first_img Previous articleWILLIAMS: Black political power means zilchNext articleMudbug 20 coming up on Tuesday admin Most high school grads going to OC Odessa College Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness said the figures are pretty typical even going back a few years, but what’s different now is that the highest percentage are going to OC.The rate of 25 to 34-year-olds with a certificate or higher postsecondary credential for 2015 was 29.4 percent in West Texas. Statewide, it was 41 percent. The 60 by 30 statewide initiative aims for 60 percent of 25 to 34-year-olds to earn a degree or certificate by 2030.In recent years, the college has been trying to provide more points when people can take classes and help them achieve success through initiatives like the drop rate improvement program meant to help instructors connect with students by knowing their names and laying ground rules early.Research shows that after leaving Odessa College with a two-year technical degree, graduates go to work and make $110,000 to $111,000 a year after five years, OC President Gregory Williams has said.The percentage of people in Ector County with baccalaureate degrees is 13 to 16 percent, Vice President for Instruction Valerie Jones has said.“We’re so far down they think if we can do 30 percent by 2060, we’re pretty good rather than 60 percent by 2030,” Odessa College Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness Don Wood said. “They actually do have lower expectations for West Texas. They think we get to 55 if we really hustle.”Unemployment rates were low in 2014 at 3.9 percent and in 2018 at 3.3 percent, Wood said. However, OC has had five straight years of enrollment growth, he said.Fall enrollment in 2014 was 4,867 and 6,308 in 2018.Spring enrollment for 2014 was 4,607 and 5,757 in 2018.Five-year fall enrollment growth from 2012-2017 was up 28.7 percent at OC. Meanwhile, it was down 0.7 percent statewide, 1.7 percent at Howard College and was up 0.7 percent at Midland College, numbers from the 2018 Texas Public Higher Education Almanac show.“This is typically when you see a drop off in enrollments at the both the university level and the community college level, but Odessa College has found a way to not do that. We have grown every year and now we have our highest enrollments in the history of the college,” he said.There are a number of things that make OC different from other colleges, Wood said.It provides the first class free, but most people take two classes so they get started on their higher education.“The other aspect of that is they come in and that allows us to review all the financial aid packages they need. It allows us to set them up on a pathway to completion. Basically, it’s getting them in the door. That’s one aspect of it,” Wood said.“The second aspect of it is we also provide progress discounts, so they get to 30 credits, they get 10 percent off. They get to 45 credit hours, they get 20 percent off tuition. This also is a huge help to students financially,” he added.Another component is that OC is intentional about working with high schools and getting students interested in college while they’re in high school. College representatives also work with the students themselves individually.“Our dual credit program has grown every year, as well,” Wood said. “We have … almost 1,900 students in dual credit.”In Ector County, Wood said, we’ve made five commitments to help students in ECISD. The college now has a permanent staff member at Odessa High School and Permian High School and a permanent staff member based at OC working with all the middle schools.“The goal there (with the middle schools) is to interact with all the eighth graders to get them interested in understanding what dual credit is and understanding the benefits of college. This goes along with our commitment to do 1,000 presentations to the ECISD group. We have people working with elementary school kids; we have people working with the middle school kids; we have people working with the high school kids,” Wood said.“This is to help the students stay focused on education and we work to help students get placed in both university and community college,” he added.The college also started offering eight-week terms instead of the traditional 16-week semesters in 2014. Wood said this gives people a lot more “on ramps” to college.The 2013 cohort, the last one to start with 16-week terms, had a 28 percent three-year graduation rate for full-time students. For the 2014 cohort, the three-year graduation rate spiked to 42.4 percent.The three-year graduation rate for part-time students in the 2014 cohort was 30.8 percent.The three-year graduation rate for students who are college ready and not taking developmental education courses is 52.9 percent for this year, according to the 2018 Texas Public Higher Education Almanac, Wood said.Innovation is the key to better results in higher education, Commissioner of Higher Education Raymund Paredes said in a statement.In 2015, Odessa College was ranked 31st among Texas community colleges with a 19 percent graduation rate. Two years later, with a graduation rate of 42 percent, the institution achieved the highest three-year community college graduation rate in the state, Paredes said.In Texas, 10 percent of a community college’s funding is based on success points. This is meant to encourage colleges to move students through college and get them to hit milestones a little bit faster.Odessa College in the last three years has seen a 30 percent increase in its success points, the highest in the state, Wood said.Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, said OC’s overall performance is excellent and the school sets a standard for its peers. He added that Odessa College has the highest three-year graduation rate in the state and noted the increase in success points.Odessa College also recently signed an articulation agreement with the University of Texas of the Permian Basin that will make for an easier transition from community college to a four-year school and helps with timely graduation.Seliger said either Wood or President Gregory Williams will be testifying before the Senate Committee on Higher Education April 25 about how they are moving toward 60 by 30.The regional goals reflect the art and science of setting projections. Kelly Carper Polden, spokeswoman for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, said there is a lot of variation in terms of how many people have certificates and degrees regionally across the state.“As we developed the regional targets, we took both the current levels of attainment and the statewide goal into consideration,” Polden said. “We identified, what is the minimum amount of growth we would need to see from each region, given where they are starting, to get to 60 percent statewide. Some regions are above and some are below 60.”“Regions above 60 percent are capped, which means that regions who start on the low end actually have more growth required to hit their regional targets. We would love to see each region stretch to 60 percent, and applaud efforts to do so. We also want to be reasonable based on current levels of education and projections we have about population growth in each region, to set reasonable stretch goals,” she added.Educated Population(Percent of the 25-34-year-old population with a certificate or higher postsecondary credential, 2015)Statewide: 41 percent.West Texas: 29.4 percent.High Plains: 37.7 percent.Northwest: 36.4 percent.Metroplex: 45.4 percent.Upper East: 33.9 percent.Southeast: 32.9 percent.Gulf Coast: 42.4 percent.Central Texas: 47.8 percent.South Texas: 33.4 percent.Upper Rio Grande: 38.3 percent. State Sen. Kel Seliger congratulates Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness Donald Wood on Odessa College’s graduation rate in Austin. Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Region 9.60 x 30TX completion goal.More data on completions. Of the 21,000 high school graduates that go to college, most stay in the region and the majority attend Odessa College.Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board figures for 2016 show 76.4 percent of high school graduates stay in the region. Some 5,667 students, or 26.9 percent, go to OC.Midland College gets 4,811 students, or 22.8 percent, and Howard College attracts 19.5 percent, or 4,121 students.Meanwhile, about 30 percent of West Texas students attend universities. Angelo State University gets or 3,346 students, or 15.9 percent, and the University of Texas of the Permian Basin draws 3,155 students, or 15 percent. 1 of 2 Pinterest Local NewsEducation WhatsApp By admin – April 15, 2018 More Information Twitter Facebook OC Numbers 1.jpglast_img read more

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Who are the Industry’s Top Leaders? The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Who are the Industry’s Top Leaders? Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago December 6, 2018 3,944 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Radhika Ojha The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Tagged with: Default Servicing DS News Editor-in-Chief HOUSING leaders mortgage MReport Publisher Rachel Williams Share Save Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: 2019 Trends in Real Estate Investments Next: Breaking Away From the Negative Equity Trap Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articles Following its inaugural Top 25 Companies to Work list that was published in November, MReport, the sister publication of DS News, is now calling for nominations for its list of Top 25 Industry Leaders. The winners will be announced in the February issue of the magazine. Companies can send their nominations by filling out a simple survey by January 11, 2019 to recognize individuals within their organization whose subject matter expertise, charisma, or even the way they have gone above and beyond to help the team, an employee, or even someone outside the company, make them stand out in a crowd.The list will serve as a premier platform to highlight the achievements of individuals in the mortgage and housing industries who are leading by example and helping their teams and companies think outside the box to help shape and evolve the industry’s path forward.