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Clinic Educates and Empowers Backcountry Users

first_img Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. The avalanche danger in the Whitefish Range was considerable over 5,000 feet. A wet storm system had rolled through three days before, on Wednesday, Jan. 13, and there had since been reports of both natural and skier-triggered avalanches across the valley. Flathead Avalanche Center forecaster Todd Hannan issued an advisory at 7 a.m. that morning, which warned of dangerous wind slabs and persistent weak layers in the snowpack. After reviewing the conditions, 22 women marched outside onto the snow with their avalanche beacons, probes, and shovels.But they weren’t heading into the backcountry for a ski tour. Enrolled in the second-annual Ladies Introduction to Avalanches course hosted by the Friends of the Flathead Avalanche Center and Flathead Valley Community College, they would learn to read the snowpack and determine where – or if –it might be safe to travel. Course lead Sue Purvis and instructor Jenny Cloutier dug snowpits on south- and north-facing aspects near the summit of Big Mountain and the students, who were skiers, snowshoers, and snowmobilers, gathered around.Purvis, a certified American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education instructor, has a long career in wilderness education, guiding, and search and rescue. Cloutier, an ecology and outdoor medicine educator who has worked with the Forest Service and the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, is a board member of the Friends of the Flathead Avalanche Center, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports the center’s operations and coordinates snow safety education in the valley for people of all ages and experience levels.Like geologists reading fossil records and stacks of sediment to learn the Earth’s history, Purvis and Cloutier pointed out evidence of this winter’s weather patterns in the layers of snow. A thin, hard band cut across the wall of the snowpit about a foot down – the slab of fresh powder sat atop a slick ice rime that had recently formed thanks to warm, stormy weather events.The group whittled out individual columns of snow and tapped them from above to see how much stress would make the top layer slide off the rime. Due to general spatial variability, the columns performed slightly differently, but the top layer slipped off some like a cash register drawer, a worrisome sign that even small disturbances could cause an avalanche. As the group discussed their varying results, they concluded that the range’s storm layer was likely far from settled.Over time, the snowpack will homogenize as the newest layer of snow compresses and bonds with the layers below it. Storm slabs usually settle quickly, but when they rest on unstable layers like a rime, instability can linger for months. A skier had set off a slide the day before, and in the next morning’s avalanche report, Hannan guessed that the failure had happened at the level of the slippery buried crust.Tempted by unspoiled powder or emboldened by more educated friends, people often venture into the backcountry without the tools or knowledge to evaluate the dangers, and this course sought to provide its students with critical-thinking assessment skills to make informed decisions.“I learned a ton,” said Leslie Riser, of Columbia Falls. “I have a good base knowledge. There’s going to be a thought process now.”The course served as a jumping-off point and many women, like Jess Bruinsma, expressed a desire to seek out more education.“It was the perfect amount of knowledge to make me want to dig deeper,” she said.“I definitely want to take an avy 1,” agreed Sarah Staschavage, referring to the traditional in-depth beginner’s avalanche education course.There are many opportunities to take that class in the valley, but Flathead women may have the chance to do so next year in a ladies course, a project Purvis says she’s working on organizing. And though women can excel in any avalanche education environment, the students remarked throughout the day that there’s a special dynamic when a group of women gather to learn.“For a lot of women, it can be intimidating in a mixed group, especially in this sport and this city, where everyone knows what they’re doing and loves to ski,” said Jess Curry, who travels through the backcountry on a snowmobile for her work with the Forest Service. “Being in a female setting makes it easier to ask questions. There’s less pressure.”The setting also provided the opportunity for outdoorswomen to build relationships. Many of the course’s attendees said that they usually ski with men, and before the class was even over, some had already begun excitedly planning backcountry trips for the future with new friends.“I’ll challenge anybody to make a community of like-minded women,” Purvis said. “There a lot of awesome, hardcore backcountry [women] skiers here, and we need to pull them in …This [course] is another venue to empower women.”last_img read more

