Principals vote today on Champs changes

first_imgHigh school principals will vote today on a five-point proposal recommended by the technical committee of Boys and Girls’ Championships to the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA).Last November, schools were informed by ISSA about several proposals to be introduced at the 2017 championships. The Jamaica Track and Field Coaches Association, in response to the proposals, held an emergency meeting at Vere Technical and voiced their disapproval.Coaches of the respective schools were invited to a meeting at Wolmer’s Girls’ school on December 6 to discuss the changes with members of the organising committee of the ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships. Coaches were briefed and then asked to discuss the changes with their principals.Following the meeting with the coaches, the technical committee met and made some adjustments to the proposals.The five final proposals are:1. The Boys’ 400 metres hurdles, which, up to last year was an open event, will now be contested in Classes One and Two.2. Only Classes One and Two girls will be allowed to compete in the 3,000 metres and the 2,000 metres steeplechase.3. Athletes will only be allowed to do two individual events and two relays, except in field events where athletes can do three individual events and one relay.4. Girls competing in the heptathlon can only do one other individual event while boys contesting the decathlon will not be allowed to do any other event.5. Only Classes One and Two boys can compete in the 5,000m and 3,000m steeplechase.Several coaches still voiced their disapproval, stating that enough time was not given to implement these changes.However, ISSA’s competition’s officer, George Forbes has made it clear that once 75 per cent of principals vote in favour of the proposals, these can come into effect immediately.last_img read more

Blistering start helps Hornets blow out Suns

first_imgLATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Charlotte Hornets head coach James Borrego, left, and Kemba Walker, right, watch a video replay during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Coach James Borrego has been preaching defense to his Charlotte Hornets the last two weeks.But on Saturday the Hornets turned up the heat on the other end of the court, getting off to a blistering start and matching a season high in points scored in a 135-115 win over the Phoenix Suns.ADVERTISEMENT “A lot of times it’s up and down because we’re still learning and growing, so I feel as if once we lock in on the little details of being great, everything else will follow suit,” Oubre said.BRIDGES DUNK CONTEST?Hornets teammates say they want to see rookie Miles Bridges in the dunk contest at next month’s NBA All-Star weekend here in Charlotte, North Carolina. While he’s still improving as a player and has a lot to learn, the athletic Bridges has put together quite a highlight reel of high-flying dunks.“Of course, he should definitely be in there,” Lamb said.Bridges said he is looking forward to having a chance to compete, but said he hasn’t heard anything definitive from the league.TAKING CHARGE(S)Walker isn’t just a scorer for the Hornets. The 6-foot-1, 184-pound Walker has shown he’ll do anything to win, including taking 15 charges this season — tied for fifth-most in the NBA. He drew another in the third quarter against the Suns.UP NEXTSuns: At Minnesota on Sunday night.Hornets: At Indiana on Sunday night. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history “Our ball movement was great,” Borrego said. “When we move the ball like that we are a dangerous offense.”Devin Booker had 32 points and 11 assists for the Suns. They have lost 10 of their last 12 and fell to 4-19 on the road.This one was never close.The Hornets raced to a 29-11 lead, making 10 of 14 shots from the field behind the backcourt duo of Walker and Lamb. They combined for 18 points in the quarter on 7-of-10 shooting. Charlotte extended its lead to 23 by the end of the third quarter.“Yeah, they just hit us right in the mouth,” Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said. “It was their first punch right to the head. By the time we figured out what was going on, we were down 20 (points). .. Every cut they were making, screens they were setting, everything had a purpose. They were sharper and also had more energy than we did.”ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Scientists to harness the sun to break down plastic PLAY LIST 01:29Scientists to harness the sun to break down plastic01:51Typhoon Kammuri pounds Philippines, damages Legazpi City airport01:13New Year: Sydney celebrates start of 2020 under toxic cloud02:14Carpio 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college All-Star hopeful Kemba Walker led a balanced scoring attack with 21 points, Jeremy Lamb hit five three-pointers and had 18 points as the Hornets won their third straight game.Charlotte shot 54.5 percent from the field and made 16 of 34 3-point attempts in the wire-to-wire victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It started with our defense,” Lamb said. “We got stops and were able to get out in transition and get some easy ones. And we moved the ball well tonight.”Charlotte had 31 assists — six each by Lamb and Nic Batum — much to the delight of Borrego. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Manny’s sparring partner downs Filipino bet in Pacquiao-Broner undercard Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra TIP INSSuns: Once again started three rookies in Mikal Bridges, Deandre Ayton and De’Anthony Melton. .. After an early dunk by Biyombo over Ayton, Booker yelled “Get big!” at his teammate.Hornets: Honored former Hornets small forward Glen Rice at halftime as part of their 30-year anniversary celebration. Rice is the team’s career leader in 3-point percentage and is the only Hornets player to play in three All-Star games. An emotional Rice said “Wow! Wow! Wow!” while he stood at midcourt after being given a key to the city, and told fans, “I hope I made you proud.”BIG EFFORT FROM BIGSBismack Biyombo had 11 points and 13 rebounds, and Willy Hernangomez added nine points and 13 rebounds to help the Hornets outrebound the Suns 53-26 despite playing without injured starting center Cody Zeller.Borrego praised Biyombo’s effort as “fantastic.”Kokoskov said the Suns got caught in too many switches on defense.“When we switch, that’s your guy and you have to compete every possession with your guy, so a lot of times it was a mismatch,” Kokoskov said. “It comes down to the collective responsibility on the boards, so you have to stay with your guy and compete with him.”CONSISTENCY NEEDEDForward Kelly Oubre Jr. said the Suns need more consistency, something that will come with more playing experience. Starting three rookies adds to that inconsistency. View commentslast_img read more

