Boats and Boards

first_img1. Mamba 8.1 CreekerIf bombing down steep chutes or pounding through big volume is your thing, Dagger delivers a smoother than usual ride with this beefy redesigned model of the popular Mamba Creeker. This boat is designed to take a hit, and thanks to some significant upgrades—adjustable, padded foot and hip braces and additional carefully positioned security handles—you’ll feel more control navigating monster rapids or hucking huge falls. $1049;  dagger.com2. Doyle Discovery Paddleboarders looking for a primo ride need to glide on this hand-shaped design by world champion surfer Mike Doyle. The Discovery is constructed of high density EPS Foam with a wide platform offering plenty of stability for lengthy downriver trips, fishing, and even yoga. $1,300; 3. Hobie Quest 11 Made to accommodate long days of casting, the Quest 11 is an angler dream boat with plenty of convenient features to help you focus on the catch of the day. It’s surprisingly lightweight and nimble for a boat of its size and stability, but you’ll be more impressed by the ample storage space in the bow and stern, as well as the molded rod holders, that accommodate everything you need for long hours on the lazy river. $949; hobiecat.com4. Emotion Kayaks TraverseIf you’re new to stand-up, this board was made to help you get balanced. Deep recess areas and a textured surface offer your feet ample traction to dig in and get comfortable—giving you plenty of stability to get your board legs. The Traverse’s beefy profile and high sidewalls will also help you make the transition from flat lakes to choppier river swells. $449; emotionkayaks.com5. Necky Rip 12If fast-paced flatwater cruising is your thing, Necky’s new rec boat is a supreme glider with performance features more akin to a touring kayak. The Rip 12 is a great transitional option for those looking to explore greater open waters—built to offer plenty of comfortable stability but also smooth performance at increased speeds, thanks to a longer length and sharp keel. This is a boat that will turn newbies into lifers—facilitating passion without the call for a fast upgrade. $699; 6. Bomber Gear K-Bomb Spray SkirtNo spray skirt handles extreme conditions like the K-Bomb. It begins with a heavy-duty rubber band to lock the skirt down tight. The skirt itself is woven from an advanced Aramid polymer fiber, typically used for ballistic rated body armor. The waist is crafted with four-way stretch Super Stretch Neoprene for comfort and the decking is infused with Sub-Screen technology for exceptional water repellency. The K-Bomb also features Bomblock reinforced seam construction and the WickClip system which allows the paddler to clip the skirt out of the way for portaging or to hang dry at the end of the day. $175; bombergear.comlast_img read more

