Like every skier on the U.S. Ski Team, Jay Panther is hoping to earn a spot on the Olympic team for a shot at gold in Sochi this winter. Unlike anyone else on the ski team, Panther is from Kentucky, spent a year training at the Snowflex slope at Liberty University in Virginia, and is 29 years old—retirement age for most pro skiers. And yet, Panther is a favorite to land one of only three spots on the U.S. Freestyle Mogul Team. We talked with the Kentuckian after a water jump session at the Utah Olympic Park about growing up in the South, his shot at the Olympics, and skiing on plastic snow.BRO: So you spent the summer hanging out in the pool?Panther: Yeah. Freestyle moguls is a combo of ski turns and air. Every trick has a degree of difficulty to it, and a lot of the overall impression comes from air, so we spend a lot of time working on our tricks on water ramps. I spent this summer training at the Utah Olympic Park. It’s a ski jump covered in plastic grass, the Snowflex material. You jump into a huge pool with an air compressor that softens the surface before you hit. It allows us to develop tricks with less of a risk of injury. Usually, I spend my summers playing volleyball.BRO: Volleyball?Panther: I’m a two-sport athlete. I play professional sand volleyball from April to September, but I’m taking a full year of ski training leading up to the Olympics.BRO: Tell us about the Olympic team process.Panther: The Olympic team is chosen the third week in January. There are six World Cup competitions between November and the Olympics. Those results are used to pick the Olympic team. There are probably three slots for freestyle moguls.BRO: How is a boy from Kentucky getting a shot at the Olympic ski team?Panther: I remember lying in bed my senior year in high school, watching Jonny Moseley in the 2002 Olympics. I had butterflies in my stomach watching him compete. A year later, I went to Vanderbilt on a full scholarship to play baseball. During a physical, the doctor discovered that I no longer had a compressed vertebra. My body corrected itself. My first thought was maybe I could go skiing again. Later, I asked my dad what he thought of me leaving school and baseball to pursue skiing, and he told me to go for it. My fourth season back I made the U.S. Development team, then I was skiing World Cup events a year later.BRO: The compressed vertebra wasn’t your only serious injury. Didn’t you also suffer a brain injury recently?Panther: I suffered a really bad concussion in the fall of 2011 while training at Liberty University. I spent the next six weeks on the couch on total bed rest. I ended up winning the U.S. Team selection events that season and earned World Cup starts, but at the second World Cup, I was dizzy. My dreams were at my fingertips, but I knew my head wasn’t well. I ended up dealing with concussion symptoms for eight months. I played volleyball that season basically dizzy. My brain was well, but my injury was so severe, my body hadn’t rewired itself. For a year, my job was to rehab. It was tough. Cognitively, I wasn’t the same person. I was a shell of myself. My memory was gone. I couldn’t make new memories.BRO: And now?Panther: Now I’m healthier than before my concussion.BRO: You mentioned Liberty. What was it like training at that facility?Panther: Liberty’s Snowflex is a ton of fun. They sponsored me for a year. Liberty is still the only place in North America with that kind of facility. Most of the pros will still spend their summers in Mount Hood or in Chile, but there are some amazing skiers coming out of that facility.BRO: Are you the only person on the ski team from Kentucky?Panther: Definitely. But there are some aerialists from Ohio. There’s a water ramp facility there that produces some good aerialists. The ski team is reaching out all over the country to try to get new athletes into the program, including gymnasts and motocross athletes. I’m sure you’ll see skiers from all over the country on the Olympic team soon.BRO: You’re 29 years old. How old are the guys you’re competing with?Panther: Younger. There are kids on the team that are 17 years old. There’s a theory going around that I might be the oldest person ever to make the U.S. ski team. But I feel like I’m 20, so I’m not worried.BRO: How do you like your chances of making the Olympics?Panther: I feel like I have an awesome chance. But if you asked the top 50-100 athletes in every sport, they all think they have a great chance. But this is the most training I’ve had ever. I’m healthy. Things are coming together. Now it’s just a matter of putting it down when it counts. I don’t believe in pressure, but there are some high opportunity moments in the next few months.
