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Streaking Jazz make sweet music coming out of All-Star break

first_imgUK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer FILE – In this Feb. 12, 2018, file photo, Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) celebrates as he runs off the court following their NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, in Salt Lake City. As the season picks back up following the All-Star break, the Jazz are riding an 11-game winning streak. They’re currently part of a tightly-clustered group Western Conference teams that are vying for playoff position with some two months left in the regular season. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)PORTLAND, Ore. — A few weeks ago, it appeared the Utah Jazz might be headed to the draft lottery. Those around the NBA weren’t buying it.“They’ve got some good players, so I don’t think anybody was surprised they fought their way back in,” Portland guard Damian Lillard said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Man City’s quadruple bid ends in shock FA Cup loss to Wigan Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi Citycenter_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed As the season picks back up following the All-Star break, the Jazz are riding an 11-game winning streak. They are part of a tight cluster of Western Conference teams vying for playoff position with some two months left in the regular season.It’s been quite a rise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkUtah’s last loss was back on Jan. 22. The Jazz fell to 19-28 after losing 104-90 to Atlanta and were 18 games behind the conference-leading Warriors.“There were times where we kind of looked like we didn’t want to play, myself included,” Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell said after the loss to the Hawks, who are last in the Eastern Conference. “That’s not us. That’s not our identity.” “I think he should be rookie of the year for sure, not just because of his numbers but his impact on their team,” Lillard said. “He’s basically leading them and it’s special to see a rookie be able to do what he’s doing out there.”Over All-Star weekend, Mitchell won the slam dunk contest.The Jazz also made an important addition with Jae Crowder, acquired in a three-team trade from the Cavaliers at trade deadline. Crowder’s father, Corey, played for the Jazz in the 1991-92 season.In three games with the Jazz, Crowder has averaged 14.7 points and five rebounds and seems to have a new outlook with his new team.“These guys, they welcomed me right when I walked through the door. And playing with them is very, very, very fun,” he said following his debut.The Jazz resume play Thursday, at home against Portland. Coach Quin Snyder was asked whether the All-Star break came at a good time for the Jazz.“There’s two schools of thought, right? Let’s get the rest, and get recharged. And then there’s well, we’ve got a rhythm. We don’t want to lose the rhythm, let’s keep playing,” Snyder said. “I’d like us to do both.” MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rudy Gobert stressed it would be a painful road “until we start playing more physical and being more focused on what we have to do, individually and collectively.”Turns out the loss was a turning point of sorts. The resolve started the very next game with a 98-95 overtime win at Detroit. Along the way the Jazz beat the East’s top team, Toronto, on the road, and had victories over the Warriors and the Spurs. They downed Portland 115-96, ending the Blazers’ nine-game winning streak at home.“Everything is coming to fruition,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said about the Jazz. “They believe in the system. It takes awhile to put a system in. You have to have players of character who will understand it and execute it.”The Jazz rolled into the All-Star break with a 107-97 victory at home over Phoenix last Tuesday.Mitchell has been key, leading the team with an average of 24 points and four rebounds over the 11-game streak. For his rookie season, he has averaged 19.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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first_imgA large protest rally is expected in Buncrana this Sunday against the proposed water charges.A large protest is expected in Inishowen this weekend against water charges.The protest has been organised by Sinn Fein and members of the public have been invited to voice their protests.Local SF Chairman, Ciaran McLaughlin said local party members will hold a number of protests against the imposition of water charges this Sunday 28th September at the Eddie Fullerton Dam, Illies at 2pm and later at the Market Square, Buncrana at 3pm. Mr McLaughlin said “Sinn Féin will continue to campaign against water charges and stand with those who oppose this unfair tax.“We opposed the establishment of Irish Water/ Uisce Eireann. We believe the money currently being spent on installing water meters should be re-directed into improving the antiquated water infrastructure, which is losing up to 40% of water in Donegal as a result of leaks”.“Water is a basic human right. Charging twice for water is wrong and Sinn Féin will resist it in Donegal and the rest of the 26 Counties as we did in the north. This is an issue which we will continue to be vocal on in local councils and in the Dáil.He added that sadly, this Government have thrown huge amounts of public money at Irish Water. They have received: · €450 million from the National Pension Reserve Fund to install meters· €600 million from the motor tax fund· €240 million from the last budget· €400 million from the Local Property Tax· Tens of millions of euro of public money spent on private consultants He continued “Fine Gael and Labour don’t have a clue. They have no idea what it is like for the vast majority of families out there who are struggling to survive. Many are living on less than €10 a week after bills are paid, they cannot afford to pay hundreds of euro a year for water.“Sinn Féin has made our position clear. We are opposed to water charges and we will reverse them in government. We have a strong track record on this issue. It was Sinn Féin Minister Conor Murphy who blocked domestic water charges in the North.“There is no acceptable reason for water charges. The government has a choice. They can either continue to help those at the top or they can ease the burden on struggling families. Sinn Féin has produced detailed costed proposals to prove there is an alternative to water charges.”Meanwhile Donegal Sinn Féin TDs Pearse Doherty and Pádraig Mac Lochlainn have stated that Sinn Féin in government will scrap water charges. They added that the public already pay for water through general taxation and that it is deeply unfair to heap the charge onto the shoulders of ordinary people who have borne the cost of austerity.They were speaking after the launch of Sinn Fein’s vision for water services today.The two local Deputies said “Sinn Féin in government will reverse water charges. These charges will only cause further hardship for families already struggling to make ends meet.“Bills for domestic water use will be issued from January in respect of the last quarter of this year. Effectively, the government will start double-charging households for water from the start of next month.“The average charge will be around €280. It beggars belief that this Government thinks that people can absorb yet another stealth tax for what is an essential service.“Water should be paid for through exchequer funding, non-domestic water charges, and the Local Government Fund. Sinn Fein would stop the roll-out of metering and invest in our water infrastructure by redirecting €539m from the national pension reserve fund towards a capital investment programme. This would include fixing the massive leakage problem and interruption to supply across the state”.BUNCRANA TO HOST PUBLIC PROTEST AGAINST WATER CHARGES was last modified: September 26th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:InishowenSinn Feinwater chargeslast_img read more

