Vermont’s Coffin, Demag confirmed by Congress

first_imgThe U.S. Senate Friday confirmed two nominees for the top federal law enforcement offices in Vermont, steered through the Senate by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).  Tristram Coffin and David Demag became the first U.S. Attorney and U.S. Marshal nominees of President Obama to be confirmed by the Senate. In March, Leahy recommended Coffin to fill Vermont s U.S. Attorney position, and Demag, a longtime law enforcement officer in Vermont, to be the state s U.S. Marshal.  Coffin was the President s first nominee to fill 93 U.S. Attorney positions across the country.  Demag became the President s first U.S. Marshal nominee on July 31.  By longstanding practice, the state s senior senator from the President s party makes recommendations for nominations to federal vacancies in the senator s state.  Leahy also chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, which handles the confirmation process for U.S. Attorneys and U.S. Marshals. In Tris Coffin and David Demag, Vermont has two first-rate federal law enforcers to fight and prevent crime, said Leahy.  Their experience and professionalism will be especially valuable in our ongoing efforts to combat drug-related crime and violence in Vermont.  I am delighted that they have become the first U.S. Attorney and U.S. Marshal confirmed by the Senate in the new administration.Coffin was nominated by the President on June 4.  He will manage the U.S. Department of Justice s U.S. Attorney offices in Burlington and Rutland overseeing the work of nearly 20 prosecutors.  Coffin formerly served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and as an attorney in the Justice Department s Civil Division.  Since 2006 he has been in private practice in Burlington.Demag was nominated just one week ago, on July 31.  He will oversee Vermont s U.S. Marshal Service operation, which has offices in Burlington, Rutland and Brattleboro.  Demag is a fourth-generation law enforcement officer, and formerly served as police chief in St. Albans and Essex Jct. Source: Leahy’s office. (FRIDAY, August 7, 2009)last_img read more

Swiss unions brand flexible pension model ‘a curse’

first_imgAmong the most heated debates during this year’s Swiss second pillar pension conference “Fachmesse 2. Säule” was the one on flexible pension pay-outs.Swiss union representative Doris Bianchi called this model “a curse” not only for members but also for pension funds themselves, as administrative efforts and costs were increased.“It is a curse for all current employees who will have to accept not knowing the level of their pension pay-out in future and for pension funds because of legal uncertainties,” she noted in a debate at the conference referring to possible problems in evaluating such schemes and transferring members to other Pensionskassen.However, the two pension funds which already introduced this model said they had no such problems: Already in 2005, the pension fund of accountancy PwC in Switzerland pioneered in introducing a “bonus pension” model in which the level of rents is calculated every three years. “We need less than an hour to set the new benchmarks every three years and adjusting the pension pay-outs is no big deal either,” Josef Bachmann, managing director at the PwC pension fund told IPE.He confirmed that it had taken some time and resources to develop the model – “especially as we were the first” – but he stressed the positive effect this flexibilisation has on the pension fund fully justifies the costs.Over the last years, many Swiss pension funds had to adjust their technical parameters like the discount and the conversion rate in order to ensure that no money from active members had to be transferred for paying out pensions to retired members.However, lowering the technical parameters only helps so far and other solutions have to be found to ensure sustainability of the second pillar.One solution could be flexible pension pay-outs where only the legal minimum is guaranteed and this year, the energy sector Pensionskasse PKE introduced a similar model.Ronald Schnurrenberger, managing director at the PKE, confirmed the administrative effort was minimal after the initial costs for setting up a new IT system.“Our system has been set up to ensure simple administration: The system only has five steps (90,95,100 which is the target pension, 105 and 110%),” he explained.Those steps depend on the certified funding level as per year-end with the target pension being paid out if the funding level is between 100% and 120%.This target pay-out level is also used for assessing the value of the pension fund in the company’s accounts and for possible transfers of members to other pension funds.Schnurrenberger stressed his members have understood the need for this measure and those active members on the trustee board have voted in favour of the introduction fully knowing they will be receiving only a minimum guarantee on their pension in the future.Bianchi had argued the model helped employers save on second pillar costs as in case of underfunding retirees were covering a part of the deficit while currently it was only the employer and the employee chipping in.At the conference, Christoph Ryter, president of the Swiss pension federation Asip, stressed “every additional room for manoeuvering” given to the trustee boards “is a good thing”.He mentioned when the mandatory second pillar was set up in the 1980s many Pensionskassen had introduced a legal clause to cut pensions if necessary which they had to revoke after the first revision of the law governing mandatory occupational pensions in Switzerland, the BVG.“This increased the ‘de-solitarisation’ between active members and retirees – with the introduction of a flexible pension pay-out this would be amended to a certain extent,” said Ryter.He stressed, however, that a flexibilisation should never be introduced for pay-outs below a legal minimum.For his fund, the Migros Pensionskasse (MPK), a flexible pension pay-out model was “no option” at the moment as “financial security is very high” and in fact the MPK remains one of the few funds to still be run as a defined benefit scheme.Meanwhile, the Pensionskasse of Swiss railways SBB is still discussing whether or not to introduce flexible pension pay-outs and managing director Markus Hübscher expects a decision by the board of trustees this year.last_img read more