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This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in The word “health” is usually reserved for living things. Our children can be healthy or unhealthy, and so can our pets and the apple trees in the back yard. But what’s a “healthy house”?Most people use the phrase “healthy house” to describe a house that either promotes the health of the occupants or, at a minimum, doesn’t make the occupants sick. Of course, everybody wants a healthy house: Who wants to live in a house that makes you sick?Several organizations have sprung up to promote healthy houses, including the Healthy House Institute, a group with this mission statement: “The Healthy House Institute provides consumers information to make their homes healthier.”While efforts to promote “healthy homes” is laudable, the efforts are stymied by a basic problem: beyond the obvious point that homes shouldn’t be contaminated by poisons like radon, carbon monoxide, lead dust, or friable asbestos, we don’t really know how to modify our indoor environment to make a house more “healthy.” Tracking down dangerous microbes Indoor surfaces are crawling with microbes — for example, bacteria and mold. Is it possible that some of these organisms are injuring our health?For years, many researchers assumed that the answer was yes. According to a paper by Brent Stephens (“What have we learned about the microbiomes of indoor environments?”), indoor environmental specialists have engaged in “decades of indoor microbiology research focusing primarily on human exposure to infectious agents and asthma/allergy triggers that yield adverse health outcomes.”As part of this effort, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has spent $50 million in the last decade on a research project called “Microbiology of the Built Environment.” Teams…
She noted that the efforts of workers have led to over 11,039 premises being inspected for the month of February. The St. James Public Health Department has made strides in eliminating mosquito breeding sites across the parish, in order to reduce transmission of the dengue virus.Deputy Chief Public Health Inspector, Sherika Lewis, said that approximately 55 workers have been engaged to strengthen vector control activities.She noted that the efforts of workers have led to over 11,039 premises being inspected for the month of February.“This programme has been very effective in the reduction of mosquito breeding in the parish, where we are coming from an Aedes index of 33 per cent to 19 per cent at this time,” she pointed out.The Aedes index refers to the number of premises that have tested positive for mosquito breeding.“We have also commissioned two extra buses to transport these workers, so our reach is very extensive across the parish, and we have been getting rave reviews on the programme thus far,” Ms. Lewis added.She was addressing the monthly meeting of the St. James Municipal Corporation in Montego Bay on Thursday (March 14).Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Homer Davis, for his part, lauded the work of the vector control workers and the St. James Public Health Department.He noted that the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, has made $8.5 million available to councillors, which amounts to $500,000 each, to assist with vector control in their divisions.He encouraged the councillors to liaise with the Health Department “because they could assist you in identifying (mosquito breeding) locations in your respective divisions. They could also assist you in getting the materials in terms of what is required as well as flyers to sensitise citizens”.Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne tropical disease that is transmitted by the bite of an infected female Aedes aegypti mosquito.Symptoms of dengue typically begin three to 14 days after infection. This may include high fever, headache, vomiting, muscle and joint pains, and a skin rash. Symptoms usually last two to seven days. Deputy Chief Public Health Inspector, Sherika Lewis, said that approximately 55 workers have been engaged to strengthen vector control activities. The St. James Public Health Department has made strides in eliminating mosquito breeding sites across the parish, in order to reduce transmission of the dengue virus. Story Highlights
OTTAWA, ONT – Vaping in Canada has evolved rapidly and emerging evidence that the uptake of vaping by youth has Health Canada taking action.The Government is addressing the trend of youth and vaping with a proposal for additional advertising restrictions and a new public education campaign targeted at young people, announced Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health.