Bambi Meets Godzilla, Bubba Meets Jesus

first_imgOne area in the New, Bubba City, got its name because prolific climber Kenny Parker and friends thought some other climbers took route naming too seriously. “In climbing, as in all sports, everyone thinks their attitude is the best. We were just having fun, and we never thought what we were doing had any greater meaning,” says Parker, who has almost 30 years of New River Gorge first ascents. At that time, he says, “Staying out of the line of fire with the locals, laying low, was always a strategy.” He says back in the 80s and early 90s, much of the land, like Endless Wall, was still privately owned. If one wanted to continue to climb there, standing out or directly disrespecting the locals was nonsensical. The Legend of Bubba How did iconic rapids and climbing routes get their names? Names have long been used to either nod or jab at others. Advocates for two styles of climbing, traditional (trad) and sport, have butted heads since the latter was invented. Trad climbing requires gear like cams, nuts, and sometimes hexes, which the climber must place in natural cracks for protection as they climb upward. Sport climbing allows for bolts to be drilled into the rock every few feet so that climbers only have to bring quickdraws to clip into the bolts as they lead. The trad-or-die tribe believes that sport climbing defaces the rock and allows for the first-ascensionist to rappel down the face, drilling bolts in preparation for a ground-up push. Sport climbers see their preferred process as an inevitable evolution of climbing, opening up more diverse rock that would otherwise be inaccessible.  The Hookup Spot Rapids often get their names from happenstance or a comical turn of events. Lost Paddle, one of the Big Five rapids of the Upper Gauley, found its label during a 1969 trip devoted to naming the river’s rapids. In a 2017 piece for Highland Outdoors, editor and raft guide Juniper Rose relays pioneer Gauley kayaker Jim Stuart’s account of the naming trip. “Crew member Barb Brown’s paddle was launched from her grip in the class V rapid just below the confluence with the Meadow River.” Brown swam, her paddle gone. Miraculously, “years later, Brown’s paddle was found with her name engraved on it. It was returned to her, but by then, the name Lost Paddle had been imprinted in the legend of the Gauley,” Rose writes. Others still, like Kenny, might have resisted it in the past but came to see the benefits of each. “Ethics wars between trad and sport were huge in the 90s; people got into fights over it,” he says. “Still, there was a lot more seriousness to the famous areas [like Yosemite]. Here, some people got serious about it, but most of us had a life and jobs outside of climbing and not enough personal energy to crusade.” This story is told in part by Saved from the Blasphemers, a route which was put up on trad gear. When someone returned to bolt it as a sport route, they were stopped by local trad climbers.  Flip through any climbing guidebook today, and you’ll find a range of colorful, silly, or cryptic route names: Pudd’s Pretty Dress, Death by Chewing Insects, I’m So F’in Hungry, and Eye of the Narwhal. Names of rapids can be just as out there but are often more candid. Iron Ring on the Gauley River is named for a big iron ring embedded in the rocks above the class V rapid. The four drops of Pipeline on the James River in Virginia were creatively dubbed First, Second, Third, and Fourth Drop. Not all river feature names are as universally accepted as climbing routes, either. Want to start an afternoon-long debate with some James River paddlers? Ask whether one break in an old Richmond dam is called Grummans or Suckers.  Outside of the sport itself, names also point to paradigm shifts in the history of regional recreation and external tension that inevitably arises from priorities competing for the resource. A lifelong James River paddler, Charles Ware recounts the fight against hydroelectric power in the early 80s. One firm’s proposal became a serious threat to river ecology and recreation, prompting Coastal Canoeists and American Whitewater to establish a group to oppose the plan: the Virginia Rivers Coalition.  Sometimes, two threads of regional climbing history come together in one weird name. Kenny Parker relays that when he was younger, many climbers started at Seneca Rocks before the New matured into a hotspot. At Seneca, they looked up to one of the most impressive climbers of the day, the late Cal Swoager. A Vietnam War veteran, Cal partied hard and climbed harder. As one story goes, after staying up late then finally topping The Bell, establishing perhaps the first 5.12 at Seneca, he bent over and emptied his stomach off the other side of the cliff.  A short profile of Parker in Williams’s New River Rock Vol. 2 guidebook, appropriately titled Kenny Never Wore Lycra, highlights his desire to blend in rather than stand out like many neon-clad climbers of that era. “Bubba” became tradition, and today it lives on in dozens of route names, from Peanut Bubba and Jam (a 40-feet 5.8 trad route at Bimbo Buttress) to Hubba Bubba (a 60-feet 5.9 sport route on the Head Wall). center_img Trad vs. Sport One of them, let’s call him Mark, had the unfortunate habit of sleeping in the buff. Mark had gotten up in the night to use the bathroom donning only boots and birthday suit. Kenny says, “I get woken up to someone outside; I’m like, ‘Mark, what the hell is going on?’ He had gotten caught outside naked by these two girls,” who were supposedly there to bait guys meeting up for other reasons. Kenny, after getting dressed, exited his tent to deal with the situation.  The intentionally-misspelled Travisty is another example of trad-sport tension. This route’s origin story is told by Mike Williams in an article published on his blog “Mike’s Ironclad Beta” in 2012. When a visiting climber named Travis bolted a hard climb at Beauty Mountain, he drilled some holds in the rock to make it easier. “After his departure, the holds were filled in with epoxy and when Harrison Dekker completed the climb [in 1991] in its natural state, he couldn’t resist the opportunity to exploit the unfortunately-named equipper. Years later, an inferior, traditionally protected variation to the route was done and dubbed the Tradjedy.” “Next thing I know, a car comes rolling up, and it’s their boyfriends. One guy gets out, but the girls talk him down, having figured out I was fine.” Parker proffers a beer as a peace offering, but the second man wants to start a fight. “I’m getting shoved while the girls try to break it up.” Eventually, things simmered down. “I think I hung out with them for awhile, and they went away. But the very next weekend, with the same group at the exact same spot, we were woken up again by the same girls,” this time asking for Parker. They hung out for awhile, locals and climbers. When asked what route name arose from all that, he says, “A number of them.” Visitors to the Blue Ridge often remark that the names of our mountains are imaginative, if not abstract: Reddish Knob. Old Rag. Little Stony Man. Used as landmarks, these peaks’ straightforward, descriptive monikers made sense. But as future generations began using the landscape less for orientation and more for chasing its many world-class crags and rivers, naming traditions evolved to tell the exciting, hilarious, and tumultuous histories of climbing and paddling in the region. Another unforgettable Kenny tale revolves around one unofficial campsite. Apparently unbeknownst to climbers, a certain bridge was a known local spot for covert coitus. Because of its proximity to a popular crag, it also became a logical spot for visiting climbers to camp. “We would drive up and sleep at pull-offs in the gorge. There had been incidents involving law enforcement,” Parker describes, “but it was sort of under the radar. We had encounters where locals thought we were there [for hookups].” He describes how one time a group of climbers were camped out at the spot, some in tents or just sleeping bags, some in trucks.  Mike Williams, a climbing guide and author of the New River Rock guidebooks, has been climbing in the New since 1998, establishing many of the most popular routes. He points out that “a lot of tall tales” characterize the region and climbing in general. “It’s an oral history. Someone puts up a new route, and they might note all the things that happened that day,” like who was with them and what they were thinking. Any of those factors could contribute to the new route’s name, but some climbers take it more seriously than others.  A ‘Travisty’ Swoager was welcoming and encouraging to budding climbers and sent routes with Kenny at Seneca. Some time later, he became a born-again Christian and part of the development of climbing at the New. His passion for his religion fed into nearly every route he established, from the ever-popular Leave it to Jesus to Team Jesus and Never Alone (all first ascents in 1985). Later routes began to play off the legendary Swoager’s love for the cross, and routes like Bubba Meets Jesus, a 60-feet 5.11a established by Dave Merritt, were born.  To increase awareness of the issue and publicize local river recreation, they conceived of an urban whitewater race day and sought sponsorship. The first downriver race in 1983 was roughly eight miles long and included the infamous Hollywood rapid, with a take-out at Ancarrow’s Landing, well below the Falls of the James. It was essential that everyone run through one particular dam, in the middle of downtown Richmond, correctly, and while local participants knew the maneuver well, the Coalition thought visiting competitors should have a visual marker. Just before the race, the river was low enough to allow Ware to paddle out to the dam in a canoe and spray paint two giant Xs on the bridge pillar ruins that abutted the proper line. The paint, supplied by a utility opposed to the power proposal (imagine that!), was said to wash out in a few days. But there the Xs remained for ten years, until they were updated to skulls and crossbones. The name of the line, Xs, was given in the 1985 race and has stuck ever since. As for the electric proposal, it was foiled. The descendants of those regional pioneer paddlers, like Ware’s son John, continue to run the James’ class I-IV rapids, while other rivers around the world continue the fight against hydroelectric dams. Names or rapids and routes can be steeped in mythology. When asked what mythology in climbing means to him, Mike Williams puts it succinctly: “Mythology doesn’t have to be true. It’s an oral history, often based on a sort of campfire mythology.” Embellished details, memories fogged by both time and intoxication, different versions of the same event… Humans are adept, if not objective, storytellers; we’ve named everything since the dawn of language. The mountains and rivers couldn’t care less what we call them, but no matter what’s in a name, the act of naming lets someone leave their mark on history, cement in some small, symbolic way their side of a great story.last_img read more

