Saint Mary’s reevaluates mission statement

first_imgThe future is here, and Saint Mary’s is rising to meet it. Working in conjunction with student body president and senior Madeleine Corcoran and vice president and senior Kathy Ogden, the administration is reviewing and rethinking the College’s mission statement. The project will examine what the mission statement does well, what it is missing and how accurately it portrays Saint Mary’s, Corcoran said in an email.“We are currently in the revision process, which means we are collecting feedback from students, faculty, staff, Sisters of the Holy Cross, administration, alumnae and parents regarding our current mission statement … and what they would like to see in a future mission statement,” Corcoran said.According to the Saint Mary’s website, the current mission statement reads: “Founded by the Sisters of the Holy Cross in 1844, Saint Mary’s College promotes a life of intellectual vigor, aesthetic appreciation, religious sensibility and social responsibility. Saint Mary’s is a Catholic, residential women’s college in the liberal arts tradition offering undergraduate degrees and co-educational graduate programs.“A pioneer in the education of women, the College is an academic community where students develop their talents and prepare to make a difference in the world. All members of the College remain faithful to this mission and continually assess their response to the complex needs and challenges of the contemporary world.”The Mission Council is comprised of Saint Mary’s faculty, staff and student representatives who assess if the goals and values of the College are both known and demonstrated in the community. As an advisor to the vice president for mission, the group helps implement the College’s mission statement.“Last year, there was a slight revision [approved] to add the ‘coeducational graduate programs,’ which reflects the addition of our graduate programs as well as the admission of men into those programs,” she said. “I was blessed to be a part of that process as the co-chair last year.”Corcoran said this project is an effort to keep the mission statement loyal to the character of Saint Mary’s while adjusting to changes in the community.“It is important to continually evaluate the mission statement in order for it to be both accurate and a true reflection of the College,” she said. “The mission statement helps direct all major decisions and initiatives of the College, so it is really important for it to be current.”The process has been long and thorough, Corcoran said, with many moving parts involved in the review.“We are currently in a data collection phase,” she said. “This means many groups are giving their input, which is then collected and evaluated. Following this [phase], the strongest components will be brought to the writing process.”The group expects a very positive reaction overall, Corcoran said.“Students seem engaged and interested about how [the new mission statement] plays a role in the College’s future,” she said.Tags: Division for Mission, division for mission council, mission statement, SMC Mission Statementlast_img read more

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Review: Icebug Winter Trail Running Shoes

first_imgHere’s a winter/spring trail-runner you may want to pick up and play with as long as this crazy weather is persisting — I’ve tested this shoe extensively on mixed ice and rock, snow and dirt, and it has kept me from busting my butt on numerous occasions. They also work well on wet wood such as boardwalks and bridges. Although they are not designed for winter use specifically, I found that they were perfect for the conditions I usually experience in the winter.From Swedish footwear innovator Icebug Footwear comes the carbide-spike laden Anima 2 ($169.95), available at a local retailer near you and online.Beginning back in 2001 and originally aimed only at Scandinavian brands and retailers, the Swedes Eliza Törnkvist and David Ekelund decided to take a new approach to winter running, with the goal of getting people outside all year long, while still providing them with a high-performance legitimate trail running platform.The line is now available in the U.S. and while is still clearly Euro influenced, who cares. Once you try these things, especially if you live at altitude, you’ll come to rely on this soccer-cleat meets weather-proof running shoe.According to the company, the Anima follows “the natural motion of the foot.” Newly upgraded laces and water repellency in the forefoot combine with molded lacing details that stabilize the heel. It has an anatomical last, an extremely protective mixed-material exterior shell, and a memory foam heel cup.Anima2 BUGrip_Jade_lagoon_soleThe coup de gras is of course the low-profile full-rubber sole with carbide studs. A midsole also helps to absorb irregularities in a good all-around trail running shoe that may not be your everyday shoe, but it’s one I’m stoked to have in my quiver.Bonus points: Partnering with the Humane Society of Utah, Icebug recently raised nearly $600 for homeless pets at this year’s Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City. Paying homage to their homeland, the brand served Swedish pancakes to attendees to encourage donations.The Anima2 features an 8mm drop and weighs in at 275 g. If you need to geek out even more, check out the company’s website.last_img read more

