» Listings for April 2012
Posted on 9:06pm Saturday 28th Apr 2012
Stanford Quarterback Andrew Luck was chosen first overall in the National Football League 2012 Entry Draft on Thursday night by the Indianapolis Colts. Luck faces a difficult task in replacing franchise quarterback Peyton Manning, who played an influential role in the Colts success in previous seasons, winning four MVP awards and a Super Bowl along the way.
Luck stated: “I realize you could go crazy trying to measure yourself to Peyton Manning every day. That would be an insane way to live. I know his legendary status, really. Huge shoes to try and fill if you’re trying to do that. ...if one day I can be mentioned alongside Peyton as one of the football greats, that would be a football dream come true.”
The Colts had informed Luck last week that Commissioner Roger Goodell would announce his name first, confirming widespread speculation and rumours.
Posted on 9:05pm Saturday 28th Apr 2012
A van containing a 600 lb bomb has been found in Newry, near the Northern Irish border. The bomb was “fully primed and ready for use” and would have caused “death and massive destruction” had it been triggered. The bomb has been linked to dissident IRA groups. Chief Superintendent Alasdair Robinson said: “the device contained two blue barrels with 125KG of homemade explosives in each one and a detonator - all the equipment which meant this device was ready to go.”
Anyone within 50 meters of the bomb would have been killed and anyone within 100 meters would have been seriously injured. Ulster Unionist Danny Kennedy, who is also a minister in the Stormont government, said the bomb was believed to be part of a plot to kill police. He said that the dissidents were “dangerous and dedicated terrorists, who are determined to cause serious harm, injury and death to members of the security forces regardless of the consequences to local communities.”
It is feared that the Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will be targeted by numerous terrorist groups as a grand stage for attacks. Kennedy appealed for the public to co-operate fully with the police as the police had found two bombs following seperate security alerts in Northern Ireland.
Posted on 7:10pm Thursday 26th Apr 2012
A huge police manhunt is currently underway following the separate murders of a 50 year old woman and an 81 year old man in their own homes. More than 100 officers are now involved in the search for 35 year old James Allen following the deaths of Colin Dunford in Middlesbrough on monday, and Julie Davison in Whitby, yesterday.
Detectives have described the killings as ‘two brutal murders in the victims’ own homes’. 35 year old James Allen is being urgently sought by police following the murders. Initially the forces wanted a man with a dark-coloured mountain bike to come forward, and he had been said to be white, around 5ft 9 inches to 6 ft tall, in his late 20s to 40s, of slim build and unkempt appearance.
Posted on 7:08pm Thursday 26th Apr 2012
Team Great Britain men’s football team will be playing their first match for 41 years as an Olympic warm-up game. They will be playing against Brazil, one of the favourites, at Middlesbrough on July 20. It will be part of a double-header at the Riverside Stadium with Team GB women’s team, coached by Hope Powell, taking on Sweden before Stuart Pearce’s men play Brazil.
A Great Britain team last played an international in an Olympic qualifier against Bulgaria in 1971, and have not played in an actual Games since 1960. Pierce said: “I’ve learned a great deal about the Olympics since I was given the opportunity to lead this team and I realise just how massive an event it is going to be for the whole of Great Britain. In world football they don’t come much bigger than Brazil and it should be a terrific occasion for us going into our first match.”
Good luck to both GB teams and hopefully they clinch gold.
Posted on 6:00pm Wednesday 25th Apr 2012
Two of Canada’s best ice hockey centremen, Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews, have declined invitations to pay at the World Hockey Championship next month. Crosby’s agent Pat Brisson says his client wants to spend the next four months focussing on the next season through off-ice training. Because of his concussion, Crosby was unable to train last summer as aggressively as he would have liked and wants to make sure he’s 100% ready for next season’s training camp. He had 8 goals and 37 points in 22 NHL games this season.
Crosby commented on the situation to the Canadian Press, “Typically, I’d be there in a second, but this isn’t a normal situation and this isn’t me trying to hide away from the world championships. I love playing for Team Canada. Anyone who is questioning that right now obviously doesn’t know me or aren’t thinking right.”
Toews, who saw his Chicago Blackhawks get eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs on Monday, missed the last 22 games of the regular season with an upper-body injury. Similar to Crosby, Toews bypassed the invitation in order to regain full health.
