Kurtenbach: What we learned in the Raiders’ gut-punch loss to the Broncos


first_imgNo loss is good, but some particularly sting.The Raiders’ Week Two loss to the Broncos in Denver is certainly one of those losses.The Raiders failed to score in the fourth quarter and allowed the Broncos to rattle off 13 straight points en route to a 20-19 Denver win, capped by Brandon McManus’ 36-yard field goal with six seconds remaining.The loss drops the Raiders to 0-2 on the season, putting into serious jeopardy their playoff aspirations. Over the last nine seasons, only six of 108 …last_img read more

Abseiling & rapp jumping in SA


first_imgIt’s only recently that abseiling has become an activity in its own right. Really it’s just the method climbers use to get off mountains – or special services forces use to descend deserted buildings into enemy territory in adventure movies – but it’s fun, and so it’s become available as an activity in its own right.You can hang out high over Cape Town abseiling from Table Mountain. The “long drop” is 112m high – and about a kilometre above the city – making it the world’s highest commercial abseil.Bungee jumpingWeehah! South Africa has the second highest commercial bungee jump in the world – it’s official. There are three abseil routes on the spectacular western head at Knysna, further up the Cape east coast – including a really high, very exposed site hanging right out over the crashing waves.Not far from Knysna, and also with fantastic views, you can do a combination abseiling and kloofing (canyoning) trip down the Storms River Gorge, which involves a 100m abseil into the gorge, a tubing trip down the river, a short walk out of the gorge and then a cycle back to the village.You can abseil down buildings in Durban and Johannesburg, or even rapp jump if you like. Rapp jumping is abseiling with the ropes attached to your back instead of your front, so you go down facing the ground – and at a run, if you’re in a hurry.To find out more about the above abseils, and a whole lot of others around the country, check out our list of abseil operators – most of whom offer plenty of adventure activities besides.ABSEILING, RAPP JUMPING OPERATORSAbseil Africa offers abseiling off Table Mountain, including a 112-metre controlled descent off the famous landmark, and Kamikaze Kanyon, which features a 65-metre cascade of water. Other options include the Table Mountain Summit Walk and team building.Adventure Realm is a company based in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. It caters to individuals, small groups, scholars, corporates and intrepid travellers. Among the offerings are rapp jumping, scuba diving, 4×4 driving, quad biking, orienteering, archery, rock climbing, paintball, white water rafting, horse riding, offroad buggy driving, and sailing. Rapp jumping opportunities are available in both Durban and Johannesburg.Ashanti Travel Centre and Lodge has a nice selection of adventure activities. They include abseiling on Table Mountain and kloofing in Kamikaze Kanyon. Other activities on offer are diving with Great White Sharks, hiking and sleeping on Table Mountain, downhill mountain biking, paragliding, sandboarding, scuba diving, sky diving, and surfing.Ceres Zip Slide Tours presents 1.4 kilometres of zip line fun, with eight slides of between 100 and 290 metres. The action takes place in the Schurweberg Mountains, below the Koekedouw Dam, in Ceres, a 90 minute drive from Cape Town.Downhill Adventures offers a 112-metre controlled abseil descent off Table Mountain. It’s the world highest commercial abseil and it features stunning views of one of the world’s most beautiful cities.Eden Adventures offers kloofing, abseiling and a combination of both in the beautiful Kaaimans Gorge on the magnificent Garden Route. Another option is abseiling at Robberg in Plettenberg Bay, another spectacular site.Extreme Scene is an adventure tour operator based in Cape Town. They offer kloofing in the Kamikaze Canyon and abseiling down the 65-metre high Thunder Falls.GoVertical Mountaineering Adventures offers some exciting options, including abseiling in the Magaliesberg and near the Hartebeespoort Dam, rock climbing in the Magaliesberg and at Eagles Rock near Harrismith. They lead tours in the Drakensberg and to Mount Kilimanjaro (the highest mountain in Africa), as well as offering mountaineering in the Drakensberg. Other activities include trekking, kloofing, and caving.The Oribi Gorge Hotel, Conference and Adventure Resort presents a number of adrenaline-filled activities, including white water rafting, the wild slide, the wild swing, hiking and bike trails, and abseiling. The abseiling includes the highest natural abseil in the world at 110 metres. It’s an experience for the adventurous and the brave.Outsidedge operates in and around Gauteng and the North West Province. The list of activities on offer includes abseiling, rock climibg and kloofing. Abseiling takes place at Broederstroom and is appropriate for anyone, even those with no experience.Over the Top Adventures offers abseiling at the Howick Falls, the second highest waterfall in South Africa at 107 metres in height. The abseil takes place next to the thundering falls and you’re met at the bottom by an inflatable two-man kayak. Over the Top also presents rock climbing, hiking, rapp jumping, white water rafting, and team building.Perlemoen Escapes offers various tours, including for golf, game and bird viewing, leisure/health and hydro, and extreme sports. The extreme sports options include bungee jumping, rafting, abseiling, kite surfing, surfing, and sky diving. The bungee jumping takes place from the Bloukrans Bridge over the Storms River, the highest commercial bungee jump in the world.Purerush Industries, based in Johannesburg, offer something different. Rapp jumping takes place at the massive Orlando Towers in Soweto, while they also offer freebording which, they say is like snowboarding on the street; street luge and butt boarding; mountain boarding; sandboarding; and adventure trips of up to four days in duration.Operating in the beautiful Southern Cape, Quad Biking Adventures offers combos that also feature abseiling next to the Kaaimans Waterfall, canoeing on the Kaaimans River, and kloofing.Roc ‘n Rope Adventures is based in Waterval Boven in the Mpumalanga Highlands. It’s an awesome place for rock climbers and recognised as one of the best rocking climbing destinations in South Africa. Roc ‘n Rope also offers abseiling, mountain biking, fly fishing, and horse riding. In addition, they present a good number of rock climbing and abseiling courses.The Simonskloof Mountain Retreat features kloofing and abseiling in the Nuy River Gorge. Rafting and boulder-hopping are also on the menu. Small groups, consisting of six to eight members are hosted, for anywhere from one-day to two-and-a-half day adventures.Sabie Backpackers and Extreme Adventures is located in Sabie in Mpumalanga. For those in need of an adrenaline injection, they offer the Big Swing, abseilling and repelling into the Sabie Falls.Spirit of Adventure is located midway between Durban and Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal at the Shongweni Dam. A wide range of outdoor activities is guaranteed to get the adrenaline pumping, including abseiling, rap jumping, rock climbing, white water rafting, guided mountain bike rides, game walks and drives, hiking, rafting, canoeing, 4×4, and an assault course.Stormsriver Adventures is an adventure company that places a premium on enriching the environment and the communities in the areas in which it operates. They offer a unique eco-wilderness adventure with the Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours that takes place in the Tsitsikamma indigenous rainforest. It involves travsering from one platform to another along a steel cable suspended 30 metres above the forest. Most of the platforms are located in giant Yellowwood trees.Unreal, based at Sun City, features the ZIP Slide 2000. It is the world’s longest, highest, and fastest zip slide. Measuring 2 000 metres in length, it is 280 metres high, and the average speed attained is 120 km/h! A BIG adrenaline rush!Wild Cave Adventures are based in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage area. They offer a tantalising mix of options, including abseiling, caving, rock climbing, mountaineering, wild caving, trekking, kloofing, and teambuilding. Besides abseiling at the Cradle of Humankind, excursions are also undertaken to the Swartberg Mountains and the Magaliesberg.SAinfo reporter and South African TourismWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Our passengers who make your flight hell survey results


