Portals of Kedarnath to reopen on May 9

first_imgThe sacred portals of the Himalayan shrine of Kedarnath will be thrown open for devotees on May 9.The gates of the famed temple dedicated to Lord Shiva will be opened at 5.35 am on May 9, Badrinath-Kedarnath Mandir Samiti official Harish Gaud said at Omkareshwar temple, Ukhimath, on the occasion of Maha Shivratri on Monday.Omkareshwar temple of Ukhimath is where an idol of Kedarnath is worshipped during his winter sojourn.The date and time for the reopening of the temple gates were announced in the presence of the chief priest of the temple Rawal Bhimashankar Ling, local Brahmins, teerth purohits and devotees.One of the famous four Himalayan shrines of Uttarakhand, Kedarnath, is located at a height of around 11,755 feet above the sea level. It is closed for devotees annually during winter when it becomes snowbound.last_img read more

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D-League: JRU debuts in style with 29-point drubbing of Mila’s Lechon

first_imgPBA IMAGESJose Rizal University unveiled its new look roster with a rousing 96-67 win over Mila’s Lechon in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Veterans Jeckster Apinan, Ervin Grospe, and Paolo Pontejos steadied the ship for the Heavy Bombers to give head coach Gio Lasquety his first win as a head coach.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NCAA volleyball: San Sebastian claims third spot, drops Letran in three Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next View commentscenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program02:42NCAA Season 93 Preview: JRU Heavy Bombers01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises “It feels good. It feels better that I was the one guiding them on the floor. I’m thankful that the players responded and we were able to execute our defense,” said the 24-year-old mentor, who is now the youngest head coach in D-League history.Apinan unleashed 16 of his 20 points in the second half pullaway, to go with 14 rebounds, Grospe scattered 16 markers, and Pontejos got 14 points, six boards, and four assists to lead the charge for JRU.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Heavy Bombers blanked the Mighty Roasters in the second quarter, limiting the latter to just seven points as they took the 39-29 lead and cruised to the 29-point decimation.Leo Gabo paced Mila’s Lechon with 14 points, three rebounds, and two assists, while Andoy Estrella had 13. The Scores:JRU 96 — Apinan 20, Grospe 16, Pontejos 14, Esguerra 9, Dela Virgen 9, Tayongtong 8, Ramos 4, Mendoza 4, Bordon 4, Yu 3, Mvogo 3, Silvarez 2, Sawat 0, De Guzman 0.MILA’S LECHON 67 — Gabo 14, Estrella 13, Acibar 9, Sarangay 7, Iñigo 5, Parala 5, Derige 4, Delfinado 4, Deles 2, Crisostomo 2, Herradura 2, Luz 0, Bellosillo 0, Montuano 0.Quarters: 18-22, 39-29, 68-50, 96-67.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Celtics’ Smart fined $15,000 for criticism of officiating

first_imgPolice teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico View comments Real Madrid beats PSG 2-1 to reach Champions League quarters Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LATEST STORIES Read Next Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) protests a call beside Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart (36) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — Celtics guard Marcus Smart has been fined $15,000 for public criticism of officiating.NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe announced the fine on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving After Boston’s 123-120 loss to Houston on Saturday, Smart said Rockets guard James Harden is among those who receive favorable treatment from referees.Smart told the Boston Globe that “certain players” get “calls that other guys just wouldn’t get.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

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Saina keen to break home jinx with Games victory

first_imgSaina Nehwal will be hoping that she is able to break the jinx of not winning a major title in front of her home fans. Blame it on pressure, but truth is she has not won a major tournament in India.This was evident during the 2009 world championships in Hyderabad where she lost in the quarter-finals, casting doubts on her ability to win at home.On Thursday, she has a chance to redeem herself and become the first Indian woman shuttler to win gold at the Commonwealth Games as she takes on Wong Mew Chew of Malaysia in the women’s final.On the eve of one of the most important matches of her life, Saina played down the pressure angle. “There’s pressure, no doubt about that. For this is going to be one of the biggest finals I have competed in.But I am prepared for it. Nothing less than a win is going to satisfy me,” Saina said after an extended practice session in the morning at the venue. Saina also seemed satisfied with her form in the championships.”I am happy with the way I am playing. There is a slight drift inside the hall but I am used to it now.” Chief coach Pullela Gopi Chand said this was going to be a test of Saina’s mental toughness.”I feel the time has come for her to come out and win this big one at home. I feel she is going to do it this time,” Gopi Chand said. Saina’s has beaten Wong four times this year and there’s no reason why she can’t do so on Thursday.advertisementHer most recent win came at the mixed team championships final in which the Indian won after losing the opener. But Saina did not attach much importance to that match. “I think there is no point in dwelling upon matches that are over.Each and every match is a new one. She is a very gritty player. I will have to play the waiting game against her,” she said.Kashyap bags bronzePeriapalli Kashyap won the men’s singles bronze defeating compatriot Chetan Anand 21-15, 21-18. The 24-year old Kashyap was clearly the better player as he dominated with his powerful smashes and brilliant net play.last_img read more

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Finshing first in the (digital) Olympics race

first_imgHow go the Olympics? If you’ve ever felt stumped at your lack of knowledge about what’s going on at the quadrennial sporting extravaganza in London, help is at hand.Search giant Google has dedicated an entire page to the Olympics, featuring up-to-date results and a live medals tally. It also features trivia about the Games.The Google+ page, meanwhile, allows users to access lots of information about London Olympics 2012. The page features pictures from the ongoing sports coupled with interesting asides. The page also runs regular quizzes that test the Olympics knowledge of its 8,79,260 followers (and counting).For those who’ve missed the flight to London, you also get a live feed of all the proceedings at the Games, via streaming on YouTube. To round out the whole experience, you can take a gander at the sights of London and the Games venues in the form of 3D Maps and through Google Earth.Thanks to the page, I’ve been able to score a few brownie points among my friends by giving them the latest dope on the Olympics. These true-blue sporting fanatics have been left speechless at my “enormous and updated knowledge” about the Games.But they’re friends and so I decided to let them partake of some Games excitement when they take some time off from their high-paying drab and dreary 9-to-5 jobs.’How about a Gaming Olympiad?’ I asked my buddies.’We’ve heard of Maths and Science Olympiads – remember those fierce contests back in school?’ They reminded me. Uh-oh, I need to break it down.’Guys, it’s the Zapak Gaming Olympiad – an online destination featuring live updates from London 2012 and a chance to participate in virtual Olympicstyled events.’ The website offers a bunch of games including, Field Hockey, which is about building one’s own team with 5 players, make goals for them, and play; Hurdles Run, where one needs to reach the finish line fastest without tripping; King of the Ring, for all the Wannabe Vijenders and Mary Koms; and Table Tennis Pro, where all actual rules and points of the game apply.The gaming zone, available on the web as well as well as on WAP for mobiles, features a leaderboard highlighting the top performers in each game. And up for grabs in each category is a motorbike for the one who tops the leaderboard. By the way, this website also provides updates on the Games.Google has also come up with an interesting statistic about the ‘Olympics’ keyword search. The digital giant’s insights for search, an analytical tool which allows users/brands to discover search trends, found that Assam searched the highest for ‘Olympics’ so far this year, followed by Pondicherry, Kerala and Orissa.And out of the top 10 places that searched for Olympics the most, a majority of them are non-metros.The Olympic fever, it seems, has permeated to the distant nooks and crannies of the country.Even if you don’t have Internet connectivity in these remote places, you still have a humble cellphone trawling the World Wide Web – and, more likely than not, you’re looking up the Olympics.RE-BOOTiPod dockQ. I’m a light sleeper and want to fall asleep listening to my iPod. But I don’t want to put on headphones.What would be a good iPod dock? Charu Sharma (via email)A. Most of us don’t get enough sleep these days and falling asleep to the strains of music should help.Q. While there are many good docks from firms such as Logitech and JBL, the GEAR4 Renew SleepClock not only serves as a dock, but also tracks and manages your sleep – without any contacts. Based on your sleep patterns, the device wakes you up only after you’ve had proper rest.A. La Mode Via iPhoneThe fashion week may be getting over today but there’s no reason to not celebrate sartorial elegance. ‘My Fashion Assistant for iOS’ is a must have for any fashionista. Also check out the free apps ‘Snapette Style Tag’ and ‘Style Me’ on the App Store.’Bheem’ in your handsIf your child loves Chhota Bheem – the animation sensation that has kids entranced – this is a must have. POGO and Jump Games have launched Chhota Bheem: Mice Mayhem for Java and BlackBerry, where Bheem has to save laddoos from rats. Check it out.Cooking up some appsVikas KhannaWhat does a celebrity chef have to do with technology? Plenty; Vikas Khanna (in pic ), famous for feeding Barack Obama authentic Indian food at his Junoon restaurant in New York, confessed recently that he is no geek, but an Amritsar boy who loves to stay in touch with his roots.Helping him do this are various apps which Nokia showcased for their range of Lumia phones, running Windows Phone 7.5. The apps were divided into four groups, each with a unique feature, while guests were plied with another kind of apps – appetisers – with wine.Hitting the bull’s-eyeEver wondered what Olympic shooters use to look closely at the shots they’ve taken? Those long lenses are called fieldscopes, which could also come in handy for birdwatchers (of both varieties). Nikon has launched fieldscopes with VR (vibration reduction) lenses in India along with its range of sports optics such as binoculars and laser rangefinders. While the magnification offered by the high end binoculars will gladden the hearts of ornithologists, the entry-level ones are just right for any leisure trip.Olympian productsVijay KumarOlympic medal-winners like Vijay Kumar (in pic ) are set to be honoured, and receive royalties, from Milagrow Human-Tech, makers of specialised tablets and domestic robots, who are making special edition products in their names. “We decided on launching the special edition products before the tournament started… We are not looking for any endorsement but honouring them so that they inspire a billion,” said Rajeev Karwal, Milagrow founder and CEO.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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2019 Suzuki GSX-S750 launched in India, price starts at Rs 7.46 lakh

