The biggest threat to New Year’s resolutions is procrastination. Instead of being a slacker and waiting until spring, don’t delay in getting your competitive season underway. There are plenty of great races at the turn of 2012, so choose your adventure and start the year off right.Cycle Polar Bear Metric CenturyWinston-Salem, N.C. • January 1 Pull on some tights and pedal through the chilly wind at this annual cycling event that benefits cancer services in the Piedmont. The metric century (62 miles) winds through the country roads of four counties surrounding Winston-Salem with plenty of rolling hills to get you warmed up. Shorter 25- and 30-mile course options are also offered.gopolar.org Hike New Year’s Day Hike on the C&O Canal Towpath Washington, D.C. • January 1Start the New Year with a walk in the woods. During this four-decade tradition, D.C.-area hikers meet in Georgetown and then take a 10-mile wooded stroll out of the city on the mellow-graded C&O Canal Towpath—a forested retreat that follows the Potomac River out of the nation’s capital.sierrapotomac.org PaddleCartecay River Chili RunEllijay, Ga. • January 1A little nip in the air can’t keep paddlers out of the Cartecay. This low-key event returns for the 27th year with the chilly waters of a winter river run and the warmth of a post-paddle chili cook-off. Boaters bundle up and then paddle a two-mile stretch of class II-III swells. At the take out, they’re met with a bonfire, live music, and plenty of piping hot chili—not a bad way to usher in the new year.cartecayriverexperience.comTrail RunFrozen Toe 10KRoanoke, Va. • January 7The Roanoke Non Ultra Trail Series continues to expand its reach with top-notch short-distance trail runs around the Valley. The majority of this first race in the series takes place on the near-six-mile Chestnut Ridge Loop Trail, which circles the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Roanoke Mountain campground. Recent work has the trail in prime shape, featuring some fast and flowy grades that will be perfect for setting a warm pace in the January chill.mountainjunkies.net Mountain BikeSnake Creek Gap Time TrialDalton, Ga. • January 7, February 4, & March 3This series of time trial mountain bike races is not the only battle this gap is known for hosting. Snake Creek once served as a pass for Sherman’s army during the Civil War. Now, mountain bikers trudge their way to North Georgia to pedal the IMBA Epic designated Pinhoti Trail. Whether riders choose the 17- or 34-mile point-to-point course options, they’ll face plenty of technical, gear-grinding terrain with extremely tough ending stretches on Hurricane Mountain and the razor-sharp edge of Rocky Face Ridge. The entry fee gets you into all three races with only your best run counting toward the final series standings.snake.nwgasorba.orgUltraFrosty Lake 50K Winston-Salem, N.C. • January 7With just over six miles of asphalt and another 25 of packed dirt and flat trail, you can expect to have less muscle and joint carnage than most ultras. The mellow course in the Carolina Piedmont meanders along the edge of scenic Salem Lake, as a double out-and-back loop with plenty of big open views to gauge your progress and stalk other runners to pass.twincitytc.orgMarathonCharleston MarathonCharleston, S.C. • January 14Too cold to compete in the mountains? Retreat to the low country coast and lace up for a 26.2-mile stint around a variety of Chucktown’s streetscapes—from the waterfront to the historic district and everything in between. Entering just its second year, the race is also one of the flattest Boston qualifiers you can find. Shorter distance runners also have half-marathon and 5K options.charlestonmarathon.comClimbBoat Rock Float the Boat Boulder CompAtlanta, Ga. • January 21The South’s best climbers will be pressing their chalked hands to the frigid granite at Boat Rock Preserve’s epic nearly mile-long boulder field. Join them at this long-standing comp and send classic problems like Lost Digits and Keeper of the Boat. After a long day of tough holds, you’ll be treated to brews from Sweetwater and the satisfaction that your entry fee helped preserve this Metro Atlanta hot spot, which is consistently being threatened by encroaching development.seclimbers.org
