30 Dec

Ski the Conditions You Have

first_imgA few months ago I splurged on a ski cabin to take my winter-loving boy to the slopes. His favorite season is winter (admittedly sometimes I look at him and wonder if he’s really my son, as my attitude tends to surviving more than enjoying the colder months). Southern Appalachia’s fickle weather makes it impossible to predict whether a day in February will be in the twenties or sixties.Nevertheless, I took a gamble and made plans for a snowy long weekend. We’d hone his turns on the blue trails and in the evenings we’d ice skate or hit the tubing hill. Plenty of hot chocolate breaks would warm him up and then there’d be the fireplace and hot tub back at the cabin to unwind after a cold day outside.The forecast didn’t corporate. Temperatures hovered around forty with a hundred percent rain. Some friends canceled, others decided to stay in the cabin and save skiing for better weather.My son wouldn’t hear of not skiing. He’d been counting down the days until we headed to the slopes. I forced a smile and packed rain jackets and pants to wear over our thermals.We purchased our lift tickets and patches of mud greeted us as we stepped into our skis. The lift lines non-existent, we shuffled right to the front and lowered the bar. We ascended into the fog as rain beaded up on our clothes.The rain had washed away the snow and in breaks in the fog, we played I Spy , pointing out Mardi Gras beads, stray gloves and a tree tenacious enough to grow out of rock.That day we had the mountain all to ourselves. My son pointed his skis toward the barest patches of earth or the longest stretches of ice and skied right over them, laughing. I imagined that he was triumphant, that despite the weather he was enjoying himself. His example of squaring up and skiing right over unpleasant conditions made me realize that he was improving his skiing by getting comfortable dealing with ice and mud.I was reminded of a lesson I learned not skiing, but sailing. When the wind was too strong or nonexistent, when the wind blew in the exact opposite direction I wanted to go, I would repeat the age-old saying.Sail the winds you have.We could no more wait for better snow than we could have waited for the perfect amount of wind blowing in the right direction.So when it’s too hot or too cold, too wet or too dry, I’ll resolve to make the best of it.last_img read more

19 Oct

COVID-19: Ogan Ilir regent dismisses 109 medical workers for striking

first_imgOgan Ilir Regent Ilyas Panji Alam has dismissed 109 medical workers at the Ogan Ilir Regional General Hospital (RSUD) in South Sumatra for striking over safety and welfare.The medical workers are reportedly lacking personal protective equipment (PPE), being paid low wages at Rp 750,000 (US$50.24) per month without incentives and not being provided with a place to stay after treating COVID-19 patients.Ilyas said on Thursday that the administration would immediately recruit their replacements.”No need to go to work anymore. We are looking for replacements. The 109 have been dishonorably dismissed without disrupting hospital activities,” Ilyas said as quoted by kompas.com.Read also: Bonuses slashed, pay cut: Indonesian nurses fight pandemic, financial hardshipsIlyas argued the strike was baseless as the administration had met most of their demands.”The incentives are available. We’ve provided shelter, consisting of 34 air-conditioned rooms with mattresses. We’ve provided thousands of items of PPE at the Ogan Ilir Regional Hospital. Go check for yourself,” said Ilyas.Of the 109 medical personnel, 14 were specialist doctors, eight general practitioners, 33 civil servant nurses and 11 honorary staff.He assumed the medical personnel were afraid to treat COVID-19 patients and had been on strike for five days.”We’ve provided their demands. They haven’t begun working though. Well, they might as well don’t work at all,” he said. (ggq)Topics :last_img read more

17 Aug

Lakers star Anthony Davis doubtful tonight vs. Golden State

first_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I think it’s just looking at the pros and cons of it,” Davis said about possibly resting games. “Obviously if it makes sense and then they give me reasons why, for the betterment of the team, then I guess we can go forward with it.”Davis has acknowledged that his style of play carries some inherent risks. The Lakers’ leading scorer and rebounder (26.3 ppg and 10.4 rpg) has yet to miss a regular-season game, but has made several injury-related trips to the locker room with the team training staff. During the preseason, he injured his thumb, but returned after missing just one game. He first injured his shoulder in the third game of the season against Charlotte, but has played through discomfort.Related Articles Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers While Davis’ teammates have expressed they want him to stay healthy above all else, he’s also drawn some praise for his approach – most notably from LeBron James.“For him when he’s showing that grit when he’s playing with injuries, there’s no reason for any of us not to be out there as well,” James said of Davis. “He’s been showing everything.”The Lakers will play without Rajon Rondo (calf strain) who returned Tuesday, but has not been medically cleared to play back-to-back games. The Lakers had Troy Daniels (left knee soreness) available in Phoenix, but did not play him as a precaution. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Lakers could be without Anthony Davis on Wednesday night as the team announced the star forward is doubtful to play against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center.Davis, who began the week with right shoulder soreness, said he injured his ribs on the same side Tuesday night in the first quarter against the Phoenix Suns. The Lakers were concerned enough to tape the injury during the third quarter of the game, then get X-rays on the area afterward.Although the X-rays revealed no serious cause for concern, the Lakers are still taking caution with their newest franchise star in the second game of the first back-to-back of the season.Davis said earlier in the week that he strongly desired to play despite his shoulder soreness, which has lingered for the past few weeks. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years last_img read more