Thrilling Races At Grays Harbor Raceway On Saturday

first_img360 Sprints8 EntriesFast Time: J.J. Hickle, 13.327Heat Race Winners: J.J. Hickle (1), Evan Margeson (2)A-Feature: 1. Reece Goetz, 2. Henry Van Dam, 3. J.J. Hickle, 4. Jay Cole, 5. Evan Margeson, 6. Cam Smith, 7. Mike Romig, 8. Doug Peter Submitted by Grays Harbor RacewayA full pit area of race cars and a great night of racing was on hand for the second race of the 2013 campaign at Grays Harbor Raceway on Saturday May 4th.  Despite only three classes running the features proved to be thrilling for fans making it out to the 3/8-mile clay oval.  Divisions competing included the 360 Sprints, Shipwreck Beads IMCA Modifieds, and USAC Ford Focus Midgets.In the 360 Sprint feature Reece Goetz of Snohomish would earn the lead on lap three after passing Henry Van Dam and would look for his first win of the year.  Goetz would hold off Van Dam on several occasions as he tried to retrieve the lead but Goetz would continue to lead.  Despite a late charge by Van Dam the Great Western Transport/Elma Lanes #9R Eagle of Goetz would keep his mount in front and would pick up the win.The Kovash Logging/Johanson Excavating #33V A.R.T. of Enumclaw’s Henry Van Dam was second with defending champion J.J. Hickle of Quilcene placing third in his Meyer Electric/Kitsap Powdercoating #3 XXX.  Crossing the line in fourth place was the Our Community Credit Union/Bulldog Trailers #0J of Jay Cole from Shelton and Evan Margeson of Tacoma in his TFC Plating #50 XXX rounded up the top five finishers.  Earlier in the night Hickle was quickest in qualifying with a time of 13.327 seconds while heat race winners were Hickle and Margeson.In Shipwreck Beads IMCA Modified action McCleary native Jeff Foster had the field covered for much of the distance in the J&F Automotive/Baby Ready Mix #8.  But a caution on lap twenty would bunch the field up and Foster would lose the lead to the winner of week one on the restart, Scott Miller.  The Shelton driver set a rapid pace in his Blue Bear Park/Blondie’s Restaurant #26 Shaw and looked to make it two in a row.  But in the last few laps two-time and defending track champ Joe German from Wishkah was on the move.German for much of the early stages was right behind Jeff Foster running in second.  He would have to go to the rear of the field during the last caution due to a rock entering his cockpit and hitting his battery switch  bringing him to a halt.  German was able to get back on the track and come from behind and pass Scott Miller for the lead on the high side on lap twenty-six.  German would lead the rest of the distance to win his first race of the season in his Wishkah Iron Works/Ozman Services Inc. #75X Skyrocket.“During that race something came thru the car and hit me in the chest and then hit the battery switch,” said German, “either then that it was a good night for us and the track was really racy.  The first race of the year we had some weird issues with our fuel filter getting plugged up so hopefully all that stuff is behind us.”Scott Miller would finish in second followed by Cosmopolis driver Tom Sweatman in the Sweatman Trucking/D&D Dyno #11 machine.  Finishing fourth was the Williams Family Salsa/DNC Competition Engines #14 Dirt Works of Seabeck’s Craig Moore and Jeff Foster completed the top five finishers in fifth.  Heat race winners earlier in the night were Joe German and Tom Sweatman.Last but not least the USAC Ford Focus Midgets were in the house.  Garrett Thomas of McCleary showed the way for most of the distance in his Olson Landscaping/Martelli Distributing #14 Beast.  With only one caution occurring the race went pretty much green to checker and Thomas started off with a big lead in the opening laps.Eventually Snohomish’s Chase Goetz, winner of the first night back in April, closed the gap and started to put pressure on Thomas.  Thomas would keep Goetz in check despite the Sno-Lynn Machine #3S of Robbie Vaughn from Snohomish coming into the picture to make it a three car race for the lead.But on the final lap Goetz was able to get a good run on the bottom of turns three and four finding an opening and making it past Thomas for the win.  For Goetz it marks a perfect start to the season with two wins in two starts in his Great Western Transport/Elma Lanes #91 Beast.“Winning two in a row feels great,” commented Chase, “hopefully the next time we come out we can make it three in a row.  On the last lap I just saw an opening and decided to try and pass Garrett.  I got to thank my sponsors Elma Lanes, Great Western Transport, Sandblasters Inc. and Powdercoating Inc. for supporting me.”Garrett Thomas would cross the line in second with Robbie Vaughn right behind him in third.  Finishing fourth would be Montesano driver Jeremy Miller in the MASCO Petroleum #44 Beast and earning fifth was Dougie James of Shoreline driving the James Brown Racing #29.  James was fast time of the evening in qualifying at 16.944 seconds and heat race winners were Ariel Biggs, now living in Ocosta, in the Don Emery owned #11E entry and Chase Goetz.Grays Harbor Raceway will return with race three of 2013 next Saturday May 11th for Ladies Night.  All ladies and mothers will get into the races for $5.00.  Classes that will be in competition will include the Shipwreck Beads IMCA Modifieds, Cut Rate Auto Parts Street Stocks, Hornets and the debut of the Northwest Extreme Sprints.  For more information log on to www.graysharborraceway.com or call the brand new Northwest Tracks Hotline at (360)-699-RACE.Race SummarySaturday May 4th, 2013Grays Harbor RacewayElma, Washington USAC Ford Focus Midgets10 EntriesFast Time: Dougie James, 16.944Heat Race Winners: Ariel Biggs (1), Chase Goetz (2)A-Feature: 1. Chase Goetz, 2. Garrett Thomas, 3. Robbie Vaughn, 4. Jeremy Miller, 5. Dougie James, 6. Todd Hartman, 7. Chance Crum, 8. Annika Johanson, 9. Ariel Biggs, 10. Lee St. Paul Shipwreck Beads IMCA Modifieds14 EntriesHeat Race Winners: Joe German (1), Tom Sweatman (2)A-Feature: 1. Joe German, 2. Scott Miller, 3. Tom Sweatman, 4. Craig Moore, 5. Jeff Foster, 6. Kyler Moore, 7. Allan Muenchow, 8. Zack Simpson, 9. Carl Larson, 10. Scott Westley, 11. Kevin Keller, 12. Kris Asche, 13. Del Schnitzer, 14. Rayun McMichael Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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Changes Across the Board at Westport Winery Garden Resort

