Brownlee: Ginebra needs to ‘come out and fight’ after Game 3 blowout Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chris Ross had an eventful showing, to say the least, in the third game of the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil That shooting display came off less than half-an-hour of real time after Renaldo Balman’s elbows accidentally hit him before the end of the first half.Ross said his wound did not exactly push him to play harder in the second half, but it was his self-confidence that made him go berserk in offense.“It’s just a statement that I live by, ‘trust your work,’ because when you put in all the work and whatever you do in life, study or putting in hours of practice, if you don’t trust it when the time comes there’s no point if you put in the work,” said Ross.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal “I played against Tim Cone long enough to know that he was going to challenge me today,” said Ross. “Last game I only took one shot, I prepared for that yesterday and I took a lot of shots. I knew they were going to challenge me to take shots today.”Ross had a quiet Game 2 with zero points, three rebounds, five assists, and two steals in almost 29 minutes, although the Beermen still dominated in a 134-109 win.“I just stepped up and shot with confidence. I knew we were shooting the ball early and my teammates kept passing me the ball, and I was open, I just kept shooting. Even if I missed a few in a row, I kept shooting.”READ: Brownlee: Ginebra needs to ‘come out and fight’ after Game 3 blowout Ross hit fever pitch midway through the third quarter when he went on a personal 9-2 run hitting three straight three-pointers to give San Miguel a 72-63 lead with 6:19 left in the period.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ He suffered a nasty gash on his forehead before the end of the first half but, like the trooper he is, was able to inspire the Beermen to the 132-94 annihilation of the Gin Kings to take a 2-1 series lead.Bloodied forehead and all, Ross finished with 23 points, on 7-of-13 from long range, seven rebounds, five assists, and four steals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’READ: PBA Finals: San Miguel clobbers Ginebra by 38 points for 2-1 leadAnd Ross found his inspiration from an unlikely source. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ
Beginning September, passengers will be required to pay an additional $20 to minibus operators, who ply their trade in the various routes.This was announced on Monday by the Business Ministry, which noted that the decision stemmed from a recent meeting held with the Minibus Association.According to the Business Ministry, a new fare structure will be made available to minibus drivers, who will then be responsible for displaying same in their buses.In addition to this, the two parties have noted that plans are also ahead to establish a code of conduct for bus drivers in light of several reports.The President of the United Minibus Union (UMU), Eon Andrews, said during an interview with this publication that he is satisfied with the Ministry’s decision to implement a $20 increase. He said, “It might not be a lot, but we are satisfied.”In relation to the code of conduct for bus drivers, Andrews informed that the Ministry is currently in talks with the Union to have the operators trained so as to be able to up their game in the area of hospitality.Moreover, he said that uniformity is on the list of things to be addressed.In June, the President of the Minibus Union submitted a proposal for not only a fare increase, but for several other requests to ease the pressure on minibus drivers.Although the call for a fare increase came at a time where fuel prices were constantly escalating, Andrews had noted that the call for the additional money was not only due to the fuel prices, but several other issues. Because of this, the Union’s President said even if the fuel prices lower, he would not be willing to drop the transportation costs.“We are saying that, Yes, there are increases in many other things. We are not basing our argument on fuel, because we don’t control that in this country,” he said.“We did not really like the idea of the new tyres because they only lasting like six months, and they’re very expensive. We want to look at the tyres. There were a lot of 100 per cent increases in the last budget; you know, Interest Tax, licence, everything; (so we want to know) how they’re going to be able to help us. If they could reduce certain things, it would ease (the strain on persons), because we are more concerned that the consumer doesn’t have to carry this load,” the UMU head explained.Guyana Times understands that the Union had initially requested $20 for short drop bus drivers and $40 for drivers who traverse the longer routes.
