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Dubai bar aims to break record for world’s longest ‘domino drop shot’

Written on November 25, 2018 at 00:04, by

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The 6,148 whiskey shots perched atop glasses of energy drink waited for the push that might send them tumbling into the record books — just another night in Dubai, and another chance to make a certain kind of history.

Superlatives like “the world’s biggest” and “the world’s first” are almost as ubiquitous as the skyscrapers and mega-projects that have come to define this city-state on the Arabian Peninsula, home to the tallest building and the busiest international airport on Earth.

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With time, this largest-in-life approach has filtered down to more humble and odder pursuits — such as Monday night’s attempt at the world’s longest domino drop shot.

You probably weren’t aware that there was a record to beat in the domino drop shot, or even that there was something called a domino drop shot. Just imagine someone dropping a shot glass into a beer, but before you can guzzle it down, another thousand shots drop into another thousand pints behind it, like dominoes.

The current record holder for the longest drop is the Bahama-based location of the alcohol-soaked chain Señor Frog, which got 4,107 of its 4,109 shot glasses to fall correctly in February 2013.

On Monday, The Huddle Sports Bar & Grill in Bur Dubai sought to break the record. Staffers carefully set up over 6,000 glasses of Camros whiskey and Bazooka energy drink. It was an effort five months in the making, with tests twice a month that took 12 hours to set up.

“When you say Guinness World Record in Dubai, it’s something everyone will talk about,” said Ahmad Taher, the food and beverage manager at Citymax Hotels, which went for the record.

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Such an event would be inconceivable in other Mideast countries like neighbouring Saudi Arabia, where alcohol is illegal and officials are preparing for the annual hajj pilgrimage, required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their life.

But in Dubai, which has a large expatriate population and relatively lax rules on alcohol, the event is unlikely to draw much attention — unless, of course, they make it into the Guinness Book of World Records.

Before Monday, the United Arab Emirates held 165 such records, including 129 set in Dubai, according to Guinness.

Among them are the architectural marvels of Dubai, like the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building at 828 metres (2,716 feet), and the continent-shaped islands of The World, the largest man-made archipelago. The world’s longest driverless metro line passes by the twin towers of the J.W. Marriott Marquis, the world’s tallest hotel at 355 metres (1,165 feet).

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Then there are the stranger feats, like when Indian national Maharoof Decibels won the Operation board game with surgical precision in a world-record 21.87 seconds in 2008. Or when Mohamed Ahmed al-Mulla, an Emirati, typed the fastest blindfolded Arabic text message in 2009. The two-sentences included the phrase: “the razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus.”

Some records are more infamous. The largest tanker ship ever hijacked? The UAE-based Sirius Star, later released by Somali pirates for a $3 million ransom. The highest shortage of women, according to Guinness? The UAE, with its vast workforce of male, low-paid migrant labourers.

One place the UAE isn’t ahead, however, is in the number of overall world records. The United States leads the pack with 6,874. But the UAE and Dubai dominate the Middle East, Guinness spokeswoman Leila Issa said.

“The UAE’s initiative to be the first in all industries and their drive for success and to be the best is what drives them to attempt Guinness World Records titles,” she said.

The Emirati push for world records corresponds with academic research on social comparison. Studies show that the higher ranked a person becomes in a field, “the more thirsty you are to get to that No. 1 position,” said Stephen Garcia, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Michigan.

“Even with adults, if you say, ‘First one to the tree is the coolest person in the world,’ you’re going to get the adults running to the tree,” Garcia said. “That’s such a childhood game, but people are ready to run with it. Whenever you create a competition, people tend to buy in, even around these trivial dimensions, like this Guinness World Record.”

Garcia’s lack of enthusiasm was nowhere to be seen at the Huddle on Monday, where the vibration of the speakers in the bar caused a premature drop of some of the shot glasses at around 8:45 p.m., to the horror of onlookers.

The same thing happened again at 10:09 p.m., but was stopped by a nimble-fingered bartender. Five minutes later, another fourth of the shots fell into their glasses before time, sending some workers scrambling to reset the glasses as others asked patrons in the noisy bar to be quiet.

At press time, most of the shot glasses, and the world record set by Señor Frog, had yet to fall.

Hurricane Newton: Canadians urged against non-essential travel to Mexico

Written on November 25, 2018 at 00:04, by

Federal officials are urging Canadians against non-essential travel to parts of Mexico as Newton strengthened and became a full-blown off the coast of Mexico.

Right now, the storm is drenching parts of western Mexico and is heading north toward the Baja California peninsula. So far, about 100 people had to evacuate their homes as the storm battered residences along the coast, according to the Associated Press.

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Roads were blocked by flooding and mudslides, which meant some locals needed to be rescued by helicopter. No deaths were reported.

“Global Affairs Canada advises against non-essential travel to the coastline between Cabo San Lazaro to Loreto due to due to Tropical Storm Newton,” the federal government wrote in its travel update, issued before the storm was reclassified as a hurricane Monday afternoon.

Newton was upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 120 km/h, and is expected to come ashore in Baja California Sur by Tuesday.

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A hurricane warning was in effect for Cabo San Lucas and the nearby coastline.

Newton is expected to cross over the peninsula and re-enter the Gulf of California, also known as the Sea of Cortez, on Wednesday.

The hurricane centre said the storm is likely to continue north into Arizona as a tropical depression later in the week.

