Why Chris Kreider was handed curious Rangers demotion

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Maybe it wasn’t a direct demotion, but Chris Kreider got a season-low 11:04 of ice time and finished the game playing on the fourth line during the Rangers’ 4-3 shootout loss to the Ducks on Saturday afternoon.

As the Blueshirts wrapped up their four-game Western road trip having gone 2-1-1, Kreider went down to play with Brett Howden and Brendan Smith, getting two shifts over the final 10:54 of regulation. The game had started with Kreider next to Mika Zibanejad and Pavel Buchnevich, but Buchnevich went down to play with Greg McKegg and Filip Chytil, while Brendan Lemieux and Jesper Fast joined Zibanejad.

“I didn’t love the way certain guys were playing, and wanted to get a different mix,” coach David Quinn said. “We look a little deeper with those four lines. And it being the fourth game in a four-game road trip, the third period, I really wanted to play four lines. So that was part of the decision-making process, and I thought all those lines were effective.”

Quinn added there was nothing physically wrong with Kreider, who has one goal in his past 10 games and seven through the first 32 games.

The only line that stayed together was Artemi Panarin-Ryan Strome-Kaapo Kakko.

Defenseman Marc Staal was able to play despite being a game-time decision, having blocked a shot with his surgically repaired right ankle during the 6-3 win Thursday at San Jose. Staal took a slashing penalty in the second period and got 17:38 of ice time paired with Tony DeAngelo.

Lemieux didn’t seem worse for the wear after he missed Thursday’s game with an upper-body injury. He played 14:28, and was moved onto the second power-play unit in the third period in place of Chytil.

The Rangers’ penalty kill had not given up a goal in the previous five games, going 13-for-13 during that stretch. But they gave up a goal on the Ducks’ first power plays of the game — a Jakob Silfverberg tip at 8:53 of the first period then another to Hampus Lindholm with 1:56 remaining in regulation to tie the game.

The Rangers’ power play had scored at least once in each of the first three games of this trip, having gone 4-for-10, but went 0-for-2 against the Ducks.

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Sarah Ferguson Opens Up About the Heartache of Not Having Princess Diana Around For Royal Events

Sarah Ferguson’s name has been in the headlines a lot lately after accusations that she had something to do with Prince Andrew’s disastrous BBC interview. While the Duke and Duchess of York are facing yet another scandal rocking their family, Fergie is said to be hard at work making preparations for and helping plan Princess Beatrice’s upcoming nuptials.

When Ferguson’s oldest daughter says “I do” there will be one person near and dear to the duchess’ heart who won’t be there and that is Princess Diana. Here’s what Fergie said about not having her good friend and former sister-in-law around for these events.

Fergie thought of Diana at Princess Eugenie’s wedding

After Andrew and Ferguson’s youngest daughter, Princess Eugenie, tied the knot in October 2018 Fergie spoke about the heartache of not having Diana there to witness and experience that day with her but said the princess was on her mind.

 “I thought of absent friends and family; of Diana,” the duchess said. “But she’s with me all the time.”

Fergie added, “Diana was my best friend and the funniest person I knew. She had such timing and wit. It was a total joy to be with her because we just laughed and enjoyed life so much, and I know she would have loved the wedding.”

Ferguson wasn’t invited to Prince William’s wedding

Before Diana’s death in 1997, the two women had a falling out and while Ferguson always believed that they would have eventually made up, there is another royal that never had any plans of forgiving her.

Prince Philip has feuded with the duchess for decades. Ever since her toe-sucking scandal in 1992, Queen Elizabeth’s husband has held a grudge against Fergie for the damage he believes she brought to his family’s reputation. Therefore, when Prince Charles and Diana’s son, Prince William, married Kate Middleton in 2011 Ferguson was banned from the wedding reportedly at Philip’s request.

This is something the Duchess of York was very upset about and can only wonder if things would have been different if Diana were alive.

The duchess was invited to part of Prince Harry’s wedding celebration

Seven years after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wed, the Prince and Princess of Wales’ other son, Prince Harry, wed Meghan Markle. Ferguson was invited to the church ceremony but was left off the guestlist for the private party thrown later that evening by Prince Charles.

Again, no one knows for sure if that would have been the case if Diana was still around or if they would have been at these royal affairs together. Fergie though has said she was told by a mutual friend that the princess was going to reach out to her and make amends, but died before she had the chance to do so.