first_imgSubmitted by Westport WineryWe have been busy at Westport Winery Garden Resort working to exceed our guests’ expectations. Beginning on October 27, we are increasing our restaurant hours from 11 a.m. every day until 5 p.m. We will continue to have expanded dinner service on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Part of the reason for this is to make it easier for those who want to pick up dinner to go on their w ay home from work or on their way to the beach.All of the items on our menu are available for take-out orders, especially our new homemade Chicken Pot Pie. This dish is chock full of our own herb-seasoned and roasted chicken breasts and farm fresh veggies topped with our signature Cougar Gold infused pie crust. We can have this ready for you in ten minutes so you can call ahead or order when you arrive. The Something Blue Garden near the greenhouse is shaping up as perfect place for wedding photos. The new blue bottle wall created by Beau Finley under a living roof topped with plants is a great place to sip a glass of wine. We’ve also added a Corkscrew Pasta with Marinara Sauce. It’s hearty and healthy with big chunks of Italian sausage and diced tomatoes topped with fresh Parmesan cheese. At dinner this is one of four side dishes selections along with Yukon gold baked potato, baked steak fries, or pasta with our Cougar Gold cheese sauce. We also added an exciting new option to our beverage menu for guests in our restaurant. You can select a Wine Flight with any five wines to be delivered to your table for just $5. To help you focus on what’s new, our tasting notes have stars next to our five latest releases. And finally, you will discover a delightful little water feature to enjoy near the Captain Gray sculpture on the western edge of the newBeauty From Ashes Garden.When you visit Westport Winery Garden Resort be sure to explore the unique sculpture garden, lavender labyrinth, musical fence, 9-hole executive golf course, giant chess set, outdoor scrabble game, and grape maze, all located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. You will see why four times this has been voted Best of the Northwest Wine Destination. These award-winning wines are exclusively available at the resort. The tasting room, gift shop, produce market, plant nursery, bakery and gardens, are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and with an expanded menu dinner on Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Westport Winery Garden Resort at 360-648-2224 or visit the website at www.westportwinery.com.center_img Near the new overflow parking is the area dedicated to our wedding and event facility. Our huge pavilion tent goes back up in the spring next to where our cute little changing cottage is already in place. These two structures are next to our new Victorian Wedding Lawn and White Wedding Garden (just west of our nine-hole orchard golf course). We are currently taking bookings for the 2016 wedding season. Facebook10Tweet0Pin0 We are currently taking reservations for holiday parties. With some redesign in our dining room we have created a separate space for small groups to get together with more privacy.On the outside of the winery, we have doubled the area for parking when visiting the resort and added some new features for your enjoyment.The overflow parking area is located at the driveway past our main entrance. It’s designed to better accommodate those towing trailers and boats. It has a spacious turning roundabout and easy pull-through parking. The gravel path entrance from this parking area to the winery is marked with our two new blue bottle tree sculptures. In our bakery we’ve created a dessert on par with our most popular wine — Duckleberry Grunt. The new Triple Berry Grunt features a raspberry, blackberry and blueberry compote under a hot lemon dumpling crust then topped with vanilla bean ice cream and whipped cream. When you order this you can’t help by say, “Wow!”last_img read more

