A delicate balance

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Government’s last minute reversal on life jackets

first_img3 News 24 June 2012A 3 News investigation has uncovered that the Government backed off making lifejacket wearing compulsory on all small water craft, just a week before it was to be signed off. The reversal was made despite official advice saying the change could help prevent 10 deaths a year. Now one maritime expert says the Government must take some responsibility for unnecessary deaths. On the country’s busiest waterway, the Waitemata Harbour, boaties continue to head out without wearing a lifejacket. But they don’t have to wear them – it’s only compulsory to carry them. “If we keep allowing people to drown themselves, unless we make a rule change and start affecting some compliance on it, we’re going to continue to see more deaths,” says editor of Professional Skipper Magazine Keith Ingram.http://www.3news.co.nz/Governments-last-minute-reversal-on-life-jackets/tabid/1607/articleID/258909/Default.aspxlast_img read more

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Tapaz IP villages get new roads

first_img“Out of the 22 upland barangays, thereare only five remaining villages that have no road yet,” Palomar added,pledging the town will be working on it to provide roads to the residents. ROXAS City – The Indigenous Peoples (IPs)from various geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA) in Tapaz,Capiz were provided with new roads, town Mayor Roberto Palomar said. “What we are doing is the literalbringing of government closer to the people especially to the IPs as we areworking to help and make them part in our governance towards development andprogress,” he added.  Children of Indigenous Peoples from Dumarao, Capiz perform a dance number during the National Indigenous Peoples Day in Tapaz, Capiz on Oct. 31. TAPAZ PIO PHOTO/PIA He urged the various governmentagencies and other stakeholders to unite, cooperate and work together to endpoverty and social injustice to the people.(Witha report from PIA/PN) He added Barangay Lahug, which is oneof the hardest-to-reach upland villages in the municipality, has been providedwith road, electricity and a day care center. “Road is very important for thedevelopment of the IPs and their community,” he said, adding that Tapaz housesover 16,000 IPs – the biggest in the province. During the National IP Day late lastmonth, Palomar said most of the IPs in said municipality were living in the 22upland barangays considered as GIDA. Palomar said they gave an IP MandatoryRepresentation to their local council.last_img read more

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Duke Energy announces Smith to join large account management team

first_imgPlainfield, In. —Duke Energy has selected Richard ‘Rick’ Smith as the newest member of the large account management team to serve as account executive for the south-central Indiana service territory.“Rick will own and manage the total customer experience of some of our largest and most complex business customers in our south-central Indiana territory,” said Kristie McKillip, director of large account management for Duke Energy Indiana. “His operational background as well as his long-standing history with Duke Energy will make him a great fit for our team and provide great value to our customers.”Previously, Smith held a position as supervisor of construction and maintenance at Duke Energy in the Shelbyville and Franklin areas. He has served in a variety of roles within Duke Energy Indiana’s distribution organization, including stints in the distribution control center and the Plainfield materials distribution center.Before joining the Duke Energy team, Smith served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a communications specialist stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C., and at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, Calif.“I am excited to take on this new role,” Smith said. “I already have a great deal of experience working with large customers in central Indiana, and now I have a more focused opportunity to bring customized value to these energy-intensive customers.”Smith grew up in the Plainfield area and currently resides with his wife, Janet, and seven children in Franklin.last_img read more

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Ponting calls for cricket to ditch neutral umpires

