Falcons become butt of the joke after Super Bowl collapse

first_imgWinning start 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 Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Atlanta coach Dan Quinn has pushed his team to look forward, not backward.He keeps insisting there will be no hangover from the devastating loss.“When we came back, I knew there was going to be questions like, ‘OK, how much more work do we have to do to talk about last year?’” Quinn said. “I got my answer pretty early in training camp when I saw us go for it in the biggest way.”But he understands that plenty of Atlanta fans are a bit sensitive to all the barbs.“I love our fans,” Quinn said. “For them to get (ticked off) about it, that’s cool with me.”That means you, Peyton Manning, who got in on the act at the ESPY Awards.“I believe in the Falcons. I believe in (MVP quarterback) Matt Ryan and Dan Quinn, and I know in my heart the Falcons will be back,” the former NFL great said, setting up his zinger. “I wanted the Falcons to hear that from me now, at the beginning of the show, because they’re going to stop paying attention three-quarters of the way in.”Even two other NFC South rivals, teams the Falcons will face twice this season, couldn’t resist the chance to pile on.On March 28 — yep, 3-28 — the Carolina Panthers tweeted a picture of four players. But only two were tagged: No. 3 (Derek Anderson) and No. 28 (Johnathan Stewart). Clearly, that was no coincidence, which became apparent when the tweet was quietly deleted a few hours later.A couple of months later, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sent out a seemingly innocuous tweet pitching their team-logo fidget spinners. When the Falcons’ account chimed in with a GIF of cornerback Desmond Trufant asking if the Bucs were “nervous about something,” the Bucs quickly responded by tweeting a picture of cornerback Vernon Hargreaves (No. 28) celebrating with quarterback Jameis Winston (No. 3). Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter, a former Falcons’ offensive coordinator, wound up apologizing for that little back-and-forth.No need, said Falcons safety Ricardo Allen.This team can take it.“It does nothing for us,” he said Wednesday. “This world is so lost in staying in the past… Yes, we lost that game. They won that game. That’s last year. This is a new year. This team, we have the mindset of next-play mentality.“If you have a bad play, OK, next play. They’re going to make plays. Bad game? Next game.”Ryan, in a way, addressed the issue head-on by taking part in a Gatorade television commercial that featured, among others, Michael Jordan and Serena Williams talking about their biggest disappointments. Titled “The Secret to Victory,” it ends with a recreation of the Falcons quarterback dejectedly leaving the field after the Super Bowl, a voiceover describing his “utter disbelief,” before he stares into the camera and says one word.Defeat.Then it shows Ryan getting back to work, throwing one pass after another on the practice field, ending with the mantra, “Make Defeat Your Fuel.”“It’s about moving forward,” Ryan said. “To me, that’s what made sense. You learn from all these things throughout your life. Different things happen to you along the way. You learn from them and try to use them as motivation.”And the jokes? Is he using those as motivation? End of his agony? 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It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Of course, that punch line references the score late in the third quarter of last season’s Super Bowl, when it looked as though the Atlanta Falcons would finally win their first championship.Then, as they remember all too painfully in these parts, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots scored 31 consecutive points to pull off the greatest comeback in the title game’s 51-year history, winning 34-28 in overtime.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendBrady collected his fifth ring.The Falcons became the butt of the joke. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Isaiah Thomas on trade to Cavaliers: ‘It still hurts’ Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ “No,” Ryan shot back, managing a weak smile. “I don’t pay much attention to it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lots and lots of jokes.Even now, as Atlanta prepares to open the season Sunday with a road game against the Chicago Bears, there’s no sign of the jabs letting up.Just last weekend, when Texas A&M squandered a 34-point lead in the second half and lost 45-44 to UCLA, a Lou Holtz parody account on Twitter claimed the Aggies were unveiling a new logo. Naturally, it was the Falcons’ distinctive emblem.In New Orleans, home of the Falcons’ biggest rival, the Dirty Coast shop on Magazine Street has been offering T-shirts with a scoreboard-like design “28-3, 3rd, 2:12” — when Atlanta was still up by 25. As if that wasn’t enough to bring a smile to Saints’ fans, the store also has been raising money to put up a billboard with the same design outside Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Falcons’ new stadium.“I don’t pay attention to that,” Atlanta linebacker Deion Jones said with a shrug. “It happened. We can’t go back and change it. So, I mean, you lick your wounds a little bit, then you have to get on with your life.”ADVERTISEMENT A costly, catty dispute finally settled LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Break new ground MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Premier League team of the day, including Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal stars

