The Notch: Creek Boating for the First Time

first_imgOur new travel editor, Jess Daddio, is a top-notch whitewater paddler, but she wasn’t always a bomber boater. Here she describes one of her first creek boating, class-IV runs.It’s my first time creeking. The crystal blue waters of Whitetop Laurel near Damascus, Va., are swollen from weeks of winter rains and snowmelt. Along with my kayaking guru, Brandon,  I am perched on a rock below a six-foot drop called The Notch, reading the water as it surges and bubbles.“Whatever you do,” Brandon tells me, “do not take a left stroke.”The Notch is situated to the left of a solid rock wall. To be caught in that wall-side eddy means certain carnage.“The strokes come much slower than you think,” continues Brandon. “You don’t need a lot of speed. Just keep your boat angled to the left and pop off it.”I nod. Brandon slaps me on the back and turns to retrieve his boat upstream. I swallow hard and follow suit. Wedging myself into my kayak, I cinch the back band tight. Despite the cold, my palms begin to sweat as I wrap them around the paddle shaft.I habitually replay every swim I’ve ever had just before entering a rapid. Today proves to be no exception. The film reel starts. I shut my eyes.“Stop it,” I mutter. “You will not swim.”Brandon looks back at me and nods. Ready? I nod back, peeling out into the current. Brandon comes to the lip of the drop and glides off the left side into the eddy below.I’m only a boat length behind. Within seconds, I’m at the edge of the drop. I lily dip my right blade into the current, not wanting to gain too much speed. Then, for reasons unknown, I throw a powerful left stroke as I soar off the drop.The bottom of my boat smacks the surface. The pour-over from The Notch pounds my upstream side and catches an edge. I brace, managing to keep my head above the crashing. The current pushes me into the right eddy. I feel the side of the boat thump the rock wall. I go under.Beneath the surface, thundering water sounds much quieter. Trees and sky turn impressionistic. I set up and roll. Another thump. Still against the wall. Try pushing off. Roll again. Not enough hip snap. Back under the water. Forgot to breathe. Lungs are straining. Do not swim. Roll again. This time, I’m right side up but on a rock.Brandon is out of his boat on the other side of the river, yelling something. I scout the line for The Slot, an even bigger drop below The Notch. I know where I need to be. I back off the rock and peel out. A wave grabs my edge and I brace, praying that I ride this one out. It lets go, and I straighten up in time to pencil over the edge.When my boat surfaces, I paddle to Brandon. He pulls my boat to shore.Yanking my helmet back, he whips his off, shoving his red hair in my face.“Do you see how many gray hairs I have now?!” he yells.“But I didn’t swim.”I smile.I did it.last_img read more

Are robots hijacking marketing?

first_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr You’d be forgiven if you don’t know much about “marketing bots”—even if you work right smack dab in the middle of a marketing team. When most of us think of bots, we think of the irritating spambots that create bogus accounts on Twitter and Facebook, or that bomb online forums with incomprehensible gibberish about free sunglasses or trips to the Bahamas. Sure, hackers and spammers probably get some benefit out of sending out these bots to wreak havoc on the internet’s general population. For ethical and reputable marketers, though, what genuine benefit could bots ever have?Marketing Bots: The Rise of the MachinesHowever, despite all your misgivings, you might not want to dismiss bots just yet: according to Melissa Chacko, the product manager for Foursquare, “bots are the new apps.” Chacko sees bots as a massive growth opportunity for businesses, a way to offer “seamless user experience,” and a means of creating “emotional connections” with users. In Chacko’s view, bots can make digital marketing easier for the marketers and more satisfying and helpful for the consumers.For the record, when Chacko talks about bots, she isn’t talking about the spambots that like to disrupt the fun of posting on your favorite internet message board. Rather, the bots that populated her slideshow presentation (linked above) are quite like the text-based equivalent to Siri. Users can text questions to these bots and get answers. In Chacko’s slideshow, a user is shown interacting with a bot called “Marsbot,” asking for recommendations of bars or sushi restaurants. continue reading »last_img read more

Riverfront suburb reels in the locals

first_imgREAL ESTATE: 26 Byron St BulimbaA four-bedroom, three-bathroom house in the highly sought-after suburb of Bulimba has sold at auction for $980,000.Marketing agent Tony O’Doherty of Belle Property said the home at 26 Byron St, Bulimba was a desirable home for many families looking to buy in the area.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“Bulimba is such a highly sought-after suburb,” Mr O’Doherty said. “Oxford St is an exciting precinct, and there are a lot of young families vying for a piece. There’s a definite lack of supply.”Mr O’Doherty said the new owners, who were previously renting a townhouse nearby, had been looking to buy a property in the area for some time and were happy to have finally settled on this riverfront pocket home. “They like the family feel of the place, and the strong sense of community,” he said. “The yard and pool were a big drawcard for them. They wanted the kids to have a nice backyard and home to grow up in.”Mr O’Doherty said the impending completion of The Boatyard Bulimba and luxury boutique apartments in the street reflected a continually strong investment in the area.last_img read more

