first_imgWe raise the mainsail with one reef in it, anticipating the strength of 25 knots as we tack our way up the Sir Francis Drake Channel into a strong current.The moment I cut the engine off, it takes a minute for the throbbing echo to stop resounding in my ears. I’m tempted to call what follows silence, and for a minute all seems quiet.I listen closer. I pick up on subtle noises all around me. The sound of the wind filling the sails, blowing the lose lines, rattling against the mast or shrouds. There’s the boat pounding over swell and slamming down into the trough of a wave, like a loud smack. The dinghy slices the sailboat’s wake.The wind and water creates a complicated song that I can finally hear without the dull drone of the engine, giving me clues on how to trim the mainsail and steer the boat. I feel gusts on my face or ears before I see it on the water.I flirt with the edge, steering into the wind and asking Sarah to sheet in the main tight over the boom, trying to reach Virgin Gorda in something closer to a straight line than zig-zagging at ninety degree angles.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe prepare to tack and I drive the wheel hard to starboard, but with the main reefed, the Kazejin is no match for the strong current. The bow points into the wind and then gets blown back to the port side.“Raise the jib,” I call out to Sarah. My voice sounds frayed and frantic even to my own ears. Sarah cranks in the jib sheet and I release the furling line, and the jib fills with air, powering up Kazejin and the boat heels over until the rails skim the water’s surface.Tobin’s curled up in the cabin, tucked up in a ball taking a nap. Sarah and Maya shift their weight to starboard, but the Kazejin stays leaned over.We finally have enough speed to power through a tack. I steer into the wind and let out on the jib so Sarah can pull it in on the starboard side.I get in a zone of feeling the wind, steering closer upwind when I feel a gust, readjusting for the swell. Everything else falls away. Sailing requires constant movement, studying the sails, letting them out or sheeting them in, shifting my weight to balance my body on the tilted floorboards.It’s just the wind, swell, Sarah and I, sailing.Hours pass like that. Tacking into the wind, reading the chart and making sure we know which islands we pass. As we get closer to Virgin Gorda, we point north on a beam reach. The boat settles flatter and we stay on the same point of sail for the rest of the way.Tobin pokes his head up the companionway. My heart swells with the sight of his smile. He’s been out of my mind during the intensity of tacking upwind, but now seeing him the experience feels richer, somehow deeper._MG_1499Tobin helps me steer and I smile up at the sun, soaking up the abundance of the moment. I am the luckiest woman in the world to have these worlds overlap, that I can coexist as a mama and still get sideways.[divider]More from Mountain Mama[/divider]last_img read more

first_img Almost 180 golf clubs have signed up with one of England Golf’s Preferred Partners in the last year and made total savings of over £400,000.With the support of the purchasing alliance, Golf Management Group (GMG), clubs have made significant economies, particularly in the costs of electricity, food, gas and waste disposal.The partnership between England Golf and GMG began 12 months ago, offering clubs free membership for a year. By joining, clubs could get significant discounts as a result of using collective purchasing power.Membership of GMG also provides access to teams of experts who look at a club’s expenditure and report back on potential savings in key areas such as energy, insurance and food and beverage. In addition they can use Contracts-Manager, an online tool designed to manage all service and utilities contracts.Iain Lancaster, England Golf Club Support Manager, commented: “We’ve been delighted by the way clubs have embraced this opportunity to make considerable savings and benefit their businesses.“This partnership is just one way in which we can give real support to our 1900 affiliated clubs and we look forward to many more of them taking advantage of this offer.”Among the clubs to benefit are:The Royal St George’s Golf Club, Kent. The Open venue has made significant savings on its insurance as well as other economies on waste disposal and energy supply. Club Secretary Tim Checketts commented: “I took some convincing of the potential benefits, but it’s been very good and all done very efficiently. It saves us time and effort shopping around and they have some useful management tools which alert us to contract renewal times.”Bedford and County Golf Club. The club has cut the cost of its hygiene services by 25% and also made savings on waste disposal. It’s currently discussing brewery options. General Manager Steve Vinnicombe said: “We have made