Race Ahead: Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon

first_imgJoin the 3,000 runners who will toe the starting line of the Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon  on May 31, 2014. The event, produced by Destination Races, begins and ends at the Doukenie Winery in Purcellville, Va., a dreamy spot for a post-race celebration that includes music and the best local wines. The course runs north of the winery on scenic and historic byways, passing vineyards, farms, ranches and estates along the way. It’s the only race in the region with wine at one of its aid stations. Hiddencroft Vineyards serves as the midpoint in the course, complete with a water and wine stop and music. The course is mostly paved, with 1.4 miles of hard-packed gravel. It’s a rolling course but not overly challenging: the net elevation gain/loss is 207 feet, starting and ending at 560 feet with maximum elevation at 633 feet.Once you cross the finish line at Doukenie Winery, the celebration gets underway with the post race Wine and Music Festival presented by Visit Loudoun! There will be several wineries from the region and a local brewery pouring, plus food and a popular live band all in a beautiful outdoor setting at Doukenie Winery. This event is open to guests so bring your friends and family to celebrate with you.For more info visit destinationraces.com/runvirginia.last_img read more

‘TRANSANITY’: Heard of ‘transabled’? You will soon.

first_imgNational Post 3 June 2015 When he cut off his right arm with a “very sharp power tool,” a man who now calls himself One Hand Jason let everyone believe it was an accident.But he had for months tried different means of cutting and crushing the limb that never quite felt like his own, training himself on first aid so he wouldn’t bleed to death, even practicing on animal parts sourced from a butcher.“My goal was to get the job done with no hope of reconstruction or re-attachment, and I wanted some method that I could actually bring myself to do,” he told the body modification website ModBlog.His goal was to become disabled.People like Jason have been classified as ‘‘transabled’’ — feeling like imposters in their bodies, their arms and legs in full working order.“We define transability as the desire or the need for a person identified as able-bodied by other people to transform his or her body to obtain a physical impairment,” says Alexandre Baril, a Quebec born academic who will present on “transability” at this week’s Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Ottawa.“The person could want to become deaf, blind, amputee, paraplegic. It’s a really, really strong desire.”Researchers in Canada are trying to better understand how transabled people think and feel. Clive Baldwin, a Canada Research Chair in Narrative Studies who teaches social work at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, N.B., has interviewed 37 people worldwide who identify as transabled.Most of them are men. About half are in Germany and Switzerland, but he knows of a few in Canada. Most crave an amputation or paralysis, though he has interviewed one person who wants his penis removed. Another wants to be blind.Many people, like One Hand Jason, arrange “accidents” to help achieve the goal. One dropped an incredibly heavy concrete block on his legs — an attempt to injure himself so bad an amputation would be necessary. But doctors saved the leg. He limps, but it’s not the disability he wanted.The transabled are very secretive and often keep their desires to themselves, Baldwin says. One 78-year-old man told Baldwin he’d lived with the secret for 60 years and never told his wife.Some of his study participants do draw parallels to the experience many transgender people express of not feeling like they’re in the right body. Baldwin says this disorder is starting to be thought of as a neurological problem with the body’s mapping, rather than a mental illness.Transability is also known as Body Integrity Identity Disorder, which was only just added to the “emerging measures and models” appendix section of the DSM-5 in 2013. Many transabled people want to see it fully added to the psychiatric bible because it might legitimize their experience in the field of medicine, Baril notes.http://www.nationalpost.com/m/wp/blog.html?b=news.nationalpost.com//news/canada/becoming-disabled-by-choice-not-chance-transabled-people-feel-like-impostors-in-their-fully-working-bodieslast_img read more

Elliott has Cause to cheer

first_imgGordon Elliott, who landed the Crabbie’s Grand National with Silver Birch in 2007, is hoping the ground at Aintree continues to improve to boost the chance of Cause Of Causes on Saturday. The seven-year-old, who is owner JP McManus’s second string behind Tony McCoy’s mount, ante-post favourite Shutthefrontdoor, showed his well-being when winning the four-mile National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham last month. “He’s in good form. The more the ground dries out, the better he’ll be,” the County Meath handler told At The Races. “He jumped four National fences up on the Curragh last week so we’re very happy with him. “He had an easy week, 10 days after Cheltenham. He’s been back working away and did a nice bit of work the other day and that’s all he really needs. Travelling over takes a bit of work as well, so we’ll see what happens. “For the first three miles we’ll just hunt away there and ride him to get round and if he’s still there going out to the last mile and a half then we’ll worry about winning.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

