Guide to the West Virginia Road Trip:BRING: Mountain bike, climbing gear, water shoesHIGHLIGHT: Long downhill on North Fork MountainSOUVENIR: Facebook status photo from the top of Seneca RocksDay OneThe trip begins near the peak of North Fork Mountain, off Forest Road 79, where an 11.5-mile backcountry mountain bike adventure awaits. Pedal north on the North Fork Mountain Trail over lichen-covered boulders near the dramatic edge of North Fork Mountain, where juggy cliffs hang 2,000 feet over the river valley below. The tread is technical, but completely rideable, and after you make it through several miles of rolling terrain, you’ll finish with a constant three-mile downhill that drops 2,000 feet in a series of scree-covered switchbacks. Make sure you take time off the saddle to check out the views from the western rim of the mountain, including a short scramble to the top of Chimney Rock, a pillar of sandstone with a bomber 360-degree view just before the final descent. Bring two cars or arrange a shuttle with Eagle’s Nest Outfitters (304-257-2393).Grab a site at the bottom of the North Fork Mountain in Smoke Hole Canyon Recreation Area ($20), which sits in the middle of a 20-mile-long gorge cut by the South Branch of the Potomac and offers excellent tubing and fishing from your campground.Day TwoBreak down camp and head to the south end of the mountain, where Seneca Rocks rises 1,000 feet from the valley floor in a near-vertical sheet of sandstone. Seneca is one of those iconic climbing destinations that even non-climbers owe it to themselves to scrape their way up and over. You can hike to the north peak of Seneca, but the south peak can only be summited via technical rock climbing. There are easy 5.2 routes to the top, but if you’re not familiar with Seneca, your best bet is to hire a guide from Seneca Rocks Climbing School. A full day will cost you $225, but they’ll get you to the top via a route that suits your ability and make sure all your knots are tied right, which is priceless, really.Camp at Seneca Shadows, the federally owned campground with tent sites that have views of the Rocks and clean showers for $20. There’s a trail that leads from the campground into town and the Front Porch, where the pizza is cheap (304-567-2555).Day ThreeTake WV 32 toward Canaan Valley, then FS 19 to the 17,371-acre Dolly Sods, a federally designated Wilderness area stacked with high elevation bog and heath ecosystems, the kind of terrain you usually only find in Canada. You’re going to knock out an 8.5-mile loop that combines Red Creek Trail, Rocky Point Trail, and Big Stonecoal Trail, which serves as a mini-highlight reel of the Sods. Start at the Red Creek Trailhead off FS 19 and be prepared for pristine swimming holes, fields of reindeer moss and spruce groves. You’ll also enjoy long-range views from Lions Head, a series of flat outcroppings on Rocky Point, before you call it a day.After the hike, head into tiny downtown Davis for a Shovelhead burrito (homemade pulled pork and horseradish slaw, $8) at Hellbender Burritos, then travel a bit farther into the even tinier town of Thomas for one (or three) pints of Almost Heaven Ale, an amber ale with a subtle and seductive caramel finish, at the uber-hip Mountain State Brewing Company.Call it a night at Canaan Valley State Park, where $20 gets you a primo car-camping site with hiking and mountain biking trails spreading out from the campground.Want more adventure? Check out our full list of road trip guides!
