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Wellington Swim Team to battle Winfield tonight at Wellington Aquatic Center

first_imgBy Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — If you have a free evening come out and support the Wellington Swim Team. The Sailfish will be battling Winfield on Tuesday starting at 6 p.m. at the Wellington Aquatic Center.This is the third meet of the season for the swimmers.Results of the first two meets can be found here: Wellington vs. Twin Rivers and here: Wellington vs. Haysville Adrianna Young of Wellington swimming the 100 meter freestyle. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down redfanx2 · 321 weeks ago Happy for the swim team but it would be nice for people who come to the water park to have knowledge before hand that they are closing early. It didn’t bother me but there were people from out of town griping about it. Was it posted somewhere that pool was closing early? Report Reply 0 replies · active 321 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentscenter_img Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more


It’s Hell being on top

first_imgAt this stage in the “game” of life a few folks are probably in the midst of one of these three stages. Stage one: having or had a very merry, cherry Christmas. Stage two: not having celebrated or even had any feelings one way or another. And most important (at least to me) is stage three: the ole fake and L-tryptophan inspired New Year’s resolution. I currently have no plans on making any vows for 2012 because except in one or two instances during my lifetime, I have not even come close to keeping the promises I made to myself. I am the first to admit that I been a bit hard on Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin since he arrived in Pittsburgh. I wasn’t trying to be a jerk, but I was truly attempting to assist him in becoming thick skinned in regards to what he was about to face.One of the questions posed to Tomlin at the post game press conference after the Steelers dismantled the St. Louis Rams by the score of 27-0, was, “What did you learn about your team going into the playoffs?” There were snickers throughout the press room. Duh, I wish someone would have asked Bill Cowher or Chuck Noll that same question. Can you imagine the cold stare they would have gotten from “The Emperor” or the look of disgust that they would have received from Cowher? How much of a test was it for the Steelers and what possible lessons could Tomlin have taken from his team playing the Rams, an NFL bottom feeder for nearly a decade, that on Christmas Eve sported a 2-12 record entering Heinz Field to compete against a team who is almost always at the top of the NFL food chain.Another question Tomlin seemed to “take in stride” was this one. “Coach, could you comment on the tackle that Antonio [Brown] made on the Rams fake punt?” Tomlin responded, “I didn’t see it, actually I was talking to Ike Taylor and William Gay on a defensive adjustment.” By the way, Mike Tomlin is truly a football genius because at this juncture of his career he thoroughly understands that when anyone is evaluating anything, anywhere, anytime, “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.” The majority of the credentialed scribes in Pittsburgh came to the flawed conclusion many years ago that certain players represented the “whole,” while the remaining participants were just bit players. This would seem to certainly include (at least in their minds) the head coach. Hey not so fast; well maybe not head coaches in general but a leader who in the slanted and biased view of the majority of us charged with covering professional football just a tad insignificant in regards to the outcome of the game because his skin contained excessive amounts of melanin.I have heard and witnessed my colleagues gushing over the intellect of certain guru’s that have the responsibility of guiding their franchises on the field. However, when the subject of Tomlin surfaces, it seems as if he is a mere footnote when it comes to the outcome of the games. The most recent resident “intellect” in the NFL is the headmaster of the reigning Champion Green Bay Packers, Mike McCarthy. Just prior to Super Bowl XLV in Dallas there were several features produced on McCarthy, a Pittsburgh native.I understand that Mr. McCarthy is part of the “yinzers” network but give the head coach of your “hometown team” equal billing. When Pittsburgh has a great defensive game Dick LeBeau gets the credit, ditto for the offense and Bruce Arians.Just prior to the Steelers/Cardinals Super Bowl XLIII matchup in Tampa, the majority of the bright lights were focused on Arizona Cardinals Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt, the man who was surely cheated out of the Steelers head coaching job by the “Rooney Rule.” The “majority of the Pittsburgh media “establishment” were openly rooting and cheering for Whisenhunt to prevail over Tomlin just so they could be proven right. What issue did they feel needed to be proven?The matter that had to be confirmed was that the man who paid his dues would almost always prevail over someone who was “handed” the reins of the leadership position.I have resigned myself to the fact that the sitting majority will always equate superior numbers to equivalent intellect. That sort of flawed, biased reasoning and analysis, my friends, will almost always result in damaging the psyches and lowering the esteem of those who are threatened with the progression of those that they consider inferior.I will roll out of the gate as soon as the ball drops in Times Square and usher’s in the year 2012. I will cover and write about sports with clarity, dignity and respect. If it appears at times that I am giving Mike Tomlin or any other African-American the benefit of the doubt, close your eyes and count to ten because I probably will be, Happy New Year.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741. Bruce is also the NFL/AFC North analyst on the “Odd Couple Sports Show’ streaming live on Fox Sports radio; WCWA 1230am, Toledo, Ohio, Wednesdays from 11-11:30 a.m.)last_img read more


