America’s Toughest Road Marathon – April 18, 2020

first_imgFeatured in Runner’s World story on “World’s Most Brutal Races 2019” Choose your challenge- Notorious double marathon (sells out each year), the signature Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon, the half marathon, Anthem 10k, 4-person relay and Family 1 Miler. Blue Ridge added the Sunday Slow-K in 2019 dubbed “America’s Slowest 5k” as a recovery and camaraderie event to socialize with race friends. The fun run features coffee, donuts, group stretches & a mimosa bar. center_img The Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon has more elevation change than any road race in the US, offering tough terrain with breathtaking overlooks along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The full marathon tackles three mountains, while the double marathon tackles six.  If you’re not a masochist you can still test your grit on the half marathon, 10k or 4-person relay. Join this three-day running celebration with a free Friday welcome party, live music all weekend, and a coffee & donuts recovery “Slow-K”. REGISTER NOW Voted “Toughest Race”, “Best Marathon”, “Best Running Event” numerous times by Blue Ridge Outdoor Readers. Hear from a few… REGISTER NOWlast_img read more

80 million poppies destroyed in Guatemala

first_imgBy Dialogo May 24, 2012 GUATEMALA CITY – Guatemalan security forces have eradicated more than 80 million poppy plants near the border with Mexico this week in a blow to regional drug traffickers, authorities said May 23. Some 800 narcotics investigators and police took part in the operation, which also destroyed about 245 million poppy bulbs and thousands of marijuana plants, according to authorities. Deputy anti-drug minister Eunice Mendizábal said farmers were using drip irrigation on the sprawling plantation in order to improve the quality of the plants, with men, women and children helping with the farming. Mexico and much of Central America has been hit by a massive crime wave in recent years linked to the lucrative cross-border drug trade. [AFP (Guatemala), 24/05/2012; (Guatemala), 23/05/2012]last_img read more

Inter Milan owners not giving up on Messi; sponsors sought

first_img Loading… read also:UCL: Napoli good enough to stop Messi – Manolas Inter president Steven Zhang is also drumming up fresh sponsorship support to help bankroll a move for the Argentine superstar. Off contract next June, Messi can sign a pre-contract with Inter from January 1. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Of The Best Top Models From India6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesThe Best Cars Of All TimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Bettercenter_img Inter Milan’s owners are working behind-the-scenes on an attempt to prise Lionel Messi away from Barcelona. As his contract runs down, Messi continues to be linked with a shock move to the Nerazzurri. The midfielder’s father, Jorge, has recently relocated to Milan, which has further encouraged Inter in their pursuit, says Gazzetta dello Sport. The club’s Chinese owners Suning are now studying how Juventus managed to tempt Cristiano Ronaldo away from Real Madrid and aim to use the blueprint to do the same with Messi.Advertisementlast_img read more

Szczesny talks up Arsenal chances

first_img “Winning the first trophy is so important. We’ve been missing a trophy for quite a few years and that’s not good enough for such a big club. “But we enjoy the pressure because we believe that we can be the team that will deliver for the fans and for the club.” Arsenal take on West Ham at Upton Park on Boxing Day and they then face Newcastle, Aston Villa, Cardiff, Fulham and Southampton before the end of January. Szczesny reckons the coming days may well decide who tops the table come May. “This Christmas period is going to have a huge bearing on the season,” the Pole said. “The games are coming thick and fast. You know that teams will drop points. “We’ve had a very tough run recently and now we’ve got a lot of games coming up and we want to take advantage of the fact that the big teams are playing against each other. “Liverpool play Chelsea and Man City (on Boxing Day), so we want to collect our points and be right there at the top come the new year.” Lukas Podolski returned to the Arsenal bench against Chelsea following a four-month lay-off, but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is reluctant to start the Germany striker at Upton Park. Laurent Koscielny could return, though, after sitting out the Chelsea game because of a cut to his knee. Midfielder Mikel Arteta suffered swelling to his right ankle following two strong tackles against the Blues, but he is expected to be fit for the London derby. Szczesny joined Arsenal in 2006 – a year after the Gunners won their last trophy. He knows the last eight years have been hard for the club’s fans and he is determined to make sure this is the year the supporters’ agony ends. “I’m very positive,” said the Arsenal goalkeeper when asked to assess the team’s chances of winning their first league title since 2004. “We want to win trophies this time. “The mood around the club is much better than it was at the start of the season. People maybe didn’t believe in this team as much as they do now. “Our confidence is still quite high and we believe that we can go and do it this year. We’re looking forward to proving that. “I don’t think the belief within the group was ever missing. This year we’ve just been more consistent. “That’s made all the difference. We have to keep it going. Press Association Arsenal remain convinced they can win the Barclays Premier League this year, according to goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. Arsenal blew the chance to move back to the top of the table on Monday when they drew 0-0 against rivals Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners were five points clear at one point last month, but Liverpool are now top of the pile approaching the halfway point. last_img read more

