Maybe I’ll Ride Next Week

first_imgSaturday night and I’m out drinking beer and texting to make my Sunday mountain bike plan. Just to be somewhat conscious, I drink water between glasses, hoping to defeat entire dehydration before beginning an epic Sunday.Truthfully, I decide early on that my Sunday ride will be shared with Sunday chores. I like puttzing around the house taking care of things while on the iPod, fixing, organizing, sawing, painting, creating – all without the interruption of children. How blissful to have both in one day.By 7:30 I loll awake and lie in the bed making sure this is real. Quiet. The puppy isn’t even harassing me. I read the paper in my jammies while drinking strong coffee that is magically still hot to the last sip. I marvel at how I’ve never really seen the bottom of my cup. The morning sun casts from a crisp sky, and I smile at the realization that I will soon be twisting my bike through legs of rhododendron.I fry my weekly bacon treat with eggs over easy, whole grain toast, and tomato slices, dashing it all with chili garlic sauce. I justify the extra fat and calories with a day too filled with fun to take time to eat.The kitchen cleanup begins and the phone rings, drastically changing my day to sitting behind a curtain in the fluorescent lights of the emergency room. Mom may have had a stroke. I hang up and head to the hospital where I have become accustomed to spending quality family time with my parents. I can’t decide whether I’m grateful or bummed that this didn’t land on a workday, or at it’s usual time of 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. with a 6:30 a.m. wakeup call.It begins with my mother, who has Alzheimer’s, being left alone while the nurses at her home put the other people to bed first, allowing her to her own devices. This is when she trips and cracks her head open. They call us, sending her ahead to the ER via ambulance. At the end of the night my father or I will get the ER nurses to help us coerce her into the front seat of my truck so that we can return her home and tuck her into bed two hours earlier than the ambulance would have. I crawl into my own bed just in time for the toddler to wake up with a nightmare.In the ER my father tells me random stories about his childhood in Berlin –  the field across from the apartments where the kids played or how his mother came to school to make sure they didn’t make him take part in the Hitler Youth. It’s the only time that he doesn’t feel like he’s taking up my time and relaxes enough for us to just be together. He consents when I send him home to have lunch with a friend.I crawl onto the stretcher with my mom, covering us both under the blanket, telling her stories about her grandchildren or things I remember about her mother. On other visits she smiles and nods, trying to talk, although she can’t string the words into a meaningful sentence. The doctor and I sing her favorite Beatle’s songs while he staples her head back together. She’s calmer this way. Distracted.This time she’s totally out. She doesn’t respond to the stories or even open her eyes. I get my iPod out to drown out the nurse’s station but decide to give it to her instead. I play Barber’s Adagio, and for the first time all day she stirs. By the time my father has returned, she is trying to sing along. Growing up this behavior annoyed the crap out of me, yet right now it’s the highlight of my day.She hasn’t had a stroke. She has bruising and bleeding on her brain, although the staff at the nursing home have no recollection of what might have happened. It’s not certain whether her slurred speech is here to stay, whether she’ll walk again, or whether she’ll tell my boys to shut up any more when they are wrestling across the family room floor screaming over trucks. What’s certain is that she will have a new home – in a skilled nursing facility, with hospice nurses to make her comfortable.Maybe I’ll ride next week.last_img read more

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Unai Emery hints he is finally ready to perform Mesut Ozil U-turn ahead of Wolves clash