first_img Attacking midfielder: Ross Barkley (Everton) – With Jack Wilshere struggling with injury, there is a place up for grabs in England’s starting XI and on this form the strapping Toffees star could land it. His driving runs saw him complete seven dribbles against Stoke City, while he also laid on the assist for Gerard Deulofeu. Right back: Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur) – The ex-Burnley man has found life tough at White Hart Lane, struggling to find his way past a revitalised Kyle Walker. He’s made do with sporadic Europa League outings but shone when needed against Watford. Playing as a wing-back, Trippier did well down the flank and took up his defensive duties too. His assist for Heung-Min Son’s goal will boost his confidence. 11 11 Centre back: Gabriel (Arsenal) – He came into the Gunners line up as a replacement for Laurent Koscielny with partner Per Mertesacker low on morale after his performance in their 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Southampton on Boxing Day. The Brazilian stepped up to the plate and grabbed a goal too. 11 11 Attacking midfielder: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – Currently, the German star is set for a record-breaking season for the Gunners and his telepathic relationship with Olivier Giroud, which works both ways too, is exciting Arsenal fans. An assist and a goal saw Bournemouth dispatched with ease as they bounced back from a 4-0 defeat to Southampton. 11 Centre back: Gareth McAuley (West Brom) – With Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez on the prowl against the Baggies, McAuley had to be at his best and the Northern Irish star proved his quality as he and his team-mates kept a clean sheet. He’s not led the most glamorous career ever, taking in Linfield, Crusaders, Coleraine, Lincoln City, Leicester and Ipswich before landing his move to West Brom, and he’s not getting any younger at 36 but he’s proving a key man for Tony Pulis. With bellies full of mince pies, the Premier League’s top stars got back into action just two days after their Boxing Day fixtures to produce some highly entertaining action.There were 18 goals in eight games, with Everton and Stoke playing out a seven-goal thriller, while Manchester United and Chelsea were involved in the most predictable 0-0 draw ever.Arsenal bounced back from a thrashing on the 26th to beat Bournemouth and return, for the time being, to the top of the table, while Tottenham have sneaked up to third by beating Watford.But who makes the talkSPORT Team of the Day for December 28? Check out the XI by clicking the right arrow above… 11 11 Left winger: Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) – The Austrian star has made significant strides this season and is undoubtedly one of the most improved players in the Premier League. He coolly gave the Potters victory from the penalty spot in a seven-goal thriller and also notched an assist, as well as being a general nuisance. Right winger: Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) – Whether he meant it or not, the Swiss star has given us another glimpse of his quality with a double against Everton in the Potters’ sensational 4-3 victory. He’s hitting his stride for Mark Hughes and is forming an important part of their excellent front four. Goalkeeper: David De Gea (Manchester United) – Click the right arrow to see who else made our team of the day… – It could have been either of the goalkeepers involved in the 0-0 draw between the Red Devils and Chelsea but the Spaniard edges out Thibaut Courtois thanks to a magnificent double save in the second half. Things would be a lot worse at Old Trafford without De Gea and had it not been for his performance on Monday, Louis van Gaal could be out of a job. Defensive midfield: Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham United) – Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini have been amongst the headline grabbers for Slaven Bilic’s Hammers this season but the man quietly getting business done in midfield is Kouyate. The 26-year-old is a monstrous midfield figure, despite his relatively slender frame, and put in another steely display with five tackles and four aerial duels won during the game with the Saints. 11 11 Left back: Robbie Brady (Norwich City) – People may have scoffed at the Irishman’s £7m transfer fee in the summer but he’s certainly proving the doubters wrong at Carrow Road. Consistently a top performer for Alex Neil he carried on his form against Aston Villa, helping his team to keep a clean sheet and getting forward when possible. 11 11 Striker: Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – The brilliant Belgian has now hit 11 goals in 10 games across all competitions after bagging a brace against Stoke City. He couldn’t give the Toffees victory but it’s vitally important he keeps this form up if Roberto Martinez’s men are to move their way up the Premier League table.last_img read more