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Bikepacking 101: Tips, Tricks, and Trips

first_imgHow do I get started? Where do I go? Do I need a new bike? All of these questions, and then some, answered by our bikepacking experts Logan Watts, founder of bikepacking.com, and Stephen Proffitt, product manager for Shenandoah Bicycle Company.Tips#1 Ask yourself—What do you want out of this experience?For Shenandoah Bicycle Company’s Stephen Proffitt, the answer to this question is essential. Some people may want to do long distances, go light, and ride fast, while others may want to enjoy the journey, tackle fewer miles, and never leave the security of their backyard. And that’s okay. Before you start wracking up thousands of dollars on your credit card, Proffitt says to stop, think, and listen, not to the sales person pitching the latest Revelate bag, but to yourself.“Bike people often say, ‘Well, this is what I’d do,’ or ‘This is what you want,’ and that’s so aggressive to a customer,” Proffitt says. “The real question is, ‘Hey, what are you looking to get out of this experience? What are your goals?’ Bikepacking is basically the hiking of the bike world. There are super big nerds out there who want the lightest setup, but at its heart, it’s using existing gear and trying to strap it to your bike in awesome ways.”IMG_2250_FIX#2 Just go do it.“You don’t really need a lot of stuff to do it,” says bikepacking.com founder Logan Watts. “You just need to go do it.”If that requires shedding gear as you ride, which Watts and his wife found themselves doing during their first long-distance ride from Mexico to Panama, that’s fine. Over time, you’ll refine your setup, Watts says, but don’t worry about getting it right your first go.“The best adventure, your first adventure, should be to just load up everything you think you need in a backpack for one night, fill your water bottle holders, get on your bike and ride,” adds Proffitt. “When you go home, lay out the things you didn’t touch and next time, don’t bring them.”#3 Keep it simple.While month-long journeys across the Ugandan countryside certainly sound, and are, epic by default, that doesn’t mean you have to tackle a big escapade in order to have a good time. In fact, Watts says, long weekend trips could be all you need to satisfy your itch.“I always tell people some of the best adventures can be found right in your backyard,” Watts says. “Just a few months ago, [my wife and I] were temporarily living outside of Raleigh. In that part of eastern North Carolina, there’s nothing. No mountain bike trails. No mountains.”So one week, Watts decided to craft an overnighter to cure his wanderlust. Less than an hour away, he landed on Croatan National Forest off the coast of North Carolina. He laid out his route, hit rubber to road. And the result?“It was amazing. I found this perfect camp spot on the beach.”Moral of the story? Adventure is closer at hand, and simpler to achieve, than you may be inclined to believe.#4 Get creative.And if you’re not the creative type, consult YouTube, Pinterest, or any number of bikepacking forums (bikepacking.com even has a section purely designated for cheap, DIY bikepacking “hacks”). Learn to make a shelter out of a Wal-Mart tarp and the bike you already own. Rig a seat post bag without dropping $200. The Internet as a resource is a beautiful thing. Use it.#5 Remember that no one setup is the right setup.What may work for your ultralight guru of a friend may be completely unrealistic for you. Totally normal. Unlike traditional team sports, bikepacking is an individual endeavor, even when riding in groups.