Guns N’ Roses Sold One Million Tickets To Their European Tour In One Day

first_imgGuns N’ Roses are clearly one of the biggest rock bands in the world. Last year’s “Not In This Lifetime Tour”, their first tour with classic-era members Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan since Slash’s departure from the band in the early 1990s, saw the band selling out massive football stadiums in one of the year’s most high-profile and profitable tours. On the heels of that success, the band had announced more dates in 2017, taking them to Japan, Australia, Southeast Asia, Europe, and a few more giant shows in North American.This weekend, tickets to Guns N’ Roses European tour went on sale. Remarkably, the band promptly sold over one million tickets in one day. With 20 shows on deck, that’s an average of 50,000 tickets per show. Wow.Many of the massive venues, such as Slane Castle in Dublin, London Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Park in the London, Stade de France in Paris, Olympiastadion in Munich, are already sold out or are very close to it, so if you live in Europe and plan on going to the shows, you should probably get your tickets immediately.[H/T NME]last_img read more

McWatters to Cordray: Decrease regulatory burden on credit unions

first_img continue reading » Acting NCUA Chairman J. Mark McWatters is asking the CFPB to use its powers to exempt credit unions from certain agency rules, particularly mortgage reporting requirements.In a Wednesday letter to CFPB Director Richard Cordray, McWatters also asks the agency to issue clear guidance to credit unions concerning the CFPB’s use of its powers to take enforcement actions based on Unfair, Deceptive or Abusive Acts or Practices.“Such regulatory relief would lessen the financial burden on the credit union community, thereby enhancing the capital positions of credit unions and the NCUA’s efforts to ensure the safety and soundness” of the agency’s share insurance fund McWatters stated in his letter.Credit unions have long complained that the CFPB has not used its powers to exempt certain financial institutions from its rulemaking.  In October, then-NCUA Chairman Rick Metsger told Cordray that the NCUA, and not the CFPB, should regulate payday lending by credit unions. 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

UNBREAKABLE: Syracuse zone defense frustrates Pace in blowout victory in 1st exhibition

first_imgSpanning what seemed like the entire width of the court, the 2012 Syracuse zone defense was unveiled. The five players, none shorter than 6-feet-4-inches, fortified a hoop, a 3-point line and essentially half of Jim Boeheim Court.Those attempting to intrude — in this case the visitors from Division-II Pace — faced a forest-like collection of arms that formed a wingspan unparalleled in college basketball this season. It is quite possible that Boeheim’s zone has never looked mightier in any of his previous 36 seasons.“I wouldn’t know how to attack it,” junior forward James Southerland said. “But I know they have a hard time getting the ball in the middle because everyone is so long out there. I heard them getting frustrated out there.”Syracuse, the preseason No. 9 team in the country, cruised from start to finish in a 99-63 dismantling of Pace at the Carrier Dome in front of 7,145 Thursday night in its first of two exhibition games before the season opener on Nov. 9. Boeheim tinkered with lineups throughout, working in his two freshmen and giving extended minutes to players whose roles were limited a year ago. But regardless of the combinations he conjured, the Orange was simply too fast, too tall, too strong and too good for the Setters.Despite the departures of four players crucial to last year’s Elite Eight run, Syracuse is equally as deep and arguably more imposing on the defensive end of the floor.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe trio of C.J. Fair, Rakeem Christmas and freshman DaJuan Coleman manned the back line of the zone to start the game for the Orange, collectively forming an impenetrable wall that allowed Syracuse to take an early 20-4 lead. Together their six arms — arms that extended far beyond those of Pace’s two 6-foot-6-inch forwards — blocked, battered and bullied any opponent that ventured too close to the hoop.The Setters managed only 10 points in the paint in the first half, while the Orange finished with eight first-half blocks.“All we do is defense,” Christmas said. “And it’s hard to score against us.”As frustrated as Pace was on the offensive end of the floor, it was at a similar disadvantage defensively against Syracuse’s supreme length. Michael Carter-Williams, a 6-foot-6-inch sophomore guard, toyed with much smaller defenders from the opening tip. He scored the first five points of the game for the Orange on drives to the hoop that were equal parts effortless and effective.And when Syracuse did miss, which wasn’t often in a game it shot 58 percent from the field, its interior players played volleyball with one another on the offensive glass. Twenty-two second-chance points were punctuated by a thunderous put-back dunk from sophomore forward Rakeem Christmas off a missed 3-pointer by Brandon Triche that even caused Boeheim to raise his eyebrows in awe on the sideline.“Our size has got to be one of our strengths,” assistant coach Mike Hopkins said. “Rakeem is so athletic.”While Triche and Carter-Williams held down the guard spots, each taking turns at point guard and shooting guard, the front court was a rotation of six players that will all play roles for the Orange during the regular season.Coleman, a native of Jamesville, was aggressive in his Syracuse debut. His size and strength at 6-foot-9, 288 pounds were complimented by impressive agility. He finished with 11 points, six rebounds and three blocks, highlighted by a traditional three-point play in the first half that he punctuated with a primal yell.When asked after the game if that was his welcome-to-Syracuse moment, Coleman grinned sheepishly and said with a laugh, “Yeah, it was.”Joining him up front were Christmas, Fair, Southerland, freshman Jerami Grant and junior Baye Moussa Keita. They rotated in and out frequently in the second half, as Boeheim manipulated lineups, and the result was sloppy play at times that is to be expected early on.“There will be many different combinations all year long,” Boeheim said.But while the half-court offense lacked polish, the Orange appeared in mid-season form in transition. All five players for Syracuse — regardless of who they were — showed the quickness to run the floor and finish impressively at the rim with highlight-reel dunks.So when Carter-Williams blocked a 3-point attempt early in the second half that led to a towering dunk by Southerland on a fast break the other way, a glimpse of the full package was offered.And it is certainly impressive.“I think we’re already good at just getting out and running,” Carter-Williams said. “I think we’ll give a lot of teams trouble.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 1, 2012 at 9:06 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13last_img read more