That National Dialogue on Domestic Violence (Part 1)

first_imgDear Editor,The Caribbean Voice (TCV) fervently hopes that First Lady Sandra Granger’s upcoming National Dialogue on Domestic Violence would consider proposals made by a number of commentators, analysts and letter writers: a coordinated community response via a task-force; review of the domestic violence laws and a concerted effort to implement and enforce them; Police training on the provisions of the Domestic Violence Law, emphatic communication, and an overall more effective approach to domestic violence; timely and greater responses to complaints and requests for protection orders supported by stringent enforcement; domestic violence courts; social workers and/or counsellors at all Police stations, a batterer’s intervention programme; an education campaign that focuses on modelling and highlighting healthy relationships, and on tackling the victim blaming and shaming mentality that currently exists; provision of more safe houses; more Probation and Welfare Officers to service the courts; greater interagency and stakeholders’ collaboration; videoing by the public of inappropriate Police behaviour/responses to complaints and submission of same to their superiors.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan was recently quoted in the media as saying that domestic violence is “a very difficult thing to prevent when someone (is) feeling angry for whatever reason…I don’t know what we can do, or how we can legislate against that…What we have to do is…ensure better education; but, there again, the officer (Orwain Sandy) that did what he did was an educated fella”.Actually, anger is not a root cause for domestic violence. The same person whose anger leads him/her to violence in a relationship would generally not be violent at the workplace, in a Government office, or with a leader or opinion shaper, no matter how angry he/she is. Domestic violence occurs because the abuser needs to be in control and/or dominate the other partner, and/or the abuser is socialised into thinking intimate partner violence is an acceptable way to solve conflicts.Anger, drugs, alcohol catalyse the abuse. What in effect is needed is the implementation of the requisite programmes, policies and strategies, some of which have been mentioned above, and some of which may need legislation. Others would include programmes – anger management, anti-alcohol and anti-drugs –to address the related mental health issues.Additionally, measures are needed to shape the socialisation process, so that children — especially boys — are imbued with the right mentality from young; so that parents can apply appropriate parenting skills; so dysfunctional relationships can be re-engineered to evolve without violence, and so that schools can provide discipline without violence. As tennis champ Serena Williams stated in a June 21st article in the UK’s Daily Mail newspaper, “It’s important to get the message out there to our young men, to our boys, to our daughters”.Also, it must be noted that academic education does not necessarily prepare someone to not descend into abuse. In fact, abuse cuts across all strata and segments of society, and all walks of life.With respect to multi-stakeholders’ collaboration, a good starting point could be this National Dialogue. When The Caribbean Voice held its National Stakeholders’ Conference in August 2015, over 75 stakeholders were present from across Guyana. In terms of logistics and resources, the First Lady is in a position to do far better, and so we hope that her national dialogue would see representation from all stakeholders involved at any level in addressing domestic violence: persons who already have displayed passion and commitment to addressing domestic violence; persons who are already on the ground, giving of their time, effort and resources, and thus having a grasp of the realities around domestic violence would be there for the long run, 24/7, and not only from 8 to 5 until the money runs out.SincerelyThe Caribbean Voicelast_img read more

