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The Greeks would be ashamed of these Games

The year: 776 B.C. The place: Olympia, Greece.Under a banner of truce, the greatest athletes in the land gather together to glorify their deities in contests featuring feats of strength, speed and skill. Coroebus, a cook by trade, from the nearby city-state of Elis, was crowned the first Olympic champion after having won a footrace that spanned 210 yards. He was awarded a crown of olive wreathes.Flash forward to the year 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia, on the western coast of Canada. American figure skater Johnny Weir takes to the ice wearing an outfit adorned with faux fox fur and enough shiny sequins to guide a mariner back to port on a dark night in choppy waters.To an Athenian warrior displaced in time, these winter Games would seem far removed from the original spirit of the Olympics. In fact, Weir and the rest of his figure-skating and ice-dancing ilk would probably have been the ones the ancient Greeks abandoned at birth to perish from exposure.And lest someone accuse me of ulterior motives in singling out the figure skaters, I assure you that by the end of the page, there will be enough mockery spread around for all. For these 2010 Winter Olympic Games are rife with mockable moments.It starts with the biathlon. While perhaps trying to recapture the martial spirit of the original Olympics, someone somewhere came up with the brilliant idea to simply introduce gunfire to an existing winter sport; namely, cross country skiing. Biathletes ski around the course, pausing at regular intervals to fire off some shots with the rifles they have strapped to their backs. Because skiing without guns is like, I don’t know, grocery shopping without guns.  It doesn’t sound as ludicrous as it actually is until you try to envision Usain Bolt stopping between legs of the 4×400 relay to squeeze off a few rounds at some skeet.There is no shortage of jokes to be made at the expense of frozen shuffleboard, also known as curling. The first time I tried to watch this silly spectacle, I had to spend several moments trying to figure out if it was the German men’s or women’s teams competing. To the eternal sorrow of German men everywhere, it was the women.Then there are the sledding events. Don’t get me wrong, I fondly recall sledding as something fun to do at Blendon Woods when school got canceled. That does not mean that I can envision Leonidas’ mighty 300 clinging tightly to one another, luging their way two-by-two into the Hot Gates of Thermopylae to stave off Xerxes’ mighty Persian hordes.Or that those rugged Spartans would have welcomed into their midst the Olympic snowboarding contingent. It’s tough to imagine a Spartan unit led by Shaun “Flying Tomato” White or Scotty Lago, with their free-wheeling, Red Bull-drinking exploits.I enjoyed a personal moment of mean-spirited mirth Sunday evening when the U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team defeated our 51st state, known in some circles as Canada. I reveled in the absolute devastation on the faces of the Canadian faithful as their “big brothers” to the south beat them down at their own game while mom and dad weren’t looking.Their pained expressions seemed to say, “You already have straight bacon and policemen who don’t look like Ronald McDonald on horseback; can’t we have anything for ourselves? We already gave you Celine Dion and Martin Short.”And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the interesting dress code for this year’s games. It can be summed up in one word: tacky. It’s bad enough that one of the ice dancers looked like he was actually wearing a dead, black swan for a costume. It was as though his dance partner had shoved him inside the swan to keep him warm from the ravages of the western-Canadian cold, a scene eerily reminiscent of Han Solo shoving Luke Skywalker inside the guts of a Tauntaun on the frozen ice-world of Hoth.But someone actually had to explain to the Russian ice-dancing duo that it might not be in good taste to dress up in fake-Aboriginal costumes with foliage stapled to them.You might be wondering where all the vitriol is coming from and why I don’t get caught up in the nationalistic fervor that generally accompanies the Olympic Games. Well, I’m willing to admit to the fact that my dabbles with winter sports have always ended in humiliation.The first time I was able to successfully ski down Mad River Mountain’s bunny hill, I nearly killed a woman by neglecting to learn how to stop. I once had to be helped from the ice skating rink at the Chiller by a magnanimous 7-year-old.But the fact remains that some of these farcical Olympic “sports” are more like hobbies and less like athletic competition. I remain steadfast in my belief that a small cadre of ancient Greeks could conquer all of the Olympic village.At least until they come to the hockey villas. read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse rallies to take down Air Force 109