Wilfried Bony claims he should have started for Manchester City against Arsenal

first_img With manager Manuel Pellegrini’s position already under increased speculation given Pep Guardiola’s announcement he will be leaving Bayern Munich in the summer, City have now failed to win away in the Premier League since mid-September. And Bony has heaped more pressure on his manager after claiming he should have been tasked with leading the line at Arsenal instead of coming on around the hour-mark as an ineffectual Aguero departed. When asked if he deserved to be playing, the former Swansea forward said: “I think so. “He (Aguero) is coming back from injury. He hasn’t played for a couple of weeks. I’m disappointed today that I didn’t start but I’m not the coach. “The coach does what he thinks is best for the team. I’m sure everyone on the bench wants to play. He just has to choose 11 players. “So when I come on I just try to do my best to try to score or to give an assist to the other players to score to help the team to win.” Bony, 27, arrived at the Etihad Stadium from Swansea in January for a fee of £28million but has only started 10 league games in that time. He also revealed he would talk to Pellegrini about his position amid speculation regarding his own future Wilfried Bony believes he should have started for Manchester City in their defeat at Barclays Premier League title rivals Arsenal on Monday. The Ivory Coast striker had scored three in four games while City’s talismanic forward Sergio Aguero was missing with a heel injury. But Aguero was declared fit ahead of the clash at the Emirates Stadium and came straight into a side that was then beaten 2-1 by the Gunners. Press Association “That’s my feeling today,” he said when asked if he would air his views to his manager. “We have lost the game so we just have to be ready for the next game. I will continue to work hard and think about the next game, prepare very well then it will depend on the coach who he is going to put in.” Bony was then asked if it summed up where he was in Pellegrini’s thinking if he was dropped as soon as Aguero was deemed fit enough to start. “That’s what I mean,” he said. “Everyone on the team wants to play but the coach has to choose 11 players. If its good for the team like this its okay. We go with that. Everyone must be ready to give 100 per cent.” Bony did refute claims talk of Guardiola taking charge at City in the summer was causing a distraction and does not feel the players are lacking belief. When asked if City were losing confidence, he replied: “I don’t think so. “We didn’t play well. I think they deserved to win. I think we will find our way in the next game so we just have to think about that. “I don’t know anything about that (Guardiola links) so its not in my mind. There are a lot of games to play so we will think about the next game.” last_img read more

Cricket News India vs West Indies 1st Test: Virat Kohli eyes records of MS Dhoni, Ricky Ponting; Ravindra Jadeja set to join elite list

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: India will take on West Indies in a two-match Test series as part of the World Test Championship starting August 22 in North Sound. India dominated West Indies in the T20I and ODI series winning them 3-0 and 2-0 respectively.Virat looks to equal PontingIndia captain Virat Kohli will hope to lead the team to another victory while achieving some milestones in Test cricket.The skipper will be eyeing MS Dhoni’s record as Test captain. When the Men in Blue take the field at the North Sound on Thursday, Kohli will be looking to equal Dhoni’s wins as captain and become the joint-most successful Test captain for India. Kohli currently has 26 wins from 46 matches, while MS Dhoni won 27 matches out of 60 as India’s Test captain. Kohli also needs just one more century to equal Ricky Ponting’s tally of 19 Test tons as a skipper. Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith leads the pack with 25 centuries in 109 test matches as captain.Ravindra Jadeja nears 200 wicketsMeanwhile, Ravindra Jadeja is also is on cusp of a record. The all-rounder is expected to be part of the playing 11. If he plays in the first Test against West Indies, he will be in line to achieve a special milestone. He needs 8 more wickets to complete 200 wickets in Test cricket. Jadeja will become the 10th Indian to join the club. He will be the second-fastest Indian after R Ashwin to breach the 200-wickets mark. last_img read more