Castle Comfort man in stable condition after shooting incident

first_img Sharing is caring! 26 Views   no discussions LocalNews Castle Comfort man in stable condition after shooting incident by: – July 9, 2012 Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Share A police official has confirmed that one man is nursing injuries to his left leg following a shooting incident at the weekend.Police spokesman, inspector John Carbon, has reported that investigating is ongoing into the incident which occurred about 7:30 pm on Saturday, 7th July, 2012. “Clement Letang of Castle Comfort sustained a gunshot wound to his left leg and is presently a patient at the Princess Margaret hospital in stable condition”.He has also appealed to citizens who may have any information pertinent to this incident to call the police hint line at 1- 800- hint (1-800-4468). Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

PSG’s Lucas Dread Messi ahead of Last 16 Clash with Barca

first_imgUEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUEParis Saint-Germain to player, Lucas Moura, has said that the Parisian can get the better of Barcelona, but joked there is no way they can stop Lionel Messi without breaking the rules of the game.The Ligue 1 champions host the Catalan side for the first leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie tonight, off the back of a 3-0 win over Bordeaux on Friday. The other game listed for tonight is the clash between Benfica and Borussia Dortmund. PSG is currently on a four-game winning streak, but Barca is also unbeaten in 11 and has won eight of those, and Lucas believes the hosts are the underdogs. With the free-scoring Messi in their ranks, the Brazilian feels Luis Enrique’s charges have a threat who cannot be contained without the help of some rope.“No team is unbeatable, but of course for me they are the favorites,” he told AP. “They are the best team in the world, you have to respect them.“For me it’s impossible to stop (Messi). You have to tie him up.“The tactic is to prevent the ball getting to him. You must be very, very organised.”Lucas, 23, also pointed to the attacking danger posed by his compatriot Neymar, who has 10 goals and 15 assists in 28 appearances in all competitions this season.“It’s great for our country to see him doing well there, and me doing well here,” he said. “He’s a great example. I’m happy for him, for everything he’s doing there and in the national team as well.“I don’t think he can be like Messi, because every player has their own style and their own history. But I think that, after Messi, he can become a great, great player as well and write a great history for Barcelona.”Lucas remains key for PSG having scored 14 goals in 34 appearances across all competitions. Meanwhile, the Parisians’ team coach, Unai Emery, is of the opinion that the players must be focused to get the best from the match.“The most important thing will be to win the challenges otherwise tactics will mean nothing,” he told a news conference yesterday ahead of the clash.PSG has been eliminated in the quarterfinals twice, in 2013 and 2015, by Barca, who will start the tie as favourites.“We know this team very well and that’s an advantage. This tie is the perfect occasion for the club to grow,” Emery said.He added that he would make a decision later yesterday on whether Argentine midfielder Javier Pastore, who has resumed training after an injury, would be called up in the squad.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Atletico Look to Leapfrog Barca

