McNabb clarifies take on Wentz after criticism

Donovan McNabb on Monday clarified his recent comments on Carson Wentz, the day after Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson criticized the former Eagles quarterback for questioning the long-term future in Philadelphia for the current signal-caller.

On Saturday, in an appearance with CBS Sports Radio, McNabb said the Eagles should consider drafting another quarterback if Wentz can’t lead the Eagles past the second round of the playoffs in the next two seasons.

“I think in the next two, three years — two years or so — he has to find a way to get out of the second round of the playoffs,” McNabb said. “What Nick Foles was able to do, take them to a Super Bowl and then possibly take them back to the NFC Championship Game, proves that, hey, some people can get into that offense and be very successful. [Wentz] hasn’t been healthy. He hasn’t really proven to me, besides the year before he got hurt [when] he was, really, an MVP candidate. He needs to get back to that moment.”

That drew a response Sunday from Johnson on Twitter.

The Eagles right tackle then followed up his social media post by expanding on his thoughts on 94WIP radio Sunday night, calling out McNabb and other former Eagles players for criticizing current players on the team.

“This is what I meant — every training camp we have all of these ex-players come and shake our hands, wish us good luck. Then they just go out and just talk hate,” Johnson said. “I feel there is a lot of envy, jealousy, and I see a lot of fakery. It isn’t just me — a lot of other teammates see it too. You would think the best quarterback in franchise history would try to build up a young man that looks up to him instead of always criticizing him, critiquing him and wishing he would fail so he could be the missing link and feel better himself.”

The retired McNabb is the Eagles’ career passing leader with 32,873 yards and also leads the franchise with 216 touchdown passes. He led the Eagles to seven playoff appearances and a trip to Super Bowl XXXIX after the 2004 season but was traded by Philadelphia to the Washington Redskins in 2010.

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20 Hot New Handbags |

In need of a new handbag to carry around this season? Look no further. We’ve searched the internet high and low, and found the purses that will get you all the likes on Instagram (and in real life). Whether you are looking for a structured tote to carry to the office or a miniature crossbody perfect for the weekends, InStyle editors have done the market work for you. Even better: Some of our favorite picks ring in under $100.

Click through for 20 new bags to add to your collection.

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Moon Payment Means You Can Shop on Amazon Using Bitcoin!

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If you want to buy things on Amazon using Bitcoin, you now can. All you need is the Bitcoin lightning network and crypto payment processing startup Moon.

In time, the service will extend to many e-commerce sites also, not just Amazon. Let’s check this out.

Moon Payment Processing

The startup announced today that any lightning-enabled wallet can now be used through Moon’s browser extension.

Before this, the service could be used by connecting the browser extension to exchange accounts like Coinbase.

According to Moon CEO Ken Kruger, it works like this:

“[The extension] will pop up a QR code and it will have the lightning invoice, which you could also copy and paste if you can’t use the QR code for some reason, and you’ll be able to pay with your favorite lightning wallet.”

Moon Payment and Amazon

Customers should note that Amazon has nothing to do with the Bitcoin payment. The conversion from Bitcoin to fiat currency is taken care of behind the scenes by an unspecified third party.

Therefore, Amazon merchants receive fiat currency and never have to deal with Bitcoin, but the user gets to use Bitcoin as he/she so wishes. Kruger maintains that the lightning-enabled feature should work on almost any e-commerce site by 2020 as “there’s no direct merchant integration.”

This is also regardless of whether that platform accepts Bitcoin directly.

Aside from Bitcoin, Moon also manages payment channels, offering an interface for sending payments. As Kruger furthered:

“We’re integrating with the Visa and Mastercard networks and we get a cut of the interchange fees that merchants pay every time they receive a credit card transaction.”

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Moon Payment Processing Start-Up

Founded in New York last year, Moon is looking very promising. Born of a $100,000 investment, the company has already come quite far and is now looking for a Series A funding round in 2019.