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Key Step in Origin of Life Declared

first_imgThe popular “RNA World” scenario for the origin of life has long suffered from a big hurdle: the implausibility of getting the key components of RNA building blocks, called nucleotides, from joining together.  Each nucleotide requires a ribose sugar, a pyrimidine base, and a phosphate group.  Now, a team publishing in Nature tried a new approach and got it to work.1  Long-time origin of life researcher Jack Szostak calls it “one of the great advances in prebiotic chemistry.”2  New Scientist announced the success with the headline, “Molecule of life emerges from laboratory slime.”    OK, what really happened?  Powner et al bypassed the usual approach of trying to synthesize ribose and pyrimidine separately and then getting them to link up spontaneously – a seemingly insurmountable hurdle (see, for instance, 11/05/2004).  Instead, they introduced phosphate early and found that the two building blocks could grow up together from a compound called 2-aminooxazole through a series of “plausible intermediates” (that is, chemicals that might form naturally).  Then, they found that a gentle bath of UV radiation preserved the desired products while destroying the zoo of cross-reactions that normally cloud the astrobiologist’s flasks with tarry gunk.    Szostak [Howard Hughes Medical Institute] said that researchers had been about to give up on RNA because its parts fail to link up naturally.  “The idea that a molecule as complex as RNA could have assembled spontaneously has therefore been viewed with increasing scepticism,” he wrote for Nature’s review of the paper.  “This has led to a search for alternative, simpler genetic polymers that might have preceded RNA in the early history of life.”But Powner et al. revive the prospects of the ‘RNA first’ model by exploring a pathway for pyrimidine ribonucleotide synthesis in which the sugar and nucleobase emerge from a common precursor (Fig. 1b).  In this pathway, the complete ribonucleotide structure forms without using free sugar and nucleobase molecules as intermediates.  This central insight, combined with a series of additional innovations, provides a remarkably efficient solution to the problem of prebiotic ribonucleotide synthesis.Bad luck with tarry gunk by previous researchers led them to keep the synthesis of ribose and pyrimidine separate, else they got a nasty surprise: a “chemical combinatorial explosion: the synthesis of millions of different organic compounds, of which the desired biological precursor molecules would be a vanishingly small fraction.”  Many of these competed for resources and linked onto the desired molecules.  Powner’s group found that phosphate and UV prevent the gumming up of the works.  The UV light acts like a cleaner but doesn’t harm the RNA reactants.    How realistic is this for the early earth?  The authors’ diagram includes 13 reaction steps and as many required molecules.  Szostak realizes it is only a start:Of course, much remains to be done.  We must now try to determine how the various starting materials could have accumulated in a relatively pure and concentrated form in local environments on early Earth.  Furthermore, although Powner and colleagues’ synthetic sequence yields the pyrimidine ribonucleotides, it cannot explain how purine ribonucleotides (which incorporate guanine and adenine) might have formed.  But it is precisely because this work opens up so many new directions for research that it will stand for years as one of the great advances in prebiotic chemistry.Additional questions remain: how did the nucleotide sugars become one-handed?  How did they link together into chains?  What was the origin of the genetic code?  But at least one huge hurdle has been surmounted, it seems.  Surprisingly, Astrobiology Magazine said nothing about this (yet).  New Scientist was one of the few mentioning it.  That article quoted another origin-of-life researcher saying, “It’s a great leap forward that demonstrates how prebiotic RNA molecules may have assembled spontaneously from simple and presumably relatively abundant constituents.”1.  Powner, Gerland and Sutherland, “Synthesis of activated pyrimidine ribonucleotides in prebiotically plausible conditions,” Nature 459, 239-242 (14 May 2009) | doi:10.1038/nature08013.2.  Jack W. Szostak, “Origins of life: Systems chemistry on early Earth,” Nature 459, 171-172 (14 May 2009) | doi:10.1038/459171a.We do try to be charitable to the evolutionists.  