“MReport’s Top 25 Industry Leaders list will celebrate individuals whose unique perspectives are strengthening the industry’s future,” said Rachel Williams, Editor-in-Chief of MReport. “This list will honor leaders who have worked tirelessly and led by example to strengthen their teams and companies in a constantly changing market environment.”Industry experience, noteworthy awards, charity initiatives that the individual is associated with, achievements, and their styles of managing individuals and teams are just some of the factors that will be considered for individuals to make this list. Whether it is mentoring employees, an experience beyond the industry that contributes to the individual’s effectiveness now, or a mindset that’s bent towards continuous learning and accepting constructive criticism are some of the traits that will be looked at in the selection process of these individual leaders.By filling the online survey below, companies have the chance to give a shout-out to individuals who are making a positive difference in the industry and supporting the American Dream of Homeownership.Click here to nominate an individual you look up to in your company. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Default Servicing DS News Editor-in-Chief HOUSING leaders mortgage MReport Publisher Rachel Williams 2018-12-06 Radhika Ojha in Daily Dose, Featured, News Subscribelast_img read more

first_img Tags Residential Real EstateSilicon Valley Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook co-founders lived at this Los Altos home while creating the site. (Getty, GTeam Rentals)The Silicon Valley home where the creators of Facebook lived during the social network’s early days is up for rent.The six-bedroom home at 1743 Westbrook Avenue in Los Altos is available for $10,000 per month, according to the New York Post. That’s twice what Mark Zuckerberg and company paid when they moved in during the summer of 2004.Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz and Sean Parker had been kicked out of their previous rental — allegedly for tying a zip line from the chimney to the swimming pool — and needed to quickly find a new place to set up shop, according to the publication.Their soon-to-be landlord, Judy Fusco, told the Post that Zuckerberg didn’t even go inside the house before asking if they could rent the place and writing her a $10,000 check. He told her he “planned to connect the world.”ADVERTISEMENT“I said, ‘I don’t care if you are going to connect the world, if this check does not pass, you’re not moving in,’” Fusco said.A young Mark Zuckerburg on the stairs of the Los Altos home. (The Harvard Crimson)They moved in a couple weeks later and the house quickly filled up with desks and interns — at least 10 of whom were bunked up in a sunroom at one point, according to Fusco.She later came to the rescue when her tenants left her house unlocked with their servers vulnerable, and even had the IRS on her back after Zuckerberg claimed she was an employee.Facebook has since spread into much bigger spaces: The firm has offices in many major cities, including 730,000 square feet at New York’s Farley Post Office redevelopment, and an eight-acre campus in Seattle built by outdoor equipment retailer REI.[NYP] — Dennis Lynch Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

first_imgJASPER, IN – U.S. Senator Mike Braun is set to complete his campaign promise of holding public events in all 92 counties on Thursday, October 10, 2019, with visits to Brown and Shelby County.“As I built my business and create jobs, one of my guiding principles was to meet and hear feedback from as many customers as possible. Since being elected to serve Hoosiers in the Senate, I’ve adopted a similar business model by fulfilling my promise to visit all 92 counties in Indiana each year,” said Senator Mike Braun. “Throughout this journey, we’ve had conversations about creating jobs, protecting the Second Amendment, ways to help our veterans, and how we can lower the cost of healthcare and I look forward to continuing this Hoosier tradition in 2020.”DETAILS ON THE FINAL 92 COUNTY TOUR STOPS FOR 2019, OPEN TO ALL HOOSIERS:Thursday, October 10, 2019, at 1:00 PM ETGrandma’s Pancake HouseSouth Harrison StreetShelbyville, IndianaThursday, October 10, 2019, at 3:00 PM ETBrown County Community Foundation209 North Van Buren StreetNashville, IndianaFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Final Stops Will be Thursday, October 10, 2019, In Brown and Shelby Countieslast_img read more

first_img Penny Mordaunt’s statement following her meetings with Oxfam and the Charity Commission on Monday 12 February can be found here The speech was made at the Agenda 2030 for Children: End Violence Solutions Summit At the summit, Ms Mordaunt also announced her support (£5 million) to the End Violence Against Children partnership, which will see the UK teaming up with the biggest group of stakeholders in the world to investigate and implement solutions which really work to keep children safe. Over a million children across the world face some form of violence in their everyday lives – including modern slavery, child marriage, child labour and violence in schools. The UN reported there were more than 300 incidents of sexual exploitation and abuse, including child rape, carried out by UN peacekeepers and civilian staff in 2016.center_img I’d like to say thank you to End Violence, the Swedish government and WePROTECT Global Alliance for hosting today’s important event.One of the objectives of this summit is that we all leave today believing that we can end violence against children – and I believe we can.And to help that I was going to talk about what DFID had done, what works, our future plans and to talk about the announcement we’re making today of new funding to protect children from physical and sexual abuse.But with apologies