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first_img North Korea hikes “party contributions” Russia-based workers must pay by 30-55% News Facebook Twitter TAGScoronaviruspublic healthsouth hamgyong provincecovid-19disease control SHARE News North Korean officials are suggesting that the country can “beat COVID-19” over the next month with exhaustive disease control efforts, Daily NK sources have reported.Throughout North Korea, efforts to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus are taking place alongside the country’s “sanitation period,” which is aimed at beautifying the country and occurs annually in March.“Disinfection vehicles and officials carrying out disinfection gear are seen all over the place,” a South Hamgyong Province-based source told Daily NK on Mar. 9. “The central authorities have increased the number of disease control workforce to help ease the burden of those already in the field.”He added that it was “lucky that disinfectant developed by a hospital in Pyongyang is being supplied to disease control officials outside of Pyongyang.”The source further reported that public buildings are being disinfected every other day and that certain factories are acquiring their own gear to disinfect their facilities.North Korean state media has boasted that 30,000 disease control workers have been organized throughout the country to take part in disinfection campaigns. Media reports from the country also claim that the authorities are conducting educational sessions for the population about how to deal with the coronavirus.“The officials at the sessions are saying that there are fewer cases of coronavirus infections in China to give hope to people,” the source said. “They are emphasizing that the next month is very important [for beating back the disease].”China reported on Mar. 7 that the number of daily new infection cases had fallen below 50 for the first time.In contrast, sources in Hamhung, a port city in South Hamgyong Province, reported that there is still no comprehensive information about how many infections have occurred in North Korea.Even people who are suffering from seasonal colds, the flu or even just a fever are being quarantined in their houses, sources said.Those who suffer from these symptoms for more than four days are reportedly taken to a special facility to be observed by medical staff for one month.“The families of those who have been quarantined in the facilities must report their own health status to local medical staff,” one source in the city added.Please direct any comments or questions about this article to [email protected] in Koreancenter_img Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store Kang Mi JinKang Mi JinKang Mi Jin is a North Korean defector turned journalist who fled North Korea in 2009. She has a degree in economics and writes largely on marketization and economy-related issues for Daily NK. Questions about her articles can be directed to [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) News last_img read more

first_img 0 Comments Inline FeedbacksView all comments “I couldn’t take it anymore” Robert Breck told detectives VANCOUVER — Dressed in a green suicide prevention vest, Robert E. Breck was rolled into a Clark County courtroom on Friday morning. The 80-year old is charged with shooting three people in the lobby of the Smith Tower in downtown Vancouver on Thursday afternoon, then refusing to leave his 13th floor apartment for over two hours while SWAT negotiators tried to talk him out.Robert E. Breck is shown here at his first appearance in Clark County Court on Friday. Photo by Mike SchultzRobert E. Breck is shown here at his first appearance in Clark County Court on Friday. Photo by Mike SchultzDuring Friday’s brief courtroom appearance, Breck stared down at the floor as he quietly answered questions about his name and date of birth. Superior Court Judge Daniel Stahnke ordered Breck to be held without bail, and set an arraignment date for Thu., Oct. 10.On Thursday, Vancouver Police said no motive for the shooting was known, but probable cause documents obtained by Clark County Today show Breck had offered a caretaker money to be his mistress several weeks ago. She declined, and Breck apparently fired her a week later, then accused her of breaking into another resident’s apartment without his knowledge.That resident was identified as 75-year-old Dean Tunstall, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The other victims injured were 73-year-old Enelia Montoya and 44-year-old Shawne Garris. Both were taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center for trauma treatment. A hospital spokesperson says Garris was treated and released. Montoya was transferred to another hospital for continuing treatment but was said to be in satisfactory condition.Two Vancouver Police detectives spoke separately to Garris and Montoya at the hospital to get their version of the story. Robert E. Breck appears in Clark County Superior Court on Friday. The 80-year old is accused of shooting three people at Smith Tower apartments on Thursday, killing one of them. Photo by Mike SchultzRobert E. Breck appears in Clark County Superior Court on Friday. The 80-year old is accused of shooting three people at Smith Tower apartments on Thursday, killing one of them. Photo by Mike SchultzGarris said Breck