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first_img June 7, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Americas May 13, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Americas Americas January 30, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Americas Reports Violence, polarization still obstruct reporting in AmericasJust as the emergence of major protest movements (and ensuing crackdowns) had a big impact on the rankings of certain countries in 2011, so a decline in the protests has logically also had an impact a year later. Chile, for example, rose 20 places to 60th in the index after the previous year’s student protests abated in 2012. Crackdowns were concentrated in the Aysén region, which saw big protests in the first quarter. But Chile’s improvement must be put in perspective. Its media landscape is skewed, community broadcast media are criminalized, especially in the Mapuche region, and journalists have run into difficulties when trying to investigate the 1973-90 military dictatorship.For similar reasons, the United States rose 15 places to 32nd, recovering a ranking more appropriate to the “country of the First Amendment.” Its previous year’s fall was due to the fact that the crackdown on the Occupy Wall Street movement did not spare reporters in the field. Canada, on the other hand, fell ten positions to 20th, losing its status as the western hemisphere’s leader to Jamaica (13th). This was due to obstruction of journalists during the so-called “Maple Spring” student movement and to continuing threats to the confidentiality of journalists’ sources and Internet users’ personal data, in particular, from the C-30 bill on cyber-crime.The clearest new trends are to be seen in the south. Brazil fell again, this time 9 places to 108th, after falling 41 places in 2011. Its media landscape is also badly distorted. Heavily dependent on the political authorities at the state level, the regional media are exposed to attacks, physical violence against their personnel, and court censorship orders, which also target the blogosphere. These problems were exacerbated by violence during the campaign for the October 2012 municipal elections.Media wars and coup precipitate fallsParaguay fell 11 places to 91st following President Fernando Lugo’s June 2012 removal in an “institutional coup d’état,” which had an almost immediate impact on the news media. A full-blown purge of employees in state-owned media created by the Lugo administration was accompanied by frequent programme censorship. The few community radio stations with broadcast frequencies were also scared of losing them. Despite a high level of physical violence against journalists, Peru rose 10 places to 105th, now topping Brazil, itself one place above Bolivia (109th), where several media were the targets of spectacular arson or dynamite attacks and both national and local polarization are having an impact. Ecuador fell 15th places to 119th after a year of extreme tension between the government and leading privately-owned media. This left it two places below Venezuela, where several media were closed arbitrarily, a journalist was killed and more than 170 cases of violence were reported in a “media war” climate.Although on a less dramatic scale, polarization is becoming a concern in Argentina, which slipped a few places to 54th amid growing tension between the government and certain privately-owned media, above all the Clarín group, which is resisting full implementation of the 2009 Ley de Medios, a law regulating the broadcast media. On the other bank of the River Plate, Uruguay continued its climb, this time to 27th position, within 10 places of Costa Rica, still Latin America’s leader at 18th.There has been little change in the marked contrasts that were seen in Central America in 2011. A lack of pluralism, intermittent tension with the political authorities, harassment and self-censorship are the main reasons for the scant change in Nicaragua (78th), Guatemala (95th) and Panama (111th), where attacks on journalists tripled in the space of a year, local unions said.On the other hand, El Salvador owes its enviable 38th place to government efforts to combat violence crime, even if journalists and media often complain about the lack of access to state-held information. The Dominican Republic rose 15 places to 80th because of a decline in violence against journalists and legal proceedings that threaten freedom of information. But it is still far behind its neighbour Haiti (49th), where the situation is still largely unchanged although some journalists have accused President Michel Martelly of hostility towards them.Caribbean turmoil, same countries at the bottomPolitical tension and judicial harassment account for the ranking of other countries in the Guyanas and Caribbean. Trinidad and Tobago (44th) still has not stopped its illegal monitoring of journalists’ phone calls and attempts to identify their sources, although it promised to stop in 2010. In Surinam (down nine places to 31th), the often stormy relations between President Desi Bouterse and many journalists are unlikely to improve after the passage of an amnesty law for the murders of around 15 government opponents, including five journalists, three decades ago when Bouterse was Surinam’s dictator. He returned to power through the polls in 2010.The seven-member Organization of East Caribbean States fell eight places to 34th because of often direct pressure from the political authorities on news media and the failure to move ahead with the decriminalization of defamation. Similar pressure was reported in Guyana (69th), whose ranking continues to suffer from the state’s monopoly of radio broadcasting.In the bottom third, Honduras was 127th because two journalists were killed in direct connection with their work and because the status quo imposed by the June 2009 coup remains unchanged. There has never been any let-up in the persecution of opposition media and community radio stations, or in the criminalization of human rights activists and grass-roots movements that provide information about such sensitive issues as land disputes, police abuses and minority rights.Although hopes have been raised by the latest negotiations between the government and FARC guerrillas, Colombia (129th) still has its paramilitaries-turned-drug traffickers, who are the enemies of all those involved in the provision of news and information. Another journalist was killed in 2012 although there was a slight decrease in the number of physical attacks.With six journalists killed, Mexico (153rd) has maintained its status as the hemisphere’s most dangerous country for the media. Violence and censorship were particularly noticeable during the controversial July 2012 elections, which restored the presidency to the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). Cuba, the hemisphere’s only country to tolerate no independent media (or with few exceptions), got the region’s lowest ranking – 171st. The past year has seen a renewed crackdown on dissent and the island now has two journalists in prison, one of them a state media employee. center_img RSF_en June 3, 2021 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists News to go furtherlast_img read more

