first_imgBy Chris Morris, Fortune MagazineThere are a lot of benefits of choosing not to smoke. You live longer. You live healthier. And, if you happen to work for the Japanese marketing firm Piala Inc, you get a lot more vacation time.The company has introduced a paid leave allowance to non-smokers, giving them an extra six days off per year. And though many companies offer some sort of incentive to kick the butts for health and insurance reasons, at Piala, it’s all about fairness.It’s estimated cigarette breaks take at least 15 minutes, so non-smokers have complained to the company that they were working harder than people who ran out for a nicotine fix several times a day. The company, after investigating, agreed—and CEO Takao Asuka set the new policy.Many Japanese firms are encouraging their workers to quit smoking, especially as the 2020 Summer Olympics draw near. Tokyo’s governor is hoping to enact a ban on smoking in public places before the Games arrive, though will likely have trouble pushing that through.Globally, smoking carries costs of more than $1 trillion per year, according to a study from the World Health Organization and the U.S. National Cancer Institute. That’s far more than global revenues from tobacco taxes, which total an estimated $269 billion.last_img read more

first_img Warwickshire’s Robert Ransford scored a first when he joined Hampshire’s Julie Rawdon in the winners’ circle at England Golf’s senior midlands tournament at Leamington & County Golf Club.This was the first in a series of events which now offer men’s competitions, played alongside the established women’s events. It attracted a number of husbands and wives, including Yorkshire’s Jim and Judy Butler, who were both among the prizewinners.Robert, who is a 12-handicap member of the host club, became the first winner of the men’s event, while Julie took the women’s honours, and he gave the new venture a seal of approval: “It’s a fantastic idea and I think it will catch on. It’s a great tournament and I like the format, with the two rounds played over two days.”He scored a total of 73 points, returning cards of 37 and 36 from 36-holes of golf played in scorching heat, which called for special measures. “We struggle with the heat around here, it gets trapped in and become very sultry,” said Robert, 61, who was armed with cool towels in an ice bag, as well as the usual fluids and hat.His precautions clearly paid off, because he played steadily throughout the event, notably without a single three-putt. He notched up his best spell on the back nine of his first round, which he completed in three over par.Home advantage was a help: “Leamington & County is quite a difficult course if you don’t know it, especially if you don’t put the ball on the fairway,” said Robert.Julie Rawdon won the women’s event with 68 points, finishing four points clear of the field – and was loudly cheered. She was among a group of eight ladies from Stoneham Golf Club, most of whom are annual regulars at regional seniors’ events.She has been taking part for five years and this was her first win. “It’s very nice to win, but I didn’t expect it at all,” said Julie, a 13-handicapper who is ladies’ vice-captain at Stoneham and a past club champion.She was tied for the lead after returning 36 points in the first round and held on well, despite the temperatures, to return a second round score of 32.“It was a bit hot!” said Julie, who had a birdie in each of her rounds. “But I kept my wet towel with me and my ice blocks.”Meanwhile, Jim Butler had grabbed the opportunity to join his wife, Judy, at a regional seniors’ event and was rewarded with the bonus of the men’s second prize.“I’ve followed Judy to quite a few of these events and pushed her bag,” said Jim, who plays off nine at Kirbymoorside. This event fitted their personal schedule perfectly because it meant they could combine it with a visit to their son, who lives in Leamington.“The last thing I expected was to win a prize,” said Jim. “I came here hoping to avoid the wooden spoon! It’s the first time I’ve won anything away from my club.”Judy, who plays off four at Malton & Norton, was the women’s clubhouse leader for most of the afternoon, before two late cards edged ahead of her and left her in third place.Further men’s and women’s senior regional events will be held at Liphook, Hampshire, on 28 and 29 August; and at Pannal, Yorkshire on 5 and 6 September.PrizewinnersLadies68 Julie Rawdon (Stoneham) 36 3264 Elizabeth Moverley (Copt Heath) 33 31, ocb from Judy Butler (Malton & Norton) 36 28Men73 Robert Ransford (Leamington & County) 37 3667 Jim Butler (Kirbymoorside) 33 34, ocb from Michael  Abbotts (Northamptonshire County) 37 30Image © Leaderboard Photography: Robert Ransford and Julie Rawdon 20 Jul 2013 Robert scores a senior first last_img read more