SpaceX’s ‘Resilience’ Lifts 4 Astronauts Into NASA’s New Era of Spaceflight

first_imgDespite iffy weather — forecasts gave only a 50-50 chance of favorable conditions at the launchpad — the skies remained clear enough. At 7:27 p.m. Eastern time, the nine engines of the Falcon 9 rocket roared to life and brightened the night sky as the rocket arced over the Atlantic Ocean. The four astronauts who lifted off on Sunday will join three others already at the space station: Kate Rubins of NASA and two Russians, Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov.They will be doing what astronauts have been doing for the past two decades on the space station: overseeing scientific experiments, performing maintenance tasks and talking to students on the ground.The astronauts, for example, will collect their own biological samples to help scientists on the ground study how dietary changes affect the body. They will also grow radishes, the latest experiment to explore whether food can be grown in space. (Red lettuce and mizuna mustard greens are among earlier foods that astronauts have studied.) They will also test whether fungi can break apart asteroid rock and help extract useful metals — a scientific prelude to extraterrestrial mining operations, and a follow-up to a similar, successful experiment that used bacteria.With Crew Dragon entering operational status, the crew of the space station can be increased to seven. After the retirement of the space shuttles, the Russian Soyuz spacecraft was the only means for astronauts to travel to and from the space station. The Soyuz only has three seats, and it also serves as a lifeboat in case of an emergency — with two Soyuz spacecraft docked at the station, the maximum size of the crew was six.But for now, the space station only has places for six astronauts to sleep, not seven. “We are currently short one crew quarters on board station,” Mr. Hopkins said during a news conference on Monday. Mr. Hopkins, the commander of the SpaceX crew, said that he might sleep in the Crew Dragon instead.Katherine J. Wu contributed reporting. The four astronauts on this flight are Michael S. Hopkins, Shannon Walker and Victor J. Glover of NASA, and Soichi Noguchi, a Japanese astronaut. It’s not yet the same as hopping on a commuter flight from New York to Washington or renting a car from Avis, but Sunday’s launch of four astronauts to the International Space Station in a capsule built by SpaceX was a momentous step toward making space travel commonplace.In the future, instead of relying on government-operated spacecraft, NASA astronauts and anyone else with enough money will be able to buy a ticket on a commercial rocket.- Advertisement – “I’ve had some amazing colleagues before me that really could have done it, and there are some amazing folks that will go behind me,” Mr. Glover said. “I wish it would have already been done, but I try not to draw too much attention to it.”Charles F. Bolden Jr., who served as NASA administrator under President Barack Obama, said that while Mr. Glover was making history, he should not feel burdened.“Several of us have had an opportunity to try to talk with him regularly and try to help put him at ease and help him understand he’s not carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders,” said Mr. Bolden, who is also Black and spent almost 700 hours in space as a NASA astronaut. “He shouldn’t feel unusual responsibility because he’s Black. He should just go and be another crew member and have a good time.”On Sunday afternoon, as the astronauts prepared for the launch, they were visited by Jim Bridenstine, the current NASA administrator, and Gwynne Shotwell, the president and chief operating officer of SpaceX.For Mr. Bridenstine, this was the last astronaut launch he would view as leader of NASA. In an interview last week with the magazine Aviation Week, Mr. Bridenstine said he would not stay in his current role past the inauguration, even if asked by the incoming Biden administration. NASA and SpaceX last week completed the certification process, which provides the space agency’s seal of approval that SpaceX has met the specifications set out for regularly taking NASA astronauts to orbit. This launch, known as Crew-1, is a regularly scheduled trip to take four crew members for a six-month stay at the space station.“It marks the end of the development phase of the system,” Phil McAlister, director of commercial spaceflight development at NASA, said in a telephone interview with reporters on Thursday. “For the first time in history, there is a commercial capability from a private sector entity to safely and reliably transport people to space.” NASA designated Sunday night’s launch as the first operational flight of the Crew Dragon spacecraft built and operated by SpaceX, the rocket company started by Elon Musk. The four astronauts aboard — three from NASA and one from JAXA, the Japanese space agency — left Earth from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.A Crew Dragon took two astronauts — Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley — to the space station in May, but that was a test flight to shake out remaining glitches in the systems.center_img Mr. Musk, the chief executive of SpaceX, remained out of sight, after he said he “most likely” had a “moderate case” of Covid-19. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – After dropping away from the second stage, which continued to orbit, the Falcon 9 booster turned around and landed on a floating platform. SpaceX now, as a matter of course, recovers and reuses the boosters. This same rocket stage will be used to launch the next quartet of astronauts to the space station next spring.The Crew Dragon, named Resilience, is scheduled to dock on Monday at about 11 p.m. after a 27.5-hour trip as the capsule catches up with space station, which is traveling at more than 17,000 miles per hour.When Mr. Glover arrives, he will become the first Black astronaut to serve as a member of the station’s crew in the 20-some years that people have been living aboard the International Space Station. Other Black astronauts have previously been aboard the space station, but they were there for briefer stays during space shuttle missions that helped assemble the orbiting outpost.When asked during a news conference on Monday about his thoughts on making history, Mr. Glover modestly nodded to the significance.“It is something to be celebrated once we accomplish it, and I am honored to be in this position and to be a part of this great and experienced crew,” he said. “And I look forward to getting up there and doing my best to make sure, you know, we are worthy of all the work that’s been put into setting us up for this mission. You know, unlike the election — that is in the past or receding in the past — this mission is still ahead of me. So, let’s get there, and I’ll talk to you after I get on board.”He also said last week in an interview with The Christian Chronicle, a publication of the Churches of Christ, that the milestone was “bittersweet.”last_img read more

The legends of Plitvice Valleys are coming to the Old Town of Drežnik this year as well!

