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Kennedy Club first-look poster out: Sasikumar turns Kabaddi coach for Suseenthiran film

first_imgDirector Suseenthiran’s last film Genius turned out to be a box office dud and it was also criticised for being problematic in the way it handled the mental disorder of the protagonist. Now, Suseenthiran is back to his forte – the genre of sports films.Vennila Kabbadi Kuzhu and Jeeva are two of his previous sports film, which turned out to be hits. Now, Suseenthiran is again directing a Tamil sports film on the game of Kabbadi, which is titled Kennedy Club.The film has director-turned-actor Sasikumar in the lead role. Going by the first-look poster, it looks like Sasi is playing the coach of a team. In Vennaila Kabbadi Kuzhu, actor Kishore played the role of a coach, which was well-received by the audience.Other than Kennedy Club, Susee is also directing another sports film called Champion and Vannila Kabadi Kuzhu 2.Here’s the poster:Here is the first look poster of @dir_susee’s #KennedyClub, starring @SasikumarDir, @sooriofficial and #Bharathiraja@immancomposer @rbgurudev #Rajeevan #ArtDirector @editoranthony @DineshStunt @NalluPictures @ThaiSaravanan @johnsoncinepro @vinciraj #Kabaddi #WomensKabaddi pic.twitter.com/pruiMUqOEYRamesh Bala (@rameshlaus) February 15, 2019ALSO READ: Is Sasikumar part of SS Rajamouli’s next film?ALSO WATCH: Rajinikanth’s daughter Soundarya gets married to actor-businessman Vishagan Vanangamudilast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Michael Clarke backs MS Dhoni to stay focussed despite gloves row

first_imgFormer Australia captain Michael Clarke has said MS Dhoni will be least bothered by the off-field controversy surrounding his wicketkeeping gloves with Army Insignia when the veteran takes the field during India’s much-anticipated clash against Australia.Dhoni was spotted sporting a pair of gloves with a “Balidaan Badge” during India’s World Cup 2019 opener vs South Africa in Southampton on Wednesday.After the International Cricket Council asked the Insignia to be removed from Dhoni’s gloves, a section of Inidan fans created a stir while backing the World Cup-winning former captain.Nationalistic debates dominated the narrative in the lead up to the big India-Australia clash in London but Clarke believes Dhoni wouldn’t even be aware of the controversy.Speaking to India Today from London, Michael Clarke said: “I wish it bothered. He will be as focussed as ever. He wouldn’t have read an article about him, he’s hardly ever on social media. He couldn’t care less.”Vice-captain Rohit Sharma, speaking to the press on the eve of the big clash between the former champions, said he wasn’t aware of the Dhoni gloves row.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had written to the ICC to reconsider its directive on Dhoni’s gloves but the apex body of world cricket stuck to its decision and asked the India wicketkeeper-batsman to take off the Insignia.”I have no idea about it at all. I am not the captain I don’t know what is happening with that and have nothing to say about it. Let’s see what happens tomorrow,” Rohit told reporters.advertisementIndia Today reported that MS Dhoni and the team management were ready to play it by the rules. According to the ICC rules, equipment and clothing regulations do not permit the display of messages that relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes during an international match.India on Sunday won the toss against Australia and opted to bat at The Oval in London. On what seemed a dry wicket, India have gone with an unchanged XI, retaining their two wrist-spinners in the playing XI.Also Read | Had to convince everyone in team to let me bat at three, says Shakib Al HasanAlso Read | Rashid Khan should be fully fit for South Africa clash: Gulbadin NaibAlso Seelast_img read more

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a month agoFIFA explain why Egypt votes for Liverpool star Salah did not count

first_imgFIFA explain why Egypt votes for Liverpool star Salah did not countby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFIFA have intervened to explain why votes from Egypt for Liverpool star Mohamed Salah did not count in the Best Player award.Salah came fourth in the count.Barcelona forward Lionel Messi beat Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo to win the award for a record sixth time on Monday while Salah finished fourth – 20 points behind Messi.The captain and coach of every national soccer federation affiliated to FIFA get to vote on the player of the year, along with one media representative from each country.The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) said captain Ahmed Elmohamady and then-coach Shawky Gharib both picked Salah as their first choice, but their votes were missing from a list released by FIFA.”The Egyptian FA have received two reminders to submit the properly signed voting forms on 19 August 2019,” a FIFA spokesperson said.”The Egyptian FA has not submitted a response within the (limited) timeframe until Wednesday, 21 August 2019. Therefore, the votes from the Egyptian FA could not be counted.”FIFA did not clarify if the final standings would have been any different if the votes had been valid. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Ohio State Has A Couple Of Special Visitors At The Rose Bowl

first_imgAn exterior view of the Rose Bowl.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 06: A general view of the stadium prior to the 2014 Vizio BCS National Championship Game between the Auburn Tigers and the Florida State Seminoles at the Rose Bowl on January 6, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Ohio State is off to a strong start against Washington in the Rose Bowl. The Buckeyes lead the Huskies 14-3 on the strength of two Dwayne Haskins touchdown passes.Two well-known former Buckeyes are on the sideline watching their team play. Joey and Nick Bosa are both in attendance.Joey currently plays out in Los Angeles as a member of the Chargers. He made a late-season return after missing the first two months with an injury.Nick, meanwhile, suffered a core muscle injury in Ohio State’s win over TCU back in September. The issue ended his college career, and he’s been away from the team for a while now rehabbing and preparing for the NFL Draft.Both brothers were interviewed during the game.Nick and Joey Bosa here at the Rose Bowl on Ohio State’s sideline. pic.twitter.com/q2sUnSkUe6— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) January 1, 2019Joey Bosa was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Nick might be able to beat that come April.You can watch the Rose Bowl on ESPN.last_img read more

