A day in the life

first_imgHarvard Kennedy School’s Student Government launched its first Shadowing Initiative program during the January term of the 2011-12 academic year through the Office of Career Advancement and the Alumni Relations Office. The program paired a student with an alumnus, with the alumnus hosting the student at his or her workplace for a half or full day. About 50 students participated in the program in its inaugural year. Student organizers hope to make this an annual event, matching pairings across the world.last_img read more

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Downhill Mountain Biking: Gravity on Wheels

first_imgPrintNeko Mulally sits quietly on his bike at the top of Beech Mountain near Boone, N.C. After years of training, the 18-year-old athlete from Reading, Pa., knows he has a unique opportunity today at the Downhill National Championships. In a sport dominated by mountain and West Coast athletes and events, he is ready to for the East to rise.Neko has studied every rock and root of this three minute track, and knows what it is going to take to win. Victory will not come easily, though. Torrential rains have turned the track into a macabre of slippery terrain. At the breakneck speeds of elite downhill racing, the slightest split-second miscalculation can lead to a high-speed crash, breaking a bike, hitting a tree, or worse. These risks are multiplied exponentially with bad conditions. But a smooth run is all that is in mind, because a positive reality is manifested through confidence.3…2…1… GO!Ten powerful pedal cranks and a rapid upshift of gears, and Mulally is on course. Mud slings up from both tires and cakes the treads, but his focus is always two moves ahead, calculating rocks, roots, drops and jumps as they come into sight. Senses are redlined with stimuli, but obstacle after obstacle pass, and everything seems to be piecing together as he flies down the mountain.Mulally sits at the forefront of gravity mountain biking. With 13 years of experience racing BMX and five in downhill mountain biking, he is in the right place at the right time. His vast bike skills and wisdom have propelled him to a berth in the elite Trek World Racing Team, and he now races against the absolute best in the World Cup circuit. Mulally’s numerous international and domestic results are opening up opportunities for him as a young athlete, but his roots will always be at home in the Appalachians.Though these mountains have always been blessed with great cross-country riding, and have produced several international and Olympic-caliber athletes, the East Coast hasn’t always kept up with the gravity side of the sport—until now.Mulally describes his home turf with pride: “Summer in eastern North America is one of the best places to ride on the planet. While the West has traditionally produced the best riders in the scene, the East is definitely on the rise. We have conditions and terrain that are similar to the biggest European races.”Gravity riding involves speed and fluidity, using the bike as an extension of the body to descend steep terrain, pump and drop through all obstacles, and fly over sizeable gap jumps. It involves a combination of guts, skill, and fitness that makes it as exciting to watch as it is to participate in.Gravity consists of two general disciplines: individual time trials (downhill, or DH) and head-to-head (dual slalom and 4x, involving two or four people, respectively). While many racers compete in both disciplines, the skills and equipment are very different. Downhill riding requires eight-inch full suspension bikes, while dual slalom and 4x are usually held on smoother tracks, thus requiring smaller three- or four-inch suspension bikes.The foundation of a great athletic community will always be its youth. When young athletes receive the coaching and knowledge that they need, their community (and their sport) is accelerated to the next level with their growth. In the Southeast, the leading youth development program is certainly Gravity Riders On A Mission (GROM) Racing. Originally started by World