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24 Places To Visit In Sweden

1. Stockholm
Here you have the classic architecture mixed in with modern art. You’ll also see the combo of old and new in the traditional meals and modern Nordic cuisine.

Visit: Djurgården, Skansen and Vasa Museum

2. Gothenburg
Even with Stockholm being the #1 attraction, Gothenburg holds its own charm. Also, it’s reinvented urself by providing Michelin star restaurant alongside incredible art galleries in this rustic city.

Visit: Liseberg Amusement Park, Gothenburg Museum of Art, Archipelago

3. Abisko
If you’re looking for that natural aesthetic, you can see the Aurora Borealis and the Midnight Sun. It provides a beautiful backdrop with the green and blue night sky in the winters. The summers have a midnight sun.

Visit: Aurora Sky Station

4. Are
This is not your ordinary mountain village. Here you’ll have the metropolitan feel with the skiing. It’s also a nice place for a quick getaway from the typical tourist attraction.

Visit: Are Ski Resort, Are Kabinbana, Njarka Sami Camp, Froa Gruva
<p style=”text-align: left;”>5. Halmstad
Culture is the name of the game here. Are you tired of the beaches? Get some nice Danish culture in this great city.</p>
Visit: Nissan River, Galgberget, Tylösand Strand, Mjellby Art Museum

 

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LOUD TRAVEL VODAVIRAL

5 Great Places To Visit On A Family Vacation In Nigeria

1. Obudu Cattle Ranch, Calabar
Obudu Ranch Resort is a beautiful place to take a family vacation. It has a nice water park with water slide and a swimming pool, a golf course, night-time bonfires and horseback riding. Not to mention, you’ll bond with family as you get one with nature while hiking  and bird watching.

2. Yankari Games Reserve

Your children will get a kick out of seeing baboons, hippos, elephants and other 50 species of wildlife including variety of fishes and birds. The Marshall cave Systems and Wikki Warm Springs make for great family fun. The Wikki River is a natural swimming ground. Yankari is a perfect leisure spot with outdoor and indoor sports facilities.

3. Okomu National Park, Edo State

The Okomu National Park is a rain forest. Just imagine watching 150 varieties of birds each with its distinctive acrobatic display with your family. Not to mention, this is a great spot to have a picnic and watch White throated monkey, forest elephants and other 33 wildlife species.

4. Tinapa Business Resort

Not only is Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort located near Calabar Free Trade Zone, but it’s the ideal place for wholesale and retail trade as well as entertainment and leisure. It makes for a nice family vacation spot with the children’s arcade, an eight-screen cinema, a mini amphitheatre, restaurants and pubs.

5. Ikogosi Warm Spring Resort

Ikogosi Warm Spring is a beautiful place to relax. Imagine the warm water spring flows side by side with a cold spring. The resort has excellent accommodations available and recreational facilities suitable for family vacation.

 

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SPORT SPORT_MLB

At least 8 MLB teams pledge more stipends to minor leaguers

NEW YORK (AP) — At least eight major league franchises have informed minor leaguers they will continue to provide allowances after the May 31 expiration of Major League Baseball’s policy guarantying those players $400 per week.

The San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners are promising payments through August, and the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers have pledged to do so through at least June. The White Sox are even providing those stipends to 25 minor league players recently released.

The Philadelphia Phillies also plan to continue allowances through June, but likely at a reduction from the $400 per week rate. The amount is to be determined, the team said.

Oakland said Tuesday it will suspend pay for all minor leaguers at the end of the month. The Athletics are the only team to announce an end to the allowances.

MLB suspended spring training and postponed the start of the minor league season in March due to the novel coronavirus, leaving low-paid minor league players in lurch. The league launched a policy March 19 that provided most non-40-man roster players signed to minor league deals with stipends through April 8, and it later extended the policy through May 31.

The allowances were a pay raise for many players, with minimum salaries ranging from $290 per week at Class A to $502 per week at Triple-A over the five-month season.

