29 August 2005Four South African climbers have overcome treacherous conditions to reach the top of the sheer Trango Tower rock formation in Pakistan.Peter Lazarus (42), Marianne Pretorius (28), James Pitman (36) and Andreas Kiefer (33) summitted the tower on Sunday 21 August. Pretorius is the third woman in the world to reach the top of Trango.The Trango Tower lies on the Boltoro Glacier in the Karakoram mountain range of Pakistan. At an altitude of 6 250 metres and 1 200 metres high, the “Nameless Tower” first attracted the attention of legendary British hard man Joe Brown during an expedition to central Karakoram in 1956.It took 20 years before Brown, Martin Boysen, Mo Anthoine and Malcolm Howells successfully climbed the needle-like feature by its southwest face.Trango now has eight different routes to the summit. The South African team climbed the Slovenian route.Snowstorms almost forced them to abandon the climb just metres from the top on the day of the summit, according to the Sunday Times. In their final hurdle, they had to ice-climb an overhanging snow mushroom which was collapsing under their efforts.“We spent about six hours on the ridge in snowstorms and were all hanging off one belay stance,” Pretorius told the Sunday Times.The summit day dawned overcast after heavy snow the previous day, which had interrupted the team’s ascent. It was snowing again by the time Lazarus, the team leader, and Pretorius had ascended 600 metres of ropes.From the top of the ropes, Lazarus led the way up an iced crack along a narrow ridge to within about 15 metres of the summit. Pretorius, Kiefer and Pitman joined him there in driving snow at lunchtime. Lazarus then edged forward along a rock band to below the mushroom.About 8m short of the summit, Kiefer took over the lead.“Crossing the rock band, Andreas [Kiefer] commented wryly: ‘This is the scariest climbing I’ve ever done,’” Pitman says on the Trango team’s website.“Which, in Andreas’s case, means it’s scary!“Hacking at the ice mushroom, it became clear to Andreas that it consisted of semi-consolidated snow – impossible to find purchase on and impossible to punch through,” Pitman says.‘At the top, shouting obscenities’Unwilling to give up so close to the summit, the team considered their alternatives. It was about 4pm Pakistan time.“The snow eased off a little, the sun trying to push its way through,” says Pitman. “To turn back, only metres short, or give it a final shot, that was the question.”Pitman – “the only one without a down jacket” – was willing to take a chance on a route that Kiefer had seen from the mushroom. He set out across horizontal cracks in the rock below the mushroom, towards a vertical crack on the northwest face.“Half an hour later, having delicately traversed out left, past the first vertical crack (it proved too flaring), to a second crack on the west face, I was at the top, shouting obscenities from the kitchen-table-sized summit,” says Pitman.Pitman then dropped a rope down for Pretorius, Lazarus and Kiefer to climb to the top.“It was the smallest summit I have ever been on,” Pretorius told the Sunday Times. “It was an awesome point.”Says Pitman: “To the north the head of the Dunge Glacier was a chaotic jumble of ice seracs, K2 and Broad Peak were in thin cloud to the east, Great Trango looked uncharacteristically humble to the south, and the beautiful Uli Biaho, Shipton Spire and peerless Cat’s Ears suddenly seemed eminently more climbable to the west.”Their celebration was brief. With head torches they went down the ropes in the dark for about five hours, before reaching a camp on the shoulder.Portaledges set up on the shoulder. (Photo copyright Team Trango)On Monday, after a few hours’ sleep, the team began to clean the mountain of debris.“For 14 hours we stripped her of her bondage – our portaledges, gear and ropes, but equally, the gas bottles, pollution and especially hundreds of metres of tattered lines carelessly left by past parties,” says Pitman.Lazarus and Pitman worked past the last light, staggering into base camp late on Tuesday night.“Our guide Amjad had arranged a great welcome party with flags, necklaces, hot food, cake, whisky and song,” Pitman relates. “For two emotional hours we celebrated like a close family before literally crashing into our tents, twisted and broken, but somehow deeply complete.”For team leader Lazarus it was about more than just the mountain: “Although getting to the top of Nameless Tower was the ostensible objective of this expedition, for me its real objective was to experience these mountains and return home safely. Summitting was the cherry on the top, but what a cherry it turned out to be!”