Olympic eventing track reduced to eight minutes due to heat concerns

first_img Email* The 2020 Olympic eventing cross-country course has been shortened to approximately eight (8) minutes and 4,500 metres in a further initiative to combat the effects of heat and humidity at the Tokyo Games in August.The decision was based on advice from the FEI veterinary and eventing committees and was approved by the FEI Board by teleconference just before Christmas.Organisers Tokyo2020 had already agreed to bring the cross-country start forward to between 07:30 and 08:00 hrs to enable an 11:00hrs finish, avoiding the potentially highest Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT) readings.A FEI statement said: “The welfare of both human and equine athletes is at the heart of the FEI’s decision-making process and these decisions have been taken to allow competing nations to optimise their performances in the Tokyo summer climate. Further technical details on the eventing cross country course will be released in due course.”The WBGT is a measure of the heat stress in direct sunlight, taking temperature, humidity, wind speed, sun angle and cloud cover into account.This is the second time an Olympic Games in the Far East has reduced the cross-country to well below the usual 5,700 championship length at 570 metres per minute for welfare reasons. The Hong Kong (Beijing) course in 2008 was also designed to eight minutes, with 39 jumping efforts which made it demanding in other ways.Tokyo track re-evaluation began soon after the publication the official study into the horses who participated in the much shorter test event in August 2019. That track measured 3,050 metres with a speed of 550m/min.The study was conducted by the FEI’s long-time climate expert Dr David Marlin who wrote: “To put the expected effort in the context of previous course measurements, this has been compared with the analysis undertaken for Atlanta 1995 and 1996 and for long format cross country courses done at the same time. It is possible to analyse any course to make a comparison if we have the distance and elevation data.“This analysis shows that a 5,700 metre track as originally proposed would be similar in effort to 1995 long format [old 3*] events at Bramham (GBR) or Blenheim (GBR).“We can also estimate that the previously planned Tokyo 2020 full track at a WBGT of 28-32°C would be around 22-35% more effort than the same track in cool conditions (maximum WBGT of 20-23°C). Tight turns will also increase energy expenditure. We currently do not have good data to calculate this but a conservative estimate could be +5%.” Tags: eventing, Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Wet Bulb Globe Temperature, Horse Sport Enews 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 News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. SIGN UP Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition!last_img read more

As US surpasses half a million COVID-19 deaths, Latinos continue to feel impact of virus

