School of Hard Rocks

first_imgA rookie rock climber gets schooled at Seneca Rocks.There’s a green ammunition can tucked into a crevice at the top of a mountain in West Virginia. Open it and you’ll find a log book, where climbers write things like “AMAZING” in all-caps. There’s also a warm bottle of beer, some sunscreen, a condom, a matchbox car. If you want to write a note in the log book or leave something cool, like an action figure, you have to climb the South Peak of Seneca Rocks, a fin of rock that rises 900 feet from a ridge inside the Monongahela National Forest. It’s not an impossible task—there are much harder climbs in the South, but nothing with the same sense of character. The South Peak is the only mountain east of the Mississippi that you can only summit via a technical rock climb. The only way up is sheer, vertical rock that hangs over the North Fork River valley. The exposure from South Peak can induce vertigo instantly, and yet, thanks to the diversity of mild routes and professionalism at Seneca Rocks Climbing School, there is no better place for a would-be climber to learn multi-pitch traditional skills in the South. You just have to work up the nerve to climb.Seneca Rocks is intimidating even from the valley floor. The crag has a Western look to it, with two big walls of gray sandstone reaching into the thin, misty clouds most mornings. A trail leads to the top of the North Peak of Seneca, but a deep notch separates the North Peak from the South Peak. The cliff is so unlike anything else you’ll see in the Southern Appalachians, it looks cartoonish—like the kind of mountain peaks Dr. Seuss might have drawn. Distinct knobs and arêtes give the cliff a jagged, fin-like appearance.“What that is, is the exposed back of a monster. When the real end of the world comes, that monster is going to rise up so big, it’ll make a Cracken look like an ant.”This is Bob, a recently retired UPS driver who’s been climbing Seneca for more than 30 years. I’ve just met Bob, but in less than four minutes, he’s convinced me that climbing Seneca is one of the few things a man can truly be proud of. He’s also convinced me I’m completely out of my league.We’re sitting at opposing tables on the front porch of the only restaurant in unincorporated Seneca Rocks, an outpost with half a dozen buildings at a crossroads inside the Monongahela National Forest.Bob is three beers into the night and keeps telling me things like, “Seneca is so steep, it doesn’t even get wet when it rains,” and “there are 5.2s on Seneca that make me nervous.”There’s some truth to this last statement. Most climbers agree that the majority of routes at Seneca have sandbagged grades, so a 5.4 at Seneca might be rated a 5.7 somewhere else. Seneca is so old, a majority of the easier routes on this cliff were established in the early ‘40s, when 5.10 was the hardest conceivable route. The 5.2 grade given to Old Man’s route, a four-pitch route that traverses the west face of South Peak to the summit, had more weight.“I climb 5.12 in the gym, but I get sketched out on some 5.4’s at Seneca,” says Jimmy, Bob’s climbing partner.Awesome.But this is why Seneca Rocks Climbing School exists: to translate the myth of Seneca and churn out legitimate rock climbers. Like thousands before me, I’ve signed up for the school’s “Gym to Crag” course, a two-day intensive camp designed to take climbers with decent movement skills and turn them into competent, thoughtful trad climbers.Seneca Rocks Climbing SchoolClimbers gather on the porch of the Seneca Rocks Climbing School after a day on the rock.J.LO’S NOSESeneca Rocks Climbing School is located in a small, one-story building attached to the back of the Gendarme, Seneca’s oldest climbing shop. The two businesses are owned by the same family and run by the same handful of young guides. The school has set the standard for climbing instruction on the East Coast for more than 35 years. During the ‘70s, the shop and school were operated out of the back of a Volkswagen bus, so the humble retail and teaching space seem downright spacious considering.Massey Teel is the head instructor and guide. He’s barely 30 and has the wiry build of a runner. He’s been with Seneca for six seasons, but grew up on a 300-acre family farm near Charlottesville, Va. and still goes home to tinker with projects like growing hops. During the fall, he guides trips in Red Rocks, Nevada. In the Winter, he runs the adaptive skiing program at Virginia’s Wintergreen Resort. He is a rarity in the South: a professional guide.“If I could guide until I’m 50, I’d be happy,” he tells me during our approach to the crag on the first day of the course. He’s using the term “guide” loosely. He’s more of an instructor than a guide.“If someone just wants us to guide them up the summit, we’ll do it,” Teel says. “But I’d rather spend my time teaching that person how to really climb.”There’s plenty of action in the Gym to Crag course, but the two days are also loaded with materials lessons, mock multi-pitch scenarios, anchor-building pop quizzes, and knot-tying homework.We hump our way up the Stair Master, a series of boulder steps that rise from Seneca Creek to base of the South Peak. Teel carries 35 pounds of trad gear in his oversized pack and lets me get away with just a few carabiners and the rope.We drop our gear on the Luncheon Ledge, a six-foot-wide belay station at the base of some easy top-rope climbs. This is the school’s choice location for “Ground School.” Two other guides are there, working students through the same Gym to Crag curriculum. A father and two teenage sons are busy learning the terminology and