Senior Flyers dominate Athletics from start to finish with 6-3 win

first_img“I thought we had a few lapses in the second period and when they scored their third goal. Other than that I can’t take anything away from them. They played well; they played hard. We’re the only team that beats them. It’s just a matter of us putting consistency together and beating Spirit [River] and Dawson [Creek].”Scoring in order for the Flyers were Kyle Leahy, Jeff Shipton, Robbie Sidhu, Mike Shipton, Bryce Novak, and Adam Horst. Troy Hunt got the start in goal for the Flyers and stopped 18 out of 21 shots.Next for the Flyers is a game on Friday night at the North Peace Arena against Hythe at 8:30 p.m.Advertisement The Flyers controlled the pace of the the game right from the opening faceoff, and did a great job defensively in the first period limiting Grande Prairie to only three shots on goal. Despite limiting the Athletics attack, they were able to score once, but Fort St. John led 2-1 after the first period.Fort St. John again controlled the second period despite trading goals in the frame. Shots in the second were well in favour of the Flyers once again as they led 3-2 heading into the third.The game was put out of reach in the third as Fort St. John scored three goals in a five minute span to lead 6-2. Grande Prairie would add a marker late to round out the scoring at 6-3.- Advertisement -Head Coach Gerard Dicaire says having a full bench was key in the win along with solid play defensively.“We had a full squad tonight with four lines and six defenseman. It helps when guys can run our system and skate and not have 10 guys on the ice,” he explains. “I think the guys played hard in our d-zone. I know that was something we talked about fixing before Christmas and it’s slowly coming around.”Dicaire says aside from a couple of mistakes in the second and third period, he was happy with how the Flyers played throughout the contest. Advertisementlast_img read more

