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At Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, all but 1 balloon braved the wind, flew successfully

first_imgwebpay/iStock(NEW YORK) — Like any pilot, Astronaut Snoopy had to watch the weather on his flight but he and nearly all of the other giant character balloons flew in the 93rd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.One balloon — Ronald McDonald — did not make it after suffering a tear in his left leg and gradually deflating.Macy’s said in a statement that some of the balloons, including Ronald McDonald, suffered stress and tears during the overnight inflation.The fate of the balloons was uncertain in the days leading up to the holiday, as officials worried that sustained winds would exceed 23 mph or wind gusts would be stronger than 34 mph.At full height, the balloons were able to fly at 55 feet. They could have been lowered to 10 feet if the winds were too strong. Balloon handlers and a specially trained NYPD sergeant were on hand during the parade to monitor wind gusts and determine the safest course, respectively.Three smaller balloons and an art balloon designed by artist Yayoi Kusama did not leave the staging area, according to Macy’s.However, the retail giant said the parade “once again brought the nation incredible entertainment kicking off the holiday season with a grand spectacle.”Before the parade, officials expected all the balloons to fly, with some flying higher than others. For example, SpongeBob, being the largest, was a different consideration than one of the smaller balloons.Olaf’s flying height, at more than 5 feet tall, was also at risk.Bad weather has only kept the Macy’s balloons from flying once — in 1971.Yet dangerous winds have wreaked havoc on the parade, when the balloons did fly. In 1997, the Cat in the Hat balloon knocked down a light pole and four people were injured.This year, thousands of police officers were on duty for the parade on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, despite the absence of a credible threat.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Longtime Lacey Businesses Receive Special Recognition

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by the City of LaceyIn honor of the City of Lacey’s 50th Anniversary of incorporation, Lacey Rotary presented Historic Business Awards to nine Lacey enterprises Thursday, October 20. Each business, established in Lacey more than 50 years ago, still operates in the area today. The honorees include Capital Development Company, Harold’s Appliance, Martin Way Mobile Home and RV Park, Capital Club Apartments, Diamond Head Apartments, Lacey Shoe Repair, and Kluh’s Jewelers. Mayor Andy Ryder presented the awards and stated “Lacey was incorporated in 1966 because residents and businesses resolved to work together to preserve our community’s distinct values. We continue to respect the importance of commerce and understand the challenges facing businesses today.  I am very pleased to honor these companies for their longevity and success in Lacey.”Lacey Rotary continues to accept applications for the Historic Business Awards through December 2016. For more information, please contact Mary Coppin, Community Liaison, 360-491-3214.last_img read more

