Daily Dirt: Outdoor News for April 24, 2013

first_imgDerp.Your outdoor news bulletin for April 24, the day Jane Fonda released her first workout video in 1982, sending housewives, and teenage boys everywhere, into a VHS buying frenzy:Armstrong: Tour de U.S. GovernmentThe Justice Department revealed yesterday their plan to take back the millions of dollars the government spent sponsoring confessed doper Lance Armstrong. From 1998 to 2004 the U.S. Postal Service paid Armstrong $17 million, almost half of the $40 million it spent on its cycling team. The filing says that Armstrong was “unjustly enriched” and call for triple damages assessed by the jury. Armstrong and his team of lawyers plan to fight the lawsuit. His defense only has to prove that his doping did not damage the USPS, while the Justice Department will base its case on the illegal status of performance-enhancing drugs in the competitive cycling and Armstrong’s cover-up of his doping habits.Breathe Deep that Clean AirThank the Blue Ridge for our clean mountain air and enjoy a lungful. The American Lung Association released their annual State of the Air report today, and only Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the Cincinnati metropolitan area, which extends into Kentucky, made the list in our neck of the woods. Those two were ranked ten and eight on the list of dirty-air cities. The other eight cities were all located in the golden state of California. The rankings were based on which cities have the worst year-round particle pollution, which comes from vehicle exhaust, industrial emissions, and other sources.Safe Route Development in Development in Shenandoah ValleyWalking or biking to school has obvious benefits for everyone: exercise and independence for the kids, less toxins in the air, and the parents don’t have to schlep their offspring around anymoI WILL TURN THIS CAR AROUND! Schools and communities in the Shenandoah Valley are planning projects to make that happen through the federally funded Safe Routes to School Program. The Virginia Department of Transportation hosted a workshop in Fishersville, Va. to help school administrators and county planners tap into the $4.2 million the program will grant in the next year to make neighborhoods near schools more pedestrian friendly. VDOT is currently supporting 60 ongoing projects statewide. See, the transportation department isn’t all bad, right?last_img read more

Petrobras’ domestic oil output declines in January

first_imgFPSO Capixaba; Image: SBM OffshoreBrazilian oil company Petrobras saw a drop in its domestic oil production in January when compared to December figures. Petrobras said on Wednesday that its total oil and natural gas production in January was 2.70 million barrels of oil equivalent per day (boed), with 2.60 million boed produced in Brazil and 97 thousand boed produced abroad.Total production operated by the company (portions of Petrobras and partners) was 3.31 million boed, with 3.19 million boed in Brazil.According to Petrobras, the average oil production in the country was 2.10 million barrels per day (bpd), one percent lower than the volume produced in December 2017.The company explained that the result was mainly due to the maintenance stoppages of FPSO Capixaba, which operates in Parque das Baleias in the Campos Basin, and the sale of a 35% stake in the Lapa field in the BM-S-9A block in the Santos Basin pre-salt to Total.The production of natural gas, excluding the liquefied volume, was 78.7 million m³/d, one percent above the numbers from December 2017.January oil production in the fields abroad was 61 thousand bpd, in line with the month before, while the natural gas production was 6.2 million m³/d.last_img read more