Golden opportunity for first home buyers in Townsville

first_imgThe apartment Melanie Cerutti recently purchased in Townsville.“It just frees up cash for me really, if you work it out weekly my repayments are much cheaper than what I was paying in rent,” Ms Cerutti said. “I bought because property prices were at a good stage and interest rates were expected to drop.“I think I bought just at the right time now that Adani’s gone ahead.”M Property agent Emma Nancarrow, said the second interest rate cut revealed a ‘golden opportunity’ for young buyers.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“It’s a bit too early on to tell if the first cut has made a difference in activity yet, but I think young people have a golden opportunity to get into the market,” Ms Nancarrow said. “It’s great news for homeowners,” Mr Cooke said.“It’s two down and maybe one or two more to go.“On an average mortgage, if your bank passes on both rate cuts in full — that is a 50 basis point reduction — you could be saving almost $42,000 over 30 years.”A report released in June by ANZ and CoreLogic also revealed, the housing market in Townsville is more affordable for those borrowing or saving for a deposit than those renting.Homeowners in the region could be saving 3 per cent more of their income to service a mortgage than if they were renting, with a 20 per cent deposit for property in the region taking 5.2 years to save on average.The report which used housing data from last December, did not consider the recent rate cuts, meaning it could now be even more affordable to buy. Restored Queenslander snapped up after amazing transformation “I think this second one will stimulate the first homebuyer and maybe even get established homeowners go back to their current lender and find out what they can do. “It may encourage them to renovate or make changes to their properties.”Insights manager at Finder, Graham Cooke, said the average mortgage holder is set to save thousands on the life of their home loan if banks pass on both cuts. MORE NEWS Melanie Cerutti (31), recently bought a home in Townsville’s West End on the back of low interest rates and low property prices.FIRST homeowners are breaking into the Townsville property market with it cheaper to buy than rent in the region.The Reserve Bank of Australia slashed interest rates for the second time in two months on Tuesday, dropping it by another 25 basis points to a historic low of 1.00 per cent. First homebuyer Melanie Cerutti who recently bought a property in West End, said the interest rate cuts made her repayments cheaper than the rent she would be paying and gave her more breathing space financially.MORE NEWS The hardest place in QLD to sell a house Where the most houses are selling in Townsville last_img read more

EU makes available €8M for ocean renewable energy

first_imgEuropean Commission has earmarked €8 million to help developers test novel products and services in high-potential emerging blue economy sectors, including ocean renewable energy.Funded under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, the announced funding is part of a larger €14.5 million investment initiative to further promote sustainable blue growth across the EU.Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, said: “At the Our Ocean conference in Malta, the European Union led by putting the blue economy on the agenda for the first time. Today we launch a €14.5 million investment initiative for green projects to safeguard our marine ecosystems. On ocean energy, tackling marine litter, and along Mediterranean coastlines, I am delighted that we are so quickly following up on our Our Ocean pledges.”Aside from €8 million set aside for start-ups and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in blue economy sectors, further €2 million has been allocated to fight the growing challenge of marine litter.In addition, €3 million will support twinning projects in the Mediterranean Sea, including between maritime training and education institutions, blue economy businesses and local fishing communities.Finally, €1.5 million is allocated to restoring marine and coastal ecosystems in the Mediterranean, including mitigation of climate change.The Our Ocean conference, held in Malta on October 5-6, 2017, generated an unprecedented level of commitments: 437 were announced, including € 7.2 billion in financial pledges.The EU alone announced 36 commitments which amounted to over €550 million.last_img read more

