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Nano Adventure

first_imgEveryone is going gaga over the concept of “micro-adventure,” the notion of sneaking quick adventures into the corners of your life—an impromptu camping trip to the nearest state park on a Wednesday night while still making it to work the next morning. Picking a mountain on the edge of your town for a dawn summit, then making it back to your kid’s little league game on a Saturday. It has its own tag on Instagram. #microadventure. And I love the idea. Sure, plan those epic backpacking trips and multi-day paddling excursions, but sneak in some quick overnighters along the way. It’s a good way to keep the adventure stoke, um, stoked during the work week.I’m in a situation right now (wife, two kids, busy job) where I have to take the concept of a micro adventure a bit further into the realm of nano adventure. I can’t get away midweek for an overnighter, but I’m occasionally able to carve an hour or two out of my work day. So, I’ve started seeking out the most badass adventures within striking distance of my house. The idea isn’t just to get a workout in, but to find something new and quench that thirst for exploration. I have a buddy who used to explore the sewers on the edge of downtown between work and dinner. Yeah. That’s a nano-adventure. I’m not crawling through the sewers, but I’ve uncovered a killer bike route that starts at my house, climbs 1500 feet of elevation in a mix of pavement and gravel and ends with a secret singletrack descent that drops right into downtown. I can pedal from dirt straight to Wicked Weed in about a mile. Which leads me to this beautiful beer here, a rotating IPA from Wicked Weed that you can now find in cans. It’s a 6.5%, super citrus-forward hop bomb. Wicked Weed just started canning this thing, and it’s the first time I’ve had the chance to drink it. Finding a new beer is a lot like a nano-adventure. It’s not going to change your life; it’s not epic; it’s not earth shattering, but it’s just different enough to make a regular Wednesday feel interesting. Finding a new beer after uncovering a fun mixed-terrain bike route close to your house? Between work and having to pick the kids up from school? That’s the perfect nano-adventure.last_img read more

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Wantagh Crash Leaves Driver Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A driver was killed after crashing on the Southern State Parkway, sending the car airborne into the opposite lane of traffic, where it collided with another vehicle Friday night in Wantagh.New York State police said the driver was heading eastbound in a Honda Accord when he crashed into the center median, sending the car airborne into the westbound lanes, where it collided with a Nissan Maxima near the Wantagh State Parkway.The driver of the Honda was taken to Nassau University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. His name wasn’t immediately released. The driver and passengers in the Nissan suffered minor injuries.State Troopers ask anyone with any information to call them at 631-756-3300.last_img read more

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Man Found Dead in Water Off Bay Shore

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 59-year-old homeless man found dead floating in the Great South Bay off Bay Shore on Tuesday night, Suffolk County police said.A boater discovered the body just south of Bay Shore Manor Park at 7:05 p.m. and called police, authorities said.The man was identified as Jose Espino-Perez, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators believe the death to be non-criminal. His body was taken to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office, where an autopsy will be conducted to determine his cause of death.The incident marks the second time in 10 days that a man was found dead in the Great South Bay. Jose Perez Ramirez, 43, of Patchogue, was found floating in the bay off Sayville on Sunday, April 30. His death was also determined to be non-criminal.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on the case to call them at 631-852-6392.last_img read more

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‘Ant-Man’: Diminutive Hero Sizes Up to Marvel’s Hulking Superheroes