first_imgIn 2013, he pitched the idea of honoring Middletown residents killed in action by rededicating streets in the township with their names. Dubbed the Fallen Veteran Commemorative Street Sign Program, Garretson, with help from his committee and the township, have already dedicated 46 streets.On these 46 streets, unique red, white and blue-colored signs reside underneath the traditional green-and-white street signs. Included on each sign is the soldier’s full name, their theater of war, branch of service, an American flag and a gold star.“To tell you the truth, it was probably the best program I’ve ever worked on in my life,” Garretson said. “I’ve been volunteering for so many years, and it’s the one I’ve been waiting for.”The next phase of street sign dedications will begin in April 2017, and will focus on the recognition of World War I soldiers from Middletown. With the Doughboy monu- ment renovation talks underway, this phase of the sign project could not have come at a better time.Garretson believes it is the communication between his committee and the township government that has made the Veterans Affairs Committee such a strong voice in Middletown.“They understand what we’re doing, they respect what we’re doing, and the bottom line is it’s for the families.” “The reason I wound up on the committee was because I started going to meetings about the Doughboy statue, and I was adamant that that statue stays,” he said. “Whatever it takes to repair it, that’s fine, but we got to partner up to get it done.” MIDDLETOWN – The work of a veteran is never really over.After service in the military to protect the Americans throughout many different conflicts, one group of Middletown veterans now works to uphold the legacy of all their fellow servicemen. Maintenance for the memorial has become a labor of love for the Leonardo-based chapter.“Actually, it’s sort of our job, too,” said former post commander Jim Dreher. “It’s part of our program to help the community – and do what we can for our community – even with things that aren’t veteran-related.”Despite the fact that the monument has stood since the 1930s, some suggested the Doughboy be taken down and replaced.Stark, a second-year commander at Post 338, believed this would have been a travesty. He felt so strongly about it that he joined the Middletown Township Veterans Affairs Committee to voice his support and the Doughboy project. Stark was led there by Garretson, an original member to the committee upon its inception five years ago.Chaired by members from Post 338, American Legion Post 515 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2179, the group meets once a month to tackle veteran-related issues around town.“These guys show up to every (meeting). They always have a full agenda, and they’ve done so many good things for veterans,” said Middletown Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger.Although Scharfenberger is the only member on the committee who is not a veteran, his involvement in veteran-related issues as a young man led to his interest in this committee, which he says is the first municipal committee of its kind in New Jersey. “My dad was a World War II veteran so he always instilled in us how big a deal it was to be in the military and make that sacrifice,” he said. Garretson, who serves as vice-chairman of the committee, has been a key figure in one of the committees other important projects: dedicating streets around the township to fallen soldiers. American Legion Post 338, based in the Leonardo section of Middletown, is donating $1,000 to help fund township repairs to the life-size World War I Doughboy monument in the Belford section of town.Built in the 1930s, the Doughboy, along with the park he currently stands in, sits between two residential properties on Church Street. He stands at attention in full uniform with the barrel of a rifle in his right hand and the butt of the rifle on the ground. A bronze plaque mounted on the front of the granite pedestal contains the names of several dozen WWI veterans from Belford, Port Monmouth and New Monmouth.“Doughboy” is an informal term for a member of the U.S. Army or Marine Corps, most closely associated with troops in the First World War.“When I looked at the statue, I thought, ‘That could be my Uncle John there’,” post commander Ron Stark said. “Let’s make this thing stay.”About 10 years ago, Post 338 was instrumental in the first phase of renovations to the site, donating nearly $10,000 to provide a much-needed facelift to the lot. Overgrown shrubs and trees were either taken out or trimmed back, a walkway was installed from the street to the concrete soldier and a new flagpole, fully equipped with a new flag, was put into place. Currently, what worries these veterans is the condition of the statue. The trigger guard on the Doughboy’s rifle is missing, and there are holes between the soldier’s hat and head, meaning some level of degradation has begun.“They are the two things that they (Middletown) will be restoring, because everything else on the Doughboy looks good,” said Tom Garretson, who has been with Post 338 for the past 26 years. “It isn’t cracked; it’s not going to fall over. It looks like it could stand another 90 years.”last_img read more