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Raymond van Barneveld career ends with PDC World Championship first-round defeat

Raymond van Barneveld’s farewell tournament ended with a 3-1 first-round defeat against American Darin Young at the PDC World Championship in London.

The 52-year-old Dutchman, winner of four BDO titles and the PDC crown in 2007, had no answer to the left-hander, who had a 160 finish in set four.

A crestfallen Van Barneveld struggled to find words when interviewed.

“In my disaster final year I lost in the first round, I will never forgive myself,” he told Sky Sports.

Van Barneveld announced his immediate retirement after a Premier League loss to Michael van Gerwen in Rotterdam in March, but reversed that decision 24 hours later and agreed to play for the remainder of the year.

Despite continual support from the Alexandra Palace crowd, he was far from his best against Young and after being unable to finish from 72, the Dutchman was eliminated as his 46-year-old opponent hit double top.

Earlier, England’s Luke Humphries beat 18th seed Jermaine Wattimena of the Netherlands in a superb second-round sudden-death leg finish after their deciding set ended 5-5.

The 24-year-old World Youth champion from Newbury, who reached the quarter-finals last year and beat Devon Petersen on Friday, will have more than a week before his third-round match.

Singapore veteran Paul Lim, 65, in his 24th World Championship campaign, won the opening leg with a 160 checkout but lost 3-0 to Luke Woodhouse, who earned a second-round match against last year’s beaten finalist Michael Smith.

Saturday’s results:

Afternoon matches:

First round:

Darius Labanauskas (Ltu) 3-0 Matthew Edgar (Eng)

Ryan Meikle (Eng) 1-3 Yuki Yamada (Jpn)

Luke Woodhouse (Eng) 3-0 Paul Lim (Sin)

Second round:

Jermaine Wattimena (Ned) 2-3 Luke Humphries (Eng)

Evening matches:

First round:

Mark McGeeney (Eng) 3-1 Matt Campbell (Can)

Jamie Hughes (Eng) 2-3 Zoran Lerchbacher (Aut)

Raymond van Barneveld (Ned) 1-3 Darin Young (US)

Second round:

Rob Cross (Eng) v Kim Huybrechts (Bel)

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Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer used an old school presentation to impress Ed Woodward – The Sun

ED WOODWARD sat back in admiration as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer used an old-school method to map out a new dawn at Manchester United.

Solskjaer wrote every United player’s name in its own marker-drawn bubble, alongside ticks on who should stay and who should go.


There were empty spaces, too, for those Ole wanted to get in. It was no state-of-the-art presentation from the new boss installed by United’s executive vice-chairman Woodward.

It also came many weeks before Old Trafford’s head honcho had expected it.

Woodward believed it would take much work for Solskjaer to unravel the mess left behind by the sacked Jose Mourinho and put together his own blueprint.

Less than a year on, and even allowing for a few noughts and crosses along the way, Solskjaer’s picture is coming together.
Only as recently as last month his own situation seemed perilous.

Mauricio Pochettino was the man on everybody’s lips to replace him following the Argentinian’s sacking by Tottenham.

The managerial reign of the ‘Baby-faced Assassin’ at Old Trafford looked to be dying in its infancy.

'FLIP CHART, PASSION'

Ahead of back-to-back games against Mourinho’s Spurs and neighbours Manchester City, the word was that he might not make this Thursday’s first anniversary as boss.

But Solskjaer always believed he was on the right path after he dropped through the chimney like Santa Claus last Christmas, with United in desperate need of some festive cheer.

He smiled as he recalled how Woodward came to see him in what was supposed to be a meeting to arrange a meeting.

Instead the Norwegian got right down to brass tacks.

Laughing, he declared: “I’m old school, me. I am not for the iPad or PowerPoint presentations!

“Flip chart, eye-to-eye, passion, write it down and put the names: Yep, yep, no, no, yes. Players, gaps, holes so he knows what I think this group needed.

“I’d been away but I’d been watching. I had a clear idea of what a United team should look like.

“I have been part of a United team and you do want to go back to our traditions of attacking football with pace, power, personalities.

“That is what we are doing. It’s a gradual thing but you see every single day now that these don’t need an operation.

“Sometimes they need some medicine.

But we are on the right track and if you don’t pull your weight or put a shift in, you’re the odd man out in training.

“It didn’t always used to be like that, I have to say.