Updated: Manchester City to appeal against two-year European ban

first_imgEnglish Premier League champions Manchester City said they will appeal against a two-year ban from all European club competitions after authorities ruled that the club had broken financial fair-play rules. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The club said that it was “disappointed but not surprised” at the sanction and the 30 million euro fine imposed by the disciplinary wing of Europe’s governing body UEFA. UEFA claimed that investigators had found that Manchester City had overstated its sponsorship revenue and other financial information in figures submitted between 2012 and 2016. It also said that the club had failed to cooperate in its investigation. The club has vigorously and consistently denied those claims. The Abu Dhabi-owned club said it had always anticipated the need for an “independent body and process to impartially consider the comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence in support of its position”. It said that UEFA’s chief investigator has overseen a “flawed and consistently leaked UEFA process”.Advertisement UEFA had indicated as early as December 2018 that the club would be sanctioned even before an investigation had begun. It meant that there was “little doubt in the result that he would deliver”, the club said. “Simply put, this is a case initiated by UEFA, prosecuted by UEFA and judged by UEFA. “With this prejudicial process now over, the Club will pursue an impartial judgment as quickly as possible and will therefore, in the first instance, commence proceedings with the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the earliest opportunity.” UEFA opened its investigation in March 2019 in response to allegations published in the German newspaper Der Spiegel. read also: Breaking: Man City banned from Champions League for two seasons The club accepted a fine in 2014 after a previous financial fair play investigation. Loading…last_img read more

Zidane casts doubt on Hazard return this season

first_imgZinedine Zidane said on Tuesday he cannot be sure that Eden Hazard will play again this season after the Belgian suffered another foot injury last weekend. Eden Hazard was absent after his latest injury as Zinedine Zidane directed Real Madrid training ahead of their Champions League game Hazard came off during Madrid’s defeat by Levante on Saturday after making only his second start following almost three months out with a fracture in the same foot. Madrid confirmed another fracture was revealed during tests on Sunday and Zidane has cast doubt on whether Hazard will return this term.Advertisement Read Also: Fury mobbed by fans amid cops protection as he lands in ManchesterHazard appeared to be finding his rhythm only to suffer his first fracture in November, before his latest set-back last weekend.He has made only 15 appearances for his club this season, scoring one goal.“I can see he’s not happy,” said Zidane. “It’s important he stays positive but of course it’s difficult. It’s a bad moment, it won’t be easy and he will feel like this for a while.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “I don’t know if he will need an operation, it’s not my area,” said Zidane in a press conference before Madrid’s Champions League first leg against Manchester City at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday. “And I don’t know if his season is over, I don’t know but I hope not.” Hazard joined Madrid for 100 million euros from Chelsea last summer but has endured a nightmare first year in Spain. He sustained a thigh injury in training the day before the start of the season and after coming back in September, took time to regain form and fitness. Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks12 Marvel Superheroes Before The FameDisney’s Live-Action Simba Was Based On The Cutest Lion Cub EverWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time15 Most Astonishing Staircases In The WorldThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better Loading… last_img read more

