The 3 Best Hotel Bars in San Francisco

first_imgModern Nomad is a weekly column dedicated to mobile gear, must-see world destinations, tips for life on the road, and traveling better through technology.No one can deny that San Francisco has long been a great drinking town. Over the last two decades, craft beer bars and one-off artisan cocktail lounges have seemingly taken over every street corner. But, until recently, there’s been a noticeable dearth of great hotel bars in the city. Here are just a few of our favorite hotel watering holes in one of our favorite California cities:Jasper’s Corner Tap & Kitchen (Hotel Serrano)Just a short walk from Union Square, the boutique Hotel Serrano is a worthy destination in its own right, even for locals. So it’s no surprise such a great hotel has an equally worthy hotel bar. In just a few short years, Jasper’s Corner Tap & Kitchen has fast become one of the city’s best gourmet beer bars. The atmosphere is a neat blend of sophisticated brasserie and traditional gastropub. It offers all the expected essentials of both — great food and a carefully culled selection of West Coast craft beers. The Oh Canada! Poutine (fries, herb gravy, artisanal cheese curds), in particular, pairs nicely with almost any one of Jasper’s 18 continually rotating draft beer selections.Related: 3 San Francisco Restaurants You Can’t MissTop of the Mark (Intercontinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco)Since its opening more than sixty years ago, Top of the Mark has stood as an icon of San Francisco’s bar scene. Perched on the 19th floor of the city’s Intercontinental Mark Hopkins, this classic lounge arguably offers the best views in the entire city. Among other sophisticated tipple, the cocktail menu features a long list of 100 bespoke martinis and plenty of small plates to boot. Check out the live music every weekend and know the brief wait and $10 cover charge is more than worth it.The View Lounge (San Francisco Marriott Marquis)While you may not think of Marriott as a “hip” hotel brand, the The View Lounge at San Francisco’s Marriott Marquis is something altogether different. The throngs of businessmen and conference-goers may be exactly what you’d expect of a traditional hotel bar, but the stunning 360-degree views from this 39th floor perch are nothing short of spectacular. Coupled with a solid cocktail menu and a surprisingly decent selection of small and large plates (the braised pork belly is especially noteworthy), it’s an ideal go-to destination for couples. Editors’ Recommendations A Guide to Raw Denim Jean Selection and Care Where to Find Artwork to Match Your Style You Need One (Or More) of the Best Men’s Henley Shirts in Your Wardrobe The New Alex Mill Collection Is Packed With Your Fall Style Essentials The Best Father and Son Matching Outfits last_img read more

Gov’t Increases Allocation for Crime-Fighting

first_imgThe allocation to the Ministry of National Security for fiscal year 2018/19 has increased by 23.4 per cent, moving to $78.5 billion up from $63.6 billion in 2017/18.Opening the Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 8, Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, said the increase will facilitate the provision of machinery and equipment, and implementation of physical infrastructure and social-intervention programmes.Mr. Shaw said projects to be undertaken in the new fiscal year include construction of new facilities for the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF); expansion of crime-fighting training facilities; building and improvement of several correctional facilities; procurement of motor vehicles and other specialised equipment to respond to both physical threats and cyberattacks; and continuation of social-intervention initiatives.He said the Government has identified national security and the rule of law as among the main strategic priorities for fiscal year 2018/19 and for the medium-term.The theme of the Minister’s presentation was ‘Stability, Growth and Prosperity – Our Goal, Our Responsibility’.last_img read more

Nova Scotians Welcome to Send Condolences

first_imgNova Scotians can express condolences and send sympathies to Jack Layton’s family through a condolence book on the premier’s website, or in person at the provincial Legislature. “It’s both comforting and inspiring to see such an outpouring of support from Nova Scotians and Canadians across the country,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “Many are looking for ways to express condolences to Jack’s family and colleagues. This is an opportunity for Nova Scotians to send those personal messages and reflect upon Jack’s impact and memory.” The premier added, “I would also like to thank the many Nova Scotians who have taken the time to send their condolences to me, personally. I am touched and thankful.” Messages will be compiled and sent to Mr. Layton’s family through the federal NDP. The condolence book is available in the foyer of the Legislature and online at .last_img read more

