Photo: Michael NegreteJeremiah Bishop is a winner. He’s taken gold at the Pan American Games in 2003, triumphantly finished as a USA National Champion in 2008 for both cross country and marathon mountain biking, and most recently he made the 2012 Olympic Long Team, an eight member training pool out of which two riders will be selected to represent the U.S. in the Olympics. Despite his crowning achievements, Bishop embodies a strong sense of humility. He grew up with little money or opportunity, and surrounded by bad influences. The outlook was bleak. When the odds were against him, Bishop bucked the system. One day he straddled a little red mountain bike lent to him by a childhood friend, dropped the bike into low gear, and marveled at its power as he pedaled up a huge hill and never looked back. But in 2002 Bishop hit a physically limiting mental flatline, struggling to further improve. That year Bishop and his long time friend and inspiration, Chris Eatough, teamed up on the TransAlp Challenge, an eight-day behemoth of a stage race through the Alps in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and finishing in Italy—60,000 vertical feet of climbing in eight days. It was the toughest race he’d ever attempted. Along the way he learned that—while already being a pro—if he were to ride harder he could be more. He could be a champion.“Just imagine the hardest, most gutted out you’ve ever felt on a mountain bike: that was the first day. I said to myself, ‘This is a little more than I thought I was getting into.’ And this type of racing, point-to-point mountain bike racing, we thought we’d do pretty good, and we got our asses handed to us. We got served up some serious beat down that day.I cramped pretty bad and Chris was pushing me. I mean, we probably squeaked into 6th place on the first stage, a relatively short stage compared to what was coming.After the second day we were a little bit closer, and on the third day I was starting to pull with renewed strength when we got into the flat sections and we were riding with some of the lead groups. The fifth day, I started to feel stronger. Not just a little bit stronger. I was able to climb away from Chris. He wasn’t slowing down; I was just speeding up. I was actually able to stay with the lead group, and I would have to stop and wait for Chris. We had to ride together, so we stuck together for our best overall performance, but we realized we weren’t going to win the race.We got to the final stage and Chris was looking at the profile, and it had a really big 4,000-vertical-foot downhill, and he said, ‘I think we can win this stage.’ We looked at the map—it’s mostly singletrack—most of the race up until that point had been dirt road, which was immensely frustrating for two East Coast mountain bikers that can jump a knee- high log like it’s a sneeze and can navigate rock gardens like it’s second nature. I felt really strong and pushed it really hard. I was helping Chris get just over the tops of the climbs, you know, giving him a little bit of a push, just to get us up to that lead group.We made contact with the lead group right at the top, right before the final, major descent, and we just dropped in like a pair of bombers. We lost the two German guys who were leading the race and, yeah, we took off—just dropped the descent. We really put some time into those guys. Probably close to five minutes.We got out of the singletrack and we had some full-fledged downhill through several villages, a good straightaway of maybe 20 kilometers, and then the finish in the down of Garda. I was leading and we came around a really tight bend. The buildings in Europe are built right up against the corners of the alleys and streets. I angled and swung wide—Chris was on my wheel—and there was a car coming right at me. I locked up both brakes. First Chris hit me and then I hit the car and kind of slid one leg under the car. The car was luckily stopped at that point, and we dented the door. I got up so fast that I almost bounced up off the ground even though I had sprained my ankle and was all scratched up. I looked back and Chris was adjusting his jersey and had blood on his elbow and his knuckles and was spinning his front wheel. His front wheel was wobbly and mine was actually pretty messed up too, so I undid my front brake (we had cable brakes at the time), and we got back on and we slowly got back up to speed.We pinned it down on the last stretch of road. I was like a steam engine all the way to the finish.That race was a rebirth for me. I knew I was tough before that point. What changed was that I realized how hard I needed to train to get that level out of my engine. That meant I needed to train like a monster. I mean, I needed to do some really ridiculous training. Now I do that. It’s part of the job, and it works.”Bishop and Eatough were the first Americans to ever win a stage of the TransAlp Challenge.