We let their own Darwin Party colleagues congratulate each other before turning the lights on.  Cornelius Hunter, an intelligent-design scientist with a PhD in biochemistry, was also charitable on his blog Darwin’s God, but had to state that abiogenesis is one of the “silliest of all the icons of evolution.”  He said that “The bad news for evolutionists is that this finding does nothing to mitigate enormous problems with the whole idea of abiogenesis,” even though this finding “does improve the picture slightly”.  Some of the big problems that remain are chirality (the handedness of the molecules), the implausibility of believing the required molecules could have been concentrated in their pure form, and the ordering of the building blocks into a meaningful sequence (the “configurational entropy” problem described in detail in The Mystery of Life’s Origin by Thaxton, Bradley and Olsen).    In addition, the usual criticisms can be brought to bear about the experimental approach: investigator interference, and the fine-tuning of conditions for a predetermined goal.  Is this not really a lesson on intelligent design?  “Prebiotic” molecules could not have cared less about forming life, because molecules cannot care at all.  Another criticism is that “plausibility” is a subjective criterion.  However plausible this sequence appears to the authors, it flies in the face of approaches by others who seek the origin of life at deep sea vents or deep in the earth (e.g., Michael Russell, 12/03/2004).  Those researchers are likely to find this paper highly implausible.    More importantly, the building blocks are not the main issue.  Give the evolutionists an ocean full of nucleotides and proteins, and they will still not have life.  This can be shown by a simple experiment.  In The Case for a Creator, Jonathan Wells describes an experiment a high school student could do.  Take a living cell in a test tube, poke it, and let the ingredients all leak out.  Now, you have a confined space with all the ingredients for life present – because they were once part of a living cell.  The situation is far more ideal than the primordial soup the Darwinist chefs keep trying to cook up.  In the test tube, the ingredients are all one-handed and in the proportions required.  But does anyone believe for a minute that these building blocks will spontaneously reassemble into another living cell?  Dr. A. E. Wilder-Smith described another simple home experiment.  A sardine can has all the ingredients for life, because the sardines were once alive.  If anyone suspected that life would spontaneously re-emerge from the building blocks in a sardine can, he argued, the whole food industry would be cast into a panic.  The FDA and the USDA all depend on abiogenesis not being true.  If you had to worry that unknown life-forms would spontaneously evolve under perfect conditions in canned goods, even if only once in a million times, you could not trust the cans on your shelf.  But insert the information for life into that same sardine can, like one cell of E. coli, and the can will nearly burst with life in a matter of hours.  Thank God spontaneous generation is false (as Pasteur proved).    But can’t the evolutionists argue that their “scientific approach” is slowly eroding the gaps in our knowledge?  Isn’t intelligent design a “god-of-the-gaps” argument that brings science to a halt?  Isn’t it better to keep chipping away at the unknowns by the scientific method?  If you are unable to answer this question, you need to do some homework.  First, review the arguments of two giants of origin-of-life research whose arguments falsified each other, Robert Shapiro (02/15/2007) and Leslie Orgel (01/26/2008).  Then see whether any (if any) of the problems in the RNA World scenario outlined by Gerald Joyce in the 07/11/2002 entry are solved by this announcement (#6, perhaps?).  Then read a couple of penetrating articles by creationist writers about filling gaps with stories: one about terms as place-holders for ignorance on BreakPoint by Regis Nicoll, and one on God-of-the-gaps on by Lael Weinberger (don’t miss some of the best material in the footnotes).  Sorry for the homework assignment, but no good teacher does all the thinking for the student.(Visited 46 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Sudan vote boosts airline industry

