Former Man City, Man United and West Ham star Carlos Tevez could QUIT football

first_imgCarlos Tevez has revealed he is considering hanging up his boots at the end of the season.The 32-year-old returned to his native Argentina with Boca Juniors in the summer of 2015 after ending his two-year stay in Serie A with Juventus.He previously played in the Premier League for Manchester City, Manchester United and West Ham.Tevez snubbed the chance to rejoin West Ham in the summer, despite being offered £150,000-a-week.Now the forward has revealed he could quit football altogether due to the demands of the game in his home country.“It is a possibility (retirement); I’ll have a chat with my family to discuss it,” Tevez said.“I am tired and everyone knows I always say the truth, I’ll tell everyone what’s in my mind.“When a game in Europe ends, you can return to normal life, but we’re all crazy here. Everything depends on the game’s result.“When the team lose, you can’t even take your daughter to the dentist or to the medic. Someone has experienced this. If their team lose, they can’t even leave home.” Carlos Tevez in action for Boca Juniors 1last_img read more

Tickets on Sale for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

first_imgShare This!©DisneyBack in March, I let you all know the dates for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party for 2016, with the note that tickets were not yet on sale, but I would let you know when they did go on sale. Well, today is the day! Tickets are now on sale for the popular Halloween event that is held annual at the Magic Kingdom in the months of September and October.And, as was expected, tickets has jumped considerably, with the most expensive ticket costing $105 for Halloween night.Party dates and pricing for this year is as follows: September 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 25: $72 plus tax (ages 10+), $67 plus tax (ages 3-9) for advance purchaseSeptember 29, 30: $79 plus tax (ages 10+), $74 plus tax (ages 3-9) for advance purchaseSeptember 23: $85 plus tax (ages 10+), $80 plus tax (ages 3-9)October 2, 6 $86 plus tax (ages 10+), $81 plus tax (ages 3-9) for advance purchaseOctober 4, 10, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20,23, 25, 27: $91 plus tax (ages 10+), $86 plus tax (ages 3-9) for advance purchaseOctober 7, 14, 21, 28, 30: $95 plus tax (ages 10+), $90 plus tax (ages 3-9)October 31: $105 plus tax (ages 10+) $100 plus tax (ages 3-9)Annual Pass and Disney Vacation Club discounts are available on select dates.This year’s event will include Mickey’s Boo-To-You Parade, HallowWishes fireworks spectacular, trick or treating, and returning once again, the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular.As a reminder, new for this year’s parties, Guests over the age of 14 not being allowed to wear costumes, but it appears that that idea has been relaxed a little. The revised costuming guidelines for special events are as follows: Costumes may be worn, however, Guests ages 14 and older are strongly discouraged from wearing layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body as they may be subject to additional security screening. Additionally, costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.It’s sure to be a spook-tacular time at this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties this year!last_img read more

