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O.C. veterans propose cemetery on former Marine base

When American Legion Chaplain Bill Cook peered through the chain-link fence at the windswept landscape — a broken runway, scrubby fields and green foothills in the distance — he remembered the Phantoms.

The fighter jets were once a regular sight, slicing through the air over what was for decades a bustling military base.

"The jets would just roar," he said on a recent afternoon at the old U.S. Marine Corps Air Station El Toro.

Now the Vietnam veteran is leading the charge to transform a small piece of that land into a final resting place for Orange County's veterans.

Cook and others have been pushing for a veterans cemetery here since El Toro closed in 1999, but the idea is finally gathering steam as the old base is transformed into a sprawling park and neighborhoods of new homes.

The proposal has gained the support of legislators, county supervisors, city officials and veterans groups, though some have worried about a sustainable funding source.

But the most daunting hurdle may well be placing a cemetery next to planned tracts of homes that are being marketed to Asians.

The developer who is building the thousands of homes on the rim of the Orange County Great Park has consulted a feng shui master to review the names of streets, the bends in the roadways and the design of the homes to ensure a proper flow of energy.

In a city that is already 40% Asian, it is expected that the new homes — many which will hit the market with listing prices over $1 million — will be sold to buyers arriving from Asia.

And a cemetery is simply bad feng shui.

In the early 1940s, when the base was teeming with soldiers training for war, the airfield was isolated among vast orange and avocado groves.

But as the high-end suburbs of South County fanned out, the base became hemmed in by tract homes, schools and shopping centers. The Marines finally left in 1999.

What they left behind was an enormous stretch of land, about 4,600 acres dotted with abandoned barracks and hangars and crisscrossed with runways. The transformation into parkland, sports fields and homes follows years of legal disputes and political wrangling.

Bill Sandlin, a member of the Orange County Veterans Memorial Park Committee, believes there's still room here for those who served their country.

"I want to do all I can to make sure this place maintains some of its Marine identity," said Sandlin, who transported Marines headed for the brig between the base and Camp Pendleton in the early 1960s.

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Billiard Games Cutthroat

Tons of billiard games exist today, but the list for an odd number of participants is quite shorter. Most pool games require an even number of players, unfortunately leaving the extra player waiting around for the next round. This is where Cutthroat comes into play. The object of Cutthroat is quite simple. In order to win, be the last person playing to have balls on the table. If all of your balls have been sunk by other players, then you are out, at least momentarily (I will explain in a second). cutthroat pool The rules of Cutthroat are not hard to understand and are pretty straight forward. Players start with a full 15-ball rack. You do not choose which set of balls you are until you have made a shot. For example, if the first player breaks and sinks the 8 and 15 balls, then that player would choose his set of billiard balls. Each player is given an equal amount of balls, and, since all 15 balls are used, three or five players for this game is ideal. For three players use low, middle, and high groups, or ball groups 1-5, 6-10, and 11-15. For five players use groups 1-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, and 13-15. In the situation above, the smartest choice for player 1 would be the low balls, or 1-5, since one of each of the other two groups is already off of the table (the 8- and 15-balls). Keep in mind that you want to be the last one with balls remaining on the table, so choose the group of balls with the most still on the table, no matter if you shoot first, second, or third. And since you must clear a ball before choosing your own, it is possible for a player to become eliminated without ever having a shot. It is also possible, though, once a player is knocked out, for him to reenter the game. If a remaining shooter fouls, each other player, even the eliminated ones, is allowed to spot one of their own sunken balls back on the billiard table on the head spot. You may, if you choose, sink one of your own balls to set up the next shot to continue your turn. You can even sink your last ball remaining and still win if you can clear the entire table without missing. Usually, you will want to stay away from pocketing your own billiard balls unless no other shot is available. Next time you are looking for a relatively quick, fun billiard game, and you have an odd number of people, try Cutthroat. Do not be the one who has to sit on the bar stools in the corner waiting for your next turn, especially in your own billiard room. Suggest Cutthroat next time, and never worry about leaving the odd man out in your billiard room ever again.