“We had put a plan together and I had a vision of how I wanted this team to look in 18 months’ time when that season starts.

“We still need some transfer windows before then. I put that plan out for Ed within a month or a couple of weeks when I came here.

“And one or two have changed, yep. There have been a couple of movements since I first showed him how I was thinking on paper.”

The presentation had a devastating effect on the careers of misfiring strikers Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez, both of whom Solskjaer wanted out of the Old Trafford door.

Come next month, Nemanja Matic is liable to find he is another name about to be chalked off.

Meanwhile, Solskjaer is planning a major onslaught in the transfer market to fill in more of those missing spaces, having already brought in Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan- Bissaka and Dan James.

In terms of those noughts, the biggest was against today’s visitors Everton in April — when United suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat.

Solskjaer admitted: “That was the biggest eye-opener because if you lose 2-1 or 1-0 or 3-2, a close game, at least then you can see something.

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Anton du Beke’s ‘hollow laugh’ was ‘warning’ to Emma after actress broke pro dancer rules

Anton du Beke had the Glitterball trophy in his grasp tonight, but he and partner Emma Barton just missed out on victory. He and Emma performed three routines, including a graceful number to Send in the Clowns.

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The trophy went to Emmerdale actor Kelvin Fletcher and pro dancer Oti Mabuse in the end.

What did body language experts make of Anton’s performance tonight?

Judi James claimed that Strictly Come Dancing veteran gave a veiled warning to Emma tonight during an interview.

Judi said: “Poor Anton missed his moment yet again although this must have been the closest he has got to getting his hands on that Glitterball.

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“Emma broke the Strictly pro dancer ‘rules’ by openly admitting to errors and saying ‘I got collywobbles’ after losing it right at the start of her Fred and Ginger routine and Anton’s loud, hollow laugh as she said she would be happy to repeat the routine in the dance-off should have been a warning that you never admit any form of mistake or defeat in a Strictly finale.”

However, Emma and Anton will surely be proud of their performance overall during the series.

They scored a number of 10s from the judges, including at the legendary Blackpool Ballroom.

The pair can thank their connection for this, according to another body language expert, Darren Stanton.

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He said: “It’s clear from their dance they had practiced and practiced. Their rapport and connection seemed faultless.”

The expert claimed there was: “Genuine excitement and confidence from Emma. Her eyes were sparking and were so genuine.”

What is more, there is a “genuine friendship between her and Anton.”

The expert went on: “They are naturally very comfortable in each other’s space, denoted by lots of touching when getting feedback.

“Her eyes were wide like a child on Christmas Day, as if she couldn’t believe she has come to the final.”

STRICTLY COME DANCING WINNERS: A TIMELINE

2004 winner: Natasha Kaplinsky

Newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky was the first celebrity to win the BBC dancing series, which originally aired in July of 2004. She was partnered with Brendan Cole. They finished 39 points ahead of competitor Christopher Parker.

2004 winner: Jill Halfpenny

Jill Halfpenny was the second star to impress the judges with her dancing skills. Partnered with Darren Bennett, the pair beat off competition from Julian Clary and Denise Lewis in December of 2004.

2005 winner: Darren Gough

Cricketer Darren Gough won the third series of Strictly. He and partner Lilia Kopylova wowed audiences but never once finished at the top of the leaderboard.

2006 winner: Mark Ramprakash

Mark Ramprakash was the fourth star to lift the Glitterball Trophy. He was partnered with Karen Hardy and they were the first couple to restart a routine after their initial attempt saw Mark’s mic get caught in Karen’s dress.

2007 winner: Alesha Dixon

Before becoming a Strictly judge, Alesha Dixon won the nation’s hearts and the Glitterball Trophy during the fifth series. She was partnered with professional dancer Matthew Cutler.

2008 winner: Tom Chambers

Holby City star Tom Chambers was partnered with Camilla Dallerup when he won the sixth series. He performed the Foxtrot and Salsa in the final week.

2009 winner: Chris Hollins

BBC Breakfast presenter Chris Hollins and his professional partner Ola Jordan surprised viewers when they beat Ricky Whittle and his partner Natalie Lowe in the final. They wowed with the Foxtrot, Charleston, Lindy Hop and Showdance.

2010 winner: Kara Tointon

Kara Tointon was the eighth celebrity to win Strictly. She danced with Artem Chigvintsev and failed to receive 40 points throughout her time on the show.

