Break vacation – Satgtu http://satgtu.org/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 07:08:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://satgtu.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2021-06-24T184312.205-150x150.png Break vacation – Satgtu http://satgtu.org/ 32 32 Nine things to watch for Rays on the end-of-season road trip https://satgtu.org/nine-things-to-watch-for-rays-on-the-end-of-season-road-trip/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 20:23:20 +0000 https://satgtu.org/nine-things-to-watch-for-rays-on-the-end-of-season-road-trip/ CLEVELAND — The Rays left Tropicana Field after Sunday’s regular season final home loss to the Blue Jays in hopes they can return and play in the friendly compound again this season. They will have to overcome the challenges of a nine-game road trip to Cleveland, Houston and Boston – and potentially beyond. There are […]]]>

CLEVELAND — The Rays left Tropicana Field after Sunday’s regular season final home loss to the Blue Jays in hopes they can return and play in the friendly compound again this season.

They will have to overcome the challenges of a nine-game road trip to Cleveland, Houston and Boston – and potentially beyond.

There are two ways the Rays can play at home again this season:

• Catch up two games behind the Blue Jays for first place in the American League’s three-team wild card field and the chance to host one of the best three-team wild card series at one venue.

• Win the Wild Card Series on the road – in Toronto, Seattle or Cleveland – to advance to the best of five Divisional Series against Houston or New York and set up Games 3 and 4.

“There are a lot of different scenarios that we could end up traveling to after this last day in Boston (October 5),” starter Corey Kluber said before Sunday’s game. “Hopefully it’s back here for a playoff.”

Here are nine things to consider on the end-of-season trip:

Magic number: 5

Although the Rays (84-69) were out on Monday, their position in the race and their bid to clinch a playoff berth — starting the day with a magic number of five — were still on the line. The Blue Jays (86 -67) host the Yankees while the Orioles 79-73, still struggling to get into the three-team group, play Boston. To clinch a playoff berth — in other words, guaranteeing they finish ahead of Baltimore (who they hold the tiebreaker on) — the Rays need a combination of five wins and losses from the Orioles. In other words, if the Rays go 4-5, the Orioles, who next face the Yankees and Jays, will have to finish 10-0 to beat them.

Popping bottles

Kevin Kiermaier celebrates with Tyler Glasnow and the rest of the team at the club house after earning a playoff berth by beating the Blue Jays in 2019. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]

Expect the Rays to fully celebrate earning what will be a team-record fourth straight playoff finish and eighth in 15 years. When? Obviously, they can do it on their own and win five games in a row, but assuming that doesn’t happen and they get some help from the Orioles, most likely this weekend in Houston.

Attach one

Under the new postseason format, there is no longer Game 163 to break ties for playoff berths. Tiebreakers based on head-to-head regular season games will be used, and that works to the Rays’ advantage, as they won the season series against the Jays, Mariners and Orioles. If there is a triple tie, the key is the best combined winning percentage against the other two teams. If they have the same records against each other, then that will register in the division matches.

boys at home

Randy Arozarena celebrates his 20th home run of the season against the Blue Jays on Friday.
Randy Arozarena celebrates his 20th home run of the season against the Blue Jays on Friday.
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How important is home advantage in the first round? The Rays have the biggest gap at home (51-30) and on the road (33-39) of the four wild card contenders. And not having to extend the already long road trip would be beneficial. Is it enough for them to scramble their playoff pitching plans if they needed to win Game 162 to get it? Probably not.

road warriors

Why are the Rays playing nine straight road games to close out the season? Blame the lockout. According to the original schedule, the Rays were just going to Cleveland and Houston. But when the first week of games was canceled and then rescheduled, the Boston series (which was to be the season opener) was added to the end. The other opening week series, in Toronto, was taken up by earlier trips north, in which they played five games in four days.

rough road

Facing the Guardians, champions of AL Central, and the Astros, champions and seeds of AL West, would seem to make the journey more vexing. But there could be an upside for the Rays in that both teams have clinched their splits and are only playing for potential World Series seeding (where the team with the better record hosts). So they can rest or limit innings/at-bats for some front row players.

Happy to see you again

Corey Kluber spent nine seasons in Cleveland and will pitch for the first time as a visitor to Progressive Field.
Corey Kluber spent nine seasons in Cleveland and will pitch for the first time as a visitor to Progressive Field. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]

Unless potential rain in Cleveland disrupts the plan, Tuesday could be a hectic day. Corey Kluber, who won two Cy Youngs (and finished third with two other teams) during a nine-year career at Cleveland, is pitching for the first time as a visitor to Progressive Field. Infielder Yandy Diaz, who also previously played in Cleveland, is expected to return to the Rays roster for the first time in a week after being sidelined with a sore left shoulder.

Welcome back, part II

On Wednesday, Tyler Glasnow is set to be taken off the injured list and make his first start for the Rays since June 14, 2021, after undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery and the installation of a ligament brace in August 2021. Wait Make sure Glasnow is limited to two or three innings and around 45 pitches.