first_imgEven Real Madrid are in touch, just four points back despite having gone more than eight hours without a goal at one point and having been without a permanent coach for two weeks before Santiago Solari was upgraded from interim to full-time boss.This season every time a challenger has clicked into gear they seem to click out again, in turn offering fresh impetus to their stumbling rivals around them.Barca were verging on the crisis in September before reeling off six wins and a draw away at Valencia. Then they were blown away by Real Betis, flattered even by the 4-3 scoreline.“We have managed to play the way we want against the big teams, but against other teams with less potential we have not,” defender Gerard Pique said.“If we want to win titles we have to be strong against everyone, the difficult ones and everyone else.”Atletico may have put a miserable start behind them but last month, they suffered their heaviest defeat under Diego Simeone, a 4-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund. Before the international break, they needed two goals in the last 10 minutes to beat Athletic Bilbao.The last time Atleti prevailed over Barca in the league was 2010 when they had Spain keeper David de Gea in goal and Argentina striker Sergio Aguero up front.Lionel Messi proved the difference in March with a bending free-kick, and in the summer too for Antoine Griezmann, who decided he would be better off in the lead role he holds with Atletico rather than playing second fiddle at Barca.Griezmann has not shied away from his craving to clinch the Ballon d´Or this year but despite winning the World Cup and Europa League, the sense is he will come up short, as he is not consistently dominating these kinds of fixtures in the way players like Messi do.There will be a battle of old against new in midfield, where Sergio Busquets, 30, goes up against Rodri Hernandez, eight years his junior.Rodri is still rough around the edges but has poise, judgement and the ability to set the tempo. Busquets has done that job at the highest level over the past decade but he has been among those most at fault in Barca’s worst performances this season.Any result at the Wanda Metropolitano will benefit sixth-placed Real Madrid, whose first game with Santiago Solari as their permanent coach comes at Eibar early this afternoon.Four wins, 15 goals scored and only two conceded the point to nothing less than a transformation, which gave Madrid president Florentino Perez an easy solution to fill the vacancy left open by the sacking of Julen Lopetegui.Solari has a kind run of fixtures until Christmas, broken only by a league clash against Valencia and Roma in the Champions League next week, which gives his side the chance to re-emerge as serious challengers to Barca’s crown.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Atletico Madrid have a chance to take advantage of a topsy-turvy La Liga campaign when they host champions Barcelona today with the chance to take thetop spot this weekend despite their own patchy form.Diego Simeone’s side are just a point behind leaders Barca despite having drawn five times and lost once, together as many matches as they have won. They are battling to overtake Barca alongside Sevilla and surprise package Alaves, who are both on 23 points with Atleti.Sevilla could potentially be leaders on Sunday night despite languishing in 13th place in September.last_img read more

