Competition Day

first_imgIs there anything that can compare to competition day?I never get tired of it… I have been visualizing my lines and strategies all night, all week, or all month.  I wake up before my alarm, eat my lucky peanut butter bagel/egg/banana breakfast, and drink tons of water to stay hydrated.  Nervous energy pervades as I scan my body and gauge how everything feels the day-of.The car ride to registration generally consists of blasting loud music and fist pumping while my buddies and I exchange bouts of trash talk.  We each take the time to describe just how badly we are going to beat each other today, and refute the others’ lies.Once there, it’s time to calm down a bit.  I tell myself, “Don’t waste too much energy jumping around like you’re Rocky Balboa; better to save some of that fire for when the clock starts.”How long is it until the race?  Food and water needs to be carefully packed so as to not be hungry, but not be too full when it is game-time.  How are the other competitors looking?  Some are quiet but friendly, others antisocial, and others gregarious and outwardly excited… we all have our own method.Wow, only 30 minutes to go, it’s getting real.  Time to warm up, but not push too hard. Balance.  Balance.  Balance!  I feel ready to explode with excitement, but I need to back that throttle off just a bit… when that countdown ends, I visualize myself coming off that line like a cheetah.  Efficient, silent and powerful.Oh wow, there is the starting line and the timers.  Everyone warms up within view of each other.  The heavy hitters know what is at stake in their performance, and the first-timers are nervous about simply completing this challenging course.  It doesn’t matter if it is a kayaking extreme race, a DH mountain bike race, or a 5k… everyone is trying to channel their nervousness into focus and energy.Suddenly I find myself on the line, and the clock is counting down.  10…9…8.  Deep breaths to enrich my red blood cells with as much oxygen as possible before I push my physiological functions to their redlines.  7…6…5.  Quick visualizations of perfect completions of the most challenging portions of the course.  4…3…2.  Every muscle enters a heightened awareness, and my body puts itself into the starting position.  I am a human elastic that has been held back and is about to be let go.  It’s time.1… GO!!!!  I spring into the course in a state of pure joy.  That antelope is in front of me, in person or in my mind, and I am doing everything in my power to catch it.I think that everyone goes through life searching for their “ism.”  For those who aren’t familiar with this, it is an expression referring to each of us doing exactly what it is that we were put on this planet to do.To me, racing is as close as I have ever come to finding this.  I don’t even really care what kind of race it is… I love running, kayaking, sailing, SUP, swimming or mountain biking.  I am an impartial competition fanatic!  Just having the opportunity to get out there and find our own personal limits after a devoted preparation process is incredibly rewarding, and it is something that I hope that I can do forever.As spring wraps up and summer edges its way into the picture, I can’t wait to catch up with good people and live this competitive emotional rollercoaster over and over.  For those of you who make it out West this summer, I’d love to share a starting line with you at CKS PaddleFest and the Teva Mountain Games in Colorado, the North Fork Championships in Idaho, or the Red Bull Divide and Conquer in BC!Good Lines,ChrisFor more articles from Chris, check out The Flow!last_img read more

Chobani to send a truck a day to food pantries across the nation

first_imgNow they will be sending a truck a day, the yogurt company has already sent out close to around million cups of yogurt. CEO of Chobani Hamdi Ulukaya took to twitter on April 21 to announce the Chobani Pantry will step up contribution to food pantries across the nation. “We wanted to align ourselves or continue to align ourselves and build off of the relationships we have with food banks,” said Peter McGuinness, President of Chobani. “Because we’re a food company and food banks need help and they need product to give to people who need nutrition.” NORWICH (WBNG) — Chobani is stepping up to do their part during the COVID-19 pandemic.center_img The company has already had a good relationship with food pantries, donating every week. Chobani will also be transforming their SoHo cafe in New York City to a food pantry to help out those who were hit hard by the virus.last_img read more

