Niantic has officially launched the limited-time “Pokémon Go” event called Legendary Week, where qualified trainers around the world will have the chance to once again capture Kyogre, Groudon, and the latest Gen 3 Legendary Pokémon released in the mobile game, Rayquaza.
It makes sense that Legendary Week is a global affair since how participating trainers will perform in the limited-time event will have an effect on all “Pokémon Go” players around the world.
The basic task for “Pokémon Go” trainers is to prepare their best Pokémon and bring as many fellow trainers as possible to a Gym to watch out for and try to defeat the mentioned Gen 3 Legendaries. Whichever among Kyogre, Groudon, and Rayquaza gets defeated and caught the most will determine what type of Pokémon will be hatching next on “Pokémon Go” for a limited time.
As explained by Niantic Labs, for example, if the accumulated Raid results show that Rayquaza had been beaten the most compared to the combined tallies for Kyogre and Groudon, Pokémon that prefer wind such as Bagon will then be likely to hatch next since Rayquaza is a flying-type of monster. Otherwise, “Pokémon Go” players should expect to see either sun- or rain-loving Pokémon since Groudon and Kyogre are ground- and water-type Pokémon, respectively.
Whatever the results will be, the mentioned Pokémon type will start appearing shortly after Legendary Week on Monday, March 5, until Friday, March 16.
As mentioned, Legendary Week is not here to stay, though luckily, it lasts for a little over seven days. The event started on Friday, Feb. 23, while Eurogamer suggests it is likely to end at 4 p.m. EST of Monday, March 5.
Joining special types of raids have been quite controversial recently. However, Niantic also promised it would be handing out “new special boxes” beginning on Saturday, Feb. 24, that will contain Raid Passes to allow more players to join the event.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins is widely expected to be the number one free agent for this year. And in all likelihood, many teams are already laying out their plans for how best to entice him to sign with them.
Teams with older quarterbacks and those with unproven signal-callers are the ones expected to make pitches to Cousins, but they may not be the only franchises who may have taken an interest in signing him.
Recently, Pro Football Talk’s Charean Williams dropped by “PFT Live” to talk about Cousins, specifically commenting on what Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones may think of him.
As Williams mentioned, “I wouldn’t be surprised if he [Jones] has a little love there for Kirk Cousins and is thinking about those down-the-field throws.”
Considering that Jones is also working as the general manager of the Cowboys, him putting some thought into how Cousins could work behind that stellar offensive line and alongside running back Ezekiel Elliott would be easy to understand. However, that is different from him actually submitting an offer to the 29-year-old free agent.
It is worth pointing out here that the Cowboys already have Dak Prescott on the team. Though Prescott’s numbers dropped off quite significantly in 2017, as can be seen in his Pro Football Reference page, he is still young and talented enough that he could develop into one of the league’s best quarterbacks in a few seasons.
To give the starting quarterback role to another player after Prescott regressed in his sophomore season would be a hasty move.
Instead of pursuing a high-priced free agent that Cousins is expected to be, the Cowboys could be better off focusing more on helping Prescott improve in advance of his third season and signing other players who can fill out the roster.
The Cowboys are not really expected to go after Cousins in the same way that other teams will, and with Prescott already on the roster, that may be for the best.
Disney’s “Descendants 2″ ended without revealing who Mal’s father was. Now, the first official trailer for the next installment has finally arrived, hinting that “Descendants 3″ will finally answer this mystery.
The trailer shows Dove Cameron’s Mal crawling into the enchanted forest to come in contact with an enigmatic vapor, which, she later learns, is her long-lost father. It turns out that this mysterious vapor is the big bad daddy who once got together with Maleficent before abandoning his family.
Fans of the franchise were not very satisfied with how “Descendants 2″ ended. The second installment ended on a cliffhanger, leaving a lot of room for “Descendants 3″ to answer these mysteries. The trailer for the next installment teases that fans don’t have to wait for a long time for these mysteries to be resolved, as answers are finally coming.