NHL Draft picks 2019: Complete list of results for Rounds 1-7

first_imgThe 2019 NHL Draft is here and it’s expected to be an exciting two days in Vancouver as teams try to wheel and deal to secure good, young talent for the future.Round 1 kicked off on Friday night when Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko, the consensus top two prospects, were selected first and second overall by the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers, respectively. The final six rounds of the draft will commence on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET with the Ottawa Senators holding the first pick in the second round.Sporting News is keeping track of every pick in every round. Follow along here.MORE 2019 NHL DRAFT:Winners & losers | Grading every pickNHL Draft picks 2019: Round 1 results1. New Jersey Devils: Jack Hughes, C2. New York Rangers: Kaapo Kakko, RW3. Chicago Blackhawks: Kirby Dach, C4. Colorado Avalanche (from Ottawa): Bowen Byram, LHD5. Los Angeles Kings: Alex Turcotte, C6. Detroit Red Wings: Moritz Seider, RHD7. Buffalo Sabres: Dylan Cozens, C/W8. Edmonton Oilers: Philip Broberg, LHD9. Anaheim Ducks: Trevor Zegras, C10. Vancouver Canucks: Vasili Podkolzin, RW11. Arizona Coyotes (from Philadelphia): Victor Soderstrom, RHD12. Minnesota Wild: Matthew Boldy, LW13. Florida Panthers: Spencer Knight, G14. Philadelphia Flyers (from Arizona): Cam York, LHD15. Montreal Canadiens: Cole Caufield, RW16. Colorado Avalanche: Alex Newhook, C17. Vegas Golden Knights: Peyton Krebs, C18. Dallas Stars: Thomas Harley, LHD19. Ottawa Senators (from Columbus): Lassi Thomson, RHD20. Winnipeg Jets: Ville Heinola, LHD21. Pittsburgh Penguins: Samuel Poulin, LW, Sherbrooke22. Los Angeles Kings (from Toronto): Tobias Bjornfot, LHD23. New York Islanders: Simon Holmstrom, RW24. Nashville Predators: Phil Tomasino, C25. Washington Capitals: Connor McMichael, C26. Calgary Flames: Jakob Pelletier, LW27. Tampa Bay Lightning: Nolan Foote, LW28. Carolina Hurricanes: Ryan Suzuki, C29. Anaheim Ducks (from San Jose): Brayden Tracey, LW30. Boston Bruins: John Beecher, C31. Buffalo Sabres (from St. Louis): Ryan Johnson, LHDNHL Draft picks 2019: Round 2 results32. Ottawa Senators: Shane Pinto, C33. Los Angeles Kings: Arthur Kaliyev, RW34. Philadelphia Flyers (from New Jersey via Nashville): Bobby Brink, RW35. Detroit Red Wings: Antti Tuomisto, D36. Carolina Hurricanes (from Buffalo): Pyotr Kochetkov, G37. Ottawa Senators (from Carolina via New York): Mads Sogaard, G38. Edmonton Oilers: Raphael Lavoie, C39. Anaheim Ducks: Jackson Lacombe, D40. Vancouver Canucks: Nils Hoglander, LW41. Vegas Golden Knights (from San Jose via Philadelphia): Kaedan Korczak, D42. Minnesota Wild: Vladislav Firstov, LW43. Chicago Blackhawks: Alex Vlasic, D44. Carolina Hurricanes (from Ottawa via Florida): Jamieson Rees, C45. Nashville Predators (from Philadelphia via Arizona): Egor Afanasyev, LW46. Montreal Canadiens: Jayden Struble, D47. Colorado Avalanche: Drew Helleson, D48. San Jose Sharks (from Vegas): Artemi Kniazev, D49. New York Rangers: Matthew Robertson, D50. Los Angeles Kings (from Montreal via Columbus): Samuel Fagemo, LW51. Winnipeg Jets: Simon Lundmark, D52. Florida Panthers (from Pittsburgh): Vladislav Kolyachonok, D53. Toronto Maple Leafs: Nicholas Robertson, LW54. Detroit Red Wings (from New York Islanders): Robert Mastrosimone, LW55. San Jose Sharks (from New Jersey Devils via Nashville): Dillon Hamaliuk, LW56. Washington Capitals: Brett Leason, RW57. New York Islanders (from Calgary): Samuel Bolduc, D58. New York Rangers (from Tampa): Karl Henriksson, C59. Minnesota Wild (from Carolina): Hunter Jones, G60. Detroit Red Wings (from San Jose): Albert Johansson, D61. New Jersey Devils (from Boston): Nikita Okhotyuk, D62. St. Louis Blues: Nikita Alexandrov, CNHL Draft picks 2019: Round 3 results63. Colorado Avalanche (from Ottawa): Matthew Stienburg, C64. Montreal