BETHESDA, Md. – A commuter bus plunged off a highway Wednesday outside the nation’s capital, killing one person and injuring several others, including children, authorities said.
Christmas trees, like pretty much everything else, have always been subject to the vagaries of fashion. In the 1980s, it was all coloured lights and patterned baubles (chez Obiter, at any rate), then came the more sophisticated white lights, non-twinkling. A few years ago the fashion was for fibreoptic trees, then for all-white, artificial ones. And now it’s for, erm, plywood. See the pictured tree, commissioned specially by City firm Collyer Bristow. The firm has apparently been commissioning artists to design a tree for the past 15 years, and they (the trees, not the artists) are normally ‘constructed’ from textiles, ceramics, plastics, foam or scrap metal. This year’s effort, created by London-based artists Ben Cove and Camilla Lyon, is made of plywood and painted glass and is 2.4m tall. It was unveiled at the launch of Christmas Contemporaries, the latest exhibition at the Collyer Bristow Gallery, which runs into February. All very nice, messrs Collyer and Bristow, but where do we put the tinsel?
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The submarine, which PCYT says it the very first tourist submarine in Turkey, measures 18.8 m x 4 m x 5.75 m. It can carry up to 48 passengers and descend to a depth of 100 m.PCYT general manager Erim Tabib coordinated the management of the project and organised the loading operation of the submarine, which was lifted from the water directly onto the vessel, before being lashed down. www.project-yacht.com
The right stuff: Frontiers running back Gino Gordon is relishing the opportunity to play in Japan. | KAZ NAGATSUKA “I was really, really interested,” Gordon, 24, said of his own reaction when he first learned of the possibility of coming to Japan to play football. “I really wanted to continue playing football. I really wanted to play at a high level.”Gordon said that Frank Fernandez, a fellow Harvard graduate who and now plays for the Obic Seagulls of the X League, told him to come over to Japan, and the offensive lineman put him in contact with Fujitsu through Brad Brennan, a former long-time Frontier wide receiver who’s now back in the States.“I mean, there was an opportunity here to play football and it was a good opportunity,” said Gordon, who arrived in Japan in late July. “And they (Fujitsu) have very, very talented running backs here. But I felt like I could contribute to them, help them get the X League championship, winning everything.“They believed in me and they kind of took this chance saying, ‘Hey, this guy really wants to play for us and help.’ I’m just really happy they were able to say ‘Yes.’ “After graduating from Harvard, Gordon tried to embark on a professional football career, but it didn’t work out. Now he’s in Japan and fortunate to continue playing the game. Although the way industrial league is set up is completely different from pro leagues in the States.Gordon didn’t take it negatively. He was impressed and has respect for the players who go about their double duties as company employees and football players.“First and foremost, I think it’s pretty amazing that everybody works a job and plays football,” he said. “I’m very, very impressed and amazed to see that they stay focused (in football).”Interestingly, Gordon compared the circumstances in the X League with the football life at Harvard, where anyone is required high academic standard.“It’s very similar to here,” Gordon said. “You have to do two things at a high level. You have to be able to study and compete at a high level. So there’s a lot of similarities in the X League and Ivy League.”Gordon, who stands at 178 cm and weighs in at 88 kg, said he received other football offers from other schools, including Stanford, Oregon and Boise State, but ended up choosing Harvard.“At the end of the day, my mother said, ‘You can never ever turn down going to Harvard,’ ” he laughed. “After she said that, I made my decision pretty quickly.”Last year, a pair of American quarterbacks played in the X League and impressed the fans with their arms. Especially former UCLA player Kevin Craft, of the IBM Big Blue, who wowed crowds as he threw for a league-leading 1,628 yards and 20 touchdowns in the five-game regular season.Now it’s Gordon, who was the co-MVP of the Ivy League in 2010 and is the first import running back in the X League, who has a chance to be special in the ground game to help the Frontiers. They’ve advanced to the league championship game four times, but never left it as winners.“I think sometimes it just happens,” Gordon referred to the misfortunes of the team. “Hopefully, we have that opportunity to win the championship now, and I’m glad I’m here to help them take the next step and win the championship.”Fujitsu’s off to a 3-0 start to the season and Gordon has amassed 258 yards rushing with five TDs. KEYWORDS Harvard, X League, Gino Gordon IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES RELATED PHOTOS KAWASAKI – Fujitsu Frontiers running back Gino Gordon earned a chance to play in Japan and really cherishes the opportunity.Gordon was born to an American father, Charles, and a Japanese mother, Fujiko, in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture before the family moved back to Southern California when he was 3 years old. He played college football at Harvard University and graduated in 2011. Smart move: Harvard graduate Gino Gordon arrived in Japan to play for Fujitsu in late July. | KAZ NAGATSUKA
The Marriott Hotel is the venue for the commencement of the two-day 2019 FIFA Conference on Development held by the Guyana Football Federation in collaboration with the Guyana Government through the Department of Tourism and the Tourism Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG). The forum, which concludes tomorrow, is expected to be attended by all 25 member associations of Caribbean Football Union [CFU] as well as the six non-member states.Several African nations are expected to participate in the inaugural event, which will feature the entire FIFA Development Committee.The event is of significant importance, with one of the key areas of discussion being the possible implementation of a comprehensive regional school football programme. According to FIFA, the Development Committee is assigned to develop programmes for the respective federations. They are also mandated to analyse the strategies devised for the respective member associations and confederations. The FIFA Forward Programme is one of the many initiatives of the Development Committee. It was adopted on May 9th 2016 at the FIFA Congress and has become the global development program especially for emerging nations. FIFA Forward is built to provide an encompassing tailor-made support for the sport’s development in the respective member association and confederations. It is based on three simple principles; more investment, more impact, and more oversight. According to GFF president Wayne Forde, the visit by FIFA president Gianni Infantino to Guyana in 2017 saw extensive discussions on the possibility of a Regional Schools football programme taking place with CARICOM Secretary-General, Irwin LaRocque, with the upshot being today’s programme.Meanwhile Donald Sinclair, Director-General of the Department of Tourism, Donald Sinclair has noted the relationship between sports and tourism and has pledged the support of the department to the development of sports tourism locally while President of Tourism Hospitality Association of Guyana, Mitra Ramkumar pointed out that sport tourism is a huge market with tremendous benefits for Guyana.