for my hardworking team and to you, because I know I’m preaching to the choir, I think my time here is better spent delivering another message.The sexual exploitation of vulnerable people, vulnerable children, is never acceptable. But when it is perpetrated by people in positions of power, people we entrust to help and protect, it rightly sickens and disgusts. And it should compel us to take action.The recent revelations about Oxfam, not solely the actions perpetrated by a number of those staff but the way the organisation responded to those events – should be a wake up call to the sector. They let perpetrators go, they did not inform donors, their regulator or prosecuting authorities. It was not just the processes and procedures of that organisation that were lacking but moral leadership.We cannot end violence against children unless zero tolerance means something.I will be guided in my decisions about Oxfam depending on the charity’s response to requirement and questions I have raised with them, and by the Charity Commission’s investigation.But no organisation is too big or our work with them too complex for me to hesitate to remove funding from them if we cannot trust them to put the beneficiaries of aid first.I’ve held meetings with charity bosses, regulators and experts over the last few days and tomorrow I will be meeting with the National Crime Agency. While investigations have to be completed and any potential criminals prosecuted accordingly, what is clear is that the culture that allowed this to happen needs to change, and it needs to change now.I am writing to every single charity which receives UK aid, demanding full transparency and set out assurances about their safeguarding procedures. If our standards are not met, then the British taxpayer will not continue to fund them.Unless you safeguard everyone in your organisation that comes into contact with you, including beneficiaries, staff and volunteers – we will not fund you.Unless you create a culture that prioritises the safety of vulnerable people and ensures victims and whistleblowers can come forward without fear – we will not work with you.And unless you report every serious incident or allegation, no matter how damaging to your reputation – we cannot be your partners.The same message goes out to any organisation or partner – whether they are in the public, private or third sector which receives UK aid – and this includes the component parts of the UN.We want procedures to change. We want leaders to lead with moral authority. We want staff to be held accountable for their actions, no matter where they are.Sexual abuse and exploitation is an issue the entire development sector needs to confront.The UN reported that there were 300 incidents of sexual exploitation and abuse, including child rape, carried out by UN peacekeepers and civilian staff in 2016. That figure is as morally repugnant and it is unacceptable.We will not wait for the UN and other organisations to step up. The British government will take action now.My department has created a new unit to review safeguarding across all parts of the aid sector, both in the UK and internationally. Among other things, we will urgently look into how we can stop sexual abusers and predators from being re-employed by charities, including the possibility of setting up of a global register of development workers.Secondly, we will step up our existing work with UN Secretary-General to stop abuses under the UN flag. There will be no immunity for rape and sexual abuse and I welcome the recent statement from the UN to that effect and note the recent work that Unicef has done. We cannot let the UN flag provide cover for despicable acts.Thirdly, my department and the UK Charity Commission will hold within a month a safeguarding summit, where we will meet with representatives across the aid sector, and discuss new ways of vetting and recruiting staff, to ensure protecting vulnerable people is at the forefront of our minds.We are all taking necessary actions to ensure criminals are brought to justice, organisations are held to account, and procedures to change and stop sexual exploitation, abuse and rape.And today, I’m calling on all of us to work together to do this. It is only through working together that we can achieve our shared goal of ending violence against children. And everyone in this room has a duty to ensure change within their own organisations. We must ensure we all have the highest safeguarding standards.This past week has to be a wake up call. If we don’t want the actions of a minority of individuals to tarnish and endanger all the good work that we do, then we must all respond quickly and appropriately.We must regain the trust of the public.We must make staff aware of their moral responsibilities as well as their legal duties.But above all else, we must strive to ensure that no child, no one is harmed by the people who are supposed to be there to help.Background The End Violence summit is the first of its kind, and will see senior representatives from the international aid community coming together to commit to tackling violence against children in all forms – including child marriage, violence in schools and modern slavery.last_img read more