first_imgSuzuki Motorcycle India has launched the 2019 GSX-S750 at an introductory price of Rs 7.46 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The updated Suzuki GSX-S750 is available in two colours Metallic Mat Black and Pearl Glacier White.The 2019 Suzuki GSX-S750 inherits its engine from GSX-R series. It gets a 749 cc, 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC engine producing 114 hp and 81 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed constant mesh transmission. The bike comes with downdraft double-barrel Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) system, digital ignition system and Idle Speed Control (ISC).The updated Suzuki GSX-S750 features a three-mode Traction Control System (TCS) that helps prevent rear wheel spin. While mode one is for sport riding, mode two can be used in typical road conditions and Mode three during poor conditions.The all-new GSX-S750 gets twin petal-type discs up front and one at the rear. The bike comes with Nissin Antilock Brake System (ABS) and it monitors wheel speed 50 times per wheel rotation. There is an inverted telescopic suspension at the front and link type at the rear.The 2019 Suzuki GSX-S750 comes with LCD instrument panel, which gives relevant information pertaining to speedometer, tachometer, gear position, driving range, dual tripmeters, traction control mode status, fuel consumption, odometer and coolant temperatures.”We are delighted to bring the 2019 edition of GSX-750 in two new colour schemes along with the exciting graphics to build up the style quotient and make it more appealing. We are confident that the exclusivity and the new style will enhance the charisma of the apex predator rider. Since its launch last year, Suzuki GSX-S750 has received an overwhelming response and we wish to continue the momentum with the latest offering,” Suzuki Motorcycle India Vice-President Devashish Handa said.advertisementALSO READ | Hyundai Venue vs Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza: Prices, specifications comparisonALSO READ | Bajaj Qute launched in Maharashtra, price starts at Rs 2.48 lakhALSO READ | Mahindra, Ford sign agreement to jointly develop new midsize SUVlast_img read more

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Spain looks north as Real Sociedad and Athletic take giants to the wire