gear associated with traditional climbing.Most beginners start in a gym, then dabble with top-roping with climber friends. It’s a fine pastime, but if you want to climb well in the Southern Appalachians, you have to learn the art of traditional climbing, where the lead climber sets temporary protection in cracks along the route, and the second climber cleans the protection from the rock. The climbing team moves up the wall, pitch after pitch, taking turns belaying and climbing. It is a symbiotic relationship unlike any other in the sport. Every decision the lead makes directly affects the second, and vice versa.Teel explains the subtleties in the necklace of nuts, caribiners, and spring-loaded cams that he organizes meticulously on his harness. The lesson? Presentation is everything. How you organize your gear, how you coil a rope–it shows other climbers that you know what you’re doing and can be trusted.I fumble with the little things, like taking carabiners off the gear loops of my harness. Tying the standard figure eight knot is like a puzzle I can’t solve.There are half-a-dozen climbers on the South Peak, spread out between 150 routes. On a busy weekend, you might wait in line to knock out some of the more popular climbs, but Seneca doesn’t see the mass of climbers it saw during its heyday.In the early ‘90s, Seneca Rocks was one of the hottest climbing destinations in the East. Superstars put up hard routes until there wasn’t room for further development. So they moved to the New River Gorge in the late 90s. When a bolting ban constricted route setting in the New, they moved to the Red River Gorge, in Kentucky. Seneca is still well respected, but no longer enjoys the “it crag” status.If you look at Seneca on paper, it can’t compare with crags like the New River Gorge. Seneca has 350 routes. The New has 2,000 and counting. But the New is dominated by single pitch routes, whereas Seneca is fraught with long, multi-pitch climbs that rise hundreds of feet. There are taller cliffs, like the 1,200-foot granite face of Laurel Knob in North Carolina, but the granite in North Carolina tends to slope, so you can only see one pitch below you. Not so, in Seneca.“As far as exposure, Seneca kills it in the East. There’s nothing with this sort of explore,” Teel tells me as we scramble around the edge of the South Peak to the east face of the wall. “It has these incredible arêtes with a lot of air below.”Lizards scatter as we move across the rocks, scrambling to the east face of the South Peak. You can hear cicadas tearing up the valley below us, sending loud, repetitive screeches through the mountains and gaps.We climb the three pitch Up and Coming (5.4), which has a couple of sketchy stem moves for the crux on the first pitch. I like having to clean the gear as I move up the rock. It gives me something to think about other than the fact that I’m 600 feet above the ground.The third pitch leads us up Humphrey’s Head, a singular arête along the lower ridge of the South Peak. Climbers call the last pitch “picking the nose,” because if you’re watching from the valley, it looks like the climber is ascending into Humphrey’s nose.Teel says the profile of the rock we’re climbing looks like J Lo from the valley floor.Standing on top of Humphrey’s Head, we look down on turkey vultures circling near the cliffs below us.Day one ends with homework: I fall asleep in my tent working on my knots with a piece of practice rope.THE SOUTH PEAK CAMPAIGN“The higher we go, the more loose rock we’ll encounter,” Teel tells me as we climb the Stair Master on the morning of day two. He’s describing the four-pitch climb we’ll take up the west face to the summit. “Always remember this is a cliff. And big things fall off of cliffs.”We start on Prune (5.5), with a tough laid back move up a wide crack. It’s physically demanding, but low enough to the ground that it’s not psychologically troubling. After Prune, we traverse a short ledge to Front C (5.6), the toughest pitch of the day. The heart of the route follows a crack in the corner of the wall for 30 feet. At the crux, you have to set your feet wide, spanning the width of the corner, while you jam your hands into the ever-widening crack for purchase. At one point, I have to stick my whole left forearm into the crack and squeeze, pulling my body up to the next foothold.The final pitch, Le Gourmet (5.4), is up a chimney that gets thinner until it delivers you onto an arête that you follow into thin air just short of the summit. The moves are simple, but the exposure is mind-numbing. From the top of Le Gourmet, Teel wraps the rope around his own waist to create a simple body belay as I down-climb a cliff to the narrow South Ridge, then we scramble along bright white quartzite to the true summit, where the ammo can waits.From the top, you can see the razor-thin fin of rock running to the north and south. The valley rolls away below us before rising into dark green mountains in all directions. In 1939, it took the first group of climbers two full days of climbing to stand on top of Seneca Rocks. It was a legitimate summit campaign. It still is.“Seneca is a mini-alpine environment where you can learn all these great summit-specific skills–down climbing, scrambling, body belaying–that you can apply in bigger environments,” Teel says. And you don’t have to be a superstar to enjoy it. “You can come up here, climb a 5.2, and have a true alpine adventure.”web extra!Learn how to open a beer with a carabiner from Seneca Rocks Climbing School.Ever wonder which Colleges are the most outdoorsy along the East Coast? We did too so we made a guide!last_img read more