Causes of Hoverboard Accidents and How to Avoid Them

Hoverboards are popular rides but they can also cause a lot of accidents and injuries. A number of states have even banned their use in public roads and streets. Airlines and train stations would not allow them on board. It seems the hoverboard has acquired a negative reputation since its release more than two years back. The hoverboard is not as popular compared to its initial release. But the market is still large enough for hoverboard makers to continue releasing them. They also have made it safer and buyers are advised to find hoverboards for sale with certain certifications. Here are the major causes of hoverboard accidents and how to avoid them. Exploding Hoverboard The popularity of the hoverboard has spawned a lot of brands. Unfortunately, a lot of them have batteries that explode. This is the reason why they are not allowed on airplanes and trains. There are also incidents where the riders will find their hoverboard catching fire while using them. The best way to avoid or minimize such danger is to select a reputable brand. Substandard Hoverboard Fake hoverboard made with substandard materials are also leading cause of accidents. The batteries are either faulty or the hoverboard will simply quit working. To avoid instances of exploding batteries or getting burned, make sure that the hoverboard has an authentic UL certificate. If you are buying from an online platform such as Amazon, make sure that you are getting from it directly from the manufacturer and not a wholesaler or retailer. Follow Instructions The instructions included in the hoverboard are there for a reason. Many riders could get in trouble or injured simply by not following the manufacturer’s instructions. For example, the recommended charging time for a lithium-ion battery is only up to four hours. Go beyond that and you will increase the risk of a battery malfunction. Use also the charger you have been given in order to minimize the danger. Use Proper Safety Gear Many hoverboard riders don’t wear safety gear such as helmets when they go out. This disregard for safety caused a lot of injuries to riders. They range from minor to ones that require an urgent trip to the hospital. The gear can be seen as cumbersome but could prevent injuries in case of accidents. Hoverboard safety gear includes helmets, elbow pads, knee pads, booty pads, and wrist guards. Practice Proper Balancing Many hoverboard riders fall off because they lose their balance. Such could prove to be a painful experience when you fracture a wrist or ankle. The only way to minimize this happening to you is to practice proper balancing. One physician said riders need plenty of abdominal strength in order to successfully maintain a balanced stand on the hoverboard. Don’t forget to wear safety gear while practicing your balance. Hoverboard accidents are caused by a variety of things. But you can prevent most of them by simply using some common sense and following the hoverboard manual and instructions. Avoiding fake and substandard boards will save you from any potential accidents later on. Using a UL certified board accompanied by warranties from the manufacturer is a good start in avoiding accidents and injuries.

Know Your Skateboard Components And Upgrades

Knowing the skateboard components and upgrades will help any skater enjoy every ride, do some tricks and stunts, and keep the skateboard in top condition at all times. Here are the major parts of a skateboard and the upgrades that you can easily do to make the equipment perform better.

The Deck

The deck of the skateboard is the flat board where the rider stands or crouches when skateboarding. A skateboard deck comes in several sizes. These are the 7.5-8.0 inches for adults; 7.3 inches deck while those aged 6 to 8 years old will find the 7.0 inches for teenagers; 7.0 inches while 6.5-6.75 inches for small children.

Grip tape

The grip tape is a tape with gritty surface and helps your shoes stay firmly on the board. Without the grip tape, you will slide and fall from the skateboard. Some people who skateboard buy grip tape with colorful and lovely designs. It can also help riders identify the nose and the tail of the skateboard.


A skateboard has metal trucks to keep the wheels and the bearings attached to the deck. This is responsible for the movement of the skateboard. The trucks keep the rider stable and are important in doing the tricks and stunts in the skateboard. It is important to have stable and strong trucks to prevent accidents while riding the board.


The wheels of the skateboard keep it running. The quality of ride and speed is affected by the size of the wheels. Big wheels can make the board run fast and ride over surfaces with cracks or debris smoothly. Although small-wheeled skateboards are quick to respond, they are slower than those with big wheels.