Asian greek council not limited to USC

first_imgFor students intrigued by Asian-interest Greek life, USC is home to two Asian fraternities and three sororities that make up USC’s Asian Greek Council. All five participate in social and philanthropic events with each other and with Asian-interest and minority groups both on- and off-campus.These fraternities and sororities seek to offer an alternative Greek experience, including formal social events, philanthropies and networking opportunities to the 23 percent of students who make up the Asian population at USC. Though their mixers and events tend to remain within the AGC, they host multiple campus-wide events and strive to be a visible and contributing part of USC Greek life.With 150 total members, the AGC doesn’t boast the size of the Interfraternity Council at USC. Its heavy involvement with Asian-interest organizations throughout Southern California, however, allows its members to enjoy a diverse range of activities and provides a fully immersive Greek experience.“[The AGC] is definitely not as big as IFC; there are only five houses so it’s a pretty tight-knit community,” said Aaron Liu, a sophomore majoring in chemistry and the AGC representative for Beta Omega Phi. “The benefit of AGC is that every week we meet organizations from different schools for exchanges and other events.”The two fraternities, Beta Omega Phi and Gamma Epsilon Omega, have been at USC since 1988 and 1963, respectively. The members of Beta Omega Phi, or “Betas,” were previously the only minority organization on campus to have a house on The Row until the fraternity Sigma Alpha Mu replaced them last year. Though they’re no longer on The Row, they have continued as active members of AGC.Though the sororities and fraternities that make up the AGC have active social components, members are also involved in cultural events throughout Southern California. For example, Beta and its sister sorority, Sigma Phi Omega, have placed in the top three for the past three years in the Southern California Asian Greek Council Talent Show for both song and dance performances.“If you’re looking for a cultural aspect to Greek life, this is where you’re going to find it,” Liu said.Gamma Epsilon Omega, the members of which founded the original Southern California Asian Greek Council in 1982, is the oldest Asian-interest fraternity in Southern California. Although they too have a sister sorority, Delta Phi Kappa, the members of the AGC emphasize that all five houses mingle regularly.“It’s different in terms of the numbers — each girl knows each sister. We have a lot more interaction on a closer level,” said Amy Yee, a member of Delta Phi Kappa and president of the AGC. “We do a lot of social events, and we don’t stay just within USC. It’s great to get to know other sororities and fraternities throughout SoCal.”This close community also offers networking and service opportunities, and members are encouraged to branch out and get involved on campus.“Every year we do alumni tea, where we invite alumni to mingle with actives,” Yee said. “It’s really rewarding to see all these different members come together, and hear what alumni have to say.”Alpha Delta Kappa, another sorority, is unique in that it is an “open” sorority — that is, it allows students from other universities throughout Southern California to join. This both bolsters membership and further integrates the sorority into Southern California’s Asian-American community.For the other four houses, rush is a two-week process in which houses alternate their planned events to allow potential new members to really get a sense of where they belong at USC. Prospective members are encouraged to attend rush events at other fraternities and sororities, both IFC and AGC.“As a senior, it’s really rewarding to see younger members find their place,” Yee said. “[Delta Phi Kappa] has been a really significant part of my experience, and I feel I’ve learned a lot about all aspects of my life.”last_img read more

Offensive struggles cost UW pair of matches

first_imgThe highly-anticipated opening of Big Ten play at home for the Wisconsin volleyball team turned into a struggle for offensive consistency this weekend, as the team lost to top-ranked Penn State and No. 22 Ohio State.The Badgers (13-4, 1-3 Big Ten) fell to Ohio State (11-5, 2-2) Saturday night in four sets, but the team was hard-pressed to find a sense of offensive rhythm throughout the first two sets. Wisconsin racked up 18 errors in the first two sets and had a total of 26 in the match, a season high.Head Coach Pete Waite said the lack of team chemistry on the court led to offensive frustration against Ohio State.“Those first two sets were tough,” Waite said. “There might have been some hangover from the match last night as far as not being in rhythm, not being confident. It took them a while to become a team again. … We’re fighting each other more than we were fighting the opponent.”While the Badgers improved their passing significantly from Friday’s match against Penn State – picking up 11 more assists against Ohio State – the Buckeyes boasted solid play from senior Amanda Peterson and sophomore Taylor Sherwin, who combined for 49 assists at a setting clip of .389. UW could only muster a team passing percentage of .253, 98 points below its season average.Wisconsin struggled to find good looks on its attacks in the first two sets, posting attacking percentages of .067 and -.091, respectively, with the season average at .246. Only sophomore Ellen Chapman had a hitting percentage above .160 for the match.Senior Alexis Mitchell, who contributed 12 kills but had seven errors, said she needs to be more aggressive on first-ball-kill situations.“Just putting the ball away when you get set,” Mitchell said. “When I am getting set, I need to put the ball away and just be smart. Not every ball is bangable, so you’ve got to hit shots, use your tips and just kind of play a [mental] game with the other team.”The Badgers discovered a renewed sense of energy on the offensive end in the third set, posting 14 kills and committing just two errors off a .316 hitting percentage. With the set tied at 16 apiece, Wisconsin closed the set on a 9-3 run, with three of those points coming on Mitchell kills.The third set was also the only set of the match in which the Badgers held a lead past 1-0. Wisconsin struggled to put up points early in sets, falling behind 1-6 in the first set and 3-7 in the fourth.According to junior libero Annemarie Hickey, the team needs to find its chemistry faster to be successful in the beginning of sets.“I think that we’ve shown in the past that we can start out strong, we just recently have been struggling with that, and I think it starts with everybody coming together as a team,” Hickey said. “It all starts off with the pass, which we did a lot better tonight.”The Nittany Lions – the top squad in all of college volleyball – swept the Badgers Friday night. Penn State (14-1) is a perfect 4-0 in Big Ten action, most recently defeating No. 10 Minnesota Saturday, and has only dropped one match all season.Penn State nearly doubled Wisconsin’s kill total with 54 at a .370 attack percentage. Junior Deja McClendon led Penn State with 14 kills and 16 digs, one of three Nittany Lions with double-figure kills.Waite said aside from its clear talent, Penn State’s height posed a difficult challenge for Wisconsin, especially 6-foot 6-inch middle hitter Katie Slay and 6-foot 4-inch outside hitter Ariel Scott.“It’s an extremely tall lineup,” Waite said. “They found the sidelines. … These players hit a lot of shots in different directions on the court, so it was hard to defend.”Sophomore setter Micha Hancock also gave Wisconsin difficulties, as she led her team with 46 assists and three service aces. She ranks third in the country with .60 services aces per set.With the score 11-11 in the second set, Penn State won five consecutive points, riding Hancock’s powerful left-handed serve.Hickey said despite Hancock’s serving abilities, the team must have more energy when facing a tough opponent.“She’s a really great server,” Hickey said. “I think that we just let up a little bit at the end. We really needed to stay positive and have a little more confidence.”last_img read more