first_imgMany of the club members tacklet the short course of 500 metre swim, 22 kilometer ride and five km run run.However, some take on the main Olympic Course race of a 1.5 kilometre swim a 39 km cycle and 10 km run while others hook up for the team event.Short course is 500 metre swim, 22 km ride and five km run run.In 2014, Dallas Cain of Rossland was once again back in the winner’s circle ran away with the men’s long course top prize while Sarah MacArthur of Calgary won the women’s race for the second consecutive year with Janis Neufeld of Nakusp second and Nelson’s Jaclyn Dexter third.For complete information go to the Nelson Cyswogn Fun website.Online registration is available on the website. It’s days until the horn blows for the 2015 Nelson Cyswog’n’fun triathlon.Saturday, at the Lakeside Park beach, the 2015 Nelson Cyswog’n’ Fun club takes to the water for a test run of the triathlon distance.The unofficial club have been training for up to two months, swimming, running and riding distances to prepare for the big day of the Nelson Cyswog’n’Fun Triathlon — set for Sunday, August 2 at 8 a.m.last_img read more

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 10, 2015)–Heavily favored Calculator stamped himself as a first-tier Derby hopeful with an impressive 4 ¼ length win in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita.   Ridden by Elvis Trujillo and trained by Peter Miller, Calculator got the one mile Sham in a rapid 1:34.88, and in so doing, notched his first win in his fifth career try.Breaking from post position seven, Calculator rated kindly mid-pack and pounced on the leaders three-wide midway around the far turn and took command three sixteenths of a mile from home.“It was a perfect trip,” said Trujillo. “I went wide because I’d rather go wide than be in between horses, or caught inside. I wanted a clean trip. He did it very easy today. Stretching out will be no problem for him, he’s very good.”A Florida-bred colt by In Summation, Calculator came off two consecutive second place finishes behind highly regarded American Pharoah in the Grade I FrontRunner Stakes on Sept. 27 and the Grade I Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 3.“I didn’t expect him to be this good,” said Miller. “I was hoping he was good enough to win at 90 percent (fitness). The water gets deeper from here on out, so we’re going to have to step up our game and move forward off of this one. We’ll see how the horse comes out, but I wouldn’t rule out coming back in a month in the Lewis (Grade II, 1 1/16 miles Robert B. Lewis on Feb. 7). The timing of it is good and when my horses are good, I like to run them.”Owned by Richard C. Pell, Calculator was off at 3-5 in a field of eight sophomores and paid $3.20, $2.40 and $2.20. With the winner’s share of $60,000, he increased his earnings to $193,500.“I went by the barn this morning and he bit me,” said Pell, who has owned horses since 2008 and registered his second graded stakes win with victory in the Sham. “I took it as a good sign. Usually when they do that, I have them gelded–just kidding.”When asked about the inevitable offers that come to promising 3-year-olds on the Kentucky Derby trail, Pell responded, “He’s not really for sale. When you’re on the trail, you want to see what happens.”Longshot Rock Shandy, who was ridden by Victor Espinoza, finished second, 4 ¼ lengths in front of Pioneerof the West. Off at 21-1, Rock Shandy paid $10.60 and $5.40.“I think he’s going to be a nice colt, he’s still trying to figure it out, he’s still green,” said Espinoza. “The way he works in the morning, I’ve always been very impressed…It was a big step for him today.”Ridden by Corey Nakatani and off at 17-1, Pioneerof the West sat second early and held on for third, finishing a half length in front of pacesetter St. Joe Bay. Pioneerof the West paid $6.00 show.Fractions on the race were 22.87, 46.36, 1:10.43 and 1:22.52.The winner receives 10 Kentucky Derby qualifying points, while second is worth four points, third, two and fourth, one point.last_img read more

first_img13 November 2006The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has partnered with Korean state institution KRIBB to form the South Africa-Korea Biotechnology Research Centre, to be based at the CSIR in Pretoria.The centre will promote collaborative research projects and training within a joint biotechnology research centre.CSIR CEO Sibusiso Sibisi and KRIBB president Sang ki Rhee signed a memorandum of understanding in Pretoria on 3 November, establishing the partnership for an initial five-year period.According to the CSIR, the Korean organisation will provide the starting capital needed to establish a joint biotechnology research laboratory and facilities, while the CSIR will provide basic infrastructure, laboratory space and the necessary facilities.“The collaboration will in due course receive public and private funding,” the CSIR said in a statement.CSIR biosciences executive director Gatsha Mazithulela said the partnership reflected the strength of the CSIR’s biosciences research. “The challenge is maintain and grow our capabilities to keep up with the fast-changing biotechnology environment,” Mazithulela said.Also speaking at the signing ceremony, Rhee said he was confident that the agreement would enhance the development and prosperity of South Africa and Korea.