Weekend Pick: Star City Vicious Randonnee

first_imgHere’s a recipe for some weekend fun in the saddle: take an old world cycling event, bring it to the Roanoke Valley, extend it to impossible extremes, and give it the catch phrase “The toughest group road ride in the history of Virginia.” Sounds like a blast right? That is the aim of the aptly named Star City Vicious Randonnee. The Randonnee cycling event got its start in France and Italy in the 19th century when day-long sports aimed at challenging the body and mind became popular. Must have been all the absinthe flowing in those days. Similar to a Gran Fondo, a Randonnee event features long distances, big climbs, and groups of riders. Although it is technically a race, there is no emphasis on finishing placement, just finishing, so that gives you an idea of what you are getting yourself into. The Suiride route covers over 115 miles and 14 rated climbs totaling over 15,000 feet of climbing along a mix of pavement, gravel, dirt, and singletrack. Oh yeah, did I mention the whole thing is unsupported? I didn’t? The whole thing is unsupported.Fortunately, you don’t have to commit to the Suiride route to participate in this friendly group ride. There are shorter options in the Vicious route (96 miles, 12,389 feet of climbing), the Gran route (69 miles, 8,858 feet of climbing), the Medio route (38 miles, 5,292 feet of climbing), the Challenge route (25 miles, 3,251 feet of climbing), and the Prologue route (12.5 miles, 1,372 feet of climbing). All rides leave promptly at 9am Sunday, August 18, from the East Coasters Bike Shop in Roanoke. Last year, two riders completed the Suiride route.You may be signing up for a punishing day of riding, but there is a silver lining to the whole thing: it’s free. So hope on the bike and head for the hills around Roanoke this weekend for some punishment in the company of the likeminded.View Larger Maplast_img read more

Cloud formation creates stunning visual images in the sky

first_imgJOHNSON CITY (WBNG) – After Friday evening’s severe weather, Mother Nature treated us to a beautiful cloud formation as the storm rolled in to Broome County around 7:30 p.m. As the shelf cloud passed the area, it brought gusty winds, heavy rain and a drop in temperature. Take a look at these pictures showing a shelf cloud. A shelf cloud is formed from cold air coming down out of a thunderstorm and spreading out ahead it. The cold air then lifts the warm air ahead of the storm up and that’s how you get the layers of clouds forming.center_img Cloud formations like this are not rare and they don’t necessarily indicate severe weather on the way.last_img

Developers to pounce as RBS offloads properties

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Industrial: Flight of the Osprey

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House, govt drop education provisions from job creation bill

first_imgHouse Legislation Body (Baleg) chairman Supratman Andi Agtas, who chaired Thursday’s meeting, said he was glad that the government listened to aspirations from lawmakers and the public.Read also: NU, Muhammadiyah join coalition opposing educational provisions in omnibus billPreviously, lawmakers, teachers and lecturers demanded that education issues be scrapped from the draft bill as they deemed several articles within the draft as counterproductive to ongoing efforts to improve the quality of national education.Concerns were raised over the possible commercialization of the education sector and the business license requirement to establish educational institutions, as well as discrimination against teachers with a bachelor’s degree from a domestic university as the bill no longer required teachers who graduated from an accredited foreign university to have an education certificate.Though the government has agreed to scrap the education provisions from the bill, Elen said it also suggested establishing a regulation on licensing for educational institutions in special economic zones to control how education was implemented. (aly)Topics : The House of Representatives and the government agreed to drop provisions on education from the omnibus bill on job creation on Thursday.“The government, represented by the Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister and the Education and Culture Ministry, suggests the working committee revoke provisions regarding four laws stipulated in the job creation bill,” an expert staff member at the Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister, Elen Setiadi, said on Thursday as quoted by kompas.com.The provisions in question are some articles in Law No. 20/2003 on the national education system, Law No. 14/2005 on teachers and lecturers, Law No. 12/2012 on higher education and Law No. 20/2013 on medical education.last_img read more

