My Six Speed Transmission

first_imgDuring today’s tempo run, I got to thinking about the topic for my next blog (this itself is a lesson in lack of focus). I always come up with metaphors about how running relates to life. This time I was thinking about how a car transmission and running are quite similar.As I’ve mentioned before, there are three basic components of running. These are speed, strength and endurance. Training consists of a mix of these three components, depending upon what running distance one chooses to excel at. During today’s workout, I checked my mile splits and became frustrated with how much speed I have lost over the last couple of years. So instead of beating myself up over this earth shattering news, I started to shift my thinking about how running is like the gears in a car.Gears one and two are for speed running. I think of these gears as used for those runners who excel on the track or at shorter road races. These gears use a lot of fuel and one is depleted of energy quickly. Using these gears would be like driving a Porsche all the time. Gears three and four are the strength gears. These gears are used for runners who excel at distances from the half marathon up to the marathon distance. These gears still burn a lot of fuel but are more efficient and one can go longer before running out of gas. A good car comparison would be a muscle car like a Mustang or Camaro. Gears five and six are for endurance running. These gears are definitely used for ultra distances. These gears are energy efficient and get good mileage like a Hybrid car.One thing to remember is that you need to practice using all six gears no matter what distance you like to run. You will just need to rely more heavily on one or two sets of gears more than the other. Basically, the longer you want to go the more efficient you need to be. You also have to take into account the weather conditions and your age. This is something I’m becoming more aware of after every speed workout.So in a nutshell, my running career started out as a sexy Porsche and now I’m driving around in a Hybrid. I was never very fast and running speeds are all relative but I’d still like to be able to test drive that Porsche every now and then. So if you fly by me on the road or trail just realize I’m going green!last_img read more

Peruvian President Swears In New Cabinet Members

first_img Peruvian President Ollanta Humala swore in three new ministers on May 14, amid questioning of the administration’s strategy against the Shining Path guerrilla group. The new members of the administration, who were sworn in at a ceremony held in the Gilded Hall (Salón Dorado) of Government Palace, were retired general Wilber Calle Girón, as Interior Minister, member of Congress José Antonio Urquizo, as Defense Minister, and small-business specialist Gladys Triveño Chan Jan, as Production Minister. Urquizo replaces Alfredo Otárola, who resigned, while Calle Girón, who was serving as deputy minister for policy at the Defense Ministry, is taking over the Interior portfolio from Daniel Lozada, who also resigned. The new ministers are the third to occupy their respective posts in only ten months since President Humala has been in office. The resigning ministers were sworn in on December 11, 2011. According to analysts, Humala seeks to calm the political atmosphere –heated by questioning of the administration’s strategy against the Maoist guerrilla group Shining Path, with these appointments. Only weeks ago, Shining Path caused the deaths of ten members of the security forces in coca-growing areas of the country. By Dialogo May 17, 2012last_img read more

Onsite: Day one at CUNA GAC 2015

first_imgThe credit union world has descended upon Washington! Maybe it’s the good weather, the boost in the economy, or the just a reminder that we do in fact work in the greatest industry imaginable; but this GAC just feels amazing.Jim Nussle, CUNA CEO, has dictated that this GAC marks a new chapter of advocacy, and that we need to embrace the fact that we are living in a fast-paced, social world. He’s been making the rounds himself with a GoPro attached to his tie to reinforce the point. His request to credit unions is simple – step up your game! Need inspiration or ideas? You need only look back to CUNA, as they are a prime example of practicing what they preach.Innovation is seen in every nook and cranny of the exhibit hall, as everyone has pulled out all the stops this year. It’s such a unique experience to stand at the entry doors and realize that no matter how big or small your credit union is, how fancy   your booth is, what state you are from, we are here on the same team. WE are making an impact on our communities, WE are providing financial education, and WE are 100 million members strong.This week we will reignite our passion. Say hello to old friends and make lifelong new ones. We will learn and grow; taking concepts and ideas back to our homes to add more fuel to the credit union fire. We will unite as one and make our voices heard on Capitol Hill while fighting back attempts to eliminate our tax exemption. If you are attending, savor every moment and make the most out these few days, and if you weren’t able to attend involved yourself anyway! As mentioned earlier, it’s a social and digital world! Add #CUNAGAC to your twitter feed, check out the news, and immerse yourself from afar; after all the fight doesn’t end in Washington this week, so start the fires at home.More from day one at CUNA GAC from Credit Union Magazine:Matz Calls 2015 the Year of Reg ReliefMore Scenes from CUNA’s 2015 GACDennis Pierce: ‘Members Must Be Advocates’‘Hello, the Foundation Loves you’Ari Fleischer: D.C. Gridlock an ‘Aberration’Your Say: How Do You Remove Barriers, Foster Service Excellence?Nussle: Engage Our MembersScenes from the GAC Exhibit HallAdvocacy Gives CUs, Members a United VoiceLegislators Address #CUNAGACPromote the CU Difference 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amanda Reed Web: Detailslast_img read more

