Politician ‘stunned’ by shootings of 2-year-old, 11-month-old looks to combat Philadelphia violence

first_imgWPVI(PHILADELPHIA) — A 2-year-old girl was shot dead in her home one day after an 11-month-old boy was shot and critically injured in a car in two horrific crimes that are rocking Philadelphia this week.“I was stunned,” Pennsylvania State Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell told ABC News on Tuesday, calling it “really hard for me to even process.”“Just thinking about what these families are suffering through… I know that pain,” she said. “My heart weeps for those families.”Johnson-Harrell’s 18-year-old son, Charles, was shot to death in 2011.“The worst thing in the world you have to do is bury a child. It’s unnatural,” Johnson-Harrell said.As police work to solve both shootings, Johnson-Harrell is pushing forward in her work to combat gun violence.There have been 1,190 shooting victims in Philadelphia so far this year, said police. There have been 280 homicide victims in Philadelphia so far this year, up 4 percent from the same time period last year, according to police.She is aiming to reinstate a pilot program used from 2013 to 2015 in which positive peer pressure and social services were brought together in a way that she said managed to reduce gun violence in the city.First, “those who are more likely to kill or be killed” are identified through parole and probation and brought in to be dissuaded from violence, Johnson-Harrell said.Second, the model addresses social factors, including poverty and a lack of jobs and education, by offering access to drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, education and job training, she said.Johnson-Harrell said the state’s house and senate have “made a financial commitment” to the new program and now the city must determine how it could be initiated.“We’re waiting to see what the city does,” she said, adding that the mayor and the managing director’s office have fully committed to being part of the solution.“I worked with some of those young people who put down the guns and changed their lives,” she said. “I’m grateful that the house, the senate and the city have all agreed that we’re going to do this.”Police are still searching for the gunman who shot and killed 2-year-old Nikolette Rivera in her North Philadelphia home Sunday afternoon.Nikolette was in her mother’s arms when bullets came through the wall and hit her in the head. Pink balloons, teddy bears and memorial candles. This is the home where Nikolette Rivera was shot and killed on Sunday at 3:30 in the afternoon. @6abc pic.twitter.com/lpDDJkveLd— Maggie Kent (@MaggieKent6abc) October 21, 2019A gunman had fired an automatic rifle through the front of the house, leaving six bullet holes, said police.Her mother and another person in the home were injured, said police.Authorities said it is “safe to assume” the house was targeted, but a motive is not clear.“If you have a child don’t forget to tell them how much you love them, ” Alex Montanz, a cousin of Nikolette, told ABC Philadelphia station WPVI.Nikolette’s death came one day after an 11-month-old boy, who was in the back of a car in Hunting Park, was shot four times, including in the head and neck.He is in “very, very critical condition,” Capt. Nicholas Brown of the Philadelphia Police Department said Monday.He has no chance for a full recovery and if he survives he most likely will be a quadriplegic, Brown said.No arrests have been made in his shooting, either.“These scenes should not continue to happen in our city … we have to do better,” Police Commissioner Christine Coulter said Monday. “Please help us start reducing this violence and keeping our children safe.”A $30,000 reward has been offered for information that helps solve either of the shootings. Anyone with information can call the tip line at 215-686-TIPS.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.,WPVI(PHILADELPHIA) — A 2-year-old girl was shot dead in her home one day after an 11-month-old boy was shot and critically injured in a car in two horrific crimes that are rocking Philadelphia this week.“I was stunned,” Pennsylvania State Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell told ABC News on Tuesday, calling it “really hard for me to even process.”“Just thinking about what these families are suffering through… I know that pain,” she said. “My heart weeps for those families.”Johnson-Harrell’s 18-year-old son, Charles, was shot to death in 2011.“The worst thing in the world you have to do is bury a child. It’s unnatural,” Johnson-Harrell said.As police work to solve both shootings, Johnson-Harrell is pushing forward in her work to combat gun violence.There have been 1,190 shooting victims in Philadelphia so far this year, said police. There have been 280 homicide victims in Philadelphia so far this year, up 4 percent from the same time period last year, according to police.She is aiming to reinstate a pilot program used from 2013 to 2015 in which positive peer pressure and social services were brought together in a way that she said managed to reduce gun violence in the city.First, “those who are more likely to kill or be killed” are identified through parole and probation and brought in to be dissuaded from violence, Johnson-Harrell said.Second, the model addresses social factors, including poverty and a lack of jobs and education, by offering access to drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, education and job training, she said.Johnson-Harrell said the state’s house and senate have “made a financial commitment” to the new program and now the city must determine how it could be initiated.“We’re waiting to see what the city does,” she said, adding that the mayor and the managing director’s office have fully committed to being part of the solution.“I worked with some of those young people who put down the guns and changed their lives,” she said. “I’m grateful that the house, the senate and the city have all agreed that we’re going to do this.”Police are still searching for the gunman who shot and killed 2-year-old Nikolette Rivera in her North Philadelphia home Sunday afternoon.Nikolette was in her mother’s arms when bullets came through the wall and hit her in the head. Pink balloons, teddy bears and memorial candles. This is the home where Nikolette Rivera was shot and killed on Sunday at 3:30 in the afternoon. @6abc pic.twitter.com/lpDDJkveLd— Maggie Kent (@MaggieKent6abc) October 21, 2019A gunman had fired an automatic rifle through the front of the house, leaving six bullet holes, said police.Her mother and another person in the home were injured, said police.Authorities said it is “safe to assume” the house was targeted, but a motive is not clear.“If you have a child don’t forget to tell them how much you love them, ” Alex Montanz, a cousin of Nikolette, told ABC Philadelphia station WPVI.Nikolette’s death came one day after an 11-month-old boy, who was in the back of a car in Hunting Park, was shot four times, including in the head and neck.He is in “very, very critical condition,” Capt. Nicholas Brown of the Philadelphia Police Department said Monday.He has no chance for a full recovery and if he survives he most likely will be a quadriplegic, Brown said.No arrests have been made in his shooting, either.“These scenes should not continue to happen in our city … we have to do better,” Police Commissioner Christine Coulter said Monday. “Please help us start reducing this violence and keeping our children safe.”A $30,000 reward has been offered for information that helps solve either of the shootings. Anyone with information can call the tip line at 215-686-TIPS.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Evaluate Current, Future Workforce Needs Now!