Cash vs. Tito

Kevin Cash, who played and coached under Terry Francona, takes his friend's needle with his typical good humor.
Kevin Cash, who played and coached under Terry Francona, takes his friend’s needle with his typical good humor. [ MARC TOPKIN | Times ]

Rays manager Kevin Cash considers Guardians manager Terry “Tito” Francona a mentor and close friend, and they often tease, torment and sometimes joke in public when they face off. Cash said it would always be the same, even with how important these games are to the Rays, or in a potential playoff game. “It’s not going to change at all,” he said. “I imagine we’ll talk before the game, we’ll talk after the game, he’ll laugh at me about a stupid decision, and you (the journalists) are all going to laugh.”

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Fights break out at campsite over who booked campsites https://satgtu.org/fights-break-out-at-campsite-over-who-booked-campsites/ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 04:56:20 +0000 https://satgtu.org/fights-break-out-at-campsite-over-who-booked-campsites/ Sunnyside County Park in Linn County, Oregon was anything but peaceful at times this summer as ‘camping pirates’ fought over the sites they claimed to reserve, but others argued they were theirs. The park near the town of Sweet Home has 165 RV and tent campsites, 42 of which are first-come, first-served. Some campers ripped […]]]>

Sunnyside County Park in Linn County, Oregon was anything but peaceful at times this summer as ‘camping pirates’ fought over the sites they claimed to reserve, but others argued they were theirs. The park near the town of Sweet Home has 165 RV and tent campsites, 42 of which are first-come, first-served.

Some campers ripped reservation tags from campground kiosks and replaced them with their own, leaving the original parties confused – and angry – when they showed up and found their campsite occupied, the Statesman’s Diary reported.

“Tensions were also high at first-come, first-served campsites,” the newspaper reported. “Wracked with the question of who came first, the rangers had to play mediators and detectives to determine the rightful occupier of the site. Two people even threw punches, said Brian Carroll, director of parks and recreation for Linn County.

EARLIER THIS YEAR the Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation reported that assaults and harassment of park rangers had increased to the point that the agency would seek legislation to give rangers additional protection and increase the penalty for attacking them. Rangers reported not only being physically assaulted, but being stalked by campers armed with firearms and even attacked by the campers’ dogs. Last April, graffiti was found at the State Capitol State Park that read “die rangers” in a bathroom along with a racial slur.

“Traditionally, about 1% of our visitors really struggle to comply with rules and regulations,” said Dennis Benson, recreation manager for Deschutes National Forest. “Now we have more than 10% of the population disobeying or adhering to rules, regulations, that sort of thing, which lends itself to more problematic behaviors on public lands.”

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COVID-19: Hong Kong ends hotel quarantine https://satgtu.org/covid-19-hong-kong-ends-hotel-quarantine/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 09:07:00 +0000 https://satgtu.org/covid-19-hong-kong-ends-hotel-quarantine/ HOng Kong officials announced an end to hotel quarantines for inbound travelers on Friday as the government seeks to repair its battered image as a global financial hub. Starting September 26, visitors and returning residents do not have to self-isolate at a designated hotel. They will be allowed to go to offices and use public […]]]>

HOng Kong officials announced an end to hotel quarantines for inbound travelers on Friday as the government seeks to repair its battered image as a global financial hub.

Starting September 26, visitors and returning residents do not have to self-isolate at a designated hotel. They will be allowed to go to offices and use public transport, but they will not be allowed to visit restaurants and bars during their first three days in the city.

Rapid antigen tests (RATs) will be required daily for a week, with results uploaded to a government website. Travelers will also be required to take PCR tests upon arrival and at approved testing facilities on the second, fourth and sixth days after arrival.

Read more: How to decide if business travel is worth it now

“We need to give the greatest economic boost to our society while balancing the risks,” the Chinese territory’s top official, Chief Executive John Lee, said at a press conference announcing the changes.

The city is one of the last places in the world where quarantine for incoming travelers is still required, and the government has faced intense pressure to open up from the business sector.

Departed Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee and other officials arrive at a press conference to announce the end of hotel quarantine in Hong Kong, China, Friday, September 23, 2022.

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The move comes ahead of a financial conference in early November, hosted by Hong Kong’s central bank, which it hopes will mark the city’s revival. Some Wall Street bigwigs had indicated that their presence would be quota on Hong Kong ending hotel quarantine. (Several major events for 2023 have already been postponed or canceled, including the RISE conference, billed as “Asia’s biggest tech gathering.”)

Travelers had to submit to a self-funded hotel quarantine for 21 days at times during the pandemic. Last month, the period was reduced to three days in a hotel followed by four days of medical supervision at home.

Read more: Asia’s tourist destinations struggle to come back to life

The end of the hotel quarantine should be greeted with widespread local relief. Hong Kong’s economy went into recession in the second quarter, and pandemic restrictions have rattled the profits of some of the city’s largest employers.

An employee in PPE places meal trays at the entrance to rooms at a quarantine hotel in Hong Kong on Sept. 27, 2021 (Olivier CHOUCHANA/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

An employee in PPE places meal trays at the entrance to rooms at a quarantined hotel in Hong Kong on September 27, 2021

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The tough COVID regime and an exodus of talent mean the city has also been squeezed out because Asia’s leading financial center by Singapore, according to a new report compiled by London-based think tank Z/Yen and the China Development Institute.