Alleged Rapist Fathered Nine Children With Daughter, DNA Test Confirms

first_img A 62-year-old man fathered nine children by raping his own daughter for more than thirty years, according to authorities in Argentina. “I felt for 30 years that I was worse than a prisoner,” Elvira Gomez, 43, told Argentine newspaper Clarin Friday. Elvira’s father, Armando Gomez, faces up to 20 years in prison on charges of aggravated sexual abuse with a relative. Gomez denies the charges. “The suspect is maintaining his innocence but the DNA tests have confirmed his paternity,” investigating judge Virgilio Palud said Wednesday. Police arrested Armando at his home in Molinos Nicanor in June on suspicion of stealing cattle, Clarin reported. Elvira reported the alleged abuse to authorities in Santa Fe six days later. “He always had a loaded gun,” she told Clarin. Authorities found a homemade shotgun during the arrest. “He said, ‘I’m going to go to prison, but I’m going to kill you first.'” “Since I was a girl, he beat me with whatever he had on hand: a rod or a machete that cut me up,” she said. Paternity tests confirmed Armando as the father of Elvira’s youngest nine children, but the eldest killed himself a day before his eighteenth birthday. “He had found a letter explaining all of it – he had learned that his grandfather was his father,” Elvira told Clarin. “At the time I said nothing.” “I never suspected anything,” Germain Gomez, 20, told Clarin. “He was always my grandfather until we got the news…I was working on a dairy farm in Cordoba when I heard.” Family life in the Gomez home during years of continuing abuse, Elvira said. “My relationship with my children was never good, because they suffered when he abused me. And they were also punished. Nicholas (my son of 23 years)…could not stand that he hit me and afterwards came to defend me. For that, he was given scars and bruises on his hands, arms, head and back,” she told LaCapital. Elvira was almost two when her mother died, she said – and she blames her father. “I was one year and eight months, and nothing can change my mind that he did something to her,” she told Clarin. “He was a very bad man.” Armando’s relatives have denied the charges and pressured her to lie about the case, Elvira said, but the DNA tests have vindicated her story. “Now I am also against my sister,” she said to LaCapital. “She told me that my father had also abused her, but later denied it before the judge and portrayed me as a liar. Something similar happened when my uncle asked me to lie before the judge and to take the blame.” “He [Armando] denied everything and said I denounced him because I wanted to…but then the results of the eight DNA analyses came. This confirmed that they are his children, but he continued to deny his responsibility.” “But I’m doing something. I have to tell what happened and how I lived.” she said. By Dialogo December 03, 2010 This is horrific, they should have reported that man years ago and not let someone suffer so much. This is the fault of the family that lets men like this do what they want and are not held accountable. This man is so discusting; to abuse his daughter but women should not keep silent but this abusive guy should be given the death penalty for being a rapist and for the mistreatment of his own daughter. This man deserves the worst treatment in prison. This father deserves the biggest punishment on Earth and I don’t know why she didn’t report him sooner or why the children waited so long; or is it because the laws in their country didn’t offer protection. God bless the family and all of those daughters that are orphaned. Twenty years in prison is nothing for what this monster did, he won’t live long enough to pay for what he did, he will need a few reincarnations…my question? How is it that a neighbor, relative or friend didn’t notice what was obviously happening, if she didn’t have a husband who was impregnating her? Congratulations to that courageous woman. As for the monster and his accomplices, it’s not enough. last_img read more