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Playing in empty stadiums will be IPL’s last resort: BCCI

first_imgNEW DELHI, (Reuters) – The Indian Premier League (IPL) could be played behind closed doors as last resort, if that is the only way to save this year’s Twenty20 tournament from falling victim to the coronavirus epidemic, a senior cricket board official said. The tournament had been scheduled to begin in late March but was indefinitely postponed following the outbreak.The Indian cricket board (BCCI) stands to lose $525 million in revenue if it cannot stage the 2020 edition of the franchise-based league and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly assured members this week that they were exploring “all possible options”.“If it can be with spectators, we’d ideally want that,” BCCI treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal told Reuters by telephone. “But if we have to stage it in empty stadiums and there’s no other choice, we might go for that. We’ll try and work out depending on the situation at that point in time.“But before anything else, we have to have a window available and a clear-cut directive from the government (to go ahead).”India on Friday reported a total of 297,535 coronavirus infections, surpassing the United Kingdom to become the fourth worst affected country in the world. The pandemic also jeopardises this year’s Twenty20 World Cup with hosts Cricket Australia conceding the tournament’s October-November schedule was under “very high risk”.The BCCI has said it would consider slotting IPL in that window should the World Cup be postponed, but the International Cricket Council would not take a call on the fate of the flagship tournament until next month.“Whatever decision has to happen should happen well in time,” Dhumal said. “If that tournament is not happening, other boards can decide whether they want to have some bilateral tournament or something else to make up for the loss they have incurred because of the pandemic.”last_img read more

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More claims filed in melee on May Day

first_imgSobel said individuals filing the claims hope to get a court order forcing the LAPD to implement an annual training program to comply with the procedures that were supposed to be in effect after the Democratic National Convention in 2000, when more than $4 million was paid to demonstrators who had been attacked by officers. “It does no good to say we are going to have a new training program unless it is put into effect every year,” Sobel said. “Unfortunately, the LAPD has a short institutional memory. “What happens is they are provided training in the academy, but once they go to the stations they’re told to forget all that, that they will teach them what they need to survive on the streets.” Sobel said the legal action seeks to force a permanent change in the LAPD. “Policies are only words on a piece of paper, and we’ve seen over and over again in this city that officers ignore policies and ignore training sometimes because they are so instilled with a view, that they get from other officers, that it’s OK to use force as a first means, it’s OK to use force against poor communities, it’s OK to use force against people of color. “That’s part of the culture of the Police Department that needs to be changed.” While attorneys welcomed the changes proposed by Bratton and Deputy Chief Mike Hillman, Sobel said she questions whether the message will be passed down to officers. “And what happens when Hillman retires?” Sobel asked. “He has been on the cutting edge of reforms, and once he’s gone, who will be there to make sure the department does the right thing?” Nick Velasquez, a spokesman for City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, said the department is concerned about the number of claims, but cannot comment until they are received and studied. The city has 45 days to review the claims. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the high number of claims reflects the seriousness of the problems that day, and that he is eager to see the final report on the incident from the LAPD and Police Commission. Antonio Rodriguez, part of the team of attorneys involved in the legal challenges to the city, said the goal is to force change. “We want the mayor, the chief, the Police Commission and the City Council to pay attention to this,” Rodriguez said. “They are the ones who can make the department change.” In the claims, the attorneys acknowledge that some protesters threw items at the police, but say it was primarily fruit and empty water bottles and that the police could have easily contained the protest. The claims also say the police order to disperse could not be heard by most in the crowd – including officers on the scene – and that it was issued only in English by officers in a helicopter. Bratton has ordered a number of changes in procedures, including better planning and cooperation between the LAPD and demonstrators. [email protected] (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But police officials have previously said the melee developed after an officer was pushed off his motorcycle. Police said they declared the event an unlawful assembly but were unable to disperse the crowd. Sobel said witnesses have told attorneys the officer was not pushed and that his motorcycle fell over on its own. The situation quickly escalated, and officers eventually shot rubber bullets into the crowd. Televised images showed several people, including members of the news media, being struck by police with batons. The rally, which attracted a crowd of about 5,000, came at the end of a peaceful day of speeches and demonstrations for immigration rights in the city. Police Chief William Bratton took responsibility for the incident. He disciplined the two top commanders who were on the scene and also developed a new training program for crowd control. Disputing statements by Los Angeles police that demonstrators started the melee that erupted at the May Day immigration rally in MacArthur Park, attorneys for 152 people filed additional claims Thursday for damages. “We are providing video clips and evidence that the problems that developed that day were not caused by demonstrators, but by the police themselves,” attorney Carol Sobel said at a news conference outside City Hall where the claims were filed. The claims, the precursor to a lawsuit, now total more than 240, and Sobel and other attorneys are asking federal courts to allow a class-action suit to be filed. The Los Angeles Police Department had no comment on the claims, which are being reviewed by the City Attorney’s Office. last_img read more