first_imgFORMER Australia captain Ricky Ponting yesterday called for cricket to ditch its requirement to have neutral umpires after a number of incorrect decisions in the first Test of the Ashes series in England.Aleem Dar of Pakistan and West Indian Joel Wilson have drawn criticism after a number of their calls were overturned by the review system during the opening day at Edgbaston.Ponting, who is part of the Marylebone Cricket Club’s (MCC) influential Cricket Committee, said he would ensure the matter is discussed at their next meeting.“It’s already been spoken about a lot among the players. If it’s not brought up (at that next MCC meeting), I’ll make sure it’s added to the agenda,” he told the Cricket Australia website.“I would like to think the game has come far enough now for the game to not have neutral umpires.“People might say that with all the technology we’ve got now, it doesn’t matter that much. But it’s not a good spectacle when pretty obviously wrong decisions are made,” he added.“There’s been a lot of negativity about the DRS (Decision Review System) over the years, but we’re pretty lucky that we had it (at Edgbaston).”The International Cricket Council (ICC) mandated the use of neutral umpires in 2002, meaning English and Australian officials – widely considered among the best in the world — cannot be part of the Ashes series.Ponting pointed to England’s Richard Kettleborough as a top umpire forced to miss out.“Surely Richard Kettleborough and the like would want to be umpiring the best series. The best umpires can end up missing out on all the big tournaments,” he said.“It could force umpires into retirement a bit early as well when someone like (former Australian umpire) Simon Taufel is spending most of his life (overseas), which is a bit harder than spending your time in Australia.”Former Australia spinner Shane Warne, another member of the MCC Cricket Committee, also criticised the umpiring on day one of the Edgbaston Test, calling it “horrific”.“England are bowling very well. The umpiring has been horrific from ball 1 & so has the reviews process of the right ones from Australia,” he said on Twitter.The MCC’s Cricket Committee, guardians of the laws of the game, is an independent body comprised of current and former players and umpires who meet twice a year to discuss issues around the sport. (AFP)last_img read more

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After rough start, Rachel Burkhardt is back in Syracuse’s starting lineup

first_img Published on April 12, 2017 at 9:35 am Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44 This past summer, Karen Burkhardt nagged her daughter about an inspirational book she should read. Its bland white and grey professional-looking cover didn’t interest the Syracuse utility player. Rachel Burkhardt was busy training for her third season as Syracuse’s right fielder, not joining her mother’s book club.But after just two hits in the first nine games of 2017, Burkhardt spiraled into a slump. During the next road trip, Karen received a picture from her daughter flaunting her latest purchase. It read “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth,” the book that Karen had recommend.“There are so many parallels between life as a student athlete and business lessons,” Karen said. “I just thought (the book) would be something that she would enjoy and have some takeaways that she could relate to, especially with softball.”For Burkhardt, this season was supposed to be a step forward. But after starting 41 of 52 games in her sophomore season, Burkhardt stalled at the onset. She tallied only four hits in her first 17 games. Over her next 14 appearances, Burkhardt reached base 15 times. Despite her struggles, her .259 batting average is the best of her career. She has four hits in the last three games for Syracuse (19-15, 3-9 Atlantic Conference). She’s finally finding her stride, despite her rough start.“I started off rough,” Burkhardt said. “It was not how I wanted to start and nowhere near what I was capable of doing. I’m still trying to get back to that.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe trip to Barnes and Noble initiated Burkhardt’s reemergence to the Syracuse lineup, though the effects weren’t immediate.In her first trip with Duckworth’s book in her backpack, Burkhardt was given a gold opportunity to break through. Against No. 3 Florida on Feb. 24, with two down and runners on the corners, SU head coach Mike Bosch pinch-hit Burkhardt, an at-bat that turned into one of the “most embarrassing hits ever.” A dribbling grounder right back to the pitcher didn’t score the run. Syracuse’s scoring opportunity was tarnished, and Burkhardt’s drought prolonged to four games.The right-handed batter started the next game for Syracuse in the Citrus Classic against Liberty. In three at bats, she mustered only one hit.“It was really frustrating,” Burkhardt said. “I thought to myself I’m putting in the work I’m doing everything why am I not successful?”Duckworth provided the answer. In the book’s opening stages, Duckworth recalls her dad telling her she wasn’t “the brightest star in the constellation.” Duckworth went on to become a New York Times bestselling author through perseverance and passion for her craft, or, as Burkhardt put it, “through the grind.” The ideals are repeated ad nauseam in the book.Burkhardt resonated with the message and recommitted. She stayed for additional work after practice, and she completed additional sets of sprints and hitting sessions.Since struggling in the Citrus Classic, she’s started in nearly half of SU’s games, including the opening game of Syracuse’s most recent series against then-No. 2 Florida State. With the bases loaded, Burkhardt ripped a groundball off the shortstop’s shin, scoring a run. Sophomore third baseman Hannah Dossett knocked in two runs on the next at-bat, sending Burkhardt to third. Syracuse had tied the game at four with the ACC’s top team.More importantly, Burkhardt was back.“She’s started to have a better viewpoint of what she’s doing,” Bosch said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Personality politics is growing tired