Further, the company is looking for “opportunities to help solve some of those usability problems” and to “engage with other folks in the lightning community to see what people are doing, what they’re working on and if there are any significant gaps. We’d love to step in and help whenever possible.”

What do you think? Would you use Moon to buy your wares on Amazon?

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What Does Mortal Kombat 11’s Monetization Look Like?

Mortal Kombat 11 features a number of modes, such as Towers of Time and the Krypt, which dole out rewards like character skins. You can get these skins in exchange for either currencies you amass by playing the game, or by completing challenges, many of which are brutally difficult even with the consumable items you can use to help make these battles easier.

We knew there would be a way to purchase some skins and possibly circumvent these grinds, but we didn’t know exactly what that looked like. The premium shop for Mortal Kombat 11 is now live. Here are the initial offerings.

As you can see, you can purchase a total of five cosmetic items right now: two skins, one intro, one taunt, and one “Kombat Kard” decal (which is basically a profile background). The timers in the store indicate these items rotate out every day or so, though how random this rotation is remains unknown. Will there always only be two character skins for purchase at a time? Or could the store potentially offer five skins at some point?

Each item tells you where you could otherwise earn that specific reward, whether it’s an unlockable in the Krypt, a reward in Towers of Time, or something you get from playing A.I. battles. Another question here: There aren’t any skins from Towers of Time in this initial offering. Is that just a coincidence, or will those skins (which can be difficult to earn on their own) not be on the table? We’ll have to wait for the items to refresh to find out.

The skins cost 500 Time Krystals, and as you can see, after playing quite a bit of the game, I’m at profile level 3, have played through the entire story mode, done a ton of the A.I. battles, completed the tutorial, and have only 570. The Jax character intro is 750 Time Krystals, so I can’t even buy that one. The taunt is 200 Krystals, while the profile icon is 100. It might be somewhat telling that the most expensive thing is from Towers of Time, but again, we’ll have to wait until the store refreshes to see if the mode in which you otherwise earn a reward affects its price.

You can also purchase Easy Fatality Tokens, but not Skip Fight Tokens or experience boosters (as of right now, anyway). You can get five tokens for 100 Krystals, or 40 for 500, or 100 for 1,000.

Overall, I’m a bit mixed on this particular aspect of the game. While I like that I can skip difficult Towers of Time challenges with Time Krystals to get the skin I want, I’m not necessarily doing it to save time – I’m doing it because some of those challenges are frustratingly difficult, and that shouldn’t be the incentive to spend additional money on the game. I’m also bothered by the fact that you can’t just purchase whatever skin you want, and instead have to wait for it to rotate in.

Another question that’s still in play is price. How much do Time Krystals cost? The PlayStation Store market for the game isn’t live yet, so that crucial piece of the puzzle is still missing. We’ll dive into the store as soon as it’s live and update this piece.

For more on Mortal Kombat 11, check out what you can and can’t do with the game offline, as well as the rest of what Mortal Kombat 11 has to offer in our exclusive coverage hub below.

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Target Launches New Line of Sustainable Kitchen Cleaning Products

Target is already a playground for adults, filled with everything you will ever need to make your house feel like a home (the throw pillow collection is especially tempting). Now, the store is launching a line of products that will make your space environmentally friendly, too: It’s called Everspring, and it includes 70 cleaning and home care must-haves that go light on the chemicals.

Everspring touts everyday essentials like candles, paper towels, dish soap, and glass cleaner, all of which are supposedly “clean and natural.” CNBC reports that the chemicals in Everspring products are “biobased, meaning they’re derived from plants and other renewable agricultural, marine, and forestry materials or are made from recycled materials and natural fiber.” The fragrances are also 100 percent natural and come in combinations like mandarin and ginger and lavender and bergamot.

Target likely took inspiration for Everspring from other “natural” household brands like Method and Seventh Generation. However, Everspring will cost significantly less than those products, ranging in cost from about $2.79 to $11.99. They’ll also be marketed with the new “Target Clean” label, which will indicate to customers which products are made without sodium laureth sulfate or propylparabens.