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Overdose Awareness Day aims to educate

first_imgThe public will have the opportunity to learn how to administer an opioid overdose-reversing drug in Chatham-Kent for International Overdose Awareness Day.Chatham-Kent public health and the Chatham-Kent Drug Awareness Council have included two naloxone training sessions as part of the day, which will be recognized locally Aug. 29.Emily Guerin, a public health educator for chronic disease and well-being, said the training, as well as a memorial service planned in the evening, is about raising awareness, reducing harms and addressing stigma.“Events like this would help with education and addressing those factors,” she said.Thirty people received naloxone training at the event last year, according to public health. All participants receive a free naloxone kit as part of the training.Participants are also not required to show identification, a health card or preregister.“We do not take demographic information from clients when training them,” said Sonya Russchen, a public health nurse with the infectious disease team. “The training is provided via PowerPoint in a large group setting, with kits on hand.”According to data from Public Health Ontario, Chatham-Kent had 71 emergency department admissions due to opioid poisoning in 2018, the highest on record. The next highest year was 2017 with 55 emergency room visits.Guerin said opioid overdoses are preventable, and these naloxone kits can save lives.“If people have kits and they know how to use them and they’re readily available, then that’s a great thing if we can save lives,” she said.Russchen said Chatham-Kent public health wants to reduce barriers to accessing these kits for those at risk. Public health distributed 184 kits in 2018 and 303 kits between January and mid-August this year.The training sessions will be held at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. at Studio One in the Chatham Cultural Centre.The memorial event will also be held at Studio One beginning at 7 p.m. The event will be in memory of those who have lost their lives because of an overdose and in solidarity with those living with or recovering from an addiction.last_img read more

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Publix Security Supervisor on Certification: “I Expected a Lot, and I Received a Lot”

first_imgKenn Dilworth, LPC, has over twenty years of loss prevention and security experience with Best Buy, Marshalls, and his current employer, Publix Super Markets. During his career, he has held several management positions, including asset protection officer and retail LP auditor. Dilworth retired from the US Navy after twenty years of service, during which he received a Navy Accommodation Medal for humanitarian work in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In addition to his LPC, which he received in 2017, he has also earned his LPQ, certified protection officer (CPO), and certified security solutions (CSS) certifications. Dilworth currently serves as Publix security supervisor.Why did you decide to pursue your LPC certification?I had already completed the LPQ in 2015 and personally wanted to improve my loss prevention knowledge and professional development and add to my self-confidence. At the start of 2017, I made obtaining LPC certification a goal. No matter what it would take, I was going to try very hard to achieve this goal. I didn’t just want the designation; I wanted to really know the material. Even now, I often review my notes.- Sponsor – Was the LPC coursework what you expected?I knew in advance this course wasn’t going to be easy. Several colleagues of mine who have obtained their LPC certifications told me it was very informative. After reviewing material contents, I knew it was going to be very demanding and challenging. The course material is highly relevant in all aspects of my job. I expected a lot and received a lot. The exam was very challenging because the questions were worded differently than course quizzes. I was well prepared because of my dedication and focus on passing the exam.Talk about the process of going through the coursework and taking the exam.First, I had to figure out an action plan on how I was going to complete the course. I tried a couple of things until I found the right course of action for me. I dedicated a time and place to study the material and gathered the supplies I would need, such as 3×5 cards and other equipment like my iPad, cell phone, and printer. Sometimes I would go a couple of days nonstop until I just had to take a short break. I knew I needed “muscle memory” to be disciplined and focused to ensure I would not give up. I studied, completed the quizzes, and reviewed my answers. When I identified sections where I had the greatest opportunities, I made sure I would spend extra time reviewing it.When I felt ready to take the exam, I reviewed my notes again and again until it became automatic. The night before the exam, I made sure I had a good night sleep, then had a light breakfast and watched my sugar and sodium intake. I arrived at the testing center thirty minutes early to check in. As I reviewed the exam, which was worded completely differently from course quizzes, I made sure to reread the questions thoroughly before making any selections. If I had not taken extra time to study and really know the course material, I would not have felt comfortable enough to pass the exam. When I had completed the exam and reviewed all my answers, I closed my eyes and push the exam “Complete” button. When the system said, “Passed,” I was very excited and proud.Looking at your own personal background and knowledge, what information in the course helped you the most?Finance, budgeting, supply chain, crisis management, logistics, and pharmacy are sections that helped me the most. This information made me feel comfortable and provided a broader understanding that will make me a more rounded business partner.Learn more about the benefits this Publix security supervisor has seen from taking the course, as well as his top takeaway for someone who is currently considering getting certified, in the full article, “Stepping Up Your Game as an LP Professional,” which was originally published in 2018. This excerpt was updated November 7, 2018. To learn more about the LPC coursework, visit yourlpf.org.  Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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10 months agoAtalanta coach Gasperini: Lazio top four contender