first_imgUnai Emery hints he is finally ready to perform Mesut Ozil U-turn ahead of Wolves clash Comment ‘Because the most important thing is the club, the team and finding a performance.‘Previously we were all speaking between us to take that decision. I know all the supporters want to know something [more] but now is not the moment.’However, with Arsenal now four points off the top four pace ahead of Saturday’s match against Wolves at the Emirates Stadium, Emery confirmed the former Real Madrid is back in his plans.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Yes he will feature,’ said the Spaniard during his post match press conference.‘We have a match on Saturday and we will look at the possibility to use him again alongside other players and this is the way sometimes.’Evaluating his overall performance, Emery added: ‘I think he played very well. Tonight, you’ve seen he is a skilful player in the team and he was very positive every time and I think he played a very good match.‘We spoke before the match, and we made the decision in the second half to take him off because he hasn’t played for a little while and we want to keep his fitness as he was very tired but for him it was great to play 60/65 minutes.’Should Mesut Ozil start vs Wolves?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi speaks out on own goal in 5-5 thriller against LiverpoolMORE: Kieran Tierney stops Arsenal players from walking straight down tunnel after Liverpool defeat Metro Sport ReporterThursday 31 Oct 2019 11:54 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link959Shares Mesut Ozil made his Arsenal return during last night’s 5-5 draw against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery admitted he is ready to consider Mesut Ozil for Premier League selection after the Arsenal playmaker made an eye-catching comeback against Liverpool.Ozil was unable to save his side from a demoralising penalty shootout defeat, but was involved in all of Arsenal’s best attacking play before he was substituted in the 65th minute.The 31-year-old contributed to three of his side’s five goals on the night and produced a sublime back-heel assist which gifted Ainsley Maitland-Niles the chance to put Arsenal 4-2 ahead 10 minutes into the second half.Ozil had been omitted from the previous six matchday squads and had made just two appearances all season before he was brought back in from the cold by Emery last night.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Arsenal coach revealed last Saturday that Ozil’s exile had the backing of the club’s executive committee, saying:’ Here we have one agreed strategy as a club and a team.Crazy and incredible match. 🙈 Losing on penalties is always tough, but definitely some positive things to take away from Anfield Road tonight. Thanks for the away support! 🙏🏼❤ Focus on Wolverhampton now! ⚽ #M1Ö #COYG #YaGunnersYa @Arsenal pic.twitter.com/vIQdoF4T8J— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) October 30, 2019 Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Hapag-Lloyd, DB Schenker Launching Eco-Friendly Initiative in Ocean Freight

first_imgGerman container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd and compatriot logistics services provider DB Schenker have launched a project aimed at cutting sulfur oxide emissions in ports.In order to reduce the impact of pollution, especially in Asian and Latin American ports, a “prestigious customer” switches all of its containers shipped by Hapag-Lloyd to low-sulfur fuel.Specifically, customers pay a voluntary surcharge on each of its containers shipped through these ports, having started in mid-2017. Such surcharge is used by Hapag-Lloyd to purchase the low-sulfur fuel.Customers receive a factual statement on the fuel change for all of their containers while DB Schenker supervises the transaction.As explained, the move goes beyond current regulation. While some regions in the world provide for 0.1% sulfur content not to be exceeded when at berth, many ports still do not have any such regulations and fuel is permitted to be burnt with sulfur contents of up to 3.5% to run vessel facilities during port stays for loading and discharge.“We are proud to enter with such prestigious companies in a ground-breaking health and environmental initiative,” Andrea Dorothea Schoen, Carbon Controller and head of DB Schenker’s climate protection program and project initiator, commented.“For us this a milestone in our environmental partnership – with the shipper and the carrier alike,” Schoen added.“We jointly can pave the way for better air quality and push sustainability on the oceans,” Thorsten Haeser, CCO of Hapag-Lloyd, pointed out.last_img read more

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White woman charged after racist Central Park confrontation

first_imgThis file image made from May 25, 2020 video provided by Christian Cooper, shows Amy Cooper with her dog talking to Christian Cooper in Central Park in New York. CHRISTIAN COOPER VIA AP FILE NEW YORK – A white woman who called the police during a videotaped dispute with a Black man over her walking her dog without a leash in Central Park was charged Monday with filing a false police report. District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said in a statement on Monday that his office had charged Amy Cooper with falsely reporting the confrontation, a misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of a year behind bars. She was ordered to appear in court on Oct. 14. (AP)center_img In May, Amy Cooper drew widespread condemnation and was fired from her job after frantically calling 911 to claim she was being threatened by “an African American man,” bird watcher Christian Cooper. On the video he recorded of the woman, he sounds calm and appears to keep a safe distance from her.last_img read more