The website of the city’s flagship carrier, Cathy Pacific, saw an increase in traffic following the Friday afternoon news. At 4:30 p.m. local time, there was a five-minute wait to access the website. But the latest changes may not be enough to attract business travelers or tourists, especially when other destinations in the region, such as Singapore and Thailand, have removed COVID-19 restrictions altogether.

Visitors have traditionally viewed Hong Kong as a short city break. In 2019, the average length of stay was only 3.3 nights. It’s unclear how many will return if they can’t enjoy the city’s legendary restaurants and nightlife for most of their trip, while facing a battery of onerous tests.

Read more: What to do if you test positive for COVID-19 while traveling

In contrast, Singapore reopened to fully vaccinated travelers in March and is preparing to welcome hundreds of thousands of people to the Formula 1 Grand Prix on October 2, with very few restrictions.

It looks like other pandemic control measures will remain in place, including the mandatory wearing of a mask almost everywhere, even outdoors, and a government track and trace app that is required to enter almost all places. RATs are currently required of anyone wishing to enter a bar or nightclub.

City health chief Lo Chung-mau said Friday that if a traveler tests positive, they will either be isolated at home, in hotels or in community facilities, without specifying whether travelers will have the option to choose where they are isolated. .

Speaking on the radio earlier, Dr Ho Pak-leung, an associate clinical professor in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Hong Kong, said the city should remove all quarantine and surveillance restrictions on arrivals incoming.

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Tips for keeping your electronic devices charged while traveling https://satgtu.org/tips-for-keeping-your-electronic-devices-charged-while-traveling/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 18:16:25 +0000 https://satgtu.org/tips-for-keeping-your-electronic-devices-charged-while-traveling/ Having your devices run out of power is one of the most frustrating things that can happen when you travel. But keeping your phone and computer charged while you’re on the road is harder than ever these days. At least, that’s how travelers like Sharon Terera see it. “He’s cut off from the rest of […]]]>

Having your devices run out of power is one of the most frustrating things that can happen when you travel. But keeping your phone and computer charged while you’re on the road is harder than ever these days.

At least, that’s how travelers like Sharon Terera see it.

“He’s cut off from the rest of the universe unexpectedly – and for hours on end,” says Terera, a human resources manager and frequent traveler from Limpopo, South Africa. “After that, you quickly learn to navigate power outages and work around lack of power.”

Terera never goes anywhere without two extra power banks, just in case she loses access to electricity. And if you think that’s extreme, you should talk to other travelers. Between power outages, strange plugs, and batteries that seem to display “low” all the time, travelers are constantly looking for their next recharge.

I confidently packed my “universal” AC adapter on a recent trip abroad, thinking it would work anywhere. But I happened to be in South Africa, which uses a three-pin Type M plug. (It’s one of four types of outlets found in the country.) I had to rush to the nearest drugstore to find an adapter, nearly out of battery on my cell phone.

It wasn’t my only problem. In the middle of my visit, the power went out for several hours one morning. And again in the afternoon. Turns out my neighborhood was experiencing a power outage as the summer heat strained the South African power grid.

Power outages are also a common problem in the United States. Between 2000 and 2021, according to an analysis by Climate Central, approximately 83% of major outages reported in the United States have been attributed to weather-related events. In fact, this country has one of the highest incidences of power outages in the developed world.

So how do you find the right power adapters? And how can you avoid breakdowns, such as power outages? As Americans begin to travel again after a peak in the pandemic, they are finding unexpected answers.

Too often traffic jams are an afterthought, even for experienced travelers. It is a mistake. There are more than a dozen commonly used electrical outlets around the world. Even if your adapter fits the outlet, there are different outlet configurations that may or may not work with your adapter. And even if it does, there’s no guarantee that it will allow you to plug in your adapter without it falling off the wall. (For example, I recently used a nightstand to wedge my Apple adapter into a universal adapter.)

Alison Watta, world traveler who publishes Solo Exploration, a blog for solo travelers, knows what it’s like. If her adapters don’t work, she heads to the nearest electronics store. Watta recommends taking your US plug with you, especially if you are in a non-English speaking country.

“Most people who work at an electronics store will be able to help you find the right adapter, but having the cord helps if there’s a language barrier,” she says.

For frequent travelers, a universal power adapter is worth considering. The latest adapters are incredibly versatile. The one world ($49.99), for example, fits most major plug types and has a USB-C port, along with three additional USB-A ports. It also complies with the new BS8546 safety standard, making it less likely to damage your devices in the event of a power surge.

One of my favorite outlet strategies comes from Tom Harriman, an attorney from Clarksville, Maryland. When he can’t find the right adapter, he asks his hotel concierge to borrow one from the lost and found. “They usually lend you one – or give you one,” he says.

Experienced travelers often travel with portable batteries called power banks to supplement their phone and computer batteries.