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atalanta coach Gasperini: Lazio top four contenderby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini has no doubts about the quality of Lazio.Lazio meet Atalanta on Monday.”Lazio’s level makes them a legitimate contender for a Champions League spot,” said Gasperini. “I’m expecting a hard-fought and challenging game.”Winning matches like these boosts self-esteem. [Coach Simone] Inzaghi’s team is strong and they certainly don’t look like they’re in any sorts of crisis to me. After all, they just qualified for the Round of the Last Sixteen in the Europa League and they are fifth in Serie A.”Some of their recent results may have been a bit disappointing, but that doesn’t mean anything. It’s a team that has everything it takes to trouble us, although we have resources of our own as well.” last_img read more

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22 days agoSheffield Utd boss Wilder admits they’re struggling for goals

first_imgSheffield Utd boss Wilder admits they’re struggling for goalsby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United boss Chris Wilder admits they’re struggling for goals.The Blades have scored just seven goals in their opening seven games this season, with no player netting more than once.Wilder said: “We’ve been pleased we’ve got the balance right, which I thought we did on Saturday, in terms of the performance, when to go forward, and when to take that opportunity to try and score.”You’ve got to try and score against these teams! You can’t just park yourself on the edge of the box for 95 minutes – that’s not our way.”But you’ve got to understand teams are going to push you back. Liverpool, not that our supporters might like it, might have more possession than us!”We feel that our individual ability at the top of the pitch, if we get the performance right and we create chances, we have the ability to score.”The pressure’s on to score. Like I said, we’ll have to get the points that we want.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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How Many Times Did The Mets Blow It

Hot Takedown The vine of LeBron James and Dion Waiters that Chadwick Matlin mentions on the show.Rob Arthur on the best Royals team ever.Neil Paine breaks down the cost of leaving Matt Harvey in the game.FiveThirtyEight’s NBA preview.ESPN breaks down the stats in New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup victory.Brett McKay on the difference between rugby in the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere.Significant Digit: 38. That is the longest New York City Marathon streak held by a woman. Connie Brown, at 71, finished her 38th marathon; her time was 5:50:44. Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Nov. 3, 2015), we ask whether the Kansas City Royals won the World Series or the New York Mets lost it. We also preview the NBA’s Western Conference and where FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO NBA player projections rank Kobe Bryant this season. Plus, a look at New Zealand’s victory in the Rugby World Cup with Brett McKay, ESPN Scrum writer and host of The Cheap Seats podcast. And a Significant Digit on a New York City Marathon streak.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Video, bonus audio and links to what we discussed are below. How many times did the Mets blow it? If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS read more

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The Washington Capitals Are Lucky Because Theyre Good