Concerned citizens hoping to add a little less pollution to the planet and Target-enthusiasts alike should be thrilled by this announcement. And if you didn’t already think Target was a one-stop-shop wonderland, then the fact that they’ll be stocking environmentally friendly products might go a long way toward convincing you.

There’s no doubt that sustainable versions of the products we use to keep our kitchens germ-free are growing in popularity. In fact, everything these days seems to be labeled “clean,” “organic,” or “green.” But this should be far more than a passing trend. Sustainable household essentials that are affordable and available at mainstream stores are a win not just for your home, but for the planet.

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Brexit: Cross-party talks to resume

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The government will resume Brexit talks with the Labour Party as MPs return to Westminster following the Easter break.

Cabinet ministers, including the PM’s defacto deputy, David Lidington, will meet senior opposition figures in an attempt to solve the Brexit impasse.

But the resumption of talks has provoked anger among a number of Tory MPs, with senior backbenchers meeting later to discuss their next move.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Theresa May will chair a cabinet meeting.

Tory MP Nigel Evans, a Brexiteer and critic of Mrs May, told the BBC the government’s handling of Brexit had been “frustrating” and that “fresh leadership” was needed.

Senior members of the Conservative backbench 1922 committee, which Mr Evans is a member of, will meet late this afternoon.

He said: “She’s reaching out to the Labour Party and Jeremy Corbyn, when she should have been reaching out to the people.”

It comes after it emerged that Mrs May faces an unprecedented no-confidence challenge from Tory campaigners.

More than 70 local association chiefs have called for an extraordinary general meeting to discuss her leadership and a non-binding vote is to be held at that National Conservative Convention EGM.

Under party rules, MPs cannot call another no-confidence vote until December 2019.

However, if the grass-roots vote showed a lack of confidence – it could put pressure on the 1922 Committee of Tory MPs to find a way of forcibly removing the PM from office.

In separate news, Change UK will launch its European election campaign in Bristol, while Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party will unveil its candidates in London.

The UK has been given an extension to the Brexit process until 31 October.

This means the UK is likely to hold European Parliament elections on 23 May.

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Guy Hears Crying Coming From A Dumpster In Coachella

As temperatures climbed to the mid-90s, the puppies’ chance of survival grew slim. But one small act of kindness made the difference between life and death.

A Good Samaritan, named John, noticed the bag while rummaging through the dumpster and brought it inside the store. An animal services officer collected the puppies and rushed them to the shelter’s veterinary team who was standing by.

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Personalized Kidswear Subscriptions : clothing for kids

The Walmart KIDBOX stylebox Offers Curated Clothing for Kids

There are a number of subscription services that offer clothing for kids in different styles to suit the ways that they like to express themselves best. In collaboration with Walmart, KIDBOX is making it even easier and more affordable for parents to select curated clothing for kids with the all-new ‘Walmart KIDBOX stylebox.’

The Walmart KIDBOX stylebox is available for girls and boys in a range of sizes, offering items like sweaters, denim and graphic t-shirts from more than 20 premium kids’ clothing brands. In a curated clothing box, families will find four to five items for $48—approximately 50% off the suggested retail price for the bundled items.

Online, Walmart customers are able to complete a short style quiz for a child, which allows for KIDBOX’s stylists to create a personalized selection of kidswear.

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SEC’s Sankey still unsure if portal is net positive

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey said it’s too early to tell for sure if the transfer portal is a net positive for college athletics.

He doesn’t need more data to see that the NCAA is not denying as many waiver requests for athletes wanting to head to another school. “That’s a bit of an understatement there,” Sankey said Monday at a regional meeting of the Associated Press Sports Editors at league headquarters. “I think that creates difficulties for everyone involved.

“There are a lot of waivers granted. I have not monitored the percentage.”

It’s just one part of what he calls an “ongoing dialogue” regarding transfer rules, including graduate transfers.

The NCAA recently rejected a proposal to require a graduate transfer to count against a team’s scholarship total for two years in football and basketball, an attempt to slow what has amounted to the collegiate version of free agency.