Letterkenny Busking Festival hits all the right notes – Picture Special

first_imgLetterkenny town was bustling at the weekend as large crowds of visitors and shoppers gathered together on the Main Street to witness the fifth annual Letterkenny Busking Festival.On Saturday August 24th, over thirty buskers and performance groups lined the Main street, entertaining the crowds and competing to win top cash prizes. The buskers travelled to Letterkenny from all parts of the county and country and provided great entertainment to our town’s visitors.This year’s festival hosted a variety of performers, such as street entertainers, magicians and even a live painter! Music acts consisted of trad bands, solo performers, violinists, acoustic guitarists and more. Polxroid made up of Catherine Gallagher and Ciaran Coleman, Ballybofey and Castlefinn with Cllr. John O’Donnell, Chairman of the Letterkenny-Milford Municipal Area, Leonard Watson, President of the Letterkenny Chamber during the Letterkenny Busking Festival on Saturday.Carragh Lynch, Muff with Cllr. John O’Donnell, Chairman of the Letterkenny-Milford Municipal Area, Leonard Watson, President of the Letterkenny Chamber during the Letterkenny Busking Festival on Saturday.Overall competition winners Rag A Ra pictured alongside Letterkenny Chamber President Leonard Watson and John O’Donnell, Mayor of Letterkenny-Milford Municipal District.The buskers performed from 11am to 2pm and were visited by this year’s judges, singer/songwriter Tanya McCole, Highland Radio presenter Paul McDevitt and well-known local performer Martin Orr. The judges were amazed at the variety of acts taking part and had the tough task of choosing the final winners.The competition winners were announced at the prize giving party in McGinley’s Bar beer garden. The buskers and their families enjoyed some light refreshments and music from singer and guitarist Mark McClean, before the prizes were presented by Letterkenny Chamber president, Leonard Watson.In first place were trad group Rag A Ra, in second place were family trad group COSA and in third place was magician Jessica Harkin. Highly commended prizes were also awarded to singer and guitarist, John Gregg, violinist and concertina duo Aine and Sophie Ferry, singer and guitarist Aidan Laird and singer and guitarist Clara Sharvin.Letterkenny Busking Festival favourite Jessica Harkin, who placed third in our annual competition.Caela Carr, Letterkenny with Cllr. John O’Donnell, Chairman of the Letterkenny-Milford Municipal Area, Leonard Watson, President of the Letterkenny Chamber during the Letterkenny Busking Festival on Saturday.Prize winners Aine and Sophie Ferry entertaining the crowds at the 2019 Letterkenny Busking Festival.Leonard Watson of Letterkenny Chamber had this to say about the event, “This year’s busking festival has been our biggest yet! We were delighted with the large number of buskers that took part in this year’s festival and are already in the process of planning next years festival which we hope will be even bigger! One of the best things about events like these is that they bring locals and visitors together and help to showcase all the great businesses that we have on Letterkenny Main Street! We are really looking forward to our 2020 festival!” Letterkenny Chamber President, Leonard Watson and John O’Donnell, Mayor of Letterkenny-Milford Municipal District alongside Clara Sharvin, who won a prize in the competition.Competition participant George McCready (Mr Majestic), enjoying the festival with alongside Letterkenny Chamber President Leonard Watson and John O’Donnell, Mayor of Letterkenny-Milford Municipal District.Fire spinner Dani Burns, Letterkenny with Cllr. John O’Donnell, Chairman of the Letterkenny-Milford Area, Leonard Watson, President of the Letterkenny Chamber during the Letterkenny Busking Festival on Saturday.All at Letterkenny Chamber and ShopLK wish to thank all our buskers, judges and everyone who came along to support the festival. We hope to make the 2020 festival even bigger so keep an eye out on our Letterkenny Busking Festival Facebook page for more information on next year’s event.ShopLK is funded by Donegal County CouncilLetterkenny Busking Festival hits all the right notes – Picture Special was last modified: August 28th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:letterkenny buskingLetterkenny Main StreetMUSICShop LKlast_img read more

