We’re ready: App-based ‘ojek’ drivers welcome ‘new normal’ with health measures

first_imgTopics : As Jakarta is likely to end its large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) on Thursday, app-based motorcycle taxi (ojek) services are embracing the so-called “new normal” by preparing health measures for transporting passengers. In accordance with Health Ministerial Decree No. 9/2020 on PSBB guidelines, Greater Jakarta administrations have since early April prohibited app-based ojek from transporting passengers. Such services, however, have been available for goods delivery.App-based ojek association Two-Wheel Movement Union (GARDA) said the drivers were ready to resume their services in the new normal. The association has even been campaigning for the use of a portable plastic partition to prevent direct contact between drivers and passengers on trips after the suspension is lifted. “We want to make both passengers and drivers comfortable,” the head of GARDA, Igun Wicaksono, said as quoted by kompas.com on Saturday. “The partition is made of flexible material so the driver can take it on and off easily,” he added.Read also: Experts slam govt for ‘inconsistent, poor’ COVID-19 policies after transport relaxationAccording to Igun, the plastic partition, which is easy to clean, would be carried like a backpack by drivers. The partition is equipped with a hand grip to avoid direct physical contact between driver and passenger. “It is our initiative. The government and app companies do not provide the tools. “As we produce the partition on our own, it will be made to order,” he said, indicating that drivers had to pay to own the partition.On Saturday, the Home Ministry issued a decree on guidelines for its civil servants working in the new normal phase, which drew criticism from the app-based ojek association.The decree suggests the Home Ministry’s civil servants be extra cautious in using public transportation, especially ojek, to avoid virus spread through shared helmets and direct contact between drivers and passengers, in the new normal. Ojek drivers were concerned that the decree meant that transporting passengers would remain prohibited in the new normal. The association had even planned to stage a protest for a revision to the decree in front of the Presidential Palace complex in Jakarta.In response, Home Ministry spokesperson Bahtiar Baharuddin said the decree meant no prohibition for ojek, adding that the ministry had no authority in regulating ojek services. “[The decree] was more like a suggestion for our civil servants to be really cautious in entering the productive and safe new normal […].“[We’re suggesting health measures] especially for those who are [about to use] app-based and conventional ojek because of the shared helmets,” said Bahtiar as quoted by kompas.com on Sunday, suggesting that civil servants wear their own helmets. (trn)last_img read more

Students’ study abroad preferences gradually shifting

first_imgIn the midst of study abroad week, which gives students a chance to explore the various available options for going abroad, the Office of Overseas Studies has noted recent changes in students’ choices of destination and in the majors of those choosing to travel.The number of students choosing to travel to Europe has remained steady, but the number of students going to South Africa to study has gone up 38 percent since spring 2009, according to the USC Office of Overseas Studies.“We are not exactly sure why,” said Veronica Gomez, the program assistant for Overseas Studies. “The only reason that we have thought of as to why it has increased is that students could be interested in seeing the World Cup.”Students not studying with the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences have also begun to study abroad more; the program saw a 54 percent increase in the number of Viterbi students going abroad through the Office of Overseas Studies this spring.“It’s because we have advertised that engineering students can get engineering credit through our program, and that is why we have seen an increase of engineering majors,” Gomez said. “The engineering school offers a study abroad program, but there are more options for them through our program.”Students who major in international relations still remain the most likely to study abroad through the Office of Overseas Studies.Other majors, including psychology, neuroscience and political science, have all seen significant jumps in the number of students choosing to study abroad. The Overseas Studies program credits this to the addition of the University London College option.Gisella de Morais, a junior majoring in international relations, decided to study abroad in Latin America this fall, choosing the region least often selected by USC students.Although it took a few classes to grasp the language, de Morais said she wanted to study in Brazil to reconnect with her family.“This experience completely changed me,” de Morais said. “I feel like a more complete person. Like I understand myself more, where I come from and that I have two cultures and homes in this world. “Shane Swerdlow, a senior majoring in policy, planning and development and business administration, chose to study abroad in Barcelona, hoping, he said, to gain a better grasp of the language.“I studied Spanish in high school, but it was weak when I arrived,” he said. “I took a two-week crash course through my abroad university, which was helpful, and my Spanish improved dramatically through forcing myself to speak in most situations. In Barcelona, most people speak Catalan before speaking Spanish, so I learned some Catalan phrases as well.”last_img read more