The government has repatriated another 122 Indonesian members of the global Islamic missionary movement Tablighi Jamaat who were stranded in India after attending an Islamic gathering during the COVID-19 pandemic, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said on Thursday.“On Wednesday, the Indonesian Embassy in New Delhi sent off 122 Indonesians. Thank God, they have arrived safely in Jakarta today [Thursday],” Retno said during a press briefing in her office.With the latest repatriation, a total of 515 Indonesian Tablighi Jamaat members have returned home, more than 60 percent of the 751 Indonesian pilgrims who have become stranded in 12 states in the South Asia country, according to the ministry’s data. Retno said repatriating the pilgrims amid the pandemic was not an easy matter.“The repatriation of 122 Indonesian citizens is the result of various efforts made by the teams in New Delhi and Mumbai, as well as between capitals [New Delhi and Jakarta] so that our brothers and sisters can return to Indonesia,” she said, adding that she had asked the Indian foreign minister to continue assisting the repatriation process of the remaining Indonesian Tablighi Jamaat members.As reported previously, 436 Indonesian members of the group stood trial in India for violating the country’s immigration and quarantine policies. Last month, the ministry reported that as many as 431 Indonesians had accepted the court’s ruling and been required to pay penalties ranging from 5,000 Indian rupees (US$67.89) to 10,000 rupees.Topics :
Norwegian oil major Equinor has received consent from the offshore safety body, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), for exploration drilling in the North Sea using the West Hercules drilling rig.West Hercules drilling rig. Source: LundinThe well 32/4-3 S belongs to production license 921. The well has been given the prospect name Gladsheim.Equinor is the operator of the license and holds a 50 percent ownership interest. The remaining partners are Petoro with 20 percent, and DNO and Lundin with 15 percent each.The location where the well will be drilled is in the North Sea, around 1,758 meters from the Troll 62A Cable in a water depth of 292 meters.The well will be drilled using the West Hercules drilling rig, which is owned and operated by Seadrill.West Hercules is a 6th-generation semi-submersible drilling rig built in 2008 at Daewoo Shipyard, South Korea. The facility received an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) from the PSA in 2012.Equinor was also recently given consent by the PSA to use the West Hercules for drilling of a well for CO₂ verification in the North Sea.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.
LocalNews “Bring a book and take a book” book exchange hailed a tremendous success by: – July 19, 2011 Participants at Saturday’s book exchange at the Portsmouth Market. Photo credit: Nature Island Literary Festival.Polly Pattullo of Papillote Press and a member of the Nature Island Literary Festival has described the “Bring a book and take a book” book exchange as a tremendous success.“We had our book exchange at the Portsmouth Market between 7:00 to 10:00am and several people came, it was a good success. We also had entertainment with two young poets presenting live poetry to the audience as well as pan music. There was a rich range of material to suit everyone,” she told Dominica Vibes News.Ms. Pattullo explained that the book exchange was organized to increase interest and love for reading and to make books available particularly for persons who like to read but cannot find or afford to buy them. Hence, apart from exchanging a book, participants were also able to purchase books at very reasonable prices from $1.00 to $5.00.Meantime Ms. Pattullo informed Dominica Vibes News that the Nature Island Literary Festival will be hosting another book exchange on 30th July, 2011 at the Roseau Market.“We enjoyed doing the book exchange and are looking forward to the second one this month end in Roseau. It will be at the Roseau Market from about the same time, 7:00 to 10:00 am,” she said. Dominica Vibes News Tweet Share Share Share 10 Views no discussions Sharing is caring!