Performing arts in the Valley

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Movies feel too flat? Try your local theater. It seems there is always a stage lit somewhere in the San Fernando Valley, so if you find yourself without plans on a Saturday night, walk around your neighborhood and check out a local theater for entertainment. You’ll happen upon Shakespeare plays, murder mysteries and love stories, all for about the price of popcorn and a movie. Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale; (818) 243-2539. www.alextheatre.org. Alliance Theatre, 3204 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank; (818) 566-7935. Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall; (661) 799-2702. www.canyontheatre.org. Celtic Arts Center (An Claidheamh Soluis), 4843 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Studio City; (818) 760-8322. www.celticartscenter.com Colony Theatre Company, 555 N. Third St., Burbank; (818) 558-7000. www.colonytheatre.org. Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks; (805) 495-3715. www.conejoplayers.org. CSUN Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge; (818) 677-2488. www.cvpa.csun.com. Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Drive, Burbank; (818) 955-8101. www.falcontheatre.com. Glendale Centre Theatre, 324 N. Orange St., Glendale; (818) 244-8481. glendalecentretheatre.com Glendale Community College, Theatre Arts Dept., 1500 Verdugo Road, Glendale; (818) 240-1000, Ext. 5618. glendale.edu/theatre. Los Angeles Pierce College, 6201 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills; (818) 719-6488. www.piercecollege.edu/departments/theaterarts. Los Angeles Valley College, 5800 Fulton Ave., Van Nuys; (818) 947-2786. www.lavc.edu. Madrid Theatre, 21622 Sherman Way, Canoga Park; (818) 347-9938. www.culturela.org/madridtheatre. The Mayflower Club, 11110 Victory Blvd., North Hollywood; (818) 769-9805. www.mayflowerclub.com. NoHo Arts District, along Lankershim Boulevard at Magnolia, contains more than 30 theaters, including: Actors Forum Theatre, (818) 506-0600; Actors Workout Studio, (818) 506-3903; Avery Schreiber Theatre, (818) 766-9100; Deaf West Theatre, (818) 762-2773, TTY: (818) 762-2782; Eclectic Company Theatre, (818) 508-3003; El Portal Theatre, (818) 508-4200; Lonny Chapman’s Group Repertory Theatre, (818) 700-4878; NoHo Arts Center, (818) 508-7101; The Raven Playhouse, (818) 206-4000; Secret Rose Theatre, (818) 766-3691; Theatre Tribe, (818) 754-2662; Theatre Unlimited, (818) 205-1680; Whitmore-Lindley Theatre, (818) 761-0704; and Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group, (818) 202-4120. nohoartsdistrict.com. A Noise Within, 234 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale; (818) 240-0910. www.anoisewithin.org. Stage Door Theatre, 28311 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills; (818) 889-5209. www.logix.com/stagedoor. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks; (805) 449-2787. www.toaks.org/theatre. Victory Theatre, 3326 W. Victory Blvd., Burbank; (818) 841-4404. www.thevictorytheatrecenter.org. West Valley Playhouse, 7242 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park. (818) 884-1907. www.wvplayhouse.com. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks; (818) 990-2324. whitefiretheatre.com.last_img read more

Worker buried in trench rescued

first_imgNORTH HOLLYWOOD – Firefighters rescued a construction worker Wednesday who was trapped in dirt up to his chest in a deep trench for almost two hours, authorities said. The 40-year-old worker and a colleague became trapped in the 15-foot-deep trench at a construction site at 11000 Oxnard St. near Vineland Avenue about 3:07 p.m. His colleague was removed shortly after becoming trapped. Both were in fair condition at local hospitals. “It was terrifying just to look at,” said Greg West, Los Angeles Fire Department assistant chief. West said about 70 firefighters responded to the call, including members of the department’s Urban Search and Rescue team who are trained for trench rescues. The team used plywood and other material to shore up and stabilize the dirt surrounding the man while using a Department of Sanitation diesel-powered vacuum truck to suck out tons of dirt. “That dirt caves in, it puts pressure on his chest so it makes breathing difficult,” West said, explaining why the man might have been seen flailing his arms trying to scoop dirt away from himself. The trapped worker was given an oxygen mask and a hard hat and spoke with firefighters throughout the tense ordeal, West said. Los Angeles Police Department officers, responding to what proved to be an erroneous call about an assault with a deadly weapon involving men with shovels, were the first emergency workers on scene. The workers with shovels “were obviously trying to help their buddy out,” said Officer Matt Ethridge, one of the first to arrive. Ethridge said he saw about a half-dozen workers scooping dirt out of the hole using a rope with a bucket tied to the end. He said he and five other officers used the rope to pull the man’s colleague out of the hole. Firefighters arrived on scene shortly afterward. The first man rescued was taken to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank. The second man was taken to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills. The workers were digging holes for footings and had used a backhoe earlier in the day, officials said. It was not clear what type of construction was going on at the site. rick.coca@dailynews.com (818) 713-3329160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Liverpool target £11m midfielder, Man United to rival Leicester for £19m hitman – paper review