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NCSP Group’s Cargo Turnover Recovering

first_imgzoom Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port Group (NCSP Group), the largest port operator in Russia, said that its consolidated cargo turnover in January-May 2014 amounted to 58.1 million tonnes.PJSC NCSP CEO Yuri Matvienko said: ”We continue to shorten the gap from last year’s volumes on most cargoes and growing even faster in certain other segments.The growth is consistently driven by oil products, containers, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, coal, and timber.To sustain these positive developments NCSP Group is moving forward with its program of technical re-equipment of cargo yards, and purchase of new transshipment machinery.The total increase of volumes in all cargoes comprised 4,722 thousand tonnes in the reporting period, of which grain accounted for 2 137 thousand tonnes, oil products for 1 647 thousand tonnes, and ferrous metals and containers for 396 thousand tonnes and 293 thousand tonnes respectively.At the same time the total decrease of volumes in all cargoes comprised 7,914 thousand tonnes, of which crude oil accounted 7,352 thousand tonnes.The year-on-year lag of total cargo turnover reduced by 1.7 percent points down to -5.2% versus -6.9% for the four months of 2014.NCSP Group loaded 46,248 thousand tonnes of liquid cargo, and volumes of bulk cargo totalled 4,388 thousand tonnes in January-May 2014.General cargo handling increased by 7.9% year-on-year in January-May 2014 and totalled 5,105 thousand tonnes. Grow rate accelerated by 5 percent points from that of January-April 2014.NCSP Group’s container traffic reached 293 thousand TEU in January-May 2014, up 8.6% year-on-year.Container turnover in tonnes continued to grow ahead of TEU by 14.0% year-on-year and totalled 2,385 thousand tonnes, while growth rate sped up by 3.1 percent points from that of January-April 2014.June 17, 2014last_img read more

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Prime Minister Modi likely to visit US in September Indian community leaders

first_imgWashington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to visit the US in September for the upcoming UN general assembly meeting and is likely to address Indian-Americans in Houston during his trip, community leaders said Friday. Chicago and Houston are the two American cities in contention for the Prime Minister’s venue to address the diaspora when he is likely to travel to the US later this year to attend the United Nations’ Annual General Assembly in New York. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day No official announcement about the trip has been made yet. According to informed community sources, the Prime Minister is likely to travel to New York from Houston to address a special meeting of the UN on climate change on September 23. Community leaders said that the dates for the Prime Minister’s address is not final yet, but they have been asked to make preparations for a potential address of Modi in Houston on September 22. Houston is the energy capital of the world. Energy security is a priority area for the Prime Minister. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty This would be Modi’s third major address to the Indian-American community after he became the Prime Minister in 2014. The previous two being at the Madison Square Garden in New York in 2014 and Silicon Valley in 2016. Both the events were attended by more than 20,000 people. While the planning for proposed the Houston event is yet to kick off, community leaders are looking at multipurpose NRG Stadium, which has a seating capacity of 70,000 people. Houston has one of the largest concentrations of the Indian American community in the US. The Texas Governor and Mayor of Houston had visited India last year. Former Texas Governor Rick Perry, who is now the Energy Secretary, has a close affinity with India and Indian Americans.last_img read more

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Ottawa confirms substantial sum for financing of LacMegantic bypass rail line

first_imgMONTREAL – The federal government confirmed Tuesday it would play a major role in the contruction of a bypass rail line around Lac-Megantic that local residents have been seeking since the July 2013 train derailment that killed 47 people.Ottawa will contribute a “substantial sum” for the bypass track that would steer trains away from Lac-Megantic’s downtown, Transport Minister Marc Garneau said in a statement.In response to the news, Lac-Megantic Mayor Julie Morin said she was happy the federal government is “assuming its leadership on this file.”‘Residents of the Quebec town have wanted a bypass track for years after a large swath of their downtown was destroyed when a runaway train derailed and exploded in the summer of 2013.Three former railway employees who were charged with criminal negligence causing death were acquitted last week.A few days after the ruling, Garneau said “the federal government would contribute a substantial sum towards the construction of a bypass railway line around Lac-Megantic.”Garneau said Ottawa will not yet unveil the amount of its investment because many cost-sharing details still have to be negotiated with the provincial government.Ottawa is aiming to release the federal government’s financial plan for the bypass track by this July, he said, which is the five-year anniversary of the tragedy.Morin said she has “a lot of hope” Quebec and Ottawa will come together to finance the track, which is estimated to be 12 kilometres long and cost roughly $130 million.“The tragedy on July 6 will remain engraved in the memories of all Canadians,” Morin said. “I want the people of Lac-Megantic to know the government of Canada has heard them and that we are behind them.”last_img read more

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Former DIG Anura Senanayake further remanded

The police claimed that the car had exploded instantly and burnt the victim. According to police reports in 2012, the rugby player was driving home after attending a party when he lost control of the car and crashed into a wall on Park Road. However suspicions later arose over the manner in which he died and it was believed that he was murdered. (Colombo Gazette) Former DIG Anura Senanayake was today further remanded in the Wasim Thajudeen murder case till September 21.Thajudeen died on May 17, 2012 in Kirulapone and his body was found in his car which had crashed into a wall. read more

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Unemployment rate dipped in September on big parttime job gains StatCan