“At its heart, all of this is somewhat grassroots,” Proffitt says about bikepacking. “You’re going to have the things that work for you and your personality and your packing style. Some people don’t bring a tent. Other people aren’t going to be able to function like that. If you require bringing a trailer to bring all of your things the first time, that’s fine.”The point is to have fun with it and experiment. You can’t really go wrong.Tricks#1 Use electrical tape.So your fork doesn’t have any water bottle mounts? Big deal. Grab a couple rolls of electrical tape and some water bottle cages and tape away. Be sure to tape an extra tube somewhere on your bike. The best part about electrical tape is that it doesn’t leave any residue when you remove it. Plus, you can get some super funky colors. Style is everything, even when using electrical tape.#2 Invest in dry bags.If there’s one thing you should buy right off the bat, it’s a couple of heavy-duty dry bags. More important than being able to strap everything to your bike is that your gear also stays dry. Plus, dry bags are inherently easy to attach to any bike. Just cinch them down with a couple of straps to the handlebar, or loop the clip upside down under the seat post and strap tight.#3 Love Tyvek.If you don’t love and use Tyvek already, you should. Ground cloth, bivy, heck I’ve even seen a guy rocking a Tyvek kilt before. It’s versatile, it’s durable, it’s lightweight, it’s packable, and most importantly, it’s cheap.#4 Make every inch count.Size does matter. Eventually you’re not going to want to ride technical singletrack with a heavy pack strapped to your back. As you hone your packing system, look to the bike itself for storing supplies. That empty triangle in the middle of your bike can hold an amazing amount of stuff. Bikepacking.com has instructions for a DIY frame bag (for the crafty and cheap), but you can also purchase a half size or full frame bag for around $100.#5 Think “multipurpose.”This is where it really starts to get fun. Can you go without, say, tent poles, by using your bike’s handlebars to stake out the fly? Can your tire pump still function if you wrap a bunch of gorilla tape around it for emergencies (that stuff fixes everything)? The lighter you can go, the better those climbs are going to feel.Oh, and bring latex gloves. You might not necessarily come across a bloody limb, but you probably will encounter a broken chain. Keep those paws clean.“I often get made fun of for doing so, but it’s something I’ve learned commuting by bicycle over the years,” says Proffitt. “Nice clothes and greasy hands aren’t friends.”Trips• Travel in company and learn the basics of bikepacking with Shenandoah Bicycle Company! Upcoming bike campout: October 22-23• Get schooled in backcountry bikepacking clinic-style with Mulberry Gap’s seasoned guides. This north Georgia-based biking facility offers four-day Cohutta Backcountry Bikepacking 101 and 201 courses in the spring and summer ($100 each) for intermediate riders looking to get some helpful pointers on everything from packing to route planning. Or check out Mulberry Gap’s two-part, guided tour of the Trans North Georgia September 18-26. Visit mulberrygap.com for more information!Birthplace of Rivers National MonumentMarlinton, W.Va.Distance: 58.8 milesDifficulty (1-10): 4Type: Loop/overnighterTerrain: 50 percent gravel, 50 percent pavedHighlights: Ramp season, riverside riding, shelter camping, mountain viewsDirections: http://bit.ly/CranberryWildernessTwo Gorges GravelMorganton, N.C.Distance: 75 milesDifficulty (1-10): 4Type: Loop/overnighterTerrain: 55 percent unpaved, no singletrackHighlights: Expansive scenery of Linville Gorge, timing the ride with rhododendron-in-bloom, a 20-mile gravel descent (f’real), Wilson Creek’s wilderness feel and stunning landscapeDirections: http://bit.ly/TwoGorgesGravelSlate SpringsHarrisonburg, Va.Distance: 52 milesDifficulty (1-10): 4Type: Loop/overnighterTerrain: 75 percent gravel, 25 percent pavedHighlights: Meadow Knob camping, Reddish Knob descent, ample spring access and wildlife viewingDirections: http://bit.ly/SlateSpringsIron Mountain TrailDamascus, Va.Distance: 43 milesDifficulty (1-10): 5Type: Loop/overnighterTerrain: 50 percent paved, 50 percent singletrackHighlights:  6-mile long downhill, shelter camping, creek