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Manchester United have entered the race to sign CSKA Moscow striker Ahmed Musa. Leicester have had a £15.1million offer rejected and are expected to up their bid before the January window expires, but now face competition from United for the 23-year-old’s services. CSKA rate the hitman at around £19m. (Daily Express)Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is weighing up a move for Udinese midfielder Piotr Zielinski. The 21-year-old Polish international is on loan at Empoli this season and has caught the eye of several European giants. Klopp is keen to wrap an £11million move for the central midfielder and had been initially looking at securing his services this January. But Zielinski is thought to favour a move in the summer. (Daily Mirror)Barcelona superstar Neymar has admitted he would ‘love’ to play under Pep Guardiola. The Bayern Munich boss is widely expected to manage in the Premier League next season, after confirming he is leaving his post in Bavaria to seek a job in England. Manchester City have been reported as his most likely destination, and Neymar has revealed he is the one coach he wants to work with during his career. (Daily Mirror)Italy manager Antonio Conte has emerged as the leading candidate for the Chelsea job as the club close in on their search for Jose Mourinho’s long-term replacement. Conte is understood to have met with club officials before Christmas and is ready to leave the Italian national team to manage in England next term. (Daily Mail)Roma are considering a bid for unsettled Chelsea defender Gary Cahill before the transfer window closes. Cahill is concerned about his future just eight weeks after signing a new four-year contract. (London Evening Standard)West Ham are considering a shock move for Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher. (Daily Mirror)Monaco are rivalling Tottenham’s bid to sign Moussa Dembele from Fulham. (Daily Mirror)Norwich are waiting for an answer over their bid to sign Chelsea rising star Patrick Bamford on a permanent basis. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Gary Cahill to leave Chelsea? ‘He would suit Liverpool’, Danny Murphy tells talkSPORTSlaven Bilic hoping West Ham can agree a deal to sign Emmanuel EmenikeNorwich City lining up a move for former Newcastle defender Davide SantonSwansea close in on Chievo striker Alberto PaloschiWatford close to completing deal for Mario Suarez, confirms Quique Sanchez FloresPorto hope to put off Stoke by slapping £38million price tag on midfield target Giannelli ImbulaTransfer report: Arsenal and Tottenham face disappointment over £6m starletlast_img read more

PRESIDENT HIGGINS PAYS TRIBUTE TO DONEGAL RUGBY STARS AS IRELAND’S WOMEN WIN GRAND SLAM!

first_imgPRESIDENT Michael D Higgins has sent St Patrick’s Day congratulations to Ireland’s women’s rugby team after winning their first ever RBS 6 Nations Grand Slam, courtesy of a hard-fought 6-3 victory over Italy on St Patrick’s Day.Larissa Muldoon from Ballybofey and Nora Stapleton from Fahan were stars of the Irish show in Italy this afternoon.Ireland were pushed all the way by a defiant Italy side but had Briggs’ two kicks to thank for their place in the history books. After last weekend’s victory over France – a fourth on the trot – Ireland’s first ever RBS 6 Nations title was secured but it was the Grand Slam they were so desperate to secure, and did so in nail-biting fashion.Things didn’t get off to the best of starts for Ireland, who fell behind after just three minutes – Italy fly-half Veronica Schiavon continuing her impressive tournament with the penalty.That stirred Ireland into life however and Philip Doyle’s side advanced up the pitch, going through the phases well despite the difficult conditions, and earning themselves a 13th-minute penalty.And Briggs, whose nerveless kicking made sure of the victory over France last time out, made no mistake again to level the scores. As the half wore on, defences remained on top but it was Briggs and winger Niamh Kavanagh who threatened most for the visitors, just falling short when chasing a kick through.Ireland survived a major scare midway through the first half when Maria Diletta Veronese broke through the Irish defence and only a last ditch tackle from Alison Miller prevented the opening try of the game.Ireland did earn a chance to go ahead just before the break, but Briggs was off target with a difficult kick from out wide, ensuring the two teams headed in at half-time level at 3-3.Ireland were fired up for the second half and they came flying out of the blocks, dominating up front as Italy were reduced to 14 and after moving themselves up field, they won what proved to be the crucial penalty.Briggs slotted the kick on 50 minutes to give her side the lead but back came Italy who won a penalty of their own on 62 minutes, only to see the kick drop agonisingly short. Italy, seeking a third win which would move them up to third, continued to exert pressure, forcing Ireland into some resolute defence of their try-line as the clock ticked down.Irish hearts were in mouths when Italy were awarded a late penalty from a scrum, but the hosts chose to kick for the corner and the visitors held firm to send their travelling fans into rapture.Tonight President Higgins – who watched Ireland’s win over England last month – sent his congratulations to the team.PRESIDENT HIGGINS PAYS TRIBUTE TO DONEGAL RUGBY STARS AS IRELAND’S WOMEN WIN GRAND SLAM! was last modified: March 17th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:PRESIDENT HIGGINS PAYS TRIBUTE TO DONEGAL RUGBY STARS AS IRELAND’S WOMEN WIN GRAND SLAM!last_img read more