OTTAWA — Canada’s job market gained 63,000 positions in September, edging the unemployment rate lower to 5.9 per cent, and offsetting job losses in August, Statistics Canada reported Friday.September’s increase in employment was largely driven by gains in part-time work, with part-time jobs up by around 80,000, the agency said in its monthly labour force survey.Economists had estimated the country would add 25,000 jobs in September, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The job gains were also almost entirely in Ontario and British Columbia, with little change in the other provinces.The latest monthly report from Statistics Canada indicates the jobs market remains volatile, after August saw a decline of more than 51,000 positions, raising the unemployment rate to 6.0 per cent, after two months of increasesOn a year-over-year basis, Canada gained 222,000 jobs since September 2017.South of the border, the unemployment rate in the United States dropped more than expected, to 3.7 per cent in September from 3.9 per cent the previous month, as 134,000 jobs were created, well below analyst predictions of a 185,000 jobs surge.Statistics Canada also reported the Canadian international merchandise trade balance improved in August, recording a surplus for the first time since December 2016.It said imports fell by 2.5 per cent and exports declined 1.1 per cent, producing a surplus of $526 million compared with July’s $189 million trade deficit.Taken together, the jobs and trade reports paint a rosier economic picture than anticipated, increasing the likelihood that the Bank of Canada will increase its trend-setting interest rate later this month, said BMO Financial Group chief economist Doug Porter.“The big picture is that the economy overall is looking a bit better than anticipated, with the bias now squarely to the upside on growth,” Porter headlined in a note to clients.But the fact that the job gains were part-time, and the trade surplus was the result of declines in both imports and exports, takes some of the shine off the numbers, said Royce Mendes at CIBC Capital Markets.Statistics Canada’s monthly labour force survey found that all of the job gains in September were made by workers in the core 25-to-54 age range with virtually no change in youth employment. September’s youth unemployment rate stood at 11.0 per cent, up by 0.1 percentage points from the previous month.Men in the core age bracket gained the most, with 34,000 jobs while women also saw increases of 20,000 positions.The agency said the number of self-employed Canadians declined by 35,000 after recording an almost equal total increase over the past twelve months.Many of the jobs were found in construction, up by 28,000 in September, reversing two previous monthly declines.Around 13,000 jobs were added in finance, insurance, real estate and rental and leasing, mostly in Ontario and Alberta.Employment increased by about 12,000 in the public sector, which has seen a rise of about 20,000 jobs overall since last September.The agriculture sector also saw gains of about 9,000 jobs, offsetting continuous declines seen since May.Statistics Canada also released third quarter employment numbers for the territories, reporting gains of 500 and 900 jobs in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories respectively while 400 job losses were recorded in Yukon. The numbers were compared with the second quarter and based on a three-month rolling average. read more

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UK leader May strikes tentative deal with N Ireland party

UK leader May strikes tentative deal with N Ireland party by Jill Lawless, The Associated Press Posted Jun 10, 2017 7:12 am MDT Last Updated Jun 10, 2017 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email People demonstrate in Parliament Square against the possible Conservative and DUP coalition government following the Britain’s general election result, in London, Saturday June 10, 2017. Prime Minister Theresa May’s gamble in calling an early election backfired spectacularly as her Conservative Party lost its majority in Parliament. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland) LONDON – British Prime Minister Theresa May struck a deal in principle with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party on Saturday to prop up the Conservative government, stripped of its majority in a disastrous election.The result has demolished May’s political authority, and she has also lost her two top aides, sacrificed in a bid to save their leader from being toppled by a furious Conservative Party.The moves buy May a temporary reprieve. But the ballot-box humiliation has seriously — and possibly mortally — wounded her leadership just as Britain is about to begin complex exit talks with the European Union.May’s office said Saturday that the Democratic Unionist Party, which has 10 seats in Parliament, had agreed to a “confidence and supply” arrangement with the government. That means the DUP will back the government on key votes, but it’s not a coalition government or a broader pact.Downing St. said the Cabinet will discuss the agreement on Monday.The announcement came after May lost Downing St. chiefs of staff Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, who resigned Saturday. They formed part of May’s small inner circle and were blamed by many Conservatives for the party’s lacklustre campaign and unpopular election platform, which alienated older voters with its plan to take away a winter fuel allowance and make them pay more for long-term care.In a resignation statement on the Conservative Home website, Timothy conceded that the campaign had failed to communicate “Theresa’s positive plan for the future,” and missed signs of surging support for the opposition Labour Party.Some senior Tories had made the removal of Hill and Timothy a condition for continuing to support May, who has vowed to remain prime minister. May’s party won 318 seats, 12 fewer than it had before May called a snap election, and eight short of the 326 needed for an outright majority. The main opposition Labour Party surpassed expectations by winning 262.May announced later that Gavin Barwell — a former housing minister who lost his seat in Thursday’s election — would be her new chief of staff.May said Barwell would help her “reflect on the election and why it did not deliver the result I hoped for.”Conservative legislator Nigel Evans said the departure of the two aides was “a start,” but there needed to be changes to the way the government functioned in the wake of the campaign.He said the Conservative election manifesto — which Hill and Timothy were key in drafting — was “a full assault on the core Tory voters, who are senior citizens.”“It was a disaster,” he said. “Our manifesto was full of fear and the Labour Party’s manifesto was full of promises.”Martin Selmayr, senior aide to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, responded to the resignations by tweeting the word “bauernopfer” — German for the sacrifice of a pawn in chess.May called the early election when her party was comfortably ahead in the polls, in the hope of increasing her majority and strengthening Britain’s hand in exit talks with the EU.Instead, the result has sown confusion and division in British ranks, just days before negotiations are due to start on June 19.May wanted to win explicit backing for her stance on Brexit, which involves leaving the EU’s single market and imposing restrictions on immigration while trying to negotiate free trade deal with the bloc. Some say her failure means the government must now take a more flexible approach to the divorce.The Times of London said in an editorial that “the election appears to have been, among other things, a rejection of the vague but harshly worded prospectus for Brexit for which Mrs. May sought a mandate.”It added that “the logic leading to Mrs. May’s departure from Downing St. is remorseless.”The Downing St. resignations came as May worked to fill jobs in her minority government and replace ministers who lost their seats on Thursday. Her weakened position in the party rules out big changes, and May’s office has said that the most senior Cabinet members — including Treasury chief Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Amber Rudd — will keep their jobs, but she is expected to shuffle the lower ranks of ministers.The arrangement with the DUP will make governing easier, but it makes some Conservatives uneasy. The DUP is a socially conservative pro-British Protestant group that opposes abortion and same-sex marriage and once appointed an environment minister who believes human-driven climate change is a myth.The DUP was founded in the 1970s by the late firebrand preacher Ian Paisley, and in the 1980s was a key player in the “Save Ulster from Sodomy” campaign, which unsuccessfully fought against the legalization of gay sex.Ruth Davidson, the Conservative leader in Scotland, said she had asked May for assurances that there would be no attack on gay rights after a deal with the DUP.Northern Ireland is the only part of the U.K. in which same-sex marriage is illegal.“It’s an issue very close to my heart and one that I wanted categoric assurances from the prime minister on, and I received (them),” said Davidson, who is engaged to be married to her female partner.DUP Leader Arlene Foster recently denied the party was homophobic.“I could not care less what people get up to in terms of their sexuality. That’s not a matter for me,” she said. “When it becomes a matter for me is when people try to redefine marriage.”A deal between the government and the DUP could also unsettle the precarious balance between Northern Ireland’s British loyalist and Irish nationalist parties.Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, riding a wave of acclaim for his party’s unexpectedly strong showing, called on May to resign.Newspaper headlines saw her as just clinging on. “May fights to remain PM,” said the front page of the Daily Telegraph, while the Times of London said: “May stares into the abyss.”But she seems secure for the immediate future, because senior Conservatives don’t want to plunge the party into a damaging leadership contest.“I don’t think throwing us into a leadership battle at this moment in time, when we are about to launch into these difficult negotiations, would be in the best interests of the country,” Evans said. read more

