Photos: Golden State Warriors agony of defeat as Toronto Raptors win NBA Championship

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.The Warriors fell agonizingly short in their 114-110 loss to the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena on Thursday.After winning three NBA championships in the previous four years, they were denied their fourth on their home court. Fans roared at Roaracle, but it wasn’t enough to make up for an injured Kevin Durant and the loss of Klay Thompson to a torn ACL in the third quarter after he scored 30 …last_img

Sounds of the Bay GC30CB GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – June 11, 2012

first_imgView from Sounds of the BayWhoever said that good things are hard to come by, hasn’t searched for the Sounds of the Bay (GC30CB) geocache on a jetty in the San Francisco Bay.Listen closely, because this difficulty 2.5, terrain 1 traditional cache is surrounded by a wave-activated acoustic sculpture, called the Wave Organ, and it’s calling out to geocachers.The small size cache container found somewhere on the jetty was placed by Surfcal in January of 2002. Over the last ten years, more than 1950 geocachers have logged this cache and helped make it one of geocaching’s most visited sites.Wave Organ PipesThe jetty itself was constructed with used building materials. There are 25 organ pipes made of PVC and concrete located at various elevations within the jetty, which stretches into the water. The rise and fall of the tide creates a wave-powered symphony as water moves in and out of the pipes.With more than 180 Favorite Points, this cache is just as easy on the eyes as it is on the ears. With views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Exploratorium – an arts and science center, and Alcatraz – a notorious prison island, it’s easy to see why geocachers are in for a treat.As one logger put it, “Way cool! Music to my ears and then some, primitive yet spiritual in nature and soothing to the soul. Thanks for bring us here, we may never had known about it otherwise. This is what makes caching a great hobby.”The cache at Sounds of the BayContinue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.If you’d like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to [email protected] with your Friends:More SharePrint Related520 Bellevue TB hotel – Geocache of the WeekApril 18, 2018In “Community”Concrete floats! — Betonschiff Redentin (GC15D8C) — Geocache of the WeekDecember 4, 2013In “Community”350 miles, all for a smiley. — Munich – Venice (GC1FPN1) — Geocache of the WeekJune 12, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