MLB and the players’ association are negotiating terms to start the major league season later in the summer, but it seems likely there will not be a minor league season. Some teams have reportedly begun to release players who aren’t top prospects and won’t figure into their 2020 MLB rosters. The White Sox are the only club to say it will extend allowances to players recently released.

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Athletes wary about virus, testing upon return

Chris Thompson is an NFL running back. He also is the father of a 4-month-old daughter, Kali. Guess which of those facts matters more to him when he ponders eventually returning to work amid a pandemic.

“If I go practice or play and I come back home with the virus … that’s my biggest worry,” said Thompson, who signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars this month after seven seasons with the Washington Redskins.

“We’re not robots out there,” he said. “People out there are saying, ‘Hey, with all that’s going on, we need sports back in our lives to get our minds off everything.’ That’s all good. But you’ve got to think about this, too: When we start back in training camp, you’re putting 90 guys from 90 different places all together … and it happens a lot that a lot of us get sick.”

These are the sorts of thoughts those who play the games that people love to watch, discuss and gamble on are grappling with as lockdowns brought about by the coronavirus outbreak begin to ease and various sports resume competition — NASCAR and UFC, for example — or attempt to figure out how to, such as Major League Baseball, the NBA and NHL.

Reporters from The Associated Press spoke to more than two dozen athletes from around the globe — representing seven countries and 11 sports — to get a sense of how concerned or confident they are about resuming competition. What emerged, above all, was a sense that they are going through the very same sort of calculus that much of the rest of society is: What is safe nowadays? How do I, and my family, stay healthy, especially with no cure or vaccine yet?

“There’s certainly an element of the unknown,” New Jersey Devils defenseman Connor Carrick said. “This has not been studied all that long still, even thought it feels like an eternity some days.”

Or as Bethanie Mattek-Sands, who has won nine Grand Slam tennis doubles titles, explained: “It’s sort of even tough to gauge what I should be worried about.”

Mattek-Sands did say she thinks those in charge of her sport will do their best to protect participants, which matched the general consensus among those the AP interviewed.

They also consider the optics.

“You’d have these billionaire (team) owners that are probably social distancing in their boxes, while you have guys on the field playing a game with no fans,” said Kelvin Beachum, an NFL free agent. “I think that would be very, very awkward.”

Nearly unanimous was a wariness about enough COVID-19 testing — what types, how many, how often — and other precautions (contact tracing, for example) that leagues, unions and governing bodies might institute as they develop protocols.

Most echoed Thompson’s sentiment that “we should have constant testing,” but there was hesitation about too many nasal swabs or blood samples.

“If the tests don’t come back for a couple of days and whatnot, how does that really work?” said two-time Olympic champion ski racer Mikaela Shiffrin. “It’s good to know if you test positive or negative. But if we’re talking about being tested today so we can race tomorrow, but the results don’t come back for two days, it doesn’t really help.”

Ryan Zimmerman, a member of the World Series champion Washington Nationals, was adamant: “Someone is going to need to be able to assure us that the testing put forward will be able to catch this before it can cause some sort of outbreak among people in close quarters.”

Some wondered whether they would agree to get a seasonal flu shot if required, the way it was in Australian rugby. Two athletes said they never get seasonal flu vaccines — one also didn’t want recommended shots before a recent trip to Africa — and aren’t inclined to change that.

Others weren’t sure they would agree to get a COVID-19 vaccine if mandated by a league.

“I think it would stop at some sort of vaccine to play,” St. Louis Cardinals All-Star shortstop Paul DeJong said. “There is a fine line between what (MLB) can do to protect us and some things they can do to kind of exert power over us.”

For those in sports such as golf or tennis that require international travel, there are questions about how easy it will be to hop from country to country — and how easy it’ll be to avoid catching or spreading the virus.

