Early season skiing blues

first_imgThe first days of the season always seem a little mixed. We remember clearly and step into our skis/boards with the attitude we carried at the end of last season, at the culmination of months on the boards. And yet over the summer taking in other activities, our reflexes settled and became sedentary and slack in relation to skiing.Today was the first day of the year where the skiing was at all challenging. The hill had over a foot over night and continued at a couple inches an hour. Visibility remained an issue all day. Or more accurately, there was simply no visibility. Dropping into Cedar Bowl mid-day, the cat track was defined, but the terrain changes invisible. At one point, ripping across the top of the bowl toward the trees on the far side, I dropped a good four or five feet. Completely unprepared, I sucked it up and somehow continued.The snow was phenomenal, but the shock of the drop and the potential for another shook me mentally and I stiffened up. When I stiffened, I eliminated the ability to absorb terrain changes as they came (un-seen) and tossed me around. I was all over the place. Waving my arms for balance, I felt like I was flagging down a helicopter from a lifeboat. Turns became a matter of linking recovery to recovery without any of the smoothness or comfort I find usually find on skis. Rather than relaxing, the day became full of tension.When was the Crash?I stopped about two thirds of the way down that run and looked at my imbalance. In trying to “feel” where I was off, I realized I was not thinking about my feet. I pushed my knees into the turns to force the direction chaange, but did not stay over my skis. I rocked back and forth. First forward, then back on my heels. I was holding each turn a bit too long and letting my skis run uncontrolled.Rather than go easy, I moved to a long steep consistent pitch. Staying on the margins where the snow was broken and uneven, I started by concentrating on my feet–on feeling the whole of my foot as I moved into the turn. I tried to feel the whole of the foot and, in particular, the arch of my foot in the middle of the turn. After that, I worked on feeling the whole of both feet to keep the pressure evening the uneven snow. Feeling the arch of both feet as I moved through the turn.After a few turns, I realized my turns were becoming wide GS style turns. My feet moved apart, with the downhill and uphill skis separating they alternatively caught, slowing or accelerated. With a wide stance, the skis each ran in different snow. I narrowed my stance. I shortened up the radius. To do this, I moved into the turn, standing solidly on my feet and gently pushed with an even pressure on the front of my boots Voila.The radius shortened and I managed to link a series of quick turns down the snow on the edge of the pitch.I stopped and thought back through the progression. Bottom of the feet. Knees steering into the turn. Both feet relatively close together.  Face down the hill.Simple.Right. Just like rocket science. It’s only the application of Newtonian Laws.Skiing is a difficult sport. To progress in skills we must solidify a seemingly basic skill, make that absolutely rock solid and then move on to the next. The foot is the first. Be it in a gliding wedge or a ripping run through the trees, even foot pressure is paramount.Then you steer with the knees, gently. In a wedge or a ripping, it’s the same motion. Same feeling carries you down the hill.So if at this start of the season, if you hare having problems and feel like you are flagging helicopters, take a step back and look at the very foundations of your skill set. Work on the foundation and the next block will naturally fall in place on top.Let’er rip.Keith Liggett is a Fernie-based writer and skier.last_img read more


first_imgBreda and Kathleen McGinty at the Oasis Bar in Letterkenny.A Donegal bar has launched a unique service for fed-up female shoppers – a husband-sitting service!The well-known Oasis Bar in Letterkenny is offering to look after nagging husbands while their wives or girlfriends shop their socks off.Staff at the popular bar, which is adjacent to Letterkenny Shopping Centre, have even advertised their services on a sandwich board outside the bar.The sign asks women shoppers if they want a bit of peace to shop or if they just need a bit of time to themselves.They then offer the ‘Daycare Centre’ for husbands or boyfriends – with either a standard package of a pint of beer or a deluxe package of a whiskey!The bar is run by husband and wife team James and Jacqui Gallagher, who formerly operated Galfees Restaurant.A spokesman for the bar said they were just having a bit of fun but will be more than delighted to look after any husband or boyfriend who would do anything rather than go shopping!“It’s a bit of fun but we’d be delighted to look after any husband or boyfriend who hates shopping. It’s more so to give their poor wives or girlfriend a bit of peace so they shop without having to be nagged or hurry all the time.“They can have something nice to eat here from our extensive menu and they can watch all the sport they handle on our big screens.“Everyone’s a winner and everyone goes home happy,” laughed a spokesman for the bar.And with staff like sisters Breda and Kathleen McGinty, the bar is set to be packed in the coming weeks and months ahead.DONEGAL BAR OFFERS UNIQUE HUSBAND-SITTING SERVICE FOR FEMALE SHOPPERS! was last modified: July 8th, 2015 by StephenShare 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) Tags:boyfriendsdonegalhusbandsletterkennyOasis Barlast_img read more