On Sunday, October 1, Istria Relax Days started in the area of NW Istria – a new great tourist story whose goal is to position Istria as a wellness destination.New interesting program on offer in wellness centers throughout NW Istria – Istria Relax Days they represent the motive for coming to this area even in the autumn days, when the body needs relaxation and the body needs to be nourished from within. This program is part of a new event Discover Wellness cluster of northwestern Istria.Istria Relax Days is an autumn sequel to the spring story whose main theme was detoxification – Istria Detoy Days, and all program users will have the opportunity to use a discount on accommodation in hotels Istraturista Umag dd, Aminess hotels & campsites in Novigrad, Lux Casina Hotel Mulina in Buje and in Villa Bada in Lovrečica. Istria Relax Days programs are available from October 1 to November 5, 2017 in 6 wellness centers of northwestern Istria. “After a warm and hard summer, your skin is eager for regeneration, and the body cries out for relaxation. Restore the skin’s lost glow and stimulate the regeneration of the mind and body with gentle rituals. If you want to treat your palate along the way, try the imaginative dishes of švoja (fish leaf) that are offered in the autumn in local restaurants and taverns.and “, say the organizers of the event.The rules of body care need to be adapted to each season, and this is an ideal way to experience Istria in autumn, when it abounds in beautiful colors, the weather is beautiful, the indigenous food is great. “Fill warm autumn days with relaxing massages and tempting treatments in wellness centers at promotional prices. ” conclude the organizers.Learn more about Istria Relax days and send info to your guests you have in the database, share this event on your channels, because this is exactly the motive for coming for the pre- and post-season. Sometimes you don’t need to invent “hot” water, but just use your potential and pack it all nicely into a quality and meaningful authentic story. Excellent rounded story and an additional motive for coming out of season, and everything is of course complemented by gastronomy and additional facilities for both cultural and active holidays.
The Dutch pensions industry is facing substantial job losses of up to 30% or more as the number of pension funds in the Netherlands continues to decline.The number of schemes has fallen from 688 in 2008 to 372 today, and there is no end in sight – according to financial supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), another 120 schemes are presently winding up or have indicated their intention to do so over the next few years.The regulator recently suggested that at least 60 more may be unsustainable in future.At this rate, the number of schemes will dip below 200 within the next few years, and the decline seems certain to affect employment in the industry, ranging from consultants to asset managers and professional trustees. According to Jan Jaap Dahmeijer at the DNB, the regulator has not yet conducted any research into the matter, but he said he was convinced the impact would be substantial.“The changes may be more significant than we now realise,” he told IPE sister publication FD IPNederland.Experts believe ongoing consolidation will lead to up to one in three jobs in the industry disappearing over time.Martijn Vos, director of pensions and risk management at Ortec Finance, told FD IPNederland: “In five years’ time, perhaps one in five jobs will have been lost. One in three jobs is a fair estimate in the long run.”Theo Kocken, chief executive at Cardano, agreed.“It would not surprise me if some 20-25% of jobs in the industry disappeared over the next 10 years, and that number may rise to one in three jobs in 20 years – or possibly sooner,” he said. Kocken said smaller schemes would be hit hardest, and that the services of consultants and actuaries for this segment of the market would be needed less and less.He added: “Asset managers are less vulnerable to the effects of consolidation, as they are paid based on assets under management, although asset managers of course cannot escape the fact they are part of the financial services sector – which, as a whole, will be shrinking for the next 10-15 years as a result of deleveraging.”Only the legal profession will be spared, he argued.“Considering the many regulatory changes, they will likely have plenty of work going forward,” Kocken said.However, the worst job losses are not expected to materialise for another five years, according to Vos.Initially, the rising number of pension schemes winding up will actually create more work for consultants of all sorts.“In addition, there’s the greater focus on risk management, communication with plan participants, adjusting schemes to fiscal and regulatory changes and so on,” he said.“So it will be a while yet before we start to see a serious decline in employment opportunities.”If the consolidation trend were to accelerate, however, the numbers are likely to be more grim, says Dries Nagtegaal, a professional trustee with the corporate Sabic scheme and metalworkers fund PME.As more and more schemes are forced to contend with falling numbers of active participants and thus falling contribution levels, more schemes – including healthy schemes with solid funding ratios – must consider winding up to safeguard the long-term interests of their participants, he said.Nagtegaal pointed out that the majority of the top 100 Dutch pension funds are facing these or similar issues today.“If the number of remaining schemes were to drop to 100, this would mean that 50% of the business in the industry will be lost,” he said.
