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Police: Secaucus cops bust WNY man for weed, cocaine, painkillers, brass…

first_img Bayonne Previous articleFulop, O’Dea, Ramchal, Shea expected at Jersey City public safety meeting tonightNext articleChristie, Prieto, Sweeney compromise with potential $5B North Jersey casino plan John Heinis Bayonne man busted with cocaine, heroin, semi-automatic handgun after fleeing from cops Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter A West New York man was arrested in Secaucus last week when police caught him in possession of marijuana, cocaine, painkillers and brass knuckles during a routine traffic stop, officials said.Photo via Secaucusnj.gov.By John Heinis/Hudson County ViewJefferson Marte-Peralta, 24, of West New York, was charged with three counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance (marijuana, cocaine, Hyrdrodon-Acetaminophen), possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a prohibited weapon (brass knuckles), possession of weapon for unlawful purposes, possession with intent to distribute paraphernalia, according to Police Det. Sgt. Michael Torres.Furthermore, Marte-Peralta was hit with motor vehicle summonses for improper display, controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle and an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle, officials said.During a routine traffic stop for not having a front license plate displayed on January 7th, at approximately 4:09 p.m. on Paterson Plank Road near Route 1&9, Marte-Peralta was found to be in possession of marijuana, cocaine, Hydrodon-Acetaminophen (a prescription painkiller) and brass knuckles, authorities said.Marte-Peralta had his bail set at $75,000 with a 10 percent option, police said. By John Heinis – January 11, 2016 2:24 pm 0 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Police: 45-year-old man arrested for attempting to have sex with 15-year-old girl in Secaucus Facebook Twitter CrimeSecaucusWest New York Police: Secaucus cops bust WNY man for weed, cocaine, painkillers, brass knuckles TAGSbrass knucklescocainemarijuanaprescription drugssecaucus police SHARE Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say Crime Bayonne last_img read more