first_imgKenya Airways is experiencing a growth in the number of its passengers from Nairobi to Juba in Southern Sudan because of the referendum taking place there.(Image: Flickr) Although it’s been less than a year since Kenya Airways introduced daily flights to Juba, the capital of Southern Sudan, business is booming for the East African nation’s carrier as passengers flock to vote or observe the referendum currently on the go there. At the time of the launch of the two daily flights to Juba in June 2010, Kenya Airways MD and CEO Dr Titus Naikuni, said: “Juba has become one of the important economic hubs of Southern Sudan and Africa.“Kenya Airways is synonymous with contributing to sustainable development across Africa and we envisage providing a seamless connection of service to all passengers travelling in and out of Juba for business and development opportunities,” he added.Vice-president of Southern Sudan, Dr Riek Machar, said: “The launching of flights to Southern Sudan by the airline marked an important milestone for us as it will help connect our region with the rest of Africa as well as the international network that Kenya Airways serves.”In the weeks leading up to the referendum and since it kicked off on 9 January 2011, the airline has experienced a vast increase in the number of passengers flying from Nairobi to Juba.The route usually records an average of 5 800 passengers a month, but this has now grown to more than 8 000 – a figure that is expected to last until the results of the referendum are announced in February.The Kenyan national carrier said while its occupancy rate had been at 60% since it entered the market with the new route, “business to Juba is now brisk with near full flights”.Other airlines that have experienced a similar increase in their passenger numbers for the Juba route are Jetlink, Astral Aviation and Fly 540.Bolstering trade“Aviation transport is a key element in the enhancement of trade and I believe that the introduction of these regular flights will enhance the trading activity between us,” Kenya’s Minister of Trade, Amos Kimunya, said at the time of the launch.With Kenya and Southern Sudan sharing a border, there has also been talk of establishing a railway link between the two countries.The link will mean that most of the goods from Kenya’s port in Mombasa will be able to go directly to Southern Sudan without bypassing Uganda, which is the current trade route. The proposed new development is called the Rift Valley Railways concession.“Kenya has always had a special relationship with Southern Sudan. Besides being a guarantor of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, it has been a neighbour which has hosted a large population of Sudanese refugees and given them a platform to access the rest of the world,” said International Centre for Policy and Conflict executive director Ndung’u Wainaina.“As East Africa’s economic powerhouse, Kenya stands to benefit from the emergence of a large new market in South Sudan and major infrastructure that the country will need to engage commercially with the world, including oil exportation,” the International Crisis Group added.Asian powers keen to invest in Southern Sudan include Japan and China.Predictions point to landmark splitWith the Sudanese referendum ending on 15 January 2011, attendance at polling stations has already surpassed the 60% mark.The predicted outcome of the vote will see the north and south regions splitting and an autonomous Southern Sudan emerging as a new state on the continent.The referendum follows the Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 2005, which ended a two-decades-long war between the mostly Muslim north and Christian south.Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has vowed to recognise Southern Sudan as an independent state if the outcome of the vote suggests such.On a recent visit to the south, al-Bashir said: “”Imposing unity by force doesn’t work … We want unity between the north and the south, but this doesn’t mean opposing the desire of the southern citizen.”The Carter Centre, established by former US president Jimmy Carter, and the African Union have sent officials to Southern Sudan to promote a peaceful and credible vote.Other recent high-profile visitors to the region have been former South African president Thabo Mbeki and Hollywood actor George Clooney, who has launched a hi-tech project to monitor the situation therelast_img read more

