High Five: April 2012

first_img1. Doctor’s Orders – Atlanta, GAPhysician assistants can now prescribe healthy hikes in the great outdoors, which can then be turned in for free passes to Georgia’s state parks. The program is part of a larger effort by the park system to encourage people to use the outdoors as part of their exercise routine. A prescribed calorie burn is an effort everyone can get behind. Just don’t be offended if, during your next physical, your doc tells you to “take a hike.”2. Wet Trails – Chattahoochee River, GA The Chattahoochee River will become the nation’s first designated National Water Trail under the new National Water Trail System unveiled by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. Salazar signed a Secretarial Order that establishes national water trails as part of the National Trail System Act of 1968, which allows for more water trails to be signed into law without being bogged down in Congress. Recreational tubers rejoiced by cranking up Alan Jackson and chugging Silver Bullets.3. Solar Blessing – Prince George County, MDA group of 36 church officials in Prince George’s County recently sent a letter to their lawmakers, imploring them to support Governor Martin O’Malley’s plan to use Maryland’s portion of the Atlantic Coast for off-shore wind farms. The multi-denominational clergy clan—which included priests, nuns, rabbis, and an imam—called out air and water pollution from coal-burning power plants. In their view, going green isn’t hippie—it’s godly in a do-unto-others kind of way. “As clergy we recognize the core issue is the impact this has on people,” said Reverend Kip Banks Sr. of Upper Marlboro, Md.4. Leading the Blind – Washington, DCEJ Scott is slowly losing his sight due to the genetic eye disease choroidarema, but that has not slowed him down; in fact, it may have sped him up. Scott is now in the midst of running 12 marathons in 12 different cities in 2012 to benefit The Choroideremia Research Foundation. Running blindfolded to prevent further damage to his eyes, Scott has caught the attention of several national news outlets and plans on running in marathons in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., to promote the cause. Even though he can’t see the runners around him, they can see him and that’s the point.5. Streaking the South – Raleigh, N.C. 70-year-old Barbara Latta holds the longest women’s running streak in the country. She has been running every day since December 5, 1983—that’s over 28 years of consecutive running. Several men from the South have even longer running streaks, including 73-year-old Jon Simpson of Memphis, Tenn., who has been running every day since August 30, 1971, a span of over 40 years. The national leader is 61-year-old Mark Covert, of Lancaster, California, who began his streak on July 23, 1968. Covert has run over 16,000 consecutive days. There’s even an organization dedicated to tracking these relentless runners: the U.S. Running Streak Association lists hundreds of streakers across the country: runeveryday.comBeyond the Blue RidgeCentury Mark – FranceRobert Marchand set a speed record for riding his bike 15.1 miles in 60 minutes, at the age of 100. Following the race, he said, “I could have gone faster; I didn’t want to.”Losing by Winning – Fort Worth, TXScott Downard broke the tape at the Cowtown Marathon, then broke the news that he was wearing a buddy’s number and never registered for the race. The event sparked controversy across the web and Downard was disqualified, going from first to worst, and chat forum pariah, in a matter of seconds.Is it drafty on this waterfall? – Spearfish, S.D.A man received a verbal warning when he was busted for climbing Bridal Veil Falls in the buff on a cold, snowy day last month. The man explained he did it for a laugh and luckily got away without a fine—or frostbite.last_img read more

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Grammys ceremony opens with tribute to Kobe Bryant

first_imgThe 2020 Grammys ceremony has opened with a heartfelt tribute to basketball player Kobe Bryant, who died on Sunday.“Tonight is for you Kobe,” declared pop star Lizzo, opening the show with her stirring ballad Cuz I Love You.Host Alicia Keys then dedicated the show to Bryant’s memory, with an a-capella version of It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye, accompanied by Boyz II Men.The show is taking place at the Staples Center, where Bryant played his entire career with the LA Lakers.News of the star’s death at the age of 41 stunned artists and performers backstage at the arena when it broke earlier in the day.“I genuinely thought it wasn’t real,” said pop star Billie Eilish. “I was in the green room… and I was like, ‘Oh that has to be fake’”. The star, who grew up in Los Angeles, added: “Everybody knew Kobe. Everybody. It’s genuinely unbelievable.“I feel like anything I say is not enough for what’s going on.”Alicia Keys is hosting the ceremony for the second timeThe mood was sombre as the ceremony started, and Keys acknowledged the atmosphere in her opening speech.“Here we are together on music’s biggest night, celebrating our artists that do it best,” she began “but, to be honest with you were all feeling crazy sadness right now, because earlier today Los Angeles, America and the whole wide world lost a hero. “And we’re literally standing here, heartbroken, in the house that Kobe Bryant built.“Right now, Kobe and his family and all of those that have been tragically lost today are in our spirits, in our hearts, in our prayers, they’re in this building.“I would like everybody to take a moment and hold them inside of you and share our strength and our support with their families.”“I know how much Kobe loved music,” she added later, “so we got to make this a celebration in his honour.”A further tribute to the basketball legend is expected during the show.last_img read more

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Espanyol adds nine technicians in the Simeone stage

first_imgIn 2016-17, with Chen Yansheng in the presidency, the club threw the house out the window to sign Quique Sánchez Flores, fired in 2018. David Gallego, who would repeat at the beginning of this course, finished the last five games with good results, which captivated Chen so that in the future he endorsed his choice.Before that occurred, in the 2018-19 season Joan Francesc Ferrer Rubi was commissioned to return Espanyol to Europe, in the best campaign since 2006-07, but his disagreements with the club and the dizzying offers of Betis took him out from Espanyol. Pablo Machín and Abelardo Fernández complete the nine tenants of a chair that consumes trainers at a frantic pace, some for their poor results and others for not reaching an agreement with the board of directors. Diego Simeone took over Atlético in December 2011, when Mauricio Pochettino tried to qualify for Espanyol for Europe in his third season. Since then, up to nine coaches have passed through the blue and white club while Simeone has remained solely responsible for the rojiblancos. Nine years of instability for Espanyol despite not spending excessive difficulties to maintain the category, with this campaign as an exception, in which the situation on the table and the few days do not invite optimism.In November 2012 Pochettino was fired with the Espanyol colista. Javier Aguirre arrived (now in Leganés), who saved that course and kept the team in the middle zone in the 13-14 campaign. The Mexican left the bench and Sergio González assumed it, now in Valladolid. With the former player, who remained until December 2015, Espanyol never went down and reached a European semifinals. But he was fired. The Constantin Galca season ended, which prevented the miracle from descending. Interestingly, the coach who managed to stay longer in the last two decades was Pochettino, a profile similar to Simeone: former player of the club, born in Argentina and, today, one of the most reputable coaches.last_img read more

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