UltraPlay adds GWENT to its esports betting portfolio

first_imgBetting solutions provider UltraPlay has recently announced that GWENT has joined its esports betting portfolio. As such, the Bulgarian company has become the first provider to offer betting on the popular card game. Peter Ivanov, UltraPlayThis also means that UltraPlay is now able to offer odds on a total of 25 titles, and 3000 esports events monthly. Gwent is a free-to-play, turn-based card game which has built a solid fan base of more than 500,000 players worldwide since its launch in 2016.Peter Ivanov, Head of Esports trading at UltraPlay had this to say of the news: “Gwent is a perfect choice for a card game that offers endless fun to the players. The eSports betting brands using UltraPlay’s products will be one step ahead of the competition providing another exciting option to their players. “We believe that the game holds a great potential to attract many eSports punters with passion and experience in card games.”The first Gwent event that UltraPlay covered was this weekend and the company reportedly ‘recorded a huge interest’. Eight of the best Gwent players worldwide took part in the GWENT Challenger #2 which saw a $100,000 (£74,874) prize pool.Gwent, which is made by developer CD PROJEKT RED, has its Gwent Masters as the game’s official esports series. It has been well backed, with some solid prize pools for a debut series, and you can read more about the structure and format here as the battle for the game’s first Gwent World Champion continues. Esports Insider says: UltraPlay now offering Gwent means their overall offering and esports betting portfolio is expanded once again. Whether people take to wagering on Gwent is another question but the game has amassed some following since 2016, and the option to gamble on it could even find the CD PROJEKT RED title some new fans.last_img read more