China, Liberia Agree on All-round Partnership

first_imgBEIJING, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) — Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks with President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in Beijing yesterday during which they agreed to establish an all-round cooperative partnership between the two countries. “China attaches great importance to the ties with Liberia, and is willing to make joint efforts with the Liberian side to build a comprehensive cooperative partnership,” Xi said during the talks at the Great Hall of the People, highlighting the significance of close interactions to enhance mutual understanding between the two nations. According to an Executive Mansion dispatch from China, Xi said China stands ready to boost cooperation with Liberia on infrastructure, shipping, farming and fisheries, industrial capacity, and manufacturing to realize sustainable development in the country and turn its abundant natural resources into outcomes that benefit the Liberian people. Xi, the dispatch said, proposed that the two sides increase exchanges on medical care, education, culture and mass media to lay a social foundation for bilateral relations. Hailing the “historic victory” by the Liberian government and people in the fight against the Ebola epidemic, Xi said China is glad to have made a contribution to the victory. Xi pledged that the Chinese government will provide a new round of aid for the three most affected countries in West Africa, namely, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, to support their post-Ebola reconstruction and help them improve their public health system. In combating Ebola, China provided assistance to 13 countries in and around the affected areas with a total amount of 120 million U.S. dollars and sent over 1,200 medical personnel and experts to the affected countries. President Sirleaf, who is on a state visit to China from Nov. 1 to 5 at Xi’s invitation, voiced her gratitude for China’s support in Liberia’s struggle against Ebola. She described China as a reliable friend of Liberia. Liberia cherishes the traditional friendship with China, Sirleaf said, adding that Liberia will stick to the one-China policy and further cement the friendship on the basis of mutual respect, equality and reciprocity. As Liberia is in an important period of development, Sirleaf said she hopes to learn China’s experience and looks forward to closer cooperation with China in various areas. During Tuesday’s talks, Xi said China is willing to boost security cooperation with Liberia and help the country improve its capability to maintain stability. “We are willing to increase coordination and cooperation with Liberia on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, peace and development in Africa, and other issues to safeguard the common interests of the developing countries,” Xi added. Xi said China and Africa are “a community of shared destiny” as well as “a community of share interests.” “The unity and cooperation with African countries is always a cornerstone of China’s foreign policy,” said the Chinese president. As a summit between China and African countries, within the framework of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, is slated to take place on Dec. 4 and 5 in South Africa, the two presidents pledged joint efforts to make the summit a success.After the talks, the two presidents witnessed the signing of three governmental deals, involving visa facilitation, economic and technology cooperation, and shipping. Prior to the talks, Xi held a red-carpet ceremony to welcome President Sirleaf.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more