Westgate Centre development delayed

first_imgThe plans for a redeveloped Westgate Shopping Centre will not be completed until 2014 at the earliest, Oxford City Council has revealed this week.The Council has admitted that the recession has rendered the £330m scheme unworkable at present. A deal is yet to be signed between Liberty, Westgate’s owner, and the John Lewis partnership, which was expected to open a department store onsite.Current planning permission expires in March 2010. Even if new plans are approved on time, construction will not start until 2012. Plans no longer include housing, but council leader, Bob Price, has guaranteed £150,000 to improve car parking facilities.A draft report for the centre will be discussed at a council executive meeting on December 2nd.last_img read more

Gold Coast beach house reminiscent of 1950s era

first_imgIt has a warm and cosy feel.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“We ended up doing a renovation on it and we made sure that everything we did … was all in theme of the ’50s and before then.“It’s all done from recycled products from houses.”The stained glass windows were reclaimed from other properties while the kitchen and dining room’s floorboards were once a basketball court.The project was a labour of love for the couple, who have lived in the property for eight years.An open sunroom, kitchen and dining area is at the heart of home and flows into a cosy lounge room, which has a combustion fireplace. MORE NEWS: Has this property started a sick trend? A cast iron bath is a standout feature. The owners spent three years renovating the property with a ‘50s style in mind. The quaint property at 20 Twenty Fourth Ave, Palm Beach is not what you’d expect inside.WALKING through this quaint Palm Beach house is like taking a trip down memory lane.The four-bedroom residence at 20 Twenty Fourth Ave has a distinct 1950s style with items reminiscent of the era featured throughout.Owners Mark and Darlene Powell spent three years renovating the house to reflect the decade it was built in.“We bought it as a 1950s cottage,” Mr Powell. MORE NEWS: Million-dollar sale sets street record It is listed with a price guide between $950,000 and $1 million.The main bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe while the remaining three have built in wardrobes.A retreat downstairs is home to a 100-year-old cast iron bath, sauna, workshop, laundry and bathroom.Ms Powell’s favourite part of the home was the sunroom, which inspired her art.“I have got an art area in the very front of the house where all the windows open up and the sun comes in,” she said.The couple were sad to leave the home but Ms Powell said their loss would be someone else’s gain.“They’re going to get something very unique and special,” she said.The property is listed with a price guide ranging between $950,000 and $1 million. They collected many of its feature pieces from other properties. The sunroom at the front of the house is versatile depending on house hunters’ needs. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59last_img read more

Nadler Threatens Barr with Contempt of Congress for Snub

first_imgThere’s an empty seat in today’s U.S. House hearing on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report.The DOJ says Barr is skipping the hearing because of plans to have committee staffers question Barr, which the department called inappropriate, unnecessary and unprecedented.House Democrat Brings Toy Chicken and KFC Bucket to Hearing to Mock Barr’s No-Show https://t.co/CTDpTPH2aE pic.twitter.com/pYgqhycFwu— Mediaite (@Mediaite) May 2, 2019 The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee is threatening to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt. Opening a brief hearing today, New York Democrat Jerry Nadler slammed Barr for refusing to testify about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report. Barr cited an ongoing dispute with House Democrats over the format of the scheduled hearing.Dems wanted staff lawyers to question Barr, along with House members.Nadler said the Trump administration will not dictate how the House runs its hearings. Nadler called Barr’s refusal to testify an act of obstruction. Georgia Republican Doug Collins said the only problem is with Democrats. He accused Dems of running a political circus and also called the dispute with Barr a stunt. Collins noted that Barr fielded hours of questions during a Senate hearing yesterday.last_img read more

Angels Q&A with Jeff Fletcher: Concern for Shohei Ohtani?

