Can You Escape This Room in 60 Minutes?

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Players trapped inside a dark, mysterious room uncover strange objects and hidden messages that might contain the clues to help them escape—but will they make it out in time?The heart-pounding challenge is what draws countless players to Puzzle Break, America’s first “escape room” experience, located right here on Long Island. Escape artists seeking to test their mental might can choose from one of four different challenges to see if they have what it takes.“‘Escape the Lost Temple’ is perfect for ages 8 and up and great for birthday parties, team-building events and even just a night out with friends or family,” says Maria Reyes, the general manager of Puzzle Break Long Island. “When you come and play, you’re  going to love being transported into the world that we’ve created as your group races against the clock to locate and replace the goddess’s stolen artifact, break the curseand ‘Escape the Lost Temple.’”“Escape The Lost Temple,” one of the more exciting challenges, features cool special effects that transport challengers into another world. What sets it apart from the rest is that the story, the hieroglyphics and most everything that the team will uncover while trying to escape is true to historical form. It is based on Etruscan history and is historically accurate.Besides being a fun night out, the games also serve as an excellent team-building activity for the next corporate, off-site, or private event, or for team gathering. Teams of adventurers will join forces to find hidden clues, solve puzzles, and unravel a mystery before the 60 minutes run out.There is no age limit. Contestants can bring their 80-year-old grandmother or their 8-year-old nephew and still have a blast. There are also in-room game masters in all of the games to provide hints if asked, and to ensure that everyone is having fun and understands what’s going on.Puzzle Break also offers three other challenges: “Escape from 20,000 Leagues,” “The Grimm Escape,” and “Escape the Midnight Carnival.” Each can include up to 10 to 12 players.Tickets are $30 per person. Puzzle Break Long Island is located at 180 Michael Dr., Syosset. For more information, reach them at 516-307-0888 or read more

Mayor admits need for overhaul of City Constabulary

first_imgShooting incident…Lance Corporal remains in Police custodyGeorgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green said that the recent shooting incident involving a Lance Corporal of the City Constabulary proved that there should be a greater sense of urgency to have the city police department restructured and to have staffers trained to execute their duties more professionally.Killed: Marlon Fredericks“This has brought more than one issue to light and there is a greater need now, more than ever before, to have the constabulary – if not restructured – to have training at all levels. The Town Clerk has started the process of calling and writing to the national Police for training, so we are onboard together to ensure that all our Ranks are properly trained,” the Mayor noted.On Sunday, a City Constabulary Lance Corporal shot 34-year-old Marlon Fredericks of Tiger Bay, Georgetown as he allegedly tried to escape from lawful custody. Following the incident, eyewitnesses noted that the shooting could have been avoided had the Lance Corporal pursued the weakened man rather than shoot him.The relatives of the dead man have since indicated that they would be pursuing legal action against the Constabulary since they believe that Fredericks was murdered.Mayor Chase Green said that the Lance Corporal remained in Police custody assisting with investigations.“The investigations are being done by the national Police and until that report is submitted to us, there is not much that I can say. We at the City Constabulary Department will do everything to try to bring closure to this matter, so I have to wait on the Police; whatever decision they would have made, we would have to abide by that decision,” Chase Green explained.She said that following the surfacing of videos which showed Fredericks being assaulted by a Joint Services rank, she enquired as to the identity of the rank and was informed that he was not enlisted with the city police department.She added that the Constabulary rank, who was injured during the altercation on Saturday when Fredericks was apprehended, was currently on sick leave.“I will say that every individual in custody portrays certain characteristics and behaviour pattern; as to the assessment, I am not certain if the officers on duty can assess it. We were informed that he is a drug addict and what we have now is just as how you have officers trained for domestic violence, we will now see the need to have persons trained to deal with persons of unsound mind or addicts who are in our custody. It’s something that has to be ongoing at every level,” Chase Green explained when asked about provisions to deal with mentally challenged persons in custody.Fredericks, who is said to be mentally unstable, was wanted by the City Constabulary for simple larceny and was spotted on Saturday in the vicinity of Robb and King Streets, Georgetown. He was taken into custody following a drama-filled chase which resulted in him being assaulted by the Joint Services rank.The following day, Fredericks was shot about 13:15h outside the City Constabulary Bourda Outpost. Reports are that the now dead man allegedly forced his way outside the lock-ups when it was opened to let out another prisoner who needed to use the toilet. A struggle reportedly ensued between the victim and the Lance Corporal who tried to restrain him, and in the process, Fredericks ran out of the Outpost and was fatally shot once in the lower back by the Lance Corporal, who was armed with a service pistol. A post-mortem examination has since confirmed his death was the result of a gunshot wound.last_img read more

