talkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the very latest rumours and gossip.Our man in the know tells the boys about Divock Origi’s move to Liverpool, with the Belgian striker set to have a medical with the Reds. Tottenham were also credited with interest but Haughton claims Brendan Rodgers’ side have won the race to his signature.There’s the latest on Celtic star Fraser Forster’s move to Southampton, along with Aston Villa and Sunderland’s pursuit of Denmark international Daniel Wass.Latest transfer news and rumours on talkSPORT.com:Atletico Madrid set sights on Man United and Man City targetEverton close in on deal for teenage Belgian starArsenal and Man United miss out as Mathieu gets Barcelona wishTottenham transfer target set for Benfica switchReports – Man United make final £39m bid for Juventus starBayern Munich pull out of race for Man United targetBlow for Newcastle! Magpies miss out on Remy replacementCroatian defender Vrsaljko will NOT be joining Arsenal this summerSunderland and Crystal Palace keen to bring Amalfitano back to the Premier LeagueNice to battle West Brom for Ghana forward?Exclusive – Sunderland and Aston Villa go head-to-head over Evian midfielder
Gareth Bale is a ‘special player’ and ‘having a great time’ in Spain, according to John Hartson. The Real Madrid attacker played a key part in the goal which booked the Spanish giants’ place in the Champions League final with Atletico Madrid, as his strike deflected off Fernando and past Joe Hart. The world-record purchase from Tottenham has incredible statistics this term despite struggling with injury, scoring 21 goals in 33 appearances for club and country. The 26-year-old has regularly been linked with a big-money return to England, with Manchester United one club reportedly interested in the Welsh star. “Gareth Bale is a special player,” Hartson told talkSPORT.“He is so explosive when he gets on the ball, he can score all types of goals, he gets in the air and when he’s running at the opposition in full flow there’s no better sight really.“He is such a great lad as well, very humble and people ask me where he is going – is he going to United? Is he going here, there – but he is so happy playing in Spain.“He is in the Champions League final and having a great time.“Ok, it looks like Barcelona may win the league, but he is working under somebody he’s probably always looked up to in Zinedine Zidane.“He’s in the team playing every week when fit and he’s massive for Wales.”On the 20th-minute goal at the Bernabeu which ultimately sent Manchester City out of Europe, Hartson continued: “I would have claimed it!“I think the cameras showed it took a big deflection but I’d be claiming it, put it that way!”Manuel Pellegrini’s Citizens crashed out of the competition with a 1-0 aggregate defeat, having just TWO shots on target over both legs.Hartson was disappointed with the manner of their performance, saying they ‘did not do enough’. He added: ‘I think Manchester City threw all their eggs into one basket in terms of the Champions League.“They did ever so well to reach the semi finals but they were disappointing last night.“Towards the last 20 minutes – when they had to chuck everything at Real Madrid – I don’t think they did enough.”
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! We are all familiar with Valley hot spots like Universal Citywalk or the NoHo Arts District. Take time to really explore our backyard. Here are some suggestions for nearby fun that won’t be too crowded or cost a bundle. Clay Club, 20929 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. Like to make a mess? Get something out of it at this ceramic studio, where you can paint your own pottery and have it fired and glazed for you. Pick up your masterpiece or have it shipped to you. Clay Club also hosts parties and offers ceramics classes. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday; open till 9 p.m. Thursdays. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for children; ceramics are $4 and up. (818) 716-6340. www.clayclub.com. Creative Leap, 19300 Rinaldi St., Northridge. Corridors of mazes and slides let kids jump, play and explore in a safe, fun environment. Premises also include a rock-climbing wall, keyboards for playing music, and even an adult area for parents to kick back and have coffee. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Admission is $7 weekdays, $8 weekends. (818) 366-3036. creativeleap.biz. Evans Equestrian, 10263 La Ca!tildelown!ada Way, Sunland. Private, semiprivate and trail lessons for ages 5 and up. Kids participate in arts and crafts lessons, and in addition to riding horses, learn to care for them. Evans Equestrian also hosts a summer day camp. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. $75 a day, $360 a week. (323) 314-8402. The Jump Around, 21515 Parthenia St., Canoga Park. Everyone has something to jump up and down about at this indoor playground and party arena, where everything is inflated. The Jump Around also has air hockey, foosball, and more classic games that families can enjoy. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, private parties weekends. Admission is $6 for ages 2 and up, $4 for children under 2. (818) 993-5867. thejumparound.com. Lake Balboa at Anthony C. Beilenson Park, 6300 Balboa Blvd., Van Nuys. This 27-acre recreational lake is good for fishing and kayaking, and even pedal boating. Park amenities include picnic tables, barbecue pits and a 1.3-mile trail for bikers and joggers. Open from sunrise to sunset daily (subject to closure during rainy weather). Lifeguards on site 9 a.m. to dusk, boating hours 9 a.m. to half-hour before sunset. (818) 756-9743. Pinz Bowling Alley, 12655 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. A historically hot hangout for actors in the 1950s, this 32-lane alley has undergone a $2 million renovation and boasts a dance floor, a full arcade, billiard tables and party rooms. Rock n’ Bowl nights include glow-in-the-dark pins, dancing and laser and light shows. Open 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday. Rates vary. (818) 769-7600. pinzbowlingcenter.com. Sherman Oaks Castle Park, 4989 Sepulveda Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Not every castle boasts a golf course, but this miniature castle lays claim to three 18-hole miniature courses, in addition to batting cages and an arcade. The medieval site also includes eateries and spots for private parties. Open 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight Friday, 9 a.m. to midnight Saturday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. (818) 756-9459. shermanoakscastle.com. Tinker, 4337 Woodman Ave., Sherman Oaks. Tinker’s as good as it sounds – an open studio you can tinker around in with glue, paint, drawing utensils and more. The studio has themed weeks, such as superhero week or jewelry week. Tinker also hosts creative classes and workshops designed by age group. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. (818) 784-7991. tinkertinker.com
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsGreater Valley Glen Council, 7 p.m. Oct. 3, Los Angeles Valley College faculty cafeteria, 5800 Fulton Ave., Valley Glen. Call (818) 772-4842 or see www.GVGC.us. Chatsworth Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Oct. 4, Lawrence Middle School, 10100 Variel Ave., Chatsworth. Call (818) 464-3511 or see www.chatsworthcouncil.org. West Hills Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Oct. 4, the 911 Communications Center, 23001 Roscoe Blvd., West Hills. Call (818) 719-8656 or see www.westhillsnc.org. North Hills West Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Oct. 4, Building 22 at the Sepulveda VA, 16111 Plummer St., North Hills. Call (818) 893-8613 or see www.northhillswest.org. West Van Nuys-Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4, 7412 Balboa Blvd., Van Nuys. Call (818) 374-9883 or see www.wvnlbnc.org. Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. today, Van Gogh Elementary School, 17160 Van Gogh St., Granada Hills. Councilman Greig Smith is scheduled to attend. Call (818) 360-4346 or see www.ghnnc.org. Winnetka Neighborhood Council election, 3-8 p.m. Tuesday at Canoga Park Bowl, 20122 Vanowen St., Winnetka. Call (818) 648-6219 or see www.winnetkaneighborhoodcouncil.org. Tarzana Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Tuesday at Portola Middle School, 18720 Linnet St., Tarzana. Candidates forum at 6 p.m. Call (818) 345-1966. Neighborhood Council Valley Village board meeting, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Colfax Elementary School, 11724 Addison St., Valley Village. Board election on Oct. 18. Call (818) 759-8204. Woodland Hills-Warner Center Neighborhood Council public hearing proposed “Oasis” sports arena, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at Woodland Hills Academy, 20800 Burbank Blvd., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 713-8600 or see www.woodlandhillscouncil.org. Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Oct. 11, Mount Gleason Middle School, 10965 Mount Gleason Ave., Sunland. Call (818) 951-7411 or see www.stnc.org. Van Nuys Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Oct. 11, Marvin Braude Community Service Center, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys. Call (818) 787-2737. Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 12 in the assembly room at Villa Scalabrini Retirement Center, 10631 Vinedale St., Sun Valley. Call (818) 767-6766. North Hollywood North East Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Oct. 12 in the recreation room at the Park Plaza Apartments, 6755 Rhodes Ave., North Hollywood. Call (818) 982-2174.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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It really pays to be optimistic. Which this guy learned the hard way . . .49-year-old Allen Cochran was in court last week in Norfolk, Virginia, facing two felony charges.He was accused of stealing $33 worth of sharp cheddar cheese from a grocery store in 2015. And the second charge was for not showing up at a previous court hearing.The good news for Allen is the jury found him NOT GUILTY of stealing the cheese. But unfortunately, he wasn’t there to hear the verdict . . . because he didn’t show up.Apparently he sat through the whole trial last Thursday. But he didn’t come back for the verdict on Friday, because he thought they’d find him guilty.The crazy part is he probably wouldn’t have faced ANY jail time for the other charge. But when he didn’t show up for the verdict, the jury decided to give him the maximum sentence of FIVE YEARS in jail.Now he’s on the run. As of last night, the cops were still trying to track him down.