first_imgEmilie Skoog | Daily TrojanThe 2016 presidential election marks a time in which transparency has never been so prominent as a narrative. Sen. Bernie Sanders first captured the attention of voters with his impassioned speeches about campaign financing and government corruption, from Wall Street to the halls of Congress. With Sanders effectively out of the race, the issue of transparency arises in public discourse less in the context of ‘big money,’ and increasingly in the context of the major candidates’ personal lives. Both presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have faced criticism for their reticence regarding their health and finances. In the firestorm of public commentary, the question left unexamined is why we insist on knowing these details of candidates’ personal lives. The most cited response to this question is “tradition.” The precedent of presidential nominees revealing his or her tax returns before election dates back to the Nixon era. When Donald Trump continued to refuse to reveal his taxes before November, he was the first major candidate in the modern era to do so. Trump has also refused to release his medical records, with the exception of a letter from his gastroenterologist who wrote, “If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual elected to the presidency.” Following this ringing endorsement, the 70-year-old nominee has insisted that he will not disclose his complete medical records until his presidential rival, Hillary Clinton, does. Clinton’s quiet refusal to offer complete information about her health reached a climax on Sept. 11 when she nearly collapsed at an event and subsequently told the public that she had been diagnosed with pneumonia two days earlier. This diagnosis has fueled unsubstantiated conspiracy theories about Clinton’s health and further shrouded the 68-year-old candidate, questioned repeatedly about her transparency throughout this campaign, in a foggier cloud of mystery. With regard to Clinton’s finances, the mystery persists. Although Clinton has released her tax returns, the Trump campaign and other detractors continue to press both Hillary and Bill Clinton about their dealings in the Clinton Foundation. Embedded within this insistence on tradition is the assumption that we can finally ascertain the candidates’ characters and capacity to lead. These details of the candidates’ personal lives are treated as the last pieces of a puzzle that will help us finally decide who should be the next president.The issue with this assumption is that we already know enough about the candidates. Whether or not Trump had released his tax returns would not have changed what we already know to be true about his character and capacity to lead. A ringing endorsement in a letter from his accountant cannot absolve a man who has belittled, body-shamed and mocked anyone who has stood up against his vitriolic campaign. He’s the man who said he would kill terrorists’ families and who has alienated millions of Americans with his racist, xenophobic rhetoric. Why does the public hear more about Hillary Clinton’s emails than Trump’s rape allegations? A clean bill of health will not change the fact that Trump has repeatedly shown little knowledge of foreign policy. Despite what anyone might think of Clinton’s character – —despite whether you believe she represents the lesser of two evils — one cannot discount that, in terms of leadership, she is perhaps the most prepared presidential candidate to ever win a nomination. Although experience is not necessarily an indicator of success, we would be remiss to not note the political experience Clinton has acquired in her lifetime. She was secretary of state for four years and served as a senator in New York for eight years. Having lived in the White House as first lady, Hillary knows what the day-to-day demands of being the president looks like better than any nominee. In the midst of such vast uncertainty, both domestically and internationally, Clinton represents the safest and most qualified choice for President of the United States.last_img read more

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Fenton withdraws appeal over drug possession ban

first_imgFenton received the ban after being found guilty on eight charges of possession following an inspection of his County Tipperary yard in 2012. His training licence is revoked as of Wednesday and he will become a disqualified person on March 1st.last_img

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Irish rugby squad continue training ahead of Sunday’s game

first_imgHead coach Joe Schmidt is expected to use the match to give more game-time to those on the fringes of last weekend’s win over Canada. Wales will delay making a decision on whether to call up more players to their injury-hit rugby union World Cup squad.Props Samson Lee and Paul James both suffered injuries during Sunday’s victory over Uruguay. But assistant coach Shaun Edwards has said they won’t rush into calling up replacements.Elsewhere, Scotland’s Mark Bennett says Japan’s surprise victory over South Africa won’t change how they approach their rugby union World Cup match against the Asian side.They meet at Kingsholm on Wednesday.Bennett says they spent a lot of time analysing Japan’s style, even before their win at the weekend.last_img

