Belle prepares for marathon

first_imgWhile some students are traveling to Chicago this weekend to watch the Fighting Irish take on the Miami at Soldier Field, Saint Mary’s senior Alyssa Vinluan is going to the city for her own athletic competition. Vinluan will run 26.2 miles Sunday when she races in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. This will be Vinlaun’s first marathon, which she has been training for since June 1. Despite months of training, running and planning for Sunday, she has only been running for just over a year. “I only started running in July of 2011,” she said. “That is when I ran my first mile. I started to sign up for 5Ks and 10Ks, and then I did the Holy Half.” Despite making a commitment in only January to run the Chicago Marathon, Vinlaun said running a marathon has been a life-long goal. “I have always wanted to do a marathon, but it was something I never thought I could actually do,” she said. Vinluan’s inspiration to run a marathon came almost a year ago. Her older brother Gilbert, who has run five Chicago Marathons and participated in an IronMan competition, was visiting for Christmas and Vinluan said she was discussing with him her “new passion for running.” “He was like, ‘Then you should sign up for the Chicago Marathon,’ and so in January, I registered for the race and committed to it,” she said. Vinluan said her brother’s experiences with running and the Marathon have been a convenient and needed means of support. “We’re not running [the race] together because he’s a much faster runner than I am,” she said. “But I knew I’d have somebody there with me the whole time, and that has been a big help.” Vinluan has been emailing and texting her brother for advice, and the two update each other on their training runs. In addition to the support of her brother, she said her boyfriend and friends have been constant sources of encouragement for her throughout her months of training. “[Senior] Dani Haydell, who is on the Saint Mary’s cross country team has done some of my runs with me,” she said. “And my boyfriend, Brier, who did track and field when he went to Notre Dame, also did some runs with me. Also, my family has been really encouraging and helpful.” In addition to the intense training and constant self-discipline needed to prepare for the Chicago Marathon, Vinluan has also raised money for a charity, Opportunity Enterprises. Based out of her hometown of Valparaiso, Ind., Opportunity Enterprises is an organization that supports people with multiple disabilities. The funds from the marathon will support the organization’s early intervention program, All About Kids. “I am proud to be running and raising money for such an amazing program,” she said. “The support of my family and friends in helping me reach my fundraising goal is the best part [of my marathon experience.]” Despite the support from her loved ones and her excellent experiences with Opportunity Enterprises, Vinluan said there have been some obstacles to her training and final goal. “Training in June, July and August ⎯ that was no problem because it was summer,” she said. “But once school started and I had to manage training with classes, Dance Marathon, my job at the writing center and my other responsibilities, it was difficult. It took a lot to make me go out and run 10 miles on a Wednesday.” However, Vinluan said she is excited to participate in her first marathon and is eager for the family time that will follow the race. “My boyfriend flew in from California and will be waiting for me at the finish line,” she said.last_img read more

Iran warns of lengthy ‘new way of life’ as virus deaths rise

first_img“The new way of life we have adopted” is to everyone’s benefit, he said, adding that “these changes will likely have to stay in place for some time”.After weeks of refraining from imposing lockdown or quarantine measures, Tehran decided Wednesday to ban all intercity travel until at least April 8.Without an official lockdown in place, the government has repeatedly urged Iranians to stay home “as much as possible”.Schools and universities in some provinces were closed in late February and the measure was later extended to the whole country.After Rouhani’s warning, the reopening of schools following this year’s Persian New Year holidays of March 19 to April 3 appears unlikely.On a positive note, Rouhani said he had been told by top health experts and doctors that “in some provinces we have passed the peak [of the epidemic] and are on a downward trajectory”.Several Iranian government officials and notable figures have been infected by the new coronavirus, some of whom have died.The most recent case of infection was Mohammad-Reza Khatami, brother of former president Mohammad Khatami and an ex-deputy speaker of parliament.He is currently hospitalized, according to state news agency IRNA.Iraj Harirchi, a deputy health minister who tested positive for the virus in late February, has returned to public life and appeared on state television to emphasize safety precautions. President Hassan Rouhani warned Sunday that “the new way of life” in Iran was likely to be prolonged, as its declared death toll from the novel coronavirus rose to 2,640.The Islamic republic is one of the countries worst-hit by the virus, which first originated in China.Iran announced its first infection cases on February 19, but a senior health official has acknowledged that the virus was likely to have already reached Iran in January. At his daily news briefing, health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said 123 more people in Iran had died from the virus in the past 24 hours.He reported 2,901 new cases of COVID-19 infection, bringing the overall number of officially confirmed cases to 38,309.According to the official, 12,391 of those hospitalized have recovered and 3,467 are in “critical” condition.”We must prepare to live with this virus until a treatment or vaccine is discovered, which has not yet happened to date,” President Hassan Rouhani said in a cabinet meeting.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Club president makes desperate plea to scupper Arsenal & PSG move for Manchester United’s Ander Herrera