Standing out in today’s financial services landscape

first_imgCustomers have endless choices. Go to the grocery store or have a meal kit delivered? Take your car or use a ride-hailing service? Go to the movies or stream? This world of options is also affecting how customers manage their money.Managing finances is necessary for every demographic, but it doesn’t mean that customers are one-size-fits-all – each have their own needs and goals. More and more, customers demand ease and simplicity as managing finances takes a great deal of effort and time. Financial institutions need to be agile and ready to adapt as customer behaviors change.In the past, people would choose their financial institutions based on the convenience of the branch location or a family member’s relationship with one. Now we’re in a financial landscape where increased fragmentation is the norm. Consider that 63% of customers now consider fintech options for their financial services, and it shows, with the average household having up to five financial service provider relationships. They may use one institution for making deposits and paying expenses and another for financing a mortgage. So, what drives a customer to use multiple service providers for their financial needs? continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Long Island Easter Events 2015

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Islanders celebrating Easter don’t have to travel far to revel in the festivities. LI has plenty of spring fests, egg hunts, visits from the Easter Bunny and yes, parades. Here is our annual listing of local events for the occasion. Happy Easter!Eisenhower Park Egg HuntA great day of family-fun featuring bouncy rides, a magician, face painters, local team mascot appearances, live entertainment and pictures with the Easter Bunny! Plus lots of food, beverages and free activities! Egg hunts take place at 10 a.m. for children ages 4 and under; 11 a.m. for ages 5-8; and 12 p.m. for ages 9 and up. Tickets are required and can be picked up at Bethpage Federal Credit Union, NY Auto Giant, New York Life, The Original Wood Kingdom of Farmingdale, Trinity Lutheran School, Premier Care, The Dover Group, Fidelis Care and Renewal by Andersen. Eisenhower Park, Picnic Field 3X, Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow. nassaucountyny.gov Free. 9 a.m. March 28.Lake Ronkonkoma Easter Egg HuntParticipate in the fun tradition of an egg hunt and get a picture with the Easter Bunny! Lake Ronkonkoma Fire Department, 177 Portion Rd., Ronkonkoma. ronkonkomafd.net $8, 3 for $20. $10 DOS. 11 a.m. March 28. Rain dates March 29, April 4.25th Annual Egg HuntNot only is there a fun egg hunt for the children but the Spring Bunny will be on hand to greet everyone as well. Prizes will be awarded to the children who find the “special eggs.” Orient Beach State Park, 40000 Main Rd., Orient. parks.ny.gov 1 p.m. March 29. **Event rescheduled from March 28**22nd Annual Spring Egg HuntIn addition to the hunt, there will be many activities including a petting zoo, pony rides, environmental crafts, a visit by the Spring Bunny and more. Egg hunts will begin every 15 minutes, starting at 12:15 p.m. Children will hunt for eggs in three groups: ages 4 and under, ages 5-6, and ages 7-9. Belmont Lake State Park, Southern State Parkway Exit 38, West Babylon. nysparks.com Free. 12 p.m. March 28.Family Adventure: Egg-tacularMeet some egg-layers that live right here at Connetquot! Then learn some new ways to color eggs, and finish with an egg hunt. Don’t forget to bring three hard boiled eggs! Connetquot River State Park Preserve, 3525 Sunrise Hwy., Oakdale. parks.ny.gov $4 adults, $3 kids ages 3-17, Kids under 3 free. 10-11:30 a.m. April 4.Easter Bunny BreakfastCome and enjoy breakfast with the Easter Bunny for children of all ages. Includes Egg Hunt, Bonnet and Basket Parade, Planetarium show. Reservations required. Vanderbilt Museum & Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport. vanderbiltmuseum.org Adults: $30, members $25; Children $18, members $15. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. April 4.EggstravaganzaThe Quogue Wildlife Refuge is adding nature to Easter fun with an egg painting workshop for kids. Children will be able to inspect the refuge’s own egg and nest collection and then create their own nest filled with eggs. Be sure to bring along a smock or old shirt. Recommended for ages 5-12. Reservations required. Quogue Wildlife Refuge, 3 Old Country Rd., Quogue $5 per child. 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-12 p.m., April 4.Penguin Easter BrunchCelebrate the spring season at the annual Penguin Easter Brunch. Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast in the waterfront Sea Star Ballroom, the chance to make a special take-home holiday craft, and then leave time to enjoy the Aquarium, where the Penguin Egg Hunt takes place. Reservations required. Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center, 431 East Main St., Riverhead. longislandaquarium.com Adults $39.95, Children 3-12: $21.95, kids under 2 free. Seatings at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. April 5.Easter Sunday Brunch Cruise & Easter Egg HuntJoin your fellow Easter revelers for a wonderful Easter Sunday Brunch Cruise & Easter Egg Hunt filled with sweet treats. Easter Egg Hunt at the Park 30 min. prior to a three-hour brunch cruise across the Great South Bay, featuring large assorted buffet, open bar beer, wine & soda, dessert buffet with coffee & tea. On board Entertainment will be provided. Captain Lou Fleet & Sapphire Cruises, 11 Richmond St., Freeport. sapphireprincesscruises.com Adults $65, seniors $55, kids 14 and under $35, kids under 3 free. 12-3 p.m. April 5.Port Jefferson Easter ParadeThis old-fashion ‘Easter Bonnet’ parade is followed by an egg hunt on Great Lawn at Harborfront Park. Port Jefferson Village, portjeffchamber.com Free. 12-1 p.m. April 5.last_img read more