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WDFW Approves Razor Clam Dig Starting May 6

first_imgFacebook46Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) State shellfish managers have added four days of razor clam digging at Mocrocks to a previously scheduled opening at Long Beach to offer a full week of digging starting May 6.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the digs at Long Beach and Mocrocks after marine toxin tests showed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat.The department added dates at Mocrocks after evaluating harvest levels and determining there are still clams available for digging, said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager.The upcoming dig is scheduled on the following dates, beaches, and low tides:May 6, Friday, 6:51 a.m.; -1.5 feet; Long BeachMay 7, Saturday, 7:39 a.m.; -2.0 feet; Long BeachMay 8, Sunday, 8:26 a.m.; -2.1 feet; Long BeachMay 9, Monday, 9:14 a.m.; -1.9 feet; MocrocksMay 10, Tuesday, 10:03 a.m.; -1.5 feet; MocrocksMay 11, Wednesday, 10:55 a.m.; -0.9 feet; MocrocksMay 12, Thursday, 11:49 a.m.; -0.3 feet; MocrocksAyres recommends that diggers arrive at the beaches an hour or two before low tide for best results. However, digging is not allowed on any beach after noon with the exception of Mocrocks on May 12, when digging will be allowed for an extra hour, until 1 p.m., due to the later low tide, Ayres said.Under state law, diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2016-17 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://www.fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.WDFW also is proposing three days of digging at Mocrocks and two days at Copalis later in the month. These will be the final days of digging on those two beaches this season, Ayres said. The department will announce whether the digs can proceed, pending the results of marine toxin tests, about a week before the digs are scheduled to start.Below is a list of proposed digs, along with low tides and beaches:May 20, Friday, 6:37 a.m.; -0.3 feet; Mocrocks, CopalisMay 21, Saturday, 7:12 a.m.; -0.6 feet; Mocrocks, CopalisMay 22, Sunday, 7:47 a.m.; -0.8 feet; MocrocksDuring all upcoming digs, state wildlife managers urge clam diggers to avoid disturbing snowy plovers and streaked horned larks by observing posted vehicle speed limits and avoiding nest sites. Both species nest in the soft, dry sand at Leadbetter Point on the Long Beach Peninsula.The snowy plover is a small bird with gray wings and a white breast. The lark is a small bird with a pale yellow breast and brown back. Male larks have a black mask, breast band and “horns.” Both species are listed as “endangered” in the state and as “threatened” under the federal Endangered Species Act.last_img read more