savings and it has been of benefit to the club. They have made it all very easy for us, it’s been a simple and smooth process.”GMG director Scott Partington believes the key to the success of the partnership is collaboration, both on the part of GMG and England Golf and on the part of the clubs.He said: “Our two organisations are working hard to ensure clubs are aware of the benefits, and the clubs are seeing that utilising this service to pool their resources ensures savings are sustained year on year, not just as a one off exercise to leverage a better deal from the incumbent.”Since becoming an England Golf Preferred Partner, GMG has gone on to partner Wales Golf and Scottish Golf to extend their support for their clubs.Clubs wishing to be part of the England Golf buying group should visit Golf’s affiliated clubs can access the network of Preferred Partners. A full list of partners can be found here Tags: Club Support, Golf Management Group, Preferred Partners 15 Oct 2018 Partnership saves golf clubs over £400k in a year last_img read more

first_imgDr. Taveelab Rithapirom, Asst. Managing Director of Bangkok Bank, said the festival this year had raised a total of 720,000 baht from the fun ride application fee which would be donated to the Fr. Ray Foundation, which cares for orphaned children and those who suffer from disabilities.This year’s cycling champions were as follows: Master category (62km) – Filip De Troetsel (male) and Pornpat Bhusripong (female); Open category (62km) – Puridet Intapiw (male) and Patthiya Suthitham (female); Classis category (46.5km) – Nathachai Malaithong (male) and Kullaporn Chareonsukh (female); Sprint category (31km) – Rungsimun Hungard (male) and Kullaporn Chareonsukh (female); Off Road category (41km) – Ekapol Phupuak (male) and Sara Tighe (female); and Team Time Trial (46.5km) – Team Tanaphon Srinaumnuayphone (male) and Team Katherine Hume (female).Former Tour de France cycling champion Andy Schleck of Luxemburg (2nd right) poses with Thai celebrities Nat Thephasasin Na Ayutthaya, ‘Wan Wan’ Arunnapa Panitchjaroon and ‘Mint’ Wanitcha Kanjanaapirak during the Bangkok Bank Cycle Fest.Cyclists compete in the male Open category over a 62km scenic course around Siam Country Club. Riders line up prior to the start of the Family Fun Race during the 2nd Bangkok Bank Cycle Fest, Sunday, November 25 at Siam Country Club in Pattaya.Over 2,600 Thai and foreign cyclists joined the 2nd Bang­kok Bank Cycle Fest, held November 25 at Siam Country Club in East Pattaya.This year the event was honored by the presence of famous Thai actors Nat Thephasasin Na Ayutthaya, ‘Wan Wan’ Arunnapa Panitchjaroon and ‘Mint’ Wanitcha Kanjanaapirak as brand ambassadors along with former professional cyclist and 2011 Tour De France champion Andy Schleck.The event was divided into long distance races up to 62km, team time trials, off road cycling and a short distance family fun ride along beautiful and scenic routes.The festival village zone offered many recreational activities for cyclists and spectators including bicycle equipment shops, food and drink stalls, music stages and fun interactive games to enjoy.last_img read more

first_imgSTEELERS FOR LIFE—Surprise guest Jerome Bettis, left, with Hines Ward and Mel Blount, share many laughs at the roast. Guests at the 12th annual Mel Blount Youth Home All-Star Celebrity Roast knew they were in for a treat as the line of NFL players and coaches, past and present, entered the ballroom of the Hilton Hotel April 16.Being honored that night was Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward. Following in Steelers tradition, Ward is known for his efforts on and off the field as a four-time NFL Pro Bowl selection and a devoted philanthropist. “I understand what it means to be a true Pittsburgh Steeler,” Ward said. “Being honored at the dinner means something because it reflects what I do outside of football, too. Even though we are not paid to be role models, we are role models.”The celebrity roast benefited the Mel Blount Youth Home, a residential program in Claysville, Pa. The home provides mental, physical and spiritual development for troubled boys ages 7-17.Past roast honorees include former Steelers Franco Harris, Joe Greene and Lynn Swann, who served as the night’s master of ceremonies. Each event has raised more than $300,000 for the youth home.“We just kind of accidentally fell into this. The original idea was just to get some friends together for my 50th birthday and here we are 12 years later,” Blount said. “We had the roast and we wound up raising a couple hundred thousand dollars so we said, we need to do this every year.”Through Blount’s connections, boys in the home are presented with positive male role models on a daily basis. The roast served as another opportunity for them to be exposed to some of their sports heroes.