first_img Facebook Ronaldo and Costa steal limelight as Dimarco downs parent club Inter | Paolo Bandini 16Huesca4-64 Each time, though, they wasted the chance, Marc-André ter Stegen standing tall and wide before them: Juanmi shot over, Theo Hernández hit it straight at him, and then Juanmi was denied. And in the very next minute, at the other end Geró Rulli fluffed a punch and Luis Suárez scored. Three minutes after that, another mistake, and Ousmane Dembélé made it 2-1. As the clock ticked down, Juanmi had another clear chance, his header drifting wide. “We deserved much more; they beat us with two rebounds,” Elustondo said, while Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde admitted: “I’m worried, but only a little bit.” As for Asier Garitano, he was fuming. “Losing to Barcelona thanks to two dead balls, pffff …” he said, “… you can’t even begin to imagine how frustrated I am.”The fans were too, one headline describing an “incomplete party”, but it had been a party still and as they departed they were happy as well. After all, as El Diario Vasco puts it, offering up an essential truth missed by so many, especially those in charge: “We didn’t go to the game, we went to the ground.” 5Getafe427 Read more 18Rayo Vallecano3-33 Share via Email Quick guide La Liga results 2Real Madrid4810 European club football It was 6.15pm when they left, two and half hours before kick-off 100km away, just enough time to get there – or not, as it turned out – for the league game that has been played more times than any other: Athletic versus Madrid is a classic.For 99 years and 11 months, Athletic played at the old San Mamés; the new one has been home for five years now, and it has been a success. A model too: Athletic found a way of building a better stadium without entirely losing the essence of the old one. Their Basque policy helps and few clubs (perhaps none) celebrate tradition, culture and history like they do, while playing on the same site contributes as well the pre-match ritual retained, the same faces populating the same bars. Which is why the stadium changes but it still feels the same.Especially when they play like this. “A lion is always a lion,” AS’s headline ran, its front page celebrating: “Rugged football at San Mamés.” Athletic went for Madrid man to man – “I like to asphyxiate opponents,” said coach Toto Berrizzo – and took a first-half lead through Iker Muniain. They had opportunities for more too, although the anxiety to take them perhaps contributed to the fact they didn’t, but Isco came on to equalise in a game that was fast, aggressive and flowing, even when footballers tumbled, which they did often, the noise rising with every tackle. Where the final whistle saw confrontation give way to embrace, battle over. A game, above all, that was fun – the way it’s supposed to be, the way we have convinced ourselves that it always was, even when it wasn’t. Share on WhatsApp Pinterest 11Sevilla404 Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Read more 10Levante414 A youth teamer who joined the club at 14, Simón is still only 21 and four days before the season started, he was at Elche on loan, but then Athletic lost Kepa to Chelsea. Their second goalkeeper Iago Herrerín was injured and their third, Álex Remiro, had been banished to the stands because he is yet to sign a new contract. They had no one else, so they brought Simón back – it cost them €175,000 – and put him straight in. Three games on, he faced Madrid. “A wall,” Marca called him. “He’s a discovery for me and for the club,” Berrizzo admitted. “He was frightening,” full-back Oscar De Marcos insisted. One line was repeated everywhere, from AS to Marca, Carrousel to El Correo: “Simón got his doctorate at San Mamés,” it runs – which is better than getting it from wherever Spain’s politicians are getting theirs these days.Euskadi prides itself on goalkeepers. José Ángel Iríbar is Basque, Luis Arconda too. Even Iker Casillas, given a Basque name by his Athletic-supporting father, made his debut at the old San Mamés. It felt right somehow; the whole day did, the day everyone looked north, where two historic, special clubs took Madrid and Barcelona to the wire at new grounds that embrace traditions rather than turn their backs on it, staging games worthy of them. “It was intense, tough, very Athletic,” said Julen Lopetegui, a former goalkeeper born in Euskadi and raised watching La Real at Atoxa, the home whose passing they lamented for quarter of a century.Talking points• Huesca’s first ever first division game at El Alcoraz was Rayo Vallecano’s first victory of the season.• Athletic and Real Sociedad knew they would be the centre of attention, but few anticipated the same for Eibar. Down in Madrid, though, they scored late to lead Atlético, only for a 94th-minute equaliser to arrive from Borja Garcés, a 19-year-old striker coming on as sub and making his debut. That leaves Atlético seven points off the top already and means this is their worst start to a season – after four games, at least – since Simeone took over. “It’s cloudy,” José María Giménez said, “but the sun will come out tomorrow.” 7Athletic Bilbao315 This was a weekend marked by goalkeepers. Ter Stegen saved Barcelona – “he was perfect,” Jordi Alba said – Eibar’s Dimitrovic denied Atlético – “he was the star,” Diego Simeone said after he made nine saves at the Metropolitano – and Rulli made two dreadful mistakes, to offer Barcelona a way back. At San Mamés meanwhile, Unai Simón made three impressive saves. Sportblog Huesca 0-1 Rayo Vallecano, Atlético Madrid 1-1 Eibar, Real Sociedad 1-2 Barcelona, Valencia 0-0 Real Betis, Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Real Madrid, Leganés 0-1 Villarreal, Espanyol 1-0 Levante, Real Valladolid 0-1 Alavés, Sevilla 0-2 GetafeMonday night: Girona v Celta Vigo Share on Facebook 8Atletico Madrid4-15 Thank you for your feedback. Athletic fans during the match. Photograph: Soccrates Images/Getty Images 1Barcelona41112 La Liga Read more 4Espanyol427 3Celta Vigo337 Reuse this content 15Girona3-24 Facebook 6Alaves4-17 Share on Messenger 14Eibar4-24 12Real Sociedad4-14 Monaco are starting to pay for their mistakes in the transfer window It’s exactly 100km from Anoeta to San Mamés as the car drives, passing Ipurúa halfway, sitting pretty in the Ego valley. Visible from the road, there was no one at the stadium this time – Eibar were down to Madrid to play Atlético – but there were thousands at each end of the AP8, striped shirts everywhere, flags hanging from bars where old photos hang from walls and they were making a lot of noise, packing Pozas Street in Bilbao, and spilling into the sunshine on Zorroaga Way, San Sebastián. Maybe even more noise than ever before. There’s something special about the Basque Country – 1.4% of Spain’s territory, 4.9% of its population, 20% of its first-division teams – and this Saturday even more so, an expression of its footballing identity, enhanced and offered up for all to see.Between them, Real Sociedad and Athletic Club have 35 players in their squad who played for them pre-first team level and for four years at the start of the eighties they kept the league title in Euskadi. Those days are long gone – although they were second and third in 1997-98 and La Real really could have won it in 2003 – but on Saturday morning Marca lead with the headline: “The league looks north.” The first day back after the international break, when it feels like the season is properly under way at last, saw Barcelona travel to play La Real, while Madrid went to Athletic that same evening, 100km apart. Photograph: Emilio Naranjo/EFE One hundred kilometres and, by the end of the day, two points. Barcelona and Madrid started the day as the only teams with perfect records in the league; by the end, only Barça were left. They came from behind to beat la Real 2-1; Madrid came from behind too, but could only draw with Athletic. The league got its first shift. And yet, if that sounds like it is all about them – and for many it was – there was something deeper, something more lasting about what happened in Euskadi. Just ask the 73,169 people there to see it.Real Sociedad v Barcelona, kick-off 4.15pm, was the first game at Anoeta since it reopened and it was a revival. La Real moved to Anoeta in 1993. It was pretty enough, but it was never the same; it was never Atoxa, their former ground, and it was never home either. It was barely even a football ground, ruined by a running track. For 25 years, they played before a running track, fans miles from the action, shallow stands distancing them further, and for 25 years they mostly hated it. Visitors often left underwhelmed and some wondered if the ground was a reason results weren’t better. No one doubted there was reason to do something about it. Quarter of a century on, they finally did.On Saturday, that wait was over at last. It’s not finished yet – 26,756 crammed in on Saturday, 40,000 will do eventually – but Anoeta is better already, at once old and new, optimism overflowing. At one end there is a wall, behind which lie bricks, rubble, skips and the old stand, still there but vacant, dusty and awaiting demolition, a solitary man walking back and forth as the game goes on; at the other is the new Aitor Zabaleta stand – named after the fan killed by the Frente Atlético in 1998 – decked in blue and white and bouncing about; to the sides, seats rise steeply from the pitch, which is two metres lower than it was, dropped down and drawn closer. Never mind seeing the players at last, they can almost touch them now, smell the grass.On every seat, a blue and white flag had been left and a huge ovation greeted former striker Imanol Agirretxe, invited on before the game, walking through a guard of honour from both teams to score the first goal at the new(ish) place. “It’s a pity it doesn’t count,” he said, but it did when Aritz Elustondo belted one in after 15 minutes and the place erupted. In their first “home” game for so long Real Sociedad led Barcelona – who had only won there once in 10 with the track, and who did not even manage a shot on target for half an hour – and in three second-half minutes, they had three one-on-ones, slicing through Barcelona on the counter. Twitter Real Sociedad Pinterest 13Villarreal4-14 Was this helpful? Athletic Bilbao A look inside the new Anoeta. Photograph: Soccrates Images/Getty Images Twitter 17Valencia4-23 Schalke adrift without a point as Champions League looms into view | Andy Brassell 9Real Betis4-25 20Leganes4-51 features Topics Hide Share on Twitter Show 19Valladolid4-22 PosTeamPGDPtslast_img read more

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NOTICE OF AGM

first_imgTouch Football Australia would like to announce that the annual general meeting (AGM) will be held on February 11, 2006. Here are the relevant documents: NOTICE OF TOUCH FOOTBALL AUSTRALIA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING NOMINATION FORM FOR TOUCH FOOTBALL AUSTRALIA BOARD OF DIRECTORSlast_img