18-22.5 Winner: Tyler Mikkelson, 8723-27 Winner: Jesse Smith, 96Handicap 2: 18-22.5 Winner: Rod Smith, 9123-27 Winner: Jesse Smith, 94Doubles:B Winner: Jesse Smith, 176C Winner: Cameron Schole, 162D Winner: Tip Johnson, 168High Overall:Champion: Jesse Smith, 556Runner Up: Tip Johnson, 515 FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Rod and Gun Club held their 2018 Pacific International Trap Association (PITA) Shoot on May 26th and 27th.Jesse Smith was the big winner from the two days as he won three separate classes. Smith was the high overall champion and broke 556 out of 600 total targets during the shoot.The results from the tournament are listed below:- Advertisement -Singles (Two Events):A Winner: Jesse Smith, 190B Winner: Tyler Mikkelson, 192C winner: Darrel Wallace, 189Singles (One Event):Veteran: Fred Bihun, 92Top Woman: Lynn Smith, 87Handicap:Advertisement
The incident was a major talking point despite Hegerberg’s achievement in becoming the first winner of the women’s Ballon D’Or, an award which has been handed to male footballers since 1956.Solveig, a musician and radio host, apologised in person to Hegerberg and said he was “astonished” at the reaction.“Guys I’m a little bit amazed, astonished by what I’m reading on the internet,” he said in a video posted on Twitter.“Of course I didn’t want to offend anyone… This was a joke, probably a bad one and I want to apologise for the one I may have offended.”As footage of the incident went viral, British tennis player Andy Murray led the backlash when he thundered: “Why do women still have to put up with that shit?”“What questions did they ask (Kylian) Mbappe and (Luka) Modric?” he posted on Instagram, referring to the winners of the best young player and the men’s Ballon D’Or.“I’d imagine something to do with football.“And to everyone who thinks people are overreacting and it was just a joke… it wasn’t. I’ve been involved in sport my whole life and the level of sexism is unreal.”Hegerberg, 23, whose goals propelled Lyon to a record fifth Champions League title and their 12th consecutive domestic crown, played down the controversy and said it hadn’t marred her evening.“I didn’t feel it was like that at all to be honest and I am sad if people thought about the situation like that,” Hegerberg said after the show.She added: “He came to see me after and apologised. The Ballon d’Or is the most important thing.”Before the ceremony, Hegerberg told The Guardian that she found it “really frustrating” that sport remains “such a man’s world”.“Sometimes it’s really frustrating, I must say. Sometimes you have episodes or situations where you feel like, damn, we’re in such a man’s world,” she said in an interview.“But at the same time I’ve never looked at myself different from men’s football. I’ve always felt the same — I work hard to try to achieve my dreams, like every other girl out there.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Norwegian forward Ada Hegerberg (R) stands alongside French DJ and producer Martin Solveig (L) after receiving the 2018 women’s Ballon d’Or award. © AFP / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Dec 4 – French DJ Martin Solveig apologised and said he was taken aback by the stormy reaction online after he asked the inaugural women’s Ballon D’Or winner Ada Hegerberg whether she could “twerk” live on stage.The awards co-host in Paris provoked a torrent of complaints about sexism with his question about the sexually suggestive dance, which received a blunt “No” from the unamused Norwegian striker.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Williams, who has 12 double-doubles this year, notched a triple-double (20 points, 11 rebounds, 10 steals) in her first career varsity game, a 58-39 victory Nov. 30 over Paraclete. The 5-foot-10 forward – also a two-time Golden League shot put champion in track and field – has four double-doubles in her past five games, including a career-high 31 points and 14 rebounds Jan. 6 against Antelope Valley. “Jahne is a super athlete,” Henderson said. “She’s got this happy-go-lucky personality, and she likes to joke a lot, but she is serious when she needs to be.” Williams is a Division I college prospect who is working on her game. She sometimes jumps passing lanes too aggressively, committing unnecessary fouls – she has 69 fouls this season – and foul trouble has limited her playing time in some games. And she is hesitant to dribble to her left. “There’s always room for improvement,” Williams acknowledged. “I don’t think I’m the best I’ll ever be. I know I need to improve defensively.” There are some athletes who like to listen to music before games. Others prefer to survey the opposition or talk strategy with coaches. Then there’s Jahne Williams, a junior on the Knight High girls’ basketball team. “She dances,” Knight assistant coach Danny Henderson said. “Most girls try and focus before games. They don’t talk. (Head coach Shawn Johnson and I) joke that Jahne won’t get hurt on the court, but dancing on the sidelines before the game.” Henderson says he believes this carefree spirit has contributed to Williams’ success on the court. In 21 games this year, the first-year varsity player has team highs of 16.6 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.8 steals per game. Lancaster coach John Gallen, whose Eagles beat Knight 56-41 on Jan. 4, says Lancaster senior Andrea Bobic and Palmdale junior Brittney Lloyd are Williams’ equals. “But there’s no question,” Gallen said. “To beat Knight, you have to first stop Jahne Williams.” Although not expected to seriously contend for the league title, Knight (11-10 overall, 4-2 Golden), in its first year as a varsity program, is in third place, behind