The bearings attach the wheels to the axle and are responsible for the way the wheels turn, Bearings must be lubricated properly so that the wheels can turn smoothly. If they are corroded or sticky, you will have difficulty making the skateboard move. There are cleaning kits for the bearing that can be purchased in the market.

Skateboard Upgrades

Some skateboard owners prefer to customize their equipment and update them. Here are the most common updates that you can easily do by yourself.

Changing the Wheels

For a smooth and safe ride on the skateboard at all times, changing wheels when the old ones show signs of wear and tear is important. You can choose wheels in your favorite color and apply some designs for a unique wheel. You can also change wheel sizes if you prefer to reach higher speeds.

Update the grip tape

Grip tape may lose its adhesion as time passes by. When the grits are not as rough anymore as when you bought your skateboard, you can easily lose your balance and slip or slide. Replace the grip tape as soon as its surface is becoming smooth.

Change the trucks

Too old trucks can result in accidents as they might separate from the board. Replace them once you notice signs of wear and tear. Using colorful trucks will enhance the attractiveness of your skateboard and you will enjoy it more.

By knowing the skateboard components and updates of your equipment, you will continue enjoying each ride. The skateboard will be safer to ride and will last longer if they are updated when signs of wear and tear become visible.

Quick Guide To Easy Skateboard Care And Maintenance

Taking good care of the different mechanical components of your skateboard is the key to ensuring its longevity and optimum functionality and performance. You should not really spend hundreds of dollars on its upkeep. As long as you are able to follow these simple steps to easy skateboard care and maintenance, you can help ensure the continued optimum performance of your ride.

Maintain the trucks in optimum functionality.

You can look at the trucks of your skateboard as that component that attaches the deck to the wheels. Trucks are like the metal axle assembly in your car. On a skateboard, the tightness of the trucks can spell the degree to which your board will turn. Absolute beginners will benefit the most from really tight trucks as these help eliminate unnecessary turns. However, if you require greater control of your board, you may want the trucks to be a bit loose; but not to the point that the nut actually falls off the boards kingpin. You may need to adjust the tightness of the nut on each of the kingpin bolt by about a quarter turn and try the skateboard for responsiveness. You can make quarter turns of adjustment each time until you get the desired responsiveness of the trucks.

Adjust the nuts on the axles.

Just like adjusting the trucks, you will also need to adjust the nuts on the axles or wheels themselves. You need to tighten these nuts without necessarily affecting the ability of the wheel to spin. Too tight and the wheels might not spin at all.

Adjust the mounting bolts of the trucks.

The trucks of your skateboard are mounted onto the deck by bolts and nuts. In many models, the nuts come fully integrated with a nylon locking mechanism. However, this could potentially loosen over the course of repeated use. You may need to check this mechanism to see if the nuts have loosened quite a bit so you can tighten them back up. Do not over tighten the nuts, though as these can get embedded too deep into your skateboard deck.

Clean the wheel bearings.

The wheel bearings are what keep your skateboard rolling. As such these must be cleaned, removed of debris, and adequately lubricated to ensure optimum functioning while helping to provide adequate protection for the metal surfaces. Cleaning the wheel bearings can be a significant undertaking, however. As such, if your wheels are spinning just fine, there really is no need for a whole take-down cleaning of the bearing assembly. You may need to apply lubrication, nonetheless to help minimize friction and keep the metallic surfaces of the assembly from heating up.

Clean and replace the grip tape as needed.

If you see the grip already dirty, maybe its time to give it a good cleaning. Some shops provide you with instant solutions to remove stains and other stubborn marks. However, using an old toothbrush to remove some of the stains can be a more practical approach. There are also instances when its best to replace the grip tape altogether.

Taking care of your skateboard is not that difficult. Its like taking care of your car. The important thing to keep in mind is to observe periodic checks to establish the optimum functionality of the different components of your skateboard.

How To Get Fit For Life

We all live busy hectic lives, some have two jobs and a few people have three. Families, children, the cooking, social activities and everything else that gets in the way of our health.

Being fit, is about being fit for life.