hat perhaps was expected to be an easy win for the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team Saturday might have proved more challenging than originally thought. The Buckeyes (9-3, 4-2) had to overcome a halftime deficit to earn a 10-9 victory at Air Force Saturday, which stumbled into the contest with a 1-4 Eastern College Athletic Conference record. Now on a three-game winning streak, OSU has secured a playoff spot by guaranteeing at least a top-four finish in the ECAC. The Buckeyes are tied for third in the ECAC standings heading into their regular season finale Saturday. No matter what happens during the final weekend of the season, OSU will be joined by Loyola (Md.), Denver and Fairfield in the conference tournament, since Fairfield clinched its playoff spot Saturday with a 10-9 overtime victory at Denver. OSU jumped out to an early 2-0 lead Saturday against Air Force (6-7, 1-5), but let the Falcons climb their way back into the game, finishing the first quarter tied at four. The Falcons, though, took a one-point lead into halftime, 7-6, before conceding three straight goals in the third quarter and falling behind for good. Co-captain and senior attacker Logan Schuss continued his run of good form, scoring four goals for the Buckeyes, including the series of three in the third quarter, and added one assist. It was his third consecutive game where he scored at least five points, bringing his career total moves to 216, 11 back of second place on the Buckeyes’ all-time points list. Co-captain and senior midfielder Dominique Alexander added a career-high five points, including two goals, and senior midfielder Trey Wilkes won 15 of 21 faceoffs. Having missed the last two games due to injury, junior goalkeeper Greg Dutton made his return for OSU in outstanding fashion on Saturday with a career-high 15 saves against the Falcons. The losses to Denver and Loyola earlier in the year mean that the Buckeyes will finish third in the ECAC with a win over Fairfield Saturday but will drop to fourth with a loss. The Buckeyes are set to close the regular season and celebrate their Senior Day at home against Fairfield on Saturday at 1 p.m. read more

Our work will pay off Skorupski

first_imgThe team is at the bottom of the Lega Serie A standings after not winning a single match yet in the 2018-2019 seasonBologna, together with Frosinone, has yet to score after four matches in the Italian Lega Serie A.But for goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski, their hard work will surely pay off soon.Bologna F.C. 1090 will host Roma tomorrow at Renato Dall’Ara Stadium.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.“I know we’ll get out of this, we have quality players. Take Destro with whom I played at Roma, he knew how to score goals back then and hasn’t gotten worse,” Skorupski was echoed by Gianluca Di Marzio.“Pippo Inzaghi is right, the work we are doing will pay off, he hasn’t given up, we need to spit blood”“When I played in Poland I wasn’t very serious, I always went out at night with friends, how could I say no?”“Then something changed, us Polish players realized we are a strong team. We’ll beat Italy next October, I’m certain of this,” he concluded.last_img read more

Grenada hosts 38th Regular Meeting of CARICOM

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas to take 15-member delegation to CARICOM meeting set in Mo’Bay, Jamaica CARICOM Inter-Sessional Meeting discussions conclude on high note UN SG is Special Guest at Opening Ceremony for CARICOM Heads Meeting Wednesday Related Items:#magneticmedianews, CARICOM Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrenada, July 4th 2017 – St. George’s – July 4th marks the anniversary of the Treaty of Chaguaramas for CARICOM and also the start of this year’s Heads of Government Conference taking place in Grenada. Delegates from 15 Caribbean countries will be in Grenada from today to Thursday 6th July, to discuss many current issues including regional security, the CSME, Tourism, Air Transportation, opportunities for Financing for Development and Brexit. There is also expected to be an update on the preparations for CARIFESTA XIII to be staged in Barbados from August 17th – 27th under the theme “Asserting our Culture, celebrating ourselves.”The opening ceremony began this morning at the Grenada Trade Centre, under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Keith Mitchell and will be followed by Heads of Government Business Sessions tomorrow and Thursday at the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort.Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis is currently in Grenada for the meeting. This will be Minnis’ inaugural CARICOM meeting as Prime Minister of the Bahamas. Also attending for the first time is Haitian President His Excellency Jovenel Moise.A highlight of the Opening Ceremony today was the presentation of the Triennial Award for Women to the latest recipient.  The Ceremony was also addressed by its two newest Members of the Conference, the outgoing Chairman, President of Guyana, David Granger,  the incoming Chairman, and the Secretary-General of CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque. CARICOM celebrates its 38th anniversary this year.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher#MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