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Focusing on an underrated and largely forgotten comic book superhero, Marvel’s new movie “Ant-Man,” which premiered Friday, delivers a refreshing and character-centered story outside of their typical superhero bash fests.Director Payton Reed combines superheroes with a unique heist plot, alongside the added everyday difficulty of saving the world. Though the setup to the actual heist lasts well over an hour, audiences will appreciate the glue that holds each scene together: comedy.Ant-Man doesn’t take itself too seriously. The film respectfully mocks its own concept and pleasantly utilizes the same criticisms any negative critics would express.The laughter begins with Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), a master thief and struggling father. Playing a protagonist, especially a Marvel protagonist, is a definite highlight for comedic actor Paul Rudd (Anchorman, The 40-Year-Old Virgin), working off a resume of mostly funny but nameless and forgettable secondary characters. Blending in with a near-perfect cast, Rudd is typically charismatic and goofy but he also shows an unexpected touch of paternal empathy.Michael Peña (Crash, Fury) is hysterical as Scott Lang’s non-threatening partner in crime, which is a surprising but pleasant change from his usual dramatic roles. Michael Douglas plays Dr. Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man super hero; he is a highly sarcastic mentor passing the torch (or superhero suit) to Scott. Pym’s daughter and ass-kicker Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lily) inherits her father’s sarcasm. But she struggles to portray her own daddy and mommy issues in a way that made me care beyond my understanding that it’s meant to be a parallel to Scott’s distant relationship with his own daughter. That said, a strong familial core personalizes and strengthens this story, unlike the eye-rolling bromances between the Avengers in their blockbuster adventures.On the flip side, like most of Marvel’s stand-alone antagonists, the evil Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) falls flat. Attempting to evoke sympathy as an unappreciated protégé, Darren only manages to join the long list of generic, heartless villains. What Darren lacks as a compelling character, he eventually makes up for in action through his awesomely designed suit and alter ego, Yellowjacket. Creative, well-paced, and sometimes even comical action sequences drive the latter half of Ant-Man. The visual effects, notably when in insect mode, are beautifully utilized, too.Lang first made his Marvel appearance as a supporting character in the March 1979 issue of The Avengers comic. Lang first donned the Ant-Man suit in April 1979 in “The Astonishing Ant-Man,” according to Marvel. Despite Ant-Man’s lack of mainstream appeal, moviegoers still made the film a No. 1 box office hit ($58 million over the weekend). Its respectable summer debut perhaps says more about Rudd, a veteran comedian and actor, than the unfamiliar character itself. Ant-Man offers a unique but effective take on Marvel’s usual superhero formula. The film will be refreshing to some fans and uncomfortable to others. Ant-Man stands out in an industry that’s now saturated with box office-rich superhero films that oftentimes lack the charisma that fans of the comics they’re based on have grown to appreciate. It wasn’t anchored down by the expectations of the masses. Instead, it silently crawled into theaters, in the wake of mindless bashing and destruction brought on by characters like the Hulk, Iron Man, and Thor in the Avengers sequel released this summer. It’s a nice change of pace and an opportunity for superhero fans to acquaint (or reacquaint) themselves with a Marvel oldie. Regardless, more of Ant-Man can be expected in next year’s Captain America: Civil War.If Ant-Man proves one thing, when it comes to Marvel’s superheroes, size isn’t everything. Comedian Paul Rudd steps out of his comfort zone to star in Marvel’s “Ant-Man.” (Photo credit: Marvel)last_img read more

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COVID-19: Local authorities scramble to prevent wider transmission as ‘mudik’ starts early

first_imgAuthorities in Yogyakarta, Central Java and East Java are scrambling with plans to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus disease as workers from Greater Jakarta have started returning to their hometowns for early Idul Fitri mudik (exodus), as business had slowed due to the outbreak.The Bantul administration in Yogyakarta province has issued a circular requiring all visitors and residents who enter the regency from other towns to undergo health checks at nearby health facilities and self-quarantine for two weeks.”We have also asked village officials to observe visitors and residents who have traveled out of town,” Bantul administration secretary Helmi Jamharis told The Jakarta Post on Thursday. Sleman regency also took similar measures, with Regent Sri Purnomo going as far as designating mudik travelers under the category of people under surveillance (ODP), which is the government’s classification for people who have recently traveled to infected regions or have come in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient but do not show any symptoms.”We have cooperated with the village supervisory noncommissioned officers and the police’s security and public order officers, as well as village officials to register all visitors to the regency,” Sri said.Of the country’s 893 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 78 fatalities reported as of Thursday afternoon, Yogyakarta recorded 16 positive cases in the province with two deaths.Yogyakarta Deputy Mayor Heroe Purwadi has formed a task force to monitor people who had arrived in the city for mudik.  Topics :center_img “All COVID-19 cases in Yogyakarta are imported so it’s necessary to take preventive measures,” Heroe said.Heroe, however, said Yogyakarta had yet to see a significant increase in the number of people or vehicles entering the province in recent days.Its neighboring province, Central Java, however, has reported thousands of mudik travelers arriving in the province, including in Jepara, which recorded 1,776 travelers, Purwokerto with 2,323 travelers and Wonogiri 2,625 travelers as of Tuesday.A surge of passengers was also recorded at bus terminals in Cepu, Pemalang, Kebumen, Wonosobo and Cilacap.Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo has requested that local officials register those who had recently returned to cities and regencies in the province and temporarily close tourist destinations, beaches, city squares and other public places.He had also prohibited religious gatherings and any form of social gathering, including weddings, to contain the transmission of the novel coronavirus, which has infected 40 people and killed in the province.”I urge all regents and mayors in Central Java to register all mudik travelers, check their health and continuously monitor them,” Ganjar said.Meanwhile, East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa said mudik travelers returning to the province would be among those prioritized to undergo COVID-19 tests.In East Java, 5,619 travelers were recorded to have entered the province via Juanda International Airport from January to March.”We will receive around 10,000 rapid testing kits from the Health Ministry to be distributed to 29 regencies and nine cities in East Java. We will designate some of the test kits specifically for mudik travelers,” Khofifah said on Wednesday.As of Thursday afternoon, the province had recorded 59 cases of infection with three fatalities linked to COVID-19.The Transportation Ministry is considering a plan to ban this year’s Idul Fitri mudik but has yet to reach a decision on the matter. (nal) last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Discusses the Impact of Funding Increases in Adams County during “Schools that Teach” Roundtable and Tour