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South Africa’s global reputation ‘steady’

first_img Most countries displayed a “remarkable stability”, the report says. The notable exception is Spain, which has struggled to emerge from its debt crisis.BRICS block Brazil (20) is the only country in the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) grouping to appear in the index’s “second tier”, rising incrementally between 2008 and 2011, but cooling slightly in the post-Lula da Silva era. Russia’s reputation is described as “noticeably volatile”, due in large part to the country’s governance positions. It is ranked 22nd. China’s ranking at 23 was affected by “noticeable losses on their investment appeal”, reflecting a trend across the world, Anholt said. India at 31 has experienced “considerable downward movements” between the last two readings, the report notes.South African success South Africa is the “strongest performer” of the nine countries selected to represent the Middle East and Africa. Nation Brands Index – Middle East and Africa: South Africans provided high rankings in the people, tourism and culture categories, but were more critical about areas such as governance and immigration/investment. The latter refers to a country’s ability to attract talent and capital, its economic prosperity, equal opportunity, and the perception that it is a place with a high quality of life. The country’s economic and business conditions are also measured.Bridging the gap The report notes that there remains a large gap between the top 20 nations (the “haves”) and the bottom 30 (the “have-nots”) when it comes to investment/immigration, the pillar that focuses on growth potential. “Developed nations still command the respect of the world when it comes to education quality, social equality, strong businesses and the overall quality of life,” the report says. The lower-ranked nations also lag when it comes to science contribution, creativity and quality products, scoring, on average, 15 points below the leading nations of the top 20. “Their governments, too, fall a distance behind the leading nations, scoring an average of over 14 points below,” the report notes. South Africa weakest score is in the area of governance, although it outdoes its BRICS partners India and China in this category.Tourism, culture, people The cultural reputation of a nation is considered to be among the most volatile of all indices, but South Africa’s standing in the culture category remains its strongest asset – the country is ranked 27th, up from 28 last year. South Africa slipped slightly to 34th in the people category, which measures people’s friendliness by whether respondents would feel welcome when visiting the country. South Africa’s rank of 34 for tourism is the same as the past two years.Selecting the countries The list of 50 nations is based on their political and economic importance in global geopolitics and the flow of trade, businesses, people and tourism activities. Regional representation and the diversity of political and economic systems are also taken into consideration. SAinfo reporter and South Africa: 36Egypt: 41United Arab Emirates: 40Saudi Arabia: 45Qatar: 46Kenya: 47Botswana: 48Nigeria: 49Iran: 50center_img 18 November 2013 South Africa’s global reputation has held steady in this year’s Anholt-GfK Roper Nation Brands Index, an annual survey of 50 countries regarded as playing important roles in international relations, trade and flow of business, and cultural and tourism activities. South Africa maintained its 36th position in the latest survey, which was released on Thursday with Botswana entering the rankings for the first time at 48, just ahead of Nigeria and Iran. For the survey, opinions from nearly 20 500 people in 20 core panel countries – one of which is South Africa – are polled online. The respondents rate 50 countries on questions in six categories: exports, governance, culture, people, tourism and immigration/investment. The index measures the power and appeal of each country’s “brand image” by examining its competence in these categories. The 2013 study found that South Africa was outperforming its counterparts in Africa and the Middle East in terms of reputation. Good news “Coming in the wake of the South Africa’s inaugural Competitiveness Forum, the 2013 Nation Brands Index results are very good news for South Africa,” Miller Motola, chief executive of Brand South Africa, said in a statement on Friday. “The National Development Plan is a strong plan, which, if implemented, will see us make strong gains in the important categories of governance and immigration and investment. We are already on track to achieve those goals, as set out in Vision 2030,” Matola said. While South Africa’s rankings have remained unchanged in exports (37), governance (40), tourism (34) and immigration/investment (38), its improvement in the culture pillar to 27 was “fitting”, Matola said, “since we are proud of our history and diversity and this is one of our greatest strengths”. Although South Africa showed a slight decline in the “people” pillar to 34, this trend was evidenced across most of the 50 polled nations. South Africa’s stable position as a nation brand is important because the way a country is perceived can make a significant difference to the success of its business, trade and tourism efforts, as well as its diplomatic and cultural relations with other nations.Top achievers The average scores attained by the study’s top 10 remains “virtually identical” to what they were in 2008, the report says. The US retains its top spot as the nation with the best overall reputation for the fourth year in a row. Voted as the most attractive country for immigration and investment for the fourth year running, the US’s position may be under threat as its score has shown one of the biggest falls of any nation since last year, the study’s founder, Simon Anholt, said in a statement. The survey’s top 10 for 2013 are:The United StatesGermanyThe UKFranceCanadaJapanItalySwitzerlandAustraliaSwedenlast_img read more

