RokOtok project: Swim to survive

first_imgRokOtok is conceived as a memory of the father and son spending time together and their numerous joint adventures and games that were interrupted by Rok’s premature departure. One of the planned adventures was a tour of all 50 inhabited Croatian islands in search of the most beautiful beach with collecting points as they looked at the night sky and looked for the lights of airplanes and satellites, or best of all – shooting stars. The fish was accompanied on the trip – the first of the projects planned for now – by numerous unknown and well-known swimmers, amateurs and professionals: water polo player Miho Bošković, swimmers Dina Levačić, Antonija Buličić and Toni Pavičić Donkić…, only some of them, and except one large tuna, Pisces is a society in the sea and a few Adriatic bottlenose dolphins. photo: РокОток FB The fish fulfilled one wish, but also the promise of Roko on July 30, when he swam in the morning from Drvenik Veli to the bay of Ljubljeva on Ciovo, the 17th island station on his more than 100-kilometer-long swimming adventure that lasted 24 days. feel free to say night…, because when he swam one of the sections, instead of resting, he hung out with kids and their parents at educational workshops, and then, between massaging a sore shoulder and hanging out with local RokOtočani, he would sit at a computer and post on social networks, sent reports to numerous media who could hardly wait for any new news and communicated with the RokOtočani associates who remained in Zagreb. On the islands, a total of more than 2.000 children met Pisces in a protected area and would swim with him to the shore, where they then talked about adventures, travel, ecology, Croatia, islands…, after which they would look for hidden treasure and walk around the island, getting to know with its cultural and historical heritage. From the very beginning, the project was extremely well covered by the media from the very beginning – while it still existed only as a semi-elaborated idea in Riba’s head: on average, there were about 15 publications on portals, 3-4 articles in the press, and neither radio nor TV. the stations were not immune to “the most beautiful Croatian summer story”. Numerous individuals who got involved in the project in various ways were an integral part of the emotion-filled story: Red Cross rescuers offered their services, employees of police administrations and port authorities, employees of tourist boards and offices, local Rok Islanders who helped about the organization of socializing on the beaches, accommodation, food and drink and donations. RokOtok was helped by numerous sponsors: Sport Vision, Croatian National Tourist Board, Raiffeisen Bank, Rio Mare, Adriatic osiguranje, Crodux, Offertissima, Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund, Breyer Polyclinic, Infinum, Baby Center, Tele2, Božičević Editions, Yes I Do, Hangar 18, Croatia Mensa, FoodApp The swimming sections were on average 6.000 meters long, and the two most demanding from Mljet to Korčula and Hvar to Vis and over 17 kilometers – we should not forget that the sea is not always calm and warm as it is in swimming pools… “Stop telling me fairy tales before bed, I want to hear all about the most beautiful beaches” – is the sentence with which the boy Rok gave the idea to his dad, geography professor Domagoj Jakopović for the project #RokOtok and a book of the same name. After this summer, the rest of Croatia knows about Domagoj, who may not have met him as RibaFish, editor, journalist, blogger, and more recently as a writer. photo: РокОток FB And it wasn’t just because summer is pickle season! Riba’s story and his laudable goal – to encourage children and parents to socialize more – touched the painful place of anyone who is aware of (in) quality spending time with their loved ones, especially children. An hour for children without any electronics success is equal to surviving a month on a desert island. We must certainly not forget Riba’s closest team that accompanied him on the ship and took turns as needed: Rokotok member Kasandra Draganić – “cat for all”, doctors Marija and Ana Štanjel, and Ena Kurtić, skippers Lovro Urod and Dominik Perković, rescuers Ivan Jurić, Todor Jurjević and Nikola Stračárova, cameraman Igor Bogdanović. The background invisible operational support was more or less successfully performed by other members of the Rokotok association from Zagreb: it was necessary to collect gifts and books and send them to the islands, prepare contracts and press clippings, maintain the website www.rokotok….last_img read more