first_imgiStock/narvikkBy: LAURA ROMERO, ABC News (NEW YORK) — During the coronavirus pandemic’s deadly peak last summer, Maggie Saldana begged her parents to stay home and not work. Saldana feared that her father, a grape picker, and her mother, an employee at a meatpacking house, would be exposed to the virus that was devastating the Latino community in California.“I was hearing from people around me that agriculture workers were dying from COVID, and I was so scared for my parents,” said Saldana. “My mother decided to stay home, but it was not an easy decision.”Because of her family’s financial situation, Saldana’s father was forced to continue working in the fields, in crowded spaces without protective equipment.Fortunately, said Saldana, his health has held up.“My father is one of the lucky ones because he never got sick,” Saldana told ABC News. “But it has been hard to make ends meet, and I knew early on that my family was not alone.”Now, with the U.S. surpassing 500,000 deaths due to COVID-19, Saldana and her parents are among thousands of Latinos across the country who continue to feel the devastation of the pandemic.For months, Saldana has been spending her free time raising funds to purchase protective equipment for field and meatpacking workers across the country. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 80% of farm workers identify as Latino/Hispanic.Latinos across the U.S. have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus; although they make up only a small part of the population, they account for a disproportionately large number of COVID-19 cases and deaths.According to CDC data, Hispanics and non-Hispanic Blacks are both about twice more likely to die from COVID-19 than non-Hispanic whites. As of Feb. 17, more than 83,000 Hispanics had died from the virus.“COVID-19 actually pulled back the curtain on health disparities and economic disparities in the Latino community,” said Frankie Miranda, president of Hispanic Federation, a nonprofit organization that helps support Latino families and institutions. “And Latino communities in places like California are still getting the worst of COVID.”In Los Angeles County, a recent COVID-19 surge led to a 1,000% case increase among Latinos. Throughout California, Latinos now make up 55% of all cases and 46% of all deaths.Dr. Jorge Moreno, an assistant professor of medicine at Yale School of Medicine, told ABC News that one of the main reasons Latinos in the U.S. are becoming infected and dying at disproportionately high rates is because for many Latinos, their jobs require them to leave home without being able to socially distance.According to the UC Berkeley Labor Center, Latino workers also have the highest rate of employment in essential front-line jobs, where there’s a higher risk of exposure to COVID-19.“Latinos who are essential workers don’t have the luxury to work from home,” Moreno said. “They work at the grocery store, in manufacturing plants, farms. They work in jobs where there is constant exposure to the virus.”Latinos are also more susceptible to the spread of the virus because many live in dense housing and crowded living conditions, he said.“Latinos tend to live in multigenerational homes,” said Moreno. “They live with other people, so if you’re exposed at work, you bring it home and expose your kids or your grandmother.”And now, with the rate of new coronavirus cases finally dropping nationwide, experts tell ABC News that Latinos are facing a new challenge: vaccine hesitancy.Experts tell ABC News there are historical reasons for Latinos to be wary of the COVID-19 vaccine. In the 1950s, more than a thousand Puerto Rican women were given experimental birth control pills without being told they were part of a controversial clinical trial.“When you have been so distrustful of government, that trauma persists,” said Miranda. “People are also concerned about whether they have insurance coverage or not. And messaging is also important. Officials need to make sure that messaging about the vaccine is in Spanish.”“This is not just about the willingness of taking the vaccine; it is about how we communicate and how we create spaces that are safe for our community to ask questions,” he said.New York City resident Lorena Lucero, who is raising funds to help local families afford funeral services for their loved ones, told ABC News that she continues to see the devastating effects of the pandemic on the Latino community.“It’s heartbreaking to get calls from families who have lost their loved ones to COVID and who just want to honor them with a funeral service,” Lucero said. “Our community has been badly hit, and we will all feel the effects of the pandemic for so many years.”“But Latinos are resilient,” she added. “We’ve always been fighters and we will get through this.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Karabakh Armistice: Azerbaijani National Triumph, Russian Geopolitical Victory (Part One)