Canadiens (via Los Angeles): Mattias Norlinder, D65. Nashville Predators (from Philadelphia via New Jersey): Alexander Campbell, LW66. Detroit Red Wings: Albin Grewe, RW67. Buffalo Sabres: Erik Portillo, G68. New York Rangers: Zachary Jones, D69. Florida Panthers (from Edmonton): John Ludvig, D70. New Jersey Devils (from Anaheim): Daniil Misyul, D71. Tampa Bay Lightning (from Vancouver): Hugo Alnefelt, G72. Philadelphia Flyers: Ronald Attard, D73. Carolina Hurricanes (from Minnesota): Patrik Puistola, RW74. Pittsburgh Penguins (from Arizona via Chicago): Nathan Legare, RW75. Minnesota Wild (from Nashville via Florida): Adam Beckman, LW76. Arizona Coyotes: John Farinacci, C77. Montreal Canadiens: Gianni Fairbrother, D78. Colorado Avalanche: Alex Beaucage, RW79. Vegas Golden Knights: Pavel Dorofeyev, LW80. New Jersey Devils (from Dallas): Graeme Clarke, RW81. Florida Panthers (from Columbus): Cole Schwindt, RW82. New Jersey Devils (from San Jose via Vegas & Winnipeg): Michael Vukojevic, D83. Carolina Hurricanes (from Ottawa via Pittsburgh): Anttoni Honka, D84. Toronto Maple Leafs: Mikko Kokkonen, D85. Edmonton Oilers (from New York Islanders): Ilya Konovalov, G86. Vegas Golden Knights (from Nashville): Layton Ahac, D87. Los Angeles Kings (from Washington): Lukas Parik, G88. Calgary Flames: Ilya Nikolaev, C89. Tampa Bay Lightning: Maxim Cajkovic, RW90. Carolina Hurricanes: Domenick Fensore, D91. Washington Capitals (from New Jersey via San Jose): Aliaksei Protas, C92. Boston Bruins: Quinn Olson, LW93. St. Louis Blues: Colten Ellis, GNHL Draft picks 2019: Round 4 results94. Ottawa Senators: Viktor Lodin, C95. Los Angeles Kings: Jordan Spence, D96. New Jersey Devils: Tyce Thompson, RW97. Detroit Red Wings: Ethan Phillips, C98. Arizona Coyotes (from Pittsburgh via Buffalo): Matias Maccelli, LW99. Carolina Hurricanes (from Minnesota via New York): Cade Webber, D100. Edmonton Oilers: Matej Blumel, RW101. Anaheim Ducks: Henry Thrun, D102. Buffalo Sabres (from Vancouver): Aaron Huglen, RW103. Philadelphia Flyers: Mason Millman, D104. Columbus Blue Jackets (from Florida Panthers via Minnesota): Eric Hjorth, D105. Chicago Blackhawks: Michal Teply, LW106. Florida Panthers: Carter Berger, D107. Arizona Coyotes: Alexandr Darin, RW108. San Jose Sharks (from Montreal): Yegor Spiridonov, C109. Nashville Predators (from Colorado): Marc Del Gaizo, D110. Vegas Golden Knights: Ryder Donovan, C111. Dallas Stars: Samuel Sjolund, D112. New York Rangers (from Columbus): Hunter Skinner, D113. Winnipeg Jets: Henri Nikkanen, C114. Columbus Blue Jackets (from Florida Panthers via Pittsburgh): Dmitri Voronkov, LW115. Toronto Maple Leafs: Mikhail Abramov, C116. Calgary Flames (from New York Islanders): Lucas Feuk, LW117. Nashville Predators: Semyon Chystyakov, D118. New Jersey Devils (from Washington): Case Mccarthy, D119. Los Angeles Kings (from Calgary Flames): Kim Nousiainen, D120. Tampa Bay Lightning: Maxwell Crozier, D121. Carolina Hurricanes: Tuukka Tieksola, RW122. Vancouver Canucks (from Buffalo via San Jose): Ethan Keppen, LW123. Chicago Blackhawks (from Boston): Antti Saarela, C124. Toronto Maple Leafs (from St. Louis): Nicholas Abruzzese, CNHL Draft picks 2019: Round 5 results125. Ottawa Senators: Mark Kastelic, C126. Montreal Canadiens (from Los Angeles): Jacob Leguerrier, D127. New Jersey Devils: Cole Brady, G128. Detroit Red Wings: Cooper Moore, D129. New Jersey Devils (from Washington via Buffalo): Arseny Gritsyuk, RW130. New York Rangers: Leevi Aaltonen, RW131. Montreal Canadiens (from Oilers): Rhett Pitlick, LW132. Anaheim Ducks: Trevor Janicke, C133. Vancouver Canucks: Carson Focht, C134. Winnipeg Jets (from Philadelphia): Harrison Blaisdell, C135. Vegas Golden Knights (from Minnesota): Isaiah Saville, G136. Florida Panthers (from Montreal via Chicago): Henrik Rybinski, RW137. Florida Panthers: Owen Lindmark, C138. Montreal Canadiens (from