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IPL 2019: Dhoni trusts his players, Kohli bats and bowls for them, says Sangakkara

first_imgIPL 2019: Dhoni trusts his players, Kohli bats and bowls for them, says SangakkaraIndian Premier League 2019 starts with Chennai Super Kings taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore as MS Dhoni squares off against Virat Kohli in the season openeradvertisement Rasesh Mandani MumbaiMarch 23, 2019UPDATED: March 23, 2019 12:25 IST MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings face Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL 2019 season opener (BCCI Photo)Fans couldn’t have asked for a better start to Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 as defending champions Chennai Super Kings take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in Saturday’s opening match. Led by the two of the biggest names in Indian cricket, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli facing off serves as just the right appetizer for the tournament’s main course.The Kohli-Dhoni promos are all over television ad space but with a touch of soft banter and not in your face bravado. Might as well with the kind of respect Dhoni commands in Virat Kohli-led Indian playing XI.But Virat Kohli won’t be able to seek MS Dhoni’s counsel in IPL. On the contrary, Kohli needs to come up with strategies to better his senior compatriot and help RCB begin the season on a high.Both heavyweights employ completely contrasting styles in captaincy. The contrast in their leadership styles is like fire and ice.”They are two different style of players. Two different personalities. Goes to show to find a successful captain in terms of results, there are a quite a few ways you can go about it,” Kumara Sangakkara tells India Today speaking at the Star Sports Select Dugout.”Both are fantastic players. Fantastic individuals. Great captains. Dhoni likes to take a backseat and trusts his players to do the job that they are selected in the team for. Even in a crunch situation he does not over-complicate it.”Kohli on the other hand, almost bats and bowls for his players because he is that much invested in that particular moment. But it’s going to be an interesting matchup for both the sides opening up. It’s never going to be an easy game,” Sangakkara observes.advertisementDoes captain Kohli emotional investment proves counter productive? Is that one of the reasons, he has been unable to lead RCB to IPL glory?”It seems to have worked for India. They have won series in Australia recently. They have been strong at home, although they did lose to Australia recently because because of some individual brilliance from some Australian players. But overall the last two years have been incredible journey for the Indian side,” Sangakkara added.”So at the international level Kohli has been very successful. He now needs to transfer that at IPL level,” he states.That’s where captain Virat Kohli has found it a lot tougher than he has leading India with a richer resource pool. RCB finished eighth and sixth in the last two editions while they finished runners-up in 2016 when Kohli scored nearly 1000 runs himself.”It’s a whole different ball game because it’s a mash of different cultures with players around the world and it really tests your man management skills. Also your ability to trust and never second guess why you have selected that player in the first place,” says Sangakkara.Meanwhile, former Australia cricketer Dean Jones feels Kohli simply doesn’t have the squad to win in this format. “I look at it from a coaching perspective. They have got their selections wrong. In terms of what it takes to win a championship and I always believe you need a bowling line up than a batting lines up. RCB thinks we need a lot of batters and runs will win you games,” Jones tells India Today.”Actually it does not work that way a lot. They have had a few problems with injuries and the way their ground plays has changed as well over the years. But in my opinion you need bowling and they have been a bit too top heavy with their batting.”Kohli’s opposing skipper in the tournament opener MS Dhoni for all his success, had also begun to face criticism towards the end of his India captaincy that he was past his shelf life. After helping CSK win another IPL title last year, Dhoni was able to blow the criticism away.”Part of that is because he has put a lot of work on his fitness. He was not a big believer in gym not long ago and physiotherapists and the work they can do. That has changed and a lot of it is because of Virat Kohli and the way he has pulled everybody up in that Indian side and the standards he has demanded. With MS, his game is always outstanding. He is a natural athlete and so he has relied on that. Now that he is putting that work in it toward the back end of his career, he is still getting those results,” Dhoni’s former CSK teammate Scott Styris says.advertisement”Some fans in the public arena thought Dhoni’s time has come and gone but I don’t think the players and commentators thought that way one little bit. He was always respected and feared.”Whoever wins on Saturday and whether either of the two giants can last the distance in this edition, with the World Cup round the corner, the IPL presents a perfect opportunity for Dhoni to sharpen his batting touch and Virat to further hone his captaincy skills.Also Read | IPL 2019: Onus on Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers as RCB seek to end 5-year drought vs CSKAlso Read | It’s IPL time: Cricket superstars set to rock and roll with an eye on World CupFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow MS DhoniFollow Virat KohliFollow Chennai Super KingsFollow Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow CSKFollow RCBFollow CSK vs RCBlast_img read more

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Historic Fleet Compete for 2012 Tall Ships Challenge Crown

first_imgFresh off the first port of call in the 2012 Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge, the historic fleet started the first of four legs to Nova Scotia today, May 7, from Savannah, Ga. Tens of thousands of people enjoyed the festivities and saw the collection of tall ships over the four day festival in the city before the ships set sail. Nova Scotia’s ambassador at sea, Theodore Tugboat, led the way to the starting line after the ships left the wharfs for the traditional parade of sail. “Theodore made a big splash in Savannah. He has captured the imagination of sailors young and old, and is a regular highlight at every port of call,” said Capt. Peter Murphy. “Theodore will lead the Tall Ships home to Nova Scotia.” The next stop along the race route is Greenport, N.Y., May 24-28, then on to Newport, R.I., July 6–9 and finally, Halifax. Tall Ships Nova Scotia will be the longest stop in one region for the vessels in the Tall Ships Challenge Atlantic Coast 2012 series, beginning in Halifax, July 19–23, and throughout Nova Scotia’s outports from July 24–29. “There are significant maritime and historic connections between Savannah and Nova Scotia,” said Colin MacLean, president and ceo of Waterfront Development. “Theodore was a terrific ambassador for Nova Scotia, and we were delighted he took part in the Savannah event.” Waterfront Development, host of the provincial tall ships event, partnered with Taste of Nova Scotia to showcase the province’s seafood and blueberry products at an opening reception aboard Theodore Tugboat. On May 17, Waterfront Development will announce a listing of ships, outports and shore side activities for the provincial event that will showcase the best of Nova Scotia. Waterfront Development is a provincial crown corporation developing the strategic potential of waterfronts in Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford and Lunenburg. The corporation fosters the creation of waterfronts that drive economic opportunity, enhance tourism, provide experiences, and reflect and protects marine heritage. The Halifax and Lunenburg waterfronts are two of the most visited tourism destinations in the province. Go to www.my-waterfront.ca for more information. Tall Ships America’s Tall Ships Challenge is an annual series that rotates on a three-year cycle between the Atlantic Coast, Great Lakes, and Pacific Coast. Over the past decade, the Tall Ships Challenge has co-ordinated more than 60 events in 32 cities. In 2013, all eyes will be on the Tall Ships Challenge Great Lakes, when the ships visit more than 20 cities in the U.S. and Canada to continue the commemoration of the War of 1812. For more details go to www.sailtraining.org . Tall Ships America is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching youth education through character building and leadership programs aboard tall ships. It is the hub for tall ship activity, expertise, and information in North America. For more information go to www.tallshipsamerica.org .last_img read more

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Morocco’s ONCF Mismanagement in Figures