Africa’s biggest water project

first_imgPresident Thabo Mbeki and King Letsie of Lesotho have inaugurated the latest phase of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, which delivers water from the highlands of Lesotho to South Africa’s Vaal River system and generates hydropower for Lesotho.Water is now flowing from the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. (Image: Lesotho Highlands Water Project)Brand South Africa reporterThe project is Africa’s largest ever water transfer project as well as the largest ongoing bi-national construction project on the continent.The project aims to address the needs of South Africa’s rapidly expanding Gauteng province, which generates almost 60% of the country’s industrial output and 80% of its mining output, and where over 40% of South Africa’s population live. The province needs more water than its main source, the Vaal River, can provide.The Lesotho Highlands, with its high rainfall and surface area of high basalt mountains – the Maloti – is an outstanding catchment area.The Lesotho Highlands Water Project captures most of the excess water from rainstorms in the Orange/Senqu River catchment and transfers it to the Vaal River system, at the same time ensuring the sustainability of life forms dependent on flows downstream of its storage dams.Completion of the latest phase of the project – phase 1B – will solve Gauteng’s water problem for the immediate future and rejuvenate the Vaal River. For Lesotho, it provides valuable income, job opportunities, electricity and infrastructure on which tourism and industrial development can thrive.Construction on phase 1A of the project began in 1984, and the first dam, Katse, began delivering water in 1998.Construction on phase 1B of the project began in 1998, and comprises the 145 metre high Mohale Dam on the Senqunyane River, the 32 kilometre Mohale Tunnel linking Mohale Dam to Katse Dam, and the 6 kilometre Matsoku weir and tunnel, which diverts flood water from the Matsoku River into the Katse reservoir.Water transfer from Mohale Dam and the Matsoku River to Katse Dam has begun, and will gradually increase the volume of water delivered to South Africa from 20 to 26 cubic metres per second.While Katse Dam is the highest concrete arch dam in Africa, Mohale Dam is the highest rockfill dam on the continent, consisting of 7.8 million cubic metres of rock that was placed and compacted before the addition of concrete face. The dam features a flexible outlet structure that ensures high quality water for downstream releases to ensure the sustainability of aquatic life.Other infrastructure completed during phase 1B includes three mountain passes, 72 kilometres of tarred roads, 75 kilometres of power lines and over 100 construction houses. At the peak of construction, phase IB created more that 8 000 jobs for local and regional workers.The entire project is expected to cost US$8-billion by the time of its completion in 2020.Speaking at the ceremony at Mohale Dam on Tuesday, Mbeki described the Lesotho Highlands Water Project as a bi-national project to harness a natural resource, Lesotho’s “white gold”, for the benefit of both countries.“For South Africa, the project brings improved security of water supply for both economic and domestic use, and will undoubtedly help to meet the increasing water demand for many years to come”, Mbeki said.“Equally, Lesotho enjoys the benefit of new infrastructure, including roads, expanded communication and electricity systems, health facilities, job opportunities, improved water supply and sanitation to numerous communities, and many additional secondary benefits associated with a huge capital investment with its revenue streams.“The project not only sustains the development of both countries in significant ways, but provides a showpiece for the region and the rest of the continent of mutually beneficial co-operation.”The Katse Dam is the highest concrete arch dam in Africa. (Image: V)In November 2003, the South African Institute of Civil Engineering named the Lesotho Highlands Water Project “project of the century” for its “immense impact on the betterment of the lives of South Africans and Basotho, the benefits it brought to the economies of both countries, the manner in which the environmental impacts were addressed, and the effective and efficient overall management of the project”.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Michigan Fans Spent An Average Of $300 On New Wolverines Gear After Nike Switch

first_imgTwo yellow bags representing Michigan's partnership with Jordan.It’s August 1st, which means that Michigan is now officially a Nike school – the Wolverines signed an 11-year deal with the apparel manufacturer, leaving adidas. As we showed you last night, the school had a ceremony at The M Den to show off the new gear. There was so much interest, The M Den’s website crashed from demand.It looks like fans who were able to make it to the store itself did not hold back when it comes to money spent. According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, Michigan fans at The M Den last night spent an average of $300 on new gear. That’s an absurdly high number – especially when factoring in that most of these people are college kids.Michigan retailer @TheMDen opened at 12AM to kick off new Nike deal, gave away Harbaugh pins, avg shopper spent $300 pic.twitter.com/nwpocdhImv— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 1, 2016Michigan’s partnership with Nike seems to be off to a flying start.last_img read more

