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Survival of the fittest: Donegal senator takes gold at athletics event in Canada!

first_imgSenator Brian O’Domhnaill claimed the gold medal at the North & Central American and Caribbean World Masters Athletics (NCCWMA) Regional Championships in Toronto, Canada on Friday. The Donegal senator, who was competing in the 10,000 metres walk, came first for his age and fifth overall in the event, clocking a time of 51.23.Brian well on his way to victory!Reacting on social to the victory, the Cloughaneely man said:(I’m) thrilled to win gold in my age category and obtain the 5th place overall. “Hard work pays off and days like this make all the sacrifices and early morning / late evening training worthwhile. Thank you to everyone who has sent me messages and good luck wishes – it is greatly appreciated.”He added: “I am pretty pleased with the outcome and grateful for the opportunity of being able to compete. Ultimately in a major championship race, it’s always brilliant to be on the podium.”Survival of the fittest: Donegal senator takes gold at athletics event in Canada! was last modified: July 21st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Journey to the belly of the A.P.E.

first_img SharePrint RelatedThree Cheers for Brazil, Geocaching’s Newest Country Souvenir!December 16, 2014In “Local stories”Discovering a Vanishing Geocaching Series – The Last A.P.E. CacheFebruary 9, 2012In “Community”Mission to Log the Last of a Vanishing Geocache SeriesJune 15, 2012In “Community” Back in 2001, long before I knew anything about geocaching, a promotions staffer at 20th Century Fox emailed Geocaching.com. The studio was interested in pairing geocaching with promotional efforts for its upcoming science fiction film, Planet of the Apes. Fifteen years later, the results of that promotion led me to visit South America for the first time. (More on that in a minute.)Jeremy Irish, Geocaching HQ’s co-founder and CEO, worked closely with Fox to develop what came to be known as Project A.P.E. (Short for Alternative Primate Evolution, a storyline that Fox created for the promotion.)Jeremy assisted in hiding the now-archived Mission 9: Tunnel of Light. (Photo from the Aug/Sept 2001 issue of Business 2.0)At the time, geocaching was a relatively unknown game. The first cache was placed less than a year earlier, and only around 450 caches were listed on Geocaching.com. “It was a very exciting project,” Jeremy says today. “The website was still in its infancy, so it was pretty cool that a major movie studio wanted to partner with us. Project A.P.E. did a lot to inform the general public about geocaching.”An unused A.P.E. cache logbook (left) and the original logbook from Mission 9: Tunnel of Light (GC1169)Jeremy and Fox staffers worked with local cachers to place containers in the USA (New York, Maryland, Oregon, Washington, Illinois, California, Georgia), the United Kingdom, Australia, Brazil and Japan. Each week, clues were released to give hints to each A.P.E. cache location. The clues became more detailed until the complete coordinates were finally revealed. Once the location was known, it was a race to be FTF and get dibs on whatever movie props might be inside the cache.Vanity Fair article from 2001The first A.P.E. cache was published May 24, 2001. It was followed by 13 more listings, with the final cache location revealed August 10, 2001.Some of the A.P.E. caches were archived within weeks of publication. Others lived on for many years. Today, only one remains: Mission 4: Southern Bowl.This cache likely owes its longevity to a remote location. Brazil’s Intervales State Park is a 3-4 hour drive from São Paulo, the nearest metropolitan area. The park is renowned for fantastic birding, caves, waterfalls and other natural wonders. Suffice it to say, the A.P.E. cache is only one of many interesting things to see!My long-planned pilgrimage was helped by a caching friend who lives in Brazil and also happens to be a Community Volunteer Moderator. Rui graciously agreed to meet me in São Paulo and join the voyage to Intervales, even though he had already been there twice! Not only does he know the area well, but he also speaks the language (Portuguese).Rui and I at Intervales State ParkUpon arriving, we visited with park manager Junior (aka JRintervales). Junior maintained the A.P.E. cache for many years on behalf of its original owner, the legendary JoGPS, who sadly passed away last year. Junior recently adopted the cache listing and is a wealth of information for those planning to visit Intervales.We chose to stay at one of the park’s lodges. There is also a dining hall / restaurant on the grounds which serves three meals each day. Add those amenities to dozens of caches around the park, and you have a recipe for a fun caching weekend. Hiking inside Intervales State ParkAnd so after 18 hours of air and car travel, we found ourselves on the trail to one of the biggest items on my geocaching bucket list. Only one problem: I had loaded the cache into my GPS, but the GPS didn’t recognize the A.P.E. cache icon. So, the cache wouldn’t show up on my GPS map! Thankfully, Rui knew the trails well enough to lead us to the general area of the cache. And, as you can see from the photo, the cache is big enough to be pretty easy to spot once you’re close. After inking the log, we snapped the requisite celebratory photos before continuing on to a full day of caching around the park.Me and the last remaining A.P.E. cacheWe were back in São Paulo the next day, and I returned to Seattle the following night. Quite a whirlwind tour!I think we’d all agree that geocaching takes us to places we might never have visited if not for the game. Isn’t it amazing to think that a 15-year-old promotion would lead me and so many others to a beautifully remote area of Brazil that we may not have experienced otherwise?Have you found an A.P.E. cache? If not, is Brazil beckoning you?Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Gareth Southgate backs Stones and Barkley after errors against Netherlands