had offered her money to be his mistress three weeks earlier, an offer she had refused. A week later, Breck fired her as his caretaker. He then allegedly told Tunstall that Garris had gone into his room without his knowledge. Tunstall replied that he didn’t even know who Garris was. In her statement, Montoya, who still employed Garris as her caretaker, said she confronted Breck on Wednesday, telling him he needed to stop spreading rumors about Garris to other men in the building. She also warned Tunstall that Breck might have a gun, based on what Garris had seen in his apartment.On Thursday at 2:09 p.m., Breck entered the lobby of the Smith Tower apartment building and yelled at Tunstall, accusing him of lying about not knowing Garris. He then pulled out a handgun and shot Tunstall in the chest from 2 to 3 feet away, according to Montoya. She said she stood up from her chair to confront Breck before he shot her. She then heard another shot and saw Garris fall, then a fourth shot. She told the detective she didn’t realize Breck had shot her a second time. Montoya told the detective she was “scared” and believed she was going to die.Garris said she witnessed Breck shoot Tunstall and Montoya, then turned to run. She was shot in the back and said she remained still on the floor until Breck ran to the elevator, then she called 9-1-1. Detectives said video surveillance in the lobby of the building, along with other witness accounts, helped to confirm the stories told by Garris and Montoya.After his arrest, Breck reportedly told detectives he wanted an attorney. He then stated “the reason I shot that guy,” before launching into a summation of a story similar to what Montoya and Garris had said. The detective reminded Breck he had invoked his right to a lawyer. Breck repeated he wanted an attorney present, but then repeated he had shot Tunstall due to an ongoing feud and that he “just couldn’t take it anymore.”Mayor’s statementOn Friday morning Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle released a follow-up statement on the shooting incident.“Yesterday, the city of Vancouver was unfortunate to have experienced a shooting incident that resulted in the death of one resident and injury to two others at the Smith Tower apartment building. It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of one of our residents and extend our condolences to the victims, their families and friends, and the residents at Smith Tower who experienced this tragedy.“Thankfully the incident came to a peaceful resolution yesterday evening when the suspect was taken into custody. We appreciate the excellent work done by our police, fire and EMS personnel. Our police officers’ swift and professional response ensured the safety of residents who were still in the building and the public in the surrounding area.“I am proud of the way our community came together so quickly to help. Thank you to C-TRAN for providing transportation and to the Trauma Intervention Program volunteers who mobilized to provide assistance to the residents that were evacuated from the building. I also want to acknowledge the residents, businesses and visitors who were impacted during the response. “I know that our community will wrap its arms and hearts around the family and friends of the victims and all the residents of Smith Tower who were touched by this tragedy.”Smith Tower historySmith Tower at 515 Washington Street is a 15-story building. Completed in 1966, it was the second-tallest building in Washington State at the time. It was named after W.R. “Bill” Smith, former president of Mid-Columbia Manor, Inc., a nonprofit group comprised of local labor unions which still owns and operates the building. 13 stories of Smith Tower are home to 170 one-bedroom and studio apartments for seniors 62 and over.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : Suspect identified in Smith Tower shootings Next : Second open house for proposed Camas aquatic center met with mixed reactionsAdvertisementThis is placeholder text guestLabel Name*Email*Website Name*Email*Website Court Docs: Simmering feud led to Smith Tower shootingsPosted by Chris BrownDate: Friday, October 4, 2019in: Newsshare 0 Subscribe Connect with LoginI allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. 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first_imgIn-person instruction for small groups of the county’s youngest learners believed to be a safe, cautious approach; consistent with state health guidanceThe superintendents of nine Clark County school districts have collectively agreed to move forward with bringing small groups (pods/cohorts) of kindergarten students to school buildings for in-person instruction in the coming weeks. School officials believe the decision is safe and aligns with the state guidance for reopening schools.The superintendents of nine Clark County school districts have collectively agreed to move forward with bringing small groups of kindergarten students to school buildings for in-person instruction in the coming weeks. Photo by Mike SchultzThe superintendents of nine Clark County school districts have collectively agreed to move forward with bringing small groups of kindergarten students to school buildings for in-person instruction in the coming weeks. Photo by Mike SchultzThe following Clark County school districts, working in close partnership with Clark County Public Health, are prepared to bring groups of 10 or fewer kindergarten students in to school buildings for small group in-person education:Battle GroundCamasEvergreenGreen MountainHockinsonLa CenterRidgefieldVancouverWashougalSpecific plans for how and when kindergarten small group learning may be implemented will be made by individual districts, in collaboration with their employee association leaders. Districts will provide detailed information about their plans to employees and families in the coming weeks.