Mbeki in Ivory Coast breakthrough

first_img7 April 2005After days of talks in Pretoria with President Thabo Mbeki, Ivory Coast’s civil war adversaries have agreed to cease hostilities and begin working towards elections in October. The deal represents a victory for Mbeki, whose mediation skills have been widely praised.The talks, which began on Sunday and ended on Wednesday, brought together the five main protagonists to the conflict: President Laurent Gbagbo, Prime Minister Seydou Diarra, New Forces rebel leader Guillaume Soro, and Ivory Coast’s main opposition politicians, former president Henri Konan Bedie and former prime minister Alassane Ouattara.On Wednesday, the five leaders signed what has been dubbed the Tshwane Agreement, agreeing to continue the peace process and resolve some of the outstanding issues of the Linas-Marcoussis, Accra II and III agreements.“It’s important for us to overcome this crisis because it is about our country and it is time to take this question into our own hands”, Gbagbo told journalists after the signing. “Elections must take place, and it is a challenge. I will do whatever I can, and hope delegates will also play their part.”The leaders agreed to start disarming militia throughout the country, and to begin the process of demobilising and reintegrating the national armed forces and members of the New Forces.Gbagbo also reaffirmed the authority of Prime Minister Diarra to enable him to accomplish his mission in accordance with the Linas-Marcoussis agreement.Mbeki said the parties had also agreed to amendments to the composition, organisation and functioning of the Independent Electoral Commission, “to enjoy the support of all parties in Ivory Coast and inspire confidence”.Mbeki added that the leaders had asked him to appeal to the United Nations for help in organising the October elections.On the issue of article 35 of Ivory Coast’s Constitution, dealing with who is eligible to contest the presidency, Mbeki said he would consult on the matter with African Union chair Olusegun Obasanjo and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and report to the Ivory Coast leadership within a week.The signatories also agreed to extend the principle of financing political parties to those parties not represented in Ivory Coast’s parliament, due to the “political context that prevailed in the past”.A country dividedConflict erupted in the Ivory Coast in 2002 when New Forces rebels staged an uprising against Gbagbo, effectively splitting the country into a Muslim-dominated rebel north and Christian government-held south.Since then, both sides have agreed to cease hostilities on a number of occasions, but mutual distrust has continued to undermine peace, with neither side willing, until now, to compromise on a number of demands.In November 2004, an 18-month truce was shattered when Gbagbo’s forces attacked the rebel north, plunging the country into renewed crisis.Praise for MbekiSince December, Mbeki – appointed by the African Union to mediate in the crisis – has travelled to Ivory Coast a number of times to meet with the leaders – including Diarra, Gbagbo and Soro.Following Wednesday’s signing, the parties praised Mbeki for the manner of his intervention, with Gbagbo saying that Mbeki had mediated “with clarity and humility”.“We have had a lot of mediators before and people would impose on us solutions to our problem”, Gbagbo said.Former president Bedie said that in Mbeki, Ivory Coast had a mediator “with a point of reference and solutions to the crisis”.On Wednesday night, French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier also saluted the success of Mbeki’s mediation.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Innovate100: Enter to Be The World’s Most Promising Startup

first_imgThe Guidewire Group just launched its Innovate!100 competition to highlight the most promising companies of the year. Early-stage startups are encouraged to submit applications and compete in one of 22 pitch slam events across Europe and North America. Winners will enjoy global visibility and may share in sponsored awards including cash and in-kind prizes, valued at over $1 million dollars. In addition to being an international competition, one of the things that makes this contest different from other events is the fact that shortlisted companies’ assessments will be made public. ReadWriteWeb caught up with former DEMO producer and Guidewire Group President Mike Sigal to find out why he’s sharing his company’s secret sauce through something called the G/Score. Contrary to popular belief, the G/Score is not a rating of your startup’s street smarts. The score is the Guidewire Group’s attempt to rate your company across a variety of categories and help you improve your prospects. The company’s assessors include VCs, journalists, economic development strategists and executives from companies like Microsoft, Motorola and Research in Motion. Scores are assigned to demystify what investors, media and partners yearn to discover – namely, are you a fit? Says Sigal, “Investors have a fiduciary duty and it’s not our place to give investment advice. What we’re doing is creating a resource to highlight companies and make them accessible to the greater community… The response from entrepreneurs is that fundamentally, if it means that we’ll save them time by connecting them with the right people, they’re all for it.”While the top company scores will be made public for the Innovate!100 Program, entrepreneurs who choose to work with Guidewire on subsequent G/Scores have the option to keep their scores private and apply for re-scoring after correcting their weaknesses. Because all pitch slam finalists will be judged using the scorecard, those applying should consider the following questions as they pertain to the Guidewire methodology: BusinessThis part of the G/Score is all about the nature of your business idea.1. Concept: Can you prove a need for your product? Will you create a new market or disrupt existing leaders?2. Market: Are there enough potential customers to create a compelling business? Will you have to share the market with a lot of other players?3. Competition: Who else is competing for your market’s attention? (Sigal explains that this isn’t just direct competitors, but indirect competitors, alternatives and even customer indifference or inertia).ExecutionThis section is all about reality, not projections. Here you are expected to give a picture of your everyday business.1. Business: How many users, partners and major stakeholders do you currently have? What is your adoption rate amongst them?2. Product: Does your product exist or is it just an idea? If it does exist, do you have user adoption? If you were to stop providing a service today, would your customers have noticeably worse lives?TeamHaving a team of famous second-time entrepreneurs is great, but not if you’ve only got engineers. Have you got a well-rounded team of individuals who can fulfill the responsibilities of running a successful business? Business ModelA revenue stream is not a business model unless it has been proven through a repeatable process. In his own words, Sigal says, “This section is all about the Benjamins. Are you making money and can you continue to make money over time?”FundingAre you self-funded, seed funded and/or VC funded from $2.5 million to more than $25 million dollars? Tags:#start#StartUp 101#startups Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dana oshiro To apply for one of the Innovate!100 Pitch Slam events go to Innovate100.com/program. Registration for the program is $75 dollars USD and includes 2 pitch slam registrations, access to online pitch training and inclusion in the program promotions. European entrepreneurs should start applying now as the first event kicks off in Barcelona on March 1st. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Alexis Sanchez one goal away from regaining form, says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