first_img*To read Part Two, please click here. Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev, and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian signed, over a video conference, on November 9, an armistice agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Mediated by Russia between the two belligerents, this armistice dramatically changes the situation on the ground, establishing “new realities” for many years to come.Azerbaijan’s recovery of Armenian-occupied territories crowns a 44-day military operation featuring sophisticated equipment and tactics, amid a groundswell of domestic popular support. The campaign’s success transcends the battlefield. It signifies another stage in Azerbaijan’s maturation from a nation- and state-building project (as it was barely 30 years ago) to a fully consolidated nation-state.Released in the form of a tripartite declaration (Kremlin.ru, November 10), the armistice agreement: a) restores Azerbaijan’s sovereign control over seven districts that Armenian forces had occupied since the early 1990s and emptied of their Azerbaijani population; b) it divides the Armenian-populated Upper (“Nagorno”) Karabakh into two parts, under Armenian and under Azerbaijani control, respectively; and c) it authorizes the long-term stationing of Russian “peacekeeping” troops, a goal that had eluded Russia from the 1990s to date.Karabakh peace deal map (Source: BBC)A full ceasefire went into effect at 00:00 hours, Moscow time, on November 10, along the then-existing contact lines between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces. The armistice agreement brings the following changes and new realities on the ground:In terms of territory, the November 10 contact line allows Azerbaijan to retain the districts of Fizuli, Gubatly, Zangilan, and Jabrail, all which Azerbaijan’s forces regained in the campaign just concluded. In addition, the Kelbajar and Aghdam districts shall be returned (by Armenia) to Azerbaijan until November 15 and November 20, respectively; and the Lachin district will be returned by December 1. This will complete Azerbaijan’s recovery of the seven districts adjacent to Upper Karabakh.Furthermore, the November 10 contact line allows Azerbaijan to retain the southern part of Upper Karabakh itself. This amounts to partitioning Upper Karabakh, militarily and administratively. The city of Shusha comes under Azerbaijan’s control while Upper Karabakh’s administrative center of Stepanakert/Khankendi remains under Armenian control.Within the next three years, Azerbaijan and Armenia shall jointly develop a plan to build a new road connecting Armenia with Upper Karabakh via Azerbaijan’s Lachin district (Lachin corridor). Azerbaijan pledges not to interfere with traffic through the Lachin corridor. The corridor’s width is set at five kilometers. The document’s wording does not clarify whether the proposed new road would replace the existing road or run parallel to it, in parts or in toto. Stepanakert/Khankendi is the terminus of the existing Lachin road, and it will undoubtedly remain the terminus of a new road. The proposed new road seems intended to bypass the Azerbaijani-controlled Shusha (see above and below).A Russian “peacekeeping” contingent shall be stationed within the Armenian-controlled rump of Upper Karabakh along the Armenian-Azerbaijani contact lines. Its deployment to the area began on November 10 and shall be synchronized with the withdrawal of Armenian forces from Upper Karabakh. The Russian contingent’s size is set at 1,960 infantry (motor-rifle) troops with light weapons, 90 armored personnel carriers, and 380 motor vehicles (no mention of helicopters). The command headquarters will be located “in the Stepanakert area” (TASS, November 10). The mission’s duration is set at five years initially, to be prolonged automatically at five-year intervals, unless one of the “sides” (Armenia or Azerbaijan) declares its refusal with six months advance notice.Russian “peacekeepers” shall guard the Lachin corridor’s existing and future road. This will be the sole Russian military presence in Azerbaijan’s sovereign and effectively controlled territory. The Armenian de facto controlled rump of Upper Karabakh is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, and shall henceforth host Russian “peacekeepers” with Azerbaijan’s consent under this agreement. Although Shusha’s location could be construed as a part of the Lachin corridor, the armistice agreement excludes Shusha both from the notion of the Lachin corridor and from the Russian “peacekeepers’ ” area of responsibility (which partly explains the intention to build a new Lachin road).The armistice agreement creates a “peacekeeping center for ceasefire monitoring” on the ground, without elaborating any further. This is meant to accommodate a minimal Turkish presence in the armistice-implementation system. Moscow and Ankara were still negotiating about this center after the November 10 armistice declaration had been made public. It will be a bilateral Russian-Turkish military observer mission, with its own technical equipment, to be located in Azerbaijani territory, thus to monitor the ceasefire at a certain distance from the Upper Karabakh contact lines. This Russo-Turkish center does not bring Turkey into Russia’s “peacekeeping” operation and does not change the latter’s mono-national character (TASS, Interfax, November 10–12).The armistice agreement stipulates the “reopening of all economic and transportation links in the region.” As part of the general reopening, Armenia pledges not to interfere with traffic via the Armenian territory that separates the western part of Azerbaijan from Azerbaijan’s exclave of Nakhchivan, which has been isolated since the early 1990s. Russian border troops shall control the traffic of goods and passengers via that corridor. Additional transportation links (meaning motorways) could be built, subject to mutual consent of Armenia and Azerbaijan. The agreement fails to specify the number of Russian border troops that will be part of that mission; what forms that control would take; and whether it would apply to the highway, the railroad or both. The railroad in this corridor belongs (as do all Armenian railroads) to Russia’s state railways corporation. Russian border troops have long been stationed in that part of Armenia guarding the border with Iran. Presumably, additional Russian border troops would be deployed for the transportation-control mission.Displaced persons and refugees may return to their places of origin in Upper Karabakh and the seven adjacent districts, with assistance from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The Azerbaijani population of expellees—technically, displaced persons and refugees—from these areas in the early 1990s numbered some 800,000 by generally accepted estimates, almost all of whom fled to Azerbaijan’s interior. The seven adjacent districts had no Armenian population. They have remained uninhabited and been systematically made uninhabitable since then.The armistice agreement stops short of addressing the ultimate core issue of this conflict—that of the legal-political status of Upper Karabakh. That status was to have applied to the territory of the former “Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region” (abbreviated NKAO in the negotiators’ parlance over the last three decades)—i.e. Upper Karabakh—the Armenian-majority enclave within Azerbaijan. The armistice agreement, however, not only omits this issue but divides that territory between an Azerbaijani-controlled part and a locally Armenian-administrated part (see above), the former being free from Russian troops, the latter guarded by Russian troops with Azerbaijan’s consent, even as both parts are Azerbaijani territory under international law.Nor does the armistice agreement reference the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Minsk Group, whose three co-chairing countries (Russia, the United States, France) had, during almost three decades, developed a framework for the settlement of this conflict. Often cited as the Madrid Principles, this framework inspires the November 10 armistice agreement in many ways, with one major exception: Russia’s “peacekeeping” operation. The Minsk Group never agreed on it. This operation gives Russia significant leverage to manipulate and pressure the other parties for a long time to come, pending a definitive solution. Azerbaijan has won the campaign, Russia has won the “peacekeeping.”last_img read more