Soccer, life skills for Zandspruit youth

first_img9 November 2011 Working together makes it possible to achieve more – but somebody has to make a start. That’s one of the lessons to be taken from Singcono Masisonke Football Club, which is giving the youngsters of Zandspruit informal settlement much more than just football skills. It took a long time and many people to play their part to get it where it is today. But it took the vision and initiative of four people in particular to get the ball rolling. Back in 2009, Pastor Simon Mosia was mentoring a number of teenage boys at the Thandanani House of Refuge in Zandspruit, an informal settlement north-west of Johannesburg, every afternoon, and playing soccer with them. Mosia then approached two youngsters in the community, Shimi Mathebula and Peter Malinga, to assist him when his workload became too heavy. Philen Naidu, who was a missionary in the community at that time – having just founded the My Life My Africa Children’s Foundation – joined hands with Shimi and Peter to lend support. They partnered with the Emthonjeni Community Centre, cleaned up a patch of land into a soccer field, and began to develop a football club.‘Together, we are better off’ The children and youth of Zandspruit have no facilities to keep them occupied in the afternoons and evenings. Without something to keep them occupied, most them spent their time on the streets. This was where the gangs, drugs, alcohol and womanising started, which was destroying the youth. Naidu explains: “We came up with the name ‘Singcono Masisonke’ (together, we are better off) because we wanted to unify the community. We believe that for the youth to break free of the shackles of poverty and neglect, it is imperative that they build positive and healthy relationships through unity and peace.” Currently, there are about 120 boys, aged 9 to 19, who train at Singcono Masisonke Football Club from Monday to Sunday. They have an Under 10, 13, 15 and 17 division. The group also partnered with Golang Education Outreach and look after a number of their children. Naidu says they are a values-based club and they take their lead from the teachings of the Bible: believing in peace, love, grace, forgiveness and tolerance, but also believing that a person must have a heart that is willing to be re-shaped in order for the group to work with him. They also partnered with the Panorama Football Club in 2011, and played against Orlando Pirates and Wits this year, together with matches against local schools and clubs in the area. An extra-mural learning environment The vision of My Life My Africa is to facilitate and nurture the growth of an extra-mural learning environment and culture for the young people of Zandspruit – to keep them off the streets and steadily equipped them for a bright future. “Our first boy in the club has reached Grade 12 this year, and we managed to secure him 31 hours of private tuition to help with his preparations for the matric finals,” says Naidu. “From here, we are planning to implement a sustainable after-school tuition structure to support all high school children with their studies, homework and career planning. We also have a youth gathering every Tuesday evening to go into closer mentorship through life issues that the youth have. “Our vision is to have a Zandspruit Community that is filled with practical, emotional, spiritual and educational activities and learning opportunities for the youth – Monday to Sunday.” Shimi and Peter have been sponsored this year to complete their Grade 12. Both have been trained as childcare workers and have been employed by Golang. The foundation has a few partners who help keep it strong and get things going.Getting people to engage Naidu says they need to be “westernised” in how they deal with the westernised sector of society, which is where the funds have to come from. But at the same time they have to be mindful and sensitive to the cultures within the community. This is the challenge. “Funding is never easy – unless you are a well-established organisation, government and corporate are not even interested in talking to you. “And then to approach small and medium business, churches, individuals and groups is also frustrating, because people are lavish with praise and vocal support, but to move them from their comfort zones to actually step into Zandspruit to engage with the people is not so easy,” says Naidu. “It’s difficult to motivate people to give financially unless their hearts have been moved, and this seldom happens if individuals do not engage with the impoverished sector of society.” What he appreciates most about the project is to watch the visible change come over the faces of youth and young adults in his care. To see them as confused, disruptive and ill-disciplined people when they arrive, and then to watch them grow in humility, service, gratitude and hope is a great reward. Their focus remains on equipping those who are in their care to be the leaders of the ones who are younger than they are. The vision is to have sufficiently equipped and competent leadership teams in place by the end of 2012, so that all their work in Zandspruit takes on community “ownership”. Source: Brand South Africalast_img read more