“As KRIBB, we will also do our best to facilitate this cooperation so that researchers will be encouraged to achieve excellency in research and lead advancement in the biotechnology field,” Rhee said.KRIBB’s key areas of research and development are bio-pharmaceuticals, bio-nanotechnology, bio-materials and bio-informatics.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgMonday is Ada Lovelace’s 197th birthday. You can thank her for the idea of reprogrammable computers and for publishing the first algorithm. Two centuries later, there are massive, world-changing companies whose beating hearts are algorithms like the ones Lovelace described.The computer algorithm as we know it was invented by a woman. But due to a confluence of political, economic, social and religious forces, today’s algorithm companies are staffed disproportionately by men. So are the media outlets that cover them. That inevitably leads to a skewed history.“Diversity in the workforce is important for building a product that caters to the needs of everyone,” says Tamar Yehoshua, director of product management for search at Google. “That’s really important for building a product that everybody can use.” Suffice it to say, tech is not there yet. “When I was in college, I was one of two math majors in the whole school who are female, and I was very cognizant of it,” Yehoshua says. “But it didn’t deter me in any way because I loved what I was doing.”That’s the rub with institutionalized discrimination, though: It’s an extra cognitive load on people.As part of pondering this problem, I visited Google, arguably today’s most influential algorithm company, to ask three women, all engineers and managers, about their careers. I learned that Googlers are very lucky. Not everyone who works in technology has a support systems as robust as Google offers.Here are some lessons they shared about how to preserve social power for any outnumbered group in a tech company.Formal Support SystemsGoogle’s biggest asset is its ability to understand huge amounts of data. This is as important to Google’s human technologies as it is to its computer technologies.When Google looked at the data this year and realized that it could retain 50% more women employees by extending the length of maternity leave to five months, it did so. It wasn’t just a human decision that this was the right thing to do. Google looked objectively at the situation and decided it was good for the company. As I joked with the Googlers, it’s as though reality has a pro-motherhood bias.That doesn’t mean Google always knows how to apply its big data skills intelligently. When Susan Wojcicki, in whose garage Larry Page and Sergey Brin created Google itself, returned from maternity leave, the founders built a day care center on campus in order to help Googler parents. But later, Google ran the numbers on its day care program and its (male-dominated) leadership decided it had to raise rates by 75%. By treating this human resource as an economic experiment, Google freaked out many of its parent-employees.So data-driven programs are important, but they’re no substitute for human-driven ones. Fortunately for Googlers, Google pays attention to both sides of the equation.Groups Are Key For Payal Patel, a product manager at Google, organized groups for support and problem-solving are the key. Underrepresented people in a big-company culture need backup.“I grew up in small-town Iowa,” says Patel, who saw few options for getting out beyond studying math and physics. When she got to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to get her bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, she noticed the gender imbalance for the first time. “Less than 20% of the students were female.”She counteracted that force by joining mentorship groups and larger organizations like the Society of Women Engineers. “It is true that people tend to connect easier to people who are similar,” she says. “Creating a strong peer network through [college] with upperclassmen, as well as out in the industry, helped me a lot,” Patel says.After school, Patel went to work as an engineer at John Deere and Northrop Grumman “That was very different from Google,” she says today. “I was a software engineer for a little over four years. I did have the strong technical background, but I wanted to get into product management, more of the business side.” So she went to MIT’s Sloan School of Management in 2011, then started at Google as a product manager.Her friends in the business and finance world “know for a fact that they won’t last two or three years because of the lifestyle, but yet they want to have that challenge. What really attracted me to Google was, I love the technology, I love a challenge, I want to have an impact, yada yada yada. But when I’m a mother, I can dial in from my meeting, and it’s very normal.”Google offers and