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Walking into the Wind

first_imgBy Kathy MieleWalking into the house from my evening walk the leaves and rose petals from our rosebush swirled around me and landed in the front foyer floor.I used the last of my strength to push the front door closed then leaned against it while I tried to catch my breath.“Are you OK?” Steven asked me.I couldn’t answer just yet. I was bent over, my hands on my knees, trying to get in one deep breath.“Do you want me to get you something?” he asked.“Water,” I whispered.Steven went into the kitchen filled a glass then came back to the foyer and handed it to me. He watched as I gulped it down. When I was finally able to catch my breath, I handed him the empty glass, then kicked off my sneakers and sat down on the couch. “Thanks, I needed that.”I leaned my head back against the pillows and felt my heart rate getting back to normal.“Wow, that was some walk you just took,” Steven said. “You’ve been gone for over an hour.”“I wish I could say that I added a few more miles into my route but – I didn’t,” I complained. “It just took me all this time to finish my usual mile and a half!”“What were you doing?”“Are you kidding me?” I started to laugh. “Can you hear the wind out there!” I was quiet for a moment so he could listen. “I feel like I just spent the last hour practicing a mime routine of walking into the wind!”“You were walking into the wind your entire walk?”“I know!” I agreed with him. “I couldn’t believe it myself. I kept thinking when I went around the next corner the wind would be at my back and it would kind of help me along.But then I’d turn that corner and bam! – the wind would practically knock me down!”I went to push my hair back from my face and pulled a leaf out of my tangles. “I don’t think I’ve ever walked in anything like that – at least not on purpose. I swear, at one point I was looking down at the ground just thinking about putting one foot in front of the other and I felt like I was marching in place! When I looked back up I was still in front of the same house!”“Why didn’t you just turn around and come back home?” he asked.“I promised myself I’d try and get a walk in every evening this summer – no matter what,” I said. “I’m trying to get in better shape.”“You know I walk on the treadmill downstairs every day, no matter what the weather is. Why don’t you try that?”“But I like getting outside, breathing fresh air and seeing what‘s going on in the neighborhood,” I said. “Walking on a treadmill in the basement would drive me nuts.”“That’s the choice you’ve made then.” Steven was done giving me any more sympathy.“I should probably go brush my teeth,” I said as I moved my tongue across them. “I feel like a have a half a dozen bugs stuck to me.”“I’ve never had to pick bugs out of my teeth when I’m on the treadmill,” Steven called as I walked to the bathroom.“See, that’s the difference between you and me,” I called out. “I like some adventure in my workout!”last_img read more

Smokies get lift with return of Castlegar’s Jesse Knowler

first_imgKnowler appeared on the WHL radar as a 16-year-old after a sparkling playoff performance with the Castlegar Rebels.The Rebels ran the table before losing out to the Osoyoos Coyotes in the 2011 KIJHL final, scoring eight times and finishing the playoffs with 17 points after being called up from the Kootenay Ice of the B.C. Hockey Major Midget League.In addition, Trail has acquired forward Luke Sandler (93) and future considerations from the Cowichan Valley Capitals in exchange for the rights to forward Travis Stephens.Sandler, a 6’2”, 180 lb native of Chicago, Illinois, amassed 3 points in 4 games with the Capitals this season. He has 75 games of USHL experience to his credit with Des Moines, Tri-City and Fargo.Both Knowler and Sandler are expected to report to practice Thursday and could make their Smoke Eaters debuts at the club’s home opener, Friday, September 21st against the West Kelowna Warriors.Trail enters the contest going 1-3 on the road to start the season.The lone victory came against the Prince George Spruce Kings, 4-3 in overtime on a goal by captain Garrett McMullen. The Jesse Knowler/Western Hockey League experiment appears to be over.The Trail Smoke Eaters announced Thursday the addition of 18 year-old Castlegar native to the club’s active roster.Knowler joins the Smokies after making 57 appearances during the 2011-12 season with the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders. He was re-assigned to the BCHL by Raider management.last_img read more