“You have corporations that spend money to be in the presence of those guys and the fans get a chance to interact with the local celebrities,” Blount said. “But really the children get to see these guys and see they can one day be successful, whether it’s sports or business.”Thanks to the work of Blount and his supporters, the home has produced many success stories. Several young men from the program were given the opportunity to speak about how their experience has helped them.“You want kids to get up and have them be honest about what they think about the home. We want them to speak from the heart,” Blount said. “We try to teach the basic Christian principles of living and these kids know they can do anything they want to do. We don’t have any excuses for not succeeding.”Shining through the sea of other sports stars was Blount and his wife, TiAnda, who were the subject of high praise from many of the guests.“It’s a fundraiser to support the effort and vision of Mel Blount to establish safety and well-being for our youth,” said Lanita Iverson. “Mel provides unconditional love for our youth.”Despite the recent controversy surrounding the Steeler franchise, many said the event was an example of the best of what sports can offer to youth.“It’s a wonderful event that brings people together who understand the importance of sports in the lives of youth,” said Adrianne Smith. “I believe sports teaches children how to make the right choices.”(A complete photo spread of the event will be in next week’s paper.)last_img read more

first_imgFr Ted star Gerard McSorley has failed to appear in court after it was revealed that he is ill in hospital.The well-known actor was due to appear at Letterkenny District Court today (Thurs) to face public order charges. It follows an incident at sheltered accommodation in Newtowncunningham on December 11th last.McSorley, aged 69, was arrested and appeared at Ballina District Court in Co Mayo where the case was adjourned to until today.Garda Malachy Magee told the court that was “absolutely not welcome back” to the accommodation after the alleged incident.When McSorley’s case was called today, Garda Inspector Michael Harrison said he had been informed that the accused was a patient at Letterkenny University Hospital.Judge Paul Kelly asked Inspector Harrison how he wanted to proceed with the case.Inspector Harrison said the difficulty he had was that he had no paperwork for the case and he did not have an address for Mr McSorley.“I know he is in hospital but I have no paperwork on this at all.“Can we adjourn it because I know he was taken into hospital and I don’t think he could be here today anyway. Can you put it back for a month and we’ll try to get a plan?“He doesn’t appear to have an address but we’ll get word to him in the hospital,” he said.Judge Kelly adjourned the case until January 17th.The same court fined the actor €150 on December 4th last for another series of public order offences when he abused Gardai and then caused criminal damage to a Garda cell when he constantly spat at the door.However, his then solicitor Patsy Gallagher told the court he could not pay the fine until next year when he received his next acting role.Actor McSorley fails to appear in court as he is ill in hospital was last modified: December 20th, 2019 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:courtdonegalGerard McSorleyletterkennylast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) announced that Monroe Township in Clermont County is free from the invasive Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). This follows the eradication of ALB from Stonelick and Batavia townships in March.“We are excited to see continued success due to the dedication of our state, federal and local partners in the fight against the Asian longhorned beetle,” said Tim Derickson, assistant director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. “This is one more important step to rid this pest from Ohio and we will continue to work together to achieve this common goal.”Derickson was joined by USDA APHIS representatives, as well as community leaders at an announcement ceremony and tree planting in Fair Oak Park, near the quarantined area in Monroe Township.ODA and USDA APHIS will move to lift the quarantine of Monroe Township. The beetle was first discovered in Tate Township in Clermont County in June 2011. ALB quarantines remain in effect for Tate Township, East Fork State Park and portions of the East Fork Wildlife Area.Residents should remain vigilant and inspect their trees regularly for signs of the beetle. Adult ALBs are large, shiny black insects measuring 1 to 1.5 inches long, not including antennae, with random white spots. Their white-banded antennae can be as long as the body itself on females and almost twice the body length on males.Signs of infestation include perfectly round exit holes (about 3/8 to 1/2 inch in diameter) made by adult beetles when they emerge from trees; pockmarks on tree trunks and branches where female beetles deposit eggs; frass (wood shavings and saw dust) produced by larvae feeding and tunneling; early fall coloration of leaves or dead branches; and running sap produced by the tree at the egg laying sites or in response to larval tunneling. The beetle will infest various common trees in Ohio, including all species of maple, buckeye, willow and elm.To report signs or symptoms of ALB, call the Ohio ALB Eradication Program Office at 513-381-7180 or report online at read more