supports employee resource groups (ERGs) for women, Gayglers, Greyglers, different ability levels, and geographic, cultural and ethnic groups of all kinds. Patel has participated in the ERG for women, and she’s on an internal Google Group for expectant moms, a status she has recently attained for the first time. “My experience as an expectant mom is amazing at work,” she says. “I think this support network helps Google retain women a lot better. Both my husband and I love Google for that.”But what about people who don’t work at a place as supportive as Google? The strategy for finding support is similar, but it can take more effort to build informal groups yourself.Informal Support Systems “From a numbers perspective, I don’t think there’s any question” that men dominate tech, says Pavni Diwanji, an engineering director at Google running spam-fighting efforts as well as Profiles and Pages on Google+. “It’s just there. I don’t think it’s very interesting to keep thinking about the problem. I think what’s more interesting is to think about what I can do about it.”“I’m not part of a formal mentor program, though one does exist at Google,” Diwanji says. “I do what I call informal, need-be mentoring. I try to have at least a few women to help when they need help.”Diwanji was the only woman in computer science at her university in Western India, “which didn’t really surprise me,” she says. She didn’t have any preconceived notions about tech, so she attributed the imbalance to issues in Indian society.Then she went to Stanford for her master’s degree, “and now we’re talking about a few women.” It wasn’t much different. She started her career as a software engineer at Sun Microsystems, which was “slightly better again.” How did she climb through all that to get to such a great position at Google? Beyond her own talents and ambitions, she adds, “I’ve always been very lucky. I’ve had good mentors.”Her father was her first tech mentor, taking her to work with him at IBM twice a week and letting her play with the punch cards. While she was at Sun, she volunteered outside of work for legendary computer scientist Anita Borg, a huge role model. Groups can be a great help, says Diwanji, but “I think the large impact is one-on-one.”By sharing experiences with trusted figures, women (like any other minority group in tech) can compare notes on the way they handle challenging experiences day to day. “The place where women sometimes fall through is they’re not proactive about their problems,” Diwanji says. Having the support of a mentor helped her through crises, so now she helps others in turn.“You have to find someone who’s going to put a little bit of time into you,” she says. “If you can’t, then go outside of your workplace.”Yehoshua agrees. “Sometimes you need someone who is objective.” She participates in a mentorship program for younger project managers, and she also provides mentorship informally. “I’ve always, at every step of the way, had a mentor. They’re going to give you feedback, and they’re going to help you pursue your career goals.”Is Google A Utopia? HardlyEven Google has not been known as a friendly environment for women at its highest levels. In the CEO transition from Eric Schmidt to Larry Page, Google took heat for pushing women out of the inner circle, most famously employee number 20, Marissa Mayer, who left this year to become CEO of Yahoo.Google spokespeople explained that change as a coincidence. Schmidt’s operating committee was organized around functions: legal, HR, engineering, marketing and so forth. Page’s is organized around products. Mayer and others got caught outside of the product columns. There are other powerful female Googlers who don’t buy the simple gender explanation. “I think all tech companies are a meritocracy,” says Yehoshua, who is a product management director on Search, arguably Google’s most important product. Speaking specifically about Google, “I have never seen an issue bringing up in any way the fact that I’m a female, or that I’m a mother, or anything like that.”Patel thinks there are some cultural factors that make Google special in this regard. “It has to do with the company and their recruiting standards,” she says. “I feel like Google has a high standard from the beginning. I definitely think there’s less bias” among Google-caliber people. She believes a place with high standards will attract more women compared to “more traditional” companies.Diwanji says “Sun had a very different culture to it. It was a very aggressive culture. I wouldn’t call it a male-dominated culture, but you had to eat or be eaten, so to speak. Google doesn’t have that.”Cultures preserve and enforce biases. In a more hostile company culture, it’s critical for disempowered people to create informal networks to support each other. Even in the Googles of the world, formal structures are necessary to make sure that an idyllic perception of the place doesn’t give way to complacency.We’ll need these support systems until our whole society can get to the root of the problem: a formal and informal educational system that teaches children that their gender (or sexual orientation, or race, or religion) determines in any way the kinds of careers they can have.Lead image – of Madeleine Albright with women at Google – courtesy of Google. 