“It’s especially useful when you’re using GPS navigation or other power-draining apps when you’re not on a network,” says Ron Scharman, CEO of FlyWithWinea company specializing in the manufacture of luggage. “At noon, you can run out of power if you don’t have backup.”

The latest external batteries are compact and fast. The Satechi Quatro Wireless Power Bank ($99.99) looks like a phone and provides power-hungry travelers with 10,000 milliamp-hours (mAh) of power. (That’s enough to charge the average smartphone about 1.5 times, more or less.) It includes a wireless charger, built-in Apple Watch charger, USB-C power delivery, and USB-A port, which allow you to charge multiple devices. immediately. If you want something smaller, try AquaVault Credit card ($60), a credit card-sized battery with fast-charging technology and 2,300mAh of power.

Power banks won’t solve everything. When the electricity went out in Cape Town, South Africa during blackouts, a power bank only gave me an extra hour or two of work. It didn’t bring WiFi back which meant I had to use up valuable cell phone data.

But it’s better to have a power bank than not, and it’s definitely worth the extra bulk. A cell phone charger can mean being able to make a necessary purchase with a contactless payment system or reach a loved one in an emergency.

Look for hotels that are committed to ensuring you have enough energy during your stay. For instance, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts revamped some of its hotels to include built-in wireless chargers and outlets in guest rooms and community areas. The most avant-garde hotels have charging stations on bedside tables and desks, so you never have to get on all fours to look for the nearest outlet.

You can also buy smart luggage with chargers. Ateet Ahujaa travel agent specializing in destination weddings, likes A way luggage, as some of its models are equipped with integrated chargers. “It’s a popular brand with travel industry professionals for good reason,” he says.

Finally, monitor your electronic devices. “I always keep my devices charged,” says Michal Jonca, community manager for PhotoAiD, a passport photo site. This is especially important for digital nomads like Jonca, whose livelihoods depend on connectivity.

He has the right idea. When you have the option to charge your devices, grab it. Still.

Prospective travelers should consider local and national public health guidelines regarding the pandemic before planning any travel. Information on travel health advice can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s interactive map showing travel recommendations by destination and the CDCs travel health advice web page.

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Tyson Fury and wife Paris fly in private jet to Cannes for vacation ahead of Anthony Joshua fight talks https://satgtu.org/tyson-fury-and-wife-paris-fly-in-private-jet-to-cannes-for-vacation-ahead-of-anthony-joshua-fight-talks/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 08:53:31 +0000 https://satgtu.org/tyson-fury-and-wife-paris-fly-in-private-jet-to-cannes-for-vacation-ahead-of-anthony-joshua-fight-talks/ TYSON FURY and his wife Paris shared snaps of them traveling to France on vacation before discussing a fight with Anthony Joshua. Joshua and Fury are closing in on a deal which will see them face off on December 3 in Cardiff at the Principality Stadium. 5 Paris and Tyson Fury took a private jet […]]]>

TYSON FURY and his wife Paris shared snaps of them traveling to France on vacation before discussing a fight with Anthony Joshua.

Joshua and Fury are closing in on a deal which will see them face off on December 3 in Cardiff at the Principality Stadium.

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Paris and Tyson Fury took a private jet to CannesCredit: Instagram
Paris has a million subscribers on Instagram

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Paris has a million subscribers on InstagramCredit: Instagram
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They were served a fancy lunch on the way to FranceCredit: Instagram
Paris married Tyson in 2008

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Paris married Tyson in 2008Credit: Instagram
Anthony Joshua has lost his last two fights against Oleksandr Usyk

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Anthony Joshua has lost his last two fights against Oleksandr UsykCredit: PA

But in the meantime, the 34-year-old flew to Cannes on a private jet.

His partner Paris uploaded photos to instagram of the couple in the luxurious plane.

She also shared with her followers a photo of the food they had on board as well as another photo of “The Gypsy King”.

When they landed, a separate snap of Paris in a dress enjoying the sun was also posted on her story.

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Joshua accepts the fight from Fury because he

This could be the couple’s last chance to go on vacation before the proposed fight with AJ.

Tyson and Paris were last seen together paying their respects to the Queen by laying flowers outside Buckingham Palace.

His preparations for the fight are already underway, with both boxers recently seen training.

Fury promoter Frank Warren has confirmed that a contract has been sent to Joshua’s team.

The WBC title fight, which has already been dubbed the Battle of Britain, is set to be arguably the biggest heavyweight battle ever staged in the UK.

Warren is confident he will sell 2 million pay-per-views.

Fury will be aiming to continue his unbeaten record while Joshua will need the rebound from his recent loss to Oleksandr Usyk.