crossings, rock gardens, classic Appalachian green tunnelDirections: http://bit.ly/IronMTNTrail or http://bit.ly/IronMTN100 for singletrack only (51.4 miles; route of Iron Mountain 100K)The Appalachian (Beer) TrailPisgah National Forest, N.C.Distance: 108 milesDifficulty (1-10): 7Type: One-way/four-day minimumTerrain: 50 percent unpaved, 50 percent singletrackHighlights: Ultimate tour-de-western-North-Carolina for craft beer and singletrack both, Black Mountain Trail’s epic downhill, Slate Rock overlookDirections: http://bit.ly/AppBeerTrailTrans North GeorgiaSouth Carolina to AlabamaDistance: 342 milesDifficulty (1-10): 7.5Type: One-way/five-day minimum, seven-day averageTerrain: 72 percent unpaved, 18 percent singletrack, little pavedHighlights: Solitude, waterfall and creekside riding, Cohutta Mountain views, Stanley Gap and Bear Creek singletrack, rest and reprieve at Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Getaway at mile 220Directions: http://bit.ly/TransNGAIMG_1192_FIXGo-To GearIt’s safe to say Logan Watts has spent more time on a bike than in a car since he and his wife sold their belongings and hit the road in 2012. A native of Winston-Salem, N.C., Watts has ridden from Mexico to Panama, and in Uganda, Rwanda, South Africa, Morocco, Southern Spain, and that’s just the start of the list. Watts sometimes posts up in Brevard, N.C., but mostly, he’s still chasing bikepacking routes around the world. His gear recommendations are tried and true. Check out a few of his favorites below!Voilé Straps ($5.50)“If anything is better than duct tape, it is the Voilé Strap.” Ranging in size from 15 inches to 32, these polyurethane straps are typically used by skiers, but their functionality extends well beyond holding your skis together or crafting an A-frame on your pack.Salsa Anything Cage & Bag ($30; $32)Anything goes with this cage and bag combo. Designed for riders looking to attach everything from lightweight gear items like sleeping pads and dry bags to large water bottles and Gatorade jugs, this unconventional bike rack gives you the ability to make every inch count.Oveja Negra Snack Pack ($45-55)Now available in an XL size, this top tube bag is the perfect solution for storing caloric fuel, spare tubes, tools, the latest and greatest (and biggest) iPhone on the market. It even fits a pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. We tested it ourselves.Revelate Designs Handle Bar Harness ($75)Already have an ample supply of durable dry bags? Pop ‘em in a handle bar harness and hit the trail! This harness accommodates dry bags up to 20 liters in size and even works on drop bars. Tents, sleeping systems, packrafts, mini kegs. Whatever your need, this harness can hold it.Oveja Negra Super Wedgie Frame Bag ($90-100)Utilize the space beneath your top tube without compromising the accessibility of a seat tube water bottle cage. The Super Wedgie comes in small (4+ liters) and large (6+ liters) sizes to fit whatever ride you’re rockin. Complete with a hydration/wire port and a separate map pocket, this bag will accommodate the needs of multi-day excursions, long day trips, and everything in between.Revelate Designs Sweetroll Handlebar Bag ($100)100 percent waterproof and customizable, these handlebar bags come in small, medium, and large sizes for every type of load, bike, and trip.Green Guru Hauler ($100)Made with upcycled nylon, this seat pack is not only one-of-a-kind but also eco friendly. The Hauler provides all of the room you need to lug your camping gear, but can also be converted into a messenger bag for bikepackers who use their bikes for commuting.Acre Hauser 14L Weatherproof Hydration Pack ($215)Whatever the weather, this little ditty can handle the heat (or rain, sleet, snow, hail, crushing wind, etc.). Count on this totally sealed pack to keep everything dry on the inside while still allowing your back to breathe with the help of perforated panels and shoulder straps.last_img read more

