Geocaching a geothermal geocache (GC25643)—Geocache of the Week

first_imgIceland’s Blue LagoonNo doubt if you plan to visit Iceland, you will probably plan to work a visit to the Blue Lagoon into your itinerary. With its otherworldly landscape, promoted benefits to your health, and mix of rugged rocks and modern architecture, it’s obvious to see why it’s the country’s top destination.You don’t need to enter the spa to log this EarthCache. But if you do, know that the waters are rich in minerals, and bathing in the Blue Lagoon is reputed to help people suffering from skin diseases such as psoriasis. The temperature in the bathing and swimming areas of the lagoon are warm to quite steamy-hot. The Blue Lagoon also operates a research and development facility to help find cures for other skin ailments using the mineral-rich water.No need to enter the spa to log this EarthCacheHow did this come to be? In 1976, a pool of wastewater formed near the geothermal power plant that had just been built. In 1981, people started bathing in it after its supposed healing powers were popularized. In 1992, the Blue Lagoon company was established, and the bathing facility was opened for the public.So no, the Blue Lagoon is not a natural phenomenon; it’s actually created by the runoff from the nearby geothermal plant. But it’s fascinating, nevertheless. Check out what some geocachers have to say about this geothermal geocache:EarthCache logging is tough businessDiabolic27Brilliant trip. Went in 54 yrs old and emerged a mere 21(again). Well worth a visit.Soapy JoeWell the sun actually came out today, for the first time during our trip. What an odd feeling to be bobbing away in warm water when the air temperature was 3 degrees! Made the sprint to the changing rooms even colder than normal! Thank for placing this cache at this iconic location. TFTC BeinhartWe had already visited a geothermal plant, so we knew what is done here. It is fascinating that a company uses the geothermal power, can sell electricity and hot water and that they can even make money from the “waste” (the used water) by building a bath, a hotel and by selling beauty products and other stuff under the name “Blue Lagoon”.Hot spot in the lagoon are near the steam ventsYup. It’s cold outside the spa!Now THAT’S a wet bar!Mud maskMud maskSoak it all inContinue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More Location:IcelandN 63° 52.810 W 022° 26.976 EarthCacheGC25643by goldohulk SharePrint RelatedCome on in, the water’s fine. — Blue Lagoon (GC25643) — Geocache of the WeekApril 9, 2014In “Community”11 stunning EarthCaches and how to find themJune 17, 2015In “Geocaching Info”Geocaching country souvenir: MaltaDecember 7, 2017In “News” Difficulty:1.5Terrain:1.5last_img read more

Gift Ideas For Techies And Regular Folk [Infographic]

first_imgIf all else fails, of course, there’s always the gift card option. But you can do better than that if you try…Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts Tags:#e-commerce brian proffitt 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Technology may not be the most personal of gifts, but it’s got two things going for it as a holiday offering:1. Typically this is the time of year when tech prices are cut2. Tech gifts usually last for a while.But how do you know what tech gizmo or service people want? Tthat’s the real question, isn’t it?Start with this rule of thumb: Don’t buy someone a smartphone or computer unless you know exactly what they want. Purchasing such items as a surprise gift – unless it’s for a young child – usually doesn’t work out very well, since the odds are you won’t be able to figure what will really make them happy.All is not lost, though. There’s plenty of tech out there that makes a great gift for that special someone. I’ll start with some cool stuff that I’m either buying or coveting. (If they don’t work for you in terms of price or availability, hopefully they’ll spark ideas for similar items.) And if you need hard-core gift suggestions for true technology professionals but don’t want to spoil the surprise by asking what they want, take a look at the infographic from the IT community at Spiceworks.Casual TechMoleskine Evernote Smart Notebook. Earlier this year I riffed on Evernote, the note-gathering and organizational app, but this line of paper notebooks is a pretty nice way to combine the use of paper note-taking, which a lot of people still do, with electronic organization. Throw in a nice fountain pen, and you’ve got a very personal gift for the organizer in your life.Roku 2. If you know someone who loves to stream entertainment from the Interwebs, Rokus are awesomely cool devices to give them. Starting at $49.99, the price is about right, too. There’s no subscription with these devices; any existing Netflix, Hulu Plus, or Amazon subscription is completely compatible. And that’s just the tip of the channels available.Serious TechNexus 7. There’s a lot of tablets out there now, in a lot of sizes. Here’s why I like the Nexus 7: the size is right for users who just want to consume content. And the $199 starting price makes it the best deal on the tablet market right now.Nikon Coolpix P300. It’s a little weird to recommend a stand-alone camera in an age where every mobile phone comes with its own camera. But frankly, for anything more than quick snapshots, most phone cameras suck. Serious photography enthusiasts will have serious equipment needs, but even casual image takers sometimes need something more than a phone, The Coolpix P300 is compact, powerful and takes great pictures.Tech For FunIf you have a serious geek to buy for, the best site by far to visit is ThinkGeek. With a myriad of tech toys, apparel and gadgets, the only problem you will have finding something is making sure your gift recipient doesn’t already have it.For the discriminating science fiction lovers, try these totally cool items: Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years. Got a serious Trekker on your planet? Is there any other kind? This hardback volume features key documents and events for the first 150 of Star Trek’s United Federation of Planets. But if there’s someone strong with the Force in your life, this 50-inch Super Star Destroyer from Lego will keep them doing, not trying.What The IT Pros WantBut what if you’re buying for serious tech heads, and you don’t want to ask them what they’re hoping to find under the tree. The folks at Spiceworks have just released their own survey results on the tools and toys most wanted by IT professionals: 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Sonnen outlasts Rampage, advances in Bellator heavyweight tournament