Latest: Chelsea 0 Norwich 0 – Home fans angry as Norwich ride their luck

first_imgChelsea have hit the woodwork twice and both teams might have had a penalty at Stamford Bridge.The hosts attacked from the off and John Ruddy comfortably saved an effort from Andre Schurrle before a mistake by Blues midfielder Nemanja Matic led to Martin Olsson being given a clear sight of goal.Olsson went down in the box following contact from both John Terry and Ashley Cole as they flew into last-ditch challenges after Matic had given the ball away.Having appealed in vain for a spot-kick, Olsson later gave Chelsea another anxious moment with a right-wing cross which just evaded Bradley Johnson.At the other end, Terry headed straight at Ruddy from Willian’s corner.Matic then atoned for his earlier error with a lovely pass through to Schurrle, who cut in from the left and side-footed beyond Ruddy and against the post.Schurrle also tested Ruddy with another low shot which the Canaries keeper did well to hold.A win in their penultimate match of the season would take Jose Mourinho’s team to the top of the Premier League, although title rivals Liverpool and Manchester City each have a game in hand.Boss Mourinho made a double change at half-time, bringing Eden Hazard and David Luiz on for Mohamed Salah and and Frank Lampard.Luiz almost scored a couple of minutes after the restart when his first-time strike from 25 yards hit the bar.Norwich had another left-off when Chelsea were not awarded a penalty despite Alexander Tettey appearing to trip Schurrle in the area.And the home fans again wanted a penalty after a wild challenge by Ryan Bennett on Hazard, but the offside flag had already been raised and in any case replays indicated that no substantial contact had been made.Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Schwarzer; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole; Lampard (Luiz 45), Matic; Salah (Hazard 45), Willian, Schurrle; Ba. Subs: Hilario, Kalas, Van Ginkel, Torres, Eto’o.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

ODNR awards grants for Lake Erie projects

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has approved more than $437,000 in funding through the Coastal Management Assistance Grant (CMAG) program for five projects in Toledo, Eastlake, Ashtabula County, Lorain, and Bay Village that will improve coastal planning, public access, and water quality.“For more than 20 years, this grant program has provided a helping hand to Ohio’s communities for protecting and developing valuable resources near Lake Erie,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “These projects upgrade infrastructure, provide better access to natural areas for residents, and reduce erosion while improving water quality.”ODNR implements the CMAG program through its Office of Coastal Management for eligible entities including local governments, county and regional planning agencies, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and park and conservancy districts for completion of projects that will protect Lake Erie’s coastal resources and support sustainable use.This year’s projects include installing ADA-accessible parking spaces and walkways, implementing green stormwater infrastructure, enhancing stream and wetland habitats which will help filter and improve water quality, and developing plans and engineering designs needed to improve public access and restore coastal habitat.CMAG is a competitive reimbursement grant program that provides matching funds up to 50 percent of project costs, with a minimum of 50 percent from the applicant. Funding for the program is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Ohio Coastal Management Program. The CMAG program has provided more than $5.62 million for 141 projects in Ohio since the program began in 1998.For more information about projects and funding for each grantee, please visit coastal.ohiodnr.gov/cmagrants.last_img read more

Royal Caribbean Jokes That Urban Meyer’s “Lost At Sea” Cruise Ship Was Just Completing A Script Ohio Route

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer wearing an Ohio State jacket.PISCATAWAY, NJ – SEPTEMBER 30: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes before a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on September 30, 2017 at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey. Ohio State won 56-0. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)Earlier this week, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was stuck on a cruise ship for an extra day and a half because of foggy conditions down near Port Tampa Bay. Meyer and the other 2,500 passengers aboard Buckeye Cruise actually had to be escorted back to shore by the Coast Guard.The passengers were aboard Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas, and the the travel company has issued a very clever PR statement on the matter. Royal Caribbean jokingly tweeted that the vessel wasn’t having trouble, it was just navigating through the Gulf of Mexico to create script Ohio.Hey, @OSUCoachMeyer! Fog, schmog: we knew where we were going all along. Welcome back! #stuckatsea #bc4c pic.twitter.com/s0p81a1eU4— Royal Caribbean PR (@RoyalCaribPR) February 25, 2015Thankfully, everyone aboard the ship was unharmed.last_img read more

