As I crossed the finish line a few weeks ago at the Flagline 50k in Bend OR, I had mixed emotions due to my expectations of how I performed. Expectations of a running performance for me can be both personal and from what others expect out of you. I tend to focus on the personal and most of the time I have been quite hard on myself.I hate nothing more than to hear runners “sandbag” before and after a race. I’ve heard all the excuses imaginable, only to get my back side handed to me during the race by the same runner who considered himself unfit etc. However whether we realize it or not the sandbagging can sometimes be a human mechanism for quelling our own and other’s expectations. If the expectations become too great then it is human nature to diffuse the situation often through runners announcing publically our array of excuses.I’ve probably done this more than I realize or more than I care to acknowledge but I do try to keep my excuses to myself. If I am on the start line at a race, more times than not I’m ready to roll. I felt ready for the Flagline 50k and had fairly high expectations of how I would perform. Secretly I had a goal of breaking four hours, first male master or top three overall. However I did have two fears (excuses) in the back of my mind. The first concern was my ankle that I had sprained and the cause for a DNF at my last ultra. I had my suspect ankle taped and I wore a brace, still I worried. Secondly I knew this race was all above an elevation of 6200’and up to 7200’ so I was concerned some about running at a higher elevation.I finished just slightly below the mark on my goals. I had no issues with the ankle during the race but the higher elevation I felt hurt my time. Since I had set my own expectations to an all or nothing expected outcome, I unwillingly set my self up for failure. I grappled with my performance for the next few days. How much did the elevation affect my performance? It is hard to know but probably not all that much. There was nothing I could do about the altitude and I found myself using that as my excuse time and time again as people asked me how I performed. As I said I hate excuses and sandbagging but here I was consumed with seeking an excuse to help alleviate my own personal expectation and now what other people were possibly considering of my race performance.As the days have passed I’ve come to grips with my performance as acceptable. I chose this race mainly for the beautiful location in Bend, OR at Mount Bachelor and just to try something different in a new area. I wanted to approach this race in a more relaxed, low key mindset but as the days approached my competitive juices took over. My time goals were somewhat arbitrary as I’d never run the course and they were probably too rigid.In retrospect, what I should have done was stick to a three tiered goal approach that I most always use. I rank my race goals in order as A, B, and C. My “A” goal is my pie in the sky, all the planets lining up goal, down to goal “C”, which should still be a very acceptable outcome. Also having multiple goal levels has helped me relax more prior to a race. Setting goals is a great motivational tool as long as you are fair and don’t expect too much of yourself. By setting unattainable expectations and goals you run the risk of diminishing the outcome of your performance and thus the search for those post race excuses. I will soon enough be going back to my three tiered goal for my next race.
Darryl Kerley, Fire Chief of the Oak Ridge Fire Department in eastern Tennessee, has been in the fire service for 38 years. During those nearly four decades of service, he’s seen quite a few changes, from the protective equipment worn to the fire hoses used.“Almost everything has changed as new technology and new science comes forward and brings us information for improvements,” Kerley says.And yet perhaps the most surprising development of all for the Oak Ridge crew came about five years ago when drones entered the sphere of fire service. Though Kerley had experimented with drones personally through various family members and friends who had a cam-copter of their own, he never thought he’d see the day when a drone would be considered essential fire service gear. Now, he has.“The uses for drones in the fire service are almost limitless,” Kerley says. “In a few years, I think you’ll see a drone on every fire truck.”The Oak Ridge Fire Department already has a drone of their own, with plans to buy a few more, and as of this month, the department officially became certified to pilot drones in the name of not just public safety, but firefighter safety, too.