Pitch Perfect

first_imgWe thank the following local retailers for providing the clothing for this photo shoot:Kannon’s ClothingLiles Clothing StudioLumina ClothingPeter MillarRaleigh DenimSaks Fifth AvenueStyle assistant: Sarah Osborne creative direction and words byJesma Reynoldsphotographs by Tim LytvinenkoImprobable, but not impossible. That was the prediction when the Raleigh Gaelic Athletic Assocation’s Cú Chullain team considered its chances of winning before travelling to Boston over Labor Day weekend to compete in the North American Finals for Gaelic football. Against all odds, the fledgling Raleigh club captured the Junior B title, defeating opponents from the Cayman Islands, San Diego, and Washington, D.C. in the process. It was the latest unlikely outcome for the Raleigh team.In the spring of 2012, when Detroit native Steven Shannon taped up posters in Triangle-area pubs to generate interest in Irish field sports – Gaelic football and hurling – he never imagined that a mere two years later it would lead to a thriving association that could hold its own against established clubs from larger U.S. cities, clubs that traditionally field teams loaded with Irish talent. But one of the results of the economic growth in the Triangle has been the influx of international workers who come to work for universities and multinational companies, and are looking for an outlet in competitive sports.Dara Ó’Hannaidh is one whose job brought him Stateside. A telecom network engineer for Ericsson, he has played Gaelic football since he was 5, and missed the camraderie and level of play from his homeland. Other players have similar stories. Many grew up playing in Ireland where county teams are highly competitive and demanding, typically training 5 to 6 days a week. Though it’s a strictly amateur sport, Ó’Hannaidh says there is a level of “real fanaticism.” He, by the way, also won this year’s national competition in kick fada, or long distance kicking, and represented North America in the All-Ireland kick fada competition against 30 other kickers from around the globe in September.It’s easy to see why there’s so much passion for Gaelic football. The sport is fast-paced, rough, and exciting to watch. National Geographic recently named the All-Ireland Senior Championship finals played in Dublin’s Croke Park as one of the top 10 things to do when visiting. Often described as a mix between soccer and rugby, Gaelic football involves advancing the ball by hand-passing and kicking it towards a goal. Hurling, for its part, is one of the oldest (dating back 3,000 years) and fastest field sports. Players use a wooden flat-headed bat called a hurley to hurl or knock a baseball-like ball called a sliothar down the pitch and into the net.Currently, the Raleigh Gaelic Athletic Association  boasts nearly 300 hurling and footballing members, both men and women, and is in the process of forming new teams at UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State. Though it relies on its Irish members for expertise, both sports appeal to American athletes who have grown up playing soccer, lacrosse, rugby and other field sports. Members actively recruit new talent, expecially at cultural events like the Irish Music Festival and Raleigh’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. When they’re not practicing or playing in tournaments, teammates frequently gather at one of the local pubs to watch competitions telecast from Ireland.Walter was so enchanted to learn about the presence of Gaelic football and hurling in the Triangle that we asked players from the victorious Cú Chullain team to model classic sportswear from local retailers. The results exceeded our improbable dreams. Though the players are rough-and-tumble on the pitch, we think they cleaned up rather nicely for the photographs.For more information about Raleigh’s GAA, go to www.raleighgaa.com.from left Joe Nett: Check Travel Blazer, $495; Denim Twill Dress Shirt from the Pick Stitch Collection, $198; Cashmere Oxford Stripe Tie in Serrano, $195; Burnished Calf Belt with Contrast Stitching in Chocolate, $145; Burnished Penny loafer, $495; Sateen Stretch Five Pocket Pant in Espresso, $145. Peter Millar and Kannon’s Clothing. Colin Keenan: jeans: Graham Original Raw, $285; Burgundy welt-pocket button down shirt, $185; Moss Wool Pullover, $235; Canvas Osaka 1 Pocket Denim Jacket, $330. Raleigh Denim. Dermott McElhennon: Wool/Cashmere Peacoat with Oversize Lapels and Shearling Collar by Theory, $795; Wool V-Neck Sweater in Eclipse by Theory, $235; Cotton Sportshirt in Powder Blue by Theory, $225; “The Graduate” Tailored Leg Denim in medium wash by Adriano Goldschmeid, $188. Saks Fifth Avenue. Mark O’Hagan: Italian Merino Venezia Stripe Quarter-Zip Sweater, $225; Plaid Dress Shirt from the Pick Stitch Collection, $168; Turin Quilted Coat, $395; Pebble Brain Nubuck Leather Belt, $145; Nubuck Tie Driver loafers in Chocolate $245; Nanoluxe Corduroy Pant, $145. Peter Millar and Kannon’s Clothing. Dara Ó’Hannaih: Double Breasted Wool Topcoat in Red by Versace, $1295; Mongolian Cashmere Turtleneck in Navy by Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Collection, $498; “Byron” Straight Leg Dark Wash Denim in Latour by Hudson, $195; Merino Scarf in Red by Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Collection, $128. Saks Fifth Avenue. Sven Johnson: 100% Wool Gray Deconstructed Field Blazer $TBA; Vance 2 5/8” Narrow Tie, $48; Red and blue pocket square, Made in SC, $3; 440 Gentleman Supply Suspensers, $88; The Fremont Navy micro dot button down shirt, $98; 100% cotton smoke grey twill Chadbourn chino $108; Luke Vintage Fedora by Yellow 108, $80. Lumina Clothing.Ciaran Harris: Blue cotton jacket; The Graham Connor plaid poplin button down shirt, $98; Currituck 1 3/4” bow tie, rectangle cut, $42; 100% cotton navy deconstructed blazer, debuting winter 2014; White Oak® Cone Mills® Selvedge denim, straight Ayden jean, $158.Lumina Clothing.STEVEN SHANNON: Circle of Gentlemen Sport Coat with windcheater lining, $1050; Circle of Gentlemen plaid cotton shirt , $270; Hiltl brushed cotton jeans, $245. Liles Clothing Studiolast_img read more