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Kyle Wiese Named EPLWA Defensive Player of the Week

first_imgFacebook10Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansThe Evergreen Premier League has named defender Kyle Wiese Defensive Player of the Week for his performance on Tuesday in the Oly Town Artesians 2-1 win over the Vancouver Victory. Wiese made an emergency start at keeper making two saves in the first 11 minutes and then helped hold off the high scoring Victory’s comeback attempt on defense in the second half.Kyle Wiese. Photo courtesy: Charis WIlson“We were sweating bullets waiting for our keepers to arrive after both of them got stuck in traffic,” Oly Town Artesians General Manager Brandon Sparks explains. “It came as no surprise that Ray (Finn, Artesians Head Coach) looked around at a group of guys with little goalkeeping experience and Kyle stepped up. Ray trusted him and it paid off. Vancouver pressed early and Kyle made two early saves, distributed the ball well and did a great job in a tough situation until JJ Olson arrived and got himself ready.”Wiese, a native of Battle Ground playing in front of friends and family close to his hometown on Tuesday, has been with the Artesians since they were founded and is a captain, assistant coach and the Director of Business Development for Oly Town FC. The Evergreen State College alum has been instrumental in the success of the Artesians both on the field and off.“It was a great effort from a guy that has meant so much to Tim Smith (Artesians owner) and I running this club,” continued Sparks. “It’s a well-deserved honor for a player that isn’t flashy, often plays in anonymity and doesn’t get the credit he deserves.”Wiese and the Artesians (3-4-1, 10 points) head east on Saturday to take on Yakima United (2-5-2, 8 points) at SOZO Sports at 6:00 p.m. They will return home to face the Vancouver Victory on Tuesday, July 11 at 7:00 p.m.Follow the Artesians all season long by visiting the Oly Town Artesian website, following them on Twitter, and liking them on Facebook.last_img read more

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Despite FIFA Best award, Lionel Messi is not as ‘admired’ as Cristiano Ronaldo in…

first_imgImage Courtesy: AFP/ReutersAdvertisement 7zhNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsj53yWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E1b1( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 8usWould you ever consider trying this?😱xbc3Can your students do this? 🌚8yjRoller skating! Powered by Firework FC Barcelona icon Lionel Messi was crowned as the Best FIFA Men’s Player in the 2019 The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony in Milan. However, the Argentine is still falling behind in admiration when compared to Cristiano Ronaldo, who’s fired up Serie A spell is has put him ahead of his former La Liga counterpart.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFP/ReutersThe ex Galactico, who swapped shirts with Juventus last year, has proven himself to be an indomitable force in Italy. Still maintaining peaky physical agility at the age of 34, Ronaldo netted 28 times for the Old Lady last season.The Blaugrana skipper hasn’t fallen short of his performance either. Topping the Spanish league with 36 goals and 13 assists, the 33 year old also became the top scorer in last season’s Champions League with 12 goals to his name.Advertisement Still, Ronaldo is scoring far forward in popularity and admiration.In a list of ‘World’s Most Admired 2019’, composed by British data analytics firm YouGov, puts the Portuguese captain in seventh place, two places ahead of Messi. Ronaldo is also the top ranking athlete, according to the list.Advertisement Check out the list below, where both the footballers score ahead of Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump and Elon Mask, to name a few.Michelle Obama tops the Woman’s list, replacing Angelina Jolie from last year, who went down to the 3rd place.Even though both the players spent the last decade in overstated rivalry, Messi admitted that he feels Ronaldo’s absence in the league.“Of course I miss Ronaldo, he made Real Madrid stronger,” Messi said in an interview with  Fox Sports back in May. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Liverpool could be kicked out of the EFL cup after fielding ineligible player!