“Our entire program is based around improving service to our citizens while reducing risk to our firefighters, and drone technology is an impressive way to do that,” Kerley says. “It’s safer and faster and much more efficient to send an $800 dollar drone to see what’s going on and collect what information we need.”In the case of Oak Ridge, a city with a heavy manufacturing industry, the issues of safety and cost efficiency are of the utmost importance when answering calls for hazardous materials. On average, a hazmat suit used by the Oak Ridge Fire Department can cost anywhere between $900 and $3,000. To answer one of these calls requires two firefighters to dress out in hazmat suits ($4,000), air packs ($12,000), and radios ($8,000).“That’s about $25,000 worth of equipment plus the risk of the lives of our firefighters to see what’s happening,” Kerley says. “Now, we can deploy a drone down there in two minutes and if it gets contaminated, it’s only $800 and that’s less than the price of one [hazmat] suit.”“If a drone only costs that, it’s kinda expendable, right?” says Dr. Thomas Alberts, a Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor at Old Dominion University. “All of a sudden, you’re not having to risk a person to save somebody or locate a fire, and that’s a real benefit.”Alberts is part of the 4-VA Virginia Drones Project, a collaborative academic course offered through Old Dominion University, James Madison University, and George Mason University. The project, which started in the spring of 2016, provides students with the hands-on, real-world experience needed to build and pilot drones for environmental and social issues.“There’s a lot of potential for drones to do almost anything that people can do, and while that might be bad news for some people, onward, it can really be a good thing,” Alberts says.Students have already built and launched drones for a variety of applications—one team at James Madison is using drones to study the behavior of bees in an effort to develop a solution to their sharp decline; another team at JMU is using drone technology to determine the effect of climate change on a historically and culturally significant wall in Cartagena, Colombia; the students at ODU where Alberts works, have created drones to map tidal flooding, aid in sea rescues, and assist the local Corova Beach Fire Department.Despite these advances, you’d be hard-pressed to find such positive anecdotes about drone technology in the national media, yet stories abound of drones invading privacy and crashing into national park treasures. Just last July, a Louisville, Ky., man was arrested for shooting his neighbor’s drone out of the sky (he claimed the drone was spying on his 16-year-old daughter, who was sunbathing, and the judge dismissed the case). In Yellowstone, there’s still a drone at the bottom of Grand Prismatic hot spring from when a tourist crashed the quadcopter in August of 2014. It’s no wonder drones have such a bad rap.Drone photography has become increasingly popular among adventuresports photographers for its ability to provide a unique bird’s eye view. / Chris Gragtmans“They’re not a toy but they’re being sold as toys,” Kerley says. “You can go anyplace now and buy a drone.”Because of that accessibility, it’s likely that we’re going to see more, not fewer, drones in the future, especially as they pertain to the service sector. In July 2015, the first government-approved drone delivery took place in Wise County, Va. The drone dropped off 24 packages of medical supplies to a Remote Area Medical pop-up clinic in the rural southwest Virginia county.Its success paved the way for the Emerging Drone Industry Cluster program, a workforce development initiative announced last fall and funded largely by the Appalachian Regional Commission. The program will benefit Wise County, an area heavily affected by the coal industry’s decline, in the form of jobs and local investment opportunities. In its first year, the program will train 64 new workers, including former coal industry employees, to operate drones for projects such as geospatial surveys and mapping.“It requires a little bit of training,” says Alberts, “but you don’t have to be a general aviation pilot to be able to understand and fly a drone,” which might be good news for some, like firemen and former coal miners learning a new trade, but bad news for others fearful of the new age of peeping Toms.#BROtalk: What do you think about drone usage in the outdoors? Is it good, bad, or negligible? Can it enhance the experience, or does it negatively impact time in the woods? We want to hear from you! Drop us a comment here or use the hashtag #BROtalk to give us your two cents.
Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion OK, so enough with exposes about the Weinsteins, the Frankens, the Lauers, the Keillors and the growing chorus of #MeToo’s. The “rest of the story” deserves ink, or at least a mention, before we punch our American culture’s socio-sexual reset button.Expose, please, the manipulation, deception and outright trickery of all the gold-diggers, the well-bedded Hollywood stars, the trophy-wives, the “Oops-I’m-pregnant” dates, and the faux divorce/alimony/child-support schemes that proliferate in the underbelly of American society. Anyone want to pick at that scab? It might tamp down the shrill voices of the Gloria Alreds, Megyn Kellys and Kirsten Gillibrands, whose righteous rants are revitalizing Puritanical standards that threaten to rekindle Shaker celibacy for all of us.And that could be the death knell for Victoria’s Secret apparel, Brazilian-cut swimsuits, breast implants, mini-skirts, tuxedos, red lace, slow dancin’, candle-light dining, romance novels, poetry, cocktail-parties, the point of fine wine, to say nothing of chocolate and many other artifacts of romance.Let’s hope not.Living in an exceptional society deserves a fair amount of wiggle room, if you get my drift.Jim SchaeferRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Rotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census
Japanese officials insist that the summer Games — due to start in July — will take place as scheduled despite rising speculation that it might be postponed or even cancelled due to the virus.Tashima said he had been on a business trip since February 28, first heading to Belfast to attend the annual general meeting of the International Football Association Board (IFAB).From March 2, he visited Amsterdam for a Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) meeting to give a presentation on Japan’s bid for the 2023 women’s World Cup.And On March 3, he attended a general meeting of the same body. Japan Olympic Committee deputy chief Kozo Tashima said Tuesday he had contracted coronavirus, as doubts increase over whether Tokyo can safely host the Summer Games.”Today, my test result showed positive for the new coronavirus,” Tashima said in a statement, issued via the Japan Football Association, which he also heads.”I have a mild fever. Examinations showed a symptom of pneumonia, but I’m fine. I will concentrate on treatment following doctors’ advice,” he said. Topics : “In Amsterdam and in Europe in early March, the level of nervousness against the novel coronavirus was not the same as now,” he said in the statement.”Everyone was still doing hugs, handshakes and bises (cheek kissing).” He then travelled to the United States to watch the Japanese women’s team in action and to lobby for the women’s World Cup, before returning home on March 8.”In the United States, too, the sense of crisis about the novel coronavirus was not as serious as now,” he said.Staff at the Japan FA have been working from home as a precaution against the virus, but Tashima said he went to the association building several times last week and attended meetings.He began feeling chills and experienced a mild fever from Sunday. He went to a local public health centre on Monday and told them about his travel history.During the UEFA gatherings, Tashima said he saw Swiss and Serbian football chiefs, who have tested positive for the virus, although he added it was not clear how he contracted the infection.His positive test came out on Tuesday.”I have chosen to face the illness as so many people are doing in Japan and around the world,” he said, adding that he hoped his decision would help eradicate the stigma attached to the infection.His announcement came as the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee said it would scale down festivities related to the Olympic torch relay to prevent further spread of the virus.The flame, which has already been lit in Greece, will arrive in northern Japan on Friday, with the torch relay slated to start on March 26 from Fukushima.Chief executive Toshiro Muto told reporters that the Fukushima “grand start” would take place without spectators “in order to prevent the spread of infections”.Any spectators who are feeling unwell will be asked not to watch from the roadside and torch-bearers with high temperatures will be barred from taking part, Tokyo 2020 organizers said.”Please be careful to avoid forming crowds,” organisers urged, saying the program could be changed in the event of “excessive congestion”.Ceremonies to mark the flame’s arrival at its final destination each day, as well as departure ceremonies, will take place without fans.So-called “welcome programs” by local municipalities will be scrapped.The flame is set to arrive on March 20 in Miyagi prefecture north of Tokyo, following the traditional lighting ceremony in Greece which took place without spectators.Only 100 accredited guests from the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee were allowed to attend the ceremony, whereas 700 had originally planned to attend.Greece cancelled its leg of the torch relay after large crowds gathered to see the flame, despite repeated pleas to stay away.Hollywood actor Gerard Butler, who starred as the ancient Spartan King Leonidas in the movie “300”, was mobbed as he lit a cauldron in the city of Sparta.Japan also decided not to send a delegation to the Olympic flame handover ceremony in Greece later this week due to virus concerns, local media said.The delegation, including Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori and Olympic Minister Seiko Hashimoto, had been scheduled to attend the ceremony on Thursday in Athens
… set to compete in WNBF World Championships next monthNATURAL bodybuilder Rawle Greene is satisfied with his fourth place finish at the 2019 INBF Natural Mania and WNBF Pro Universe competition, which was held last weekend in New York.The US-based Guyanese, who was known in his younger years as one of the fastest men in Guyana, said, “It was a good field of bodybuilders from around the world.”Greene, who is a pro in the World Natural Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation, added that “making top five out of seven and placing fourth in the PRO men’s was ok.”Saturday night was the 42-year-old’s fourth time at the prestigious event.The former sprinter, who switched sports in 2007 after picking up an injury trying to qualify for the 2008 Olympics, said that athletics has helped his bodybuilding career.“The leg muscles I developed as a sprinter doing me well in bodybuilding.”Four years into bodybuilding, the naturally gifted athlete won his International Natural Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (INBF) Pro Card in 2011 after he won the INBF Mr America title.Since then he has competed in four Universe and two World events along with the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) championships and a string of competitions in the U.S.Greene, who is a personal trainer, said that working with clients all day and then having to train can be “tiresome”; nevertheless he is still gearing up to do the World Championships in New York next month.