March 4, 2020 Italian government orders all sporting events to take place without fans until April 3 due to coronavirus outbreak Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMILAN (AP) — Italian government orders all sporting events to take place without fans until April 3 due to coronavirus outbreak.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Former Giants ace Madison Bumgarner will face his former club at last when he takes the mound for the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday night in San Francisco. The 2014 World Series MVP missed Arizona’s visit to Oracle Park last month while rehabbing a mid-back strain. He will come off the injured list to make his first appearance since Aug. 9.The star lefty is 0-3 with a 9.35 ERA after he signed an $85 million, five-year contract with the Diamondbacks during the offseason.Trevor Cahill will make his third straight start for the D-backs.Elsewhere in the majors: — The Yankees might get shortstop Gleyber Torres back in the lineup a day earlier than expected. Torres has been out with a left hamstring strain, and manager Aaron Boone said early Friday that Torres could get back in the lineup Sunday. Boone changed course after New York split a doubleheader in Baltimore that night, saying there’s a “good chance” Torres could go Saturday against the Orioles. Torres is a career .345 hitter with 16 homers in 31 games against Baltimore. Update on the latest sports — Braves right-hander Max Fried is the only qualified starting pitcher in the majors who hasn’t given up a home run this season, a run he’ll try to extend against the Nationals. NL East-leading Atlanta has won all eight of Fried’s starts. Washington right-hander Erick Fedde will face the Braves for the first time this season, and the first time in Atlanta.TENNIS-US OPENSerena Williams vs. Sloane Stephens on Day 6NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams will face Sloane Stephens Saturday in an All-American showdown between past champions in the third round of the U.S. Open.It will be the seventh match between the two players. Williams leads the head-to-head series 5-1, including four wins in a row. But they haven’t played each other since the 2015 French Open. Stephens’ only head-to-head victory came at the 2013 Australian Open. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditKENTUCKY DERBYTiz the Law is a big favoriteLOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — In a Kentucky Derby postponed four months because of the coronavirus, Tiz the Law is the biggest favorite at 3-5 odds since 1989. He was a dominating winner of the Belmont Stakes, the kickoff to this year’s reconfigured Triple Crown. That will be the day’s second match in Arthur Ashe Stadium, following 2019 men’s runner-up Daniil Medvedev against American wild-card entry J.J. Wolf, who is ranked 138th. The Ashe schedule at night features 2014 champion Marin Cilic (CHIHL’-ihch) against No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem (teem), and Madison Keys, the runner-up to Stephens three years ago, against Alize Cornet. F1-ITALIAN GPHamilton takes Italian GP pole, Ferrari struggles againMONZA, Italy (AP) — Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton set a track record at the Italian Grand Prix as he clinched a record-extending 94th pole position Saturday.Hamilton nudged Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas into second place by just 0.069 seconds. TORONTO (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning will finally learn who their opponent will be in the Eastern Conference finals. That will be determined Saturday night when the Philadelphia Flyers meet the New York Islanders in Game 7 of their semifinal series. Philadelphia forced the deciding game with a 5-4 overtime win on Thursday night. The Flyers have won three games in overtime in the same series for the first time in franchise history. NBA PLAYOFFSGame 4 for Raptors-Celtics, Game 2 for Nuggets-ClippersLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Saturday brings another NBA playoff doubleheader. Game 4 awaits in the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics. After that, it’s Game 2 in the Western Conference semifinal series between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Clippers. The Celtics lead their matchup 2-1, while the Clippers have a 1-0 lead in their series. The Clippers have won three consecutive playoff games, which might not sound all that impressive — but it matches the longest such streak in franchise history. They also won three straight in 2015.NFL-DOLPHINS MOVESQB Josh Rosen cut by Dolphins after 1 seasonMIAMI (AP) — NFL cutdown day has forced the Miami Dolphins to acknowledge the failure of their Josh Rosen experiment. Miami has released Rosen, who was acquired from Arizona in April 2019 for second- and fifth-round draft picks. He started three games last year, throwing five interceptions and one touchdown pass, and was