Arsenal consider swapping two players in bid to sign £40m Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Aaron Wan-Bissaka is on Arsenal’s radar (BPI/REX)Arsenal are considering using Reiss Nelson or Ainsley Maitland-Niles in their bid to sign Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka, according to reports.Wan-Bissaka has been in sublime form for Palace this season and his impressive performances have reportedly attracted interest from a host of Premier League clubs including Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham.But The Sun on Sunday report that Arsenal scout Brian McDermott is keeping tabs on Wan-Bissaka and the Gunners are ‘desperate’ to sign the 21-year-old.Palace are reporting asking for a £40 million transfer fee but Arsenal want to lower that asking price by offering players in exchange.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTNelson, who is currently on loan at Hoffenheim, is reportedly a potential candidate. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 17 Mar 2019 2:56 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Arsenal consider swapping two players in bid to sign £40m Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka Wan-Bissaka is reportedly valued at £40m by Crystal Palace (BPI/REX)As is Maitland-Niles who has deputised at both left-back and right-back for Inside Emery this season.The report claims that Arsenal’s recruitment team are ‘convinced’ that Wan-Bissaka is the player they want to sign this summer.Meanwhile, Roy Hodgson admitted this week that he was not surprised after Wan-Bissaka failed to make England’s senior squad for the upcoming international break.‘My eyebrows weren’t raised, I don’t see why they should be,’ said the Crystal Palace boss.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He is picked for the England Under-21s which in itself is a very, very big honour.‘It is good to know that, reading Gareth’s comments, he is obviously aware of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and what he can do.‘I don’t think Aaron, myself or anyone at the club should start jumping onto media speculation regarding the player. It is up to him to keep playing well.‘We believe in him. We believe he has a very, very good future at the age of 21.‘At that age, you have got an awful lot of football and an awful lot of time to play for England in the future. It has no effect on us whatsoever.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorslast_img read more

Lubin scores twice to power the Rebels past Comox Valley

first_imgCastlegar out shot Comox Valley 28-21 to make a winner out of Conner Beauchamp in the Castlegar nets.In the other contest, five different Richmond players scored to lift the PJHL champs past the Island winners from Victoria.Richmond erased a 1-0 deficit with four consecutive goals.The Sockeyes play host Comox Valley Friday.Richmond meets Castlegar Saturday afternoon.The two winners advance to the gold medal match Sunday afternoon.The other two teams meet for the bronze medal.The Cyclone Taylor Cup winner represents the province at the Keystone Cup next week in Manitoba. Bryan Lubin scored twice to spark Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champion Castlegar Rebels to a 3-1 win over the host Glacier Kings in opening day action at the 2013 Cyclone Taylor Cup Championships Thursday at the Comox Sports Centre.Castlegar held period leads of 2-0 and 3-1.The Rebels now play Victoria Cougars Friday at 3:30 p.m.The Cougars lost 5-2 to Pacific Junior Hockey League winner Richmond Sockeyes.Lubin scored both of his goals in the first period as the line of Lubin, Travis Wellman and Stuart Walton combined for two markers in a span of just over two minutes.Jeremy McGregor upped the Castlegar lead to 3-0 in the second before Steven Garcia scored on the power play for the Glacier Kings.last_img read more

Phoenix Fuel Masters do ‘Bird Box’ challenge during team building for PBA Season 44

first_imgWarriors cruise past Knicks as Klay Thompson heats up with 7 3s Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi PLAY LIST 03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MANILA, Philippines—Who would’ve thought that tying up a bunch of people and putting blindfolds on them would become a sensible team building activity? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Phoenix did just the popular “Bird Box” challenge in an effort to build chemistry among its players during its team building activity at Belleview Tagaytay Highlands last weekend.READ: After failed playoff bid, Phoenix looking to play better, disciplined basketballThe Fuel Masters are preparing for the upcoming 2019 PBA season, which opens on Sunday.Taking inspiration from the Netflix original movie Bird Box, people put blindfolds on each other and try to find their way through any course.READ: Calvin Abueva ‘really motivated’ to steer Phoenix back into contender statusADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The Fuel Masters also had ropes on their ankles that were tied to each other as tried to walk together with their blindfolds on. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ADVERTISEMENT In the hit film Bird Box, starring veteran actress Sandra Bullock, the characters have to cover their eyes to prevent them from looking at the entity that would inflict them with suicidal thoughts.READ: With bolstered roster, Phoenix confident it can at higher levelThe Fuel Masters didn’t have to deal with a creature that would force them to kill themselves but their version of it looked a lot of fun. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers View commentslast_img read more