Posted on 5:59pm Wednesday 25th Apr 2012
An American gynaecologist claims he has found the ever elusive G-spot. He says it isn’t a myth and really does exist, although it only measures 8.1 mm by 3.6 mm by 1.5 mm. He found the elusive erogenous zone during a post-mortem examination. The tiny piece of tissue is extremely rich in nerve endings, and has had millions of men searching for it since its existence was first mooted more than 60 years ago.
It was so hard to find that two years ago a large scale British study concluded that the G-spot was a figment of women’s imagination. Dr Oztrenski, who found the G-spot, said: “this study confirmed the anatomic existence of the G-spot, which may lead to a better understanding and improvement of female sexual function.”
Posted on 10:35pm Tuesday 24th Apr 2012
Single father Stuart Chaifetz fit his 10-year old autistic son with a secret recorder after teachers were telling him that his son was being violent in school. His son, Akian, had always been gentle and loving, and this description was so out of character. What he found was truly shocking.
Not only were Akian’s teachers at Horace Mann Elementary in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, talking about being drunk at school and sex, and gossiping about pupils and their parents, they were also taunting, shouting and swearing at his son. The teachers were heard saying things such as: “go ahead and scream because guess what? you are going to get nothing until your mouth is shut” and “oh Akian, you are a bastard.”
After taking the audio to the Cherry Hill School District one of the teachers involved was fired although the other teacher is still at the school. Disgraceful.
Posted on 10:34pm Tuesday 24th Apr 2012
Chelsea FC tied FC Barcelona 2-2 tonight to get through to the Champions League final. They won on aggregate as they won 1-0 at Stamford Bridge last week.They had been England’s only hope for the Champions League with English teams such as Manchester United losing in the group stages.
Beating the oft cited best team in the world Barcelona is an extraordinary feat in itself although tying them 2-2 at their stadium, the Nou Camp, is simply unbelieveable. Chelsea managed this feat with only 10 players on the pitch as controversial captain John Terry inexplicably kneed Alexis Sanchez from behind. The famous quotation ‘lead by example’ evidently isn’t applicable to Terry.
Barcelona scored the first goal of the match late in the first half, shortly before Terry saw red. Sergio Busqets tapped home from close range for an easy tally. At the end of the half Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta scored to put the Spaniards two goals up. Ramires answered for Chelsea shortly after with a clever chip over the keeper.
Early in the first half Chelsea conceded a penalty, which the best player in the world Lionel Messi missed, slamming the shot into the crossbar. With seconds remaining substitute Fernando Torres scored Chelsea’s second to make it 2-2 on the night and 3-2 on aggregate. Chelsea will now face the winner of tomorrow night’s game of Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich.
Posted on 8:21pm Monday 23rd Apr 2012
Demi Lovato is no longer a little disney princess pop singer aiming to be an idol to all the 10 year old females worldwide, as she recently confessed that she uses cocaine as a way of battling loneliness after appearing in front of thousands of fans. Lovato went into rehab in 2010 for a number of personal issues, including an eating disorder, depression and self-harming.
Lovato believes club promoters enabled her, stating: ‘promoters gave me drugs and alcohol in restaurants or clubs. they wanted me to come back so i would be seen there. they were basically kissing my ass.” Speaking on her self-harming, Lovato said: “It started with my wrists. People saw that, so I cut in places they couldn’t see. You do it because you feel so bad inside. You don’t know how to take it out other than on yourself.”
She also reveals that she wanted to quit rehab but was persuaded to stay by her mother. So now not only is she a terrible singer but a terrible role model as well.
Posted on 8:20pm Monday 23rd Apr 2012
It is without a doubt that modern society is extremely materialistic, with all the youths wanting the newest iPods, mobile phones, and game consoles. All schoolchildren have various creative methods on how to gain these material items, but one 4 year old Saudi schoolboy took it to new extremes.
After his father refused to buy him a playstation he grabbed his father’s pistol and shot him to death. As the man was undressing, he put the weapon down, which the child then grabbed and fired at him from close range.
This will surely add fuel to the debate that playing violent video games makes youngsters aggressive and violent. A British teacher recently warned that children as young as four were hitting classmates are they re-enacted scenes from violent 18-rated games. There has been no real empirical evidence to support this thesis, and on that note i’m off to play Grand Theft Auto.