What really is fitness?

As defined in the dictionary : Fitness is the quality of being able to fulfil a suitable role or task. So being fit for life means being able to walk to the shops without needing to take a break. Or being able to take out the rubbish on a daily basis. Or having the energy to play with the grand children, run around with the kids or put up the shelves.

For many, it simply means being able to do the day to day tasks that improve your quality of life.

Where Do You Start?

The truth though, is that along with the modern hectic lives many people live, comes neglect. Neglect of their health and wellbeing. Poor diet, insufficient rest and a lack of the exercise, all contribute to bodies that are not fit for life.

And if your body is not fit for life, then not only will you not live very long, but the quality of that life will be poor.

So assess your situation. Are you slightly overweight? Is your diet full of salty, sugary foods that are also high in fat? Is your intake of vegetables and fruit up to the suggested five a day? Do you get breathless easily? Do you drink enough water?

If your answer to some of these questions is not as you would like, then you need to get fit for life, and heres how to start.

Fix your diet

Its not always easy to stop doing things. If you are a snacker, its hard to stop snacking. But these few suggestions will help you improve your health.

  1. Use smaller plates at dinner time. Find plates just a little smaller than the ones you currently use. This will help with portion control
  2. Dont go for seconds. It takes up to 20 minutes for the food to register with your brain, so slow down and give your body a chance to register the food
  3. Replace chocolate, crisps and sweets with fruit, nuts and seeds. If you cant, then find healthy snacks that include fruit, nuts and seeds as your replacement.
  4. Try to pack in veg with every meal.

Once your diet is looking up, youll need to work on your body.

Building a stronger fitter body

Start slow and simple and build up gradually. That really is the key to becoming stronger and fitter.

Start by trying to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Try these for starters:

  1. Walk more. Find a reason to walk wherever you need to go. Replace the car with walking whenever and wherever you can. Park further away from the store entrance.
  2. Climb the stairs. Build up gradually. Walk up and down as many times as you can without being completely tired. Do that daily in one session. Then, each week, build up until to get to around 10 times up and down in ten minutes.
  3. Try to do some pushups. Start with just simple ones on your knees to start with and build up to a full set of 10. If thats too easy, go to 20. Build a full set into everyday
  4. Build your core muscles. Try the plank for 5 seconds. If you can do that then build up gradually. Add 5 seconds to your max every week until you can get to 1 minute. Then do that daily as part of your routine
  5. Stretch daily. Join a yoga class, get a video, read the book. Get an exercise mat in your home and stretch daily. You will feel better, fresher and breathe life into your body
  6. Clear your head. Learn to meditate and it will help relieve you from day to day stresses, as well as improve your focus

If you do go to the gym, make sure you get a wrist support for gym lifting.

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Being fit for life does not need to be a chore. Incorporate things into your daily life that work for you. Look for the opportunity to do things better, walk more, burn more energy, eat better and clear your head.

Gradually over a period of time, usually just a month, you will see a huge benefit to your overall health and wellbeing.

Tips On Purchasing Gym Equipment

Regular and proper exercise is essential to keeping the body healthy. And, as more people are becoming more conscious of their health, fitness gyms are practically everywhere. Your lifestyle, however, may not allow you to go to a fitness gym regularly. So, one option you have is to get some gym equipment and workout at home. Gym equipment is an investment, so you want to get the most out of it. To help you with that, there are certain considerations you need to take into account.

Health Status

It is essential that you visit your healthcare provider before deciding on which gym equipment you should purchase. They can help you decide which equipment exercise routine would best suit your health status. If you have cardiac health problems, for instance, a serious endurance workout might compromise your health instead of improving it; walking slowly on a treadmill might be a better option.

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As with any product you buy, research is one key to getting the right equipment for you. And, this includes reading reviews. Consumer and fitness magazines provide ratings on the performance of a certain equipment, so it is always best to check them out. Of course, the internet is not short of customer reviews, so make use of these reviews to make a more informed choice. You can even dig deeper by keying in the name of the product or manufacturer into a search engine, together with the keywords problem or complaint.