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United Nations news in brief 19 December 2016

UN Security Council extends term of former Yugoslavia tribunalStressing the need to bring those responsible for serious international crimes in former Yugoslavia to justice, the UN Security Council today extended the terms of office of seven of the permanent judges at the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) until 30 November next year, or until the completion of the cases to which they were or would be assigned. Read more Mandate of UN observer force in the Golan extended until mid-2017The Security Council today extended the mandate of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) for six months, until 30 June 2017, underscoring the need for the Force to have at its disposal all necessary means to carry out its mandate in safe and secure manner.Read more read more

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Pieter Du Plessis takes the reins at Bateman Engineering Projects

first_imgPieter Du Plessis has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the global Bateman Engineering Projects strategic business unit of Bateman Engineering. He is an Executive Director of Bateman Engineering N.V. Du Plessis was previously CFO of Bateman Engineering and has been with the Bateman Engineering Group for 18 years, during which time he has held key operational, financial and commercial positions. He has a thorough understanding of the dynamics of the Group and the project engineering and construction industry, having successfully project managed some of the Group’s largest and most prestigious projects. He holds BSc (Eng) Chem. (Hons) degrees from the University of Pretoria and is a registered professional engineer, both in South Africa and Europe.Bateman Engineering Projects provides process technology solutions for the recovery of minerals and metals, with a comprehensive suite of services ranging from feasibility studies through to the engineering, execution and management of projects using various contracting models including EPCM and LSTK (lump-sum turnkey projects). Bateman Engineering Projects provides its services through a number of geographically-focused business units including Sub-Saharan Africa, Australia & South-East Asia, CIS and India. Projects are undertaken globally across all commodities with recently completed projects including the engineering and construction of a 20 Mt/y copper concentrator for the Lumwana project in Zambia, the upgrading of South Africa’s Sishen Iron Ore production by 13 Mt/y and the process design and project execution of a 1,200 t/y uranium plant at Uranium One’s Dominion Reefs project in South Africa.Group CEO of Bateman Engineering N.V., Eddie du Rand commented: “Pieter’s appointment as the Chief Executive Officer of Bateman Engineering Projects will add considerable strength to this key business area of the Bateman Engineering Group. His wide experience and high profile within the industry will be of immense value in guiding and growing the global operations of this business area, which has a proud track record spanning all continents and featuring many of the world’s most important natural resources projects.”Philippe Monier has been appointed Chief Financial Officer (designate) of Bateman Engineering, bringing with him a strong international financial background and experience in the mining and engineering sector. Most recently he was the Chief Financial Officer of Green Gas International, a medium sized private equity backed company involved in the conversion of methane emissions from coal mines and landfill sites into clean energy and carbon credits. He has previously held the positions of Chief Financial Officer of mining company Dynatec Corporation of Canada; Chief Financial Officer of the world’s third largest copper producer, BHP Billiton Base Metals, a division of BHP Billiton; as well as working for nine years as an investment banker with Lehman Brothers’ natural resources corporate finance group. Philippe has a Bachelors degree in Economics, as well as an MBA from the London Business School.last_img read more

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David Wallace Munster to deepen Perpignans dented confidence

first_imgTommy’s speed and power has really been utilised and it is great to see him coming back so well after surgery on his knee. From what I hear, he seems to be really motoring in training and did well with the ‘A’ team recently. THE STYLE IN which Leinster beat Northampton at the weekend took some gloss off Munster’s win over Perpignan but the real test arrives today.They were right not to get too ahead of themselves after the game. I’d agree with Peter O’Mahony when he says the Munster lads will not be falling in love with themselves. Still, they got over for five tries, secured the bonus point early and the pack looked good.You might be worried, after such a comfortable win, that complacency might creep in but the loss away to Edinburgh has swept all that aside. The must-win mentality remains in place.James Hook is missing from today’s game but he missed a few kicks and did not have his best game last week. The return of Lifeimi Mafi will be a big boost for them. Everyone that played with him at Munster knows just what he can do. He will be going out looking to have a big game. He’s a fantastic player; a great mover and runner. He was never the biggest guy in the world but he possesses genuine strength.Mafi and I get instructions at a Munster training session in 2012. INPHO/Billy SticklandMunster have a rich history of games against Perpignan and the atmosphere should be quite imposing. The important thing is taking it to them right from the start and trying to silence the crowd. If they can take that bit of French confidence that was dented last week and deepen it further, Perpignan may not bounce back at all.Donncha O’Callaghan played well in the 36-8 win at Thomond Park last Sunday but the return of Donnacha Ryan to the second row is great. He has been on fire over the last couple of seasons.It’s no bad thing that Donners is dropping to the bench as he should make an impact from there in the second-half. It is fantastic to see Tommy O’Donnell named with the replacements too. He was a slow burner but over the past two seasons he started really, really performing. He was immense last season and was Munster’s star player until he picked up an injury near the end. Injuries seem to be on Munster’s side at the moment despite the long-term losses of Simon Zebo and Stephen Archer. Donncha and Tommy are back now and they’ve had the successful return of Keith Earls and, for a while longer, Felix Jones.The addition of Robin Copeland is a bit of a coup. He’s a well-respected back-row player and you can never have too many of them as it means lads are looking over their shoulders. He arrives next season but, for now, Munster should have enough if they can make that positive start.They have a habit of getting the wins at the moment. It may not be the prettiest but, not for the first time in recent years, it should see them through.David Wallace runs Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe at the Crescent Shopping Centre in Limerick. You can follow the latest goings on at the shop here or on Twitter @MrSimmsCrescentLike rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >SNAPSHOT: Özil, Podolski and Cazorla show their support for MunsterFour changes for Munster as Donnacha Ryan returnslast_img read more