SPANISH QUEEN ‘HORSE OF MEET’ IN MEDIA POLL

first_img2015 SANTA ANITA SPRING MEDIA POLL Horse of the Meet: Spanish QueenOlder Horse: Hard AcesOlder Filly/Mare: BeholderGrass Horse: TalcoGrass Filly/Mare: Spanish Queen3-Year-Old Male: Kentuckian3-Year-Old Filly: Stellar WindSprinter: MasochisticClaimer: Persuasive PaulTrainer: Peter Miller, Doug O’NeillJockey: Rafael BejaranoApprentice: Brayan PenaRace: Gold CupOwner: Hronis RacingAchievement: Sadler Stakes Wins Miller, O’Neill Share Honors as Top Trainer; Bejarano Top Jockey center_img ARCADIA, CA, June 28, 2015–Spanish Queen, who captured the Grade I American Oaks at 1 ¼ miles on turf May 30 after winning the Grade II Honeymoon Stakes on May 2, was named Horse of the Meet in the annual Spring Meet Media Poll.A 3-year-old California-bred filly by Tribal Rule, Spanish Queen is trained by Richard Baltas for owners Harry Bederian, Harout Kamberian and Hagop Nakkashian. Spanish Queen earned more money than any horse at the meet, $360,000.She also was named Outstanding Grass Filly or Mare.“We’re very proud of Spanish Queen and how quickly she developed,” Baltas said. “She showed ability from the start and we’re happy she put it on display at Santa Anita.”Next up for Spanish Queen is the $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational at 1 ¼ miles on turf July 4.Hard Aces was named Outstanding Older horse thanks to his victory in the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita. The 5-year-old Hard Spun horse trained by John Sadler for Kosta and Peter Chronis won by a paper-thin nose over Hoppertunity in a thrilling contest at a mile and a quarter that was voted Race of the Meet.Rafael Bejarano, the runaway winner of the riding title, 47-35, over runner-up Tyler Baze, was named Outstanding Jockey, while Peter Miller and Doug O’Neill were named co-Outstanding Trainers after tying for the training title, 22-22, as O’Neill knotted Miller by winning the ninth and penultimate race of the meet with a 3-year-old filly named Mothernaturespell.It was the first training crown at The Great Race Place for the 48-year-old Miller, who trains out of San Luis Rey Downs. It was the fourth for the 47-year-old O’Neill.Two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder, who captured the Grade III Adoration Stakes on June 13 for her 10th win from 11 starts at Santa Anita, was named Outstanding Older Filly or Mare. Richard Mandella trains the Henny Hughes mare for owner B. Wayne Hughes.Talco, who rallied to win the Grade I Shoemaker Mile on turf by a half-length for the Hronis brothers and Sadler, was named Outstanding Grass Horse.Brayan Pena, 25, was named Outstanding Apprentice by virtue of winning nine races from 75 mounts.Kentuckian, a son of 2000 Horse of the Year Tiznow, was named Outstanding Three-Year-old thanks to his 6 ¼-length triumph in the Grade III Laz Barrera Stakes at seven furlongs May 10. Jerry Hollendorfer trains the gray colt for Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms.Stellar Wind, who won the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks at the Winter Meet, prevailed by a nose over Tara’s Tango in the Grade II Summertime Oaks to be named Outstanding Three-Year-Old Filly. The daughter of Curlin also is trained by Sadler for the Hronis brothers.     Masochistic, authoritative 3 ½-length winner of the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes, was voted Outstanding Sprinter. Trained by Ron Ellis for owners Los Pollos Hermanos Racing and Jay Em Ess Stable, the 5-year-old California-bred gelding by Sought After won for the sixth time from eight career starts.Persuasive Paul, a 5-year-old gelding trained by Steve Knapp, won a $40,000 claiming race on a wet/fast track by 2 ¼ lengths May 15, then came back on June 19 to capture a Starter Handicap at one mile on turf by a length and a quarter to be named Claiming Horse of the Meet.The Hronis brothers were named Owners of the Meet thanks to three stakes wins in the last two weeks of the campaign, two of them Grade I’s, the Shoemaker Mile and the Gold Cup at Santa Anita. Stellar Wind captured the Grade II Summertime Oaks for the brothers, who led all owners in purse earnings with $869,946, more than $300,000 over runner-up Reddam Racing LLC.Sadler was honored with Achievement of the Meet for winning three graded stakes–two of them Grade I’s–over the meet’s last two weeks.last_img read more