For more information on top exercise equipment, watch this: Test

To give you an actual experience of the equipment, test it. Because it is not easy to test it in a store, go to a fitness gym, particularly one that allows a one-day pass since you are not looking for a membership. Or, you can go to a recreational center or a friends place. Spend at least five minutes on each machine, and see how your body responds to it.

Customer and Support Services

See to it that the company offers customer and support services. Try reaching the advertised number for you to have an idea of how easy it is to reach their representatives. It is also important that you are aware of the warranties, guarantees, and return policies.

In summary, your choice of gym equipment is essential in your journey to having a healthier lifestyle. The things you need to consider include your health status, customer reviews, testing, and a suppliers customer and support services.

Ar15 For Sale: Your Guns At Home

Having a gun is not a security booster, but also a confidence booster, too. When you dont have a gun youre always vulnerable to security threats. Whats more, you are always vulnerable to criminals and robbers. You can own a gun and protect your family. When bad people visit your home you can always have something to protect your family with. That is why you should consider having a gun that wouldnt fail you. One of the guns that you can own is AR-15. This forearm can offer extra security that you need at home. In fact, this riffle can be the solution to your security issues.

It is good to note that there is increased misuse of guns at home. People are using guns to kill innocent people. This is not why the guns are sold. The guns are sold as a way of protecting people whose security is infringed on. As the owner, therefore, you need to be sure that you are ready for this. Ensure that you dont buy a gun just for the sake of using it for the wrong reasons. You need to buy a gun so as to protect life. 

It is also good to ensure that you are legally accepted to own a gun. Owning a gun is not for everyone. Some people are not allowed to own guns because of legislation laws. You need to ensure, therefore, that you are eligible to own a gum before coming to buy one. Remember, there are many cases of using guns badly. These cases can be prevented if responsible people their hands on the guns. That is why you need to be sure that the gun you buy will be used in the best way possible. 

On the same note, it is good to ensure that you manage your anger. Your anger is one of the greatest threats of owning AR15. This gun can be sharp and accurate. It is meant to shoot to kill. It is a gun used to neutralize the enemy. Because of this, it is important to ensure that you identify the enemy. You need to be sure that the person you are aiming your gun at is the enemy. If you are not aiming at your enemy, then it is good not to. This is because only the enemy deserves to be killed with the gun. 

Finally, it is always good to be careful with kids. Kids take guns and play with them. Kids dont know that guns are dangerous. In the end kids cause a lot of damages. Many people have died because of negligence. Do not be one of the people that die in this way. It is important to keep your AR15 in a safe place. On the same note, it is good to ensure that your gun safe is under lock at all the time. If you dont do this, you may endanger the same family you should be caring for. Finally, it is good to ensure that you dont show your kids that you even own a gun. This can help them stay calm and at peace at all the time. 

Ar 15 Rifles For Sale: Buy Online

When it comes to security, it is
always good to be prepared. You never know the problem will come from. In fact,
you never when criminals will terrorize you. You need to take some steps
towards protecting your family. One of the best things you can do is by buying an AR
15 Rifle from Double D Armory. These rifles will offer you confidence and the power to
fight criminals. If you use them well, you can enhance chances of getting good
results from any security threatening situation. So as to possess your AR 15 Rifles
for Sale you will need to buy it.

You may choose to buy your
firearm from a retail store or go to the online store and buy. When you buy
your rifle through a retail store, you are required to travel to the store. In addition,
you may be required to fuel your car. Finally, you will need to dedicate time
towards the shopping experience. This is exactly the opposite when it comes to
buying AR 15 Rifles for Sale online.  