the No. 3 quarterback behind Ryan Fitzpatrick and rookie Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah) in training camp this summer. The decision to cut Rosen signals the Dolphins are confident in the health of top draft pick Tagovailoa, who has returned from a hip injury that ended his Alabama career in November.Rosen was the 10th overall pick by the Cardinals in 2018, and they parted with him after drafting Kyler Murray a year ago. Rosen began last season as Miami’s backup QB, replaced Fitzpatrick as the starter in Games 3 through 5, and spent the rest of the year in the No. 2 job.The Dolphins’ starter in the season opener Sept. 13 at New England will be the 37-year-old Fitzpatrick, their most valuable player in 2019.MLB-SCHEDULEBumgarner to face his former team Tiz the Law faces 15 rivals Saturday in the 1 1/4-mile Derby, the smallest field since 2003. Trainer Bob Baffert saddles 8-1 shot Authentic and 15-1 shot Thousand Words in his bid to win a record-tying sixth Derby. There won’t be any fans in the stands and the infield because of the pandemic. Says Baffert: “It’s going to be weird.”Saturday’s forecast calls for partly sunny skies and a high of 82 degrees, quite a contrast to the cool and rainy weather when the race is usually run in late spring.Post time is 7:01 p.m. EDT.NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFSFlyers and Islanders meet in Game 7 September 5, 2020 Ferrari’s troubles went from bad to worse as both cars failed to qualify inside the top 10 at the team’s home circuit for the first time since 1984.Hamilton looks on course to extend his championship lead, which stands at 47 points from Red Bull rival Max Verstappen and 50 from Bottas. Associated Press
Brown Ideye has become the latest Nigerian to head to the Chinese Super League after joining Tianjin Teda.The 28-year-old has left Greek club Olympiakos to sign a three-year deal.He will play alongside Super Eagles team-mate John Mikel Obi and Gabon international Malick Evouna.Chinese Super League clubs are on the hunt for new players ahead of the start of the new season next month.Tianjin Teda finished 11th in the Chinese Super League last season.Ideye scored 28 goals in 65 appearances for Olympiakos and won the 2016 Greek championship – his first league title in Europe. Ideye moved to Greece in August 2015 from English club West Bromwich Albion.He was West Brom’s then-record club signing when he joined them in 2014 from Dynamo Kiev, but failed to justify the huge price tag.Ideye made his international debut for Nigeria in August 2010 and has scored six goals in 27 appearances for the Super Eagles.In 2013, he helped Eagles clinch their third African Cup of Nations title in South Africa, scoring in the 4-1 semi-final victory over Mali.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
March Madness is finally here. With most conferences gearing up for their leaguetournaments this week, one of the greatest months in the sports world isfinally here. While there is a lot going on this month from spring trainingto NBA teams battling for playoff positioning to even the women?s hockey teammaking a run at a third-straight NCAA championship, college basketball is thestar of the month.And what a good month this is shaping up to be.A lot is on the line this week for teams across the country.Whether it?s teams making a case for being a No. 1 seed in the tournament orsome storied basketball programs like Syracuse, Kentucky and two-time defendingchampion Florida fighting to be included in the field of 65, it should be anexciting weekend for college basketball fans.While there will be a lot on the line across the countrythis week, there still is a lot on the line for five Big Ten teams entering theconference tournament. The Big Ten right now has four locks to make the tournamentin Indiana, Michigan State, Purdue and Wisconsin, but all will be fighting toposition themselves to get a better seed and a location close to home. Ohio State, last year?s national runner-up, has the most tofight for this weekend. The Buckeyes will most likely need to get at least oneand probably two wins in Indianapolis to make the field of 65. Getting winsover Purdue and Michigan State in the final week of the regular season willcertainly help OSU, but if the team bows out Friday, it will more than likelybe on the outside looking in. Michigan State is a lock to make it to the tournament, butthey have been one of the most inconsistent teams in the conference all year.You never know what Spartan team you are going to get: the one that managedonly 42 points at Wisconsin or the one that put up 103 at home against Indianaa couple of days later. A strongshowing in Indy will give MSU a better draw in the tournament.The same can be said for Indiana, a team that is 3-2 sinceKelvin Sampson resigned and almost lost to last-place Northwestern. Whileearlier in the season the Hoosiers looked like it would make a deep run comeMarch, it no longer seems