Baldwin warns about Lebanon traffic—and looks like Gilas struggling to escape it

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next We’re about to all go off-line in 1 hour. Pls pray for us #LabanPilipinas #Puso #💪❤️ pic.twitter.com/kRSc21ehBB— Chot Reyes (@coachot) August 8, 2017Facing the regions’s best teams is not the only thing Gilas Pilipinas has to deal with in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Former national team coach Tab Baldwin said the Gilas will also have to get accustomed to the living and playing conditions in Lebanon, where, according to the American-Kiwi, traffic is much worse than it is in Manila.ADVERTISEMENT Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Lebanon is hostile territory to many but it used to be a place that Baldwin once referred to as home.“Lebanon is a different place. I lived there for awhile and coached there. It’s not an easy place to play and we’re a long way from home,” said Baldwin, who coached in Lebanon for two years from 2010-2011.The Philippines opens its campaign against reigning Asian champion China on Wednesday in a rematch of the 2015 finals.The 59-year-old Baldwin was at the helm when Gilas settled for silver two years ago in Changsha, China.“Like everybody else, I hope we do well.” 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Rally in support of Kaepernick planned SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Teen gunned down in Masbate MOST READ “I’m just like everybody else. I’m hopeful that they’re gonna be really well over there. I don’t really know what the competition is exactly,” said Baldwin, whose squad Ateneo nearly pulled off the upset against the Cadets in a tuneup Tuesday. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanocenter_img Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas LATEST STORIES “They’re gonna face some tough teams there. It’s tough conditions to play in Beirut. It’s usually traffic–we think we understand traffic here but it’s a different kind over there. It can really be frustrating.”It seems like Gilas Pilipinas is already experiencing what Baldwin is talking about.Head coach Chot Reyes posting updates of their struggles getting to the practice venue because of traffic. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View commentslast_img read more

Alas heats up as NLEX earn playoff spot with win over Blackwater

first_imgLATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESBOCAUE — Kevin Alas caught fire in the payoff period to propel NLEX past Blackwater, 93-90, and into the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals Sunday at Philippine Arena here.Alas, the former Letran hotshot, pumped in 16 points built on four treys in the fourth quarter as he led the Road Warriors’ comeback en route to their fourth straight win.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rondina powers UST past Adamson in 3 sets for 2nd win UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Alas’ hot-shooting allowed NLEX to overturn a 65-74 deficit to start the fourth canto to build an 84-78 lead with 7:04 remaining.Blackwater rallied with Allein Maliksi cutting the deficit down to three, 93-90, with a split from the free throw line with 7.4 ticks left, but Mac Belo missed a potential game-tying triple as time ran out.Kiefer Ravena continued his stellar play inside, this time, uncorking 23 markers on top of three boards, and three steals, while Juami Tiongson got nine points, four rebounds, and three assists.Mike DiGregorio led Blackwater in scoring with 16 points, while JP Erram had a double-double of 14 markers and 17 rebounds.The defeat brought the erstwhile-streaking Elite back to earth as they drop to 4-6.ADVERTISEMENT The scores:NLEX 93 — Alas 25, Ravena 23, Tiongson 9, Quiñahan 8, Al-Hussaini 6, Baguio 5, Mallari 5, Soyud 4, Ighalo 3, Miranda 3, Fonacier 2, Gotladera 0, Taulava 0.BLACKWATER 90 — DiGregorio 16, Erram 14, Jose 14, Maliksi 13, Sena 12, Belo 10, Palma 6, Marcelo 5, Pinto 0.Quarters: 23-20, 41-46, 65-74, 93-90.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “Our last four wins were just grind out wins and this is no exception. Good thing Kevin Alas saved the day for us. He made fantastic shots and even I was surprised,” said NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao.It turned out to be a career night for Alas, who finished with a career-best 25 points, while also hauling down eight rebounds and dishing out five assists as NLEX rose to fourth place with a 6-4 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkGuiao bared that he has been urging the fourth-year guard to rely on his three-point shooting more.“I’ve been getting on Kevin’s outside shooting past games. But I did not expect that it will pay dividends this early,” he said. “Today, he showed us that he’s an outside threat. That’s just incredible shooting, the best I’ve seen him shoot from the outside this past one and a half years.” Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View commentslast_img read more