By Omar El HyaniRabat – Fed up with the service provided by the ONCF, Morocco’s national railway operator, a group of three people, regular commuters of the Rabat-Casablanca line, took notes on all their trips over a period of 45 days, between September 15 and October 30, 2014. Their conclusion: a public service that is more than deplorable.Low-quality service is the ONCF’s middle name. That’s a given. But the findings of this group put into context the extent to which the service is unbearably ‘bad’. Delays, congestion, problems with ventilation and air conditioning, cleanliness and hygiene, you name it, and it’s a problem. 42% of trains are lateONCF is adopting a definition of what is considered a “late train”. Using a definition that has also been adopted by the French national railway company (SNFC), if a train making a one-hour trip, such as Rabat-Casablanca, arrives more than 5 minutes after its scheduled time, it is considered late. However, using this indicator, the 100 trains going between Morocco’s administrative and economic capitals have a very high rate of lateness of 42%. 17% of delays are over 15 minutes, on a journey of one hour.Research points to what causes these delays. The findings suggest that the delays are due mainly to problems of coordination and communication, poor organization, and equipment failures. Even worse, ONCF does not even bother to inform passengers of these delays. According to the study, several agents can be on a station platform but are unable to provide useful information on when a train will arrive or depart.In this regard, the study used an example of one a train that completed the journey from Casablanca to Rabat in two hours and twenty minutes after a hardware failure in the middle of nowhere. The driver reportedly did not even have the courtesy to inform passengers why they were stopped for 30 minutes. The natural reaction of the passengers was to hold the track and block the traffic while they waited for ONCF officials and a train to bring them back home.32% of trains lack air conditioningThe study blamed the ONCF for buying trains from an Italian manufacturer who perhaps ‘forgot that Morocco is relatively a warm country and that it would be useful to have windows in the trains.’The study also drew attention to the fact that, in addition to ‘the tiny windows that are often condemned and impossible to open’, the controller often forgets to turn on the air conditioning, turning the train into a ‘real furnace’.You will pay full price, you will remain standingIn 15% of cases, passengers cannot find a seat on the busiest line in Morocco. The study concludes that trains should be absolutely avoided on Monday morning and Friday night. The authors of the study blame the ONCF’s lack of action towards increasing the number of trains at peak hours, especially between 7:00 and 10:00 AM and between 5:00 and 7:00 PM.In case of trouble, the controller disappearsIn 31% of cases, no ONCF controllers have been reported to be present, according to the study. In the case of a ‘cattle train’, (a train that is late, very crowded, and without air conditioning), ONCF controllers failed to appear in 100% of cases. The authors of the study explain this as an attempt by the controllers to avoid the wrath of passengers.Your complaints will eventually end up in the trashcanOne of the most ‘shocking’ findings of the study is that complaints from passengers are not being processed by the ONCF. Seven complaints were filed in a year, and none have received a response from ONCF. “Are they aware that negligence in the handling of customer complaints may become grounds for prosecution in Morocco?” asked the study.Still…the Casablanca-Rabat line remains the best served by ONCFThe study suggested that despite the poor quality service provided to commuters of the Casablanca-Rabat line, there are other routes that are far more neglected, such as Marrakech, Oujda, and Tangier. These are routes that have even more deplorable conditions: delays, extreme congestion, air conditioning constantly out of order, and even vandalism and security problems in the so-called “first class”.Originally published in French © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

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Stampeders Redblacks to battle for Grey Cup in relatively balmy conditions

EDMONTON — It’s November in Alberta yet tackle Derek Dennis will wear a short-sleeve shirt Sunday when the Calgary Stampeders face the Ottawa Redblacks in the Grey Cup.But thanks to Mother Nature, the burly offensive lineman won’t be alone.The forecast for Sunday is calling for a high of 0 C with the temperature at kickoff to be a relatively balmy -1 C. It will be mainly sunny with nine kilometre-an-hour winds and only a 10 per cent chance of precipitation.In other words, ideal conditions for the six-foot-three, 345-pound Dennis, the CFL’s top lineman in 2016 when he made his first Grey Cup appearance with Calgary.“I was here for the 2016 West final and I can’t remember what the temperature was but it was cold,” Dennis said following Calgary’s final walkthrough of the season. “I always wear a short sleeve shirt regardless of the weather but you know, this here is nice.”Jon Gott clearly agreed. The colourful Ottawa offensive lineman, who chugged a beer in the Redblacks’ regular-season finale, participated in the club’s walkthrough in shorts.Dennis and his linemates are obviously ready. Following Saturday’s walkthrough, they participated in a game of bocci on the Commonwealth Stadium turf.“It’s our tradition,” Dennis said.This will mark the second Grey Cup meeting between these two teams in three years. In 2016, the 8-9-1 Redblacks earned a stunning 39-36 overtime victory over Calgary (15-2-1) in Toronto.Dennis feels he might’ve jinxed the Stampeders when he touched the Grey Cup prior to that game. This week, Dennis made sure Calgary rookies kept their distance from the hallowed trophy.“It was my first professional championship game and I didn’t know it was frowned up,” Dennis said. “I was standing around it and someone said, ‘Do what you want,’ which was the wrong thing to say.“So I’ve tried to be that veteran to lead the way for the young guys. Hopefully we can win it and get our chance to hold it.”Saturday’s walkthrough was Calgary’s second session at Commonwealth, while Ottawa’s workout Saturday was its first here. Despite Stampeders receiver Markeith Ambles suffering an injury Friday — he won’t play Sunday after being stepped on — head coach Dave Dickenson felt it was good to get into the stadium and get a feel for the playing surface before Sunday’s game.“I won’t say it’s the greatest chess move in the world but I think it’s something we’ve done differently,” Dickenson said. “It’s just still a football game, you’ve got to go out there and outplay the other team and make more plays.”A sellout gathering of roughly 55,000 will see the top two teams in each division square off. Calgary finished atop the West with a league-best 13-5 record while Ottawa was first in the East at 11-7.Canadian pop star Alessia Cara will provide the half-time entertainment. The Grammy-winning artist from Brampton, Ont., has a list of hits that includes Here, Scars to Your Beautiful, Stay and Wild Things.Mayors Jim Watson of Ottawa and Calgary’s Naheed Nenshi have a friendly wager on the game. The losing mayor will wear the opposing team’s jersey in council and fly its flag. The two also agreed to donate $3 per point scored by the winning team to that city’s food bank.Sunday’s game caps a busy week for Grey Cup organizers, who staged numerous indoor and outdoor events, including the Grey Cup parade Saturday. This week is expected to bring an $80-million to $100-million boost to the local economy.The weather should set up for an enticing matchup between Ottawa’s high-powered offence and a Calgary defence that was the CFL’s stingiest.Trevor Harris threw a playoff-record six TD passes in Ottawa’s 46-27 East Division final win last weekend against Hamilton. Harris finished 29-of-32 passing for 367 yards in leading the Redblacks to a fourth straight victory this season versus the Tiger-Cats.Harris was a stellar 99-of-129 passing (76.7 per cent) for 1,203 yards with 10 TDs and no interceptions versus Hamilton this season.Brad Sinopoli anchors a stellar Ottawa receiving corps. The CFL’s top Canadian this season had a league-high 116 catches — a single-season record for a Cannuck — for 1,376 yards and four TDs. Greg Ellingson (91 catches, 1,086 yards, five TDs) and Diontae Spencer (81 catches, 1,007 yards, seven TDs) also cracked the 1,000-yard mark.Last weekend, Ellingson had eight catches for 144 yards and a TD.Ottawa’s offence also boasts William Powell, the CFL’s second-leading rusher with 1,362 yards and six TDs. The five-foot-nine, 207-pound Powell ran for 86 yards on 21 carries (4.1-yard average) last weekend.Ottawa allowed 43 sacks — second-most in the CFL — during the regular season but kept Hamilton’s defence off Harris.Calgary’s defence led the CFL in fewest offensive points allowed (17.8 per game), offensive touchdowns (27), passing TDs (11), was tied for most sacks (45) and second in fewest offensive yards allowed (321.4).In Calgary’s 22-14 West Division final win, the unit held Winnipeg to 294 offensive yards. Bombers starter Matt Nichols was 15-of-32 passing for 156 yards and sacked three times.Calgary’s offence is definitely in good hands. Quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell, who threw a CFL-high 35 TDs this season, was named the league’s outstanding player for a second time this week.Calgary swept the season series with Ottawa 2-0 but the two teams haven’t met since the Stampeders’ 27-3 road win July 12. Calgary has 27 players on its roster who played in the ’16 Grey Cup. Ottawa still has 13 players from its last championship squad, including cornerback Jonathan Rose.Rose will start Sunday after appealing the one-game suspension he received from the CFL for contacting official Jocelyn Paul in the East Division final. Paul will work as the side judge Sunday, his third Grey Cup.Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press read more

