Switchback Results: More Money, More Problems

first_imgAre Races Too Expensive? YES: 77%Races have gotten increasingly more expensive, often pricing out newcomers or even those who enjoy racing but may not be on the podium. It also deters those that have to travel to races. The cost of traveling (fuel, food, lodging, etc.) is becoming so high that the extra cost of the entry fee might be enough to make me decide to just go out on the local group ride instead.—Paul Muething, Richmond, Va.I wish some runs would forgo chip timing and the short sleeve shirts that accumulate unused in my closet. If charity is the point, get imaginative and solicit donations on the entry form, sell higher-end gear, and advocate your cause.— Robert 2.0, Blacksburg, Va.Cost prevents me from participating in all the races I’d like to try.—Robert, Hermitage, Tenn.NO: 13%Most races donate some of the proceeds to charities, and it takes a lot of money to promote and plan an event like a race.They would be more expensive if they paid everyone who works to make them happen.—Virginia Faircloth, Charlotte, N.C.It is easy to sit on the sidelines and say a race is too expensive without knowing the full realities of what it takes to put on an event. I am not a race director nor do I work in the industry. However, I participate in and volunteer at enough events to know that race directors are not retiring at 40. In a lot of cases, RDs are volunteers themselves. Don’t judge a man/woman/race until you have run a few miles in their shoes.—Jeremy, Brunswick, MaineAn entry fee is a small portion of the expense to race, and the money usually goes to a charity—or to putting on the future races.—Rick Stein, Lynchburg, Va.Should College Athletes Be Paid?NO: 83%The commercialization of collegiate athletics is deplorable. Who would get paid? Most likely, only football or basketball players. Instead of paying players, the NCAA should do something for the schools considering how much money they make off them.— William O., Lynchburg, Va.College athletes are getting an education that cost tens of thousands of dollars per year. That is their payment for playing sports.—Jackie, Gallatin, Tenn.Do Division I schools pay or do all levels? Do you only pay those athletes playing the big sports or all sports? Is there a cap on paying or do colleges with the cash pay the most like pro teams? Too many questions that can never be answered fairly for all.—Bill, Raleigh, N.C.YES: 17%Universities and the NCAA make so much money off of the athletes that there is no good reason why they should not share the profits. Most of these young athletes do not have support from home to provide them wth a quasi-normal collegiate experience.—Ryan, Kernersville, N.C.Yes, colleges make billions and coaches make millions, but if athletes get injured, they lose their scholarships. If nothing else, put royalties from the video games that use their likenesses into a trust fund that they can get after college.—ADK, Los Angeles, Calif.last_img read more

5 Long Islanders Competing in 2018 Winter Olympics

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Five athletes from Long Island are among 242 members of Team USA going for the gold in the 2018 Winter Olympics, which runs Feb. 9 to 25 in PyeongChang, South Korea.Hometown heroes competing on the world’s stage include ice hockey defenseman Matt Gilroy, Skeleton athlete John Daly, Luge athletes Justin Krewson and Matt Mortensen and freestyle skier Devin Logan, who’s also competing in the ski halfpipe competition.“Qualifying for the Olympic team is pretty tricky and sometimes it even confuses me – throw in two disciplines and it is a complicated math equation,” said Logan. “I am still in a little bit of shock that something that I had worked so hard for the last eight years is now my reality!”Of the five, Daly is the most tenured with three Olympic appearances under his belt, Mortensen and Logan are making their sophomore effort while Gilroy and Krewson are first timers. Freeskier Logan is the only one to have medaled, bringing home silver in the 2014 Sochi Olympics slopestyle competition.The last winter Olympian from LI to take home gold was Great Neck-born figure skater Sarah Hughes in 2002.Vying to be LI’s first gold medalist since then is 33-year-old Gilroy, who was born in Mineola and grew up in North Bellmore. He previously played for the New York Rangers before moving to Russia, where he is currently signed to the Kontinental Hockey League.Huntington Station native Mortensen, 32, is aiming for a doubles luge medal with his partner, Jayson Terdiman. Mortensen finished 14th in the Sochi Olympics.Olympic rookie Justin Krewson, 21, of Eastport, will be making his debut luge run in Seoul. He placed 6th in 2017 Lake Placid World Cup to secure Olympic berth.Olympic veteran Daly, 33, originally from Smithtown, is hoping to continue to improve his showing in the Skeleton competition after placing 17th in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and 15th in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.“I went for 1 more Olympics because I never wanted to look back and say ‘what if,’” he tweeted. “I thought it was impossible to qualify with a year of training & a full time job. But I’m a dreamer, and I’m proof that you’re never too old to dream a new dream.”A sixth Long Islander, Alex Gamelin, an ice dancer who grew up in North Merrick, will also be competing, but not for Team USA. He will be skating for South Korea with his partner, Yura Min, the Merrick Herald reported.last_img read more