first_imgChamber workforce development staff is currently meeting with employers to discuss both current job opportunities and future workforce needs. The Chamber wants to ensure training funds are used effectively and need your guidance. Heroes at Home 2 is the result of a $4.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. It was awarded to the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council and Workforce Central in partnership with Washington State Employment Security Department, Thurston County Economic Development Council and the City of Lakewood. It was awarded due to the Base Realignment and Closure Action of 2005 and subsequent relocation of military personnel and families to Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Resources include funds for training, certification, and on-the-job training for qualified military spouses. The Thurston County Chamber is an equal opportunity employer and provider of employment and training services.  Auxiliary aids and services may be available upon request to persons with disabilities.  Funds made available through the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council and Consortium. Businesses interested in discussing workforce needs, and potentially hiring military spouses from the program, can contact Stephanie Scott at 360.357.3362 or [email protected] Facebook0Tweet0Pin0The Thurston County Chamber is a partner in Heroes at Home 2, an initiative to train and place 825 military spouses in Thurston and Pierce counties.last_img read more

Saints look to snap road woes against Spartans

first_imgSelkirk meets the Spartans for a weekend doubleheader Friday at 7 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Langley Events Centre.Both games can be viewed live at www.FastHockey.com. “The best thing everybody can do is put last week’s game out of mind and concentrate on the type of effort we need to win tough games on the road,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”We had a similar situation in October where we had convincing victories over Thompson Rivers at home only to show up in their rink with a flat, disappointing effort. I trust our guys to avoid making the same mistake twice.” The Saints’ will be buoyed by the return of forward Connor McLaughlin to the line-up after he missed last weekend’s win due to injury.The former Kootenay International Junior Hockey League star was cut by a skate in a recent game.Despite missing a game, the 22-year old remains tied for the BCIHL lead in goals with nine, and sits sixth in points with 12. McLaughlin sits one point behind Selkirk captain Logan Proulx, who has a seven-game point streak to his credit. Forwards Darnell Dyck and Cody Fidgett are also amongst the BCIHL’s Top 10 in points. A pair of Spartans, meanwhile, were announced as BCIHL monthly award winners on Tuesday. Harry Fredeman was named the league’s Goaltender of the Month while former BCHL sniper J.P. Villeneuve was tabbed as the Rookie of the Month. “TWU isn’t the type of team that’s going to play a run-and-gun style and score seven or eight goals every night,” says Dubois.”But they’re very capable of playing a balanced game where they take advantage of the opportunities they generate offensively and at the same time frustrate you with their work ethic and high quality goaltending in their own zone. That’s a combination that can win lots of hockey games.” The Saints’ next home game is on Saturday, November 16 when 2013 BCIHL finalists SFU visit Castlegar. The Selkirk College Men’s Hockey program face a tough test to take over top spot in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League having to play a pair of road games beginning Friday in the Fraser Valley.The Saints and Trinity Western are even in the league standings with identical 5-2 records, good for a three-way tie for first place alongside Simon Fraser University.last_img read more