Although Cameron does not have much to say about the mystery surrounding Mal’s father, cast member Sofia Carson recently talked about the return of her popular character Elvie in the series. “I truly cannot wait to be Evie again. I fell in love with Evie three years ago, and I am honored to continue telling her inspiring story with Kenny and our cast for the beautifully wicked journey that will be ‘Descendants 3.’ To our beautiful fans all over the world, thank you for making this happen! This is all for you,” she said.
“Descendants” follows the sons and daughters of Disney’s most infamous villains, including Maleficent. The third installment in the franchise will begin shooting in summer in Vancouver and will see the return of Cameron Boyce as Carlos, Sofia Carson as Evie, Booboo Stewart as Jay, Mitchell Hope as King Ben and China Anne McClain as Uma. It remains to be seen who will play Mal’s dad in the upcoming installment.
With less than a couple of days left before this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC), the smartphone market is getting the rumor mill going with the latest leak featuring what might be Nokia’s most powerful yet, the Nokia 8 Pro. Further reports reveal that fans might not have long to wait to get their hands on the device.
According to reports, the Nokia 8 Pro might just be being built to compete with the premium phones of the century as it is reportedly going to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845. Furthermore, although it is identified as the Nokia 8 Pro, fans are speculating that this might actually be the Nokia 10 renamed. Regardless, it is expected to feature some revolutionary features, including a Penta-lens camera and a rotating Zoom tech that was introduced by Zeiss.
Further details on the next Nokia smartphone also reveal that it will have a fingerprint sensor under the powerful camera, as well as a gorgeous display at an 18:9 aspect ratio. More rumors indicate that it might capable of wireless charging, but considering that HMD Global, the home of the Nokia brand, has yet to release any statement on that, fans are advised to take it with a grain of salt.
It is not sure if Nokia will make an appearance during the MWC 2018. However, further reports indicate that the fans may just be able to experience the Nokia 8 Pro and all its features sometime during the third quarter of the year. Regardless, there is a lot to be expected from the newly revived brand. As to whether or not they will be able to stand again with the giants, fans will have to wait and see if everything will pan out well for HMD Global. More information is expected to be released in the coming weeks, so fans are advised to stay tuned for more updates.
While the rest of the world seems to be focused on making button-less and bezel-less smartphones, company Cat seems to have a different idea as they have unveiled the next generation of smartphone in their lineup, the S61. Boasting rugged features and top of the line durability, the S61 is perfect for consumers looking for a gadget that can survive almost anything.
“The Cat S61 smartphone is built to be rugged and robust, to take on whatever elements, challenges or tasks you throw at it. It’s the upgrade to your Cat S60; bigger, better, bolder than ever before,” Cat said in a statement. “This tool is the most advanced, most skilled and most loyal partner you need to get any job done.”
Cat boasted the S61 will be capable of thermal imaging and that it will feature an enhance software to maximize its 1080p display by adding the capability to read up to 400 degrees Celsius. The Cat S61 will also be capable of testing air quality through laser-assisted distance measurement and various other sensors. In terms of durability, the Cat S61 will not lag behind as it features IP68 rating and military grade 810G rugged certificates, which means that the flagship can be dropped from heights of up to 1.8 meters and submerged to depths of three meters for up to an hour.
On top of the published features, further reports also reveal that the Android navigators at the bottom of the screen are actual physical buttons presumably to enhance accuracy. The Cat S61 will not come cheap as it is expected to go on sale for an estimated $1,100 during the second quarter of the year. While the durability is a great selling point, the price might just be a deal breaker. More information is expected to be released in the coming weeks, so fans are advised to stay tuned for more updates.
Wheaton College has won a five-year battle to fulfil its Christian mission without having to provide services like the week-after pill and abortion-inducing drugs in its healthcare plans.
A district court judge has ruled that the government would violate federal civil rights laws if it forced the Illinois-based Christian liberal arts college to provide some services, which are required by the contraceptive mandate under the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act, against its religious beliefs.
The decision permanently protects Wheaton from any current or future version of the mandate, according to the nonprofit Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represented the college.