Cup racer Chris Herndon, the program coaches riders from the age of 11 to 17 to become downhill teenage rockstars.The next developmental step is collegiate competition and programs. Riders in over 100 schools have access to intercollegiate gravity competition. The season begins in each individual conference, and then culminates in the national collegiate championships. The heavy-hitting schools in the East are certainly Warren Wilson College, Appalachian State, Virginia Tech, Brevard, and Lees McRae, with Warren Wilson and Brevard touting several national championship titles.For the post-collegiate crowd, several series of races allow riders to continue pushing themselves and trash talking with their friends well into the 50+ Masters class age groups. Beech Mountain and Snowshoe Bike Park both hold high quality and highly contested race series from early summer well into fall. Perhaps the most competitive series is the Gravity East Series, spanning venues from Virginia to New York, and delivering sizeable cash prizes. The sport and amateur classes in these races and others in the Southeast mean that it is possible for first-time racers to brush shoulders with the elite riders.Gravity riding is driven not only by the ragged edge competitor but also the recreational rider who enjoys dropping some altitude on the weekends. This enthusiast has more opportunities than ever before to ride their bike. Well known bike parks such as Snowshoe, Massanutten, and Wisp offer full-time trail crews yielding beautifully built tracks across the difficulty spectrum. These are perfect opportunities to work on skills and take advantage of chair lift convenience to get as many runs as the legs and forearms can handle.The other side of the picture is grassroots trail building on public or privately owned land. There are excellent natural terrain downhill tracks on national forest lands and more than a few backyard pumptracks and bike parks.One local company responding to this trend is Elevated Trail Design, run by Peter Mills and Andrew Mueller. Drawing on years of experience building Crankworx courses and other high-dollar freeride terrain, the crew can build your own personal bike park, taking Friday night get-togethers to the next level (along with participating riders’ skills).A small group of young riders who call themselves Dirt Passion—among them Chris Annesi, Sam Anderson, and Jacob Teer—have grabbed the reigns of the gravity video world. Their first production, Finding Flow, was created on a sub-shoestring budget, but featured spectacular 50-foot homemade gap jumps, cable cam shots, and elaborate time lapse images. They were commissioned to cover the National Championships at Beech Mountain.The Dirt Passion camera crane rotates quickly as young Neko Mulally flies past. Neko is on a perfect run, and as he breaks out of the final wooded section, caked in mud, he can see the finish line 200 vertical feet below, and he can hear the roar of the crowd. The rest is full speed ski hill, with a series of large tabletop jumps.In spite of the beating that the rocky section above has taken on his body, adrenaline overcomes him, and Neko charges towards the finish line. He scrubs one jump after another, trying to keep his trajectory as low and efficient as possible. The wind roars outside of his helmet. He lands the final jump already on the pedals and squeezes out a few milliseconds of time by manualing his front tire up and out in front of him.“Neko Mulally takes the win!” The crowd explodes as Mulally slumps on his bike with one hand raised, having put everything he had into his run.As if it wasn’t enough to win the junior class of the event, Neko still had the fastest time once the dust had settled from the pro class. His 2:43.17 bested the 2:44.73 posted by first-place pro Logan Binggeli as well as the 2:48.27 posted by Trek teammate and World Cup Champion Aaron Gwin.After rounding out his weekend with a second overall in the dual slalom event, Neko hit the road home with a happy thought in his mind:East Coast gravity riding is back on the map.last_img read more