first_imgWith the Angels’ 2018 season officially underway, we accepted reader questions on our Angels Facebook page. Here are some of the questions and answers.PreviousLos Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani bats against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Media document the arrival of Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani as he takes the field prior to the baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Media document the arrival of Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani as he takes the field prior to the baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, stretches before an opening day baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani stretches before an opening day baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani takes the field to warm up before an opening day baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani follows through after hitting a single in his first major league at bat during the second inning of an opening baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani follows through after hitting a single in his first major league at bat against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (17) is congratulated by first base coach Alfredo Griffin (4) after hitting a single in his first major league at-bat against the Oakland Athletics’ Kendall Graveman during the second inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, is congratulated by Mike Trout (27) at the end of the second inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani follows through after hitting a single in his first major league at bat against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Garrett Richards follows through on a pitch to the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)The Angels’ Kole Calhoun drops his bat after hitting a triple off A’s pitcher Kendall Graveman during the second inning of Thursday’s season opener in Oakland. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun, right, is congratulated after hitting a home run off Oakland Athletics’ Kendall Graveman in the fourth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun, right, is congratulated by Luis Valbuena (18) after hitting a home run off Oakland Athletics’ Kendall Graveman during the fourth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Garrett Richards works against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Martin Maldonado connects for an RBI-double off Oakland Athletics’ Kendall Graveman during the second inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols celebrates after hitting a home run off Oakland Athletics’ Kendall Graveman during the sixth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani bats against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani bats against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, right, celebrates with Kole Calhoun (56) after hitting a home run off Oakland Athletics’ Kendall Graveman during the sixth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani bats against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani against the Oakland Athletics during a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani bats against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Media document the arrival of Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani as he takes the field prior to the baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)NextShow Caption1 of 23Media document the arrival of Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani as he takes the field prior to the baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)ExpandQ: Angels fans are already saying Shohei Ohtani is a bust, but I’m not shocked about this coming from our fan base. But what is your take on his Spring Training? – Jared G. BrassA: Spring training is a whole different ballgame from the regular season. I think he showed some flashes of his talent as a pitcher. I don’t think he is going to be a dominant starter right away, but the same would be true even if he had a good spring. It’s just spring training. As a hitter, there are more questions. He certainly had fewer encouraging moments, but it’s still too early to judge him.I will add that he didn’t really get hit hard in spring training. In that Rockies game he gave up five singles that were not hit very hard. His biggest problem is his control, and part of that could be the difficulty in throwing a splitter in Arizona. I think it’s fair to stick with his talent and not be swayed by his ERA over 13 innings pitched with minor leaguers playing defense behind him, in thin, dry air. Just keep evaluating him as you get more info from major league games. A: They have Nick Tropeano and Parker Bridwell as 7th, 8th starters. They also believe Jaime Barria will be ready soon. John Lamb even showed some promise in the spring. I don’t think they’ll have the best rotation in the majors (or even their division, with the Astros) but they should have enough depth to contend, when combined with their offense and defense.Q: When will Andrew Heaney be back? Will he start in AAA? – Adam KnoxA: Too early to say. He threw a bullpen Tuesday, so he presumably isn’t far off. I would expect him to make a rehab start at Triple-A before he pitches in the majors.Q: Based off spring and other factors, who proved themselves to be the most consistent 6th starter for the halos for the season: Bridwell, Tropeano, or Ramírez? – Rob AspinallA: Since Tropeano is coming off Tommy John surgery and hasn’t pitched in the majors in a year and a half, it’s probably reasonable to let him get his legs under him at Triple-A. As for the other two, both performed well last year and for most of the spring. Ramirez has better stuff and is out of options, so it’s easy to make the case to go with him first. I am sure Bridwell will be up at some point, perhaps by April 12 (when they need a 6th starter).Our LA Angels coverage for this season can be found hereQ: Who will be the Halo closer in 2018? – Art CastroA: Blake Parker probably gets the first shot. However, I think it’s likely that Cam Bedrosian, and maybe even Jim Johnson, get some saves at some point. I doubt any of them will go wire to wire.Q: What has Blake Wood ever done to earn a roster spot? I really don’t understand him ever having been a lock for the roster, and I don’t understand him making the roster either. Sure, *Spring Training stats. But his regular season stats are terrible too … – Matt RuddA: The Angels like his strikeout rate (10.2 strikeouts per nine innings last year). Blake Parker’s numbers in the majors weren’t very impressive before last year, but the Angels saw something they liked.Q: Total win prediction? I say 92. Why do other columnists think they’ll only improve by 4-5 games? – Tim McMahanA: I think anything from 85 to 93 is possible. I think it’s hard to project them for too much of an improvement until we’ve seen the starters stay healthy. Also, it remains to be seen how effective the bullpen will be.Q: How long will Chris Carter stay at Triple-A? I really thought he had a great spring overall and is a proven threat. – Gary FelderA: The Angels got him mostly as insurance if someone gets hurt, so I suppose he’ll be there until someone gets hurt. Any injury to Albert Pujols, Jefry Marte or Luis Valbuena could get Carter to the majors.Editor’s note: Some questions may have been edited for clarity.Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Q: Are the Angels privately concerned that Ohtani can’t hit? – Adam KnoxA: Not that I’ve heard. But plenty of scouts and other observers had reservations about his hitting, even before this spring. The bottom line is if Ohtani is a good pitcher, I think the anything he does offensively is a bonus. The Angels see him as a pitcher first.Q: Will Billy Eppler and Mike Scioscia put Ohtani in AAA if he becomes a liability around late May/early June? – Jorel AlfonsoA: I don’t know when this might happen, but I am sure they’ll be evaluating him every day. If they get to the point that sending him down is best for the team and for Ohtani, I’m sure they’ll do it.Q: Jeff, do u think the Angels’ rotation will hold up throughout the season? If not, who do you think they could bring up from the minors who’s MLB ready? – Christopher Brown Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros last_img read more