“Bringing small groups of kindergarten students into classrooms for in-person education is a cautious and incremental approach that fits within state health department guidance,” said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County Public Health director and county health officer. “With small group sizes and continued preventive measures, such as mask-wearing and physical distancing, we believe in-person education is safe for both students and staff because children this young are less likely to transmit the virus to others.”Last week Evergreen Schools Superintendent Mike Merlino estimated during their last board meeting that approximately 1,700 of the district's students are accessing buildings for educational purposes on a daily basis. Photo by Mike SchultzLast week Evergreen Schools Superintendent Mike Merlino estimated during their last board meeting that approximately 1,700 of the district’s students are accessing buildings for educational purposes on a daily basis. Photo by Mike SchultzMany of the districts have already started some small forms of in-person education. For example, last week Evergreen Schools Superintendent Mike Merlino estimated during their last board meeting that approximately 1,700 of the district’s students are accessing buildings for educational purposes on a daily basis.The decision to provide in-person education to the districts’ youngest learners was made in close collaboration with Clark County Public Health and is in line with Washington State Department of Health guidance for counties that have high COVID-19 activity. The guidance allows for in-person education for small groups of the highest need students, such as students with disabilities, students living homeless, those farthest from educational justice, and younger learners.“Kindergarten students have no classroom experience and remote learning presents significant challenges for our youngest learners,” said Vancouver Public Schools Superintendent Steve Webb. “This is a cautious, thoughtful and safe approach to support effective student learning for very young students.”Although varied, local school districts have been providing safe, in-person instruction to small groups of special education students, some pre-kindergarten students, and kindergarten students since the summer.Schools will continue to utilize preventive measures such as health screenings for COVID-19 symptoms, physical distancing, mask wearing, increased hand washing, and enhanced cleaning protocols.Clark County Public Health, in partnership with school districts, will continue to monitor virus activity in schools and the community. The current decision applies to kindergarten students only. Decisions regarding in-person education for other grade levels have not been made at this time.Information provided by Educational Service District 112.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : Gubernatorial candidates Jay Inslee and Loren Culp make Clark County appearances over the weekend Next : WATCH: Clark County TODAY LIVE • Monday, October 26, 2020AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Clark County school districts agree to move to in-person education for kindergartnersPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Monday, October 26, 2020in: Newsshare 0 last_img read more

first_imgThe University of Colorado Board of Regents will be presented Thursday, Aug. 5, with a Grandview Terrace development plan that reflects a compromise reached between Historic Boulder and the Boulder campus with participation and involvement by the City of Boulder. Grandview Terrace is a transitional area between the city and the main campus of the university, north of University Avenue and east of Broadway.In the compromise proposal, Grandview Terrace will be the site of 550,000 square feet of academic and research space that will preserve the historical integrity of 10 buildings on the periphery of the area, as well as an enclave of four to five bungalows in a section between 13th and 15th streets on the north side of Grandview Avenue.The remaining bungalows outside the designated enclave will either be relocated or demolished. The possibility of moving one or more bungalows into the designated enclave was included in the compromise.The agreement was reached using a mediator provided by the City Manager’s office who met in several meetings with representatives from the city, Historic Boulder and the university.The university, city and Historic Boulder have agreed to work together to determine the feasibility of relocating bungalows that would otherwise be slated for demolition to other locations within the City of Boulder. The university has proposed offsetting relocation costs with a contribution equal to what the university would pay for demolition.City Manager