FB: Dantley will start, but could still split time with Robinson

first_img Comments Published on November 11, 2008 at 12:00 pm The quarterbacks walked into the cafeteria at the Syracuse football complex about 10 minutes apart Tuesday. Cameron Dantley came in to face the media first, then Andrew Robinson. Starter first, backup second.Syracuse head coach Greg Robinson confirmed as much Tuesday. Robinson said Dantley will start, two days after Robinson said he would use both quarterbacks in Saturday’s game against Connecticut (6-3, 2-2 Big East) at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. Robinson reiterated that each will play. Saturday will be Senior Day for the Orange (2-7, 1-4 Big East).Robinson played coy Tuesday – ‘I have considered it,’ he said. ‘There is that possibility.’ But the coaching staff told each quarterback they would get time.Robinson had said at his Sunday press conference that both could get in.‘It’s not something that I’m big on,’ Robinson said. ‘I do think that Andrew deserves a chance to go into a game where he knows he has a chance to possibly go in.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDantley and Andrew Robinson both played in Saturday’s 35-17 loss to Rutgers. Neither played well. Dantley went 3-of-12 for 19 yards. He was sacked four times and fumbled. Robinson replaced Dantley after the starter’s ankle was injured. Robinson threw for 12 yards on 2-of-7 passing.They don’t know how the rotation will work. They know they will play.For Dantley, Saturday is a chance to solidify himself as a starter. He has completed 52.4 percent of his passes this year and averages 134.9 yards a game. But play bottomed out Saturday against the Scarlet Knights.‘I just think we struggled, just in terms of offensively, collectively as a whole,’ Dantley said. ‘The passing game obviously didn’t get going at all, so that really made us struggle. We just didn’t seem to ever pick it back up.’For Robinson, the game against UConn is a chance to reclaim his place. Last year, Robinson threw for 2,192 yards and 13 touchdowns as a sophomore starter. But he struggled all through camp. His mechanics worsened. After an ugly opening-game showing against Northwestern, Robinson was benched and, save for a garbage-time appearance against Penn State, didn’t play again until Saturday.‘I’ve been on the bench for about two months now, and it’s given me time to really step back and observe things from a different perspective than I’m used to,’ Robinson said. ‘I’ve gotten some value of it. And I think that it can help me going forward from the last three games.’Of course, the method will be a little different for each. Dantley said he’s grown comfortable as the starter. Robinson wants to get back to where he was last year. The rotation is a whole new world for both.‘I’ve never been in a two-quarterback system either,’ Greg Robinson said.Said Dantley, ‘I mean, we don’t hang out all the time, but in terms of on the field, just how we watch film together and how we talk, we have a good rapport, really.’Delone still waitingAfter a devastating hip injury in 2007, Delone Carter waited more than a year to get back on the field. After a nagging hamstring pull this season, Carter waited more than a month to get healthy.But now that he’s full strength, he’s still waiting. Carter has been healthy the past two games. He has not played a down.‘It’s hard for me not to have a temper about it,’ Carter said.Carter rushed for 139 yards on 21 carries before he got hurt. He averaged 6.6 yards a carry.But Curtis Brinkley has wrecked the predicted running back rotation, rushing for 966 yards this year. Both freshman Antwon Bailey and sophomore Doug Hogue have gotten time in Carter’s place.ramccull@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

‘Shocked’ Williams wins U.S. Open final thriller

first_imgSerena Williams battled back from the brink of defeat to claim her 15th grand slam title and win the U.S. Open for the fourth time with a 6-2 2-6 7-5 victory over world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka on Sunday.The American added to her 2012 Wimbledon and Olympic crowns after being pushed to the limit by the Australian Open champion, who forced the 30-year-old to drop her first set of the tournament.“I honestly can’t believe I won. I was preparing my runner-up speech because she was playing so well,” Williams said courtside after the match, which lasted two hours 18 minutes.“I’m so shocked. It’s remarkable.”It was the first time in 17 years that the women’s final went the distance in New York, and it ended Azarenka’s run of 12 successive victories in matches lasting three sets.“Serena deserves to win. She showed how true a champion she is,” Azarenka said. “I definitely gave it all today. Stepping off this court I will have no regrets.”Williams won the hard-court tournament for the first time as a 17-year-old in 1999 but has not enjoyed much success since her third win in 2008. She lost in an ill-tempered final last year and was also fined in 2009 after being involved in another incident during her semifinal defeat.The former world No. 1 won the opening set in just 34 minutes, as she threatened to steamroll Azarenka as she has all opponents since bouncing back from her first-round defeat at the French Open.However, unlike in their Wimbledon semifinal clash in July, her 23-year-old opponent picked herself up and dominated the second set with some power play of her own.Azarenka broke to lead 2-1 in the deciding set but was immediately pegged back by the fourth seed.A break to love in the seventh game put her in the position of serving for the title at 5-4, but Williams rallied to win the next three games and leave Azarenka in tears after missing a golden chance to win her second grand slam title. Williams took her record in grand slam finals to 15-4, becoming the first 30-something to win a major since Martina Navratilova at the 1987 U.S. Open, as she claimed the $1.9 million first prize.It was the first time since 2002 that a woman has won Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in the same year, when Williams also won the French Open.She joined her older sister Venus and Steffi Graf as the only women to win Wimbledon, the Olympics and the U.S. Open in the same year.It has capped a remarkable comeback for Williams, who spent almost a year out of the game following her 2010 Wimbledon triumph.She needed surgery after cutting her foot in a freak accident at a restaurant and then suffered life-threatening complications when blood clots formed on her lungs.last_img read more