Want to Know Where Your Neighbors Are Spending Their Money? Bundle Will Tell You

first_imgfrederic lardinois Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Compare and ContrastIn addition to looking at a single neighborhood, Bundle also allows you to compare different cities and neighborhoods. Thanks to this, you can see that the average New Yorker spends $677 on dining out, while people in Portland, OR only spend $271. Because Bundle’s data comes mostly from credit card purchases through Citi, the company doesn’t currently have enough data to compare rents or mortgage payments in different areas. For some areas, Bundle also currently reverts to looking at county-wide data.Bundle plans to update its data on a quarterly basis and to bring in additional data as it grows. Besides the raw data, Bundle also offers commentary about financial issues and analysis of Bundle’s data through blog posts that are featured on most parts of the site. Looking AheadAs Bundle’s CEO Jaidev Shergill told us last week, the team also plans to allow users to enter their exact spending habits by either entering the data by hand or by giving users the option to upload credit card statements directly. This will make it even easier for users to compare their spending habits to those of their neighbors. Getting StartedTo get started, you just enter your location, age, income and whether you are married, single or have kids. Bundle will then create an infographic that represents the spending habits of similar households in your neighborhood. From there, you can drill down deeper into the statistics. At its most granular level, Bundle displays where people are spending their money. My neighbors, for example, buy their electronics at Best Buy, Apple and Fry’s. Related Posts Tags:#news#Product Reviews#web center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Do you want to know where your neighbors are spending their money? Or do you want to know if your spending pattern is in line with that of others in your age and income group in your neighborhood? Bundle, a new online service, can give you the answer to these questions. Thanks to a cooperation with Citi and other third-party data suppliers, Bundle is able to compile detailed statistics about how Americans are spending their money. While lots of banks also compile this data, Bundle is the first service to make this data easily accessible. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

ED questions Hooda in land case

first_imgFacing charges of criminal conspiracy and cheating in the Manesar land case, former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was on Thursday questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) here.An official, requesting anonymity, said that Mr. Hooda’s statement was recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in the case.The CBI had registered the case in 2015 following allegations that private builders, in conspiracy with some State government officials, had bought about 400 acres in and around Manesar at throwaway prices, causing a loss of about ₹1,500 crore to the owners.Chargesheet filedThe CBI had filed a chargesheet under sections of the IPC related to criminal conspiracy and cheating, and relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act against Mr. Hooda and other accused.last_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd impressed by Reading goalkeeper Coniah Boyce-Clarke

first_imgMan Utd impressed by Reading goalkeeper Coniah Boyce-Clarkeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReading goalkeeper Coniah Boyce-Clarke is attracting big Premier League interest.Sky Sports says Manchester United are scouting 15-year-old Reading keeper Boyce-Clarke.The highly-rated teenager caught the eye as he played for Reading Under 23s against Manchester United last Sunday.And he’s now being closely monitored by representatives at Old Trafford. Boyce-Clarke is an England U16 international. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Royal Caribbean Earns More Unveils New ThreeYear Plan

first_imgzoom While the hurricanes had a negative impact on its overall revenue, Miami-based cruise company Royal Caribbean Cruises said it ended the third quarter of 2017 with record earnings.The cruise giant’s net income for the three months ended September 30 reached USD 752.8 million, up from a net income of USD 693.3 million reported in the same period a year earlier. The company’s revenues for the quarter, which were at USD 2.56 billion, remained at a similar level to last year’s mainly due to the impact of an active hurricane season.Financially, the storms were “unusually impactful” because of when and where they hit and the net effect was a cost to the company in excess of USD 55 million, according to Royal Caribbean. Most of this impact was from lost revenue, but there were also direct costs associated with the storms and with the company’s humanitarian efforts.In addition, there were significant timing shifts across a wide range of activities as expenses were shifted between quarters to adjust to the storms. The company added that it still expects to generate earnings for the year within the increased range of guidance provided prior to the storms.As the company is “only weeks away from crossing the finish line” of its Double-Double program, Royal Caribbean Cruises introduced its new three-year program designed to further drive performance, namely the 20/20 Vision.Under the 20/20 Vision, which will continue to leverage the culture and discipline instilled by the Double-Double program, the company will look to improve its guest satisfaction and employee engagement, while delivering environmental commitments.“20/20 Vision will serve as a guiding light for the organization over the next three years. The program builds on our proven formula for success: modest yield growth, strong cost control and moderate capacity growth, while incorporating key operational drivers of our long-term progress,” Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO, said.For the nine months ended September 30, the company’s net income reached USD 1.33 billion, against a net income of USD 1.02 billion reported in the same period a year earlier. Total revenues for the period were at USD 6.77 billion, up from USD 6.58 billion seen in the first nine months of 2016.The company expects full year adjusted EPS guidance to be in the range of USD 7.35 to USD 7.40 per share. Excluding the cost of the hurricanes, adjusted EPS would have been in the range of USD 7.60 to USD 7.65 per share.Royal Caribbean Cruises said that it is experiencing strong early booking trends for 2018 as booked load factors and APDs are higher than same time last year while the booking window has continued to extend.“While still early in the booking cycle, the view for 2018 is encouraging and the company expects another year of solid yield and earnings growth.”last_img read more