Davao Aguilas, Japan FC strike partnership

first_imgPhivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Philippines Football League club Davao Aguilas has forged a partnership with Japanese top-flight club Shonan Bellmare that will open up opportunities for both organizations to develop talent and exchange knowledge through coaching and training camps.Davao Aguilas owner and businessman Jefferson Cheng said the partnership will not just benefit his club, but the rest of the players in the PFL as it could pave the way for Filipino players to suit up in the J1 League, the first division in Japan.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cheng said the J1 League club can also send their team to the Philippines for friendly matches with other PFL clubs.“This could actually benefit everyone in Philippine football because there is just too many things that need to be done so we need to help each other out,” he added.Cheng also unveiled the club’s plans to construct a sports facility that will include a 20,000-seater stadium in Davao City to be called “The Nest.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Pacquiao, Angara lead Senate five’s title-retention bid Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “It is exciting times for us having a big club like Shonan Bellmare from the J-League which is considered one of the best leagues in Asia, as a partner for the Aguilas,” said Cheng.The partnership has paved the way for the only professional football club from Mindanao to be renamed Davao Aguilas Bellmare FC.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I hope there will be an exchange of knowledge with coaches and players,” Cheng said. “I’m also hoping that it gives opportunities to other players not just from the Davao Aguilas who can possibly showcase their talent in Japan.”Part of the partnership could see the Aguilas undergoing training camps in Bellmare’s facilities in Japan. Davao finished third in the league behind Ceres-Negros and Kaya Iloilo this season, but the Aguilas remain in contention in the Copa Paulino Alcantara, the winner of which will clinch a place in the AFC Cup next season. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Van West Charles gets fuel import/wholesale Licence

first_imgChief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Water Inc (GWI), Dr Richard Van West Charles, has been granted a licence to import/wholesale and store fuel.GWI’s CEO, Dr Richard Van West CharlesThe bond Lot 16 Sublot ‘A’ Mudlot Kingston GeorgetownThe prominent supporter of the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration, son-in-law of the late Forbes Burnham, and former Health Minister was handed the fuel licence by the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) in November last year and is valid until 2025.The licence has been issued in the name of Atlantic Fuel Inc.Checks with the Deed Registry Department on Tuesday revealed that Atlantic Fuel Inc was registered as a company in February 2015 and was issued with its Fuel Import licence in November 2015.Directors of the Company are Dr Richard Alexander Van West Charles, Lear Solomon Goring, Andron Alphonso and Ronaldo Alphonso.The Company Secretary is listed as Andron Alphonso and its address listed as Lot 16 Sublot ‘A’ Mudlot, Kingston, Georgetown.Checks at the listed Kingston address however, revealed that there is no storage bond for fuel at that location, neither any signage for Atlantic Fuels Inc.In fact, the Kingston address houses, in addition to an office for Atlantic Fuel Inc, another company Adamantium Mining.A missive posted outside of the Adamantium Mining’s operation has listed a notice purportedly from management.That notice identifies Ronaldo Alphonso — one of Atlantic Fuel Inc’s Directors — as Adamantium Mining’s management.When Guyana Times visited the location on Tuesday, employees were cagey with their answers, save to say that “the boss is busy at a board meeting.”This publication was told that he would be unable to attend to the media at the time.Asked about Atlantic Fuel Inc’s storage facility for its imported fuel, one of the employees suggested that fuel was not in fact stored at the Kingston location, since most of the fuel imported is used for the company’s mining operation in addition to its fleet of vehicles.According to a copy of the licence seen by Guyana Times, the document is valid for 10 years and was inked on November 5, 2015 by GEA’s Chief Executive Officer, Mahender Sharma.The Licence #: IL/0055 of 2015 grants to Atlantic Fuels Inc, permission for the importing/wholesaling of diesel in Guyana during the period November 5, 2015, to November 4, 2025 – a total of 10 years.Permission was also granted to Atlantic Fuels Inc subject to the conditions of its licence, for the storage of diesel for the purpose of import/wholesale at 16 Sublot ‘A’ Mudlot, Kingston, Georgetown.In June this year, Government scrapped a similar licence that was granted to China Zhonghao Inc under the previous Administration. That licence was dated to expire in January 2025 but was cancelled after Government alleged that an audit showed that the company only had a conditional licence.last_img read more