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Samsung promises dualcore Galaxy S new Galaxy Tabs

first_imgIt’s the end of January, which in the topsy-turvy world of tech is the time when companies usually announce their Q1 earnings, which actually ended in December. Samsung‘s the latest tech company to release their financial reports, and they’ve done pretty well, especially in mobile. Thanks to devices like the Galaxy S, Nexus S and Galaxy Tab, their sales topped 80.7 million in mobile alone, up 17 percent compared to the same quarter in 2009. 2 million of those were Galaxy Tabs, which would seem pretty decent if Apple hadn’t sold 7.33 million iPads in the same period.That’s not really what interests us most about Samsung’s earnings report, though. It’s the fact that Samsung went to the unusual step of confirming new, upcoming products ahead of their official debuts: namely, the next generation Galaxy S, which Samsung is now confirming will be a dual-core affair, possibly called the Samsung Galaxy S2. In addition, Samsung — despite the Galaxy Tab’s modest success — is looking to expand that line as well, promising to “complement its Galaxy Tab with a range of devices to optimally meet various user needs.” Hopefully, we’ll get a chance to see the Galaxy S2 and the promised permutations on the Tab next month at Mobile World Congress.Read more at Slashgearlast_img read more

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NASA successfully tests asteroid tracking sensor

first_imgEarlier this year it seemed like the sky was finally falling as a space rock dropped out of the heavens and exploded over a remote Russian city. We also experienced a larger asteroid passing in between the Earth and Moon. The frightening thing is this wasn’t terribly unusual in the grand scheme of things. We live in a celestial shooting gallery, but NASA has just completed testing of a new kind of sensor that could spot potentially dangerous objects in space before they fall on our heads.The test carried out by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) showed that the Near Earth Object Camera (NEOCam) was on track to power a next generation space-based instrument designed to scan the cosmos for near-Earth objects. The NEOCam is essentially a very high-quality infrared sensor composed of mercury, cadmium, and tellurium. It has considerably more pixels than similar chips. In fact, this is the first megapixel sensor capable of detecting infrared wavelengths at temperatures and pressures found in deep space. NASA was specifically testing the NEOCam’s ability to function in such conditions (this was the point of the recent testing). All that and it’s only the size of a postage stamp.It has taken the JPL over a decade to reach this point while collaborating with the University of Rochester. Why go to all the trouble of building such a bizarre little sensor? Ground-based telescopes simply don’t have the clarity to detect small asteroids through the soupy atmosphere. Even space telescopes like Hubble and the upcoming Webb aren’t properly equipped. Because asteroids don’t produce any light, their visible spectrum profile is based on how reflective they happen to be. Thus a small reflective object might look similar to a large, poorly reflective one. Infrared wavelengths are not similarly affected.The larger project NEOCam is part of is currently known as NEOWISE (Near-Earth Object Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer). This is an expansion of the WISE survey, which was launched in 2009. That project discovered 134 new near-Earth objects, and it wasn’t nearly as sensitive at the NEOCam is expected to be.Not only could the NEOCam track potentially hazardous objects, it could help NASA with its plans to capture and return a small asteroid to a stable orbit near Earth. The full sensor details are set to be published in the Journal of Optical Engineering soon.last_img read more

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This isnt where I wanted to be at this stage of my