“You are so concerned that you don’t want to be the cause of somebody else’s … death,” said Padraig Harrington, a three-time major golf champion from Ireland. “Traveling, you have the fear that you are going to get it — and you still maintain that fear of passing it on to someone who is vulnerable.”

He mentioned his 80-year-old mother, but the list goes beyond athletes’ relatives: coaches, training staff, officials, arena workers and, if there are any, spectators. Plus those folks’ families.

“The pressure to ‘get back out there’ makes it clear,” Olympic long jump champion Tianna Bartoletta said, “that athletes aren’t necessarily being seen as the humans they are, with the families they have.”

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Boston Marathon canceled for 1st time in 124-year history

BOSTON (AP) — Organizers canceled the Boston Marathon on Thursday for the first time in its history, bowing to the social distancing requirements of the coronavirus outbreak and ending a 124-year run that had persisted through two World Wars, a volcanic eruption and even another pandemic.

The race, which draws a field of 30,000 and already had been postponed from April 20 to Sept. 14, will be replaced by a virtual event in which participants who verify that they ran 26.2 miles (42.2 km) on their own will receive their finisher’s medal.

“It became clear as this crisis developed that Sept. 14 was less and less plausible,” Mayor Marty Walsh said at a news conference outside City Hall, where runners traditionally gather for a pre-race pasta dinner.

“This is a challenge, but meeting tough challenges is what the Boston Marathon is all about,” Walsh said, invoking the response to the finish line bombings seven years ago. “It’s a symbol of our city’s and our commonwealth’s resilience. So it’s incumbent upon all of us to dig deep, like a marathon runner, like we did in 2013, and keep that spirit alive.”

Although the title of Boston Marathon champion is contested by a few dozen elite athletes, the field includes more than 30,000 recreational and charity runners, with as many as 1 million people lined up along the course trek from Hopkinton to Boston’s Back Bay. That presented organizers with a social distancing problem that won’t be solved by the fall.

“There’s no way to hold this usual race format without bringing large numbers of people into close proximity,” Walsh said. “While our goal and our hope was to make progress in containing the virus and recovering our economy, this kind of event would not be responsible or realistic on Sept. 14 or any time this year.”

The longest-running annual marathon in the world, the Boston Marathon began in 1897 when 15 men drew a starting line in the dirt in Ashland and headed for the city to commemorate the first modern Olympic Games the previous year. In 1918, the format was modified to a relay due to World War I; the 2013 race was stopped when two bombs exploded at the finish line, several hours after the winners had finished but while many recreational runners were still on the course.

Boston Athletic Association CEO Tom Grilk said the race also had to adjust when temperatures along the course approached 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 Celsius) in 2012; ten years ago, ash from a volcanic eruption in Iceland grounded air travel and prevented many European runners from coming to Boston.

“There is a pretty rich history of accommodation and addressing reality. This is this year’s reality,” Grilk said.

“The spirit of Boston and the spirit of the Boston Marathon is to be strong and to be smart. When necessity drives you in a direction you might not have liked, you need to have the strength, the wisdom and the guidance from public officials to do what’s right.”

The race was scheduled in April on the state holiday to commemorate the battles in Lexington and Concord that marked the start of the Revolutionary War. Traditionally, the Red Sox have scheduled their first pitch for that morning so baseball fans could wander over to Kenmore Square after the game to see the runners pass by with one mile to go.

In announcing postponement in March, Walsh cited the desire to salvage the estimated $211 million pumped into the city’s economy each year. The B.A.A. and marathon runners also raise about $40 million for charity.

The B.A.A. said those who paid the entry fee for this year’s race can get their money back. They will also have a chance to participate in the virtual marathon, which they can run between Sept. 7-14. A downloadable “virtual toolkit” will include a printable finish line and winner’s tape.

Those who provide proof of a finish in less than 6 hours will receive a program, T-shirt, medal and runner’s bib.

The Sept. 12 B.A.A. 5K also was canceled.

Qualifying times for this year’s race will be eligible for the 2021 Boston Marathon, which is scheduled for April 19. The 125th anniversary edition is scheduled for April 18, 2022.