Guidelines For Gathering Dead Trees On Borough Land

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享You might think that with the millions of dead spruce trees on the Kenai Peninsula, getting a load offirewood should be a simple task. However, firewood gathering on the Kenai Peninsula is not as easy as it seems. Firewood gathering is essential for many on the Kenai Peninsula. The Kenai Peninsula Borough would like for residents to be aware of the opportunities, and accompanying responsibilities, for gathering firewood on borough land. To cut trees on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, you need a personal use firewood permit. A permit can be purchased at Refuge Headquarters on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna. Permits are $20 (non-refundable) and limited to five cords per permit, per household. Under the borough land casual use policy, dead trees can be gathered in a dispersed manner, up to 5 dead trees per-acre per-year, on parcels that are not occupied by another use and in ways that are not disruptive to others.center_img The policy guidelines for gathering dead trees on borough land can be found here: www.kpb.us/…/Docum…/Forest_Resources/Firewood-Dead_Trees.pdf The borough also currently has a special management area for firewood in the Kenai Keys burn area. This is a burned-over stand with dry standing poles near Sterling.last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Bridget Cadogan Named To Deans List At Siena College

first_imgLOUDONVILLE, NY — Bridget Cadogan, of Wilmington, has been named to the Siena College Dean’s List for the Spring 2019 semester.To be named to the Dean’s List, a student’s grade point average for the semester must be between 3.5 and 3.89.About Siena CollegeFounded in 1937, Siena College is a private, Catholic Franciscan, residential, liberal arts college with a student body of about 3,000. Siena College offers 36 degree programs, 80+ minors and certificate programs, and professional curricula in teacher preparation/education, pre-medical, pre-law and social work. A student-to-faculty ratio of 11-to-1, average class size of 21, rigorous academics, Division I athletics, intramural sports and widespread service and advocacy experiences nurture each student’s personal growth while providing the education of a lifetime.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Siena College via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Bridget Cadogan & Nicole Romanzo Named To Dean’s List At Siena CollegeIn “Education”Wilmington’s Bridget Cadogan Named To Dean’s List At Siena CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”last_img read more

Texas Senate Advances ScaledBack School Finance Plan

first_imgThe Houston Independent School District approved the 2017-2018 school year budget.The Texas Senate has advanced a once-sweeping school finance plan, but only after scaling it back so much that it will only offer about $500 million in extra funding for some school districts statewide and teacher retirement.The House passed its original, far more ambitious $1.8 billion bill during the regular and special legislative sessions.The Senate has repeatedly rejected that plan, which the chamber’s leader, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, called a “Ponzi scheme.”The Senate version pumps money to hundreds of smaller school districts facing declining property tax revenue. Texas’ Supreme Court has ruled the school finance system flawed but minimally constitutional.Lawmakers have until the special session ends Wednesday to forge a compromise.Also Monday, the House approved a commission to study future school finance solutions. Sharelast_img read more

Major fire at garment store in south Kolkata

first_imgKolkata: A major blaze broke out early Sunday at a garment store in the southern part of the city’s Gariahat area, gutting goods worth lakhs and destroying multiple shops next to the building, a senior official of the fire department said. At least 19 fire tenders have been pressed into service to douse the fire that was noticed around 1am at Traders Assembly building, he told PTI. Nobody was injured in the fire, the cause of which was suspected to a transformer blast, the official said. “At the moment, the fire has been brought under control. Our men are fighting tooth and nail to douse it. We are yet to find out the exact reason behind the blaze, but preliminary findings show that transformer blast might have led to it,” the fire department official added.last_img read more