first_imgThey put on events, they readily share geocaching tricks and tips and they challenge new and seasoned geocachers with their hides. They are the January Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees.December 2012 Featured Geocacher of the Month, MoneydorkNow it’s your turn to help select one of them as the Featured Geocacher of the Month for January.Write a comment at the bottom of this blog about which of these geocachers you feel should be awarded the Featured Geocacher of the Month title.In December, Wayne, a.k.a. Moneydork was recognized for establishing himself as one of Australasian’s most prolific geocachers. His efforts to support the community as a Geocaching volunteer reviewer and good Samaritan have not gone unnoticed. He even managed to organize New Zealand’s very first Mega-Event from 3500 km (2175 miles) away. According to fellow geocachers, Moneydork’s hides and events are legendary Down Under and he never hesitates to give his all to the sport.Here are your nominees for the January Featured Geocacher of the Month. Some testimonials have been edited for length.KirretKirretMr Bluesky writes, “On November 29th, Don, [a.k.a. Kirret] will have found a geocache every single day of the year, since November 2011.  He has done this in three different countries and on two continents. This year alone he has found over 1,700 geocaches, including a grand haul of 100 on March the 27th. Don worked in Scotland in 2010 and 2011 and I got to meet him through geocaching. We immediately became firm friends. I had the pleasure of geocaching with him in Canada in July 2012 and then again on August 18th in Scotland. Don is very enthusiastic about geocaching and has, just by meeting people while out geocaching, gotten many involved in this hobby by informing them of what he was doing and how enjoyable it is. He mostly geocaches with his wife and son and is one of Guildford, England’s most prolific geocachers. He is out in all weather conditions with a smile on his face and a GPS in hand. I think his achievements this year is a remarkable feat.” The WeaselThe WeaselSuperGoober writes, “Tim, a.k.a. The Weasel is what geocaching is all about. He gives back so much more than he takes. He hosted the very first CITO in the Midwest: EIGA 2004 CEDAR RAPIDS CITO EVENT. He is an active member and Board Director for the Iowa Geocacher Organization and a volunteer for the Linn County Conservation. Tim has conducted and assisted in over 50 geocaching 101, 201 and 301 classes and workshops throughout the State of Iowa and abroad. His knowledge of the wilderness extends well beyond that of an average geocacher. He uses his extensive knowledge of the outdoors to help other geocachers by placing some very creative and educational geocaches. The Weasel has an impeccable sense as to what geocaching is all about. He realizes that cache maintenance is very necessary to ensure that geocaching is fun and that the geocache is there. He is just unstoppable.”Comment below to tell us who you think should be the January Featured  Geocacher of the Month. A panel of Lackeys will use your comments to help decide which geocacher is awarded the honor. Each featured Geocacher of the Month will receive an exclusive special edition featured Geocacher of the Month Geocoin, along with a Geocacher of the Month hat, a Geocacher of the Month profile icon and a certificate acknowledging their contributions, signed by two of the founders of We will be accepting comments for January’s award through Sunday, January 20th.Those whose nominees were not recognized here are encouraged to submit their nominations again next month. If you know an outstanding geocacher you would like to nominate to be a featured Geocacher of the Month, send an email to [email protected] and include the following information:Your name, the name of your nominee, their usernameA picture of the nomineeDescription (200 or more words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Geocacher of the MonthPlease inform your nominee that you’ve submitted them for the award.Nominations for the February Geocacher of the Month must be received by Friday, February 8th. Once we have received all of the nominations, we will choose the top candidates and post them on the blog. You will then get a chance to champion your favorite. Our goal is to involve the entire geocaching community in this process so we might learn from each other.