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LOUD ONLINE VODAVIRAL

Biggest Thefts In History

#1 HARRY WINSTON – $108 MILLION
In December 2008, four armed men dressed in wigs and women’s clothing robbed the Paris store. They stole over $108 million in jewelry, which caused the company’s stock to fall 9%.

#2 CENTRAL BANK OF IRAQ – $1 BILLION
Before Coalition forces began bombing Iraq in 2003, Saddam Hussein had his song Qusay to make a withdrawal of around $1 billion in $100 bills. Around $650 million was later found by US troops hidden in the walls of one of Saddam’s palaces, but $350 million remained missing.

#3 ANTWERP DIAMOND CENTER – $100 MILLION
Since 80% of the world’s uncut diamonds go through Antwerp, Belgium. Professional thief, Leonardo Notarbartolo, already scoped out Antwerp Diamond Center’s vault for years. He and his accomplices managed to get past ten layers of security. Notarbartolo was eventually  caught but the $100 million in gems still hasn’t been recovered.

#4 KNIGHTSBRIDGE SAFE DEPOSIT ROBBERY – $98 MILLION
In 1987, Valerio Viccei, who had enjoyed a successful career in armed robbery, infiltrated the Knightsbridge Safe Deposit Centre and pilfered the boxes. He and his accomplices left with over around $98 million worth of money and jewels. They fled to Latin America. Viccei’s accomplices were caught there. However, it wasn’t until Viccei tried to retrieve his Ferrari in England where he was captured and sentenced to 22 years in prison.

#5 CITY BONDS ROBBERY – $400 MILLION
In May 1990, a 58 year old messenger named John Goddard was mugged while carrying a briefcase containing around 292 million pounds in bearer bonds. Whoever holds those bonds were considered the owners. Those bills were as good as cash. However, the FBI was able to infiltrate the gang and find out who was behind the mugging. All but two of the bonds were recovered.

#6 BAGHDAD BANK ROBBERY – $282 MILLION
In July 2007, employees of Dar Es Salaam bank in Baghdad showed up to work to find the vault open and all of its contents gone. It’s believed the three bank guard made off with $282 million!

#7 AGRICULTURAL BANK OF CHINA ROBBERY – $7 MILLION
This was quite an ingenious plan. China saw its largest robbery in 2007 when the Agricultural Bank’s messenger Ren Xiaofeng stole 200,000 yuan to buy lottery tickets. He was able to win enough money and return it before it went missing. However, the next year he used anothe messenger to get around $7 million dollars but lost most of it to losing lottery tickets.

#8 DUNBAR ARMORED HEIST – $18.9 MILLION
This was an inside job gone bad. Allen Pace was a regional safety inspector who ended up making off with $18.9 million in chase in a U-Haul truck after enlisting his friends for the gig. However, apiece of the truck’s tail light led the police to the suspects, and Pace was sentenced to 17 years in prison.

#9 SUMITOMO MITSUI HACK $423 MILLION
In 2004, hackers broke into the system of Sumitomo Mitsui, a Japanese bank, and attempted to transfer approximately 423 million to ten different accounts around the world. The bank was luckily because they noticed repeat behavior after implementing a program in October of the same year that noticed the transactions.

#10 BANK OF IRELAND HEIST – $9 MILLION
In 2009, seven robbers believed to be gangsters from inner-city northern Dublin got away with $9 million in under 15 minutes. It led to a big manhunt in Ireland to find the criminals.

#11 BOSTON MUSEUM THEFT – $300 MILLION
March 1990 saw what most consider the biggest art heist in history. Two phony officers convinced two security guards at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston that they were responding to a disturbance. They took advantage of the situation by handcuffing the security guards in the basement after being let inside. In the subsequent 81 minutes, the two men left with 12 pieces of art with a combined value of over $300 million at the time of the theft. However, they were amateurs leaving behind more valuable pieces and damaged the items they stole.