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Banyo container home attracts interstate interest before auction

first_imgInside, the container and finishes provide an industrial look.He said about 30 groups of people had inspected the home, who loved the finish, layout and orientation.“It catches those nice bay breezes, the way that they’ve incorporated the shipping containers in the living spaces and that it just flows out on to the backyard,” he said.“Also, the third bathroom has been a big point for a lot of buyers.” Interest parties love the open plan design and the indoor/outdoor feel.“It’s quite interesting directly across the road from where we are, riverfront properties are selling for $3 million.“I suppose what we’ve got, even though it’s a beautiful home, it’s nearly entry level for Tennyson.” A shipping container extension on this Banyo home has sparked interest online.He is marketing 40 Jensen Rd, Banyo, which will go to auction at 1.30pm, underwent a shipping container extension, which has sparked interest from across the country. BANYO’S JAW-DROPPING SHIPPING CONTAINER EXTENSION Mr Freeman said in the past five years, Banyo had grown 34 per cent and the second runway that’s planned for the Brisbane Airport in 2020 was a big coo for buyers.“Over the past five years we’ve had a high percentage of buyers in the Banyo, Nudgee, Northgate, Nundah area that have been in that airspace, so pilots, ground crew, ground controllers,” he said.“We’ve had pilots that have wanted to just buy a property local just as their stopping area for fellow pilots to stay there for a couple of days until their next flight.” HAMMER TIME: The container home at 40 Jensen Rd, Banyo is going to auction this Saturday.WITH the spring selling season is just around the corner, almost 80 properties within the greater Brisbane region are geared up for the gavel this Saturday, August 25.Banyo has proven a popular choice with many buyers over the past five years, according to Ray White Nundah sales consultant Scott Freeman. The traditional Queenslander has five bedrooms and three bathrooms.McGrath Bulimba sales agent Paul Shelton will present 50 King Arthur Tce, Tennyson to the market at 10am. Step inside 40 Jensen Rd, Banyo.Space Property property consultant Judi O’Dea said she had taken more than 60 groups of people through her listing at 47 Raleigh Pde, Ashgrove, which will go to auction at 10am.center_img More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoDespite receiving three offers prior to auction, 47 Raleigh Pde, Ashgrove will go under the gavel this Saturday.“We’ve had strong interest there, I think it’s to do with that land size of 940sq m of land, and also just the charm of the Queenslander overlooking parkland, there is a lot going for it,” Ms O’Dea said.She said there had been three offers put forward in the lead up, but they would go ahead with the auction due to the seller’s circumstances.“My seller has actually taken her entire family to Oxford,” she said.“She’s studying, she’s doing a PHD in international tax law … so we were always going to go to auction, because it was easier for her and her husband to make a decision on auction day, because they are now firmly entrenched.” The home was built in 1920, but has been extensively renovated.With all the hallmarks of a traditional Queenslander home, this five-bedroom, three-bathroom home has a bay window with lead lighting, high ceilings, VJ walls, ornate fretwork and large verandas.The home was built in 1920, according to CoreLogic, but has undergone extensive renovations, keeping in theme with its original charm.The house sits on a 940sq m block of land and is within 7km of Brisbane’s CBD. No. 50 King Arthur Tce is almost entry level for Tennyson.He said he had about 20 groups of people through on inspection, with “solid” interest so far.“It’s obviously a sought after area, Tennyson, at the moment,” Mr Shelton said. The Tennyson property will go to auction at 10am on Saturday.He said interested parties loved the open plan layout with the glass doors opening outside on the lower level.“It’s just that open plan and indoor/outdoor living is what people are really loving.”last_img read more

