Spirit of Charitable Giving Celebrated at Woman’s Club

first_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday L-R:(back row) Toni Marshall, Woman’s Club President, Stephanie Jones, Philanthropy Chair, Jeanne Bonfilio, Cal Vets Retirement Homes, Rev. Michelle Baker-Wright for St. James Food Locker, Nancy Andrews. South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Float Committee, Howard Crawford, Music Director, SP High School, Linda Hess, Founder of Urban Harvester, (front row) Coco Ceja, County USC Medical Centerl,Sheena Idnani, Huntington Hospital Breast Cancer Center, Barbara Eisenstein, Friends of the South Pasadena Nature Park, Not Pictured: Carrie-Ann Lue Sue, Holy Family Giving Bank; and Tanya Ibarra, California Hospital Medical Center Neonatal DepartmentThe spirit of charitable gift giving highlighted the December meeting of  Woman’s Club of South Pasadena. The annual “Spirit of Giving” luncheon program, held at the historic 1913 Clubhouse, culminates a year of philanthropic activities and projects by Club members.Special guests from the Huntington Hospital Breast Cancer Program, County USC Hospital, and Veterans Centers were on hand to accept donations of items prepared and assembled over the past year. Items include handmade comfort pillows for breast cancer patients, lapghans for wheelchair-bound veterans, hygiene kits with personal sized toiletries for County hospital patients and crocheted caps for hospitalized infants. The Club’s Philanthropy Committee also presented monetary contributions to these and other charitable organizations, including the Holy Family Giving Bank, St James Food Locker, South Pasadena Nature Park, South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Float Committee, Urban Harvester, a local organization that supplies food to homeless shelters and food-insecure people, and to the South Pasadena High School Band. The spirit of giving continues throughout the holiday season when the Woman’s Club donates gift certificates to needy families in the community.The Woman’s Club, a 501(c)3 organization, was founded in 1899 and has a long history of charitable activities and service. In addition to donations to various organizations, they provide scholarships to local high school students; distribute 1000’s of cookies to hospitalized and homeless veterans throughout the year and for “Operation Cookie,” each May. They also volunteer for various community events.For information on Woman’s Club membership, meetings, and philanthropic projects, call (626) 799-9309 or email [email protected] Top of the News Subscribe Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.center_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Gatherings Spirit of Charitable Giving Celebrated at Woman’s Club From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, December 12, 2014 | 1:40 pm Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy HerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Gary Neville expects Manchester City to win appeal against ‘hopeless’ UEFA

first_imgGary NevilleLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Gary Neville has backed Manchester City to win an appeal against a two-season ban from European competition imposed by a “hopeless” UEFA.European football’s governing body announced on Friday that City has been banned from continental competition for two seasons for what UEFA said were “serious” financial fair-play breaches between 2012 and 2016.English Premier League champions City, who were also fined 30 million euros ($32.5 million), responded quickly to say they would appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).And former Manchester United defender Neville believes City’s legal challenge will prove successful.“I think City will beat UEFA. UEFA, I have no faith in them whatsoever,” Sky Sports pundit Neville told the broadcaster on Monday.“I think essentially they are a hopeless organisation who will just apply what would be erratic disciplinary sanctions for different things and I think City will beat them in the courts.”Neville added: “I think it will get stuck in the courts for some time, but I think City will win in the end.”Jamie Carragher, a fellow Sky broadcaster, questioned the timing of UEFA’s decision given Pep Guardiola’s City face Spanish giants Real Madrid in the first leg of their last-16 tie in the Champions League later this month. “I can’t believe they are in the competition now. What would happen if City win this competition this season?,” said the former Liverpool defender.“They are the favourites for it, one of the best teams in Europe and it would make a mockery of the competition.”Carragher added: “UEFA will be desperate for Man City to get beat by Real Madrid, absolutely desperate. Can you imagine people from UEFA having to give the cup in Istanbul to a Man City player?“The first question Pep would get asked after the game is it a fake win? They will be asked questions about the merits of the club and competition. They are in the competition now and if they win it, it will almost be tainted.“I think for UEFA, they should have either took Man City out of the competition right now or left this decision until the end of the season.”******URNShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Horse Racing Results