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DONKEY KACHE — Geocache of the Week

first_imgDONKEY KACHE Geocache of the WeekOh yeah, geocachers — it’s on like Donkey Kong!We’re taking it back to old skool like an old fool with a Geocache of the Week that combines the retro-arcade fun of Donkey Kong with another, like, totally rad hobby: geocaching!Like, totally rad!Remember Mario, the love-sick plumber who tirelessly climbed ladders and jumped barrels to rescue his beloved Pauline from the clutches of a very angry gorilla? Almost 40 years after the original Donkey Kong video game was released, cache owner CacheDweeb created a gadget cache to make any OG geocacher say, Whoa, dude. That’s like, totally rad!Cache owner DweebCacher creates his gadget caches in his own workroomGotta make sure it works!The cache is patterned after claw machine games still seen in malls. The object is to pick up a marble from the bottom of the cache with a magnet (attached to a string), and bring it to the top. Holes in each tier allow the string, magnet, and marble to pass through until the marble is brought all the way up. When the string is pulled, the marble is released then falls into a hole inside the cache. This triggers a lever that pushes open a drawer containing the log.It’s onThis cache typically takes about 5-10 minutes of playing to get the magnet to the bottom, grab the marble, bring it to the top, then release it to open the cache drawer.Clever gadget arcade cacheCacheDweeb came up with the idea through the private Gadget Cache Builders group of which he’s a member. Similar to magician’s oath to protect trade secrets, this group keeps things hush-hush to avoid spoilers. However, they do share their skills, experience, friendship, and love of geocaching with each other.An ominous note to Mario from Donkey Kong 😉All of his hides are gadget caches and he also belongs to the C-Mass Geofest committee who work with the Sturbridge, Massachusetts Tourist Association and local Chamber of Commerce.Sometimes friends visitBut wait, there’s more. This CO recently figured out how easy it is to add sounds to gadget caches, so now Donkey Kong video game music plays when the door to this cache is opened. Righteous! He hopes that will put a smile on peoples faces and bring people back to happy memories of their childhood. And that, geocachers, is gnarly.Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More Difficulty:2.5Terrain:1.5 Location:Massachusetts, United StatesN 42° 06.581′ W 072° 04.198’35 TraditionalGC79VAXby CacheDweeb SharePrint RelatedA peek into a secret cache building society: Interview with cache owner CacheDweebDecember 20, 2018In “Community”Horka Pumpenhaus — Geocache of the WeekNovember 23, 2016In “Community”Een kijkje bij een geheim cachebouwgenootschap: Interview met cache-eigenaar CacheDweebFebruary 5, 2019In “Nederlands”last_img read more