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Brazilian Aircraft Assist Firefighting in Chile

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo March 13, 2017 At the end of January, Chile faced large-scale forest fires in the south-central part of the country. According to reports by Chile’s National Forestry Service, more than 1,500 homes were destroyed, and 467,000 were impacted by the fires, which left 11 dead and affected 6,000 people. Brazil, together with other countries, sent reinforcements to fight the fire. Brazilian support was provided by two C-130 Hercules planes from the 1st Troop Transport Group of the Brazilian Air Force, which flew out on January 29th, specially equipped to contain the blaze. According to General Mozart de Oliveira Farias, the commander of the 11th Air Wing who coordinated this mission, it is important to stand in solidarity with partner nations in the South American context. “These missions tighten our bonds of friendship and deepen our mutual collaboration,” Gen. Mozart stated. Members of the FAB remained in Chile until February 9th. Over the course of the mission, they flew 48 flights, totaling 23 hours and 50 minutes of flying time, not factoring in the transfer time between Brazil and Chile. In each run, the planes dropped 11,400 liters of water, releasing approximately 547,000 liters in total. Forest fires When the Brazilian C-130s arrived at the fires’ location, there were already other planes engaged in attacking their focal points, as well as fire brigade members who were operating on land. For Lieutenant Colonel Marcelo da Silva Ribeiro, commander of the Troop Transport Group, 1st Squadron, a high degree of coordination was needed to use the equipment. “This activity was carried out effectively and within safety margins.” Chile’s dry weather and strong winds presented additional difficulties, according Lt. Col. Ribeiro. “Some focal points came close to inhabited areas, and we then had to redouble our focus during the drops to keep from damaging buildings or injuring people,” he said. Captain Douglas Luna Lopes da Costa, a member of the FAB team, recalled that at Concepción the blaze had several outbreaks with large distances between them, which required many takeoffs from different sectors. “Intense coordination was needed with all the aircraft in flight, and with the teams that were operating on the ground. But it all worked out in the end.” The Brazilian team comprised 27 service members who held to a daily 14-hour schedule divided into two shifts. Two crews ran missions from 07:30 to 13:30 and from 13:30 to 21:30. “During these flights, the drops had to be highly precise, to keep from causing collateral damage,” Capt. Lopes noted. Lt. Col. Ribeiro highlighted the support and infrastructure that Chile made available to the teams fighting the fire. “The effective coordination and actions taken by local government agencies contributed to the success of the operation,” the squadron commander said. During the period in which the Brazilian team aided in the firefighting, the recognition and gratitude shown by the Chilean people served as an incentive for the work and dedication of the FAB members. “The people’s reaction was fundamental. Residents always came by to thank us. They remembered that due to our assistance, we were keeping the fire from reaching and engulfing their homes,” Capt. Lopez revealed. The Chilean government estimates that the cost of fighting the fire was $26.5 million. According to reports published by France Press news agency, $333 million will be spent to completely rebuild the affected area. MAFFS System One of the FAB’s C-130 Hercules planes used in this mission had in-flight firefighting equipment. The Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) has five water tanks. Two pipes extend from the rear door of the C-130, and water is dropped on predetermined areas from an average height of 150 feet. According to Lt. Col. Ribeiro, the plane’s versatility, despite its size, allows it to do low-speed, high-altitude flights within a decent safety margin. The other aircraft was also equipped with materials to support the mission, such as a compressor, pools to supply water to the aircraft, and maintenance equipment. According to Gen. Mozart, this configuration made it possible to maintain the C-130s’ operational availability. “We sent a team that included specialists from the various systems so they could perform maintenance services on their own, thereby facilitating coordination during the mission.” For Capt. Lopez, taking part in these firefighting missions helps maintain the crew members’ operational efficiency. “This is an opportunity to put into practice all the instruction we receive over the course of countless training operations. This Chilean mission demanded a lot of ability and focus by all crew members, and it did not let the crew doubt any in-flight procedures to be followed,” said Capt. Lopez, who took part in a similar mission in Chile in 2014, and in Lençóis, in the Brazilian state of Bahia in December 2015.last_img read more

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Riverhead Man Killed in Shooting

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 27-year-old man was shot to death in his hometown of Riverhead on Tuesday night, Suffolk County police said.Southampton Town Police officers and the New York State Troopers responded to a 911 call of shots fired at an Old Quogue Road home, and upon arrival they found Thomas Lacolla dead of gunshot wounds in a parked Mercedes Benz at 9:37 p.m.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on the shooting to call them at 631-852-6394 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img

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Trump leads Biden, race too early to call

first_imgPresident Donald Trump is leading Democratic presidential challenger Joe Biden in Texas, but the contest in the Lone Star State still remained too close to call on Tuesday evening, NBC News reported.Texas has 38 Electoral College votes, second only to California’s 55. Polling averages going into Tuesday had indicated a close race with a slight Trump advantage. As of 9:45 p.m. ET, 74 percent of the expected vote in Texas had been tallied, and Trump was leading the former vice president by less than 1 percentage point.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Trump supporters face off Biden supporters outside of a polling site, on Election Day in Houston, Texas, U.S. November 3, 2020.Go Nakamura | Reuters In 2016, the president won the state by 9 points. Texas is considered a must-win for Trump in 2020.A Democratic presidential candidate hasn’t won Texas since Jimmy Carter in 1976. A growing population and shifting demographics have inched the state further left from its historical Republican stronghold status. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Pirate Attack against Bulk Carrier Foiled in Gulf of Aden