Jamaica’s most wanted Delano ‘Prekeh’ Wilmot shot and killed

first_imgKINGSTON, CMC – Police said Jamaica’s most wanted man  was shot and killed during a major military exercise in Richmond Hill, St. James,  a suburban parish on the north-west end of the island.They said Delano ‘Prekeh’ Wilmot, along with another alleged gangster, Richard Anderson, also known as ‘Cruz’, were accused of numerous crimes including multiple murders and shootings.Police said Anderson escaped and have issued a warning to residents that not only is it a crime to harbour a fugitive, but it is also very dangerous as this individual is extremely violent and heavily armed.The police have called on Anderson to turn himself in and called on residents to report any information or knowledge that they may have about his  whereabouts.last_img read more

#TalkUp: Are You in Favor of Defunding the Police?

first_imgKasha, FL – “Defunding the police is not the magic answer to solving the current issue in our country. The budget that goes into policing our cities is much needed; it allows the officers to receive the equipment, tools, and training they need to perform their jobs. While I do believe there is a need in the budgets for community social programs, it should need to be taken from other budgets or raised another way. Defunding a whole department will not make the streets safer, in fact, will make it unbearable. There will be more crime and fewer officers to respond. The money will not resolve this issue with a racist and prejudiced system—dealing with system head-on will.” Veronica, FL – “I absolutely agree with defunding the police and allocating the funds to other social entities, because our community is in need of help right now. If our community receives funds that they need to change everything that’s going on in society, it would definitely do good to the community. If police officers had more training and had to pass more strict background checks and psych evaluations, people might feel safer. I would move government funds and redistribute resources to make sure other social entities have what they need and support them 100 percent.” Monique, FL – “Yes, the police are not doing their job correctly so they should be defunded. The money should be given to organizations and people that deserve it. Usually, these organizations don’t have a way to get funded so this will be a good way to fund them. Are you in favor of defunding the police and redirecting funds to other social entities in the community? Why or why not? Alexis, FL – “I am not in favor of defunding the police force. Policing is a necessary evil. There is much training needed in the various police forces throughout the country. It would seem that some have an Us vs. Them mentality which needs to change immediately but, with everything in life, change takes time and during this time training is required. Such as sensitivity, diversity, and inclusion, and [police], in many cases, need to learn more about the community they serve. Therefore active community policing is necessary, as the art of de-escalation in a heated scenario, and anger management as well as communication. The shoot-first-ask-questions-later ideology has to end. We, as a nation, are losing brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, mothers, and fathers. center_img Abby – “I do think defunding the police would be a good idea. In order to use their funds for better training and to put more requirements and policies in place. It takes almost nothing to become a police officer. Also, using the funds to reassess all police officers, not just new incoming officers. I believe whether you want to get rid of police or make them less violent—cut the number of police in half and cut their budget in half and yes put it towards other social entities, as well as bettering police departments. Someone said “fewer police [officers] equals fewer opportunity for them to brutalize and kill people, innocent people” and I agree. This is the time for us as a community to take care of our neighbors.” I understand the fear that some may have especially during these unprecedented times, empathy and understanding is a MUST.” Maxine, FL – “Yes. I am in favor of defunding the police, or more accurately, redirecting some police funding to social entities. Throwing money at police departments does nothing to fix homelessness, addiction, or poverty. Money spent directly on these issues will do more to reduce crime than police overtime.”last_img read more

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