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Houston Dynamo FC begin a two-game road trip to Los Angeles https://satgtu.org/houston-dynamo-fc-begin-a-two-game-road-trip-to-los-angeles/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 15:59:23 +0000 https://satgtu.org/houston-dynamo-fc-begin-a-two-game-road-trip-to-los-angeles/ Dynamo closed a two-game homestand with three points and are looking for back-to-back wins on Sunday before the FIFA break. Corey Baird and Fafa Picault finished with Team of the Week performances after the duo played key roles in Tuesday’s 3-1 triumph. Baird picked up an assist on the first goal after dribbling into the […]]]>

Dynamo closed a two-game homestand with three points and are looking for back-to-back wins on Sunday before the FIFA break. Corey Baird and Fafa Picault finished with Team of the Week performances after the duo played key roles in Tuesday’s 3-1 triumph. Baird picked up an assist on the first goal after dribbling into the box and finding forward Darwin Quintero at the far post for a finishing touch. Picault converted a penalty for the winning goal and finished with a brace after a spectacular strike from the edge of the box.

The Dynamo midfielder will receive reinforcements on Sunday with the return of Matias Vera who served a one-game suspension for a red card on September 10 in Houston’s 0-0 draw against Sporting Kansas City. Midfielder Darwin Ceren filled the defensive midfield role on Tuesday and finished with two chances created and won possession five times.

Dynamo picked up their first win against LAFC in the league on August 31, the first meeting of the season between the two teams. Striker Sebas Ferreira converted a penalty and defender Griffin Dorsey scored the winning goal with a curling effort to his left foot from above the penalty area.

LAFC enters Sunday’s game as the best team in the Western Conference, but the Black & Gold have gained just four points in their last five games. Carlos Vela scored the tying goal on the road in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw against Minnesota United. LAFC will be looking to keep pace with the Philadelphia Union for the Supporters Shield and currently sit two points behind the top team in the Eastern Conference.

Dynamo return to the league on October 2 when they travel to GEODIS Park in Tennessee to take on Nashville SC. Houston will close out the regular season at home against Javier Hernandez and the LA Galaxy on October 9. Fans can purchase tickets for the regular season finale here.

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Queensland Police launch Operation Spring Break https://satgtu.org/queensland-police-launch-operation-spring-break/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 23:02:00 +0000 https://satgtu.org/queensland-police-launch-operation-spring-break/ So far in 2022, 214 people have lost their lives traveling on Queensland’s roads. The vast majority of the five dead played a role in many of these incidents. In an effort to save lives, the Queensland Police Service (QPS) is launching a statewide traffic policing initiative, Operation Spring Break, to crack down on unsafe […]]]>

So far in 2022, 214 people have lost their lives traveling on Queensland’s roads. The vast majority of the five dead played a role in many of these incidents.

In an effort to save lives, the Queensland Police Service (QPS) is launching a statewide traffic policing initiative, Operation Spring Break, to crack down on unsafe driver behavior and help ensure Queenslanders return home safely during the September school holidays.

From Saturday, September 17 through Monday, October 3, police across the state will conduct high-visibility and overt patrols, speed detection, and static and mobile random breath tests (RBT).

As our busiest highways and tourist centers experience an influx of motorists, these strategies aim to target:

  • Speeding
  • Drugs and alcohol while driving
  • Wearing seat belts
  • Fatigue
  • Distraction

Assistant Commissioner Ben Marcus said peak periods like school holidays often mean a higher frequency of traffic accidents as travelers travel long distances and unfamiliar places.

“It is essential that motorists take responsibility on our roads, ensuring that everyone gets home safely starts with the decisions you make behind the wheel,” said AC Marcus.

“You can expect the police anywhere, anytime all year round – but this school holiday Operation Spring Break will see the police visibly out in force.”

Lives lost on Queensland roads in 2022

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A beautiful relationship: an alternative break in Kenya transforms lives – News https://satgtu.org/a-beautiful-relationship-an-alternative-break-in-kenya-transforms-lives-news/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 21:31:57 +0000 https://satgtu.org/a-beautiful-relationship-an-alternative-break-in-kenya-transforms-lives-news/ More than 8,000 miles away, students at Illinois State University are making an impact. “I can point to a lot of things here and say, ‘Illinois State students did this. Illinois State students did it,” said Mary “Mum” Wanderi, Founder of Living Positive Kenya (LPK). “It’s a beautiful relationship.” Living positive in Kenya (LPK) is […]]]>

More than 8,000 miles away, students at Illinois State University are making an impact.

“I can point to a lot of things here and say, ‘Illinois State students did this. Illinois State students did it,” said Mary “Mum” Wanderi, Founder of Living Positive Kenya (LPK). “It’s a beautiful relationship.”

Living positive in Kenya (LPK) is a non-profit organization that provides empowerment and economic stability to women affected and infected by HIV. For the past seven years, Illinois State students have traveled to Kenya with the Alternative Breaks program through the University’s Center for Civic Engagement. During the week, they meet the women who are part of the program, listen to their stories and tackle a project to support the organization.

“You see all that humans can endure, and still be smiling and happy to see you,” said Kelly Hasselbring, co-counsellor for Kenya’s 2022 Alternative Spring Break. “I am in awe of these women, who have gone through horrible and terrible experiences, and who are always hopeful, resilient and welcoming.”

According to United Nations organizations dedicated to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, young women in sub-Saharan Africa are disproportionately affected by HIV, both in terms of infection rates and social status. “The stories of physical and mental abuse for the women we encountered were unimaginable,” said Dr. Tom Buller, who served as co-counsellor at Hasselbring. “They are literally thrown out on the street with their children when families find out they are HIV-positive. Yet nothing like this happens to HIV-positive men.