first_imgTrack Condition : Dirt : GoodRace 1 1000 M (S) (Purse $780,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE1. RIO COBRE OWalker 55.02. *EDISON DaneNelson 54.0 2L3. LADY SHANKARI AChatrie 51.0 1L4. MISS JUANITA OWhite 51.0 4LLate scratch : #1 DWAYNE STARWIN: $90.00Final Time : 0:59.3 Splits : 22.3, 45.4, ,Winner : 8yo dk b/br horse – CHELSEY CAT out of CHELSEY’S FINEST byTrainer : DACOSTA,WAYNE A Owner : ELIZABETH A. DACOSTA & DERRICK C. SMITHBred by NANCY C. SHUFORDQuinella : (2,6) $72.00 Exacta : (6-2) $123.00Trifecta : (6-2-5) $390.00Race 2 1500 M (Purse $530,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,000-$210,000)/ NB5YO(NW2)&6YO&UP(NW4)1. *LEGENDARY PLEASURE LSteadman3 54.02. #1 PERSIAN BELLE JErwin 56.0 2 1/4L3. #6 PLAY STATION SMuir 52.5 3/4L4. #8 TECHNOCAT DDawkins4 49.0 4 1/2LWIN: $166.00PLACE: $73.00, $68.00, $113.00Final Time : 1:36.2 Splits : 24.0, 47.0, 1:13.0,Winner : 6yo ch horse – WAR MARSHALL out of FIGHT FOR PLEASURE by FIGHT OVERTrainer : CHIN,WILFRED A Owner : THE BUSINESSMANBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Quinella : (1,9) $200.00 Exacta : (9-1) $486.00D/E : (6-9) $308.00Superfecta : (9-1-6-8) $1,412.00Race 3 1500 M (Purse $500,000) NB5-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. MY FAVORITE DANCER AMartin 54.02. *QUEEN OF THE TOWN JErwin 55.0 1 1/4L3. THEGREATALLIANCE DBadaloo 54.0 1 1/4L4. MR. MUSMAKIT OEdwards3 50.5 2 1/2LDNF #8 ROYAL PRIESTHOOD SMuir 53.0WIN: $134.00PLACE: $72.00, $62.00, $119.00Final Time : 1:40.2 Splits : 25.1, 49.3, 1:16.1,Winner : 5yo b filly – DISTORTED out of THE WHITE WITCH by SPLINTER REDTrainer : TULLOCH,CONROY D Owner : UNCLE BOBBred by KENUTE BIGNALLQuinella : (7,9) $129.00 Exacta : (7-9) $242.00D/E : (9-7) $546.00Superfecta : (7-9-5-2) $5,032.00Rolling Triple : (6-9-7) $1,673.00Race 4 1300 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE(DIV.I)1. *PROUD PRESIDENT AChatrie 56.02. DUSSELDORF AMartin 56.0 7L3. RAJPUT RAJA LSteadman3 54.0 1 1/2L4. CORALANDO RMairs 53.0 3/4LDNF KEEPIN THE LINKS JErwin 56.0WIN: $102.00PLACE: $68.00, $183.00, $148.00Final Time : 1:22.3 Splits : 23.4, 48.0, 1:14.3,Winner : 3yo b colt – TAQARUB out of ALMOST PRESIDENT by REAL QUIETTrainer : MCINTOSH,MICHAEL G Owner : T.Y.S. RACING STABLESBred by NEW BLUE LTD.Quinella : (2,5) $516.00 Exacta : (2-5) $964.00D/E : (7-2) $309.00Race 5 1000 M (S) (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. ANOTHER BULLET BebHarvey3 52.52. PIZARRO OEdwards3 50.0 4 1/2L3. MARKOFAPRINCE CChow 53.5 Neck4. STORMING DDawkins4 48.5 1 1/4LWIN: $278.00PLACE: $95.00, $162.00, $236.00Final Time : 1:00.0 Splits : 23.0, 46.0, ,Winner : 4yo b colt – NASHEET out of WISELY NOTED by WISED UPTrainer : FRANCIS,EVERAL C Owner : TAINIYA S KERRBred by DACOSTA FARMS LIMITEDQuinella : (1,9) $2,504.00 Exacta : (9-1) $5,127.00D/E : (2-9) $713.00Superfecta carry-over : $114,468.25Rolling Triple : (7-2-9) $2,933.00Superfecta : (2-5-7-8) $7,899.00Rolling Triple : (9-7-2) $1,643.00Race 6 1300 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE(DIV.II)1. *MEGATRON SEllis 56.02. CLASSY AVIATOR AChatrie 52.0 1 1/4L3. IAN LINKS JInnis4 48.0 1/2L4. MACALLAN DaneNelson 56.0 Nose5. DR. TRAIN RHalledeen 56.0 9 1/2L6. LUCKY NINE JErwin 56.0 1/2LLate scratch : #9 TWILIGHT CATWIN: $85.00PLACE: $66.00, $206.00, $106.00Final Time : 1:21.2 Splits : 23.3, 46.3, 1:13.2,Winner : 3yo rn colt – SEEKING THE GLORY out of CHIKINEY by SLICK TRICKTrainer : NUNES,ANTHONY C Owner : STEPHAN A NARINESINGHBred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Quinella : (5-12) $1,057.00 Exacta : (5-12) $882.00D/E : (9-5) $785.00Trifecta : (5-12-7) $2,006.00Hit-6 : (5-12-7-10-4-8) $162,714.50Rolling Triple : (2-9-5) $2,376.00Pick-4 : (4-4) $5,348.00Super-6 : (6-6) $14,367.70Race 7 1100 M (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT -FILLIES & MARES1. *KACI DaneNelson 53.02. FREE RANGE OBennett 53.5 9 1/2L3. CHEXIMAKIT AMartin 53.5 3 1/2L4. LEILANI KPowell 53.0 1 1/4L5. PRINCESS STATISTIC RLahoe 53.0 1LWIN: $88.00PLACE: $69.00, $99.00, $188.00Final Time : 1:08.4 Splits : 24.1, 48.0, ,Winner : 4yo b filly – IMAGE MAKER out of DANCIN ROSE byTrainer : RICHARDS,FITZGERALD J Owner : MR. J.P.S.Bred by ARGYLL FARMS LTD.Quinella : (5,6) $407.00 Exacta : (6-5) $690.00D/E : (5-6) $163.00Trifecta : (6-5-9) $2,033.00Hi-5 : (6-5-9-3-11) $28,726.50Rolling Triple : (9-5-6) $1,266.00Race 8 1000 M (S) (Purse $500,000) 5YO&UP CLM($180,0)-NOT FINISHED 1st-3rd SINCE OCTOBER 23, 20151. SOJOURNER TRUTH OnBeckford4 51.52. PEARL APPEAL RLahoe 52.5 1 1/4L3. CANTARE LSteadman3 54.0 Neck4. ALISONBEE DDawkins4 49.0 3/4LDNF #4 PALACE DANCER JErwin 54.0Late scratch : #6 BARS OF GOLDWIN: $262.00PLACE: $116.00, $251.00, $232.00Final Time : 1:03.0 Splits : 23.4, 48.1, ,Winner : 8yo b mare – SKIPPING out of AUGUS MAWNIN by FRENCH CHAMPAGNETrainer : HYLTON,PAUL A Owner : ALL STARS PROBred by SEWARD KINGQuinella : (5,9) $4,126.00 Exacta : (9-5) $8,485.00D/E : (6-9) $829.00Trifecta : (9-5-10) $10,517.00Hi-5 carry-over : $43,410.25Rolling Triple : (5-6-9) $1,430.00MILLARD ZIADIE MEMORIAL CUPRace 9 1100 M (Purse $560,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO&UP(NW3)1. BRAVE PROSPECT KRobinson 54.02. *FRANKENSTORM BebHarvey3 53.0 3L3. UNCLE G JPatterson4 54.0 3 1/2L4. AUNT HILDA OEdwards3 50.0 3 1/2LWIN: $160.00PLACE: $66.00, $56.00, $68.00Final Time : 1:07.3 Splits : 23.1, 46.2, ,Winner : 4yo b colt – SEEKING THE GLORY out of GOOD PROSPECT by TEXAS PROSPECTORTrainer : GRAHAM,NEIVE E Owner : O’SHAUN CONNECTIONBred by FRANCIS BARNETT, EDISON CHAI & LOUIS LYNQuinella : (1,5) $301.00 Exacta : (1-5) $531.00D/E : (9-1) $1,125.00Superfecta : (1-5-3-2) $13,214.00Rolling Triple : (6-9-1) $3,360.00Race 10 1300 M (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. SHINE RMairs 55.02. BIMINI RLahoe 53.0 4L3. LAZZA LSteadman3 53.5 3 1/2L4. ARIZONA GOLD DaneNelson 55.0 Sh.HeadLate scratch : #4 TWILIGHT CITIZENWIN: $161.00PLACE: $93.00, $132.00, $1082.00Final Time : 1:21.3 Splits : 23.2, 47.2, 1:13.4,Winner : 4yo colt – DEPUTY GLITTERS out of SHE’S SO LOVELY by EXOTIC TRAVELERTrainer : SMITH,GRESFORD A Owner : MICHAEL HUE & LOUIS CHIN & FITZGERALD ROBERTSBred by BRIAN,KIRK & LOUIS CHINQuinella : (2,9) $563.00 Exacta : (2-9) $897.00D/E : (1-2) $694.00 (1-4) $212.00Trifecta : (2-9-8) $75,720.00Hi-5 carry-over : $214,181.00Rolling Triple : (9-1-2) $7,575.00Pick-4 : (6-9-1-2) $165,000.00Super-6 : (9-5-6-9-1-2) $71,227.10Pick-9 : (9-7-2-9-5-6-9-1-2) $13,401.00 (9-7-2-9-5-6-9-1-2) $304.50 Carry-over : $883,081.50PlacePot 8 : (7,9-2,5-1,9-5,12-5,6-5,9-1,5-2,9) $31,250.00last_img read more