The High RollerRight next to Caesar’s Palace (the conference’s official lodging partner) is The Linq, a hotel and shopping promenade full of things to see and do. Its major attraction is The High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel. At 520 feet in diameter, one revolution on this behemoth takes 30 minutes to complete. At the 2017 America’s Credit Union Conference, discovery is what it’s all about. In a schedule packed with opportunities to gain valuable knowledge, attendees get to discover the ideas, strategies, trends and technologies that are shaping the credit union industry.When the conference adjourns for the day, attendees will discover the sights and sounds of our host city, Las Vegas. The Entertainment Capital of the World has no shortage of thrills, attractions, and time killers. (Here are some things to get most excited about): Hoover DamBuilt from 1931 to 1936, the Hoover Dam continues to provide power to Las Vegas to this day. Consider taking a break from the glitz and glamor and head to Lake Mead to see this astonishing testament to American ingenuity, ambition, and dedication. Cirque du SoleilRadically transform the way you think about the circus with their thrilling acrobatic show. The Canadian entertainment juggernaut has a handful of resident shows in Las Vegas, including The Beatles LOVE, Zumanity and Michael Jackson ONE. Shows GaloreOf course, Cirque du Soliel isn’t the only game in town. Many of the world’s top entertainers call Las Vegas home, including prop comic Carrot Top, magician David Copperfield and the one-of-a-kind Blue Man Group. On Sunday, June 25, America’s Credit Union Conference attendees will be heading to a performance from country legends, Reba, Brooks & Dunn. Fremont Street ExperienceWhile this mall features plenty of noteworthy diversions, the main attraction is the pedestrian promenade’s 90-ft. Viva Vision canopy screen, which uses more than 12.5 million LED lights to create remarkable light shows all night long. 122SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NatureLas Vegas’ abundant natural beauty is one of its most underappreciated virtues. Red Rock Canyon’s vermillion ridges make for great sightseeing on bike rides or hikes, while the nearly 12,000-ft.-high Mount Charleston rewards hikers willing to get a little chilly with enchanting forests and fascinating Nevada wildlife. Gordon RamsayWolfgang PuckMario BataliGiada de LaurentiisSeveral culinary professionals have their own Vegas restaurant with its own unique flavor and atmosphere. Bring your appetite; world-famous cuisine is on the menu. Celebrity Restaurants Shopping on the StripPlenty of great shopping is available throughout Sin City, the famed Las Vegas Strip features the greatest density of commerce, with hundreds of outlets offering clothes, jewelry, art, souvenirs, memorabilia and more. Helicopter ToursFrom the ground, Las Vegas can feel like sensory overload. Riding a helicopter thousands of feet in the air, however, you can fully appreciate the city’s luminous beauty, splendor and constant action. It’s a great way to cap off your Vegas stay and reflect on all that you’ve discovered in Sin City.America’s Credit Union Conference will be held June 25-28, 2017, in Las Vegas. To learn more and register, please visit acuc.cuna.org. The Fountains of BellagioOne of Las Vegas’ most iconic attraction is free to experience. Dozens of times per day, the Bellagio Hotel puts on dazzling, unforgettable water shows choreographed to classic pop songs, Broadway tunes and jazz standards. Visit more than once—no two performances are the same!
“It was definitely not the result we wanted but the performance was good and we have got to take confidence from that and take that into the away fixture,” the midfielder said.“It is half-time. We cannot be too disappointed. We created a lot of chances. If we create chances and put them away then we have got a chance.”Arsenal travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday but, with a top-four berth seemingly out of reach, Wenger will be focused on which players will feature in the Spanish capital four days later.Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin admitted Atletico are favourites to progress.“Atletico are a team that know how to make you suffer,” he said. “They know how to create chances and score goals.“It’s only 1-1, though, and the tie is still open. We know it will be hard playing in their stadium but there are positives that we can take.”An opportunity missed but we’re still in this tie – let’s learn from last night and stick together until the end ? #WeAreTheArsenal ? pic.twitter.com/ZhzukNbj7s— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) April 27, 2018Share on: WhatsApp United Kingdom | AFP | Jack Wilshere says Arsenal can take confidence from their Europa League semi-final draw against Atletico Madrid, despite the frustration of conceding a late away goal.With the visitors on the back foot for much of Thursday’s first-leg contest at the Emirates Stadium following Sime Vrsaljko’s early dismissal, the Gunners dominated the game and looked set to take a lead to Madrid next week when Alexandre Lacazette headed them in front.But Antoine Griezmann capitalised on weak defending to convert a late equaliser and secure a 1-1 draw.Diego Simeone’s side have lost only twice at home since moving to the Wanda Metropolitano last summer, one of those a Champions League group game against Chelsea.Atletico have also gone 11 home games without conceding a goal, and Arsenal head to Spain needing two to win the game. But, ahead of what could be Arsene Wenger’s last European match in charge as he prepares for the end of his 22-year reign in the summer, Wilshere believes there is reason for Arsenal to be positive.
Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “We had to rely on our defense tonight,” DeRozan said. “We missed a lot of shots but, with that, we played extremely hard defensively and made up for the low percentage that we shot from the field.”Toronto, which made 40 of 92 attempts, increased its lead over second-place Boston to three games. Both teams have four games remaining.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We didn’t score the way we needed to but we played defense the way we needed to,” Toronto’s Kyle Lowry said.Lowry scored 13 points as the Raptors earned a split in the season series and clinched the tiebreaker over Boston, based on each team’s record in conference play. Toronto is 37-11 against the East, while Boston is 31-17. LATEST STORIES After making eight of 19 field goal attempts in the first quarter, Boston shot 5 for 18 in the second and 5 for 19 in the third. DeRozan scored eight points in the third as Toronto took a 67-53 lead into the fourth.TIP-INSCeltics: Rozier led Boston with nine rebounds. … G Shane Larkin (illness) did not travel to Toronto. Larkin has missed three straight games. … Boston finished with 17 turnovers, three shy of its season-worst. Toronto scored 29 points off turnovers.Raptors: Toronto avoided its first three-game losing streak since Feb. 8-14, 2017. … The Raptors outscored the Celtics 54-34 on points in the paint.HOME COOKINGThe home team won all four meetings in the series this season.DOUBLE DOWNRozier failed to reach double digits in scoring for the first time in 26 games.START AND STOPBoston’s starters combined for 35 points, 16 of them from Horford. Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 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 NOTHING’S FREEToronto’s eight attempted free throws matched a season-low. The Raptors also shot eight free throws against Atlanta on Dec. 29.UP NEXTCeltics: Host Chicago on Friday. Boston has won five straight home games against the Bulls.Raptors: Host Indiana on Friday. Toronto has won eight straight home games against the Pacers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) is defended by Boston Celtics centre Greg Monroe, left, as Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13), Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) and Celtics guard Kadeem Allen watch during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — The Toronto Raptors turned up the defensive pressure and tightened their grip on first place in the Eastern Conference.DeMar DeRozan scored 16 points, Fred VanVleet and Serge Ibaka each had 15 and the Raptors moved closer to clinching the top seed in the East by beating the Boston Celtics 96-78 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters “Obviously these guys are well into the driver’s seat on the one (seed),” Boston coach Brad Stevens said.With its 56th win of the season, Toronto matched the franchise record set in 2015-16.Still, Raptors coach Dwane Casey wasn’t celebrating.“We’re not excited,” Casey said. “We still have some things to get better at.”Delon Wright had eight points, eight assists and nine rebounds for the Raptors, who entered having lost five of their previous eight, including the past two. Toronto lost at Boston on Saturday and again at Cleveland on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Lakers jeopardize Spurs playoff bid with OT win Marcus Morris scored 21 points, Greg Monroe had 17 and Al Horford 16 for the Celtics, who were held to their lowest point total of the season. Boston scored 80 in a Jan. 18 loss to Philadelphia.“You always talk on offense about owning your space and they owned our space all night,” Stevens said. “They were very physical, they were very good.”Boston made 25 of 75 shot attempts, including 3 of 22 from 3-point range, its fewest made 3-pointers of the season. Boston’s previous low was six, set twice.The Celtics lost Tuesday in Milwaukee and have dropped consecutive games after winning six in a row.“It’s vital that we get back on a good roll and go into the playoffs with some type of momentum,” Morris said.Terry Rozier started for Boston after sitting out Tuesday because of a sprained left ankle. He scored two points in 28 minutes and shot 1 of 9.“It didn’t bother me,” Rozier said of his ankle. “It might have looked like it bothered me but it didn’t bother me.”Jaylen Brown and Monroe each scored five points in the first as Boston led 20-14 after one. Toronto made six of 23 attempts in the opening quarter, going 2 of 11 from 3-point range, and didn’t score over the final 3:29 in its lowest-scoring first quarter of the season.Boston made nine turnovers in the second, leading to 17 points for Toronto, as the Raptors rallied behind six points from Wright to lead 43-33 at halftime. The Celtics had more turnovers in the first half (14) than made baskets (13).“The only reason we were down at halftime was the turnovers,” Stevens said. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View comments
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On this day, we are reminded of how our routines were disrupted and how we watched in horror–we knew that we would never be the same.In many ways, we are stronger. We also know we will never forget how our world was rocked, lives were lost, and sacrifices were made.No, we will never forget that day. And, on this September 11, like others in the past and others to come, we take extra moments of deep thought and gratitude for the continued services and sacrifices of our military and their families.