COVID-19: MRT Jakarta imposes longer headway as ridership plunges

first_imgOver the last three days, the number of MRT passengers has plummeted from 13,000 to 3,000, according to the company.“Our evaluation shows that the number of passengers has decreased by over 90 percent from the number we usually recorded,” Effendi said in a statement issued on Thursday.Despite the longer headway time, however, the company’s policy restricting each train to only carrying a total of 60 passengers would remain in effect, he said. The company’s physical-distancing policy, which entails maintaining a minimum safe distance of 1 meter between passengers, would also still be implemented, he added.On March 17, the Jakarta Transportation Agency announced that the capital’s public transportation, such as Transjakarta, MRT Jakarta and LRT Jakarta, would resume normal operations after a policy to restrict their operational hours in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19 backfired, causing buildups at stations and bus stops.Three days later, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan declared a state of emergency for the following two weeks in the capital city in an effort to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.Anies said the administration would still limit public transportation to reduce mobility and curb the spread of the virus. (rfa)Topics : MRT Jakarta is increasing headway time to 10 minutes starting on Thursday because of a staggering decrease in commuter numbers caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic that has prompted the government to encourage a work-from-home policy for residents.City-owned PT MRT Jakarta made the decision after considering the dwindling numbers of commuters, the company’s operational and maintenance director Muhammad Effendi said. The policy was also formulated amid the public health emergency and the state of emergency declared by the Jakarta administration.The headway was increased from the regular five minutes during the peak hours of operation.last_img read more

Danish government drops plan for pension age increase

first_imgDenmark’s prime minister has definitively retreated from his plan to increase the state pension age by six months, after admitting he was unlikely to win broad political support for the move.Lars Løkke Rasmussen wanted to increase the state pension age from 67 to 67.5 years from 2025.Resistance to the increase in the pension age came particularly from the two largest parties in the Danish Parliament, the Social Democrats and the Danish Peoples’ Party, according to national broadcaster DR.Løkke Rasmussen said in an interview with DR: “A broad majority, which also includes the Social Democrats and the Danish Peoples’ Party, has already decided that the state pension age should rise gradually, if Danes are living longer.” Danes were living longer than had been previously reckoned, and the labour market lacked extra capacity, he said.“Therefore it would be reasonable to adjust settlement to create greater equality between generations and ensure our progress and prosperity,” he said.But Conservative Party (Venstre) leader Løkke Rasmussen said it was extremely difficult to see broad support for the measure.“The government has therefore decided that the plans we will present in a week’s time will not contain that element,” he said.As the law stands, people born between 1956 and 1962 are entitled to receive a state pension at the age of 67. Under the plan that has now been dropped, this age would have increased by six months to 67.5 years.Løkke Rasmussen has proposed the increase in the state pension age several times over the last 12 months, according to DR, but he has now said that the idea had been finally laid to rest.However, he also said on television that the government would continue to work towards making it easier for people to stay in the labour market for longer i they wanted – an outcome the prime minister said was necessary if the country was to free up money for welfare.“We are still going to come out with an initiative that will be about motivating Danes to stay a bit longer in the workforce,” Løkke Rasmussen said.last_img read more

Brisbane beats Sydney, Melbourne clearance rates for first time

first_imgTara and Mark Kelly fell in love with their new home in Morningside, Brisbane, which they bought at auction over the weekend. Picture: AAP Image/Josh Woning.Buyers Mark and Tara Kelly and their sons Hayden and Blair were among those overjoyed over the weekend in Brisbane, having bought their new “forever home” in Morningside.Agent Rachel Fechner of Place saw auctioneer Peter Bergin seal the home for $900,000 under the hammer which was about $25,000 above the seller’s reserve. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoOne of the bidders was on the phone from Sydney which saw the price push past $880,000 before the Kellys snapped up the home.“We had been looking for about three months and there wasn’t a lot in our price range so when this one came along we pretty much fell in love with it,” Mr Kelly said.“Neither of us had bought a property at auction before so it was a little intimidating. We decided to hold off and see what our competition did, they opened with a vendor bid, then an interstate buyer bid and that gave an indication of where we were going with the price.”He said the home’s character, city views and the fact that it was adjacent to bushland were all key to the sale.“We fell in love with the place pretty early. We went to two open homes and a private viewing. We were a little too eager. We could have easily shown up every time it was open to drool over it … We just have to move in now.” CITY CLEARANCE RATES (in the past week): Sydney 56.5% (down 11.3 percentage points) Melbourne 55.7% (down 19.9pp) Brisbane 60.0% (up 14.9pp) Adelaide 68.1% (up 5.7pp) Perth 60.0% (up 10pp) Canberra 50.9% (down 23.7pp) Cities Weighted Average 56.7% (down 13.1pp) *Compared to same period in 2017 (Source: CoreLogic) FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Brisbane pulled a 14.9 percentage point surge in its auction clearance rate to come out above the national average.A FRESH buzz has emerged around Brisbane after its auction clearance rate punched above the national average to beat both Sydney and Melbourne for the first time on record.Preliminary results from CoreLogic show Brisbane pulled a whopping 60 per cent clearance rate in the past week, beating Sydney’s 56.5 per cent and Melbourne’s 55.7 per cent — both of which were generally considered havens for auction activity in Australia.The results come as auction volumes continue to build leading into the peak Spring selling season which begins next weekend.CoreLogic national auction market commentator Kevin Brogan told The Courier-Mail it was the first time the city had gone above Sydney and Melbourne at the same time.“This is probably the only occasion where Brisbane has had a clearance rate higher than both Sydney and Melbourne so I think congratulations are in order,” he said. AFL Lion to cash out in Brisbane Honey Badger’s new $1.47m pad Aussie town where homes are cheaper than cars CoreLogic results showed Brisbane’s auction clearance rate jumped 14.9 percentage points compared to the same period last year, while Sydney fell -11.3, Melbourne had the second biggest drop of -19.9, Canberra tumbled -23.7, while Adelaide (5.7 percentage points) and Perth (10pp) both rose.Mr Brogan said Brisbane had beaten Melbourne once before during Easter 2012 and beaten Sydney the first week after Christmas in 2016, but never during a normal market period and never at the same time.“I think the comparison is warranted,” he said. “There is certainly evidence in both Brisbane and Adelaide that there are investors from Sydney and Melbourne looking at property.”“When the markets in the eastern states start to soften, a steady performance (such as that of Brisbane) suddenly becomes an attribute which is sought after.”Mr Brogan said analysts were watching closely to see how things panned out heading into the peak listing season of Spring.“What we will watch for keenly is to see if the anticipated supply in properties coming to auction is matched by an increase in demand.”last_img read more