first_imgWho is your passenger from hell?The seat recliner, the passenger who lets their children run riot, the chatterbox or the lurking smelly traveler, who you wish would travel somewhere else?The smelly passenger, who we’ve dubbed ‘Smellus Maximus’ has soared up to be the number two hate of air travelers. This “hell” passenger comes in just behind those who recline their seat, affectionately known by us as ‘Reclinus Maximus’.According to the annual AirlineRatings.com “Passengers Who Make Your Flight Hell” survey of air travelers, almost 35.4 per cent of the more than 1550 respondents put the passenger who reclines their seat as their number one nightmare.However, with 25.5 per cent naming Smellus Maximus as the most despised, it raises the question, has hygiene slipped?According to AirlineRatings.com editor, Geoffrey Thomas, while it was expected that Reclinus Maximus would rate highly, the level of frustration for the smelly passenger reflects a decline in hygiene standards.“There has been a significant shift in passengers’ gripes about their fellow travelers, who are either not conscious of their odour or don’t care,” said Mr Thomas.“With online or cell phone check-in now widespread, offending passengers are slipping through the traditional checks and only coming into contact with airline agents at the boarding gate. The agents, under pressure to get the flight away, let offenders slip through.”Mr Thomas continues, “Dress standards have declined on planes and so has appearance and hygiene. We have noticed an increase in people complaining about these issues.”Commenting on the survey Australian Business Traveller’s founder David Flynn “it doesn’t surprise me that “passenger pong” is a hate of travellers.”“A lot of people tell me eye-rolling nose-holding tales of whiffy seatmates,” said Mr Flynn.“After all, you’ve got several hundred people crammed together in this tin can – and it’s especially tight quarters in economy – with plenty of recirculated air.”Mr Flynn adds that you’ve got passengers who’ve been rushing to the airport or dashing between flights to make a connection, and people who take their shoes and socks off during the flight.“Stir in some hot humid sticky summer weather, or pretty much any day in an equatorial city like Singapore, and it’s a perfect storm of bad smells.”This year, two passengers made global headlines because of their odour and were kicked off planes in Canada. In the past month, three US domestic flights have been diverted over arguments related to knee defenders, which prevent seats reclining.Authorities in the US have not banned knee defenders but have instead left it up to the airlines to regulate. However in Australia, both Qantas and Virgin Australia have banned these devices.In the AirlineRatings.com survey, the parent who let their children run riot ‘Parentus Slapdashi’ came in third with 20.1 per cent while fourth went to ‘Armrest Grabbis’ at 13.5 per cent and the non-stop talker ‘Chatterbox Majorus’ came in fifth with just 5.54 per cent.(e) support@airlineratings.comFollow Geoffrey on twitterlast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — April 10, 2018