Valegro Wins Grand Prix Special for Britain’s Dujardin

first_img SIGN UP Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Horse Sport Enews In a competition that buzzed with excitement from start to finish, Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro claimed Dressage Grand Prix Special gold at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy, France today. It wasn’t a flawless performance from the dynamic British duo, with mistakes that Dujardin afterwards described as “silly”, but such was the quality of the rest of the work she produced with her extraordinary gelding that she still headed silver medallist Helen Langehanenberg with Damon Hill NRW, whose German team-mate, Kristina Sprehe, earned bronze with Desperados FRH.“We made three expensive mistakes and I thought ‘Oh it’s cost me the medal!’, so I knew after each one that I had to go for a bit more to try and catch up on what I had already lost,” she said afterwards. “But he’s such a fantastic horse, he’s got a heart of gold. If I need to go for a bit more he tries to go for a bit more, he never says no I can’t do it,” said the rider who now holds the Grand Prix Special title at Olympic, European and World Championship level.They almost fell victim to their own enormous popularity however, as Dujardin found the enthusiasm of the spectators in the D’Ornano Stadium quite distracting throughout her test.The hardest thing“It was really hard with the crowd,” she said afterwards, “probably that was the hardest thing because when you were doing good and bad you could hear “ooooh” or you could hear people talking. I wanted to turn round and say ‘shut up!’ When you’re trying to ride you’re trying to think where to go and to think of what you’re doing, and all you can hear is the crowd talking and gasping, it’s very, very tough. Obviously you don’t experience that very often. I know I had it in Herning (FEI European Dressage Championships 2013 in Denmark) last year and a bit in Aachen this year, but otherwise you can normally only hear the music or it’s silent, so I found it really difficult out there today,” she explained.It was her fellow countryman, Michael Eilberg, who held the lead in the early stages of the competition after showing much better form with his grey mare, Half Moon Delphi, when seventh of the 30 starters this morning. On the first day of the team competition on Monday their performance was below par, but today they produced their best ever Grand Prix Special mark and Eilberg was well pleased.“I had to set up every movement to get her up a bit more,” he explained. “I knew what to expect after yesterday, and how to adjust my riding. She was more on her hind legs, more up and positive, especially in the passage and piaffe. I could get her more balanced, and also got more extension in the trot. Half Moon is only 12 years old, and getting better every year.”OvertakenHe was overtaken for the lead by fellow Briton, Carl Hester, who was also a member of yesterday’s team silver medal winning side, whose gelding, Nip Tuck, is growing in confidence every time he comes into the ring. “He was nervous after the prizegiving yesterday so it just shows the genuine side of this horse. He is so desperately trying to please me all the time and today I had a personal best with him so I’d nearly like to stop now and not do anymore!” Hester said, having posted 75.532.“It’s difficult when a horse is that sensitive to get your leg on him, you can’t move on him, he’s still so inexperienced, but it’s all going the right way. It will take one more year to produce him in the ring the way he is at home,” said the 47-year-old whose own performance today was nothing short of a master-class in the art of horse production.The scores subsequently kept growing however, with America’s Laura Graves continuing her spectacular run to head the leaderboard on a score of 77.157 before the final tranche of riders took their turn. The 27-year-old rider and her lovely 12-year-old gelding Verdades seemed to be in a world of their own as they executed each movement with quiet precision. Graves’ stillness in the saddle and Verdades’ attention to her every instruction suggests an unusually powerful bond in this partnership that has lasted almost the entire length of the horse’s lifetime.