City curbs to be packed with donations

first_imgThis Father’s Day weekend, the city streets will be littered with presents.From Friday June 17 until Sunday June 19, the Northern Environmental Action Team(NEAT), will be putting on “Kick it to the Curb.” NEAT is asking that any items that have not been picked up by 4 p.m. Sunday be taken off the curb. NEAT is encouraging people to post their address and items on their Facebook page to help organize the weekend event. People can also follow NEAT on Twitter throughout the weekend, as staff will be providing insight into the wide variety of items available. Its Twitter account is @NEATfsj. The idea of the weekend-long event is for residents throughout the Peace River Regional District to place any unwanted items at their curb, where people can stop by and pick them up free of charge. For more information on the event or to post your available items, please visit the NEAT website or contact them via telephone at 250-785-6328.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Senate rejects debate on Iraq

first_imgWASHINGTON – Senate critics of President Bush’s troop buildup in Iraq failed Saturday in a renewed effort to force debate on a resolution opposing the administration’s military strategy. But seven Republicans broke from the president in a sign of the difficulty he faces in holding together support for his Iraq plan. It was the second time Republicans were able to deny opponents of the war a debate on the critical resolution, and it came just a day after the House went on record formally opposing Bush’s plan to increase the military presence in Iraq. The rare Saturday-afternoon vote showed that Democrats were slowly drawing support from Senate Republicans for what was shaping up to be a drawn-out fight between the Democratically controlled Congress and Bush over his execution of the war. “This is the United States Senate,” said Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., defending his party’s stance as senators squared off at noon. “The majority cannot tell the minority what we are going to have one vote on, take it or leave it.” Democrats were leery of the Republican plan, written by Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, because of its potential to attract the most Senate votes and to overshadow Senate action criticizing the troop increase. Some lawmakers also believed that Congress might be asked to restrict military spending, and they did not want their hands tied by an earlier vote on a more symbolic resolution. The Senate vote came on what is technically known as a “motion to proceed,” which would have allowed the Senate to begin considering the identical language approved Friday afternoon by the House on a mainly party-line vote. The two-sentence resolution states, in part, that “Congress disapproves of the decision of President George W. Bush announced on Jan. 10, 2007, to deploy more than 20,000 additional United States combat troops to Iraq.” Without 60 votes for the procedural motion, the Senate was unable to start debate. It was an outcome that left Democrats accusing Republicans of ducking a vote directly opposing Bush’s policy, even though many of them had significant reservations about the conduct of the war and concerns for the political repercussions. “The American people can see what is happening here,” said Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb. “They know that some want to prevent a vote at all costs.” Nelson said it was time to move beyond the “debate about the debate” and put the Senate on record. “Are you in favor of deploying thousands of troops to the crossroads of civil war in Iraq, or do you oppose that plan?” Nelson asked. Nelson and Sen. John W. Warner, R-Va., co-wrote an earlier, more detailed bipartisan resolution disagreeing with the troop buildup. But that proposal stalled Feb. 5, when the Republican leadership held its ranks together against the Democratic plan to allow a vote on that plan but not on the Gregg alternative. Warner sided with Republicans in that initial vote but broke from his party on Saturday. “We have the right to respectfully disagree,” Warner said. “Mr. President, do you need 21,500 additional men and women in this conflict to go into the streets and alleys of Baghdad?” Other Republicans who had helped thwart the earlier debate also said it was time to end the procedural impasse. “In my view, it is most important that the Senate speak out on Iraq,” said Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa. “If we continue to debate whether there should be a debate while the House of Representatives acts, the Senate will become irrelevant. To paraphrase the Roman adage, `The Senate should not fiddle while Iraq burns.”‘ Some Republicans accused Democrats of dangerous political posturing in advance of the 2008 presidential and congressional elections and of undermining both U.S. forces and the administration. They said opponents of Bush were trying to have it both ways, criticizing his policy but not taking the more politically risky step of curtailing spending on the war. “If you think we are in the middle of civil war, cut off funding,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said to his colleagues. The Saturday session drew a throng of spectators who lined up outside the Senate hoping to get a glimpse of the debate. Less than an hour before the vote, a woman wearing an American flag scarf over her head was escorted from the Senate chamber after shouting a message that interrupted Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas. Records show that the Senate has met on Saturday only 14 times in the past decade and conducted votes on only five of those occasions. Not all senators were present for the vote, including Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., a Republican presidential primary candidate, who was campaigning in Iowa. Two other Republican senators, Jon Kyl of Arizona and Bob Corker of Tennessee, had left for Baghdad. But with the burden of reaching 60 votes on their side, Democrats did not dare miss the showdown, particularly the party’s presidential candidates. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York spent the morning campaigning in New Hampshire but came back for the vote, as did Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, who had been in South Carolina. Sen. Joseph R. Biden of Delaware flew from Iowa to Washington and was planning to return to Iowa on Saturday night.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The vote, 56-34, was four short of what was needed to break the stalemate. But Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, said the vote showed that Senate sentiment was running against the president. “A majority of the United States Senate just voted on Iraq, and a majority of the United States Senate is against the escalation in Iraq,” Reid said as he withdrew the resolution. Just two Republicans sided with Democrats in a similar procedural showdown earlier this month, and five more came aboard on Saturday. Democrats were counting on the House vote and on widespread public unease with the war to help build opposition to Bush’s plan. “It may be called a surge, but I believe it is a plunge,” said Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and chairman of the Armed Services Committee. “A plunge into the sectarian cauldron, a plunge into the unknown.” Republicans continued to try to make the case that it was Democrats who were shutting down a full-fledged Senate review of Bush’s Iraq strategy by refusing the Republicans a chance to offer an alternative that would place the Senate on record against cutting off money for armed forces in the field. last_img