Danger in the skies

first_imgAir travel is booming with growth rates surging at 5 per cent a year. Boeing and Airbus are responding manufacturing aircraft in record numbers to meet demand. However the problem is the industry could soon be facing a significant shortage of skilled pilots to fly them.The 2014 Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook projects the need for 533,000 new commercial airline pilots worldwide over the next 20 years. To meet the demand, “We probably need 8,000 to 10,000 pilots per year in the United States alone,” says Kit Darby, president of Kit Darby.com Aviation Consulting in Atlanta. The noted industry observer says the rest of the world will have to come up with twice that number. In the U.S. Darby says flight schools are only producing about 2,000 commercial pilots per year; the military some 1,000 to 2,000.Low Entry Pay A February 28, 2014 report by the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) concludes the shortage stems from “imminent retirements, fewer pilots exiting the military, and new rules increasing the number of flight hours needed to become a co-pilot.” Then there’s the matter of pay, entry pay for commuter/regional airline pilots in the U.S. be precise.Commuter/Regional airlines are the point of entry for many pilots, where they start their professional career.According to Darby’s figures pay averages US$24,335 per year in 2014 for flying those flying the smallest aircraft, such as 19-passenger Beech 1900D propjets. To earn the right to sit in the low-paying right-hand co-pilot’s seat of such an aircraft, the U.S. Airline Pilots Association’s Fact Sheet says, “many new pilots have invested US$150,000 or more in their college education and flight training with the expectation that they will be able to pay off their loans and eventually earn a salary that is commensurate with their education, training and experience.”By contrast an assistant manager at a McDonald’s fast food restaurant in the U.S. earns an average of US$29,076. And they don’t have to pay US$150,000 to train for the job.To make sense of that pay difference, Darby believes you’ve got to put things in perspective. His figures show the average yearly pay for a captain flying the smallest commuter/regional aircraft is US$76,965. Top paid regional airline captains in the U.S. “can make US$110,000 to US$120,00 per year,” he says. “That’s clearly a career.”If the regional airlines act as stating places for pilots’ professional career, major carriers are the springboard to far higher earnings. Darby says a pilot hired on by a U.S. major at age 30, who goes on to retire at age 65, can realistically expect to earn approximately US$10 million in pay, benefits and retirement.But first you’ve got to manage to make it through the lean years in the co-pilot’s seat of a regional aircraft. That’s the hard part, the part that renders the airline profession less than attractive.Pay PerceptionsIf low entry pay per se persuades some not to become pilots, so too does the perception of the total price paid to pursue this sometime precarious profession. In the wake of the September 11 attacks some airlines went bankrupt. Others went out of business. US Pilots suffered a 40 per cent pay cut over the past ten years due to airlines restructuring after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.One 747-400 captain for a major airline, a person at the top of his profession puts a human touch to this. Preferring not to be identified, the captain says when his airline went bankrupt not only did he lose 35 percent of his pay, but US$250,000 worth of stock and 80 percent of his pension. Much of that has been regained, but not all.“I’m one of the lucky ones,” he says. “I really am. I’ve had a good career. I’m a 747 captain, so I’m at the top of the pile.” Still, he wouldn’t recommend his profession to anyone. “I can’t imagine anyone wanting to be an airline pilot,” he says. “It’s too hard.”Indeed, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) says one of the main challenges in increasing the number of airline pilots is “reduced career interests of younger generations.”Stricter RequirementsAfter Continental Connection Flight 3407 crash on February 12, 2009 outside of Buffalo, New York the U.S. Congress passed a law mandating, among other things, that most pilots have at least 1,500 hours of flight time to get an Airline Transport Pilot certificate, or ATP. Before that, a person could fly as co-pilot with a few as 250 hours.This, and other measures, were designed to cut the number of pilot error accidents. Time will tell if the measures will do that. What the 600 percent expansion of minimum flight time has done, however, is add to the obligation an aspiring co-pilot must fulfill before going to work for a U.S. airline.How the Shortage Affects FlyersU.S. regional/commuter carriers are most affected by the new rules. But so is the airline industry as a whole. Remember, regional airlines feed major carriers with pilots.Approximately 18,000 airline pilots are due to retire over the next eight years and there is a significant need to recruit pilots from those regional carriers.In the May 15, 2014 edition of the U.S. Regional Airline Association’s newsletter Regional Horizons, RAA Senior Vice President Government Affairs Faye Malarkey Black said the stage is now set for “a perfect storm” of a pilot shortage over the next few years.The effects of that storm are already being felt, not just in the United States, and not merely among regional airlines. Regional Airline Great Lakes Aviation suspended flights to six U.S. cities in early 2014, citing lack of pilots. Regional airlines are bracing for more route cutbacks.If the shortage is becoming acute in some sectors in the U.S., Darby contends, “It’s worse” in the rest of the world, “far worse.” Take Japan, for instance, a nation whose population is growing older. This fact has helped fuel a significant pilot shortage there. Cases-in-point: Peach Aviation and Vanilla Air, a pair of Japanese low-fare airlines. Both have had to cancel flights earlier this year. Neither had enough pilots to fly their full schedule of A320 departures.Based on June 2013 data derived by IATA from Boeing, the Asia/Pacific region tops the list of regions in most need of pilots between then and 2030. That part of the planet must somehow come up with 9,280 pilots per year, or 185,600 