first_imgManchester United forward Alexis Sanchez is one goal away from regaining his confidence and opening the floodgates, reckons caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Sanchez has only scored two goals in all competitions for United this season and the Chile international is no longer a guaranteed starter under Solskjaer, with in-form youngsters Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford preferred up front.”If he could just get that goal, I am sure that would release some of his confidence,” Solskjaer told reporters ahead of Monday’s FA Cup trip to Chelsea.”That is what it is about when you go through periods when you do not perform up to your standard, I think he is a very good player.”Sanchez, who scored 30 goals in his final full season at Arsenal, said he was concerned about his form and also said he had not discussed his role on the pitch in detail with the Norwegian boss since he took charge in December.But the 30-year-old also recognised that, as an “experienced player”, he did not need Solskjaer’s guidance.”He is very talented but, of course, there is only so many things you can sit down and talk about and tweak. He can still play for many, many years,” Solskjaer added.”I have been here for two months now with him and he has been injured for the first part of it, so it is unfair to just expect him to be at the top straight away.”Sanchez could be handed a start at Stamford Bridge on Monday with injured forwards Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard both ruled out for up to three weeks.advertisementAlso Watch:last_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd must emulate Liverpool with £100m move for Koulibaly – May

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd must emulate Liverpool with £100m move for Koulibaly – Mayby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United should spend £100m on Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, according to David May.Koulibably has emerged as United’s prime defensive target, but Napoli are not letting him leave on the cheap.But May says the money would be justified given Koulibaly’s talents, citing Virgil van Dijk’s impact at Liverpool since his world-record move last January.Former Red Devils star May told 888sport: “If you look at United over the last God knows how many years they’ve always gone out and broke transfer records if need be.”They did with Rio [Ferdinand], [Angel] Di Maria, [Paul] Pogba, [Romelu] Lukaku. They allegedly pay [Alexis] Sanchez half a million a week.”If you want the best players then you have to pay top money for them. City do it.”Liverpool did it with Van Dijk and just look at the transformation.”They spent £70 million on a goalkeeper, which is a hell of a lot of money but what that gets you back is guaranteed Champions League football and the possibility of winning the Premier League.”The amount of money United earn then to spend £100m on a defender….so what?”Real Madrid will spend it. Barca will. Chelsea and City will.”If it guarantees you a much better defence then go ahead and spend it.”If Koulibaly becomes available – and there are rumours that he is interested with a fee of £90m – then I’m sure Ole would say he’d be a great signing for Man Utd.” last_img read more

Katie Cassidy to Return to Arrow as a Series Regular — Black

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Laurel Lance is officially moving back to Star City!Katie Cassidy will return to Arrow as a series regular for the sixth season of the CW superhero drama, ET can reveal.Warner Bros announced on Monday that Cassidy, who was killed off in Arrow‘s fourth season, is set to appear as the Black Siren for episodes #522 and #523 and will then continue in the same role next year. “One of the things that most excites us about Arrow is that we go where the story takes us,” Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim said in a statement. Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img