“I do a lot of homework,” Graves said. “I spend a lot of time studying the top riders and I picture in my mind’s eye what I’m trying to do when I’m in the saddle. I shut out what’s going on around us and just concentrate on trying to reflect what I’ve seen them do,” said the American who finished two places ahead of her considerably more experienced team-mate, Steffen Peters with Legolas, when slotting into eighth place at the end of the day.Built to a crescendoThe excitement built to a crescendo as the final group took their turn, with Sweden’s Tinne Vilhelmson Silfven and Don Auriello re-setting the target at 78.235 only for Germany’s Kristina Sprehe and Desperados FRH to go further ahead when posting 79.762 two horses later.The crowd went wild as Dujardin and Valegro followed them into the ring, and the pure energy of the performance this pair produced had everyone sitting on the edges of their seats. Big scores for extended trot and half-pass were followed by a distracted moment however when a call of nature meant Valegro was unable to immediately respond to his rider’s aids in the first piaffe. But not even a mistake in the two-tempi changes could prevent the judges from awarding them 86.120 which proved an unbeatable score despite a super effort from Langehanenberg and Damon Hill.“I won’t give up (trying to beat Dujardin and Valegro),” Langehanenberg said afterwards. “I believe in Dami and I’m very pleased with him today.”There was tension in the Dutch camp as the scores for Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival, last to go in today’s competition, were finally calculated. It seemed quite possible that they might take the bronze, but in the end their mark of 79.328 left them less than 0.5 behind Sprehe to miss a podium placing.Big plansDujardin admitted she had big plans when going into the arena today with Valegro. “I was going out there for a world record, that’s what I was aiming to do. I knew it was possible because he felt so good, it was just a pity because without those mistakes it could have been a world record”.She said Valegro was “probably the best he’s ever felt. I know I made those mistakes but they were just silly ones. It felt like when you’re driving a Ferrari and you put your foot down. To have that much power underneath you, especially after doing the Grand Prix yesterday, I’m just delighted for him, I’m so happy!”.She’s been working hard on the fitness of both herself and her horse over the last month. “At Aachen it was so hot and I really struggled with it, and he really struggled with it. Obviously we weren’t at full fitness because we wanted to peak here. That’s what we were aiming for and to get him as fit as we could for here, so we went there a bit under-fitness and it affected us greatly when we hit the heat. In normal temperatures we would have got away with it.“Now I have a personal trainer, I train four or five times a week, she’s fantastic and I do a lot of core work and a lot of cardio work. I felt physically exhausted after Aachen because of the heat so I thought I cannot have that if I’m coming here and it’s hot, I wanted to be ready for it this time.”Now she’s looking forward to Friday’s Freestyle, and there’s no doubting the colour of the medal she wants to take home from that. “I love my music. I’ve ridden it at the World Cup Final and in Aachen so I want to go out there and try and nail it, get it to my absolute maximum. I’m not going to give anything away, I’m going to ride for everything. That’s the problem when you ride for everything, you can make mistakes but you know I’m going to risk it because there’s only one chance of the gold!”And she fully intends to take it.Result: Grand Prix Special: GOLD – Valegro (Charlotte Dujardin) 86.120; SILVER – Damon Hill NRW (Helen Langehanenberg) GER 84.468; BRONZE – Desperados FRH (Kristina Sprehe) GER 79.762. Tags: Charlotte Dujardin, Helen Langehanenberg, Valegro, Kristina Sprehe, Damon Hill NRW, Desperados FRH, Dressage Grand Prix Special, Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, Email*last_img read more