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Its taken two months but Italy has finally unveiled its new government

first_imgITALY’S PRIME MINISTER finally unveiled a new government today breaking a two-month stalemate that shook market confidence in the recession-hit country and tested the patience of European partners.Centre-left moderate Enrico Letta named as his deputy Angelino Alfano, from the centre-right party of former premier and billionaire tycoon Silvio Berlusconi.Fabrizio Saccomanni, a director at Italy’s central bank, was handed the post of finance and economy minister, tasked with dragging the eurozone’s third-largest economy from its worst recession in 20 years.Emma Bonino, a former European commissioner, will be the new foreign minister in a new government with a “strong female element,” noted Letta.Alfano will also hold the post of interior minister while his predecessor in that job, Anna Maria Cancellieri, will run the justice ministry.The new cabinet was expected to be officially sworn in on Sunday.The 46-year-old leftist moderate Letta also officially accepted the role of prime minister, as the constitution requires, after forging the hard-fought deal between his Democratic Party (PD) and Berlusconi’s People of Freedom party (PDL).President Giorgio Napolitano, 87, who agreed to serve an unprecedented second term as head of state, said it was “the only government possible and we could not wait for it to be formed.”He said the “grand coalition”-style government formed between the bickering two main parties from the right and the left should clear the way for it to win a vote of confidence on Monday in Italy’s two main chambers of parliament.Grasping Letta’s hands, he called for “the greatest possible cohesion” in the new team.Letta has said he wants to move quickly to tackle the social fallout of a painful recession and Napolitano had urged him to include younger ministers and women in his cabinet to help renew the country’s tired political scene.He is expected to unveil his programme in a parliamentary session on Monday after sealing a deal that some still believed unlikely over the weekend.But clinching cross-party unity proved tricky, especially with the scandal-tainted Berlusconi, who had insisted on the abolition and repayment of a controversial housing tax introduced in 2012.Such a move would set the budget back some €8 billion in the debt-wracked country.Berlusconi ‘the real victor’Enrico Letta (right) shakes hands with Italian president Giorgio Napolitano (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)Former comedian Beppe Grillo, head of the Five Star Movement protest party which won a quarter of the vote to win third place in February’s elections, accused the left and right of ignoring those who had voted for change.“Over eight million Italians who voted for the Five Star Movement are considered intrusive, dogs in Church, third wheels, despised as if they were passing jerks to be pitied,” he said on his blog.The alternative to a deal would likely have been fresh elections — which neither side would necessarily have won with the majority needed to govern.A new set of elections would also have raised fears among international investors of increased political instability.Berlusconi ruled out his own inclusion in the cabinet, but his critics said the tycoon was the real victor of the institutional crisis which has gripped the eurozone’s third largest economy.In two trials due to resume next month, he is appealing a tax fraud conviction and defending himself on charges of having sex with a 17-year-old prostitute — but his popularity levels have recently been on the up again, giving him a certain leverage with Letta.He said he set “no conditions” for his support in forming the new government. “Therefore, we contributed to being able to form a government in a short time,” he said.- © AFP, 2013Read: Berlusconi wants new government to ‘confront’ EU’s austerity agenda > Read: Italy’s next PM drives to nomination meeting in his own Fiat minivan >last_img read more

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Fords announcment a sad day says Vamvakinou

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The announcement from Ford Australia to cease its vehicle and engine manufacturing operations in Australia, from 31 October 2016, was extremely disappointing, Maria Vamvakinou, Member for Calwell, and Kelvin Thomson, Member for Wills, said. “Kelvin and I have visited the workers at Broadmeadows many times. I know how close they are to each other and how dedicated they are to their work,” Ms Vamvakinou said. Ms Vamvakinou pointed out that Ford has been recognised as an iconic employer and manufacturer in the electorate. With the factory close down,1200 jobs in Geelong and Broadmeadows will be lost, with an estimated 600 coming from Broadmeadows. “Not long ago Ford celebrated 50 years of manufacturing in the area,” Ms Vamvakinou said. “Workers at Broadmeadows and Geelong will now be given 3 years to reskill and the Government will do all that it can to assist with this transition. To support the local economies affected, the Government will contribute $30 million towards a structural adjustment fund, and to support Ford suppliers, we will provide an additional $10 million for the Automotive New Markets Program,” said Ms Vamvakinou. “The existing Automotive Industry Structural Adjustment package will provide automatic access to Ford workers made redundant as a result of this announcement to the highest level of job services support,” she said. Despite disappointing news, Kelvin Thomson welcomed the commitment from the Labour Government to help the workforce and the community through the difficult period. Mr Thomson said the Automotive New Markets Program will support businesses and workers in the automotive supply chain.last_img read more

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Israël une nouvelle espèce daraignée découverte déjà menacée

first_imgIsraël : une nouvelle espèce d’araignée découverte, déjà menacéeIsraël – Une équipe de chercheurs de l’université d’Haïfa a découvert une nouvelle espèce d’araignée baptisée Cerbalus aravensis. Malheureusement, les chercheurs craignent déjà pour l’avenir de cette espèce dont l’habitat naturel pourrait disparaître.Avec ses pattes qui peuvent être longues de 14 centimètres, Cerbalus aravensis est l’araignée la plus grosse jamais découverte au Proche-Orient. Elle vit dans des dunes de sable de la vallée de l’Arava, au sud d’Israël. Mais ces dunes ne cessent de rétrécir en raison de l’exploitation des sables et de la transformation de certaines zones en terres cultivables. Les dunes de sable de Samar où a été découverte cette nouvelle espèce d’araignée, sont ainsi passées de 7 km² à 3,4 km². Mais d’après le Docteur Uri Shanas, cette situation pourrait encore s’aggraver si des projets de mines envisagés par les autorités venaient à se concrétiser.Si les chercheurs ont trouvé trop peu de spécimens pour pouvoir étudier le comportement biologique de l’espèce et évaluer le nombre de Cerbalus aravensis en Israël, ils ont découvert que cette araignée qui vit dans un terrier dont elle dissimule l’entrée avec du sable aggloméré, est nocturne.Suite à la découverte de cette espèce et dans l’espoir de pouvoir la protéger et mieux l’étudier, l’équipe de l’université d’Haïfa appelle le gouvernement à épargner les 3 derniers km² de dunes de sable de l’Arava. Le 16 janvier 2010 à 10:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Travis McElroy Talks About the Positivity and Catharsis of Being in an