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Solskjaer could lose him (Picture: AFP/Getty)But his former club Athletic Bilbao have now entered the frame and their club president has asked the Spaniard to push for a return to the Basque side in the next transfer window.Aitor Elezegi hopes that not only Herrera returns but that Tottenham Hotspur forward Fernando Llorente and Bayern Munich’s Javi Martinez also come back to Athletic Bilbao.‘Any of those three could play in the team,’ Elezegi told AS. ‘Athletic has the ability to go through with these type of transfers.‘I hope Javi, Herrera or Llorente would like to make the effort, which would be a generous one.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Herrera is a wanted man (Picture: Getty Images)Ander Herrera’s future remains a hot topic of discussion and his former club have entered the race to sign him.The Manchester United midfielder’s contract expires this summer and he has not ruled out the possibility of leaving Old Trafford.‘I focus on playing football in the month and a half that remains, the rest I leave to my agent, both the possible renewal with United and if he talks to another club for my departure,’ he said on international duty.Paris Saint-Germain were believed to be the favourites to land him and have placed a huge £150,000-a-week offer on the table for the Spaniard.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal have also expressed their interest in landing the 29-year-old, while United also hope to keep him. Club president makes desperate plea to scupper Arsenal & PSG move for Manchester United’s Ander Herrera Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 27 Mar 2019 8:16 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link449Shareslast_img read more

All Employees of Ugandan Parastatal Fired

first_imgAround 2000 workers of the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) have been fired following the appointment of a new Executive Director.The agency’s new boss Allen Kagina first duty in office is to counter corruption which led to the staff receiving a memo on their phones thanking them for their services and asked those interested to apply for their jobs afresh.Ms. Kagina was at the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) for a decade before moving jobs. She increased URA’s revenue four times from 2 trillion Ugandan shillings in 2004 to 8 trillion Ugandan shillings by 2014; a major success that led to her new position in UNRA.Allen Kagina, Executive Director, Uganda National Roads AuthorityThe first to go were the department heads of human resource, procurement, finance and IT. Allen Kagina soon discovered the billion dollar scandal in the creation of ghost roads and payment of ghost property owners which led to the mass job loss. According to the Executive Director this was an indication that corruption in the organization went deeper than the heads.UNRA Act allows for the board to dismiss all employees so none of the staff members will have the grounds for a lawsuit. The organization will recruit at least 1736 new employees after restructuring.Source – Standard Digitallast_img read more