first_imgMOST READ Sonnen (30-15-1), the loquacious former UFC middleweight title contender, was outweighed by 31 pounds on the scales Friday. He still used his superior wrestling skills and tenacity to grind out a decision over Jackson (37-13), the former UFC champion, before a lively crowd at the famed Forum.“I’ve got the biggest arms, I’ve got the greatest charm and I do all the harm,” Sonnen said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJackson tossed Sonnen dramatically onto the mat during the first round, but the veteran brawler struggled to create any more highlights. A frustrated Rampage tapped the mat in front of him in the third round, daring Sonnen to stand and bang.Instead, Sonnen took him down again and finished up a 29-28 decision on all three judges’ scorecards. The 39-year-old Jackson’s first career meeting with the 40-year-old Sonnen was the first bout in an eight-man tournament designed to crown Bellator’s first heavyweight champion since 2016. The field also includes MMA luminaries Fedor Emelianenko, Frank Mir, Roy Nelson and Matt Mitrione, along with undersized veteran fighters Ryan Bader and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal.Sonnen will fight the winner of Emelianenko’s upcoming bout with Mir in the tournament semifinals in early summer.MacDonald (20-4) has been ticketed for Bellator stardom ever since he left the UFC and joined its biggest rival in 2016 following back-to-back losses to Robbie Lawler and Stephen Thompson. MacDonald, who beat current UFC welterweight champ Tyron Woodley in 2014, is likely the best pound-for-pound fighter on the Bellator roster, and he intends to hold the promotion’s titles in multiple weight divisions.“He’s the best fighter I ever fought,” MacDonald said. “I feel like we’re the best two welterweights in the sport.”The title bout was remarkably even, with MacDonald controlling much of the action on the ground when Lima (29-7) wasn’t peppering his oft-injured nose with jabs. MacDonald developed a huge welt on his shin midway through the fight, but it didn’t appear to limit his movement.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Arellano blasts Lyceum for 5th straight win Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Lima knocked down MacDonald with a sweeping kick in the third round and appeared to be close to finishing early in the fourth, but MacDonald persevered. MacDonald dominated the fifth round on the ground and cut Lima near his eyes.MacDonald eventually had his hand raised to the displeasure of Lima, a Brazilian fighting out of Atlanta. MacDonald was carried out of the cage and transported to a hospital as a precaution.“I think I have a person growing inside me,” MacDonald said of his leg injury.Former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler returned from his first loss since 2014 with a one-sided decision victory over Goiti Yamauchi, who was bloodied and nearly finished on the ground. Chandler is likely to get a rematch next with Brent Primus, who claimed the title last year when Chandler was forced to stop by an ankle injury.Aaron Pico, Bellator’s 21-year-old blue chip prospect from nearby Whittier, also wowed his home crowd with a vicious body-punch stoppage of Shane Kruchten in the first round of their featherweight fight.The lively Forum crowd included several fighters with UFC ties, including champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino, Nate Diaz and Dan Henderson. Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay and Pro Bowl left tackle Andrew Whitworth also attended. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View comments FILE – Chael Sonnen. APINGLEWOOD, Calif. — Chael Sonnen overcame a significant weight disadvantage for a unanimous-decision victory over Rampage Jackson in the opening fight of Bellator’s Heavyweight World Grand Prix on Saturday night.Rory MacDonald also took the mixed martial arts promotion’s welterweight title from Douglas Lima, overcoming grotesque injuries to his left leg and nose to claim a unanimous decision at Bellator 192.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PHlast_img read more