72 days that shaped South Africa (7)

first_imgJust how “miraculous” was South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy? How close did the country really come to civil war?Check out our press clipping snapshots of the 72 days leading up to Nelson Mandela’s inauguration as SA’s first democratically elected President – and see how heavily the odds were stacked against “the rainbow nation”.11 APRIL 1994Crunch week for KwaZuluKwaZulu could face an intensified security crackdown if last-gasp talks this week fail to produce a breakthrough in the electoral impasse.There are widespread fears that violence in KwaZulu/Natal might soar if the special working group – set up to provide the summit sequel with fresh initiatives – fails.Yesterday there was deep pessimism in both Governmental and ANC circles over prospects for a breakthrough.The Star, Monday 11 April 199412 APRIL 1994Foreign mediators arriveInternational mediators fly into SA today for the start of mediation tomorrow between the ANC, Inkatha Freedom Party and government at a corporate retreat in the Eastern Transvaal.Business Day, Tuesday 12 April 1994Day of confusion for JSE dealersA confused picture emerged on the JSE yesterday as shares were buffeted by a tumbling finrand, a declining gold price and buying and selling by both foreign and local investors.“It was a scary market with our currencies falling so sharply and people worried about how long the finrand slump will last”, a dealer said.Business Day, Tuesday 12 April 199413 APRIL 1994Five guilty of race killingsFive members of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging were yesterday found guilty in the Rand Supreme Court of the “cold-blooded murder” of four blacks at an illegal roadblock in December last year.Their conviction followed racist attacks on blacks at a bogus roadblock on the Ventersdorp-Krugersdorp road on December 12.Sowetan, Wednesday 13 April 1994It’s no toss-up between FW, MandelaIf you thought tossing a coin was the simplest way of settling a dispute, you underestimate the infinite capacity of politicians to complicate even that.SABC officials organising tomorrow night’s long-awaited live televised debate between President de Klerk and ANC president Nelson Mandela suggested that a coin should be spun to decide which man should speak first.Oh no, said the ANC. No ways, said the Nats. Neither was prepared to trust their opponents with the toss – or themselves with the call.Eventually it was settled. A neutral party will spin a R1 coin. If it lands on the Springbok, De Klerk will kick off. If it lands on the coat of arms, the honour will be Mandela’s. The coin toss will be shown on Six on One tonight.The Star, Wednesday 13 April 199414 APRIL 1994Kissinger’s team threatens to quit talksInternational mediation was almost scuppered before it got off the ground yesterday when the mediators threatened to pack their bags and leave if the ANC, Inkatha Freedom Party and government failed to agree on their terms of reference.The seven-man team of mediators was stranded at their Johannesburg hotel while the three parties haggled over their terms of reference, which had been settled on Sunday but amended when government joined the mediation process.The mediation had been due to start at an eastern Transvaal retreat yesterday.Business Day, Thursday 14 April 1994MK man’s ‘we’ll go to war’ warningFormer ANC guerrillas were ready to go to war against the Inkatha