Colombian Navy Seizes More than 2.6 Tons of Drugs

first_imgBy Myriam Ortega/Diálogo November 25, 2020 In the last week of September, units of the Colombian Navy’s Pacific Naval Force seized more than 2.6 tons of drugs, including marijuana and cocaine, in three operations carried out in the Valle del Cauca department.The first seizure took place in the Punta Ají area, where units of the Buenaventura Coast Guard Station detected a speedboat that attempted to evade security forces. “We had to carry out a maritime interdiction, and after a 10-minute chase, we found that the boat was manned by five Costa Ricans and one Colombian and that it was loaded with bags of marijuana,” Colombian Navy Lieutenant Commander Moisés Felipe Portilla Oliveros, commander of the Buenaventura Coast Guard Station, told Diálogo.During three operations carried out in less than a week, the Colombian Navy seized more than 2.6 tons of drugs, including marijuana and cocaine. (Photo: Colombian Navy’s Pacific Naval Force)The units seized a total of 1,326 kilograms of marijuana.“During the week, we had another interdiction in the Cajambre sector, where we saw the same modus operandi: a speedboat […] that was manned by two Costa Ricans and a Colombian,” Lt. Cmdr. Portilla said.During the interdiction, the crew jettisoned the packages containing the drugs, the Navy reported in a statement. When agents carried out the inspection, they counted a total of 1,142 kg of marijuana and 150 kg of cocaine, the Navy said.The third operation took place in Bahía Málaga, where members of the Pacific Naval Force conducting control and security procedures found eight bags floating in the water, the Navy reported. Inside, authorities found several packages containing 60 kg of cocaine hydrochloride.These seizures occurred in the area of influence of the criminal group Estructura 30, which consists of dissidents of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the Navy said. “At this moment, they need to start shipping all those narcotics that they were not able to ship due to the pandemic,” Lt. Cmdr. Portilla said.In September 2020, the Buenaventura Coast Guard Station seized 1,546.48 kg of cocaine hydrochloride and 6,405.9 kg of marijuana, according to data from the station’s operations headquarters. With these new blows to narcotrafficking, the Pacific Naval Force has seized more than 33 tons of marijuana so far this year, the Navy said in a statement — the amount of cocaine seized during the same period was not specified.last_img read more

Zagreb County has announced a tender for co-financing the organization of events

first_imgFor cities and municipalities, chambers, associations of craftsmen and tourist boards from its area, the Zagreb County has provided 200.000 kuna to co-finance the organization of events related to entrepreneurship. The tender is open until the funds are used up, and no later than December 1, 2017.Within the Tender, two types of grants are awarded for co-financing the organization of events in the Zagreb County i for organizing a joint appearance of Zagreb County entrepreneurs at events. A joint performance is considered to be the performance of three or more economic entities from the Zagreb County, which are not related by ownership.Funds for both types of support can amount to up to 75% of eligible costs, and up to a maximum of 50.000 kuna for chambers, associations of craftsmen and the tourist board. Local self-government units receive the same maximum amount of support of HRK 50.000, and the percentage of the project value ultimately depends on the development index of an individual city and municipality.Entrepreneurship-related events, within the meaning of this Tender, are fairs, exhibitions, competitions and similar events related to entrepreneurship organized with the intention of presenting entrepreneurs and associations of entrepreneurs, promoting or evaluating their products and services.In addition to the aforementioned Tender, a tender worth HRK 200.000 for the award of grants to entrepreneurs for participation in events is underway. As they point out from the Zagreb County, the funds are intended for small businesses, crafts, companies and for-profit institutions based in the Zagreb County. The grant can amount to up to 50% of eligible costs, up to a maximum of HRK 7.500 for appearances at events in Croatia and a maximum of HRK 25.000 for appearances at events abroad.See details and how to apply for the competition herelast_img read more