Armenia, Russia Seeking to Exploit Ethnic Minorities in Azerbaijan Against Baku

first_imgThe imperfect congruence of ethnic and political borders in the South Caucasus is the primary cause of the long-running conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. But it is also a major reason why both the participants in that fight as well as outside powers routinely focus on the issue of local ethnic minorities to try to gain leverage over the situation. This is despite the ethnic sorting that has, in fact, occurred over the last century, leaving both states overwhelmingly homogeneous (the Armenian occupation of Azerbaijani Karabakh notwithstanding) (Demoscope.ru, April 3, 2017). Thirty years ago, some in Azerbaijan and the Soviet Union saw the Kurdish community in Armenia as a potential tool to force a solution of the Karabakh dispute. Now, Armenia and the Russian Federation are increasingly seeking to use the ethnic minorities in Azerbaijan against Baku. Their success has been both limited and mixed, but both Yerevan and Moscow seem committed to continuing their efforts in this regard.In the recent round of fighting over Karabakh, which erupted on September 27, Baku has done little to stir the nationalities pot, given that ethnic Armenians now form almost 99 percent of the latter country’s population, offering few opportunities for such efforts. Azerbaijan has of course talked about the ethnic Azerbaijanis who were driven out of the western portion of the country by the Armenian occupation and, implicitly, about the Azerbaijanis who fled Armenia earlier. But Baku, too, is affected by minorities abroad, the most important being the ethnic Azerbaijanis of Iran, who actually outnumber the titular population of the Republic of Azerbaijan by, according to some estimates, three to one. This prominent minority lives mostly along the Azerbaijani-Iranian border, and it has notably responded to the Azerbaijani military advances in recent weeks with great enthusiasm (see EDM, October 22; Twitter.com/clashreport, October 18; Twitter.com/cavidaga, October 22, 25; Twitter.com/Doranimated, October 22). Reports over the weekend that Tehran had dispatched elite military units to northwestern Iran may, thus, have less to do with a desire to intervene in the fighting than to prevent the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan from spilling into Iran, leading to the further mobilization of ethnic Azerbaijanis within the Islamic Republic’s borders (Twitter.com/cavidaga, October 24; Svobodnaya Pressa, October 25; Ura.news, October 26).Yerevan, on the other hand, has a long history of supporting ethnic Talysh in Azerbaijan, frequently holding public conferences about them and serving as a place for activists from Azerbaijan’s Talysh minority (an Iranian-speaking nation that forms about 1.3 percent of the population) to call for greater autonomy or even an independent Talysh state (Windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com, April 5, 2016; Realtribune.ru, October 21, 2018). The Armenian government has been less actively involved with the Lezgins, who make up 1.4 percent of Azerbaijan’s population, typically referring to them only in the context of the Talysh or deferring to Russian outlets, given that there are far more ethnic Lezgins in the Russian Federation.But at the outset of this round of violence between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the Armenian side sent a clear signal that it hopes it can count on both the Talysh and Lezgins to support Yerevan rather than their own government. Aravik Harutunyan, the head of the Armenian proxy regime in Karabakh (referred to by Armenia as “Artsakh”), issued an appeal to what he called his “Talysh and Lezgin brothers and sisters” to oppose Baku’s action at home and abroad and recognize that their future depends on Armenian forces being able to defend themselves. We are on your side, he suggested, adding that “as a sign of our good will, [we] will not target the adversary military facilities located in Talyshstan and Lezgistan [sic]” (Armradio.am, October 4).That message does not appear to be having the effect the Armenian side hoped for. Ethnic Russians and ethnic Azerbaijanis in Baku insist the population of Azerbaijan is and will remain united (Trend.az, October 26). And posts on social media show Talysh going to fight on the side of their homeland (Twitter.com/cavidaga, October 24). It may or may not be significant that no similar posts have surfaced about the Lezgins.In contrast, a larger effort with regard to the Lezgins is now coming not from Armenia but from Russia. Not only are ever more Russian commentators insisting that Azerbaijan will fracture along ethnic lines if Baku continues the fight, but they are singling out the Lezgins as major players in that regard, although they typically mention the Talysh as well (Evo-rus.com, Infoteka24.ru, October 25). Such articles might be dismissed as overheated reactions to the fighting, except that Moscow has taken at least one major step to be in a position to follow up its words with action. In September, President Vladimir Putin selected an ethnic Lezgin, Interior Ministry General Sergey Melikov, to be the new head of Dagestan, even though no Lezgin has been the leader of that North Caucasus republic for more than a century (Versiya, October 22).The editors of the Versiya portal suggest that Melikov was chosen because Russia has less leverage in the South Caucasus than many imagine and believes it can play the ethnic card in a new way. At present, the editors write, Moscow finds itself in an almost impossible position: “If it supports Armenia, it will lose Azerbaijan; if it supports Azerbaijan, the reverse will occur; but if it supports neither, it may lose both.” Consequently, it needs to find a way to bring pressure to bear on Baku without appearing to support Armenia or Azerbaijan in the war. Using the Lezgins or threatening to is thus an attractive option.According to the Versiya editors, “the problem of ‘Lezginistan’ is a constant sword of Damocles over Azerbaijan. The Lezgins are the largest divided people in the Caucasus: 700,000 of them live in Dagestan, and roughly another 500,000 live in the northern part of Azerbaijan. A people with such numbers can certainly aspire to unity.” Dagestan’s new siloviki governor, Melikov, is just the man to achieve that, or at least threaten to, they say; and he, thus, offers Moscow leverage it would not otherwise have. If that analysis is correct, Yerevan and Moscow appear to have divided this issue between themselves, at least implicitly, with Yerevan focusing on Azerbaijan’s Talysh and Moscow on the Lezgins. If so, more actions, at least by the Russians, are likely if the fighting in Karabakh continues.last_img read more