first_img https://the42.ie/3207780 57,797 Views ‘This isn’t where I wanted to be at this stage of my life… but it’s out of my control’ After making the breakthrough with Munster, Johnny Holland was forced to mark his 25th birthday by announcing his retirement. Share Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Johnny Holland Source: James Crombie/INPHOMUNSTER SUPPORTERS GENERALLY don’t extract positives from a defeat to Leinster.The 16-13 loss at the Aviva Stadium on 2 April last year was a rare exception, but it wasn’t the value of a bonus point to their bid to secure a Champions Cup place that acted as consolation for fans of the southern province.Since his retirement in 2013, there was a Ronan O’Gara-shaped hole alongside Conor Murray in Munster’s half-back line. Yet that Lansdowne Road loss left supporters wondering if a replacement had emerged.Starting for Munster for just the third time, 24-year-old Johnny Holland contributed all 13 of their points, including a second-half try. Despite losing to their rivals in front of a 43,000-plus crowd, the game was the highlight of Holland’s career.“Absolutely it was,” he says. “Scoring a try and playing against some of the best players in the league, a massive crowd and my family were there as well. Great memories.”As Holland retained the number 10 shirt and provided a fresh impetus at out-half, Munster sealed their place in the top tier of European rugby for the following season by closing out their campaign with wins over Edinburgh and Scarlets.No Munster supporter lauded him as ROG reincarnated, but with Tyler Bleyendaal still a few months away from delivering on his own promise, Holland’s emergence was certainly a reason for optimism ahead of the 2016-17 season. Johnny Holland scores a try for Munster against Leinster. Source: James Crombie/INPHOHe should have been buoyed by his progress, but the Corkman wasn’t enjoying his long-awaited run in the team as much as he should have. For those on the outside looking in, he was a young player in the early stages of a potentially successful career at the highest level of professional rugby.The reality was that the finish line was becoming more visible on the horizon.* * *The parish of Togher on the southside of Cork city boasts an impressive sporting pedigree, but a rugby heartland it is not. Togher is Jimmy Barry-Murphy instead of Donal Lenihan, Denis Irwin instead of Ronan O’Gara. But that didn’t deter Johnny Holland.“When I was growing up all the kids would be out on the green with footballs and hurleys and I was the one fella who’d bring a rugby ball out,” he says. “That was a massive novelty. People didn’t know what to do with it, they’d just be hoofing it around the place.”Holland was raised a stone’s throw from the famed St Finbarr’s GAA club. He was educated at Coláíste Chríost Rí, where the cups his schoolmates aspired to were Harty, not Heineken. He wore Barrs blue and also excelled at soccer with Greenwood. But, thanks to his father’s involvement with the rugby club in the neighbouring parish of Douglas, the oval ball came first.He went on to play for Sunday’s Well, UCC — while studying for a Commerce degree — and Cork Constitution. Holland didn’t have the benefit of being a graduate of one of Cork’s secondary school rugby academies, Pres (PBC) and Christians (CBC), which perhaps played a part in what he describes as “a long route” to provincial recognition. Holland represented Munster from U18 level but never managed to earn international honours.“I had two years in the sub academy and two years in the academy. Nowadays if lads have to do more than six months in the sub academy they start questioning their life,” says Holland, who was named All Ireland League Division 1A Young Player of the Year after the 2012-13 season with Con. Constitution were one of four Cork clubs Holland represented. Source: James Crombie/INPHO“I got a development contract [for 2014-15] and this season [2016-17] was going to be my first on a full contract. Ken O’Connell [Munster coaching development officer] used to call me a slow burner and I suppose he was right.”A first taste of senior action with Munster came late in 2013, when he was introduced as a late replacement in games against Cardiff Blues and Connacht. But that was by no means Holland’s big break. Nine months passed before he featured again.“I remember Simon Mannix [former Munster backs coach] laughing because I played in two games but I don’t think I touched the ball in play. I got to kick to touch against Connacht and I might have made a couple of tackles against Cardiff, but that was it. I had two caps but I only played for about seven minutes really.”In just his second competitive home game as head coach, Anthony ‘Axel’ Foley opted to start with Holland at out-half for Munster’s home win over Zebre in the Pro12.“Axel always had a soft spot for me,” Holland explains. “He brought me in for an ‘A’ game when I hadn’t even played for the [Under] 20s. For some reason I think he always felt that I had something.”Holland got another run-out against Cardiff in November 2014, but his progress was halted before the month was out.“Pain,” he responds, when asked what he remembers about the incident which wrenched the hamstring from the bone in his right leg during a British & Irish Cup game against Nottingham at Temple Hill.“I stretched to make a tackle, a prop came thundering towards me and that was the end of it. It was just unreal pain after that. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.” Holland tore his hamstring off the bone against Nottingham in the British & Irish Cup. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOHe adds: “Colm Coakley [Munster physio at the time] said to me afterwards, ‘You could be in trouble here’, but I didn’t really take notice of him. I was sent up to Santry to see a specialist. I thought I was going up to find out whether it was a grade-two or a grade-three tear; maybe a couple of months out.“But that turned out to be a bit too optimistic because the surgeon told me it was fully ruptured and I was back there two days later for surgery. It was in a pretty bad way. But did I have any idea that it might end my career? Absolutely not.“I suppose the surgeon isn’t going to tell you that anyway. I was 23 at the time so I probably wouldn’t have listened to him even if he had told me it might be the end of my career. Not that I was ignoring the people who were helping me but I would have challenged anybody to make sure I came back as well as I could.“I didn’t fully understand the extent of it, to be honest. I remember the surgeon saying to me, ‘You’re not going to get the power back in that’, and I was like ‘Who’s this guy? I know he’s my surgeon but what right does he have to say that to me?’ I was determined to prove him wrong as much as anything else.”Holland didn’t play a game of rugby at any level for 13 months. In spite of the extent of the setback, he remained optimistic for the duration of the rehabilitation process, aided by a book that was given to him by his girlfriend Chloe as a Christmas present.Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret, which has also been endorsed by the likes of UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor, is based on the law of attraction and the idea that positive thinking yields positive outcomes.“I don’t go to mass but I got kind of spiritual in a weird way,” Holland admits. “I wrote down everything about the rehab, including every goal I had for the next session. Axel often used to talk about how he liked the fact that I played the game with a smile on my face. I suppose that kind of positivity helped me.” “Axel often used to talk about how he liked the fact that I played the game with a smile on my face.” Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOWhen Holland finally got back on the pitch, he was able to get by but the injury still lingered. He made his return in atrocious weather conditions on 28 December, 2015 in a game for a Munster Development XV against Ireland’s U20s. Holland blamed the mucky Musgrave Park sod for the soreness he felt afterwards. The pain remained as he got more games under his belt, for Cork Con and Munster ‘A’, but again he put it down to the soft surfaces.“When I got a few opportunities I just blanked it out,” he says. “It was very sore after games and it was sore for the week after. I was in and out of the physio all the time and getting attention at the side of the pitch. But I was probably in denial really. I kept telling myself that I’d be grand if I got enough games into me.”Holland persevered and Foley rewarded him. He played three Pro12 games in March 2016, including a start against Zebre. A week later came his star turn against Leinster and all of a sudden he was being spoken of as a player with a bright future.He made 11 appearances in total for Munster, seven of which came in the final nine weeks of last season. The assumption was that Holland was finally living the dream during that period, but the reality was much more complicated. Playing with a smile on his face was no longer as easy as it had once been.“I didn’t enjoy it at all,” Holland insists. “I probably put myself under a lot of pressure before games as well. My kicking had to be perfect all week. I loved the challenges and the feeling after a game, but if I didn’t do something right I was really annoyed with myself.“I’d be watching TV with my girlfriend but my mind would be somewhere else altogether. My family would be talking about the game all week and I just wanted them to shut up. I was thinking about it all the time anyway, I didn’t need anyone to remind me that I was playing a big game.