Outdoor Updates: World’s best paddlers battle for the Carolina Cup this weekend

first_imgWorld’s best paddlers battle for the Carolina Cup this weekend Of the 1.4 million households that began camping in 2018, 56 percent are Millennials and 51 percent are from non-white groups. Hispanic campers now represent 11 percent of all camping households while African American campers now represent 9 percent of camping households and Asian American campers make up 7 percent. African American campers are the youngest demographic of campers, with 64 percent Millennial representation. Some of the best standup paddleboarders, prone, kayak, surfski and OC endurance racers from around the world will compete this weekend in Wrightsville Beach, NC for the Carolina Cup. Competitors include Olympians and world-record holders all the way down to first-time paddlers. The event will also hold clinics and workshops about ocean racing, SUP paddling, outrigger canoe paddling and more. Kentucky biologists need the public’s help in identifying barn owl nesting sites According to the just-released 2019 North American Camping Report, more than 7.2 million American households have begun camping in the last five years, bringing the total number of U.S. camping households to a new high of 78.8 million. People are also camping more frequently, with 72 percent growth in people who report they camp three or more times each year. Barn owls are sensitive to disturbance, so researchers ask that if you do find a nest to not disturb it. Researchers are also asking the public to report any dead barn owls they find. Anyone with any information about barn owls should email Kate Slankard at kate.slankard@ky.gov or call 1-800-858-1549. Camping is on the rise in the U.S. and campers are more diverse than ever Biologists with Kentucky’s Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources are asking for the public’s help in identifying barn owl nesting locations in an attempt to determine why the species is so rare in the state. Barn owls were common in the Bluegrass state as late as the 1960’s. By 2016, however, there were only 75 documented nesting locations statewide. Barn owls prefer open areas like pastures and hayfields. They nest in hollow trees and manmade structures like barns, silos, haylofts and attics. One must-watch event taking place at the Carolina Cup this weekend is the grueling 21-kilometer Graveyard Race, one of the most difficult paddling races on the circuit. Australian Michael Booth and Germany’s Sonni Honscheid will both defend their titles.last_img read more

COVID-19: Indonesians overseas in limbo as trips canceled due to ‘mudik’ ban

first_imgTopics : Read also: Indonesians stranded abroad return home amid ‘mudik’ banAchdiar Redy Setiawan, a 40-year-old doctoral student in Malaysia, faces a similar predicament.He was forced to cancel his plans to return home to Sumenep, East Java, and has been confined to his university dormitory due to Malaysia’s restrictions on movement. He said he decided to take advantage of his isolation to finish his dissertation. “We’re bored, definitely, as we have limited space. We can only move around our dormitory and campus cafeteria. We only use WhatsApp to boost each other’s spirits,” he told the Post.Despite his isolation, Achdiar said that international students on his campus were coping, as the University of Science, Malaysia (USM), provided students with coupons that could be redeemed for food in the cafeteria. For Huda, however, extending his stay in Japan has been quite a challenge, especially as his visa is about to expire. “It will expire this Wednesday,” he said. “We have made an application to the Japanese government to get a temporary extension.”Even so, Huda said the company he worked for was willing to reemploy him. Huda said many employers were facing a shortage of workers due to the pandemic.Despite the ban on domestic travel, hundreds of Indonesians overseas have been repatriated on special flights arranged by diplomatic missions over the past week. However, it is still unclear whether they will be permitted to continue their journeys to their hometowns.The government has not issued a statement on the matter. Twenty-eight-year-old Miftahul Huda has worked and lived in Tsu city in Mie prefecture, Japan – a city around 400 kilometers from Tokyo – for the past three years.The native of Malang, East Java, is one of a number of Indonesians who work as jisshuusei (technical interns) in Japan. Huda was supposed to return to Indonesia after finishing his internship this week, but he has been forced to stay a little longer as the flight scheduled to fly him to his hometown was canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.The Indonesian government announced the ban on domestic flights last week, along with inter-provincial bus routes and inter-island sea transportation, following the ban on the Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) — despite maintaining international flights.center_img On Sunday morning, Huda and his fellow interns from a fish processing company in Japan arrived at Kansai International Airport in Osaka. They had already checked in when the airline, Garuda Indonesia, announced that the Indonesian government had ordered a halt to all domestic flights.“Garuda told us that it had canceled its Jakarta-Yogyakarta flight. Therefore, we decided to cancel our flight [from Japan to Indonesia] because we did not want to take the risk of not being able to go home after arriving in Jakarta,” Huda told The Jakarta Post via text message on Tuesday.Huda said he was saddened because he was looking forward to meeting his 3-year-old son for the first time. “My wife was in her fourth month of pregnancy [when I left Indonesia],” he said.Huda is just one of many Indonesians overseas unable to return home ahead of Idul Fitri. Although they can still fly to Jakarta or Denpasar, Bali – two of the most popular destinations for international flights – they will not be able to continue their travels to their home regions due to the government’s mudik ban.last_img read more