overall.Next in need is Europe, where the demand is for 5,045 each year, 100,900 in total. North American airlines must have 3,450 new pilots per year, 69,000 overall. Latin America is very much in the equation, with a yearly requirement of 2,100 pilots, and longer-term demand for 42,000. Africa needs 725 new pilots per annum, 14,500 in all. Lastly, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States require 525 pilots every year to meet demand, 11,900 in all.Who’s Paid What, WhereComparing airline pay across the globe is far from an exact science. Just what constitutes compensation differs – sometimes significantly. Typically airline pilots fly a maximum of 1,000 hours annually. In the U.S. that cap is mandated by regulation. The 1,000-hour total limit has to fit into a framework of no more than 30 hours of flight time during a seven-day period, and no more than 100 hours per month.Pilot pay is based not just on hours flown, but “on weight and forward speed of the aircraft,” says Darby. “That determines pilot productivity, and is the basis for the pay.” For example, a 400-seat Boeing 747-400 pilot is typically paid more than an 180-seat Airbus A320 pilot.AirlineRatings.com derived pay data from a number of sources: KitDarby.com Aviation Consulting, IAC, Airline Pilot Central, Flightglobal and some airlines. These numbers do not necessarily take into consideration things such as housing allowances and the tax-free status of pay, in some instances, for foreign expatriate pilots. Those elements can boost total compensation considerably.Two figures matter most: average entry-level first officer (co-pilot) pay and average top captain’s pay. Looked at that way the leading U.S. passenger airline is Delta, which pays its entering first officers an average of US$68 per hour. That’s as much as US$6,800 per month and US$68,000 a year. Average top captain’s pay at Delta is $213 per hour. If based on 100 flying hours maximum per month, and 1,000 per year that translates into US$21,300 each month, or US$213,000 a year.By contrast, a Korean Air 747-400 first officer can earn as much as US$9,800 per month, and a 747 captain as much as US$16,100.Cathay Pacific’s first officers can earn US$8,878 each month; top captains US$14,343.Based on basic salary plus flying pay, Emirates first officers are paid around US$7,935 a month; Captain’s pay can be US$11,227.In Australia a Qantas A330 captain takes home up to A$260,000 a year, (A$21,666 a month) whereas a Virgin Australia A330 skipper will get around A$242,000.For a Qantas A380 captain the remuneration is higher at A$350,000 (A$29,166 a month) compared to a Virgin Australia 777 captain at A$262,000.A recent article in The New York Times says experienced pilots at German flag carrier Lufthansa “can easily earn…about US$275,000 each year.”But it’s China where pilot demand (particularly for foreign captains) is soaring. And so is the foreign pilot pay scale. Jim Morris is CEO of Australia-based IAC, an international airline pilot recruiting firm. He asserts, “You cannot get [expatriate pilots] to go there for love nor money at the moment.” Not even at captain’s pay that’s around US$20,000 per month. He says that 20K paycheck “would have been unheard of two or three years ago.”The pay disparity between local pilots and expatriate cockpit crewmembers can be significant, and not just in China. “The pay rates…for foreign pilots under contract…are usually premium rates,” says Kip Darby. That can produce real tensions in the cockpit. “Local pilots making less look at foreign pilots making more and [they’re] not happy with that.” Indeed, earlier this year more than 100 Air China pilots signed a letter to the airlines’ management, citing complaints about pay and scheduling differences in how the two groups are treated.In the end, however, IAC’s Jim Morris says the challenge in attracting contract pilots to work in China isn’t pay per se. Increasingly, it’s lifestyle. “Pilots are not all motivated by money,” says Morris. “Route structures, the ability to come home and be with your family” are critical.Solutions?There are things industry can do to meet the expected demand. Whatever action is taken (and some is already underway) time is precious. “This is not something you can do overnight,” says Kit Darby. It’s not like turning on a tap and expecting fully-qualified pilots to suddenly flow out. The process “can easily take eight years,” He says.“We find ourselves with a structural problem based on the system of how we train pilots,” contends Dan Akins of the aviation consultancy Flightpath Economics. Speaking before the 39th Regional Airline Association Convention he said, “We have to regain some kind of linkage between the airlines and cadet pilots” saying that since the 1970s “We have offloaded the training expense on the military and on the backs of the students themselves.”Darby notes that back in the 1960s, when there was an earlier pilot shortage, airlines reached out to pilots “and helped them pay for their training.”In fact, in its report Aviation Workforce: Current and Future Availability of Airline Pilots the U.S. Government Accountability Office says airlines are already taking action. Several regionals interviewed by GAO have “developed partnerships with schools to provide incentives and clearer career paths for new pilots.”The GAO reports says some regionals, and pilot schools, believe the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration “could do more to give credit for various kinds of flight experience” to meet the new, higher U.S. 1,500-flight hour threshold.All agree the system needs adjustment. Darby thinks it should be more than a mere tweaking of the structure. “It takes a certain type of personality to do this job,” to be an airline pilot. “Just because you have a flight rating and training doesn’t mean you have the ‘right stuff,’” he contends.One thing is certain in all this: it’s the traveling public that will eventually pay the cost of the emerging pilot shortage. How big the bill and how long before payment is due are the only real questions.But it is essential that pilots are well paid for their work and sacrifice and the career is as attractive as possible. It is of great concern that the emergence of low cost airlines has also meant that we are getting low cost pilots. This is something that the industry cannot afford and is a false economy.last_img read more