Twenty qualify for Grand Medal Final

first_img4 May 2012 Twenty qualify for Grand Medal Final Twenty women golfers from the Midlands North and Midlands South regions have won through qualifying events to book their places at England Golf’s 2012 Grand Medal Final.They will join qualifiers from four other regions to compete for the title of England’s champion medal player at Worcestershire Golf Club on Saturday, June 23.  All the regional finalists returned the best four scores at their club in the English Women’s Medals during 2011.The successful ten from the Midlands South regional qualifier at Gay Hill are Liz Keens (Gerrards Cross), Linda Hunt (Newbury & Crookham, picture © Leaderboard Photography), Sue Gwynn (Sapey), Jean Garrett (Weston Turville), Helen Dellow (Stoneleigh Deer Park), Victoria Rogers (Bromsgrove), Sue Edlin (Cotswold Hills), Susan Jones (Rugby), Carol O’Hare (Shirley), Olivia Freer (Huntswood).The Midlands South regional final was open to players from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire & Herefordshire.This was Liz Keens’ biggest win in a very short golfing career: she’s been playing golf for only 18 months and is already down to nine handicap.She took up the game after playing hockey and tennis and is so new to the sport that she didn’t know there was a competition for each club’s best medal player. “I didn’t know it existed and now I’m in the final! I’m looking forward to that.”The successful ten from the Midlands North final at Burton-on-Trent are: Sue Spencer (Whittington Heath), Corinne Boyd (Kibworth), Sarah Haslum (Longcliffe), Julie Patrone (Rothley Park), Karen Martland (Charnock Richard), Jodie Peacock (Rufford Park), Carol Houghton (Oakmere Park Admirals), Olivia Raybould (South Staffordshire), Lucille Wood (Little Aston), Deborah Stephenson (Bingley [St. Ives])The Midlands North final was contested by players from Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire.Sue Spencer, who won the qualifier, is the Staffordshire county captain, a past county champion and a former course record holder at her club. Last year she was in the winning scratch partnership at the Midlands North foursomes.She set up her winning score with an eagle three on the par-five 17th hole and had a birdie earlier in her round.Both regional finals were played in very wet conditions. Qualifying scores:Midlands South regional medal final at Gay HillPar 72 SS 72 CSS 75 reduction only (handicaps in brackets)71 Liz Keens (Gerrards Cross, 9), Linda Hunt (Newbury & Crookham, 4)72 Sue Gwynn (Sapey, 18)74 Jean Garrett (Weston Turville, 15)75  Helen Dellow (Stoneleigh Deer Park, 7)76 Victoria Rogers (Bromsgrove, 19)77 Sue Edlin (Cotswold Hills, 13), Susan Jones (Rugby, 6)78 Carol O’Hare (Shirley, 7), Olivia Freer (Huntswood, 15)Midlands North regional medal final at Burton-on-TrentPar 73 SS 74 CSS 77 reduction only (handicaps in brackets)74 Sue Spencer (Whittington Heath, 6)76 Corinne Boyd (Kibworth, 17)77 Sarah Haslum (Longcliffe, 3), Julie Patrone (Rothley Park, 19), Karen Martland (Charnock Richard, 14)78 Jodie Peacock (Rufford Park, 2), Carol Houghton (Oakmere Park Admirals, 8)79 Olivia Raybould (South Staffordshire, 7), Lucille Wood (Little Aston, 17), Deborah Stephenson (Bingley [St. Ives], 24)last_img read more

Flawed and unconvincing

first_imgDear Editor,The letter by Timothy Jonas which is captioned “ANUG supports the call for legalisation of marijuana in Guyana,” is highly flawed and unconvincing. Such a call by ANUG (A New and United Guyana) also comes across as an unpatriotic manipulation to attract votes.Flagrantly, ANUG fails to address the scientific influence of this substance on human behavior in the context of a profound lack of education and deep poverty, among a sea of problems in Guyana. In my view, this calculation is a pivotal frame of reference which is critically important to determine whether marijuana is suitable for legalisation at this time in Guyana. Obviously, ANUG remains clueless about the problems associated with marijuana use and misuse, particularly for a country such as Guyana.ANUG needs to be reminded that the social, political and economic dynamics in Guyana are strikingly different from those in Canada and California where marijuana is legalised. The legalisation of this substance in those countries should never be a justification for its legalisation here. Further, ANUG needs to be informed that the recreational use of marijuana remains largely illegal in both the Netherlands and Jamaica.ANUG also needs to be reminded that the legalisation of marijuana will never reduce the prison population in the face of deep poverty in Guyana. Legalisation is guaranteed to produce the opposite effect. At the very least, it can be reasoned that legalisation under current conditions will dramatically send more Guyanese into prison via armed robberies, pickpockets, burglaries and a variety of illegal means simply because unemployed users will need to come up with scarce dollars necessary to purchase such an expensive drug. I just do not see how marijuana can be affordable under conditions of poverty and where unemployment is sky-high. Legalisation under current conditions just does not make any sense. It is simply an insane proposal. At this time, Guyana can’t afford to legalise the recreational use of marijuana.If ANUG seriously cares about the welfare of marijuana users, then it must guide Guyanese to do the right thing by respecting our laws. Discipline is needed. The breaking of our laws directly expands the prison population and none of this is ever acceptable. To this end, Guyana must never rush to legalise marijuana in the absence of the required foundation just to reward those that are hell-bent on breaking our laws, or to reward those who want to profit financially from this drug at the expense of human lives or to reward those that issue hollow calls for votes.Sincerely,Annie Baliramlast_img read more