first_imgImage Courtesy: Reuters/GettyAdvertisement Premier League table leaders Liverpool FC are currently under the radar of the English Football League, after the allegation of putting an ineligible player on the field in their Carabao Cup match against MK Dons on Thursday, and may face disqualification from the competition!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Reuters/GettyThe player, Pedro Chirivella, is a product of the club’s youth system, and was on a loan spell away at La Liga 2 side Extremadura UD last season. It is reported that Chirivella, 22, required a clearance from the Football Association themselves before appearing on field for the Reds.However, the Spanish youngster was substituted in the 63rd minute, replacing Naby Keita, as the UEFA Champions League winners secured a smooth 2-0 victory.Advertisement Although, the Reds are now under scrutiny by the FA, and their decision might see the club from paying a fine to Klopp and his boys entirely disqualified from the Carabao Cup tournament.“We are currently considering the matter,” one spokesperson from the EFL was quoted saying.Advertisement The club has officially released a statement regarding the situation.The statement read: “The club are aware of a potential administrative issue pertaining to one of our players. We are working with the relevant authorities in order to establish the facts of the matter and will be making no further comment until this process is complete.”Anfield veteran James Milner opened up the scoreline in the 41st minute, and the Dutch youngster Ki-Jana Hoever netted in a second one in the 69th minute. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Down again before soaring: Bhuvneshwar Kumar ruled out of West Indies ODI series; replacement…

first_imgAdvertisement 312NBA Finals | Brooklyn VssmWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3gzl( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) blrm7Would you ever consider trying this?😱b6enspCan your students do this? 🌚j8dRoller skating! Powered by Firework Bhuvneshwar Kumar suffered yet another injury that might end his marred year. The injury will rule the right-arm pacer for the three-match ODI series with Shardul Thakur expected to be named as the replacement, although there has been no official confirmation from the BCCI so far. Advertisement After being one of India’s three-pronged attack ever since his debut in late 2012, Bhuvneshwar Kumar soared early but has fallen down the pecking order this year.Advertisement Indian bowling coach Bharat Arun did not divulge the condition of the bowler and claimed that an assessment would be provided after a final prognosis by the medical team following which a media statement would be provided.Although the nature of the injury has not been revealed, it is believed that the nature of the injury is not related to the pulled hamstring that he had suffered earlier this year in England. The pacer reportedly picked up the injury during the recently concluded T20 series against West Indies. The 29-year-old pacer from Meerut informed the medical team after feeling some discomfort.Advertisement The Sunrisers Hyderabad bowling lead had a lacklustre series with the ball after finishing the first two matches without a wicket and conceding 36 runs. Despite finishing with two wickets in the final fixture, he leaked 41 runs.The pacer suffered his first setback this year after pulling out of his run-up in his very first spell during India’s high octane clash against Pakistan at the World Cup. Despite returning back in time for the semi-finals, Bhuvneshwar had to be ruled out for the home series against South Africa and Bangladesh.Shardul Thakur last played in colours for India during their Asia Cup triumph last year and shortly later was handed his Test debut against the West Indies.India’s injury concerns mount after Shikhar Dhawan too failed to recover from his knee injury which ruled him out of the West Indies series entirely. Mayank Agarwal was named as the left-hander’s replacement for the series which is set to commence in Chennai shortly.India head into the ODI series on the bank of a victorious T20 series and also a dominant record against the opposition in the subcontinent.Read Also:Gem amongst stones: Kevin Pietersen discovers swashbuckling toddler on social media; calls for Virat Kohli for his inclusionIndia to create world record with cricket stadium that will accomodate a whooping 110,000 spectators!   Advertisementlast_img read more