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Southampton announce profits

first_imgSouthampton have announced after tax profits of £33.4million for the year ending June 30, 2014, their first full-year profit since the club went into administration in 2009. Press Association Southampton chief executive officer Gareth Rogers said: “There are lots of positives to take from these financial results. Recording the first profit and positive net asset position for the first time since administration in 2009 is very pleasing. It shows the health of the club and the Group is strong and the foundations are there to be built on.” Southampton’s debt now stands at approximately £50m, of which circa £19m is owed to Vibrac, £15m shareholder’s loan and a further £15m secured on the shareholder’s estate. A big factor in the increase in revenue was due to the increase of television money, with payments increasing from £46.9m in 2012/13 to £79.4m in 2013/14, while c ommercial income has increased from £6.7m in 2012/13 to £8.3m in 2013/14. Rogers added: “Our focus remains on developing significant commercial growth which will support our vision to create a sustainable business model. “We have a strong business plan in place and we’re already seeing the green shoots of that plan. We believe it is possible to be a well-managed, well-structured football club that is successful both on and off the pitch.” center_img St Mary’s Football Group Limited audited annual results showed a £33.4million profit on ordinary activities compared to a £7.1million loss in 2013. Total revenue increased to £106million from £71.8million in 2013 while group wages, including players, increased from £41.4million in 2013 to £55.2million in 2014. last_img read more

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Virus precautions, uncertainty mark opening of Ohio St camp

first_img LIVE TV First Published: 7th August, 2020 08:14 IST WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News Last Updated: 7th August, 2020 08:14 IST Virus Precautions, Uncertainty Mark Opening Of Ohio St Camp Ohio State opened preseason training camp Thursday with strict coronavirus protocols in place and under a cloud of uncertainty about whether the revised 10-game season will even be played at all FOLLOW UScenter_img COMMENT Written By Ohio State opened preseason training camp Thursday with strict coronavirus protocols in place and under a cloud of uncertainty about whether the revised 10-game season will even be played at all.Rules requiring testing, masks, frequent disinfecting of equipment and social distancing — at least as much as is possible with around 120 players on the field — were observed at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center as the Buckeyes gathered for the first of 24 practices leading up to their Sept. 3 opener at Illinois.With schools already having abandoned their nonconference schedules because of the pandemic, the Big Ten released a schedule — along with a long list of required medical protocols — that includes 10 games per school, evenly split between home and away. Whether there will be any fans in 105,000-seat Ohio Stadium is still an open question.And there’s still a chance the season will be scrapped, depending upon virus trends and consultations with government officials. That will be determined in the coming weeks. Some smaller conferences have already done away with fall sports.Coach Ryan Day said he talked to his team about all those issues.“We don’t know what’s coming tomorrow,” Day said after practice. “Certainly anything’s possible. We all know that, but we’re really not focused on that.”The Buckeyes began working toward whatever comes next after being confined to their homes for a quarantine and then having summer workouts in Columbus disrupted by some positive coronavirus tests, although the school won’t say how many there were or provide names. Players will be tested twice a week during preseason camp.“It’s great to see the guys, just be around the team and feel the energy and be able to work out and practice together,” senior defensive end Jonathon Cooper said. “I think that’s doing a huge thing for everybody’s mental health.”Quarterback Justin Fields was a Heisman Trophy finalist last year after leading Ohio State to a 13-1 record and getting the Buckeyes to within one game of the College Football Playoff final. He’ll start this season as one of the Heisman favorites.Fields said he hasn’t considered opting out of what likely will be his final season before entering the NFL draft in the spring, even with the risk associated with playing this fall.“I don’t have any concerns about what’s going on here at Ohio State necessarily,” he said. “My only concerns that pop up in my head are what are they doing at other schools? I think one of the biggest concerns going around with the team is, what happens when all of the students come back to campus and students aren’t really worried about it, they’re doing what they usually do if the pandemic wasn’t going on? I think there are a lot of things in this situation that we can’t control.”Along with Fields and Cooper, the team this week elected as captains linebackers Justin Hilliard and Tuf Borland, cornerback Shaun Wade and offensive linemen Wyatt Davis and Josh Myers.Hilliard said it must be impressed upon all players that the way they behave and follow protocols could mean the difference between whether the season is played or not.“That’s a new addition, you know responsibility that we as leaders have to keep track of,” he said. “I think it’s important, especially now, as students will start coming back to let people know that we can’t have that normal lifestyle.“Especially some of the younger guys, it’s not fair to them because they just got to college,” he said. “It’s going to be tough for them to be locked away but they have to understand — we have to help them understand and hold them accountable — that we can’t live that same lifestyle we usually do in order to have a safe season. So it’s going to be a challenge.”Image credits: AP SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

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