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Colorado and Washington since legalisation

first_imgSAM 7 January 2015Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), the non-partisan marijuana policy group comprised of leading scientists from around the country, released Lessons After Two Years of Marijuana Legalization – Short Report today. The report outlines both what data we know – and what we need to know – to accurately evaluate the consequences and costs of marijuana legalization in Washington and Colorado. SAM is advised by a respected group of scientists and its Honorary Board includes former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy and former speechwriter David Frum. See the report here.“Two years after legalization was voted on, we are still waiting for robust tracking mechanisms from the states of Colorado and Washington, and the federal government,” remarked Sabet. “We have 100 kinds of marijuana gummy bears out there, but no way to find out what the costs of such a policy are. It defies any definition of ‘experiment,’ which presumes a proper scientific evaluation.”Though it is too early to firm up final conclusions, there are concerns in 2015 we cannot ignore after two full years of legalized possession and one year of legalized retail sales. The report outlines these concerns, such as:·      Past-year and past-month marijuana use by all ages exceeds the national average in both Washington State and Colorado. Marijuana use in both these states has risen significantly between 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.·      The number of burn victims in Colorado from hash oil explosions has significantly increased since legalization.·      Between 2008 and 2011, an average of 4 children (between the ages of 3 and 7) were sent to the ER for unintentional marijuana ingestion. In 2013, 8 children went to the Colorado Children’s hospital. As of the first half of 2014, at least 14 children have already been sent to the ER.·      The number of marijuana citations given for public or underage use has skyrocketed in Denver and Aurora versus last year.·      According to the Washington Poison Center, “the selling of cannabis for recreational purposes became legalized in the state of Washington on July 7th, 2014. As a direct result, the Washington Poison Center (WAPC) has encountered an increase in the number of human exposures related to accidental or excessive consumption/inhalation of marijuana and marijuana edibles, particularly among pediatrics.”·      Contaminant testing in Washington finds that 13% of pot and THC-infused products contain mold, salmonella, and E. coli. Colorado has not begun such testing yet.·      A marijuana-focused private equity firm, Privateer Holdings in partnership with the descendants of Bob Marley, have created a multinational cannabis brand called Marley Natural. Investors have already raised $50 million to launch Marley Natural.The report also outlines what we do not know, and asks states to track both the consequences of legalization and the economic costs of legalization. The report was compiled by SAM and its scientific advisory board, which includes Hoover Adger, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Adolescent Medicine, Johns Hopkins University; Eden Evins, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Stuart Gitlow, MD, MPH, MBA, President, American Society of Addiction Medicine; Sion Harris, PhD, Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research, Children’s Hospital Boston; Sharon Levy, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Kimber Richter, MD, PhD, Professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, University of Kansas; Paula Riggs, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Colorado at Denver; Christian Thurstone, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Colorado; Kathryn Wells, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado at Denver.http://learnaboutsam.org/short-report-lessons-two-years-legalization/last_img read more

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Man released on bail for threatening neighbour

first_imgKhemraj Shaffy, 49, of Lot 29 Hadfield Street, Lodge, Georgetown, was on Friday released on $10,000 bail by Magistrate Leron Daly, when he reappeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to a threatening language charge.Shaffy pleaded guilty to the charge that was previously read to him. Initially, he had told the court that he was not aware of his actions based on the fact that he was intoxicated.The court heard that on June 3, 2018, the defendant used threatening language towards his neighbour, Basil Persaud, and had already been placed on a court bond to keep the peace.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield objected to bail being granted and informed the court that Shaffy was previously charged and placed on a bond to keep the peace for a similar matter.The matter will continue on June 22.last_img read more