LeBron James stands above as Lakers hold off Kings

first_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years PreviousLakers forward Anthony Davis, right, blocks a shot by Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes on the final play of Friday’s game at Staples Center. The Lakers won 99-97. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, right, shoots over Sacramento Kings guard Yogi Ferrell during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, left, steals the ball from Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee, left, shoots over Sacramento Kings forward Richaun Holmes during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, left, and Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma watch the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Sacramento Kings guard Yogi Ferrell, left, passes the ball over Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, center, and center Dwight Howard, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Lakers guard Quinn Cook drives to the basket between Sacramento Kings forward Richaun Holmes, left, and guard Cory Joseph during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, center, drives to the basket against Sacramento Kings forward Nemanja Bjelica, left, forward Richaun Holmes, right, and guard Cory Joseph (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, right, drives past Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes, right, fouls Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield, center, drives to the basket between Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard, left, and forward Anthony Davis during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, blocks a shot by Sacramento Kings guard Yogi Ferrell during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton, right, talks with referee Derrick Stafford during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Sacramento Kings forward Richaun Holmes, left, shoots over Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Sacramento Kings guard Yogi Ferrell (3) celebrates a three-point play by guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (8), of Serbia, against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, right, lays up a shot as Sacramento Kings center Dewayne Dedmon fouls him during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes, right, drives past Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James celebrates after making a 3-point shot against the Sacramento Kings during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James celebrates after making a 3-point shot against the Sacramento Kings during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, right, blocks a shot by Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes, left, in the last second of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. The Lakers won 99-97. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Lakers forward Anthony Davis, right, blocks a shot by Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes on the final play of Friday’s game at Staples Center. The Lakers won 99-97. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)NextShow Caption1 of 20Lakers forward Anthony Davis, right, blocks a shot by Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes on the final play of Friday’s game at Staples Center. The Lakers won 99-97. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Age comes for us all. But as LeBron James insisted Friday morning, “it’s not the end of my story.”Friday night showed just how far away that ending might be.James’ ability to dominate a game can be measured a myriad of ways: the 13 points the Lakers outscored Sacramento by when he was on the court, or the number of times he shot his fingers off like pistols after making jumpers.Perhaps the number that spoke the loudest for the King’s continued prime was the distance from the hoop he took off – just a step inside the free-throw line, as he hammered a dunk over a helpless Nemanja Bjelica, who had stepped up to take a charge but had sorely miscalculated just how high James can still soar. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Sore ribs didn’t prevent the Lakers’ star forward from making a read on Barnes on the final inbounds play, as the forward stumbled into the paint. Davis finished with four blocked shots.“The team was trying to get me going, I just missed some shots,” Davis said. “And I tried to take it out on the defensive end, making plays for my team and making sure the other team didn’t score.”Sacramento wasn’t at full strength either, playing without young centerpieces Marvin Bagley and De’Aaron Fox. But Buddy Hield gave the Lakers enough to handle, leading the Kings with six 3-pointers as the team attempted 41 from deep (making 16), and Bogdanovic took over late, scoring seven points in the last three minutes of the game.A familiar plotline played out: Experience gave the Lakers a late edge.It was also a redemptive night for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, whose shooting frustrations reached a crescendo against the Warriors with a point-blank layup wedgie. While Caldwell-Pope missed early shots in a start for Bradley and was replaced by Alex Caruso to begin the second half, he also had strong plays: hitting a late pair of fourth-quarter 3-pointers and finishing a fastbreak layup from James to wind up with 16 points (12 in the fourth).Teammates and coaches were quick to offer him praise and support postgame.“When you have a guy who plays as hard as he does, it impacts the energy on the floor, it’s part of our identity of making the whole group a play-harder type of team and he’s an excellent defender,” Coach Frank Vogel said. “We’re the No. 1 defense in the league and he’s a big part of that, so I don’t feel like he’s really had an up-and-down type of season.”Davis came back from a rib injury after skipping Wednesday’s game to heal, but he couldn’t rise to his usual offensive game. He was 5 for 12 from the field with 17 hard-fought points. Defensively, however, he was key late, helping lock down the floor in half-court sets.Languishing starts have become a defining characteristic of the team so far, and the Lakers were again slow out of the gate: Sacramento led by as much as 13, and the home team missed its first six attempts from 3-point range.Related Articles Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions center_img That turned around with a 14-0 run led by Kyle Kuzma, who scored 10 of his 13 points in the second quarter alone. The neck-and-neck affair continued for the rest of the first half, including James’ and-one dunk over Bjelica that briefly made the Staples Center crowd lose its collective mind.As the Lakers pulled ahead in the second half, what had been the Kings’ trump card became their lifeline. Their 3-point shooting buoyed them, led by Hield’s 6-for-12 night from beyond the arc. The Lakers’ lineups without James also underwhelmed, going through scoring droughts without their floor leader.Veteran point guard Rajon Rondo, in just his second game back in action, had a particularly rugged shooting night, going 0 for 3 from the field.There’s always more to improve, and for the Lakers and James, it seems like there’s plenty of time to improve it.“If you’re not working on a certain thing and then you go out and do it in the game on the floor, then we’re not going to be OK with that as a ball club,” James said. “But (Caruso, Caldwell-Pope), everybody, these guys work on their game every single day. So go out there and do the same thing. I don’t care if you miss two, three, four, five, 10 shots in a row. If guys are leaving you open, keep on taking them. That’s how much confidence we have in our group.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers needed every ounce of youthful energy from James in a 99-97 victory over the Kings. With 5.5 seconds left, James scored the winning points at the free-throw line, the place where he’s arguably been most shaky late in games the last few seasons. On Friday, he was perhaps most proud of going 7 for 7 at the line.“It’s something I worked on extremely hard this offseason, getting my free throws better,” he said. “And I kind of struggled the last couple of games, especially in Phoenix. To be in the position where  I can make some clutch free throws for our ball club and A.D. coming with a clutch block on the end, it’s pretty cool.”Ah yes, the block.The Kings beat the Lakers last season, when their new coach, Luke Walton, was on the other bench, when Bogdan Bogdanovic hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer. But those Lakers didn’t have Anthony Davis, who swooped upon a driving Harrison Barnes like a hawk, blocking him and going to reclaim the strip as time expired.With Davis making a timid return from injury, and without their defensive tone-setter Avery Bradley, James (29 points, 11 assists) elevated the Lakers just enough to keep them rolling for their 10th win in 11 games. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed last_img read more