More Indonesians tolerant of homosexuality, though vast majority still say no: Pew survey

first_imgIn its 2015 report, Pew Research Center ranked Indonesia in third place among countries that highly regard religion, with 97 percent of people in the country saying religion was very important to them.Although the 2019 study showed a slight improvement for Indonesia, its people’s level of acceptance of homosexuality is the second-lowest among other countries surveyed.The nation of 268 million people shared the same spot with Tunisia, where 9 percent also said homosexuality should be accepted. Nigeria is the country with the lowest level of acceptance of homosexuality at 7 percent.Homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia — except in conservative Aceh with its strict Islamic laws — however, sentiment against the LGBT community has persisted in the country over the years.The anti-LGBT rhetoric hit a new high in 2016, with an unprecedented flood of inflammatory statements and crackdowns against the minority group. Intimidation and persecution against them still persist to this day.Read also: Recent cases of persecution set back LGBT rights advocacyMeanwhile, in the neighboring country Philippines, 73 percent of respondents agreed that homosexuality should be accepted by society, according to the study.Countries such as the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, France and Germany were also placed in the higher ranks with more than 70 percent acceptance for homosexuality.Although majorities in 16 of the 34 surveyed countries in 2019 said homosexuality should be accepted, the think tank’s report showed that the global divide remains.While 94 percent of respondents in Sweden — the country with the highest level of acceptance on the list — agreed on acceptance of homosexuality, only 7 percent in Nigeria shared the same sentiment.”But even with these sharp divides, views are changing in many of the countries that have been surveyed since 2002, when the Center first began asking the question of whether homosexuality should be accepted by society or not on its international surveys,” the report said.In many of the countries surveyed, there have been double-digit increases in acceptance of homosexuality between the 2002 and 2019 studies, including a 21-point increase in South Africa and a 19-point increase in South Korea.Across the 34 countries surveyed, a median of 52 percent agreed that homosexuality should be accepted with 38 percent saying that it should be discouraged.Topics : Public acceptance of homosexuality in Indonesia has improved slightly in the past few years, a recently published study by Pew Research Center suggests, though the level remains low compared with those of other countries.The report — which polled 38,426 respondents across 34 countries from May to October last year — found that only 9 percent of Indonesians agreed that homosexuality should be accepted by society, an increase from only 3 percent in 2013.Most respondents in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country disagreed, with 80 percent of them saying homosexuality should be discouraged. The US-based think tank said it found that public opinion on the acceptance of homosexuality in each society remained sharply divided by country, region and economic development, despite major changes in laws and norms in many countries regarding same-sex marriage and the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.Read also: Of coming out and acceptance: LGBT youth seek peace in conservative IndonesiaThe report also suggested that attitudes on the acceptance of homosexuality were shaped by the country where the polled respondents lived, as it found that people in wealthier and more developed economies are “generally more accepting of homosexuality” than those in poorer and less-developed economies.”Religion and its importance in people’s lives also shape opinions in many countries. For example, in some countries, those who are affiliated with a religious group tend to be less accepting of homosexuality than those who are unaffiliated,” Pew Research Center said in its 2019 report,” Political ideology also plays a role in the acceptance of homosexuality.”last_img read more