Questions loom for Froome

first_img(BBC) – Chris Froome is facing questions after returning an “adverse” drugs test at the Vuelta a Espana.The Team Sky rider had double the allowed level of legal asthma drug Salbutamol in his urine.Cycling’s world governing body the UCI wants more details from the team but says Froome is not suspended.The Briton, 32, says he increased his dosage but it was within the legal limits and the UCI is “absolutely right” to ask questions.Froome says he took his team doctor’s advice to up his inhaler use after his asthma symptoms got worse during the Vuelta.He became the first Briton to win the three-week race around Spain and it followed his Tour de France victory in July.He was notified of the “adverse analytical finding” on September 20 2017.The urine test, taken on September 7, showed levels of the drug, Salbutamol, which is commonly taken for asthma, were at 2 000 nanograms per millilitre (ng/ml).That compares to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) threshold of 1 000 ng/ml.The use of Salbutamol is permitted, without the need of a therapeutic use exemption (TUE), but only within certain doses.No other samples taken from Froome during the race needed further examination.The organising body of Vuelta said it will “await the UCI’s official conclusions” before any further action, adding its position is one of “extreme caution, as it hopes for this issue to be resolved as quickly as possible”.The information has only come to light following a Team Sky statement yesterday, issued on the back of recent media reports.The UCI also published details of its investigation yesterday.The UCI says analyses of Froome’s A and B samples show levels which exceed the limit.Team Sky insists the rider inhaled no more than the permissible dose.Froome, who has suffered with asthma since childhood, says he welcomed the investigation.“It is well known that I have asthma and I know exactly what the rules are. I use an inhaler to manage my symptoms (always within the permissible limits) and I know for sure that I will be tested every day I wear the race leader’s jersey.“My asthma got worse at the Vuelta so I followed the team doctor’s advice to increase my Salbutamol dosage. As always, I took the greatest care to ensure that I did not use more than the permissible dose.“I take my leadership position in my sport very seriously. The UCI is absolutely right to examine test results and, together with the team, I will provide whatever information it requires.”last_img read more

Inspirational clubs are England Golf Award finalists

first_img Six inspirational golf clubs are the latest finalists to be announced for the prestigious 2017 England Golf Awards. The clubs, from Cornwall, Hertfordshire, Kent, Suffolk, Sussex and Yorkshire, will be on tenterhooks until the winners of the three categories are announced at a celebration ceremony at Lord’s Cricket Ground on Thursday, 16 March. All six are stand-out examples of clubs which go the extra mile to give the best possible experience to members, visitors and potential new players. But the competition is particularly intense between the finalists in the Strongest Community Engagement Award, which are both operated by Mytime Active.   England Golf Chief Executive Nick Pink said: “These six finalists are fantastic clubs which put their customers first and help to show that golf is a welcoming sport for all. We look forward to highlighting their great work at the England Golf Awards.” The Awards will celebrate all that’s excellent about golf in England. They will recognise leading professionals, elite amateurs, top coaches and the stars of club and county golf who do so much to inspire people to play the game. The latest finalists: GolfMark Club of the Year sponsored by TaylorMade-adidas Golf Essendon Country Club, Hertfordshire Essendon combines the best of golfing tradition with innovative approaches to offer a warm welcome. The club values and listens to its customers and offers great golf and social opportunities for members and non-members, including Pilates and yoga sessions. Busy adult and junior academies have a 100% conversion rate into membership via special introductory packages. The club uses GolfMark to measure progress and identify areas to improve and develop. The Point at Polzeath, Cornwall The club’s owners have used GolfMark to create a thriving business which bucks industry trends and they hope to double it in size over the next three years. The Point is both a golf club and a leisure hub for the local community and holidaymakers, offering facilities such as a health club and hosting the annual Polzeath Beer Festival, which is combined with get into golf activities. It was the Cornwall GolfMark Club of the Year for 2015. Most Welcoming Golf Club, sponsored by american golf Fynn Valley Golf Club, Suffolk The club started 25 years ago, believing golf should be accessible to everyone and the bar has always been open to all, with no dress code. There’s a strong golfing and social programme, great coaching opportunities and an annual ‘give golf a go’ day aimed at families. New members receive a comprehensive welcome pack and plenty of help to settle in and find playing partners. Communication with staff, members and visitors is excellent. Leeds Golf Centre, Yorkshire A ‘welcome’ sign at the entrance, good signposting, no dress code – first impressions count at this golf centre and help to attract new players. New members are introduced to playing partners and surveyed regularly to make sure they’re enjoying their golf. Coaching for all, golfing and social events for members and non-members, an emphasis on short format golf – and an in-house sports rehab physio are all features of this club. Strongest Community Engagement Bromley Golf Centre, Kent Bromley takes golf into the community, for example to schools and leisure centres, to attract people who had never thought of playing. This includes children, young adults, inactive over 60s, local residents with learning difficulties and those living with disabilities. Flexible dress codes and free club hire are other ways of removing barriers. It’s also the first branded Golf Express centre in the country, promoting shorter formats to busy people. Hollingbury Park Golf Course, Sussex Hollingbury Park thinks outside the box to find new ways to introduce local people to golf and its wellbeing benefits. For example, a Christmas open air cinema for families attracted 600 people who received information about children’s birthday parties, free golf taster sessions and other offers, which all had a good take-up. It takes part in local sports festivals, hosts an open week for all, and works with local schools, companies and organisations. More finalists will be announced next week. The England Golf Awards are attracting influential names from the golf and sporting world and tickets cost just £75 per person; anyone booking a table of 10 will get one place free. Everyone attending will be entered in a free draw for prizes including tickets to The Open, a Middlesex Match Day at Lord’s, the Ricoh Women’s British Open and a fourball at Frilford Heath Golf Club. Click here to book. 17 Feb 2017 Inspirational clubs are England Golf Award finalists last_img read more