Let’s take a quick run out to CALIFORNIA and see what @ChristelaMcC found in the Outlets closer to Disneyland. Keep in mind that Christela had a baby THIS VERY MONTH, yet her dedication to you – Dear Reader – had her out at the Outlets. That is the type of dedication and work ethic generally only seen in Florida theme park bloggers, so for this month Christela is an honorary Floridian and gets all the perks and privileges that comes with (premium parking at Publix, the right to keep your turn signal while driving on for two hours, and membership into the Bath Salt of the Month Club).Unfortunately for those at the California outlets, they got a sneak peek of what we are about to be deluged with down here in Florida: 2019 branded items.First up is the lanyard and pin starter set. I like the simplicity of the 2019 pin designs. Originally $29.99, marked down to $8.99. The lanyard pouch. Original price $8.99, marked down to $1.99. With the effective end of most people using actual Disney “tickets” and paper Fast Passes being a thing of of the past, I’m not quite sure what most Disney guests would need a lanyard pouch for. Show me the lie.Okay, with that out of the way let’s hit some merch. First up, a pair of items marking the end of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. Have to say that I was never a big fan of IllumiNations, but I also understand we’ll probably never get another show like it. Have to say that watching The Imagineering Story on Disney+ really hits the point home for what EPCOT was supposed to be compared to what it has become. Anyhoo, this glow in the dark shirt was originally $24.99, now $5.99.The “farewell” hat was reduced to $5.99.November at the Outlets means you’ll find plenty of Halloween themed items, including this “candy corn” spirit jersey. Reduced to $24.99.Spirit jersey. (photo by Ben Wszalek)This shirt was sold at this year’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Originally $34.99, now $9.99.MNSSHP. (photo by Ben Wszalek)Can you imagine paying the original price of $9.99 for a SLAP BRACELET? That is next level bonkers. The top side of the slap bracelet has the Disney characters in Halloween outfits while the bottom side has the phrase “Are you SCARED of the park?” No. I’m scared of the PRICE.Slap bracelets. (Photo by @DreamfinderGuy)Plenty of Halloween themed pins were available. Originally $17.99, now $6.99. I guess these are targeting people who “have” to collect everything because they are pretty awful. You “open” the pin to reveal the picture of the character who’s silhouette is on the front.Halloween pins. (photo by @DreamfinderGuy)Such as Jafar…Jafar pin. (photo by @DreamfinderGuy)Or Ursula. You know what, if Disney wants to sell really scary pins, how about making one for Flounder in that Little Mermaid live show.I feel like that saying on the left is trolling the people who actually paid full price. (photo by @DreamfinderGuy)There were several particularly AWFUL hats this month, including this Maleficent-themed “I’m a monster at heart” one. Originally $27.99, now $7.99.Maleficent. (photo by @DreamfinderGuy)Get a load of this. Originally $27.99, now $12.99.It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. (photo by Ben Wszalek)Dooney and Bourke bag featuring the Sanderson sisters from Hocus Pocus. Originally $288, now $133.99. America must be a fascinating country to try and understand for anyone who lives outside of it. We have stories of massive college debt, homeless people, and countless people using places like GoFundMe to pay medical bills… yet we have plenty of bags like this for $300.Hocus Pocus. (photo by Ben Wszalek)Bag themed to the Grape Soda pin from Pixar’s Up. Originally $75, now $34.99.This Haunted Mansion bag had a lenticular photo of the hitchhiking ghosts on it. Originally $19.99, now $9.99.Here’s something I don’t understand and maybe one of our fine women readers can clue me in. We have a pizza-themed bag here. Okay, maybe I could see a young kid walking around with this, but the originally price was $74.99! It’s been reduced to $36.99. There’s also anti-theft tags on it. WHO IS STEALING THIS BAG?!!!Pizza. (photo by Ben Wszalek)Whoever can explain why any adult would buy the bag above, can they also explain how this Mad Tea Party is used? Seems like the most impractical purse/bag ever made. Originally $19.99, now $9.99.More questions. My original guess is that this was a Dole Whip themed bag. But Dole Whips aren’t served with a cherry. Neither is just regular soft serve ice cream. So what is this supposed to be? Originally $19.99, now $9.99.A Mickey Bar bag. Originally $19.99, now $9.99. As you can see, even Disney is billing them just as “Disney Souvenirs,” so maybe even they know they aren’t actually useful for anything in the Real World.Speaking of Mickey Bars, here’s a giant plush of one. Originally $27.99, now $9.99. For those who don’t follow me on Twitter, Mickey Bars are my “trigger” ice cream because I pay more for them that any other place in the world.Plush Mickey pretzel. I bought one of these for a Christmas present for the kiddos. Mickey pretzels are one of our go-to snacks at the parks. Originally $14.99, now $9.99.I was THIS CLOSE to picking up the plush pizza slice. Originally $27.99, now $9.99.Plush Dole Whip swirl. This was a “scented” plush, like how they had Lotso bear plush smell like Strawberries when Toy Story 3 came out. Originally $27.99, now $9.99.Dole Whip dress for kids or adults like @JLap64 of the Disney Moms Panel. Note no cherries on any of these Dole Whips. Originally $78, now $24.99.Dole Whip Mickey ears. Originally $19.99, now $7.99. Imagine walking the parks and seeing someone wear this.Much better looking Rainbow ears. Originally $19.99, now $7.99.Rainbow. (photo by Ben Wszalek)Mardi Gras-themed Mickey headband. Originally $19.99, now $7.99. I appreciate a good pun, and this Dumbo hat delivers.Love Finding Nemo, don’t love this hat. Would make a great luggage tag design though. This hat was reduced all the way down to $4.99.Back up to $7.99 for this Queen of Hearts one targeting the Millennial crowd.Another cute one featuring Flower from Bambi.This Beast hat below may be the worst hat Disney ever made. Almost like something you could win in some cheap carnival game at your state fair.Genie hat. I like the detail of the earring.In a previous edition of the Outlet Report we covered the cool Genie lamp tea set that were originally $60 being brought down to $24.99. They also have a more golden Genie Lamp that is $59.99. Not sure of original price but probably close to $100. Note the typo on Aladin. Ready for an onslaught of Disney hats? All were reduced to $7.99. First up are a couple themed to Mickey Mouse.I liked this Timothy J Mouse one.This Mad Tea Party one is certainly something. Share This!Welcome to the latest edition of The Magic, The Memories, and Merch!, the longest running monthly look at the Disney Outlet Stores in Orlando. We have “Bargain” Ben Wszalek covering Vineland and myself – Discount Derek – at I-Drive (addresses are at the end of every report) and we are here to give you the Outlet Report you really want totally deserve. This month we even have some extra special assistance in Orlando courtesy of Outlet Intern @Dreamfinder_Guy. Of course Christela “Clearance” McC is also here with a look at some Outlet items from out in California.Enough jibber jabber! Ready to see what we we found? Alright, let’s go!First, let’s start off with a recurring theme that we have been seeing over the past few months. People going to the Disney Outlet Stores and thinking, “what happened?!!!” 2019 cinch bag. Original price $19.99, marked down to $7.99. We can definitely appreciate that this is themed to Disneyland and not “Disney Parks” in general. It’s nice seeing thins like Monstro and Grizzly Peak in the designs.Not a snow globe in general, but I like this one. Originally $16.99, down to $3.99 The 2019 photo frame original price category TEAL, marked down to $3.99.The 2019 backpack is certainly too “busy” for my taste, but again I like that it’s branded to Disneyland specifically. Originally $39.99, marked down to $10.99No idea who is buying stuff like the 2019 light up lanyards. Original price category ORANGE, marked down to $7.992019 Disneyland keychain with space mountain, fun wheel, grizzly peak and castle charms. Original price category RED, marked down to $3.99.Nana Limited Edition plush. Original price $27.99, marked down to $8.99.“Limited to the amount we can sell.”That’s it from California. Before we head back to Florida we would like to send a big CONGRATS to Christela and thank her for adding another person into this world who will shortly be standing in front of us in line at the Outlets.Okay, we’re back in Sunny Florida. We’ll start off with our plush, which is a Food & Wine Minnie Mouse.Originally $16.99, now $9.99.Food and wine. (photo by @DreamfinderGuy)There’s a cottage industry on Etsy filled with people who took the concept of Disney buttons and made their own version. So then Disney went and made their own version on those people’s buttons. It’s like the movie Inception for bad merchandise. Originally $9.99, now $1.99.More buttons. Same price.Mary Poppins pin set. Originally 14.99, now $6.99.This pin set is based on Disney video games on the old Nintendo Entertainment System. You can see Goof Troop and TaleSpin below done in “8 bit” graphics. Pretty cool. What doesn’t make sense is the controller that “hangs” off. Just odd. Reduced to $6.99.Disney Afternoon! (photo by DreamfinderGuy)Frozen character crayon set. Originally $19.99, now $7.99. Not sure if the Orange Anna crayon is a “spoiler” for Frozen 2.More Disney pillow pets (they are called something like Dream Lites.) Here we have Sven from Frozen and Dumbo. Both were reduced to $14.99. Picked up a Dumbo for one of the kiddos.Plush Marshmallow from Frozen. Originally $24.99, now $16.99.Over five years ago I did my first ever “live tweeting from the Magic Kingdom” under the @TouringPlans Twitter handle. Everything was fine until I got to the Merchant of Venus gift shop in Tomorrowland and referred to the plush below as Pink Stitch. Long story short, that was the last time I live tweeted from the @TouringPlans account. Originally $27.99, now $9.99.Here we go. One of my all time FAVORITE characters in all of Disney lore is the “dog with a key” from Pirates of the Caribbean. If he’s on a piece of merchandise, I’ll buy it, that’s my policy. Here we have the dog Wishable. I think this was originally $9.99, but now only $2.99.This Cinderella