Buller said he was shaken after hearing the story of a woman whose relatives set her house on fire to chase her away. “Yet even as she told us her story within the walls of her home without electricity or running water, she was so remarkably brave, generous, kind and grateful that we heard her story,” he said.

Those who come to LPK, or who are brought through Wanderi social work, start on the path to empowerment with skills training, home-based care, counselling, micro-finance skills and skills economic trade. “These women are not missing on purpose,” Wanderi said. “They just didn’t get the chance. They are in the process of healing, and sharing their stories is part of that.

Sophomore Emily Drew was inspired by women. “They showed me that as long as you have strength and perseverance, you really can overcome whatever life throws at you,” said Drew, a native of Dixon, Illinois, who majors in physiology. , neuroscience and behavior. “Most of the women had lost their homes, spouses and even parents because of their diagnosis, and now they are fulfilled, independent and empowered women.”

Illinois State students are undertaking projects to support LPK’s efforts, from helping expand chicken coops for women who organize egg sales to streamlining the website where women sell craftsmanship.

The important element of any project is that the student leaders concentrate the voice of those of the LPK.

“We talk a lot with our student leaders about truly listening to the voice of the community,” said Dr. Annie Weaver, associate director of after-school programs for the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE). “Often, organizations can choose projects for a community before you even set foot there. We emphasize the importance of working with a community to understand their needs.

Being there, being immersed in the culture, being with the people, changes you forever.

Dr Tom Buller

After talking and working with the women and staff at LPK, the Spring 2022 students installed a tire swing and performed maintenance on the children’s playground, using tools and supplies from local vendors. “I think it’s important not to try to change the lifestyle of the people you work with,” Drew said. “Instead of thinking you know what’s best for them, learn their way of life and help them through their methods.”

“UIS is one of the best universities I’ve worked with over the years,” said Deborah Asuncion, owner of Cultural Connections and Volunteers, which coordinates the LPK alternative break with CCE. “There is such diversity in terms of culture, but everyone involved is willing to learn from each other. It really is a cultural exchange. Asuncion spoke of the excitement surrounding the return of Illinois State students to Kenya. “The LPK ladies start asking in February, ‘When are they coming? When do they come? I think May is our favorite time of year when ISU students arrive.

For Weaver, who served as an advisor for the trip years ago, the greatest gift is building lasting relationships. “You are assigned a ‘special friend’ when you arrive. And it can be a woman from the program or one of the staff, although no one knows who they are until they are revealed at the end,” she said. Friends send each other messages of encouragement throughout the week. “When you find out who they are, you already have this great connection. I always keep in touch with my friend.

Drew said she will treasure the memories of the daily greeting of the women in the program, who gathered, sang and danced, to welcome students each morning. “It always felt like we were really developing our friendships during that time,” she said.

If successful, Buller said all students would participate in an alternate break. “Being there, being immersed in the culture, being with the people, changes you forever,” he said. “It’s a transformative experience like no other.”

Requests for alternative break trips are available at the Center for Civic Engagement. The first priority deadline for the alternative winter holidays is September 28, 2022. Find the app here. Applications for Alternative Spring Break and Alternative Summer Break will open on November 1, 2022.

Learn more about alternative breaks here.

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Seeing Stars: The Astronomical Rise of Australia’s Dark Sky Tourism | Holidays in Australia https://satgtu.org/seeing-stars-the-astronomical-rise-of-australias-dark-sky-tourism-holidays-in-australia/ Mon, 12 Sep 2022 01:20:00 +0000 https://satgtu.org/seeing-stars-the-astronomical-rise-of-australias-dark-sky-tourism-holidays-in-australia/ An Aboriginal dream story tells of fire magic at the foot of Kambughuda, protecting his younger sisters from the hunter Nyeeruna. History doesn’t just exist in the oral tradition of the world’s oldest living cultures, it unfolds in the night sky; the hunter Nyeeruna is known in Western astrological tradition as Orion; Kambughuda’s fire magic […]]]>

An Aboriginal dream story tells of fire magic at the foot of Kambughuda, protecting his younger sisters from the hunter Nyeeruna.

History doesn’t just exist in the oral tradition of the world’s oldest living cultures, it unfolds in the night sky; the hunter Nyeeruna is known in Western astrological tradition as Orion; Kambughuda’s fire magic is the red star Aldebaran and its little sisters the constellation Pleiades.

Krystal De Napoli, an astrophysicist from Gomeroi, told us the story – which demonstrates that Indigenous Australians knew about the variable stars around Orion long before European astronomers – at Nocturna, the dark sky party on the east coast of Tasmania, which concludes the science and arts festival on Beaker Street in Hobart.

The constellations “are our books”, says De Napoli. But this library is masked by light pollution.

More 80% of the world’s population now live in regions where they cannot see the stars. Beyond depriving humans of starlight, light pollution threatens creatures of the night; bats, bogongs, turtles and fireflies are all affected.