NPFL: Enyimba, Lobi Stars Clash in Delicate Matchup in Calabar

first_imgGeorge AkpayenNigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) table toppers, Lobi Stars will have their title credentials face a stern scrutiny at the U.J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar this afternoon when they face seven-time champions Enyimba.Lobi Stars are really having a fine spell in the top division having lost just once (2-1 to champions Plateau United) in their last nine matches this season — something that will make Paul Aigbogun’s men not treat this contest with kid gloves. The People’s Elephant, on the other hand, have managed just a win in their last three matches in all competitions including in the CAF Confederation Cup. And the two-time CAF Champions League winners know that they have to put the full points on the board to give themselves a shot at the league title this term.Enyimba defender Oke Ogagatewho acknowledged that fact after featuring in their 3-4 defeat at Nasarawa United over the weekend.“We have to give it our all. All we need tomorrow is victory. I think it will turn around the situation in the standings. We know what is at stake, and we know what we want,” said the former Warri Wolves man ahead of Wednesday’s rearranged fixture.Aigbogun’s men will be buoyed that they took a point off Lobi when they first met this term at the Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi. Lobi relied on a 65th-minute goal by Ezekiel Mbah from the spot to cancel out Chinedu Udeagha’s first-half strike on the first matchday of the season in January.However Lobi have grown in stature from that team that produced a tepid opening day performance to one which is about to take the league title in a dash, having led at the top for 12 matchdays consecutively into this matchup. Anyway that will not change if they fail to win or avoid defeat in the port city of Calabar.This game will have a pitch full of some big-names in the country. Lobi will have a field of veterans mixed with experienced gladiators for this big game. Their elder state men Cletus Itodo and David Tyavkase are expected to take charge of things in the middle of the park with last season’s leading scorer Anthony Okpotu, Ezekiel Mbah and Austin Ogunye in line to feature in attack.Lobi also have in defence, an impressive playing personnel of full-backs in Solomon Kwambe and Ebube Duru as well as Umar Zango and Monsuru Bashiru in the heart of defence to cover for Olufemi Kayode who has been impressive in goal so far this season.Enyimba are not short of their own stars despite having to play the season without some of their stellar names. In Theophilus Afelokhai and his Ghanaian Fatau Dauda, Aigbogun has two of the division’s top stoppers coupled with outfield players in Ifeanyi Anaemena, Maxwell Effiom, Chinedu Udeagha, Abdulrahman Bashir, Wasiu Alalade, Uche John and Freedom Omofoman who can turn any game on its head whenever he comes off the bench as an impact sub.So Lobi could also have their hands full as they have to play without their top scorer this term.Lobi will miss the service of Samad Kadiri who begins a three-match suspension following a red card issued to him in his team’s 3-0 success over Yobe Stars on Sunday for an off-the-ball incident. Samad is Lobi’s leading scorer this term with seven goals.Record goalscorer in a single season in the NPFL, Mfon Udoh, still remains sidelined. He is yet to play a single game for the People’s Elephant owing to injury, according to the club.On Wednesday when referee Adebimpe Quadri from Lagos State sets the tone for this match, Lobi who have failed to win at Enyimba in their last 15 attempts will hope they can produce a shock result, or at least invoke their outing of May 1, 2016 when they were forced to a 2-2 draw. It was Chinedu Udoji (now late) who netted Enyimba’s equalizer with two minutes to time to deny Lobi a famous away win on that occasion.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Carroll gone, A Better LA continues