‘Build Partnership and Set Clear Goals’

first_imgVice President Jewel Howard Taylor (center) named fear, lack of support and limited access to education, as some of the barriers affecting women’s participation.VP Taylor, former Pres. Sirleaf urge women to set achievable visionIn an effort to increase women’s political participation and leadership, NAYMOTE in partnership with UN Women-Liberia has launched a one-year Young Women Political Empowerment and Leadership Mentoring program for 75 young women across Liberia’s 15 counties. The exercise aims at grooming young women for national leadership in the next 3-15 years.The program, which has already exhausted two regional workshops targeting 50 young emerging female leaders, brought together two exemplary women leaders as motivational speakers.The first training, which was held in Gbarnga, Bong County was facilitated by Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor, who named fear, lack of support and limited access to education, as some of the barriers affecting women’s participation.VP Taylor then motivated the young women to build partnerships and networks to strike a balance with their male counterparts for national leadership stating that “only people with passion do what they want to do, and can continue despite the odds.”Former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who spoke at the 2nd regional training in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, shared her challenges and success on how she made it through her political journey. Her comment inspired many of the participants, who applauded her.Madam Sirleaf underscored the need for women to set clear goals, vision; be determined and consistent for what they want to be in life.On the participants’ questions, she described dishonesty, laziness and poor education system as some challenges during her 12 years of leadership, and encouraged women interested in politics to be honest, hardworking, educated, knowledgeable of issues, and to be prepared to stand for what they really believe in.UN Women Deputy Country Representative Sangeeta Thapa (middle) and former President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (right)UN Women Deputy Country Representative, Madam Sangeeta Thapa, also highlighted the need for full participation of women in leadership, and decision-making if the country’s development drive must be achieved as the number of women participation in national government is very low. She described this as “a national emergency that must be treated with urgency.”Both Vice President Taylor and former President Sirleaf applauded UN Women for supporting NAYMOTE to implement such a program. They pledged their individual commitment to support the project, which they believe will enhance women’s participation and representation.NAYMOTE believes in developing the skills and knowledge of the young progressive women will help to overcome barriers and enhance effective participation, representation and leadership for a better Liberia.The 10 participating counties include, Lofa, Bong, Montserrado, Bassa, Margibi, Nimba, Bomi, Grand Cape Mount, River Cess and Gbarpolu, respectively.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rand study links out-of-reach produce prices to child obesity

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The study examined the weight gain of 6,918 children of varying socio-economic backgrounds from 59 U.S. metropolitan areas as they advanced from kindergarten to third grade. Researchers compared the weight gain figures with the price of different types of foods and the number of food outlets in the areas. They did not examine what the children ate, however. The results showed that young children who live in communities where fruits and vegetables are expensive are more likely to gain excessive amounts of weight than kids who live in areas where produce costs less. That connection was stronger than the proximity to fast-food restaurants. On average, children in the study gained 29 pounds. But for the region with the highest relative price for produce – Mobile, Ala. – children gained about 50 percent more excess weight as measured by body-mass index (a ratio of height to weight) than children nationally. Among kids in the area with the lowest relative cost for fruits and vegetables – Visalia, Calif. – excess weight gain was about half the national average. The study also found that many children who live in poverty have just as much access to grocery stores as kids in higher-income neighborhoods. The finding, Sturm said, “flies in the face of a lot of theories,” including some that the poor do not have enough access to grocery stores. Susan Foerster, chief of the Cancer Prevention and Nutrition Section of the California Department of Health Services, said the findings support what she has heard from the low-income families she serves. “Lower-income families are more price-sensitive,” she said “They have to be careful with how much they spend in food, because housing and transportation is expensive in California.” Foerster said the study provides evidence that low-income people need help buying healthy food. However, Elizabeth Frazao, a U.S. Department of Agriculture economist, noted that a separate USDA study showed low-income consumers, when given an additional dollar, didn’t increase their purchase of fruits and vegetables. “There’s this perception that fruits and vegetables are expensive when maybe it’s not so much the cost, but the pleasure and taste that people get,” said Frazao, whose department funded the Rand study. “If you have a dollar, would you rather buy apples, a candy bar or soda?” she asked. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A new study suggests the price of fresh fruits and vegetables has a stronger connection to weight gain among children than whether they live near fast-food outlets. It adds more confusion to the muddy picture of what causes youngsters to gain weight. Advocacy groups have suggested a strong link between obesity and the proximity of fast-food restaurants or the lack of supermarkets stocked with fresh food. But the new study by the Santa Monica-based Rand Corp. think tank found little support for that connection. “You see lots of stories about the poor becoming obese because they’re in neighborhoods with lots of restaurants and no access to healthy food,” said Roland Sturm, a co-author of the Rand study. “We show that well, maybe those stories don’t hold up.” last_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd defender Marcos Rojo: I do have white line fever