“For two emotional hours we celebrated like a close family before literally crashing into our tents, twisted and broken, but somehow deeply complete.” (Photo copyright Team Trango)The Trango teamTeam leader Peter “Lobster” Lazarus has been climbing for over 22 years, starting out as a student at Wits University. While still at Wits he established Skyriders, the first rope-access company in South Africa – and now the largest such company in the country.Lazarus discovered and opened the first routes at the world-renowned Restaurant (at the End of the Universe) Crag at Waterval Boven in Mpumalange, the Chosspile near Hartebeespoort Dam in North West, and the New Slatesman in Broederstroom.He has climbed extensively in South Africa, other parts of Africa, the US, Canada, France, the UK, Spain and Thailand. He is an advocate specialising in environmental and mining law.Marianne Pretorius is South Africa’s most experienced and well-known female big wall climber. In early 2004 she became the first woman to scale the imposing east face of the Central Torres del Paine in the Chilean Patagonia. In February 2005 she successfully ascended Cerro Torre, also in Patagonia, via the famous Compressor route.A photographer by trade, Pretorius has climbed in the US, Wales, France and Spain. In 2004 she was the lead climber in the first, and to date only, all-female ascent of the north wall of Blouberg in Limpopo.After Trango she plans to climb the towering and as yet unexplored rock faces of the Queen Maud Land area of Antarctica.James Pitman is a relative newcomer to rock-climbing, having only started in 2001. He is an avid sportsman – cycling, canoeing, playing ball-sports and participating in anything else that crosses his path. Pitman is a corporate lawyer in a Johannesburg law firm and farms Nguni cows in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands.Pitman has climbed the Blouberg massif, the Klein Winterhoek (“Oceans of Fear”) in the Magaliesberg and at most of SA’s popular sites. In May 2005 he accompanied Peter Lazarus to Yosemite in the US for training on the granite wall of El Capitan.With his mother a prominent member of the Mountain Club of South Africa, Andreas Kiefer became member at the age of 12.Kiefer has climbed most of the major peaks in the Drakensberg, as well as in the Magaliesberg, Blouberg and elsewhere in the country. A recent effort was climbing the Devil’s Tooth in the Drakensburg – from Johannesburg and back in just under 22 hours.He has climbed the Fitzroy region of Patagonia, Cerro Torre glacier, Paine areas and Tierra del Fuego. In 1996 Kiefer was in the Karakoram on a technical trekking trip from Hushe over the Gondongoro La to Concordia, K2 base camp and back down the Baltoro Glacier, past Trango Tower and on to Askole.Kiefer’s previous international excursion was to Peru in 2003, where he climbed Urus, Ishinca and Alpamayo.SouthAfrica.info reporter
Identi.ca is a new microblogging service that launched today – but it’s not just another also-ran. The service is an Open Source, CreativeCommons framework for a distributed network of federated microblogging services.If you’ve become interested in the paradigm changing model of communication popularized by Twitter but have been frustrated by Twitter’s frequent down time or other shortcomings – then Identi.ca could be for you. Built by Evan Prodromou, creator of the wonderful site WikiTravel, Identi.ca offers a number of features that Twitter users will find of interest. We learned about the launch on the CreativeCommons blog; Identi.ca supports CC licenses for all the content that flows through it.Note that initial interest is already challenging the first implementation of this service, they are working on improving performance but it will work best once there are multiple interoperable installs!Jabber SupportMany people love Twitter’s messaging through GTalk, but the feature isn’t always available. It’s available immediately on Identi.ca.OpenIDWe created an account on Identi.ca using an OpenID account in under 60 seconds. It made us happy.Right: I got my Failwhale shirt in the mail today from FailWhale.comComing “Soon”Identi.ca just launched today but lists a number of features it says are coming “soon,” including SMS, URL shortening, cross posting to Twitter and other services, a more