Freedom Challenge tests athletes’ limits

first_imgFreedom Challenge riders head off at sunrise into the mountains, on their way to the finish in Wellington. (Image: Freedom Challenge)• Meryl GlazerFreedom Challenge Race SecretaryFreedom Challenge+27 83 658 [email protected] DavieIn the next week or two, 75 extreme athletes will start the Freedom Challenge, a mountain bike race from Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal to Wellington in Western Cape, covering a distance of 2 300 kilometres over some very rough terrain.Over many years, South Africans have created some of the world’s toughest races, pitting themselves against the most extreme conditions in the country – whether it’s on freezing, rushing rivers, or miles and miles of tar in the scenic Western Cape, or over mountain ranges on bikes.The Freedom Challenge takes participants up and over several of South Africa’s most remote and beautiful mountain ranges, and across the endless semi-desert Karoo, into the winelands of the Cape. It is done in June, the middle of winter, which means that conditions include blizzards and snow, fierce wind, and below zero temperatures. Riders face an overall ascent of 37 000 metres over the 2 300 kilometres, to be done in a time limit of 26 days. Finishers don’t get a medal or cash – just a colourful Basotho blanket.“Winter. Snow. Flooding rivers. Freezing cold. Long days in the saddle. Major mountain ranges to cross. Flooded rivers to ford. Long portages. Massive climbs. Rhino. Buffalo. Sleep deprivation. Broken bikes. Broken bones. Broken spirits. These are but some of the things with which riders in the 2014 Freedom Challenge which starts on Monday 9 June 2014 will need to contend,” indicates the website.Support stations are positioned every 100 kilometres, where riders get meals, a bed and a chance to wash their gear. They are not permitted to carry a GPS, and must rely on maps and written directions from the race organiser, David Waddilove, who is based in Wellington.Lots of time to thinkWaddilove started the Freedom Challenge in 2004, when he ran the 54km Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town, and then continued running all the way to Pietermaritzburg, where he then ran the 90km Comrades Marathon between Durban and Pietermaritzburg. “Whilst I was running I had a lot of time to think about things. It became clear to me that the route could not easily be travelled on foot but would work well as a mountain biking route,” he says.And so the Freedom Challenge came about. A shorter version is the Ride to Rhodes, the first 480 kilometres of the challenge, which can be done as a race on its own. Rhodes is a small village in Eastern Cape, along the Freedom Challenge route. Some 42 riders will be taking on this shorter challenge this year, with several of them hoping to do the distance in a sub-48 hour time, requiring them to do it on virtually no sleep.Extreme challengeThere is an extreme version of the Freedom Challenge, which consists of running the Dusi Trail Run, an 80km run from the outskirts of Durban to the periphery of Pietermaritzburg, largely along the banks of the Umgeni River. Then pulling out a bike and riding to Wellington, then grabbing a kayak and paddling the Berg River Race, a four-day 240km race in the Cape. Just 11 people have done this race, while some 149 people have done the complete challenge.Mountain biker Rory Field did the race in 2012. He says the most enjoyable part was “being in the wilderness and being sufficient to the task”.In 2013, a new record was set when married couple Jeannie and Martin Dreyer finished the race in a mind-blowing 12 days, five hours and 55 minutes. Jeannie broke the women’s record by seven days, and beat 41 men and five women to the finish line. She averaged an extraordinary 200 kilometres each day, sleeping three to four hours a day, except for two days when she was off her bike for around nine hours. Martin finished the race in 2012 in 10 days, 16 hours and 40 minutes, a new record.The trail cuts through 4.5 billion years of geological time and through six plant biomes. It follows historical migration routes, and riders experience different local languages and cultures along the route. They stay in huts, B&Bs or hunting lodges – “this whilst riding through some of the most visually spectacular parts of the country”, adds Waddilove.Even more extreme plansBesides the Ride to Rhodes, which can be done as a non-stop event in June, there is a supported version done in September when it is warmer. “It is quite feasible that this will extend further with a 1 000km non-stop ride from Rhodes to Cape St Francis using international randonneurring rules.”Waddilove has plans to extend the race north to Beit Bridge, and even further, to Mount Kilimanjaro, in a ride that would start in Cape Town and end in Tanzania.But for the participants it is much more. “Riders travelling the trail have spoken of how it has afforded them a valuable and positive insight not only into this country, [but also into] themselves.”In all, 155 people have been given blankets, 17 of whom are women; and 68 of whom them have come back to do the race several more times.last_img read more

