Pablo Sandoval is a ‘weapon’ the Giants must wield more often

first_imgTORONTO — In the week leading up to Opening Day, the Giants had yet to determine whether they should reserve a spot on the 25-man roster for Pablo Sandoval.The switch-hitting Sandoval reworked his swing from the right side of the plate, volunteered to catch bullpens during spring training and even took fly balls in left field. Sandoval, 32, knew he needed to maximize his versatility to have a chance of sticking with the Giants and he arrived in Scottsdale eager to bill himself as an …last_img

Cult South African novel to get film adaptation

first_imgCape Town-based author Charlie Human’s critically acclaimed Apocalypse Now Now will be made into a feature film, with the award-winning District 9 and Chappie screenwriter adapting the novel for local production company Be Phat Motel and its international partners. Cover art for Charlie Human’s novel Apocalypse Now Now (2013), set to be adapted for the big screen in 2016 (Image: Random House Struik ) CD AndersonThe cult novel Apocalypse Now Now by Cape Town writer Charlie Human is set to be turned into a film by local production company Be Phat Motel, in cooperation with Canadian digital company Redlab and independent film producers XYZ Films.Oscar-nominated screenwriter Terrie Tatchell, who gave the distinctive South African tone to films like District 9 and Chappie, will adapt the book for screen.Described by critics as “Neil Gaiman meets Tarantino“, Apocalypse Now Now is a chaotic, subversive voyage into Cape Town’s supernatural underworld, filled with bizarre urban landscapes and engaging characters, most notably, its near-iconic anti-hero Baxter Zevcenko.Lauren Beukes, an early champion of Human’s work, calls the book “dark, irreverent and wonderfully twisted“. Human gained early recognition with his winning contribution to the Moxyland short story competition and was invited to contribute ideas to Beukes’ Zoo City expanded universe. Apocalypse Now Now, his debut, was published in 2013. Human continued building the book’s skewed universe with the much-anticipated sequel Kill Baxter in 2014.Meanwhile, science fiction fans are eager to see how his world will be translated for film. “South Africa has always pushed through the usual limits of my imagination and Apocalypse Now Now is no exception,” Tatchell said about the challenge of recreating the world, “Charlie has actually upped the game and obliterated them all altogether.”The film is set for release during 2016. Meanwhile, Human himself reacted on Twitter with nonchalant pride to the news.Apocalypse Now Now is optioned for movie. Internet is hilariously unimpressed, asks if I’m a robot (read comments) http://t.co/8s2YtUDWtw— Charlie Human (@charliehuman) July 20, 2015last_img read more

Cinque Terre – Monterosso-Vernazza — Geocache of the Week

first_imgTraditionalGCQNYZby CaniSciolti Location:Liguria, ItalyN 44° 08.443′ E 009° 40.568′ SharePrint RelatedUnderground — Geocache of the WeekFebruary 7, 2018In “Community”Masca – Los Gigantes – Masca – a real adventure — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 20, 2017In “Community”Der Turm – La Torre — Geocache of the WeekJune 26, 2019In “Community” Difficulty:1.5Terrain:3 On the west coast of Italy, stretched along the glistening Ligurian Sea lie the Cinque Terre, or Five Lands. Dating back to the 11th century, these picturesque towns have, by virtue of their isolated locations, remained protected from the outside world. To this day they remain accessible only by train, boat, or a rugged winding path that weaves up though the mountains and dips down to meet the clear blue water between the villages. Though cars are vietate (forbidden) in these colorful towns, geocaches are welcome. Among the twelve caches scattered along the winding trail connecting each town to the next is Cinque Terre – Monterosso-Vernazza, our Geocache of the Week. Image by team knautschPlaced in 2006, this cache is one of the oldest in Liguria, the Italian Riviera. Since the trail through the villages is a Parco Nazionale (National Park), there is a small fee to hike the trails during the busy summer months; however, cache owner CaniSciolti keeps the container in tip top condition for cachers to find year round.Ground Zero! Image by MappimanAlthough relatively straightforward, for this Traditional Cache it’s really the journey that counts. Each village has its own separate culture, traditions, and even dialect. So, while you could take the train to either Vernazza or Monterosso, the best way to earn this smiley is to brave the trail and embark on the scenic six hour hike to the cache.Though Venice boasts some famous bridges, we think the ones in Liguria are pretty great too. Images by geojammers and SlightlySarahYour strumenti del mestiere (tools of the trade) might need to expand for this unique cache. You’ll want to make sure you also pack a swimsuit for the crystalline waters in Vernazza. You’ll definitely need to save your appetite for the famous honey gelato in Corniglia or pizza in Monterosso. Finally, you’ll have to lace up your hiking boots to get you up the ancient stairs and down the winding trails. And of course, the most important of all —don’t forget to bring a pen to sign the logbook!Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world. Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Tamil Nadu poll results: AIADMK celebrates, gloom at Cong and DMK offices