What fast bowlers need to do to swing a cricket ball without saliva

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/TOI/APAdvertisement g4NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsmzj3Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre En71rz( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) yfWould you ever consider trying this?😱6s0tCan your students do this? 🌚mRoller skating! Powered by Firework The COVID-19 pandemic of the past few months have made an impact on world sports in more than one way. In addition to a long suspension of all fixtures, tournaments and tours, a number of new rules and regulations have been implemented across several sports as means of precautions and as a counter measure against contamination. Advertisement One of them belongs to cricket, the ban on the use of saliva, which is an age old method used by pace bowlers to swing the ball, and the ban is currently in effect in the ongoing three match Test series between England and West Indies.Image Courtesy: Getty/TOI/APFrom the bowler at the non striking end of the pitch to the keeper behind the wickets, the cricket ball is treated with multiple polishes of saliva on one side, to generate swerve in the next delivery. Although the method is surely insanitary in the gentleman’s game, the benefits were worth for the pacers.Advertisement However, now with the prevalence of the novel Coronavirus, saliva possess a high chance of contaminating the virus, and handling a saliva polished ball during a match creates a risky affair for all the players on the field. When the medical guidelines are strictly to use masks and to avoid touching your mouth, licking your finger to shine a cricket match ball, termed a ‘vector of the disease’ by the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, is surely not a good idea.The ICC’s implementation of the ban in June, on the same day the Windies arrived at England for the series. While the decision, recommended by former Indian bowling icon and captain Anil Kumble has been widely accepted by players, as bowlers are retraining themselves to let go of their habit of wetting their fingers, there are a number of ways the seamers can achieve swerving the ball. Lets look at them below-Advertisement 1. Sweat:Although saliva usage has been prohibited, the ICC gave no red signal to use sweat for shining the ball. “…it is highly unlikely that the virus can be transmitted through sweat and saw no need to prohibit the use of sweat to polish the ball…” the ICC release had stated last month.No saliva? No stress: Sweat is a hugely effective alternative for the age old method of shining the ball. (Image Courtesy: Deccan Herald/TOI)Using sweat will be very useful for cricketers in humid climates such as India and Australia. Wiping off perspiration mixed with sunscreen from forehead will be a pretty effective alternative for pacers. While this method may not be that useful in dry and winter conditions, there is another way to get the job done.2. Dukes Ball:The Dukes ball, used in English cricket, can be shined on one side without using any bodily fluid. As stated by Dilip Jajodia, the owner of Dukes ball manufacturing company British Cricket Balls Ltd, rubbing the ball on the trousers will allow the grease inside to come out and shine one side of the ball, thus, allowing it to swing. Although saliva used to speed up the process, it is still better than nothing.The answer lies in the question: The waterproofing grease inside the Dukes balls of England is a good shining alternative. (Image Courtesy: Getty)While the waterproofing grease inside the Dukes ball is allowed, ICC has also banned using wax, as it constitutes as ball tampering. Back in May, Australian manufacturer Kookaburra had proposed the idea of producing a wax applicator as an alternative to both saliva and sweat, but that scheme is now futile.3. Damp Towel:South African speedster Lungi Ngidi has recently come up with an interesting idea of using a damp towel to do the shine work. “So now we have to find a game plan to get the ball to swing. Probably a damp towel is the best thing but you’ve got to find something somehow, to shine it,” the 24 year old spoke to ESPNcricinfo.A no brainer: Proteas speedster Lungi Ngidi proposes the use of damp towel to do the shining work. (Image Courtesy: Getty)Human life is changing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and with it, the sport of cricket will also see some new changes. While there are some negative views on the saliva ban, the icons of pace bowling will use such alternatives to their best effects.Image created by BetwayIf you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Coach reveals if Aussie players will participate in IPL 2020Aussie quick Josh Hazlewood outlines Rohit Sharma’s greatest strength as a batsman Advertisementlast_img read more