#12 SCHIPHOL AIRPORT HEIST – $118 MILLION
In February 2005, Amsterdam saw history’s largest diamond heist yet — with the stolen gems estimated at a value of $118 million.

#13 BRITISH BANK OF THE MIDDLE EAST – $70 MILLION
In 1976, a terrorist group associated with the Palestine Liberation Organization made off with over 25 million pounds worth of gold, jewels, stocks, as well as $50 million worth of currency from the British Bank of the Middle East. They plundered the vault over a course of two days.

#14 TREASURE OF BENGHAZI – PRICELESS
It has been reported that the “Treasure of Benghazi” heist occurred sometime before July 2011. The thieves were able to drill a through the ceiling to a vault underground. Here’s where they looted over seven thousand ancient coins made of gold, silver, and bronze. It’s considered the most valuable heist in history due to the priceless treasures stolen.

#15 BANCO CENTRAL HEIST – $70 MILLION
The Banco Central burglary of 2005 is one of the biggest bank heists in history. It took a small gang tunneled three months of digging to break into the vault and leave with around $70 million.

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HOLLYWOOD LOUD VODAVIRAL

Most Political Hollywood Stars

#1 CLINT EASTWOOD THE OSCAR-WINNER AND POLITICIAN
Eastwood actually served as Mayor of Carmel (1986) and the California State Park and Recreation Commissioner (2001). Back in 2012, he was a mystery guest speaker in the Republican National Convention.

#2 THE BEAUTIFUL DIPLOMAT
Not only is Angelina Jolie a beautiful actress, but she’s served for more than 10 years as a UNHCR ambassador.

#3 GEORGE CLOONEY KNOWS HOW BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER
He really does it all from starring in or directing a film, fundraising for President Obama’s, or giving a speech on his organization, ‘Not On Our Watch Project’- which focuses global attention and resources to stop and prevent mass atrocities. Also, he’s a stand-up guy who is willing to risk arrest in protest to resolve the Sudanese Darfur conflict.

#4 JEAN SEBERG: THE POLITICAL FEMME FATALE
Not only did she star in 37 films and play the heroine, Joan of Arc, in the film ‘Saint Joan’ (1957), she supported civil right and activist groups in the 1960s.

#5 ALEC BALDWIN: THE STAUNCH DEMOCRAT
The award-winning actor and longtime environmental activist also lobbied for the Federal Funding of the Arts.

#6 STEPHEN BALDWIN: A STAUNCH REPUBLICAN
Stephen Baldwin, the actor and brother of Alec Baldwin, takes more of conservative activist role as a Republican. He’s more into the religious aspect.

#7 AUDREY HEPBURN PUT UNICEF ON THE MAP

Audrey had tremendous star power with her unique style, talent and compassion. She started working with  UNICEF  after winning the Academy Award for Best Actress in ‘Roman Holiday’ in 1954. Her role as UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassador gained recognition with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by then US president, George H. W. Bush.

#8 HARRY BELAFONTE: AN OUTSPOKEN ACTIVIST
Not only is Belafonte a great musician and actor, he never held back his words when it came to social issues.

#9 BRIGITTE BARDOT: THE ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVIST
Bardot has not only had a career as French fashion model and actress, but actively pursued Animal welfare activism.

#10 OPRAH WINFREY’S ENDORSEMENT OF BARACK OBAMA
Back in 2008, Oprah Winfrey gained a title as the most influential woman in the world by different outlets, such as CNN, Time.com, Vanity Fair and even Bill O’Reilly. Her influence was so strong that it also played a major role in helping President Barack Obama get elected.

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HOLLYWOOD LOUD VODAVIRAL

Top Celebrity Nicknames

#1 SNOOP DOGG
The king of the LBC, Snoop Doggy Dogg, born as Calvin Broadus, got his childhood nickname from his mom because she thought he looked like Charlie Brown’s beagle, “Snoopy.”