Ron Secrist has expressed his willingness to work along with the city’s Housing Authority to explore and consider temporary and permanent relocation possibilities within the city for the bungalows. If the bungalows cannot be relocated prior to the university’s redevelopment needs, it is understood by all parties that the bungalows will have to be demolished.”Historic Boulder voted to endorse the plan and is prepared to work with the university and the City of Boulder toward the fulfillment of the plan,” said Alan Hafer, executive director of Historic Boulder.”We are most pleased by this outcome,” said Paul Tabolt, vice chancellor for administration at the university. “We have been investing in the Grandview area since l961, and we believe this agreement balances our stewardship of public resources with the need for remembering our heritage in Boulder.”Past Mayor of the City of Boulder Leslie Durgin, City Councilmember Gordon Riggle and others who helped bring the parties together and provided leadership, said good will, taking time for discussion and willingness to compromise has created a plan that benefits the university and the community.The CU Board of Regents will review the proposed agreement Thursday at its regular monthly board meeting. Published: Aug. 3, 1999 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Expect to see ramped-up construction activity near Center for Community Jan. 30 – 31.As part of the Campus Utility System project, crews have been installing utility lines in the corridor that runs from Cheyenne Arapaho on the west and Leeds School of Business on the east, just north of the Center for Community. The process requires a high-pressure directional boring followed by a pipe pull, scheduled to take place on Wednesday, Jan. 30 through Tuesday, Jan. 31.  The event provides an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to observe this construction technique. A safe viewing location will be set up near the north courtyard of the Regent Administrative Center. Construction in the area, which is part of a larger project to provide efficient heating and cooling for campus, is expected to wrap up by Feb. 14. Please exercise caution in the area and follow all construction signs. Facilities Management thanks campus for its patience during the project. Published: Jan. 30, 2013 last_img read more

first_imgLinkedin AdvertisementDTC Founder Sandra Hess will be speaking and moderating a panel at the upcoming, second annual “Women of the Vine Global Symposium,” at 11:45 a.m. on March 13, at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley.The panel session, titled “The Do’s and Don’ts of Direct to Consumer and Direct Selling” will feature five speakers, all industry leaders.The two-day symposium, including the “Vine Grand Tasting,” costs $699 per person and is currently sold out for this year.DTC Wine Workshops (DTCWW) is based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. Its DTC Consultant Network, a group of 15 specialists support wineries nationally, to grow direct to consumer wine business, build brand awareness and retain loyal customers. DTCWW leverages proven methodologies and its strategic partnerships with wine technology companies to implement or improve DTC sales activities for wineries large and small.For more information about direct to consumer wine sales, see www.dtcwineworkshops.com.Facebook: www.facebook.com/dtcwineworkshopsTwitter: @dtcwineworkshopAdvertisement Previous articleShade Hotel and wineLA Host First Annual Stars of Napa Valley Wine Festival, March 26Next articleDeLille Cellars Legacy Winemaker Dinner Press Release Share Home Industry News Releases Sandra Hess of DTC Wine Workshops to Moderate Panel at Women of…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessSandra Hess of DTC Wine Workshops to Moderate Panel at Women of the Vine SymposiumBy Press Release – March 10, 2015 52 0 Pinterest Twitter TAGSDTC Wine WorkshopsfeaturedSandra HessWomen of the Vine ReddIt Email Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedGround Broken for New Barracks at Up Park Camp RelatedPublic Servants Agree to Wage Restraint Inner-City Housing Project Will be a Success – PM Office of the Prime MinisterMay 4, 2013center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, is expressing confidence in the ability of the National Housing Trust (NHT) Board to make the Inner City Renewal Programme a success. Mrs. Simpson Miller, during her 2013/14 Budget Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (April 30), announced the resumption of the housing project beginning next financial year. Addressing a post-Budget press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister today (May 3), the Prime Minister affirmed her faith in the initiative and its ability to transform lives. “Look at Denham Town, look at Majesty Gardens. Look at all the areas (where) we have done it and check the people, their lives, and the change in attitude and behaviour from those who are still living in the shacks and the squalor,” she stated. The Prime Minster pointed out that the programme involves more than the building of houses, noting that the Government works with the beneficiaries to improve their lives. “We have programmes with the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) and a number of other organisations working with the