There’s a monster in West Macs!

first_imgThere’s a monster in West Macs! NT GovernmentThe iconic Larapinta Trail in the stunning West MacDonnell Ranges is a bucket-list hiking destination for thousands of people each year, and this weekend it will welcome a slew of ultra runners who will test themselves on the 231km track.The West Macs Monster Trail Running Festival runs from 21-23 May 2021. This year more than 250 runners will tackle distances ranging from 5km, 25km, 65km and 128km right up to the full 231km. Around 130 of the runners are travelling from interstate to attend, and will be bringing family, friends and support crews with them to make the most of their time in the Red Centre.This is the second year of the event, which is already garnering attention from international runners, several who signed up this year but have had to defer due to international travel restrictions. Shane Johnstone from Perth set the current course record in 2019. He took 40 hours, 55 minutes and 18 seconds to run the full distance. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, Family, festival, Government, Northern Territory, Perth, running, travellast_img read more

Asia’s largest gaming café chain Wanyoo to open esports studio in London this month

first_imgWanyoo, Asia’s largest gaming café chain, has announced it will open a brand new esports studio in London later this month on the 29th January. With the opening of the café, it is set to instantly become the largest public esports studio in the UK, providing multi-purpose gaming facilities, professional esports equipment and gaming PCs. The café will cater to the more hardcore esports community, as well as casual gamers.Wanyoo Information Technology Co. Ltd. is the company set to open the studio, backed by a £21 million investment from Sicong Wang (Sephirex), the son of the Chinese billionaire Jianlin Wang. The company has outlined its mission as to promote the growth of the gaming industry in the United Kingdom.The space, set to open on Charing Cross Road, will feature a 12-station esports “battle area”, a public gaming area, and a mobile phone gaming space – which will all be available to the general public. In addition, the space features six private two-player rooms, six private group-gaming rooms with sofas, Xbox and PS4 consoles with a 55-inch television. There will also be another room with popular Eastern and Western board games available for public use. The release states that if gamers require assistance, they can press a bell beside their PC and members of staff – each adorning a service watch, will be with them in under 40 seconds so as not to interrupt the gaming experience. Wanyoo has worked with Tencent, Shanda Group, Intel and Invictus Games, and has partnered with League of Legends and Dota 2, to provide members with exclusive benefits. Wanyoo UK is also planning to launch an online platform for gamers and the company will collaborate with universities and esports societies to hold training sessions, workshops and events for the general public.Feng Huang, the founder of Wanyoo, made the following pledge: “Wanyoo is dedicated to meeting customer needs and demands. By constantly upgrading our facilities and products, we aim to be the leaders of innovation in the internet café industry.”Wanyoo UK will provide players with between 50-70 popular PC and console games including, but not limited to: League of Legends, Dota 2, Overwatch, Hearthstone, Fortnite, PUBG, World of Warcraft, FIFA 19, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Call of Duty. These will be pre-installed on all 88 PCs within the facility and additional games can be downloaded on request.Wanyoo UK will also offer 1G dedicated internet access, and exclusive “UK 100M Premium China Traffic”. Peripherals are provided, although gamers have the option to bring and use their own. To ensure a smooth gaming experience, Wanyoo UK will offer players 1G Dedicated Internet Access and exclusive UK 100M Premium China Traffic. Professional esports peripherals are provided but gamers also have the option to plug in their own devices.The  5,330 sq.ft. esports studio also holds a coffee/food bar with sofas, desks and high-speed internet access as well as a public entertainment area with a 120-inch projector screen on which guests can watch live streams of esports broadcasts.Zhaorong Chen, a Director of Wanyoo UK, commented: “We hoped to create a platform to help gamers turn their hobbies into a career by providing them with the tools to succeed and the opportunity to connect with professional gamers, professional esports organisations and gaming associations in the UK.”Chen added: “I wanted to develop a gaming environment and social platform for the entire community; one that would allow people to have fun, relax, interact and socialise.”Esports Insider: Is this heaven? Or just Wanyoo? We’re loving what we’re hearing here. With a fabulous location in Central London, and what sound like phenomenal facilities – this is going to be a hive for esports activity right on our doorstep. We can’t wait to check the place out and probably spend half of our lives in the new café.last_img read more