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first_imgPagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Security was tight at the arena as a SWAT team stood guard outside.“We’ve already undertaken a lot of preparation, and with the way the world looks today this type of incident (Monday’s attack) is the kind of thing we have to prepare for. So it has been part of our planning all along,” Stockholm police spokesman Kjell Lindgren said.United manager Jose Mourinho said Tuesday he and his players were finding it hard not to think about the attack, which targeted fans leaving a pop concert by the American singer Ariana Grande and left 59 people injured.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ For Mark, a 19-year-old Manchester fan living in Stockholm, this was no ordinary match. “It was very special because of the events that happened in Manchester and now they qualify for Champions League,” he said. Vijay Patel, a 29-year-old Manchester fan from the UK, said the team came out even stronger in the aftermath of the attack. “It should motivate them… they’re not just winning for the team they’re winning for the city,” he said. Team supporters were celebrating hours earlier at a fan zone in Stockholm’s leafy Kungstradgarden park where they played football and took photos.ADVERTISEMENT Heat’s Big 3 era ends as deal struck for Bosh to go—report ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO LATEST STORIES South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF Shaun Payne, a 29-year-old United supporter, said Monday’s attack undoubtedly scarred the team, but he was optimistic that they would win.“They have nothing to lose tonight. They’ll go for it,” he told AFP.“It’ll provide extra motivation to represent the city and to hopefully bring the trophy back with us,” he says. Tight securityRob Coppen, a 28-year-old Ajax fan from Amsterdam donning the team’s kit, said the terror attack took the joy out of the final. “(The attack) has taken the spark off the game. It’s been a while since Ajax has been in a Euro final so it’s a pity.“But what can you do? Nobody asked for this, neither Manchester nor Ajax,” he said. Amy Edwards, a Manchester fan, was worried about safety at the final, but said she refused to let fear control her life. “I’m worried a little bit in case something happens tonight, but I guess it’s always a risk you take anyway and go to high profile games,” she said.“But you can’t stay inside,” she added. “Obviously the events in Manchester has put a dampener on everything but hopefully we can win and bring the trophy back tonight.” Manchester’s Wayne Rooney holds the trophy after winning 2-0 during the soccer Europa League final between Ajax Amsterdam and Manchester United at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)A crowd of Manchester United fans were cheering outside a Stockholm stadium on Wednesday as their team won the Europa League, a relief for the supporters after the Manchester terror attack 48 hours earlier.“It’s fantastic to see them winning. We were always confident that we would win,” said George Malloy, a 69-year-old from Dublin. ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games “I think it will be a good lift for the people of Manchester,” he added. Manchester fans were screaming and whistling in joy, while their Ajax counterparts were biting their nails as the English club won 2-0. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingOutside the entrance of the modernly decorated Friends Arena in the Stockholm suburb of Solna, fans were upbeat and cheerful under sunny summer skies, but nervous about both the outcome of the match and security issues.Ahead of Wednesday’s match, players held a minute’s silence in honour of the victims of Monday’s suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena which left 22 people dead. Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicanslast_img read more

first_imgArt Briles is no longer the head coach at Baylor, and if the latest report by Joe Schad is true, it looks like some of his assistants may be out soon too. Schad, formerly of ESPN, posted a long note to Facebook Tuesday afternoon, reporting that a former Baylor student named Dolores Lozano claims she was assaulted by former football player Devin Chafin and that both Briles and assistant Jeff Lebby knew about it. She even alleges that she and Lebby exchanged texts about the situation. She says that she brought allegations to the Waco Police, but Chafin was allowed to continue playing. She says the school never had a formal hearing either.Schad also reports details of the alleged assault and includes photos of the injuries Lozano reportedly suffered from the incident. dolores lozano facebookHere is a photo provided to me by former Baylor student Dolores Lozano pic.twitter.com/lHAwUnI0g3— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) June 7, 2016Jeff Lebby, currently the Baylor passing game/RBs coach, did not have immediate comment about Lozano’s claims— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) June 7, 2016The fallout at Baylor does not appear to be over just yet. Obviously, this is awful. Expect more repercussions here.last_img read more