Motorsport legend Dick Johnson lists his Gold Coast penthouse

first_imgOne of the private balconies How a house rescued from demolition became a labour of love And another oneBut Johnson said that life was busier than ever, despite the fact “I should be retired”.“I did less as a driver,” he laughed.He remains the part owner of the V8 Supercar team DJR Team Penske, and has started a new business with his son.His eldest grandson, who started racing go karts, is making a push in to the Hyundai Excel racing series, with his grandfather coaching from the sidelines.“I am still flat chat,” he laughed. “It would be good to have a weekend away from the racetrack.”But while Johnson said they would be sad to let go of the penthouse they had called home for 15 years, it was time to pass it on. CELEB NEWS: Life goes on for richlist Palmer family post-election Brisbane designer home costs year’s private school fees to rent a month Drivers Scott McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard with their brand-new Shell V-Power Racing Team Ford Mustang Supercar alongside Motorsport Legend Dick Johnson. Picture: David CairdMOTOR racing legend Dick Johnson is taking his penthouse for a spin on the property market, listing his Gold Coast skyhome for sale.On the market for offers over $2.2 million, the sub-penthouse was purchased by the Aussie champion and his wife Julianne off-the-plan back in 2003, with the couple moving in after the Mirvac-developed building was completed in 2006. MORE: Builders to the stars reveal latest jawdropping Brisbane project The Icon building“They (the residences) are all one per floor and because of the shape of the building, they get bigger the higher up they go,” she said.“This one is on the seventh floor and in a premium building on the island with 180 degree views.“They don’t come up often and they are very private, with only six in the building.” SUPERCARS – NEWCASTLE 500 – Pictured is DJR/Team Penske Co-Owner Dick Johnson during the second practice session of the Newcastle 500 today. Picture: Tim Hunter.Savills Gold Coast agent Georgia Elson said the penthouse was located in the sought-after Icon building. Erin McNaught and Example now call Brisbane home after splashing $2.8m Australia’s ‘cheapest house’ comes with a catchcenter_img Honey Badger lands sweet deal The Icon building in the Broadwater precinct is located within 6m of the water’s edge, with views over the Broadwater, north to Sovereign Island and the Gold Coast’s hinterland.There are three bedrooms, four bathrooms, and space for three vehicles. Paradise Point is a magnet for celebrities and the well-heeledThe racing legend himself spoke exclusively to the Courier Mail, saying they were drawn to the sub-penthouse and development due to its location and security.“We bought it at the time because we were downsizing and our lifestyle meant we were away a lot,” he said.“It has been a fantastic place to live but we have now moved to another unit which on the top floor (of another building on the Gold Coast) and it is time for a change.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoYou could eat lunch and watch the boats whiz pastJohnson said the balconies were his favourite place to hang out, saying he could sit back and watch the boating world go by.“On a Sunday afternoon on a good day it was like the Monaco Grand Prix,” he said.The couple, who have two grandchildren, said it had also been a great place for the kids to spend time, with its pool, gym, sauna and access to a private beach. It is time to move on, the legend said“It would suit someone looking for security and lifestyle,” he said. “I don’t think there is a place like it.“You can mix with people or, equally, never talk to anyone. The calibre of people living there is great, a great community.”The waterfront penthouse is located in a gated community on Ephraim Island, which is accessed by a bridge. The master bedroomStylish living spaces featuring high ceilings are found throughout the residence, which also includes spacious formal and casual areas and an open plan kitchen.Shared facilities include a 25-meter heated lap pool, two resort pools, a gym, day spa, sauna and a restaurant.There is also 24 hour manned security, and the community is pet friendly.Ephraim Island itself has been described as a “residential address like no other”, and is home to luxury apartments, villas and beach houses, open spaces including two tidal inlets, central park spaces and a conservation area for osprey and sea birds. There is also a 115 berth, private marina with deepwater access. What a view!Paradise Point is a haven for some of Australia’s sporting, business and celebrity icons, with many properties selling in the multi-millions. And another balcony with views!last_img read more

