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

Is the Premier League title race over already? Not so fast

first_imgBy Simon EvansMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Manchester City’s eight point advantage after 11 games is leading to talk of the Premier League title race being over in November, but as Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho noted – English football has a habit of throwing up surprises.It is undeniable that City are currently playing with such a verve, fluency and effectiveness that it is hard to imagine them losing three games and allowing their rivals, whether it be United, Spurs or Chelsea, into the race.But while the form of Pep Guardiola’s team and – second-placed United’s recent losses to Huddersfield and Chelsea – point towards a runaway title win, there is indeed lot of football left to be played.“Eight points in the Premier League is not the same in Portugal, La Liga or the Bundesliga. Yes, it is eight points but there is still a lot of play (to come),” Mourinho said after the loss at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, which followed City’s comfortable 3-1 win over Arsenal.While Mourinho was not explicit in his explanation, the fact is that suspensions and injuries to key players happen and, over the course of a long season, can radically impact a team’s form.And while City certainly have plenty of quality, their strength in depth has not yet been truly tested.Guardiola was already taking about his team being tired after their midweek trip to Naples in the Champions League. How will they be holding up physically after a fixture-congested festive season? How will they cope in February when they will be in knockout action in the Champions League?City made a strong start last season but then suffered successive defeats – to Chelsea and Leicester City – at the start of December before ending that month with a loss at Anfield on New Year’s Eve.KEY FIGURESUnited host City at Old Trafford on Dec. 10 – a game which Mourinho surely has his eye on already as a chance to reign in the leaders and he suggested that his team will be stronger with some key figures set to return.“I hope, feel, think and wish that in the busy period at the end of November, December and January, we’re going to be at maximum strength with (Paul) Pogba, (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic and (Marcus) Rojo back (from injury),” he said.Certainly United’s stumble in form after their excellent start of six wins from seven games, has coincided with the absence of French midfielder Pogba, whose partnership in central midfield with Nemanja Matic was developing so well.Romelu Lukaku’s goal drought has had a bigger impact given the absence of an alternative central striker and the return of Ibrahimovic, who had scored 17 goals in 28 Premier League games before his knee ligament injury, would give Mourinho another option.While the focus is on United’s challenge, it is worth noting that Tottenham are level on points with them and after their crushing of European champions Real Madrid last week, a long winning run from Mauricio Pochettino’s team cannot be ruled out.But while Guardiola is right to play down talk of an inevitable title win, he couldn’t help highlighting one key difference from last season – his team’s performances against top six clubs.“Last season against title contenders, we were able to win just twice. Coming into November, we have already beaten Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal,” he said.Six days after December’s clash with United, Guardiola’s side face Tottenham at the Etihad and then on Jan. 14 they are at Anfield, where their title bid unravelled last year.If City can triumph in those games then perhaps talk of a one-horse race can be justified. But as Mourinho says, there is a lot of football left to be played.last_img read more