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Olympic doping ban looms for Russia after WADA panel ruling

first_img COMMENT First Published: 23rd November, 2019 23:56 IST 9 months ago Russian athletics officials suspended over anti-doping violations The prospect of Russia being banned from next year’s Tokyo Olympics moved a step closer as the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) recommended the country’s drug-testing authority be declared non-compliant, with charges racking up against Russia and the clock ticking ahead of next July’s Games.WADA said in Canada overnight Friday its Compliance Review Committee (CRC) recommended the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) be suspended again when the global watchdog meets in Paris on December 9.If WADA chiefs adopt the recommendation, Russia faces severe sanctions including a possible ban from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Russia’s anti-doping chief Yury Ganus described the ruling as fair and expected.”The compliance decision was contingent on two demands. These were met formally but not properly,” Ganus said.READ | Russia Picks New Athletics Chief As Doping Crisis DeepensThe CRC issued its recommendation after asking Russia to explain “inconsistencies” in laboratory data handed over by Moscow to WADA investigators in January.Full disclosure of data from the Moscow laboratory was a key condition of Russia’s controversial reinstatement by WADA in September 2018.RUSADA had been suspended over revelations of a vast, state-backed doping regime which including a systematic conspiracy to switch tainted samples at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.READ | Russia Records 24 Ceasefire Violations In Syria Over Last 24 HoursThe United States Anti-Doping Agency, which was sharply critical of WADA’s decision to lift its suspension and reinstate RUSADA, called for a lengthy ban following Friday’s announcement.”Anything less than a four-year sanction for this critical violation that includes aggravating circumstances following years of denial and deceit would be another injustice in a long line of many for clean athletes,” USADA chief executive Travis Tygart said in emailed comments to AFP.Friday’s development is the latest twist to a saga that exploded in 2015 when an independent WADA commission investigating allegations of Russian doping said it had found evidence of a vast state-supported conspiracy stretching back years.- Resigned to ban -===================READ | Russian Athletics Officials Suspended Over Anti-doping ViolationsA 2016 report by WADA investigator Richard McLaren said more than 1,000 Russian competitors across multiple sports had benefited from the scheme between 2011 and 2015.In an interview with AFP last month, RUSADA’s chief Ganus appeared resigned to Russia being handed an Olympic ban, accusing unidentified Moscow authorities of handing over falsified lab data to WADA.”Russia’s Olympic squad will be prevented from participating fully in the Olympic Games in Tokyo…. I think that this will also happen at the (Winter Olympic) Games in China,” Ganus told AFP.On Saturday, Ganus said the suspension proposal did not reflect any shortcomings on the part of the agency.It was not due to “the quality of RUSADA’s work,” he said, adding: “It’s a purely technical decision… conditions were not met whose implementation was not up to us.”Ganus said he expected a range of other penalties too, including restrictions on holding international tournaments in Russia, exclusion of Russians from international sports federations and fines.Ganus insisted RUSADA officials had not been responsible for falsifying the data, insisting his staff “had nothing to do with the database and its transfer.”Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov later denied the data had been tampered with, stating “nothing was removed” before the cache of information was handed over.READ | Russia, China To Offer Plan To Ease Tension On Korean PeninsulaFriday’s announcement by WADA came as World Athletics (formerly IAAF), the governing body for track and field, abruptly halted Russia’s reinstatement process into the sport.The World Athletics decision was taken after the president of the Russian athletics federation (RUSAF), Dmitry Shlyakhtin, and other senior officials were suspended on Thursday for “serious breaches” of anti-doping rules.These charges included a provision to an athlete of false explanations and forged documents to explain missed doping tests.Shlyakhtin resigned on Saturday and Yulia Tarasenko was appointed as interim president of Russia’s athletics body.Tarasenko, the RUSAF sports director and head of the athletics federation of St. Petersburg, immediately sought to reassure Russian athletes she would fight their corner.”We’re not in a very joyful mood, the situation is very difficult in the federation, but we think there is a chance to fight for the federation,” she said.”We represent athletes and they should not suffer,” the new acting president Tarasenko told journalists. 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