 11th NFL season, all of which have been spent playing in Arizona. He’s been to the playoffs twice and reached the Super Bowl once. He’s been to three Pro Bowls and at one time was as feared a lineman as you’d find in the game.All he’s been through has given the 33-year-old some perspective, which is a big reason why he is so focused on the season that’s ahead of him.“The expectations are as high as the veterans and the leaders want them to be, and myself, going into year 11, my expectations are very high all the time,” he said. “Because I know opportunities are flying by to try to get to the playoffs or try to get the chance to win a Super Bowl.”It’s a lofty goal, and if the team should accomplish it this season they will be the first in history to win the big game in their home stadium. There is certainly a sense of optimism that this can be a special season.“They know how tough it will be but they have all the confidence in the world we’ll get it done,” coach Bruce Arians said. “I sense it in the practices, in the meetings. The questions being asked in the meetings now are totally different than last year, so there’s a great sense of confidence to go with optimism.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “And we have quality veterans who want that ring.” – / 12 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Image: landhere, CC BY-SA 2.0..MusselburghThis originally Roman town is now best-known for its sporting traditions, with Musselburgh Racecourse and the historic Musselburgh Links, the oldest golf course in the world, both must-see sights for sports fans. You can also potter around the the past at the nearby Palladian-style property, Newhailes (Lothian bus no.30 stops outside the gate), or stop at the restaurant housed in the old Tolbooth on the High Street to sample some modern Scottish cuisine. Watching the boats bobbing at Fisherrow harbour, you’d hardly know that all the fun and frolics of Edinburgh is just five miles away.How to get to MusselburghA recently installed bypass from Edinburgh means its a mere 25-minute drive, or you can get to Musselburgh directly along the coastal cycle path from Leith or Portobello. Lothian bus 45 also goes this way. Image: Lee Kindness, CC BY 2.0..Craigmillar CastleWithin walking distance of the major Edinburgh attractions but far enough that you can block out the sound of the Royal Mile street performers, this ruined Medieval fortress is awash with bleak Scottish drama and wind-battered turrets. Although no longer habitable, it’s a remarkably well-preserved fifteenth century castle, with its very own Mary Queen of Scots claim to fame – it was here that Mary fled when her favourite, Rizzio, was murdered at Holyrood Palace. Before you get back on the Edinburgh sightseeing trail, head for a pint or a bite at traditional pub, the Sheep Heid Inn in Duddingston, while you’re round this side of Holyrood Park.How to get to Craigmillar CastleBus no. 49 or 42 heading south of the city, down Dalkeith Road. The 42 also runs through Duddingston Village if you’re going on to the Sheep Heid. RelatedHow to experience the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on a budgetHopping from show to show, catching the buzz in a pop-up beer garden, spotting your favourite comedian/children’s TV star/D list celebrity on Princes Street: the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is worth every penny. All those tickets and meals out don’t come cheap though, so if you’re Fringing frugally this August, arm…Edinburgh Festival Fringe 101: A first-timer’s guideEvery August, Edinburgh transforms from being Scotland’s prim and proper capital to the eclectic, eccentric and downright crazy city that hosts the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – the biggest arts festival in the world.Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2010: ten great websites for Fringe fansGet the best out of the Fringe Festival with these great websites for Fringe fans… Image: theleastweasel, CC BY-SA 2.0..Looking for festival tips and tricks? Check out our Edinburgh Fringe 101 guide first! Dean VillageWalk about ten minutes from the hubbub of Princes Street and you’ll suddenly find yourself in what looks like a Bohemian country village, complete with stone bridges, gabled houses and only the sound of the Water of Leith to keep you company. This is Dean Village, one of Edinburgh’s hidden attractions. Walk one way alongside the water to get to the National Gallery of Modern Art (signposted), or stroll in the opposite direction to Stockbridge, another idyllic, well-to-do area of town virtually untouched by festival fever.How to get to Dean VillageHead up Queensferry Street at the West End of Princes Street and turn left onto Bells Brae, following the cobbled road down to the water from here.Rosslyn ChapelPossibly Edinburgh’s most popular attraction that’s not actually in Edinburgh, the success of the book and film The DaVinci Code (filmed on location here) has brought many a curious visitor to this beautiful church, looking for clues to the mythical Holy Grail. Fictional references aside, the incredible stone carvings preserved here since the fifteenth century, in particular the famous Apprentice Pillar, are enough to wow anyone. Make a day of it and explore the path that runs past the Chapel grounds and through the gorgeous greenery of Roslin Glen Country Park. Festival? What Festival?How to get to Rosslyn ChapelThe village of Roslin (with its confusing alternative spelling) is seven miles from Edinburgh and easily accessed by catching bus no. 15 from Lothian Road. Pentland HillsClimbed Arthur’s Seat but can’t get enough of those gradients? Never fear, Edinburgh and its surrounding area has plenty of inclines to tackle, and amongst the most scenic are found in the Pentland Hills Regional