Online buying is the method that
empowers you to shop for your products from your home. Online stores enable you
to check different commodities, make enquiries on each product and make right decisions.
The good thing is that you dont have to move from one place to another. In fact,
you can shop even from your office. As long as you have Internet connection,
you can always make your purchases. Remember, you dont have to worry about the
technical aspect of online shopping. Your online store has done the hard part. The
only thing you need to do is to shop for your AR 15 Rifles for Sale without any

Remember, it is a requirement
that you check on the type of the store before making your purchases. It is
good to work with the best store around. A good store is likely to offer good
services. This means that you wouldnt get frustrated when you are working with
such a store. In fact, your shopping experience will be a smooth one. That is
why it is important to research widely before making your final decision. The best
thing is that there is a lot of information online. In general, it is important
to hire a store that is reputable, disciplined and certified. You also need to
hire a store that has good customer care services, great track record,
wonderful communications channels and great business principles.

Finally, it is good to talk with
your customer care service before making your order. Your shopping experience
will be even better if you dont make rush decisions. Your customer care service
has enough information to help you make the right decision. It is important,
therefore, to ensure that you contact the customer care service for anything
that you cant figure out. It is also good to think about terms and conditions
of each store. You should look for this information so that you are not caught
off-guard. Finally, it is always good to try and ask for another price. You may
get your AR 15 Rifle at a relatively cheaper price just by asking for
a discount. 

Manchester United Ticket

Go anywhere in the world, and just mention Manchester United Football Club, and witness what happens. It doesn't matter whether you are in an airport lounge, cafe or pub before you can blink, you will be locked into a conversation. It won't be long before Bobby Charlton, Peter Schmeichel, Denis Irwin, Rio Ferdinand, Roger Byrne, Duncan Edwards, Bryan Robson, Denis Law and the flamboyant and ornamental George Best will send memories reeling back.

Today, MUFC boasts the lightning quick and mathematically impossible saves by goalkeeper David de Gea. Bastian Schweinsteiger, a German import with his icy and methodical skills as their midfielder. Wayne Rooney of course deserves a mention, but we are all familiar with his natural born magic.

Juan Mata's final closing of that long drawn out 44 passes versus the grid locked Southampton, it was simply a luscious finish. Ander Herrera, Juan's partner in crime adding their Spanish paella to the mix. Do you remember that back flip goal?

Manchester United Football Club's beginning was humble, founded as the Newton Heath LYR Football Club in 1878. Then, 24 years later in 1902 the club changed its name to Manchester United Football Club and they moved to Old Trafford in 1910. They have never been out of the spotlight except for two seasons in 1935/36 and 1974/75, where they sat in the 2nd Division.

It's common knowledge that Manchester United Football Club is the only club that has won 20 league titles, they have also cosied up to 11 FA Cups and 4 league cups. They have brought home 3 European Cups, UEFA Cup Winners Cup being the most coveted of them all. So, it's no surprise that Manchester United is indeed one of the most renowned and popular in the world, even in the deepest canals of the Far East where they stay up in the wee hours of the morning to watch them play.

Till this day, it boasts one of the highest average home attendances in Europe and Deloitte Touche, the accountancy and auditing firm estimates their fan base is a bewildering 75 million worldwide! Thanks to the television inventors Farnsworth and Jenkins, that they did not have to just rely on Manchester United ticket sales.

Alex Ferguson, set a record for the longest serving English Premier League football manager of 22 continuous seasons since the Premier League began in 1992. I doubt, this record will ever be broken for at least the next 150 years! Enviably, he still holds the record for the most FA Premier League titles won by a singular manager too, quite simply impossible in football these days but he did it.

So, where do they rank in terms of annual revenue? In 2015, all those merchandise, television rights and Manchester United ticket sales made it the 3rd most valuable club on this planet at £1.28 billion, just behind Real Madrid and Barcelona. The London Stock Exchange witnessed the club floated on its floor in 1991 and they even attempted the New York Stock Exchange in 2012.

If there is a game you wish to watch them play live, nothing beats the raw passion, grinding tempers flaring and fans going wild than a game with Manchester City and especially, Liverpool. The tickets are still reasonably priced at £53 in the south upper wings and cheapest at £41 at the South East Quadrant.

Tempted, when are you getting your Manchester United ticket?