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South African Scuba Diving Links

first_imgEastern CapeExpert Tours , in Walmer, Port Elizabeth, specialises in dive tours and dive adventures within South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, and Botswana. The company has been involved in numerous film productions, including of the Sardine Run, diving with elephants and crocodiles, and free diving with whales and sharks.Ocean Divers International Port Elizabeth has been in business for over 25 years and boasts a flawless safety record. The retail shop is located in Walmer and is a one-stop dive shop, offering equipment, rentals, and the “We drive You dive” concept in which customers are taken to different launch sites. There are plenty of options located inside and outside of the Port Elizabeth Bay, including reefs, wrecks, and shark diving.Outdoor Focus , in Port Alfred, provides speciality diving and leadership diving courses, the DAN Oxygen Provider course and first aid courses, as well as skippers’ tuition for those seeking a skippers’ licence.Pro Dive Port Elizabeth is a PADI five-Star Dive Centre offering diving courses and charters in Port Elizabeth and Plettenberg Bay. Also on offer is equipment rental, snorkelling, shark tank dives, equipment sales, and dives at sites in South Africa, the Maldives, the Red Sea, Zanzibar, and Indonesia.Free State Specialised Diving Academy is based in Bloemfontein. It offers a fully- stocked shop and PADI courses, with training taking place in Bloemfontein and at Aliwal Shoal. Accomodation is provided at Umkomaas Lodge.Gauteng2 Dive 4 Scuba offers scuba courses at either Bass Lake or Miracle Waters, gear, and equipment. It also offers diving trips to Sodwana Bay, Aliwal Shoal, and Protea Banks, as well as beyond the borders of South Africa to Mozambique, Zanzibar, and the Red Sea.4 Ways Scuba is located in the Fourways Mall in Johannesburg. If offers a multitude of scuba diving courses and equipment, as well as diving in Aliwal Shoal, Sodwana, Madagascar, the Comores, Zanzibar, the Maldives, the Red Sea, and Thailand.AHA Dive Centre is located in Centurion. It offers scuba diving courses, with 11 instructors attached to the centre, doing training from open water diver to instructor trainer. In addition, it retails dive equipment, and offers diving at a number of locations in Mozambique.Aquazoo Scuba is located in Roodepoort in Gauteng. For those undecided on whether or not scuba diving is for them, they offer free Scuba Experiences on most Saturday mornings. Other diving courses are also offered, while diving is also done in Sodwana Bay, the Mozambique, and the Red Sea.Calypso Scuba Dive and Adventure Centre in Northcliff, Johannesburg, does on-site training in a heated pool/aquarium. Classrooms and shopping are also on-site, as well as servicing on all diving equipment. Trips are taken to as far afield as the Red Sea.Dive Locker can be found in Randpark Ridge, Johannesburg. It offers PADI diver training, equipment sales, equipment servicing, gear rental, second hand gear sales, and air fills, as well as local and foreign dive travel, including to Aliwal Shoal, Rocktail Bay, Mozambique, Zanzibar and the Red Sea.The Dive Shop is located in Roodepoort. It stocks a wide variety of scuba diving gear and diving accessories. It offers PADI diving courses, from the basic open water level, right up to Dive Master and Specialities. Diving trips are undertaken to Sodwana Bay and locations in Mozambique.Dive South Africa specialises in scuba diving safaris and holidays in Southern Africa and Mozambique. A recognised BSAC dive safari operator, they make use of local BSAC, PADI, NAUI, CMAS and SSI recognized dive charters and resorts in South Africa and Mozambique. Packages feature dives with many types of sharks, rays, and the Sardine Run. They’re based in Faerie Glen, Pretoria.Divetek, which is based in Randburg, Johannesburg, sells diving equipment, services it too, and offers training courses. They have instructors for many different qualifications, including NAUI, ISDA, SAUU, CMAS, TDI, Divetek, and their recommendation PADI.Dive Travel Centre, in Craighall, Johannesburg, offers diving courses and tours to locations all along South Africa’s coast line, including diving with sharks, whales, and cage diving with Great White Sharks. In addition, diving tours are also undertaken to Zanzibar, Mozambique, and the Red Sea.East Rand Scuba has an indoor pool in which they conduct training. Sharklife courses, including ocean conservation, the Ragged-Tooth Shark, the Bull Shark, the Tiger Shark, Black-Tip Shark, Great White Shark, Manta Ray, and Whale Shark are available. Excursions are taken to various sites, including to Mozambique.Flippers to Fins Scuba Academy, in Midrand, organizes regular excursions to Sodwana, Aliwal Shoal, Protea Banks and Mozambique. They present courses with a focus on dive safety and environmental conservation.Geko Divers, a PADI dive centre situated in Protea, presents diving courses, offers online shopping, and travel to many different dive sites, including Mozambique, Sodwana Bay, Aliwal Shoal, Wondergat, Badgat, Miracle Waters, Bass Lake, Cape Town, and even such far away destinations as Cuba, Phuket in Thailand, and wreck diving in Denmark and Greenland!Hartley’s Oceans and Islands, located in the north of Johannesburg, specialises in Island holidays with particular specialist knowledge on scuba diving. It offers holidays to remote island and beach wilderness destinations all over the world. In South Africa, shark and wreck diving is undertaken along the coasts of the Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, as well as a little further north in Mozambique. Liquid Edge Technical Diving offers technical courses from NAUI, TDI/SDI or IANTD in both English and Afrikaans. It has a school in Northcliff, Johannesburg, and a shop at Calypso on Beyers Naude Drive. Liquid Edge also sells technical equipment. At the sites it visits, you can search for the famous Coelocanth, go Great White Shark spotting, take in the sardine Run, and visit Bosmansgat, the third largest water-filled cave in the world.O² Scuba can be found in Sandton, Johannesburg. They sell equipment, host courses specialising in PADI, and organise tours to Sodwana Bay, the Aliwal Shoal, and Mozambique.Ocean Dreamers is based in Pretoria and offers NAUI and PADI courses. They also offer dives at Miracle Waters, Sodwana Bay, Bass Lake, and Mozambique, among other destinations.Ocean Vision , based in Pretoria, is primarily a provider of under water learning, focusing on underwater naturalist, ship wreck diving and ocean knowledge development that includes shark diving courses. Guided tours of shipwrecks and marine environments include coral reefs off the South African coastline. Ocean Vision also offers a variety of diver instruction for the beginner through to master scuba diver and dive master professionals.Reef Divers is located in Brooklyn in Pretoria. They offer PADI courses, a dive shop, and travel, including locally and abroad.Scuba Centre is based in Randburg. It has an on site pool and lecture facilities, and welcomes freelance instructors. It also has equipment for rental and offers limited free airfills. In addition, Scuba Centre has another shop in Tyger Valley in the Cape.ScubaQ is situated in Springs, Gauteng. It teaches scuba diving through numerous courses, and offers wreck diving, diving with sharks, and scuba diving equipment. Excursions are undertaken in South Africa, as well as Mozambique, Mauritius, Zanzibar, the Seychelles, Madagascar, Australia, Hawaii, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Bali, and the Red Sea.Scuba Scene has three branches, in Menlyn, Greenstone, and Centurion. It provides equipment and training. It is also associated with Oxygene Diving, which has dive centres and liveaboards in Sweden, Finland, England, Malta, Egypt, Philippines, Pemba, Croatia, Estonia, Canada, Thailand, Tenerife, Indonesia, South Africa and Mozambique.Scuba World International is based in Linden, Johannesburg. It offers NAUI courses, as well as specialities, including Advanced Swimming, Shark Diver, Night Diver, Underwater Environment, Deep Diver, Underwater Photography, Search and Recovery Diving, Training Assistance, Scuba Rescue Diver, and Advanced Scuba Rescue Diver. Equipment is also for sale. Diving