Poles apart

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Pirates looking for post All-Star surge behind Andrew McCutchen

first_imgANDREW MCCUTCHEN is having a better year than in MVP season last year. He leads Pirates in just about every major offensive category. (AP photo)(AP)—The Pittsburgh Pirates find themselves in an average, every day—if still heated—pennant race.A season after shedding the yoke of two decades of failure with a stirring run to a playoff berth, the Pirates are just another solid if not spectacular team trying to keep pace in the jam-packed NL Central.To be honest, being an ordinary contender is refreshing.“We know where we stand, we know where we are, we know we have to play good baseball and we know it’s not a matter of changing the course of Pirates history anymore or having a winning season,” second baseman Neil Walker said. “Those things were important, but now we know what we need to do to get to the playoffs.”And do it without what Walker called the “unnecessary pressure” Pittsburgh faced in 2013, when the Pirates won 94 games and advanced to the NL division series.Rather than be reminded at every turn how bad the franchise has been, the Pirates have been free to spend the first half of 2014 sorting themselves out in relative anonymity.last_img read more

GFI covers the bases with provincial grant

first_imgA grant from the province will help the organizing committee of the Grand Forks International Baseball tournament (GFI) succeed next month.  “This is the first time that I know of that the GFI has received provincial funding,” said Joan Thomas, co-ordinator of the tournament. “This is very helpful for the GFI to put on a first class sporting event in such a small community – it really helps the local community and area.”  The GFI will receive $5,000 from the Ministry of Community, Sport, and Cultural Development’s Hosting BC program to help host the Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament. Hosting BC was established in the lead-up to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Originally a partnership between the Government of British Columbia, Tourism British Columbia and 2010 Legacies Now, the program is now managed in partnership between the BC Games Society and the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.  “This is what the Hosting BC program is all about – supporting great local events like Grand Forks’ international baseball tournament.  I can’t think of a better way to spend a summer afternoon,” said Boundary-Similkameen MLA John Slater.  Thomas said that Community Futures Boundary told them about the granting program that assists with operational costs and although they applied in December the GFI was not initially successful. Their April application was approved. The GFI is one of 62 other sporting events across the province that will benefit from over $325,000 in grants. The tournament will take place Sept. 1 – 6 with teams from Australia, Lewiston, Thurston County and crowd favourites San Diego along with teams from across Canada. For more information visit: www.grandforksbaseball.com.last_img read more

Nelson plays host to Novice Hockey tournament

first_imgSome of the best hockey fans will see this season is slated for the weekend at the NDCC and Civic Arenas — and the game doesn’t involve the Nelson Leafs. Nelson Minor Hockey drops the puck this weekend on the annual Novice tournament, beginning Friday and running through Sunday.The tourney is attracting four Junior Novice teams and six Senior Novice teams from Spokane, Fruitvale, Cranbrook, Trail/Rossland and Castlegar along with two Nelson squads.The tournament opens Friday with the Nelson Junior Novice facing Beaver Valley Eagles at 4:30 p.m. in the Civic Arena.Nelson Senior Novice opens the tourney later in the evening at 6:15 p.m. against Spokane Ice Dogs.The tournament concludes Sunday afternoon.last_img read more

Schwarzenegger wants end to writers strike

first_imgThe last writers walkout in 1988 lasted 22 weeks and cost the industry $500 million. The entertainment industry contributes an estimated $30 billion a year to the Los Angeles economy, or about $80 million a day. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The Terminator is taking aim at the Hollywood writers strike. Arnold Schwarzenegger says he has been talking to both sides and urging them to settle the strike that began on Monday. During a news conference in Sacramento, the governor said the dispute is having a major effect on the state economy. Schwarzenegger, a former A-list actor, says writers, union officials and studio executives won’t feel the financial crunch as much as electricians, set designers and other behind-the-scenes workers. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Vine could move to Scotland

first_imgRowan Vine could be set for a move to St Johnstone.The forward, released by QPR this summer, is on trial with the Scottish club and scored twice for them in a pre-season friendly against Bristol City.St Johnstone are managed by former R’s midfielder Steve Lomas, who is keen to offer Vine a contract.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