first_imgThis year, the month of June in the Municipality of Rakovica will be marked by a unique historical and tourist event – “Legends of Plitvice Valleys”. Everyone who visited the Legends of Plitvice Valleys last year and witnessed what it looks like when history comes to life in the full sense of the word knows that the area of ​​the Municipality of Rakovica is rich in interesting legends and important historical events.# Legende2018 they come authentic and historicalNear the Old Town of Drežnik, a historical fortress above the Korana River, a very interesting and colorful society will gather on June 23. Eugen Kvaternik, leader of the Rakovica Rebellion; serious Serezani, the historical elite police of the Plitvice Valleys in their impressive uniforms; the Japoda tribe, masters in making beautiful jewelry that visitors will be able to see, as well as the Korana River, a beauty that will one day come to life and tell why it was so important for the people of this area.A Gastro duel is also expectedA rich program testifies that visitors will not be bored at all! In the afternoon, a Gastro duel was organized – a competition in preparing a local traditional dish for which the participants will have to prepare their cooks very well! Namely, the victory will be decided by another legend – a famous chef who will be announced by the organizers soon, and the Gastro duel will have two large groups.Of course, all with good music, performances by cultural and artistic societies, thematic workshops for children, archaeological research for children, presentation of local products and handicrafts and much more that the organizers will announce in May.Equestrian clubs again this yearThe manifestation of the Legend of Plitvice Valleys will be visited again this year by horses from nearby equestrian clubs that will be available to visitors, and special gifts are expected. There are as many as 4 equestrian clubs in the Rakovica area, and on this occasion the most beautiful animal that has marked history will be shown.The one-day event “Legends of Plitvice Valleys” really offers something for everyone and is intended for all ages and many interested tourists who will visit Rakovica in this extended weekend.Iz Tourist boards of the Municipality of Rakovica they invite all citizens to join them on June 23 and one day step into their glorious past and bring home new experiences, friendships and wonderful memories.The official hashtag of the event is # Legende2018, and follow everything on social networks and Facebook event: Legends of Plitvice Valleys 2018. See you at the tower!last_img read more

Trump lashes China as UN warns against ‘Cold War’

first_imgTrump has given notice that the  United States is pulling out of the World Health Organization.Washington has been the greatest contributor to the health body, which has tackled polio, malaria and other illnesses around the worldCritics say Trump is trying to shift blame for his handling of COVID-19 in the United States — where nearly 200,000 people have died, more than in any other country. His Democratic rival in November 3 elections, Joe Biden, has vowed to keep the United States in the WHO if he wins. US President Donald Trump angrily cast blame on China over the coronavirus pandemic in an address on Tuesday before the United Nations, whose chief warned against a new “Cold War” between the two powers.At a General Assembly held almost entirely virtually due to COVID-19, Trump delivered a speech in full election campaign mode, even using his loaded term “China virus.” “We must hold accountable the nation which unleashed this plague onto the world — China,” Trump said in a recorded address to the General Assembly, where each nation was represented by a single, masked delegate.  ‘Great Fracture’ Leaders were asked to send in videos days in advance to avoid technical glitches, meaning Chinese President Xi Jinping could not offer a spontaneous response if he wished.But China’s ambassador to the United Nations, Zhang Jun, said as he introduced Xi’s speech that Beijing “rejects the unfounded claims” from Trump.Xi, in a mild-mannered speech delivered before a painting of the Great Wall, warned the world not to “politicize” the fight against coronavirus.Xi said that China would contribute another $15 million to a UN fund on coronavirus.”China has no intention of entering a Cold War,” he said, urging the world to avoid “falling into the trap of a clash of civilizations.”UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, opening the General Assembly, also warned of the risks of rising tensions between the United States and China. “We must do everything to avoid a new Cold War,” Guterres said. “We are moving in a very dangerous direction. Our world cannot afford a future where the two largest economies split the globe in a Great Fracture — each with its own trade and financial rules and internet and artificial intelligence capacities.”The Trump administration has launched a global campaign against the influence of China, pushing back on its claims in the South China Sea and warning nations of the risks of accepting its lavish infrastructure spending.Guterres also criticized nationalist approaches to the coronavirus, without naming Trump or other world leaders.”Populism and nationalism have failed. Those approaches to contain the virus have often made things manifestly worse.”Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has contracted COVID himself, used his address to accuse his nation’s media of spreading panic.The UN General Assembly in normal years draws about 10,000 people from around the world, a prospect that is unthinkable at a time when nations have imposed strict entrance requirements to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which has claimed nearly 950,000 lives. With no chance for in-person meetings and the give-and-take of negotiations, some UN-based diplomats wonder how much can be achieved, although side meetings are scheduled virtually on key issues including the coronavirus response.  Trump, who pulled the United States out of the Paris climate accord, attacked China for its carbon emission as well as dumping of plastic.”Those who attack America’s exceptional environmental record while ignoring China’s rampant pollution are not interested in the environment. They only want to punish America. And I will not stand for it,” he said.Trump renewed his criticism of China’s role in the respiratory disease, news of which was suppressed when cases first emerged late last year in Wuhan. “The Chinese government, and the World Health Organization –- which is virtually controlled by China –- falsely declared that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission,” Trump said, referring to initial statements by the UN health body that it later revised. Topics :last_img read more