SA’s wave-breaking dolosse

first_img10 November 2006What started with the toss of bones in African child’s play culminated in one of the world’s most successful coastal engineering inventions.Dolosse – branching concrete blocks weighing up to 30 tons – are used across the globe to break up wave action.They were the invention of East London harbour engineer Eric Merrifield after a storm ripped into the Eastern Cape coast of South Africa in 1963 and tore off 60% of East London harbour’s armour. Merrifield wondered if the breakwater would have been more resistant if it had not been solid and taking on the full force of the thundering surf on just one plane. He decided to reconstruct the breakwater using a “porous” design to dissipate the water’s energy.Thus the dolos was born and a momentous novelty in harbour engineering took off. Free of patents, this Eastern Cape design is today used on breakwaters, harbours, jetties and coastlines across the globe.‘Knucklebone’According to Giving Good Weight author John McPhee, Merrifield came up with the idea to line the East London breakwater with concrete blocks of a branching shape – much like jacks that are tossed in child’s play.At that time, dolosse was the name given to crude toys of bone used by the white children of South Africa since the 1830s.Voortrekker children had acquired them from tribal children they encountered during the Great Trek, when their families moved by ox-wagons away from the Cape Colony to the Transvaal.Dolosse were the knucklebones of goats or sheep similar in shape to the letter “H” with one leg turned 90 degrees. They were among the bones thrown into the dust by African witchdoctors, or sangomas, to access advice from the ancestors.The game that was played with dolosse by Voortrekker children was called “knucklebone”. These bone toys were also often thought of as imaginary oxen.Merrifield replicated these bones on a grand scale in concrete – making dolosse that weighed 20 tons apiece to armour his breakwater.Absorbing the ocean’s powerWhen the high seas struck, there were no cracks of thunder or geyser-like spurts. Instead, the waves seemed to crumble and disappear into the crevices of the dolosse pile. A coastal engineering wonder was born.According to US Army Corps of Engineers’ Coastal Research Centre, even when quarrystone is available for rubble mound breakwaters, concrete dolosse “may be the least costly alternative”.“Dolosse are used on the Humboldt, California jetties; the Manasquan Inlet, New Jersey jetties, and on several Hawaiian breakwaters – to name just a few.The dolosse invention is anchored by the historic casting of the biggest dolosse on the African continent for the deepwater Port of Ngqura outside Port Elizabeth.The multi-user deepwater port forms part of the Coega Industrial Development Zone. Some 26 500 dolosse weighing 30 tons apiece will form the top layer of the main breakwater which, at 2.5 kilometres long, is the largest in Africa.This article was first published in Eastern Cape Madiba Action, summer 2006/07 edition. Republished here with kind permission of the author.last_img read more