first_imgFormer football coach Pete Carroll’s reach spanned much farther than just the football field.During his time in Los Angeles, Carroll founded A Better LA — a community outreach program that works with inner-city groups to decrease violence. Despite announcing his resignation as USC’s head coach last week, Carroll intends to remain active in the community and will continue to be dedicated to the cause.Despite his resignation as the USC head football coach, Pete Carroll will remain involved with A Better LA. Daily Trojan | Mike LeeA Better LA currently targets the community of West Athens but serves the entire South Los Angeles area through its work with inner-city groups to stop violence in the community at large.“We build happiness from within,” said Executive Director Brian Center, repeating the group’s slogan. “We take a community that’s been struggling, all the struggles that that community goes through, and take a complete approach to help that community.”Though Carroll will be moving to Seattle, Center believes his devotion to Los Angeles’ at-risk youth will remain.“He’s still going to be there for us,” Center said. “His involvement will be similar. At the very least, he’ll stay on our board and help us raise dollars, just like he’s always been.”A Better LA depends heavily on its relationships with other inner-city outreach groups, who also agree that Carroll’s leaving will not have a negative impact on the foundation.“[A Better LA]’s still going to have an impact on the community,” said Reynaldo Reaser, director of operations for Common Unity Reaching Everyone, one of A Better LA’s partners. “Regardless of where Pete is, he’s still going to be the man of A Better LA.”C.U.R.E is also focused on preventing gang violence in the community of West Athens and has successfully created a brotherhood between rival gangs in one of Los Angeles’ most violent gang territories.Reaser said despite Carroll’s resignation, his organization is fully committed to maintaining its partnership with A Better LA.“We’re partnered — that’s a done deal,” said Reaser. “We’re not going anywhere.”Currently, A Better LA is putting on a comedy show titled Make it Better with proceeds going directly to the organization. The show, taking place at the Nokia Theater on Feb. 20, will be headlined by Will Ferrell and includes performances by Demetri Martin, Tenacious D and more. Carroll’s name remains on top of the flier.Though many people are upset at Carroll for leaving USC, Center says they shouldn’t be.“If people could spend time with him, they would see how sincere he is,” Center said.last_img read more

WATCH VIDEO: How Portugal walloped Cameroon by 5-1

first_imgGhana’s  group opponents in Brazil 2014, Portugal thrashed Cameroon by 5-1 in an international friendly on Wednesday.SCORE SHEET:Portugal’21Cristiano Ronaldo’66Raul Jose Trindade Meireles’67Fabio Coentrao’77Arnaldo Edinho’83Cristiano Ronaldo Cameroon ’43Vincent Aboubakar; CREDIT: YOUTUBElast_img

Pjanic: I am ready to be the New Leader of Juventus

first_imgBH national team player Miralem Pjanic is imposing as a main player of Juventus. Italian Tuttosport referred to him as “the new leader.”“I came in Turin because I love challenges. I can play in any position in midfield, and it was definitely nice to play at the position “ten” against Atalanta. I played more short passing game at Roma, but Juventus likes to play directly with more vertical balls. It still takes some adjustment, but I’m getting better each week. My team is helping me as well, which of course is great and plays very well in the domestic league and the Champions League. Juventus will be even better because there is a lot of new players and we are still searching for ourselves a bit,“ said Pjanic to Tuttosport.He also discussed some critics on his game.“I heard the criticism, although I do not need to hear it in order to know if I played good or bad. I know what I can, but I want more than that. There are great expectations in Juventus, but I am happy in this environment. Critics come and go, it’s all part of football,” said Pjanic.He is ready, he says, to be the new leader of Juventus and he wants to accept this responsibility.(Source: read more

Sumner County graduations start as early as May 7 for Belle Plaine to as late as May 21 for Mulvane

first_imgby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The big day is nearly here for hundreds of seniors in Sumner County, which is graduation day. Wellington’s graduation is set 2 p.m., May 15 at the high school gym. Graduations are held at different times for area schools. The first one is at Belle Plaine on May 7, an the last one is at Mulvane on May 21.Here is a list of Sumner County graduations as scheduled.WellingtonMay 12 is class night, 7 p.m. at the high school.May 15, 2 p.m., High School Gym.More important dates are here.Valedictorians: Madison Adams, Ryleigh Buck, Addyson DeJarnett, Baylee DeJarnett, Dylan Jones, Jaylynn Luna, Allison McCue, Shelby McNamara, McKenna Oathout, Connor Phelps, Dietra Sober, Skyler Struble, Peyton Witham and Noelle Wright.CaldwellMay 14, 4 p.m. in the high school gym.Valedictorian – Ross KuehnySalutatorian – Karlee SchmidtCommencement speaker – Dan Goodman, 1985 Caldwell graduate.Senior assembly is set for May 12, 7:30 p.m., at the high school gym.South HavenGraduationMay 21, 2:30 p.m., High School gymValedictorian is Paige Turek. Salutatorian is Ciara WileyThe high school band will play the processional and recessional, and the school choir will perform.ArgoniaGraduationMay 15, 3 p.m., high school gymOxfordGraduationMay 7, 2 p.m., high school gymValedictorians are Kelsey Metz an Gavin NeisesCConway SpringsGraduationMay 15, 2 p.m., High School gymBelle PlaineGraduationMay 7, 10 a.m.MulvaneGraduationMay 21, 10 a.m.Senior Awards Assembly – May 17, 8:30 a.m.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more