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 180410_RyanMartinOur forecast is largely unchanged this morning. WE should put together several dry days in a row, but cold air is still dominant today and tomorrow. Temps will be a little warmer than yesterday, but we will still be a good 10 degrees below normal at the very least.A system passes by to the north on Thursday that brings nice rains to the Great Lakes into southern Ontario. This will drag a little bit of moisture down into northern Ohio, with a few hundredths of an inch to .1” over about 60% of the region from US 30 northward. We really seem to dodge the action farther south, with only a few clouds around. The biggest thing to notice for Thursday will be a shift in winds to the SW as that low passes by to the north. This will start a short 3 day period of significant warming across the region. Temps will shift to 10-15 degrees above normal for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Strong winds (20-40 mph) drive the initial warm up for Thursday.Clouds mix with some sun on Friday, but don’t discount an isolated shower or two. The bulk of the state stays precipitation free. Saturday sees the rain kick off in Ohio with the potential of .25”- 1” rains over 60% of the state. Additional rains and thunderstorms hammer the state on Sunday, meaning we can add another .25”- .75” over 80% of the state on Sunday. That brings combined totals for the 2 day period to 1”-2”. The map above shows rain totals through Sunday evening.Dry Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week to finish out the 10 day period with high pressure in over the region. This is a Canadian high, though, so while temps may not be as cold as the start to this week, we are going to be much colder than the end of this week and start of the weekend. In fact, we think most of next week will have temps back in the 10-15 degrees below normal range.The extended 11-15 day forecast window shows no significant change from yesterday. WE have strong low pressure complex in the grain plains for the 21st, and we still expect that system to spread .25”-1.25” rains into the eastern Corn Belt later for the 22nd and 23rd. Models suggest lingering clouds, cool air and sprinkles through the 24th, and then a cooler Canadian high back in for the balance of April. This forecast does not promote a rapid rise in soil temps.last_img read more

Spotlight on the Summit: Avoiding Stucco Failures and Making High Performance Easier to Build


first_imgThe first ever Fine Homebuilding Summit is less than 3 months away, and we’re getting more and more excited the closer we get. Why? Because planning the event means that we’ve had the pleasure of talking to each of our 12 expert presenters about the specifics of their classes. Let’s just say that holding the event from Wednesday evening through Friday afternoon is ideal, because attendees will need the rest of the weekend to recover from the amount of knowledge we are going to cram into this 2 day seminar. To give you a taste, here’s a look at just a couple of the topics: Stucc-oh-no-you-don’t!Stucco is the topic that keeps many building experts up at night, and for good reason: Code-minimum installation guidelines are a recipe for disaster, and many big builders are rolling the dice on their liability because they calculate their share of remediation will still be less expensive than doing it right in the first place. Luckily, we will have Christine Williamson—a building scientist, consultant, and the creator of the educational @buildingsciencefightclub on Instagram—in the house to explain what we’re up against, how we got here, and the specific solutions designers and builders can put in place to more intelligently manage risk of stucco failures.Design with a builder in mindA cutting-edge, high-performance house may be fun to dream up on paper, but it can be a real challenge for the builder who’s charged with making it happen. Often these builders are dragged out of their comfort zone and faced with new methods, new materials, and new metrics and measurements of what makes a “good” job. Recognizing this as a major hurdle to quality results in energy efficiency, Architect Steve Baczek has made it his mission to bring high-performance building back into the comfort zone of the common man. You don’t want to miss his insights on material selection and education, creating drawings that go far beyond the standard generic details, and corralling a group of subcontractors across different trades and getting them all to buy in.Learn more and register here!last_img read more

Don’t romance with litigation, says CJI Misra


first_imgChief Justice of India Justice Dipak Misra, who is retiring next month, on Sunday suggested to litigants to make an effort to see if the litigation can be solved otherwise. “You are welcome to litigate. But do not romance with litigation,” the Chief Justice said. “I do not suggest for a moment that you should not fight for a cause. But when the cause is small and can be solved otherwise, then solve it. Because that also serves the purpose of access to justice,” CJI Misra said while speaking after laying the foundation stone for a permanent building of theOdisha State Legal Services Authority and e-inauguration of legal assistance establishment, “Nyaya Sanjog”, in all the 30 districts of the State.last_img read more