Freedom Party as part of a new South African army if violence persisted after this month’s elections, a guerrilla officer said yesterday.The Citizen, Thursday 14 April 199415 APRIL 1994Gloom as talks collapseInternational mediation to break the constitutional deadlock between the African National Congress and Inkatha Freedom Party has failed.Addressing a press conference in Johannesburg yesterday, the seven sombre-looking mediators said they were on their way home after parties failed to agree on terms of reference for the mediation.Sowetan, Friday 15 April 1994TV battle ends in harmonyNearly an hour of bruising exchanges between South Africa’s incumbent president and his likely successor gave way to passionate pledges of co-operation in last night’s television debate between FW de Klerk and Nelson Mandela.In a debate initially dominated by angry sparring on well-worn issues such as complicity in violence, economic policy and responsibility for South Africa’s myriad problems, the two leaders later checked mutual hostility and called for reconciliation in order to secure a stable transition.The television contest appeared on balance to be fairly evenly matched.The Star, Friday 15 April 199416 APRIL 1994IFP plans new marchesThe prospect of renewed violence in central Johannesburg next week loomed large yesterday when the Inkatha Freedom Party’s Youth Brigade announced plans to impose a week-long stayaway in protest against the election and over the shootings that took place in the Library Gardens and Shell House during the movement’s previous CBD demonstrations.Weekend Star, Saturday 16 April 199417 APRIL 1994Rough ride to big dayWith only nine days to go before South Africa’s first all-race elections, there are fears that the security forces may not have the manpower to prevent violence and intimidation seriously affecting voter turnout in some parts of the country.Sources close to the Independent Electoral Commission – whose job is to oversee the elections – claim the police have told the IEC they do not have enough members to be deployed at over 900 polling stations and the South African Defence Force has been stretched to the limit.Adding to the IEC’s dilemma are reports that since the call-up of white reservists was made a few weeks ago, not many of them have reported for duty.City Press, Sunday 17 April 1994FW vows to crack down on marchersPresident FW de Klerk vowed yesterday to prevent a planned Inkatha Freedom Party march in Johannesburg tomorrow from again crippling the country’s financial heartland.He told a political rally at Nasrec, near Johannesburg, that the government was taking steps to avoid a repetition of the bloodshed of a fortnight ago that left 13 people dead.Sunday Times, Sunday 17 April 1994Ghana tour? Now it’s Zim!SA Football Association (Safa) chief Solomon “Sticks” Morewa performed a rescue act yesterday by getting the Zimbabwe Football Association to agree to send their team as a replacement for Ghana.Ghana, who were due to arrive in South Africa tonight to play two matches, starting on Wednesday, cancelled the tour on Friday afternoon.City Press, Sunday 17 April 1994The story continued …1 – 6 March 19947 – 13 March 199414 – 20 March 199421 – 27 March 199428 March – 3 April 19944 – 10 April 199411 – 17 April 199418 – 24 April 199425 April – 1 May 19942 – 8 May 19949 – 11 May 1994Research, photos: Ndaba DlaminiWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more