Wild shocks Bombers in Kootenay Soccer Final

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsThere will be no 15th consecutive trip to the B.C. High School AAA Boy’s Soccer Championships for the L.V. Rogers Bombers.
The Mount Baker Wild ended the illustrious streak by the Bombers, knocking off the perennial Kootenay champ 3-2 in Wednesday afternoon in the Cranbrook.“We played a good game but in the end a lack of experience and confidence caused us to come up short,” said Bomber head coach Keith Williams in a text message to The Nelson Daily following the game.Williams was looking for his tenth straight trip to taking a team from LVR to the prestigious tournament that features the elite high school players in the province.Most of the scoring came in the first half. After the Wild opened the scoring, Bomber midfielder Luke Mori was fouled inside the penalty area. Striker Mitch Melanson calmly stepped up to the spot and buried the penalty shot to even the score at 1-1.LVR took the lead when Mori converted a cross past the Mount Baker goalkeeper. However, the lead was short lived as the Wild tied the game at 2-2 minutes later.The teams exchanged body blows in the second half with each squad squandering significant chances.With the game in injury time, Baker made a last push as the host club pressured the Bombers. The push was too much as Baker scored with two minutes remaining in the contest.LVR attempted to counter but time ran out giving the Wild the Kootenay High School AAA Boy’s Soccer title — its first in 15 long years.“This is the best Mount Baker team we faced in nine years as LVR boy’s soccer coach,” Williams admitted. “They never let us get our game in order. (They had) very good defence pressure and strong long ball wing to wing movement.”Williams took the Bombers to a 12th place finish in 2009.During his time coaching at LVR the best finish came a few years ago when the likes of Mark Dodsworth, Isaac Rosenberg and Avery Bartels took the Bombers to a bronze medal finish.Prior to the nine-year run for Williams was the combo of Mike Sedlbauer and Hogue Tyler that took LVR to the championship tournament for five consecutive [email protected]last_img read more

