Rowers make annual trip to Michigan

first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s crew team closes out its fall season by traveling to Michigan Sunday to compete in the 2005 Heritage River Fall Classic Regatta.The Badgers are coming off a stellar weekend in Iowa where the rowers won all six races they competed in at the Head of the Iowa.”I thought it was a pretty successful trip,” senior captain Ryan Larson said. “We’re proving that we are one of the top teams in the Midwest.”Head coach Chris Clark is happy to see this year’s team succeeding after the struggles of past years.”This is the first time in three years that I felt we are moving in that other direction,” Clark said.The annual trip to Michigan has typically been an opportunity for the freshmen to get a chance to race and this year is no different. A few varsity members will make the trip, but the majority of the team will be first-year rowers.”It’s perfect for first-year guys (and) a great opportunity to gain some experience,” Clark said.A number of schools from the Midwest are scheduled to compete Sunday with the main competition coming from Grand Valley State and Northern Michigan. The University of Chicago, the Ann Arbor Rowing Club, and boat clubs from Detroit and Wyandotte are also scheduled for the same races as Wisconsin.The Badgers will race in the novice men’s four and eight and also in the open men’s four and eight.Even though it will be mostly freshmen racing Sunday, a drop-off in success is not expected.”They are definitely a strong class,” Larson said. “I think they will do just fine.”Clark is even more confident than his captain.”I’m excited by this freshmen class,” Clark said. “I expect them to win every race they enter Sunday.”Clark also thinks most of their competition should come from their own boats.One freshman to keep an eye on this weekend is Peter Helfer. Clark compares him to former Badger football great Jim Leonhard in that Helfer is a lot smaller than your typical rower.”He’s just a killer,” Clark said. “He makes the whole team better because the other guys don’t want to get out-rowed by the little guy.”After this weekend the Badgers go into a five-month period with no competition. Clark wants to see the team close out the season with a strong performance.”It’s important, psychology’s so important to these men,” Clark said. “The more you win, the more you get used to it.”last_img read more

Broward Man Accused of Kidnapping, Sexually Assaulting Men

first_imgCourtesy: Broward Sheriff’s OfficeThe men said they would lapse in and out of consciousness, unable to fight back, and add that they had not given their consent.The Broward Sheriff’s Office says one man was bitten and bruised, requiring him to receive care at a sexual assault treatment center.At Nepton’s court appearance on Saturday morning, a Broward County assistant state attorney said there had been “numerous recent incidents of similar behavior.”Meanwhile, the public defender responded that there was no proof the alleged victim in the latest incident had not given his consent and then had regretted the situation.Broward Judge John D. Fry set bonds totaling $255,000, although Nepton is already being held without bond for the previous kidnapping charge. A Tamarac man is facing additional charges of kidnapping and sexual battery, following his recent arrest for allegedly sexually assaulting an unconscious man in a car.Authorities say that 51-year-old Javier Isaac Nepton was arrested last January for a sexual battery and kidnapping that occurred back in 2016, court records show.However, a second case has resulted in the latest charges, and a prosecutor hints there could be more coming.According to the arrest reports, the two incidents were similar. The men would be drinking in a Fort Lauderdale bar and would then suddenly black out.They would wake up feeling groggy in a parked car, while Nepton sexually assaulted them.last_img read more