Play Your Part Roadshow and Play Your Part Cube

first_imgThe Play Your Part Roadshow proved to be a hit in 2016, driving home the message that South Africans can make our country great by working together. South Africans are urged to keep an eye out for the bright yellow Play Your Part Cube that will be visiting various venues around the country. If you do spot it in your area, be sure take a look inside. (Image by Mathiba Molefe)The Play Your Part Cube, along with its partners and various stakeholders had a successful expedition across the country to all 9 of South Africa’s provinces to share inspiring stories and insights into how regular South Africans can make our country great through active citizenship.Carrying a range of different tools like tablets, cameras and interactive screens, the Cube acted as a platform for people to engage with Brand South Africa, Play Your Part and partners.In the Cube, people can pledge to their fellow South Africans that they will do their best to help improve the country for all in any whichever way they can.For more information, check out the Play Your Part Roadshow page.WATCH: The story of the 2016 Play Your Part Roadshow.last_img read more

Revamped Pacers rely on new faces to cut down Nets

first_imgPacers: Won their fourth straight game against Brooklyn. … Indiana has won six of its last seven season openers and seven of its last eight home openers. … Bojan Bogdanovic scored 14 points against his former team. … Lance Stephenson and Domantas Sabonis each scored 16 points off the bench. … Oladipo also had four steals. … It’s only the third time since 2000 that Indiana has scored 140 or more points.UP NEXTNets: Host Orlando in home opener on Saturday.Pacers: Host Portland on Friday. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Rockets’ Chris Paul still dealing with bruised left knee LATEST STORIES Read Next View comments Victor Oladipo #4 of the Indiana Pacers dribbles the ball against the Brooklyn Nets at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on October 18, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFPINDIANAPOLIS — Victor Oladipo scored 22 points in his Indiana debut, Darren Collison added 21 points and 11 assists in his return to Indianapolis, and the Pacers held off the Brooklyn Nets 140-131 on Wednesday night in their season opener.Eight players scored in double figures as the Pacers, in their first game since trading All-Star Paul George, produced their highest point total since a 144-point game against Denver on Nov. 9, 2010. Myles Turner had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Thaddeus Young added 17 points and 11 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. D’Angelo Russell scored 30 points in his Nets debut but backcourt mate Jeremy Lin limped to the locker room with an injury midway through the fourth quarter. Trevor Booker finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Nets from losing a franchise-record fifth consecutive season opener.Despite having chances to take control, neither could.Brooklyn led 30-29 after one quarter, the Pacers took a 65-63 halftime lead and then used a 10-0 third-quarter run to build a 75-65 lead. Brooklyn never led again.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut the Nets charged back in the final minutes, trimming a 10-point deficit to 130-126 before the Pacers finally managed to close it out.TIP-INSNets: Have lost all six road openers since moving to Brooklyn. … The Nets are 3-3 all-time against Indiana in season openers, the opponent they have played most frequently on opening night. … Brooklyn put Timofey Mozgov and Lin in the starting lineup Wednesday, marking the first time in franchise history that more than one undrafted player started a season opener. … Brooklyn was 29 of 32 from the free-throw line. … Lin had 18 points, while Allen Crabbe and Caris LeVert each finished with 12.last_img read more