“Fellas would be telling me I had a great game, which was brilliant, but I never fully agreed. The little things would drive me crazy. The pressure for the next game always out-weighed the enjoyment of a win or a good performance.” The conditions weren’t ideal when Holland returned from injury. Source: James Crombie/INPHOYet Holland is slow to blame the injury for the fact that he was unable to enjoy the best spell of his career. In a way, he wouldn’t have been there without it.“The injury became a part of me,” he says. “I bottled up a lot of motivation during all the time I spent alone in the gym. Fellas would come into ‘The Rehab Club’ — as I used to call it — after me and they’d leave before me.“I’m not the only guy ever to go through that but I was just thinking, ‘What’s going on here? What am I doing?’ I bottled all that up and maybe it drove me on because I still hadn’t proved to myself that I could play at that level. And in the end I did.”Towards the end of the last season, Holland began to contemplate the possibility that he was carrying an injury he’d never get the better of. He was on the verge of withdrawing from the penultimate game of the campaign against Edinburgh and couldn’t train before the visit of Scarlets to Thomond Park.Nevertheless, Holland came through and made it to the summer. At that point he hoped that some time off followed by a good pre-season would solve the ongoing issue with his hamstring. He went on holiday to Los Angeles and enjoyed his break, even if it did briefly look like it might be interrupted by a call from Joe Schmidt.“I really needed four or five weeks off before pre-season. All my eggs were in one basket. My plan was to start the season well, maybe get a decent contract and life would be good.”After Johnny Sexton was forced to withdraw from the three-Test series in South Africa, the Ireland head coach summoned Ian Madigan as his replacement. However, Schmidt claimed to have had “a really good conversation” with Holland, who was certainly on his radar.Holland: “I was lying in bed in LA and someone sent me a text saying Johnny Sexton was out of the South Africa tour. I just got this feeling of nervousness in my stomach — not that I wouldn’t have loved it, but I just knew I wouldn’t have been right. I needed a rest. I wouldn’t have been able to turn down the opportunity if it came though. Holland tackles Edinburgh’s Damien Hoyland. Source: Inpho/Billy Stickland“Joe said in the media that he had been in touch with me but I think that might have been just to give me a boost more than anything, because I actually didn’t speak to him at all. It was really nice to be mentioned though.”When Holland returned for pre-season training under new Munster boss Rassie Erasmus, it quickly became clear that his summer hiatus had done little to remedy his problem. From a possibility to a probability, the medical staff who worked so hard to assist Holland advised him that there was only one viable option.“It just didn’t go well at all when I got back,” Holland explains. “There were a lot of harsh truths for me to accept. I was speaking a lot to Keith [Thornhill, Munster physio], who was brilliant throughout the whole thing, and he admitted that they had been worried about it getting to this stage all along.”He adds: “I had to say it out loud before we could even contemplate retirement, but once it became a reality I couldn’t. I couldn’t say it. I knew I had to begin the process of accepting it but it probably took me another week before I could say it.“Rassie was unbelievable about it as well. I only knew the guy about six weeks but he’s such a good person to talk to. He has such good people skills that he made it a lot easier for me. He actually had to retire through injury as well so he had been there before himself.”As Munster prepared to begin their Pro12 campaign against Scarlets, rumours that Holland was being forced to retire began to emerge after he didn’t feature in the pre-season friendlies against Zebre and Worcester Warriors.“It was completely surreal,” he says. “For there even to be any sort of rumours about me was weird. The only other rumour I had ever heard about me was that I was joining Pau, even though I had barely played a game for Munster, which was hilarious. But the second rumour wasn’t as funny unfortunately.” Holland leaving the field for the final time as a rugby player, although he didn’t know that then. Source: Inpho/Billy SticklandOn the first day of September, two days after his 25th birthday, Munster issued the statement which confirmed that Holland’s career was over.“I was just after coming out of the dentist’s when the news came out. I was walking over home and it was very strange. It’s only a five-minute walk but it felt like an hour.”Five months on, Holland can reflect now on how it all played out without too much difficulty. When he recalls having to break the news to his family, the words don’t come so easily. According to Holland, they were “obsessive” about attending his games and showing their support. He valued that more than they’ll ever realise. His rugby meant as much to them as it did to him.“Telling them was tough. Really tough. Letting people down is the hardest part. That part still gets me now. It’s the hardest thing I think I’ve ever gone through. Yeah,” he pauses… “It was hard.”* * *Heavy rain and winds of up to 100 kilometres per hour in Cork lead Johnny Holland to joke that he’s glad to be a former rugby player on a day like this. In reality, he’d love nothing more than to be alongside Tyler Bleyendaal and Ian Keatley on the training pitch up at the University of Limerick, duelling with the conditions to accurately guide the ball from tee to goalpost.“I don’t know why fellas go training just looking to get through it and leave as soon as they can,” Holland says. “You get fellas saying ‘I can’t wait to get off the pitch’. Why? I know it’s not always easy, but try being out injured for 12 months and see how motivated you are then to get back on that training pitch. You’d give anything for a shit session on a shit pitch when you’re in that position.”Holland makes no attempt to sugarcoat his situation. Life as a 25-year-old former rugby player isn’t easy and it’ll probably be a while before that changes. Now training in a new state-of-the-art facility at UL, Munster are among the pace-setters in the Pro12 and there’s a Champions Cup quarter-final to look forward to in April. A good time to be involved. Holland being interviewed at Musgrave Park a week after announcing his retirement. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOThe injury isn’t debilitating to the extent that it interferes with his day-to-day life. He still gets to the gym regularly and occasionally plays a bit of five-a-side football with friends. As well as studying to pursue a career in sports nutrition, Holland has been contributing as a coach with Cork Con’s U20s.“Doing what I’m doing now, I can’t say that life is perfect because this isn’t where I wanted to be at this stage of my life. It is what I wanted to do further down the line so I just have to accept that sooner than I would have wanted. It’s hard from time to time but it’s out of my control.“You do miss the bond with the lads,” he admits. “There’s no way you can replace the feeling of winning in a group like that. You can’t so there’s no point trying.“I’ve been delighted for them with the season they’ve been having. And at the same time Tyler has been playing so well that it’d be tough to even get into the squad. But you’d be wasting your time dwelling on it. People mentioned to me about Joey Carbery playing for Ireland in November but it didn’t even cross my mind.“At the start I was going to every [Munster] game and I was trying to turn up at training, but ultimately there’s no one looking out for you. I don’t mean that in a bad way, but they’ve all got their own things going on. Everyone walks past and says ‘Hi, great to see ya’, but they’re probably wondering what you’re actually doing there.“I was putting a lot of effort into going up but you’re not really getting anything out of it. I don’t even know what I was planning on getting out of it, to be honest. I suppose I was just still attached to it. You do feel a bit isolated and that was difficult, but you eventually have to cut yourself loose.“Of course I miss it but carrying regrets around is no way to live your life. I could be looking at guys signing contracts and feeling sorry for myself but nothing positive would come from that. I’ve been myself throughout this whole thing and I’m going to continue to do that.”Six weeks after he announced his retirement, Holland began to see his predicament with some perspective. It was the Sunday morning of a weekend away with a few friends in Newcastle when he received a phonecall from Rory Scannell, his former Munster team-mate. “Axel always had a soft spot for me. For some reason I think he always felt that I had something.” Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO“There wasn’t really any emotion initially because it just didn’t feel like it was real, and in a way it still doesn’t. I was just completely blank,” says Holland, recalling how he learned of the death of Anthony Foley.“Everyone knows who Axel was. No one needs me to add anything to that. But like a lot of the lads I just wish I’d had the chance to express how grateful I am to him.“I’d say every game I was involved in with Munster was because I was selected by Axel. And there were plenty of times that he selected me when he probably shouldn’t have. He gave me so many opportunities that I always backed him and trusted him 100% when I played.“I remember my mom saying to me after I retired that there are much worse things that can happen to you in life.“How right she was.”Ireland target top two in what may be most competitive Six Nations yetSchmidt welcomes Munster signings of Farrell, Hanrahan and Hart Jan 28th 2017, 10:00 AM Saturday 28 Jan 2017, 10:00 AM By Paul Dollery 19 Comments Short URLlast_img read more