Gov. Wolf: Commonwealth Response Coordination Center Activated in Response to Protests

first_imgGov. Wolf: Commonwealth Response Coordination Center Activated in Response to Protests Press Release,  Public Safety Governor Tom Wolf announced this evening that the Commonwealth Response Coordination Center, already activated at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) for the state’s COVID-19 response, has supplemented center staff to maintain situational awareness of the protests taking place in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and other parts of the state.Gov. Wolf advised that his Administration has been in touch with counties throughout the day, offering whatever assistance is needed to keep our communities from suffering from any additional violence. SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img May 30, 2020last_img read more

Media workers involved in vehicular collision

first_imgLocalNews Media workers involved in vehicular collision by: – January 25, 2012 Sharing is caring! 222 Views   one comment Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Photo credit: (not actual photo of Friday’s collision)Three local media workers are reportedly recuperating after a vehicular collision on Friday on the Rockaway Public Road better known as “under the cliff”.Police Public Relations Officer, Sergeant Kenth Matthew told Dominica Vibes News on Tuesday that two Kairi FM Radio staff members and the editor of the SUN Newspaper sustained minor injuries when their vehicles collided on Friday evening.Kairi FM Radio’s Accountant Catia Abraham and Celia Bruno were travelling in a southerly direction along the Roackaway Public Road on a Mistubishi Pajero TJ 317 when the collision with The Sun Newspaper’s Editor Charles James who was driving alone in a northerly direction in his Honda CRV registration number PM 764.“As both vehicles grew closer to each other, they unexpectedly collided head on with each other. Both vehicles were extensively damaged. Charles James sustained a fractured arm while Celia Bruno and Catia Abraham sustained minor injuries,” Sergeant Matthew reported.According to Sergeant Matthew “They were all treated at the Princess Margaret Hospital and discharged the same day”.Dominica Vibes News wishes them all a speedy recovery.Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

Team LeBron outguns Team Giannis in NBA All-Star Game

first_img Loading… Read Also: NBA: Team USA rallies to beat Team World in Rising Stars contest “His legacy is living on every single day with us,” said James of Bryant. The league also honoured Bryant by having Team Giannis wear his No. 24 and Team LeBron wear his basketball-playing daughter’s No. 2. Team LeBron earned $400,000 in prize money which they donated to the Chicagoland youth charity Chicago Scholars. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Kawhi Leonard stole the show on the floor and Hall of Famer Magic Johnson took centre stage in an emotional pre-game ceremony on a night the NBA paid tribute to the late Kobe Bryant. Chicago’s favourite son Anthony Davis sank one of two free throws to cap a thrilling fourth quarter and lift Team LeBron to a 157-155 win over Team Giannis in Sunday’s 2020 NBA All-Star Game. Team LeBron’s Kawhi Leonard shows off his Kobe Bryant MVP award during the 69th NBA All-Star Game at the United Center in Chicago Leonard finished with 30 points and seven rebounds and was awarded the new Kobe Bryant MVP award. The trophy was named after the former Los Angeles Laker, who perished along with his daughter Gigi and seven others in a horrific helicopter crash three weeks ago. “I want to thank Kobe for everything he has done for me, all the long talks and workouts. Thank you,” said Leonard, who grew up in Riverside, California east of Los Angeles. Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead Team Giannis who kept the game close right up until the nail-biting finish. “The guys were taking charges and running back playing defence,” said Leonard of the highly competitive All-Star Game which contrasted sharply with Friday’s benign Rising Stars game that deteriorated into a slam-dunking contest. With the score 156-155, and new format dictating that the winner needed to be the first to get to 157 points, Davis went to the line for two shots after being fouled by Team Giannis’ Kyle Lowry. “I told my teammates I was going to go to miss the first one and put more pressure on myself to knock down the second one,” said Davis, who grew up in Chicago. Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Mysterious Things You Do Not Know About ChinaTop 6 Iconic Supercar Movies7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseTop 10 Most Iconic Characters On TV5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World That’s exactly what he did to put a perfect ending on the night which began with another Laker icon Johnson making an emotional speech honouring Bryant in front of a crowd of 20,900 at the United Center in Chicago. “We’ll never see another basketball player quite like Kobe,” said Johnson, who also paid tribute on Sunday to David Stern, the late NBA commissioner. “Scoring 81 points in one game. Scoring 60 points in his last game. And then winning five NBA championships.” James made his 16th all-star start breaking a tie with Bryant for the most all-time. Bryant holds the record for most all-star MVP awards with four.last_img read more