Global grannies unite against Aids

first_img“We are the backbone of our communities; with our love and commitment we protect and nurture our orphaned children. Africa cannot survive without us.” Grandmothers have become indispensable caregivers in Aids-ravaged communities across Africa. (Image: James Hall, Irin PlusNews) MEDIA CONTACTS • Felicity Heyworth Communications Officer Stephen Lewis Foundation [email protected] 1 416 533 9292 ext 243 1 888 203 9990 ext 243 RELATED ARTICLES • The great granny revolution• New research key to HIV treatment• Zimbabwean fathers fight HIV• African TB nurses laudedGrandmothers from all over Africa have joined hands with grandmothers in Canada to call for greater support and recognition of their role in caring for grandchildren orphaned by Aids.“We are the backbone of our communities; with our love and commitment we protect and nurture our orphaned children. Africa cannot survive without us,” declared a manifesto released for the first African Grandmothers’ Gathering, held in Swaziland.Eunice Simelane, who has supported and cared for five grandchildren since her son and daughter-in-law succumbed to Aids-related illnesses, read the manifesto at the meeting attended by 200 grandmothers from Swaziland, 232 from other African nations, and 42 Canadian grandmothers representing 7 000 others who have formed groups in Canada to raise funds and awareness to help elderly African women struggling to raise Aids orphans.The first Grandmothers’ Gathering took place in 2006 in Toronto, Canada, the brainchild of former United Nations Special Envoy for Aids in Africa Stephen Lewis. His Stephen Lewis Foundation has been channelling funds to community-led Aids organisations that support grandmothers in 15 sub-Saharan African countries.Swaziland’s Aids epidemic is among the worst in the world: around 160 000 children are classified as orphans and vulnerable children in a population of less than 1-million – and was a natural choice to host the first Grandmothers’ Gathering held in Africa.Traditionally the extended family has looked after its own, so there are few orphanages. Grandmothers have become the primary caregivers, but their vital role has been largely overlooked, and their need for help to feed, clothe, house and educate their grandchildren ignored, said Ilana Landsberg-Lewis, executive director of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.“I was reviewing funding proposals, and many of them dealt with orphan funding, but they seemed written in code. They always referred to ‘guardians and caregivers’, but didn’t say who these persons were. We found the caregivers were the grandmothers of Africa,” she said.People have given generously to support the Foundation’s programmes, so Landsberg-Lewis wanted her fellow Canadians to meet African grandmothers personally. “They came to Swaziland, paying their own way,” she said. “I knew they would be moved by the heroic grandmothers.”The three-day conference in Swaziland’s central commercial hub, Manzini, was an emotional meeting, often joyous but sometimes harrowing, with many of the grandmothers giving accounts of abuse and poverty.The delegates compiled a list of demands from their governments, including financial assistance and sustainable projects, created with their involvement. Swaziland’s prime minister and several cabinet officials attended the gathering.“The grannies had hoped to be retired now, and to be taken care of by their children, and to play with their grandchildren, instead of having to raise them. This has to be acknowledged and assisted,” said Siphiwe Hlope, executive director of Swazis for Positive Living, a support group for HIV-positive women which organised the event with the Stephen Lewis Foundation.Hlope led a march in 2009 to protest lavish spending by the royal family, in contrast to the meagre resources for those affected by HIV and Aids, yet she was embraced by the Swazi Queen Mother, who attended the gathering. “We are all grandmothers, and what brings us together is our love for children,” Hlope said.Sharing their storiesThe grandmothers shared their stories at workshops in Swahili, SiSwati and English. “It was difficult for me to tell my granddaughter that she was HIV-positive, and because of that she was told by the people in the neighbourhood, who made fun of her,” said Esther Mango from Kenya. “She was very hurt. She said, ‘Why didn’t you tell me?’”They described their battles with discrimination because of their age, gender and HIV status. “When my husband was very sick, his family refused that I visit him in the hospital. He told my eldest son that when he died, no one should marry me because he knew what was ailing him, and he knew that I had it too and would make another ill,” said one woman.“I went to the hospital after he died and I took a test; I learned I was HIV positive. His family wouldn’t let me see my husband, but it is me who takes care of the grandchildren.”Staff from the Stephen Lewis Foundation showed African grandmothers how to apply for grants to run community projects. One Foundation project in Kenya employs 300 women who make jewellery that is sold in Canada, and a third of profits used to fund programmes in Africa. Source: Irin PlusNewslast_img read more

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Tony Dorsett Has Brain Trauma Says He Has Considered