NFL mock draft of Michigan players: Projecting the picks for every Wolverine in the 2020 class

first_imgCesar Ruiz, G/CProjected: Round 2, Pick No. 33 (Bengals)Ruiz (6-3, 307) was a valuable piece of Michigan’s interior, and the former center out of IMG Academy started in every game the last two seasons. He is among the top centers in the 2020 NFL Draft, and would give Joe Burrow a battery mate if the Bengals go this route.Donovan Peoples-Jones, WRProjected: Round 4, Pick No. 110 (Giants)Peoples-Jones was a five-star recruit whose career never really took off with the Wolverines. He had 103 catches for 1,327 yards with 14 touchdowns and showed explosiveness in the return game. Peoples-Jones also tested well in the NFL Combine — with the highlight coming on a 44.5-inch vertical. He is a boom-or-bust pick, and must tap into that potential.Josh Uche, EDGEProjected: Round 4, Pick No. 124 (Steelers)Uche was a pass-rushing specialist in the mold of Frank Clark; if the edge-rusher can improve against the run, He could be a Pro Bowl-caliber player in the right scheme. Uche combined for 14.5 sacks in 2018 and ’19 for the Wolverines. Pittsburgh’s 3-4 would be that kind of fit. He’s not LaMarr Woodley, but the tools are there for a successful career.MORE: Michigan left with more questions than answers after Ohio State blowoutLavert Hill, CBProjected: Round 5, Pick No. 162 (Redskins)Hill was a physical cornerback in Don Brown’s system at Michigan, compiling three interceptions and nine pass breakups in 2019. He is decent in press coverage and should be able to work in as a nickel back with the right fit.Josh Metellus, SProjected: Round 5, Pick No. 165 (Jaguars)Metellus had a career-high 74 tackles at Michigan last season, part of a career in which he was nabbed five interceptions. He was also credited with nine passes defensed over the last two years as a featured starter. He’s a hard-hitting safety who’s solid against the run, but will have to be better against the deep ball at the next level.Sean McKeon, TEProjected: Round 6, Pick No. 205 (Vikings)Harbaugh is adept at developing tight ends, and McKeon is a lengthy 6-5, 242-pound target who was part of Michigan’s rotation at the position. McKeon averaged 18.1 yards per catch as a senior, but that came on just 13 catches with two touchdowns. He will be a second- or third-tight end with some special teams appeal for the Vikings.Ben Bredeson, GProjected: Round 6, Pick No. 213 (Patriots) The Wolverines’ most consistent lineman the last two seasons had 46 starts during that period, earning All-Big Ten and two-time captain status. There’s middle-round appeal here, and he should be able to be a solid guard at the next level. New England is a potential fit.Jon Runyan, OTProjected: Round 7, Pick No. 237 (Titans)Runyan — whose father played in the NFL for 14 seasons — developed into a book-end starter for the Wolverines. He missed two games last season but returned to play in 11 games. Runyan will have to earn a spot on a NFL roster in training camp. For all the criticisms lobbed at Jim Harbaugh during his tenure at Michigan, his ability to send players to the NFL should not be one of them.The Wolverines have produced 21 players selected in the draft since 2016, and there are more on the way. Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer projects eight Michigan players will be selected in the 2020 NFL Draft in his latest seven-round mock. That said, there is not a first-round pick. That’s one of the differences between the Wolverines and rival Ohio State.Here are the Michigan players Iyer projects will be selected in the 2020 NFL Draft, and where they will land:MORE: SN’s seven-round NFL Mock DraftNFL mock draft 2020: Michigan’s projected picks (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/17/93/donovan-peoples-jones-110418-getty-ftr_1bp7cpardpt4i1bw4g17u6g54w.jpg?t=-582938610&w=500&quality=80last_img read more

Fire blocks highway on Mason City’s north side

first_imgMASON CITY — Firefighters are battling a blaze on Mason City’s north side this morning, which is also blocking off traffic on US Highway 65.Firefighters were called around 4 o’clock this morning to Young Construction at 16th and North Federal. Smoke was billowing from the building shortly before 5 o’clock. No other details about the fire are available at this time.US Highway 65 is blocked off between 14th and 17th Streets North.last_img