US Open glance: Muguruza vs. Kvitova highlights 4th round

first_imgRain in the evening. High of 66 degrees (19 Celsius).SATURDAY’S RESULTSMen’s third round: No. 1 Rafael Nadal beat Leonardo Mayer 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-1, 6-4; No. 3 Roger Federer beat No. 31 Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-3, 7-5; No. 6 Dominic Thiem beat No. 30 Adrian Mannarino 7-5, 6-3, 6-4; No. 9 David Goffin beat No. 18 Gael Monfils 7-5, 5-1, retired; No. 24 Juan Martin Del Potro beat No. 11 Roberto Bautista-Agut 6-3, 6-3, 6-4; Aleksandr Dolgopolov beat Viktor Troicki 6-1, 6-0, 6-4; Andrey Rublev beat Damir Dzumhur 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4; Philipp Kohlschreiber beat John Millman 7-5, 6-2, 6-4.Women’s third round: No. 1 Karolina Pliskova beat No. 27 Zhang Shuai 3-6, 7-5, 6-4; No. 4 Elina Svitolina beat Shelby Rogers 6-4, 7-5; No. 20 CoCo Vandeweghe beat No. 10 Agnieszka Radwanska 7-5, 4-6, 6-4; Daria Kasatkina beat No. 12 Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-2; No. 15 Madison Keys beat No. 17 Elena Vesnina 2-6, 6-4, 6-1; Jennifer Brady beat Monica Niculescu 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (3); Lucie Safarova beat Kurumi Nara 6-3, 6-2; Kaia Kanepi beat Naomi Osaka 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.STAT OF THE DAYADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Petra Kvitova, of the Czech Republic, waves to fans after beating Caroline Garcia, of France, during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, in New York. APA quick look at the U.S. Open :LOOKAHEAD TO SUNDAYADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES The fourth round begins, with the most anticipated matchup being reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza against two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova at night in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Muguruza is seeded No. 3; Kvitova is No. 13. They are among the most powerful hitters in the game today. For Kvitova, this is her toughest matchup since returning to action at the French Open following surgery on her left hand as a result of an attack by a knife-wielding intruder at her home in the Czech Republic in December. “I would be happy (to) see a top-10 player, finally. That’s means I’m kind of deep in the tournament, finally,” Kvitova said. “It’s nice to play someone who won a Grand Slam this year. I’m really looking forward (to) the big stage and (to) that match.” Another past Wimbledon champion, No. 9 Venus Williams, is also in Ashe, playing Carla Suarez Navarro in the afternoon. In men’s play, the revelation of the tournament, 18-year-old Canadian qualifier Denis Shapovalov, takes on the highest-seeded man left in the bottom half of the draw, No. 12 Pablo Carreno Busta.SUNDAY’S FORECASTFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingRain. High of 73 degrees (23 Celsius).SATURDAY’S WEATHER Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Knights, Lions relish unlikely team-up in NCAA All-Star Game MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 16 — Unforced errors by Roger Federer in his victory; he averaged 62 in his first two matches.QUOTE OF THE DAY“Maybe ‘The Real Housewives’ will want to play tennis one day.” — CoCo Vandweghe, the 20th-seeded American, who says she likes to watch reality TV shows. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View commentslast_img read more