first_imgStay on target Hands-On: ‘Oninaki’ Is an Emotional Action RPG ExperienceFan-Made ‘Zelda’ Tabletop Game Returns You to the Wild A few months ago I got to hang out with the absolutely amazing Travis McElroy. Look, all the McElroys are great, but Travis is my favorite. So obviously Magnus Burnsides is also my favorite on The Adventure Zone.  All four of our favorite McElroys recently put their collective talents together, along with artist Carey Pietsch, to bring their RPG characters to life in graphic novel form. The Adventure Zone book will be out in a few weeks (we’ll have a fresh review for you also), and we couldn’t be more excited.It’s definitely a labor of love for the McElroy brothers and anyone who has listened to the podcast can hear that. Travis and I talked about that passion for fantasy and RPGs. But also how games like these bond you with those you play with and how immersing your self in the worlds can positively impact your life.Travis is an absolute joy and his enthusiasm for this world he has created with his brothers is infectious. I’m so glad I got to spend a little time with him and nerd out about all things RPG.Sheilah: Everyone at Geek are huge fans of you, and your brothers and everything you guys do.Travis: Well… Thank you!Sheilah: It’s funny. When you messaged me about this interview, I was actually in the middle of gathering my thoughts on a piece about how I’m in our RPG group at work, and it’s sort of really helped me deal with some pretty intense life stuff. And it’s really helped me find myself again. So that’s what I’d actually like to talk about.Travis: Awesome! Go for it!Sheilah: How has RPG affected your life? How did you come to it? Were you always into it?Travis: Well… okay, I’ll give you the full rundown! So… growing up, we played a lot… So, there was a game called HeroQuest. No, not HeroQuest… Was that it? Oh no, now I have to remember the name of it. I think it was HeroCraft… Wait, I’m gonna look it up now. Everyone stop what you’re doing.Yes! Okay! I was right! HeroQuest! It was kind of like D&D lite where it was… you got the board and you all these different pieces you popped out of the thing and the characters and the bad guys. They were prescripted adventures, and we went through all of them, and then we got bored, so we started making up new ones. Griffin would lay out the tiles differently, and this was when we were like seven, ten and thirteen, so we were kinda making it up. Then, at some point, we stopped doing that.Me and Travis at C2E2It wasn’t until… we started getting into like… MMORPGs so we were playing EverQuest and World of Warcraft and Star Wars Galaxy and all these games. We were playing online. Then… I think I was in my early twenties, 23, 24, I met a friend named Charlie. Charlie was really into board games. I was like, “Let’s do a board game night” from that point on, I got into board games through him. I started watching Wil Wheaton’s TableTop. So I played D&D a couple of times. I really liked it, but I liked it because I like doing weird stunts and that kind of thing. How can I metagame this? Basic gaming the game and that was fun for me.It wasn’t until we started doing The Adventure Zone that I think I really developed a much deeper appreciation for the storytelling you can do in RPGs. And not… I started listening to other actual play podcasts and really appreciating ‘Well they’re not just having a good time and it’s not just entertaining. I also find myself getting really interested in the characters.’ Playing The Adventure Zone balance and creating the characters that we did, it was amazing to me how cathartic it was. Both, for me, and for the people listening then while we were playing we’re doing The Adventure Zone.I had my daughter Bebe, and it was a very traumatic birthing experience that turned out fine. She’s absolutely great. She’s fine now. SPOILER ALERT. She’s doing fine. But, for ten days it was really scary. Then we’d go to record episodes, and we would be in positions where someone was in dangers, and I found it like REALLY hitting me in a really hard way. Or like, a lot of the Magnus backstory stuff is about his wife Julia, and I have a wife who… I based Julia off of her, and I based Magnus off of myself. Anytime I would talk about that the person I would picture in my head would be my wife, Teresa.So, it was like… it hit me in the way of like ‘Oh wow.’ It’s like when you’re watching a Pixar movie, and suddenly you’re crying. ‘Wait? Why am I so invested in this?!’ It felt like that. It was really weird to be playing D&D, a silly, silly game that we called The Adventure Zone and be bawling and crying.The thing is, I don’t think that that’s unique to us playing the game. I think it’s really incredible… it’s one of the things I tell people now. ‘I’m going to be playing an RPG for the first time, any advice?’ One of them is like get into character. Cause I think you can really hobble yourself a little bit by trying to be cool or funny or ‘Oh, I don’t wanna get TOO deep in.’That’s not what the game is cause really there is no winning or losing in D&D. I mean, you can fail a fight or win a fight. Fail a roll or win a roll. You’re really just trying to enjoy the experience, and I think anybody who keeps themselves one step removed from enjoying the experience isn’t getting out of D&D or any roleplaying game… they’re not getting it. They’re not getting the point. Cause you can have fun playing D&D.You can have fun playing Urban Shadows like we did for Adventure Zone Dust or Monster of the Week you can have fun doing it, but I think it’s when you get a little bit lost in it. Just for a second! It’s not like Mazes and Monsters, not the Tom Hanks version! Just get a little lost in it, and it finishes, and everyone at the table kinda has a simultaneous deep breath of like ‘Well… Okay… But… That was gre… I never….’That, I think is when… There’s a moment in Dust that I’m especially proud of. I finished like… revealing something… a line of dialogue and Griffin said, “Oh damn…” and I was like “Oh cool! I just literally got that reaction from Griffin in real time.” It wasn’t him reacting to like “You are doing a good job building the story.” It was like he was having a visceral ‘Oh shit’ reaction to it.That was very satisfying for me both as a storyteller and… I also have a background in theater. I got my degree in theater so… It’s really nice to both get to do this funny show that we do, but it is also like doing a theatrical production every two weeks. It also satisfies this kind of theater need for us too, and it’s really nice.Sheilah: Yeah. It’s funny that you say that because we play under Fate Accelerated. They’ve all been playing a few years together, and I’m new, only in a few months. The intimidation aspect of coming into a group that’s so bonded and everyone has these amazing arcs and I’m like “Oh, here I am.” It’s kind of uncomfortable at first.Travis: Just so you know, I actually think that’s better. Because if you play a game… I think it’s one of the things we enjoyed about doing the mini-arcs is just even switching out whose DM’ing and changing up the mix of whose playing. Because you can play forever and ever with ‘Oh this is great!’ and you don’t even realize you’re a little bit in a rut until somebody new comes in.Sheilah: That’s what they said!Travis: Then it’s like ‘WHOA! That’s brilliant! I never would have thought of doing that! Ah! That’s amazing!’Sheilah: That’s actually what they said. They were able to reset everything and bring [me] in.Travis: It’s great. I love it so much.Sheilah: I never thought I was really gonna fall in love with it. But I did.Travis: Yeah! It’s also one of those things… I find this with a lot of… There’s a huge chunk of both board games, table games, RPGs where when you try to explain rules to people or how to play the game, it sounds so dense…Sheilah: Yeah! I was like I don’t knowwww…Travis: Right! Once you start playing, you’re like ‘oh it’s just the…’ That’s the thing with when we started playing with our dad for D&D for TAZ: Balance. He’d never played D&D before. We were like “All you do, is you say what you wanna do and then the DM tells you if you just do it or you need to roll something for it. That’s it! That’s the game.” Yes, there are these big thick books and all these things. Yes, that’s all in there. All the game is ‘You say what you wanna do, or you do… ‘I walk up to it…’ That’s another thing… some people. The biggest intimidation is being too [deep in] like “No! No! Say it in character!” Like, “‘I walk up to the table, and I say.’ Oh, that feels weird!” Yeah, yeah, yeah but its GREAT.There’s a lot of games you kinda just have to start playing to get it. That’s why I love actual play podcasts and love stuff like Table Top and everything because it’s not just the rules, but it also recreates the experience of it. Rules often times can also be a thing where people start to be like ‘That sounds boring.’ ‘That sounds difficult.’ No, no, no. It sounds that way, but trust me when we play its fun!Then you listen to an actual play podcast where you watch youtube actual play stuff, and you’re like ‘Oh, I wanna be doing that, that’s the fun part.’ And you start to find games, for example, there’s a game called Sheriff of Nottingham. Yeah, there’s game mechanics to it where you sneak stuff across the border, blah blah blah. But, the game is can you bluff your friends and blackmail your friends, that’s the game. That’s the ACTUAL game. That’s hard to explain until you play it. Where like ‘Oh this is really a conversational game’ or ‘this is a party game.’ Yes, absolutely, ya know?Sheilah: Yeah, I did have that moment last week where I just… did whatever and [my character] like “You didn’t ask anyone how to do that you just did it.” I’m like “Oh my god, I know what I’m doing now!”Travis: I’ve made it!!Sheilah: I’ve made it!!Travis: I’ve done it!! That’s the thing too. I think too often like I was saying having new people in the mix really change that up because… you’ll have someone who’s like, ‘I would like to roll to kick in the door.’ Everyone else is like ‘Oh… Oh yeah totally!’ We were just talking about this on The Adventure Zone.We wanted to play in Dust, we were trying to be like ‘It’s gritty! Our players aren’t likable.’ Justin really tried to create a non-likable character. We just couldn’t do it. That’s not about us. That’s not us like ‘We’re so great.’ We didn’t know how to. Justin started talking about this Georgian… Southern Georgian accent and he was goes “I can’t be a jerk and do this accent.” It would be so great to have somebody roll him and be like “I know exactly how to play a jerk character.” And then be like “Okay cool! Yeah, what they said.”That’s the other thing. I don’t know anybody that plays RPGs that if a friend came to them and said, “I’d like to learn how to do this.” That their eyes wouldn’t light up, begin to twinkle and be like “Yes, more!” Because here’s the secret about D&D and any RPG, you’re always looking for someone available to play.I worked at a Shakespeare theater in Cincinnati, I built what I called a league where basically it was twelve people and then it was whoever was free could play. Then we could level people up to have them catch up. So long as five out of twelve were available, we could play the game. The idea was that this trope of people that was like I’m sending you four on a mission. It was just an excuse for us to actually get to play together. It worked out very well. Highly recommend it.Sheilah: Yeah. We have about… six, but I love it… my favorite is when we have mini quests. It’s just three of us go off, and those are always really weird and fun.Travis: There’s a podcast called Crit Juice where they will have guests come in and what they do, if anyone needs to miss a session, they’ll just be like, “In the downtime, he was cursed with a silent spell, but he’s still totally here.” Then they would like roll for him and level him up and everything, but they’ll have guests come in to play one episode then, in the end, be like “Oh, sorry you died. Okay bye!” That character never comes back again. It’s such… It’s great. [Crit Juice] plays it as a drinking game where if you roll a 20, you get to assign a drink, but if you roll a one, you have to take a drink. Every time you complete a quest, everybody finishes their beer. It’s really really fun, it’s really great.Sheilah: I’m definitely going to check that out. I missed a session because I was here. They were like “You knocked yourself out with a grenade.”Travis: That’s great! I love that stuff!Sheilah: It’s funny how you say how cathartic it can be and getting into character and seeing your friends. It’s really bonded us too.Travis: Right, it’s one of those things that I really enjoy because like I said, I missed it from theater. There’s something about when you are a layer removed from yourself, you are able to third person see and deal with a thing that maybe you’re worried about. But you say it in terms of your character. It’s a lot easier to address issues in third person talking about your character than it for you. I’m not saying that every D&D session is therapy but sometimes!For example, I have friends that you’ll have a really intimate moment with, not like “intimate” but share a moment of “that was a very nice moment of these two adventurers together getting each other backs, that actually make you have positive warm feelings about the people you’re playing with. Right? It’s really weird how that will all kind of roll itself up into becoming closer friends with people because your character becomes closer friends. It’s very nice.Sheilah: That’s exactly what I’ve noticed. It’s such a weird world that I never thought I would fall in love with.Travis: It’s so great.Sheilah: Right? I’m so glad I’m apart of it.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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TCI Tourism Arrivals down long stay visitors up