Ponting backs Rishabh to bat at No.4, Ganguly terms him ‘huge asset’

first_imgNew Delhi: Ricky Ponting Tuesday unequivocally backed Rishabh Pant for the number four slot in India’s World Cup line-up and even saw him as one capable of winning the tournament. Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly marked the young wicketkeeper-batsman as one for the future, calling him a “huge asset”. With little over two months to go for the World Cup and the number four batsman yet to be decided, it could now boil down to performance in the Indian Premier League, according to Ganguly. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh But Ponting, a two-time World Cup winning Australian captain, left nothing to doubt when discussions turned to Pant. “The first thing I would do is pick him in that Indian squad for the World Cup, I would play him as a batter, I would play him at number four. He is the sort of guy, with that kind of talent, he can win you a World Cup, he has just got that x-factor,” Ponting said. Ganguly added, “Anybody who wants to succeed in shorter formats of the game he has to go up, we have seen the best in world do that. If you send Rishabh at number four, he will score runs for you because he is so talented, he has got so much time to play. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “In his short career he has been remarkable for India and once he starts getting opportunity consistently, he will be a top player.” Pant had a terrific start to his Test career, becoming the first Indian wicketkeeper to score centuries in England and Australia, but there is a perception that he hasn’t showed the temperament or tasted as much success in the shorter formats. During an interaction organised by the Delhi Capitals, Ganguly didn’t agree with the viewpoint. “Look at the way he played in the IPL last year, he got a full tournament, 14 games, and he was probably the second highest run-getter in the IPL last year. “The problem with him in shorter formats is that he doesn’t get regular cricket because you have a champion in MS Dhoni who actually plays most of the shorter formats, so Rishabh is coming in and going out all the time and that’s never good for anybody, however quality a player you are,” Ganguly said. Pant’s exploits with the willow has the taken the cricket world by storm in recent months. Ganguly said, “The reason he succeeds in Test cricket is because he plays consistently. How many Indian wicketkeeper-batsmen have got Test hundreds in England and Australia, and he scored them at ease. It’s not that he struggled, it’s not that he looked out of place against fast bowling. “For me, he is your future. For the next 10 years, you will see that boy a lot in all formats of the game and not because he plays for Delhi, he can play for anyone he wants to.” Pant will be eyeing a successful IPL with the rechristened Delhi Capitals. “Just the serious talent he is, he is a hard worker, I have been watching him at nets for the last four years, he is always the first one to come out and bat for longer periods. He will be huge asset to Indian cricket in the years to come,” said Ganguly.last_img read more