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd defender Marcos Rojo: I do have white line feverby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Marcos Rojo says he enjoys the physical style of the Premier League.Rojo has become popular among supports for his robust style of defending.He told manutd.com: “That’s the way I play my football. That is me on the field. If you see me off the field, I’m the most laid back guy – laughing, joking all day and having fun but, as soon as I cross that white line and go on to the field, I don’t know what happens! “I’m a different person. Something happens inside me and I change. If the ball is there to be won, I go for it and give it everything I’ve got. Individual battles, individual duels, I am always up for them.” last_img read more

18 days ago​McAteer: Firmino more important to Liverpool than Salah

first_img​McAteer: Firmino more important to Liverpool than Salahby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Jason McAteer believes the club would suffer more if they lost Roberto Firmino to injury, compared to Mohamed Salah.The latter suffered a niggle against Leicester City, with fans concerned that he would miss game time after the international break.But McAteer believes if they do have to miss an attacker through injury, Firmino would be the more impactful loss.McAteer told The Racing Post: “People have questioned Liverpool’s strength in depth and I don’t think it’s quite as strong as Manchester City’s, but there is cover in key areas.”Take one of their star players out of the team and inevitably it has an impact – it would at any club. But Jurgen has been able to tweak things and bring in different players and look where they are.”The one player I think is indispensable going forward is Roberto Firmino. Forget Sadio Mane or Mo Salah, it’s Firmino who makes the whole thing tick going forward. I think if Liverpool lost Firmino it would have a bigger impact than losing Mane or Salah.”Look at the Super Cup against Chelsea where Liverpool produced two completely different halves of football, the first without Firmino and the second with him. He’s a more important part of the attacking jigsaw than anyone else.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Report: AC Milan 0 Fiorentina 1