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Gautam Gambhir backs KL Rahul to seal openers spot ahead of Shikhar Dhawan

first_imgImage Courtesy: AP/MSNAdvertisement 12ztkNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1uz1fdWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7dalb( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) obp2rWould you ever consider trying this?😱vn73Can your students do this? 🌚Roller skating! Powered by Firework As Team India took on Sri Lanka in the second match of the T20 series yesterday, the Indian cricketing fandom had all their eyes on the return of Shikhar Dhawan. Following an injury back in 2019, the opener was out of the squad for quite some time, and the fans expected a stormy innings on his come back game. However, the attention Dhawan had was totally overwhelmed by none other than his opening partner KL Rahul, who stole the show with his blistering knock in the beginning of the chase. In fact, the latest praise comes straight from India’s former opener Gautam Gambhir himself.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AP/MSNAt the Holkar Stadium in Indore yesterday, India began the 143 target chase with a marvellous spell from Rahul. The 27 year old scored 45 runs from 32 balls, along with hitting 6 boundaries. The superstar Kannadiga put up a decisive 71 runs partnership with Dhawan, who had 32 off 29 to his name.Speaking after India’s win, Gambhir expressed his appreciation for Rahul in limited overs cricket, but also wondered why he hasn’t clicked that well in the red ball format: “Rahul is in unbelievable form. It amazes me every time I see Rahul bat that why didn’t he play the same way in Test cricket,”Advertisement While the Kings XI Punjab squad member has an astounding batting average of 43.81 and 42.33 in the T20 and ODI formats respectively, a comparatively mediocre average of 34.58 has left Gambhir wondering.“It’s not about only white-ball cricket; it is about Test cricket too. He just got into a shell too much. With the kind of quality he possesses, he is someone who can get you a 50-ball 100 in Test cricket as well. The kind of shots he has is superb,” he told the host broadcasters.Advertisement Dhawan, who has showed amazing consistency in the Indian Premier League, scored 521 runs in the 2019 season with Delhi Capitals. However, Gambhir feels his fellow Delhite is losing the pace against Rahul.He continued: “You can’t compare IPL to international cricket. When you’re playing for Delhi Capitals, you know there’s no one waiting for the opportunity, but when you’re playing for the country and you know there’s someone who’s actually can replace you, there’ll always be pressure. And today it was shown who’s in better form.”As the year of 2020 will see the next edition of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup after a gap of 3 years, its a battle between Dhawan and Rahul to secure the second opener spot alongside Team India’s first opening choice, the legendary Rohit Sharma.Also read-Shikhar Dhawan out of the remainder of the World Cup with fractured ThumbWatch: Virat Kohli goes full Bhajji, perfectly mimicks his bowling style Advertisementlast_img read more

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Tennis fans can witness greatness unfold at the Australian Open 2020 only on SONY…

first_imgAdvertisement rx6NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsbv8Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8h5hmt( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) d9yhWould you ever consider trying this?😱by41Can your students do this? 🌚8310dRoller skating! Powered by Firework Sony Pictures Sports Network (SPSN) is all set to broadcast the year’s first Grand Slam, Australian Open 2020, live and exclusive, on SONY SIX, SONY SIX HD, SONY TEN 2 and SONY TEN 2 HD channels starting January 20, 2020 in India. To provide the full “Happy Slam” experience to Indian fans, SPSN has also planned a series of programming and marketing initiatives for its viewers.Advertisement  Advertisement In order to serve tennis fans and attract newer audiences, SPSN is launching various programming initiatives for an unparalleled viewing experience. For the first time since its broadcast in India, the Australian Open Men’s and Women’s Singles Semi-Finals and Finals will have live Hindi commentary on SONY TEN 3 channels. Former India No. 1, Somdev Devvarman will also return to the studio to provide expert analysis on the sports network’s live studio show for the tournament. The Indian ace tennis player, who has played at Melbourne Park for seven editions of the Australian Open, will be giving his pre, during and post-match insights to audiences through the course of the whole tournament.One of India’s most popular urban hangout spots, Social will be SPSN’s Official On-Ground Screening Partner for Australian Open 2020. The Grand Slam of Asia/Pacific will be screened live at all of Social’s 25 venues across five cities: New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Chandigarh and Bengaluru. Tennis enthusiasts will get a taste of an authentic ‘Aussie’ experience with the chefs whipping up a specially curated ‘Aussie’ F&B menu at all outlets during the tournament. The popular hangout chain will also host tennis experience zones at select venues to provide an ambient and interactive experience for fans.Advertisement The 108th edition of the Australian Open 2020 will feature defending champions Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka along with the best tennis players in the world like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep, Serena Williams, Stefanos Tsitsipas among many more. The tournament this year could mark many records, like if he wins, Federer could become the oldest Australian Open Champion or Rafael Nadal could finally become the joint-most Grand Slam winner in the history of men’s tennis and many more. One of India’s most beloved tennis players, Leander Paes will also put his final show at the Australian Open 2020, since he announced his farewell tour. With the stakes so high for the first Grand Slam of the year, Australian Open 2020 is a must watch for every sports fan in India. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Student Tweeting Scandal Part of a Broader Problem