Putin eases Russia’s stay-at-home orders as cases soar

first_imgThe Kremlin introduced the measures in late March, saying Russians not working in essential jobs would have to stay at home but still receive their salaries as part of sweeping efforts to contain the virus.The move brought uncertainty to the economy already grappling with low oil prices, with business owners struggling to pay full salaries to employees while shutting their doors to customers.”Starting from tomorrow, May 12, the national period of non-working days will be over for all sectors of the economy,” Putin said during a meeting with officials responsible for the country’s virus response.The president said that Russia’s regions, which were given leeway to introduce different anti-virus measures, would be able to keep in place any restrictions necessary to contain the pandemic. President Vladimir Putin on Monday said stay-at-home orders for most workers in Russia would be eased this week even as the country registered a record increase in new coronavirus infections.With more than 220,000 confirmed cases and a steady surge of more than 10,000 new coronavirus cases every day, Russia now ranks fourth in a global tally of total infections after the United States, Spain and Britain.Despite virus figures that suggest the pandemic in Russia shows no sign of slowing, Putin announced that the country’s “non-working” period to slow the pandemic would end on Tuesday. ‘Strict demands’ Health officials Monday said Russia has a total of 221,344 coronavirus infections, with around half of the total cases in the capital.Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin last week extended a lockdown in the capital until the end of May and ordered residents to wear masks and gloves on public transport.Yet Sobyanin has also said that some industries and construction sites can begin work this week.Putin on Monday said that Russia had used the self-isolation period to prepare its healthcare system, increasing the amount of hospital beds and saving “many thousands of lives”.This “allows us to begin a gradual lifting of restrictions”, he said.Russia’s reported mortality rate is much lower compared to other European countries hit hard by the pandemic, with 94 new deaths and 2,009 dead from the coronavirus as of Monday. Yet critics have cast doubt on the numbers, accusing the authorities of under-reporting deaths.With the epicenter of the pandemic in and around Moscow, some regions beyond the capital have already begun to relax the restrictions, which have seriously affected the economy.”It is in the interest of all of us for the economy to return to normal quickly,” Putin said, adding that construction, agriculture and energy should be restarted first.”The epidemic and associated restrictions have had a strong impact on the economy and hurt millions of our citizens,” he told officials during the meeting.As people begin going back to work, mass events are still suspended and “strict sanitation demands” must be observed, Putin said.Sparsely-populated Yakutia, Magadan and Yamal lifted restrictions on being outside and allowed the reopening of some businesses, requiring people to self-distance.The pandemic poses a serious political threat to Putin with the president’s approval ratings at historic lows and mass events, including a national ballot and a landmark military parade, cancelled due to the virus.Russia’s neighbors Ukraine and Georgia began to relax restrictions Monday, while Kazakhstan lifted its state of emergency. Topics : The president’s announcement, broadcast on state-run television, comes after Russia registered a record number of daily cases with more than 11,000 people testing positive over the last 24 hours.Officials have said the rise of the daily rate is in part due to aggressive testing, even of those showing no symptoms. The government says it has carried out more than 5.6 million tests and Putin on Monday vowed to double capacity to 300,000 daily tests by mid-May.last_img read more

Kids’ voices ‘absent in CYF complaints’

first_imgStuff.co 13 Sept 2013Child, Youth and Family has been criticised for not listening to children, with a review calling for stronger scrutiny of the organisation.Former police commissioner Howard Broad says in his review that the independent Office of the Children’s Commissioner did not have enough money to do its job as watchdog for vulnerable children.While the office did “good work” on limited funds, it was operated like a “boutique unit” and got only a fraction of the funding of its cousin in Australia, he said.Last year it did not carry out any investigations, and was not expecting to do any this year either. “That is unacceptable,” Mr Broad said.His report calls for more rigorous oversight of CYF, preferably from a better-funded children’s commissioner.The latest figures show CYF receives about 550 complaints over a year. In the year to June 2012, 63 children were abused while under CYF care, including 23 abused by 22 CYF-appointed carers.Children’s Commissioner Russell Wills declined to comment while the report was being considered by the minister.http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/9160350/Kids-voices-absent-in-CYF-complaintslast_img read more