Senegal sued again over Midtown tower project “clouded with corruption and cronyism”

first_imgWade’s Midtown condo project drew criticism at home, according to Adama Gaye, a Senegalese political commentator and journalist. He fled the country following his arrest last year for speaking out against the president, and now lives in Egypt.“This project started off out of the whims of Abdoulaye Wade, the quasi monarchical president of Senegal, without consultation of the National Assembly nor the population,” wrote Gaye in a statement. “That original sin, clouded with corruption and cronyism, has dogged it.”Wade also commissioned a controversial $27 million monument in Dakar — built by North Korea — that was unveiled in late 2009. Diedhiou, who immigrated to the U.S. from Senegal 30 years ago, says he is the nephew of prominent Sengalese architect Pierre Goudiaby, who worked on prominent projects including the Dakar monument, which was built with public funds.The 19-story Manhattan tower, located blocks from the United Nations and completed in 2016, was envisioned as a hub for Senegal’s diplomatic efforts in New York City, according to Diedhiou.Half of the building, dubbed “Senegal House,” was to be used to host foreign dignitaries in facilities that included offices, entertainment and auditorium spaces. The country would also rent out about half of the building as office space, earning money on that and as a venue for events, Diedhiou recalled through his attorney.The building’s upper floors included residences for diplomats, and a lavish triplex, labeled the presidential suite, was slated for the top of the building, according to designs Diedhiou prepared in 2010 and filed as part of his suit.Wade lost his campaign for a third term as president in 2012, but his successor, Macky Sall, continued the Midtown project, which ran into legal troubles in New York City the next year. In spring 2013, Glacier Global Partners sued the country for allegedly backing out of a joint venture to develop the tower and opting for another partner. The suit was disposed of within six weeks and records are sealed.This past spring, Senegal bought back roughly two-thirds of the building — which has been divided into blocks of commercial and residential condos — from its development partner, Pride Builders, for a total of nearly $25 million.Based on the building’s floor plans, it appears Senegal House did not materialize. Instead, the tower was converted into rental apartments with a two-story commercial space at the base of the tower. The planned presidential suite is now a recreation area for tenants. Asking rents range from $2,700 to more than $6,000 a month, according to StreetEasy.For Gaye, the project symbolizes failure, regardless of whether it generates revenue.“No matter how useful for the country ultimately, this is a symbol of the bad economic governance that is plaguing the country,” he said.Write to Erin Hudson at [email protected] This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now Senegal House renderings (left) and 235 East 44th Street (right (Credit: Urbahn Architects and Google Maps)Months after the Senegalese government paid $25 million for a bulk condo purchase at a controversial Midtown tower it developed, an architect on the project claims the country owes him millions in unpaid fees.Pape Diedhiou, who is based in New York City, filed a $2.4 million lawsuit following a years-long effort to collect payment, he claims. Filed last week in federal court in New York, it marks the second time Senegal has faced legal action over the development.Diedhiou served as Senegal’s representative on the project beginning in 2007, as the country prepared to acquire the property at 235 East 44th Street, records and court documents show. He was appointed by Paul Badji, the Permanent Representative of Senegal to the United Nations, according to an agreement he filed in court.According to the lawsuit, Diedhiou said his work on the project between 2008 and 2014 included interior design and architectural services, in addition to handling approvals, tax payments and other financial matters. Over the years he claims he paid a total of nearly $130,000 in out of pocket expenses for items such as insurance, legal fees and business trips to meet with Senegalese officials in the capital Dakar and in Paris.Though Diedhiou admits he never had a written contract, he notes that he delivered his services to some of the country’s highest-ranking officials. Those included former president of Senegal Abdoulaye Wade and his wife, Viviane; along with a special adviser to the president and three former ministers.J.R. Skrabanek, a partner at Thompson & Skrabanek who is representing Diedhiou in the suit, argued a legal obligation was established over multiple meetings and years of work that the architect performed.Senegal’s representatives at the highest levels “repeatedly” told Diedhiou he would be paid, Skrabanek said in an interview. “He’s been asking to be paid for a long time and they’ve just put him off for forever,” he said.Senegalese officials in the U.S. did not respond to requests for comment.Read moreA decade later, Senegal buys $25M worth of condos near UNSenegal closes JV deal, plans mixed-use Midtown towerNYC developer accuses Senegal of upending Midtown projectlast_img read more