Martin McDermott is going back to Lifford after topping the Inishowen poll in the 2019 Local Elections.The Glengad man, with 2,501 first preference votes, is the first county councillor to be elected to the new Donegal County Council in Inishowen.Martin McDermott tops the poll in north Inishowen was last modified: May 26th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
6 November 2009 To make sure the country can handle the expected massive influx of visitors for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™, South Africa’s airports have been undergoing major upgrades, and with seven months to go until kick-off, the final touches are being applied. However, the upgrades go far beyond catering for the fans during the football World Cup. With R19.5-billion having been ploughed in, South Africa is set to benefit from extensive improvements to air travel and tourism post-2010. “Transport is the heartbeat of the South African economy,” Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said at the opening of the revamped Wonderboom Airport in Tshwane/Pretoria this week. “We must continue to intensify our work towards improving the social and economic development of our people.” Though not normally used as a commercial airport, Wonderboom will provide a service to fans in Tshwane during the World Cup, and has had its arrival and departure lounges refurbished and parking facilities extended for this purpose. At South Africa’s major airports, upgrade work has included the following.OR Tambo International As the main International airport in South Africa, OR Tambo International Airport is a transport hub for the country, handling around 16-million passengers (and growing)on a yearly basis. The airport’s new R2.2-billion central terminal building is well on its way to completion, with parts of it already in public use. The new atrium at international arrivals, opened in September 2008, is proving to be a popular area for people waiting for passengers. With additional retail facilities and an enlarged and refurbished food court, there is now no shortage of things to do while waiting at OR Tambo. Seventy-five additional check-in desks were commissioned in the enlarged departures area in April 2009, along with an additional six baggage carousels, allowing passengers to be processed and put on their flights more efficiently. The addition of a second multi-story parking bay, which will see an additional 5 200 bays in place in time for the World Cup, will go a long way towards accommodating the increase in passengers. The introduction of bay detection technology has also vastly improved the ease in which passengers can find parking, with green or red lights indicating whether bays are open or not. Cape Town International Over six-million passengers pass through Cape Town International Airport each year, and this a figure is expected to double by 2015. Construction of a new R1.5-billion central terminal building is progressing well, with the new departure facilities currently being commissioned. A new multi-level, 4 000-bay parkade, built at a cost of R400-million, is due to open in December 2009, with the first 400 bays already open to the public. The last phase of Cape Town International’s development, due to be complete in March 2010, is the extension to the existing arrivals terminal, with pedestrian connectivity to the central terminal building. Durban / La Mercy Work is going well on the brand new R7.5-billion airport which will eventually take over the services of the existing Durban International Airport. With progress now standing at 72%, the landscape on which the new airport is developed has undergone dramatic changes. The 3.7-kilometre runway will be capable of accommodating the largest carriers, such as the A380, while 6 500 parking bays are under construction.Bloemfontein Airport As one of South Africa’s smaller airports, Bloemfontein Airport handles around 250 000 passengers per year. The runway has received attention, with a R121-million upgrade to the tarmac which should see a significant increase in usage from next year. Work on the refurbishment and expansion of the terminal building, to the value of R46-million, is progressing well, and revamped check-in and departure facilities are already in operation. A new arrivals area and a public concourse has been commissioned, and construction is under way. Port Elizabeth Airport As a World Cup host city, with a number of group games as well as one of the quarterfinals being played at Nelson Mandela Bay stadium, the Eastern Cape coastal city can expect a big spike in visitor number during and after the World Cup. To accommodate the expected increase in traffic, the airport’s runway has undergone a R68-million upgrade.East London Airport Although East London is not hosting any World Cup matches, it will act as an important gateway to Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth. A R98-million expansion and refurbishment of the airports terminal building is progressing well, with some of the revamped areas already open for public use. An R8-million upgrade of the parking facilities has also been completed. Other airports Other airports in World Cup host cities have also been preparing for an increase in passenger numbers. With a new terminal, Polokwane International Airport will handle around 400 passengers per hour. The addition of new parking facilities and passenger pick-up zones have also been included in the upgrade plans for the airport, which will service passengers arriving for matches at Peter Mokaba stadium. Nelspruit, with two airports – Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport and Nelspruit Airport – already caters for a large number of tourists wanting to visit the Kruger National Park. Hosting a number of opening round games at Mbombela Stadium, the two airports will be in full use over the months of June and July 2010. Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committee