people to ensure that training is also a component, so that those who do not have the money or who are not employed, will be able to get jobs,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said. She noted that the beneficiaries are required to pay their mortgages. “When they do not pay, their houses are put on the auction block like everybody else,” she said. She further pointed out that the NHT has been building a mix of housing solutions catering to both low and middle income earners. The Inner City Renewal Programme was established as part of an urban renewal project aimed at addressing the repair, refurbishment and upgrading of downtown Kingston. Housing units completed under the project in the Corporate Area included: 94 units on Little King Street; 186 units at 88 Spanish Town Road; 256 units in Trench Town; 48 units in Monaltrie; 344 units on Block J, Denham Town; and 248 units at 231 Spanish Town Road. The programme was discontinued by the previous administration. Contact Andrea Braham RelatedPrince Michael Lauds Jamaicanslast_img read more

first_imgThe Mindful Lawyer: Relaxing a tension and attention It is said that the practice of mindfulness is simple but not easy. This column is intended to help bridge this gap by shining a little light on “attention,” a building block to so many mindfulness practices. Don’t let the play on words in the title detract from the seriousness of its message: the ability to concentrate and sustain attention where you choose, and to notice and redirect a wandering attention can play a significant role in stress reduction and relaxation, not to mention focus and working memory.“A Wandering Mind is an Unhappy Mind” is the title of a 2010 research paper published in the premier journal Science and the source of the finding that attention wanders about 47 percent of the time. One of the benefits of mindfulness practice is the impact it can have on your ability to notice mind wandering, thereby limiting the time spent lost in thought, catapulted mindlessly into past and future. Such moments can be a mental quicksand, and mindfulness practices help us avoid the peril or minimize their duration and emotional toll. Key to all of this is the faculty of attention.Below I share with you what I have termed “Nine Principles of Attention,” assembled through my direct experience practicing mindfulness and informed by various wisdom traditions and science. Shining light on this powerful and elusive faculty can help illuminate why mindfulness practice, as a training of attention, can be both invaluable and feel challenging. You can think of it as getting a glimpse of an instruction manual for a tool that you use pretty much all the time, better understanding how it works, appreciating its limitations, and more skillfully using and taking care of it.Nine Principles of Attention1. “Attention needs an object” refers to the observable fact that if you’re paying attention, you’re paying attention to an object. Right now, for example, the object of your attention is this column.2. “Attention follows directions” in that you are able to direct your attention where you choose. You can look at your hand, for example, momentarily changing the object of your attention. You can choose to return to this column and read through it.3. “Attention can be fickle” refers to the fact that wherever your attention is placed, it is likely that it will soon wander off and select another object to attend to. Even as you are reading this, you may notice your attention shifting about. That’s what attention does. It’s normal. And, at times, it can be useful.4. “Attention is nimble” in that it can engage in extraordinary mental acrobatics as it surveys and tracks the landscape of your experience. The fact that you can read these words and make sense of them while managing a wide variety of internal and external sensory stimuli speaks to its nimble nature.5. “Attention is a limited resource” is one of the reasons you can become fatigued by intensely focusing attention, or get lost in emotionally intense content, and why efforts to multi-task take a toll on productivity and wellbeing. Should you be reading this while texting, talking, or watching a show, one or more of those endeavors is likely to be compromised.6. “Attention is selective” is why you are able to focus in on something very specific (like these words), and pretty much tune out other objects (and people) in your midst.7. “Attention gathers data” refers to its capacity to gather information about the objects it alights upon.8. “Attention is predictable” and when you spend a little time observing your mind and where your attention is, you’ll discover patterns.9. “Attention is trainable” so that where you find patterns that do not serve you well, there are ways of refining the quality of attention, and there are many benefits that flow from doing so.A paradox of mindfulness practice is that the very attention that is trained is the very capacity needed to practice mindfulness. The next time you sit down to practice mindfulness, you’ll likely be placing attention on an object, like the breath with the intention to keep attention trained on the object for a period of time. Soon your attention will wander from the object. This exercise offers you insight into the nature of the mind and is a pathway to developing a steadier