Let’s take a look at some of the most expensive pieces of camera gear in the world and find out if they’re worth their exorbitant price tags.Top image: Christopher Nolan with IMAX camera via IMDbFilm gear is never cheap, as most filmmakers and video producers know all too well. Early in your career, you’ll buy a few pieces of gear that will allow you to complete projects and get your reel together. Then, when you find some success, you’ll begin adding crew members and working with a production team. At this point in your career, you’ll be renting your gear.If you’re fortunate enough to work within the studio system, then you’ll see a level of drool-worthy, astronomically priced gear that very few filmmakers ever will. Just for kicks, let’s daydream about working with some of the most expensive gear in the world.Panavision Film CamerasCamera: $120,000+ (rumored)Lenses: $500,000 for full set (35, 40, 50, 60, 75, and 100mm)Image via PanavisionWe’ll start things off with quite possibly the coolest A and B cameras in the world, which were nicknamed “Death Star” and “Millennium Falcon.” These two cameras were developed by Panavision specifically for director J.J. Abrams and cinematographer Dan Mindel, who used them to capture the latest installment of the Star Wars franchise, The Force Awakens.Video via Star WarsPanavision also worked with Mindel and first assistant Serge Nofield to develop custom anamorphic lenses, now known as the Retro C Series, just for the film. These lenses helped capture images much like those captured by the lenses used on 1977’s Star Wars. With these cameras and lenses being custom built, we’re looking at a total price tag in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Of course, for studios the size of Lucasfilm and Disney, this probably wasn’t too big of a budget hit.IMAX CameraRental: $12,000 – $16,000 (per week)Purchase: $500,000+Director Christopher Nolan on location for Inception via Gawking GeeksIn the 1950s and 60s, directors, producers, and cinematographers wanted to introduce large formats to the public, so multi-projector setups like Cinerama, VistaVision and CinemaScope were born. However, filmmakers William C. Shaw, Graeme Ferguson, Robert Kerr, and Roman Kroitor wanted a single projector/camera setup for large formats, so they introduced the world to IMAX.IMAX cameras are being used consistently on major motion pictures such as The Dark Knight and Interstellar. To get your hands on one of these bad boys, you’ll need to have a budget of up to $16,000 a week just for the camera rental. To purchase one, you’re looking at just north of half a million, which makes the IMAX camera one of the most expensive cameras in the world.Phantom Flex4KRental: $10,500 (weekly)Purchase: $100,000 – $200,000 (depending on configuration)Image via High Speed WorxVision Research began developing and manufacturing high-speed cameras back in 1992. With a line of cameras called the Phantom series, of which the Phantom Flex4K is the crown jewel, Vision Research has seen its products used extensively for live sports broadcasting and wildlife programming.Video via High Speed WorxPictorvision Camera ArrayRental: unknownPurchase: $250,000 – $350,000 (estimated)Image via PictorvisionWhen it comes to camera arrays, there’s probably no company out there putting together rigs quite like Pictorvision. Their Eclipse Camera Array was used recently for 2015’s Jupiter Ascending, as the VFX team needed high-resolution background plates through downtown Chicago.The Eclipse array consists of six RED EPICS that can capture a 140-degree horizontal and 60-degree vertical image at 12K resolution. The cameras rest inside a gimbal system that can be mounted to a crane or helicopter. The entire setup is run by a seventh RED EPIC which is essentially used as the controller.With a single RED EPIC going for roughly $24,000 – $30,000, you can easily determine that the price tag for this piece of equipment is, well… it ain’t cheap.ARRI ALEXA 65Rental: unknownPurchase: $150,000+ (body only)Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki on location for The Revenant via Awards DailyThe ARRI ALEXA is the go-to camera for big-time filmmakers all over the world. One of the reasons this line of cameras is used above most others is the fact that it comes closer than any other digital camera to replicating the look and feel of film stock.Video via 20th Century Fox UKIn 2015, ARRI introduced its newest camera — the ALEXA 65. Currently, this camera is only available as a rental. Because of this, only major Hollywood productions have been able to use it. One particular film that utilized this camera to perfection was The Revenant, shot by Emmanuel Lubezki.Leica APO-Telyt-R 1600mmRental: don’t get your hopes upPurchase: $2,064,500Image via Apo TelytThere’s “expensive,” like the gear listed above. And then there’s Leica’s APO-Telyt-R 1:5.6/1600mm telephoto lens, priced at a cool two million bucks and custom-made for Sheikh Saud Bin Mohammed Al-Thani of Qatar. Your only chance of getting anywhere near this piece of equipment is to view the prototype on display in the German factory where it was made.What’s your definitive piece of dream gear? Let us know in the comments below!