Laure Lebret, researcher, orthodontics teacher

first_imgIn an era when few dentists were women and even fewer specialized in orthodontics, French-born Laure Lebret became well known in the field as a researcher and practitioner.She had prepared for her career at Ecole Odontologique de la Rue Garanciere in Paris during the German occupation of World War II, which slowed her completion of studies until the end of the war. After graduation, in the late 1940s, Dr. Lebret worked in orthodontics at the Institut Eastman in Paris.Dr. Lebret, a retired associate professor of orthodontics at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, died of kidney failure Aug. 23 at her Brookline home. She was 92…Read full storylast_img read more

Dopapod Releases ‘Live At The Capitol Theatre’ Live Album [Stream]

first_imgDopapod has released a new live album, Live At The Capitol Theatre, capturing their triumphant first performance following their return from a restorative hiatus in 2019.Recorded by studio engineer Jason “Jocko” Randall, The Capitol Theatre show showcases the band—comprised of Eli Winderman (keys and vocals), Rob Compa (guitar and vocals), Chuck Jones (bass), and Neal “Fro” Evans (drums)—in peak form.As keyboardist Eli Winderman explains in a statement accompanying the release, “April 27th, 2019 will be a night that will forever live in the part of my brain where my most cherished memories live. That place in my head where I can go and it will always just give me a little feeling of gratitude and appreciation for life.”“You know those times when you have so much fun and experience such pure joy and bliss that you almost don’t even remember the whole thing? That’s what happened to me and that’s why I’m excited to put this album out and see what really happened,” adds drummer Neal Evans.As Winderman continues, “Being in a band is one of the most incredible experiences a human can have. It has so many of the things that people need to be happy: camaraderie creativity adventure the unknown stinky van smells etc… It also contains some patterns of living that really can wear you down physically and psychologically. Taking a break from the band was necessary for us as people but it was a complete gamble as a band. We didn’t know what would happen and we still don’t know what will happen! What I do know is that on April 27th 2019 the Capitol Theatre was brimming with love and excitement for a band and the community surrounding it. It was a truly magical feeling that everyone seemed to be connected to and feeding off of.”Dopapod’s new Live At The Capitol Theatre release is now available on iTunes, Spotify, and all other streaming platforms.Dopapod – Live At The Capitol Theatre – Full AlbumSince returning from their year-long sabbatical in April, Dopapod has been hard at work both in the studio and onstage. In late-May, the quartet released their latest studio LP, Emit Time, the follow-up to the band’s 2017 album, Megagem. The band has also been steadily making their way back into the live circuit, including a set at The Peach Music Festival and upcoming performances at The Werk Out Music and Arts Festival (8/2) and Denver’s at The Ogden Theatre (10/5) as well as a special intimate performance at Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox (10/4).Earlier this month, Dopapod released 100+ new shows from their lengthy live catalog on Nugs.net ahead of their appearance at The Peach Music Festival.Fans can head here to access Dopapod’s updated catalog of live shows on Nugs.net.For a full list of Dopapod’s upcoming tour dates, ticketing, and more information, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Dopapod | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 4/28/19Set One (9:10 – 10:33): Vol. 3 #86 > Nuggy Jawson, Mucho, French Bowling* > Braindead, My Elephant vs. Your Elephant, Trapper KeeperSet Two (11:03 – 12:30): Numbers Need Humans^, FABA, Onionhead, Bullet With Butterfly Wings+, Super Bowl, Roid Rage, Plaese Haalp, Cloud World, Never Odd Or Even^ > Bubble BrainEncore (12:33 – 12:50) : Freight Train*Nana nana boo-boo teases^Debut+Smashing Pumpkins coverlast_img read more

Shots Fired at Kentucky Paramedics

first_imgGREENUP, Ky. – Police are investigating a shooting incident in the eastern Kentucky city of Greenup.A spokeswoman for the Greenup County Volunteer Fire Department said three emergency medical service employees were walking into the fire department building when three shots were fired in their direction.The Independent in Ashland reported spokeswoman Karen Belt said one of the bullets passed between two paramedics and struck the building. No one was hurt.The incident occurred during a shift change at 8:30 Monday morning.___Information from: The Independent, http://www.dailyindependent.comlast_img read more

DAR honors 20 graduates with scholarships

first_img Stella Corcoran White chartered the Captain William Sanders Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, in Port Arthur in October 1937. White Haven was her home. She and her husband established the Carl and Stella White Scholarship Fund strictly for educating young people. Scholarships have been given every year since 1988. Students from Jefferson County apply in their counselor’s office and the Board of Higher Education at Lamar makes the selection. The students will be mailed their certificates of merit and Lamar’s scholarship board will forward the $1,000 to the college of the scholar’s choice when the college receives notification the student has enrolled.Recipients this school year are:Bob Hope School — Jocelyn Diaz, Vicky Longoria, Imelda Barriga, and Melany Esquivel;Memorial High School — Chloe Guidry and Tyson Nguyen;Nederland High School — Kasey Rule, Katelyn Patterson, Melody Youwakim, Han Vo, Wiilliam Denson, DeMorieh Washington, and Brock Holton;Port Neches-Groves High School — Channing Hebert, Zane Hernandez, Kendall Holman, Kristen Nguyen, Travis Wommack, Kaylee Gutierres, and Kasidee Sartin. The Captain William Sanders Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution honored 20 graduates with scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each.Coronavirus has had an effect on so many activities this graduation season. The DAR chapter still awarded the scholarships but had to forgo the usual reception for this year’s graduates, their parents, counselors and DAR members.center_img Graduates will receive $1,000 credit toward educational expenses at the college of their choice. That makes a total of $20,000 given by Captain William Sanders Chapter for the year of 2020 reported by Chapter Registrar Betty Brownlee.last_img read more