first_imgThe Liberian-flagged bulk carrier MV Lord Mountbatten was attacked by pirates on Tuesday, May 16 while under way some 230 nautical miles South-West of Salalah, the Gulf of Aden.Namely, the ship was approached by two suspicious mother vessels along with up to eight skiffs, according to India’s Defence Ministry.However, the ship sent a distress call that was picked up by the Indian Navy’s patrol vessel INS Sharda, which is deployed on anti-piracy patrol in the Gulf of Aden since April 6, 2017.Image Courtesy: Indian NavyAs informed by the ministry, the vessel had reported an incident of attempted piracy to Sharda, which was at that time 30 nm east of the reported position and was able to immediately respond to the distress call and proceed to the spot to investigate the incident.Image Courtesy: Indian Navy“On arriving in the area by about 1900 hrs, Sharda detected two dhows along with eight skiffs in vicinity, three of which fled the area at high speeds on sighting the warship. Indian Navy’s MARCOS, with support of the armed helicopter from the ship investigated the dhows and their skiffs by conducting board and search operations. The absence of any fishing gear onboard the two dhows/remaining five skiffs indicated malicious intent and possible piracy-linked intentions,” the ministry added.What is more, the marine commandos found one high calibre AKM rifle along with one filled magazine (28 rounds) hidden onboard one of the dhows.“The weapon and ammunition has been confiscated to prevent future illegal misuse,” the ministry further pointed out.The Handysize bulk carrier, built in 2011, is underway using engine in the Gulf of Aden, according to its latest vessel tracking data, heading for Port Said, with the estimated time of arrival on May 22.The 28,000 DWT ship is managed by Greek-based British Bulkers and owned by Admiral Shipping LTD, according to the data provided by VesselsValue.Image Courtesy: British Bulkerslast_img read more

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No Juventus exit for Can, Rabiot this January

first_imgEmre Can and Adrien Rabiot will not be allowed to leave Juventus this month. That is according to the club’s director Fabio Paratici, who is in charge of transfer dealings for the Italian giants. Both Can and Rabiot have been linked with moves away from the Allianz Stadium. Former Liverpool man Can, 25, is a reported target for Manchester United after growing unhappy at Juve despite only joining in 2018. He was left out of the Champions League squad and has started just twice all season under Maurizio Sarri. There was also talk that he could be used as a makeweight in a deal to take Paul Pogba back to Turin. Rabiot, meanwhile, only joined Juventus from Paris Saint-Germain last summer but is already tipped to be on his way again. The Frenchman, 24, rejected the chance to join the Premier League in the last transfer window but Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham may all consider handing him a way out. He is, though, finally establishing himself in the starting XI after a slow start with his new side. But Juventus chief Paratici insists they will be going nowhere at least until the summer. He told Sport Italia: “I can exclude Emre Can leaving, as he will certainly remain with us. “On an international level, he is one of the most wanted players, but I think he can be important for our project. “Rabiot arrived here after not playing for eight months. It’s only natural on a physical level he should take time to adapt. He paid the price for that, but he has done well when used. “We are confident, he is an important player and a guarantee for Juve, not a question mark or a doubt. Read Also: Juventus to offer player-plus-cash deal for Paul Pogba “We have an important squad, with a lot of competition for places, and that’s how it should be at this level.” Juventus have completed their first signing of the transfer window – but will not have £30million man Dejan Kulusevski available until next season. The 19-year-old Swedish midfielder was a target for Manchester United and Arsenal before opting to switch to Juventus. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?TV Characters Who Hated Each Other But Later Became Friends7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisThe Woman The Whole Muslim World Is Proud Of6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Betterlast_img read more

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US Open: Thiem beats Zverev to win first Grand Slam title