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A 3-Ton Air Conditioner Will Rarely Give You 3 Tons of Cooling

first_img Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. 1. Nominal vs. actual capacityWhen we talk about air conditioner capacity, we’re usually giving the nominal size. A 3-ton air conditioner has a nominal capacity of 36,000 BTU per hour, but the actual rating using the operating conditions specified by AHRI is rarely the same as the nominal capacity. For example, the air conditioner shown in the AHRI certificate below is referred to as a 3-ton unit (36,000 BTU/hr), but it has an actual capacity of 2.8 tons (34,000 BTU/hr). RELATED ARTICLES The Magic of ColdWhy Do We Measure Air Conditioner Capacity in Tons?Air Conditioner BasicsGBA Encyclopedia: Air ConditioningCalculating Cooling LoadsClimate-Specific Air ConditionersWindow-Mounted Air Conditioners Save Energy What Exactly is Manual S in HVAC Design and Why Is It Important? The takeawaysThe main thing to be aware of is that you need to know more than just the result of the Manual J cooling load calculation. A Manual J report may say you need a 3-ton air conditioner, but for the three reasons above, you might really need to install a 3.5-ton unit. That’s why Manual S, the equipment selection protocol, is so important. The thing is, though, that even with these issues that mostly reduce the capacity of your your air conditioner, most air conditioners still end up oversized.I recently heard someone say that thumbs are great things, but it’s good to recognize their limitations. Having opposable thumbs allows us to write a letter, examine a mulberry, and hold a glass of beer, but no matter how great they are, thumbs can’t design HVAC systems. Rules of thumb don’t work. You need to know how things really work and do the math for that. Today I’m going to give you three reasons why your 3 ton air conditioner isn’t really a 3 ton air conditioner. Of course, there are more than three reasons, starting with the fact that it’s not 3 tons in weight. That unit refers to cooling capacity and harkens back to the days of ice. I’m also not talking about any of the multitude of reasons having to do with improper design, faulty installations, or lack of maintenance — topics that I discuss frequently enough already.No, today I’m going to tell you that your 3-ton (or 2-ton or whatever size you have) air conditioner may not be what you think it is, even when everything’s designed, installed, commissioned, and maintained perfectly. David Butler wrote about two of these reasons in a guest post on ACCA’s Manual S protocol for selecting HVAC equipment two years ago, and that’s a great article for understanding some of the subtleties.So, what are these three reasons?center_img 2. AHRI’s indoor operating conditions vs. actual operating conditionsAs David Butler discussed in his article on Manual S, AHRI ratings are done for an indoor dry bulb temperature of 80°F and indoor wet bulb temperature of 67°F. ACCA recommends using an indoor design temperature (dry bulb) of 75°F and relative humidity of 50%. That’s closer to the actual conditions that most homes actually operate at than AHRI’s conditions.Let’s think about the temperature difference and see what effect that might have on the cooling capacity. Which way do you think it would go if we bring cooler air into the air conditioner than it was rated for?Well, let’s frame that a little differently. Is it harder to cool cooler air or warmer air? The answer is the former. The lower the temperature goes, the harder it is to remove more heat from it. Just ask the folks at the Microkelvin Laboratory at the University of Florida, where they get about as close to absolute zero as is possible.If it’s harder to cool air at 75°F than air at 80°F, then that means the 2.8-ton air conditioner above isn’t going to be even 2.8 tons. To find the answer here, you have to factor in the humidity levels, too. As David wrote, it’s a moving target, but the net result of AHRI’s operating conditions is that your air conditioner’s capacity is lower than it’s rated (unless you keep the thermostat at 80°F or higher). More reasons for variationIt’s important to remember that the three reasons above don’t have anything to do with poor design, installation, commissioning, or maintenance. Plenty of other factors related to those issues also affect capacity:Bad ductworkDirty filters or coilsPoor air flow through the condensing coilImproper refrigerant chargeThese are not good reasons to oversize an air conditioner! 3. Outdoor operating conditions for AHRI vs. actual operating conditionsAHRI uses 95°F as its outdoor test temperature, so if your outdoor cooling design temperature differs from that, your AC capacity will again vary from the AHRI rated capacity. In this case, we get a little of that lost capacity back here in Atlanta. Our design temperature is 92°F, which means that the air conditioner has an easier job of dumping heat into the outside air than it would if it had to dump the heat into 95°F air.If you live in Tucson, Arizona, with a design temperature of 103°F, however, your 3-ton air conditioner has now dropped in capacity again. It’s just harder for that refrigerant to give up those BTUs to air that’s hotter.last_img read more