No bail bond for murder suspect

first_imgBACOLOD City – Charged with murder, a man was arrested in Barangay Antipolo, Pontevedra, Negros Occidental. Officers of the Pontevedra municipal police station served the warrant issued by Judge Frances Guanzon of the Regional Trial Court Branch 62 in Bago City dated April 11, 2013. BY CYRUS GARDE AND MAE SINGUAY Leonar, a resident of Barangay Carabalan, Himamaylan City, was caught on the strength of an arrest warrant around 8 p.m. on July 6, the police added.center_img No bail bond was recommended for the temporary liberty of 67-year-old Federico Leonar, police said. The suspect was detained in the lockup cell of the municipal police station./PNlast_img

OA welcomes new manager at Twice Blessed

first_imgBatesville, IN—Oldenburg Academy is pleased to announce that Tonya Weiler Hudepohl ’94 has become the new manager of Twice Blessed since October 1.  Tonya brings almost 20 years of retail and managerial experience to this position plus her life-long love of the Academy and support of our mission. A huge debt of thanks and gratitude goes to Barbara Abplanalp Nolting ’72 for her many years of leadership in this role and service to the Academy.  During her tenure, Barbara helped Twice Blessed to raise over $250,000 in tuition assistance support for Academy students.  She will be greatly missed but is looking forward to easing into a much-deserved retirement.   We encourage you to stop in and say thanks to Barbara and welcome to Tonya!last_img

Rodgers compares Suarez to Messi

first_img “Luis is only 26 and I think he will make improvements to his game over the coming years.” Suarez’s numbers are impressive. He has now scored 51 league goals in 84 appearances and against Norwich he has 11 in his last four appearances at an average of a goal every 33 minutes. He is also the Premier League’s leading scorer with 13 in just nine games. His first was a brilliant 45-yard dipping effort, his second an instinctive hooked finish, the third saw him flick the ball over Leroy Fer before smashing home and he finished off with what is now becoming a trademark free-kick. Suarez then provided the cross for Raheem Sterling to score after Bradley Johnson’s late consolation. “That repertoire tonight was incredible and I felt for the Norwich defenders,” added Rodgers. “When you come up against someone like that, a top world-class player, it is difficult to contain that. “The first one was probably reminiscent of the one he had a couple of years ago (at Carrow Road). “To actually hit it with that dip to get it over the keeper was outstanding. “The second goal was great with a bit of improvisation to get in front of the defender and sweep it in but then I watched the third goal again and you look at that and think ‘Goodness me, what a goal what was’. “The free-kick doesn’t surprise me because we practise that every week and you can see the quality and the power he hits it with. “I think you could toss a coin between the first and the third.” Norwich boss Chris Hughton could not question Suarez’s quality but felt his side should have handled him better. “It has been a tough time for us with him in particular,” he said. “He is a world-class player and if you afford him that much space and time then he is one person that has the ability to do what he did today. “I am more disappointed in the fact we afforded him too much space and time and gave him the opportunities he gratefully took. “There aren’t many players who can score that first goal but the second goal was the one which hurt us as it was a soft goal. “My over-riding feeling is we could have done more to stop him having the day he has.” Press Association The Uruguay international scored four times – including a 20-minute first-half hat-trick – and provided an assist as the Reds swept aside Norwich 5-1 at Anfield. All of the goals from the 26-year-old, who became the first Premier League striker to score three hat-tricks against the same club, had a touch of brilliance to them. And despite all the speculation over Suarez’s future in the summer, and more which will no doubt come when the January transfer window opens, the Reds boss is confident the player can achieve his Champions League dreams at Anfield. “Sheer brilliance that was. Technically we were very good but to witness that was a remarkable individual performance,” he said. “I always like to talk about the team but I think you have to hold up Luis as one of the best strikers in the world. Incredible performance. “I think he is the happiest he has been here. He flies all around the world but I think this club suits him perfectly and I still think his best years are going to be here. “The profile of the club, the connection with the supporters, you can see it is a hand-in-glove fit for him. “The type of football we are trying to play allows him to operate in those spaces but you still have to be there to finish it off and that must have been a joy to watch for people. “The modern-day world-class operators – the Ronaldos and Messis – it is all about the numbers and what they produce and it is not any more one and two, or two and three (goals). “I think if you look at Messi and Ronaldo they have been out on their own for a couple of years. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers likened an “incredible” performance from Luis Suarez to those from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and believes the striker will have a long-term future at the club.last_img read more