first_imgThis letter is written by Steve Oldfield, Chief Commercial Officer, on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).It sets out the government’s plan and requests of industry and the wider supply chain ahead of the end of the transition period to help ensure the continuity of supply of medical goods into and out of the UK.See also DHSC’s update letter to industry of 17 November. The UK government and the European Commission have concluded their negotiations on the terms of trade between the 2 markets after the end of the transition period.This does not remove any of the requirements to act now to prepare for new customs and border processes. The Department’s requests of industry set out in this letter remain valid and current.last_img

first_img Related Shows The cast is now set for the previously announced world premiere of Athol Fugard’s The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek. Leon Addison Brown (The Train Driver) will star as Nukain in the Signature Theatre production. Performances will begin in the Romulas Linney Courtyard Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center on April 21. Opening night is set for May 11; the play is scheduled to run through May 31. The new play is inspired by the life of South African outsider artist Nukain Mabusa. Aging farm laborer Nukain has spent his life transforming the rocks at Revolver Creek into a vibrant garden of painted flowers. Now, the final unpainted rock, as well as his young companion Bokkie, has forced Nukain to confront his legacy as a painter, a person and a black man in 1980s South Africa. When the landowner’s wife arrives with demands about the painting, the profound rifts of a country hurtling toward the end of apartheid are laid bare. The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek will feature scenic design by Christopher H. Barreca, costumes by Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Stephen Strawbridge and sound design by Stowe Nelson. Show Closed This production ended its run on May 31, 2015center_img View Comments The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek Fugard directs a cast that also includes Bianca Amato (Macbeth) as Elmarie, Caleb McLaughlin (The Lion King) as Bokkie and Sahr Ngaujah (Fela!) as Jonathan.last_img read more

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) has approved $33.5 million in financing assistance to Vermont businesses undertaking commercial and manufacturing expansion projects throughout the state. Also included is financing to support agricultural, real estate development, and business technology projects.”VEDA is pleased to offer financing support to these projects,” said VEDA Chief Executive Officer Jo Bradley. ‘Jobs are being retained or created in a variety of economic sectors, and that is good news for Vermont.’ Projects approved by the Authority for financing assistance are:· Central Vermont Public Service Corporation, Rutland ‘A total of $30 million in Recovery Zone Facility Bond (RZFB) financing was given final approval by the Authority to support the $48.7 million in planned infrastructure upgrades by Central Vermont Public Service Corporation (CVPS). The low-interest, tax-exempt federal bond financing was made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (a.k.a. the Stimulus Act). In May of this year, VEDA gave inducement approval for $25 million in bond financing for the CVPS project; an additional $5 million in eligible project costs have been approved since then. Vermont’s largest utility, CVPS operates in 13 of the state’s counties and employs 530 people. Over the next two years, CVPS plans to install and upgrade distribution and transmission lines. Improvements and upgrades are also planned to distribution and transmission substations and hydro systems, telecommunication infrastructure and a Smart Grid investment is anticipated.· Swan Valley of Vermont and Jonergin Realty, LLC, Swanton ‘ A $5.6 million project to purchase a former cheese manufacturing facility and bring it back to productive use will receive $1.3 million in VEDA financing assistance. Through a newly-formed partnership between Jonergin Realty, LLC and Swan Valley of Vermont, LLC, the former VIA (Lucille Farms) cheese facility in Swanton will be purchased and upgraded with new equipment and machinery. Swan Valley of Vermont will gear up to produce a variety of specialty artisan cheeses for wholesale to various institutional buyers. It is estimated that within three years of the project, more than 50 new jobs will be created. Bank of America is also participating in the project.  · Rock Art Brewery, Inc., Morrisville ‘ Financing was approved to help Rock Art Brewery buy land and build a new brewing facility, more than doubling their current leased production and retail space in Morrisville. The project also includes financing participation by Merchants Bank. The brewing company, started as a home business in 1997, will move from their current leased facility to property which they will purchase on Route 100. The company will build a new structure and purchase machinery and equipment to be used in the brewing process. Rock Art Brewery employs eight people, a number expected to grow to ten within three years of the expansion project.  · Mad River Park Corporation, Waitsfield ‘ Financing of $210,000 was approved to Mad River Park Corporation to fund its purchase of a 14,000 square foot industrial building on 3.47 acres of land in Waitsfield.    In addition, VEDA approved:· $1.05 million in financing to Vermont farmers through the Authority’s agricultural loan program, the Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation (VACC);· $100,000 in financing through the Authority’s Technology Loan Program, designed to assist smaller technology-related firms; and· $350,000 in small business project financing through the Authority’s Small Business Loan Program. VEDA’s mission is to promote economic prosperity in Vermont by providing financial assistance to eligible businesses, including manufacturing, agricultural, and travel and tourism enterprises. Since its inception in 1974, VEDA has made financing commitments totaling over $1.5 billion. For more information about VEDA, visit is external) or call 802-828-5627.Source: VEDA. 9.22.2010last_img read more