SA ends Netball World Champs on a high

first_imgSouth Africa, though, had other ideas and hit back hard in the second quarter as they took over control of the midcourt. By the break, Amanda M ynhardt’s team led 28-26. In a tight match, South Africa capitalised on Irish errors to run out 46-41 victors and set up a clash with African champions Malawi for fifth place. “I’m over the moon,” Burger told Netball South Africa after winning the prestigious award. “It was really unexpected. I don’t have words to express how proud I am.” ContrastThe South African side’s fifth place finish and the sense of optimism that came with it was in stark contrast to how the team performed and how it felt after its opening Pool C game against Jamaica on 4 July. Back footThe loss in their opening encounter set South Africa’’s challenge on the back foot, and meant they needed to win their next two pool matches to reach the quarterfinals of the tournament. The Proteas’ early loss to Jamaica left them with a very tough quarterfinal showdown against world number one New Zealand. NemesisThe Malawians had finished fifth in the previous edition of the World Championships and had proven to be South Africa’s nemesis in recent times. It appeared that story would continue when the Malawi opened up a 15-10 lead after the first quarter in the battle for fifth. Shut downSouth Africa started brightly and led 11-10 after the opening quarter. After that, however, they were shut down by the Silver Ferns, with former South African star Leana de Bruin performing brilliantly on defence on her way to a player of the match winning performance as the Kiwis went on to a 58-28 victory. FinalAustralia successfully defended their world title in a scintillating final against New Zealand, which went to extra time. In front of a very loud crowd, the Diamonds edged it 58-57. The Jamaicans were ranked just above South Africa in the world rankings and the sides appeared well matched as the game got under way. It was goal for goal until the end of the first quarter when the Jamaicans managed to open up a four-goal advantage at 15-11. They then dominated the next quarter 19-9 to go into the half 34-20 ahead. From there they pulled well clear to record a big 72-45 win. Narrow leadBotswana, ranked 10 places below South Africa, came out of the blocks strongly and led 11-9 after the first quarter. South Africa won the next quarter 14-7 to take a narrow 23-18 lead into half-time.center_img As a result of their loss to New Zealand, South Africa was left to battle it out for fifth to eighth places with Northern Ireland, Malawi, and Trinidad and Tobago. First up for the South Africans was Northern Ireland. Former South African Irene van Dyk starred for New Zealand, scoring 34 points on 34 out of 35 shooting. With Jamaica having defeated Botswana and South Africa’s neighbours having beaten Singapore in the tournament opener, it came down to South Africa versus Botswana to decide which Pool C team joined the Jamaicans in the quarterfinals. In their next game, hosts Singapore were well supported by a patriotic crowd and started strongly to lead 15-13 after the first quarter. South Africa’s netball team finished the World Netball Championships in Singapore on a high on Saturday when they claimed first place in Africa and fifth place in the world rankings. Putting the cherry on the top, Erin Burger was named Player of the Tournament. After the restart South Africa took charge and two 17-10 quarters saw them to a convincing 57-38 victory. They continued their dominance in the third quarter, taking it 17-9 to lead 45-35, which looked like a comfortable margin, but the Malawians were not yet done. Their goal shooter Mwayi Kumwenda and goal attack Sindi Simtowe were in fine form and ultimately missed only one of 50 shots in the game, and they combined to bring Malawi within breathing distance of South Africa in the final quarter. However, it was too little too late for Malawi as they came up two goals shy, with South Africa claiming a 52-50 victory. 11 July 2011 South Africa turned the contest on its head in the second quarter, however, dominating it 19-6 to take a 32-21 lead into the break. They continued to put space between themselves and the hosts in the remainder of the game and triumphed 70-33. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more


