If you’re keen to get involved, or simply to spectate at some of the best poker fixtures on the international calendar – look no further. Here we outline some of the coolest poker tournaments to look out for in 2016.
1. World Series of Poker – July
The World Series of Poker, taking place in Las Vegas from May 31 – July 18th, is set to be bigger and better than in previous years, with a 50 percent increase in players that can make the money. This isn’t the only improvement to be made to the competition. All tournaments will kick off one hour earlier, the number of starting chips has increased by 66 percent on last year, and eight entirely new events have been added to the WSOP schedule.
WSOP Tournament Director, Jack Effel, has commented,“By paying 50 percent more entrants and reaching the money earlier, we anticipate the 2016 WSOP to be the most rewarding yet.”
2. European Poker Tour
You don’t have long to wait until the grand final of the European Poker Tour, which is bowing out in spectacular fashion amongst the glitz and the glam of Monte Carlo in Monaco. The event hits the Monte Carlo Casino from April 25 – May 6.
3. Latin America Poker Tour
This tour, which began in The Bahamas in January, and swung by Chile, is due to hit the Sortis Hotel, Spa and Casino in Panama City from May 12-16th, before heading on to The Enjoy Conrad Resort& Casino in beautiful Punta del Este in Uruguay from September 23-27th.
4. PPC Aruba World Championship 2016
From November 2-8 2016, the PPC Aruba World Championships will be taking place at the Hilton Aruba Resort, and entrants have the opportunity to win up to $500,000.
Sunburn tattoos are so 2015. They are all over Instagram last year with skimpy-clad ladies and gents sporting their own sunburn art on their backs, hips, highs, tummy, and anywhere they think would look cool. But hey, looks like the fad isn’t going away. There is always summer and plenty of sun to create sunburn art. So, we’re probably going to see loads of them online next summer break. Health experts are not too enthusiastic though. Here’s why:
Repeated exposure may lead to skin cancer
“When you get any kind of unprotected sun exposure, you are doing damage to the DNA in your skin cells,” said Penn State Hershey Medical Center dermatologist, Dr. Michael Ioffreda.
This damage may accumulate over time, and the body’s repair mechanism may not able to keep up, causing skin cancers to erupt.
Premature wrinkles and ugly pigmentation
Too much skin exposure can dry out your skin and cause early wrinkles. It can also cause irregular pigmentation and colored spots—far from your idea of healthy looking skin.
Even individuals who have some degree of natural pigmentation that protects them from the harmful effects of the sun’s UV rays are not safe.
Increased skin damage for already tattooed skin
A freshly tattooed skin exposed to sun is at greater risk of damage. This is because the tattooing alone already breaks down your epidermis. Exposing tattooed skin to the sun, even after three months of tattooing, will add more to the damage.
To counter this, skin experts recommend the use of sunscreen or lotion with high sun protection factor (SPF) every day, especially on sunny days.
Sunscreen with 30 SPF is ideal. This should be lathered on skin for about 15 to 20 minutes before going out in the sun. Doing so will give the skin enough time to absorb the sunscreen and form protective shield.
Every year, there are certain sporting events that attract plenty of attention. The Super Bowl, FA Cup final and Six Nations are just three examples of major sporting tournaments and contests throughout the calendar year. Now, while the Cheltenham Festival doesn’t attract anywhere near as much media attention, it still remains a magnificent spectacle and continues to appeal to the masses – with over 250,000 spectators set to travel to the racecourse in March.
With four whole days of racing, there is plenty of action to keep racing fans entertained throughout the week. You can experience the thrill and excitement of a live race day and with a bit of luck, you could make a nice profit over the course of the week. Fans from all over the country will travel to Cheltenham but if you’re not fortunate enough to have a ticket, you can keep up to date with the latest news and results via Coral’s website.
Ultimately, its sheer size is largely down to the scale of their main races. Cheltenham plays host to various Group One races and the top-rated horses in the business compete against one another in some of the most prestigious races on the calendar. Every year, the world’s top trainers and jockeys feature at the festival as they battle against their rivals for huge sums of money. In fact, the Cheltenham Gold Cup – which is arguably the highlight of the week – offers a £500,000 prize fund.
