There's nothing unusual about NFL coaches losing their jobs at the end of the regular season, but Sunday (Dec. 31) saw something strange happen at the post-game press conference for the Oakland Raiders. After losing the season finale 30 -10 to the LA Chargers, Jack Del Rio addressed the media and informed them of his own firing. Usually, it is the team general manager, owner or spokesman that makes such an announcement.
Despite the oddity of announcing your own dismissal, it isn't very surprising that the Raiders are moving on from Del Rio. After going 7-9 in his first year, Del Rio led the 2016 Raiders to a 12-4 record an their first playoff appearance in 14 years. After battling injuries all year, the Raiders finished this season with a disappointing 6-10 record.
Another factor in the decision is the Raiders pending move to Las Vegas. 2018 will most likely be the Raiders last in Oakland, and a coaching change could keep the fans interest for next year. Some reports are saying that the Raiders are targeting current ESPN analyst and former Raiders coach John Gruden.
The 27-year-old daughter of Eric Garner, Erica, has fallen into a state of brain trauma with no chance of recovery, The New York Daily News reports. This comes five days after she suffered from a heart attack, leaving her in a six-day coma, according to reports.
Her mother, Esaw Snipes, told the New York Daily News that Garner remained on life support Thursday morning (Dec. 28), and family members were called to Woodhull Hospital to say their final goodbyes.
“She’s not gone, she’s brain dead,” Snipes told reporters. “Physically she is still with us.”
On Christmas Eve, Garner suffered a massive heart attack, brought on by an asthma attack, that reportedly gave her major brain damage from a lack of oxygen while in cardiac arrest. VIBE previously reported she suffered from an enlarged heart and her latest pregnancy put a strain on the vital organ. She was unaware of her condition prior to the pregnancy.
Since her father was placed in a fatal chokehold by an NYPD officer in 2014, Garner has been a staunch critic of police brutality.
On Tuesday's (Dec. 26) SmackDown Live in Chicago, Illinois, GM Daniel Bryan announced that there would be a tournament for the U.S. Title that Dolph Ziggler appeared to have relinquished the week before. On that show, we saw Bobby Roode defeat Baron Corbin and Jinder Mahal defeat Tye Dillinger to advance to the semi-finals. What was still unknown was the other four participants in the tourney, until now.
Cathy Kelly revealed the other four participants via WWE Now video on Youtube. The other four superstars are Zack Ryder, Mojo Rawley, Xavier Woods and Aiden English. Rawley will battle Ryder in the first round and Woods will take on English. Those matches should take place next week but there is no word on when the semi-final and final matches would be held.
By: Kevin Gray
For years now, the writing has been on the wall about the future of automobiles. Fuel efficiency has become increasingly more important and concerns about the effect of auto exhaust on the environment are rising. For years, top auto manufacturers have been embracing the future through hybrids, E-85, Flex-fuel, and electric, but one company, Toyota, has been leading the charge. No, the Japanese automaker has revealed that they plan on offering consumers more than 10 different pure electronic vehicles (EV) worldwide by the early 2020s.
In addition to having a large variety of EV options to chose from, Toyota hopes that by 2025 every Toyota and Lexus will either be EV-only or have an electrified option like a hybrid or hydrogen fuel cell.
While Toyota has some lofty goals, they won't be alone in that market. Ford has recently said that it wants at least 10 percent of its sales to be EVs by 2020, while GM hopes to have 20 EVs on the market by 2023. Also companies like Tesla already have a head start on Toyota since all they over are EV models. The Tesla Model 3 already has over 500,000 orders through August 2018.
Even though Toyota is hedging its bets by making hydrogen a part of its future, it's treating EVs as a significant part of its lineup. And when Toyota is clearly one of the world's largest car brands, that's bound to make an impact on what people drive.
Facebook has struck its first-ever deal to license music for video and other social experiences.
Universal Music Group and Facebook agreed on a multi-year deal that lets Facebook host content with the label’s licensed music across its network, including the main Facebook app, Instagram and Oculus.
According to a press release, the partnership will allow users to upload and share videos that contain licensed music and personalize their music experiences on Facebook, Instagram and Oculus. Eventually, functionality will expand to enable access to a vast library of music across a series of social features.