Avian flu could cost Asia $130 billion

first_imgDec 3, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Avian influenza is expected to cost Asia $130 billion by 2005, according to Hur Young-joo of the South Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare, as reported in the Dec 2 online edition of The Korea Times.Of that $130 billion, $60 billion has been spent in China since 2003, Hur said. The estimate was attributed to Oxford Economic Forecasting Ltd., a United Kingdom firm that provides economic analysis, forecasting, and models for businesses. Information about which Asian countries were included and how the figure was developed was not available.Hur’s remarks came in advance of an international conference on zoonoses, which began today in Seoul, South Korea.About 170 experts were expected to participate, including representatives from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, the World Health Organization, and the World Organization for Animal Health, the newspaper reported.An official from South Korea’s Ministry of Health and Welfare was quoted as saying, “We seek to prepare a global network for efficient cooperation against epidemics in order to minimize damages from the diseases.”Zoonotic diseases are an area of growing concern for a number of reasons, but avian influenza in Asia has been dominating the news. Experts increasingly worry that the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian flu, which has killed 32 people in Vietnam and Thailand this year, could trigger a human flu pandemic.South Korea hasn’t had avian flu since March, but officials have strengthened quarantine measures in the country and designated the November-to-February period as a time to be on special alert for the disease, the paper reported.last_img read more

Currently, 780.000 tourists stay in Croatia, mostly from Germany

first_imgIn July, there were 2,44 million arrivals and 18,60 million overnight stays, which represents 53% of arrivals and 61% of overnight stays in July last year. Photo: Pixabay.com / Trogir According to system data eVisitor, which contains tourist traffic realized in the commercial and non-commercial segment and nautical charter, in Croatia is 2,44 million arrivals and 18,60 million overnight stays in July, which represents 53% of arrivals and 61% of overnight stays in July last year.  The leading destinations in July according to overnight stays are Vir (711 thousand), Rovinj (619 thousand), Medulin (553 thousand), Novalja (486 thousand) and Mali Lošinj (475 thousand). Foreign tourists realized 2,13 million arrivals (50% of the level of results last July) and 15,70 million overnight stays (58% of overnight stays last July), while domestic tourists realized 325 thousand arrivals (91% of arrivals in July last year) and 2,90 , 81 million overnight stays (XNUMX% of overnight stays last July).center_img Currently, about 780.000 tourists stay in Croatia, of which 200.000 are German, 135 thousand Slovenian, 130 thousand domestic, 74 thousand Polish and 46 thousand Czech tourists. Most tourists are currently staying in Vir, followed by Rovinj, Medulin, Crikvenica and Porec. “We are in the first passing time. These are, given the circumstances, great results and a good announcement for the road ahead. Intensified promotional activities, both invitational advertising campaigns and those of an informative nature, will be carried out until the end of August on the markets of Germany, Austria, Great Britain and Italy, given that these are very important markets for our tourism where Croatia is on the list of safe countries. It is still important to behave responsibly and adhere to the prescribed epidemiological measures in order to maintain the status of our country as a safe tourist destination and get the most out of this tourist season, ” said the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board, Kristjan Stanicic. In July, the largest number of overnight stays was realized from the German market (4,43 million overnight stays, which represents 87% of overnight stays last July), followed by Slovenia (3,44 million overnight stays, 88% of overnight stays last July), Croatia (2,90 million overnight stays, 81% of overnight stays last July), Poland (1,60 million overnight stays, 79% of overnight stays last July) and the Czech Republic (1,42 million overnight stays, 72% of overnight stays last July).last_img read more