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Solitaire ups pre-tax profits

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Nineteen killed in massive China forest fire

first_imgSeveral forest fires have broken out in the same prefecture in recent days, reported state news agency Xinhua.Last April, twenty-seven firefighters were killed in a huge forest fire in Muli County in the same prefecture. Authorities deployed 700 firefighters to the scene.  Eighteen firefighters and one forestry guide died while fighting a huge forest fire in southwestern China, the local government said Tuesday.State television footage showed large flames shooting into the sky from the mountains above the city of Xichang in Sichuan province, turning the sky orange.Heavy clouds of smoke billowed above the buildings and roads of the city, which has a population of some 700,000 people. The blaze started near Xichang in the southwestern province’s mountainous Liangshan prefecture at 3:00 pm (0700 GMT) on Monday, “directly threatening the safety of Xichang city”, the city government said in a Weibo statement on Tuesday morning.More than 140 fire engines, four helicopters and nearly 900 firefighters have been sent to tackle the blaze, according to local officials.In total over two thousand emergency workers are involved in rescue efforts to contain the blaze and more than 1,200 local people have been evacuated.Helicopters were still battling the blaze Tuesday morning.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Online travel agencies hit hard by cancellations, bookings slump

first_imgGaery went on to explain that in a scenario where the pandemic had subsided and tiket.com saw a surge in customers going back to its platform, the company would be ready to cater to a spike in demand as there had been no capacity reduction in the workforce.Other online travel agencies are dealing with similar issues and are attempting to strengthen their customer services.Traveloka has also seen a drastic 10-fold daily increase in requests for refunds and rescheduling for airfares and hotel bookings since February, as announced in a press release published on March 23. The Traveloka customer operations team handled thousands of inquiries every minute across different communication channels, including telephone, email, the Traveloka application and social media, in catering to its international customer base.“We want to extend our apologies to our users for the inconvenience experienced when requesting assistance from Traveloka. We are currently strengthening our customer services to better serve our customers,” Traveloka chief marketing officer said in the written statement.According to a report by Nikkei Asian Review, the company made around 100 employees or 10 percent of its workforce redundant two weeks ago because of slumping demand, while the remaining staff members are receiving half their regular salaries.The company has yet to confirm the news. Traveloka public relations specialist Citra Dwillysa Putri said on Monday that the company’s management team had yet to disseminate information regarding layoffs.Based on a report by big data firm Statqo Analytics, traffic on traveloka.com was down by 60 percent in March. Other travel and hotel booking websites, such as tiket.com and Pegipegi, also saw a decrease in web traffic but not nearly as steep as Traveloka’s drop in 2 million visitors.Pegipegi recorded a fourfold increase in trips cancellations and postponements. The company has promised to prioritize customers requesting a change in travel plans, said Pegipegi corporate communications manager Busyra Oryza.“Pegipegi is still operating as usual; our website, application and customer service can still be accessed 24/7 to cater to customers,” Busyra said as quoted by Antara news agency on March 27. “[Requests] for refunds and rescheduling increased sevenfold [from normal days]. There were days when we received 10 times more requests than usual,” Gaery told reporters during a virtual press conference on Monday, He added that tiket.com’s revenue had fallen by 75 percent and he expected the fall to further continue as customers canceled or postponed their travel plans and the government had discouraged unnecessary travel.The company decided to cut secondary spending such as marketing and discounting expenses up to 90 percent while retaining all of its employees and paying their full salaries.“No layoffs, no salary cuts. We know that our number-one asset is the people and the team,” he said. Topics : The COVID-19 outbreak has taken a toll on online travel agencies as a sharp decline in travelers and an increase in booking cancellations have severely hit revenues.The companies are now shifting their focus and finding ways to cut down on expenses.Online airline ticketing and hotel booking platform tiket.com, for example, has moved from focusing on sales to customer care because of the overwhelming demand for ticket refunds and rescheduling in recent weeks, the company’s cofounder and chief marketing officer, Gaery Undarsa, has said.last_img read more

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South Korean conglomerate boss convicted of rape

first_imgThe former chief of a South Korean conglomerate was convicted of raping his maid and sexually assaulting a secretary Friday but only given a suspended sentence.Kim Jun-ki, the 75-year-old ex-chairman of DB Group, which has activities in finance and steel, repeatedly violated the two women, the Seoul Central District Court found.But it gave him a 30-month jail sentence suspended for four years, on the grounds of his age and what it said was the “forgiveness” of his victims. Topics : South Korea’s economy is dominated by a number of family-controlled conglomerates known as chaebol. They are credited with a key role in powering the country’s economic growth, but are also accused of murky connections to power.Kim was DB Group’s chairman at the time of the offences in 2016-17, and admitted most of the charges.”Even though Kim was in the position of a conglomerate leader who needed to show socially exemplary behavior, he forgot such responsibilities and assaulted his secretary and housemaid several times,” the court said, describing his crimes as “bad”.Kim, who had been in custody, was released after the hearing. Prosecutors had sought a five-year sentence.center_img Critics accuse the country’s courts of showing leniency to chaebol family members.Previously, leaders of the Hyundai Motor, Samsung and SK groups have been given suspended sentences, and later presidential pardons.Their offences were generally financial, such as corruption, tax evasion or embezzlement, and charges of sexual offences against chaebol chiefs are unusual.Many of the conglomerates have highly hierarchical, rigid management structures and an opaque governance style that can enable workplace abuse.In one high-profile case, a Korean Air heiress threw a temper tantrum over how she was served macadamias, making a crew member kneel on the floor to beg forgiveness and ordering the aircraft back to the gate so he could be thrown off, earning herself instant “nut rage” notoriety.last_img read more