AJAXy interface and much, much more. Exciting.There is no “replies” tab on Identi.ca, but Twitter users will already be accustomed to that, right? We hope that functionality will come to Idneti.ca quickly.Remote SubscriptionIdenti.ca uses a new technical spec in the works called OpenMicroblogging, something that would let users of one supporting subscription to send and receive messages securely across different microblogging services. This sounds like a great idea, and uses the OAuth user authentication protocol we like so much, but it doesn’t appear to be usable at launch.FederationUltimately, this means federation. I put a customized version of the foundation software (called Laconi.ca) on my server, you put one to your liking on yours, we both get friends on our local copy and any other versions around the web – and everyone can communicate with each other just like we were using the same service from the same provider. Whoever comes up with the best alternative to the garbled name Identi.ca wins!That’s something that many people have wanted to do for a long time. Can it work, work it scale? At least it’s open source so the development community doesn’t have to play armchair quarterback for a black box like they are with Twitter. Maybe these little puppies can get tied into Gnip, the social media switchboard service we wrote about yesterday. Especially once Twitter integration happens, we expect to see Identi.ca become an important part of our work day here at RWW.Now if you’ll excuse use, we need to go make a desktop app for Identi.ca using Fluid. Tags:#Features#Product Reviews#web Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Tags:#Photo Sharing Services#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… david strom If you are looking to try to keep track of all the places from whence you post your mobile photos, a new site that launches today called VenueSeen.com might be the place you want to visit. The idea is that they geolocate and collect photos from a variety of sharing sites, including FoodSpotting, Foursquare, Instagram and Facebook. They don’t collect any photos from Pinterest at the moment. Think of them as what Nimble.com and Gremln.com have done for coordination of your overall social networks, VenueSeen is attempting to do for your photos.You can pick and choose all or some of the four networks that you want them to scan, as you see from the screenshot here.The service is designed initially for retail consumer-oriented businesses that want to promote themselves, such as a restaurant or a clothing store or some other shopping destination. VenueSeen has solved the problem of aligning the various geolocation coordinates to make sure that the same Starbucks’ shop shows up consistently from its four feeder sites and matching them up so you can see they were taken in the same place. In addition to consolidating photos, they also collect tips and reviews from these four sites into one place. There is also a handy stats widget that shows you where the photos from a particular location originated from.Most b2b operations probably won’t want to get involved, unless you want to share pics of your employees taken in their own offices. That could be pretty boring unless you have a quirky place in the South of Market district in San Francisco (such as SAYMedia, our parent company). 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 29: Alabama fans cheer after the Alabama Crimson Tide defeat the Auburn Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 29, 2008 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Alabama defeated Auburn 36-0. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)Last week, the Alabama chapter of Alpha Phi released a recruiting video which included an appearance from Crimson Tide running back Kenyan Drake. Just one week later, the school has pulled the footage and issued an official apology. Why? Well, we’re not really sure.Fox Sports’ Clay Travis was able to obtain the statement, which is a bit vague. The decision comes after a columnist at AL.com wrote a scathing piece on the subject, calling the video “worse for women than Donald Trump.”“This video is not reflective of UA’s expectations for student organizations to be responsible digital citizens. It is important for student organizations to remember what is posted on social media makes a difference, today and tomorrow, on how they are viewed and perceived,” said Deborah Lane, Associate Vice President for University Relations.The school’s decision is causing a great deal of controversy, to say the least. If you haven’t seen the video, it’s been re-posted below. You can form your own opinion on it.