Award-winning course for people with arthritis to run in Letterkenny

first_imgA six-week self-management course to help people living with arthritis will commence in Letterkenny on Wednesday 4 September.The Living Well with Arthritis course gives people with arthritis the tools and techniques to help them better manage their condition. The award-winning course will be held in Station House Hotel, Letterkenny and costs €35 for the six weeks.A discounted rate is available for medical card holders. Classes run on Wednesdays from 7.00pm-9.30pm. The course is suitable for people with any form of arthritis, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, or related conditions like fibromyalgia or lupus.Previous participants on the course have reported that it helped decrease their pain, reduced their reliance on health professionals and medication, and improved their overall sense of well-being.Participants learn about pain and fatigue management; healthy lifestyle and the importance of healthy eating; dealing with negative emotions; and exercise techniques for weak and damaged joints.Bronwen Maher, Services Manager, Arthritis Ireland, said: “This programme was developed by Stanford University and has been proven to be an essential part of effective arthritis treatment. After completing the course, people are able to do things that they couldn’t before, they experience improvements in their mobility, mood and in their quality of life.” A previous course participant commented: “While my friends and family support me, I don’t think they really understand what it’s like to live with a chronic illness. Many of the people who attended the course will tell you they didn’t require support, myself included. What we did need was the skills to manage living with a chronic illness.”Developed by Stanford University, some 6,500 people have successfully completed the Living Well with Arthritis course since it was introduced here in 2006 by Arthritis Ireland.Places are limited on the course. To book, visit the Arthritis Ireland website, www.arthritisireland.ie, phone 01 647 0206 or email [email protected] course for people with arthritis to run in Letterkenny was last modified: August 18th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Arthritis courseArthritis Irelandlast_img read more

Ab koi rok nahi sakta: Vivek Oberoi blows the conch in new PM Narendra Modi biopic poster

first_imgVivek Oberoi is now waiting for his upcoming film PM Narendra Modi to release on May 24, a day after Lok Sabha poll results. Four days before the biopic on India’s prime minister hits the theatres, Vivek has shared a new poster on Twitter.On April 11, the Election Commission stalled the PM Narendra Modi biopic, citing model code of conduct. After a long fight, the makers of PM Narendra Modi biopic finally got a release date: May 24.Now, as the film is all set to hit the screens, Vivek took to Twitter to share a new poster of the film. “Aa rahe hain dobara PM Narendra Modi, Ab koi nahi rok sakta,” Vivek tweeted alongside the new poster…. #PMNarendraModi #DekhengeModiBiopic#[email protected] @OmungKumar @sandip_Ssingh @sureshoberoi @ModiTheFilm2019 @anandpandit63 @LegendStudios @AcharyaManish7 @tseries pic.twitter.com/rZ4Q0pqo7vVivek Anand Oberoi (@vivekoberoi) May 20, 2019Not only this, the caption on Vivek’s Twitter post read, “Bharat mein har kaam ki shuruwat, shankh baja kar ki jaati hai.” In the poster, the actor can be seen blowing a conch.Going by his post, Vivek Oberoi, who will be seen essaying the role of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the biopic, seems confident about who will win the 2019 elections.During the launch of the new poster with Union Minister Nitin Gadkari in Nagpur, the PM Narendra Modi actor said that he is very happy with the exit polls of the Lok Sabha elections 2019. He also said that there was no fear about the fact that the BJP will have less number of seats, as calculated by many.advertisement”Jab hum ground pe bhi is film ko shoot kar rahe thay, toh jo logon ka Modi ji ke prati pyaar hai, akarshan hai, wo nazar aa raha tha,” the actor said about his upcoming PM Narendra Modi biopic.Recalling an incident, Vivek Oberoi said, “Main Gandhinagar mein shooting kar raha tha. To jab mai Modi ji ki look pehen kar Mahatama Gandhi mandir mein aaya, logon ko laga asli Modi ji hain, to wo chillane lag gaye ‘Modi Modi’ (I remember I was shooting at Mahatma Gandhi Mandir in Gandhinagar, sporting the Modi look and people thought that I was the real Modi. They started shouting ‘Modi, Modi).”PM Narendra Modi biopic, which hits the screens on May 24, will clash with India’s Most Wanted which stars Arjun Kapoor in the leading role. When Arjun was asked whether the biopic will affect India’s Most Wanted’s box office business, he told IndiaToday.in that people first read reviews and then watch a film.”The films which release at the box office – be it English, Hindi or regional – they all tend to work because now, our audience is pretty intelligent, calm and sorted. Nobody runs to theatres on a Friday morning. You read reviews and speak to people. Then you watch the film,” the India’s Most Wanted actor told us.ALSO READ | Vivek Oberoi digs up Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai affair to talk Exit Poll result. Internet rips him apartALSO READ | Arjun Kapoor on India’s Most Wanted vs PM Narendra Modi biopic: Clash jaisa kuch nahi hotaALSO WATCH | It is my Army, it is Modi’s Army: Vivek Oberoi ahead of Modi biopic releaselast_img read more