CNN’s Richard Quest examines the rise of Africa

first_imgCNN International anchor Richard Quest chats to Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola and Goldman Sachs South Africa MD Colin Coleman after the CNN-Brand South Africa breakfast forum hosted by the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg on Tuesday 13 May. (Image: Nokuphila Nyawo)• Sandisiwe GugushePublic Relations International: Brand South Africa+27 11 483 0122+27 73 126 [email protected] PhilipDelegates leaving Nigeria’s capital of Abuja after last week’s World Economic Forum meeting largely agreed. To maintain Africa’s growth trajectory, governments must continue to reform institutions, extend cooperation and implement innovative policies to strengthen trade and scale up investments.“Was the WEF worth it, or was it not just more hot air?” was the question pugnacious CNN International anchor Richard Quest put to a CNN-Brand South Africa breakfast forum hosted by the Nelson Mandela Foundation on the morning of Tuesday 13 May. “What does all that blather mean?” Quest asked a panel made up of Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola, Telkom chair Jabu Mabuza and Goldman Sachs MD Colin Coleman – all delegates to the WEF meeting in Nigeria.About 50 of South Africa’s most influential business people attended the breakfast, held at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg.People holding the same opinions in a room is a chat, but that is not what the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory is about, said centre director Sello Hatang as he introduced the panel. “We want to get people in the same room who would not even speak to one another.” So the uncompromising Quest was the perfect host.The discussion was not as adversarial as that, but Quest was after straight answers. The WEF conference highlighted opportunities in Africa but what, Quest wanted to know, were the challenges? As is his way, he pushed for substantive answers whenever he got vague replies.Mabuza argued that given the issue of terror in Nigeria, with the abduction of 276 schoolgirls by Boko Haram jihadists, the WEF meeting was important. “We can’t call for the release of those kids and send them back to school like millions of others in Africa without talking about the future we are creating for them,” he said.Quest goaded a response from the panel about Nigeria taking over South Africa’s crown as the biggest economy in Africa. Coleman was quick to respond: “If you look at our economy, it is far more sophisticated than Nigeria’s. And our per capita income is double theirs.”Quest listens to a response from the panel. (Image: Shamin Chibba)Removing barriers to growthThe panel concurred that education and a more cooperative legislative framework were the keys to sustaining growth in Africa, but how to make improvements was where different opinions arose.Entrepreneurship, private investment and government must all be harnessed to keep the good news coming out of Africa, the panel agreed. Coleman and Mabuza mentioned companies like MTN and Shoprite, which had spotted opportunities in Africa and built businesses worth, in the case of MTN, R50-billion.Coleman cautioned, “When you speak to businesses on the ground they say, ‘We need much shorter times on the border posts, ships going through ports, rail to get coal to ports. We need just the basic obstacles for trade.’ I think people are starting to talk constructively about this.”Locally, Coleman believes South Africa does not need a new legislative direction to grow. Dynamism is one thing, he said – but South Africa needed to be boring in the years ahead. “The legislative framework exists, there is no need to change direction, and we simply need to implement what already exists.”Panellists Miller Matola, Jabu Mabuza and Colin Coleman. (Image: Shamin Chibba)Is Africa rising?Quest fell back on a familiar analogy about development and the idea, expressed by all, that Africa is rising. “It’s like waiting for a soufflé to rise that never does. Are the ingredients right, or is there not enough heat?” he pressed.Matola countered: “Look beyond the perceptions and you will see the opportunities created by what is happening on the ground. There are new enterprises, there is increased stability.“Africa is rising,” Matola stressed.Coleman made the point that Africa’s rise has only just begun. “Africa is at the beginning of its journey but it is a very fascinating journey,” he said. “By 2030 Africa will add $12-trillion to the world economy from a $2-trillion base. Growth rates between now and 2030 will be among the highest in the world.”Born frees and democracyThe question of Africa’s youthful population and their political and economic participation also arose. One issue was young South Africans born after 1994, the “born-frees” who have no experience of apartheid.Quest hosted an hour of the Redi Thlabi Show on Talk Radio 702 on Monday 12 May, and admitted to hanging up on a caller who said they had not voted. “I can’t understand that, especially in a country with so recent a history of bloodshed. Large chunks of them [the born frees] seem not to be politically conscious or able to grasp the impact they will have on the country.”Matola responded: “They are crying out to get involved. Our born frees are becoming more aware of their rights and responsibilities and the role they can play in sustaining our democracy. The challenge is how to get them involved.”The only empty seat at the breakfast became a prop for Quest as he urged the panellists to imagine President Jacob Zuma seated and eager to listen to their message. Matola said he would ask for policy certainty and a steadfast implementation of the National Development Programme, or NDP. Mabuza agreed that the implementation of the NDP would improve South African growth. Coleman reasoned that “appointing the best people and holding them responsible” was the best recipe for the country going forward.last_img read more

‘A Christmas Story’ Butter Sculpture at The Ohio State Fair

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Pink bunny pajamas, leg lamps and triple dog dares have become a part of many holiday traditions as families gather around to watch A Christmas Story every December. Now families that come together at the 2018 Ohio State Fair will be able to relive butter-sculpted scenes from the movie! The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more.last_img