10 months agoBayern Munich deny Hummels in talks with Chelsea or Tottenham

first_imgBayern Munich deny Hummels in talks with Chelsea or Tottenhamby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea and Tottenham have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Mats Hummels.Bild claimed this week that the Bayern Munich defender’s agent was in London to discuss a January move to the Premier League giants.However, Bayern’s chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has moved swiftly to deny Hummels will depart the Allianz.He said: “We had a conversation with Mats a few days ago and he will play for Bayern Munich in the second half of the season.”The Bundesliga side’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic added: “We talked to Mats, it was a good conversation.”Mats feels very well in Munich, and if a player does not always play, it’s clear that there are discussions.”Mats wanted to talk to us. We explained our point of view to him and he explained his point of view.”I think that we came to a common denominator.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

BC man under RCMP investigation for online dead Indian comment was once

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsA Terrace, B.C., man who was once a gay wedding trailblazer is now under an RCMP investigation for a possible hate crime after posting on social media that the “only good Indian is a dead Indian.”Terrace RCMP said Thursday an investigation is under way into the comment posted by Howard Boake on the web page of the local Terrace Standard newspaper. The RCMP said the investigation was triggered on Tuesday after they received a complaint from a “concerned citizen” over the comment.Boake wrote on Facebook that, “the only good Indian is a dead Indian…Let have open season on em (sic).”RCMP Const. Angela Rabut said the investigation is exploring whether there is a public safety component to the online comment.“First and foremost is public safety. Is the public safe? We are going to make sure of that,” said Rabut.Rabut said the investigation’s findings will be forwarded to local Crown counsel who will then determine whether there is enough to lay hate-crime related charges.“We have to decide the criminal element of the comment,” she said.Rabut would not say whether they contacted Boake because it was an “active investigation.”APTN National News phoned and messaged Boake on Facebook seeking comment.Boake’s comment was quickly deleted by the newspaper but not before someone captured an image of the racist words. The screen capture was shared widely over social-media and first reported by WestCoast Native News.Boake’s publicly available Facebook page shows he posted a comment on an August 2014 story by the Terrace Standard about the Gitxsan Treaty Society delivering an eviction notice to CN.“WHY do first nations THINK they OWN CANADA? (sic),” posted Boake.Boake is Facebook friends with a man named Jimbob Harris-Boake. On July 23, 2003, the Terrace Standard led with a front-page story about the gay wedding of Jim Harris and Howard Boake beneath a headline saying it was the community’s first such nuptials.The story said the two men were to be married on Aug. 9 of that year. The story described Boake as a retired truck driver who is now likely in his 70s. The pair made a lifelong commitment to each other two years earlier.Photo from Aug. 9 wedding of Jim Harris and Howard Boake. (Facebook)The marriage occurred before the full legalization of same-sex marriage in Canada.Harris could also not be reached for comment.Last week, Maclean’s magazine created a stir after it published a front page story declaring Winnipeg the most racist city in Canada and that the country had a worse race problem than the [email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

WestJet names new carrier Swoop says ticket orders will begin in early

first_imgCALGARY – WestJet says that its new no-frills, lower-fare airline will be named Swoop.The Calgary-based company (TSX:WJA) has been gradually revealing details of its new carrier since April.Last month, WestJet said the new airline would begin service next summer, rather than late this year as initially announced.The airline said on Aug. 1 that it didn’t expect to get regulatory certificates until the first quarter of 2018.It also said that the new carrier would reveal its schedule early next year and begin flights next June.Besides announcing the new name, WestJet said Wednesday it plans to start advance ticket sales in early 2018.last_img read more

