First Spartan race to thrill adventure lovers in Oman

Muscat: Muscat’s adrenaline lovers and sports enthusiasts are invited to participate in the Sultanate’s first Spartan Race, the world’s best obstacle race, to be held on October 21.The event, which will be organised at the Jebel Sifah beach, will feature the ‘Spartan Sprint,’ a five plus-kilometre run with more than 20 obstacles, designed to be fun for participants of all fitness levels; the challenge will be divided into two categories comprising of the ‘Morning Open,’ and ‘Elite’ races.Race for childrenAdditionally, the Spartan Kids Race will offer little ones, aged from 4 to 15 years, a kilometre filled with fun, fitness and outdoor excitement. Beginner and professional obstacle racers will be challenged to push themselves beyond their limits, test their endurance, and fully embrace the Spartan lifestyle…

Chennai Smashers will do better this time: Sindhu Rio Olympics silver medalist and India’s top-ranked singles player, P.V. Sindhu, looking dapper and fit, said she was looking forward to play for Chennai Smashers in the Premier Badminton League (PBL) beginning January 1. Speaking to mediapersons on the sidelines of annual general body meeting of Indian Olympic Association here on Tuesday after receiving Rs. 30 lakh from IOA, the World No.6 said that Smashers could do better than what it did last time when it reached the semifinals. “This time we will do much better. From the beginning we have to be alert as we do not have much time to think about (as PBL is 11-point game this time vis a vis the 15-point format last time). It’s a different atmosphere as players from different...

Apes Director Explains the New Trailer's Mysteries 20th Century Fox and director Matt Reeves revealed the first trailer for War for the Planet of Apes today, the third film in the rebooted series starring Andy Serkis as Caesar, leader of the apes. As a lifelong Apes fanatic, I was thrilled to sit down with Reeves this week to break down the details of the trailer beat by beat. Watch the commentary video above or read on for his full unedited quotes about the plot of the film, what was going on behind the scenes, and much more… Mild director-approved spoilers follow. (And check out our full report from the set of War here.) Two Years Later The humans hunt for Caesar in War for the Planet of the Apes. "Caesar has been...

How does the IDF address international law when using ground forces? Col. Noam Neuman, head of the IDF International law department (ILD), provided a rare look Monday into how the IDF determines its international law obligations in complex situations involving ground forces.Speaking at a Hebrew University conference sponsored by the Minerva Center, Neuman stressed that, while most contemporary international law debates about use of force focus on air power and drones, it is important to look at the unique problems confronted by ground forces. He described ground forces weaponry as grenades, rifles, artillery and tanks and some special challenges as involving ambushes and booby traps.“Breaching,” he explained, is a tactic of entering and gaining control over a building suspected of housing dangers through the use of bullets or explosives to break down or blow off...

Ohio State attacker may have been inspired by overseas militants, FBI says | Reuters By Alex Dobuzinskis A Somali immigrant who injured 11 people in a car and knife attack at Ohio State University may have been inspired by Islamic State and the late al Qaeda-linked cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, an FBI official said on Wednesday.The Islamic State militant group on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the attack at the Columbus campus. The U.S.-born Awlaki was killed by a U.S. drone strike in 2011. The Ohio State attacker, Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a 20-year-old Muslim student at the school, ploughed into pedestrians with a car and then exited the vehicle to stab other victims on Monday. A police officer quickly ended the attack by fatally shooting Artan, a Somali-born immigrant and a lawful U.S. permanent resident...

Bernie burns House Science Committee after devastating Breitbart retweet Texas Rep. Lamar Smith, cuts through the crowd of media. The House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space and Technology sent a tweet on Thursday linking to an article on the conservative media outlet Breitbart, saying that Earth's temperatures are in a "plunge."  Judging from reactions on Twitter — one of which was a stinging burn tweeted by Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont — many are finding it deeply and sadly ironic that the Science Committee doesn't recognize the overwhelming scientific consensus that climate change is real and influenced by human activity. As Mashable reported today, for example, November was so warm in the U.S. that record daily highs outnumbered record lows by about 51-to-1. This year is likely to go down as the hottest...

Rambling Catholic girls rehab facility changes hands, newcomers to live in chapel A rambling, deserted Catholic home for girls, owned by a self-styled Georgian prince, will finally be sold. Marycrest, on State Highway 1 between Peka Peka and Te Horo, was listed on Trade Me in 2014 for a minimum $2 million by Victor Greenwich, now living in Sydney, who said he was a descendant of princes from Georgia. The new owners plan to live in an empty chapel on the site while they work out what they will do with the complex. The formerly grand Marycrest has not been used since it shut in the early 1980s. Greenwich said he bought it in 1988 after building a home nearby. READ MORE:* Catholic home gets princely listing* Rugby snub for princely visitor On Thursday Kapiti resident Drew Mackenzie said she...

The Best Thing: Canucks collapse in Carolina was basically art The Vancouver Canucks entered the third period of Tuesday night’s tilt with the Carolina Hurricanes leading 5-2. All they had to do was steer it home. Instead, they veered right into an iceberg, somehow managing to lose the game by an obscene score of 8-6. Originally, tonight’s column was going to be about Sven Baertschi. The winger had a triumphant return to the lineup after being a healthy scratch Sunday afternoon versus the Washington Capitals, and while coach Willie Desjardins said (laughably) it was meant as a message for the entire team, Baertschi appeared to take it personally. It took him just three shifts to score a goal, as he pounced on a loose puck in front of Cam Ward, then took it to the backhand and tucked it ...