The transfer portal allows athletes to put in their names as potential transfers and let other schools know they’re available.

One of the most high-profile players to take advantage was former Alabama starting quarterback Jalen Hurts, who transferred to Oklahoma after graduating in December.

Hurts had lost the starting job to eventual Heisman Trophy runner-up Tua Tagovailoa and stuck it out throughout the season, unlike some players across the country. Not all reasons for entering the portal are created equal, though.

Sankey said some athletes assume they’ll be granted an immediate waiver just because it happened for others.

“What I’m concerned about is that we’re, like, seeking reasons,” he said. “Whether there’s a transfer rule or not, we all should know the same information to be able to make decisions.”

Sankey said he has heard coaches wonder, “Are we doing the right thing?” but indicate they will be active participants in the system. He wants to wait to see hard data on how many players are graduating and remaining eligible before reaching his own conclusion.

“We assume the movement, the freedom, is healthy,” Sankey said. “I think we need to track the data to see when young people move from Campus A to Campus B for whatever reason, are we assessing the right educational outcomes?”

It was among the issues Sankey addressed with the panel of editors and reporters:

  • SEC basketball has made big strides in recent years, including Auburn’s run to the Final Four, but it also has endured some off-the-court issues. LSU reinstated coach Will Wade on April 14, two days after he met with school and NCAA officials. Wade had been suspended on the heels of a Yahoo report about leaked excerpts of an FBI wiretap that captured Wade speaking with a person convicted of funneling illegal payments to the families of college basketball recruits. “I view that as a chapter in a larger story,” Sankey said.

  • Auburn coach Bruce Pearl has had two assistants implicated in separate bribery scandals, including Ira Bowman, who was suspended indefinitely before the postseason. Auburn recently gave Pearl a five-year deal worth $3.8 million annually. “We don’t have widespread allegations of wrongdoing across this conference,” Sankey said. “We have issues in this conference just as there are issues nationally in basketball and other sports. We will deal with those directly and expect our institutions to deal with those with integrity.”

  • The SEC, under former commissioner Mike Slive, was an early advocate for playoffs in college football. Sankey doesn’t think expansion of the four-team playoffs is necessary. “I think four works,” he said. “It has worked, it does work and it will continue to work.”

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Bitcoin [BTC]: Westeros welcomes crypto; BTC faucet announces crypto-betting on Game of Thrones

The cryptocurrency market underwent a minor bull run recently which collectively improved some of the major coins’ valuation. Bitcoin [BTC] was one of them, and the cryptosphere has been very optimistic about the coin’s future in the industry. In fact, one of the analysts even went on to say that Bitcoin could breach the market cap of one trillion dollars in the next major bull run.

Pascal Thellmann, the CMO of BountyOx and cryptocurrency speculator, believes that if Bitcoin [BTC] reached a multi-trillion dollar evaluation for a store of value [SoV], it would automatically lead to an improved valuation of at least two or three other cryptocurrencies, propelling them to the SoV status.

Pascal based his predictions on an event where investors would start hedging their risk with other altcoins.

A hedge is basically an investment which reduces the risk of adverse price movements in an asset. Pascal explained that for a coin to be a formidable hedge against the popular Bitcoin [BTC], it would need to outperform the largest cryptocurrency in at least one characteristic and also have one technological advantage.

He listed out the characteristics that a potential SoV crypto needs to keep in mind, including the cost of network, code quality, decentralization, and monetary policy.

Pascal also mentioned that the SoV candidates need to have at least one different outlook in terms of Consensus algorithm, governance, game theory assumptions or DLT type.

Additionally, Pascal said that a significant Bitcoin hedge was yet to surface, but identified Decred [DCR] crypto as a likely future store of value among virtual currencies. He solidified his argument for Decred by mentioning that it had a better of Cost of attack [20x more expensive to attach DCR than BTC], praising its Consensus protocol, which was a hybrid of the PoW and PoS algorithm.

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