Arsenal Tickets

Arsenal are one of England's biggest and most successful clubs, and have won the FA Cup for the last two seasons. Founded in 1886, Arsenal were known as Royal Arsenal then Woolwich Arsenal in their early days. They moved from South London to their home at Highbury in North London in 1913, and moved again to the Emirates Stadium in 2006.

The turning point for the Gunners came in 1925 with the appointment of Herbert Chapman as manager. Under Chapman, Arsenal won their first FA Cup in 1930 and their first League title the following year. In all, Arsenal were League champions five times in the 1930s, including three seasons in a row from 1933 to 1935. Arsenal also won the FA Cup again in 1936.

In 1947-48 and 1952-53 the Gunners were League champions again, and were FA Cup winners in 1950. But Arsenal would not win a major trophy again until they won the Fairs Cup in 1970 - Arsenal's first European trophy.

In 1970-71, Arsenal, captained by Frank McLintock, completed their first Double in their history. With Charlie George's memorable strike against Liverpool winning the FA Cup for the Gunners. Later in the 1970s Arsenal won one of the great FA Cup finals to beat Manchester United 3-2 in 1979, thanks to an Alan Sunderland goal. Arsenal's next trophy came in 1987, with their first League Cup.

Two years later Arsenal won the League in remarkable fashion. They needed to win 2-0 at Liverpool to do so - and thus deny the Reds the title. A Michael Thomas goal in injury time ensured the title ended up in the hands of impressive Gunners captain Tony Adams.

The next two decades would be highly successful for Arsenal, vastly increasing their fan base and making Arsenal Tickets a highly sought after prize, and they were League champions again in 1991 - and lost only one game all season in the process. In 1992-93 Arsenal won both the FA Cup and League Cup, and then the Cup Winners' Cup the following season. During this time Ian Wright was becoming one of the best strikers in the club's history.

In 1996 Arsene Wenger became manager, and his appointment saw a period of notable achievements, including going a whole League season unbeaten in 2003-04. It was to prove to be Wenger's third League title win with the Gunners, as they had won the Premier League also in 1997-98 and 2001-02. In both those two seasons the Gunners achieved the Double too. Arsenal also reached the Champions League final in 2006. Key players of this era included Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira.

Arsenal have won the FA Cup a record 12 times. While their 13 League titles is only bettered by Manchester United and Liverpool.

Sports and Psychology


Most of the times we see that the most active staff in a game are the team doctor and first aiders but rarely do we note that as much as a player needs physical help they also need mental help. This is where sports psychology comes in.

Sport psychology is a multidisciplinary field spanning psychology, sport science and medicine. The APA proficiency recognizes sport psychology as a postgraduate focus after a doctoral degree in one of the primary areas of psychology and licensure as a psychologist. The proficiency encompasses training in the development and use of psychological skills for optimal performance of athletes, in the well-being of athletes, in the systemic issues associated with sports settings and organizations and in developmental and social aspects of sports participation.

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So what do sports psychologist do. These experts help the athlete with issues to do with focus when facing a game, temperament issues and even how to get along with other team mates some players may not know the best way to relax or they might be afraid of losing a game. The psychologist will teach on how to relax and even give themselves positive self-talk among other things.

Some athletes seek help from a sport psychologist or other exercise and sport psychology professional when they have a problem.

They might become anxious or lose focus during competition, for example. They might have trouble communicating with teammates, controlling their temper or even just motivating themselves to exercise. Or they might choke at key moments during a game.

Enhance performance. Various mental strategies, such as visualization, self-talk and relaxation techniques, can help athletes overcome obstacles and achieve their full potential. Cope with the pressures of competition. Sport psychologists can help athletes at all levels deal with pressure from parents, coaches or even their own expectations. Recover from injuries. After an injury, athletes may need help tolerating pain, adhering to their physical therapy regimens or adjusting to being sidelined. Keep up an exercise program. Even those who want to exercise regularly may find themselves unable to fulfill their goal. Sport psychologists can help these individuals increase their motivation and tackle any related concerns. Enjoy sports. Sports organizations for young people may hire a sport psychologist to educate coaches about how to help kids enjoy sports and how to promote healthy self-esteem in participants.