Palmdale (10-10, 5-0) and Lancaster (10-4, 3-1). Knight also is receiving significant contributions from sophomore Gelenda Loving (11.9 points per game) and junior Nicole Troncoso (8.9 rebounds per game). The Hawks, who have no seniors, play host to Lancaster Tuesday and Palmdale on Feb. 3. Upset victories could catapult Knight atop the standings, but don’t expect the magnitude of those games to deter Williams from her pregame routine. “Jahne is such a stress-reducer,” Johnson said. “She is so lighthearted, sometimes goofy, but she knows exactly when to turn it on. She really hates to lose.” Kevin Connelly, (818) 713-3607 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“Chasing Open Spaces,” an exhibit of oil paintings documenting natural spaces in and surrounding the Santa Clarita Valley, will be on display through April 30 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call Laura Wambsgans at (661) 259-0696. “The Foreigner” will be presented, 7 p.m. today and Saturday in the Hart Black Box Theatre, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Tickets: $8. Call Brent Christensen at (661) 259-7575, Ext. 212. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” will be presented, 6:30 p.m. today and Saturday at the Valencia Marketplace Amphitheater located on the corner of McBean Parkway and The Old Road, Stevenson Ranch. Admission is free. Call (661) 254-4543. Spring dance concert, 8 p.m. today at the Center for the Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $5-$10. Call the box office at (661) 362-5304. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m. every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Heart 2 Hart fundraiser will feature a gourmet dinner, live and silent auctions, casino games and dancing, 6 p.m. Saturday at the Tournament Players Club, 26550 N. Heritage View Lane, Valencia. Tickets are $75 and proceeds benefit the Hart High School Show Choir. Call Danielle Werts at (661) 255-6455 or Suzanne Benty at (661) 254-5696. Grateful Dudes will perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. Campfire program, 8-9 p.m. Saturday at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. (661) 259-7721. Capitol Steps will perform, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Center for the Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $25-$50. Call the box office at (661) 362-5304. Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. Sierra Club hike will meet, 9 a.m. Sunday at the entrance to Ed Davis/Towsley Canyon Park, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call Ray Lorme at (661) 296-0246 or Ed Benison at (661) 254-7517. Day at the Races fundraiser, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Carousel Ranch, 34289 Rocking Horse Road, Agua Dulce. Call Denise Tomey at (661) 268-8010. Oak Tree Golf Classic and auction, 9 a.m. Monday at the Tournament Players Club, 26550 Heritage View Lane, Valencia. Call Heather Sarge at (661) 702-6977. Canyon High School Dinner Concert will feature the Jazz Ensemble, 7 p.m. Tuesday at La Mesa Junior High, 26623 May Way, Canyon Country. Tickets: $10. Call (661) 252-6110. Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival will feature live music, poetry, a fashion show and cowboy cuisine, Wednesday through April 30 at Melody Ranch and other venues across the city. Call (800) 305-9755 or visit www.cowboyfestival.org for tickets. Cowboy Couture Fashion Show, will feature the latest in Western fashions, 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (800) 305-9755 or visit www.cowboyfestival.org. Women Artists of the West fifth annual art exhibit and sale, 2-8 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 28, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. April 29 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 30 in Hart Hall at William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Contact Kendra Page at email@example.com. Film screening of the award-winning documentary “Paper Clips,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Congregation Beth Shalom, 21430 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 254-2411. Jim Mooney of Back Pages will perform pop songs on acoustic guitar with vocals, 7:30 p.m. Thursday at The Greens, 26501 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 222-2900. “As He Lay” will be presented, 8 p.m. Thursday-April 29 at the Little Theater at California State University, Northridge. Tickets: $35 for Thursday and April 28, and $70 for April 29, which includes a post-show reception. Proceeds benefit the Valley Trauma Center, a sexual assault services agency that serves the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys. Call Sheri Strahl at (818) 756-5330. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA, 91355.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“Oklahoma” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through April 30 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $13-$17 for adults and $10-$13 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. Moonlight Hike, 8-9 p.m. today at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Don Friesen and Curtis Fortier will perform, 9 p.m today and Saturday at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost $12, or $22.99 for dinner and the show. Call (661) 259-2291. Tesoro Adobe Historic Park is open to the public, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday with guided tours of the Harry Carey/Farmer John Ranch House, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (661) 702-8953. Emergency Expo will feature free safety demonstrations, vendors, prizes and more, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 255-4965.