But as “skyglow” increasingly obscures the stars, Australians and New Zealanders are seeking darkness to stargaze in ever-increasing numbers.

The Mackenzie region in New Zealand’s South Island has seen a 300% increase in visitors from Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park and the Mackenzie Basin has been named an International Sky Reserve starred in 2012.

Stars begin to light up the night sky of New Zealand’s Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Dark Skies Tasmania chairman Landon Bannister says the rise of astrotourism has happened organically. He sees it as part of a larger shift towards reconnecting with nature.

“It’s really important to embrace the darkness. One of the nicest things about stargazing is taking the time to let your dark eyes adjust. We spend so much time under artificial light now.

The desire to see stars benefits rural communities. Urban billboards, parking lots and multi-story office buildings lit all night are among the biggest sources of light pollution.

Bannister says you need to drive around three hours from cities like Melbourne and Sydney to see the Milky Way – and even further from cities in the US and Europe. But in places like New Zealand and Tasmania, you only need to drive 30 minutes out of town to see the drifts of light that give the Milky Way its name.

The southern milky way rising above the trees
The Southern Milky Way and the Galactic Center rise above the horizon on an April night. Photo: VW Pics/Universal Images Group/Getty Images

Bannister says astrotourism isn’t just low-impact, it’s actually essential for protecting dark skies. “It creates awareness and through awareness…people start to appreciate what they have. And that’s when people start to act to protect what they have. He highlights Mackenzie’s success and says that now other areas of New Zealand are seeking dark sky accreditation, hoping to replicate the region’s popularity.

“It really is the easiest pollutant to fix,” says Bannister. Unlike water and air pollution, light pollution does not take decades to reverse. “The stars are still there… you literally just flip a switch.”

While some light is essential for human safety, the worst effects of light pollution can be mitigated by keeping artificial light dim and warm. In Nocturna, a sympathetic yellow lighting snake with dark skies ran along the ground, guiding visitors between areas. Timers that turn off unnecessary light also help.

Very dim lighting requires some tweaking and careful footwork, but events like Nocturna and year-round Dark Sky venues demonstrate that it’s possible to get by at night with significantly less light. In doing so, we open ourselves up to other possibilities.

A small amphitheater illuminated with red and orange lights
The Nocturna Dark Sky party is part of the Beaker Street festival. Photography: Liam Neal

Thanks to Nocturna’s dim lights, Alpha Centauri was visible, even through the cloud cover. Looking through a Schmidt Cassegraine long-focus telescope, I spot it: a tiny detail of the universe magnified with more detail than I’ve seen before.

I walked away from the lens, stunned, but Matthew McDonnell of the Astronomical Society of Tasmania urged me to look again. Alpha Centauri is actually a double star, two gravitationally bound stars orbiting each other. Sure enough, there was a second circle right behind the first.

McDonnell says double and triple stars are actually the norm in space – making up 80% of stars – but you need a telescope of that strength to reveal the split.

Whether looking through a telescope or with the naked eye, Nocturna’s speech constantly returned to the awe that the night sky can arouse in us.

Silhouettes of people and small orange lights on the ground
The night is approaching and the lighting adapted to the dark sky turns on during the Nocturna Dark Sky party. Photography: violin and spoon

“We’ve always had the stars there to help us dream bigger things and fire our imaginations, but also to remind us how small we are in the universe,” says Bannister. “Really, it’s a deeply human experience.”

where to see the stars

Australia is home to three official “dark sky locations” designated by the International Dark Sky Association (ISDA) whose accreditation includes categories such as parks, reserves and sanctuaries. These are the dark sky equivalent of a World Heritage List, but there are also plenty of stargazing to enjoy outside of officially listed areas.

To see the sky in spectacle, time your visit with a meteor shower. In 2022, the Orionids will peak October 21-22; the Leonids will peak November 17-18 and the Geminids will peak December 14-15.

Silhouette rock formations of the Milky Way
The Milky Way towers over Warrumbungle National Park in New South Wales. Photography: Thesimonbennett/Shutterstock

Warrumbungle Dark Sky Park (New South Wales)

  • The Warrumbungles call themselves the “astronomical capital of Australia”. It became the country’s first ISDA Dark Sky Park in 2016 and is home to the country first astronomical observatory.

  • During the day, the national park offers great hikes around its rocky and volcanic mountain landscape. At night, the sky is like a jewel thanks to strict measures to protect against light pollution.

  • Located about a six-hour drive northwest of Sydney, those coming from the east can break up the trip with a stop at the wine and food hub of Mudgee. For accommodation, you can camp in the national park (but you’ll need to book several months in advance) or stay in Coonabarabran, a 30-minute drive away. Many holiday homes in the region are equipped with telescopes.

Murray River Dark Sky Preserve (South Australia)

  • The reserve, which received ISDA accreditation in 2019, includes 80 km of the Murray River, small townships and conservation parks.

  • Adelaide is only 90 minutes away, but Mount Lofty Ranges create a natural barrier, protecting the reserve from urban lighting.

  • In addition to stargazing, there are water activities like canoeing, fishing, and cruises along the Murray.