Adequate ‘WASH’ facilities needed before face-to-face classes resume

first_imgStudents at the Tipas Elementary School in Taguig City wash their hands. Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture, says adequate “WASH” facilities are long-term investments that would help schools observe proper hygiene and sanitation. FILE PHOTO/ABS-CBN Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian underscored that adequate WASH facilities are long-term investments that would help schools observe proper hygiene and sanitation even if coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is contained “Kasama sa pagbangon ng ating sistema ng edukasyon mula sa naging epekto ng COVID-19 ang pagkakaroon ng sapat at malinis na tubig sa bawat paaralan, pati na ng mga pasilidad at programang pang-kalusugan at pang-kalinisan,” he added./PN WinS aims to provide a comprehensive, sustainable, and scalable school-based water, hygiene, sanitation, health education and deworming program to achieve learning and health outcomes. “Hindi na kailangan ng pandemya para ipaalala sa mga eskwelahan ang importanteng mga bagay na ito. Pero dahil sa krisis na dulot ng COVID-19, kailangang magdobleng ingat tayo at laging maging handa para mapanatili ang kaligtasan at kalusugan ng mga mag-aaral, guro at kawani ng paaralan,” said Gatchalian.center_img The DepEd reported last year that only half of 35,005 schools that participated in its ‘WASH in Schools’ (WinS) program have access to group handwashing facilities with soap and water available. DepEd also revealed that 37.4 percent of schools practice daily supervised handwashing. MANILA – The Department of Education (DepEd) should fast-track the installation of water, sanitation and hygiene facilities (WASH) in public elementary and secondary schools before allowing face-to-face classes. “These facilities are important to keep learners, teachers, and school personnel safe from the threat of other preventable diseases,” Gatchalian said. “Soap, sanitizers, and alcohol should always be available in schools when physical classes resume.”last_img read more

Margaret J. Henson

first_imgMargaret J. Henson, 92, of Moores Hill passed away Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at her home. Margaret was born Wednesday, February 3, 1926 in Cincinnati, Ohio the daughter of Frank and Jane (Millward) Etzel.  She was a member of Christ Church in Cincinnati, a past member of the Milan Legion Auxiliary and worked for Dearborn County Hospital in central supplies department.  She enjoyed crocheting, baking cookies and candies for the military around Christmas, loved watching westerns and WWE on TV.Margaret is survived by son Raymond (Sharon) Rodmaker of Moores Hill, 7 grandchildren, many great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.  She was preceded in death by her parents, son Frank Rodmaker, daughter Sandy McFarland and brothers Frank and Tom Etzel.Funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family.  Memorials may be given in her honor to the American Breast Cancer Society.  Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, P.O. Box 156, Moores Hill, IN 47032, (812) 744-3280.  You may go to www.sibbettmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

Corruption, money laundering charges: Trial of ex-IAAF boss starts

first_imgRelatedPosts Ex-IAAF boss bags two-year jail term Ex-IAAF boss, Diack faces four-year jail term Ex-IAAF boss Diack admits to delaying doping cases The trial of Lamine Diack, the former president of the IAAF (World Athletics), is to start in Paris, France on Monday (today). The Senegalese 86-year-old was the head of athletics’ world governing body for 16 years, from 1999 until 2015, when he was succeeded by Seb Coe. Diack has been under house arrest in Paris since November 2015 and his trial, in which he faces corruption and money-laundering charges, comes after four years of investigation by French authorities. Former IAAF anti-doping director Gabriel Dolle and Diack’s former advisor Habib Cisse are also set to stand trial. The trial also involves Diack’s son Papa Massata Diack, a former IAAF marketing consultant, plus former Russian athletics federation president and honorary treasurer of the IAAF Valentin Balakhnichev and former senior Russian coach for long-distance walkers and runners Alexei Melnikov, but they are not expected to attend the trial in person. All six men deny their charges. In 2016 Papa Massata Diack, Balakhnichev and Melnikov were given life bans from athletics and later filed appeals at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against their sanctions, while Dolle received a five-year ban. The three life bans were upheld by the CAS in 2017. According to the Guardian, French investigators are due to claim in court in Paris that Lamine Diack “offered a deal to delay doping sanctions against 23 Russian athletes in exchange for $1.5m in funding to help a friend win the 2012 Senegalese presidential election”. The Guardian added that Papa Massata Diack had told the newspaper that the allegation is false.Tags: IAAFLamine DiackSeb Coelast_img read more