Why Kuldeep Yadav feels happy when batsmen hit him for six

first_imgKuldeep Yadav does not hate it when batsmen smack him for a six, in fact it makes the wrist spinner happy. Kuldeep picked up 45 wickets in 19 ODIs last year at a brilliant average of 17.78 and a strike rate of 22.98. He was also the highest wicket-taker in ODI series in South Africa, England and the Asia Cup. Early this year, Kuldeep also picked a five-wicket haul in his first Test match in Australia.Such has been Kuldeep’s effect in the Indian team that he is one of the premier spinning choices for the team management and along with Yuzvendra Chahal, he has managed to displace Ravichandran Ashwin from the ODI and T20I setup.Kuldeep is generally called the mystery-spinner due to his wrist spin but he does not believe in the term and prefers to stick to his basics instead. He revealed his one-stop plan for batsmen.”There is a saying ‘Kitna bhi paata wicket kyu na ho jitna aap hawa mein daloge batsman utna fasega’ [No matter how flat the wicket is, the more you toss the ball up, the more the batsman will get trapped].” If you bowl quicker on a flat pitch then it becomes easier for the batsman to hit. So I always remember these things and kept giving the loop.”Containing the batsman is not my motto. If the batsman hits a six it makes me happy because it always gives me a chance to pick up a wicket. Turning the ball and deceiving the batsman in the air is my strength and I stick to that,” Kuldeep told Indian Express.advertisementKuldeep further talked about his series in New Zealand where wind plays an important role. Kuldeep spoke about how he tried to counter the wind and focussed on adjustment accordingly.”In all the matches that I played, the breeze played a huge part. It’s difficult to deliver against the wind as the ball sometimes goes a bit fast or a bit slow- so control is paramount. But I tried using it to good effect and bring the drift into play and thereby deceive batsman.”Using angles is another aspect I focused on. However, if the wind is blowing from the opposite direction then again, you have to adjust,” Kuldeep further said. Kuldeep is currently the second best-ranked bowler in the latest ICC T20I rankings, behind only Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan. He reached his career-best spot after two wickets in the final T20I vs New Zealand.”It’s good to be among the top three in world cricket. When you are at number two in world cricket you know that you are on the right track and it provides greater motivation and helps to strive harder. Till now number 2 is good. Rashid Khan has done well and deserves the numero uno spot. It won’t be easy to dislodge him. But if I keep performing then number one will also come soon.”KULDEEP ON 2019 ICC WORLD CUP IN ENGLAND AND WALESKuldeep Yadav is going to play a major role for India in the upcoming World Cup and he said he was “still living a dream”. Kuldeep said he wanted to make meaningful contributions for India and win the World Cup for the country.”World Cup pressure will be there and that should be there for all players. It helps to perform. Conditions won’t really matter in ODI. I am not thinking too much on it now. There is still time and neither do I believe in bringing something new. If you are talking about mystery then that is something that I do not believe in.”To be very honest I am still living a dream. I never thought in my wildest dreams that I will be a part of the World Cup squad. If India wins the World Cup then it will be the biggest moment in my career. I do not know how I will celebrate. The entire country wants it and if I can win it for the country then I will know that I have made a meaningful contribution to my country. This is my dream.”KULDEEP IN AWE OF MS DHONI Kuldeep Yadav has had two major on-field partnerships in his limited overs career so far. One is with his fellow wrist spinner Chahal and another with MS Dhoni, who is constantly heard giving instructions to the youngster.Kuldeep said he find Dhoni’s speed behind the stumps some he had never seen before.”Mahi bhai has vast experience and keeps telling us the nitty-gritty of the game. He is like a game changer and we are lucky to have him in our team.advertisement”But what I find most extraordinary about him is the speed in which he dislodges the stumps. It is simply unbelievable and honestly, I have never played with someone with such quick glovework.”Also Read | Ravi Shastri is right, Kuldeep and not Ashwin India’s No.1 away spinner: Harbhajan Singhlast_img read more

2008 NATIONAL TOUCH LEAGUE FORMAT AND INFORMATION

first_imgTouch Football Australia’s (TFA) Board of Management (BOM) closely considered the format, structure, and future of the National Touch League (NTL) at their April 2007 BOM meeting. After considerable input and deliberation from Permits, key stakeholders, and constituents since the 2007 March NTL, the Touch Football Australia BOM has resolved to continue the NTL Open tournament in its current format for 2008.The format for the Senior NTL for 2008 will be reviewed in the near future after consultation with existing permits, whilst the 20 Years NTL will be conducted in September 2008 to meet with selection requirements for the 2009 Youth World Cup. Please click on the below correspondence from Touch Football Australia’s Events and IT Coordinator Mr. Jon Pratt for further illumination on information regarding the 2008 National Touch League format for Opens, 20s, and Seniors, and pertinent issues that will be deliberated upon in the near future. Further information will be supplied as it becomes available.Related Filesntl_2008-2011_-_020507__2_-doclast_img read more