13 killed many hurt as quakes jolt China

first_imgBeijing: At least 13 people were killed and 199 others injured after two strong earthquakes hit China’s southwest Sichuan province on Monday, authorities said Tuesday. The first 6.0-magnitude earthquake shook Changning county of Yibin city at 10:55 PM on Monday (local time) and according to the China Earthquake Centre (CENC), the second tremor of 5.3-magnitude hit the area on Tuesday. “As so far, 13 people died and another 199 were injured,” the Ministry of Emergency Management said.last_img read more

Free rides for women will cripple Delhi Metro SC

first_imgNew Delhi: A Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra on Friday slammed the Delhi government’s proposal of allowing free rides to women in the Delhi Metro.The bench, which is monitoring the construction of the Metro’s fourth phase, said the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation(DMRC) would incur heavy operational losses, while facilities will suffer as a result of the Delhi government-proposed plan. Justice Mishra said: “You (Delhi government) will make travel free, and the Central government will have to pay for it.” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsOn the Delhi government’s admission that it is not immediately implementing the proposal, the court replied that it would be implemented sooner or later. “They (Centre) will suffer with your policy…you (Delhi government) are aiming to destroy the metro”, Justice Mishra said, adding that the Delhi government plan cannot be implemented without Centre’s cooperation. Noting that losses on this count will run up to Rs 1,500 crore per annum, the bench said that, as a result, DMRC might not remain a profitable venture. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe court also told the Delhi government that it must spend public money properly and should refrain from giving free sops to people. The annual revenue for DMRC ranges between Rs 6,000 to Rs 7,000 crore. The court noted that if free sops are given, there would be a yearly direct loss to DMRC, incapacitating the Corporation from paring its long-term debt obligations on time, hampering its expansion and depreciating both facilities and maintenance. DMRC is the beneficiary of a soft loan from Japan. The court was informed that Delhi Metro has never run into losses, and it may not run into losses in future. Justice Mishra said that the Delhi government should, instead, be devising a strategy to keep costs down. The court noted that Delhi Metro and the Centre are not in complete agreement with the plan. DMRC has said Rs 1,566.64 crore was required annually to fund the fare exemption.last_img read more

Some Showrunners Are Banning Rape as a Plot Device on Their Shows

first_img Twitter Login/Register With: Much writing has been dedicated to the problems with how rape is used to motivate characters in our favorite television shows, particularly Game of Sex and Violence. Generally, women get raped and men get motivated to grow as characters because of that rape.TV critic Maureen Ryan interviewed showrunners on the popular plot device for Variety, and it sounds like many of them are as sick of it as their viewers. Jeremy Slater is heading Fox’s TV revival of The Exorcist, and while looking through spec scripts for new writers, he encountered it again andagain:“One of my hard-and-fast rules when reading spec scripts was, the second that there was a rape that was used for shock value and that didn’t have any sort of narrative purpose, I threw the script aside. And I was shocked by the number that had that,” Slater said. “I would say out of those 200 scripts, there were probably 30 or 40 of them that opened with a rape or had a pretty savage rape at some point.”He shook his head and sighed. “It has become a plague on the industry.” Advertisement Advertisement Why so much sexual assault? Partly because of how frequently it is portrayed. Executive producer and showrunner of Lost Girl and Killjoys, Michelle Lovretta says, “It’s a fast-hitting combo of a lot of powerful inputs — titillation, taboo, character conflict, deep betrayal.”It’s also motivating to the male protagonist to take some ass-kicking revenge, and with the disparity in gender in the writer’s room, either there’s no women to speak up in defense of woman characters or they’re not heard:“It’s become shorthand for backstory and drama,” says an experienced female writer who didn’t want her name to be used. “Everyone knows rape is awful and an horrific violation, so it’s easy for an audience to grasp.”Adds another veteran female writer, “For male showrunners, sexual assault is always the go-to when looking for ‘traumatic backstory’ for a female character. You can be sure it will be brought up immediately, like it’s the obvious place to go when fleshing out a female character.”Some male showrunners, however, are listening. Bryan Fuller of American Gods made an official edict when he was working on Hannibal that there would be no sexual violence. Plenty of other kinds of violence, but no explicit rape scenes:“I personally think that it stains a story, in a way, in that it prevents you from being able to celebrate different aspects of sexuality,” Fuller says. “America as a country has a very fucked-up attitude regarding sex and sexuality, so there is something [troubling] about the punishing of characters for their sex and sexuality.”Fuller adds that as a gay man, his awareness of assault as a reality people face every day makes it difficult for him to explore in an episode in television as a full experience. He says, “It’s hard for me to evaluate as entertainment.”This conversation is happening around the same time as people are reassessing entertainment from the past that portrayed rape and violence towards women in ways that crossed the line between fiction and reality. Bernardo Bertolucci’s Last Tango in Paris included a “surprise” rape scene that left 19-year-old Maria Schneider feeling violated after filming. Shelley Duvall, who is still being exploited in the media, was reportedly tormented and abused on the set of The Shining by Stanley Kubrick. Tippi Hedren recently spoke out about being sexually harassed by Alfred Hitchcock on the set of The Birds. While practices may have improved behind the scenes (sometimes), what we see on screen has still not caught up.By Aimee Lutkin – Jezebel LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