Progeny

first_imgLauren Hood, owner of Progeny, a children’s toy and clothing store on Bickett Blvd. in Raleigh“What I put in the store is what I would want to put on my own children.” – Lauren Hood, owner, Progenyby Mimi Montgomeryphotograph by Travis LongWhen Lauren Hood became a mother, she discovered it wasn’t easy in Raleigh to find anything but straightforwardly traditional children’s clothes for her daughter Lila. A trip to to New York sparked an idea: To bring the fashion-forward children’s clothing she could find there back to North Carolina. Three months later, in March 2014, Hood opened Progeny in Five Points.The bright, open space is filled with chic children’s clothes, accessories, and furniture. “My stuff’s just a little bit different,” says Hood. “I love smocked dresses and bows just as much as everybody else, but I wanted it to be a little edgier.” She makes a point to carry brands that are eco-friendly, organic, and well-made, ensuring a piece that will last the wear and tear of a child’s life. Always, she has Lila in mind.“She’s like my little muse,” Hood says with a laugh. “She’s way better dressed than I am.”Soon after Hood opened her business, customers began asking if she could help them design their children’s nurseries, bedrooms, and playrooms. Half of her business now comes from children’s interiors. “It is exciting because there’s nobody doing children’s design work” in Raleigh, she says. “I love that, and it’s super fun.” She recently began sharing her store with Rider Hall Interiors, an interior design company owned by Caroline Kadis and Heather Watkins. The space now offers a wider range of art and home goods and accessories, making it a stop for parents as well as their children. “I feel like this has been good for Raleigh, just to have something a little bit different,” Hood says. “From ten years ago until now, things have changed dramatically. I think this store has truly helped a lot of people branch out.”209 Bickett Blvd.; progenyshoppe.comlast_img read more