The Washington Capitals are on fire right now. They’ve lost only three times since the calendar flipped to 2017 and have outscored their opponents 95 to 44 over that stretch. Aside from an 8-7 overtime loss to the rival Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 16, the Capitals have only surrendered more than three goals two times during their hot streak. In a league in which holding the opponent to three goals or fewer will earn you at least a shootout most nights, it’s easy to see why Washington is piling up points in the standings.Not only do the Caps own the league’s best record, but they also have the most dominant stats in hockey. They lead the league in Hockey-Reference.com’s Simple Rating System (SRS), which estimates the strength of every team in the NHL,1Technically speaking, SRS measures a team’s average goal differential after adjusting for strength of schedule. as well as team goals against average, the mark of a stingy defense. They also rank in the top five in several other major statistical categories, including goals scored per game; power play percentage; penalty kill percentage; and Corsi percentage, which estimates a team’s all-important possession rate by measuring the percentage of shot attempts it directed at the opponent’s net during games.2Adjusted for score, zone and venue.This is all to say that the Capitals look really, really ridiculously good on paper. But they’ve also ranked highly in a few key stats that are traditionally more in the realm of luck than skill. For example, they’re No. 1 in PDO, which is the sum of shooting percentage and save percentage (a notoriously unstable indicator in stathead circles), both of which the Capitals also either lead the league in or are tied for No. 1. Ordinarily, a high PDO could be seen as a red flag — suggesting that a team’s statistical résumé is like a house of cards, ready to collapse at any moment. But in Washington’s case, the team even seems to have come by the percentages that make up PDO (mostly) honestly. It’s the consequence of a roster design that could mean it’s finally Washington’s year to hoist Lord Stanley’s cup.The Capitals’ statistical excellence is nothing new — in each of the past three seasons, they’ve ranked among the NHL’s top eight in both points and SRS. Perhaps even more telling, they’ve been among the NHL’s top three in PDO for the past two seasons. Their good fortune in the percentages is commonplace by now.So how do we know Washington’s success isn’t purely based on good luck? For one thing, they’ve assembled a roster that perennially shoots the lights out. The Capitals have finished outside of the top 10 in shooting percentage only once since 2009-10. And since Barry Trotz took the helm as head coach in 2014-15, the team has ranked no worse than fourth. Only the Dallas Stars outperformed the Capitals in shooting percentage in both 2014-15 and 2015-16, but while the Stars have regressed — they sit in the middle of the pack (12th) in 2016-17 — the Capitals continue to put the puck in the net with a high degree of efficiency, thanks to that group of good shooters.A handful of said marksmen are having personal best shooting percentage seasons: T.J. Oshie, whose career shooting percentage of 13.1 percent is good for 24th among active players, is scoring on 23.7 percent of his shots in 2016-17. Frequent playoff hero3This is one of the reasons the Capitals signed him. Justin Williams has a career shooting percentage of 9.7 percent, but he’s scoring on 15.7 percent of his shots. Left winger Marcus Johansson has a career shooting percentage of 14.0 percent but is scoring on an astounding 22.9 percent of his shots. And he looks poised to shatter his career high mark for goals in a season. Some of that overachievement is bound to regress to the mean, but if the Caps’ history as a team is any indicator, Washington should be able to hold onto at least some of their improvements.That’s just one of PDO’s two (usually unstable) components. The other half of the Capitals’ brilliant, odds-beating equation is goaltender Braden Holtby. Holtby is among the best netminders in the world (his career save percentage is third-best among active goalies), and he’s only getting better. His goals against average and save percentage are both better than they were last season, and if it weren’t for Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk’s ridiculously impressive performance in 2016-17, Holtby would be a lock for a second consecutive Vezina Trophy. Goaltending statistics can be notoriously fluky, but they tend to be more stable over a career, particularly when they’re as consistently great as Holtby’s have been.The main criticism of the Capitals — and especially their captain, Alex Ovechkin — has been that they’re playoff underachievers.4It’s hilarious to assign an “underachiever” tag to a guy who ranks sixth all-time — and first among active skaters — in goals scored per game. Alexander Ovechkin is a gift and a once-in-a-generation talent, and every hockey fan on Earth — Washington Capitals fan or not — should cherish his existence. They’ve qualified for the postseason in eight of the past nine seasons but haven’t managed to get past the conference semifinals despite having rosters stacked with such quality players as Ovechkin, Oshie, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Alexander Semin (when he was actually good), Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green (when he was actually good), and Holtby.When juxtaposed against the Capitals’ inability to make a deep playoff run, Washington’s degree of statistical dominance suggests that, sure, perhaps the team has underachieved a bit. But there’s no doubt that Trotz and general manager Brian MacLellan have built a team poised to succeed in the modern era of the NHL. Not only do they have a group that controls the puck well, but they’ve also hacked through the noise of PDO to assemble a roster that isn’t just lucky when it beats the percentages. Who knows if the Capitals will win the Cup this year, but they’re a legitimately dominant team and, as things sit now, championship favorites. 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Gattuso urges his team to qualify to the Europa League

first_imgThe Coppa Italia final game was a huge disappointment for the whole AC Milan squad and their fans but Gennaro Gattuso urged his team to remain focused and fight for the Europa League place.There are just two matches to go in Serie A and the Rossoneri have been fighting for the last Europa League spots – and their coach believes that they can at least a bit save the ongoing season by qualifying there.The Italian coach spoke about his side’s last games of the season as he said, according to acmilan.com:Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“The TIM Cup Final was a huge disappointment, especially for the many fans who supported us. On my side, I tried to stay calm because we still have two more Finals to play in Serie A. I told my players to put the defeat behind and focus on this. We are AC Milan and we have the duty to classify to Europa League.”“We are the team that has played the most in Italy: 57 games in 52 weeks. If we finish in 7th place we will have to be back here around 11th June, with six preliminaries matches to play. This way, the Serie A just starts and you are already tired. Qualifying directly is very important but I definitely prefer to play the Europa League rather than staying at home.”last_img read more