first_imgBILL NEALSPECIAL EDITION: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE STEELER/RAVENS GAME AND, OF COURSE, IN TOP 10 STYLE.:10—No, I wasn’t in “my spot”, but I was in a great spot with my main man Kevin Cameron, aka “The Aliquippa Agent” (Always representing “The Quipps”. Also aka…“The Baseball Purest” (so he says), but I’ll tell you what was pure…pure gold that is and that was Section 520 where we were sitting.  Fantastic seats from the left corner of the end zone facing the river.  And you know that “Rowdy Crowd” that Hank Williams had at his place on “Monday Nights?” Well, they’re all in Kevin’s corner and they—are— lively!  It is important to note however, like every section, they do have their resident idiot/drunk.…yeah, you know who you are.  Grow up mmmaaannn!last_img read more

Spring Arts Walk 2016 Takes to Olympia Streets April 22 and…

first_imgFacebook23Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The City of OlympiaExplore the creative and spirited arts community of Olympia, WA and help celebrate our 52nd Arts Walk! Olympia is home to a vibrant mix of musicians, filmmakers, writers and visual and performing artists. Arts Walk is the largest festival of this type in the region – an unparalleled opportunity to embrace the arts and meet the artists. Dates for the event are Friday, April 22 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 23 from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. Zumba takes to the streets at the 2015 Spring Arts Walk and will be seen again this year. Photo courtesy City of Olympia.Arts Walk brings together over 120 businesses and over 250 visual and performing artists with over 30,000 visitors in Olympia’ historic downtown as they welcome the arts in all forms during this twice-yearly event.Meet artists from all career levels, pre-school through professional.Listen to a variety of live music including Rockin’ Blues, Folk Harp, Indian Sitar, Brazilian Jazz and Ukulele.Learn to Swing Dance, try out a new instrument, or stop in at several family art activity areas.Check out poetry, adult storytelling, puppet shows, or the outdoor craft market.Take in impromptu street performances, all kinds of dance and of course, exhibition of fine art from photography, painting and drawing to sculpture, textiles, ceramics, printmaking and more.The festival also includes the spectacular Procession of the Species, an artistic and environmental celebration presented by Earthbound Productions. The event is a colorful and joyous street pageant using the languages of art, music and dance to inspire cultural appreciation, understanding, and protection of the natural world;  the Procession begins at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Due to the popularity of the Procession, it is extremely important for individuals to pay close attention to street closures and tow away zones.2015 Procession of the SpeciesOregon Coast, by artist Jenn Kliese, adorns the cover of the Arts Walk map this spring. The work is wax pencil and soft pastel on craft paper. Jenn grew up in northwest. Moved by the natural landscape of the west coast forests she works to express how it feels to be in the landscape more than how it looks; to pull the viewer back into their place in the wild. Jenn will be showing her work at the Olympia Knitting Mills (#81 on the Arts Walk map), which is a series of art studios Kliese shares with 5 other women artists. The space has a long history in Olympia, from textile manufacturing to music industry and visual art collective.Arts Walk is sponsored by the City of Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation Department and Olympia Arts Commission, with support provided by Art House Designs, Capitol City Press, Heritage Bank and MIXX 96fm.  Arts Walk maps are available at participating locations after April 11, and at Olympia City Hall, 601 4th Ave. East and The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW.  A digital map and Arts Walk app are also available after April 11 at olympiawa.gov/artswalk. For more information, contact Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation at 360.753.8380.last_img read more