first_img Press Release,  Schools That Teach,  Severance Tax,  Videos Governor Wolf Discusses the Impact of Funding Increases in Adams County during “Schools that Teach” Roundtable and Tour New Oxford, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today continued his “Schools That Teach” tour in Adams County, where he heard from teachers and administrators in the Conewago Valley School District about their plans to ensure that education funding from his 2015-16 budget goes directly into the classroom.“Pennsylvania ranks near the bottom in the country in state funding for K through 12 education and my proposed budget makes historic investments at all levels – early childhood education through higher education,” said Governor Wolf. “After years of funding cuts that resulted in the loss of educators, increased class sizes, and cuts to valuable programs, I want to ensure that the new funding in my budget reaches the classroom and directly impacts student achievement. Focusing on education will allow us to lay the foundation for long-term economic growth.”Governor Wolf’s budget proposal restores massive cuts made over the last four years, with a commitment to increase school funding by $2 billion over four years by instituting a commonsense severance tax on oil and natural gas. Governor Wolf’s proposal, called the Pennsylvania Education Reinvestment Act, is expected to generate over a billion dollars by 2017 by enacting a reasonable 5% severance tax plus 4.7 cents per thousand feet of volume on natural gas extraction.In a roundtable discussion at New Oxford High School, Governor Wolf heard from school leaders and stakeholders about their plans to use this increase in funding to preserve programs like full-day kindergarten.“This is an important opportunity for districts to have comprehensive conversations about how to invest this funding on proven resources and programs that will improve student learning,” Governor Wolf said. “What is being proposed here in the Conewago Valley School District is a prime example of a plan that will ensure this historic education investment reaches the classroom while providing clear benchmarks to measure the results of student achievement.”“Every year when we look at our budget, unfortunately we have to look at personnel. You can only cut so many pencils and paper. We have to seriously look at what we can eliminate and those are very difficult decisions to make because they impact our students,” Conewago Valley School District Superintendent Russell Greenholt said. “If we can get some help from the Governor’s plan and a get a fair funding formula, that’s going to be a welcome change for us because we won’t have to worry about slashing programs, like full-day kindergarten, or cutting teachers.”In March, Department of Education Acting Secretary Pedro Rivera sent a letter to superintendents in all 500 districts detailing accountability measures to ensure the education funding proposed in Governor Wolf’s 2015-2016 budget is spent directly on students in the classroom to allow them to compete in a modern economy. In the letter, Acting Secretary Rivera called on districts to submit plans to ensure this new investment reaches the classroom and to measure results for Pennsylvania’s students.MEDIA CONTACT: Jeff Sheridan – 717.783.1116# # # May 22, 2015 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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More than a dozen bidders lined up to try and snare this Paddington cottage