first_imgMIDDLETOWN – While it may not necessarily be a sign of the times, recent events involving a Brookdale Community College student and his tweets shines on a phenomena that is worthy of study.Psychologist Dr. Daniel J. Tomasulo said the vulgar cyber assault leveled against the daughter of ESPN baseball analyst and former Major Leaguer Curt Schilling by a male Brookdale student and a male Montclair State University graduate seems to fall into the category of what the researchers and therapists have labeled the “online disinhibitor effect.”The effect, which is also referred to as “flame trolling,” is seen in cyber bullying in many forms and is done by individuals who “cannot even imagine the layer of the consequences,” for their actions, Tomasulo explained. It is the loosening—or complete abandonment—of social restrictions and inhibitions that would be present in the usual face-to-face interaction.“They act before they even think,” Tomasulo noted.Often this behavior would be seen in small children, acting in egocentric ways common to their age, Tomasulo said.Researchers have been studying this behavior for a relatively short period—about 15 years—in the rise of Internet usage—in the age of chatrooms, blogging, Twitter and other social media and response sections for online publications, where responders can go off on vicious, occasionally anonymously and sometimes completely unrelated tangents. “The idea is that you’re sitting in your comfortable environment, there’s no threat to you and you can’t anticipate a reaction,” is how Tomasulo characterized those perpetrating the action.Some researchers suspect this may be related to activity in the amygdala section of the brain. But, “To be honest it hasn’t been studied enough to understand it,” he acknowledged.But another theory offered is that in some cases this is done to incite an argument or cause polarization, similar to what political provocateurs like Rush Limbaugh or Bill Maher do, Tomasulo said.College officials said a student, later identified by the college as Adam Negel, a 20-year-old Edison resident, was suspended on Monday, following being identified by Schilling as a source in the tweets aimed at Schilling’s daughter. The other man was identified as Sean McDonald.Schilling said he was bombarded with sexually explicit tweets following the recent announcement that his daughter, Gabby, will be attending college in Rhode Island.In his blog, Schilling said the tweets intimated sexual assault, “and pretty much every other vulgar and defiling word you could likely fathom.”Schiller went to note he spent a lifetime in the male environment of professional sports. “I get it. Guys will be guys. Guys will say dumb crap.” But, he continued, “I can’t ever remember, drunk in a clubhouse, with best friends, with anyone, ever speaking like this to someone.”Along with being suspended, Nagel, who had been a member of the college’s student radio club and hosted a one-hour show, was taken off the air and won’t be permitted to return, according to a statement released by the college.The statement went on to say Nagel’s tweets “are unacceptable and clearly violate the standards of conduct that are expected of all Brookdale students.” Negal now faces a college conduct hearing “where further disciplinary action will be taken.” And college police are working with local authorities on a continuing investigation, school officials said.“Brookdale takes this behavior very seriously and does not tolerate any form of harassment,” the college statement added.The Asbury Park Press reported that MacDonald was fired from a part-time job as a ticket-seller for the New York Yankees.Both men have since shut down their social media accounts, according to various media sources.Tomasulo, a former Brookdale faculty member, who now teaches at New Jersey City University, commended Brookdale for its quick and decisive handling of the situation and for Schilling’s to-the-point response.“I think until we figure this out,” he said, “the best thing is what we have here: really swift consequences.” – By John Burtonlast_img read more

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