Briefly Noted: Weir, Adkins at odds over visibility of support for Trump during impeachment inquiry; Lenexa police hosting Use of Force workshop for residents

first_imgPhoto credit Hart Weir campaign.Republican Congressional candidate says opponent has been ‘eerily silent’ on Trump impeachment. Sara Hart Weir, the Mission Republican running for the Kansas 3rd Congressional seat, attacked primary opponent Amanda Adkins this week for being insufficiently supportive of President Donald Trump as Democrats move forward with impeachment proceedings against him. Adkins called the attack “silly games.” Incumbent Rep. Sharice Davids joined all but two Congressional Democrats in voting for the formal impeachment inquiry this week. [‘Eerily silent.’ Kansas GOP candidates trade blows over Trump impeachment inquiry — Kansas City Star]Lenexa police hosting Use of Force workshop for residents. The Lenexa Police Department is hosting a free Use of Force Workshop this weekend for Johnson County residents ages 18 and older. The workshop takes place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 2 at the police station, 12500 W. 87th St. Parkway, Lenexa. As part of the workshop, participants have the opportunity to go thought the department’s firearms simulator which puts them in realistic scenarios that police may encounter.Rep. Sharice Davids leading roundtable on surprise medical billing. Rep. Sharice Davids will lead a roundtable discussion on surprise medical billing and its impact on Kansas families from 3 to 4 p.m. today in the Carmack Community Room in the Johnson County Central Resource Library, 9875 W. 87th St., Overland Park. To RSVP, or for questions, contact Johanna Warshaw at [email protected] Confirmed panelists include:Dr. Lee Norman: Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and EnvironmentDr. Marc Larsen: Emergency physician at St. Luke’s and President of the Metro Emergency PhysiciansShalae Harris: Program Director at the Alzheimer’s Association Heart of America ChapterDr. Sam Caughron: Pathologist & Lab Medical Director at Advent Health and President of MAWD Pathology GroupShawnee Mayor Michelle Distler to volunteer with Extra Mile Day today. Shawnee Mayor Michelle Distler is one of more than 525 mayors across the United States who are volunteering to “go the extra mile” in service and contribution on Extra Mile Day. By participating, Distler is recognizing and appreciating volunteers in Shawnee.last_img read more

Price takes second in the Griak

first_imgPrice takes second in the Griak Derek WetmoreSeptember 26, 2010Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintIn the GophersâÄô biggest home meet of the season, junior Steph Price highlighted the competition for Minnesota with a second-place finish at the Griak Invitational on Saturday. PriceâÄôs finish led the No. 28 women to a seventh-place finish. The No. 27 Gophers menâÄôs team âÄî who competed for the first time after star runner Hassan Mead took a medical redshirt âÄî finished fifth. Senior captains Ben Blankenship (10th) and Mike Torchia (14th) were MinnesotaâÄôs top finishers, and sophomore Pieter Gagnon (15th) also clocked inside the top 20. Price beat her personal best by more than a half minute, finishing in 20 minutes, 41 seconds âÄî just two seconds behind North Carolina StateâÄôs Laura Hoer. Behind Price, the teamâÄôs youth stepped up to round out the top five. With the exception of senior Nikki Swenson (49th overall, fourth Gophers finisher), the rest of the top five were all underclassmen: freshman Missa Varpness (28th, second), freshman Ashlie Decker (39th, third) and sophomore Kayla Wagner (67th, fifth). âÄúIt was a good day âÄî it wasnâÄôt a great day,âÄù assistant coach Sarah Hesser said. âÄúWeâÄôre not thrilled with it, but we did a good job.âÄù Head coach Gary Wilson added: âÄúI told the girls, âÄòIf you ran this race two weeks from now, weâÄôd see another 20 seconds [shaved off] from all of you.âÄô âÄù As with any young team, the womenâÄôs coaches know that thereâÄôs a learning curve and that a high-level race like the Griak is the way to speed along that process. The team has three meets left before the pre-NCAA race Oct. 16, when runners have a chance to qualify for nationals. âÄúThe girls will run better at pre-nats for having had this experience at Griak, we just need to iron out some of the mistakes as a team,âÄù Hesser said. âÄúBut the talent is there.âÄù The 25th running of the annual Roy Griak Invitational drew huge crowds, with thousands of participants and even more spectators. Participation numbers werenâÄôt released, but the team said last week that they expected to break their previous record of 3,505 runners. After a light rain in the early morning, conditions cleared to allow for a clean day of racing, aside from some mud after portions of Les Bolstad golf course were torn up by a high volume of runners. âÄúIt was a lot of fun having such a home crowd here,âÄù Price said. âÄúIt was really fun having everyone cheer me on. I really drew that energy from the [home] crowd.âÄù For the men, competing without Mead âÄî who was on hand to cheer on his team âÄî has become an accepted reality. They spread the burden around, finishing fifth as a team despite the fact that their best individual finisher, Blankenship, came in 10th. Blankenship got a late start on conditioning due to competing for USA Track and Field this summer and taking a short break afterward. That in mind, his finish was encouraging to a team that will now look to him as a leader. âÄúWe think we know where Ben Blankenship can compete when heâÄôs healthy,âÄù head coach Steve Plasencia said. That could become a theme for the rest of the season, and so far, there are no injury concerns with the rest of the team. Griak means more The power that an invitational as heralded as the Roy Griak holds is most evident on race day. To observe the look of excitement, especially among the high school athletes competing, sums up the Griak experience. âÄúRight from the get-go [in 1985] we decided we were going to do this first class âĦ and make it special for the kids that come,âÄù Wilson said. Since the race was created, Wilson said there was ultimately one purpose. âÄúItâÄôs not about anything other than, do [the kids] come and have the best cross country experience theyâÄôve ever had in their life?âÄù he said. WomenâÄôs redshirt freshman Caitlin Olson said she was convinced to walk on and join the team simply by watching the Griak last year. âÄúItâÄôs amazing,âÄù she said of the power the Griak Invitational holds. âÄúSeeing it last year just really made me want to be a part of it and come out for the team.âÄù Related: – Roy Griak Invitational 2010 (video) – Thousands of runners coming for Griak Invitational (9/22)last_img read more