destinations include the Red Sea, Sodwana Bay, Guinjata Bay in Mozambique, and Wondergat.Scubaversity is a club located in Roodepoort. It hosts courses and has four lecture rooms, a showroom, store and workshop, in addition to a recreation area that includes a bar and pool table. The pool is uniquely adapted for scuba training. Trips are made to various destinations, including Mozambique, Lesotho, Wondergat, and Sodwana.Twin Palms Dive Emporium is the first National Geographic-accredited dive centre in South Africa. It is located only 10 minutes from the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg and offers onside pool facilities, accommodation, restaurant, lecture rooms, and a dive shop. Twin Palms is a five-star PADI Centre which specialises in master scuba dive training. It organises regular tours to among others, Malongane, Ponta do Ouro and Guinjata in Mozambique, and Sodwana and Aliwal Shoal in KwaZulu-Natal.Kwazulu-NatalAdventure Diving Safaris, on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast, just 25 minutes from Durban, offers scuba diving at the reefs and wrecks of Aliwal Shoal, Protea Banks, Rocky Bay, Gansbaai, Mossel Bay, and in Mozambique. The diving includes Great White Shark cage diving, and diving for the gentle giant of the deep, the Whale Shark.Africa Dive Adventures, operates from the Shelley Beach Ski Boat Club and offers diving at Protea Banks, in Mozambique, and also during the famed Sardine run. It also focuses on diving with sharks, including the Ragged-Tooth Shark and the Zambezi Shark.Africa Dive Expeditions operates out of Umkomaas on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast. They are a dive operation, with a big focus and emphasis on ocean/shark reseach and conservation. Different trip packages are available to locations such as the nearby Aliwal Shoal, Sodwana Bay, Rocktail Bay, and southern Mozambique.African Watersports is concerned with the exploration and preservation of the Aliwal Shoal. It also offers combination tours – on land and in the water. It is located in Umkomaas, close to the Shoal itself, where most of the diving is concentrated.African Odyssea, operating out of Shelley Beach, is the founder dive operator on Protea Banks, which pioneered safe cageless diving with Bull Sharks (Zambezis), Tigers and Great Whites. Trevor Krull offers a unique dive safari through southern Africa. Casual day divers are also welcome.Aliwal Dive Centre , on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast offers diving with Ragged Tooth Sharks, Tiger Sharks, Manta Rays, Dolphins and Whale Sharks. The world famous Sardine Run is another possibility. Diving courses are also on offer, as well as gear for hire, and accomodation is available on site at the Aliwal Dive Lodge.Aliwal Rest & Dive is a self-catered accommodation and dive charter located in Umkomaas, close to the famous Aliwal Shoal. They also offer training and tours.Aliwal Shoal provides a guide to dive operators and accomodation at the famous diving site located off of Umkomaas on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast.The Aquaplanet Dive Centre is located in Shelly Beach on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast. Their offerings include baited shark diving and the Sardine Run. The sites they visit include Protea Banks, Aliwal Shoal, the Aquarium at Ushaka Marine World and, for advanced divers, a couple of wrecks. They present a large number of courses and have a well- stocked shop.Blue Wilderness is an underwater filming logistics and expedition company. They operate from the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal and organise expeditions to Struis Baai, the Aliwal Shoal, the Sardine Run, and Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Champion free diver, Hanli Prinsloo, also teaches a course on free diving techniques, and the Chokka Run, which offers an an interesting insight into the life of the Chokka squids.Coral Divers operates a dive camp at Sodwana Bay in KwaZulu-Natal, offering dive packages, equipment hire and accommodation, as well as various PADI dive courses.Dive Den Scuba is located in Newcastle, northern KwaZulu-Natal. It’s a dive shop that sells and rents out equipment, as well as a club. They also present diving courses, with club members receiving discounted prices. Diving trips are undertaken to among other sites, Sodwana, Mozambique, and Aliwal Shoal.Diving with Sharks operates out of Scottburgh and is led by Debbie Smith, the first woman from Africa to be elected into the international Women Divers Hall of Fame. It is an eco-tourism company specialising in shark conservation and research diving, shark conservation courses and shark diving, ocean awareness courses for divers and non-divers, PADI dive courses, dive expeditions, casual diving, and diving at the Aliwal Shoal and during the Sardine Run.H20 Scuba is a scuba dive resort situated very close to the Uvongo Beach and lagoon on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast. It offers a wide variety of courses and has a saltwater pool on the premises. Dives are done at Protea Banks. KwaMnandi Lodge is located in Umkomaas, perfectly position to access many of South Africa’s prime diving sites. It offers accomodation, as well as daily dives to Aliwal Shoal, Rocky Bay, Protea Banks and Gansbaai. There are also regular dive excursions to Sodwana Bay and Southern Mozambique.Mako Diving offers practical diving and skipper training at Sodwana Bay, in addition to accommodation at Rod’s Lodge and ocean charters. The courses are not aimed to provide certification, but to introduce non-divers to diving.Meridian Dive Centre is located on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast. It offers RAID and PADI courses. In addition, dive safaris include the Sardine Run, coral reef diving at Sodwana, and Tiger Shark diving. Great White Shark cage diving is included, and other destinations include Aliwal Shoal, Mozambique, Protea Banks, and Rocky Bay.Oceanworx provides a total diving experience, including accommodation only one minute from the Umkomaas Dive Centre. Most of the diving is done at the Aliwal Shoal, where diving with sharks is a speciality. The Sardine Run, which usually occurs some time between May and July, provides remarkable diving opportunities.Pendragon Diving , based near the Aliwal Shoal, near Umkomaas, Pendragon Diving offers extensive dive instruction. It offers diving at Aliwal Shoal, wreck dives to The Produce and The Nebo, and superb Tiger Shark dives. Pendragon Diving also boasts extensive experience of underwater filming.Reefteach is located in the diving hotspot of Sodwana Bay. It offers diving courses and environmental courses, and luxurious accomodation is available at Reafteach. Diving takes place at Sodwana Bay on a variety of reefs, each offering something different and special.Sea Escapes is based in Sodwana Bay. They offer diving at Sodwana at seven different reefs. In addition, they also offer turtle tours. Self-catering accomodation is available at Toad Tree Cabins.The Shoal operates in Umkomaas and has a dive centre and caters for diving enthusiasts of all capabilities. It offers training in the PADI and SSI systems, from open water level to instructor. Gear is available for rental, and among the higlights of options available is diving with Tiger Sharks.Triton Dive Charters and Lodge is located at the diving hotspot of Sodwana Bay. It specialises in “the deeper side of diving”; in 1998 it initiated, organised and hosted the Wright Canyon Expedition, which is where the search for the elusive coelacanth started in Sodwana Bay. It took until October 2001, but the famous fish was finally found. Triton also provides accomodation, courses, and equipment hire.Umkomaas Lodge Dive Charters is a PADI Gold Palm scuba diving resort. It is situated on the beach, only a stone’s throw from the mouth of the Umkomaas River, and offers accomodation as well as plentiful diving options. These include PADI courses from open water to dive master to instructor. Diving with Ragged-Tooth and Tiger Sharks is available.Underwater World, in Durban, specialises in the retail and maintenance of diving equipment and Scuba Dive training courses that include beginners, up to instructor’s courses. The company is affiliated to both PADI and NAUI. Dives are undertaken to locations all over the