Elite Cleaning Of Washington Gives Tips On Cleaning With Environmentally-Friendly Products

first_imgSubmitted by Elite Cleaning of WashingtonCleaning with Environmentally-Friendly ProductsGot dirt, stains, grease & grime?Let’s face it we all create messes! Someone needs to clean them up! What products do they use?Each store contains 1-2 aisles of different types of cleaners and people select what works best for them. Some products get the dirt gone, but hurt the environment while  other products are natural or safer for the environment and us. Absolutely, select and use what works for you!My team and I use various products to clean residential and commercial properties, but one of our favorite products are Shaklee’s Basic H, Basic G, and Scour Off paste. We use these 3 products every single day! In 2007, Oprah and Dr. Oz listed Shaklee’s Get Clean starter kit as one of Oprah’s favorite things. These products are earth-friendly and have been around since the 1960s.Basic H is a household cleaner. One 16 oz. bottle can make up to 48 gallons of cleaning solutions ranging from a drop for a window spray bottle to a stronger solution to clean oil off driveways. Basic G is a germicide. One quart bottle can make up to 64 gallons of germicide cleaning solution. It attacks over 40 types of bacteria, fungi, and viruses protecting your family’s health. Scour Off paste is a heavy-duty paste like Basic H.Elite Cleaning of Washington is fully licensed and bonded.For home cleaning services, contact Scottiejo at 360.529.2277. Facebook10Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Got to ski, but have no snow? Just “roll” with the punches

first_imgJust as stunt-based shows often start out their broadcasts with warnings not to try this at home, I feel it’s my due diligence to open this article by saying don’t do this at home and that my experience, pushing the limits on day one are not typical. Although I came back from my first roller skiing adventure, courtesy of Rossland’s Kootenay Nordic Sports, slightly thrashed and road rashed, my hopes for good times were not dashed. I’m an addict, I admit it. In the same week that a BC Day long weekend drive up to a Nelson area lodge yielded a summer ski run through a high altitude gully, an online posting about roller skiing caught my eye. I called up Dave Gibson from Kootenay Nordic Sports, and he graciously offered me use of a set of roller skis along with the instructional services of his daughter Sierra, an up and coming Nordic ski champ with her eyes on the prize for 2018.  We pulled onto Hannah Creek Road (just before the Teck fertilizer plan if you’re coming from Webster Elementary). This rarely-travelled route offers up smooth pavement along rolling, windy hills: a perfect location for roller skiers and long boarders alike.  The gear is familiar: regular, skating cross country ski boots, poles (preferably with rubber nubs on the ends), mountain bike gloves and a bike helmet. The skis, however, are something new. They consist of a skate ski binding mounted on a narrow platform between two wheels, longer and with larger wheels than roller blades. Clipping in for my first roll, I went through the progressions.  The first major difference is simply balance. Staying atop narrow inline wheels requires an added bit of thought.  Starting out pole-less, we slowly skated along the flats, maintaining the small V stance and simulating pole motions to nail the timing of the various styles. Several passes in, we added poles to the mix and went through single stride, double stride and offset poling. To this point, it is all very similar to cross country and along the flats felt quite natural.  Tackling the first small decline, poles tucked up under my arms, I began playing around with the skis a bit, working on balance, seeing how they react.  Typically, getting through all of these steps would be one heck of a first lesson. Going back to old school journalism, though, you’ve got to really live something before you can write honestly about it, no?  In passing Dave mentioned in a science-camp-beautiful dopplar shifting way that there was a washout on the far side of the next hill. Not super keen to coming in high speed through a wash of gravel we turned around and pointed our wheels back down the slope.  There were suggestions from the group that it would be entirely respectable to walk down the hill or at least part of it. I would later find out many people, even after skating for years, still walk down. But I came out to roll and roll I would.  The slope began mellowly enough. Watching Sierra skate down the start of the decline before tucking out of sight through the S bend, it looked like a lot of fun as well.  I had my strategy figured. I’d take it easy down the first part of the steep slope, line up for the turn and then open it up and let it roll. In theory, it was a great strategy. In execution it was more of a straight roll from the summit, picking up speed, passing beyond the threshold of being able to stop an then playing the mental game of not panicking, holding it together, knees bent. Just ride it out, nice and smooth.  My left leg got a bit squirrelly, then the right. Recovery, keep it together. There goes leftie again, over-correct, there goes righty, and before I knew it I was on the pavement in the hollow, just before the S bend.  The moral of the story? Pavement is harder than snow, but roller skiing is no harder than cross country skiing and a super fun way to stay in shape over the summer. Pavement is faster than snow, no doubt about it, and the balancing involved is more akin to ice skating than skiing. The hills are good fun and the speed addictive. My only piece of advice, however, is this: save the hills for at least lesson two.  Kootenay Nordic Sports is currently working on reassembling a regular weekly group of roller skiers. If you’re an experienced roller skier already, stop by the shop Wednesday evenings at 5:30. If you’re a first timer, call the shop ahead, they’ve got spare skis and can offer lessons.last_img read more

