Biker Loving/Loathing

first_imgRiders and drivers seem to have too much of a “them against us” attitude, and that makes it difficult for anyone to like each other. If we aren’t liking and respecting each other, there will be no productive end-result.I was driving my truck downtown today and after pulling through an intersection, I noticed a commuter in my left side view mirror. I thought it was smart of him to position himself into my direct line of view. This is also the proper place to be when following a line of traffic since every one of us has to wait our turn. This is especially important when traffic is moving slowly.Immediately after clearing the intersection, he moved over to the far right of the lane – where a bike lane would be should there actually be one. This too is fine. I don’t think there’s a problem for cyclists to pass traffic when they can get through faster.However, he was trying to pass me as we both approached a stop sign. I had been ahead of him, and I knew that I would be accelerating faster, and we both seemed to be going straight, so I pulled out first to make it 20 yards down to the next stop sign.Here comes the part that irks me…he shouts out, “Hey, share the road, huh?” He then turns left from the right side of the lane, allowing me to share a few thoughts within earshot of my open window.The first thing that came to my mind, was “Are you kidding me?! I RIDE A BIKE TOO!!” I’m watching him this whole time, making sure that he’s got space, staying off of the brakes, and ready for him to do something squirrelly, and then I get to watch him get self-righteous because I didn’t let him pull out in front of me.I’ve probably met the guy before, or drank beer with him at the same Bike Love party. I support SORBA, do trail maintenance, support the school mountain biking club, commute when I can, and teach my children how to ride safely through traffic. I quiz my kids in the car about traffic rules and road safety.“You need to ride your bike as if you are driving a car,” I said to him, which I thought was accurate, forthright and non-emotional. “I ride a bike, too!”I realize this blog is probably a lame excuse for me to rant over something that happened today, so I want to offer all of you a safe space to expel a little road rage. Please comment, and I really hope the guy I met today gets his peace too, because I’m really curious. 1 2last_img read more

Implementation of renovation and expansion of State House Project to continue

first_img Tweet LocalNews Implementation of renovation and expansion of State House Project to continue by: – June 30, 2011 Share Photo of State House before renovation and expansion works began. Photo credit: Flicker.comPrime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has announced that the implementation of the renovation and expansion of the State House Project will continue.During his 2011/2012 National Budget address on Wednesday Mr. Skerrit described the implementation project as necessary to assist in the hosting of international events, as well as to create a new image for Dominica.According to the Prime Minister construction work is scheduled to begin this fiscal year, and will include the following components;1. Renovation of the Exisiting State House Building,2. Construction of a new residence for the President,3. Construction of a building to provide offices for the Public and Police Service Commissions, and the Integrity Commission,4. Utility Building,5. Beautification and landscaping of the grounds, parking and construction of a new road,6. Conference room with a capacity of 200 personsMr. Skerrit also explained that the implementation project should not be categorized as a luxury as it has been, but rather one of absolute necessity.“Madam Speaker, modern State Houses cannot be seen in the year 2011/2012 as a luxury. They are an absolute necessity and this government has absolutely no apology for moving with speed to bring Dominica into the 21st century in this regard. Those with limited or blurred vision will eventually come around to appreciate the importance and necessity of this project. In the meantime, however, work must continue. We cannot wait on them to finally see the light.”Mr. Skerrit also described the project as one which will create and provide a new image for Dominica, as well as for the convenience of visitors who increasingly find Dominica as an ideal conference and retreat destination, but which, unfortunately has lagged behind over the years in regard to basic amenities.Meantime Citizens Awareness Program (CAP) earlier this year launched a campaign to stop the construction of what they refer to as the “State Malice” referring to the implementation project as a waste of state funds. They have also erected several banners and posters indicating the same.However, the Prime Minister referred to this campaign as “a misguided few who have unsuccessfully attempted to misrepresent the scope of the project. Such irresponsible labeling, reflects a poor recognition of, and appreciation for the need of Dominica, to step forwards and up to the plate, in respect of its capacity to host events of an international nature, improved housing and roads in the city of Roseau and advanced tertiary education.”Dominica Vibes News 236 Views no discussionscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Earlham College tries to find the positives in a 4-year losing streak