Collaborations Aplenty At Jones Beach With Umphrey’s McGee, Widespread Panic, and TAUK

first_imgWSP and UM will conclude their double billing tour tonight, June 21st, at the Stage AE in Pittsburgh.Setlists: TAUK, Umphrey’s, and Widespread Panic at the Nikon Theatre at Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY, June 20th, 2015TAUK:The Chemist, Sunshine, When In Doubt, In The Basement Of The Alamo, I Want You (She’s So Heavy)*, Immigrant Song** = w/ Joel Cummins of Umphrey’s McGee[Via Setlist.fm]Umphrey’s McGee:Puppet String > Robot World (w/ Stewart) > Hourglass > Ringo > All in Time > No Diablo > 40s Theme[Via Umphreak’s Anonymous]Widespread Panic:Pigeons, Diner, Stop Breakin’ Down, Worry, Bear’s Gone Fishing, I’m Not Alone, Sleeping Man, Visiting Day, Cease Fire, Honky Red, Red Hot Mama*[Via Live Widespread Panic]* = w/ Andy Farag, Joel Cummins, and Jake Cinninger of Umphrey’s McGee It was a fantastic triple-billing out at the Nikon Theatre at Jones Beach last night in Wantagh, NY, as TAUK, Umphrey’s McGee and Widespread Panic all shared the stage on the second night of a three-night mini-tour. Members from each band guested with one another, creating one long and magical evening of music.It all started with TAUK, and the Long Island natives wasted no time getting in the pocket. They were joined by UM keyboardist Joel Cummins for a cover of The Beatles’ “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”. The song is in both band’s rotation, and was recently featured on Umphrey’s The London Sessions album recorded at Abbey Road Studios – the initial site of recording for that infamous Beatles tune. Cummins also stayed out for a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song”.While UM’s set didn’t have any sit-ins, one big notable collaboration did occur at the end of Widespread Panic’s headlining performance. For a cover of Funkadelic’s “Red Hot Mama,” WSP brought out Jake Cinninger, Joel Cummins, and Andy Farag of Umphrey’s McGee. You can watch the rendition below:last_img read more

Win Tickets To Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival!

first_imgOn March 4-6, the inaugural Okeechobee Music + Arts Festival will invade Okeechobee, FL for three days of premier musical performances, art installations and interactive workshops. Major acts from across the spectrum will take the stage, including Mumford & Sons, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Robert Plant, Bassnectar, Ween, Skrillex, Odesza, Kendrick Lamar, The Avett Brothers, Grace Potter, Big Gigantic, Gramatik, Portgual. The Man, Lotus, Lettuce, Deer Tick, Shpongle, Twiddle, and so many more.The Only Reasons You Need For Attending The Okeechobee Music & Arts FestivalFrom a beautiful scenic location to some of the country’s most renowned musical acts, this is one of the most impressive newcomers to the game.We’re giving you the chance to score two tickets to the big event! Just enter below, then follow the instructions for sharing to increase your chances of winning. Winner will be chosen on 1/25. Good luck!last_img read more

Suwannee Springfest Reveals Top-Notch Additions To Stacked Bluegrass Lineup

first_imgAs if Suwannee Springfest wasn’t already looking good enough with artists like John Prine, Del McCoury, Keller Williams, The Infamous Stringdusters, Jeff Austin and Larry Keel set to perform, the festival has now added several more exciting artists including folk rock singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile, Americana-inspired newgrass band Railroad Earth, progressive string band Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, as well as Habanero Honeys, The Applebutter Express, Steve Pruett, and Canary in the Coalmine.Tickets for the festival are on sale now but will be going up in price to the next tier on Sunday, January 17. Get your tickets for Suwannee Springfest here.last_img read more