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Unai Emery names the Arsenal star who made him proud after beating Man Utd

first_img Emery praises his players after 2-0 win over Man UtdTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 8:30FullscreenEmery praises his players after 2-0 win over Man Utdhttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-praises-players-2-0-win-man-utd-1879846/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe 27-year-old, however, gave his most accomplished display in an Arsenal shirt to date during the victory which significantly enhanced Arsenal’s hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTLeno made several brave and athletic stops, from Romelu Lukaku in particular, and Emery was delighted with his No.1’s contribution.He said: ‘I’m very proud of our players. They gave all they could against the best team at this moment.‘We were playing very competitive for 90 minutes and I think we deserved this victory. We can be happy today. Comment Unai Emery names the Arsenal star who made him proud after beating Man Utd Unai Emery masterminded Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery revealed the performance of Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno made him ‘proud’ after his side’s 2-0 win over Manchester United.The Germany international started the season behind Petr Cech in the pecking order following his £19million move from Bayer Leverkusen.Leno has taken time to adjust to the physical demands of the Premier League and struggled to keep clean sheets behind a notoriously unstable and error-prone defence. Advertisementcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterSunday 10 Mar 2019 11:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link268Shares Bernd Leno made several impressive saves from Romelu Lukaku in Arsenal’s win over Man Utd (Picture: Getty)‘We knew Manchester United could use different tactics but we wanted to impose our gameplan and I think we did that.‘Our goalkeeper is very important and sometimes the goalkeeper can save us and today I’m very proud of his work.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Advertisementlast_img read more

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Enjoy private indoor-outdoor living on big block

first_imgThe home at 48-50 Lychee Drive, Caboolture.The master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite with shower and separate toilet. The three other bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and the family bathroom has a separate bath and shower. The double lockup garage opens to the laundry and there is also a third toilet off the laundry. The home at 48-50 Lychee Drive, Caboolture.At the centre of the house there is a chef’s kitchen, dining area and family room. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The modern kitchen has polytech sheen cabinetry, Caesarstone benchtops, Bosch ceramic cooktop and oven, dishwasher and island bench with breakfast bar.Sliding doors off the kitchen, dining area and lounge open to the covered patio and timber deck. There is also a media room, for family movie nights, an open study and a rumpus room for those who want extra space. The home at 48-50 Lychee Drive, Caboolture.THIS sprawling family home on a 3081sq m block is only two years old. Designed by Stylemaster, the home at 48-50 Lychee Drive, Caboolture, has high ceilings, open-plan living and plenty of space for outdoor entertaining. Marketing agent Sue Dewar, of Richardson and Wrench Caboolture, said the home was built to make the most of the rural surrounds and with indoor-outdoor living in mind.“This immaculate home offers families the perfect lifestyle in the sought after High Country Estate,” Ms Dewar said.center_img The home at 48-50 Lychee Drive, Caboolture.The home has ducted airconditioning, extra height doors, custom screens and a 5kw solar power system. The property is connected to town water and NBN, and comes with a HSTP septic system. There is plenty of room on the fenced block for a big shed or swimming pool, and there are established trees at the back of the low-maintenance yard.last_img read more