first_img:10 Hey, here’s to one of the best guys you’ll ever want to meet…and one of the fastest! We don’t have enough paper to list all his awards but trust me when I tell you Buddy Alli is still one of the fastest men on the planet. Running in the Senior Division for the past 10 years or so, Buddy has set records all over the world and has set them against some of the world’s all time greatest ­athletes like Billy “White Shoes” Johnson, former NFL Legend. “Buddy”…here’s to you, you’re well deserved just due! And guess what else? You’re now in “The Locker Room”!!!:09 Speaking of “Good Guys” and I was. Al Smith…no matter what they say bad about you and your coaching—and trust me they do say bad things—You’re still my main man… well not my main man, but you’re like my 3rd…8th.…well, you’re in my top 50 all time main man list.:08 I want to send out one last “Bench Press Salute” to one of Pittsburgh’s greatest ever pioneer body builders and weight lifters Steve Nesbit. Steve passed away a few weeks ago at a far too young age much like many other legends from the Pittsburgh community; Maurice Lucas, Sonny Lewis, Kenny Durrett, Jeep Kelly, Dwight White, Willie Stargell, and Roberto Clemente just to name a few.:07 Carmello Anthony I ain’t mad at ya but there’s a reason there’s an old saying that goes…“What goes around comes around”. I’m not saying you had no right to go to “The Knicks” but as you’re about to get swept by “The Heat” I bet you wish you were in Denver trying to upset “The Lakers” with the beard Ed “Harden” and the boys? Yes you do…yes you do!!!:06 Never mind “Are you ready for some football.” Do you want to have a good time right now? #1 Go see The Pittsburgh Power Pro Football arena team, a great time. Lynn Swann… great job man! #2 Go see The Pirates …Now, I know I diss them all the time. But if you want to have a good time you cannot beat PNC Park. Oh just shut up and go, will ya!:05 Tired of being broke! Want a job? Call my man Bruce Schifino. He’s got a job for you mmmaaannn! No I am serious, call him and tell him I told you to call 412-670-3505—don’t thank me, it’s what I do.:04 Ok, ok, the Miami Heat might win the NBA East, are you happy now? But I’ll tell you what the NBA front office is hoping for; a Miami Heat, L.A. Lakers championship. That would blow the roof off the sucker!!!:03 For you new New Penn Hills residents, here are three things from me to you, with respect and love. #1 It’s called a lawn mower. #2 Don’t over think it, just paint. #3 You and I both know that car will never run again. Get rid of it! I am just saying!!:02 The NFL’s latest fines won’t stop “Headhunters” in the league but it will stop headhunters in the league from talking so damn much. C’mon man!:01 HHHHHeeeeeerrrrreeee we go!!! At the Buzzer:For you Marvel fans, “The Avengers” is a 5 Basketball Awardee and I only give out 4. Nuff said! Phaze I of The Fantastic Voyage is in. Now on to Phaze II. Coming up on Friday June 1 the First Friday Oldies Par-Tay moves to the Holiday Inn in Monroeville, across from the new UPMC, 8 p.m.-2 a.m., Free parking, Eatin’, Drinkin’ & Dancin’ and the Corvette Club is bringing 5 birthday parties to the Par-Tay!!~ Double Overtime ~The New Connie Hawkins Summer Youth Basketball Development League is taking entries for the summer season. Middle School Boys 7th, 8th & 9th Graders. Call The Champions right now to get in, only 4 roster spots left. “37 Years” and still going strong!!! Come “Fly With The Hawk”~ This Game Is Over ~last_img read more