Arizona): Frederik Nissen Dichow, G139. Vegas Golden Knights (from Montreal): Marcus Kallionkieli, LW140. Colorado Avalanche: Sasha Mutala, RW141. Vegas Golden Knights: Mason Primeau, C142. Dallas Stars: Nicholas Porco, LW143. Buffalo Sabres (from Detroit via Columbus): Filip Cederqvist, LW144. Winnipeg Jets: Logan Neaton, G145. Pittsburgh Penguins: Judd Caulfield, RW146. Toronto Maple Leafs: Michael Koster, D147. New York Islanders: Reece Newkirk, C148. Nashville Predators: Ethan Haider, G149. Minnesota Wild (from Washington): Matvey Guskov, C150. Calgary Flames: Joshua Nodler, C151. Arizona Coyotes (from Pittsburgh Penguins via Tampa): Aku Raty, RW152. Carolina Hurricanes: Kirill Slepets, RW153. Washington Capitals (from San Jose): Martin Has, D154. Boston Bruins: Roman Bychkov, D155. St. Louis Blues: Keean Washkurak, CNHL Draft picks 2019: Round 6 results156. Vancouver Canucks (from Ottawa): Arturs Silovs, G157. Los Angeles Kings: Braden Doyle, D158. New Jersey Devils: Patrick Moynihan, RW159. Detroit Red Wings: Elmer Soderblom, RW160. Buffalo Sabres: Lukas Rousek, RW161. New York Rangers: Adam Edstrom, C162. Edmonton Oilers: Tomas Mazura, C163. Anaheim Ducks: William Francis, D164. San Jose Sharks (from Vancouver): Timur Ibragimov, LW165. Philadelphia Flyers: Egor Serdyuk, RW166. Minnesota Wild: Marshall Warren, D167. Chicago Blackhawks: Dominic Basse, G168. Florida Panthers: Greg Meireles, C169. Philadelphia Flyers (from Arizona): Roddy Ross, G170. Montreal Canadiens: Arsen Khisamutdinov, C171. Colorado Avalanche: Luka Burzan, RW172. Minnesota Wild (from Vegas): Nikita Nesterenko, C173. Dallas Stars: Benjamin Brinkman, D174. Arizona Coyotes (from Columbus): Danil Savunov, LW175. Vancouver Canucks (from Buffalo via Winnipeg): Karel Plasek, RW176. Arizona Coyotes (from Pittsburgh): Anthony Romano, C177. Detroit Red Wings (from Buffalo via Toronto): Gustav Berglund, D178. New York Islanders: Felix Bibeau, C179. Nashville Predators: Isak Walther, RW180. Vancouver Canucks (from Washington): Jack Malone, RW181. Carolina Hurricanes (from Calgary): Kevin Wall, RW182. Tampa Bay Lightning: Quinn Schmiemann, D183. Carolina Hurricanes: Blake Murray, C184. San Jose Sharks: Santeri Hatakka, D185. Boston Bruins: Matias Mantykivi, C186. Anaheim Ducks (from St. Louis): Mathew Hill, DNHL Draft picks 2019: Round 7 results187. Ottawa Senators: Maxence Guenette, D188. Los Angeles Kings: Andre Lee, LW189. New Jersey Devils: Nikola Pasic, RW190. Detroit Red Wings: Kirill Tyutyayev, LW191. Detroit Red Wings (from Buffalo): Carter Gylander, G192. Boston Bruins (from New York Rangers): Jake Schmaltz, LW193. Edmonton Oilers: Maxim Denezhkin, C194. Chicago Blackhawks (from Anaheim): Cole Moberg, D195. Vancouver Canucks: Aidan Mcdonough, LW196. Philadelphia Flyers: Bryce Brodzinski, RW197. Minnesota Wild: Filip Lindberg, G198. Tampa Bay Lightning (from Chicago): Mikhail Shalagin, LW199. Florida Panthers: Matthew Wedman, C200. Arizona Coyotes: Axel Bergkvist, D201. Montreal Canadiens: Rafael Harvey-Pinard, LW202. Colorado Avalanche: Trent Miner, G203. Pittsburgh Penguins (from Vegas): Valtteri Puustinen, RW204. Toronto Maple Leafs (from Dallas): Kalle Loponen, D205. New York Rangers (from Columbus): Eric Ciccolini, RW206. Montreal Canadiens (from Winnipeg Jets): Kieran Ruscheinski, D207. Arizona Coyotes (from Pittsburgh): Valentin Nussbaumer, C208. St. Louis Blues (from Toronto): Vadim Zherenko, G209. New York Islanders: Cole Coskey, RW210. Nashville Predators: Juuso Parssinen, C211. Pittsburgh Penguins (from Washington): Santeri Airola, D212. Columbus Blue Jackets (from Calgary): Tyler Angle, C213. Tampa Bay Lightning: Mckade Webster, LW214. Calgary Flames (from Carolina): Dustin Wolf, G215. Vancouver Whitecaps (from San Jose): Arvid Costmar, C216. Carolina Hurricanes (from Boston): Massimo Rizzo, C217. St. Louis Blues: Jeremy Michel, LWlast_img read more