“The government is not above the law — that’s why we have civil rights laws. Wheaton should never have had to go to court to protect its rights in the first place. This order ensures we won’t have to come back,” said Diana Verm, Wheaton alumna and legal counsel at Becket, said in a statement.
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Wheaton President Philip Ryken said, “We are grateful to God that the court recognized Wheaton’s religious identity and protected our ability to affirm the sanctity of human life. The government should never have tried to force us to provide drugs and services against our faith, and we are pleased by the resolution of our case.”
A recent new HHS rule admitted the federal government violated the law and provided temporary protection to religious objectors. But judges in California and Pennsylvania halted the rule in late December.
Wheaton, which is guided by its religious mission “For Christ and His Kingdom,” filed a lawsuit to defend its right in 2012 after receiving no response from HHS to its concerns. The college was founded by abolitionist Jonathan Blanchard in 1860.
The contraceptive mandate, which requires health insurance plans to offer birth control and abortion-inducing drugs, has gone to the Supreme Court five times, and each time the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of protecting religious groups.
In 2015, Wheaton had announced that it would no longer offer health insurance to its students to avoid conflicting with the institution’s Christian convictions.
“What has brought us here is about student health insurance, but it’s bigger than student health insurance,” Paul Chelsen, Wheaton’s vice president of student development, said at the time. “What really breaks my heart is that there are real people that are affected by our decision. But if we don’t win this case, the implications down the road in terms of what the government will tell us what we can and cannot do will be potentially more significant.”
In 2013, the Obama administration proposed accommodations concerning the contraceptive mandate, but pro-life and religious liberty groups pointed out that it did not meaningfully expand the “church-only” exemption and amounted to little more than a gesture.
“All Americans, not just those in church organizations, are guaranteed freedom of conscience in their daily lives and work,” Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowman said at the time. “The administration’s narrow gesture does nothing to protect many faith-based employers or religious families from the unconstitutional abortion pill mandate. The government has no business putting religious freedom on the negotiating table, or picking and choosing who is allowed to exercise faith.”
“It is just another accounting gimmick and the HHS mandate continues to be a violation of civil rights, religious freedom and First Amendment rights,” stated officials at The Catholic Association at the time. “Catholic institutions and other faith-based organizations, including hospitals and universities and private employers, still do not get their First Amendment rights back and are still being forced to either violate their faith or pay crippling government fines for practicing their faith.”
Rumors that Lauren Cohan might leave “The Walking Dead” have been swirling around due to the fact that she has not yet signed a contract for the ninth season of the show.
Cohan plays one of the lead characters of the show, Maggie Rhee, who is currently the leader of the Hilltop Colony as they wage an all-out war against Negan’s (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) Saviors. However, some fans fear that Cohan’s stay in the show could be hanging in the balance as she has yet to sign a contract for Season 9.
Apart from not having a Season 9 contract yet for “The Walking Dead,” it was also confirmed that Cohan would be portraying one of the lead characters in ABC’s upcoming action-dramedy “Whiskey Cavalier.”
It is important to note that the lack of a Season 9 contract with AMC does not necessarily mean she will no longer join the next installment of “The Walking Dead.” However, sources of The Hollywood Reporter also revealed that there was a deeper reason why AMC and Cohan’s camp had yet to reach a deal.
Cohan is reportedly “battling” with AMC over the salary being offered to her for Season 9. On top of this conflict, it was said that she had also been looking for a new TV series role, which she found with ABC.
THR mentioned that Cohan was not demanding to be paid the same amount as her fellow male cast members Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus. However, AMC and her representatives have reportedly been trying to find a common ground when it comes to adjusting her salary for Season 9 for several months now but still to no avail.
If AMC and Cohan’s team agree on a deal in time for “The Walking Dead” Season 9, reports suggest that there could be drastic changes seen either on the zombie apocalypse series or ABC’s upcoming show.
Entertainment Weekly said that if Cohan ends up remaining a series regular in “The Walking Dead” Season 9, “Whiskey Cavalry” will have to be pushed back for a mid-season premiere next year. There is also a chance that she could get fewer scenes on the new installment of her older show while the upcoming one’s time table remains untouched.