Grand opening for Port of Ngqura

first_imgThe Port of Ngqura, seen here from above,complements the existing deep-waterports at Richards Bay and Saldanha. (Image: Port Strategy) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sindi Ndwalaza  Public affairs, Port of Ngqura  +27 41 507 1618 • Mboniso Sigonyela  Transnet spokesperson  +27 11 308 2458 or +27 83 463 7701 RELATED ARTICLES • New port to kick-start economy • Automotive boost for Eastern Cape • Motor industry, government talk jobs • Impressive growth at SA’s Ngqura PortEmily van RijswijckSouth Africa’s deep-water port, the Port of Ngqura in the Eastern Cape, is set to become Africa’s premier trans-shipment hub, linking the world’s east and west trade routes, said President Jacob Zuma.Ngqura, already the biggest port of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa, will be further developed in the next seven years in order to improve South Africa’s international maritime connectivity.“The development of this port is not a once-off local event, it reflects the long-term vision and economic plan of the government of South Africa,” Zuma said.“The port is a key infrastructure project, given its location and potential, and its launch is another step forward on a journey of economic development and transformation.”The president was speaking at Ngqura’s official opening on 16 March. Although it’s been operating since October 2009, the port has already exceeded its operational targets fourfold.With the planned development, by 2019 Ngqura’s handling capacity will have increased by two million containers a year, Zuma promised.Working way over targetThe port has handled more than 400 000 containers in the 2010/2011 financial year alone, far more than the 100 000 projected for that year.With its strategic position in relation to the BRICS countries of Brazil, India and China, Zuma believes Ngqura will become a major conduit for trade to and from other countries.“In time this region will be well positioned as a key trade corridor linking South East Asia with Africa and the Americas,” he said.Zuma used the opportunity to assure the Eastern Cape, the country’s poorest province, of the government’s serious intention to bring it into the mainstream economy.“The province’s fear of not being taken seriously, of being neglected and forgotten, is in the past. The Port of Ngqura is part of a larger infrastructure plan for the country. It is an occasion to celebrate.”In his State of the Nation address earlier in the year, Zuma announced that 2012 would be the year of infrastructure development, using the management expertise gained from hosting the hugely successful 2010 Fifa World Cup and the successful launch of the Gautrain, South Africa’s first rapid-rail service.Five development corridors have been singled out for major investment in rail, road, water and electricity.The Eastern Cape is one of these, with the planned new South Eastern node connecting the region with the Northern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. According to Zuma this will help to improve the industrial and agricultural development and export capacity of the Eastern Cape and expand the province’s economic and logistics links with these two provinces.A rail link has already been completed between the province of Gauteng and the Port of Ngqura.Looking to the futureNgqura will be a key development node for freight transport company Transnet, with the majority of the utility’s capex expansion budget earmarked for capacity building at the port.Transnet recently announced its market demand strategy plan, in which it projects that it will triple its capital investment programme to R300-billion (US$39-billion) in the next seven years. About R100-billion ($13-billion) is intended for expansion projects at various ports.Transnet has spent R10-billion ($1.3-billion) on basic infrastructure in Ngqura, and created 15 000 jobs during the construction phase alone. The port employs 600 people, with numbers set to grow to just under 1 000 in the next financial year.Between now and 2019 the port will increase the number of container berths from the existing two to four and improve its container handling capacity with the acquisition of additional cranes. Already it boasts six mega-max ship-to-shore cranes and 22 rubber-tyred gantry cranes and averages 29 gross crane moves an hour, a key measure of productivity for ports.About 31 container vessels dock at the port each month.A liquefied natural gas facility and Transnet’s manganese export facility will be relocated from Port Elizabeth to Ngqura and two manganese smelters are earmarked for development by 2016.According to Public Enterprises minister Malusi Gigaba, the nearby Port Elizabeth harbour will continue to focus on the automotive industry and clean cargo, such as containerised goods. The government is also in discussions with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality about the creation of a waterfront and leisure plan, he said.Rebates for manufacturersZuma used the occasion of the opening to reiterate that there would be a R1-billion ($130-million) rebate on port tariffs for local exporters of manufactured goods, “to make doing business in South Africa easier”.He first mentioned the rebate in his State of the Nation address, saying the decision emanated from talks with the automotive industry in the Eastern Cape during his presidential visit there in September 2011. The automotive industry had raised the issue of high port tariffs as an inhibiting factor to further economic growth and job creation, especially as the local industry is competing in an open and extremely competitive market.The port rebate will come into effect on 1 April this year, with details to be announced by Transnet group CE Brian Molefe later this month.According to Zuma, there will also be increased economic benefits to those businesses wishing to invest in the Coega Industrial Development Zone, adjacent to the port. One such investor is First Automobile Works (FAW) of China, which turned the first sod for its R100-million ($13-million) truck assembly plant at  Coega earlier this month.“The FAW investment confirms the potential of this zone to attract foreign investment and to create jobs,” Zuma said.The plant will produce 5 000 truck units a year and will employ about 1 000 local workers by the time the first vehicle rolls off the assembly line at the end of 2013.last_img read more


Glitz4Girlz® 4 Pack 9cm Clear Hair Side Combs Slides Grips – Excellent service!