Stars Support Ruby Red Fundraiser for Neglected Horses

first_imgIsabel Lucas, Barry Watson and Natasha Wagner are among the stars gearing up for this weekend’s 2nd Annual Ruby Red Fundraiser, benefitting Red Bucket Equine Rescue.Denim and Diamonds, with a bit of “Ruby Red” flair, help set the stage for an evening of music, fine food, and of course, horses. The November 15th event will begin with a VIP tour of the ranch and cocktail reception, followed by dinner, silent and live auctions and live music and dancing. Guests will gather for an unforgettable evening benefitting Red Bucket’s efforts to help rescue desperate and deserving horses, and provide the care, rehabilitation and training necessary to permanently re-home them in forever, loving homes.Also expected to come out to the event at Red Bucket Ranch on Saturday are Kaliena Cordova, CJ Valleroy and Stephanie Katherine Grant.Red Bucket Equine Rescue a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving and rehabilitating horses, restore their trust in humankind, and find them safe, loving, permanent adoptive homes. More information on the organization’s work and how to buy tickets is available at www.redbucketrescue.org.last_img read more

Samsung workers agree to end standoff on workers deaths

first_imgSEOUL, South Korea – Samsung Electronics and a group representing ailing Samsung computer chip and display factory workers said Tuesday they have agreed to end a years-long standoff over compensation for deaths and grave illnesses among Samsung workers.Samsung and Banolim said they will unconditionally accept terms of compensation and apologies to be drafted over the next two months by a mediator.Banolim said it will stop its protests outside Samsung buildings, where its supporters camped out for nearly three years to demand that Samsung apologize for making workers sick and provide compensation for their illnesses.The agreement represents a breakthrough in a more than decade-old civic movement that raised awareness about the health risks from toiling in the lucrative semiconductor industry.The grassroots movement was started by Hwang Sang-gi, a taxi driver who refused to accept a settlement when his daughter Yu-mi died of leukemia in 2007 at the age of 23 after working at a Samsung chip factory. Hwang’s search for the cause of Yu-mi’s death galvanized a broader movement to hold businesses and the government accountable for safety lapses in the chip and display industries, which use huge amounts of chemicals.“It’s regrettable that for more than 10 years we could not solve the problem of workers who had no money and no power and died from diseases due to chemicals,” Hwang said at a signing ceremony attended by the mediator and Samsung, wiping away tears. “But it is fortunate that we found a way to solve the problem of industrial diseases at Samsung.”More than 100 Samsung workers have reported grave illnesses such as leukemia but only a few won government recognition and compensation for suffering industrial diseases. Increasingly, workers denied such recognition and compensation have won court victories in recent years.Judges have acknowledged the need and the importance of using state funds to aid the sickened workers even when they were unable to prove why and how they became ill, sometimes due to a lack of information about the chemicals they were exposed to.Kim Sunsig, a senior vice-president at Samsung Electronics, said accepting the proposal without condition was a difficult decision for Samsung.“Only the complete resolution of the problem would be a consolation to the sickened workers and their families and also valuable for the society,” Kim said. “We will actively co-operate with the mediation committee.”It’s a step closer to resolving one of the company’s biggest headaches as its leader Lee Jae-yong, a vice chairman and a grandson of Samsung’s founder, solidifies his leadership.last_img read more

