Spring Fever

first_imgSpring is upon us. Maybe the official date is still a couple of weeks away, but the blooming daffodils, flirtatious robins, and warm breeze in the air tell me that I’ve survived another long dark winter (not that this was one to complain about). Shedding the gloves and taking advantage of the increasing daylight hours, I find my thoughts drifting ahead to the upcoming race season. What will 2012 bring?Developing a race schedule can be a challenge. Flipping through the race calendars in magazines and online, I realize that the possibilities are endless. How will I ever choose where to focus my dreams and goals? I must find some way to narrow it down.There are many factors to consider – will there be one big goal race or lots of smaller challenges? Do I want to focus on pavement or dirt? Go for endurance or work on my speed? Fortunately, I’m not a multisport athlete like so many of my friends – I don’t have to choose between bi’s and tri’s – biking or running – not to mention kayaks and swimming.How about travel? Do I want to stick with local events or go big and mix it up with West Coast competition? Would it be fun to pick an event and train with a group of friends? Do I want to shoot for PRs at events I’ve already run, or expand my horizons with brand new adventures? And speaking of adventures, maybe an organized event isn’t in the cards this year. How about a solo run across the Smokies or returning to take care of unfinished business in Shenandoah National Park?Then there are the quirky goals: finally get up the courage to run a naked 5k, or maybe attempt another open-water swimming event, this time without experiencing a panic attack in the middle of the lake.Here in the Southeast, we’re blessed with more opportunities for outdoor challenges and adventures than one can squeeze into one season – or one lifetime. We’re only limited by our imagination. What does this spring season hold in store for you? Aim high and dream big!last_img read more

COVID-19: ‘People don’t need to stockpile everyday items’, Jokowi says amid panic buying spree

first_imgDemand for face masks has also surged in Blitar regency, East Java.”We already put up a sign telling customers that we don’t have any face masks but they keep asking anyway,” drugstore employee Lina Sugianti told the Post on Tuesday. Lina said the drugstore had not been able to replenish its face mask stocks for a month and a half due to consumers bulk buying the masks for their relatives who are migrant workers in countries hit by the coronavirus outbreak such as Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore. The Indonesian Retailers Association (Aprindo) and Indonesian Shopping Centers Tenants Association (Hippindo) issued statements on Monday to assure their members’ that food and non-food supplies would be more than sufficient to fulfill regular demand and that they had also taken certain measures to ensure a constant supply in the case of prolonged panic. (nor)Topics : “People don’t need to stockpile everyday items,” he said at a press conference at the State Palace in Central Jakarta on Tuesday. “If anything, what makes such items rare is bulk buying.”People began panic buying everyday goods, ranging from instant noodles to antiseptic wipes, on Monday afternoon after Jokowi announced the country’s first two confirmed COVID-19 cases. The patients, a 64-year-old woman and her 31-year-old daughter, are currently being treated at Sulianti Saroso Infectious Diseases Hospital (RSPI Sulianti Saroso) in Jakarta.There have been also been reports of thinning face mask supplies at drugstores around the country. Menita, a storekeeper at Agung Raya drugstore in Manado, North Sulawesi told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday that her store had doubled the price of face masks to Rp 4,000 (28 US Cents) a piece and capped sales to three pieces per customer. She said that her store raised prices because distributors had also raised prices to Rp 500,000 per box of 50 face masks. “There are residents who bulk buy face masks to send to their family members in Jakarta, because they said that there aren’t any face masks there. We have been sold out of face masks since this morning,” Menita said.center_img President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has spoken out against hoarding as people across the country go on panic buying sprees following the announcement of Indonesia’s first two confirmed COVID-19 cases.Jokowi said the government and the private sector had enough food and non-food stocks, including around 50 million face masks, to meet public demand. The President has also instructed the National Police chief to crack down on individuals hoarding and reselling face masks.last_img read more

Michael Emenalo defends Chelsea’s loan policy

first_img “That didn’t suit the reason for which we had already gone to get him. “So we felt it would be better for him to go and rediscover his confidence and he hasn’t just gone to any other team… he’s gone to Juventus. “These players go to top clubs and when they get there they prove we don’t recruit bad players, just like Salah did last season.” Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo has defended the loan policy which saw more than 30 players depart the Barclays Premier League club on a temporary basis this summer. The reigning champions have allowed the likes of Juan Cuadrado – bought from Fiorentina for £23.3million in January – and Mohamed Salah to move to Juventus and Roma respectively, while Victor Moses joined West Ham for the 2015-16 season shortly after signing a new contract with the Blues. Nathaniel Chalobah and Marco van Ginkel are among the other senior players now operating elsewhere. Press Association The remaining loanees are mostly members of Chelsea’s youth academy and Under-21 ranks but the club, who are not breaking any rules, have been accused of unfairly stockpiling players. Emenalo insists the loan system has been put in place precisely to promote the development of talent. He told Chelsea TV: “We have the difficult job – one we happily accept because we are a big club – of trying to balance being successful with making sure we have the right players at the right time. “Sometimes we know there are players whose development is not finished, just like Victor (Moses), who we want to keep with our squad but who maybe needs to play more football to get to the level we think he can get to, because he is very, very talented.” The Nigerian admitted Cuadrado had been allowed to join Juventus after suffering a crisis of confidence when he arrived at Stamford Bridge in the wake of Chelsea’s 5-3 defeat at Tottenham. At the same time, though, Egypt international Salah was sent to Fiorentina, for whom he would score nine goals, reinforcing Emenalo’s faith in Chelsea’s loan policy. “Sometimes the timing is not right for them,” he said. “For example we got (Juan) Cuadrado straight after a very difficult game at Spurs and we had to change our strategy for the rest of the season. last_img read more