Loading… He added about the injury in his memoir: “The magic of the FA Cup was bloodied on the day my penis was cut and then stitched shut. “The only surprise that Saturday, was an eye-watering laceration to my private parts. “I pulled my shorts a couple of inches away from my waist and managed a sneaky check. “My underpants were bloodied. “My mind was racing, I was concerned that something serious had happened. “I discreetly pulled back my underpants as well as my shorts for a longer look. “I ran over to the touchline, straight to Brendan [Rodgers]. I also called over to Chris Morgan and Andy Massey. “I said to Brendan, ‘Look, I’ve got a problem here…’ I nodded down to my privates. ‘There’s a big gash … it’s bleeding,’ I said. “Chris acted quickly. He called a few of the backroom team over and they formed a little huddle so no one else could see what we were doing as I opened up my shorts. “Brendan peered down, grimaced and shook his head.” The footballer didn’t have the energy to celebrate their 2-0 win in the dressing room afterwards. Stevie, now Rangers FC boss, added: “I played on. The pain wasn’t too bad – just the dull ache that follows the sharp slicing sensation when your skin first gets cut open. “All the lads were falling about laughing. We had won, the atmosphere was good and they thought it was hilarious. I got zero sympathy from any of the lads. read also:Gerrard reacts to Liverpool’s first ever Premier League silverware “The lads were absolutely p***ing themselves now and you can imagine how many jokes about inches and stitches, penis size and my future performances at home with Alex. I might have smiled but I could have throttled the lot of them. “A bunch of footballers are the last people you want discussing the state of your sliced penis.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Steven Gerrard once tore his penis during a Liverpool match so badly that it left the doctor who treated him mentally scarred, he has revealed. The Liverpool legend, now 40, needed stitches on his tackle after he sustained an eye-watering laceration to his manhood during a cup tie. Andrew Massey was new to the role of the Reds’ team doctor – and the experience left him traumatised as Stevie’s was the first penis he sewed back together. Andy – promoted to the post of Fifa’s head doc in March – said: “Stevie came over to me at the end of the match and said, ‘Doc, you are going to have to have a look at this’. “I looked down and saw blood everywhere and thought, ‘Wow, that must be really sore’. “I was trying to think back to my medical training and nowhere in my training does it teach you how to stitch a penis. “I thought, ‘I don’t want the first penis I’ve stitched to be Steven Gerrard’s but it was’.” Andy joined Liverpool FC in 2013 as the academy doctor and match-day medical co-ordinator, before acting as first-team doctor on an interim basis a year later – a position made permanent after successfully sewing Stevie’s tackle. The medic spoke of his delicate job on Stevie for the first time on a footie podcast. Ex-Reds captain Stevie’s shorts ended up a bloodied mess during a January 2014 FA Cup tie against Bournemouth. Former Northern Ireland team doctor Andy cleared a room at Dean Court – Bournemouth’s home ground – and set about stitching the midfielder’s crown jewels back together. Praising Andy’s work Steven has said: “Doc Massey spoke to a few people and the room cleared. “I took off my shorts and underpants and had one last look. Ouch. I hoped I wasn’t saying goodbye to an old friend. “I got a jab first and then, careful not to look at what he was doing, I could tell he wasn’t feeling too comfortable about it either. “Doc Massey must have wished that he could have stayed at home treating the Academy kids’ cuts and bruises. “I didn’t talk much, though. I wanted him fully concentrated. “He did a good job. I felt no pain as he put in the stitches – four as he had predicted – and I walked back into the dressing room.” Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes6 Best Natural History Museums In The World7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson
Rising from its meeting in Abuja wednesday, the executive committee of the NFF approved the appointment of Salisu Yusuf as Super Eagles chief coach, Bitrus Bewarang as technical director and Nduka Ugbade as Goden Eaglets assistant coach as recommended by the Chris Green led technical committee.According to the communiqué of the meeting signed by Hon. Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande, the search for a new technical adviser for the senior national team needs prompt action given the matches ahead for the Super Eagles in the road to the 2018 World Cup in Russia whose qualifiers begin in October.“Executive Committee instructed the Technical and Development Sub–Committee to, within the next seven (7) days, recommend a candidate for the post of Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles,” read the communiqué in part.“It noted that the refusal of Mr. Paul Le Guen, earlier recommended by the Sub-Committee, to accept to be given targets as well as unwillingness to live in Nigeria, made his candidature unacceptable to the Board.“Committee also disapproved of Mr. Le Guen’s desire to come to the job with two assistants, which would make Nigerian coaches redundant.“The Committee noted that it was the desire to show transparency that made the Technical and Development Sub-Committee to make public its recommendation in the first place.”The statement added: “The Committee further resolved that any candidate that would be so recommended by the Technical and Development Sub-Committee must have accepted to be handed targets and must also be willing to live in Nigeria.“In addition, such a candidate must agree to undergo other internal evaluation.”The Executive Committee also approved that henceforth, only the Head Coaches of the various national teams will be on monthly salary, while assistant coaches will receive only bonuses and allowances.“The assistant coaches presently in the NFF’s employ have been given till the end of this year to secure substantive employment elsewhere, as the federation deals squarely with its financial constraints,” concludes the communiqué.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Gives Technical Committee one week to recommend new coach for NigeriaDuro IkhazuagbeSmarting from the embarrassment caused the country by Frenchman, Paul Le Guen, the Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) wednesday ordered its Technical Committee to recommend another top foreign coach to step into the vacant Super Eagles job within the next one week.Le Guen snubbed the Eagles job because he was not willing to accept NFF’s conditions that include his coming to stay in Nigeria, accept back-up staff made up of indigenous coaches in addition to being given a target.