2011 winner: Harry Judd

Former McFly star Harry Judd was the ninth star to lift the Glitterball Trophy. He didn’t top the leaderboard until week seven but then scored 40 points twice in the final.

2012 winner: Louis Smith

The tenth series of the BBC show was won by Olympian Louis Smith. He danced his way to victory with professional partner Flavia Cacace. He faced competition from Kimberley Walsh, Denise Van Outen and Danni Harmer in the series finale.

2013 winner: Abbey Clancy

Model Abbey Clancy won series eleven of Strictly alongside partner Alijaz Skorjanec. She was called a “spectacular dancer” with “wonderful posture” by former head judge Len Goodman.

2014 winner: Caroline Flack

Love Island host Caroline Flack took to the dance floor in series 12 where she scooped the Glitterball Trophy with Pasha Kovalev.

2015 winner: Jay McGuiness

Jay McGuiness surprised viewers when he won the thirteenth series of the BBC dancing competition with Aliona Vilani. When he learned he’d won, he told host Tess Daly: “I feel spaced out – it’s really weird.”

2016 winner: Ore Oduba

Ore Oduba won the thirteenth series of the BBC dancing competition with Joanne Clifton.

The sports presenter broke down in tears after beating Danny Mac and Louise Redknapp.

2017 winner: Joe McFadden

Joe McFadden was victorious with professional dance partner Katya Jones. The Holby City star beat off competition from fan favourite Debbie McGee, Gemma Atkinson and Alexandra Burke.

2018 winner: Stacey Dooley

Documentary-maker Stacey fought off competition to make it to the Grand Final of Strictly Come Dancing with professional dance partner Kevin Clifton last year. When they won, Kevin described her as “the most wonderful person”.

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Sophia Hutchins Reveals She and Caitlyn Jenner Aren't Dating

Sophia Hutchins is officially setting the record straight on her relationship with Caitlyn Jenner. For nearly three years, tabloids have linked the two as a couple — even going as far to say they were engaged. But, according to Hutchins, that couldn't be further from the truth. 

“We were never romantically involved," the 23-year-old told The New York Times

Caitlyn Jenner and Sophia Hutchins

Until now, Sophia has not done much to dispel the rumors. On one occasion, she posted a selfie from Jenner's bed, writing "home sweet home." In another instance, she told fans she was dating someone without naming names — leading everyone to believe she was talking about Caitlyn. Turns out, she's actually involved with a 30-year-old man who works on Wall Street. 

When asked why the media has insisted on publishing reports linking them as a couple, Sophia explained: “Because we weren’t addressing it. I don’t feel a need to address my sex life, quite frankly, unless I want to.”

Jenner declined to be interviewed for the article, but told the newspaper in a statement: “Over the last few years, Sophia has been my best friend, family and confidant. She is one of the top minds in her field. Her value in my life is undeniable. The sky is the limit with her entrepreneurial spirit.”

Hutchins is Jenner's manager — a role that was previously helmed by ex-wife Kris Jenner. “I saw nobody was managing her, and there were all these people taking massive advantage,” Sophia said. “And I was saying, ‘Caitlyn, if I don’t step in here and start managing you, you’re going to go broke.’"

Elsewhere in the piece, Sophia revealed that she has become friendly with the KarJenners. “I’m on good terms with all the family, but I’m closest with Kris, Kim, Kylie and Kendall," she said. Back in May, Khloé also confirmed that there was no bad blood, adding that Hutchins is "super sweet."

“She’s really sweet — she’s younger, but she’s not bothering anyone."

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Meet the Dutch girls who seduced Nazis — and lured them to their deaths

When she came across a Nazi killing an infant by repeatedly swinging its tiny body against a brick wall, Truus Oversteegen didn’t flinch.

The freckle-faced teenager, who was just three months shy of her 17th birthday when Germany invaded the Netherlands in May 1940, was a newly minted member of the Dutch resistance. She had been mostly assigned to hide Jewish children, political dissidents and homosexuals in various safe houses throughout Haarlem, her hometown, which was about 12 miles west of Amsterdam.

But what she saw now forced her to act with a sudden, brutal energy.

“He grabbed the baby and hit it against the wall,” Truus recalled years later of the horrifying scene. “The father and sister had to watch. They were obviously hysterical. The child was dead.”