first_imgNations League Kyle Walker’s own goal after Stones – one Premier League start since the first week in April – was caught in possession by Memphis Depay, then Barkley’s poorly placed back-pass, ensured England ended up conceding three goals in a competitive match for the first time since losing 4-1 to Germany in Bloemfontein at the 2010 World Cup. “We have to play out better, but I don’t think it’s a case of stopping what we are doing,” Southgate said. “The Dutch pressed really well, and we weren’t quite as sharp in some of our decision making.“I’m asking my defenders to play in a way that puts them under huge pressure at the back. If we didn’t play that way, we wouldn’t have got to the semi-finals we’ve got to in the last year, and we’d never progress to being a top team. But we made too many mistakes in our final third, partly as a result of their pressure but also by errors by us. When you’re fatigued mistakes happen and the mistakes were from passes our players can play with no problem.“I have to support John because he’ll get horrible criticism for that mistake but he and Harry Maguire take huge strain on their shoulders and are incredibly courageous to do that. We didn’t lose because of how we want to play. The errors were uncharacteristic really, and not errors we’d normally make. It wasn’t risk. It was poor execution and fatigue, certainly with the last one, because Ross had just gone down with cramp moments before.“We have some players who, at the end of the season, found it difficult in terms of the amount of minutes they were getting on the pitch, and others who experienced the complete opposite.“I think fatigue has played a part, as well as a lack of match sharpness. I can’t overreact. I have to support them in what is a difficult moment for everybody. This is incredibly painful for my players but we’ll be stronger for our experiences.”Southgate accepted the decision to disallow Lingard’s late goal as “fine margins” but it deflated England at a moment when their energy was running low”. Topics Gareth Southgate has thrown his support behind John Stones and Ross Barkley and insisted his team will continue to play the ball out short from the back after dreadful errors in extra time condemned England to their latest semi-final defeat to the Netherlands.Sloppy mistakes in the added half-hour, with England still struggling to recover from the VAR ruling out a potential winner from Jesse Lingard for offside, cost Southgate’s team a Nations League defeat that bore similarities to the outcome against Croatia in the last four at the 2018 World Cup. A half-time lead had been surrendered again, with the Dutch dominating the ball and eventually capitalising on cataclysmic defensive mistakes. England Read more “We thought it was going to be a winner but things didn’t go our way,” said Harry Kane, one of the squad’s seven Champions League finalists who started the match on the bench. “We know we made mistakes, sloppy mistakes giving the ball away, but that’s part of learning as a team.“We take that on the chin because that’s the way we want to play. We’re disappointed but every disappointment we have to learn from and get better.”Southgate was quick to condemn those travelling supporters who had caused mayhem on the streets of nearby Porto on Wednesday night. “The saddest thing for me is we have thousands upon thousands of fans who come here and support us brilliantly, and have the ability to enjoy themselves without causing offence to anyone or creating problems wherever they go, and then we have a group who are an embarrassment,” he said, echoing the Football Association’s statement from earlier in the day.“As an Englishman, they’re not supporters of the team. They reflect so poorly on us as a country. We don’t associate ourselves with them at all.” Read more Gareth Southgate Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger England extra-time misery after John Stones’ blunder lets in Netherlands Netherlands Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on Pinterest Frenkie de Jong writes Netherlands script while Stones fluffs his lines news Share on WhatsApp Reuse this contentlast_img read more