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Sports psychology can even help people off the playing field. The same strategies that sport psychologists teach athletes — relaxation techniques, mental rehearsals and cognitive restructuring, for example — are also useful in the workplace and other settings.

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A successful athlete is one who has the right attitude, deals well with people, has goals that are realistic, can manage anxiety among other things. Your attitude is a matter of choice. It determines how you view everything else and you handle yourself and others.

Successful Athletes:

  • Choose and maintain a positive attitude.
  • Maintain a high level of self-motivation.
  • Set high, realistic goals.
  • Deal effectively with people.
  • Use positive self-talk.
  • Use positive mental imagery.
  • Manage anxiety effectively.
  • Manage their emotions effectively.
  • Maintain concentration.

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Star Players At Liverpool Football Club

Liverpool Football Club have had a mixed start to the 2015/16 Premier League season so far. The club sits 13th in the league as of 22nd September 2015 with eight points from two wins and two draws. The club takes on Carlisle in the Capital One Cup on the 23rd September and are in the UEFA League group stages, taking on FC Sion next in this competition in October.

The clubs star players so far in this season have been:

Christian Benteke The Belgian international moved from Aston Villa this Summer for a fee in the region of £32.5m. He has scored two goals from five matches to date. After the sale of Luis Suarez prior to the beginning of last season and the sale during this Summer of Raheem Sterling to Manchester City meant that Liverpool needed to sign a young striker with potential to score goals this season and for seasons to come too. The player is being assessed currently for a hamstring injury to see how serious it is and whether he will be missing for the Premier League game on Saturday versus his old club, Aston Villa.

Philippe Coutinho The Brazilian international has been a Liverpool player since 2013 but this has been the season so far where he has made to make the most impact and arguably live up to his reputation and use his undoubted skills fully due to the change in Liverpool's strike-force again. Linking up with Benteke in providing service to the Belgian frontman has proven early dividends so far this season as he has scored himself, late in the game in the one nil victory against Stoke City and been provider for Benteke. His performances have been praised by Barcelona's striker Neymar who has said that the player could be a potential star at the Camp Nou. The only blot on his season so far has been the sending off for two yellow cards against West Ham United in the Premier League.

The partnership between Benteke and Coutinho for Liverpool is key in their challenging for a Champions League place in the Premier League and success in the domestic and European cup competitions creating a continuing demand for tickets for Liverpool FC . The loss of Suarez and his goal scoring last season meant the club went backwards in terms of their progression in the league. The loss of Sterling has meant that Benteke must be their 20 to 30 goal man this season or they will struggle to be a top four team in England.

Fun Outdoor Activities for Kids

Design a nature-friendly backyard

Involve your tween in building a birdhouse, say, or planting a butterfly garden. Motivate him to keep an eye on his creation by setting up an observation station nearby, with binoculars, a camera and a journal.

Take a hike

Get your kid to help plan a trek to an enticing destination (like a waterfall). Then—and this is key—let him invite a friend. He'll be way more into a day trip if he's got a pal along.

Make a splash

Challenge him to a water fight. Use the old standards, like water balloons and squirt guns, or think outside the box with thick sponges, plastic cups and squirt bottles.

Tap into his techie side

Send your budding director outdoors with a digital video camera to film a movie with his friends. Or if you're feeling Spielberg-esque yourself, make up a video scavenger hunt: Give your kid a list of silly things to hunt down, and film as he finds them. He can upload the footage and relive the fun with you when the sun goes down.

Rebecca Cohen, author of 15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect With Your Kids, has three more ideas:

Speed racer

Design an obstacle course in your backyard or at a local park. Climb over a log, touch a rock, race to the third tree and run back!


Have everyone collect sticks and spell out letters, words and special messages. Want to make the task tougher? Have them build a tunnel of branches to crawl through.

100-yard splash

The fun doesn't have to stop when it rains. Suit everyone up in rain gear, and head outside for a good ol' puddle-splashing jamboree. The one with the largest splash wins!

With warm weather try these water games.

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