The Jump-Up (Queensland)

River Murray Dark Sky Reserve in South Australia.
River Murray Dark Sky Reserve in South Australia. Photography: Michael Waterhouse
  • Named an ISDA Dark Sky Sanctuary in 2019, the Jump-Up sits approximately 270m above sea level and sits atop a mesa plateau called Vindex Range, from which astronomers can appreciate the expanse of the galaxy.

  • The Jump-Up is part of Australia’s Age of Dinosaurs Museum, which houses the largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils in the world. The museum has a gallery of stars viewing area that is free and open year-round.

  • The site is on the outskirts of the outback town of Winton, 600 km southwest of Townsville.

Bindon (Western Australia)

  • This town, less than an hour’s drive from Perth, holds a special place in the history of space travel. It housed the Muchea tracking station, which communicated with astronauts in orbit in the early 1960s.

  • You can admire the reflection of stars in the water at Spoonbill Lake or set up your own telescope at the Brockman Centre, which is a designated viewing area.

  • If you don’t have a telescope, head to the nearby town of Gingin where the Gravity Discovery Center and Observatory offers regular night tours.

East Point Reserve (North territory)

  • Just a few miles from downtown Darwin, the reserve is known for its year-round safe saltwater swimming at Lake Alexander, and also offers great stargazing views at night.

  • If you want to venture further in your stargazing adventures in the Northern Territory, Uluru, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Katherine all offer near pristine skies.

valley of snakes (Victoria)

  • Less than two hours from Melbourne, Snake Valley is an official Australian Dark Sky Sitelocated between Ballarat and Beaufort in the west of the state.

  • You can marvel at the universe on your own or join the Snake Valley Astronomical Associationmonthly club nights and semi-regular astronomy lessons, or visit the nearby Ballarat Observatory.

Taroone (Tasmania)

  • Due to Tasmania’s proximity to Antarctica, with any luck you’ll be able to catch the Northern Lights (Aurora Australis) any night in the south of the state, although they are more common from winter at the spring equinox.

  • Taroona is only a 15 minute drive from Hobart and can offer excellent stargazing, but for the best opportunities to see an aurora head further south to Cockle Creektwo hours from the capital.

Guardian Australia visited Tasmania as a guest of Beaker Street Science Festival.

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Will the 2022 Dodgers break the all-time MLB record? https://satgtu.org/will-the-2022-dodgers-break-the-all-time-mlb-record/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 23:00:00 +0000 https://satgtu.org/will-the-2022-dodgers-break-the-all-time-mlb-record/ The 2022 Los Angeles Dodgers could very well be the most talented team in MLB history. At the end of the regular season and this year’s playoffs, this honorific could be officially entered into the record books. Once upon a time, it was 2022 Yankees chasing the crown of history, rushing to absurd records of […]]]>

The 2022 Los Angeles Dodgers could very well be the most talented team in MLB history. At the end of the regular season and this year’s playoffs, this honorific could be officially entered into the record books.

Once upon a time, it was 2022 Yankees chasing the crown of history, rushing to absurd records of 49-16, 56-20 and 61-23 before their season collapsed like a house of cards, injuring Anthony Rizzo as he was collapsing.

When the Yanks reached that 49-16 high, the Dodgers were 40-24, sporting a very good case, but perhaps a more familiar one. Everyone knew these Dodgers were great, but maybe they’d just be great at regulation, 100 wins before moving on to bigger challenges in October.

Well… no, they had one more run left in the regular season. Since that date, the Dodgers have gone a par for the course 54-18, carrying a 94-42 mark in a three-game road series at Petco that could hand them the NL West crown, returning it to its rightful hometown.

So how high can the Dodgers fly? 116 wins in a regular season is the all-time mark, set by the 1906 Cubs (a team that included Dodgers pitching coach Mark Prior in the rotation, I think) and tied by the Seattle Mariners in 2001 , one of the clearest cautionary tales of the postseason.

Is the impossible possible? Absolutely it is!

The 2022 Dodgers can break the all-time MLB record in a single season

Keep an eye on the Yankees’ mark from 1998, too. They won 114 games and won the World Series for 11 more in the playoffs, collecting an all-time record 125 combined wins, the most for any champion. Since the Dodgers will miss the best of three Wild Card rounds this year (dang!), the maximum they can add to their regular season total is also 11 wins.

To beat the Ms and Cubbies, these Dodgers will need to win 117 games — or 13 of their 26 remaining contests. That doesn’t even seem that hard? Rest factor and all that, but this remarkably deep team only doing .500 on the stretch should be the minimum expectation, not seen as an impossibility.

Three series to watch in the The Dodgers’ pursuit of history are all approaching the team’s next road trip. If LA can cruise through San Diego, Arizona and San Francisco in their current nine-game swing with a 5-4 record at worst, they’ll likely be on course for a record high. Arizona’s resurgence, San Diego star and Giants are a hassle, but none of those three series should be losses, in theory.

But, if the Dodgers end up falling short, 115 is all they’d need to aim for to beat the Yankees mark, as long as they deliver a World Series at the end of the rainbow.

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