16 Years Later

first_imgOn March 24, 2009, Jon Stanley (username: Moun10Bike) stood on 5th Avenue in downtown Seattle, WA. He snapped a selfie before walking into the nondescript office across the street. It was Jon’s first day at a new job.Jon’s first day at Geocaching HQ.“I took a selfie — perhaps my first-ever — of me arriving at Groundspeak on my first day working here,” said Jon. “I was told I was employee #28.”Jon had a long history with the game before joining the company behind Geocaching.com, now known as Geocaching HQ. He first met Founder Jeremy Irish in 2000. Over lunch, the two discussed software that Jon had provided for an early version of the website. “The community was small then and I was in the same geographic area,” Jon said. “So it was natural that we would end up getting together.”Jeremy realized that Geocaching.com’s traffic would quickly outgrow the website he’d started as a hobby site. In 2000, he partnered with two co-workers, Elias Alvord and Bryan Roth, to start a new company. With the proceeds from selling 144 geocaching t-shirts, they began to scale the website to keep up with its growing audience. The three founders continued working at their day jobs while managing the website on the side.Cathy Hornback (username: Prying Pandora) first met the founders when they spontaneously showed up at her Cache In, Trash Out® Event. “I almost peed my pants when they just showed up. No warning.” Cathy with Geocaching.com Founder Jeremy Irish in 2006.Today, Cathy wears multiple hats: player (she’s going on 15,000 finds), volunteer reviewer, and Community Volunteer Support Coordinator at Geocaching HQ. “We exist because one guy had a crazy idea to hide a bucket of trinkets for other people to find with their newly accurate GPS receivers. Then another guy (Jeremy) had the gumption to build a website to list them all,” said Cathy. Cathy first met Jon in 2005 while looking for the same geocache. Five years later, she joined him as an employee at Geocaching HQ. “We exist because of our community’s engagement,” Cathy said. “Without them, there would be nothing.”Jon and Cathy were welcomed on their first days at Geocaching HQ by another long-time geocacher, Annie Love (username: Love). “I still pinch myself daily that I get to work here,” Annie said. “Geocaching was my hobby before I started working here and it’s a dream to get to do something I love for work. Sure, I sit at a desk most of the time, but getting to help people with this game for work is pretty awesome.”Annie joined Geocaching HQ on January 29, 2007. “My first job was to work as the receptionist at the front desk, answer phone calls and emails about the game of geocaching.”When Annie started, there were a dozen or so employees and 353,685 active geocaches. Today, Geocaching HQ has 74 employees and the website lists nearly 3 million geocaches hidden all over the world.Annie, now Partner Programs Manager, said, “We really listen to our community. We might not be able to make everything to perfection overnight, but we definitely hear the wants and needs of the community and apply that directly to what we work on.”A company photo taken in June 2007, shortly after Annie and Jenn started.A few months later, Jenn Seva (username: MissJenn) joined Geocaching HQ as employee #17, having previously served as a Community Volunteer Reviewer. “I started as a player of the game in 2001. I’m lucky enough to have combined my hobby and my livelihood without ruining either one of them.” Now Senior Manager of Tourism and Travel, Jenn said, “Geocaching HQ is different than most other companies because we are made up of employees who want to be here. We want to delight our community and encourage people to go play outside. I don’t feel like just an insignificant cog in a giant wheel.”Jon, Cathy and Annie feel similarly. “You only need to talk to the founders or any employee to see that we are passionate about the game and keeping people engaged with a fun and rewarding pastime for years to come,” said Jon. “While we may seem to move slow, it is not because of a lack of desire to improve things, only that we are a lot smaller than people know. I see our purpose to be good custodians of the game and provide the tools and means for people to have and share these experiences and adventures.”A company photo taken last summer.Sixteen years later, Geocaching HQ remains a strong, independent organization on a mission to enable adventure, exploration, and discovery. We are led by our original founders and we have no outside investors or influences who would maximize profits at the expense of the game. Annie said, “The community creates the game. We want to create the best tools to play it.”  Geocaching.com on November 9, 2000. Geocaching.com on January 29, 2007. There were 353,685 active geocaches then. Geocaching.com on April 30, 2007. There were 391,592 geocaches at the time. Geocaching.com on March 26, 2009. There were 755,856 geocaches listed at the time. Geocaching.com on August 13, 2010. There were 1,154,177 geocaches in the world. Geocaching.com on June 20, 2012. There were 1,798,456 geocaches then. Geocaching.com today. There are 2,921,888 active geocaches in the world.Have questions about Geocaching HQ? Post them in the comments below. Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedWhat 2 Million Active Geocaches Means to MeMarch 4, 2013In “Community”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 2): Souvenirs, APE cache rediscoveryMay 10, 2018In “Community”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 18): Geocaching Map/Search, Adventure Lab app, plus nostalgia!December 20, 2018In “Community”last_img read more

Iran’s Mobile SMS Up & Running; Will Twitter Start to Lose the Green Hues?

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting According to a report today from the BBC, Iranians are able to text message one another for the first time since the day before the presidential elections.SMS service, which political dissidents had used to spread messages and organize protests, has been restricted since June 11, causing many Iranians to use Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other social sites to broadcast and communicate.The BBC report stated that, according to Iranian news outlets, SMS capabilities are now unblocked but that users are experiencing massive technical problems. Some messages as old as three weeks were just now being received, and some messages were delivered multiple times.Iran’s broken digital communication infrastructure caused many Iranians to turn to services such as Twitter, using proxies to work around government restrictions for web use. Twitter became so integral to Iranians’ communication, particularly with the wider global community, that the U.S. State Department asked Twitter to postpone scheduled maintenance which would have occurred in the immediate aftermath of the election and resultant protests. Other services rushed to add Persian translation features.Hopefully, the unblocking of text messaging in Iran is a sign that communication channels are returning to normal. So, does this mean that everyone’s new favorite color, “Solidarity Green,” will begin to fade away from social web avatars sometime soon? Once the country and its government emerge from crisis mode, what news will come from Iran, and what will the Internet have to say about it? jolie odellcenter_img Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#politics#web last_img read more