Bojan could find it tough – Hughes

first_img Bojan suffered a hip injury in Stoke’s 1-1 Premier League draw at Crystal Palace on Saturday, prompting Hughes to admit the Spain forward may find his first Christmas in England tough going. The 24-year-old should recover in time to face Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium on Monday, December 22, but Hughes conceded Stoke will monitor the former Barcelona forward closely across the festive schedule. The Premier League’s relentless Christmas schedule “could be a hard period” for Stoke striker Bojan Krkic, according to boss Mark Hughes. “Yeah we’ve talked about it,” said Hughes of how Bojan will cope without the winter break favoured by continental leagues. “At the moment he’s really enjoying his football and playing week in week out. “So I think we can ride that wave to a certain extent, he’s happy with what he’s doing and how he’s playing so for now we just go with it. “There may be games where you see the little edge to his game just appearing, we’ll see how it goes, but we’re mindful of the fact that as he hasn’t been through it before it could be a hard period for him.” Hughes admitted Stoke lost their creative edge when Bojan limped off after taking a heavy bang to the hip at Selhurst Park on Saturday. The former Manchester United and Wales striker conceded Stoke must find more ways to link midfield and attack. “In the second-half we weren’t able to retain the ball as well, but Peter (Crouch) was always making himself available,” said Hughes. “We just missed that influence of Bojan in the second-half, that left him more isolated so it’s more difficult for him to make an impression. “The best way for him to make an impression though is to score goals, and it was important we got back on level terms as quickly as possible. “So thankfully the ball broke to him and he was able to put it away.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Alleged footage emerges of Stokes’ Bristol brawl

first_imgENGLAND star Ben Stokes’ place in the Ashes tour of Australia appeared to be in fresh jeopardy after The Sun newspaper in the UK published video footage purporting to show him engaged in a street brawl.Test vice-captain Stokes was included in England’s 16-man squad for the Ashes tour announced earlier yesterday despite damaging his hand in the incident that led to his arrest in Bristol on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm.The 26-year-old was released without charge on Monday, but remains under investigation.In the video obtained by The Sun, with photos splashed on the front page under the headline ‘Hit for Six’, a man who has been alleged to be Stokes is fighting with two men.The newspaper report quoted a witness who said Stokes at one point threw “15 punches in one minute”.An England and Wales Cricket Board spokesperson said: “We have seen this footage for the first time tonight – when posted by The Sun.“There is an ongoing police investigation, which will look at all available evidence, and we do have to respect that process.”Former England captain Michael Vaughan said Stokes’ absence from England’s Ashes party could spell disaster for Joe Root’s team.“He is the key link to the England team. He’s the engine room out in the middle, he produces magic with the ball, with the bat, in the field,” Vaughan told Optus Sport.“If anything over the next few months stops him from going to Australia, I have to say that I don’t give England much of a chance of winning the Ashes.“It’s a situation that England have to try and deal with as quickly as they possibly can.“He’s not in the good books, what he’s done is completely unprofessional. You may say he was goaded into doing what he did but he was out at 2.30 in the morning in Bristol on a Sunday night.“He’s such a superstar now he can’t put himself into those positions. He’s that kind of character, he likes life, he likes going out and I’m certainly not one to say ‘stop doing that’ because I like those kind of characters.” (AFP& Cricket Network)last_img read more

Sharapova Coming Back to Tennis at Next Roland Garros

first_imgSharapova will be free to return to tennis on April 26, 2017, after CAS took nine months off an initial two-year suspension for a positive meldonium test.And the former world No 1 can now look forward to challenging for a third French Open title and a sixth Grand Slam next spring.She said: “I feel like something I love was taken away from me and it will feel really good to have it back. Tennis is my passion and I have missed it. I am counting the days until I can return to the court.” Sharapova’s positive test came at this year’s Australian Open less than four weeks after meldonium was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of prohibited substances.The Russian had been a long-term user of the drug and argued she was guilty of nothing more than an oversight.Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam singles champion, will now be free to chase a third French Open title at Roland Garros next spring.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more