Inaugural National Deaf Touch Football Championships

first_imgThe headquarters of Touch Football ACT, Deakin Fields, will play host to the first national championships for Deaf Touch Football Australia on Saturday, 12 January and Sunday, 13 January 2013.Teams will come from New South Wales and Queensland as well as one ACT team, with three divisions – Men, Women’s, and Mixed being played.  Queensland looks to be the favourites to win all three divisions – they are the current Men’s and Mixed national champions from the 2012 Australian Deaf Games in Geelong. The heat of summer always serves Queensland well, as well as in the Mixed and Women’s divisions there will be some real speed on display from a number of their female players. New South Wales will be looking to upset Queensland in what should be a series of State of Origin battles among the divisions. In the Men’s division, two New South Wales teams will look to work together to meet each other in the finals on Sunday, while in the Women’s, New South Wales will look to challenge in each of the three game series. In the Mixed, New South Wales looks to have a good chance of making the final should they keep the speedy Queensland players contained over the weekend.The locals, ACT will contest the Men’s division and have already claimed the developing state ‘underdog’ tag in the tournament. There will be reliance on knowledge of the Deakin fields and hope to be inspired by the home team support as they aim for a place in the final on Sunday.The Deaf Nationals are unique in the way that all players who take the field must remove their hearing aids or cochlear devices, this alongside with the eligibility of 40 decibels in their better ear, means that the shrill of the referee’s whistle or the call from a teammate are almost non-existent. For coaches calling from the sub-box, it won’t simply work as the only means of communications is via signing or providing visual clues. This brings challenges for the tournament referees who will be using a unique buddy system where there may be as many as four referees officiating a match rather than the three.Finals will be played on Sunday, both Men’s and Mixed Finals will have the Australian National Anthem played both in sound and in Auslan (Australian Sign Language) prior to the match.  Times for the finals are Men’s at 1.00pm, and Mixed 2.30pm, with overall presentations at 3.15pm. For more information about the Deaf Touch Football Australia National Championships, please visit the following website:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=9325&pID=14 Thank you to David Brady for providing the article content. Related LinksDeaf Touch Nationalslast_img read more

10 months agoAWESOME! Pepe will leave Besiktas having covered wages for club staff

first_imgAWESOME! Pepe will leave Besiktas having covered wages for club staffby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePepe will leave Besiktas with the gratitude of many of the club’s staff, it has been revealed.Due to the club’s financial problems, the former Real Madrid defender has agreed to terminating his contract this month.However, before Pepe’s departure, it’s emerged he paid the month’s wages of several of the club’s staff, including chefs and groundsmen, as Besiktas struggled to meet their obligations, reports Marca. Pepe is now set to become a free agent and can immediately sign for a new club. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