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RoS import vows to play better after lack of aggressive play vs Kia

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES Though Bullock’s statline was still decent compared to his counterparts, coach Caloy Garcia expressed his displeasure for what he felt was lack of aggressiveness from his new reinforcement, as he only earned six free throws for the game.READ: Bullock ends Rain or Shine skid in nipping of KiaFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Our import took too much outside shots. He only started attacking the basket in the last six minutes of the game and that’s the only time we started getting to the line. I was surprised that he was not able to get to the stripe during the first half, so I just told him in the fourth quarter to head to the line,” said the youthful mentor.The 30-year-old Bullock understand his coach’s concenr and vowed to adjust better for Rain or Shine’s next game. Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “The style of play here is what I got to be able to adjust to. I was fortunate to have this game right now so I can adjust and make the adjustments this week,” he said, as the Elasto Painters gear up for TNT next Sunday. “Life’s a challenge. I accept all challenges and we’ll just see what happens.”What Bullock’s glad about, though, is helping Rain or Shine finally break out of its slump and level its standing at 2-2, even if it came against a lowly foe like the Picanto.“Even though it wasn’t the best team in the league, it’s still a win,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Facing KYK huge challenge, morale-booster for PH volleybelles J’Nathan Bullock. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEven J’Nathan Bullock admitted his debut game for Rain or Shine on Sunday was far from advertised.“It wasn’t my best performance, but we were able to still get the win,” he said after posting 20 points, 10 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks in the Elasto Painters’ 94-86 win over Kia.ADVERTISEMENT K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:37PNP vows dismissal for cadets in alleged hazing at PNPA02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