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedAnnouncing the December Featured Geocacher of the MonthDecember 28, 2012In “Community”December Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsDecember 7, 2012In “Community”February Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsFebruary 13, 2013In “Community”center_img The RavenThe Raventtcm4geo writes, “If you visit Prescott, Arizona as we were one weekend, you will note something curious. Many of the geocaches you visit will have a note stating that ‘while you are in Prescott, you must find a geocache called Raven’s Labyrynth.’ So many geocacher said this that we finally decided to pursue it. The geocache itself is amazing, which I am sure took weeks to construct. Then we found out that the geocache owner has many similarly thought-out geocaches in the area. In fact, Prescott is known as ‘Ravenland.’ But, even more amazing is that if you email Dan, a.k.a. The Raven with a question, he promptly replies and tells you to call him. So we called him and got some assistance. He was very nice, and you can tell that his only goal is to help people enjoy geocaching. His geocaches are creative, well thought out and so much fun. He does all this work for people many of whom he will never meet. Therefore, I think he deserves this recognition.”last_img read more

first_imgOn a roll after registering their fifth win on the trot, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma said Thursday’s 8-wicket win against Kings XI Punjab, will give the team the kind of momentum they needed heading into the business end of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. (Amla’s 104* one of the best knocks we would ever see, says Rohit Sharma)WATCH: How WAGS inspired their cricket star husbands in IPL 2017″So hopefully we can continue our winning streak. The good thing we’ve done is focussing on one particular opposition and we are going to do that again,” he said. (Mumbai Indians star Jos Buttler reacts after 37-ball 77: Was desperate to kick-on)Chasing a mammoth 199, Mumbai rode on destructive half centuries from Englishman Jos Buttler and young Nitish Rana to thrash the hosts by eight wickets with more than four overs to spare at the Holkar Cricket Stadium here. (Also read: It was nice to get some runs, says modest Hashim Amla after 60-ball 104)”Incredible game to be part of. Something which reminded me of 2014, when we chased 190 against Rajasthan Royals in 14 overs,” Rohit said after the match.”To be able to chase this target in 15.3 overs is fantastic. The way Jos and Parthiv batted at the start was magnificent. That’s the kind of firepower we have. Parthiv is coming off a great domestic season and he’s taken that confidence into IPL. That’s the kind of start we required chasing 199.”Rohit also praised South African star Hashim Amla, who fired his maiden T20 hundred (104 not out of 60 balls) to set the tone for Kings XI Punjab’s mammoth 198/4 in the first innings.advertisement”Amla played one of the finest knocks we would ever see but we finished up really well. When we came back to the change room the talk was that the ground is small and we have the batters to do it. That was pretty evident in the first six overs,” he said.Rohit, however brushed aside any concerns with the bowlers, who were taken to the cleaners by Punjab skipper Glenn Maxwell and Amla in the later part of the innings.”Not really it’s something which we have to look into. They are proven match winners and they have done it for years, even in international cricket it’s a lot of pressure, it’s always challenging. It’s just about backing them and the management does that,” he said.”They will come good. It’s just the first half of the tournament, the second half becomes crucial, the table keeps changing so you have to be on the money, you can’t lose momentum,” he added.Englishman Buttler, who struck form with a 37-ball 77, said the wicket was perfect for his kind of stroke play and more satisfying as he was desperate to get back among the runs.”Found really good touch in the tournament, been desperate to kick on, nice to put in a contribution. Striking the ball well, it’s a small ground and a fantastic wicket,” said Buttler, who was adjudged the man-of-the-match.”Luckily we won the toss, you’d think 200 was a really good score. I think today, chasing that kind of total was great for me because I could go from ball one without thinking. I’ve put a lot of pressure on myself, trying too hard to score the runs. Today, when you’re chasing a big score, you can relax and play your shots. Keep a still base and do the rest,” he added.last_img read more