that way. However, by winning the Big Ten tournament,Indiana could regain that swagger it had earlier in the year and be poised tomake a deep run once again. Purdue probably has the least on the line of any teams thisweekend. Yes, it can improve its seed, but the biggest thing Purdue can do ismake its case as being the best team in the Big Ten this year. The Boilermakersfell just short of at least sharing a conference crown, but should they win thetournament this weekend and possibly beat Wisconsin for the third time thisyear, Purdue could make a strong case as being the best team in the conference.Despite winning the regular season title, Wisconsin stillhas a lot to play for as well. If the Badgers make it to the championship gamethis week, and certainly if they win it, they will more than likely be given aNo. 2 seed again in the tournament. UW could join Michigan State (1999),Illinois (2005) and Ohio State (2007) as the only schools to win both theregular season and tournament titles. Wisconsin might also have a shot at getting revenge againstPurdue, should the two teams meet in the championship game, and it could alsohave a shot at breaking the school record for wins in a season set lastyear. If UW were to win thetournament title that would give it 29 wins on the year, the Badgers would onlyneed one win in the NCAA tournament to tie and two wins to break the record.Whatever happens this weekend for the Badgers and the restof the Big Ten, I know one thing for sure ? this will just be the start of anexciting time for college basketball fans. Greg is a senior majoring in communication arts. Let him know how you think the BigTen tournament will shake out at firstname.lastname@example.org
The next Esports Insider Forum Series event, on Thursday August 31st (6-10pm), will tackle the issue of betting and esports head on with a thoroughly knowledgeable and opinionated panel. Toby Oddy, Digital FuelWith in excess of 100 bookmakers now offering odds on various esports markets, the time is ripe for stakeholders in and around this space to fully grasp both its potential and its challenges. Lining up on the panel are Digital Fuel CEO Toby Oddy, Sportradar’s Head of Esports James Watson, Blinkpool CEO Suraj Gosai and Ultraplay’s Head of Esports Trading Peter Ivanov.The Integrity Commissioner of ESIC, the one and only Ian Smith, will chair the session. Suppliers Sportradar and Ultraplay have been offering odds and data on esports for some time, whilst Blinkpool is a new arrival on the betting scene. The esports only operator recently secured its UKGC licence. Toby Oddy meanwhile is involved in esports via marketing agency Digital Fuel, esports agency Code Red and some focused affiliates. This #ESIForum is being run ahead of next month’s Betting on Esports Conference (September 13-15) which we are putting on as a part of SBC Global and in partnership with SBC Events. This will see six esports betting focused panels dissecting a number of discussion worthy topics in the space, over two days with more than 25 high level speakers involved. The likes of Kinguin CEO Viktor Wanli, Win Technologies Betway Group’s Head of Esports Adam Savinson, ESL UK MD James Dean, Millennial Esports CEO Alex Igelman and more will be present to give their views. The event will also have a focused esports betting exhibition area and almost excessive networking opportunities with parties each evening. More information on this one can be found here, it’s a part of the wider #BOSCON2017 conference so there’ll be over 1,000 delegates in attendance overall. Back to the Bunkr though, where the August 31st evening will be the second in the #ESIForum Series. We run these events on a monthly basis in association with Digital Fuel, at Fnatic’s Bunkr in Shoreditch. You can watch an overview of the first below, for which a panel featuring Fnatic CEO Wouter Sleijffers, Wolfsburg FIFA Pro David Bytheway, and Gary Taphouse debated the topic of football clubs in esports.Fortaura Media was our Video Partner for the first and they’ll be there again documenting the second. The format on the night will mirror that of the first, albeit it with slightly altered times, and Tekken over FIFA for the tournament this time around. In essence, it’s networking and drinks followed by a 40 minute panel with audience questions, then back to the drinks, a Tekken tournament (with a mystery prize) and some much needed pizza. SpecialEffect will once again be the Charity Partner of the event and they’ll be there showcasing some of their products and the fantastic work they do to ensure everybody, regardless of physical ability, is able to game should they choose. We’ll also be laying on plenty of food and drinks, included in the ticket price, during the evening so arrive with an empty stomach. You can secure your tickets here (£15 plus VAT) to confirm your space on the night. Space at the Bunkr is limited and we expect this to be a sell-out so the best bet is to act now.