first_imgAs AIADMK on Friday appeared all set for a landslide win in the Tamil Nadu Assembly polls, it was party time for its workers who thronged their leader Jayalalithaa’s residence in Chennai where a jubilant mood prevailed.Bursting of firecrackers and distribution of sweets, besides merry making were the order of the day at Jayalalithaa’s Poes Garden residence as she was leading by 3,000 votes in Srirangam constituency while the party was leading in over 170 seats.In total contrast, the party offices of both Congress and DMK in Chennai wore a deserted look since morning as trends showed they were heading for a rout.While TNCC headquarters Sathyamurthy Bhavan remained shut, a pall of gloom descended at the DMK office Anna Arivalayam.A huge contingent of policemen was posted outside Jayalalithaa’s residence as the 61-year-old leader is all set to become the chief minister for the fourth time in yet another remarkable comeback.High voltage celebrations were witnessed outside Jayalalithaa’s house as overjoyed workers raised slogans in support of AIADMK. Several workers were seen lined up with flower bouquets to greet their leader.Men and women from different age groups were seen exchanging pleasantries even as frenzied workers sporting AIADMK colours attributed overall “discontentment” against DMK especially over the corruption for their party’s showing.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

10 months ago​Juventus confirm they want Arsenal midfielder Ramsey: But we’re not the only team…

first_img​Juventus confirm they want Arsenal midfielder Ramsey: But we’re not the only team…by Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus have admitted they are interested in signing Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.The Welshman is available on a free transfer at the end of the season.And reports had suggested that top teams like Juve, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and PSG were interested.Fabio Paratici, Juventus’ sporting director, is quoted by the Evening Standard as saying: “He’s a great player, we really like him and he plays for a great team. His contract is expiring and we’re always alerted to situations that the market offers, so we’ve also been alerted to Ramsey.”I repeat, for now he’s an Arsenal player and we’re not the only team who want him.”Juventus do have a history of nabbing players on free transfers. Emre Can joined last summer after his contract at Liverpool expired.Ramsey has 2 goals and six assists in 8 Premier League starts and 10 substitute appearances. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Is Rooting For Ohio State This Saturday

first_imgJim Harbaugh talks about Rutgers trash talk during halftime of their game during a press conference.jim harbaugh rutgers trash talkGiven Michigan’s last-second loss to Michigan State earlier this year, the Wolverines will need to finish with fewer losses in-conference than the Spartans to claim the Big Ten East crown. That means that for Michigan to have a shot, Michigan State needs to lose either at Ohio State this Saturday or at home against Penn State in two weeks. UM head coach Jim Harbaugh was asked earlier this week if he’ll be rooting for the Buckeyes against the Spartans on Saturday. He basically ignored the question. Thursday morning, he was asked again, this time on Detroit radio show Stoney & Bill. This time around, he made it clear that he’d be rooting for whatever is “best” for Michigan – which, clearly, means he’s rooting for his program’s arch-rival.Harbaugh asked if Bo Schembechler would root for Ohio State or Michigan State on Saturday: “He’d root what’s best for Michigan.”— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) November 19, 2015Harbaugh on @StoneyandBill about OSU : “What’s best for Michigan” is what he wants— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) November 19, 2015Harbaugh scolds @stoney16 for saying he can’t root for OSU because of hate: “why would you associate the word hate with collegiate sports?!”— angelique (@chengelis) November 19, 2015Harbaugh won’t say ‘go Bucks” on @StoneyandBill :” What’s best for Michigan. I’d say it but I won’t because you’re telling me to say it.”— angelique (@chengelis) November 19, 2015Harbaugh: “What’s best for Michigan is what (I’ll be rooting for).”— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) November 19, 2015Obviously, Michigan fans are in a bind here. If Ohio State can knock off Michigan State Saturday, Michigan needs to just win out to claim the Big Ten East. That being said, it involves rooting for the team they hate.Is Harbaugh breaking an unwritten rule by rooting for Ohio State? Or is this acceptable given the circumstances?last_img read more

Paul Pogba shows support for Napoli Koulibaly

first_imgManchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has revealed that the wristband he wore during the club’s 4-1 win over Bournemouth was in support of Kalidou Koulibaly.Koulibaly was subjected to racist chants and monkey noises during Napoli’s 1-0 loss to Inter Milan last week Sunday by the Nerazzurri supporters.The Napoli defender and his manager Carlo Ancelotti were furious by the actions of the home fans at the San Siro and Ancelotti asked for the match to be stopped twice.The Senegal international was sent off late in the game for a second yellow card offence after sarcastically applauding the decision of the referee to book for a foul on Inter’s Matteo Politano.Pogba wore a white wristband as he scored a brace in United’s win over the Cherries at Old Trafford on Sunday.The France international explained on his official Instagram account afterward that it was a gesture of support to Koulibaly.“Well done guys beautiful way to finish the year. (Plus) honour handband for (Koulibaly)- 2019 say NO to racism,” Pogba wrote.Meanwhile, Ancelotti has revealed that Napoli will simply leave the pitch if similar incidents arise again in the future.He said: “It’s a shame because twice we asked for the match to be suspended for the racist chanting towards Koulibaly.”“It shook him – he’s a good-mannered player and he was bombarded by the stadium. Despite our requests and the chanting, the game wasn’t suspended. I think it should have been. Next time we’ll stop playing ourselves.”last_img read more