Meet the German Robin Hood. — Schinderhannes (GC23VXF) — Geocache of the Week

first_img SharePrint RelatedBy the light of the silvery moon (GC1BT32) — Geocache of the WeekAugust 13, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Barney Smith’s Toilet Seat Museum — Geocache of the WeekJanuary 10, 2018In “Community”Aloha from Hawaii! — Honu Beach Cache (GC102CV) — Geocache of the WeekJanuary 20, 2016In “Community” A geo-dog with Schinderhannes. Photo by geocacher GlaubensbruderThroughout the world, many people have heard the tale of Robin Hood. In case you haven’t, here’s a quick recap: an expert archer and his gang of merry men live in the forest, steal from the rich and give to the poor. There have been many movies made and even more books written about him. However, for this week’s Geocache of the Week, we’re going to get to know a man who is sometimes known as the “German Robin Hood”, Schinderhannes. In fact, you’ll even come face-to-face with this German literary hero when you earn your smiley for (the aptly named) Schinderhannes (GC23VXF).To find this difficulty 1, terrain 2.5 geocache, you’ll have to travel deep into the Hunsrück mountains in the Rhineland. This is the area that Schinderhannes and his gang were known to hide out. While he is now known as a literary hero, this wasn’t always the case. Before his death, he was merely known as a criminal. It wasn’t until afterwards that incredible tales of his life emerged and he became known as a gentleman thief and helper of the poor. These tales became more widely known with the 1927 premier of Carl Zuckermayer’s play Schinderhannes.A close-up of Schinderhannes. Photo by geocacher jtdd.While the story is interesting, the actual craftsmanship that went into the container is where this geocache shines. One look at one of the more than 2,200 logs and you’ll see why this geocache have over 1,200 Favorite Points. Geocacher BenTien says, “what a cache !!! Really amazing – never seen something like this. It must have been a lot of work to create this one, and get it here to this beautiful location. Definitely one of my top favorite caches, so another well deserved FP.” “Extremely good cache. I will gladly share a FP on this one. One of the best caches on the whole week,” said geocacher camdan.Unloading Schinderhannes.You can tell from the photos of the installation, this geocache is the product of several geocachers coming together to create something amazing. If you’re looking to collaborate with other geocachers—on hides or finds—be sure to check out the Geocaching event calendar and our new “Events and Groups” tab on the Geocaching Facebook page. Have you ever worked together with your local geocaching community to create a geocache, solve a tough puzzle ‘cache or host an event? Tell us about it in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to pr@geocaching.com.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Bihar shelter case: ED to attach assets of accused