Crucially, the deal does not give Facebook the right to create its own version of Vevo, the music video service owned by the music labels that generates most of its views on YouTube. Perhaps most important for Universal is that it now has a credible bargaining chip when it talks to Google’s YouTube.
Jordan Feldstein, the brother of actors Jonah Hill and Beanie Feldstein, has died at the age of 40, PEOPLE can confirm.
A music talent manager who worked with Maroon 5 from their inception over 15 years ago, Jordan passed away on Friday after suffering a heart attack. He is survived by his two children.
By Kevin Gray
Every year, Apple treats us to a shiny new iPhone, and while we all love the new advancements it brings, those of us who can't jump to the new tech has to make due with the fully functional iPhone we already own. However, over the last few years, many loyal iPhone users have noticed that their old tech seems to slow down once the new phones are on the market. While many have said that Apple is throttling the performance of its old tech to encourage us to upgrade, that theory often gets dismissed. On Wednesday (Dec. 20) Apple dropped a bombshell on us, those conspiracy theories are true, Apple has been secretly stifling the performance of older iPhones.
While Apple admitted to the practice on Wednesday, it sought to underscore that it had done so for a purely altruistic reason: to prevent older phones from shutting down unexpectedly. They also claim that the practice only started just over a year ago. While those intentions are good on the surface, it leaves many Apple fans wondering if the explanation has been fabricated to ease customers fears.
Apple hasn't explained why it didn't disclose the practice until now, and because of this many think they were intentionally hiding something. What else is the company not telling customers? Why should iPhone users believe the company's explanation for why it's throttling phones? And why should they believe that it only started doing that a year ago? These are all questions Apple customers are asking today.
For now, many will still be rushing out to by the latest iPhones, especially with Christmas just three days away, but if Apple continues these wary tactics, one wonders just how loyal their consumers will continue to be.
Some good news for needy families came out of Springfield, Illinois this evening (Dec. 21), state officials say food stamp benefits will be restored by this week for tens of thousands of Illinois households that lost them because of problems with a state computer system.
Officials with Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) announced Thursday that the benefits would be restored by the end of Friday, according to a report by the Chicago Tribune.
The issue with funds arose due to a computer upgrade, according to the DHS. The department began upgrading their systems in 2013 and the second phase of the upgrade started in October of 2017. The changes to the system cause a glitch that resulted in over 40,000 families losing their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, more commonly known as SNAP or food stamps.
A DHS spokeswoman said about 5,000 who remain without them should have them restored Friday.
By Kevin Gray
Usually when Stephanie McMahon hits the ring something big is about happen. Many times she comes to the ring to degrade a superstar that she deems isn't best for business or to just flat out fire them. Other times, like tonight, she is there to make announcements that change the future of the WWE forever.
After tonight's Raw main event broke down into a full brawl featuring the entire Raw Women's roster, Steph's music hit and everything came to a halt. When she stepped into the ring she had nothing but praise for the women, not just on the Raw roster but SmackDown Live as well. After listing all the things they have accomplished, she asked her roster if they wanted to make history again. Then Steph made it known that on January 28, for the first time ever, there will be an all-women Royal Rumble match.
The Trump administration has banned the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from using seven words — including “fetus,” “transgender,” “diversity” and “science-based” — in any documents used to prepare the agency’s budget, The Washington Post has reported.
CDC policy analysts were reportedly informed of the forbidden words in a 90-minute meeting in Atlanta on Thursday with senior CDC officials. The other banned words are “vulnerable,” “entitlement” and “evidence-based,” according to the Post, citing an unnamed policy analyst. The meeting was led by a senior member of the CDC’s Office of Financial Services. She didn’t know why the words were forbidden and said she was merely relaying information, the Post reported.
Instead of the words “science-based” or “evidence-based,” analysts were told they could use instead: The “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes,” the newspaper reported.
The Post’s source could not recall a previous time in any other administration when words were forbidden.
Dr. Loren Schechter, director of the Center for Gender Confirmation surgery at Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago and a member of the board of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, said he was shocked by the edict.
“I’m not sure what the ultimate rationale is for doing this aside from trying to erase certain types of people off the map,” he told HuffPost, referring to the ban on the words “transgender” and “diversity.”