Highway 29 south of Chetwynd open to single lane traffic

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – Highway 29 south of Chetwynd is now open to single lane alternating traffic. Flaggers are controlling traffic 13km south of Chetwynd until crews are able to fix a washout.  The Highway had been closed early this week after a section of the Highway was washed away by heavy rains. – Advertisement –last_img

PICTURE SPECIAL: ST EUNAN’S BOYS BRING MacLARNON CUP BACK TO LETTERKENNY

first_imgThe St Eunan’s College players back at the school this eveningST EUNAN’S COLLEGE boys returned in triumph to Letterkenny today after winning the MacLarnon Cup after an epic final battle with Coláistí Inis Eoghain.The Letterkenny school took the Ulster trophy on a two-point margin.St Eunan’s GAA club contingent in the teamMan of the Match Conal Boyle and Captain Conor O’Donnell  PICTURE SPECIAL: ST EUNAN’S BOYS BRING MacLARNON CUP BACK TO LETTERKENNY was last modified: March 17th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennyMacLarnon Cup Winners 2014St.Eunan’s Collegelast_img read more

Qhubeka: bicycles for rural development

first_img2 May 2013 Team MTN-Qhubeka, Africa’s first UCI-registered Professional Continental cycling team, is the most successful and largest multi-discipline cycling race team in Africa, comprising 24 men and women of varying African nationalities competing in road, mountain bike and BMX racing. MTN-Qhubeka races a full professional UCI-continental road and mountain bike schedule throughout Africa, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific. In March, it became the first African team to line up in a World Tour race when it took part in the Tirreno-Adriatico in Italy. In the team’s follow-up race, the classic Milan Sanremo – at 298km the longest one-day race in world cycling – MTN-Qhubeka’s Gerald Ciolek claimed the first victory for an African team at World Tour level, while Songezo Jim became the first black South African rider to race a World Tour event.‘Mobilising change – one bicycle at a time’ The team’s focus, however, is as much on youth and community development as it is on winning races – although the vehicle in both cases is the bicycle. Through its partnership with South African non-profit organisation Qhubeka, the team helps rural African communities by giving bicycles to children in return for work done to improve their environment and their community: for every 100 trees grown to at least 30 centimetres, or for every ton of waste collected, Qhubeka donates one bicycle. No ordinary bicycle, either, but a Qhubeka Buffalo Bicycle, engineered specifically for African terrain and load requirements, designed by World Bicycle Relief in Chicago, USA and assembled and tested in South Africa. Qhubeka, in partnership with the Wildlands Conservation Trust, has distributed more than 40 000 of the bicycles since 2004, in the process making a massive difference in the lives of rural communities lacking a fundamental element of development: transport. “Rural schoolchildren are particularly badly affected by lack of mobility,” Qhubeka notes on its website. “In South Africa, of the 16-million school-going children, 12-million walk to school. Of these, 500 000 walk more than two hours each way, spending four hours getting to and back from school each day.”Creating community ‘tree-preneurs’ Providing bicycles is a quick, effective and economical method of addressing this problem, while doing this in return for growing trees helps to nurture community “tree-preneurs”, who grow trees from seed and then barter them for food, clothes, education support – and bicycles. Eleven-year-old Katlego, who lives in Vosloorus in South Africa’s Gauteng province, is one of many who have used the opportunity to become a savvy micro-entrepreneur. Having grown 100 trees in a milk bottle nursery in her family’s small yard, Katlego went on to grown 600 tree seedlings and bartered these for six Qhubeka bicycles. One of these she uses to cycle to and from school, drastically reducing her commute time and so giving her more time for homework. The bicycle, designed to carry up to 250 kilograms, also makes it easier for her to fetch water, give someone a lift, or transport groceries. And the other five bicycles? Katlego rents these out to community members for two hours at a time, bringing in money that has significantly boosted her family’s income. “Qhubeka believes that human well-being is dependent on environmental health,” the organisation says. “Through our partnership with Wildlands Conservation Trust we are actively pursuing a world that is not only greener but provides more opportunities for those at the bottom end of the economic scale.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Geocaching Road Trip to Ankara, Turkey