Video games in the Olympics? Here’s how it might work

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Deciding which games to pick is fraught, too. The IOC has a sponsorship deal with Chinese company Alibaba, which has major esports interests, but rival firms have their own popular brands.The IOC also fears violent games would hurt the Olympics’ image.IOC president Thomas Bach told the South China Morning Post, an Alibaba-owned newspaper, earlier this month that he’d prefer sports simulations.“We want to promote non-discrimination, non-violence, and peace among people. This doesn’t match with video games, which are about violence, explosions and killing. And there we have to draw a clear line,” he said.All four of the games on the program this week in Turkmenistan featured some form of combat, though in fantasy settings with cartoon-style animation techniques. There weren’t any realistic military-themed shooting games on the program.Bach also said esports needs a firmer structure. The IOC is used to dealing with a single governing body for each sport, like FIFA for soccer or the International Gymnastics Federation. Esports has its own international federation, but with limited influence over a web of private interests including games publishers, competition organizers and players’ teams.The event in Turkmenistan showed how that system doesn’t yet fit smoothly with the Olympic movement.IOC sponsor Alibaba’s Alisports division was in charge of the event, and used an open online qualifying system. That prompted federations from Australia and South Korea to boycott, saying athletes should have been picked by their national Olympic committees in the manner of a traditional sport.If esports make it to the Olympics, other potential problems for the IOC include criticism it’s moving away from promoting a healthy lifestyle, and that it’s ignoring poorer countries where fast computers and brand-new games are unaffordable.Esports would also mean the IOC allowing private companies to set the rules of its competitions. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Including esports could give the Olympics a younger audience and a huge revenue boost from a rapidly growing market, but would be deeply controversial.The Olympic Council of Asia included esports as an official demonstration event at its Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games this week, with teams from China and nine other nations battling in four games ranging from space combat in “StarCraft II” to card-game strategy in “Hearthstone.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSupporters of esports in the Olympics say their event is a real sporting contest, one which prizes strategy and lightning reactions over physical agility.“It needs different skillsets from different people,” competitor Jess Joaustine Tamboboy from the Philippines told The Associated Press. “It doesn’t really have a physical requirement because you can see around us the players are short and tall, maybe a little bit thin, maybe a little bit fat. But all they have in order to qualify to play for these types of titles are just their cognitive or mind skills.” Most traditional sports treat the rules with reverence, only occasionally tinkering around the edges. Not so for games publishers, who routinely mix things up to attract new players and keep things fresh.Adding just one new character can reshape the whole “meta” — the game’s constantly evolving web of tactics and counter-tactics.Senior figures in the IOC and the esports world have publicly doubted esports will be ready for an Olympic debut in seven years’ time.“We are still some way away from our vision and we need to start on the right foot,” Asian Esports Federation president Kenneth Fok said last week. “For esports to develop in a positive banner, we need the full support of each and every NOC, their government, and more importantly the general public to have a positive perception of electronic sports.” Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img Esports aren’t a natural fit for Turkmenistan, one of the poorer ex-Soviet nations, though one where internet access is growing rapidly.The rules weren’t explained in the local language, but that didn’t turn off the crowd of up to 200 in the windowless basement of a sports arena from cheering and whooping at a particularly spectacular kill or skillful strategy.Still, the attendance was tiny compared to big pro esports events, which can pack thousands into traditional sports arenas, and it didn’t make much of a splash online. Fewer than 50 viewers at a time watched some opening-round matches Monday on Twitch, a leading game streaming service that regularly attracts tens of thousands of concurrent viewers to its more popular streams.If esports make it to the Paris Olympics, it would redefine what Olympic sport is meant to be.The International Olympic Committee has previously resisted calls to add “mind sports” like chess that don’t involve physical exertion, or events where machines are key, like auto racing.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Warriors lose preseason opener to Nuggets In this photo taken by LAUREL Photo Services on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, an esports competitor takes part in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Including competitive computer games, known as esports, could give the Olympics a younger audience and a huge revenue boost from a rapidly growing market, but would be deeply controversial. (David Aliaga/LAUREL Photo Services via AP)ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan — The future of the Olympics may just be in a basement in Turkmenistan.With leading Olympic figures considering a possible role for competitive computer games — known as esports — at the 2024 Games in Paris, a pan-Asian competition in the ex-Soviet state offers a possible vision of the future.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Astros win 1st World Series crown, top Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We’re coming home a champion, Houston,” Springer said after accepting the World Series MVP trophy named this year after Willie Mays for the first time.Altuve, one of four carry-overs from a club that lost an embarrassing 111 times in 2013 after switching from the NL to the AL, and this collection of young stars silenced Dodger Stadium from the get-go.Normally a starter, Charlie Morton finished up with four stellar innings of relief for the win.“We held down a really tough lineup,” Morton said. “For my teammates, for the city of Houston, it’s just unbelievable.”Springer led off the evening with a double against Darvish, and soon it was 2-0.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Irving, Celtics beat skidding Kings for 6th straight Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101center_img Playing for a city still recovering from Hurricane Harvey, and wearing an H Strong logo on their jerseys, the Astros brought home the prize that had eluded them since they started out in 1962 as the Colt .45s.“I always believed that we could make it,” All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve said. “We did this for them.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFor a Series that was shaping up as an October classic, Game 7 quickly became a November clunker as Houston scored five runs in the first two innings off an ineffective Yu Darvish. Hardly the excitement fans felt during the Cubs’ 10-inning thriller in Cleveland last fall.Well, except for everyone wearing bright orange. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The Houston Astros celebrate after Game 7 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Astros won 5-1 to win the series 4-3. APLOS ANGELES — From laughingstock to lift off.George Springer and the Houston Astros rocketed to the top of the baseball galaxy Wednesday (Thursday Manila time), winning the first World Series championship in franchise history by romping past the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7.ADVERTISEMENT Springer hit his fifth homer — tying the Series mark set by Reggie Jackson and matched by Chase Utley — when he connected for a record fourth game in a row, making it 5-0 in the second.That was plenty for Houston manager A.J. Hinch. He pulled starter Lance McCullers Jr. soon after the curveballer crazily plunked his fourth batter of the game, and began a bullpen parade of four relievers that kept the lead as the Astros overcame a shaky postseason bullpen .“I knew yesterday I didn’t have much,” McCullers said. “I knew I didn’t have much to give other than to gut it out as long as I could.”Forever known for their space-age Astrodome, outlandish rainbow jerseys and a handful of heartbreaking playoff losses, these Astros will be remembered as champions, finally, in their 56th season.The club that wears a star on its hat also filled out the Texas trophy case. Teams from the Lone Star State had won most every major crown — Super Bowl, NBA and NHL titles, championships in college football, and men’s and women’s hoops — except the World Series.Built on the skills of homegrown All-Stars Carlos Correa, Dallas Keuchel and more, and boosted by the slick trade for Justin Verlander, general manager Jeff Luhnow completed the ascent that some predicted.Famously, now, there was the Sports Illustrated cover in 2014 — after Houston had lost more than 100 games for three straight years — that proclaimed: “Your 2017 World Series Champs” and featured a picture of Springer in a bright Astros jersey.Houston won 101 times this year to take the AL West, then won Games 6 and 7 at home in the AL Championship Series. The Astros joined the 1985 Royals as the only clubs to win a pair of Game 7s in the same year.For the Dodgers, the quest to win a Series for the first time since 1988 fell short. They led the majors with 104 wins and a $240 million payroll, yet it didn’t pay off for part-owner Magic Johnson or manager Dave Roberts.Longtime ace Clayton Kershaw provided four shutout innings of relief for Los Angeles, but it was too late. What the Dodgers really needed was a better starter than Darvish, someone more like the lefty who tossed out a ceremonial first ball: the great Sandy Koufax. After Springer lined a leadoff double, Alex Bregman hit a bouncer that first baseman Cody Bellinger threw past Darvish for an error, allowing a run to score. Bregman aggressively stole third and scored on Altuve’s grounder, and it was 2-0 after eight pitches.A double by Marwin Gonzalez helped set up perhaps McCullers’ biggest contribution, a slow grounder for his first pro RBI. Springer followed with a no-doubt, two-run drive into the left-center field bleachers.That was the Series-most 25th homer in a Major League Baseball season that set a record for home runs. It was easily enough for the Astros to offset pinch-hitter Andre Ethier’s RBI single in the Los Angeles sixth.Only once have the Dodgers clinched a crown at home, that coming in 1963 when Koufax outpitched Yankees star Whitey Ford to finish a sweep. They’ve never won Game 7 of the Fall Classic at their own park, dating more than a century ago to their days on the streets of Brooklyn as the Trolley Dodgers.As pockets of Houston fans got louder and louder in the later innings, the crowd at Dodger Stadium was left to repeat the sad, but hopeful cry that used to echo in Brooklyn: Wait till next year.Just 106 days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next View commentslast_img read more