Truus quietly pointed her gun in the direction of the Nazi and shot him dead.

“That wasn’t an assignment,” she said. “But I don’t regret it . . . We were dealing with cancerous tumors in our society that you had to cut out like a surgeon.”

Truus, her younger sister, Freddie, and law student Hannie Schaft were among a handful of young women who took on clandestine roles to destabilize Nazis during the Second World War. While women’s resistance work was largely confined to spying, code-breaking and typing, few actively dared to take on the work of the Dutch trio — as underground assassins.

That’s the theme of the recently published “Seducing and Killing Nazis: Hannie, Truus and Freddie: Dutch Resistance Heroines of World War II” (SWW Press), which documents the exploits of the three young Dutch resistance fighters whose dangerous work set them apart.

“These women never saw themselves as heroines,” writes the book’s author Sophie Poldermans, who is also a human-rights activist in the Netherlands. “They were extremely dedicated and believed they had no other option but to join the resistance. They never regretted what they did during the war.”

Although their roles in the underground were at first confined to stealing Dutch identity documents to help persecuted Jews, the girls quickly graduated to more ruthless duties.

Freddie, who was just 14 when she began to work for the resistance, was often mistaken for a schoolgirl and was dispatched as a courier delivering important messages during the occupation. But later, all three young women worked to seduce Nazis: applying makeup and bright red lipstick to pick up soldiers at bars and lure them to their deaths.

We were dealing with cancerous tumors in our society that you had to cut out like a surgeon.

“Ha Heinz, come here,” they would call, often pretending to be drunk when they struck up conversations with their targets.

Hannie, barely 20 when the Netherlands was invaded, made a point of teaching herself German for the work. Lithe and striking, with red hair and milky white skin, she became an expert at starting seemingly casual conversations with Dutch Nazis and German soldiers. Suggesting that they accompany her on romantic walks to the woods, they would often be shot dead by her male comrades who were lying in wait.

While the three young women often relied on the men of the resistance for the ambush and shooting, they were not shy about using guns themselves and became expert at shooting targets from their bikes. In addition to German soldiers, they also went after Dutch collaborators, Poldermans said.

“They were killers, but they also tried hard to remain human,” said Poldermans, 38. “They tried to shoot their targets from the back so that they didn’t know they were going to die.”

After the war, when the sisters — Truus and Freddie — were asked how many people they had gunned down, they refused to give a specific number, said Poldermans.

“You never ask a soldier how many people he’s killed” was the response the Oversteegen sisters often gave to curious people they lectured on their wartime work.

Poldermans said she was close to the sisters for 20 years before writing her book, having met them when she was a 16-year-old high-school student working on a history project on the late Hannie Schaft, who is considered one of the greatest wartime heroines in the Netherlands. Through a family friend, Poldermans met and interviewed the Oversteegens, prying out more information about their roles in the war than they had ever told their own families.

“After the war, they had post-traumatic stress and nightmares,” Poldermans told The Post, adding that the sisters were also ostracized because they had worked closely with the Communist Party in a country that became virulently anti-Soviet after the war. The Oversteegens didn’t receive a pension for their wartime work until well into the 1960s, she said.

For many years, they suffered from depression and would wake up screaming from nightmares, especially during the anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands by Allied troops.

“I wasn’t born to kill,” Truus told Poldermans. “Do you know what that does to your soul?” After each attack, Truus recalled, she often fainted or broke down in tears.

When Poldermans completed her high-school paper, the Oversteegen sisters asked her to present her work at the annual conference they organized for Hannie. They were so impressed that they later asked her to join the board of the National Hannie Schaft Foundation, a Netherlands-based nonprofit they founded in 1996. The organization works to sponsor an annual lecture on human rights and promotes the memory of Hannie.

In addition to killing Nazis, Hannie also worked to sabotage German military installations, bombing power lines and munitions shipments. The Oversteegens worked closely with Hannie, part of an underground cell of seven committed and fierce fighters.

They were a formidable fighting force, although they refused to target the children of high-ranking Nazis, Poldermans said. When they were ordered by their resistance commanders to kidnap the three children of Reich Commissioner Arthur Seyss-Inquart, the women refused.

“Resistance fighters do not kill children,” Truus told Poldermans. “We only fight against real fascists, not against children.”

Still, they caused so much damage and killed so many Nazis that Hannie became an important wartime target — “the girl with the red hair.” Her capture was deemed a high priority, ordered by Adolf Hitler himself.