Reopened Library Adding More Hours

first_imgLibrary Director Judith Bakos said starting April 1, the library will be more broadly accessible again. The hours will be Tuesday and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.The renovated library has a spacious section for small children, with shelves full of books displayed to show the colorful illustrations, and one bookcase holding books for school age children, and more on order. There are also DVDs, newspapers and places for quiet reading. By Liz SheehanMONMOUTH BEACH – The town library has been rebuilt and reopened, and will soon be offering afternoon, evening and Saturday hours again.“By April 1, the extended hours will be fully implemented,” said Mayor Sue Howard on Wednesday.Since Super Storm Sandy hit in October 2012, badly damaging the library building, the library has operated from a small section of the great room in Borough Hall, at about half of its previous 30-hour a week schedule. In October, the town welcomed the return of the library to a newly renovated building on Willow Avenue. But the hours remained 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mondays to Thursdays. “It’s so much more than books,” said borough resident Dianne Zeigler.Back before the storm, Zeigler took painting classes at the Monmouth Beach library. “I now paint on a regular basis,” she said. She has entered her work in art shows.“My life has been fulfilled because of that,” Zeigler said.The Monmouth Beach library is a “member library” with the Monmouth County Library system. Residents have free memberships to other county library branches, and can order books from them for pick-up in Monmouth Beach during its business hours.They also have access to the county’s Library On the Go! app, with which they can download select e-books and audio books at any time.Borough residents pay for their library cards through both a county tax and a municipal tax.Sea Bright and Oceanport, neighboring towns whose libraries were also made unusable by Sandy have moved to new buildings. Oceanport moved into the town’s community center in April, 2015 and Sea Bright reopened their library in an area rented from the United Methodist Church in July, 2015.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 13, 2015)–Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens got his 5,000 North American win Friday aboard the Richard Mandella-trained Catch a Flight in Santa Anita’s $58,000 allowance feature, as the Argentine-bred horse by Giant’s Causeway motored to a neck victory while covering       1 1/8 miles in 1:49.09.Stevens, a 51-year-old native of Caldwell, Idaho, who has also ridden full-time in England, France and Hong Kong, reached the 5,000 world-wide plateau in 2005, after which he retired from the saddle for seven years prior to returning to active duty at Santa Anita in January, 2013.A winner of three Kentucky Derbies, a record nine Santa Anita Derbies, four Santa Anita Handicaps and 10 Breeders’ Cup races, Stevens is considered one of Racing’s all-time greats–however his win Friday aboard 4-5 favorite Catch a Flight was not an easy one.“It’s very special,” said Stevens. “The owners, the trainers have been nice enough to put me on all these good horses through the years. It’s been a lot of hard work, a lot of fun and obviously, I love it or I wouldn’t be out there.”Group I stakes placed in Brazil, 5-year-old Catch a Flight was third, beaten 2 ½ lengths in his U.S. debut with Stevens, a one mile allowance on Jan. 19. Stretching out a furlong today, Catch a Flight rated kindly under Stevens and was a close fifth past the half mile pole, took command turning for home and had to call upon his class to hold off longshot Sammy Mandeville close home in a field of seven older horses.Catch a Flight paid $3.60, $2.60 and $2.40. Owned by Haras Santa Maria de Araras, Catch a Flight picked up his seventh win from 12 starts and with the winner’s share of $34,800, increased his earnings to $93,749–and quite possibly punched a ticket to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Handicap at a mile and a quarter on March 7.“We’ll keep an eye on it,” said Mandella in reference to the Big ‘Cap. “He should improve with this race and with added distance. I’m not sure we’ve seen his best race yet.”As for the margin of victory, Stevens explained that Catch a Flight has waited on other horses in the morning and that he wasn’t surprised when he appeared to do it again today.“In the mornings, any time a horse has come up and sort of challenged him, he’s done exactly what he did here,” said Stevens. “(Sammy Mandville) is never going to get by him, even galloping out, he never did get by him. I’m not sure this is even far enough for him…He handled this just fine and it was racehorse time, but he’s going to enjoy a little bit further, I think.“I worked him back in November and I didn’t even know he had conditions, but I said ‘This might be our Big ‘Cap horse.’ We’re all kind of thinking along the same lines, but we’ll see how he comes out of it…He’s definitely a Grade I type horse.”Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Sammy Mandeville sat a close third at the rail, just inside the winner past the half mile, swung four-wide turning for home and made the winner hustle late, although he never overtook him on the gallop-out into the Club House turn.Off at 8-1, Sammy Mandville finished 2 ¼ lengths in front of Motown Men and paid $5.60 and $4.40.Off at 30-1 with Felipe Valdez aboard, Motown Men paid $7.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.02, 46.86, 1:10.97 and 1:36.24.(Stevens, who became the 25th jockey to win 5,000 North American races, was joined in the Winner’s Circle by his wife, Angie and their 5-year-old daughter, Maddie. Stevens has won four Santa Anita Winter Meet titles and was leading rider three times at Santa Anita’s Oak Tree Meeting).First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. ARGENTINE-BRED TO BE CONSIDERED FOR GRADE I, $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA HANDICAP MARCH 7last_img read more