Kongsberg Maritime Swings to Profit

first_imgKongsberg Maritime (KM) has reported third-quarter 2017 revenues at NOK 1.81 billion, relatively flat with NOK 1.85 billion in the corresponding period in 2016.Kongsberg’s largest business area has seen order intake in the quarter at NOK 1,67 billion, resulting in an accumulated order intake at quarter end of NOK 5,64 billion.For the first nine months of 2017, KM generated revenues of NOK 5.55 billion, almost NOK 1 billion less from the corresponding comparable period. According to the company, revenues are expected to stabilize in 2018, and profitability should gradually improve.EBITDA was NOK 176 million, with margin of 9.7 percent, compared to negative NOK 255 million same time last year, and negative margin of 13.8 percent.Kongsberg Maritime reported order backlog of NOK 4.9 billion, against NOK 5.2 billion at the end of Q2 2017.Number of employees at KM was reduced by 55 since June 30, 2017, and by 336 since end-2016.“Kongsberg Maritime has in the last two years carried out significant organisational changes and capacity adjustments that are beginning to yield improved profitability. This restructuring has been necessary both in dealing with lower demand in certain markets and at the same time due to intensified competition. Some markets are still challenging, but we expect the new organisation and business model to make Kongsberg Maritime more robust and better adapted to the current market situation and expected future development. We are continuing to take strategic positions with new concepts and focusing on segments with growth, and see considerable opportunities ahead of us,” says Geir Håøy, president & CEO.As a Group, Kongsberg generated profit after tax on NOK 79 million, on revenue of NOK 3.28 billion, versus loss of NOK 144 million on revenue of NOK 3.43 billion.last_img read more

NBD Flag Wavers celebrate 20 years at Award Ceremony

first_img Tweet NBD Flag Wavers. On Saturday, March 31st, the NBD Flag Wavers held an Award Ceremony to celebrate their 20th anniversary and to recognize special contributions to the group. The group expressed thanks to the Cultural Division for its unwavering support, and to the National Bank of Dominica Ltd, who has been their sponsor for over eight years.According to the Head of the Cultural Division, Mr. Raymond Lawrence, it is a rare occurrence for a group to last that long, and that the group should be congratulated on this achievement. NBD’s Marketing Manager, Suzanne Piper, attributed the group’s longevity to the dedication of its leaders and urged the group to stay committed. Among the various awards given, members received recognition for spirit, energy, technique and versatility. An active leader of the group, Kristelle Fagan described the evening as surreal. “We have many talented young people and we had a very successful season and it was appropriate to celebrate our success.” Ms, Fagan commented.She went on to express that the NBD Flag Wavers was not only a performance group but was a family and she was honoured to contribute to the positive development of these young ladies. The NBD Flag Wavers has been a main feature at several Carnival and Independence activities over the years and continues to provide a creative avenue for dance expression among Dominica’s female youth.Press Release Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews NBD Flag Wavers celebrate 20 years at Award Ceremony by: – April 6, 2012center_img 60 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more