Boxing’s biggest free agent has a new home.Gennady Golovkin has agreed to a six-fight deal with DAZN that will see the former unified middleweight world champion fight out the rest of his career on the streaming platform. The deal is a partnership between DAZN and GGG Promotions in which the hard-hitting native of Kazakhstan will compete twice a year over the next three years, with his first fight in June against an opponent to be determined. No details regarding the worth of the contract were announced.A press event will take place next week in Los Angeles as Golovkin and Skipper will discuss the partnership. DAZN is part of DAZN Group, parent company of Sporting News. Join DAZN to watch GGG in June and 100+ fight nights a year“DAZN has quickly become the new home of boxing by making the biggest events easily available to the fans,” said Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs). “When deciding on where I wanted to continue my career, DAZN’s global vision perfectly matched my goals — not just for my career but the opportunity to showcase talented Eastern European fighters to the world. Thank you to my fans for all of the loyal support and I look forward to you joining me on DAZN.” DONE. DEAL. ✍️#WatchOnDAZN pic.twitter.com/Jt9A7hjqSz— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) March 8, 2019 Golovkin was a mainstay on HBO since 2012 and bludgeoned his way to stardom, collecting 23 straight knockouts from 2008 to 2017. The silver medalist in the 2004 Summer Olympics quickly rose to fame and made his debut on pay-per-view against David Lemieux in 2015, stopping him in the eighth round. GGG also scored victories over Kell Brook and Daniel Jacobs, the latter going the distance and ending his remarkable knockout streak. Most notably, GGG engaged in a two-fight war with Canelo Alvarez, who is also signed to DAZN. The pair battled to a highly-disputed split draw in their first meeting on Sept. 16, 2017. The rematch was just as close, but Canelo emerged victorious by a controversial majority decision last September. Golovkin became a free agent when HBO decided to close the doors on HBO Boxing, which left GGG searching for a new network. With a possible grudge match against Alvarez on the horizon, the 36-year-old made the decision to join the streaming platform. “Gennady Golovkin is a generational talent with international appeal,” DAZN Group executive chairman John Skipper said. “We’re confident he will bring his passionate fans to the platform as we produce tentpole events with his team over the next several years.”The announcement sets up DAZN to stream blockbuster fights within the middleweight division for the foreseeable future, with all of the division’s champions and many top contenders regularly appearing on the platform. A list of middleweights on DAZN includes Canelo Alvarez (WBA & WBC champion), Daniel Jacobs (IBF champion) and Demetrius Andrade (WBO champion). Canelo and Jacobs will meet at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on May 4 (also exclusively on DAZN) and there’s a strong possibility that Golovkin will face the winner later this year.MORE ABOUT DAZN• Meet DAZN, the first dedicated live sports streaming service• What sports are live-streamed on DAZN?• How much does DAZN’s live sports streaming service cost?Unlike many of his recent bouts, Golovkin will no longer appear on pay-per-view. Instead, his fights will be available to all DAZN subscribers at no extra charge. In addition, GGG Promotions will present two cards per year on DAZN beginning in 2020. Golovkin’s fights will be available in all DAZN markets, in addition to his native home of Kazakhstan.