The travel advisory also issued warnings for areas such as Acapulco, not for weather but for “high levels of violence and organized crime,” demonstrations, protests and occasional illegal roadblocks.

Finally, Zika virus is also a concern for travellers to Mexico.

“Pregnant women and those considering becoming pregnant should avoid travel to Mexico,” the advisory read. Read the full warning here.

With files from the Associated Press

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PostSecret creator Frank Warren offers his secrets to success

Written on November 25, 2018 at 00:04, by

If you haven’t already shared your own secret – you may have at least heard of PostSecret.

Created in 2004 – as a platform for people to share anonymously about their lives – it’s become an Internet sensation.

The project’s creator Frank Warren will speak to students at Mount Royal University in Calgary on Tuesday. He shared some of the secrets to his success ahead of the event.

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Warren told Global News there is “no better time” for Canadian entrepreneurs to turn their idea into an online venture. The key is hard work.

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“Over the course of your lifetime, you could have dozens of ideas. Any one of them could be a great success,” said Warren. “Not all of us are willing to put in the effort to finally grow that seed to where it can bear fruit.”

“PostSecret was a simple blog 12 years ago and without any funding whatsoever it reached millions of people.”

PostSecret has undoubtedly been a huge success for Warren. It has earned five Webby Awards for best Internet blog – and Warren a nod from Forbes Magazine.

PostSecret has become an internet sensation since its inception in 2004.

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Warren attributed some of that success to the failed projects that preceded PostSecret.

“I would say what was critical for me was managing failure, not hiding from it,” he said. “When you have failures its important to look at it honestly in order to understand your own shortcomings. “

“Some of the most valuable ideas, the best ideas, are the one’s that nobody understands.”

One last piece of advice from Warren is to get in touch with the people that inspire you.

“Sometimes it’s surprising how easy it is to share your idea and get a response back from someone you admire,” he said.

He said people are often very generous with their time, and happy to help.

PostSecret Live! is scheduled for Tuesday at Mount Royal University’s Triple gym at 10:15 a.m.

Wakeboard competition wraps up summer at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Written on November 25, 2018 at 00:04, by

Montrealers at Jean-Doré beach couldn’t have asked for a better way to finish off the warm summer than with a wakeboard competition.

The Wake sur l’Île teletraction competition drew riders from across the province for a chance at winning a grand prize.

The winner of the professional men’s competition had a prize of $1,000 waiting for him, while the winner of the women’s competition had a jackpot of $500.

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Event organizer Marie-Line Ouellet described the sport as one that can be approached by swimmers as young as seven years old, but it can get very difficult the more obstacles you add on the course.

Jean-Doré beach has a wakeboard track open to the general public during summer months.

“You’re being pulled by a cable, you have a board attached to your feet, a vest, and a helmet and you have fun on the parkour,” Ouellet said. “I find it’s a good activity to offer during the summer, it’s close to everything, you can take the metro, wakeboard, have fun, and you have the beach.”

Wakeboarding in Quebec is a sport that has produced a few professional athletes.

Marc Besner has been wakeboarding for six years and has traveled throughout North America and parts of Europe to compete professionally, he said the sport is all about friendly competition.

“Wakeboard lifestyle is really about traveling, practice, party in the night, but most of the time when you are in the contest you are thinking,” Besner said. “You’re focused on what you’re gonna do and you try to win.”

The competition also had an amateur category where the winner received prizes from Billabong gear.

Winnipeg Goldeyes clinch playoff spot

Written on November 25, 2018 at 00:04, by

WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Goldeyes locked up a playoff berth on Monday.

The Goldeyes won part one of their doubleheader with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks 6-1 on Monday afternoon. The victory secured the wild card spot.

After missing the post-season dance last year, the Fish will head back to the playoffs for the first time since 2014. It’s the 18th time in their 23 year history the Goldeyes have qualified for the post-season.

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Reggie Abercrombie hit his 20th home run of the season in the victory. Goldeyes starting pitcher Kevin McGovern earned the win to improve his record to 8-3. He went the distance in the seven inning contest, pitching a two-hitter while striking out nine RedHawks batters.

Fargo won the second half of the doubleheader 10-5 as the Goldeyes finished the season with a 58-42 record.

The Goldeyes will face the St. Paul Saints in the division series. The Goldeyes had a slim edge in the season series as they won nine of their 17 meetings in 2016. It’s the first post-season meeting between the two clubs since the Saints eliminated the Goldeyes in the first round of the 2011 playoffs.

Winnipeg will open the playoffs at home on Wednesday with Game 1 of the best-of-five series at Shaw Park. Game 2 will go the following night before the series shifts to St. Paul for the final three games if necessary on Saturday, Sunday and Monday respectively.

The other semifinal series pits the Wichita Wingnuts against the Sioux City Explorers.

WATCH: Goldeyes Clinch Playoff Spot Raw

American Association Playoff Schedule – Saints vs Goldeyes

Game 1 – Wednesday, September 7th – Shaw Park (7:05 p.m.)
Game 2 – Thursday, September 8th – Shaw Park (7:05 p.m.
Game 3 – Saturday, September 10th – CHS Field (7:05 p.m.)
Game 4* – Sunday, September 11th – CHS Field (5:05 p.m.)
Game 5* – Monday, September 12th – CHS Field (7:05 p.m.)
*if necessary