Day: March 1, 2017

Elite Training Center Academy members all place at Wichita Jiu Jitsu tourney

WICHITA — Elite Training Center Academy took a small team to compete in its first submission-only Jiu Jitsu tournament Feb. 18 at the Wichita Sports Forum. The event was called “Submission Challenge” and it was part of the International Submission Only Federation (ISOF). The ISOF was founded by Jean Jacques Machado third-degree black belt Eddie Bravo. Bravo’s commitment to the submission-only movement and his creation of the Eddie Bravo Invitational have given submission-only Jiu Jitsu a global platform for athletes of the highest level to be seen by the masses. Competitors are not awarded points or advantages. They instead must submit their opponents or be submitted themselves. The whole Elite Training Center Academy team fought hard and had fantastic performances, according to team sponsors. All of the Elite Jiu Jitsu team members placed in their divisions, and they represented Arkansas City and their academy extremely well. Those who are interested in joining the Elite Training Center Academy may call Steve Bruce at (620) 446-1969. For more information on classes, visit Save Save Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new...

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Burford Singers to present Beatles music March 5 at Burford Theatre

The Burford Singers will present the music of the Beatles on March 5. The V.J. Wilkins Family Center for the Arts at the Burford Theatre will be host to “Bringing You the Beatles” at 2 p.m. Tickets for the event are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Vic Olmstead will direct the production. Billy Beardon will accompany, with Karen Craig on the clarinet. Tim Durham will be play the guitar and bell. The soundboard will be managed by Scott Martin, with Kristen James working lighting. Ensemble members include: Mary Akers; Jan Bartel; Sherry Baxter; Marcia Childers; Kelly Dillner; Tamen Eis; Kathleen Ferris; Tim Harmon; Melissa Klick; Carrei Mapel; Jan Miller; Jim Miller; Glen Morrison; Shirley Morrison; Nancy Orr; Alan Paton; Delbert Peters; Linda Shindler; Mindi Shriver; Taryn Stone; Julie Thatcher; Randi Tieperman; Nancy Warren; Cheryl Wilson; Howard Wisinger; Jay Woodard. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new...

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‘Less smart phone’ Nokia 3310 model making a retro comeback in U.K.

So there’s both good and bad news in the tech world this week — in particular, about Nokia cell phones. Those old enough to remember when cell phones came with green and black screens and only 15 buttons might be excited to learn that Nokia is bringing back the nearly indestructible 3310 model. For those who are unfamiliar with this cell phone, let me assure you that it was a sturdy little beast. The phone had a battery that would last for nearly a week and if it was dropped, it literally did not matter. I had a friend in college who dropped his 3310 in no fewer than three bodies of water, but continued to use the phone until he decided to upgrade. I’m sure if I had asked, he would have reported that the phone still was functional when he upgraded it. Everyone and their dog had this cell phone — it seemed like it was everywhere in the early 2000s. My Nokia still functioned years after I stopped using it. Granted, it was limited. There was no QWERTY keyboard, there weren’t colors on the display, there was no touch screen — and forget about the internet. Oh, and the only game available was Snake. That said, it was the best “first cell phone” back in the day. And now, this iconic cell phone is being released...

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Paxton remembered by storm chasers, fellow actors, longtime fans

My mother and I had a family tradition when I was growing up. Whenever it looked like it was going to storm, we’d pull out our copy of “Twister” and watch the film as the rain rolled in. Bill Paxton — who, along with Helen Hunt, starred in the 1996 blockbuster — passed away Feb. 25 from complications of surgery. He was 61. Thanks to everyone who took part in the tribute. — Spotter Network Inc (@spotternetwork) February 26, 2017 “Twister” and “Apollo 13” are two of the first movies I remember ever watching Paxton in. They remain two of my favorite roles of his — and I have watched both many times of the years. Paxton was one of those actors who had a big on-screen presence. Bill Paxton was, simply, a wonderful man. A wonderful man… Hanx. — Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) February 26, 2017 He’d come on screen with his big smile and you’d think “Oh yeah, I love Bill Paxton.” His career was extremely varied, starting with bit parts in films such as “Stripes” and later a co-starring role in the one of the top box office movies of all time, “Titanic.” I recently re-watched “Terminator” and found myself happily surprised to find Paxton had a small part in that, as well. He made this movie great–he acted his heart out. What a talented...

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Udon Entertainment’s Manga Classics a literary way to bridge into the genre

I have had an interest in manga for several years, but really didn’t know where to start. Manga, in my limited experience, can be somewhat overwhelming when looking for a place to enter the genre, trying to figure out what you like and don’t like, what the different terms mean, and so on. So I’ve only read a small amount of manga in the last two years. During my search for a good place to start, I went out in search of some manga similar to things I already read. That was how I discovered Udon Entertainment’s Manga Classics series. Classic literature is adapted into manga form, offering a great way to revisit an old favorite. Udon currently offers seven classics, with an eighth scheduled to be released this fall. I personally have read e-galleys of three Manga Classics — “The Scarlet Letter,” “Sense and Sensibility” and “Jane Eyre” — and really enjoyed all three. The art is magnificent, the adaptations spot on and the print quality good. (I glanced at the printed versions in a bookstore a while back.) Other titles in the Manga Classics series include “Les Miserables,” “Pride and Prejudice,” “Emma” and “Great Expectations,” with “The Stories of Edgar Allen Poe” slated for publication in September. I definitely am looking to read more of this series as I continue my journey into manga. Save Share this:Click...

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