Fossil Non-Embryos Quench Cambrian Explosion Fuse

first_imgAlleged fossil animal embryos in Precambrian rock in China are not.  Last year (06/18/2006) and before, researchers found what looked like cleaved embryos in the strata under the Cambrian “explosion” layers.  Now, a paper in Nature reclassifies them as giant bacteria, not embryos.1    Some evolutionists had hoped the discovery of animal embryos would soften the explosion by pushing the origin of symmetrical body plans further back in time.  In a News and Views article in the same issue of Nature,2 Philip C. J. Donoghue (U of Bristol) termed this an “embryonic identity crisis” that deflates those hopes.  “The oldest known animal fossils, identified as eggs and embryos, had been expected to reveal secrets from a period of great evolutionary change,” he said.  “Will the latest theory about the fossils’ origins confound these hopes?”  Apparently so; he ended by admitting that evolutionists still have “overarching questions” about the timing and embryological basis of animal origins.  Finding that these structures are something less than embryos means the evolutionists are back at square one; “like all other theories about Precambrian animals, the classification of these fossils is far from resolved, even at the kingdom level.”1Bailey et al, “Evidence of giant sulphur bacteria in Neoproterozoic phosphorites,” Nature 445, 198-201 (11 January 2007) | doi:10.1038/nature05457.2Philip C. J. Donoghue, “Palaeontology: Embryonic identity crisis,” Nature 445, 155-156 (11 January 2007) | doi:10.1038/nature05520.Evolutionists have been on their own one-yard line since they took possession of the ball and got the referee to disqualify the other team.  Even with their overwhelming advantage, they have been moving one yard forward, one yard back for 146 years.  The crowds are getting restless.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

KZN kicks off 20 Years of Freedom celebrations

first_img11 March 2014 KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu, joined by leaders from various communities, released doves as a symbol of peace at the Mandela Capture Site in Howick on Monday to mark the official start of the province’s celebrations of South Africa’s 20 Years of Freedom. Mchunu also unveiled the symbolic 20 Years of Freedom Flame, which will criss-cross the province’s 11 districts over the coming months, with a series of activities been lined up in each district to welcome the flame. “It is impossible to talk about Tata Madiba’s vote in the first ever democratic elections in his lifetime without referring to KwaZulu-Natal,” Mchunu said at the unveiling: “The unpleasant fact is that at any mention of apartheid, the people of KwaZulu-Natal remember a period of great cruelty, the torture and killing of political activists, the break-up of families and the suffering of orphans and widows. “In sharp contrast, at any mention of Tata Nelson Mandela, the faces of the people of KwaZulu-Natal lighten up, as he represents the end of suffering and hope for a better future.” Mchunu said Mandela understood the suffering of the people of KwaZulu-Natal under apartheid, and would often travel to the then Natal province to meet with ordinary community members, political activists and leaders of the African National Congress (ANC). Mchunu urged the province to “hold each other’s hands and embrace this freedom, reconciliation, acceptance and respect for all communities. “Respect for human rights must be the new culture of our new South African nation. Let no one take away your right to be free and enjoy the fruit of this democracy. Let us work hard together to create this positive future for our children.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Quickly Turn Your Blog Into an Android App with Feed.nu

first_imgRelated Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … You can blog directly into the Feed.nu interface (it’s simply a hosted WordPress blog), and edit your posts there, should you choose. As it’s based on your RSS feed, the app will update as you update your blog.It’s still in beta, but it’s a fully-functioning beta, so check it out. Looking for a quick and easy way to get an app into the Android Market, but don’t have the time, skills, or money to develop one? Feed.nu can help.The site offers a way for you to make your own app, ready for the Market, in just a few minutes. Once you sign up for a Feed.nu account and upload your feed info, you’re able to download a .apk that you can, in turn, upload to the Android Market. That step requires an Android Market developer account (and that will set you back $25), and honestly, it seems to take more time to get your screenshots and high-resolution icons in order for the Market application and upload than it does to actually use the Feed.nu tool. audrey watters Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#mobile#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