Dillingham Dredging Project on the Table

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District, will host a public meeting to gather and consider public comments on the annual maintenance dredging project for Dillingham small boat harbor.The event will be held on Monday, April 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the City Hall Council Chambers, 141 Main Street, Dillingham, Alaska 99576.USACE representatives will be available to answer questions and receive public comments following a brief presentation about the project.The Dillingham Small Boat Harbor is dredged annually due to heavy silting in the basin and the upper entrance channel and would become unusable to the commercial fishing fleet within 1 to 2 years without dredging.According to the Corps, the official dredging window is from May through October, but the traditional dredging window is from May 1 to June 30 to mitigate conflict with the fishing fleet.USACE expects the work to be performed by a hydraulic cutterhead and pipeline suction dredge that pumps the sediment and water through a portable, 12-inch pipeline to a disposal site.last_img read more

Arsene Wenger: Manuel Pellegrini experienced enough to deal with Pep talk

first_img “We go into a top-level game where all the rest will be forgotten and everybody else will just focus on the performance on the day. “The number of goals scored and goals conceded, the number of passes made, percentage of possession, is all very close. If you look at all the numbers (Arsenal and City are very close).” While Monday night’s game will be about two teams with title aspirations, champions Chelsea languish just one point above the relegation zone. After giving his support to Pellegrini, Wenger passed on the opportunity to give his backing to beleaguered Blues boss Jose Mourinho – with whom he has a chequered history. Asked if Chelsea are in a relegation battle, the Frenchman said: “No, (because of) the quality of their team. “If you ask me objectively, will Chelsea go down? I will say ‘no chance’. They are going through a difficult spell but they are not in a relegation battle.” Wenger was then more evasive when questioned on the prospect of Mourinho being sacked. “I do not want to assess any other things about Chelsea,” he said. “It’s not my problem – my problem is the game on Monday night.” He ended the discussion when asked if he had as much sympathy for Mourinho’s plight as he would for other managers by saying: “I just gave you a good answer.” City will go into Monday’s game buoyed by Sergio Aguero’s return to fitness – but Arsenal are not giving up hope on their own talismanic frontman being fit for the clash. Alexis Sanchez picked up a hamstring injury in the recent draw at Norwich but is also back in training, with Wenger revealing the Chile forward could be involved. “Maybe there is a slight chance for Alexis to be in the squad again, but it is too early to be sure about it,” he said. “He is running but not participating in full training.” While the former Barcelona man will be raring to go, Wenger admits he cannot always believe a player who declares himself fit. “Not all of them,” he replied when asked if he trusts all the players who say they are fit to play. “It is not trust in a negative way when I say all of them. Some of them are so keen to forget that they have pain somewhere that they say they are all right when they are not. “You know the players and their psychological profile, you take that into account then you get scientific advice and you trust your gut as well and then you make a decision. “I believe that is normal that he (Sanchez) wants to play. You want him to be keen to play. He respects all the decisions I make and that is what I want from him.” Pellegrini has already dealt with his position being threatened in the past and takes his side to the Emirates Stadium on Monday night looking to beat Arsenal in a match that could potentially see the victors topping the table at Christmas. Wenger acknowledges such rumours can be unsettling, but feels his Chilean rival can deal with such talk. Asked if links to Guardiola could be destabilising to Pellegrini’s ambitions, Wenger replied: “It can be, but Pellegrini is experienced enough to deal with it. “Maybe if it was a very young beginner, it could be destabilising, but I don’t think that at his level it will affect him. “I don’t know if that (the speculation) is down to City – that’s down to media speculation and I don’t know where that comes from. “It’s very difficult to master nowadays, to have this kind of speculation. If you look at Real Madrid, there is always speculation. It looks like it’s part of our job now.” Wenger dismissed any suggestion his side will take advantage of any issues that may arise over the uncertainty of Pellegrini’s situation and wants Arsenal to think only of themselves on Monday. “I believe that what will be an advantage to us is to focus on our performance and not hope for any weakness from City,” he said. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has backed Manchester City counterpart Manuel Pellegrini to cope with the constant speculation linking Pep Guardiola with his job. Press Association With his contract at Bayern Munich ending in the summer and an announcement on his intentions expected next week, Guardiola has been linked with a move to the Barclays Premier League. In varying reports, the Catalan is being lined up by the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and City, should he opt not to extend his stay in Germany. last_img read more