In the NBA Its Not Whether You Win or Lose Its Whether

Other factors also affect a coach’s odds of being fired. Deep playoff runs help coaches. First-year coaches sometimes get mulligans and are less likely to be fired. We’ll save that discussion for another post, however.The lesson is simple: A coach is not long for his job when expectations run wild, as they often do in New York. With the benefit of hindsight, it now seems likely that Woodson’s Knicks overachieved in the 2012-13 season. That only made it harder for him to keep his job this year. It was the age of foolishness. It was the summer of trading three draft picks for Andrea Bargnani. It was the autumn of J.R. Smith being suspended for marijuana possession. It was the winter of disparaging the shot clock. It was the New York Knicks’ 2013-14 season. So when Mike Woodson was fired as the coach of the Knicks on a warm, spring day in Gotham Monday, New York breathed a sigh of relief.But Woodson’s problem wasn’t just that the Knicks were bad. The Knicks are usually bad. Woodson’s problem was that the Knicks — for a change — were expected to be good. They’d won 54 games and gone to the Eastern Conference semifinals the year before. Preseason over-under lines pegged their win total at 49.5 games. When my ESPN colleague Kevin Pelton, through his SCHOENE system, instead projected the Knicks to win 37 games, his projection threatened to turn Knickerblogger, the eminently sane and stats-friendly blog, into the basketball version of “unskewed polls.”The Knicks went 37 and 45.In the NBA, where about 30 percent of the league turns its head coach over every season, these expectations matter as much as reality. I mean that literally: Las Vegas’s preseason over-under lines predict coach turnover just as well as actual wins and losses do.I went back and collected preseason over-under lines dating back to the 2006-07 season. I compared them to each team’s actual record during the regular season. Then I ran a logistic regression analysis. The dependent variable is whether the team kept the same head coach from the start of that regular season to the next one. Here are the results:The regression output contains two variables: exp_w (the number of games a team was expected to win, per Las Vegas) and act_w (actual wins). For the 2011-12 NBA season, which was shortened by a player lockout, I’ve prorated both totals to 82 games.You may notice that the coefficient on each variable is almost identical, though they have opposite signs. What that means is that an expected win hurts a coach about as much as an actual win helps him.The graph below provides an illustration of this, and measures the probability of a coaching change under two scenarios: a team (like this year’s Sacramento Kings) that was expected to win 30 games, and a team (like the Knicks) that was expected to win 50. If the projected 30-win team wins 35 games, just slightly better than expectations, its probability of a coaching change is only about 17 percent. If the projected 50-win team wins 45 games, just slightly worse than expectations, the probability is 37 percent instead.Lest this seem too abstract, I’ve compiled a list of all teams since the 2006-07 season that underperformed their over-under line by 10 games or more. There are 33 of these. Here’s what happened to their coaches:Nine of them were fired during the season;Nine of them were fired after the season;One of them resigned during the season;Two of them resigned after the season;Two of them, Larry Drew of the Milwaukee Bucks and Brian Shaw of the Denver Nuggets, just completed their seasons and have yet to learn their fates;The other 10 kept their jobs, although five of them were fired during or after their following season. read more

Torres targeting first title with Atletico Madrid

first_imgFernando Torres has insisted that he is more focused on winning his first title at Atletico Madrid, rather than think about the lack of minutes he has received this seasonLos Colchoneros will be facing Arsenal at the Emirates for the first leg of their semi-final clash in the Europa league with the Gunners determined to win the trophy for the departing Arsene Wenger.But Torres, who himself will be leaving his beloved Atletico at the end of this season, is hopeful of overcoming Arsenal and finally winning his first piece of silverware with his boyhood club.“I prefer to think about possibly winning my first title with Atletico,” answered Torres, when asked about how many minutes he’s getting, as reported on Marca.“It doesn’t help to think about other things.“It’s important that we’re all excited about being two games away from a European final.”The former Liverpool and Chelsea forward paid tribute to his former international teammate Andres Iniesta, who is set to confirm his future plans within the week.“Iniesta hasn’t announced his future yet, but he’s earned the right to decide,” he confirmed.“He left his family when he was young in order to fulfil a dream, everyone will respect his choice.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It’ll be a great loss for LaLiga if Iniesta isn’t here, he’s been performing at the top for so many years.“I’ll be both happy and sad should he decide to leave.”Torres is aware that Atletico cannot take Arsenal’s struggles this season for granted.“Our squad is showing a fantastic attitude at present,” he admitted.“It’s difficult to drop LaLiga to think about the Europa League and vice versa, but the team is trying to do it and that’s helping us grow.“Thursday is one of the most important games we’ve had.“We know that, we know how to play in England and it will be a privilege to fight for that trophy.”last_img read more

Rashford assures he will be fit for the start of the

first_imgThe Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford who missed an open training session with a knock, but fears he could miss the tournament have assured fans he is fit enough to play the World Cup tournament.The 20-year-old Manchester United forward is currently in Russia with the England squad ahead of their World Cup campaign. However, there were fears the 20-year-old could be forced to miss some or all of the opening group games with an injury. He was seen hobbling out of a training session in Repino, but he has since allayed those fears.“Thanks for the messages I’ve been getting,” he Tweeted to his 1.13 million followers.“Picked up a slight niggle but nothing to worry about.” harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Thanks for the messages I’ve been getting. Picked up a slight niggle but nothing to worry about ?? #ThreeLions— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) June 13, 2018The starlet lit up the Three Lions’ last game against Costa Rica by scoring an absolute belter and looking to take players on at any possible opportunity.England begin their World Cup campaign against Tunisia in Volgograd on June 18. They face Panama on June 24 before a potential top-of-the-table clash with Belgium on June 24.last_img read more