Top-seeded Andy Murray is safely through to the second round of the French Open after beating Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0.Murray, who was runner-up at Roland Garros last year, has been struggling in 2017 and looked uncomfortable at times during the second set.But the world No. 1 got into his stride and saw out the final set in just 27 minutes, sealing the match with a forehand down the line after winning eight successive games.”Last year was a great year for me, you know it was the best I ever played,” Murray said. “Here at the beginning of my career I struggled. But each year I kept coming back and was trying a little bit better and last year was really good.”And last year during Bercy that’s when I reached No. 1 for first time, so I’ve got very good memories from Paris last year, and I’ll try and have another good one year this year.”The British player will face Martin Klizan in the second round.NISHIKORI FIGHTS HIS WAY THROUGHThanassi Kokkinakis came short in his bid to win his first match at a major in two years.Eighth-seeded Kei Nishikori had to work hard, however, to beat the 21-year-old Australian 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 on Court 1 at the French Open.Kokkinakis’s promising career has been derailed by a shoulder injury that required surgery in December 2015. He was playing only his third singles match since then.Nishikori’s next opponent will be Jeremy Chardy.VERDASCO ELIMINATES ZVEREVadvertisementOn a day of upsets on Court Philippe Chatrier, ninth-seeded Alexander Zverev lost to Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 when their first-round match resumed.Zverev, who is regarded as one of the most gifted players on tour, broke his racket during the fourth set.The match was suspended on Monday because of darkness after the players split the first two sets.The 20-year-old Zverev was one of the outside favorites after impressing on his way to victory at the Italian Open.LOKOLI REFUSES TO SHAKE HANDS AFTER LOSSLaurent Lokoli did not do honor to his wild card at the French Open.Not only did the Frenchman lose in the first round, he also refused a handshake from his opponent.After losing 7-6 (4), 6-3, 4-6, 0-6, 6-4 to Martin Klizan, Lokoli did not go the net to wait for the Slovakian player. As Klizan came over to the Frenchman, Lokoli gestured to make it clear he didn’t want to get near him.Lokoli later said Klizan was the one who did not respect him because he kept simulating injuries throughout their match.”He was not chasing drop shots and faked that his leg was hurting for more than two sets. Then he was running around like a rabbit in the fifth set,” Lokoli said. “And then he speaks to me about respect.”The two men also traded barbs during the match after Klizan shouted his joy to celebrate a double-fault from Lokoli that gave him a 5-2 lead in the decider.
FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareTIPSHEET CONTACT: Michael Cinelli PHONE: (713) 831-4794 RESEARCHER: SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS NEEDED TO LEAD TEACHERS OF TOMORROWPublic policymakers should invest in administrators who have the management skills needed to lead classroom teachers instead of spending more money on new facilities, new computers and other indirect causes of educational outcomes, aRice University professor says. Investments should be made in school administrators who can cultivate outstanding performance by teachers because classroom instructors are the direct cause of student performance, says Steven C. Currall, assistant professor of administrative science andpsychology at Rice.“Public policymakers should apply more heat to administrators,” Currall says. “Good administrators should be rewarded, financially and non-financially. Poor performing administrators should be held accountable; they should be replaced or given remedial managementtraining.” Currall’s research is the first quantitative study to test the link between the quality of the administrator-teacher interface and student educational outcomes. His results showed that public school districts with relatively higher student test scores and lower drop out rates were districts with administrators who enhanced teacher job satisfaction, involved teachers in decision making, andeffectively managed conflict with teachers. Currall reached his results after eliminating the effects of student socio-economic status, school financial wealth, the quality of school physical facilities, and teacher qualifications. His results are based on analyses of 180 public school districts in Pennsylvania. He surveyed data from 10,308 teachers within these districts. His study was funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for the Educational Quality of theWorkforce. Reprints of an article detailing Currall’s research can be obtained from the Rice University News Office at (713) 831-4795. Currall can be reached at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Administration at Rice at (713) 285-5287 or by E-mail at [email protected], or by contacting Michael Cinelli, director of the Rice University News Office, at (713) 831-4794 or by E-mail [email protected] ###