first_imgThese very little combs are best for my very fine hair, which seems able to escape just about any kind of holder. (i have usually been envious of thise who can use hair slides or, as a baby, hair ribbons: 10 minutes with both and that is about the restrict on my hair right before they, very well, ‘slide’ out. ) but i locate these very successful and specifically handy to hold stray wisps that continue to control to wiggle their way out from those beaded, elasticated double combs, which are wonderful for the most component but not fairly enough for me on their individual, permitting odd bits to slip out. I am mostly mattress-certain by means of serious ailment and are not able to bear to have hair straggling round my deal with or neck (but am far too vain to slash it all shorter) and want a way to retain it below handle, even when i snooze. These minimal scarcely-noticeable combs are effective in catching strays, are just about unnoticeable and incredibly sturdy in use. Ultimately, of training course, the enamel commence to break but, in my working experience, only immediately after months of practically constant use. But then they’re very inexpensive to replace, so they are a discount as perfectly as effective wherever several other items are for me.Arrived tremendous quick, specifically as explained.Just what i wanted as appears hard to obtain in the retailers now. Retained hair in location and pretty excellent price and high-quality. I know i’ve stated this for earlier merchandise but brought both of those.Sturdy and effectiveWonderfully colourless!Excellent service!Brilliant hair side combs Fantastic delivery and really well packed, the slides work properly for me and have procured an additional established, incredibly fantastic price.For the revenue these are very good. Would want to pay back a little additional and get anything a very little a lot less brittle.Features of Glitz4Girlz® 4 Pack 9cm Clear Hair Side Combs Slides GripsPack of 4 plastic hair combsMeasure 9cm wideGlitz4Girlz® Branded ItemAll measurements approximate across widest pointI make wedding veils and these combs are fantastic as they are robust and the tooth are not way too sharp.Best sizing for attaching a bridal veil too. Fantastic high quality enamel and grip.Products as predicted, quite speedy shipping and delivery even so i have problems having them to keep in my hair.Great delivery time and products.They’re just what you see in the photo: broader than most, sturdy (a lot more potent than flexible) and not also sharp. My white-haired mom takes advantage of them very satisfactorily, but she has wiry hair and wears it ‘up’. We don’t know how these combs would perform in clean hair, worn unfastened: they may possibly perform quite well, we just will not know from working experience. It is good to find colourless combs: we generally believe that the suppliers are lacking out on a huge industry of gray- and white-haired people today for whom side combs are instruments, not decorations.last_img read more


Texas Challenge XI: A Taste of Southern Hospitality

first_imgShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedBirthplace of Texas GeoTourOctober 30, 2015In “GeoTours”February 2015 Geocacher of the Month NomineesMarch 8, 2015In “Community”New York Mega-Event as a HomecomingJune 10, 2013In “Community” Adela (left) and Texas Geocaching Association President, DeEditor’s note: Geocaching HQ staff are joining geocachers at Mega-Events around the world to celebrate and share the adventure of geocaching. Adela Bahtijaragic, a.k.a. DellaBell, attended Texas Challenge XI (GCW8GT) in Port Aransas, Texas, USA in April. Adela has been on Geocaching HQ’s marketing team since 2012. This is Adela’s account of her trip.By Adela Bahtijaragic, a.k.a. DellaBellThey say that half the geocaching journey is getting there. This much was true when I traveled to Port Aransas, Texas – home to Texas Challenge XI. Located deep in the heart of Texas, “Port A” was the place to be during the weekend of April 5. Geocachers in the great state of Texas, and beyond, gathered to celebrate what they love – geocaching.Over the course of 11 years, the challenge has grown into a fun-filled weekend comprised of activities for people who wish to compete in the contest or those simply looking to socialize and geocache around town. With plenty to see and do, I was lucky enough to have had my very own tour guide for the day. I got to hang out with the 2011 – 2013 Texas Geocaching Association (TXGA) President, De (of Team-DnD), who went above and beyond to make this an unforgettable day for me.Human log bookDe and I spent the day exploring the city, the beach, and local geocaches. She introduced me to members of the TXGA, seasoned and new geocachers, and a number of geocachers who attended from places as far away as Australia (firesafe). Of course, I took part in some of the creative Mega-Event challenges, including a joust with a knight from Monty Python’s Holy Grail.Adela and knight square offA bonfire gathering at the beach (GC454VH), which included a jalapeno eating contest, potluck, and limbo was the perfect way to end a busy day. We quickly figured out that the lack of a logbook was no problem. Thanks to Travis (SKnight579) and his Hawaiian shirt, turned geocaching “logbook,” we had a conversation piece and possibly even a new tradition for future after-challenge-events.I felt welcome and a part of a community I had never celebrated with before. The weekend of April 5 was only my very first trip to Texas, but also my very first Mega-Event. I could not have asked for a better group of people to embrace geocaching with. Their hospitality and love for geocaching goes beyond everything I expected.Texas Challenge XI Group Photolast_img read more