first_imgA road trip unexpectedly leads to a Turkish orchardThere’s a geocaching frontier out there. These are places where “geocaching” is rarely said aloud and they exist in countries and regions where geocache hides are measured in the dozens or hundreds, not tens of thousands.  But where there are frontiers, you’ll find determined pioneers. Geocaching Türkiye is a collection of hearty geocachers exploring Turkey. It’s a country slightly larger than the U.S. State of Texas.Texas boasts nearly 65,000 active geocaches. The country of Turkey has fewer than 1,000. Geocacher omaggo is helping lead the group Geocaching Türkiye into the future, including placing more than 200 geocaches for others to discover. And what better way to spread the word about geocaching than an old fashioned road trip? But this road trip would lead the pioneering geocaches on an unexpected adventure.Omaggo says, “I am a geocacher from Istanbul and am part of a group of geocachers who gather once a month… We decided to visit the capital city of Turkey, Ankara. We thought it would be a nice opportunity for us to meet new geocachers from Ankara, while also finding some geocaches there.”True to the DNA of geocachers everywhere, the group arrived early for their event, eight hours early. He says, “The event was at 6pm, however we arrived at 9am!”The group spent the time talking with a university trekking club about the hobby that combines so nicely with hiking and the outdoors. Omaggo says, “Everything was perfect. The University Trekking group members heard about geocaching but hadn’t tried it before. We met with this group in the Middle East Technical University of Ankara. We gave them a brief presentation about geocaching.”geocachers aboard the Ankara Express“After the presentation we decided to find some caches on the University campus. GokhanGoKartunal, a geocacher from Ankara, hid most of the caches there. What we didn’t know was that he is a lecturer in the university. So, our aim was to show the new geocache members how to find caches and how to log them.When we reached the first geocache, however, we found a special note for us in the box. Ankara was expecting us and they wanted to welcome us by preparing a little surprise. They made a little puzzle with the solution bringing us to a special geocache.New geocaching members were already excited just to understand geocaching, find caches etc, but we were more than excited to have a surprise puzzle cache from Ankara. We rapidly found the five different caches necessary for the surprise. We gathered the clues and solved the mystery. Eventually we learned the coordinates.”Presenting geocaching to university students“We walked to the GZ. When we were near the coordinates we couldn’t believe our eyes, because no one expected what we saw! The Ankara geocachers made a wonderful surprise for us. They bought a potted apple tree and had already dug a hole and left us a pick axe. We found a note next to the plant which said, ”We wanted you to have a tree in our campus to remember this day.’”Clues leading to the apple orchardThe tree was symbol, a call to action to be aware of local encroachment into wild spaces.  Omaggo says, “All of us were aware of this issue before but to have this tree as a surprise made us very happy and we were touched. We decided to hide a new geocache near our apple tree. We will always remember this event and every geocacher that comes to Middle East Technical University can learn about this day.”The road trip went so well, Omaggo says the group is planning other road trips. But the next time they might not take the bus and stay a little closer to home, “Ankara was 5 hours away and we used a bus for transportation.  The next city might be somewhere nearer. We have also thought about doing a trip by motorcycle. In our Geocaching Istanbul group we have about 6-7 motor riders. I think It would be very interesting if we could organize a tour by bike.”Share your geocaching road trip stories in comments below!Planting a tree and commemorating a new geocacheShare with your Friends:More SharePrint Relatedlast_img read more