One Family, One Day, Geocaching in Six Countries

first_img SharePrint RelatedFeatured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”15 Countries in 24 Hours – One Big Day of GeocachingOctober 11, 2011In “Community”Are you crazy?!? No, I’m Radu! Geo-cycling through 16 countries in 5 months.November 13, 2017In “Community” Geocachers Mark and Donna with their two children Steven and BethA family of four took the idea of the ‘road trip’ and turned a traditional drive into a fast-paced geocaching adventure. Delta68 is the husband and wife team of Mark and Donna. The couple was vacationing in Europe this September with their two teenage children Steven and Beth.The family was all packed and set to return home to the United Kingdom when Mark made a realization. Their trip home from the Netherlands to England could yield caches in five, maybe even six, countries if they included Luxembourg. But the cache in Luxembourg was more than a hundred miles out of the way.Mark admits that he had to do a little convincing. After some negotiating, the family launched on their treasure hunt at 7 a.m. They began logging caches in country after country. Their first cache in in the Netherlands was GC233ZX Echt-Susteren en zijn kernen (Roosteren). The family then navigated to caches in Germany and drove out of the way of their departure city in France. They turned south into Luxembourg and Belgium.Family at their third cache in LuxembourgThey stopped for lunch in Belgium—now more than two hundred miles from Calais, France and their way back to England.Mark says, “I checked TomTom to see how long it would take to get to Calais … 5 Hours!! I asked Steven and Beth how I was going to break it to Donna. ‘Mum! We’re five hours from Calias!’ shouted Steven. That’s solved that dilemma. :-)”The family then drove 205 miles to log a cache in France. The long-haul set the stage to find geocaches in six countries. They just needed to return to their home in England.Delta68 and their two children traveled back to England before the day ended. One final cache in the U.K. sealed the geocaching achievement. They family logged caches in six countries in less than 24 hours.They set another record for a family best. Mark says, “We decided to continue straight home stopping off at GC27YDV Welcome to Warwick! just before midnight to set a new personal ‘maximum distance in a day.’Geocaching in six countries in one dayMark says the total distance traveled added up to 617 miles. He sums up the family’s geocaching feat as, “Certainly a memorable day.”Read more about the family’s adventure and see all the caches that they discovered, on their blog, Delta68’s Geocaching Blog.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

How Video Gives Instagram A Split Personality

first_imgInstagram is my favorite app.In fact, I think Instagram is the perfect app. Not for the billion dollars Facebook paid for it or for its moody filters, but because it gives me the perfect way to do one thing I love to do: share photos with my friends.I can do that other places. I can hop on Facebook or Google+ or Twitter, but odds are I’ll get lost in some social rabbit hole and lose my way. Those services are the Swiss Army knives of social networking. Instagram is the waiter’s corkscrew—a singular, elegant solution. Ever tried opening a bottle of wine with a Swiss Army knife? It sucks. Two’s A Crowd Just like the rest of us Instaphiles, I freak out every time Instagram changes anything, so I’m freaking out today over the news that Instagram now supports the sharing of short videos.But my freakouts aren’t because I’m afraid of change. (So Google+ got 41 incremental changes today? Cool, not too worried.) No, I lose my shit every time Instagram tinkers around with its recipe because it’s an app that I love, one uniquely unsullied by ads, undiluted by some scattered vision—until now, anyway.What happened to not messing with perfection?The reality is that Facebook owns Instagram and Facebook is obsessed with doing all the things … just look at Poke, Facebook Camera, Facebook Messenger, etc. Why launch a Vine-like video product under Instagram’s banner? Slap a Facebook label on it and jet another spinoff app into the mobile void. What happened to not messing with perfection?Instagram’s Identity CrisisWith video for Instagram, our beloved single-purpose app suddenly is seeing double. Sure, it makes sense to acknowledge the existence of Vine, but I’m not convinced that Vine users and the rest of the mobile Web’s budding videographers have meaningful overlap with Instagram users. Instagram is a flourishing mobile photo-sharing community, one with its own language (like how Instagram has become a verb), customs (the Throwback Thursday hashtag, or #tbt), and culture. Adding an entirely new medium to the mix changes everything. In my feed, the signal-to-noise ratio is already off-kilter. Scrolling through a mix of not-so-artful video stills and the traditional Instagram pics that I care about already feels messy. Sure, Instagram lets you pick the cover image, but users need to learn how to make use of that feature. I’m already wondering which of the accounts I follow will take the new route—and how long I’ll be able to hang on before unfollowing them, hoping they don’t notice.Now Instagram does two things. And that’s one too many for any good app, if you ask me. Videos Are A (Beastly) Different BeastI admit that I have more of a disdain for video content than most people in my cohort. I didn’t watch “Gangnam Style” until one billion people had already beaten me to the punch late last December. For us social-media users prone to motion sickness, Instagram was a safe harbor—up until today. No, I won’t watch the YouTube video of the fabulous all-male cheerleading squad in Alabama that you just sent me the link for, though I’m sure that it’s charming. And no, I will not remember to open Vine more than once every two weeks. And good god no, I will not be—and may not be capable of—catching up on my Snapchats. Ever. Similarly, I will not watch your videos on Instagram, as cleverly executed and chock-a-block with cats as they might be. As a writer, I like words. As a photographer and an Instagrammer, I like images.I just wish that they would stay still. Image courtesy of Instagram’s blog. Tags:#apps#Facebook#Instagram#photo sharing#twitter#video#video sharing#Vine Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… taylor hatmaker Related Posts center_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