first_imgDemand was strong at the auction of22 Annie St, PaddingtonTHERE were 14 registered bidders keen to secure this Paddington cottage at auction.The home at 22 Annie St, Paddington was owned by Jaclyn Lloyd and Jon Strofield. 22 Annie St, PaddingtonThe home, which was listed through Nicholas Given of Ray White New Farm was auctioned through Haesley Cush.Mr Cush said after a starting bid of $800,000 a “great bidding war took off’’.“It was really, really exceptional bidding,’’ he said.After a pause in bidding the home was placed on the market for $950,000 and sold for that. Jaclyn Lloyd and Jon Strofield the former owners of 22 Annie St, Paddington. Photographer: Liam Kidston.The home is on a 402sq m block with 20m street frontage. It has a large veranda, high ceilings, breezeways, VJs and wide, polished timber floorboards. The kitchen has been upgraded.center_img 22 Annie St, PaddingtonWhen they first moved in to the three-bedroom home as tenants the couple soon realised what a gem it was and within just a couple of weeks had offered to buy it from their landlord.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Many bidders could also see the potential when it went for auction today, eventually selling under the hammer for $950,000.last_img read more

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Political parties meet in Guyana

first_img Sharing is caring! 14 Views   no discussions Tweet NewsRegional Political parties meet in Guyana by: – December 16, 2011 Flag of Guyana. Photo credit: mapsofworld.comGEORGETOWN, Guyana — At the invitation of President Donald Ramotar, the leaders of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance for Change (AFC) met with the president on Thursday.Ramotar was accompanied by Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon and Presidential Adviser Gail Teixeira. The APNU delegation comprised David Granger, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine and Joseph Harmon. The AFC delegation comprised Raphael Trotman, Khemraj Ramjattan, Clayton Hall and Gerhard Ramsaroop.During the discussions several issues were raised and the following was agreed as the way forward:i) The three parties would by Monday, December 19, 2011 exchange lists of issues for discussion and prioritization at the next meeting scheduled for Wednesday, December 21, 2011;ii) The three parties will name two persons each as their plenipotentiaries who will meet after the meeting of December 21, 2011 to work on identified and agreed on priority issues;iii) The National Assembly will not be convened in the month of December;iv) The Minister of Finance will meet with the two identified finance persons of the APNU and AFC in the near future to consult on the preparation of the Budget 2012.Caribbean News Nowcenter_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

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Opening Days for Spring Sports

first_imgTonight the Batesville Bulldogs open their 2019 track season.  I sure hope the weather cooperates.  I have been going to track meets since 1955.  I have seen nights with temperatures below 32 degrees, snow, driving rain, and gale force winds.  Yes, in track you run unless it is lightning or the track is under water.Just as track is opening this week, so are the rest of the outdoor spring seasons.  With modern technology, tracks, tennis courts, and some ball diamonds now have artificial surfaces.  Only golf is totally played on natural surfaces.  However, none of the spring sports at the high school level are played in dome stadiums.  This means the participants and the spectators are exposed to good old dependable Indiana weather.I would recommend you keep your coats, hats, gloves and umbrellas handy.  The sun will shine more likely on the days you are not playing more than the days that you are.  Such is the life of a spring athlete and their fan base.last_img read more

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Penn looks for home win vs Cornell

first_imgSUPER SENIORS: Penn’s AJ Brodeur, Devon Goodman and Ryan Betley have collectively accounted for 54 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 46 percent of all Quakers points over the last five games.CLAMPING DOWN: The Quakers have given up just 67.8 points per game across 12 conference games, an improvement from the 75.5 per game they gave up in non-conference play.FUELING THE OFFENSE: Brodeur has accounted for 54 percent of all Penn field goals over the last three games. The senior forward has 25 field goals and 19 assists in those games.SLIPPING AT 72: Cornell is 0-14 when it allows at least 72 points and 6-5 when it holds opponents to less than 72.PERFECT WHEN: Penn is a perfect 6-0 when it holds an opponent to 62 points or fewer. The Quakers are 8-11 when opponents score more than 62 points. Penn looks for home win vs Cornell DID YOU KNOW: Penn has made 8.6 3-pointers per game this season, which is second-best among Ivy League teams. The Quakers have averaged 9.8 3-pointers per game over their last five games.___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com March 5, 2020center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditCornell (6-19, 3-9) vs. Penn (14-11, 6-6)Palestra, Philadelphia; Friday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Penn looks for its seventh straight win over Cornell at Palestra. The last victory for the Big Red at Penn was a 71-69 win on Feb. 2, 2013. Associated Press last_img read more