World Cup 2011: Bookies expect India to stem Aussie tide

first_imgThe stage is set at the Sardar Patel Stadium on Thursday for the mother of all cricketing battles.Perhaps the most closelycontested rivalry of the 2000s will be back in its full glory, this time with a berth in the World Cup semi-finals at stake, when India take on Australia here.Bookmakers across the world certainly seem to think that India have a distinct advantage, as even a cursory look at the odds would reveal. While British bookmaker Ladbrokes has given India short odds of 8/ 13, the odds in favour of Australia are longer at 5/ 4. Another UK- based bookmaker, Bet365 , is giving odds of 4/ 6 to India and 6/ 5 to Australia, while even Australian bookies Sportingbet Australia are favouring India with 1.70 as against 2.15.Click here to EnlargeEven as odds-on favourites, India will have their task cut out in defeating the four- time world champions, whom they haven’t beaten in the quadrennial mega event since 1987. In the build- up to the knock- out phase, both teams have had their share of problems, and the emphasis will undoubtedly be on addressing these issues in the win- or- go- home situation. But the deafening roar of the Motera crowd firmly behind the home side and the spin- friendly nature of the wicket might just be the reason why the bookies are favouring India so heavily.The wicket, as is the norm at this venue, is expected to be tilted heavily in the favour of the batsmen, with only a little bit of turn available for the spinners later in the day. India will certainly be hoping to have first use of the pitch, since chasing a score against Australia’s threepronged pace attack could be the tougher task.advertisementClick here to EnlargeThe one major question- mark for India is the continued uncertainty over Virender Sehwag’s fitness. Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni indicated in his pre- match press conference that the opener was not 100 per cent fit. ” We will take a call either after the day’s training or probably tomorrow before the match,” Dhoni said on Wednesday.Sehwag missed India’s last league encounter against the West Indies due to an allergic reaction around his knee but practised on Wednesday.However, one man who will take the field will be the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, as will Ricky Ponting for Australia, pitting the two greatest batsmen of their generation against each other possibly for the last time at the grandest stage of them all.Yusuf Pathan is probably the only doubtful starter among Indian batsmen, given his string of failures in the group matches, but is likely to retain his place ahead of Suresh Raina for his power- hitting.Neither side has been able to dominate its opponents despite being in positions of strength so far, with India suffering from three batting collapses and the expected bowling and fielding woes.The Indian pace attack has relied completely on Zaheer Khan and the management would think twice before tinkering with the two pacers- and- two spinners combination.After all, in the last match against the West Indies, Ravichandran Ashwin justified calls of his inclusion into the XI with a tight spell of wicket- to- wicket bowling.The lanky spinner bowled his first eight overs on the trot until the 16th, indicating that Dhoni has his man ready for the powerplays, especially considering how much the Aussies have struggled early on against spin.Captain Ponting’s seemingly unending run of poor form with the bat is what must be giving them sleepless nights. Shane Watson and Michael Hussey will shoulder the majority of the burden in the top and middle- order, but someone like Michael Clarke, a good player of spin with a great record in India, can never be discounted.The biggest worry for Australia will be their back- up bowlers.Spinners Jason Krejza and Steve Smith haven’t had much impact on any opposition so far, and they may opt to bring in David Hussey for the out- of- form Cameron White, since he gives them an extra slow bowling option.last_img read more

9 months ago​Nottingham Forest appoint O’Neill; Keane could join as no.2

first_img​Nottingham Forest appoint O’Neill; Keane could join as no.2by Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNottingham Forest have turned to an old boy in the hopes of rediscovering past glories.Martin O’Neill, who played for them for ten years under Brian Clough, is their new manager.The former Celtic and Republic of Ireland boss will take over immediately after Aitor Karanka departed.Forest are 9th in the Championship table as it stands.They are four points off the last playoff spot, which is currently held by Derby County.It is possible that Roy Keane will join O’Neill at Forest as assistant manager once again, according to the Mirror. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Pak answered Indias aggression with responsibility Alvi

first_imgIslamabad: Amid vociferous protests by opposition members, Pakistan President Arif Alvi told Parliament that Islamabad has always answered India’s aggression with “responsibility” and that Kulbhushan Jadhav’s presence in Pakistan is evidence that India has always sponsored terrorism in their country. With opposition members shouting “Kashmir ka sauda namanzoor, Selected government namanzoor”, almost drowning out his speech, Alvi on Thursday also warned the international community that “any negligence” in countering alleged genocide in Kashmir “will pose a serious threat to international peace”. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “We have always answered India’s aggression with responsibility in a bid to ease the already volatile situation. When India violated Pakistan’s airspace [in February this year], the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) responded with great valour and showed the military forces’ operational preparedness to India,” he said. He said Kulbhushan Jadhav’s presence in Pakistan is evidence that India has always sponsored terrorism on Pakistani soil. “He has confessed that he is a serving officer and was sent to ignite tensions in Balochistan,” Alvi added. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Alvi said that “a Hindu extremist mindset had taken over India” and the world would have to confront these fascist policies. He alleged that the “religious extremism of the RSS was fast reshaping the face of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru’s India and had made the lives of minorities and moderates of India unsafe”. He claimed that the geographical significance of Pakistan has focused the world’s attention on it. “Pakistan is world’s seventh and Muslim world’s first nuclear power. Our nuclear assets are a deterrent to the aggressive designs of our enemies,” he said. He blamed “certain bad decisions” taken in the past as responsible for “the curse of terrorism” in the country. Opposition members kept shouting anti-government slogans throughout his speech, and even tore papers and threw them in the air. They also blocked Alvi’s vision with placards inscribed with slogans like “Kashmir ka sauda namanzoor” (No deal acceptable on Kashmir).last_img read more