England’s Emily Taylor wins Irish championship

first_img28 May 2012 England’s Emily Taylor wins Irish championship England girl international Emily Taylor won the Irish women’s open stroke play championship by three shots in testing winds at The Island, near Dublin. The 17-year-old from Royal Lytham and St Annes (image © Leaderboard Photography) defied winds gusting up to 35mph on the first day to post the low score of the tournament with a two-under 72 in the second round. Her score, combined with her opening 85, put her within one shot of the lead held by Ireland’s Gillian O’Leary. In the third and final round Emily moved ahead to secure the win, shooting 76 in blustery conditions, with  birdies on eight, ten, and 15 before she holed from 12ft on the last. The field included Irish Curtis Cup player Leona Maguire, who was unable to break 80 throughout the tournament and finished in a share of 10th place with scores of 82 83 80. Her twin, Lisa, a Curtis Cup reserve, was fourth. Already this season Emily has finished fifth in the English women’s amateur championship and helped England win the Vilmorin Cup at the French Lady Junior Championship. She is a past winner of the Scottish U16 open stroke play title.   Leading final scores Par 222 (3 x 74) CSS 80 79 77 233 Emily Taylor (ENG) 85 72 76 236 Mary Dowling (New Ross) 81 79 76 Gillian O’Leary (Cork) 79 77 80 238 Lisa Maguire (Slieve Russell) 81 79 78 239 Deirdre Smith (Co. Louth) 83 75 81last_img read more

Watch UFC Fight Night 164 featuring Jan Błachowicz vs Ronaldo Souza

first_imgAdvertisement 3b5NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs72iWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E1y3( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) e8q5Would you ever consider trying this?😱39kvzCan your students do this? 🌚ln7Roller skating! Powered by Firework Live and Exclusive in India on 17th November 2019 from 06:30 am (IST) on SONY TEN 2 & SONY TEN 2 HD.Advertisement UFC Fight Night 164Advertisement UFC Fight Night 164 will feature Jan Błachowicz facing off against Ronaldo Souza in the Light Heavyweight Bout category for the main event. To add to the electrifying main event, the co-main event will showcase the Light Heavyweight division contenders Maurício Rua and Paul Craig who are all set to punch and grapple all the way to their titles.Weight classAll  Fights on SONY TEN 2 and SONY TEN 2 HDLight Heavyweight BoutAdvertisement (Main Event)Jan BłachowiczVs.Ronaldo Souza Light Heavyweight Bout(Co-Main Event)Maurício RuaVs.Paul CraigLightweight BoutCharles OliveiraVs.Jared GordonMiddleweight BoutAntonio ArroyoVs.Andre MunizMiddleweight BoutMarkus PerezVs.Wellington TurmanMiddleweight BoutAntonio ArroyoVs.Kevin Holland Light Heavyweight Title Bout (Main Event) – Jan Błachowicz and Ronaldo SouzaUFC with Fight Night 164 has made inroads all the way to Brazil, where Jan “John” Błachowicz will be facing off Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza this weekend. This time Ronaldo Souza will look to be more Thiago Santos and less Luke Rockhold when he challenges Jan Blachowicz in Jacare’s native Brazil. The duo is all set for the Light Heavyweight main event seizing the limelight and keeping their fans up from their seats. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, a veteran in the UFC roster, has very strong control on the mat and John might have a tough time grappling him. At 40, he is an explosive athlete however what causes the slightest tension for the fans is that despite his strong calves, he might be giving up a substantial amount of reach to Blachowicz, who is only one inch taller and has a 78” reach compared to Jacare’s 72”.Jan “John” Błachowicz, on the other hand, might not have physical strength at bay but is known to take over with his strong mental game, which has always rendered the opponent unconscious around the fence. However, the fight is predicted to be very simple and if Jacare can get Blachowicz down then there’s every chance he can get him out of there with a submission, as well.Light Heavyweight Title Bout (Main Event) – Maurício Rua and Paul CraigThe co-main event this week is a reminder of the abode of talent that exists in the Light Heavyweight with the incredible opening act with Maurício Rua and Paul Craig.Keeping his boat afloat this year after that violent knockout by Anthony Smith, Maurício “Shogun” Rua is back this weekend to face Paul “Bearjew” Craig. Craig is almost everyone’s favorite all over the world right now. He may not the best athlete or isn’t as skilled but has got to this level due to sheer hard work and dedication. He’s not terrible from the clinch to be fair, but against some of the more explosive 205lbers, he always has a tough time as he struggles to grapple.Shogun, on the other hand, is a BJJ black belt and a skilled grappler and is known to steer his opponents away by reminding them of his incredibly hard punches. Amongst these two, Craig might have some success early on by clinching with Shogun, but we really doubt his strength and stamina to combat the heat that Shogun’s going to throw at him. Of course, Shogun’s power and finishing instincts undoubtedly remain intact. Advertisementlast_img read more