US health chief skeptical of Russia’s virus vaccine claim

first_img“It’s important that we provide safe, effective vaccines and that the data be transparent… This is not a race to be first,” he told reporters during a conference call.”I should note that two of the six US vaccines that we’ve invested in entered the phase three clinical trials weeks ago that the Russian vaccine is now only beginning,” he added.”The data from the initial trials in Russia have not been disclosed, it’s not transparent.”Russian President Vladimir Putin said the vaccine was safe, and that one of his daughters had received a dose. The vaccine has been named “Sputnik”, after the world’s first artificial satellite that helped the Soviet Union take the lead in the Cold War space race in 1957.Governments are under huge pressure to find a vaccine against the coronavirus, which has killed more than 700,000 people worldwide and eviscerated the global economy since it first emerged in central China late last year.The United States is the worst-hit country, with nearly 5.1 million infections and more than 163,000 deaths.President Donald Trump is facing a tough fight to get re-elected in November, trailing rival Joe Biden in the polls as anger mounts over his administration’s response to the pandemic.Azar said he was confident a vaccine would be available for Americans.”We believe that it is highly credible that we will have in the high tens of millions of doses of gold-standard, safe and effective vaccine by the end of this year, and many hundreds of millions of doses as we go into the beginning of next year,” he said.Trump has launched “Operation Warp Speed”, which aims to develop, manufacture and distribute a coronavirus vaccine to all Americans by January 2021.So far, Washington has handed out at least $9.4 billion to seven vaccine developers and signed manufacturing contracts with five of them to provide 700 million doses.Azar’s Taiwan trip — the highest-level US visit since Washington switched diplomatic recognition to Beijing in 1979 — was billed as an opportunity to learn from the island’s success in containing the virus.Taiwan has reported fewer than 500 infections and just seven COVID-19 deaths. Topics :center_img Washington’s health chief on Wednesday expressed skepticism about Russia’s claim of developing the world’s first safe coronavirus vaccine, pointing to the lack of data from its initial trials.Moscow said Tuesday its vaccine offered “sustainable immunity” against the virus, but Western scientists have previously raised concerns about the development speed of Russian treatments, suggesting researchers were cutting corners.US Health Secretary Alex Azar echoed those concerns Wednesday as he wrapped up a three-day visit to Taiwan.last_img read more

Wallaby backrower Sean McMahon has unloaded his Norman Park investment property

first_imgSean McMahon in action for the Wallabies.WALLABIES back-rower Sean McMahon has a contract on his Norman Park investment unit after three offers were received for it last week.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoProperty records reveal McMahon bought the two-bedroom unit in Norman Crescent in January 2016 for $629,000.The Brisbane born footballer has played for the Melbourne Rebels but moved to Japan for a two-year deal with Suntory Sungoliath. Sean McMahon’s investment unit at Norman Park.Ray White New Farm selling agent Meaghan Bakker confirmed this week that three offers had been received for the unit in one day. She would not confirm the sale price as the deal was not yet unconditional.The apartment has open plan living and dining areas and an alfresco courtyard. The kitchen has SMEG appliances and an induction cook top.last_img read more

BVI national team wins five gold medals at Caribbean culinary competition

first_img Tweet Food & DiningLifestyle BVI national team wins five gold medals at Caribbean culinary competition by: – July 1, 2011 Sharing is caring! 26 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Winners of the Taste of the Caribbean Culinary Competition. Photo credit: NEW YORK, USA — The British Virgin Islands National Culinary Team has won gold at this year’s annual Taste of the Caribbean culinary competition and four other individual gold medal awards.— A Chef of the Year Award: Kenneth Molyneaux, Treasure Isle Hotel,— Best Use of Certified Angus Beef: Kenneth Molyneaux, Treasure Isle Hotel,— Caribbean Junior Chef of the Year: Mikhala Bagot, and Junior Chef Gold Award: Mikhala Bagot. Mikhala Bagot was also inducted into the Hall of Fame.— Other Individual Awards won were one Silver and Three Bronze.Featuring culinary teams from ten Caribbean countries and territories, Taste of the Caribbean 2011 was held in Miami from June 22-26, 2011. The teams participated in qualifying rounds of “live kitchen” competitions and prepared a three-course meal in less than four hours using a mystery basket of ingredients that is kept secret until the competition begins. During the 2010 competition, the BVI team earned a silver medal.“The BVI National Culinary Team has once again done an excellent job of showcasing one of the many outstanding characteristics of our destination,” said Hadassah Ward, director of the BVI Tourist Board. “This is a triumph for the team and for the BVI, and we look forward to sharing these winning dishes with residents and visitors alike.”“We know it’s no secret that our chefs are blessed with talent and creativity. This victory sends a message to visitors from around the region and the world — the BVI is a culinary destination,” said Dr Birney Harrigan, chairman of the BVI Chamber of Commerce and Hotel Association.The team honed its skills over the past year with practice sessions and pre-competition dinners at hotels and restaurants throughout the BVI’s 60 islands. This hard work, coupled with the chefs’ talent and a wealth of creativity, came together to help the team earn the gold medal honour in the team category. This high level of cuisine can be experienced every day at the many fine dining options across the British Virgin Islands, where restaurants and hotels are known for their delicious culinary offerings, tantalizing island drinks, and spectacular natural atmosphere.The chefs from the BVI National Culinary Team are looking forward to holding on to the gold in the 2012 competition, and in the meantime will continue to provide the Caribbean’s very best cuisine.Caribbean News Now Share Sharelast_img read more