Kipchoge, the monastic marathon man, aims for the moon

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Kipchoge was born in Kapsisiywa, Nandi County in western Kenya.At 18 he beat two legendary runners, the Moroccan Hicham El Guerrouj and Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele, to became 5,000 metre world champion in Paris in 2003In 2012, after failing to qualify for the London Olympics, Kipchoge switched to marathon running.With his compact silhouette and unwavering stride as the miles tick by, Kipchoge is perfectly suited to the longer distance.Out of 12 marathons, he has lost just once: in his 2013 debut in Berlin, against compatriot Wilson Kipsang, who broke the world record that day.Kipchoge set his world record, 2hr 1min 39sec, in the Berlin race in 2018.He had met coach Patrick Sang in 2001 and joined the fabled running stable in the foothills of the Rift Valley a year later.– ‘Sense of sacrifice’ –Kipchoge enjoys no privileges at the Kaptagat camp where he is nicknamed the “philosopher” for his love of reading. The camp is a few hours’ walk from his home village, Eldoret. On weekends, he returns to his family.Coach Sang, an Olympic runner-up in the 3,000m steeplechase in 1992, remains impressed with his student’s determination.“He has continued to amaze me with his self-sacrifice and dedication. He has given 100 percent of his ability and total commitment to what he does,” he told AFP.The champion’s often mischievous gaze hardens when the subject of doping arises. Kipchoge has never been caught up in scandal, but the reputation of his Kenyan compatriots has raised questions.Kipchoge, who will defend his Olympic title in Tokyo next year, is fixated on Saturday’s challenge.“I have visualised it. I have put it in my heart and my mind that I will break the two-hour barrier,” he said. Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | As he prepares for more assaults on the peaks of marathon running, Eliud Kipchoge stays true to an austere lifestyle despite his fame and fortune.The Kenyan superstar, who holds the marathon world record and is reigning Olympic champion, hopes to become the first man to run the 42.195 kilometres in under two hours on Saturday in Vienna.Despite his status and wealth, the 2018 world athlete of the year leads a monastic existence at a spartan running camp in Kenya’s Rift Valley.With the 30 or so runners living at the camp, Kipchoge sets off at dawn for the first of two daily training sessions.The rest of his time is spent resting, reading and eating, with a focus on simple Kenyan food staples.“I don’t think I am different. I am trying my best to live a modest life,” he said.“I am a simple person, I try to stay calm and focus on what I do. There are no distractions.”The special event in Vienna, sponsored by British conglomerate Ineos, has been given a catchy marketing title: the “1:h59 Challenge”.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Kipchoge, 34, went close to breaking the two-hour barrier when he was 25 seconds too slow in another staged run, at Italy’s Monza race circuit in 2017.That time was not sanctioned by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) because a vehicle and a squad of pacemakers aided Kipchoge in controlling his speed.The same conditions will prevail for the Vienna attempt, preventing any potential world record from being validated.– ‘Landing on the moon’ –“This is about history,” he said. “It’s about leaving a legacy. It’s about inspiring people,” he said of the Vienna event.“My main message to the 7.5 billion people in the world is that no human is limited.“Breaking the two-hour marathon barrier would be like man landing on the moon,” he said. He added that it would “show to the world that when you focus on your goal, when you work hard and when you believe in yourself, anything is possible.”last_img read more

Phil Wylie, Curtis Cup centenarian, dies

first_img8 Oct 2012 Phil Wylie, Curtis Cup centenarian, dies England’s Phyllis Wylie, who was the oldest surviving Curtis Cup player on either side of the Atlantic, has died at the age of 101. Phil, as she was generally known, was a top amateur golfer in the pre-war days when playing in a Curtis Cup match in the United States entailed crossing the Atlantic by ship and a tour of Australia and New Zealand meant six months away from home. She played for Great Britain and Ireland against the United States in 1938 in the fourth Curtis Cup match at Essex County Club, Massachussets – the home club of the Curtis sisters who donated the trophy. She had been first reserve in attendance for the 1936 match at Gleneagles. She was originally a member of Parkstone Golf Club, near Bournemouth, and among her many golfing successes, she was English women’s amateur champion 1934 and the losing finalist in 1936. Her husband was a Scot and they lived for many years in Troon, across the road from short 17th on the Royal Troon championship links. During the 2008 Curtis Cup match at the Old Course, St Andrews, Phil fulfilled an ambition when she entered the Royal and Ancient clubhouse to attend the past Curtis Cup players’ dinner and was able to hold the Curtis Cup. She was unable to attend this year’s match at Nairn after suffering a fall. She is survived by her only son Ian.last_img read more