world, including in Micronesia, Malaysia, Mozambique, and at local dive sites.MpumalangaBuddy Scuba Diving Adventures, in Witbank, offers recreational and technical scuba diving courses. Among their offerings is personalised underwater video photography, Spear fishing, and charters to Sodwana Bay, as well as other local destinations.Dive the Big Five , located in White River, specialises in scuba diving and wildlife safaris. The dive sites include the Cape Peninsula, Gansbaai, Sodwana, Protea Banks, and Aliwal Shoal, as well as a number of locations in Mozambique. The diving expeditions can also be combined with wildlife expeditions.North WestAll About Scuba has shops in Klerksdorp and Rustenburg. Dives are offered in Sodwana Bay, Mozambique, Egypt, and Indonesia, and an extensive list of equipment is available.Western CapeAdventure Bookings offers shark diving in Simonstown, at the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, at Protea Banks, Mossel Bay, and Gansbaai, famous for its Great White Sharks. Adventure Bookings is an online adventure travel office, which offers a fast and easy service for booking adventure experiences throughout South Africa.Africa Dive Safaris is a professional booking agency, located in Kleinbaai, aimed at ensuring excellent holiday experiences. It features Great White Shark cage diving, White Shark breaching, whale watching and scuba diving tours in South Africa and Mozambique, as well as Cape Town and Garden Route tours, aerial tours and wildlife safaris.Africa Shark Dive Safaris operates out of the Great White Shark hot spot of Gansbaai. A variety of tours are on offer, including, among others, shark cage diving, shark breaching, whale watching, and scuba diving at Aliwal Shoal, Protea Banks, and Sodwana Bay.The Alpha Dive Centre is in Main Road, Strand, Cape Town. It offers diving courses, equipment, sales, services, airfills, and dive trips in Gordons Bay and False Bay, as well as Rooi Els and Simonstown. There is wreck diving too, and seals and sharks abound.Bubble Blowers is a scuba dive centre, based in Cape Town. Instruction in both NAUI and PADI is done in an onsite training pool. Bubble Blowers also offers regular scuba charters around the Cape Peninsula, as well as to more distant locations around South Africa and Mozambique.Dive Action Cape Town is a one-stop shop for PADI, NAUI and IANTD training, scuba gear purchasing and servicing and recreational scuba diving. Wreck and reef dives are available in both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, with a total of 32 sites on offer.Duck ‘n Dive is a Cape Town dive shop that retails diving equipment and accessories. It is also a dive school, offering a number of different courses, including rescue diver and master diver courses, as well as an organiser of tours, including to Hermanus and Mozambique.Electrodive is located in Mossel Bay. It offers diving courses; first aid courses; boat charters and rides; scuba and spearfishing; equipment sales, rental, and servicing; air fills and cyclinder testing; and the playing and coaching of underwater hockey. Dives are undertaken to a number of sites, including Santos Reef, the Santos Wreck, Mitch’s Reefs, Sponge Reef, Phluffy Reef, Butterfly Wall, Windvogel, and “Dolosse”.Hippo Dive Campus is located at the Knysna Heads in Knysna. It offers shore entry dives to the wreck of the Paquita and Tapas Jetty, where the famous Knysna Seahorse may be found. Hippo Dive Centre is a PADI dive centre, with courses ranging from Discover Scuba Diving up to Instructor level and Emergency First Response. It features a shop that carries a full range of diving equipment, and servicing.Into the Blue Dive School, in Cape Town, presents a wide variety of PADI courses, from Discover Scuba to Dive Master to Diver specialities. Various types of dives are also available, including at the wrecks of The Maori and the SAS Pietermaritzburg. For a big thrill, shark cage diving takes place at False Bay and Gansbaai, two of the best spots in the world to watch the Great White Shark in action.Learn to Dive Today is Cape Town-based, and is run by diving instructor Tony Lindeque, whose core credentials include Divemaster, Master Scuba Diver Trainer, and Emergency First Responder (EFR) Instructor. The courses cover a wide range of abilties and experience and include specialities such as underwater digital photography.Ocean Logic International offers IANTD and NAUI free diving courses. Trevor Hutton is the man behind the business, which is located in Noorder Paarl, and his list of achievements includes a free immersion world record, established in Namibia in 2001.Orca Industries is located in Claremont, Cape Town. It has a workshop dedicated to the servicing of scuba equipment, and also does repairs to backpacks, tents, bags and general hiking equipment. They also sell underwater cameras and accessories. In addition, Orca offers NAUI and PADI courses, including a number speciality courses.Pisces Divers, South Africa is a PADI dive centre located just a few metres from the False Bay coast in Glencairn which offers all levels of PADI dive training from beginner to professional level, as well as diving equipment rental and sales, a servicing workshop, and an airfill and nitrox service. It also hosts wreck and reef dives, including at the SAS Gelderland, the Ark Rock Barge, the Brunswick, the Glencairn Barge and Reef, the SAS Good Hope, the SAS Fleur, and the Lusitania.Pro Seafaris is based in Cape Town and offers drive and dive packages to, among others, Mozambique and the Sardine Run. They offer a choice of 15 different wrecks and South African sites include Cape Town, Plettenberg Bay, Protea Banks, Aliwal Shoal, and Sodwana Bay.Scuba Diving South Africa is located in Noordhoek, Cape Town, close to to False Bay and its multitude of spectacular and beautiful dive sites. It’s run by Justin Villiers, an experienced PADI scuba diving instructor who has dived all round the world. Scuba Dive South Africa offers a variety of PADI courses, from beginner to the more advanced. They also offer equipment rental, as well as accompanied boat and shore dives.Scuba Shack has two PADI dive centres in Cape Town: one is a five-star instructor development dive resort and the other a purpose-built training centre in Kommetjie with its own training pool. The retail shop is filled with dive equipment and accessories. Reef diving is offered in False Bay and in the Atlantic Ocean. There are also a number of wrecks that can be dived, including the SAS Pietermaritzburg, which was scuttled in 1994 to form an artificial reef in False Bay.Shark Bookings operates out of Gansbaai, a hot bed for Great White Shark viewing. They offer diving at Aliwal Shoal, Cape Town, and Protea Banks. They also dive at other destinations around the world. Besides the Great White, other sharks include the Great White, Blue, Mako, Tiger, Bull or Zambezi, Ragged-Tooth, and the Hammerhead. The gentle Whale Shark can also be viewed.The Great White House, in Kleinbaai, offers African cottage-style accommodation, superb food, whale watching and Great White Shark cage diving tours in Gansbaai.The Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town offers dives with Ragged-Tooth Sharks, rays, and turles in the I&J Predator Exhibit. Fish may also be fed in the Kelp Forest Exhibit. There are numerous other attractions for visitors to the aquarium and the venue caters for the physically disabled.Underwater Explorers are situated in Cape Town. Their primary focus is the provision of technical dive courses. They offer a wide variety of dives, including, among many wrecks available, those of the SAS Pietermaritzburg, the SS Lusitania, the SAS Transvaal, the SAS Goodhope, the SAS Fleur, and the SAS Bloemfontein.Unreal Dive Expeditions, in Cape Town, offers a number of shark and scuba diving expeditions that also include diving with whale sharks, the humpback whale and the sardine run. The diving takes place in the Cape, along the Garden Route, and in KwaZulu-Natal, as well as is Mozambique.White Shark Projects is located in Gansbaai, the world capital of the Great White Shark. Diving is done in a cage, able to hold four to five people, and divers get to spend about 20 minutes with the ocean’s most feared predator. All diving and safety equipment is provided.SAinfo reporter and South African Tourismlast_img read more