Brookville resident injured in Wednesday morning rollover crash

first_imgFranklin County, In. — A Brookville resident was flown to University of Cincinnati Hospital following a Wednesday morning crash on St. Mary’s Road.A report from the sheriff’s department says a vehicle driven by Douglas Flaspohler, 60, was westbound near Alley Road around 8:20 a.m. when he lost control on a patch of ice. The vehicle went off the right side of the roadway and rolled down an embankment and rolled upside down into a creek.No word on the condition of the victim. The accident remains under investigation.last_img

Representative Frye shares thoughts on opioid crisis

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — According to the Indiana State Department of Health, there was a 52-percent increase in opioid deaths from 2015 to 2016. It’s clear our state and country are in the middle of an opioid epidemic and more must be done. This year, the Indiana General Assembly made great strides in expanding treatment options, reducing the supply of addictive medications and strengthening criminal enforcement to curb opioid deaths.As part of our continuing effort to provide more addiction treatment options for all Hoosiers, up to nine additional opioid treatment centers will be opening throughout the state. Strategically placing these programs in underserved areas will ensure every Hoosier seeking treatment is within an hour’s drive from receiving help. These new facilities will greatly improve access in specific areas of the state, such as rural communities.To monitor the supply of addictive medications in circulation, a new law requires physicians and pharmacists to check the state’s prescription monitoring system, INSPECT, before prescribing and dispensing addictive drugs. By consulting INSPECT, pharmacists and doctors will be able to determine if a patient is “doctor shopping” for multiple, simultaneous prescriptions, which could be dangerous and even deadly if combined. A similar database, NPLEx, has been instrumental in the fight against meth labs because it tracks and enforces Indiana’s cold medication purchase limits, helping prevent meth cooks from obtaining crucial meth-making ingredients.While addiction treatment and stricter prescribing guidelines are essential, we must also continue to attack the opioid epidemic through law enforcement. Drug dealers and those who illegally manufacture drugs will now be subject to a felony-level sentence enhancement if the drugs they manufactured or sold resulted in the death of the user. This puts accountability on the shoulders of the manufacturers and dealers who intentionally prey on those susceptible to or suffering from addiction in our communities.With accurate, complete data, county coroners will further investigate suspected overdose deaths and will consult INSPECT to gather more information about any potential opioid use. Additionally, the new law requires them to conduct post-mortem toxicology tests and blood screenings and forward those results to the Indiana State Department of Health. Indiana will now be better able to respond to drug overdoses by identifying geographic hotspots.By attacking this public health crisis from every angle, hopefully we can prevent addiction before it starts, keep drug dealers off our streets and get more Hoosiers into lifesaving treatment. For more information on these new laws, visit You can also contact me at or 317-234-3827.last_img read more

Fitz tops weights for Galway Plate

first_img A very high-class performer over timber, winning last year’s Galway Hurdle, Rebel Fitz was beaten at long odds-on when switched to fences at Killarney but returned to the same venue to score easily last week. Among the huge entry for the valuable two-and-three-quarter-mile handicap chase are defending champion Bob Lingo, Hidden Cyclone and the crack hunter chaser Mossey Joe, who was extremely impressive in the recent championship event at Stratford. Rebel Fitz has been allotted top weight for the Galway Plate on July 31. Paul Nicholls, who won the 2008 Plate with Oslot, could send Prospect Wells across, while other British entries are The Disengager, Bobowen, Quincy Des Pictons, Shoegazer, Kian’s Delight and Paddy The Hare. Dermot Weld, the master trainer at Ballybrit, could again field Majestic Concorde. So Young leads a formidable Willie Mullins challenge for the Guinness Galway Hurdle on August 1. The seven-year-old has struggled at championship level but has always fared well in lesser events, meaning he would have to carry top weight of 11st 12lb if he were to take part. The champion trainer can also call upon the likes of Drive Time, Midnight Game, Make Your Mark, Rattan, Sweet My Lord, Pique Sous and Midnight Oil. There are plenty of fascinating other entries for the valuable prize, with Weld’s Rock Critic unbeaten in two hurdling starts, Tony Martin’s Ted Veale already a Cheltenham Festival winner, and John Ferguson’s smart ex-Flat recruit Sea Lord leading a good British challenge. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more