MLS announces new online Canada store as part of Fanatics agreement

first_imgTORONTO – Major League Soccer is partnering with Fanatics in a deal that will mean a unique merchandising portal for Canada.Under a longterm global agreement that begins in 2019, Fanatics gains worldwide rights to produce MLS fan gear apparel, headwear and other goods across all retail and wholesale channels.Its Canada store will open in 2018, however.“We took a ‘Fan-First’ approach to our expanded partnership with Fanatics,” Kathy Carter, president of Soccer United Marketing, MLS’ commercial arm, said in a statement. “We spoke to our supporters in Canada. Their passion and commitment is what makes MLS so special. We listened to their feedback.“They want more selection and a wider assortment of fan gear for Montreal Impact, Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Starting next season, that’s what you’ll see with this new deal.”Canadian teams currently offer a limited amount of merchandise with the bulk of products only available from the league’s U.S. online store. Under the new deal, there will be a merchandise division in Canada shipping local product.The Canadian website will be in both English and French.Fanatics will run the official MLS online store,, which encompasses all 23 MLS clubs.Fanatics is also the official in-venue retail provider for Atlanta United, Chicago Fire, Houston Dynamo, Minnesota United and the Vancouver Whitecaps.Founded in 1995 and headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., Fanatics operates more than 300 online and offline stores, including the e-commerce business for the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL MLS, NASCAR, PGA as well as more than 200 collegiate and pro teams.The company, which recently acquired the apparel brand Majestic, specializes in producing event-related gear — such as celebrating a champion being crowned or a record player performance — overnight.“Our philosophy of faster speed-to-market of merchandise will ensure fans can celebrate the players and teams they love in real-time, including special items for championship moments, record-breaking feats and breakthrough performances,” Gary Gertzog, Fanatics president of business affairs, said in a statement.Adidas continues as the MLS official uniform sponsor. Fanatics will hold the rights to all other merchandise.Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitterlast_img read more

Cheezy Butter Chicken Croquettes

first_imgIngredients Chicken Tikka Pieces 250 g For Marination Oil 2 tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste 1 tbsp Red Chili Paste 2 tbsp Coriander Powder 1 tsp Chat Masala 1 tsp Hung Curd 2 tbsp Kasoori Methi 1 tsp Butter & Cheese for basting Also Read – PUMPKIN MASH, TAMATAR RASSAFor Makhani Gravy Tomato 500 gm Cashew Nut 100 gm Red Chilli Powder 1 tbsp Salt ½ tsp Mawa 20 gm Butter 20 gm Cheese as required Kasoori Methi 1 tsp For Crumbing Refined Flour 100 gm Egg (beaten) 10 nos Also Read – DATES AND MILK CRUMBLE Bread Crumb 500 gmPreparation Marinate the chicken with all ingredients. Keep in the fridge for 1 hour. Skewer the chicken pieces and cook in tandoor for 12 minutes by basting with butter on all sides. Take out the chicken tikka and roughly chop it. For preparing Makhani gravy, boil the tomatoes with cashew nut, red chili powder, salt, mawa, butter and kasoori methi for half an hour. Grind the gravy into a smooth consistency. Now, heat a pan. Add gravy and chicken tikka chopped and cook for 5 minutes. The chicken tikka makhani is ready. Now put the chicken tikka makhani on a tray and keep in the fridge for 1 hour. After the chicken is set on the tray cut them into 2 inch pieces by running a sharp knife vertically and then diagonally. Now dust the pieces with refined flour and then drop them in beaten egg and then dust them with bread crumb and fry them in hot oil till golden. Serve with mint chutney. (Courtesy: Nukkad On Wheels)last_img read more