FAMEII to offer incentives for EVs from next month

first_imgNew Delhi: From April, up to 10 lakh electric two-wheelers will get subsidy of Rs 20,000 each while 35,000 fully electric cars can avail benefit of Rs 1.5 lakh under the newly notified FAME-II scheme, reducing their prices for buyers. The second phase of the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India (FAME-II) will be implemented for three years starting next month with a Rs 10,000 crore outlay. It has also envisaged providing support to 7,090 e-buses (having an ex-factory price of up to Rs 2 crore) with an incentive of up to Rs 50 lakh each, according to a notification issued by the Heavy Industries Ministry. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepMoreover, 5 lakh e-rickshaws having ex-factory price of up to Rs 5 lakh are set to get incentive of Rs 50,000 each. As per the notification, incentives of Rs 1.5 lakh each to 35,000 electric four-wheelers with an ex-factory price of up to Rs 15 lakh, and support of Rs 13,000 each to 20,000 strong hybrid four-wheelers with ex-factory price of up to Rs 15 lakh will be provided. The automobile industry has hailed the government’s move to announce the much awaited FAME-II scheme ahead of kicking in of the code of conduct for general elections, as further delay would have meant it could be rolled out only after the formation of the next government. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs”This is a well-timed opportunity taken. There is continuity as there is no break between FAME-I and FAME-II,” Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) Director General Vishnu Mathur said. The FAME-II scheme will have a Rs 1,500-crore outlay in 2019-20; Rs 5,000 crore in 2020-21 and Rs 3,500 crore in 2021-22. It will cover buses with EV technology; electric, plug-in hybrid and strong hybrid four wheelers; electric three-wheelers including e-rickshaws and electric two-wheelers. “Now we have a road map for the next three years. The government has done its part and it is for the auto industry to perform now,” Mathur said. Considering that in FAME-I, the allocation was around Rs 800 crore, in the second phase it is a huge jump, which is a big boost for the industry, he added. Expressing similar views, Ather Energy Chief Business Officer Ravneet Phokela said, “Overall, FAME-II is a well-honed scheme that focuses on the key consumer adoption drivers, and also encourages local manufacturing of high-quality products; exactly what the EV industry needed at this stage.” He further said the decision to link battery capacity to subsidy is a great move since it will ensure influx of high-performance, quality vehicles. “The regulation that mandates players to provide at least 3 years of comprehensive warranty will encourage serious players to invest in the entire component cycle,” Phokela said. This, combined with the emphasis on local sourcing, is bound to aid automakers to invest in building a sustainable production ecosystem, he added.last_img read more

Mallya criticises public sector banks for double standards

first_imgNew Delhi: Embattled liquor baron Vijay Mallya on Tuesday lashed out at public sector banks for “double standards” under the current NDA regime for their intervention to bailout Jet Airways while the same lenders made his Kingfisher airlines “fail ruthlessly”.In a series of tweets reacting to banks led by State Bank of India taking over management control of troubled Jet Airways, Mallya said,”…Only wish the same was done for Kingfisher”. “Happy to see that PSU Banks have bailed out Jet Airways saving jobs, connectivity and enterprise,” he said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He further said,”the same PSU Banks let India’s finest airline with the best employees and connectivity fail ruthlessly. Double standards under NDA.” Mallya, who is facing extradition to India from the UK, lamented that his efforts to save Kingfisher Airlines was “not recognised and instead slammed in every possible way”. “I invested over Rs 4,000 crores into Kingfisher Airlines to save the company and its employees,” he claimed. He also lashed out at the BJP for differential treatment meted out to Kingfisher and Jet Airways. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”BJP spokesman eloquently read out my letters to PM Manmohan Singh and alleged that PSU Banks under the UPA Government had wrongly supported Kingfisher Airlines,” Mallya said. He further said, “Media decimated me for writing to the current PM. I wonder what has changed now under the NDA Government.” The fugitive businessman reiterated his offer to pay off dues through his assets. “And I repeat once again that I have placed liquid assets before the Hon’ble Karnataka High Court to pay off the PSU Banks and all other creditors. Why do the Banks not take my money. It will help them to save Jet Airways if nothing else,” he said. Last month Mallya, who is wanted in India on alleged fraud and money laundering charges amounting to an estimated Rs 9,000 crores, had filed his application in the UK High Court, seeking permission to appeal against an extradition order signed by the British Home Secretary.last_img read more

Justice Bobde to conduct inquiry

first_imgNew Delhi: Justice S A Bobde, the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court, was on Tuesday appointed to conduct an in-house inquiry into the allegations of sexual harassment levelled against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi.When contacted, Justice Bobde, who is next to the CJI in seniority, confirmed the development. He said being the number two judge, the Chief Justice of India has appointed him to look into the allegations of sexual harassment charges levelled by a former woman staff. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsJustice Bobde said that he has decided to form a panel by inducting two apex court judges — N V Ramana and Indira Banerjee. “I decided to have Justice Ramana in the panel as he is next to me in the seniority and Justice Banerjee as she is a woman judge,” Justice Bobde said. He said he has already issued notice to the woman who had written letters to the judges and sworn on affidavit about the alleged sexual harassment. The first hearing will be conducted on Friday and the apex court secretary general has also been asked to be ready with all documents and materials. “This is going to be an in-house procedure which does not contemplate representation of advocate on behalf of parties. It is not a formal judicial proceeding,” Justice Bobde said.last_img read more