first_imgThe Enforcement Directorate (ED) has identified the properties of Brajesh Thakur, the main accused in the case involving sexual assault of at least 34 girl inmates at a shelter home in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur for attachment under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).The agency is probing the money laundering charge on the basis of a First Information Report (FIR) lodged by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in July last year. The statement of the accused was recently recorded at the Patiala jail in Punjab, where he was kept in judicial custody on the court’s instructions. It is learnt that his assets, worth more than ₹6 crore, have been listed as alleged proceeds of the crime for attachment.The CBI has so far recorded the statement of 33 victims in connection with the case, and most of them have given their testimonies against Mr. Thakur, alleging that he would bring in people for sexually assaulting them.Some victims were allegedly also taken to hotels where they were raped. As directed by the court, each instance of rape is to be treated as a separate charge for the trial of the accused persons.In November last year, the CBI had arrested Shaista Parveen, an alleged close accomplice of Brajesh Thakur, on charges of facilitating sexual abuse of the girl inmates. The victims have also accused her of making them dance before visitors.The Muzaffarpur shelter home was being run by an NGO named Sewa Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti, whose movable and immovable assets has been frozen pending investigation.As directed by the Supreme Court, based on a Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) report, the CBI has registered nine cases of alleged sexual, physical and mental abuse of inmates at shelter homes in Bihar. Eight more cases on similar charges are to be lodged for the prosecution of all those involved.last_img read more

UAAP Volleyball: UE pulls off another stunner, keeps UST skidding

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving View comments Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City UE Lady Red Warriors. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the East pulled off another upset when it dismantled University of Santo Tomas, 25-23, 18-25, 28-25, 26-24, for its second straight win in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Warriors notched their second win this season, already matching their combined win total from Seasons 78 and 78, against six losses and sent the Golden Tigresses to their fourth straight loss.ADVERTISEMENT Beal scores 30 as Wizards edge Heat in overtime LATEST STORIES UE’s win marked the first time in school history that the Lady Warriors defeated UST in the Final Four era that began in the 1993-1994 academic year, and also the first time since 2012 that the Lady Warriors won two straight games.“No words can express how happy I am right now,” said UE interim coach and athletic director Rod Roque.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFrom a 24-22 deficit in the fourth set, the Lady Warriors fought their way back and tied at 24-all when Shaya Adorador converted with a crosscourt kill.Cecilia Bangad then put too much on her hit as it crossed the sideline and gave UE the 25-24 lead before another error on UST’s part gave the Lady Warriors the victory. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Cherry Rondina had 25 points to lead UST while Dimdim Pacres and Tin Francisco combined for 28 points. MOST READ Read Next Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Roque added UE capitalized on the Golden Tigresses’ lackadaisical attitude to score the win.“They underestimated us and that was a big factor, they thought the Lady Warriors wouldn’t put up a fight,” said Roque in Filipino. “We scouted the video, how UST’s players position themselves and we studied that and the players exchanged ideas.”It wasn’t just in the fourth set that UST collapsed after scoring the 24th point.The Golden Tigresses led 24-20 in the third but ultimately allowed the Lady Warriors to outscore them 8-2 to end the set at 28-26.Mary Ann Mendrez led UE with 21 points while Adorador and Judith Abil had 15 and 10 points, apiece.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

UEFA bans PSG’s Neymar for 3 games for insulting officials

first_imgLATEST STORIES Rain or Shine forces Game 7 PSG’s Neymar runs with the ball during the French League One soccer match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Monaco at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Sunday April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)NYON, Switzerland — UEFA has banned Neymar for three European matches for insulting the officials after Paris Saint-Germain lost to Manchester United in the Champions League.Following the round-of-16 game in March, Neymar used Instagram to aim an expletive and insults at video review officials who intervened before Man United was awarded a stoppage-time penalty for a handball that eliminated PSG.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View comments The forward wrote: “They put four guys that do not understand football to watch it in slow motion. This doesn’t exist!”Neymar, who was injured and did not play, then used profanity while writing about the video assistants.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, logisticsAs it stands, the UEFA ruling means Neymar is set to miss half of PSG’s six games in the Champions League group stage next season.last_img read more