Campfires to be allowed once again in Northeast BC starting Tuesday

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The BC Wildfire Service says that campfires will once again be allowed in the Fort Nelson and Peace Forest Districts, effective at noon on Tuesday, August 28th.The Wildfire Service says that a combination of more seasonal weather conditions with rainfall and cooler temperatures, along with a decrease in the fire danger rating, have reduced the risk of wildfires in northeastern B.C.A map showing the fire danger rating in B.C. as of 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 26th, 2018. Photo by BC Wildfire Service However, the current prohibition against any open fire larger than a campfire remains in effect throughout the Prince George Fire Centre. A map of the affected areas and their associated prohibitions is available online: following activities remain prohibited throughout the Prince George Fire Centre:Category 2 and Category 3 open fires, as defined in the Wildfire Regulationthe use of sky lanternsthe use of fireworks, including firecrackersthe use of sky lanternsthe use of air curtain burnersthe use of burn barrels and burn cagesthe use of binary exploding targetsAnyone lighting a campfire in an area where campfires are allowed must maintain a fireguard by removing flammable debris from around the campfire area and must have a hand tool or at least eight litres of water available nearby to properly extinguish the campfire.Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cell phone.last_img read more

Afghanistan political economic development must accompany military strategy – UN

“It is essential to combine the three,” Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno told a news conference in Kabul, the capital, at the end of a visit to Afghanistan and neighbouring Pakistan, adding that it was “very important” that no district in the country become a base for the ousted Taliban regime. “I think ISAF [International Security Assistance Force] is doing a very commendable and difficult job. I think at the same time it is important to further strengthen the Afghan security forces, in particular to make a greater effort for the Afghan National Police. I also think it is important to improve governance so that the people have confidence in the state of Afghanistan,” he said. Mr. Guéhenno noted that the situation across the country was nuanced. “There is very brutal action by some insurgents who do not hesitate to use suicide bombers and inflict casualties on the civilian population in a very horrible way,” he said. “Yes there are very serious issues in terms of security but at the same time some progress. “In the north there is banditry, there is criminality. There are a number of issues that need to be addressed but we cannot say that the security situation has deteriorated,” he added. He said it was the duty of the international community is to support and build up the Afghan state, “which means for the United Nations sometimes that we will have to be frank with leaders and tell them that this or that issue is a matter of concern to us. “The Afghan people have demonstrated that they can go a long way forward by themselves but that means also when we think that something is wrong, whether this is on the Afghan side or on the side of the international community we will never hesitate to speak up,” he added. “We believe that the best way we can help is by being honest, by being candid and reflecting the concerns of the Afghan people and helping to address them in a very concrete manner whether it is security, governance, economic development or reconstruction.” During his visit Mr. Guéhenno conferred with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. 12 March 2007Military strategy has to be combined with political and development strategy in Afghanistan’s violence-torn south and south-eastern provinces, the top United Nations peacekeeping official said today. read more