Punters will be looking to place a Cheltenham bet or two on the Willie Mullins/Ruby Walsh combination at this year’s festival after the two enjoyed plenty of success in 2015. Last year, the bookmakers were hit hard by this deadly duo but could have lost even more money had Annie Power stayed on her feet at the last fence in the Mares’ Hurdle. Unfortunately for punters, she fell – a result that saved the bookies over £50 million.
With vast amounts of money at stake, is it any surprise that the Cheltenham Festival remains one of the top sporting events in Great Britain? Usually the bookmakers tend to win, however there are ways to get the best value on your bets. Fortunately for punters, the bookmakers tend to offer various promotions throughout the week and this year’s Cheltenham special bet at Coral is sure to attract plenty of attention in the betting markets = especially if it includes an enhancement on the Mullins/Walsh duo.
So, if you’re debating going to Cheltenham this year, it really is a no-brainer… GO! The majority of people who attend the festival find it enthralling and you will be desperate to return. With a bit of luck, you’ll make a profit but ultimately, you’ll have a great day with friends whilst watching some of the best horses in the business.
The desert may seem like an alien land full of misery and nothingness (nah, not really). If you are game, you can actually have tons of fun in a barren place such as a desert.
Hit the road, the desert road with your driving prowess and make your monster ride literally bash the sand dunes in a seemingly reckless, crazy manner. Dune bashing isn’t a family-friendly adventure and it has its set of risks, but if you’re a risk-taker, then this is definitely the desert activity for you.
Place to dune bash – Dubai
Sliding down the slopes of the desert can be really fun. Sand boarding isn’t entirely exclusive to deserts, as it may be doable in sandy beaches. But since you’re in the desert, there’s limitless possibilities to sand board all you can from sun up till sun down. The only catch is – in order to sand board again, you’ll have to hike up the same distance you sand boarded down. It can get pretty tough and tiresome.
Places to sand board – Australia, Egypt, Maldives, Namibia, Philippines, South Africa, US, South America, and Germany.
Deserts are scenic places for hikes and treks, too. Some places have jugged, rocky formations that make up a nice diversion to the already common sandy landscapes. Just don’t forget to bring lots of knowledge about desert survival and safety, and water canteen.
Places to desert hike – Eastern Washington, California, Jordan, Bolivia, Chile, and Arizona.
If you don’t like the confines of a four-wheel drive truck, then perhaps a buggy or quad bike will do the trick. Hit the sandy path and drive around, blasting sand dunes after sand dunes. It can really be an amazing adventure, especially when you know you don’t have passengers to look after.
Places to desert quad bike – Namibia, Dubai, Morocco (Sahara), and Egypt.
Of course, riding the camel is a top pick for the coolest thing to do in the desert. This hardy desert animal has long been used for transport and travel, and riding one can be an awesome experience.
Places to camel ride – Africa, Dubai, Egypt, Morocco, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and other Middle Eastern countries.
New year always means new opportunities and new chances, but that’s certainly not the only reasons why we’re eagerly looking forward to 2016.
We are rather more excited about the new series that will soon get us glued in front of our TV this January.
The Shannara Chronicles
Millions of Shannara fans all over the world are rejoicing – myself included! There’s nothing like seeing one of your favorite books come to life. Glad that MTV has decided to create more than just music videos.
Anyway, The Shannara Chronicles is based on the “The Elfstones of Shannara”, the second book of the fantasy/science fiction book series Terry Brooks. The story is set in a fictional world called the Four Lands, a post-apocalyptic world where technology disappears and magic reappears. It consists of two plot lines. The first follows the quest of two teenage elves to replace the dying Ellcrys, a magical tree that serves as a gate that banished demons from the four lines. The second plot line revolves on the effort of the Elven armies and the other races (humans and dwarves) to slow down a massive demon invasion.
Based largely on the second book of “The Mortal Instruments” by Cassandra Clare, Shadowhunters is a freeform television series set to premiere this January 12.
The book was originally set for film adaptation but producers had a change of heart.