Aces lean on strong third quarter to whip Gin Kings

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — Vic Manuel led a third quarter explosion and Alaska bamboozled Ginebra, 97-83, to stretch its winning run to three in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at Ynares Center here.The veteran forward anchored the killer 18-2 run for the Aces in the third quarter where they established a 67-54 lead and kept the Gin Kings at bay for the remainder of the game.ADVERTISEMENT Manuel poured in 11 of his 18 points in that telling third frame. He also had five rebounds and two assists as Alaska improved to 3-2 in the conference.Sonny Thoss had 17 markers, including the game-sealing triple to put Alaska up, 92-78 with 2:46 left to play, on top of his four boards.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutChris Banchero chipped in 14 points, six assists, and five rebounds, while JVee Casio shot 3-of-4 from threes to wound up with 13 markers, three boards, and two dimes in the win.“I was glad to come away with the win. Sometimes in this league, we have to take advantage of opportunities coming your way,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton as Ginebra played without Greg Slaughter (strained hamstring) and Joe Devance (foot). Dillinger says Black, Bolts ‘getting sick’ of losing after 3rd straight loss ALASKA 97 — Manuel 18, Thoss 17, Banchero 14, Casio 13, Abueva 9, Teng 9, Cruz 5, Enciso 3, Potts 3, Exciminiano 2, Magat 2, Racal 2, J. Pascual 0.GINEBRA 83 — Mariano 15, J. Aguilar 12, Ferrer 12, Thompson 12, Caguioa 8, Cruz 8, R. Aguilar 5, Tenorio 5, Mercado 2, Taha 2, Wilson 2, Jamito 0.Quarters: 26-23, 36-44, 73-63, 97-83. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Compton said the key in toppling a powerhouse team in Ginebra was the Aces settling down after a forgettable second quarter, where they scored a measly 10 points to fall behind, 36-44.“I was telling the guys that it feels like we’re thinking about a lot of things and we’re not doing what we’ve been doing over the past two weeks. So we just relaxed,” he said. “We weren’t playing well in the first half, but in the second half, I thought we settled down and be us.”Aljon Mariano paced Ginebra with 15 points, nine rebounds, and three assists as it fell to its second straight defeat.Japeth Aguilar, Kevin Ferrer, and Scottie Thompson all finished with 12 for the Gin Kings loss.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View commentslast_img read more

15 days agoAaron Cresswell convinced by West Ham potential

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Aaron Cresswell convinced by West Ham potentialby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAaron Cresswell is convinced West Ham United can achieve something special with the current team.The fullback has extended his deal with the Irons until 2023, which could take the No3 up to nine years in Claret and Blue. He said, “Going back to the last year we had at the Boleyn, we had a good squad. But look at this squad, the depth, the players and the signings we are making. “We’ve got two players for each position so if someone gets injured there is always someone to step up. Certainly, in the time I’ve been here, it’s been the best squad I’ve been involved in.“We want something special to happen. Come the end of the season, whether we have a good cup run or finish as high as possible in the league, that’s what we’re aiming to do. We want to take each game as it is and try to take maximum points and play good football at the same time. “This year we’ve shown some brilliant results and played some brilliant football. Long may that continue.” last_img read more

7 days agoWest Ham boss Pellegrini surprised by Everton struggles

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham boss Pellegrini surprised by Everton strugglesby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini admits he’s surprised by Everton’s early season struggles.The Blues currently find themselves in the relegation zone after eight matches of the campaign despite being handed what looked to be a relatively favourable early fixture list.Pellegrini said, “[Surprised by their position?] Maybe, yes. They have very good players and a team that is very strong every year.”I suppose I expected them to not be in that position in the table.”Because we won that game last season, it is in that moment we played in the way we wanted to. We want the same result again this time as well.”It is difficult to analyse their situation. Last season we beat them there when we were in a position that they are now.”Games are always different though, I am sure we will find an Everton with high pace and looking to get better results than their last games.” last_img read more

GM Unifor expected to resume talks aimed at ending strike at CAMI

first_imgINGERSOLL, Ont. – General Motors and the union representing about 2,500 striking workers at the CAMI assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ont., are expected to resume talks today aimed at ending a strike.The members of Unifor Local 88 walked off the job Sept. 17 as negotiators worked to have GM designate the CAMI plant as the lead producer of the Equinox SUV, which is also produced in Mexico.The union said last Thursday that the two sides had “worked through a lot of the contract language” but remained far apart on job security and economic issues.Unifor also said it was awaiting a response from GM on the outstanding issues and thaty both sides agreed to pause the talks over the long holiday weekend and reconvene today.Ontario Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid said Friday that he had spoken with both sides and that neither had asked for government support to keep the Equinox lines in the province.Duguid said the dispute was “rippling through” Ontario’s supply chain economy and urged both parties to reach an agreement.Dias dismissed GM’s latest contract offer last week as “fluff,” saying it still allowed the company to shift resources away from the Ingersoll plant.last_img read more