Canadian dollar sinks near 80 cents oil at 45

TORONTO — The Canadian dollar drifted closer to the 80-cent US level Monday morning as the American currency strengthened ahead of this week’s interest rate meeting by the U.S. Federal Reserve.The loonie declined 0.2 of a cent to 80.29 cents US.The currency tumbled 3.5% last week to its weakest level in six years after the Bank of Canada surprised markets last week with a quarter-point cut in its key overnight rate to 0.75%.The U.S. Federal Reserve is holding its interest rate meeting on Wednesday. The Fed has been widely expected to start moving rates away from near zero around the middle of this year and traders will be looking for any sign that the central bank could move earlier.West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude for March delivery was at $45.94 a barrel, up 35 cents. Front-month WTI had touched an intraday low of $44.35, just above the $44.20 hit on Jan. 13, which was its lowest level since April 2009.Other major data points this week include the latest economic growth figures for Canada and the U.S.Economists expect that Canadian gross domestic product grew a slight 0.1% during November, reflecting disappointing reports for manufacturing and wholesale sales. Oil prices started to collapse at the end of that month and analysts note that future GDP reports will detail how that decline is affecting the economy.Prices have fallen more than 40% since the end of November when Saudi Arabia rejected calls to cut production in order to support prices. Overall, prices are down about 55% from the highs of last summer as the marketplace works through a huge imbalance in supply and demand.On Monday, the March crude contract in New York gained 25 cents to US$45.84 a barrel.In the U.S., fourth quarter GDP is expected to come in at an annualized rate of 3.1%, down from a five% pace in the third quarter.Elsewhere on commodity markets, February bullion faded $9.80 to US$1,282.80 an ounce while March copper added a cent to US$2.51 a pound.Markets also considered the future of the eurozone after Greece’s anti-austerity opposition party won a big victory in national elections over the weekend.The Syriza Party managed to win 149 seats, just one short of a majority, but managed to quickly form a coalition with a small right-wing party that signals possible confrontation over the country’s bailout.Syriza party leader Alexis Tsipras has promised to renegotiate Greece’s massive bailout agreements, but has vowed not to take any unilateral action against lenders from other eurozone countries. read more

Foreign Secretary holds talks in the US on progress in Sri Lanka

Foreign Secretary Prasad Kariyawasam had talks in the US where he briefed officials on the progress in Sri Lanka.The Sri Lankan Embassy in the US tweeted saying Kariyawasam met the with co-chairs of the US House of Representatives, SriLanka Caucus, Congressman Robert Aderholt and Congresswoman Dina Titus. The Sri Lankan Embassy said that they discussed the partnership between the US and Sri Lanka and also sought to enhance engagement between both countries.The Foreign Secretary also had talks with Congressman Bill Johnson and discussed the progress in Sri Lanka and the partnership between the US and Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Personal privacy vs national security

The federal privacy watchdog says she will look into any implications for Canada posed by possible U.S. government snooping on a wide scale.The issue of data privacy is generating debate in federal circles following revelations the U.S. National Security Agency has been tapping into the information banks of American Internet giants.

UN agencies and partners agree on coordinated response to helping AIDS orphans

During a two-day meeting in Geneva, the groups agreed on a strategic framework to ensure that the 14 million children who have lost one or both parents to AIDS receive as much help as possible. The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) projects that number will rise to 25 million by 2010, with four out of every five of those children in sub-Saharan Africa.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UNAIDS and key partners will discuss new spending estimates for tackling the crisis. According to UNAIDS, $1billion a year is necessary to help the orphans, who are at much greater risk of suffering from poor health, abuse and exploitation, missing educational opportunities and becoming mired in poverty.UNAIDS Executive Director Peter Piot said: “The challenge now is for countries to prioritize the implementation strategies that keep parents alive, protect children from violence and exploitation, ensure their good health, and keep them in school.” read more