Harmanpreet to lead India in ICC Women’s World T20, Mandhana named vice-captain

first_imgHarmanpreet Kaur will captain India at the sixth ICC Women’s World Twenty20 as a 15-member squad was announced for the tournament which will be held in the West Indies from November 9 to 24.Harmanpreet Kaur has been leading India in the T20 format for quite sometime now and the All-India Women’s Selection Committee elected Smriti Mandhana as her deputy.Both Harmanpreet and especially, Mandhana have been in sensational form this year. While captain Harmanpreet has been consistently performing well for India in all departments, especially batting and fielding, Mandhana took the Kia Super League in England by storm.Mandhana smashed 387 runs in seven innings for Western Storms, including a 60-ball hundred and two fifties, including the 18-ball 50, which was the fastest half century in women’s T20 cricket.Recently during India’s T20I series against Sri Lanka, both Mandhana and Harmanpreet performed well to help India win the series 4-0.Also read – Harmanpreet, Jemimah star as India sweep Women’s T20 series vs Sri LankaBased on all these performances this year, the likes of Mithali Raj, Veda Krishnamurthy, Deepti Sharma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Anuja Patil, Ekta Bisht and Poonam Yadav have also been selected in the squad.During the ODI series against Sri Lanka recently, Mithali Raj managed a career-best 125 not out but India had lost the match by three wickets.India are placed in Group B along with Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Ireland in the 10-team event.India will begin their campaign against New Zealand in Guyana on November 9, followed by matches against arch-rivals Pakistan (November 11), Ireland (November 15) and Australia (November 17).advertisementIndia women’s squad: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana (vice-captain), Mithali Raj, Jemimah Rodrigues, Veda Krishnamurthy, Deepti Sharma, Tanya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Anuja Patil, Ekta Bisht, D Hemalatha, Mansi Joshi, Pooja Vastrakar, Arundhati Reddy.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Abhinandan Mooch: Gurgaon to Bengaluru, men rush to get the gunslinger

first_imgWith the return of our hero, Indian Air Force Wing Commander, Abhinandan Varthaman, the whole country is in a mood to celebrate.The entire nation is his fan and everybody is trying to copy his statement mooch. If you didn’t notice yet, (which we find difficult to believe) the IAF officer sports a thick gunslinger moustache with thin mutton chop beard and a proud smile.Twitter has been flooded with posts of people trying to don the same look as the IAF Wing Commander.The latest tweet shared by ANI, shows a Bengaluru man, Mohammed Chand, trying to copy his look and calling him a hero.Wing Commander #AbhinandanVarthaman’s moustache style getting popular. A Bengaluru local Mohammed Chand says,’ I’m his fan, we follow him. I like his style. He is the real hero; I’m happy.’ pic.twitter.com/cT7QGXntMsANI (@ANI) March 3, 2019The tweet has gone viral and men from all across the country are sharing their images sporting the same thick gunslinger mustache with thin mutton chop beard and especially a proud smile.pic.twitter.com/YfsAfSum3lAVISHEK MODI 2.0 #indiafirst (@Jain998Jain) March 3, 2019pic.twitter.com/ALyCPbpeQWAshutosh Kumar (@ashu85ac) March 3, 2019pic.twitter.com/20s4DjnoxgHimalayan Monk(Amol) (@Himalayan_Monk) March 2, 2019This trend is not ending anytime soon.My Amul Mooch! for Abhinandan ji pic.twitter.com/0GHCCwuziuSaurabh Kapoor (@eyefai) March 2, 2019Ooo, well.Tamil people have been using this moustache style since a long time. Abhinandan is also a Tamilian. pic.twitter.com/KnYpnTZHqJadvertisement. (@3rd_w0r1d) March 3, 2019For all the women.pic.twitter.com/dsREDxxkgCfarrah raja (@farrahraja) March 2, 2019There is an alternative too.Jinki mooche nahi hai wo udaas na hoye. Black Marker se bhi kaam chalaya ja Sakta haiRoshan Rai (@RoshanKrRai) March 3, 2019It totally does.This moustache has separate fan baseRohan Thakur (@baelessPurush) March 3, 2019The Indian company, Amul which is also famous for giving special tributes to people, showed their respect, in their own statement way.#Amul Mooch: To Abhinandan from Amul! pic.twitter.com/NAG3zNMlILAmul.coop (@Amul_Coop) March 2, 2019Giving a fitting tribute to the mooch, with a video titled Mooch Nahin Toh Kuch Nahin, Amul posted a video on its Twitter account.The video starts with men flaunting their mustache as a quirky song plays in the background.And guess what, even Padmaavat star Jim Sarbh makes a cameo in it. Also, a little girl comes at the end of the video with a milk-mustache on her face.ALSO SEE | Amul pays Abhinandan a tribute with mooch love. Viral video wins the internetALSO WATCH | Watch the moment Abhinandan Varthaman returned homelast_img read more