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‘Drink a lot of tea’: what can be learned from a Kenyan marathon great

first_imgIn August of 2017 Matt Fox spent a month in the village of Kaptagat in Kenya training with the greatest marathon runner the world has ever seen. Eliud Kipchoge is the world record holder, the Rio Olympics champion, the man who nearly beat two hours in a staged event in Italy. For Fox, a man fascinated by the training methods of top runners, there were lessons to be learned.Fox was an elite 800m and 1,500m runner always on the cusp of Australia selection. When he finished running semi-professionally in 2014 he began taking part in marathons for fun. He describes himself as “a fast recreational runner”. This Saturday he’ll be a pacemaker in the Melbourne marathon with his time on his vest. If you want to break 2:50, keep up with Fox, and burn him at the end.Fox has always been interested how elite athletes trained. He wishes he had a resource to call upon in his competitive days. Now he’s created one – an e-book detailing the training programs of the champions. “I always wanted to know how people better than me were training, eating, sleeping. I wanted to know how they became what they are.” Share via Email Share on Twitter Kipchoge became a marathon runner after an outstanding career on the track. The switch up from 5,000m and 10,000m was a natural one. As a runner’s body gets older it can tolerate longer distances, and appreciate less intensity. Kipchoge, 33, very quickly became the standout. Gold in Rio in 2016 stamped him as the best. Eight months later he smashed accepted knowledge about what the human body is capable of.The project was called “Breaking2” and it was the brainchild of a prominent footwear company who thought they should just do it – see if human beings could run 42.195km in under two hours. They brought three champions to the Monza racetrack in Italy – Kipchoge, Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa and Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea. The temperature was regulated at 12C. It wasn’t an official race with a big field run according to rules. Athletes could drink at any time. Motorbikes rolled ahead on pace. It wouldn’t stand on the IAAF record. The idea was simply to see if a human being could run a marathon in 1:59:59 or less.“People didn’t think it was possible,” says Fox. “Only Eliud believed.”Desisa struggled with the pace early and dropped off after 15km (though ran 2:14). Kipchoge and Tadese ran the half-marathon on-pace in 59:49. Then Tedese dropped off (though ran 2:06). And Kipchoge continued to run and run and run. And he was right on pace until the very end when time beat distance – and he was out by 25 seconds. “It was a huge deal in the running world,” according to Fox, who made plans to find out more. And off to Kenya he went. It was almost that simple. It’s something all athletes could learn from, says Fox. “I see people planning to run a marathon without placing any value on others. They’ll find a program and an online coach, and think they’re good to go. But Kenyans think that’s crazy. Spending time in a team is natural to those guys. They love it, spending time together, having a laugh.“Mo Farah’s team is the same. Before training they’re kicking a football around, listening to Drake. They really thrive off the vibe of the team.”Fox says Kipchoge’s training base and daily lifestyle is “incredibly simple”. Kipchoge’s diet consists of fruit and vegetables. “He also drinks a lot of tea with a lot of sugar. Instead of protein shakes, he’d have two litres of tea. In his down time he’ll just relax and sleep. If he’s up he’ll do house chores. He’ll clean the kitchen. The lifestyle in Kenya is simple – he takes it to the extreme.”Mainly, of course, he runs. It was thrilling for Fox. “Go for a walk down a path around Kaptagat and you could find 50 guys hammering past in a group, the greatest runners in the world.”In Kipchoge’s crew are 15 men who can run the marathon under 2:10. If all 15 had run in the 2017 Melbourne marathon, they’d have filled the top 15 spots. They would have beaten the top two place-getters from 2017 – Isaac Birir and John Langat – home by five minutes. They’re from Kenya, too. “I knew a man who was a friend of his coach,” says Fox. “He said if you dare to go and run with them, go for it. They do let people jump in and train with them. But they don’t wait!”The village of Kaptagat is in a high-plains farming region 40km from the metropolitan centre of Eldoret, the nearest town with an airport. Fox stayed two kilometres away from Kipchoge’s training camp and most mornings would trot up the dirt track to train with the team. On “recovery” runs he’d be flat out trying to keep up. On their hard runs he’d be on a motorbike.Through the red dirt and green fields of Kaptagat he watched them run. Through muddy trails, up hills, in the rain and wind, Kipchoge and his crew ran and ran and ran. And they didn’t stop. For anything. “One day it had rained heavily overnight and the trail was extremely muddy,” says Fox. “So they just ran down the highway. They were doing intervals with trucks bombing by. I’ve been around elite athletes, it would completely stress them out.” Read more 0:37 Marathon world record smashed by Eliud Kipchoge in Berlin – video It was perhaps Fox’s number one takeaway – Kenyans just get on with it. “They were always ready to adjust. They did have a plan, a weekly structure. But it never bothered them if they had to make changes. Most elite runners have a very structured program and they’re anal about sticking to it. The program is all, discipline the thing. Kenyans’ attitude to training is incredibly flexible.”One thing always held true – when they ran, they ran hard. Their motto is “train hard – win easy”. And at such an altitude – Kaptagat is 2,500m above sea level – all runs are hard. Mount Kosciusko is 2,228m above sea level. Kipchoge and pals would call that base camp.Kipchoge is a famous man in Kenya. Walk around Nairobi or Eldoret and he’s noticed by everyone. Yet he’s very humble, according to Fox. “All his team know he’s the best, that he’s the boss. But he sees training partners as equals, within the group.”Fox was struck by the camaraderie among the group. He’d found a similar thing when training with Mo Farah. “Eliud is always saying it, that he couldn’t do it without the team. He’ll say he’s nothing without them.” Topics Australia sport Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Play Videocenter_img Support The Guardian Read more Reuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Mo Farah’s coach hints at 2019 track return after Chicago marathon win Share on Facebook Athletics Share on Messenger A sub-two-hour marathon is not as fanciful as some might imagine On ‘recovery’ runs he’d be flat out trying to keep up. On their hard runs he’d be on a motorbike features Since you’re here…last_img read more