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Around 5000 families remain without power after Storm Hector

first_img Thursday 14 Jun 2018, 5:30 PM Image: Sam Boal https://jrnl.ie/4069932 Short URL By Ceimin Burke 16 Comments Around 5,000 families remain without power after Storm Hector Power has been restored to around 140,000 homes and businesses this afternoon. Road users have also been warned to remain vigilant as it is still very blustery in many places and fallen trees and other debris are scattered on roads across the country.Met Eireann issued two weather warnings yesterday ahead of Storm Hector. As well as the Orange warning, a lesser Status Yellow warning was put in place for counties Cavan, Monaghan, Leitrim, Roscommon, Clare and Kerry.Both of the warnings were lifted at 10am and winds are easing in most places.There will be sunny spells and scattered showers in many areas today, they will be heaviest in the west and north.- with reporting from Gráinne Ní Aodha Source: ESB Networks/Twittercenter_img Share47 Tweet Email1 Image: Sam Boal VERY IMPORTANT: If you come across fallen trees there may be fallen wires, DO NOT APPROACH, the wires could be live and extremely dangerous. Please stay clear and phone ESB Networks on 1850 372 999. pic.twitter.com/p6H7y45nvc— ESB Networks (@ESBNetworks) June 14, 2018 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jun 14th 2018, 7:31 AM Updated Jun 14th 2018, 5:30 PM POWER TO 140,000 homes and businesses across the country has been restored in the aftermath of Storm Hector.There were widespread disruptions to supply in many areas with the counties that were subject to a Status Orange wind warning – such as Donegal, Sligo, Galway and Mayo – the worst affected.The ESB’s PowerCheck app notes numerous clusters of service disruptions around Ireland. The damage is mainly caused by fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds.A large fault in the Donabate and Applewood areas of Dublin is affecting many households. The ESB estimate that power will be restored to the area at 9pm.Teams are working to restore power in the worst affected areas. As many as 35,000 homes and businesses were without power earlier today.Speaking on Morning Ireland ESB spokesperson Bernardine Maloney said they expect to have power restored to all areas by this evening.People who come across fallen wires are advised not to approach them as they are live and extremely dangerous. Anyone who sees fallen trees or damaged electricity network are being asked to call the ESB on 1850-372-999. 53,306 Views last_img read more

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MintCondition Copy of Super Mario Bros Sold for 30000

first_imgStay on target ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsHands-On: ‘Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020’ Seems Fine Super Mario Bros. is an all-time classic, but it isn’t generally regarded as a hot collector’s item. After all, this was a title that came bundled with the NES for most consumers in North America. With that said, Super Mario Bros. did get released separately at one point. Copies of this edition of the game are exceedingly rare. So much so that one mint-condition sealed copy was recently sold at auction for an astounding $30,100.44.As reported by Kotaku, the copy was sold by a Pennsylvania-based retro game dealer called DKOldies. CEO Drew Steimel apparently had Super Mario Bros. and some other mint-condition games just sitting in his office for years. Steimel says that he wishes he knew how he got his hands on this item.The copy was sold for such a high price for a number of reasons. Beyond being shrink-wrapped, this copy of Super Mario Bros. is inside of a hangtab-style box. Most Nintendo games sold came inside of big boxes, but this one came in a sleek “hangtab”-style box. Because it has a perforated tab on the back, this game could be hung on pegs in stores. According to a collector over on the NintendoAge forums, there are probably only a dozen examples of copies like this. That’s pretty damn incredible!Retro game collectors do not mess around. Last week, a sealed copy of the super-rare Stadium Events was sold for $41,997 to a private collector. Unlike Super Mario Bros., only 200 copies of this game were ever released in North America. Even a loose copy with no box can sell for as much as $10,000. There’s little doubt that as the years go by, the price of these insanely rare games will only continue to rise. Future collectors may look back at the (comparatively low) prices current collectors had to pay and chuckle with amusement.Make sure to check out DKOldies.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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