In an earlier interview with “The Walking Dead” showrunner Scott Gimple with TVLine, he recognized the uncertainty of having Maggie around for the upcoming season. “These things do happen in TV,” he said on the possibility of a Maggie-less Season 9. “But we’re talking,” he added.
Fans of “The Big Bang Theory” are in for another major cameo appearance featuring Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates in an episode that airs next month.
“The Big Bang Theory’s” network, CBS, and producer Warner Bros. confirmed to CNN that they had Gates lined up for a cameo appearance in an upcoming episode of the long-time running show that revolves around the lives of the scientist characters.
Like many other scientists and personalities in the technology industry, Gates will be featured as himself. According to the same report, he will first meet Penny (Kaley Cuoco) while she is at work. As expected, she will share this amazing story with her friends in the show who will reportedly be starstruck and would do everything to have their moments with Gates as well.
Meanwhile, the length of Gates’ appearance in the “The Big Bang Theory” has yet to be confirmed. It is still unknown whether it will last for a few seconds or in multiple sequences in the entire episode.
The Verge added that the episode with Gates will contain references to his accomplishments, from establishing the technology firm giant Microsoft to becoming a billionaire and a philanthropist.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was also in an episode of “The Big Bang Theory” as himself in 2010.
“The Big Bang Theory” is one of the most successful sitcoms that is still gaining followers to this day and the appearance of world-renowned scientists and technology innovators has been a common occurrence in the show.
Before Gates, the show also featured highly regarded theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking who also appeared as himself in 2012. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon, was also featured in the show in the same year.
Tesla Motors CEO and inventor Elon Musk also appeared as himself in 2015, fulfilling one of Howard Wolowitz’s (Simon Helberg) wishes to meet one of his idols.
The episode with Gates will air sometime in March.
Country singer and best-selling author Jimmy Wayne is calling on churches to do their part to help foster children.
The Tennessean reports that the singer who grew up in the foster care system and resides in Nashville, Tennessee, has challenged churches to open their home to foster children or at least donate money to their cause.
“If someone has an extra room in their house, help a kid,” Wayne said. “If you have extra money, donate it to an organization that’s helping these kids transition into adulthood. If you don’t have money, you have time.”
Wayne said all churches should get involved to help foster children in their area, and accused some of making excuses for the reasons why they are not doing so.
“Churches say, ‘Well, I’m not called to do it.’ Well, you are called to do it,” the singer insisted. “It’s in Scripture. You don’t get to pick and choose.”
The country music veteran has been homeless and grew up in and out of the foster care system after his stepfather attempted to shoot him in the head in his youth. However, an elderly Christian couple came into his life as a teenager to help turn his life around which he details in his 2014 book Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way.
With the vast number of churches in Tennessee, Wayne believes people of God can help end many of the issues that foster children face with their donations and decisions to open their homes.
“Many of these kids are in horrible situations that just need a little bit of help,” Wayne said. “We could solve the problem. We could help all of the kids in the foster care system in the state of Tennessee.”
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It is no wonder that Wayne is calling on the people of God since the singer’s faith has helped him overcome some tough moments. In a video posted on Facebook in November, Wayne recalled some of his childhood struggles that he overcame with prayer, including his stepfather attempting to shoot him.
“The sound of that gun going off in my ear … and the burning in my face. I’ll never forget that,” Wayne said in the video posted on Facebook in November.
Through the tough times in his youth, Wayne said prayer helped him through and spoke out against those who mock other people praying.
“Many times as a kid I remember praying for food. I remember praying that, ‘I hope that this bully does not kick my tail again today’ and the fear of getting on and off of that school bus, the fear of walking classroom to classroom,” he said. “To hear people mock prayer — I don’t even know how to put it in words. It really makes me mad.”
Hours after the passing of legendary evangelist Billy Graham, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu personally extended his condolences to Graham’s granddaughter, Cissie Graham Lynch, in a meeting Wednesday evening.