Pranab Mukherjee clarified that no bugging device has been found in initial probe by IB.The Intelligence Bureau has denied that the finance minister’s office was bugged. IB sources said the security and intelligence agencies carry out a four-level check for at least key ministries on Raisina Hills — Defence, Home, MEA and Finance. The drill includes shadowing of key officials, which was done in case of Ravi Inder Singh, Director of Internal Security in the Home Ministry. Singh was arrested a few months ago. Cell phone calls of key officials are also monitored. Hard disks of computers of officials handling sensitive charges are scanned. Electronic sweeps are also part of the security drill. IB sources told Headlines Today that they conducted a through probe into the complaint that several offices, including that of Finance Minister, were bugged. Sources said it seems to be a case of false alarm. No bugging devices have been found in the initial probe, a fact that Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee himself has confirmed. “Regarding the bugging in my office?I would like to clarify that IB probed, but found nothing,” Mukherjee said on Tuesday.FM urged probe Mukherjee had urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to undertake a secret probe to look into the attempt to bug his office. Fears of a breach in Pranab’s office surfaced after taxmen and security agencies found as many as 16 adhesives strips planted in North Block offices of the Finance Minister and his officials. The adhesive strips were found in the offices of Pranab’s advisor, personal secretary and two conference rooms. Pranab wrote a letter in September 2010 to prime minister asking him to order a secret probe. The Central Board of Direct taxes also conducted electronic sweeps. The CBDT is particularly alarmed that the surface of the strips had grooves, which suggested planting of tiny devices that have been pulled out later. The CBDT chairman has also confirmed to Headlines Today about these adhesive strips.advertisementOpposition attacks govt Launching an attack on the UPA, the BJP said on Tuesday “this is a non-functioning government”. “The UPA government has lost its way. Things have reached such a pass that Pranab suspects that his office is bugged. Who is doing this? The fact that a private company was investigating suspicions of bugging indicates that the FM has no faith in Home Minister P. Chidambaram,” BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said. “There is civil war underway within the government and between ministers. This is a serious issue. People want to know who is snooping on the FM. Pranab has no faith in his home minister. This is a non-functioning government. Senior leaders within the party are sparring against the PM. The Congress president needs to reply what is the party’s stand on the matter,” Shahnawaz added. “These things are quite possible in the given situation. The Finance Ministry is the most sensitive ministry. Economics is the real politics today. There’s cut-throat competition with corporate houses working at cross-purposes and trying to influence policies,” CPI leader D. Raja said. Raja added, “You come across such bugging n American thrillers. Now for the first time, you hear of something like this vis-a-vis our own government. Pranab must have had some serious doubts. Otherwise, why would he take it up with the PM? Some people say it was only chewing gum. But why was it everywhere? There is something dubious. It shows some serious situation that is emerging in the country.” Senior BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, “Bugs in the FM office is a serious issue. The government should clarify who is responsible – ASAP – when there are serious cases of economic offences.”For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
zoom The technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply the exhaust gas cleaning systems for two new 56,000 dwt Handymax bulk carriers. The ships are being built at Japan’s Oshima Shipbuilding for Tokyo-based NYK Bulk & Projects Carriers (NYK BP), a wholly owned subsidiary of Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha.Wärtsilä will also provide project management and commissioning of the systems. The order with Wärtsilä was booked in June.These are the first vessels owned or chartered by NYK Group having exhaust gas cleaning systems installed. By fitting the Wärtsilä system, the ships will be compliant with the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) SOx regulations, which come into force in 2020.The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled for delivery to the yard commencing in July 2018. The first vessel is due to be delivered to NYK in the fourth quarter of 2018, and the second in the first quarter 2019.