Canadian dollar rises as job creation figures come in better than expected

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 7, 2012 4:31 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian dollar rises as job creation figures come in better than expected TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Friday after job creation data for Canada and the United States came in better than expected.The loonie was up 0.01 of a cent to 100.91 cents US as Statistics Canada reported that the economy added 59,000 jobs last month, while the jobless rate dropped by 0.2 of a point to 7.2 per cent.Economists had expected a smaller increase of about 10,000 jobs last month, following a minimal gain of 1,800 in October.The news was equally surprising in the United States, where economists had expected a lacklustre report with job creation impacted by superstorm Sandy.But the U.S. Labor Department said the economy cranked out 146,000 jobs in November, with the jobless rate decreasing 0.2 of a point to 7.7 per cent. On a less positive note, U.S. job gains for the previous two months were ratcheted down by 49,000.Meanwhile, oil prices moved into negative territory on the latest bout of pessimism surrounding the so-called “fiscal cliff.”That is the term used to describe the scenario when substantial tax increases and spending cuts will be automatically triggered at the beginning of January unless Republicans and Democrats can come to an agreement. The worry is that the moves would immediately cut into economic growth, likely sending the U.S. into recession and taking other world economies along with it.The widely-watched University of Michigan’s measure of consumer confidence fell to a four-month low of 74.5 in December, from 82.7.And later in the morning, House Speaker John Boehner accused President Barack Obama of wasting another week in trying to arrive at a deal.The Republicans are resisting tax hikes but Obama has made it clear that taxes will have to go up for the wealthiest taxpayers.The January crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange lost 33 cents to US$85.93 a barrel as demand concerns pushed oil down more than three per cent for this week.March copper was ahead two cents at US$3.66 a pound while February gold bullion moved $3.70 higher to US$1,705.50 an ounce. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 18, 2017 2:39 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 18, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,952.33, down 81.31 points):Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up three cents, or 1.14 per cent, to $2.66 on 6.1 million shares. Brazil says it will ask the World Trade Organization to establish a dispute settlement panel after consultations with Canada failed to resolve its complaint about government subsidies to aircraft manufacturer Bombardier. The South American country said it will ask the WTO to examine more than 20 subsidy programs granted to the Montreal-based company for the development of its CSeries aircraft.Hydro One Ltd. Instalment Receipts (TSX:H.IR). Utilities. Down 15 cents, or 0.41 per cent, to $36.85 on 5.7 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down 10 cents, or 2.88 per cent, to $3.37 on 5.2 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up five cents, or 0.44 per cent, to $11.54 on 4.3 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Down 80 cents, or 3.16 per cent, to $24.50 on 4.1 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Down 20 cents, or 3.61 per cent, to $5.34 on 3.6 million shares. read more

Reading your owners manual could save your life

5. 58 per cent of those asked could not name any active safety systems in a modern car. Only 29 per cent named ABS, even though this is now standard on all new cars. Just five per cent of drivers knew about ESP (electronic stability programme). Six per cent of people were unable to name any active or passive safety feature. 6. 3. Adjust head restraints A properly adjusted head restraint helps reduce or avoid neck injuries in a collision. According to the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) whiplash affects 70 per cent of people injured in accidents4. This could be avoided by making simple adjustments to the position of head restraints – again, as directed in the manual supplied with the car. Notes: 1. The survey, which sampled 110 people in central London, showed that: to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) This week, 7-13 November, is Road Safety Week and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has called for car owners to take the time to read their owner’s manual. The advice comes following an SMMT survey which showed that motorists continue to take risks because they don’t fully understand the safety systems in their cars1. 2. Total deaths on the road have fallen from 3,650 in 1994 to 3,221 in 2004. Pedestrian fatalities have fallen from 1,124 to 671 in the same period. Although roads are becoming safer2, there are still over 3,000 deaths each year. Many could be prevented if drivers take simple precautions like understanding what warning symbols mean, regularly checking tyre pressures, adjusting head restraints and ensuring that child seats are properly fitted. 4. Fit child seats properly The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) reports that 70 per cent of child seats are incorrectly fitted or used5. According to THINK!, the DfT road safety campaign, 90 per cent of child fatalities in road collisions could be avoided if children were correctly strapped-in6. These figures would fall significantly if motorists were to read the instructions supplied with the child seat. Check tyre pressure Incorrectly inflated tyres affect handling, steering, braking and grip; they can also increase wear by up to 30 per cent. Yet a recent NOP survey found that seven per cent of drivers check their tyre pressure only once a year. The RAC Foundation also revealed that 90 per cent of tyres in the UK are incorrectly pressured_. Correct tyre pressures are included in owner’s manuals and on vehicle door frames. SMMT chief executive, Christopher Macgowan commented, ‘We read instructions when taking new medicines or using a power tool because these are safety critical products. However, most of us fail to adopt the same vigilant approach when it comes to cars. Many accidents and injuries could be prevented if drivers spent more time learning about the features which are designed to protect themselves and their families.’ read more