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Green Building Priority #2 — Reduce Water Use

first_imgWater is such a high priority in part because so much else depends on it. Most of our power plants draw water from rivers and lakes for cooling, and during severe droughts power plants have to shut down. (In 2007 one nuclear plant in Alabama had to shut down for lack of water.) Our food system depends on irrigation—though the U.S. is less dependent on irrigation than China, India, and many other countries. We drink and wash with water. And it takes a lot of water to generate electricity: on average 2.0 gallons per kilowatt-hour in the U.S.In addition, water is energy-intensive. Pumping water out of the ground, moving it from one place to another, treating it, and then treating the wastewater after we use it accounts for about 4% of the nation’s electricity. In many municipalities, water and wastewater infrastructure comprises the single largest use of electricity.There are lots of good ways to reduce water use. A few of my favorites are listed here:Replace showerheadsOne of the easiest, least expensive strategies for reducing water use is to replace older showerheads with models that use significantly less water. Some older showerheads use 5 gallons per minute (gpm) or more, while models sold (legally) since 1994 use no more than 2.5 gpm. I’ve been using a Delta H2Okinetic 1.5 gpm showerhead for years and find it highly satisfactory, even with the low water pressure on my rural water system. Saving water with a showerhead also saves energy—because it’s heated water that you’re using less of.Replace toiletsIf you have a pre-1994 toilet (one that doesn’t list the water consumption on it), chances are pretty good that it’s using at least 3.5 gallons per flush (gpf). Since 1994, all toilets sold in the U.S. have had to use 1.6 gpf or less. More recently WaterSense-certified “high-efficiency toilets” (HETs) have been introduced that use no more than 1.28 gpm and meet various flush performance standards defined by the EPA WaterSense program. Unless your house has very long drainline runs (over 20 feet) with very low slope (nearly horizontal), choose WaterSense HET toilets.Reduce the water consumption of bathroom faucetsMore and more new lavatory faucets today meet the WaterSense limit of 1.5 gpf, while most faucets in use deliver far more water. Since 1994, faucets could use no more than 2.2 gpm (at 60 psi water pressure), but older faucets often use a lot more. Most relatively modern faucets can be retrofit with screw-in low-flow aerators. You can go as low as 0.5 gpm, which is usually plenty for brushing teeth, washing hands and face, and shaving. Note that the lower the flow, the longer it will take hot water to reach the tap.Install an on-demand circulator pumpTo avoid wasting water as you wait for hot water to reach your bathroom or kitchen, you can install an on-demand recirculation system. Unlike continuous-circulation systems that are used in hotels, on-demand systems are activated by a user. Several companies make these systems, most using D’MAND technology licensed by ACT Metlund.Buy a water-saving clothes washerHorizontal-axis, front-loading clothes washers use significantly less water than most vertical-axis top-loaders. They also use half the detergent, and most of them wring more moisture out during the spin cycle (saving energy needed for drying). If you’re replacing a clothes washer or buying your first, look for a water-saving front-loader.Buy a water-conserving dishwasherCheck the energy- and water-efficiency of available dishwashers if you’re in the market for a new one. The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) has the best information.Plant low-water-use landscapingIn many parts of the country, outdoor water use exceeds indoor use. Native landscaping that does not require irrigation can save a tremendous amount of water, compared with lawns and most other conventional landscaping. The term “xeriscaping” is sometimes used to describe this landscaping practice.Harvest rainwater for irrigatingIf you must irrigate, capture rainwater and use that for irrigating. You can install a simple rainbarrel that sits under a downspout at the corner of your house, or install a more sophisticated system with greater storage capacity.These suggestions are just a starting point; there are lots of other opportunities for savings. Huge savings can also be achieved simply by changing your behavior: taking shorter showers, and not running the water when washing dishes or brushing your teeth, and skipping lawn-watering, for example. To a significant extent, water savings is about common sense.My top-10 list of green building priorities so far:#2. Reduce water use#3. Ensure a healthy indoor environment#4. Reduce the need for driving#5. Build smaller and optimize materials use#6. Ensure durability and reuse existing buildings#7. Protect and restore the site#8. Use green materials#9. Create resilient, climate-adapted buildings#10. Make it easy for homeowners to be green In addition to this Energy Solutions blog, Alex writes the weekly blog Alex’s Cool Product of the Week, which profiles an interesting new green building product each week. You can sign up to receive notices of these blogs by e-mail—enter your e-mail address in the upper right corner of any blog page.Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. RELATED ARTICLES Resilient Design: Water in a Drought-Prone EraSaving Energy by Saving WaterAll About Washing MachinesAll About Dishwashers Can Swimming Pools Be Green?The Uncertain Future of Phoenix and Las VegasWater, Water EverywhereIn the West, Drought Ends ‘Era of the Lawn’The DOE Showerhead RuleGBA Encyclopedia: Green Irrigation Reducing water consumption should be a high priority not only in the parched Southwest but throughout the country. Some argue, in fact, that water is going to be an even bigger challenge than energy over the coming decades.In the United States, nowhere is the focus on water greater today than in the Colorado River Basin. A series of reservoirs on the Colorado, including Lake Powell and Lake Mead, provide water for some 25 million Americans, and allocations of water from the river exceed the available flow. Lake Mead currently stands at half-full, its scenic shore marred by a giant bathtub ring several hundred feet high. A university study a few years ago said there was a 50% chance that the reservoir would be functionally empty (its level too low to draw from) by 2021!But in many ways, water resource issues are an even bigger problem in parts of the country that aren’t as used to thinking about water. In the fall of 2007, Atlanta came within 30 days of running out of water, with no provisions for what to do if that occurred. Eastern reservoirs tend to be a lot shallower than western reservoirs, so have less storage capacity.last_img read more