A marked woman, she went into hiding, dying her hair black and borrowing glasses. Even when the Nazis jailed her parents in order to pressure her to give herself up, Hannie refused. Her family was eventually released when it became clear they had no information about their militant daughter.

Hannie was later captured on March 1945, picked up after a routine check and taken to the Amsterdam House of Detention, where she was tortured by the Nazis. She was also placed in solitary confinement, with a sign on her door that labeled her “morderin” or murderer.

Hannie was executed on April 17, 1945, just 18 days before the liberation of the Netherlands.

After the war, Supreme Allied Commander Dwight Eisenhower awarded Hannie a posthumous Medal of Freedom.

Truus was honored by Yad Vashem in Jerusalem for her work in protecting Jews, and she and Freddie were awarded the Mobilization War Cross by the Dutch prime minister in 2014.

Truus passed away in 2016 at the age of 92, and Freddie passed away two years later, at the same age.

Before their deaths, the sisters told Poldermans that Hannie was defiant until the end, and they liked to repeat the story of her execution — which has become the stuff of legend in the Netherlands, based on several police reports and witness statements.

When the first bullet missed its mark, Hannie fixed the soldiers sent to kill her with a steady gaze.

“Idiots,” she said. “I shoot better than you.”

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Geminids 2019: NASA says ‘go out’ for the Geminid meteor shower TONIGHT

The Geminids are expected to peak tonight (December 14) after slowly building in intensity since the start of the month. Geminid meteors arrive each year around mid-December, casting as many as 120 shooting stars into the night skies.

The meteors are the result of Earth passing through the littered orbit of the Asteroid 3200 Phaethon.

Bits and pieces of space rock that have broken off from the asteroid slam into our planet at incredible speeds.

According to NASA, the meteors appear to stream towards Earth from the constellation Gemini – hence their name.

The Geminids are typically best seen between midnight and 4am each year, with the sweet spot around 2am.

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Unfortunately, this year’s viewing will be hindered by the presence of a bright Waning Gibbous Moon.

Tonight, the Moon will be about 92 percent illuminated, which threatens to wash out the night skies.

But William Bryan from MSFC Meteoroid Environment Office believes you should still “go outside and see the Geminids” tonight.

The meteor expert predicts at least 30 meteors an hour will still crisscross the skies.

The meteor expert said: “With the holidays right around the corner, most of us are in gift-giving mode and one of our favourite gifts every December is the Geminid meteor shower.”

Mr Bryan added: “Under dark, clear skies, the Geminids can produce up to 120 meteors per hour.

One of our favourite gifts every December is the Geminid meteor shower

William Bryan, MSFC Meteoroid Environment Office

“But this year, a bright, nearly Full Moon will hinder observations of the shower.

“Observers can hope to see up to 30 meteors per hour.”

Weather permitting, your best chance of catching a Geminid will be around 2am local time.

The Geminids will appear to radiate from a point high in the sky, near the constellation Gemini.

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The radiant is the point in the sky from which meteor showers emerge and they higher it is, the more meteors are expected.

Geminids typically favour the Northern Hemisphere but are still visible south of the equator.

Mr Bryan said: “As the night progresses, the Geminid rate will increase.

“If you see a meteor, try to trace it backwards. If you end up in the constellation Gemini, there is a good chance you’ve seen a Geminid.

“The Geminids are best observed in the Northern Hemisphere, but no matter where you are in the world – except Antarctica – some Geminids will be visible.”

Meteor showers are best seen in pitch-black darkness, under a clear sky and with an unobstructed view of the horizon.

Just remember to give your eyes anywhere up to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness and dress appropriately for the weather.

Mr Bryan said: “Avoid looking at your cell phone, as it will disrupt your night vision.

“Lie flat on your back and look straight up, taking in as much sky as possible.

“You should soon start to see Geminid meteors.”

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Former PSG and Napoli star Lavezzi retires at 34 after three years playing in China – The Sun

FORMER PSG and Napoli star Ezequiel Lavezzi has retired from football at the age of 34.

The Argentinian enjoyed a successful club career as he picked up four Ligue 1 titles, the Coupe de la Ligue, the Coupe de France, the Trophee de Champions and the Coppa Italia.

He began his career at Estudiantes 16 years ago, before then moving on to San Lorenzo, where he would stay for three years.