Saracens face further fine for failing to show up for Champions Cup launch

first_imgSaracens face a £50,000 fine after failing to turn up for the launch of the European Champions Cup in Cardiff where, as holders, they would have had prime billing. The day after they were docked 35 points and fined £5m for breaching the Premiership’s salary-cap regulations, sympathy was in short supply, with the former England captain Chris Robshaw saying the club had stained the sport’s image. Saracens were due to send their captain, Brad Barritt, to the launch along with Mark McCall, the director of rugby, but they told the organisers the night before the event that they would not be turning up. They offered the pair for interview at the club’s training ground but felt their presence in Cardiff would turn the launch of European club rugby’s premier tournament into a sideshow. It is understood they will be deregistering players for Europe as they look to cut their squad to ensure they do not go over the cap this season.“I can understand why they did not pitch up,” said Simon Halliday, chairman of European Professional Club Rugby. “I know that the club care very deeply about Europe and the non‑attendance was based on a decision that had been made the day before that clearly had a big impact on them. The launch is important to us and we will have to consider whether to take their non-attendance further.” … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. 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The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Saracens Facebook Support The Guardian Read more Share on Twitter Read more “Due processes were put in place and it is naive to think you can now get away with breaking the cap. If a player is presented with a watch at an end-of-season awards ceremony, it is included in it. If you commit a robbery in the UK, you maybe go to prison for six months. Do it again and a third time and a judge says you are an habitual offender who will keep doing it unless a stiff punishment is handed out.“It is not for me to say whether it is fair, but you have to stop them doing it. They have appealed, but if that goes against them they have to take the medicine and get on with it. They have done a lot of good things and flown the flag for English rugby, but for years I operated on half their budget and still got Sale into Europe regularly. The Premiership as a whole loses £40m a year which is why the cap is needed.”Saracens said they breached the cap in an attempt to keep players in a sport where a number retire early through injury and have nothing to fall back on. Their success in developing youngsters who went on to become key players for England, such as Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje, had an impact when their wages exploded. David Conn Read more Champions Cup Steve Diamond (centre) had some harsh words for Saracens, who he coached in the 2000s. Photograph: Bryan Keane/INPHO/Rex/Shutterstock Twitter Share via Email Six Premiership clubs were at the Principality Stadium and the prevalent feeling was that Saracens needed to be made an example of after being found to have broken the rules over a period of three years.“They have been the dominant side in Europe in that period and we now know why,” said Robshaw, who is leading Harlequins this season. “It is cheating. As a sport, we tend to think our grass is greener than football’s or athletics’, but now we are as muddy as the rest of them. Rugby union “It is a problem we could face in three years, but you have to stick to the rules,” said the Northampton director of rugby, Chris Boyd. “If you keep one player, you have to release another. An internal explosion of wages means you have to make a choice.“The biggest burden on a club is the wage bill and the cap is there to prevent an owner from going out and buying a team. There may be a better way of incentivising clubs to produce more England qualified players but each model is different and if you are in a catchment area that has a poor pool of kids, you have to be a recruitment club.”Exeter lost three Premiership finals against Saracens when they were breaching the rules. Their head coach, Rob Baxter, said that while he did not feel cheated he did feel the victories were tainted.There is no punishment for Saracens in Europe because the cap regulations do not apply in the tournament and the Leinster fly-half Johnny Sexton, whose side were beaten in the final last season, said: “I do not think it tarnishes what they have achieved in the Champions Cup. We beat French clubs on bigger budgets than Saracens. For me they are European champions and deservedly so.” Premiershipcenter_img Read more Share on Messenger Topics Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Saracens judgment is a spectacle of a sport robustly applying its rules news Pinterest Saracens docked 35 points and fined £5m for salary cap breach “We want a level playing field. It is hard to take when someone is successful through going beyond that. It is not the fault of the players but the people in charge of the club. It is really tough on the players and maybe the rules governing youngsters a club develops and helps turn into England internationals needs looking at, but the bottom line is that you cannot cheat and I do not see that as an excuse. Exeter have brought several players through, as have Harlequins and Leicester. You do it within the rules of the game.”The Sale director of rugby, Steve Diamond, who coached Saracens in the 2000s, said his former employers needed to redeem themselves in the eyes of the rest of the Premiership and suggested a start would be to take down the words integrity and honesty that adorn their Allianz Park ground. Saracens judgment is a spectacle of a sport robustly applying its rules David Conn Robert Kitson Share on Facebook Saracens salary-cap breach stamps an asterisk on a great club and the game Share on WhatsApp “I do not think they had to do it, such is the conveyor belt they have created. They could have operated under cap. I am upset and disappointed at their actions more than critical. There was an amnesty, allegedly, four years ago after clubs had been finding clever ways around the cap. They all agreed to stick to it, not least to arrest player wage inflation. Reuse this contentlast_img read more