Spotlight Curated by Chet Miller in Durham

first_imgLissa Gotwalsby Jesma ReynoldsJennings Brody likes to keep shop. The owner of the successful café/market/gift store Parker & Otis in Durham has recently opened another venue, Chet Miller, just down the road. Named for her grandfather, a “scrappy” candy salesman from Indiana who had a penchant for antiques, Chet Miller is a “place to have fragile things and things that are more manly,” says Brody. With floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood floors, and a pressed-tin ceiling ceiling, the new shop is “awesome,” she says. One could easily while away an afternoon perusing the variety of cool wares there. With an emphasis on home and lifestyle, there are plenty of options, fragile and sturdy, that range from charming barware to nautical and travel-themed trinkets,  from graphic paper goods to local art. Photographer M.J. Sharp’s large-scale magnified insect triptych occupies one wall; across the way giant colorful nature paintings by Brody’s husband Jonathan Kea reign. Her keen eye qualifies Brody as an authentic curator. It’s a term often overused to describe anyone with cultivated taste these days. Here, it’s legit.Brody has been sharing her good taste with Durham residents for some time. After honing her culinary and retail skills at Williams Sonoma and Foster’s Market, she now fills her stores with things she loves. The community has long loved her back. It didn’t take long after Parker & Otis opened in 2007 for word to reach beyond local borders, and for write-ups in national publications like The New York Times and Bon Appétit to follow. P&O has been hopping ever since.Chet Miller looks to be the next buzzworthy destination. Brody can be found there every Wednesday, and she’s already planning to expand it. The space next door will become a children’s shop to house clothing, gifts, and a baby registry. It’s slated for a late spring/early summer opening.If there’s any doubt Brody doesn’t enjoy the retail side of keeping shop, consider a P&O Facebook post dubbed “Real Valentine Interventions” where she documents conversations with customers: “No, there is actually no way that your wife would like salted mixed nuts for Valentine’s Day. Just ask for help! I love to help!!”Raleighites take note.118 W. Parrish St., Durham; chetmillershop.comlast_img read more

NC Modernist Houses

first_img“It’s just an easy way to hang out with people who share your same passion. How often do we get to do that?”–George Smart, founder of N.C. Modernist Houses and organizer of Thirst4Architectureby Jessie AmmonsWhen George Smart founded N.C. Modernist Houses a decade ago, he hoped to connect the area’s modernism enthusiasts. North Carolina has the third largest concentration of modernist homes in the nation – a fact, he says, that seemed to be known among architecture devotees only at the time. Initially, he launched a website documenting various sites of interest throughout the Triangle; it got so much traffic that he started organizing tours. Within a few years, folks asked for something more. “We wanted to gather people who like architecture simply to meet each other,” Smart says. “Often, if you love architecture, you feel like you’re the only one among your friends who has that interest.” Dubbed Thirst4Architecture, the gathering has now been going strong for seven years. “I didn’t think this was going to last but a couple months at most,” Smart says. It began as a meeting of a few dozen hobbyists and has grown to a monthly gathering with an average attendance of 80, sometimes attracting as many as 200. And these days, Thirst4Architecture has venues clamoring to host its monthly gatherings: Retail stores, architecture firms, and other relevant spots register online for a chance to serve as meeting place, and “we book up six to 12 months in advance.” The evenings are a mix of mingling over refreshments and a raffle for donated door prizes, and while there’s always a new face, there’s always a familiar one, too. “We have some people that have been to 30 or 40 of these.” The informal gathering’s success is thanks in part to its welcoming atmosphere: “If you can spell architecture, you’re in.” It’s also a good networking opportunity. “Outside of being a way to meet fellow adventurers in design, we have actual architects and builders and people in the industry. Folks are always looking for resources.” The demographic is wide, from 20-somethings to 85-year-olds, often depending on the location. A recent gathering at a Hillsborough auction house skewed middle-aged, while another recent event at The Raleigh Architecture Company was younger. It’s that diversity that keeps people coming back. “It happens all the time: Somebody brings a friend or a spouse who’s not really into this, and then by the end, they want to go on a trip somewhere.”last_img read more