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Under threat, can’t return: Modi to ED

first_imgFormer IPL commissioner Lalit Modi is learnt to have told the Enforcement Directorate (ED) that he faces a threat to life and cannot return to India.In a letter to ED Assistant Director D.K. Sinha on October 12, available with Headlines Today, Modi said he had received an email from an unknown source threatening him with dire consequences.The letter said the Mumbai Police had intercepted communication that indicated that the underworld had plans to assassinate Modi.Modi said he had been advised to stay away from India as long as the threat remained.Modi’s lawyers have responded to the ED’s summons, attaching the detailed correspondence between him and the policelast_img read more

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Gilas Pilipinas headed to Spain for Fiba World Cup build up

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio submitted the national team’s itinerary before the PBA Board on Thursday at the league’s office in Libis, Quezon City.Gilas will play in a pocket tournament that features World Cup-bound teams Spain, the world’s no.2 team, and Ivory Coast, the 64th team in the World, and also world no. 82 Congo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Philippines are no.31 in the world and is the fourth-ranked country in the Fiba Asia region.Gilas’ trip to Spain, though, is still being finalized since it will follow the rescheduling of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup. LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFPcenter_img MOST READ View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war The SBP initially eyed a training camp either in Spain or Russia, but they chose to go with the peninsular country’s offer since the Russian Basketball Federation could only bid one tune-up game.“It fell through [the Russian training camp] since it’s only one game that they are committing to us,” said Panlilio.The Fiba World Cup is set from August 31 to Sept. 15 in Foshan, China.ADVERTISEMENT MANILA, Philippines—Gilas Pilipinas is set for a training camp in Spain ahead of the 2019 Fiba World Cup in China.ADVERTISEMENT Analysis: Why the Warriors will win the NBA Finals DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewlast_img read more

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India’s Davis Cup Tie Against Pakistan Postponed to November Under ‘Exceptional Circumstance’

first_img aitaAll India Tennis Associationdavis cupIndia First Published: August 22, 2019, 8:56 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New Delhi: India’s Davis Cup match against Pakistan was on Thursday postponed to November after a security review by the International Tennis Federation.The tie was to be held in Islamabad on September 14-15. The ITF said it was postponing the tie under “exceptional circumstance”.”Following an in-depth security review of the current situation in Pakistan by independent expert security advisors, the Davis Cup Committee has taken the decision to postpone the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group I tie between Pakistan and India in Islamabad, due to be played on 14-15 September,” the ITF said in the statement.”The Committee concluded that this is an exceptional circumstance while the first priority of the ITF is the safety and security of athletes, officials and spectators,” it added.The ITF said the tie has been rescheduled for November, with the exact dates to be confirmed by the Committee no later than September 9.”The ITF will continue to monitor the situation in Pakistan and the Davis Cup Committee will re-convene to re-examine the security situation in advance of the tie,” the world body said. last_img read more

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Rio Olympics 2016: Brazil name 462-strong Olympic squad

first_imgBrazil will field 462 participants at next month’s Rio Olympics, its largest ever Games squad, local officials have said.The number could increase, pending wildcard entries for athletics and changes to the tennis draw, the Brazilian Olympic Committee said on Monday, reports Xinhua.The squad includes 253 men and 209 women, in addition to 344 coaches, medical staff and team officials.Previously, the largest Brazilian squad at the Olympics was 277 at the Beijing Games in 2008. At the 2012 London Olympics, Brazil fielded 259 sportspersons.Track and field will have the largest number of Brazilian competitors at 67, followed by football (36) and swimming (33).Members of the host nation’s squad will begin arriving at the athletes’ village next Sunday (June 24). (Also read: Rio Olympics: Salman Khan, AR Rahman highlight IOA’s contingent send-off)Women’s hockey is the only event in which Brazil will not field a team, due to the country’s inability to meet minimum criteria for the sport.last_img read more

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