Castle water globe was originally $54.99, now $19.99. There wasn’t one out of the box so I don’t know if it works like a “snow globe” or if it’s literally just a castle inside a dome of water that you look into. Who knows. What we do know is that even this castle is bigger than the real one inside the Disneyland park out in California.Here’s another item that I was SO CLOSE on buying. A pirate ship playset featuring Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto in pirate outfits. This was originally $54.99, reduced to $24.99. I think it if was down to $19.99 I wouldn’t have thought twice.Looking closely at the back of the box now I see Pluto is dressed as the “dog with a keys” character so you can probably imagine THE REGRET I FEEL NOW.How ridiculous does this look. Kids watch the movies and cartoons and know what things should look like. In no Star Wars movie is there a tie fighter where the pilot is standing halfway outside the ship. Originally $29.99, now $14.99.Plenty of Star Wars stuff at the Outlets, most of it pretty bad.Let’s start off with Vinylmation featuring The Last Jedi. I didn’t even know they were still making Vinylmation. The “Mickey mold” is just horrendous for stuff like this because they just add on the ears and don’t know what to do with them. Originally $14.99, now $6.99.High end Star Wars action figures from the “black” series. These were REDUCED to $19.99, so who knows what they originally cost.The two figures below were die-cast metal. Originally $29.99, now $12.99. You can make the case that there would be a market for C3-PO figures, but that droid on the right? WHHAAAAAAAAAT?!!!!Star Wars. (photo by Ben Wszalek)Here’s a couple magnet sets. Both were originally $9.99 reduced to $1.99. Set on the left is themed to Minnie Mouse and trying to imagine the potential serial killer perfectly sane person that would want a magnet of Minnie’s skirt. I bought the “Mickey kitchen” set on the right for a stocking stuffer.Several MagicBands arrived, each reduced to $7.99. First up, Fox & the Hound.And we got Emperor’s New Groove. Anger from Inside Out.I’m sure there is a story behind this Disney key set, but I don’t know it. Reduced to $4.99.I was actually pleasantly surprised with the new “live action” Lion King remake. I was watching the movie wondering how they would be able to do the “dress up in drag and do the hulu” moment, and I audibly laughed out loud when that scene came on. Just an insane idea and I loved it. Not sure why ANYONE would want the Funko Pops below based on the movie, but they were originally $14.99, now $6.99.This postcard is GORGEOUS. The print is called “Belle in the library” by artist Hediun June Kim. It was the non-discounted price of $5.99.This postcard was also $5.99 and was also FANTASTIC. The title was “Magic on Main Street” by artist Fenway Fan.The art is so good that the coffee mug with it was only reduced to $9.99 instead of the $5.99 the million other coffee mugs are priced at. Originally $15.99.Mickey Mouse tumbler with built in straw. Originally $17.99, now $4.99.Does the person who would buy the bookends below actually be someone who reads enough books that they need bookends? Let’s be real. Originally $34.99, now $14.99. These bookends should be holding up the notebooks that they find in John Doe’s apartment in Se7en.Themed socks are all the rage this year. Originally $9.99, now $3.99.Who’s ready for some Cruise Line merch from the Disney Wonder sailings to Alaska?! I absolutely adore Mickey in his fisherman (or whatever it is) outfit. This shirt was originally $21.99, now $10.99.More stuff from ALASKA!Alaska sailing coffee mugs. Originally $19.99, now $9.99.If I were on the Alaska sailing, have to say I probably would have bought this E-Ticket magnet that looks like a tree stump. Even though I know that EVERY ITEM FROM THE CRUISE LINE ALWAYS GOES TO THE OUTLETS. Originally $14.99, now $5.99.This is a cute fleece throw I would have grabbed if I didn’t already have way too many Disney fleece throws. Reduced to $9.99.I guess this is the new logo of the Disney Cruise Line? Or maybe an old logo I never noticed? I’ll have to consult with Captain Cruiseline @TheDCLBlog to get an answer on this. Anyway this travel blanket was originally $59.99, now $35.99. If you’re wondering if I bought a “travel blanket” for $35, just know that I think we bought one off Southwest airlines on a previous flight for $5 and I feel I need to keep reusing that to justify the money.I couldn’t even figure out what this was supposed to be. Maybe it’s some sort of medal they give you once you sail with Disney more than 100 times. Reduced to $5.99.Jacket from the “Magic of Europe” sailing. The sleeves can be taken off the jacket. Originally $110, now $32.99. Almost bought it just on principle. Not every day I’d see a windbreaker that costs over $100. It would be like shopping for sneakers at the store in Disney Springs run by Michael Jordan’s son that already went out of business.Did you ever think you’d see a uniform from PALO at the Disney Outlet Store? Originally $64.99, now $31.99. Apparently these are from a “Be Our Chef” gimmick that guests could do on the Disney Fantasy.Would love to see more Roger Rabbit-themed merch, like this Jessica’s Diner shirt. Originally $24.99, now $9.99.What does Jessica Rabbit have to do with a diner