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Attached to the wellness center at Earlham College in Indiana is a bell tower. The sounds of the bell inside are ones of victory, ringing when any Earlham athletic team wins. For the football team, that bell has remained silent for over three seasons.The bell has not rung since Oct. 26, 2013, the last time the Quakers (0-3) won a game. Earlham is riding a 36-game losing streak. Despite the losses, the Quakers recruit new players and field a roster. Head coach Nick Johnson won the 2015 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year Award even though the Quakers finished 0-10. He reminds players at the Indiana school that it’s not about winning.“We haven’t been successful in terms of wins and losses,” Johnson said “but we’ve made a lot of strides in other areas.”When Johnson came to the program in 2015, Earlham was 13 games into its losing streak. So, he came in with a plan to motivate his players. He instilled fun traditions, such as a talent show for players. They run through gimmick practices at the end of the year, as well as senior ceremonies. Out of all the traditions, one stands out for both Wesley Hundley and senior Roderick Matthews: Pride Rock.Players said it signifies the history of the program, which dates to 1889. At the end of their walk-through on the Fridays before game day, they circle up around a large granite rock while Johnson talks to them. He tells them the 2,000-pound rock could never be moved by just one of them, that to move the rock they have to work as a team. He hopes to translate that team mentality on the field.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It really gets us motivated before a game,” Matthews said.It took only two games into Johnson’s first season for him to see what kind of men he had on his team. During a game against DePauw on Sept. 12, 2015, Johnson’s wife, who was suffering from pancreatitis, showed symptoms of encephalitis, a sudden inflammation of the brain, and was life-lined via helicopter to Indianapolis.Johnson sprinted out of the stadium, leaving his assistants in charge. The Quakers lost, 53-0, something Johnson learned later that night while waiting for his wife to wake up. All of his players and his coaches either called or texted him to check in and make sure he was alright.“I never leave them in the dark on any of that stuff,” Johnson said. “They’re like family to me. Once it’s us it’s always us, once it’s we it’s always we.”Earlham AthleticsLater that season, he won the Heartland Coach of the Year Award, which he accepted on behalf of his coaching staff. That season, Earlham ended with an 0-10 record for the second straight season. The losing streak only grew. No player on the team has won a single game.Earlham’s roster is filled with players from not just Indiana but California, Florida, Texas, New York and Tennessee, among others. Freshman Chancey Cothren, a native of Louisiana, said the team’s record did not influence his decision. It was his only roster spot offering.“It was either come here,” Cothren said, “or stay home, go to college and just not play any sports.”The Quakers came closest to a win in 2015. A game against Hanover ended 28-28 after regulation. The game went into overtime and Earlham started with the ball, driving it 12 yards from the end zone. Then-freshman Sam Panton rushed it in and scored, putting Earlham up 34-28, but the Quakers missed the extra-point.Hanover got one try to score while Earlham needed one stop to win. Yet on its drive, the Panthers found the endzone and made the extra-point after, handing Earlham another defeat.“We have glimpses where we’re right there,” Hundley said. “We’ve just got to finish.”In some areas, the Quakers look better than it has the past few seasons. Earlham lost to Hiram, 63-41, but the 41 points scored were the most by an Earlham team since 2008.Through three games, the Quakers are averaging 25.7 points per game, a 67.97 percent increase from the average points per game over the last three seasons. The rushing game has also increased from 39.7 yards per game last year to 144.3 yards per game. Yards per game have also increased to 328.3 yards per game, up 41.45 percent from last season.While Earlham keeps working, it waits for its turn to ring the bell attached to the wellness center, to have the chimes ring through campus to signify a win, and an end to a multiple season losing streak. Comments Published on September 26, 2017 at 11:04 pm Contact Kaci: klwasile@syr.edulast_img read more