“I am deeply concerned about recent reports that youth vaping is on the rise. This includes stories coming out of schools across Canada, and emerging data suggesting that young Canadians are taking up vaping at an alarming rate. I am hearing from parents, educators and the health care community that they share my concerns about youth vaping. We cannot allow these products to threaten the hard-earned gains we’ve made in tobacco control. The proposed regulatory measures and our public awareness campaign will drive home the message: if you don’t smoke, don’t vape.” said The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor Minister of Health Canada has a strong regulatory framework for vaping products in place through the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act, which prohibits advertising that appeals to youth. To further this, Health Canada has published a Notice of Intent outlining the Department’s plans for new advertising rules. The proposed rules would restrict where advertisements could be displayed to limit their visibility to young people. They would also require health warning messages on permitted advertisements, and would restrict the display of vaping products at points of sale.The Notice of Intent initiates a 45-day consultation period. Health Canada will consider the comments received through this consultation in the drafting of new proposed regulations. All Canadians are encouraged to provide their feedback on proposals to protect youth and non-smokers from the harms and risks associated with vaping products.As well as the Notice of Intent, Health Canada will post in March 2019 another consultation document seeking comments on further measures being considered to address and reverse the recent trends of youth vaping. Some of these additional measures could include examining the role of flavours, nicotine concentration and product design in making vaping products appealing to youth and non-smokers.Minister Petitpas Taylor has also engaged her provincial and territorial colleagues to further support federal efforts to address youth vaping. Health Canada continues to support the need to discourage youth and non-smokers from vaping while urging smokers to quit.This week is the official launch of the Government of Canada’s public education campaign raising awareness, particularly among youth, of the harms and risks of vaping. The campaign invites youth to consider the consequences of vaping and equips parents and other trusted adults with tools and resources to support conversations with teenagers about the health risks of vaping. The campaign will continue through 2019
Kolkata: In a significant move to counter the challenges posed by various social evils against children, the Bengal government has set up child protection committees (CPC) in more than 40,000 villages across the state.One of the main objectives of the initiative taken by the Mamata Banerjee government is to ensure that there is a mechanism in place at the grassroot level, so that the children are protected from being abused. “We have so far been able to set up CPCs at 40,000 villages across the state and are in the process of starting 18,000 more CPCs in other villages as well. We have a plan to set up CPCs at all blocks and village levels to ensure that there is not a single incident of child abuse. These CPCs will monitor the villages to create a protective environment for children,” said Shashi Panja, minister of state for Women and Child Development and Social Welfare. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers”Every child is special and we need to ensure that a child’s voice is heard. Our department is committed to ensure that a child does not become a victim of abuse or atrocities under any circumstance. The primary job of the CPCs would be to evolve a mechanism for ensuring child protection,” she added. It may be mentioned here that India is home to the largest child population in the world and more than 40 percent of Indian children are vulnerable. They are subject to abuse, exploitation, deprivation and neglect. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaTo fight all sorts of social evils, an Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) has been introduced in the state to create and spread awareness among people, so that children can be provided a safe environment. The Child Welfare Committee (CWC) in the state plays a pivotal role in ensuring welfare and rehabilitation of children who are in need of care and protection, while the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) is supposed to bring the children into mainstream life after they indulge in any unlawful practice. One of the serious menaces in the society is child trafficking. To check such incidents, the state government has also introduced a plan of action to combat human trafficking. The CPCs, with the help of child welfare police officers, conduct surveillance to prevent trafficking of children.
New Delhi: A Delhi court on Monday granted the government here time till July 23 for deciding on grant of sanction to prosecute former JNU student’s union president Kanhaiya Kumar and others in the 2016 JNU sedition case. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sherawat granted specific time to the Delhi government which had earlier told the court that it will take over a month to decide whether to grant sanction to prosecute Kumar and others in the case. On January 14 this year, the police had filed a charge sheet in the court against Kumar, saying he was leading a procession and supported seditious slogans raised on the JNU campus during an event on February 9, 2016.