After historic merger vote some lament death of Albertas historic PC party

first_imgEDMONTON – The former president of Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives says some members feel adrift after a majority voted to embrace a new party, effectively consigning one of Canada’s great political brands to the ash heap of history.Katherine O’Neill, in an interview Sunday, said she’s been hearing from many PC volunteers and members who now feel “politically homeless” in a party they feel is tacking too far right on social issues.“There’s a lot of grieving going on today,” said O’Neill.“(These) people have literally put their blood, sweat and tears into the Progressive Conservative party and I know a lot of these people and they’re heartbroken.“There are a lot of memories, a lot of hard work. And now they’re not really sure where they could go and best use their efforts.”O’Neill headed up the PCs during the recent leadership race that saw former federal Conservative cabinet minister Jason Kenney elected on a platform to merge with the Wildrose, Alberta’s official Opposition.That plan came to fruition Saturday night when members of both parties, in separate votes, chose overwhelmingly to join forces as the new United Conservative Party.The Wildrose and the PC names will live on legally, but are effectively husks with no candidates.O’Neill and other members left soon after Kenney’s leadership victory in the spring.O’Neill said she is fiscally conservative but socially progressive. She’s now heading up a political action committee called Alberta Together that is looking to back a party with similar values.Many at the Alberta Together meetings have been embracing the centrist Alberta Party.Dave Quest, a former PC legislature member, said he was cutting up his PC party membership card after three decades.“I don’t believe the UCP will be the party that I joined as a Progressive Conservative,” said Quest in an interview.Quest said that under former PC premier Ed Stelmach the government had to fast track infrastructure construction that had been allowed to lag when the PCs, under Ralph Klein in the 1990s, focused exclusively on debt reduction and budget cuts.“Should (the UCP) form government, it will be a 1990s fiscally driven agenda and it won’t be what’s best for the province,” said Quest.The Progressive Conservatives won power in 1971 and governed Alberta for almost 44 years before being defeated by Premier Rachel Notley and her NDP in 2015. The Wildrose lasted a decade.Kenney has stressed vote splitting by the Wildrose and the PCs led to the NDP win and that only a coalition can prevent a repeat in the 2019 election.Other PCs, including most of the eight-person caucus, have embraced the Wildrose merger, and the race for a leader for the new UCP has begun. That vote goes on Oct. 28.Wildrose Leader Brian Jean, Kenney, and longtime conservative and PC strategist Doug Schweitzer have already said they will run.Schweitzer has been campaigning for weeks, anticipating a positive vote on the referendum. His campaign focuses on fiscal conservatism but social progressivism.He said the die has not been cast on what the UCP will look like.“Those (Progressive Conservative) values can still be in this new United Conservative Party and I think that they are,” said Schweitzer.Jean said names and labels are important but can’t impede progress.“I think we’ve got a great legacy (on both parties) and together we’re going to have more even than we’ve had as two separates,” said Jean.“Unity is going to be extremely good for the province, extremely good for the conservative movement in Canada, and extremely good for Albertans — and that’s what it’s ultimately about.”Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark said his party has offered alternatives on a range of issues from climate change to debt reduction, but said Albertans still don’t know what the UCP stands for.“It’s a group that seems united in opposition to the NDP but have offered not a single positive policy that tells Albertans how they’re going to handle the challenges facing our province,” said Clark.last_img read more