Jordin Sparks Sets Broadway Return as Jenna in Waitress

first_imgJordin Sparks(Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images) Waitress Almost a decade after her 2010 Broadway debut in In the Heights, multi-platinum recording artist Jordin Sparks will head back to Broadway next month, taking over the lead role of Jenna in Waitress. Sparks will join the musical on September 16, replacing current headliner Alison Luff, who will play her final performance on September 15.Sparks garnered worldwide attention at age 17 as winner of American Idol season six. Sparks’ popular singles have sold more than 10 million digital tracks, winning her two BET Awards, one American Music Award, one BMI Songwriting Award and one People’s Choice Award, in addition to earning two MTV Award nominations and a Grammy nomination.Waitress features a book by Jessie Nelson, a score by Sara Bareilles, direction by Diane Paulus, choreography by Lorin Latarro and music supervision by Nadia DiGiallonardo.Sparks will play a limited engagement through October 27. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 5, 2020 Related Showscenter_img Star Files View Comments Jordin Sparkslast_img read more

Online registration for select Ironman 70.3 events in 2011

first_img Related Online registration is now open for a number of 2011 Ironman 70.3 races including Rohto Ironman 70.3 Florida, K-Swiss Ironman 70.3 Kansas, Ironman 70.3 Mooseman and Ironman 70.3 Boise.Rohto Ironman 70.3 Florida, celebrating its eighth year, is set for 15 May 2011 at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. The event is an official qualifier for the Ironman World Championship 70.3. Athletes will enjoy the calm protection of the fresh water swim course in Bay Lake at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, the challenge of a one-loop bike course that includes the famous World Drive in Walt Disney World Resort and the scenic beauty of Orange County and a three-loop run course through Disney’s Wilderness Trails and Roadways.Also an official qualifier for the Ironman World Championship 70.3 – Ironman 70.3 Mooseman, set in Newfound, New Hampshire, on 5 June 2011, will offer athletes one of the most scenic courses in the US. The swim will utilise the pristine, fresh waters of Newfound Lake. A picturesque bike course will include rolling hills and views of sprawling farmland, quaint villages and the Newfound Lake shoreline. The run course, which passes by the majestic Granite Ledges, will be an out-and-back format with rolling hills similar to the bike course.Meanwhile, the Mooseman International Triathlon will take place the day before Ironman 70.3 Mooseman on 4 June 2011 in Newfound Lake. The race course features a 1.5K swim in Newfound Lake, a 55K bike ride along the shores of Newfound Lake and a 10K run that passes by the majestic Granite Ledges.K-Swiss Ironman 70.3 Kansas, set for 12 June 2011 in Lawrence, Kansas, will begin with a swim in Clinton Lake followed by a bike and run through Clinton State Park and the surrounding areas. The challenging bike and run course features flat stretches matched with steep, climbing hills and offers lake front views. Athletes will enjoy the spectator-friendly run course and spectacular finish at Clinton State Park. K-Swiss Ironman 70.3 Kansas is an official qualifier for the Ironman World Championship 70.3.Finally, Ironman 70.3 Boise, takes place in Boise, Idaho, on 11 June 2011. The event is again an official qualifier for the Ironman World Championship 70.3 and is a favourite among first-time Ironman athletes. The swim will be held in Lucky Peak Reservoir and the bike and run course takes athletes along the Boise Greenbelt and finishes in downtown Boise.www.ironman.comlast_img read more

Now on your restaurant bill: Obamacare fee

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Several restaurants in a Florida chain are asking customers to help foot the bill for Obamacare.by. Tami Luhby Diners at eight Gator’s Dockside casual eateries are finding a 1% Affordable Care Act surcharge on their tabs, which comes to 15 cents on a typical $15 lunch tab. Signs on the door and at tables alert diners to the fee, which is also listed separately on the bill.The Gator Group’s full-time hourly employees won’t actually receive health insurance until December. But the company said it implemented the surcharge now because of the compliance costs it’s facing ahead of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate kicking in in 2015.“The costs associated with ACA compliance could ultimately close our doors,” the sign reads. “Instead of raising prices on our products to generate the additional revenue needed to cover the costs of ACA compliance, certain Gator’s Dockside locations have implemented a 1% surcharge on all food and beverage purchases only.”Related: Employers play Obamacare blame gameThe company employs a total of 500 people, with about half working full-time. Currently only management receives health benefits, but the restaurant will have to offer coverage to all full-timers once the mandate takes effect. The fee will allow the company to continue offering full-time hours to many workers, according to Sandra Clark, the group’s director of operations. continue reading »last_img read more