first_imgLife is fleeting. I know, that’s a well-worn cliché, but hear me out. I was riding my road bike the other day and I almost died, which isn’t really that unusual. I’d estimate that I almost die on 10% of my road rides. Sometimes it’s because of suicidal squirrels that throw themselves beneath my front tire, but mostly it’s because of crazy/distracted/aggressive drivers. Road cycling is dangerous and I try to mitigate that danger by riding low-traffic roads in areas where the drivers are used to seeing cyclists on the road.So, there I am, riding one of those low traffic roads close to town, enjoying a mild downhill without the burden of cars when I have to slam on my brakes because some dude walks out of the woods on the side of the road with a freaking 40-foot ladder. The guy came out of nowhere and I almost went headfirst through the top of his ladder.The incident had me thinking that maybe there is no way to mitigate the danger of road cycling. That maybe I should give up the endeavor all together and just start taking spin classes. This is what I’m thinking about later on that same ride when I see a man in his pajamas getting his mail. He has a very peaceful look on his face as he approaches his mailbox, like he’s retired and this is the only obligation he has to fulfill on this particular day, and I see him jump, like he was startled by something. As I ride past him, I see what startled the guy: a very large bear is sitting in the brush right next to his mailbox. Maybe four feet from that retired guy. And that big bear’s cubs were only a few feet beyond that, scrambling around a fallen tree.Now, I don’t think that the guy was in any direct danger from that bear—black bears don’t typically make a habit out of mauling people–but a heart attack? That was a legitimate outcome from that particular scenario. I can see the headline now: Retired Guy Dies While Getting Mail.Thankfully, the dude didn’t have a heart attack. He slowly backed away from the bear and went back into his house to enjoy the rest of his day. But again, the incident had me thinking: road cycling isn’t dangerous. Life is dangerous. You can kick the bucket at any time, anywhere. Slip in the shower. Have a heart attack while getting your mail. Contract a flesh-eating virus at the water park. Have a seizure while watching Fox News and fall down and hit your head on the kitchen counter…there are so many random ways to die, there’s probably no logic in trying to avoid it. Like, I have a brother who won’t surf because he’s scared of sharks. But he smokes and eats fast food and has already had to have a stint put into one of his arteries, so it’s probably not going to be a shark that gets him, you know?Anyway, the two incidents on that particular ride (the ladder surprise and the bear surprise) only reinforced the notion that I actually should be riding my bike. To quote the great Ferris Beuller, “life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”If I’m going to die (and I reluctantly accept that I will die at some point), I might as well pedal my bike while I can.last_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo December 09, 2009 El Salvador has declined to host four of seven sports assigned to it for the IX Central American Games, which the country will hold jointly with Panama and Guatemala in March, due to the damage suffered by its stadiums during November’s rains, an official announced. The Games should have taken place this month in Honduras but were suspended as a result of the political crisis, for which reason the Central American Sports Organization decided to reschedule them in three locations, the president of the Salvadoran Olympic Committee, Eduardo Palomo, said. Seven sports were initially assigned to El Salvador, but due to November’s torrential rains, which left around two hundred dead and millions of dollars in damage, including damage to sports venues, the country declined to organize four competitions and will only host three, rowing, fencing, and archery, Palomo said. “An effort is being made at the federation level, trying to decide whether the four sports that we can’t host here can be hosted in the other locations,” he said. The sports rejected by El Salvador are squash, skating, bowling, and weightlifting, the official explained. The IX Central American Sports Games, which were going to take place this month in the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula, will be held from 2 to 14 March 2010, and their opening ceremony will be in Panama. “The Central American Games have not followed the normal course that a set of games should follow,” Palomo acknowledged.last_img read more