Netanyahu met with several evangelical leaders and megachurch pastors from the United States for about a half hour at a hotel in Jerusalem before going on to give a speech in that same hotel to a gathering of leaders from American Jewish organizations.
Included in the meeting were prominent evangelical leaders like California evangelist Greg Laurie, Dallas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress, former Southern Baptist Convention president Jack Graham and Hispanic evangelical leader Samuel Rodriguez.
A photo of the meeting released by the Israeli government shows that the meeting also included Lynch, who is the granddaughter of the late evangelist and the daughter of popular evangelical figure and humanitarian Franklin Graham.
When speaking about the meeting in an interview with The Christian Post Thursday, meeting participant and evangelical public relations executive Johnnie Moore said that Netanyahu was able to express his sorrows directly to “a member of the Graham family.”
“He went around and greeted every person [in our group]. He knew several of the people that were there. We had a member of the Graham family and he extended his condolences,” Moore, who also serves as an informal adviser to the Trump administration, said. “He mentioned how much and how long he admired Rev. Graham.”
Billy Graham died Wednesday morning at his home in Montreat, North Carolina. He was 99.
Moore explained that it appeared as though Netanyahu had heard the news of Graham’s passing shortly before the meeting with the leaders and was still “struck” by the news.
“Aside from expressing his condolences, he expressed his lifelong admiration for Billy Graham and asked that those sentiments be conveyed to the entire Graham family,” Moore said. “He appeared as if he felt it a great honor to be able to express those condolences [in person] to someone so close to Rev. Graham as opposed to picking up the phone and calling someone. It was right there in Jerusalem. It was a tender and special moment.”
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As for the other evangelical leaders, Moore said it was special to be able to mourn and celebrate the life of the evangelical icon while in the Holy Land.
“That was sort of a very special moment being in Jerusalem, celebrating the life of really our hero,” he said. “It was very powerful.”
Also included in the meeting were social conservative activist Ralph Reed of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, Maryland pastor and conservative black leader Harry Jackson, San Diego pastor Jim Garlow and megachurch pastor Jentezen Franklin.
The group traveled to the country last week as guests of Israel’s Ministry of Tourism. The group has met with several political leaders, diplomats, as well as Israeli religious and business leaders.
The group was originally scheduled to meet with Netanyahu on Tuesday. However, the meeting got pushed back to Wednesday evening before the evangelical leaders were set to leave the country.
Wednesday’s meeting came as the news struck this week about new police investigations into charges of corruption against members of Netanyahu’s inner circle.
“Netanyahu seemed totally normal despite all the media and everything buzzing around the country,” Moore said. “We left with no indication whatsoever that he had any sense of anxiety about anything. He was just himself, clear and articulate.”
Moore explained that Netanyahu told the evangelical leaders in the meeting “there are no greater friends to Israel than the Christian community around the world,” adding that chief among them is the evangelical community.
“He expressed his gratitude for our longstanding friendship and a number of members of the group expressed their gratitude for the strength of his leadership in the region,” Moore said. “They praised his stallwortness in combating Iranian misbehavior throughout the region and maintaining the security of the region by being such a loyal and effective partner with the United States against mutually shared threats and concerns.”
Moore assured that the meeting was not as “hurried” as some meetings with world leaders are.
“In these types of meetings, some of them you go in and you are at a desk with a placard and there is an agenda and the meeting is hurried. This was not that,” he explained. “This was very casual and unhurried. He is a busy guy and yet he gave us a lot of time. I think he would have given us more time if he would have had it. But he had a speech to give.”
Earlier in the week, the evangelicals met with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and the U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman. The group was also able to meet with Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer.
The leaders visited holy sites such as Magdala and the Garden Tomb. They also took a helicopter tour all the way to the Golan Heights.
“It’s a unique thing having a group like this together and it has just been fun,” Moore told CP earlier in the week. “These are Christian leaders who are used to leading tours here. So they are constantly teaching and rushing from one thing to another. But they are here now with their peers.”