Geocaching Employee Spotlight: Product Owner & Avid Geocacher, Ben Hewitt

first_img SharePrint RelatedGeocaching Employee Spotlight: Tom, Veep of Marketing & MerchApril 10, 2016In “Community”Geocaching HQ Employee Spotlight: Senior Software Developer, Dave (Wilson)May 8, 2016In “Community”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 14): Geocaching® app updatesMay 21, 2018In “Community” This is part of a series of blog posts shining a spotlight on the people of GeocachingHQ. We hope to show you the “geo-who” behind the “geo-what”. 🙂What is your name?Ben HewittYeah, but what’s your Username?benandjayme (shared with my wife!) Jayme, Ben, and Signal the Frog at a Geocaching EventHow did you come up with your username?Hmmmm… it’s not the most creative username, but it’s certainly representative of the two of us! What is your job title?Product Owner Bryan, Ben, and Jayme at Geocaching Block Party 2014What does your job title actually mean? In other words, how do you explain what you do to someone that has no idea what you do?I’m one of the six members of HQ’s Product team. As a team, we’re responsible for identifying and defining the best new features to add to Geocaching.com and the official mobile apps. “Best” is a lofty and sometimes tough to define goal, so we’re constantly striving to create features that are good for the community, good for the game, and good for the business. Individually, I’m responsible for managing the flow of design and development work that passes through one of our three product delivery teams at HQ and for helping making sure that the team meets our timeline and quality commitments.Ben is a firm supporter of DNF PrideTell us about your geocaching style (exotic locations / quality over quantity)?I love to use geocaching to explore new places. One of the things I’ve really come to appreciate after almost 8 years of geocaching is that exploration and discovery are always just around the corner. I’ll always love flying across the world and discovering a new country or culture, but I’ve had just as many amazing experiences discovering new places just a few blocks outside of my well-worn everyday routines.What’s something that surprises you about geocaching – whether it’s the game itself, working at headquarters, or anything else?I’m always amazed at how many different ways geocachers come up with to play this game. Any time you think you’ve got it down (“THIS is geocaching”), some new and unexpected geocache or trackable experience will surely come along to defy your definition. I love that about this game!Ben and his baby girl geocaching last summerWhat’s the best piece of geocaching advice or information you ever learned?An oldie-but-goodie that I do believe: it’s not about the numbers! Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Vale Scott Snell

first_imgThe touch football community in the ACT is in mourning following the unexpected passing of Scott Snell at the age of just 44. Scott was a key figure in ACT touch for the last two decades as a player, referee and referee coach.He was graded to level 4 as a referee in 2001 and received his level 6 upgrade in 2006, attending numerous tournaments in NSW and several national events. While best known outside Canberra as a referee, Scott had played touch at park level, with ANU teams, with the Canberra City Bears at representative level in the ACT Super League as well as at Australia Cup.Scott was Director of Referees in the ACT from 2008 to 2015, President of the ACT Referees Association and as a referee coach was a key figure in the development of many of the referees to come through the ACT system over the last 20 years.One of the great communicators in the sport, Scott was a fantastic bloke and admired as a true gentleman by all who met him. Scott was a great friend and mentor and he will be sorely missed. Scott is survived by his wife Clare and their 3 children, Nicholas, Megan and Ben, and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time.The funeral will be held at 10:30 on Thursday 4 May at St Anthony’s in Wanniasa. (Words courtesy of James Steinberg)Related LinksVale Scott Snelllast_img read more

13 days agoPuyol confident Valdes will bounce back from Barcelona sacking

first_imgPuyol confident Valdes will bounce back from Barcelona sackingby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCarles Puyol is confident Victor Valdes will bounce back from his sacking by Barcelona.Valdes, Puyol’s former teammate, was relieved of his duties as Juvenil A coach following disagreements with the club, yet Puyol did not shed much light on the decision.”Victor as a coach still does not have much experience,” former Barca captain Puyol explained.”Last season he did very well. In the world of football, he has a lot of knowledge to teach children.”I don’t know the reasons for his departure, and I’m not inside the club, but I’m sure he’ll be a great coach [in the future] and will help develop some great footballers.”Youth football is not easy, you have to focus on the training of the players and not so much on the results.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more