first_imgFederico Chiesa’s strike 17 minutes from time earned Fiorentina their first away win of the season as AC Milan’s recent struggles continued in a 1-0 loss at San Siro.The visitors barely threatened Gianluigi Donnarumma’s goal but Chiesa jinked past Davide Calabria and fired home his first goal since September to settle the contest.The Rossoneri have now won just one of their previous six contests in Serie A and have failed to score in any of their last three. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Milan also dropped out of the top four thanks to Lazio’s win earlier in the day, with Fiorentina now just two points behind them in seventh.72’ FEDERICO CHIESAAAAAAAAA #MilanFiorentina 0-1 #NoiSiamoFirenze #InsiemeSiamoPiùForti pic.twitter.com/KIW5L94tm8 — ACF Fiorentina (@acffiorentina) December 22, 2018 Milan entered this contest on the back of two 0-0 draws in Serie A and failed to find a way through in the opening 45 minutes, despite creating plenty of opportunities.Hakan Calhanoglu spurned one of the best, firing wide in the 18th minute after a stroke of fortune saw the ball ricochet back into his path in the box following an attempted give and go with Suso.Fiorentina goalkeeper Alban Lafont brilliantly parried away a viciously struck effort from Ricardo Rodriguez while Calhanoglu was denied by Nikola Milenkovic’s clearance off the line on the stroke of half-time.It took until the 51st minute for Fiorentina to fashion their first decent opening as Kevin Mirallas hooked way over from inside the box.Lafont was kept busy at the other end, though, denying Suso at his near post and then preventing Gonzalo Higuain’s header from creeping past him.With just over 20 minutes to go Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso threw on Diego Laxalt and Patrick Cutrone in a bid to inject some life into his below-par outfit but it was Fiorentina that would claim the winner.Chiesa knocked the ball inside Calabria and his right-footed attempt crashed into the corner. Lafont then tipped Rodriguez’s header over as Milan fell to their fourth league loss of the season. What does it mean? Pressure building on Gattuso Five wins in six between September 30 and November 4 had eased the pressure on Gattuso but one win in the half a dozen since will not have pleased the Milan hierarchy. There are just two games remaining before the winter break and Gattuso will be under increasing scrutiny if Milan’s form does not pick up soon.Milan unable to find a way past Lafont Milan did have their chances but French teenager Lafont was equal to everything thrown at him. Rodriguez in particular must be wondering how on earth he did not score as Lafont parried away an attempt destined for goal in the first half before displaying terrific agility to tip over a late header from the Swiss too.Goal-shy Gonzalo fails to fire again It is now eight games without a goal for Higuain and it is no surprise Milan are toiling while the Argentinian experiences a barren spell. Of more concern to Gattuso will be how ineffective Higuain was. He had just one chance across the contest and looks like a man burdened by his current struggles.3 – AC Milan haven’t found the net in three consecutive Serie A games for the first time since November 2001. Lack. #MilanFiorentina— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) December 22, 2018Key Opta FactsMilan have failed to score in three Serie A games in a row for the first time since November 2001.Milan are the only team yet to score a single Serie A goal in the first half since November.Fiorentina have won a Serie A match against AC Milan at San Siro for the first time since November 2013 (0-2).Chiesa’s goal came with Fiorentina’s only shot on target fired in the match.Federico Chiesa has scored his first Serie A away goal since February 2018 (against Bologna).What’s next?Milan’s next assignment is a trip to Frosinone, who are under new management after replacing Moreno Longo with Marco Baroni this week. Fiorentina welcome Parma to Florence on Wednesday. read morelast_img read more

Pochettino: Titles the next target for Tottenham

first_imgMauricio Pochettino hopes Tottenham can live up to expectations and become a title-winning side when they move into their new stadium.Tottenham’s stadium has been plagued by delays after initially been scheduled for a September opening, but the club anticipate the ground being ready in early 2019.On the field, however, their progress has not stalled, with Tottenham guaranteed third place in the Premier League heading into Christmas, regardless of the outcome of Sunday’s fixture with Everton. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And Pochettino, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United at the end of the campaign, wants Tottenham to take the next step.”We are going to have one of the best facilities in the world, the training ground with the new stadium,” he told Sky Sports.”On the football side, all that we are building here will be in the same level. When you add and mix it all together it is going to be the time to win titles and deliver what the people expect.”We still have not won a trophy, but I think we have won more than that, because after four and a half years’ work together, to have a contract for another four and a half years is a massive achievement in the current climate. To create that is a massive achievement for us.”A classic from @J_Klinsmann against our upcoming opponents! #COYS pic.twitter.com/1bLJXicbQY— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) 22 December 2018Since Pochettino arrived at the club in 2014, Tottenham have become an established top-four side, while the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli have excelled under the Argentine’s guidance.”The platform that we have created here in Tottenham is the most important, the platform we created between all the coaching staff – in the academy and the first team. The platform we created is more important than one person,” Pochettino added.”It’s a very dynamic situation, football is so dynamic. The platform always improves players and the team. That platform is always changing because you always have to improve in football, you are learning in the same process.”That is important for the club to sustain and maintain the ideas in the way that you work.”Having progressed to the last 16 of the Champions League, Tottenham are also in the hunt for the first domestic trophy of the season and have an Carabao Cup semi-final against Chelsea coming up in January. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more