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10 months agoReally? Man Utd player claims ‘90%’ of squad AGAINST Mourinho

first_imgReally? Man Utd player claims ‘90%’ of squad AGAINST Mourinhoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveA senior player says Jose Mourinho has lost “90 per cent” of the Manchester United locker room, it has been claimed.The Sun says backroom staff who have fallen out with the Portuguese boss are confident they will outlast him at the club.Mourinho branded Paul Pogba a “virus” infecting the dressing room after United drew 2-2 at Southampton two weeks ago.Yet one star seen as loyal to Mourinho is said to have told pals following the Saints game that 90 per cent of the squad no longer back the manager.And morale is believed to have fallen so far since then there are fears United could get a hiding at Liverpool.One member of staff who had a run-in with the manager is reported as saying: “I’ll be here long after he’s gone.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Ryan Getzlaf Readies For 8th Annual Getzlaf Shootout For CureDuchenne

first_imgEnjoy a round of golf and give back at the upcoming 8th Annual Getzlaf Golf Shootout on September 8, hosted by Anaheim Ducks Captain Ryan Getzlaf, because all funds raised will benefit CureDuchenne and their mission to find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.This year’s event will be held Saturday, September 8 at Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point, Calif., with registration starting at 9:00 a.m. An exclusive MVP Party will kick off the festivities on Friday, September 7 at Time Nightclub in Costa Mesa at 5:30 p.m. Emceed by Ducks Announcer Brian Hayward and hosted by Getzlaf and his wife, Paige, the Getzlaf Golf Shootout is a charity event that brings together athletes, celebrities and community leaders teaming up in support of CureDuchenne. Meet and mingle with Anaheim Ducks players and other celebrities during the MVP party while bidding on live and silent auction packages.“Each year as we take to the course for our annual shootout, I am humbled by the amount of support we receive from a variety of people and organizations,” said Ryan Getzlaf. “It is important that we continue to fight for these children’s lives and every registration, donation and sponsorship makes a difference in saving those affected by Duchenne. Together, we continue to fight for a cure”Current and former Anaheim Ducks teammates, coaches and other celebrities will join in the fun as 5th players that will accompany each foursome to help raise additional funds to save the lives of children with Duchenne. Past celebrity participants include Teemu Selanne, Ryan Miller, Andrew Cogliano, Chuck Finley, Chris Wagner, Sami Vatanen, Josh Manson, Andy Sutton, Scott Neidermayer, Clayton Stoner and more.The Getzlaf Golf Shootout incorporates fun for everyone. Individuals can participate in a million-dollar hole-in-one, three additional hole-in-one opportunities with luxury automobiles provided by CNC Motors, massage therapists, Jumbo Jenga, Anaheim Ducks Power Players with t-shirt launchers, giveaways by Wavy Clothing and Violent Gentlemen. Food and beverages will be available throughout the course, including Tilted Kilt, Des Madres Tequila, Bloody Mary Bar, and TK Burger food truck.Sponsors for this year’s shootout include Ayres Hotels, Carlile Coatsworth Architects Incorporated, Air Control Systems, Independent Capital Management, Inc., Heidi Stoops Realtor, Viking Environmental Group and WHGC.CureDuchenne is a nonprofit that raises awareness and funds research to find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Duchenne is a fatal muscle disease that impacts one in every 3,500 boys. Duchenne patients are usually diagnosed at age 5, lose their ability to walk by 12 and most don’t survive their mid-20s. Currently there is no cure for Duchenne. Proceeds of the event will fund impactful research to find a cure for Duchenne.For more information and to reserve your sponsorship and participation, go to www.getzlafgolf.org or call 949-872-2552.last_img read more

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As Olympics near South Korea agonizes over postGames costs