Ohio State mens basketball holds off Illinois on road 4839

Junior center Amir Williams (23) reaches up for a shot. OSU beat Illinois, 48-39, Feb. 15 at the State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill. Courtesy of Brenton Tse / The Daily IlliniAs March approaches and college basketball teams look to build their résumés, perhaps the most important thing any team can have is a short memory.Just four days after having a three-game winning streak snapped at home by archrival No.15 Michigan, 70-60, the Ohio State Buckeyes got back to their winning ways against Illinois, beating the Fighting Illini, 48-39.Despite a tough first half where the Buckeyes trailed by as many as six points — including a three-point margin at halftime — No. 22 OSU (20-6, 7-6, fifth in the Big Ten) would manage to fight its way back in the second half.Five points from junior forward LaQuinton Ross — who finished the game with nine points — followed by a 3-pointer from senior guard Aaron Craft was enough for OSU to take a 28-25 lead with 15:14 remaining. The Buckeyes would never trail again.Although the Fighting Illini (14-12, 3-10) would cut the lead to one at 30-29 with 12:19 left, OSU would score the next 12 points and secure its 20th win of the season. It is the ninth consecutive season OSU has won at least 20 games.Despite not playing in the final 10:13 of the first half, Craft finished the game with a game-high 14 points.Freshman forward Marc Loving and sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle would contribute for OSU off the bench, scoring eight and five points respectively.Illinois junior center Nnanna Egwu continued to hurt OSU on the glass, recording a career-high 13 rebounds on the night to go with six points.OSU’s 48 points were its lowest total of the season, but managed to hold Illinois to just 16 points in the second half. The 39 points by Illinois were the second fewest allowed by the Buckeyes this season, with only the 35 scored by Marquette Nov. 16 being less.Next up, OSU is scheduled to return to the Schottenstein Center for a matchup against Northwestern (12-13, 5-7, seventh in the Big Ten) Wednesday at 7 p.m. read more

Colin Zeng a potential champion for Ohio State diving

OSU sophomore Colin Zeng is a 5-time Big Ten Diver of the Week for the 2015-16 season. Credit: Courtesy of OSUCoach Justin Sochor took over an Ohio State men’s diving team in 2013 that was laden with juniors and seniors. That meant Sochor had one year of recruiting to revamp the Buckeyes after an exodus of talent.“I wasn’t trying to change an old team,” he said. “I was trying to build a new one.” Sochor said he wanted talented students who would make good teammates to represent the diving team, as well as the university, positively. He found that in sophomore diver Colin Zeng.Zeng, a Fujian, China, native, started to dive after his parents suggested it at a young age. He said he discovered early on that the diving training in China was very strenuous.“I didn’t do a lot of competition,” Zeng said. “It’s very intense. We (train) at least six hours a day, seven days a week.”Then, in 2010, Zeng came to the United States to focus on developing his diving skills even further. “I was at the training camp at Stanford,” Zeng said. “After I got my student visa, I started to focus more on competing.”According to DiveMeets, Zeng finished first in all of the competitions he competed in during high school. The sustained dominance made him a hot target for collegiate programs across the nation. This led him to start looking at colleges in his junior year, he said. OSU proved to be a good fit.  Sochor agreed.“A lot of Colin’s traits were what I was looking for,” Sochor said.  “He’s got a high skill level, he gets along with his teammates, and he is smart.”Zeng came to OSU looking to succeed in what the coach called one of the most prestigious conferences in the nation.“Physically, diving-wise, experience with his training, he will stack right up with the divers in the Big Ten,” Sochor said. “He is a potential champion, but so are they. There are a lot of potential champions in (the conference), and he’s on the same dance floor as them.”Zeng has proved that this year. A five-time Big Ten Diver of the Week award winner, Zeng has finished first in all but three events in the 2015-16 season. In the trio of events he didn’t win, he was close, claiming second place each time. OSU sophomore Colin Zeng dives during a meet. Credit: Courtesy of OSUHe said he looks to continue his success at the Big Ten Championships, in which he will compete in three events: the 1-meter, 3-meter and the platform. After that, the NCAA Championship in late March is on the docket for Zeng.Like any competitor, he said he wants to win, but rather than setting his sights on those sorts of accolades, his plan is to just become the best diver he can be.“I’m just trying to focus and get more consistent on my dives,” Zeng said.Despite his success athletically, Zeng places a great deal of emphasis on excelling in the classroom too, his coach said. “The majority of his focus is academics,” Sochor said. “Training just happens in the part of the day we can get him. Once he gets into that Big Ten meet, there is no more tutoring and study table hours… It’s all diving.”As the conference championships approach at the end of February, Zeng is fine-tuning his dives to make them as perfect as can be. The biggest thing, he said, is just becoming as comfortable and consistent as possible. Sochor said he thinks that his star diver is ready to go and show the Big Ten what he is all about.“Colin gets pretty mean when he is competing,” Sochor said. “He is not going to be easy to beat.” read more