“It actually makes sense to do (the novels) as a TV series. There was so much from the book that we had to leave out of the Mortal Instruments film. In the series we’ll be able to go deeper and explore this world in greater detail and depth,” said Constantin Film and TV head Martin Moszkowicz during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
Shadowhunters follows the story of New York City girl Clary Fray who descended from a line of shadowhunters, half-human and half-angel warriors who protect humanity from evil forces. After her mother’s disappearance, Clary joins forces with the shadowhunters and enters the Downworld (a realm filled with demons and other creatures) in search of a cup that holds the key to her mother.
What would you buy if money were not a problem? The latest Benz or a castle estate? Well, here’s a peek into what millionaires have been busy buying last Christmas and how much they spent.
CNBC Millionaire Survey reveals that 50 percent of today’s millionaires spent $1,000 for the holidays, 30 percent spent at least $2,500. The Survey goes on to say that 75 percent of today’s millionaires spent the same amount as the past year’s Christmas, and only 15 percent spent less in 2013, and the remaining 10 percent increased their holiday spending.
The Survey adds that millionaires weren’t buying much material things last Christmas. In fact, they invested more on family and experiences by spending more for gift cards, events and travel.
If you look at the report, you’ll observe that millionaires were quite frugal in that most of them spent a meager budget and chose not to increase their spending in Christmas 2014. And it might come as a surprise considering that these affluent individuals have all the money to buy so many or so much.
Middle-income earners and those earning lesser should take this report as a guide in managing personal finances. Christmas may offer lots of cash bonuses and rewards, but it’s never frugal to spend so much on fleeting things.
Spend time and money with your family and friends, and create memorable moments together. You don’t have to spend a lot on Christmas. Even millionaires aren’t spending millions on Christmas, just a few thousand bucks. If you are earning only a few thousands, then spend just a few hundreds. But make sure that the money you spent leaves a memorable trail for your loved ones.
When the holidays end, you’ll have plenty of moments to cherish and you’ll still have plenty of money for whatever financial plans you may have. It’s ridiculous for people to spend everything they’ve got during the holidays – feast and party all they can, and then suffer considerably at the onset of the New Year. Be like today’s millionaires.
While books turned into films isn’t something new, we’ve been seeing lots of them a lot lately. Heck, even one whole books can be cut down to two parts (Hi, Hunger Games!) and even three (Hello, Peter Jackson!). That said, there are some really cool adaptations coming out this 2015 and here are some you should look forward to:
This adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s work stars Joaquin Phoenix and sees Paul Thomas direct something quite different from the drama The Master. What makes this even more intriguing is this is the first Pynchon novel to be adapted for the screen. It’s the story of how a private detective becomes entangled in a strange case after his ex-girlfriend asks for help. It also stars Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson and Benicio del Toro.
In the Heart of the Sea
Chis Hemsworth is having himself a busy 2015. He will be starring in Blackhat, Avengers: Age of Ultron and In the Heart of the Sea. You know about that classic Moby Dick? It’s the story about the whale that isn’t exactly about the whale (oops … spoiler alert). Well, this film is about the Whaleship Essex (which inspired Moby Dick) which sank after being attacked by a sperm whale in 1820 and what happened to her crew.
The novel by Tom Robb Smith was such an acclaimed work that painted a picture of criminality during the Soviet era. The book was such a page turner when it was released in 2008 and now you get to see it in film. The story centers around a former MGB agent who investigates a series of child murders. Daniel Espinosa – the Swedish director who impressed with Snabba Cash (Easy Money) – is at the helm. It stars Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, Dev Patel and Tywin Lannister (yes, Charles Dance is here!). Also in the film is Joel Kinnaman, star of Easy Money.
Other notable mentions include The Martian (starring Matt Damon and yes, another space film), Paper Towns (because the world needs John Green) and Fifty Shades of Grey (Happy Valentines!).
Katy Moran is an exciting talent, specialising in an abstract style that evokes memories of this powerful post-war movement that was unlike anything the world had ever seen.
Her work continues this legacy, all the while adding her own distinct voice in a very contemporary sense. There’s a lot going on in her work, thick with paintings and lavish with ideas, making them compelling viewing.
She lets the work evolve naturally and once remarked that the composition of any given painting concludes when she finally ‘sees something’.
As she once told Phaidon: “Painting’s exciting – it’s about pretending you are out of control, trying to introduce accident, chance and things that are unplanned that interest and surprise you more than anything you have consciously or intellectually conceived.”