first_imgGANGNEUNG, South Korea – South Korean officials have ruled out turning a state-of-the-art Olympic skating arena into a giant seafood freezer. Other than that, not much is certain about the country’s post-Winter Games plans for a host of expensive venues.As officials prepare for the games in and around the small mountain town of Pyeongchang, there are lingering worries over the huge financial burden facing one of the nation’s poorest regions. Local officials hope that the Games will provide a badly needed economic boost by marking the area as a world-class tourist destination.But past experience shows that hosts who justified their Olympics with expectations of financial windfalls were often left deeply disappointed when the fanfare ended.This isn’t lost on Gangwon province, which governs Pyeongchang and nearby Gangneung, a seaside city that will host Olympic skating and hockey events. Officials there are trying hard to persuade the national government to pay to maintain new stadiums that will have little use once the athletes leave. Seoul, however, is so far balking at the idea.The Olympics, which begin Feb. 9, will cost South Korea about 14 trillion won ($12.9 billion), much more than the 8 to 9 trillion won ($7 to 8 billion) the country projected as the overall cost when Pyeongchang won the bid in 2011.Worries over costs have cast a shadow over the games among residents long frustrated with what they say were decades of neglect in a region that doesn’t have much going on other than domestic tourism and fisheries.“What good will a nicely managed global event really do for residents when we are struggling so much to make ends meet?” said Lee Do-sung, a Gangneung restaurant owner. “What will the games even leave? Maybe only debt.”___TEARING THINGS DOWNThe atmosphere was starkly different three decades ago when grand preparations for the 1988 Seoul Summer Games essentially shaped the capital into the modern metropolis it is today.A massive sports complex and huge public parks emerged alongside the city’s Han River. Next came new highways, bridges and subway lines. Forests of high-rise buildings rose above the bulldozed ruins of old commercial districts and slums.The legacy of the country’s second Olympics will be less clear. In a country that cares much less now about the recognition that large sporting events bring, it will potentially be remembered more for things dismantled than built.Pyeongchang’s picturesque Olympic Stadium — a pentagonal 35,000-seat arena that sits in a county of 40,000 people — will only be used for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics before workers tear it down.A scenic downhill course in nearby Jeongseon will also be demolished after the games to restore the area to its natural state. Fierce criticism by environmentalists over the venue being built on a pristine forest sacred to locals caused construction delays that nearly forced pre-Olympic test events to be postponed.Gangwon officials want the national government to share costs for rebuilding the forest, which could be as much as 102 billion won ($95 million).___NO FISHDespite more than a decade of planning, Gangwon remains unsure what to do with the Olympic facilities it will keep.Winter sports facilities are often harder to maintain than summer ones because of the higher costs for maintaining ice and snow and the usually smaller number of people they attract. That’s especially true in South Korea, which doesn’t have a strong winter sports culture.Not all ideas are welcome.Gangwon officials say they never seriously considered a proposal to convert the 8,000-seat Gangneung Oval, the Olympic speed skating venue, into a refrigerated warehouse for seafood. Officials were unwilling to have frozen fish as part of their Olympic legacy.Gangwon officials also dismissed