Photo by www.foxsports.comTony Dorsett, the Hall of Fame running back with the Dallas Cowboys, has symptoms of CTE, a buildup of tau, an abnormal protein that strangles brain cells in areas that control memory, emotions and other functions.Dorsett, 59, speaking on ESPN’s Outside The Lines, said he has experienced memory loss, depression and thoughts of suicide.Scarily, the former superstar said that when he took his Oct. 21 flight from Dallas to Los Angeles for testing, he repeatedly struggled to remember why he was aboard the plane and where he was going. Such episodes, he said, are commonplace when he travels.Autopsies of more than 50 ex-NFL players, including Hall of Famer Mike Webster and perennial All-Pro Junior Seau, who committed suicide last year, found such tau concentrations. Doctors told Dorsett on Monday that tests revealed he has the symptoms of CTE or chronic traumatic encephalopathy.Dorsett said he also gets lost when he drives his two youngest daughters, ages 15 and 10, to their soccer and volleyball games. “I’ve got to take them to places that I’ve been going to for many, many, many years, and then I don’t know how to get there,” he said.But there is more. Emotional outbursts occur frequently enough that his wife and daughters are afraid of the 1976 Heisman Trophy winner.“It’s painful, man, for my daughters to say they’re scared of me.” After a long pause, he tearfully reiterated, “It’s painful.”Dorsett said doctors have told him he is clinically depressed.“I’ve thought about crazy stuff, sort of like, ‘Why do I need to continue going through this?’” he said. “I’m too smart of a person, I like to think, to take my life, but it’s crossed my mind.”“I’m trying to slow this down or cut it off,” said Dorsett. “I’m going to be 60 years old here next year, so I’m hoping that I’ve got another good 30 years or so.”CTE is a disease with no known cure, but Dorsett said he was seeking answers to explain his cognitive and emotional difficulties. “I want to know if this is something that has come about because of playing football.”Dorsett’s 12-year playing career ended a quarter-century ago, and he said he doesn’t know how many concussions he suffered, but that they were numerous and he believes their consequences are, too. “My quality of living has changed drastically and it deteriorates every day,” he said. read more

Support ecotourism as a traveller

first_imgPlanning to go on a vacation? Try being a responsible traveller. With global warming and rising pollution levels, we need to care for our mountains, beaches, hills and the very air we breathe. Walk more, carry your own bag while shopping, suggest experts.Here are some tips on how you can save the environment while travelling:No vehicle roads: Explore a new city on foot like the Mall Road in Shimla, Cinque Terre (The Italian Riveria) and Giethoorn village (Netherlands) where vehicles are not allowed. Walking is the best option to soak up the local flavour. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSay no to plastic bags: If you are travelling to any of the hill stations in India, be sure to carry your own bag while shopping. You won’t be getting any plastic bag even for food items!No smoking zones: A vacation in cities like Beijing, Chandigarh, Chennai, Liverpool and Mexico will mean that you have to leave your cigarette case at home as all these places are no-smoking zones.Go for green transportation: Bid goodbye to your traditional transportation modes and go for the new, trendy e-bikes and cycles which will be your best bet. Brands like Hero and many others have a whole new range of e-bikes that you will enjoy riding. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveChoose eco-friendly dwellings: Go beyond swanky hotels and air-conditioned rooms. And choose a homestay instead. Many of them are built with eco-friendly materials and exercise initiatives like water recycling. A farm stay will offer ample opportunities to experience life at a working farm firsthand and learn valuable lessons of sustainability.Travel in packs: Don’t forget your cars can seat four people comfortably. Find people travelling the same route and pool together for a road trip. Save some petrol money and also do the environment some good. Eat local, buy local: Living in a plantation is your chance to experience the earth beneath your feet in a different way. Join the farmers in harvesting the local produce. Buy local, organic food and give back to the land that’s hosting you.Leave it the way you found it: Your keywords here are conserve, re-use and recycle. Don’t leave behind any plastic and spoil what’s perfect. Don’t use plastic at all. Dispose your waste responsibly and don’t litter your surroundings.Sightsee a little differently: Forget taxis and cabs and take the local transport instead. Cycle along the meandering paths and watch gorgeous sights scurry past you. Sightseeing is way more fun on two wheels.Plant a tree wherever you go: While you take back memories and incredible experiences from a place, leave behind a little something for the land in return. Plant a tree wherever you or sow a seed on the street, and whisper a small thank you to the place for being a wonderful host.last_img read more