though?! (photo by Ben Wszalek)LOVE this graphic of Mickey, Donald, Goofy and Pluto. It’s a Disney white shirt though, so you could basically put a magazine underneath it and still be able to read it. Originally $34.99, now $12.99.The rare Toy Story Land shirt. Originally $24.99, now $12.99. Notice they didn’t show Wheezy’s microphone cord that has been fixed with duct tape.Cute Monsters, Inc shirt. Originally $24.99, now $9.99.Fantasyland sequin shirt. Originally $24.99, now $9.99. Might want to buy one of these for every one you know who thinks Rise of the Resistance is going to open up this week and run flawlessly.Some princess-themed shirts. Belle shirt on left was originally $34.99, now $12.99 while Jasmine-themed shirt on right was originally $34.99, now $14.99.Two more shirts for Jasmine and Belle, these were both originally $39.99, now $14.99.Here’s a shirt for the all-time books. It says “In my defense I’m a princess” but the only way to read what it says would mean getting so close to the woman wearing it that you’d be #MeToo’d off the face of the planet. Originally $29.99, now $9.99.Minnie Balloons tank top for kids. Originally $24.99, now $9.99.Haunted Mansion t-shirt. “Cast Member” tag says Ghost Host. Originally $29.99, now $9.99.1971 shirt from the Tom Corless Collection, originally $59.99, now $17.99. The perfect shirt to wear when at Animal Kingdom and requesting a personal ride vehicle at Dinosaur. White polo on the left was originally $44.99, now $12.99.What is going on here?!! Originally $42.99, now $19.99.Park Hop ‘Till You Drop hoodie. Price? Well, you see…For some reason my phone was having a “delay” in taking pictures with my phone. I’d hit the button to take a photo, but it would be a couple seconds before the “snap” sound would be heard. Several times I had already started putting the item on the shelf. So my camera roll was filled with shots like this, and a couple I didn’t notice until too late.These are “4 Piece Layette Set.” Today I found out the word “layette” exists. I don’t know what it means, but at least I know it exists. Both sets were originally $49.99, now $19.99.Layette! (photo by Ben Wszalek)Here’s a look inside the it’s a small world one.it’s a small world LAYETTE. (photo by Ben Wszalek)And the Dumbo one.Let’s end on an item that perfectly showcases my relationship with the Disney Outlet Store Photo Report.In this metaphor, I’m Pinocchio.Hold on, what is this sign on the outside at the Outlets?My thoughts on seeing that sign?SEE YOU NEXT MONTH!There are actually two Disney outlet stores in Orlando. Both are in Orlando Premium Outlet shopping complexes, and they are called Disney’s Character Warehouse, presumably because The Land Of Misfit Toys was already trademarked. There is one Character Warehouse located on International Drive close to Universal Studios (4951 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819), and the other is on Vineland Avenue, right across I-4 near the exits to Disney World (8200 Vineland Ave, Orlando, FL 32821). They do not ship. There are items at the Outlets that you can buy both in Disney stores along with the Shop Disney Parks app, but you will be paying full retail for the items. For our CALIFORNIA OUTLET trips, @ChristelaMcC goes to the Las Americas outlet in San Diego. It is located right off the last U.S. exit.I often get asked “which store is better?” That depends. Vineland is close to Walt Disney World, while the I-Drive location is a hop, skip, and jump away from the Universal Orlando Resort. The Vineland Disney Outlet Store is much, MUCH bigger than the I-Drive location. However, the Vineland outlets in general are much, MUCH busier than I-Drive. Each have their pros and cons, and ultimately they carry much of the same items. For a Disney Outlet Store FAQ, check out this SATURDAY SIX Presents: Everything You Wanted To Know About The Disney Outlet Stores (But Were Afraid To Ask)Previous editions of Magic, Memories, and Merch: July 2013, August 2013, September 2013, October 2013, November 2013, December 2013, January 2014, February 2014, March 2014, April 2014, May 2014, June 2014, July 2014, August 2014, September 2014, October 2014, November 2014, December 2015, January 2015, February 2015, March 2015, April 2015, May 2015. June 2015, July 2015, August 2015, September 2015, October 2015, November 2015. December 2015, January 2016, February 2016, March 2016, April 2016, May 2016, June 2016, July 2016, August 2016, September 2016, October 2016, November 2016, December 2016, January 2017, February 2017, March 2017, April 2017, May 2017, June 2017, July 2017: The FOUR YEAR ANNIVERSARY special, August 2017, September 2017, October 2017 (tribute to the O.O.G.), November 2017, December 2017, January 2018, February 2018, March 2018, April 2018, May 2018, June 2018, July 2018 (FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY special with the introduction of the OUTLET HALL OF FAME), August 2018, September 2018, October 2018, November 2018, and December 2018, January 2019, February 2019, March 2019, April 2019, May 2019, June 2019, and July 2019 (SIX YEAR ANNIVERSARY), August 2019 (major changes come to Outlets), September 2019 (camera hat) and October 2019.We also did an edition of Magic, Memories, and Junk for a non-Disney owned Outlet Store, and for you merch addicts like myself, you may also enjoy a look at the official Disney merchandise available on the Disney Cruise Line, Castaway Cay, and at the Orlando International Airport. 