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Officials from Fairbanks, other local governments and Eielson Air Force Base last week signed a charter agreement to participate in the Air Force Community Partnership Program, along with separate agreements setting up specific partnerships.The agreements signed Thursday will allow surrounding communities to collaborate with Eielson to help military spouses find jobs, connect local residents with job openings on the installation and use the base’s indoor turf fields in the winter.The agreements are “the first step in a long process,” said Col. Michael Winkler, commander of the 354th Fighter Wing.“The fact we’re signing some papers here to make life better in the greater Fairbanks North Star Borough, Eielson and Fort Wainwright community is an awesome thing,” Winkler said, reported the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. “In my 25 years of service, I have never seen a local community as supportive as we have here at Eielson Air Force Base.”Talks began last year among community and Eielson officials to identify municipal services and other functions that could be shared under DOD’s new authority allowing installations and host communities to enter into intergovernmental support agreements.The agreement on the use of Eielson’s indoor playing fields will allow players in a youth baseball league to practice in the wintertime.“The summer programs will continue and even expand with Eielson Air Force Base youth sports joining and playing interleague play with the Interior Baseball league,” said David Soderlund, board secretary for Interior Baseball.City of Fairbanks Mayor John Eberhart broached several other partnership ideas, including having Fairbanks Police Department equipment repaired on base and collaborating on training exercises. Both would save the city money, he said.last_img read more

first_img Citation: Explains Why Pots ‘Unbreak’ on the Nanoscale (Video) (2009, February 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. It may just be a neat camera trick, but the Web site explains that – in terms of Newton’s laws – nothing was supernatural or wrong about that picture. Rather, the reason why we don’t see broken objects “unbreaking” in everyday life is due to the Second Law of Thermodynamics. If you’ve ever wondered just what the Second Law means – beyond the fuzzy idea about disorder always increasing – you may want to check out the rest of The site is the brainchild of Edward Feng, a former Miller Fellow at UC Berkeley who now works at Sandia Livermore National Laboratory, specializing in statistical mechanics. Feng designed as an outreach project to explain to a general audience how entropy works.”I created this outreach project to explain the principles behind the biggest advance in my field over the last decade,” Feng told “This theory explains how life is different on the nanoscale and a pot can unbreak. This can happen because of the smallness of the pot. These principles are the foundation for my research with Gavin Crooks on time’s arrow and other topics in statistical mechanics.”As Feng explained, the background to this project began at the Miller Symposium, a yearly get together for the Miller Institute.”There was a session on how newspapers were losing funding for science stories, and the culprit was the internet,” he said. “Well, I thought this was a little harsh. Besides, wasn’t the internet a new medium to convey science, with pictures and movies? That’s when I decided to embark on this project. With financial support from the Miller Institute, I hired a film maker, and the rest is history.” discusses how single molecules, such as an RNA molecule, can stretch and shrink. Because RNA molecules are so small, they result in a much smaller entropy increase than larger objects. The larger the entropy increase, the less likely the object will take a time-reversed path with a decrease in entropy. Because a ceramic pot or tile has a large entropy gain when breaking, the ratio of increasing entropy to decreasing entropy is very high, so an entropy decrease is much less likely to be observed. In other words, it’s extremely unlikely that a broken pot will put itself back together, while a molecule could.Explaining these concepts in terms of bank accounts, wedding rings, and the Eiffel Tower, hopes to enable general readers to understand why pots spontaneously self-assemble on the nanoscale and, while it’s possible that your room will become clean while you lounge on the couch, it is incredibly unlikely. To see the site, visit© 2009 PhysOrg.comcenter_img Edward Feng, a researcher at Sandia Livermore National Laboratory, has created a new Web site called to explain the Second Law of Thermodynamics ( — A man lifts his hand in the air, and broken pieces of ceramic lying on the sidewalk spring up into his hand, coming together to form a flower pot. He lifts his hands again, and more broken pieces spring together to make a square ceramic tile.last_img read more