In 2007, he joined Napoli and spent five successful seasons with the Italian club before switching to PSG.

And after filling his trophy cabinet with the French giants, he moved to China and Hebei China Fortune, where the forward has decided to hang up his boots.

On Instagram, he said: “They were amazing years of this story,”

“Years marked by learning, unique moments and lots of memories that will stay in my heart for good.

“I am forever grateful for those who have stayed by my side throughout this journey.

"With lots of joy, I say goodbye to the most amazing phase life has given me.

“I’ve been extremely happy!”

For the international team, he was a part of the Argentina side that finished runners-up to Germany at the 2014 World Cup.

Lavezzi also picked up Olympic gold at the Bejing Games in 2008.

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Shoppers say Vitamin C is 'the best thing ever bought for their fave'

Shoppers praise £13.95 Vitamin C serum that acts as a primer, helps clear spots AND reduces red marks (and it has hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon)

  • Shoppers have hailed a £13.95 Vitamin C serum by Generation Skincare 
  • Vitamin C has anti-oxidant, anti-ageing qualities and is lauded by beauty experts 
  • The serum has hundreds of five star reviews from delighted beauty fans online

Shoppers have praised a £13.95 Vitamin C serum that is said to banish spots and brightens up skin as ‘the best thing they’ve ever bought for their face’.

The product, made by UK-based Generation Skincare, has won over hundreds of customers who have left glowing reviews on Amazon claiming the product ‘works wonders on dry skin’ and ‘stops breakouts’. 

Vitamin C has long been lauded by skincare experts for its anti-oxidant, anti-ageing and radiance boosting benefits, but recently has seen a boom in sales of the serums for everyday use.


British women have hailed a £13.95 Vitamin C serum that is said to banish spots and brightens up skin as ‘the best thing they’ve ever bought for their face’. One shopper showed the results of the serum on her skin, showing her breakout before (left) and after (right)


The vitamin can help neutralise damage the environment does to skin and is particularly good at tackling dull, dark spots which can accelerate ageing. Here a customer has used the serum to reduce redness of her face, as pictured before (left) and after (right)

The vitamin can help neutralise damage the environment does to skin and is particularly good at tackling dull, dark spots which can accelerate ageing.

The Generation Skincare product, pictured, costs £13.95 on Amazon

The incredible results of the Generation Skincare Vitamin C Serum were shared by impressed customers on Amazon. It costs £13.95 for a 30ml bottle on the site. 

Photos show how skin looked less red and brighter after using. Some women showed how their spots had cleared thanks to the product. 

Reviewing the serum on Amazon, one shopper wrote: ‘I have been using this serum for the past couple of weeks now and as you can see it has made a massive difference between my skin tone. 

‘I suffer with redness on my face on this has made a massive difference. 

‘It’s not as red and I am sure the more I use it the more it will go down. 


One woman showed her skin looked brighter and more dewy immediately after using (right) 

‘The dryness on my skin has also improved, which happened on the second day of using and now it feels silky soft.’ 

Food for your skin: Magic of vitamin C 

Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits as well as rosehip, strawberries, spinach, parsley and broccoli.

It’s known for helping boost immunity but is also crucial for collagen production and repairing age-related damage to the complexion.

Vitamin C is also improves connective tissue throughout the body and is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and sun spots

Another beauty buff added: ‘This product works as advertised and provides a great base for makeup, as well as improving the appearance of blemishes. 

‘The serum really helped moisturise dry areas of skin after I’d had a cold, I could feel it working round my nose and mouth, and noticed that these areas looked and felt more healthy after use. 

‘The serum smells lovely and the bottle is small enough to pop inside your makeup bag if you’re going away overnight. You don’t need to used very much at a time, so a bottle should last a good amount of time before needing to be replaced. 

A third said: ‘Best stuff I’ve ever bought for my face. 

 The product, made by UK-based Generation Skincare, has won over hundreds of customers who have left glowing reviews on Amazon, pictured

‘After a face mask or washing my face I put some of this on. It feels slightly tingly but that’s when you know it’s working. 

‘This is great for my face because I hate moisturisers and oily creams. Whenever I put this one before bed, I never wake up with blemishes on my skin. 

‘I even had a few red spots/ patches on my chest and I used some of this to get rid of them before a weekend out and worked like a treat. Will definitely repurchase!’  

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