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TCIlongstayvisitorsup, #TCITourismdown, #TourisminTCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Turks & Caicos Tourism Statistics 2016 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 16, 2017 – Grand Turk – Turks and Caicos experienced a boom in long stay visitors and a drop in cruise ship arrivals and an overall decrease in tourists for 2016 according to recently released statistics by the TCI Tourist Board.Grand Turk got 82,000 less cruise ship passengers in for last year when it was projected that the trend would be to see the capital grow as a cruise destination.  From 929,737 thousand cruise arrivals in 2015 to 846,963 arrivals in 2016 – this would be a significant hit to government revenue and tourism businesses in GT.The better news is that when it came to stop over arrivals, there was a robust 17.5% spike or over 68,000 more guests staying in our destination.   This trend is welcomed and causes the TCI to be recorded as the fastest growing destination in the region.  Still, it is an inescapable fact that we got less tourists in 2016 due to that fall off in visitor numbers in Grand Turk at the Cruise Center.For 2015 the country was with one million, 315 thousand plus tourists arriving from January to December; for the same period in 2016, we dropped to one million, 300 thousand, 575 visitors –a difference of 14,683 tourists.#MagneticMediaNews#TourisminTCI#TCITourismdown#TCIlongstayvisitorsuplast_img read more

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Vancouver Fire Chief Bivins to retire

first_imgAfter 11 years at the head of the Vancouver Fire Department, Chief Don Bivins will retire at the end of the year, he said in an e-mail to City Manager Pat McDonnell on Monday.“In my 35 years in the fire service, I have never had the privilege of working with a better, more competent and professional organization than the city of Vancouver and the Vancouver Fire Department,” he wrote.He said that it is easy to focus on the department’s current woes — which include the loss of 18 firefighter positions and the impending closure of Fire Station 6 in Burton — as the reason for his departure. But Bivins, 54, said he’s been planning for retirement for several years now. His wife is no longer working and his daughter is off to college.“Everybody works for this eventuality,” said the chief shortly after sending in his retirement notice. “It’s time to move on to another phase of life.”Bivins, who got his start as a firefighter for King County Fire District 40, near Renton, said his fondest memory was opening two new fire stations and installing rescue units when he took the helm in Vancouver. That the department is shrinking now is difficult to see, but he said he recognizes the gravity of the city’s financial situation.last_img read more

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Gas leak prompts brief evacuation in Vancouver neighborhood

first_imgA gas leak Saturday afternoon forced the evacuation of six homes in the Burnt Bridge Creek area.Vancouver fire Capt. Scott Willis said the leak was reported just before 3 p.m. in the 4600 block of Northeast 155th Avenue. A resident reported that he had been digging a ditch in between two homes when he hit a gas line.While Northwest Natural Gas Company repaired the leak, residents in six homes were displaced for less than 30 minutes, Willis said.last_img

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PIC Alia Bhatt – Ranbir Kapoor visit Kashi temple fans wonder if

first_imgRanbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt.InstagramSpeculations about Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt ready to take the marital plunge or ready to make it official has been doing the rounds for a while now. From news of their secret Roka ceremony to plans of a destination wedding, every conjecture has been making headlines. And the latest picture of the couple at Kashinath temple has again set the tongues wagging.Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt were recently snapped at Kashi Vishwanath temple offering prayers and seeking blessings. Dressed in traditional attire, the duo looked like a match-made-in-heaven. Ever since the picture of the two was shared on social media, fans again started wondering and commenting whether the duo is now ready to take the plunge and thus has visited the temple.However, let us burst your bubble a bit. We would have been the happiest had the news been true but the fact is the duo visited the temple as they were shooting for their film in Varanasi. Ramnagar Fort and Chet Singh Fort are some of the places where the shooting of their film – Brahmastra – is being done. InstagramFans flocked the stars as soon as they were spotted at the temple. The duo happily posed for selfies with their fans. Ayan Mukerji, who is directing Brahmastra, had shared pictures of Varanasi while doing a recce of the spots he would shoot at. He had shared, “My attempt with the Brahmastra Trilogy to feature different places of India, and attempt to capture its infinite beauty.”It was reported that Ranbir and Alia fell-in-love during the shoot of the film. Amitabh Bachchan, Mouni Roy, Nagarjuna Akkineni and Dimple Kapadia would be seen in pivotal roles in the film. The film is India’s one-of-a-kind fantasy adventure trilogy.last_img read more

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