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With the warmer weather on the way, buyers will be looking for a homes with the perfect outdoors lifestyle

first_img42 Spring St, Spring HillSpring is here which means one thing – it is time to head back outdoors.It also means that Spring Selling Season is upon us with a flurry of new listings starting to hit the market. Among them is 42 Hill St in Spring Hill. The tri-level, three-bedroom house was designed by Brisbane architect, Eddie Codd. The lower level has two bedrooms, a main bathroom, a study area and a secure garage, while the top level has a main bedroom with statement curved 3.8m ceilings, a separate study area, an ensuite with quality finishes and two balconies that capture city and suburban views.The main living area can be found on the middle level, which has an open plan design and 6m ceiling voids, hardwood flooring and natural light.It is here you will find the kitchen, which leads out on to a rear terrace with a cabana and plunge pool. In a “superb lifestyle location”, the property is being marketed by Ray White South Brisbane agent Luke Croft and will go under the hammer at 11am today.Another property geared for the start of Spring is 28 Feathertail Place at Gumdale. The living area flows outdoors, where an alfresco area incorporates an outdoor kitchen with built-in barbecue and a meals bar next to the timber pool deck. There is also an outdoor shower and bathroom/dressing room off the pool deck.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours ago28 Feathertail Place, GumdaleInside, the design of the house includes soaring spaces and clean lines allowing for maximum light and airflow.The five-bedroom home is on the market for offers over $1.35 million and is being marketed by Ian Walkley of Place Manly. Also for sale is 21 Monet Crescent at Mackenzie. This five-bedroom house is described as a “grand family oasis” and could be yours for an offer over $849,000. 21 Monet Crescent, MackenzieIt sits on an elevated 770sq m block, and is positioned to capture the breezes in the warmer months.For the outdoor entertainment enthusiasts, there is a fully covered front patio for weekend barbecues, landscaped gardens and a large saltwater pool with resort style Bali-hut.The house is listed with Steve Song of Belle Property Carindale.last_img read more

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Cricket star Ben Cutting sells brand new Brisbane home

first_imgBrisbane Heat star Ben Cutting and former Miss World Australia Erin Holland at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast after a Big Bash game.Even though he plans to have a few more years on the field, Cutting is looking to a future in property development.The 31-year-old has his home at Hawthorne, an investment property at Morningside and another house he built at Cannon Hill. The outdoor entertaining area of the home. “Being the third agent in, I was surprised with the numbers I had through it,” Mr Lombardi said.“Cannon Hill’s just such a popular area.“There’s lots going on, with the East Village (development) starting to come together, and it’s a good family area with really good schools.” Records show Cutting purchased the 405sq m block of land for $530,000 in 2017.Construction on the home began in November 2017 by Valeco Homes construction manager Trent Purcell. This home at 28 Stanton St, Cannon Hill, has just sold for $1.06m.After going through two previous agents and failing to sell at auction, the Hamptons-style property at 28 Stanton Street has finally changed hands for $1.06 million. RELATED: Ben Barba looks to offload Brisbane house The back of the house at 28 Stanton St, Cannon Hill.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoSelling agent Frank Lombardi of Place – Kangaroo Point said the property had sold to a young family from the Wynnum/Manly area.Mr Lombardi said the home attracted 40 groups during the sales campaign and he received five offers for it.center_img The ensuite in the house at 28 Stanton St, Camp Hill.“Playing cricket doesn’t last forever, unfortunately,’’ he told The Courier-Mail. “Many finish up playing in their mid-30s.“I’d like to run this business on the side of cricket and eventually the business will overtake cricket so it’s a seamless transition.” MORE: Eyesore or renovation makeover? Erin Holland and Ben Cutting at the house in Cannon Hill, which they have just sold for $1.06m. Picture: Tara Croser.CRICKET star Ben Cutting has sold his Brisbane new-build for just over $1 million as he makes moves to get ahead in the property game.The Brisbane Heat all-rounder, alongside his television presenter/model girlfriend Erin Holland, has been trying to sell the luxury home in Cannon Hill since June last year. The living room in the house.last_img read more

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