Daniels, Bright, and Peters medal at SA Youth Championships

first_imgWITH two silver and a bronze medals, Linden’s Daniel Williams prevailed as the most successful athlete of the four who represented Guyana at the South American Youth Championships in Concordia, Argentina, last weekend, where Tyrell Peters and CARIFTA Games bronze medallist Chantoba Bright also medalled. Despite battling the challenge of coping with the constantly fluctuating temperature of Argentina’s climate and tough competition from the Brazil team, the Guyana team managed to perform remarkably well, with Bright finishing third in the Girls’ long jump and Peters also earning a bronze.The three medals allowed Williams to take up podium position in all of his events, namely the Boys’ 200m, 400m and high jump.In the 200m Williams clocked 22.11 seconds for the bronze, unable to beat Brazil’s Moraes Vinicius (21.41s) and Junior Cleverson (21.93s).Only Brazil’s Da Silva Bruno’s 48.12 seconds finish was better than the 48.57 seconds Daniel clocked in the 400m. In the high jump Daniel cleared 2 metres, ending behind Chile’s Francisco Moraga who also had 2 metres.In spite of gaining medals, some of the athletes were not altogether happy with their performances, which they said were severely affected by the climate conditions.“It was hard to get warm, you weren’t sweating, you would be warming up, warming up but you weren’t sweating you were just getting tired. And as soon as I took off my sweater to go jump I got cold right away,” said Bright, on her return to Guyana last Tuesday morning. Bright took a best leap of 5.96m for her bronze. This was an improvement of the 5.77m she performed last month at the Inter-Guiana Games, but still below her target of keeping her jumps above 6m which she had been clearing earlier this year.The event was won by Columbia’s Andrea Quinto with a jump of 6.13 metres. In the triple jump Bright finished fourth with 12.29m, in an event where the win again went to Columbia, this time through Marcela Cuesta who leaped 13.20m.Tyrell Peters was in the 100m and 200m, managing to grab silver in the 100m after a 10.68 seconds run in the final, bettering the 10.87 seconds he had in the heats. However, he ended fifth in the 200m off a time of 22.47 seconds.“I wasn’t satisfied with my timings because my personal best is 21.40 (seconds) and I ran 22.47 (seconds), so I’m not proud of that performance. But the climate was real bad, because it was like hot at one point and then really cold at other points, we had to just constantly adjust to whatever we had,” Peters told Chronicle Sport.Battling illness, compounded by the climate, sprinter Kenisha Phillips was the only athlete who was unable to medal. Phillips was in the Girls’ 100m and 200m; finishing fifth in the 100m final in 12.13 seconds and fourth in the 200m with 25.12 seconds.last_img read more

Cricket News Tim Southee to captain New Zealand for one-off Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: New Zealand has decided to rest skipper Kane Williamson for the one-off Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka which will take place in Auckland on January 11. Tim Southee will lead the side as New Zealand aim to build momentum for the World Cup which is beginning on May 31 in England. Along with Williamson, Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme are also rested for the match.The Blackcaps won the Test series 1-0 after winning the second Test in Christchurch by a record margin of 423 runs. In the first ODI at Mount Maunganui, New Zealand notched up a massive 371/6 with Martin Guptill scoring a century and going past 6000 runs. Williamson’s side survived a spirited fightback from Sri Lanka but they won the match by 45 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.Speaking about captaincy, Southee said, “It’s about trying to stay a step ahead of the game and a little bit of guessing. The way T20 cricket goes, it’s (about) trying to take a bit of a punt on what you think is going to happen.”Read More | Guptill enters special club, goes past 6000 ODI runs for New ZealandThis is not the first time that Southee will be captaining the side. He has led New Zealand in two Twenty20 Internationals before, one against West Indies in Nelson in 2017 and the other against Pakistan at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington in 2018. In the West Indies game, New Zealand won the contest by 47 runs while against Pakistan in Wellington, Southee led from the front with 3/13 as Pakistan were bowled out for 105 and New Zealand sealed a comfortable seven-wicket win.Read More | India players wear black armbands to mourn death of Ramakant AchrekarNew Zealand has not had a good time in Twenty20 Internationals following their 2-0 win over the West Indies at the start of the year. They were beaten 2-1 by Pakistan while in the tri-series which involved Australia and England, they lost in the final to Australia. In the series against Pakistan in then UAE, they were whitewashed 3-0.New Zealand squad for one-off T20I Tim Southee (capt), Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Scott Kuggeleijn, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Glenn Phillips, Seth Rance, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Ross Taylor last_img read more