first_imgDominic Thiem produced a historic comeback to beat Alexander Zverev in a nervy five-setter and win the US Open on Sunday for his first Grand Slam title. The second seeded Austrian beat the fifth seed 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (8⁄6) in 4hr 2min inside a near-empty Arthur Ashe Stadium. It marked the first time in the US Open’s Open era history that a player had recovered from losing the opening two sets to win the title. It was also the first time the final had been settled by a tie-break. “I wish we could have two winners today. I think we both deserved it,” said Thiem. The title is the 27-year-old Thiem’s maiden Grand Slam trophy after three previous defeats in finals of tennis majors. Thiem was runner-up at the Australian Open earlier this year and also lost in the last-two showdowns at the French Open in 2018 and 2019. He also becomes the first new Grand Slam champion since Croatian Marin Cilic won at Flushing Meadows in 2014. Thiem is also the first Grand Slam champion other than Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer since Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka won the third of his majors at the 2016 US Open. “I achieved a life goal, a dream of myself, which I had for many, many years,” said Thiem. But he could not hold and soon Thiem found himself 6-5 ahead. He took a medical timeout before it was his turn to serve for the championship. However, like Zverev moments earlier, Thiem failed to clinch the match and it went to a tie-break. He found himself 5-3 up after two double faults by Zverev but Thiem, by now exhausted and limping, blew two championship points. He won the title and the winner’s cheque of $3 million on his third after Zverev hit a backhand wide. Thiem collapsed to the ground with his head in his hands before the pair, who are close friends, embraced on the court. “It was a tough battle,” said Zverev, who burst into tears during his runner-up speech. “I wish you would have missed a little bit more so I could have hold that trophy up,” he added. Zverev said losing in a tie-break after being two sets and a break up “is not easy,” but said his time would come. “I don’t think it’s my last chance. I do believe that I will be a Grand Slam champion at some point,” he told reporters. The match was watched by just a few dozen people, mostly officials, journalists and event staff after the coronavirus pandemic forced the tournament to be held behind closed doors. It was a scrappy, timid affair, with both players desperate to win their first Slams. Dominic Thiem of Austria shakes hands with Alexander Zverev of Germany after the 2020 US Open final Loading… Read Also: Barcelona players vote Messi to continue as captain Zverev smashed 15 aces compared to Thiem’s two. But the German also hit 15 double faults, with Thiem hitting eight. Zverev hit more winners 52 to 43, but also more unforced errors, with 65 to 55. This year’s field at the Billie Jean King US National Tennis Center in New York was depleted by the absence of Swiss legend Federer and defending champion Nadal. The tournament was also blown wide open by the disqualification of world number one and heavy favourite Djokovic in the last 16 for hitting a line judge with the ball. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Dominic Thiem of Austria lays down in celebration after winning the 2020 US Open Zverev, 23, smashed four aces and 16 winners in the first set as he displayed an impressive serve and volley game to take a 1-0 lead in just 30 minutes. The German was helped by some sloppy serving from Thiem, who hit three double faults as he was broken twice, in games three and seven. In set two, Zverev wasted three set points while 5-1 up but held on to take a 2-0 lead on his fifth set point. The tide was beginning to turn though as Zverev’s play became increasingly cagey as his suspect second serve got slower and his forehand, another weakness, became more defensive. – ‘Tough battle’ – After Thiem took set four, Zverev found himself serving for the championship at 5-3 in the fifth set. Alexander Zverev of Germany during his runner-up speech at the 2020 US Open Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’Why Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthThese TV Characters Proved That Any 2 People Can Bury The Hatchet7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThere’s Only 1 Such A Coin In The World Left In Private HandsIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?These TV Characters Left The Show And It Just Got Betterlast_img read more

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Ziemke helps “Twister’ gain government experience

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — An Oldenburg Academy graduate is gaining experience as an intern with Republican state representative from Batesville Cindy Ziemke and her fellow members of the House of Representatives during the 2019 legislative session.Nathan Hurm, a resident of Batesville, is the son of Robert and Autumn Hurm. He is a Ball State University student working toward a bachelor’s degree in psychology and political science.As a legislative intern, Hurm corresponds with constituents through phone calls, letters and emails while also staffing committee hearings and floor proceedings.“The internship program at the Statehouse is a great opportunity for college students and recent graduates to build a network and gain professional experience,” Ziemke said. “Our interns do valuable work throughout session and help ensure things run smoothly, and interning allows them to gain skills they can carry with them throughout their careers.”Each year, the House of Representatives offers paid internship opportunities to college students, law-school students, graduate students and recent college graduates for the duration of each legislative session.“This internship has taught me a lot,” Hurm said. “My time-management and organizational skills have improved greatly, and the experience has opened doors to new professional opportunities. I recommend other college students look into the House internship program.”last_img read more

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