attention. Much good can follow from a steadier attention in areas ranging from mental health, communication, productivity, and personal relationships.A Daily Introspective ActBill George, senior fellow of the Harvard Business School, former chair and CEO of Medtronic, and a longtime meditator writes that “[t]he best time to start a mindful practice is now, but don’t take the word “practice” lightly. Maintaining the discipline of your practice isn’t easy. To become a mindful leader, you need to make this a daily introspective act.By reflecting on the above principles of attention and better understanding its nature, you may find the practice to be a less daunting enterprise. I hope that these principles, which are each testable and knowable through your own direct experience, may inspire practice, manage expectations, and enhance the richness of life, personally and professionally.If you have a question about mindfulness and integrating it into the practice of law that you would like answered in this column, send it to [email protected] Rogers, M.S., J.D., is a nationally recognized leader in the area of mindfulness in law and founded and directs the University of Miami School of Law’s Mindfulness in Law Program where he teaches mindful ethics, mindful leadership, and mindfulness in law. He is the creator of Jurisight, one of the first CLE programs in the country to integrate mindfulness and neuroscience and conducts workshops and presentations on the role of mindfulness in legal education and across the legal profession. He is author of the recently released, “The Elements of Mindfulness.” Jan 27, 2020 By Scott Rogers Special to the News Mindfulnesslast_img read more

first_img Nov 13, 2020 By Jim Ash Senior Editor News in Photos Judge helps guide a young athlete to a world record U.S. District Judge Carlos Mendoza, right, helped train Chris Nikic, who set a Guinness World Record when he became the first person with Down syndrome to complete an ironman triathlon.The most thrilling victory in U.S. District Judge Carlos Mendoza’s ironman triathlon career doesn’t belong to him, at least not technically.It belongs to an astonishing newcomer in one of the world’s most grueling sports — Chris Nikic, a 21-year-old Maitland man and friend who Judge Mendoza spent the last year helping to train.On November 7, Nikic set a Guinness World Record when he became the first person with Down syndrome to complete an ironman triathlon.Judge Mendoza paced Nikic through the swimming and running segments of the race, and he couldn’t be prouder of his trainee.“Not only has this never been done before, it had never even been tried,” Judge Mendoza said. “The ripples from this splash are going to affect a lot of people positively for a long time.”Under ironman rules, Nikic had 17 hours to complete a 2.4-mile swim in the Gulf of Mexico, a 112-mile bicycle ride through Panama City Beach, and a 26.2-mile marathon run. Nikic did it in 16 hours, 46 minutes, and 9 seconds.Congratulatory messages poured in from around the world, including tennis great Billie Jean King and runner Kara Goucher.Nikic, a Special Olympics athlete, posted a message on Instagram to his 33,000 followers: “Ironman. Goal set and achieve,” he wrote. “Time to set a new and Bigger Goal for 2021.”To understand the magnitude of the accomplishment, Judge Mendoza said, consider that the route was lined with cheering strangers, some of whom traveled across the country after the story exploded on social media.A spectator from Utah jogged next to Nikic for nearly 10 miles and beamed live cell phone video to a sister back home.“She has a child with Down syndrome and she found Chris’s story to be so inspirational,” Judge Mendoza said.Judge Mendoza is a former JAG officer, prosecutor, assistant city attorney, and circuit judge who was appointed by President Barack Obama to fill a vacancy in Florida’s U.S. Middle District in 2014.After his confirmation, when he and his family moved to the Orlando area, he joined the Central Florida Tri Club, resuming a sport he abandoned in his 20s when he was beginning his legal career, and his radiation oncologist wife was still in med school.“We didn’t have the time or the resources as a young married couple expecting our first child,” he said. “I promised myself that when the kids were older and I could find the time, I would jump back in.”It’s an expensive sport, Judge Mendoza said.“Some of these bikes cost as much as my first car,” he said. Earlier this year, Judge Mendoza flew to New Zealand for the last sanctioned ironman before COVID-19 temporarily shut down the sport.Judge Mendoza met Nikic in 2019 after a friend suggested the club invite Special Olympics athletes to join. Judge Mendoza’s best friend in the club, Dan Grieb, was assigned to be Nikic’s guide.“As Chris started participating in the sport, he fell in love with it,” Judge Mendoza said. “And his dad noticed that he was losing weight, gaining confidence, all of the things you would expect with this type of activity.”Soon, training wasn’t enough for Nikic.“At the end of 2019, Chris and his father came to Dan and said, ‘Chris would like to train for an ironman,’” Judge Mendoza said. “So Dan came to me and said this is going to have to be a team effort. All of us had finished ironman races, we all knew how difficult it was.”Judge Mendoza, Grieb, and several other club members were soon taking turns training Nikic — on top of their own training.