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Growing up quick: Big spurt turns Patton into 1st-rounder

first_imgHeart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken “I had to learn how to do simple things all over again, like run, seal and use my body in ways I should, being 7-feet tall,” Patton said as he was introduced Tuesday by his new team.The Timberwolves believe his growth as a player has only just begun.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the era of one-and-done in college basketball, Patton was a rare exception. He redshirted his freshman year at Creighton to spend it acclimating to his new body, and his new position as a “five” — the number given to centers.“I never played the five position before,” Patton said. “I went all the way from point guard to center and coach Mac wanted me to learn how to be a back-to-the-basket five also. It was pretty fun to learn all the nuances of that and learn how to be a five.” After a year of seasoning, Patton averaged 12.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 25.5 minutes per game for Creighton. Unheralded as a recruit coming out of high school, the production, efficiency and athleticism that he showed even as a raw redshirt freshman jumped out immediately to Wolves GM Scott Layden.“It’s unusual for a guy his size to make the type of plays that he does,” Wolves coach president Tom Thibodeau said.Patton attributes that feel for the game to all the time he spent playing point guard in his formative days. His ability to see the floor and find the open man only got better when a growth spurt allowed him to see over the top of the defense, a combination that could eventually make him the ideal fit alongside Karl-Anthony Towns — the prototype for the modern NBA big man — in the Wolves frontcourt.“Just growing up being a guard, you develop all the things you need to know just practicing,” Patton said. “You got that mind of a point guard. It just so happens I grew to be 7 feet tall and I can still use those skills I had back then. It’s just adding everything back together.”The Wolves chose Patton 16th overall, a pick acquired in the blockbuster trade with Chicago that also sent All-Star Jimmy Butler to Minnesota.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend It’s been a bit of a whirlwind for Patton, who sold funnel cakes and nachos at the College World Series the summer before enrolling at Creighton. His high school friends would give him grief for wearing shorts all the time in chilly Omaha, but it was “the only thing I could do. I couldn’t really fit into pants.”The Timberwolves believe Patton is not done growing yet — at least when it comes to his game. There remains a possibility that Patton could spend some time this season with the Iowa Wolves — the team’s new G-League affiliate that was purchased this spring — while he adds strength and gets accustomed to the pro game.“The exciting thing for me is what happens to Justin now,” Layden said. “His graduate school and his education start now as far as the NBA’s concerned. We have an outstanding coaching staff and an outstanding developmental group that are going to help him achieve the goals he wants to obtain. This is a great time in his life to get better and that’s what we’re looking forward to.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments What ‘missteps’? Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ledecky, Adrian steal opening night show at US nationals LATEST STORIEScenter_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide MOST READ Justin Patton stands by his head coach, Tom Thibodeau, left, and general manager Scott Layden at his introductory news conference, Tuesday, June 27, 2017. The Timberwolves’ first-round draft pick sprouted from a 6-foot-1 point guard as a freshman in high school to a 7-foot center by the time he first stepped foot on campus at Creighton in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. Bluejays coach Greg McDermott had to slow things down for Patton. (Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune via AP)MINNEAPOLIS — Justin Patton almost grew too fast for his own good.The Minnesota Timberwolves’ first-round draft pick sprouted from a 6-foot-1 point guard as a freshman in high school to a 7-foot center by the time he first stepped foot on campus at Creighton in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. Bluejays coach Greg McDermott had to slow things down for Patton.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