a theme park developer’s suggestion to make the stadium a gambling venue where people place bets on skating races, citing the country’s strict laws and largely negative view of gambling.A plan to have the 10,000-capacity Gangneung Hockey Center host a corporate league hockey team fell apart.Even worse off are Pyeongchang’s bobsleigh track, ski jump hill and the biathlon and cross-country skiing venues, which were built for sports South Koreans are largely uninterested in.After its final inspection visit in August, the International Olympic Committee warned Pyeongchang’s organizers that they risked creating white elephants from Olympic venues, though it didn’t offer specific suggestions for what to do differently.Cautionary tales come from Athens, which was left with a slew of abandoned stadiums after the 2004 Summer Games that some say contributed to Greece’s financial meltdown and Nagano, the Japanese town that never got the tourism bump it expected after spending an estimated $10.5 billion for the 1998 Winter Games.Some Olympic venues have proved to be too costly to maintain. The $100 million luge and bobsled track built in Turin for the 2006 games was later dismantled because of high operating costs. Pyeongchang will be only the second Olympic host to dismantle its ceremonial Olympic Stadium immediately after the games — the 1992 Winter Olympics host Albertville did so as well.___‘MONEY-DRINKING HIPPOS’Gangwon has demanded that the national government in Seoul pay for maintaining at least four Olympic facilities after the Games — the speed skating arena, hockey centre, bobsleigh track and ski jump hill. This would save the province about 6 billion won ($5.5 million) a year, according to Park Cheol-sin, a Gangwon official.But the national government says doing so would be unfair to other South Korean cities that struggled financially after hosting large sports events. Incheon, the indebted 2014 Asian Games host, has a slew of unused stadiums now mocked as “money-drinking hippos.” It would also be a hard sell to taxpayers outside of Gangwon, said Lee Jae-soon, an official from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.Unlike the 1988 Olympics and the 2002 World Cup, which were brought to South Korea after bids driven by the national government, the provincial government led the bid for the Pyeongchang games and it did so without any commitment from Seoul over footing the bill.Under current plans, Gangwon will be managing at least six Olympic facilities after the games.These facilities will create a 9.2 billion won ($8.5 million) deficit for the province every year, a sizable burden for a quickly-aging region that had the lowest income level among South Korean provinces in 2013, according to the Korea Industrial Strategy Institute, which was commissioned by Gangwon to analyze costs.Hong Jin-won, a Gangneung resident and activist who has been monitoring Olympic preparations for years, said the real deficit could be even bigger. The institute’s calculation is based on assumptions that each facility would generate at least moderate levels of income, which Hong says is no sure thing.He said that could mean welfare spending gets slashed to help make up the lack of money.South Korea, a rapidly-aging country with a worsening job market and widening rich-poor gap, has by far the highest elderly poverty rate among rich nations, according to Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development figures.If Seoul doesn’t pay for the Olympic facilities, and Gangwon can’t turn them into cultural or leisure facilities, it might make more sense for Gangwon to just tear them down.Park said the national government must step up because the “Olympics are a national event, not a Gangwon event.”last_img read more

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