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Spencer 6, Monroe 5Monroe 002 003 0 – 5 2 2Spencer 001 003 2 – 6 9 1WP: Macie Weber. LP: Dillon.SO: Dillon 11; Weber 9. BB: Dillon 2; Weber 5.Top hitters: M, Dillon 2 RBIs; Jordan 2 RBIs; Teasdale 2 runs; Vetterl 2B. S, Marisa Johnson 2 runs; Brooke Kettleborough 2×4, 2 3Bs; Weber 2×4, 2 RBIs.—Spencer 12, Highland Park (Ill.) 8Highland Park 000 251 – 8 9 2Spencer 170 40x – 12 9 2WP: Ellayna Lyon. LP: Edheimer.SO: Edheimer 2; Lyon 2, Weber 2, Johnson 1. BB: Edheimer 4; Lyon 3, Weber 1, Johnson 1.Top hitters: HP, Casey 3×4, 2B, 2 runs; Kosirog 2 runs; Golostick 2×3, 3B, 2 RBIs; Bojan 3B, 2 RBIs. S, Courtney Buss 2 runs; Johnson 2×3, 2B, 2 RBIs; Kettleborough 2×3, 2B, 3 RBIs; Weber 3×3, HR, 2 runs, 3 RBIs; Jenna Schober 2 runs.—Pearl City (Ill.) 10, Spencer 2Pearl City 102 104 2 – 10 9 1Spencer 101 000 0 – 2 5 4WP: Tori Clark. LP: Weber.SO: Clark 9; Weber 6, Schober 0, Lyon 0. BB: Clark 0; Weber 2, Schober 0, Lyon 0.Top hitters: PC, Bronte Wright 2×4, HR, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Clark 2×4, 2B, 2 runs; Halle Fransen 2 RBIs; Julia Sesker 2 RBIs; Dani Lee 2B. S, Lindsey Vaughan 2B; Kettleborough 2B; Mandie Schultz 2B; Johnson HR. By Paul LeckerSports ReporterMONROE – The Spencer softball team used a come-from-behind victory to finish 2-1 on Saturday at the Monroe Softball Tournament.The Rockets defeated Monroe 6-5 and Highland Park (Ill.) 12-8, and lost 10-2 to Pearl City (Ill.), to even their season record at 2-2.Spencer trailed 5-1 after 4½ innings against Monroe before starting a rally.Cinnamin Harwood and Kallie Reckner each had RBI singles in a three-run sixth innings, and Lindsey Vaughan capped a two-run seventh with a two-out RBI single to give the Rockets the victory.Macie Weber had nine strikeouts and earned the victory on the mound, and added two hits and two RBIs for Spencer. Brooke Kettleborough had a pair of triples as well for Spencer.Weber had a home run, two singles and three RBIs, Kettleborough had two hits and three RBIs, and Johnson had two hits and two RBIs in the victory of Highland Park. Ellayna Lyon earned the win, striking out three in four innings.Johnson hit a home run for Spencer in the loss to Pearl City.Spencer opens its Cloverbelt Conference East Division schedule Tuesday at home against Gilman.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
16 April 2013South African wine and spirits producer Distell has signed a deal worth £160-million (about R2.2-billion) to acquire Scotch whisky producer Burn Stewart Distillers Limited from Scottish-based CL World Brands Limited and Trinidad and Tobago-based Angostura Limited.“The strategic purchase of the fully integrated producer of both blended and single malt whiskies will allow Distell to capitalise on the continuing global growth in whisky consumption and give it access to scarce blended and single malt stocks from prime whisky-producing regions in Scotland, while also enhancing its global footprint,” Distell said in a statement on Monday.The acquisition follows a 2007 equal partner venture between Distell and Burn Stewart to co-own and market three Scotch whiskies in sub-Saharan Africa – Bunnahabhain, Black Bottle and Scottish Leader.These whiskies are sold in over 60 countries and are selling well in developing markets.The deal includes three single malt whisky distilleries, a blending and maturation facility, a bottling hall, a dry and finished goods storage site and in-house marketing and distribution.All whisky currently in maturation is also included in the deal.Sprinboard into emerging markets“Our acquisition of Burn Stewart is a very significant development for Distell from a strategic perspective but also given the rich and proud history and heritage of the brands involved,” said Distell Group managing director, Jan Scannell.“Bunnahabhain, the Burn Stewart Distillers’ flagship single malt, is made on Islay, considered one of the most prestigious whisky locations by connoisseurs.There are only eight distilleries on the island, so we are extremely fortunate to acquire this very highly-ranked brand.”Burn Stewart is headquartered in East Kilbride near to Glasgow. It operates a sales and marketing branch in Taiwan, the world’s fourth-largest scotch whisky market by volume.It also has a majority stake in a spirits distribution arm in the US.Distell said the acquisition would provide a springboard into emerging markets such as Taiwan.“The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) data shows that the global whisky market has been one of the fastest-growing drinks segments and after vodka is the world’s biggest spirit category by volume,” Distell said.“Consumption has risen across both developed and emerging markets, notably the UK, the US, as well as Latin America, Eastern Europe, many parts of Asia and in key African markets.”The deal is the second major global spirits acquisition, following the 2009 purchase of cognac brand Bisquit from Pernod Ricard.“The close working relationship with Distell over the 14 years has amply demonstrated the South African group’s capacity, experience and expertise to strengthen and grow the company,” said Burn Stewart MD, Fraser Thornton.SAinfo reporter