Three takeaways from Edmonton Oilers’ 2-1 overtime win over Pittsburgh Penguins

first_imgAbout seven minutes into the second period, the 24-year-old ripped a page out of the Connor McDavid textbook, speeding down the right side and wheeling in tight under pressure before sniping the puck past Murray to get Edmonton on the board.Colby Cave taking a page out of the Connor McDavid textbook.pic.twitter.com/pnQCiqrxCk— Sporting News Canada (@sportingnewsca) November 2, 2019The goal is Cave’s first of the season, and also allowed Markus Granlund to notch a secondary assist and get on the scoresheet.Bottom-6 scoring is something that Edmonton needs in order to keep the momentum going and maintain a sustainable winning record throughout the season. With Cave getting on the board, the Oilers may see more from their third and fourth lines moving forward. The Edmonton Oilers put on a show on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Penguins — and it wasn’t just the stars.From all four lines to Mike Smith between the pipes, everything was working for Edmonton. The Oilers were able to carry a 1-0 lead until late in the third, where the Penguins found an opportunity shorthanded and capitalized on it to force overtime. Still, as 3-on-3 OTs warrant against a team like the Oilers, Edmonton was able to skate away with two points. The Oilers’ victory moves them into first overall in the Western Conference with 21 points, two points behind the Washington Capitals for the league lead and three points ahead of the next Pacific Division leader (Vancouver Canucks).Here are three takeaways from Edmonton’s impressive victory.THE WRAPAROUND: Draisaitl, Pastrnak and Halloween highlight week of Oct. 31Leon Draisaitl continues takeover of the National Hockey LeagueAs has become the norm, Leon Draisaitl stayed hot and took matters into his own hands to carry the Oilers to victory.The 24-year-old impressed with three shots on goal and a hit, while winning 47 percent of his draws and leading all forwards with 23:27.In overtime, Draisaitl got the winner — and it wasn’t on a 2-on-1 with Connor McDavid. Picking up the puck in the defensive zone, the German forward turned on the jets and went end-to-end on a semi-breakaway. Under pressure by a backchecking Alex Galchenyuk, Draisaitl fought through and kept the puck on his stick, batting it up over the pad of Matt Murray to guarantee two points for Edmonton.Who else but Leon Draisaitl to end it in @EASPORTSNHL OT? pic.twitter.com/nPbLuCtIwn— NHL (@NHL) November 2, 2019With 13 goals and 26 points on the season, Draisaitl is now the NHL’s lone goal-scoring leader and also leads the league in points. As per NHL PR, he’s also is the first Oilers skater to score at least 13 goals through the first 15 games of the year since 1987-88, when Wayne Gretzky notched 13 goals and 38 points in 15 games, as well as the first since Mark Messier (1989-90) to manage 26 points in the same span.Mike Smith quietly puts on a show with 51 savesWithout Mike Smith, the Oilers likely wouldn’t have escaped PPG Paints Arena without a victory. The 37-year-old netminder, who had lost three of his last four games, had a strong showing against the Columbus Blue Jackets with 23 saves on 24 shots and was therefore awarded with another start.He took that opportunity and ran with it, making 51 saves en route to Edmonton’s victory — and yes, you read that right. 51.As the defense faltered at times, Smith was able to flash the leather and shut down Pittsburgh, who was swarming the net from the moment the puck dropped. He displayed excellent rebound control and lateral movement, and was able to pull off some highlight-reel saves, including one to shut down a chance on the doorstep and another without his stick in overtime. Smith working quite the day shift so far. #LetsGoOilers pic.twitter.com/FuwHvsFwBa— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) November 2, 2019Edmonton was outshot 18-8 in the first period, with Smith putting on a show to keep the game scoreless, and he followed up with 17 saves on 17 shots in the second to maintain the one-goal lead. The only time his play faltered was when he surrendered a shorthanded 3-on-2 goal to Brian Dumoulin, but otherwise, he stopped 15 of 16 in the third.With the win, Smith now boasts a 5-3-1 record through nine games with a 2.12 GAA and .931 save percentage, good for sixth in the NHL.Colby Cave ignites bottom-6 scoring with impressive first goalIn wake of an injury to Josh Archibald, the Oilers recalled Colby Cave to not only fill that void but potentially bring scoring to the third and fourth lines — and he didn’t disappoint on Saturday.last_img read more

Cuadrado left out of Fiorentina squad for Madrid match

first_img 15/08/2014 Upd. at 21:40 However, Cuadrado has not been called up for Fiorentina’s friendly against Real Madrid on Saturday evening in Poland, leading to more suggestions he could still leave the club during the current transfer window. CEST Sport EN Vincenzo Montella, Fiore’s manager, opted not to include him without offering an explanation why – he is not injured. It is for that reason that speculation has returned.center_img The Colombian has been the talk of the summer, with both Manchester United and Barça hot on his heels, but as we head towards September he is still up for grabs. ‘Gazetta dello Sport’ report that Barça, even though they are still a long way from the player’s €50million asking price, have not renounced their interest in Cuadrado, despite the advanced negotiations for the Brazilian full-back Douglas. In Italy they don’t believe that Barcelona have given up on signing Fiorentina’s Juan Cuadrado. The Italian press say there is an agreement between Barcelona and the player’s agent and that pressure will continue to increase on Fiorentina to work on an economic solution.last_img read more

Celebrating three decades

first_imgBy Tyler Lewis Three cheers for three decades of cricket. The Dandenong Cricket Club celebrated its 30-year reunion on Saturday night along with…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img