The life cycle of a cannabis plant from seed to store

first_imgArmina Ligaya, The Canadian Press TORONTO — Licensed cannabis producers are ramping up production to address shortages that have plagued the pot market since legalization in October, but the time required to grow the average marijuana plant means consumers likely have a few more weeks to wait. Cannabis lives up to its nickname and grows like a weed, but the plant needs as many as 18 weeks to progress from seed to harvest before it even moves on to processing and packaging.Licensed producer CannTrust walked The Canadian Press through their cultivation and processing facilities to get a close look at the process. Here are the various life stages of the cannabis plant: from seed to plant to processing and packaging.1) Seed/CuttingMost commercial cannabis growers skip the seed stage and grow new plants from cuttings of established ones, as seeds take longer and are prone to genetic variation, which can affect product quality. Cuttings are taken from so-called “mother plants” grown for the purpose of genetic cloning. The moniker stems from the fact that they must be female — male plants produce pollen and seeds but female plants produce the coveted cannabinoid-filled flower. “Every plant in the greenhouse is a female plant,” said Michael Camplin, general manager of CannTrust’s Niagara-area cultivation facility. “There are no males allowed in this facility.”Growing a new plant from cuttings produces genetically identical plants, allowing producers to generate cannabis from a certain strain with particular characteristics, he said.“It’s called a mother plant because it’s producing basically children,” Camplin said. “It’s producing young plants that will have the same characteristics as the mother.”2) SeedlingSmall cuttings are taken from the mother plants and planted into a moist starter cube in a low light and high humidity environment.“They’re literally babied along,” Camplin said.After two weeks, the roots start to sprout through the starter cube and the seedling is transplanted to a larger cube. After an additional two weeks of growth, the young cannabis plant is moved to a slightly larger base.3) Vegetative stateOnce beyond the seedling stage, the plant enters the vegetative state and is encouraged to grow up and out. This is done by controlling the amount of light the plant receives.If the plant receives 18 hours of daylight or more in a given day, it will continue to grow without producing any flower, Camplin said.4) FloweringGetting the plant to produce flowers involves convincing it that autumn is approaching, which means cutting back on the light cycle.“Marijuana plants are very light sensitive, and they are triggered to go into flower when the day length shortens in nature, as the summer starts to turn into fall,” he said. “The days get shorter, and the plant knows that it’s time to reproduce.”Mimicking the change in seasons by shortening the daylight period to 12 hours will prompt the plant to flower and produced the desired bud.The time needed for a plant to flower depends on the strain, but it can range from as little as seven weeks to as much as 10 weeks, Camplin said.5) HarvestingOnce the flowering plant has reached the desired stage, it is time to harvest. The plant’s flower or bud is coated in tiny, glistening hair-like glands called trichomes that contain the active ingredients in the plant called cannabinoids. The best-known cannabinoids are tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol, known as THC and CBD. Trichomes also contain terpenes, the fragrant oils which produce a unique taste and smell.The plants are cut and cannabis buds are mechanically separated from the stems and leaves, before being inspected and then trimmed by hand, Camplin said.6) DryingThe fresh cannabis flower is then dried on racks for up to two weeks. The buds are then stored in loosely closed plastic bags in large bins, which help to control the humidity, for two weeks.“That equalizes the moisture level, and every day they’re opened and stirred — or burped as they say in the drying room — and closed back up,” Camplin said.Keeping them in the closed bins also help the buds retain the terpenes, he said.Once the drying is complete, the bud is graded by size. Larger buds are usually preferred for dried flower sales while smaller buds are often earmarked for oil, he said.7) Testing and processing At this stage, the cannabis is tested for quality before it is cleared for the manufacturing process, said Chris Lucky, CannTrust’s vice-president of supply chain and manufacturing. On average, it takes 10 to 11 days to get the lab results back.Once the buds pass the appropriate tests, the pot is then either packaged for sale or put through an extraction process to produce cannabis oil.8) ExtractionThe buds chosen to produce oils are put through an industrial-sized grinder and then baked. Similar to when cannabis is smoked, the heating process activates the ingredients within the bud that provide the medicinal effects, Anna Jakobsmeier, CannTrust’s director of extraction and refinement, said.“We’re manipulating it to now provide the medicine,” she said.The baked cannabis is then placed into an extraction machine that uses heated and pressurized carbon dioxide to separate the cannabinoids from the plant.“You’re removing the cannabinoids, as well as some other components of the plant, but you’re leaving behind the actual dried product,” she said.The resulting liquid containing the cannabinoids is mixed with a carrier oil, such as a type of coconut oil known as Medium Chain Triglycerides or MCT oil. The oil is then bottled or put into capsules and packaged for sale.9) Packaging and LabellingThe finished products are packaged and labelled as per Health Canada’s guidelines, which include strict limits on the use of colours, graphics and logos.Products destined for Canada’s adult use market receive an excise stamp, which indicate that the product was produced legally and that applicable duties were paid. Each product must have a stamp corresponding to the province or territory where it will be sold.Complications with the stamp were blamed by many pot producers for causing a bottleneck in the supply chain, contributing to the shortage. Problems cited by producers included a delay in receiving the stamps, as well as the need for glue to affix the stamps, which slowed down the process. Cannabis is a brand new industry, and companies are learning and refining the processes as they go, and incorporating automation to speed up the process where possible, Lucky said.“Everybody is learning the processes… There’s a lot of things we have done as an organization, and industry across the board, in terms of how we can automate.”last_img read more

Fish Creek Community Forest receives new decor

first_imgIn speaking with Ryan Harvey, Communications Director for the City of Fort St. John, says crews will be dispatched to collect the signs and City staff will attempt to contact the owners from the information on the signs.To read more about the 2016 signs; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – This past weekend the Fish Creek Community Forest received some unexpected decor with the addition of real estate signs at the entry to the trails.The titled image posted to a FB group shows approximately 8 signs scattered about the entrance.This is not the first time real estate signs have been posted at the entrance of Fish Creek as reported by Energeticcity in June 2016.last_img read more