Kearney warns against complacency

first_img It may be Payne is kept in reserve even if he is fit to play Georgia on Sunday. Hooker Rory Best (calf) and flanker Chris Henry (severe migraine) are unlikely to feature against the Lelos and four players have been added to the Ireland training group – Ulster centre Darren Cave, Munster back Andrew Conway, Leinster tighthead Tadhg Furlong and Robin Copeland, the Munster back row. Best has resumed running and could be back to face the Wallabies. Michael Kearney added: “It might be more prudent to give him a few more days to recover just to make sure he is right. “A more realistic target might be Australia but he hasn’t been ruled out of Sunday.” Ireland are determined to carry the momentum from the victory over the Springboks and full-back Rob Kearney expects head coach Joe Schmidt to make tactical alterations to front up to a Georgia side reliant on a fearsome forward pack. “We have an ability as players to play lots of different types of game plans and we’ve got a fantastic coaching squad who are able to manipulate a specific type of game plan based on the opposition we are playing,” Rob Kearney added. “South Africa and Georgia are two very different teams so I would imagine our game plan will vary a little bit. “They’re a good team and they have a huge pack. A lot, if not all of them, are playing Top 14 and Premiership rugby. “Okay, a lot of their backs are homegrown players, but they do have the potential to be dangerous players.” Like his full-back, Schmidt will not be satisfied with the South Africa win. “He’s trying to make us winners every single week, to improve our performance on a weekly basis,” Rob Kearney added. “He’s trying to make us that 80-minute plus team, which is something we probably haven’t been a lot over the last decade or so. “It (beating South Africa) gives us that confidence to take on Southern Hemisphere teams. “That is huge for our mental ability going into a game, knowing we can genuinely compete and beat the best teams in the world.” The 29-year-old committed his future to Leinster on Tuesday, but had no intention of leaving to play elsewhere. “It was always a case of staying here,” he said. “I’ve no reason to leave. I’m very happy here, I’m part of two fantastic teams. “I’m playing with all my friends and we’re still competing heavily in a lot of competitions so there was never a need for me to consider moving anywhere else.” Press Association Ireland claimed a surprise 29-15 win over the Springboks, who had beaten world champions New Zealand in their prior Test a month earlier. Georgia proved challenging opposition for Ireland at the 2007 World Cup – Ireland eventually prevailing 14-10 – and that Bordeaux contest has been spoken about this week. Rob Kearney has cautioned against complacency as Ireland look to back up their defeat of South Africa against Georgia this weekend. Kearney, who on Tuesday signed a three-year extension to his Irish Rugby Football Union contract to remain at Leinster until June 2018, said: “Confidence is a brilliant thing and sometimes over-confidence can be a detrimental thing. “It is key we find the balance there between the two and by no means we get carried away with one victory over a South African team who played poorly on the day and didn’t really seem that the defeat hurt them after the game. “The scalp of getting a southern hemisphere team and the confidence it’ll bring to our team as a whole is probably the biggest benefit of the whole thing. “We are very aware of just what was achieved on the day but by no means losing the run of ourselves and getting ahead of our station. “I think South Africa played poorly enough and certainly there’s a lot of work-ons from our performance too.” Changes may be required following the Springboks victory, with centre Jared Payne to undergo further assessment on a sprained foot on Wednesday. Team manager Michael Kearney said: “Jared is going to have further medical assessment and scans tomorrow. “We’ll know a little bit better after that. At the moment there’s no detail on his chances of being fit for either Georgia or Australia.” last_img read more

5-year-old’s ‘Up’ photoshoot with great-grandparents goes viral

first_imgA 5-year-old boy who loves the movie “Up” partook in an “Up”-themed birthday photoshoot with his 90-year-old great-grandparents, Richard and Caroline Bain.Now, his mom’s uplifting photos are going viral!In the photos taken by Rachel Perman, her son Elijah dressed up as Russell while his great-grandparents dressed as Carl and Ellie Fredricksen.Perman said that her son had been obsessed with “Up” for years, adding, that Elijah only draws and colors the house with balloons featured in the movie, the only books he wants to get at the library, and it was the only toy he wanted when the family was in Disney World last year.She organized the photoshoot as a surprise and said his grandparents were “thrilled” to participate.last_img

T20 International forces R4D break

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua – With the additional two Twenty20 international matches in the upcoming West Indies versus Pakistan series, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has had to make an adjustment to its regional schedule.The match-up between the Barbados Pride vs Guyana Jaguars in Round 8 of the Digicel Regional 4-Day is now scheduled for March 23-25 and 27, because of the T20I match with West Indies and Pakistan which will be played at the Kensington Oval.Operations Manager, Roland Holder, in advising of the change said, “The pitches will be covered by an artificial covering which will prevent damage to either of the pitches during the matches in progress.”Holder went on to explain, the practice has been previously used in the UK where the Sunday League was played alongside First-Class matches and as a result in infrequent times “should not be a problem for either of the matches”.Pakistan open their 7-week tour of the Caribbean with the T20I in Barbados.last_img read more