Global wellness tourism revenues are growing 14 percent

first_imgThe Global Wellness Institute recently reported that the global revenues of wellness tourism in the period 2013-2015. increased by 14 percent, and how international wellness tourism has grown by 22 percent in two years, the portal reports Tourism Review.Global tourism wellness tourism revenue is $ 563 billion, and the sector is projected to grow by another 2020% by 37,5 to generate $ 808 billion in revenue. When it comes to leading markets, the U.S. remains the world wellness leader, with $ 202 billion in revenue. This is more than one third of the total revenue of wellness tourism and three times more than the second-ranked Germany. China proved to be the fastest growing market, with its revenues growing by more than 300% (from $ 12,3 billion to $ 29,5 billion) and jumping from 9th to 4th place.In total, the top five countries (USA, Germany, France, China, Japan) represent 61% of the world market. As for the rest who are in the TOP 20, Brazil has entered the world elite of wellness tourism for the first time, surpassing Portugal. The countries that are most important on the rise in relation to wellness trips are Australia (+ 85%), China (+ 60%), Brazil (+ 46%), Indonesia (+ 40%) and Russia (+ 31%). Recently, a session of the Health Tourism Association Council at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce was held in Zagreb, where it was concluded that health tourism needs stronger promotion outside Croatia, and that Croatia should be put on the medical map of the world. “We are still not on the medical map of the world. We have made some development strides, but insufficient for significant participation in the medical tourism market, whose annual turnover is estimated at more than 100 billion US dollars, with a projection of future annual growth of 15 to 20 percent”, Said Ognjen Bagatin, director of the Bagatin Polyclinic at the session of the Council of the Community of Health Tourism (ZZT) at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.Although there are about 1.100 medical tourism service providers in Croatia, only five percent of tourists (patients) come from foreign markets, primarily from Italy, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. “This is extremely small, but the potential for the development of health tourism in Croatia, as a year-round tourism product, is very large, and research tells us that foreign tourists in this segment spend 2,5 times more than domestic”, Concluded Bagatin.All these data speak of an obvious trend and the need of tourists for wellness services and offers, which is more than enough an invitation to the tourism sector to focus on the wellness offer, as well as the great potential of wellness tourism in Croatia.Related news:Health Tourism Cluster established in ZagrebHealth tourism needs stronger promotion outside Croatialast_img read more