ReadWriteWeb Events Guide, 3 October 2009

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Register here.8 October 2009: San DiegoMobile Application Stores conferenceAs a partner seminar of Intenational CTIA WIRELESS I.T. and Entertainment, the Mobile Application Stores conference will focus on the tremendous opportunities in the mobile apps stores eco-system. The event is designed to give a complete understanding of how to capitalize on this exploding market.Participants will discuss strategy and deployment in application stores such as Apple (iPhone), Google (Android), RIM (Blackberry), Nokia (Ovi), Palm Pre, and Microsoft, as well as other emerging application stores. To learn more, visit www.mobileapplicationstores.com or write to [email protected] October 2009: Mountain View, CaliforniaJuice PitcherThe Juice Pitcher is shaping up to be the hottest new networking event in the Valley. The exclusive evening gathering on October 6 is being hosted by Vator.tv and TheFunded and will showcase 10 startups, chosen by their peers through votes on the Vator competition platform. Get your favorite companies to join the Juice Pitcher Competition, and don’t forget to vote! Voting is open to anyone, so you can make a difference. In addition, Aaron Patzer, CEO of Mint.com, will speak about how he built a $170 million company in just three years, and Munjal Shah, CEO of Like.com, will talk about best practices and steps to earning revenue.Click here to buy your tickets and see the agenda.22 October 2009: London, EnglandCloud Computing World ForumThe Cloud Computing World Forum is the perfect event for professionals to learn and discuss the future development and integration of cloud services. This one-day conference will provide a focused platform for the global cloud computing industry.The Cloud Computing World Forum is the place to meet all the key decision makers from all of the cloud service providers in one place. Show highlights include:Hear from leading case studies on how to integrate cloud computing into working practices,Learn from the key players offering services in the cloud,Benefit from pre-show online meeting planner,Evening networking reception. 23 October 2009: Durham, North CarolinaThe Social Media Business ForumThe Social Media Business Forum will feature national and local speakers from marketing companies, technology companies, and social networks discussing ways in which business communications have changed because of social media. Sessions will look at internal and external communications methods for both B2B and B2C companies and provide actionable takeaway items for attendees to immediately implement in their businesses. The forum targets business owners, executives, business communicators, key organizational stake holders, and anyone interested in gaining practical knowledge about social media.Early bird registration is $125 until September 18, and $250 thereafter.29 – 30 October 2009: San Francisco, CaliforniaVirtual Goods SummitThe virtual goods market has exploded as developers and publishers dive into this new opportunity. The third annual Virtual Goods Summit in October 2009 will bring together thought leaders in this space from Asia, Europe, and the US to talk about what’s changed and what’s working and the key challenges facing the industry. If you’re active in virtual goods — or thinking of jumping in — the Virtual Goods Summit is a must-attend event.New for 2009 is VGS University, a half-day seminar designed to provide a comprehensive overview of how to succeed with virtual goods. Hear from experts on topics such as why virtual goods are effective and the ins and outs of managing a virtual economy. Whether you’re new to virtual goods or seeking insights and lessons from the leaders, we encourage you to join us for the day and learn from some of our industry’s leading-edge thinkers.ReadWriteWeb readers save 15% off general admission by registering here using the discount code “READWRITEWEB.”4 – 5 November 2009: Raleigh, North CarolinaInternet Summit 2009Internet Summit ’09 will feature over 75 speakers, including representatives of major Internet brands such as Twitter, Pandora, Google, Salesforce.com, Digg, Technorati, CBS Interactive, Huffington Post, Blogger, Tree.com, and many more.Topics will include social media, blogging, real time, mobile, video, search, online advertising, e-commerce, analytics, the cloud, and more.Join over 1200 entrepreneurs, senior marketers, and executives in the conversation about the future of the industry and how to capitalize on the shifting dynamics of the Internet and tap into its unlimited business potential.9 – 10 November 2009: Santa Clara, CaliforniaSocial Networking World Forum — CaliforniaThis event taking place at the Santa Clara Convention Center actually consists of three conferences: two days dedicated to social networking, one day dedicated to enterprise social media, and one day dedicated to social TV. Key speakers include social networking publishers, advertising agencies, industry analysts, software developers and equipment manufacturers, pay-TV and network service providers, mobile operators, and more. Tags:#Events Guide#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Joint exhibition combining social networking and enterprise social media formatsPre-show online meeting planner for delegatesDiscount for early booking (expires September 25th)Free pass for exhibition only 11 – 12 November 2009: Denver, ColoradoDefrag 2009 ConferenceAs online data is growing and fragmenting at an exponential pace, individuals, groups and organizations are struggling to discover, assemble, organize, act on and gather feedback from that data. In the largest sense, we’re all looking to augment the pace at which we achieve insights on raw data — to accelerate the “A-ha” moment.Defrag explores the intersection of topics like:Business intelligenceBusiness process managementSocial computing and analyticsNext-level discoveryEnterprise 2.0Next-gen emailThe semantic Web Social Networking World ForumEnterprise social mediaSocial TV World ForumMobile Social Networking ForumThe event features key speakers from global brands, organizations, social networking publishers and developers, pioneering social media leaders, top agencies, content producers, and more.Full workshop program within exhibition areaEvening networking receptionPre-show online meeting planner for delegatesFree pass for exhibition only 19 November 2009: Mountain View, CaliforniaUnder the RadarFeaturing the most cutting-edge mobile startups from around the globe, Under the Radar will get you dialed in to what the 2010 mobile innovation marketplace will look like. It’s a must-attend event for dealmakers from global carriers, brands, media companies, and handset manufacturers responsible for helping their companies leverage new mobile technology and innovation in the fast-evolving digital landscape.Save $200: book by 2 October 2009, and get the early-bird rate.1 – 3 December 2009: London, EnglandOnline Information & IMS 2009Online Information and IMS together create the largest event dedicated to the information industry. Consisting of an exhibition delivering over 9,000 visitors from 70 countries, a conference and a show-floor seminar program, the event provides an annual meeting place for the global information industry.Online Information is once again set to play host to thousands of information professionals, information end-users and publishers from around the globe, meeting suppliers of online content, e-publishing, and library management solutions. IMS provides a forum for IT, business, and information management professionals to find unlimited, relevant advice, educational content and compare solutions under one roof. Attend IMS and meet suppliers of content management, search solutions, and Web 2.0 technologies.1 – 3 December 2009: Boston, MassachusettsGilbane Conference BostonJoin us at the sixth annual “Gilbane Conference Boston: Content, Collaboration and Customers.”Your content is your business, and you need to make your Web content part of an integrated platform forcustomers. You need to know solutions and technologies that are ready to be implemented today. Gilbane Conference Boston is built around the four major areas of how enterprises use Web and content technologies:Web business and engagement;Managing collaboration and social media: internal and external;Enterprise content: searching, integrating and publishing;Content infrastructure.Visit www.gilbaneboston.com for conference details. ReadWriteWeb readers, use the discount code “GILBANE” to save an additional $200. Register today!15 – 16 March 2010: London, England2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum — LondonThe 2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum takes place at the Olympia Conference Centre in London. The two-day event features four dedicated conference streams: Here is this week’s edition of the ReadWriteWeb events guide. You can download the event calendar in iCal format or import it into your Google Calendar. You can also import individual events using the link beside each entry. This events guide is a weekly feature here on ReadWriteWeb. We publish it every weekend, as good a time as any to review your conference plans.Know of an event taking place that should appear here? Let us know in the comments below or contact us.15 October 2009: Mountain View, CaliforniaThe ReadWrite Real-Time Web Summit Our month of special coverage on the real-time Web culminates with ReadWriteWeb’s very first event: the ReadWrite Real-Time Web Summit, a day-long event of conversations about the real-time Web, including its current state and its pressing challenges and greatest opportunities.Topics will include:The potential and pitfalls of real-time for social networking, media, financial services, humanitarian work and political advocacy.How will ubiquitous real-time information delivery change the web in the future? What will it make possible? How will it change user expectations?How can real-time information overload be dealt with, technically and culturally?How can small organizations use the real-time web to challenge market incumbents? How can market incumbents continue to thrive in a real-time environment? andrew lobo Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Download this entire events calendar in iCal format. 10 – 13 November 2009: Las VegasPubCon VegasPubCon Las Vegas is a multi-track educational conference hosted by SearchEngineWorld & WebmasterWorld. PubCon events are for thought leaders and professionals in search engine and Internet marketing to gather and to share best practices in the design, development, promotion and marketing of their Internet businesses and brands. PubCon London 2009 is a social networking event. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Doping: Banned drugs easily available near NIS in Patiala

