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Novice pentathletes put on a good show

first_imgFor one group of Oxford sportsmen and women Saturday was a weekend of new experiences; a first trip beyond the Oxford ring road since the start of term, a first experience of Cambridge nightlife and, most importantly, the first taste of competitive sport.After just four weeks to familiarise themselves with modern pentathlon, on the 9th November thirteen novice pentathletes headed down to Cambridge for their first ever competition. Without the riding element, the competition involved fencing all the other athletes, a 3km run, a 200m swim and finally pistol shooting, testing newly-learned skills and accuracy as well as fitness. Determined not to be put off by the strangeness of the sport, the athletes threw themselves into all the disciplines and despite the overall results not going Oxford’s way, there were plenty of positives to be taken from the experience.The morning started off well with particularly strong fencing performances from the men’s team who were leading by twenty points after this phase. Things were still looking tight at the halfway stage, with the men’s and women’s teams separated by just thirty points and onepoint respectively, thanks to some strong runs by the likes of Chris Cronkite and Tom Outram. There were further strong individual efforts in the swimming, with Katie Treadwell winning the women’s heats and James Goetz coming second in the men’s. Unfortunately Cambridge dominated the final shooting event, meaning that when the final scores came in, the women were narrowly beaten by 2749 points to 2313 and the men even more closely by 2980 to 2690.Despite the obvious disappointment, the competition was a promising show of new talent. For many it was a first taste of fencing and shooting. The teams certainly enjoyed their first taste of modern pentathlon, and Cambridge nightlife.last_img read more

6 financial perks of being young

first_imgBut despite their meager savings and pitiful paychecks, young people have lots of financial advantages, experts say. “Financial planning when you’re young makes so much sense,” says Stephanie Genkin, certified financial planner and founder of My Financial Planner, LLC in Brooklyn. Here are six financial advantages to youth. Ask any young person, and they’ll tell you that being young is hard work. continue reading » 36SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Their salary is a joke. Their savings account is nonexistent. Their student loan bills are mammoth. And they have no idea how to manage their anemic assets. Being young is, like, such a bummer, dudes.last_img read more

Lasting effect of COVID-19 could hamper ‘rock-star lifestyles’

first_imgBy Clifton RossSPORTSMEN and women worldwide are usually considered royalty and it’s reflected in their most often lavish lifestyles, but remnants of COVID-19 could slowly reverse the way athletes live.It’s no hidden secret that most of the world’s top athletes from basketball, America football, soccer and good old fashion baseball, generate billions of dollars of income for its athletes.For instance, NBA stars are treated as hip-hop royalty as that niche of music is often intertwined, as players and artists coexist in their respective worlds. The ballers and most of the world’s top soccer stars have since taken on a ‘rap-like’ persona, having spent their millions on palatial homes, luxury automobiles while maintaining a high-end way of living.In boxing, Floyd Mayweather’s moniker is ‘Money’ a true testament to the vast wealth the world champ has punched his way to over the years.While the international list of millionaire athletes and sports figures is lengthy, the effect has trickled down to the Caribbean as a number of the region’s top international and even domestic cricketers, in particular, have managed to do extremely well for themselves over the last two years.One of the main contributors of wealth over the past six years is undoubtedly the introduction of the Professional Cricket League (PCL). The professional system has now created a reservoir which serves as the financial core for the players who are paid thousands of US dollars to train and stay fit.Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli with one of his exquisite Audi sports carsWith the salaries for regional cricket much higher these days than it was back then, most stars have managed to secure stints either with the international Windies team or other lucrative T20 franchises around the world; which has made them millionaires.Another key piece of history with regard to cricketers taking on a rock-star like persona these days is T20 cricket. Back when jailed billionaire Alan Stanford tossed millions of cash around the Caribbean making players rich for life, the trend continued long after the scrapping of the multi-million-dollar branded Stanford T20 Tournament.Now with leagues like the Indian Premier League (IPL), which modified Stanford’s tournament into an international billion-dollar cash machine, which is responsible for making 70 percent of the world’s cricketers either millionaires right off the bat or continuing to make big bucks as the tournament grows every year.The CPL in particular has done wonders for a number of the region’s and Guyana’s top stars. The wealth acquired has turned a number of local players into overnight millionaires and as such our ambassadors can afford to look the part.But the dark side could be revealed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as a number of big leagues and associations regionally and globally have been keeping one eye on bankruptcy/financial recessions. With the financer’s means of income also in jeopardy due to the virus, athletes could be forced to take their spending down a notch. Although some sportsmen and sportswomen might be covered for the remainder of 2020, should the virus persist, much could change fiscally for not just athletes but the average Joe.Limited live sports, little or no fans present at facilities due to restrictions and with no strong television platforms within the Caribbean; the result may lead to smaller future contracts for some athletes.Also with less endorsements, sponsors and few financial investors to go around due to the current financial flow, cricketers and other well-paid sports figures will certainly need to brace themselves for a bumpy ride.Nevertheless, it is utterly crucial for all athletes to now use the wealth and reach to create a system where they can still earn should COVID-19 alter the normal way of living, going forward.last_img read more

Šetkić in the 2. Round of The ATP Challenger in Cortina

first_imgAldin Šetkić, the Bosnian tennis player, qualified in the second round of ATP Challenger tournament in Cortina (Italy).In the 1st round worth of 42 000 Dollars, Šetkić won the Brazilian Rogerij Dutra Silva, who is 166th on the ATP list with 7:5, 7:6 (5).In the match for the qualification in quarter finals Šetkić will play against the local Federiaca Gaia (ATP 368). (Source: Fena)last_img

Do not feed the foxes at Century Park, aka Lions Club Park, in Wellington

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (6) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +10 Vote up Vote down Wes Smith · 357 weeks ago What does the fox say? Report Reply 3 replies · active 357 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Got Food · 357 weeks ago Feed me Feed me Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Wes Smith · 357 weeks ago Sorry your wrong…..the fox says Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding! Gering-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding! Gering-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding! If it doesn’t make sense to you just google “What does the fox say” and watch the vid. Trust me you’ll be shaking your head. Tracy you had to expect this to pop up in this story. Report Reply +2 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 357 weeks ago Only from you Wes! Report Reply +4 Vote up Vote down John Himer · 357 weeks ago Might be a good way to promote visitors to the park kinda like how you feed the ducks at Donut Bay. I love fat foxes anyways Report Reply 0 replies · active 357 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down WHSFAN · 357 weeks ago Perhaps they should set some traps and then move them to the country after being caught. Report Reply 0 replies · active 357 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Recently it was brought to the Wellington Police Department’s attention that there is a family of foxes, consisting of a momma fox and several babies living in and around Century Park, located on “G” Street . It was formerly called Lions Club Park.“As the story of this family of foxes was told I became a little concerned hearing that we have several Wellington citizens feeding the foxes,” said Tracy Heath, Wellington Police Chief. “According to the report, as the feeding has progressed, the baby foxes have lost some of their fear toward people.”By feeding the foxes humans could be causing more harm than good, overfeeding to the point where they forget to forage naturally or feeding food that isn’t good for them, Heath said.Feeding wildlife could lead to negative interactions with people, he said.“I would like to take this opportunity to remind citizens the foxes are wild animals and not to feed them,” Heath said. “We certainly don’t want them to become a nuisance.  Should the feeding continue the city would have no choice but to relocate the foxes.”last_img read more

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