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar1970-8923.4.216+5.0-0.3-.022-0.7 Michael Jordan1985-9828.8.275+7.5-0.2-.019-0.6 Karl Malone1986-0424.4.214+5.1-3.2-.075-2.8 Michael Jordan1985-9828.8.275+7.5-0.2-.019-0.6 Michael Jordan is always a popular comparison point for King James when it comes to playoff heroics. Jordan did retain more of his output in the playoffs than LeBron has over his career, but MJ is also the exception here — like he is in most basketball-related things. Contemporary stars Chris Paul, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant have all experienced far bigger drop-offs in the playoffs than James, as did legends of yesteryear such as Karl Malone and (gasp!) Larry Bird.5I was shocked to see how much Bird’s production dropped during the playoffs over his career, given that he won three championships. All told, James’s regular-season-to-playoffs dip is roughly the same as Tim Duncan’s — pretty good company.James’s ability to maintain his output in the playoffs is even more impressive when you consider that his regular-season numbers are really, really good. It’s easier to display postseason improvement when you are starting with a lower bar. The players who raised their production the most during the playoffs — think Pistons legend Isiah Thomas or ex-Warrior Baron Davis6Amazingly, Davis had the biggest leap in SPM between the regular season and playoffs of any player since 1963! — tend to be moderately good, but not great, regular-season performers. Among players who retained as much of their regular-season selves in the playoffs as James, only Jordan played at a higher level during the regular season: PLAYERPLAYOFF YRSPERWS/48SPM*PERWS/48SPM* Charles Barkley1985-9924.3.216+5.1-0.1-.024-1.0 Stephen Curry2013-1726.7.259+6.5-4.1-.074-2.9 David Robinson1990-0325.5.245+6.4-2.4-.047-1.8 Kawhi Leonard2012-1720.2.203+4.3+1.4+.012+0.5 Who maintains their skills in the postseason? (1963-2017) Chris Paul2008-1726.7.272+6.8-0.5-.054-2.0 Best regular-season statistics, among players who declined as little in the playoffs as LeBron James Hakeem Olajuwon1985-0224.4.184+4.5+1.2+.003+0.1 Dirk Nowitzki2001-1624.4.224+5.1-0.7-.037-1.4 Magic Johnson1980-9623.9.222+5.1-1.0-.014-0.6 PLAYERPLAYOFF YRSPERWS/48SPM*PERWS/48SPM* LeBron James2006-1728.6.258+6.9-0.9-.021-0.8 Average qualifier17.3.144+1.8-1.1-.028-1.1 Tim Duncan1998-1624.4.210+5.3-0.1-.018-0.8 REGULAR SEASONCHANGE IN PLAYOFFS * SPM, or Statistical Plus/Minus, is a mixture of PER and WS/48 that weights each according to how well it correlates with ESPN’s Real/Plus Minus. It is scaled to represent a player’s net points above average per 100 possessions. Data is throughSunday’s games.Source: Basketball-Reference.com Larry Bird1980-9224.1.212+5.1-2.8-.040-1.7 Rick Barry1967-8021.6.167+3.0+0.1-.013-0.5 Bill Russell1963-6917.6.179+3.3+0.6-.021-0.4 Wilt Chamberlain1964-7323.9.239+5.8-1.9-.044-1.5 LeBron James2006-1728.6.258+6.9-0.9-.021-0.8 Bob Lanier1974-8420.1.179+3.3+0.8-.002-0.1 Kevin Durant2010-1727.1.253+6.4-3.6-.077-3.0 Shaquille O’Neal1994-1127.4.219+5.8-1.3-.035-1.4 Walt Frazier1968-7520.0.203+3.9-0.1-.010-0.3 LeBron James’s postseason legend continues to grow with each passing year. In recent campaigns, the Cleveland Cavaliers star has even appeared to flip a switch in the playoffs and instantly perform at a higher level. Certainly he did last season, elevating his production markedly from the regular season,1His Player Efficiency Rating (PER) jumped from 27.5 during the regular season to 30.0 in the playoffs, and his Win Shares per 48 minutes (WS/48) from 0.241 to 0.274. and he has shown signs of a boost so far this postseason as well.Playoff LeBron — the destiny-fueled superhero sent to the postseason to capture the Larry O’Brien Trophy — is mostly an optical illusion to basketball fans. Over the course of James’s career, he’s pretty much played the same in the playoffs as we’d expect from his regular-season stats. But because James is so good, just maintaining his remarkable regular-season numbers is by itself a feat — and something that many other stars (past and present) have been incapable of doing.To compare a player’s regular season and playoff production, I gathered advanced stats — including Player Efficiency Rating (PER), Win Shares per 48 minutes (WS/48) and a composite “statistical plus/minus” (SPM) that blends the other two metrics together2The resulting metric is adjusted for team and weighted so as to best align with ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus, and is also scaled to represent points above/below per 100 possessions. You can read about it more in this story I wrote about Chris Paul’s incredible career stats. — for all NBA and ABA players since 1963.3For accounting purposes, that was the first season for which we know exactly how many minutes a player split between teams if he switched teams mid-season. Then I tracked how much each player improved or declined when he reached the playoffs.4Specifically, I took a career average for each player, weighted in accordance with how many regular-season and playoff minutes he logged each season.The vast majority of NBA players play worse in the postseason, which makes sense given that the playoffs contain the league’s most difficult opponents. The typical player tends to see his PER drop by 1.1 points, his WS/48 by 0.028 points and his SPM by 1.1 points during the playoffs. James is not immune to this dynamic, but he’s managed to resist the drag of the playoffs more than most. Here are the best regular-season players in my sample, along with how their stats changed in the playoffs (through Sunday’s games): Jerry West1963-7423.5.226+5.0-0.3-.025-0.8 * SPM, or Statistical Plus/Minus, is a mixture of PER and WS/48 that weights each according to how well it correlates with ESPN’s Real/Plus Minus. It is scaled to represent a player’s net points above average per 100 possessions. Data is throughSunday’s games.Source: Basketball-Reference.com REGULAR SEASONCHANGE IN PLAYOFFS Magic Johnson1980-9623.9.222+5.1-1.0-.014-0.6 So, no, James isn’t Hakeem Olajuwon, who somehow managed to play better in the postseason than he did in the regular season. (Kawhi Leonard of the Spurs is adding to his own legend in that department as we speak.) But James’s regular-season numbers are also better than Hakeem’s, or Magic Johnson’s, or basically everyone else in NBA history. Whether it’s the regular season or the playoffs, you can pretty much expect the same LeBron. He’s great all the time.Check out our NBA playoff predictions.
Having scored four times away at Levante in 2017-18, Ernesto Valverde’s side was defeated 5-4, however, Barca was prepared this season as they didn’t want a repeat of that last Sunday night.Barca thrashed Levante 5-0 with a hat-trick from Lionel Messi and a contribution from Suarez.Lionel Messi bagged three goals for his side and assisted with two goals.“We are happy because last year we played here and conceded five after a whole season without losing,” Valverde said at his post-match press conference via Marca.“That was only a few months ago, they are having a great season and they keep showing that.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“We remembered last year and we managed to put it behind us and leave with a clean sheet.”“They started as we imagined,” he said.“We had to change the setup based on the casualties we had so it was difficult for us and they squeezed us.“They’re able to score and dangerous when they counterattack but we had the fortune of opening the score.”
According to City Manager Paul Ostrander the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has been working with the city on the project: “This year we actually got the Refuge to partner with us, they are going to provide information about the eagles for us throughout the season.” The City Council approved funds back in February for an upgrade to the camera system, which the upgrades have been installed in time for this season. According to a post on the City of Kenai Facebook page, around 7:08 p.m., they got the first glimpse of an egg in the nest. According to the post the city plans to post an extended version showing the entire process from the return to the nest until the female eagle is nestled in on top of the new egg. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on April 15th, 2018 at 09:58 amThe City of Kenai announced yesterday that the first egg of the season is visible on the city’s Eagle Cam. In a letter to the City Council Ostrander stated that in its first year of operation the Kenai Eagle Cam was successful, and in just the first summer of operations, the Eagle Cam was viewed for 2,083,618 minutes. In 2017 the City, partnered with the Kenai Chamber of Commerce to begin streaming live images of a nesting eagle pair.