Nansel Selbol, Taking USL by Storm

first_imgNansel Selbol, a 19 year-old upcoming star who plays for Swope Park Rangers is taking the USL league by storm. He moved to Rangers after a stint with Sporting Kansas where he was promoted from the club’s academy after an impressive record of scoring 12 goals in 14 appearances. Nansel began his football Sojourn in Jos where he also grew up. He played for Pawas Football Academy before heading to the City of David Football club in Lagos.  He has also represented Nigeria at the under 17 level and made the provisional list for the Nigerian U17 team in 2013. He has had an impressive run in the league and is set to do more in the coming season. Football analysts are of the opinion that Nansel is a player to watch out for and that soon he would be a prominent player in the European League.Beyond his professional career as a football player, Nansel is also passionate about giving back to his community. He recently visited the Remand Boys home in Lagos where he gave out full football kits and food to the boys. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Polish “trendsetter” STS launches mobile esports section

first_img Polish wagering report highlights STS market dominance  August 17, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share Share ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Related Articles Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Star-Typ Sport (STS), the first Polish bookmaker to introduce esports betting in 2014, has now added an esports section to its mobile application.The new STS section, available on both Android and iOS, will enable its players to engage with tournaments in Poland and those organised abroad through a wide range of live bets.The apps have been designed to direct fans straight into esports betting, allow easy bet placement for all ongoing competitions, and facilitate discussion between players through a chat function.Mateusz Juroszek, President of STS, said: “Being the trendsetter on the Polish market for years, STS is the largest and most innovative company in the betting industry. We were the first bookmaker to add esports bets to our offer, which was followed by providing streams of selected esports events. “Now, as – once again – the first bookmaker in Poland, we have launched an esports section in our mobile application, which is dedicated and tailored made section for esport funs. As a result, esports supporters may place their bets even more quickly and easily using smartphones.”The bookmaker’s objective is to support further growth and professionalisation of esports across the country. This is why it has become the official bookmaker for Polska Liga Esportowa – the top CS:GO competition in Poland. In addition, STS supports Paweł ‘innocent’ Mocek, a CS:GO player who competes in international events. The agreement between STS and Mocek was the first-in-Europe case of a bookmaker supporting an individual pro Counter-Strike gamer.The leading Polish bookmaker – one of 11 licensed operators in Poland alongside TOTALBet, Cherry, Fortuna, Milenium, Totolotek, Etoto, forBET, LV BET, BetClic & BetFan, has also decided to provide support for Damian ‘Nervarien’ Ziaja, one of the most popular Polish influencers in League of Legends. The agreement signed with him was the first case of a bookmaker becoming involved in promotional activities directed towards the League of Legends community in Poland. “For the betting industry, the esports segment is a perspective one with dynamic growth,” added  Juroszek. “It is more and more common for esports fans to place their bets. “Therefore, we have been investing in this area for several years now, expanding our offer with the most important tournaments in Poland and around the world, and streaming new esports events on STS TV. “The introduction of the esports section in the STS application is another step of our eagerly pursued strategy, which aims to strengthen our leading position on this market.”last_img read more