Diamond Mountain Wild West Modified Tour wins to Alvarado, DeVilbiss

first_imgVERNAL, Utah (June 28-29) – The second weekend installment of the 2019 Wild West Modified Tour ended a lot like the first. June 28 Feature Results His 173rd career IMCA Modified win came in the weekend finale. Tafoya repeated as runner-up.  Ed Henderson was the Friday Stock Car winner, ahead of Aaron Spangler and DeVilbiss. Gene Henrie was second, Tyler Whetstone third on Saturday.  Brian Carey led Jason Wright and Cody Malcom across the stripe in the opening night Karl Kus­toms Northern SportMod main. Josh Pate was the Saturday winner, with Morris Duncan and Carey in pursuit.  “The car was really good. I was able to make the top work,” Alvarado said. “Then when I got to lapped traffic, I was able to go lower on the track whenever I needed to.”  Modifieds – 1. DeVilbiss; 2. Tafoya; 3. Alvarado; 4. Justen Yeager; 5. Howard; 6. Johnson; 7. Hale; 8. Bryan Wordelman; 9. Wade Taylor; 10. Donnelly; 11. Hansen; 12. Chris Delp; 13. Moser; 14. Kenny Vollmer; 15. Wright; 16. Dereck Rhoden; 17. Anderson; 18. Ratzlaff; 19. Denney; 20. Casey Delp; 21. Beech; 22. Gamble; 23. Braxton Yeager; 24. LaRocque. Modifieds – 1. Ricky Alvarado; 2. Regan Tafoya; 3. Michael Hale; 4. Zane DeVilbiss; 5. Justen Yeager; 6. Braxton Yeager; 7. Jake Donnelly; 8. Chase Hansen; 9. Casey Delp; 10. Bert Beech; 11. Wyatt Howard; 12. Bryan Wordelman; 13. Heath Denney; 14. Christian Johnson; 15. Matt Ratzlaff; 16. Shawn LaRocque; 17. Chris Delp; 18. Justin Wright; 19. Dan Wordelman; 20. Ty Gamble; 21. Richard Anderson; 22. Nathan Olson; 23. Ron Moser; 24. Dereck Rhoden. Stock Cars – 1. Ed Henderson; 2. Aaron Spangler; 3. Zane DeVilbiss; 4. Steffan Carey; 5. Shawn Parish; 6. Gene Henrie; 7. Dillion Lawrence; 8. Race Fisher; 9. Levi Card; 10. Travis Suther­lin; 11. Jay Kibel; 12. Racely Card; 13. Kasey Bright; 14. Kevin Wright; 15. Grayson Den­ney; 16. Tom Gallagher; 17. Tyler Whetstone; 18. Aspen Russell; 19. Beau Hutchison.  Alvarado’s tour-leading 33rd win, and seventh at Vernal, came from outside the front row pole and through heavy lapped traffic before the checkers flew. The last 10 circuits stayed green in the 25-lapper and Regan Tafoya and Michael hale completed the top three.center_img Stock Cars – 1. DeVilbiss; 2. Henrie; 3. Whetstone; 4. Levi Card; 5. Bright; 6. Sutherlin; 7. Racely Card; 8. Henderson; 9. Lawrence; 10. Spangler; 11. Wright; 12. Kibel; 13. Carey; 14. Den­ney; 15. Gallagher; 16. Parish; 17. Fisher. “It was a good weekend for us,” added Alvarado, who motored from ninth to third on Saturday. “The track was good and racy.” Northern SportMods – 1. Brian Carey; 2. Jason Wright; 3. Cody Malcom; 4. Matt Ruff; 5. Chuck Delp; 6. Ed Gilbert; 7. David Pitt; 8. Morris Duncan; 9. Josh Pate; 10. Rex Higgins; 11. B.J. Has­lam; 12. Shane Simper; 13. Wayland Duncan; 14. Kyle Menlove; 15. Christina Ratzlaff; 16. Cody Taylor; 17. Troy Householder; 18. Camron Spangler; 19. Kendra Vollmer; 20. Slade Pitt; 21. Tod Alonzo; 22. Jerry Hislop; 23. Jon Hammond.  Dialing in a car for Brian Parker, DeVilbiss led much of the way before falling back to fifth. A cau­tion with three laps to go set the stage for DeVilbiss, who got a good restart and raced his way back into the lead. June 29 Feature Results DeVilbiss had similar sentiments, tuning up for Saturday’s IMCA Modified main by winning the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature … just his second-ever victory in the full-bodied class. Ricky Alvarado won the Friday night feature for IMCA Modifieds at Diamond Mountain Speedway while Zane DeVilbiss topped the Saturday show. They’d also paced $1,000 to win, Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying shows during the opening weekend of the tour at Aztec Speed­way in May.  Northern SportMods – 1. Pate; 2. Duncan; 3. Carey; 4. Higgins; 5. Wright; 6. Haslam; 7. Gilbert; 8. Simper; 9. Slade Pitt; 10. David Pitt; 11. Householder; 12. Duncan; 13. Brandon Snow; 14. Men­love; 15. Vollmer; 16. Taylor; 17. Malcom; 18. Spangler; 19. Delp; 20. Ruff; 21. Alonzo; 22. Ratzlaff; 23. Hammond.last_img read more

Aboderin Applauds Dolphins, IGP Queens’ Display

first_imgHe said: “We had not played them this season and because of their heights, we knew it was going to be a full day’s job to get even a half point win. And that was exactly what happened.“But winning or losing isn’t the important thing about this match. We are happy that every minute was well played; we are happy that everyone watching enjoyed the game. This is clearly the match of the day and how wonderful it would be for the development of the women’s league if all or at least many of the games play out like this.”The IGP Queens’ Coach, Abraham Ogaba, was lost for words when reporters demanded his reaction.In another late match on Monday, First Bank defeated Customs 115-35.On Day Two of the Final Eight yesterday, IGP Queens defeated Plateau Rocks 59-37, while First Bank defeated First Deepwater 91-74. The encounter between Customs and GT2000 ended 46-40 in favour of CustomsDefending Champion, First Bank will open proceedings on Day Three of the final Phase today with an encounter against GT 2000 while Plateau Rocks will confront Dolphins in the second match.IGP Queens and Delta Force are billed to play in the third match of the day with the Customs versus First Deepwater clash as the last match for Wednesday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram ZENITH WOMEN B’BALL LEAGUEDolphins Basketball Club of Lagos Owner and Handler, Wale Aboderin, was hailed the narrow victory of the team over IGP Queens in one of the opening matches of the Final Phase of the Zenith Bank Women Basketball League.The encounter which was one of the late games on Monday, was won with just one point as the Aboderin ladies managed a 65-64 victory.Aboderin said the victory was not his source of joy but the skills exhibited by the players which was a delight to the fans who cheered every move and point scored as if it was a final match.last_img read more