first_imgCan the government simply wash its hands off by sacking a coach and ordering a probe into the dope scandal that has taken the country by storm? No, the government has to come up with solutions.  Headlines Today has exposed how Indian players can freely get access to banned drugs – that too outside the prestigious National Institute for Sports in Patiala. Performance enhancing drugs are openly sold over the counter at chemist shops just a few hundred metres from the NIS in Patiala. Headlines Today special investigation team went shopping and found no checks in place here to control the sale of banned drugs. Here syringes and steroid strips can be bought cheap and easy, fuelling the drugged dreams of players. NIS executive director L.S. Ranawat says, “I have no information about banned drugs being available in market.” “It is easy to get it in Patiala,” says a local youth, face masked. NIS Patiala has a tarnished history dating back to 2001, when syringes and steroid strips were found in its hostels. An inquiry was ordered into the functioning of NIS by the Sports Authority of India in 2003.  Though no action has yet been taken, the report is believed to contain proof of sustained irregularities in anti-doping procedures and a nexus between NIS authorities, federation coaches and SAI officers. An NIS trainee says, “Not all coaches do it. Players take it themselves.”  Says Ranawat, “Each athlete is aware of banned drugs. It is very unfortunate that some top athletes have been found taking drugs. No athlete will do this knowingly. Coaches have responsibility to see this does not happen.” The Patiala chapter of the Indian dope story shows that it is a serious problem. It’s a malice no one seems to accept. The dope stink Eight athletes in five days – that is the doping stink that has caught the country unawares and the last straw was the golden girl of CWG 2010 testing positive. Whose fault is it? The system, the foreign coaches or is it all to do with unabashed opportunism? Are players taking the short cut to success? Ashwini Akkunji, along with 400m runner Priyanka Panwar, has tested positive for banned steroids in a dope test conducted by National Anti-Doping Agency or NADA. Other members of the team, Mandeep Kaur and Sini Jose, are already under the scanner. This has taken the count of athletes who tested positive for dope to eight in just five days. The shocking revelations have thrown the Sports Ministry into a quick-action mode. Cracking the whip, Sports Minister Ajay Maken on Tuesday suspended the Ukranian coach Yuri Ogrodnic holding him responsible. Blaming the fiasco on Sports Authority of India, the minister has sought a report. Maken said, “It is seen the officials and coaches are left scot-free, so the ministry has decided that the action should be taken against officials and coaches alongside the athletes so that such things do not occur in future. I have sought a report from the SAI within three days.”  But has the action come a little too late? Could the embarrassment have been saved if the Sports Ministry acted on time? “I have only got to know about it now. So we have taken action,” said Maken. But NADA claims that the Sports Ministry was aware of this for a long time, but did nothing. Rahul Bhatnagar of NADA said, “For the last two years, Sports Ministry was in the know. They knew of all the tests that we conducted, but they did nothing.” The dope-taint on Indian athletics has angered the athletic legends in the country. They are demanding strict action against the athletes and a probe into the role of coaches, especially those from former Soviet Block countries. “I expected such a thing. There have been talks,” says former athlete Ashwini Nachappa. Milkha Singh seeks “harsh punishment”. “Probe coaches,” adds the legendary athlete. The hall of shame Ashwini Akkunji, the symbol of India’s rising might in track and field, has fallen from grace and what’s baffling is the time scale – Gold medal at the Commonwealth Games and gold medal at the Asian Games. Ashwini Akkunji failed a drugs test on July 4, less than a year after becoming a national star. The Indian quarter mile specialist has tested positive for the banned drugs stanozolol and methandienone. But even as Ashwini rose the ladder of stardom over the last one year, the signs of extraordinary improvements in her performance began to raise eyebrows and now those concerns have been justified.  As it turns out, her remarkable timing improvement of four seconds in just four months from August last year to November 2010, were fuelled by performance enhancing drugs.  But Director of the Indian Athletics Federation M.L. Dogra still believes that there is hope. For a sport that takes decades to see a four-second improvement, India has once again been sold to just another excuse.  –  With Suman Ray and Abhishek Issar in Delhi advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more