5th Annual Payless variety Store 11-race programme

first_imgAbandoned or cancelled?but  Cyclists still receive prizesTHE Fifth Annual Payless variety Store 11-Race cycle programme was staged yesterday in the National Park,and while the undercard was held without questions, the feature 35-lap event which was opened to school boys, novices and invitational riders,came in for quite a lot of criticisms.That event had 35 cyclists facing the starter, but at the completion of the 19th lap, Jamal John and Raul Leal were able to overtake the leaders,which included Marlon `Fishy’ Williams and a host of other riders who were subsequently ordered by race director Joseph Britton to drop out of the race,which they all refused to do.At this point, Britton took it on his own and walked away from the finish line while the riders continued their journey unsupervised.In the end, Britton stated that he had abandoned the race since he gave instructions for the cyclists who were overtaken by John and Leal to desist from continuing the race but they ignored him.“I tell them to drop out or back(off) because they have been lapped and they refused,so I decided to abandon the race.However, when questioned by Chronicle Sport as to the reason for the race being abandoned by Britton, Mohamed said the event was not abondoned, rather it was called off.Later at the presentation ceremony, John and Leal were announced joint winners of the feature event, while Paul Cho-Wee-Nam, Raynauth Jeffrey, Orville Hinds and Junior Niles were all rewarded for their efforts in placing third, fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.When asked how come the race was abandoned and yet prizes were distributed, race director Britton said it was part of the rules of the Guyana Cycling Federation (GCF), while Mohamed said the race was not abandoned, “it was cancelled.”These two answers left much to be desired and are indeed difficult to comprehend.Meanwhile, in other results from the day’s activity, Alexander Leung won the BMX race for both boys and Girls 6-9 years old two-lap race ahead of Jaren Barrington and Jessica Mohabir, respectively.Terhan Garebarran won the three-lap BMX race for boys 12-14 years ahead of Marvin Knights and Sherwin Sampson respectively.However,Sampson won the BMX boys’ 9-12 years old two-lap race unchallenged.Jaikaran Sukhai was the winner of the five-lap race for veterans under 50 years of age. Second was Junior Niles and third was Eon Jackson.The five-lap race for veterans over 50 years of age was won by Kennard Lovell. Second was Linden Blackman.Julio Melville was the winner of the three-lap mountain bike event. Second was Stephon Gobin, while Lennox Dick placed third.Nigel Dugid won the juveniles’ 10-lap race ahead of Andrew Hicks and Raphael Leung respectively.last_img

Florida State guard Miller uses 13-year-old friend with Treacher Collins Syndrome as motivation