A woman who was given a cheque-book by a bank to start a new business defrauded 25 other companies across Donegal out of almost €7,000 of goods.Ms Devine cashed a number of cheques across Donegal.Fiona Devine, 41, approached the AIB bank to start a second-hand furniture business in Letterkenny. She was told the loan application for €10,000 was looking good and was even given a cheque-book.The mother-of-five began purchasing various items over a six week period between September and October in 2013.However, two weeks alter she was told by the AIB that the loan application was being refused but could appeal the decision.But Ms Devine continued to cash various cheques in towns across Donegal including Letterkenny, Milford, Burt, Fanad, Ramelton, Ballybofey and Convoy to the value of €6,778.34.Solicitor Michael Shiel, said his client, of 18 St Columba’s Terrace, Letterkenny, was realistically never going to get her business off the ground.He said she suffered from bi-polar disorder and handed a medical report into Letterkenny District Court.He said Ms Devine had bought a number of items including a laptop computer, kettle, electric blanket and toaster which had not even been taken out of their wrapping.The court heard that cash was also drawn down on top of the cheques for goods and that no compensation had been received by any of the companies defrauded.In total she faced 51 charges of theft and making gain or causing loss by deception.Mr Shiel added that a compensation order could be made but the reality was that Ms Devine was of limited means.He added that her father had recently suffered a stroke and any money she had was spent looking after him.Judge Paul Kelly noted that Ms Devine had written the court a very elegant letter outlining her situation.He found her guilty on a number of sample charges of the total of 50 charges before the court and dismissed the other 48 charges.He fined her €250, made a compensation order against her and also ordered that she enter a 12 month probation bond.MUM-OF-FIVE CONNED BUSINESSES OUT OF ALMOST €7,000 WITH BOGUS CHEQUEBOOK was last modified: April 23rd, 2015 by StephenShare 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:AIBBusinesschequebookdonegalFiona Devineletterkenny
JOB VACANCY: MANTIS CRANES are looking to recruit an ‘Industrial Electrician’ to become part of their dynamic, innovative and hardworking staff. JOB TITLE: – Industrial Electrician: (At location and field based)You will be responsible for electrical diagnostics of our range of cranes to include fault finding and provide electrical support to our team of engineers. The ideal candidate will be self motivated with good interpersonal skills while liaising with team colleagues and customers alike.Key SkillsRecognised electrical qualificationsMinimum of 3 years electrical experience preferably in an industrial environmentKnowledge of PLC desirable but not essentialMust be capable of working at heightsThe successful candidate must be flexible in their approach and prepared to travel when required.Specific training related to our products will be given. Salary negotiable depending on experience.Send CV to email@example.comClosing date for applications Friday 5th June.JOB VACANCY: DONEGAL CONSTRUCTION COMPANY SEEKING TO RECRUIT INDUSTRIAL ELECTRICIAN was last modified: May 22nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:jobsMantis CranesnewsVacancy
A learner driver is to appear in court after being arrested for driving under the influence of drugs.The driver was caught breaking a series of motoring offences in Letterkenny last night.The learner permit holder was driving without L plates and no accompanying driver. Two passengers were on board, but neither had a full driving licence, as is required by law. Gardaí with the Roads Policing Unit then carried out a roadside test and it emerged that the driver was under the influence of cannabis. The driver is set to appear in court in the near future.The incident has sparked a warning from Gardaí ahead of the May Bank Holiday weekend. A spokesperson said: “Please be careful on the roads this May bank holiday weekend and ensure that you do not do anything to put anybody at risk, including yourself! Enjoy the weekend and stay safe!” Learner driver arrested after positive roadside drug test was last modified: May 4th, 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)
It’s not just what humans can do, but why they do it, that makes humans stand apart from animals.MPR Raccoon free-climbs a skyscraper. Credit: BBC NewsSocial media had fun this week watching a skyscraper-climbing raccoon. Breitbart News showed tweets from people cheering on the animal’s progress as it climbed up 25 stories on a building in St. Paul, Minnesota, till the “MPR Raccoon” found a ledge to rest on, and was rewarded with cat food and a cage. National Geographic used the occasion to teach about five “surprising skills” of these animals: (1) astonishing adaptability, (2) a keen sense of touch, (3) crazy cleverness at solving problems, (4) teaching ability with their young, and (5) face masks they use for identification. Nobody thought seriously, though, that the raccoon was trying to set a record for personal fame. The young female was probably scared when it started up, and then found itself unable to turn around. Ms. MPR Raccoon probably did not remember its predicament, or care about its achievement. And don’t expect other raccoons to give her a medal. Maya Wei-Haas explains in the NG article explains,The tiny creature seemed to have gotten stuck a few stories above the ground and decided that the only way down was to keep heading up. Images of the little