Sugar Bears Fall to Shockers in Women’s NIVC

first_imgDENTON, Texas – The Central Arkansas Sugar Bears saw their season end after losing a five-set thriller against the Wichita State Shockers in the first round of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship on Thursday night. The duo of Tabitha Brown and Megan Taflinger led the Shockers to victory as they combined for 44 of WSU’s 66 kills. Samantha Anderson led the Sugar Bears with 18 kills and a .359 hitting percentage while Haley Tippett followed with 12 kills and Abbie Harry added nine. Wichita State looked to be in cruise control heading into the fourth set as they had won sets two and three handily, but Central Arkansas responded with a gritty 25-23 set win to push the match to five sets. Head coach Jeni Jones Chatman was very pleased with her team’s response in set four. “We have some great girls that will get the chance to step up next year. We all know what they’re capable of because we see it every day in practice,” Anderson said. “The reason why we were such a good team is because we played against good girls on the other side of the net in practices. The third set started close as Anderson landed a kill in the back-right corner that tied the set at 2-2, but the Shockers created separation with a 14-4 spurt that gave them the 16-6 lead. Up 8-6, Wichita State went on a 6-0 run as Taflinger caught fire and had five kills in the stretch. The Sugar Bears could not cool down the Shockers as they closed the set on a 17-7 run and won 25-13. They finished with 20 kills in the third set alone and were led by the hands of Taflinger as she delivered 9 of them. I have complete confidence that the team will have new seniors step up and have freshmen that will follow the footsteps of the older girls and help contribute.” The Sugar Bears season ends with a 26-7 record, the sixth time in nine seasons that the team finished with more than 25 wins. The team will lose five important seniors, but Anderson thinks the team will be fine looking ahead to next year. “I am very proud of the fight that our team had in the fourth set. Samantha Anderson was a big reason for that, she led the way and everyone followed her lead,” Chatman said. “Wichita State is a very talented program year after year and so for us to be able to pull out set four was very impressive.”We are very proud of the fight. So fortunate to be a team of incredible people that push & want the best for each other. Seniors, there are no words, you will be greatly missed. #BearClawsUp #InsiemeSiamoUno #TogetherWeAreOne #26and7 ??: @bradleywidding pic.twitter.com/xpzwTfzkV8— 2017 Southland Tournament Champions (@ucavball) November 30, 2018 Brown helped the Shockers jump out to an early 2-0 lead in set five after she delivered back-to-back kills. The Sugar Bears pulled within one after a Savanah Allen kill made it 5-4, but the Shockers responded with a 6-2 run that saw three straight Sugar Bear errors and Wichita State held a commanding 11-6 lead. Central Arkansas made it a three-point game after an Anderson kill and Shocker error made it 12-9, but Wichita State quickly answered with two kills of their own and held a 14-9 lead. The Sugar Bears tried to make one last run as they got another Anderson kill and Shocker error to make it 14-11, but the set ended on the next point as Central Arkansas’ serve landed out in the back-right corner and the Shockers won 15-11. The fourth set had a postseason feel to it as there were 14 ties recorded in the game. After the eighth tie of the set at 9-9, the Sugar Bears found a gasp of air as they went on a mini 2-0 spurt that made it 11-9. As both sides continued to battle, the Shockers got a Taflinger kill and Emma Wright service ace to make it 14-14, the 9th tie of the set. After five more ties occurred and the score sat at 21-21, Central Arkansas went on a 4-2 run that was led by two big kills from Harry that helped the Sugar Bears finally pull away and get the clutch 25-23 fourth set win.Thankful for another great season at my Alma Mater. Finished the season at 26-7. It’s never easy to see the last point of a senior class. Proud of this team and staff for another stellar season. pic.twitter.com/tlvtdtwdpJ— John Newberry (@TheCoachJohn) November 30, 2018 The Shockers did not have their heads down as they came out in the second set and started with a commanding 9-1 lead that contained five Sugar Bear errors. Central Arkansas responded well with a 10-4 run that was capped off by three straight Wichita State errors that made it 13-11. The Sugar Bears got even closer after two more Shocker errors made it 14-13, but Wichita State went on a 6-0 run that helped them pull away for good. A Shocker service error gave the Sugar Bears a glimmer of hope as the lead was cut to six, but a Sugar Bears service error gave the Shockers the 25-18 win. The Shockers jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first set after Brown got going quickly and delivered two of her 22 kills early. Anderson wasted no time in making her presence known as she delivered back-to-back kills and evened the score at 4-4. After three more ties occurred, Central Arkansas gained its first lead after a Wichita State error made it 9-8. The Shockers responded with a 4-1 run and held a 11-9 lead, but the Sugar Bears went on a run of their own and created some separation after a Ravin Rhodes ace made it 14-12. After a Shockers ace tied it back at 15-15, the Sugar Bears went on a crucial 4-0 run sparked by three Tippett kills that made it 19-15. The Shockers would pull within two at 19-17, but the Sugar Bears closed the door on the comeback as Anderson and Tippett delivered back-to-back kills to win set one 25-20.last_img read more