2014KCRANA34.13BAL45.8379.95-2.95 2005CHWBOS34.15ANA55.89810.03-2.03 YEARTEAMOPP.GMSEXP. GMSOPP.GMSEXP. GMSGMSEXP. GMSDIFF 101995Atlanta Braves4624+22 101995Cleveland Indians4018+22 Top pennant winners by run differential1995-2017 Includes Division Series and League Championship Series; wild card games not included.Source: Retrosheet 42005Chicago White Sox4720+27 2012DETOAK54.13NYY45.8399.96-0.96 62009Philadelphia Phillies5531+24 RUNS 2006DETNYY44.14OAK45.88810.01-2.01 21996Atlanta Braves5423+31 RKYEARTEAMSCOREDALLOWEDDIFFERENTIAL 12007Boston Red Sox7036+34 72002Anaheim Angels6037+23 Between these two measures, the Dodgers’ 2017 postseason run has to be on the short list for most dominant in modern history. It’s no guarantee they’ll win the Fall Classic, of course — among the eight teams above them on either list, only the 2007 Red Sox, 2005 White Sox and 1999 Yankees ended up actually winning the World Series. But for now, the Dodgers can celebrate their National League pennant in style. Which pennant winners cruised through the fieldLeague winners who took the fewest games in the Division Series and Championship Series relative to expected, 1995-2017 LDSLCSTOTAL 42010Texas Rangers5932+27 Expected games is determined by how long it would take the average playoff team to eliminate the team’s LDS and LCS opponents.Source: Baseball-Reference.com 2016CLEBOS34.16TOR55.88810.03-2.03 1995ATLCOL44.07CIN45.8789.94-1.94 72008Tampa Bay Rays6441+23 1999NYYTEX34.10BOS55.8889.98-1.98 72009New York Yankees4825+23 2007COLPHI34.11ARI45.6679.77-2.77 2017LADARI34.11CHC55.8789.98-1.98 32017Los Angeles Dodgers4819+29 2009NYYMIN34.11ANA65.93910.03-1.03 When the Los Angeles Dodgers open up the World Series next week against either the New York Yankees or Houston Astros, they’ll be in the midst of one of the hottest playoff runs by a league champion in recent memory. They smoked the Arizona Diamondbacks and the defending-champion Chicago Cubs by a combined 48-19 margin, giving them the third-best run differential in the division and championship series1So, excluding the wild card game. of any pennant winner since MLB expanded its playoff structure in 1995: And the way the Dodgers blew away the National League field was especially impressive. They swept Arizona in three games, then won the first three games of the NLCS over Chicago, ultimately finishing the Cubs off in five. In other words, they needed only eight games to reach the World Series — that’s nearly two fewer than we’d have expected from a typical pennant winner against LA’s opponents, based on their Elo ratings:2To compute this, I used Elo to generate the probability of the average pennant winner winning each game of a series against a team’s opponents. Using those numbers and a little math, we can calculate how often we’d expect those series to end in a given number of games.
Spending on military construction and family housing programs would rise by $228 million to $10.3 billion, under the draft fiscal 2019 spending bill the Senate Military Construction-VA Appropriations Subcommittee approved Tuesday. The panel’s recommendation roughly matches the overall funding level for milcon in the bill the House Appropriations Committee advanced last month. The measure will be considered by the full Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday, when the text of the bill will be released. The legislation would fund 169 milcon projects and provide $1.6 billion for construction, operation and maintenance of family housing, according to a committee summary. The bill includes $498 million for unspecified milcon projects for the services to fund their highest priority unfunded projects, according to a summary issued by the committee’s Democrats.“While the Department of Defense did not take advantage of additional headroom provided by the 2018 budget deal to aggressively work to buy back years of using these accounts as bill payers — to the detriment of our service members and their families — this bill is an important step forward,” the Democrats’ summary stated.The House is scheduled to take up a three-bill “minibus” package this week that will include the FY 2019 military construction spending title. Dan Cohen AUTHOR