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2014 Trans Tasman Series – 100 days to go!

first_imgThe countdown is on for one of the most anticipated Trans Tasman Series’ in recent history. Australia will be out to reclaim the Trans Tasman trophy when the 2014 Trans Tasman Series is held at Glen Willow Stadium in Mudgee, New South Wales in just 100 days’ time (Friday, 25 April until Sunday, 27 April 2014). With the 2015 World Cup edging closer, the Trans Tasman event will be the arch rivals’ last chance to battle it out before the World Cup is held in Coffs Harbour in April and May, 2015. Last time they met (Auckland, February 2013), New Zealand claimed the series two divisions to one, with Australia winning the Women’s Open division 3-0, while the Kiwis were victors in the Men’s and Mixed divisions, two games to one. “It [the Trans-Tasman series] is vital,” Touch Football Australia CEO Colm Maguire told the Mudgee Guardian.“It is going to be very busy leading up to the World Cup and not only do we have the Trans-Tasman but there is the State of Origin series in September and the Elite Eight Series before the World Cup.“If they [the players] don’t take the opportunity they have been given, then there are plenty of other people who are pushing their case for selection.”The 2012 event saw the two nations engage with the community through ANZAC Day ceremonies as well as school visits and Touch Football clinics.Maguire says the 2014 event will have a similar feel. “We want to involve the locals as much as possible.“I think the last time it was one of the first events held at the stadium and no one really knew how it was going to go. The Anzac part of it went really well and the school involvement only came about by chance [because of a school touch tournament].“We want to involve the schools and the players of the sport, interact with everyone.”Wednesday, 15 January marks 100 days until the 2014 Trans Tasman Test Series, so what better way to kick off our coverage of the event than a 100 day countdown!Head to the ‘2014 Trans Tasman Series’ tab under ‘Tournaments’ on the top menu of the website for more information in the lead up to the Series. Stay tuned to www.austouch.com.au in the lead up to the 2014 Trans Tasman Series as we keep you up-to-date with all of the latest news and information about the event. Check out some of the highlights of the last event played in Mudgee, the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, below. Please click on the link below to read the Mudgee Guardian story: http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/story/2022401/maguire-promises-a-touch-of-class-at-trans-tasman/?cs=1233#slide=2 Related Links100 day countdown begins!last_img read more

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Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky, Nigel Hayes and Duje Dukan Are Hanging With Local Elementary Students Today

first_imgFrank Kaminsky on the court against Duke.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – APRIL 06: Frank Kaminsky #44 of the Wisconsin Badgers reacts after falling to the court in the first half against the Duke Blue Devils during the NCAA Men’s Final Four National Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 6, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The No. 5 Wisconsin men’s basketball team last played at Michigan on Saturday and won’t take the court again until this Saturday at Iowa. With some extra free time this week, Badger big men Frank Kaminsky, Nigel Hayes and Duje Dukan are hanging out with the students at Glacier Edge Elementary School in nearby Verona, Wis. All three players spoke with the students as part of the school’s Kindness Week activities. The All-American Kaminsky even took a selfie with some students: #BadgersGiveBack #Notor #NigelHayesA photo posted by Frank Kaminsky (@fskpart3) on Jan 28, 2015 at 9:00am PST Dukan, who is 6-foot-10, tried to blend in with the crowd but it didn’t work out too well.New game: #WheresDuje? pic.twitter.com/GOY5bm3J8V— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) January 28, 2015 Hayes, meanwhile, may not have a future as a comedian judging off this joke, but he does know his state geography. Stand-up comedy with Nigel Hayes #BadgersGiveBackA video posted by Wisconsin Basketball (@badgermbb) on Jan 28, 2015 at 8:39am PSTOne underrated aspect of these photos and video is the impressive jersey game of some of the students at Glacier Edge. The local staples (Wisconsin and the Green Bay Packers) are of course represented, but shoutout to the kid in the sweet Dallas Mavericks throwback, and the two young men who wore the NFL jerseys of Badger alumni Russell Wilson and J.J. Watt.last_img read more

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Canadian music renaissance is over but Matthew Good isnt

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement If, in the late 1990s, the Canadian music scene was like it is now, Beautiful Midnight would not exist. And neither would Matthew Good — at least not the version we know now.The seminal album of modern CanRock, which in 1999 sprung forth radio singles such as “Load Me Up” and “Hello Time Bomb,” came in a glory era of Canadian music. Bands could criss cross the country playing smaller venues and fill the rooms with fans. Producers championed Canadian music on network TV.“It was a Canadian music renaissance,” said Good, who will play Beautiful Midnight front to back in a show at FirstOntario Concert Hall (Hamilton Place) on Saturday. He’s also promoting an EP of revamped songs called I Miss the New Wave: Beautiful Midnight Revisited. Advertisement “I don’t think we’ll ever see the like of it again.”Smaller venues are rapidly closing, he says. Record labels investing in Canadian music are fewer and farther between. At 45, he’s still releasing music, still packing shows like the countless number he’s played in Hamilton. But if the climate now existed then, “I don’t know if I’d be in music.” Twitterlast_img read more

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Japanese boat owners charged with helping smuggle shark fins

first_imgHONOLULU — U.S. prosecutors in Hawaii are accusing the owners and officers of a Japanese fishing boat of helping Indonesian fishermen smuggle nearly 1,000 shark fins, worth about $58,000 on the black market.Boat owners Hamada Suisan Co. Ltd. and JF Zengyoren, or Japan Fisheries Cooperatives in English, are charged with aiding and abetting the smuggling. Ten fishermen have been charged with smuggling.A Hamada representative in Japan said Friday that the Indonesian crew members had shark fins without the captain’s knowledge.JF Zengyoren declined to comment, saying it hadn’t seen the complaint.It’s against U.S. law to remove the fins of sharks at sea. Prosecutors say the fishermen harvested fins from some sharks that were still alive and then discarded in the ocean.Fins are a pricey delicacy often used in soups.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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