Spotlight Modern clayworks

first_imgChris Pence of Haand, photograph by Sarah Schuby Jessie Ammons“We want the work to evoke a sense of peace. You may have to trek to get to us, but being here allows us to stay in a peaceful mindset,” says Chris Pence, co-founder and CEO of Haand, maker of handcrafted ceramics.You may recognize his company’s simple silhouettes from the tables at Ashley Christensen’s downtown restaurant Death & Taxes, or from Provenance in the SkyHouse building. Normally, Haand sells its wares – which Pence describes as “functional farmhouse futuristic” – to the public through its website, but on Dec. 10 and 11, the Saxapahaw-based pottery studio will open its doors for a holiday open house to sell plates, bowls, and mugs in-person. “It’s a rare opportunity to see inside of our studio. We don’t have First Fridays or anything out here.”In a state rooted in a pottery tradition, Haand stands out for its slipcast method, which relies on a mold, not a wheel. It results in clean lines and smooth finishes, which Haand glazes in whites, marbled finishes, and bright colors. “It’s not the round and brown stuff you see at Seagrove,” Pence says. It’s that contrast to tradition, in part, that the Florida native says motivated him to launch the company in 2012 with high school friend Mark Warren. Warren had studied slipcasting at Penland School of Crafts in western North Carolina, and Pence had recently quit his job as a corporate accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Florida in search of a more creative pursuit. They decided to focus on ceramics full-time (“I’d spent time in North Carolina visiting Mark and been wanting to find a way to stay there for good,” Pence says of remaining in the state). “We took a vow of poverty for the first two years,” Pence says, and lived in a low-frills farmhouse outside of Durham.Through word of mouth, Haand quickly garnered a fan base that trickled up to brands like the Steven Alan home store in New York City and earned mentions in Garden & Gun and Dwell magazines. “We realized that what we were doing was working, and that it was valid and it was true and we just needed to keep at it.”Four years later, Haand has expanded to a staff of 12 in a warehouse in Saxapahaw, about an hour west of Raleigh. Despite national recognition, the crew remains committed to its local North Carolina community, which includes our capital city. Connecting with a local leader such as Christensen has been key: “She’s very forward-thinking and innovative and allergic to the norm, which is what’s made her so successful. It was a good fit and good timing.” It has also been a way to reach more people than just direct-to-consumer sales.“Think about how many plates are in restaurants. Then, with the advent of social media, think about how many people take pictures of their food. The plate is elevated. People want to share an image – the plate – as part of their story.” Pence says he’s looking forward to inviting customers to tour the studio on Dec. 10; and on Dec. 11, he’s invited Rise and Ramble textiles, Haw River Ales, and nearby Left Bank Butchery to bring their wares to a pop-up shop, as well.Learn more at haand.uslast_img read more

Solo Sisters

first_img“It seems only children attract other only children.”-Sally Creech, founder of the Solo Sisters group (in the front row, second from the right)by Liza Robertsphotograph by Christer Berg“Sally started it,” says Kay Schoellhorn, laughing as she welcomes a seemingly never-ending stream of friends into her Hayes Barton home. Ranging in age from 21 to 90, these women are all only children, and they’re here for their monthly meeting of the Solo Sisters, a group founded by Raleighite Sally Creech, herself an only child. “I grew up with a lot of only children at the end of the war,” Creech says. Wartime meant many parents married and had children later in life; one child was a reality rather than a choice. As Creech and her fellow only children got older, Creech says, she realized they had to handle sickness, aging parents, and other challenges without immediate familysupport. In January 2008, Creech decided to gather the other only children she knew for a glass of wine and fellowship. They found, unsurprisingly, that they had a lot in common. They tended to be independent, unflappable, and proud. Many, like Creech, a well-known real estate broker, had been quite successful. They’d heard all of the only-child bad press, and poo-pooed it. (One of her favorite examples – it makes Creech laugh out loud – is a quote from turn-of-the-century child psychologist Granville Stanley Hall: “Being an only child is nothing short of a disease.”) United by the conviction that their no-sibling status was a point of pride, and eager for the friendship of other only-child women, they quickly became to one another something they’d never had: sisters. “I know these ladies will be here for me,” says Leah Friedman, one of the younger members. These days, there are about 100 Solo Sisters; their monthly meetings rotate among members’ houses. Some bring wine, some bring hors d’oeuvres. Every month, Creech reads something about only children, and every month, they check in with one another about their lives. “Over the years we have provided comfort and support to each other,” says member Debbie Robbins. “It makes me think how nice it would have been to have siblings!”last_img read more