“So, on a typical Saturday, we would go out on our bikes and would ride, at our pace, about 50 miles,” Judge Mendoza said. “And then we would pack up our bikes and go to Chris’ house, and then we would train with him for whatever his training was. It was pretty much like that all summer.”Their confidence in Nikic’s ability to accomplish the goal grew stronger this spring, after Nikic completed a half ironman in Clermont.“We measured out all of the distances, and our team guided Chris through,” Judge Mendoza said. “He completed the distance in the time allotted, although that’s unsanctioned, so it was unofficial.”But a half ironman wasn’t enough to erase all doubts.“Now people will often say, well, if you’re running a half ironman, isn’t an ironman just twice as hard?” Judge Mendoza said. “A full ironman’s probably four to 10 times as hard, it’s just an entirely different animal.”Nikic’s team had plenty of jitters on the day of the race, and their worries weren’t unfounded.Nikic fell off his bike and bloodied his leg, but jumped back on and kept going. During a nutrition stop, Nikic inadvertently stood in a nest of fire ants. Team members brushed them off and Nikic insisted on continuing.During the run, it was clear the strategy of running for six minutes and walking for 30 seconds had to be abandoned.“It was a goal that seemed too far away for Chris, because he kept asking, ‘how much more time?’” Judge Mendoza said.The team decided that a guide would urge Nikic on to the next signpost or orange cone, and allow him to rest until Judge Mendoza, who was running at a pace of 13.5 minutes per mile, would catch up.It worked.But Judge Mendoza wasn’t confident until the last 6 miles, when he asked an official how much time was left on the 17-hour clock — and received a reassuring answer.“That’s the first time I knew we would make it,” he said. “You have no idea how that felt.”There was enough time left over for Nikic to hug his fans at the finish line, Judge Mendoza said.“All he wanted was a chance, a fair opportunity,” Judge Mendoza said. “He’s not a Down syndrome ironman, he’s just an ironman like the rest of us.”last_img read more

first_img Harbinger Capital Partners, the hedge fund behind LightSquared, is suing the US government for breaking promises that it claims contributed to the failure of the mobile broadband venture, The Wall Street Journal reported.In a suit filed in the US Court of Federal Claims in Washington, the firm said the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) breached an agreement to allow it to acquire LightSquared by blocking the deployment of its network which lead to bankruptcy proceedings.GPS companies said in 2012 that due to the spectrum held by LightSquared being in close proximity to the airwaves they use, the prospective LTE network could interfere with these services. The FCC felt these concerns were justified and subsequently decided to stop LightSquared deploying its network.LightSquared filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy soon after the FCC’s decision, blaming the government’s actions for its plight.The legal filing said Harbinger lost most of its investment in LightSquared, which totalled approximately $1.9 billion, and was made on the strength of the government agreement to allow it “to build, deploy, and operate a nationwide broadband network using LightSquared’s spectrum”.Harbinger is seeking damages for alleged breach of contract, breach of good faith and what it calls the government’s “unconditional” taking of private property without just compensation. It also alleged that GPS companies “unlawfully” used spectrum owned by LightSquared.Harbinger sued the GPS companies in 2013, arguing that it would not have invested so much in LightSquared if their concerns had been raised earlier. The GPS companies denied any wrongdoing.Harbinger currently controls the equity of LightSquared but will own much less if a bankruptcy proposal is approved in which 74 per cent of the venture is given to various investors, leaving Harbinger with 12.5 per cent of equity. LightSquared wants the plan to be approved by the end of September.US satellite TV company Dish Network made a bid for LightSquared’s spectrum which it later abandoned. However, Charlie Ergen, chairman of Dish, bought up LightSquared’s bank debt to become its largest creditor.Philip Falcone, who founded Harbinger, recently resigned from the LightSquared board, along with other representatives from the hedge fund, according to The Wall Street Journal. FCC approves $7 billion for emergency connectivity Tags FCC mulls expanded Huawei, ZTE bans FCC commissioner eyes further Chinese vendor curbs Tim Ferguson AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 14 JUL 2014 Author Home LightSquared backer takes legal action against FCC Previous ArticleMicrosoft mobile phone chief hails Android X factorNext ArticleSlim expects international buyer of America Movil assets Tim joined Mobile World Live in August 2011 and works across all channels, with a particular focus on apps. He came to the GSMA with five years of tech journalism experience, having started his career as a reporter… More Read more Related FalconeFCCGPSHarbinger Capital PartnersLightSquaredRegulatoryUSlast_img read more