It is no longer a secret. In fact, India’s vulnerability in the closing stages of a hockey match is something that rivals bank on.And it has now become a habit for both the coach and the fans to hold their breath as the Indian hockey team tries to negotiate the final minutes of a match, they may be leading or even tied in.The last two games have once again established the Indian hockey team as ‘chokers’ in dying minutes. They conceded the winning goal to Belgium with about 12 seconds left on the clock and they did so again against England on Monday with 75 seconds left.Terry Walsh spoke of ‘crucial’ stages in the match and he could not have been referring to anything but the last few minutes when Indians seem most vulnerable. They seem to take their mind off the game and are virtually waiting for the hooter to go off. The ability to trap, to keep possession and play for last few seconds becomes a Herculean task for them.”We have lost the games in the crucial stages (meaning closing minutes) and I believe it is not something new. It has happened in the past but we need to get past that,” Walsh said.It has now become a problem of gigantic proportions. When asked if the fact they have been losing in ‘that stage’ is playing on their minds, Walsh said, “Probably.”It is something that Walsh has been working on. Before the team left for the Netherlands, he had talked about working on the psychological side of the players. He was quite clearly referring to ‘this’ aspect.advertisementMotivating a team after losing such games, as the ones against Belgium and England, is a tough ask for Walsh or for that matter, the skipper, Sardar Singh. But that is something they cannot give up on with matches coming up against Spain, Australia and Malaysia.After training on Tuesday morning, Walsh put up a brave face and said: “We are working on our strategy by analysing the mistakes made in the last two games and will try to change our game accordingly. These changes will also apply on rotation of players and goal scoring strategies. We are determined to give a great performance for the upcoming matches.”
The festival saw Men’s and Women’s teams come from Ramingining and Yirrkala as well as from Jabiru to compete in the day, with the teams from Ramingining winning both the Men’s and Women’s divisions. And the festival wasn’t just for adults, with children that came along for the day invited to join in the AusTouch clinic that was taking place, to learn more about the sport of Touch Football. Australian Men’s 30’s World Cup winning coach and Touch Football Australia (TFA)Coach Development Advisor, John Singh, was also in attendance and assisted each of the teams by providing coaching during the day. The advice was openly received by all of the participants and the improvements were immediately visible. The festival is just one aspect of a program initiative developed to assist communities in the Arnhem region to create and sustain Touch Football within their area. The festival provides an opportunity for the communities to come together to share their culture, to participate in the sport of Touch Football and to have fun. Touch Football Australia would like to thank the Australian Government through the Indigenous Sport and Recreation Program of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet for their support in this program. Touch Football Northern Territory’s State Operations Manager, Isobel Appo, says that the day was a success and is looking forward to growing the event in the future. “The Inaugural Arnhem Land Multi Cultural Touch Football Festival on the weekend showcased some great natural talent from the Arnhem Land region,” Appo said. “It was really pleasing to see a Women’s team from Ramingining compete. It was a great starting point for the Arnhem Land Multi Cultural Touch Football Festival in what we hope to see become an annual event which will only getter bigger and better in the years to come.”The Ramingining Warriors have become crowd favourites over the past 18 months, attending events including the Northern Territory State Championships and the WA State Championships. To view footage of their journey to Jabiru as well as highlights of the event, please click on the following link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeG0kGOppKQ To view some of the photos from the day, please visit the NT Touch website and click on the Photo Gallery button on the top menu:www.nttouch.com.au
Emery demands more from Arsenal players after Man Utd drawby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveUnai Emery is demanding more from his Arsenal players after Monday’s draw with Manchester United.The Gunners are fourth on the table after seven games, seven points behind leaders Liverpool.He told Sky Sports: “I want more – more in the result and in the performance but we are progressing. We were competitive but we can do better. We can control moments with the ball better and take more chances in the box.”We have young players who can take confidence. Bukayo [Saka] is progressing well but we need other players too. This is not the best in terms of points but one point can be good if we win next Sunday against Bournemouth.”We are very happy with him [Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang] and he is with his goal. We need more players with the ability to score.”I think Bukayo is getting good performances for us. We are having to play on Thursday and then on Sunday. You have seen the players being competitive.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say