Ex-Arsenal ace Sol slammed for claims coronavirus ‘designed to kill some people’

first_img8SOL Campbell has been slammed for suggesting the coronavirus is a “designed mistake”.The ex-Arsenal, Spurs and England star took to Twitter with the wild conspiracy theory that the virus “deliberately attacks a certain blood type”.⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates8 Sol Campbell has been slammed for suggesting the coronavirus is ‘manmade’Credit: PA:Press Association8 The former Arsenal and England star tweeted that the virus might be a ‘designed mistake’Credit: TwitterIn his tweet, Southend manager Campbell initially referred to an article about the shocking ONS statistics which show that black Brits are four times more likely to die from the coronavirus.Above this, he wrote: “Was this virus a natural mistake or a designed mistake…?”I wonder does this virus deliberately attacks a certain blood type….?”Sol’s tweet provoked anger online, with one Twitter user responding: “Don’t be that guy Sol…”Another wrote: “There’s still time to delete this…”The football season was brought to an abrupt end in mid-March as the country went into lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.While Project Restart aims to get the Premier League up and running again soon, there are fears for League One and Two sides who face the prospect of the season being prematurely ended.This would mean relegation for Sol’s Southend United – who sit in 22nd place in League One, 16 points behind AFC Wimbledon.888 Real Housewife Leanne Brown was criticised for claiming a coronavirus vaccine would be “dangerous”Credit: InstagramSAFETY FIRSTBut Sol said that safety must come first for footballers.He told the Southend Echo: ““I think safety has to come before anything else.“I know other countries are looking to come back and Germany are close to playing again but their numbers have been lower than ours.“I don’t think you can consider bringing back football here until it’s safe to do so but we have to be ready for every possible outcome.”Campbell is not the only famous person to indulge in coronavirus conspiracy theories.Last week, Real Housewives star Leanne Brown was criticised for claiming a coronavirus vaccine would be “dangerous”.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50’ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’PicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidThe wife of ex-Manchester United ace Wes Brown made the comments during a video uploaded to Instagram, in which she dubbed the nation-wide lockdown a form of “state control”.Speaking to her 260,000 Instagram followers, Leanne said: “I hope it won’t be mandatory in the UK, because I definitely won’t be having it.”It comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to unveil a ‘roadmap’ for the country’s next steps following seven weeks of lockdown on Sunday evening in an address to the nation.CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – STAY IN THE KNOWDon’t miss the latest news and figures – and essential advice for you and your family.To receive The Sun’s Coronavirus newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.Get Britain’s best-selling newspaper delivered to your smartphone or tablet each day – find out more.8 The ex-England star has said that safety must come first for footballers if the season returnsCredit: Getty – Contributor8 Sol’s Southend could face relegation if League One is finishedCredit: Rex Featureslast_img read more