#2 PUFFY
Puffy, Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, simply just Diddy (now Love). Puffy was a nickname due to his huff and puff nature after getting angry.

#3 BRANGELINA
Brangelina is a combination of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. It’s a power couple combination given to them at the beginning of their relationship.

#4 MILEY
Destiny Hope Cyrus had the name Miley due to be a play-on of “Smiley.”

#5 WACKO JACKO
Wacko Jacko was a bit of a derogatory term used by the tabloids.

#6 THE WALL
Keanu Reeves was nicknamed “The Wall” came from during high school days as a great goalkeeper.

#7 XTINA
Xtina came from the concept of ‘Xmas’.

#8 SNOOKIE
Jersey Shore star, Snooki, got her nickname in 8th grade from a character on “Save the Last Dance.”

#9 JAY Z
Shawn Corey Carter, better known as “Jay-Z”, was a tribute to his mentor Jaz-O and ode to the subway lines, J and Z, which run in Brooklyn.

#10 LIVER
“Liver” is nickname Liv Taylor acquired after a few years.

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HOLLYWOOD LOUD VODAVIRAL

5 of the best ever musical comebacks

1. Take That

Talk about quite the comeback. If you were a young girl, you stoned over the band members in the 90s. Robbie Williams decided on solo career, which led to their split in 1996. However, they had a strong comeback in 2005 as a foursome. Now, they’re back again as a trio.

2. Destiny’s Child

This group has gone through a few different stages since 90s. Beyoncé , the lead singer broke off for a couple years to pursue a solo career, but they came back for one last album, “Destiny Fulfilled” in 2004. Although the group has not made an album since, they still do special performances from time-to-time.

3. Backstreet Boys

Backstreet’s back, alright! Honestly, the 90s heart throbs never broke up. They released an album in 2019. Rumor has it that they’re an epic joint tour is in the works with The Spice Girls!

4. Justin Timberlake
From his boy band days in NSYNC to his amazing solo career, JT has made his stamp in the music scene. Not to mention, he’s back in the studio and he’s planning to work with some big names like rap artist Meek Mill and producer Timbaland.
5. Michael Jackson

At the end of the day, you can’t deny the influence he’s had on music and pop culture, period. It’s no surprise that the King of Pop caused hysteria when he announced he’d return to the stage for 50 show dates at O2 Arena in London. In fact, it sold out within mere hours!  Unfortunately, he passed on before he could perform, but his rehearsals turned into a movie “This Is It”. The film became the highest grossing concert movie of all-time.

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FITNESS LOUD VODAVIRAL

10 Tips to Make Better Food Choices

1.Find out what you need
Get personalize nutrition information  on your age, gender, height, weight, and physical activity level. SuperTracker is a good source to provide your calorie level, shows foods and beverages you need, and tracks progress toward your goals.

2.Enjoy your food but eat less
Use smaller plates for portion control. Also, eat slower to enjoy the food and let it register in your body.

3.Strengthen your bones
Fat-free and low-fat milk, cheese, and yogurt help to strengthen your bones. Use these calcium-rich foods to toughen up your body.

4.Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
A colorful plate with fruits and vegetables is ideal to help you get tons of vitamins and nutrients.

5.Drink water
Water helps you stay hydrated and maintain your weight.

6.Eat whole grains more often
Eat whole grains, such as brown rice and whole-grain pastas and breads to keep you full and provide you with more fiber content.

7.Learn what is in foods
Always look at the Nutrition Facts labels to understand what you’re consuming.

8.Cut back on some foods
You can reduce your calories by cutting back on fattening and sugar foods. Limit your consumption of ribs, bacon, candies, and cakes.

9.Be a better cook
You can try out healthier recipes that reduce salt, fat, and sugar intake. Additionally, you should have most of your meals at home to gain more control of your eating.

10.Be active whenever you can
Try to be active at least 2.5 to 3 hours a week. A combination of cardio and strength training can give you well-rounded fitness.