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Florida State senior guard Ian Miller gets great joy out of participating in physical education classes at United Faith Christian Academy.When Miller visits his old school, he hangs out with a 13-year-old named Casey Roffler.Roffler suffers from Treacher Collins Syndrome, a condition that stunts the growth of the face, jaw and chin and can potentially cause life-threatening respiratory problems. He’s inspired Miller to overcome his own adversity, as Miller missed chunks of his first three seasons at Florida State due to academic and injury issues.“He’s like my little brother,” Miller said. “He’s a soldier.”In his freshman and sophomore years, academic ineligibility forced Miller to miss 22 total games. In his junior year, Miller was hampered by injuries, as he missed six games and only averaged 5.3 points.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis year, he’s only missed two games and is averaging 13.6 points and 3.0 assists, good for second and first on the team, respectively.“He’s had some challenges,” FSU head coach Leonard Hamilton said. “As a result of those challenges, I think he’s matured, grown up and that’s one of the reasons why he’s playing so well now.”Miller’s struggles aren’t quite as severe as Roffler’s, but the lesson is the same.Roffler underwent 15 surgeries in the first 12 years of his life. Despite the time he’s spent in Levine Children’s Hospital, Roffler still performs at a high standard both in the classroom and on the athletic fields.“He showed me how to fight each and every day,” Miller said. “If he can get up and do it, why can’t I?”That attitude, one that Miller has adapted in part because of his relationship with Roffler, has made him a more mature player and person as he leads the Seminoles into the home stretch of their season.“I could’ve quit, dropped out of college, a lot of things a lot of people do,” Miller said “But I decided to stick to it, fight and really become a man.”Miller’s roommate and fellow senior Okaro White has known Miller since well before college. The two attended camps and played together throughout their high school AAU days.White has been right there with Miller along his roller-coaster ride and has seen promising changes from someone he calls his “lifelong brother.”“I think he’s learned over his four years,” White said. “He’s matured and learned how to overcome adversity. I think that’s the biggest thing with him.”Miller noted that his attitude toward life changed after meeting Roffler. After seeing his points per game average drop five total points from his sophomore to junior year, Miller had no reason to be happy.But it was the outlook of the 13-year-old that kept Miller’s head up.“He didn’t look like the rest of the kids in his class,” Miller said. “But if you’ve seen him playing around, you couldn’t tell.“To see someone free like that and in their own world, living carefree but so loving, it helps you develop a humble attitude.”Hamilton recognized the efforts Miller has made to turn the struggles he has had into positive opportunities.As a player who played at 222 pounds last year, Miller has cut that to 198 pounds for his senior season.Miller’s improved physical condition has helped him become a more versatile player. Not only that, but he’s also demonstrated the leadership qualities expected of a senior guard.“He’s running the team when we have him at the one,” Hamilton said. “When we put him at the two, he’s a lot more aggressive.“He’s found a way to mix in being offensively productive and also running the team, so he’s at a good place for him.”But Miller may not be at that “good place” without the help of someone nine years younger.Roffler has been Miller’s inspiration, and as Florida State makes one last push at an NCAA Tournament berth, its senior leader will always keep his hero in mind.Said Miller: “He’s the definition of a Seminole.” Comments Published on March 6, 2014 at 12:28 am Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: Tuesday, Oct. 7

first_img*Crusaders, please remember to detach the lids of the empty bottles you recycle. Also, please do not put your trash in the recycle bins- put the paper in the paper bins and bottles in the bottle bins. Lastly, we’d like to say we only recycle plastic bottles and paper. Thank you- WHS Leadership *You can still sign-up for the blood drive at lunch today. Guidance Office News:College visits during lunch:Tuesday, October 21- KANSAS STATEThursday, October 23- Butler CCCTuesday, November 11- Pittsburg StateThursday, November 13- Fort Hays CollegeFollow us on Twitter. Tuesday’s lunch:Chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes/gravy, fresh broccoli, chilled peaches, hot roll/jelly. *If you’re interested in learning about the Work Ethic Program, stop by Mrs. Hatfield’s office for a brochure.  Sign up by Oct. 20th! *Experience a day in the life of a Shocker! Don’t miss out on Wichita State University’s Junior and Senior Days this fall. At these events you will explore the different academic majors and student involvement opportunities WSU has to offer. Students will also have the opportunity to tour campus and Koch Arena, home of Shocker Basketball. If you are interested in attending, please visit the counseling webpage under Camps, Senior/Junior Days. Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014:Tuesday• Volleyball at Rose Hill 5 p.m.• Vocal Concert 7 p.m.Wednesday• Blood Drive in Small Gym.Thursday• Cross Country at El Dorado 4 p.m.• C-team Volleyball at WHS 5 p.m.Friday• 4A Regional Tennis at Pratt• Football at Collegiate 7 p.m.Saturday• 4A Regional Tennis at Pratt• JV Volleyball at Chaparral 9 p.m.center_img * Don’t forget to participate in No make up Mondays for Operation Beautiful and wear pink to support breast cancer awareness month. Today’s News*Seussical Cast: All cast members need to attend rehearsal starting today and continuing until the show.  If you have conflicts please email Mrs. Kelly and Ms Coldwell that dates that you will not be there and the reason for the absence. Wednesday’s lunch:Chili, Corn chips, celery and cucumber, cinnamon roll, pears. *Movie Club will be showing the movie “To Sir with Love” today in room 205. The movie will start at 3:30. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more