Swimming is the key to happiness, reveals study

first_imgWant to feel more content, less grumpy and get a good night’s sleep? Swimming could be the answer, says a new study.The study conducted by members of British Gas SwimBritain, a series of fun team swimming relays that take place across Britain every September, found that taking a regular dip at your local pool can make you feel happier as well as healthier, with participants reporting an increase of 35 percent in positivity during a four week study.There’s nothing like swimming during the hot days of summer, whether it’s at the beach or in the poolThe results have also shown that the low impact sport is a tonic for everyday life, increasing levels of sleep quality, energy levels and fitness levels during the course of the study, reports femalefirst.co.uk.Just a few laps a week can have an almost immediate effect, with those donning their swimsuits seeing an increase of 20 in their overall levels of well-being after just one week.Swimming burns lots of calories, anywhere from 500-650 per hour depending on how efficiently you swim”Swimming is obviously close to my heart and it’s my goal to help the nation rediscover their love of the water, so this research is really good news for the sport, and something I’ve always known anyway,” said Olympic Swimmer, Becky Adlington.”The fact that it has significant benefits both in body and mind is a great reason to get back in the pool and that’s why I am a big fan of British Gas SwimBritain, a fun relay challenge taking place this summer, which is encouraging as many people as possible to give themselves a swimming goal and see the benefits for themselves,” added Adlingtonadvertisementlast_img read more

Video: Check Out Highlights From Ohio State’s Final Summer Camp Scrimmage

first_imgAustin Mack makes catch during Ohio State summer scrimmage.YouTube/Ohio State FootballOhio State football hosted its final team scrimmage of summer camp on Saturday.The team put out highlights from the scrimmage via YouTube, featuring the Buckeyes getting after it to the 2016 song “Feel Invincible” by Skillet, which features Ohio State fan Seth Morrison on lead guitar, according to the video description on YouTube.Tight end Jake Hausman makes a nice one-handed grab along the sideline, Rashod Berry shows his speed coming off the edge, and offensive lineman Jack Wohlabaugh has a huge pancake block during the highlights. The reel also features a nice red zone grab against tight coverage by wide receiver Austin Mack for a touchdown.Now, the Buckeyes move on to game week. Ohio State opens the 2016 season at home against defending MAC Champion Bowling Green on September 3. The game is set to kick off at noon on Saturday, September 3 from Ohio Stadium, and will be broadcast on Big Ten Network.[Eleven Warriors]last_img read more

Maple Ridge to temporarily stop issuing film permits in downtown

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “We value the film industry. What we really want to is solve issues that can be problems in the longer term,” said Lino Siracusa, the city’s manager of economic development.“This is a short duration time out and in a very small area … we see this as being minor and we hope that the industry will come back and film in this location and the filming will be very sustainable for a long time.”Siracusa says only the downtown area is affected by the moratorium. The rest of the city is still taking applications for permits. Login/Register With:last_img