Since its rather hazy inception at Burlington Central High School in Burlington, Ontario, in 1989, people from all over the world have attempted the beer mile: a four-lap, four-beer testament to just how insane elite runners really are. As the beer mile migrated south from Canada, the event gained traction on college campuses in the United States as an unofficial tradition to celebrate the end of track season, when young runners were in peak physical shape and seeking reprieve from a notoriously regimented sport.Seanna Robinson, the former women’s beer mile world record-holder, went to Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, when the beer mile rules were still being ironed out. The competition still operates on the “Kingston Rules,” which outline the penalty lap that is incurred if a runner vomits before finishing. “The naked run, the Timbits challenge and the beer mile were just some of the many things we did that played at running and celebrating,” Robinson said. When Robinson started running beer miles at Queen’s University, women were only required to drink three beers, skipping the first. She argued for the beer mile to be the same for men and women.At around the same time Robinson was pioneering for four-beer gender equality, and setting her longstanding record, Patrick Butler — at the time a member of the Wesleyan University track team — purchased the domain BeerMile.com. He’d seen the Kingston Rules online and wanted to adopt them in the U.S., as well as to create a place to aggregate and keep track of “official” beer mile results from all over the world. That was in 1998, and there were 452 beer miles logged on the site that year. Now there are about 40,000 total races — 4,439 of them coming this year (as of Dec. 3).Butler knows the database isn’t complete — he estimates that less than 10 percent of beer mile results are actually submitted to the site. But it’s prominent enough that some competitors want out. “I probably get five or six emails a week from people saying, ‘Can you take my name off of your site? I’m trying to get a job,’” said Butler, who maintains the database himself as a passion project.Nick Symmonds, an Olympic middle-distance runner, isn’t concerned about being associated with the beer mile. If anything, he’s a proponent of the sport. “Most people don’t know what a 1:42.9 in the 800 means — which is what I did at the Olympics — but they understand what a 5:19 beer mile is,” he told me in Austin. Symmonds runs professionally for Brooks and definitely does not need to run beer miles in his spare time — for the prize money or the notoriety — but he schlepped to Austin from Seattle to create continued interest in track and field. When asked why he came to the World Championships, he said, “There’s a chance they’ll continue to watch us in two years [at the 2016 Olympics].” “Who’s got the legs, lungs and stomach to hold it all down?”The bald announcer was trying to get the crowd going before the races began. The event was meant to be held at Yellow Jacket Stadium, a proper 1,600-meter indoor running track. But last-minute concerns from the track’s owners about the imminent binge-drinking forced the race to move to a motor-racing track on the outskirts of Austin. Beneath an empty grandstand with seating for thousands, what would be the homestretch of a Formula 1 race had been transformed into a makeshift track — an oblong oval marked off by orange construction cones. The turns were too tight and the straightaways too long, but for an event that is as much about drinking as it is running, it was good enough.On the final straightaway loomed the party zone, straddled by two tables with beer lined up in rows of four. Each of the 117 participants got to choose his or her own beer, and the best runners could drink the night’s special “Beer Mile Brew.” Hops & Grain, a local Austin brewery and event sponsor, brewed the German-style blonde ale to contain only 2.2 volumes of CO2, down from a typical 2.6 volumes. Chuggability is critical in a beer mile.The women were up first, adjusting track shorts-wedgies with one hand and holding their first beers with the other as they waited to start. When the gun fired, the group of twelve toned, lean women cracked open their cans. While drinking, they waddled like drunk penguins from the back of the party zone to the front, then took off running. In the crowd, some people were sporting shirts reading, “You just got beat by a mother of six.” They were the friends and family of Chris Kimbrough, a 45-year-old Austin local, who broke the women’s world record in October on her first attempt with a time of 6:28.6.At the World Championships, though, Kimbrough was struggling; by the third beer she was doing that