Warriors look to cement a spot among immortal champions

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  “We already know each other. We already know what to expect from each other. Just makes me so much more confident to be back and to come in every day and practice.”They also added free agents Nick Young and Omri Casspi to a formidable lineup, living up to their Strength in Numbers motto.“This year reminds me of two years ago, with the continuity, almost the exact roster coming back, having all of those guys comfortable with what we’re doing already,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said.Tuning out ‘noise’ The Warriors raise a second championship banner in three seasons and their fifth overall on Tuesday when they open the season at home against Houston.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Golden State seeks a fourth consecutive berth in the NBA Finals and 10th trip overall. Only the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers have reached more finals and only they and Michael Jordan’s 1990s Chicago Bulls have captured more crowns.“I think mentally it’s really going to test us,” Iguodala said. “How do we respond to, I wouldn’t say adversity, but just defending the championship again?“There’s always a lot of noise surrounding us and we have to continue to be resilient through the noise, because it can weigh on us sometimes.”The only teams to reach at least four consecutive finals were Boston in the 1960s, the 1980s Lakers and Celtics and LeBron James-led Miami from 2011-14. But the only team to have the best regular-season record those same four years was the Celtics more than a half-century ago.Durant averaged 25.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists last season while Curry, who led the team in scoring for a fifth consecutive campaign, contributed 25.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.6 assists a game and Thompson produced 22.3 points a game.Curry says having so much talent doesn’t cause a problem with keeping everyone involved in the attack.“The way we play, everybody touches the ball. Everybody is involved,” Curry said. “Everybody should be a threat when they’re on the floor. And with the high IQ guys we have on this team, we just find a way for it to blend and work.“And we don’t have guys that are selfish at all, that are jealous of anybody else’s success or going to create drama if they get five shots one game and 15 shots the next game — as long as we win.” Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary ‘Superteams’ rise to challenge Warriors for crown Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “You can’t win anything, you can’t be successful unless you have a great team around you -– a great group of people that you rely on, that you learn from,” Durant said. “We’ve got a number of those guys in this organization.”In the off-season the Warriors spent nearly $330 million on new contracts for Durant, Curry and starting big man Zaza Pachulia plus key reserves Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGeorgian center Pachulia warns the Warriors have a chance to fine-tune an already formidable squad.“I think we have a luxury and an opportunity to pay attention to the small details so we can move to the next level,” Pachulia said. Golden State Warriors’s NBA player Kevin Durant (L) slam dunks during the NBA Basketball Game between Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves in Shanghai on October 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNAWashington, United States — Golden State will begin the chase for a third NBA title in four seasons and a place among the league’s most legendary dynasties when the Warriors’ 2017-18 campaign opens Tuesday.Kevin Durant, who joined the Warriors last season after leaving Oklahoma City, realized his dream of an NBA crown last June, joining Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and and a stellar supporting cast for a record 16-1 playoff run, downing Cleveland in the finals.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Nextlast_img read more