Ohio State water polo looks for championship 3peat after 110 season

Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State Water PoloThe Ohio State water polo team will be looking for its third straight Great Lakes Division Championship on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.The team, which competes within the Collegiate Water Polo Association, finished the regular season undefeated in 11 matches. Along with two straight Great Lake championships, it finished fifth at the National Collegiate Club Championships in 2014. Coach James Dauphinee, president and senior goalie Michael Smith and vice president and junior center Drace Penley are working to prepare the team together. “I structure this out so everything we do is building toward those championships,” Dauphinee said. “There’s a lot of preparation that goes in before practice, but really it’s these guys’ dedication and hard work that pushes us.”Smith, who puts together the team’s scheduling, said midseason CWPA polls that ranked the Buckeyes first in the nation puts a target on their backs.“We have a lot more training to do if we want to compete on a national level,” Smith said. “Teams know that we’re coming to play. We’re working really hard to make sure we’re the best team in the pool conditioning-wise and (the) best team in the pool mentally and ready to play water polo.”Penley, whose duty as vice president is to work with fundraising and the community, said extra practice both in and out of the pool has been part of their preparation.“We’ve been lucky on Monday and Wednesdays to come in at 7:30 a.m. and get conditioning out the way early so that we can get into more water polo,” Penley said. “We’ve also put together an out-of-practice lifting cycle, so we all signed up for a time sheet.”Dauphinee said he thinks the team’s hard work can help it ascend to new heights.“Placing fifth last year, we lost to the eventual national champions, and this year we’re expecting to place first, if not top three,” Dauphinee said. “I think that’s reflective of the work these guys have put in, not just last year, but the previous years to really build a name for the program nationwide.”There has been a shift in the competitiveness of the program from when Dauphinee took over five years ago. Senior center Ben McClurg has witnessed the transition.“We’ve pretty much done a full 180. When I started, the team was probably like 20 guys total and only 10 showed up for practice,” McClurg said. “We had a lot of good incoming classes, and now we’ve got almost 40 guys who will come in four times a week and multiple weekends every single semester.”Smith cites Dauphinee as a large reason for the turnaround.“My freshman year we got fourth in our conference, and now we’re going for the three-peat this year,” Smith said. “It’s just been an unbelievable change, and a lot of that has to do with our coaching. James has been an unbelievable part of that.”Dauphinee has been named the Great Lakes Division Coach of the Year the past three seasons, but the achievements of the team are what he hangs his hat on.“The thing that I personally get the most from is not the individual accolade, but when I first started coaching the team, they asked me to come on board and we had seven guys in the water,” he said. “This is the return on the investment I put in here, getting an opportunity to help build a program.”Dauphinee is not the only member of the team who has experienced personal success. McClurg and Smith have both been recognized within the CWPA.McClurg was named the 2014 Great Lakes Division MVP and a second team All-American. He said he is honored to obtain those awards, but he enjoys team success over individual.“I like being honored, but I’d like to see the team do well rather than myself,” McClurg said. “But, obviously, I like being able to say that I was the best in the conference and somewhat of the best of the nation, which is kind of cool to see.”Smith, as a goalie, attributes his success to the team defense and coaching.“I’ve had an unbelievable defense, and I’ve been lucky enough to have that for three years now,” Smith said. “I came in playing in high school a little bit, but I wasn’t very good. I’ve had great tutelage, great coaching and it all goes down to that team defense.”Penley, however, said he thinks Smith is too modest.“Team defense can only work if you got someone who you know is only going to let seven goals max in a game behind you,” Penley said. “Pretty much every game at nationals, except for maybe one, he’s been named our MVP of the game.”Despite a strong commitment to the program, the team emphasizes that school comes first.Penley, a chemical engineering major, said a good balance is important.“Since we are a club sport, we’re always making sure that everyone knows that school comes first, family comes first,” Penley said. “If you need a day off mentally, that comes first because if you aren’t prepared mentally in the pool, you’re not going to play physically well.”Smith echoed Penley’s notion.“We’re not scholarship athletes, we’re all here to get an education,” Smith said. “We’re lucky enough to have guys on the team who are able to balance that and (Penley) is a great example.”Freshman Andy Damschroder said the cohesion of the club has contributed to his positive experience so far.“We hang out together, we train together, we win together,” Damschroder said. “It’s probably one of the best clubs on campus, one of the most competitive, one of the most cohesive. Everybody is academically smart, we’re all physically talented. It’s a great group to be a part of.”The Buckeyes will host the Great Lake Championships at the McCorkle Pavilion Halloween weekend beginning at 9 a.m. on Oct. 31. read more