raccoon-that-could flooded the internet as the creature ascended the 25-story tower, taking frequent naps and breaks for grooming.The Human Body Compared to AnimalsName most physical feats, and you can find an animal that will one-up a human being. Cheetahs and pronghorns can run faster. Eagles and peregrine falcons have better eyesight. Elephants can lift more. Whales can swim farther, halfway around the world. But aided with our tools and accessories, we are unbeatable: automobiles, space flight, supersonic jets, high-speed rail— and we can remotely control machines to do even better, like fly to the planets at tens of thousands of miles per hour. Even so, the unaided human body, when trained for a specific goal with the right motivation, can do remarkable things.El Capitan towers above Yosemite Valley. (DFC)Climbers Reach the Top of Yosemite’s El Capitan in Under Two Hours (National Geographic). This story was hard to believe when the news broke. If you’ve ever watched climbers on this world-famous monolith, you know that they look like tiny specks up there. Recently there was a guy who free-climbed the whole thing. Now, two guys broke a record, making it all the way up in under two hours.On June 6, 2018, in California’s Yosemite National Park, Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell accomplished the seemingly impossible—climbing the 3,000-foot Nose route of El Capitan in 1 hour 58 minutes and 7 seconds. “It’s like breaking the two-hour marathon barrier, but vertically,” says Hans Florine, who, with his climbing partner Yuji Hirayama in 2002, was the first to take the speed record on the Nose under three hours.The Nose is widely considered the greatest big-wall climbing route on Earth. It runs straight up the prow of the massive granite formation known as El Capitan and is the monolith’s most recognizable feature. Every spring, it draws the world’s most adventurous climbers to test their mettle. Most take three to five days to scale the challenging terrain, “camping” on the wall in portaledges anchored to the stone. For elite climbers, the time to beat is NIAD, or Nose-in-a-Day, climbing it all without an overnight. For Honnold and Caldwell, the route is their morning workout. “It didn’t feel that fast,” Honnold says of their latest record attempt, “but when I popped over the top I saw 1:57 and was like go, go, go, go!”Next stop San Francisco as ‘longest swim’ embarks from Tokyo (Phys.org). If elite swimmer Ben Lecomte pulls this off, it will be an incredible feat of human endurance. We’ve heard of those swimming the English Channel, or trying to swim from Cuba to Florida, but the Pacific Ocean? Who can swim that far for a period of six months at sea?Ben Lecomte dived into the Pacific Ocean Tuesday, kicking off an epic quest to swim 9,000 kilometres (5,600 miles) from Tokyo to San Francisco, through shark-infested waters choking with plastic waste….He will face giant waves, sharks and jellyfish, and will also swim through part of the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” in his attempt to be the first to accomplish the feat of swimming across the world’s biggest ocean.Lecomte already swam the Atlantic in 1998, vowing “never again” to try such a stunt, but here he is again. The physical strain is only part of the challenge, he says.“The mental part is much more important than the physical. You have to make sure you always think about something positive or you always have something to think about.“When you don’t have anything to occupy your mind, it goes into kind of a spiral, and that’s when trouble starts,” he said.Human ExceptionalismWhile animals can succeed at specific events, humans win the all-around. No other animal can do all the events in the Olympics, which were designed to bring out the best in widely-varying human talents, from tumbling to archery, from diving to skiing, from weightlifting to ice dancing. No individual can succeed at every event (the Decathlon comes the closest), but every contestant is a member of Homo sapiens.Humans also add moral motivations to their quests. Lecomte is trying to bring public attention to the tragedy of plastic trash in the Pacific Ocean. He is also wanting to monitor the radioactive fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The human quest for science is part of a unique trait of humans: to understand, to seek out facts, to make a difference in the world.Finally, as Lecomte says, “thinking” is a crucial part of the success. Therein lies the key difference between humans and animals. The pronghorn runs by instinct; it’s not trying to set a speed record. The peregrine falcon speed-dives for food. A polar bear swimming a distance record may be having trouble finding a place to land. Human beings do not “need” to push the envelope and set records. Something in them wants to strive for greatness, discover new limits of endurance, and push the envelope further. Humans think. They plan. They train. And when they succeed, they do not necessarily succeed in the “struggle for existence” or “survival of the fittest” game. It’s not even necessary for them to pass on their genes to offspring to attempt what they do. Humans are un-natural.C.S. Lewis said, “The Naturalists have been engaged in thinking about Nature. They have not attended to the fact that they were thinking. The moment one attends to this it is obvious that one’s own thinking cannot be merely a natural event, and that therefore something other than Nature exists. The Supernatural is not remote and abstruse: it is a matter of daily and hourly experience, as intimate as breathing.” (Visited 391 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0