Sammy Hagar To Be Honored By Adopt The Arts

first_imgOn Wednesday, January 31, 2018, Adopt The Arts (adoptthearts.org), the Los Angeles-based charity that preserves and creates arts programs in U.S. public schools, will honor rock icon Sammy Hagar (Van Halen, Chickenfoot) for his humanitarian work at their annual Rock Gala at the historic Avalon Ballroom in Hollywood.EMMY award winning actor Jane Lynch will host the epic night featuring once in a lifetime musical performances and a live auction with priceless experience packages that will help fund music programs in LAUSD elementary schools.Adopt The Arts Co-Founder, Grammy winner Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver), will take the stage to salute Sammy Hagar with an all-star lineup of some of the biggest names in Rock N Roll including STEVE STEVENS, (Billy Idol), MICHAEL ANTHONY (Van Halen, The Circle), FRANKY PEREZ (Apocalyptica), DUFFY (The Cult), STEVE LUKATHER (Toto), KENNY ARONOFF (John Mellencamp), PHIL X (Bon Jovi), STEVE SALAS (Rod Stewart), and ROBERT DELEO and DEAN DELEO (Stone Temple Pilots).Tickets to the event are now on sale with prices ranging from $100-$500 each. For more information and to purchase tickets click here.ADOPT THE ARTS – a 501c3 non-profit funding arts programs in public elementary schools – was founded by musician Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver) and activist Abby Berman and works to preserve arts programs in U.S. public schools. To raise awareness, ADOPT THE ARTS honors individuals who’ve had a long-lasting impact on music culture and who inspire young musicians to follow in their footsteps. Actress JANE LYNCH was the first celebrity to lend her support to ADOPT THE ARTS and is on the Board of Directors; the advisory board also includes: Slash, John Stamos, Billy Bob Thornton and more.According to Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), 50% of elementary school children in the district are not receiving arts education of any kind. As in many school districts around the country, LAUSD has been slowly eroding its commitment to arts education, reducing the budget incrementally. The LAUSD district also estimates that 80% of its student body is living at or below the poverty line, which means the vast majority of these elementary school children will not have access to the arts outside of school.“Adopt the Arts was born out of the frustration for my own children losing education in the arts,” explains ADOPT THE ARTS Co-Founder Abby Berman. “When the system is failing, we have to take action. With influential people like my Co-Founder Matt Sorum adopting schools, we can preserve this valuable component to childhood development, which is also known to boost test scores. Because Federal and State funding is falling short, the responsibility is upon us as concerned parents and citizens to ensure we’re raising a new generation of healthy and well-rounded individuals.”ADOPT THE ARTS Co-Executive Director and Co-Founder Matt Sorum adds, “We’re starting in our own backyard here in Los Angeles, and we’ll continue to adopt schools across the nation. We believe that art is a universal and necessary language that unites us all, regardless of our backgrounds.”last_img read more


Finance minister acknowledges skepticism vows to build Trans Mountain expansion

first_imgIn his speech to the Economic Club of Canada, Morneau acknowledged the “huge amount of anxiety” in Calgary over the future of the oil and gas sector despite the federal approval nearly 10 months after the Federal Court of Appeal quashed the pipeline’s 2016 approval.He insisted Canada can approve pipelines and still battle climate change, drawing a link between the issue of global warming and Western Canada’s wildfire problem this spring.But much of the speech was devoted to an election-style listing of his government’s economic accomplishments over the past three years _ a federal election is expected in October.“What we said yesterday was that we renewed that (pipeline) approval,” Morneau told reporters.“What’s happening today is we’re back at work. The re-permitting is happening starting today. We are going to get work going this construction season. I want people in Alberta and people across the country to know that intent is real.” CALGARY, A.B. – Canada’s finance minister says the best way to convince a skeptical oilpatch that the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion Ottawa approved Tuesday will actually be built is to go ahead and build it.Bill Morneau told reporters after giving a speech in downtown Calgary that the $7.4-billion project to triple capacity on the line from Edmonton to the West Coast is moving ahead with getting permits.He repeated a commitment made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday that construction on the project will begin in this year’s building season, without being specific as to exactly when.last_img read more