pre-vomit shiver that a body does when it wants to stop — and it would take her 32.3 seconds to finish beer No. 4. She stood no chance against Elizabeth Herndon, a 29-year-old professor and marathoner who came out of beer mile obscurity (and Ohio) to down her fourth beer, a New Belgium Fat Tire, in just 21.4 seconds. Herndon smashed the world record with a time of 6:17.8. Kimbrough placed fourth.Just minutes after organizers rinsed away the liquid vomit from the women’s race, 10 tank-top wearing men lined up at the same starting line for the elite men’s final. One guy was wearing jorts.James Nielsen, the highly contentious current world record-holder with a time of 4:57.0, was not among them. Nielsen said he “physically could not make it that week.” Others interpreted his absence as a clear indicator that he couldn’t defend his world record because it wasn’t legitimate.In a video he posted to YouTube, Nielsen downs his second beer in less than four seconds — a feat that other beer milers say is physically impossible. Symmonds and fan-favorite Corey Gallagher were both vying to break the elusive sub-five minute beer mile, if only to put Nielsen in his place.Bud Light Platinums featured heavily in the men’s elite race, and when the starting gun fired, iridescent blue bottles tilted skyward. Gallagher, wearing a single glove on his beer-chugging hand, downed the first in an astonishing 6.1 seconds, but coasted through lap one in 67 seconds (6 seconds slower than his final lap), allowing the guy in jorts to take the lead. But no one could drink like Gallagher. It didn’t take him longer than 10 seconds to finish any one beer, and with the final lap in sight he demolished his fourth beer faster than his previous two — in just 7.3 seconds. He rounded the last turn well ahead of the pack, the crowd screaming as he looked on pace to break 5 minutes. But he crashed through the finishing tape without breaking the threshold: 5.00.23.“This is the world record, James Nielsen is a cheat and a fake,” Gallagher declared post-race, swigging a replenishment drink from his silver plastic trophy.Nielsen vehemently denies all accusations of cheating. “I think people can drink beers even faster than me,” he said when reached by phone. “I am definitely not the human limit on how fast a beer can be drank out of a can — I’ve seen faster.” Canadian Corey Gallagher heads down the straight away trailed closely by Australian Jack Colreavy at the Flotrack Beer Mile World Championships in Austin Josh Baker for Flocasts AUSTIN, Texas — Beer miles are won and lost in the “party zone.” When participants in the world’s most athletic binge-drinking event cross into it, they stop running, hastily down a minimum 5 percent ABV beer and then take off again. The zone is only 10 meters long.The best male beer-milers spend somewhere between 4 and 6 seconds in their first stop in the party zone; the best women stay for about 11 seconds. By their fourth time through — the beer mile requires four laps of running, four beers of chugging — the competitors slow. With shaky legs and winded lungs, these same men average about 14 seconds and the women about 31 seconds.1For this calculation, I did not include the final beer split of Kelly Williamson at the Beer Mile World Championships because the time was such an outlier at 1 minute and 30 seconds.But things are different at the Beer Mile World Championships, which were held here for the first time in early December. The champions drank their final beers almost twice as fast as the average elite runner in the competition — 7 seconds and 21 seconds for the male and female winners, respectively. In a race with the motto: “Chug, Run, Repeat,” the fiercest competitors guzzle through the party zone as fast as Olympic triathletes put on their post-swim socks. Members of the Women’s Elite race chug beers at the starting line of the Flotrack Beer Mile World Championships in Austin Kirby Lee for Flocasts Athletes competing in the open heat of the Flotrack Beer Mile World Championship crack open their first beers at Circuit of the Americas in Austin Kirby Lee for Flocasts “This thing has been going on for 30 years with thousands of results and no one’s really paid attention, and then all of a sudden it’s on national news and people are noticing,” Nielsen said. The video of his world record-setting mile has been viewed 1.35 million times.Some of the participants at the World Championships admitted to running the beer mile in part to dispel the myth that elite runners are some strange breed of nutrition-obsessed freaks. “People think we hang out in a cabin eating chia seeds,” said 42-year-old Luis Armenteros, who placed third in the men’s sub-elite division with a time of 6:03.2. “I can’t drink everyone under the table, but I can drink a lot.”“There is the perception that elite runners are machines whose bodies are temples, but we have our vices,” said Jack Colreavy, a 25-year-old runner who traveled from Sydney, Australia, to race in the elite men’s group, but who was unable to finish. “And mine is drinking beer.” read more