Powerful, passionate and supremely brilliant, Charles Willmott is one of the best figurative realists working in the UK, a master of capturing something human in his paintings.
He inspired by what he describes as three main disciplines – the art of dance, the beauty of the female form and the magic of portraiture – and the artistic rendering of this has been his life’s preoccupation.
“As subject matter I would probably have to confess to a near obsession with dance, particularly the ballet,” he has previously said.
“I’ve enjoyed the privilege of working with many greats, like Darcey Bussell, Miyako Yoshida, Monica Zamora, Kevin O’Hare, Catherine Batcheller and Joe Cipolla … My admiration for the beauty and grace of dancers has deepened my interest in distilling the essence of the female form.”
Inspired, intrigued and invigorated by the idea of ‘space and place’ and the narratives that they hold within them, Kathleen Herbert is an inquisitive artist keen on learning more about the world and then delivering the stories she comes across in a unique way through her work.
“I enjoy researching the apparent uninteresting or unsaid, which through further investigation reveal social political, and spatial narratives which are defined and redefined through history,” she has explained.
They can take on an uneasy form. For example, one of her films, Stable, which came into existence after someone had made a casual reference to horses being kept in Gloucester Cathedral’s, sees the animals given the liberty to explore the church.
That strange juxtaposition, all at once real and mythological, has a real impact on the viewer, challenging them to engage with the past in a more physical and emotive way. Was this story real? If not, it is now.
Christian Furr made history in 1995, when at the humble age of 28, he became the youngest ever artist to receive a commission to paint an official portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
He has gone on to be a successful artist, specialising in the duality of life, from the good to the bad, the happy to the sad and light to dark. In addition, he documents the so-called insignificant moments of life, the events (or non-events) that occur in-between that which we determine to be significant.
In an essay entitled The Representation of Beauty, the writer Maria Pia Cappello described Furr as a “great painter that uses Newton’s optical theories suggesting subjective analysis, states of mind, happiness, warmth and anxiety”.
This suggests the artist’s preoccupation of the human experience, which confounds and excites. Life, if we brood on it too deeply, can seem so strange and beautiful, that it can beggar belief that we exist at all.
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So you’ve had a major BBQ party – or perhaps even several – every year. They always go down well and you’ve perhaps even perfected your recipes so well on that Weber from Wow BBQ that guests are guaranteed culinary class. Yet it feels like perhaps you need to mix things up a bit.
Why not create a bit of a different feel for your next BBQ by opting for a themed event?
BBQs can be impromptu affairs where you bring out the grill to cook things up just because you fancy doing it that day. Obviously, the themed party option is more geared towards a big, more highly organised and less off-the-cuff event!
We thought we’d provide you with just a handful of ideas that might make the theme party process that bit more simple!
Pick a theme
It all starts with choosing a theme. You want to aim for something personal that you’ll enjoy – but that also resonates with your guests and won’t be too tricky for them to take part in. Go for something broad in scope, that can be applied to a variety of different parts of your bash.
For example, a good theme for a BBQ might be something along the lines of The USA. BBQ foods commonly have links to the States, so you could easily put together a great menu based on this theme. And it can also be easily incorporated into people’s dress if you fancy. For example, a fancy dress do where people dress as US celebs would be one road to go down, while something more subtle could involve simply a US themed dress code – meaning people could turn up in jeans and probably still be considered to be part of the theme!
Tell your guests
Guests might need a little bit more time to prepare for a themed party, so its a good idea to get the word with plenty of time to spare. You might want to make your invites reflect your theme, and your craft skills could well come in handy here. Make sure you give everyone the details of exactly what the theme entails on their part – for example, the sort of dress code you’re encouraging for the event, the sorts of food and drink it might be good for them to bring. But don’t be too prescriptive or people might be put off and feel like they are being too tied down by your theme.
Arrange your menu
Don’t overface yourself by trying to be too ambitious with the menu, but do think about how the things you make could be linked to the theme. For the US theme we talked about above, this is easy to think about. For some other themes, a little more imagination might be needed. But remember to have fun with the connections you make!
Devise your activities
Themed activities can also be a good bet. Music that suits your theme can add just the right soundtrack to the occasion, and games that link to the theme can also be great – USA quiz, anyone?