Le gouvernement britannique va vendre 150000 hectares de forêts

first_imgLe gouvernement britannique va vendre 150.000 hectares de forêtsLe gouvernement britannique s’apprête à vendre 150.000 hectares de forêts anglaises.  Pour faire face à l’austérité, annoncée courant octobre, le gouvernement britannique va vendre 150.000 hectares de forêts. Cela représente la moitié de la surface totale des forêts de l’Etat. Grâce à cette opération, le ministère de l’Environnement pourra gagner 5 milliards de livres sterling (environ 6 milliards d’euros).À lire aussiJournée mondiale de l’environnement : Quelques astuces pour un mode de vie plus écolo au bureau”Cette vente, qui représenterait la cession de terrain la plus importante jamais réalisée depuis la Seconde Guerre mondiale, pourrait entraîner la construction de lotissements, de terrains de golf ou de villages de vacances sur des lieux autrefois protégés”, indique The Guardian. D’autant que la Grande-Bretagne n’a 12% de son territoire couvert par des forêts (contre 4% au début du siècle dernier). Mais cela reste très peu, comparé au reste de l’Europe dont la moyenne se situe aux alentours de 30%.Pour le parti écologique, cette vente constitue un “acte impardonnable de vandalisme environnemental”. Au lendemain de cette décision, 10.000 personnes avaient déjà signé une  pétition, pressant le gouvernement à mettre fin à cette vente. Parmi les forêts concernées, la forêt de Cardinham, par exemple. Quintessence même des forêts modernes, c’est à la fois un terrain de jeu et de promenade, une réserve naturelle et un ensemble de bois destinés à la coupe.Le 20 novembre 2010 à 18:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

WWE attendance figures 22039 NXT TV tapings

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp WWE Now: IIconics overcome their fears with Cathy Kelley on EdgeWalk of CN Tower Facebook Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twittercenter_img Google+ WWE attendance figures from February 20 to March 9, 2015.* 2/20 NXT live event in Strake, Florida: 200 fans.* 2/21 NXT live event in Cocoa Beach, Florida: 250 fans (sellout).* 2/23 RAW/Superstars TV tapings in Nashville, Tennessee: 13,000 fans (sellout).* 2/28 live event in Toronto, Ontario, Canada: 8,000 fans (sellout).* 2/28 live event in Bridgeport, Connecticut: 5,600 fans.* 3/1 live event in Uniondale, New York: 6,000 fans.* 3/1 live event in Buffalo, New York: 5,500 fans.* 3/2 RAW/Superstars TV tapings in Newark, New Jersey: 11,900 fans (sellout).* 3/3 Smackdown/Main Event TV tapings in Washington, DC: 6,000 fans.* 3/5 NXT live event in Columbus, Ohio: 1,000 fans (sellout).* 3/6 live event in Rochester, New York: 8,000 fans.* 3/6 NXT live event in Cleveland, Ohio: 1,100 fans (sellout).* 3/7 live event in Brooklyn, New York: 8,500 fans.* 3/7 live event in Erie, Pennsylvania: 4,200 fans.* 3/8 live event in Youngstown, Ohio: 3,500 fans.* 3/9 RAW/Superstars TV tapings in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: 11,100 fans (sellout).Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter SPOILERS: 7/20 Impact TV tapings in Windsor to air on Pursuit and Twitch WWE United States Championship match added to Money in the Bank on May 19last_img read more

Caltrans installing debris fence on Coronado Bridge above Chicano Park

first_img Ed Lenderman, April 11, 2018 Posted: April 11, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Caltrans installing debris fence on Coronado Bridge above Chicano Park 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsKUSI’s Ed Lenderman was live in Chicano Park where Caltrans is working to install a debris fence on the Coronado Bridge.Caltrans crews will close the northbound Interstate 5 (I-5) connector to State Route 75 (SR-75) Monday through Thursday from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. to allow for the installation of a debris fence above Chicano Park.Detour signs will be posted and direct motorists to exit at Cesar Chavez Parkway, then left to the on-ramp to SR-75 at Logan Avenue.Caltrans reminds drivers to ‘Be Work Zone Alert’ by avoiding distracted driving, paying constant attention to traffic, and slowing down when approaching work zones. Ed Lenderman last_img read more