Park, south of the city. You’ll find lots of routes from various starting points but a popular one is the Capital View Walk, from Hillend Country Park – an easy three-mile circuit that allows you ample opportunities to admire the turrets and spires of Edinburgh’s skyline in the distance.How to get to Pentland HillsIt depends on your chosen route, but bus no. 4 or 15 goes to the Hillend starting point, or access the hills from Bonaly (no.10), Fairmilehead (no.11) or Hunters Tryst (no. 16 or 27). There are car parks at Flotterstone Information Centre, Harlaw and Threipmuir. Explore more of Scotland on your Edinburgh trip, with these tips for going even further afield…Scotland’s best beachesScotland is where you’ll find 10% of Europe’s coastline and more than 800 islands, and the great news is that you’ll often have the place to yourself – bar the odd seal, seabird or even dolphin. Incredible views around ScotlandSo you’ve been to Edinburgh, where to next? Get inspired with these stunning photos from around beautiful Caledonia.Spotted in Scotland: top Scottish film locationsWith Scotland’s landscapes being used as the setting for so many productions, you could actually plan a whole holiday around visiting awesome filming locations that there’s even a word for doing just that – set-jetting.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map CramondWith its romantic causeway at the mercy of the Firth of Forth tides, and a tiny centre consisting mainly of whitewashed brickwork, the old harbour and obligatory local pub, Cramond is the very definition of a quaint seaside village. Check the tide times here and plan your walk across to Cramond Island, site of former World War II defences. Don’t worry if you miss your chance, though – there are lovely, if bracing, walks to be had along the seafront, while The Cramond Inn does a mean line in pie-and-mash style comfort food and cheaper pints than you’ll find in many central Edinburgh pubs. On a budget? We’ve got more money-saving tips on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe here.How to get to CramondBus no. 41 will take you from Edinburgh straight to the main street in Cramond. Blackford HillOfficially the Hermitage of Braid and Blackford Hill Nature Reserve, the focal point here is Blackford Hill, home of the University of Edinburgh’s Royal Observatory. Check the Visitor Centre website to find out dates of their Public Astronomy Evenings this year, for fascinating tours and the chance to use the powerful telescopes to observe the heavens. During the day, the hill has a handy map at the top telling you which of Edinburgh’s many other peaks you can see off in the distance. Take the stiff but short climb up, or follow the gentler walking routes around Blackford Pond and the ‘Braid Burn’ – the stream which runs through the nature reserve. You might even spot an otter, a kingfisher or a heron in these peaceful wetlands.How to get to Blackford HillLothian buses can drop you off near various different entrances to the reserve. For Blackford Hill and the Observatory, take the 41 from The Mound, or for the Hermitage of Braid western entrance, jump on a 11, 15, 15A or 16 from Lothian Road. Image: prettyemmy, CC BY-SA 2.0..Jupiter ArtlandFor an alternative arts experience, journey into Jupiter Artland, one of the most unusual places to visit near Edinburgh – an outdoor complex of avant-garde sculpture, installation and landscape art set in beautiful parkland to the west of the city. A rotating programme of exhibitions, nature walks and craft workshops caters for all ages and children in particular will love the sense of fun in this expansive, large-scale artistic playground.How to get to Jupiter ArtlandJupiter Artland is 25 minutes from Edinburgh by car, or you can get the First bus no. 27 or X27 from Regent Road in the city centre. Look out for the gates to your right after passing Wilkieston. !(https://ad.doubleclick.net/ddm/ad/N5960.152879.SKYSCANNER/B9723587.133251306;sz=1×1;ord=[timestamp];dc_lat=;dc_rdid=;tag_for_child_directed_treatment=?” BORDER=0 WIDTH=1 HEIGHT=1 ALT=”Advertisement “”)PortobelloEdinburgh’s seaside and affectionately known as ‘Porty’ by Edinburghers, this former Victorian resort has plenty of faded charm and – crucially during August – the chance of a bit of peace and quiet. Of course, on hot days you’ll be sharing the beach with rapidly reddening locals desperate for some sunshine, but on most days you can claim a patch of pebbles for yourself. Walk, rollerblade or bike down the esplanade (you could even cycle all the way to Musselburgh using the Coastal Path), and call in at one of the city’s cosiest pubs, the Espy. Handy if it starts chucking it down with rain while you’re having a paddle, the Espy has a robust menu of food, cocktails and hot toddys, as well as a cubby hole of board games in the back room.How to get to PortobelloThe easiest way to get to Portobello, Lothian bus no. 26 from Princes Street. Image: Chris Combe, CC BY 2.0.. North BerwickIt’s well worth taking a day trip out to North Berwick, especially in the summer months, when you can make the ferry crossing to bird-watcher’s paradise, the Bass Rock. Now one of David Attenborough’s favourite spots and famous as the roost of more than 150,000 gannets, this strategically-placed island was once fought over by Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots, as well as being the site of a fortress prison. The harbour is also home to the Scottish Seabird Centre, and the town has some of the finest hotels near Edinburgh, including the MacDonald Marine Hotel & Spa, with its prime position next to both the seafront and North Berwick Golf Club.How to get to North BerwickGet the train from Edinburgh Waverley station – they run every hour during the day and the journey takes around 30 minutes.