For the first time in months, there was a sense of excitement around the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Sunday. But unlike previous times where there was a buzz around the home of Irish football, this time there were no supporters, just a lot of media members clamouring to get a snappy soundbite from the new man in charge of the Republic of Ireland national team, Mick McCarthy.It was a stark contrast to the press conferences under his predecessor Martin O’Neill, who was surly and defensive as results, journalists and supporters all turned against him.After his pragmatic approach to both football and answering questions, the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) decided to look back to the future and re-appoint one of only two managers who have ever guided the Boys in Green to a World Cup. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? 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McCarthy is a master of the media game, injecting his answers with his trademark Yorkshire wit, even dropping in an accidental swear word, and asking the questioner for their name in an effort to ingratiate himself with the people who are positioned to call for a manager’s head when results are poor.Unlike his last spell as Ireland manager from 1996 to 2002, McCarthy won’t be hounded out of the job after a poor run, as the FAI have already put a succession plan in place, with Stephen Kenny having been persuaded to part company with Dundalk – whom he turned into Ireland’s most dominant club team – and take charge of the nation’s Under-21 squad before assuming control of the senior squad in 2020.Consequently, there is no risk of McCarthy overstaying his welcome, having previously conceded that he should have left on a high after the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, where Ireland reached the knockout round before being beaten by Spain on penalties.A poor start to Euro 2004 qualifying as well as the shadow of Saipan – the venue for the infamous bust-up that prompted McCarthy’s captain, Roy Keane, to quit the national team – led to a huge amount of fan pressure that ultimately forced the FAI to part company with McCarthy.Back in 1996, McCarthy replaced Jack Charlton to take over an Ireland in transition. The squad he inherits is not as good this time around, but the 59-year-old is well aware that he would never have been appointed if the team was in rude health.”It was the same situation [in 1996],” McCarthy told reporters. “You don’t get the job if you haven’t qualified [for a tournament]. You don’t get the job if you haven’t been relegated in the Nations League. If you’ve won, you don’t get the job. You always seem to get it on a bit of a low. The first job is to turn that around.”McCarthy’s first game back will be the Ireland’s opening 2020 European Championship qualifier in March, with the FAI entrusting him with the responsibility of reaching a tournament at which Dublin will play host to four matches.With 24 spots available, McCarthy has a great chance of achieving something he never managed during his previous spell at the helm. It would be an even bigger feat too, as McCarthy can not call upon players of the quality of Roy and Robbie Keane, Damien Duff, Steve Finnan, Jason McAteer or Steve Staunton.Still, McCarthy’s previous successor, Brian Kerr, believes that while the Ireland squad is weaker now, qualification should be easier.”He did a good job last time around but he’ll find two big things when he comes back,” Kerr told the Irish Examiner. “The players aren’t as good as the last group he had but it’s a lot easier to qualify for finals tournaments.”Rather than boasting a squad of Premier League players, Ireland are now mostly working with Championship-standard talent, but this is the level at which McCarthy has previously flourished, having previously won England’s second division twice.He has improved each of the clubs he has managed (Sunderland, Wolves and Ipswich), but perhaps stayed too long in each job. There is no danger of that happening with Ireland, though, with Kenny taking over in 2020.Additionally, unlike O’Neill, McCarthy does not believe that Ireland no longer have the players to compete at international level. Sure, there are no Keanes or Duffs, but recent successes at underage level indicate that the well is not dry, while qualification for Euro 2020 is the sole aim rather than anything grander. Nobody expects Ireland to be a challenger.Nonetheless, McCarthy’s arrival has already raised expectations and now that the fans know there is a successor in place for two years’ time, they are thinking the previously unthinkable: What happens if McCarthy is hugely successful?”It was explained when I took it. It’s two years to qualify for the European Championship,” he admitted.”If you do really well and get to the final and win it, and you want me to stay, there might be a push for me to stay, there might be a job in the Premier League as well and they’ll want me there.”A week ago, an already-relegated Ireland were floundering in the Nations League with O’Neill at the helm. Now, there is a buzz around the team once again and fans are starting to believe.In less than 24 hours, McCarthy has rolled back the years. A return of the glory days might not be far behind.